published Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Cook: Connecting the Penn State and 'Dark Knight' Massacres

Three days after the mass shooting at the “Dark Knight Rises” premiere in Colorado, the NCAA ruled against Penn State for the years of pedophiliac violence committed by an assistant coach in the football program.

The two events are not unrelated.

Both are forms of violence, and violence is not mysterious. Not unknowable. The worst we can do is pretend it is.

We may never know the inner psychology of James Holmes — the man arrested in the Colorado shootings — or Jerry Sandusky, the coach who could be sentenced to more than 370 years in prison after being found guilty of sexually abusing 10 boys.

But each story is a small part in the larger machine of violence. Slowing down this machine means we must begin to understand the way violence works, its effect on us and its antidote.

The word “violence” comes from the Latin word “violare,” which means “violate and dishonor.” Speaking in modern terms, we must extend the definition past one that implies hurt or pain. Your dentist does not commit violence by pulling your tooth. She may hurt you, temporarily, but her motives are usually pure and ethical.

Violence, then, is more than pain. Violence, as peace scholar Dr. Michael Nagler puts it, tears at the fabric of life. It is unnatural. Lions eat lambs, and yes, nature can be red in tooth and claw. But this is part of the ecological landscape of life. It is natural in a way that preventable violence is not.

Violence is rape. Violence is genocide. Violence is sexually abusing 10-year-old boys. Violence is being silent about it. Violence is walking into a midnight theater and pulling the trigger 100 times. It destroys and devastates the beauty and sacredness of life.

That is the work of violence. Its properties, while traumatic, are pretty simple. Violence never heals. Never reconciles or redeems. And like some mathematical law, the effects of violence continue outward, expanding and multiplying until the cycle is interrupted.

Look inside your own life. The wounds and harm done by others create a limp of sorts. When others hurt us, we want to take that pain and place it somewhere else. We kick the dog because our boss was mean. We yell because we were insulted. We abuse because we were abused.

The opposite of this goes by several names, none of which is readily accepted as serious terms in our modern discourse.




Why is it that I’ve never heard a president use the term “nonviolence” in a State of the Union? What are the odds either presidential candidate will call on his fellow Americans to love each other more?

Why is it that our schools graduate seniors who have been required to take years of courses in mathematics, science and literature, but not one required hour of the principles of nonviolence?

Gandhi called nonviolence the most powerful force in the universe. More powerful than fear and violence.

Love is more than an emotion, more than the stuff of young adult fiction and Woodstock. Love is the recognition of the dignity of all life, and the decision to act in ways that honor that.

Forgiveness, reconciliation, the decision to love others, the science of meditation, the practice of nonviolent resistance — all of these must be talked about, studied and made forefront in our modern discourse.

Until then, we continue to commit the crime of pretending that violence is random and unpredictable. One of the most disconcerting things about the events in Colorado was that moviegoers thought the shooter, who walked in the emergency exit door wearing a gas mask and armed with three weapons, was part of the show. Part of the entertainment.

We must not make the mistake of thinking the same thing about violence.

Contact David Cook at or 423-757-6329. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter at DCookTFP.

about David Cook...

David Cook is the award-winning city columnist for the Times Free Press, working in the same building where he began his post-college career as a sportswriter for the Chattanooga Free Press. Cook, who graduated from Red Bank High, holds a master's degree in Peace and Justice Studies from Prescott College and an English degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. For 12 years, he was a teacher at the middle, high school and university ...

Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
rdecredico said...

Thank you for the sanity applied here.

July 24, 2012 at 12:28 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"Why is it that I’ve never heard a president use the term “nonviolence” in a State of the Union? What are the odds either presidential candidate will call on his fellow Americans to love each other more?"

