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Remain Calm, Etc: In The Green Fog?

Posted on: March 20, 2014

”You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext.”   John Kerry

Good Thursday, Widdershins.   As a rule, ’tis a blessing to be Irish, or so my mother told me.  This week we celebrated the Irish High Holy Day,  and now I’d like to move on to some very strange behavior that surrounded The Day..  Maybe there’s a holiday aura to SPD that renders one stupid, as the days surrounding Christmas appear to invite depression.  This aura appears to affect all creeds and nationalities equally, and that’s fair enough.  If everyone is Irish on SPD, they should all share equally in the holiday blowback.

No, I don’t mean the donning of green apparel, and attempting to learn to step dance, getting your brogue on,  juggling Guinness or any of the other bizarre rituals of the 17th of March.  I mean statements like the above-referenced quote from John Kerry, of the nearly Irish Catholic Ilk.  Secretary Kerry made that infamous statement with regard to the Russian incursion into Crimea, as he had apparently clean forgotten about the US invasion of Iraq.  Or perhaps he remembered after he had forgotten, as he was against it after being for it – no matter.  He then concluded by stating that Russia was inviting international opprobrium.  David Gregory neither reminded nor challenged the Secretary.  He sat there expressionless – perhaps he was too stunned to comment?

And speaking of Guinness, my next nominee is a full-blooded Irish Catholic (FBIC), and half-*ssed jerk, Bill Donohue.  Bill is quite annoyed with Heineken, Guinness, and Sam Adams breweries, and wants them boycotted forthwith by all right-thinking Catholics.  The beer troika withdrew from the St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York and Boston, which are truly the grandaddies of all SPD parades, because the management declined to allow participation by identified LGBT groups.   Bill is righteously indignant, and penned the following for the Catholic League:

None of these companies believe in diversity. No gay person has ever been barred from marching in any St. Patrick’s Day parade, anymore than the parade bans pro-life Catholics or vegetarian Catholics; they simply cannot march under their own banner. The parade has one cause: honoring St. Patrick. Those who disagree do not have to march—that’s what diversity is all about.
The parade is quintessentially Catholic, beginning with a Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is this Catholic element that angers those who are engaged in a bullying campaign against the St. Patrick’s Day parades. The bullies also have nothing but contempt for the constitutional rights of Irish Catholics.

Yes, indeedy, Bill is but a victim here.  A victim of the big, bad, beer troika whpch dared to see through the privately organized parades.  Many cities began using privately organized parades so that they could bar the organizations of their choosing as “not fitting in”.  And, Bill is correct – those who disagree do not have to march – Heineken, Guinness, and Sam Adams disagreed and did not march.  So, what’s the problem here, Bill?  Since when has disagreement with your stand been equal to contempt for Irish Catholics/denial of First Amendment rights?  We have a long, sorry history of repression, and the absence of three breweries from two parades does not hold a candle  to starvation, insurrection, the death of Bobby Sands, or the Black and Tans.   Godwin’s Law will soon require an Irish codicil should this keep up.

As long as Godwin’s Law has been mentioned, Ken Langone is the most recent example.  (He’s also my not Catholic, not Irish example.)  As a  Jewish person, Mr. L. should probably be exquisitely sensitive to lame Holocaust comparisons. but apparently he is not.  In Tuesday’s Politico, Langone discusses the evils of populism, and is  quoted as follows:

“I hope it’s not working,” Ken Langone, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot and major GOP donor, said of populist political appeals. “Because if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don’t survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy.”

Now, let me get this straight (pun absolutely intended): , Mr. Langone, the peasants need to starve cheerfully, or the next thing you know our Jewish citizens will find themselves living in a concentration camp.?  And Mr. Donohue, do you really honestly believe that it’s Irish Catholics that the beer troika are boycotting?   (What, exactly, would they do without us???)  I shudder to think of what might happen should the two of these guys ever meet.  Perhaps Secretary Kerry could explain “inviting opprobrium” to these gentlemen.

This is an open thread.


33 Responses to "Remain Calm, Etc: In The Green Fog?"

Well, the Russians retaliated for Obama’s horrifying sanctions against Russia. They have put a bunch of US politicians on a “no visa to Russia” list. People like Reid, Boener, McCain and Mary Landrieu. Fredster, what did Landrieu did to piss off Putin?

