Two Killings… And a Suicide

Busy night on death row…

Georgia Executes Inmate Troy Davis After Supreme Court Denies Appeal

White Supremacist Executed for Texas Dragging

Oh yeah… And that suicide?

Hewlett-Packard investors like possibility of Meg Whitman as CEO

It just doesn’t get any dumber than that.

NFL Player Suicide – Broncos Kenny McKinley

Another one of those unfathomable tragedies. You never know what is going on inside someone’s head which might make what seems to you as a successful career into a roaring hell in their view. McKinley was the third active Bronco to die in 4 years from different causes – making the Broncos “snakebit”, considering the youth and apparent physical health of these guys.

Kenny McKinley of the Denver Broncos jogs on the field during a game against the Seattle Seahawks last year.Broncos WR Kenny McKinley found dead in apparent suicide

Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead Monday at his Colorado home in an apparent suicide, police said.

“It was apparently a suicide, but we’re still investigating,” Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said.

Authorities were called to McKinley’s home in central Centennial at about 3:25 p.m. Monday. McKinley’s body was discovered in a second-floor bedroom with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The 23-year-old, second-year pro has been on the team’s injured reserve list since early August with a knee injury. He played in eight games as a rookie in 2009, mostly on special teams, with seven kick returns for 158 yards. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second-to-last game

of last season and had surgery in the offseason.

The Broncos will hold a full team meeting Tuesday at Dove Valley to discuss McKinley’s death. Grief counselors will be available at the facility for any players who want help.

“Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room,” coach Josh McDaniels said in a statement Monday night. “This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

An NFL source told The Denver Post that McKinley had been in Atlanta visiting family recently but had returned to Denver on Sunday along with his young son.

Racial Harassment Cause of Hartford Shootings?

There is always a back story of why whackjobs justify mass murder. At least this one didn’t get his marching orders from Glenn Beck – which is scant consolation…

Hartford Distributors Shooting: "He's Never Been Violent," Says Gunman's Ex-Girlfriend

Omar Thornton, the alleged shooter of multiple co-workers at Hartford Distributor

Report: alleged Hartford Distributors shooter claimed racial harassment

Nine people are dead in a workplace shooting in a Manchester, Ct., beer-distribution warehouse, and an unknown number are wounded.

On Tuesday morning, Omar Thornton, a driver for Hartford Distributors, went on a shooting rampage during a morning shift change, and then killed himself, police say.

Mr. Thornton, who had worked for the company for a couple of years, had been called in for a disciplinary hearing, according to reports, and was on his way there this morning. It was unclear whether the meeting had taken place before he started shooting.

According to Brett Hollander, the director of marketing at the company, between 50 and 70 people were in the warehouse when Thornton opened fire around 7 a.m. A fire in the warehouse – which has been put out – added to the chaos. Thornton eventually turned his semiautomatic rifle on himself as police approached.

Mr. Hollander, whose family owns the company, says his cousin, who was shot in the face and arm, was among the wounded. Hollander thinks his cousin will be OK.

“There was a guy that was supposed to, was asked to resign, to come in to resign and chose not to and shot my cousin and my co-workers,” Hollander told the Associated Press.

It’s still unclear why Thornton was being disciplined, though a source told the Hartford Courant that he had been suspected of stealing from the company. Joanne Hannah, a former neighbor of Thornton whose daughter had dated him, also told the Courant that Thornton, who is black, had complained about racial harassment at work and that his superiors had refused to address his complaint.

The shooting is the deadliest in the US since 13 people were shot and killed at Fort Hood, Texas, last November.

The shooting “was a senseless act of violence that has left us all shaken and reminds us just how precious and fragile life truly is,” said Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell in a statement of condolence to the victims’ families.

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Joanne Hannah, who said she was the mother of Thornton’s girlfriend, told ABC Thornton had called his mother this morning, apologizing for what he had done and saying goodbye.

