Max resigns herself to voting

Friday, 12 September 2008
Books Burning by Catherine Jamieson

Books Burning by Catherine Jamieson

Please have a gander at this: Women Against Sarah Palin

…and then VOTE OBAMA.

Vote from Abroad

I am not being a good anarchist this voting season, but I cannot look at the McCain-Palin ticket and do nothing.  I absolutely loathe McCain – as everyone knows by now, but the thought of right-wing religious nut anti-woman Sarah Palin in the White House literally makes me vomit.

* Thanks to Sweet Potato for sending the WASP link.


Hating the haters

Friday, 16 May 2008

gay wedding

My choice has been made – I will be voting in California in November.

I don’t know that I will cast a vote in the presidential election. If I do, it will be only because I despise John McCain and not because I believe in anyone else. Sad, but true. But the reason I will bother with the whole rigmarole of absentee voting is so that those bigoted homophobic motherfuckers won’t be able to pass their bigoted homophobic proposition to ban gay marriage in California’s constitution.

Just yesterday, the California Supreme Court struck down the state’s law against same-sex marriage and declared that registered partnerships are not good enough.

“In contrast to earlier times, our state now recognizes that an individual’s capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual’s sexual orientation,” Chief Justice Ronald George wrote for the majority in ringing language that delighted gay rights activists.

Massachusetts in 2004 became the first, and so far only, state to legalize gay marriage; more than 9,500 couples have taken advantage of the law. But the California ruling is considered monumental by virtue of the state’s size — 38 million out of a U.S. population of 302 million — and its historical role as the vanguard of many social and cultural changes that have swept the country since World War II.

California has an estimated 108,734 same-sex households, according to 2006 census figures.


One of the precedents cited was the California Supreme Court’s 1948 ruling that overturned the ban on interracial marriages.

The decision on same-sex marriage should be a happy ending and we should all rejoice that any couple who are lucky enough to find that kind of love can enshrine it in any way they want. We should all look forward to being invited to gay weddings where the décor and flowers, etc will all be in immaculate taste.

But instead, enter the small-minded, holier-than-thou, overly religious, freedom-loathing, malignant bigots that want us all to live based on their twisted code of intolerance and hatred. I really wish it were possible to convince them that they don’t have the right to tell other people how to live and that if there were a god, s/he would not be on their side.

In support of free speech

Wednesday, 13 February 2008
westergaard mohammed cartoon
Today several leading Danish newspapers have reprinted the above cartoon, one of those that had sparked Muslim protests worldwide after their original publication in 2005. The occasion is the arrest of three suspects in an alleged plot to murder the cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.
This post is in support of the Danish newspapers and Mr Westergaard and those who refuse to give in to fear and fanaticism.

This week’s mumbo-jumbo

Friday, 8 February 2008


It was a brilliant statement, the kind that incenses everyone and leads to an overwhelming backlash. Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the Church of England, declared that certain aspects of Sharia law should be adopted in the United Kingdom. What an ass.

I had picked up a couple of books at the airport on my way back from London last week. One of them was Londonistan by Melanie Phillips, which I am reading now. Ms Phillips’ writing style is slightly hysterical and the book is repetitive and not very well structured, but it seems to be well researched and it is captivating reading. Londonistan is strongly reminiscent of Oriana Fallaci’s writings on a similar topic.

And in Londonistan, Melanie Phillips warns against people like Dr Williams – British public figures that kowtow to Muslims and Islam. People that are willing to compromise their own culture and traditions so that they won’t be branded as racists. People that don’t understand the nature of Islam or of Sharia law.

Dr Williams said that the approach that there is “one law for everybody and that’s all there is to be said…is a bit of a danger,” and that religious law needs to be incorporated into the UK’s legal system.

Misguided, to say the least. In fact, the opposite is true. In a country like the UK, with its long-established traditions of liberty and democracy and the system of English common law that has developed over about a millennium, there is only one law for everyone and it has to remain that way. Immigrants adapt to the laws of the country they immigrate to, not the other way round. And I’ll come right out and say it – anyone who wants Sharia law is welcome to move to a country where they already have it.

Dr Williams has opened up a big can of worms and I think that’s good – this is a topic that people should be vocal about. It is time for the British to stop compromising and to start protecting their own culture. They should stop apologising for their colonial past and they have to stop trying to make amends for it by bending over backwards to appease Muslims or anyone else.

“It’s not over until God says it’s over”

Wednesday, 9 January 2008
Nadia Eweida

Thus spake Nadia Eweida, the British Airways worker who in October 2006 sued the airline because they wouldn’t let her wear a necklace whilst on the job. The airline’s policy had been that any necklace worn had to be out of sight under the worker’s uniform. Ms Eweida’s necklace happened to be a cross so she claimed religious discrimination.

