We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'd seen far too much of this scuzzy joint in the last few months and I was destined to see a lot more of it in the months to come. It was one of those 'great bad places' in American life; one of those spaces where they're selling, morning, noon and far into the night, eight kinds of despair on tap and a wide selection of numb on the shelves behind the bar; mixed, on-the-rocks, or "neat."
I have my doubts that I am unusual in this matter...not something either of us can prove I'm afraid. I blame my upbringing...we were never big on murder around our house and violence towards women was frowned upon...what can I say?
So God stopped this very good writer from killing his wife(?) and later himself. I mean, it's very thought provoking and insightful in its own way but I find it extremely exploitative. Apparently from the writer's story, there were no innocent third parties involved. I have the obvious question. Where was God for the California family? Three totally innocent children, ages 14, 10, and 8 murdered by their father. Or did God put them there to be murdered by the one who should love them most in order to provide grist for a writer possessing maybe just a little more cowardice than enough anger and evil to follow through on his thoughts? Is that what "Grace" is? To me "Grace" would have this story turned upside down. After all the father who killed his family was himself an investigator. Couldn't we have all learned more if the writer had performed the murder-suicide and the investigator learned from and written about the experience?
That's your obvious question, KRW? I thought you were going to say God let the Holocaust happen so Ahmadinejad could deny it happened and in a simple twist of fate make his very own Holocaust. Think big, man.