Here’s a symbol:
It’s toilet roll printed with the American flag. I may pick up some death threats for publishing this.
Here’s another symbol:
If you go to this website, you will find that the company advertises Union Flag toilet paper for sale for “the person who has everything!” The only way someone would die in this case would be if they laughed their heads off. It’s considered a quirky, humorous gift.
Back to the American symbol, though. Americans are very protective towards their flag. People can get into trouble if they “desecrate” their nation’s symbol.
In this article, there is a cute picture of a baby wrapped in the American flag. Sacrilege, according to some.
Patriotic hero Sarah Palin has even been accused of flag desecration.
So, in America, at least, it’s best to be careful in one’s use of America’s symbol, her flag. But in Britain, I’m still chuckling away at that Union Flag bog roll…
In January of this year some criminals in Paris, France, used the desecration of another symbol, Muhammad, as an excuse to kill over a dozen people. Don’t get me wrong here, that’s no excuse for killing, but at least we can learn from this that some people can get upset when their “own” “symbol” isn’t used appropriately.
So, where are we so far. In America people can get upset if the American flag is misused, and in the Muslim world there are people who use “symbol misuse” as an excuse for violence.
What on earth, then were some far right Americans thinking of when they decided to hold a “Muhammad drawing competition”?
Defenders of the “contest” assert that it was an expression of “free speech”. They even invited to the event Geert Wilders, a far right European politician who is due in court at some stage on hate speech charges. Because in America, everything goes. Except wrapping American babies in the flag, of course.
I’m still chuckling about that Union Flag toilet roll by the way…
This week the world was shocked to hear of another plane crash that took the lives of over 100 people, this time in Europe. (Incidentally, I’d just like to remind people at this stage that air travel remains safe).
Today, details from the cockpit voice recorders came out, and it would appear that the co-pilot deliberately flew the plane into the ground. At this stage, we don’t know the reasons behind what happened but this hasn’t stopped speculation from the American far-right.
The American far-right (or at least those people commenting on Facebook) have decided that this is a “terrorist” act, simply on the basis that the pilot killed people other than himself. Let’s think about this:
“A terrorist is a person who kills another person”.
Previously I have described that if you follow the “logic” of these American right wingers through, you end up with a situation where they are calling for all Americans to be exterminated. According to their “logic”:
“People with the same background as terrorists should be exterminated”.
All this leads to the conclusion that America is a terrorist state because there is the 2nd Amendment which enables a lot of people to have the gear (guns) necessary to kill others, and millions of people support the Second Amendment. Follow the right wingers “logic”, and it becomes necessary to eliminate both gun owners, and the people who support them.
(On top of this, of course there is the issue over American funding of terrorism, such as the CIA funding of the Taliban (the “grandparent” of ISIS), and the funding of the IRA by American citizens.)
All of this, and the hatred of Muslims that is apparent every time one goes on Facebook, creates a problem. America is at this time in a half-hearted fight against a criminal organisation, ISIS, and every time someone from the American far-right comments online, airing their “thoughts”, it is quite possible to hear the celebrations from the middle east right here in England – simply by opening a window. It’s possible to see quite regularly fights over ISISs name (IS, Islamic State, whatever) and there is certainly a problem with the use of the “T” word. We really need to stop using the “T” word, but instead refer to ISIS actions as criminal behaviour since the “T” word only gives the criminals an increased status that they don’t deserve. (It did occur to me that the right wingers were attempting to devalue the word by using it for every possible action, but frankly, well…). We also need to get a grip with our use of language, and our “thinking” processes. Every time a right winger posts a “dumb” comment on Facebook, well that counts as a “win” to the criminals.
Fox ‘News’ have done some research (insider.foxnews.com/2015/02/14/report-govt-spends-14-times-more-green-energy-embassy-security ), and come up with the startling statistic that America spends 14 times more on green energy than it does on embassy security.
This has led to some ridiculous comments such as:
Of course, Fox missed a trick here. Since spending on the military is a gazillion times more than spending on embassies they should have made that comparison instead.
Oh, and I see that Fox have promoted the Benghazi consulate to the status of an embassy…
On January 7th 2015 gunmen attacked the offices of a magazine in Paris, France and killed a total of 12 people. In the days that followed more people died.
