This will be a story about one of the latest mass shooting sites, the one at the Umpqua Community College (UCC) in Roseburg, Oregon.
For you young folk out there, or even older people who grew up in a different neighborhood or culture, "Old Scratch" is just an AKA for Satan, the Devil, the Adversary (of G-d*). You can shake your head, chuckle at the thought that someone believes in such an entity, nod your head because you do believe in such a being, whatever its name, or just blow me off because anyone perpetuating such a myth is wasting oxygen. (* I write G-d in respect for Jews and others who believe it is wrong, impolite, or otherwise bad juju to write G-d's name in full. You can Google for the reasons why, if it interests you.)
I don't know if I believe in the Adversary/Old Scratch or not. Hell, I still haven't come to grips with whether or not G-d exists. What I do, indeed know beyond a shadow of a doubt, in the very core of my being, having seen it "close up and personal" is that EVIL exists. I have written about EVIL many times, but usually don't grace it with a name. Not from fear, but from not wanting to show or display in any matter any mode of respect for EVIL. Much as I do with islam. Are you starting to make a connection here?
Evil exists. Not necessarily in the little acts of badness we display so often - a lack of consideration for another, being rude to one another, shoving your basket filled with fifty items in it in front of the guy with a produce bag holding two apples, with no thought whatsoever of allowing him to go ahead of you in the "10 items or less" line at the supermarket. But we aren't going to talk about that. We are going to talk about true evil. Acts - by what appear, at least, to be human beings - against other human beings that are so demonstrably wrong, so twisted and sick that they lie beyond the pale of any human decency whatsoever.
We'll start n Roseburg, Oregon, a small town that use to have a bigger presence within the timber/lumber industry in this country, but is now reduced to a struggling timber industry hanging on by the skin of its teeth. There are a lot of fine people who live there, along with a few not-so-nice ones. As you might expect in any place in America where people reside. As is the case in thousands and thousands of small communities across America there is a Community College, called - wait for it - Umpqua Community College. Umpqua instead of Roseburg because the Indian word had more class, and because the school itself had been erected upon the banks of the Umpqua River, famous for excellent fishing opportunities, especially for skilled fly fisherman. Almost as famous as the Rogue River, another beautiful river not very far away and still within the state of Oregon.
A two-year college where you can begin your collegiate life at a slower pace, with - perhaps - a little easier introduction to more complex subjects and curricula than you would face at a four-year college. A way of easing a young student into college courses and college life as well, since there are no dorms, so the students either remain at home for a little longer, or get together and rent an apartment or house with other students, sharing the costs. Community colleges are also well-know for offering practical courses. What we used to call "Trade School" courses in my youth (long departed, and thank you for leaving). One of these was a two-year degree program for Registered Nurse (one of the few remaining two-year programs, as almost all are now four year degree programs.
I attended this school myself. I had left law enforcement (another long story there, perhaps for another time) and wanted a new career path. As an older student, in my late forties, who had worked as an EMT/Ambulance and EMT/E.R. in my youth (before becoming a police officer), becoming an RN (when "RN" is spoken as the initials, it is appropriate to say an RN, as opposed to saying a registered nurse) looked like a good choice, especially since there was a nation-wide shortage of registered nurses. Having had over four years of college courses, but no completed degree path, I knew this program would be quicker and easier than attending a four-year school where I would be forced to repeat much of the course work I had already completed, just by the nature of how the curricula for these programs were set up. So, two years was much more attractive. And, let it be known that every day I spent on campus (actually just every day and everywhere) I was armed with a .45 caliber Glock pistol in a waist pouch/fanny pack. It was completely legal to do so in Oregon, but the school would have expelled me, permanently, had they known I was carrying a firearm. They had signs up everywhere indicating "No Guns".
So, the background for this post having been laid out, let us move to the EVIL.
On October 1st, a young black man shot and killed nine people on campus at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. He wounded seven others, including a young unarmed Army veteran who tried to stop him and was shot seven time, twice while already lying bleeding on the ground. This young black man, whose name we will not write in order to deny him some of the fame he was seeking, interrogated each of the people he shot. After forcing them all to the ground, he had them stand up, one by one, and asked them if they were Christian. If they said, "Yes", he shot them in the head. If they said, "No", he shot them elsewhere, usually in a leg. When law enforcement arrived and exchanged shots with him, this young black deviant was wounded by one of the law enforcement officers. Realizing he would either die or be arrested (perhaps to simply die on a later date in prison), he shot and killed himself.
