The #OrlandoShooting: It’s Always the Same; It’s Just a Shame. That’s All.

One of many shrines for a bogus event.

One of many shrines for a bogus event.

I’ve been off Facebook since early March. While I miss certain things about having a visible, active online persona — being tagged in photos; people “liking” said photos; feeling validated by said “likes” (but only if there are an adequate number of “likes,”  otherwise my happenings may not be “likable” enough, which might suggest I’m not “likable” enough as a person); learning what former classmates had for dinner, and how they felt about it; receiving daily updates on ex-girlfriends’ kids; and so on, deactivating my profile has effectively removed me from the constant onslaught of (mostly useless) information, an overload effect I call “news feed anxiety.” I’m no longer exposed to the inane public “discussions” that comprise our synthetic, engineered monoculture, and no longer have much cognizance of overblown, ridiculous, and utterly unimportant nonsense that passes as “news,” which is then distilled down to an even more inane hashtag, thus perpetuating the whirlwind of amorphous sludge that is “public opinion.” Nor am I exposed to the endless tirade of “election” articles: so much time, effort, attention and for something that is largely controlled by forces other than we the people, is both both comical and depressing — comical in that it’s such a joke and waste of time, and depressing for those same reasons, and because people care so much about something that’s more or less pre-determined. Nor am I exposed to daily update on my exes’ kids; not that I’m bitter or anything, it’s just weird, unnatural, and has no precedence in history.

Being away from social media also means I find out about things to old-fashioned way: word of mouth. I may not be the first to learn of the big news items, but at least I get to learn of it on my own terms rather than having it thrusted in my face. The paradigm change has been a nice reprieve thus far, and, God willing, I hope to continue in this mode of existence for as long as I can.

In this organic way of learning about the events of the day, I noticed the rainbow flag at half mast the other day. I had just spent the day hiking with some friends and was in an elated mood. We noticed the half-mast flag on the most-prominent landmark of our liberal city, but we didn’t know why. Some quick smartphone browser searching on my friend’s part revealed the reason: the worst mass-casualty event in U.S. history, this one taking place at a gay nightclub in Orlando, leaving 50 dead (49 not counting the “shooter”) and 53 wounded.

As I’ve written before, my default position whenever this type of event occurs is one of skepticism; in the past, these “shootings” have been more stagecraft than reality. In other words, it’s a “false flag.” While I didn’t know any of the specifics about what happened in Orlando, my mind went to false-flag mode, which, even early on, was validated by the supposed shooter’s supposed connection to “ISIS (wink wink, nudge nudge).” And given the event’s close proximity to the accursed “pride” celebrations taking place this month, it seemed a little too coincidental to be true.

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The United States of Deception and Death

Popular “culture” — if it can be indeed considered a true culture — in the United States is based on deception and, ultimately, death. What deception? Gosh, where to begin?

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Now that’s entertainment worth my complete time, attention, and devotion!

I suppose we could start with, say, the Super Bowl, possibly the nation’s primary “holy” day. Years ago in an episode of “The Simpsons,” a voice-over from a faux NFL Films clip said, “The road to the Super Bowl is long and pointless.” This is true in so many ways, except I’d go even further and say the Super Bowl itself is pointless. It’s pointless because, for as much time, effort, attention and care as people invest in watching/attending the games, as serious as they take the games, and as much as fans like to feel they’re “part of the team” (“We need a better offensive line,” or “We’ve got a great squad this year,” etc. etc.) the outcomes are not necessarily genuine, and in some cases, engineered and contrived.

Some people may believe this line of thinking as crazy, as if the NFL — a “non-profit” billion-dollar entrainment industry (for all but one year of its history) that leaves its participants physically/mentally destroyed and covers up domestic abuse — is incapable of engineering outcomes in order to promote certain story lines and overall generate maximum interest. “That just isn’t true,” ardent NFL fans say. When asked why it can’t be true, the answer is typically along the lines of “It just can’t be.”

