Facebook fucktards (a guest post by Mrsdave)

As a rule, when Mrsdave is angry beyond the measure usually reserved for Buster Boy and the Troll Princess, it doesn’t take much recollection of my own actions to figure out why. Tonight, however, her ire is directed beyond the fence-line of the Dave from Albury compound and so I present to you the first guest post on this blog, from Mrsdave, over the fold.

So I am browsing my home page on facebook earlier this evening, laughing at the witty and not-so-witty status updates of friends, returning super-pokes and the like, when I came across a feed for a friend who has joined a group.  PETITION – Stop Arthur Freeman from pleading “INSANITY” – He’s 100% GUILTY

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Where do I even begin with this?! I made a start by leaving a comment on this feed, gently pointing out my point of view. However, in less time than it takes to reheat some spag bol for dinner I was on my soapbox loud and clear with Dave as my only audience, and perhaps the good law-abiding Catholics we have as neighbours (I assured Dave they would have heard it all before anyway).

My gripe is where do these people, all 4,376 at last count, get off deciding what state of mind this man was in when he did what he did!  And that’s not including all the other dicks and the similar dumbarse groups that have been created with the same message! Honestly!! Nobody will know what state of mind he was in when he did what he did. Nobody will ever really know what circumstances led up to this absolute tragedy. Nobody will know. What he did was beyond words for me. Following the details online as they emerged was hard reading. I am not seeking to excuse his actions. I am simply wanting to make the point that until you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, you have no right to judge. 

I started reading the comments left by some of the members of this group but had to stop. There is no empathy, no understanding shown for this man from any of them. I understand that as this tragedy involved a child it makes it all the more emotional, and greater again when the child was this man’s own flesh and blood. I get that. I feel a huge sense of sadness for this man, for his family, for all the people involved – witnesses, paramedics,etc. To all those people who have joined this group, and to all the others who share the sentiments, I hope you never find yourself in the situation this man did because until you do, you don’t know what you would do, you don’t know what you’d be capable of. You might think you do and maybe at some point this man thought exactly those same thoughts too. But you don’t and I hope you never do.

24 thoughts on “Facebook fucktards (a guest post by Mrsdave)

  1. This is only one of a too long list of personal relationship tragedies this week – like the woman who killed her daughter to please her lover.

    We have been so well conditioned to accept the brutality of war and its collateral damage, that it takes an event like the West Gate killing to shock us into reaction.

    Is it any wonder these tragedies occur when we witness the brutality of countries who deliberately sit down and plan how to justify torture or to blow the beJeses out of children’s schools and escape tunnels in the Gaza Strip.

    Stay angry Mrs Dave – we all need to pause at such wickedness.

  2. Keep your candle burning brightly Mrs Dave, we desperately need to overcome this darkness that’s part of the ME generation we live in.

  3. And that’s just one reason why I don’t (OK, very rarely) use Facebook (that and I got tired of getting my arse kicked at Scrabble Wordscraper). Those groups are usually put together by and/or joined/commented on by mouth-breathing room temperature IQ Youtube commenter posters. I expect most of them were wearing flags in lieu of clothing and screaming racist abuse on Australia Day too. Say hello to “Howard’s Battlers”.

  4. Great post, Mrs Dave. My feelings exactly. So many armchair warriors out there with all the “answers” to the world without having lived it.

  5. Very Interesting Post Mrs Dave, I guess you learn somethings about your friends that you never expected to. The beauty (‘truth is beauty, beauty is truth etc “)about facebook.

    Its good that people can express their opinions. But when the mob (group) takes over it can be pretty scary.

    You wonder if the lawyers for future jurys will check out potential jurors and their facebook profiles and see where their preferences lie.

  6. Well, I’d suggest he might even be deemed unfit for trial, in which case all the media hype and wouldbe vigilante action on facebook would amount to nought. It’s a ‘second guess’ of course but a sentence of ‘only to be released at the governor’s discretion’ seems the most likely outcome in this case … and he’ll probably never be let out.

  7. the problem with things like facebook is that it allows “thouse that came last” to think that they have something useful to say. sadly they do get attention.

  8. Well done MrsDave. I am inspired by your post. (Especially that you have been able to write coherently without any aircon at all! Snaps all round!)

  9. Yeah, I’m getting a bit sick of Facebook groups like this.

    It’s the same old shallow, posturing, populist tripe that seems to do very well on Facebook. Why alienate your peers when all you have to do is click “join this group”?

  10. You mean to say you don’t approve of lynch mobs? Southerners hanging black people, distrustful locals in SEAsian countries burning out Chinese communities, Sunnis hunting Shi’ites, a good old fashioned jewish pogrom – aren’t these and similar events all integral parts of our proud histories as civilised peoples???

    I love you, MrsDave. Post more often. The only issue I have is that Dave categorised your post as ‘whining’; he needs a new category for your posts, probably called ‘common sense’ or maybe just, ‘duh’.

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