NBC News has verified that “My ELF Weapon” stands for ‘Extremely Low Frequency’, a theory that we explored here days ago. He described the ‘attacks’ on him as lasting 3 months and that extremely low frequency broadcasts were used to somehow harm him.
CNN and everyone else reported a strange pair of inscriptions on Navy Yard Killer Aaron Alexis’ weapon, presumably the shotgun he began the attack with. Why did he carve strange phrases into his rifle?
Without saying where on the guns the inscriptions were it was revealed what they said-
“Better Off This Way” and the second read “My ELF Weapon”.
What Does it Mean?
In Alexis’ mind you would have to imagine this was an important statement. “Better off this Way” seems pretty self explanatory. He had determined to become a mass killer and his only exit plan was suicide by cop. This would certainly reflect a fatalist mindset (No big surprise there).
“My ELF Weapon” is more cryptic by far. What was this guy trying to say?
Possibility 1- It’s from Online Gaming
My gut feeling is he may have been manifesting his online video game obsession. Could he have been doing this with the same outlook which lead our ancestors to etch their swords?
“My ELF Weapon” was reported with the same case emphasis on all networks with ELF in all caps. This was too consistent to be a mistake in reporting. Assuming it is fact and not some mass mistake i am pretty sure he was trying to empower his weapon the same way a Warcraft or similar online gamer’s avatars would somehow obtain or create a bonus weapon or ‘level up’ to a more powerful weapon. I think my ELF weapon may be just what it sounds like. He thought he was either some sort of Warrior Elf (I know how it sounds but hey, he WAS crazy) or ELF is an acronym for some real or imagined organization.
Possibility 2- It Describes the Weapons Abilities as Alexis Saw Them
It could be an acronym for something in head. However; here’s 2 possibilities
Extremely Low Frequency – This turned out to be the correct theory. Perhaps he was distinguishing it from other weapons or thought it could kill people/distort signals from the microwave emitters he expressed concern about to Police in Rhode Island during a prolonged instance of delusional behavior where he himself had called police. Alexis had called authorities to complain about hearing voices. (In the future I will address how the HELL the Navy managed to somehow ignore a warning from the Police who dealt with Alexis).
While it may not exactly be “Extremely Low Frequency”; his reasoning to get the ELF acronym, if an acronym it in fact is, may lay along these lines.
Earth Liberation Front- Yes, there was in fact a Terrorist Group called ELF. Their hey-day was the mid to late 1990′s.
The ELF Terrorists, who were not really violent, burned real estate developments and committed other acts of vandalism in a misguided attempt to avenge Nature against the wrongs of society as they saw it. They were barely terrorists and seemingly are long defunct. Highly Unlikely.
Possibly, it may be some group of activists or soldiers who existed only in Alexis diseased mind.
Executable and Linkable Format- Alexis programmed computers. He may have been using this or another similar term of art from the IT field. I’m not saying this one was, but maybe the phrase has some technical meaning in some obscure field.
This is DAY 1 of speculation on the new information regarding the inscriptions. Hopefully we can learn more in the near future to clarify this aspect of this tragic affair.
if you think you have some insight as to what “My ELF Weapon may mean please, leave a comment!
UPDATE-8:37PM- CNN has definitively stated other shooters have been ruled out. The Real McTeag Theory that workplace killer was most likely holds up proving the statistics are true. I don’t know if theres any comfort in that. In my next post i think i will delve into whether or not this guy was a James Gilkerson or Chris “Django” Dorner type. A Pyscho Pseudo Commando who became a default terrorist by his actions and his contempt for society. Right now I am not sure.
UPDATE 5:16pm Fire Alarm detail is on Huffpost live. May be true
UPDATE 5:09 PM- TheRealMcTeag.com sources are saying that Alexis pulled a fire alarm to empty the building. This is unconfirmed. This would indicate no Exit Plan.
Aaron Alexis, 34, from Fort Worth Texas has been identified as the dead gunman
UPDATE 3:54 PM – The dead shooter has been identified by several media outlets as being the man on the badge used to access the facility, Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas. The FBI says his place of birth is Queens, New York, not far from where i write this. While not the first or last killer from my town it’s still chilling to think this guy walked among us with his enormous darkness festering inside him.
He is somewhat younger than the description that pegged him as between 40 and 50. This leaves the possibility of an accomplice open but most media outlets are moving towards a Lone Gunman Scenario.
UPDATE 3:07-Per CNN the white male suspect has been identified and is not a threat or an accomplice. This leaves only the Black Suspect whose description is a good match for the dead gunman.
