What happens when there is no light? What happens when there is no love? What happens when there is no fear of God? What happens when we reap what we sow? Where there is no light there is darkness. Where there is no love there is numbness or anger. Where there is no fear of God, anything goes. When we reap what we sow, we are often puzzled. 2012 came to a close with the cold blooded massacre of mostly children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
This installment of On the Money with Peter Hebert, “2012: Year in Review – Investing in Lead with Body Bags as Returns.” This segment’s title is the result of the shooting sprees that took place across the country throughout the year. Gold might be a good hedge against inflation, but many perceive stocking up on guns and rounds of lead as the best hedge to protect life when the economy collapses. But, what happens when moral character and sound thinking collapses and what’s left in place of sound judgment is socio pathology?
WHAT’S WRONG WITH AMERICAN CULTURE?
Someone on Facebook asked, what’s wrong with American “culture” … ? These three were among the responses. First, the “culture” sexualizes everything. Second, the “culture” promotes materialism. And third, the “culture” debases spirituality. Americans have become debased, materialistic, selfish, over sexualized, violent, coarse, offensive, socially conditioned to be politically correct and morally stupid, socially detached from their neighbors and community, and socio pathic … all thanks to the media, Hollywood, and an abrasive secular system that shapes what we dare to call culture.
And we wonder why human beings, who were made in the image of God, behave like stampeding animals on Black Friday. On Black Friday, gun sales went off the charts the day after Thanksgiving due to fear of President Barak Obama’s “war on the Second Amendment” and the United Nations’ move to “disarm Americans.”
Let’s look in the mirror and be honest. American culture breeds socio-pathological behavior. The media and “entertainment” industries layer fear, paranoia, and distrust on top of each other. And then, they repeatedly layer more fear, paranoia, and distrust. Let’s throw in some doses of self inflicted psychosis as well due to a growing popular appetite for psychoactive drugs. You know the crazed look on Jack Nicholson’s face in the Shining? Most of us are familiar with the 21st century version of Notes From Underground. Stockpiled underground bunkers are for the elite only. The round ups are coming … black helicopters, cattle cars, FEMA camps, and Halliburton-built portable guillotine chambers manufactured at tax payer’s expense are on the horizon. And, armed Americans are determined to not go quietly into the night. Deep down inside everyone is a psychopathic chief executive officer, who will take everyone down with him if he has to take the fall. This societal detachment and sociopathic fear is the result of watching with dread the incremental breakdown of the foundations of our system over many years.
The role and end result of secular progressive liberalism in America has been this: Tear down the Ten Commandments from the classroom walls at the behest of the American Civil Liberties Union followed by the aiding and abetting of the Supreme Court packed with Freemasons. Use the public schools and philosophy programs to teach that there’s no God. Teach the next generation that everything is morally and ethically relative. In other words, “Do as thou wilt” just as insisted by satanist and Freemason Aleister Crowley, who the Beatles and Timothy Leary held up as the patron saint of the 20th century. Use Darwinism to then reinforce this godless worldview by insisting that people evolved from knuckle scraping bi-pedal animals. The message from the godless system is clear: embrace one’s own self destruction and just behave like animals. The evidence of these troubling facts are all around us. Some Americans behave beneath the level of animals.
What is at play in American culture is socio pathology, which is an inability for people to see the humanity in others and to feel for them. Here’s the worst irony, seemingly unrelated to mass murders, but it’s not. The law and the courts recognize corporations as people. When accused of wrongdoing, corporations almost always never admit wrong doing and almost never apologize. What does that tell us? Socio pathology is affirmed by the courts and imposed from the top down onto society. This is morally and ethically wrong and must be reversed.
Our technology toys for children (and young adults who don’t want to grow up) and tools for warfare are based on video games. These cutting edge video games simulate murder rampages and reward the player with points and more power with each successful kill. In other words, technology is being used to increase the user’s appetite to kill. In warfare, remote controlled drones produce dead civilians, which those in the Pentagon dismiss as collateral damage. These video games and bizarre justifications for murder are morally and ethically wrong and must be stopped.
