…2014, the hapless empire, little venice and human rights?…

…The Brigade of Bumblers is on a roll as it revels in the derision its infantile, churlish but dangerous policies provoke…

Chancellor Merkel of Germany and President Putin of Russia must be rolling on the floor in laughter (ROFL?) at the churlish ineptitude of the Sole Superpower, none of whose officials seem to want to take just one day off from exposing themselves in print or in the electronic media.

The continuing chaos, always chaos, in the Ukraine from the now comical but increasingly expensive overthrow of the Ukrainian government is curiously insufficient to keep the brigade busy. The bunch has now ‘pivoted’ to one country where its supported coup in 2002  had collapsed, and for which there has been no hint of embarrassment. Failure is no deterrent as the brigade, to garner more votes in upcoming elections than its corporate rival, has hit upon another ‘brilliant’ idea. Read the rest of this entry »


…of courage and cowardice in the us – gaza? oh, that…

…in the face of atrocities, acquiescence, silence for some is anathema, complicity; for others, the path to acceptance and reward…

How does this story start? Well, we have an academic who states, I’m joining Norm Finkelstein tomorrow to commit civil disobedience in protest of Israel’s war on Gaza. Unlike some Western politicians who state and assume that any mere statement of principle is, ipso facto, its fruition, the academic does join the protest. And how do we know? On crooked timber where Corey Robin blogs, we read, Corey arrested. That point of ‘enough is enough’ can be gleaned in this earlier post, The Higher Sociopathy, where we have,

The Gaza war, you see, is not a war over tunnels. It’s not even a war in defense of Israel. It’s a war about…war, a war in defense of just war. Once upon a time, crackpots thought they were fighting a war to end all wars. That was its justice. Now they’re fighting a war in order to make just war possible. That is its justice.

The theory of just war is supposed to impose limits upon the launching and fighting of wars. It’s a condition of, a constraint upon, war. But here it becomes the end—both the aim and the justification—of war. Because that is the aim of Israel’s war, “civilians cannot be used” to make such a war “impossible.” They must instead be used to make it possible.

Clearly, Prof Robin is unworried about deeper moral issues such as jeopardising any votes or any contribution to  any Presidential ‘Library’ or any contributions to corporate party campaign coffers.

The patriotic performance of principled politicians? Well, just over a week ago, we had, Gaza crisis: Palestinian death toll climbs past 500 as hospital is hit. From that news report, we would get,

Speaking to the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, by telephone early on Monday, Obama expressed his concern over the deaths on both sides, the White House said in a statement.

In their second call in three days, Obama “reaffirmed Israel‘s right to defend itself” and called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

David Cameron also spoke to Netanyahu, reiterating “the UK‘s strong support for Israel‘s right to take proportionate action to defend itself from” Gaza rockets, while expressing condolences over the Israeli deaths and concern over the “mounting civilian casualties in Gaza“.

Cameron agreed with Netanyahu that the way out of the “spiral of violence” was through the Egyptian ceasefire initiative, a spokesman for the British PM said.

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…habsburg, 28 july; uk, 4 aug1914; ww 1 and all that…

…and, yes, the US on 17 Dec 1917…

As the march to insanity continues in quickstep and we await a happy failure to make that grave misstep, we take a look back – with some humour, albeit black. Crooked Timber does us the good deed. In this most folk would remember one actor in particular who had headlined a tv show in the US but famous in the UK for stuff like Jeeves and Wooster. Of course, Rowan Atkinson as Black Adder, priceless…

Even in the humour, a lesson. Wouldn’t want to face a machine gun without this. Poignant stuff.

 

 


…inequality in the us, gone, whoosh, – word made deed…

…truly, nothing like the power of eloquence, the spoken Word, of the US Nobel Laureate President…

Having focused on US unemployment and the many citizens who lost their homes to skulduggery, a focus sufficient to ‘disappear’ those challenges, the President would showcase the power of the spoken word, his spoken Word.

To lead us into what would be a phenomenal accomplishment, we invite the quintessential voice of corporate truth, the ‘Beeb’, whose broadcast grandiosely titled, ‘BBC America’, really means ‘BBC USA’ with its gushingly facilitating Katty Kay. States the ‘Beeb’, State of the Union: Obama promises action on inequality. And it reassures US citizens and the rest of the world,

US President Barack Obama has promised “with or without Congress” to tackle economic inequality, in his annual State of the Union address.

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…eid al-fitr…

Yes, we do celebrate Eid al-Fitr, as we do a host of celebrations of other faiths. Having friends of all faiths is often proof of their tolerance of, belief in some redeeming features in the unremarkable character in that priceless friendship.

Blessings!


…as the day ends, a nice dance…

…but nicer for listening and to really wind down…


…dangerous central american child refugees poised to invade…

… McAllen, in (formerlyMexican) Texas…

Assuming these children and infants are not  really Middle-Eastern or Moslem ne’er-do-well, we can confront the insistent presence of an uncomfortable past.

The predictable choreography of creating the illusion of reality would come when the Foreign Ministers of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were summoned to Washington, DC. The usual US declamations of the need for action from ‘these people’ would have its embellished repetition on the US MSM , TV and print, as evidence of the resoluteness and leadership of the Obama administration.

On cue, the Presidents of those countries would promptly find themselves in Washington, DC, for the reinforcing of that illusion. They would meet with US officials and be given their instructions. Then they would appear before the media with the ‘finely-spoken’ US President who would use his spell-binding rhetoric to persuade US voters (as elections draw near) of his great leadership and that of his corporate Democratic party. Read the rest of this entry »