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FOX broadcasting at it again, Gullible Travails and A Modest Proposal

CW57, one of the local DumFox stations, aired an “infomercial” for a seminar, books and training videos on how to take advantage of the housing market crash, telling the Gullible that if they buy the properties ON CREDIT (even though they’re targeting people who are already in bankruptcy and facing foreclosure) then sell them to rich real estate developers for tens of times what the houses are currently priced, financed on both transactions with an Adjustable Rate Mortgage by the same investment banks which wrote a blank rubber check for the last time this scam was perpetrated. Now, the paper they hung on us last time, it wasn’t the primary cause of the Recession Massive Economic Collapse it was just (normally, as everybody knows, I avoid cliché like the plague, but I’m going out on a limb and doing it anyway) the straw that broke the camel’s back.
30 straight years of unfunded Reaganomics, the collapse of the infrastructure, such as levies, bridges, roads, other privately owned public utilities, unfunded war-for-profit where those who made the profit from other people dying paid no taxes on the blood money, destruction of the unions, done at public expense and again for private profiteers, and the legalization of Predatory Capitalism and relaxing every rule set in place to correct These Same Causes during the Great Depression of the 1930s… provided both the rest of the burden that poor camel was carrying AND starved and beat the living Hell out of him so he was incapable of carrying the burden.
Fox uses the standard disclaimer that “The views expressed in this broadcast do not reflect those of NewsCorp” what a bunch of lying pukes. Fox News has spent BILLIONS of dollars ranting that this type of unfunded speculative investment could not possibly have harmed the economy. Nor that the Corporations getting welfare subsidies AND huge tax breaks, would increase the budget and double-trouble it by their obscene tax breaks.

Instead, they blame the 51% of the people who make less than $22,360 a year for a family of four and thus are at poverty level.
Or below. Couldn’t possibly be the multi-Trillion Dollar giveaways to the Rich.

The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has recently been estimated at 1.5 Terabucks, or, for those who no speak geek, trillion dollars. That would have to ignore the at least 5 Trillion paid out to private corporations to “rebuild” Iraq and completely dismiss all the money spent on Afghanistan.
And the fact that before 1991 Iraq had the strongest economy and best infrastructure on the Arabian Peninsula, even more than the Subsidized (by us) Sovereign State of Israel. That they had more female graduates from universities per capita than anybody else on the Peninsula, that their literacy rate even now surpasses that of the United States, More female Doctors.
And that they weren’t allowed to use what money they had (which was considerable) to rebuild their country for more than a decade, based on the “They’re Developing WMDs” LIE.

They lie to us about the cause of the war, the cause of Iraq being in such poor condition, and the cost of the war coupled with paying the same Warmongering ChickenHawk Cowards like Richard Cheney who paid a lot of public money getting Iraq destroyed, to have no-bid contracts to rebuild it.

Much like they broke the unions at public expense for private profit, and put more than half of Americans into Wage Slavery and massive debt.
You can’t pay people less than it costs to live and expect anything other than massive poverty and debt.

And, Fox News, and their Parent Corporation NewsCorp, have been pushing all of that agenda for decades. They’re good at what they do, but what they do is promote the wealth of a Very Few at the expense of the Vast Majority, not only Americans but the entire world.
They’ve succeeded to the point that the scions of those Very Few don’t have to pick up arms themselves to force the Working Class around the world to work for slave wages. Because they have so many people who are willing to accept the not-much-better conditions afforded by being Hired Thugs for the Corporations and murdering and enslaving their fellow poor PEOPLE.

Hey, Be All That You Can Be. And ignore the fact that those who are urging your Murder Campaign against the other PEOPLE in the Working Class, aren’t joining the StormTroopers along with you.

If you listen to DumFox Noose and their radio affiliates, it’ll be a lot easier for you to close off whatever is left of your mind.

Gulliver’s Travels, and another treatise entitled “A Modest Proposal” were works of allegory against the continued enslavement of the people of Ireland, of which Jonathan Swift, the author, was a native.

In “A Modest Proposal” he poses the notion that the Irish could simply be raised as herd animals, selling their children as table meat for the British Wealthy Elite. Except for a few who would be kept alive long enough to breed and to perform labor until they were no longer fit to do so. Regrettably, according to Swift, those who were slaughtered after the age of 15 would not fetch as high a price in the meat market as the toddlers would, but they could be fed to the hounds of the English Master Race and perhaps to the Irish “cattle”.
And of course the young Irish girls could be sold as whores to the English until they, too, could no longer breed or were no longer attractive.
This was written in 1729 and Swift himself died in 1745, a century before the Irish Potato Famine. which had its “roots” which I just noticed is a really bad pun in the British Conquest.
And the Crown, like they and their accomplices in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, punished the Irish with capitalism.
It wasn’t that there was no food produced in Ireland, much like the vast reserves of Iraqi oil, it was that the food production had to be given to the British overlords as reparations for the cost of conquering and governing them.

The Brits kept some wonderfully careful records, detailing the number of hundreds of tons of wheat shipped out of Ireland on one page of the ledgers and on the next, the number of Irish who died of starvation.

