HEY YOU

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Posted on 6th June 2013 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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 Hey you, out there on the road
always doing what you’re told,
Can you help me?
Hey you, out there beyond the wall,
Breaking bottles in the hall,
Can you help me?
Hey you, don’t tell me there’s no hope at all
Together we stand, divided we fall.

Pink Floyd – Hey You

  

“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.” Aldous Huxley – Brave New World

The world makes less sense every day. Little children are randomly slaughtered in their schoolrooms. Predator drones roam the skies over foreign countries exterminating bad guys, along with innocent women and children (collateral damage when it occurs in a foreign country). Drugged up mentally ill kids with no hope and no future live lives of secluded quiet desperation until they snap. Ignorant, government educated, welfare dependent drones with no self respect or respect for others, assault, kill and rob within their government created urban jungles. Sociopathic criminals who committed the largest financial crime in world history walk free and continue to occupy executive suites in luxury office towers in downtown NYC, collecting millions in bonuses as compensation for crushing the American middle class.  Academics, whose theories have been thoroughly disproven, continue to steer our economy into an iceberg while accelerating the money printing and debt issuance that will sink our ship of state. Corrupt, bought off politicians pander to the lowest common denominator as their votes are only dependent upon who contributed the most to their election campaigns, which never end. Delusional, materialistic, egocentric, math challenged consumers (formerly known as citizens) live for today, enslave themselves in debt, vote themselves more entitlements, and care not for future generations. The alienation and isolation created by our sprawling, automobile dependent, technology obsessed, government controlled, debt financed society has spread like a cancerous tumor, slowly killing our country.

Pink Floyd released The Wall 33 years ago. It was a concept rock opera album that explored the issues of ababdonment, isolation, alienation, authoritarianism, the brutality of war, a tyrannical conformist educational system, and the walls individuals and society build to protect themselves from having to confront reality and deal with the consequences of their actions. I attended the Roger Waters Wall Concert this past summer at Citizens Bank Park with my three sons. Three decades later, the message is more powerful than ever. The government oppression and never ending wars waged by the American Empire around the world have created a society built upon fear and loathing. Roger Waters’ vision is colored by Orwell’s 1984 dystopian nightmare of lies, misinformation, propaganda and brutality. The missing piece, which Waters didn’t see coming in 1979, was the ability of the oligarchs to use their control of the credit system to entrap the masses by convincing them to love their servitude and become so consumed with material possessions and the love of money that they would become nothing more than passive egotistical consumers.

Since 1979, Total Credit Market Debt in the United States has risen from $4.3 trillion to $55.3 trillion, a 1,286% increase in 33 years. Over this same time frame total wages and salaries have risen from $1.3 trillion to $6.9 trillion, a 531% increase. GDP has grown from $2.6 trillion to $15.8 trillion, a 608% increase. Luckily for the oligarchs, the math challenged masses don’t understand that 375% of the increase in GDP is strictly due to Federal Reserve created inflation, as the U.S. dollar has lost 68% of its purchasing power since 1979. This GDP growth was driven by debt, with consumer expenditures rising from 61% of GDP in 1979 to 71% of GDP today. In the one hundred years since the creation of the Federal Reserve the country’s population has tripled, while our public debt and unfunded liabilites have risen from $2 billion to over $200 trillion, a ten million percent increase. The masses have been programmed and conditioned to love their debt servitude and yearn for more debt to fix an economic system that collapsed due to excessive debt. The cadre of ruling elite are obliging by creating debt at hyperspeed levels. The corporate media, Wall Street shysters and low-life captured politicians assure the sheep-like masses that this is normal and beneficial to their interests, as the sheep are sheared and led to slaughter.

“There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.”George Orwell

Pavlov’s Dogs

   

 “And always, everywhere, there would be the yelling or quietly authoritative hypnotists; and in the train of the ruling suggestion givers, always everywhere, the tribes of buffoons and hucksters, the professional liars, the purveyors of entertaining irrelevances. Conditioned from the cradle, unceasingly distracted, mesmerized systematically, their uniformed victims would go on obediently marching and countermarching, go on, always and everywhere, killing and dying with the perfect docility of trained poodles.” -  Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley and Edward Bernays realized in the 1920s that the utilization of conditioning and propaganda techniques could be used to control and manipulate the masses. Ivan Pavlov, the famous Russian physiologist, conducted the ground breaking work on conditional reflexes. Pavlov discovered that when a bell was rung in subsequent time with food being presented to a dog in consecutive sequences, the dog will initially salivate when the food is presented. The dog will later come to associate the ringing of the bell with the presentation of the food and salivate upon the ringing of the bell. To a critical thinking human being who questions authority, resists being told what they should think, and values their humanity, over what is crammed down their throat by government run schools and the corporate controlled media, the thought of being treated like a dog is revolting. But to people like Edward Bernays, who believed manipulation of the masses by an invisible contingent of intellectually superior men, conditioning the minds of the masses through propaganda was a necessity in a democratic society to keep the herd under control.

Just a cursory examination of our society reveals a population of salivating consumers (dogs) who can be stimulated to buy the latest iPhone or techno-gadget with a simple Madison Avenue advertising campaign (bell). Everyone has seen the videos of the masses lining up like cattle on Black Friday, stampeding through aisles, and fighting each other like their the entertainment at Michael Vick’s house on a Saturday night. All the mega-corporate retailers and the corporate media have to do is ring a bell (SALE) and the dogs start salivating. Product placement, Hollywood star endorsements and influential people using a product immediately convince the easily manipulated dogs to salivate and purchase the products. The difference is that these dogs have credit cards issued by the Wall Street banks and funded by the Federal Reserve with dollars created out of thin air.  We are inundated with millions of TV, newspaper, radio, billboard, and internet advertisements designed to make us salivate (spend). Huxley’s dystopian vision of a society whose economic values, in which individual happiness is defined as the ability to satisfy needs, and achievement as a society is equated with economic growth and prosperity, has come to full fruition. He never conceived of consumers having the ability to consume without even having the money to do so. The credit card became our form of Soma. The so called progressives point to our ever increasing “advancements” in technology as proof that our society is progressing. Huxley knew otherwise, decades before we reached this disgusting point in history:

“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.” -  Aldous Huxley

In reality our “technological progress” has done nothing more than create a humorless, shallow, superficial world of alienation and egocentric desires. Just as in Huxley’s Brave New World, science and technology have not been used to seek truth and advance our culture. They have been used by the State to sensor, control, and monitor the citizens. They use technology as a means to create electronic entertainment machines that generate both harmless leisure and the high levels of consumption and production that are the basis of societal stability and state designed happiness. When those in control talk about progress, they mean greater control over our lives. When the consumption of material goods isn’t enough to fill the holes within our souls, our owners are quick to prescribe a pill to smooth over those feelings of unease and discontent. In Huxley’s novel the population voluntarily consumes Soma to dispel any anxieties or negative emotion. The saying was, “One cubic centimeter cures ten gloomy sentiments.” In America the government controlled drug industry has thousands of pills to treat every ailment or unhappy thought that might ail you. Just don’t try and treat yourself with an unapproved natural or banned substance. The threat of imprisonment always lurks in the shadows. They just want us to be interchangeable bricks in the wall.

And the Worms Ate Into His Brain

“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.” -  Aldous Huxley

 

 Hey you, out there in the cold
Getting lonely, getting old
Can you feel me?
Hey you, standing in the aisles
With itchy feet and fading smiles
Can you feel me?
Hey you, don’t help them to bury the light
Don’t give in without a fight.

Pink Floyd – Hey You

The tragic deaths of twenty children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut this past week and the similar tragedies in Aurora, Columbine, Virginia Tech and Tucson are a reflection of the twisted society we’ve created. The progressive control freak do-gooders that believe the government can solve all problems and improve our lives with another law or regulation, have as usual come to the wrong solution for the wrong problem. Stricter gun control laws would not have averted this this tragedy. Connecticut has the 5th toughest gun restrictions in the country according to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The guns were purchased legally by the mother of the killer. Mentally deranged people should not have access to guns, knives, automobiles, gasoline, or baseball bats. The real issue is not what he used to kill these innocent people, it’s what caused him to snap. Those in power want to divert the attention from this crucial question. In Huxley’s novel the characters do everything they can to avoid confronting the truth about their own lives. They try to alter reality by ingesting Soma, encouraged by the state as the ultimate form of willful self-delusion. Soma clouds the realities of the present and replaces them with happy hallucinations, and is thus a tool for promoting social stability. America has taken Huxley’s dystopian vision to an extreme. There are millions of children in this country being drugged on a daily basis to keep them under control. A majority of the mass murderers were taking psychotropic drugs, including the mentally deranged killer this week. These killings are a result of the state sponsored drugging of children, a culture that promotes narcissism, broken families and our technologically enhanced suburban sprawl isolation from human relationships, love and compassion for others.

We glorify technology even though it encourages the building of brick walls, creating a self-imposed isolation from society. The traditional family unit has been discarded, with 50% of marriages ending in divorce and 43% of all children born out of wedlock. Millions of families are dysfunctional, with parents too busy with their careers and acquiring material possessions, to bother with raising their children in a loving nurturing way. One in ten American adults choose to escape their man made cells with prescription anti-depressants. Almost one in four women in their 40s and 50s are popping pills to escape their depressing lives. Huxley envisioned a Soma Nation. America is a Prozac Nation. The wealthy think medicating their kids, spoiling them with toys, gadgets and cars, and occupying their days with organized sports and activities passes for involved parenting. Poor urban children are lucky if they ever lay eyes on their father. Ignorance, violence, and dependency are a given for most of these kids. And all of these children are matriculated into the government run schools whose sole purpose is to teach kids what to think, rather than how to think. Our owners need to keep us “happy” and focused on feelings, material possessions, and an infinite number of distractions, so they can retain control and continue their pillaging of the national wealth.

Our leaders have attempted to design their own Brave New World, retaining control by making America’s citizens so contented and superficially fulfilled that they no longer care about their personal freedoms, liberties and civic responsibilities. The consequences of increasing state power are a loss of dignity, morals, values, and emotions. We are losing our humanity. The society created by Bernays and his minions who occupy the executive suites in NYC and slither through the halls of Congress has been built upon destroying all human truths, such as love, friendship, community, and personal connections. Decades of media propaganda, public education mind control, and peddling of debt convinced the majority that happiness meant immediate gratification of our desires for food, sex, drugs, clothes, iGadgets, and all the other consumer crap made in corporate sponsored slave labor factories across Asia. These delusional hallucinations of happiness are the prison walls we’ve built brick by brick.

 “This concern with the basic condition of freedom — the absence of physical constraint — is unquestionably necessary, but is not all that is necessary. It is perfectly possible for a man to be out of prison and yet not free — to be under no physical constraint and yet to be a psychological captive, compelled to think, feel and act as the representatives of the national State, or of some private interest within the nation, want him to think, feel and act.” -  Aldous Huxley

It took the intellectuals and progressives that wield power across the land only moments to hijack the feelings of sorrow and pain sweeping the nation, to misdirect attention from the mental illnesses caused by the society they’ve created, towards the false storyline that gun violence is sweeping the land. In reality, violent crime has been falling for over a decade as gun sales have soared. The homicide rate in this country is the lowest since 1964, with the vast majority of homicides occurring in the urban kill zones created by the five decade long progressive war on poverty. The truth is of no interest to those brandishing power. After decades of conditioning, the masses are psychologically captive to the messages designed to make them salivate. They will be compelled to think, feel and act as instructed by the Alphas. There will be calls for more police, despite the fact that police rarely stop a crime. With all of their armaments, technology, high powered weaponry, and political clout, they can be counted on to arrive five minutes after the tragedy is over. But they are brilliant in luring clueless Muslim teenagers into terrorist plots, picking the target, providing the fake bombs, and taking credit for foiling the plots they created. More union police officers will increase our safety as much as more union teachers have made our kids smarter. This tragedy will be used by the propagandists to impose further restrictions upon those who choose personal responsibility and self-reliance over dependency and trust in the efficiency and fairness of our benevolent government overlords.