Our foreign policy is based on fear and greed, and has produced reckless and drunken behavior from the federal government directed against resource rich areas of the world.
Our entertainment culture then glorifies mass killings even with a license to kill. Consider the recent James Bond movie, SKYFALL. I grew up watching James Bond movies, and my late father and I – like other socially conditioned movie goers – would anxiously stand in line during the opening of a new film. Adele sings the haunting Bond theme song to SKYFALL. These are some of the nihilistic lyrics,
“This is the end
Hold your breath and count to ten
Feel the earth move and then
Hear my heart burst again
For this is the end
I’ve drowned and dreamt this moment
I owe them
Let the sky fall, when it crumbles
We will stand tall
And face it all together
Let the sky fall, when it crumbles
We will stand tall
And face it all together
At sky fall ….”
Elected leaders are useless. They are in the game for the power and the money. And, they are just tools. They are disposable political whores doing the bidding of think tanks, lobbies, and corporations. They know it. And, we know it. Collectively, they are thieves, liars, and murderers. They are frauds. And, the public records and video archives online are there to prove it. The United States of America keeps electing Presidents, Governors, Senators, and Representatives, who keep pushing socio pathological foreign policies.
The same day as the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, European human rights court found the Central Intelligence Agency guilty of torture for beating and sodomizing its victims. Then these elected clowns weep crocodile tears on camera after the nation’s home grown socio paths gun down our children here at home. The irony, the absurdity, and the hypocrisy of these “leaders” is in viewing the rest of the world as one big shoot ’em up video game and then pretending to have feelings when the same happens here.
In the United States of America, “there were 52,447 deliberate and 23,237 accidental non-fatal gunshot injuries … during 2000” according to Wikipedia. Moreover, “The majority of gun-related deaths in the United States are suicides, with 17,352 (55.6%) of the total 31,224 firearm-related deaths in 2007 due to suicide, while 12,632 (40.5%) were homicide deaths.” That’s a lot of dead people, each year. As a point of reference, just over 58,200 American servicemen died in the Vietnam War.
But, It’s the mass shootings that get the nationwide headlines. And, what follows is televised footage of overweight and out of breath local policemen running to the scene, armored trucks rolling up with militarized personnel as if on the battlefield, still shots of panicked people on their cell phones, and talking heads positioned as if they know what they’re talking about on topics like the second amendment, gun laws, mental illness, personality disorders, the anatomy of evil, and coming to grips with the cold blooded slaughter of innocent people.
Nancy Lanza collected firearms for self defense. She legally owned them. Adam’s aunt said the Lanza’s were not a violent family. Yet, the massacre speaks to the contrary. Nancy taught her mentally unstable son Adam how to use those firearms at a firing range. The media keeps repeating a mantra meant to transmute public perception to believe that they were a regular family like your neighbors. Nonsense. Peter paid Nancy $240,000 per year in alimony and family support. Adam was on medication (psychiatric drugs) for some type of personality disorder. Peter has been rumored to be connected with the LIBOR scandal and in line to testify. (Holmes, the Dark Knight Rises shooter, has a father connected with the LIBOR scandal). Video footage from an overhead helicopter showed police chasing down a runner in the woods near the school and subduing him face down. The media went silent on this fact. Who is the man who fled from Sandy Hook Elementary School? Police chased him into the woods and subdued him. Who is he? What happened to him? What’s his connection with the school massacre? Chris Wallace of FOX News said, “A lot of good has come out of this.” Really? Nothing good comes out of the slaughter of children and teachers at a school.
The only thing the media did not report was the latest study, “Four out of five mothers with mentally unstable adult children living at home agree. Taking them to the firing range for target practice is the best place to teach them how to control firearms.”
CNN reported that the people of Newton, Connecticut want the media to leave. The media, however, wanted to milk the tragedy for all it was worth. The people there knew it. And, we knew it.
