today’s mostly peaceful Lympian

Police have arrested a woman after witnesses say she threw a Molotov cocktail-type device at people holding a prayer vigil at a South Austin Planned Parenthood on Monday, according to an arrest affidavit.

Police said 52-year-old Melanie Maria Toney threw the object out the passenger side window of her car where two anti-abortion protesters standing outside of the clinic at 201 East Ben White Boulevard around 6:30 p.m. Monday.

One of the protesters, Ruth Allwein, said she was praying in the grassy area as a volunteer with Texas Alliance for Life when she saw Toney throw the bottle.

“It looked like some sort of bottle, and it had an ignited wick in it, so my first instinct was backing away,” said Allwein.

Allwein said she stomped out the fire and pulled out the wick to make sure the fire did not make contact with the contents of the bottle. The affidavit states the flaming item was a “Gum Out” fuel additive bottle with a burned piece of paper towel that had been rolled into a wick and lit on fire, a Molotov cocktail-type device.

Toney admitted to throwing a bottle out the window with some paper in it and said it “might” have been smoldering when she threw it.

Toney is charged with aggravated assault


  1. Fawkes News (#BarackLiesMatter)
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 5:06 pm |

    If Valerie Jarrett had a son daughter…

  2. JoeBandMember ≠ (darn right I'm not equal to that)
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 5:25 pm |

    if Obama had a wife…

  3. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 5:37 pm |

    Attempted late, late, late term abortions?

  4. Ironic in Denver
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 6:28 pm |

    How much you want to bet she’s against capital punishment for actual murderers?

  5. Caged Insanity
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 7:13 pm |

    If this was instead a white male conservative that had thrown the exact same item towards a group of blacks, or gays, or liberals in general, there would be front page news with “hate crime” and “terrorism” all over it, and they’d use terms like “bomb” and “explosive device” in reference to what was thrown.

  6. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 8:32 pm |

    Needs to do a web search for Molotov cocktail design and operation tips.
    A plastic bottle? Paper towel fuse? Thrown into the grass?
    Man, you couldn’t design a better dud.

    (What? Yeah, especially if yer gonna light it inside the car.)

  7. Ironic in Denver
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 9:31 pm |

    ^ Yeah, Doug, I thought this seemed more about “self expression” than about serious intent. Surely no one would be stupid enough to think that would actually work.

    (Of course, in the class of too stupid to be true, I seem to remember something years ago about some terrorist firing an RPG or shoulder missile or something out the window of a van. Backwash was hell. Or maybe it was in a Clancy novel. In which case it really wasn’t true. I don’t remember, it’s been a long time, and I wasn’t there. Whatever.)

  8. Nomen Nescio
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 4:03 am |

    Looks like Ms Toney went to the Safe Space during science class.

  9. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 5:53 am |

    ^ *ppppppppppp*
    Dangit, now I gotta mop the laptop screen.

  10. mech
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 7:34 am |

    Everyone has it all worong, it was an art project and she was seeking fundz from teh gubment.

    I remember a story several years ago of some paleostenian terroristas putting bombs in radio controlled airplanes (evil drones for those in Rio Linda) and before they could launch over the border into Israel, they mysteriously exploded. Tech and masterminds all over the pavement.

  11. Ironic in Denver
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 8:01 am |

    ^ so, Mech, do freedom fighters terrorists assholes still get 72 virgins if their plans go awry and they have PE*?

    Or is there a discount and they only get 36?

    Or are they sent to the part of the hereafter where some Jinn eternally does to them what they hopped to do to the virgins? (That’s my favorite, by the way.)

    * Premature Explosion, or y’know… the other E…

  12. Ironic in Denver
    Posted March 25, 2015 at 8:01 am |

    ^ Hopped, hoped, whatever.