Time of the Snakes

Cunning Hired Knaves


Over the weekend, as I was thinking about events relating to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, I started to feel as if the whole thing had been concocted as some sort of personal insult. This felt strange: an Irish government perpetrates social outrages all the time, and my expectations of Ireland’s justice system could scarcely be lower.

I think it was the vehemence of Enda Kenny’s initial statement, the one broadcast as the headline news on RTE Radio 1’s 6.01pm bulletin, that gave things a different quality. My expectations of Enda Kenny could scarcely have been any lower to begin with. Unlike many, I don’t consider him to be ‘my’ Taoiseach. The personalised soft-soap treatment afforded to senior political figures, their boiling down to first name terms, such as ‘Enda’, or ‘Lucinda’, or ‘Bertie’, is something that makes my skin creep.

If Enda Kenny comes across as dim-witted in his…

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Watery, Grave

Watery, Grave.

Political Definitionary 5. – New Era

A new name for same era

Political Definitionary 4. – Greatest little country in the world

 Dog shit on a door step.

Partners in Europe

 A relationship built on a mutual understanding of a shared endeavour of inequality

Good Europeans

Good Europeans: – A good European is a subservient wife. And thus Ireland must acknowledge her commitment to the conjugal rights of the continental breakfast. What crumbs will be left when the patriarchs of calamity are done fucking right?

The Political Definitionary – A diction devised by an addiction to add vice to advice

  1. Flexible labour market or, economic waterboarding: A euphemism for exploiting at bargain basement prices the services of the desperate in the pursuit of profit. A people willing to bend to the will of their “betters” and absorb whatever pressure is brought to bear and do whatever shit is asked of them to fulfil their barely achievable survival needs all the while adopting the role of engineers for profiteers, the benefit of their benefactors. All this achieved through a policy of worker insecurity. A concept of keeping the subjected afloat in a job with their heads kept barely above water and whose purpose is constantly weighed down under the threat of dismissal, pleasently euphemised under the auspices of incentive. In other words it is to throw a drowning person a lifejacket while simultaneously tying weights to their feet

Punk Rock Is Bullshit? A bullshit response to John Rodericks Seattle Weekly’s March 6th article

Punk Rock Is Bullshit?

Find common denominator, reduce to cliché, look up thesaurus and repeat. Find the self-righteous in you, express it in a vacuous bucket full of shit sort of way and rub in vigorously. Essentially, acquire tried and tested techniques of generalisations and stereotypes that you would expect from a right wing tabloid, and dress it in Christopher Hitchens cheese and wine establishment critique. A sort of Everett True genetically modified using John McGuirks DNA. Now I’m starting to repeat myself.

Punk rock did not have a single set of motives. It may not have defeated Thatcherism or Reaganism, but, at what point is this particular music being measured by a standard no other has been held to? It influenced people to think for themselves and challenged the homogenised conservative ideological backwater this inward thinking punch drunk fuck nut just churned out. It was its unhinged confrontation within the medium it emerged kicking and spitting from that made it more challenging and unique for its time and in a historic sense.

The irony I’m sure is not lost on him (or is it?) after putting so much effort into realising it, is that, he is trying to put the boot in on punk. How? In as punk rock a manner as he can. Maybe that’s the point. Only problem is though, Crass beat him to it by 35 years, and did it much more effectively, by declaring it dead. Not like some revisionist historian trying to justify their book by rearranging conveniently defined stats to push their agenda on who was the biggest monster of the 20th century, they redefined the parameters by kicking punk’s teeth in. This pisstaker on the other hand is too self satisfied to give credit to. You can dress up the wording any way you like, you can eviscerate yourself, be as indignant, as passionate as you want but, even with the added horsemeat, it’s still just a burger.

Punk was/is a medium of music built to challenge the prevailing sentiments and expose the fraudulence of its environment; clearly he was listening to something else. In fact, some of what he considers the bullshit punk, I’d agree with, but then that’s because it’s not fuckin punk. Anyway, calling out Courtney Love or The Sex Pistols to take pot shots at Punk is like citing the Sugar Hill Gang in a rant against militant Hip Hop. How do I know what is true Punk? I’m not an authority sure, but then, is it not against all authority? Or is it that the only authority is you? So fuck it I am. Depending on what your criteria of this art form consists defines to what extent you consider something punk. As for John Roderick’s definition? might as well call Will Smith a gangster because he raps.