What the media outlets were not reporting is this: Had American personnel in Benghazi been armed with semi automatics, they would not have been butchered by Islamic jihadists. What we’ve been told, instead, is that after Hillary Clinton got a stomach virus, she got a concussion instead of a case of diarrhea. This is classic foot in mouth syndrome, and makes as much sense as Adam Lanza’s hard drive to his computer being found broken.
What the media outlets are not reporting is this: The Obama Administration is responsible for illegally distributing approximately 2,500 AK-47’s into Mexico.
What the media outlets are not reporting is this: The Obama Administration is arming Islamic jihadists in Libya and Syria.
What the media outlets are not reporting is this: 446 school age children were shot in Chicago this year. The city has the most stringent gun laws in country.
What the media outlets are also not reporting is this: There is no statistical correlation between gun control laws and violent and deadly crimes. Washington, D.C. – the seat of the federal government – has the nation’s strictest gun laws and the highest murder rates.
The culture war has been going on for a long time in the United States of America. The Anti Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the American Civil Liberties Union are the vanguard for the propaganda of the progressive left. Traditional conservatives with family values have been incrementally cast as being more marginal and on the fringes by liberal progressive organizations and groups. The reality is this: traditional conservatives have always been centrists. It’s the left that’s incrementally moved to the far left, and has used itself as the point of reference in describing “values” relative to society.
A “right wing extremist” is someone who loves God, reads their Bible, respects the traditions and values of their faith, loves their family, desires to protect the Constitution, and owns guns, because that means of self defense is how God-given natural rights are protected. A “left wing extremist” is someone who loves the idea of a cradle to grave nanny State, is secular and perhaps agnostic, believes that Darwinism is a fact and not a theory, believes in same sex marriage, desires to see global governance, and wants an unarmed public.
God had nothing to do with the massacre of children. America’s religious “leaders” from across the spectrum have from a feeble to an arrogant understanding of God. Is God a “gentleman,” who is not welcomed in American culture, because we took down the Ten Commandments in the public schools? That is stupid thinking. God is almighty. It’s people who are not gentlemen. It’s people, who need to become civilized and become spiritual in their thinking and conduct. At the other end of the spectrum is this. Should God be “held accountable” for the massacre? That notion is the flip side of being intellectually feeble and is just arrogance. God is not accountable to mankind nor does He need to justify what He does. It’s mankind that is accountable to God. Mankind has the freedom to establish spiritual values by loving, praying, and doing the right thing … not by accusing God of wrong doing.
What’s left among the shapers of opinion, populist sentiments, and law makers is hyperbole and hypocrisy wrapped in the language of patriotism by both sides in the culture. For the public what’s left is either confusion from over exposure to media, or little awareness due to tuning out, which is widespread.
America’s war sector corporations arm the nations of the world with every imaginable type of military hardware with the financial aid of the federal government. At home, the Federal Bureau of Investigation did 16.5 million background checks for legal gun sales last year. In 2012, the agency did 16.8 million back ground checks. After the massacre, gun sales went up. Fear of legislation drove demand. Let’s face it. Americans are sick. They can’t help it. They are pawns in a game. They are victims of emotional manipulation. And, it’s profitable.
YEAR IN REVIEW
America’s “lone gunmen” went ballistic in shooting sprees that ended in tragic bloody massacres throughout 2012. The following is a summary (and may be incomplete and not accurate due to conflicting news reports).
February 22, 2012
59-year-old Jeong Soo Paek got kicked out of the Korean spa Su Jung Health Sauna in Norcross, Georgia after a dispute. He then returned, gunned down two of his sisters and their husbands 61-year-old Kum Hi Song, 64-year-old Byong Ok Kang, 57-year-old Kum Sook Kim, and 55-year-old Tae Yol Kim. Paek then committed suicide. He used a legally acquired .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
February 27, 2012
17-year-old T.J. Lane entered the cafeteria of Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio. Lane murdered three students: 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor, 17-year-old Russell King, Jr., and Demetrius Hewlin. He wounded 17-year-old Nick Walczak, 16-year-old Joy Rickers, and Nate Mueller. Lane used a .22 handgun.
