Mar. 18th, 2014 08:24 pm
keresaspa: (Maurice Bishop)
If any American ever gets annoyed at the stereotype about their not understanding irony, just remember the reaction of your leaders to the recent Ukraine/Crimea debacle. We get Barry O standing up and saying that "there is a strong belief that Russia's action is violating international law" whilst his forces continue to illegally occupy Iraq and Afghanistan (to say nothing of the sovereign Cuban territory on which their concentration camp is housed). Then his stooge John Kerry informs us "I think that it is clear that Russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further" when they invaded Iraq based on made-up stories about WMDs (not his administration admittedly, but they had several years to get out and they haven't bothered) before informing us that "brave Ukrainians took to the streets in order to stand peacefully against tyranny and demand democracy". Would that be demanding democracy through anti-Semitic pogroms or perhaps these brave heroes:

Everybody knows I'm no fan of Putin and his ways but this continuing nonsense that Ukraine is all about goodies vs baddies is really making my teeth itch. Invasions to protect the self-appointed interests of one country are wrong but when you are guilty of them time and time again you can't really start shouting the odds at somebody else for doing the same thing. And there are plenty of vermin on both sides in Ukraine but, just like they did in Syria, the western powers seem happy to turn a blind eye to that fact.

Mind you the British can hardly sneer at the Americans given William Hague's decision to stick his tuppence in. Land grab? Get the hell out of Ireland (and the Malvinas, the Chagos Islands and all the other parts of the world where you continue to force your imperialism on people) and maybe you can talk. Until then, shut up and get a bit of self-awareness.
keresaspa: (Chaplin Modern Times)
I chanced upon an interesting piece in the old Morning Star by the mighty Jeremy Corbyn yesterday (and you may have to take my word as the link is currently broken in a prime example of government censorship of dissent/typical shoddy commie junk - delete as applicable). As the man whose personal fashion template appears to be Army Council member c. 1983 (hey, we've always been backwards in dress sense over here) opined there is something decidedly fishy about the chemical warfare smoking gun that Big Lanky claims to have uncovered in Syria as a pretext for the inevitable swinging into action of Uncle Sam. Even when I heard it myself I also heard a "citation needed" alarm bell going off in my head and as Corbs rightly argues it doesn't automatically become Assad's fault just because John Kerry says it is.

The upcoming war against Syria (because we all know it's going to happen, like it or not) is a strange beast to say the least. The war in Iraq demonstrated that taking down Ba'athism is clearly a long-term foreign policy aim of successive United States governments but this seems like taking it to ridiculous lengths. The dogs in the street know that the rebels in Syria are more or less fully controlled by Al-Qaeda so the notion that the USA and their British running dogs are going to enter the civil war on their side seems extraordinary. For all his talk of change Barry O seems every bit as bloodthirsty and warmongering as his predecessors (with Jimmy Carter a rare exception - the man was wasted as commander-in-chief of the burger-eating invasion monkeys) but this is about as ill-advised as they come. Still interfering in Afghanistan and Iraq worked out well as their great stability demonstrates so I suppose it's feasible that the Allies will go in to support Al-Qaeda and then spend about fifteen years getting them out and replacing them with a puppet regime. Imperialism rolls on, we get another war for the crowd, another Arab state gets emasculated and American companies get access to oil reserves. Who can complain about that? Never mind the years of hell that await the Syrians and the families waving more sons off to a pointless death on a far away bit of ground, we needs us another war.

I suppose though, air strikes are a possibility instead of invasion and we all know no civilians are ever killed in those. Still, they're just Ay-rabs. There again, maybe they're right and old Assad does have a bunch of chemical warheads stashed so what better way to protect people than dropping a bunch of bombs on them? That's not going to set them or anything is it? Is it?!

Now don't misunderstand me, I'm no fan of Assad. He's a rotten little man who has done many bad things but he's hardly alone in that and do we really need yet another long protracted war based on made-up non-information about fantasy weapons? I'll ignore the ludicrousness of the fact that the country that napalmed Vietnamese children is lecturing anybody about chemical weapons, just as I'll ignore their attacks on Iranian nuclear programmes when they're sitting on a shedload of warheads but it would be funny if wasn't so predictable. More to the point I'm imagining what an active rebel group in the USA or UK could expect if it started fighting the army in the street. Heck, you only have to look at what they did to a bunch of unarmed civilians asking for equal rights in my neck of the woods to know the answer to that question.

