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Over a decade ago, a Beverly Hills prep school-attending teen named Rupert Ditworth was charged with attempted murder after attacking his classmate Elizabeth Barcay with a claw hammer, striking her with it over 40 times and splitting her skull.

Four months ago, after working diligently on the Trump campaign, Rupert Ditworth — now Rupert Tarsley — was elected Secretary of the Broward County, Florida Republican party.

Tarsley’s previous identity was discovered this week, and he has no plans to resign, on account of how he doesn’t even really see what was wrong with what he did anyway, and was elected fair and square.

“Why should I resign,” he asked in an exclusive interview from his $2 million beachfront condo. “I did nothing wrong and I was elected. This is just party politics.”

It sure is. Clearly, only a Democrat would have a problem with a nice young white boy with a bright future ahead of him viciously attacking a woman with a claw-hammer.

I mean, who among us hasn’t done this at least once as a teenager?

Tarsey, according to published reports, invited Barcay, the daughter of a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, to ride with him to Jamba Juice after a big exam.

Tarsey eventually parked the car and allegedly pulled a hammer from a backpack. He then started hitting her over the head, opened the passenger’s door and pulled her out while choking her before driving away.

According to the Times, Tarsey’s parents rushed him into psychiatric treatment as Barcay recovered painfully and eventually attended the school prom in a wheelchair.

Youthful indiscretions, obviously! Like torturing small animals, setting fires and wetting the bed. It’s not like things people do as teenagers, like hitting a woman over the head 40 times with a hammer and then choking her, ever determine what they are like as adults. Besides, Ben Carson claimed he stabbed a guy once, and he turned out… normal..ish. And besides, this was probably all before he found Jesus, which means it totally doesn’t even count.

Some of his Republican colleagues, however, are holding out hope that he will resign, on account of them not wanting to look bad.

Tarsey’s real identity was discovered by a member who alerted local GOP Chairman Bob Sutton over the Labor Day weekend.

“We were blindsided,” said Sutton, a schoolteacher. “He’s a member of the Knights of Columbus, for Christ’s sake. And he came highly recommended by the former chair. We had no idea what his background is. We want him out but he is refusing to resign. He deceived us. It looks like he even used a reputation management firm to make sure we wouldn’t find out who he is.”

A schoolteacher, huh? Probably a secret liberal! Also is being a member of the Knights of Columbus some kind of sign that someone is not a violent bastard? Because I feel like it is not.

Tarsey, who is 6’2″, claims that he was only doing self-defense with that claw hammer, and that the only reason it’s an issue is because he “spoke out” against Sutton in some way. Otherwise, probably everyone would think it was real good that he hit that girl with that hammer!

Hey! You know who also did a lot of volunteer work (at a suicide hotline) and worked for the Republican Party?

THIS GUY!

He also may have had some issues with violence towards women. So, while surely Tarsley is an upstanding citizen now, if you are a woman with long brown hair parted in the middle, you might want to avoid him. Particularly if he has his arm in a sling and needs some help with his groceries. Just putting that out there. As a suggestion.

[Miami Herald]

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  • Gayer Than Thou

    Well I wouldn’t like to say that the ability to support Trump is evidence that he hasn’t really grown beyond his fucked-up teenagerhood, but I will.

    • The Wanderer

      Go ahead and say it.

  • spangled
  • Master Contrail Program

    OT: But if Alanis Morrisette ever wants to update one of her hits…….. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a80177d619cd970192e06ff4d0d0d44d706a490131f67a3eb5182d7bb02ee992.png
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bfe042c3df3569d161c813f022efb47fbfa2478e7f52a555cfce88a1128cd512.png

    I suppose “Ironic” or “You Oughta Know” would both work in this case.

    • BJW

      She should be God again and smite all these asshole hackers.

      • SterWonk

        Well, if she were God again, she should smite all three credit-reporting agencies, because if any of them were even halfway competent, “identify theft” wouldn’t even be a thing.

  • Daniel

    The party of personal responsibility and law and order want you to remember that boys will be boys and liberal snowflakes need to get over themselves- before Political Correctness hitting women with claw hammers was just considered a good natured joke. It’s not something to ruin a man’s life over.

    • efoveks

      You should frame that. It really captures the ethos of everything that is wrong with Republicans these days.

  • handyhippie65

    funny how attempted murder doesn’t disqualify one from service in the republican party. not surprising, though.

    • Daniel

      It’s not like he said bakers need to provide cakes for gay weddings, or the Confederacy was bad. Let it go.

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    • Parakeetist

      Did this asshole even go to jail?

      • handyhippie65

        a rich, white minor? prolly not. ‘specially after his parental units took him to a shrink.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          Shrink didn’t come with a guaranty or warranty, did he?

          • handyhippie65

            no, but juries seem to eat that shit up.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      He could probably shoot a guy on Fifth Avenue and not lose his job.

  • TundraGrifter

    “It looks like he even used a reputation management firm to make sure we wouldn’t find out who he is.”

    Sounds like they did some very professional due diligence work. You betcha!

  • Beanz&Berryz

    I can’t even snark this guy… And… Wahhhh… He won’t resign?

    And… ““He’s a member of the Knights of Columbus, for Christ’s sake.” “For Christ’s sake”… as in… to help the Lord?

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      To be fair, I think the speaker was appalled that he had concealed his identity to that extent

      • puredog

        I think the K of C is just the right place for him.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        Maybe. But the “emoticon shrugz” level of response is about 10 levels below what is warranted. That they are not crucifying the guy according to proper organizational procedures speaks to me that they are not so much appalled as, more kinda put out a bit, that they’ve been embarrassed by this unfortunate revelation…

        Of course, they could be all, “he paid his debt to society, so who are we to judge him,” but har har… They’re Republicans, for Christ’s sake… They are for nothing if not eternal living punishment… for some… So – fuck them for their lackadaisical “response.”

        OK… That got my snark on…

        • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

          Oh, of course. I totally agree.

  • Darlene Underdahl

    Was she smarter than him? I’m guessing she was.

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      Shrill

    • alanb

      She provoked him! From the LA Times:

      According to Los Angeles police, the teenagers had gone for a drive in the boy’s 2000 Jaguar after school. They were sitting in the parked sedan in Studio City about 5 p.m., when Ditsworth allegedly began talking about suicide and repeatedly struck the girl with the hammer.

      The nerve, listening to him talk.

  • Mormos

    another psychopath makes his way into a leadership position.

    • Just Noh

      hey, he had to claw his way to the top.

      sorry

      • Querolous

        Maybe she was laughing at his peen.

        • SterWonk

          Someone with real balls wouldn’t care what other people think about his peen.

    • BJW

      It’s almost like being a psychopath is a requirement to succeed in the US…wait, wut?

      • Marion in Savannah

        At least in Republican circles.

      • OrG

        They told me to work hard and play by the rul….
        Nah, you’re right.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Issues with women?
    Psychopathic tendencies?
    Use of PR to hide the truth?

    Meet the GOP’s 2020 presidential ticket Ditsworth/Tarsey!!*
    *what about Trump? Naw

    • BJW

      Yeah, Trump only grabbed pussies. Never did the claw hammer thing…or did he?

      • Marion in Savannah

        Could he wield a claw hammer with his tiny hands?

      • puredog

        It would be irresponsible not to speculate.

        • Arolpin

          Said the thorough gynecologist.

        • BJW

          Maybe it is NOT pee hookers that are a problem on the pee tape…hmm?

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Not the claw hammer thing, because that’s a tool, and that’s beneath him, but there are reports of him getting abusive.

        Not with Ivanka, of course.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    Now is not the time to politicize this.

    • willi0000000

      yeah . . . too soon.

      [ . . . and, whoops missed the launch window, now it’s too late ]

  • Baconzgood

    Honestly everyone knows you only bludgeon hobos with a claw hammer.

  • Marion in Savannah

    We must never forget that anything and everything is A-okay IYAR.

    • Rachel Book Harlot

      Plus, I’m sure both sides do it.

      • BJW

        Well, the other side HELD a claw hammer, so Chris Cillizza will write numerous articles on the evil claw hammer holder. Maybe one on the claw hammer hitter. It’s the same!

        • Marion in Savannah

          Jesus Christ — just look at Jimmy Carter doing all that hammering fergawdsake.

      • Remember, claw hammers don’t kill; people holding claw hammers kill. We certainly don’t need more claw hammer laws, we only need to enforce the ones we have. Except against rich white Republicans, of course.

        “If claw hammers are outlawed, only Republicans will have claw hammers!”

    • willi0000000

      helping people, paying your fair share, …

      [ didn’t think so ]

    • Frankie

      For sure! In fact, they are probably impressed with how brazen he was about his desire to hurt a woman. They just do it in roundabout ways like denying them access to healthcare.

  • Parakeetist

    What we need to do is make anti-hammer helmets.

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      Women need to be educated not to get into cars.

      • Also, how was she dressed, hmm?

  • TJ Barke

    Darn violent leftists!

    • puredog

      Hey! Aren’t you sposed to be over on the Tomi Lahren post?

      • TJ Barke

        Sure, if I hated myself a bit more.

  • William

    The party that elected a guy who maintains sexual assault is fine as long as you pop a tic-tac, and you’re a star. The party that has the Duggars as the go-to guys for family values. So sure….why not? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9878a10abb933a4c0ab3a17b2515333f49fb0872fd53539b011902c2335958c2.jpg

    • The Wanderer

      Diaper Dave Vitter for President?

      Depends.

    • bupkus231

      Does this last sentence mean that Mrs. Vitter was homosexual, only using David as a beard?

    • Angela Ruzzo

      And the people in Louisiana re-elected this dipshit. After Hurricane Katrina I wrote to all my elected officials, including Vitter, pointing out several blatant weaknesses in the recovery program, and Vitter wrote me back to say he was a “representative of the federal government and had no jurisdiction in state matters.”

      • willi0000000

        of course . . . the repuglican’ts will always say it doesn’t matter, no matter what state you’re in.

        [ they don’t use their grey matter for anything either ]

    • handyhippie65

      so, he’s divorced now?

  • eastcoastlib

    On behalf of Republicans everywhere I have only one question. Was the hammer okay?

    • puredog

      Maybe she told him she was looking for some peen and he misunderstood?
      I’ll see myself out. . . .

      • Opalescent Riddles

        Who among us hasn’t grabbed a peen hammer when a claw hammer wasn’t close to hand, and vice versa? This isn’t the type of thing to ruin this guy’s life over. He has surely suffered a long recovery from this traumatic event and we’re just salting old wounds. We should respect his privacy and let bygones be bygones.

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      “This is not the time to discuss claw hammers”

      • Opalescent Riddles

        “A hammered society is a polite society.”

        • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

          “All we need is a good guy with a claw hammer”
          Also: Yeah, well, what about anvils?

  • wyatt olson

    another psychopath makes his way into a leadership position.

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      Feature, not a bug

  • Baconzgood

    “I’m just looking for one devine hammer”

    -Kim Deal-

    • Arolpin

      Wow, Breeders reference. And I just realized that album came out a long time ago. Thanks for making me feel old.

      • Baconzgood

        Before the Last Splash album, I was 18 Kim Deal kissed me for helping her heft an amp up 3 flights of steps in a shifty club in Pittsburgh…

        Shit….now I feel oldz.

        • Arolpin

          You got a kiss from Kim Deal?

          Shit…now I feel jealous.

    • TheFamilyThalamusPersists

      Makes me want to take a cannon ball to him.

  • Rachel Book Harlot

    If he feels like he didn’t do anything wrong, then why did he change his name?

    • Gayer Than Thou

      You know how judgy people can be!

      • Marion in Savannah

        Inorite? And over the pickiest little details.

    • Baconzgood

      One had nothing to do with the other…you buy that?

    • puredog

      He was estranged from his father so he adopted his mother’s maiden name. Nothing to see here, move along.

  • JoeChristmas

    But, Menendez.

  • Steven

    Jenji Kohan described ‘Orange is the New Black’ as ‘you are not your crime.’

    i’m gonna make an exception for Norman (complete with mother!)

  • Baconzgood

    Just curious. What year did this fucking psyho decide to play whack-a-mole on another human’s head?

    • Marion in Savannah

      Apparently it was in 2007.

      • OrG

        Thanks, Obama.

      • Baconzgood

        Jesus. So this is recent douchebaggery

        • Marion in Savannah

          Well, you know, youthful indiscretions, boys will be boys…

        • Angela Ruzzo

          And according to one of the links to an article provided above, he was in a mental hospital for 3 years, so really he’s only been “out there” since 2010.

          • Baconzgood

            Oye vei

  • The Wanderer

    Sweet Sons of Norway, he’s a Knight of Columbus?!?11?!? Well, that’s all right then. He can certainly do nothing wrong, being a member of the KoC. It’s not like he’s a member of the ACLU or anything.

  • BrianW

    Hey, c’mon now. He only beat her HALF to death, so SHUT UP SJWs!!!!11!!2!!

  • JoeChristmas

    It was just locker room hijinks.

