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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:54 AM

His name was Henry Hamilton, and now he is dead.

His name was Henry Hamilton, and he owned a small business. He was taking medication to treat anxiety and schizophrenia. He was an ardent listener of the Right-wing noise machine, and lived in terror of Obama winning re-election. Two days after the election, he was found dead next to empty bottles of his pills and a suicide note that read, simply, "Fuck Obama."

Hannity, Rush and the rest didn't kill Mr. Hamilton. But they sure as shit didn't help him, either. Words, like actions, have consequences.

Leonard Pitts | The Sad State of Zealots with Microphones
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bal-the-sad-state-of-zealots-with-microphones-20121116,0,7918183.story

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Reply His name was Henry Hamilton, and now he is dead. (Original post)
WilliamPitt Nov 2012 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2012 #1
closeupready Nov 2012 #2
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2012 #8
Xipe Totec Nov 2012 #3
WilliamPitt Nov 2012 #4
Xipe Totec Nov 2012 #5
WilliamPitt Nov 2012 #6
Xipe Totec Nov 2012 #7
AnotherMcIntosh Nov 2012 #9
Xipe Totec Nov 2012 #12
LanternWaste Nov 2012 #10
Xipe Totec Nov 2012 #13
Care Acutely Nov 2012 #15
Zorra Nov 2012 #11
Whovian Nov 2012 #14
sakabatou Nov 2012 #16

Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:57 AM

1. "Do not ask for whom the bell tolls...

It tolls for thee."

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:05 AM

2. Ernest Hemingway, like Mr. Hamilton, lived in Key West.

Interesting choice, as Hemingway wrote, "For Whom The Bell Tolls".

You can be quite scary sometimes, my dear Miss Peggy.

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Response to closeupready (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:25 AM

8. Me? Scary?

Why, thank you.......

My quote is actually from John Donne.


No Man Is An Island

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

John Donne

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:09 AM

3. Next! nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:12 AM

4. What does that mean?

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:13 AM

5. It means let the lemmings do what they want to do.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:24 AM

7. I have a different point of view

First of all, regarding "Under Obama's ACA legislation, he could have gotten the treatment he needed."

Actually, we are under Obama's ACA legislation, and the guy committed suicide with prescription drugs. That does not sound to me like a victim of lack of affordable care.

Secondly, regarding "Wow, it's in bad taste to celebrate a suicide."

I don't celebrate suicide. But I don't don't stand in the way either. I don't condone making martyrs of people who commit suicide.

As for your characterization of me, well, I accept it as your opinion.


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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:46 PM

9. "a different point of view" -- Is that allowed?

 

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:13 PM

12. Apparently with much frowning and browbeating. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:57 PM

10. It's easy to think in that manner

It's quite easy to think in that manner once we depersonalize them, and then pretend to ourselves they lack humanity.

On the flip side, it also means Pogo was correct: we have seen the enemy-- under the cool fluorescent rays of the bathroom mirror.

I suppose at the end of the day, we advertise our character to others far more clearly when we don't really mean to.

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:14 PM

13. I'm not the one that comitted suicide just to make a point. nt

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:38 PM

15. And I'm seeing more than a bit of it here, towards the mentally ill, the poor, the powerless

You know, all the people progressives ostensibly claim to be on the side of. It's been rather sickening.


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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:19 PM

11. "Words, like actions, have consequences."

They really do.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:24 PM

14. Sad, but thanks for sharing the piece. k&R

 

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:55 PM

16. Right wing shows and radio are poison

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