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November 11, 2009

The World We Live In

From The St. Petersburg Times:
Marine reservist Jasen Bruce was getting clothes out of the trunk of his car Monday evening when a bearded man in a robe approached him.

That man, a Greek Orthodox priest named Father Alexios Marakis, speaks little English and was lost, police said. He wanted directions.

What the priest got instead, police say, was a tire iron to the head. Then he was chased for three blocks and pinned to the ground — as the Marine kept a 911 operator on the phone, saying he had captured a terrorist.
And about that chase:
An exterior surveillance video of Tuesday's chase captured the two men in motion, said Tampa Police Department spokeswoman Laura McElroy:

"You see a very short, small man running, and an enormous, large muscular man chasing after him."

The testosterone soaked Bruce connected the dots into Terrorist! His lawyer, however, had a completely rational explanation:

Hours after his release from Orient Road Jail on Tuesday, Bruce stood silently as his attorney, Jeff Brown, told his version:

The bearded man wearing a robe and sandals was clearly trespassing in the garage. In a sudden move, the stranger made a verbal sexual advance and grabbed Bruce's genitals. The Marine defended himself. And immediately, he called 911 as he chased him.

Brown said the police initially called the Marine a "hero" and said the priest was "mentally ill."

He called the police's account "one-sided" and said the department should investigate a sergeant he said made derogatory comments about the Marine's military background.

That's it! The bearded guy was a gay terrorist cruising for Marines in Tampa a city with an unpatriotic police force all set to cover it up!

Ah, xenophobia so thick you can smell it! (Thanks, Fox News! Thanks, Lou Dobbs! Thanks Rush Limbaugh!) For those who don't know, the word xenophobia comes from the Greek words ξένος (xenos), meaning "stranger," "foreigner" and φόβος (phobos), meaning "fear." (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

The world we live in.

3 comments:

Joshua said...

Oy, this has so many levels of FAIL. He can't even hate right!

EdHeath said...

This Jasen Bruce reminds me just a little of George Sodini. Bruce sounds like he was/is an tragedy waiting to happen. It also sounds like he may have to do some time for his actions.

Yeah, 9/11 and more recently the Tea Party hysteria and the Fort Hood shootings have contributed to an atmosphere of distrust, not to say paranoia. But it sound like Bruce just has issues, quite possibly fueled by his taking testosterone to enhance his weightlifting.

Y'all might remember the '80's coin operated video game Xenophobe.

EdHeath said...

This Jasen Bruce reminds me just a little of George Sodini. Bruce sounds like he was/is an tragedy waiting to happen. It also sounds like he may have to do some time for his actions.

Yeah, 9/11 and more recently the Tea Party hysteria and the Fort Hood shootings have contributed to an atmosphere of distrust, not to say paranoia. But it sound like Bruce just has issues, quite possibly fueled by his taking testosterone to enhance his weightlifting.

Y'all might remember the '80's coin operated video game Xenophobe.