So war number three is just around the corner and we can expect the ramifications to lead to another civil war in Lebanon, no doubt making it number four in the not too distant future. Another region of the world will be left a basket case, the rich will get richer and another load of people will die in vain. Well done, all of you.
keresaspa: (Communism)
I never do the writer's block things that livejournal has as I prefer to approach this old rubbish with a free hand rather than being driven by some general question to which you are expected to provide an answer. Today is to be no exception although the question they are asking ("Who do you think would make a great U.S. president?") is one I intend to examine in passing anyway. And yes, I'm aware that it would have been easier to just use the bloody writer's block button but I'm anal that way :D

If the 1948 election had been won by Norman Thomas instead of Harry S. Truman the Cold War would have ended before it began, peace and prosperity would have ruled the planet and we would now by holding hands and singing all day in the blissful joy of one world built on fraternity and the end of all need, rather than collapsing under the crippling poison of a wholly amoral society that places the worthless concept of credit many rungs above humanity. As a result nobody would make a great US President now as the system is far too flawed for anybody to do anything other than muddle through. The roots of America's, and by extension the world's, problems show no sign of being tackled as whoever wins they will still be wedded to maintaining the iniquitous capitalist system and in following a foreign policy based on the concept of being a self-appointed world police force who can butt in were they like and force sanctions on already impoverished countries for doing a lot less than America does. In circumstances like those greatness is impossible.

As to the question of whether or not any of the current rabble getting primed for next year will make a great President the answer is obviously no given what I have just said. Given that it is a two party system and he at least made some very minor concessions to the rampant poverty in his country with little bits of welfare (or communism according to the repulsive Tea Party movement) and finally delivered one of his promises in withdrawing from Iraq and leaving it safe for demawkracy and daily suicide bombings I have to hope that Barack Obama retains his seat in 2012. In the unlikely event that he loses my levels of endurance amongst the Republicans would be Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and, God forbid, Newt Gingrich, a man whom I firmly believe would make George W. Bush seem like Julius Nyerere. Indeed were Gingrich to be elected I might have to revise my opinion of the allegorical nature of the Book of Revelation and assume that the 1000 year reign of the Antichrist had actually arrived. Ideally it wouldn't matter to me who wins but I live in the occupied six counties so I am a subject of the British Empire and as such whoever wins will effectively be my President too given that the British government has effectively been an arm of the Presidency since the Suez crisis.

Now if you'll excuse me I'm off to daydream about loping through the crocus fields in the sense of pure bliss that only comes from knowing all the world's problems are over thanks to dear Uncle Norman.
keresaspa: (Tiger Jeet Singh)
The shops are apparently having it rough (poor dears) as the impoverished hordes being crucified by the ConDem junta suddenly find that it is harder to celebrate the birth of the Messiah by spending fistfuls of rhino on the over-priced and unnecessary tat with which they are packed. However it hasn't stopped the town reaching its usual agog state these last few days. If Dante's fourth circle of Hell is to be defined as Avarice then I think the closest he might come to finding it would be Castle Court in the fortnight before Christmas. People from the sticks who don't get out very often and don't quite know how to walk as a result, groups of morons standing in the middle of the street talking, ensuring that nobody else can get past them, not to mention the dreaded prams. I appreciate that the world is overcrowded and so we need everybody to have a lot more children to make up for the surfeit of people but at times like this when they know everywhere is going to be totally mental could they not put babies in those baby carrier things to save a bit of space? They can't ALL have bad backs surely and trying to get out of the way when three separate pieces of wheeled steel are converging on you is an experience that I would really like to see put to bed. That and the fact that so many people who push prams seem to have had lobotomies and so stand dead still in the middle of shop aisles, thus preventing everyone from getting past them. Is it asking too much to expect people to get a licence to pilot these things? New stream of revenue right there Dave, although I suppose it would mean attacking the breeders and we all know politicians find us childless freaks a much easier target for a kicking. Ideally I would avoid the town altogether but things need to be got and inevitably I will have to endure it tomorrow again when haemochromatosis demands its blood sacrifice and I find no way to access the Falls Road without passing through the city centre. Blood loss + prams = joy of joys.

