Mall Shooting in the U.S.A.: Robert Hawkins is a product of that culture

It should not come as a surprise that there is yet another gun-toting rampage and carnage in a public space. The United States has a gun permissive culture lends itself to this behavior. Their repressive culture will find expression in violence (extolled by their government) and suicide. This behavior will be found in all repressive societies. A repressive culture and an adoration of firearms will find expression sooner or later. We – the Canadian People – have this problem beginning in our country through the illegal firearms that enter Canada from the U.S.A. as well as their Street Gangs. Now we have a government that is bent on instilling the same sense of shame that the government of the U.S.A. imposes on it’s own citizens. Yet another reason why gun control must be enforced as well the separation between Church and State. It is time for Canada to take a more aggressive approach with our neighbour to the South about their reckless and irresponsible lack of firearms controls. The N.R.A. must be regarded as a force hostile to peaceful citizens and they should be treated accordingly. School shootings, Mall shootings and other random acts of violence will continue to escalate in the United States because the current culture there encourages this type of behavior.
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Mall Gunman Called “A very helpful young man”

BELLEVUE, Neb. — A high school dropout with a criminal past, Robert A. Hawkins had struggled to overcome depression. But friends thought he was making strides.
Then, about two weeks ago, he lost his girlfriend. A week later, it was his job. His friends worried he would regress.
“He was a very helpful young man, but he was quiet,” said Debora Maruca-Kovac, a surgical nurse whose family took in Hawkins after her 17- and 19-year-old sons befriended him.
“He didn’t cause a lot of trouble. He tried to help out all the time,” Maruca-Kovac said. “He was very thankful for everything. He wasn’t a violent person at all.”
But police said it was Hawkins who went into an Omaha shopping mall on Wednesday and began a shooting rampage that killed eight people. It ended when the 19-year-old shot himself with a high-powered rifle that police suspect he stole from his step-father.
At a news conference Thursday, Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey called it “an ugly act of cowardice” and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman announced flags would be flown at half-staff through Sunday.
Hawkins carried out his shooting spree from the third floor of the Westroads Mall, the bullets from his rifle cutting through the sound of Christmas music as he terrorized shoppers and employees.
Police Chief Thomas Warren said the shooting appeared to be random and that the dead included five females and four males, including Hawkins. Five others were hospitalized.
Police identified Hawkins’ victims as six employees and two customers.
The customers killed were Gary Scharf of Lincoln and John McDonald of Council Bluffs, Iowa. The employees killed were Angie Schuster, Maggie Webb, Janet Jorgensen, Diane Trent, Gary Joy and Beverly Flynn.
The first 911 call came in at 1:42 p.m., and the shooting was already over when police arrived six minutes later, authorities said.
‘I had a feeling it could be him’
The rampage was as troubling as it was puzzling for those who knew Hawkins.
Hawkins had been in trouble before. There was a felony drug conviction in March 2005 and the disorderly conduct charge seven months later. He was due in court later this month on charges he contributed to the delinquency of a minor.
But Maruca-Kovac said she saw nothing foreshadowing the horror Hawkins would inflict during his last moments alive. She remembered a gentle young man who loved animals. She regarded him so benignly that when he showed her an SKS semiautomatic rifle the night before his attack, she thought little of it, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
But she had a feeling of despair soon after she learned about Wednesday shootings. By then, she had learned of a suicide note that Hawkins had left behind.
“I had a feeling it could be him,” she said.
She told The Associated Press that she and her husband let Hawkins stay with them after he was kicked out of his family’s house. She would not say why his family had kicked him out, but court records show that at least once he was termed a ward of the state, which legally removed him from his parents’ custody.
‘Normal teenager stuff’
With Hawkins living in her home, Maruca-Kovac could see he had a drinking problem and was an occasional marijuana smoker. He enjoyed music and video games — “normal teenager stuff,” she said.
“He was depressed, and he had always been depressed,” Maruca-Kovac said. “But he looked like he was getting better.
Hawkins had earned a GED after dropping out of Papillion-La Vista High School. He got a driver’s license after moving in with the Maruca-Kovacs and five months ago started working at a McDonald’s restaurant near their raised ranch-style home in a middle-class neighborhood in Bellevue, Maruca-Kovac said.
He was fired from that job this week, Maruca-Kovac said. Two employees of the McDonald’s who were eating there Wednesday said they had been told not to talk to anyone about Hawkins.
Hawkins was not on any medication for mental illness, but he had been treated in the past for depression and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Maruca-Kovac said.
Hawkins lived with several friends for a couple days at a time before landing at Maruca-Kovac’s house last year, she said.
Image: Map of mall
“He was like a lost pound puppy that nobody wanted,” she said. “I felt sorry for him. I let him stay, and we tried to get him on his feet.”
Ominous phone call
Maruca-Kovac, who works at Nebraska Medical Center, said she was getting ready for work Wednesday when Hawkins phoned her at about 1 p.m., telling her he had left a note. She tried to get him to explain
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Conservatives Once Again Attempt to Raise Age of Sexual Consent: Showing disdain for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and separation between Church and State

