Lets face it, people love to get high and Philip Seymour Hoffman was no exception. Now he’s a cautionary tale and little more. Yes, he left behind a huge body of great work but he threw it all away for about 70 bags of heroin.
Did anyone seee it coming? Well some are now trying to say Hoffman was seen a couple of times walking around looking mightily stoned. Others are
The Late Philip Seymour Hoffman looking every bit the junkie
Once a junkie always a junkie? YES. Living in the New York City area I have seen a disturbing rise in the amount of junkies i see as well as the wakes and funerals for young users who weren’t lucky enough to make 46. I have known many junkies and only one has quit. How he did it I will never really know. He lives in fear of a relapse and maintains his sobriety only by fully engaging in Narcotics Anonymous. Thats a heavy burden most couldn’t handle.
Philip Seymour Hoffman danced with the Devil as a young man. MOst people say he’s been sober as the day is long for nearly two decades. You almost DON’T want this to be true because it means there’s NO ESCAPE and time doesn’t assuage the wounds and longing,
Its the sad truth. For once “Just Say No” is probably the only way to avoid this evil drug taking your life.
We all know the deal, Jersey governor Chris Christie decided to close the busiest bridge in the world with a punitive traffic jam loosely described as traffic survey. He had a million reasons NOT to do this, but it can’t be undone now.
Chris Christie has lost a great deal in the last few weeks. The angry Bully of Trenton is an image that just doesn’t translate into President of the United States. His image is in complete tatters.
Dishonest, petty, out of touch and bad manager are the terms being used to describe Christie, who is known for his bluster. That bluster can NEVER show its face again.
Like Rumple Stiltskin when he becomes angry he breaks himself in half. This leads to a Bi-Polar public image to say the least. In the last few moths Christie has stomped his feet a great deal, and he’s more divided against himself than ever. Here’s a brief summary of how things have changed for Christie.
- From District Attorney to Racketeer-
Chris Christie could easily be charged under RICO laws for running a protection racket.
Here’s how Christie extorted payments- He sold “Protection” from a threat he himself created and enriched himself with the Political Endorsements he demanded. This is what they call “An Ongoing Criminal Enterprise” or in lay mans terms “Organized Crime”.
Making accusations that Christie is a gangster of poor character and worse judgement will surely rattle his cage but now are legitimate assertions.
- From Tough Talking Executive to Out of Touch Bully-
Christie would have you believe he knew nothing of the political retribution his minions were exacting. In fact taking Christie at his word is a great case AGAINST voting for him. If Christie is to be believed he can no longer portray himself as a Hands On leader. He merely sets things in motion that he should know are better left alone. Once a project begins Christie intentionally disassociates himself completely so that his people can go Off the Reservation in a way that provides him with “Plausible Deniability”.
Basically Christie’s self description is that he is removed and distant from his completely unsupervised aids. Imagine what this guy would do withe the FBI?
-From Hero to Glory Hounding Fame Addict-
Chris Chistie is his own biggest fan. He LOVED being on TV until about a week ago. Now he is saddled with his greatest accomplishment, managing Sandy Recovery, being seen as nothing but self important chest thumping.
The Hero of Sandy in his own mind Christie has failed to disburse much of the money. He also manipulated the ad campaign to promote post Sandy tourism into airing what amounted to Reelect Chris Christie ads. Production costs were more than doubled so the governor could punish everyone with the ear scalding “Stronger than the Storm” commercials featuring the Christies frolicking on the beach like so many confused belugas.
Like Rudy Guiliani continually patting himself on the back as the Hero of 9-11, its become laughable. Christie comes across as self important now when discussing Sandy.
-His Starters are off the Field-
They’re all gone. In this case “They” are the members of Christie’s Inner Circle. Christie BODY SLAMMED the people he fired. These were his first choices for key positions. They can be replaced in name but will the replacements be team players like the ones he just destroyed professionally? More likely they will be selfish transient players looking to pad their numbers and avoid injury.
The Original Inner Circle are never going to be able to really help him much again. They are also ruined and may decide to get a little payback once they snap out of the cult mentality Christie has cultivated… or are they afraid? Its an open question given the governors angry bluster.
Who will break legs for him now? He has a newly acquired bad reputation and is sacrificing his minions. Who wants to be the last person to die in a pointless war? Right now most Christie aides are wishing for the simpler days of analog when a few strategic burning and shredding orgies could have killed this scandal in the womb.
-Brand New Mr Nice Guy-
The Damage Control, if he is even capable of any, amounted to taking his starting team off the field of play. His relationship with his staff and caustic nature need to change. THIS IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, or if it does it will be short lived.
Christie is an Anger Addict. There’s so much video of Christie blowing up at citizens asking completely acceptable questions. He is incapable of ever coming across as rational again if he shows any hint of the scathing and mean tempered nature that has made him notable in the first place.
Eviscerated,self abused and hurting, Chris Christie will eventually revert to the brash and horrible traits that dominate him. He is controlled by his emotions and can easily be unhorsed by simply making him angry.
Knowing how much marijuana people consume is now a very important statistic for officials in Washington and Colorado. That number can help them make sound decisions about how to regulate the supply side of the country’s first recreational marijuana markets. And on Wednesday a non-profit think tank released a report showing that Washington residents consume far more weed than the state initially thought.
In 2012, the Washington Office of Financial Management estimated that residents were consuming about 85 metric tons of marijuana. The RAND Corporation now estimates that the number is closer to 175 metric tons. That’s very roughly the difference between about 25 and 50 joints per resident each year. “You need to have a good idea about consumption to make decisions about licensing, how many distributors to allow, how many retail shops,” says Beau Kilmer, the lead researcher on the project. “And it’s important to have this information now, because people will want to know what the world looked like before the stores opened up.”
The Washington State Liquor Control Board is the body responsible for the nuts and bolts of implementing the new law. RAND researched these numbers at their behest and gave them preliminary findings months before the Board finalized rules like limiting the growing canopy, the total amount of square footage in the state that can be used for cultivating cannabis. So the disparity between RAND’s findings and the bureaucrats’ working estimate isn’t as vast as it sounds. Still, Brian Smith, a spokesman for the Board, says that any number is an educated guess at best. “No one knows what this recreational market is going to look like,” he says. “What we’ve been trying to do is establish a legal market where one exists nowhere else in the world. So you base it on the best data you have available to you.”
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.