Gunman Aaron Alexis was 34
UPDATE 2:46 PM- The dead gunman had the Naval ID of a recently terminated employee, identified as 34 year old Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth Texas. The scene at the Navy Yard is calming down.
UPDATE 2:07 Washington DC Police Chief says twelve dead total and the investigation will be handed off to the FBI and urged those with information to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigations. She repeated the look out for 2 males, one white, one black, both older in semi military looking uniforms was STILL going on and additional suspects had not been ruled out completely.
When questioned the Chief Cathy Lanier of the DC Police said there were ‘Multiple Pieces of Information on others we believe were involved in some way’.
UPDATE 2:03 PM – repeated reports on MSNBC are downplaying the additional shooters scenario, driving the best guess of this back to Disgruntled Employee. MSNBC is saying the African American Suspect initially being sought is in fact the dead gunman.
Casualties currently stand at 8 dead and 16 wounded.
UPDATE 12:32 PM- President Obama addressed the media regarding the Financial Crisis but opened remarking on the developing situation. He called for a seamless investigation. He promised to hold those responsible ‘for this cowardly act,’ indicating that conspirators may yet come to light,
UPDATE 12:17 AM- DC Mayor Vincent Gray refused to rule out Terrorism
UPDATE 12:12 PM- DC Police say they are continuing to seek 2 more possible shooters. They were described as a White Man wearing a military style uniform last seen at about 8:30 AM with a handgun. The third shooter is described as Black ‘with a long gun’
UPDATE 11:53 AM MSNBC says the dead gunman appears to have been the only shooter. Described as a man in his 50′s with ‘some connection to the base’. This would tip the scales back in favor of a Lone Nut With a Grudge/Disgruntled Employee
UPDATE 11:45 AM- MSNBC describes one shooter confirmed dead and a second shooter is still being sought.
UPDATE 11:30 AM- MSNBC reports “dozens” being triaged at the Navy Yard and that 1 Gunman is dead or captured
UPDATE 11:11 AM- MSNBC is now reporting Law Enforcement is converging on a second location in Washington Navy Yard. This is in conjunction with reports saying that one gunman had been cornered and possibly wounded.
UPDATE 11:07 AM- More reports of continuing, recent gunfire at the Navy Yard are now being reported on MSNBC
UPDATE- As of 10:15 a dozen had been shot, 4 were dead and the gunman (singular) is now cornered
Multiple people were shot beginning about 8:20 am EDT at DC’sWashington Navy Yard. Initial reports say the attacker was armed with an AR-15. No other details or descriptions currently available. Some reports have as many as 10 people shot so far by the still at large gunman. At 10:13 AM EDT MSNBC has intimated that some reports indicating as many as 3 gunman.
LONE WOLF AL QAEDA
This seems to have some aspects of a Lone Wolf al Qaeda attack. A true al Qaeda attack would most likely have consisted of multiple shooters and more than one target. Shades of Major Hasan? It’s too soon to tell.
Obviously if there really are three shooters this scenario is finished. It would now be more of a “Traditional” al Qaeda attack.
‘TRADITIONAL’ AL QAEDA-
The early morning attack time points to at the very least some guidance and inspiration. Most al Qaeda attacks are timed to be early morning and early in the week to dominate as much of the news cycle as possible. Still, lack of additional shooters and targets would seem to undercut this theory
UPDATE – If there are actually 3 shooters this has several earmarks of an actual ‘classic’ al Qaeda attack
WORKPLACE SHOOTER/ LONE NUT WITH GRUDGE-
This is the Real McTeag Theory early on–
Statistics say this is most likely scenario. (TRM NOTE- On September 20, 2013 in the wake of the shooting the Washington Post seems to confirm “workplace Shooter” Theory) Someone was let go or passed over for promotion and lost it. They are spree killing their co-workers over perceived slights and grudges.
I have to come abhor people who just can’t enjoy morbid humor, or more precisely get offended by it as if it isn’t now mainstream.
I assert that “Poor Taste” is an always moving goalpost. It may lurch a few feet forward from time to time, especially in the Bible Belt, but its progressively more nebulous since the dawn of Seth MacFarlane as a
meet the face of mainstream early 21st Century Humor
creative force. Family Guy and American Dad, the Crown Jewels of the Fox Animation Domination line up, routinely show murder, suicide, heroin use, 9-11, terrorism in general, religious beliefs of all faiths and plenty of dead hooker jokes. These are 2 of the highest rated programs on American television and have become embedded in our society and our collective sense of humor.
Here are some facts about Family Guy and American Dad that back up my assertion-
- They are among the most successful shows on TV, proving their humor IS mainstream.