The foolish, superstitious, Evangelical Neo/Theo-Conservative government are trying once again to violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (that they despise) by cloaking their language and lumping several measures into one Crime Bill. They do not call it “Age of Sexual Consent”, instead they call it “Age of Protection”.

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“In the last session, our Government introduced important and timely legislation to tackle violent crime. Unfortunately much of this legislation did not pass. That is not good enough to maintain the confidence of Canadians. Our Government will immediately reintroduce these measures with a single, comprehensive Tackling Violent Crime bill to protect Canadians and their communities from violent criminals and predators. This will include measures on the age of protection, impaired driving, dangerous offenders and stricter bail and mandatory prison sentences for those who commit gun crimes. Canadians expect prompt passage of this crucial legislation.”

Protection from what? From sexual recreational activity? Where’s the danger in that? Already we are aware in Canada that Sexuality is part of being Human. These sick Evangelical Christians believe that they can cloak their words and force an act upon the public that will have no teeth. Age of sexual consent is suddenly “protection” and single men/women who seek consensual recreational sexual pleasure are called “predators”. This loaded language is part of the deception and lies used by this conservative government to dehumanize their targeted portion of the population – in this case it is youth and sexual minorities -.
There are no good victims and bad victims, all victims are the same. There is no good rape and bad rape, all rape is the same. There is no good murder and bad murder, all murder is the same. There is no good consensual sex and bad consensual sex. All consensual sex is the same and all consensual sex must be legalized.
I encourage all youth who prefer older partners and all sexually active Ephebephiles to continue to live their lives the way they always have. Remember that the first person to be charged for violating this new law – I hope it’s me – will have little difficulty in getting it thrown out of our country. I intend to continue to court/date/have sex with boys who are as young as 14 years old. The Conservatives rely on lies, fear and shame in order to maintain their hold over the Canadian Public. We – who represent the light of Reason – know there is nothing wrong with being Human. Those stupid Christians think that Mankind makes the problems but that only some mythological Divine Being can solve the problems. They are so foolish as to think that this really will happen.

We must be prepared soon to do whatever is required to defend this attack upon our Charter and upon our belief system that is based on truth.

Americanization of Canada

To Defend Canada

Just Returned From Cuba: The greatest natural resource is the people

There have been no updates recently on this BLog as I have been out of the country since the end of July and have only returned recently. Cuba is a beautiful country and the people there – all the ones that met with me – are very happy. They do not have to worry about rent payments, free health, dental coverage, free education – including higher education -. They have few reasons to complain about their lives. Many homes look quite poor from the outside, but this is an illusion. The places do not get painted and suffer from a degree of tropical decay, still the decor inside is breathtaking in the private houses where I was a guest. I seen the Televisions, VCR’s, DVD players, Sony Playstations… the average Cuban is not lacking in consumer/luxury goods. The unethical embargo against Cuba being imposed by the sick government of the undemocratic United States is what makes life difficult for the average Cuban. The average Cuban does not blame Socialism or Fidal Casro for these woes but the evil U.S. government.