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As the father of three sons I can’t imagine the pain, sorrow and emptiness the parents of these beautiful children must be experiencing. The grief is overwhelming. I mourn for the children and adults slaughtered by a mentally deranged young man created by our truly perverted culture of alienation. I mourn for the children being raised in a society run by evil psychopathic liars that use the power of propaganda and the tools of debt to control and manipulate its citizens. I mourn for unborn generations that will be forced to confront the dreadful depraved chaos created by our culture of egocentric greed and narcissism. The things we value in this culture – accumulating wealth, outward beauty, acquisition of material possessions, instant gratification, access to debt, government control, and curing our ills with drugs – are driving us insane. Who is really abnormal in a profoundly abnormal society? Believing that possessions, more laws or another medication will truly make us happy is insane. Popping a pill, buying a new iPhone, or passing another law will not cure the disease that permeates this nation. We need to recapture the humanity, civic pride and self-responsibility that built this country. Only an awakened populace can change our course.

Huxley feared that our desires would ruin us. Orwell was afraid that what we fear would ruin us. The oligarchs have pushed the Huxley vision to its sustainable limit. The avarice and greed of these invisible power brokers has devoured the vast resources of the nation. These psychopaths weren’t satisfied with siphoning off most of the wealth of the country. They wanted it all and wrecked the global economy in their odious pursuit of mammon. We are now in the death throes of the most decadent, delusional, debt engendered era in the long history of mankind. Those in power realize it is slipping away. Their “solutions” reflect an air of desperation. Their propaganda efforts have been redoubled. As more middle class workers lose their jobs, more young people graduate from college with tens of thousands in student loan debt and a future of dramatically reduced expectations, and more people are driven beyond their breaking point, this materialistic shroud of happiness will be torn asunder. Anger is building like a lava dome within a volcano. A critical thinking minority are questioning the motives of those in power. The unsustainability of our economic paradigm is certain. The seeds of revolution are being sown. Our society is only fantasy. The wall is too high. It will be up to an irate tireless minority of freedom minded citizens to tear down the wall. The alternative is to allow the worms to eat into our brains. Each of us must answer a simple question. Are you just another brick in the wall?

But it was only fantasy.
The wall was too high,
As you can see.
No matter how he tried,
He could not break free.
And the worms ate into his brain.

Pink Floyd – Hey You

 

The oligarchs will not give up without a fight. Their realization that the Brave New World method of controlling the masses has run its course has convinced them to shift their methods towards Orwell’s 1984 tactics. In part two of this series – Mother Should I Trust the Government? - I’ll address how the use of fear, war, pain, and surveillance are becoming the new controlling method of the oligarchs.

 

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159 Comments
  1. Old Buck says:

    Right on. excellent post

    17th December 2012 at 9:47 am

  2. JT says:

    Excellent article. Couldn’t agree more but not sure what the solution is. Part of me doesn’t want to give up and to try and change things for the better while the other instinct is to try and find the safest place for my family to weather the coming storm. (Fight or Flight)

    17th December 2012 at 10:45 am

  3. Yojimbo says:

    Thank you for another shot across the bow of mainstream thinking.

    17th December 2012 at 10:46 am

  4. GSTzman says:

    Jack Nicholson as The Joker to one of him henchmen,
    “Bob, this town needs an enema!”

    17th December 2012 at 10:51 am

  5. card802 says:

    Our politicians are turning our fear into dread. We can fear a shooting, robbery, or home invasion and get a CCW to protect our families. Fear drives most people into action to control that fear.

    Dread immobilizes us, we can’t function, we sit like a deer in the headlights waiting for the government to outlaw cars.

    17th December 2012 at 10:58 am

  6. OF says:

    Yes.

    17th December 2012 at 11:02 am

  7. Administrator says:

    “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

    ― Aldous Huxley

    17th December 2012 at 11:35 am

  8. Administrator says:

    17th December 2012 at 11:58 am

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  10. Ron says:

    When you have no belief in God, material things and sensory gratification is all your shallow life has.Parents like this raising souless little things.
    They become monsters who dont value life.Next thing you know they get a job on wallstreet.
    Just look at our military.Its all about money.I see no threat to national security.How many children have we killed in Iraq and Afganistan?Ive read the number could be over 500,000.
    How many abortions well be done in just one day? Its sick how the media works.Now its the cry of we need gun control.
    The government and all the media outlets all need to fuck off.

    17th December 2012 at 12:11 pm

  11. JIMSKI says:

    Great read as always. Of course now my Monday sucks even more than normal. It never ceases to amaze me how you are able to put into words and connect the dots so freely and with such a strong although for the most part ignored message. We hear you and i wish more could hear you too.

    Personal question Admin and fell free to ignore it. I have been here a while and I have seen you hit the eject button 2 or 3 times and thankfully always come back. How can you continue to write such thought provoking and heart wrenching information and not go off your rocker? I can digest this information and then move onto other parts of my life but you, sir, have a heavy burden.

    Peace Mr Quinn.

    17th December 2012 at 12:12 pm

  12. Mark says:

    Art Devany has so many great observations

    Our ancestors lived in small bands of around 25 other people. Every person was important to the survival of the band. They all had value and contributed in some way. Now you can see thousands of other people and the comparison is almost always hard on your pride or sense of worth. And it’s hard to see your contribution in the broader scheme of things. I think this contributes to a sense of a lack of purpose and meaning in your life . . .

    17th December 2012 at 12:20 pm

  13. Kill Bill says:

    I have a feeling psychiatrists, of the Freud [related to Bernays] school, of which Carl Jung was would have tested Lanza and classified him as an INTJ. An introvert [loner] lacking empathy [sociopath] and judgmental [people should die].but also intelligent [crazy]

    17th December 2012 at 12:21 pm

  14. youcanthavemyglock says:

    JIMSKI, admin takes prozac…and viagra, that’s how ;)

    17th December 2012 at 12:31 pm

  15. SSS says:

    Jim, great article. Here’s a copy and paste of an email I sent just yesterday to the Arizona Daily Star, Letters to the Editor.

    ————————————————

    “Re the horrible tragedy at the elementary school in Connecticut, I think we as a society may be well served by thinking out of the box.

    Instead of the easy, standard knee-jerk reaction of calling for gun control, might we be better served to focus on the possibility of the adverse effects of psychotropic drugs on these clearly disturbed mass murderers? If you connect the dots, nearly all of these horrible shootings are committed by young, white, middle class males who have shown a previously known pattern of erratic behavior. Here in Tucson, Jared Loughner is Exhibit A.

    So what other dots may be out there? It could be Big Pharma and its endless menu of psychotropic drugs available for every possible mental issue diagnosed for children. All of these drugs are 100% mind-altering, no exceptions. And that may be the problem that can be fixed and result in far fewer of these senseless mass murders.”

    ——————————————————

    While googling “psychotropic drugs and children,” I came across a film clip of uber left-wing film maker Michael Moore, who made the controversial film, “Bowling for Columbine,” about the mass murders at Columbine High School in Colorado. He and I completely agree on the issue of pshychotropic drugs and their probable bad affects on children.

    Imagine that. Michael Moore and I agree on something. I’m now so depressed, I need to take a drug.

    17th December 2012 at 1:09 pm

  16. Administrator says:

    Jimski

    Writing an article like this is mentally exhausting. I’ll be asleep by 9:30 tonight. When I started this blog I felt like I needed to pump out a long article once per week. I’ve scaled it back to one article every two or three weeks. I keep plugging away because of my kids. They deserve a better country than we are leaving them. The site will have over 4 million visitors this year after 2 million last year and a million the year before that. It’s incremental progress, but more people are being awakened to the truth. I’m an INTJ. I don’t care if people are listening or not. I’m going to say what I think.

    Peace to all the truth seekers out there.

    17th December 2012 at 1:11 pm

  17. Stucky says:

    “Pink Floyd released The Wall 33 years ago. It ….. explored the issues of abandonment, isolation, alienation, authoritarianism, the brutality of war, a tyrannical conformist educational system, and the walls individuals and society build to protect themselves …” —– Administrator (PBUH)

    Ahhh, what a sweet, sweet trip down Memory Lane. For my money (pun intended), Pink Floyd is one of the Greatest Bands of all time. I lived for their music, memorized just about every song. People would ask what was my religion; I’d answer “I’m a Floydist.”. lol

    (Side-note as to ‘why’: Briefly, for those who don’t know about The Wall – the movie. “Pink” is the narrator. He is depressed, and wonders about the meaning of life. Early on, flashbacks show Pink as a young lad in England in the early 1950’s. He feels abandoned. He longs for his dad, but he died in the Big War. He withdraws from his existence by writing poems. In the classroom, a teacher confiscates a poem and reads it to the class …. a wonderful flashback to Pink Floyd’s 1973 hit, “Money”. I was an enlisted Air Force guy sitting in an apartment of my local Greek friend in Athens the very first time I heard “Money”; —- “Money, it’s a hit / Don’t give me that / Do goody good bullshit. / Money, it’s a crime / Share it fairly / But don’t take a slice of my pie.” You can just FEEL the sarcasm and contempt dripping from the lyrics. I was instantly hooked! That song, their music, influenced my life to a great degree.)

    Ahhh, what a grand time to be alive. In 1973, the “Money” era, the anti-establishment youth movement was still strong. (Today, we call those utes, Boomers. lol). By, 1979’s The Wall, the movement was in its Swan Song …. to be replaced by “disco”, probably officially so in 1977 with Travolta’s hit, “Saturday Night Fever”. (Disco …. given the opportunity, I think I could make a case that THAT was the beginning of the end of America. LOL).

    But … was it REALLY such a grand time to be alive? I don’t think so. Please recall or reread Admin’s quote at the beginning of this post. Does that sound like a grand time to you? Why, then, do so many (including me) remember those times as glorious days?

    I look backwards to the days, the weeks, the years, and decades. I try to figure out – just like in “The Wall” – where I have come from and where I am going. I especially wonder about what I have left undone. But, don’t think I live in the past. I am actually wary of the past. Why shouldn’t I be?

    When I think of decades past — searching for specific details, not generalities – I am greatly disturbed when I discover that so many elements of my being are completely dead. My memories are dead long before my body dies. I can easily recall some of the “good stuff” vividly – like knowing where I was when I first heard “Money”: what we were wearing (me, in bell-bottoms, lol), what we were drinking (Ouzo, actually), and even the smells of souvlaki (lamb shish kabob) my friend’s mom was grilling in the tiny kitchen. But, the “bad stuff” lingers on only in generalities. It’s almost as if they didn’t really happen.

