Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Blessed are the Cheesemakers...

Life of Brian
The People's Front of Judea, or is it the Judean People's Front?

Spectator I: I think it was "Blessed are the cheesemakers".
Bearded Man's Wife: Aha, what's so special about the cheesemakers?
Bearded Man: Well, obviously it's not meant to be taken literally; it refers to any manufacturers of dairy products.
Recently, I was indulging in a bit of irony tourism at the Irish indymedia site's hilarious coverage of a noted Irish "peace activist":

Mary Kelly, an Irish nurse and mother of four, peacefully disarmed a USAF warplane in Shannon on Jan 29th 2003 by taking a hatchet to the nose-cone installation.
So, to paraphrase the noble words of Isiah (2:4),
"..they shall beat their swords into hatchets...and nation shall not peacefully disarm nation..."
Those of us who read Blog Irish will recall that Mary has a somewhat ecletic group of friends, and at the time of the celebrated siege of Bethlehem, had to make her apologies for not turning up to collect an award - named after a man convicted of gun-running for Ireland's best-known internationally-active NGO - at a gala dinner for supporters of Republican Sinn Fein and the Continuity IRA, as reported at the time in the Indo media.

Another story, from activist Fintan Lane, describes another "peaceful" action at the Phoenix Park:
At this stage a small group at the front, acting in a spirit of non-violent civil disobedience, decided to push against the Garda lines to indicate, in a symbolic way, their displeasure at the curtailment of our right to protest... As this was happening, a stick, a few crumpled beer cans, and, apparently, a bottle were hurled in the direction of the gardai by no more than three or four individuals standing well back from front line.
Maybe I'm being thick, but don't these guys seem to have a strange idea of peace?

There's more PFJ vs. JPF antics, particularly in this thread about a vote on boycotting Coca-Cola at Belfield. Deng Xiaoping famously said that it didn't matter whether the cat was black or white, as long as it caught the mice; these eejits seem to operate on the principle that it's imperative to minutely examine each fine hair of the cat to decide what colour it is, never mind catching the mice.

Peter 笔德