Archive for January, 2013

31
Jan
13

conclusions

I have had quite a lot of time to myself lately. I’ve been told I have been an inspiration to some. I’ve been told I am “boring” by others. I have been threatened with adult protective services by those who think they know better than me, and I have had to think things through so I know that they don’t.

This stroke has been a gift because it put me on my back and has forced me to review my life and determine if it has been worthwhile. The answer to that question is of course “yes”, but it is conditional on how it ends.

It makes some people nervous when I say this, but I figure I have seven years remaining in my life. Seven years to do what I intend to do. Seven years to be remembered as a particular kind of person.

I have decided to dedicate the remainder of my life to juvenile parricides. Some people–people whose lives I would NOT like to be living–think I’m crazy. I don’t give a damn what they think. That’s why I’m here and not someplace where the opinions of others hold more sway.

I have come to the strategic conclusion that we must devote a greater proportion of our effort to DIVERSION; that parricides are not criminals, but survivors, a breed apart; that once a case goes to court we are screwed, that the child will be punished for the parent’s sins; that maybe the best that can be done for the accused parricide is to be waiting for him or her when released by the state.

I am not throwing in the towel, but recognizing that cases like Paul Henry Gingerich’s are an aberration. Cases like Jordan Brown’s are more typical.

The system will do the wrong thing if left to its own devices. You can count on the system’s dysfunction.

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Groove of the Day 

Listen to Sublime performing “Wrong Way”

29
Jan
13

decade

man with beard and catIf you saw me today, the first thing you’d notice is that I have shortened my beard and subtracted a decade from my apparent age.

It will make my sister and my boyhood friend happy, but that is not why I did it. It was getting to be time for a change, plus the damned thing was getting caught in my bedding. A damned inconvenience.

I have never in my whole life trimmed my own beard, and yesterday was no exception. Michael and Lynn paid a surprise visit–three days from their treatment “home”–Lynn shifted the discussion to the possibility of trimming the beard, I said “funny you should say that,” and the Fiskers soon found their ways into Lynn’s hands.

I’ll take progress any way I can get it, even if it is illusory.

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Groove of the Day 

Listen to Led Zepplin performing “Ten Years Gone”

25
Jan
13

together

togetherI walk like a drunk and have cobwebs in my head. The right side of my face is numb and my hearing is still off.  The stroke has exacted a permanent effect that I hope is temporary, but you’d be hard-pressed to prove that to me right now. Progress happens in some things but not all; it is universally slow.

The biggest development has been the presence of a walker on the property. Beating this stroke has always been about remaining on the land without becoming a burden to other people. The walker expanded my range of opportunity and allowed me to remain on the property when my doctor and others stated that I could not take care of myself. My doctor did not approve the walker for Medicare reimbursement; he would prefer that I were less self-directed with my health. I ended up buying a walker at Wal-Mart for less than the cost of gas for a mother-may-I drive to Alpine.

My neighbor Alana has been wonderful. From time to time there has been a knock on the door–either her or Bill–with a hot meal in hand. Spaghetti. Steak. Side vegetables. Good meals, unsolicited. Every one a surprise.

She has given me lots of rides to Terlingua which is the source of propane, ice, gasoline, and food–all necessities of life.

Until her truck broke down and she contracted the flu, Dana was very helpful, too. For the first month-and-a-half, my daily survival depended on her.

It has been two months, eleven days since the stroke. Every day is its own challenge and its own motivation. I have to think about my every move. There are no mindless tasks anymore.

Matt has sent me a program, headphone, and book that will help me talk to my computer. He is hopeful this will short-circuit the problem you have no doubt noticed in the frequency (or infrequency) of my posts since the stroke. Maybe it will help. Maybe it won’t. We will have to see.

The fact is, I have been able to begin functioning again because of you. You have asked after my health and reminded me my welfare is not forgotten. Yesterday’s post was lifted almost word-for-word from an e-mail from Gloria. The post before that would not exist without an article by David Kupelian. Readers told me first about developments in the cases of Paul Gingerich, Jordan Brown–developments I would have missed. Thank you.

This blog–for now–is a community effort.

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Groove of the Day 

Listen to Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes performing “Together”

24
Jan
13

arrested!

jason kraner

How interesting!!!

