- Name: Christopher Darrick Odom
- Location: United States
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Sunday, May 31, 2009
Familicide: the epitome of selfishness
As the times we are presently living in under the cover of a recession, a recession that was denied for alleged twelve months prior to declaring, this recession has brought about a great deal of suffering. If the truth be told the times we are in today is a depression which will more than likely be announced at a latter date.
In the first months of 2009 we are averaging 600,000 jobs loss a month. Homes are still being foreclosed on and the news daily only reflects opulent spending on perceived waste. Millionaires are controlling the government and millionaires are the government as the regular folk suffer.
During the “Great Depression” wealthy folks committed suicide, by jumping from high rise windows, over the loss of their wealth. Soup lines got longer as homelessness increased and joblessness increased. Verily I say unto you, is this not what we are experiencing today? Still we are told we are only in a recession.
Regarding the suicides that prevailed during the “Great Depression,” how ever you feel regarding the subject, the only lives loss were that of the individual:
In most forms of Christianity, suicide is considered a sin, based mainly on the writings of influential Christian thinkers of the Middle Ages, such as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas; suicide was not considered a sin under the Byzantine Christian code of Justinian, for instance. The argument is based on the commandment "Thou shalt not kill" (made applicable under the New Covenant by Jesus in Matthew 19:18), as well as the idea that life is a gift given by God which should not be spurned, and that suicide is against the "natural order" and thus interferes with God's master plan for the world. However, it is believed that mental illness or grave fear of suffering diminishes the responsibility of the one completing suicide.
Judaism focuses on the importance of valuing this life, and as such, suicide is tantamount to denying God's goodness in the world. Despite this, under extreme circumstances when there has seemed no choice but to either be killed or forced to betray their religion, Jews have committed individual suicide or mass suicide (see Masada, First French persecution of the Jews, and York Castle for examples) and as a grim reminder there is even a prayer in the Jewish liturgy for "when the knife is at the throat", for those dying "to sanctify God's Name". (See: Martyrdom). These acts have received mixed responses by Jewish authorities, regarded both as examples of heroic martyrdom, whilst others state that it was wrong for them to take their own lives in anticipation of martyrdom.
Suicide is not allowed in the religion of Islam; however, martyring oneself for Allah (during combat) is not the same as completing suicide. Suicide in Islam is seen as a sign of disbelief in God. The use of suicide attacks is strictly forbidden in Islam; however it is practiced by Radical groups such as Hamas and Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
In Hinduism, suicide is frowned upon and is considered equally sinful as murdering another. Hindu Scriptures state that one who commits suicide will become part of the spirit world, wandering earth until the time one would have otherwise died, had one not committed suicide.
In my humble opinion suicide is the ultimate in Cowardliness. To take your life for fear of personal loss weighed against the value of the people you contact and who depend on you, is only a way to run away in the line of fire. I understand how one can find in their mind justification for such a heinous final escape resolution. I too have suffered such a deep feeling of foreboding and desperation that the thought crossed my mind once. Thanks to my strength and my faith I am here today. I didn’t run away and I didn’t cause any pain to my family or others. I am here today, and my being here has helped others, so many others. It takes courage to stand tall in times of adversity. It takes great courage to stand up against the gigantic odds you might face.
Today the cowardliness of suicide has metastasized into an abdominal act of preeminent selfishness so extreme that finding understanding and sympathy is completely impossible! Familicide: a type of murder or murder-suicide in which at least one spouse and one or more children are killed. I ask myself; just what kind of selfish cowardly scum would have the audacity to put a bullet into the innocence of a child, their own child! Then to continue to kill multiple children, their wife and then themselves, if this does not reach the heights of selfishness, I am at a loss of what does.
This action epitomizes how we are in the predicament we are in today. In my opinion the world has become to me oriented. There are many factors to contribute to this like the excess of wealth as after the “Great Depression” capitalism in full bloom created more millionaires that millions were small change compared to billions and now trillions. The car in every driveway and a chicken in every pot became a car a SUV and an ATV in every driveway and a cow for each and every individual. We went from “I’d do anything to have a job!” to “It’s not my job!” We went for teaching our children that there are winners and loser’s to teaching them that all they have to do is show up and they get a trophy.
People don’t listen to others anymore. People don’t care for anybody else. Love is ever so conditional today that I wonder if there is love. For a parent to think that they are “the everything,” in a child’s world that if the parent thinks they must no longer be here in the world, the child must go too, this is completely selfish.