In America the far-right, led by TV station Fox “News” were outraged. It appeared that these killings were motivated by religion, and the Christian right smelt blood. In the weeks that followed Fox “News” narrative was that the Muslim community at large were the “enemy”. A so-called expert on terrorism went on air, and claimed that there were no-go zones in Europe, and furthermore that the city of Birmingham, England, was 100% Muslim. Within a week Fox News broadcast several apologies. Jeanine Pirro, the Fox “host” who originally allowed those comments unchallenged called for the mass murder of Muslims. She also suggested that people who kill Americans for “religious” reasons are terrorists.
This past Tuesday, a man in Chapel Hill gunned down three Muslims in their own home. We know few details at this stage except for the fact that the man posted messages indicating his hatred of religion on social media. The “excuse” so far offered is that this was a dispute over parking.
Meanwhile, over on Fox News there is, relatively speaking, silence. Bear in mind that Fox have called for the execution of a whole group of people. Bear in mind that Pirro has rather stupidly called for people who kill Americans to be classed as terrorists. Fox have gone silent.
A couple of points:
Nobody achieves peace by killing people. That way lies a continuous round of retribution. And the slaughter of unarmed Americans by criminals. The rhetoric given out by Fox “News” cannot have helped one iota in this case, and it can’t help in dealing with the criminals in ISIS.
America’s gun culture urgently needs reform. But, thanks to the American far-right and their mouthpiece, yup, Fox, the reform isn’t taking place. The current situation is that the gun lobby assert that where there are bad guys with guns there will also be good guys. Where were the “good guys” in this case? And they assert that gun owners are law abiding, responsible people. Taking out a good percentage of one family is responsible? Not in my book.
I got into an argument this morning over someone’s defence of the shooter in this case. Her full post is here: https://ytcj2013.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/hatred-and-persecution/
But I think that her defence of the killer is this:
“Maybe if our government did something about the terrorism, Americans wouldn’t feel as if they have to take matters into their own hands…”
Do you agree?
I have my WordPress app set to deliver me any blog that mentions Fox News, and last night it filled my screen with just one story – this one:
And so on…you get the idea.
So, I want to pick apart what she said:
“I just think it’s ridiculous, and I think that for the girls, it’s a good thing, for the good girls–or women–to be told stay home. Be safe. The other bad girls–bad women–or the ones who like to be naughty, might go out and play. And get hurt. But then the other thing about this is that it [they] then blame it on the alcohol instead of the person who over-drinks. So it’s like the same thing with guns. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Alcohol doesn’t get you drunk. You get yourself drunk.”
The other bad girls–bad women–or the ones who like to be naughty, might go out and play. And get hurt.
Really? It’s because women are ‘bad’ that they get raped?
It get’s a little worse:
But then the other thing about this is that it [they] then blame it on the alcohol instead of the person who over-drinks.
So the blame is a sometimes laid on the presence of drink now. Well. it’s a thought. and a better one than ‘thought’ 1. This article discuses the subject of the use of alcohol as a date rape drug, and half way down it says this:
“People don’t get raped because they have been drinking, because they are passed out or because they are drunk. People get raped because there is a perpetrator there — someone who wants to take advantage of them.”
And a piece of personal testimony: I’ve experienced every sector of the drink “craze” – from being teetotal to winding up in hospital with three quarters of a bottle of scotch in me. And the presence of alcohol has never fooled me into raping someone.
Then she loses it with the usual spurious gun argument:
So it’s like the same thing with guns. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
Ok, I’m not going to come out with statistics here, just a broad idea:
I’m currently sitting in one of the biggest buildings in my city, along with hundreds of other people, and I guarantee that there are no guns in the building. The risk of being shot then is zero. You can’t shoot someone with a gun you don’t have.
Suppose someone walks in off the street with a gun. The risk of being shot has suddenly gone up – because it is possible to shoot someone with a gun that you do have. The change has taken place; not because the person has walked in off the street but because there is now a gun in the building. So guns do indeed kill people.
Dash’s gun argument is spurious and nonsensical.
For anyone who has never encountered Dash – here is her Wiki.
On Monday afternoon I walked into the city centre, and after pottering around I decided to walk home through the parks.
It was dusk as I walked along the asphalt path that led past the kids play area. Just over there there was a man supervising his kids over the fence. Some birds were still singing in the trees, and in the distance there was the roar of rush hour traffic.
The man turned, and carried something over to a grassed area. He unfolded it, and it was obviously a prayer mat; he laid it on the ground. By this time I had walked past him, but one final glance back revealed him on his knees communing with his God.
Militant Islam. UK style.
On January 7th 2015 several people left their homes in France and travelled into central Paris. They then proceeded to shoot dead a dozen people. By the time the shooting had finished a couple of days later nearer two dozen people were dead.
