One who never turned his back but marched breast forward, never doubted clouds would break, Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph, Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better, sleep to wake.
- Robert Browning, English Poet (1812-1889)
100 years ago today, began the slaughter of the Armenians from the hands of the Turkish Muslims. The death toll is said to be at 1.5 million. To put that in raw numbers, that would be 1,500,000 people slaughtered for no other reason than their ethnicity. 1.5 million people is a hard number for anyone to wrap their head around. Let’s try to really, honestly comprehend what a slaughter of 1.5 million people looks like.
Have you every been to Dodger Stadium with a pretty full house? It looks like this:
That’s a whole heck of a lot of people. 50,000 people is a number you can comprehend as you sit there in the stands and look around you and see 50,000 people of all shapes and sizes and creeds and colors and types. 50,000 people is a number you can comprehend as the game comes to an end and you see 50,000 trying to make it to the exits. I can comprehend 50,000 people.
Now try to imagine a million people. Joseph Stalin once said this:
The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.
Yes, it’s very hard to imagine what a million dead people look like. It’s almost impossible for the human brain to imagine one million people, so I go back to my analogy of Dodger Stadium.
Picture the horror of a packed house at Dodger Stadium and every single member in attendance slaughtered by whatever means imaginable – machine gun fire, a bomb, a gas cloud of chemical weapons that detonated and left all the people in attendance slumped over from their chairs and laying as corpses in the aisles.
That’s the one and only way I can try to wrap my head around 50,000 dead, which would be approximately sixteen times the death toll of 9/11.
Now here were are on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by the Muslim Turks. When the news reports tell you about the genocide of 1.5 million people, there’s just no way we can wrap our heads around that number. How can our brains truly grasp the slaughter of 1.5 million people? So I take it back to Dodger Stadium, because I can visualize the massive amount of humanity in Dodger Stadium when we’re 50,000 strong. Just try to visualize this with me, if you really want to know what the horror of 1.5 Armenians killed by Muslim Turks was, just imagine an entire Dodger stadium worth of people, and then beside it, another Dodger Stadium worth of corpses, and then a third, and a fourth, and a fifth, a sixth, a seventh, an eighth, a ninth, and a tenth and that would make for half-a-million corpses. Now imagine three times that, thirty full houses at Dodger Stadium, thirty packed houses worth of dead people, and that might give you a vidual of what 1.5 million dead people looks like.
If I recite to you the dry fact that the Muslim Turks slaughtered 1.5 million Armenians 100 years ago, you can’t be blamed if it doesn’t register in your head, because it’s beyond my comprehension as well, but if I told you they took 30 Dodger Stadiums full of people and slaughtered everyone in those 30 stadiums, maybe that might help bring home the slaughter that it really was.
And oh by the way, a big fuck you to Barack Obama to NOT CALL IT A GENOCIDE. Once again, the president will do anything he can to minimize and understate the horrors of history perpetrated by his Muslim brothers.
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So yesterday, Jim Carrey released his unfunny and idiotic Cold Dead Hand song portraying NRA members as just a bunch of dumb rednecks, completely oblivious to the fact that 90% of gun crime is committed by criminals who don’t give a damn about gun control, and by any measure, that song was a bomb. That song bombed almost as bad as that Bob Wonderlick movie, or whatever the heck they called his latest movie about magicians that nobody went to see. All you had to do is watch the Twitter hashtag to know how badly that song bombed, there are people with 100 followers whose timelines were scrolling faster than #ColdDeadHand. That hashtag was lucky if it was getting a tweet every other minute.
So while watching his hashtag crawl, I noticed this tweet:
— Les Ar(t)senic (@lesarsenic) March 25, 2013
How could I not respond to this?
First, it brings to mind a famous quote: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
That photo is especially relevant here, because if you look closely at the image, you can see the dead bodies stacked on top of each other beneath the sign.
How do you think Jim Jones got those 918 people in Jonestown to line up one by one and drink their little cups of kool-aid, knowing that there was a lethal dose up cyanide in every cup?
Contrary to the popular misconception, it wasn’t just the brainwashing that got the people to drink knowingly of their suicides, it also just as much the fact that they knew if they resisted, they would be shot down like animals, because the only people in Jonestown who were armed were Jim Jones himself and a handful of his most trusted guards. Jonestown is just one of many many examples throughout history of what happens when the people in power make sure all the guns are in their hands.
Let’s return now to our smug European friend who says, “Come on ‘merica, you don’t need guns, watch EU!”
I’m laughing as I type this, laughing at his condescension that this guy has toward America and our right to bear arms after the history of what happened in Europe in the previous century.