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      Ethics in claw hammer journalism

  • Nounverb911
  • marxalot

    Don’t be silly! Violence against women (if it even counts as “violence,” pffft, it was self defense!) isn’t even a good predictor of future dangerous behavior or escalation, come on. And obviously, he’s totally recovered from his terrible ordeal, you can tell from how he changed his name and doesn’t have even the slightest understanding that this might be a cause for concern for some people! It’s totally fine, why are you blowing up like this, typical hysterical snowflakes.

  • CountryClubJihadi

    Sounds like Hammer Time thinks he’s too legit to quit.

  • If he had just used his magic scepter instead of a claw hammer. Then he would have been doing the Lord’s work and acting like a good Christian. And there would be no more hurricanes to worry about.

  • The Wanderer
    • Marion in Savannah

      In my youf I loved PP&M.

      • The Wanderer

        Same here.

      • Still do.

        • Marion in Savannah

          Me too, but they were yuuuge when I was A Young.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        Me too. Got to see them in concert in Chicago in 1987 and sing “Puff” along with them, it was well worth the $60 tickets.

    • aureolaborealis
  • Chyron HR

    “Beat half to death” is a pessimistic viewpoint. An positive person would say he beat her half to LIFE.

    • marxalot

      Honestly he seems kinda low-achieving, but I guess Republicans have already demonstrated their willingness to embrace people who quit halfway through.

  • ariel_gee_398

    He’s not even a good MRA. Everyone knows you attack ladies with acid and insults about their weight, not hammers.

  • Me not sure

    “If a hammer is the only tool you have, every problem looks like a head.”
    Rupert’s Law

    • Msgr_MΩment

      That’s why they call the flat part of a nail a “head”.
      Look it up!

      • Me not sure

        My God, you’re right!

  • Rick Hill

    Ok and this guy didn’t do jail time because…why?

    • marxalot

      Gonna guess “money.” (Got thrown into Nice White Boy Treatment before the cops could get him?)

      • Rick Hill

        Such a promising future. Why destroy that with one small error in judgement?

        Ok, seriously, I’ve maybe made a bad judgement when I drank too much and took a whiz where I shouldn’t. I’ve never, in the middle of the day, just started wailing on someone’s head, even if they needed it.

      • CripesAmighty

        Let’s see: prep school, “Ditsworth”. Yep. Affluenza.

      • Marion in Savannah
        • Lord Jim

          Not much documentary evidence, but it sounds to me like his family bought him out of trouble. That sort of behaviour definitely smacks of a serious psych issue.

    • ariel_gee_398

      The judge was really concerned about his future prospects if branded a felon?

      • marxalot

        I mean, it’s not like he sold or smoked a marijuana.

        • Marion in Savannah

          Or ate Skittles.

          • marxalot

            (while darker than #ffffff)

        • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

          Or sold loosies on the street

      • It would have ruined his chances of attending Stanford?

    • amrak63

      Because in Amurka, accountability is only for women, non-whites, and non-rich white males.

      But I’m guessing that you knew that already.

    • Edith Prickly

      He’s not blah or Messican?

  • Michael R
  • OrG

    You can’t even beat someone half to death anymore????
    Political correctness run amok!!!!!

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Thats it! I’m moving to India.

  • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

    Good Gawd. How did that girl survive?

    • Marion in Savannah

      Yes. She apparently came to her senior prom in a wheelchair.

    • Baconzgood

      He must be an ultra pussy.

    • marxalot

      Refusal to give this thin streak the satisfaction?

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Republicans are incompetent at everything, even murdering. Hillary would never leave a victim alive like this dipworth did.

      • amrak63

        That reminds me of how the wingnuts think the Clintons are these brutally efficient killers with a string of murders to their “credit”–and yet these same wingnuts never stop to think about, if that be true, then why are all those prominent wingnuts who say mean things about the Clintons still alive, well, and saying mean things?

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          Why does Monica Lewinsky continue to walk amongst us?

          • Msgr_MΩment

            As a warning.

      • Zombishroom

        I almost peed my pants laughing at your comment.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          Glad to have brightened your day. :-)

        • Angela Ruzzo

          I laughed so loud I scared the cats.

  • CripesAmighty

    “Ditsworh”? “Tarsey”? Where have we seen this one?
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9brMAvvyA5w

  • yyyaz

    $2 million beachfront condo, attempted murder, changed name = “did nothing wrong.” Ladies and Gentlemen, YOUR Repugnicunt party.

    • FukuiSanYesOta

      Surprised he’s not speaker of the house.

      • Wanna bet he’ll end up in the “Replace Ryan” mix?

      • artem1s

        Totally sure he will be Pence’s pick to be VP once he offs Dolt45

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Can the Tarsey family sue him, cause NIMBY.

  • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

    Sure, now all you libtards prolly wanna ban hammers.

  • Tiny kaiju

    I know you shouldn’t judge people by their appearance, but he looks creepy as fuck in that last picture. Actually he looks creepy in the other two also.

    • TheFamilyThalamusPersists

      Not just creepy, but downright psychotic.

    • puredog

      It *may* be that you are looking at the photo of Ted Bundy? Who was all those things and more.

  • amrak63

    Let us be patient, Wonketarians…

    https://i.imgur.com/7ig9Jxu.jpg

  • Jonny On Maui

    Okay. I am not without sin, both past and present. I like forgiveness, having both gotten and given.

    But IMHO once you’ve hit another human being in the head over 40 times you lose the ability to make any more decisions, you have someone to do that for you for the rest of your sick little life.

    • Marion in Savannah

      Or at least while you spend several decades in a very soft room.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        Or a hard-walled one… 40 hammer swings. God fecken damn… I’ve built whole things with fewer hammer swings…

  • mrFawkes

    This fucker is dethorable.

    • Marion in Savannah

      [GROAN]

    • Tiny kaiju

      You naughty, naughty person. No, I’m not secretly smiling about this pun, it’s just gas.

    • amrak63

      Thor would not soil Sacred Mjolnir on this creep.

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      If he didn’t want people to find out about his past he should have lived a more loki life.

      • mrFawkes

        He should have been strapped to Dexter’s table.

        • amrak63

          What Norse mythological figure is that a pun about?

          • mrFawkes

            None, Florida mythology.

    • amrak63

      His claims of being reformed are probably balderdash.

  • amrak63

    Another case for Her Honor Judge Madoka-kami-sama.

    https://i.imgur.com/6GoJnuU.jpg

    • marxalot

      Throw yourself upon the Ascended Madoka’s mercy– she may yet have some.

  • NBD IOKIYAR

    • TheFamilyThalamusPersists

      sigh.

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    I’m not following how the “struggle” of hitting a woman in the head with a hammer 40 times and “being rushed to psychiatric care” becomes a heroic tale of attending one’s prom in a wheelchair. But heck, I always thought NOT assaulting people was more heroic, for some libtard reason.

    • Finnibar87

      We’re all pretty much taught in kindergarten not to hit your fellow classmates with objects like hammers.

      He was sick that day, apparently.

      • 🛶🗣️ Mr Canoehead 🛶🗣️

        And every day thereafter.

      • Opalescent Riddles

        He was sick but still in class, was taught but did not learn.

    • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

      It was his victim who attended prom in a wheelchair. Pretty damn heroic, if you ask me.

      • Martini Ambassador 🍸

        Ah, yes, reading for comprehension eludes me after 2 glasses of bubbly, apparently. I agree, she is amazing.

        • Me not sure

          A good bubbly-numbing can help ease the world weariness that we all feel.

        • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

          It happens :)

          I had to read that paragraph a few times to get the jist

  • Tiny kaiju

    Here’s a link to a 2007 article about possibly trying him as an adult after prosecutor decided not to charge him as a juvenile.
    http://articles.latimes.com/2007/jun/07/local/me-harvard7

    • Angela Ruzzo

      What I find interesting is that if I or my siblings had ever perpetrated such a heinous act, my parents would never have bailed us out, they would have figured staying in jail was an entirely appropriate punishment and would teach us a lesson. But my parents taught us morals and ethics and manners, so it wouldn’t have happened in the first place.

  • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

    I’ll bet his wife is beyond thrilled to find this out about the father of her 2 (and one-on-the-way) children.

    • Finnibar87

      You can win good money, wagering that he never told her.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        “You’re my first, Honey…” (That I haven’t tried to murder…)

  • Edith Prickly

    He seems…scary as fuck.

    • natoslug

      So, a perfect pick for Trump’s cabinet?

  • natoslug

    He seriously misunderstood the idea of getting to know a woman’s mind. And needs to resign.

  • Daniel

    Joking aside it is vital that we stop.

    Hammer crime.

  • shivaskeeper

    40 hits with a claw hammer? He was not trying to kill her. He was trying to make her suffer. He was trying to cripple her. He was trying to make it so she remembered him always as the one who hurt her.

    Too me that seems far worse than trying to kill her. Killing is done once. Suffering like that can go on ever day.

    • Sheepshagger

      Dare I suggest that it may have been the first time he actually used a tool in reality? The enervated leisure class is a phenomenon.

      • shivaskeeper

        Doubtful. Not about using a tool for the first time, but about actually trying to kill her. Even with a small 16oz framing hammer used in the confines of a car, it would take less than 40 hits.

        He was trying to main her.

        • Sheepshagger

          After a professional career spent meeting and defending criminals I always go with idiocy and profound incompetence as the explanation for most odd phenomena.

          • shivaskeeper

            Fair enough.

        • marxalot

          If the majority of blows were to her face, I’m inclined to agree with you. The skull shots would cripple her, but odds are what he really wanted was to “ruin her” (ie, break her face), and the rest can be explained with “do you know how difficult it is to swing a hammer effectively in a closed car against someone who is actively struggling against you?”

          • shivaskeeper

            That was my original point. I was maiming her.

          • Frankie

            Agreed. Like acid attacks which just mutilate the victim and they are forced to wear it like a badge of shame and suffer from the psychological effects their entire lives. Too bad the GOP doesn’t understand how similar the Conservatives Christians are to Extreme Muslims. Y’all both hate women and LGBTQ, why don’t you get along again?

      • Msgr_MΩment

        “I was trying to fix her earring. Seriously.”

  • I Happened

    I’m leaning toward Fake News.

  • JMP

    I don’t know what’s worth, the way he nearly murdered that poor girl when he was a teen or the fact that he’s completely unapologetic about it still today. That’s just totally sociopathic.

    • TJ Barke

      So you’re saying he’s an ideal republican?

    • Lord Jim

      Unapologetic? Claims it was self defense.

      • starfanglednut

        That girl was attacking his poor innocent hammer with her head.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        I think the last couple dozen were probably overkill, dude.

  • A member of the Knights of Columbus? Pffftt, I can top that. I was a deacon of my church and president of the church council. – Dennis Rader (BTK killer)

    • TundraGrifter

      Wasn’t he also the Home Owners’ Association guy who went around measuring how tall his neighbors had let their grass grow?

      • Marion in Savannah

        I think you’re right. A real peach of a guy.

      • I’m not sure, the one detail that really stuck in my mind about him (besides writing his letters to the police on a church computer) is that he liked to hang stray cats. Which sounds suspiciously Huckabee-ish.

      • BeachBum

        The water cops are bad too.

    • BeachBum

      I was gonna be a K of C until I found out they had no swords. Or horses. All you got was a lousy spatula for their pancake breakfasts. And they didn’t even buy booze with the money they made.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        A spatula sword fight was the highlight of many KoC breakfasts…

        • BeachBum

          Heh, on guarde ! Touche !

          • Beanz&Berryz

            swat

      • marxalot

        You can get a sword but only if you’re both fourth degree and color corps, in which case you look kinda like a pirate, so, worth it?

    • Me not sure

      l always ask for a Union carpenter. Standards.

  • Daniel

    Rupert Ditworth, total prat,
    With a hammer gave forty whacks.
    When they saw what he had done
    The GOP hoped he’d run.

    • Zombishroom

      I appreciate your homage to Lizzie.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    So did she go to the prom with him, or not?

    Yeah, I’ll show myself out, and hope this creep isn’t hanging around the back door.

    There is actually someone defending him in the comments to the linked article – “youthful indiscretions.” JFC!

    • You mean like the same youthful indiscretions as Chris Brown?

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I can kind of, sort of understand lovers quarrels that turn violent, because you’re emotionally involved with the person. Obviously I’m not condoning that behavior, but attacking a girl you barely know is straight up Ted Bundy levels of crazy. I think some people who abuse their partners can be helped, but this guy? Straight up Crazy town inhabitant.

    • Tiny kaiju

      The actual fuck? Does that mean if I had enough money I could have used brass knuckles on my fellow students and gotten away with it?

      • Sheepshagger

        Yes.

      • jesterpunk

        Are you an economically anxious rich white guy with a serious case of affluenza?

        • Doug Langley

          No, I’m a nerd who got picked on by the jocks. Does that count?

          • Marion in Savannah

            Oh, hell no. They’ll give you a swirlie on the way to jail.

