Dim-Bulb Pro-Obama Thug Gets Preposition Wrong

Back on September 17, Barack Obama told his supporters:

“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.”

Unfortunately, a pro-Obama thug and armed robber in Pittsburgh seems to have misunderstood the Senator, by one preposition:

Woman Attacked, Letter Scratched Into Her Face

PITTSBURGH — A 20-year-old woman who was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield was also maimed by her attacker, apparently because of her political views, Pittsburgh police said.

 

According to WTAE’s news exchange partners at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Ashley Todd, of College Station, Texas, was using an ATM at Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street just before 9 p.m. Wednesday when a man approached her and put a knife to her throat.

 

Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said the robber took $60 from Todd, then became angry when he saw a McCain bumper sticker on the victim’s car. The attacker then punched and kicked the victim, before using the knife to scratch the letter “B” into her face, Richard said.

The Tribune-Review reported that Todd, who isn’t familiar with the area, drove to a friend’s house and together the pair located the Citizens Bank ATM at Liberty and Pearl where the attack happened and called police.

 

Todd declined to comment to the Tribune-Review. Friends said she is in Pittsburgh volunteering for the McCain-Palin campaign.

 

Richard said the woman refused medical treatment after the assault, which happened outside the view of the bank’s surveillance cameras.

 

The robber is described as a dark-skinned black man, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 200 pounds with a medium build, short black hair and brown eyes. The man was wearing dark colored jeans, a black undershirt and black shoes.

 

The Obama-Biden campaign released a statement, commenting on the attack. The statement said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the young woman for her to make a speedy recovery, and we hope that the person who perpetrated this crime is swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.”

 

The McCain-Palin campaign also released a statement saying, “The McCain campaign is aware of the incident involving one of its volunteers. Out of respect, the campaign won’t be commenting. The campaign also confirms that Senator McCain and Governor Palin have both spoken to the woman.”

I realize that armed robbers probably didn’t do well in high school English, but Senator Obama said get “in their face,” not “on their face.”  Even though this fellow may be a lone nut-case, the senator should be wondering why someone would do this despicable act in his name.

[UPDATE:  As of several hours ago, this appears to be a hoax similar to the Tawana Brawley incident.  I reported it as true based upon the police department spokeswoman’s statement.  I will leave this post up as a reminder to myself not to jump to conclusions in the future, but I have taken the woman’s picture out of the post. ]

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10 thoughts on “Dim-Bulb Pro-Obama Thug Gets Preposition Wrong

  1. I was reading a forum last night that was talking about this incident. There’s several holes in this woman’s story.

    1. If he used a knife to scratch a “B” in her face, it must have been one very dull tipped knife. That isn’t a cut, it’s a scratch. And she must have held pretty still while he did this, as that “B” is perfect. Also, it’s backwards – As if someone was looking in a mirror while doing it, perhaps?

    2. A Google Maps street view picture of the ATM in question shows that this area is a busy, well-lit area. This is also near a bus stop that picks up passengers at 8:30 and 8:51pm. She says that this occurred shortly before 9pm. I’d imagine that someone would have witnessed this, or heard her scream while getting her face carved – that area isn’t just dead before 9pm.

    3. She refused medical treatment.

    4. Right before this happened she was Twittering something along the lines of “I’m on the wrong side of town” and then “Need to find a Bank of America ATM to avoid fees”.

    When you add these all up, plus the fact that the police are now saying that they’re questioning her story as they’re getting conflicting answers, you have a recipe for fail. It’s quite possible she was mugged; However, this whole story about her getting a B scratched in her face doesn’t add up.

  2. You know it’s fishy if Michelle Malkin calls it a hoax:

    http://michellemalkin.com/2008/10/23/why-that-mccain-volunteers-mutilation-story-smells-awfully-weird/

    If she were to lie – I’d believe a “forced bad makeup attack” over a credible attack. Black eyes are most always accompanied by broken blood vessels in the eye and swelling around the eye. If anyone supposedly “six foot four” nails you in the eye, you’re going to see the evidence. Note that she has no signs of either present. It’s also sparkling with a fine grade glitter. If they actually released any evidence of this attack I bet they’d find this on the victim:

    1. Black eye makeup containing bismuth oxide (the sheen-like appearance around the eye)
    2. A blunt tip object such as a nail file or paring knife (or use of her own fingernails to create a mirrored backwards “B”)
    3. Little to no visual evidence present on the ATM CCTV depicting any form of attack.

    She was “attacked” right by the West Penn Hospital – Bloomfield if your’e familiar with the area. I’m quite familiar with the area and walked about there later at night going from car to restaurant/bar and such.

    It’s one thing for Obama to make a stupid statement like the above, but it’s something additionally immature for a 20-year old Texas resident in Pittsburgh to conjure a false attack. I think some interesting evidence is going to be released very soon and hopefully serves as a good lesson to immature 20-somethings who desire media spotlight.

  3. Surprise, surprise – She’s changed her story again!

    http://news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/2008/view.bg?articleid=1127599

    First she gave the original story – then another version that stated that the attacker felt up her breasts. Now she’s saying she was knocked out, and only realized the letter on her face after she woke up. So if she was knocked out, how did she know why he was carving her face? And how did she know she was being felt up?

    If I was knocked out after a mugging and had my face scratched like that, I’d want to get checked out, at least to get a tetanus shot.

    By next week, if not by tonight, this will be all wrapped up.

  4. This story reeks to high heaven of lies. For what it’s worth, I believe that this is a lone whackjob acting on her own. But yeah, why would someone have a black eye with no swelling? She also claims that the assailant sat on her chest and held her hands with his knees. That means that the B would be backwards from his perspective. Also, why are the loops on the B so perfect? And wouldn’t it have made more sense to carve an “O” for Obama.

    This sounds like a very troubled woman.

  5. It’s official:

    http://www.kdka.com

    Breaking News: A Pittsburgh police commander says a volunteer for the McCain campaign who reported being robbed and attacked near a bank ATM in Bloomfield has confessed to making up the story. Police say charges will be filed. More details to follow.

  6. Well, if anything, she sure drew a lot of attention to herself. Hopefully, as punishment (outside of the punishment of being caught in a large lie), she can perform community service for “bad area” Bloomfield 🙂

    I’m still really curious if that was eyeliner or mascara…

  7. Ron and Mike,

    Welcome to my blog, even if it’s not under the best of circumstances. I have updated my post to acknowledge my error.

    I am glad that this turned out to be a hoax, and that it was discovered in about 24 hours.

  8. I guess you guys can’t wait for this election to be over and done? luckily, not many more days to go! Good luck! I can guess/imagine what the blogosphere will be like afterwards! LOL! and the papers etc… some kind of eruption… 🙂

  9. Nikita, Ugh. I’m very much looking forward to the election being over and done with, but you’re right. No matter the outcome, I know there’s going to be a lot of hysterical ranting by some of those who support the loser, and a lot of irritating gloating from those who support the winner. American politics has never been the tidy thing that some people think it was in the past, but this year has been appalling all around.

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