Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy by Ann Rule

The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside StoryThe Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story by Ann Rule
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've read several of An Rule's true crime books but had never gotten around to this one. This one is different because she actually knew the killer, Ted Bundy, first hand. She even worked with him during a stint handling a suicide prevention hotline in Seattle. We learn about Ted at the same pace she does but like a horror flick where we see the killer but the main character doesn't and we scream at them "He's right there!". That is about how I felt about Ann Rule while listening to this. She was a causal friend and would listen and respond to calls and letters when he was in and out of jail. She would even send him some spending money to. All the while I'm saying, to myself and and to her, why are you being nice to guy who has killed numerous young women mercilessly. I suppose it's like anyone else react to someone they well and they are suspected of doing something horrible. Of course she fell into the trap of Ted Bundy which was his good looks, intelligence and charm that he was able to befriend and manipulate others.

Should you have an interest in true crime stories and serial killers then this should be on your must read(or listen)list. I'd recommend Ann Rule books in general if your interested in further reading in this genre,

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Lincoln getting shot down

It really hurts to watch former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee get shot down by Hillary over her emails. I almost feel sorry for him. What stops me is that he puts himself in that position by appearing to be totally outclassed on his debut on the national stage.


Now we get the first day on the job excuse was that just seemed so lame. So in other words give me a pass on this one because my Dad died. So you voted on a major issue without doing your homework before hand. Abstain from voting on it then rather than do something blindly cause everyone else is doing it. 

As a former Rhode Islander im a little familiar with Lincoln. I actually even voted for him in his failed Senate campaign almost ten years ago. I kind of liked him back then when he was an ultra liberal Republican. It seemed like he was a bit of a rebel. He started losing me when he ran as an Independent for Governor. He won because three-way split and only garnered 36% of the vote. I actually voted against his closest opponent(Kilmartin) who was only 2% behind him. Soon he was acting as though he had a huge mandate. He fought Federal extradition of a suspect in a bank robber/murder. His granite like head fought on principle cause the suspect could be facing the death penalty. He had definitely lost me at that point. 


Back to Lincoln's puzzling Presidential run. Why is he running in the first place? He did so poor as a Governor he didn't even bother running for re-election so what realistic chance does he have as Governor? Latest polls show him at less than one percent and has barely raised $15,000(about the price of a decent used car). Claims to be a "block of granite" but has switched from Republican Senator, Independent Governor and now to Democratic candidate for the highest office in the land.  His "staff" is reportedly only composed of two people. Appeared to be ruffled when the questions turned against him. How would he handle the U.S. Congress, Vladmir Putin or a terrorist attack? He doesn't exactly inspire confidence or good leadership skills. 

Perhaps it's maneuver for  an office position, book or TV deal. The book would be great for the political humor section. Maybe like many of us we have something to say and we're using this venue to be heard. Unfortunately it seems like no is listening to him and the only attention he get's is ridicule and call's for him to drop out of his futile campaign for an office he is woefully under prepared for.

It seems this isn't the first time a political son has stumbled. Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator from Massachusett's Ted Kennedy whose status in politics is incredible, whether you liked him or not.. Poor hapless Patrick tried but seemed to fumble and was faithfully re-elected on his name and family money and with the even more hapless Republican opponents that dared to run against a Kennedy. Like Patrick, Lincoln's father was a legendary statesman and political figure in Rhode Island. Lincoln has obviously not lived up to it. It would be a lot for anyone. He just seems to have not found his niche and unfortunately his political capital has run dry and no one wants to listen. 

How long will this go on? Apparently despite no money, no support and nationwide ridicule Lincoln Chafee seems to pressing on like the granite block(head) his. So Rhode Island and the nation will have endure his dazed in the headlights campaign. How far will he go before he ruins his father's name for the sake of his own ego? It does not appear Linc will see the light any time soon. Do your Dad's name a favor and dropout.