In AmerICKa, a somnolent state under the rule of the Military Media Complex, a *politician* could never speak the words of Putin, could never express any consideration of the *cost* in *civilian* life exacted by her wars.
No concern for the other can ever be shown, less the AmerICKan sense of superiority, of divine favor, be pricked. The others must remain biologically and spiritually invisible, the others must remain nothing more than tin targets to be knocked down in AmerICKa’s carnival shooting gallery wars.
Knock them all down with our smart weapons, and win a prize--Libya’s oil reserves or her sovereign wealth funds! Step right up! 3 Predator Drones for only a billion dollars! Knock down the tin Gadhafi and win the Libyan Investment Authority for your sweetheart!
If an AmerICKan politician ever hesitated over killing the others, he would be labeled weak, un-AmerICKan, liberal, ATHEIST.
Though these wars don’t materially benefit AmerICKa, and only drain her dwindling treasure, they produce a brutalnarcotic the sheeple have become addicted to: blood pride. If we can kill the others, we must therefore be better than the others. That is all that sustains the AmerICKan identity: bloodshed. The priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so. . .
All that AmerICKa used to preen about before the world, her great freedoms, her great riches, are all gone. . .AmerICKa is now seen in her naked form, a harlot who gained her freedoms and riches from riding upon a beast who roams the world, seeking to steal, kill and destroy.
But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Ha ha ha. . .earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear meltdowns, tornados, floods, economic catastrophe. . .yet world-wide the sheeple flock to a wedding of figureheads, as if everything can continue as it always has. When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
AnnArbor.com, 26 April 2011: A 19-year-old Ann Arbor man was arrested Monday night after he deliberately ran over four ducklings with a Hummer in a McDonald's parking lot, Ann Arbor police said. He was taken to the Washtenaw County Jail, where he is expected to be arraigned on felony animal cruelty charges this afternoon. At about 6:15 p.m., the man stopped at the drive-thru window in the McDonald's parking lot at 2675 Plymouth Road. Two of the man's friends were in the Hummer with him. As they were picking up their order, one of the passengers got out and attempted to pick up a duckling, police said. A duck and at least 8 ducklings had been walking around in the lot. "Employees at McDonald's yelled at him to stop," police said.The man got back into the Hummer, which left the parking lot, pulling into an adjacent lot for about 15 minutes while the men ate their food. Witnesses told police that the Hummer then returned to the lot and ran over four of the ducklings. Police said the man drove the Hummer away without stopping. Police were called and obtained a description of the Hummer. Officers caught up with a vehicle that matched the description at a nearby gas station and interviewed the three men. The driver was arrested.
A co-worker said to me:
“Man, the time and money the county will waste on this punk, getting him through the courts, housing him, all for what? A couple of ducks.”
“Apparently, you two are of the same mind, then,” I replied.
The co-worker snorted, made a face, and walked away.
It's the first time I've heard a co-worker express any sympathy for anybody in jail.
The older I get, the more I marvel how God manages to still bother about the filthy rags that constitute humanity. [And trust me, I include myself.] Garbage on earth. There have been times when I have expressed this sentiment and have had people respond: you’re supposed to be a Christian, and that’s what you think of God’s creation? That’s when I snort, make a face, and walk away. Is it really necessary to state the obvious:
God didn’t create this garbage. He created spotless mankind, male and female. Perfect specimens. Through the Fall (sin, not the season), mankind devolved into garbage. This frame of reference does not IN ANY WAY preclude one from caring about humanity any more than it precludes God from loving the world. On the contrary, when we see ourselves as the garbage we truly are, we more clearly understand our need and our neighbor’s need for salvation, and we will develop a greater appreciation for Christ’s sacrifice. That He would hang on the cross for such riff-raff!
When we commend ourselves, we only diminish the cross. Christ’s sacrifice looks smaller the higher we regard ourselves. Christ’s gift looks less expensive when we pour good inside of us. “There’s some good in everybody.” “People are basically good.” Even so-called *Christians* can be heard uttering such self-serving and dishonest platitudes. When we elevate ourselves, we make a claim of deserving Christ’s sacrifice. . .but GOD FORBID!
Anyway, back to the ducks. . .
When Almighty God, the Supreme Being, clothed Himself in human flesh (what a humbling!! Now you understand why The Human Centipede is a THEOLOGICAL film—would a human being willingly put on the exoskeleton of a centipede? God willingly lowered Himself far more, far more, when He put on human flesh), He spoke the following:
Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
When we consider these words of our Lord and Savior, we understand man is, indeed, of more value than animals. But man is not of infinite more value. . .a measure can be made. And I would imagine, if God were to reveal the measure, most would be surprised by the low yield. Most would suppose an ark to carry off the beasts as payment for one human, when I would wager a U-Haul would do the trick.
Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings? In our measuring, animals come cheap. We buy them, and then we eat them, or turn them into BLING, and, unless their heads are stuffed and mounted on a wall, they are quickly forgotten. BUT not one of them is forgotten before God. We forget the animals, but God does not. So we must understand God values the animals more than we do. LISTEN, this ought to be evident, as God accepted animals as sacrifices in shadow of Christ—there is value in the blood of animals. . .not the value of human blood, but more than most realize (and, of course, there are those who go the OTHER WAY).
My co-worker returned for Round Two:
“Let me see if I got this right. This guy ran over some ducks at a McDonald’s parking lot, and ends up in jail—but if he shot the same ducks in hunting season, they’d be just as dead, but he’d be free? So what’s the difference?”
“Well, though both sports are of dubious merit, the difference is the degree of cruelty in the duck hunters. At least, I hope there is some difference in degree of cruelty. And there surely is a difference in the degree of cruelty in the spectacle. Imagine some poor little boy or girl, sitting by the window in McDonald’s, delighting in their toxic Happy Meal, and then, lo and behold, right before their eyes, cute little baby ducks being squashed under the wheels of a Hummer, duck blood and entrails spurting everywhere.”
The co-worker snorts, makes a face, and walks away.
Just as humans can convince themselves there is such a thing as a *just war,* they can convince themselves there is such a thing as a *just duck hunting*—and thus in the one instance killing is a crime, and in the other, killing is not a crime.
This fellow, who killed ducks with a Hummer (and the Hummer is another indicator of aberrance), is NO angel. LISTEN, I can tell just by looking at his dumb face. Wait a minute, and I’ll tell you exactly what kind of dumb face he has.
So this kid is in jail? So what? Bums go to jail for *canning*—taking pop bottles and cans out of the trash bins in University of Michigan classroom buildings. . .it doesn’t take much to end up in jail. . .and it doesn’t take much to get out of jail, either. This duck molester will bond out in a few hours, and will no doubt join humanity’s fastest growing social club—the SELF-PROCLAIMED VICTIM’S club. That’s the dumb face on this kid. The dumb “I’m the victim” face. The dumb face of dumb fucking people who think there is *some good* in everybody and don’t believe they need the blood of Christ to escape Hell.
Ha ha ha. . .this kid’s Hummer-rich parents will get him a lawyer, he’ll be pampered, coddled, he’ll get therapy and a shiny brand new Xanax prescription for his jail trauma. No matter what the ultimate court outcome, the coddling and pampering he will receive from his family and friends will ensure his cruelty remains unchecked. He’ll never realize there’s something wrong with himself. . .
Human garbage. Why have sympathy for this one, and not for that one? That’s what I should ask my co-worker. Either have sympathy for all of them, or none of them. They are all human garbage. We are all human garbage. We all deserve to be in jail. Is it fair that a brat in a Hummer with a dead conscience who kills ducks for his own amusement sits in jail, while most of the rest of us remain *free?* Ha, there’s no point in even bothering about fair when we’re all choking in a garbage dump stinking of Hell.
The Human Centipede: First Sequence: Though it begins with the clichés of the so-called *horror* film (a mad German doctor living in an isolated retreat, two dumb AmerICKan tourist girls stranded with a flat tire in the middle of the woods who happen across the mad doctor in his isolated retreat), The Human Centipede is, nevertheless, an entirely NEW kind of film. Checking its shockingly low score on IMDb, and scanning a few of the reviews, I must conclude this NEW kind of film was vastly misunderstood by the contemporary *torture porn* habitué cretins. This is an almost entirely asexual film—no one is killed while having sex, no one is raped, the doctor’s unusual deed lacks sexual motivation. The only character who wants to fuck is on screen for about a minute-and-a-half, a fat old degenerate who mistakes(?) the AmerICKan girls for porn actresses and wonders if they aren’t always wet between the legs. When the old wanker realizes there are no cheap thrills to be had, he drives off, disappointed and bored. I assume the filmmaker included this character to be a *stand-in* for the typical stinking chum who choke the cineplex horror theater shouting stupidities at the screen, and who no doubt feel *cheated* The Human Centipede exhibits only a form of *torture,* and no porn—or rather, a pornless porn—as the film’s notorious ass-to-mouth suturing is THEOLOGICAL, not coprophagical.
