When a man is asleep he should be left alone. Period!
When a man is asleep he should be left alone. Period!
This is me in the conference room in Bangkok with no smile. I wasn’t feeling like having my photo made on this day.
I guess you have noticed but I have been a bit “lazier” in writing recently. Please consider this posting as a sort of place holder blog posting due to the fact that I have been preparing for an upcoming trip. I have been damned busy lately so I haven’t had enough time to keep up with the blogging that I need to.
I will correct this though.
Keep your eye on this blog space because it will be coming around. It isn’t dead. I just have not had much time to breathe, let alone write my blog.
Thanks for your understanding!
Bernard LaZar Hoffman, known to his followers as “Tony Alamo”, is finally back off to prison again, where he belongs. Hopefully he will be sentenced to the maximum 175 years possible if society is lucky. Anyway, barring appeal it looks Tony Alamo will die in prison, where child molesters of all backgrounds belong.
In many eyes this conviction might have been less of a blow to religious fraudsters than to paedophiles and child molesters, but still a body shot nonetheless. Yet in the case of Tony Alamo’s conviction in Texarkana, it is devastating to both the sex offenders and the religious fraudsters who exist on the fringe of sanity.
Because according to the testimony of the victims Tony Alamo committed his particular evil in the name of God. God said the little girls had to marry Tony Alamo and have sex with him. And Tony Alamo was the mouth of God. That’s obviously been alright with his followers who have gone along with this for quite some time. Sure… It is an acceptable answer for the brainwashed but for us normal folk it’s disgusting, wrong and criminal. And that’s why the Tony Alamos of the world belong in jails and nut houses, not churches.
I know this verdict has to be very disappointing to crackpots like Thomas Richards out there who’d backed Hoffman’s cultish spew until Tony Alamo’s conviction was all but assured. Some of the nuts with the harder shells probably are still backing Tony Alamo. Surely at this point they must well understand that society frowns on cult leaders referring to themselves as “prophets” whose direct line to God allow them carte blanche to take any woman in their cult following. I have to ask the question: Is it a requirement to be psychologically sick to join such a “ministry” or do you just have to be callous toward common sense?
But again, some of these folks already have been counting their losses and licking their wounds in advance. Thomas Richards has even threatened me in blog comments to my last post concerning when I pointed out that Richards had changed his position on his old pal, preacher Tony who reckoned himself a prophet. Feeling obviously threatened by my post as usual Thomas Richards called me a “weasel” and promised to come up with some story “exposing” me as being connected with the Vatican. (Have at it, Tommy! You conspiracy guys eat up everything, crap it out, and expect others to suck down your concoctions, don’t you? Stop drinking the Kool Aid!) Thomas Richards then lashed out like a wounded animal and alluded that I liked little boys, for which he deserves one hell of a swat. After Tommy’s comments, some nut from Tony Alamo’s “ministry” said that God was going to pop my head off like a cork from a champagne bottle. (Wow! How’d this whacko know what God is going to do to my head? I guess God speaks not only to prophets but to nuts as well! These guys are just too much.)
Anyway, once Thomas Richards has proved to the world that the Catholic Church is pulling strings to use me in their grand scheme to rule the world then the rest of his kind will be busy explaining away Tony’s incarceration, putting the blame on the Catholics, mainly Jesuits, who wanted him gone because he was the voice in the wilderness exposing them for their crimes against man and God. I expect the Jews to get mentioned a few times as well. It’s all part of one big conspiracy against the true Christians – yeah, we know the story. Maybe they can get Jack Chick to print up a comic about their persecution?
Anyway, the verdict is cause for sane people who think the Tony Alamos of the world should pay for their crimes against children. While I am celebrating tonight over a beer or two with friends I am going to make sure to raise a toast to Thomas Richards and the rest of Tony Alamo’s sheep, bugle boys and guard dogs.
Oh, damn! I almost forgot… Didn’t that fraud “Dr.” Alberto Rivera get in bed with Tony Alamo some time back as well? Sure he did! You can even hear Alberto Rivera’s pontificating on Thomas Richards’s own YouTube channel. Damn sure proves the adage about water seeking its own level, now doesn’t it?
Tommy, when are you going to realize that you keep betting on all the wrong horses?
I can just hear the joyful noise from the crowd outside the court house in Texarkana…
“Bye, bye, Bernie!”
What an odd question, I know…
Some time back a friend asked me this question over a few beers. “Don’t answer it now!” he told me, “Just think about it for a while.” I have to be honest about it. I didn’t think about this question for some time. Until last week that is.
I had some free time to reflect about things for a few days as the family was away visiting more family. I found myself in front of a clean notebook with three pens: one black, one red and one blue. I thought to myself that such a question comparing organized religion to organized crime would be a given – organized religion would win out. So I wrote down on one column all of the positives of organized religion. Then on the other side of the page something quite strange happened. I told myself that I would brainstorm all of the positives of organized crime, and guess what? I came up with as many good points to organized crime as bad points. So then I decided that I would do the opposite and write down all of the bad points of organized crime on one side of the paper and see if I could match the bad points of organized religion on the other side of the paper. And I could.
Before this creates a moral vacuum or a philosophical conundrum I just want to be clear. I am not trying to state that organized religion is bad and that organized crime is good. In fact, I am not saying that I have become neutral on either subject. I am just saying that all the evidence gleaned from this exercise just supported the notion that there is no black and white.