I say go ahead coward, kill yourself, and as Scrooge stated; “reduce the surplus population,” you coward! I don’t like this taking the lives of innocence. Children have futures with or without you. Children are the future! Your selfishness is being measure in the ninth degree in your thinking your children are better off dead than to be without you! The act to kill the mother of those children, again with the thought that she is better off dead than to live without you is furthering your selfishness and increasing the pain you think you feel ten times ten.
It is this selfishness that permeates the entire society that has brought us to the era of the Greatest Depression. The generations of me, x, and I, have created lower productivity, higher prices, entitlements and opulent desires. Team may not have an “I” in it but we have found a way to manipulate the letters to mean “me”. “A’T ME” or “about me;” Look around at the selfness around you but before you shake your head in discuss, look at your own selfishness!
Some link economy with crime wave At least 8 mass homicides have claimed 57 people over the past month
By Philip Rucker
updated 11:54 a.m. ET, Wed., April 8, 2009
In Binghamton, N.Y., a Vietnamese immigrant upset about losing his job burst into an immigration center and killed 13 people before killing himself. In Pittsburgh, police said a gun enthusiast recently discharged from the Marine Corps opened fire and killed three police officers. And in Graham, Wash., investigators said a man whose wife was leaving him shot and killed five of his children in their mobile home before taking his own life.
The carnage that occurred during less than 48 hours last week capped a recent string of unusually brazen mass killings, which crime experts say have touched more people and occurred in more public settings than in any time in recent memory. Comparative statistics are difficult to come by, but during the past month alone, at least eight mass homicides in this country have claimed the lives of 57 people. Just yesterday, four people were discovered shot to death in a modest wood-frame home in a remote Alabama town.
The factor underlying the violence, some experts think, is the dismal state of the nation's economy. Criminologists theorize that the epidemic of layoffs, the meltdown of storied American corporations and the uncertainty of recovery have stoked fear, anxiety and desperation across society and unnerved its most vulnerable and dangerous.
"I've never seen such a large number [of killings] over such a short period of time involving so many victims," said Jack Levin, a noted criminologist at Northeastern University who has authored or co-authored eight books on mass murder.
The simple fact, criminologist James Alan Fox said, is that more Americans are struggling.
"The American dream to them is a nightmare, and the land of opportunity is but a cruel joke," said Fox, also of Northeastern, who has been dubbed the "dean of death" for his analysis of mass murders. "The economic pie is shrinking to the point where it looks more like a Pop Tart and some feel all they're getting is the crumbs. There's a combination of feeling despair and hopelessness at the same time as a certain degree of anger and blame."
Caution about drawing conclusions
other crime experts caution, however, against drawing such conclusions.
"Because homicides are fairly rare, it is hard to see patterns even when ones exist," said Shawn Bushway, a criminologist at the University of Albany. "It's like reading tea leaves. I don't make much of it. I don't think you can say anything definitively one way or another."
Predictably, the carnage has focused attention on the nation's gun laws. Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said it is too easy for dangerous people to acquire guns.
"The common denominator in all these is that they're all using a gun," Helmke said of the recent killings. "You don't see police officers in Pittsburgh being killed by people throwing knives at them. . . . We've always had violence, but in the old days you couldn't take out so many people so quickly. Now we make it very easy to do that."
The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson called the recent spate of killings "domestic terrorism" and said he hoped the slaughter would be a wake-up call for policymakers.
"You can't grow businesses in war zones," said Jackson, who recently visited cities beset by gun violence. "You can't go to school in war zones. You can't play in the park in war zones."
Experts agree that most mass murderers share one trait: a traumatic event such as a layoff, divorce or separation that sets off an internal rage and a desire for revenge.
"It could be the loss of a job, the loss of a lot of money in the stock market, the loss of a relationship as in a nasty separation or divorce, the loss of a child who is in a child custody battle," Levin said. "There are just simply more catastrophic losses than there were when the economy was in good shape."
Mowing down party guests
Consider the case of Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, a 45-year-old electrical engineer whose life swiftly turned sour last fall. His wife divorced him and he lost his job and his beloved dog, Saki. On Christmas Eve, Pardo dressed as Santa Claus for a holiday party hosted by his ex-wife's parents at their home at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in a Los Angeles suburb.
