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Sherlock Holmes: People have died.

Jim Moriarty: [shouting] That’s what people do!

Sherlock The Great Game 2010

Jim Moriarty: STAYING ALIVE!!! SO BORING, ISN’T IT??!! Just staying…all my life I’ve been looking for distraction. You were the best of distraction and now I don’t even have you. Because I’ve beaten you. And you know what? In the end, it was easy. Yeah…t’was easy…now I have to go back to play with the ordinary people.

Sherlock The Reichenbach Fall 2012

A few days ago I got an e-mail from Joy McCann about a new blog she had called Tea Cozy Mysteries and the current post is on the plethora of new Sherlock Holmes series/movies out there, the best of which is the BBC’s Sherlock that I quote above.

Today Cynthia Yockey argues against gun free zones and their danger and makes a point that needs making

Most mass murderers include suicide in their attack plan. This fact is extremely useful in preventing mass murders and reducing the death toll of those that occur. Why? Because we need to accelerate the killer’s scenario for the circumstances in which he has planned to kill himself. Isn’t that always when the armed responders have arrived and he’s cornered? That’s why we need plenty of civilians in schools, universities, churches, theaters and shopping malls who have concealed carry permits, weapons and the skill to use them. The sooner there’s return fire, the sooner the suicide is triggered and the killing stops. In addition, I predict that there will be a tipping point when there are enough people with guns and concealed carry permits that would-be mass murderers won’t like their odds and will give up on their plans.

This is a powerful argument for my school protection plan but it raises an important point.

People have talked a lot about the various psychological roots of killers such as the one in Ct. When these events occur the question is asked over and over again: What was in their mind? What drove them? What did they have inside them that took them over the edge? What made them so bored, so in need of distraction so void of purpose that they see no point in “Saying Alive” or any moral imperative in not ending the lives of others?

Strangely enough I find the answer to this question in…MeTV

About two years ago MeTV. Memorable Entertainment Television joined the ranks of the hundreds of TV networks out there. Locally there is a Boston and a New Hampshire version in my cable package and they show a vast collection of shows from the 50 thru the 80.

I’ve been looking at the shows from the 50’s and early 60’s such as Daniel Boone, Donna Reed, Gunsmoke, the Big Valley, The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, The Rifleman, Star Trek and Hogan’s Heroes.

Television was still fairly young and these programs influenced the culture if you don’t believe it ask Russell Johnson how many time he was told by people their move toward science started with the Professor, how many people thought of space sciences after seeing Mr. Scott or how many young people today see NCIS and think Law enforcement & forensics or the Big Bang Theory and think Physics & science.

But there were other values reinforced, honor, the virtue of hard work, perseverance, respect particularly for women and the role of faith in life.

In short they reinforced a moral base, the Judeo-Christian Cultural moral base and the values it advanced.

Now two generations later after that most narcissistic generation, the baby boomers banished the values of their parents from schools and TV and our popular culture by people like the Metal Group Lamb Of God, whose lyrical themes are described in Wikipedia: They frequently use biblical references, but often convey anti-religious sentiment was shocked SHOCKED by their absense:

a disturbing number of concertgoers made noise, talked and generally disrupted the otherwise peaceful moment.

That moment being a requested moment of silence for the dead in Newtown

I am so disgusted right now- if you were one of those who wouldn’t shut up for SIXTY LOUSY SECONDS to honor twenty MURDERED CHILDREN- go look in the mirror. You are looking at a piece of sh**.

Your parents are obviously pieces of sh** too, because they raised you to behave with no dignity.

Dignity? Dignity is defined by culture, the culture of dignity has been rejected by many like yourself and replaced by the one where mainline online magazines defend sex with Donkeys.

The truth is very simple, one of the things that Christianity and the Judeo Christian Culture provides is a society that has positive values. That individuals and institutions haven’t always lived up to those values doesn’t make the values any less valid than a corrupt cop means the police should be disbanded.

For the last 50 years our media, our pop culture and those celebrated by both have told us over and over again how the Judeo-Christian culture that was once the norm has led to oppression and held people back. Those who have for generations urged and promoted its abandonment for the sake of narcissism now are shocked that young people with no center, no faith and no culture that reinforced those positive values are so anxious to kill themselves either on their own or via suicide by notoriety?

People are talking about how first person shooters may have an influence on people, violent lyrics, suicide wishes, misogynistic rap, and more has on the culture today. Obviously if these things alone were the root cause of this type of stuff we would have more shootings then we do, but for some who are weak or disturbed or in despair Judeo-christian values provided a cultural firewall that can help restrain those who need restraining, even if you don’t buy the underlying religion behind it.