As for pseudo punk values, there are plenty of examples to contradict that as well as to support it. It’s like the keep it real argument where one person talks keeping it real in a true to the music sense even at the expense of success, another to the lifestyle due to their wealth accrued from it. Clearly his definition of punk is different to others, and I’m not talking his critique. If we are to take such liberties, which is fine by me, the best singer songwriters I have heard are punk in a very real way. It is a challenge to orthodoxy and is embodied by many artists from Dead Kennedys to Chuck D to Temper-Mental MissElayneous to Crass, RIRA/Scary Eire, The Coup, and Jinx Lennon, among countless others. His view of punk is all encompassing and fits his article perfectly like a Jeremy Kyle smile, comfortably on a prick. This toxic social movement may have poisoned John Roderick’s culture but unfortunately it didn’t kill it. And for our penance, repeat after me the chorus

Punk isn’t bullshit, Punk is dead.

Punk Rock Is Bullshit by John Roderick

The new Fundamentalists

“The fundamentals of the economy are strong”

These fundamentals,mere political rhetoric,that in all reality is talking loud,while sayin fuckall,is another one of the many farcical attempts to grant the fallen an electoral stay of execution(the problem is,they’re still there,much to the delight of opponents and financial parasites alike).

Regarding any factual accounts of the current economic state of affairs,it is the impact on the personal and general wellbeing of the citizens of this state which matter most.The continuous blah blah blah of the issues at hand have avoided(where the political monkeys are concerned) the real questions,such as,what effect will it have on me,my family,my neighbours,friends,locality,county,country and so on?Remember,the idea of looking forward does not mean neglect the present,for we live in the now and struggle now,not for some futuristic vision of an already proven corrupt,irresponsible,and at the very least,fuckin moronically incompetent batch of dickheads to ever grace this sorry state of affairs,but a future that is self perpetuating from the present,a future that is present.Our problems are now,our needs are now,some may not yet have hit the bottom,but they are NOW in the process of doing so.Past crimes aside,present ones are to ignore the anger for the sake of selling a future very few of this,and possibly the next generation will benefit from.Notable exception in respect or should i say deference to,the financial rapists,who,claim economic protection through a bankruptcy they have bestowed upon the collective.

Yes,we are now in the death throes of an economy that will in the future,ravage us again and again and again.When you have contributed everything and anything you can’t even afford to the so called protection/saving of the irish economy,the ones who you’ve bailed out will after the dust has settled,still have amassed and protected their own fortunes outside of the business failure.Who do you think will be the property owners/landlords in the next decade?When houses are again cheap as shit to buy,the shit will buy.Then who will you be propping up?Who do you think you will be paying rent to?Those of you lucky enough with houses of your own on the medium level will be paying taxes to cover the rent allowance(if there is any) ,and to whom does that money go?You are already paying their debts,now for some more.This is the ultimate aim and gain of the Irish political/social/economic system.The Chicago boys school rules.We will be paying the gangsters,the profiteers of irish parasitical gombeenism for the next 2-3 decades,and your children will have no future.

When you hear the political mantra “the fundamentals of the economy are strong”,being repeated and regurgitated like a hungry parrot,you know you’re in trouble.The fundamentals?When politicians start adding meaningless terminology to common terms,something is wrong with the common term,in this case – the economy.As for general elections,try put your faith in the cowardly opposition and their currently “powerless” position in the dail,bravely standing up and haranguing the fallen who just don’t know they’ve fallen yet.Putting trust in any party,especially one that has had representives openly declare they wanted to see the failers clean up their own mess is an admission of impotence,on both counts.This cries out for a simple approach,irrespective of the absolute solution.You obviously don’t trust them,so why not then put your trust in yourself?People can actually make decisions which are more in service of the betterment of their society than those whose mealy-mouthed self service,is mere wanking over the already disintegrated biscuit.I hesitate to say,Grow some fucking balls.

To quote Chuck D- “The neighborhood supports so put some Money in it,Corporations owe Dey gotta give up the dough To da town or else We gotta shut ’em down” .

Sometimes the path well worn has been,and therefore no longer is.

We are Fundamentally fucked,thats about the strength of it

The Obsessive Compulsive Denial empire

“Those who are dropping the morale of the people are those who exaggerate the weaknesses in our economy and make no effort whatever to favour the national interest.” Brian Cowan

Welcome to the – whatever you do,don’t say what you think – economy.Bad thoughts will ruin us.If you think it they will run.It has come to the attention of no one that although nothing is inherently wrong,our European partners are happy with the way we are dealing with no economic crisis,using sound economic policies in conjunction with popular approval.We are dealing with this non-crisis,using solid judgement,sensible planning and dare i say it,no little rhetorical swagger.Economic recovery is all about confidence,avoid the cracks in the pavement,count backwards from 9,spend,spend,spend,and everything will be fine.

Its the stupid,economy.