"He could not completely rise to the occasion, he could not relieve the officials of all their tasks; the responsibility for this last failure of his lay with him who had not left him the remnant of strength necessary for the deed. His glance fell on the top story of the house adjoining the quarry. With a flicker as of a light going up, the casements of a window there suddenly flew open; a human figure, faint and insubstantial at that distance and that height, leaned abruptly far forward and stretched both arms still farther. Who was it? A friend? A good man? Someone who sympathized? Someone who wanted to help? Was it one person only? Or was it mankind? Was help at hand? Were there arguments in his favor that had been overlooked? Of course there must be. Logic is doubtless unshakable, but it cannot withstand a man who wants to go on living. Where was the Judge whom he had never seen? Where was the High Court, to which he had never penetrated? He raised his hands and spread out all his fingers.
"But the hands of one of the partners were already at K.'s throat, while the other thrust the knife deep into his heart and turned it there twice. With failing eyes K. could still see the two of them immediately before him, cheek leaning against cheek, watching the final act. "Like a dog!" he said; it was as if the shame of it must outlive him."
Kafka wrote these words eighty-six years ago, and they ring as true today as I'm sure they did in 1916. All the progress the world has made, all the technological marvels we have, are meaningless until we confront the darkness that sits in our souls. It would be easy to say that the men who did this were animals ... the scary thing is that they are not.
Let me put you in the picture, let me show you what I mean; The Messiah is my sister, ain't no king man, she's my queen.
I'm a little disturbed at myself after sitting down and watching it a couple weeks ago. I came away with a couple thoughts from it.
#1 These guys apparently can't put together a very good video montage.
#2 I was actually... let down by it. I'm disturbed that I was expecting something with more gore and stuff. Here's some footage of a guy getting his head cut off, and I'm sitting here looking at it dissapointed at the lack of actual head choppin' action footage of it, and critiquing the editing job. I didn't flinch, I didn't say anything, I just kind of sat there and stared with this 'that's it?' gaze. That is the most disturbing bit of it for me.
i was with you on point #2....after reading CRZ's warning, i was expecting something more disturbing...
which is more disturbing? I could watch a beheading and not flintch, [or spell properly] or that I was compleatly unphased by the whole video and not really care about Pearl or the demands of his killers?
"If it weren't for my horse, I wouldn't have spent that year in college." -Lewis Black "Yeah, fuck you E.T. you ungrateful dick." -BigDaddyLoco 5/20/2 "MAY PRE HOUSE THE SEAMY SIDE VOLITATION!!!" Warning from a "Flying Goku" Dragon Ball Z toy "Warning: Remove label before placing in microwave." Warning from the label of a Moet White Star Champagne bottle "When two trains come to a crossing, neither shall go until the other has passed." Washington State law "Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart, piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes." Pennsylvania State law
(Sorry in advance for sounding like your mother.) I think both are pretty disturbing if you ask me. Look, if you guys ever feel that way then it's easy- FORCE yourself to feel disturbed because you know you SHOULD be. Or better yet, don't watch it. I won't, because I know I *never* want to become desensitized to that sort of thing. If you can watch a snuff film and not be extremly bothered by it (like Nicolas Cage in 8MM), no matter how gory it is, then you may want to watch the amount of violent TV and video you take it because it just may be doing you damage.
If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. -Willy Wonka
I started to play it and then thought "Do I REALLY want to see this? What will it do for (or to) me?"
At which point I closed the window.
I'm not going to explain it, it's just one of those things where it's right or it's wrong to publish or watch something like this, and I'm leaning towards wrong on both counts.
Karl: If you had a neck and I had hands I would squeeze your brain which is your body right out of the top of your head which does not exist! Zorak: That's some great hair. Karl: Thanks, it's not real.
I watched it, it was horrible. As bad as it is, they should air it on TV so that we don't get complacent about the threat out there. We need to keep our anger up. Already, 9 months after the attack on WTC we have devolved into bickering idiots again. Everyone should remember the big picture.
Originally posted by JobbermanI watched it, it was horrible. As bad as it is, they should air it on TV so that we don't get complacent about the threat out there. We need to keep our anger up. Already, 9 months after the attack on WTC we have devolved into bickering idiots again. Everyone should remember the big picture.
like i said...i was expecting more and i was pretty dissapointed, not because Pearl died, but because i was expecting more blood, more gore or something...
i was let down, and TO ME, it's not that graphic...
maybe it's from all those Jason and Freddie movies, but i saw Pearls head get sawed off and my reaction was "That's it? that wasn't worth the warning CRZ gave...that was light-weight..."
that's when i scared myself...
"If it weren't for my horse, I wouldn't have spent that year in college." -Lewis Black "Yeah, fuck you E.T. you ungrateful dick." -BigDaddyLoco 5/20/2 "MAY PRE HOUSE THE SEAMY SIDE VOLITATION!!!" Warning from a "Flying Goku" Dragon Ball Z toy "I'm her sugar momma, which is ok, because I'm her sister." Connie French, and the funniest thing one of my customers has ever said to me "Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart, piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes." Pennsylvania State law
If it's Richard "Kinky" Friedman, I suppose it's possible. It's going to be fun to see him try, anyway. The New Yorker had a big writeup about his campaign, which seems to focus on education reform and slowing down the executions.