The Victims change but the Media Meme stays the same

by Datechguy | December 15th, 2012

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The Victims change but the Media Meme stays the same

“And that one?” I pointed to a man up to his chin in boil­ing blood. He was scream­ing in agony so his face was dis­torted, but he looked Ori­en­tal.

New one,” Billy said. “Seung, some­thing like that. Went out and shot a bunch of peo­ple in the col­lege he was at. Allen, it puz­zles me that a man can shoot thirty-​two full-​grown men and women before the sheriff’s men gun him down. You’re more his time, maybe you can tell me. Why didn’t some­one just shoot the son of a bitch?”

I scratched my head. Billy’s view­point seemed skewed, alien.

Five of ‘em where teach­ers,” Billy said. “They had to pro­tect their kids. How could they now be armed? It’s as if some­one has been tak­ing away their guns.”

Larry Niven and Jerry Pour­nelle Escape From Hell

Don’t go to par­ties with metal detec­tors Sure it feels safe inside; but what about all those niggaz waitin out­side with guns? They know you ain’t got one..

Chris Rock No Sex in the Cham­pagne Room from the Album Big­ger & Blacker

I’ve been out of cir­cu­la­tion for a lit­tle while so I didn’t hear about the shoot­ing in CT until I came home around 7 PM yes­ter­day evening. It’s a hor­ri­ble thing. It’s hard to lose a par­ent but that is the nat­ural order of things in life, it is quite another to lose a child and I can only offer my prayers and con­do­lences to the peo­ple going through this horror.

If we were one nation and had the cul­ture we once had, this post would now end, but unfor­tu­nately we no longer live in that cul­ture, nor will I recy­cle my post from July despite the temp­ta­tion pro­vided by an auto save glitch that erased most of this post that I am now re-​entering.

One can no longer cede the floor, after all if George Wash­ing­ton choose pro­pri­ety he would have stayed home on Christ­mas Eve 1776 and the peo­ple of Amer­ica would be even more obsessed with the for­mer Kate Mid­dle­ton. (Is that possible?)

So let address what I’m think­ing point by point to the groups of peo­ple those thoughts are directed toward;

1. To our Athe­is­tic Sec­u­lar Human­is­tic friends in full: “If there is a God why does he allow this” mode:

I’m laugh­ing at you. Because that argu­ment much like phony “The Bible endorses slav­ery” one is in effect a state­ment of the exis­tence of God.

It’s clas­sic mis­di­rec­tion, rather than blame man, in this case a par­tic­u­lar man for an act of evil, you blame God in effect cry­ing: “God let this hap­pen God sucks.” Strange the need to blame one who “doesn’t exist” or are you just try­ing to con­vince yourselves?

BTW no mat­ter how much you think God Sucks he still loves you.

2. To the “Blame the Gun Crowd” ask­ing “Why do we need so many guns?”

I find you aren’t much dif­fer­ent from the “It’s God’s fault” peo­ple above. I’m not sur­prised at you, sim­ply bemused. While you ask ‘why there are so many guns out there’ strangely enough you for­get 50 or 60 years ago we were just as heav­ily armed yet such events were so rare we actu­ally knew the names of all the peo­ple who did stuff like this.

I think a bet­ter ques­tion is: How did we get to a soci­ety where such acts are com­mon when we once they were not?

I doubt you will ask that ques­tion because it might lead to the odd coin­ci­dence of a par­tic­u­lar cul­tural meme removed from the class­room two gen­er­a­tions ago. Even worse it might lead to the con­clu­sion the val­ues sug­gested by said cul­tural meme gave peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly the young who are so will­ing to kill both them­selves and oth­ers these days, pur­pose and con­trol in a way mod­ern cul­ture doesn’t.

We can’t have that can we?

