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August 9, 2008

Are Americans On The Edge? Are Americans Losing Their Heads?

Are Americans on the edge? Are we losing our heads? Has the economic climate stressed people out or are just losing our sense of judgment?  Or have we become so narcissistic that we believe everything should be the exact way we want it and we can do anything we want to?  What’s going on?

 A couple of weeks ago a man walked in to a church and killed several people because he didn’t like their ‘liberal’ views.  Jim D. Adkisson, 58, an out-of-work trucker, was accused of killing two people and wounding six others during a children’s musical at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. A four-page letter found in Adkisson’s SUV indicated he picked the church for the attack because, the Knoxville police chief said, “he hated the liberal movement” of the congregation. Adkisson’s ex-wife once belonged to the church but hadn’t attended in years.  Adkisson had been on the verge of losing his food stamps. “It appears that what brought him to this horrible event was his lack of being able to obtain a job, his frustration over that, and his stated hatred for the liberal movement,” Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen said. Adkisson “stated that he had targeted the church because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country.”  Adkisson was a loner who hates “blacks, gays and anyone different from him,” longtime acquaintance said.

Last week a man called 911 three times because he didn’t get the sauce on his sandwiches. What the heck??? Maybe this was his last $12?

Last week a 54 year old Florida grandmother was arrested because she had her 3 year old granddaughter on the roof of her car as she drove.  She said her granddaughter’s Aunt was holding onto one of the child’s leg so the child could get some ‘fresh air’. The grandmother spent the night in jail.

“They made it sound like I had her crawling around on the luggage rack. Anybody that knows me, knows that I’m far smarter than that,” said Brenda Bouschet. Bouschet says her granddaughter sat on the sunroof for about a minute so she and the child’s aunt held her legs and she drove the car slowly around a Publix supermarket parking lot.

“It wasn’t even registering on the speedometer. I was just crawling. I could walk as fast as I was moving,” said Bouschet, “She’s my only granddaughter and I adore her. She adores me. She wanted to sit up there. I didn’t see any harm in it.”

The family says authorities felt pressured into throwing the book at Bouschet because several people complained, including a firefighter.

“I’m a nurse. I’ve been married for 30 years. I’ve got three educated daughters,” said Brenda Bouschet, “I’ve never been in trouble. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t do drugs. I’m a good person. I’m a Christian.”

What’s really going on with Americans?



  1. Yeah Americans are definitely getting crazier and crazier. I attend college and there are tons of pre-med students that cry if they get a B+ on an exam. This is the result of No Child Left Behind and other high stake exam programs.
    Luckily for me I was raised by a couple of hippies (without the drugs) who didn’t care about exams or rule following, don’t worry I actually grew up very different I actually love rules and taking exams, but don’t get mad or cry when I get a B+.
    Maybe American’s should be more free spirited or just more like hippies, without the drugs.
    Also when I read this post I thought about how the Main Stream Media blows things out of proportion. Maybe as a society people are catching on to this disease of blowing things out of proportion. People just need to relax take vacations.
    Also, last point, the fact that many Americans are working more for less could possibly be driving people crazy, because remember that guy who went into the church and started shooting also said, that he recently lost his job.

    Comment by sensico — August 9, 2008 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

  2. Sensico — we have become ‘soft’ as a society. Some schools no longer give grades and no matter how poorly students do they get praised. Our society has become chronically narcissistic – it’s all about me, me, me. We have turned into a society that emulates pop-culture: HOW can that be good?

    Parents are allowing their daughters to dress/act like Brittany Spears and Lindsay Lohan and their sons like rappers. How can that be healthy?
    Kids at 13, 16 and above are wearing authentic designer wear and they don’t even have a job – how can that be healthy? Parents are maxing out their credit cards and taking on second jobs just so their kids can live a life they can’t afford because they don’t want their children to ‘feel bad’. How will these children survive on their own when they become adults when they’re being given everything now? Why should they EVER move out of their parents’ home?

    What’s wrong with feeling bad sometimes? It’s a healthy emotion and is a necessary emotion to have in order to ‘cope’.

    I strongly believe that children should NOT be rewarded for bad behavior but that’s what lots of parents are doing today. I also blame some of this on government interference. How can you punish a parent for punishing a child and teaching them responsibility and accountability? (Punishing doesn’t necessarily mean spanking).

    Another major function of parents is to teach their children (at an early age) how to be able to survive in the event that the parents can no longer take care of that child. Many children these days cannot pour a glass of milk on their own, they don’t do chores and have no consistent responsibilities (no matter how minute) around the house but they get what they want if they pout and behave badly long enough.

    What if we had a national emergency and we had to do without electricity, air conditioning, microwaves, cell phones, PSPs, iPods, cable, etc for 1 month – what would we do, have temper tantrums and kill ourselves? We have become soft and non-competitive as a nation.

    Sensico – a BIG hello to your parents they did a great job! 🙂

    Comment by Paulette — August 9, 2008 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

  3. This is crazy. It was Liberals that provided the food stamp program and Conservatives that want to take it away from him. Some people have not thinking capabilities. It is Conservatives that do these random shootings.

    Comment by Cats r Flyfishn — August 9, 2008 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

  4. Paulette, you are right about the kids not having to take on responsibilities. A friend of mine has a massage business and she said that the young therapist that work for her just don’t care. They don’t show up for work and they call out of work a few minutes before their client’s appointment. It’s sad for these children because they don’t understand responsibility and if something happens to their parents, then they will be in a heap of trouble just trying to get by.

    Comment by Cats r Flyfishn — August 9, 2008 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

  5. Cats – people have lost their sense of judgment. It is incredible that people no longer engage their brains and think. Lack of thinking is one of the reason they are even thinking of voting for McBush.

    Comment by Paulette — August 9, 2008 @ 9:46 pm | Reply

  6. Thanks for shouting out my Parents, Paulette.
    I also agree, responsibility and accountability is key. I also agree that American’s are crazy to vote for McCain, I never understood why, with all that has gone wrong under republican leadership, that a huge number American’s would still be willing to vote for McCain. It boggles my mind, what ever happened to “thinking effectively”, “common sense”, “Objectivity”, “paying attention to the issues”.

    Comment by sensico — August 9, 2008 @ 10:47 pm | Reply

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