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April 19, 2007

The Lunatic Fringe

I tried, I really tried, to come up with a positive post, a titillating tale, a humorous homily, to get off the gun control and wild wacko issues in the wake of V-Tech.

I could not. I played football with myself last night...does that count? Nope, but getting outside and running around a bit helped.

Used to do that as a kid. Made me feel, for an hour or so, like a kid again, running on a grass field, kicking a ball around, taking in the early evening sun.

Revelling in being alive.


1. Parts of someone's body found in plastic bags inside SUV in Montreal. Fleeing man arrested.
2. Teen male pleads guilty in Alberta in horrific animal abuse case.
3. Hundreds of Iraqis killed in religious fighting; story virtually ignored because of V-Tech killings.
4. South Korean in V-Tech killings committed to mental institution in 2005 as danger to himself and others; released, able to buy guns, kills 32 people.
5. Mentally ill child molester escapes custody while taken out with other mental patients to Toronto Blue Jays game, still at large.

A few details on some of the above:

DIDSBURY -- A 17-year-old Alberta youth pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty in a horrific case of abuse that made national headlines.

A Lab-border collie cross named Daisy Duke was found barely alive and had to be euthanized by a veterinarian in October 2006.

The dog had been dragged behind a car with a rope around her neck, a bag over her head and all four legs bound. She suffered injuries including a broken neck, back and pelvis.

Tamara Chaney, an outraged animal lover in Didsbury, collected 110,000 signatures from across Canada on a petition calling for new legislation on animal abuse. The petition was later presented to Parliament.

Sentencing arguments for the youth's conviction on the animal cruelty charge will be heard May 10, the same day that a second charge against the youth of causing death or injury to an animal will be dealt with.

Current laws allow for a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or a $2,000 fine for a conviction under animal cruelty provisions of the Criminal Code.


From Patti Jacobs, a junior at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., saddened by the shootings at V-Tech, was alarmed when she also came across Web pages that included hateful, sometimes racist remarks toward shooter Cho Seung-Hui, other Asians and his family.

"This is not about just one guy and his problems," Jacobs wrote. "Yes - he alone is accountable for all the damage and pain caused yesterday - but the reason for this was not his race, his child-rearing by his family or his girlfriend breaking up with him....

"How much of our society is accountable as well?"


Then today, this guy:

Patient who molested young girls at large

A schizophrenic mental-health patient being detained indefinitely for sexually molesting two young Toronto girls six years ago is on the loose after slipping away from his escorts at a Rogers Centre baseball game Tuesday night.

Police issued a public alert for 31-year-old Mylvaganam Vaasuhan, an illegal immigrant and diagnosed pedophile, and voiced concern that without his medication, which he does not have, the fugitive could pose a threat, particularly to children.

Officials at the Whitby Mental Health Centre, where Vaasuhan has been a patient for the past four years, issued a five-paragraph statement saying that Toronto police were alerted "within minutes" of Vaasuhan disappearing.

In 2002, Vaasuhan was found not guilty of sexual assault on grounds of diminished mental capacity and has been held at the centre since 2003, most recently in a minimum-security ward.

He vanished while on a day trip to the Rogers Centre, where the Toronto Blue Jays were playing the Boston Red Sox. Thirteen patients were under the supervision of five staff.

A citizen of Sri Lanka, Vaasuhan is held under authority of the Ontario Review Board, an independent tribunal that oversees all individuals in the province found unfit for trial or not criminally responsible for a crime.

Every person under its jurisdiction is assessed annually. In March of last year, the board concluded that Vaasuhan remains in denial about his past and poses "a significant threat to the safety of the public."

Vaasuhan came to Canada early in 2001 but has "no status" in this country, Immigration Canada told the review board.

His detention stems from an incident in May of that year when he accosted two girls, 8 and 5, at a Toronto playground. He took them both by the hand, hugged them, kissed the younger girl and tried to kiss the other.

He then told them he wanted them to visit what is described in the review board documents as "his dungeon." The older girl's father, however, intervened and chased Vaasuhan away.

Two days later, the children spotted him nearby and he was arrested and charged with sexual assault. In January, 2002, he was found not criminally responsible for his actions and was placed in the sprawling Whitby centre in March 2003.

With a staff of close to 1,000 and an annual budget of about $88-million, the centre dispenses a wide range of psychiatric expertise, and Vaasuhan's prognosis did not appear good.

"Upon admission he presented as aggressive, threatening and unpredictable, especially toward female staff," the board found.

"He is reported to have displayed sexually aggressive behaviours, including grabbing a female staff's breast and groin area. He masturbated openly in the presence of other patients almost every day during the initial two weeks."


There are joyous stories around...

In Winnipeg, an 89-year-old woman whose scooter overturned while she was crossing railway tracks was pulled from the path of an oncoming train by a female hero who was injured herself.

But otherwise, it's mostly been a day of UGH...


  1. Hey WW, i hope you are feeling a bit happier now that is out.. I have been sitting here for 15 minutes trying to find a way to reply, i have scoured the net looking for Positive articles.. slim pickings i am affraid, however...

    This i liked..
    249 female cyclists from 30 countries, both Western and Arab, began peddling for peace in northern Syria on April 7 in the third annual Follow the Women - Women for Peace ride.

    There is some hope left, you just need to search for it...I am not suggestiong to ignore the evils of our time, but remember there are some not yet resigned to this worlds fate...

    Keep fighting the good fight, maybe we can make a change...


