I’m having too much fun writing to interrupt the flow. So, I won’t be posting Lou’s Diary today. It’s possible I’ll have an entry tomorrow. As my self-imposed punishment, here’s what it would look like if I called up my inner-Snagglepuss. (Ha- auto-correct tried to make that inner-snuggles).
Unfortunately, the Sandy Hook tragedy has uncovered an ugly side of America that is shameful and disheartening, and goes beyond the actual shooting. It is the rise of the “false flag” brigade of “truthers,” a group filled with sociopaths and assault weapons apologists. For those that don’t know, “false flag” is a term used by conspiracy theorists that identifies an event as being orchestrated by the US government in order to take rights away from American citizens. And, “Truthers” are those people who think they’re smarter than the facts.
I get that some people don’t support any kind of gun control because they think it violates the 2nd Amendment. I don’t necessarily agree, but at least it’s something we can discuss intelligently. But, to latch on to this ridiculous “false flag” conspiracy theory because you don’t want to give the opposition any kind of leverage in the debate and you hate President Obama, is disgusting. Normally I wouldn’t be so blunt, but this diseased theory is becoming a movement that is victimizing the Sandy Hook community all over again.
I’ve seen the “Sandy Hook Truther” videos. They are laughable. The only thing they prove is that – surprise, surprise – there was a lot of confusion immediately following the shooting and the media reported a lot of erroneous information. That’s it. When you tell a father how to grieve, or you can’t accept the fact that a little girl is wearing her murdered sister’s dress, you do nothing but showcase you’re own delusions.
Can we please back away from the fantasies and have a real discussion?
Yahoo News has an excellent article about the damage and impact these theories are starting to have. Why Sandy Hook Massacre Spawned Conspiracy Theories
SECOND UPDATE – NOW WE’RE COOKING WITH GAS! THE VIDEO IS ONLINE, AS THEY SAY!
UPDATE – Jan, 12, 12:42 PM – YOUTUBE IS BEING DIFFICULT. IT WON’T PROCESS THE VIDEO. I’M UPLOADING A SMALLER FILE NOW. I’LL REPOST WHEN IT’S AVAILABLE. SORRY FOR THE DELAY!
Here is the video. Hopefully you will see how Lou’s diary comes into play here and why I’ve spent so much time on it. Let me know what you think!
I’m uploading the video now, and Youtube is under the impression it will take about 8.33 hours to upload. It’s 13 minutes long. Sooooo, it looks like the video will be on the blog after midnight.
Sorry for the delay.
I’m not going to be reading from Lou’s diary tomorrow. Instead, I will be reading a sample from Book Six of the Oz Chronicles. I won’t be releasing a text version on Sunday because it’s likely to change from now until publication, and I am not entirely sure when that publication will be at this point. Sorry, I wish I had a more precise timeline.
So, book it (so to speak). Tomorrow. Book Six sample. Read by the author.
The day John Riggins retired from the Washington Redskins I stopped being a Redskins fan. In fact, in last nights playoff game I was pulling for the Seattle Seahawks, and they were clearly the better team. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Seahawks benefited from a blown call in route to a 24-14 victory over Washington.
Marshawn Lynch ran for a 27-yard score with 7:08 remaining in the game. It was a fantastic run that was made even more compelling because Lynch’s quarterback, Russell Wilson, threw a key block that allowed the running back to score. TV announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were duly impressed by the rookie QBs gutsy play. And, it was gutsy. It was also a penalty. Missed in the excitement of the score and the unusual lead blocker was the fact that Russell Wilson committed a “block in the back” penalty that should have negated the score and moved the Seahawks back 10 yards from the spot of the foul, the six-yard line.
By my calculations, that means the Seahawks should have had it first and ten at the 16-yard line instead of a touchdown. It’s a fairly significant non-call because the Seahawks were behind 14-13 when they scored.
What does all this mean? Nothing except that it may demonstrate further that the Seahawks are a team of destiny this year. They benefited from a bad call by replacement refs earlier in the year in a game against the Packers. Green Bay intercepted a ball in the end zone with no time left on the clock only to have a replacement referee inexplicably call it a touchdown for the Seahawks. Without that win, it’s possible the Seahawks wouldn’t make the playoffs.
I happen to think Seattle is the team with the most momentum remaining in the playoffs, and I’m predicting they will beat the Falcons next week, but it’s still fun to piss off the Seahawks faithful with speculations of what could have been had the referees not missed that call.
The boy would not stop signing his lies so I tied his hands together. He screeched and stomped his feet around the cabin until he wore himself out and sat down in the corner. I laughed at him the whole time just to irritate the crap out of him.
When he was settled down enough to listen, I pulled up a small empty crate in front of him and opened Floyd’s diary. I was determined to make the boy see the truth about the Gore. They were good and noble creatures. He was wrong about them. He had to stop lying about them.
I flipped through the book at random and stopped on a page. Setting the book down to free my hands, I signed to him that he would now hear about the real Gore, and he would be sorry for ever harming them. Then I signed what Floyd had written.
“I followed a small group of Gore to an abandoned house last week. At least I thought it was abandoned. It turns out there was a family hiding in the basement. The Gore piled themselves up on the front lawn and waited.
I picked a spot across the street from the house and watched. A day went by, and nothing happened. The second day, still nothing. But, on the third day a young girl came out of the house. She was fixated on the neatly stacked piles of Gore on her lawn. She stared for a few minutes and then went back inside, only to come back out a few minutes later and continue her staring. She stared for what must have been an hour and then went back inside, again only to come back out and stare some more. This time she stayed, gazing at the Gore, until nightfall.
There were screams coming from the house all through the night.
The next morning she emerged from the house carrying something in her arms. I couldn’t see what it was at first. She carried it like one carries a stack of firewood. She bent down and dropped the object in front of one of the Gore. She said something to the pile, but she was too far away for me to hear. She went back inside the house.
I rushed across the street and maneuvered around the Gore she had been talking to and saw the object she carried out of the house. A freshly-cut human leg.
She came back out of the house carrying more limbs just as she had carried out the leg. These were smaller body parts. I hid myself behind a pile of Gore nearby and watched as she set the limbs on the ground.
“These are from my brother,” she said. “He’s thankful that you asked for them, and he’s happy that you will have them now. He told me to tell you that you can have his head, too, if you need it.” She smiled and walked back into the house.
I stopped signing to the boy, and read the passage to myself. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Floyd was a bigger liar than the boy.
Did you know that the Youtubes (that’s how we old folks say it) isn’t just an ideal place to waste time and make you feel lousy about humanity? You can also make money making other people feel lousy about humanity. You could try to inspire them, but unfortunately I don’t think you’ll bring in much cash with those kinds of videos.
Or you could make educational videos like Olinselot. In fact, his video featured here today explains how you can make money on the Youtubes. In case you’re wondering, Lou’s Diary entries have made… zilch. I may have to up my game and do something outrageous to attract more viewers. Feel free to leave suggestions below.