This young black man - and almost all of the media refused to call him "black" or even "mixed race", which is how this scum referred to himself, as his father was white and his mother was black - had left behind some social media (facebook?, Twitter? I don't recall) posts on his own computer. He mentioned a recent shooting by a gay black man, Vester Flanagan, who had killed two white news people in Roanoke, Virginia, simply because he didn't like them and because they represented some vague notion of "white oppression" banging around in the otherwise empty chamber of his empty, gay, black head.
Those thoughts came from somewhere. Perhaps they came from a "White Oppression" preacher like ol' Reverend Wright of "Goddamn America!" fame. You know, those racist Evil diatribes Wright so enjoyed putting into the minds and the memories of his congregation. His congregation, full of good people, common people, people like Barack Hussein Obama and his pretend-wife (another long story for another time), Michelle Obama. People who enjoyed being told that the big bad white man was responsible for everything bad that had ever happened to black people. It's so nice to have someone to hate, someone to blame for what is wrong in your life. Even if it what is wrong is really your own fault.
Perhaps they came from listening to Louis Farrakhan, the black preacher and head of the (black) Nation of islam here in America. Another white hater, another quintessential racist. Or perhaps from listening to Eric Holder, recently the Attorney General for the United States of America, who refused to prosecute blacks, but loved to drive the hammer on whites. Who said he would not prosecute "his people". Or, perhaps, from people like Holder's wife, a doctor and partner in an abortion clinic that mostly served Eric's people - young black girls who were pregnant and didn't want to have their lives slowed down by some silly fetal tissue, or young black girls terrified because they knew the daddy would not help and they had no way of supporting themselves and a child. So they went to Mrs. Eric Holder's clinic and had their babies killed.
Being partnered with Planned Parenthood, I believe Mrs. Holder's clinic probably did what so many other Planned Parenthood clinics did, and sold the fetal tissue - including from infants with a beating heart who were left to expire in the few minutes it took to die from exposure in a cold, metal speciman bowl or bucket. The kind with wheels placed on the floor beneath the patient to catch blood and tissue but which could easily be kicked out of the way when it was full or simply in the way (as in full of a live infant, just delivered. And, as such, in the way.)
Have I painted a clear enough picture, dear reader? Did the blood splashing across the pages, the brain matter from an eighteen year old girl who only wanted to grow up to be a nurse and help other people, the blood and mixed pieces from a baby cut up in the womb for easier removal, or the entire body of a living, newly born infant lying in an OR kick-bucket (that's what we called them when I worked in a - legitimate - hospital operating room) give you a picture of EVIL?
There is an even greater EVIL. Hard to believe, isn't it? What could be worse than the death of an innocent young girl at the hands of a deranged young black killer. What could be worse than seeing a doctor - who took an oath to at the very least DO NO HARM - crushing an infant in the womb, an infant with no defects whatsoever, who would have been born normally if allowed, simply to make life more convenient for someone who didn't want the responsibility of raising an infant - and so the doctor would get paid for those newborn body parts, making her wealthy. A woman doctor at that.
Add to that the many politicians - including our very own President and his Attorney General - who understand, who know for a fact that "Gun-Free" zones are simply shooting galleries for those sickos who have developed an urge to go kill people. Some of those people simply because of their Christianity, a religion that our President and his Attorney General have no desire to protect or defend against harm.
Imagine if this had been a madrasa somewhere, with the students all being muslim. That a white Georgia redneck (and most of them are fine people, I know that for a fact) entered the madrasa and shot each student in the head because he was muslim ("he" because there are no girls or women in a madrasa). How do you think our President and Attorney General would have reacted? They would have had every white in Georgia, perhaps every white south of the Mason-Dixon line, rounded up and placed in concentration/FEMA camps. Then they would have started confiscating all guns in America (except for the thousands recently purchased, along with many millions of rounds of ammunition, by DHS to arm every three letter agency in our government into a small army).
