Vancouver community responds to racist graffiti

Down here in Vancouver, the community is responding to last weekend’s racist graffiti. For instance:

Other community leaders have publicly denounced the incident. Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas issued a statement this week saying, “these recent criminal acts are reprehensible and this sort of conduct should not be tolerated.”

Still not sure why efforts to do something positive about this rotten little graffiti attack seem to make some folks so upset. No, it won’t change the entire universe forever, but it might let the 16 year old kid (and many of her neighbors who were also victimized) who had her name and vile epithets and swastikas sprayed on the street know that folks care what happened and will do what they can.

Evil and good men doing nothing and all that sort of business, you know?

UPDATE—Courtesy of the rabbit in comments, it seems there has been a similar incident in Everett.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover says at least five vehicles were found early Friday with painted messages; several were painted with racial slurs.

At least two vehicle owners are minorities.

Comments

  1. 1

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The Seattle Times reports this morning that a similar crime was committed in Everett. Police found racist graffiti spray-painted on 5 cars. I wonder if a skinhead gang is traveling up and down the I-5 corridor?

  2. 2

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas issued a statement this week saying, ‘these recent criminal acts are reprehensible and this sort of conduct should not be tolerated.’”

    Wait a minute. Hooooold the phooooone!!! If this guy is the sheriff why is he saying “should not” be tolerated instead of “will not” be tolerated?! Does he have to think about it? Does he lack authority to enforce the laws against vandalism and malicious mischief? Is he testing community sentiment before deciding to arrest racist thugs? What’s with this weak-kneed sheriff you’ve got down there, anyway? Is he a Republican?

  3. 3

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “Still not sure why efforts to do something positive about this rotten little graffiti attack seem to make some folks so upset.”

    Because they did it? Not accusing, just asking.

  4. 4

    headless lucy spews:

    re 2: Maybe he knows who is tolerating the actions and is reminding them that they should not — or else.

  5. 5

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @4 Nah, it sounds more like he’s asking the public if it should be tolerated. The public probably thinks they elected him to decide that.

  6. 7

    manoftruth spews:

    they also spray painted “miss california is a stupid bitch”. oh wait, that was perez hilton. as long as its a protected class making the remark about a christian its ok. nervermind

  7. 8

    Chuck spews:

    Hey the toxicology reports came in on the death of M J it seems de died of food poisoning.
    yup he had some 12 tear old nuts!

  8. 9

    spews:

    It’s just paint, John. I’m sure in the last month or two, some woman has been raped in Vancouver. Why not two indignant posts about that? You do think rape is a more serious crime than racist graffiti, don’t you?

  9. 11

    manoftruth spews:

    @9
    you are missing the point about the liberal philosophy. the one and only crime in this world, whether you do it, or just think it, is racism. and they’ll stretch logic if they have to. its pretty easy to figure out why.

  10. 12

    spews:

    White liberals push racism stories to the front for two reasons: 1) It makes them Martin Luther King-esque. And 2) … wait … brb, my Hot Pocket™ is ready.

  11. 13

    manoftruth spews:

    let me ask this. what would more quickly get a politician kicked out on his butt, a charge of rape, or a charge of antisemitism?

  12. 14

    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    Puddy commends the Vancouver community’s response.

    headless lucy is a racist.
    rujax is a racist.
    Racism is bad.
    headless lucy is bad.
    rujax is bad.
    liberalism is bad.
    ylb is a moron.
    Roger Rabbit is a dumb bunny.
    correctnotright is a buffoon.

    That should cover it.

  13. 15

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @7 Personally, I think an awful lot of people who call themselves “Christians” should be prosecuted for fraud. What I mean is, it’s against the law to tell people you’re a cop when you’re not, and it also should be a crime to tell people you’re a Christian when you’re not.

  14. 16

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @9 Here’s a suggestion. Let’s cut off rapists’ balls and graffiti vandals’ hands.*

    * Just kidding! Saudis laugh at stuff like this.

  15. 19

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Trolls @ all: Yes, you guys strike me as the type who’d prefer that newspapers publish stories about racist incidents and hate crimes in the back pages, or preferably not at all.

  16. 20

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Random thought of the day: Does calling a Republican coward “yellow” discriminate against bananas?

  17. 21

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @14 “Roger Rabbit is a dumb bunny.”

    Maybe, but I’m only a feral rodent, so nothing is expected of me. What’s your excuse?

  18. 22

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @18 It might not be a good idea to joke about the Israelis. Look what happened to the last bunch who did that.

    Say, isn’t it past your bedtime?

