Previous blog: The Homeopathic Repertorization of Jared Lee Loughner- Intro
by John Benneth, PG Hom. – London (Hons.)
Don’t tell me you have ways of treating this within the allopathic model. You don’t. All you have in that allopathy jury rigging is no better than bubblegum, glue and duct tape.
10:10 AM on January 8, 2011 U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat representing Arizona’s 8th congressional district and 18 others were hit by gunfire in a sudden attack by a lone gunman in a Tucson area mall.
The attack occurred while she was holding an open meeting called “Congress on Your Corner” with members of her constituency at the Safeway supermarket parking lot in La Toscana Village, a shopping mall in Casa Adobes, Arizona, part of the Tucson metro area.
Giffords had set up a table outside the store which 20 to 30 people gathered around when 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner allegedly drew a 9mm Glock model 19 semi-automatic pistol with a 33-round magazine and shot Giffords in the temple of her head at point-blank range.
Loughner then reportedly turned on the stunned crowd and opened fire, shooting randomly, killing six and wounding eighteen others. Among the dead were John Roll, Arizona’s Chief Judge of the United States District Court, a nine-year old little girl and one of Rep. Gifford’s staff.
The first question of a stunned nation was why.
“Homeopathy is always helpful in schizophrenia; in certain states it is curative.”
Trevor Smith, The Homeopathic Treatment of Emotional Illnesses
Wednesday, January 12th, 2010 President Barack Obama gave a standing ovations speech at the Tucson memorial for the victims, where he announced that Gabrielle Giffords had opened her eyes for the first time since the shooting.
He said, “We must examine all the facts behind this tragedy. We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of violence in the future.”
The morning of the 13th I was lying in bed listening to liberal talk show radio host Thom Hartmann squabble a case for “stochastic terrorism.” Stochastic terrorism is using mass communications to stir up random lone wolves to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable.
Hillary Clinton wasn’t alone in saying heated rhetoric and radical ideology inspired the shooter. Assistant secretary of state for public affairs P.J. Crowley referred to the tragedy in a speech about the important role media plays in democracy, implying that Loughner’s actions came out of “poor public discourse.”
I picked up the phone and called the show. I told the screener that I wanted to take Hartmann on regarding his claim that right-wing rhetoric motivated suspected Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner .
My name is John Benneth. I’m a homeopath.
I’ve been repertorizing Loughner’s case. In homeopathy repertorization is the use of a lexicon of symptoms and their corresponding remedies to select a proper remedy based on detailed observations of the patient’s symptoms and medical history.
I have tracked Loughner’s symptoms as criteria to profile him for a homeopathic remedy. The purpose of this is to give myself some insight into homeopathic remedies for whatever motivated the event. If I can find a remedy for Loughner, it will help me in finding remedies for other would-be mass murderers, and make a case for their trial and use.
I waited as Hartmann played commercials and took back-patting call after smarmy suck-up call . . agreeing with him, telling him what a genius he is, and played ,more commercials. Hartmann responded by ‘shouting down’ callers. He did a couple of interviews, cut short a handicapped woman asking for help, played some more commercials, accused the right wing of Mankind’s destruction, squired off some rants, played goose stepping bumper music, took a cigarette break, played more commercials, attacked Bush, hung up on some more callers, interrupted everyone with personal anecdotes, took a call from a gushing admirer, screamed at somebody to get to the point, played a commercial, read the news, gave an endorsement for Tick and Flea Spray, talked over everyone like a herd of bison, played hokey bumper music, told some more lies, did a commercial for rip off gold and then, finally, after I waiting a full hour ,when I was almost on my feet, Thom Hartmann took my call.
“John in Portland . .” he said.
I turned the radio down and got out of bed.
“I have been looking for it but I find no evidence whatsoever right wing rhetoric motivated Loughner, ” I said.
“Can you name one liberal who was ever motivated to shoot a conservative politician?” he said, cutting me off. I couldn’t get an answer out in time before he had interrupted me again.
Here is what such a question, if answered, would have revealed.
