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…from the quills of the dead white poets
Nikolay Gumilev (1886 – 1921)
He did not lie – the ghost, so sad and thoughtful, That from a star took his name by a chance, When he had said, “Don’t fear the Lord”, to us, “Just try the fruit and be like Him immortal”. All routs for youths were opened in glow, And all forbidden works – for older ones, And amber fruits -- for gaily girls, at once, And the rhinoceros forever white as snow. But why we lean, bereft of any strength, And feel that someone has forgot all us at length, And grasp the dread of the old lure, if only By an easy hand of someone, by a chance, Two little sticks (flag’s poles, leaves of grass) Will be united in the cross infirmly? Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, May, 2000 (Another Russian poet shot to death by Putin's predecessors in Cheka.)
…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
As our unbiased media undoubtedly reported the recent speech by the Senate ALA candidate Mr Bernard Gaynor, we are probably wasting time and space here. Still, just in case, his speech in full:
“Ladies and gentleman, Australia is facing a crisis.
It is a crisis that threatens all of us right now. And it is a crisis that threatens our children most of all because they will have to live with the decisions we make today.
This crisis comes from Islamic ideology.
For far too long, our government has pretended that Islamic ideology is peaceful. Our political leaders have pretended that this ideology can be integrated safely into our society.
But they have been wrong.
Any student of history knows that this belief is wrong. Islam was founded by a man who brilliantly merged politics with religion and created an empire where the church was the state. In the process, an army was raised, wars were fought, and populations were enslaved, forcibly converted or executed.
This man was Mohammad and the Islamic religion teaches that he was perfect and that his example is to be followed. There should be no surprises, therefore, that the Islamic religion leads to violence. It idolises a warlord.
It should also come as no surprise that this religion advocates immigration into non-Islamic lands as a means of conquering them. The Islamic calendar itself is based on the first successful conquest undertaken by Islamic immigration: the conquest of Medina.
For much of the last three centuries, all of this has been forgotten.
Then September 11 happened.
Unfortunately, the Western world believed that September 11 was something new. But it was not. It was something old.
In fact, in the first battle of September 11 was in 1683. This was the first September 11.
On that first September 11, European forces defeated an invading Islamic army that had been besieging Vienna for two months. Those of you who know Europe will know that the city of Vienna is right in the middle of the continent. It is not an understatement to say that this victory saved Europe.
After this first battle of September 11, the Islamic threat to Europe receded due to the efforts of those who protected Western civilisation, until it was forgotten. But before this first battle of September 11, Europe was constantly threatened by Islam, just as it is today.
In fact, Vienna was under constant attack for 150 years prior to that first battle of September 11 in 1683.
The Battle of Lepanto occurred in 1571. It saved Europe from an Islamic fleet sent to invade Italy.
In 1453, the city of Constantinople fell. It has been the capital of the Byzantine Empire since Roman days. It finally succumbed after a 700 year fight against Islamic aggression. Now this empire and its culture is gone.
The Spanish also battled Islam for about 700 years. That’s how long it took to remove Islam after it arrived with the Caliph’s armies shortly after Mohammad’s death. The year that Columbus discovered America was also the year that Islam was eventually removed from Spain. Now it is walking in again via Europe’s open borders.
Mohammad died in the year 632. Within five years, Jerusalem had been captured and in the next century Islam had conquered the Persians, the Egyptians, all of North Africa, Spain and had even reached into the heart of France.
In 732, at a place called Tours in Northern France, this first Islamic invasion was finally stopped but as we can see through history, it was not the last.
We face another invasion today.
September 11 shows that we are once again under attack.
So does Bali. And Madrid. And London.
So do the terrorist atrocities on our home soil, in Melbourne, in Sydney’s Martin Place and at Parramatta.
And two attacks in Paris this year show that appeasing the enemy only makes things worse.
Yet our politicians, our government and our security organisations remain obstinately and wilfully determined to ignore the reality of this crisis and the threat that we face.
Let me give you three examples.
The first example is that of our Prime Minister.
Our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has been talking a lot about Islam lately. And every time he does, he shows how ill-equipped and unprepared he is for the task at hand of protecting Australia and Australians.
