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TANATA is devoted to discussing the paradoxes and the mysteries of life, among which is the paradox of the coexistence of good and evil. “God is love,” John tells us. Evil exists, we would suggest, not because God is detached or unconcerned, but because free will exists which is required for true, unforced love to exist. Still, it is painfully hard to reconcile this paradox. We believe that all evil one day will be judged and destroyed, until then we must pray.

DANIEL 7:13-14

13 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.

14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.

REVELATION 1:7

7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

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Friday
Feb122016

Who Says Fishermen Can Write?

If you’ve spent any time on TANATA, you’ve no doubt read my take on the identity of the Beloved Disciple. It has been a 14-year process, maybe more than that, which was prompted by the release of The Da Vinci Code film in 2006. I was already familiar with the book at that time, but I had not read it. I had spent the past four years, since 2002, studying all things African, noting in my life how much the experience of being in Ethiopia/Eritrea had had on me. The two areas of study dovetailed, and I found myself learning about the actual patron of The Last Supper fresco, who was nicknamed “the Moor.” Knowing that Moor meant African, I began to research the things that Dan Brown overlooked.

I eventually ended up on The Da Vinci Code’s website, which featured puzzles and other mindless activities, including a view of the disembodied hand which is clutching at dagger behind the back of Judas in the controversial fresco. The more I read about the book and film, seeing interviews with Brown on the various talk shows, the more enraged I became that a novelist was making heretical hay out of the Gnostic rumors that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were lovers. 

… to be continued. Don’t miss out.

Wednesday
Oct212009

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A Screenplay in Progress

FADE IN

INT. A MODEST APARTMENT NIGHT

DARRELL STONE, 35, a private investigator, pulls his car up and parks a block from an apartment building, where police cars, lights flashing, and an ambulance are parked. DARRELL shows his identification to a police officer and heads up the steps to the third floor.

DARRELL narrates.

V.O.
I’m nobody. But I’m at the eye of a hurricane. THE hurricane. With a lot of responsibility, vague though it all is. I’m here with all hell swirling around me because I kept asking if anybody was doing anything. So I got the job to organize things … and I’m still trying to find out what that is going to entail. The Bible has been some help. But the imagery challenges us, the symbolism. The only way that I know that I’m doing something some days, most days … is I’m being paid by somebody who thinks somebody like me doing a job like I’m trying to do is a good idea.

In truth, it’s more than just a hurricane. It’s hurricanes within hurricanes, supernaturally driven, like the tornado in the Wizard of Oz: the sky is filled with everything, and at the heart of all of that swirling debris … is a witch, pedaling for all she’s worth. Make that a dragon.

HANK CRAWFORD, 42, a forensics expert, is wrapping up the gathering of evidence in an apartment where a murder has been committed, as DARRELL walks through the door. DARRELL wanders around.

HANK is packing up his equipment and evidence bags when DARRELL walks up.

DARRELL
You got what you need?

HANK
Who wants to know?

DARRELL flashes his credentials.

DARRELL
Darrell Stone. I’m a contracted investigator.

HANK
We got all we could get. Just between me and you … this was a professional job.

DARRELL
I think we all knew that as soon as we got the call.

HANK
Who’s we?

DARRELL
The people I work for.

HANK
And they would be?

DARRELL
It’s a better question to ask who might have done this.

HANK
Do you know?

DARRELL
We have ideas. The same people who killed John Kennedy, in a manner of speaking. Evil. Untouchable. I wonder often …

HANK
You can’t be serious.

DARRELL
I could tell you more, but I can’t absolutely verify everything, not right here in front of you … so it’s not worth trying. I wonder often how high up this thing goes.

HANK
How high up what thing goes?

DARRELL
The professionals. Who did this. You did say you thought it was a professional job, didn’t you?

HANK
Well, no fingerprints. Signs of torture. A very sterile environment.

DARRELL
Are you a dispensationalist?

HANK
I used to be a Methodist.

DARRELL
No, someone who believes human history is following a plan, that it’s going to end up a certain way, with the good guys, the chosen ones, coming out on top at the end.

HANK
You mean religious things? I don’t know what to believe. Do you?

DARRELL
It’s my job to try to know.

HANK
Who do you work for?

DARRELL
I don’t mean to be vague, but I really don’t entirely know. A lot of people, I hope. I just happen to know only two or three.

HANK
That doesn’t make any sense. You don’t know who you work for?

DARRELL
No, I don’t guess it does. Not fully.

HANK
So you’re not an investigator?

DARRELL
I am, yeah. I keep one or two people supplied with information.

