Uncommon Sense

March 15, 2019

Blood Magic . . . I Wonder Where That Came From?

In the recent Christchurch, New Zealand, massacre of Muslims, one self-identified suspect posted a manifesto which stated, in part: “The origins of my language is European, my culture is European, my political beliefs are European, my philosophical beliefs are European, my identity is European and, most importantly, my blood is European.”

“My blood is European.”

Mate, your blood is red, just like the rest of us.

The role of blood in our cultural imaginings is deep and to its core bogus. For example, in this country’s history, we had laws establishing how African-American people were. We used terms like “octoroon” which now is defined as being “a person who is one-eighth black by descent” or basically having one Black grandparent. But the common people talked about one eighth of a person’s blood being Black. Others said that “one drop” of Black blood made one Black. (This was always puzzling to me because these same idiots claimed that white blood was stronger and better than black blood, so someone with a 50%-50% mix should be classified as white because the 50% white blood was stronger, no?)

Blood magic was borne of ignorance of all but a few basic facts (the primary one being if you lost enough blood, you died). It was promoted through superstition and bias and prejudice (your enemies had bad blood). But what keeps it going centuries after it has been debunked as nonsense?

Ah, culturally blood shows up as a mystical power in religions. Christians and Jews can read about blood magic in their Bibles. They can read about how menstrual blood makes women “unclean” for several days of the month. They can read about how we were all saved “by the blood of a lamb.” They can read about blood sacrifices. They can read about how being born carries sin which resides in the blood. They can read about dietary restrictions involving blood, such as the Torah forbids the consumption of the blood of an animal. (Imagine forbidding the glory which is blood sausage. Amazing.)

So, while us secularists are trying to reduce superstition and ignorance, the religionists are reinforcing it.

Oh, and the manifesto writer which claims “my identity is European” is apparently an Australian. His European language is rooted in the Near East. His DNA is roughly two thirds African in origin and one third Asian in origin. European political beliefs? Really? Is there any political belief you cannot find embedded in Europe? This poor sod is seriously confused . . . but he sure does know how to sling buzz words at a right-ring audience.

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. (Anonymous—please do not comment that it was Mark Twain, it appears nowhere in his writings or reporting upon him.)

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  1. “The origins of my language is European, my culture is European, my political beliefs are European, my philosophical beliefs are European, my identity is European and, most importantly, my blood is European.”

    Then what the hell is he doing in New Zealand? If he’s so keen on being European, he should just go there!

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    Comment by Ubi Dubium — March 15, 2019 @ 9:27 am | Reply

    • Maybe they didn’t like him so much?

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 15, 2019 @ 9:32 am | Reply

  2. “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so, Doc!” Bugs Bunny to Elmer Fudd, circa 1952.

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    Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — March 15, 2019 @ 10:32 am | Reply

    • LOL!!! How did you know that I am a big (Grande!) Bugs Bunny Fan?

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 15, 2019 @ 11:57 am | Reply

      • Good guess on my part, Doc!

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        Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — March 15, 2019 @ 11:58 am | Reply

        • “Oh carrots are divine, you get a dozen for a dime, it’s m … a … g … ic!”

          “I knew I shoulda taken that turn to Albuhkerkie.”

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — March 15, 2019 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

          • Doesn’t get much better’n Bugs, Mel Blanc, and good ole Warner Bros cartoons. I also love the early Woody Woodpecker ‘toons were he’s bat-shit crazy, crossed eyed, and laughing manically at the drop of a hat. Chilly Willy’s a fav, too. Him and that dog he used to torment in each cartoon in some way or another.

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            Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — March 15, 2019 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

            • The thing I liked most about those cartoons is that they were layered. They had references to movie stars and somewhat risque chatter for adults at the same time they did some things to appeal to the kids. Today’s cartoons are not so carefully scripted and hence seem shallow.

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — March 15, 2019 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

  3. You know what’s in the blood of some people? Ignoramus cells!

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    Comment by Nan — March 15, 2019 @ 11:23 am | Reply

    • I can see the hospital blood workup now: this, that, the stupid (4.74%), etc. etc.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 15, 2019 @ 11:58 am | Reply

  4. The shooting in New Zealand was perpetrated by a madman. I would say it was an act of evil. Of course, evil is a construct from the superstitious minds of religious people so I don’t know what you secularists would call the shooting.

