Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Sorry pal....

A poignant comment from a US-based reader who's read my post on England's self-destruction.

"England has always appealed to me as a place of refuge from America's festering racial quagmire...a place where cities weren't under siege from destitute "African-American" blight. England has always been my fantasy escape, my "Plan B." How often have I daydreamed about living in a civil and polite society within the confines of my primary ethnic (WASP) group!

According to this blog, however, it seems that leaving America today to go to England would be tantamount to jumping from the frying pan into the fire. I don't know which would be worse: living here in an increasingly degenerate black-influenced society, or living in a society being transformed by Asian-Muslim & African/Jamaican cultures.

Yuk. What kind of choice is that?? If what you're reporting is as bad as is claimed, my question is, how could England, a self-governing ISLAND nation, allow the fabric of its society to become so compromised?"

Of course, if the writer were to base his hopes on British TV he'd get a different view. Here the cultural re-engineering is in full swing. I mentioned Coronation Street in a post a couple of weeks back and they're at it again. Now we have a hospital scene, black doctors and nurses, patiently explaining medical intricacies to distracted white patient. So true to life.

As Josef Goebbels said, if you keep repeating a lie often enough people will eventually believe it.

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Advice for the ageing

I feel compelled to offer the following advice - nay - instructions - to those of both sexes of advancing years. In spite of what you may have seen on the streets, the following combinations DO NOT go together and should be avoided:

1. A nose ring and bifocals

2. Spiked hair and bald spots

3. A pierced tongue and dentures

4. Miniskirts and support hose

5. Ankle bracelets and corn pads

6. Speedos and cellulite

7. A belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scar

8. Unbuttoned disco shirts and a heart monitor

9. Pierced nipples that hang below the waist

10. Bikinis and liver spots.

Friday, 27 March 2009

It'sofficial: We're a banana republic

What are the characteristics of a banana republic? Well, offhand I'd say an economy going down the tubes, the likelihood of famine stalking the land, corrupt politicians looting the national treasury. And a demagogue at the helm. .

Folks, welcome to Ireland, 2009.
In a scene redolent of North Korea or Zimbabwe, our national police force has been unleashed to terrorise the painter of a nude rendition of our Dear Leader. Yes, Kim Il Cowan, for it is he, has used our police against an artist who painted a nude picture of him. The artist may have laughed it off, but our national broadcaster was forced to issue a groveling apology.

The image was described as ‘grossly offensive and disgusting’. And indeed it is. But so would any pictorial rendition of our Dear Leader, whose visage can send a herd of cattle stampeding over the horizon, or terrorise the most unruly child into pale-faced obedience.

And to add insult to injury, we don't even have the sunny weather of an average banana republic.

Truth revealed at last

Thanks to the anonymous reader who sent me this link in today’s Irish Independent. It concerns the bogus asylum seeker Pamela Izevbekhai, who based her claim on her terror that genital mutilation would be forced on her children. Her terror was driven by the death of her first child from such a procedure. As I pointed out in the earlier post, she’s been “bleeding the legal system dry for nearly three years as every angle is pursued. No problem of course, the Irish taxpayer is picking up the bill for the whole thing.”

A point I made repeatedly, about her case and others, was that such claims are reported by the Immigration Industry and MSM as fact, not as unsubstantiated allegations. Despite a whole series of lies and contradictions being revealed, she continues (with her parasite legal team) over a year later to milk the Irish taxpayer. The total cost must easily run into seven figures.

Now, in this article, it has been revealed that there’s no truth in the fundamental basis of her claim. In fact she had forged the original documentation purporting to show that her daughter had suffered mutilation (and died as a result) and she never had a daughter at all!

Fucking wonderful.

And to think that we’ve been clogging up the legal system and enriching a gaggle of parasites in the process, on this nonsense, for close to five years. Maybe, just maybe, the penny will drop for somebody in power.

I'm not holding my breath.

I should also point out that the Irish Times, the Victim Industry bible, had no mention of this development, despite numerous articles on other aspects of immigration.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Am I paranoid?

The Google StreetView feature has made a lot of people paranoid. And that's how I saw them, as paranoid, worried in case they’re captured for the world to see, coming out of a chip shop or something. Who gives a shit?

But now I'm not so sure, especially when you ally this to the massive consumer databases which build up detailed customer profiles using data mining techniques, often using Internet sources.