    Someone said it’s not the power to remember, but its polar opposite, the power to forget, as a necessary condition for our existence. So, our wonderfully complex brains have mastered the art of Self Medicating …. hiding away bad memories deep in the folds of its crevices and discarding the key. Releasing feel good dopamine and other chemicals to transform, as if by magic, a dreary past into a happy one .. maybe even one that never existed. C.S. Lewis said that what we call Remembering is “the last part of pleasure”. Maybe that’s why, despite the available evidence, I recall the late 60’s and 70’s of my youth in such fond terms.

    But, from time to time a Deeper Need overrides all the self-defense mechanisms the brain can muster. From time to time we must enter a room where our past memories become part of the present in real terms, not terms that are manufactured. We enter the room called “Remember”, where dead memories are Resurrected, for it is only in resurrection where the dead are made alive. In is in those exceedingly rare times we do this that we are most truly alive to our own Turnings .. where we consciously remember how our journeys have brought us to where we are Today, and to where we are going.

    Today parents in Sandy Hook are burying their dead children. Many will place their hopes in a physical Resurrection, where they will once again be reunited with their children in that Great and Glorious Day of His Coming. Curses multiplied upon curses to those who would dare take that Hope away from them!! I mourn and pray – in my own way — for the parents for the worst is yet to come.

    They have the love and support of the entire nation …. I hope they can actually feel it. The POTUS and other famous dignitaries do their best to give words of comfort. The Heavenly Angels are delivering the prayers of millions to their broken hearts. But sometime this evening the parents will completely alone, far away from the mourning crowds. Mother and Father alone in a quiet house, about to enter the room called, “Remember”. “Oh, my son! My daughter! Where art thou?” They will remember one precious memory upon another like a ladder to heaven itself. What awaits them then? In this, their Gethsemane-like hour in the garden. I tremble. For someone said, “There is no worse sorrow than remembering happiness in the day of sorrow”.

    Perhaps that’s why we don’t often go to the room called “Remember”. It can be a terrible place. Let us all pray – in whatever way is comfortable for us – that these parents don’t forget there’s also a room called, “Resurrection”.

    17th December 2012 at 1:14 pm

  18. Administrator says:

    Stuck

    Amen.

    17th December 2012 at 1:21 pm

  19. Administrator says:

    Mike Bloomberg Calls For Ban On Assault Weapons

    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/17/2012 – 13:06

    In the least unexpected news of the week, Mayor Mike, whose forays into central planning started with banning sugary sodas, and then proceeded to gas rationing, has just done what everyone expected him to do, and demand a ban on all assault weapons:

    •MAYOR BLOOMBERG CALLS FOR ENFORCEABLE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN
    •MAYOR BLOOMBERG CALLS FOR PASSING GUNS CHECK ACT
    •MAYOR BLOOMBERG CALLS FOR MAKING GUN TRAFFICKING A FELONY
    •MAYORS AGAINST ILLEGAL GUNS TO SEND VIDEO STATEMENTS TO CONGRESS

    We eagerly await the imminent escalation: the “taxable inhalable oxygen for those making over $250,000 – it’s only fair act” to be proposed by Mayor Mike and his central-planning enamored brethren in D.C. next.

    17th December 2012 at 1:24 pm

  20. Colma Rising says:

    Admin: Great write up and re your image posted and SSS’ letter:

    On the mark. It is a subject that’s taboo must be cast aside.

    Why aren’t these facts and sides to these soul-withered whack jobs examined?

    Responsibilty would begin to fall on people who make these easy-way-out treatments a part of their rampant professional laziness.

    Makes you wonder what percentage of politicians use these meds and the answer would explain how they can even think of looking at themselves in the mirror every morning.

    It’s just speechlessly sad. All of it.

    Heads up everyone and never forget or defer telling people you love how much they mean. Brave the cheesiness and do it.

    17th December 2012 at 1:25 pm

  21. youcanthavemyglock says:

    Bloomberg’s wife

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    17th December 2012 at 1:58 pm

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  23. AWD says:

    I still go back to the demographics, 47% being supported by the government, 53% when you include union government parasites. 53% of our population is completely and utterly devoid from reality; that reality being you work and produce for what you get. The FSA are all, or at least 95%, on psychotropic meds to combat that feeling of humanity, in our genes, to work, produce, and better ourselves and society. Yet, 53% of the population is not doing that, is being paid for nothing but voting or showing up. It’s an existential problem that can’t be medicated away. Deep down, the FSA feels like parasites, because that’s what they are. So, better to anesthetize it away with drugs.

    No small issue, medicating kids. The 47% know that having more kids means more money. Getting kids on meds means more money. They get on disability, as children, and welfare mom collects another huge check. She may or may not have wanted kids in the first place, and is happy they are medicated, and even happier with a huge check every month from their disability. The kids in the 100 million welfare “families” in the U.S. are often unwanted, a burden to welfare mom, and have no direction, no parental support, no role models, and no hope (but to get on welfare themselves). Welfare mom is on pain meds, psych meds, anxiety meds, and also weed, meth, and whatever else they can get their hands on. All supported and paid for by taxpayers and the progressive criminal politicians who keep handing over more and more money to this black hole.

    When you stand back and look at what this country has become, and the direction it’s heading, you can only wonder how bad it’s going to get. The people are lobotomized now, chemically, technologically or otherwise. Our population are lazy iphone staring zombies, automatons. Utterly hopeless. Every single instance of centrally-planned socialism/communism has ended the same way. All we can hope for now is a quick ending, and a fight for who’s going to push the reset button.

    17th December 2012 at 2:11 pm

  24. Novista says:

    Admin: “I don’t care if people are listening or not.”

    You’re writing for the remnant and that’s all it takes.

    Meanwhile, here’s another on the clown car. I find it useful getting some email alerts from progressives.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    “How do we begin to recover?

    Words cannot express our heartbreak as we grieve for the children and educators killed in Newtown on Friday. As a father, I cannot even begin to imagine what the victims’ families are going through. Connecticut is my home, and this senseless tragedy is unfathomable to our state — and the nation.

    As President Obama stated in last night’s press conference, we must take responsibility for each other and we must take responsibility to make sure this does not happen again.

    Too many families have faced heartbreak this year.

    Join us in a national campaign for an assault weapons ban.

    Now is the time for life-saving, common-sense legislation that would again ban semi-automatic weapons along with the high-capacity magazines that feed them.

    The tragic tale of these shootings sadly repeats a common theme — in Tucson, Aurora and Newtown, the killer used semi-automatic guns to unleash hundreds of bullets at his victims.

    But gun violence is not new. Since 1982 more than 75% of mass-murders were committed with legally obtained weapons and most were semi-automatic. Of the 12 deadliest shootings in U.S. history, half have happened since 2007 — the last assault weapons ban bill expired in 2004.

    No community should ever again have to feel this level of grief. We must do everything we can to prevent this from happening again. Now is the time — we’ve lost too much already.

    Together we can put sensible restrictions in place to prevent future tragedy. There’s more we can do — improve background checks, closing the gun-show loophole — but this is a critical first step to save lives. With Members of Congress set to introduce legislation that would bring back the assault weapons ban, now is the time to stand together and ban these killer weapons.

    Wishing you and your family peace.

    – Jim

    Jim Dean, Chair
    Democracy for America”

    * * * * * * *
    Right. “A critical first step” … indeed.

    Last night, fools i oz were pontificating on a current events TV program, babbling about “machine guns” and “There’s never been an instance of someone with a gun stopping any of these shootings.”

    I’ll bet they will have second thoughts about having an email and Twitter link posted. Heh.

    My email included some facts and “Emotion and misinformation does not make a tragedy better.”

    17th December 2012 at 2:12 pm

  25. AWD says:

    Seems to me the country is evenly split in two. Those that see what is happening (the same people that still work, pay taxes, try the best for their families, and are getting angrier and angrier at society), and the rest of the people that are getting paid to serve the government and vote.

    20121217_society.png

    17th December 2012 at 2:46 pm

  26. backwardsevolution says:

    Kill Bill – “…and judgmental [people should die]…”

    Yesterday I posted some definitions from the Myers-Briggs site. One was: “Do not confuse Judging with judgmental, in its negative sense about people and events. They are not related.”

    A strong preference of Judging over Perceiving only means you take in the information and then you make a DECISION. Perceiving types like to take in all information (sometimes way too much) before they make a decision.

    This has nothing to do with being judgmental.

    17th December 2012 at 2:48 pm

  27. Thinker says:

    Jim, great piece. Fully agree with the pharmaceutical-fuelled aspect of Americans’ lives. But I’m also going to suggest that there are other layers we need to consider. And, based on AWD’s post, I’m beginning to think that society is coming to the same conclusion as we are, even though the government and the media insist on focusing on the GUN “problem” here.

    Here’s why… I got stuck watching the View this morning (yeah, it’s a bad Monday). Despite that, I have to admit I heard some of the BEST discussion on the Sandy Hook tragedy yet. Chris Cuomo and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner had those vapid bitches in shock when they explained that guns were not the problem, but the culture of violence and the attention the news media gives to shooters like this. I highly recommend people take a look, since this is where the nation should be focusing the discussion on “solutions” to these events.

    I know people hate videos here (other than Stucky, who actually clicks through), but seriously, listen to the points these guys make. It’s worth the 10 minutes or so it’ll take.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N12r68W3aMo

    17th December 2012 at 2:54 pm

  28. sangell says:

    I’ve heard that the risk of autism increases with the age of the mother giving birth and perhaps that should include the age of the father of the child though that may not yet have been studied.

    This is something that has concerned me for sometime and that is that modern society is out of sync with the human biological clock if one’s goals are a prosperous middle class or better life. To raise a middle class child today is very expensive and parents must delay child rearing in order to first acquire the economic wherewithal to have a middle class family. As good paying blue collar work has virtually disappeared in America and a college degree or graduate degree a sine non qua into managerial positions in government and corporate America people, women in particular, must spend much of their youth gaining the education and work experience necessary to move up the economic ladder. Having a family during this stage of your life is real handicap as being free to take what jobs and promotions as become available supercedes the needs of a wife, husband or children.

    Then there is the issue of a house and its related issue schools. With many of our public schools unfit for purpose, parents who want their children to have a decent life must either be able to afford private education in areas with poor public schools or be able to afford to buy a house in an area with good public schools. They’ll pay through the nose for the privilege of sending their children to a Sandy Hook elementary school or Columbine high school. This housing/education dynamic further postpones the ability of many couples to raise a family.

    On the other end of the scale the underclass, free from any economic or social constraints as to child bearing, are free to procreate at any time and in any number and , in fact, low IQ underclass females are awarded their own lifetime government benefits as soon as they become pregnant. The low IQ fathers being supernumeraries to the poor single female family formation beyond sperm donation are free to impregnate multiple women without consequence to their economic future such as it is. In fact by impregnating multiple females they gain some limited access to government benefits themselves by being able to stay in the females government provided apartments and dine on the females government provided food. Of course the tax burden falls on the young upwardly mobile college educated childless couples described above since they will have above average incomes and few deductions.

    17th December 2012 at 3:01 pm

  29. GreasedUpWillie says:

    Hmmm, I can’t seem to figure out how this happened. Did the shooter not see the “Gun Free Zone” sign right outside the school. The Conneticut legislature passed those Gun Free Zone laws to prevent school shootings, thus disarming all of the staff at the school. And this guy walked right by that sign. A sign did not slow him down or stop him? Here is a radical idea, since the sign did not psychopath, instead of expanding this “Gun Free” concept to the nation, maybe we could try something different to stop psychopaths like RETURN FIRE!