The wealthy also, like now, blamed the Working Class for their own poverty. Some things never change.
Swift ended his treatise with the very sharply worded challenge to the British, why not actually eat the flesh of the poor literally?
As the English landlords already did so figuratively.

As for the Real Estate Speculation FOX is pushing, it’s taking advantage of the desperation of people who have already been pushed into bankruptcy by The Last Real Estate Speculation “boom economy” that the Lying Bastards at FOX pushed in exactly the same way.

People who are thinking about buying into it, please consider… The Investment Banks and their minions in the Real Estate Fraud Industry, they’ve gotten their money guaranteed them in the form of “too big to fail” bailouts. Why exactly are THEY not buying up the properties to resell, and why would they offer such an opportunity to make and take all their profit margin?

Out of the goodness of their dark,cold, nasty hearts?

Brits on Kenya: “Oopsies!!”

Turns out that the common knowledge of the past 50+ years was right, the American backed British colonial government was, despite American and British denials, murdering, torturing and “disappearing” people, just like they did in every other nation where they sent in the Royal Marines to take over the local management and “bring civilization to the Wogs”
I’m sure the redcoats would love to see that particular word disappear, but hey, it shows the true nature of Imperialism and Colonialism in all its ugly inglory.
What that means HERE, you know how the TeaBags and other Right Wing Extremists like the Klan and their “unofficial” affiliates the Minutemen like to harp on President Obama’s Dad being a MauMau? And that the term “freedom fighter” is just a Liberal euphemism for barbaric terrorist? Like how the MauMau were supposedly preying on the defenseless and weak Colonial Overlords, the Darkie Horde (the stupid bastards say the same thing about the Nat Turner Rebellion in American Slavery) rising up against their lawful White masters with no reason, because they had been well treated, and given as much Human Rights as one could appropriately give Savages…
I capitalized that last because Michael “Savage” Weiner likes to do that stupid racist bullshit, depicting any “savages” who defy the Natural White Order as brutal, vicious and stupidly bloodthirsty.
The British also depicted his Irgun cousins the same way. Guess there’s an Uncle Tom in every group.
But the notion, for the past more than 50 years, was that the British were a benevolent Master Race and merely “misconstrued” as being The Actual Bloodthirsty Vicious Savages in the equation.
Well, TeaBags and other Racist organizations,
“Eat and smile, byotches!”

Ok so that sounds unnecessarily harsh. No Indeed. It’s Necessary.
“Oh, Jonah with his Whitey Bashing again!” not really. I AM half white myself. I could point out that Indigenous Rebellions including oh, let’s see, every American Indian nation/tribe fighting back against people who came in, took everything and decided to kill up a mess of folks for not getting off “their” land. But that would be yet another episode of overkill. And we’re not supposed to report on things that happened in the past, but since “the past” starts anew at every heartbeat that would conveniently silence people. Also it’s supposed to be bad manners and just plain Tacky to point out when “the past” is still happening.
And enabled by Historical Hysterical Revisionists like Fox News, Heritage Foundation and the TeaTards and MinuteMurderers.
Sure, they like to dress up and re-enact scenes from the Revolution and the Civil War ooo bad me! Naughty Wicked! I didn’t call it “the war between the states”.
Scenes where British Colonialists rebelled over paying taxes which supported the very Colonialist armies which enabled them to remain in America in the first damn place. And killed mostly Other Colonials and British Soldiers, with a few Hessian mercenaries and of course as many American Indians as they could fit into the killing spree.

I mean, that IS what the original Tea Party and Minutemen were all about. So they should know a little bit about the “history” they portray, right?
Of course they don’t, or won’t mention it, sweep it under the ol’ rug. It would be embarrassing for them to admit what exact kind of Bullshit they’re trying to foist off on the rest of us.

And that’s a key point, they’re ashamed or, at least, realize that if they ever told the Truth of their motives people would Not Like Them.

And since they represent a minority opinion, they have to convince as many people as possible to Like Them. Otherwise their bullshit plans fall through.

Like in Kenya. Ireland. Oh, did I forget to remember Ireland? My Bad.
Ireland which they occupied for more than 400 years and did things like force the Natives to speak only the English Language under pain of death, forced them to pay “reparations” to the Crown for “liberating them” in the form of all the Gross National Product, at the height of the Potato Famine the British Admiralty reported X number of tons of wheat and other grains exported from Ireland to pay off “their debt” and on the next page reporting how many Irish children starved to death that day.
Real sweet fellows. And this being done to a people who were the very picture of European Whiteness. Or, as the Uptight WASP yankees in New England put it, when describing other citizens of New England “JNOKDs”
“They’re Just Not Our Kind, Dear” Imagine a group of elitists whose White Supremacism is directed against even their fellow whites.

So the myth of the MauMau being a band of savages bent on hacking apart innocent whites for no reason whatsoever, while popular with the TeaTards and MinutePukes and other Republican’t Racist Groups, is just that, a myth.