The president must speak to his audience and he knows that most Americans are a violent breed with a thirst for guns, war, and aggression. Violence IS America. It's in its very blood and in its psyche. Americans like to hear tough talk from a tough man and any talk of peace and diplomacy is a sign of weakness to them. For a president to speak of love and non-violence would mean the certain death-knell of his presidency. He would be laughed at, ridiculed, harangued, and tarred and feathered for being a pacifist wuss. Too many Americans think that America is "exceptional," somehow blessed by God, that might makes right, that any war America engages in is a good war, that it's just another football game (go team, go! We're number one!) and every American soldier who fights in it is a hero, no matter that he/she is the real terrorist, savaging the landscape of a land that isn't ours and killing innocent people by the tens and even hundreds of thousands.

A president speak of love and nonviolence? Ha! Those are the quintessential traits of a liberal and you can't get anyone in politics, leastwise not a president, to even admit to being a liberal, let alone acting like one in thought, word, and deed.

Dr. Martin Luther King was not a president but he was the last great American figure to speak publicly and unabashedly for love and nonviolence - and look where it got him.

July 24, 2012 at 3:37 a.m.
annisisbell said...

Freedom is won though violence.

The American people have talked, we have spoken. We have demanded that our borders be defended and protected and where has it gotten us?

We have talked, we have spoken, we opposed a Mosque being built in our state and Muslims being allowed into our country and where did it get us?

Pretty soon we'll have to fight Muslims within our nation if we hope to remain free and for Christianity to continue to exist. Yet I don't hear anyone lecturing Muslims on being passive and full of love. How can we ever expect to have a meeting of the minds with them? They are not like us. I don't think a little love will bridge that gap.

Americans want our troops brought home because we know they are fighting for jews and their attempts to create a one world order. We demanded that our children be brought home and where has it gotten us?

July 24, 2012 at 8:38 a.m.
annisisbell said...

Freedom is won through violence.

God is Love. God inspires love in those who believe in Him and God has inspired Nordic people down through history and much of Western civilization is based upon the teachings of Christianity. Who are the people who tear away at the very fabric of Christianity and attempt to destroy it along with our Western traditions, values and beliefs?

Wasn't it David who wrote a few days ago about atheism? Not in such a way that it would hinder or reflect upon Islam or judaism but Christianity and Jesus only?

I'll tell you what Penn State and the Colorado shootings have in common. They are both anecdotal. Which means they are evidence of NOTHING regarding Nordic and Christian people, our culture, traditions, societies, violence or governments. Our only violence is in the middle east and we don't even want it.

Yet both these events result in Liberals running around demonizing us and acting as though there is some evil within us that Big Government can fix by taking away our guns and lecturing us from their high towers of all knowing self righteousness.

Its makes as much logic to claim that guns don't kill people, according to government stats, minorities kill people, therefore lets get rid of minorities. Ha, that will never happen, its only Whites that get scapegoated and harangued while being encouraged to remain loving and passive.

Nordic and Christian people are the greatest people in the world. We have the most humane values and systems. We have the most tolerance and love for others. No other race on Earth, NO OTHER RACE, would ever sacrifice itself for other races. This is implicitly known and accepted by every other race. Only White people can be told that other races have a right to Western countries and White people must make their takeover possible by giving them welfare.

You don't have to force the hordes of the Earth to live in Western nations. Think about how they are not telling us what a One World Order will be like. Think about how they silently force it upon us. They get their trade bills passed and liquidate our economy in China, they open the borders of Western nations without our consent, they work secretly, they get us to fight their wars and they cause bloodletting in every nation on Earth through their government owned NGOs and CIA covert operations.

July 24, 2012 at 8:40 a.m.
annisisbell said...

Think about what they are taking away from us and what kind of world they intend to force upon us. Learn about the early history and beginning of the Soviet Union for a glimpse of what they will eventually do to us and the world they will force upon us. That is their motive for teaching love. They use other races to destroy the West. They teach love so we don't defend our nations and we can be destroyed from within. There is nothing wrong with a Mexican living in Mexico.

Our government and jews and liberals continually give us the message of peace while they bring in hordes of non Whites and non Christians who will replace us. The hordes do not have to fire a shot because our nations are being given to them.