John Wilkes Booth killed Republican president Lincoln; Charles Guiteau killed Republican president Garfield
Leon Frank Czolgosz killed Republican president McKinley
John Schrank shot Republican President Teddy Roosevelt; Samuel Byck tried to kill Republican president Nixon by crashing a commercial airliner into the White House
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme tried to shoot Republican President Gerald Ford at point blank range with a Colt .45
Sara Jane Moore fired a revolver at Ford from 40 feet away
John Hinckley, Jr. tried to impress actress Jodie Foster by shooting Republican President Reagan and three others with exploding bullets
Sixteen men, who in the suspected employ of Saddam Hussein, smuggled a car bomb into Kuwait to kill Republican President Geo. H.W. Bush (41)
Robert Pickett fired shots at the White House while Republican President Geo W. Bush (43) was its occupant
On the morning of September 11th, 2001 (9/11) a van reportedly full of Arab looking men arrived at a resort where Bush 43 was staying saying had a “poolside” interview with him.
There have been more assassinations and assassination attempts, both real and suspected, on Republican presidents than Democratic. Out of the four US Presidents assassinated, only one was a Democrat, John F. Kennedy.
Out of 16 assassination attempts on 11 Presidents, 10 were on 6 Republicans. Teddy Roosevelt took a bullet, but insisted finishing his speech, and then refused to go to the hospital, and never did have it removed. Democrat Andrew Jackson beat his would be assassin down with his cane after the attacker’s two flintlock pistols misfired.
Assassinations and assassination attempts on members of Congress are even more rare. The alleged attack on Representative Giffords was only the fifth violent attack on a sitting member of Congress in US history. Giffords is only one of nine US legislators who have been the victim of such violence while representing constituents. Of the two Congressmen who died during violence, only one, Representative Leo Ryan, died as a result of an ambush.
The only other Congressman to die from intended violence was Jonathan Cilley of Maine, who died as a result of gunshot wounds suffered during a duel.
What makes the Giffords attack even more rare is that she is now the only Congress-woman ever attacked while in office.
The attack by Loughner on Giffords then is unique. Not necessarily in motive. Although Loughner’s writing is swashed with political rhetoric, it has the tone of what could be construed as insanity.
Court filings revealed handwritten notes apparently by Loughner saying he planned to assassinate Giffords. As of this writing there is not reported motive for the shooting. Loughner has remained silent.
Loughner previously met Giffords at a “Congress on your Corner” event in a Tucson mall on August 25, 2007, where he asked the congresswoman, “How do you know words mean anything?”
A voice message from Loughner to a friend just before the shooting stated that Loughner had a grudge against Giffords for failing to sufficiently answer a question sufficiently. What that question was is unknown at this time.
The first responses, like Hartmann’s, were that the media had made him do it. Clarence Dupnik of Pima County, Arizona implied a connection between hate speech and violence. He said, “When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous.” Dupnik finally said, that he had no evidence that the attack was a result of anything Loughner read or may have heard.
It sounded like Hartmann slapped the desk. “Okay, but can you name one liberal talk show host who engages in hate speech?”
“Mike Malloy! He’s always talking about how much he hates Republicans, heterosexual white men, Christians, Bush. And Randi Rhodes talks about Barbara Bush’s in a way that is pretty . . ”
Hartmann let out a moan and the phone went dead. Mike Malloy, for the record, was the one who coined the phrase “the Bush crime family.”
I turned the radio back up. Hartmann was blathering on about something Loughner had written about not liking the government.
I turned the radio off.
The only good thing I can say about Hartmann is that his show is ten times better than any right-wing radio talk show. At least it is not ALL lies. If Hartmann wasn’t such a megalomaniac I might well rank him the country’s second best political radio talk show host, right behind Randi Rhodes, a spot currently filled by the sardonic wit of Alan Colmes.
So much for hot talk and the facts. As an experienced and resourceful practitioner of homeopathy, I would like to help. I can examine the facts with a rare and peculiar eye that is distinctive of my doctrine. Getting this across through pseudo pharmaceutical mind control isn’t easy, even with liberals. Being that this is the world’s most read homeopathy blog, and I am America’s most prominent homeopath, bearing at this time the world’s only known honorary degree in homeopathy, it is my responsibility to comment on how homeopathy would treat such a situation as the Arizona tragedy.
I put my pants on, went downstairs and fixed myself a cup of the enemy, black espresso coffee made from freshly roasted Arabica coffee beans..
I gritted my teeth and took a sip.
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