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I’ll think three times…

September 10th, 2010

So does Pakistan want help or not?

In a recent post I expressed disappointment in myself for not responding more quickly to Pakistan’s pleas for financial aid in the aftermath of the flooding. But now I am starting to wonder if they deserved my help at all.

First they prevent Israelis and Indians from going to Pakistan to help with the flood relief efforts: Pakistan refuses relief work visas for Indians and Israelis

Then they discriminate against Christians when it comes to aid distribution: ASIA/PAKISTAN – Discrimination in aid: incidents and testimonies

Now some of them are finding the time to burn US flags in response to that idiot Terry Jones’s threats to burn the Koran. Fight idiocy with idiocy, seems to be the method.

The question that is annoying the crap out of me is this: Why are these people spending their time burning American flags when they should be taking the hard-earned money I sent them to help their compatriots in their time of need.

If Pakistan prioritises keeping out Indian and Israeli volunteers, and burning American flags, over helping their own people, then I’ll think three times before sending my cash over there in the future.

As for prioritising Muslims over non-Muslims when it comes to distributing emergency supplies, I didn’t send my €100 over on the condition that it only be spent on atheists! Stop fucking about!

I’m disgusted.

Some Pakistanis would rather spend time burning US flags than helping their own flood victims.

Sowing the seeds of love…

September 9th, 2010

The Rev. Terry Jones, pastor of the highly inappropriately named “Dove World Outreach Center” is planning to burn 200 copies of the Koran on Saturday.

Of course many muslims around the world will see the actions of this sad, bitter, self-proclaimed pastor with a flock of 50 as: “America burns the Koran”, which is about as ridiculous as thinking… I don’t know… random example off the top of my head… “Islam attacked the World Trade Center”.

Here are some quotes from the reverend:

“We have nothing against muslims. They are welcome in our country.” / “Islam is of the Devil.”

“[General Patraeus] needs to point his finger to radical Islam and tell them to shut up.” – Yes, because a firm talking-to was all Islamic extremists ever needed.

“We must send a clear message to the radical element of Islam.” – Surely Hallmark has a card for that. Do you really need to insult a billion people in order to make a point to the relative few (especially when the US military is already on the case)? Beside, isn’t it perhaps a bad idea to poke a stick in the eye of a bunch of suicide bombers?

Meanwhile, in a parallel stunt, renowned evolutionary biologist and notorious atheist Richard Dawkins will be burning copies of the Bible, the Koran, the Torah, the Bhagavad Gita, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, Robert Graves’s “Greek Gods and Heroes” and all known copies of “The Mighty Thor”.

Sources:

TPM

CNN

Politics Daily

Anti-war protests might frighten Blair’s friends

September 8th, 2010

According to a report by the Press Association, Tony Blair has cancelled a book signing because he thought the anti-war protests would be “unpleasant and frightening” for his friends.

Did he ever consider that war would be unpleasant and frightening for the people of Iraq? Not to mention the soldiers and their families.

Press Association article here.

No mob rule!

August 27th, 2010

I abhor cruelty to either humans or animals, so I was disgusted by the actions of Mary Bale when I saw the video of her dumping a cat into a recycling bin.

Her excuses (“moment of madness”, “just a joke”, “it’s just a cat”) are pathetic. Her act was that of a mean-spirited person and had it been my cat, I would have been livid.

But the next steps should be taken by Britain’s RSPCA, not by mobs.

Some of the comments on the Facebook page “Help Find The Woman Who Put My Cat In The Bin” are puerile and somewhat disturbing:

  • “Give her a yeast infection”
  • “Hang her”
  • “We should all find her and kill her”
  • “Punch her, punch her real hard, that shud [sic] fix her mind state”
  • “We should bombard her with hate messages”
  • “Anyone planning on paying this woman a visit? just [sic] wondering, if you are good on you”
  • “Too bad we can’t put this bitch in a time machine  and set it for September 11, 2001 World Trade Center”

All over the world today, people are starving and homeless. Women and children are being raped in their hundreds in the Democratic Republic of Congo. People are being press-ganged into slave conditions to mine for the minerals that enable our mobile phones to work. Fish stocks around the world are on the verge of collapse. People are losing their jobs. People are losing their homes.

Do you see mobs protesting on the streets?

But one cat gets locked in a bin for fifteen hours and people go apeshit.

Don’t get me wrong, that woman deserves the humiliation her public shaming brought upon her and I am delighted to see her get her comeuppance (especially after the sneaky way she checked to see if anyone was looking). To their credit, however, the owners of the cat have called for calm and have asked the nutjobs from the Net to leave the woman alone and to let the matter rest in the hands of the RSPCA.

