What a way to blot out the pride we all felt after the Vancouver Olympics. After the spontaneous anthems and record medal count that made us each claim Vancouver as a Canadian city, as our city, we had last night.
I don't care about the game. I care less about hockey than I did a couple of days ago, and I certainly don't care for the nucks or their nucklehead fans. Not now. Now I hope they never win the cup ever.
I didn't even watch the game. I was soaking in the rain watching my Stampeders get absolutely stomped by the Lions in a pre-season game. Those are real fans. At one point I heard a cheer go up. Did the Canucks score a goal? Nope: schadenfreude. The cheer was for a Boston shut-out. Understandable seeing as we were watching our own shutout. Somebody in the crowd said that they were burning cars in Vancouver and it really didn't register until we went to a pub afterwards.
"Idiots" was the word that slipped from my mouth as I saw the images. Its the one word statement of fact that was echoed by pundits and show hosts and columnists around the world. As we were united in victory during the Vancouver Olympics, we were united again in shame and disgrace.
Depape got her wish.
I found myself cheering when police were beating a rioter. Say what you want, that's how I felt. I hate those people. Rioters, Looters, Hooligans, Anarchists, all of you can have a baton in the face. I would absolutely love a volunteer crowd control group. If police can't stop a riot how will they stop us from stopping it (and cracking some heads that need a good crack. Pun intended.) That would be worth taking some knocks myself but we know how this idea would go. Rioters and counter rioters would end up in a bloodbath and its only the skill and training of the police that stop people from getting killed in the first place. Even the G20 was free of fatalities. The fatality free G20 was a triumph of training, skill, discipline and planning no matter how the arm chair generals wank on about it. Nobody died. People who got hurt deserved it, and the rest faked it. EOF
So fine, if that makes me a thug then so be it. It boils my blood. I'm an honest thug and one that is too busy and wise (and too old) to actually go out be one for real. Let the professionals handle it. They handle it better than I ever could.
Wisdom dictates that we can't just kick ass, but we can still take names. This is the silver lining of this whole debacle. Its so inspiring to me that social media is being used to identify the criminals who are too stupid to be ashamed of themselves. Many vandals actually posted pictures of themselves posing in the midst of criminal acts. The police are actively collecting evidence, and good citizens are helping out by posting their photos.
This blog actually makes me a lot less angry at Vancouver. I know its a big city with some big losers in it. Those losers have shamed Vancouver and Canada as a whole. They have shamed me.
We can't let these crazies hold our great civilization hostage because we are too kind to stop them. The people who've been identified should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I want to see what happens to them. I want them to replace however many millions they destroyed. Most of all I want them publicly humiliated. Their family needs to know what they did. Their prospective employers need to know. They need to stand in front of everyone, red faced and dripping with remorse, and apologize. Then maybe we can be satisfied and forgive.