Jason Kraner was arrested for drugs with $7,425 in cash, two loaded guns, and an 11-year-old girl with him. Jason Kraner is the husband of Jennifer Houk, Kenzie’s sister, and ORIGINATOR of the scurrilous lie against Jordan Brown.

Is this the beginning of the official unraveling of the case against Jordan Brown?

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Groove of the Day 

Listen to the Four Tops performing “It’s the Same Old Song”

21
Jan
13

conspicuous silence

schoolshooters

You probably won’t agree with me, but Wayne LaPierre’s suggestion that we make all our public schools armed camps would be the best thing to happen to schools–not because it would solve the school safety question, but because responsible people might finally stop sending their kids to public school.

According to Ronald Stephens, executive director of the National School Safety Center, a joint project of the US Education and Justice departments, there’s no centralized database tabulating how many school systems have an official armed presence on campus, but he estimated it at 25%. This means that a minimum of 24,704 of our 98,817 schools are run more like a prison than what you and I think of as a school. It is no wonder that over a million kids a year drop out of school the first chance they get.

This is not new news to you, but I am not a big fan of the public schools. Not that all public schools are bad news, but a lot of them are. They prepare our kids for lives of servitude, not lives of independent thinking. Our economic future doesn’t need this.

I think that some parents would do a better job. But parents educating their own kids calls for lifestyle changes that most married couples would find unbearable and most single parents would find impossible. So you can ignore my blog in this respect.

But the dirty little secret that you cannot ignore is this: most of the recent school shootings and mass murders have been done by people on psychotropic drugs. Using 2007 data from the National Survey of Children’s Health, 7.8% of school children aged 4 to 17 years had a diagnosis of ADHD, and 4.3%–more than half–reported current use of a psychotropic medication for the disorder.

Noah Crooks, the 13-year-old from rural Osage IA, falls into this category. His mother Gretchen would be alive if Noah were not forced to take psychotropic drugs–Vyvanse–for his ADHD by his school.

At least 31 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 162 wounded and 72 killed. In other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs.

For example, although it is known that James Holmes,  suspected perpetrator of a mass shooting that occurred July 20, 2012, at a movie theater in Aurora CO was seeing psychiatrist Lynne Fenton, no mention has been made of what psychiatric drugs he may have been taking.

Columbine mass-killer Eric Harris was taking Luvox–like Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor and many others, a modern and widely-prescribed type of antidepressant drug called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Harris and fellow student Dylan Klebold went on a famous school shooting rampage in 1999 during which they killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 24 others before turning their guns on themselves.

Luvox manufacturer Solvay Pharmaceuticals concedes that during short-term controlled clinical trials, 4 percent of children and youth taking Luvox developed mania, a dangerous and violence-prone mental derangement characterized by extreme excitement and delusion.

Patrick Purdy went on a schoolyard shooting rampage in Stockton CA in 1989, which became the catalyst for the original legislative frenzy to ban “semiautomatic assault weapons” in California and the nation. The 25-year-old Purdy, who murdered five children and wounded 30, had been on Amitriptyline, an antidepressant, as well as the antipsychotic drug Thorazine.

Kip Kinkel, 15, murdered his parents in 1998 and the next day went to his school, Thurston High in Springfield OR and opened fire on his classmates, killing two and wounding 22 others. He had been prescribed both Prozac and Ritalin.

In 1988, 31-year-old Laurie Dann went on a shooting rampage in a second-grade classroom in Winnetka IL, killing one child and wounding six. She had been taking the antidepressant Anafranil as well as Lithium, long used to treat mania.

In late 1997, 14-year-old Michael Carneal traveled to Heath High School in Paducah KY and started shooting students in a prayer meeting taking place in the school’s lobby, killing three and leaving another paralyzed. Carneal reportedly was on Ritalin.

In 2005, 16-year-old Native American Jeff Weise, living on Minnesota’s Red Lake Indian Reservation, shot and killed nine people and wounded five others before killing himself. Weise had been taking Prozac.

Kurt Danysh, 18, shot his own father to death in 1996, a little more than two weeks after starting on Prozac. Danysh’s description of own his mental-emotional state at the time of the murder is chilling: “I didn’t realize I did it until after it was done,” Danysh said. “This might sound weird, but it felt like I had no control of what I was doing, like I was left there just holding a gun.”

