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Mel Gibson Arrested on DUI” blares the headline.

UPDATED: at “3PM” the headline now reads:
EXCLUSIVE: Mel Gibson Busted for DUI” and the DRUDGEREPORT updates their link to read: “…ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF DUI…” so Gibson’s aren’t as clear-cut as earlier presumptions by the media (and, about what I was speculating when I first wrote this entry, as follows).

And with that headline, from the comments section that follows over at TMZ, comes utter nonsense and crude devastation jabbing forth from some.

Square-Diamond-Yello-SML.gif No excuses here, just trying to give sense to what otherwise seems to be mass panic because Mel Gibson was arrested and, from the comments over there (TMZ), because of Gibson’s Christian faith, some assume that means he has no human vulnerabilties or weaknesses — and then there are insane comments, which I’m not even going to try to give sense to), but that he was arrested on suspicion. That could mean suspicion, or, it could mean suspicion of driving under the influence, or it could mean, suspicion.

Jul 28th 2006 3:00PM — Mel Gibson was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in Malibu, Calif. early this morning for suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $5,000.

He was pulled over for speeding as he was heading eastbound on the Pacific Coast Highway and a Breathalyzer test was administered. The arrest report lists the time of arrest as 2:36AM and the time booked as 4:06AM. Gibson was released at 9:45 a.m.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Country Sheriff’s Department told TMZ, “Mel Gibson was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. H e was released later this morning. The investigation was still ongoing, just like it would be with any other person.”

A rep for Gibson (says) they are “checking into” the matter.

If someone’s taking anti-depressants or other mood stimulators, those medications can accelerate the effects of a tiny bit of alcohol — shouldn’t mix them, to be realistic, but to those who do, that’s a potent combination bound to distort one’s motor and perceptual abilities. And, since Gibson is said to own homes in Malibu nearby to where he was taken into custody early this morning, it sure seems reasonable that he was driving home.

Square-Diamond-Yello-SML.gif I’m not justifying it — clearly he piqued the curiosity of a Los Angeles Sheriff — but he’s hardly immune to personal issues and crises or even disregard of the important, same as the rest of us. It’s always peculiar, however, how it is that some people who are so keen on substance abuse and substance use and any or all sorts of behaviors without regard for restrictions of any kind by society, by morals and ethics, are the first to ridicule someone — in this case, Gibson — for substance use (if that’s the problem, although it’s not shown yet that that is the issue here, just that there’s suspicion adequate enough to arrest). Never can figure out the infexibility and rush to judge and even to condemn by those among us who regard their own behavior as privileged and beyond touch of condemnation, as do many atheists, certainly most Liberals.

Square-Diamond-Yello-SML.gif I was saying my prayers when I woke up this morning before dawn, around 4:30 A.M., PST, and I included Gibson in those prayers. I was surprised that he appeared in my thoughts at that time but now I know why.

A person starts over by starting over. You start at a new point and then move forward from there, regardless of any failing or detrimental prior point. Hope he finds peace. I sure do wish Gibson well and thank him for a huge amount of entertainment and inspiration. Hope he’s alright, hope he finds peace. Hope he makes more of those great movies that we fans love so much. Hope he finds peace.

Second Update

Again from TMZ, this: “…A sheriff’s official told TMZ Gibson had a blood alcohol level of .12. The legal limit in the state of California is .08.

I feel even more empathetic here and wish him the best — alcohol can be a hard substance to leave alone, particulalry once things seem to be going well: most deceptive at times such as those, “cunning, baffling, powerful.” Gibson is certainly not alone in this experience — Christ is with him.

15 C O M M E N T S

  1. BIRD says:

    EXCLUSIVELY!

    I don’t write the headlines at TMZ.com, I just reprint them here, when I have to: GIBSON’S ANTI-SEMITE TIRADE — ALLEGED COVERUP” Following his Friday-early-morning arrest in Malibu for driving under the influence — during which arresting Los Angeles…

  2. BIRD says:

    TMZ: THE NEWEST LOW POINT

    Has anyone ever read the site, TMZ.com before Friday? Friday was the day TMZ editor Harvey Levin (he blogs) burst forth with the “Exclusive!” Los Angeles Sheriff’s arrest report as to the DUI (“driving under the influence”) arrest of popular film prod…

  3. BIRD says:

    WELL, THIS IS NUTS-SCARY-STRANGE

    From the BBC, “MEL GIBSON ARRESTED ON TERRORIST CHARGES.” It also would explain the odd “f*****g Jews” rant during Gibson’s Friday arrest. Ayyyyyy. PREVIOUS, Related: TMZ: THE NEWEST LOW POINT July 31, 2006 EXCLUSIVELY! July 30, 2006 BRANDED July 28, 2…