Our children have no idea of what is being taken from them because they firmly believe that America belongs to blacks and jews and Muslims and Asians because of the continual propaganda and psychological warfare waged against us by jews who got control of our media with malice aforethought and violence against us through non violent means.

July 24, 2012 at 8:40 a.m.
annisisbell said...

Our children learn about Martin Luther King rather than George Washington! Martin Luther King!!! Dear God, he plagiarized every speech he ever made, he had orgies and made passes at fellow black men in the Civil Rights Movement. He was propped up by jews just as they funded and ran that movement. He was a lowbrow creep.

That is violence against the American people! The violence of propaganda and lies. The violence of destroying our country, people, heritage and civilization itself. We will have diversity on Earth only if all races remain in their homelands. Diversity is what the one world order people wish to destroy except for their own filthy tribe which has remained intact for thousands of years even though they always lived in other people's countries.

Martin Luther King was non violent! Martin Luther King was a fraud. So tell us how we are better off today as a result of MLK and others like him! What peace and non violence we have in black communities! Tell us what street the founding stock of this nation can walk down in peace of mind and safety.

Tell me how wonderful political correctness is. Tell me how wonderful affirmative action is. Tell me how wonderful open borders are. Tell me how great it is that jews have so much control, israel determines our foreign policy which gets OUR children killed while jew kids infest our liberal/jew colleges.

July 24, 2012 at 8:41 a.m.
annisisbell said...

Tell me, David Cook, how passive and non violent jews and israel are.

jews produce movies like Batman that our children are subjected to in theaters and on tv and video. jews produce the mindless blood, gore and violence, the porno where any beautiful young Nordic starlet knows what she has to do if she wants to make it in HOllywood. David, wouldn't you call the required love scenes in every Hollywood movie soft porn and violence against Nordic and Christian people and our traditions and values?

Yet nobody is allowed to criticize a jew BASED UPON THE CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER. What about that violence against the founding stock of this nation Mr Cook?

Now they want to take our guns based upon anecdotal acts that we had nothing to do with just like the kids at Penn State did nothing wrong to have their football program destroyed. That is the same kind of lifelong mind destroying Marxist violence that is perpetrated against first graders who bring toys to school and are subjected to interrogations and harsh penalties and treated like criminals with real weapons. What about that violence against the American people David? The mind control starts in kindergarten. Don't question just obey.

Stop demonizing Nordic and Christian people and stop lecturing us. Its the government that perpetrates the violence. And that government no longer belongs to us but is controlled by non Nordic, non Christian people that we allowed to take over without protest or violence against them. Their Hidden Hand and treachery causes most of the real violence in our country and the world.

Now they get our children killed and tell us they are defending our way of life. Our way of life! I don't even recognize my country. Perhaps David will remember his little speech about love the next time the liberal/jew media demonizes the right wing. Perhaps he will remember his speech about love the next time jew controlled Homeland Insecurity threatens the right wing founding stock of this nation who want to defend our borders and get rid of illegals which we have every right to do.

Its easy for those in control to preach love when they are in control and running rough shod over their victims. The victims may not feel so inclined to love and more inclined to pick up their guns. Why did jews get control of our media? Why did jews write and get passed into law the 1965 Immigration Act that made America diverse but claim they have a right to a state of their own bought with our blood and treasury?

Hate is not a crime. Governments can not manufacture love. Cultural engineers cannot manufacture love. Freedom is won through violence. Then you have the leisure to love.

July 24, 2012 at 8:41 a.m.
Bumpkin said...

annisisbell, you have WAY too much time on your hands.

July 24, 2012 at 9 a.m.
dao1980 said...

Wowee, annnnsisisisbleeee, what a lengthy load of crapola.

No one is going to read all of that..

July 24, 2012 at 9:13 a.m.
annisisbell said...

Oh excuse me. I'm sorry I wasted time. Much better to post comments like you just posted. Attempt to stigmatize me rather than having a debate about why David would post an article about love in connection with two separate anecdotal incidences.

Who exactly is responsible for the current cultural engineering in our society that results in hate? When they talk about cultural wars whose culture is under attack?

