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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

An almost inevitable end

Former New England tight end Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison:
Aaron Hernandez’s life sentence for murder has come to an end. The former Patriots tight end, who scored a legal victory last week, committed suicide in prison last night. The Massachusetts Department of Correction issued a statement saying Hernandez was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts around 3:05 a.m. this morning.
I'm mostly surprised that he took as long to get around to it as he did. Few have fallen so far, or so completely unnecessarily. Unfortunately, one of the natural reactions to success, and to being given a lot, is to greedily pursue more, with little regard for the possible costs.

If nothing else, Hernandez's fate serves as a warning for those tempted to be unsatisfied with a modicum of material success.

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Anonymous Icicle April 19, 2017 9:18 AM  

He knew too much about Hillary.

Blogger Nate April 19, 2017 9:26 AM  

And yet again the Bible proves the most reliable predictor of human behavior.

Blogger KK April 19, 2017 9:29 AM  

Floyd Reese, former Titans GM, always said money makes you more of what you are. You see it play out time and again.

Blogger Lazarus April 19, 2017 9:35 AM  

The Patriots visit the White House today.

Blogger Rabbi B April 19, 2017 9:45 AM  

If nothing else, Hernandez's fate serves as a warning for those tempted to be unsatisfied with a modicum of material success.

Who is rich? He who is content with what he has.

Blogger CymantheTrueMan April 19, 2017 9:56 AM  

When "keeping it real" all of a sudden gets real.

Anonymous Ryan ATL April 19, 2017 9:59 AM  

Rumor is this story broke outing him as gay, and maybe he killed Odin because of the gay thing too

http://www.metro.us/sports/boston/aaron-hernandez-gay-rumors-facebook-page-say-yes

Anonymous Cash April 19, 2017 10:06 AM  

He was always a bad dude. A lot of people are breathing easier today.

Anonymous Urban April 19, 2017 10:12 AM  

Hey, two Natties.
Whatcha gonna do?

Anonymous BBGKB April 19, 2017 10:17 AM  

Right after his legal victory, the timing is almost suspicious. Now if Ginsburg hangs herself next?

story broke outing him as gay, and maybe he killed Odin because of the gay thing too

What they didn't report that he was hung with a rainbow feather boa. Maybe there is a dieversecity hero.

In unrelated news Prison Nursing claims to be the best kept secret in nursing.

Blogger Whisker biscuit April 19, 2017 10:28 AM  

He "hung" around longer than I thought he would..

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 19, 2017 10:28 AM  

At the end of Angel Heart, Johnny Angel's face when he gets onto the freight elevator.

Hernandez's face, upon acquital of the other murders, four days before his suicide.

The elevator stops momentarily at the bottom floor, then descends for hell.

Anonymous Mark Auld April 19, 2017 10:31 AM  

It's a sad state of affairs that the NFL has come to;there are more thugs than good guys, and espn cheers them on.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 April 19, 2017 10:39 AM  

Job 11:20:
"But the eyes of the wicked will fail;
all way of escape will be lost to them,
and their hope is to breathe their last.”

Anonymous Clay The Swamp Spartan April 19, 2017 10:52 AM  

"that all glory is fleeting."

Pretty sad.

Anonymous Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Hair April 19, 2017 10:52 AM  

Meanwhile in Hernandez's prison cell

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 19, 2017 11:02 AM  

It's a sad state of affairs that the NFL has come to;there are more thugs than good guys, and espn cheers them on.

Not true in the least.

2.53 percent of players are arrested and convicted in a given year. That's less than the regular population. Hernandez was never cheered on, by anyone.

Anonymous BBGKB April 19, 2017 11:20 AM  

2.53 percent of players are arrested and convicted in a given year.

There is serious money being spread around on handlers who make crimes go away by paying people off. Did your daughter get raped by a linebacker, here is season tickets & $10k of cocaine.
http://nypost.com/2015/08/23/cris-carter-teaches-nflers-how-to-cover-up-their-crimes/

Blogger Knight Of the Realm April 19, 2017 11:20 AM  

How does the 2.53 percent compare to the general population of the same income group? Just wondering?

