Thursday, 29 January 2009

Honest Burghers

From the awesome Mark Steyn

Nuclear checkout

I think California may be past the
point of no return:

Berkeley's public library will face a showdown with the city's Peace and Justice Commission tonight over whether a service contract for the book check-out system violates the city's nuclear-free ordinance.

How's that for an opening? In the entire history of civilization, has any human society so ordered its affairs that it would seem entirely normal to combine those words in that order in a single sentence?

And it gets better:

3M, a company with operations in 60 countries, refused to sign Berkeley's nuclear-free disclosure form as required by the Nuclear Free Berkeley Act passed by voters in 1986.

As a result, the library's self-checkout machines have not been serviced in about six months. Library officials say 3M is the only company authorized by the manufacturer to fix the machines, which were purchased in 2004.

The library asked the Peace and Justice Commission for a waiver, but at its Jan. 5 meeting the commission voted 7-1, with two abstentions, to reject the request... "The act is meant to be a blow against nuclear war. We're serious about upholding that."

The way things are going it won't be necessary to nuke the Bay Area.

I chuckled and then thought, how about us? So I Brit-Googled nuclear free northwest and sure enough got something.

Latest news

First nuclear free city in the world remembers the A-bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Published Wednesday 27th July 05 in Business news

Manchester, as the first nuclear free city in the world, will be commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, this August.

In August 1945, atomic bombs instantaneously reduced the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to rubble, taking hundreds of thousands of lives.

The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Mohammed Afzal Khan will be representing the city in Hiroshima, from August 4 -6 for the sixth General Conference of Mayors for Peace.

Read the rest
right here if you like and chuckle or weep as per.
But, what’s going on here?

The old Lefties who were more or less working for the Soviet Union still can’t be thinking the Good Old days are on their way, can they? I mean, really, do they think that Tzar Vladimir Putin is going to sweep across a disarmed Western Europe and help the working people of Manchester reclaim their alienated surplus labour value? Perhaps so – browse in any search engine and use Lenin and see just how many true believers there are still out there.

A Right-wing paranoid afraid of nuclear blackmail or attack by Iran or Pakistan or any other Islamist would-be world purifiers might suspect, just suspect, mind you, that this was part of some plot to disarm and demoralise the West preparatory to just such a case of future blackmail. So that’s bad. Perhaps the islamists have picked up all that old 1980’s should-be-illegal Lefty bureaucracy and is running with the ball to the coming of the Caliphate…

But I think it’s probably something else. And pray it, really.

The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Mohammed Afzal Khan is probably acting simply as a member of the mainstream governing class here.
Despite that it is improper for public funds to spend money on foreign-policy junkets[quaint notion ‘public funds’ – it’s our money, comrade], and despite what I suspect is Manchester City Council’s need for a few quid, perhaps to mend the odd council house roof or to check up that everything’s tickety-boo with its
child protection procedures just in case, you know, they might be able to help a child or two who come onto their books, no rush, no pressing local concern; despite all that , this isn’t about sending anti-nuke coals to the radioactive Japanese Newcastle. Forget the millions that this kind of farrago must be costing local authorities nationwide for the moment – the loss of good services that local administration can justly provide.

It’s all about them. It’s all about the ruling class saying ‘We’re the good guys. We’re for Peace, and you’re either for War, or you’re with us. So, sayonara, humble yeomen of Manchester in your awful deck housing amongst the Incapacity Benefit mills, we’re of to show the world that the Wise and the Good still love you all, and are keeping the warlike tory wolf at bay.’

It’s territory marking. It’s parading power. It’s the solemn procession of our third millennium city fathers before the masses whose goodly governance is their sole concern. It’s a declaration of moral righteousness in the culture war.

Which is why we must fight on, everywhere and anywhere, with whatever force we can to show people what our peaceable, loose, free, family-based and property-respecting responsible culture is like.

Raw Dead Plant Diet Week.
Day Four.

It’s all become clear at last.

My Feinian colleague doesn’t put me on edge because of their absurd faith in social engineering, or their historical ignorance. In fact, it’s not political or ideological at all.
It’s racial.
Looking across the office, my mind clarified by night-on four-days of uncooked vegetables and fruit, my precious bodily juices purified and my rapid-neurons strengthened by privation now allow me to see the truth for the first time. My colleague isn’t an antagonistic human being at all and is in fact as Roswell Grey. I can clearly see the pupil-less black eyes and the Quorn-like alien flesh moving under what is a very good replica of human skin. It’s all so obvious now! Nobody that stupid and ill-informed about the basic facts of life in this country – this planet! – could ever have been brought up here.

Let alone choosing to spend the whole morning discussing a buy one, get one free menu of our local posh grub pub.

Could they?



James Higham said...

Bloody hell!

North Northwester said...

Yep, those old Lefties, they surely know how to put on a show...


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