Aaron Joel Mitchell, spiritually hungry, jumped in the fire and became a small-souled burning man.


What on Earth was the deal with Aaron Joel Mitchell?



Aaron Joel Mitchell



He grew up in Oklahoma, appears to have roamed the world and landed in Switzerland where he last lived with his wife.


A dutiful son who appears to have lived a self-fulfilling wayward script while leaving a pleasant memory of himself in death’s wake.  People speak kindly of the innocuous 41-year-old who astoundingly and pitifully sprinted into Saturday’s “Man Burn” inferno finale in which a 30-foot tall effigy was set ablaze while 50,000 people watched at the annual desert festival in Nevada’s desert.  He made it past a couple layers of security, so persistent and resolute was his final combustive ambition.



Burning Man said there is an investigation into what happened when Aaron Joel Mitchell raced toward the fire, dodged safety rangers and firemen and plunged into flames at the event. 

Mitchell, 41, was at his first Burning Man, according to his mother, Johnnye Mitchell.

She said her son grew up in McAlester, Okla., but was living in Switzerland with his wife.

“He was in great spirits when we saw him,” Mitchell said of her son, who she saw last month.

Mitchell was seen racing toward the fire around 10:30 p.m. during the climax of the annual arts festival Saturday night, where a 40-foot wooden statue is set on fire and burned.




Aaron Joel Mitchell seeks a reason to live in death                                                                                      



Aaron Mitchell was not particularly edgy or driven by manic wanderlust.  His manner of global self-discovery was rehearsed and rote;  a soulless surrender to faux-primal stupidity of the sort that the Burning Man festival offers to a culture of people lacking the spark of life we so direly lack in the 21st Century.  Aaron Mitchell was a fine boy, a great son, and yet another empty modern human vessel in search of meaning.  He did everything he could to seek such enlightenment, but he lived in the barren spiritual wasteland of 21st Century Western society.   It is difficult to find spiritual fulfillment in such a context and he failed  to accomplish that which most people don’t seem to find for he never peered inward.  The most difficult step to self-discovery we lack the drive to surmount.


He was wrapped up in facades and externalities, and was especially prone to those that “offered” some symbolic gesture of spiritual awakening, but ultimately, in this day and age, even such communal displays are fraught with conformity, precision and  predictability.


Perhaps he thought, “If I run into the fire, I can finally defeat the affliction of ‘small-souled bugmannery‘ which clouds my insignificant life.”


Aaron Mitchell, alas, could not find life in life, so he sought it in death.  He flew too close to the sun.  Like so many of his cohorts, Aaron was immersed in the consumerist, conformist matrix of modern man.  He was never allowed to discover the burning coals in his soul, so he sought them outward.


 The mother of Aaron Joel Mitchell confirmed that her son was the man who died after running into flames at Burning Man on Saturday night.

She said her son, who she called Joel, grew up in McAlester, Oklahoma but was living in Switzerland. 

“He’s 41, but they are always your baby,” said Johnnye Mitchell. 

“He was loving and a nice person,” she said. She also has a 35-year old son.  

“Joel liked hiking and outdoors, running.”

Mitchell said she saw her son on Aug. 1 before he headed to Oregon to go to an Eclipse festival.  She knew he was planning to go to Burning Man with friends and it was his first time to the annual festival. 

She said he is married but does not have any children. His wife is from Switzerland. He was working in construction.

“He was in great spirits when we saw him,” Mitchell said. 

She said she was notified by the hospital early Sunday morning.  “We are just in shock, total shock,” she said. “We can’t believe this happened.”

Update 3:30 p.m. Sunday:  Burning Man said Sunday afternoon it is working with local and federal law enforcement agencies into the death of Aaron Joel Mitchell, who died after running into a fire at Burning Man.

It remains unclear whether Mitchell was trying to run into the fire or tripped and fell into it while trying to avoid security staff. 

There an investigation into his death. MItchell, 41, was treated on scene at Burning Man and airlifted to the UC Davis FIrefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center.

He died Sunday morning. His hometown and camping location at Burning Man were not released. 


Like all of us, Aaron Mitchell was not alone in the demoralizing (and dehumanizing) task of fending off that gnawing void of spiritual mediocrity that consumes us.  He didn’t want to be a small-souled bugman anymore.  He demanded release, and became the small-souled burning man.


I wonder if he found the Sun?


North Korea: a “threat” sounds like a military green light to me…



And this.


SoD, John Mattis, spins an oblique threat, or promise.


My highlighted point, in red:



The United States will launch a “massive military response” to threats from North Korea, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Sunday.


He spoke after President Donald Trump met with his national security advisers following a test of what Pyongyang said was a hydrogen bomb able to fit atop a missile.


Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming,” Mattis said.


He added: “Kim Jong-Un should take heed of the United Nations Security Council’s unified voice. All members unanimously agreed on the threat North Korea poses and remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.


“We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.”


His comments came after Trump warned the time for “appeasement” was over and threatened drastic economic sanctions.


The unexpectedly powerful test Sunday was said to exceed in magnitude the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan — the resultant shock caused momentary panic in parts of China — and Trump slammed it as “very hostile and dangerous to the United States.”




Any threat.


Aren’t we at that threshold now?


Is this like dotting your “i’s?”


Public school teachers perpetuate the Leftist paradigm: Georgia teacher caught on video running classroom SJW fiefdom.


