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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Three Odious Phrases

       Broken records are never fun to listen to.  The supporters of Orange Blatherskite sound like broken records all the time.  Here are some of their greatest hits.

1)  Snowflakes A term that is used indiscriminately against everyone who doesn't like O.B.  The implication is that snowflakes are lazy, spoiled, etc.  Of course, you are supposed to ignore all the times that O.B. supporters act lazy, spoiled, etc., or the way that O.B. himself seems to have an affinity for blaming everybody for his problems except himself.  It must suck to be Jeff Sessions.

2) Drain the Swamp Trump supporters sure have a short memory.  This dreamy little phrase was coined by Bela Pelosi when she became speaker during George W. Bush's second term.  The implication was that Hastert's reign as speaker was marked by an unusual amount of corruption.  It beggars the mind how Paul Ryan (a Republican) and Mitch McConnell (also a Republican) deserve to be abused for their supposed corruption by a man with no political experience who made his money off of strip clubs and casinos.  Orange Blatherskite is the swamp!

3) Would you like Hillary better?  Now this one is just stupid.  It's like saying that a sucking chest wound is better than liver cancer.  The primary season of 2016 had many alternatives to O.B.  The idea that because Hillary Clinton is a dishonest harridan, literally anything is better is an insult to our intelligence.  The Republican primary voter was either unspeakably stupid, or starstruck by a TV celebrity.  Estase wonders whether the fact that two alternatives to O.B. had Hispanic names, and a third was married to a Hispanic woman was the real reason people fell for O.B.

  Perhaps it's asking too much for the apologists for Trump to ask if they would come up with some new catch-phrases.  These three have really worn out their welcome.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Kasab Taburu (Butcher Brigade), Part Twenty

      

Akcam, Taner.  The Young Turks' Crime Against Humanity:  The Armenian Genocide and 
          Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire Princeton:  Princeton University Press,
           2012.

         "The purpose of sending away certain people is to safeguard the welfare of our fatherland for the future, for wherever they may live they will never abandon their seditious ideas, so we must try to reduce their numbers as much as possible." Ottoman Interior Ministry, quoted in Aram Andonian, Memoirs of Naim Bey, (Akcam, p. 254)