- Brian Griffin, a sentient dog who can speak routinely dates and has sex with woman. This is something people hung up with pointing out how tasteless the show is never seem to address. (This proves they never watch the show)
When Seth MacFarlane hosts the Academy Awards is there any doubt that his unique humor is now an undeniable part of pop culture?
- American Dad features dozens of deaths and suicides per episodes as collateral damage to the Smith Family’s domestic problems. The characters usually dispose of bodies or something equally morbid while having mundane discussions. It’s brilliantly funny.
The rules of casual conversation are in flux. It’s difficult to communicate with people who have a ‘pre-MacFarlane’ humor views. The ‘last wave’ of humor will always still be viable, but MacFarlane has rewritten everything and changed the face of comedy forever.
- Seth McFarlane hosted the Academy Awards and closed the night with a number called “We Saw Your Boobs”. Name something more mainstream (and usually stuffy/boring/ pointlessly artsy) than that? Most hope he does it again.
Who could have foreseen this when Family Guy was repeatedly canceled by Fox? In most cases you would have to say that the cancellation definitely shows there was a time when the show was just too cutting edge to ever be defined as ‘mainstream’. Then a curious thing happened. The show exploded in re-runs on Cartoon Network. There were just enough episodes to make it possible to hook people and acclimate them to a brand new humor that was undeniably ground breaking and funny. A wave of support so strong emerged the show made another return to Fox Network to join the damage control triumph of American Dad, a show made just to fill the MacFarlane void as he and his creative team geared up and cranked out some of the best episodes yet. Years later both shows are just getting funnier and more popular.
The Double Edged Sword-
You need to be pretty smart to use the comedic devices in everyday life. You also have to accept that there’s some people, left behind by the current progression of comedy, who will be pissed about these jokes.
Brian Griffin is just a small part of MacFarlane’s dangerously hilarious world
If you’re uncomfortable with Dead Hooker jokes and the like, you’re sort of left behind. No one will be held to accounts for making light of any situation. True, everything isn’t supposed to be fair game and some occasions are somber by nature, but things have changed.
6/29/13- This week the Zimmerman trial commenced and after a disasterious opening stement by the defense The first witness took the stand in the person of one Rachel Jeantel
Jeantel had been on the phone with Trayvon Martin in the moments before George Zimmerman fatally shot him. The defense tried to appear as though they were going easy on her but she still seemed hostile, and why not? She was never wanted to be a star witness at the trial of the Year.
Jeantel was largely derided in right wing media as lacking intellect and the undeniable fact she was not all that articulate. While some see this as undermining her credibility or the veracity of her statements I doubt the jury will view her that harshly.
Rachel Jeantel is from Miami Shores/ Miami Gardens Florida. One of the most crushing ghettos i have ever walked through. I lived there for about a month in 2010 and it was an eye opening experience.
There is a massive police presence by several departments, but they are only visible on the main roads and the highway. Abandoned vicious breed dogs who have lost their owners respect (and cash) by losing a dog fight wander in an antifreeze fueled daze while subjected to 100 degree heat.
Probably the most stunning thing about the area is how familiar it seems. The whole thing crystallized for me when we drove past the local police departments lock up. I KNEW THIS NEIGHBORHOOD FROM WATCHING “COPS”!
There is no relationship between the authorities and the citizenry to speak of. The Highway Patrol, State Troopers, Miami -Dade Police
Rachel Jeantel testifies in Sanford, Fl courtroom
and whatever local police the towns may have are all making arrests all the time. Its a frightening place. My trip to the Pharmacy and Liquor store in the strip mall was a harrowing experience. It was a law enforcement free zone. The several police departments seemingly wait to be called rather than proactively policing the neighborhoods. There was no shortage of impoverished thugs and bums. Most people, like everywhere, seem ok and honest, but the danger is palpable. The Miami Gardens Police Department has a daunting task and has in recent years expanded its reach and territory if not its effectiveness. The Police Department was either non existent, defunct or reduced to little more than an armed civilian patrol for several years, which left the entire neighborhood gripped with fear. In 2006 Murder was up 50% from the previous year and sexual assault figures rose 31%. News reports from 2007 put the poverty and crime in the area in no uncertain terms. In January 2007 the Miami Gardens Police
The Miami Gardens PD has nothing to say about Serving & Protecting. In fact the department seems to have no motto at all
Despite the need for outreach the Miami Gardens Police Department willingly chooses an aggressive stance in it’s public relations video. Rather than a message of community service, the video showcases its diverse methods of crime control and investigation, all set to somewhat disturbing music akin to an 80′s detective drama.
