Monday 17 September 2012

There's the media's narrative and then there's the truth

In a 2009 episode of the HBO series “Curb your Enthusiasm” the alleged comedian and Seinfeld script writer Larry David, appeared in a scene where he visits the toilet in the home of a Christian family and “accidentally” urinates on a painting of Christ. As a result Mr David's piddle then becomes the source of religious veneration when the “dumb Christians” take it to be a miracle and assume that the picture is weeping.

Despite the widespread offence this scene caused to many Christians, a spokesperson for the at any other time fanatically politically correct cable channel insisted that the portrayal of a Jewish man pissing on our saviour was merely“playful”.

Also, and readers can correct me if I am wrong, after all I may well have been bathing a dog, or painting my toenails at the time and missed it, I have no recollection of any presidents, prime ministers or Secretaries of state giving press conferences to call the episode “disgusting” and “reprehensible” or issuing statements condemning “all those” who offend believers of “ANY” faith.

Likewise, if the FBI did apprehend the writers of “Curb your Enthusiasm” or took them in for questioning, as they has done with the makers of this latest “anti-Islamic” movie, I must also have missed those reports, - perhaps a helpful reader can send me a link.

Once again, I may have been otherwise occupied at the time, but following the depiction of Christ in the Musical “Jerry Springer the Opera” as an effeminate, overweight baby in a diaper, I do not seem to recall any embassies being burnt down, or murdered ambassador's bodies being dragged through the streets by baying and blood thirsty gangs of Christians.

To be fair “Jerry Springer the Opera” did result in protests, but these primarily involved groups of Christians standing outside theatres singing hymns and handing out leaflets, rather than setting fire to buildings and calling for executions. Indeed, according to some accounts, more commotion was caused by audience members objecting to being handed a leaflet than by the Christian protesters themselves.

Of course according to the media, the Muslim world is merely reacting in the same way as followers of any other faith if offended by some cheep internet flick.

A snarling mob of Muslims may have murdered U.S. ambassador, Chris Stevens, his aide Sean Smith and two former Navy SEALs, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty because of an 18 minute YouTube video, but Christians would have done exactly the same faced with similar provocation.

That is the first lie, but only the first of many.

Of course, we have seen this all before, all it takes is an unfounded rumour of a quran being dropped in a toilet or a Danish artist, with an old fashioned belief in free expression, draws cartoon of some old guy with a bomb in his turban, and the devotees of love and peace turn into a howling homicidal mob, intent on telling others what values they should live by.

However, it is the behaviour of the politicians, the media and the “creative establishment” which is most contemptible.

Where, for instance, are all the talking heads who spring up instantly to defend the rights of anyone to make movies or creates images which are offensive to Christians or even to pontificate on the artistic merit of placing a crucifix in a jar of urine or painting the Virgin Mary with Elephant dung? They usually have so much to say, but when it comes to Islam they all fall silent.

Meanwhile the press continually imply that there is a moral equivalence between a video which has been online without causing any upset since July, and murderous, wide spread rioting and arson which spontaneously broke out two months later on the exact anniversary of the September 11th attack on the World Trade centre in New York.

The politicians surpass themselves in hypocrisy, by tempering any criticism of the riots by then criticising the video and then lie by saying that they would condemn equally attempts to offend members of any faith, which we all know they would not, and have not done so in the past.

However, we know that's a lie but does any of it have much credibility?

Certainly anyone who believes that the riots are really a response to a video, which as anyone who has seen it will attest is a cross between a very bad “Naked Gun” with added sand, and some form of “Carry on Up the Jihad”, should not be allowed to drive or handle machinery until they have sobered up. In fact, the violence was planned well in advance and is a response to the commemoration of the slaughter of almost 3,000 people on September 11 2001. We all know that.

However, what about the establishment and the media? Do you really believe their responses? Indeed do they believe any of what they are saying?

Did they ever really believe in the Arab Spring at all?, were they really stupid enough to interpret the uprisings which started in December 2010 and have since completely changed the political make up of the region as demonstrating a craving for a peaceful secular democracy? Were they really that naive? 

Whatever the truth, what we see today, they, our leaders and our media, have helped to create. What we see is a dangerous, unstable strip of nations across North Africa and the Southern Mediterranean, all run by people who hate us, ruling over people screaming for our blood and all of them facing onto Europe.

Meanwhile, millions upon millions of them are already here. The official estimate is that there are 53 million Muslims now living in Europe, however, as with all official estimates of immigration figures it is almost certainly far below the true figure. A number of sources put the actual figure closer to 75 million, (not that much of a stretch given that based on food consumption alone the main four supermarkets estimated in 2008 that the UK population alone was actually between ten and twenty million more than the official figure) If that is true, the real number of Muslims in Europe is roughly equal to the population of Germany in 1939. If you add to that the 70 million Turks whom our leaders, such as Cameron, are desperate to grant access to Europe, you have numbers close to that of the Axis Powers at the beginning of World War II, and they already here amongst us and with a billion more behind them, all facing a West who's people are no longer inclined to fight for their survival.

Across the Atlantic is a long time ally who, under the current administration we can no longer trust to come to our aid especially if we were in conflict with Islam. I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” said Barack Obama or whoever wrote “The Audacity of Hope” for him, in reference to Muslims at a time of international conflict. If he wins in November, we may find how much he meant those words within the next four years.

And it could well be that soon, things have changed so rapidly and so decisively in such a short space of time.

Is this coincidence or was this intended? Was ir due to incompetence, ideological blindness or malevolent design?.

Do we yet realise how much danger we are in? Or are we like the sheep grazing peacefully and placidly in a field we though would never change, so contented and so comfortable that we did not notice the wolves slinking quietly towards us from the woods, until they had us surrounded on all sides and there was no escape. 


Tuesday 11 September 2012

An Update from Colin Flaherty - Author of "White Girl Bleed a Lot

So much stuff is happening with White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it that I thought i would take a minute to update a few folks who have written about it.

One: Thanks to all my readers all over the country for letting me know about recent episodes of racial violence in Chicago, Detroit, Savannah, and at least seven other places.

I just posted links to the latest racial mayhem and lawlessness at White Girl Bleed a Lot

And thanks for the tweets and retweets and letters to the editors and calls to talk radio and all the other things that are pushing this book into some places it needs to be.

I'm very grateful.

Two: I’ll also be posting links to the latest episodes of racial violence, mayhem and denial at They are creating one of their “Lists” for this, some of which get 3 million hits a year. I am told it will appear Tuesday. That could be very interesting.

Three: The success of White Girl Bleed a Lot is also generating interest in another book I wrote at about the same time: Redwood to Deadwood: A 53-year old dude hitchhikes around America. Again.

It made a few lists as one of the best adventure travel books of the year. And I had a lot of fun doing it.

PBS in Philadelphia just did a big story on it. (Redwood to Deadwood on PBS) With another one from PBS scheduled for sometime in the next month.

If you check it out, let me know what you think. You can find it on Amazon or a link to it at White Girl Bleed a Lot.

All the best,

Colin Flaherty
Follow me on Twitter @ColinFlaherty

Monday 10 September 2012

Spot the Difference

British Paralympic medal winners

British Olympic medal winners

Today's BBC report on the Olympic and Paralympic games