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#1 Posted by Jay444111 (2441 posts) -

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/117881-Author-Researching-The-Kindness-of-America-Shot-By-Stranger

I... I don't know what to say about this...

First off, he didn't die! Just to make sure everyone knows this. No creepy photos thankfully. Second, the guy was shot in Montana... on behalf of all Montanians. I apologize for this one dickheads dumbassery and assholishness. Third and finally...

IRONY!!!

This... is the ironic thing I have heard in my entire life... a guy writing a book called, "The Kindness of America." Gets shot by an American... I know I shouldn't laugh or anything. But since the dude did survive and stuff. I do think that this is funny and I do apologize if I seem like an ass for saying that. But seriously. I hope that guy has an awesome sense of humor to see how ironic this is.

Again, I apologize on behalf of Montanians and of America on this one... Sorry.

#2 Posted by EquitasInvictus (2030 posts) -

@Jay444111: You're right in that this is probably among the most ironic occurrences ever! Not really surprised this happened in good ol' America, though. We're full of crazy people here. Some more than others, obviously, like the truck driver who was in an angry enough mood to shoot the random hitchhiker that happened to be researching for his memoir with regards to "The Kindness of America."

At least there was the second driver he was able to flag who was kind enough to call the authorities and to get the guy help and have them capture the person who shot him!

But yeah, I kind of want to read this memoir now just to see how the author is going to write about this!

#3 Posted by ThePickle (4168 posts) -

That book just became way more interesting.

#4 Posted by Dexter_Morgan_ (313 posts) -

People get shot all the time in every single populace in the world.

I don't want to be that guy, but shit happens.

Also... One single person does not represent "America" as an entirety. This assface is not the face of my ass. Comprende?

#5 Posted by DoctorDanger99 (687 posts) -

it's like raaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiin,on your wedding day!

#6 Posted by Athadam (704 posts) -

Good for him actually, he only got shot in the arm and now his book has a ton of publicity. 

#7 Posted by AlexanderSheen (5090 posts) -

@Dexter_Morgan_ said:

People get shot all the time in every single populace in the world.

I don't want to be that guy, but shit happens.

Also... One single person does not represent "America" as an entirety. This assface is not the face of my ass. Comprende?

How do you know? Did you see your ass in a while?

But seriously, I think you are absolutely right. One individual or a group of people does not represent an entire nation.

#8 Edited by MariachiMacabre (7099 posts) -

As a former resident of North Dakota, everyone in that state, and Montana, is seeing first hand the pieces of garbage that fucking Bakken Oil Field is bringing in. My family is even getting paid from it (really old mineral rights) but fuck most of the assholes working there right now. Wiliston is like a fucking cesspool that lifetime residents of North Dakota now avoid as if it were a lepor colony.

#9 Posted by Jay444111 (2441 posts) -

@MariachiMacabre said:

As a former resident of North Dakota, everyone in that state is seeing first hand the pieces of garbage that fucking Bakken Oil Field is bringing in. My family is even getting paid from it (really old mineral rights) but fuck most of the assholes working there right now.

Yeah. Many Montanians feel the same about most out of staters. Most of them seem insane... Thankfully we really crack down on crime up here. (50% of the police force once went after one guy in a apartment with a machete... they also brought in several US Marshals as well... so yeah, we take crime pretty seriously up here.)

#10 Posted by Dexter_Morgan_ (313 posts) -

@AlexanderSheen said:

@Dexter_Morgan_ said:

People get shot all the time in every single populace in the world.

I don't want to be that guy, but shit happens.

Also... One single person does not represent "America" as an entirety. This assface is not the face of my ass. Comprende?

How do you know? Did you see your ass in a while?

But seriously, I think you are absolutely right. One individual or a group of people does not represent an entire nation.

Just checked. Call 911.

#11 Posted by BigDaddy81 (330 posts) -

@Jay444111: You forgot to mention the name of the victim's website: One Shot Impressions.

Irony indeed.

#12 Posted by TheHumanDove (2523 posts) -

Maybe he'll drop a new rap album

#13 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

I am reminded of this... In America.

