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Recently, by accident, I came upon a site titled, 12 People Who Survived Suicide Attempts While Accidentally Killing Others
When I read some of the articles in the site, I had a strange mix of emotions. Anger, compassion, pity, wonderment at the ignorance displayed.
It’s difficult for me to summarize. Perhaps you can help me.
Charles Edward “Chad” Ballard attempted shooting himself to death in 1982 but accidentally shot his wife instead. He received a five-year suspended sentence for reckless homicide and a court order to write a book about his family. “The Ballards in Indiana” was published in 1984.
His punishment was to write a book? Anyway, here are a few more:
David Mark Buot crossed over a roadway center line in Phoenix, AZ, and purposely smashed into the Mercedes of 49-year-old Christine Anderson, who was on her way to play an innocent round of tennis. Buot was found guilty of vehicular homicide and received a 22-year-sentence.
Robert Lee-Allen Caldwell placed a .45-caliber pistol to his head. But when he pulled the trigger, he flinched, and the bullet wound up killing his girlfriend. He pleaded guilty to several charges including involuntary manslaughter and in early 2014 was sentenced to a potential 19 years in prison.
John Justice, immediately after murdering his parents and brother in 1985, jumped into his car and attempted to kill himself by smashing into another car. Instead, he killed the other car’s driver. Somehow the law found him not guilty by reason of insanity for killing his brother and father, yet fully sane for killing his mother and the driver. He is due to be released next year.
Jai Bhagwan Malik attempted to shoot himself. His daughter tried to intervene, and as they struggled, he accidentally shot her in the chest, killing her. He then shot himself but survived. He was charged with both murder and attempted suicide, the latter of which is illegal in India.
Gary Nelson got involved in a high-speed police chase that wound up with him purposely driving into oncoming traffic. A 53-year-old man driving with two passengers in an SUV swerved out of Nelson’s way but went off the road and flipped over “multiple times” down an embankment, killing one of the passengers. Nelson pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 9 years and 9 months in prison.
Robin Siefker swallowed some Paxil and Wellbutrin, guzzled some tequila, and purposely drove his pickup truck on the wrong side of Interstate 80, creaming 19-year-old Heather Poppe. “If he wanted to kill himself, why didn’t he go out and drive into a telephone pole, drink a bottle of Drano?” asked the victim’s mother, who eventually won a settlement from Siefker in a wrongful death suit.
Jeanette Sliwinski rocketing at 90MPH down a street in Skokie, IL, running three red lights in an attempt to kill herself. At an intersection, she slammed into a car containing three musicians, killing them all. She eventually was convicted of reckless homicide. She spent approximately 28 months in jail awaiting trial and less than a year in prison before being released.
Justine Winter slammed head-on into another car, killing a pregnant woman and her 13-year-old son. She eventually received a 15-year-sentence for two counts of deliberate homicide.
What are your emotions? Did you feel anger at, compassion for, or pity toward the people, who felt their lives were so miserable that death seemed like the best alternative?
Or did your sympathies lie with the innocent people who were killed by the attempted suicide’s reckless actions?
How would you feel if you were related to the attempted suicide? To the victim?
I thought about this later, when I read the Republican election results in Nevada. Donald Trump won big-time. Republican voters have made him the odds-on favorite.
Here is a man so filled with callousness, he wants to rip from their homes, 12 million people, whose great crime is that they don’t all have papers.
How will he do it? Will he send storm troopers to kick down doors, and load good men, women and children into boxcars for shipment across the country?
Here is a man so filled with loathing for black and brown skins, he wants to separate Americans from Mexicans, other Central Americans and South Americans, by building a wall, and somehow “forcing” Mexico to pay for it.
How will he force Mexico? Will he send in the army to kill Mexicans if they don’t agree, or will he starve them economically.
Here is a man so filled with hatred of the U.S. Constitution, he wants to ban an entire religion.
Here is a man who despises the poor so much he wants to eliminate “Obamacare,” without offering any plan to help the poor pay for health care.
Here is a man so filled with self-absorption and hunger for power, he will step on anyone to gratify his ego, even to the point of suing Vera Coking, a retired homeowner in Atlantic City, to demolish her house for a parking lot.
This is the man for whom millions of Republicans have voted, even if the failure of this political suicide, means destroying the lives of innocent Americans.
So the question is, what are your emotions, and what are you doing about them?
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually Click here
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)
10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)
The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.
10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt
No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.
THE RECESSION CLOCK
Recessions begin an average of 2 years after the blue line first dips below zero. A common phenomenon is for the line briefly to dip below zero, then rise above zero, before falling dramatically below zero. There was a brief dip below zero in 2015, followed by another dip – the familiar pre-recession pattern.
Recessions are cured by a rising red line.
Vertical gray bars mark recessions.
As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.
•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes..
•Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
•The single most important problem in economics is the Gap between rich and the rest..
•Austerity is the government’s method for widening the Gap between rich and poor.
•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..