Explain this to me....
Using a laser pointer to show someone the stars from your deck is dumber than firing a gun straight into the air. First of all, there's no screen for the beam to bounce off, (at least there isn't unless there's a lot of air pollution...ed.) Physics, idiot.
Either that, or as I suspect, he needed a quick reason to look like a hapless pansy, since he is now charged with with "interfering with the operator of a mass transportation vehicle and making false statements to the FBI" after a Cessna pilot flying over NJ reported being blinded temporarily by a laser beam.
On Tuesday, David Banach of Parsippany, NJ was the first person charged under the PATRIOT act for shining a laser beam into the air.
Ladies and Gentlemen, a laser is not a toy. It is a LASER (think Dr. Evil, here), a focused beam of light. Yes, they are extremely useful in conjunction with PowerPoint in a large, dark room. Yes, it's a great cheap amusement for your kitties, but the laser is not a toy.
Quick physics review: light = energy = burn
Quick biology review: bright light = more energy = burned tissue
I don't care what law they charged him under, laser beams can be as dangerous as bullets when recklessly discharged.
Good thing they only sell Class I lasers to random people. I can't imagine how much damage these morons would do if we let them get their hands on a real laser.
Update: Skippy of Enjoy Every Sandwich (and others) takes even more umbrage with the idiotic Mr. Banach. In part he suggests
"Simply count the number of people on the plane and the number of people on the ground for 5 miles in every direction and charge him with that many counts of reckless endangerment. This will ensure that he serves a great deal of prison time. He'll get even more if the judge counts what a monumental dick Mr. Banach is as aggravating element during sentencing."There's more, including some reasonable suggestions for Congress.
Shamelessy ripped off from Acidman (nice find!)
Update II: Added to today's Beltway Traffic Jam.