And seriously, what is up with books like The Kindness of America. Never got why you guys did that, and like to use the word "American" when you mean "good." It'll come back to bite you in the ass one day. Or shoot you in the arm. Irony works in mysterious ways.

#14 Posted by Tru3_Blu3 (3243 posts) -

Being good in America makes you an NWO/Communist, so I'm not surprised.

#15 Posted by TehFlan (1928 posts) -

@Tru3_Blu3 said:

Being good in America makes you an NWO/Communist, so I'm not surprised.

What do you mean?

#16 Posted by Jimbo (9993 posts) -

Research completed! The book is now called "Go Fuck Yourself, America"

#17 Posted by Village_Guy (2662 posts) -

Well, that's an unexpected turn of events. I wonder if he is going to write more on the book, and whether this will have an effect on the tone of it.

#18 Posted by Ben_H (3431 posts) -

He probably opened the text document for the book, highlighted all the text, hit backspace, then typed "FUCK YOU" then sent it to publishers.

#19 Posted by NTM (7542 posts) -

I think the book will now be changed to "The Kindness of America (if you're not drunk and driving)".

#20 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

That is kind of hilarious.

#21 Edited by Tru3_Blu3 (3243 posts) -

@TehFlan said:

@Tru3_Blu3 said:

Being good in America makes you an NWO/Communist, so I'm not surprised.

What do you mean?

Eh, it's really hard to explain. Let's just say that when a populace is encased within a nation, their minds are encased as well.

Watch this video, for example. While the information about the Guidestones is very interesting, wait until you get to the part where it talks about the people's reaction from it. We are so damned close-minded in our ways that we consider any form of peace or cooperation as a sin or a facade, and that the inhumanities of the system we have currently are tolerable and normal. I'm one of the few people in this planet that finds it disgusting, and I'm usually called "uneducated" or "weird" because so.

#22 Posted by SinGulaR (2392 posts) -
#23 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8606 posts) -

Yeah this sorta thing happens all the time, especially when its about other cultures or religions.
I've known writers to say "this religion is hatefull!" and then they get stabbed and killed by a believer of that religion.
That's kinda proving their point.

#24 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

@Tru3_Blu3: It's true. I'm sure my left wing viewpoints would be considered "extreme" over there, when the extend of them is that all utilities should be ran by the government and paid for in taxes, then we get free or cheaper transport, water, telecommunications etc. etc. Britain was pretty good at that until they sold everything but schools and hospitals off in the 80s. God dammit, Thatcher.

I think that was the worst part of the Cold War, and really any war, in that it becomes real us vs them to extremes of anything that isn't us is bad. That seeps into ideology, and we get an extremely narrow political and social field, and baseless accusations fly around when people have say, left winged viewpoints. America isn't perfect, and Russia had some good ideas behind how to run a country. They didn't succeed, but the base of sharing shit among the population isn't a bad idea. Take Health Care: why isn't Health Insurance just a tax and everyone gets free health care? That's (almost) how we do it over in britain, but trying to move towards that in America is met with horrible reactions.

It's a topic I too am quite passionate about, and is actually far more about psychology, and the human mind, than true philosophy or politics.

#25 Posted by cyraxible (694 posts) -

Coincidences!

Please stop treating irony like this. You're killing her from improper use.

#26 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -
@cyraxible said:

Coincidences!

Please stop treating irony like this. You're killing her from improper use.

NO! IT'S IRONY! 
Just like rain on your wedding day!  
 
wait a minute
#27 Edited by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

I think the concept behind the book is faulty. Unless he was planing to write on customs. Anyway there are assholes and there are good hospitable people in every single country, city and town. Nationality has nothing to do with it. But the story itself, is golden!

#28 Posted by Contrarian (1143 posts) -

Luckily for me, my time on holiday in Montana, all the way from Australia was nothing but lovely. I spent time in Washington State, Montana, Idaho, California, Oregon, Wyoming and Nevada and without variation, Americans were extremely kind and at times, very generous to us. My personal experience is nothing but great memories. A little luck of the draw I guess.