Pardo rang the bell, swung open the door and opened fire on the party guests with a semiautomatic handgun before dousing the home with gasoline and setting it ablaze, authorities said. He killed nine people, including his ex-wife, before taking his own life.
"He was looking for revenge, which is almost always the motive in these mass killings," Levin said. "It wasn't enough to get her, but he wanted to get everything associated with her, everything she loved, everything he identified with her."
Since then, mass shootings have plagued communities in all corners of the country. Late last month, a gunman barged into a nursing home in Carthage, N.C., looking for his estranged wife. Police say he killed seven elderly residents and a nurse who cared for them. His wife, a nurse's assistant, escaped by hiding in a bathroom.
Five days later in Binghamton, a man wearing body armor burst into a New York state immigration center where he had studied English and opened fire on immigrants taking an exam to become U.S. citizens, authorities said.
"The nursing home in North Carolina and the community center in Binghamton were not randomly chosen locations," Fox said. "It's not just some gunman walking down the street. They're very deliberate choices and reflect the anger and blame that the killer has."
A medical technician executed his wife, five young children and himself Tuesday after claiming in a note to a TV station that he and his wife both had just been fired.
The shocking killings underscored the psychological toll that the down economy may be taking on some unemployed workers, as police urged those facing tough times to seek help rather than resort to violence.
Police identified the man as Ervin Lupoe on Tuesday. They did not release the names of the children because family members have not yet been notified.
Police said the child victims were an 8-year-old girl, twin 5-year-old girls and twin 2-year-old boys.
Lupoe removed three of the children from school about a week and a half ago, saying the family was moving to Kansas, the school principal told KCAL-TV. Crescent Heights Elementary School Principal Cherise Pounders-Caver said nothing seemed to be troubling Lupoe at that time; she did not ask why the family was moving.
"No words can describe this tragedy. There is no way to comprehend this unspeakable act," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told reporters on Tuesday. "I daresay that no one I know could understand what would drive anyone to take matters in to their own hands in such a lethal manner."
Police said they were alerted by KABC-TV that they had received a faxed letter from Lupoe indicating that he and his wife had been fired from their jobs at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center and intended to kill themselves and their children.
The hospital confirmed that Ervin Antonio Lupoe and his wife, Ana, also a medical technician, worked at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center West Los Angeles.
"We are deeply saddened to hear of the deaths of the Lupoe family," it said in a statement.
Lupoe also called 911 and told dispatchers that he had found his family dead in their home, police said.
"Today our worst fear was realized," said Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner. "It's just not a solution. There's just so many ways you find alternatives to doing something so horrific and drastic as this."
"He was going through some critical situation at the job, that's what he described in that two-page letter, ongoing problems at the job, and that's what prompted him to take his own life and his family, from what was said in the fax letter," Garner said.
Garner said a note was found in the home, but it was not clear if it was what had been faxed to the TV station.
Officers rushed to the two-story home in Wilmington, near the Port of Los Angeles, shortly before 8:30 a.m., apparently within minutes of the killings. Garner said the officers could still smell the gunshot residue.
The bodies of the girls and the father were in one bedroom. The mother and boys were in another bedroom.
Although the fax asserted that the woman was involved, police Lt. John Romero said, "It is apparent that the suspect in the murder is the male adult."
KABC reported that the man claimed in the fax that a medical center administrator rebuffed them when they showed up to work, told them to file a union grievance and said, "You should have blown your brains out."
The man wrote that they filed a grievance but nothing was done and two days later they were fired, KABC said.
"They did nothing to the manager who started such and did not attempt to assist us in the matter, knowing we have no job and five children under 8 years old with no place to go. So here we are," the note said.
At the bottom of the note, the man wrote, "Oh lord, my God, is there no hope for a widow's son?"
"Obviously we're in the midst of an investigation. The police department is working on developing evidence on this and we'll know more about how and why this happens," Villaraigosa said.
"If you need assistance, if you're looking for a helping hand, know that we're ready with open arms and open hearts to guide you through this tough stretch to see that everyone emerges form this crisis with their livelihoods and their lives in tact," he said. "Unfortunately this has become an all too common story in the last few months."
This is the third mass slaying of a family in Southern California since fall.
On Dec. 24, Bruce Pardo, 45, dressed up as Santa Claus and invaded a Christmas Eve party at his ex-wife's parents' home in suburban Covina, opened fire with a gun and set the house ablaze with racing fuel. Ex-wife Sylvia Pardo and eight relatives were fatally shot or burned. Pardo later killed himself.