       The typical Turkish historian will claim that World War I, and its struggle between the Ottoman Empire and Russia, made the mass killing of the Armenians an unfortunate exigency.  The Armenians were all Dashnaks and revolutionaries--too dangerous to merit anything but extermination.
       The real reality is that the Ottoman Empire entered World War I when it did not need to, specifically so that it had a pretext to enforce its racial homogeneity notions.  The Committee of Union and Progress (CUP), also known as the "Young Turks," were liberal young Ottoman Muslims, who were usually educated in France.  The Young Turks wished to create a modern European-style state.  While democratic, capitalist and secular, this new Turkish state would be Islamic in character.
       TemessÜl, or "assimilation," was the buzz-word for the Young Turks.  Even non-Turkish Muslims, such as the Arabs and Kurds, were seen as backwards.  As such, they needed to be molded into the form of westernized Turks (Akcam, p. 45-47).
       The background that led the CUP to crave entry into World War I is important to understand.  In the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913, the Ottoman Empire lost eighty percent of its European territory (Akcam, xiv).  Enver Pasha blamed Ottoman Christians for this calamity, which led to hundreds of thousands of Muslims from Albania and Bosnia needing resettlement in Anatolia.
       In addition, a constellation of pressures from France and Russia made the CUP fear the encroachment on Anatolian territory.  The Baghdad Treaty (March 1914) saw the Ottomans agree with Russia, France, Britain and Italy to create zones that were superintended by these powers;  France wished to create Syrian, Armenian and Arabian states (Akcam, p. 130).  The Yeniköy Accord with Russia in February 1914 endangered seven provinces (Erzurum, Van, ManÜretülaziz,Diyarbkir, Sivas, Bitlis and Trebizond) by creating inspectors from abroad with authority to enforce reform benefiting Armenians, or, again, even create an Armenian state!  This mirrors the way the Sick Man of Europe lost the Balkans (Akcam, p. 131).  The Armenian Reform Agreement explains why Cemal Pasha and the CUP were eager to join the Austrians and Germans in World War I (Akcam, p. xvii).  The war would be the means for ending the Armenian issue (Akcam, p. 132).  Enver, Cemal and the rest of the CUP Central Committee were anxious that the presence of Armenians in these seven provinces would enable the creation of an Armenian state (Akcam, p. 132).  The systematic use of claims of Armenian disloyalty and rebellion were how Enver, Cemal and the rest of the CUP Central Committe would avoid this (Akcam, p. 133).
       Lastly, the Young Turk desire was to replace the successful Armenian businessmen with Muslim businessmen.  Thus, when Armenians were deported (which was the legal phase of Ottoman action), all their possessions were accounted for.  The three characteristics that show the intention of Enver Pasha was plunder are that 1) Armenians had no legal right for recovery; 2) Armenians could not use, purchase, or sell their abandoned property, and; 3) Trusts were not accessible to Armenians (Akcam, p. 343).  Thus, reallocation to Muslims or the Army/government was the intention;  perversely, the value of Armenian property was often used to fund their destruction (Akcam, pgs. 344, 354-56).
       Official Turkish history suggests justice was meted out to the perpetrators of the Armenian genocide.  Most executions after the war were for stealing Armenian property, not acts of murder against Armenians (Akcam, p. 384).  Others were killed for anti-CUP politics, or to destroy potential witnesses (e.g. Cerkez Ahmed, Yakup Cemil) (Akcam, p. 396-97).
      The methods by which the CUP executed the Armenian Genocide were a mixture of official and unofficial acts.  The official acts were done by government bodies like the Interior Ministry or Army.  These consisted of population exchanges, deportation, and the reallocation of Armenian property.
       The unofficial acts relied on the Special Organization, also known as bashi-bazouks.  Created by Dr. Bahaeddin Sakir Bey, bashi-bazouks were Kurdish tribesmen of released prisoners.  The command structure for bashi-bazouks bypassed the Ottoman government;  many orders came from Talat Pasha's telegraph in his home, while others passed to regional CUP functionaries.  Secrecy and deniability were key characteristics of these unofficial acts.  Orders were either oral or came with instructions to burn after reading.  Necati Bey showed the order of annihilation to Cemet Bey, but would not give him a copy (Akcam, p. 195).  An emphasis was placed upon hiding Armenian corpses, especially from foreigners (Akcam, p. 200).  
       The mathematics of dilution mandated the number of Armenians who needed to die.  For example, the Aleppo area was home to two million Muslims.  To adhere to the CUP policy that Armenians could only constitute 5% of the population, out of 1.3 million Armenians deported from Anatolia, 1.1 million Armenians had to be exterminated.  This would be accomplished through violence, disease, or dehydration/hunger (Akcam, p. 258)  After military setbacks like Galipoli and the Battle of Sarikamis (Jan. 1915), the CUP accelerated its efforts to punish Armenians for the success of the Entente powers (Akcam, pgs. 157-58).  Armenians in the Ottoman Army were disarmed and murdered (Akcam, p. 96, p. 155).  The Turkish government still adheres to the story that Armenians were acting as chetes on behalf of Russia--a testament to the Ottoman government's official arm to its extermination efforts.  It is remarkable how the same government that preserves records of Armenian guerrillas cannot produce any evidence of compensation to transported Armenians for abandoned property (Akcam, pgs. 354-56).
       The earlier process of removing Ottoman Greeks used this same combination of official acts and unofficial violence.  The main difference was that expulsion rather than extermination was the aim, to be achieved by boycotts and punitive taxation as well as bashi-bazouk violence (Akcam, p. 83).  The Greeks had the advantage of a neighboring state that could punish CUP killing with war or similar abuse of Muslims living in Greece (Akcam, p. 86, p. 100).  In both the Greek expulsion and the Armenian Genocide, Bahaeddin Sakir was the common architect (Akcam, p. 183).
      The Armenian Genocide was the inspiration for the Shoah.  It also was the template for the Yugoslav Civil Wars of the 40s and 90s.  Why cooperate with other ethnic groups when you can just get rid of them?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Oh Blah Blah Retrospective

       Today one of my friends shared a story about how anyone who didn't think Oh Blah Blah was a great president only felt that way because he was black.  Oh brother.  Estase wishes to outline some reasons he thought Oh Blah Blah was a crappy president.  And none of them have anything to do with race.
                 I.  He was the most pro-abortion president ever.  Obama promoted abortion every way conceivable (no pun intended).  He created Obamacare with the sole aim of finding a way to sidestep the Hyde Amendment.  Before Oh Blah Blah, Clinton was the most pro-abortion president ever (partially to hide the ugly fact that he used women like Kleenex).  But even Peace &Love Inc. pretended to wish abortion was rare!  The crowning touch was forcing religious organizations to buy abortion drugs for their employees.