In early October, Prime Minister Turnbull announced that he was going to ‘reset’ relations with the Islamic community. By the end of the day, a police worker lay dead outside Parramatta police station as a result of an attack launched from the Parramatta mosque.
Undeterred, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a National Day of Unity in late October, where Australians were invited to welcome the Islamic community. The very next day, Hizb ut Tahrir held a conference attended by nearly 1000 people and announced that they rejected Australia, and rejected our values, our laws, our flag and our anthem.
Just so you know, this organisation, Hizb ut Tahrir, has been supported by almost every Islamic organisation or imam in Australia, including the Grand Mufti, Australia’s highest ranking Islamic figure.
The truth is that Hizb ut Tahrir is the political wing of an Islamic insurgency intent on overthrowing our system of government.
Then the Prime Minister flew to Europe and rejected calls for European nations to shut their borders to an Islamic invasion.
Within a couple of days, 130 people lay dead in Paris and hundreds more were wounded. These attacks were carried out by immigrants who lived in France, but who never became French.
And now, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wants us to negotiate a political settlement in Syria. He thinks the Islamic State can be dealt with by nothing more than words.
As such, it is clear that the Prime Minister, installed by the majority of his Liberal party colleagues, has simply no idea about the nature of Islamic ideology or how we should confront its attacks on us.
The second example relates to government funding of Islam in this country. This is just a small example of how your taxes are spent:
The federal government has provided millions over the last five years to ‘deradicalisation’ programs. Only one out of 87 of these programs actually deals with radicalised individuals. The remainder actually promote Islam. Some of these programs over the last 12 months are:
$120,000 has been provided for an Australian Rules Football competition open only to Islamic schools.
$114,820 has been provided to tackle violence between Islamic sects within the Islamic community.
$115,700 has been allocated to a program called People Against Violent Extremism. It tackles extremism by trying to ‘deradicalise’ those who oppose the construction of new mosques in their local community.
$56,500 was allocated to SalamCare. This group is led by a person who wrote Allahu Akbar on their Facebook page when the Islamic State announced that it had formed the caliphate and it campaigns against radicalisation by trying to stop people like the courageous Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, from coming to Australia.
Over $1 million has been allocated by the Attorney-General’s Department to pay for the legal fees of those facing terrorism charges or who are being questioned by ASIO.
Over $15 million was allocated to improve school security last year. Islamic schools made up the vast majority of schools to receive funding for this project.
$66,000 was provided by the Australian Federal Police to the Lebanese Muslim Association. This organisation has hosted a US-based imam who has stated:
“If we put a nationwide infrastructure in place and marshalled our resources, we’d take over this country in a very short time….What a great victory it will be for Islam to have this country in the fold and ranks of the Muslims.”
Over $165 million was given to Islam-sympathetic groups by Centrelink to help resettle migrants in Australia in the last 12 months.
And the Queensland government is now funding mosque open days.
The list goes on. The Prime Minister doesn’t understand the threat. And our government uses our taxes to fund and promote Islam. This helps to explain why, despite the billions that we spend on this problem, it is only getting worse.
The third example is that of our Australian Army.
It is now removing a motto from the hat badges of its Christian chaplains because it has been deemed offensive to Muslims.
This motto is “In this sign conquer”.
The appeasement within the military comes just a few months after the appointment of the first imam in the Australian Defence Force, Sheikh Mohammadu Nawas Saleem.
Saleem is one of Australia’s most prominent imams. He is the treasurer of the Australian National Imams Council and works very closely with the Grand Mufti.
And Sheikh Saleem has called for Sharia law to implemented in Australia.
He has supported Hizb ut Tahrir publicly. This is the same Hizb ut Tahrir that says Muslims must not attend Anzac Day because it represents an attack on the caliphate. This is the same Hizb ut Tahrir that defends the concept of honour killings.
Sheikh Saleem has opposed military action against the Islamic State. And he has condemned laws that prohibit the advocation of terrorism on the basis that they limit the free speech of Islamic preachers.
And the Liberal government appointed this imam to the military. His job is to help increase recruitment from the Islamic community.
