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(Billings Gazette)   Man hitchhiking across the country to write book called "The Kindness of America" shot by random passer-by on the side of the highway   (billingsgazette.com) divider line 110
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2012-06-11 12:29:13 AM  
What the hell country did this guy come from? I wouldn't hitchhike across town without expecting robbery or rape.
 
2012-06-11 12:31:50 AM  
Dolin, from West Virginia, is hitchhiking across the country and writing a memoir called "The Kindness of America," Meier said.

That's a shootin'.
 
2012-06-11 12:33:59 AM  
He was able to flag down a passer-by for help and is now recovering at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.


i50.tinypic.com

This is my thesis, man! This is my closing argument! I CAN STOP HITCHHIKING ACROSS AMERICA!
 
2012-06-11 12:35:11 AM  
I am certain it will make for an intersting, if short, book.
 
2012-06-11 12:36:06 AM  
Well, he found the real America.
 
2012-06-11 12:36:44 AM  
"It's totally random," he said. "These two gentlemen did not know each other. They'd never seen each other and we don't know of a motive. We don't know why this happened."

I always wonder, when I hear police statements like this. My first thought is always, "Did you ask him?" Because I'm fairly certain that, once caught, the vast majority of people who commit a serious crime would start jabbering due to the stress.
 
2012-06-11 12:48:15 AM  
Kinda missed if he aint dead.

And thats the kindness!
 
2012-06-11 01:12:47 AM  
It was kind enough of the guy to not go for the kill shot.

/like raaaiiin, when all you need is a fork
 
2012-06-11 01:24:50 AM  
Chapter 1

WTF was I thinking?
 
2012-06-11 01:29:20 AM  
To put aside my normal cynicism, I'm very sure the USA is a very kind country, once you manage to avoid all the murderers, rapists, thieves, and general sociopaths that are such an integral part of the mosaic of the fabric of our great land.
 
2012-06-11 01:32:05 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Because I'm fairly certain that, once caught, the vast majority of people who commit a serious crime would start jabbering due to the stress.


Stay out of criminal activity. That is a very poor attitude.
 
2012-06-11 01:41:55 AM  

Confabulat: Benevolent Misanthrope: Because I'm fairly certain that, once caught, the vast majority of people who commit a serious crime would start jabbering due to the stress.

Stay out of criminal activity. That is a very poor attitude.


Kaiser Soze he is not, that's for sure.
 
2012-06-11 01:53:42 AM  

Confabulat: To put aside my normal cynicism, I'm very sure the USA is a very kind country, once you manage to avoid all the murderers, rapists, thieves, and general sociopaths that are such an integral part of the mosaic of the fabric of our great land

people.

FTFY
 
2012-06-11 02:36:19 AM  

doglover: Confabulat: Benevolent Misanthrope: Because I'm fairly certain that, once caught, the vast majority of people who commit a serious crime would start jabbering due to the stress.

Stay out of criminal activity. That is a very poor attitude.

Kaiser Soze he is not, that's for sure.


She. And no - I'm well aware I am not suited to a life of crime. This is why I'm a librarian, and not a Billionaire Evil Mastermind.

But seriously - this guy is apparently not a hardened criminal, accustomed to police interrogation in his normal line of work. TV dramas aside, most people don't have enough practice to withstand an interrogation, I would think.
 
2012-06-11 02:49:52 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: doglover: Confabulat: Benevolent Misanthrope: Because I'm fairly certain that, once caught, the vast majority of people who commit a serious crime would start jabbering due to the stress.

Stay out of criminal activity. That is a very poor attitude.

Kaiser Soze he is not, that's for sure.

She. And no - I'm well aware I am not suited to a life of crime. This is why I'm a librarian, and not a Billionaire Evil Mastermind.

But seriously - this guy is apparently not a hardened criminal, accustomed to police interrogation in his normal line of work. TV dramas aside, most people don't have enough practice to withstand an interrogation, I would think.


No ammount of practice could help you withstand an interrogation by someone determined to get info from you. Tourture is very easy and can be done in any kitchen.

But the police? You just clam up. TV shows make it look easy, but it's more of an hours long ordeal I'm sure. But they're not allowed to beat a confession outta you. If you are guilty, get a lawyer before you say ANYTHING. Unless it's rape, murder, or animal abuse. Then you fess up. Exagerate it even. Why? Because a little larceny or mob racketeering is bad, but those three are unforgivable.
 
