I attended a dinner party this past weekend and was intrigued by the tone of the conversations that swirled around the room. There were, of course, the typical “fluff” conversations that were intended to lightly touch the surface of various subjects – but then there were conversations circling around Ebola and an underlying distrust of the government.
This was actually surprising to me, since I was in the heart of Los Angeles and these people were definitely not clinging to their “guns and religion.” The majority of them were upper middle class – baby boomers and “yuppies” who would never want to be thought of as conservative, but as more libertarian in their political views.
Upon hearing this latest evidence of the incompetence permeating our government, the conversation veered into conspiracy territory. One of the men brought up the fact that Washington has known for months if not years that we were at risk for some sort of global pandemic. According to a government supplier of emergency products, the Disaster Assistance Response Team was told to be prepared to be activated in the month of October for an outbreak of Ebola.
Recent polls show that there is a crisis of confidence among the people. When the people lose all trust in their government because of the lies they have been told over and over again, theories begin to emerge about all sorts of things. We desperately need someone to rebuild the trust and restore faith in this government. The damage that has been done is almost irreparable.
Sure, when there’s a lack of trust it leads to conspiracy theory, but we’re talking about people, after all, who never really had faith in the government in the first place, especially not in Obama. It’s not as if they can claim, after the birther BS, the IRS non-scandal, the “New Black Panthers”, the dark mutterings over the ACA, BENGHAZI!, and gun control nuttery, that now, with this revelation, this is what’s caused them to abandon their faith in Washington.
Secondly – for whatever reason, we have a burgeoning industry in this country in shopping every nutball conspiracy blather known to modern man – many of them being the very outlets repeating the false “outbreak coming in October” story Ms. Morgan referred to. You don’t need to presuppose loss of faith in government as a source for conspiracies when you have InfoWars, FAUX News, and, yes, WorldNetDaily uncritically repeating everything they hear for their audience of yahoos so “open-minded” that their skulls are hollow and they drag their brains around behind them like swollen tails.
Thirdly – and this is the crux of it – so many of the people who are now calling for fainting couches over the crimes of Obama are the very same ones who defended the previous Administration and its true crimes and failures – 9/11, WMDs, tax cuts for the rich, government surveillance, justifications for kidnapping and torture, Katrina. And have defended the GOP in their new festival of corruption and incompetence: restrictive election laws, government shutdown and sequestration, defense of Citizens United, and the wars on women, minorities and the poor. The only time the GOP is taken to task by this crowd is when, as in the amnesty issue, they’re viewed as being insufficiently cruel, shallow and punitive.
So pardon me if I detect the fine scent of merdre d’ taureau from this article, where the people who shit the bed complain about the mess and smell.
Right, I’ve read Caliphate, thought I’d relate some of it, because its really funny.
Spoilers ahead, obviously.
America is hit with half a dozen nuclear warheads, some from Nork sources, some from Pakistan, some old Russian ones. The united Kingdom takes one in London.
Both countries goverments are either decapitated, or severely compromised, millions dead, and more to come.
We are given the perspective of an awesomely stupid character, a german “artist” who regularly protests against American interference in other countries affairs, its warmongering etc etc. Basically a character with little or no redeeming features, whose every thought is achingly stupid. Shes gets hot for a Muslim who throughout the book becomes more and more disillusioned with Islam, eventually converting to Christianity and joining team america.
The convert leaves for america, unknowingly fathering a child on Petra, the grandmother of the Petra who is sold into slavery. The timeline jumps twixt “present day” and the early years of this century.
This Petra joins pre-emptive protests against American retaliation, expecting a massive military onslaught in revenge.
In a rather unlikely twist, the exact opposite happens. A policy of utter appeasement is adopted, and the american goverment bends over and spreads for “Islam” The hunt for Bin Laden is abandoned, american troops withdraw from everywhere, Moslem (note spelling) immigration is permitted on a massive scale , Israel is abandoned, etc etc. Basically the worst nightmare of any America loving patriot.
This then causes a massive backlash, and some bloke starts a shiny new party that basically operates on “getting motherfucking revenge”.
