Those who know me know that I'm not an advocate of violence and not somebody who favors fighting to settle a problem, other than in hockey, of course.
But when I read this story about Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson I couldn't help but smile a little. Johnson was attending a farm-to-table function when a 32-year-old man who has a history of "engaging" with Johnson at City Council meetings ambushed him by throwing a pie in his face.
Now the old pie-in-the-face thing works fine among friends -- always good for a laugh. You see it on TV a lot when a baseball player is being interviewed and his teammates sneak up on him and pie him from the blind side. Yeah, fun for all.
But really, when it's someone you don't know, somebody doing it at an inappropriate time, somebody who is doing it in a malicious way, there's a side of me that doesn't blame Johnson at all. Yeah, I know -- he is politically incorrect and so am I for praising it.
But sorry, I can't help it. This is the old school way of handling such things. Somebody assaults you -- hits you first, so to speak -- you respond in kind. These days, people are not accustomed to such a response. They expect to maybe get arrested and serve a day or two in jail, at worst, as some sort of martyr. Most times, they're just told not to do it again and smirk all the way home -- a hero to their followers.
Not this time.
And don't get me wrong -- I wouldn't have done that and don't advise anybody else to respond that way. But just for once, it was nice to see a punk get punked.