Je suis toujours Charlie

I commented on the murders of Charlie Hebdo staff by religious nutters when they happened (mainly here) (and slightly here) and now its the fifth anniversary of the killings it is probably worth noting what has changed in the world.

To be honest I feel this piece by Jonathan Ervine  does a far, far better job than I could ever do about analysing the history and the repercussions so all I can do is add my own thoughts.

Religious murder and persecutions of and by the religious still continue, no surprises but the role of blasphemy in modern life has evolved away from the deity inspired religious to those that have replaced God with their own cult and cult-life figureheads.

You can’t compare murderous zealots with these new heretic hunters because the latter don’t commit murder; but they are two cheeks of the same arse, seeking to hurt you in other ways.  To dox you.  To name and shame you.  To get you fired and to make you unemployable.

All for merely expressing an opinion that, other than being perhaps factually or historically correct, simply offends the opinions of the neo-religious.

Just offends mind.  Nothing else.  Feelings over facts.

And worst of all is that you never really know who the perpetually offend are, well you do but only after the fact in most cases.  In other cases you just learn to avoid them by the past actions and this sadly leads to trust issues and lessens interactions with strangers.

Nothing shows this turnaround more than Angela Merkel

From marching “in solidarity” with the murder Hebdo writers to this

 

I’m not really Charlie.  I’m a tiny blog with a tiny reach, no other online presence with merely a penchant for wanting to point out the comedic hypocrisy of the woke, sometimes through satire, sometimes with direct postings like this.

I choose anonymity so as to hopefully not bring any employers into disrepute as this blog is my own personal feelings.  The comments are open (provided you’ve already had one post approved, these aren’t my rules) and I welcome any discussion, even face to face where I wouldn’t be anonymous.

I would hope the year 2020 will bring about a realignment but I don’t hold much hope.

In the USA; the only country with free speech enshrined as law, support for the 1st amendment has been slipping over the previous decade that we now end up with

What is more strange is that the people driving this want and need do not seem to be aware of just how important free speech is for gaining real equality in society and how it was instrumental in the past to the gains that have been made.

You don’t eliminate the nasty elements of society by not allowing them to speak, or by locking them up and you certainly don’t do it by killing them.  Well technically you do but you are not going to be able to kill everybody you disagree with and they’ll probably be trying to kill you too.

You do it by debating them and showing the error of their thinking.  You can’t win the battle for hearts and minds if your own mind and heart is closed to hearing anything you don’t like.

Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants (Louis D. Brandeis, 1913/14).

This evening I toast the dead and those currently still writing for Charlie Hebdo.

 

Thanks for reading and all the best for 2020.

Leigh, Thick Northerners and the Tory Bulwark

Leigh and thick northerners

I was in the process of thinking about writing and posting this before the election but thought I’d wait having already done a post more recently.

As it turned out I was wrong about Leigh.  A 10,000 majority for Labour swung 12% to a 2,000 majority for the Conservatives.

I woke on Friday to find one of my WhatsApp groups going mental.  Most of my friends are dyed in wool Labour, though really its more an anyone-but-Tory attitude.  Many of them actually knew the new MP for Leigh from their school days.  So a mixture of his win, jealousy and general belligerence was split between insulting the man and insulting the voters of Leigh.  They are all thick, apparently.

Now I’ve not really been good at political predictions, though reading back on my last few posts (wondering if Labour was finished in Manchester) or mulling over the (clusterfuck General Election of 2017) I am actually quite happy that the main drivers in those pieces are quite accurate, at least from a personal point of view.

My internal prediction for the 2019 UK election was a small Tory majority but Labour holding on to their “red wall” heartland seats in the main.  This would then lead to a load of “the right” blaming “thick northerners” for another tricky, stagnant session of Parliament where nothing gets done and we remain in the EU.

How wrong I was.  For of course, a conservative majority of 80 (ish) has now lead to “the left” blaming “thick northerners” for this humiliation.

And the old.

And anyone white.

And anyone English, the Scots and the Northern Irish are OK in some twisted mental gymnastics they are currently performing.

I thought I’d stick my head into beer twitter, to see how much salty crying was diluting their expensive beers and turning them into Gose and it didn’t disappoint.

And so the disconnect will continue.

A 3 year sulk will merge into 8, maybe 13, maybe 18, maybe 20+, until those ignorant narcissists leave their snotty bubble and realise what else is out there.