My concern may seem trivial, but I still can't help feeling I'm being watched. You see, it seems that every site I log onto, racist hate, football, philosophy, current events, music, there seems to be someone who thinks I need my teeth whitened. Nobody else, I truly believe, is getting this attention.

Now I accept that my old gnashers won't ever be mistaken from those of Tom Cruise. And why would they? The punishment they received over a long life has taken its toll. Browned from smoking, blackened by vast quantities of Guinness, reddened by occasionally chewing on an opponent’s ear when circumstances got desperate at the bottom of a rugby ruck.

If I were to flash a dazzling smile you’d see something like the attached pic.

But still, why me? How and why do the advertisers follow me around? Does Big Brother really see all?

I don't know – but I think we should be told.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

A telling progression: Update

The original post which showed the Jewish/Israeli takeover progression drew in a lot of comment. I have reproduced here one such comment which, for me anyway, was very informative and puts a new perspective on the developments.

Here's the problem with the maps: you are comparing apples to oranges.In the first map, white is actually owned by the Jews, and everything else goes to the Arabs by default.

In the last map, green is actually owned by the Arabs, and the default now goes to the Arabs [I presume he means the Jews here].Half the country is Negev. It is almost empty now and was just about completely empty in 1948. So why is it marked as Arab land in 1948?!Also, the controlling international law, the only legally binding international law is the League of Nations Mandate. All the other UN resolutions are RECOMMENDATIONS of the UN under Article 6 that purposely do not carry the power of Article 7 resolutions.

The Mandate system is what gave almost all the 20th century's new nations independence.The Arabs got the land east of the river Jordan. The Jews got the land west of the river. The Mandate called for the establishment of "close Jewish settlement" of all the land west of Jordan, including the West Bank. It called for the establishment of a Zionist government there.

And the funny thing is that originally the local Arab leaders actually accepted it. There are pictures of Zionists and Arab nationalists shaking hands and otherwise being friendly. One major local Arab leader (probably the most prominent one in 1920, though they didn't have any kind of an organization) publicly said that Palestinians welcome Zionist immigration.

Again, this is widely reported and you can find proof of it by Googling it. By proof I don't mean blogs, I mean contemporary records.The Arabs were happy to get 77% of Palestine that was east of the river. Except for one guy, Arafat's uncle who was an open Nazi. The man spent the 1940s in Germany and went so far as to organize 3 Muslim Nazi SS divisions.It was this Arab Nazi (I am not name-calling here, he himself agreed to being one, as do all historians) named Hajj Amin al-Husseini who began agitating the situation and arguing that Jews should never be allowed to have a state.The man had enormous influence in the Middle East by the 1930s and 40s, and even staged a pro-German revolt in Iraq in 1941.

So when you say that Jews took this and Jews took that, remember: the only law - not recommendation, but law - is that Jews get everything west of Jordan and the state of Jordan is the Palestinian state. At the time when the Mandate was passed, the local Arab leaders accepted it.The Mandate for Palestine is available on the United Nations web site, as well as on thousands of others sites in case you want to review it yourself.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

What's in a name?

Driving home in a jolly mood after Ireland's great victory over Wales, I heard a new release by '10cc' (Art for Art's Sake).
'That's not 10cc' says I - it just sounded totally different. And it wasn't 10cc. Unlike so many other groups, each of these guys was unique and special.

This is a practice that has annoyed me for decades. Groups 'reforming' bearing little or no relationship to the original in membership terms.
Going back to the seventies, groups like the Drifters and the Hollies toured with not one of the original members involved. How can they get away with that?

In the case of 10cc, Graham Gouldman is still involved, but he's the only one.

In fairness I think they should rename themselves 2.5cc.

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Bastard forced out at last

I see that pernicious pedophile pope-poisoning bastard 'Doctor' John Magee has been forced out of the bishop-prick of Cloyne. I outlined the background to the case here.

Needless the say, the explanation was a tissue of lies 'too much work, more time with the family' sort of thing. Fact is, he became too much of an embarrassment even for the Catholic Church, and that's saying some ting. But do these people care absolutely nothing for the truth? Does lying mean nothing to them?

Answers on a postcard.

I also note that one of the priests at the centre of the scandal, 'Father B' continues to perform his ministerial duties. But 'under supervision'. Under supervision?

What the hell does does that mean? So presumably you have Father B, providing spiritual and moral guidance to this child. And you have a couple of heavies standing by in case he jumps the child and rapes him.

