Sunday, June 11, 2017
John Canzano plagiarizes Orwell by declaring some lives matter more than others
John Canzano, male wife of fellow Shiitake nominee Anna Canzano, feels one article trying to justify the bad behavior by writing a 19-bullet-point dissertation on why we should agree with the Oregonian's decision to attack a young registrant trying to overcome his past. Well if you need not just one, but TWO articles just to try to justify their shameful actions. This doucherocket was already nominated for worst news mutt (s) of the year, but his latest rant is worthy of Dumbest Quote as well.
The rant is long, so for the sake of simplicity, I will simply add the offending quotes here:
"Can we start with the premise that human life matters? Anyone disagree on that? This isn't a complicated starting point. The young relative who was molested by Heimlich deserves your thoughts and respect. The victim matters. She matters more than Heimlich. She matters more than baseball. She matters. Period. Anyone disagree there?"
The first thing I thought of was this:
There are plenty of other bad quotes in the article:
"Some people, myself included, don't believe a registered sex offender has a place on a major college athletics team. I don't believe an athlete who has committed a violent offense, including domestic violence, belongs there either." -- Your opinion is not news, douchedragon.
"If you're a registered sex offender, you'd better make it your business to know the law. Anyone blaming the law enforcement officer who caught the failure to re-register? Stop now. That officer is trying to protect the public." - Except that local police are often incompetent in understanding the registry law. And Oregon considers failing to pay that $70 annual fee "failure" to register. Obviously, Cuntzano fails at law.
"For those making the, "He deserves a second chance!" argument ... where is that written? You make your own second chance in life. Also, your first. Heimlich is in control of his future just as he's always been. He will determine where his life leads. Your actions, if inappropriate, will result in opportunities being closed to you. That is no one's fault but your own." This works both ways, Clownzano. But besides that, a criminal sentence sets limits on punishment. Heimlich served his time. Here, Heeimlich is the victim of CanZERO, who blames his victim for his actions.
"On my radio show on Friday, we took calls from a mostly male audience that defended the victim. I was moved by the discourse. It was authentic, charged in the right direction and included some powerful moments from callers. Some called in to share their stories of abuse. Others, their anger. But it was a measured glance at why the story has splintered us." I'm sure it was because you pre-screen to only allow those who share your opinion on your show, you coward.
"For those who say Heimlich has, "Paid his debt to society" or "Been punished for his crime," and should be left alone -- huh? An important part of his punishment is that he has to register as a sex offender. There's a reason a felony crime is a felony crime. The punishment is supposed to act as a deterrent." -- Thanks for helping me prove SCOTUS wrong in Smith v Doe. You're a useful idiot!
"The only positive that can come from this story is that Heimlich lives a long, productive life that has meaning. That he looks back at age 90 and realizes that he's overcome a horrible crime and done the best he could." -- I don't see how this complete fucktard expects Mr. Heimlich to "overcome" and have a "long, productive life" when vigilante scum like the gangbangers posing as Oregonian journalists will be there to ruin it for him. This kid will be lucky to get ANY job, PERIOD, and if by some chance he plays baseball at the next level I'd be shocked. Stop trying to sugarcoat the fact you ruined this kid's life. If he overcomes, it will be IN SPITE of you and the other gossip writers.
But hey, lets continue on to the hypocrisy of John Canzano. Here's an article where Canzano himself discusses the power of a second change after other athletes committed horrible crimes in their youth:
Canzano: LeGarrette Blount could learn from second chances of the past
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on November 09, 2009 at 8:20 PM, updated November 10, 2009 at 10:41 PM
He threw a terrible punch. He paid a terrible price. I'm talking about Rodney Woods, not LeGarrette Blount.
So, let's discuss the value of a second chance.
Because before we can get to the reinstated Blount, we have to talk about Woods, who went from a one-time felon to a controversial University of Oregon defensive back.
A decade ago, Woods, a track star and the captain of his football team in Little Rock, Calif., was at a high school party when he got in a disagreement with a thin 17-year old boy named Christopher O'Leary.
There were words exchanged. And friends of Woods attacked O'Leary, who was sucker-punched in the face and then kicked in the head while he was on the ground. Kevin Walker, a friend of O'Leary's, stepped in to ask, "Why?" and was attacked, too.