  19. 23

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Former Gainesville, Ga. mayor Mark Musselwhite has been arrested for public indecency after police found him walking naked in a public park. Musselwhite claimed he’d been swimming in the river. He didn’t say whether he lost his clothes in the bushes or the stock market.

    Hizzoner is, of course, a Republican (did you need to ask?).

  20. 24

    manoftruth spews:

    @22
    you’re right roger, the palestinians are still being murdered and the world wide media is pretty much afraid to say anything.

    but if it makes you feel better, keep making saudi jokes. they dont own any newspapers

  21. 25

    manoftruth spews:

    @23
    roger,
    when an african-american congressman is arrested with 90 thousand dollars hidden in his freezer, do you need to say , democrat, (did you need to ask)? dope

  22. 27

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @23 I can’t quite figure out whether you’re asking a question or making a statement. In any case #23 is too incoherent to frame a reply. Apparently you were still up at 2:42 AM, and by then quite drunk.

  23. 28

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @26 This is a political blog, not a crime blotter, jackass! Why does this blog need to reiterate every crime reported in the local newspapers? If you want to know who got arrested lately, try reading a fucking newspaper once in a while — that’s what newspapers are for. Imbecile.

  24. 29

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Rightwing Coup In Honduras

    We wake up this morning to find out the elected pro-peasant president of Honduras has been overthrown and packed off to Costa Rica by soldiers after he sacked the country’s top general.

    In South America, where most people are dirt poor, the ruling elites just can’t stand the idea of the hungry being fed. This is Honduras’ third military coup since the Nixon days.

    In our own country, guess which political party undermines South American democracies and funnels arms to that unhappy continent’s rightwing thugs, torturers, slave traffickers, and dictators?

  25. 30

    spews:

    John, you are on trial here. Your reputation is being called into question. What do you have to say for yourself?

  26. 31

    spews:

    Here’s the truth. White liberals push racism stories to the forefront, and downplay the black crime epidemic, to assuage their guilt as past injustices. But the fact is that today, blacks mess up their own lives then blame it on racism. Racism stories are a diversion. It’s a way of taking attention away from the disproportionate amount of crimes blacks commit.

    Jesus fucking Christ, am I a brilliant thinker, or what?

  27. 33

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “Even those with health insurance are going broke”

    No, I didn’t make that up. This is the headline on the lede story in the Seattle Times this morning.

    This isn’t another article about people without medical insurance. It’s about people with medical insurance going broke.

    The article says in 2007 nearly 2/3rds of all personal bankruptcies in the U.S. were linked to “illnesses, loss of income or high medical bills,” and over 3/4ths of those debtors had medical insurance when they got sick.

    “What’s more,” the Times says, “even insured people without serious health problems … are struggling” with high deductibles and copays that are “eroding the value of employer-provided insurance” even as employers struggle with higher costs for employee coverage.

    All across America, people who thought they were insured are losing their homes, retirements, and life savings when they have a serious illness and coverage loopholes or caps prove financially devastating. Almost no one is safe. That more than anything else, the Times says, is what’s driving broad public support for health care reform.

    Two things are clear about health insurance in the U.S.: That the system is broken and getting worse every year, and that conservatives are opposed to any change that would benefit ordinary hard-working Americans.

    Conservatives are fucking misanthropes. That’s gotta be it, they simply hate people, and they enjoy watching human beings suffer. I wouldn’t be surprised if they rip wings off monarch butterflies for sport, too.

    “For Americans with serious illnesses, even good insurance is no guarantee they won’t go broke and they will get all the medical care they need.”

  28. 34

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @30 If I may presume to speak for Jon — go fuck yourself. Nobody gave you permission to ask questions here. Until you have a license to practice law, buddy, you’re not entitled to cross-examine anyone. Go out to the shed and kiss your billygoat’s ass.

  29. 35

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @31 “Jesus fucking Christ, am I a brilliant thinker, or what?”

    No. You’re an officious ass.

  30. 36

    SJ spews:

    @ Roger Rabbit

    Personally, I think an awful lot of people who call themselves “Christians” should be prosecuted for fraud. What I mean is, it’s against the law to tell people you’re a cop when you’re not, and it also should be a crime to tell people you’re a Christian when you’re not.

    Is there any other human institution that so readily disowns its bad deeds?

    Hmmm..

    post war II Germany
    Gorbachev on Stalin
    the American South
    Liberal Muslims

    Still, I think the Christians take the prize!