In October, a 45-year-old unemployed financial manager despairing over extreme money problems shot and killed his wife, three children, mother-in-law and himself in their home in the Porter Ranch area of the San Fernando Valley.
Karthik Rajaram wrote in a suicide letter he felt the honorable choice was to kill himself and his family instead of just himself, police said. Karthik Rajaram, a 45-year-old man, was discovered on Monday to have shot six family members in a murder-suicide.
The Los Angeles man's body was found holding a gun Monday inside the family's home. Rajaram had killed his wife, three sons and mother-in-law. Most of the victims were in their beds.
Police were called to the residence Monday by worried friends. When the police arrived, they discovered the six fatally shot in a murder-suicide committed by an unemployed man in financial crisis.
Rajaram's body was found by officers who followed a trail of carnage through the home in a gated community in the Porter Ranch area of the San Fernando Valley.
The Associated Press and FOXNews.com's Jennifer Lawinski contributed to this report.
LOS ANGELES - A distraught man dressed as Santa Claus opened fire at a Christmas Eve party and then set the house ablaze, killing at least eight people, police said.
Several hours later, the shooter killed himself.
Three people who attended the party in Covina, a city 22 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, remained unaccounted for yesterday as coroner's officials continued to search the wreckage.
Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, 45, who had recently been divorced and is believed to have lost his job, knocked on the front door of a home owned by the parents of his former wife in Covina around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Police Chief Kim Raney.
An 8-year-old girl ran to the door to answer Pardo's knock, police said. He shot her in the face, stepped into the house, and fired indiscriminately with a semiautomatic handgun.
MIAMI (AP) -- Pablo Amador was a "regular dad" who made music with his children and shared his
Police: Miami piano teacher kills kids, wife, self
MIAMI (AP) -- Pablo Amador was a "regular dad" who made music with his children and shared his gift teaching kids to play piano, a man known for a friendly wave and lending a hand to jump-start a car. And those who knew him say they can't understand why he apparently shot and killed his two daughters, wife and then himself.
TV satellite trucks surrounded the gray-trimmed, white ranch home Wednesday as authorities carried out the family, whom police identified as Pablo Josue Amador, 53; his 45-year-old wife, Maria; and their youngest daughters, Prescilla and Rosa, 14 and 13.
A teenage son escaped the shootings uninjured, calling 911 at 5:58 a.m. as he fled the home, police said. Those who saw him regularly along the quiet, modest street of homes could only wonder what happened.
Cleveland police say the man wanted for murdering his new wife and four other family members has killed himself while holed up in a house, The Plain Dealer reports.
Davon Crawford, 33, shot himself about 4:20 p.m. ET after being cornered by police. He was wanted for gunning down Lechea Crawford, 30, whom he married Monday; her sister, Rose Stevens, 25; and three of her children, Destiny Woods, 5, and 2-year-old twins Deon and Davion Primm.
A 7-year-old boy remains hospitalized. Crawford's 2-month old daughter was unharmed.
Police said they don't yet know what sparked the killings.
NY family's murder-suicide deaths baffle friends
By BEN NUCKOLS – 2 days ago Apr 23, 2009
TOWSON, Md. (AP) — They seemed like an ideal Long Island family: William Parente was a lawyer, his wife Betty a stay-at-home mom active in the community. Their daughters were well-liked by teachers and classmates.
William, 59, was a tax and estate planning attorney who commuted to his Manhattan office. Betty, 58, volunteered.
They were in Maryland to visit older daughter Stephanie, 19, a sophomore at Loyola College in Baltimore. With them was her sister, Catherine, 11, a sixth-grader at Garden City Middle School.
The Parentes ate breakfast together Sunday morning and an employee of the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson saw them together Sunday afternoon.
On Monday, after they failed to check out of their room on time, a housekeeper found their bodies.
Baltimore County Police have just told us that William Parente killed his family with blunt force trauma and asphyxiation.
William killed himself in the bathroom of their hotel room. Police say he cut himself.
In Notes Left in Family's Killings, Md. Man Details Debts, Depression By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The man who killed his wife and three young children and then himself in a tiny town in northwest Maryland last week was at least $460,000 in debt and owned a Florida house that was in foreclosure, according to property records and police.
According to investigators, Francie Billotti-Wood, 33, and the couple's 5-year-old son, Chandler, were each shot twice in the head with a .25-caliber handgun. Chandler's younger brother, 4-year-old Gavin, was shot three times; daughter Fiona, 2, was shot once.
