Da Black Whole

Friday, July 08, 2005

Palming the Nail

listening to the studied -- and studio-esque -- reactions from our "leaders" on the london bombings, the phrase

"We won't be intimidated into changing Our Way of Life"

appears to be the KatchPhrase of the Moment . . .

and a useful KatchPhrase it is, too

is some irreplaceable principle being defended here? some over-riding cosmic imperative?

is it even God that's at issue here?


predictable and tedious, it is merely Our Way Of Life [ta da!] that really cuts the bait and carries the load -- and whatever the fuck Our Way of Life is . . . well, we'll kill anybody who threatens it . . .


whatever Our Way is, again . . .

ennyway, the Official "we've been wronged" rhetoric from London and Washington mirrors the "we've been wronged" rhetoric from the Designated Bad Guys in Iraq and Afghanistan, where the bombs have been going off and the blood has been flowing for quite some time . . .

(the Wolves divide the pack for the hunt, and close in from opposite flanks, while the shepherds fill their bellies with their Way-fers of Life, and sleep, sleep)


goes the frightened herd, and the shepherds awake

too late



450 Sheep Jump to Their Deaths in Turkey

ISTANBUL, Turkey - First one sheep jumped to its death. Then stunned Turkish shepherds, who had left the herd to graze while they had breakfast, watched as nearly 1,500 others followed, each leaping off the same cliff, Turkish media reported.

In the end, 450 dead animals lay on top of one another in a billowy white pile, the Aksam newspaper said. Those who jumped later were saved as the pile got higher and the fall more cushioned, Aksam reported.


[sub-moral: never be Overly Hasty when jumping off cliffs, and never volunteer . . . i learned that in the military!]

"There's nothing we can do. They're all wasted," Nevzat Bayhan, a member of one of 26 families whose sheep were grazing together in the herd, was quoted as saying by Aksam.

The estimated loss to families in the town of Gevas, located in Van province in eastern Turkey, tops $100,000, a significant amount of money in a country where average per head is around $2,700.

"Every family had an average of 20 sheep," Aksam quoted another villager, Abdullah Hazar as saying. "But now only a few families have sheep left. It's going to be hard for us."

it's gettin tuff everwhere, Doolie old pal (read on)



The targets

'They say why attack a tiger when there are so many sheep?'

Duncan Campbell, Richard Norton-Taylor and Conal Urquart

2 hours, 53 minutes ago

Friday July 8, 2005

The Guardian

The strategy behind yesterday's attacks was to hit "soft" targets and cause maximum casualties rather than aim for high-profile locations or public figures.

. . .

David Capitanchik, a terrorism expert at Aberdeen University, said the rush-hour explosions bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida. "There's no doubt in my mind that this is the work of al-Qaida or one of its nodes. They would never target a military base or the G8 summit. They choose the soft targets, ordinary people going about their everyday business, to cause maximum terror.

"Their philosophy is: why attack a tiger when there are so many sheep? We saw this in Bali, in Madrid and, of course, [on] 9/11. Coordinated attacks on a grand scale with ruthless disregard for human life - it's absolutely typical of al-Qaida and their allies. They don't even need to use suicide bombers for this type of attack because it's so easy to get on and off a bus or train leaving a bag with explosives behind."

hmm, blood is pouring through the dike of Our Way of Life in a gazillion spots

our "leaders" in govt, media, etc etc wear long, grave faces, demanding and promising more police, more checkpoints, more cameras, more searches, more Total Security

and the Wolf grins and slobbers, and dopplegangs into teams, the better to pinch soft sheepflesh be twixt and be tween

Duncan Campbell [camp bell] wrote the above Guardian story, and Joseph Edward Duncan III was just apprehended sitting at a Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, Dennys restaurant with Shasta Groene, six weeks after abducting the 8-year-old girl

JED III had recently killed four of Shasta's family members, including 9-year-old Dylan, who JED had also abducted and raped

JED maintained a blog, "The Fifth Nail," which detailed his rage at society for a life spent mostly in various cages

as usual, there's a lot of self-pity and self-exoneration in "The Fifth Nail" -- but underneath, there is a very real and immanent struggle taking place, including JED's "dialogue" with an unresponsive "God," who appears at least partly responsible for letting Joseph slip over the Abyss:

I’ve been praying a lot and asking God for help. I’ve asked him to step in and intercede directly, because I see no other way at this point that I can win . . . I have been asking God to help defeat the demons. In fact, last night I was on my knees begging him, crying out loud to him, to help me. He didn't answer, again. The problem is I am loosing my religion. I don't accept anything at face value, not even my own thoughts. So when I start having religious convictions I question the source.

more is going on here than merely self-mitigation of guilt by projecting his behavior onto "God"

but perhaps "God" wasn't quite as uncaring, missing, or dead as JED thought

because his blog reports:

"My intent is to harm society as much as I can . . ."