          • BoatOfVelociraptors

            Well, barring travesties like inheritances, odds are you’re the rich guy in the equation now.

        • Tiny kaiju

          Alas, middle class white chick. So it would have probably been psychiatric incarceration for a while

    • Zombishroom

      I do believe in rehabilitation. People can become better in the right community with the help of supportful peers. But that community is probably not available in his area.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Yeah, I’m not sure the GOP is the place to go to learn how to treat women respectfully. See: Trump, Donald and News, Fox.

        I also believe some people can be rehabilitated. See my comment below.

        • Zombishroom

          The Republican party lets him fly his freak flag. Like the president!

      • Invisible Bunyip

        As long as his reply starts with “I did nothing wrong” he still has a long way to go on his rehabilitation, and should probably stay out of public office.

        • Zombishroom

          You’re absolutely right.

    • amrak63

      It would have been fun if she had turned out to be Buffy, and handed him his sorry ass.

  • Bozilingus

    Any unsolved homicides or missing women where this guy lives? Inquiring minds want to know.

    • Me not sure

      …or hardware store heists?

    • TheFamilyThalamusPersists

      Not even where he lives. Anywhere, for hundreds of miles around where he lives.

  • jesterpunk

    How long until he is put in charge of the Republican women outreach group?

  • bubbuhh

    Is it true that the preferred weapon of the Knights of Columbus is tghe Holy Hammer of Homerflubbia? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d6615d2e4cdee542bd4cd59576e26a658b3edcd281ce469d7a708e04a8db62fe.jpg

    • goingohm

      Silly Italian connigits.

  • schmannity

    Does the Broward County Republican Headquarters have a crawlspace?

    • I doubt it passes the smell test, even if it doesn’t have a crawlspace.

    • Sheepshagger

      In front of Limbaugh daily, yes.

  • jesterpunk

    In other stupid Florida news.

    http://www.tennessean.com/story/weather/2017/09/08/hurricane-irma-florida-guns-shooting-facebook/648796001/

    70,000 people want to shoot Irma

    7,500 people went to the coast and shoot Kamehamehas at Hurricane Irma.

    Another Florida resident has created an event called “Spinning your arms really fast to push away Hurricane Irma,” a virtual gathering that has received firm commitments from 10,000 people, with another 32,000 interested.

    • Rick Hill

      Mehbee if they got a bunch of people on the beach, after having three bean dip and all of them farted at the approaching storm…. they could make their own counter hurricane and cancel i out like antimatter meeting matter.

      • jesterpunk

        So the Beans for Bernie folks?

    • proudgrampa

      Sure. Why not?

    • Angela Ruzzo

      This is a good way to identify people with double-digit IQs. Perhaps it is a secret Illuminati plot to gather large numbers of such people in one spot and herd them into a parallel time vortex?

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    What a Ditworth!

  • Nounverb911

    OT
    This just in, Science in Action!
    https://twitter.com/NewYorker/status/906600631313592320

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Rupert’s Silver Hammer came down upon her head indeed!

  • schmannity

    Broward County GOP Hammer Time!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCpCn0l4Wo

  • marxalot

    Also, Broward County, just in general. I’d pray for ’em, but neither Satan nor baseball can cure their problems.

    • BeachBum

      I am still not over “hanging chads.”

      • Daniel

        I think that’s an MRA candidate policy.

      • proudgrampa

        We have NEVER recovered.

  • This Ditworth couldn’t even finish her off, what a clown. – John Wayne Gacy

    • Daniel

      He was hoping he’d get something for doing it. That was the reason for pummelling her ‘ead- gain.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Over a decade ago, a Beverly Hills prep school-attending teen named Rupert Ditworth was charged with attempted murder after attacking his classmate Elizabeth Barcay with a claw hammer, striking her with it over 40 times and splitting her skull.

    “Copycat!” — Elizabeth Borden

  • cheetojeebus

    One of the more egregious examples of IOKHAR.

  • Jan_in_the_pan

    And suddedenly my strange interest in murder aligns with my favorite blog. SSDGM!

    • Strepsi

      Me too, but we’re not alone — it’s wild that Wonkette can use an image of Ted Bundy 40 years after his arrest and we get who it is

      • Me not sure

        The guy from “Married With Children”, right?

        • BeachBum

          His adopted brother.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Ted Bundy was the Cadillac of serial killers, although some say his work was derivative.

  • Sheepshagger

    It is quite good to be white rich and republican, isn’t it? Why you can club a coed into a wheelchair, toddle off to the nuthouse and then take the bitches healthcare away to complete the joke. It’s nearly as funny as burning pigeons to death. Or luring lost children into an alley.

  • BeachBum

    I have a chicken/egg question. Do crazy people go to FL and then make it weird ? Or is it some hot, humid, sun, flat land thing that living there makes you crazy ? Not just the Hammer Attacker, but in my life I have never heard of so many people that to “ride out” every hurricane that comes down the pike.

    • proudgrampa

      Yes.

    • TundraGrifter

      Have you read Tim Dorsey’s “Florida Roadkill?”

      I also recommend, for very different reasons, “Scavenger Reef” by Laurence Shames.

      But nobody has captured Florida quite like Tim Dorsey.

      “Killing Mr. Watson” is first-rate.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I am going to read these!

        • TundraGrifter

          Dorsey’s books work best if you can read them in order. Shames’ are fine when you get your hands on one. After not writing for a while I see he’s back at it and up to a dozen “Key West” novels. I have some serious catching up to do.

      • Sophie McMillan

        Carl Hiassen does a top rate job as well

        • TundraGrifter

          Agreed – but Dorsey makes Hiassen look more like Dave Barry. You know, good clean fun. Dorsey is down and dirty.

    • Rick Hill

      I read that a part of it is that arrest reports are made instantly available or something that gets it out there before any filters go up.

    • goingohm

      Florida is actually a massive sting operation maintained by states east of the Mississippi. Whenever a crime is committed in one of their jurisdictions, Florida saves them the time of trying to figure out which way the perps fled.

    • redarmyzombie

      Hey, does anyone remember where was Pet Sematary was set again?

      • David Roosa

        Maine, its always Maine

    • Andrea James

      I think it has to do with the manner in which police in Florida make crime data easily available.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Everyone’s being so excitable. Boy!

    • msanthropesmr

      Jamba Juice scans just like Junior Prom.

    • kareemachan

      ISWYDT

  • rebecca

    I pointed Robyn to this awful story after seeing a bunch of rightwing friends of friends DEFEND this guy on Facebook. I tried MIGHTILY to get them to admit they would not be defending him if he were a democrat. They just kept saying stuff about Ted Kennedy, and guffawing about how since we’re feminist liberals, it shouldn’t matter that a man is hitting a woman with a claw hammer. We’re all equal right? It was dismaying.

    FYI, I would not be defending him if he were a Democrat, because HE IS AWFUL.

    • Daniel

      Out of horrified grim curiosity- what defence did they offer?

      • jesterpunk

        I would be willing to bet it would be some Incel bullshit and something about her deserving it because reasons.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        One of the linked articles actually had a guy saying “youthful indiscretions! We all did things we’re not proud of.”

        • redarmyzombie

          Oh, for fuck’s sake.

        • I (being shamelessly liberal) call “youthful indiscretions” things like smoking something, underage drinking, risky actions, and disorderly conduct. Beating a girl with a claw hammer never entered into that category, but I’m not a Republican.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            I was thinking of the drugs and sexing i did, but nobody was harmed in the making of that movie. This dude is seriously messed up.

          • This. I was basically a lawless hippie drifter in the 1960s, wantonly smoking illicit plant material* and skinny dipping in rivers to bathe. Eventually I got bored and returned to the Matrix. Never occurred to me to beat on someone with a hammer. This dude is broken, and instead of fixing him, we as a society are enabling him. The next young woman he hammers on will not be found for a long time.

            I hope his wife is planning her exit strategy now, and consulting experts. Violent sociopaths with money and lawyers when you’re trying to escape with children must be a right sorry mess.

            * The statue of limitations do not require tetrahydrocannabinol to actually clear the system before starting the countdown, right? Asking for a friend.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      They can’t defend anything. It’s always both sides.

    • I don’t defend Ted Kennedy for the Chappaqui…thing(not looking up how to spell it), however Ted actually did good with his life and family legacy.

    • Red Bird

      Because we’re equal? It would be still be wrong if he hit a man with a claw hammer.

      • Rick Hill

        Repeatedly

  • BoatOfVelociraptors

    We really need a 99% estate tax for the 1%. Spoiled rotten rich kids like Bush and Trump are disasters. They’ve never had to learn from their fuckups.

    • Rags

      Many Founding Fathers would agree with you. (Don’t tell the Tea Party.)

      • BeachBum

        Many FF did see primogeniture as a problem in Europe that maintained a monarchy and an aristocracy. They kept it out of the Constitution. Then it was land. Not so much today. The wealth today is mostly a result of a relatively few people being able to harness the capital of the Industrial Revolution, and the Technological Revolution. We never did for capitalized wealth what the FF did about land wealth. So then we had the Fords and Rockefellers, and now the Bezos and Zuckerbergs.
        Another issue is the birth rate. Easier to concentrate wealth with fewer heirs.

        • commatoes

          Please for the love of dog, do not tell the Dolt about prima nocta or droit du deigneur. He will probably think that they were good ideas that should be revived. The words are not in English so there is no chance he will read it himself.

          NO ONE EXPLAIN THEM TO HIM.

          • Querolous

            or droit de prélassement

          • commatoes

            Holy Shit!!!

            I thought I had a handle on the fucked up nobility in Europe and China. But that is some f**ked up shit.

  • Rick Hill

    Cirrusly. Look at the crime. Someone once made note of how strangling someone was a heinous act, you held a person wh9ile they struggled and the life left them. Much more violent and required more to do. What this guy did wasn’t just a random act or one where he didn’t intend to violently end her life. Showing no remorse on top of it illustrates perfectly the person you are dealing with. If he wasn’t locked up, there’s no way he should be in a position of power over anyone.

    • commatoes

      Does inflicting him on the GOP count? In Florida? South Florida?

  • amrak63

    Go away, Ditworth.

    Don’t make us call Sakura.

    https://i.imgur.com/EQgMmlZ.jpg

  • Villago Delenda Est

    It’s amazing how the GOP manages to attract all these upstanding young people to its ranks!

    • jesterpunk

      They all seem to have a few things in common, they all hate women and minorities and are all rich and white men too.

  • Strepsi

    “He’s a member of the Knights of Columbus, for Christ’s sake!”

    Hi. I volunteered for the local Moose Club as a jolly joker for sick kids in hospital!

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/12/26/21/2FA0231C00000578-3370998-John_Wayne_Gacy_murdered_33_people_and_became_known_as_the_Kille-m-35_1451165161050.jpg

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The Knights of Columbus have a bad tendency to be the Knights of Mussolini nowadays.

      • proudgrampa

        Yeah. Knights of Columbus doesn’t seem to be something to brag about…

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      John Wayne Gacy really knew how to do clown libelz.

      • Daniel

        So many similar performers were fired after Gacy’s conviction. It was a terrible time for canned clowns.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          You’re a monster!

  • Red Bird
    • Covfefe

      Civil case was settled. Prolly with a non-disclosure agreement and an agreement to dismiss the criminal action as a part of the settlement,

      • Andrea James

        A criminal case cannot be dismissed in that way. It cannot even be suggested. It is unethical. I remember writing a very carefully-worded agreement about a million years ago. The victim, a company, agreed that they had been fully restored and did not wish to prosecute. It was called a civil agreement, I think, and it was embezzlement, not a violent crime.

        • Covfefe

          I agree “a criminal case cannot be dismissed that way.” What does the prosecutor do if the victim won’t cooperate? Why do you think domestic abuse cases hardly ever go to trial? If the victim is dead, you don’t need a cooperating victim. If the victim is still alive, you do.

          • Andrea James

            The judge can compel the complaining witness to testify.

            Most cases are settled, very few go to trial.

            If you mean “why aren’t more DV cases prosecuted,” it’s because some police, prosecutors or victims don’t take DV seriously. In my county, last time I checked, the police and prosecutors have a policy of treating DV as the crime that is. Victims cannot change their mind and get the charges dropped. DV is a crime. Tellers aren’t allowed to decide whether a bank robber will be held to justice. We apply the same principle here.

  • msanthropesmr

    “It’s not that you beat the girl with hammer – we get that. It’s that you make us look bad”
    -GOP

    • Rick Hill

      Idk. I think knowing what he did might make council meetings a little strained.
      Doesn’t seem like you’d want to take the chance of offending him. Now, if it were only the safety of Democrats involved, that would be a different story

    • commatoes

      If only he had followed Mike Pence’s rule. Things might have been different.

  • mardam422

    What are we bellyaching about? It’s obvious he has leadership qualities Republicans covet.

    • Me not sure

      Demented moth, meet Pyromaniacal flame.

    • Rick Hill

      They just prefer it not to be made public, but yes.

