Guest Post: New Hampshire Man Lights Himself On Fire To Protest America's Decline

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From Simon Black of Sovereign Man

New Hampshire Man Lights Himself On Fire To Protest America's Decline

Late last week, Thomas James Ball reached his breaking point. Driven
to desperation by a system that bankrupted him and destroyed his family,
Ball walked up to the main door of the Keene County, New Hampshire
courthouse, doused himself with gasoline, and lit himself ablaze.

Hardly anyone seems to have noticed.

Conversely, when a 26-year old Tunisian man lit himself on fire a few
months ago after police confiscated the fruits and vegetables he had
been selling without a proper permit, it launched a wave of revolution
across the Middle East.

People were shocked into taking action… protests and riots swept the region and one regime after another crumbled.

Rather than sparking an “American spring” and shocking US citizens
into taking their country back, though, Mr. Ball’s act of
self-immolation seems to have been largely ignored. There has been scant
coverage (and scant is being extremely generous) of Mr. Ball in the
mainstream media, and what little coverage there is generally discredits the man as a troublemaker.

This is how the system’s gatekeepers have been so adroit at
maintaining the status quo– by suppressing dissent, marginalizing the
detractors, and distracting the populace with meaningless, irrelevant
drivel.

Mr. Ball left behind a lengthy missive prior to his suicide, which
covers a range of topics from political corruption to why the family
court system in America is utterly disgraceful. He was, to put it
mildly, a staunch advocate of violent change, and it’s clear he hoped a
great deal of others would follow in his footsteps to literally burn the
system down.

(Ball even left instructions for how to make a proper Molotov
cocktail along with specific vulnerabilities of police stations in his
area…)

Perhaps the most interesting part of his final post, however, was the
observation that the United States is no longer a nation of laws; Ball
described what he calls the ‘second set of books,’ which is essentially
the collection of policies, procedures, and protocols that courts and
executive agencies rely upon.

This includes police departments and other ‘enforcers’ across the
country that come up with standardized responses to take judgment out of
the equation. TSA agents, for instance, are only following procedure
when they fondle children at airport checkpoints. Even the guys who
drove the trains to the concentration camps were just following
procedures.

Ball argued that the nation is now ruled by such procedures, even in
such institutions as family court where judges (by policy) pass the buck
down the line to mental health case workers.

His anger and desperation for this system, which tore apart his
family and bankrupted his finances, led Ball to light himself ablaze at
the local courthouse in a state whose motto is “Live Free or Die.” Ball
chose the latter.

The next day, life went on in America. There was no shocking
front-page cover story or award-winning photograph to spark a national
debate… let alone propel droves of fed-up citizens to flood the streets
demanding change.

Rather, the New Hampshire courthouse cleaned up his charred remains
and meticulously scrubbed the floors to eliminate all trace of the
event. 24-hour news networks ran a quick blurb in their scrolling
tickers amid more important coverage of the Miss USA beauty pageant and
President Obama’s Father’s Day plans.

In other words, business as usual… suggesting that if there is, in
fact, going to be a fight for the soul of the country, it’s a long way
off, and many more degrees for the boiling frogs who are stuck in the
pot.

My assessment of this situation, however controversial it may be,
remains very clear: the great faceless enemy that opposes us,
irrespective of our country of origin, is the institution of government.

Over time, this institution has inserted itself into nearly all
aspects of life, such that a man cannot so much as enjoy a pint of beer,
discipline his children, ride on the train, go to the doctor, open a
bank account, apply for a job, go fishing, or watch a sporting event
without the heavy hand of government being involved.

This is a beast that feeds on citizens; the more it feeds, the larger
it becomes and the hungrier it gets. Of all the solutions out there,
including armed conflict, civil disobedience, self-immolation, active
democracy, etc., the only one that truly destroys the beast is starving
it– take away the feast of productive citizens and accelerate its
collapse.

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Hugh G Rection's picture

Nobody noticed...

 

Must have been during Dancing With the Stars.

Manthong's picture

"And though the past has it's share of injustice
Kind was the spirit in many a way
But it's protectors and friends have been sleeping
Now it's a monster and will not obey

America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now
We can't fight alone against the monster"

bernorange's picture

The man he stepped up to the microphone and he gave it a kiss.
It was a big wet, slippery kiss.
And he had sweat dripping off of his nose onto the windscreen.
As he looked out over the audience he said,
God bless you, God bless you one and all.
Then he took a can of ronson lighter fluid
And he squirted it over the top of his head.
And proceeded to light himself on fire
As he stood there glowing and said,
Remember this day.
(God bless you, God bless you one and all)
(Remember this day)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7uuJ14p2U0

Michael's picture

The USA now has it's first self immolation protest by Thomas J. Ball, 58, of Holden, Mass.,

Thank goodness it happened in the most free state in America, New Hampshire. Perhaps they will release the surveillance video of the incident so we can put it on Youtube. Or we could do a photoshop re-enactment of this mans American nightmare. 

osh's picture

based on this story, i'm beginning to have my doubts about having a revolution at all

JW n FL's picture

you doubt the outright stupidity of the Washington Lobby Whores then do you? Fret! Not!! they are getting dumber by the moment and the people will at some point, sooner than later be getting hungrier by the moment.. which will seal ALL! of our fates!!