Am I finicky, or is there something wierd about this?

Get a raise in India

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Issues Jewish/Israeli

Over the last week or so several Israeli readers have taken me strongly to task on my postings.

The map under the headline ‘A telling progression’ showed Israeli-controlled territory almost tripling in size since the founding of the state. I made no comment on the maps, yet one reader accuses me of referring to the Israeli expansion as ‘a white cancer’.

Well my friend, I simply don't know where you got that, as I said nothing of the sort. I suggest an urgent visit to an optician. There have also been buckets of comments justifying or attacking this expansion. Various historical evidence has been adduced on both sides. My view? No matter what way you slice or dice it, the Israelis are taking over land occupied by Palestinians, and there’s very little justification for that.

One of the justifications used is the need for a buffer zone from rockets. Give me a break guys! Thirty or forty miles as the crow flies will make no difference in the risk of Israel being hit by rockets. These are getting more sophisticated and long-range the whole time. Which of course is a whole separate worry, and one reason in my view why Israel should try to make peace as soon as possible.

Then there’s the Freeman issue, where I made the point, not for the first time, that the Israeli Lobby in the US may have gained a tactical victory by getting him to withdraw, but risked losing the strategic war by overplaying its hand. One reader refers to Freeman as ‘a paid agent of the Saudi Government’. This may well be, but it’s very dangerous grounds for an attack.

This is because it opens up the whole area of US foreign policy being run by and for Israeli, well, ‘agents’. AIPAC, the Neocons and their associated groups have, indisputably, walked and goaded the US into the Iraq imbroglio and have been pushing hard for an attack on Iran for the last few years. The can of worms that this opens up is the vexed one of to what do American Jews owe their primary allegiance – the USA or Israel?

My point in the post ‘Overplaying your hand is dangerous’ was that America is in major decline, has in effect failed in Iraq, will inevitably fail in Afghanistan, and has an economy going down the tubes. Scapegoats will be sought out. Given their prominent involvement in all of these developments, Jews could find themselves facing anew and vicious environment. It’s happened before, and it’s happening now in Russia.

I make these points as a friend of, and frequent visitor to, Israel. I do see Israel as a beacon in the surrounding Islamic darkness. As most of my posts show, I'm a fervent admirer of the Jews and would rejoice were we to have thousands of them take up residence in Ireland.

I'd also like to emphasise a crucial point: There is no ‘Jewish conspiracy’ for the simple reason that Jews are divided on every issue (a reflection of their free-thinking mindset). Hence, you’ll get Jews on both sides of every argument. I just hope they make the right choices and that their influence in the US doesn’t turn out to be a poisoned chalice.

Monday, 16 March 2009

By their own words shall ye know them....

I've found it as easy as shooting fish in a barrel to point out the disastrous impact of mass immigration to the West. The evidence is right in our faces, everywhere, despite the best efforts of the MSM and the Victim/Diversity Industry to keep the truth from us. I've also found plenty of formal, peer-reviewed academic research, most notably this, to support my position.

Nonetheless, the Industry keeps bombarding us with its merits, with the mindless Orwellian ‘strength through diversity’ and similar rubbish. But the Industry is, of its essence, living proof of its fundamental falsehood.

Here’s my theory.

If multi-culty diversity was so wonderful, if we’re all just waiting to live in happy-clappy multi-culty PC wonderland with the hundreds of thousands of ‘New Irish’, why do we need the Industry at all?

Yet the country (and all other countries in the West) is swamped with them. Google ‘Ireland’ and ‘race’ and you’ll get more than two million hits! And you’ll soon realise the size of the industry. I gave up after reaching thirty six such organizations, all leeching off the public finances. A reliable source informs me that there are over two hundred such groups.

Read what those groups say: It’s all basically the same. ‘We’re fighting against the growing tide of racism and xenophobia in Ireland and helping communities to integrate better’.

Excuse me – but I thought diversity was strength, not something that needed the equivalent of an army to police?

A report on racism by the Economic & Social Research Institute refers to “harassment on the street, in other public places or on public transport, insults or other forms of harassment at work”.

Lawyer, lecturer and general pain in the hole Ronat Lentin tells us we’re gone from being ‘institutionally racist’ to ‘constitutionally racist’. I don't know what that means but apparently it’s bad. Very bad.