  31. 37

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    So, Troll, what do you think of the rightwing military coup overthrowing Honduras’ democratically-elected government? I mean, regardless of whether you agreed with the Honduran president or not, do you think military officers have a prerogative to stage a coup and overrule the will of the people, just because they can? Or are they fucking traitors who ought to be shot?

    What if that happened in our country — let’s say armed rightwing thugs overthrew President Obama and the Democratic Congress, and installed an Iran-style theocratic dictatorship? Would you fight in the streets to restore constitutional government, possibly at the risk of your life, or cower in your mommy’s bedroom, or stamp and applaud and cheer along with the likes of Lush Limpdick and Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck? If that happened here, shouldn’t the perps and their supporters be tried for treason and hanged or shot?

    I’m just wondering, that’s all.

  32. 38

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @36 Apparently at some point they figured out the Romans who fed their forebears to the lions had a successful business plan and adopted it themselves.

  33. 39

    spews:

    @37

    You left out the details behind his overthrow. His term is up in January, and he can’t run again according to the constitution, but he was finagling to have that changed so he could be president some more.

    If Bush was close to changing things so he could have a 3rd, 4th, and maybe 5th term, would you want him overthrown?

  34. 40

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying President Zelaya is any kind of a prize package; his more charitable critics call him a “bungler” and an “opportunist without a coherent ideology.” Honduras may well be better off without him. But that’s for Honduran voters to decide, at $26 per vote,* not some strongarm general and cabal of colonels.

    * The going rate for buying votes in that country.

  35. 41

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Great Mother Rabbit Spirit, I’m glad I was born in a U.S. rabbit hole and not in some third-world rat hole. Thank you, thank you!!!

  36. 42

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @39 The details you’re leaving out is that he couldn’t change the constitution unless the people voted for it, and even if they did, he still couldn’t serve as president again unless the people re-elected him.

    Oh sure, I know Honduran voters are for sale (I understand the current market price of a vote there is around $26), and Zelaya is a bungler who runs a corrupt government (in that part of the world, doesn’t everyone?), but how is a military junta an improvement over this? That’s going backward, not forward.

    Of course, American rightwingers have never met a military coup or junta they didn’t like …

  37. 43

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @39 I’ve said a lot of things about Bush, but I’ve never said (and never would say) he should be overthrown by force and replaced by a military junta. Even though he was an illegitimate and unelected bungler without a coherent ideology installed by rightwing coups in 2000 and 2004.

  38. 44

    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    Thanks Pelletizer another open thread. Health Insurance, Military Coups.

    Wow Goldy, your idiot savant dumb bunny makes just about any thread an open thread. You “bred” him well.

    What a dumb bunny!

  39. 45

    Rujax! spews:

    31. Troll spews:

    Here’s the truth. White liberals push racism stories to the forefront, and downplay the black crime epidemic, to assuage their guilt as past injustices. But the fact is that today, blacks mess up their own lives then blame it on racism. Racism stories are a diversion. It’s a way of taking attention away from the disproportionate amount of crimes blacks commit.

    Jesus fucking Christ, am I a brilliant thinker, or what?

    06/28/2009 at 9:30 am

    Uhhhh…no.

    Not today, not tomorrow…

    …not EVER.

  40. 46

    Rujax! spews:

    44. Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    Thanks Pelletizer another open thread. Health Insurance, Military Coups.

    Wow Goldy, your idiot savant dumb bunny makes just about any thread an open thread. You “bred” him well.

    What a dumb bunny!

    06/28/2009 at 10:31 am

    REALLY!

    Where is your grand plan, stupes? Where is your over-arching vision. How the fuck do you propose to get out of this mess and into a viabble future.

    Do you have ANY other ideas that “you guys are wrong and here’s a bunch of cites I can twist to (not) prove it.”

    What a screeching screaming harpie you are. No vision, no ideas (’cause the ones you were pimping

    DIDN’T WORK

    )…

    …just what the fuck do you think you have going for you?

    Oh yeah! And you STILL think that you’ve got more goiung for you than a fairly distinguished and accomplished semi-retired attorney.

    And you still think any of us give a flying fuck about what you think.

    Go get high on your Jesus crap today (or was it yesterday? So many “sabbaths”. So many shits NOT to give.), man.

    Opiate of the masses and all that.

  41. 47

    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    rujax calls Puddy

    a screaming harpie?

    called Pelletizer

    fairly distinguished and accomplished semi-retired attorney


    P R I C E L E S S!

    rujax, Puddy has lots going for him. The jury is still out on you fool!

  42. 49

    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    Ahhh poor poor rujax, Puddy sees you been looking at yourself naked in the mirror and talking towards the floor.