John Hinckley, age 25, took four Valium two hours before shooting and almost killing President Ronald Reagan in 1981. In the assassination attempt, Hinckley also wounded press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, and policeman Thomas Delahanty.

Andrea Yates drowned all five of her children–aged 7 years to 6 months–in a bathtub. Insisting inner voices commanded her to kill her children, she had become increasingly psychotic over the course of several years. At her 2006 murder re-trial (after a 2002 guilty verdict was overturned on appeal), Yates’ longtime friend Debbie Holmes testified: “She asked me if I thought Satan could read her mind and if I believed in demon possession.” Yates had been taking the antidepressant Effexor.

In November 2005, more than four years after Yates drowned her children, Effexor manufacturer Wyeth Pharmaceuticals quietly added “homicidal ideation” to the drug’s list of “rare adverse events.” Effexor is Wyeth’s best-selling drug, which in one recent year brought in over $3 billion in sales, accounting for almost a fifth of the company’s annual revenues.

Christopher Pittman, the 12-year-old who struggled in court to explain why he murdered his grandparents, revealed that his grandparents had provided the only love and stability he’d ever known in his turbulent life. “When I was lying in my bed that night,” he testified, “I couldn’t sleep because my voice in my head kept echoing through my mind telling me to kill them.”

Christopher had been angry with his grandfather, who had disciplined him earlier that day for hurting another student during a fight on the school bus. So later that night, he shot both of his grandparents in the head with a .410 shotgun as they slept and then burned down their South Carolina home, where he had lived with them.”I got up, got the gun, and I went upstairs and I pulled the trigger,” he recalled. “Through the whole thing, it was like watching your favorite TV show. You know what is going to happen, but you can’t do anything to stop it.”

Pittman’s lawyers would later argue that the boy had been a victim of “involuntary intoxication,” since his doctors had him taking the antidepressants Paxil and Zoloft just prior to the murders.

Paxil’s known “adverse drug reactions”–according to the drug’s FDA-approved label–include “mania,” “insomnia,” “anxiety,” “agitation,” “confusion,” “amnesia,” “depression,” “paranoid reaction,” “psychosis,” “hostility,” “delirium,” “hallucinations,” “abnormal thinking,” “depersonalization” and “lack of emotion,” among others.

These examples are only a few of the best-known offenders who had been taking prescribed psychiatric drugs before committing their violent crimes. Remember, every single SSRI antidepressant sold in the United States of America today, no matter what brand or manufacturer, bears an FDA “black box” warning label–the government’s most serious drug warning–of “increased risks of suicidal thinking and behavior in young adults ages 18 to 24.” Common sense tells us that where there are suicidal thoughts–especially in a very, very angry person–homicidal thoughts may not be far behind. Indeed, the mass shooters we are describing often take their own lives when the police show up, having planned their suicide ahead of time.

So, what ‘medication’ was Newtown CT shooter Adam Lanza on?

Mark and Louise Tambascio, family friends of the shooter and his mother, were interviewed by CBS’ “60 Minutes”, during which Louise Tambascio told correspondent Scott Pelley: “I know he was on medication and everything, but she homeschooled him at home ’cause he couldn’t deal with the school classes sometimes, so she just homeschooled Adam at home. And that was her life.” Tambascio also told ABC News, “I knew he was on medication, but that’s all I know.”

Again, was Adam Lanza on psychotropic drugs? It would make sense if he was.

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Groove of the Day 

Listen to Gillian Welch performing “White Rabbit”

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This post made extensive use of statistics developed by David Kupelian.

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(postscript)

According to an article read by Knightgale, Adam Lanza was on Fanapt.

If this is the case, why has Novartis–the manufacturer of the drug–not been held to account?

20
Jan
13

milepost

Stan Musial

Stan “The Man” Musial, the St. Louis Cardinals star who was one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, died yesterday. He was 92.

I met him many years ago in St. Louis at a wedding. It was the first time someone called me “Dan the Man.” It was a gift I will never forget to have been given this nickname by the man who owned the title–and who had earned it.

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Groove of the Day 

Listen to Kenny Rogers performing “The Greatest”

19
Jan
13

birthday

Janis Joplin

Janis would have been 70 today. Hard to believe.

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Groove of the Day 

Listen to Janis Joplin performing “Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)”