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  •  It was the ha, ha, ha (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharoney

    toward the end of the post.

    As in ha, ha, ha, you tried to hide your guilt, DKos, but we captured the evidence. This is what was sickening to me.

    What I was thinking was not unlike others who are shocked and saddened by this incident.

    Regardless of those who are compelled to point fingers, this isn't a debate. This is murder and mental illness. And "ha, ha, ha" is sickening to me.

    I'll cite some personal experiences.

    Four of my close friends from high school developed schizophrenia. Two of them are now dead. One committed a murder and was killed later while in prison. Another nearly beat his parents to death with a hammer. He was committed to a hospital. I personally talked him into turning himself in after he fled that night. He had called his best friend who handed the phone to me. One is institutionalized and is not likely to ever be treated successfully. He never harmed anyone, but I remember that the last time I saw him, he was walking down the center of a downtown street, yelling profanities at everyone, and carrying and intimidating people with a baseball bat. I stopped and talked him down a bit. I'm glad that he recognized me as a friend. The fourth was drafted into the Marine Corps, served in Vietnam, wasw discharged due to mental illness, and turned to alcohol. I have worked with alocoholics and addicts for over 30 years and he eventually came in contact with me. The brain damage was obvious (the alcoholic wet brain) and he was clearly affected by Vietnam (PTSD). He died of alcohol poisoning.

    My brother-in-law has an artificial elbow because of his brother-in-law shooting him and his parents and later failing in his attempted suicide. He is now dead.

    There is nothing funny about any of this. The idea that someone would be so callous as to enjoy and laugh about anything whatsoever to do with this tragedy literally nauseates me.

    "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 12:41:34 PM PST

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