I’ll say it again, some of the most vile, most evil, most depraved people on the planet vote early and often for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and cruise around with bumper stickers with COEXIST spelled out in cutesy little symbols.
Colon Campbell has once again been dispatched from the bathrooms to take dictation on behalf of the “Revolution of the Proletariat.” This time, he has an easy mark in the form of US Senator Richard Burr:
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr is facing criticism for joking that reading negative newspaper articles would make him “slit my wrists,” with some saying the comment is an inappropriate joke about suicide.
Burr was speaking to a group of Chamber of Commerce members in Youngsville Tuesday night when he took a quick jab at The News & Observer. “If I had a subscription to the Raleigh News & Observer, I couldn’t read it, because I’d slit my wrists with what they say about me,” he said, as the crowd laughed.[…]
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention issued a statement Wednesday criticizing the remark.
“As the mother of a child who died by suicide, I cringe whenever someone makes a joke about suicide,” said Betsy Rhodes, North Carolina area director for the group. “The very common gesture of pointing a gun-like finger to one’s own head is horrific for me, since my son died from the use of a firearm. I can only imagine the number of North Carolina citizens who were hurt by the senator’s comment, because their loved one has either died by this means of suicide or struggles and has attempted suicide by this means.”
Rhodes said she hopes North Carolina’s senior senator learns from the negative reaction to the joke.
“While I understand, and often appreciate dark humor, and personally believe that Sen. Burr meant no harm, this is a Teachable Moment,” she said in an email. “I invite Sen. Burr and others – especially public figures – to please refrain from ever making light of suicide. While your intention is humor, the effect is hurt.”
Asked for the senator’s reaction to the criticism, Burr spokeswoman Becca Watkins said “I don’t have any comment but you are proving his point well, though.” She was referring to Burr’s initial criticism of The N&O.[..]
Where was this outrage from Progress NC Action when their troglodyte disciples were all over social media mocking state Rep. Larry Pittman (R) over the suicide of his son? The N&O’s Campbell has had nothing to say about that either — even though it has happened again within the week.
If I were Burr — and, by the way, I am glad I’m not — I wouldn’t give those mouth breathers at The N&O the satisfaction of knowing they get you down. Very few people read their sad, money-bleeding, perpetually shrinking end-product. (I hate giving them publicity here. But I hold out hope that my shade-throwing will serve was some kind of negative reinforcement to make them start behaving more responsibly. Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he? )