3. To our media and elite betters:

You really miss the days of the feu­dal lords don’t you? You are so anx­ious to dis­arm the cit­i­zenry for the “com­mon good” as long as your own body­guards remain heav­ily armed aren’t you. I shouldn’t be sur­prised. This has always been the way of elites the world over, restric­tions for the com­mon good on every­thing from food to travel to light bulbs, but excep­tions for the right peo­ple. Per­haps that’s why Rupert Mur­dock is so will­ing to block Glenn Reynolds who today in USA today quoted author William Bur­roughs:

After a shoot­ing spree,” author William Bur­roughs once said, “they always want to take the guns away from the peo­ple who didn’t do it.”

Glenn asks: Hey, Rupert: Why is your life more deserv­ing of pro­tec­tion than a bat­tered woman’s or a 7 – 11 clerk’s?

Because he, like Bloomberg is the Lord of the manor and we are just the Hoi Pol­loi THAT’s why!

4. To our ultra lib­eral friends who still think they are rebels 30 – 40 years after they declared “never trust any­one over 30″ and never stop talk­ing about their beloved 60’s:

Tell me, why on earth are you will­ing to sup­port a soci­ety where only THE MAN has access to guns? Haven’t you spent the last sev­eral years telling us about how many inno­cents our gov­ern­ment killed in Iraq, in Afghanistan? Haven’t you told us how we are tar­get­ing Amer­i­cans and mak­ing the dis­ap­pear on ter­ror grounds?

How can you trust such a gov­ern­ment to be the sole holder of weapons? After if one killer can slaugh­ter 20 how much more can a gov­ern­ment do? Par­tic­u­larly if some­day there is an evil racist sex­ist big­oted homo­pho­bic repub­li­can in the White House ready to come after your lady parts? I speak espe­cially to the Black Amer­i­cans in the lib­eral cities who are ready to march on the police when­ever Mr. Jack­son or Sharp­ton tell them to. If the police and gov­ern­ment are so racist do you really want to be dis­armed and at their mercy?

5. To those who speak in the lan­guage of polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

I doubt that I could do as well as Stacy McCain who coin­ci­den­tally also invokes Chris Rock.

Our cul­ture has lost all sense of per­spec­tive, of rea­son­able bal­ance, so that we are unable to make common-​sense judg­ments about risks. Which is the greater dan­ger: That a schiz­o­phrenic might have his feel­ings hurt, or that a schiz­o­phrenic might go off his meds and kill people?

Com­mon sense is quite nearly ille­gal nowa­days and it’s cer­tainly unfash­ion­able in the Obama Age. So the usual lib­eral ding­bats — includ­ing the ACLU types who assured us it was “a fear­less, inde­pen­dent life style” for a crazy woman to defe­cate in pub­lic on the streets of Man­a­hat­tan — are telling us we need more gun control.

And I say, no, what we need is more kook con­trol. But no mem­ber of Con­gress in either party would have the guts to intro­duce “The Dan­ger­ous Lunatic Incar­cer­a­tion Act of 2013,” which would put wack­jobs like Adam Lanza some place where they couldn’t kill people.

Chris Rock was right: “What­ever hap­pened to ‘crazy’?

I think that whole phi­los­o­phy is about mak­ing one­self feel good. After all from that phi­los­o­phy do we even have the right to ques­tion the motives of this shooter? Doesn’t he have the right to define his own moral­ity and if in fact man is just another ani­mal that needs to be under­stood is this just not the nat­ural act of such an ani­mal at this stage of devel­op­ment? We cer­tainly can’t judge him, that would be the ulti­mate sin.

6. Finally to those who insist the media is not biased,

Imag­ine just for a moment how this story would have been approached if this shooter had been named “Nidal” or “Moham­mad”, had said the words “Allah Akbar” before fir­ing and belonged to a reli­gion that rhymed with “fizlam”.

I Imag­ine who the story would be writ­ten about how we should under­stand what drove this killer to do his deeds, likely the hor­ri­ble acts of the west, the same thing that must be the source of this story:

An elderly Swedish char­ity worker who was seri­ously injured in an attack by uniden­ti­fied gun­men in Lahore was on Mon­day flown home in an air ambu­lance for “med­ical and secu­rity” rea­sons, offi­cials said.

