Saturday, July 09, 2005

NYC 2012 --- Reality Intrudes ...
New York has lost it's bid to host the Olympic Games in 2012. Many here are disappointed (particulalry the politicians and the developers), but quite frankly, most New Yorkers could give a sow's ear about the Olympics at all. It's not like it's fun anymore now that the Soviet Union is gone.

To begin with, the bid was clearly camoflague -- the real purpose was to get a multi-use stadium built on the West Side of Manhattan. Michael Bloomberg may be a fantastic businessman, but you can't sell 8 million-plus New Yorkers a load of bullshit. New Yorkers would have been quite happy with a West Side stadium (except the wussy Yuppies who are busy gentrifying adjoining Hell's Kitchen) but they would never accept a lie as a reason for bringing it into being. Finally, why would the city go a head and build a stadium when Ground Zero has next to no construction going on at all? Shouldn't there be some priorities around here?

Speaking of Ground Zero, it's become even more of a politcally correct nightmare than one could ever have imagined, but I'll get to this another time.

Quite frankly, speaking as a native New Yorker, who the hell wanted several million (more) tourists and French syncrhonized swimmers around here anyway? Especially when the cost of "hosting" them would far exceed any economic activity they generated, which is usually what happens when the Olympics come to town. And in a city like New York, which is practically controlled by it's labor unions, it would have been sheer political suicide to let Local 3 of the Electrician's Union hold the city hostage with cost overruns for the sake of completing the "Olympic Village"/high-priced Trump-style condos after the fact.

Now, we're not saying we don't want a new stadium or construction or tourists around here, because we do, if only for the jobs and money such things bring in. However, I think it would have been better if the mayor had found another location for it: perhaps at Turtle Bay where there's a stinking cesspool of foreigners in need of eviction at the UN. New Yorkers would readily accept that compromise.

But the Mayor was adamant until it was nearly too late, merely switching to plan B (new Yankee stadium, new Shea Stadium) at the very last minute. In the meantime, the IOC had already decided that New York had less of a chance than Madrid, but only slightly more than Moscow, eventually choosing London, which has now, as we all know, been attacked by terrorists.

New York was never a serious contender anyway. The IOC would never sit still for the massive 9/11 memorial ceremonies that would take place during the Olympic Games, in effect, showing the Olympics up, and the IOC is not all that amenable to America anyway in today's political climate. The Republican Party may choose New York in a show of solidarity, but the IOC won't -- not when a number of the athletes competing will be from Muslim countries. The thinking is that Americans are obsessed with 9/11, and New Yorkers only moreso (of course we are!), and we could only be expected to boo the Muslims and burn them at the stake if we could get our hands on them. In that regard, London was a fine, aleternate choice.

In the light of the events two days ago, however, I wonder what the IOC is thinking now.
While England Slept...
And the same can be said for Spain, France, Germany and Italy. It can be applied to the entire EU-rinal from Ireland to Ukraine, from Oslo to Malta. The countries of Europe have been asleep.

While Europe has slept under the shield of American protection, it has invited a virus into it's host body which will surely kill it. That virus is radical Islamic fundamentalism.

It came with the Algerians who clean the French sewers and ensure that Jean Q. le Publique gets to vacation for four weeks a year, and pay the taxes that enable him to retire and retire at 55. It arrived with the Turks who came to Germany to sweep the streets and which allows Herr Shicklegruber to enjoy his local hospital. The pernicious germ came attached to the Albanians arriving in Italy in record numbers so that Italians can watch their annual Milan-Juventus match without having to worry about their trash being picked up.

The infection exists in the millions of unassimilated Arabs and Muslims living on the crumbs of the societies that they perpetuate with the sweat of their brow and back-breaking labor. The English, French, Germans and Italians are more than willing to let these people live amongst them, provided they do what's required of them (pay taxes, vote for this or that political party), but otherwise wants nothing to do with them.

Well, apparently, that's not going to be the way of things anymore.

There are millions of disaffected, detatched fromt heir homes and their culture, looking for something to cling onto, something to identify with. They're not allowed to be French, they're merely cogs in the machine of the French welfare state, so naturally, they cling to the only unifying and fufilling force they have: their religion.

But that religion has also been infected: by political theories, by moral relativism, by pap psychology. It's no longer a religion in the purest sense --- a moral compass by which the faitful will live their lives. It has instead become the driving force in destroying that to which they cannot belong --- Western Culture.

This is something Europeans seem to be missing. Perhaps because it's Europeans who invented the process of pap psychology, moral relativism, ridiculous political theories and deconstruction that allows evil to fester in their midst without anyone identifying it as such.

Europe has now had two serious wake up calls: one in Madrid and the other in London. You start to wonder when the political leaders will stop hitting the snooze button and do what needs to be done: either assimilate these folks or fight to the death with them. The first option will never happen because to do so would seriously undermine European society. The second will happen because it's the only option the Muslims are laying on the table.
Of Blind Hogs and Acorns...
There's an old expression that states that "even a blind hog finds an acorn every once in a while". Never was that more evident to me than yesterday when a friend of mine in England sent me the text of a speech by London Mayor Ken "Red Ken" Livingstone.