He ran up the street. And Woods, a track star who would win the Southern Section long jump and triple jump titles later that morning, chased after him, caught him, and punched him in the face until he stopped fighting back.
"Kevin Walker wasn't very fast," Woods later told investigators.
This is where a second-chance was born. Because O'Leary was airlifted later that morning to a trauma center, where he died from head injuries. Walker ended up at a hospital, too. And Woods, who insists he never touched O'Leary, was convicted of felony assault. He served seven months in jail, was stripped of a college football scholarship to Fresno State, slapped with $30,000 in legal fees and, ultimately, Woods was left hoping that some football program would give him a second chance.
The University of Oregon did just that.
Oregon assistant Nick Aliotti wrote a letter on Woods' behalf to a judge, trying to get his felony conviction reduced. So, too, did then-coach Mike Bellotti. The Ducks coaches insisted that helping Woods get a scholarship was not just about football, but about life, and a lot of us rolled our eyes and wondered what wearing a jersey has to do with redemption.
Woods divided us. Just like Blount has. And I only bring that up today because Blount, who was suspended for the season for punching a Boise State player and trying to hit others, is getting another opportunity.
As weary as we may be from thinking on Blount, it's probably worth examining Woods to understand what a second chance can be worth.
In three seasons at Oregon, Woods started only four games. He finished his career with 17 tackles and three interceptions to go with a torn knee ligament that cost him the 2004 season. In his final game, a Holiday Bowl loss to Oklahoma, his only participation came on the Ducks' punt team.
"The people at Oregon stuck their necks out for me," Woods said. "I know I appreciated what they did for me and I felt like I had to be especially careful about the decisions I made in Eugene because I didn't want to let anyone down.
"I kept my head down and stayed out of trouble."
Woods didn't go to large gatherings. He always walked the other way the minute he saw words being exchanged. He showed up at practice, went to class, and tried to play well. When I saw him before that final game his senior year, I asked what he planned to do with his life.
"I want to graduate college and be a social worker," he said then.
Woods did not graduate college. He did not become a social worker. He is still 15 credits short of a degree in counseling. Today, he works a blue-collar job for a company that manufacturers Federal Aviation Administration-approved oxygen tanks, life rafts and fire extinguishers.
"The safety equipment you see on airplanes," he said.
Woods, who lives in Palmdale (Calif.), has a wife now, and three children -- two boys (ages 9 and 5) and a one-year old girl. And after work, Woods clocks out and hustles to practice where he is the head coach of a youth football team that ends up being his daily highlight.
Said Woods: "We're pretty good; one more win and we're in the pee wee Super Bowl."
Woods hasn't been arrested again. He said once is enough. And he talks wistfully about wanting to complete his college degree, as if that, and not failing to play football beyond college, is where he could have done better.
"There was great value in having another chance," he said, "and I know I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't take it seriously."
You getting this Blount?
Because nobody is rooting against the reinstated running back now. How could you? Whether you agree or disagree with coach Chip Kelly's decision to reverse his stance and bring the player back, the best thing that can come from all of this is for Blount to get his degree in sociology, and get about creating a new legacy for himself. All that you can do is hope Blount learns from his actions. And maybe from Woods, too.
Take the opportunity seriously.
Recommit yourself to your life goals.
Understand how absurdly close you were to losing it all.
If you don't, the second chance is wasted.
Blount should know, too, that Woods saw the events at Boise State on television and cringed. "It was awful," he said.
Not every university would have been willing to give an athlete that so badly embarrassed it another chance. Not all of us are comfortable with Kelly's decision to bring Blount back. And there have been others at Oregon -- former Nebraska offensive lineman Richie Incognito among them -- who have wilted under the gravity of being asked to expect more from themselves.
It is a privilege to play football at a college. Having the letters "O-R-E-G-O-N" on the front of your jersey comes with responsibility and expectation. And But, we live in a society that too often lowers them for people who can run fast and jump high and entertain us with their athleticism.
Blount, who has been suspended three times in 18 months at Oregon, is either going to join the ranks of sad souls who blew one final opportunity to get it right. Or he's going to use this as a springboard to take himself somewhere greater.
Woods knows what I'm talking about.
Kill a man, get a second chance. Commit a sex offense, you get no second chance, in the words of Canzano. Fuck John Canzano.