This is a massive success, and sweeps the nation, and the two existing parties become minorities.
The “history” is related in segments, taken from the book of the dark times, which are outright stated to be a result of lax political decisions taken “now”.
Basically, the new Yankee goverment gives an ultimatum to Islam, and this causes a massive evacuation, which tails off when “they” begin to believe its just a bluff. On september 11, 2019, America nukes 10 Islamic cities for every nuke attack on their soil, erases Mecca and Medina with massive overkill strikes etc.
At some point, Israel is eradicated, and in the modern world of the Caliphate, Jews are remembered only as mythical devils that the Koran warns against.
The EU and Canada sever ties with America in protest, absorbing millions of refugees from the blasted wastelands of the Middle east etc.
America occupies the oil rich regions of the world that have suddenly become vacant, and sucks them dry, leaving once it has become self-sufficient, incidentally nuking the middle east again when they leave.
As things progress, Russia becomes a Tsar ruled dictatorship, the PRC becomes the Celestial Han Kingdom, Japan becomes even more friendly with america, IIRC actually part of the American empire.
The United Kingdom is ruled by what appears to be a massively re-empowered Monarchy, in a similar fashion to America. (the “bloke” becomes President for Life) It is the first country to begin purging its population of Muslims after America starts, bypassing internment camps and moving straight along to physically dumping them on the shores of France by the hundreds of thousands.
American political reforms are aided by executive pardons of those who murder “liberal” judges and politicians, and this is used as a threat by the American premier in a national address.
Japan, Russia, China-Australia (not a typo) all purge their populations, killing, enslaving or ejecting their Muslim citizens. Canada and the EU are exceptions, allowing massive immigration of refugees.
The remnants of the middle east and other related regions become the Caliphate of Islam, Triumphant, and aided by their liberal nuking and occupation, plus massive exodus of population, these regions are basically crap incarnate.
Europe becomes known as the Caliphate of something something, and is a society maintained by a Dhimmis caste known as Narzani or something, since the Muslims think Allah wills everything, so don’t do any work, maintain anything or whatever. Young men are recruited into the Jannissaries and indoctrinated, young attractive female children become slaves and so forth. The Dhimmis are forced to live in trash filled hellholes because of the requirement that no muslim be less well off than them. Everyone is “born” a muslim, but some are apostates”.
Canada is invaded by america due to its vast swarms of immigrants launching attacks on America, at the third assault, America decides to secure its northern borders and conquers Canada. The United Kingdom doesn’t care, because its busy eliminating Muslims and…stuff.
America then cows the Latin American nations, various islands and crap, usually with their nutcase President waving his nuclear balls in lieu of diplomacy. Comrade Chavez gets too big for his boots and America has a new state/protectorate(second class of course)
The actual “story” beyond all this, is that America is about to commence a Reconquista of Europe, and the Caliphate knows it can’t stop it.
So it decides to destroy the world with a viral plague! To do so, it recruits…….
3 Canadian Doom-Mongers of Science are lured to the Caliphate by their desire to strike back against america, money, and easy access to the bottoms of young boys and underage girls.
Thats right, these french speaking CANADIANS not only hate america and are willing to destroy the world, but they are also disgusting,fat, ugly paedophile deviants…who like anal sex.
They intend to perform their evil CANADIAN ritual of Science in a converted castle near the border of the Neutral land of Swiss People. The castle is also used house people who provide Sex for priviliged members of society, including the Jannissaries.
Brave american hero infiltrates, motivated to do so when his Hot Blonde Lover dies by calling down a FAE strike on herself while Americans were clearing the Phillipenes for Christian resettlement. She was about to be raped, but the strike hit first.
He infiltrates, along with Token black guy. Meets up with a Celestial Kingdom Operative, a genetically engineered Hot Asian Chick Lesbian who regularly has sex with Petra, who is now a seventeen year old Hot Nordic Aryan Fucktoy, she wears a crucifix because Muslims like to fuck christian women.