#29 Posted by believer258 (12187 posts) -
whose work can be seen on his website called - oh dear - One Shot Impressions,

This is golden. Oh, boy, this whole thing is pure gold. Well, iron actually, but it's still 100% gold. Somehow.

#30 Posted by believer258 (12187 posts) -

@Tru3_Blu3 said:

@TehFlan said:

@Tru3_Blu3 said:

Being good in America makes you an NWO/Communist, so I'm not surprised.

What do you mean?

Eh, it's really hard to explain. Let's just say that when a populace is encased within a nation, their minds are encased as well.

Watch this video, for example. While the information about the Guidestones is very interesting, wait until you get to the part where it talks about the people's reaction from it. We are so damned close-minded in our ways that we consider any form of peace or cooperation as a sin or a facade, and that the inhumanities of the system we have currently are tolerable and normal. I'm one of the few people in this planet that finds it disgusting, and I'm usually called "uneducated" or "weird" because so.

To be fair, people don't like being called a "cancer on the Earth" and even more than that we don't like being told to keep our population under 500,000,000. Neither of those are because of being close-minded; rather, they're natural reactions to being offended.

#31 Posted by Ravenlight (8011 posts) -

@Jay444111 said:

IRONY!!!

+1 internets

#32 Posted by Digiwth (152 posts) -

lololololwhite america assassinate they own character

#33 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Might as well wrap up that title:

#34 Edited by Quarters (1862 posts) -

This is horrible.

And kind of great.

#35 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

This is kind of like that time I said I loved Cheetos and bought a big bag of them, then I vomited most of them up a few hours later.  
 
But slightly more severe.

#36 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

@ZeForgotten said:

@cyraxible said:

Coincidences!

Please stop treating irony like this. You're killing her from improper use.

NO! IT'S IRONY! Just like rain on your wedding day! wait a minute

What an ironic song.

#37 Posted by TheHT (11785 posts) -

@ThePickle said:

That book just became way more interesting.

Hard to ignore now.

#38 Edited by TheHT (11785 posts) -

@Tru3_Blu3: This R.C. Christian fellow probably didn't think we'd be able to leave the planet. We can keep popping out babies, and leave room for nature, if we focused on extending our existence as a species onto other worlds.

No need for widespread disease or slaughter, just godly vessels.

#39 Posted by High_Nunez (214 posts) -

I'd like to read this book once it's finished so I can see what he says when he gets to the chapter about getting shot. Should be interesting.

#40 Posted by Grillbar (1904 posts) -

@Jay444111 said:

sourcefed?

#41 Posted by TerraMantis (283 posts) -

The only reason this got any attention is because it can have a 'man bites dog' headline, otherwise no one cares about some guy that gets shot and is okay afterwards. The irony is not lost on me, it's still a stupid story.

#42 Edited by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

@Tylea002 said:

@Tru3_Blu3: It's true. I'm sure my left wing viewpoints would be considered "extreme" over there, when the extend of them is that all utilities should be ran by the government and paid for in taxes, then we get free or cheaper transport, water, telecommunications etc. etc. Britain was pretty good at that until they sold everything but schools and hospitals off in the 80s. God dammit, Thatcher.

I think that was the worst part of the Cold War, and really any war, in that it becomes real us vs them to extremes of anything that isn't us is bad. That seeps into ideology, and we get an extremely narrow political and social field, and baseless accusations fly around when people have say, left winged viewpoints. America isn't perfect, and Russia had some good ideas behind how to run a country. They didn't succeed, but the base of sharing shit among the population isn't a bad idea. Take Health Care: why isn't Health Insurance just a tax and everyone gets free health care? That's (almost) how we do it over in britain, but trying to move towards that in America is met with horrible reactions.

It's a topic I too am quite passionate about, and is actually far more about psychology, and the human mind, than true philosophy or politics.

There are legitimate arguments for not having a single payer system in America. The three main arguments that I hear are cost, higher taxes, and quality of care. Also, healthcare can never be free if you paying more taxes to receive it.

