The Alberta election has been getting very heated as the Wildrose continues to be a strong opponent to the governing Progressive Conservatives. On Twitter the #abvote hashtag stream has become a minefield of a constant barrage of attacks. The attacks on Wildrose and its' supporters are getting more and more vicious.
I've been called "homophobic"; ironic since I have a bisexual daughter. I even stated that - yet the attacks continued. I've been called "racist"; also ironic since I'm married to a man who is part native.
In fact he too recently had an interaction with Pat Walsh. Pat was very briefly employed by the Wildrose. He has since gone back to the PC's. He was Rick Orman's co-campaign manager, is a strong supporter and very active in the current campaign. After trying to debate issues, Pat was clearly losing ground, so he shot this out at Cory "Shouldn't you be in a tanning booth?".
Cory and I have been around long enough that we let a lot of this crap slide. When we meet with people and discuss issues, things like sexual orientation and skin color have zero impact on our perspective or how we receive their view of issues.
There comes a point though when things can be carried too far. That point is when people may be fearful for their well being. Some might say "that's crazy, something like that will never happen in Alberta".
Well, I certainly hope it won't, but posts like the following from NAME REDACTED on Facebook do put up some red flags for me. This is what a Registered nurse in Alberta has to say about Danielle Smith:
.....someone pushes her onto the LRT tracks, or she gets caught in gangland crossfire (these are my dreams, don't take them away from me)
Some have commented on Twitter I shouldn't post a pic from Facebook, that it should be private. I'm not Facebook "friends" with those mentioned here, so that leads me to believe it is public and/or they have their settings set to public. All the same, I've agreed to removed the screen snaps.
You can still however see it here and here.
She posted that on NAME (TWIT # 1) REDACTED page yesterday and I waited until today, to see if NAME (TWIT # 1) REDACTED would do the right thing and remove the comment. She hasn't.
If your curious as to who the two people who "liked" Michelle's comment, here they are.
It's sad, ironic and hypocritical that many of those who "claim" the Wildrose and/or its' supporters to be full of hate seem to be doing a far better job at "actually" demonstrating they are not only hateful, but also appear to be okay with physical demise of individuals.
A reader has sent me note that both Michelle and NAME (TWIT # 1) REDACTED can be found on Twitter as well.
NAME REDACTED: (TWIT # 1)
NAME (TWIT # 2) REDACTED TWITTER REDACTED (one hosting the horrible comments)
People who "like" and perhaps share Michelle's dream of seeing Danielle Smith hit by train or bullet.
NAME (TWIT # 3) REDACTED
NAME (TWIT # 4) REDACTED
h/t to 'tuned in' readers for the tips on Twitter accounts.
And an apology.
Thank you Pat.
And an email demand:
I am demanding that you take my name off your site. There is absolutely no context to my "like"I think the vast majority of people would agree that a "like" on Facebook, equates to agreeing with and supporting the post you have "liked". All the same in the interest of internet peace: Demand granted.
As of this afternoon TWIT #2 REDACTED has changed her Facebook settings so it is no longer public. All information contained in this blog were obtained late last night and first thing the morning of April 16 when it was still publicly available.