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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Portrait of the Slag as an Angry Man

UPDATE: Yay, the newspaper posted it! My comment is from "Joe S," the 8th up from the bottom of the page. The title is "Don't use bad logic to twist this tragedy for political gain." [It's Joe S. because my first name is Joe... or maybe it's not... muhaha]

Have you ever read something in comments on a news article that made you really, really angry? Oh, of course you have. Part of living in a country with free speech is that people have a right say heartbreakingly evil things - and since free speech is a critical right in a democratic society, I will fight for their right to keep saying those things. Today, while obsessively reading Virgina Tech news, I came across such a comment. At the close of this article, our friendly neighborhood extremist leaves a comment blaming... not the murderer*... but liberals. Scroll to the bottom of the page.

We all know that the right-wing extremists will blame the liberals for a rainy day, but this is utterly ridiculous. According to this guy, the reason that mofo went on a shooting rampage is because liberals used multiculturalism to encourage his family not to become American citizens. Never mind all the American citizens who go on shooting rampages; it's still the liberals' fault.

So rather than doing what I usually do - moving on and seething in a pit of rage for the rest of the day - I registered and left a comment.** The comment will be posted as soon as it is approved.

I'm not sure if this made me feel any better about life, but at least now two people have taken a stand against extremist illogic instead of one. If you're looking for something to do instead of work, and I know you are, have a look. I'm curious to see how this plays out.

Meanwhile, I am going to look at pictures of moose until I calm down.

*I feel seriously uncomfortable writing the mofo's name, because I don't want his name to be remembered, thereby giving him the fame he always longed for, and thereby possibly encouraging other narcissistic violent types from thinking that this is a good way to get lasting fame.

**I'm not actually from Chesapeake, VA, but the site required a local city. Or maybe I am from Chesapeake, VA, and I'm just writing this postscript to fool you. Muhaha...

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Blogger Drek said...

Hell, you should check out Conservapedia. Yesterday they were blaming all this on pornography and an insufficient number of firearms.* Yes, you read that right: gun control is responsible for gun deaths.

Today, it's even more bizarre. It seems that, somehow, this all happened because the shooter was an "anti-Christian zealot" and liked muslims. Did he like Muslims? Who the hell knows. One of the victims was Lebanese so he sure didn't care about Arabs.

From Conservapedia:

"Day 4: Press reports downplay how the killer was anti-Christian zealot who scrolled "Ismail" (the Muslim spelling of "Ishmael") on his arm and on his package to NBC. The police refuse to release any information from the killer's computers, even though his former roommate said he spent much time on his laptop. The police now deny that he left a suicide note, despite previous reports."

That bit about the computer? Yeah, it's because they think the police are suppressing evidence that the shooter really liked hardcore porn. All I can say about that is: correlation doesn't equal causation. Since most people who look at hardcore porn don't become spree killers, it's really unlikely to have a strong causal effect.

*No, really, somebody was saying that it was a "fact" that if all the students and professors had been armed, this wouldn't have happened. Because if there's anything the Old West was known for, it's a low crime rate...

Thursday, April 19, 2007 9:59:00 AM  
Blogger Slag said...

Thanks, Drek. I'm not sure if I'm glad the Conservapedians left Wikipedia and isolated themselves in their own little clubhouse with their own toys, or I'm sad that they exist for people to think that it might be a serious alternative.

The newspaper never did publish my comment, and I suspect they're not going to, possibly because I referred to the anti-multiculturalism guy as coming from the "extreme right." If they don't publish the comment by tomorrow, I'll post it here.

I did, however, really like this comment, from Elaine L. of Virginia Beach:

The disturbed, troubled, suicidal, and yes, murdering, young man was an immigrant who had never elected to become a citizen of this country. This is true. The brave, amazing, brilliant, professor who sacrificed his own life to allow his students to leap to their freedom and safety was also a resident alien, an Israeli citizen who had been inthis country many years and had never become a citizen. Two individuals, two choices, two paths. Multiculturalism is truly grand.

People like Elaine L. are why I am proud to be an American, and I have so much hope for my country.

Thursday, April 19, 2007 11:50:00 AM  
Blogger The Dainty Deb said...

Good for you,, Joe. Well done. These days you could bottle up crazy in this country and sell it to other nations, so excellent job in corking one of those bottles, no matter how briefly.

Friday, April 20, 2007 5:40:00 AM  

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