Marx once said that religion was the opiate of the masses, even if you don’t believe in religion in general or Christianity in particular I think a stronger dose of this opiate might have done some real good here.

I think Cynthia Yockey’s point above is very valid, but wouldn’t it be nice if it wasn’t? Wouldn’t it be better if we had a culture where the very thought of suicide among youth, let alone suicide coupled with mass murder wasn’t even on the table?

I submit and suggest that the return of those values represent a greater horror to those baby boomers leading our culture, crying for the disarmament of all but their bodyguards, than the shootings in Newtown ever will.

They will accept gladly inflict a new generation of Moriarty wannabes than admit their parents were right.

Opus: Penguin lust is not Immoral and Wicked and anyone who says so is an old prude. It’s beautiful and natural, and I for one fully support penguin lust.

Phil Donohue: That’s great, caller, but today’s topic is “Nun Beating.”

Opus: Good Lord, man, I can’t support that!

Bloom County

One of the first pieces long pieces I wrote as a blogger  was a critique of Gay Marriage and Richard Cohen attack on Rick Warren:

I will go as far as to say that it would have been an impossibility to have a clergyman who publicly SUPPORTED gay marriage give the invocation before the year 2000 and in 2004 if John Kerry had won it would have been an incredibly controversial decision.

But 8 years later the word “bigot” is thrown around at all who dare say otherwise.

3 years later came this story from the daily caller

If a small group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have their way at a conference this week, pedophiles themselves could play a role in removing pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association’s bible of mental illnesses — the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

and I asked this question:

My point? I’m not surprised one bit and nor should anyone who has been paying attention over the last 3-4 decades. The question is will this be the final trigger for the latest Great Awakening or in the final decline of American/Western society?

Four months ago came (and nine months after Rick Santorum said it was coming came the Polygamy argument out of the Guardian and the marriage of three people:

Why shouldn’t three people get married?

As three Brazilians are legally joined as a ‘thruple’ it starts to look illiberal to insist that marriage must be between two people

and I said:

That this is advanced in the Guardian is interesting, even more interesting is the comments, tons of people agreeing after all one does not want to be “Judgmental.”

Now we have this in Salon:

A legal defense of donkey sex
A man accused of feeling up a farm animal argues an anti-bestiality law is unconstitutional. Does he have a point?
By Tracy Clark-Flory

With apologies to easily offended readers, this story brings new meaning to the word “jackass” but I’ll say this for Tracy Clark-Flory, she didn’t wait 32 years into her journalistic career to jump on board a movement after it became popular.

Lisa Graas is not amused:

It is not Rick Santorum who came up with the idea that “gay rights” would lead to the acceptance of bestiality. The slippery slope of immorality leading to more and more immorality is just a fact of human nature. It surprises no one who is educated about human nature in the conservative (Aquinas) tradition that Salon is now defending bestiality just as it surprised no one in the pro-life movement that Jack Kevorkian ended up with his day in the sun in the aftermath of Roe v. Wade. Though assisted suicide has not taken hold, “passive euthanasia” is common practice now in hospitals. The slippery slope is real.

That we have reached a point where a major online publication feels comfortable with this speaks volumes, because it tells people it’s OK to think about it, that there is a legitimate debate. It is the same dynamic as the Gay Marriage argument:

I suspect beyond the core set of true believers the support is actually very thin. It is what the “enlightened” and “right” type of people support to show how good and tolerant they are. It allows people to feel good about themselves without actually doing anything. It keep them safe from that most dreaded charge of bigotry. In short it is an exercise in narcissism.

This principle is going to continue to be used on all types of things that just a few years ago people would have been ashamed to advance, but it makes sense. After all it’s a lot easier to re-define what is acceptable behavior than actually changing behavior your behavior.

And PLEASE don’t give me the “ick” factor argument about these other things being accepted. Ick is just an argument about culture. It is the same argument that one would have heard concerning gay marriage less that 20 years ago. It is particularly galling when gay people are subject to state sponsored murder in places like Iran and ick is invoked beside Islam.

And once the ICK factor moves the definition of acceptable will move as well and then Opus the Penguin will find his opposition to “Nun Beating” doesn’t makes him a prude, it will make him a bigot.

It takes courage to stand up to this, I suspect that is why the left considers faithful Christianity in general and faithful Catholicism in particular its greatest obstacle and enemy. For it provides to the courage to stand up and say “Enough!”