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    Comment by John Branyan — March 15, 2019 @ 11:50 am | Reply

    • Can you draw a line between “evil” and “really bad”? I have yet to meet anyone who could. I think we resort to words like “evil” when we run out of words to describe how bad things are. And one persons supply of useful descriptors varies a great deal from another’s. (At least we managed to change the topic, John!)

      PS I would call it really fucked up. The act of a seriously mentally ill person. (Have you noticed that women are almost never involved in such shootings. Are women less mentally ill? Are women less evil?)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 15, 2019 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

      • Splendid! We can use “really fucked up” instead of “evil” and dispense with all the superstitious nonsense.

        Secularism provides the freedom to determine for myself what’s really fucked up, right? I happen to agree with you about the shooting but there may some Trump voters who see murdering Muslims as positive thing. A secularist should respect their point of view as well.

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        Comment by John Branyan — March 15, 2019 @ 12:26 pm | Reply

    • Easy: right wing extremism, motivated more by politics than religion (at least outside the US). He even praised Trump, writing “[Trump is] a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

      You voted for Trump, didn’t you?

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      Comment by john zande — March 15, 2019 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

      • Wash your mouth out! I could not vote in good faith for Hillary, who represented the status quo which I consider reprehensible, so I wrote in Bernie’s name. My state voted for Hillary (which I checked ahead of time), so I had no part in voting for Mr. Trump.

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        Comment by Steve Ruis — March 15, 2019 @ 12:16 pm | Reply

        • Fair enough, but I was replying to Branyan.

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          Comment by john zande — March 15, 2019 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

        • And please, STOP saying Trump is white. He’s ORANGE!!! And he spends a lot of time and money on being orange. Well…except for that area around his eyes, but just ignore that. You’re not suppose to notice it. OK? Thanks. 🙂

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          Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — March 15, 2019 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

        • Did I hit the wrong reply button?

          Let me try again.

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          Comment by john zande — March 15, 2019 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

    • Easy: right wing extremism, motivated more by politics than religion (at least outside the US). He even praised Trump, writing “[Trump is] a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

      You voted for Trump, didn’t you?

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      Comment by john zande — March 15, 2019 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

      • This came to me and not JB. So, …?

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        Comment by Steve Ruis — March 15, 2019 @ 12:24 pm | Reply

        • Ah. You can delete this one. I think I did it right.

          Now fix your comments settings.

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          Comment by john zande — March 15, 2019 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

        • I can’t work your Reply system out. Can you get my comment to where it’s intended?

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          Comment by john zande — March 15, 2019 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

    • Awww, look at the cute troll. Got any more snide ass remarks before you are done with the driveby?

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      Comment by shelldigger — March 16, 2019 @ 9:58 am | Reply

      • Apparently a single driveby was all it took to silence you secularists.

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        Comment by John Branyan — March 16, 2019 @ 10:49 am | Reply

        • So, John, your latest attempt to create a class distinction is to overuse the word secular/secularists. As I have stated, the word was coined by the Catholic Church to distinguish those “of the world” from those who were “of the church” in church circles, not society at large. (People weren’t allowed to be secularists back then, the penalties were too severe.)

          Since you seem to have a track record of hoping on “atheistic” blog sites and nay saying everything you read, there seems to be something missing in your life, antagonism, maybe?

          So, you say “a single driveby was all it took to silence you secularists” but have you noticed what the original post was about, or did you just jump to the comments to see what you could snark about?

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — March 16, 2019 @ 11:06 am | Reply

          • I’m not the one who used the shooting to swipe at Christians and Jews. You did that.

            I just wanted to remind you that in a religion free worldview, not everyone agrees about what’s really fucked up.

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            Comment by John Branyan — March 16, 2019 @ 11:25 am | Reply

        • Oh good grief. Do not let the fact that we aren’t all piling on and giving your absurd ignorance a good going over, give you some sense of a manly victory over us silly secularists. The thing is your argument is so damn stupid it ain’t even rong. It isn’t worth a rebuttal.

          Nevermind the fact that you infested a blog post outlining a heinous murderous rampage to spout your idiotic nonsense. Pathetic.

          Grow up.