    17th December 2012 at 3:09 pm

  30. backwardsevolution says:

    Kill Bill – Eddie mentioned the Enneagram test yesterday. Myers-Briggs stresses HOW we are whereas I believe the Enneagram test would stresses the HOW and WHY. Many people are introverted because of early attachment issues, neglect, physical abuse (IOW, introverted because of fear), while others are because they are further up Maslow’s hierarchy (because of love). We are all a composite of our genetics and past experiences.

    There is a continuum with autistic people at one end (because of genetics), sociopaths slightly closer towards centre (detached)…..and all the way to the other side, the healthy people.

    The Myers-Briggs site also stated: “Don’t confuse Feeling with emotion. Everyone has emotions about the decisions they make. Also do not confuse Thinking with intelligence.”

    Adam Lanza may have been intelligent, but he was clearly not “thinking” or “feeling” when he did what he did. He was too far gone.

    17th December 2012 at 3:12 pm

  31. Olga says:

    Another excellent essay.

    Crowd control is as old as civilization; the elite at the top have always looked for the most efficient way to control the many. Bernays and his protégés incorporated the latest understanding of human psychology with the efficiency of mass media and then sold and waged ever increasingly effective mind-fucks to the highest bidder.

    They say the military is 30 years ahead of the general public in technology – Bernays & Co. worked in the 30’s40’s/50’s – I cannot imagine the current “mind-fuck” techniques being sold to TPTB to keep the serfs amused, confused, distracted and enslaved.

    17th December 2012 at 3:15 pm

  32. backwardsevolution says:

    Admin – absolutely superb article! No one writes like you do; it just smacks of the truth. Thank you.

    Charles Dickens, a Tale of Two Cities:

    “And yet there is not in France, with its rich variety of soil and climate, a blade, a leaf, a root, a sprig, a peppercorn, which will grow to maturity under conditions more certain than those that have produced this horror.

    Crush humanity out of shape once more, under similar hammers, and it will twist itself into the same tortured forms. Sow the same seed of rapacious license and oppression over again, and it will surely yield the same fruit according to its kind.”

    17th December 2012 at 3:28 pm

  33. Andrew says:

    Don’t forget the B.S. that the mainstream astrophysicists foster on the public, regarding abstract religious/mathematical constructs such as the Big Bang, Dark Matter, Black Holes, comets as dirty snowballs, and the Sun as a thermonuclear furnace. What they have been hiding through their ignorance and their desperate holding on to careers and grant monies, is the discovery that the Universe is governed by electricity-plasma, not weak gravity.

    Everything is in positive-negative electric relationship to everything else. This is the glue of solar systems and galaxies. Gravity is involved, but it is millions of times less influential than electricity-plasma. The Sun is not a controlled nuclear bomb and the planets are not billiard balls. The Sun is an ongoing electrical discharge of lightning type plasma storms. it gets its energy in relationship to other large bodies in the galaxy, which link back to the galactic center.

    All this information is ready to break loose once the old guard dies. All the old paradigms no longer work and are shown to be failures. Time to bring in the new world, which is already waiting in the wings. The Mayans were right to point to the end of 2012 as an important transition time.

    17th December 2012 at 3:41 pm

  34. Cahuitabeachbound says:

    Can I ask the gang a completely off point question? I just bought a vintage Art Deco clock in holland. It turns out its 50 volt vs our 60 volt. Is there a way to compensate so the clock won’t burn out? Can it be reworked. A power converter?

    17th December 2012 at 4:18 pm

  35. Stephen says:

    Great Article. We truly live in a Society that has gone insane. The criminals are running the system and we are on a highway of perdition littered with corruption and policed by killer drones. See links below:
    Check out my blog: http://graysinfo.blogspot.com
    http://graysinfo.blogspot.ca/2012/07/the-doomed-society.html
    http://graysinfo.blogspot.ca/2012/12/are-they-armchair-assassins.html
    http://graysinfo.blogspot.ca/2012/12/491-murders-that-mainstream-media.html
    http://graysinfo.blogspot.ca/2012/04/alphabet-of-evil.html

    17th December 2012 at 4:40 pm

  36. AWD says:

    Following the recent school shooting, the national media once again focuses on the dangerous nature of guns – because focusing on the dangerous nature of psychopaths may cause the nation to recognize the same traits in many media figures, activists, and political leaders they support.

    While the recent psychopathic shooter is no longer a menace, a number of much more dangerous, experienced psychopathic manipulators still remains at large.

    As a public service, we are posting the following 30 characteristics of the psychopath, a.k.a. manipulator, or perverse narcissist (to qualify, at least 14 items from this list must be present as permanent traits).

    If you have recently seen someone who matches this description, immediately report the time, place, and the circumstances in the comments below.

    * * *

    1. blames others and burdens them with guilt in the name of family, friendship, love, society, the poor, etc.;

    2. evades responsibilities or pushes them onto others;

    3. remains vague in the communication of his claims, needs, feelings, and opinions;

    4. often gives vague answers to direct questions;

    5. changes opinion, behavior and feelings depending on people and situations;

    6. makes use of logical arguments to camouflage claims;

    7. wants to make others believe that they have to be perfect, that they can never change their mind, that they have to know everything and have to respond immediately to claims and questions;

    8. discredits the qualifications, competence, and personality of others; criticizes, despises and condemns without giving that impression;

    9. delivers messages through intermediaries (phone instead of choosing the face-to-face, leave written notes).

    10. sows discord and creates distrust and suspicion, divides to be better able to rule;

    11. positions himself as a victim to elicit compassion (disability, hostile environment, work overload, etc);

    12. ignores or does not honor requests even if he promises they will be taken care of;

    13. takes advantage of other people’s moral and ethical principles to serve his own needs (humanity, racism, compassion);

    14. threatens in underhanded ways or commits open blackmail;

    15. suddenly changes the subject during a conversation;

    16. avoids or flees relationships and togetherness;

    17. targets the ignorance of others and creates an impression of his own superiority;

    18. lies as a habitual strategy;

    19. uses falsehoods “for the greater good”;

    20. is egocentric;

    21. can be jealous;

    22. does not bear criticism and negates evidence;

    23. does not care for the rights, opinions and wishes of others;

    24. often gives commands or demands action at the very last moment;

    25. his speech seems logical or coherent, while his attitudes, actions, or lifestyle speak of the opposite;

    26. uses flattery to please us, makes gifts or suddenly starts to pamper us.

    27. makes us feel being trapped;

    28. effective in achieving own goals, but at the expense of others;

    29. makes us do things we wouldn’t do of our own accord;

    30. is the subject of other people’s conversations all the time, even when he is not present.

    17895

    17th December 2012 at 4:41 pm

  37. flek says:

    I enjoyed this straight forward article.

    Hey You

    There is hope.

    -flek

    17th December 2012 at 4:44 pm

  38. flash says:

    @Admin .. + 10 . This one should be required reading before any American can register to vote.

    BTW, watching the Wall is one of my Christmas rituals…the war scenes are particularly poignant .

    http://www.amazon.com/Pink-Floyd-Anniversary-Deluxe-Edition/dp/B0006ZE7G2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355781233&sr=8-2&keywords=the+wall

    @ Stuck, your 1:14 pm post damn near had me bawling .You should have went on into the priesthood ,you’d a made a damn fine one, fer’ shure.

    17th December 2012 at 5:00 pm

  39. Eddie says:

    “Can I ask the gang a completely off point question? I just bought a vintage Art Deco clock in holland. It turns out its 50 volt vs our 60 volt. Is there a way to compensate so the clock won’t burn out? Can it be reworked. A power converter?”

    Europe is nominally 230 volts vs. our nominal 115 for small appliances like clocks. The 50 vs 60 number is probably the AC frequency in Hertz (cycles per second). The clock will probably run okay with a 115V to 230V adapter (really a step up transformer). The European plugs vary by country…so you’ll have to find one that matches your clock. Not cheap, but available.

    17th December 2012 at 5:03 pm

  40. SSS says:

    “Can I ask the gang a completely off point question? I just bought a vintage Art Deco clock in holland. It turns out its 50 volt vs our 60 volt. Is there a way to compensate so the clock won’t burn out? Can it be reworked. A power converter?”
    -Cahuitabeachbound

    I’m not an electrical engineer, but I think you’re screwed. U.S. current is 110 volts/60 hertz, while European current is 220 volts/50 hertz. You can buy converters to run APPLIANCES off either system (and some are built at the factory to use either system; you just need to select which current and use the plug, normally supplied, which will fit into the electrical outlet), but when it comes to clocks, they will run slightly faster or slower, depending on whether the clock was designed to work off U.S. or European current.

    My guess is that your Dutch clock is designed for 220/50 and will run about 16% faster here than it would in Holland even if you used a step-down voltage converter due to the frequency difference (60 hertz here versus 50 hertz there). In other words, useless as a time piece.

    That’s just my best guess and might be the first time (heh; pun intended) I’ve ever been wrong.

    17th December 2012 at 5:08 pm

  41. screech says:

    Here’s a thought. What if there is no solution to the human condition? What if our extinction by our own hand is inevitable? What if all the technology, brilliant ideas, and compassion for one another simply won’t prevent our demise? What if we cannot overcome our own shortcomings as a species?

    Perhaps this is the issue that we should be dealing with and not the piddling stuff. But, of course, we can’t for the very reasons that my questions pose.

    We are really stuck, aren’t we.

    17th December 2012 at 5:12 pm

  42. Eddie says:

    Oh, you want it to keep time too? LOL.

    A quick search reveals that 50 Hz clocks will run fast on 60 Hz electricity. It’s a job for a clock shop. There are possible fixes…bu the easiest one is to replace the clock motor completely.

    Okay, back to topic.

    17th December 2012 at 5:19 pm

  43. Novista says:

    Admin, great work.

    I guess I should thank Jim Dean for tipping the progressive hand — now conflating handguns with assault weapons. It wasn’t enough trying to fool the people that if it looks like a scary military weapon, it must be an assault weapon and fully automatic fire. Ooer!

    17th December 2012 at 5:32 pm

  44. alessio says:

    https://mises.org/store/Product2.aspx?ProductId=240
    DEMOCRACY: THE GOD THAT FAILED

    ———

    And when they’ve given you their all
    Some stagger and fall
    After all it’s not easy
    Banging your heart against some mad bugger’s wall

    17th December 2012 at 5:36 pm

  45. Citizen says:

    All you bitch and moan about is caused by JEWS.
    Those who do not name the enemy by name are complicit in their crimes.
    You stand accused.

    17th December 2012 at 5:39 pm

  46. crazy ivan says:

    Ron, you deluded fuck.

    “The government and all the media outlets all need to fuck off.”

    Yeah, that’ll probably set ‘em straight.

    Good words are essential for liberty, but when a full half of your populous doesn’t give a hoot about liberty, you might have to sharpen your words.

    17th December 2012 at 5:44 pm

  47. backwardsevolution says:

    These bankers are everywhere.

    “The father of Newtown Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza is Peter Lanza who is a VP and Tax Director at GE Financial. The father of Aurora Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes is Robert Holmes, the lead scientist for the credit score company FICO. Both men were to testify before the US Sentate in the ongoing LIBOR scandal. The London Interbank Offered Rate, known as Libor, is the average interest rate at which banks can borrow from each other. 16 international banks have been implicated in this ongoing scandal, accused of rigging contracts worth trillions of dollars. HSBC has already been fined $1.9 billion and three of their low level traders arrested.”

    http://www.examiner.com/article/libor-scandal-grows-as-the-fathers-of-two-mass-murderers-were-to-testify

    What a coincidence.

