Chapel Hill


Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha
were executed by an atheist, Craig Hicks
in a Chapel Hill, North Carolina apartment
but atheists aren’t regularly depicted as terrorists
so there will be no calls for all atheists to denounce
this cowardly act by the inevitably labeled “lone wolf”
who, I am sure, we will later discover
has been diagnosed with some psychological malady
that will account for this callous act of hate
then we can shake our collective head
and go back to thinking about more important things
like how in the world could Beck beat Beyoncé
for best album of the year at the Grammy’s?

—William Skink


  1. steve kelly

    Perpetual war is our national psychological malady. Since apparently, Craig Hicks wasn’t following God’s word, he might have believed it was his patriotic duty to keep America safe and secure. He would not be the only one state-brainwashed to fear everyone, everything and anything different.

    “The Obama Doctrine will go down in history as the finding of a failure and the announcement of a catastrophe: Washington abandons its proposed military reorganization and launches anew the development of its armies. Over the past 70 years, the country’s military budget has been increased, except in 1991-95 when they thought to conquer the world by economic means alone and in 2013-14 when they became aware of their disorganization.”

    • JC

      Here’s some real BO for you

      “…we occasionally have to twist the arms of countries that wouldn’t do what we need them to do if it weren’t for the various economic or diplomatic or, in some cases, military leverage that we had…”

      Read: “Perpetual war”.

      • You can’t possibly compare our intrusions into other countries affairs to that of these nations,

        • You are so clueless! Most of those countries are violent because of US ” intrusions.” (Your euphemism is noted here. Germany once intruded on Russia.)

          • Some one has to play the part of the imperialist Mark.

            Would you prefer ISIS?

            • Speaking of clueless.

              • Yeah, what was I thinking.


              • Well, one time Reagan convinced Americans that Nicaragua was going to attack Brownsville, Texas. Anything is possible.

        • JC

          Our intrusions? Here’s my top ten list of U.S. intrusions, in no particular order:

          1) Manifest Destiny, and all of its intrusions and conquerings in North America of First Americans, and the Mexican American War,

          2) The seizing of the Kingdom of Hawaii and other Pacific Islands.

          3) The invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

          4) All of the military coups in places like Ukraine, Syria, Guatemala, Iran, Tibet, Indonesia… blah, blah, blah. At least 23 countries listed at Wikipedia. There are many more.

          5) Spanish American war incursions into Cuba, Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico.

          6) The whole of there Monroe Doctrine in its purposeful spread of American Hegemony in the Americas.

          7) The whole of the Bush/Obama Doctrine of Preemptive War.

          8) The intrusion of the CIA/NSA et al. U.S. security apparatus into the internet in order to surveil the people, effect cyber warfare, and further propaganda.

          9) The intrusion of the U.S. military into space to reinforce its imperial hegemony.

          10) And least, but not last: The intrusion of the U.S. into our personal lives via a myriad of unconstitutional actions.

          I suppose for bonus imperial intrusion points, we could list Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, WWI, Korea…

    • Steve, I was wondering if the Frenchie Meyssen lives in a “no go” zone?

      • Steve W

        Isn’t most of the world a “no go” zone for you, Swede?

  2. Off topic.

    The only way if seems that you guys will amass wealth is to seize it.

    • If us guys were anything like your projections od us guys, you’d be so right. But we aren’t, so you’re dead wrong.

    • JC

      Since when did the holdings of oil companies (“black gold”), when converted to cash (extracted, refined, transported, and burned with released carbon dioxide and other pollutants) ever amount to “wealth?”

      I thought that wealth could loosely be equated with assets minus liabilities.

      If the liability of current and future costs of oil consumption and rising carbon dioxide levels, and other pollutants were ever weighed against the value of consumed oil, I think that we’d find the industry bankrupt.

      • steve kelly

        Swede: “The only way if seems that you guys will amass wealth is to seize it.”

        Government subsidies for the oil and gas industry: $6.45 billion.

        Did you mean the billions of taxpayer dollars seized by the federal government and redistributed to multi-national oil and gas giants?

        • steve kelly

          And in 2012, Exxon Mobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009. Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS, according to its SEC filings.

  3. While y’all are being distracted by American exceptionalism and reviling imperialist ambition, it might be worth noting that a few things came to light today. No, no atheist will be called on to denounce atheist extremism. However, as a ‘responsible gun owner’, a ‘second amendment supporter’ and believer that ‘everyone is equal’, I will denounce the lie that says Craig Hicks believes as I do. He, quite obviously, isn’t any of that. Jim Wright on Facilebook says it better than I ever could:

    Despite our distractions with football, or the grammies or our own parking woes, there really are those of us who are concerned with fixing the Second Amendment entitlement that gives folk the idea that they can just blow their trouble away, you know, like Khaarma ( who got some instant such today.) Railing against Swede, or BO, or howling about how Chile has been sorely treated isn’t gonna bring those three young people back from the dead, not is it gonna stop the next Hicks from enforcing his will at gunpoint. Now, I’m certainly not demanding, but I am suggesting that y’all might want to pay attention as your legislators work to bring that have-gun-will-kill entitlement to a campus near you.

    • “On February 12, the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Report to Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (D) referenced over nine minutes with no armed resistance while Adam Lanza carried out his heinous acts on December 14, 2012.

      The commission’s report indicates he “arrived at the school shortly before 9:30 a.m.,” where “489 students and 82 staff members” sat in a gun free zone. He parked in a “no parking” area, got out of his car, and shot his way through a front window because the front doors were locked.

      The first 911 call was placed at “9:35:39 a.m.” and the first officer arrived at the school at 9:39 a.m. That’s after Lanza had already had nine unimpeded moments of attack time.”-Hawkins.

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