Just so you know, the Islamic community has more of its sons fighting for the Islamic State than for Australia.
All of these examples highlight how unprepared our political leaders, our government and our military is to deal with the threat of Islamic violence.
And if they won’t defend against Islamic violence, then we are also wide open for subversion in other ways: through the implementation of halal certification, through the acceptance of polygamy via Centrelink, through the indoctrination of our children in the national curriculum.
If our government cannot bring itself to understand the violence of Islam, it will never be able to defend itself against the non-violent but equally subversive political threat that Islam poses in a democracy.
But I have not come here today to tell you how bad things are.
You already know it. Australians everywhere already understand this.
What we desperately need is a solution and that is why I am here because the Australian Liberty Alliance is that solution.
The Australian Liberty Alliance will stand up to the threat of Islam and we will do this while Australia still has time to act. It is important to understand this. The problems in Australia are there, but they are not as great as those faced by Europe.
So we have a window of opportunity to act and for the future of our children, we must.
This is the Australian Liberty Alliance’s plan.
The Australian Liberty Alliance will stop Islamic immigration.
It will do this by imposing a moratorium on immigration from any countries that are members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, with exceptions only for persecuted non-Muslims from those countries.
The Australian Liberty Alliance will axe the halal certification tax.
It will do this by scrapping all halal certification fees and forcing the Islamic community to pay for its own religious offices. That will kill the profit taking. And it will force producers to clearly label their products and explain to Australians that the food they buy – especially meat – has been produced as part of an Islamic animal sacrifice. This will kill demand and halal certification will simply disappear.
The Australian Liberty Alliance will reject any government support for Sharia law, in law and in practice.
That means there will be no more welfare for polygamous Islamic families, no segregation of women, no female genital mutilation and none of the other Islamic practices that are incompatible with Australian culture and society.
The Australian Liberty Alliance will put an end to the construction of dangerous new mosques and Islamic schools.
It will force Islamic organisations to sign up to a Charter of Muslim Understanding, which will require these organisations to reform Islam so that it no longer acts as a violent political ideology, if they wish to be classified as religious organisations. And the party will work with local governments to introduce proper and stringent risk assessments into the development planning process.
This means that without reform of Islam, and I doubt that will ever happen, there will be no new mosques and existing mosques will face the prospect of being shut down.
The Australian Liberty Alliance will also address the threat of terrorism by addressing the problem: Islam.
Our intelligence and security agencies will be directed to gain a true understanding of Islam, rather than the politically-correct version that they pretend into existence today. These organisations will no longer be allowed to promote this religion or its ideas.
And the Australian Liberty Alliance will start using treachery laws against those who support the Islamic State and other Islamic terrorist groups against our own Defence Force.
All of these measures could be implemented today. And if they were, the problem we face would not grow and the serious troublemakers within the Islamic community would be neutralised, while the remainder of the Islamic community would soon get the message: get on board with Team Australia, or face the full force of the law. Most of them want to and we welcome that.
The situation within Australia is containable if we act today. If we wait until 2020 or 2025, it may well be too late.
Unfortunately, these decisions are not being taken because our current leaders do not understand the problem and they do not have the will to act. They are lethargic in the face of the enemy.
Australians deserve much better and that is what the Australian Liberty Alliance will provide: an energy to act, driven by a proud and uncompromising belief in our Western Christian civilisation.
Unlike the others, the Australian Liberty Alliance is proud that it is proud of Australia.
As a result, the Australian Liberty Alliance is not just addressing the big picture. Its policies, intent and resolve will also address the problems that Australians face in their local communities: like right here on the Gold Coast.
For instance, the Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, has been quoted in Islamic webpages outlining a vision where entire suburbs convert to Islam in order to bring in Islamic tourists.
I say this: Tom Tate might as well strap a suicide vest to the Gold Coast’s tourism industry. I grew up in Southport. I love this city and I know why people come here. It is not because of Islam. Sharia tourism will kill the Gold Coast. These ideas must be stopped and as the Australian Liberty Alliance grows it will work with local Gold Coast residents to run strong campaigns for good local representatives to be elected to council so that they can fight this dangerous political correctness.
