The Santa Massacre.

Santa went on a killing rampage in California over the christmas holidays.

A distraught man dressed as Santa Claus opened fire at a Christmas Eve party and then set the house ablaze, killing at least eight people, authorities said. Several hours later, the shooter killed himself.

Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, 45, who had recently been divorced and is believed to have lost his job, knocked on the front door of a home owned by the parents of his ex-wife in Covina around 11:30 Wednesday night, said Police Chief Kim Raney.

An 8-year-old girl ran to the door to answer Pardo’s knock, police said. He shot her in the face, stepped into the house and began to fire indiscriminately with a semiautomatic handgun.

Pardo was carrying what appeared to be a large present but was what police described as a home-made pressurized device used to spray some kind of flammable substance. Pardo is thought to have worked in the aerospace industry as an engineer, police and acquaintances said.

I got to wondering why it is that men with grievances pick up guns and go on a killing spree in the United States and then I read this comment posted on a Los Angeles blog

We shut people down and they fester. When they act out, we call them animals and scum. I understand the anger and lack of pity. But until we can let people, and I really mean men, open up truly about their inner feelings in domestic relationships, without fear of labels, we will have these atrocities again and again. It is not right, it is downright evil, and wrong, and, yes, inexcusable, but society is not letting men vent in these domestic cases. They immediatey side with women. This has proven over and over to be a recipe for disaster.

Is this the reason mainly white men go on the rampage especially over the holidays, or is it simply the easy availability of guns in the United States?

  • NP

    That PaddyReilly is a bit of a daft cunt.

  • catchagrip

    Dread Cthulhu: you haven’t changed my mind but you have a least taught me a few acronyms. Last question: what is defenstrated?

  • PaddyReilly

    That PaddyReilly is a bit of a daft cunt.

    I am overwhelmed by the intellectual power of your rhetoric.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    What, I thought you said you had Google…

    1. defenestrate: To throw something or somebody out of a window

  • latcheeco

    Slightly off topic,or maybe not considering a minor theme of the thread seems to be (after male anger management, owning rods, and Buddha) how crazy those yanks are compared to us civilized chaps. I just got in from a Saints game. Sadly, I was thinking about this thread during it. Maybe 50,000 punters in the Dome. Conservatively 5,000 of them well juiced with beer sold freely throughout the stands. You couldn’t do this in Ireland or GB. Why not if we’re so much smarter?

  • Dewi

    We do it in Wales at the Rugby without any issues,,,,,

  • latcheeco

    Apologies Dewi,I forgot yall are so much more civilized (you after all produced Cerys Matthews) but you get my point.

  • Dewi
  • latcheeco

    Cheers mucker, Jaysus were else would you get it?

  • Greenflag

    What’s all this about Santa Claus being massacred ? Did they get the accursed reindeer as well and the bl***ing elves . These ne’er do wells spoil every Christmas causing the proliferation of billions of grotty plastic toys, stuffed pudding faces and the eventual renewing of aerobic and weight reduction classes for the obese of the earth .

    Happy mid winter festival to all pagans out there and lets all hope for a another wonderful year of economic recession -falling home equity values , rising unemployment and the Zimbabweinisation of the Pound Sterling , followed by that of the US Dollar and eventually the Euro .

    But I read that oil is now less than 40 dollars a barrel . So that’s fixed then eh ?

    For the mid winter festival I’ve been reading the excellent ‘War of the Worlds’ /Decline of the West , by British historian Niall Ferguson – and also Aussie anthropologist /archaeologist Brian Fagan’s ‘The Long Hot Summer or how climate changed ‘civilisation’

    Brings one right back to earth eh ? So if Lake Agassiz had not burst through the weakened retreating Laurentian Glacial ice wall and flooded into the St Lawrence some 14,000 years ago Paddy Reilly and Turgon and the rest of us would still be rooting around in the Levant feasting on pistachio nuts plus some acorn residue with an occassional treat of a desert gazelle to vary the diet . No plum pudding for sure anyway ;).

    No such problematic existence however for Mervyn Storey /Greg Campbell or the afficianados of the 6,000 year old Earth eh -as of course God had’nt got around to creating their ‘ancestors ‘ .

    Is this the 21st century or what?

  • Dread Cthulhu

    latcheeco: “You couldn’t do this in Ireland or GB. Why not if we’re so much smarter? ”

    Because, for all the bad things that happen at American football and baseball games, I don’t think we’ve ever had anything that could remotely be called “baseball wars” or “football wars” on this side of the pond…

    Now if we could get cities not to riot after NBA championships, we’d be all set.

  • Dewi

    Greenflag – you have a terrible anti-Santa streak – do you want to repartition Lapland?

  • PaddyReilly

    The current state of the Holy Land shows us how well partition and repartition work. Seems rocket range is 20 miles now, even for outgunned Palestinian guerillas.

    In a repartitioned Ulster the RA would have a whale of a time.

    But we shouldn’t feed the elves, or the trolls.

  • catchagrip

    Dread Cthulhu “What, I thought you said you had Google…

    1. defenestrate: To throw something or somebody out of a window ”

    I do indeed and found that explanation but I thought there was another meaning as I don’t know what or who you were referring to.

  • Greenflag

    Dewi ,

    ‘ do you want to repartition Lapland?’

    No -I want the UN /EU to do so with the support of both British and Irish Governments .

    paddy reilly,

    ‘In a repartitioned Ulster the RA would have a whale of a time’

    There would be no whales on either side in a repartitioned Norn Iron . The whales are found mostly in the South Atlantic feeding off the rich plankton found around the antartic coastline 😉

    ‘But we shouldn’t feed the elves’

    Agree 100% .

    ‘ or the trolls.’

    Agree 110% . But who gets to decide who is a troll and who isn’t ? Do we have a troll identification procedure ?