Fidal Castro said in his speech in Harlem, N.Y.C. that the greatest natural resouce that Cuba has is the people who reside there. This is true. They will welcome you into their homes and make you a part of their family. They will share all they have with you and love you and ask little in return. One of the most beautiful places to experience is Cuba. Hopefully Castro will remain with the Cuban people for at least another decade or so. If this is not the case, the Cuban people will never abandon their faith in just socialism. They have no homelessness, no drug addiction, no gang violence/random shootings, no segregation and a low cost lifestyle that most Canadians can only envy.

If you intend to visit Cuba it is recommended that you meet the Cuban people. Do not isolate yourself on those segregated resorts that travel agents try to force upon you. Personally I paid only for a ticket with return and backpacked about and rented rooms in houses with families. I had only positive experiences and a desire to visit that country once again and to keep in touch with the many new friends there.

Read this BOOK

Listen to this Music

Read this PAGE

Visit Cuba sometime and you will not regret it. Time for truth.

People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy

Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie ( P.N.D.V. ) is a new political party in the Netherlands that embraces the reality of the HUMAN condition.Finally encouraging an end to the fabricated social stigmas that are so unneeded in this age. Launched on MAY 31, 2006. The founders are Ad van den Berg, Norbert de Jonge, and Marthijn Uittenbogaard. The party platform includes lowering the age of sexual consent to 12 and eventually eliminating it. Lowering the voting age to 12, granting many other social rights to children as young as 12. Permitting public nudity, legalizing hard drugs for people 16 or older and soft drugs for people 12 and older, and comprehensive animal rights. It’s about time is all I can say. Support them.

The Ugly Human Face of Violence: When pleasure is forbidden, violence is extolled

Reading a great deal of the recent massacre in Virginia is to delve into the question of why. Upon examination of the United States’ cultural ebb, is to realize that pleasure is forbidden while violence is extolled. It has already been proven that we have violence systems/pleasure systems within the Human brain. To witness the growth of anti-pleasure philosophy within the Western Nations is to realize that this is accompanied – as always – with the growth of religious fundamentalism and the mental stagnation it breeds. It is only going to grow worse as long as we choose to ignore it. Cultures that place taboos on pleasure – especially human sexuality – result in increased rates of violent crime and suicide. These mass murders are a symptom of a sick culture. This problem will continue to grow worse as long as the root of it remains cloaked and ignored. It is time to stop concentrating on war making and to deal with the serious domestic issues. As always, time to embrace the light of reason and to ban completely the dark yolk of superstition that clouds the brain. Time to stop rewarding violence and to begin to concentrate and enforce the benefits of a joy/pleasure instead.

Google Faces Pressure Over Censorship

Apparently a collection of Google shareholders is trying to force Google to comply with protection of free speech. This is primarily an issue where they believe Google is active in countries that do not support free speech – tyrannical regimes – such as China, Iran etc. I would be delighted to know if this will apply to countries such as the U.S.A., where free speech exists only in theory but is prevented in practice. Just look at the disgusting behaviour of BLOGGER and Google services such as Froggle – where my account was deleted without explanation, even though my book is perfectly legal -. Read all about the story here.

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Google Faces Pressure Over Censorship

Submitted by David A. Utter on Fri, 04/06/2007 – 06:33.

Shareholders will have the opportunity to vote on a proposal during the upcoming annual meeting that would call on Google to take a strong stance against censorship and abusive regimes.
Delving into the mind-numbing forms and filings made by publicly traded companies is a lot like muckraking. That’s a term that has been applied, usually negatively, to journalists over the years. The person with the figurative shovel and a persistent attitude gets tagged with a pejorative just for working hard.

Sometimes the old muckrake turns up a nugget of gold, as the New York Times did when they excavated some valuable bits from Google’s 14-A filing with the SEC. While it’s fascinating to be reminded, yet again, that Google’s billionaire power trio of Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin will draw a $1 salary, something that has made it onto Google’s slate of activities for its annual stockholder meeting is a little more intriguing.