To many, the NFL (and the NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, NASCAR, for that matter) is a “sacred cow” of sorts; it’s beyond reproach, always interesting, and by no means, never, ever “rigged” in any way, and to suggest as much is modern-day heresy. But one doesn’t need to look very hard to see that the concussion-inducing, lethargy-inspiring game isn’t entirely genuine. Take this most-recent Super Bowl, for instance: Broncos QB Peyton Manning — the “Sheriff,” if you will — won his record-tying 200th victory thanks to a Carolina Panthers team that pretty much folded. What a great way for the “Sheriff” to go out, right? What a great script!

Independent sports journalist — and a thinker after my own heart — Brian Tuohy writes of Manning:

Now you’d think given his career, this “injury” plagued season of his, the doubters who swore Brock Osweiler was the QB for Denver, his likley post-season retirement, and just the fulfillment of a dream that millions of American men hold–and doing so not just once, but a second time–that Manning would be an emotional mess. Instead, as soon as the game ended, he kissed Papa John and talked about drinking Budweiser–twice (which Bud claims they didn’t pay him for, but they didn’t bother to mention that Manning owns Bud distributorships in Colorado). He post-game reaction was about as thrilling as that of brother Eli’s on Sunday:

Perhaps it’s hard to get excited about a forgone conclusion.

This is really, truly just the tip of the iceberg. I challenge you to read Tuohy’s overview of the 2015 season, and if you’re still a believer in the “genuine” nature of the NFL, well, then, strong is your faith. The same goes for the other major sports as well.

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“False Flag,” “Staged” and “Hoax”: Three Terms Missing From Most People’s Vocabulary

But they’re of upmost importance if we are to truly understand the recent rash of  mass shootings in this country.

The last two weeks have seen as many mass casualty events, one at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado, the other at a community center in San Bernardino, Calif. Both have unsurprisingly reignited the misinformed dialectic that is all too common in our monoculture; some argue we need stricter guns laws, others say all Muslims are evil, or, in the case of the Planned Parenthood shootings, that we must be on the lookout for “white Christian terrorist.” And, of course, there’s the ever-looming threat of “ISIS,” who is somehow everywhere and nowhere at once, whom the West both funds and uses as justification to wage illegal wars of aggression.

As the debate within this faulty paradigm rages, whether on the right or left, neither side really knows the true causes for these events. I can hardly ever check my Facebook without seeing one of my “friends” share some politically charged article with some type of misguided call to action and/or pseudo-intellectual explanation for what we’re seeing unfold. What’s incredibly mind-boggling is how highly intelligent people really don’t seem to question the dubious narrative and ever-changing details surrounding these events. It’s as if everything the corporate media says is absolute truth, even if the evidence doesn’t add up.

Those on the “right” blame the recent shootings on either Muslims —who, according to GOP hopeful Donald Trump, should be banned from entering the US (he’s likely trying to lose anyway) — or your basic home-grown, radicalized individual who doesn’t represent the average gun owner and would’ve probably carried out the deed anyway, sans firearms. On the other side of the faulty dialectic, the “left” believes the problems lies in too-lax gun laws, even though California’s strict gun laws couldn’t stop whatever happened in San Bernardino. With neither side agreeing — nor will they ever agree — the dialogue swirls into an endless cyclone of finger pointing, politicizing, division, hatred and overall contempt with whomever doesn’t agree with their viewpoint. But throughout the course of this cyber yelling and grandstanding, neither side ever brings up the terms “false flag,” “hoax” or “staged,” except in the context that these events are anything but. However, I believe one can’t truly understand these happenings without viewing it in a conspiratorial light.

As I outlined in one of my previous posts, my default position whenever a highly publicized shooting with a seemingly pre-packaged narrative occurs is one of skepticism. More often then not, they all bear the following properties:

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Whether it’s Sandy Hook, Aurora, the Sikh temple shooting, the Virginia TV shooting, the Paris attacks, the recent San Bernardino shooting, among others, they ALL share these traits. Every. Single. Time. Coincidence? Or something else?