2012-06-11 02:57:31 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: She. And no - I'm well aware I am not suited to a life of crime. This is why I'm a librarian, and not a Billionaire Evil Mastermind.

But seriously - this guy is apparently not a hardened criminal, accustomed to police interrogation in his normal line of work. TV dramas aside, most people don't have enough practice to withstand an interrogation, I would think.


Smart criminals don't leave a long rap sheet behind them.

And I'm hardly a hardened criminal but I don't say a word to cops unless it's to attempt not being hauled off to jail this time again. Usually that backfires.
 
2012-06-11 03:33:32 AM  
Hey Malkovich! Dolin! Think fast!
 
2012-06-11 03:39:25 AM  

borg: Hey Malkovich! Dolin! Think fast!


i.qkme.me
 
2012-06-11 04:05:49 AM  
So proud of my compatriots.
 
2012-06-11 04:22:15 AM  
America The BeautifulHazardous
 
2012-06-11 05:21:01 AM  
USA USA USA
 
2012-06-11 05:34:15 AM  

Mark Ratner: /like raaaiiin, when all you need is a fork


In my head...while reading your post.... Alanis burst right in and sang this part as loud as she does. It was really funny.
 
2012-06-11 05:39:47 AM  
In 1998 I hitchhiked from Michigan to California, to Oregon, back down south to Arizona, east through Texas and then North back up into Michigan. The trip took four and a half months and it was completely worth it. I met a lot of really wonderful people, learned a lot about my country, its people, and of course myself. There was only two points along the trip that were a bit dodgy.

The first was near Redwood, California. A couple of guys in a pickup truck stopped and offered me a ride when I wasn't looking for a ride. They were a little too insistent and when they got a little too close I pulled a knife on them and convinced them to get back in the truck and leave. Which they did, and then I did. Nothing more came of that.

The second time was in Arizona. I stopped in Tempe to visit a couple of hot girls that had moved to Tempe from back home in Michigan. When I arrived there, I was quickly informed I had to leave because one of the girls was hooked up with a heroine dealer and he and his friends were coming over because they heard about me coming there. Apparently the guy wasn't happy about my visit. So I booked it out of there and watched from a safe distance as two cars with seven guys pulled up. None of them looked very friendly and at least one of them had a pistol (saw him put it in the back of his belt before he went into the girls' apartment. There was some yelling and arguing between the girlfriend and her boyfriend, and I could see that was going nowhere fast... so I hitched it up to Flagstaff because I heard it was a cool town (and it was).

A pack of raccoons also tried to steal my crackers once... and a bear burst out of the woods and ran across the road ten feet in front of me... and I got really cold on a mountain one day... but in general... my trip wasn't very dangerous. I didn't get shot, stabbed, robbed, raped, or even assaulted. Even the cops that talked to me along the way were nice to me. People took me to their houses, let me crash on their couches, showed me great places to see, invited me to join their hippy commune, offered me a cabin in the woods, gave me food, let me use their showers, gave me more rides that I could keep track of, and were general pretty farking awesome.

My absolute favorite thing I did on my journey was visit the coastal redwoods of northern California. If you get the chance to see/touch/smell those in person, I highly recommend taking the opportunity to do so. It was kind of life altering for me.
 
2012-06-11 05:49:04 AM  

NewportBarGuy: He was able to flag down a passer-by for help and is now recovering at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.


[i50.tinypic.com image 288x162]

This is my thesis, man! This is my closing argument! I CAN STOP HITCHHIKING ACROSS AMERICA!


Well, yeah if they sent him all the way to Scotland, I guess he can write enough about America to get by: "Got shot, locals hate you so much they send you across the ocean to recover."

/and yeah, I know which Glasgow, so STFU and try to laugh, purists
//not you, Newport.
 
2012-06-11 06:04:17 AM  
"Just call it 'Sometimes You Hear the Bullet', it's a better title anyway."
 
2012-06-11 06:11:53 AM  
Chapter 1

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2012-06-11 06:20:42 AM  

Lorelle: Confabulat: To put aside my normal cynicism, I'm very sure the USA is a very kind country, once you manage to avoid all the murderers, rapists, thieves, and general sociopaths that are such an integral part of the mosaic of the fabric of our great land people.

