Archive for the ‘A Victims Perspective’ Category

Good For Thee But Not Good For Me

Thursday, July 9th, 2009


This story interested me because it reminded me of the story Rocky posted about on Tuesday, A Profile in Hatred. First let’s have a look at this story, then we’ll compare angles:

Akron police say they aren’t ready to call it a hate crime or a gang initiation.

But to Marty Marshall, his wife and two kids, it seems pretty clear.

It came after a family night of celebrating America and freedom with a fireworks show at Firestone Stadium. Marshall, his family and two friends were gathered outside a friend’s home in South Akron.

Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by dozens of teenage boys, who shouted ”This is our world” and ”This is a black world” as they confronted Marshall and his family.

The Marshalls, who are white, say the crowd of teens who attacked them and two friends June 27 on Girard Street numbered close to 50. The teens were all black.

”This was almost like being a terrorist act,” Marshall said. ”And we allow this to go on in our neighborhoods?”

They said it started when one teen, without any words or warning, blindsided and assaulted Marshall’s friend as he stood outside with the others.

When Marshall, 39, jumped in, he found himself being attacked by the growing group of teens.

His daughter, Rachel, 15, who weighs about 90 pounds, tried to come to his rescue. The teens pushed her to the ground.

His wife, Yvonne, pushed their son, Donald, 14, into bushes to keep him protected.

”My thing is,” Marshall said, ”I didn’t want this, but I was in fear for my wife, my kids and my friends. I felt I had to stay out there to protect them, because those guys were just jumping, swinging fists and everything.

”I’m lucky. They didn’t break my ribs or bruise my ribs. I thank God, they concentrated on my thick head because I do have one. They were trying to take my head off my spine, basically.”

After several minutes of punches and kicks, the attack ended and the group ran off. The Marshalls’ two adult male friends were not seriously hurt.

”I don’t think I thought at that moment when I tried to jump in,” Rachel Marshall said. ”But when I was laying on the ground, I was just scared.”

Marshall was the most seriously injured. He suffered a concussion and multiple bruises to his head and eye. He said he spent five nights in the critical care unit at Akron General Medical Center.

I understand that this story comes from Akron Ohio and Rocky’s story took place in BC, but since the media in Canada and the US walk in lockstep, it’s interesting to note how they viewed each incident.

For instance, in BC, three white kids attacked a black kid and the media ran with the headline “Apparent B.C. hate crime attack posted on YouTube”. Apparently the white kids were telling the black kid that “he was in a white town, get the F*** out of here”. Now, I never heard that on the YouTube video, but let’s just say that actually happened and move on. Keep in mind the black kid wasn’t hurt.

Contrast that to this story where a pack of black kids screamed ”This is our world” and ”This is a black world’,’ and went on to beat the living shit out of an entire white family — mother, daughter, son and father, etc.

What did the first paragraph to this story say? “Akron police say they aren’t ready to call it a hate crime or a gang initiation.”

Do you figure the reporter for the Akron Beacon would have led his story with the words “Akron police say they aren’t ready to call it a hate crime or a gang initiation” if a few dozen white kids screamed at a black family “This is a white world”, and then went on to pound every last one of them until they were sent to hospital?

Infantilization of women leads to dead babies

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009


Riding high on a crest of lawyer jokes around here, we can now add their ghoulish defence of people who attempt to drown their babies in toilets.


Mood Killer: Moody’s Edition

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Well, readers. There have been a lot of goofy posts over at Keyser’s Lair recently, with Keyser laughing in horror as the politicians in Washington seem set to take a bad situation and to do their damnedest to make it worse to the greatest extent that they can. So, just to bring us back to the astonishing reality of how bad things may get, Keyser presents this little piece of prophecy:

In what will be seen by many as die-cast confirmation that the world economy is plummeting towards an economic and corporate implosion of unprecedented proportions, Moody’s said it anticipated a tidal wave of defaults was approaching.

Obama Supporter Totally Wigs Out

Friday, February 27th, 2009

It seems to be comedy day here at the Lair. First, Keyser finds hilarity in Bloomberg’s reporting on the Obama “Budget.” Next, Keyser came across the blog of some leftist guy who was an Obama supporter, but who found the State of the Union shtick the other night no more encouraging than Keyser did.

And boy, does this guy let it show! He’s written out the whole text and interspersed it with is own commentary. He’s apparently fond of emphasizing text with color, italics, bold and the like, and this psychedelic emotion is flying all over the place as he totally loses it. Here’s just a small sample (the first few words in normal type are Obama’s):

You should also know that the money you’ve deposited in banks across the country is safe; How do we respond to such crap? Our President gets up in front of the world, and without even a hiccup or without having his fingers crossed behind his back, he simply lies with complete impunity. I am depressed. I looked so forward to not having to listen to that stupid, smug son-of-a-bitch “W” Bush. I was really excited about the prospects of having a smart, eloquent, level-headed leader speaking in plain truths and common sense. I am such an asshole! What I have come to realize is that even though I found Bush-the-dumber virtually impossible to listen to, I always thought it was because he was such a self-congratulatory moron. But what I have quickly come to understand is that it was NOT his insipid, shit-assed grin, or his quasi-literate references to Noooquoooler Weaponsssssssssss that made me nutso, it was his lying. And the reason I know that now is because I feel THE EXACT SAME WAY about our new President. It is the lying and the bullshitting that makes me so fucking insanely furious!! It is the fact that these guys treat us like fucking children—little kids who can’t handle the truth. Well, FUCK YOU Mr. President!!! The truth is so very easy to uncover, despite your lies! NO, Mr. President, our money is NOT safe in our banks. You are a liar. The FDIC is virtually insolvent. Bank failures means no access to money. Sure you can make the claim that, in fact, our money is safe because BY LAW it is insured. But “BY LAW” is not reality Mr. President. You can sit up there and obfuscate and dissemble and speak in half-truths and hedge your words with the greatest of care so that, if challenged, you can—you litigious asshole!—use your legal double-speak to defend your lies. But in the end it is just that, lies.

