Friday, 28 October 2011

Riddle me this......again.

The over-riding and all-consuming priority for every politician in a parliamentary democracy is to hold onto his seat. (I derive intense satisfaction from not saying ‘his or her’ seat). Irish politicians, due to the multi-seat proportional representation system, are more sensitive than most, as there are only a handful of really safe seats in the whole country. To keep his seat the pol must keep his constituents happy. This involved diverting as much government largesse as possible to his constituency, and above all in avoiding closure of police stations, hospitals, schools quangos or any other publicly funded institution.

Now given the financial calamity that has befallen this country, the government has had to get around to taking such measures. Slowly, painfully, reluctantly, but it’s happening nonetheless. Predictably, as when a barracks get closed as in Athlone, or a hospital unit in Roscommon, the life of the local government representatives becomes a nightmare. And their careers are likely to be doomed come the next election.

Naturally, the pols do everything in their power to prevent such cash-saving actions. They cajole very Minister, threaten to leave the party, to vote against it, to join the opposition or whatever. The pressure on those around the Cabinet table is immense. They labour long into the night to find the least politically damaging way to implement IMF-mandated savings. Hugely unpopular measures such as those I've mentioned have to be taken, as do more general ones such as the removal of special needs teachers. Facing constituents in these circumstances must be a dispiriting experience. Small wonder that the battles are so fierce and prolonged.

Often the savings, like the few I've already mentioned, are quite small, say €10 million annually. But they still get shoved through. They scour every item of expenditure to save a million here, a million there. Always with an eye to the political impact (i.e. their careers). Awful, painful, career-ending cuts must be made.

But must they? Lying on the table, in all its glory, lies an annualised pot of about €700 million which the pols could redeploy overnight with zero impact on the voting public. The initiatives I've referred to, and dozens more, could be reversed and with cash left over. So why in the name of Jesus do they not grab the loot? Because it’s Foreign Aid. I.e. it’s going in to dictators’ Swiss bank accounts, or flying their mistresses for a weekend shopping at Harrod’s. Ireland has given Uganda over €100 million. Uganda has spent over €100 million buying, wait for it, jet fighters!

Yes.

As they tear at each other around the Cabinet table, closing down a hospital unit to save a few million, why doesn’t someone say, no, scream, ‘why the fuck are we talking about closing a hospital here when we could keep it open, and a dozen others like it, by keeping what we toss away on foreign aid?’ Seems a reasonable question, doesn’t it?

Yet it remains, apart from some minor reduction, sacrosanct.

Go figure!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

SAS/Uhuru Guru back

Great news: Having overcome the enormous personal and professional blows visited on him by the thought police in South Africa, good old UG is back and in rare form.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Society degenerating before our eyes.

Read all about it. White woman, accompanied by her young daughter, visits a black thug in prison. It's a 'conjugal visit'. And they do their conjugating in public in a bus in front of the child.

Society degenerating before our eyes.

We've taken collective leave of our senses

An abiding memory for me from my career in soccer and rugby is the virulence and colour of the insults hurled at all and sundry, by all and sundry. Team 'mates', opponents, 'supporters' and opposing followers all gave vent to the worst insults they could think up. Facial features ('monkey'), size ('ya fucking dwarf'), religion ('Tague bastards'), region ('sheep shagging bastards') and just about anything else was deployed as deemed appropriate.

And nobody gave a damn. The insults for all intent and purposes went in one ear and out the other. The idea of one player taking official action on the basis of an insult would be so far from our world as to be quite literally incomprehnsible.

But that was then, this is now.

John Terry calls Anton Ferdinand a 'fucking black bastard' and all hell breaks loose. In the middle of Presidential elelctions here, the Euro going down the tube, turmoil in the Middle East, the incident dominates the headlines in Britain and Ireland. Think about it. One footballer insults another and it's headline news. And of course it's headline news for one reason only. The insult was racially based.

We have indeed taken collective leave of our senses. I'm not sure whether more of this insanity will lead towards a Great Awakening or whether it will just copper-fasten and normalise the insanity.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Seems fair to me.....

A reader sent in this link from the Irish Independent. Worth a read.

It's not that I have anything against human rights, you understand, but when you get to a situation where the rules are being bent so badly that an illegal immigrant claims [sucessfully] the fact that he has a cat gives him the right to stay in the country, you know you've gone down some strange and terrible rabbit hole where nothing makes sense any more.

But, in fairness to the Brits, they have reacted to mounting criticism of the abuse of the system by cracking down and cracking down hard.

Indeed, the most recent example of this tough justice came only last Friday with the news that 88-year-old Lydia Werrit is to be deported back to her native Zimbabwe because she has outstayed her visa.

