CELEBRATION, Fla. – The owner of a failed security business barricaded himself in his soon-to-be foreclosed home, shot at deputies and then killed himself in this well-groomed Central Florida town built by Disney.
The 14-hour standoff came just days after the town's first-ever homicide, unsettling residents who moved to the community for its safety and small-town values. Authorities said the two deaths were not connected.
I know, I know, big tragedy. Shocking really. The thought of the town that Tinkerbell built becoming infected like this. But this is America folks, where the weaklings & losers are weeded out. The opening sentence tells us all we need to know about this guy:
"The owner of a failed security business..."
In other words, the mook was a FUCKING LOSER.
Can't have those parasitic little bastards running around now can we?
They may upset the upward trajectory of the winners by wheedling their way into the bleeding hearts of all those whiny left wingers who look for any excuse to malign unfettered greed and the all American principle of
MORE FOR ME MEANS LESS FOR AN ASSHOLE LIKE YOU.
I'm sure that Celebration residents are well aware of this little sociopathic tenet that hides in the subtext of the Pledge Of Allegience since Celebration "boasts some of the highest median incomes in the area."
After all, the motto of the upwardly mobile has always been, "Too bad for your bad luck buddy." They say this right before they run over you with their Mercedes.
Then again, maybe the guy discovered this bit of antique Walt Disney ephemera and, being an obedient little company town dwelling company man, he saw no choice other than emulating Celebration's spiritual granddaddy.
Maybe if he would found this one instead:
things might have ended differently.
It's a good thing the media keeps to their rigorous standards of cheerleading & obfuscating the fact that we're pretty much screwed. Otherwise this would probably be more common.
I suppose it could all be dismissed as an anomaly, a bit of Charles Fort's damned data.
Except a few days previously the happy go lucky fairy dust laden home that is Walt's peon to artificially manufactured small town illusions had another big bucket of cold water dumped right on its collective head.
Celebration, Florida experienced its first homicide since its fourteen-year existence Tuesday.
Celebration, located just five miles south of Disney World, is a picturesque, Disney-developed town in central Florida. For the first time ever, police are investigating the only homicide reported in Celebration.
According to CNN.com, Osceola County police responded to a phone call after a neighbor found 58-year-old Matteo Giovanditto dead in his home.
Police statements revealed that based on the evidence found at the scene, police classified Giovanditto's death as a homicide.
Peter Rummell, of Disney Development Corp., in a letter to then-CEO Michael Eisner, said regarding the community:
"[Celebration] would be a wonderful residential town east of I-4 that has a human scale with sidewalks and bicycles and parks and the kind of architecture that is sophisticated and timeless. It will have fiber optics and smart houses, but the feel will in many cases be closer to Main Street than to Future World."
It's the kind of town where people give Christmas gifts to their favorite Starbucks barista, where welcoming wooden rocking chairs sit lakeside on a sidewalk without being stolen, where neighbors tend to get suspicious if they notice you're not around.
Gee, it sounds so bucolically Mayberry that I bet their deputies are modeled after this guy:
One has to love America's nostalgic return to that Illusory "small town Eden," where bunnies danced Irish jigs, where teens were polite & drug free & where "salt of the Earth Americans played their tedious "God & Country" mantras over & over even as God & country were poised to abandon them to the wolves.
I doubt that any of these upscale weenies have the faintest concern for what has really happened to small town America.
Geez, this "reality" shit is depressing, isn't it? No wonder these folk have sacrificed personal choice to their corporate landlords. The Disney dream masters are field tested bullshit shoveling magicians who can take any 3-Dimensional hunk of a normally dark & disturbing reality and cobble together a nice shiny illusion that manages to gloss over everything that's dark & disturbing about it. Come to think of it, they're just like every other branch of the corporate American propaganda wing.
What's really twisted about this is that Celebration City's illusion of small town America is, itself, based on an illusion. Anyone familiar with Michael Lesy's book, Wisconsin Death Trip, knows that small town America had its own litany of horrors. While I'd recommend finding the book, this bit will have to do.
Having said that, I think it's time to sing:
Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to hell we go.
Hi Ho Hi Ho we're most assuredly fucked y'know?
Again, I've nothing particularly new to say. We've always been demented & fragmented & homicidal & suicidal & sick to the core of our souls, the only difference now is we're much better at lying to ourselves about ourselves.
But you already knew that, didn't you?