Hate Symbol?…Yes! THE Problem?…NO!

Commentary by Rob Lorez ~~~

Once again Americans have missed the point or, to put it more directly, THE problem!  Sadly, we as a people and as a society tend to focus on the symptom while ignoring the problem pretending that it does not exist.  Meanwhile, the problem festers and even when we alleviate the symptom the problem remains….festering.  Here’s what I’m talking about….
confederate1The Confederate battle flag originated during the American Civil War in the 1800s.  It was the standard which Confederate troops rallied around on the battlefield.  During that civil war the Confederacy supported continued slavery among other things while the northern Union wanted all slaves freed.  Needless to say the North (Union) won that conflict and the Confederacy (South) lost.  It was a conflict that split apart our nation and pitted brother against brother and in some cases even father against son.  It was an ugly war from which our nation is still healing from the wounds inflicted I believe even after 100+ years.

So basically the Confederate flag was the symbol of another America (The United Confederate States of America)  and what has always surprised me is that even after the Civil War ended the Union did not outlaw the standard.  To me it would have seemed only logical to outlaw the Confederate flag at the end of the war as it was the flag of what was essentially a defeated breakaway nation.  But that was not the case.  Instead the flag was never outlawed and even some southern US states continued to display it in part on their Union flags which continue today such as the state flag of Mississippi.

Since those times the Confederate flag has become a symbol of the rebel.  One who does not agree with much of what the US (Northern) government dishes out.  A symbol against the status quo.  However, the Confederate flag has also over the course of the years since the end of the Civil War become something else.  It has become a symbol of racial hatred often employed and displayed by such groups as the Ku Klux Klan, et al.  So the Confederate flag has gone from being the symbol of a breakaway nation to one of the rebel to one of racial hatred.  They say language changes over time and the same can be said for symbols because symbols change over time as well.  In this case, the symbol went from being one of separation and rebellion to one of hate. Continue reading

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Commentary on Emanuel Church Shootings

Look at the pain on this face.  Do we need anymore?

Look at the pain on this face. Do we need anymore?

So I’ve been listening to the news over the past couple of days regarding the mourning of church and family members and updates on the killer 20 year old Dylann Roof.  It’s all heartbreaking needless to say.  My thoughts are with the congregation and family members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and I cannot even begin to imagine the pain over the senseless losses they are feeling.  What is impressing me about them is their strength of faith.  They are demonstrating exactly what Jesus taught.  Mercy, forgiveness, and love.  That’s is impressive in today’s society and IMO we as a society can learn a lot from the members of Emanuel AME Church.  These are fellow human beings who not only believe in something but actually practice their faith and, most importantly, they’ve put their faith into ACTION instead of simply wearing it on their shirtsleeves as many of us do today, sadly.  I admire the members and families of the church and to think that they are holding onto their faith and still putting it into action even after Roof senselessly took their loved ones away is nothing short of miraculous in my opinion.  My sombrero off to all members and families connected with Emanuel AME Church.

Dylann Roof has demonstrated where hate gets one who makes the choice to hate.  He’s a prime example of how hate is a destroyer not just of other people but of the hater themselves from the inside out.  They say he was trying to start a race war and held many white supremacists views.  Really?  In this 21st century aren’t we beyond that CRAP yet?  This isn’t the 1800s!  This is the TWENTY FIRST CENTURY and we as Americans should be beyond the absolute and total IGNORANCE of such hate and of racist views.  FACT is we are ALL people no matter what our skin color, sexual orientation, gender, age, religion, politics, or ANYTHING ELSE.  NOTHING CHANGES THE FACT THAT WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS PERIOD!  It’s time this society connect with that truth and MOVE ON.

Dylann Roof didn’t realize on that fateful day when he walked into the AME Church in Charleston, sat by the Pastor, and listened to the Prayer Meeting for an hour that he was about to not only cause ruin on those present but bring a heaping pot of ruin on his own self.  When he carried out his evil deed he didn’t realize he was not only ending the lives of the churchgoers at AME but he was also ending his own young life.  That’s sad when you think about it.  Such a young man making such a poor choice for other and for himself.