Go back and study your 20th century European history, go back and study that history and tell us how well it worked out for the Europeans when they laid down their guns like lambs. Can you imagine how awesome that must have been to witness nation after nation in Europe falling under the grip of totalitarian rule as small bands of armed revolutionaries took quick control over the masses of unarmed people?
Once the tyrannies took hold of their respective European nations, those unarmed masses had very little means of acquiring guns and and freeing themselves of their despotic rulers, so there was nothing to stop these dictatorial regimes as they the dragged the entire world into not just one world war, but two world wars resulting in a death count of nearly 100 million soldiers and innocent civilians across the globe.
When you contemplate all the horrors that were wrought on the world by Europe in the 20th century, you would think that just out of common decency, the Europeans would realize we’re still too close to all that misery, carnage and death for any of those Euros to be making righteous moral judgments on any nation. As the saying goes, “too soon”. Maybe give it another century before enough time has passed where you might be distant enough from the 20th century to attempt to stand on a moral ground and make condemnations of other nations, especially when it comes to condemning a United States which bailed you out of two world wars that were both started on European soil and especially after the U.S. was the one thing that stopped the Soviet Union from steamrolling your entire continent under the misery of the Soviet control.
Of course, the lessons of what happens when the citizens of a nation have no means to defend themselves against relatively small groups of armed revolutionaries storming to power, these lessons extend beyond Europe to the Russian landmass spanning both Europe and Asia, where Stalin killed and starved 43,000,000 unarmed Russians, followed by another 18,000,000 killed by subsequent Soviet Leaders. The slaughter of unarmed citizens extended on into Asia, with Mao Zedong in China, who slaughtered 64,000,000 of his unarmed citizens, with Pol Pot in Cambodia, who slaughtered 2,000,000 of his unarmed people (an incredible 28.4% of the population) and with the “Dear Leaders” Kim of North Korea, who have starved and executed a combined 2.4 million of their unarmed people. It also extends to Africa, where Idi Amin killed as many as 300,000 of his unarmed Ugandans, and into the Caribbean, with Fidel Castro, who killed 150,000 of his unarmed Cubans and jailed maybe twice as many for “political crimes”. Sadam Hussein had disarmed his public, Iran has disarmed its public, and we could go on and on . . .
But I think George Mason said it best . . .
To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.
It seems many Europeans can’t even remember their own history of the century just passed, so it bears repeating again: those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Never imagine that it could never happen here, just because we’re Americans. Don’t fool yourself, every government ever created has an irresistible impulse to expand it’s control into every aspect of our lives. That governmental compulsion towards absolute control is inevitable, it’s in every government’s DNA, it is the very nature of any government.
The only way to keep a government in check is to make sure the government fears us, the people, and not the other way around.
Never ever submit to laying down your arms like good little lambs and never ever put all your faith in an almighty benevolent government to be your sole protector against the wolves, because if given the chance, government will always become the ultimate wolf.
Remember history and remember that every time in history, when the people in control of the government are the only people who are armed, it’s always going to end badly. Always.
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An infernal machine that produces every minute an impressive amount of poor, this is the road to hell. – Hugo Chavez
source: Brainy Quote
That’s an amazingly prescient quote from Hugo Chavez, don’t you think?
At least he won’t be alone down there as he joins his all his socialist heroes who subjected their own people to all the slavery, misery and death that comes with the infernal machine of Socialism.
On a personal note, I must say I found it quite interesting that Chavez would finally die just one day after I posted some thoughts on Obama’s jealousy at not having Chavez’ dictatorial powers.
It’s almost as if posting a picture of Obama embracing Chavez was the final kiss of death.
Hey Hugo, as you burn in eternal torment, cursing the teachings of the fellow socialists whose false visions of Utopia helped led you to damnation, you’ll have more than enough time down there to ask yourself, how is it that you never learned from the lessons of history?
The evidence in the pages of history was as undeniable as the most rigid scientific experiment – take two people, exact same ethnicity, exact same culture, exact same starting point. Take those people and divide them in half. Give one half Socialism, one half Capitalism.
Were you really that stupid as to not ask yourself why they had to build a wall to keep the people of East Germany from fleeing the misery of Socialism to the prosperity of the Capitalist West?
Things were so bad in East Germany that even after they built the wall, you still saw thousands willing to risk their very lives to flee from the horrors of Socialism.
As you burn in hell, Hugo, ask yourself, how were you blind to the fact that the while the people of South Korea flourished in the prosperity of Capitalism, the people of North Korea had to be kept in forced imprisonment, starving in the dark of a stone age world as evidenced by this satellite photo?
No, you were a student of history and you were not stupid or blind, Hugo Chavez. I think you knew exactly the road to hell you were leading your nation on and you didn’t care, because you were guided by one force and one force alone – your lust for power and money.
