Every so often, it's amusing to check in on Blogging Tory and Stephen Taylor colleague "Neo Conservative" (who is, in reality, Patrick Ross) to see whether he's a) lying about something, or b) contemptuously insulting entire demographics. And, sometimes, you get a two-fer, like here:
There will be more people killed...
In traffic accidents this Victoria Day weekend... than have died after being tasered in Canada over the last five years...
Of course, using that logic, you could point out that there will be more people killed in traffic accidents in a single month in Canada than members of the military killed in Afghanistan over an entire year, so will all you Canadians who lose family members over there please, for fuck's sake, quit your whining? At least, so spaketh Neo. But, hilariously, we're not done yet, as Neo then switches into bullshit mode thusly:
What Mr. Kosteckyj fails to mention... is that this guy wouldn't have been tasered at all if he hadn't been wandering aimlessly in a daze for hours, before finally going apeshit and throwing furniture and computers around in a very public venue.
Really, Neo? Is that what Robert Dziekanski was doing? "Throwing furniture and computers around?" Hey, I know ... let's check in with someone who isn't a perpetual, pathological liar (emphasis added):
Canadians cannot believe a word the RCMP have to say over the taser death of Robert Dziekanski. The cruelty of the response by four Mounties to the Polish man's plight is a shocking example of police inhumanity. The disinformation campaign waged later can only further harm the reputation and credibility of the force. How, when an RCMP spokesman stands up in the future and calmly gives a version of events involving a member, can he be trusted?
What is clear is that in the aftermath of the Oct. 14 tasering at Vancouver International Airport, RCMP spokesman Sgt. Pierre Lemaitre provided a version of events to the public that contrasts sharply with what was captured on the now world-famous taser death video.
Witnesses said Mr. Dziekanski wasn't a threat to anybody, but Sgt. Lemaitre told CBC Television that police arrived and, despite efforts to calm him, were met aggressively and confrontationally by Mr. Dziekanski. “The officers were using gestures saying, you know, relax, relax, put your hands on the desk there where the computer was taken; to no avail, [he was] still throwing things around,” said Sgt. Lemaitre.
He gave a similar account to the Vancouver Sun: “The officers tried to speak to him, tried to calm him down, but he continued to throw things around and yell and scream.” The police spokesman also told a CTV reporter that “he was pounding on the windows behind us, he was throwing chairs.”
And yet ... and yet ... oh, look:
The video shows Mr. Dziekanski rearranging furniture, and throwing something earlier on, but not as the four officers approached him. Instead, he raised his hands and moved away a few steps. He gave the appearance not of posing a threat but of exhibiting resignation. There is no evidence on the video of any attempt to negotiate with the man, or to calm him in the few seconds before he was hit with 50,000 volts.
Join us tomorrow when Neo writes something suitably contemptuous about Brenda Martin. Or just lies shamelessly about something else. Whichever's easier.