Tenma13's picture

lol was thinking the same thing :P 'Nothing to see here, move along' oh wait, no one was actually stopping in the first place. 

WeekendAtBernankes's picture

Hmm...

Maybe nobody cares because he is a grown man who hit a four year old girl in the face so hard she started bleeding.

Hmm, again.  His wife left him and took the girls?  I wonder why.

watchingdogma's picture

Sometimes when my lips are chapped - they start bleeding for no reason at all. 

But of course - this guy deserves to be burned alive.  Too bad we couldn't keep him alive while he burned - so he could experience real hell on earth.  F'n pussy.

WeekendAtBernankes's picture

Not sure if you're being sarcastic or not.

watchingdogma's picture

I am sure that this wasn't your first clueless moment.

RingToneDeaf's picture

Bernankes,

Arriving home after work one evening our trio of monsters celebrated my arrival. Their mother was face down on the kitchen table sobbing uncontrollably.

I understand and take pity on a woman who drowns her children under duress. Because we had at times 3 little demons that looked like angels that we loved very much.

We are all going to pay just like I told the kids at the time they would pay for beating down dear ol' Mommy. Most nowadays just throw away their kids. Check out statistics for children not living with either parent.

WeekendAtBernankes's picture

Thanks for the thoughtful reply.  I certainly understand that kids can be extremely frustrating and downright bad at times.

I'm not anti-discipline.  Spanking is one thing, but it's not like someone just administers a "disciplinary slap" to a four year old and she starts bleeding (for licking his hand, of all things).  It's that, coupled with the psychological implications of the guy lighting himself on fire, that lead me to believe there is more to the story than what he talks about in his "manifesto".

I'm not in denial about the anti-family domestic policies in our country.  I'm just sayin' that this man does not warrant much sympathy from me.

Haters want to junk because I point out he's not innocent.  Have they considered that his kids were innocent?  

My sympathy is with the little girl he slapped.  It's not hard to imagine that she's blaming herself for daddy's immolation.  What a shame.

MSimon's picture

One mistake by him and you lose sympathy for his family? Uh. OK.

 

He made a mistake and the system destroyed his family? Why did the system do that? You need only look at the incentives.

illyia's picture

Why would anyone get junked for posting a link?

It really isn't funny.

It's stupid.

Just saying...

Hugh G Rection's picture

There's lots of faggots on here that just really enjoy touching other peoples junk.  Can't take it personal, they are probably just TSA workers, doing what they're trained to do.

Dental Floss Tycoon's picture

 

Why would anyone get junked for posting a link?

Tom Ball is a reproach to all the statist assholes that think supporting the government is the patriotic thing to do.  

This subject seems to force people to take sides.

Project Mayhem is approaching people.  Which side you gonna be on?

Dying is not the worst evil.  Live free or die.

 

Vic Vinegar's picture

DFT - I am not on your side and I'm not against you.

I just want to know what the over/under is on self-immolations in the continental US is before the year is out.

Because if I need to play the over/under on self-starters in New Hampshire before the end of 2011, I'm taking the under.  You should, too.

Gene Parmesan's picture

This is apparently an inflammatory topic.

vast-dom's picture

Please don't forget the government subsidized banksters and their institutions as part of this desttructive smothering leviathan.

Unholy Dalliance's picture

I didn't junk you for what you said. I junked you for your inability to S-P-E-L-L.

 

That goes for half the illiterate clods who post at ZH. As for the ones with creepy, far-right political opinions, words (spelt correctly) fail me!

Crab Cake's picture

Some people post from their phones, and it's easy to mistype.

Besides it really isn't about the content or thought of a post, it's about whether it's perfectly edited; right?

Thanks for being the boards second grade teacher. Fucking asshat.

Unholy Dalliance's picture

I didn't junk you for what you said. I junked you for your inability to S-P-E-L-L.

 

That goes for half the illiterate clods who post at ZH. As for the ones with creepy, far-right political opinions, words (spelt correctly) fail me!

planetes's picture

Umm.. So why did you post the same response 7 times?  That falls in its own category of failure.

naughtius maximus's picture

This is an informal forum not acadamia. Now slither back to that hole you came from.

Unholy Dalliance's picture

I didn't junk you for what you said. I junked you for your inability to S-P-E-L-L.

 

That goes for half the illiterate clods who post at ZH. As for the ones with creepy, far-right political opinions, words (spelt correctly) fail me!

Unholy Dalliance's picture

I didn't junk you for what you said. I junked you for your inability to S-P-E-L-L.