Petras bro turns up, and he’s a secret Christian, he fucks Asian Lesbian chick true love blah blah, secret plot, airship, HERO.
Heroes escape, but Hans, Secret Christian has to stay behind, He screams DEUS VULT when he charges into combat!
Hot Nordic sex in Neutral land, Hot Lesbian chick hooks up with Hot swiss fighter pilot. etc etc.
I’m not sure whether “BLAME CANADA” or ” AMERICA, FUCK YEAH!” is most appropriate.
I forgot to address the situation in Africa.
No, don’t click the X, this is awesome.
Africa is back under white rule, the MOSLEMS have been more or less eradicated, except for where they have been pacified…..
Ze Boers are back in control, and made a deal with the Zulu nation, offering them a chunk of land to found THE ZULU NATION OF ZULU WARRIORS WITH SPEARS in exchange for ruthlessly harrowing the Moslems of Africa.
Africa is now run efficiently, and Slavery has been reinstituted (Russia uses its Moslem minority for brute, slave labour on agricultural projects) Africa apparently does some slave trading etc.
The Moslems are so feared of the Dreaded Zulu, that they are completely pacified.
Young children and adults who dissent in the American Empire (its actual name_) are reeducated to conform to proper christian values.
Basically, it operates as described, except that the dreaded Moslems hunger so for young christian flesh, that any attractive female is a reason for the Tax to rise, and she is auctioned off to pay the tax.
The Jannissary corp is used because Moslem young men literally cannot be trained to fight, because they are indoctrinated with the concept that “allah prevails” so will not learn to shoot properly or maintain their weaponry. But Christian men are born into a different ethos.
By the by, the European clergy helps maintain the status quo, with the Moslem Overlords allowing strict religious enforcement of Christian religious law within certain limits, allowing the European clergy to maintain a degree of power.
Except for one priest, who gets crucified by Soon to Be Secret Christian Hans and his buddies, but preaches from the cross, finally gnawing free his crucifix and giving it to Hans before expiring.
When the mindnumbling slow net connection ate my “points of interest” post, I missed out a little tit-bit on the EVIL MOSLEMS.I’m not sure if it was meant to drive home how evil the Moslems are, or how the Chinese are still evil despite working with Team America.Anyway, if the various “houri’s” don’t co-operate, they get moved downstairs to where an AI/central computer/expert system is installed, using imported Chinese technology. Chips are implanted into the women, apparently doing some form of limited lobotomy, and they become blank faced, remote controlled fuck machines.
OMFG that’s SO infinitely worse than I had thought it could possibly be. I’ve had moments all day long today where I just stop and think “Zulus. With spears.” and just have to laugh at the sheer incompetence of it all.PLUS! Same forum I got that review from has a LONG “Let’s Read” thread dealing with another Kratman book, A Desert Called Peace, and, well, here’s the summary from the thread author:
We’ll have Space Al Qaeda performing a Space 9/11 on the Space USA who invades Space Afghanistan and Space Iraq with the help of a Space Coalition of the Willing including Space Britain!And that’s just the tip of the iceberg off how blatant it is, it does indeed get worse!
No, that’s not an overstatement – it’s amazingly bad, to a point where 22nd Century Zulus with assegais (and presumably loincloths and cow-hide shields, because reasons) sound plausible.Quick example: the 9/11 attack in ADCP is done by Muslims flying a blimp into a skyscraper.A blimp.Into a skyscraper.*headdesk* *headdesk*And it only goes downhill from there.I think I’ll be avoiding anything by Mr. Tom. Hess his blart (and his ammonia!)(Kudos to the folks at the Space Battles forum, particularly white_rabbit who did Caliphate and Athene who did ADCP, You’re braver folks than I.)
The former director of the “Call of Duty” video game franchise suggested stationing soldiers in U.S. schools.
“The threat now, the invasion, comes from within,” said Dave Anthony, the former video game developer and a current international security fellow at the Atlantic Council.
Anthony made the remarks Wednesday at the nonpartisan Washington think tank, arguing that military personnel could function like air marshals on commercial flights, reported Bloomberg Business Week.