Bir­gitta Almeby, a 70-​year-​old worker of the NGO Full Gospel Assem­blies of Pak­istan, was attacked near her res­i­dence in Model Town of Lahore on Decem­ber 3.

FGA spokesman Liaquat Qaiser had described the inci­dent as a “tar­geted attack”.

Bir­gitta has since died, her mur­der will never be news­wor­thy to some people.

As I said in a dif­fer­ent time It would have been enough to write what Sarah Palin did:

My heart goes out to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims of this ter­ri­ble tragedy in Con­necti­cut today. Words can’t express the hor­ror every­one feels in see­ing such evil man­i­fested against inno­cent chil­dren. Noth­ing could be worse than the mur­der of inno­cent chil­dren. Let’s all pray for the vic­tims, their fam­i­lies, and the whole nation.

but she will in fact be attacked even for this, so I might as well vent and be attacked for a wolf rather than a sheep.

“And that one?” I pointed to a man up to his chin in boiling blood. He was screaming in agony so his face was distorted, but he looked Oriental.

“New one,” Billy said. “Seung, something like that. Went out and shot a bunch of people in the college he was at. Allen, it puzzles me that a man can shoot thirty-two full-grown men and women before the sheriff’s men gun him down. You’re more his time, maybe you can tell me. Why didn’t someone just shoot the son of a bitch?”

I scratched my head. Billy’s viewpoint seemed skewed, alien.

“Five of ‘em where teachers,” Billy said. “They had to protect their kids. How could they now be armed? It’s as if someone has been taking away their guns.”

Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Escape From Hell

Don’t go to parties with metal detectors Sure it feels safe inside; but what about all those niggaz waitin outside with guns? They know you ain’t got one..

Chris Rock No Sex in the Champagne Room from the Album Bigger & Blacker

I’ve been out of circulation for a little while so I didn’t hear about the shooting in CT until I came home around 7 PM yesterday evening. It’s a horrible thing. It’s hard to lose a parent but that is the natural order of things in life, it is quite another to lose a child and I can only offer my prayers and condolences to the people going through this horror.

If we were one nation and had the culture we once had, this post would now end, but unfortunately we no longer live in that culture, nor will I recycle my post from July despite the temptation provided by an auto save glitch that erased most of this post that I am now re-entering.

One can no longer cede the floor, after all if George Washington choose propriety he would have stayed home on Christmas Eve 1776 and the people of America would be even more obsessed with the former Kate Middleton. (Is that possible?)

So let address what I’m thinking point by point to the groups of people those thoughts are directed toward;

1. To our Atheistic Secular Humanistic friends in full: “If there is a God why does he allow this” mode:

I’m laughing at you. Because that argument much like phony “The Bible endorses slavery” one is in effect a statement of the existence of God.

It’s classic misdirection, rather than blame man, in this case a particular man for an act of evil, you blame God in effect crying: “God let this happen God sucks.” Strange the need to blame one who “doesn’t exist” or are you just trying to convince yourselves?

BTW no matter how much you think God Sucks he still loves you.

2. To the “Blame the Gun Crowd” asking “Why do we need so many guns?”

I find you aren’t much different from the “It’s God’s fault” people above. I’m not surprised at you, simply bemused.  While you ask ‘why there are so many guns out there‘ strangely enough you forget 50 or 60 years ago we were just as heavily armed yet such events were so rare we actually knew the names of all the people who did stuff like this.

I think a better question is:   How did we get to a society where such acts are common when we once they were not?

I doubt you will ask that question because it might lead to the odd coincidence of a particular cultural meme removed from the classroom two generations ago.  Even worse it might lead to the conclusion the values suggested by said cultural meme gave people, particularly the young who are so willing to kill both themselves and others these days, purpose and control in a way modern culture doesn’t.

We can’t have that can we?

