In 2008 the United States registered a milestone that was little discussed nor acclaimed by the Bush, or incoming Obama, administration. In that year, for the first time in the data series we have access to, going back to 1939, more folks worked for the government than in the goods-producing sector of the economy. The chart below is compiled based on data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There is reason to believe our finding is actually understating the problem here. If you think about it, the fascist state is not just the largest single employer in the United States, it is also the largest single customer for the output of industry.
Killing leads to pursuit: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUSPECTED IN SECOND SLAYING IN A WEEK.
San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, CA) September 15, 2006 Byline: Leslie Griffy and Kimra McPherson Sep. 15–A man suspected of killing his girlfriend led police on an hourlong pursuit through south Santa Clara County before law enforcement officers arrested him in front of a San Jose home Thursday morning.
The suspect, David Vincent Reyes, 39, and Franca Barsi had dated for about a year, family members said. Gilroy police discovered Barsi’s body in her apartment Wednesday. It’s unclear how the 38-year-old died. Family members called police after she didn’t pick up her 10-year-old son from school Tuesday. The death may be the county’s fifth domestic violence killing this year. It comes less than a week after the county’s fourth suspected domestic violence-related death was reported. Gilroy police got a break in the Barsi case when someone reported that her red four-door 2002 Honda Civic was in a San Jose neighborhood, Sgt. Kurt Svardal said. San Jose police got the tip about 7:20 a.m. Thursday, Sgt. Nick Muyo said. About 25 minutes later, they spotted a man who looked like Reyes driving a 1990 white Chrysler wood-paneled van, Muyo said. The van is registered to Barsi, according to Department of Motor Vehicles records. Officers followed Reyes in Barsi’s minivan around the East San Jose neighborhood starting about 7:45 a.m. The man never drove faster than 40 or 45 mph on city streets and wasn’t driving recklessly, Muyo said — “he just wasn’t stopping.” Then Reyes cruised onto Highway 101. Police and California Highway Patrol officers followed him for about an hour, first south on Highway 101 to Gilroy, then back north to San Jose. Reyes exited the freeway near the Highway 152 junction. He never pushed the van very fast, hovering between 40 and 70 mph on the highway. Officers followed Reyes back to Basch Avenue, where he was arrested about 9 a.m. without incident. site 2002 honda civic
San Jose police blocked off part of Basch Avenue after the arrest as they searched the minivan. A beer can was visible on the floor of the front passenger side. Near the home where the man was arrested, police also found Barsi’s Honda. It was parked across the street from a Basch Avenue home where officers said they believe Reyes’ family members live. He is being held in Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of homicide and on two outstanding warrants from Gilroy. One is in connection with an armed robbery in July, the other for alleged violation of state sex offender registration laws. According to the Megan’s Law Web site, Reyes, who sometimes went by the name Daniel, had been convicted of assault with intent to commit rape. Barsi is the second Santa Clara County woman believed to be killed by a partner in the past week. On Sept. 8, police found the body of Anna Marie McDonald, 24, in the Santa Clara home she shared with her boyfriend, James Patrick Krauth, 25. Police wanted to question Krauth about McDonald’s death, but he fled to Calaveras County in her blue Volkswagen Jetta. Sheriff’s deputies there shot and killed Krauth early Saturday after he reportedly tried to run over an officer with the car. McDonald’s family, like Barsi’s sister, Lauretta Avina, said they never saw physical signs of abuse. What both families noticed was, as Avina put it, “He was dominating and controlling and she would bend to his will.” That’s not uncommon in abusive relationships, Santa Clara County Assistant District Attorney Rolanda Pierre-Dixon said. “Domestic violence perpetrators are about power and control,” she said. “As long as you go along with the program, there will be no cuts and bruises. The second you stop, things get bad.” Changes in behavior, such as calling friends and family less often once someone starts a relationship, should spark conversations among those close to the person, Dixon said. here 2002 honda civic
“The most important thing is that if you are uncomfortable with your own relationship, with your friend’s relationship, speak up,” she said. “Put something on their minds.” Contact Leslie Griffy at email@example.com or (408) 920-5945.
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