This is what I wrote about the case (as part of a slightly longer rant against people making empty claims of religious discrimination) when it first became news :

British Airways worker. Get over yourself. The issue is not religious. The issue is not your stupid little cross. According to British Airways, the policy is about jewellery in general. If you would like to wear a necklace with your airline worker’s uniform, you must keep it under the uniform. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cross, a star, a heart, a circle or the goddamned Hope diamond. And if you don’t like BA’s jewellery policy, go find yourself another job.

Yesterday an employment tribunal decided against Ms Eweida, which is an excellent thing.

British Airways has in the meantime changed its policy and workers are now allowed to display “symbols of faith”. What a gutless move on BA’s part. Either ban jewellery or don’t, but don’t play along with the religious freaks.

So Ms Eweida lost her case, but influenced BA to change its policy, which should have been enough to allow her to go home happy. But no, she wants to prolong her 15 minutes in the limelight and force some ill-conceived notion of religious discrimination down our throats. She has vowed to proceed with her case.

“It’s not over until God says it’s over.”

But God has said it’s over, honey. He has spoken through the employment tribunal. It’s just that you are not listening, are you? Typical fucking zealot.

Thank you, employment tribunal. That’s one point for reason so far in 2008.

From our own correspondent

Tuesday, 18 December 2007



kd flew back to The Amerika last Friday to spend 3 weeks with her family and friends in Central and Northern California. I have to specify that because people from Upper California are to Lower California as Canadians are to The Amerika. Meaning that god forbid you should make the mistake of thinking they might be from south of the dividing line.

Although I shouldn’t pick only on the Canucks. Even Aussies and Kiwis are sewing their national flags onto their backpacks and bags these days – looks like no one at all wants to be mistaken for someone from The Amerika. They’re probably afraid they’ll get beat up. Well, you all look like twats with your flags, but that is not what I want to rant about today.

Instead, I would like to share an email I got from kd:

My favorite quote from the Modesto Bee, 17.12.2007:

“There is no anger that comes close to the anger of an American that cannot get television,”

said Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill, talking about the impending change from analog to digital tv.

I realise I am seeing that quote out of context, but what the fuck.

How about, “there is no anger that comes close to the anger of an American that cannot count on his sacred Constitutional rights”

or “there is no anger that comes close to the anger of an American that just wants Congress to stand up to the president and end the fucking war in Iraq”

or “there is no anger that comes close to the anger of an American that has just lost her house because of irresponsible lending practices”

or “there is no anger that comes close to the anger of an American that is having fundamentalist religion shoved down her throat everywhere she goes”

or – fill in your own favourite anger-inducing issue.

Thanks, kd. And have a great time in The Amerika.

Huckabee is a fucking freak

Wednesday, 12 December 2007



I am not paying much attention to the campaigning in the presidential primaries in The Amerika. With the exception of Ron Paul, I think that all of the candidates, whether Republican or Democrat, are simply unacceptable. Therefore I don’t really care what they have to say or what their religious beliefs are or whether they used to smoke crack or engage in bestiality. The idea that one of those loathsome people is going to end up as leader of the free world fills me with horror.

But today I am going to nominate my candidate for freakiest of the freaks – Michael Dale Huckabee, Southern Baptist minister, former governor of Arkansas, covenant marriager, and advocate of concentration camps for AIDS patients.

My disdain for Huckabee started back in August when I was reading Michelle Goldberg’s Kingdom Coming and came across the 2005 public spectacle of the Huckabees’ covenant marriage ceremony:

The highlight of the night was the Huckabees’ conversion of their marriage and restatement of their vows, including Janet’s pledge to “submit” to Mike. When they were done, they invited the audience to repeat their promises. Thousands of wives, some in evening gowns or wedding veils, vowed to submit to thousands of husbands…

More recently Huckabee’s 1992 remarks about AIDS sufferers were brought to light. “We need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague… Nice one, Dickhead.

And within the last few days – the fact that he had advocated parole for the rapist of a 17-year old girl. The released rapist went on to rape and murder two more women.

A beauty of a quote came out just yesterday. Claiming that he believed Mormonism was a religion, but admitting that he didn’t know much about it, Huckabee asked, “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers? Not really an appropriate question for a clergyman or a statesman to ask about a religion.

And of course Huckabee doesn’t believe in evolution.

For more on what a fucking freak Mike Huckabee is, read Larry Womack’s column here. There are some good links as well.