Johann Wagener 4-21-13


What’s religion got to do with it? He’s no different than the Newtown shooter or Aurora shooter, or any of the other “gun-totting” crazies out there. No body asked about the others religious affiliations for fear they might discover they were “fire-and-brimstone” – “vengeance is mine” red blooded die in the wool, Christians!


Every American Muslim’s Fear After the Boston Bombing


It might be better to look at the culture of violence we live in to explain acts of violence and heed what the bible teaches about bigotry;



Romans 7:14-25

14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.



Johann Wagener 4-20-13


Glen Beck claims to be a recovering alcoholic but by the way he acts I suspect that the severe brain damage occurred before he hung up the booze.

Glenn Beck Is Undeterred By Reality On Saudi Nationals And The Boston Bombings


However, every once in a while he might make a rational observation as the one regarding a Saudi national who was swept up at the Boston bombing crime scene and is being swiftly deported back to his country and branded  a”national security risk”


What the Boston Bombing and 9/11 have in common are Saudis which, in both instances were involved in situations that appear to be something more than what we are told.



Secret Saudi Flight on 9-13

In the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks while U.S. airspace was restricted,

planes sanctioned by the Bush administration flew about the country gathering some 140

high-ranking Saudi Arabians – including several relatives of al-Qaida chief Osama bin

Laden – who were then spirited out of the country within a week of the terror, according to

a senior official. 



U.S. ‘deporting Saudi person of interest’

An expert on terrorism says the Saudi national who was the original “person of interest” in connection with Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing is going to be deported from the U.S. next week.

The foreign student from Revere, Mass., is identified as 20-year-old Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi.


“I just learned from my own sources that he is now going to be deported on national security grounds next Tuesday, which is very unusual,” Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism told Sean Hannity of Fox News Wednesday night.


The Reuters news agency reported President Barack Obama met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on Wednesday, noting “the meeting was not on Obama’s public schedule.”


After that meeting was mentioned, Emerson told Hannity, “That’s very interesting because this is the way things are done with Saudi Arabia. You don’t arrest their citizens. You deport them, because they don’t want them to be embarrassed and that’s the way we appease them.”

us VS them


Johann Wagener 4-20-13


When the “drone” squads blow away countless women, children, along with anything else that might be in the target zone, we call it “collateral damage.” Ooops, sorry. Can’t be helped when you’re fighting the enemy. We hand out medals, praise the shooters as “heroes” hold parades and big coming home parties  to celebrate a job well done.


When a “home grown” terrorists slaughters a room full of our children we call him a “disturbed individual” and in the next breath encourage people to buy more guns and “stand their ground.”  We wave flags and scream about “rights” and the 2nd Ammendment, as if either are related to the issue; protecting our children from people who’s rights to allow them easy access to weapons of mass destruction we defend.


When a couple of men with funny sounding last names blow up a home made bomb in the middle of a marathon; killing 3 and maiming others we call it the “worse attack on American soil since 9/11” and I’m sure the call to buy more guns will soon follow. We shut down  a major city and send an army of armed squads to take down 1 wounded 19 year old kid, and then have parties in the streets celebrating his capture as almost an extension of the festivities interrupted when the bombs exploded. It went from celebration, to fear and pain, and back to celebration before the bodies of the victims are even in the ground.



Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capture touched off raucous celebrations in and around Boston, with chants of “USA! USA!” Residents flooded the streets in relief and jubilation four days after the twin explosions ripped through the marathon crowd at the finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 180.






When the enemy celebrates our destruction we call it despicable, inhumane, unconscionable, barbaric. When the roles are reversed and the enemy is destroyed we celebrate just as hard except we refer to it as patriotic, courageous, victorious, justice, and even going so far as invoking the name of God, proclaiming it to be a divine intervention of sorts.


What we fail to see and acknowledge is that, even though the circumstances may be different, the reaction is the same. It just depends on what end of the gun or bomb you are.


In either case violence is a “cause celebre’.



Johann Wagener 4-19-13


It’s no surprise to find that Americans have a predisposition to behaving strangely. When it comes to spending billions on transforming themselves into 2-legged billboards Americans are again #1.  When asked they actually say they are “addicted to ink.” 



