Who the hell is Oscar Pistorius and why should I care?

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Today’s ZOMG! news bulletin:

Oscar Pistorius granted bail in murder case

Nine days after his arrest in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius has been released on bail.

A judge granted bail to the double-amputee athlete Friday on the fourth day of his bail hearing.

In announcing his decision, Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair said that the state had not provided enough evidence to convince him that the international athlete was a flight risk.

Pistorius is charged with one count of premeditated murder over the Feb. 14 killing of Reeva Steenkamp. He says he accidentally shot her, thinking she was a dangerous intruder inside his home, lurking in a toilet stall off his bedroom.

The magistrate set bail at 1,000,000 South African rand (approx. $112,800), Reuters reported. Pistorius was also ordered to stay away from his home and witnesses, is prohibited from drinking alcohol, and must turn in his passport and his firearms He must also report to the police station twice a week.

The prosecution vehemently opposed bail, calling the Olympian also known as the “Blade Runner” a flight risk.


Who the hell is Oscar Pistorius and why should I care? Why is my twitter stream been clogged for days with his name?

Near as I can tell he is a minor sports celebrity from South Africa who is accused of killing his girlfriend. So what? Murders are a dime a dozen here in the U.S, we don’t need to import them.

The fact that Oscar Pistorius is a “story” tells you all you need to know about our news media. (They seriously suck.)

Let’s get back to the important stuff like the breathless blow-by-blow coverage of Chris Brown and Rihanna.


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70 Responses to Who the hell is Oscar Pistorius and why should I care?

  1. 49erDweet (D) says:

    But,… but,… but,… he’s “important”. And his story proves all police are evil. You HAVE to listen.

    • swanspirit says:

      I don’t think Pistorius, as an individual is important , but what he represents , as the latest symbol of male violence is significant. Male violence against women , is a part of many cultures, including ours . These are not isolated incidents , so how a perpetrator of this violence is treated is meaningful . And make no mistake , the results of his trial will have a global impact.
      The woman he killed is not just a throwaway blonde that can easily be replaced by the next one on the assembly line ; she deserved to live .

  2. myiq2xu says:
  3. votermom says:

    It’s Oscar fever time. :roll:

  4. votermom says:
  5. DeniseVB says:

    They don’t have a jury system in South Africa, just judgey-poo. Should be interesting to see how that works out for him.

    I never liked the idea they let him run in the “able bodied” Olympics with his “blades”, he’s already a big medal winner in the ParaOlympics.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Pistorius

  6. wmcb says:

    WAPO made a booboo:

  7. I’ve become a jock in my old age. I was a couch potato until my 50’s and then started doing triathlons after my first bout with breast cancer downsized me (hahahaha) and made it possible for me to run. This summer, at age 60, I’ve qualified for the National Senior Olympic finals in triathlon. As such, the whole story of Pistorius and what he was able to accomplish has been a real inspiration for many, myself included.

    It is just a horrible story having all of these “heroes” turn out to be so reckless. We don’t know the story of Pistorius yet, but in an age when sports figures like OJ, Tiger, and Lance and now Pistorius go down in such flaming fashion, it is quite the spectacle as they go.

    Wish we were seeing this happen to O……..

  8. wmcb says:

    Democratic candidate for DC council issuing insane death threats on Twitter:

  9. myiq2xu says:
  10. yttik says:

    Well, Pistorius is just the latest media invented hero. He was the first man with no legs to run in the Olympics. We also had lots of stories about him as a child, his mother, rags to riches, etc, etc. So once again we go from heroic role model for the whole world to accused murderer. It just goes to show, we shouldn’t be letting the media pick our heroes.

    On the entertainment level, the case is kind of interesting. He doesn’t have much of a defense, alone inside a locked house, inside a gated community, and he’s accused of shooting his girlfriend with his own gun while she was locked in the bathroom. Sounds pretty cut and dry, except South Africa is terrible with domestic violence prosecutions, Pistorius is rich and famous, and the lead investigator is under investigation himself.

  11. myiq2xu says:

    Cheerleader makes acrobatic half-court shot:

  12. votermom says:

    Newt

  13. votermom says:
  14. votermom says:
  15. HELENK says:

    this shows how the country has changed. Now holder’s dept of crime thinks it is just fine for the black panthers to threaten voters

  16. HELENK says:

    bob bechlel on the FIVE. yes the sequester was backtrack’s idea.
    but it doesn’t matter.
    Hillary on Benghzai what difference does it make

    the democratic party’s new slogan what ever we do or do not do
    “so what, it does’nt matter”

    • Constance says:

      Amen to that and I have to say that “what difference does it make” statement from Hillary completely disgusted me. I expect that level of crap from the Obots. “Lie down with dogs get fleas” Hillary.

  17. votermom says:

    LOL WaPo jumps the shark, er the shrew

  18. HELENK says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/22/creepy-obamabot-of-the-day/

    throw cupcakes is the new advice against violence

  19. HELENK says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/22/someone-swats-dirty-harry/

    latest stupid move by idiots

    question if someone dies due to these stupid pranks, can the prankster be held for homicide?

