Friday, January 20, 2017

The Logic Is Weak in This One

In the early 1960s, Buddhist monks sometimes set themselves on fire in South Vietnam in protest at the South Vietnamese government.  What exactly were they protesting?  Not sure, but irt made for an amazing visual.  1/18/17 New York Post:
A man tried to set himself on fire outside Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, to protest what he described as the president-elect’s lack of “respect” for the US Constitution.
The unidentified 45-year-old was rushed to the hospital around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was being treated for burns on 10 percent of his body, according to the Washington Post.
The man, reportedly from California, told reporters he lit himself on fire using a lighter and accelerant “to protest the fact that we elected somebody who is completely incapable of respecting the Constitution of the United States.”
Reporter: He didn't try to do so, he did set himself on fire.  And I hope he learns that he's a fool.  Burns are painful and take a long time to heal.

Fool: The Constitution specifies how we elect the President.  You don't like the result so you light yourself up?  Who doesn't respect the Constitution?

3 comments:

Old 1811 said...

The Buddhist monks who self-immolated (to use the press's phrase) started doing it in 1963 to protest Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu's oppression of Buddhist temples and people. (The Ngos were Catholics and thought the Buddhists were commies.) After Diem and Nhu got offed on 11-02-63 in a coup that JFK knew about and approved (but he swore he never in a million years dreamed anything bad would happen to the brothers), the burning monks kinda died out (heh).
I thought of the monks when this idiot set himself on fire, then put himself out (so to speak) and surrendered to the police. At least the Buddhists had the guts to take it all the way.

Eskyman said...

I've had enough idiocy in the past decade to last me all the rest of my life.

If these jerks want to light themselves on fire to protest President Trump, then I'll be happy to supply them a can of gas and a lighter. A crappy throw-away lighter, which is all they're worth!

Didn't the hippies used to say, "Burn, baby, burn?" Yeah.

James Gibson said...

In the old days you had to either be condemed as a heretic, or captured by native americans to be burned alive. Now these nut cases are setting themselves on fire. I suspect, unlike myself, this guy lived in mommy and daddy's basement playing computer games, never doing anything that would get him injured. In my case, before I was 12, I had been accidentally burned by a cigarette, kitchen matches, and once grabbed hot grills at the boy scout camp. Never anything beyond 1st degree, but painful enough to teach me never to do that again.