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Rage Inducing Fury

There is a reason I no longer walk BootzDog without a weapon in hand since I retired the Frick & Frack Heart Attack:

2 pit bulls savagely maul man –

A 90-year-old who drove a tank across Europe during World War II is facing the battle of his life after losing a leg, and possibly an arm, to two pit bulls in his Port Richmond backyard yesterday afternoon.

Henry Piotrowski was rushed to Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton after the dogs, named Popeye and Brutus, attacked him at 94 John St. and, as one witness put it, started eating him alive.

“One leg [the left] is amputated from the knee. We’re pretty sure the [left] arm is going to go, too,” said his niece, Lainey Sutton. Saving the arm would require a 10- to 12-hour operation, and doctors are reluctant to submit her uncle to the ordeal because of his age, she said. Also, his right leg is fractured.

“The next three days are very critical. He lost a lot of blood,” Ms. Sutton said. “But he’s fighting.”

James McNair, 28, the dogs’ owner, was arrested last night in connection with the gruesome incident, police said. The animals were euthanized.

McNair — a registered sex offender — was charged with having unlicensed dogs, not having his dogs on a leash and fireworks possession, police said. A search of McNair’s home at 59A Newark Ave., yielded a quantity of fireworks contraband, a police spokesman explained.

Yesterday’s attack occurred at about 11 a.m., when the dogs, who live with McNair a block over at 59A Newark Ave., entered Piotrowski’s yard.

What induces the rage in me is not, to a certain degree, the irresponsibility this scumbag showed owning two known public menaces, as the article cites by recounting previous showdowns between neighbors and these obviously dangerous beasts.

No, what drives me over the line is the fact that this registered sex offender had fallen off the map:

In 2002, McNair and two other men were accused of raping and sodomizing a 14-year-old girl in the schoolyard of PS 19, according to Advance archives.

McNair pleaded guilty to third-degree rape and served about a year and a half in jail, according to the state Department of Correctional Services database.

He is currently listed on the state sex offender registry as living on the 200 block of Myrtle Avenue, West Brighton.

His new digs were within spitting distance of at least two schools.

And that there was an eleven year old kid in the middle of all this shit who sounds as if he’s just a sick in the head as the dogs and their owner:

Eleven-year-old Thomas Lloyd, who lives in the house with the two dogs, described them as peaceful and said they always got along with children in the neighborhood.

“I say that the guy hit them.” Lloyd said. “Brutus, when he came home, he had scratches on his face and he was bleeding. The guy must have hit him or something, cause my dogs don’t attack for nothing.”

SOMEONE!, anyone, explain to me how these seemingly known hazards were allowed to exist, and how a convicted sex offender could a)own them, and b)live under the same roof as this little idiot along with the dogs, within spitting distance of a couple of schools?

Who’s that kid’s momma? And what the FUCK is going on with the cops, parole board and whichever assholes run the state’s Sex Offender Registry that this situation, with all the previous examples of these two pitties being seriously dangerous to the entire community; owned by someone whose very name should have made red flags stand up and scream, were not doing anything about this situation until the dogs, finally, almost killed someone?

Some commenters at the Retreat’s website are also seriously pissed off.

The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round…

It’s getting crowded down there:
Confederate Yankee: Obama’s Bus List. Now With More Carnage!

Possibly signaling a shift in their up-to-now fawning coverage of the ObamaMessiah, there are two stories that need to be noted.

First, Cap’n Ed points out a WaPo piece showing that, besides the assistance of Tony Rezko, Barry got what can only be considered a sweetheart deal when securing a honking huge mortgage for his palatial house in the Chi-Town suburbs, noting:

Obama has spent plenty of time castigating credit lenders in this campaign for their capricious practices and bad management. He has rung the populist bell, saying that ordinary Americans can’t get a break from lenders while the powerful play by different rules. Now we know Obama has personal experience in that area, albeit on the other side of the equation than he implies with his rhetoric.

More damning is a Boston Globe report about the conditions “community organizer” Obama’s constituents live with in the aftermath of Barry funneling of funds to cronies like Rezko:

The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented for eight years as a state senator, hold 504 apartments subsidized by the federal government for people who can’t afford to live anywhere else.

But it’s not safe to live here.

About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale – a score so bad the buildings now face demolition.

Grim proving ground for Obama’s housing policy.

As a state senator, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee coauthored an Illinois law creating a new pool of tax credits for developers. As a US senator, he pressed for increased federal subsidies. And as a presidential candidate, he has campaigned on a promise to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund that could give developers an estimated $500 million a year.

But a Globe review found that thousands of apartments across Chicago that had been built with local, state, and federal subsidies – including several hundred in Obama’s former district – deteriorated so completely that they were no longer habitable.

Grove Parc and several other prominent failures were developed and managed by Obama’s close friends and political supporters. Those people profited from the subsidies even as many of Obama’s constituents suffered. Tenants lost their homes; surrounding neighborhoods were blighted.

Some of the residents of Grove Parc say they are angry that Obama did not notice their plight. The development straddles the boundary of Obama’s state Senate district. Many of the tenants have been his constituents for more than a decade.

“No one should have to live like this, and no one did anything about it,” said Cynthia Ashley, who has lived at Grove Parc since 1994.

When trying to explain away the Messiah’s thin résumé, Barry’s acolytes go on about his time as a ‘community organizer’ and his “judgement.” Well, based solely on these two pieces of reporting, he seems to have failed miserably on both accounts; he “organized” his constituent community into a hell-hole, ghetto zone existence, while “judging” that funneling taxpayer monies into the pockets of his friends and political benefactors was the right thing to do… and then ignored the results, having (it seems) similarly tossed all those constituents under the bus once it became expedient.

MORE: Confederate Yankee on the Bambi loan story:

The only reason this story merits any attention is that Obama’s campaign has created a mythology around him that casts him as a reformer.

It is an excellent marketing gimmick, and he’ll ride it as long as it is effective and helps the brand he is creating, but make no mistake; like all other politicians operating at this level, Barack Obama holds one conviction, and one conviction only: I’m going to get mine.

Hope! Change! HORSESHIT.

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