Sh*t happened 12/16/14: #illridewithyou, Bondi fights gay marriage, Pier makeover and more

Monday was a sodden athletic shoe that emerged from the mists to wash up on a nearly deserted shore in British Columbia. Was there a foot inside? You tell me:

The city of St. Petersburg released proposals for a Pier makeover from eight design firms. It'll still be a bit before the public gets to really weigh in — a potential shortlist is scheduled to be presented in mid-February — but if the current contenders could be grouped under a single aesthetic descriptor, it would be Contemporary Most Definitely Not The Lens We Heard You Please God Pick Us #1-8.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a motion to keep the state's ban on same-sex marriages in place pending appeals, overriding a judicial ruling against the ban that would allow marriages to begin taking place starting January 6. It's getting really hard to believe this isn't personal. Let it go, Pam. The hayride was a lifetime ago. He didn't know who he was back then.

The Supreme Court ruled it's OK for the cops to be mistaken about the laws they try to enforce. A woman in North Carolina was pulled over for having a brake light out, despite the fact that it's completely legal to drive in North Carolina as long as one brake light is working. The woman was eventually charged with cocaine trafficking even though the police officer had no legitimate reason to stop her; the Supreme Court said the officer's "mistaken understanding of the law was reasonable." So, let's review: The police are not responsible for being correct about the details of the reasons why they engage citizens dozens, perhaps hundreds of times a day, and the Supreme Court is certain no officer would possibly abuse this ruling. Sounds about right. If you need me, I'll be cleaning out a car-sized space in my garage and trimming the ol' garden hose up a bit.

And finally, a bit of good news. As the tragic hostage situation unfolded in Australia — during which the gunman reportedly displayed a Muslim flag from a window of the cafe he'd commandeered — many of Sydney's Muslim residents took to social media to express their fear of misplaced reprisal if they used public transportation in the area. In response, citizens flooded social media with the hashtag #illridewithyou, volunteering to commute alongside strangers in the name of keeping them safe. The internet: It's about so much more than your genitals.


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