Somewhere along the line of his young life Roof learned to hate.  He learned those ignorant tenets of white supremacy.  He learned to turn to evil and he learned NOT to value ANY life including his own.  That’s very sad in my estimation because at his young age his life had not even really begun when he made some very bad choices.  And now he will pay the consequences for those choices as he should.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr, one of my heroes, had a dream.  His dream was of a day in which all people of all colors could live together in peace, respect, and love for each other.  I was a child when I first heard Dr King talk about this dream but his dream has stuck with me ever since.  Why?  Because Dr King’s dream is not a dream at all.  It is TRUTH and it is a truth that will prevail and manifest into reality in the end and of this I am absolutely certain just as Dr King himself was.  It’s a dream that cannot die, cannot be killed, cannot be derailed.  Dr King knew that.  I know that.  You SHOULD know it too.  Roof may think that he derailed this dream when he killed those 9 innocent people in Emanuel AME Church last week but he did not.  If anything his evil and vile actions made those of us who follow Dr King’s dream even stronger in our conviction!  If anything it made us want to work MORE to make that dream a REALITY.  Dylann Roof didn’t do anything to derail us from the dream!  He only made our determination to make Dr King’s Dream REAL and FASTER!!

Whoever the people are who taught the young Dylann Roof to hate ought to be ashamed of themselves.  I hope guilt eats them up, frankly.  How dare they take a young man and fill him so full of evil hatred!  They had no right to do such a thing but, sadly, I’m sure those people have filled many youth with the same hate and still are doing so even today.  And this is why they need to be stopped.  American society and our American nation do not simply have enemies outside of our borders.  We have enemies in our own midst!  Frankly, I’ve always considered the enemies in our own midst to be more dangerous than those outside our borders and I think our government officials are coming to the same conclusion, hopefully.  These people who promote hate MUST be confronted, dealt with, and STOPPED! And for all of you Constitutional thumping advocates out there who want to scream about the hate-mongers rights? Well their rights end just as soon as they step on someone else’s rights!  And that’s exactly what Roof apparently did that day in that Prayer Meeting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, North Carolina when his hate drove him to take the lives of 9 innocents.

Sadder than anything at all is I’m sure this is not the last time we will see such evil carried out against innocent people.  Dylann Roof is just the latest example of such.  In a way, Roof is not the disease but the symptom and we’ve had plenty of these symptoms lately from Sandy Hook to the Colorado Theater to Roof.  These young white youth are a symptom of something VERY WRONG in our society in this country today!  We MUST identify the CAUSE and we must TREAT THAT CAUSE and not just the symptoms.  There is, in fact, something fundamentally and systemically WRONG in American society today and if it is not corrected then it will continue to fester like a dark cancer and eventually it will destroy our society and that fact is not speculation but FACT.  America has a lot of work to do and that work begins on Main Street.  Our politicians can’t solve the problem.  It’s going to take all of us, We The People, of this country to solve it.  And we can start right in our own homes but FORBIDDING HATE in all of its vile forms!

Life is about choices.  We make choices all of the time even if we don’t realize it.  We are not mindless robotic creatures. Human beings are creatures with fantastic minds and we are creatures who make choices all of the time be those choices conscious or unconscious, but CHOICES nevertheless.  The key to making good choices is to START making more and more CONSCIOUS CHOICES and fewer and fewer unconscious ones.  That’s the key to getting our lives off of this insane autopilot so many of us seem to be on today.

I still feel for the families and congregation of Emanuel AME who lost their loved ones last week needlessly and senselessly.  But some of my thoughts are also with the young Dylann Roof because it’s sad that such a young life is effectively over due to his making of poor choices.  And I can’t help but wonder how many other young lives are effectively over due to poor choices they’ve made?  It’s not right!  We should be teaching our youth how to make positive and creative choices rather than negative and destructive choices.  We should be teaching our youth to love and have compassion and understanding instead of teaching them how to hate and especially over something as small as the color of someone’s else’s skin.