HANK
So, what was it about this man Snyder that made someone want to kill him?

DARRELL
He refused to be silenced.

HANK
And so they silenced him?

DARRELL
Yeah.

HANK
You worried about that?

DARRELL
I don’t say shit to anybody. I’m an observer. At least not publicly.

HANK
What was Snyder saying that people didn’t want him to say?

DARRELL
Take a look at some of his books. He’s written a lot of them. That’ll tell you better than I can.

HANK
The occult. Bible topics. Kooky stuff. UFO’s. Demons?

DARRELL
Yeah.

CUT TO:

We see DARRELL walking in a thick fog to get to his car.

V.O.
Once I discovered that there was some degree of order, that there was an eye in this hurricane … I found myself greatly encouraged. I mean, it was encouraging for me to know that there was a calm center, that there were people behind the scenes on our side who were methodically following the script. Though nobody was really doing anything. But somebody wanted somebody to do something about all these things. As a kid I never dreamed any of this would really happen. At least not in my lifetime. Not that I didn’t believe the Bible. I just didn’t see how people could get suckered into turning their lives over to some monster who could do tricks. Who that is remains to be seen. Either way, it’s good versus evil. My involvement began when I got a response to an email I was sending out, which gave me a phone number, and then another one, which in turn gave me an address. Thirty miles outside of town.

In a flashback we see DARRELL walking down a long, darkened corridor, with men on either side of him. They stop at a door, which one man opens with a key, and they invite DARRELL to step inside.

The room is completely dark except for a desk, which is backlit in blue light … and a spotlight that illuminates a chair in the center of the room.

MR. JAMES CROWLEY, 70, is seen in silhouette in front of the glow of the blue light.

CROWLEY
Have a seat.

DARRELL sits.

DARRELL
Thank you. I hope I’m in the right place.

CROWLEY
You wouldn’t be sitting here if you weren’t.

DARRELL
Yes. Well … thank you.

CROWLEY
You have a burden for humanity?

DARRELL
Doesn’t everybody who’s decent? And a need to make some sense of all of the things I’ve been reading and hearing.

CROWLEY
Which is it? Do you want to understand … or do you want to help?

DARRELL
Both. Is there a way to help?

CROWLEY
You wouldn’t be here if there weren’t. But it won’t require much of you.

DARRELL
To help?

CROWLEY
Right. You have a broad range of knowledge.

DARRELL
I dabble.

CROWLEY
Which led you to us. Are you still writing?

DARRELL
I’ve said all I can say. Perhaps I’m looking for new material.

CROWLEY
Perhaps?

DARRELL
I have a military background.

CROWLEY
I know you do.

DARRELL
I’m not particularly proud of it. I was drafted.

CROWLEY
And you joined the Navy to be on the east coast … but instead you did well enough in school as a radioman that they shipped you to a land base, a Naval communications station in East Africa?

DARRELL
Right. Yes sir.

CROWLEY
And you kicked somewhat against the goads. You thought you were some kind of revolutionary.

DARRELL
I did, yes. Against the goads. As I have looked back on that … I realize my attitude was what it was because I was being faced with one betrayal after another.

CROWLEY
The government betrayed you?

DARRELL
They lied to me. I succeeded in my training beyond the point of my own good. It cost me. I didn’t see my fiancee for three years. I thought I had lost her. Eventually I did.

CROWLEY
And you had a nervous breakdown?

DARRELL
I couldn’t shake my military experience and get back to where I left off. I worked like hell. I overcompensated. But I finally burned out. The people in my church thought I was crazy, so they ran me off. My family had a bad reputation.

CROWLEY
And now you wish to enlist again?

DARRELL
In a manner of speaking. If there’s something to be done.

CROWLEY
Why do you want to help?

DARRELL
Because it’s better than sitting around and waiting for something to happen to you … and I don’t want the government to shaft me again. And I believe good is going to win anyway.

CROWLEY
Do you fear the government?

DARRELL
Not really. Which one? The government doesn’t fear God, so I don’t fear them.

CROWLEY
That’s an interesting answer. Are you a violent man?

DARRELL
No. Not anymore.

CROWLEY
Good. Whose power do we have to fear more … the government’s or God’s?

DARRELL
Does Satan fit in there anywhere?

CROWLEY
The government or God … whom should we fear?

DARRELL
I see. You’re lumping evil in with the government. Or the government behind the government, and however many steps things go back in the uniformed commercial hierarchy. That’s a good question. It’s a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

CROWLEY
What’s your answer?