#43 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

@SathingtonWaltz said:

@Tylea002 said:

@Tru3_Blu3: It's true. I'm sure my left wing viewpoints would be considered "extreme" over there, when the extend of them is that all utilities should be ran by the government and paid for in taxes, then we get free or cheaper transport, water, telecommunications etc. etc. Britain was pretty good at that until they sold everything but schools and hospitals off in the 80s. God dammit, Thatcher.

I think that was the worst part of the Cold War, and really any war, in that it becomes real us vs them to extremes of anything that isn't us is bad. That seeps into ideology, and we get an extremely narrow political and social field, and baseless accusations fly around when people have say, left winged viewpoints. America isn't perfect, and Russia had some good ideas behind how to run a country. They didn't succeed, but the base of sharing shit among the population isn't a bad idea. Take Health Care: why isn't Health Insurance just a tax and everyone gets free health care? That's (almost) how we do it over in britain, but trying to move towards that in America is met with horrible reactions.

It's a topic I too am quite passionate about, and is actually far more about psychology, and the human mind, than true philosophy or politics.

There are legitimate arguments for not having a single payer system in America. The three main ones that I hear are cost, higher taxes, and quality of care. Also, healthcare can never be free if you paying more taxes to receive it.

Yes, it shall cost a lot and result in higher taxes, but it's also to ensure that everyone can be kept alive. Which I feel should be a priority. And so long as it's properly funded, the quality of care should be at an acceptable level for everyone, not just those who can afford really awesome health insurance. Obviously, being from Britian, I'm a huge huge huge supporter of the NHS and I legitimately do not get why any country would run on a private healthcare system.

#44 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4883 posts) -

the irony is thick, and the hilarity is massive.

#45 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

@Tylea002: We don't have an exclusively private system in the United States. We have Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for low-income families. Everyone else either pays for insurance or goes without, which is a problem. I personally feel that both systems can work quite well when properly executed, but I generally oppose single payer systems on a moral level. I don't believe that it's right to force everyone to pay more taxes for health care they may or may not want. I think that having options and being able to choose your care provider is a good thing. The big problem with this is that we have far too much government regulation of health insurance, which drives up it's cost massively. So basically I support either a private system, or a mixed system with private insurance and a simple, voluntary government health care option.

#46 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

@SathingtonWaltz: Ah, I approach it from the complete opposite direction, opposing private health care on a moral level. As soon as anything to do with Healthcare becomes for profit, you ruin the point of the system, that is to say helping others. I grant you that no system is perfect, and taxes aren't choices, but they are important and I'd say in this case totally necessary because giving no one preference in the ability to live is an important human value to me. Though even single payer systems fuck that up slightly, but they're better than the private alternative.

#47 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

@Tylea002: You're never going to not be taken care of though, it's literally law in the US that you cannot be denied health care, even if you can't pay. So it's not like we are just letting people die, the problem is that people without insurance that do get sick become beholden with debt. If we found a way to properly lower the inflated cost of insurance here, it wouldn't be as much of an issue. Another problem is that we don't allow private insurers to compete past state lines, which also causes problems further increasing the cost of care. So we have a mostly private system here, we just have it poorly executed. Another thing is the US is so much bigger than most countries that have single payers sytems, and the costs would be staggering. We already spend massive amounts on entitlements as it is, I don't think the US could handle a single payer system financially.

#49 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -
#50 Posted by Jay444111 (2441 posts) -

@PeasantAbuse said:

@ddensel said:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/06/hitchhiker-retracts-claim-he-was-victim-of-drive-by-shooting/1#.T9tsZRdrPe4

Dude made the whole thing up.

Yeah, I was thinking this sounded like some sort of publicity stunt. What a fat turd.

Oh, wow. What a asshole...

I think he did this because people may have been to kind and he wanted to stir up the story possibly... but still, this is a huge dick move and this guy not only will never be able to publish a book again. But if he gets shot again, even if he really did get shot by another person. No one will believe him.

Oh, and the guy who got charged with shooting him should sue the shit smeared pants off of this guy.