And now, the British Crown has acknowledged it.
Oh, sure, the British Crown has acknowledged it many times in the past, much like a serial wife-beater will apologize to his ol’ lady as she’s laying in the hospital bed, until she drops first the restraining order and then the charges.

They’re forced into it by their own behavior.
There are many who are repeatedly sucked back into it every time.
John O’Donnell of local fame, who had the Colorado Springs police bust up a peaceful and legitimate entry in an Irish parade 4 years ago, while one of the other entries, the Al Khaly Shrine marching band, were playing the British National Anthem.

Some of the people on the sidelines said that St Patricks day is no place for Politics, while another band was playing “Wearin’ o’ the Green”.
A very non-political song, of course.
Just that the lyrics include
“They’re (the Brits) Hangin’ men,
and hangin’ women
fa’ the wearin’ o’ the green”

Or the British soldiers in the parade celebrating their alliance with the Bu’ush Regime in a war based on Lies against one of their former “possessions” in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nothing political or Pro-British about that either.

A war closely related to the rebellion in Kenya. And the Rebellion in Ireland.

Royal Wedding rescue mission to provide Bread and Circus distraction…

As the Empire burns… “Rescue Mission” was the excuse for the ultimately FAILED invasion of Grenada, to draw attention away from the Iran/Contra cartel FAILURE getting skunked in Lebanon. And to divert attention from the British Naval bombardment of Argentina under pretext of defending an Imperial Possession and the fact that the U.S. Military, in direct renegation of the Constitutionally ratified treaty with the Organization of American States, was actively assisting the British Empire with their unlawful attacks against the people and nation of Argentina. Just a small part of that Wonderful Reagan/Maggot Thatcher Legacy that the right wing TeaTards are celebrating. Stupid Bastards.

The Cuban medical school on Grenada is still in operation, Cuba is still providing far more medical aid in the Caribbean nations than the United States, Grenada in the first actual election (not the Rigged One the U.S. Military imposed on them after the “liberation”) voted for the same Socialist government the U.S. had deposed.

The British Empire has declined even further since then, and will again be challenged on las Islas Malvinas “falklands” (named after a Scots sellout who sold Scotland to the English)

The next time, the Mighty Rule Britannia won’t be ruling the waves. They got sucked into or perhaps manipulated the U.S. attack on their Former Raj in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Iraq. They no longer have the Imperial Navy to spare on another colonialist defense Belligerent Assault.

On the other hand, they do get to (pay for) another Wedding Extravaganza involving their overprivileged Dangerously Inbred Royal Family. While their American allies, at massive taxpayer expense, lose the rest of the Former Empire.

Including Egypt. Ireland? Gone from their grasp. Iraq? on the way out of the Empire. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Hong “Gone” Kong? Kenya, Zimbabwe? If they weren’t taking us down along with their empire it would be a pleasant jest…

Welcome, New Princess Kate! One of your long-deceased outlaw in-laws, your namesake, Katherine “The Great” died when her horse fell on her… in bed. –just one of a long line of miscreants in your new family. Jack “the Ripper” for instance, Vlad “The Impaler” Ivan “the Terrible” William “The Bastard” what wonderful surnames they bring! There’s not one class of crime in the world that cannot be assigned to that family name. Fratricide, parricide, matricide, infanticide, they’ll probably have to invent yet another way to say “murder” to fit it all in.

You should run like Hell away from that diseased family, they put the Funk in Dysfunctional. Your new Father in law is accused of killing your new husbands Mum, but of course you know that…

But you get to provide the same spectacle she did and for about the same reason. Just another Royal Distraction, bread and circuses as the Empire burns.

Cameron vows Racial Cultural purity for Britain

Says he doesn’t have anything against Islam, just “radical” Islam, meaning, Muslims who don’t bow down before his Naturally Superior White Culture. He also, as prime minister to ROYALTY, and incidentally the same Royal Family that used to hunt his ancestors, just for sport, babbles much about Democracy and respect for other cultures. Which he says is somehow the hallmark of the British Empire.

There was, earlier, a parade honoring what the Irish call Bloody Sunday, when Mr Cameron’s Loving and Caring and ever-so-respectful Queen ordered her storm-troopers to fire on a crowd in Derry, in January 1972.

* John (Jackie) Duddy (17). Shot in the chest in the car park of Rossville flats. Four witnesses stated Duddy was unarmed and running away from the paratroopers when he was killed. Three of them saw a soldier take deliberate aim at the youth as he ran. He is the uncle of the Irish boxer John Duddy.

* Patrick Joseph Doherty (31). Shot from behind while attempting to crawl to safety in the forecourt of Rossville flats. Doherty was the subject of a series of photographs, taken before and after he died by French journalist Gilles Peress. Despite testimony from “Soldier F” that he had fired at a man holding and firing a pistol, Widgery acknowledged that the photographs showed Doherty was unarmed, and that forensic tests on his hands for gunshot residue proved negative.

* Bernard McGuigan (41). Shot in the back of the head when he went to help Patrick Doherty. He had been waving a white handkerchief at the soldiers to indicate his peaceful intentions.