While The Human Centipede’s two dumb AmerICKan tourist girls wait for help that will never arrive, they attempt *small talk* to ease the tension created by the doctor’s negligible social skills. One of the AmerICKans remarks: You have a really beautiful home. Do you live here with your wife?No, the doctor replies in his guttural monotone, I don’t like human beings. This serves as The Human Centipede’s thesis statement, which shows the prior use (and further uses) of the *horror* clichés as smokescreens meant to provoke and then disorient the Pavlovian dogs who bark at the multiplex screens—while signaling to the one or two sentient in the audience this will be a NEW kind of film, a film of sublime cruelty and hate, a hate not tainted by any frustrated sexuality, but a purely *Satanic* hatred of humanity, which is expressed by the film’s *mad* doctor.
Dr. Josef Heiter, celebrated surgeon, renowned as the world’s most skilled at separating conjoined twins, is now retired and living in seclusion on his forested German estate. The doctor has a vision for transforming ugly humanity into a form more befitting its fallen nature. Indeed, Heiter has the strongest aesthetic sense of any character in *horror.* His oddly beautiful villa abounds with objets d’art—both classical and what one might call *modern surgical.*
Heiter is a bitter, angry, hateful man—why? No answer is given in this memorable NEW film. The viewer is confronted by a man disgusted with humanity, for some unstated reason (which perhaps reflects the filmmaker’s assumption that disgust is the only rational reaction to humanity, and therefore this disgust ought to be self-evident?) and feels duty-bound to transform it.
The duty-bound Heiter has NO CHOICE. Though his work is exhausting and thankless, the doctor, who would be labeled *psychotic* by our modern *psychologists,* cannot shirk the responsibility of his calling, a calling our modern *psychologists* would label a delusion of grandeur. The doctor has been called to sculpt with the tools of his former trade a new human creation.
The doctor has judged humanity guilty, and for this, he will PUNISH humanity. He will strip humanity of INDIVIDUALITY, and cripple its sense of FREE WILL. He does this by severing the knee ligaments of the two dumb AmerICKan girls and one highly-agitated Jap male, leaving them only the ability to crawl. He then removes several of their teeth, and completes his transformative surgery by joining our new Adam and Eves mouth-to-anus. The three can no longer act upon whatever STUPID NOTIONS enter their minds, as they had previously done, and which most of humanity currently does. The three are SENTENCED to spend their remaining mortality daisy-chained together ass-to-mouth. They are COLLECTIVELY punished, stripped of their former IDENTITY, made a reduced form of humanity, with only a limited ability to manifest the sins of their untouched minds. Their remaining days are spent in an ass-eating shadow of DAMNATION, examining their former lives for the evidence which convicts them as human centipedes. This is exposited in the final statement of the Jap male, the head of the human centipede, and therefore the only one capable of speech. He confesses his sin to his new god, but, still showing a retarded sense of justice, wonders, Job-like, if his sentence wasn’t too harsh. So we say The Human Centipede is a THEOLOGICAL study, and thus beyond the limited grasp of the lobotomized masses who warm the theater seats, and are unable to respond to anything other than the most base sensory stimulation.
We must applaud the performance of the German actor, Dieter Laser, who plays Dr. Josef Heiter. Laser has delivered one of the great *horror* performances. With his emaciated, ascetic’s appearance, his weary barefoot gait, his guttural monotone punctuated by occasional violent ravings, he embodies the wilderness prophets of old. The ever-severe doctor allows himself one moment of exultation, and Laser cuts loose with a scene of loonily joyful adoration. He celebrates himself after successfully completing the human centipede by dancing to the sound (only he can hear) of a worshipful choir, admiring and kissing himself in a mirror, then, as the merciless Satanic god he is, he uses the mirror to taunt his creation. In The Human Centipede, guilty humanity must live under his Law, with no hope for grace.