Buyer’s remorse, much?

Anyway, go read the whole thing. Leftist or not, the man is right.

[Okay, this guy doesn't actually write out the whole speech, as he gives up in despair before the end. Better hope that's not a metaphor for the future!]

This glob of asphalt was personally poured into a pot hole over at Keyser’s Lair by Joey “Don’t nobody mess with me ‘cuz I’m dah man!” Biden.

Bloomberg Turns into Humor Magazine

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Who would have imagined that reading the financial news would turn into a great way to start your day off with a belly laugh?

President Barack Obama’s first budget request would provide as much as $750 billion in new aid to the financial industry, as it lays plans to overhaul the U.S. health-care system and raise taxes on the wealthy.

The spending blueprint, sent to Congress today, forecasts record outlays for the current fiscal year of $3.94 trillion, up 32 percent from a year ago. That would yield a record deficit of $1.75 trillion in the year ending Sept. 30, equal to about 12 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, the highest since World War II.

“It’s only by restoring fiscal discipline” that the U.S. can produce growth and prosperity “over the long run,” Obama said today. “That means cutting what we don’t need” to pay for necessary programs.

The person who wrote this is either a complete idiot or has one of the most sharply honed senses of irony across the internet. The man who proposes a deficit of monumental proportions is then quoted as talking about “fiscal responsibility” without the least indication that there’s a bit of a disconnect here. Comedy gold.

Crime Doesn’t Pay

Monday, February 16th, 2009

This morning, Mrs. Söze asked if a location was nearby, and Keyser replied that it was about eight blocks away. Turns out something bad had happened there, as Mrs. S. had learned on the radio.

Apparently, a car was stolen in Saskatchewan, and its GPS finked to the local police here in Alberta that it was on a big street close to us. (One wonders what the GPS had been doing in the interim. Perhaps the car wasn’t reported as stolen for a while.) The cops went up to the car, which proceeded to speed off at high speed. It dinged a Cadillac, and this is the result (the Caddy’s off to the left):


Ode to Winter

Monday, February 16th, 2009

As winter grinds on relentlessly on the barren plains of western Canada, the following haiku seems to capture the mood effectively:

Here in Edmonton
summer is beautiful but
winter never ends.

Ain’t that the truth!

[A ratty-looking guy pushing around a shopping cart with far too much in it was heard muttering this poem over at Keyser's Lair.]

I’m Okay, You’re Okay: Pervert Edition

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Keyser just came across another one of those “Hey, there ain’t no such thing as deviant” stories.

Eroticism is in the eye of the beholder. In Japan, some women turn to electrically charged squid for sexual satisfaction. In the American world of masochism, one man begged to be tied on a spit and roasted over sizzling coals. His counterpart, a latex-loving dominatrix, reached ecstasy merely watching his pain.

We’re still stuck on race

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

It was never an issue for me. The last five girlfriends I had were not white. At my university I had friends and co-workers from all over the world. I’ve been to five continents. I’d have to be an idiot not to think that there were some still lingering racial issues to tidy up, but I always thought that just by sheer time we would just learn to leave it all behind.


Administration of Justice: Do-It-Yourself Edition

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

In these days of the nanny state, when so many people seem to need a government program involved in wiping their own asses, it’s nice to see people show a bit of initiative. Item the first:

Prosecutors said 44-year-old Rajini Narayan confessed to neighbors that she set her husband on fire on Dec. 8, 2008, after she saw him hug another woman.

O. Henry Updated

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Keyser’s pretty sure it’s obligatory for every North American high school student to read the O. Henry short story “The Gift of the Magi.” In case you’ve forgotten, it’s a heart-warming saga of a poor couple at Christmas time. The wife’s got nice long hair, so hubby wants to buy her a fancy comb set. Having no money (on account of being poor), he goes and sells his fancy pocket watch to buy the comb set (though Keyser always wondered what he was going with such a thing if they’re that poor). Wifey, on the other hand, goes and has her hair lopped off to buy a fancy chain for the watch (used to be that nice hair was more valuable or at least gold chains cheaper back then). Must have been a humdinger of a Christmas, no? (“Now what in the fuck do we do?” “We could brush the chain with the comb.” “Oh, shut up.”)

Cue to modern update: (more…)

Ricky Gervais hates the aesthetically disadvantaged

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

How can Ricky Gervais slam fatasses weight-enriched lovable people with such aplomb? Does he not recognize the value that they provide to our society? Oh sure, the larger among us rarely get the recognition they deserve, but have made large strides, even without having to get off the couch! They have been successful in getting themselves recognized as a disability, making yet another aspect of our lives the concern of a loving and just federal government. Being fun-sized is merely a failure on the part of the corporations, the media…anyone but us.

Those of you of the thin obviously self-unloving kind, take heed–your days are numbered, and as soon as we unencumber you of the burdens of self-control and deportment, you will someday join us.