Werrit had her farm occupied by some of Mugabe's people and she fled the country in terror, but now immigration officials have decided that she "faces no immediate danger" and is to be sent back to her home country. It all seems incredibly unfair, but there is a bright side -- at least the illegal Bolivian immigrant still has his cat to play with at the taxpayers' expense.

Friday, 21 October 2011

They're coming to the Cotswolds

The favourite holiday destination for Lady Savant and me has to be the Cotswold Hills. Glorious villages and towns, one neater, cleaner and quieter than the next. Inviting pubs and coffee shops, friendly accommodating people. It’s been called the Heart of England.

But the Cotswolds suffer from a dreadful drawback: They lack diversity. Hence they are not vibrant. Otherwise they’d be really perfect. They are more like York, and not at all like Blackburn or Dewsbury.

But, nil desperandum! Salvation beckons. Because, while diversity may not have yet arrived, it’s getting closer every day. For example, just about twenty miles up the road, in Dudley, we can get a thrilling preview of the kind of vibrant diversity I have in mind. The photo here shows the ‘new English’ following the ancient British tradition of “Smash The Sikh Temple Because They’re Selling Beer Or Something”.

There’s no doubt that these splendid chaps will greatly enliven and enrich the Cotswolds when they duly arrive. I look forward to seeing them disporting themselves the next time I'm strolling down Sheep St. in Stow-on-the-Wold.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Obama struck dumb: Telepromter stolen!


Oh my God! It's the President's worst nightmare! His teleprompter's been purloined. We can assume by 'people of colour'. Apparently he was speechless when he heard about (LoL).

Read here to find out in which of the 57 states the tragedy occurred.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

What a crock of shit!

I've been out of touch for the last few days and don't know any details of the so-called plot by the Iranians to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador, apart from the breathless unquestioning reports from CNN and the rest of the Lamestream Media. I'll just say this. It is a total fraud, a false flag operation that's so blatant it's almost laughable.

Which means it'll probably achieve its objective of getting the US into a war with Iran.

A clash of loyalties?

Irish Presidential candidate ‘Dana’ Rosemary Scallon has the same effect on me as a nail being dragged down a pane of glass. Behind the simpering family values front there’s a money-grubbing viper bursting to get out. I swear she makes me feel like joining the Gay and Lesbian Alliance, or whatever they call it. Thankfully some horrific revelation about her is to break soon, ending whatever chance she had of winning the gig.

It’s also emerged that when she was over in the US cashing in on the Christian Radio circuit, she, I assume for monetary reasons, became a US citizen. Now as every schoolboy knows, this makes it incumbent on her to bear arms in accordance with US law as and when required. This would pose some interesting possibilities in the unlikely event of her being elected, in that she’d be the equivalent of the American Commander-In-Chief in Ireland.

Now a war between the USA and Ireland isn’t really likely, although the War Party there must by now be running out of small weak countries to bomb. Let's say we offended Israel and the war actually happened. In that event would we be faced with a heavily-armed Dana up in Phoenix Park, blazing away at her own army? I don’t know, but I think we should be told.

As I indicated, the Irish Presidency, and the Irish army for that matter, are both largely ceremonial. Our President has virtually no practical military power, so the locus of her loyalty is irrelevant, despite my jibe above. But what about the vast number of US-Israeli dual citizens that are to be found in virtually every important level in the US diplomatic, military and security arenas? Literally the very top jobs in Homeland Security, the CIA, Defence and State were held by such dual citizens and/or those with very close ties to Israel over the last fifty years or so. Many if not most of those are blatant Israel-Firsters.

This makes Dana’s loyalty test distinctly small beer, doesn’t it?

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Court jesters

I'm endlessly fascinated by court reporting in the Irish Times. Although taking itself very seriously the IT is notorious for head-scratching headlines. "Dead Man Hit By Car While Crossing Road" and "Thoughtful Rapist Wore A Condom" are two that spring to mind.

But every day brings new wonders. Take today's story about a man who woke in bed and found himself being raped orally and anally at the same time. Now how the hell could that happen? What sort of a contortionist could manage that? Reminds me of the time George Michael was charged for, in effect, performing a homosexual act on his own. Anyway, if any of you can come up with an explanation of how the anal/oral rapist managed it, I'd love to know.

Then there's the guy who went slashing tires on cars, causing nearly €30,000 worth of damage, as 'a protest against capitalism'. As the baffled judge remarked, it's not at all clear how slashing tires would contribute to the downfall of capitalism. By way of explanation the perp then pointed out that he attacked only those cars registered after 2003. Well, that's ok then. Makes perfect sense.