Blogger Silent Cal April 19, 2017 11:21 AM  

Proverbs 30:8-9

8 Remove falsehood and lies far from me;
Give me neither poverty nor riches—
Feed me with the food allotted to me;
9 Lest I be full and deny You,
And say, “Who is the Lord?”
Or lest I be poor and steal,
And profane the name of my God.

1 Timothy 6:6-8

6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

Blogger Chris Mallory April 19, 2017 11:23 AM  

VFM #6306 wrote:2.53 percent of players are arrested and convicted in a given year. That's less than the regular population. Hernandez was never cheered on, by anyone.

What is the arrest and conviction rate for people who aren't professional athletes and who make over $450,000 a year and have at least two years of college?

Blogger FALPhil April 19, 2017 11:24 AM  

@1 Doesn't Sparklepunter also know too much about Hillary?

Blogger Dave April 19, 2017 11:29 AM  

How does the 2.53 percent compare to the general population of the same income group? Just wondering?

How many in the general population of that same income group never even get indicted for white collar crime?

Anonymous Jack Amok April 19, 2017 11:31 AM  

I know that crossing threads is discouraged, but I can't help observing how much these two quotes have in common underneath:

One of the challenges is that many people who generally support Western civilization nevertheless support one or more of these elite narratives in the misguided opinion that it benefits their identity in the long term.

and

Unfortunately, one of the natural reactions to success, and to being given a lot, is to greedily pursue more, with little regard for the possible costs.

So much tragedy could be avoided if people would look on success as a wonderful gift rather than an indication they deserve even more.

Blogger Dave April 19, 2017 11:32 AM  

Doesn't Sparklepunter also know too much about Hillary?

He's still breathing, so no.

Blogger FALPhil April 19, 2017 11:35 AM  

@24 Jack Amok said:
So much tragedy could be avoided if people would look on success as a wonderful gift rather than an indication they deserve even more.


For that to happen, we would have to quit being little gods unto ourselves.

You have inspired me to introspection. Thanks.

Blogger Anthony April 19, 2017 11:42 AM  

With that kind of hang time, he could have been a punter.

(Style this from le twit.)

Blogger Billy April 19, 2017 11:47 AM  

Man that had to kill him inside when he saw the patriots go on to those Super Bowl rings. at least the victims family has a bit of solace no that justice was served, even if it wasn't how they expected

Blogger dc.sunsets April 19, 2017 11:47 AM  

I continue to expect a veritable tidal wave of suicides (and murder-suicides) as we work our way into the Valley ahead.

Every virtue seems capable of being turned into a vice. Leftism probably started out small, local and measured, just as seeking material wealth was initially about laying in supplies for a rainy day.

Our civilization grew addicted to external validation and the size of the relevant herd went from village to city and Sporting Stadium to ESPN's peak audience.

No wonder people are miserable. The pursuit of external validation leaves them empty inside of the spiritual wealth we nurture by seeking the peace of internal validation.

What if FB becomes a chronicle of people's existential suffering, capped by---capping themselves? It would be the ultimate development of "social" media's amplification of external validation.

Our mania caused a massive misallocation of capital to debt-created-demand industries. It also caused a massive misallocation toward external wealth (incl. virtue-signaling), and we see that Material Wealth unbalanced by spiritual wealth is pathologically toxic.

It parades on every Sportsball Channel.

Blogger MrPaules April 19, 2017 11:51 AM  

"Correctional Facility" defined: An institution where the criminally-minded earn their advanced degree. A place where the ordinary sociopath can make the contacts necessary to become a career criminal.

Not a lot of correction going on. Public flogging has the advantage of being cheaper, and at least a short-term disincentive for the criminally inclined. Pain is entirely the right punishment for the morally inert.

Blogger Lovekraft April 19, 2017 11:54 AM  

Colin Kapernick needs to go back.