Instead, because the shooter was black, hated Christians, liked muslims (one of his two facebook "friends" was muslim and wanted to join ISIS) and was completely un-repentant (at least up until he shot himself to avoid capture), our President simply ignored the dead and jumped on the gun control bandwagon, hinting that this time the government needs to confiscate firearms like "our friends in Australia and England did after these sorts of mass shootings".
This is actually more EVIL than the shooter himself, a deranged young, black wannabe muslim. This is a man walking on the backs of the dead to further his own agenda. An agenda which he knows damn well will do nothing to reduce shooting deaths. He knows that having gun-free zones (and the UCC campus was gun-free because the school denied the right of anyone - even properly permitted concealed-carry persons - to carry a firearm on campus) meant it would be safe for an "active shooter" to go on campus and kill people.
A confused young fellow named John Parker, who was on campus at the time of the shooting, was armed at the time and allowed himself to be dissuaded from responding with his legal firearm by campus staff (meaning possibly people died because he chose not to respond). I call him confused because, although he knew state law allowed CCW permittees to carry on campus, the school could legally kick students out of the school permanently for ignoring the "Gun-Free Zone" signs UCC had placed around the campus. UCC did indeed make it a gun-free zone by posting those signs. The only difference being that the penalty would be expulsion, rather than arrest. For a student trying to learn a trade to support himself and perhaps a family, expulsion would have been worse than getting arrested.
So, we have the greater EVIL of a President who will make it easier for people to be killed just so that he can work towards total confiscation. We also have the much greater EVIL of our representatives in Congress refusing to stop these doctors who were killing viable babies to enrich themselves by selling body parts - and even whole dead babies - to labs and research centers around the world. The President could have shut down the Planned Parenthood abortion mills just as well as Congress could have shut them down. Yet neither has moved to act at all. That is even more EVIL in the sense that it permits the killing to go on without restriction, without even an attempt to go after the root of the EVIL.
When you add up all of the abortions that have been done just in our country in the last thirty years, it exceeds the millions that Stalin killed during his reign of terror.
Stalin himself said it: the death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.
That is the view of Communism, socialism, all of the collectivist governing systems and philosophies which value the needs of the many over the rights of the individual. So students get shot and killed in "gun-free zones", babies are crushed and ripped apart or even dropped whole into bloody kick buckets all over the country.
After all of this talk about killings at the Umpqua Community College and the murders of millions of fetuses and even living whole babies, I will leave you with the knowledge of one more EVIL which is even more horrendous than the rest: islam
The muslims claim it as a religion, because they know that in most countries around the world, a religion is treated as something untouchable, that people have the right to practice their religion without interference. The muslims use our own desire to allow the free practice of religion to advance their own agenda - making islam the only permitted religion world-wide. This state would be called the Universal Caliphate, where no other religion would be allowed. This already the case in the parts of the Middle East that are controlled by ISIS.
So, let us read a small portion of a book of two volumes written by one of the mot well-known authorities on the practice of islam, called "the religion of peace", but which actually translates not as "peace", but as "submission" The actual, literal, accurate translation of islam is the single word: submission.
Here is what the Ayatollah Khomeini, the former spiritual and political leader of Iran had to say about what muslims can consider proper conduct in their daily lives:
- "A man can marry a girl younger than nine years of age, even if the girl is still a baby being breastfed. A man, however is prohibited from having intercourse with a girl younger than nine; other sexual acts such as foreplay, rubbing, kissing and sodomy is allowed. A man having intercourse with a girl younger than nine years of age has not committed a crime, but only an infraction, if the girl is not permanently damaged. If the girl, however, is permanently damaged, the man must provide for her all her life. But this girl will not count as one of the man’s four permanent wives. He also is not permitted to marry the girl’s sister.” - Ayatollah Khomeini, “Tahrir- ol-vasyleh”, Volume 4, Darol Elm, Qom, Iran, 1990, p. 221.
Therefore, a man can quench his sexual thirst by use of a baby. The only condition is that he does not penetrate the vagina, but anal sex is okay. And if he doesn't tear her little vagina, or break her tiny hymen, he's still OK. If he does "permanent damage" to this infant, he has to provide for her the rest of her life. Of course, he could kill her the next day, saving himself the trouble. Worse, he could keep her alive on subsistence rations for years, continuing to use her as a sex slave, shared with other men, and beaten and abused by his "real" wives.