Archive for August, 2013

Senseless, Pointless, Pathetic

The random shooting murder of Australian Chris Lane, 22, in Oklahoma USA this week has stunned decent people in both countries and elsewhere. The three losers who did the murder are aged 15, 16 and 17. Fortunately there is a white one among the trio so we can rule out a racial motive. In fact, we can rule out every motive other than they want their fifteen minutes of fame, maybe less. They posted to Facebook they had killed one and were after another and if police hadn’t caught them so quickly they would no doubt have killed again, and again.

What is it with these people? They are bombarded with all kinds of media messages promoting murder from black gangsta rap ‘music’ to tv shows and FPSG (first person shooter games). While I doubt any single influence causes them to kill, the combination of all the messages bombarding them from birth plus what passes for parenting these days has to have some say in the matter. Even concerned parents are often impotent when the kids know society won’t punish them in any way and they can do as they please because they know their ‘rights’. Add to this the ease of availability of firearms and that American mindset regarding their 2nd Amendment rights and you have a society that kills, incarcerates or rips off its own when it isn’t out there invading and bombing everyone else. What happened America? What happened to the once greatest nation of the 20th Century? And you were, make no mistake.

You fear your government, hence the insistence on the right to bear arms etc. You fear the rest of the world and probably with good reason given the number of drones flying over sovereign territory as we speak. You fear your industry and commercial sector with good reason (think Monsanto, Wal-Mart, Wall Street et al) and you fear each other. People now fear the FEMA will seize their stock piled food sources in time of emergency and give them to the masses (saw the video just this morning!) or enter your homes and so on and on and on. No wonder so many are retiring overseas. Well, I have found Americans to be generous, brave and great people to have with you in a crises, at least the ones I have met over the decades and when you get them away from their society. So those of you who want to are welcome to come and live with us and bring all those great qualities of self reliance and ‘can-do’ that made your nation great. Just leave all the other rubbish, your guns and bibles, your attitudes to homosexuals and different races, your worship of capitalism and fear and loathing of democratic socialism back there. We have enough home grown bigotry, ignorance and stupidity here already.

You Have To Love This…

We all love to read about uppity young punks who get their come-uppance, ideally from a retired soldier or self defence expert. Well here the hero is both a former soldier and a one-time boxing champ. The young bloke broke into this man’s home, attacked him with a bladed weapon and was sorted out for his trouble. Not in any Hollywood fashion, all slick, choreographed action but a more realistic fight for his life kind of struggle.

Fortunately the 72 year old triumphed, the punk is off to make new friends in the local prison and all is once again well in the world. But what if the punk had scored with his slash? What if the old guy had a heart attack, even after the police dragged the dross down the driveway? Have no pity for the scumbag, drunk, drugged or whatever. Think beyond what happened and imagine how very easily it could have gone, and almost did go, horribly wrong. That’s when we read one of those tragic waste of life stories.

Location, Location, Location

Would you rent an apartment above a shop called ‘Reptile Ocean Inc’? I wouldn’t. Sadly it appears two boys, 5 and 7, were killed in their sleep by an escaped python from the reptile store beneath their apartment. That must have been a big snake to think it needed to kill two boys… Snakes are not vindictive as far as I know. They kill for food or to defend themselves. I can’t imagine the snake finding two sleeping, harmless, non-threatening boys and killing them because it felt threatened. There appears from the brief report no attempt to eat either and surely, the snake would kill one and then attempt to swallow it, then lie down and digest?

I think there is more to this story than we have been told so far. The photo on the left is of a baby swallowed by a python in Edo, Nigeria. To give you an idea of scale, check out the kid using the snake as a bean bag.

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