FTFY


This.
/bums me out about stuff like this. What happened to society?
//Get off my lawn.
encrypted-tbn3.google.com
 
2012-06-11 06:22:39 AM  
Didn't John Waters already do this? Or just finish doing this, successfully?
 
2012-06-11 06:24:19 AM  

Lorelle: Confabulat: To put aside my normal cynicism, I'm very sure the USA is a very kind country, once you manage to avoid all the murderers, rapists, thieves, and general sociopaths that are such an integral part of the mosaic of the fabric of our great land people.

FTFY



encrypted-tbn3.google.com

I broke it. Sorry.
6:20AM and only four beers deep since Saturday.
 
2012-06-11 06:31:34 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Well, he found the real America.


"He was able to flag down a passer-by for help and is now recovering at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow."


Yes he did
 
2012-06-11 06:43:23 AM  
That any idiot in this country can have a firearm is the stupidest idea.
 
2012-06-11 06:44:38 AM  
A friend of mine and one of his friends crossed America on a Ural with a sidecar. They met loads of great people, especially a young mechanic in a nowehere little town. Two weeks after they met him the mechanic was shot by someone for apparently no reason. I'm not sure if the video is on youtube (of the trip, not the shooting) but it's worth a watch.

That friend and his wife also travelled the length of the Americas from Alaska to Patagonia on a Ural with a sidecar. It was their honeymoon and they shot a documentary along the way of married couples and interviewed them about their stories, their relationships etc. It's called Going The Distance and may be up on youtube as well although I know they haven't finished editing it.
 
2012-06-11 06:50:15 AM  
NewportBarGuy:
[i50.tinypic.com image 288x162]

This is my thesis, man! This is my closing argument! I CAN STOP HITCHHIKING ACROSS AMERICA!


Holy crap. Pigman.
 
Skr
2012-06-11 07:03:57 AM  
It's the 9 times out of 10 that you don't get shot that we should all be focusing on.


/at least he wasn't picked up by a pair of ladies in the mood for killing.
 
2012-06-11 07:14:23 AM  
Run, Forrest, Run!
 
2012-06-11 07:19:39 AM  
i527.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-11 07:29:04 AM  
Every society has its sociopaths, but America's sociopaths have many more opportunities to indulge in their twisted desires. Despite a population of 300 million plus people, America still has a lot of sparsely populated rural areas. Combine this with near universal access to private motor vehicles and guns (no questions asked in many places) and it's sociopath's paradise.

The American Tradition of Shoot Strangers
 
2012-06-11 07:36:42 AM  
I blame Hollywood

brammofan.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-11 07:41:12 AM  
Somebody stopped and helped him, right? There you go. The kindness of America.
 
2012-06-11 07:49:59 AM  

doglover: borg: Hey Malkovich! Dolin! Think fast!


I cannot explain why, but "Gooby pls" makes me laugh out loud every time. Especially when it's unexpected.
 
2012-06-11 07:53:46 AM  
Didn't someone attempt a similar journey globally themed a few years ago only to end up getting murdered in Turkey?
 
2012-06-11 07:53:59 AM  
I'm guessing the shooters defense will be "Well, he kinda looked like a hippie, and I was drunk and thought - What the hell, free hippie to shoot".

/Might work if he gets a jury of his peers
 
2012-06-11 07:57:30 AM  

badhatharry: Somebody stopped and helped him, right? There you go. The kindness of America.


This is what we need to keep in mind. There are more people out there who would help you than there are who would shoot you.

Yesterday my daughter lost her purse containing credit cards, £30, gig tickets. She rang around trying to find it and it eventually turned up. The finder had handed it in to the supermarket where she'd left it. The supermarket employee had kept all the content safe. These as the normal people.
 
2012-06-11 07:58:29 AM  

Confabulat: What the hell country did this guy come from? I wouldn't hitchhike across town without expecting robbery or rape.


Ah. America!
 
2012-06-11 08:00:40 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: "It's totally random," he said. "These two gentlemen did not know each other. They'd never seen each other and we don't know of a motive. We don't know why this happened."

I always wonder, when I hear police statements like this. My first thought is always, "Did you ask him?" Because I'm fairly certain that, once caught, the vast majority of people who commit a serious crime would start jabbering due to the stress.


Yeah, well, usually when you just ask them, the answer is "I didn't do it and I wasn't there when it happened."
 