This is how we must protect ourselves from Islam: and not just Islam’s threat of violence, but the danger it also offers against our economic security and our social fabric.
Of course, the Australian Liberty Alliance is more than a party focused on Islam.
It is not a single issue party. It has a conservative philosophy and policies that will help Australians in other ways. Its vision is for a smaller, decentralised government that does not leave a legacy of debt for future generations.
It believes in reform of the tax system. At the moment debate is focused solely on new taxes. The Australian Liberty Alliance believes that it is more important to look at how current taxes are spent and how the grants system allows government funds to flow into projects that have no responsibility, accountability or oversight.
It will sell the SBS to the highest bidder and put a broom through the ABC.
The Australian Liberty Alliance will support natural families and reform welfare so that it is not used as a substitute for work, but so that it also provides Australian families with more choice and opportunity to spend time with their children raising them.
It will not waste billions trying to control the level of the oceans, yet the Australian Liberty Alliance’s environmental policies will have the exact same impact on the climate as those of other parties.
The Australian Liberty Alliance will address the flaws in our education system and refocus our schools so that they teach the basics exceptionally well and this will set the foundation for exceptional higher educational studies.
These are all ideas that the Australian Liberty Alliance will champion. And our political system needs debate about these ideas.
At the moment, the major parties have a monopoly on debate. They are the Coles and Woolworths of politics, screwing down on the voters.
Their efforts and endeavours are not about providing customer service or better products. Instead, they focused solely on maintain their monopoly on power. We desperately need an Aldi to come and shake up the system.
That is what the Australian Liberty Alliance will do and by doing so, it will provide Australians with a brighter future.
That future starts at the next election. Between now and then I will be working night and day to campaign for the Australian Liberty Alliance and I hope you will join me in that campaign.
We need to build a strong team on the Gold Coast and across Queensland. This campaign will not be successful if it is a one man band. But it will succeed if we work as a team and the turn out tonight shows that we are well and truly on the way to building this team, this army of patriotic Australians. I look forward to growing that team on the Gold Coast from tonight.
I also thank you for coming tonight. I thank for you for already standing tall and fighting hard for Australia. And I thank you for your support of the Australian Liberty Alliance.”
Ludwig von Gress
The current fantasy land is the Middle East, where the lack of reliable information means there are no boundaries to the imagination of the experts. For example, no lesser expert than the US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter (an academic, needless to say) said, on the 6th October this year, that “Russia’s moves in Syria look illogical, maybe psychological”. Just because simple Carter probably wouldn’t see logic if it hit him in the face, it doesn’t mean Russia acts illogically. But “psychological” yes, definitely. If nothing else, Obama’s “red line” on Syria called for it.
The experts can’t imagine a long term strategy, not bothered by the election cycles.The experts seemingly never read any history of Russia or, if they had, ignore the blindingly obvious conclusions.
In the meantime Putin’s propaganda war is going very well; the AGW scam proved West so gullible that there is no need to treat the Western public as Soviets had to treat the educated Russians and so called Eastern Europeans. No sooner Fog of Chaos The Joke writes about Islamic horde’s oil than TASS, or whatever it calls itself at the moment, announces that brave Putin’s pilots destroyed 500 oil tankers. Exactly 500. The western media repeat that without blushing.
A week or so ago the Russian foreign ministry said “it was not crucial for Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to stay in power, saying it was up to the Syrian people to decide.” Putin and his mafia is well known for letting the people to decide who will rule.
Reliable information in our so called information age are scarcer than hen’s teeth and no liability experts and limited liability politicians play Monopoly with our future. Isn’t it the time to wake up?
…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
The politics as we know it and hate it. Yes, I’m writing about LibNats again, specifically about the Liberal Party, currently under the leadership morally vacuous and viscerally devious Turnbull, who would fit to the thoroughly corrupt Australian Labor party perhaps better, and even more specifically about South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi. He is sending me his stuff, thought he doesn’t publish my comments when he dislikes them.
If you still have any illusions about Liberals, here are his nice words in full:
My apologies for the length of this missive. It is longer than usual because there is a lot that needs to be said; or should I say, a lot needs to be repeated in the hope that politicians and the media will actually listen and act.
