Tag: Vancouver

Paging Solomon

The other day I threw something together on the Vancouver riots. Right after posting I noticed that many more, much more graphic and damning then what I posted, videos made their way to youtube. Although my gauging of the mood of the crowd was accurate, the severity and intensity was understated.

One of those punks that participated just got found out:

Gee, ya think if he was wearing a mask while trying to torch that police car, masking his identity, that he would have done the right thing and turned himself in? He gets no attaboys from me, he would have been found out regardless.

He is 17, old enough to know the nature and consequences of his actions, he will be tried as an adult.

Next, he said he got caught up in the “mob mentality”, I talked about this in the other post, it is real, I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Things that you would not do if by yourself (or unlikely to do) become less over the top, more manageable and more easily rationalized.

Let’s look at the actual deed. Aside from being a complete chowderhead (if that car had a full tank of gas and the rag was a bit more combustible it would of taken out a good 20 to 30 people in the area) his actions went way beyond arson. I don’t see much difference between this and throwing a Molotov cocktail into a crowded school room.

He mentioned that he was “provisionally” suspended from the water polo team, this to me is inconsequential, they can choose who ever they want to represent them in competition. I’m more interested in the criminal charges brought forth.

So what say you? I’m not looking for anything dopey like that woman on the video who said she was sure he was sorry and that should be the end of it, nor do I want something equally dopey like life in prison or the removal of his head jihad style with a rusty scimitar. Where does justice lie?

Canadian Enthusiasm

Canada always looks good by comparison. They are the neighbor that does not steal your newspaper each morning, let their yard go into disrepair, or allow their dog to crap on your grass. Not only have they kept their financial house in order but every once and a while (like now) they have a leader that we would gladly swap for. But all is not ginger snaps in Maple Leaf Land, sadly, they do moron about as well as we do:

Almost 150 people required hospital treatment and close to 100 were arrested after rioters swept through downtown Vancouver following a Canucks loss to the Boston Bruins in the decisive Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final

Those poor Canadians, they don’t get that the winning city always riots, not the losing one, hosers.

I realize it has been a while since a Canadian city has won the Stanley Cup (18 years to be precise) but can’t you guys wait until you actually win before going all rampage on each other?

The study of mob mentality is fascinating. Providing instant anonymity gives folks license to let the demons run loose. And really, the actual cause is irrelevant. Whether it is an anti war protest, Oscar Grant protests, or even for the cause of same sex equality, the reasons for the gathering are meaningless, once the crowd exists then the mob mentality takes over.

Check out this poor guy , probably the store owner who is not real thrilled about his business being vandalized, who tries to intervene. This isn’t some prison playground or streets from some ghetto, by themselves they would have the defense mechanisms (conscience) to monitor and control their baser urges, but together a synergistic effect takes place, now they all want a piece of that guy. So what starts out to be a public commiseration of a hard fought series, turns into bloody violence with cars burned, businesses vandalized, and anything not nailed down stolen.

This is why the police try to be pro active in shutting down this nonsense (most times they fail), with even a group of mild mannered revelers, once that first window gets smashed or car overturned, like sharks smelling blood, it’s on.

I imagine there are some fans in Boston who thinks they are a bunch of pussies, after all, they were the victors, isn’t it their job to show their team spirit by smashing things up?