Rock the kasbah

So Vladimir Putin has decided to put Russia’s military where his mouth is and blow ISIS to caliphate come along with all the so called ‘moderate’ Islamists that America and Saudi Arabia have been not so secretly funding. Obama is all in a tizzy that the war he is so desperately trying to lose might be won by the Russian bear. That is the only discernible reason why even the Cubans are getting involved, gotta love humiliating the ‘leader of the free world’. (Though I’m not sure Obama could do more to humiliate his own country on the national stage at this point)

I’m sure Russia’s sledgehammer will be no less indiscriminate than the West’s, but I get the feeling that Putin wants to win whereas I’m very sure Obama wants to do as little as possible so he can pretend he’s trying. Putin is an old fashioned cold hearted bastard and he’s decided to put to the sword, or more precisely the massive air strike, the most evil grouping of bloodthirsty lunatics since Genghis Khan. There is a certain symmetry to that. There will be suffering, as ISIS’s fantasy fails before their eyes I expect they’ll become even more violent, civilians will be killed by both sides but ISIS will murder them on purpose. You can only win a war by breaking the enemy’s will to fight it and you don’t do that by ‘degrading’ them (Obama’s own word for his policy of half measures), especially not a group of religious fanatics, you do it by exterminating them.

Honestly though, the damage may already have been done. Christian Assyrians in Sweden have ‘convert or die’ graffiti daubed on their shops along with the Arabic letter N for Nazareen seen in Isis territory to denote Christians ripe for persecution. These people have fled that hell hole only to find it waiting for them in ‘fortress Europe’. The only fortress which has its gates jammed open. A recent study in Denmark has shown that Islamic immigrants are becoming less integrated and more radical over time. Angela Merkel’s solution to the migrant crisis? Back Turkish membership of the EU. Its time to ask the question, is she insane, an idiot, or does she actively crave the demise of western Europe?

It might surprise you to know that I’m not an apocalyptically minded person. The tinfoil hat doesn’t fit me well. Life will go on after sharia is implemented across Europe. It will just be grim that’s all. Women will wear their niqabs, be beaten by their husbands, girls married off at age 12, non Muslim girls will be raped, there will be honour killings, queers like me will be strung up, apostates executed, democracy will be abolished, free speech will obviously cease to exist, there will be sex slaves too if the local Imam is feeling naughty. Some of these things are already happening in the Islamic ghettos of Europe but it will spread to, shock horror, white middle class suburbia, as if the cosseted viewers of Downton Abbey somehow think it won’t happen to them because they buy organic preserves from Oxfam…

I feel I have been thoroughly proven right about ‘global warming’. The hucksters are so ginned up about the Paris climate summit because they know its their last role of the dice and almost every politician knows*, but won’t say publicly, that the jig is up. Don’t get me wrong, there will be plenty of hand-wringing and sad panda faces, but alas, nothing could be done. (* not Barack Obama of course but then he lost touch with reality long before his first inauguration, to the point that an EU government, at the diplomatic level, believes him to be mentally ill). By the by I said Obama was an awful man long before it was fashionable to say so too.

But it seems like the worst time to be gloating about predictions when the above prediction is as dark as it is and unless something changes it will come to pass. Over the last few months we’ve all seen the timetable of its ‘fruition’ accelerate. I’ve said before that Europe, as a cultural entity, only has a couple of decades to decide whether it wants to survive, now I’d say that time frame can be measured in five years or less, maybe even in months. I wish I knew what to do about it but in the mean time lets write about it, then maybe we’ll talk about it, then maybe it might be averted.


Owen Jones

Lets talk about a clever leftist. This guy really is a genius political hack. The kind of wormtongue (no not that again) who could sell someone the golden gate bridge, twice. Anyway some hapless well off upwardly mobile leftist from my past liked a quote of his on Facebook. Now as we all know by now, freedom of speech is dead. If I criticise the quote it will be deleted, I know because it has happened to me many a time. So this irksome quote will sit there broadcasting its ideology unchallenged. So luckily I can come here to prevent myself grinding my teeth to dust.

Here is the quote:

“I’m not going to waste your time or patronise you by preaching the benefits of immigration. Instead, I want to ask you this. Who has caused our country most problems: the bankers who plunged us into economic disaster, the expenses-milking politicians who have the cheek to lecture us on benefit fraud, the wealthy tax-dodgers keeping £25 billion a year from the Exchequer; the poverty wage-paying bosses and rip-off rent-charging landlords; or Indian nurses and Polish fruit pickers?”

