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Middle-Aged Batman Authorized to Patrol Brazilian City – ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews
Nobody can accuse the city of Taubaté of not thinking outside the box when it comes to law enforcement. Residents and business owners in the Brazilian city have given the military police approval to recruit and deploy André Luiz Pinheiro, a 50-year-old man who will operate in a Batman costume. According to Brazilian news source OVALE, this Batman of São Paulo will apparently “combat crimes such as murder and drug trafficking” in a kind of public relations function for the children of troubled neighborhoods.
Pinheiro’s age immediately invites memories of Frank Miller’s seminal graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns, which depicted the activities of a middle-aged Batman with specific emphasis on the youth of crime-ridden Gotham City. Sadly, the ex-military captain was not quoted as saying anything along the lines of “The time has come. You know it in your soul, for I am your soul… You cannot escape me. You are puny, you are small, you are nothing–a hollow shell, a rusty trap that cannot hold me. Smoldering, I burn you – burning you, I flare, hot and bright and fierce and beautiful. You cannot stop me, not with wine or vows or the weight of age – you cannot stop me, but still you try. Still you run. You try to drown me out… But your voice is weak.”
Rather, Pinheiro told OVALE, “I am eager to know how we can work together.”
Iraqi activists sounded the bell over the killing of dozens of teenagers by religious police for having “emo” haircuts.
Activists told the Cairo-based al-Akhbar daily that at least 90 Iraqi teenagers with “emo” appearances have been stoned to death by the Moral Police in the country in the past month. The violent crackdown against “emo” Iraqi teenagers came after the Iraqi interior ministry declared them as “devil worshippers.”
“The ‘Emo phenomenon’ or devil worshiping is being probed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate it as soon as possible since it’s detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger,” according to a statement by the interior ministry.
“They wear strange, tight clothes that have pictures on them such as skulls and use stationery that are shaped as skulls. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues, and do other strange activities,” the statement added.
The statement said that Iraq’s Moral Police was granted approval by the Ministry of Education to enter Baghdad schools and pinpoint students with Western appearances.
The activists told the newspaper that a group of armed men dressed in civilian clothing led the teenagers to secluded areas a few days ago, stoned them to death, and then disposed their bodies in garbage dumpsters across the capital, Baghdad.
“First they throw concrete blocks at the boy’s arms, then at his legs, then the final blow is to his head, and if he is not dead by then, they start all over again,” one person who managed to escape told the daily.
The exact death toll remains unclear, but Hana al-Bayaty of Brussels Tribunal, an NGO dealing with Iraqi issues, said the current figure ranges “between 90 and 100.”
Activists said that leaflets were distributed in Baghdad warning teenagers from donning the “emo” style, and in some regions, teenage homosexuals were killed by battering their heads also by concrete blocks.
21 Jesus answered,“If you want to be perfect,go,sell your possessions and give to the poor,and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come,follow me.”
22 When the young man heard this,he went away sad,because he had great wealth.
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples,“Truly I tell you,it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.
24 Again I tell you,it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”