As they say in Yorkshire, 'there's nowt stranger than folk'.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Saint Steven's Day

So Steve Jobs has croaked, and instantly became transformed from a vile individual to an uncanonised saint. Here’s what Bono, on a direct flight from Bishop Tutu’s birthday, had to say: “when I hurt my spine tons of stuff arrived at my house from Steve. I found him a wonderful thoughtful friend”. Now this is Bono-speak for ‘look how an industrial titan is so impressed by me that he’d send me all those things. I’m really important’. And of course, total bullshit.

There are some truly horrible CEOs around: Think Larry Ellison, Steve Ballmer, Jack Welch. I've worked or consulted for over 200 companies to date and I can safely say in terms of fear and hatred from his employees none of them came close to Jobs. He made a speciality of humiliating his staff, really rubbing it in, and always in front of an audience. He literally broke many people, and seemed to take pleasure in it. I’ve got emails from people who rejoiced at his progressive decline towards ultimate death. And that’s not usual.

And despite the New Age polo shirt image he ran an almost Stalinist organisation. No dissent was permitted – he even had these ‘Loyalty Czars’ (I can’t remember the exact term, but ‘loyalty’ was in there) who went around the world snooping on employees’ emails and even hard drives to identify evidence of ‘disloyalty’. Offenders were despatched with Stalinist ruthlessness.

Back to Bono, the Baron Of Bullshit. Endlessly referring to his ‘friend’ (see, what powerful friends I have!) he assures us that Jobs was also ‘a wonderfully detailed and interested parent of his kids’. Well, even Jobs himself doesn’t seem to think so. He told his biographer that one of his objectives in co-operating on the book was to explain to his kids why this ‘wonderfully detailed and interested parent’ was never there for them. That’s right, he gets a stranger to write a book to explain why.

Some parent.

And of course he refused to acknowledge his first child, denied paternity until a blood test proved him wrong, upon which he grudgingly caved in. Class.

Jobs was indeed an industrial titan, a genius (not for technology but for vision and marketing – and stealing others’ ideas, like the GUI). But he was a deeply, deeply flawed human being who should not be transformed into a saint now that he’s turned toes up.

And a concluding thought, isn’t Bono some twat?

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Something wrong here...

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last year you've heard of, and probably watched the British period drama Downton Abbey. Set in Edwardian England, it traces the goings-on of the aristocratic Crawley family and has entered the Guinness Book of Records as the 'most critically acclaimed television show' for the year.

It's been acclaimed far and wide for its 'authenticity', but one glance at the cast made me realise that something was wrong. Terribly wrong. You see, there were no 'people of colour' in the cast! Now a pedant might counter that there weren't too many of those numbered among British royalty a hundred years ago. But when did that ever stop the entertainment industry? I'd wager that there were even fewer black gods in Nordic mythology, but we still got a black Thor.

Personally I'm a bit surprised that we haven't Trevor Phillips and the rest of the Equality Industry up in arms demanding that Whoopie Goldberg play the 12th Marchioness of Pilbury, and a cameo role for Mr. Dizzee Rascal as the Duke of Grantham. It's along series so maybe there's time yet.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A real American

Tom Paxton was interviewed in the Irish Times last week. Tom is unhappy with a lot of his fellow countrymen who, he says, don't regard 'our President' as a real American. Well if that's true (and have I any reason to doubt a recovering acid-head?) then it's simply outrageous.

Because 'our President' is as American as motherhood and apple pie. Think about it. Almost every American I know has a Kenyan father who abandoned him as a child. Most Americans were brought up as Moslems in Indonesia, and I never met an American not having at least one of the President's names, Barak, Hussein or Obama. And I don't know this for sure, but I'll bet all real Americans have forged birth certificates as well. And think there are 57 states in the country.

So there you are, a true American. Tom, I fully agree with you.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Stunning

Several hundred demonstrators descend on Wall St. to protest the outrages being visited by the banksters and their bought politicians on the general public. Hundreds of cops (their coffers supplemented by a 'donation' from Goldman Sachs) face off against them. A mini riot ensues. Similar riots begin to take place all over the US. Looks like the people have risen.

Stop Press! Front page news!

Right?

No. Unbelievably, virtually all of the Lamestream Media outlets have either completely ignored these events, or they've relegated them to some remote corner, dwarfed by Lady Gaga or similar trivia. I've checked CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NY Times, Chicago Tribune - not a mention. Check it out for yourself.

I see this development, or more accurately lack of development, as far more important than the demos/riots themselves. The banksters, their bought politicians and their media whores are running scared. They must be. There's been a concerted effort to do a Pravda on these events, just like they tried to blank the 'mahogany mobs' during the Summmer. I can just imagine the frantic phone calls orchestrating the covere-up.

But I believe they'll have to give way very soon for the same reason they were forced to cover the mobs. The Internet and blogs will blow their cover. God grant that this will segue into a movement of white Americans, the backbone of the country, rising up to reclaim their pre-eminent position and throw down the traitors who have betrayed them.