Friday, March 13, 2015


The Secret Policeman's Bill
Power is not a means, it is an end.  One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.
George Orwell

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Jason Kenney regrets...

Since about that time, war had been literally continuous, though strictly speaking it had not always been the same war.  For several months during his childhood there had been confused street fighting in London itself, some of which he remembered vividly.  But to trace out the history of the whole period, to say who was fighting whom at any given moment, would have been utterly impossible, since no written record, and no spoken word, ever made mention of any other alignment than the existing one.
George Orwell
Roof of the Rex, ground zero, men who looked like they’d been suckled by wolves, they could die right there and their jaws would work for another half-hour.  This is where the asked you, “are you a Dove or a Hawk?” and “Would you rather fight them here or in Pasadena?” Maybe we could beat them in Pasadena, I’d think, but I wouldn’t say it, especially not here where they knew that I knew that they really weren’t fighting anybody anywhere anyway, it made them pretty touchy.
Michael Herr

Thursday, February 19, 2015

1099 and all that

They were the only Moslems in Jerusalem to save their lives.  The Crusaders, maddened by so great a victory after such suffering, rushed through the streets and into the houses and mosques killing all that they met, men, women and children alike.  All that afternoon and all through the night the massacre continued.  Tancred’s banner was no protection to the refugees in the Mosque of al-Aqsa.  Early next morning a band of Crusaders forced an entry into the mosque and slew everyone.  When Raymond of Aguilers later that morning went to visit the temple area he had to pick his way through the corpses and blood that reached up to his knees.
The Jews of Jerusalem fled in a body to their chief synagogue.  But they were held to have aided the Moslems; and no mercy was shown to them.  The building was set on fire and they were all burnt within.
The massacre at Jerusalem profoundly impressed all the world.  No one can say how many victims it involved; but it emptied Jerusalem of its Moslem and Jewish inhabitants.  Many even of the Christians were horrified by what had been done; and amongst the Moslems, who had been ready hitherto to accept the Franks as another factor in the tangled politics of the time, there was henceforward a clear determination that the Franks must be driven out.  It was this bloodthirsty proof of Christian fanaticism that recreated the fanaticism of Islam.  When, later, wiser Latins in the East sought to find some basis on which Christian and Moslem could work together, the memory of the massacre stood always in their way.

The First Crusade
University of Cambridge Press, 1951
pp 237-8

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

To hell with Sergeant Pavlov...

This time, Stalingrad will be ours.

Pavlov's House

Muslims do not "hate our freedom," but rather, they hate our policies

Link to document

Tuesday, January 13, 2015