Enjoy that $2 billion you stole from your people, Hugo – oh wait, you can’t spend that money where you are now.
Burn in hell, Hugo Chavez.
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There was a Russell Simmons tweet I felt compelled to respond to today . . .
@unclerush No happy birthdays for the 8,000 yearly victims of black on black murder. Sad it only matters if the shooter was white/hispanic.
— Mike Cornelison (@mcjazzbass) February 5, 2013
All this brings to mind the Stalin quote: “The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.”
It’s one of the most infamous quotes in history for two reasons, one, because it’s very hard for the human brain to grasp the scope of a tragedy that involves the slaughter of thousands or millions, and two, because it gives us a direct look into the the mind of a Joseph Stalin who slaughtered millions, and we’re talking literally here, millions of his own people.
Which then brings to mind this statistic: Bureau of Justice Statistics data show that from 1976 to 2005, black victims were killed by blacks 94% of the time.
Let that sink in for a bit and then ask yourself, how is it that so many people saw Trayvon’s killing as the one story of 2012 worthy of taking to the streets and protesting over? How did so many allow themselves to be riled up and agitated by the race-baiting media to the point where they could imagine Trayvon’s killing as being the great story to voice their outrage over in year that saw over 8,000 blacks murdered by blacks?
We know we can’t count on the media to bring in any perspective in trumpeting Trayvon’s tragedy. Instead, the race hucksters in the media resorted to editing tapes of Zimmerman to make it sound like he was fixated on Trayvon’s skin color, as if he was unprompted in blurting out that Trayvon was black in the 911 recording when in reality, Zimmerman only provided that information when asked by the 911 operator.
Let’s face it, the media has become nothing more than a sleaze-peddling machine which takes delight in its ability to use a story like this to incite the masses. If you have any doubt of that, ask yourself this – why would the media insist on calling Zimmerman white at every opportunity when his father describes his son as a “Hispanic” who “grew up in a multiracial family”? And ask yourself this, if Zimmerman had a name more reflective of his Hispanic side, say his name was George Martinez, do you doubt for a second that this story would never have been pushed so eagerly by the media into being a national story?
So we can’t count on any perspective from the media, but where were the black leaders to point out the fact that for every Trayvon tragedy, there are more than fifteen tragedies involving black on black murders?
Where was our president, who was supposed to usher in an era of post-racial America in all this? Instead of trying to heal the racial divide by stating the fact that Zimmerman deserves his day in court and that non-black on black crime is the aberration in this country, President Obama chose to inflame the story and widen the divide by telling us if he had a son, he’d probably look like Trayvon. In what could have been a “teachable moment”, instead of choosing to identify the larger problem, the president chose to identify with Trayvon’s race. Gee, thanks for nothing, Mr. Post-Racial President!
I may not have a platform as big as the president’s, but I can tell you this, when it’s gotten to the point that a spree killing hits the news and you already know the killer’s probably going to end up being a white guy, I have no problem calling out white people and telling them not to shame our race. These spree killings are a horror and a shame to humanity first and foremost, but to borrow a phrase from Obama, even if it resulted “in only saving one life”, if I could, I would talk to every white person in America and tell them not to shame our race like that.
One can only imagine how many lives could be saved if President Obama had the courage to speak some honest truth to the black community about how the tragedy of Trayvon pales in comparison to the number of blacks killing blacks every day in the inner cities. For a black community that takes so much pride in America having its first black president, how powerful would it be to hear some harsh words from the president in telling the black community that they should be ashamed at how many blacks are killing blacks every day. I know for a fact that would change some attitudes, but the president remains silent.
Where are the voices from within the black community calling for an end to the insanity of 8,000 black on black murders every year? If there were protests for justice for Trayvon, shouldn’t the protests for black unity and an end to black on black crime be fifteen times as large?
Even searching the Internet, you have to dig far and wide to find even a couple scattered voices of perspective and outrage from the black community. My words to the black community certainly can’t carry as much weight as the words from a person inside the black community, so when I finally do hear someone speaking up, I want to hug that guy, or at the very least shake his hand.
From USATODAY Columnist DeWayne Wickham:
I want justice for Trayvon Martin. But even more than that, I want an end to the slaughter of the many blacks for whom there were no mass protest demonstrations or rabid news media coverage.
Justice demands that George Zimmerman, Martin’s killer, get his day in court. But it also cries out for an even greater showing of outrage for the thousands of black men and women whose murders have rarely gotten more than fleeting notice in a local newspaper. And that’s a crying shame.
While blacks are just 12.6% of the nation’s population, they’re roughly half of people murdered in this country each year. The vast majority of these killings are at the hands of other blacks.
