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Evil in Connecticut

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:18 pm - December 15, 2012.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

For anyone who loves kids, yesterday’s horror in Connecticut was even more painful than the recent shootings in Colorado and Arizona.  When I first read about it, I didn’t want to believe it and hoped that (the) initial reports (I read) were wrong.  I became almost numb when I learned that they were not.

At times like these, words often fail us.  We struggle to express the sadness we feel as we struggle to understand how man could do this to his fellows, particularly those so young, children who have just begun to taste life.  And we feel anger, anger that this has happened, anger that someone could do this — and we want to direct our anger at some target so we can better make sense of the horror.

So must our ancestors have reacted throughout human history to the perennial problem of man’s inhumanity to man.  Each of us finds difference ways to grapple with something we cannot understand.  And perhaps that is why the image of hell (in its various manifestations) has long resonated with people from a great variety of backgrounds, honoring and worshipping a great variety of deities.

Gehenna, a synonym for Hell,” John Podhoretz wrote yesterday in Commentary

. . . was revived today in Newton, Connecticut, where as many as 20 children at last report were slaughtered in an elementary school this morning.

We learn in the book of Kings that in the seventh century BCE, the prophet Jeremiah demanded that King Josiah destroy the idolator’s temple in Gehenna to prevent more sacrifices to Moloch. We can presume from the newsworthiness of this act that child sacrifice was once a relatively common practice in the ancient Middle East, as we know it to have been in other pagan cultures.

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The idea that civilization is dedicated to the protection and preservation the weak and the innocent, and not about fulfilling evil impulses to defile and destroy innocence, is the root and core of the West. One cannot conceive of anything more monstrous than a person or persons who could look small children in the eye and systematically shoot them dead. Which is why this crime, among the worst crimes in American history, is not just an assault on the children, or their families, or the town of Newtown—though it is all those things.

Read the whole thing.  It may make it easier to understand this action when we learn that the murderer had serious mental health issues, but it offers no comfort to the parents who lost children, to those who were injured and relatives of the teachers and administrators murdered yesterday.

Our hearts– and our prayers go out to them this weekend.

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  1. We should also note that the official position of Barack Obama and the Barack Obama Party is that NRA members should be shot.

    Any comments, concern-troll mike? Or are you too busy stroking yourself to Dear Leader?

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — December 17, 2012 @ 11:17 am - December 17, 2012

  2. Ignatius @ #98 puts the basic question of the ages out there:

    qui custodiet ipsos custodes?
    Who watches the watchers?

    We can have a mental illness detective squad that attempts to head off the disaster before it happens, but at what cost to privacy and what level of success?

    Naturally, the fascists would hardly balk at holding everyone with more than one gun and six bullets in the suspicion database. Eric Holder has already taken the Patriot Act to unimaginable heights when it comes to data bases. It is never over the top to question the function of government data bases on individual citizens. Anyone who has a passing understanding of Nazi Germany, the KGB, the Stasi and even the FBI should know why. (I mention the FBI because of the 300 FBI raw data files that went missing when Clinton entered the White House and called for them.)

    Joe Lieberman has called for a select committee on mass murders and I support his idea. Immediately, Dick Durbin pronounced that no such committee would be impaneled unless it includes a study of gun control. There you have it. Lieberman makes a generalized open suggestion and Durbin is fast and furious with his “provisos” which are more like brass knuckles than a handshake. Wouldn’t a select committee on mass murders look at guns in the process of analyzing incidents that all occurred with guns as the murder weapon?

    We are fast becoming a nation of ideologues where critical thinking is hammered down and warped into uselessness by preconceived political postures concerning what must be on the table and what must be kept off the table. (Sandy Burglar went so far as to destroy evidence in his politically motivated quest to shield Bill Clinton.)

    So, indeed, who watches the watchers when the watchers are predisposed to cover their butts first?

    Comment by heliotrope — December 17, 2012 @ 11:31 am - December 17, 2012

  3. Obama could have spent the entire ceremony making armpit farts and mike, Levi, and the MFM would have slathered over his brilliant leadership and sensitivity.

    Comment by V the K — December 17, 2012 @ 11:47 am - December 17, 2012

  4. Instead, the President took a courageous and visionary stand against murdering children; wow…. such boldness!

    Comment by V the K — December 17, 2012 @ 12:03 pm - December 17, 2012

  5. #68- Rattlesnake

    I agree with you 100%. I threw it out there because I reasonably certain the left, especially the radicals, will insist on no limits on the First Amendment yet they want to repeal the Second. They want to to continue to repress conservatives yet won´t even self control or slf censor their discourse to be civil instead of angry and vicious. . Access, http://www.freedomoutpost.com. The lead article on the 15th and it´s still in the 16th is that the left advocated KILLING David Keene, President of the NRA and NRA members, of which I am one. How many advocated killing President George W. Bush? If a conservative advocated wasting Obama there would be the FBI at that person¨s door in a flash. The article publish a number of tweets all advocating killing NRA members in such vile and vicious language. I suppose gun control comes after having killed us off.