I can’t help but wonder how the whole situation that day last week in the AME Church might have turned out had Roof listened closely to the Pastor leading the Prayer Meeting.  I can’t help but wonder had he listened if he might not have had a change of heart and never carried out his evil hate-born act.  And if he had listened the Pastor that day might he had found a new home?  A new way of life?  And how might that have changed everything.  Miracles happen when we make the conscious choice to let go of our hate BUT such miracles don’t come falling out of the sky. Miracles only happen when WE allow them to happen and we do that by making DIFFERENT and CONSCIOUS CHOICES.  Sadly, this is not the road Dylann Roof chose that day in that prayer meeting.  But I can’t help but wonder if he had how very different things might have turned out for not just Dylann but everyone in the AME Church that day.

MLKMy prayers continue to be with the families and congregation of Emanuel AME Church and for all people who have lost loved ones in similar tragedies.  If nothing else I hope you realize how fragile, how fleeting, life really is and that is why would should value human life.  Not only our own lives but the lives of ALL PEOPLE.  And how might our society change drastically if we made that conscious realization and choice?  What miracles would we see in America and the world then?  Again, I can only wonder but, still, “I have a Dream…..” and I’m not alone because many of us have that Dream.  The SAME DREAM that was taught by Dr Martin Luther King Jr NOT so very long ago.

 

 

 

CAPTURED!! Church Shooter Arrested at Traffic Stop

Earlier today we looked at his facebook page.  He only has about 70 friends and several are black Americans.  The gun he used to kill 9 people inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, NC yesterday was given to him as a birthday present.  And, to top it off, he has a prior arrest record!  Who am I talking about???

mourning1Why Dylann Roof of course. The 20 year old young man who sat in a prayer meeting at the AME church yesterday for about an hour before opening fire killing the pastor, a state senator, and 7 other people while wounding several others.  Too bad he didn’t listen to the Pastor a bit closer as if he had he might have had second thoughts about what he was about to do.  But now?  Now 9 innocent people are dead and several more wounded and, in essence, the young and obviously misguided Dylann Roof’s life ended yesterday as well for all effective purposes.  What in the hell has happened to our youth of EVERY COLOR?!  Oh wait, it’s our honoring of the gangsta image isn’t it?  Gangland is the role model so what do you expect our youth to do???

Charleston Police announced the 21 year old’s arrest this morning saying Police had taken him into custody about 11 am local time following a traffic stop in nearby Shelby, NC.  His prior arrest record includes drug charges last March in Lexington County NC.  Yesterday’s shooting is being investigated as a hate crime according to Charleston Police.

Look at the pain on this face.  Do we need anymore?

Look at the pain on this face. Do we need anymore?

I’m not posting a pic of the young man in order NOT to contribute to his 5 minutes of wannabe fame!  You can see his pic at the first link below.

One person inside the AME Church who was spared by the killer said that the killer told them to “Tell the world what happened.”  A 5 year old inside the church played dead to escape being killed reportedly.   Continue reading

Pope Calls for Global REVOLUTION!!

Pope Francis has called for a global revolution to save and fix the earth and the global “perverse” economy!!  If you’re thinking he is calling for an armed revolt think again.  The Pope is calling for a global CULTURAL REVOLUTION in order to correct the world’s “structurally perverse” economic system by which the rich exploit the poor to no end and with the result being the wholesale turning of our planet into an “immense pile of filth.”  Amen to that!!

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

The Pope stated his position in the latest Papal Manifesto aimed at spurring that highly CORRUPT body known as the UN into taking action in the areas of climate change, domestic politics, and everyday life in general.  Regarding climate change the Pope blames it on an unfair, fossil fuel based industrial model that he says harms the poor the most.  In the manifesto he urges ALL PEOPLE of ALL FAITHS or NO faith to experience an awakening to save God’s creation for our future generations.

