Archive for December, 2007

The constitution is just a goddamn piece of paper.

– George W. Bush

November 2005, Capital Hill Blue

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George W. Bush has often expressed a belief that many Americans share: the United States is “the freest nation” in the world. But as a newcomer to the U.S. who has lived most of his life in other liberal democracies, it isn’t at all obvious to me that the United States is a freer nation than Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, or the Netherlands, to give just a few possible rival candidates. Freedom can mean many things: that there is freedom of speech and thought, that people can associate with whomever they like and come and go as they please, that no one can be imprisoned without a fair trial, that each citizen has an equal voice in who governs them, that the government leaves people alone as long as they do not harm others, that people have the opportunity to realize their potential and prosper in the way they choose. These aspects of freedom are different in kind, and there is no single scale on which we can measure the extent to which one country is more free than another.

– Peter Singer in The President of Good and Evil (2004)

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God was here


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Being Poor

Bush’s inaugural address holds out exactly the image of a just society that provides a moral foundation for the estate tax – the idea of “a single nation of justice and opportunity.” He was right to say that the differences between prosperous and poor Americans “run deep.” They run much deeper than they do in other developed nations, and they have become deeper over the past twenty years. Although America is one of the world’s richest nations, the proportion of the adult population living in relative powerty is more than twice as high in the United States as it is in France, Germany, or Italy – 19 percent as against about 8 percent. American children do even worse – fully one-quarter of them live in powerty, compared with about a tenth or less in the major nations of continental Western Europe. Nor is this only because the wealthy United States has a higher benchmark below which people count as poor – on the contrary, those in the poorest 10 percent of the American population are worse off, in absolute terms, than are those in the poorest tenth of the populations of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. A Swedish family with children that is at the threshold of that poorest 10 percent will have an income that is 60 percent higher than a similar family at the threshold of the poorest 10 percent of Americans. The Swedish family will also have the security of a safety net of income support and free health-care services that far surpasses anything available to the poor in America. The public provision of such services has long been taken for granted in all the nations of Western Europe.

– Peter Singer in The President of Good and Evil (2004)

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If I was critical of muslims in my previous post, let this post a bit clarify that I don’t blame them for all the evil they have been blamed for during the last few years.

It was extremist muslims who were blamed for the attacks of 9/11 2001 which started the so called war on terror. While there certainly are lots of extremist muslims willing to do suicide bombings and other such incomprehensible shit that I despise, I don’t believe for a second that some 19 muslim cavemen managed to hijack four commercial airliners with pepperspray, boxcutters and fake bombs and managed to fly such massive planes with manouvers they were handled with (especially flight 77 that supposedly hit Pentagon is too much to swallow). If the worlds most expensive and effective air defence fucks up four times during the same day as massively as it did, that smells like a rat. Such things don’t happen without purposeful stand down and are “generally impossible”, as Russian air force chief commented on the occasion.

There are also tons of other things in the official story of the events of that same fateful day that look very suspicious if approached with Occam’s razor. Before 9/11 I didn’t much care of any kind of conspiracy theories, but the launch of the war on terror changed that. Ask yourself who benefits from all of this? I think the clear answer is neo-cons and their allies who have openly been hungry for stronger U.S. military, certain geopolitical steps, limiting U.S. citizens civil rights, and in generel achieving stronger U.S. hegemony in the world. 9/11 was a false flag operation for that end and it started a new cold war. This time the enemy is not communism but terrorism.

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This picture is not from Pahkasika. These guys are involved with the Finnish Islamic Party. I wonder why they are dressed up like going to face some sandstorms of the Middle-East. Seeing someone dressed up like that here in the North gives an impression of a complete idiot (and by the way, I think I haven’t seen a muslim with a lower-lip piercing before).

I wonder also other things about them. Their leader Abdullah Tammi has background in both communism and nazism (yes, he was even a member of the Finnish KDP that was run by past Pekka Siitoin, the most known national neo-nazi). Pretty interesting background for a muslim, eh? If all of that has been bizarre thus far, just wait until you have seen the party’s grand electoral program for the next year:

1) A ban of alcohol sales

2) The option for muslim children to be excused from school music classes and outings to swimming pools.

3) Legal status for ritual animal killing and male circumsion.

4) The eventual introduction of shari’a law in Finland.

Man, it’s going to be a surrealistic show to see these guys in debates the next year. Ban of alcohol in Finland? That’s never going to happen. Also the rest of their goals make these guys to look as out of place as Westboro Baptist Church would be here with their picketing.

I’m not just amused by these bedcloth-bats, though, as all of this reflects the general tendency of Islam’s growth in the North Europe. There are already too many bad stories of what results when this intolerant and aggressive religion gets its feet on a new ground in the West.

P.S. A tip to youngsters who are into “black metal”. Stop mocking a dead horse, Christianity. That is a really lame way to try to rebel against something. If you have balls, start to play anti-Islam metal and you are dealing with something more substantial in this time and place!

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