sanity fair BY Ed GriFFiN-NOlAN
Outrage of the Week Ed Griffin-Nolan does not like this.
Jon Alvarez mounting a Facebook fan page for a murderer
goes beyond the pale
id you ever see a kid walking down Joseph Stack did in mellow little Austin, self, that’s called a sacrifice. When you take WFBL should be ashamed.
the street toss a McDonald’s wrap- Texas, on Feb. 18. To avenge the injustices someone else’s life, it’s called murder. And Fans of this guy? Fans?
per on the sidewalk, and your first perpetrated, in his view, by the tax man, when that murder is for political ends, it’s Facebook, to its credit, yanked the
reaction is to smack him? Ever been cut he chose the method made famous by called terrorism. tribute page on Feb. 23. Yet If I weren’t
off by a driver getting on Route 81, and Mohamed Atta and the 9/11 bombers, and If his name had been Nidal Hassan, so Facebook-challenged (I don’t think
your lesser self contemplates chasing him in his demented, self-justifying fury killed would we be talking about his “sacrifice”? I will ever forgive them for turning the
up the ramp and running him off the road? a gentle soul named Vernon Hunter, who How can anyone suggest that we become noun “friend” into a verb, casting aside the
What about those people in line at the happened to be in the path of Stack’s rage. fans of Joseph Stack, and how can any elegant and time tested “befriend” like a
grocery store, who keep fumbling in their All this happened in Austin, which is far responsible broadcaster continue to support tattered napkin), I might start a Facebook
pockets for the coupon for the yogurt that enough from Syracuse, but not far enough someone who does? You can be a fan of page called “I won’t listen to WFBL until
they thought was on special, while your for Jon Alvarez. When not dressed up Wesley Johnson; you can be a fan of Sarah they get rid of Jon Alvarez.” (Go for it;
frozen peas melt and the line next to you outside KFC in a chicken outfit, Alvarez Palin. If you are a fan of this guy, you are there’s no copyright).
zips along smooth as silk? Only happens spends his lunch hour blabbing on WFBL- endorsing murder, which is what Alvarez I do find myself agreeing with Alvarez
when you’re running late. Are you feeling AM 1390, a local talk radio station with a did, his protests to the contrary. on one thing. Alvarez complained that
the rage? mostly conservative-leaning lineup of syn- Should we be fans of Timothy McVeigh? the media spent too much time covering
We all have murderous thoughts. They dicated yakkers. Should we be fans of the Unabomber? Would the Tiger Woods apology and not enough
are fleeting, momentary and for the most Alvarez doesn’t seem to know the dif- you like to suggest that we understand the time on the message of his fallen hero,
part go unexpressed. Once in a while we ference between i