What the Pope’s Manifesto is, is essentially an indictment against the global Fascist Corporatists and those who like to claim there’s nothing wrong with our global climate.  Pope Francis said that half-way measures simply delay the looming disaster on a global scale.  He said we need to “redefine” our “notion of progress.”  The manifesto is the first Papal encyclical on the environment.  It is being hailed as a game changer in getting people to think about our impact on the environment and our global economic system which is nothing short of a system of exploitation of the poor and working classes.  Of course the Corporatist fossil fuel energy system was quick to criticize the manifesto saying that “energy is the essential building block of the modern world.”  Sadly, I think they’ve missed the point as usual. What is being called for is NOT the elimination of energy and the throwing back of the human race into the Stone Age but a revamping of what we use to produce energy such as changing from fossil fuels to energies like solar, water, wind, etc.  Also being called for is a redistribution of wealth and an end to the rich exploiting the poor and working classes at every turn. Continue reading

Murder in the Church: 9 People Fatally Shot in NC

I have always considered hate to be the peak of thoughts and beliefs gone awry to the extreme.  But more than that I’ve always considered hatred as being the complete manifestation of evil, pure evil.  I’ve often said that when we go lookin’ for demons we seldom need to look further than the human race and yesterday in South Caroline that pure evil raised its hideous head again with deadly results.

Wanted

Nine people were shot dead yesterday in Charleston, SC inside the historic black church known as the Emanuel AME Church in the downtown area by a white gunman.  Churchgoers were attending a prayer meeting and among those killed were the Pastor and a State Senator.  Police are describing the action as a “hate crime” and, frankly, what else could it be?  Some lone lunatic with a gun boiling with hate never realizing that his hate has gone awry nor realizing what sort of demon inside he really is.  Oh I’m sure this lunatic with a gun has rationalized the whole thing in his psychotic mind but what this lunatic did yesterday goes far beyond any reason, rationalization, or justification.  He took the lives of 9 people inside a church because he never realized how sick and hate-filled he was.  Likely this lunatic never faced himself because if he did he would have seen the hate, the pure evil, inside of himself.

Police thought they had captured the shooter but he remains at large this morning.  He is a young white male in his early 20s.  The mayor of Charleston said that the only reason someone would walk into a church and shoot people while they were praying was out of hate.  The mayor is absolutely right and the hate is pure evil.  He concluded, “This is one hateful person,” and indeed he is and the sooner this lunatic can be captured and taken of the streets, the better for everyone in Charleston!

One of those shot was State Senator Clementa Pinckney a father of two children who was elected to the state house at the age of 23.  He was 41 years old.  He’s described as one who never had a bad thing to say about anybody even when he probably should have said something bad about someone.  Pinckney was a man of peace.  His psychotic killer is a man of hate and evil.

Dr Martin Luther King spoke at the Emanuel AME Church at a time and I’m sure he would be appalled by what has now happened there yesterday.  Dr King was a man of peace.  This shooter is a man of evil.  Dr King, as do many others, considered a church a place of sanctuary.  A place of safety.  A place of hope.  Now this shooter has stained that image with the evil acts he committed in the Emanuel AME Church yesterday in Charleston, NC.  He took 9 innocent lives to satisfy his hate and evil.  And what has he proven?  NOTHING outside of the fact that he is a man of evil and hate!

This man needs to be found and captured ASAP as he still posses a threat to everyone in the area.  He is likely still armed and highly dangerous.  I encourage everyone to call the Charleston Police immediately if you see him anywhere.  He needs to be taken off the street immediately before he commits more evil.