So… why, with the military powering up schools the same way they’ve done with police departments, do we evidently need fecking ARMED GUARDS in schools?
Three guesses, and the first two don’t count:
The website reported that Anthony’s speech was accompanied by videos depicting future threats such as a U.S. drone hacked by Iran or a hotel massacre in Las Vegas, and he warned of the domestic threat posed by Islamic State militants.
“It could be that you have 100 of these guys who may be on our soil right now, who may even be U.S. citizens, who could legally walk into whatever gun store they choose, buy some assault rifles, and start attacking soft targets,” Anthony said.
DAMN, good thing the NRA has kept us from regulating assault rifles in any useful way or requiring universal background checks. But, then again, I suppose those ISIS commandos (who may or may not be here, it could be, WHO KNOWS!?) could always, um, JUST STEAL THE GODDAMN ASSAULT RIFLES THE PENTAGON GAVE THE SCHOOLS. *headdesk* *headdesk*
Or maybe werewolves! Maybe ISIS has found out how to make werewolves! Better make sure those “school marshals” have silver bullets, just in case! WHO KNOWS, IT COULD BE!!!11
He conceded the public would object to his plan as “a police state,” but he urged policy makers to sell school soldiers the same way corporations and creative artists sell other unpopular ideas.
Oh, no, no way would we assume some crackpot idea to put goddamn ARMED SOLDIERS in schools could possibly be “a police state”, naaaaaawwww, but, hey, what’s this wonderful idea you have to deal with that misconception, Mr. Anthony?
“When we have a new product that has elements that we’re not sure how people will respond to, what do we do as a corporation?” Anthony said. “We market it, and we market it as much as we can, so that whether people like it or not, we do all the things we can to essentially brainwash people into liking it before it actually comes out.”
BRILLIANT! Brilliant, Mr. Anthony! You see, they’d just need to sell us on the idea, the way they sell cornflakes or movies or, um, shitty video games! “New American Fascism, tastes great and 50% fewer calories than other brands”!
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me nobody’s listening to this idiot. I really would like to keep hope that, regardless of all evidence to the contrary and in spite of my cynicism, that we have not fallen that far down the abyss that anyone would take this glomming geek seriously.
What you’re going to find, you never know. The smell of old books, the sight of shelves of different titles; there’s just something about it.
Another thing I love is science fiction; my tastes have changed over the years, matured perhaps, but overall it’s been pretty consistent.
So t’ other day I went on a special outing, getting out of the house for a couple hours to go to one of the few remaining used book stores here in South Carolina and see what I could find.
In the second sweep through the F&SF section I came across a book called The Caliphate, by Tom Kratman. Picked it up, read the back.
“Slavery is a part of Islam . . . Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam.” —Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan, author of the religious textbook At-Tawhid (“Monotheism”) and senior Saudi cleric.
Demography is destiny. In the 22nd century European deathbed demographics have turned the continent over to the more fertile Moslems. Atheism in Europe has been exterminated. Homosexuals are hanged, stoned or crucified. Such Christians as remain are relegated to dhimmitude, a form of second class citizenship. They are denied arms, denied civil rights, denied a voice, and specially taxed via the Koranic yizya. Their sons are taken as conscripted soldiers while their daughters are subject to the depredations of the continent’s new masters.
In that world, Petra, a German girl sold into prostitution as a slave at the age of nine to pay her family’s yizya, dreams of escape. Unlike most girls of the day, Petra can read. And in her only real possession, her grandmother’s diary, a diary detailing the fall of European civilization, Petra has learned of a magic place across the sea: America. But it will take more than magic to free Petra and Europe from their bonds; it will take guns, superior technology, and a reborn spirit of freedom.
Yeesh. It’s like the wet dreams of the Pamela Gellar crowd – Decadent irrational politically correct Europe falls under the iron heel of Nazism Islam, incidentally destroying the liberal atheists and gays who foolishly defended Muslims (HA SUCK IT LIBTARDS) but *A*M*E*R*I*C*A* stays free, bastion of proper Christian conservativism and gun ownership! Guns and technology and freedom! Whee!