now, normally, fleeing sociopathic murderers don't RETURN abducted children to highly public sites, and then wait with them, essentially, until the Authorities show

hey, if Duncan had really needed food, for either of them . . . well, he was cunning enough to beat three people to death, abduct two others, and get away basically clean and w/o detection . . . so i expect he could have figgered out how to get some grub in a slightly less flagrant fashion


indeed, after reading and watching reports on this incident today, what stood out was the absolute anomaly of JED's apparrently unconcerned appearance IN PUBLIC with Shasta

as to JED's "Fifth Nail" site -- not even slightly coincidentally, it refers to the apocryphal fifth nail the Roman soldiers were given at Golgotha, meant for christ's heart, as a tool of mercy, not torture, to shorten and end the agony of his stroll down History Lane

one Macedonian "legend" relates that a "Gypsy Smith" had to be scrounged-up at the last minute to forge christ's final nail (smithcraft and metallurgy were common occupations for "historical" gypsies and, of course, connote magick and, in particular, Masonry after the "line of Cain")

other Fifth-nail "legends" exist, but the above version is closest to reality -- and, importantly, to JED's mindset

in that version, "Gypsies" steal the Fifth Nail and with-hold it, thus extending the suffering of the son of man, and inaugurating what Joyce called "the nightmare of history" -- very reminiscent of that other major ongoing Crucificato of the West, the Grail-Cycle's Fisher-King and his genital wound, which likewise never heals

the Gypsies call themselves "Roma" or "The Roma," and are considered descendents of Cain -- thus, also of Tubal and Jubal, artificers of the Solomonic Temple(s) -- and therefore, what one might call architects or Dionysian Artificers of the "historical age and world"

(Dionysus -- despite his libido, revelries and jolly appearance -- is also very much a suffering-son, a Scapegoat, a Crucificato, a John Barleycorn, a year-king who is sacrificed over and over for the "fertility of the Land")

ennyway . . . obviously, there is a great deal more to the matter of Joseph Edward Duncan III than meets the I . . .

when JED blogs about a kind of apocalyptic Endtime confrontation:

The current battle is of epic proportions (I do not make this claim idly either). It is a battle between me and my demons. Only two people in the world have a clue as to the power and nature of my demons (besides me) and they will probably never read this.

. . . he is saying, in a painfully roundabout way, that christ is still hanging on the cross, that certain "gypsies" or "blacksmiths" hide the death-nail that could end his suffering -- and, in some sense, end Time itself

showing up in that Couer d' Alene Dennys with Shasta is a hitch, a chink in the karmic chain

. . . a hole in the kosmic outfield fence, thru which -- if we can handle the Unpretty Site -- we can peek into JED's soul and see both the scapegoat and the deliverer -- for they are always the same

one of Duncan's last blog-entries reads like a prison-letter home to the planet:

Does anything matter? My mother is crying right now, because her son is in trouble again. She tried to raise a good son, and she knows her son has a good heart, so why does he do these things? She is probably more hurt and confused than me.

you got that right, Joseph, but if you can hear her, it makes me wonder about the "silent God," y'know?

i mean, with all those demon-voices running around your noggin . . . who was it that told you to take Shasta to Dennys?

should the Evildoer Joseph -- like the Evildoers Saddam, Osama, the Taliban, etc -- be hunted down, caged, and exterminated from the planet?

our "leaders" insist that only war, vengeance, and the tactics of fear will "stem the tide of terrorism" and "preserve our Way of Life" and "protect our children"

but methinks there are way too many Joseph Edward Duncans in the world, and way too many potential targets, for those methods ever to do much except make the powerful more powerful, and turn us all into cowering sheeple, as they palm the nail


Postscript and Certified Request from Mister S. Heap:

"Yo! You guys down there! Stop that godawful bleating and fluff up the Landing Pad before I step into the air, willya!!"


  • This cliff business reminded us of Little Boy Blue and Baa Baa Black Sheep.

    Your connect-the-dots is frightening. I worked in a Children's Hospital with both the tormented children of these perpetrators; and the tormentors themselves -- who usually circled back in their own pasts to having been victims of similar trauma.

    So -- my empathy and sorrow is felt for both. But, more so for the children. Even in their own torment, the "adults" are supposed to know better. This man did act in knowledge as you pointed out by his chilling statement of intent to harm society. [what was the line? sossity you're a woman] !

    These ideas about the 5th nail are very interesting but yet it feels like there is a missing piece that will affect the World's outcome this time around.

    Personally, I believe that while having had a nail driven into the Christ's heart would have surely been a mercy, I don't think it would have changed the outcome. His suffering would have been shortened; but, he also seemed to acknowledge or accept his role --- as he prayed on His knees to his Father. I'm just not sure Little Dynamo. Not of much these days, anyway. I believe that "God" is most certainly near our hearts when we are able listen to that Wisdom.
    Your words were very touching and brought cleansing tears. I hope that others will read and be cleansed as well.

    The driving of a nail or stake through the heart reminded me of the "myths" and "legends" surrounding vampires.

    In Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania there was said to be a clan of vampires called the "Children of Judas" who supposedly were the immortal spawn of Judas Iscariot. Judas was the betrayer of Jesus and was paid thirty pieces of silver for his betrayal. The Children of Judas were said to leave a scar of "XXX" (Roman numeral for thirty) on the victims they kiss and are noticeable by their red hair, just as Judas supposedly had.

    ---which may explain the rampant and regional differences in the legend of the "nail" through the heart.

    I guess to know who is King and who is Vampire --- would be um, important before making any leaps or driving any stakes. So --- what is *different* in this karmic go around? Your "hitch" or maybe "glitch" theory was very, very good!

    As son Ben likes to point out these daze ... "what's different?"

    I have some puzzlement yet on this post --- but all in All --- it was very excellent and we thank you for being brave to take a Stand. In the end, we're all children of God and maybe we sometimes need to go back and feel as children to find our adult bearings.

    Keeping you and yours in Sunny Side thoughts today ~*~

    By Blogger Annie, At 12:51 PM  

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