Hannah said Thornton had complained for a long time about racial harassment, and claimed he had pictures in his cell phone of the N-word and a hangman’s noose scrawled on a bathroom wall at Hartford Distributors.

iPod…iPhone…iPad… iKill…

Sweatshop by Sol Robbins

10th Suicide Strikes Apple Plant

On the same day that Apple, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard promised to look into working conditions at China’s Foxconn plant, a 10th worker committed suicide, PC World reports. The death of the 19-year-old male worker also came just after the company’s billionaire founder took the media on a tour of the sprawling complex in response to accusations from labor groups that workers toiled in sweatshop-like conditions.

The company has brought psychiatrists and Buddhists monks to the factory complex to support workers, and now plays soothing music along production lines, adds theIndependent. It plans to install 10-foot-tall fences to stop workers jumping from buildings and may give workers a 20% pay rise, though a Foxconn rep maintains the increase would not be a response to the suicides, but is being considered because business has been good.

Yeah, 20% of nothing…

Is nothing.

Apple surpassed Microsoft in the past few months as the “world’s most valuable tech company”.

Robber Barrons…

Indeed.

Another Domestic Tea Bagger McVeigh Terrorist?

Once again we are confronted with what may be an act of domestic terrorism. The typical denials and excuses are in place, whenever a white, middle age guy does something tragic and stupid killing a few dozen or hundreds of his fellow Americans. But the fact the “terrorist” in this case destroyed the back trail (his home) prior to crashing an airplane into an office building 911 style – raises a few questions.

The “terrorist” in this case apparently left a suicide note.

This one is developing…

Official: Plane crash pilot left anti-IRS Web note

Aftereffects of 9-11 Style Attack on Federal Building

AUSTIN, Texas – A software engineer furious with the Internal Revenue Service plowed his small plane into an office building housing nearly 200 federal tax employees on Thursday, officials said, setting off a raging fire that sent workers fleeing as thick plumes of black smoke poured into the air.

A U.S. law official identified the pilot as Joseph Stack — whose home was set on fire just before the crash — and said investigators were looking at an anti-government message on the Web linked to him. The Web site outlines problems with the IRS and says violence “is the only answer.”

Federal law enforcement officials have said they were investigating whether the pilot, who is presumed to have died in the crash, slammed into the Austin building on purpose in an effort to blow up IRS offices. All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

“Violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer,” the long note on Stack’s Web site reads, citing past problems with the tax-collecting agency.

“I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well,” the note, dated Thursday, reads.

At least one person who worked in the building was unaccounted for and two people were hospitalized, said Austin Fire Department Division Chief Dawn Clopton. She did not have any information about the pilot. About 190 IRS employees work in the building, and IRS spokesman Richard C. Sanford the agency was trying to account for all of its workers. Continue reading

“Jindalized” – Another Political Suicide

Last night on the Republican response to the President’s SOTU, shiny new Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell followed in the footsteps of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal…

In committing political suicide.

The amount of personal hubris to be stupid enough to make this speech, while still trying to consolidate leadership in Virginia – is incredible.

Predictably - President Obama cut McDonnell’s nuts off – before he said the first word. There has never been an instance in my memory of an opposing party speaker being so massively outclassed, out maneuvered, and out smarted. Mcdonnell’s speech was rendered utterly and completely superfluous.

McDonnell stated last night that he wanted Vriginia to “be the first state to drill offshore on the Eastern seaboard”.

As a property owner on the Atlantic coast, participant in efforts to protect the barrier islands and wetlands on the Virginia coast, and avid fisherman…

Fat effing chance, Bozo!

You better stick with “privatizing” the state liquor stores and figuring out how to come up with a Republican plan to actually support small business development (beyond local liquor stores) in the state for the first time…

Instead of sucking Oil Company fat weenie.

Fox Anchor: If You’re Depressed, ‘You Take Yourself Out’

One can only hope, after the passage of the Health Care Reform Bill in the Senate…

Conservatives will heed their own advice!

 

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