The bouncing ball of public comment has not yet come to rest on some items which I had previously commented on. I thought I’d give them a quick revisit and see if I’m still as miffed, and people still think they can run their mouth off, and no-one will notice.
Re; the Alleged black mugger, dead in the park.
I know his Mamma misses him and still thinks the world of him, but….you still can’t say anything bad about a dead person. As part of his sterling qualities, she was quoted in today’s paper, saying that, “He was interested in music. He worked on a CD.” Big F*** deal! I’m interested in women, but I have no idea how they function. Notice, she didn’t say that he sang, or played an instrument, or created music in any way. “Worked on a CD” might mean that he was the guy who heat-sealed on, that indestructible wrapping that you need a blow-torch or crowbar to remove. It could mean that he cleaned, oiled and reloaded a pistol for some punk rapper. If he was all that interested in music, he shouldn’t have been alone in a park at 11:30 P.M., Allegedly with a fake gun.
Re; The guy who was strip-searched, after his 4 year-old drew a picture of a gun.
He has received an apology from the local Chief of Police, and a promise that “procedures will be reviewed”. Apparently he’s as impressed with that as I am. He says he still plans to pursue legal recourse. A female columnist in today’s paper was all gushy about the “sincere and responsible apology”, and felt he should accept it and just move on. Her article claims his ordeal lasted only four and a half hours. His humiliation and embarrassment may last the rest of his life but, the original article said that he was left in a cell “overnight”, with no clothes, and only a blanket to cover him. Somebody’s wrong/lying.
Police still claim that, the reason he was strip-searched, was that he was to be put into general population, and they didn’t want him to pose a threat to other prisoners. Were they going to put him in with the others naked? After going over his clothes, they should have been returned to him no matter where he spent the night. It’s either sloppy police-work or harassment tactics. I think the Chief would rather plead guilty to sloppy work than admit to bully-boy methods, that’s why the promise to review procedures, to divert attention from the unacceptable alternative.
They claim they were going to put him with others, but forgot(?), and left him alone, in a single cell. That is yet another example of sloppy work/harassment! It smacks of the recent story from the States, of a fifteen-year-old boy, picked up on a bullshit charge, thrown into a single cell at the end of the cell-block, and forgotten for three and a half days. He had to drink his own urine to survive. Somebody gotta get out and write them traffic tickets, but there’s no quota!
Re; Gay/Straight high-school support groups.
The Catholic Church, and its more vocal supporters are all over the Provincial government on this issue. They’re playing the, “We’ll make up the definition.” game. The premier is a Catholic, with teens in a Catholic high-school. The female Minister of Education also has two kids in Catholic schools, and yet they are accused of ganging up on the poor, defenceless Church.
The definition game is that they are claiming that the government’s edict forces them to violate their moral code. Which one? The one that says they can demean people they don’t approve of? Render unto Caesar, that which is Caesar’s, and get on with it. The moral code as I understand it, is, Love the sinner, hate the sin, so form the damned groups, love the unloved ones, and put the moralistic preening away.
Actually, after all of this, it’s still not about the groups, it’s about the name. They simply don’t want the word gay included. The fundamentalists worry that allowing the use of the word might somehow imply that the Church or its agents approve of those they view to be sinners. In a different version of the definition game, they claim that the government is forcing them to use the term Gay/Straight Alliance. In fact, the legislation prevents the Church from forcing the groups not to use the commonly accepted name. The students are free to call their groups anything they want, with no pressure from the state, but the fundies know what name the kids will choose, if only to p**s off these Bible thumpers.
These are the people most likely to disparage the picayune peccadilloes of the al Qaeda. It’s like the pot calling the kettle anal retentive. Apparently they don’t own any mirrors. There is much in the Church, and in religion, that is good, but this is just OCD central. Some of these people need professional help, or at the very least, signage at the end of their driveways, directing them toward reality and tolerance. All this fuss about a word! People used to be tortured to death, and wars fought over things like, how many Angels can dance on the head of a pin? Are you pleased with how far we’ve come?