The wit and wisdom (if any can be found) of Shane Bradley.

Friday, July 08, 2005

London


Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
Sir Winston Churchill, Speech, 1941, Harrow School

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

A plug.

I've been meaning to do this for a while - go and listen to Shire Network News (direct link) - the podcast of Silent Running.

Excellent work, Tom.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Douglas Wood Free

Some great news:

AUSTRALIAN hostage Douglas Wood has been dramatically freed in a raid on his captors' Baghdad hideout by Iraqi military forces, who took several militants captive.

The 63-year-old US-based engineer was recovering last night in hospital, almost 50 days after being kidnapped in Baghdad by a radical Islamic group.

Mr Wood was delivered into the hands of Australia's emergency response team in Baghdad yesterday afternoon (Australian time) inside the city's secure Green Zone before undergoing a full medical examination.

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told ABC TV that a number of people had been detained as a result of the military operation, which was aided by US units.

He could not confirm whether there had been any loss of life.

John Howard told parliament shortly after 6.45pm that "Mr Wood was recovered a short while ago in Baghdad in a military operation that I am told was conducted by Iraqi forces in co-operation in a general way with force elements of the United States".
In Douglas' own words:
"I wasn't sure what was happening," Mr Wood said.

"The first thing is there was a bit of shooting outside, then they came and covered me over with a blanket.

"And then there was still a lot of yelling and screaming. And then a gun, they actually fired inside the room.

"That was a bit scary."
I would like to thank the Iraqi government, the Iraqi and US armies and Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali in their efforts to free Douglas Wood.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Short Hiatus

Work's been a real bitch this week and doesn't look like letting up. So I probably won't be posting much until next week.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Dept of the Bleeding Obvious

No shit, Sherlock.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Dave the Docker

Can he be arrested and tried for treason?

Via Little Green Footballs, I found this Front Page Magazine article by David Horowitz detailing the "unholy alliance" between the extreme left and the Islamofascists, which leads us to this March 2005 interview of British MP, George Galloway - Saddam supporter and Oil-for-Palaces profiteer.

Calling for an alliance between the "progressive" left and Islam:

Not only do I think it's possible but I think it is vitally necessary and I think it is happening already. It is possible because the progressive movement around the world and the Muslims have the same enemies. Their enemies are the Zionist occupation, American occupation, British occupation of poor countries mainly Muslim countries.

They have the same interest in opposing savage capitalist globalization which is intent upon homogenizing the entire world turning us basically into factory chickens which can be forced fed the American diet of everything from food to Coca-Cola to movies and TV culture. And whose only role in life is to consume the things produced endlessly by the multinational corporations. And the progressive organizations & movements agree on that with the Muslims.

Otherwise we believe that we should all have to speak as Texan and eat McDonalds and be ruled by Bush and Blair. So on the very grave big issues of the day-issues of war, occupation, justice, opposition to globalization-the Muslims and the progressives are on the same side. But they now do have some other differences and they are nonetheless important.

These are the very big issues that divide progressive organizations and Muslims. But they are fewer than people imagine and the more they want work together as I am doing and have been for many years with Muslims organizations and sincere as well as devout Muslims the fewer the differences are and the less the gap there seems to be.

It's necessary because if we to use in English colloquialism "If we don't hang together we will all hang separately." Our enemies are very powerful and they are currently ruling the world and if we don't stop them they will finish both of us and they will be the new tyrants, new emperors of the world for a very long time to come if we don't stop them.

So it's necessary to unite these two great forces.
So the extreme left and "Muslims" (all Muslims? Surely not.) are anti-Israel, anti-America. Tell us something we don't know, George. "Tyrants", George? I think you mistake unelected Bashar Assad and Saddam Hussein for democratically elected George Bush and Tony Blair.

On the "anti-war" movement:
Well, the world wide anti-war movement didn't stop the war on Iraq that is true. But it came quite close to pulling Britain out of war. It has pulled Spain and I think it will soon be able to pull Italy. It is soon too pull Ukraine and Philippines and the El Salvador out of the foreign occupation of Iraq and that is a very significant achievement between the hammers of the Iraqi resistance and the worldwide anti war movement.

So I think that to describe the anti war movement a failure would be wrong. Bush and Blair thought that they could unleash this war and get away of that unchallenged. I don't think actually that they are getting away of that.
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I think the Iraqi resistance and the anti war movement have made it more than Mr. Bush can chew that he has beaten off. In fact the Iraqis are chewing him.
So you support suicide bombings, kidnapping and the beheading of hostages, too?

On Iran's plans to develop nuclear weapons:
They don't explain why is Israel allowed to have a nuclear bomb and Iran is not? Why is Britain for that matter allowed to have a nuclear bomb but Iran is not? Why are the white people allowed to have nuclear bombs and black people and Muslim people are not allowed to have nuclear bomb? This is a logical absurdity.

This is the case against Iran. People who have nuclear bombs are threatening to attack somebody else because she might be trying to have a nuclear bomb. When the whole logic of the current situation in the world is that you must try and get yourself in defense. Korea is not being attacked because she has nuclear bombs. Iraq was attacked because she did not have nuclear bombs. So the logic is- get yourself weapons or you will be attacked by Gorge W. Bush and Tony Blair.
Now it's racism to deprive the mad mullahs of Tehran of nukes?

All of this from a man who used his democratic rights to stand for election, the rights his misguided constituents used to elect him, who used his hard fought right to free speech to say these things, all of which he would gladly deny the people of Iraq by supporting Saddam.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Big Brother intruder revealed!

In a Shane Bradley exclusive, I give you the identity of the Big Brother intruder!




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Yes, it's the Hoff! Is there nothing he can't do?