Red Desert: Made in 1964 by the great greaseball director Michelangelo Antonioni, Red Desert hasn’t held up quite as well as some of his others. The clip below shows all the greatness of the film (it’s beautifully framed and colored, an artistic masterpiece) and all the weakness (nothing much happens, except clumsy monologues). Though a decidedly mixed-bag of a movie, we can give Antonioni credit for making perhaps the first green movie, as this ponderous and head-scratching (there’s a bizarre pseudo-orgy scene in which a group of five Italians and one pseudo-Italian [Richard Harris] assemble in a squalid dockside shack and get ready to fuck, and then, for some reason, instead of fucking, they break apart one of the shack’s flimsy walls and use the boards for firewood) existential psychodrama depicts all the ugliness of the techno-industrial modern world. . .the film features shot-after-shot of industrial waste, belching smokestacks, rusting pipes, mud-ravaged landscapes, filthy, toxic water and polluted skies. And Antonioni is also ahead on the modern neuroses curve, as the main character, Giuliana (played by big-nosed, thick-lipped Monica Vitti) displays many of the traits that mark the contemporary female: chronically fatigued, chronically depressed, suicidal, nail-biting, restless legged, ever picking at herself, rife with anxieties--but clueless as to their origin). The only 21st century symptom missing from Giuliana’s catalog of disorders is wrist-cutting. What little plot there is involves Giuliana wandering around the bleak industrial wasteland or through sterile rooms with shifting wall colors crying out for help to a cast full of deaf ears. Giuliana is beyond hopeless, she suffers countless breakdowns, and during one gargantuan anxiety attack has to endure a laborious date rape from the pseudo-Italian Richard Harris. Even Giuliana’s son is indifferent to her loosening grip on reality, as he preys on his mother’s already-severely frayed nerves with a fake polio attack!! Vitti tries hard to make her character a believable embodiment of all the trademark Antonioni existential angst and alienation, but it’s almost an impossible task when given scenes such as the one in which she stares dazed at a map and must muse aloud I wonder if there’s some place in this world where people go to get better. Probably not. The most favorable point-of-view from which to look at Red Desert fifty years later is to imagine the film as the forerunner to David Lynch’s Eraserhead, with Giuliana’s son, inheriting his mother’s anxieties, growing up to be Henry Spencer.
Seventeen years ago, in a vain attempt to impress an anorexic girl in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I *published* (by Xerox) a newsletter comprised of my scribbled-on-my-lunch-hour-at-work fiction and council flats commentary on the not-so-great cultural issues of the day. I advertised the newsletter in an eccentric journal owned by one of the Capturing The Friedmans Friedmans. Factsheet 5, the rag was named, and it was the Yellow Pages of the kOOk’s vanity press—a listing of all the (mostly) poorly written idée fixes of the AmerICKan fringe.
The second person to write for a copy of my newsletter (which were referred to as *zines* by Factsheet 5 and the small community of kOOks who penned them) was also from Milwaukee, Wisconsin—a gentleman named David Van Hyle. Included with Mr. Van Hyle’s request was a copy of his own *zine,* titled Apocalypse Pretty Soon—certainly one of the most bizarre newspapers ever issued. Apocalypse Pretty Soon could best briefly be described as Crypto-Christian-Biker-Pornography, a head-spinning paste-up of Clinton conspiracies, crazy Christian Identity doctrine, motorcycle club urban legends and a hodgepodge of revolting bondage pictures of heavyset *mature* women. Thus began a seventeen year correspondence between myself and DVH, as Mr. Van Hyle identified himself in his *zines.*
Every other week for seventeen years, DVH sent me a large mailing envelope containing a letter and an assortment of underground literature. Then, a month passed in which I heard nothing from DVH. After another week of postal silence, I received a card from DVH’s daughter, informing me her father had *passed away.*
Though he had dabbled in the heretickal Identity movement sporadically for the seventeen years I corresponded with him, DVH had Christian roots which were formed in the soil of the Jesus People movement of the 1970s. In the months before his death, DVH was graced with a Psalms 51 refreshing, as our Lord created in him a clean heart, and renewed within him a right spirit—he began again evangelizing the true gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
DVH was that rarity, a genuine friend, one with whom one could discuss any subject—no matter how debauched—and not fear man’s retarded judgment or condemnation. He well knew the truth of Romans 7:23-24—as was made crystal clear in one memorable letter in which he described, in ultra-graphic detail, his weakness for hairy, obese, flatulent, middle-aged women.
Seventeen years worth of letters, the world spinning round and round: hundreds of handwritten pages (DVH never owned nor operated a computer) exposing Clinton, then Bush, then Obama, theories on OJ, JonBenet, Natalee Holloway, revelations of the TranceFormation of AmerICKa—from Randy Weaver to Timothy McVeigh to *9/11.* And there were also the seventeen years of our everyday personal apocalypse.
Nine years ago, lonely, in his mid-50s, DVH met a hairy obese forty-something woman. In a union only God can ultimately bless, they had a son. The newborn was the apple of the aging eccentric scribe’s eye. A new family meant the dawn of a new life for a man who thought the sun had set on his day of domestic joy. But barely a year into his return to Eden, the woefully overweight woman left DVH, taking their son, and sent Van Hyle spiraling into a black hole of urban solitude.
