Thursday, February 2, 2006

This is the Suspect

This is the suspect in the shooting in New Bedford, MA. His name is Jacob D. Robida and he is 18. From the Herald:

Robida is described as a short, stocky white man with dark hair. He was last seen driving a green 1999 Pontiac Grand Am.

“He’s definitely considered armed and dangerous and has extremely violent tendencies,” said New Bedford police Capt. Richard Spirlet.

According to the police affidavit, officers went to Robida’s home and spoke to his mother, Stephanie Oliver. She said her son came home around 1 a.m., bleeding from the head, then left again.

If you spot him call 911.


Anonymous said...

If you didn't hear, the guy has lots of Nazi propaganda in his bedroom at home. Such a nice heterosexual family isn't it? We always knew that the anti-gay folk and the Nazi sympathizers were linked. They're on the same side.

Anonymous said...

I'm eager to see how fast and how hard Article 8/Massresistance run away and try to distance them from this. "We abhor and condemn, blah, blah, BUT. . ." Sow the wind. . .

Anonymous said...

Where is all the "Christian" and "Family" organizations now? Have you heard the press release from MFI? Article 8? Gov. Romney? They are so quick to get a sound bite in to attack gay families yet when gay people get physically assaulted and injured they are silent. I always knew these "moral" groups were just the opposite.

Steven Keirstead said...

This kid was probably disturbed, but it does not help that Article 8 and the MFI are constantly calling gays and lesbians perverts. Their anti-gay rhetoric can easily be used as an excuse for violence by someone already prone to hate.

David Parker's recent testimony against the Health Education Bill, H.1641, before the Joint Committee on Education on Beacon Hill is an example of inflammatory rhetoric that is dangerously irresponsible. He is reported in BayWindows to have said on January 31:
“This bill is viciously undemocratic. Our founding fathers would have taken up arms because of this,” and You are playing with the fire of our passions.” He is in the wrong. Gay rights should not be opposed with violence. Peaceful civil protest and discussion is fine, but advocating violence is not.

They won't admit it but the right wingers in Massachusetts have blood on their hands. The alleged attacker is not the only one to be blamed for this outrage.

Hopefully the victims will recover, but they will never be the same. Head wounds and gunshot wounds are serious injuries.

Anonymous said...

MassResistance has gone beyond calling gays and lesbians perverts. Just this week, Amy Contrada rushed to the defence of a man who said:

This will bolster the notion that homosexual behaviour has the same value as any other kind of behaviour, when, in fact, it is obvious that it is a threat to the survival of humanity.

Her own statements are equally offensive (just follow the links BB provided).

Mark D. Snyder said...

The NGLTF response said that the blood was on Brian Camenkers hands. Interesting rhetoric, though I'm not sure I'd go that far.


Steven Keirstead said...

And now Article 8 is saying Jacob D. Robida didn't commit a hate crime. She defends her right wing politico posse as blameless.

Oh, and they really doesn't like hate crimes laws, despite the fact that they would be protected if they suffered a real crime. If someone were to commit a violent hate crime against a Catholic, for example, while screaming anti-christian epithets, the perpetrator could be prosecuted under the SAME hate crime laws that protect gays too!

They just don't get it.

Anonymous said...

What's interesting is she's capable of distinguishing the acts of an individual from the acts of a group in the New Bedford case, but utterly unable to do so when it comes to gay people.

For example, today she writes:

Sick people exist in a world of their own. It's not anyone else's fault what a crazy man does.

But then goes on to say:

Why aren't "hate crimes" committed by homosexual activists (criminally harassing emails, stolen credit cards, house break-ins) against leaders of the pro-family movement investigated and prosecuted?

Since she (by her own admission) has no idea who comitted these crimes, tying them to "homosexual activists" and repeatedly holding them up as an example of how bad ALL gay people are seems hypcritical.

Rieux said...

"Seems hypocritical"?

I'd say it is hypocritical. Extremely so.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure Amy Contrada's "break-in" was staged.

Boo said...

No, no, it must have been a break-in by angry gay activists. There's just no other explanation for why the word "Leave" would have been written in the dust on a piece of furniture on a moving day.