Best is to see the likes of anti-democrats like Ed Miliband, Yvette Cooper (both crawling in on barely 2000 majorities), Abbott, Thornberry and Jess Philips, all having to live on and off the rancid husk of the party that is left, a nub of self-pity and the future insufficient introspection of the grand sell-out of their core they perpetuated.

If we’re playing guilt by association as is the favourite of pathetic liberals these days; the Labour party, a political party referred to the ECHR for the stain of anti-semitisim that runs through it, from the top to the pits of those that deny it all as smears.  If you voted for this fucking party, if you “held your nose” but still voted for the fucking Labour party, you know exactly what that fucking makes you.

Tory Bulwark

Perhaps it is a self-inflicted wound, I for one do not like to see any party with this much “power” in the main.

But from one point of view, that of free speech and free thought this might be a good thing.  Yes, yes the Tories are no friends of those two things I hold dear to my heart but they are the best of the horrible bunch and definitely far less of a threat than Labour, Greens and the Lib Dems with what their pronouns, GRA changes and their “hate speech” law extensions would have wrought upon us.

Pessimistically, this could all be a pipe dream and maybe we have handed “power” to an “a hard -right cabal” who’ll chip away at hard won rights and freedoms, and if that is the case I’ll be trying to find ways to stop them too but currently this feels like a breathe of fresh air, while all on the left carry on breathing in the own farted out self-righteous opinions.

Like another heady beer blogger opined:

“Feel a bit powerless today? Here’s a few things to do: – Join a union (writers, for us that’s the NUJ) – Invest your time in reading and sharing well produced left-wing news sources such as – Send an official complaint to the BBC for their biased reporting.”

Breathe that shit in deeply, son,  Inflate that bubble along with your ego, you pathetic, violence-endorsing creep.

On a final note, BeerFinderGeneral who was/is a mate does appear to have had one moment of reflection

Cynically I could call this a huge virtue signal but he isn’t/wasn’t that kind of bloke so feel free to get in on it and help those who would rather buy scratch cards than food are in need this Christmas.

 

Thanks for reading and if I don’t post again this year, Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.

Beer People Are…Fans of Assault

Turns out I was wrong and that the guy behind @themadbrewery twitter handle is the guy who “milkshaked” Farage.

It’s amazing how hair loss can change the appearance of a person.

So not only is he now a convicted criminal, unemployed, fat and unnecessarily ugly* he is also losing his hair, and all at 32.  Brian Epstein, Bruce Lee and Mama Cass never achieved this much before they died.

But yeah, political violence…whoo.

When I first saw the news that the guy had pleaded guilty to assault and criminal damage I went in search of his account to find he had locked it again but as per my duff old phone, it allowed me to see all the replies to him and quite a few caught my eye as I recognised their names.

One in particular a Mr. Matthew Curtis

What a total prat.  The kind of bloke, or close approximation*, who hides behind the bully going “yeah!”

Then I noted a fundraiser had been started for the assailant to cover his costs and fines.

Oh…who’s that again…

Now granted you can add any name you want to these things, what is more shocking is the lowly fiver donation, perhaps the beer grift doesn’t pay that well after all, or maybe it is someone pretending to be him (or honestly has the same name).

 

Reading through twitter and the comments on the fund raiser you do have to laugh at the mental gymnastics of it all, especially from the prick that set it up.

How everyone detests Farage so this kind of violence is acceptable.

Detests? Hmmm, a synonym of detests is hate.

And throwing things at people is a crime.

Oh god, these people are justifying a “hate crime.”

 

“He shouldn’t have to face further punishment because he has already lost his job.”

Because only one of either the law courts or an accused employers should be responsible for the sentencing of a criminal.  Shit, if only Ian Huntley was sacked from his job as a caretaker then he needn’t have been convicted of life imprisonment for the murder of two children, really the legal system is all backwards.

It’ll be fun, when part of your future employment is to have your financial transactions combed through.

“Let’s see, it says here Mr. Curtis you like to donate a fair bit to crowd funding sites.”

“Yes, I like to support people within the brewing industry.”

“Can you give us some examples, please?”

“Certainly, apart from my presence as a social media influencer I’ve also donated to getting new equipment for a whole manner of breweries in order that they may expand the out put and also to start ups.”

