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anybody notice that nut 'guarding' his kids' school?


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Initial post: Dec 21, 2012 8:14:17 AM PST
G. Garner says:
I refer to the marine in fatigues who insists upon standing outside his children's school. Now............does ANYBODY really think that that man fears for his children's safety? Or that he loves his kids more than the other fathers in the community?(who are all at work, and thus unavailable for guard duty.)

No. But he knew that this was probably gonna be his best shot at airtime. He knew that, once the networks had exhausted all the 'real' stories about the school shooting, they'd start looking to scrape the bottom of the barrel, and that's when they invariably look for how the story has 'impacted' the nation.

Dude got decked out in fatigues, and went out to the school, and stood around.............and, presto, we have another instant minor celebrity!!

The occasional psychopath who snaps doesn't worry me. It's terrible when it happens, but remains pretty rare. What I find disturbing is this absolute WORSHIP of the camera. The so-called 'normal' citizens who will seek out cameras and reporters before the bodies of their children have cooled off.

Everytime something like this happens, the 'loved' ones flock to the cameras...........well, why not? It's their big break!!

People who are TRULY heartbroken...........people who TRULY loved a victim of some horrific incident.........simply do not behave this way. If you love somebody, and they die tragically, you do not seek exposure or superficial attention.

Honest to God, I have more respect for The Situation. At least he doesn't pretend to be anbody of substance. He is what he is.

And consider the best part..........this was a quaint little town in Connecticut. Hell, half of these folks probably still read BOOKS!!If THESE people have sold their souls to the cameras, what hope is there for the rest of the country?

Mark my words, in another week or two, when all the media folks have left, that's gonna be one depressed little town. Not because of any dead kids, either. But because the show will be over.

But never fear.......Tom Brokaw likes to visit places on the one year anniversary of big stories, so next Christmas will probably be the merriest that town has ever known!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 9:33:48 AM PST
Ice King says:
I'm not a fan of media whores, but a lot of people are scared right now.
Whether it's justified or not, if this guy is able to make them feel better then as far as I'm concerned it's a good thing.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 9:42:18 AM PST
Tomcat™ says:
"Honest to God, I have more respect for The Situation."

Why does this not surprise me?

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 9:49:33 AM PST
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The guy might have assumed others like him would be doing the same in every state. There is some logic that says if another bitter and alienated computer geek wanted to try a copycat shooting at another elementary school, he might try do it this week. The world was supposed to end today anyway. Maybe his kids just felt a lot safer before Christmas knowing their dad was outside.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 10:26:03 AM PST
Ice King: I'd want to see his DD-214.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 1:26:01 PM PST
wtf are you talking about

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 2:00:42 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 8:22:28 PM PST
G. Garner says:
There is an enormous difference between posing as something and actually BEING that particular thing.

I can put on a cape. But I cannot fly.

By the same token, standing around in fatigues does not make you a soldier, and standing in front of a school does not mean you are protecting anyone.

What it DOES mean is that the man is seeking cheap notoriety. And, increasingly, people seem incapable of discerning the difference. Or maybe just unwilling.

America no longer worships the dollar. Now, the camera is God.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 8:40:18 PM PST
Zaplightning says:
Mark my words....people will still be depressed in a week or two. It's not that easy to forget. Id say it's a safe bet that most of the people wish the media had left already.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 8:47:25 PM PST
Rhea D. says:
I got the cop who sat in the parking lot of his kid's school on his day off in his patrol car on Monday. I get that. On the one in a billion chance that some nutjob decided to attack that school that morning, he was there, armed, ready for them with the authority to act and ability to call for backup before the intruder got past the front door.

But seriously, what is one unarmed ex-soldier in fatigues going to do? I doubt he even had a cell phone on him.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 8:51:47 PM PST
G. Garner says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 9:21:44 PM PST
G. Garner says:
Every day in this country, people die tragically. And, yes, that means children, too. But most of them receive no candle-light vigil.

