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From outside one will always triumphantly impress theories upon the world and then fall straight into the ditch one has dug, but only from inside will one keep oneself and the world quiet and true. /FK (Contact: TBONotebooks at fastmail.fm. The Blue Octavo Notebooks welcomes mail, although we cannot guarantee a response. Your email may be posted in part on The Blue Octavo Notebooks unless otherwise requested.) Please enjoy the notebook entries, and thanks for reading.

Friday, April 30, 2004

More Swastika Hate: At Indiana University on Monday night, a student’s “car was vandalized -- covered in red spray-painted swastikas and the word ‘Jew’ splashed on the side.”

"This is the type of thing you see in a newspaper, Web site or TV and radio," he said. "This is not something that happens in Bloomington and especially not something that I thought happened to a regular Jewish kid from Maryland. I haven't done anything to deserve this."

Hillel Assistant Director Jessie Mallor said the incident might have been isolated but it has affected a wide variety of people.

"I, personally, am shaken by the event, and I think we all feel shaken," Mallor said. "Everyone in the community feels affected because we know that it could have been any of us, and that's definitely a scary feeling."

The Indiana Daily Student responds with a nice editorial: You picked the wrong town. In continuation of the theme I mentioned last night, it appears the cretin(s) in question couldn’t even draw a swastika correctly.

Hate attempted a comeback this week. It failed. Late Monday evening, an IU student and member of the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center found his car covered with swastikas and the word "Jew" in blood-red paint.

We at the Indiana Daily Student hope this was a tasteless joke. The mere thought of somebody entertaining this pathetic mindset in an enlightened place like Bloomington turns our stomachs. It is possible this was only a despicable prank. After all, most self-respecting neo-Nazis can correctly draw a swastika.

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