Senseless Knife-Violence does not stir up Knife-Control Debate

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 12th, 2014

Week in Review

There was another senseless act of violence in our schools.  Giving the pro-knife control lobby further ammo to take away our knives.  Actually, no.  Only senseless gun violence shifts the discussion away from the perpetrator.  And onto the thing the perpetrator used.  The gun.  And not the underlying cause for this violence.  Mental health issues.  Which is why no one is talking about taking our knives away now after this senseless act of violence (see After Pennsylvania school stabbing, authorities and community ask: ‘Why?’ by Pamela Brown, Mary Kay Mallonee and Chelsea J. Carter posted 4/11/2014 on CNN).

A day after a Murrysville, Pennsylvania, teen allegedly rampaged through his high school’s hallways, stabbing wildly with two kitchen knives, the first hints of a possible motive began to emerge.

The attorney for 16-year-old Alex Hribal raised the specter that his client may have been bullied, telling CNN affiliate WTAE in Pittsburgh on Thursday that it looks like some kind of “bullying event” may have played a role.

“I think a lot of things have happened. I don’t want to comment specifically, but I think there are some things that occurred that led to where we are today,” Patrick Thomassey said.

But an FBI official, familiar with the investigation, discounted bullying as a motive.

“He was disaffected but not bullied,” the official said on condition of anonymity…

Some classmates at the school describe Hribal as having few friends and being quiet but also as a “really nice kid,” a description that contradicts the image of a knife-wielding teen offered by authorities…

Another student at the school who witnessed the attack said the attacker didn’t utter a word.

“He was very quiet. He just was kind of doing it,” Mia Meixner said. “And he had this, like, look on his face that he was just crazy and he was just running around, just stabbing whoever was in his way.”

According to Dan Stevens, the county deputy emergency management coordinator, Hribal had a very minor Facebook presence and didn’t have much experience on Twitter…

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck has argued against bail, saying that there could be no conditions that would protect the community and that Hribal made “statements when subdued by officials that he wanted to die.”

Mentally healthy people don’t do things like this.  So it is safe to say that this person has a mental health issue.  The FBI says he was ‘disaffected’.  Which means he was resentful and rebellious.  Perhaps having a problem with authority.  He might have been bullied according to his lawyer.  But his fellow classmates say he was quiet and really nice.  Even though he had a minor Facebook presence.  And little experience on Twitter.  So he was a loner.  Perhaps lacking social skills.  Had he been bullied you’d think they may have said something like, “Yeah, I’m not surprised he did that with the way he was bullied.”  But they didn’t.  Another student said he looked crazy when he was running around stabbing people.  Perhaps cracking after years of suppressing whatever he was suppressing behind that quiet and nice facade.

No one knows why he did what he did yet.  But one thing for certain, you can’t blame this on easy access to guns.  In fact, if the government took away all of our guns this would have still happened.  Because the one commonality to all of these senseless crimes isn’t guns.  It’s some underlying mental health issue.  Because mentally healthy people just don’t do things like this.

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Democrats won’t Negotiate because they want to make the Republicans their Bitch

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 6th, 2013

Week in Review

The Democrats don’t like sharing power.  Or bipartisanship.  They miss the good old days when they controlled everything.  Both houses of Congress.  And the White House.  As well as the three networks.  Before there was Rush Limbaugh and talk radio.  And cable television.  Which let other voices be heard.  Something they hate.  Why?  Because they have a liberal agenda in a country that is only about 21% liberal.  So they don’t like debate.  Because they are trying to sell what the masses don’t want.  Which is why they cloak their intentions in misleading words.  More government control over our lives is called investment.  Raising tax rates is leveling the playing field.  Making everyone pay their fair share.  And opposition voices are extremists.  Hate peddlers.  Who should be censored.  Etc.

So liberals lie and deceive to pass a liberal agenda the people don’t want.  And they really get upset when they can’t get their way.  For liberals are not manly men.  They weren’t athletic enough to play sports.  Tough or brave enough to go into the military.  On Saturday Night Live a character impersonating an Arnold Schwarzenegger bodybuilder type called these men girly men.  Men like Alan Alda who ate quiche (at the time there was a saying that real men did not eat quiche).  Going further back to the days of Charles Atlas liberals were the skinny guy getting sand kicked into his face.  That is, liberals were the victims of bullying.  Who weren’t manly enough to stand up against a bully.  So when they grew up they went into politics.  To wield a different kind of power.  The power of the state.  So the bullied could become the bully.

We could see this in Breaking Bad.  Walter White was a nice guy that finished last in life.  Where people walked all over him and gave him no respect.  And if that wasn’t bad enough this loser then gets cancer.  But then things change.  And Walter White goes through a transformation and mans up.  Going from bullied to bully.  While destroying lives all around him (see Die Like a Man: The Toxic Masculinity of Breaking Bad by Laura Hudson posted 10/5/2013 on Wired).

Masculinity in Breaking Bad is a brittle thing, one so terrified of weakness that any display of vulnerability must be punished, and any slight against another man’s power answered with violence – or else perceived as a weakness. We see it in the hyper-masculine culture of both the neo-Nazis and the drug cartel, where the air is always dripping with machismo and vengeance is considered an almost sacred duty.

This model of manhood also requires control not only over your own life, but over the lives of others. Think about all of the most iconic moments of the show, the badass lines that made us want to pump our fists: “Say my name.” “I am the danger.” “I am the one who knocks.” “I won.” Every single time, it’s about dominance – not just about having power, but about taking power away from someone else…

In short, calling a man a “bitch” is designed to diminish his power by comparing him to a woman. It implies that women are weaker and less powerful, and also that they are to be used and dominated. “Bitch” is linked to exploitation, to submission; if you make someone your bitch, you force them to submit to your will, in one way or another.

If we learned anything from the kind, brilliant Gale, it’s that the Walter White who dies at the end of the show would have had no problem shooting the Walter White of the first episode in the head if he got in his way. When the nerd who was bullied becomes the bully, should we really feel a sense of satisfaction? Or should we take a deep, soul-searching look at the sort of system that makes underdogs like Walt feel like the only way they can be men is by destroying and dominating everyone around them?

Liberals have a lot in common with Walter White.  Who will not be satisfied until they make the Republicans their bitch.  These girly men (i.e., liberal Democrats) who have for the most part accomplished nothing in their lives other than buy elections have no intentions of giving the Republicans anything.  When the Republicans meet with the Democrats to negotiate the Democrats simply refuse to negotiate.  Even President Obama said he will not negotiate.  Saying the Republicans must first submit to his will.  Give him everything he wants first then he will negotiate with them.  After which, of course, there will be nothing left to negotiate.

The liberals are not saying it but you can hear them say it.  “Say my name, bitch.”  “I am the danger, bitch.”  “I am the one who knocks, bitch.”  And “I will win, bitch.”  For liberals are not going to be that bullied kid in high school anymore.  They’re the bully now.  They have the power.  And they want to emasculate the opposition.  The jocks and the military types.  Who tormented them in high school.  But not anymore.  For it’s payback time, bitch.

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