Weekend News

 Posted by on July 25, 2011  Add comments
Jul 252011
 

What a weekend for the site to keel over.  A homicidal maniac ran amok in Norway, murdering nearly 100 innocent people, Amy Winehouse died, and the Vatican severed diplomatic relations with Ireland.

Two of these stories aren’t funny, and I have no intention of trying to raise a cheap laugh out of them.  One is utterly ridiculous and I’ll have no hesitation whatever in poking fun at the absurd old men in Rome, so drunk on their own importance, and so unaware of their own irrelevance.

The Norway story is still evolving but one thing is clear.  Anders Behring Breivik was correct when he stated in his manifesto that he would be portrayed as a madman, vilified and demonised.  He was right, and that’s because he’s a fucking lunatic, but when I say that, I don’t mean it in the sense that he’s a babbling fool.  He isn’t.  Within his own terms of reference, he’s a reasonably intelligent sort of guy, capable of writing coherently in at least two languages, and capable of stringing together the basis for a discussion, right up to the point where he starts offering advice about making bombs and killing people.

Of course, when I say basis for discussion, I don’t mean basis for agreement.

He’s a bigot, a zealot, a misogynist, an extreme nationalist and a seriously deranged individual with a profound personality disorder and a complete lack of empathy for his fellow human beings.   A murderous psychopath, in other words.

Apart from that, he’s fine.

I tried to read his manifesto but lost the will to live, so I skimmed through instead.  It’s a potpourri of half-digested xenophobia, anti-Islam ranting, nostalgia for an era when women knew their place and Mussolini-like posturing.  The more I read of it, the clearer it became that Breivik would make a perfect Jihadist, with his simplistic analysis, his selective re-reading of history, his invention of facts and his desire to create a leadership cult, overlaid with trappings of the on-line games he immersed himself in.

There doesn’t seem to be much difference between Christian maniacs and Muslim maniacs.

Is he mad? Well, what would you say if someone told you he was a Justiciar of the Knights Templar?

I’d say Good luck with that and move away rapidly.

Meanwhile, in an altogether smaller, quieter, more pathetic tragedy, poor sad abandoned Amy Winehouse passed away, alone and drunk.  Grief poured out all over North London and across the social media, where Amy’s demise overwhelmed the appalling events in Norway, and the even more appalling events in the Somalian famine.

But where were these people when Amy was allowed to wander onto a stage in Belgrade, so drunk she could barely stand?    Who stood up and took responsibility for pulling the plug on that show?  Nobody.  Instead, in the interest of making money, they allowed a drunken, self-destructive woman to blunder onto a stage, stagger around and take the jeers of the Serbian crowd.

Was anyone in charge?

No.  Amy had plenty of leeches ready to suck the money, but nobody with sufficient moral fibre to call a halt, so let’s have an end to these fucking crocodile tears, and while we’re at it, let’s have an end to all this talk about genius.  Amy Winehouse was a terrific, ballsy, soulful singer, with one good album and another decidedly dodgy one.  That is all.

If she had a great future ahead of her, we’ll never know, because Amy chose the abyss and nobody stood in her path  to prevent her going over the edge.

Now.  That leaves us with these ridiculous old men in skirts.  It seems that Bishop Brennan has finally sat up in bed and realised he’s been kicked up the arse.  They’ve pulled out their operative in Dublin.  Recalled their Nuncio, who couldn’t just be an ambassador like all the rest.  No indeed.  Even the very name betrays the degree of arrogance these narcissistic old dysfunctionaries labour under.  Not an ambassador, but a messenger, whose only role is to tell the locals what they must believe.

Well, now he’s gone, and perhaps the time is ripe to leave him over there in Rome, conferring with his fellow Cardinal Archbishops in their Darth Vader outfits.  Perhaps now is the time to remind these guys that they have no authority except by consent, and that the Irish people seem to have withdrawn that consent.

I was never fond of the notion that this country would be run by a government with an unassailable majority, because I greatly fear it might lead to totalitarianism, but if it gives our Prime Minister the freedom to name the unnameable, maybe it’s something we need to live with for a little while.  After all, at least our politicians must stand before the electorate.  The cabal of bishops are accountable only to a foreign power, the Vatican, and yet as Enda Kenny reminded us, this is a republic.  Isn’t it about time we ended the arrangement by which these foreign agents control the schools where our most vulnerable citizens are educated.?

  17 Responses to “Weekend News”

Comments (17)
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    Perhaps now is the time to remind these guys that they have no authority except by consent, and that the Irish people seem to have withdrawn that consent.”

    This.

    There doesn’t seem to be much difference between Christian maniacs and Muslim maniacs.

    And this.

    Hear, hear.

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    He’s a fucking coward too. Why didn’t he smoke himself the minute the anti terror team eventually arrived. Most Sub Clinical Psychopaths are intelligent he must have known that no court would allow him to use it as a soapbox for his drivel, his case or portions of it will be held in camera.

