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An Occasional Guide to Irish Politics: The Pro-Choice Bigot.

Posted by Jason O on Sep 21, 2011 in Irish Politics, Not quite serious.

She delights in sneering at people with religious beliefs. Not Jews or Muslims, of course, because even though she holds their beliefs in equal contempt as with the Christians, she recognizes that it is only acceptable to chastise certain faiths. But Christians are fair game.

Not for her the internal dialogue of the Catholic, in dispute with their church over the life of the unborn versus the life of the mother, and seeking a genuine truth through prayer. Not for her the Protestant who finds in her faith a set of values that provide comfort to guide her through life’s journey. Not for her even an attempt to understand the immovable object versus irresistible force that is the debate of a possible life that nature has chosen to house within another, and all the medical and philosophical and emotional and spiritual questions it raises. If you question her view, you are a hater of women and a medievalist and an enslaver.

No, these are untermensch, people who may as well be praying that the Sun will rise in the morning and therefore are to be ridiculed and mocked and, with a few glasses of wine in her, surrounded by friends with copies of The Guardian scattered about the place, to be supressed for Hate Crimes, perhaps even Thought Crime itself.


A book I really enjoyed: Dark Horse.

Posted by Jason O on Sep 21, 2011 in Books, US Politics

Thoughtful and entertaining.

Thoughtful and entertaining.

As I’ve written previously on the blog, I’ve a taste for second-hand political fiction or thrillers from the 1960s and 1970s. I recently read “Dark Horse” by Fletcher Knebel, who was a well-known novelist of the time (He wrote the bestseller “Seven Days in May”, which became an excellent movie starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas).

The novel is set weeks before a US presidential election, where the Republican nominee dies suddenly. Party bigwigs meet to anoint a new candidate, and select a minor transportation official from New Jersey, Eddie Quinn, as a placeholder candidate. Quinn then proceeds to cause a political sensation by talking honestly.

It’s an enjoyable tale, but what really is interesting is the way Knebel, who was also a political correspondent, paints a picture of a Republican party which although to the right of centre, was light years from the party it has become today.

On top of that, the book goes into detail on the political issues of the day and Quinn’s left-of-field solutions to them, including a fascinating suggestion to require prisoner officers to secretly spend time every year in another prison as a prisoner, on the basis that they’d treat prisoners better if they knew that some of them could be POs themselves.

It is, of course, dated, but that’s part of its appeal. This is politics before the marketing consultants took over, and all the more fun for it.

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