I've been listening to the details on the Connecticut shootings and, to date, all I know is that this was the work of a 24 year old punk.
Let me fill in the rest of this profile and let's see how much of this rings true.
1) This kid was probably never spanked
2) He probably played in soccer games where they didn't keep score
3) He probably grew up in a family with no church attendance
4) He was probably a product of a society where everyone was all about his self esteem but he never learned how to deal with any of life's failures.
5) Finally, he probably ran into a stressor in life (a break up, a job loss, a foreclosure, or some other life failure) where he was so ill prepared to deal with any set back that this one probably felt apocalyptic.
And, of course, the media will eventually glorify this punk by endlessly repeating his name so that he'll die in some sort of screwed up infamy.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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Posted by gordon gekko at 6:51 PM
The law of unintended consequences at its worst..........
THIS is what poverty sometimes looks like in America: parents here in Appalachian hill country pulling their children out of literacy classes. Moms and dads fear that if kids learn to read, they are less likely to qualify for a monthly check for having an intellectual disability.Many people in hillside mobile homes here are poor and desperate, and a $698 monthly check per child from the Supplemental Security Income program goes a long way — and those checks continue until the child turns 18.“The kids get taken out of the program because the parents are going to lose the check,” said Billie Oaks, who runs a literacy program here in Breathitt County, a poor part of Kentucky. “It’s heartbreaking.”This is painful for a liberal to admit, but conservatives have a point when they suggest that America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in a soul-crushing dependency. Our poverty programs do rescue many people, but other times they backfire.Some young people here don’t join the military (a traditional escape route for poor, rural Americans) because it’s easier to rely on food stamps and disability payments.Antipoverty programs also discourage marriage: In a means-tested program like S.S.I., a woman raising a child may receive a bigger check if she refrains from marrying that hard-working guy she likes. Yet marriage is one of the best forces to blunt poverty. In married couple households only one child in 10 grows up in poverty, while almost half do in single-mother households.
Posted by gordon gekko at 6:22 PM