    I love my First Amendment rights and I love my Second Amendment rights. I´ll be damned if I will let any leftist deny me either or both.

    Teachers, airline pilots, college students who diplay sound minds, should carry arms. The most dangerous places are gunfree zones. The left can´t get through their thick heads, guns don´t kill, people kill. I live in El Salvador, one of the more dangerous places. My ex, a younger person, for lack of emplyment decided to enter the police academy. Three months prior to graduating, on a Friday he went out drinking and while buzzed he told a couple of gangbangers, he apparently knew, what he was. They took him a dark spot and killed him. Not with a gun, nor knives, but rocks. Nobody ever suggests controlling knives, and how do you control rocks? When an evil person has a desire to kill, denied a firearm, they will use whatever, be it a knife, or a baseball bat.

    Gun control shouldn´t even be a topic. it´s a problem of mental health. People with severe mental problems need to be separated from society for the good of society and their own welfare. The ACLU is so opposed to keeping these people in mental hospital. We need more mental hospitals and mental health specialists.

    Comment by Roberto — December 17, 2012 @ 12:05 pm - December 17, 2012

  6. There’s much discussion of treatment for the mentally ill. The shooter lived with his mother, an apparent avid gun enthusiast. How would he have gotten treatment? Treatment for what, living with his mother who is a gun enthusiast? Is it reasonable to expect that most parents are in a position to detect mental illness, let alone realize that there is something wrong with their child — wrong enough to seek treatment (thus implying something wrong with their parenting, a difficult hurdle for many parents)? These things happen at random. No one predicted the Aurora, Co. shooting nor the Portland, Or. shooting. How does a free society that allows freedom of movement, association, speech, etc. treat its mentally ill in order to deter heinous, evil acts and remain free? It doesn’t.

    Say it with me: universal healthcare coverage.

    Comment by Levi — December 17, 2012 @ 12:44 pm - December 17, 2012

  7. Say it with me: universal healthcare coverage.

    Yes, because as I pointed out, it works so well in Germany and China.

    Facts, something Levi refuses to see.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 17, 2012 @ 1:04 pm - December 17, 2012

  8. Say it with me: universal healthcare coverage.

    Oh, now I understand.

    The homeless guy hallucinating on the park bench will be spotted and blanketed with “universal healthcare coverage.”

    You see, if you lead or shove a person to “universal healthcare coverage” the state can force him to be cured of what the state determines as inconvenient to social justice.

    Let’s talk about executing people with STD’s as a start. The state already supports killing Down Syndrome critters and masses of cells that infest the wombs of women who suffer from Disgusting Inconvenience Syndrome.

    What should we do with a mother that does not turn her kid in for “universal healthcare coverage?” If she has guns, lock her up and amputate her trigger fingers.

    Yeah, now I understand.

    Hey, little fascist, here is another bumper sticker for you: Not guilty by reason of Political Correctness. (Really, you need such a disclaimer for consistently oversimplifying the concepts such as water being wet.)

    Comment by heliotrope — December 17, 2012 @ 2:40 pm - December 17, 2012

  9. Say it with me: universal healthcare coverage.

    Comment by Levi — December 17, 2012 @ 12:44 pm – December 17, 2012

    Oh yes, let’s.

    San Francisco has paid at least $150,000 for Kenny Walters in the past year. He isn’t employed, has an arrest record as long as his hair, and can often be found passed out in a doorway on Haight Street.

    Kenny Walters’ job is to get drunk.

    In short, Levi, we’re already paying for their “healthcare coverage”.

    And it isn’t fixing sh*t.

    That’s because it won’t and it can’t. Liar Levi supports and endorses unlimited welfare and absolute legal immunity from anything for the mentally ill because, frankly, they’re easier to purchase and manipulate into voting for the Obama Party.

    So they shoot up classrooms every couple of months or so. Levi thinks that’s a small price to pay for a ready supply of votes for the Obama Fascist Party.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — December 17, 2012 @ 3:14 pm - December 17, 2012

  10. Say it with me: universal healthcare coverage.

    What does it say about someone who, after the slaughter of so much that is innocent, posits that we must now slaughter our liberty?