Rachel Jeantel has never seen professional policing in her neighborhood. She has no reason to trust the District Attorney and many reasons to loathe the Defense team. No one who has walked in her shoes would have fared much better because to me she seemed a woman stuck between a rock and a hard place. Seemingly distrustful of the Court, and justifiably so if true, Rachel Jeantel whispers between tears when not in direct conflict with a Defense team that Objected to it’s own questions and seems morose and inept to say the least.
Jeantel’s early willingness to talk to the media and a lie about her age to the Police when initially questioned were the fulcrum of the Zimmerman Defense Teams attacks. They suggested by extension everything Rachel Jeantel said must also be a lie.
The problem for the Zimmerman Defense Team is this; when talking strictly about her conversation with Martin as he fled Zimmerman; Jeantel was very convincing. She had no reason to lie and came off as sincere. Certainly it was hard to dismiss her emotional testimony as the parents of Trayvon Martin wept in the courtroom.
The veracity of Rachel Jeantel is at the heart of the defenses argument and is also central to the State’s case. She should not be written off as hostile or ignorant because her life experiences would seem to justify her attitudes. Who from such a terrible ghetto would feel differently? The rows of abandoned businesses and thriving Pawn Shops in her home town speak to the harsh, troubled world so many Floridians, both in the I-4 Corridor where Sanford is and the sun baked Hell Hole’s outside Miami, live in.
A Florida juror would need to be well divorced from reality not to have a somewhat sympathetic view of Jeantel.
Rachel Jeantel has lived there, immersed in an insular world where street smarts and avoiding getting too involved with the authorities are a fact of life. The frightening nature of the streets she grew up on needs to be understood. Sanford is actually a better neighborhood than Miami Gardens by a long shot. The jurors will not be blind to the kind of poverty Jeantel is surrounded by. Nearby Orlando is one of America’s most violent cities and sports a huge population of homeless, notably homeless children. In the Oliver Twist-ed world peculiar to the ghettos of Florida it’s not all that unbecoming to be semi non cooperative with the Police. Snitches get Stitches.
The United States and the world are trying to wrap their collective heads around exactly what it is that Edward Snowden did and why. Diverging opinions of him have arisen. I’m not going to touch the controversy surrounding the implications of his actions.
For the most part every American has to decide that for their selves. There is no understating the gravity of the stunning revelations about the US Government ‘s ongoing, somewhat venerable and undeniably vast Data Mining Program, PRISM, where Government Agencies (with the help of contractors like Snowden) were trolling through meta data of millions of phone calls and who knows what else. Worse it may be the tip of a larger iceberg.
Most Americans seemingly had always suspected such a program was in place, but last week Edward Snowden went ‘off the reservation’ and verified the existence of PRISM along with some details.
At this point, aside an affinity for metalic grey button down shirts; very little is known about Snowden.
Snowden didn’t complete High School. He’s a tech nerd who sports a GED. I would speculate that poor social skills were the biggest factor into his dropping out. Whether he never showed up, couldn’t perform on tests or merely had ADD, all show some level of social ineptitude.
Next Snowden spent about a year in the US Army but took a medical discharge after breaking both his legs. I’m no medical doctor but I do know most of the time in young people full recovery from a broken leg is the expected outcome. Maybe he had 2 compound fractures and just couldn’t deal, not a whole lot is known about this yet. It seems more likely he just didn’t feel as committed to the military as he initially had and again flaked out. If true it DOES mirror his inability to finish High School.
Snowdens Girlfriend; not the worst thing to come home to by a long shot
We now know that Snowden, who passed an in depth background check to work as a contractor for an outside firm doing work for the National Security Agency, which runs the Data Trolling Program know as PRISM. Just like High School and the military Snowden ended up leaving under nefarious circumstances. He had shown a propensity for the grandiose by apparently claiming to make about double his acknowledged pay of $122,000 a year.
Snowden threw away his career, his citizenship and his reputations such as it was. He also left behind what I would call a pretty hot girlfriend. Would seem to be a life, in beautiful Hawaii, birthplace of our current president; that most of us would probably want to hold into. He had a high level of security clearance into the PRISM Spying Program and something happened. Arrogance of Power? Heartfelt Patriotic Duty? Avaricious desires sprung from the lucrative opportunities that would come from selling the information he was privy to? It’s not totally clear but SOMETHING definitely happened in Snowdens mind that started this chain of events. At some point a decision was made.
Did Edward suddenly become principled and decide he had a Civic Duty? Is he nuts? Is he a Spy? Let’s look at all three possibilities!
