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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:00 am

This Boston thing makes me realize what a hypocrite I am, and has brought sadness to my soul. I claim to not believe in capitol punishment and profess all this spiritual stuff, but there is no doubt that, if given the opportunity, I would kill these men without a shred of guilt or remorse. There was an 8-year-old girl who lost her legs in the bombing. There is no excuse for harming children.

When I was in San Diego at a raw food place, I would go to the park and smoke cigarettes and talk to this huge palm tree whose name was Bob. This father would bring his daughter who had that Humpty Dumpty gait of a little girl who has just learned how to walk. She had the whole place to walk except this one place, a circle of sand with a 6-inch high concrete wall around it. Inside were some things that might hurt the little girl.

She was determined to get inside that circle. She would clop around, stopping to examine a rock or a weed, always looking to see where her father was. When she thought the coast was clear, she would make a beeline, clopping as fast as she could for the forbidden place. The father would slowly move to intercept her and block her way. Not a word was spoken.

Realizing she was foiled again, she would look up at the giant who was her father, stop, turn around and resume picking up rocks and sometimes petting a dog that someone had brought to the park.

This was repeated over and over again. As I said, she was a determined little girl. When it was time to go, he would pick her up and swing her around, her giggling and loving it. He would be carrying her away, and I always loved the interaction between the two. He would be smiling and laughing as she happily pointed out all the wonders of the universe she had discovered that day.

I have no answers.

John Lucas

Lodi

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31 comments:

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 2:34 pm on Sun, May 12, 2013.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    You are my evidence...

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 9:33 am on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1909

    I think you are being awfully liberal with the word "reporter" if it was someone that works for Alex Jones. Reporters look for facts and report them, Maybe the fiction writer you guys had there has a hard time telling their made up world from reality.

    And those individuals are ONLY suspicious to paranoid. anti-government fanatics who can't distinguish reality from the lies their leader is profiting off of.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 9:19 am on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2993

    The mere fact that you are OK with Obama's secret service flying to Boston to threaten a reporter asking a legitimate question speaks volumes.

    Again, the FBI and the city of Boston have so far categorically failed to provide ANY information on these highly suspicious black backpack wearing Craft International individuals.

    ? [sleeping]

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 8:05 am on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1909

    "Despite this reality we have identified at least one of these individuals. He is a member of Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s security detail."

    Did y'all use the same technique to identify them as you did to identify that all the hijackers from 9/11 were alive and well?

    "did you know that one of our reporters was threatened by members of President Obama’s secret service for merely asking who these individuals are?"

    Maybe the Secret service knows what a bunch of paranoid crackpots Alex Jones and his disciples are.

    "In the real world these black backpack wearing contractors are referred to as SUSPECTS."

    No, ONLY in YOUR world where the government is driving around x-raying your home, monitoring you through your tv and sneaking tons of hypothetical explosives into a building with no one noticing are SECURITY officers considered suspects. In YOUR world where cop killers are heros and bombers of innocent people are set up.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 11:56 pm on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2993

    Kevin,
    The FBI and the city of Boston has so far categorically failed to provide any information on these highly suspicious black backpack wearing Craft International individuals.

    As a matter of fact, did you know that one of our reporters was threatened by members of President Obama’s secret service for merely asking who these individuals are?

    Despite this reality we have identified at least one of these individuals. He is a member of Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s security detail. The others? We don’t know because the FBI and the city of Boston aren’t talking. Why? Who is the Craft International contractor leaving the scene WITHOUT his black backpack Kevin? Should we care or simply believe our televisions?

    In the real world Kevin the “weak-minded that are incapable of REAL world thought” are those capable of ignoring a private military organization wearing heavy black backpacks during a bomb drill where 2 bombs go off.

    In the real world these black backpack wearing contractors are referred to as SUSPECTS.
    [sleeping]

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 2:57 pm on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1348

    [thumbup]

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 9:57 am on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1460

    From Slate...Tsarnaev became an ardent reader of jihadist websites and extremist propaganda, two U.S. officials said. He read Inspire magazine, an English-language online publication produced by al-Qaida's Yemen affiliate...Tamerlan took an interest in Infowars, a conspiracy theory website.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 9:55 am on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1909

    Thanks for the link. After looking at the photos it has become absolutely obvious to me the Alex Jones is a crack pot infected by paranoia and fear and spreads that infection to the weak-minded that are incapable of REAL world thought.