* Hugh Pious Gilmour (17). Shot through his right elbow, the bullet then entering his chest as he ran from the paratroopers on Rossville Street.

Widgery acknowledged that a photograph taken seconds after Gilmour was hit corroborated witness reports that he was unarmed, and that tests for gunshot residue were negative

“Widgery” refers to the first investigation, which in spite of all these inconsistencies, cleared the British Stormtroopers of any wrongdoing.

* Kevin McElhinney (17). Shot from behind while attempting to crawl to safety at the front entrance of the Rossville Flats. Two witnesses stated McElhinney was unarmed.

* Michael Gerald Kelly (17). Shot in the stomach while standing near the rubble barricade in front of Rossville Flats. Widgery accepted that Kelly was unarmed.

* John Pius Young (17). Shot in the head while standing at the rubble barricade. Two witnesses stated Young was unarmed.

* William Noel Nash (19). Shot in the chest near the barricade. Witnesses stated Nash was unarmed and going to the aid of another when killed.

* Michael M. McDaid (20). Shot in the face at the barricade as he was walking away from the paratroopers. The trajectory of the bullet indicated he could have been killed by soldiers positioned on the Derry Walls.

* James Joseph Wray (22). Wounded then shot again at close range while lying on the ground. Witnesses who were not called to the Widgery Tribunal stated that Wray was calling out to say that he could not move his legs before he was shot the second time.

* Gerald Donaghy (17). Shot in the stomach while attempting to run to safety between Glenfada Park and Abbey Park. Donaghy was brought to a nearby house by bystanders where he was examined by a doctor. His pockets were turned out in an effort to identify him. A later police photograph of Donaghy’s corpse showed nail bombs in his pockets. Neither those who searched his pockets in the house nor the British army medical officer (Soldier 138) who pronounced his death shortly afterwards say they saw any bombs. Donaghy had been a member of Fianna Éireann, an IRA-linked Republican youth movement.

Paddy Ward, a police informer who gave evidence at the Saville Inquiry, claimed that he had given two nail bombs to Donaghy several hours before he was shot dead.

* Gerald (James) McKinney (34). Shot just after Gerald Donaghy. Witnesses stated that McKinney had been running behind Donaghy, and he stopped and held up his arms, shouting “Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!”, when he saw Donaghy fall. He was then shot in the chest.

* William Anthony McKinney (27). Shot from behind as he attempted to aid Gerald McKinney (no relation). He had left cover to try to help Gerald.

* John Johnston (59). Shot in the leg and left shoulder on William Street 15 minutes before the rest of the shooting started. Johnston was not on the march, but on his way to visit a friend in Glenfada Park He died 4½ months later; his death has been attributed to the injuries he received on the day. He was the only one not to die immediately or soon after being shot.

Here’s something that will sound familiar to those who watched, either here or another site, the leaked video of U.S. Army helicopters shooting up a residential neighborhood in Iraq. And where one U.S. soldier, who rescued two badly wounded CHILDREN, was censured by his Commanding Officer for doing so.

“At a certain point, reports of an IRA sniper operating in the area were allegedly given to the Army command centre”

The cause of the “riot”? The respectful and democracy loving British PIGS Mr Cameron gushes about with their constant working for Freedom, had ordered the Irish not to hold a protest march.

Something our Colorado Springs critics would do well to remember, when they start talking about our own St Paddiy’s Day Massacre four years ago, and berating us for making political statements at St Paddy’s, which “everybody (who has been indoctrinated to always obey anybody who claims authority) KNOWS has no political ramification”

The Pro-Babykilling War Machine marched with no interference. The Young Marines Brainwash-the-Kids marched with no interference, teaching the little bastards how to grow up to be Babykillers just like mommy and daddy.

Boy Scouts, actually an offshoot of British youth paramilitary groups, same thing. Nothing political about that, now was there? There was as far as I know not one rendition of “Wearin’ o’ the Green” played, which has the line in it, referring to the 400 year Killing and Suppression Spree in which the Brits engaged, “they’re hangin men, and hangin’ women, fo’ the wearin’ o’ the Green.”

The Al Khaly Shrine band, however, did play “God Save the Queen” as the Colorado Springs Gestapo were Ideologically Cleansing the parade.

There were even British military in the St Paddy’s parade.

But, back in England, the Scion of Scots who is now a lackey to the English-born German Queen, has turned his attention to Muslim British Citizens. Probably has much to do with the Irish having finally beaten back the English “pro-democracy freedom loving” masters.

The Republic of Ireland, by the way, did not back the Bush/Blair regime war of conquest, based on lies, of the Iraqi nation. And still don’t.

Bush’s Poodle gets shoed and egged in Dublin at booksigning

Damn, the Irish must be getting mellow in their old age. There was an attempted Citizens Arrest and of course he got escorted in, escorted out, and still shoed and egged.
Oh, and that’s his first book signing. He he he he he… Say, isn’t his master Bush supposed to put out his pop-up book “My Pet Goat, The see quail seagull oh never mind Uncle Karl wrote it for me anyhow” due out this month?