And Fred Phelps has died! That’s all, I’ll just leave it there.

I wonder if any of them actually wanted to go to Russia?
I always wanted to ride the TransSiberian Express.

@DYB: Interesting about Landrieu. I have no idea what she may have done. That being said, it might help her have some conservative cred with the voters back home since she is tied or behind in her reelection bid.

And Fred Phelps has died!

Can we all picket *his* funeral now?

I wonder if any of them actually wanted to go to Russia?

Yes, for the vodka.

Showing that he is still totally clueless, Bill Donohue has applied to march in NYC’s Gay Pride parade.

Donohue told conservative talk show host Steve Malzberg that if his application is approved he will “bring a big wedding cake” to the pride parade, in what he seems to think would be a slight to LGBT people.

Meaning what Bill? Everyone likes cake. Bring it on. As someone commented at Towelroad:

I’d like to see him sandwiched between some go-go boys and leather daddies.

Oh hahahahhaaha! Yes, please let Bill Donohue march in the NYC Gay Pride parade! Pleeeeeeeze! It will be the most amazing thing!

DYB @6: and he still doesn’t get what the beer issue was about. That’s the sad part.

I hope they do give him the okay. As you said, that’s gonna be hysterical. 😆

Stoopid smilies suck now. Grrrr

D@9: To hell with the go-go boys. I want him stuck between the drag queens and then the leather brigade. LOL!!

How great is that??? Hoisted on his own petard.

Very good commentary here on the death of Phelps and on the guy whose birthday is today…another Fred.

Okay, I used to like this guy, but this is going waaaay over the top.

Oh dear God/Goddess, this creature wants to run for Congress. SMH

Don’t get me started — Ken Langone is a most odious creature. This didn’t get much play back when it happened, but it still wads up my underwear.

Mr. Langone, courtesy of underpaid and certainly under-appreciated floor retail workers who stood on their feet for 8 and 10 hour days to make him a billionaire, referred to his employees as “aprons.” Not as associates. Not as employees. But as an inanimate fungible object.

I just hope in the afterlife there are millions of outhouses needing to be cleaned hourly and that people who exhibited Mr. Langone’s disdainful condescension for humankind are the ones who get the honor of cleaning them.

Prolix said: referred to his employees as “aprons.” Not as associates. Not as employees. But as an inanimate fungible object.

That is just disgusting.

@13, I was watching that CNN segment live — it was unbelievable. I actually heard someone say, “While there is no evidence this happened, if it did, this is what it would look like.”

If I worked for Boeing, I would be on the phone every minute threatening. Irresponsible doesn’t begin to describe this “National Enquirer” mentality.

“While there is no evidence this happened, if it did, this is what it would look like.”

Banging head against desk…repeatedly.

Someone at TPM wrote that yeah, maybe this happened too.

@16 and 17: Henceforth, Home Depot is off my list of places to shop.

@22, Chat it has been on my “never darken the door” list for years. See you at Lowe’s.

chat@21: Hahahahahahaaa!!

That line from the Home Depot jerk – it just proves that the issue is not even that they are so wealthy. That’s not what destroyed the French aristocracy. Not the wealth itself. It’s the contempt for those who are not wealthy. “Aprons” is just another “Let them eat cake.” Though supposedly Marie Antoinette never said that line, it is representational of the attitudes of the wealthy. People remark that Beaumarchais’ Figaro plays started the French Revolution and they are filled with rich people abusing those who are not wealthy. That’s where the anger against the wealthy comes from. Not for their wealth, but for their belief that their wealth makes them superior.

DYB said: That’s where the anger against the wealthy comes from. Not for their wealth, but for their belief that their wealth makes them superior.

And their resentment of the other 98% being able to have anything at all.

Well, clearly anything that we have is something that they don’t.

Well, clearly anything that we have is something that they don’t.

But why would they want the piddling little stuff that we may have?

Because it’s there.

By this time next week, we will have cut off Putin’s cat from American made kibble. This is progressing like a freight train.

@31> Perfectly put!

Thank you kindly.

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