Now Mr. Livingstone is an avowed Communist, which makes him incredibly suspect in my mind. But when faced with the tragedy of the London Tube Bombings, Mr. Livingstone pulled out an utter gem of elequence that neatly sums up British resolve to stay the course in the face of Islamonazis.

For your reading pleasure, via an e-mail from Gene Reynolds (a Yank over the pond), I give you Mr. Ken Livingstone:

"This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful. It was not aimed at Presidents or Prime Ministers. It was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jew, young and old. It was an indiscriminate attempt to slaughter, irrespective of any considerations for age, for class, for religion, or whatever.

That isn’t an ideology, it isn’t even a perverted faith - it is just an indiscriminate attempt at mass murder and we know what the objective is. They seek to divide Londoners. They seek to turn Londoners against each other. I said yesterday to the International Olympic Committee, that the city of London is the greatest in the world, because everybody lives side by side in harmony. Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack. They will stand together in solidarity alongside those who have been injured and those who have been bereaved and that is why I’m proud to be the mayor of that city.

Finally, I wish to speak directly to those who came to London today to take life.

I know that you personally do not fear giving up your own life in order to take others - that is why you are so dangerous. But I know you fear that you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society and I can show you why you will fail.

In the days that follow look at our airports, look at our sea ports and look at our railway stations and, even after your cowardly attack, you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners and to fulfil their dreams and achieve their potential.
They choose to come to London, as so many have come before because they come to be free, they come to live the life they choose, they come to be able to be themselves. They flee you because you tell them how they should live. They don’t want that and nothing you do, however many of us you kill, will stop that flight to our city where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another. Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.”
"They'll Always be An England...."
I'm going to assume that no one who reads this will have ever heard of Vera Lynn (unless you're either a WWII buff or a Pink Floyd fan). Ms. Lynn was an English chantruese who helped solidify British resolve to beat the Nazis in the 1940's by singing little ditties that reminded people of just what they were fighting for.

It wasn't just for King and Country. There was a culture of Englishness, that was both unique and natural, that needed to be maintained (and not just for sentimental reasons) because it was inherently good, while the Axis was inherently evil.

In today's morally-relative world, the concepts of "good" and "evil" are sometimes likened to the use of a racial epithet and it is believed that by doing away with such "conventional" distinctions we'll somehow create a better world. This kind of thinking never really computes, however. There is a grave difference between calling someone a "nigger", for example, and entering a crowded subway station and igniting an explosive that kills someone. One is merely a calculated act of ignorance whilst the other is a calculated act of murder. Ignoring both the intent of either act or the ramiofications it unleashes, does nothing to better mankind or to alleviate the motivating factors behind them. In order to fight evil, one must be first prepared to define just what evil is, and further be prepared to identify it when one sees it.

A racial epithet is nasty, but it's necessarily evil. Blowing up businessmen, tourists, laborers and policemen to forward a twisted ideological mindset which masquerades as religion, is.

Good and evil do exist, and not as mere adjectives that one can apply to one and not another depending upon your political whims. The "good" England of Vera Lynn's day was a beacon of civilization and civility, the rule of law, and the ability of a people, across a broad spectrum of wealth and class, heritage and language, to band together to fight a common enemy for a common purpose. It was the England of comunity. The "evil" it was fighting against was one of the rule of the dictator, the marching of populations into servitude and death, and the ideology of hate as a national virtue.The very core of Nazi ideology was barbaric inhumanity.

The England of that day fought to remain not only English, but to remain HUMAN. The spearpoint of Nazi barbarism was countered by the shield of English community and humanity. The concepts of politics, freedoms, economics and social forces are merely secondary to the main thrust of English resistance in 1939-45: we have seen evil and hate it, in fact, we'll destroy it.

And so the same holds today.

The same London that burned under the bombers of the Luftwaffe, the doodlebugs and the V-2, and emerged victorious, will again stand up to the Nazis of the 21st century and similarly emerge victorious. Times and attitudes may have changed in post-War Britain, but it takes more than that to emeliorate the inbred virtues of a people. The Churchillian race of the Bulldog British will once again emerge, counter the threat at it's doorstep and triumph.

History, after all, does repeat itself.
I've been busier than a one-legged man at an ass-kicking contest recently, so I have not been able to spew on here as much as I would have liked. I apologize to three or four fellow misfits that might actually hit this page.

In the meantime, there's been a ton of stuff happening elsewhere. London has been bombed by depraved Islamonazis. New York City has lost it's bid to host the Olympic Games. Cats and Dogs have signed as peace treaty at an historic summit in Helsinki (not really).

But fear not, gentle reader, I will take a crack at all of these subjects, and more.