    17th December 2012 at 5:44 pm

  48. alessio says:

    http://academy.mises.org/courses/the-road-to-serfdom-then-and-now/
    The Road to Serfdom: Despotism, Then and Now

    http://mises.org/document/1011
    Anatomy of the State

    17th December 2012 at 5:45 pm

  49. crazyivan says:

    “The father of Newtown Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza is Peter Lanza who is a VP and Tax Director at GE Financial. The father of Aurora Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes is Robert Holmes, the lead scientist for the credit score company FICO. Both men were to testify before the US Sentate in the ongoing LIBOR scandal. The London Interbank Offered Rate, known as Libor…”– bwe

    If this is all true (I suggest, not what our government has done – but what it is capable of), then this is quite remarkable. It suggests that instead of direct assassination, they just somehow convince your kids to go out and kill, rendering your resume’ useless, your reputation in question, and a good shake of mind-fuck towards your beliefs.

    These guys are good.

    And don’t forget it.

    17th December 2012 at 6:06 pm

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    17th December 2012 at 6:08 pm

  51. Stucky says:

    “@ Stuck, your 1:14 pm post damn near had me bawling .You should have went on into the priesthood … ” ———— flash

    Thank You, flash.

    Heck, I was damn near to bawling myself as I wrote it. When I started the Sandy Hook thread my first post was “Are you crying today? I am.” That wasn’t some rhetorical device. I was crying that day; big wet salty tears. I can’t help it.

    I was the “part-time” preacher in my church .. where I would deliver the sermons when the regular pastor was away for whatever reason. After a while, I was asked to be a guest preacher at nearby churches. Then one day I simply walked away from that, forever.

    The reason was that it — evoking emotions — was just too easy for me. I knew how to put together words. I knew the power of storytelling … that telling pity stories was way more important than putting together an awesomely researched sermon — which was my preference (but people merely got bored.) I learned how to manipulate emotions when I discovered what people really wanted.

    They didn’t come to church to get more Truth. Truth is uncomfortable, like that scratchy wool sweater I had to wear in Catholic School. They came to be “Blessed”. Being ‘blessed’ is about being entertaining, lively, and most of all …INTERESTING. God help the pastor who isn’t interesting. God help the pastor whose flock doesn’t leave after the morning service in a Happy state-of-mind. He, or she, is doomed, I tell ya.

    So, if I wanted to make them cry, they would cry. If I wanted to make them laugh, they would laugh. If I wanted to make them shout “Amen!”, they would shout “Amen!”, literally. Putty in my hands. The congregation are called “sheep” for a reason! Followers, all. I learned in Seminary that a goal of Preaching is to elicit action … a response. And so my preaching devolved — from focusing on the Intellect (Mind), to focusing on the Heart (Emotions).

    I hated it as first. Then I loved it. It is an unreal ego trip to get people to react how you want them to … and to hear them say, “Wow, Pastor. That was a great sermon.”. Few men can handle the adoration without becoming corrupted in their soul. All because we can put on a good show. I became corrupted. Eventually, I went from hating “it”, to hating myself, deeply. “Loathing” might be a better word. Disgust. So I quit and never went back. Doing so eventually cleansed my soul.

    17th December 2012 at 6:25 pm

  52. archie says:

    another excellent article. nothing to add except that the author reminds me of theodore dalrymple (anthony daniels), the UK essayist. his book of essays, “our culture, what’s left of it” is the grimmest, most honest stuff i’ve read recently. read the one entitled, “the frivolity of evil”, then go ahead and grab the whiskey bottle. oh and to the progressive dictators: it’s not the guns, it’s the culture stupid.

    17th December 2012 at 6:28 pm

  53. card802 says:

    Stuck,

    So a priest is not that far off from a politician?

    17th December 2012 at 6:36 pm

  54. Stucky says:

    card802

    Yes. Many have no idea how correct you are.

    PS. I never preached in a Catholic church. By that time I “converted” to Protestantism. My title was merely “Associate Pastor”.

    17th December 2012 at 6:42 pm

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  56. Rick says:

    Haven’t absorbed the article fully yet, Admin, but was just thinking the other day which rock operas were the best (in random order):

    Tommy & Quadrophenia (The Who)

    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (Genesis – w/Peter Gabriel)

    Thick as a Brick – Jethro Tull (and the new Thick as a Brick 2 just released which I had the pleasure to see live in September)

    The Wall – Pink Floyd

    Keep up the great commentary!

    Did you catch Pink Floyd’s performance on the 12/12/12 concert for Sandy hurricane victims?

    17th December 2012 at 6:44 pm

  57. sean lannon says:

    eloquent par excellence.

    17th December 2012 at 6:45 pm

  58. crazyivan says:

    “the frivolity of evil”, then go ahead and grab the whiskey bottle. oh and to the progressive dictators: it’s not the guns, it’s the culture stupid., .- archie

    You have some splainin’ to do archie.

    On a 1 to 5 scale where does “the frivolity of evil” fit in?

    How about guns, whiskey, and sluts, none of which are inherently evil.

    Get over it and wake up

    17th December 2012 at 6:56 pm

  59. SSS says:

    “God help the pastor who isn’t interesting. God help the pastor whose flock doesn’t leave after the morning service in a Happy state-of-mind. He, or she, is doomed, I tell ya.

    So, if I wanted to make them cry, they would cry. If I wanted to make them laugh, they would laugh. If I wanted to make them shout “Amen!”, they would shout “Amen!”, literally. Putty in my hands. The congregation are called “sheep” for a reason! Followers, all.”
    —-Preacher Stucky

    Actual photo of Stucky in his preaching days.

    ElmerGantry2.jpg&sa=X&ei=o7LPULmuI6XNiwLklIHgDw&ved=0CAwQ8wc4Eg&usg=AFQjCNHDbzKgFbFP1p8ZqBxAF-vRfyiJ5Q

    17th December 2012 at 7:08 pm

  60. Skinny says:

    When you try to order a society by drugging a large percentage of its youngest members the results are all to predictable. Slapping a prescription on a mind altering drug does not make it any less mind altering and destructive.

    I’m looking forward to part 2. You can add codified speech to the list. Disagree with the administration and you’re a racist. Against gay marraige, you’re a homophobe. Not thrilled with the new mosque at the end of the block you Islamaphobe? Hate speech laws cometh. Thankfully we will still have Piss Christ and the Book of Mormon.

    BTW, Quinny went 30 for 30 on AWD’s test. Last time he got a hundred was 6th grade at St. Joes.

    17th December 2012 at 7:09 pm

  61. AWD says:

    Stucky as Elmer Gantry? I think not,

    He was probably more of a soap-box type

    10266527_Ruben20says20REPENT3_xlarge.jpeg

    17th December 2012 at 7:12 pm

  62. SSS says:

    Skinny

    How come you don’t comment more often here? You and Quinn are good buddies from way back. Don’t you want to weigh in with a comment that irritates or embarrasses him? Or is that my job?

    17th December 2012 at 7:15 pm

  63. Stucky says:

    Crazyivan

    Let me try to tackle what was meant by “frivolity of evil” The key concept given by Dalrymple is; —– “Men commit evil within the scope available to them.”

    He gives an example of a woman he whose mother had tossed her out of her home at age 14 in order to satisfy the mother’s latest boyfriend and how this girl went on to have 3 babies by 3 different loser men.

    He notes the total lack of opposition and disapproval in the welfare state toward behavior that is incredibly harmful toward others. In other words, this woman felt no shame or social pressure, despite her whoring ways. She took advantage of what the State blessed.

    That is the context; here is the actual quote.

    “This truly is not so much the banality as the FRIVOLITY OF EVIL: the elevation of passing pleasure for oneself over the long-term misery of others to whom one owes a duty. What better phrase than the frivolity of evil describes the conduct of a mother who turns her own 14-year-old child out of doors because her latest boyfriend does not want him or her in the house? And what better phrase describes the attitude of those intellectuals who see in this conduct nothing but an extension of human freedom and choice, another thread in life’s rich tapestry?”

    The article can be found here;
    http://www.city-journal.org/html/14_4_oh_to_be.html

    17th December 2012 at 7:18 pm

  64. Joe says:

    Taxed Enough Already: You are but a sliver of the slime that infests our environment. Hope your boyz see another way than yours.

    And that test of yours: better take a look in the mirror, dude.

    17th December 2012 at 7:38 pm

  65. card802 says:

    Stuck, I do have to say I read your post about the power of emotion over truth first, then I went up and read your “Resurrection” post.

    You had me in tears by the end, a powerful speaker and a powerful writer, I suppose if I wasn’t listening to Eva Cassidy sing It’s a Wonderful World it may not have had the same affect. That’s my story anyway….

    Amen indeed.

    17th December 2012 at 7:38 pm

  66. archie says:

    @crazyivan
    i merely suggested that fans of TBP read dalrymple’s essay. no “splainin” necessary unless you’d like me to give you the thesis of the piece. read it yourself and then post. i agree guns, whiskey and sluts are not evil. i didn’t say so. did you read what i wrote? read my post again. i think you’ve been hitting the whiskey a bit hard tonight.

    17th December 2012 at 7:48 pm

  67. archie says:

    thanks stucky.

    17th December 2012 at 7:50 pm

  68. Team Belligerent Act says:

    Great essay, Jim. We posted a link to it in our news section.

    Here’s our contribution:

    WE ARE SICK

    Surveying the news, journalism, and opinion landscape in the aftermath of the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, we are struck by a myopic, kneejerk inclination to demonize either the individual who did the shooting or the firearms he used to carry it out.

    By and large, one side sees evil in the fact that firearms are legal and readily available. Their argument boils down to the belief that if people couldn’t get guns, then killings like this wouldn’t happen.

    The other side sees evil in the shooter instead of the weapons. They express much anger toward the kid himself, his mental condition, his reported values and behavioral “differences,” coupled with an implicit or explicit preference to eliminate (one way or another) individuals that resemble him from society.

    We think that both sides in this argument are tragically missing the real issue. Missing it by avoiding doing the one thing that nobody wants to do in a situation like this; looking in the mirror.

    read the rest here: http://belligerentact.org/blog/2012/12/we-are-sick.html

    17th December 2012 at 7:55 pm

  69. Administrator says:

    It was Roger Waters with his band and Eddie Vedder at the 12/12/12 concert.

    17th December 2012 at 7:59 pm

  70. mya2u says:

    legalize pot!!!! Mentally ill people who don’t want to get help self medicate! Let them!!!! God forbid someone gets high and kicks back to munch out and watch tv.

    17th December 2012 at 8:03 pm

  71. Anonymous says:

    “What better phrase than the frivolity of evil describes the conduct of a mother who turns her own 14-year-old child out of doors because her latest boyfriend does not want him or her in the house?”

    I would truly have to say that that might only mean an ignorance of evil.

    Avoiding evil requires only two things. Perfection in spirit and soul, and gullibility.

    17th December 2012 at 8:04 pm

  72. Anonymous says:

    ci above

    17th December 2012 at 8:05 pm

  73. AWD says:

    Joe

    Go fuck yourself. You finally get the stones to post a comment, and that’s the best you can do? The slime you’re talking about was what dribbled out of your mom when your uncle was finished with her (when you were conceived). Too bad the coat hanger she tried on you broke. Fucking douchebag.

    17th December 2012 at 8:57 pm

  74. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    “When you have no belief in God, material things and sensory gratification is all your shallow life has.”