  • NotDarkYet

    Most Repubs engage in hands-off (action at a distance) violence against others; this guy actually does it hands-ON. This is the future of the party!

  • On the bright side, he always put the toilet seat down.

    • Blender_415

      Hey! Toilet-etiquette libelz!

      (full confession: I grew up with two sisters; all they had to do was threaten me once (not with a claw hammer, mind you) for me to get it.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I once nearly fell in love with a guy simply because he always put the toilet seat down. Guys are always agonizing over ways to get girls into bed, and they are clueless about how much we like it when they put the seat down. I’m at a loss, though, to suggest a way for them to bring this up in idle pick-up chat.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Tarsley 2028:
    “Hammers in the White House, not Hummers”

  • Sheepshagger

    “Son the mistake you made, and it disappointed me, is you targeted one of us. A plastic surgeons daughter for gods sake! How many times have I told you, homeless prostitutes and drug addicts- why you could stack them five deep and never even have to apologise. This is Florida after all”.

  • geoffalnutt

    As all Republicans know – it doesn’t count unless she died. He’s white. It slipped.

    • Covfefe

      Wasn’t Fifth Avenue. Was it?

    • Royal Ugly Globalist Dude

      the dead girl/live boy rule is still in effect, right?

    • commatoes

      Similar to “He was shot accidentally. . . three times.”

      • everstar

        “He ran into my knife. He ran into my knife ten times.”

    • Angela Ruzzo

      I think this case has more to do with the word “rich” than the word “white” or the word “Republican.” After all, Ted Kennedy had a somewhat similar experience, and then there’s his nephew, William Smith, who bought his way out of a rape charge. Smith seems to have overcome it and made something positive out of his life.

      • bupkus231

        Of course, then there’s that cousin, Michael Skakel. He escaped for a while, I guess

  • redarmyzombie

    ““We were blindsided,” said Sutton, a schoolteacher. “He’s a member of the Knights of Columbus, for Christ’s sake. And he came highly recommended by the former chair. We had no idea what his background is.”

    VET. YOUR FUCKING. CANDIDATES. ASSHOLES.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Face-eating Leopard Party don’t have time to vet their fucking candidates.

    • jesterpunk

      They did vet him, he said he hates women and minorities.

    • BadKitty904

      Like their psycho in the White House, for example…

    • bluicebank

      “We were blindsided,” said Sutton.

      That’s what she said.

    • bupkus231

      Who’s this fucking “former chair”? Jeffrey Dahmer?

  • anon_the_great

    Wow. The Broward County Rethugicans are so bad at Party politics this charmer snuck through. I mean this isn’t Bugtussle Kentucky or some shit; it’s Broward fuckin’ County Florida. I recall something significant election-wise happened there…

    • bupkus231

      Something something butterfly ballot something something hanging chad????

  • Scooby

    I had always just assumed all GOPers had done this at one time or another.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      It would irresponsible not to speculate.

  • Covfefe

    Another back-hammering politician.

  • commatoes

    He’s still free because his melanin deficiency is a sign that his potential to do great things like become secretary of the a Florida chapter of the GOP. I am sure his political activism is an expression of his desire to atone for his youthful indiscretions. Can’t a man put something like youthful drug experimentation, being a member of a church whose pastor would sermonize on some divisive topics/themes, or nearly beating a young female classmate nearly to death with a hammer behind them?

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      I don’t even want to live in this country anymore. It’s turned in to such a nanny state.

    • amrak63

      [snark] Despite his wealth, he must have been wracked with economic anxiety, for we all know that the ONLY reason white males EVER feel, think, say, or do evil things is economic anxiety. (Unless of course those white males are librulz and/or Democrats.) [/snark]

      • commatoes

        I remember reading that the most resistant demographics to the abolition of apartheid in South Africa, were wealthy whites and the poorest of whites. I see a pattern.

        The ones that feel that they have the most to lose economically and the most to lose in status. Whites that might lose some of their wealth and whites that are no longer ensured that they will not be the lowest rung on the social ladder. This along with the mythical “good old days” seem to parallel the demographics for white supremacy in the US.

  • Wolf Tracker

    OK MAYBE he had an untreated mental illness as a teen and MAYBE with treatment he is no longer violent but changing his name and running for a public service position and not admitting his past tells me he still has issues.

    Story doesn’t say he served time so he must have been ruled mentally incompetent (or had really rich parents) so there is that.

    Time to put the hammer to him Reps- figuratively speaking of course.

    • Rick Hill

      Add on claiming he did nothing wrong.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      The answer is “really rich parents” for $200.

      Mother lived in a $22 million dollar mansion.

  • Ezio

    The party of family values, folks.

    • amrak63

      As I noted before on this thread, Corleone family values.

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    How is the girl nowadays? Did she make a full recovery?

    • Rick Hill

      It seems that the case ended with a settlement. So I’d say that makes her just fine.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        Good news.

      • amrak63

        I hope she got megabucks.

        I can’t say what I hope he gets, for fear of The Wrath Of Dok.

    • jesterpunk

      I cant find any story that covers that, but the story about the attack said she suffered a broken leg, broken nose and 40 hammer blows to the head. She apparently wasn’t in the hospital long.

      http://articles.latimes.com/2007/jun/07/local/me-harvard7

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        40 blows to the head. He was either a very poor hitter or she has to be the luckiest person alive to even make it out alive.

        • jesterpunk

          I would say its a little bit of both.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            agreed.

      • puredog

        She continued to heal, and attended Williams College, a fine school. One hopes she transcended this eventually, physically and mentally.

        • jesterpunk

          I am glad that there was no long term lasting damage from the attack. Hope she continues to do well and never has to deal with assholes like this again.

          • Not to be a wet blanket, but being alive and ambulatory doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s OK either physically or psychologically.

          • jesterpunk

            Yeah true, I mean more that she was able to attend a pretty good college. That seems to indicate there is no long term brain damage from 40 hammer blows to the head.

            She might have some lasting injuries from the attack and long term phycological issues which I do hope she got and continues to get all the help she needs for that.

  • BadKitty904

    I’m sure this has been said – repeatedly – but:

    IOKIYAR

  • DesertedPictures

    Aren’t juvenile records supposed to be sealed? And I frankly think that people that are convicted/ treated for violent behavior as minors should have a chance to build a new live, even if that includes serving in office.

    Criminal justice reform will never happen unless we accept that people can change.

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      1. He was tried in adult court.

      2. That’s a cute hypothetical in a case where we have a statement from the actual man who shows no remorse or acknowledgment of wrongdoing, and who is blaming people being upset about his past on politics.

      • DesertedPictures

        He was a minor when he committed the crime, right?
        (And the idea of charging minors as adults is something I will never get used to: it’s wrong. But that’s another discussion)

        • Resistance Fighter Astraea

          He was but he was tried in adult court which is why records were not sealed. He pleaded no contest to a god damned misdemeanor. Justice was certainly not served in this case, but this man is not the victim of that miscarriage.

          • DesertedPictures

            Perhaps: but a retrial in the court of public opinion years later for actions committed as a minor feels wrong to me.

            (Full disclosure: I see a lot of young people in my line of work that do terrible things as kids. I’m glad the jurisdiction I work in protects their privacy. Otherwise they would never make it as adults. (And many don’t anyway))

          • Resistance Fighter Astraea

            The public has a right to weigh in on an attempted murderer being a public official. He was nearly 18, not 14. He’s 28 now and can speak for his actions. He doesn’t appear to have done a good enough job of that.

          • DesertedPictures

            But he was 17, not 18. And I don’t think the public should have that right. That is why we seal records.

            He is a GOP elected official. I’m sure there are many things he stands for that disqualify him from office, besides things he did as a minor.

      • puredog

        Well, except, he wasn’t tried, he pleaded. But yeah. I wonder what the flaw was (if there was a flaw) in the prosecution case that he was allowed to plead so far down. Sure, money talks, but in most courts it just gets you a conversation, not manna from heaven. IME.

        • Resistance Fighter Astraea

          Sorry, lazy word choice. The piece says the case was filed in juvenile court first, but it was dismissed. It would be nice to have more details.

    • bluicebank

      Perhaps. But becoming an up-and-comer in the GOP is indicative that his claw-hammer ways are not behind him.

      • DesertedPictures

        I’m no fan of the GOP or there policies: but joining the Republican party doesn’t make you a psychopath.

        • bluicebank

          Cart before the horse.

        • anon_the_great

          But it sure is a flag.

          • DesertedPictures

            Fair enough!

        • Jonny On Maui

          I thought being a psychopath was a prerequisite…

    • Rachel Book Harlot

      Except that this guy lied, and doesn’t seem to think he did anything wrong.

    • Wolf Tracker

      I agree with you except for maybe this point:

      “even if that includes serving in office.”

      Something as serious as attempted murder even as a teen and even if expunged should be reason to deny anyone public office. They can have a fine life without that responsibility.

    • redarmyzombie

      It would be one thing if the guy were showing remorse for his actions.

      Unfortunately, he isn’t. There’s only so far we can go to help people when they aren’t interested in it.

    • anon_the_great

      Leadership is a privilege not a right. Beating someone in the head 40 times revokes that particular privilege for life.

    • puredog

      I believe he was charged as an adult due to the nature of the assault.

    • bupkus231

      “serving” in office, maybe – leading, never.

  • Me not sure
  • Msgr_MΩment

    Quick! Dispatch Robyn to see if there’s any illegal shenanigans in this fella’s family tree!

  • Covfefe

    I’ve never even heard of “reputation management” firms, though I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

    • The Librarian

      They are companies that scour social media and print sources to see if anyone has said negative things about you and try to get them expunged or perhaps buried on page 1,000 of a Google search

    • BadKitty904

      You’re obviously not a Republican.

    • bupkus231

      Nothing more than a bunch of PR flacks, more concerned with limiting negative information rather than generating positive press…

      You know, a euphemism like “death tax” and “estate tax”. Who else but a PR firm would come up with such a euphemism to hide what they do?

      Come to think of it – “public relations” is a euphemism, too. I’m not sure what it’s a euphemism for – maybe “lying bastards who are willing to lie for pay”?

  • I must not make a comment about “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”. I must not make a comment about “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”. I must not make a comment about Maxwell’s Silver Hammer. . . .

  • Rick Allen

    He seems nice.

  • x111e7thst

    I find myself hampered by the commenting rules. Grrrrrrr..

    • Parakeetist

      Me too.

  • Ezio

    OT: Remember that guy who used to play Hercules? Kevin Sorbo? Well it turns out he’s a super right winger and is going to speak at some anti-gay voters event.

    https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/09/08/supergirl-star-kevin-sorbo-speak-anti-gay-value-voters-summit-trump-pence-kirk-cameron/

    • commatoes

      I wonder his thoughts on Xena having had viewing parties a lesbian bars.

      Also, the Greeks were ok with it. I would sometimes make jokes about authenticity and that Hercules’ companion was named Hylas and was his unofficial catamite..

      • Resistance Fighter Astraea

        He’s super resentful of Xena’s success. He is a piece of shit.

        • commatoes

          I always found him odd as Hercules. Almost everyone treated the show as fun with liberal sprinkling of jokes throughout. The actors knew this wasn’t Sophocles. Like Pam Anderson in “Barb Wire” (I think she was the only person that didn’t know it was a parody of Casablanca), Sorbo never seemed to get the joke.

          • bupkus231

            I would suspect he’s pissed that while genre of Greek mythological heroes has been tagged as having homoerotic undertones ( “300”, Wrath of the Titans”, “Gladiator”, etc. – let alone the older ones )…

            “I’m not gay, dammit!”

            Yeah, riiiight….

          • commatoes

            So you’re saying a bunch of buff sweaty men oiled up is gay. Man, wrestling fans are gonna be hella bummed.

          • amrak63

            You reminded me of this pic:

            https://i.imgur.com/8cVhkfj.jpg

    • OrG

      Anti-gay? Hmm….

      • BadKitty904

        Exactly.

        • Suse

          Son! Where are you? Are you and family okay?

          • BadKitty904

            Ma!!!

            We are in Orlando, staying with my brother and brother-in-law. We’re in almost the exact center of the peninsula and on relatively high ground. In turn, my brother’s building is in the oldest part of the city and on the highest local elevation.

            We made sure the fambly was snug before we left home. My folks are with my sister and her family on our family farm west of the St. Johns River. The Big Cat’s family is with his sister and her family at their cousin’s place up between Sebring and Avon Park.

            The storm won’t reach us ’til tomorrow, so mostly we’ve been having fun. I’m amused to find that many of my brother’s buds still didn’t know he has a twin. ;0)

          • Suse

            Oh, good!

          • BadKitty904

            Snug as the proverbial bugs!

    • redarmyzombie

      Yep. Unfortunately.

    • Kiri the Unicorn

      “I don’t care if you racially profile against me. I have nothing to hide.”

      If white men were getting stopped by the cops just for walking down the street, I bet Sorbo would care a great deal.

    • amrak63

      Now he plays Jerkules.