    P R I C E L E S S!

  43. 50

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @44 I seem to be smart enough to get away with it. Or maybe you’re too dumb to understand that all of my comments are on topic. The problem is you don’t understand what the topic is. Let me clarify it for you:

    REPUBLICANS SUCK

    There, does that help your comprehension?

  44. 51

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @46 Poor puddy. He, his ideas, and his party are pathetic failures. Crying on my shoulder is all he’s got left.

    Hey, I have an idea! Puddy can lick my tail instead! For a good time, call 1-900-SUCK-ROG. This is a pay-per-minute call. All proceeds go directly to the Help Roger Rabbit Live Like A Republican Fund.

  45. 52

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @47 “Puddy has lots going for him.”

    What, exactly? You hate your own race. You hate humanity. You probably hate your mother — David Irons does, that’s why he slaps her around. Do you push and beat your mother, too? Not accusing, only wondering.

    Mrs. Rabbit just asked me why you’re a Republican. I told her, “Because he’s a misanthrope.”

  46. 53

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Does anyone still believe Gov. Sanford went to Argentina to see a woman?

    [caustic laughter of many rabbits in background]

  47. 54

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    47. Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:
    P R I C E L E S S!
    rujax, Puddy has lots going for him. The jury is still out on you fool!

     
    Jury still out?
     
    If you blinked you missed the deliberation, one of the shortest in history. The jury found rujax guilty as charged.

  48. 56

    Rujax! spews:

    re 54…

    Oy…”the marvin” leaves his goat long enuf to do a little thread-crapping. yayyy…not.

  49. 61

    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    Pelletizer whined

    Hey, I have an idea! Puddy can lick my tail instead!

    Wrong old scraggly dumb bunny. There ain’t nuthin on that body Puddy will lick. BTW NASA called and they are still looking for your dick on full Hubble magnification power.

  50. 62

    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    Puddy hates his own race Pelletizer?

    Not hardly fool. Puddy can’t back someone who hates the unborn. Can you imagine if you, clueless wonder and rujax were abortion statistics? Early term, mid term or late term, who cares. Would the world be a better place? Now that’s the question.

    Puddy puts his money where his mouth is. Puddy bets he give more the black charities than ROTCODDAM. Puddy believes God blesses those who bless others. You were blessed at one time, then you went moronic. Now you are a cheep bastard!

  51. 64

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @60 Your impulse to kill people doesn’t make you a liberal, it makes you a psycho. Seek help.

  52. 66

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @62 “Now you are a cheep bastard!”

    Of course I’m a cheep bastard! I want to live like a Republican, and that’s how Republicans get and stay rich. They never pay for anything with their own money, they always spend other people’s money, whenever possible. Gov. Sanford, for example, used taxpayer money instead of his own money to fly to Argentina for nookie visits. Watch any late-night get-rich-quick infomercial and you’ll hear a promoter expounding on the art of gambling with “other people’s money” to flip houses or penny stocks.

    Of course, the granddaddy of all Republican cheapness is wages. There’s even a name for it: Cheap labor conservatives. These folks will literally go to the ends of the earth to pay as little for labor as possible. They want you to work for free, or as nearly free as they can make people work. You get all the work and they get all the money, that’s the kind of world they want to live in.

    They also want workers to pay all the taxes. They think inheritances, corporate profits, capital gains, dividends, interest, and rents shouldn’t be taxed at all. But they have no qualms about taxing the shit out of wages. After three decades of Republican dominance of our government, wages are taxed at three times the rate as capital gains and dividends. It would have been even more if they could have gotten away with it. And, of course, the rich get all the deductions (e.g., business jets and hunting lodges) while their workers can’t even deduct bus fare.

    You can beat them at their own game, though. Don’t work! I don’t; and won’t, until workers get a bigger share of the GDP and a smaller share of the taxes. But that’ll never happen, so I’ll never work again. That suits me just fine! I’m a capitalist now, and get paid for not working! And I pay much lower taxes flipping stocks than I would flipping burgers. Screw that! If some Republican asshole needs burgers flipped, he can flip them himself! I won’t do it for what cheap labor conservatives want to pay which is nothing. Why should I? I don’t need the money. I have money. I get all the money I truly need without working for it. So why should I work? Why does anyone work under a system like this?

    I’m a capitalist now, and I’m gonna be a rich fucking bunny!

  53. 67

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @62 (cont.) Uhh, what were you mumbling about, puddinghead? I’ve lost your train of thought … You were muttering something about your money … I’m sorry you have to work for it. You have my sympathy …

    HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR