Can I Get a Burger With That Red Onion?

24 May

I’m going to deviate (sort of) from politics into the realm of you-have-got-to-be-kidding. Apparently, 11 inmates at the Red Onion state prison are on a hunger strike. Red Onion is located on a mountain top in Wise County, Virginia and it is home to the worst of the worst in the penal system. You don’t get sent to Red Onion because you robbed the 7-Eleven or set up a meth lab in your mom’s basement. If you’re at Red Onion it’s because you are one evil hombre. That’s where the other prisons send people they can’t handle. Red Onion houses about 700 inmates who pose a high level of risk to their fellow prisoners, prison staff, and members of the public who visit or serve the prison.

Aside from the fact that Red Onion is located on a pretty sweet piece of real estate, with better views than afforded to most prisoners, these guys have decided to go on a hunger strike because, among other things, they want three “fully cooked” meals a day.  I’m not in prison and I don’t get three fully cooked meals a day.

Once a prisoner has refused nine meals, it is considered a hunger strike and they are monitored for medical and mental needs. According to a prison official, if those who shunned breakfast on Tuesday do not eat, the number of strikers will be up to 15. There is some speculation that the strikers could have purchased and stashed food from the canteen in their cells prior to the strike.

Of course, in true liberal fashion, a group called Solidarity With Virginia Prison Hunger Strikers is claiming that there may be as many as 45 prisoners participating. (Is it me, or do bleeding heart liberals just have a huge problem with doing actual math?) Of course there are other similar organizations that have lent their support, but I have the same question I always have – why do these people never consider the victims or their families whose lives were tragically altered by the actions of these men?

What else do they want? Apparently better cleaning supplies for the cells. Next they’ll want maid and turn-down service. According to their list of demands, they are given a single sponge to clean their cell with – including their toilet  – and claim that’s not sanitary. Pssst, prisoners, here’s a household hint from Helouise – DON’T CLEAN THE TOILET FIRST.

So, the prisoners have formed an alliance without regard to race, gang affiliation, sexual preference, etc. to fight for hot meals and some Platex gloves. I’m sorry guys, no pity here. If you don’t like the conditions, obey the law.

If they want to starve themselves to death – let them. That’s a choice their victims will never get to make.

Hat tip to Leland Conway of WRVA and The Richmond Times-Dispatch


Posted by on May 24, 2012 in politics


12 responses to “Can I Get a Burger With That Red Onion?

  1. lividlips

    May 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Have you ever considered that maybe not everyone inside red onion is guilty? Just because the warden and those in charge of the meal plans aren’t “officially” criminals, doesn’t mean they have to stoop to their level. Haven’t you seen Sylvester Stallone’1989 hit “Lock Up”. I rest my case.

    • P. Henry Saddleburr

      May 24, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Make sure to come back when you’re able to construct a thought.

      • lividlips

        May 24, 2012 at 10:32 pm

        well now, that’s an intelligent response.

    • P. Henry Saddleburr

      May 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Are you implying that the warden and the kitchen staff are actually the criminals and that the criminals are not really reprehensible and violent criminals? And are you also implying that I should watch some Hollywood fantasy depictions of the penal system in order to gain insight?

      What are you saying, sir?

      • Deborah Sampson

        May 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm

        Of course that’s the implication – in their world good is evil and evil is good. This is what happens when you have a lifetime of indoctrination in the union-driven education system.

      • lividlips

        May 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm

        What I was implying, is that it isn’t smart to just assume that everyone in jail is a criminal, and that just because they are sentenced in one of the most problematic jails, they are automatically guilty of the crimes they are convicted of. Some of the most high security prisons have the most corrupt officers. Neither is it unbiased to assume that every worker in the Red Onion is doing their job properly. What I mean, is that they just might be treating them with a corrupted biased prejudice and don’t actually see them as equal humans on a different learning scale. Instead of confining the inmates into grid locked areas where they are left to fight themselves, maybe a proper and more permanent solution to this problem could be education. Most jails and prisons offer nothing more than an equivalent of a GED.
        How ignorant were we with our high school knowledge mentality? I don’t know about you, but my doors of ignorance were unlocked through rigorous studies intertwined with the right learning environment. It was through these studies that I was allowed to rise above many of the confusing thoughts that I was never able to solve, or better yet, express to anyone.
        “If you beat a dog, he will bite back. If you train him with treats(e.x. education), he will learn to be obey.”
        And the movie reference was to save me from having to express myself in detail, sorry for the short and ambiguous initial response.

    • Deborah Sampson

      May 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      You base your assessment on a Sylvester Stallone movie from 1989 that no one has ever heard of. Hit? Not by anyone’s standards, but yours. By the way, Gene Siskel has been dead for 13 years. I saw The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption and Murder in The First, what’s your point?

      Red Onion opened in 1998. Not a single inmate has ever been proved to be innocent. This is a SUPER-Maximum security prison. Apparently you glossed over the part about these people coming from other prisons that could not handle them. Innocent people don’t get handed over to Red Onion because they are dangerous to others. Innocent people might languish in prison (rarely), but they don’t get moved to a super-maximum facility.

      Tell me, where’s your empathy for their victims?

      • P. Henry Saddleburr

        May 24, 2012 at 11:15 pm

        Lips is young and freshly indoctrinated by the education mafia. And he’s not yet been the victim of a criminal.

        Give him time. He’ll figure it out some day.

        Not everyone in prison is a bad guy, but the overwhelming majority are. Virginia has recently released some people who were falsely imprisoned, thanks to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Those falsely imprisoned should absolutely be freed.

        But those that are criminals are…….criminals.

        But if you find yourself in a place like Red Onion, you’re the worst of the worst. These little snowflakes simply do not play well with others. They are bad dudes who would slash your throat in an instant if given the chance.

        And offering them college degrees won’t change them. Neither will schooling by Miss Manners, afternoon teas, or self esteem sessions.

        I love ya, young buck, but it’s time for a reality sandwich.

      • lividlips

        May 25, 2012 at 12:01 am

        Ok, saying “Lock Up” was a hit, is obviously a joke. The movie should be aired on the male equivalent of the Hallmark channel.
        In terms of having empathy for those who died, trust me it’s there, but that doesn’t undermine my empathy for the convicted. Once you do that, you are no better than they are. You can’t just fuel the fire people, you have to change the mind, which in turn changes the actions of the human.

  2. P. Henry Saddleburr

    May 24, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    No Tidyness. No Peace.

    You just don’t understand, Deb. These guys are all Felix Ungers.

    Seriously, these F-wads are tools of the leftists who also are taking the VA prison system to court saying that those that perform the lethal injections are not qualified to do so as they are not medically certified.

    Ooops. There are only two options for the death penalty in VA. Lethal injection or ole Sparky, the electric chair. Now, if these lefties get their way these poor angels will only have one choice. Aren’t liberals all about CHOICE? And now they want to take choice away.

    Of course this group is trying to stop the death penalty through legal posturing. Ain’t gonna happen. Those deserving of death will be put to death, one way or another.

    But like all liberal actions, don’t disdain them for their poor outcomes, laud them for their altruistic intentions.

    In the meantime, the smell of frying bacon may soon permeate the halls of the penal institutions.

    • Deborah Sampson

      May 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      I’m kind of leaning towards promoting Utah’s method of using the firing squad, but if these guys want to take the starvation route, I support them, just not for the same reason as Liv.

  3. Deborah Sampson

    May 25, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I gotta tell you Liv, I appreciate the more thoughtful response. Much better than the profanity-laced stuff that I read on the Gonzo blog. Yes, we all realize that there are innocents in prison and I applaud the groups that work to free them.

    But let me give you a little insight from a close friend who is a guard at a federal prison in NC. This is a guy who is a former Army Green Beret. He said it was easier serving in Desert Storm than being a prison guard. He has been urinated on, had excrement thrown at him, and spent several months recovering after being beaten nearly to death by a gang of prisoners. And he’s not even working in a maximum security prison. I also have a friend who worked as an admin at the State Farm in Goochland Virginia. One afternoon, three trustees, (meaning the low risk guys) came for their work in the office. Without warning, they grabbed her and one held a shiv poked in her ear while the other two held the guards at bay. They held her like that for more than five hours before the stand-off ended and the inmates were subdued. She’s had nightmares ever since. And they were considered the “good” guys in the prison.


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