Theories on Snowden Motives-
Theory 1 – He’s a dedicated Libertarian who truly believes in what he’s doing
This is always possible. There have numerous people in the past who have been lauded (after being vilified) for exposing secret government information. The Pentagon Papers would be the most well-known example after the Wikileaks scandal.
Snowden has identified with and contributed money to Ron Paul, who endorses Snowden’s actions.
Ask Ron or Rand Paul and they will tell you they will gladly pay his airfare home and try to protect Snowden, possibly getting him immunity. Snowden has said just yesterday he was prepared to let Hong Kong courts decide his fate, so he’s certainly not looking to face an American court if he can get around it. Certainly he lacks the sort of Courage of his Convictions displayed by Bradley Manning, who I have discussed here, is a far more sympathetic figure.
Theory 2- He’s a Bi-Polar Madman
Could Super Nerd Snowden be a bi-polar madman in a world of his own?
Emotions, traits and feelings displayed by Snowden in the interviews I have seen so far could described as erratic, unpredictable, just a little unfocused, impulsive and grandiose. There’s some from the NSA and other sources saying he massively overstated the scope of his powers. Indeed, being granted the closest thing to omnipotence seems unlikely. He has claimed to have had the ability to know everything about the whereabouts of every NSA Operative. The only thing keeping people from scoffing is that an even younger and far less well financially compensated Bradley Manning also had very high clearance despite holding to the lowest rank in the Unites States Military. Snowdens claim is just crazy enough to be true. More likely he had a somewhat lower level of clearance. It’s deeply disturbing he had any clearance at all. He’s not just a risk, he’s arguably unemployable in the Intelligence Field for red flags showing he was indeed a flake.
Don’t discount the fact the guy may just be a little nuts. Picking up and moving away from everything you know is pretty damn extreme. Bi-Polar High? This is something we’ll probably never know for sure, but the traits are somewhat manifest. Doubtless he is fully engaged in a Messiah Complex or feelings of Martyrdom for freedom and privacy.
He may cycle back to low and give himself up if this theory is correct.
The Real McTeag Theory- ‘Honey-Potted’ and Flipped by the Red Chinese
Here’s a guy who was a classic underachiever. He was young, had some jack, a measure of success, and a pretty cute girlfriend he could only kind of commit to (it’s not like they were engaged). Social ineptitude held him back. His bosses had plumbed the depth of his soul before he got Top Secret Clearance. Despite this neither his employers nor his girlfriend seem to have really known the guy.
Honey Potting is a way to flip, trap or otherwise manipulate a potential source. As far back as Samson and Delilah men have done unbelievably stupid and self-destructive things for beautiful women. In the soulless world of espionage this is a lot better than getting grabbed up and tortured and its great publicity too. The US has a huge PR problem, maybe to the point of handcuffing its own cyber espionage, and China uses Hong Kong as a front for protecting him.
It doesn’t take a lot of imagination. At some point an Asian goddess (or a couple of them) approached the permanently disaffected Snowden and gave him the ride of his life. One thing led to another and Snowden is thinking he’s James Bond. He is promised money, fame and political asylum.
I am also pretty sold on Theory 2, Bi-Polar madman, but only so far as I think this led him to be an easy target for the Chinese to “flip”. Now he’s living in 5 Star Hotels in an area more than nominally under the control of the Chinese. Where did this guy get that kind of money? Who are his patrons? Julian Assange doesn’t seem to be involved beyond travel advice!
UPDATE 6-17-13 CNN reported lte last night that “Government Sources” and ‘sources within the administration” are starting to intimate they are considering a “Flipped by the Chinese/Somehow Compromised” scenario.
“Flipped” is pulling ahead in the realm of likelihood, though Bi-Polar Grandiose Libertarianism may have been part of his actions. It now seems like the whole Ron Paul thing he spoke of was just a rationalization that Snowden was using to deal with whats going on.
UPDATE- 6-12-13 GEORGE HW BUSH HAS REFUSED TO DIE UNTIL ASSURED AN UPPER MANAGEMENT POSITION IN HELL
DATELINE- THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE, roughly 5 minutes from now.
Former president George HW Bush passed away today from Embarrassment upon getting what sources are calling "absolute genetic proof" he was in fact the father of subsequent president George W Bush. "He had always suspected I had an affair because W was so slow;" a tearful former first lady Barbara Bush was quoted as saying.
What are Cargo Cult Republicans? Cargo Cult Republicans are those whose behavior and beliefs have devolved into a quasi-religious mindset towards Modern American Conservatism revolving around the 1980’s and Ronald Reagan in an
The Republicans View of Reagan
idealized, ritualized and unrealistic way. The influence of this aspect of modern American Conservatism is palpable yet there has been very little discussion of it.