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    Didn’t know that Norwegian maniac was a misogynist. Definitely don’t like him now.

    Tis sad about Amy Winehouse. Addiction is a curse.

    The windbag in the skirt gone out of the country? Toodaloo.

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    If he wasn’t a misogynist, you might have kept an open mind?

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    Oh yeah definitely and well if he didn’t have the aul homicidal tendencies, I’m sure he’d be a grand chap.

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    And truth be told we all have flaws I suppose.

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    True enough. Anyone could accidentally finish 90 kids off with a shot to the head.

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    Bock, I noticed you mentioned the situation in Somalia.It is indeed tragic. When I was in primary school over 40 years ago we were encouraged to bring in, once a week, a penny for the black babies. I think that then it was known as Biafra. Dont ask me why? But now we have those Biafrian Babies tooting AK47s at their own people. For years we have been pummelling cash into these countries, but to no avail. The people are still starving. Please discuss? Why the failure of over 40 years of aid are the people still fucking dying??

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    If you have another look at the map there, you’ll see that Biafra is nowhere near Somalia.

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    Rob yeah Somalia is still starving inspite of decades of aid same as Ireland is still poor inspite of decades of funding….but at least Somalia has droughts and other disasters.What are the real underlying causes of why some nations never seem to do well and others seemingly prosper against all odds.I dont know but maybe the book.”.IQ And The Wealth Of Nations”.. offers some insights

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    Rob, Biafra is in Nigeria on the opposite side of Africa. It was born out of ethic division and ceased to be following an ethnic war. Those ethnic divisions still exist in Nigeria – a volcano that could errupt at any moment. So while your geography is a bit off, your principal I think could still apply!

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    “What are the real underlying causes of why some nations never seem to do well and others seemingly prosper against all odds.I dont know but maybe the book.”.IQ And The Wealth Of Nations”.. offers some insights”.. Another book that might offer some insights on that question is, ‘The Growth Illusion’ by Richard Douthwaite. (How economic growth Has enriched the few, impoverished the many, and endangered the planet)

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    “Isn’t it about time we ended the arrangement by which these foreign agents control the schools where our most vulnerable citizens are educated.?” Yes Bock. that Shakespeare line seems to apply.

    There is a tide in the affairs of men
    Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
    Omitted, all the voyage of their life
    Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
    On such a full sea are we now afloat,
    And we must take the current when it serves,
    Or lose our ventures

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    Hello Bock and friends, I just discovered your site this past week, and love it! By coincidence, I also just discovered your country 2 weeks ago – no, not as in Columbus “discovered” America, ha-ha – I mean I made my first trip – pilgrimage? – to Ireland, and loved that too! My mother was a Galvin from County Cork, I think. No known relatives left. It was a brief Brendan Vacations bus tour, wonderful guide, I enjoyed the scenery so much, Cliffs of Mohr, etc. AND the people AND the pubs!!
    Bock,how do you both the incisive critique AND humor? A true gift. Re: the heart-rending famine in Somalia, I would suggest you run to the library and read PROGRESS AND POVERTY (1879) by Henry George, who does a great analysis of the Great Hunger and also of the horrible wealth/poverty gap around the world, IMO. I would love to know the reaction of any of you to it some time.
    You inspired me to start my own blog, also this week. I am so computer-illiterate I don’t know how to get a picture of the Statue of Liberty up on it, but I will learn!!!!!!! Best wishes, Cathy Orloff, Providence, RI USA

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    That’s the spirit Cathy. Just set it up and start ranting. It’s how we all started, though there are many who wish we’d stop. Good to hear you enjoyed your visit, and if you call again, tell us in advance. Maybe there’s something one of the crew might be able to help you with.

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    I’ve met his type many times before. Usually smeared in their own shite and locked up cosy and warm on a ‘special’ landing out of harms way. Mad or not, locked away he will have the bejaysus knocked out of him almost nightly when all the fuss has died down. No one has time for a child killer.

    I recall a time when the killer of a wee Glasgow girl was found gagged with his own undies in his cell with a full length HB2 pencil inserted point end first into his urethra. His muffled screams kept us up the entire night. I was extra peeved as I had nothing to hand to finish off my crossword puzzle.

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    Poor Amy Winehouse, hounded relentlessly by the rabid gutter press to her death. Amy who had big problems coming to terms with addiction and dealing with her demons was followed every day by the taboid gutter press. Can you imagine what that must have been like?

    Reduced to having her character assasinated and thrashed and called a junky by the tabloids. They probably hacked her phone as well. Just like they hounded Denholm Elliot’s daughter to suicide. When I lived in London, I was wondering how Pete Doherty was been arrested every time he tried to buy drugs. He couldn’t move without been arrested. Well we know now that these tabloids hacked everybodys phone even murder victims.

    The great playwright Denis Potter gave an interview to Melvin Bragg when he was dying and he talked about the Murdoch press and the tabloids as a cancer. How right he fucking was.

    Denis Potter was right when when he talked about the cancer that is the Murdoch press

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