A report from Dublin City University bemoans the rapid rise of ‘far right’ parties throughout Europe. “A common theme has been their very vocal opposition to 'immigration' and a barely hidden or even undisguised racist opposition to minority communities within their individual states."
Finally, can I point out to the plethora of diversity managers in every workplace, university – in fact anywhere people interact together. These parasites are playing an increasingly important role in the Industry, and drawing down handsome money for it. Invariably at the taxpayers’ expense.

So, my point is this. If diversity and multiculturalism are so wonderful, why do you need a whole industry, supported by a massive body of legislation, to enforce it?
It’s a good point, isn't it?
And, again, using the industry’s own words, the situation is getting worse, not better.
And it just underlines, as if we needed to, that diversity and multiculturalism represent social engineering on a scale similar to that pursued by Mao or Stalin. Agreed, not with their violence. But you see, their work could be reversed over a generation or two, as is happening now in the former Communist countries. But once the social fabric of a society has been destroyed like say England’s (see my post here) there’s no going back.

That's what these bastards are doing to us.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Chigago school murders

Twenty-five Chicago Public School students have been murdered this year already, and the number of students who have been shot in a 16-month period is enough to fill an elementary school - 508 students, according to school officials. The reporter asks why, and what is being done to stop it.

Good idea. He ends his report, somewhat unhelpfully, by pointing out that “there's plenty of blame to go around - from neighbors' blind eyes to broken families to schools without truant officers to police manpower. Until everyone starts working together, joining forces instead of pointing fingers, the shooting will undoubtedly continue.”

Which is true, but it doesn’t get us very far, does it?

What he doesn’t mention, but the accompanying video (and the photo extract seen here) makes abundantly clear, is that it’s an almost completely black phenomenon. Just as it is in the rest of the US, and in England, and in France, and in South Africa. Everywhere, in fact, wherever you get large numbers of blacks.

I remember a few years back when the BBC did a documentary on England’s five worst schools. They earnestly interviewed all concerned, brought in experts of all persuasions, yet ended up fretting the ‘lack of a common denominator’. Of course, the common denominator was there looking back at us. There was hardly a white face to be seen.

So we can look forward to the same excitement in Ireland when the thousands of ‘happy little learners’ grow into husky teenagers. That observation isn't very helpful either I suppose. Unless it makes some small impact on getting our government to pay Africans to return home. It’s our only hope.

You might also want to check out my earlier posts here, and here.

Friday, 13 March 2009

Why no Gentile jokes?

Jewish jokes are a favourite of mine and there's no shortage of them. Ever wondered why there are so few Gentile jokes going the rounds?

Well, the following selection will show you why.


A gentile goes into a clothing store and says, "This is a very fine jacket. How much is it?" The salesman says, "It's $500.."

The gentile says, "OK, I'll take it."


Two gentile mothers meet on the street and start talking about children. Gentile mother 1 (said with pride): "My son is a construction worker!" Gentile mother 2 (said with more pride): "My son is a truck driver!"

(This is a variation on the Jewish joke 'Help - my son the doctor is drowning!')


A gentile couple goes to a nice restaurant. The man says: "I'll have the steak and a baked potato, and my wife will have the julienne salad wit h house dressing. We'll both have coffee." The waiter asks, "How would you like your steak and salad prepared?" The man says, "I'd like the steak medium......the salad is fine as is." The waiter says, "Thank you."


A gentile man calls his elderly mother. He asks, "Mom, how are you feeling? Do you need anything?"

She says, "I'm feeling fine, and I don't need anything son. Thanks for calling."


Now you can see why they haven't taken the comedy world by storm!

You couldn't make this up.....

The loud booming noise is the sound of the world collapsing around us. Here in Ireland it's especially loud, as unemployment skyrockets to the levels of the 1950s, while those lucky to have a job, or to own a still solvent business, see their incomes plummet.

However, on Planet Politics, the thundering hooves of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse cannot be heard. This is literally a different world to the one the rest of us live on. As our budget deficit reaches Zimbabwe-like proportions, what have our leaders done? Gone and awarded large numbers of their members a €3,000 p.a. pay hike! For long service!

To show how oblivious to reality they are, listen to this: The Houses of the Oireachtas confirmed last night that the pay rises would go ahead.

"We consider LSI's [long service initiative] to be part of the basic pay. TDs are linked to principal officers. They will get the LSI based on their pay, once you have the seven years," a department spokesman said.

You really couldn't make this stuff up.

Ever more urgent to bring on the cleansing hellfire.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

A pyrrhic victory?