               II.  Coddling radical Muslims and Communists was second nature to Obama.  He turned NASA into a pro-Muslim propaganda organization.  He removed sanctions on the Castro brothers in Cuba.  His appointees went on record praising Hugo Chavez.  (And we all know what great things Communism has done for Venezuela!)

              III.  The IRS scandal.  Obama shamelessly used the IRS as an attack dog against right of center organizations.  People vilify Nixon's use of an Enemies List, but Obama did the same thing, and CNN never devoted a minute of airtime to the scandal.

               IV.  The officer purge within the U.S. military was an unprecedented attack on our military readiness.  The end result is an incompetent Navy, where boats inexplicably end up in Iranian custody, and warships collide with other vessels.

      Lots of politicians end up on Estase's dishonor roll.  Seeing this article made me feel the need to give an accounting of why I didn't like Obama.  Being accused of racism is not something Estase takes lightly.   At the same time, this was the evil genius of leftists:  to make their standard-bearer a person of color, so that anyone questioning their actions could be dismissed as a racist.  If only the right were so cognizant of appearances!  Instead, most conservatives were convinced of the wisdom of making someone who used racial and national scapegoating on a regular basis their standard-bearer.   But perhaps Estase is some kind of racist for not backing Orange Blatherskite?

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Historic Newspaper Extracts

     "So they did; but they {outrages} occurred because nerveless boobies denounced every attempt to suppress them by the strong arm;  because you and your followers sent up a howl of military usurpation every time a federal bayonet was interposed between a helpless victim and his persecutors;  because the bloody massacres in the South were sneered at as fictions of the 'bloody-shirt organs,' and because a constant appeal was made the relief of the poor, down-trodden {southern--ed.} natives, who were exasperated by Republican carpet-baggers."  Inter-Ocean 1878

      "Some Chicago man once said of Jo. Medill, 'that he was too much afraid of street-car talk and corner-grocery criticism.  He everlastingly runs away from the fight just before knocking-down begins;  and so, though he never gets whaled, he never whales anybody.'  Perhaps this is the reason the {Chicago-ed.} Tribune is so little to be relied upon, politically."  Macomb {IL} Journal, 4 APR 1878

      "To I.N. Beaver, Dr. Creel, and Postmaster Cordell, all as good Republicans as are to be found anywhere in the states, we are much indebted for the enjoyment of our visit. . . . We also met with John Downen, 'Pope John,' we once called him, not by way of derision, but because we were led to believe that he held the grangers of McDonough in the hollow of his hand."  Macomb Journal 11 JUL 1878


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Unibrow Party Fun in Killinois

       The main disincentive to voting in the present circumstances is the inane similarity between the two parties.  When the Republican Speaker of the House says he is on the side of Communist Antifa, and the Republican Governor of Illinois signs a bill making the entire State of Killinois a sanctuary for illegal aliens, remind me again how these clowns are better than the Democrats?  The latter, Sci-Fi Bruce Rauner, is the exemplar of the Unibrow Party (h/t Shannon Joy).  Despite a history of having chums like Disturbin' Dick Durbin and Rahm "The Borg" Emmanuel, Mr. Rauner managed to wrest the nomination for governor from people with actual, conservative records.
     Just like the adorable little alien tykes in Village of the Damned, Rauner insinuated himself into a party that wasn't his own.  And now, when he did the same kind of crap the people of Killinois bounced Pat Quinn for doing, we're all surprised and stuff.  Note to Republican voters:  try nominating people who have been Republicans for longer than five minutes!   Or maybe it's expecting too much, wanting competent politicians who actually believe in something other than their own ego?  But enough about Donald Trump.