After they were shot, their throats were slashed almost to the point of decapitation, officials said. Wood killed himself with a shotgun.
Wood, a youth soccer coach, was paid $97,000 as a sales accountant for CSX. His wife, who taught liturgy to children at their church, stopped working several years ago to be a stay-at-home mother.
An 81-year-old man shot and killed his wife and middle-aged son yesterday in their Fairfax County home before fatally shooting himself in what police described as an apparent double murder-suicide and "a family tragedy."
The bodies of Thomas K. Appleberry, his wife, Rachel, 81, and son, Thomas Jr., 53, were discovered in their home on Cinnamon Creek Drive, north of Vienna, after police received a call at 9:22 a.m. from the couple's daughter.
Residents of the Cinnamon Creek subdivision said the elder Thomas Appleberry -- known to residents as "Mr. Appleberry" -- was a friendly neighbor who loved to walk his dog in the morning.
Mark Meeks, his wife Jennifer Dallas Meeks and their two children were found dead on January 28, 2009 in their house in Columbus, Ohio. Police believe that Mark shot the family and then killed himself. Police said they found a suicide note that appeared to be written by Mark at the scene.
The York County Coroner said John Goodman, 39, shot and killed his wife, Julia, and their 2-year-old son before killing himself Sunday evening in the family's home in the 1300 block of Clover Lane in Spring Garden Township.
The killings occurred about 12 hours before officers arrived, police said.
Investigators are trying to determine a motive, Spring Garden Township police Chief George Swartz said.
Goodman did not leave a suicide note, police said.
Police and the coroner received information that Goodman might have recently lost his job. They are working to confirm this information.
There's no evidence that the couple was divorcing or that any protective orders were in place regarding the couple, Swartz said.
Neighbors said the family has lived in the home for about five years.
Friday, April 03, 2009
SIGN O' TIMES
11The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
With unemployment rising, it's hard to remember that capitalism is a creator of jobs, companies and industries; At least history says it does. Between some of the worst financial panics in history, U.S. capitalism built transcontinental railroads among many other industries such as department stores and manufacturing jobs. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday, 2/19/2009, sharply downgraded its projections for the United States' economic performance this year, predicting the economy will actually shrink and unemployment will rise higher. Almost 600,000 U.S. workers lost their jobs in January 2009 alone. Fed officials anticipated that unemployment would remain "substantially" higher than normal at the end of 2011 "even absent further economic shocks."
Millions of workers, those still employed, can expect to see about $13 extra in their weekly paychecks, starting around June, from a new $400 tax credit to be doled out through the rest of the year. This the so called main street stimulus package from this administration. Couples would get up to $800. In 2010, the credit would be about $7.70 a week, if it is spread over the entire year. Those who complained about the small amount of so called stimulus from formal President Bush, and wanted to see that idiot out of office must feel good now, as they now will cash checks for less. where under Bush’s plan individuals who paid income taxes received up to $600, working couples $1,200 and those with children an additional $300 per child under the agreement. Workers who make at least $3,000 but don’t pay taxes got $300 rebates, well what a slap in your face if you thought this administration is giving you more.
So why the reference to Genesis you may be asking yourself; Violence! I hear each and every day, anger from those around me. Those who are not working are violently angry and their anger is focused in directions unrelated to their situations. Those who are still working are violently angry at their situation and are focusing anger in unrelated areas of their situations. People are throwing all their hopes and expectations in the government and diverting their anger at business and accomplishment. There are false idols and these false idols will cause the flesh of the earth to be destroyed. Placing your faith in government will sink you deeper into an abyss. God, Family, Country! That is the order we should place our priorities. Over the centuries, God, family and country have probably been the most important social units governing the strength of a society. It is this order and this order only that works. They provide feelings of cohesion and a sense of belonging. These are positive forces, which in contrast to other stabilizing forces such as a military or a police force, generally cajole rather than compel the citizens of a community to abide by the existing laws, regulations and conventions.
Genesis 7:11 (King James Version)
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
The fountains have broken up with the banking crisis, the windows have open with the numbers of the unemployed, and the ark is afloat. This time it is not an act of God. This time it is an act of greed which comes from man. The ark has been transformed into a yacht. The exclusive club called our federal and local governments is the ones filed on three by three times three. The ark is afloat on the sea of bodies. Bodies of those loosing their homes, loosing their jobs, loosing their life savings, and the flood waters are rising.