  2. Yes, the constant bad news gets to me, too, but I have an indestructable funny bone.
    His Excellency's post is a joy today.See also First Nations (can't link from comments, but she's in HE's list)for some "happy bits."
    Cheer up.We good guys have to keep things moving forward!

  3. Good News!!!

    A young German bloke feels a sense of responsibility towards Haulocause victims:

    "Last summer, he and two dozen other German volunteers arrived in Israel for a year of service through a group called Ot Hakapara, Hebrew for ''Sign of Atonement,'' working at libraries, nursing homes and community centers around the country.

    On Sunday night, they will join Israelis in observing the annual Holocaust remembrance day, attending the official ceremony at Yad Vashem _ Israel's Holocaust memorial and museum _ and speaking with Jewish students about the Nazis' crimes."

    Ripped from

    Isn't that nice? Check out that site for a cheering look at the world and it's people!

  4. Wtf was that!
    As far as that 17 yr old asshole who tortured that poor dog and his f*cking parents...well, Jeffrey Dahmer got started torturing Cats... I doubt if he is I'm afraid that he'll have to be 'put down'.

    Then send over the Psychiatrist who didn't lock up Cho Seung Hui and the Gun Mfgs., NRA Lobbyists, Gutless Lawmakers and Bureaucrats who let that psychotic little twat buy 2 guns, I may need extra a little extra time.

    Then send over Mylvaganam Vaasuhan I already have garden shears.

    Now Mr Sunshiny Day if you're finished sprinkling lollipops and rainbows I'll get back to my happy place and finish watching My Name is Earl.

  5. This just in:

    St. Luke's Presbyterian Hospital, Denver, Colorado--Dale Petersen's blood counts are on the rise and it is possible the medications are starting to do their job.

    I know that things are pretty bleak in the world these days, but I hope our good news gives you something to smile about today.

  6. Aidan:

    Thanks Mate.

    I didn't really mean to come off as so negatory (my brother and I always used that word as kids), and don't think I didn't find things to smile about or joke about today.

    But in trying to look at the wider world, it wasn't all that rosy a picture today.

    That's a great piece about the female cyclists from the West and from Muslim countries...

    I don't need to search for hope, I have plenty of it. But that doesn't mean I can't whine about it from time to time.

    Good on you, Mate, for being alive and positive.


    Thanks girl. You is right. My funny bone is usually indestructible too. I'll have it administered to with first aid.


    Beautiful story, girl! I've gotta check out that site, for sure.

    There is hope...and most of it is among our youth...

    Happy Enrique:

    OK, I'm sending all these losers your way for some tongue-lashings and other cruel fates.

    What's My Name is Earl? (Duh)


    One of the most meaningful and powerful things I know of is going on there with Dale and his support group...

    Thanks. I did smile.

  7. Im with u WW. My head is fogged up right now. I need a break from all the tragic news. but I dun think we'll get that break!


  8. Not just a day but a week of UGH for me.

    Off to the amusement park tom with the kids in the hopes of burying this sucky week with more pleasant thoughts.

  9. I'm afraid I couldn't read any further than the story about that poor dog, "Daisy Duke".....

    Animal cruelty brings me to my knees every time, I just cannot comprehend such atrocities.

    This is why I don't watch the news. Reality sucks!!!

  10. Sometimes it's all just too awful to contemplate isn't it. :(

    But you have some lovely people here commenting who prove there's an upside - and you make me laugh (with you, not at you - mostly).

    Yay for the good guys that make life worth it - thank you WW you are one of them :)

  11. Keshimarinkeedinkeedoo:

    We gotta make our own break from this kind of stuff, girl, and not take it so much to heart (as I did during the writing of this post).

    We have to remember that for every stupid, freaky, idiotic, mind-numbing single thing that goes on out there, there are thousand other beautiful things happening at the same time...


    I hope the Week of Ugh fades away into a sea of nothing at the amusement park, I really do...

    Angel Without Wings:

    Thanks for visiting! There were countless other such stories that I found, but that one was among the worst and it was Canadian...

    Reality sucks, if you limit reality to being just all the bad stuff (which I was doing here).



    Your Zigginess, you're right...and that's a beautiful thing to say. Thanks...

  12. WW: Do you know this is how I feel almost every single day? It's really tough being in the world at all with the way things are. Hang in there, bud.

    I'll have really cool pictures of fun from Amsterdam soon. That'll cheer us up.

  13. it has indeed been such a week... its enough to give me nightmares!

  14. Anonymous5:42 p.m.

    Yes,its been bad news. Its such a shame that we never hear of the good things reported which people do,which in general involves the majority of mankind rather than the minority as in these horrific cases.


  15. Shelley:

    It's not good for anyone to feel this way every day...I'll be waiting for those Amsterdam pix...


    Let's just call it the week that was, and wait for some sunshine to be pumped up our butts this week.



    You're exactly's just the horrific ones shock us so much and the nice ones seem to be sloughed off...

  16. Ugh is right. I am so not dealing very well with the world these days. I want to make a positive difference, but when the bad stuff overwhelms me I just feel defeated. Definitely an ugh feeling.

  17. Anna:

    You saw my comment to your latest post. Sometimes, I think you just have to shut the world out.

    And focus on you.

    But sometimes the best thing is not to focus on you either because the UGH feeling is too great.

    Sometimes you just need to shut everything down and just be and let time happen.

    You may not get direct answers, but, and I so hate cliches, time does heal all wounds.

    I wish the best for you. Watch some Monty Python and the Holy Grail and imagine yourself living in the Land of Ugh.

    Laughter is a great medicine.



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