DARRELL
Well, I don’t fear God. I respect his all encompassing power. He has a right to be angry. I wouldn’t want to disappoint him. He does lean on me.

CROWLEY
In the event that catastrophic events occur on the earth … to what extent will those events be attributable to God?

DARRELL
We need to back up.

CROWLEY
Why?

DARRELL
Because I think we’re talking about two different things.

CROWLEY
Are we?

DARRELL
The Day of the Lord, the day of God’s wrath … will be judgment upon the earth. But the judgment will be upon the wicked. Therefore, I don’t believe the good people will be around to receive God’s wrath.

CROWLEY
How do you define wicked?

DARRELL
The oppressors. Those who keep secrets and follow orders from … wherever.

CROWLEY
You really believe that?

DARRELL
That the enemy is taking orders from powers beyond us? Yeah. Don’t you?

CROWLEY
We don’t know what contact the most powerful people have had … with the forces of evil. Anyone else?

DARRELL
What do you mean?

CROWLEY
Who falls into the category of wicked?

DARRELL
Well, there are evil civilians. People who hate, who have no conscience when it comes to hurting other people.

CROWLEY
Sexual immorality?

DARRELL
I don’t know how to define that anymore. Everybody’s hung up on sex at some point in their lives.

CROWLEY
Will judgment be of a supernatural nature … or a natural, physical nature?

DARRELL
You mean angels of the Lord swooping in with swords … versus mankind destroying himself with atomic weapons?

CROWLEY
If that’s how you envision it.

DARRELL
I believe the occult in all its forms, from the elite on down, is going to be punished and destroyed. By God’s hand and by the hands of those people pushing the buttons. But it may be that since God is a creator … that he is incapable of destruction. So he will merely withdraw and let the demons come up from out of the pits of the earth. And then maybe an asteroid. If the New World Order, believing they need to reduce the population by billions, doesn’t destroy the earth first atomically. … Does that answer your question?

CROWLEY
Population reduction?

DARRELL
Yeah. It’s what we all fear, isn’t it?

CROWLEY
The hands of the most powerful may be tied.

DARRELL
And they’re only following orders?

CROWLEY
Yes.

DARRELL
I can go along with that. Is there anything to do really to stop them?

CROWLEY
We don’t know yet. That’s where you and people like you come in. You’ve had some supernatural experiences?

DARRELL
I believe so. As I’ve indicated. Beginning in childhood.

CROWLEY
Being miraculously saved from drowning?

DARRELL
Yes.

CROWLEY
And the cloud hovering over your roof?

DARRELL
Yes. That was the event in 2006 which sort of convinced me that everything else which had seemed supernatural before … probably had been supernatural.

CROWLEY
Weather-related events?

DARRELL
Yes. Isolated clouds, weather systems following a certain path. Which descended on … enemies. I don’t like to call them enemies now.

CROWLEY
Why not?

DARRELL
Well, they were clueless. They didn’t know who they were fooling with. They weren’t evil, I don’t think. Just stupid. I define evil differently now than I used to.

CROWLEY
How soon can you start?

DARRELL
Will I be working with anyone?

CROWLEY
You’ll be in contact with people, to report, to be briefed. Otherwise you’ll work alone. Investigating.

DARRELL
Investigating what?

CROWLEY
Whatever you feel led to investigate.

DARRELL
Will I have access?

CROWLEY
To what?

DARRELL
Anything? To them?

CROWLEY
If you can get it without getting yourself killed.

DARRELL
Yeah, that’s the trick, isn’t it? To find out what I can. I’d prefer to have more direction.

CROWLEY
Well, there won’t be any. No, some.

DARRELL
Can I recruit people?

CROWLEY
Yes. It’s your hide.

DARRELL
So, I need to be careful who I recruit?

CROWLEY
And what toilet you use. It’s your hide.

DARRELL
Yeah. So you said.

CUT TO:

INT. THE ESTATE OF CHEDLI AZZAM SAME

DARRELL pulls up in his car in front of a large manor. He goes to the front porch and rings the door bell. CHEDLI AZZAM, 60, answers the door.

DARRELL
Hey, Chedli. Sorry if I interrupted anything.

AZZAM
It’s as thick as pea soup. Come in.

DARRELL steps inside, and AZZAM closes the door.

DARRELL
Welcome to the south in November. It’s worse in the mountains.

AZZAM
Where you live?

DARRELL
Yeah.

AZZAM
Would you like something hot to drink?

DARRELL
No. I’m just touching base. Anything shakin’?

AZZAM
Shaking? Something’s always shaking. We can’t keep up with it all. But we’re harnessing light.