A smothering depression choked Van Hyle. He lost interest in his self-publishing empire, and, telling of its cold narcissism, the world of kOOk literature failed to register the absence of its merriest crankster. Quickly discarded by his obese object of grotesque desire, and deprived of his beloved son, the son who was to be his literary heir, the son who had become his motivation for pressing forward in the world (enduring 60+ hours-a-week of shit security guard jobs on Milwaukee’s meanest streets to provide for his new family), David Van Hyle’s health, both physical and psychological, rapidly declined.
DVH’s letters became psalms as bleak as those of his beleaguered namesake, King David:
Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake. For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. Mine eye is consumed because of grief. . .
The last nine years of DVH’s life were scarred by ever-worsening mental and physical anguish. As his thoughts became shadowed by suicide, his body broke down. He was frequently hospitalized for various cardio and respiratory ailments, and he also had a fairly lengthy stay in a lunatic asylum.
But God Almighty, our most merciful Heavenly Father, would not suffer Satan to sift DVH to the end of his days. David Van Hyle was taken into the saving hand of our Lord Jesus Christ upon receiving His gospel in the Jesus People movement in the 1970s, and Christ would not allow Satan to pluck him from His hand, even as Satan came to tempt DVH with false doctrines in various seasons. In the last year of DVH’s life, God would restore to him the joy of His salvation. A bedridden Van Hyle saw a vision of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Minister to the sick, the poor, the despised.
Ending his life in a subsidized apartment building for the infirm, the weak-minded and the elderly, the severely depressed DVH’s days consisted of lying in bed and staring at hour-after-hour of noxious cable television as he waited his daily delivery of Mom’s Meals and his thrice-weekly in-home visits from indifferent Medicaid nurses.
One gray November afternoon, turning his eyes from the garbage on the television to his cracked ceiling, he saw the overhead of his shabby AmerICKan flat dissolve away to reveal our Lord, dressed in bright white linen, as He healed the sick and lifted the spirits of the brokenhearted. As he watched our Lord bringing His gospel to the poor, he heard a voice declare:
Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest, and the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few. . .
Van Hyle wept over the Savior’s love for His sheep, and felt the joy of salvation burn away the misery of the previous eight years of heavy-heartedness.
Immediately David Van Hyle began the arduous process of dressing and jacketing himself, then he collapsed into his motorized chair. He wheeled out of his room and went a short distance down the hall and knocked at the next apartment. An elderly, rheumy-eyed negress opened the door.
“Is there anything I can do to help you?” DVH asked.
Those were the first words he had ever spoken to the aged colored woman, though they had been *neighbors* for almost three years. As it turned out, the white-haired old black had been waiting two days for her daughter to show up with a Lasix prescription, and was now quite worried as she had just taken her last dose. Van Hyle, frail and short of breath, rolled eighteen blocks in his motor chair down Milwaukee’s West Layton avenue to a Walgreens, picked up the pills, and rolled eighteen blocks back to deliver the medicine to the old negro lady. He then told her Jesus had called him forty years prior, and though he had spent much time afterward in the wildernesses of the world, Jesus had never left nor forsaken him.
And that is how David Van Hyle spent most of the last year of his life, ministering and preaching the gospel of Jesus to the poor of his government subsidized housing project. Fifteen or twenty years ago, he had been a fairly well-known name in the little pond of zines, enough so that the Big Fish of zines, Jim Goad, had noticed him and condescendingly anointed him *one of zinedom’s more intriguing goofballs.* But in the last eight years of his life, after the devastating abandonment by the obese woman who took away his son, Van Hyle was forgotten by all of his former zine *friends.*
Alone year-after-year, he lay dying a slow death of depression and disease. . .but in his dark night of the soul, our Lord came to him, showed him once again the Way, and guided him back into the sheepfold. In his last year, DVH’s final letters to me were a New Testament of the Faith of Christ. In ministering and preaching the gospel to his hundred and ten neighbors, the still-gravely ill DVH experienced something only a small handful have ever experienced: a life of complete fulfillment. He was able to achieve something unheard of in our day and age, he lived in agreement with Colossians 3:1-2:
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
In the last year of his life, Van Hyle labored for treasure in heaven. . .
He died known only to the hundred odd souls of his AmerICKan slum yard, his daughter, and perhaps to an obese woman somewhere out there with his son, a son we pray God in Heaven is looking after. He died with no earthly treasure, but with a heart for Christ. Most will die surrounded by junk, which they mistook for treasure, and they will die with hearts terrified of the hereafter. David Van Hyle died knowing he would see Christ. He died with a rejoicing heart, and with a joy that can never be taken. . .