Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A red herring rots from the head down

As noted by Mattt, Stockboy resorted to the universally respected red herring defence to downplay the importance of Paul Pritchard's 10 minute YouTube of Robert Dziekanski's death by stun gun at YVR, now seen by millions of people all over the world :

"Drunk-driving accidents also claim the lives of fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and other loved ones, "and where's the shock and horror?"
The Tories introduced new legislation last month that would see harsher fines and sentences for impaired drivers and give police more powers for roadside testing."
According to Stockboy, millions of us appear to have rather inconsiderately wandered off the main Con message here.

But following BC Premier Gordon Campbell's announcement that he would initiate a public inquiry to supplement the usual in-house no-fault internal RCMP inquiry, Stockboy took another stab at representing his own ministry :
"There's nobody can watch this without just feeling the emotions that this man's mother felt, that all of us as Canadians felt. This was a tragic incident that took place," Day said.
"We never want to see it happen again. I'm sorry it took place. I think all Canadians are sorry it took place and we want to make sure it never happens again. That's why there are a number of inquests at a variety of levels."
However it is still not entirely clear from this non-apology whether the "tragic incident" Stockboy "never wants to see happen again" is the gratuitous killing of a confused unarmed man who didn't speak English in 25 seconds by four RCMP or just the worldwide distribution of the evidence of it.

Commanding officer of the RCMP in B.C., Gary Bass has said that he "worries his officers could become "Taser shy" following public criticism", but apparently as of yesterday - no worries there.
At least this time it wasn't just for double-parking.


Anonymous said...

Admit it - you just have taser-envy.

daev said...

Alison said -

"According to Stockboy, millions of us appear to have rather inconsiderately wandered off the main Con message here."

NAILED it. Game, set match.

Anonymous said...

Alison, I am shocked, simply shocked, I tell you, to see that you are still not treating a certain trade name with all the respect it is due. Where are the caps? Where is the little trademark sign? You know how important good manners are to those people.

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