Is nothing sacred in our nation anymore?  Is there no safe place?  No place of hope?  This latest hate motivated attack is yet one more example of how far American society has deteriorated.  We’ve come to the point in which nothing is sacred, nowhere is safe, and there is no place of hope.  And what does that say about our society and we as a people?  American society is in deep trouble!  We are a society teaching hate rather than its opposite!  We are a society in which our youth esteem the thug and gangsta image which are images of pure evil and hate!  We are a society that is degenerating, a fallen people despite all of our rhetoric to the opposite!  And we are a people who have turned away from Light and embraced Darkness!  Do not make the mistake of thinking we as a people will pay no price for that.  We already are.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the 9 people who were ruthlessly gunned down yesterday inside the Emanuel AME Church.  They are also with the congregation of the church who have now lost a Pastor and fellow churchgoers needlessly.  There are no words that will comfort them.  There are no words to give a reason because what this lunatic with a gun did yesterday has NO reason!

Oh America!  How far have we fallen?

****PERSONAL NOTE TO THE SHOOTER******

Everyone in this entire country is now looking for you.  The best thing for you to do at this point is to turn yourself in to the next Police Officer you see!  You may think you’ve done something manly but what you have done is committed the act of a 100% COWARD which is not Manly at all.  And you may think that you’ve ended The Dream for we who still follow the wisdom of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.  But, in fact, you have only strengthen our resolve and our determination to make that Dream true!!  So, again. YOU LOSE!   Now, find a Police Officer and give yourself up!

Source:

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/06/18/shooting-in-downtown-charleston-south-carolina/21197727/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D678649479

El Exorcismo de Mejico! — The Exorcism of Mexico!

With all of the violence, murder, death, and drug running I guess people grow desperate and conclude that anything is worth a try to rid their fair country of such evils.  And that, apparently, is what Mexico has concluded and in the latest bid to rid their country of such evils they’ve resorted to a NATIONAL EXORCISM!

demon1The question is can an entire nation become infested with demons?  Some say yes while others think the notion is ridiculous but for people like Catholic Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniquez, the Archbishop Emeritus of Guadalajara, the suspicion that an entire nation can become invested with demons is NO JOKE.  Seems the Archbishop Emeritus conducted a national exorcism behind closed doors last month which is the first ever in Mexico’s history, apparently. But the Archbishop Emeritus was not alone.  He was assisted by Archbishop Jesus Carlos Cabrero of San Luis Potosi along with a small group of priests and lay people.  And assisting in the national exorcism was Father Jose Antonio Fortea who is a Spanish demonologist and exorcist.

The national exorcism of Mexico took place on the 20th of last month (May) in a cathedral in Mexico and it was not published beforehand in order to avoid any misguided interpretations about the ritual.  Fr Fortea believes that the more sin increases in a country, the more it leaves people “open” to demonic temptation.  He also noted the increase of witchcraft and Satanism in the country which he believes opens the door for dark forces to manifest in the world. Fr Fortea is not the first to before a mass exorcism.  St Francis once exorcised the entire Italian city of Arezzo.  He cautioned that things in Mexico will not change right away and he noted one exorcism does not drive out all demons in a country.

Now before you go to thinking this is all poppy-cock, think again.  I’ve seen plenty of people in my life that I’m pretty sure have been possessed by something, but an entire nation?  And Mexico the 2nd largest Catholic country on the planet?  Frankly, I’ve never considered it but I know one thing and that is this………..

MOST of the time when we go lookin’ for demons…….

we need NOT look any further than the HUMAN RACE!!

Humans are capable of doing horrendous things and we see these things committed by human beings daily in our news.  Are these people possessed?  Maybe but that’s a topic for another later post perhaps.

I see this Exorcismo Magno as one more act of desperation of the Mexican people, frankly, to rid their country of the crime, violence, drug cartels, and corruption that runs all the way from the local dog catcher up to the high offices of the federal government.  The Mexican people, like many other people in many other countries, are tired of the SOS, greed, and government corruption that today seems to permeate our institutions on a massive and unprecedented scale in every land.  When people grow desperate they’ll resort to just about anything.   Even Exorcismo Magno!

Corruption in Mexico is well known.  It runs from the local level all the way to the federal level.  But, it you think Mexico is the only country with such distinction you couldn’t be more WRONG!  Almost every other nation on this planet is in the same boat!  Sadly, we are increasingly living in a Fascist Corporatist World, in which, the international corporations literally OWN our governments and they use them to do THEIR bidding.  And the people? I believe the general attitude in that circle is “to hell with the people!”

