I contribute a weekly column to the Platte County Landmark under the “Rambling Moron” name. It’s a great Northland Newspaper and well worth a subscription. The following is an copy of my article

which appeared in the 2/23/12 edition – printed with permission.


KARMA IS ON THE LOOSE AND LOOKING FOR ITS NEXT VICTIM 
Posted 2/23/12

Much has been written about the (alleged) end of the world later this year in 2012. Did an ancient race predict our doom? I have a different philosophy. My take is that there will be a reckoning… but it’s karma that will be doing the heavy lifting.

Let’s start with recent events here in the Platte as an example. There have been some incredibly compelling and odd news events filling the pages of this paper. One set of politicians (allegedly) attempted to protest construction of a YMCA by making the construction illegal. Another set of politicians (allegedly) decided that those same streets should have golf carts running along side 18-wheelers.

This all started with the Thanksgiving kangaroo, and has escalated with reports of serial killers and human skulls found in backyards. One thing is clear, there are some incredibly odd events going on here in Platte County.

But the greatest (allegedly) news event in the history of published print might be the tale of Chris Durbin, 20, of Platte City. This fella might be karma’s first casualty in the efforts to take back the night from stupid (allegedly) criminals.

Karma is a Buddhist philosophy defined by dictionary.com as “action, seen as bringing upon one self inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation.”

Translation: Do bad things, get bad things done to you.

The center of this karmic reckoning has likely already started, right here, in Platte County.

The story, as I’m sure you’ve read right here in the Landmark, is as old as time. Who hasn’t heard of the arsonist who goes on an arson spree (allegedly). This arsonist is just running around setting cars on fire willy nilly (allegedly). Not a care in the world, just doing his best arsoning (allegedly.) When he gets to his TWELFTH car to arson-up, he climbs in the car, begins his arsoning and goes to grab the handle of the car which didn’t work. The arsonist died from arsoning inside the car (allegedly). Arsoned.

Stupid people and criminals beware. Karma is on the loose, and it’s looking for you. If you are a corrupt politician, karma will find you. Possibly with a visit from the intrepid Landmark reporters. If you are beating your wife, karma will find you, perhaps in the form of a steroided out woman to beat the crap out of you. If you are a robber, perhaps you come home to find that YOUR house has been vandalized. If you enjoy lighting crap on fire, perhaps you die of lighting crap on fire. Allegedly.

Karma isn’t just a stripper in Fort Lauderdale. It’s a real and tangible thing. It’s here in Platte County… And it’s looking for its next victim.

(Chris Kamler is active on Twitter, where he is known as @thefakened. Reach him via his web site, ramblingmorons.com)