As you may have heard, if you frequent the wingnutosphere, last week Thomas Ball, a divorced man angry about paying child support, committed suicide through self-immolation on the steps of a courthouse in Keene, New Hampshire. For this act he’s been praised by the usual suspects, who see his act as some sort of brave stand against those evil feminists who control the courts. And the right is shocked — shocked! — that some on the left could see Ball’s action and his suicide note-slash-call to terrorism as some sort of violent act.
I don’t have time to give Ball’s jeremiad the kicking around it deserves, not today; hopefully I’ll be able to later in the week. Suffice to say that everything you need to know about Thomas Ball is written by he himself, in the sixth paragraph:
My story starts with the infamous slapping incident of April 2001. While putting my four year old daughter to bed, she began licking my hand. After giving her three verbal warnings I slapped her. She got a cut lip. My wife asked me to leave to calm things down.
This is the sainted martyr of the MRA movement — a man who admits to slapping his child so hard that he cut her lip, because she was, like most children, being silly and testing boundaries.
A four-year-old child. Who just wanted to play with her dad.
He hit her so hard he cut her lip.
And he was remorseless.
Suffice to say that if, as Dr. Mrs. Wingnutty Professor opines, “His statement is not the ramblings of a madman,” I don’t want to be sane.