"Rush Limbaugh drove them to it!"

Speaking of "eliminationist rhetoric," I expect vocal conservatives who support closing the border and immigration enforcement (and who are often angry in their pronouncements) to be blamed for this:


Two white teenagers severely beat and sodomized a 16-year-old Hispanic boy who they believed had tried to kiss a 12-year-old white girl at a party, authorities said.

The attackers forced the boy out of the Saturday night house party, beat him and sodomized him with a metal pipe, shouting epithets "associated with being Hispanic," said Lt. John Martin with the Harris County Sheriff's Department.

They then poured bleach over the boy, apparently to destroy DNA evidence and left him for dead, authorities said. He wasn't discovered until Sunday, 12 hours after the attack.

The victim, who was not identified, suffered severe internal injuries and remained in critical condition Thursday.

"It's more than likely the boy won't live," Harris County prosecutor Mike Trent said.

Keith Robert Turner, 17, and David Henry Tuck, 18, are charged with aggravated sexual assault, investigators said. Prosecutors are considering whether to attach hate-crime charges, but unless the victim dies, the possible penalty would be the same. If the boy dies and it is ruled a hate crime, Tuck could face the death penalty, authorities said. Turner would be too young to face execution.

At the risk of restating the obvious for the umpteenth time, the people who commit crimes are the ones responsible for them.

Not people who are said to create a "climate." The logical folly of blaming person A's opinions for the actions of person B strikes me as too absurd to require extended comment. Charlton Heston was no more responsible for the Columbine killings than was the "Goth Movement." Or black trenchcoats. But the "climate" illogic is recycled again and again.

The problem is that emotion is highly effective as a political tool. Without knowing it, the stupid racist scumbags who tortured that poor immigrant kid nearly to death have given more leverage to the illegal immigrants' cause than a hundred demonstrations with a million in attendance at each would have done.


But who ever said politics was the art of the logical?

posted by Eric on 04.27.06 at 05:15 PM


felisity   ·  April 27, 2006 7:57 PM

You are so right. Whichever side resorts to violence first loses the moral high ground. I respect these teenagers for wanting to protect a girl, but they should have done it without the really sick violence they inflicted on that boy.

It does hurt the restrictionist cause. On the other hand, I expect that illegals and their supporters will overreact and perhaps commit violence of their own, nullifying their advantage. The protests and marches and planned May 1 boycott indictate that these hispanics/illegals have a pretty poor sense of strategy. And being a macho culture, they may well seek some kind of revenge that will end up backfiring on them.

Mark   ·  April 27, 2006 10:26 PM

I concur.
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Natalia Denisowa   ·  April 28, 2006 4:19 AM

can i say something?

SDMG   ·  May 27, 2006 10:31 AM

I hate those people who make damage to the others somehow

SDMG   ·  May 27, 2006 10:35 AM

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