2012-06-11 08:01:43 AM  

doglover: Benevolent Misanthrope: doglover: Confabulat: Benevolent Misanthrope: Because I'm fairly certain that, once caught, the vast majority of people who commit a serious crime would start jabbering due to the stress.

Stay out of criminal activity. That is a very poor attitude.

Kaiser Soze he is not, that's for sure.

She. And no - I'm well aware I am not suited to a life of crime. This is why I'm a librarian, and not a Billionaire Evil Mastermind.

But seriously - this guy is apparently not a hardened criminal, accustomed to police interrogation in his normal line of work. TV dramas aside, most people don't have enough practice to withstand an interrogation, I would think.

No ammount of practice could help you withstand an interrogation by someone determined to get info from you. Tourture is very easy and can be done in any kitchen.

But the police? You just clam up. TV shows make it look easy, but it's more of an hours long ordeal I'm sure. But they're not allowed to beat a confession outta you. If you are guilty, get a lawyer before you say ANYTHING. Unless it's rape, murder, or animal abuse. Then you fess up. Exagerate it even. Why? Because a little larceny or mob racketeering is bad, but those three are unforgivable.


She's right. When I worked for law enforcement I dealt with a lot of taped interrogations (they're all taped). The only criminals who know how to act in that situation are the ones who've been in it many, many, MANY times. The rest, believe it or not, if you can make them laugh, you can make them talk. And if people talk, the say too much.

Also a lot of very bad people seem to think that "Deep down, I'm really a good person". Heard that time and time again.
 
2012-06-11 08:08:46 AM  

Ablejack: That any idiot in this country can have a firearm is the stupidest idea.


Any idiot can vote, and in the long run those that do cause far more damage than idiots with guns. An idiot who is served by battalions of armed and trained non-idiots is incomparably more dangerous than a mere armed idiot.

So, no, it' not the stupidest idea.
 
2012-06-11 08:12:59 AM  

JohnnyC: In 1998 I hitchhiked from Michigan to California, to Oregon, back down south to Arizona, east through Texas and then North back up into Michigan. The trip took four and a half months and it was completely worth it. I met a lot of really wonderful people, learned a lot about my country, its people, and of course myself. There was only two points along the trip that were a bit dodgy.

The first was near Redwood, California. A couple of guys in a pickup truck stopped and offered me a ride when I wasn't looking for a ride. They were a little too insistent and when they got a little too close I pulled a knife on them and convinced them to get back in the truck and leave. Which they did, and then I did. Nothing more came of that.

The second time was in Arizona. I stopped in Tempe to visit a couple of hot girls that had moved to Tempe from back home in Michigan. When I arrived there, I was quickly informed I had to leave because one of the girls was hooked up with a heroine dealer and he and his friends were coming over because they heard about me coming there. Apparently the guy wasn't happy about my visit. So I booked it out of there and watched from a safe distance as two cars with seven guys pulled up. None of them looked very friendly and at least one of them had a pistol (saw him put it in the back of his belt before he went into the girls' apartment. There was some yelling and arguing between the girlfriend and her boyfriend, and I could see that was going nowhere fast... so I hitched it up to Flagstaff because I heard it was a cool town (and it was).

A pack of raccoons also tried to steal my crackers once... and a bear burst out of the woods and ran across the road ten feet in front of me... and I got really cold on a mountain one day... but in general... my trip wasn't very dangerous. I didn't get shot, stabbed, robbed, raped, or even assaulted. Even the cops that talked to me along the way were nice to me. People took me to their houses, let me crash on their couches, showed me great places to see, invited me to join their hippy commune, offered me a cabin in the woods, gave me food, let me use their showers, gave me more rides that I could keep track of, and were general pretty farking awesome.

My absolute favorite thing I did on my journey was visit the coastal redwoods of northern California. If you get the chance to see/touch/smell those in person, I highly recommend taking the opportunity to do so. It was kind of life altering for me.


Hey, dude, watch out fot the flies when you shoot the moose. Oh, and that school bus is going to get cold. Bring a sleeping bag.
 
2012-06-11 08:19:23 AM  

doglover: Tourture is very easy and can be done in any kitchen.


My wife knows this only too well. I fear her meatloaf in particular.
 
2012-06-11 08:19:39 AM  

jjacobs7: Didn't John Waters already do this? Or just finish doing this, successfully?


I came here to say this too.
 
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