DARRELL
Anymore of our people lost their lives?

AZZAM
There are no new reports. We don’t necessarily consider them our people.

DARRELL
Well, like-minded. Their hearts are in the same place as ours. We know who they are.

AZZAM
Thanks to you.

DARRELL
Does it ever baffle you what it is the other side is trying to do?

AZZAM
All the time.

DARRELL
They know the prophecies as well as you or I do … but they’re running headlong into the abyss.

AZZAM
I think the dragon is the only one who knows that he can’t win, that he won’t win. As it was foretold, that’s why he’s angry. Everyone else has been deceived.

DARRELL
Yeah, Jupiter’s rising.

AZZAM
So to speak. Or Zeus.

DARRELL
They attach so much significance to the planets and to mythological gods that no one has seen. Why?

AZZAM
Some things are visible. I learned of a story the other day about two military men who were in the bowels of the Vatican … who encountered two fallen angels, giants, with wings.

DARRELL
Shit. No a place that you would expect to find fallen angels.

AZZAM
No. Except the Vatican is as steeped in Satanism as every other seat of power in the world.

DARRELL
What happened to the two military men?

AZZAM
Extraordinary. They prayed for heaven to bind them, the fallen ones … and chains descended and did exactly that.

DARRELL
Do you believe that?

AZZAM
I think when we’re confronted with any of that in these times, whoever we are … I think that special things can happen. But I don’t know.

DARRELL
This is going to be a weird seven years or so.

AZZAM
If we’re left in the midst of it.

DARRELL
Part of me is ready to go at any time, you know? Another part of me just hates the idea of giving up without a fight. I want to see how it’s all going to shake out.

AZZAM steps across the room to pour himself a cup of coffee.

DARRELL
What do you hear, if anything, about assassination squads?

AZZAM
They have them, obviously.

DARRELL
No, I mean on our side.

AZZAM
I’ve heard rumors. They’d better not be true.

DARRELL
Like Luke Skywalker joining the dark side?

AZZAM
Precisely. Shrewd as snakes, meek as doves. That should be it.

DARRELL
Know how and when to act tough, but don’t back it up.

AZZAM
And know when to run. And pray. Which is without ceasing.

DARRELL
I’ve heard the rumors, too. People wanting to immanentize the eschaton. Take a shot at the presumed AC to set things in motion.

AZZAM
Force God’s hand?

DARRELL
Yeah. I think they think they have their target.

AZZAM
The flaw in that line of thinking is that you can’t force God’s hand. He has already ordered the outcome, being timeless, and nothing can thwart his plan from coming into being.

DARRELL
So, whatever happens is meant to happen?

AZZAM
Not necessarily, I don’t think. The objectives will be reached … however they need to be reached. God is supremely adaptable, one would have to say.

DARRELL
You’d think that if people recognized prophecy for the miracle that it is … they would conclude that it all must have been done in advance.

AZZAM
You would think. You’re giving them too much credit for knowing prophecy and believing it is miraculous.

DARRELL
What else would they think?

AZZAM
What do you mean?

DARRELL
They must know something is up. They apparently know dates. They’re built into their plans. They just don’t believe in their ultimate fate … as it is spelled out.

AZZAM
They would have been persuaded otherwise.

DARRELL
Which would mean … evil has told them that some prophecies … are lies?

AZZAM
Evil may tell them that it is they who have authored the Bible and its prophecies.

DARRELL
All except the parts where they get the shit kicked out of them.

AZZAM
They may be fatalists. They may want to die. You’ve heard of death by cop? Death by God. They’re daring him to stop them.

DARRELL
And all they are really is just businessmen. While we’re observing, writing, speaking … and thwarting.

AZZAM
Thwarting? It’s not our job to thwart.

DARRELL
It’s my job to thwart.

AZZAM
You’re one person.

DARRELL
Yes. And to provide intelligence. I was going to talk to you about that.

AZZAM
What?

DARRELL
Recruiting some help.

AZZAM
Do you have some people in mind?

DARRELL
Yes, as a matter of fact I do.

AZZAM
Are they unorthodox?

DARRELL
Like I am? Yeah, I think you could say that in the case of several.

AZZAM
You’re on your own.

DARRELL
Would they get paid?

AZZAM
If they could prove their worth. Do you have any sort of strategy hammered out yet?

DARRELL
I was thinking of using my boyish charm.

AZZAM
(Laughter) In what way?

DARRELL
It worked for James Bond.

AZZAM
And so you would use women to get to them? And get yourself killed?