Lets dissect that, firstly yes you are wasting my time and anyone who starts a sentence saying they aren’t going to patronise or preach are already doing both.

Secondly, the global financial crisis was caused by a panic in the market about subprime mortgages issued by, among others Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Both of which were the only fortune 500 companies hand in glove with the state (as statists and leftists like Owen Jones love). Why? Because subprime mortgages are basically mortgages given to lower income people. They were helping poorer people get onto the property ladder. Is that evil? No, in fact it was overly generous. This made business sense in a booming economy, but as soon as the economy slowed as it inevitably did a lot of these people couldn’t pay up. So it was an error of hubris, but also, in a funny sort of way, it was an error of generosity compounded by state intervention in the market.

This is why Gordon Brown did what he always wanted to do and went on a gargantuan spending spree of banking nationalisation this country had never before seen, starting with Northern Rock. Why should taxpayers should foot the bill for a private company’s cock up? so that the state could do what caused Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to explode in the first place of course; pressure the banking system to hand out mortgages again which is exactly what happened.

Oh and lets not forget that the banking sector is a huge part of our economy, the tax revenue of which funds frivolous things like the welfare state… yes those nasty bankers you hate are funding everything you love Owen.

As for the expenses system, its simple, pay our politicians more and scrap the system or accept that the system is there to make sure than anyone elected MP can afford to be an MP. Put up or shut up Owen. Also I can’t help but notice the majority of politicians who defrauded the system were Labour and Libdems.

That doesn’t mean benefit fraud is ok, which is people taking scarce resources away from the people who need it and as someone who had to jump through a hundred hoops to get the help I needed at a time of acute mental illness I begrudge it. One bad thing one group does doesn’t mean another bad thing another group does is ok. That is called moral equivalence and its the first slab on the highway to hell.

As for tax dodging, a lot of the loopholes that tax dodging corporations utilise are created by leftists and the EU (though I repeat myself). Why? Because leftism inevitably means higher taxes. So how do you keep the big businesses who can afford to move from fleeing to the countries with more amenable tax regimes? Sir Albert Jobsworth takes their accountants on an exorbitantly expensive lunch (on the tax payer’s pound of course) gives them a masonic handshake, and then dicks around creating tax loopholes so that the big fishes can swim through but still catches the little ones. This is probably the only net in the world that works like that. The EU is practically made for this purpose.

Now here we get to the heart string pulling. But rents are high and wages are depressed because of supply and demand, this is exacerbated by mass immigration. Also people who own assets (particularly property) were massively enriched relatively speaking by all the quantitative easing done to bail out the government for its leftist profligacy. People who bought supercars were watching them increase in value, while people who only had small change in their pockets watched its buying power shrink.

Finally nobody blames immigrants for wanting to come here, we are a free(ish) and relatively prosperous country despite the best efforts of leftists like yourself. Mass unregulated immigration is effectively importing globalisation, it is making the rich richer and the poor poorer. At best we are stripping second and third world countries of doctors and nurses, at worst we are creating a huge downtrodden fungible pool of labour with zero bargaining power, making the minimum wage the maximum wage in huge areas of our economy and you are proud of this?

Q: How did it come to this? A: Turkeys do vote for Christmas

There is a great moment, laden with pathos, in the Lord of the Rings movies. After King Théoden of Rohan leads his people into helm’s deep, against the advice of Gandalf, he realises his mistake. ‘Who am I Gamling?’ ‘you are our king sire’ ‘do you trust your king?’ ‘your men will follow you to whatever end’. (only further driving home his mistake; they are trapped) ‘To whatever end… Where is the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing? They have passed like rain on the mountains like wind in the meadow, the days have gone down in the West behind the hills into Shadow. How did it come to this?’. The answer of course is, even after Saruman’s ensorcellment was broken, Théoden’s decisions were made out of fear. He has led his people to the brink of ruin by forgetting his nation’s strengths, he is a horse lord, not a castle lord.

This is my pompous way of saying I worry more and more for the direction the UK, Europe and even the world is heading in. We are forgetting our strengths and seem to have embraced a suicidal mindset, a perpetual retreat from hard choices that leaves us dealing with ever increasing problems. The migrant crisis has been coming for a very long time and shows exactly what happens when you let the middle east and Libya go up in flames. It was predictable and largely avoidable if it had been acted on early, but the toothpaste is out of the tube now. So are we going to elect principled, sensible, serious, heavyweight politicians to try to fix this mess? of course not.

