This whole story about that Australian college student getting gunned down by those three wannabe gang banger thugs just has me wondering how people’s mentality can degrade to a point where human life out in the real world means nothing. They were bored, so in their minds it was OK to find anyone to kill. What the Hell breeds such sociopathic thinking? This whole gang banger mentality is, as I’m guessing everyone here will agree, a fucking cancer on society (like religious fundamentalism). No, I’m not bashing Hip-Hop, please don’t take it that way, I know many who are into that who are fantastic human beings.
No, this is like some..some sort of mental and moral corruption happening here. It would be easy to blame the gun, God knows if those monsters didn’t have access to one that perhaps that young man would be alive, but I suspect that perhaps they’ve could have easily used a bat or some other weapon. But it isn’t just these gang bangers, you’re seeing this callousness from many parts of society. How many remember the GOP debate where the question if someone didn’t have insurance that person should essentially get screwed and die? You had people fucking cheering that this hypothetical person should die! I guess I go back to my original question, how can someone’s mentality degrade where human life out in the real world means nothing?
No doubt those in the “Pro-life” movement are going to cite the 50 million plus abortions as a testimony in the general degradation of the attitude towards life. But I think that is too blunt. The average American does not go around saying “fuck Humanity, I don’t care if I run over a child!” From my observation, the average person is just trying to survive and left alone, basically live and let live. But what we are seeing now is more acute, packed into incidents like Columbine or the Colorado shooter or a mother who leaves her kids in a car and drives it into pond. More and more, it seems as if what we are witnessing a massive mental health situation. While not every child or the majority of children are ticking time bombs of psychopathy, we are seeing more and more kids just shift into these savage predators. In the UK there are numerous stories of youth stabbing people, while here in the US the force used is the gun.
Can we as a society just take a pause and examine the situation? See what is leading to this wave of life ending horror being perpetrated by those whose lives are still in the beginning phase? What are the causes? I don’t believe that there is just one isolated reason. Some will say its a lack of two-parent families while others are saying its inequality or the general destruction of the social contract. What if it is both and more? What if its drug abuse along with the collapse of the family and the social contract? Too many questions and we need to seek answers starting yesterday.
Now this just breaks my heart. Calling this a tragedy is an understatement. My deep suspicion here is that the grandparents did not properly lock their firearms and two curious kids found them. Most of the time, when I see a story like this, one often finds irresponsible gun ownership. I’m sorry for the family, but this could have been averted.
Thousands of armed vigilantes have taken over a town in Mexico and arrested police officers after their ‘commander’ was killed and dumped in the street.
The self described ‘community police’ and arrested 12 officers and the town’s former director of public security, who they accuse of taking part in the killing of Guadalupe Quinones Carbajal, 28, on behalf of a local organised crime group.
The 1,500-strong force has also set up improvised checkpoints on the major road running through Tierra Colorado, which connects the capital Mexico City to Acapulco, a coastal city popular with tourists less than 40 miles away.
I’m surprised this has not happened en mass across my beloved Mexico. Given the levels of corruption and crime and the near biblical levels of bloodbath? Folks can only take so much before they say screw the death threats..enough is enough. Though I wonder how far this takeover will go. Will it lead to something like a real house cleaning (which probably may mean more killing) or something akin to what we saw in Colombia (which probably may mean more killing!).
While I read a lot of articles that make me angry, I haven’t been as upset as I was reading this piece from Time (link below). My God did it dredge up old memories prior to me going on Medicare and of course how my parents got wiped out when my mother had a heart attack. You can tell me all you want about the free market and healthcare, the fact is as the article noted medicine will ALWAYS BE a “sellers market.” You can, in theory, shop if it isn’t an emergency AND you can actually see the prices and find a competitor with a better deal. But that isn’t the case outside of some elective stuff like lasik or plastic surgery. This isn’t like shopping for a car or groceries.
And I find it hard to believe that such margins are because of malpractice lawsuits. Texas and a few others capped that and they have the fattest hospital costs. This is greed, pure and simple. You want to know why Medicare/Medicaid and most likely the private insurers are gonna go bust? When a hospital charges 40X for a tylenol pill or hell they don’t even have a God damn clue by their own revelations, this gets out of control and fast. It really says something when the medical industry spends 3 times as much lobbying Congress versus the war industry. And don’t tell me that if we bothered to stand up to this that services would be cut, you can still be a hospital and make money charging $5k for cancer medication as you would $17k when even they admit they could….especially if you’re a GOD DAMN NON-PROFIT (the WORST of the bunch!)!!!
Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us | TIME.com.
Texas Public School Teaching Kids That Jews Practice “Flawed Religion” and that Blacks Are “Descended from Ham”
A Southern Methodist University religious studies professor found instances of students learning a literal interpretation of the Bible, and some racist obsessions of the religious right.
January 21, 2013 |
A new report put out by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund reveals that in several public school classes on the impact of the Bible on history have found classes teaching from a right-wing, fundamentalist Christian standpoint.
A Southern Methodist University religious studies professor Mark Chancey found instances of students learning a literal interpretation of the Bible, that the earth is approximately 6,000 years old and that Judaism is a “flawed and incomplete religion” with materials “designed to evangelize rather than provide an objective study of the Bible’s influence.”
These fundamentalist bastards, I swear these freaks are good for nothing and will be the death of us all! This is child abuse on an epic (I bet you thought I would say biblical, didn’t you?) proportion! And you wonder why I have my issues with organized religion? This is one of the reasons why! Teaching kids some wacky interpretations of what they think God said and pointing out how some of their classmates are…oh why I am even going on with this.
Look, you have to be on guard to make sure your school, especially private school if you are paying $$$ for, isn’t teaching this garbage. I don’t think even good o’ Catholic Schools went this far, did they?
Tell me how teaching Jews are flawed and African-Americans deserved what they got helps anyone in this country?!? What monsters these educators are, no wait, they’re not educators, that title is too good for these intellectual pedophiles!
A woman trapped inside of a burning home in Bowie, Md. was saved thanks to the efforts of her dog, and responding fire officials.According to Fridays MSNBC News, a retired fire lieutenant noticed smoke coming from a home on Friday morning and located the burning structure on Pond Meadow Lane.The retired lieutenant, Billy Mills, rushed to the home and found a black Labrador retriever frantically pacing in the backyard.