    Especially like the photo of the security officer who is "Not watching" as evidence of wrong doing, even though if you follow his eye line he is checking out the blond walking away from him. Yeah, he's watching, just something more interesting than sweaty people.

     
  • John Lucas posted at 9:50 am on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    [smile]

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 9:42 am on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1909

    He probably sleeps in it so the government can't see his dreams. I'm just surprised he hasn't blamed the bombings on tons of hidden thermite...yet.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 9:40 am on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2993

    Are you actually suggesting that the photos the FBI is telling you to ignore aren't real? Perhaps you should consult Bob the tree.
    [sleeping]

    http://www.infowars.com/fbi-ignores-men-with-backpacks-at-scene-of-boston-bombings/

     
  • John Lucas posted at 9:18 am on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    [smile]

     
  • John Lucas posted at 9:17 am on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    Is it not a little early to get the tinfoil hat out on this one Andrew?

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 9:08 am on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2993

    Despite a multitude of photos showing at least ten men wearing combat uniforms, black backpacks and other tactical gear, the FBI nor John “I would kill these men without a shred of guilt or remorse” Lucas apparently have any interest in these people. The FBI vividly expressing “not to look at any other photos but theirs” must seem perfectly logical to a man who talks to trees.
    [sleeping]

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 9:02 am on Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1909

    I don't know about other drivers but I drive by and talk to my kids about a very simple driving mentality, The Golden Rule as applied to the road. Treat others on the road as you would want to be treated. I let them out of parking lots rather than blocking them at a stop. Move over when I can and it makes sense so those in a hurry can go faster. Use my signal and avoid forcing my way into small spaces if at all possible, even if it means being stuck behind slower traffic longer than I like.

    Sounds like Mr. Jacobs has a lot of road frustration built up inside him and may want to talk to someone about it.

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 6:28 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1348

    Mr Jacobs who are you talking about and what evidence do you have about the driving?

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 6:26 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1348

    Thank you Simon. Good job.

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 6:25 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1348

    I agree with the first paragraph but I haven't seen enough of the evidence for the second paragraph. There maybe enough pictures and bomb remnants and finger prints for the bombing but I'm not sure yet. If I don't get any surer then yes I would fully agree. But this may prove to be an exceptional case for the death penalty.

     
  • Simon Birch posted at 5:05 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    Simon Birch - Online Manager Posts: 150 Staff

    Posted by Joanne Bobin
    Apr 23, 2013 12:25 PM
    This letter sounds more like an Oskar Johanson ramble than one of John Lucas's usually more than lucid compositions.

     
  • Simon Birch posted at 5:05 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    Simon Birch - Online Manager Posts: 150 Staff

    Posted by Thomas Heuer
    Apr 23, 2013 03:00 PM

    John as I was reading this letter you can't imagine my surprise when I finally got to the authors name and how suprised I was at your name there. I'm not saying it was bad but I really thought the author was going to be female. That may display some old latent biases I've tried to abandon but none the less pop up occasionally. The LNS has me so conditioned to seeing things like Terrorism: ......Its got to be Obama's fault. But instead this idylic story of a cute little girl while you are at the raw food place smoking cigarettes (hmm) in a San Diego park. Frankly a story too cute to now discuss capital punishment. I understand where you are coming from and I'm sure someone will take a crack at it. I just can't be the first.

     
  • Simon Birch posted at 5:03 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    Simon Birch - Online Manager Posts: 150 Staff

    Posted by Robert Jacobs
    Apr 23, 2013 03:19 PM

    I got news for you John. You are full of it! This is an excerpt from this article: "There was an 8-year-old girl who lost her legs in the bombing. There is no excuse for harming children." You John, and 99.9% of the driving public on our nations roads and highways! You drive at breakneck speeds in that car or SUV (4 to 8 thousand pound vehicle) you tailgate other drivers, you go from the number one lane across other lanes to get to that exit cutting off other drivers. You are angry because someone isn't driving the way you want them to. You flip off other drivers, you cut people off and slam on your brakes to those you think slighted you! And you do the above with your children in the vehicle with you, and while other children are in other cars you are teaching lessons too... You are in a hurry to get where you are going and willing to kill yourself, your passengers other people in their vehicles and their passengers to get where you are going thirty seconds ahead of them or just to get there before them! Don't even try to deny this. I've been driving for over 40 years and I watch it from the slow lane on the highway and on the city streets. Because most of the time you are the guy behind me because I drive 5 mph slower than the posted speed limit or at that limit. You and people like you don't have a clue!