Jeremy Corbyn is still looking like he is going to win the Labour leadership.
Donald Trump is the frontrunner in the GOP elections, the thoroughly corrupt Hillary Clinton is the Democrat frontrunner (presuming she doesn’t end up campaigning from her jail cell for storing classified emails on a private server) How has it come to this?

Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson and Gordon Brown all came out against Jeremy Corbyn which was a sure-fire way of cementing his lead. Why do people care that Corbyn is ‘honest’? he’s honest about being a Marxist… why does being honest about liking the most murderous ideology in history make you popular? or being honest about how chummy he is with Hamas. I hope people only hate Blair, Mandelson and Brown more because they know them better… but still what kind of fantasy land do you have to be living in to elect this humourless clown?

Donald Trump blatantly doesn’t give a flying fuck about who he pisses off and it seems like he’s pissing off a lot of the right people. He is the only candidate who dares talk about immigration then everyone is surprised why he’s polling in front. Never mind he’s inarticulate, not particularly conservative, crass, not particularly likeable and would almost certainly lose in a general election. But rather than take his issue, the other GOP candidates want to attack him as a person, which only gives him more chance to show how little of a shit he gives about it thus feeding the beast. They are acting out of fear.

The root of all this is that as a society we seem to have lost the will to survive. The ‘dignitas’ clinic is just the most obvious symptom. The GB athletics team has removed the union jack from their uniforms and the Guardian calls our flag ‘divisive’. Abortion accounts for 27% of all deaths in the UK. Muhammed is by far the most popular boys name in London occupying number 1 and number 10 due to variant spellings. Freedom of speech is gone, you can criticise or mock any religion… except Islam, which is the only religion that threatens Western values.

What are those values? Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, democracy, rule of law, civil rights, property rights, women’s rights, gay rights. Sorry to sound like a broken record but these values are all thoroughly taken for granted in the west and totally absent in the ‘Islamic world’ for lack of a better term. Freedom of speech is already dead, it was murdered in Paris when terrorists killed the Charlie Hebdo team. Has anyone in Europe has put their head above the parapet since? Certainly nobody new. Geert Wilders is cutting an increasingly lonely figure.

Why should we scorn Islam? There are so many reasons but to pick the most egregious: Because the Koran sanctions Muslim men to enslave and rape non Muslim women. I think the majority of Muslims reject this because everyone is made in the image of God and some kind of knowledge of natural law inevitably sneaks in. Surely if you think the Koran is ‘infallible’ but you know raping women is wrong, that must make you question your entire religion? But Muslim’s don’t question it. Why? Because the penalty for apostasy is death. Leave the theology to the Imams instead, keep your head down or they’ll cut it off. This is the fastest growing religion in the world we are talking about here.

Anyway that’s out of our hands. What isn’t out of our hands is the Islamification of Europe. This immigration ‘crisis’ is a symptom of our withdrawal from the world, our ever shrinking defence budgets. Our lack of belief in our own society. Our selfish inward looking materialism. The spiritual vacuum of modern society. We can’t be bothered to put out the fires in the Islamic world, we can’t even be bothered to defend our own borders.

The longer we retreat towards Helm’s deep the worse the battle will be at the end. Now Théoden (when not bewitched) wasn’t a wholly bad king (maybe he’s David Cameron if we are charitable to our current PM) but its the Aragorns and Gandalfs of this world who will get us out of this mess. Would we even recognise them when we saw them? The only thing I’m sure about is they are not Jeremy Corbyn. Is Donald Trump the the man for the job? of course not, he’s a blustering (and mildly racist) buffoon, (Gimli maybe?) but until someone better turns up he might be the leader of the free world that the increasingly unfree world deserves. Better him than Hillary Clinton anyway. (Denathor, definitely Denathor). I should probably stop torturing this analogy and put it out of its misery. (who is Treebeard?)

The future, very unfunny, coming to where you live right now.

So then, Labour looks like it might even be mad enough to select Jeremy Corbyn as its dear leader. This is disturbing. There are lots of Conservatives who think it would be the death-knell of the Labour party. I think it probably would. But my study of history shows that nobody remotely expected Lenin, Stalin, Napoleon, Hitler or any of the other monsters of history to gain power. They were in the right place at the right time with an evil mindset.

