Archive for August 24th, 2009


Oh yes… how am I?  Well the last five days were hell.  Then yesterday after multiple v’s and muscle relaxers I stumbled off to bed at 3pm and got up at 8:30pm.  Felt like the dog’s dinner and like I’d been run over, but one of the nerves has finally up and died.  Only one painkiller today which has me so happy I could dance a jig.  So sick of pills and pain.  I’m not pain-free but I have coping skills to deal with this level of discomfort.  I truly am in a good mood today, even for a cranky person.


Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice Minister expressed unhappiness  about the fanfare-filled welcome-home bash for Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi on his return to Libya.  He was assured that it would be low-key, he said of the Libyan authorities.  Then said MacAskill:

Instead the Libyans provided Megrahi with a welcome that “showed no compassion or sensitivity to the families of the 270 victims of the Lockerbie bombing.”

Well, you should feel in good company, Mr. MacAskill, because you yourself showed none to the families of the victims of Megrahi and Libya.  In fact, you did worse.  You took the scant consolation that was the barest minimum required for justice, and you turned it to bitter ashes and made those families eat it.

You are now a member of the club made popular by Lenin  – the Club of Useful Idiots.

You are part of an less and less rare breed as time goes by – a breed made of of some of the most lily-livered, reality-denying, unicorn chasing, candy-assed, milquetoast wankers known to humanity – those who believe that if you just act nice enough the bad people will come over and give a great big wet kiss and group hug.


I long for the day when the US can be a satellite member of the European Union.  That they care enough to police speech is heartwarming.

I had to laugh… WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS THAT ARE TABOO:  “whiter than white”,“gentleman’s agreement”, “black mark”, “right-hand man”.  Not a one of these ever held a second, more sinister racially-charged or sexually demeaning definition for me, ever… until now.  Thanks for that, bedwetters.

[The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission] points out that certain words carry with them a “hierarchical valuation of skin colour”. The commission even urges employees to be mindful of the term “ethnic minority” because it can imply “something smaller and less important”.

The National Gallery in London believes that the phrase “gentleman’s agreement” is potentially offensive to women and suggests that staff should replace it with “unwritten agreement” or “an agreement based on trust” instead. The term “right-hand man” is also considered taboo by the gallery, with “second in command” being deemed more suitable.

I mean, some of this doesn’t even make sense.

The Learning and Skills Council wants staff to “perfect” their brief rather than “master” it.

Advice issued by the South West Regional Development Agency states: “Terms such as ‘black sheep of the family’, ‘black looks’ and ‘black mark’ have no direct link to skin colour but potentially serve to reinforce a negative view of all things black.

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