“Excellent; very commendable, who is this Paul Crowther you’ve donated to, was he the owner of a start up brewery?”

“He was a home brewer who was also convicted of criminal damage and assault.”

“Right.  Thank you for your time.”

 

Lets get this straight.  What anyone does with their own money is up to them but don’t be even so much as questioning someone else’s morals or political persuasions or thought or speech if you’re willing giving your money over to anyone who is a stranger and a criminal.

You may as well donate your money to the Nigerian generals that send you spam requests if that’s your view in life.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

*Red Dwarf, Season Five, Episode 1 – Holoship.

I Fantasise About Throwing Chorlton Brewery’s Battery Acid Beers at Jo Brand

The title is a joke.

It is also a massive lie.

I’ve never fantasised about Jo Brand.  I wouldn’t even rape Jo Brand.  The only time I see her is if she is on my tele and then I quickly change the channel before she makes another witty observation about cake.

I wouldn’t possess any of Chorlton Brewery’s “battery acid” beers to throw at her either as I wouldn’t have bought them, seeing as they are hard to find in Manchester for a start and therefore the only other way of getting them would be to stove in Mike’s head, or any other employee that may still work there, with a brick and steal some.

Of course I wouldn’t do any of that because bestowing physical violence, rape and theft are criminal acts and particularly heinous and nasty ones at that.

Jokes aren’t crimes.

Well, they shouldn’t be but in this day and age words and offence are far more easily taken than given.

Count Dankula – convicted of “gross indecency” for making a joke

He was warning about this.

This blog has been warning about this.

Well, not the general public.  We all carry on working as normal, having a drink and getting on with our lives and then wonder what has happened to the world around us

The mass media, the social media users and the political bubble make up the rules, make up the arguments and the faux outrage and somehow this is how laws are drafted these days.

When I was growing up it was “the right” that got offended by jokes.

In more recent history, back when Frankie Boyle had an edge and hadn’t happily compromised it for a BBC pay check he got in to trouble making a joke about the Queen.

Furore but nothing much happened.  Though Boyle didn’t last much longer on TV after that, mainly because his Channel 4 TV show wasn’t as funny as his stand-up.

This has flipped, sort of, in the last 3 years to “the left” now getting upset at everything.

Danny Baker was sacked for a tweeted joke he made.  He made it in a personal capacity.  Also at the expense of the royal family.  He apologised but in this instance the BBC sacked him.

Jo Brand made a joke about throwing acid instead of milkshakes at people she disagreed with.

And so “the right,” trying to take notes out of the new left’s offence play book have kicked up a fuss to the extent that now our useless and wholly ineffective Prime Minister has stepped in.

Boyle and Brand probably weren’t at the time/aren’t employed by the BBC, contract wise, so short of not hiring them again they can’t do much.  In both of these instances though, the programmes were recorded, edited and then the material was deemed suitable for broadcast.

Which it is.

Because it’s a fucking joke.

Baker, being employed by the BBC, was able to be sacked and as such some would say this “right wing outrage” is merely to highlight the inconsistency shown by the BBC and media in general, towards anyone said not to be on “the left.”

I get that but this action merely greases the slope even more.  It normalises bullshit like this and makes it easier for the police to waste their time investigating non-crimes like this when they should be doing real criminal investigations.  Like wrong think on social media.

 

 

Thanks for reading.

 

(Morrissey x Killdren) – Common Sense + Outrage =

A list of the reasons why bands/the music of certain acts was banned in the USSR.  Of course they aren’t the only (former or current) nation to have such a draconian approach to what art is deemed offensive.

 

Certain Christian groups in the USA thought that AC/DC stood for Away from Christ the Devils Calls (a fine backronym).

When I went to Donnington in 1995 the local vicar wanted to perform a ritual at the ground, so sure was he that Satan himself would appear when the band White Zombie performed.

I’m remembering; though it was before my time, the legendary TV moment the Sex Pistols were interviewed by Bill Grundy (a fine soak of a Lancastrian) and the reporting fury in the next days newspapers about the offence taking at the profanity used before the watershed (9pm UK time), or even at a time of family viewing.

The Sex Pistols launched themselves into mainstream consciousness but I always wonder, please feel free to comment below, just how much impact the wearing of the Nazi version of the Swastika was in offending people because in this day and age, swearing at any time of day is a bit passé but far-right tropes are very hip.

