Whenever I see headlines like this I wonder why God couldn’t find an atheist family to drop a concrete slab on. The infant, whose shirt appears to say KING JESUS, was also killed.
Notes from the Golden Orange
EppsNet Archive: Death
It’s never just one thing. Incidents accumulate over time.
We’d all murder our spouses if we lived long enough . . .
Vincent van Gogh was born on this date in 1853. He was poor and virtually unknown throughout his life and after years of anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died at the age of 37 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to his brother, his last words were “The sadness will last forever.” Although he would have said it in Dutch.
You can’t say enough great things about this guy. He’s one of the most renowned painters in the history of the world, one of the most recognizable painters, his work is in all the best art museums. If you want to own a van Gogh, get ready to pay $100 million. That’s for one painting.
His life at the time he was living it must have looked quite pointless to everyone including himself, nothing but suffering and failure. And yet, as it turns out, his life has meant a million times more to the world than anyone could have possibly imagined. So you never know.
The van Gogh self-portrait above is at the Art Institute of Chicago. As it happens, I’ve visited the Art Institute of Chicago . . . one of the things I remember about it is seeing a museum guide with a tour group and the painting they were standing in front of was this:
I couldn’t hear what the guide was saying but usually with works like this it’s some nonsense about challenging contemporary perceptions about art and the process of creation.
There’s some crazy stuff in art museums. Here’s another painting by the same person:
In case you’re thinking “Very funny, that’s the same picture,” it’s not. If you look at them very closely, you can see that they’re not the same. I don’t attribute that to any artistic merit or even intention on the part of the painter, just that if you take two canvases and paint them gray, they’re bound to be less than identical in some way.
The man who painted those gray squares will never go insane or cut off his own ear or shoot himself. Why? Because he couldn’t care less. He takes identical canvases and paints them gray. That’s what he does.
If van Gogh saw some of the stuff that’s hanging in art museums today, he wouldn’t be able to stop throwing up.
Happy Birthday, Vincent!
Two months after fitness expert and reality TV star Greg Plitt was killed by a Metrolink train in California, another personal trainer was struck and killed Tuesday in Georgia by a freight train.
Achilles Williams, 30, a popular Atlanta-area personal trainer, was skipping rope near the train tracks filming a YouTube workout video when he was sideswiped by a speeding freight train, a spokesperson at the Fulton County coroner’s office confirms to PEOPLE.
I enjoyed watching his teams because unlike 99 percent of college basketball coaches, he didn’t spend the entire game yelling and calling timeouts every minute. He let the kids play and it was fun to watch . . .
RIP Jerry Tarkanian
— UNLV Athletics (@UNLVathletics) February 11, 2015
I clicked through on this . . . it turns out he’s on trial for murdering two police officers . . . and people are stunned by his irrational behavior? His lack of self-control? An outburst?! In a courtroom?! What a breach of decorum!
A pedestrian was walking along in Kaumakani, Hawaii, on Saturday evening when he was struck by a passing vehicle. The pedestrian was then struck a second time, this time by the police officer responding to the scene of the accident. Due to the injuries suffered by both collisions, the pedestrian died.
Just to clarify, the pedestrian was still alive and responsive after the first collision. No matter how bad things get, as long as you’re still alive, they can always get worse.
- Al Kaline – baseball player, Detroit Tigers
- Wink Martindale – game show host
Donna Douglas was 81?! This is how I remember her:
R.I.P. Donna Douglas
I would rather die having spoken after my manner, than speak in your manner and live. — Socrates
A British man whom media had identified as the fattest person alive has died of pneumonia after a devastating battle with an eating disorder that brought him to 980 pounds.
Who was the second fattest person alive? Nobody cares, right? The good news is that whoever that person is is now the fattest person alive, with all of the attendant attention and notoriety.
There’s a positive angle to every story if you make the effort to find it . . .
[See You in Hell is a feature by our guest blogger, Satan — PE]
CLAYTON, Mo.— A grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager whose death in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson became a national flash point on race, justice and policing.
Greetings from the underworld!
- Why is Michael Brown always described as “an unarmed black teenager” rather than “a violent troublemaker” or “a current resident of Hell,” both of which are at least equally accurate?
- Anyone who thinks an unarmed person doesn’t pose a threat has never been punched in the face.
- If you have a gun and I don’t and you let me take the gun away from you, all of a sudden I’m not unarmed anymore.
See you in Hell . . .
Regarding Brittany Maynard:
Suicide is not a good thing. It is a bad thing because it is saying no to life and to everything it means with respect to our mission in the world and toward those around us.
Huh? If you said the Monsignor, you are correct . . .
Brain cancer patients are worse than vegetarians — meddling busybodies telling everyone else how to live their lives.
Ever since Brittany Maynard announced her intention to end her own life, brain cancer patients have been coming out of the woodwork to tell her that she has no right to do that (see here, here, here and here).
Some people don’t want to die the kind of lingering death that exhausts the emotional and financial resources of their loved ones. In fact, I think most people don’t, but I think most people with a terminal illness imagine themselves dying a kind of radiant death like people with terminal illnesses in movies. By the time reality sets in, the dying person is past knowing or caring.
- Johnny Mathis – singer
I got an email this afternoon notifying me that priority tickets are now available for a Johnny Mathis concert Nov. 8 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. If you’d asked me this morning if Johnny Mathis is still alive, I would have said “I don’t think so.”
I’ll miss her . . . she was funny, she pushed the envelope and she didn’t apologize.
RIP Joan Rivers
In February 2002, I published a list of people I (incorrectly) thought were dead:
- Joey Bishop – TV host
- Ernest Borgnine – actor
- Red Buttons – actor
- Kitty Carlisle – game show panelist
- Alistair Cooke – TV host
- Buddy Ebsen – actor
- Glenn Ford – actor
- Eugene McCarthy – U.S. senator
- Jack Paar – TV host, “The Tonight Show”
- Don Pardo – TV announcer
- Artie Shaw – clarinetist and bandleader
- Byron White – U.S. supreme court justice
- Richard Widmark – actor
With the death of Don Pardo this evening, all of those people are actually dead:
- Joey Bishop – died 10/17/2007, age 89
- Ernest Borgnine – died 7/8/2012, age 95
- Red Buttons – died 7/13/2006, age 87
- Kitty Carlisle – died 4/18/2007, age 96
- Alistair Cooke – died 3/30/2004, age 95
- Buddy Ebsen – died 7/6/2003, age 95
- Glenn Ford – died 8/30/2006, age 90
- Eugene McCarthy – died 12/10/2005, age 89
- Jack Paar – died 1/27/2004, age 85
- Artie Shaw – died 12/30/2004, age 94
- Byron White – died 4/15/2002, age 84
- Richard Widmark – died 3/24/2008, age 93
R.I.P. Don Pardo
Hi everybody! It’s me, Lightning!
I’m seeing a person named Robin Williams on TV a lot. He always seems excited and happy, like a puppy! It’s scaring people that he ended his own life.
Dogs never end their own life, no matter what. You might think we couldn’t do that but we could run in front of a car or jump off a balcony, just to name a couple of things.
I wonder if Robin Williams had a dog . . .
My owner and I are getting old together. We can’t run like we used to, or see very well or hear very well. He’s sad about it sometimes but I think it helps people to see dogs trying our best in every situation. Everything is temporary.