Shortly afterwards a man was introduced to the viewers of Fox News called Steve Emerson. He was presented as an expert on terrorism. This is his Wikipedia entry. His organisation is called “Investigative Project on Terrorism“. now you would think that he looks at all sorts of terrorism, but that’s not the case. He majors – or targets – on terrorism perpetrated by Muslims. His organisation does comment on other matters, but is quick to turn the discussion onto its favourite target: Muslims. Take a look at this article on the far right terrorist Anders Breivek.
So this “expert” on terrorism went on TV and spoke:
So: there are no-go zones in Europe, and Birmingham is a 100% Muslim area where non-Muslims don’t go.
The evidence for his claims is non-existent, and within hours Fox News was subjected to ridicule.
Here is an article on the demographics of Birmingham.
I know from personal experience that there are no no-go areas in Birmingham, or even East London. After several days of ridicule, and a fierce defence of the truth by those people who know a pack of lies when they see it Fox News backed down and apologised.
So, you would think that the far-right would lay off a little. They got it wrong. They should move on. Hell, no. This week another American, Bobby Jindal made the same claim:
Note here that in spite of questioning Jindal was not able to specify a single no-go zone.
Here’s another video where Jindal refuses to come up with evidence to substantiate his claims:
So, we have far right Americans making claims that they can’t substantiate. And yet they are still defending those claims, like a broken record, they can’t accept that they are wrong and move on. Take a look at this article:
Let’s take a look at one of their claims:
The Rotherham, England, child sex scandal offers a powerful example. An official inquiry found that for sixteen years, 1997-2013, a ring of Muslim men sexually exploited – through abduction, rape, gang rape, trafficking, prostitution, torture – at least 1,400 non-Muslim girls as young as 11. The police received voluminous complaints from the girls’ parents but did nothing; they could have acted, but chose not to.
According to the inquiry, “the Police gave no priority to CSE [child sexual exploitation], regarding many child victims with contempt and failing to act on their abuse as a crime.” Even more alarming, in some cases, “fathers tracked down their daughters and tried to remove them from houses where they were being abused, only to be arrested themselves when police were called to the scene.” Worse, the girls “were arrested for offences such as breach of the peace or being drunk and disorderly, with no action taken against the perpetrators of rape and sexual assault against children.”
Counter Jihad Report claim that some criminal activity by a group of people actually constitutes the creation of a no-go zone. Why else would they mention it? But could paedophile activity happen in America? Worse still could the people perpetrating the criminal activity create a no-go zone where the authorities were concerned that they risked their lives if they entered? Yes indeed.
This was a cult headed by a paedophile called David Koresh, an American who happened to be…? Yup, you.ve guessed it – Christian.
A week ago this very day three gunmen went on the rampage in Paris, France, and killed a dozen people. I would like to leave a discussion of that, and it’s aftermath in Europe for another day. Today, I’d like to discuss the response from America.
The response, particularly from the far right, to an attack on civilisation was itself as uncivilised as it could get. Within hours commentators in America were calling for the extermination of and entire people. In another post, I reminded the world that there had also been a terrorist attack in America at the offices of the NAACP, and that if the far-right were consistent in their “thinking” they would be calling for every American in the world to be exterminated. On a personal level, I received a death threat from someone who wished to assert that America was more “civilised” that the Islamic world. And then there were the miss-informed people who could have done with educating before they were allowed online. People who asked in all seriousness what Islam had ever brought us that was good. People with selective memories about America’s own past. And the plain stupid.
By, I think Sunday, the far-right and Fox News had whipped up the rhetoric to such an extent that the US State Department were warning people to be careful out there in the big wide world. And the far right carried on. A fool went on Fox “News” and stated as a fact that Birmingham, England, was 100% Muslim – and people who knew how to Google (it’s a continuing fascination for me, and a puzzle that someone could answer if they would be so kind: is Google blocked in America?) laughed in derision.
So, we have a whole load of incredibly stupid, right wing Americans poking a basket containing a few hundred criminals. Are these people trying to provoke a reaction? I believe that they are. I believe that the world will never be at peace while these stupid American thugs are allowed free access to the internet. The criminals are only human, and if you poke them long enough and hard enough they will react.
This story is so beautiful that I feel that I have to share it…
The Moroccans aren’t against it because they are ‘anti-Christian’, but rather because they believe it shouldn’t be portrayed out of respect for God. I wonder how many right-wing ‘Christian’ Americans will get it?