September 7, 2015

The New Yorker badly botches the juxtapostion of cartoon and text.

This is what I'm seeing at The New Yorker right now:



The article is a valuable, interesting piece by Patrick Radden Keefe called "The Worst of the Worst/Judy Clarke excelled at saving the lives of notorious killers. Then she took the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev." Seventeen of the Boston bombing victims are now amputees.

From a local news report on the trial:
"I heard 'please' and 'Martin' being uttered by Denise Richard," said Steve Woolfenden, who was lying on the pavement next to Martin and his mother after the second bomb exploded. "Just pleading with her son."...

Woolfenden's left leg had been sheared off below the knee. He described frantically trying to get his 3-year-old son, Leo, out of his stroller after he heard him screaming and saw he was bleeding from the side of his head. As he lay helpless on the pavement, he spotted Martin and Denise Richard.
"I saw Martin's face," Woolfenden said. "I could see a boy that was, looked like he was fatally injured."... Woolfenden described the terror he felt as he tried to help his son while trying to stanch blood pouring from his own leg. "I took off my belt, and I applied it on my thigh as tight as I possibly could," he said. "Leo was crying and screaming uncontrollably. He was saying, 'Mommy, Daddy, Mommy, Daddy, Mommy, Daddy, Mommy, Daddy, Mommy, Daddy,'" he said.

A bystander came over and offered help. Woolfenden said he told the man, "Please get my son to safety." The man tied another tourniquet on Woolfenden's leg, then took his son. "I was completely terrified because I didn't know if I was ever going to see my son again," he said.
Leo lived. Martin died.
[Heather] Abbott, of Newport, Rhode Island, said she was catapulted through the entrance of a restaurant when the second bomb exploded. She said her foot felt like it was on fire, so she began crawling through the restaurant to follow a crowd of people trying to get away from the bomb.
Later, in the hospital, a doctor recommended amputating her left leg below the knee. Her heel had been entirely blown off, and her foot was severely damaged. "It was probably the hardest decision I've ever had to make," she said.

Abbott identified photos of 16 others who lost limbs. The photos showed the amputees wearing prosthetic limbs, in wheelchairs and on crutches.

Another amputee, Marc Fucarile, testified Thursday from a wheelchair and glared at Tsarnaev as he sat about 10 feet away with his lawyers. Tsarnaev did not look at him and stared straight ahead impassively. Fucarile, whose right leg was blown off, said he has had more than 60 surgeries. Two years after the bombing, it is still unclear whether his left leg can be saved, he said. "We are going to try," he said.

30 comments:

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

Feeling safe can be dangerous.

David Begley said...

Regarding juxtapositioning, it reminds me of the time the same magazine put an ad for travel to Europe on the page opposite a story explaining how strong the dollar was to the euro. I thought The New Yorker hired only the smartest people in the Universe.

Michael K said...

They aren't that smart from my very casual reading of that piece of trash.

Sebastian said...

"even the very worst should be spared"

Prog fundamentalism to keep in mind when they put up their smoke screens about racial discrimination in sentencing or infliction of pain in executions or any procedural defects in death penalty prosecutions.

Michael said...

The guy who shot and killed president McKinley was tried, convicted and executed within a few months. And why not?

This theatre is tiresome. A mockery.

Fernandinande said...

“Judy is fascinated by what makes people tick—what drives people to commit these kinds of crimes. People aren’t born evil. She has a very deep and abiding faith in that idea.”

Good old "faith".

Twin analyses revealed significant genetic influence on distinct psychopathic traits

chickelit said...

Why not keep some of Djoker's cells alive like what what happened to cancer patient Henrietta Lacks? She is immortal in HeLa cells.

That way the killer would not be dead dead but could not live to kill again.

Win-win

etienne said...
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mikee said...

Any suggestion that an individual or society, in part or in whole, actually can judge something wrong and reject it is far too dangerous to the progressive project of total control over all aspects of life.

Progressives know themselves to be the worst that can happen to individuals or a society, and want no ability on the part of their subject populaces to oppose what the elect intend for them.

This requirement for control explains progressive behavior in the academics from kindergarten through universities, with free speech & religious practice constrained to irrelevancy, rights as a concept rejected except as a collective grant from government, and even normal sexual behavior between consenting adults condemned to approval by the bureaucracy.

This requirement for control explains progressive behavior in policy, from death penalty to gay marriage to abortion to gun rights to entitlements. One may not judge anything or anyone, unless it deviates from progressive policy, then it is to be condemned.

This requirement for control explains progressive behavior in society, with tolerant and forced inclusion of diversity as long as it is not diversity of thought, behavior or belief.

Having any difference from progressive policy makes one deserving to be othered, dehumanized, ridiculed, judged wanting and dismissed or better yet punished.