I’m also remembering the Iron Maiden single Sanctuary and this front cover…

This Wikipedia article documents the controversy about this and of “Maggie’s revenge” on a the cover art of a subsequent Iron Maiden single.

Being a fan of the rock and heavy metal genres, offence is something you never can take with any band or artwork or article of clothing within the umbrella because it is a given that it will happen and that is probably why you like the band (other than the music).

The original cover of Guns N’ Roses “Appetite for Destruction” LP.

The Vestal Masturbation t-shirt by Cradle of Filth.

Every song ever recorded by Cannibal Corpse.

But that was before 2016 and life has been very different since then.

The modern life of an outrage story is brief but its echoes can stretch for a while and then even come back in on themselves.

I’ve never got Morrissey, or The Smith for that matter.  I appreciate them in the way I appreciate say David Bowie or Elton John, they are highly talented, clearly successful and even I like a handful of their songs but none of their works are in my record collection.

The same goes for Killdren, who I doubt anyone has heard of and in a short while I doubt anyone will, not because they are bad, or good, music is of course subjective but that they will be able to ride their little wave of notoriety for a few weeks before inevitably fading.

Morrissey; as far as this author is concerned’ is a prissy twat who I have, at least from a stance of liking people who can troll a varied amount of self-identifying groups, gained a marked amount of respect for as I’ve got older.

He continually rankles meat eaters (of which I am one) in a way that the standard whiny veggie or vegan can only dream of but his latest annoyance, as of only the start of last week (say 27th May 2019) was to perform on a US talk show wearing a pin badge for the “far-right” For Britain Party, for which his support seems to be based on his avid animal rights stances.

Queue the outrage train, literally, as Morrissey’s posters for his latest album (hmm, being provocative tied in with the launch of new material, what strange and new behaviour is this?) were taken down from MerseyRail train stations within Liverpool following, one complaint.  Whether the complainant was a full on born and bred member of the self-pity city or just had the misfortune to live/work there we will never know.

Fast forward to today (3rd June 2019) and the latest bit of politically-motivated musical outrage comes courtesy of a “punk” band called Killdren who were set to be performing at the annual designer wellie-booted twat parade that is the Glastonbury music festival.

I once went to Glastonbury; the only vague memory I have of it, the best aspect that is, is that once you were in the grounds you were in.  You could walk from your tent with whatever alcohol you’d brought in with you and you wouldn’t have to leave it outside another designated area if you wanted to go in to see the performances.  Yet they still had bars and people were still buying from them, a revelation.

A acquaintance’s band was also playing there that year, in some pointless small tent at about 2 in the morning.  This is the slot that Killdren were allotted where they could perform their classic work “Kill Tory Scum” and possibly depict the murder and mutilation of conservative members and voters as a way of highlighting how years of austerity have killed thousands of innocent people.

Apparently.

It is all fair comment.  Regardless of you political stance it is a simple, trite and none nuanced way of getting your opinions across and if you can get extra publicity from the offended and its associated one-day tidal wave of shit then everyone is happy.

And you can sell a lot more t-shirts.  Yeah, punk ethos, down with corporate whores.

That in the space of a week the political left and the political right have both been offended by appropriations of opposing politics in artistic form helps me feel comfortable that I am, personally at least, wonderfully surfing in the middle on an free expression tidal bore.

And so, until the next shit tides starts as a ripple I’ll leave you with some Cannibal Corpse.

 

Hmm, not sure why all the water references came in, probably to do with all the salty tears of offence that have been shed and will never stop flowing.

 

Thanks for reading.

UK Police Investigate UK Police for Wasting UK Police Time

Danny Baker is being investigated by the police for a tweet.

People less famous than him are being investigated by police every day for things the put online.

Not threats, not violence, nothing in the least bit dangerous in any rational sense.

Just people putting their thought and opinions online.

For anyone to read.

Or for no one to read.

And the police take action.

Because they are so underfunded and are so stretched that that need to be wasting their time with this shit.

Or even having to be in a position to have to say they are investigating because that is what our current political and social climate demands.

This is backwards.

The world is going backwards

We don’t need revolutions, the clue is in the name, it revolves, we go round in circles.

We need to seriously evolve.