The Office of the Comptroller of New York City controls several powerful pension funds: police, fire, teachers, and city employees among them. They own 486,617 shares of Google’s Class A stock, and are using their position to force Google’s shareholders to consider the company’s ongoing role in countries that routinely censor the Internet.

Their proposal would require Google’s management to help protect the freedom to access the Internet by individuals in countries ruled by authoritarian governments. The Funds have asked Google not to retain personally identifying information “in Internet restricting countries, where political speech can be treated as a crime by the legal system.”

Google would also have to use all legal means available to resist censorship demands. “Technology companies in the United States have failed to develop adequate standards by which they can conduct business with authoritarian governments while protecting human rights to freedom of speech and freedom of expression,” the proposal said.

Google’s board of directors, which includes Schmidt, Page, and Brin, oppose the proposal and have recommended their shareholders reject it also. Their control of millions of Class B voting shares will likely keep it from being passed.

The proposal would affirm Google’s need to comply with governmental demands only where legally binding procedures require it. Google has resisted placing some services in China that would retain the kind of personal information the proposal opposes, so there is some precedent for the New York request.

Google’s board should look at Yahoo as an example of how data retention in an authoritarian country can backfire on the company globally. Data drawn by authorities in China from Yahoo’s businesses has led to the incarceration of three journalists. The organization Reporters Without Borders has been furious with Yahoo over this, and their displeasure has quite naturally made it into the media.

Perhaps there is hope that the public will be made aware of the disgraceful behavior that Google practices in regards to censorship in the U.S.A.

This Charming Fellow

A charming fellow by the name of Lex, wrote a polite article about my book here Lex’s BLog was deleted by BLOGGER.

Remember that BLOGSPOT/BLOGGER is now an official part of the ugly propaganda machine that the stupid Evangelical Christians use.

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Here is the article that was written by Lex that resulted in his BLog being deleted by the stupid, dirty pigs at Blogger.

2 March 2007

Burnt any good books lately?

Lately, I’ve been seeing the slogan appear – mainly on anti-paedo blogs, but occasionally elsewhere amongst the general redneck community – saying “Protect children, boycott Amazon”. How the one would logically result from the other isn’t clear, but most of them parrot the same text, that Octaevius Altair, the author (or editor) of Viamund the Boy-Love Vampyre Says is a paedophile and predatory child-molester.

Now, the fact he’s a paedophile is stated on his own pages, but as far as I can find out, the accusations of any criminal activity are entirely without foundation. Or to put it another way, are lies intended to defame him. Otherwise known as libel – which is illegal.

What’s also interesting is that not one of the writers who are complaining about this book being sold seem to have actually read it. Even those who wrote reviews for Amazon’s web site appear to have based their comments on the hype rather than the content. They want the book to be withdrawn from sale, not because of what it contains, but because of what they think of the subject. It would seem from the description that parts of the book might make for uncomfortable reading. That’s OK, no-one is being forced to read it. What I object to is being forced not to read it. As a consenting adult, I have the right to make my own choices regarding reading matter.

This isn’t the first time such pointless smear campaigns have come up. Not long ago, Judith Levine’s Harmful to Minors was likewise pilloried because of its subject; before that, David Riegel’s Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers and Edward Brongersma’s Loving Boys got the treatment, simply because of the title or even the importer’s name, despite the fact that the latter has been out of print for many years.

Even when – or perhaps because – the books contain accounts from young people themselves who don’t come under the “victim” mentality, the self-styled censors demand that we shall not be told this.

Having read both the Levine and Riegel books, I can state categorically that the accusations levelled, that they are pornographic, promote child abuse, etc., are false. I haven’t read the Altair, but I intend to, and shall be able to comment on it then. I’m still trying to get hold of the Brongersma.

I have no objection at all to people saying that a book is bad. Providing they have read it and are able to explain their viewpoint with reference to the content. If they haven’t, their opinions have no merit.

Posted by LeX at 16:18

Hope you don’t mind me reposting here LEX. We have to remain vigilant. Remember that while those who attack us rely on superstition, fear, shame, lies and dishonour… we must use reason, courage, pride, truth and honour to combat them.