Now, however, the Mail Online is reporting that lynch mobs  are demanding that she be fired from her job at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Is RBS going to submit to pressure from a baying mob? Is that how they run their business? If so, perhaps the banks need more baying mobs at their doors screaming for them to release more credit for mortgages and to businesses.

But this woman is due to be investigated by the proper authorities. If we ran our businesses based on the misplaced expressions of outrage of the mob then the economy would be in a far worse state than it is now. This woman should be fired from her job if she cannot do her job. That’s it.

Show some balls RBS.

All this over a cat? Are you fucking kidding me?

Ash, sure it’ll be grand!

May 22nd, 2010

With the fiendish people in Iceland planning to spew ash into the air for the next several years, governments have put their highest-paid “worst-case-scenario” thinkers to work.

The highest threat to freedom and the security of the civilised world is now:

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • people blowing up airliners with Lucozade bottles (I had a bottle of Lucozade in an airport yesterday and it was fine)
  • people trying to blow up their shoes
  • people trying to blow up their underpants
  • exploding breast implants for women (Seriously!)
  • men replacing their testicles with C4 (OK, I made that one up but let’s see how long it takes before Rupert Murdoch puts it forward as a credible threat)
  • ASH CLOUDS

That’s right, ash is now considered the greatest threat to world peace and profiling at airports will no longer include brown people, but will target instead hardy, blonde, blue-eyed types with rosy cheeks.

Passengers wishing to carry ash in their hand luggage will be limited to ten 100 cc, clear, plastic containers of ash, presented in clear, plastic bags (available at a profit to airport management companies).

On a related note, in response to the terrorist threat from the North, France is considering banning the wearing of Icelandic sweaters in public.

“Zeir wooliness and ziggy-zaggy pattérn are clearly an affront to Liberté, Égalité and Fraternité,” Nicolas Sarkozy might have said.

You have been warned.

See their beady, terrorist eyes!

See their beady, terrorist eyes!

Spanish army pays homage to Monty Python

October 13th, 2009

Yesterday was Día de la Hispanidad in Spain, the national holiday.

Strangely, some Spanish soldiers decided to celebrate by paying homage to Monty Python’s “precision drilling” sketch.

Dont come the Brigadier bitch with us, dear!

Don't come the Brigadier bitch with us, dear!

RIP Stephen Gately

October 13th, 2009

It doesn’t really touch me on a personal level that Stephen Gately has died, although it is always sad when someone dies and a tragedy when they go “before their time”. However, I did not know him personally, nor was I ever a Boyzone fan, so I’m not upset.

I am irritated, though, by the innuendo in the media. It’s disgraceful that the family’s lawyer had to issue statements to say that Stephen did not kill himself or die of a drugs overdose or after a binge drinking session.

If any of us knew someone who died at the age of thirty-three, we would immediately be thinking of the tragedy of it and how awful it must be for their loved ones and friends. But when it’s someone famous, or even better, someone famous and gay, the media have to look for something sordid.

Well, there was nothing sordid. The poor man died of a pulmonary oedema. Would it have been too much for the media to have waited for the autopsy report instead of speculating?

Of course, it would have been too much, because decency doesn’t sell papers.

I have a vision of a large sack of snakes into which hack journalists would be thrown and then beaten with sticks. Form a disorderly queue.

Looks like you blew a seal…

September 21st, 2009

There’s a joke which goes something like this…

A penguin is driving his car one day when it breaks down. He calls the recovery service and while the mechanic is taking a look, the penguin decides to go for an ice-cream, as it is a very hot day.

Of course, not having opposable thumbs, the penguin gets ice-cream all over his beak, but he is used to that. Once he has finished, he walks back to the car. The mechanic looks up and says: “Looks like you blew a seal.”

“Nah,” says the penguin, “it’s just vanilla ice cream.”

Now read this.

God is nowhere, apparently

August 29th, 2009

United States Senator Ernie Chambers brought a lawsuit which was intended to result in an injunction to prevent the “death, destruction and terrorisation” caused by the greatest fictional character ever created: God.

However, according to Judge Marlon Polk, the legal papers could never be served because the defendant had no address.

You would think, though, that it would be easy to serve God with legal papers. Isn’t he supposed to know everything? So he would not need to be physically served. And even if he did, surely you could just leave the papers on a desk somewhere, or in a bin, or nailed to a tree. After all, God is everywhere, isn’t he?

Not according to Judge Polk, he isn’t.

So there you have it, folks, according to a United States Judge, God is neither omnipresent nor omniscient.

But I already figured that out for myself.

BBC article: Legal case against God dismissed

It’s all in the mind

July 13th, 2009

There’s an interesting coincidence of articles on the BBC news website today:

Swearing ‘helps to reduce pain’

Pain in childbirth ‘a good thing’

Give me a fucking epidural!

Oh, wait. I don’t need it any more.

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