The ark loaded with millionaires who line their pockets with ponzi, PAC and pork monies stolen, swindled and out right embezzled from you and me the paycheck earners.
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
Patrick Henry quotes
Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government
Section 5: The Sovereignty of the People
The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors. As Benjamin Franklin wrote, "In free governments the rulers are the servants and the people their superiors and sovereigns." The ultimate powers in a society, therefore, rest in the people themselves, and they should exercise those powers, either directly or through representatives, in every way they are competent and that is practicable.
"[The people] are in truth the only legitimate proprietors of the soil and government." --Thomas Jefferson to Pierre Samuel Dupont de Nemours, 1813. ME 19:197
"[It is] the people, to whom all authority belongs." --Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane, 1821. ME 15:328
Genesis 7:23 (King James Version)
23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within"
William James Durant (5 November 1885 – 7 November 1981)
President Obama to nation:
‘Day of reckoning has arrived’ 2/24/2009
“We will rebuild, we will recover and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”
“The weight of this crisis will not determine the destiny of this nation,” “The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and universities, in our fields and our factories, in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth.”
Genesis 9 (King James Version)
15And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
17And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
“Well, that day of reckoning has arrived, and the time to take charge of our future is here,” the president said.
Job losses over the last 12 months
February 2009 651,000
January 2009 655,000
December 2008 681,000
November 2008 597,000
October 2008 423,000
September 2008 403,000
August 2008 127,000
July 2008 67,000
June 2008 100,000
May 2008 47,000
April 2008 67,000
March 2008 88,000
February 2008 83,000
[Source: U.S. Labor Department statistics]
Since the recession began in December 2007, the economy has lost a net total of 5.1 million jobs, with almost two-thirds of the losses occurring in the last five months.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Socialism here we come!
There is a disturbing and true fact in this country. I talk to many a folk in the course of the day each day and the object topic is always the economy and where are we today in this mess. I hear with out exception that the government will fix the mess we are in. I hear Obama will make the changes that we all have been awaiting. The disturbing thing is just that! 100 Total U.S. senators, 2 from each state and today, the number of congressmen is set at 435. That puts 535 people in charge of the welfare of 304 million as per the U.S. population in 2008. Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/> “and that government of the people, by the people, for the people?”
At least 40 of the 100 US senators are millionaires, some many times over, according to financial disclosure filings submitted. Republicans on the list outnumbered Democrats by a narrow margin of 22 to 18. However, Democratic senators hold the top five spots on the list and eight of the top ten, according to an analysis of the forms by CNN. The House of Representatives is staffed with 28% of them being millionaires. Traditionally, the President is the highest-paid public employee. President Obama currently earns $400,000 per year, along with a $50,000 expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account and $19,000 for entertainment. The most recent raise in salary was approved by Congress and President Bill Clinton in 1999 and went into effect in 2001; prior to the change, the President earned $200,000, plus expense accounts.
The First U.S. Congress voted to pay George Washington a salary of $25,000 a year, about $566,000 in 2008 terms. Washington, already a wealthy man, refused to accept his salary; however, he asked for his living expenses to be covered. Theodore Roosevelt spent his entire $50,000 salary on entertaining guests at the White House. John F. Kennedy donated his salary to charities. Obama, an established millionaire asked the auto makers, as a senator, to take a cut in pay as the senate passed a salary increase form themselves. “and that government of the people, by the people, for the people?”
I am reminded by the quote in the movie “The Matrix:” “The world as you know it is just a mask draped over your face to hide you from the truth.” Yes you must get mad at a bank buying a plane with their money as the government spends your money without your consent or accountability to those who received your money. Yes you must get mad at a company paying bonuses with their money as the government spends your money in fatty pork for special interests of theirs. It is deplorable to spend money on the super bowl with their money as your and our future children’s money is flushed in hidden agendas which will take years to un-flush. As your eyes are covered with the masks of diversion, your anger is also diverted from the source towards a false opponent. Of course get mad at Wall Street investor Bernard Madoff who confessed to running a years-long Ponzi scheme that’s believed to have swindled up to $50 billion in investments while through the years trillions of dollars has been swindled from you via social security. “and that government of the people, by the people, for the people?”
