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NRA lets out a stifled “Yay!” as Trayvon Martin case leads to black men exercising their right to bear arms.

Posted by Jason O on Jul 21, 2013 in Not quite serious., US Politics

National Rifle Association leaders have expressed delight at the decision of the Reverend Al Sharpton and Reverend Jeremiah Wright to call for all African American men to form themselves into armed militias, as is their right under the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

A spokesperson for the gun rights group also expressed support for the decision of pro-gay rights groups, Arab-American groups, the Occupy movement, the American Socialist Party, welfare and food stamp support organisations and pro-choice organisations to also begin to heavily arm themselves into “Liberal Militias”.

The spokesman, who sweated increasingly during a press conference as the various groups made their announcements, stuttered a few times as he welcomed the rights of all Americans to exercise their right to bear arms. In response to a specific question, he replied: “Yes, I’m sure all our members are delighted at the idea of every African-American man carrying an assault rifle when out walking through white neighbourhoods, as is their right.”

He was then seen screaming at his PA to order more ammunition.

In other news, the anti-death penalty movement has, pending its abolition, called for the death penalty to be extended to white collar and financial crimes. John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives remarked: “Eh, let me get back to you on that.”


We’ll miss The Troika when they’re gone.

Posted by Jason O on Jul 21, 2013 in Irish Politics

Anyone remember “Avon”, from “Blake’s Seven”? Avon was initially a baddy, an embezzler and self-serving criminal played by Paul Darrow, who became, arguably, the most popular character on the BBC science fiction show. His character was blunt, rude, caustic, yet audiences loved him because he turned out to have, beneath it all, a decent streak. But most importantly, deep down, the audience knew where they stood with Avon, because he confronted them with ugly truth and harsh reality. You knew where you stood.

The Troika are our Avon. Their title has become the byword for blame and finger pointing, the source of angst and woe. Yet any reasonable person would accept that all The Troika did was hold up a mirror to us, and ask questions that for a generation the people WE chose to elect refused to ask, and hid under a cloud of guff about social justice and solidarity and “resources”.

The Troika have been the most consistently honest factor in Irish politics in the last decade. Unlike our own leaders in Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Fein, The Troika told us things that made us angry even though we knew they were true. In particular, they confronted us with the most offensive statement in Irish politics: if you want the government to spend a euro on someone, first it has to tax that euro off someone else. That sort of strong language has rarely had a place in Irish politics. Just watch, when The Troika has departed, how slowly our elected leaders will be to point out the fact that austerity is not a construct of The Troika, but the way things are going to be from now on.

Some people say that The Troika is undemocratic. Certainly, I’d love to see them on a ballot paper.

Primarily so that I could vote for them to stay.

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