Becoming Labour leader puts Jeremy Corbyn in the right place, and his association with terrorists makes him a quietly dangerous figure. This isn’t a half-baked, sponge soft, left wing, son of a marxist like Red (Dead) Ed. This is a full blown Marxist who desires a command economy, because that worked so well for the USSR… In addition he seems to have a poorly concealed anti-Semitic streak. To all the right wingers gleeful about his possible selection as Labour leader, be careful what you wish for, as the proverb says; if God wants to punish us he answers our prayers.

My second rant is that I made an innocuous joke about London’s truly incredible cultural transformation and was labelled a racist and kicked off a twitch stream I like. According to the 2013 census 22% of the population of London don’t speak English as a first language. That is a very conservative figure because there are a lot of immigrants who don’t want to be counted in a census. To compound the matter immigrant populations tend to coalesce into particular areas, so much so that there are parts of London where life long Londoners feel like they are in a foreign land. But we can’t talk about it, or even light heartedly joke about it. The old form of authoritarian attacks on free speech is gone, the new form is enforced from the ground up. Because the left has been proven by history to be wrong about everything, the only argument it has left is ‘shut up’. The future looks like an increasingly unfunny place.

This deal is getting worse all the time.

So then a couple of ”diplomatic” ”deals” were struck this week. It all reminds me of that part in Star Wars when Lando Calrissian does a Vichy deal with Darth Vader in the hope of keeping cloud city out of the clutches of the Empire. More particularly the Robot Chicken version.

Greece got well and truly screwed with their pants on. It would have been far better if they had simply left the Euro. How much are the Greeks willing to let their nation be carved up to satisfy German voters? time will tell, but there will be bitter resentment and there will be consequences. But of course all that matters is that the can is kicked further down the road. Why face reality when you can buy a fantasy? One point that’s worth noting is this. How much is a country going to think about its future when its native population, demographically speaking, has no future? Greek family trees increasingly resemble an upside down pyramid. Catering to the present is all that matters.

The second ‘deal’ was the Obama administration’s complete capitulation to Iran. This was remarkable because it was the US administration, actively going out of its way to humiliate itself on the world stage and repeatedly stab its allies in the middle east in the back. Every possible concession was given to Iran, in return Iran got everything it wanted. That’s not how negotiations are supposed to work. That’s how surrenders are written. Back in the day I used to wonder what kind of madness would drive American right wingers to dream of impeaching Obama. Now I understand why. Obama’s golf handicap is his foreign policy. He doesn’t fight for American interests because he sees America as the problem. This hatred of America fuels his desire to shape America into a squishly left wing dystopia the likes of which we have in Europe and he doesn’t mind trampling on the US constitution to get there.

Talking of which, the last UK budget was interesting. A bit of a mixed bag, but politically adept. What’s the betting George Osborne will be the next Tory leader? Boris Johnson is his rival but I think people will be wary of a man who only ever says something conservative when it won’t cost him anything. Seeing the Labour party in total disarray is a sight to behold. Jeremy Corbyn is a close second in the leadership contest. I knew Labour would veer to the left but I couldn’t have dreamed they would do it this quickly. They are committing political suicide. This is bad news because it means our entire political discourse is being dragged to the left. David Cameron’s new Tory party can be center-left, riddled with contradiction and very few people will notice because the left wing have gone so far left they are completely unelectable.

I guess I should also mention the elephant in the room. I’m finding it very difficult getting to mass of late. This blog is becoming a politics blog because I’m finding it very hard to go to Church and altar serve while the people around me have no idea I’m in the closet. The things they say about homosexuality and transsexuality are part of the monkey on my back that I’m grappling with in therapy. I might be able to disregard what the Church teaches on queer issues, but its a lot less easy to disregard the casual homophobia from people I consider friends. I don’t really know how to get around this. The last two weeks I drank a lot on Saturday then used the hangover as the excuse not to go to Church. My subconscious deserves an award for that artifice. I’m not sure how to go about fixing it. So yes, I need to pray and I need people to pray for me that I’ll get to Mass.

US supreme court gay marriage decision.

So then, gay marriage has been passed in America. I agree with gay marriage both in a civil sense (which I think is inarguable) but in a spiritual sense. In that it is very possible for gay people to genuinely love each other and want to formally make permanent their union before God.