Freedom & duress NOT the same thing

A gentleman wrote earlier that Ireland signed a paper partitioning the Nation, and likewise, Scotland and Ireland had signed papers joining their people to the United Kingdom. And that therefore Scots and Irish Separatists are breaking a treaty and how very dare they do so, it’s dishonorable etc.
 
He was too busy reviling me personally to revile them but that is the gist of his words.

What wasn’t mentioned was that in either treaty the People of Ireland and the People of Scotland weren’t consulted. The “Lords” whose ancestors were in turn appointed and ennobled by the British Crown during prior invasions and occupations, signed the papers, and that at the point of gun and sword. Not by the people nor by their elected officials.

This was in comparison, by the way, to the Conquest and Occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.

It’s like an armed robbery on a massive scale.

I mean, IF I were ever to want to control people, I’d not last very long at the enterprise mostly because anybody I could get to assist me in doing so would be under coercion. I could, theoretically, walk into a 7-Eleven or a Liquor store with an Uzi, and demand that the proprietor surrender to my will, do as I say, and that he promise to cooperate with my Armed Might, my one-man “Army of One” submachine gun, and provide me with as much of the goods and money in his store as I could carry away.

In an enterprise using an Army of MANY the logistics of the actions are more complex but the concept, the germ, the Basic Foundation of those actions would be Exactly The Same.

To go back to the Store Owner v. Probably Deranged Person w/Submachine Gun parable, if the person with the gun leaves the store, would the Store Owner be breaking some sort of Treaty to immediately call for help? If the gunman were, in the middle of the “treaty” to turn his attention and the Shopkeeper took the opportunity to disarm the gunman and perhaps kill the gunman, would the Shopkeeper be a “terrorist” or an “insurgent” or “unlawful combatant”?

If the gunman has a Gang of similar thugs with him, and the shopkeeper captures and disarms one or more of them, and holds a gun to their heads and demands the other Gunmen cease their robbery and threats of further violence, would that be a Terrorist Insurgent taking hostages, a Despicable act of Cowardice?

But that’s what the British and American Warmongers insist the “shopkeeper” of Iraq, and Afghanistan, and the Irish PEOPLE and Scots PEOPLE do or should have done.

Negotiate only with the Representatives of the people who were appointed to that position by the Conquering Invaders?

What kind of a Farce is that?

The Conquerors of Iraq and Afghanistan have no more right to demand the abject surrender of the people of those nations than the British Crown did with Scotland and Ireland, indeed, the “Nobles” with whom the English Crown negotiated the treaties, would have no more a legitimate enforceable authority to make such a treaty, for generations to come, than the Vichy Government did for the people of France, nor for all the French colonials.

To put it in a way the Right Wing would understand, their NEW conquests of Iraq, Afghanistan, Honduras, are no more legitimate because the Puppet Governments empowered by the Conquerors signed treaties, at the point of gun, sword, machine gun, the Mother Of All Bombs and the assembled armies of the Coalition. than the “Conquest” of Poland, East Germany, the Czech and Yugoslav and Armenian etc Republics were validated by the signing, under duress, of any treaties by their respective Puppet Dictators appointed by the conquering Armies of Britain, The U.S. and the Soviet Union.

Nor were the Irish under any such obligation to honor the partitioning of ireland, under duress, by the British. They were not in any way obligated to allow the British to keep Ulster.

To say that they were, or that the Iraqi and Afghan people are obligated to Obey The American and British Coalition in every thing that’s commanded… Is not just a Lie, it’s an Arrogant Lie.

And all the “PROOF” I need to say that those invasions were based on greed, and nothing more.

Certainly not any “fears of WMDs” and MOST CERTAINLY not any concern for Freedom for the Iraqi or Afghan people, any more than the British had concern for the Irish peoples freedom.

They show themselves to be the REAL terrorists.

Down to sports, empires are tribal

American World Cup viewers tuning in to watch their team face England on Saturday might be excused confusion about their adversary’s flag. Instead of the British Union Jack, English fans waved a red and white standard usually only glimpsed in movies where knights fight dragons, crusades, or Braveheart.
 
That’s the red cross of Saint George, dragon-slayer, minus the diagonal white-on-blue X of Scotland’s Saint Andrew and the red X of Ireland’s Saint Patrick. Where British dominion is concerned, natural resources and labor are commonwealth, assertion of athletic dominance is forever England.

But the England team crest, with the three lions passant-guardant, dates to lionhearted King Richard, the early realm’s warrior expansionist. Technically the heraldic cats are léopards, because the royal houses ruled in the language of the French, and these three show the empire’s spots: Team England’s badge invokes the era when “England” included the conquered Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

As far as world onlookers cared, the first round pairing of USA versus England was an intramural match among conspiratorial members of the Coalition of the Willing. At best one could only root for the good cop colonizer. Early enough in the game, a score fumbled past England’s goalie portended the Gods’ ambivalence over the outcome. Like Olympic teams, the FIFA contenders are groupings of soccer all-stars whose day jobs mean playing side by side, for either Man United or Real Madrid apparently. It’s hard to expect that team allegiances would defer to nationalism any more than to the federation’s television revenues. The achievement of a tie for match USA – England guaranteed to string along the barely interested American TV audience.

