Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pastor Refuses To Do Funeral Service For Lesbian Who Shot Self While Cleaning Gun

Outrage, and rightfully so, after a Pastor refused to continue a funeral service for a Lesbian because of photos showing her kissing her wife. Nowhere in the Think Progress story is a reason for a 33 year old to have died suddenly. The answer is buried in the story at this link. Social media has taken the Pastor and the church to task for demeaning and insulting the service and the friends and family who had gathered to attend. Yet, hardly anyone has pointed out that she died while cleaning her gun.

I can think of dozens upon dozens of postings on social media about how yet another "backwards", "gun lover" idiot shot himself (it always seems to be a man) to death while cleaning their gun. The righteousness in pointing out other people's misfortune, especially when it comes to gun owners, boarders on and sometimes teeters over into morbid gleefulness. Or perhaps, perverse satisfaction is a better phrase.

(Photo by Nick M; under Fair Use)
Yet, is the idea of a left-wing, Lesbian gun owner something that cannot be reconciled? I don't think so. When reading through most of the articles about this outrage and the accompanying social media comments, however, one would be hard pressed to find mention of how she died. I think it is that it would screw up the narrative of yet another backwards church refusing services for homosexuals. Throw in that she was a gun owner and that she accidently killed herself while cleaning her gun and too many people, both on the left and right of the spectrum, would probably have a "system's overload". They couldn't reconcile two seemingly different narratives because that's not what they have been hard-wired for.

This appears to one of those "have your cake and eat it to" situations. Simple narratives would like to focus on the outrage of a Pastor refusing funeral services on the basis of sexual orientations and leave the whole gun owner cleaning a loaded gun out of it. Simple narratives would like to focus on the gun owner cleaning a loaded gun and keep the church, Pastor and sexual orientation out of it.


Friday, January 9, 2015

Dear Health Care System

Dear Health Care System,

Well, it's been quite a week, hasn't it? It seems you have reached a point with me wherein you haven't a clue what to do with me anymore. You wanted me there at 9am to withdraw some blood and I was there at 8:58am. At 10:36am, after several people were called ahead of me, I just fucking left.

Of course, once a specialist sees me and renders his/her verdict, then you will have something to sink your teeth into. Until that time, when I visit your crowded ER once again I am sure, you will shake your weary head and shrug your weary shoulders. You will wonder aloud how strange it is that a man should be having such a problem, and whether or not I have an infection to go along with the 1/2 pint or so blood loss per event (which alarms me more than you), you'll give me some antibiotics, pat me on the head and send me home.

I know you desperately want some satisfaction and sometimes you seem a bit hostile that I don't have any kidney, bladder, prostate or even liver maladies. You're left holding an empty bag and the best you can do is wave a scolding finger at me because I smoke (even though that has nothing to do with it). Yet, fear not! Perhaps the bubble on my bladder will burst and you can get all atwitter with excitement treating some good old fashioned peritonitis! The cutting, the sucking, the sewing! You will be very pleased with yourself then and have a feeling of accomplishment.

Your Health Care Pal


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sandy Hook Shooting Victim's Photo Among Those Of Peshawar Shooting Victims


Above is a photo of Noah Pozner, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14th, 2012. Below is a group of photos of victims of the Peshawar school shooting in Pakistan on December 16th, 2014.

See anyone familiar? Yes, that is the same photo of Noah Pozner in the middle of the bottom row. Lest you think that the group of photos is a tribute to the many students who have died in school shootings recently, the photos are about the students and adults who died during the Peshawar school shooting.
UPDATE: The previous link no longer has the photo and includes this editor's note (which does not mention Noah Pozner by name of course): The original version of this article contained a photo montage with an image of a boy who did not die in the Peshawar school attack. The montage, which we received from an organisation in Pakistan, was reproduced in good faith but has now been removed.

Perhaps his inclusion in these photos was a mistake? No, because he appears in another group of dead Peshawar victims as seen below.

It is the exact same photo of Noah Pozner! The photo comes from this article and if you think that somehow, someway this, too, is a mistake - wait there is more! Here is a link to a BBC news story regarding the aftermath of the Peshawar shooting. In it, we see an outdoor collage of photos of the victims. Pay attention at the 0:07 and 2:02 marks on the video. Yes, the same exact photo of Noah Pozner is there.

How can this be? His photo is clearly being used as being one of these school shooting victims. This reminds me an awful lot of the strange interview with the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal who described that shooting to a local newspaper. Problem was, the principal was already dead. In other words, we are presented with two different sets of facts as reported by the media which are mutually exclusive. The principal can not give a post-shooting interview if she was already dead and Noah Pozner can not have died in two different school shootings.

You can come to your own conclusion about this. I feel this smells like a media psyop. By putting the picture of Noah Pozner so blatantly in our faces we are forced to chose to think it was just some terrible coincidental mistake; to float around the internet looking at bizarre, unproven Sandy Hook theories; or to simply wish it would go away so we can enjoy our beer and television. Because they have now given a Pakistani identity to the Noah Pozner photo! He is known as Huzaifa Huxiafa!

However, according to this Facebook page (with a screen grab below in case it gets scrubbed), Huzaifa Huxaifa looks nothing like Noah Pozner!

Now we have reached the point of no return with this one. It is definitely a total psyop. It is being rubbed right in our faces and as the movie character Howard Beale exclaimed, "we have got to do something about it! We have to get mad!". We must hold our government actually accountable to why this is happening and to call for actual investigations by our Fourth Estate about what the hell is really going on here. When it comes to tragic events being used for political gain, nothing is a coincidence.

(all photos under Fair Use)

NOTE: In case any of the three referenced websites showing the photo of Noah Pozner decide to scrub their articles from the internet, below are screenshots.