March 6, 2012
23-year-old Andrew Joseph Dennehy opened fire in the Tulsa Courthouse inTulsa, Oklahoma. He used a non registered and illegally owned .357 hand gun. No one was killed. He wounded three people. Dennehy suffered from psychotic delusions.
March 8, 2012
30-year-old John F. Shick entered the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and opened fire. He killed 25-year-old Michael Schaab, a geriatric therapist, in the lobby and injured seven others. Shick was armed with two 9 mm handguns. He had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
April 2, 2012
43-year-old One L. Goh returned to the nursing school Oikos University he had attended in Oakland, California. According to the Wikipedia account, “Goh, stood up in a nursing classroom while class was in session, ordered classmates to line up against the wall, and fired at them. The gunman was reported to have said “Get in line … I’m going to kill you all!” before opening fire, according to a witness.” Goh murdered seven and injured three people. The dead were 38-year-old Tshering Rinzing Bhutia, 40-year-old Doris Chibuko, 33-year-old Sonam Chodon, 23-year-old Grace Eunhae Kim, 24-year-old Katleen Ping, 53-year-old Judith Seymour, and 21-year-old Lydia Sim. The injured were 19-year-old Dawinder Kaur, 43-year-old Grace Kirika, and 36-year-old Ahmad Javid Sayeed. He used a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun.
May 30, 2012
40-year-old Ian L. Stawicki started shooting in the Cafe Racer Espresso located at the University of Washington-Seattle in Seattle, Washington. Stawicki killed four inside of the campus coffee shop and a fifth person near town hall. Inside the coffee shop, Stawicki killed 52-year-old Joe “Vito” Albanese, 45-year-old Drew Keriakedes, 57-year-old Donald Largen, and 38-year-old Kimberly Layfield. According to the Seattle Times, “About a half-hour after the cafe shootings, Stawicki fatally shot Gloria Leonidas, a married mother of two, in a parking lot near Town Hall in the First Hill neighborhood. He then fled in her black SUV.” Stawicki used two legally owned .45 caliber semiautomatic handguns.
June 9, 2012
22-year-old Desmonte Leonard got into a dispute with another person at a party over a woman at an off campus apartment complex near Auburn University. Leonard then killed three and injured three others. Auburn, Alabama. The killed were 20-year-old Edward Christian, 20-year-old Ladarious Phillips, and 20-year-old Demario Pitts. The wounded were 20-year-old Erick Mack, 19-year-old Xavier Moss, and 20-year-old John Robertson. Leonard fled the scene. According to CNN, “The Opelika-Auburn News reported Monday that a $15,000 reward — $10,000 from the FBI and $5,000 from the U.S. Marshals Service — was offered for information leading to Leonard’s arrest and conviction. …. Auburn police said one of those arrested, 18-year-old Jeremy Thomas, escaped from the scene of the shootings with Leonard. Montgomery police say 41-year-old Gabriel Thomas tried to mislead investigators during the search, and they arrested him … at the request of U.S. marshals.”
July 17, 2012
44-year-old Nathan Van Wilkins opened fire at the Copper Top bar near the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. No one was killed, but 17 people were wounded. Prior to the mass shooting, Van Wilkins shot at a man inside his home. Van Wilkins used an AK-47-type rifle.