Chas W. Freeman, Jr. was nominated to be the chairman of the National Intelligence Council under the Obama Administration. This did not please AIPAC, the Neocons or any other elements of the US branch of Israel’s Likud Party. This development was referred to as ‘this alarming appointment’ by one David Rosen on his blog.

By way of substantiation, he cited the following horrific examples of Freeman’s views on Israel:

"As long as the United States continues unconditionally to provide the subsidies and political protection that make the Israeli occupation and the high-handed and self-defeating policies it engenders possible, there is little, if any, reason to hope that anything resembling the former peace process can be resurrected. Israeli occupation and settlement of Arab lands is inherently violent. ...And as long as such Israeli violence against Palestinians continues, it is utterly unrealistic to expect that Palestinians will stand down from violent resistance and retaliation against Israelis.”

The next one:

“We [the US] have reflexively supported the efforts of a series of right-wing Israeli governments to undo the Oslo accords and to pacify the Palestinians rather than make peace with them. ... The so-called "two-state solution" - is widely seen in the region as too late and too little. Too late, because so much land has been colonized by Israel that there is not enough left for a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel; too little, because what is on offer looks to Palestinians more like an Indian reservation than a country."

Now I have considerable sympathy for Israel, and comparatively little for Palestinian society (see this post), but the cited statements to me seem absolute common sense. As long as the US provides virtually unconditional support for the Israeli Occupation Parties there will be no peace in the region. Now it could well be the case that even if they did withdraw back to pre-1966 borders, a lasting peace won't follow anyway. But we’ll never know as long as they continue to expand their occupation.

In any event, Freeman’s views, which are indistinguishable from those of the average European, showed a welcome willingness to re-examine the prevailing failed policies. But, as Daniel Pipes says in his blog “within hours [of the appointment being announced], the word was out; and three weeks later Freeman has conceded defeat.”

And that is true. Pipes and the rest of Likud-in-exile see this as a ‘great victory’.

Maybe, but it could be a pyrrhic one. I outlined my views in more detail in this post, which I entitled ‘Overplaying your hand is dangerous’ Essentially my point is this. The US is going through a massive convulsion, they’ve been duped into two humiliating wars abroad, the Wall St. bankers have robbed them of their life savings and landed them in a catastrophic recession.

As the worst is yet to come, the nation will become increasingly angry and will look for scapegoats. Jews have always been traditional scapegoats. And I believe they’re walking themselves into it in the US by actions such as this. A skilful demagogue could, despite limited access to the MSM, construct a plausible case that could unleash a wave of anti-Semitism throughout the country.

I've been to Russia recently and this very thing is happening. The ‘oligarchs’ who looted the wealth of that country were virtually all Jewish, many of them now hiding out in Israel with their ill-gotten wealth. If Americans feel that they’ve been similarly duped, and they’ve sacrificed their blood and wealth to further the interests of ‘The Jews’, the result could be very ugly indeed.

And the Freeman ‘victory’ might be a battle won, but one that lost the war.

An immigrant to Ireland reflects

I cross ocean, poor and broke.
Take bus, see employment folk.
Nice man treat me good in there.
Say I need to see welfare.

Welfare say, "You come no more,
we send cash right to your door."
Welfare cheques - they make you wealthy!
VHI - it keep you healthy!

By and by, I got plenty money.
Thanks to you, Irish dummy!
Write to friends in motherland.
Tell them "come fast as you can."

They come in turbans and Ford trucks.
I buy big house with welfare bucks!
They come here, we live together.
More welfare cheques, it gets better!

Fourteen families, they moving in,
but neighbour's patience wearing thin.
Finally, white guy moves away.
Now I buy his house, and say,

"Find more aliens for house to rent."
And in the yard I put a tent.
Everything is very good,
and soon we own the neighbourhood.

We have hobby, it's called breeding.
Welfare pay for baby's feeding.
Kids need dentist? Wife need pills?
We get free! We got no bills!

Ireland crazy! They pay all year,
To keep welfare running here.
We think Ireland darn good place.
Too darn good for the white man race!

If they no like us, they can scram.
Got lots of room in Pakistan !

Monday, 9 March 2009

Compelling video

Fed-up Canuck, in a comment on my 'Nigerians love Ireland' post, recommends we view this short video.

So do I. The presenter is a model of his kind. Temperate, logical and polite - while getting the full impact of what he's saying across in a compelling manner.

