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Westford Woman Detained in Connection with “Jack the Ripper” copycat slaying.
A Westford woman was arrested last night in connection with the murder of a professional Elmo look-a-like, “New Elmie.” The victim’s body was found in a trash can outside a home in Westford, with his eyes and nose savagely carved out of his head. The suspect, who name has not yet been released, apparently readily confessed to the crime, shouting angry remorseless statements to the effect that the victim’s life was “only worth ten bucks” and that he was “my puppet to do with as I want.” Worse still, unconfirmed reports suggest that the suspect may have posted graphic photos of her crime on Facebook, to the “likes” of numerous apparently sociopathic friends.

Westford Woman Detained in Connection with “Jack the Ripper” copycat slaying.


A Westford woman was arrested last night in connection with the murder of a professional Elmo look-a-like, “New Elmie.” The victim’s body was found in a trash can outside a home in Westford, with his eyes and nose savagely carved out of his head. The suspect, who name has not yet been released, apparently readily confessed to the crime, shouting angry remorseless statements to the effect that the victim’s life was “only worth ten bucks” and that he was “my puppet to do with as I want.” Worse still, unconfirmed reports suggest that the suspect may have posted graphic photos of her crime on Facebook, to the “likes” of numerous apparently sociopathic friends.

How long did they need to stand in shock?

It does look horrible, doesn’t it? These people hangin’ out, enjoying the sunshine, some not even really looking at the disaster in the background. I guess it could be worse. They could be raising champagne glasses and having a picnic on Old Glory and some bonus Hieronymus Bosch figures could be fornicating in the background. While actually looking at the disaster. But it seems pretty bad.

And as a metaphor, it works great. You think the U.S. government or the average American citizen is complacent, clueless, amoral, doesn’t care about the rest of the world, then this is the flexible artistic metaphor for you.

Or are you someone who has exploited the 9/11 tragedy for financial or political gain?  Then maybe this metaphor is about how impossible it is to care “enough.”

But anyone who really believes these people are proven to be behaving badly is projecting and judging without much regard to the reality of emotions. At what point does staring at carnage go from being compassionate to creepy? At what point would a normal person look away and think of something, anything else?  At what point do people laugh, not from callousness, but for emotional relief?

It’s a beautiful photograph. Worth discussing as art. It can be used to symbolize many different aspects of American and international politics, and life itself.

But the one thing it doesn’t give us a lot of realistic room to comment on is what’s literally happening among those people on that day. 

Fox News wants you to believe Occupy Wall Street is meaningless because

On Bill O’Reilly for 10/17/11:

The protestors are, according to O’Reilly:

A “mixed group”, composed of “communists,” “socialists,” and “the confused.” They are “people who don’t understand the big picture.”

On Hannity for 10/17/11, the Occupy Wall Street movement has a simpler composition: “trust fund babies.”

The “unbiased news clips” that air around these shows include clips of a lone protestor exhibiting anti-semitism, and a clip from the Italian riots played as if it were one of the US protest with the caption “Getting violent!”

Fox’s Tossel explains why the poor should be grateful

Fox’s Tossel is workin’ it hard to portray #OccupyWallStreet as clueless anti-capitalists rather than reformers.  Plus, we totally wouldn’t have technology or medicine without massive income inequity.  Rich people, you know, deserve absolutely every single dollar, untaxed.  They owe their country and society absolutely nothing. Did you know that 80% of millionaires are self-made?  There must be a statistic somewhere that can be twisted to back that.

Then he works in some unflattering footage of protesters.  And then describes the 1919 Anarchist bombings and tries to equate the two movements.

The Right is clearly terrified that this movement will hurt them.

You guys think the Curse of the Bambino was bad? Just wait until the Curses of Tito AND Theo.

John Dickerson in Slate alluded to this poem in context of the Arizona tragedy. It’s not about immediate responses, but more about the tear soup that we have to make over and over again for a very long time after a loss.

Tourists, come visit Arizona! We’re the new Alabama!

Tourists, come visit Arizona! We’re the new Alabama!

I had a friend who told his wife this in deadly earnest. So I dumped him before the holidays.

I had a friend who told his wife this in deadly earnest. So I dumped him before the holidays.

Keeping a running tally of how many countries you’ve been to can be done in a spirit of adventure and exploration. But when you run it on Facebook with the caption, “I’ve been to 17% of the World”, you’re just telling your opponents your score.

It’s not just semantics; he has far more titles

"We should stop talking about Federer being the greatest player of all time," says former U.S. Open champion Mats Wilander. "There’s no point in doing that until Nadal is done."

Uh, Mats, there’s no point talking about greatest player of all time until TIME is done.

Roger Federer is still the greatest as yet.

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