3. To our media and elite betters:

You really miss the days of the feudal lords don’t you? You are so anxious to disarm the citizenry for the “common good” as long as your own bodyguards remain heavily armed aren’t you.  I shouldn’t be surprised.  This has always been the way of elites the world over, restrictions for the common good on everything from food to travel to light bulbs, but exceptions for the right people. Perhaps that’s why Rupert Murdock is so willing to block Glenn Reynolds who today in USA today quoted author William Burroughs:

“After a shooting spree,” author William Burroughs once said, “they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.”

Glenn asks: Hey, Rupert: Why is your life more deserving of protection than a battered woman’s or a 7-11 clerk’s?

Because he, like Bloomberg is the Lord of the manor and we are just the Hoi Polloi THAT’s why!

4. To our ultra liberal friends who still think they are rebels 30-40 years after they declared “never trust anyone over 30″ and never stop talking about their beloved 60′s:

Tell me, why on earth are you willing to support a society where only THE MAN has access to guns? Haven’t you spent the last several years telling us about how many innocents our government killed in Iraq, in Afghanistan? Haven’t you told us how we are targeting Americans and making the disappear on terror grounds?

How can you trust such a government to be the sole holder of weapons? After if one killer can slaughter 20 how much more can a government do? Particularly if someday there is an evil racist sexist bigoted homophobic republican in the White House ready to come after your lady parts? I speak especially to the Black Americans in the liberal cities who are ready to march on the police whenever Mr. Jackson or Sharpton tell them to. If the police and government are so racist do you really want to be disarmed and at their mercy?

5. To those who speak in the language of political correctness.

I doubt that I could do as well as Stacy McCain who coincidentally also invokes Chris Rock.

Our culture has lost all sense of perspective, of reasonable balance, so that we are unable to make common-sense judgments about risks. Which is the greater danger: That a schizophrenic might have his feelings hurt, or that a schizophrenic might go off his meds and kill people?

Common sense is quite nearly illegal nowadays and it’s certainly unfashionable in the Obama Age. So the usual liberal dingbats — including the ACLU types who assured us it was “a fearless, independent life style” for a crazy woman to defecate in public on the streets of Manahattan — are telling us we need more gun control.

And I say, no, what we need is more kook control. But no member of Congress in either party would have the guts to introduce “The Dangerous Lunatic Incarceration Act of 2013,” which would put wackjobs like Adam Lanza some place where they couldn’t kill people.

Chris Rock was right: “Whatever happened to ‘crazy’?

I think that whole philosophy is about making oneself feel good.  After all from that philosophy do we even have the right to question the motives of this shooter?  Doesn’t he have the right to define his own morality and if in fact man is just another animal that needs to be understood is this just not the natural act of such an animal at this stage of development?  We certainly can’t judge him, that would be the ultimate sin.

6.  Finally to those who insist the media is not biased,

Imagine just for a moment how this story would have been approached if this shooter had been named “Nidal” or “Mohammad”,  had said the words “Allah Akbar” before firing and belonged to a religion that rhymed with “fizlam”.

I Imagine who the story would be written about how we should understand what drove this killer to do his deeds, likely the horrible acts of the west, the same thing that must be the source of this story:

An elderly Swedish charity worker who was seriously injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Lahore was on Monday flown home in an air ambulance for “medical and security” reasons, officials said.

Birgitta Almeby, a 70-year-old worker of the NGO Full Gospel Assemblies of Pakistan, was attacked near her residence in Model Town of Lahore on December 3.

FGA spokesman Liaquat Qaiser had described the incident as a “targeted attack”.

Birgitta has since died, her murder will never be newsworthy to some people.

As I said in a different time It would have been enough to write what Sarah Palin did:

My heart goes out to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy in Connecticut today. Words can’t express the horror everyone feels in seeing such evil manifested against innocent children. Nothing could be worse than the murder of innocent children. Let’s all pray for the victims, their families, and the whole nation.

but she will in fact be attacked even for this, so I might as well vent and be attacked for a wolf rather than a sheep.

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