  20. HELENK says:

    http://redflagnews.com/headlin

    A GIANT WTF

    veterans affairs dept sending out official letters to vets prohibiting them from purchasing possessing receiving or transporting a firearm or ammunition

  21. HELENK says:

    per FOX breaking news

    WA state nuclear waste barrels leaking

  22. DeniseVB says:

    Michelle dancing on the Jimmy Fallon show tonight :D Oh, all for Let’s Move, of course

  23. HELENK says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/enterta

    group urges Hollywood to use oscars to help free jailed Pakistani doctor who help us get ben laden.

    well the backtrack bunch have not lifted a finger to help him and are leaving him rot in a pakistani jail, maybe more public exposure to the story will make them try to help him

  24. wmcb says:
  25. yttik says:

    OMG, my local news has just sunk to a whole new level! They just showed us this single mother, immigrant, who sewed the uniforms the Seals wore when they caught Bin Laden, and how Sequestration will put her on unemployment. You don’t want this fine- immigrant- patriotic-mother of six-who-walks-barefoot-in the snow to lose her minimum wage job, DO YOU?? DO YOU? ARE YOU A REPUBLICAN OR SOMETHING?

    • DeniseVB says:

      There is an alternative plan out there, why aren’t they talking about THAT. All this doom and gloom is media malpractice !

      http://paul.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=716

      • Somebody says:

        Rand Paul’s plan sounds all fine and good but in application there are big holes. For instance there are lots of air traffic controllers that are going to be retiring due to age limits and the fact that they were so many hired right after the strike. It takes 3-4 years to go through the schooling and OJT to become a journeyman ATC. It’s already bad enough that they can’t hire a controller to replace a retiring controller until the retiring controller actually retires…….so there is a 3-4 year lag and trust me that lag is starting to squeeze, more in some locations than others. BUT if Senator Paul’s idea was implemented then what?? Massive air traffic slow downs for decades?

        His thinking is very limiited, he’s equating all federal employees with paper pushers and bureaucrats. Same goes to the private industry pay BS. That study includes ALL private sector employees, last time I checked there weren’t any federal McDonald’s, insert eyeroll. In fact Senator Paul might get a nasty surprise when it comes to pay parity for attorneys, scientists, engineers, doctors and many other professional fields. Beyond all of that anybody downgraded would save pay for a year.

        As for the federal travel, that could probably be cut by more that 25%. Some agencies apparently have never heard of teleconferences. I don’t see anything about cutting people on TDY and/or per diem in DC on that list. There are lots of people on “special assignment” in DC, some for years and it costs us a bundle……..but that’s a dirty little secret. When they’re on TDY they aren’t counted in the DC totals, but they’re still there.

  26. HELENK says:

    what is with the politicians in Colorado?
    they just voted NOT to have Jessica’s Law. a law against the early release of sex offenders.
    no guns for women against rapists.

    too much rocky mountain HIGH going on there??

  27. myiq2xu says:

    The headline is sarcastic:

    57 Terrible Consequences of the Sequester

    If the heads of 20 federal agencies are to be believed, disastrous consequences await if President Obama and Congress fail to reach a budget deal, triggering the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as “sequestration.”

    Those cuts are slated to begin March 1, and earlier this month, the Senate Appropriations Committee asked agency heads to explain what would happen in such a scenario.

    In separate letters to Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., they warned of terrible things: Greater risk of wildfires, fewer OSHA inspections and a risk of more workplace deaths, 125,000 people risking homelessness with cuts to shelters and housing vouchers, neglect for mentally ill and homeless Americans who would lose services, Native Americans getting turned away from hospitals, cuts to schools on reservations and prison lockdowns. There’s also a higher risk of terrorism with surveillance limited and the FBI potentially unable to disrupt plots, closed housing projects, and 600,000 women and children thrown off WIC.

    In short: Unless a budget deal is cut, the country will be in deep trouble, according to the Obama administration’s highest-ranking agency officials.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Gee, nothing about the 1.4 billion budget for the WH being cut back ?

      Fewer Air Force planes will be able to fly? Let’s start with Air Force One !

      Oh look, there’s Michelle dancing with Jimmy Fallon !! What, me worry? :D

      • Somebody says:

        Oh trust me Denise we spend more than that on the O’s, some items aren’t counted in that budget…….it’s a LOT more!

    • votermom says:

      The comments are great.
      Here’s one of the best

      If they can avoid all this if the $100 billion is not cut, why do they need $3.7 trillion for the rest of whatever they do?

  28. SHV says:

    “Gee, nothing about the 1.4 billion budget for the WH being cut back ?”
    **********
    Obama s happy with a 1000 billion dollar/year deficit and people are pissing and moaning about a pathetic $85 billion cut. Also no mention of the $40-50 billion per month that the Treasury Dept. spends buying worthless Mortgage Based Securities at full face value. Pay back for Obama’s big donors; a return on investment of about a billion for every campaign dollar donated.

    • wmcb says:

      He is basically having the Fed prop up the stock market and banks for him. Yeah, yeah, I know – “independent” and all that. Bull. Maybe they used to be. The Fed is so far out in violation of their charter right now that it’s not even funny.

      • SHV says:

        The total amount is a State secret but best guess is 4 trillion from Bush and more than 16 trillion from Obama.

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