We’ve evolved from apes to then act like apes being offended by a shaved ape tweeting about an ape which is comparable to a slur that compares people to apes.

If people went to the pub and socialised with people in person rather this shit would never be an issue.

Well it might, but then you could physically sort it out, in person, face-to-face by fighting.

Like apes.

This is what drunk blogging reads like.

Now I’m off to have another beer and watch a film.

Planet of the Apes perhaps.

 

Thanks for reading.

I’m A Nazi, I Drink Your Milkshake But I Wouldn’t Even Rape You

Truth be told, I’ve never actually seen “There Will Be Blood” from with the milkshake reference is taken from.

And I’m definitely not a Nazi.

And I not comfortable with using rape in any other context other than a discussion about rape.

But that is just me, whether comfortable or uncomfortable if someone wants to us rape as an analogy, or in a humorous way then have at it.

I’ve been watching the YouTuber known as Sargon of Akkad for sometime, even before he sent his infamous tweet; for those who don’t know the reference the you can view all Sargon’s videos at his account here but to summarise a female UK MP for the Labour party made rather, in the nicest way I can put it, off-colour and childish remarks and actions (fake laughing) at a proposal to discuss men’s mental health and suicides.  It is quite possible that she made an honest mistake and got the wrong end of what was being proposed and for the sake of being magnanimous I will give her the benefit of the doubt.

Because of her interpreted crass behaviour and doing what all shit lords do in order to get a reaction, Sargon tweeted at the MP “I wouldn’t even rape you”

It can be interpreted many ways, it is quite clever when you think about it and to me that is a statement of non-intent but it takes some mental gymnastics to argue that it is a threat to actually rape.  Unless just saying rape out of context is akin to actual rape, which is nonsense.  Anyway ss I stated at the start, it isn’t something I’m personally, particularly comfortable with but I agree that you can use it in the context of a joke, as Carlin does below (then goes on to do a bit that I don’t find humorous, still comedy is subjective).

 

Sargon got his reaction and then everyone went on their way a few hours later, as is the general carry on with social media outrage.

This was at least 3 years ago and as Sargon is now standing for UKIP as an MEP it is apparently now fit for the police to investigate the tweet and to question (BBC link) “how a person who wrote the comments online was allowed to run to be an MEP”

The term “malicious communications” is another wonderfully, open-ended Orwellian charge that can be used to shut down opponents or at least extract money from the unfortunate.

In my opinion Jess Philips (the MP in question) is not an honest actor, she has shown herself time and again to be, at the very least inconsistent and in general just a hypocrite when it comes to dealing with bullying, abuse and misogyny.  She portrays herself as a tough and ready to rumble woman but will happily play the victim when it is advantageous.

Having said that, I obviously never condone abuse, physically or verbally, of anyone, politician or not.

What classifies as abuse is an ever shifting window (all hail the Overton), whereby a simple disagreement can be interpreted as abuse just, well just because it is a disagreement.

It does depend who you are talking to, most normal people like discussion like that, well contested and even with the odd insult thrown in and then there are those that if you have any sort of differing opinion to them then you are a Nazi.

And with all that said, this brings us to Tommy Robinson.

Tommy Robinson is again for me, not an honest actor.  He and Jess Philips are two sides of the same coin, the only difference and it is a big difference, is that Robinson has criminal convictions to his name (and a posh sounding real name that everyone who hates him just loves to keep repeating for some reason).

Last week, Robinson was doing a tour of some towns in the UK, as he too is standing to be an MEP and during his time out in the streets he was hit with numerous milkshakes.  You can probably find the footage online.

Now the instinctive reaction of myself is to laugh when anyone gets hit with any food item.  I’m not a fan of the wastage of food but for comedic value (and to a lesser extent a very strong hint at political dissatisfaction) it is acceptable on that level.

Legally though it is probably assault.

Well, if you are the right kind of person or politician, or person standing to be an elected official.  If you’re Robinson, you’ll just have to wear it well and hope you’re not lactose intolerant as somehow the people that threw the milkshakes become the victim.

It’s like Covington, UK style.

 

I don’t know, the pre-social media age of politics was such a less divided time to witness.

 

 

Which takes us round full to circle to Jess Philips who said she would (Guardian) “knife Jeremy Corbyn in the front” which of course is a paraphrase of well know saying and also, well a malicious communication.

 

Thanks for reading.