Today’s Education-Industrial complex is suffused with Communists. The societal ramifications of such an academic dynamic is blatantly obvious. Children, the most susceptible to suggestion and authority’s assertions, are drawn into the liberal dialogue the moment they step into their first indoctrination room when they are 5-years-old.


The indoctrination thus unravels for 12 more years. Such begins a steady stream of institutionalized liberalism that the children endure for the rest of their schooling.  Despite the fact children may not immediately display willingness to embrace the educational hypnotism they’ve been exposed to, the kernel, the seed, of liberalism is implanted in their psyche and it will most likely sprout in the void of political apathy later in adulthood at which time said student, now grown, will begin parroting left-wing ideas. The seed of liberalism was implanted in that nubile brain many years earlier and now, as “autonomously-minded” adults, they begin to display the childhood subliminal coercion outwardly, without conscious awareness of its genesis.


In some cases, the indoctrinated children embrace liberalism quickly and fragrantly, and  more rarely, children rebel against the left-wing educational paradigm.  The New Rebellion is Conservative. Radical students in 2017 are not liberal; they are anti-liberal (ie, anti-Establishment).


Several students at a Georgia high school who escaped Education’s group-think had a video recorded encounter with their teacher, a typical purveyor of the anti-Trump agenda.


From The Daily Caller


“Children, today’s lesson will be in equating opinions you don’t like with inflammatory verbiage and enacting said tyranny over groups. Demonstration 1:”




Was Hillary’s Presidency insured, ensured, or something in between?


I have little respect for “able-minded” people who can’t distinguish, or take the precious time, to ensure they are spelling some basic words correctly.


One of my many pet peeves is the “insure” vs “ensure” dilemma.  There is nebulous gray area about interchangeability between the two, but at the end of the day, we all know the rule.  It’s common sense and all the autistic chattering in the world doesn’t change a thing.


Insure is this.







It is codified extortion and we are left little choice when confronted by the unimaginable might of business powers. If you insure something, you are paying your own money for the random happenstance that you may need to dip into the service provided by your payment schedule.  You are a widgetized actuarial statistic and if you need to cash in, the firm that is gambling on your uneventful existence as a statistically-allowed justification for your perturbation will adjust its balance sheet. If, on the other hand, you blithely meander along inconsequentially while failing to “require” said firm’s intervention, they have happily accounted for your lack of helplessness and your proffered gift will cover (with space to spare) the unforeseen demands of other customers.


That is what it means to “insure.”


Ensure is quite the antithesis to this. It is not codified, it is not legally erected babble and its enactment depends entirely on your good will and respectful human nature.  “Ensure” depends on trust, a quality quite at odds with insure. In fact, ensure has much more commonality with “entrust” than it does with “insure,” and yet stupid people conflate the two all the time.


It’s not because they choose “insure” for any reason other than they are grammatically ignorant. People don’t mistakenly write insure because they are intending to denote structural extortion, but simply because they never consider “ensure,” an esoteric, rare term. Ensure doesn’t roll off tongues; insure, as a elemental extension of insurance, does.


And if a woman who sought the American Presidency can’t ensure her spelling of such a basic term, what does it say about her?  About where we might have been headed in 2016?







Or perhaps her grasp of said distinction between the two words is drastically more pointed than we care to admit.  In which case…what is the implication of her message to the mysterious “Oscar Flores” and the notoriously cc’d Huma?



The Antifa crackdown; beware the double-edged sword.


Amazingly, Antifa has fallen under critical scrutiny lately despite the leftward slant of the MSM and most college town civic governments.


Even the Washington Post appears to have soured on Antifa’s violent shenanigans. And according to Zero Hedge, national law agencies are hunkering down in their stern appraisal of the European-bred anarchist group which has introduced the joys of violence and mania to domestic political rallies in the lead up to Donald Trump’s Presidency and beyond.




As Politico points out today, previously unreported FBI and Department of Homeland Security studies found that “anarchist extremist” group like Antifa have been the “primary instigators of violence at public rallies” going back to at least April 2016 when the reports were first published.


Not surprisingly, law enforcement officials noted that the rise in Antifa violence overlapped perfectly with Trump’s campaign as they made appearances at rally after rally to incite chaos…all the while making it seem as if violent, racist Trump supporters were to blame.


Of course, it’s not just California. As the FBI and DHS note, the Antifa group operates much like terrorist cells with disconnected groups all over the country.




Antifa’s fledgling persona non grata status in the eyes of mainstream liberal groups is met with glee on the Right, but I think their excitement is a bit premature. We are living in a Trump-controlled administration and a Republican Congress and the Right has putatively taken the reigns of government and should be able to assert the Conservative agenda (though this has been questionable, at times). The anti-Antifa backlash is to be expected in today’s political power distribution. The Right is in “control.”


Political tides ebb and flow and before long, the liberal wing of our government will once again command the dialogue. And with the path created by which domestic protest groups are singled out as terrorists or extremists can easily be extended to the alt-right not long in the future.  And don’t expect gracious restraint from an empowered Left.  In fact, they are the group least likely to rule benevolently.


Donald Trump cannot be President forever, and I fear that a new Democratic government will embolden the Antifa agenda.  In its persecution of Antifa, the American government is foreshadowing its future treatment of the alt-right.


The stage is set.