Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mark It With A "B" ***Updated***

The sensible thing to do would be to hold off until tomorrow on this story; then again, the sensible thing to do would be to find something more productive than blogging.

So a few hours ago this girl claims she was mugged at an ATM in Pittsburgh. The alleged assailant (a dark-skinned black man, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 200 pounds with a medium build) got $60.00 out of her, then noticed the McCain bumper sticker on her car, "became agitated" and attacked her and carved the B in her face.

One has to be delicate here because if this girl is the victim of a mugging then she's had a very traumatic experience. And it would be naive of me to claim that an Obama supporter isn't capable of this kind of violence, because it's a big country and the majority of it appears to support Obama. They're not all saints. Still, with all that, I don't think the mugger is the one who made a political statement here.

Before I go on, I want to point out that I'm not the only one who isn't buying it. Wonkette is rejecting it outright, and to her credit, so is Michelle Malkin. (H/T for the picture, Ms. M!) So here is our problem with the story.

  1. The black eye isn't swollen. Normally so soon after blow, it would be. Miss Todd has refused medical attention, so we can't get more information about this.
  2. The letter - why "B" and not "O"? Seems to me an O would be a lot quicker (thus avoiding the risk of capture) and more commonly associated with Obama.
  3. Why such a light touch? Wouldn't someone perpetrating such a savage attack (remember, he was said to be agitated) draw a little blood?
  4. And for god's sake, why is it backward?

On the other hand if you were a McCain volunteer, worried about the polls, you might consider faking an attack to stir up a little rage at Obama supporters, especially the dark-skinned black ones. The backward letter recalls a similar event that occurred in the eighties to Morton Downey Jr. His show was on the way out, and he claimed to have been attacked by neo-nazis who carved a swastika on his face; but it was backward. The subsequent investigation concluded that Downey had carved it himself while looking in a mirror.

I'll give Michelle Malkin the last word. God help me.

Hate crimes hoaxes — by anyone, of any political persuasion, and of any color — diminish us all.

***Update*** Just kidding, says Ashley Todd. "You're under arrest," reply Pittsburgh police. Time to put this one to bed.


Merge Divide said...

Call me a cynic… but if I’m going to rob a woman at knife-point in front of an ATM on the busiest street in Bloomfield (which happens to be the almost-entirely-white Little Italy section of town), I’m not going to stick around afterwards to see what bumper stickers she has on her car, and then double-back to carefully scratch (it was certainly not “carved” as some would have it) a very neat backwards (or upside-down) “B” into her cheek (therefore making a political statement), and tell her I’m “teaching her a lesson”. Especially if I know that Sean Hannity just happens to be in town the next day.
I guess it’s within the realm of possibility…

Publius said...

I was not ready to believe it either.

But, it is starting to look like it happened as claimed. I am edging toward accepting this tale of an Obamaton gone wild. But I'm not there yet.

Mark this one down with the idiot New York Obamaton that beat up the old lady because she was holding a McCain sign!

Add this to the fascist style that Obama is developing where it concerns the oppression of free political speech and we've got quite an alarming look at Obama and his cultish followers.

No president will ever fall as hard from his undeserved reputation or as dangerously on the people as this one.

It will be a dreary, dangerous, destructive 4 years ahead of us. Obama will damage this country more than any president ever has. Race relations will be set back decades, foreign policy will be irreparably hurt, the economy will slide into depression further than it is now, unions will put out of business ever more businesses, and schools will get worse than ever under this execrable man.

Danielk said...

I respectfully disagree.

Publius said...

Glad I said I wasn't quite there yet. She is now admitting she faked the Obama "B" part!

I was uncomfortable with her story. Now I know why.

Merge Divide said...

Are you going to retract some of your more melodramatic predictions from this thread, or are you sticking with 'em?

Publius said...

No, because the ONE element that turned out to be untrue does NOT deflate the rest.

If I say "the sky is blue, the grass is neon pink, rocks are gray and dirt is brown." Just because grass is NOT neon pink does not make all the other colors wrong, too.

An idiot Obamaton DID beat up an old lady that was a McCain supporter. He admitted to the police that he did it and he's now under indictment for it.

Obama HAS tried to sue government and the law to unconstitutionally shut down his opponent's free political speech like the good fascist he is.

And in my opinion he will irreparably harm this country.

So, there really isn't anything to retract.

Merge Divide said...

Ok then, I predict your hate will gradually consume you until there's nothing left.

Publius said...

Merge... I guess if that happens I'll join you at the Hate Anonymous meetings that you've been attending for years. You guys went over the edge in 2000.

Danielk said...

Pub, I think the fallacy Merge Divide is trying to address here is one of association. You were using the Ashley Todd attack as a vehicle to paint all Democrats with the same brush, like we're all 6'2" African American criminals. I refer you to my photo.

So even if Todd wasn't faking, that's some crazy ranting there. The fact that she was merely makes it crazy UNPROMPTED ranting.

Merge Divide said...

That's damn good summation daniel K.

Danielk said...

Thanks. Once in a while I like to address the basics.

Matthew said...

not sure how this country could possibly be damaged further POST-bush. the wound is bleeding, it cant bleed more! we're almost outta blood!