Five years ago I was excoriated by colleagues and the media for daring to utter the following sentiments through my blog and a radio interview.
“The fanciful idea that allowing communities of people to isolate themselves from their fellow citizens somehow builds a better nation is rapidly coming to an end. Across the world there have been new waves of migrants who have decided that their greatest allegiance is to the religious and political ideology of Islam rather than their adopted land.”
“Islam itself is the problem. It’s not Muslims. Muslims are individuals that practice their faith in their own way but Islam is a totalitarian, political and religious ideology…It has not moved on since it was founded and there are these extremists that want to see fundamentalist Islamic rule implemented in this country. They are continually trying to change our laws. They’re seeking special accommodations to indulge in it and unfortunately this Government is allowing them and encouraging them, in many instances, to get away with it.”
The response was visceral.
An anonymous ‘senior Liberal MP’ told the media my comments were ‘a disgraceful and low way of reigniting the race debate’ (they obviously couldn’t work out that Islam is not a race).
Amanda Vanstone and Julia Gillard said I should be sacked, whilst some of my South Australian colleagues were privately lobbying the Liberal Party to have me expelled.
Chris Bowen said my comments ‘…do a great disservice to this nation’, whilst Ed Husic said I ‘continue to cloud common sense and decency’ and called for Tony Abbott to ‘kill off the extremism within his ranks.’
It is worth noting Ed Husic didn’t call for killing the extremism that threatens our way of life; only for the curtailing of honest discussion that actually dared to identify the problem.
My own team wasn’t much better, anonymously feeding a press pack calling for my scalp. It was a media pile on led by Phillip Coorey, Andrew Probyn, Chris Kenny, Lenore Taylor among many others.
Five years later I stand by my comments and am prepared to call out my critics as being wrong. In fact, because of their actions I think they actually owe the Australian people an apology.
If we had been able to have a sensible discussion about the authoritarian nature of Islam and its undeniable link as an inspiration and justification for the barbaric actions of terrorist acts then things might be different today.
Unfortunately, the suppression of that important conversation under baseless accusations of Islamophobia, racism and dog whistling has done the entire Australian community a disservice. The media solicitation and sanitisation of the extremist history of people like Keysar Trad and other so-called Muslim community leaders has been an abrogation of accurate news reporting.
Despite the denials, since then, many voices within the Ummah have called for reform of Islam and many Islamic commentators have confirmed that one cannot disassociate the religious links from Islamic terror attacks.
A former radical with Hizb ut-Tahrir, Maajid Nawaz, said: “It’s incorrect for we, as Muslims and generally those on the left of centre in this debate, to insist that Islamists and jihadists have nothing to do with Islam. That’s actually an exercise in dishonesty. Of course they have something to do with Islam.”
Yet our political leaders still daren’t mention Islam and terrorism in the same sentence for fear of causing offence.
Some perpetuate the falsehood about the ‘religion of peace’ – either through ignorance or by wilfully ignoring the bloody history of Islam. Too many are in denial about the political and legal ideology inextricably entwined with the religious elements, so much so that there is no separation of church and state within Islamic doctrine.
And shamefully, too many of our political leaders have distanced themselves from the obvious problems in overseas Western nations and blithely stated that ‘they won’t happen here’ – even when they were already evident.
Unlike others, many years ago I chose to fully inform myself by travelling to Western Europe with open eyes to see what was going on. I saw politicians in denial there too, ignoring the concerns of their citizens and the resultant rise of nationalist movements and political parties.
I visited ‘enclaves’ where the rule of sovereign law had been effectively replaced with Sharia or Islamic law. I saw demonstrations involving thousands of people calling for the beheading of those who insult Islam. I met with experts and politicians who documented to me the impact on their nations. For my efforts I was condemned by media and colleagues alike.
Now there seems to be a growing awakening to the issues arising from the denial and intellectual cocoon that too many have sought to comfort themselves with.
Columnists like Henry Ergas and Janet Albrechtsen are joining Andrew Bolt, Miranda Devine, Paul Sheehan and Piers Akerman in daring to speak up. A few more politicians are finally finding their voice.
Unfortunately there are far too few.