I suppose I should also say something about Saint Barack (peace be upon him) delivering peace, demawkcracy and prosperity to Eye-raq but a) you all know my thoughts about all that by now and b) The Morning Star has already stated pretty much everything I think about so just read that and insert bits of oblique Belfast slang here and there and you'll have my take on it. Interesting too just how much Obama attacked the invasion when he was looking election but how much he is revelling in triumph now, some years later. Nobel Peace Prize well earned there Hussein.
keresaspa: (Communism)
Just doing my usual duty in commemorating the forgotten act of terrorism on this day. I am not seeking any sort of "our terror attacks were worse than yours" rather remembering a great man and calling to mind the fact that terrorism didn't begin in 2001 and that some who are quick to condemn it now were happy to spend the Cold War endorsing it across the world. In terms of ten years ago obviously my sympathies lie with those who lost loved ones but the effect on the rest of the world has been enormous. We have seen imperialism reborn in Afghanistan, Iraq and more recently Libya with the rule of sovereignty replaced with a world where the strongest can go where they want and do what they like leaving the United Nations as an emasculated afterthought whilst for the Muslims we have seen the growth of a culture of suspicion and insidious bigotry where the very act of practising one's religion has made a people a target for abuse and attack. Put it this way, could you imagine the English Defence League existing before 2001? Possibly a fringe group of four or five lunatics but not leading mass rallies endorsing extreme militarism and Islamophobia. Meanwhile scaremongering has become the order of the day with repressive governments announcing a sudden rise in "terror alerts" with no explanation whatsoever and introducing more and more unnecessarily draconian measures as a consequence. We had a couple of aeroplane attacks ten years ago and yet attempting to travel by air remains a huge ordeal for us all and God knows what sort of Hell it must be for bearded Middle Eastern men. I would not seek to deny for a second the horror of what happened ten years ago but equally there can be no denying that the attacks have been used by governments to tighten their control on their citizens in order to make things a lot less free. Quite simply anything a government doesn't like now can be stamped out on the grounds that it might include a terrorist threat, as evidenced by the banning of protests near 10 Downing Street. No question about it the human condition has become worse as a consequence of the attacks and the blame for that must be shared by the Americans and their allies who, in the name of democracy, have inflicted untold suffering on the people of Afghanistan and Iraq. The war on terror has been a grubby conflict in which all too often the innocent have suffered and people should not become blind to that just because of the date in the calendar.

I really stuck to the script about Allende there didn't I?! But the message should be remember all the innocent dead whatever their nationality and oppose terrorism in all its forms, be it from the bogeymen "terrists" that Fox News show us or from superpower governments and their stooges claiming to be working for the mythical "freedom".
keresaspa: (Uncle Ho)
I had considered posting a rant about how on American Independence Day it is ironic that the self-same US of A is refusing to hold certain other truths to be self-evident regarding the independence of Afghanistan, Eye-raq and Libya but what's the point? We all know it but try and stop them and even though another way is possible too many people have been raised to gain self-esteem from war and believe lies to bother trying. And apart from anything else Americans tend to think irony means a "bit like iron" anyway.

So instead here's a true great American telling it like it is. If only there were some like him around today.

keresaspa: (Starry Plough)
Remembrance Day - I would rather remember Pat Doherty, Gerald Donaghy, Jack Duddy, Hugh Gilmour, John Johnston, Michael Kelly, Michael McDaid, Kevin McElhinney, Barney McGuigan, Gerald McKinney, William McKinney, William Nash, James Wray and John Young or the people of Ballymurphy, Springhill, Hola and Amritsar. I would sooner remember the people of Afghanistan and Iraq suffering under the yoke of an illegal occupation. A bloody legacy of imperialism, of bravely facing the spears and clubs of the Zulus with only guns and heavy artillery for protection, of wiping the Tasmanian Aborigines from the face of the earth, and of doing the bidding of war-mongers who sit on their arses in Whitehall whilst the cream of a country's young manhood butchers and is butchered by the cream of another country's young manhood over ten yards of dirt in France might be something to remember but let's not pretend that the British military has only ever been a great force for right and truth. I have always avoided saying any of this until now as I know some of you might have family who were in the British armed forces (you're not alone - my grandfather and great-uncle both served in the First World War and were rewarded with internment on HMS Argenta for their trouble), but the militarism that is increasingly taking over British society needs to challenged. There are no heroes in war - only those who kill, those who are killed and the rich and powerful who order the sheep to do the killing and end up the only ones to profit from it.