The classic historical Cargo Cult refers to a quasi-religious phenomenon that arose on the isolated pacific islands used as bases by various militaries during the Second World War. The native islanders in places like Papua, New Guinea had not had much contact with the outside world. Their ways of viewing the day to day world included a good dose of the paranormal. If someone got sick, perhaps a curse had been put upon them. Flood? Famine? Perhaps the villagers aren’t living up to the standards of their pantheon of deities. A thumbnail description would be that they fed the Volcano to pacify the gods,
who were surely a bit crazy.
After the Second World War began in the Pacific the lives of the native islanders were subject to massive culture shock. Literally overnight and literally out of the sky in the form of shiny silver airplanes as well as great iron beasts from the sea came the mid-20th century. None of the previous limited contacts with outsiders provided a frame of reference for what transpired on their islands, their very world, as emerged over the weeks following arrival of troops from both sides of the conflict. To these isolated natives the idea that an internal combustion engine would spin gears and operate pistons to spin a propeller to power a vehicle capable of carrying goods or people was inconceivable. Imagine and bringing a flashlight, cigarette lighter and .9mm pistol via time traveling helicopter to Dark Ages Europe to get any sort of grip on this.
To the natives of islands such as those of New Guinea the planes were not machines but great beasts akin to hollow metal dragons. They were summoned from the sky by rituals at a holy temple, or as we would call it, a Military Airfield. The “rituals” were the day to day operations of the base. Waiving in incoming planes with flags and lighting runways. Groups of identically clad men marching in formation, sometimes firing their bang sticks!!
members of the John Frumm Cargo Cult in New Guinea imitating American soldiers in the hopes of bringing wealth from the sky
In the wake of the Second World War these isolated bases were mostly abandoned and life, for the natives, returned to ‘normal’. But it was a ‘New Normal’. They had become accustomed to the gleaming aluminum dragons regularly summoned by the clergy (read: US Navy Sea Bees) with the sacred relics (read: radios, landing lights and parades). No longer were the great beasts from the air and sea disgorging the cargo they desired. Gone was the supply of canned goods, textiles and the giant crates that had seemed like enormous wooden eggs that birthed the coveted “cargo”.
In a turn of events still being studied by sociologists and historians, the Cargo Cults emerged. The natives formed into cults of sorts and imitated in ritualistic fashion the actions of the men who had summoned the great beats and cargo from the sky. Coconuts were fashioned into radio headsets, bamboo control towers were created. Uniformly dressed men marched in ritual manners similar to
A replica Second World War plane used in John Frum Movements rituals. Is the GOP Elephant now an equivalent Trojan Horse of Willful Blindness?
the military drills they had seen under the mistaken belief that by simply doing so they themselves would please the gods of the sky and bring down the shiny metal beasts filled with goodies. These beliefs were personified in the form of an image of an American World War 2 Sailor, frequently portrayed as African American, known as “John Frum”. Think of him as a sort of Santa-Jesus type. British occupied areas developed similar cults based on an idealized perception of Prince Phillip.
The John Frumm Movement and Prince Phillip Movement still exist today in New Guinea. Despite the fact that these places slowly became less isolated and were slowly but steadily overtaken by rational explanations of the outside world some still cling to the Cargo Cult beliefs. In the case of the Prince Phillip society egotistical detachment from reality is shared by the object of their affection. Prince Phillip perhaps unwittingly endorses the cult’s beliefs by sending gifts and autographs. This leads to the inevitable conclusion that what is really needed, by the prince and his worshipers, is some help handling a brutal but needed dose of reality. This need also applies to early 21st Century Tea party Republicans. Ritualized Reaganistic Worldview has become a meme accepted by most Republicans, albeit for the most part unknowingly.
The “gangster planet” from the original Star Trek is probably the most familiar depiction of a Cargo Cult to most Americans
where an isolated planet had been exposed to 23rd century technology by earlier space travelers. When the Enterprise arrives a generation later they find an entire culture influenced by a book the first contactor’s left behind about 1920’s gangster culture in places like Chicago and New York. By looking, dressing and acting like the gangsters they read about the natives of Sigma Iota IV were attempting to make a great leap forward by throwing themselves feet first into imitating a society that had been outlined in book that to them seemed a blue print to the “cargo” they had seen accompanying the first earthmen they met, technology and abilities that would provide for worry free prosperity.
How does this apply to early 21st century American Conservatism? The Republican Party is now packed with under qualified ideologues, who espouse an unrealistic image of a worry free past, in this case, the Go Go 1980’s.