  • Sheepshagger

    Ah shit. The apocalypse seems to be proceeding. Here’s a river of permafrost turning into a Lahar in Tibet. I do t Thi k this is good. https://twitter.com/lhatseri/status/906175294649753600

    • Rick Hill

      If that were my home I’d be looking at it and the open area everywhere else, saying “Really?”

      • Sheepshagger

        “It’s supposed to be rivers of blood for fucks sake!

    • Angela Ruzzo

      I just read an article on Vox about the consequences of melting permafrost, one of which is unlocking ancient diseases.
      https://www.vox.com/2017/9/6/16062174/permafrost-melting

      • bupkus231

        And tons of methane – which is even a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 ( if not as long-lasting ). Might be enough to be a “tipping point”….

        • Angela Ruzzo

          I’m pretty close to the end of my life so this doesn’t bother me too much personally, but I’m getting a great-nephew in about a week, and I am worried about what kind of planet he and all the other young people will inherit. People were talking about this stuff when “I” was a young person, 50 years ago. People like Rachel Carson in her 1967 book “Silent Spring”

          • bupkus231

            Yeah – funny how we’re unable to learn. Of course, Rachel’s book did have some effect ( the eventual “banning” of DDT, and we’ve even seen rebounds of several bird species since ) – but, in general, “environmental awareness” is even more abysmal than it was before “Earth Day” ( which, on my mind, has turned into a “Cinco De Mayo” pseudo-holiday, not any real movement, despite the continuing “teach-ins” ).

            I’ve got a couple of grand-nephews and -nieces – and U think that they’re gonna face a continual degradation in their quality of life. At this point, they ARE privileged children, tho’ – so I don’t worry about them so much as I do the less privileged of their generation – and any that might come after them.

            Even if we have reached a “tipping point”, I’ll be gone – but until I do go, I can feel for those facing what’s to come ( “thoughts and prayers”? Maybe… )

          • Angela Ruzzo

            I think young people today are already facing a degradation in their quality of life from the life I had 60 years ago. I could ride my bicycle anywhere safely, and nobody locked their doors, and all our food was healthy, and the public schools in my town were providing the very best free education it was possible to give a child, and I got on a plane in 1968 with no security whatsoever, and one day in 1978 when I was grocery shopping at the store I and my family had shopped at for 20 years and I had accidentally run out of checks, they said “No problem, come back tomorrow and pay us then.” That will never happen to me again as long as I live.

          • bupkus231

            Yeah – I suppose I should have specified the “type” of degradation I meant. To me, your memories ( much like mine ) are examples of “social” degradation ( not to be confused with the RWNJ’s, “cultural” degradation ).

            I don’t want to limit myself by saying environmental degradation – I still remember visiting my grandparents in NYC back at Thanksgiving in 1963 or 64, and getting sick from the smog, so I know that, at least in some aspects, our environment has improved. But, I think we’ve peaked.

            Of course, some of my ( and your ) regrets may be rose-colored glasses ….

  • commatoes

    Just a thought, but couldn’t the Broward GOP just fire his ass. It is not like it is an elected government position. Depending on the age or if he was tried as an adult (like poor black kids), a juvenile record is sealed or expunged. Couldn’t they just fire him for not disclosing relevant information when he assumed the position.

    • Me not sure

      They may not want to risk making him angry.

      • SeeTrain65

        Strap him to a chair and keep him away from sharp objects or blunt instruments.

  • The Librarian

    He seems ni…. Nope, I can’t even snark about this dirtbag. He’s just too sociopathic.

    • Rick Hill

      It’s ok, the rest of are willing to heap shit upon this shitbag and the republicans who will still support him

  • Rick Hill

    He was in Knights of Columbus and he should be above suspicion? Remember anyone can be a sociopathic killer. Even well known daytime talk show hosts.
    http://www.aveleyman.com/Gallery/ActorsG/7047-12133.gif

  • Jo Mathie

    “I did nothing wrong and I was elected.” Ah so nice that the GOP is there with their upstanding members protecting the folk from the dangers of maybe a transgender person might use the bathroom or a woman might have autonomy over their bodies. So what if their secretary almost beat a woman to death – he’s a member of the the Knights of Columbus! I demand that he be sent off into into the forest to fight the Knights who say “Ni”, only they are armed with hammers not shrubbery.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Barcay recovered painfully and eventually attended the school prom in a wheelchair.

    No word on whether she was able to attend, eh?

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Barcay IS she.

      • Resistance Fighter Callyson

        Oops…it would help if I knew how to read. Thanks honey!

        • Msgr_MΩment

          You’re not the first today.

      • Suse

        I would imagine she was left with some permanent brain damage. What a scumbag. He should have been locked up for life.

  • Msgr_MΩment
    • Wolf Tracker

      Only 19. was it a suicide?

    • Sheepshagger

      I’m not going to shit on a man who’s son just killed himself. But maybe if Eric wasn’t such an abject piece of shit I’d feel a little more shared humanity.

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      Ouch…guess I’ll stop ROTFL over the story about him getting axed from FOX then.

    • anon_the_great

      Strangers die every day…

      • Angela Ruzzo

        Every day 10,000 children under 5 die in Africa of preventable conditions such as starvation and dehydration.

    • Parakeetist

      Rest in peace.

  • Blender_415

    Yep, going to avoid to avoid the banhammer on this one.

    • SkinlessGenderlessMan

      Yeah. I will avoid getting repeatedly bashed with the clawbanhammer also….

      Fuuuuuuck.

  • Shibusa

    What happened to poor Elizabeth Barcay, after prom in the wheelchair? My god.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      She changed her name to Tammy Duckworth, and ran for senator as a Democrat.

      Yes, I’m going to hell, right alongside dipshit Dipworth.

    • puredog

      She continued to heal, and attended Williams College.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    “In the end, I pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor,” Tarsey said. “It’s not the charges that matter, it’s what happens in court.”

    I…can’t…even…

    • Suse

      A fucking MISDEMEANOR???

      • OrG

        There are NO millionaires on death row.

        • Suse

          Well, there should be! Grrr…

          • TJ Barke

            Most of them should be…

    • OrG

      Dead zombie scalia agrees.

      • ariel_gee_398

        Dead zombie Scalia, the man who thought executing innocent people was a-okay as long as they got a fairish trial. No wonder he’s lionized by the right.

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      I’m pretty sure that it’s what he did that matters.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      I think it’s what happens in the E.R. or the autopsy that matters.

  • Wild Cat

    In my re-reading of Alberto Moravia’s “The Conformist,” the most striking thing was that his disturbed protagonist realized he was abnormal and all the fascist violence he agreed to commit was unneeded; the really frightening people were those subservient to him who had no self-awareness.

  • gallbladder

    Wasn’t Ted Bundy 1.0 enough to deal with?

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    “This whole thing is in retaliation for my speaking out against Bob [Sutton],” Tarsey said. “It’s politics.”

    This Bob Sutton dude time-travelled back a decade and made you beat up that girl, eh?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d4e9c91e0a06ca2980348fe2816623f23f97dad15a624fa012a5cb2eaeb6b3de.jpg

    • Rachel Book Harlot

      Obama’s time machine strikes again.

    • bupkus231

      No, the fact that his efforts at covering up his past are now being exposed is what is “retaliation”.

      Remember, he’s a “leader” of the “Party of Personal Responsibility”.

      • amrak63

        “Personal responsibility” is only for women, nonwhite men, and white male peasants, not for our Lords and Barons.

        Ascended Madoka forgive me, but guys like “Dickworth(less)” make it very hard for me to suppress a sneaking suspicion that maybe Robespierre and Lenin had a point or two.

  • Wolf Tracker

    The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, it was named in honor of the mariner Christopher Columbus. Originally serving as a mutual benefit society to working class and immigrant Catholics in the United States, it developed into a fraternal benefit society dedicated to providing charitable services, promoting Catholic education and Catholic public policy positions, and actively defending Catholicism in various nations.

    So….. what is the chance the girl he hammered insulted his Catholic faith?

    Not making excuses for him just looking for some reason he went apeshit.

    • puredog

      And sometimes. . . it IS irresponsible to speculate.

      • Wolf Tracker

        Like a laser you find my comment.

        Funny that.

        Especially when you have no other comments on this thread.

        Almost like…… stalking.

        • Resistance Fighter Astraea

          It’s at the top of the damn page wtf is wrong with you

          • Wolf Tracker

            You and all your accounts have a great day!

          • Red Richmond

            At the risk of being labeled as an account for someone else, what the hell WT. I find your comments and involvement on threads around here generally fine and harmless and all, particularly on the open threads, but at least as often you get into these arguments where you take some hopelessly asinine position and defend it to the death. A bunch of people call you out on it, you repeat the same mediocre defense over and over ad nauseam, and then you go into persecution-complex mode where you whine that people are out to get you, using multiple accounts, stealing you, whatever. And you do this EVERY. FUCKING. WEEK. Hell, more like every couple days.

            You’re a troll, but a novel one in that you have at least some capacity to be a decent member of the community here when you’re not spouting off stupid shit, then trying to defend it by repeating the same ineffectual arguments over and over, and then crying persecution when everyone calls you out on it.

            Are you sure you’re not a duplicate account for some other troll? TLM or someone maybe? You know…”No clone account, not the clone account, you’re the clone account” levels of projection?

        • Daniel

          Not really.

      • jesterpunk

        I unblocked them to see what they said. What a piece of shit to blame the victim.

    • jesterpunk

      And there it is, that didnt take long for someone to blame the victim and it figures it would be you that did it.

      • Wolf Tracker

        How many accounts do you have?

        • jesterpunk

          Only 1, and not stalking you. I dont want you to steal my beard or eyebrows. I made the right choice in blocking you too and am going to block you again.

          • Wolf Tracker

            Yeah- no one is fooled by that now.

          • amrak63

            I did not know it was possible to unblock people–not that I have any intention of unblocking Li’l Lobo Snowflake. I’m guessing he shares a skin tone and gender with me.

          • jesterpunk

            its under settings >blocking in your profile.

          • SeeTrain65

            And if you block a lot of people (like I do), it can be very time-consuming.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        I don’t know what you guys’ beef is but in my opionion there is nothing wrong with trying to find reasons why someone would go apeshit and not defending their actions but trying to figure out what happened to prevent this shit happening again.

        • Resistance Fighter Astraea

          Rampant speculation with no basis to it is pointless, and in cases of violence against women it’s usually also dismissive of misogyny. Especially when people are always trying to find an action the woman took to trigger the violence.

          • SeekingCovfefeBarbie

            Also, WT is a self-important contrarian jerk with an attitude.

          • Resistance Fighter Astraea

            And that.

          • Wolf Tracker

            AND that explains why you have honed in on my comments with personal attacks all day how?

          • puredog

            Your insistence that peoples’ response to your asinine vitriol is somehow “personal” smacks of snowflakism.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            ok, I might not have been here long enough but that is not the image imprinted in my mind of WT.

          • jesterpunk

            Look at their comments in the John McCain healthcare post or the Dick Gregory story.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Do you mind if I can’t be arsed on a saturday night? ;)

        • jesterpunk

          Its common every time there is violence against women for someone or multiple people to bring up how she deserved it for some reason to avoid placing the blame where it belongs. Look at this and any story about rape, at least 1 person will say “she deserved it for how she dressed.”

    • Robbertjan Brandenburg

      How about bat shit psychopath? That explanation would fit the bill without much splainin’

      • Wolf Tracker

        Psychopaths usually have something that triggers them like oh you know a severe religious infatuation/delusion.

        • Robbertjan Brandenburg

          Agreed. The word I was looking for might be sociopath.

          • Wolf Tracker

            Everyone is a sociopath to some extent.

          • Lance Thrustwell

            I think there’s a sociopathy spectrum, like the autistic spectrum.

          • Wolf Tracker

            Yup and people can swing to an extreme and then back.

            It might even be considered normal human nature.

          • Lance Thrustwell

            Mmm… I don’t know about that. I was thinking a more or less fixed place on the spectrum. The main point is that it isn’t just either/or.

          • Wolf Tracker

            Have you ever went belligerently angry and then wondered what the fuck you were doing later because that is not like you?

          • Resistance Fighter Astraea

            Um. No.

          • Wolf Tracker

            Why do I doubt that?

          • Resistance Fighter Astraea

            I’m an asshole sometimes but I don’t have much of a temper. It’s not normal to lose control like that. If you have, get help.

          • puredog

            Because you, yourself, are sociopathic? Just a guess.

          • Lance Thrustwell

            A bit, yes. Not like some stories I’ve heard, though. But anger is different from cold-blooded sociopathy – where you hurt someone just for fun.

          • Wolf Tracker

            Hard to say if he was doing it for fun.

            The potential is there for all of us to have a trigger pushed and go fucking apeshit crazy and teens have less impulse control than most adults.

            You have probably read stories about people being perfectly normal law abiding citizens and then going postal when they lose their job.

          • Lance Thrustwell

            Yeah, true. But in this case, the use of a weapon, the number of strikes, the failure to disclose, the apparent lack of shame… it all seems to add up to something more than an understandable flip-out.