DARRELL
Well, I gotta do something. I may as well have fun doin’ it.

AZZAM
You’ve been truthful about your divorce?

DARRELL
Yeah. But I still love her. I couldn’t make a living as a writer. She finally gave up on me.

AZZAM
You’re making money now.

DARRELL
Yeah, but I wouldn’t bring her into my life at this point. I like being detached. It’s the story of my life.

AZZAM throws his hand into the air and strides away.

AZZAM
I have work to do, Darrell. And a late-night meeting. Be safe. Godspeed. Check back.

DARRELL
Yeah. I will.

DARRELL helps himself and exits the front door. He steps outside and closes the door.

DARRELL
These little meetings are accomplishing nothing. This might be a good time to go see ol’ Buzzsaw.

CUT TO:

EXT. AN INDUSTRIAL PARK SAME

We see DARRELL wheel his car into an industrial park. He drives past heavy equipment and tall structures made of steel beams, beside which stand enormous cranes. DARRELL drives down a ramp and stops at a metal gate which fronts a foreman’s shop. DARRELL pushes a buzzer on an intercom, and BUZZ LANCE, 44, answers.

BUZZ
We’re closed.

DARRELL
It’s me.

BUZZ
We’re still closed.

DARRELL
Can I come in?

BUZZ
Why?

DARRELL
To chew the fat. I’ll buy you dinner.

BUZZ
Come on in. I’ve already eaten.

The gate swings open and a huge metal plate on the ground next to the shop comes to life and lowers, forming a ramp headed down. DARRELL drives his car through the gate and down the ramp. The ramp rises and clanks shut. DARRELL drives down a spiraling tunnel, finally ending up in a huge warehouse-garage, where BUZZ is sitting in a crummy chair cleaning a piece of equipment.

DARRELL pulls alongside, stops his car and gets out.

DARRELL
Wanna go out for a drink?

BUZZ
No. Maybe. I’m covered with grease.

DARRELL
I see that. Don’t you have somebody who can do that for you? Spanky?

BUZZ
Yeah, but I’m not talkin’ to him.

DARRELL
Why not?

BUZZ
Ever since his wife left him … he’s a shell of what he used to be. Tried to kill himself.

DARRELL
Really? I didn’t know any of that. You should reach out to him.

BUZZ
I found him. He didn’t try hard enough. He just wanted someone to notice he was in pain.

DARRELL
And …

BUZZ
Then the bastard attacked me. Accused me of doin’ his wife.

DARRELL
Well, he was upset. And presumably nearly dead. Was he drunk?

BUZZ
I dunno what he was. What do you want, anyway, Darrell?

DARRELL
Some insight.

BUZZ
Fresh out.

DARRELL
When you were in special forces … before you had your accident …

BUZZ
It wasn’t all an accident.

DARRELL
Well, before then. Were there cells within cells that operated … independently?

BUZZ
Whaddya mean?

DARRELL
I mean within a group of guys … did any of you ever split off and feel like you needed to be more independent, to oppose the hand that was feeding you?

BUZZ
You mean like treason? Or double agents?

DARRELL
If you didn’t like what the brass was calling, you might improvise … or maybe try to sabotage the objective?

BUZZ
Traitors?

DARRELL
More like individuals with a conscience, morals. Certain things you wouldn’t do. So you did something else.

BUZZ
Why?

DARRELL
Well, I was wondering if any people in the military ever gave any thought to throwing a wrench in the works of what’s going down.

BUZZ
What’s goin’ down?

DARRELL
You know. Don’t you know?

BUZZ
No.

DARRELL
Well, I barely know. But I’m determined to find out. Let’s go have that drink. I may have a job for you.

BUZZ
Doin’ what?

DARRELL
Like ol’ times.

BUZZ
I’m retired.

DARRELL
The money’s good.

BUZZ
Doin’ what?

DARRELL
Let’s go.

BUZZ
Tell me first what it is.

DARRELL
I need to find a way to infiltrate the elite.

BUZZ
The elite what?

DARRELL
The occult elite as it may exist in the military, the government and at the international corporate and banking level.

BUZZ
You’re stoned like a motherfucker, aren’t you?

DARRELL
No, I quit. My mind would run away with me. I still don’t know if I was seein’ what I thought I was seein’.

BUZZ
You ain’t touchin’ those boys, Darrell.

DARRELL
I don’t need to touch ‘em … I just need to find out what they’re doin’.

BUZZ
Human sacrifice. May be plannin’ another nine-eleven.

DARRELL
You think that’s what that was?

BUZZ
Who knows? I don’t put anything past the powerful and fearless. Who you workin’ for?

