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September 16, 2004

Contrast and Compare: Compassion in Action

For some reason the combination of two pictures released today made me think of a third. This first one I saw first over at Pat Curley's site:
Girl whose sign was torn up by Kerry/Edwards supporters
It's captioned: Three-year-old Sophia Parlock cries while seated on the shoulders of her father, Phil Parlock, after having their Bush-Cheney sign torn up by Kerry-Edwards supporters on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at the Tri-State Airport in Huntington, W.Va.

Update: Democrats accused of ripping Bush signs in The Washington Times, September 17, 2004. The Herald-Dispatch's story on the event, that mentions this incident, is here.

These fine human beings surrounding the young lady and her dad are, of course, members of "the compassionate party."

Update 2: See the post above for more on this picture. All may not be as it seems. I'll put all further updates upstream, rather than continue changing this one.

Then we have this fine shot of the leader of their ticket showing his warmth and compassion:
Kerry hugging stuffed bear
I don't know the story behind this one, but Allah has it up on his site.

And finally we come to this snap of Bush-Hilter, as the party of compassion likes to call him, hugging Ashley Faulkner, who lost her mom in the South Tower on 9/11. You can read the story on the Snopes site.
president Bush hugging Ashley Faulkner

Posted by dan at September 16, 2004 11:27 PM | TrackBack

Look at each of the people in this picture: The man immediately to the left has bits of the poster in his hands, and his face is in mockery of a three year old girl! What a brave man he is! The black woman is screaming epithets, while the little boy to the right has a hate-filled look and his fist is balled up, ready to strike. The woman behind the black woman is sneering. What was this child's father thinking when he took her to a Kerry-Edwards rally?

Posted by: Jewel at September 17, 2004 12:10 AM

The little boy with the "hate-filled look" is the little girl's brother.

Posted by: Just Jim at September 17, 2004 12:30 AM

I think Just Jim is right; I found another picture which makes me think the boy is another member of the family being attacked here. Plus he's neatly dressed the the rest of the family, and unlike the rest of the crowd, which (as one of my commenters said) looks like they're going to a tractor pull.

I've amended my post. Thanks JJ!

Posted by: Pat Curley at September 17, 2004 01:41 AM

PS--I think the Allah photo is a gag, but it sure does look real.

Posted by: Pat Curley at September 17, 2004 01:42 AM

Ooophs the bear is legit!

Posted by: Pat Curley at September 17, 2004 02:07 AM

And to think I was afraid you were going to tell me it was a baby with some sort of a bear hat on!

Posted by: Dan S at September 17, 2004 02:25 AM

Bush is a man blind by your self ignorance and arrogance!

You americans just could silly voting in this man.

Im a brazilian guy that saw what he did and keep doing it with the world and i donīt believe in you americans...how can you still admit this crazy man in the governance? In the world donīt exist only the Unite States !!!!! Wake-up please !! Before happen anything really bad for all us.

ps1. sorry about my english words.
ps2. the brazilīs capital donīt is Buenos Aires, is Brasilia. :P

Posted by: xxxx at September 17, 2004 09:27 AM


Exactly what has Pres. Bush done to you? Your country? PLEASE enlighten us, if the Drug Lord thugs that run your country will allow you...


Posted by: Thoolou at September 17, 2004 09:40 AM

BTW, I don't believe in Brazilians... ;)

Well, OK maybe Rubens Barrichello.

Posted by: Thoolou at September 17, 2004 09:45 AM

Actually Brazil is not run by "Drug Lord thugs," nor does it have a greater problem in that respect that the U.S. does in my opinion. Now, Colombia is another matter.

Brazil is rather socialist. Despite several anti-commuinist coups by the military in the past to try to slow that trend, the politics there continues to slip towards the left. For its size and resources, Brazil should be a lot more significant on the international scene. That it is not is an indictment of its governmental system and culture.

That said, I love Brazil. I don't like the current president, Lula. I hope, however, he manages to make some changes that do help the country, I just doubt that he will do more good than harm on balance. The lower classes in Brazil, like some of the minorities here, are far to willing to blame everyone else for their problems. Responsibility for oneself is a cornerstone of functioning democracy.

Yes, the United States is not the only country in the world. But to Americans the United States is the single country that matters most and first, just as to Brazilians Brazil matters most and first. But the U.S. is willing to step up and rid the world of real menaces. Brazil has historically been more isolationist than willing to participate in international events. The role played by Brazil in World War II, for example, was minor when compared to its size. It came in late on the side of the Allies, and contributed only a small force to the war in Italy. It did give the U.S. basing rights, which were appreciated and very helpful.

But Brazil tends to be pacifist in nature. Until it gets its internal problems handled a lot better, it doesn't have a lot of energy to spare on the international scene. Even 35 years ago, when I lived there, it suffered a massive national inferiority complex. And it still has a lot of influence at high levels from the French, though that has shifted somewhat.

Look at Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea, and tell me why Brazil isn't a powerhouse to make all of those look like pikers. That's not to say it hasn't made great strides forward. But its pace is not sufficient that it's a good bet to move into the first tier anytime in the next few decades.

E para voce, senhor R, por favor nao tenta para instruir nos que somos Americanos que e melhor para nosso paiz. Voce leia as palavras dos jornais e ove que diz a televisao, mas a maior parte e mentira. Tem ai a mesma problema que temos aqui, a verdade e muito deficio para apprender quando muitos querem que voces nao o appredem.

Desculpa o meu portuques tambem. Falto practica.

Posted by: Dan S at September 17, 2004 09:59 AM

Interesting. I wouldn't say the evidence is definitive that the event was staged, but it's certainly quite curious.

Posted by: Pat Curley at September 17, 2004 12:16 PM

Rumor is that Purlock has been involved in similar incidents in 1996 and 2000; making this seem fishy.
Still, even if that incident "was a forgery, the content is true."

Posted by: jwarr at September 17, 2004 02:52 PM
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