  4. BIRD says:

    WOW, IT’S A FULL-COURT RAKING

    DEFAMER offers an interesting Monday Mel Round-up (“SHORT ENDS: WRAPPING UP MAD MEL MONDAY”). Let’s see — all from DEFAMER — Mel has been dissed by the likes of: (01.) “…some people who were drinking with Mel…” who also released photos with Mel a…

  5. BIRD says:

    WAR OF THE WORDS

    If all the “experts” in “Hollywood” would all stand up at once, we’d have an upstanding population in “Hollywood.” Alas, that’s not the case. And most of America — actually, sadly, most of the world — knows that’s the harsh reality of the double-spea…

  6. BIRD says:

    FROM DRUDGE: “MEL SAYS ‘SORRY’ TO THE JEWS”

    THANKS to the DRUDGE REPORT for carrying this wonderful apology and imploration from Mel Gibson. This statement to follow does not suggest it’s written by a person of unsound mind, nor someone with things to hide. In fact, this statement from and by Me…

  7. BIRD says:

    AHH, HILLARY CLINTON *IS* AN ACTOR, OR, UH…

    More strange with each passing hour, the MEL GIBSON SAGA. I tried returning time to this past Friday morning but it’s not going to work, not with the news ever-pressing onward. From HOLLYWOOD.com, there is this news and I’ll admit this, I think this is…

  8. BIRD says:

    ADL TO GIBSON: “APOLOGY IS ACCEPTED – FOR NOW”

    UPDATE to previous… By way of OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY (“APOLOGY ACCEPTED – FOR NOW”), this news from a few hours ago in THE NEW YORK POST: “‘APOLOGY IS ACCEPTED – FOR NOW’ By Abraham H. Foxman” I enjoyed this take on the issue by OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY: Ant…

  9. BIRD says:

    OMGOSH! LOOK WHAT MEL GIBSON DID TO THE SHERIFF’S CAR!

    Just kidding. Photo from Cute Overload where you can read the real story behind this maximumly mad car. But the bad taste is bubbling at a hovering level, finally. I like it that the good taste has triumphed because when I read increasing numbers of c…

  10. BIRD says:

    ANOTHER GIBSON ARTICLE WITH A NONSENSICAL HEADLINE

    Just when I was beginning to offer appreciation to the DRUDGE REPORT for (finally) concluding the “Mel Gibson Saga” headlines, I reapproach the site at 4:00 A.M., PST and find more Gibson headlines and links. This morning’s include: This from Reader’s…

  11. BIRD says:

    FINALLY, SOMEONE MAKES SENSE: JACKIE MASON and GAVIN DE BECKER

    Jackie Mason on FOX today — where’s he been for the past few days, is my only complaint here — comes forward with good sense about Mel Gibson’s situation. I hope to get a transcript for reprint (or quote) tomorrow (Mason’s on YOUR WORLD with NEIL CAV…

  12. BIRD says:

    MEL GIBSON CAPTION CONTEST

    Friday, Aug. 4, 2006 1:22 p.m. EDT Brent Bozell on Mel: Who Are the Bigots? It’s open season on Mel Gibson. Critics far and wide are vigorously pillorying the producer of “The Passion of the Christ” for his recent drunken, anti-Semitic rantings. The c…

  13. BIRD says:

    THE MEL GIBSON INTERVIEW: BILL O’REILLY and JAY LENO

    Those are my preferences — Bill O’Reilly and/or Jay Leno (both would be great) — as to who’d provide the best possible, sober interview with Mel Gibson. No use even trying to canoodle with Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Oprah and Diane Sawyer — in f…

  14. BIRD says:

    KIRK DOUGLAS WAS NEVER SPARTACUS, HE WAS JUST CAST THAT WAY

    The Mel-Gibson-as-Focus-Hollywood/Atheist-Angst just won’t stop. Last weekend, I’d hoped that the boombah had had it’s day (and night, all seven of both of them) since Mel Gibson’s DUI arrest in Malibu, CA in the wee hours of Friday, July 28, 2006, but…

  15. BIRD says:

    WHAT ARE ROB REINER’S VIEWS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST?

    Tolerance is universal in it’s appeal and requirements. What does Rob Reiner think about the crucifixion of and human life lived by Jesus Christ? s not about Mel Gibson at this point nor about the film made by Gibson — THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST — but…