Boinkers, I tell you. He's like Cool Hand Luke, this Bellesiles fellow. I mean, he just won't give up.
Do you remember that scene in the film (and if you haven't seen it, shame on you. Go ye forth and rent it immediately) when Dragline had obviously whipped the lumps out of poor Luke, but ol' Cool Hand just wouldn't stay down? Remember how you couldn't decide if you pitied him for his obstinate stupidity or admired him for his bulldog-courage and perseverance?
I don't see this choice as a being a tough one, in the case of Mr. Bellesiles.
Some birthday greetings are in order this morning. A very happy birthday to the LushPundit himself, Stephen Green. I'm glad to hear 33 is being good to you so far. I'm dreading it myself.
And extra-special, warm and fuzzy birthday wishes go out to my bestest bud, who will be turning (XcensoredX) on Sunday. Tomorrow's the grand bash, complete with bands, booze, and the really Big Sandwich, which will no doubt be followed on Sunday by pounding headaches and desperate attempts to recall the events of said bash after about 11 PM.
So HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAY BEE! You're one of the greatest gals I've ever been lucky enough to call "friend". Let's boogie, dollface!
Here's some interesting info on homegrown support for the Lying Bastard and his peace-seeking organization:
H. Res. 132 Recognizing the historical significance of the sacrifices made by the Irish Republican hunger strikers of 1981 and the subsequent political impact their actions had on the Northern Ireland peace process.
Presumably, most of Congress found it so laughable, they quickly buried it in committee. But shame on Michael Capuano for even introducing it, and the 33 representatives that co-sponsored it. Some of these people were "sacrificing" because they had killed police officers and innocent civilians.
Lying Bastard Saga, Part II: "There is 'nothing to back up these assertions,' [Gerry] Adams said, after a U.S. House of Representatives committee said it had uncovered links between the IRA and Marxist rebels in Colombia."
From the U.S. Committee on International Relations: "On August 11, 2001, two members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) along with a representative of Sinn Fein, the IRA’s political wing, were arrested by Colombian authorities in Bogota after leaving territory in southern Colombia controlled by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a designated foreign terrorist organization. The three men were carrying false passports and were found to have traces of explosives on their belongings. Two of the Irish nationals were the IRA’s leading explosives and mortar experts, who have since been charged by the Colombian government with aiding the FARC in developing new urban warfare capabilities."
The official response by Gerry "It depends on what you mean by 'terrorist'" Adams, on Henry Hyde's invitation to explain himself and the activities of his organization in Colombia:
``Let me begin by saying at the outset that I have written to Henry Hyde, the Chairperson of the Committee on International Relations, declining his invitation to attend the Committee on International Relations Hearing.
I have offered to meet the Committee the next time I am in Washington.
My priorities in approaching this important matter have been to defend the peace process, to defend Sinn Féin's essential contribution to it, and to give proper consideration to the plight of the three men presently in detention in Colombia, their right to a fair trial and the anxieties of their families.
I have received legal advice from the lawyers representing the three men in Colombia. It argues that the Congressional hearings and my presence at them may well be prejudicial to any possibility of a fair trial.
It is also my view that the hearings are only co-incidentally about Ireland. They are essentially about the relationship between the USA and Colombia. These matters are for the governments of these two countries.
I am satisfied with the IRA statement of September 19th last year in which the IRA leadership made it clear that it `sent no one to Colombia to train or to engage in any military cooperation with any group.'
Crucially, the IRA asserted that it `has not interfered in the internal affairs of Colombia and will not do so. And it went on, `the IRA is not a threat to the peace process in Ireland or in Colombia.'
In my conversations with US officials and with political representatives 1 have made it clear that Irish republicans, whether as ordinary citizens or as activists have no desire to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.
We have a desire to learn from other conflict resolution processes and if possible to be helpful to those who want to build peace.
Irish republicans pose no threat to US National Security interests in Colombia.
Anyone who observes our record and our role in the peace process will know our commitment to peace in our own country and throughout the world is steadfast.''
For those of you fortunate enough to not be familiar with the British National Party, let's just say that they're the largest collection of pigs in Britain not deliberately bred for slaughter, and aren't generally served at Easter dinner with a rosemary garnish.
A brief from their manifesto, on immigration:
On current demographic trends, we, the native British people, will be an ethnic minority in our own country within sixty years. To ensure that this does not happen, and that the British people retain their homeland and identity, we call for an immediate halt to all further immigration, the immediate deportation of criminal and illegal immigrants, and the introduction of a system of voluntary resettlement whereby those immigrants who are legally here will be afforded the opportunity to return to their lands of ethnic origin assisted by a generous financial incentives both for individuals and for the countries in question. We will abolish the ‘positive discrimination’ schemes that have made white Britons second-class citizens. We will also clamp down on the flood of ‘asylum seekers’, all of whom are either bogus or can find refuge much nearer their home countries.