DARRELL
A man named Crowley. Do you know him?

BUZZ
No. What’s frontin’ him?

DARRELL
He’s a manufacturer. Shipping. Fleets around the world.

BUZZ
Naval.

DARRELL
Yeah.

BUZZ
And you’re doin’ what?

DARRELL
Gathering information. Whatever I can. Thwarting.

BUZZ
Thwarting. You love that word. You got a license to kill?

DARRELL
No killing. This is a high-class operation. I think it’s supernatural.

BUZZ
Any personages to make you think that?

DARRELL
None yet. … So, clean up and hop in.

BUZZ
I’m clean enough. We’ll take my car. Wait till you see what I’ve done to the Buzzbomb.

CUT TO:

We see the exhaust of BUZZ’s car as it roars to life.

CUT TO:

We see DARRELL sitting in the passenger’s seat.

DARRELL
Sounds good.

BUZZ
I’m working on a stealth feature.

DARRELL
What, like a cloaking device?

BUZZ
No. Fast enough so nobody can see me. Hold on.

CUT TO:

We see BUZZ and DARRELL in the car soar up the ramp and tear out, going sideways through the industrial park.

CUT TO:

We see BUZZ come flying up to a parking space, which he navigates perfectly, coming to a sudden stop.

CUT TO:

We see BUZZ and DARRELL walking into a bar. They take a seat in a booth.

BUZZ
You sure you wanna tangle with the occult? Let’s go after some gang-bangers, mobsters like we used to. Crack some crackheads.

DARRELL
I’m serious about this. The souls of humanity are hanging in the balance.

BUZZ
Please. So, what’s your strategy, Robin Hood?

DARRELL
That’s just it. I don’t have a strategy.

BUZZ
Well, if you had a strategy what would it be?

DARRELL
I knew I could count on you to get me focused.

BUZZ
Strategy. Let’s have it.

DARRELL
Well, before I can go hunting, I need to know where the deer are runnin’.

BUZZ
I thought you said there wasn’t gonna be any killin’.

DARRELL
Euphemistically speaking … deers running.

BUZZ
Well, you can’t cast a spell on ‘em.

DARRELL
No.

BUZZ
Disorder is what you want.

DARRELL
Disorder? Explain.

BUZZ
Sure. If they’re trying to start a New World Order, you have to plunge them into a state of confusion.

DARRELL
Great idea. They’re good at numbers, I suspect. And geometry, apparently. Maybe some new math.

BUZZ
Hacking into their computers. What’s your target audience?

DARRELL
Freemasons?

BUZZ
Have you seen all that stuff about the Boners and the Bavarian Grove.

DARRELL
Bohemian.

BUZZ
Asshole. I’m tryin’ to help you.

DARRELL
No, I meant the Bohemian Grove.

BUZZ
Oh. Sorry. What is a Bohemian anyway?

DARRELL
I dunno. Something like a free spirit. Hitler was a Bohemian.

BUZZ
Well, that would figure. Though he only had one. Have you seen the way they all prance around in their mother’s aprons?

DARRELL
Yeah, what’s up with that? I think they’re patterned after loin cloths. Which is a spooky thought. A bunch of guys running around in loin cloths oughta tell you something.

BUZZ
That’s it.

DARRELL
What?

BUZZ
Switch their loin cloths. Rearrange the furniture. Confusion.

DARRELL
Have you ever been inside of a Masonic temple?

BUZZ
Yes, as a matter of fact. But I was just a kid. My mother took me and my brothers to an Eastern Star Christmas party for children. But we were the only kids there. I think my night terrors began shortly after that.

DARRELL
That’s something we have to consider.

BUZZ
What?

DARRELL
We don’t want to get any cooties if we’re going to infiltrate these halls of hell. You know, evil spirits.

BUZZ
That gives me an idea. I know some boys who specialize in evil spirits.

DARRELL
What are they, shamans?

BUZZ
No, a pair of twins. Great costumes. Voo-Doo and Voo-Don’t. They fire chicken’s feet.

DARRELL
Does that ward off evil spirits?

BUZZ
No, but if there are any dogs or roosters around they go nuts.

A WAITRESS, 50, walks up.

WAITRESS
What can I get you two gentlemen?

BUZZ
I’ll take a pint of tequila, please.

WAITRESS
In the bottle?

BUZZ
No, with a little bit of ice. And a pitcher of beer.

WAITRESS
And you sir?

DARRELL
I’ll just drink beer.

WAITRESS
His?

DARRELL
Yeah. If that’s okay.