    People should take responsibility for their actions, no matter what creed or belief they are.

    17th December 2012 at 9:21 pm

  75. KaD says:

    Hey you, don’t help them to bury the light,
    don’t give in, without a fight.

    17th December 2012 at 9:21 pm

  76. Controversial post: What a 30-year-old rock album has to do with recent tragedies | TheTradersWire.com says:

    [...] in debt, vote themselves more entitlements, and care not for future generations…   Read full article…   More Cruxallaneous:   A fact about "gun control" you've probably never [...]

    17th December 2012 at 9:34 pm

  77. IndenturedServant says:

    Well fuck! I had begun writing an article similar to admins fine piece but just trashed it after reading his.

    The only thing I will add is that we have a problem of “Trickle Down Immorality” in this country. Do any of our City, County, State or Federal leaders (I use the term loosely) carry out or embody the spirit of what you would teach your children? Any children? Our leaders take away our rights in slow incremental fashion, spend OUR money beyond reason and force us to pay increased taxes AFTER the fact. They create laws that we have to pass before we mere minions, get to find out what is in the law. The President has *kill lists* much like these crazy, psychotic fucking mass killers AND, our govt kills hundreds or thousands of foreign citizens illegally every year while expecting American citizens to act responsibly? This is the fucking height of idiocy!

    IF OUR FUCKING LOW LIFE, SCUM BAG, IMMORAL LEADERS WANT THE PEOPLE TO ACT BETTER, THEN THEY MUST ACT BETTER!!! SET A FUCKING EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW!!!
    I_S

    17th December 2012 at 9:42 pm

  78. Me No Likey says:

    Best (and most depressing) piece I’ve read on this site yet (and everything on this site is good)…

    17th December 2012 at 9:48 pm

  79. IndenturedServant says:

    I recently finished reading what I think was the August or September issue of Readers Digest. In it was an article from former DC insiders like elected officials and staffers. The most unexpected thing I read was that most members of Congress actually read what constituents write to them. They may not physically read each letter but staffers do and they compile stats on issues that are coming to the floor. Apparently many elected leaders specifically ask for this info before heading to the floor for a vote.

    The cynical side of me says bullshit! I have all but given up on writing to my representatives but I may step it up a bit in light of the knee jerk reactions our so called leaders are making to this tragedy. Perhaps we should all begin voicing our opinions on solutions to these tragedies by writing to those who claim to represent us?

    On another note, I tried to join the NRA today as a life member via telephone as a I had a few questions. Their website says they are open until 9:00pm est but their phone recording says 5:00pm. WTF?
    I_S

    17th December 2012 at 9:53 pm

  80. j-dub says:

    I get it Jim. I do. Thank you
    It ALL has to go. ALL of it. Do you understand fellow readers?

    17th December 2012 at 11:08 pm

  81. OF says:

    Also at a Zerohedge near you….

    17th December 2012 at 11:09 pm

  82. majormocambo says:

    Hey Cahuitabeachbound,
    Attach a small 10 gm fishing weight to the end of the big hand. This should slow it down a bit on the way up, but speed it up on the way down. Because of the conservation of energy, and the reflexive hyperdrive hyperbole, the downward motion caused by the vortex causes enhanced anomalies around the critical singularity. If this fails, you must boost the singularity to facilitate auxiliary fluctuations to invert the transverted vortex waves. If this fails, buy a new clock.

    17th December 2012 at 11:25 pm

  83. louande says:

    AMEN!

    17th December 2012 at 11:41 pm

  84. Guest Post: Hey You | allfiredupmedia.com says:

    [...] Submitted by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform, [...]

    18th December 2012 at 12:17 am

  85. SSS says:

    “All you bitch and moan about is caused by JEWS.”
    —-Citizen

    Fuck you, Citizen (of what?). We don’t do anti-semiticism here.

    Here’s what we do. Blast Jewish dickheads like Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs. Not because he’s Jewish, but because he’s a fucking dickhead Too Big To Fail Bankster who ought to be in a fucking prison. And blast ANYONE OF ANY FAITH who’s a fucking ignorant asshole.

    Is that clear enough, non-citizen?

    18th December 2012 at 12:22 am

  86. SSS says:

    “Because of the conservation of energy, and the reflexive hyperdrive hyperbole, the downward motion caused by the vortex causes enhanced anomalies around the critical singularity. If this fails, you must boost the singularity to facilitate auxiliary fluctuations to invert the transverted vortex waves. If this fails, buy a new clock.”
    —-majormocambo

    That was some seriously funny and original shit, Mo. I couldn’t have thought of that if I had a decade to do so. Did you just get laid off from The Onion?

    18th December 2012 at 12:32 am

  87. Guest article: Hey You - Bulwarker says:

    [...] article: Hey You December 18, 2012 1:08 am This is a repost from The Burning Platform, written by Jim [...]

    18th December 2012 at 1:09 am

  88. howard in nyc says:

    quinn:

    that was outstanding. so excellent, it lured me to post.

    to all my TBP homies~ WUZZUP, BITCHES! how’dya like that world series?

    stucky~
    since quinn very nicely said it all, i have nothing to respond to his essay with other than props. your first post in this thread is also excellent, but it prompts me to react to a couple of things.

    whenever i listen to the pink floyd later stuff that makes such biting and sharp social commentary, such as money, pigs, and the whole wall album, i remind myself that the UK in the mid 70s was quite different than the good ol USA. they were significantly further down the road to the socialist nanny state, along the road of empire unwind, and their economy sucked bigger balls than did the US economy during the age of oil shocks, nixon devaluation and double-digit interest rates. this is why punk rock started over there; we didn’t call the ramones or the new york dolls or even iggy pop ‘punk rock’ until after the clash and the pistols.

    i recall the good things and the bad things. first, by virtue of being 20yo give or take (in 1976) and having everything you really need (while you would appear a pauper by today’s standards). being young, healthy, not hungry, no one shooting at you, and having significant freedom (however you measure it), life is gonna tend to be pretty damn good.

    but even among the bad things, which were what occupied my/our parents’ minds while i/we were drinking beer and chasing girls, in many ways were not as bad as today. despite a couple of pretty bad recessions, gasoline prices rising 50% when you could buy it and credit being expensive, real unemployment wasn’t anywhere near as bad as today. especially for non-college educated folks–there were actual manufacturing jobs and other unskilled labor jobs, paying much closer to a living wage than assistant managing a mcdonald’s today.

    even the ‘poor urban population’ (i like that particular euphemism, quinn; but i do miss laquisha, that’s the real reason for my return), there was much more real opportunity than there is today. (there was also much more real opportunity than there had been 20-30 years prior, which is my biggest beef with america. we made so much progress in so many ways; then we about faced, for a myriad of reasons we can take up once again. oh, and not one of those myriad causes is genetic, so don’t be stupid. AWD, yeah brother, i’m looking at you, bubba!)

    anyway, there was bad stuff. i happened to be reminiscing with a couple of my (white) boys from my youth, whom i had not had the pleasure of hanging with for many years. we covered a whole lot of the good and the bad we experienced in the high school and college years together. yeah, nostalgia tends to soften and even remove a lot of the bad memories.

    but despite the overall greater wealth and prosperity of today, the surfeit of true hope (not what that clown peddled to get re-elected), true opportunity, as well as actual education, employment and career prospects, values and virtues, rather than merely the simulacrum of all of the above (to borrow that excellent word from charles hugh smith and his blog), i am grateful i was 20yo in the mid 70s USA than to trade places with a 20yo today. back then, Brave New World and 1984 were wild fictions. little did we realize they are cookbooks.

    18th December 2012 at 1:21 am

  89. Anon says:

    Connecticut’s Strict Gun Control Laws Did Not Stop the School Shootings in Newtown, CT
    http://www.thelonestarwatchdog.com/2012/12/15/connecticuts-strict-gun-control-laws-did-not-stop-the-school-shootings-in-newtown/

    SO, WHY MORE GUN CONTROL LAWS ELSEWHERE, WHEN THEY DIDN’T STOP THE SHOOTINGS IN CONNECTICUT?

    Democrat From NY: To Get Gun Control, Obama Must ‘Exploit’ CT Shooting
    http://xrepublic.tv/node/1419

    List of school shootings known to be linked to SSRIs
    http://www.ssristories.com/index.php?p=school

    Gun-Town USA: 25 Years Murder Free
    http://fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/gun-town-usa-25-years-murder-free/28388/

    Media Blackout: Oregon Mall Shooter Was Stopped By An Armed Citizen Sunday, December 16, 2012 9:02
    http://12160.info/forum/topics/media-blackout-oregon-mall-shooter-was-stopped-by-an-armed?xg_source=msg_forum_disc

    18th December 2012 at 1:21 am

  90. Living Beyond Your Means Ultimately Means Living Beneath Your Means » Monty Pelerin's World says:

    [...] debt is beyond what an average person can comprehend. Here is a summary of some of the numbers from James Quinn: Since 1979, Total Credit Market Debt in the United States has risen from $4.3 trillion to [...]

    18th December 2012 at 1:57 am

  91. AKAnon says:

    Great piece, Admin. FWIW, on my drive into work this morning (at -42F-fuck me), I was listening to the morning radio jocks on a rock station (as usual). Imagine my surprise when the crew, hardly known as right-wing conservatives, start criticizing the gun control angle, and discussing the effects of psychotropic drugs on Lanza and the other massacre shooters. Did my heart good-it’s only a local radio station, but it sounds like people are catching on.

    18th December 2012 at 2:18 am

  92. Colma Rising says:

    Hooooooowwwwwaaaarrr-D!!!!

    18th December 2012 at 2:19 am

  93. AKAnon says:

    Damn! Welcome back, Howard.

    18th December 2012 at 2:19 am

  94. eugend66 says:

    Howard, smiley-greet013.gif

    18th December 2012 at 3:25 am

  95. Reverse Engineer says:

    Got a Series going on the Diner on the Adam Lanza Postal:

    The Fifth Horseman by Surly
    http://www.doomsteaddiner.org/blog/2012/12/15/the-fifth-horseman/

    Adam by WHD
    http://www.doomsteaddiner.org/blog/2012/12/16/adam/

    Gun Battles by RE
    http://www.doomsteaddiner.org/blog/2012/12/17/gun-battles/

    Societey is Crumbling by Michael Snyder
    http://www.doomsteaddiner.org/blog/2012/12/18/society-is-crumbling/

    RE

    18th December 2012 at 5:28 am

  96. JB from mo says:

    Excellent thread….WTG!! That got the juices flowing…. Gilmore and crew should be proud of the inspirational emphasis Admin placed on their most revealing perception of our current dilemma in which we live, move, and attempt to adjust! A resounding AMEN from this section of the peanut gallery……

    18th December 2012 at 5:34 am

  97. flash says:

    and …uh …math is hard.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2f8e4BB9j7o/UMoOZbqyW5I/AAAAAAAAHaw/to807MBRKbc/s1600/Math+is+hard.jpg

    18th December 2012 at 7:13 am

  98. BlindSquirl says:

    More corroborating evidence:

    http://www.ignatius-piazza-front-sight.com/2012/12/17/front-sight-special-blog-psych-drugs-not-guns-doing-the-killing/#vid1

    18th December 2012 at 7:36 am

  99. endoftheworldasweknowit says:

    Interesting perspective from 1993: Quantifying America’s Decline

    http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/arch/usadecline.html

    18th December 2012 at 7:57 am

  100. Administrator says:

    Howard in NYC

    Really nice to hear from you. I mean that. I really miss your perspective on TBP. When regular commenters disappear from TBP, I always think the worst. I’m glad you’re still alive and kicking. It would be great if we could get your view on the world more often. Colma needs someone to help him put the shit throwing monkeys in their place once in awhile.

    18th December 2012 at 8:09 am

  101. youcanthavemyglock says:

    IndenturedServant, the best part about NRA life membership is free gun insurance up to 2,500$ and you also get discount to various home/auto/life insurance programs. I became a life member last fall for 600$ because they had a promotion going on, I think it’s 1000$ usually.

    18th December 2012 at 8:14 am

  102. Stucky says:

    Howard

    Let me add my voice to the many in saying; “YOU WERE MISSED!!”.

    You are one of many regulars here who when I see their name in the Recent Comments column — I immediately look forward to reading the commentary. And, as usual, your newest commentary did not disappoint.

    Please, please even if you don’t have the inclination to re a regular poster, at least stop by and coment a few times per week.

    Regarding “good” vs “bad” memories I have a lot more to say on the subject. I hope to finally finish my post today on Boomerism, the good the bad and the ugly. Would love to read your comments.

    18th December 2012 at 8:59 am

  103. Novista says:

    Olga

    Bernays got his big start with the Wilson administration in 1917.

    Howard!!!!!!! good to see you again.

    18th December 2012 at 9:19 am

  104. Rob in Nova Scotia says:

    Jim

    Thank you for another excellent article. I was out last night curling and after game we all gathered for beer to discuss what happened last week. Most of people present thought more gun control was required but one fellow I feel correctly saw problem as being a mental health issue. Anyway once again bravo for your cogent words, you have a gift. It may sound weird but reading this helps me make some sense of what happened as it forces one to think critically of how our society is organized without being partizan. It’s too bad politicians couldn’t think and talk the same way but like you said in another post the vast majority can’t handle the truth.

    18th December 2012 at 9:59 am

  105. Administrator says:

    Rob

    You probably don’t know this, but I tried out for the Irish Curling team.

    18th December 2012 at 10:04 am

  106. John A says:

    There appears to be a connection between the Colorado “Batman” and Newtown CT school shootings: Both “suspects” have fathers who were about to testify about the LIBOR scandal. Just a random, meaningless murder of innocents?

    ““The father of Newtown Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza is Peter Lanza who is a VP and Tax Director at GE Financial. The father of Aurora Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes is Robert Holmes, the lead scientist for the credit score company FICO. Both men were to testify before the US Sentate in the ongoing LIBOR scandal.”

    http://www.examiner.com/article/libor-scandal-grows-as-the-fathers-of-two-mass-murderers-were-to-testify

    18th December 2012 at 10:05 am

  107. John A says:

    @backwardsevolution:

    My apologies! This link was posted in an earlier thread. John A

    18th December 2012 at 10:11 am

  108. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    “I recently finished reading what I think was the August or September issue of Readers Digest. In it was an article from former DC insiders like elected officials and staffers. The most unexpected thing I read was that most members of Congress actually read what constituents write to them. They may not physically read each letter but staffers do and they compile stats on issues that are coming to the floor. Apparently many elected leaders specifically ask for this info before heading to the floor for a vote.”

    I have written in to Missouri’s Reps and Sens multiple times. I always get a form letter back that in no way even begin to address the points I made.

    Face it folks, they rule by mandate.

    18th December 2012 at 10:40 am

  109. dan says:

    One should go back a few years prior to the Wall L.P. and listen to the lyrics of the WHO won’t get fooled again.

    18th December 2012 at 11:00 am

  110. Pup says:

    This is one of the best, most complete and accurate pieces of writing I have seen in a very long time. I had to come here from Zerohedge to thank you! I sent it to some close family members to hopefully help them open their eyes.

    18th December 2012 at 11:16 am

  111. TeresaE says:

    Jim, thank you. So very much.

    Stucky, awed again.

    SSS & AWD & others, nicely done!

    Howard! So glad you are still kicking and only the virtual world lost you.

    My heart breaks for these families. My heart breaks for society.

    18th December 2012 at 12:09 pm

  112. OneFlewOverTheCuckoo'sNest says:

    On the money, in every sense. It is getting lonely out there as every brain just turns into a pair of empty eyes.

    18th December 2012 at 1:22 pm

  113. backwardsevolution says:

    flash – “Psychologically many young men (such as this shooter) are raised in single parent homes, usually by their mother. At some point they lose respect for their mother’s ability to physically stop them from acting out.”

    Yeah, why is that, flash? Why are these young men left with their mothers? You answer me that question, and then we’ll talk. They lose respect because their mothers can’t physically stop them? Is that where respect comes from? Really? I hope you don’t have children, flash.

    Women can’t think, we can’t do math? Bullshit! Tell that to my daughter. I won’t even tell you her marks, as that would only deflate you more.

    You need to read some, flash, instead of sitting on a park bench doing what your name implies.

    18th December 2012 at 1:24 pm

  114. Rick says:

    PC said: “I have written in to Missouri’s Reps and Sens multiple times. I always get a form letter back that in no way even begin to address the points I made.”

    Bet if you made a $10,000 campaign donation they might respond to your points. Or does it take 10x that amount? We’re doomed.

    18th December 2012 at 2:12 pm

  115. howard in nyc says:

    y’all are too kind.

    i needed to back away from the internet in general for a while. and the election was rough. i bet a lot of money against obama; much more importantly, and painfully, a ton of trash-talking rights. stupid hurricane.

    thanks you guys.

    18th December 2012 at 2:38 pm

  116. Stucky says:

    howard

    Don’t bet Black on the Roulette Table either.

    18th December 2012 at 2:53 pm

  117. Joe says:

    Taxed Enough Already: If one is incapable of discussion, he reverts to name calling. And that’s the best you can come up with? Abortion and Incest? What a great mind! LOL.

    18th December 2012 at 3:01 pm

  118. sangell says:

    @Rick

    Back in the 1990’s I found faxing Congresscreatures to be a very effective way of having your comments read and even responded to. I don’t know if it is as effective today but back then I often got results with this technique including angry phone calls from Rep. Estabon Torres chief of staff.

    After Torres gave a ‘special order’ speech, I sent him a particularly insulting fax. The next morning I got a phone call from his chief of staff, a guy named Goodman, I could hear Rep. Torres shouting in the background as Goodman angrily told me my comments were uncalled for. I was delighted of course that I my uncalled for comments had been read by Rep. Torres and had left him in a rage that he was taking out on his staffers.

    That’s the thing about a fax. It sits there until someone in the office goes over and picks it up. It doesn’t go to the mailroom or the Congressman’s public e-mail address where some intern or low level employee can screen or delete it. It goes right into the office.

    18th December 2012 at 3:14 pm

  119. AWD says:

    “oh, and not one of those myriad causes is genetic, so don’t be stupid. AWD, yeah brother, i’m looking at you, bubba!)”

    Nice to see you back, Howie, still passing gas?

    I’m not sure what your cryptic comment meant, but there’s plenty of time to debate. Be sure to say hello to Jamie Dimon the next time you see him.

    18th December 2012 at 3:24 pm

  120. Rob in Nova Scotia says:

    Backwardsrevolution Flash was only speaking in generalities with words that were not his. I’m sure your daughter is great in math but sadly she would be the exception not the rule.

    18th December 2012 at 3:51 pm

  121. SSS says:

    howard

    Welcome back. You’ve been gone so long, without even saying goodbye, I can’t remember whether or not you and I ever got into a flamefest. As a doctor, you know it’s not nice to create mental anguish in your elders.

    18th December 2012 at 6:36 pm

  122. Stucky says:

    124106_600.jpg

    18th December 2012 at 7:40 pm

  123. Roy says:

    Coincidence? The “killer” of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre was from

    New Town, Australia.

    18th December 2012 at 8:05 pm

  124. flash says:

    backwardsevolution – Yeah, why is that, flash? Why are these young men left with their mothers? You answer me that question, and then we’ll talk. They lose respect because their mothers can’t physically stop them? Is that where respect comes from?

    You can stop your snowballing , Queenie. this ain’t about you,the fact you husband dumped for a slimmer more attractive women or your 29 cats.
    The is about the hundred of thousands of women who have the morals of alley cats and multiple children with multiple fathers all who are gone and now expect the state or alimony to prop of their too big to fail asses up from henceforth out.
    They garner respect b because they earn none.
    If you represent the there out to be should be law “cuz’ I feel” and if you do color me unsurprised.
    Big feminism is bif government

    18th December 2012 at 8:39 pm

  125. flash says:

    I was sayin’ before WP posted for me…Big feminine is big government …don’t believe me…see the study for your math challenged self. Now take Midol and CTFD.

    Did Women’s Suffrage Change the Size and Scope of Government … – ResearchGate
    http://www.researchgate.net/…Women‘s_Suffrage…/d912f5080584e2c9a9….

    http://www.researchgate.net/publication/24104100_Did_Women%27s_Suffrage_Change_the_Size_and_Scope_of_Government/file/d912f5080584e2c9a9.pdf

    18th December 2012 at 8:42 pm

  126. Kill Bill says:

    Nice to see you back, Howie, still passing gas? -AWD

    Put a tick in it AWD.

    For far to long people have seen another as a different colors, white or black, red or yellow.

    The fact is the cones in our eyes see none of these, They see red, blue, green.

    None of which we actually are.

    Yet, culturally we have done wrong, all of us, against another.

    The universe is too big to accept this.

    18th December 2012 at 8:59 pm

  127. Kill Bill says:

    Howard, I missed your posts for I am colorblind, for the reasons above. =)

    18th December 2012 at 9:03 pm

  128. Queceracera says:

    @Stucky-Wow! Thanks for sharing your journey. It takes a strong person to take a long hard look at themselves as you did.
    Admin, Noone writes like you. I found myself smiling as you revealed yourself to be an INTJ. I told my daughter, who is an INTJ also, that I knew there was a reason I was so drawn to your writing. Keep up the good work. I link folks to your site often.

    18th December 2012 at 9:24 pm

  129. The money quote » Why Aren't You Outraged? says:

    [...] HEY YOU « The Burning Platform … GDP, George Orwell, Government, gun control, invisible government, Ivan Pavlov, James Holmes, mental illness, National Debt, Newtown Connecticut, Obama, oligarchs, Pink Floyd, Propaganda, Prozac, … [...]

    18th December 2012 at 10:41 pm

  130. Administrator says:

    Adam Lanza’s mother had been increasingly concerned over her son’s well-being in the weeks before the tragedy, telling a friend just a week before that he was “getting worse” and that “she was losing him,” the New York Daily News reported. That report makes no mention of Asperger’s syndrome, but it cites Adam’s uncle who said he was taking an anti-psychotic drug called Fanapt. The Atlantic points out that several diagnoses have been bandied about in the press, including autism, Asperger’s, and “personality disorder.”

    19th December 2012 at 9:04 am

  131. Thinker says:

    And now the media is saying Lanza’s mother was planning to have him involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital. Not that we can believe anything the media says.

    But all the various details seem to suggest that he didn’t “snap,” he carefully planned the whole thing. He targeted the school because he knew it would be the most shocking and also one of the safest for him, since schools are gun-free zones.

    This thing is going to get a lot weirder before it’s all said and done.