I can’t help but to remember the Great Ronald Regan who in his first speech as president stated:
“The economic ills we suffer have come upon us over several decades. They will not go away in days, weeks, or months, but they will go away. They will go away because we as Americans have the capacity now, as we've had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.
Posted Feb 04 2009, 02:28 PM by Anthony Mirhaydari
· Throwing down the gauntlet on the villains of this downturn, President Obama has imposed a $500,000 cap on executive pay at financial institutions receiving federal bailout funds. Noting that American taxpayers are angered over "executives being rewarded for failure," he announced the limit ahead of next week's expected announcement on the future of the $700 billion financial rescue package.
The principle of entitlements also betrays the Democracy. How may of you have grown children still living at home or depending on you for financial support? How often do I hear from folks that their thirty year olds, forty year olds and fifty year olds are beseeching for money or charity. The thinking is that their parents owe them something. There are so many that can’t wait for their parents to die to get “their” inheritance. I have even reason to suspect some “adult” children causing the death of their parents for houses or money. There is no guarantee in a Democracy for success. Hell there isn’t even a guarantee of fair equality in a Democracy. There is only opportunity based on your wiliness to strive and achieve in spite of not because of your race, creed or color. We have even forgotten what Lincoln stated:
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
We are the people of the United States and we the people need to stand up for our rights and power of the constitution to stop the government as it runs us into a socialistic mindset and ultimately way of life. To tell a company how much its CEO can earn will turn into telling you that you must share you home with a family that can’t afford their own home. Dictating the wages of management will trickle down to management passing on the reductions of wages to their employees. “Stimulus” packages that provide jobs of infrastructure will only supply jobs to the working class laborers.
Mary lost her job as a H.R. manager in a company that closed because of the economy. She lost her health insurance and now must be a burden on her husbands insurance with a preexisting condition that will also be a burden on the household expenses. Will infrastructure work be something she can do?
Fiona has a home with a mortgage of seven hundred thousand dollars and Fiona is an immigrant from Africa who now finds her home only worth four hundred thousand and is trying to keep up the payments with a job that is laying off folks and is getting more demanding on the ones that stay. She has no time to spend with her children except by phone. Will infrastructure work be something that can help her?
John is a seventy two year old retiree who lost half of his investment in the stock market from his 401 and is unable to access what is remaining of his money. His savings is dwindling from the cost of supporting his grown children who live with him but providing no assistance. His bank provides no interest of any sufficiency yet it takes a service charge from him monthly. He is thinking he could earn more from his money by stuffing it under his mattress rather than paying a storage fee to his bank. Will infrastructure work be something can help him?
Those of us who earn a paycheck! Those of us who have to put in thirteen hour days each day but the work week is considered forty hours! Those of us, who are forced to work harder, stay longer, have more responsibilities, and earn less! Those of us who if we calculate the pay versus the hours worked would be below poverty! Those of us who work two jobs in order to have one to support rents for our living in non-equity apartments whose rent rival homeowners! Those of us that have a reason to spend but can’t afford to! WE NEED THE MONEY! Tax relief and reasonable tax stimulus checks would be the real bailout that should take place. You wish to control the pay of CEO’s why not control the cost of goods. I have a 1968 mustang and I still have the original window sticker. In 1968 the price of the new mustang was $1,700.00 the price of a new mustang today is $26,000.00, that is a 160% increase. In 1968 the minimum wage was $1.60 per hour, why has not the salaries increased in the same manner?
No taxation without representation! A criminal has the right of being judged by jurors of their peers. Paycheck earners need now to stand up and voice their strength to ensure the congress is filled with representatives that too need to earn a paycheck. We the people, we the paycheck earners, need to rise up and voice our rights to ensure this is a government of the people, for the people and by the people! No Taxation Without Representation! As Ronald Reagan stated the government is the problem and he was so very right. The government swindled us all from our social security in a ponzi scam, and now pork lined kickbacks in the name of bailout stimulus. NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION! There was a time when America was strong and its leader cared about the people and the strength of the people and the strength of the country. This has never been a perfect country but is has always been the best and greatest country. That is why hundreds of thousands have immigrated to be here. Capitalism and free trade as well as the American Dream of working hard and achieving success is the formula to wealth and accomplishment. Let’s not allow leaders who wish not to put country first run us into a socialistic dependent work camp. NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Let Them All Fail
Capitalism is the economic system in which the means of production are controlled by the private sector rather than by government. A capitalist political system protects the exchange and distribution of capital between openly competing profit-seeking legal or private persons and where investments, distribution, income, production and pricing of goods and services are predominantly determined through the operation of a market economy in which anyone can participate in supply and demand and form contracts with anyone else, rather than by central economic planning. Capitalism is originally defined as a mode of production, where it is characterized by the predominant private ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange in a mainly market economy. Capitalism is usually considered to involve the right of individuals and businesses to trade, incorporate, and employ workers, in goods, services (including finance), labor and land. In modern "capitalist states", legislative action is confined to defining and enforcing the basic rules of the market though the state may provide a few basic public goods and infrastructure.