July 24, 2012 at 10:56 a.m.
Leaf said...

anni, how's that meth treating you? Got any teeth left?

July 24, 2012 at 2:19 p.m.
annisisbell said...

I'm able enough to debate the issue if you would care to deal with the issues Leaf, you think you can refute anything I said? Or is it too much of a challenge for you to debate a meth head?

July 24, 2012 at 2:26 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Cook is an idiot. If only the nutcase in Colorado had taken part in kumbaya chants in high school this wouldn't have happened. Sure. And how many dentists are women? If it's not even close to 50 percent then throwing in "she" as the pronoun is pathetic. He or she would have been acceptable, He, and it wouldn't have been noticed.

Annis your comments will never be consistently read when you basically spam each topic, no matter if the comment would be approved or not.

July 24, 2012 at 2:51 p.m.
annisisbell said...

You're right about that LaughingBoy, the problem is that most people are so drowned in liberal propaganda that you can't comment without trying to inform people or they have no clue. You practically have to draw them a picture.

Check this out and see how the pc liberals have twisted common sense into either you give up your country or you're a hater.

funny but true.

I also agree 100% about the use of "she", I wanted to say that I have never been to a female dentist. I'm so sick of the Marxist cultural engineers, they make me sick.

July 24, 2012 at 3:18 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Why try to read, digest, and refute any of the trash you deliver annsisisisbellelele?

Everyone on all sides of all issues has pretty much been made aware (by yourself) that you suck as a person.. in general.. all of the time.

July 24, 2012 at 3:19 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

I would go to a female dentist if she looked like Jennifer Anniston. Watch Horrible Bosses if you don't get the reference.

July 24, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.
annisisbell said...

I've never seen Horrible Bosses?

dao1980, don't worry about it. If you even tried to refute my arguments you would risk having to agree with what I say, or at the least have to do some heavy thinking. I understand the risks to those who disagree with me.

Go ahead, it'll make you feel less threatened if you just call me names. I get it. I wasn't born yesterday and I didn't just fall off the turnip truck.

You stick to what you believe even if you can't defend your beliefs. Its a lot easier. And it has perks to go along with it, you don't get called names and dumped on. Plus you don't have to think about anything because your beliefs are handed to you by the media already prepackaged and ready to swallow.

Those who question everything are like Nazis.

July 24, 2012 at 4:04 p.m.
dao1980 said...

You offer nothing worth the effort to refute.

You deliver obtusely broad, old world, racist, antisemitic speeches that reflect a mentality that has no place in today's "modern" society.

To argue with you about your content, would be like arguing with a caveman who disbelieves the obvious benefits of the wheel.

Intelligent people question everything that peaks their ever changing interest, and for you to imply that those who are comfortable and welcoming to the continued integration of all of the worlds peoples are not asking important questions, is beyond ignorant.

So, I say again... you suck as a person, and probably suffer unnecessarily in your personal life for your crippled philosophical stance.

I will also add, you seem to be blinded by your own frustrations with a world full of realities you don't understand, and appear to be unwilling to accept.

This, coming to you from a somewhat racially insensitive kraut. (how embarrassing)

July 24, 2012 at 4:31 p.m.
Satyagrahi said...

Annisisbell, they say there are two basic motivations for any action: love and fear. From your comments it is clear that much of your life is ruled by fear, especially of anyone who is not like you. The fears you have of people such as Muslims and Jews are dangerous. Your Nordic, Christian culture is not under attack. You (and I) have been the beneficiaries of hundreds of years of societal benefit. Our majority has held an unbalanced cultural, political and economic advantage over other cultures for a very long time. I would challenge you to read writings of people like Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi or even Jesus. Or read something like Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, Life After Hate magazine or watch the movie American History X. All are stories of people who have led miserable lives because of similar beliefs as yours. They all, however, met beautiful, kind people from the cultures they feared and came to see that they were not what they had been led to believe. Seek out these stories. Be open to them. I don't write this to argue with you, insult you or anything like that. Instead, I write this out of a sincere care for you and the belief that no one can lead a happy life harboring the fears that you have so deeply invested in.