          • Wolf Tracker

            Agreed there was something more and probably an untreated mental illness but couple that with severe religiosity and you have a possible trigger.

            Which makes me wonder what his agenda was in seeking public office.

          • Lance Thrustwell

            Me too. Could be something more sinister than your typical GOP reptile.

          • Wolf Tracker

            Thanks for the good discussion!

          • SeekingCovfefeBarbie

            Maybe this, maybe that, maybe something else. But in the end his deception and dismissive lack of remorse and accountability override the “maybes.”

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Could not agree more.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Yes I have. Lots. But except for a swing with my fist at someone as the most extreme venting possible I haven’t. 40 blows to the head is not the same.

          • Wolf Tracker

            I watched my brother beat a new windshield he just replaced to pieces with his fists because his dog got ran over.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            There is a big distinction to be made to a live organism and a windshield or a brick wall. Both you might regret but there is a distinct and moral difference and dilemma who or what you decide to swing at.

          • Wolf Tracker

            He also tortured small animals among other issues.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Well there you go. First alarm for a serial killer/psychopath.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Disagree. Yes under extreme conditions this sure can be true but this guy was not in a war scene or any other kind of extreme situation.

          • Wolf Tracker

            He has a psychotic episode and was not diagnosing him. Could be one of many diagnosis or just lack of impulse control and maturity.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Could be.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Both psychopaths and sociopaths are capable of committing horrific crimes, but a sociopath is less likely to commit them against those with whom there is a bond.

            That seems to fit the bill.

          • Wolf Tracker

            The crimes are generally not violent for sociopaths and they are more likely to be like Trump at the extreme.

          • bupkus231

            I thought part of the “definition” of either condition was the inability to form bonds…

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            We learn every day right?

          • bupkus231

            I guess – I still kinda think that one of the signs of sociopathy is the inability to see others as “comparable beings” – which would lead to inability to for bonds. Yeah, I suppose even sociopaths love their mothers – but I guess I thought the “definition” was more so for relationships beyond such attachments. Social bonding ( needed for a working “social contract ) is more than loving one’s family….

          • Wolf Tracker

            Psychopaths don’t usually function well in society but sociopaths can function and even become wealthy like Trump.

          • Rachel Book Harlot

            It’s actually not true that psychopaths don’t function well in society. The majority function quite well.

          • SeekingCovfefeBarbie

            That’s not true, and normalizes sociopathy. A sociopath is someone who possesses a set of characteristics that defines them as a sociopath. Having one or two of those characteristics does not make one a sociopath.

      • HogeyeGrex

        In the Republican Party? Couldn’t be.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      Perhaps she simply refused to have sex with him?

      • BeachBum

        That’s my guess.

      • Resistance Fighter Astraea

        Some people will always look for a reason other than violent misogyny.

        • Angela Ruzzo

          Well, he was only 17. Most 17-yr-old boys do rather have sex on their minds all the time, and have not yet had the time to develop into violent misogynists. Unless, of course, they were raised by one. His parents were divorced…I read nothing in any of the articles about his father, only about his mother, with whom he runs a business in Florida. I bet there is a story there.

        • Frankie

          You’re agreeing with Angela, right? Because that was my guess on the situation. She rejected him or humiliated him somehow and some men just hate women and cannot take no for an answer from a beautiful women they were lusting after. Or maybe she was interested in someone who was much more handsome, outgoing, and funnier than he is and he hated her for that.

      • Wolf Tracker

        Could be?

    • Mysterious Masked Wrestler

      Sounds like a budding serial killer to me. In other words, no reason at all.

  • NotDarkYet

    Too bad he didn’t try that hammer assault on a Viking Warrior Woman: http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/famous-viking-warrior-burial-revealed-to-be-that-of-a-woman/news-story/7c1a4c0053f4cc167676af1bcffa5e37

    They would have found his body parts in various different zip codes …

  • BadKitty904

    The Party of Family Values“.

  • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher
    • BadKitty904

      Wtf?

    • gallbladder

      Looks like I picked the perfect weekend to start drinking again.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Why, yes, I do like a little creamer in my coffee.

    • Erala Contratista

      Oye!
      Also, snap, too…..

  • Msgr_MΩment
    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      You may find this hard to believe, but I do not believe my mother had a cone.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        Mine did. It was an ESP radar cone, hidden between the eyes in the back of her head. She used it to read every thought we had.

      • Opalescent Riddles

        There’s some kind of accent over the N in CONO in that sign. Translate “el coño de tu madre” for alternative result.

        • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

          Next you are going to tell me, “tu son muy bonita con mi berga en su boca” doesn’t mean “you are beautiful like a song”.

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      It is surprisingly hard to find a good translation on Google, though a web search did give me this amusing moment.

  • amrak63

    Sayonara for a while, Wonkers. Bathroom fixtures need cleaning.

    • gallbladder

      Hygiene first…always!

  • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste
    • Msgr_MΩment

      Don’t anybody be getting it excited, now!

      • commatoes

        The Carolinas are thinking unsexy thoughts right now.

        • ariel_gee_398

          “Unsexy..unsexy. Let’s see. Roadkill. Blizzards. Famine. My sister. God damn it, wrong way!”

          • commatoes

            There was a subreddit where the object was to make someone cringe with three everyday words. The following are cringeworthy and unsexy.

            Taco Bell Washroom

            Jeff Sessions Lotion

          • FukuiSanYesOta

            Licking Donald’s Hair

            Eric Trump Monologue

            Country Music Festival

            Dreams Of Cruz

          • commatoes

            Penelope?

        • gallbladder

          Nothing more unsexy than Virginia Foxx. NC will have an easy time with that (sorry, I had to.)

          • commatoes

            Heard her speak her “thoughts” on affordable higher education. The unsexy is strong in that one.

    • Count Awesome

      Has she gone from “suck to blow” yet?

      • Msgr_MΩment

        Pssst! It’s the same thing!

        • gallbladder

          Bart Simpson says that’s impossible.

          • Villago Delenda Est

            “Suck! Suck! Blow is just an expression!”

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      Just discovered my new weather porn name, Dick Storm.

      Too easy, low hanging fruit?

      • Count Awesome

        I raise you “Dick Thunders”

        • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

          Bolt Dickens?

          • Count Awesome

            Rod Lightning?

    • Bitter Scribe

      So Chicago’s going to be sucking its balls?

    • Skippin the east coast liberal elites? WTF Irma, Jesus is supposedly mad at US Not the rust belt!
      Huh

  • ariel_gee_398

    It appears that Paul Ryan has caught Donnie’s delusional self-aggrandizement disease. We probably need to quarantine DC. https://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/905938627796111360

    • Count Awesome

      Productive at producing no results.

      • Bitter Scribe

        Count your blessings.

    • gallbladder

      Whatever he’s on, he needs to either a) cut the dosage, or b) quadruple it.

      • Count Awesome

        He’s been freebasing Trump Brand© Cheetoh Dust”

        • gallbladder

          That might explain things.

    • BadKitty904

      What “House” is he referring to – “of Pancakes”? He’s sure not talking about the U.S. House of “Representatives” under the current Russo-Republican Junta…

      • BeachBum

        Now I’m all hungry for breakyfast food.

      • Resistance Fighter Callyson

        House of ill repute. His members are regulars.

    • jesterpunk

      If he counts the modern era as since the black guy was president then that might be true. All they did then was say no to everything so passing even a single bill is more productive. Its a really low bar though.

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      Well, it’s produced howls of laughter from us (when we’re not shivering in fear of the future of the nation), so that’s true enough.

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      As has been explained at length many times before by people far smarter than me, Paul Ryan “doesn’t do math good”.

      • TJ Barke

        He doesn’t really do anything good.

      • BeachBum

        He just has to sound smarter than the people who elected him. And idiots.

        • bupkus231

          particularly media idiots ( like Chris Cilliza and every single writer at “Politico” ) who then call him a “policy wonk”….

    • BeachBum

      No Wall, no Repeal and Replace, nor Muslim Ban, Tax Cuts, Infrastructure, Chinese Factory Jobs to the Rust Belt, Immigration Reform, Tariffs and Quotas passed. Other than that, Lil Paulie has done a helluva job.

      • They did get him to sign a buncha executive actions striking down all of Obama’s tho!
        That is…erm. Wait no, that is still nothing on them

    • Blackest Noobs

      says fucking who…Eddie Munster of the House of Representatives?
      um im gonna need a fact check on that.

    • bupkus231

      It doesn’t count if you produce bills that fail in the Senate….

  • Suse

    Barcay filed a civil suit against him in 2009. Looks like there was a settlement.

  • Bitter Scribe

    How the fuck do you hit a teenage girl 40 times with a hammer and plead no contest to a misdemeanor? Yeah, I get that his parents were rich and could probably afford a really good defense lawyer, but honestly, are LA County prosecutors that intimidated by rich white offenders?

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Yes.

    • BadKitty904

      Apparently.

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      You practically have to shoot your own parents with a shotgun to collect your inheritance for them to get serious.

      • theCryptofishist

        Whatever happened to the Menendez brothers?

    • redarmyzombie

      Rich people in general get handled with kid gloves down there, especially if said person is famous.

      • H0mer0

        reminds me of why rape wasn’t prosecuted in the service if they didn’t want to ruin the perp’s promising career, as if he had not already ruined another person’s psyche and their life and trust of humanity.

    • Covfefe

      The clue, it seems to me, is the wealth of his family and the fact that the civil case was settled.

    • therblig

      not a ball peen hammer, so no sexual assault. just youthful hijinks.

      • Frankie

        If he had sexually assaulted her I’m sure that would have been spun to somehow blame her for wearing something provocative or agreeing to kiss him but saying no to sex once he got violent and aggressive. They would say she should have fought harder, screamed louder, not gotten in the car with him in the first place, you know, the usual victim blaming.

    • Wolf Tracker

      May be more to the story. He may have greed to mental health treatment in a plea agreement and it does sound like he had an untreated mental illness.

      • Bitter Scribe

        Oh more to the story my ass. It sounds like the guy came within inches of killing his victim. Why the fuck are you sticking up for him? In any case, whatever “mental illness” he had sure doesn’t sound like it got any better.

      • Frankie

        There are young black men rotting in prison for selling a plant that can be used a medicine to treat seizures but this guy walks free because he had an untreated mental illness and tried to murder a young woman? No, I’m sure it has nothing to do with money or the color of his skin.

    • commatoes

      Affluenza?

    • tehbaddr

      Money talks, the perp walks!

    • MarkInCA

      Dude should be in for life

    • theCryptofishist

      “According to the Times, Tarsey’s parents rushed him into psychiatric treatment as Barcay recovered painfully…”
      Read more at https://wonkette.com/622726/broward-county-gop-secretary-once-beat-a-girl-half-to-death-with-a-claw-hammer-one-time-is-that-a-big-deal#HTPqgdzoGA8Dx6Xu.99

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    “Tarsey’s real identity was discovered by…”

    Unless your real name is Bruce Wayne this is never a good way to start public life.

  • gallbladder

    “We were blindsided,” said Sutton, a schoolteacher.

    Leitmotif of the case, it seems.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨
    • Ball cap is supposed to make them look salt of the earth everyman.
      Because during a storm or fire or something, no one forgets to take along his ball cap!

      • commatoes

        I think he was wearing brand spanking new Blundstone boots. I had to apologize to mine because of it. Trump is the personification of $400 mud stained designer jeans.

      • gallbladder

        Drumpf would wear his to the funeral of a serviceperson to score points, I’ve no doubt

        • FukuiSanYesOta

          He’d wear a stupid MAGA hat to the Pope’s funeral

          • H0mer0

            I was hoping new pope would outlast drumpf

      • commatoes

        I am impatiently waiting for him to go to a John Deere factory and put on a John Deere trucker hat

        It will be glorious.

    • BeachBum

      Same reason why Lil Paulie took off his jacket and rolled up his sleeves to ah splain to us how 22 million people losing health ins is actually a Good Thing.

  • WhoCheckedRussia’sVoterID

    That mug shot does not make him look very repentant, oddly. More petulant than repentant. Actually…more punch-me-in-the-face-like-I’m-ted-cruz than repentant.

    At least that’s how I see that picture.

    • gallbladder

      Put a bow tie on him and you’ve got a younger Carlson.

  • BeachBum

    I laughed out when I heard Donnie say “Chuck and Nancy” Friday. Maybe the enemy of your enemy is your friend ? I are cornfuzed .

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      He was really excited because they got him some great press. Not even kidding.

  • tehbaddr

    A psychopath hiding out in the Floriduh Rethuglican Party! Who would have ever guessed?

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      It like looking for a needle in a needlestack!

    • jesterpunk

      Hiding in the rethuglican party? Hell they dont have to hide they get put in leadership positions.

    • andyshelt

      I think that’s known as “hiding in plain sight”.

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      It’s brilliant — he won’t stand out.

  • Snopes Shop

    Rupert Ditworth?