Blogger James Dixon April 19, 2017 12:07 PM  

And I see Pacman has been mouthing off again (http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/19179759/cornerback-adam-jones-cincinnati-bengals-yells-reporter). Talk about a waste, the guy had hall of fame level talent and he can't even stay out of jail.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer April 19, 2017 12:24 PM  

James Dixon wrote:And I see Pacman has been mouthing off again . Talk about a waste, the guy had hall of fame level talent and he can't even stay out of jail.

My Boss actually lived down the street from Jones, not because my boss lives in a fancy neighborhood but because Jones's credit is so bad he had to rent a home in a middle class neighborhood. The man has been paid millions more than I likely will ever make and he was living hand to mouth. That's what multiple baby mama's and poor financial decisions will do for you.

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 19, 2017 12:27 PM  

How does the 2.53 percent compare to the general population of the same income group? Just wondering?

Income group is probably the wrong demographic, and certainly not the most significant one. The fact that you have that percentage of minorities and that low of a crime rate is remarkable, which indicates that strict and concentrated historically white institutions can produce some positive social effects on mixed race and black men as social group. Hernandez may have gone murderous on the money, but plenty of talented errant youth went straight for the chance to be a part of a more stable tribe and life in the NFL. It is a carrot AND a stick, and more often than not it's benefits and corrections appear to work. Hernandez was expelled from paradise for failing to stay on the path.

Now, if the NFL succumbs to its convergence (for example, endorsing expressions of anti-American sentiment from players), then we should expect the criminal rate of athletes to rise. As BLM achieved institutional legitimacy, BLM crimes increased significantly at colleges and other converged institutions.

Anonymous Jack Amok April 19, 2017 12:36 PM  

You have inspired me to introspection. Thanks.

This blog inspires me to introspection frequently, I'm glad I could contribute.

Success takes a combination of hard work and good luck. If you keep up the hard work, the luck will probably even out eventually. But how you think about the luck is important. If you're grateful for the good luck, you can enjoy your success. If you're resentful of the bad luck, hopefully you don't hurt too many other people on your way to self-destruction.

Blogger Student in Blue April 19, 2017 12:41 PM  

Reports say the noose Hernandez tied was especially rigorous and prone to excessive squeezing.

Eyewitnesses confirm that it was a tight end.

Blogger newanubis April 19, 2017 12:46 PM  

Also another famous quote carrying same sentiment:
Money doesn’t change people. It only reveals them.

Blogger daddynichol April 19, 2017 12:47 PM  

If he would have had a few more tats, this would have never happened. He was exposing too much un-tatted real estate.

Blogger Fenris Wulf April 19, 2017 12:51 PM  

Sign a bunch of high-testosterone ghetto kids to multi-million dollar contracts with organizations that have a financial incentive to cover up their behavior? That couldn't possibly go wrong.

Anonymous DaveInjustice April 19, 2017 1:03 PM  

I can't be the only one waiting for the football season to see how Ruthless the FSU fans are going to be with this...

Blogger SemiSpook37 April 19, 2017 1:31 PM  

While this news is unfortunate, it's not at all surprising. I mean, after the initial shock of it actually happening, it's really just a sad state of affairs.

A co-worker and I were talking about this earlier. The thing that we both can't seem to wrap our heads around about this: what possesses someone who has earned a considerable amount of wealth to do stuff like what Hernandez did, much less think that he could actually get away with it?

Agree on the thoughts that money reveals the man, as it appears to be relatively true in this case.

I think, and my co-worker agreed with this, that part of what was Hernandez's downfall was simply because he was bored. He's got money, he's got women, what else is there to do?

Personally, I'm glad I have to rough it. I honestly want to be able to earn enough to live "comfortably" and pass along to my children when I go. I know with all the stuff coming up quickly on the horizon, that's not exactly a solid plan, and as such, I'm starting to change my approach towards things as best as I can, but still, would be nice to not have to have any sort of worry like that.

Anonymous Lawyer Guy April 19, 2017 1:59 PM  

I wonder if after beating the conviction on the second killing he was counting on a team being able to swing a granted appeal or pardon on the first murder, and was told no?

