Thursday, October 23, 2008

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MCCAIN VOLUNTEER 'ATTACKED AND MUTILATED' IN PITTSBURGH...
'B' CARVED INTO 20-YEAR OLD WOMAN'S FACE...
'Robber cut face'...
Video...

In response to: Late Afternoon/Early Evening Open Thread

12 comments:

seth said...

I'm sure this is no reflection on the average B.O. supporter but I do wonder how the media will report on this and how they would report on it if this had been a McCain supporter.

george said...

This so reminds me of the Brown Shirts of Pre-Nazi Germany. Next they'll be breaking up Republican rallys.

As for the media, CNN and MSNBC will probably put the blame on the victim.

Mundy said...

It could be fake...

seth said...

No mention what so ever or abc or cbs.Very sad and very disturbing that these people are so in the tank for B.O.
If this had been a McCain supporter there would have been story about "Is the McCain campaign inciting hatred and racism?"The lack of objectivity is frightening.

Mundy said...

Right... They may be waiting to figure out if it is a hoax... I could see it happening, but its odd that the attack happened outside the view of the ATM...

Andrusha said...

George, I don’t understand your Nazi metaphor. I daresay you got it backwards. For the past few weeks I have been regarding the McCain campaign with the trepidation of a historian. Republican rallies have been unabashedly threatening. I’ll be damned if this missed John McCain or Sarah Palin’s radar. These campaigns are working too hard to stray off message; they're looking for something that sticks. If it doesn't, they'll give it up within 48 hours. Time is of the essence. But McCain and Palin kept on barking up that tree nonstop for at least a week. If McCain/Palin want to raise questions about Obama’s judgment, so be it, but keep it at that. In the meantime, their message is being openly “miscontrued” as condoning racial and/or cultural intolerance by xenophobic rally regulars. "He's a Muslim," "he's an Arab," and pointed references to the Democratic candidate’s middle name ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE ACCUSATIONS. FOR MANY AMERICANS, BEING MUSLIM OR ARAB IS A FACT OF LIFE. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING ARAB OR MUSLIM. NOT A WHIT.

The bottom line is that McCain/Palin's intent does not matter if the intent is consistently confused by the general public—when that happens, it is the responsibility of the candidate to (1) tweak their rhetoric to elicit the reaction they’re going for and (2) specifically address the misunderstanding. We’re trying to become a more perfect union, right? If the candidate is indeed in control of their party, they’ll buck the lunatics and act like the role model they were chosen to be.

Now, if the attack was indeed politically motivated, wouldn't it have been that much, much easier (as well as more poignant) to carve an "O" on a struggling victim instead of a backwards "B"? Maybe B stands for "bitch." That would be very gangsta. Furthermore, if this is a bona fide thug, then I see no reason why it is suspicious for this attack to have occurred "out the view of the ATM." A hardened thug knows how to commit a crime.

In the off chance the backward "B" _does_ stand for Barack and the thug has taken artistic license with an iconic name, the simple truth remains--criminals are criminals. Sure, give the story its fifteen minutes of televised glory. Why not. But I can guarantee you it will gain no real traction with the viewership. The "story" is not about the attack, but its implications to the respective candidate. In this case there is no connection between this criminal and the TONE of the Democratic rallies. This story would be a much bigger deal if Ashley Todd were instead an Obama volunteer and this thug a McCain supporter. The trend towards violence would be self-evident.

Anyway, the evidence overall is very weak. The worth of the story hinges on her testimony about the man’s reaction to a bumper sticker. It is also suspicious that she refused medical treatment for her cut. For good or for ill, someone is out to make a name for themselves.

I look forward to seeing the thug brought to justice. Until further ado, however, that's my none-too-exciting assessment of the crime. I must be in the tank with the “liberal media.”

seth said...

I have to admit that seeing her picture and reading the full story does cast a little doubt on the story.I might have come to this conclusion earlier if the media had done there job.The fact is that a story wich may cast a negative light on the messiah will not be reported.If it were a M on this woman's face there would be hysterics all over the media.

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Mundy said...

For those that think I censored the previous comment, I did not. We do not allow swearing on this blog. His message was fine (I disagreed with it) but if individuals cannot express themselves without cussing, then their comments will be deleted.

seth said...

I am not a republican.I have stated that there was doubt raised about the truth of the story.I never compared B.O. to hitler.I fail to see where evolution even comes into this discussion.There is enough blame for every body to go around Ds,Rs and people getting loans that they couldn't afford.I fail to see what B.O. has ever accomplished.He voted present 130 times as a state senetor.He went to a racist church for over twenty years but wasn't swift enough to catch on.He is slow witted or lying.Do you recall the fuss that was made when G Dubya made a speech at Bob Jones ?Your boy is a empty suit.Please indicate one thing he has done while in office.And what is with all the hostility?Is it that hard to accept that someone questions the Messiah?Maybe if he gets elected you can have us all put into camps.

seth said...

BTW,
Now that we know the story is fake and reflects badly on the Mccain camp it will make the news.I am not voting for McCain.I just want to see the media do there job properly.

Mundy said...

Oh well.. its fake... Its too bad that it will take up news cycles on this garbage...