If we are to beat the scourge of Islamic radicals seeking to impose the global caliphate and all the barbarism it entails on Western societies then we need to be able to speak frankly about the underlying problem. That problem is Islam itself.
We are very fortunate that most Muslims are law-abiding and respectful people who practice their faith in a personal and private way. They have no time for the political elements of Islam and only seek to be a positive part of our communities.
However, that doesn’t negate the need for reform.
The purported words of Allah and the example set by Muhammad in the 7th century need to be adapted and contemporised for the modern world, as mentioned by Maajid Nawaz: “we have to find some way to carve out a genuine respect for secularism and liberalism and tolerance and a respect for free speech above all within the Muslim world.” Religious worship needs to be maintained as a private affair with a complete disconnect from the primitive penal code of 632 AD.
Such changes can only be driven from within the Muslim community.
Denying the root cause of the problem won’t cut it. Nor will throwing increasing amounts of taxpayers’ money at deradicalisation programs. In fact, stemming the flow of funds to some Islamic causes is more likely to achieve results.
The State-sponsored spread of hard-line Wahhabism needs to be curtailed in Australia and groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir need to have their financial supports removed. The halal certification rort needs to be stopped and a thorough examination of the actions of some international Islamic charities needs to begin.
Reform needs to start in the mosque and in the interpretation of Islamic doctrine. Radicalism needs to be denounced at every turn by Islamic leaders and their followers. They should be joined by every citizen concerned for the future of our country who should be free to voice their opinion without the pejorative slurs that have characterised any discussion thus far.
Former Muslim, Ayaan Hirsi Ali said as much. Today she wrote: “European leaders will have to address the infrastructure of indoctrination: mosques, Muslim schools, websites…that serve as conveyer belts to violence. European governments must do their own proselytising in Muslim communities, promoting the superiority of liberal ideas. This means directly challenging the Islamic theology used by the Islamist predators to turn the heads and hearts of Muslims…”
If we are serious about addressing the challenge that faces every one of us, it is up to all of us to start singing from the same song sheet. “
While singing from the same piece of paper could be a good start; it is not singing which is important, it’s acting, and in concert, preferably. But the notion of an action is to a politician as strange as the truth. Mr Bernardi’s writing confirms that Liberals behave as rats in a barrel, crabs in the basket or scorpions in a jar; take you pick. We, normal people, i.e. not corrupt academics, not the Left journalists or, God forbid, politicians of any colour, always have known that. It could come as a surprise only to irredeemable LibNats apologists like Andrew Bolt.
Should we give Bernardi the benefit of doubt? Again? I do not know. I guess that some people still bother to read his self aggrandising propaganda in, probably forlorn, hope that he is not a politician, but an Australian. There is a difference, as you know. Time will tell. Keep you fingers crossed.
…from the quills of the dead white poets
Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)
Roman Occupation of Britain, A.D. 300
Legate, I had the news last night --my cohort ordered home By ships to Portus Itius and thence by road to Rome. I've marched the companies aboard, the arms are stowed below: Now let another take my sword. Command me not to go! I've served in Britain forty years, from Vectis to the Wall, I have none other home than this, nor any life at all. Last night I did not understand, but, now the hour draws near That calls me to my native land, I feel that land is here. Here where men say my name was made, here where my work was done; Here where my dearest dead are laid--my wife--my wife and son; Here where time, custom, grief and toil, age, memory, service, love, Have rooted me in British soil. Ah, how can I remove? For me this land, that sea, these airs, those folk and fields surffice. What purple Southern pomp can match our changeful Northern skies, Black with December snows unshed or pearled with August haze-- The clanging arch of steel-grey March, or June's long-lighted days? You'll follow widening Rhodanus till vine an olive lean Aslant before the sunny breeze that sweeps Nemausus clean To Arelate's triple gate; but let me linger on, Here where our stiff-necked British oaks confront Euroclydon! You'll take the old Aurelian Road through shore-descending pines Where, blue as any peacock's neck, the Tyrrhene Ocean shines. You'll go where laurel crowns are won, but--will you e'er forget The scent of hawthorn in the sun, or bracken in the wet? Let me work here for Britain's sake--at any task you will-- A marsh to drain, a road to make or native troops to drill. Some Western camp (I know the Pict) or granite Border keep, Mid seas of heather derelict, where our old messmates sleep. Legate, I come to you in tears--My cohort ordered home! I've served in Britain forty years. What should I do in Rome? Here is my heart, my soul, my mind--the only life I know. I cannot leave it all behind. Command me not to go!