    • CindyinEncinitas

      Dickworth. Fify

    • SeeTrain65

      When he starts telling you Jerry Lankford is his best friend, call the squad.

  • SadDemInTex

    Patrice Tarsey (his mother) is mega wealthy and as gauche as Trump so hardly surprising. Not to mention Rupert is a Bundy woman hater in training. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/33ccbfb8c65637c1f8e9b163a885a8a7b664fc29b7e11eeb16f79d2d771020e0.png

    • Carole

      So . . . . let them eat cake? (sorry, couldn’t resist).

  • I wouldn’t turn my back on this man. He has crazy eyes. I wonder what he has done after he got away with attempted murder?

    • gallbladder

      Became a GOP operative. That ought to tell you all you need to know about his psyche.

      • Jesse4

        From bad to worse . . .

      • Nasty Girl Brianna

        And the party in general.

    • Alan

      Been republican.

  • MarkInCA

    Serial Killer in training, I guess. Just like Bundy he’s active in GOP politics as well.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    This seems somewhat premeditated. How many rich, white, prep-school 17-year old boys carry a hammer around in their backpacks, especially when they left the house that morning to take an Advanced Placement test?

    • Opalescent Riddles

      I remember an AP test where some of those passages they had us deconstructing were quite dense. But I never needed a claw hammer; instead, I carried a crowbar.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I would like to have taken a crowbar to whoever designed the Spanish AP test in 1973. I remember the essay question was “Compare the novels of Garcia Lorca to those of Cervantes.” I could do that because I had a superb Spanish teacher in high school, but I wonder how many other people could? Yes, definitely a crowbar. . .The American History AP test was a bitch, too. I also remember they cost $50 each, and I took 4 of them for a total of $200, and that was a real stretch for my mother at the time. They are $94 now, 45 years later, so I think they were grossly overpriced in 1973. Two of my friends didn’t take any because their parents couldn’t or wouldn’t pay for them.

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg
    • Angela Ruzzo

      I’m afraid it will come back. I hope whoever took the picture is somewhere safe.

    • SeekingCovfefeBarbie

      Does that happen in a hurricane? I thought that only happened with a tsunami.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        Happens with Hurricanes as well but I will come back after wreaking havoc somewhere else.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        Yes, it does, it’s one way storm surge can be created.

      • Rachel Book Harlot

        Someone posted this in that twitter thread:

        https://twitter.com/omisllav/status/906258784628207617

        • H0mer0

          “Hundred million [gallons] washed up on the shore. Seems that I’m not alone in being alone….”

          • Moldy Weißwurst

            “Water can save your life
            But water can break your heart….”

          • H0mer0

            so true. I woulda never imagined a moldy weisswurst would complete me.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      That’s more-or-less what happened on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain when Katrina sucked up water from the lake and dumped it on the shore, creating a 24-ft storm surge that swelled inland about 7 miles. I have photos of a large house built on piers ON the lake, and it was almost untouched, while large houses on the shore were washed away or crushed. The water must have passed right over the houses built on the lake. Here is a picture of the house built on the water, and the house right across the street from it. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fda1175e1688ea2458cd901ea11b4eb323ed3c3238ff32cd73b7bbf8cfb09812.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bc99b9f80750ce00d4c0b63e7e8843ef6e174819cd6274f5268959bc4f233c62.jpg

    • Alan

      That’s creepy. No wonder people invented religion to explain weird shit.

  • mancityRed6

    certifiable.
    I just can’t. not even. good great god almighty, why have you not smote this asshat?

    • Ωbjectifier

      Well, he is in Florida.

      • mancityRed6

        there is no god or she is not just or not omnipotent.

        • little miss high and mighty

          getting closer all the time.

    • William
      • mancityRed6

        wait, what keyboard is that? I just have escape and it doesn’t work at all.

        • William

          It’s the holy keyboard. Distant cousin to the holy hand grenade, also used to smite with extreme prejudice.

        • SeeTrain65

          “Control” doesn’t even work properly on mine.

          Or “Enter.”

    • Moldy Weißwurst

      “And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee. Psychotropic medication, motherf*cker! Do you take it?”

  • Cranky Man

    How much a “reputation management firm” costs, asking for a friend.

    • Juan de Fuca

      I read the story and thought “He hired a reputation management firm and all he got was a recommendation to change his last name to his mother’s maiden name? And that was still enough to throw off the Broward County GOP?”

      • Nasty Girl Brianna

        CLEARLY the GOP has no way of verifying that their candidates aren’t psychopaths, white supremacists, KKK members, murderers, rapists, serial con-men, or child molesters.

        • Juan de Fuca

          True but to me? It’s more about how this mother fucker is able to walk around freely than which party he belongs to. Seriously. He beat that girl nearly to death. He belongs in prison.

      • Nasty Girl Brianna
  • JoeChristmas

    At least he didn’t have bone spurs.

    • theCryptofishist

      Maybe he did in his hands and that’s why 40 whacks wasn’t enough to kill her… I hope that’s the most disgusting thing I say all week. It’s a horrible thing to have done, and I say such things to insulate myself from the horror.

      • JoeChristmas

        Remember, most Republicans and all Swindler supporters are scum sucking bottom feeders.

  • Gary Charound

    I blame popular music. The car radio told him, “Stop……Hammertime!”

  • David Roosa

    any idea if the victim has improved, since the prom?

  • Serolf Divad

    Maybe God led him to Florida for a reason… just sayin’

  • Joe Monte

    If he hit her with the peen side rather than the claw side it’s not that bad!

    • thixotropic jerk

      *SNICKER You said “peen” what a weird hammer!?!?

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      Ball peen hammer?

      • Joe Monte

        Giggity!

  • AngryNotSoOldHippy .

    Typical Christian shitting Republican. Name a fucking right wing Republican who isn’t a shitting anti-woman pile of shit.

  • andyshelt

    And the amazing thing is that this is not the most batshit insane response to the storm from Floridians.

    “Gun owners in Florida have vowed to respond to Hurricane Irma by “shooting at” the storm. Tens of thousands of people have joined an event advertised on Facebook to tackle the hurricane currently bearing down on Florida, in an attempt to “show Irma that we shoot first”.

    My favourite response to the Facebook event was from the skeptic who asked:
    “Isn’t this just going to make the weather madder?”

    Stay crazy, Floridians.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hurricane-irma-gun-owners-florida-shoot-down-storm-a7937546.html

  • Celtic_Gnome

    I so wanted to be a Knights of Columbus when I was a little kid. They had swords. And capes.

    • tehbaddr

      You’ve probably mentally blocked out the rest of the “ceremony and festivities”!

    • You can do Zorro cosplay without joining weird, authoritarian fraternal organizations.

      • My dad was one for a while. At his local ‘lodge’ level, it was an excuse for these dudes to get away from the families on Tuesday nights and drink beer. He never really climbed in the org, tho, all the ‘degree’ crapola, so maybe it gets fascistier after a while.

    • J-dawg

      All I know about them is they made a good fish fry during Lent.

  • Juan de Fuca

    From an article in the LA Times in 2007:

    An attempted murder case in which a Harvard-Westlake School student attacked a classmate with a hammer has roiled the exclusive college preparatory campus nestled in Coldwater Canyon and raised questions about whether more could have been done to prevent it.
    Parents said they were pressing administrators to explain what system was in place to identify troubled students and whether red flags about this particular 17-year-old’s behavior were taken seriously.
    As classmates rallied to the beaten 18-year-old student’s bedside with flowers and get-well cards, they also spoke of her alleged assailant as someone who seemed to prefer being left alone and anguished about school and his personal issues.
    “People really tried to reach him, but he just wasn’t receptive,” said one student, who spoke on the condition that he not be named because the school had told students not to speak to the media about the incident. “He was always the odd man out.”

    So a guy who displayed anti-social behavior as a child, beat a classmate within an inch of her life with a hammer and still doesn’t show any remorse at all for the crime as an adult. I’m not a psychologist but if ya ask me, Broward County has a helluva lot bigger problem than whether or not this sicko is serving on some local GOP committee, or in the Knights of Fucking Columbus (I can’t believe that is still a thing). They should be more concerned the guy is living freely within their community.

    And maybe get a DNA sample to check against unsolved murders in LA County during the mid 90’s.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2007/may/19/local/me-harvard19

    • Carole

      Also, he did NO TIME. So everything in Florida from 2007 onwards is suspect.

      • Juan de Fuca

        I read on a different blog (The Sunshine State?) that he may’ve been transferred to an institution or something in Florida after his mother moved him there but couldn’t find anything concrete.

    • Andrea James

      That’s a good point. I don’t know how I missed it. I think I was letting my dislike of the GOP and my frustration with the injustice get in the way of me thinking like a decent human. He is dangerous and should not be free.

      • Juan de Fuca

        I don’t know, I also kind tie it to the GOP because I also despise the party in general. But this is…like you said. The fact this guy is walking around free is even more troubling, to me. I can’t imagine that being my own daughter, my wife, my mother. Lock his ass UP.

  • NotALiar

    You know the saying.. “Boys will be.. privileged subhuman psychopaths”

    • tehbaddr

      I find your ideas interesting… wanna see my claw hammer?

  • This creep is the Republican War on Women made flesh… like a Joe Scaraborough 2.0.

    • Ami

      Joe S. bashes Putin’s Puppet on a daily basis ever since he tweeted lies about Mika Brzezinski.

  • Carole

    I see that the GOP gave him a medal as well.

  • phoenix00

    Now he just has to say stuff about immigrants and Messicans and Mooslems and he’ll be President!

  • Zyxomma

    As a woman, I do my best to avoid Republican men altogether.

    • Nasty Girl Brianna

      Probably a good plan.

      • Ducksworthy

        Or, maybe you could wear a helmet?

        • Zyxomma

          Full hazmat suit, booties, respirator, the works.

          • Howard Craft

            Plus carry some mace, or a taser.

            Just in case.

    • JD Mulvey

      and Knights of Columbus.

  • JayGoldenBeach

    His last name was formerly Ditsworth, the s was missing in the article.

  • Ami

    So where’s the part that states this wealthy psychopath spent time in prison for attempted murder?

    • Nasty Girl Brianna

      He got off on a misdemeanor. Let that sink in.

      • Howard Craft

        No way.

        • theCryptofishist

          That bit about his family rushing him into psychiatric something; I assume (prep school) that they had money and knew people and got a good lawyer and put up a good front. I wonder when he got his name change.

          • SadDemInTex

            His mother is insanely wealthy

          • brawk

            Cf. “from his $2M beach front condo.”

          • ladycat713

            I saw a case on a true crime show where a girl was raped and murdered. The killers family got the teenage killer out on bail, convinced the judge to let them move. The victim’s mother outed them to their new neighbors and she was threatened with contempt of court. They moved again. The parents went out to party on st Patrick’s day leaving home the killer, his younger brother and 14 year old sister along with a gun collection. By the end of the night , the younger brother was stabbed and shot to death , the sister was raped and their brother was on the run because he did it. He later turned himself in. The death of one son and the rape of their daughter is what finally turned the parents against him.

          • Frankie

            Yeah, that’s the thing. Psychopathy like that just doesn’t disappear. Once someone has shown their true colors like that, they need to be committed and removed from society.

  • Nasty Girl Brianna

    But remember, Republicans and Democrats are all the same, donchaknow.

  • Molon Labe

    This guy and the “piano Asshat” look like brothers. Enough with the stories about these creepy wackos. I feel like I’m at the crime-stoppers website.

    ….Actually, I feel kinda bad associating the “Piano Asshat” with the hammer-wacko. But then I think about his obnoxious british accent and I get over it.

    • Both sides are bad.

      • Molon Labe

        yes, good folk must reject both the asshats and the claw-hammers.

        • I had my hammer de-clawed. It’s a start.

          • Molon Labe

            I have been struggling to de-ass my hat :/

          • Just take it one cheek at a time, my friend.

  • With this sign on his front gate, how could people not have been at least a suspicious? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/37b517324fd7df80abcc765d4f453e12adaa474259ec3ec1441b6cc3122923c7.jpg

  • Who dat guy?

    Is it like a young Manson?

    I don’t really know much about serial killers. Stabby bastards.

    • theCryptofishist

      Ted Bundy

      • Oh. 👀

      • sarafina

        I thought he should have been identified also, as many not-bad-looking creeps have assaulted/killed women. However, unlike the Green River Killer, Bundy did take the big nap.

        • theCryptofishist

          For those in the know (a group to which I, alas, belong to) that “The Stranger Beside Me” would be adequate identification. Also, he started on the West Coast, but ended up in Florida. Do we have to be so coy in Yr. Wonkette? Probably.

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    They’re saying he deceived them, but really, did he need to? Look at all the other people that have been forgiven by conservatives (as long as they toe the line). There’s good ol’ Jim Bakker for instance, that Limbaugh guy, that Duke fellow who has been viciously slandered with the fact that he is a racist. So, in the Republican scheme of things, what’s a little claw hammer attack during a confused time during his troubled youth? He’s sorry now, I’m sure.