Meaning: anyone who so much as carries a good tan will either be re-patriated or shot.
I can't say I take issue with their description of the EU as a "castle of fraud and lies", but otherwise, these folks seem to be pushing slick jargon as a front for nasty racism. I hope, for their own sake, British voters are smart enough to see through this crap.
As of yet, only the "Real IRA" are classified as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). This means conducting fund raisers for either the IRA or the Sinn Fein or any of their representatives is perfectly legal in the United States.
Meanwhile, Executive Order 13224 (Blocking property and prohibiting transactions with persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism) defines the term as such:
(d) the term “terrorism” means an activity that —
(i) involves a violent act or an act dangerous to human life, property, or infrastructure; and
(ii) appears to be intended —
(A) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(B) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(C) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, kidnapping, or hostage-taking.
Sounds like Mr. Adams and the folks in his outfit fit the bill.
Now, after brief indulgences with mice, pooh bears, and explorations into the legitimacy and political motivations of the rats of NIMH setting up colony in Thorn Valley, GWAC returns to its regularly scheduled programming...
Mr. Public Interest has temporarily (er, let's hope) re-named his site "Give Mice A Chance", presumably in response to my suggestion that he employ heavy artillery in his current bout with vermin invasion.
Give mice a chance? A chance to do what? Reproduce exponentially? Introduce you to the plague? Cover your kitchen and living space with their bacteria-infested spittle? I'll give mice a chance. A chance to eat hot death. As far as I'm concerned, until the beady-eyed bastards learn to be self-sufficient like those mice in The Secret of NIMH, they're a fair hunt on my turf.
Asked about the Prime Minister's meeting with the Leader of the Opposition earlier today, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said he had no intention of getting into detail about what had been discussed given the case in question was currently before the courts. However, as the Opposition Leader had stated, the Prime Minister had assured him that we took any alleged threat seriously.
The Good Friday Agreement was about bringing all forms of paramilitarism to an end. We accepted that we were not there yet. Nevertheless, we believed that significant progress had been made at the start of that process, as witnessed by the two acts of decommissioning.
And of the recent acts of acquisition?
Er, um, well, *gulp* We will not negotiate with terrorists! I believe the Prime Minister has made himself very clear on this point. Now if you'll excuse me, I must leave to attend a meeting with senoir officials of the IRA and Sinn Fein.*
*again, the non-official response.
UPDATE:Er, did we say senoir? We meant senior! Blame it on the Bushmills, no...blame it on the British hierarchy! Or evil imperialism! Better yet, let's just say it's all Briffa's fault! He's the one who wanted to be in the awful pop band! He's the one who encourages evil towards defenseless animals! He's the one who, er, um, huh...lives...somewhere in ...England! Yeah! Die English Pigs!
So much as this might be considered a response, here's what the Sinn Fein folks are saying:
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has warned that there are `sustained efforts to create an entirely contrived crisis in the Peace Process'.
Speaking in Tralee Mr. Adams asked whose interests are served by the series of media stories based on anonymous sources.
``The two governments and particularly the British Government need to be very circumspect about how they respond to the current flurry of media speculation.
``Threats by anti-agreement unionists to take action against Sinn Féin are nothing new. Some of them have built political careers on the word `No'. Neither is it surprising that the British Tories are also exploiting the twists and turns in the Irish Peace Process in their battle with the Labour government. In government, the Conservatives failed to build on the opportunities for peace which existed at that time. In opposition they are even more calculated. The way they ended bi-partisanship shows this.
``But of course the chief culprits in the present controversy are the failed and faceless manipulators in the Special Branch and British Intelligence services. Everyone needs to be very sceptical about stories emanating from these elements or their surrogates.
``They are actively endeavouring to undermine the Sinn Féin leadership and our efforts to promote the Peace Process. Let me make it clear, we will not be deflected from this task. Sinn Féin is wedded to the Peace Process and to bringing about the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. This is what our opponents are trying to stop. They will not succeed.
``It is obvious, despite ongoing provocations, that the IRA also is continuing to make a huge contribution to this process. The recent initiative by the IRA leadership to put weapons beyond use is evidence of that. As I said before after the recent raid on Castlereagh and the astonishing claim that this involved republicans, our party will not be scape-goated.
``Neither will we acquiesce to anyone undermining the rights and entitlements of our electorate. The rights and entitlements of all sections of the electorate have to be upheld not threatened or subverted.''
Somebody call Oliver Stone. I think we've found the plot of his next movie.