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The Truth About ISIS — In Three Short(ish) Videos

I’m just amazed with how off base the majority of people — at least in the West — are wrong about, well, a lot of issues, but one of the main ones being ISIS/ISIL/IS/whatever. People just don’t get it, even when the evidence stares them straight in the face. But I can’t say I blame them for the oversight: If all one reads are mainstream Atlanticist news sources, then  it’s no surprise they are ignorant to the facts, not just unsubstantiated propaganda.

In short, ISIS/ISIL/IS isn’t an organic outcropping of evil Muslims who want to spread chaos and destroy our way of life on the basis that they “hate us for our freedom,” or so we are told. The truth is that ISIS/ISIL/IS/(Insert foreign bogeyman of the week here) is a creation of the West to justify military action on behalf of corporate/banking interests, and to further increase its power through means of surveillance and false measures of “security.”

This idea is nothing new to those more attuned to the actual happenings of the world, but if this is the first place you’ve heard of such heinous suggestion, it may take a while for it to sink in (I know that was the case for me). As mind warping as it may sound to the newcomer, alas, it is true.

Don’t believe me? Think I’m just a crazy, crackpot “conspiracy theorist?” Well then, give these a view, assess the claims, thinking critically about the evidence presented, and make up your own mind. Lord knows the typical mainstream outlet doesn’t lend itself to critical thinking; what’s in the article is unquestionable gospel, or so that’s how it’s presented anyway.

Here’s a good introduction to the topic:

Something a little deeper:

And Russian President Vladimir Putin himself explaining the creation of ISIS:

There you have it.

So while Facebook friends continue to post pseudo hard-hitting, investigative pieces on “the shocking of truth about ISIS,” without at all mentioning its Western origins and financing, remember these videos.

The Deception of Mass-Casualty Events

Last week’s happening at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., was just another occurrence in a long list of mass-casualty events this country has seen in the last few years. Immediately after the shooting (or “shooting”), the focus immediately turned to the need of enacting tighter gun regulations in order to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen again. At the forefront of this call to action was President Obama, who addressed the nation but a few hours after the shooting. In his address, he lamented how frequently such events occur, even calling it “routine.”

Each time this happens I am going to say that we can actually do something about it, but we’re going to have to change our laws,” the President said in his address, adding “[a]nd this is not something I can do by myself. I’ve got to have a Congress and I’ve got to have state legislatures and governors who are willing to work with me on this.

And so the discussion took to the public arena, with social media news feeds filling up with this treatise or that exposé on gun violence in America, and how it can be stopped. GOOD, an online publication whose purpose is to “share creative solutions for living well and doing good,” even took up President Obama’s challenge and compared the terrorism-related deaths to gun-related deaths in the US, the numbers which you can see in the video below:

The president is right in saying this is all becoming routine. It seems like we had some type of highly publicized, spectacular shooting every month this summer, each one with a seemingly readymade narrative to be presented as soon as the smoke clears. If the Umpqua shooting had taken place before March 2013, I would be posting the same “well-informed” New York Times articles calling for gun control, just like everybody else. But knowing what I’ve learned in the last two and a half years, such happenings can’t be taken at face value. In fact, I believe most, if not all of the recent rash of highly publicized shootings, are, for lack of a better term, faked and/or staged.

For those well-read in alternative media sources, this stance is nothing new, and I can’t really say I’ve contributed anything to its cause other than taking in the information and questioning the official narrative passed down from “acceptable” news outlets. But for those who aren’t as familiar with this line of thought, the mere suggestion that these events are not what they appear to be is absolutely atrocious. Crazy, even. For one, it’s “disrespectful” to the victims and their families to even question the validity of said event. What’s more, why would someone stage an event like this, and how could they get away with it? The mere prospect of such things is implausible and downright unrealistic to them.