Blogger tublecane April 19, 2017 2:02 PM  

@18-That gives me an idea for a remake of the Fall Guy.

Blogger SemiSpook37 April 19, 2017 2:08 PM  

Lawyer Guy wrote:I wonder if after beating the conviction on the second killing he was counting on a team being able to swing a granted appeal or pardon on the first murder, and was told no?

That's probably the most likely scenario. Hell, did you happen to see the reporting on the social media reaction to the acquittal from last week? That was truly and rightfully scary.

Blogger Scott April 19, 2017 2:08 PM  

He did the job most Americans wouldn't do

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr April 19, 2017 2:31 PM  

@41 SemiSpook: You're right, but some of these athletes have the attention span of a gnat. Not all - I suspect that IQ testing of NFL players would show a very definite bimodal distribution - but enough to form a definite group.

Blogger James Dixon April 19, 2017 2:36 PM  

> The man has been paid millions more than I likely will ever make and he was living hand to mouth. That's what multiple baby mama's and poor financial decisions will do for you.

Yeah. Personally, I just hate the fact that he reflects badly on WVU. Between him and Randy Moss, it's hard to figure out which was worse.

Blogger Nick S April 19, 2017 3:08 PM  

I'm sick and tired of allowing leftists to control the narrative. Let's be clear; The Resistance and Antifa are DEMOCRATS. Republicans would do well to explicitly highlight that fact with pictures, video clips and bold fonts in campaign marketing exploits.

Blogger Nick S April 19, 2017 3:15 PM  

WTF? Oops! Above intended for the The Only Reasonable Position thread

Anonymous Silly but True April 19, 2017 4:01 PM  

Interesting curiosity of Massachusetts law: the State adheres to principle of abatement ab initio. Because he died prior to exhaustion of appeals, it is likely his guilty sentence will be vacated.

Within the next several months, Hernandez will likely have died an innocent man.

Perhaps his remaining family members could take up the search for the guilty party.

Anonymous Osprey April 19, 2017 5:46 PM  

@46 -- IQ testing is part of the NFL draft combine. You can roughly convert Wonderlic scores to IQ scores by doubling the Wonderlic score, then adding 60.

Wonderlic offers a slightly different conversion at: http://wonderlictestsample.com/how-does-the-wonderlic-test-correspond-to-the-iq-test/

Blogger SirHamster April 19, 2017 6:55 PM  

Silly but True wrote:Because he died prior to exhaustion of appeals, it is likely his guilty sentence will be vacated.

Within the next several months, Hernandez will likely have died an innocent man.


Incentive to hang yourself and spare your family the shame.
How intentional was that?

Anonymous Saracen III April 19, 2017 7:05 PM  

You don't hang yourself after a big win, no matter how dark your life. Smells like murder.

Blogger Gordon April 19, 2017 7:23 PM  

The Patriots' scouting system identified Hernandez as a risky bad boy. Bellichek overruled the scouts.

Blogger Mountain Man April 19, 2017 9:45 PM  

High probability Hernandez was a gang banger - both literally and figuratively.
There is nothing that will get you removed from a leadership position within then gang quicker - than to be swinging for the other team. A good chance his murders were over whispers spread by the victims about this very subject. His hanging may have something to do with this taboo subject as well.
It reminds me of the Sopranos episode where Vito is whacked for being gay and then found with a pool cue up his ( fill in the blank)

Anonymous Silly but True April 19, 2017 9:57 PM  

@SirHamster,
If his lawyer advised him of that possibility, more power to the both of them I suppose.

Anonymous WaterBoy April 20, 2017 12:12 PM  

Aaron Hernandez found with Bible verse written on forehead, reports say

"When corrections officers found Aaron Hernandez hanging from a bedsheet in his Massachusetts prison cell on Wednesday, the words "John 3:16" were written on his forehead and the wall, according to reports.

The words were written with a red marker and a Bible was left open to the lines, sources told Fox 25. The verse says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
"

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