Socialism refers to a broad set of economic theories of social organization advocating state or collective ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, and the creation of an egalitarian society. Modern socialism originated in the late nineteenth-century working class political movement. Karl Marx posited that socialism would be achieved via class struggle and a proletarian revolution which represents the transitional stage between capitalism and communism.
According to Wikipedia’s definitions we are moving from a Capitalist society to a Socialist country. I am concerned about all the talk and request to bail out business by the government. I work in an industry that is greatly hurt by the present economic crisis. I am watching the Grim Reaper coming through each day using termination slips as his scythe. Twenty year employees are being cut mealy for there commitment to their company and being long term. The down side to their continued loyalty is that they make too much. Last hired, first fired no longer is the way to reduce the workforce now, its how much do you cost the company. I watch at work and I am reminded of the cloud of death that went through to town in the Ten Commandments. I don’t know if lambs blood would stay the Reapers scythe.
I have fellow coworkers who own homes by which has devalued by more than three hundred thousand dollars and are struggling to maintain payments on homes they no longer want to pay for because of negative equity. As jobs are falling by the ax of this depression those lucky, if luck is a misfortune or a blessing, to still be working has to work more hours and perform more tasks to make up for those who passed on. Of course there in no additional pay for the longer hours and the greater responsibilities. People are thus kept from there overvalued homes for working from sun up to sun down and helplessness grows by the day.
The 700 billion dollar bail out was to buy sub prime loans and free up housing and banking. To date, that money and much more, is going elsewhere. We were told that if the bill wasn’t passed, the world economy would collapse and the whole world would come to an end and Satan himself would rise from the frost of hell. We are looking at 3.5 trillion dollars so far in government bailouts and government control of private businesses. Businesses that failed dew to poor practices and mismanagement of assets and the great government swoop in and create more mismanagement which brings request for more bailout monies. We are looking at government printing money to give entitlements to negligence and laziness in business. Does this not sound like welfare? This too has failed!
Failure is not an option, it’s the only option!
Don't Be Afraid To Fail
You've failed many times,
although you may not remember.
You fell down the first time
you tried to walk.
You almost drowned the first time
you tried to swim, didn't you?
Did you hit the ball the first time
you swung a bat?
the ones who hit the most home runs,
also strike out a lot.
R.H. Macy failed seven times
before his store in
English novelist John Creasy
753 rejection slips
before he published
Babe Ruth struck out
but he also hit
714 home runs.
Don't worry about failure.
Worry about the chances you miss
when you don't even try.
Failure is not an option, it’s the only option! It was jokingly bantered around during the Bailout hearings and subsequent vote, the government should just give every adult American a million dollars and that would stimulate the economy. Now as the government creates trillion of dollars in debt to bailout failing companies and industries, I can’t help to think Stalin, Carl Marx, and even Adolph, are smiling down there as Hell Is Freezing Over watching us turn into that which we fought against.
The idea of giving every American a million dollars turns out not only a great idea but if each American received two million the government would have saved money! American Express, General Motors, Ford, and who knows who ever else are asking for government to bail them out of poor management assessments? I say let them fail. AGI already bailed out and seeking more as they raise millions for end of year bonuses! I say let them fail. The Reaper has been let loose already. The end of this carnage has yet to be realized. Let Them All Fail!
If giving aid to the regular Americans is not the goal. If reducing overpriced homes and adjusting mortgages accordingly is not the goal. If securing jobs in
I am afraid of my country becoming the USSA-United Socialist States of
There will be over a million unemployed by years end but the numbers will not be announced. There is a depression and those numbers are being kept from you based on juggling numbers or juggling semantics. People are loosing jobs prior to the holidays. People are loosing their homes prior to the holidays. What does our government want to do! Give welfare to businesses. I assure you this will not save jobs or homes. I am scared and the only answers I see is let them all fail and give no more welfare.