Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The writing on the wall

Joseph Krueger, I have some good news for you.

Sure, a judge increased your bail $1 million after you and your friend allegedly attacked a black man in Pioneer Park while yelling white supremacist statements. And maybe everybody is planning public gatherings and vigils to denounce you. And then there's that pesky (albeit unverified) rumor about a man showing up to your court with sleeves rolled up to show his white power tattoo.

But here's the good news: Your mother believes you.

The editor chose to bury my favorite quote from her interview with the Ceres Courier -- "Actually all their friends are mainly hispanic and lots of blacks." It reminds me of a guy I lived with in college. We affectionately called him "Angry White Ben." Born in New Hampshire, the Ceres of New England, he used to angrily defend himself against charges of racism by arguing that he knew several Jewish kids growing up.

At one point, he told me that the reason the Native American tribes were wiped out was because of their failure to "see the writing on the wall."

"They were up against a superior force," he said.

This, of course, presented me with a rare opportunity to win an argument by beating someone up. In short, he didn't see the writing on the wall.

5 comments:

blondebomber said...

I assume you are against hate crimes. Hope to see you at the vigil. There are some politicians that never miss a chance to show their moral outrage. The mayor of Palo Alto is calling for an end to crime in her city. If this works, she should replace Condi Rice.

"he used to angrily defended himself"

Brilliant writing.

BTW, I assume you went with a double leg takedown.

Nemesis of Evil said...

In fact, I am against crimes in general. Well, violent ones at least. I assume most politicians are the same way. As for using these incidents for political grandstanding, the press is complicit or probably even responsible for that. This is the kind of story that leads reporters to simply call every council member until they get an outraged quote. Of course, certain council members are much more reliable for those than others, and some even get touchy when they don't get called. As meaningless as it is to call for an end to crime, it's the kind of comment that is ignored by everyone but reporters.

On the other hand, somebody should replace Condi Rice, no?

Unfortunately, I will miss the vigil on Tuesday, as I will be down in L.A. In a related note, I'm looking for contributors to take up the cause of fighting evil in local politics through the echo chamber of the blogosphere. It doesn't pay well, but the editors make sure you don't get away with anything.

bigdra said...

Goddam it! I need some NEWS! What's going on in the Los Altos/Mountain View area?! It could be wiped off the map for all I know!
Jon, give me something, man. Anything, some of the 'good news'...

Kathy Schrenk said...

Lazy-ass law school students.

Anonymous said...

I too demand your return.