This should be compulsory viewing for every politician in the West. Do check it out.

Another blonde joke

A young ventriloquist is touring the clubs and stops to entertain at a bar in a small town. He's going through his usual run of silly blonde jokes when a buxom blonde woman in the fourth row stands on her chair and says, "OK jerk, I've heard just about enough of your denigrating blonde jokes. What makes you think you can stereotype women that way? What do a person's physical attributes have to do with their worth as a human being?
It's guys like you who keep women like me from being respected at work and in my community, of reaching my full potential as a person ... because you and your kind continue to perpetuate discrimination against not only blondes but women at large ... all in the name of humor."
Flustered, the ventriloquist begins to apologize, when the blonde pipes up, "You stay out of this mister, I'm talking to that little fucker on your knee!"
PS - some more great ones in the Comments to this post

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Did Ireland really have an 'economic miracle'?

Ireland’s economic collapse is very real, and it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better. This development has been greeted with a certain amount of schadenfreude in some elements of the UK press and amongst the mandarins in Brussels. And I can understand that. We got a bit beyond ourselves, and having fed from the European trough for years, got up their noses, once we got wealthy, by declaring ourselves closer to Boston that Berlin and by rejecting the Lisbon Treaty. We’ve now dusted down the begging bowl and are headed for Brussels/Berlin for another ‘dig out’.

The schadenfreude has been accompanied by comment to the effect that Ireland never really had an economic miracle, that it was all a puff of smoke like Iceland’s. Now I've been flagging our bust for several years (and for over two years on this blog) long before it dawned on the ‘professionals’ or luminaries like Peter Sutherland (see my post here).

But Ireland did have a real economic miracle (unlike Iceland, where the 'miracle' was really an illusion created by massive bank borrowing ***). It’s just that we blew it. How we did that is a story for another day.

Bear in mind that in the mid-eighties Ireland was a poverty-stricken, priest-ridden (in every sense) basket case. I think everyone knows how bad it was. But by around 2003/2004 we had, by dint of massive export-lead growth, mostly in high-end manufacturing and technology products and services, been transformed - economically and culturally. Productivity expanded continuously for over 25 years, ICT exports regularly exceeded €50 billion annually, and we actually produced more STE (science, technology and engineering) graduates than Germany at one stage. All from a population of less than four million.

Ireland produced a whole range of world-beating companies, mainly in the IT arena, in areas like electronic payments, e-learning, public key infrastructure (PKI) and mobile communications, to name just a few, while professional services firms like ESBI were as good as you’d get anywhere. We were the world’s second largest software exporter for a while, and according to the National Science Foundation in Washington, were the world’s top foreign affiliates conducting R&D. Not sure if it still apples, but up to recently Irish-owned companies in the US employed more people than US-owned companies in Ireland.

Our per-capita GNP was constantly in the top half dozen countries for years (enhanced somewhat, but not critically, by imaginative accounting practices by multinationals based here)

Broadening the scope of achievement somewhat, as recently has last year Ireland surpassed every other country in the world apart from Norway, Australia, Canada and Iceland on the UN’s Human Development Index (HDI). This measures a whole range of statistics covering health, wealth, societal participation and literacy. A study by The Economist a few years back deemed Ireland to be the best country in the world in which to live and work.

Sorry, these are not trivial accomplishments. They’re real. Which is all the greater pity that we’ve allowed them to be disastrously undermined through greed and incompetence over a few short years.

Yes, Paddy has royally screwed up, and we’re out with the begging bowl again. But don’t let anyway say that Paddy didn’t achieve a remarkable transformation over twenty years. There really was a genuine Celtic Tiger. It's just that we let it die from neglect.

*** PS - let me say I have great admiration for Iceland, a plucky and hard-working people who have achieved an immense amount despite much adversity. But their recent 'miracle' was really a Ponzi scheme fueled by speculation.

Friday, 6 March 2009

Thought Police active again

Many of you have been on to me to advise that there have been objections to the blog. Thanks for the heads-up (maybe not the best expression given the previous post!).

Anyway, any suggestions as to whether it's due to my anti-PC race realism or to the graphic representation of Lady Savant's miscegenation adventure?

Finally, any idea on the criteria which they use to pull a blog? I really dont want to migrate to Wordpress

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Help me!