Not my speed, so I stuck it back on the shelf. But then, I thought – just a lil’ look, see if it’s all that bad.
Prologue: An eagle eats a rabbit. Cruel vicious predator stoops on defenseless rabbit who only wants to live, tearing out its soft throat for its own cruel predatorial purposes ALLEGORY ALLEGORY DO YOU GET IT BING BING BING!
And with the first chapter I gave up, maybe six pages in or so, since apparently the whole damn book is written like that, subtle as a crowbar to the back of the head, and one of the very first characters we get to see is probably the laziest damn character trope possible, The Grinning Sadist.
Three Islamic Royals are out on a rabbit hunt (DID YOU READ THE PROLOGUE PEOPLE HELLO HELLO) and contemptuously contemplating the SLAVES they RULE OVER, the Nazrani (an Islamic term for “Christians”) and how they’re JUST LIKE HELPLESS RABBITS ARE YOU LISTENING RED FLAG WAVING HERE FOLKS and how THEY, the MASTERS, can buy GUNS GUNS GUNS and the infidels can’t, MOO HOO HAW HAW. And the TAXES they will collect, and the young girls they will seize as a BONUS! WE’RE SOOO EEEEVILLLLL!
Yeah. Bad. I haven’t seen something this ham-handed since The Apple. Or maybe Sax Rohmer. Put it back again, shuddered, went off to spend that $1 on a copy of John Brunner’s The Sheep Look Up instead.
The author’s bio says he “became a political refugee and defector from the PRM (People’s Republic of Massachusetts) by virtue of joining the Regular Army”, HO HO HO People’s Republic of Massachusetts HOW WITTY, WILDE even though he left the authoritarianism of Massachusetts and its Republican governor for, um, the authoritarianism of the United States Government Army. (Brilliant! *sigh*) Then after fleeing collectivism in favor of collectivism, he went back “as an unofficial dissident”, JUST LIKE THE SOVIET UNION except with less oppression and gulags and more clam chowder, presumably smuggling his manuscripts out of Taxachusetts in the dead of night so roaming gangs of progressive thugs don’t intercept them.
Blah blah books he’s churned out and “three collaborations with John Ringo”, oh joy look, it’s Jingo Ringo, how I just love his books, they’re just like everywhere! How nice I can’t find books on the backlist for Ken MacLeod or Alstair Reynolds because the entire SF section in every bookstore I enter is clogged up with John Ringo books like cholesterol in a Teabagger’s carotid. (And David Weber, and S. M. Stirling, and all the other MilSkiffy bloviators. Whee.)
The reviews are a joy to behold; typical five-star “OMFG JUST LIKE IT WILL BE IN THE FUTURE OR MAYBE EVEN RIGHT NOW” argle bargle from the greenbaiting crowd who’ve been watching too much FAUX. Samples from just the first page:
This book (written a few years ago) is both entertaining and informative. I highly recommend reading the afterword for some good information from a knowledgeable man.
Want to see the possible future? Read this book. LTC Kratman knows the enemy and tells it like it could be if allowed to continue.
Should be mandatory reading for college students.
A very timely book with a clear warning of the posable future of the world though I think that America’s might be much darker than portrayed and very likely more balkanized.
I really enjoyed the book. A truly modern look at a real life issue in a science fiction framework. The characters were life like and believes.
And that last one (grammar fail aside) is the real crux of the matter – we’re not talking alien invasion, we’re dealing with the “real world” or at least some twisted view of it. It’s Third World War THE ROOSKIES IS COMIN’ TO GIT US flabble updated for the War on Terror world.
And the Right People liked it – viz:
“Kratman’s dystopia is a brisk page turner full of startling twists … [Kratman is] a professional military man … up to speed on military and geopolitical conceits.” –best-selling author of America Alone Mark Steyn on Tom Kratman’s uncompromising military SF thriller, Califate
On December 30, 2003, Steyn went so far as to explicitly mock “those wise old foreign policy birds who get everything wrong but never seem to notice.” The naysayers “acknowledge that America has won swift victories in Afghanistan and Iraq,” but warn that the United States is “meddling with ancient, complex cultural forces that will come back to bite them in the butt,” he scoffed. “Whatever gets you through the night, boys.” In the same column, he went on to observe that “despite innumerable warnings from these Western defeatists about the folly of provoking the incendiary ‘Arab street,’ that same street is now in the third year of its deep slumber.”