So now I ask you for your own answers. Which is worse (or better)? Organized religion or organized crime? What say you?
“The secret of being a top-notch con man is being able to know what the mark wants, and how to make him think he’s getting it.” Ken Kesey
This is one sentence by Ken Kesey is possibly the best quotation I have ever seen regarding con men and how they operate. This also holds true, I have seen, with the conspiracy theory crowd, whether it be with Alex Jones, David Icke or the likes of the religious conspiracy ilk.
People who are familiar with my any of my blogs or my books will know that I spend considerable effort debunking these bogus myths thrust upon the masses by what I like to call the “Cons-Piracy Mafia“. My first book even dealt directly with all the points that one religious fraudster, Alberto Rivera, claimed in his Vatican Islam Conspiracy. But since the book’s publication in 2006 I have had lots of mail from people condemning me for debunking Rivera and the shots over my bow mainly come from the direction of the very dupes who refuse to even open the book. When I consider who my main critics have been over these years it becomes extremely apparent that Jack Chick and Alberto Rivera are giving their audience what they want to see and hear: That the Roman Catholic Church schemed to create Islam in order to subjugate true Christians.
I can’t but help see the psychological parallels in those who follow these conspiracy theories and the victims who get caught up in the Nigerian 419 advance fee scams (as I am currently reading McMafia by Misha Glenny.)
In each case the victims were drawn closer and closer into the scam until in many cases they have allowed themselves to be fleeced of all their money and then some. Of course, in the case of the Nigerian scams people put this crime down to greed but it goes to a level even beyond. You see, the greed in the 419 scam comes from both sides, from both the perpetrator and the victim as well. And I find that this is exactly the same when we look into conspiracy theories. Both the originator of the theory as well as the follower are both “believers” in conspiracy. The follower, the more they are drawn in, become increasingly self-delusional in their acceptance of the lie. The followers begin to lose their free will to judge in these matters, much like a hypnotized person, like the proverbial zombie.
This is definitely true in the Vatican Islam Conspiracy, though I believe that the roles of Alberto Rivera and Jack Chick were initially quite different. Rivera on one hand, I believe was actually a scoundrel. Rivera found the audience and spun the tales to suit what the audience hungered for. It could be very possible that he suffered the fate of many habitual liars – that Rivera eventually began to believe his own lies. Jack Chick on the other hand, in my opinion, was one of the zombies. Chick was predisposed to the type bullshit that Rivera was selling because it fit in with his theological beliefs that were already in place. Chick was a willing dupe who has in turn become the vehicle of this lie.
Part of the art of spinning these conspiratorial tales is the ability of throwing out facts, quasi-facts and disinformation in a way that is either very difficult to check, beyond the education and background knowledge of the audience or preferably both. The well spun conspiracy yarn is certain to leave their heads in a spin. A general feeling of doubt is created from which distrust of the truth in general is created and the Cons-Piracy Mafia feeds on this scenario. For example, think about the last time you watched a movie such as JFK. For the casual viewer so many facts were thrown out to the viewer as “true” that even a clear headed person would be likely to leave the cinema with no idea of what really happened in the assassination of John Kennedy, but he would be fairly convinced that there was indeed a government cover up.
And the people who went into the movie already expecting a government cover up? Well, the got what they paid for!
I believe in free speech and free self expression. People have a right to believe in what they want to believe in. But at the same time, in a libertarian way of looking at things, it is always wrong to try to force your beliefs on someone else. You don’t have too far to look to see that the world is full of this today.
My first book, Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness, was written not to achieve any kind of best seller status and to make me famous. It was written basically because there are scoundrels out there who create false histories all of the time and try to pass this off as a “hidden” truth. A truth that the “powers that be” want suppressed. They decorate their story in so many “facts” that there is no way you can sort through it all unless of course you do what I did and sit down and hash out the story line by line. Then you see it is all a big lie. But these window dressing stories tend to be far too big for average people to investigate. We aren’t all history professors and most of us don’t have the time to go into all of the assertions and assumptions that these scoundrels make. When the scoundrels are secular figures like David Icke with his reptilian theories then it is easier to brush this off and get on back to work.
But this isn’t always the case.
In many of these cases the purpetrators are non other than the ministers in churches. Most of these guys pass on this bunk because it’s been passed on to them by people they have trusted. They are like the rest of the community. Not social scientists and not history professors. But where these stories start are almost always in the imaginations of people who’s intent is not so good. They tend to be megalomaniacal and use these stories to pull their flocks in further. In the case of Alberto Rivera he was just on to the next gig. Then you get the likes of the empire builders like Tony Alamo. And these guys have a lot to answer for with the trash they put out, trying to mix it with religion to lead people off track. As their tenticles spread out they surround themselves with apologists and dissiminators such as Jack Chick and Thomas Richards who act more like attack dogs and in my opinion are just as dishonest, even though they have been dupted themselves.
I have been working on a report on how to spot these guys. I may post it on my website or I may make it into and e-book or e-mag. It won’t be near long enough to be another book project as it doesn’t need to be but it will be an easy enough document to follow so that it will be simple to spot who the crazies are out there. It will be out soon. And I promise to make this as informative as possible.