So with everything wrong in the world right now, a lot of people are getting worked up about a video that appears to show a US marine throwing a puppy off a cliff. I say "appears" because I really don't believe it conclusively shows whether or not it was a real, live puppy.
Despite the assertions of a lot of people I don't see any conclusive signs of life from the "puppy". And for all the people who say that a toy couldn't look that realistic, I say you haven't spent enough time in toy shops.
Second, I'm extremely dubious about the sound. As someone who makes a lot of videos, the yipping of the dog you hear as it goes over the cliff doesn't sound real. It sounds like a cartoon-ish sound effect that was added at a later point.
Also, the truncated nature of the video makes me a little suspicious. You only see about ten seconds - what happened before, what happened after? It's extremely likely that the before and after would prove conclusively whether or not it was an actual, live puppy being thrown. That would say whether or not the guy just had a sick sense of humour and set up a prank or if he's a sick psychopathic bastard who thinks killing puppies is funny.
The fact that no video has surfaced that clear the marine actually makes me suspect the footage is real. Which is quite disturbing. I understand why people have found this so horrific. A lot of people have said "why care about a puppy?" but it's more what the puppy symbolises. The utter defenselessness and innocence of a puppy make the way the marine seems to casually kill it all the more horrific. As it literally engendering a sense of horror.
When stuff like this can happen, humanity is utterly fucked.
Also for me, sometimes the big stuff is too big. The travesty that is the Bush administration occasionally gets too horrific to process. The utter destruction of everything that is good about America is more than a tad disturbing. The death of hundreds of thousands of civilians gets to be too much. The fact that they totally fucked over their own soldiers as well is too much. The fact that they feel they have the right to treat their own citizens as the worst sort of criminals and take away all their rights is too much.
So caring about a puppy is a sort of stand-in for all of that.
And by the way, fuck the internet vigilantes who have been going after his family. They don't KNOW a goddam thing. They are convinced of their righteousness and there's nothing as dangerous as righteous anger. Even going after the marine when they don't know the full story is wrong. But going after his family is just fucked and utterly indefensible.
I posted a video on the topic on youtube (provided above for your viewing pleasure) and the most bizarre response I got was 9/11 conspiracy theorists going after me. WHAT THE FUCK? What is wrong with these freaks? A recurring comment was people disagreeing with me when I said attacking his family was worse than killing a puppy. So let me be clear:
Making graphic threats of violence, rape and murder against his family, people who had NOTHING to do with the act, even if the act is true, is far, far worse than killing a puppy. You are a sick, psychopathic fuck and you deserve to burn in your own special corner of hell.
I just like to be clear.