BUZZ
Okay with me. You’re buyin’.

DARRELL
So, gettin’ back to these twins.

BUZZ
I was just shittin’ ya. They are twins, but they’re a couple of kooks. They may dabble in the black arts for all I know.

DARRELL
People love to know something that they think someone else doesn’t know. Who else do you know with the sensibilities I’m looking for?

BUZZ
Nobody that I can think of. But I could get you in the back door, maybe, of the people you’re targeting.

DARRELL
Yeah? Some of the thugs you’ve worked for?

BUZZ
Who are we talkin’ about?

DARRELL
You know, the Rockefellers. That ilk. Luciferians with Swiss bank accounts.

BUZZ
That high up? Nah. I did some heavy lifting, soldiering for some French dudes who wanted to turn the killing fields of Cambodia into a resort. Rockefeller? You’re looking for an occult elitist named Rockefeller?

DARRELL
Why not?

BUZZ
I’ve been readin’ …

DARRELL
Yeah? What do you know that I don’t know?

BUZZ
It’s a good thing I read as much weird shit as you do. There’s a new figure on the horizon, unless what I’m readin’ is bunk. From what I’ve read … he’s viewed as a savior to the elite. They all know him, according to this researcher online. It ain’t new to them.

DARRELL
Rockefeller? Which one?

BUZZ
Supriem.

DARRELL
Never heard of him.

BUZZ
From what I’ve read, you will. We all will. He’s got special blood. Or something. Triple strand or helix reptilian DNA.

DARRELL
Damn. What is he a lizard? I know about the Merovingian dynasty thing. The bloodlines.

BUZZ
He’s one of ‘em. And maybe a descendant of the Anunnaki?

DARRELL
Wait a minute. The Anunnaki … as in the …

BUZZ
You got it. The alien creator-gods of ancient Sumer.

DARRELL
This guy Supriem Rockefeller is part alien?

BUZZ
Apparently. The ones who are supposed to come back with Nibiru in 2012.

DARRELL
Planet X?

BUZZ
Yeah.

DARRELL
I don’t buy into all that. I think 2012 is manufactured. To make the masses afraid. Then the rich kids save the day as the shit is hitting the fan. Maybe that’s when the Anunnaki show up.

BUZZ
Running out of oil would do it. Stick with me, baby. I promise you … this dude oughta be target numero uno. Supriem Rockefeller. Says he’s Lucifer redeemed. An incarnation of Marduk Ra. He walks right into the White House unannounced. Controls communications and military contracts. Occult up to his eyeballs.

DARRELL
Is he the one?

BUZZ
Dunno. He looks like a kid. He’s thirty-five. Then again, why would you want to tangle with him? What good would it do?

DARRELL
I could thwart his plans. Become one of them. Milk him. Undercover.

BUZZ
What, like a cow?

DARRELL
No, like a snake. For information. To find out just what the hell these people are planning … why they want to consolidate things if they already control everything.

BUZZ
That’s a good question.

DARRELL
What makes these globalists tick?

BUZZ
I have two theories.

DARRELL
I don’t want theories.

BUZZ
Educated opinions. How ‘bout another pitcher of beer?

DARRELL
Whatever. God, you’re a lush.

BUZZ
I think better when I’m tanked.

DARRELL
Well, spit it out.

BUZZ
Discounts, for one.

DARRELL
Discounts?

BUZZ
Yeah. The rich are cheap. They love it when they know somebody who can get them goods at cost.

DARRELL
Quit fooling around. What’s the other reason?

BUZZ
The Anunnaki.

DARRELL
You already said them.

BUZZ
I’m reiteratin’. I figure these freaks forged in the pits of hell want everything in one nice neat package when they return.

DARRELL
Yeah. But why?

BUZZ
Discounts.

DARRELL
Bozo.

BUZZ
I’m just kiddin’. Hell, I dunno. To keep Jesus and the good Jews from takin’ over. And, because a one-world government is like Mount Everest.

DARRELL
Meaning what?

BUZZ
It’s the only thing which hasn’t been done.

DARRELL
But they can’t win.

BUZZ
What do they care? They’re rich. Crack a few eggs … see what happens.

DARRELL
But you can’t take it with you.

BUZZ
Hey, you don’t have to try to convince me. I’m with ya, pal. There is another line of thinking, which writers like Dan Brown and his ghostwriters have put in the minds of the general population.

DARRELL
Which is what?

BUZZ
That the God of the Bible, Yahweh, is really a bad guy, that Jesus is a fraud, and Lucifer is really a good guy, but the bad guys, the Zionists, got hold of the Bible and changed it.