    • HazooToo

      Also Trump. They forgave him for EVERYTHING. I don’t even have a list anymore, I cannot remember it all. If he were drowning, while on fire, and being eaten by fire ants at the same time, I wouldn’t do a thing to save him.

    • brawk

      He’s not sorry.

  • How in the hell does anyone survive being hit 40 times with a claw hammer? I don’t think the guy was fully committed to the psychopath thing.

    • Molon Labe

      One thing i read referenced the victim suffered a broken leg. So, maybe some of the beating wasn’t on vital parts of the body. Plus, if you are really bat-shit, you are probably not preforming optimally physically.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Maybe because the brunt of the attack happened from inside the car, limiting his ability to get a full swing?

    • NDStorey

      She barely survived and was in the hospital for a long time. I remember her car was still parked on campus while she was in the hospital and people covered it with notes of support.

  • Mavenmaven

    I can’t wait to hear his view on women’s issues, but i suspect he’s in line with his fellow Republicans.

    • HooverVilles

      …i suspect he’s in line with…

      That’s putting mildly.

  • SeeTrain65

    “My future’s so bright, I gotta wear leg irons.”

  • Gee I wonder why he moved from LA to Florida? /s

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Because now he can carry a gun instead a hammer. Much more efficient!

      • HooverVilles

        Sigh!

  • YayConspiracy

    Jesus, what’s the fuss all about? Just some hammering and choking among friends. It wasn’t even a sledgehammer.

  • Jennaratrix

    What the actual fuck?

  • Moar Wordz

    He seems nice !
    Maybe she drank some of his Jamba Juice AND USED THE SAME STRAW !!!!
    Why is homicidal rage and attempted murder such a biggie anyway ? ” He was acting in self-defence. ”
    Maybe she tried to put the moves on him & instead of saying ” No, ” and ” GTFO, ” he thought she should die instead. It was just a claw hammer ! She’s probably fine !

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      I always carry around a claw hammer in case my self needs any defending.

      • Moar Wordz

        Couldn’t he have Karate Chopped her and left it at that ? Unless she was Attila the Hun it’s clear he’s postal

  • brawk
    • JamieHaman

      Hit 40 times, and you think maybe he only split her scalp? Because the LAT says so?
      Uuuuummmmmkkkkkkaaay.

      • brawk

        Wonkette got its info from the Miami Herald article which was a week ago. The LAT article was from 2007, and the reporter spoke with the victim’s family. Her mother said her “scalp was split” not “her skull was split.” I like accuracy in reporting, even if the reporting is about sociopathic swamp dwellers.

        • JamieHaman

          lol

    • The Flaming Carrot

      I think you mean Dit$worth.

  • thixotropic jerk

    Really though isn’t it the victim’s fault, she should have known better since he listed in his yearbook entry that his future career choice was “Aspiring Performance Artiste Striven To Creatively Re-interpret ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ And All of That Manson Guy’s Classics.”

  • The GOP has committed several violent acts, institutional violence to be sure, but violence nonetheless. They are denying women reproductive healthcare endangering their health and that of their unborn children. That’s violence. They are suppressing the vote. That’s violence. They refused Medicaid expansion under the ACA denying healthcare coverage to millions or forcing them to pay for coverage they could not really afford. That’s violence. They have a prominent elected official who is a confessed rapist. That’s violence. The Secretary of Education has rescinded anti-rape programs on college campuses. That’s violence. They have denied trans Americans the right to serve in the military. That’s violence. They are attempting to deport 800,000 people who previously were given protection. That’s violence.

    Is it any wonder that this claw-hammered bastard is a member of the GOP?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      ISIS can only dream of doing that much damage to the USA.

    • HooverVilles

      Spot on !!!!!
      And brings even more meaning to IOKiffYAR.

  • What’s the old blues line? I wouldn’t hit her if I didn’t love her.

  • slipperynoodle14

    Excitable Boy.

  • Jay Silversmith

    “…we had no idea what his background was.” Apparently, this the m.o. of the gopigs. Get someone….anyone…elected. It’s only natural that he worked on the tRump campaign.

  • The Flaming Carrot

    There really is a Margaret Atwood short story for every occasion. Law enforcement in Florida should probably check for “arms and legs hidden here and there about the province, in culverts, in wooded glades,like Easter eggs or the clues in some grotesque treasure hunt.” – Margaret Atwood, Weight (Wilderness Tips)

  • IdRatherBeDancing

    I take it that a claw hammer is not a metaphor for something else.

    • SDGeoff3

      Unfortunately.

  • fawkedifiknow

    He even had “The bitch set me up” defense down pat as a teenager. I can see why he ended up in the Republican Party.

    • looksquirrels

      That was Marion Barry’s line, tho. J/s

    • Moar Wordz

      Maybe she laughed at his dick ?
      ” Self-defence ? ” He had time to pull over and get the claw-hammer , instead of, say, booting her from the car – or calling the police ? Asking passer – by’s for help ?
      ” I did nothing wrong. ”
      Why didn’t he go to jail for attempted murder and grievous injury ?
      There must be way, way more to this story. I say he had a grudge and a homicidal hatred of this girl. A slight or snub that he couldn’t abide.

      • Frankie

        It’s just psychopathy. Some men absolutely lose their minds when women reject them. She may have just been interested in him as a friend and maybe liked a hot jock or something, and some men can’t take the rejection and burn women with acid or try to beat them to death with hammers. I mean, look at him. He’s obviously ugly and creepy, and she was probably sweet and beautiful and he thought, if I can’t have you, no one else can.

        • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

          Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them.

          This maxim gets borne out WAAAY too fucking often.

          • Frankie

            I’ve heard this before and it’s true. I literally get afraid rejecting men because at best they will insult you (“You’re fat/ugly anyways”) and at worst they may try to kill you.

          • okay then

            And did that just happen recently? The man who brutally murdered his WIFE on a cruise ship and actually said it was because she wouldn’t stop laughing at him? :(
            Awful and disgusting.

          • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

            Yes, exactly. We really didn’t need it literally spelled out :-(

        • Moar Wordz

          I agree some men get very violent over rejection. Acid on face, etc. It’s horrible. That level of evil and hatred I don’t understand. I’m thinking of examples of that felony in India. There is a war on women and I’d like to fight that, be part of a solution.
          Men are wired differently than women and some can’t control their rage and bursts of violence. A hatred of women. My stating that doesn’t negate or dismiss horrible instances of child abuse, homicide, etc that psychopathic women commit. But we’re discussing a male on female crime in this instance.
          I’d like to see the court record of the trial, but I think it was too much data for my phone to download.

  • Michael Scott

    I guess the obvious question is why wasn’t he put in jail for the attack? Even if they hustled him off to a psych hospital he’d still have to answer for the attack.

    • Frankie

      Money?

  • President in Exile Firefly

    Sounds like he’s perfect for GOP party middle management. I think it’s on the job application: “Have you ever been charged with a violent felony? Great! Can you start Monday?”

    • javadavis

      I first read that as “Sounds like he’s perfect for GOP middle figner management…” Seems fitting, somehow.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    “Yeah, but Charles Manson was a Democrat!”

  • Maybe

    Well, it’s not as though he’s attacked an actual person–just a woman. And the Repubs have made it very clear they do not consider women to be real people.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    Well, at least some of the members of his party are horrified.

    • GaDem

      Not horrified but worried it will drag down the repub party having a psycho killer as their leader.

      • SDGeoff3

        Which republican psycho leader are you referring to?

  • ladiesbane

    He brought a claw hammer to school, but insists he was defending himself? Unless that AP exam was in carpentry, he’s lying.

  • lroom

    Wow. Repubs keep telling me liberals are the violent ones and now they got Ted Bundy Jr?!

  • Run2Live

    Ted Bundy redux?

  • Dolmance

    I remember that little shit. His parents got the whole thing swept under the rug and it was nearly impossible to even Google what he did to that girl. Total affluenza.

  • Poly_Ester

    Values-free republicanism at its worst. Why no, “but what about her emails?”

  • More_Cowbell

    It looks like his name was Ditsworth, with an “s.” http://articles.latimes.com/2007/jun/07/local/me-harvard7

    If he paid a company to clean up his online results, he’d probably be said if enough people wrote about him that he started popping up in search engines again. Just saying.

  • SDGeoff3

    Florida Guy, gone real bad.

  • Ninja0980

    Of course not.
    They were just love taps after all.
    S/

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Violent misogynist assholes just seem to be attracted to politics – they love having power over others. Even Democrats – even Democrats in NYC! – have problems with them:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/nyregion/hiram-monserrate-moya-city-council-primary.html

  • Carla Vandermeer

    What prep school boy carries a hammer around with him? This was a premeditated act, No surprise he is a supporter of twittler, another rabid woman hating bastard.

  • Moar Wordz

    Upon googling, I learned that he ” got a slap on the wrist, ” is now married to a woman named Beata ( which seems a cruel joke ) , and has two children with a third on the way.
    Evidentally, he stated that the girl pinned him to the side of his car so forcefully that he couldn’t breath.
    I just wonder why he couldn’t have defended himself in a different manner, a kick, shove, or strike ? His physical defense was extremely and incredibly violent ; he broke her nose, split her skull, split her lip, broke her leg, and then dragged her out of the car, choked her and left her to die.
    Amazingly, she survived this.
    What were the nature of his family connections that allowed him to walk after this crime ? Which judge or jury was leaned on or bribed ? What favors were done ?

  • potrzebie

    It would be nice if an upstanding citizen down there in Florida would “Stand their Ground” with this burden on society. Just a suggestion.

  • kfreed

    “Men’s Rights” you know. Speaking of Florida Man: “Meet Augustus Invictus, the Florida Libertarian [Nazi] Who Loves Paganism, Civil War, and Goat Sacrifice”: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ppxqan/augustus-invictus-the-florida-libertarian-who-loves-paganism-civil-war-and-goat-sacrifice-105

    “Goat-blood-drinking ex-Florida senate candidate headlined Charlottesville rally”
    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article167083427.html

    But, but, but… “we can work with them on ‘civil liberties’ and legalizing pot…” http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/42436_The_Convergence_of_Glenn_Greenwald_and_Rand_Pauls_Southern_Avenger

  • NDStorey

    I was at the same school. I remember this awful incident well. He fled the scene in his Jaguar and his parents hid him until they had a lawyer ready. Liz was really badly injured. If he’d been a poor black kid he’d still be in prison. The whole thing still makes me furious.

    • Moar Wordz

      That woman has to live with the aftermath & he gets off scot free because he had a good lawyer ? I tried to download the court record but it froze and it seemed google articles had been scrubbed.
      Do you recall how the case was lost ?

      • NDStorey

        I tried to find out not long after the case but there wasn’t much information available. I’m guessing he did a plea bargain in exchange for getting sent to some expensive psych hospital.

        • Moar Wordz

          Funny how none of us can find out the details of the case. Plea bargaining, insanity defence…

    • J-dawg

      Does anyone know WHY he did it? Like, he’s just a violent psychopath and she was a target of opportunity? He had some grudge against her? She rejected some advance he made and he flew off the handle? It just seems so…random.

      • NDStorey

        I have no idea. I heard that he had some mental health issues and she was trying to help him.

  • Boss Dave

    You dam libruls just want to block the love between a poor white psycho, the girl he wants to bone, and his claw hammer.

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  • blarg

    Something really fishy is going on. When you google Rupert Tumin Ditsworth, you see this result come up (see image).

    But when you click on that link, it doesn’t take you to the story, it takes you to this BS nowhere page on the LA Daily New’s site:

    http://www.dailynews.com/2013/05/07/news-101-when-a-story-is-news/70907987

    If you search the DN’s actual site for his name, though, it does take you to the article:

    http://www.dailynews.com/2007/09/07/claw-hammer-beating-attack-appears-headed-to-adult-court/

    I guess this is reputation firm at work? I wish I knew how to get the Daily News to fix this.

  • Mike Steele

    Lady MS: As a true-crime afficianado, cannot thank Robyn (or editrix) enough for ‘The Stranger Among Us’ sub-header. This dude is definitely Bundy-ish, and should be removed from society. RIP, Ann Rule.

  • Manray9

    “Florida GOP Official Once Beat A Girl Half To Death With A Claw Hammer. Is That A Big Deal?”

    Not in the Republican Party.

  • Mystery_Poster

    Well, I suppose there’s blame on both sides (sez Donny 2 scoops)

  • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

    So uh.. Weasel McAttemptedMurderface says “I did nothing wrong” but just changed his name and had Mumsy and Da hire a reputation management firm because bitches be lyin? Look you smarmy little bastidge.. If you smugly think you’re in the right (and I don’t just mean politically), stand up and own it.

  • whitroth

    But did he dig up her grave and build a cage with her bones?

  • John Petty

    Donald Trump says that there are “many fine people” who bludgeon helpless women with a claw hammer. He’s sure of it.

  • HooverVilles

    Most despicable example of IOKiffYAR ever!

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