 

That goes for half the illiterate clods who post at ZH. As for the ones with creepy, far-right political opinions, words (spelt correctly) fail me!

Unholy Dalliance's picture

I didn't junk you for what you said. I junked you for your inability to S-P-E-L-L.

 

That goes for half the illiterate clods who post at ZH. As for the ones with creepy, far-right political opinions, words (spelt correctly) fail me!

knowless's picture

i chose the one in the middle to reply to.

Unholy Dalliance's picture

I didn't junk you for what you said. I junked you for your inability to S-P-E-L-L.

 

That goes for half the illiterate clods who post at ZH. As for the ones with creepy, far-right political opinions, words (spelt correctly) fail me!

Unholy Dalliance's picture

I didn't junk you for what you said. I junked you for your inability to S-P-E-L-L.

 

That goes for half the illiterate clods who post at ZH. As for the ones with creepy, far-right political opinions, words (spelt correctly) fail me!

Rodent Freikorps's picture

I'm gonna have to call that a Fail, Mr. Self-Righteous.

fuu's picture

if yer gonna slapp othur peeple round four missspellings u shuld lern to post

Ura Bonehead's picture

I didn't junk you for how you spelled.  I junked you for your inability to U-S-E  A  C-O-M-P-U-T-E-R.

Fortunately the poor spellin' illiterate clods on ZH now how to avoid double, triple, quad.... posts.

Bananamerican's picture

i think that many multi-postings qualifies as self-immolation on ZH....

 

Widowmaker's picture

You speak of enablers of corrupt government.

Banks and incorporation.

TBTF owns you.

QEsucks's picture

This is the dbag that punched his 4 year old for licking his hand?

Transformer's picture

Yeah, he coldcocked her, knocked her out, broke her jaw.   /sarc

SheepDog-One's picture

I dont think its funny at all Transformer.

Cdad's picture

We had a very prolonged comment battle on this over the weekend, Dog.  He slapped his kid, and a contingency of folk took the position that this was child abuse.  The sarcasm above is directed at the crowd.

And by the way, I have yet to hear even a modicum of intelligence from the side that equates all corporal punishment with child abuse.  And none of them will stand up for the absurd circumstances the State put him in after it entered as judge and jury.

A whole lot of emtion on this matter...and very little thought.  Oh, and in the meantime, lost is the intent of SB's commentary...and the man's death, for that matter.

Old Poor Richard's picture

He slapped her.  Probably hit harder than he meant, and it certainly was an accident that he cut her lip.  That's not child abuse, period

Child Protective Services, therapists, cops, social workers, family courts are engaging in systemic terrorism against ordinary, innocent families.  These malicious thugs will destroy families with deliberate intent and inexhaustible vigor.

My daughter is having trouble in kindergarten.  She was perfectly fine through 5 years of day care, but in the trashy public school environment, she is withdrawn and has low self esteem caused by the system and her peers.  And we as parents have already been threatened by the school "counselor" who doesn't even have a PhD with the mandatory reporting law because we've smacked her for misbehavior akin to what happened in his case.  Not hitting in anger, but in correction, after repeated offense.  We've told her that she can trust her teachers and tell them anything--knowing full well that she might say something that will plant her in a foster home to be raped, while my wife and I rot in jail simply because we've slapped her a couple times in her entire life, or have yelled at her.  It is terrifying.

That girl he slapped is now 14.  And her dad is gone.  He won't sit with pride at her graduation, won't walk her down the aisle when she gets married.  For the rest of her life she will live with the fact that simply because he smacked her one time when she was 4 years old, and her mom was intimidated by a lying bastard therapist, it activated the terrorist child protective system which bankrupted him, his wife, his kids and finally led to his death.

This should put people on fucking notice: calling the police and accusing a partner of domestic violence or child abuse is the nuclear option.  You can't ever undo the damage caused by a single arrest.  People lose their jobs, lose their kids, lose their lives.  If you or your kids are in danger, then you should call the cops, you should get your abuser out of your life permanently.  But if this is somebody who you want to be in the house the next day, the next week, you'd better not fucking call.  Because once you've called, your own life will never be the same either--with your partner gone, in jail, jobless, bankrupt, dead.

 

trav7777's picture

do you think women CARE?

I had the cops called on me 3 times I think.

The women WILL hurt the kids just to get to you because unlike them, you REALLY CARE about the children as a person severable from yourself.  That is the difference.

A divorce and custody is not about what's best for the kids...it is about revenge against you

tmosley's picture

Awww, is wittle twav a bitter wittle guy?

I think he is.  Yes, he's a bitter wittle guy.

Good to know you aren't allowed to beat your children anymore, you sack of shit.

topcallingtroll's picture

Sometimes women may be out to get the guy.

However given trav's avatar he may not be the easiest person to get along with, but i still love you trav, and you too mosely.