My outside time: walking to the wood pile to get a log for the fire. I should be at work, but am home nursing this squished rib.
Which gives me time to watch all the events in Arizona. Liberals blame the hyperbole of Sarah Palin (with some justification) regarding the actions of this psychotic kid who took so many decent people's lives. I agree to an extent.
But the real tragedy of the situation is that this kid was sick. Probably schizophrenic. And all those folks who could have stepped in to get this kid some help didn't step in. His parents didn't. His school (which expelled him until he got a psychiatric examination) didn't. The cops who took him out of class didn't. His friends who watched him deteriorate didn't.
Schizophrenics have their first break, usually, between the ages of 18 to 25. I've seen hundreds of these cases now. I also have never seen a first break where cannabis wasn't involved. True in this case too.
Maybe the blessing out of this situation will be two-fold: The nasty, violent hyperbole of different political worldviews might simmer down; and maybe we will learn to intervene when a kid gets sick.