This chart describes the percent of people who have regretted in some way getting their tattoo.
  Population Criteria Percentage
1 Percentage of U.S. population who have covered up a tattoo with another tattoo 5%
2 Percentage of people with tattoos who claim they are addicted to ink 32%
3 Percentage of people who have some regret after getting their tattoo 17%
4 Percentage of people with a tattoo who are getting or have had one removed 11%



Consumer Updates > Inked and Regretful: Removing Tattoos


Annual amount of U.S. spending on tattoos $1.65 Billion
Total percent of Americans (all ages) who have at least one tattoo 14 %
Percentage of U.S. adults 18 – 25 who have at least one tattoo 36 %
Percentage of U.S. adults 26 – 40 who have at least one tattoo 40 %
Total number of Americans that have at least one tattoo 45 million
Number of tattoo parlors in the U.S. 21,000
Average cost of a small tattoo $ 45
Average cost of a large tattoo $150 / hour
Percentage of U.S. population who have covered up a tattoo with another tattoo 5 %
Percentage of people with tattoos who claim they are addicted to ink 32 %
Percentage of people who have some regret after getting their tattoo 17 %
Percentage of people with a tattoo who are getting or have had one removed 11 %

Pew Research Center, Tattoo Finder, Vanishing Tattoo


OpenSecrets Reports: Shadow Money Magic

During the 2010 and 2012 elections, dozens of groups pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into the electoral system while dodging the disclosure requirements that apply to almost all other organizations that support or oppose political candidates; it came to be known as “shadow” or “dark” money. The groups took in unlimited amounts of money from people and corporations and spent it on ads or passed it along to friends at other groups that did the spending themselves, all while avoiding more than glancing oversight by federal regulators.

Call it the return of mystery money.

Five Easy Steps That Let You Play Big in Politics, Hide Your Donors and Game the IRS


Shadow Money Magic | OpenSecrets



Johann Wagener 4-19-13


Rather than chasing whistle blowers, governments might consider going after the criminals. Julian Assange has to go into hiding because he blew the top off wrongdoings in high places and the people that are chasing him are the ones he blew the whistle on.


Let’s see how well it works this time;



ICIJ’s investigative series on offshore secrecy – which draws from a cache of 2.5 million secret records – has ignited reactions around the globe.

Since the initial release of stories by the ICIJ and its media partners across the world, public officials have issued statements, governments have launched investigations, and politicians and journalists have been debating the implications of the records and the reporting.



Release of offshore records draws worldwide response


Johann Wagener 4-19-13


Now that there’s talk about “cutting” the defense budget neo-cons are frantically looking for ways to stir fear and paranoia on the streets of America. What is an American nightmare is a dream come true for neo-cons. 


Rogue countries like N. Korea are transformed into threatening supper powers over night. The Boston bombing will stoke these fires especially since the perpetrators are Chechen Muslims. The talking point will be, “we need to get them over there before they come over here.”   It would not be surprising to hear call for invading Chechnya. An all out Iraq/Afghan style war.  Had the bombers been “home grown” the talking points would be “just a lone, disgruntled, disturbed individual.”  Tragedies like Newton will quickly fade and gun enthusiasts will declare, “we told you so.”


Another buying frenzy will begin; guns, ammo, security services, and last,  but not least, defense spending. Understanding how this game is played requires following the money trail and looking at who profits the most from terror and war. 

 The following reports and articles help; 

How to turn a world lacking in enemies into the most threatening place in the universe. 

The Enemy-Industrial Complex 

If neo-cons can’t find a real enemy then they pay someone to create imaginary ones 

Pentagon planners have plenty to deal with these days – Iran in search of nuclear-weapons technology, suicide bombings in Afghanistan, and the final pullout of US troops in Iraq potentially leaving behind a security vacuum in the Middle East. But in war games in Washington this week,US Army officials and their advisers debated three nightmare scenarios in particular. Here are the doomsday visions that Pentagon planners have been poring over: 

Doomsday war games: Pentagon’s 3 nightmare scenarios

For those who live on the fringes the Pentagon even spends taxpayer money on fighting “Zombies.” This is not a skit on SNL folks. This is the real thing.
Zombies will invade Paradise Point Resort, which covers 44 acres on an island that will be transformed with Hollywood-style sets, including a Middle Eastern village and a pirate cove. Some 1,000 US military personnel, police, and state and federal government officials will be charged with responding.

“No doubt when a zombie apocalypse occurs, it’s going to be a federal incident, so we’re making it happen,” Mr. Barker told the AP. 

US military forces train for zombie apocalypse 

When it comes to healthcare, social programs, poverty, the homeless there is no money available. In fact we need to cut these programs to balance the budget and not affect programs like this; 

California-based security firm HALO Corp. will be training people on how to fight Zombies during its Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 Counter-Terrorism Summit. Yep, Zombies! The summit is expected to draw 1,000 military personnel, law enforcement officials, medical experts and government workers to Paradise Point resort island in San Diego’s Mission Bay. Here’s what the company, founded by former special operations, national security and intelligence personnel, says about its annual summit this year: will include a realistic tactical training environment using “Hollywood magic” in live action demonstrations, realistic tactical training scenarios and classroom education.

The company says that a crisis could happen from an outbreak of viruses that destroy brain cells making people violently catatonic, like zombies. Whatever gets folks to the summit, right?