What I do not agree with is the incredibly queer way that America has gone about it. Five out of nine judges have pulled it out of thin air. There is nothing in the 14th amendment of the US constitution about gay marriage but a slim majority in the highest court in the land have passed an incredibly important and contentious law by citing that amendment. (I seem to remember US abortion law was passed in a similar fashion).

At least David Cameron was elected and if the British people felt strongly against gay marriage they could have kicked him from office at the election. Instead, the British people voted him back in with a majority. Ukip could have campaigned on an anti gay marriage ticket to sweep up a few grey haired disaffected Tory voters, but they know how to read poll numbers (and demographics) as well as anyone else and quietly kicked their opposition to gay marriage into the tallest of tall grass. Now UKIP have a presence at London gay pride. People have decided that who marries who and which bits they have between their legs is none of their business. Live and let live. Our democracy rolls on.

But in America, a supposedly democratic country, for this law to have had to have been passed by a handful of judges shows US politics and democracy is on death’s door. Whilst this is a great day for gay people in America, its a bad day for Americans. Their laws are created by judicial fiat and they have been for some time. Obama trying to take credit for a law he did not pass is perhaps the most pathetic part of it all.

In other news yesterday I was again the only person in a twitch chat to stand up for religion. This is the future. A future of non Christian morality based almost entirely on the continual ruthless application of power. You have to acknowledge that the left’s attack on all fronts, on every institution, on every obstacle, all at the same time, all the time, is truly staggering. Its pointless arguing with this tide… its probably about time to start building an ark. So yes. As a libertarian I am very conflicted about the supreme court decision. The right outcome reached the wrong way can be a very mixed blessing indeed.

That Encyclical, I’m reading it so you don’t have to. Part one: the introduction.

1, “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth” Welcome to Gaia worship courtesy of Saint Francis of Assisi. Start as you mean to go on eh Papa?

2, Doom and gloom.

3, “Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration” Do tell us what you mean…

4, “ecological catastrophe under the effective explosion of industrial civilization”
“the urgent need for a radical change in the conduct of humanity”

5, Every effort to protect and improve our world entails profound changes in “lifestyles, models of production and consumption, and the established structures of power which today govern societies”. Roll on communism?

6, Pope Benedict said “The misuse of creation begins when we no longer recognize any higher instance than ourselves, when we see nothing else but ourselves” Why is it the only sensible thing so far in this encyclical was said by the Pope Emeritus?

7-9, Quoting Patriach Bartholomew “For human beings… to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life – these are sins” (Its a shame the AGW myth is slipped in there among lots of things that are real concerns)

10, More talk about that “Attractive and Compelling figure Saint Francis”. (Shame I find him one of the least likeable Saints… and Thomas More was a lawyer and politician for crying out loud.)

11+12, Yes Saint Francis engaged in anthropomorphising on a grand scale, is that a good thing? “His response to the world around him was so much more than intellectual appreciation or economic calculus, for to him each and every creature was a sister united to him by bonds of affection.” Yes it certainly wasn’t intellectual, but I didn’t know he was a feminist too. “Such a conviction cannot be written off as naive romanticism” Actually it can.

13, “Sustainability” buzzword bingo. Particular appreciation is owed to those who tirelessly seek to resolve the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world’s poorest. Speaking as someone who’s living in fuel poverty due to an insane UK energy policy, that would be nice. (Talking of sustainability Saint Francis was a mendicant friar who lived off the charity of others… not very self sustaining.)

14, “The worldwide ecological movement has already made considerable progress and led to the establishment of numerous organizations committed to raising awareness of these challenges.” (Vomits) Sorry Papa, but the reason why a lot of people ignore and despise the ‘worldwide ecological movement’ is because it has long since abandoned genuine environmentalism and embraced the AGW myth. Many of the solutions they propose are disastrous for the environment and economically devastating to the point of pure misanthropy.

15, “I will begin by briefly reviewing several aspects of the present ecological crisis, with the aim of drawing on the results of the best scientific research available today”. Heaven help us from what a lot of people think is the ‘best scientific research available today’. If its as accurate as the ‘best scientific research available’ in the time of Galileo what could possibly go wrong???

16, “These questions will not be dealt with once and for all, but re framed and enriched again and again.” Sounds boring Papa… heaven help me that was only the introduction.