Thursday, August 09, 2012

Racist idiots

By now you've heard of the Oak Creek Asshat[1], a white-supremacist[2] musician, former Army misfit[3], and heavy drinker who walked into a Sikh temple and murdered people, including a woman and an 85-year old man. He shot up the kitchen of the temple, where women were preparing a meal called the "langar," which is free and open to the public. The Sikhs in the temple would have welcomed the Asshat and fed him. Instead, he shot up the place.

First, let's give credit where it is richly due: The two Oak Creek police officers who did not fall back and wait for the cavalry but who engaged the shooter and killed him. Asshat shot and wounded Lt. Brian Murphy, who was trying to aid one of the victims; Officer Sam Lenda then shot and killed Asshat. Those officers probably reduced the carnage by their actions. They are heroes.

Second, all honor to the president of the temple, a 65-year old man named Satwant Singh Kaleka who, armed with only a dull knife, attacked Asshat and was shot fatally by Asshat. Mr. Kaleka's bravery delayed Asshat, and his attack gave time to the women and children in the temple to flee for their lives. If they gave the Medal of Honor to civilians, he should get one. But they don't, so he should be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Third, remember when the DHS was looking at the domestic terror threat from right-wing extremists and the GOP got all bent out of shape?

Finally, was Asshat's target selection based on deranged thinking such as "Osama bin Ladin wore a turban, bin Ladin was a terrorist, Sikhs wear turbans, so Sikhs are terrorists"?[4] Or was this an attack on the "Other," in which case he could have easily have walked into a mosque, a Buddhist temple, or a synagogue?
[1] I will not refer to clowns like Asshat by their proper names. It would be nice if the traditional press followed a similar practice.
[2] A term that might as well mean "pale-faced loser."
[3] Asshat was busted in rank and tossed out of the Army on "other than honorable" (OTH) conditions, the lowest grade of administrative discharge. An OTH discharge means that he were fired for being an nonredeemable dirtbag.
[4] Asshat reportedly went to high school in Colorado; they need to do a better job in teaching critical thinking skills.

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  • Sam Lenda is the Alastair Sim of the Oak Creek Police Department. Like Sim, Lenda is not interested in publicity and he does not feel like a hero. He thought being a hero is silly. It seems possible that Sam Lenda would turn down the heroism award because it may impinge too much on his privacy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:55 PM  

  • Savan Nick Lenda has been married to former Patricia Ann Larsen for 33 years. Happy anniversary, Sam!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:45 PM  

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