Miley virus

Sep. 1st, 2010 07:23 pm
keresaspa: (Chalky Whiteley)
Today we mourn a true great.

Holy God (as Miley would have said) but Glenroe was a pile of steaming pig muck. However if you grew up in either free Ireland or the occupied territory during the 1980s it was impossible to avoid this less sophisticated take on The Archers. Manys a sick day would be wrecked by the older generation suddenly deciding that the travails of a bunch of thick-mick shit-kickers called things like Biddy and Dick were essential viewing. However to be fair to Mick Lally he was a favourite of Brian Friel, was equally comfortable acting in two languages and was a fellow traveller on the left so let us remember him for that rather than ruddy old Glenroe. God that blasted theme tune haunts me to this day! Indeed I would name it Ireland's worst show of my formative years were it not for the even grimmer spectre of Leave It to Mrs. O'Brien still gnawing at my mind.

Certainly however the death of Mick Lally is a bigger event than the publicity whirlwind surrounding Tony Blair's rotten book. It is the mark of the man that after all the death and destruction he still cannot admit he was wrong about Iraq. As for his assessment of Gordon Brown who really cares? They are both a pair of has-beens and their feelings for each other are now immaterial. Given that the paid holidays of the so-called public servants in Westminster have a while to run yet I imagine the whole non-event will continue to rumble but for my part I certainly won't be reading Blair's vanity note. God, I really hoped we had seen the back of that repulsive excuse for a human being once and for all. Bob hope and no hope.
keresaspa: (Scrubber Daley)
So Saint Barack the Magnificent has won the Nobel Peace Prize. Jolly good! I can't think of a more deserving laureate in the history of this never controversial, always even-handed award than the best president in the world ever, ever, ever.

All joking aside this is surely another prime example of the continuing obsession of marking Obama out for greatness when he has yet to do anything to justify it and at the same time further evidence of the denigration of the Nobel award. There was a time when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to people genuinely committed to peace such as Élie Ducommun, Bertha von Suttner or Arthur Henderson. They may not have enjoyed the highest profile in the world but they worked tirelessly to advance the cause of peace in some way or another. Since those days however the prize has increasingly become obsessed with the fashionable, the flavour of the month and the high profile and has set its stall as endorsing not so much peace but rather a westernised definition of peace that includes American styles of government as a prerequisite.

Of course the prize has had its problems in the past. The 1919 winner Woodrow Wilson won it for the League of Nations of course but it was an odd award given that he had just come out of a war that was arguably none of his business and, whilst hindsight is indeed 20-20, by establishing Yugoslavia he had also set in place a bloody future for the Balkans. Let's be honest that award reeked of to the victor the spoils and you suspect that Kaiser Wilhelm or Field Marshal Hindenburg would have been wearing 1919's medal if Germany had won the First World War. 1953's George Marshall was given the award only two years after overseeing a massive rearmament scheme for the Korean War and saddling Europe with debts that are only now being paid off. The anti-communist line of awarding it to Lech Walesa and Mikhail Gorbachev smacked somewhat of the NATO apologist stance as arguably those seeking a fairer appraisal of communism in the west were equally working to end the Cold War and Gorby hardly promoted peace by waging war in Afghanistan. The less said about awards to the likes of Henry Kissinger, Menachim Begin and Shimon Peres the better.

