May 05, 2014
The Week’s Most Treacherous, Lecherous, and Obstreperous Headlines
PICKING AT SCABS IN NORTHERN IRELAND
The Police Service of Northern Ireland arrested Sinn FÃ©in president and suspected former IRA bigwig Gerry Adams on April 30 and held him for questioning about the 1972 abduction, torture, and murder of Jean McConville.
McConville, a mother of 10 who was accused of being an informant for British loyalists, is perhaps the most famous of the 16 people known as “the Disappeared” whom the IRA shot and buried during the “Troubles” that supposedly ended with 1998’s Good Friday peace accord.
The arrest was spurred as a result of oral testimony implicating Adams in tapes made by Boston College that were sealed and confidential but which Irish authorities were able to obtain through legal maneuvering in USA courts.
Irish republicans are calling the arrest politically motivated, since Ireland’s local elections are scheduled for May 23 and Sinn FÃ©in was expected to perform well. They claim that there is ample evidence of collusion and murder by British soldiers and loyalists yet no one is being arrested.
Adams’s supporters have spoken of a “growing anger” regarding his arrest and that it has caused a “tense and potentially quite dangerous” situation that may subvert the nation’s apparently never-ending “peace process.” They compare him to Nelson Mandela, while loyalists suggest that Osama bin Laden is a better analogy.
SLOWLY CHOKING FREE SPEECH TO DEATH
A proposal currently before the US Congress called the “Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014” would require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to
analyze information on the use of telecommunications, including the Internet, broadcast television and radio, cable television, public access television, commercial mobile services, and other electronic media, to advocate and encourage violent acts and the commission of crimes of hate…[and] include any recommendations…necessary to address such use of telecommunications….
There’s absolutely nothing vague, ominous, chilling, or totalitarian about that.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, America’s chief enabler of hate-crime legislation and primary propagandists of the delusion that “hate crimes” are a national epidemic, is now pointing its lances at Web giants Amazon and PayPal, urging them to disgorge 91 “hate groups” that sell their wares on Amazon and receive contributions through PayPal. As is always the case with leftist newspeak, a “hate group” is anyone that the left hates, and the SPLC’s enemies list includes such benign organizations as the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, Tea Party Nation, Catholic Family News, and ALIPAC.
Commenting on the steamrolling putsch against any idea that dares to divert from leftist orthodoxy, comedian Rob Schneider“he of such cinematic meisterwerks as Surf Ninjas, The Animal, The Hot Chick, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry“told a Philadelphia radio host:
Democracies don’t end well. We are sliding very fast towards fascism. It’s an ugly kind of thing. There’s this kind of mob mentality that we have to be careful of….There’s a polarization that’s happening….I do think you look can look at government and go, “Wow, it is out of control now,” and if you do criticize or tend to be not directly along a liberal stand, you can get murdered.
We now forgive you for your films, Rob.
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