July 24, 2012 at 4:32 p.m.
annisisbell said...

Satyagrahi - do you think we should continue with our current policies toward israel since it is a jewish state?

July 24, 2012 at 4:50 p.m.
shen said...

A retired member of the DOD asked something significant that's been overlooked: While purchasing all this heavy duty armory and protective gear, why didn't Holmes come under the suspicion of the ATF, FBI and other agencies, state and local, that's suppose to monitor such high volume transactions? If this individual had a middle eastern sounding name and had ordered a fraction of the ammunition and COMBAT gear Holmes purchased, he'd have been immediately placed under surveillance and subsequently arrested.

July 24, 2012 at 4:53 p.m.
annisisbell said...

I guess he is trying to point out that perhaps certain people in government wanted this to happen so they could justify taking our guns.

After all on 9-11 certain neocons got their new Pearl Harbor with the result that we attacked Iraq like they wanted us to.

Lautenberger immediately introduced a bill to take our guns. NYC Mayor Bloomberg claimed that the police should go on strike til we give up our guns. And the owners of the media have bombarded us with the demonetization of the founding stock of America and labeled us a threat to justify taking our guns.

In addition, what Holmes did was most uncharacteristic. He had even spent the summer working at a jewish summer camp. What happened to him?

July 24, 2012 at 5:18 p.m.
Satyagrahi said...

Annisisbell, your question suggests that our decision to support Israel should depend upon the fact that they are a Jewish state. So, do I think we should support them because they are a Jewish state? No. I think our decision to support a country should have nothing to do with their majority race or religion. I believe we should support a Muslim nation just as readily as a Christian or Jewish one. However, I think that should be based upon their history and policies.

I also have to say that I have no idea what that question has to do with this conversation other than the persistence to make Jews out to be the evil, behind-the-scenes villains of modern history.

I just saw your comments about MLK as well so I am going to assume that you will not be reading any of his speeches or writings with an open mind. Who do you consider to be American leaders of integrity and historical worth? And what trusted sources do you get your ideas from since you obviously have no trust for the media?

July 24, 2012 at 5:27 p.m.
annisisbell said...

The problem I have with your post is that you condition my opinions upon hate or fear. that is a false choice.

Its not your place to characterize my opinions. If you disagree with them then you must find an argument to refute them.

One cannot prove a negative. You call me names or accuse me of having fear and hate, so how do you prove a negative?

I accuse you of being uninformed on all of the above. Why don't you give me evidence that I should trust the media.

Explain why its a good idea for jews to control all our major media. How would the media be different if Muslims controlled it? Christians? Anglo Saxons?

You announce that White people have historically been privileged. We've made most of the progress in the world and created modern civilization. What? We have to apologize for that? does that make cannibalism in Africa the human ideal?

Does the following perhaps explain your White guilt? What do you make of it?

We must realize that our party's most powerful weapon is racial tension. By propounding into the consciousness of the dark races that for centuries they have been oppressed by the whites, we can mold them to the program of the Communist Party. In America we will aim for subtle victory. While inflaming the Negro minority against the whites, we will endeavor to instill in the whites a guilt complex for their exploitation of the Negroes. We will aid the Negroes to rise in prominence in every walk of life, in the professions and in the world of sports and entertainment. With this prestige, the Negro will be able to intermarry with the whites and begin a process which will deliver America to our cause." by Israel Cohen, A Racial Program for the Twentieth Century, 1912. (Also in Congressional Record, Vol 103, p.8559, June 7, 1957)

If jews have the power of the media, the Fed and they are the richest and most powerful segment of the population, doesn't that make them fair game for criticism? What responsibility for the world's problems are you willing to guilt jews with?

July 25, 2012 at 8:36 a.m.
Shock said...

annisisbell -

I feel sorry for you.

July 25, 2012 at 1:47 p.m.
please login to post a comment

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »


Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.