However these days it seems to have become about the celebrity winner, rather than the real tireless workers for peace. It began in 1989 with the ultimate good egg for hire when TV's the Dalai "all major credit cards welcome" Lama picked up the award for wanting to establish a theocracy whilst since then international bright young things Aung San Suu Kyi, Mandela and De Klerk and Trimble and Hume have picked up the award for being high profile in the media and thus deserving of all the credit for everything. I have nothing particularly against Suu Kyi, Mandela or Hume (I have a lot against de Klerk and Trimble but that's another story) but their roles have been highly overstated due to their individual high profiles and Mandela's subsequent record as President of South Africa, where he allowed himself to be dictated to by neo-liberals and so left the country as unequal as it ever was, is hardly glowing. It came to a head two years ago when Al Gore was given the award, ostensibly because there might at some point be a war over climate change but in reality because the Nobel Prizes seemed to want to hitch their wagon to Albert's star but realised that the science of An Inconvenient Truth was too slapdash for them to give him any of the other awards.

Well, that process is now complete this year with the award being given to Obama, apparently for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples". Good God! This is a man who has yet to deliver his promise to get out of Iraq, who has promised to commit further troops to, and thus to encourage war in, Afghanistan, who is on record as threatening war on Pakistan and who yet to even contemplate taking a step towards fairness and justice like pulling his forces out of the Chagos Islands, thus allowing the people to return to the homes that the British government stole from them. Yes, Obama has sometimes used the rhetoric of peace but he has yet to accomplish anything tangible and if just talking about peace is enough to bag you the award then why not give it Robert Mugabe or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, both of whom have waffled about it in the last twelve months. It may well be that there will come a time in the future when Obama does do something to earn the prize (and Jimmy Carter was a deserving winner despite his spell as American President) but the Nobel Peace Prize should not be given on potential.

So, all in all a joke of an award to a man who has yet to accomplish anything for peace and who continues to direct two illegal wars of imperialism. It says it all about the awards committee's fixation with fame and glamour that this has been given in a year when, as there was no particular standout candidate, a long overdue group award to the Religious Society of Friends, who have quietly busted their bollocks for centuries in the name of peace, could easily have been made. Effectively the final nail has been driven into the coffin of an award that is now about as meaningful as a class president election. At this rate I won't be at all surprised next year when it is shared by Chris Martin and Bono for their tireless work in being self-satisfied.
keresaspa: (Lucy Liu)
So, it's finally been announced that Blair is buggering off. Actually, it's hard to believe (and shows clearly the limitations of so-called democracy) that such a thoroughly unpleasant individual has managed to last so long. He talks about his legacy but it's difficult to see it being any more than a series of failures. Leaving aside the illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, making Britain the lap dogs of one of the most hated American governments in history and following a foreign policy that has justified terrorism he has lurched from one balls-up to the next. The Millennium Dome, money pumped into the NHS only to be wasted on managers and trusts, student fees and the end of grants, running roughshod over people's rights in the name of 'the war on terror', the pointless waste of money that is the Olympics and ban after ban after ban coupled with providing less and less, meaning that the purpose of government now seems to be "we'll tell you what to do more often in return for less from us". On top of this he fostered a climate where incompetence, corruption and downright crapness are no bars to a place in the Cabinet, with sleazy bastards like Mandelson, Blunkett, Prescott and Jowell given chance upon chance when they should have been put out to pasture years ago. He cracks on to be a statesman but apart from his wars all I can remember him for is constantly baiting Iran, supporting Israel whilst they blew the shit out of Lebanon and snubbing Hugo Chavez on his visit to Britain because his master Bush doesn't like him. Instead of involving himself more closely with Europe in an attempt to get away from a world of one superpower he has perpetuated the uncertainty and violence of American hegemony by effectively placing himself at Bush's disposal, even to the extent where he has copied the little creep's walk and getting his initial in his forehead like the mark of the Beast. Devolution is trumpeted as his big thing, but until it starts delivering long term benefits then it is just something that has happened rather than an achievement. As for ‘the new Northern Ireland’, tell that to the immigrants who are getting 1950s levels of abuse, coupled with intimidation and violence. Let's not forget that he inflicted ten years of that horrid, money-grabbing wife of his on us. And he's a dud root who smells of onions.

