Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


The primary purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my observations and analysis about tasers, taser "associated" deaths, and the behaviour exhibited by the management, employees and minions of Taser International. In general, everything is linked back to external sources, often via previous posts on the same topic, so that readers can fact-check to their heart's content. This blog was started in late-2007 when Canadians were enraged by the taser death of Robert Dziekanski and four others in a short three month period. The cocky attitude exhibited by the Taser International spokespuppet, and his preposterous proposal that Mr. Dziekanski coincidentally died of "excited delirium" at the time of his taser-death, led me to choose the blog name I did and provides my motivation. I have zero financial ties to this issue.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The RCMP's "sames and opposites"

Vancouver, BC - One day before RCMP Deputy Commissioner Gary Bass publicly apologized to Robert Dziekanski's mother for the Mounties' role in his death, Bass emailed an RCMP member assuring him the apology did not mean the force was sorry for anything specific its officers did. ... [via TNT]

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Gary Bass said, "...Your son's death is a tragedy and for the role the Force played in this tragedy, we offer our sincere apology. There are no words to express how sorry the RCMP is about your son's death and the pain this has brought."


"...for the role the Force played in this tragedy, we offer our sincere apology..."


The words from Comic-Singer Demetri Martin's "Sames and Opposites" [YouTube] might be applicable:

In life there are many things;
some of them are the same
and some are opposites.
Saying 'I apologize' is the very
same as saying 'I'm sorry';
...they're the same. ...
Unless you're at a funeral.

It's one thing to say "I'm sorry" in relationship to a death.

But when you apologize in relation to a death, it has an entirely different implication.

Trying to mince words doesn't change that.

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