England, Scotland and Ireland were grandfathered into FIFA because, despite not being standalone sovereign nations, they originated the competition. Indeed Britain invented football, whose spread across the world is owed to European colonialism.

Sovereignty is no small distinction when it comes to legitimizing sports teams. Taiwan and Tibet are not recognized by China for example, as the Korean halves reject each other, as the US might object to Puerto Rican or Hawaiian bids for succession.

Today a pretense of sovereignty is enough to field a national soccer team. Take Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel, for example, and I needn’t stop there. By what standard are they independent entities versus US client states? They have their own flags, for all the US cares, and I daresay American pride would be sacrificed for the political gain of either of these puppets excelling their master in sport. A success in sporting circles would only bolster the facade of their indigenous national sovereignty.

Does it say something about the difference between contemporary empires and past, that the US doesn’t need to stamp the red, white and blue unto its colonial projects? Nor dominate them in the arena?

We can contrast America’s far-flung possessions and occupations with the British Commonwealth, whose flags closely mimicked mother Britain’s theme. But I’d like to clarify Ireland’s representation on the British flag. The cross of St. Patrick whose outline informs the Union Jack, represents Ireland before her independence. Still occupied Northern Ireland has a flag which duplicates England’s but for the addition of a loyalist co-opted red hand at its center.

While England holds fast to Scotland’s oil and Ireland’s loyalists, when it comes to sport, she wants all the credit.

Freedom Flotilla flagship off to Gaza

Free Gaza Freedom Flotilla crew member FaichreThe rechristened MV Rachel Corrie sails today from Dundalk, Ireland, to join the Freedom Flotilla intent on running the blockade of Gaza. Israel is already warning Cyprus against allowing the humanitarian convoy to shelter in its ports, rehearsing plans to intercept, and Turkish supporters are rebuffing Israeli threats to bomb relief ships which attempt to reach Palestine. In other news, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has accepted Israel’s membership, cementing First World culpability for Israeli growth from conquest. Critics had urged Israel’s disqualification because its capitalization has been owed to the occupation and illegal appropriation of Palestinian resources, but could the OECD ultimately disown the US-European joint colonial venture?

What a coincidence that today’s date in 1949 marked the end of the siege of Berlin, when an international effort was mounted by world governments to fly relief convoys of supplies to the besieged population of Berlin. Today western governments won’t abide the expressed will of their citizens and so the people themselves are having to save the Palestinians abandoned in Gaza.

The MV Rachel Corrie has been repainted with a giant Irish flag on its side, and the words “FREE GAZA” along its top. The cargo ship retains its original IMO 6715281 for communications and tracking. Bloggers and journalists will be charting the flotilla’s progress online.

Among the participants on the Free Gaza project are Ken Fleming, Nobel Peace Prize winner; Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize winner; Denis Halliday, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq; Matthias Chang, Perdana Global Peace Organizer; Aengus.O’Snodaigh, Sinn Fein; Chris Andrews; Free Gaza Movement co-founder Greta Berlin, Caoimhe Butterly, Ewa Jasiewicz, Fintan Lane, and Niamh Moloughney.

Ol’ Momma Karma she’s a MEAN byotch

Saw another bumper sticker “I Will NOT be forced to learn a Foreign Language to accomodate Illegal Aliens in MY Country.” First off, it’s not YOUR country. You don’t own the whole country. Too bad if your nasty little Klansman feelings are hurt. There were people speaking Spanish and French and Native languages HERE, in Colorado Springs, until the English came with their retarded ass “Manifest Destiny” and not only killed most of the Natives,they forced the rest of us to learn THEIR Language. The better to “accommodate” our Bigoted English Masters.

Too damn bad y’all English-only Racist Freaks are getting back a small measure of what you dish out.
You don’t like it, move back to England.

The English Nation appreciate your ill humour at those Bad Ol’ Wicked Naughty Foreigners refusing to learn the tongue of their “betters”. They had to murder Irish people for four centuries getting to speak English to their English Masters. And then the Irish INGRATES actually Rebelled against their Rightful Masters! How Very Dare They!

Of course, the British would compel you to learn actual English grammar, spelling and usages.

Saint Paddy’s Day Massacre… with a slice of Turkey on the side.

There’s also Turkey. “Model Democracy” of the Muslim world according to the Pentagoons and the Terror-State Department. Shaped and molded with American Taxpayer dollars since the end of World War One.
My brother-in-law the Air Force Sergeant lets slip a little more than the Air Force would be comfortable divulging, but hey, they used to sell tee-shirts and bumper stickers at the BX saying “Peace is our profession –Killing is our Hobby.”(Everything after the dash is an add on, the motto is that of Strategic Air Command, {defunct} which is now split into Space Command, Bomber Command and Missile Command… The ones with the nukes) and the ever-popular “we are here to win your hearts and minds (actual mission statement courtesy of General Westmoreland) … Or just burn down your God-Damn huts.”