OK, realistically, Gordon Brown is not going to be very different. He might talk the socialism talk from time to time but I don't anticipate any major changes in his government, other than a couple of new faces whom I'm sure I will soon learn to hate as much as Prescott and John Reid. Still, for the time being a date finally being placed on the fall of Anthony B. Liar is a cause for celebration.
keresaspa: (The Major)
So they finally finished what daddy Bush could not and put Saddam Hussein to death. Nice work, folks. I've already made the point before that already Ceauşescu is starting to be rehabilitated in Romania, as is nearly always the case with executed political leaders, but at least there it was a fairly spontaneous uprising against him rather than a government effectively imposed by an outside invasion. So public revenge has been done, no matter what they say about that not being the case, but already people have died in response and how long before that support grows? I don't think it is too much of a stretch to imagine that he will eventually be co-opted by Sunni fundamentalists either.

If what he did was wrong (and I don't deny it was) then surely the first thing any new government should have done was do away with the death penalty. A government that is supposed to be about democratic change should surely put aside the ways of its predecessor but not here. Considering that the new regime has already descended into sectarian bullshit and is relying on the foreign invaders to keep supposed order (ha!) this execution has lessened their legitimacy even further. Add to this the fact that the trial was full of intimidation, inconsistencies and murder and the grounds for what was a political execution look even shakier.

What Saddam did was wrong. What Idi Amin, Jean-Bédel Bokassa and Pol Pot did was arguably worse but nobody did anything to stop them and they were all allowed to die natural deaths. Oh, I forgot, Uganda, the Central African Republic and Cambodia aren't big oil producers. Plus Israel has been guilty of genocide against the Palestinians for years and nobody has moved against them, whilst the likes of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt has got up to some pretty ropey stuff but is kept going because he plays ball with the US.

Long story short (too late) the execution acheived nothing other than making a martyr, plunging Iraq further into chaos and singling out one regime for punishment despite the fact that others have been and are as bad and it was none of Bush's business in the first place. The Indians have it right as all it will accomplish is to make the Shia-Sunni divide even greater and lead to further bloodshed. Nice work!
keresaspa: (Lorraine)
You may be amazed to hear that I am against the execution of Saddam Hussein. Bet you didn't see that one coming did you? But seriously, what can it achieve other than public revenge? I'm not saying Saddam is innocent but the very act of execution makes this whole moral high ground thing questionable. It's hard to deny that the likes of Jean-Bédel Bokassa or Idi Amin did stuff as bad, if not worse, than Saddam but they were never executed and indeed Amin was allowed to live out his life in the comparative comfort of exile in Saudi Arabia. Plus let's not forget what Ehud Olmert gets away with in Palestine and Lebanon, with the approval of the West no less.

For once old Minging was getting close to hitting the nail on the head when he said that "his martyrdom can only add to the instability and unrest in Iraq". Saddam's execution might be presented as popular now but death has a tendency to rehabilitate people. Plus the fact that his defence team and the judge were treated like the prosecution in a Mafia trial does not help matters either. Above all we are left with another case of victors' justice where a puppet regime of an invading army does what is expected of them by Bush.

The general reaction has been far from professional. OK, Bush and Margaret Beckett have gloated like there is no tomorrow but that is hardly a surprise as they have no class anyway. However the news has reported it like it's some Christmas present to the world - "somebody is being executed and we love it". You may well say "ah, but you gloated only a couple of days back when PW Botha bought the farm". Fair dos but I'm just some inconsequential numpty giving his own half-baked opinion. I am not a news agency who should be concerning themselves with reporting facts rather than trotting out the NATO apologist line. Whatever happened to impartiality?

The only other execution like this that I can recall in recent years was that of Nicolae Ceauşescu and that was after a popular revolt, rather than an enforced government change from a foreign power waging an unsanctioned war. And even given all that Ceauşescu is already considered to be the 11th greatest Romanian of all time. We're already seeing negative reactions in Tikrit - how long before they start to spread and Ba'athism enjoys a renaissance to add it in with Islamic fundamentalism as a further problem in the much vaunted 'reconstruction' of Iraq. To go in and preach democracy and then to order the death penalty just shows how ballsed-up the American system is to begin with. Yet again, a rod for their own back.
keresaspa: (Marlene Dietrich)
You live in a city that has had the hell bombed out of it. Things can't get much worse, right. Well, they could always bring in the people who designed Milton Keynes to rebuild it. I should say here and now that I've never set foot in MK and am merely judging it by what other people have told me. However given that what I have been told has been entirely derogatory I can't help but wonder whether this is simply another form of torture being dished out. Not only are we going to turn your country into a lawless hell-hole but we're going to fill it with new towns. If Fallujah is rebuilt as a new Craigavon then God help Iraq.