    19th December 2012 at 9:44 am

  132. Administrator says:

    From Drugs.com, side effects of the drug Fanapt:

    Psychiatric

    Psychiatric side effects including restlessness, aggression, and delusion have been reported frequently. Hostility, decreased libido, paranoia, anorgasmia, confusional state, mania, catatonia, mood swings, panic attack, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, delirium, polydipsia psychogenic, impulse-control disorder, and major depression have been reported infrequently.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/adam-lanza-taking-antipsychotic-fanapt-2012-12#ixzz2FVerSYwL

    19th December 2012 at 9:51 am

  133. Eddie says:

    “Don’t give a damn…have a gramme.”

    19th December 2012 at 10:23 am

  134. rockdrumr429 says:

    People, especially young men and old teens, need to get laid without all this ridiculous Jewish, Christian, and Islamic repression! Bring back the Holy Prostitutes and we will IMMEDIATELY cut this psycho killer problem by 90%! It may help corporate greed, and government control, as well…

    19th December 2012 at 10:40 am

  135. backwardsevolution says:

    I read that Adam Lanza’s mother said that this would be the last winter in that house. If Adam was paranoid, and since the house, with his Mom in it, represented stability in his life, that could have pushed him over the edge. He apparently physically destroyed the hard drive on his computer before he left the house. He was burning himself with a lighter. I think we’ll find that these drugs (if we ever get the true story) were the cause of what he and others have done.

    19th December 2012 at 10:48 am

  136. Towamencin Mike says:

    Good one Jim. Margarita’s for a pop on me whenever you’re ready.

    19th December 2012 at 1:31 pm

  137. jm0397 says:

    Change one letter and you change an entire movement:
    It is NOT a revolution we are in need of. Revolve denotes continuing the cycle, repeating what’s already been tried. Drop the R
    Evolution is calling; everyone please get with the program.

    19th December 2012 at 2:21 pm

  138. howard in nyc says:

    hey AWD~

    i did not mean to be cryptic. just trying to be funny.

    i thought i remembered an old discussion in which you made a point or argument regarding genetic differences in blacks/whites. i do not remember it any clearly than that.

    just trying to make a quip based on a (likely) flawed memory. sorry if i mucked it up.

    i like practicing medicine, the taking care of patients part. but all the other shit is getting me down. so i’ve backed off to part-time gas passing. starting to do a little private practice internal medicine, cash only, for a select few patients. gubment will probably tell me to stop. i gotta be breaking some rule i don’t know about.

    19th December 2012 at 5:54 pm

  139. michaelj007 says:

    Admin- WOW! I absolutely love Pink Floyd and The Wall and consider this one of your best works. Funny story as the article is related to gun control. I was broke as hell when Roger Waters’ The Wall tour came to SoFla 2 yrs ago and didn’t have the $ to buy the expensive, but well worth it, tickets. I didn’t want to sell my dive gear, my PS3 (screw what you say about electronic distractions, I grew up with plenty o’ video games, Christianity and outdoor adventures) so I decided to get rid of my handgun. It was a nice Ruger P95 with four 15-round mags, case, lock, ear protection, loader, and a few hundred rounds. I talked a guy from Craigslist into a trade deal- two club level box seats with parking, food and beverage (beer & wine) for a firearm and accessories while the pawnshops were only willing to give me $150. Private sale deal! I met the guy in a public place, let him check out the P95 without loading it, asked for his Florida ID, wrote down his license #, asked if he was a felon- “NO, I’m actually former military.”… and 1 day later enjoyed the best concert experience of my life. I got to sit right under the B52 Bomber! and got to watch Roger Waters walk through the floor section and say Hello to the fans. What a guy! just wanted to share that with ya’ll.

    19th December 2012 at 9:53 pm

  140. Living Beyond Your Means Ultimately Means Living Beneath Your Means at US Action News says:

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    20th December 2012 at 9:33 am

  141. Lawrence Sarsoun says:

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    Understanding Jubilee.

    After the Jews had been in Egypt for decades and God had told them it was time to leave for the Promised Land, He gave them instructions so that they would not leave empty-handed. They were instructed to borrow from the Egyptians Silver and Gold. Now this Silver and gold, that they were to “borrow” was actually a payment for all the years, the decades, they had labored under the Egyptians as their slaves. This was the spoils that an enslaved nation was taking for the years of enslavement. Now think about it, do you think that the silver and gold that they had “borrowed” was ever really going to be paid back? The Jews were leaving Egypt – Did anyone think the gold and silver were going to be paid back? Were the Jews going to send it back somehow or other to their previous captors? I have searched high and low in the Bible to see if any mention is made that they. somehow or other, paid back that which they had “borrowed” prior to leaving for the Promise Land. No, this was no longer “borrowed”, it was “spoil”, that which is taken in battle over an enemy as recompense for victory, as recompense for the decades of slavery at the hands of the Egyptians.

    So likewise we can be recompensed for the decades of slavery in this Babylonian money system which has seen our labor, our hard work, our slavery, taken from us by sleight, by deception, by a Big Lie. We can, by a simple letter, slay our captors and free ourselves from this bondage by the truth. The Federal Reserve, which is neither Federal nor has any reserves, was formed almost 100 years ago in suspect surroundings (as was the infamous IRS). Some say they caused the crash of 1929, by manipulating the market. As a result, in 1933, we saw our gold money taken from us (where did it go, who has it now?). Prior to 1965,the Notes (a note is evidence of debt) of this same Federal Reserve piously announced that their notes were redeemable in “lawful” money. But after 1965, the notes no longer proclaimed any ties to redeemability. Caveat emptor, take it or leave it, was their declaration since. At the same time, any connection to legitimate money was also removed. Now the dollar was no longer tied to silver. The silver was gone, taken by sleight, so that as that moment, we no longer had money in the land. Truly as in the days of Genesis, the money had failed, the money was dead. But the Big Lie this time was swallowed hook line and sinker by a nation of people who had been taught that a piece of paper was the same thing as a coin of precious metal. AND THE IGNORANT PEOPLE BOUGHT IT, THEY REALLY BELIEVED THIS LIE. They signed contracts for dollars, even though they did not receive any dollars, and were not being paid any dollars. They signed contracts for dollars, even though their government was no longer minting such dollars. They have labored for 4 decades under the illusion of a Big Lie, that a piece of paper could be the same as a coin of precious metal.

    But now is the time of Jubilee, it is a time of coming out of Egypt, of going to the Promised Land. And it will be done by LAW. The Constitution of this land says “No states shall make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debt. Now has anyone borrowed silver or gold in the past 47 years? NO. Since no gold and silver were borrowed, hence, no gold nor silver need be paid back. Besides, there is NONE! The Congress has failed in it’s duty to coin us, we the people, money. There has been no money for the last 47 years. No large national debt, no debt, period. Hallelujah!!! When you “pay” your bills (which you no longer can, or need to), insert this letter and a copy of Article 1, section 10 of the Constitution into the envelope and watch for their reaction. Enclose these inqueries in with each “payment” and share with your neighbors the reactions of the “Egyptians” as we come out into freedom.

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    20th December 2012 at 2:26 pm

  142. Stef says:

    One of the best text I have ever read. Wow!

    20th December 2012 at 8:25 pm

  143. Going off the Cliff Could be the Best Thing for America. Here’s Why | Darwin's Money says:

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  144. Gun Control? or Ignorance Control? | The Intell Blog says:

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    21st December 2012 at 4:28 am

  145. Nonanonymous says:

    “The world makes less sense every day” until you recognize who is running the show.

    “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV)

    Satan is the god of this world. When we put God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and all that is in them, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega, first, then everything else falls into place. When we don’t, nothing does.

    Amen, and Merry Christmas from Satan Claus

    22nd December 2012 at 7:00 am

  146. rdf says:

    one of the best articles i’ve read on the internet.reality is harsh. i’m a father of 3 myself. every one of my kids started out in a christian school. i’m still married to the same wife after 30 yrs. of hard work. i dont want to be without her. i have a cpl license, and so do both of my sons. one of them is an eagle scout.
    this is truly a pathetic world we live in. fluoride has dumbed down most of our wonderful brothers and sisters, along with the bpa in plastics, and the nutritionless food people ingest. the list could go on.
    you are very right, the world is completely lost. it has turned away from God, and belief and faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. we are reaping the rewards. never the less we will continue to try like you are to wake up this sleeping giant while we still can.
    never in my life have i seen so much corruption in our government. we have had a legal investigation performed by one of the best sherriffs in this country that clearly has shown we have an imposter for a president by the name of barry soetoro. and that his birth certificate and other documents are frauds. yet when the american people have asked for justice, not one congressman will represent us. every one of them belong in prison. every crooked judge that has ruled against this investigation belongs in prison as well. millions have been spent to keep his personal records from the american public. how pathetic.
    i believe people all over the world are waking up thanks to articles like yours. you are a true brother and patriot. you have my respect. your article is spot on with how these evil globalists operate. what evil minions these banksters and governments have become.

    23rd December 2012 at 12:07 pm

  147. tp says:

    great article, maybe you should have added the beatles song :revolution:

    23rd December 2012 at 12:46 pm

  148. Mike Moskos says:

    I’ve basically come to the conclusion–after reading/listening to Jim Kunstler–that most of America’s problems can be tied to our escape into the suburbs, a living arrangement which is intimately tied to cheap energy (and thus has no future). It’s really our critical downfall. And we did it because we were the only society around wealthy enough to do it.

    Move to a walkable community, give up as many of your cars as you can, put the savings into locally grown, nutrient-dense ingredients (particularly pasture-raised dairy, eggs, and meat) that you turn into meals at home and life will be a lot better. Good nutrition fixes a lot of things and the money diverted to it will save you from mindless consumerism. (You could also move to the country too and grow your own.)

    27th December 2012 at 1:30 am

  149. Guest Post: Mother, Should I Trust the Government | Thought FTW says:

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  151. Nick Olsen says:

    Great post. spot on except for this: “Ignorant, government educated, welfare dependent drones with no self respect or respect for others, assault, kill and rob within their government created urban jungles….Poor urban children are lucky if they ever lay eyes on their father. Ignorance, violence, and dependency are a given for most of these kids.”

    Ignorance, lack of self-respect and respect for others, assaults, killings and robberies exist to a significant degree in suburban, rural jungles as well, as we’ve seen from the rash of violence publicized in corporocratic media outlets. Rich suburban kids see their fathers not much more than poor urban children, with their fathers 18 hr work days and their own endless activites. And more than a few among the wealthy depend on government welfare a.k.a. bailouts/lax crime enforcment or penalization/tax breaks/subsidies/loopholes/government appointments when their prefered party is in power

    And this:
    “We need to recapture the humanity, civic pride and self-responsibility that built this country.”

    Let that myth go. We can’t recapture something that was no so. There was nothing human or humane about how this country was built. One tribe of people was subjected to pestilence, war, theft and extermination, while another tribe was forcibly removed from its homelands, it’s families destroyed, and forced in to slavery for this country to be built. Sometimes, we reap what we sow. From slavery we have come, and to slavery we shall return.

    3rd January 2013 at 5:52 pm

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  153. Sean Beecher says:

    Excellent articles and writing, please write some more.

    4th January 2013 at 11:09 am

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  156. Mother, Should I Trust the Government? | BirchIndigo says:

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  159. Some Guy says:

    I first saw this article at zerohedge. I was my favorite article there in several years of reading. I’m now a fan of this site. Thanks;)

    23rd January 2013 at 1:42 pm

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