April 20, 2009
As almost anyone in media will morbidly inform you, ten years ago today Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Colorado and destroyed our concept of social safety by slaughtering their fellow students and several staff members. Of course, when one looks into history more deeply, it turns out lots of different things happened on April 20th. One item that has had a far more profound impact down through the centuries was Napolean's issuing a decree establishing Jerusaleum as a city where Jewish settlers and citizens were to be given precedence over Arab residents. Who knows, if Napolean had succeeded in his plan to use the Levant as a friendly base to counter the rising Turkish tribal leaders, perhaps all of western history would have been different. If nothing else, we can point to Napolean's decree as the moment where modern tensions between Jewish settlers and "Palestinian" residents began to build in earnest.
For what it's worth, I'd contend that April 19th is a date far more important to life in our modern world than the tragic events in Colorado on the 20th. On the 19th the British attempt to confiscate firearms held by colonists in Lexington and Concorde prompted the opening shots in the American revolution. Timothy McVeigh, in a fit of anger shared by many more people today than even he could have imagined back in 1995, bombed the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma. Timothy McVeigh (using common fertilizer, racing fuel, and a rental truck) killed far more people than Harris and Klebold, so why is the media filled with horror and revulsion over the Columbine shootings while ignoring Oklahoma City? If the conspiracy nuts are not right and the modern media does not have a secret agenda to propagandize the goals of the Brady Campaign and the United Nations, then why are they dedicating so many resources to the lesser of two evils? Maybe because it's easier to concoct a political campaign designed to ban ugly black "assault weapons" than it would be to justify a similar campaign against fertilizer and racing fuel? Rather than rabid elitists, perhaps the modern media is just lazy?
Of course, the 19th was also the anniversary of the Waco Seige and the wholesale slaughter of the Branch Dravidians. Were they killed by their insane leader setting off hundreds of gallons of stored fuel and ammunition, incompentent federal agents firing spark-emitting tear gas cannisters into those same stockpiles, or was it indeed an intentional massacre of an unpopular religious cult? Not even historians can agree on that one!
On the other hand, today, April 20th, is also the birthday of Adolf Hitler. It is not surprising that few people in media bother mentioning that bit of trivia. Today is also the birthday of Carmen Electra and Bruce Cabot. Oddly, Bruce Cabot died a few weeks after Carmen Electra was born. Reincarnation fans should have a blast connecting those two dots in the time-space continuum!
In all seriousness, it should surprise no one that April was and remains such a contentious and calamitous month, at least for the Northern Hemisphere. After all, April is the point where spring drives out the last of winter snows, making invasion simpler and counterattack more viable. Also in April, the raging hormones in many kinds of mammals, including humans, set off a mating frenzy matched only by insects and flowers. As any good biologist can tell you, mating frenzies are always accompanied by the vicious and often deadly infighting nature uses to establish dominance. Perhaps we are not so far above the animals as we would like to believe?
April is a powerful and powerfully important time of year. Always has been and always will be.
April 01, 2009
The dateline on this story is October 3, 2007, but I just learned about it today.
I try to keep a level head. I really do. But when I see a story like this:
Mexican Flag Raised Above American in Nevada
I am angered to the point of violence. I agree with the man in the video. If they like Mexico so damn much let'em go home! If they prefer the life they have in America, then let'em show appreciation for the opportunity they've been given to live there!
This is not racism! And damn anyone who thinks it is! "American" has never meant "white", even though the prejudices of our Founding Fathers tried to frame it that way. Right from the beginning there have been multiple cultural groups living side-by-side. Granted, sometimes those relations were rather contentious, and granted both slavery and the decimation of the native tribes was tragic, that does not change the simple reality that America has always equalled diversity. However, America is America!. It is not Mexico. It is not Canada. It is not any country in Europe. Because of what it is and what it stands for, a minimal respect to the institutions that make America what it is should be practiced by everyone who lives there.
What really got me was this:
Nevada ACLU Says Flag Laws Violate First Amendment
I live in Japan. I HATE IT HERE!
Japan is rumored to be one of the safest, most comfortable places to live on earth but it is not. And I sit here, wishing I go live in America, watching Americans acting like our country is somehow the greatest evil on the planet and it burns me up!
What is wrong with you people? America is NOT the bad guy! Drug trafficking gangs, immoral international bankers, unethical international business executives, elitist old-money families, narcissistic celebrities, these are the bad guys! European, Asian, and Arabian royals, African diamond and drug gangs, black market gun-runners selling cast off Russian or brand-new Chinese AK-47s to the highest bidder and the lowest scum of the Earth, those are bad guys, too! We do have some bad guys in America: corrupt politicians, money-hungry lawyers, greedy business people, and arrogant atheists, those are the American bad guys. They do not represent what America really stands for and it is far past time to demand justice for the damage they have done!
There is nothing wrong with being Christian. There is nothing wrong with being caucasian. There is nothing wrong with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. There is nothing wrong with being patriotic! Granted, there is a lot wrong with America right now, but all of the bad things in America are related to bad people abusing the freedoms the rest of us enjoy!
Americans have every reason to be proud of their country and every reason to believe they have the best country in the world. America does not need to be more like the rest of the world. The rest of the world needs to be more like us! Freedom, dignity, the rule of law, ethical business practices, these need to be restored and they need to be restored now. This trend to emulate the absolute worst practices of ancient, elitist royalty must stop! It has always been the common man and the everyday woman who made America great. I'm sorry, but the distribution of illegal drugs, the glorification of self-indulgent homosexuality, the reliance on the government to feed your children, the refusal to teach patriotism in schools, the hiring of illegal aliens, and the selling of political seats, is NOT acceptable. THIS MUST STOP AND IT MUST STOP NOW!
Maybe it is time for an armed rebellion. If nothing else, maybe it is time to lay the groundwork for one. Barrack Obama appears to be a sincere person doing his best to fix the problem, but if he cannot clean out the corruption and self-indulgence, then perhaps the people will have no choice but to take things into their own hands.
Everybody knows how to make a guillotine, yes?
And you! Yes, you! Over there quivering in your boots in fear that an armed rebellion will mean your death. The way to calm your fear is really simple. When the time comes, make sure you stand up in defense of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. You still might die, but at least your death will have meaning.
It is always better to be a hobo in heaven than a prince in hell. It is time we remembered that.