    Comment by Ignatius — December 17, 2012 @ 3:24 pm - December 17, 2012

  11. What does it say about someone who, after the slaughter of so much that is innocent, posits that we must now slaughter our liberty?

    Comment by Ignatius — December 17, 2012 @ 3:24 pm – December 17, 2012

    It says, Ignatius, that Levi and his Barack Obama Party think they have their Reichstag fire.

    I think people are finally starting to realize that Levi, Passing By, and concern-troll mike are positively salivating at the thought of and demanding that Dear Leader Obama rule dictatorially in the name of “safety”.

    At this stage, you can’t explain to cultists that what they are doing is dangerous. They’re not mentally capable of recognizing it. All they see is that people they don’t like will get punished. That’s all they’ve wanted ever since Obama came along. These are the rank-and-file Nazis who were all too happy to see the Jews pushed out and removed as competition and who were all too eager to denounce their enemies to the SS. They cannot see themselves being deprived of their own freedom because they are too blinded by the insane rage and joy of depriving others.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — December 17, 2012 @ 4:21 pm - December 17, 2012

  12. What does it say about someone who, after the slaughter of so much that is innocent, posits that we must now slaughter our liberty?

    Oh my, and here I thought you might be one of the reasonable ones!

    I happen to agree that mental health is neglected in this country. A universal healthcare system would give us a much better shot at identifying people with mental health issues and getting them help.

    But whatever! I said the magic words and your brainwashing did the rest – universal healthcare means death panels! Universal healthcare means forced abortion! Universal healthcare means crushing the religious freedom of Catholic bishops who abhor contraception! I’m sure there’s other nonsense.

    Once again, it’s worth pointing out that other developed, western countries provide healthcare, in a variety of forms, at lower costs, toa greater percentage of their populations, and with better health results. So I guess you think everyone in Europe has had their liberty slaughtered?

    Comment by Levi — December 17, 2012 @ 4:31 pm - December 17, 2012

  13. A universal healthcare system would give us a much better shot at identifying people with mental health issues and getting them help.

    How? Why? What are you assuming here? We have the world’s leading drug research and development and our universities and specialty clinics/hospitals produce more medical breakthroughs than all the socialized medicine medical workhouses combined.

    universal healthcare means death panels! Universal healthcare means forced abortion! Universal healthcare means crushing the religious freedom of Catholic bishops who abhor contraception!

    Can you be equally as mocking and condescending if we remove your very convenient qualifiers?

    Convince us that no person will be denied any service by universal healthcare on the basis of age or other conditions that the same person would not be denied if he paid for it himself.

    Where does forced abortion come from? Link to the protests that universal health insurance scares people because of looming forced abortions.

    Why the rhetoric of crushing the religious freedom of Catholic Bishops? Methinks the little fascist doth protest too much. Suffice it to say, all selective abortions that are optional are against Roman Catholic doctrine and principle and a decent respect to the beliefs of the church requires that those sacred beliefs be honored under the First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom. You Progressives want to have your separation of church and state as a one way street only by which the church is shunned from the state and the public square. Sorry, little fascist, but that dog won’t hunt.

    other developed, western countries provide healthcare, in a variety of forms, at lower costs, toa greater percentage of their populations, and with better health results.

    Good stinking golly. You simply can not back this statement up. Therefore, you cut to the chase and just make it a sweeping little fascist “fact” like man-made global warming and all the convenient to your ideology theories emanating from the penumbra of Darwin and other lazy in the intellect clap trap.

    The 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index which has ranked the countries of the world by wealth and wellbeing has dropped the US out of the top ten countries in terms of prosperity, but ranks United States ranks #2 (behind Luxembourg) in terms of health.

    While I place no ultimate faith in any particular study, I believe that the Legatum Institute ranks somewhere in stratosphere level measurements above the fulminations of the little fascist.

    Comment by heliotrope — December 18, 2012 @ 11:16 am - December 18, 2012

  14. Levi wrote: ¨. . . western coutries provide healthcare, in a variety of forms, at lower costs to a greater percentage of their populations, with better health results. ¨Oh really? Why is it when they need life saving operations they come to the United States to have the proceedure done? they had been of a waiting list. similar to the old Soviet Union, If you wanted or needed to change apartments, people were put on a waiting list, that took several years before the applicant´s name finally reached the top of the list. Being on a waiting list for operations is the norm in Great Britain and Canada. The cost of healthcare is among the items that cause the problems in Greece. Lower Cost? You gets what you pays for!!

    Comment by Roberto — December 18, 2012 @ 6:36 pm - December 18, 2012

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