What a wonderful endorsement from such a wise person!
I forget – how’d that meddling with cultural forces thing Steyn so airily dismisses thing work out?
So the point I’m making here is, yes, there’s an element of ISIS—I don’t know how dominant it is within the group—that is, you know, trying to establish the caliphate. And they are beheading people. And they are imposing a very strict interpretation of sharia law. But there are also—and I would suspect that they’re best military figures—there is also a large contingent of people that are fighting the same battle that they were fighting when the United States originally invaded. The fact is, there was no al-Qaeda presence in Iraq before George W. Bush took—made the decision to invade it, except in the Kurdish region in the north of Iraq, which was not under Saddam Hussein’s control. In fact, it was under the control of U.S.-backed entities. And that was Ansar al-Islam. Saddam Hussein’s forces were fighting that group.
Of course, from the look of his other books, Mr. Tom would just say we didn’t use enough firepower, we weren’t harsh enough, we didn’t finish the job. Not enough bombs, not enough killing. Kind of like this guy.
But the real magic of Mr. Tom is his reaction to the one-star reviews, where he responds by kindly thanking the reviewer for being offended. Because that’s important – you gotta score points! You gotta offend the libtards! You gotta eat that spotted owl cheeseburger while wearing furs and watching NASCAR, because that’s going to make liberals SO MAD! OOOOOH! And, who knows, if we’re harsh enough and poke that hornet’s nest long enough maybe there’ll be another terror attack by the Islamonazistalinists so we can get another HE-MAN Republican in the White House who won’t worry about “international law” and “world opinion” and the commie UN and fight a REAL war and our team’ll WIN! Woo-hoo! THAT’LL score points! U-S-A! U-S-A! And then we can all go drink beer at Hooters!
Real mature, in other words. *shakes head*
So, yeah, not on my list to read, buy, browse, or even torrent. Or to put it in more appropriate terms:
So I was driving home the other night, and, for some masochistic reason, stopped on our local wingnut radio station where there was some bargle-monger named Mark Levine whining a blue streak. In among the usual fretting about taxes and Obama forcing him to look at burqa-clad women at the mall, he blathered about how corporations are such schmucks for hiring undocumented workers and immigrants instead of good Americans. “I’m a free-market capitalist, not a crony capitalist!” was his excuse.
Well, I thought, first of all, you’re telling me you’re a fan of the free market, yet when it works like you want it to, you complain? Companies are hiring those people because they want to cut labor costs, and immigrants are just willing to work for less, as well as the fact that undocumented workers can be denied all sorts of benefits. Who’re they going to complain to – the feds? Plus, they’re likely desperate for a job, and, when you get someone in that position, you have a lot of power over them to begin with… not to mention they’ll put up with more to keep working. Americans insist on crazy things like vacations, health insurance, and overtime – what choice does a poor abused CEO have?
Okay, so you’re going to deal with this; how do you do it? Either rounding up immigrants or punishing companies is going to demand more action from the federal government, thus more power to the feds, as well as an increase in taxes to cover the expense. BUT – we can’t punish the corporations since we need to liberate them from regulations if we expect them to be successful! So do you therefore rely on self-policing, which is what we’re doing now (works so well, eh?)?
“Sealing off” the border will demand even more power to the feds, as well, as it would mean not only patrols but increased inspections at border crossings, more paperwork, more delays, and less cross-border trade as a result.
He wants it both ways – the government is evil and must be reined in, and yet must be given more power to fulfill his wishes. Corporations must be allowed to do whatever they want, free of restrictions, yet if the logic of the “free market” means hiring immigrants at cheaper wages it must be opposed. With constant doublethink like that, no wonder the man was upset and frustrated.