July 20, 2012
24-year-old James Holmes bought tickets to see the Batman film Dark Knight Rises at the Century 16 movie theater at Town Center in Aurora, Colorado. Holmes, who had dyed his hair red to resemble the Batman character the Joker, shot 71 people. Of those, Holmes killed 12 and wounded 58 in the theater. Holmes killed 24-year-old Jonathan Blunk, 18-year-old Alexander J. Boik, 29-year-old Jesse Childress, 51-year-old Gordon Cowden, 24-year-old Jessica Ghawi, 27-year-old John Larimer, 27-year-old Matt McQuinn, 23-year-old Micayla Medek, 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 27-year-old Alex Sullivan, 24-year-old Alexander C. Teves, and 32-year old Rebecca Wingo. Holmes used legally a purchased semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, a shotgun and a .40 caliber Glock handgun. CBS News reported, “Holmes surrendered to police soon after the massacre in the parking lot behind the theater. His apartment was allegedly “booby-trapped,” rigged with what the Aurora police chief described as “incendiary and chemical” devices which authorities disabled or detonated.” Alternative media reported that Holmes was the apparent victim of neuro linguistic programming, or CIA’s use of MK Ultra to create programmed killers. The timing of the shooting spree was one week before the United Nations meeting to address gun control.
August 5, 2012
40-year-old U.S. Army veteran Wade Michael Page opened fire at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wisconsin outside of Milwaukee. The six killed were temple’s founder 65-year-old Satwant Singh Kaleka, an assistant priest 39-year-old Prakash Singh, 41-year-old Sita Singh, 49-year-old Ranjit Singh, 84-year-old Suveg Singh, and the one woman 41-year-old Paramjit Kaur. He injured four other people. Page was a white supremacist and had ties to neo-Nazi groups. Page had a legally acquired Springfield XD(M) 9-millimeter semi-automatic hand gun.
September 27, 2012
36-year-old Andrew Engeldinger went on a shooting spree in Minneapolis, Minnesota after he learned he had been fired from the small company Accent Signage Systems for “poor performance and lateness.” Engeldinger killed the business’ founder and owner 61-year-old Reuven Rahamim, 50-year-old UPS driver Keith Basinski, 34-year-old Jacob Beneke, 62-year-old Rami Cooks, 58-year-old Ronald Edberg, and 42-year-old Eric Rivers. Engeldinger committed suicide. Two others were wounded. Engeldinger had two legally owned Glock 9-millimeter handguns.
December 1, 2012
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his 22-year-old girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. Belcher shot Perkins nine times in the chest, neck, and abdomen. He fled the scene, showed up for practice, and with a gun to his head in front of Chiefs’ General Manager Scott Pioli and Head coach Romeo Crennel he said, “I did it, I killed her. Guys, I have to do this.” Belcher made the sign of the cross on himself and then shot himself in the head. This was at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
December 11, 2012
22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts went on a shooting rampage while wearing a hockey mask inside of the Clackamas Town Center in Happy Valley near Portland, Oregon. Roberts killed 45-year-old Steven Mathew Forsyth, 54-year-old Cindy Ann Yuille. He wounded 15-year-old Kristina Shevchenko. Roberts’ stolen AR-15 semiautomatic jammed. The committed suicide. Prior to the shooting rampage, Roberts had quit his job, sold his belongings, and became numb.
December 14, 2012
20-year-old Adam Lanza woke up, shot his mother Nancy Lanza in the face, left her dead, and then drove to where she worked as an elementary school teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Lanza wore a bullet proof vest and black fatigues, and was armed with a 9-millimeter Glock handgun, a 9-millimeter Sig Sauer handgun, and AR 15 type assault rifle. Lanza then gunned down 20 children and 9 adults. Adam was among the dead. A 223 Bushmaster was found near a car outside the school. Nancy Lanza was registered owner of the firearms used in the massacre. Adam’s father is Peter Lanza, a vice president of taxes for GE Energy Financial Services. Mr. Lanza divorced his wife Nancy nine years earlier. The parents had joint custody of Adam after their divorce. Neighbors said that the Nancy Lanza home never had Christmas lights up during the holiday season.
