Saturday, February 1, 2014

Goblin tippers get charged with felonies!

Back in October 2013, I posted this

I wrote about the three LDS Boy Scout Masters who took it upon themselves to topple a boulder at Goblin Valley State Park in Utah.  These guys claimed they were concerned about the boulder falling and killing some little kid.  They knocked over a rock structure that took many millions of years to form and then filmed it for posterity.  Stupidly, they put the video up on YouTube where it quickly went viral… and now they are in hot water with the law.  Both Glenn Taylor and David Hall, who starred in the infamous video, have been charged with third degree felonies.

The funny thing is, Glenn Taylor, the guy who actually did the toppling, claimed that he suffered a disability from a car accident that happened four years ago.  He filed a personal injury lawsuit a month before he toppled the rock, claiming significant disability and loss of enjoyment of life.  And yet he's on the video, dancing, flexing his muscles, and showing off how "strong" he is.  Clearly any strength he has is not between his shoulders, as he not only allowed someone to film him breaking the law, but he also tried to abuse the court system in order to score some easy cash in the form of a personal injury lawsuit.

Now… if these two guys had a sincere concern about the rock harming someone, they could have easily called the authorities.  But instead, they threw themselves a little par-tay and filmed it for the world to see.  Well guys, the world saw what you did… and they don't think it's as cool as you do.  Have fun in court!


  1. Dave the Atheist doesn't think the charges fit the crime. I'm not a fan of Dave the Atheist and could see him doing something eqully stupid. Dave says, "They're only rocks." Stonhenge is only rocks, too. The Mona Lisa is only some oil-based pigment applied to a piece of canvas. Giant Sequoia trees are predominantly wood. Money is paper. If a person wishes to reduce anything of value to its intrinsic worth, any act of vandalism can be justified or minimized.

    I say let the vandals rot in jail for a couple of years and/or pay a very hefty fine.

    1. Me too. I can't wrap my head around people saying "They're only rocks." They aren't just rocks, though. They're one of the main reasons people go to that park in the first place. Those guys had no right to do what they did and they should be made an example for like minded idiots.

      Incidentally, when we visited the Prado, we saw a reproduction of Mona Lisa done by one of Da Vinci's students. It was quite stunning. If you want to see it, check out the link.

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    1. I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw it hanging there. Amazingly enough, not many people were looking at it. I was very surprised there wasn't a big crowd. From what I've seen, that reproduction is even prettier than the original.


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