Can you help me? You see, I'm totally baffled. We’re in the worst crisis since the Great Depression, possibly the worst financial crisis ever, and to solve it we have recruited the very people who caused it in the first place. Meanwhile, those who identified the emperor’s lack of clothes many years ago get ignored. It seems to apply everywhere - for example Obama’s economics team looks like a rogues gallery of Wall St. banksters.

Last week featured an important event. The Irish Times was going to feature an article from the God-like personage of Peter Sutherland, ex-Chairman of Goldman Sachs, BP and other blue chip majors, and the decks were cleared for what was billed as a ‘hard-hitting and frank’ examination of what went wrong, and what we must do to fix it.

And Peter didn’t let us down. He told us we were in potentially the worst economic crisis the country had ever experienced. That it had been building up for some time and that we must all face reality and be prepared for a major drop in personal and national income. Tough, nay, brutal measures were called for.

All of this was presented with tons of gravitas, and treated with deep respect, almost reverence, by one and all. Including me. He seemed to have the problem, and its causes, nailed. After all, as a recent boss at Goldman's, he, let's say, had first hand experience of the problem.

But then a thought struck me. Sutherland is an unusual name for an Irishman, and I just wondered could he be the same one who addressed the Irish Management Institute last April?

Le me check. Why yes, one and the same. And presumably he presented a similar grim message in that forum?

Well, no actually.

In fact he denounced the ‘doomsayers’ in trenchant terms. Ireland’s economy was ‘not a bubble’ and that we could expect ongoing glory in the form of growth rates higher than anywhere in the EU for the next five years.

What happened in the intervening months? I don't know, but I do know that he’s still treated as a seer, and apparently we should be grateful that he took the trouble to spell out the situation for us.

Why wasn’t he hooted out in a storm of derision? Probably for the same reason that Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan, and all of the Neocons are still in place, sternly admonishing us and laying out in unequivocal terms what we must now do.

So back to my original question: Can you explain this mystery to me?

More bad news

As if we didn't have enough to depress us, we now learn that the helicopter carrying Minister for Fun Martin Cullen had to make an emergency landing in Killarney after its door fell off in mid flight. (The chopper, sans door, is seen below). Today's Independent tells us that "several onlookers reported that the minister appeared quite shaken when he disembarked. "

Now, just to be clear, when I refer to the depressing news I mean that Cullen survived, and didn't fall out at 500 feet and land on his thick head. In a government of totally useless wasters he stands out for his monumental incompetence. The worst of the worst, as I made very clear when I interviewed him (read the interview here) some time back.

Seems like one thing after another these days.

Monday, 2 March 2009

Africa: Christianity's last hope?

Watched Cherie Blair presenting last night’s edition of the History of Christianity, or whatever it’s called. Question: Why is her perennial expression one of eyebrow-arching disgust, like as if she’s looking at what plopped out of a dog’s arse?

Anyway, while bemoaning the ‘loss of faith’ (i.e. the emergence of rationality – faith means believing in something you know to be untrue) she sees hope in the spectacular growth of the Church in Africa. She then speculated about reverse colonization, i.e. Africans re-igniting ‘The True Faith’ in Europe.

I wouldn’t hold your breath, mon Cherie.

In any event, this ‘spectacular growth’, constantly dragged up by dead-enders as they survey the mouldy carcass of the European model, is a chimera. Sure, there are huge numbers of whooping primitives partaking of the rituals, but these have only a nodding acquaintance with official Christian dogma and liturgy.

Take this for example (and this represents the norm, not the exception) from Der Spiegel.

Frequently the pagan rites have fused with a faith in Jesus Christ. Six men in flowing white robes stride across the square in Maryal Bai. One village elder, his features gnarled, is wearing a leopard-skin hat. Akoon Duong is an ordained priest, as are his five companions. To demonstrate his spiritual power the old man brandishes an elaborately carved spear, as do the other "spear masters" - the high priests of pagan nature worship. Akoon Duong has inherited these trappings of power from his grandfather, who in turn had received them from his own grandfather.

The men thrust their spears into the muddy ground and dance. One of them pounds out the beat on a bush drum. Scrawny arms flail upward, quivering in ecstasy. They render their songs in high, reedy voices. If there were a drought, they would have had to invoke Deng, the rain god. But this is the wet season; malaria can strike at any time, so they pray for deliverance from disease.

In truth, religious distinctions have long blurred, indeed evaporated, in Africa. Someone who attends church in the morning and the mosque at midday might easily invite a voodoo priest over in the evening to read the kola nuts.