     
  • Simon Birch posted at 5:03 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    Simon Birch - Online Manager Posts: 150 Staff

    Thomas: Sorry about the duplicate letters. I'll look into what happened. I'll post the comments from the duplicate here. However, even as an admin, I can't "spoof" the identities of the commenters, so the comments will appear under my identity. But I will note who posted the comments and at what time.

     
  • John Lucas posted at 4:22 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    Thanks Tom. I am with you and Mister Morgan on the capital punishment thing. It is just I cannot get it out of my head that little girl clopping toward the forbidden place being a target for terrorists.

     
  • John Lucas posted at 4:18 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    Joe, I guess you can find one. He has plenty of brothers and sisters. They all have interesting things to say if one listens.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 4:10 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1909

    Here is my opinion of the death penalty:

    ONLY those who are captured AT the scene, doing the crime (murder) should be eligible for the death penalty. A standard of undeniable, caught in the act so to speak. Too many times an innocent person was put away with evidence that later turned out to be wrong. It makes me wonder how many times an innocent person was executed and the real story never came out.

    In the case of the bombers, since they were not caught in the act of the bombing they would not be facing the death penalty for that. But they would for the ensuing gun/explosive battles.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 3:54 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1843

    Golf and lunch at Sea N Air Golf course here on Coronado. Hey John, since I am down here, let me know where "Bob the Palm Tree" lives and I will glady swing by and give him a big "howdy" for ya.

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 3:48 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1348

    John I do't kow how 2 opies of this leter got published but maybe LNS could move comments from one and on to the other to make just one letter?
    Anyway I commented on the other letter and stated there I didn't want to be the first to comment on capital punishment after such a sweet letter. But here the discussion has already begun. I see the need for capital punishment but can't approve of ti in our urrent judicial system. 60 minutes just did the story of 5 black youths railroaded by the system to spend their formative years in prison only to be discovered innocent later. This same story gets repeated over an over of how police and prosecutors are so anxxious to get confessions they are willing to overlook or quit pursuing tell tale evidence. Juries are often the weakest links in justice because they are easy to convince that confessions and eye witnesses are infalible or that attorneys are equal in abilit to represent. Like everything else money buys the justice you want and can afford. So though I see a need for capital punishment I can't trust the current legal system to do the irght thing especially in Texas. It gets pretty bad when the system is shown genetic proof of their errors and they still don't want to admit it. So I think I'm in agree ment with Mr Moorgan.
    Nice letter John, strange but nice.

     
  • John Lucas posted at 10:49 am on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    I think you are right about capitol punishment. My response to Robert was over the top and I regret it but these issues are important and need to be talked over without all the needless personal nonsense. I ended up doing the same thing he did. Sometimes I am an idiot.

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 9:17 am on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 532

    Mr. Lucas, I am quite conservative and have always supported the death penalty up to about ten years ago. I feel your struggle with this tragic incident in Boston. But as long as the current implementation of capital punishment remains as it is I can no longer support it. The cost to taxpayers is abhorrent and the criminals are treated better than most lower income Americans. I feel life without parole is most appropriate given the current circumstances. Let them rot in hell!

     
  • John Lucas posted at 6:56 am on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    Robert, you might look at three first letters in assuming. That is what makes of oneself when makes an assumption. I do not have anything against Marihuana but it just does not do it for me.As to talking to my friend the palm tree Bob it is a form a meditation and prayer. It speaks to the truth that all living things are part of the universe just as we are. Meditation and prayer are recommended in that book you claim to revere, the Bible. Jesus tells us to pray in our closet. What he was saying was to do it in private and not make a public spectacle on it. Talking to Bob is a way of talking to the universe or God as most people view it.

    This letter was about a personal spiritual dilemma brought on by the events in Boston. Your response was one of ridicule, mean spirited in its intention, and speaks to the smallness of your soul. I could say that it explains a lot but the truth is we already knew this about you.

     
  • Robert Chapman posted at 5:47 am on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    "When I was in San Diego at a raw food place, I would go to the park and smoke cigarettes and talk to this huge palm tree whose name was Bob."
    Perhaps it wasn't 'cigarettes" Mr. Lucas was smoking. This letter explains a lot.

     

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