I can’t say I blame this camp; I, too, used to be like this. That is, until I saw the following:

Considering this man’s child was (supposedly) gunned down not long at all before this press conference, this is very, very strange behavior. But if you look at everyone involved in the Sandy Hook “shooting,” everybody exhibits that same strange behavior — from other parents, the coroner, neighbors, other children. Everybody. And that’s nothing to say of all the conflicting reports, murky details and flat-out inconsistencies of the events of that day.

For a very in-depth look into the weirdness that was the Sandy Hook, check out this excellent, thought-provoking documentary:

Since then, whenever an event of this nature inundates my news feed and dominates the conversation, my default position is one of skepticism, and for good cause.

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The Fraud of Pope Francis

It’s difficult to log into any form of media this week and not get flooded with stories about Pope Francis’ visit to the US. That shouldn’t be surprising, though: He is, after all, the spiritual leader of some 1.2 billion Catholics, only the fourth pope to visit the States, and one who uses his position of influence to address such prevalent worldly matters such as predatory capitalism, abortion, “climate change,” gay marriage, immigration reform, among others. He is called the “Peoples’ Pope,” and for good cause; his message is one of justice and equality, one that would make a better world for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

While there is inherently nothing wrong with his message of equality, fairness and preserving our planet, as an Orthodox Christian, there’s something not quite right about his message: it aims to set up a utopia of sorts on this earth instead of focusing on the Kingdom not of this world, but that which is to come — the Kingdom of God. His message also seems devoid of Christ and His Gospels, and rather one of elevating himself and his marketability to the progressive, “forward thinking” mentality of today. Taking this in consideration, along with the hidden, yet very sordid history of the Papacy, it’s not a stretch to say that Pope Francis is a fraud. What’s more, it’s also not a stretch to say his disingenuousness is a harbinger of the “lawless one” to come.

“But he’s doing some much good raising awareness for these keys issues, ones that affect all peoples. Isn’t that essentially doing the work of Christ?” you may ask. Social justice is all well and good, I suppose, but the focus needs to always be on Christ and His Gospel — a message of repentance, righteousness, humility, and ultimately, salvation. People have tried — and continue to try — to create earthly paradises where human notions of “justice” and “equality” govern society, with man’s inherent “goodness” being the arbiter of morality, and where “logic” and “rationality” reign supreme. But the result of these so-called utopias is always death, as seen most clearly with Soviet Russia, thus becoming a dystopia. Granted, one should strive to “put first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33)” in this life and in the next, but Christ also said, “My Kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36).” And yet, this world is all that seems to concern Pope Francis.

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Some Thoughts on Gay “Marriage” and “Pride”

(Initially, I was going to write about climate-change alarmism, but because that post is more or less evergreen content [wink wink] I thought it would be timelier and more appropriate to post on this subject.)

I had no idea gay “marriage” was before the Supreme Court, but apparently it was, and I guess the decision is that gay “marriage” is legalized in all 50 states — a victory for “progress” and “love.” Just in time for “pride” weekend, coincidentally. #LoveWins, right?

Well, no.

People celebrate, but do they know what they’re celebrating? Do they not know how serious of a sin this is? God wiped Sodom and Gomorrah from the map for this particular offense, and yet, we hold festivals to honor this same sin, of which there will be no short supply in my Young Person District of Liberal Big City, USA this weekend. I’ve learned my lesson from previous “pride” weekends — and even lamentably played with one of my bands at an event, Lord forgive me — so this time, I will be conveniently absent from said festivities. (And for good cause: I was sexually harassed twice “pride” weekend 2013. Nothing too serious, but I was minding my own business in both cases, and still got some unwanted, unsolicited attention that made me very uncomfortable. This is something I would like to avoid this — and all other — weekends.)

#lovewins: If it's a hashtag, it must be true. Right?!?

#lovewins: If it’s a hashtag, it must be true. Right?!?

The fact of the matter is this is a sad, sad day. And we are living in sad, messed-up, freaky times.

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