…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
The Left media ignored it, and a few semi-conservative commentators tut-tutted when the Turks booed and declaimed Allahu Akbar during what was supposed to be a minute of silence for the victims of Islam in Paris. What did the experts expect? Common decency? Or at least civilised behaviour? After all this, they still haven’t read Koran?
The West has kept its pusillanimous silence for the last few decades. Soon it will chant Allahu Akbar as directed.
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What a surprise! MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said :
“Let me finish tonight with two numbers that don’t make sense,” Matthews said on his show before starkly contrasting the number of Syrian refugees — 4 million — and the number of Syrians recruited by the U.S. to fight the Islamic State — four.
“Is there just one in a million Syrians willing to fight for Syria? Is that the deal? Is it?” Matthews asked. “Would just one in a million Americans be willing to fight for our country?…
“Is it too much to ask that the Syrians lead the fight to retake Syria?”
Why bother to ‘retake’ dysfunctional and dangerous Syria when you can take over, without any physical risk, the defenceless, welfare-generous Europe?
UPDATE – An American taxpayer would be undoubtedly pleased to know that his super efficient Central Inteligence Agency under the wise direction of Hussein Obama spent $500 million to train and equip those four. Where they are at the moment only Islamic Horde knows.
…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
I’m not sure. Perhaps Charlie Hebdo is making fun of the fellow denizens of France, hell-bent on proving that the collaborationist reputation France acquired during WW II is not entirely baseless.
Alternatively, and more likely, it could be the expression of the prevailing nihilist sentiments – apres deluge, as long as prior to the forthcoming Islamic deluge there is a minor one of alcohol. After all, drinking beats building the dams.
In any case, not for long will French be able to boast that they have champagne, while “others” have “only” weapons. Arms beat absinthe any time.
…from the quills of the dead white poets
Alexandr Alexandrovich Blok (1880 – 1921)
“All perished, All!…” (1900)
All perished, all! The sun, in flame and brilliance, As did it long before, the years’ circle fulfils. A sorrow grave deplores the past existence – That was so beautiful – under the solemn hills. And in the black night a white specter-mist Waits other shades, the silent one and grievous. Oh, whitening shade, again you will obtain Crowds of others, lost of past, entire. A night will pass, come a long day again – Again will rise, in its self-scorching mire, Sun of the day, the sun of golden fire, And will again burn the sad hills and plain. Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, October, 2002
…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
There has been some interesting, albeit private response to von Gress’ The Joke. Oldies don’t twit, and, alas! don’t comment on blogs, however astute they, i.e. the blogs, may be. To summarise the opinions, allusions and semi-senile ramblings: Obama’s efforts are a sad joke; those of Putin’s a sick joke; some recalled Kundera and others Heller. That Milo Minderbinder of Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 (first published 1961) springs to the educated peoples’ minds is not too surprising, for what is happening in Middle East is an absurdity squared and represents a fertile ground for conspiracy theories of the whole spectrum. (Somebody ought to write something about it – oops, someone probably had and then died in so called suspicious circumstances.)
For those whose memories of the books they read in their childhood is fading – Italy, WWII – “… It has characters such as Milo Minderbinder, who devotes all his time to infinitely elaborate commercial enterprises. At one point he bombs his own airfield in exchange for a promise from the Germans of the cost of the operation plus 6 percent…”
Is it still only 6 percent?
The title, of course evoked, probably unintentionally, Milan Kundera‘s The Joke, his first book. Not born on the Fourth of July, but on the Fools Day, the leitmotiv of sybaritic dishonesty, denunciants’ amorality and shallowness of thought runs through all his work. Still, Kundera’s last, hopefully last, book contains a bit I found useful for my purposes:
“If some servant to truth should discover you’re French! Then of course you’ll be suspect! He’ll think you must have some shady reason to be hiding your identity! He’ll alert the police! You’ll be interrogated! You’ll explain that your Pakistani character was a joke. They’ll laugh at you: What a stupid alibi! You must certainly have been up to no good! They’ll put you in handcuffs!”