But one of the things that he let cross his lips, as he was trying desperately to berate me for my Anarchist “A” on my beret, “You know what they do to people like you in Turkey?
(yeah, bro, they kill us in the streets and jail us and torture us on drummed up charges the same way they do here)

“I watched as a the Turkish cops just blew one away”
(meaning, they not only had him outgunned but outnumbered, Real Brave Men, they are…)

and dragged his body away”
(While a group of American “service”Men who were allegedly Protecting Freedom in Turkey stood guard and BY THEIR VERY PRESENCE ENABLED THE TURKISH PIGS TO MURDER A CITIZEN FOR EXERCISING FREE SPEECH)

But they’re fighting for “freedom”.

The lying sons-of-bitches don’t fight for freedom there, they damn sure ain’t going to fight for that freedom here either.

Like the St Paddy’s Day Massacre.
Where they took an Anti-Imperialist Holiday and turned it into into an orgy of Imperialistic Mutual Congratulations and elevated the Military to the level of Christ on the Cross.
Turkey figures into that as well, there was an incident not long after the (suppressed) St Patrick’s Celebration in Ireland, before then it was a vassal state to the English, being forced to pay reparations to the English for the cost to the Imperial Crown to conquer them in the first place.
And to pay the Crown for the cost of occupying Ireland and murdering the Irish subjects.

Calling British subjects “citizens” is a misnomer, they’re living in a Monarchy where the Top Bitch got her job by being born.

But there’s a Turkish island, Gallipoli. The Crown, represented by Winston Churchill, used the Colonial Conscripts from Australia, New Zealand, and IRELAND in what was and still is the most costly and brutal failed Amphibious Assault, ever. “That Small nations might be free”
April 25, 1915.

To show how successful this monstrous waste of human lives was/is, Gallipoli is still Turkish.
And the Turkish government is making a “Killing” selling ANZAC Day tours of the battlefields.

This was one of the breaking points of British and by extension American Imperialism in Ireland.
A short 5 weeks after the Irish were forbidden to wear green or march in any parade for St Patricks Day, by their British Slavemasters.
A brief musical interlude,
“Foggy, Foggy Dew”
I chose the Sinead O’Connor one because it’s easiest for those whose first tongue is English not Gaelic.
“While Britannias Huns with their long range guns
sailed into the Foggy Dew”

There’s another one by The Fureys called “Gallipoli” done from the Irish perspective, and one other they play (often) “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” from the Oz perspective.

Wanna bet not one of these songs gets included in the playlist at THIS years Official Mutual Admiration and Masturbation Society Parade?

They played “God Save the Queen” immediately after the Massacre and I would swear one of the bands ahead of us was playing Rule Britannia while the CS Gestapo Department were “doing their thing”.. and the crowd of Mostly Military were “defending freedom”, mostly by their silent acquiescence to this brutal scene, and a few “brave” ones yelling that the Pigs should kill us and that other entries in the Parade should run us over.

O, Brave New World, that has such creatures in it! O, Brave, BRAVE New World!

A few things that tie it together…
The United States Government considers the Republic of Ireland to be a Terrorist Organization.
The DHS considers them not only as a standalone Terror Group but as an affiliate of
Hezbollah, Hamas, the PLO, Red Brigades, Baader Meinhoff, the Weathermen,(seriously), Iran, the Ba’ath Party of Iraq, Front National Algerique Liberte, Libya, and the Democratic Party (US)

With that they’re in Hallowed Company, because they also consider (still) Martin Luther King jr, the NAACP, Nelson Mandela, the Mahatma Mohandas Ghandi, and if He were alive today they would consider Jesus Christ to be Terrorists.
The FBI lists them under RICO statutes.
The Irish Republic flatly refused to join the Koalition of the Killing in the Deconstruction of Iraq.
The Turks were on the British Hit List before the assassination, Some Say At The Instigation of The British and the Tsar, of Archduke Ferdinand.

They were on the Hit List because of a study Winston Churchill had done for the Admiralty, suggesting that coal-fired ships be phased out and OIL fired ships phased in, with the notation that the Arabian Peninsula and Persia had quite a lot of oil.
The problem being that the Turkish Empire controlled the oilfields, and that meant that the Crown would have to deal with a Foreign Power as equals in order to obtain that oil, or they would have to Seize the Oilfields by other means.

Winston Churchill also commanded the Conscript would-be-conquerors at Gallipoli.
After the disastrous invasion attempt, he did the “Noble” thing, Resigned his flag rank and took a Field Officer commission instead.
How Noble. Nobility, by the way, is a Rank and not any condition of personal honor and integrity.

A more “noble” thing in the more commonly used sense, would be to take out his service revolver and put it in his mouth so he couldn’t miss the brain. Too bad for History that he didn’t.

