Rants & Essays
By The Lighthouse Keeper
Hello True Believers.
It's good to be back online after a pesky little news server
problem. It seems that my news server didn't believe me when I entered
my password to log on. It said I was lying. Imagine.
Have you ever noticed that scapegoats are an overwhelming
symptom of the human disease? It's true. Without scapegoats, I imagine we
would, as a society, have no ability to label one another as "Right" or
The scapegoat de jour is the local "Cat Killer" we've had
here in Tampa for about the past month.
Apparently, these two kids went out at night with a .22
caliber rifle and shot several cats--not just once for "fun," but several
times. The cats were usually found with at least five gunshot wounds to their
bodies. Some lived--most died--and a couple had to be put down because of their
Have I ever mentioned that I would sooner kick the teeth out
of a human being than harm a feline? It's true. I love cats. It honestly broke
my heart to hear that there were these little assholes out there (I was
picturing tobacco spitting rednecks) with guns sniping defenseless animals who
were minding their own business doing their catty things.
But the kids weren't rednecks.
They caught them a few days ago--apparently in the act--and
they were "Spooky Kids."
Unfortunately to society at large, "Spooky Kid" is just a
metaphor for Goth. Needless to say the two were labeled as "Gothic Cult
Members." Funny, huh?
What's even more tragic is that the two were minors. When it
was time to pay the piper, the judge, who couldn't sentence the two to anything
more serious than public service at an old folks' home, forbid the two kids
from listening to Marilyn Manson for 90 days.
It took about fifteen minutes for those words (which I had
heard on the news from another room while I was writing) to hit me and cause a
The anchor said that, "The police believe that the music of
the rock band Marilyn Manson was a factor in this crime."
Of course! These aren't bad kids...they're just
misguided. It's all his fault (points finger at MM)! He's the
antichrist! He's taking our babies and making them evil.
How can we live with ourselves or even begin to talk
about the advancement of the human race as a species when we can't even accept
blame for malicious acts against nature? We always make excuses. We
always blame someone else. It's their fault I'm as fucked up as I am! If
I hadn't listened to that tape I wouldn't have shot that cat five times in the
belly, I swear!
Those kids were bad seeds. Pure and simple. The only thing
they need, as politically incorrect as this might sound, is to be taken
out behind the shed and given a nice, southern-fried ass whipping. That
is what the problem is. That is what these assholes need. A little
violence begetting violence can usually clear up a societal problem for a time.
History has shown us this. It may not be the best way to solve a
problem...but isn't it effective? Doesn't it make us feel a little better?
Doesn't it make justice ring a little louder in our ears when we hear that the
bad guy got what he deserved?
These kids are at home laughing at the system. They
mock it. They have no remorse for what they did and the destruction that they
caused is, in the big picture, minuscule in comparison to Jean Benet
Ramsey or Bosnia.
My point is, I guess, why do we as human beings seek
to justify the actions of others by blaming those actions on an outside
influence? Why do we make excuses for each other when we all know that
the actions of said others were wrong and without explanation other than base
If anyone has any insight, please...share.
Excuses only work if society tolerates them. Our
parents used to tell us, "Don't give me a stupid excuse as to why you broke
curfew 'cause I don't want to hear it." Why can't society do the same thing
against sub-human violent offenders?
Sometimes I just don't get it.
Be safe, troops.
Fear & Bullets,
The Lighthouse Keeper