He saw the anxiety return to Caliban’s face.
“Ah no, no! Forget what I just said! I’m talking nonsense. I’m exaggerating!” Then, lowering his voice, he added: “Still, I know what you mean. Joking has become dangerous. My God, you must know that! Remember the story about the partridges that Stalin used to tell his palls. And remember Khrushchev, shouting in the lavatory! Khrushchev, the great hero of truth, spluttering with contempt! That scene was prophetic! It really was the start of a new era. The twilight of joking! The post-joke age!” (pp76-77 Milan Kundera The Festival of Insignificance, Faber & Faber 2015)
No sooner published by Faber & Faber than some sick female lawyer in India wants to ban Sikh jokes, so read this, not too funny, while you can. Our silly sisters are sure to follow her..
- Sikh on phone: Doctor my wife is pregnant. She is having pain right now. Doctor: Is this her first child? Sardar: No this is her husband speaking.
- Sikh: How much is my mobile bill? Call centre: Sir, just dial 123 to know current bill status. Sikh: Stupid, not current bill, my mobile bill.
- Sikh to his servant: Go and water the plants. Servant: It is already raining. Sikh: So what, take an umbrella and go.
- Teacher: What are prehistoric monsters called when they sleep. Sikh: A dinosnore!
- Teacher: What language do they speak in Cuba? Sikh: Cubic.
- Boss: Where were you born? Sikh: India. Boss: Which part? Sikh: What which part? Whole body was born in India.
- Interviewer: What is your birth date? Sikh: 13 October. Interviewer: Which year? Sikh: Every year.
(Source: Ms Harvinder Chowdhury’s petition in the Supreme Court)
Should Obama’s jokes be banned?
But back to the Middle East and the hilarious doings there; hilarious only if you are a typical misanthropic Green’s voter and find, for example, the sight of drowning people amusing or at the least supporting your ideology. Sarah Hanson-Young furious that boat people safely returned.
People observing the Israeli-Palestinians conflict as presented by media may or may not have been puzzled by one glaring omission in the often gory and vivid images. Given that West Bank/Gaza strip imports 16,330 bbl/day of refined petroleum products (2012 est.) it is strange that we never see a petrol tanker burning. Palestinian terrorists’ concern for the fellow inhabitants? Protecting the environment? Cynics are suggesting none of the above. Apparently the company which has monopoly on import is jointly owned by a relative (a son?) of Ariel Sharon and a relative of Mohammed Yasser Arafat, that famous Nobel Peace Prize recipient. If true, it is a lucrative joke indeed.
Those in Afghanistan are obviously not ‘haram':
…from the quills of the dead white poets
Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849)
There are some qualities- some incorporate things, That have a double life, which thus is made A type of that twin entity which springs From matter and light, evinced in solid and shade. There is a two-fold Silence- sea and shore- Body and soul. One dwells in lonely places, Newly with grass o'ergrown; some solemn graces, Some human memories and tearful lore, Render him terrorless: his name's "No More." He is the corporate Silence: dread him not! No power hath he of evil in himself; But should some urgent fate (untimely lot!) Bring thee to meet his shadow (nameless elf, That haunteth the lone regions where hath trod No foot of man,) commend thyself to God!
…from the quills of the dead white poets
Já držím pohár ve své dlani.
Je zpěněný a přetéká.
Já držím pohár ve své dlani,
jenž čeká na rty člověka.
Jenž čeká, zdali víno jeho
se do brázd vyschlých rozleje,
na snivých květech v jiných světech
zda zavěsí své krůpěje.
Jenž čeká, zda se sehnou květy
pod onou tíží ku zemi.
Jenž čeká, zdali jiné světy
rozzáří svými vůněmi.
Já držím pohár ve své dlani,
jenž čeká na rty člověka.
Já držím pohár ve své dlani:
své srdce, které přetéká.