Honestly, in reading about the Exorcismo Magno in Mexico I’d say what we may be in need of is a PLANETARY EXORCISM!!  Hey it can’t hurt can it?

We may be living in an increasingly Fascist Corporatist World but we are also increasingly living in a world in which the common working man and woman have had ENOUGH!  We down here on Main Street on on to the game the Corporatists are playing.  It’s called the Game of Unbridled GREED!  And, sadly, we down here on Main Street know that WE are the ones paying the ultimate price for that diabolical game!!  Civil unrest and public outcry are mounting and I believe that is a GOOD THING.  People need to speak out!  People need to expose the corruption and evil that is going on!  We The People of Planet Earth DO NOT want to live in a consumer driven, greed ridden, Fascist Corporatist global empire…PERIOD!!!!!

So I started out reading about the exorcism of Mexico as a skeptic taking it all tongue and cheek.  But now?  I’m not so skeptical, frankly.  What if the Exorcismo Magno works?  Even if just a little.  Even if it begins to break that YOKE that has been put around the necks of the common people by the Corporatists!!  And that’s what’s important isn’t it? Being FREE!  Free from being the pawns of the Corporatists whose only goal in life appears to be to amass massive amounts of money at our expense no matter what the cost for us down here on Main Street.  Free from their unbridled and, frankly, purely EVIL GREED that has, in fact, ALREADY driven them INSANE.  Most people I know DO NOT want to live in a world in which humanity is reduced to mere consumer machines.  MOST people I know want to live in a world or REAL HUMANITY, in which, EVERYONE is valued and respected as HUMAN BEINGS first and foremost.

So I end up glad that the clerics in Mexico performed a national exorcism and I encourage them to GO BIGGER.  Do a GLOBAL EXORCISM because it sure as hell can’t hurt!  Now, where’s that damned holy water I got yesterday?

Source:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/catholicnews/2015/06/what-happens-when-an-entire-country-becomes-infested-with-demons/

 

Tragedy and Injustice in New York, USA!!

What has been an ongoing gross miscarriage of justice in New York, America has come to a tragic end, unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly.  The story centers around a young man named Kalief Browder.  When he was 16 years old he was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack and his bail was set at $10K.  However, his family was unable to afford the bail so state authorities placed the young Browder in Rikers Island and there he remained for the next three years awaiting trial.  During his incarceration on Rikers Island he endured aggressive beatings by corrections officers and other inmates.  When he attempted to commit suicide while incarcerated he was put in solitary confinement for 400 days.  Then in 2013 suddenly his case was dismissed by the courts!  One reason for that may have been The New Yorker featuring Browder and exposing the alleged gross abuses he endured while incarcerated at the jail.  Rikers Island is New York’s main jail complex.  Because of the ensuing publicity after The New Yorker article plans to curb violence at the facility were launched but without much success.  And as for Browder?  He emerged from the jail a broken young man.

Browder knew he was broken and he knew he was not alright as he told The New Yorker.  “I’m messed up, ” he said. He knew he had a lawsuit against NYC but he also knew any money gained from that suit wasn’t going to help him mentally.  He told the magazine that while incarcerated “certain things changed” about him and he feared he might not return to normalcy.  The LA Times spoke with his attorney, Paul Prestia, on Sunday and he said all the years of being incarcerated took an unbearable toll on the young Browder.  Prestia thinks Browder’s incarceration and those long days and nights in solitary confinement caused Browder to commit suicide this past weekend.  Browder had been put in solitary confinement being made to live in a small cell following a suicide attempt where he said mice crawled up his sleeves!  The result for Browder was pain and sadness so intense that Prestia thinks the young Browder just could not deal with it.  Browder had been arrested and jailed back in 2010 and his attorney said prior to that Browder did not have mental problems. Continue reading