In my own little world, the postal strike in Belfast is over and I am finally starting to receive mail again. Yay! I finally got my DVD of Vic Reeves Big Night Out this morning. You lying get! At last a respite from the Hell of Quizmania and The Jeremy Kyle Show. God, I hate that Kyle show. Inarticulate chavs arguing about who the father of their ninth child is, with about seven candidates in the firing line. Plus, his insistence that he is somehow edgy when all he does is spout the usual cod psychology that all those sort of shows do is beyond irritating. And he does that trendy thing of wearing a pin-stripe jacket with jeans, that invariably makes the wearer look like a Victoria Beckham jessie. What happened to the good old days when a man on telly wore a suit? Add to that a bit of Spanish girl rock and a burst of the criminally overlooked Zuzu's Petals and the postman has been rather nice to me today. All is good in the undersea world of Keresaspa.
keresaspa: (Diggory)
Bloody freezing today. I know it has been for the last ages but today I'm feeling it more sharply than usual. Not another dose of the flu. That's all I bloody well need.

Come Wednesday it will be back to marking essays for me again. Luckily I get paid for each one I do, otherwise I wouldn't bother me arse. I've done it before and found very quickly that it gets unbearably repetitive as people all give the same basic answer and you're really just re-reading another rehashing of the textbook. Still, like I say, at least I'm getting paid for it. Deadline is this Wednesday so I have a fair old suspicion that this week's classes will be echoingly empty due to all the last minute cramming. C'est la vie. I also have to hand around evaluation sheets to those who turn up where they get to have a pop at me if they feel like it, so low turn-outs will be a blessing. Bloody bureaucratic red tape. I've had to do that before as well and it ends up counting for bugger all, other than keeping management types in work.

Not much happening in the world apart from the Saddam trial. For all the good that'll do. The victors will have their justice but Iraq will continue to be no better off. The more things change and all that. All for today as I have stuff to sort out elsewhere. Toodle-pip.
keresaspa: (Jethro Tull)
So the Iraq constitution has benn endorsed. I hate to be a cynic (OK, that's a blatant lie as I love being a cynic) but what difference will it make when the country is effectively in the grip of a civil war? A constitution might have the support of the majority of those who were able to vote, but if it doesn't have the backing of the boys with the boom bang-a-bang then it aint worth the paper it's written on. Sure, it would be good to see Iraq make a recovery but I really can't see how this little bit of paper will deliver anything like that. As long as you are living in danger of being blown to kingdom come every day then what use will electoral systems and rights of appeal be. Plus, with the Sunnis largely rejecting it the country is already polarising on religious lines before the bloody thing has even begun to operate. Still, it's something for Bush and Blair to crow about until the next load of innocent by-standers get blown to bits. Good luck to Iraq, but to me the new constitution looks like a waste of time and will suffer from being victor's justice.

Finally RIP Rosa Parks. Nuff said.
keresaspa: (Default)
Well, yesterday threw me back a bit so today (and the next couple of days) must be given over to work. Once I can be bothered to start, that is.

Good to see Blair making sense as usual. If concern for democracy is what drives you, Tony, then why turn Iraq into a civil war zone and kill a bunch of civilians yourself. I'm not justifying the bombs but Blair and his puppet master have been guilty of a hell of a lot of terrorism themselves, so his condemnations are phony. Plus his 'determined face' makes me want to punch him hard even more than usual. Make-up wearing git!

All for now. Work must be done (after e-bay).
keresaspa: (Stanley Unwin)
Been up to this and that over the weekend. Took my usual Friday afternoon run up to Sainsburys to stock up on the week's supply of fegs and while I was outside having a wee smoke a young lad of about three ran past me until to be called back by his mother who informed young Jo-Jo not to do that. I ask you, Jo-Jo?! Imagine when he's a 31 year old going for a job in marketing and they look at his application and see he's called Jo-Jo. Straight to bin with you, Jo-Jo me boy. I only hope he is actually Joseph and it's just a "cute" nickname, else he'll have a permanently soaking head from all the flushings in a few years time. For the second week running I found it impossible to get drunk on Friday night no matter how much I consumed. One suspects that one's tolerance for the curse of Scotland is becoming higher with age. It's going to be bloody expensive by the time I'm 40!

