Six In The Morning: Baby From Hell

6-in-the-morning1. APPARENTLY IT’S NEWS TO SOME PEOPLE THAT COLONISTS ONCE SIGNED TREATIES WITH FIRST NATIONS A teenager in Balcarres was told to not wear her “Got Land? Thank An Indian!” sweatshirt in school. Fortunately, patient leaders from the Star Blanket First Nation explained Canadian history to school officials and now everything is okay.

2. PIPE BOMBS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON PLANES. PIPE BOMBERS? NO PROBLEMO! Wow. I know airport security gets a lot of grief: overzealous searches, nudie x-ray machines, racial profiling, lethal tasering, etc. But really, it’s okay to arrest passengers carrying pipe bombs. Prairie Dog will not shit on you for arresting them. I promise.

3. CALGARY’S MAYOR FIGHTS BACK AGAINST DEVELOPER LAWSUIT I hope you’re following this interesting story about how developers behave when they’re criticized for trying to take control of city governments. And then, as a thought experiment, you should ponder the connections between Regina politicians and developers.

4. NEVER TRUST A KNIFE GUY Failed muggers have been stabbing citizens in the Centre Square neighbourhood south of downtown. Hey, that’s where I live!

5. GUNS MAKE GOOD NEIGHBOURS Douche shoots and kills pet St. Bernard, owner assaults douche, court ensues. Let’s hear it for St. Denis, Saskatchewan! Thanks goodness this guy had a gun. If he’d lived in my neighbourhood he’d have had to stab the dog.

6. MORE GANG RAPE IN INDIA A tourist was savagely attacked in Delhi, but the real story is this bit:

Every week India’s media describe attacks on women across the country, often involving several men and frequently resulting in the death of the victim.

Yikes!

MOVIE PROMOTION PRANK GUARANTEED TO BE BETTER THAN MOVIE There’s an upcoming movie about the Antichrist. It looks adequate, I guess? But this is amusing.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth will never, ever pass up a chance to make a Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo pun.

15 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: Baby From Hell”

  1. (1) Maybe the word “Indian” added to the controversy. There’s a constant anxiety over the correct term of reference for indigenous peoples. I know that that sounds like the point’s been missed or that I’m excusing school officials, but knowing how the latter think, i wouldn’t dismiss it out of hand.
    (2) Somehow, I think that if the young man had been a person of colour, he would have been detained by one means or another.
    (3) Good for Mayor Nenshi.
    (4) Never walk in downtown/near downtown alleys, even in broad daylight.
    (5) I think some background info is needed here. In farm country, if a neighbour’s dog was running loose, and you knew whose dog it was, you phoned the dog’s owner and reported it. If the behaviour persisted, and especially if the dog was on your property and harassing or otherwise harming livestock, you could take any steps necessary to protect your animals. That said, it sounds from the testimony above that the shooter acted precipitately, and that the girl should have been given a chance to retrieve the dog and remove it to her home. We don’t yet know the history between these families, or whether the dog’s behaviour was a one-off or part of a persistent problem. The thing is, in the country as well as in the city, roaming pets can cause problems.

  2. 1. Why did it take extra meetings with the Star Blanket officials to get this resolved? I’m surprised teachers and administrators at Balcarres school were not able to handle this more effectively from the beginning.
    3. LOVE Nenshi!
    4. Avoiding downtown back alleys is the OPPOSITE of what we should be doing! Take back the night! And the day. Populate these areas so crime and vandalism are less acceptable and tolerable. (In the meantime, if you need protection in your home, Whitworth, I can hook you up.)
    5. Barb – do you live in farm country? I haven’t lived near a farm for a number of years but remember those days well, and I maintain close connections and contact with many family members and friends who still live on farms. And, I’m pretty sure shooting a dog (in front of its 17-year old owner), even in farm country, is pretty serious business. C’mon, it’s a dog. A “doggy”! A St. Bernard. If it’s not tearing at the flesh of the farm animals in question, or chasing the neighbour’s children in a menacing way, there are all kinds of reasonable solutions. Shooting the dog doesn’t seem like one of them.
    6. This just sickens me. And makes me feel so helpless. What can we do to make this stop?