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          Comment by shelldigger — March 16, 2019 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

          • Fact is that you don’t understand my “argument” so hostility is the only response at your disposal.

            You claim to be free of religion but your comments reveal your fundamentalism.

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            Comment by John Branyan — March 16, 2019 @ 2:39 pm | Reply

  5. Yeah unfortunately Christians and conservatives will take some damage from this. Also, Republicans will since shootings like this are associated with alt right etc etc. I’m predicting this will divide the country even more and spark a big gun debate

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    Comment by laymanpolitics06 — March 15, 2019 @ 6:06 pm | Reply

  6. And here I am, almost, sort of, on a really very bad day, almost starting to almost try to buy into this crapola that ‘Merikkka don’t export much now days. Well, this insane mass killing in sweet (it used to be in my opinion) New Zealand shows that not so very old (nor very great/nice) ‘Merikkka does so export some things. Like the vile, criminal crap like mass shootings.
    I have worked with people from all over this planet. In the USMC, one of my buddies was from Egypt. He enlisted as a way to fast track getting his citizenship. The rest of us would be sitting around, this is after I came home from the damn fool Vietnam war, and we’d be very critical of “our” (LOL, yeah sure) gummint. He’d speak up and say something like; “Well no system will ever be perfect, but the one we have here is better than many of the others.” We knew he was probably correct, but even he had to admit that ours (LOL) needed some work.
    My opinion (for the record, it ain’t humble) is that We, the collective we, left that needed work go far too long. Now it will take generations to rework/fix, IF that is even possible.
    Again, my opinion, yours may vary, but that is what you have to live with, is there is only one race of people, the human race. Any time I get one of those forms you need to fill out that asks you to check your race, they have that box for “other”. I check the “other” and write in human. If I feel frisky, not often the past 18 months, but still now and then, I’ll write motor for my “other” race. If it has an internal combustion engine, 2 or 4 wheels, I’ll want to be there to get some good photos of the racing.
    Just my own $0.02 worth, now adjusted for inflation amounts to about $0.00001836527.
    I sure would like to figure how to stop this damn fool hatred oh, and the moronic greed of the richest critters. If I did figure that out I’d refuse any sort of prize and/or monies and give it to all free, 1,000,000,000%

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — March 16, 2019 @ 2:43 am | Reply

    • Couldn’t agree more!

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 16, 2019 @ 7:46 am | Reply

    • If I did figure that out I’d refuse any sort of prize and/or monies and give it to all free, 1,000,000,000%

      Walter, that sounds wonderfully reminiscent of Nikola Tesla and his altruistic vision for free energy for the planet, for all to have… similar to our Sun. Sadly, the J.P. Morgans of the world were threatened by the prospect of such an endeavor where NO OBESE PROFITS for “titans of industry and economy” could be obtained and exclusive rights protected, huh? :/

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      Comment by Professor Taboo — March 19, 2019 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

      • And today, at least here in the U.S., we citizens, we commoners pay for EVERYTHING we need to live and survive except for the oxygen/air we breath. However, even that is changing and threatened… is it not?

        Open a family size bag of chips and what does one find? HALF (or more) of the bag is filled with air. Hence, technically even “air” is no longer free. 😦 I’ll spare everyone by not going into the environmental problems of air-pollution.

        How much longer until we are ALL PAYING, in some form or another, to not only breath, but to survive? Or are we already there? Or have we been there since the beginning of Homo sapiens? “Things that make you go… hmmm.

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        Comment by Professor Taboo — March 19, 2019 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  7. I keep writing stuff, then deleting it. I just have no suitable words for such an act.

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    Comment by shelldigger — March 16, 2019 @ 10:08 am | Reply

  8. “It’s what people know about themselves inside that makes ’em afraid.”
    Clint Eastwood, High Plains Drifter

    Afraid and then psychotic and/or homicidal when there is absolutely no introspection whatsoever. Reminds me…

    One day an old Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson. He said, “There are two wolves fighting inside all of us – the wolf of fear and hate, and the wolf of love and peace.“

    The grandson listened, then looked up at his grandfather and asked, “Which one will win?”

    The grandfather replied, “The one we feed.”

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    Comment by Professor Taboo — March 17, 2019 @ 1:06 pm | Reply


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