Adam’s victims – children – were 6-year-old Charlotte Bacon, 6-year-old Olivia Engel, 6-year-old Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6-year-old Dylan Hockley, 6-year-old Madeline F. Hsu, 6-year-old Catherine V Hubbard, 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, 6-year-old James Mattioli, Emile Parker, 6-year-old Jack Pinto, 6-year-old Noah Pozner, 6-year-old Caroline Previdi, 6-year-old Jessica Rekos, 6-year-old Avielle Richman, 6-year-old Benjamin Wheeler, 6-year-old Allison N. Wyatt, 7-year-old Daniel Barden, 7-year-old Chase Kowalski, 7-year-old Josephine Gay, and 7-year-old Grace McDonnel.
Adam’s victims – adults – were 29-year-old Rachel Davino, 52-year-old Anne Marie Murphy, 30-year-old
Lauren Russeau, 56-year-old Mary Sherlach, 27-year-old Victoria Soto, and 47-year-old Dawn Hocksprung.
In an unrelated incident in China on the same day, a man used a knife and stabbed 22 children at a Chinese elementary school.
ARE THERE SOLUTIONS?
Are gun control laws the answer? Better gun control laws may be part of the answer. But, consider this. Nancy Lanza is ultimately responsible for what happened in Sandy Hook Elementary School. She legally owned the firearms. And, yet they were not secured with a lock and key under her control.
Would better warning labels on prescriptions drugs for those with psychiatric conditions help? Would an extra line of disclosure in four point type at the bottom of a televised ad for drugs targeting those with psychiatric conditions help? I don’t think so.
For every hundred people, there are a few that are mentally ill, psychotic, drug abusers, or have personality disorders. And, there are those with violent backgrounds. In my opinion, these people should be barred from owning guns. But, what about those crimes of passion when rage eclipses reason? Consider Andrew Engeldinger, who may have felt he was wrongfully terminated. Also consider Jovan Belcher, who suffered from a momentary lapse of reason when he murdered his girl friend in what may have been a dispute over the paternity of her child. How would new gun control laws address these cases? I don’t think any new gun laws can do this. As was clear in China on December 14, 2012 – the same day as the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre – a man used a knife to stab 22 children at a school. If a crazed person wants to do harm, a baseball bat will do the trick, and no new and improved gun law can stop a swinging bat.
Contributing factors for America’s culture of violence and socio-pathology are rooted in a lack of love in the family. Wade Michael Page’s former step-mother said “she had not been in touch with her stepson for the past twelve years, after divorcing his father”; according to Wikipedia. Wade Michael Page vented his rage on Sikhs.
We need to remember that on January 8, 2011 Jared Loughner, the Tucson, Arizona shooter, killed six people and injured 14 other including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner’s psychosis was self-induced from the abuse of illegal psychoactive drugs.
The massacre at Newton is connected with Fanapt, a controversial anti-psychotic medicine. Why hasn’t the bright glare of the media spot lights turned towards the pharmaceutical companies that make and push these drugs?
Judgement begins at home. Repentance begins at home. Charity begins at home. The peoples of the United States of America need a spiritual revival followed by the spiritual backbone to prevent our nation from falling back into the errors from the past.
The fact is this: some people do not feel love in their hearts and families. God is love and the Gospel of Jesus Christ needs to be preached in love with power, as St. Paul said, "to the Jew first, and to the nations." Those of you who know the Gospel of Jesus Christ, do not be afraid speak the truth in love to everyone. Life is beautiful. Life is a gift from our Maker and Redeemer. We all need to invest in God, go back to the basics, put those Ten Commandments back up in homes and schools, and reap the returns in a society that embraces life.
IT’S THE CHRISTMAS SEASON
Mr. Lowenstein, Mr. Mohammed, Richard Dawkins, Barak Hussein Obama, all of you Freemasons on the Supreme Court, you purveyors of fear and misinformation in the media, you know nothing neo-fundamentalists who insist Christmas is not in the Bible, Abe Foxman of the Anti Defamation League, Mark Potuk of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and all you godless leftists at the American Civil Liberties Union … MERRY CHRISTMAS!