DARRELL
Zion as in Jerusalem?

BUZZ
Yeah. Same thing, right? Redemption.

DARRELL
Well, there will be a Zion, a New Jerusalem. Heaven on earth controlled by the Jews.

BUZZ
I’m just tellin’ you what I’ve read. Believe what you want.

DARRELL
I want to meet this Supriem Rockefeller.

BUZZ
He’s powerful. If he’s onto you … he’ll kill you.

DARRELL
Not if I play it right. Become part of the furniture. Wear a disguise. Maybe a butler.

BUZZ
That gives me an idea. I know just the guy you wanna talk to. If confusion is your objective.

DARRELL
That’s one of ‘em, I guess.

BUZZ
His name’s Irving. He’s a salesman.

DARRELL
What’s he sell?

BUZZ
Novelties. He used to be a clown. And he’s Jewish.

DARRELL
Drink up.

BUZZ
Whaddya know … it all comes down to anti-Semitism. I wonder how many Jews in secret societies know that.

DARRELL
That’s just an educated guess … that the powers that be who are not Jewish are linin’ up against the Jews.

BUZZ
People think the Jews control everything. But they don’t. They couldn’t possibly. Their backs are always against the wall.

DARRELL
I don’t think Jews put much stock in apocalyptic literature. Not Daniel. It’s as if Daniel is a part of the New Testament, and not part of the Hebrew scriptures, what with all the references to the messiah. Yeah. And dispensationalism. The plan.

BUZZ
The AC?

DARRELL
He’s in there. He won’t be a Jew, I don’t believe. How could he be?

BUZZ
A counterfeit Jew.

DARRELL
A false messiah.

BUZZ
Looks like we got our boy.

DARRELL
So, what could this guy Irving do for me?

BUZZ
He has skills I don’t think he’s showin’ me. Different sides. Funny nose and glasses kind of guy, and then very, very serious. Stone face. Talk about disguises. This guy has ‘em.

DARRELL
Novelties? Like whoopee cushions?

BUZZ
Yeah. And squirting flowers. Itching powder. I say punk the bastards. Confusion.

DARRELL
Where do you come up with this stuff?

BUZZ
I tell ya … I think better when I’m tanked.

NOTES

DARRELL
Buzz, what made you decide to confront “the blight,” as you used to call it?

BUZZ
I was afraid I would die before I got a chance to make a statement.

DARRELL
Which was?

BUZZ
Findin’ the source of bad things and fixin’ ‘em. People in their everyday lives need to find a little bit of hell on earth and try to make it right. I originally went after sellers who were exploitin’ kids, aggressively recruitin’ them, until I discovered the next level up.

DARRELL
The big money?

BUZZ
And from there, all I wanted to do was go after people in suits. Who very efficiently hid themselves behind veils of decency. The untouchables. I wanted to touch ‘em.

DARRELL
Until you almost gave yourself away.

BUZZ
I got sloppy. And I developed an attitude, which I felt was like me becomin’ one of them. I was hurtin’ people who had families, and I was hidin’ behind a guise of decency myself. Plus the powers that be organized and began layin’ for me. I got out with my life.

DARRELL
With no one suspecting it was you?

BUZZ
I still wonder about that. I’m always lookin’ over my shoulder. I hurt some people. Hurt them bad. By robbin’ ‘em, too. But it was bad money. I didn’t feel like they had any right holding it. I just went out and bought booze and lived it up with Lucy. And you know how that turned out.

DARRELL
Does your accident still manifest itself?

BUZZ
Accident. Once I learned how to raise the hackles, so to speak, it gave me an added weapon, a sense of real power. I nearly destroyed myself by adding more and more. Yeah, under certain conditions things come to the surface. When I get steamed, I feel like I’m wearing a coat of mail.

DARRELL
I can see the scars.

BUZZ
So, you want to hire me, or what? I could use the money. I’d like to say I did my part in the End Times.

DARRELL
I’ll see what I can do. I need someone with your chutzpah. I’ll get myself killed, fast, if I do what I want to do with no back up.

BUZZ
Which is to thwart? More than thwart?

DARRELL
Yeah.

BUZZ
You’re no damn different than me, in some ways. That’s why I put up with you. Thwartin’ evil. You were good at it, you sneaky bastard. Layin’ in the bushes. Diggin’ out the blight yourself.

DARRELL
I hate powerful people who lie. Someone little always pays.

BUZZ
It’s all around us.

DARRELL
You’d be shocked if I were to tell you all I know.

… to be continued