If that doesn’t shock you, maybe this will: More blacks were murdered in the USA in 2009 alone than all the U.S. troops killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to date.
Now that really makes me want to holler. But this painful truth hasn’t produced the kind of sustained national outrage that Martin’s death at the hands of a white Hispanic has generated. Why such a parsing of contempt? Maybe the people who’ve taken to the streets to protest Martin’s killing don’t care as much about the loss of other black lives because those killings don’t register on the racial conflict meter. Or maybe they’ve been numbed by the persistence of black-on-black carnage.
read more: USA Today
However the jury decides the fate of George Zimmerman, without a doubt, Trayvon’s story is indeed a tragedy, but nothing compared to the tragedy of seeing the race hucksters turning all the focus on Trayvon while the other 94% is treated as just a statistic.
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You’re sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door.
Half-awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers. At least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way.
With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up your shotgun. You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and open it.
In the darkness, you make out two shadows. One holds a weapon — it looks like a crowbar.
When the intruder brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun and fire. The blast knocks both thugs to the floor. One writhes and screams while the second man crawls to the front door and lurches outside.
As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you’re in trouble. In your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few that are privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make them useless. Yours was never registered.
Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died. They arrest you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities will probably plea the case down to manslaughter. “What kind of sentence will I get?” you ask. “Only ten-to-twelve years,” he replies, as if that’s nothing. “Behave yourself, and you’ll be out in seven.”
The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper. Somehow, you’re portrayed as an eccentric vigilante while the two men you shot are represented as choir boys. Their friends and relatives can’t find an unkind word to say about them. Buried deep down in the article, authorities acknowledge that both “victims” have been arrested numerous times. But the next day’s headline says it all: “Lovable Rogue Son Didn’t Deserve to Die.” The thieves have been transformed from career criminals into Robin Hood-type pranksters.
As the days wear on, the story takes wings. The national media picks it up, then the international media.
The surviving burglar has become a folk hero. Your attorney says the thief is preparing to sue you, and he’ll probably win.
The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized several times in the past and that you’ve been critical of local police for their lack of effort in apprehending the suspects. After the last break-in, you told your neighbor that you would be prepared next time. The District Attorney uses this to allege that you were lying in wait for the burglars.
A few months later, you go to trial. The charges haven’t been reduced, as your lawyer had so confidently predicted. When you take the stand, your anger at the injustice of it all works against you. Prosecutors paint a picture of you as a mean, vengeful man.
It doesn’t take long for the jury to convict you of all charges.
The judge sentences you to life in prison.
This case really happened.
On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk, England, killed one burglar and wounded a second. In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now serving a life term.
How did it become a crime to defend one’s own life in the once-great British Empire?
Read more: here.
– By Robert A. Waters, June 30, 2000
Hat tip: Monika S.
No doubt, some people would like to see that kind of draconian gun control make its way across the Atlantic to the former shores of the land of the free. Maybe we just need to get rid of this whole stigma about gun control being “anti-American”. Maybe gun control is really as American as ignorant college kids wearing Che Guevara t-shirts, as American as a New York Times writer winning a Pulitzer Prize for singing the praises of totalitarianism under Stalin in Soviet Russia. Maybe now that America has elected its first Communist president, it’s only fitting that we should follow in the jackbooted footsteps of every other Communist nation in history by stripping the plebs of their right to bear arms.
Waters’ article was written in 2000, but it’s even more relevant today with America ruled by a president who professed his heartfelt belief in the Second Amendment while campaigning, and who most assuredly laughs in private at the thought of actually being bound to anything he may have had to say to get elected.
There’s a parallel between the article, where a mass shooting in Britain involving a Kalashnikov rifle somehow translated to a confiscation of handguns, and what we’re seeing here in the U.S., with a pistol-weilding lunatic in Connecticut being used to revive the ban on assault rifles.
Of course, when the politicians tell you they’re only coming for your assualt rifles, realize they’re lying just as surely as their lips are moving. Joe Biden, the point man in the administration’s mission to dismantle the Second Amendment, has made it quite clear they’re willing to consider anything and everything the government can do to to strip the commoners of their freedoms in the name of the common good. What should they worry, the ruling elite can always depend on armed guards to provide for their own safety and for the safety of their children at school.
This has nothing to do with fake tears shed over a senseless tragedy, in the world of the ruling elite, this is about making sure the subjects of the state have no way of challenging their government overlords. This latest attempt at a governmental gun grab is not about the safety of the average American, after all, more hammers, clubs, and other blunt objects are involved in murders than rifles or shotguns. No, what this is about exploting a tragedy, this is about Obama trying to impose fundamental change on America by never allowing a serious crisis to go to waste.
Image credit: Now The End Begins