[date Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 11:36 AM]
Catholic or not (Fish Friday myths and reality statements abound on the Intertubes), the expression “something’s fishy about this”, or as Shakespeare stated “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” usually means a corruptness is in the offing.
Had Shakespeare expressed the sentiment slightly different (something fishy in the state of Denmark) it would allow a different interpretation, for who is the national symbol of Denmark? You got it, the little Mermaid –
Certainly fishy-like, but more of a unique or pleasant surprise….. nay, not strong enough. More like a bloody miracle!
It is with this thought in mind I present to you a sign. A sign of a miracle. Perhaps, indeed, a miracle itself!
Here is an incredible bit of video (from cjunk.blogspot.com ) of Austrian MP Ewald Stadler addressing the ambassador of Turkey –
A must see on this fishy Friday.
The attempted persecution of Geert Wilders in the Netherlands is not finished but it is loosing it’s political energy. As is the persecution of Elizabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff in Austria.
The rise of the EDL in Britain as a populist movement opposing the Muslim onslaught. Tonnes and tonnes of events around the western world stating “Enough!”
These are more than anomalies. These are cracks in the “politically correct” progressive facade. It gives me hope that a terminal case of reality might infect the world…. Wholly cheering and uplifting. Hallelujah!
Conflict is necessary. Conflict is healthy. Conflict can cure a festering wound BEFORE it becomes a gangrenous stench threatening the entire body. Politic or otherwise. Conflict does not necessitate violent means, but having the walk to back up the talk adds credibility, and ensures concentration! I introduce and discuss methods of confrontation in my workshops. Confrontation is unavoidable – learn how!
Then (of course) more “reality” sets in to bring on a gloomy, Okanagan-ish, winter landscape.
The United Nations (a misnomer if ever one was) comes out with this bull shit (via SondraK.com ):
Last week, the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly voted on a special resolution addressing extrajudicial, arbitrary and summary executions. The resolution affirms the duties of member countries to protect the right to life of all people with a special emphasis on a call to investigate killings based on discriminatory grounds. The resolution highlights particular groups historically subject to executions including street children, human rights defenders, members of ethnic, religious, and linguistic minority communities, and, for the past 10 years, the resolution has included sexual orientation as a basis on which some individuals are targeted for death.
The tiny West African nation of Benin (on behalf of the UN’s African Group) proposed an amendment to strike sexual minorities from the resolution. The amendment was adopted with 79 votes in favor, 70 against, 17 abstentions and 26 absent … significant for its clarity of message: “It’s okay to kill the gays.”
In favor of the amendment to remove sexual orientation from the UN resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (79 nations):
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brunei Dar-Sala, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Opposed to the UN amendment to remove sexual orientation from the resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (70 nations):
Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Micronesia (FS), Monaco, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela
Abstain (17 nations):
Antigua-Barbuda, Barbados, Belarus, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Colombia, Fiji, Mauritius, Mongolia, Papau New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
Absent (26 nations):
Albania, Bolivia, Central African Republic, Chad, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Marshall Island, Mauritania, Nauru, Nicaragua, Palau, Sao Tome Principe, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Togo, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan
Reviewing the “countries” listed, there seems to be a lot of sexual insecurity in the world of the Musselman.
Aren’t they the practitioners of “bacha bazi”? –
This is not a vote on persecution of “alternate” lifestyle. I smell $$$, and lots of $$$ as foreign aid, or treaties, or tariffs, or ??? Just take a look at how South Africa, Russia, China, Turkey (for some examples) voted.
I admit I’m not a “grand master” chess player of diplomacy. Hell, I’m not even a checker player. More like tick-tack-toe, or tiddly winks.
You could argue that the objective of the resolution is to further “align” with the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, declared and adopted in 1948:
Those countries who abstained, were absent, or voted for the amendment would have difficulty meeting the first 3 articles of the Declaration, let alone all 30…..
Did you know John Peters Humphrey, a Canadian, was the principal drafter of the Declaration? At the time, the following countries voted in favor – Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.
My point? Voting doesn’t make it so. Just like the Global Warming® IPCC cluster f**k, it doesn’t matter how many people “vote” for, against, abstain, or leave the room. It is how you walk the walk. That is the reality.
Henry Ford said “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking“.
Another expression of the same sentiment in a song. A toss up whether to use this one from the “Man in Black”:
or this one from a bunch of grave diggers:
Answer this question. If North America has outsourced its industrial base to “off shore” entities, why in the world do we need an open door immigration policy? Why is it “good” for Canada and the United States to encourage multiculturalism and diversity while opening the border to immigrants who have no intention of adapting to or adopting the cultural norms of the host country? Indeed, the cultural shock is off the top of the Richter scale for both entities! Just what “jobs” are these immigrants filling?
And don’t give me a bunch of (to quote my father) “happy horse shit” about holding hands around the globe kumbaya ecstatic we are the world final destination when the lion lies with the lamb Nirvana.
There is no Nirvana in this world. Ask Kurt Cobain. Nor is there any necessity for Nirvana, other than an abstract concept. The world is fine just as it is. Another Henry Ford quote:”Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward“.
On another front, WE ARE NOT ALONE! An alien life form lives among us, using arsenic as a basic building block (we use phosphorus). Too cool! Check it out here….. five TED talks for context:
What a wonderful world!
Finally, Bernie Planck suggests a “Miss TSA 2011” pin-up calendar:
Based on the Eiso 2010 calendar – http://www.coloribus.com/adsarchive/prints/eizo-july-13691155/
Have a smelly Friday everyone!
Joe (Fishmonger) Mekanic
p.s. Thank you Jimmy Brandon, for exposing me to the excellence of Lucinda Williams’ music all those years ago. I still thrill to her voice, melodies, and lyrics. Some favorites today (weather inspired): Ventura, I Envy the Wind, Sweet Old World, and Blue, which I’ve attached to this note….. If I ever go to a concert again, I expect it will be hers.
p.p.s. Ramirez is art!