The images of John Frum (a bastardization of “John From America”) and Prince Phillip associated with the Cargo Cults of the South Pacific have been replaced by an idealized, unrealistic image of Ronald Reagan. Like John Frumm, Ritual Reagan is a demi god who summoned “Cargo” (read: Worry free prosperity) through rituals that included sparring with the Russians, bellicose military threats and a somewhat narrow social view and an overemphasis on an extreme interpretation of “Christian” thought.
To one degree or another every single modern conservative is a member of a Reagan oriented Cargo Cult. The Cargo Cult mentality has threaded its way into every aspect of current Republican narrative.
The Cargo Cult Volcano God demands certain sacrifices be made lest it grow angry and erupt. Among other things, it demands ritual.
Repeated mawkish Ritualistic displays by Romney during the 2012 Election and other leading Republicans have so far done nothing to dispel the validity of the Cargo Cult Assertion.
A right wing politician politician in the mold of Mitt Romney seizes upon every perceived advantage and this is no exception. It’s not a difficult role in its Ritualistic Form. There’s some passing physical resemblance, both coincidental and contrived between Romney and Reagan. Among these are their hair, approximate build and hypomanic personalities. Romney seems to be smugly emitting what he seemingly thinks is a subliminal puppet show where he plays Ritualized Reagan. Pushing on the physical he layers on a veneer of the cold warrior aspect of Reagan by strapping on the coconut headphones of some sort of bamboo transmitter and sending pugilistic messages to the Russians, who are clearly not a threat to the United States in 2012. Another Ritual Reagan rain dance is over emphasizing the level of danger posed by Iran. While an outlaw nation and a sponsor of terrorism, the current sanctions and global shunning seem to be worth sticking worth for a while to most Americans who are leery of another American Ground War in an unstable part of the world.
“The facts: Todashev (pronounced TOE-duh-shev) was a 27-year-old ethnic Chechen who hung out with the elder Tsarnaev in Boston and moved to Florida two years ago. He was shot dead after apparently lunging at an officer after walking away from questioning at his condo near Universal Studios in Orlando. What spilled out in the immediate aftermath were reports that 1) Todashev was about to complete his written confession, perhaps strengthening the case against Tsarnaev; and 2) Todashev pulled a knife on investigators, prompting them to kill one of the only men in America who have known when Tsarnaev turned for the worse. Both of those claims seem a lot less solid today, as law enforcement sources reassess their leaks once again in this information flood — “–the Atlantic Wire
The Truthers Will Say-
Truthers will assert that this shows that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother were part of a larger conspiracy. This seems reasonable because we started out with more than one person, the wife of Tamerlan is under scrutiny and there’s a bunch of schmuck friends of Dzohkar Tsarnaev incarcerated (or in one case out on bail) by the Feds for fucking with evidence. So it IS conspiratorial by nature. It may go a little further, but it will not extend to
Image of mortal remains of Ibragim Todashev held up by his father, Abdul-Bakhi Todashev
some Black Helicopter Section of the Government.
The Truther Assertions of late have become more and more grandiose, like when Alex Jones pondered the possibility that the EF5 Tornado that obliterated Moore, Oklahoma, may have been the result of a “Government Weather Weapon”. This is Bond Villain shit and impossible. Period.
Toadashev is a Truther’s DREAM! He was killed under mysterious circumstances. Initial reports are confused and obscure. I admit, there’s nothing about this incident that makes sense.
I have been down Dr Phillips Drive and the area around the Universal Studios area. My friends lived so close we could hear the screaming from the rides. I was in the area many many times when I lived in Orlando last year. So when I read the report and viewed the story on CNN I could sorta feel the immediacy of it more. The guy lived in a decent area. Not Rodeo Drive or Park Avenue but it was definitely ok, hardly the lair of a Super Villain. Adds to the odd nature of this.
The Late Tamerlan Tsarnaev After his Suicide by cop in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings.
Super Villain or not though, who the Hell would ever imagine this level of criminal confession to be the kind of thing that would be done in the suspects living room? The charges of Triple Murder would seem to warrant ‘running him in”
Many people will rightly question why the questioning went down like this. Does anyone really think this happens all the time? Weird.
Playing the Skeptic
The skeptic in me sees there are multiple plausible reasons this went down so badly. Were it an airline crash we would call it pilot error, but in this case we call it “Bad Police Work.”
Because federal Agents should be able to enact a live capture on a guy who maybe had a knife at best there’s a lot of information we need to know. Todashev was something of a bad ass. He had some Mixed Martial Arts skills and may have been part of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s emerging criminal footprint.
