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Deadbeat Dad Beat Dead

This really isn't a laughing matter. But the headline is so much like something out of The Simspons - back when The Simpsons was still funny - I can't resist.

US anti-kidnapping expert kidnapped in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A well-known U.S. anti-kidnapping expert has himself fallen victim to the wave of abductions in Mexico as unidentified assailants snatched him from a street in the northern state of Coahuila.

Local authorities say American Felix Batista was in Mexico to give talks and offer advice against kidnapping. The former U.S. army officer sometimes serves as a negotiator with kidnappers.

Hopefully Mr. Batista is alive, well, and will soon be back home and able to chuckle at that headline himself. Whether or not he'll ever be able live this one down is another story.


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Comments (6)

It's one of those ironies t... (Below threshold)
David Marcoe:

It's one of those ironies that you wish didn't exist.

I understand the irony of t... (Below threshold)
Rose Hughes:

I understand the irony of the link that you posted.

Your "headline":

Deadbeat Dad Beat Dead Posted by Baron Von Ottomatic Published: December 16, 2008 - 12:47 AM

.... however, is tacky and, even by your own admission ...

Hopefully Mr. Batista is alive, well, and will soon be back home and able to chuckle at that headline himself.

... not necessarily accurate. Not only do you not know if the man is dead, you haven't demonstrated that he is a "deadbeat dad".

Or was your "headline" to this article meant for a different article?

The headline is a joke head... (Below threshold)

The headline is a joke headline from The Simpsons (as mentioned in the article, albeit not terribly clearly). The reason for using it is presumably that it contains a similar kind of poeticism (that which some refer to inaccurately as "irony") as that in the real story.

Thank you, Nicolas, for the... (Below threshold)
Rose Hughes:

Thank you, Nicolas, for the explanation. Your right - the reference to the Simpson's (1) wasn't clear at all and (2) required that you have watched The Simpson's (for all 17+ years???) to "get".

I came back to the site to reread the article actually hoping that I had misread it.

A man is missing in an area where headless bodies are found regularly and people are making jokes about that the always funny topic of "deadbeat dads" and murder????

Apparently, while I did miss the reference, I was ultimately correct: tacky - very tacky.

The post title reminds me o... (Below threshold)

The post title reminds me of 2 classic NY Post headlines:

HEADLESS MAN
FOUND IN
TOPLESS BAR

and

IKE BEAT
TINA TO
DEATH

The latter meaning Ike Turner died, leaving his former wife (whom he had beaten) as a survivor.

KILL,REND,RIP,SLASH,ANIALAT... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

KILL,REND,RIP,SLASH,ANIALATE,EXTERMINATE,CRUSH,KILL DESTROY,SQOOSH,SQUISH,SQUARSH,SMASH,SMARSH




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