By Carl Hiaasen
"You simply conceal loads of territory and also you do it aggressively and also you do it particularly and also you do not play favourite sand you do not take any prisoners. it is the old style of slash-and-burn metropolitan column writing. you simply kick ass. that is what you do. and that is what they pay you to do.--Carl Hiaasen
Praise for Kick Ass
"Readers who understand Hiaasen purely from his bestselling crime novels will locate that this choice of columns from the Miami usher in showcases an analogous voice making a song in a distinct key . . . He writes with an old-time columnist's experience of righteous rage and an totally present and biting wit."--Publishers Weekly
"Reveals an offended, alert civic muckraker within the pugilistic vein of Mencken or Royko. . . . Hiaasen reduce his enamel as an investigative reporter, and this spirit is powerful in either his selected matters and his wry consciousness to unforgiving evidentiary element. . . . Deeply satisfying."--Kirkus Reviews
"Reminiscent of the snarky, opinionated newspaper articles of the nice Mark Twain, Hiaasen's columns are finely crafted little gems."--Booklist
"Shows you that Hiaasen's possible improbable fictional premises should not fairly far-fetched in any respect. He simply understands Florida."--Playboy
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So might be subsequent time a Mr. Smartypants Liberal desires to write a e-book, he will plow through his homework. A gun challenge? Us? What an mind's eye, this man. Legislators, we are demise for gun legislation April 29, 1988 So the insanity is going on. one other policeman falls, whereas the clowns in Tallahassee argue approximately even if Key lime or candy potato might be the nation pie. past within the week, they haggled carefully over the choice of a country sand. yet don't be concerned. the genuine sweat and toil for this legislative consultation has been kept for the burning factor of repealing a motorbike helmet legislations. simply striking. what number police officers can we need to lose ahead of a person up there will get a few guts? what percentage funerals will it take? what percentage manhunts? what number images of anguished kinfolk speeding into health facility emergency rooms? final 12 months, the Legislature despatched a lenient new message approximately handguns, and this yr we obtained it. The murder price is much up, and extra law enforcement officials are down. Let's pay attention it for a few of the constitutional champions within the Legislature who gave us those murderous legislation: Larry Plummer, John Hill and the 2 Lehtinens; Don Childers of West Palm seashore; Jim Scott and Tom Gustafson of fortress Lauderdale; Arnhilda Gonzalez-Quevedo of Coral Gables; Ron Saunders of Key West; Ray Liberti ofWest Palm seashore; Anne Mackenzie and Debby Sanderson of castle Lauderdale; Luis Morse, John Cosgrove, Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Javier Souto of Miami; Roberto Casas of Hialeah; Robert Starks of abode; and our own NRA poster boy, Al Gutman. wish to work out all of you losing by way of Jackson health facility to want Officer James Hayden a quick restoration. The insanity is as uncivilized because it is insupportable. we're earlier the purpose of scaring off travelers; we are scaring off strong law enforcement officials. somebody in his correct brain could think carefully approximately placing on a badge in a nation that abides such bloodletting. Officer Hayden was once wounded in the course of a regimen site visitors cease on a hectic street—four weeks to the day after fellow officer Victor Estefan used to be murdered less than comparable situations. within the final month, 3 Miami policemen and a country trooper were shot by way of motorists. i wouldn't blame leader Clarence Dickson for telling his officials to regard each site visitors violator as a possible killer; to method each automobile with weapons drawn, expecting one other freak with a Smith & Wesson in his lap. Why no longer? this can be the recent code of the road. ultimately, the mayor is conversing a few journey to the capital to debate the gun legislation. He should constitution a airplane and take a delegation in blue. we all react extra viscerally to the taking pictures of a legislations enforcement officer, and we should always. If the police are not secure, no one is. but, even as, we will not put out of your mind the day-by-day blood bathtub that does not make front web page. every week in the past, J. D. Davis was once killed in his entrance backyard while he was once hit via a stray bullet from an area crack dispute. Davis wasn't a cop; he used to be simply an blameless man with a spouse and youngsters. He might have been your husband, your brother, your son, your father. a few humans say that it truly is already too overdue; that after a society fingers itself as prolifically as South Florida, there's no disarming it.