Nasty Habits

Way to start the new year.  Here’s Miami’s first death-by-cop:

[Lynn] Weatherspoon, a father of two, was well-known to the law.

His first arrest, for aggravated battery, came at age 16. In July, he was released from prison after serving two years for cocaine trafficking. In 2004, he completed a three-year prison term for armed robbery.

“He was a good grandson, I raised him myself,” said Frances Hall, 71. – Miami Hurled

Far be it from me to add to the grief of a family mourning the demise of a child, but Grandma, this is not the record of a “good” grandson, and if you think it is, you need to get out of the business of raising kids.   This is a youngster who had absolutely no future unless somebody, somehow, derailed the death train whose locomotive he steered.  Which is what the cops are saying they did by popping his cork – I don’t agree, but it neither puts me on your side, nor erases the sorrow you’re feeling.  Again, I’m sorry.  It’s tragic on too many levels.  Kids shouldn’t be shot to death by the police.  But  kids shouldn’t be committing adult crimes.

You know the (redundant) expression, “Win-Win For Everyone?” This is “Lose Lose.”

Happy New Year.

In other (unrelated) news, check this out:

A year later, Notre Dame barred the band from its campus after a show in which the drum major wore a nun’s habit and used a cross as a baton. Notre Dame’s fans were even more direct: A woman came charging out of the stands and tried to wrestle the cross away while screaming, “You’re going to hell!” – Miami Hurled

You’re going to hell!”  This sounds like my regular commenter, “Neil (a Christian soul),” who has assured me of my fate as a resident of Hades for about a decade now.  Neil: are you a woman?  Are you the one who launched herself years ago onto the field as described here, ululating your favorite epithet?  If so, I’m honored anew at your evangelical energy directed my way.  Happy New Year to you as well.

I look forward to making the acquaintance of a nun-garbed cheerleader in hell.  That sounds like party city, doesn’t it?  I’ll bring the holy water, spelled (approximately) t-e-q-u-i-l-a.

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3 Responses to Nasty Habits

  1. 'Nonymous says:

    I agree that grandma sets the bar ‘way too low here. You might go on to say that grandma isn’t alone in doing this, and that in fact when you start looking at some of the similar stories coming out of neighborhoods like hers you find this low-bar attitude everywhere. Worse, it self-perpetuates because there aren’t any genuine successful role models. It’s a sad story, but the ending won’t change until the beginning does.

  2. Hose B says:

    Hey — that looks like Sister Charles Bronson, my 4th grade teacher.

  3. Mister E says:

    It’s enlightening to see the discussion on the Herald’s web site about what really happened, and who’s to blame. You have the typical racist response that it’s one more spade off the street, and you have your angry “It’s racist crooked cops firing guns” maneuver, etc. This city hates itself like poison.

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