The post here is one example of many of progressive politics, the politics of control. Nobody should judge a mass murderer whose ideology is to kill everyone believing differently from him. That might make one think of judging a progressive harshly!

Every prog is a mini-Stalin, a mini-Mao, a mini-Pol-Pot, wanting only the ability to collectivize the kulacks, re-educate the middle class, or depopulate the cities. Well, maybe all that not right now, but after taxes are raised to punish success, entitlements are expanded to increase dependency, and rights are quashed to protect progressivism.

God help us if the progressives are not stopped, and soon.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

The Tsnarnevs came to the US as refugees.

khesanh0802 said...

I volunteered for the firing squad. I have yet to hear from the Commonwealth.

kcom said...

The Tsarnaevs came to the US as refugees.

Cool.

Right?

Would that make them undocumented or documented murderers?

Big Mike said...

He set down a bomb just feet behind an eight year old. Is there any reason to keep Dzhokhar Tsarnaev alive? Just make sure he's wrapped in a pigskin when he's executed and his body fed to hogs. That might convince Muslims to terrorize someone else.

clint said...

"kcom said...
The Tsarnaevs came to the US as refugees."

Like the ones flooding Europe right now...

This is not going to end well.

William said...

Unlike their more primitive neighbors to the north, Mexico has eliminated the death penalty. This respect for the sanctity of human life has not yet permeated the cartels. El Chappo, in particular, has murdered thousands of Mexicans, some of them in the cruelest ways imaginable. He has been sentenced to prison twice, and both times he has escaped. If you're connected to the cartels in Mexico, then you have a fairly good chance of escaping from prison........Does the lack of a death penalty in Mexico devalue or enhance the worth of a human life in that country?

ken in tx said...

What evidence is there that people are not born evil. If you are an evolution believer, you think we are descended from animals and are therefore totally amoral. If you are a traditional Christian, you believe that we are born in sin and require salvation. Neither of these ideas provides any justification for the idea that people are naturally good.

ken in tx said...

When legitimate authority gives up the right to use the ultimate force, the death penalty, it does not go away. It devolves to the next level willing to use it.

I reserve the right to use it in my home if my family is threatened, regardless of other authorities.

Bob R said...

The day that Reagan was shot we were at home and had the TV on. There was no news staff in the station, so they cut to a bulletin being read on camera by some technician. The guy was very nervous, which made the news seem ever worse than it was. When he finished, they cut to a peppy, upbeat commercial. It was the most jarring transition I can remember.

CatherineM said...

They were refugees and received welfare and housing.

Regarding the juxtaposition of the cartoon, why was that cartoon considered worthy/funny enough to print?

Freeman Hunt said...

Justice demands the death penalty.

sane_voter said...

Steve Sailor has observed that there are approximately 100 Chechens who have immigrated to the US. At least three of them are known to have committed murder. Let's let more in, shall we?

Michael K said...

"Mexico has eliminated the death penalty. "

Yes, they just cut off heads as busy work.

Jim said...

Michael at 9:36
Missouri executed the killers of Bobby Greenlease less than 100 days after he was kidnapped and murdered. That was in the early fifties so not that long ago. our society is decaying and this is proof.

Jupiter said...

"People who know Clarke explained her focus on federal cases by citing the severe financial constraints on capital-defense attorneys in the states where most executions take place."

Like Willy Sutton.

The Godfather said...

I subscribed to the New Yorker for decades -- I was born in NYC, grew up in Conn., went to Law School in NYC, and traveled there frequently from DC. The mag was a good source of information about plays on and off Broadway, restaurants, etc. I cancelled my subscription when they published an Easter cover that showed a crucified Easter Bunny. This mag has no class. @Althouse, why would you think the juxtaposition of the cartoon and the story was unintentional? I think the editors thought they were really clever. Do NY sophisticates really give a sh*t about crippled Bostonians?

chickelit said...

Do NY sophisticates really give a sh*t about crippled Bostonians?

I'm starting to thing that "NY sophisticates over-sympathize with radical Muslims precisely because radical Muslims target ordinary Americans. It sounds suicidal.

I also believe they don't know with whom they side.

Carnifex said...

I am against the death penalty as a matter of religious conviction. I would also not hesitate to kill someone threatening an innocent person, also as a matter of religious conviction.

sane_voter said...

I finally read the article and it is sickening how they tried to paint Tsarnaev as a patsy. And this lawyer Judy Clarke who represents the "worst of the worst" seems to care more about the evil vermin in society than it's victims or the rest of us. The one good thing mentioned in the article is that this lawyer never had kids so she isn't propagating those bleeding-heart genes.

Clyde said...

Death penalty, you betcha. The sooner the better for terrorists and other murderous scumbags.

RonF said...

My daughter was a mile and a half away on the T's Green Line headed towards that very spot when the bomb went off. Had it gone off about 10 minutes later, she might well have been killed. I'm against the death penalty, but this guy stretches my conscience.