Thursday, January 17, 2013

Culture Of Violence Consumes Its Own Young

Someone I just tried to friend on facebook (I hope he accepts) posted this treacly propaganda 

along with a correction:

I like the phrase "replaced their conscience with brand loyalty" as that is a good way to describe why people who were once vehemently anti-war under Bush continue to excuse the warmongering of the current occupant of the White House.

Included in the comments section were facts about children killed by the president via flying killer robots following weekly meetings with his advisers to go over the kill list:

2009-01-23: Aaz-ur-Rehman, 14, Pakistani
2009-02-14: Noor Syed, 8, Pakistani
2009-08-11: Ibad Ullah, teenager, Pakistani
2009-08-11: Mohammad Arif, teenager, Pakistani

2009-08-11: Abdul Qadeer, teenager, Pakistani
2009-08-11: Hazrat Ali, teenager, Pakistani
2009-08-21: Syed Wali Shah, 7, Pakistani
2009-08-21: Naeemullah,?, Pakistani
2009-08-21: Faizullah,?, Pakistani
2009-08-21: Rahima,?, Pakistani
2009-08-21: Shaista,?, Pakistani
2009-11-20: Sakeenullah, 15, Pakistani
2009-12-31: Zaenullah Khan, 17, Pakistani
2009-12-17: Nasser Mohammed Nasser, 6, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Arwa Mohammed Nasser, 4, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Fatima Mohammed Nasser, 2, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Afrah Ali Mohammed Nasser, 9, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Zayda Ali Mohammed Nasser, 7, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Hoda Ali Mohammed Nasser, 5, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Sheikha Ali Mohammed Nasser, 4, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Asmaa Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye, 9, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Salma Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye, 4, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Fatima Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye, 3, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Khadije Ali Mokbel Louqye, 1, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Hanaa Ali Mokbel Louqye, 6, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Mohammed Ali Mokbel Salem Louqye, 4, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Jawass Mokbel Salem Louqye, 15, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Sheikha Nasser Mahdi Ahmad Bouh, 3, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Soumaya Mohammed Saleh Mohammed, 9, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Shafika Mohammed Saleh Mohammed, 4, Yemeni
2009-12-17: Shafiq Mohammed Saleh Mohammed, 2, Yemeni
2010-01-03: Wajid Noor, 9, Pakistani
2010-01-08: Ayeesha, 3, Pakistani
2010-02-24: Naila, 10, Pakistani
2010-05-21: Fatima, ?, Pakistani
2010-05-21: Nisar, ?, Pakistani
2010-05-21: Naeem Khan, ?, Pakistani
2010-10-18: Naeem Ullah, 10, Pakistani
2011-06-15: Shahzada, ?, Pakistani
2011-10-14: Abdel-Rahman Anwar al-Awlaki, 16, American
2011-10-14: Ahmed Abdel-Rahman al-Awlaki, 17, Yemeni
2011-10-31: Tariq Aziz, 16, Pakistani
2011-10-31: Waheed, ?, Pakistani
2012-08-21: Osama Haqqani, 13, Pakistani
2012-09-02: Mabrook Mouqbal Al Qadari, 13, Yemeni
2012-09-02: Daolah Nasser, 10, Yemeni
2012-09-02: AbedalGhani Mohammed Mabkhout, 12, Yemeni

Obama is worse than any school shooter yet.
May his victims rest in peace.

And in more school shooting related news, my friend Bruce Gagnon had an excellent blog post about a hyper violent film series being made by teenagers in Maine who see themselves as future Navy officers. The fact that young men raised on violent video games make these films of imaginary murders didn't surprise me, but the news that Brunswick taxpayers are funding viewings on school time did.

Some kill for profit, some for prestige. Some pretend to kill in order to impress their friends. Some kills because they are black-and-white thinkers who believe in "good guys with guns" and have not had a chance to develop much of their critical thinking abilities -- what we naively thought education was about, in my youth.

Sometimes the false dichotomy model goes so far over the edge that it is downright hilarious. I'll leave you with this photo I took a couple of days ago of a church in my neck of the woods that routinely advertises gun safety classes on site. My husband has been calling it "The Church of the Concealed Carry" but even he cannot fully deconstruct this marquee message:


chrisrushlau said...

That sign refers to "don't eat yellow snow", I'd hazard a guess.
Did you lose or reject my comment to the Malalai Joya article? I lost it once anyway and put a lot of love into reconstituting it.

chrisrushlau said...

Thanks for providing me a venue for my remarks.