Ireland, enraged at not only being considered a Slave State by the British, and used as Cannon Fodder to literally give their lives and their blood, once more, for the Glory of The Imperial Crown, rebelled. That’s what the St Patricks Parade is SUPPOSED to represent.

We were chided and none too gently, on “Making POLITICAL Statements” At a St Patricks Parade WTF?

From whose rectal orifice, exactly, did they pull that one?

Christian on Christian Crime Spree, ongoing…

The nationalities of those identified as the hijackers on 9/11… 15 Saudis, 2 UAE, one Lebanese and one Egyptian, all of them U.S. allies in the wars against Iraq and Afghanistan.
U.S. and Allied Casualties on D-Day, D-Day, 2499 Verified American dead, 10,000 ALLIED soldiers.
Fox (Ministry of Propaganda) puts total at 4000 and as high as 9000.
Killed by the “Christian” cultures of Italy and Germany.
That doesnt count the French Civilians killed by actions of both sides, nor the Christian Italians and Germans killed by the Christian British, French, Canadian, U.S., Polish, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Belgian, just to name the major players.
None of the 9/11 hijackers were either Iraqi or Afghan.

Saying that a coalition of Saudis attacking the U.S. justifies attacking two countries that Are Not Saudi Arabia would be like saying D-Day justifies an attack on Mexico. Or England.

Yet the Right Wing BabyKillers still play the 9/11 card
and expect us to eat it up and ask for seconds.
Save room for dessert, because it’s really sweet.

The vast majority of wars in which Christianity as a State Religion was a factor, were wars against Other Christian Nations or Christian subjects of the Same Nation. That includes the infamous Crusades.

Our Favorite Mercenaries, admired by Blackwater/Xe as being the epitome of Christian Warriors, Les Chevaliers Templars, Indicted by their Fellow Christians from the Catholic Church for murdering and kidnapping Other Crusaders and that notation was only made because they ran afoul of the French king and his Pet Pope.

Richard Couer d’Leon, the “Black Knight” from Ivanhoe and Robin Hood legend, King by right of conquest of England (though he spoke no English) kidnapped twice and killed once by his Fellow Crusaders. And that’s just the high-profile case.

Seems the Christian Nobility were neither.

Christian.. Noble… not a chance. After LOSING their very fat collective Arse to the Turks and Arabs they turned their focus more inward, and just started slaughtering (mostly) Christian subjects in their own kingdoms and those of the neighboring kings.

By the logic implied by the 9/11 chanting Murderers, or at least inferred by me, the Christian Blood shed by Christian Warriors over the past 20 centuries means only one thing…

That Christianity should enter into a Jihad to wipe ourselves out as an embarrassment to the name of God.

Actually, we already do.

Irreligious troubles

Remember the troubles in Ireland? They were religious wars is what we were told. The Catholics against the Protestants. Been going on for centuries. Indeed.

England has occupied Ireland for centuries, that much is true. And the English lackeys who settled the land for the British king and played landlord to the Irish were Protestant indeed. And the native Irish who have been fighting to regain their sovereignty are the religion of St Stephen who drove the pagan snakes from Ireland and converted everyone to Christianity before there was such a thing as Protestantism. The English were Catholic until Henry VIII was refused an annulment from the pope and so created his own Church of England. British subjects had to follow their king into Protestantism, and the enemy freedom fighters in Ireland would, of course, not.

And so the battle between the Irish and their English occupiers waged on, cleverly repackaged by the empire, the British Empire and ours, as religious troubles. Who sympathizes with an opponent’s foreign religion? The plight the dispossessed is another matter.

Likewise in Palestine. Are we to believe that Muslims are fighting Jews over the fate of their religious differences in Palestine? Oh, it’s been going on for thousands of years. Really?

Israel’s pretext for entitlement to the Holy Land dates back two thousand years, that’s true enough, when Jews last ruled Judea. There probably can be no end to land disputes when you argue claims that far back. Courts decided long ago to simplify disputes with statutes of limitation. In war however, every conqueror likes to assert they are reclaiming what lands were theirs by predestiny.

Palestinians are fighting the Israelis for their homeland. Israel occupies Palestine and keeps building settlements unto more of it, displacing and killing the original occupants. Israel’s motives might be religious, but the conflict is not. The fighting is occupation versus resistance, er, insurrection. The internecine strife amongst Palestinians and amongst Lebanese are no more sectarian than it is about who is collaborating with the occupiers.

Sectarian differences in Iraq, as throughout the Middle East, have similarly less to do with religion than the struggle against colonial occupiers. Right now we are demonizing the Shia, the fundamentalist hard ballers out of Iran, who threaten the Sunnis. They do, but hardly for religious reasons. The Sunni are and have been our agents, the administrative class for the West’s domination of the Middle East. When you hear Egypt opine, that’s us. Saudi Ariabia, that’s us. All the feudal sheiks, sultans and monarchs? Ours. In our pocket and we in theirs. They don’t like the Shias because they’re as irreligious as alpha males in a harem. Once more the occupiers have their religious or counter-religious pretext. The oppressed are fighting for their land and their freedom.