Dragged the pencils out last night and threw off a quick cartoon, which I haven't done in ages. As a tribute to Belfast's most legendary roadsweeper, I feel it turned out OK. Killed an hour at least before attempting, unsuccessfully, to sleep. Today will be spent frantically checking the BBC website to see if the Baggies tie up any better signings than Kieran "Who?" Richardson. Richard "Who?" Chaplow is on the verge but knowing Robbo he'll manage to nouse it up before the end of the day. Still a 1-1 off Spurs wasn't too bad at the weekend. Could Bry be about to prove me royally wrong? Doubt it, but stranger things have happened.

Almost forgot: Iraq election. Very nice. Hardly the big democratic leap forward that was promised. For a start all of these are boycotting-boycotters ). For seconds none of the parties that made up the previous government are in there. If was this supposedly great democracy they would be there too. Plus whoever gets elected will have bugger all legitimacy as they will be effectively imposed by a foreign aggressor. The whole country is shockingly unstable and the election winners will have little real control whilst the occupiers are there and none whatsoever when they leave. If this is a triumph for democracy then you can keep it.
keresaspa: (All cops are ...)
Form filling had to be done today and like everything else here it involved a hefty dose of Keystone Kops style faffing about. I had to negotiate my way through a building site just to get to the office where they were and when I did get there they had a new wee girl on the desk who hadn't a baldy what I was on about. Still, got it done in the end and now it's off my head.

I despair of people at times. It goes without saying that I find the Tories reprehensible but at least a strong Conservative Party might force Blair and his cronies to buck up their ideas and stop being so damned wishy-washy and conservative themselves. But Michael Howard has proven to be about as good a leader as for them as Hugh Gaitskell was for Labour. Every clatter of weeks there seems to be another Tory defecting to the UKIP or in this case the BNP. All it says to me is that Blair is untouchable ad we'll have to get ready for at least another five years of his horrid rule. I'm not saying I'd prefer a Tory government, merely a stronger opposition to shake him up a bit. The fact that they've made bugger all out of the Iraq war and didn't even mention Blunkett's jiggery-pokery even though Blair wouldn't shut up about Tory nookie while he was leader of the opposition exposes them for the wimps they are. Revolution, you can't come quick enough.
keresaspa: (Zappa)
So today saw the handover of power in Iraq to that supposedly legitimate government of US appointees. Except it doesn't look like much of a handover of power to me! To think that people have the cheek to crack on that this wasn't a war over oil. Ha and indeed ha. After all it had bugger all to do with bin Laden. Breathe in...and out.

Given recent stuff it seems almost impossible to fathom that there will be no footy tonight or tomorrow. What will I do. Given that a number of my predictions didn't pan out I am forced to revise what I previously stated would happen. Nonetheless I will confidently go for a Portugal-Czech Republic final and I'll stick with the Portuguese to win it. So Holland-Greece it is then!


Apr. 29th, 2004 02:26 pm
keresaspa: (During the war)
Weird sort of day. As I walked down through studentville I passed a house where some bint had obviously got a karaoke machine and had decided to regale the world with an atrocious version of the already woeful song "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship (I think). I mean really, if you must do that sort of thing at least close your windows before you start. Bloody students. All need a spell in the army, they do.

So they're in a pickle over this Falluja lark and they think they can ignore it by designing a horrible flag. I said it when they first went into Iraq that the harvest of the so-called "liberation" would be the destruction of a viable Iraqi state. I feel that my words have been fulfilled. I will say no more.

I'm off on my travels again tomorrow as I'm finally going to see what all the fuss is about this London place. I'm there until International Workers Day so expect the next update about Tuesday (Bet you cant wait, eh? Oh.). Meanwhile I'd best bugger off and hunt down the honcho to give him this essay (some hope, he'll be off cottaging or something). Fair thee well.


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