Did he have a knife and go all MMA on the Feds and Cops, maybe with an eye towards grabbing at a cops gun? Seems very plausible considering he had just copped to triple murder and may get the needle. Why not? Did the cops over react? Probably, but considering what he was linked to it seems crazy he wasn’t under arrest and in an interview room at the culmination of a confession of this magnitude. People will point out he never got a chance to share his story with a lawyer, but if the guy went ape shit that is a moot point.
The game was over, the case was ironclad, Todashev was through. He was never going to be a free man again and would likely be on Death Row. It’s plausible if not likely a person in this situation, especially someone who thought they were bad ass enough to maybe even pull something off, would opt to go out like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Todashev’s buddies the Tsarnaev’s had attempted the same thing (albeit with a little more success) when cornered.
This theory holds plenty of water and is more plausible than what we will be hearing from Truthers.
UPDATE- Todashev’s father Abdul-Bakhti Todashev is making claims his son was shot ‘execution style’. Todashev held up an autopsy picture of his son, but it sheds no immediate light on how or where he was shot but there is some discoloration that appears to be bruising and possibly an entry wound. Its still unclear.
So far it seems like the FBI mismanaged themselves into a place where there actions will fuel wild speculation about some sort of Conspiracy. It DOES seem convenient he ended up dead with no one else to tell the story. A conspiracy of ineptitude at the very least seems to be going on. People will rightfully suspect a cover up. The question really is ‘is the misinformation the FBI trying to protect themselves and doing a terrible job or is this something larger. Right now it’s a tie between these 2 theories.
UPDATE- The latest version of the story was that Todashev was alone in a room with a single FBI Agent when he was shot. Self defense takes a beating and incompetent police work moves to the forefront of most likely scenarios.
Shocking video of fully operational Domestic Terrorist James Gilkerson, firing his AK-47, dying in a hail of gunfire. Over 70 shots fired. As dramatic as anything Chris Django Dorner did but all captured on video. This is raw police dash cam of a video showing the most unbelievably dramatic gunfight you will ever see. He had a small arsenal and a large library of disturbing books on bomb making, cadaver disposal and covert operations with him. to read more click here.
Middlefield Police Chief Arnold Stanko said of James Gilkerson, “He was a scumbag, and a terrorist, and he’s dead.” Sums this guy up pretty well. He was certainly on his way to create some sort of bomb. Further investigation will only show more evidence that Gilkerson was planning an attack. The police do not know why he attacked when and how he did, but attack is a word that may be too mild for what Gilkerson unleashed on unsuspecting Ohio cops.
Apparently he was not wanted for anything and, obviously, his ridiculous arsenal was not gonna land him in any trouble thanks to his 2nd Amendment Rights. So why attack in such a way? Gilkerson was likely already determined to attack at some point. I speculate he was paranoid (perhaps clinically) and feared he would not be able to advance his plans when he was pulled over. This moved up his timetable to declare war on society from whenever he (inevitably) would have struck to the moment he leaps from his car firing an AK-47.
It will be said the cops ‘overkilled’ Gilkerson, and maybe thats true, but in the same situation who wouldn’t have? They can not be held responsible for this Justifiable ‘Lawful Killing‘.
The video shows Gilkerson looking pretty wounded at the end but he’s by no means helpless. Already hit at least twice based on his reactions, Gilkerson continues to return fire. While on his knees at the penultimate moment of the gunfight, he still looks to be working the bolt, possibly to clear a jam, or was attempting to re-aim and continue firing. Glikerson arguably committed suicide by cop, but all indications are he was getting ready to try something on a grand scale and simply lost his cool and decided Anarchy Day would begin immediately upon a traffic stop. Had Gilkerson been less tightly wrapped he would have continued to violently advance whatever agenda inspired him, but with much more planning and forethought.
The police got lucky…. in several ways. First, they pulled over the right guy and probably stopped a massacre. Second, they somehow survived (albeit wounded) despite Gilkerson’s best efforts.
Society got very lucky too. It’s better that trained and armed police took on this madman rather than having him attack civilians, armed or otherwise, at a time and place of his choosing, likely at a mall or campus somewhere.
Spontaneous Suicide By Cop
UPDATE- 5-6-13- The cause of the traffic stop that began this chain of events was Gilkerson running a stop sign per MSNBC as of 11:26 AM EST. This proves the old saying “Never break the law while you’re breaking the law.” It DOES invite the question- Could Gilkerson have run the stop sign on purpose to lure cops in? The answer would seem to be no. The video shows a lag between the time Gilkerson was stopped and the time he came out shooting. It would seem on the surface if he deliberately sparked this encounter he would have been out and shooting immediately.