The media create a pep rally atmosphere around these tragedies, and people can't seem to get enough of it.

Ask the guy who has the neurological disorder, and can no longer tie his shoes or go to the bathroom by himself, how much sympathy he gets.

See the point?

That guy is sitting there, alone in a dark room, with no media glitz and glamour. If you stop by to see him, he might actually need help. He might actually need you to do something. And there won't be any cameras around.

Gosh, that's no fun.

But, man, turn people aloose at one of these media circuses, and suddenly they cannot be humanitarian ENOUGH. All standing around, crying, hugging, waxing nostalgic about the deceased.........

I've seen this, time and again. People are anchored by nothing, and simply cannot forego the sense of validation that they get from those cameras.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 9:36:37 PM PST
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D. Jones says:
I personally have a 5 years old and it really has been so hard on me with this incident.
Every time my little one is scared like today where she locked herself accidently in the bathroom and she quietly listen to my direction and after 10 minutes and finally got out. The look on her face was scared happy but relieved.

This somehow made me think and imagine what it was like for those kids.
There are many copy cat like this person. There are many losers and especially around Holiday time so I would love to have that guy stand in front of my kids' school.

Whatever people need to do to cope with this is to each its own. It is not easy if you actually have kids and think what this guy did. Just to imagine their tiny little hand perhaps trying to block a shot. I see my little one's hand and it props me to think of this. There is a big difference between an adult and the little ones who are so small and innocent and all you can think of is how they were probably asking for their Mommy or Daddy when all this happened. Even to this day I cannnot bring myself to read any full details of this story or watch full clips of any tv that covers this in its entirety. Maybe it is just me but it breaks my heart to even think about it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 9:45:55 PM PST
G. Garner says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 9:53:35 PM PST
You are not the only one that thinks that way. I have a seven year old and I can't watch or read about it, either. All of those babies must have been so scared. My son wasn't allowed to watch or read about it, too. It would have been too much for him.

I agree with finding your own way to cope with a tragedy. I can only imagine what those parents must be going through. It breaks my heart, too.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 9:58:28 PM PST
G. Garner says:
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nameinuse says:
Wow. I hope I never become as cynical and gross as you.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 10:04:23 PM PST
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D. Jones says:
G. Garner you state

"Well, right now, they're probably signing with agents, in hopes of getting book deals and film rights, exclusive interviews, etc. ".......

You know I m not those kids parents but to give you an idea.. I would gladly give my life if it would prevent that incident. Next time when you are out and see a little one. then just look at something simple like their tiny hands and how they are trying to coordinate it to pick up things or write. When I am on a business trip...it is hard for me because I can hear the echo of my daughter laughing...crying or talking...I am sorry if I might sound corny but that is truly how I feel. I cannot even imagine the echoes for these parents.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 10:06:19 PM PST
Oh! Oh, my goodness! How awful that you really think that. I feel sorry for you to be so hardened and jaded like that. :'-(

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 10:10:34 PM PST
G. Garner says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 10:13:33 PM PST
nameinuse says:
You don't live a life where you have children. That's pretty obvious.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 10:16:06 PM PST
G. Garner says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 10:20:11 PM PST
I have been paying attention, and yes, there are people like that out there. That does not mean that EVERYONE is an attention addict. Come on, you should know better than that at this stage in your life!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 10:25:14 PM PST
G. Garner says:
nameinuse:

If someone I love dies, I go home and grieve alone, like a normal person. I do not put on a show for anyone else's benefit.

10 years ago, a dog died that I loved very much. And every year, on the anniversary of his death, I go through this little ritual in his memory.

I do it alone. It's between me and him. It's real.

If anybody showed up with a camera, I'd physically remove them. Because the camera would cheapen something that is supposed to be sacred.

Do you get the point? If you really love somebody, you have no DESIRE for a show. If you love somebody, you would NEVER cheapen their memory with all this media tackiness.
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