In Benin City, Nigeria's human trafficking hub, where the women from the region's slums begin their journeys to Europe's red-light districts, the path to the gods of nature runs through a backyard reeking of urine. The voodoo priest Chief John Odeh receives his flock in a white gown. His upholstered throne is trimmed with red satin. Ape skulls, amulets and shells are laid out on the concrete floor of the adjacent garage. Figures of Ogun, the god of iron, Orunmila, the god of wisdom, and Olokun, the god of waters, adorn this unusual shrine.

"Pastors go to church in the morning and preach Christianity," says the voodoo priest. "And in the evening they come to me and speak with their forefathers."

Can't see that catching on in Stockholm, somehow

The Devil's Children

Then we have the phenomenon of the devil's children. These unfortunates are "identified" by powerful religious leaders at extremist churches where Christianity and traditional beliefs have combined to produce a deep-rooted belief in, and fear of, witchcraft. The priests spread the message that child-witches bring destruction, disease and death to their families.

And they say that, once possessed, children can cast spells and contaminate others.The religious leaders offer help to the families whose children are named as witches, but at a price. Of course. The churches run exorcism, or "deliverance", evenings where the pastors attempt to drive out the evil spirits. Only they have the power to cleanse the child of evil spirits, they say. The exorcism costs the families up to a year's income.

But well worth it. How would you like to have a witch in your family?

During the "deliverance" ceremonies, the children are shaken violently, dragged around the room and have potions poured into their eyes. The children look terrified. The parents look on, praying that the child will be cleansed. If the ritual fails, they know their children will have to be sent away, or killed.

Many are held in churches, often on chains, and deprived of food until they "confess" to being a witch.However, there remain strong associations with the West. According to one source “the ceremonies are highly lucrative for the spiritual leaders many of whom enjoy a lifestyle of large homes, expensive cars and designer clothes.”

And the adaptation of African Catholic priests to animism and fetishism is increasing greatly. Priests are frequently using practices of voodoo: the appeal to ancestral spirits, the recourse to mediums and possessed spirits, the use of its healing methods, divination, ritual magic and identification of enemies.

The situation was described by the Bishops of South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland, in a joint pastoral letter issued August 11, 2006. They depicted a picture of a large part of the clergy of their countries participating in the mentioned animist and fetishist practices. The African Bishops expressed “concern” and told the priests to “desist from the traditional healing practices involving spirits” (America, August 28, 2006, p. 8).

“As everyone knows, the practices of animism and fetishism include devil worship. So, we have this paradox: Following a norm of Vatican II – adaptation of the liturgy to the cultures of different peoples – a significant part of the African clergy ends by directly or indirectly worshipping the Devil”.

Maybe this is what the Vatican means when they refer to ‘innovative practice of the Faith?’

Then take this story from Nigeria. In fact, take Nigeria as you’re at it.

ENUGU, Nigeria – Ejike Mbaka is telling a story. The 20,000 Nigerians gathered around him in the red-dust lot have gone quiet

"Last week, there was a man who was mad, insane," he begins, standing on a rickety stage. "For years, the doctors attempted to heal him. But the infirmity continued. He came to me for help.

"I gave him some healing water" – and here, some in the audience hold up the small plastic packages of water he sells, 45 cents each – "and told him to pour it in his ear on Sunday. Then pour it in his other ear on Monday. He did exactly that. And on Tuesday, a large frog crawled out of his ear. And he was cured."

Appreciative cheers from the audience. "Such are the things God can do," he says. It's about 10 p.m. When the sun comes up in the morning, the crowd will still be here – except for those injured thrashing on the ground under the Holy Spirit's spell.

What's remarkable about the scene isn't what Ejike Mbaka says. It's who he is. He's not a witch doctor. He's not a Pentecostal preacher. He's an ordained Catholic priest!

In 2000, a South African archbishop, Buti Tlhagale, advocated adding animal sacrifice to the Catholic Mass as a way of venerating ancestors. "Animal sacrifice has a special place in the scheme of things and is celebrated in almost all African families," he argued. "We have kept it out of the church of God for too long."

Maybe so. But somehow I don't see it exactly taking Europe by storm.

In essence, this whole nonsense of the ‘youthful, vigorous, vibrant, rapidly-growing African Church is just that. Nonsense.

Another first for Dubai

"Tafneesh" means laid off/fired in Arabic