  3. Hi, Rebecca. No, I haven’t lived in farm country for decades, but I too have contacts, and I do remember how it was (and in some cases, still is). If you reread my comment with care, you will see that we are not in complete disagreement. I have to say, though, that even a beloved family pet has instincts, and running at large may give play to these instincts, with sad consequences for all. There is an etiquette to country life, just as there is for living in the city.

  4. Hi Barb — I agree we share some points of agreement on the shooting of the dog. However, we must be familiar with different areas of rural Saskatchewan. In the “farm country” I’m most familiar with, it NEVER was and still isn’t proper etiquette to shoot (murder) a neighbour’s dog unless absolutely necessary (ie – when it is clear that life or limb (animal or human) are at risk). And, to shoot the dog within metres of its 17-year old owner is an even bigger atrocity.

  5. The puppy, and it was a puppy, was shot maliciously. I will not reveal how I know this fact, so make of it what you will.

  6. Seems to me that Barb keeps implying that the St Bernard is at fault, at least a little (“The thing is, in the country as well as in the city, roaming pets can cause problems.” and “I have to say, though, that even a beloved family pet has instincts, and running at large may give play to these instincts, with sad consequences for all. There is an etiquette to country life, just as there is for living in the city”).

    And Rebecca keeps saying that there is no reason to shoot a dog in front of its owner unless it’s on a murderous rampage. I won’t bother quoting Rebecca, because I’d really just be pasting most of her comments here.

    So in fact, you are not in complete disagreement, but neither are you in complete agreement.

    So when Rebecca argues with you, Barb, maybe you should read her words more closely.

  7. Collette: I have, and maybe you should, too, and spare more than a millisecond for my words as well, because you appear to have missed the part where I said that, according to the testimony, the shooting appeared to be precipitate (that means “hasty”) and that the girl should have been given the opportunity to retrieve her dog and remove it from the neighbour’s property.

  8. Okay, people, that’s enough testiness. Let’s just agree to disagree about whether we agree or disagree. I’ll just try to end this by summarizing that a doggy is dead. And, its 17-year old owner witnessed its violent murder. And, that is just plain sad. Now, let’s get back to the order of the day. Who will join me in offering protection to the one and only Mr. Whitworth, as he walks to and from his home, at risk of misadventure (sometimes of his own making, other times at the whim of strangers) on the streets of our fine city? I picture us circling the wagons around our cuddly subject in a giant mobile group hug as we shuffle down the sidewalks and alleys to ensure he’s safe at all times no matter where he goes. Who’s in? And, speaking of order, yes, I think I shall order. I’ll start with a double white rum and coke. With a twist of lime, please. After all, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

  9. They shithead murdered a smallish dog that, ( not knowing the age /condition ), was cashing/playing with some Mule. Any mule could easily kick a small dog a few metres; if it was pissed off.

    Not being there, the guy is still a FUCK UP; & should go to jail. 1 year solid.

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    3.tobasco green lable

    4. salt

    5. Yellow onion juice…optional

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  10. I don’t fully understand why, but I get irked when people who are many generations removed from the original land treaties want credit, sympathy, cash or attention.

    Certainly they were unjust. And they’ve been updated and redressed more times than I can count. Not enough redressing? Too much? I have no idea at this point.

    I do know that if someone was wearing a shirt bragging up the contributions of non-aboriginal immigrants, it could get ugly.

    Imagine something along the line of “Got running water? Thank a Greek” (or Roman, or European, or whatever toilet history version one subscribes to and wishes to glorify)

  11. Reader, they might be many generations from the treaties, but they are not at all removed from the effects of our ancestors inhabiting the land they live upon. Residential schools ended less than a generation ago.

    I think it’s great to see a new generation be proud of who they are and proud of their culture. In the past, they’d have been murdered for having pride in their heritage; one can argue that it still does happen. And I think it’s great to see a new generation educate the older one. So many people died so that my English and German relatives could immigrate here, become farmers, and be proud pioneers. We should feel ashamed at how it happened. It wasn’t that long ago!

    It might be uncomfortable for us to see that message, but there was absolutely nothing false about what was written on her shirt. It’s not bragging. It’s too sad to be bragging. “Got land? It’s because your great grandparents murdered and marginalized my great grandparents, my grandparents, and my parents and it has affected to great detriment all of the future generations of my family including today’s.”

    I believe it was an act of education.

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