The long long shift

I, the primitive toiler, half naked and grimed to the eyes,

Sweating it deep in their ditches, swining it stark in their styes;

Hurling down forests before me, spanning tumultuous streams;

Down in the ditch building o’er me palaces fairer than dreams;

Boring the rock to the ore-bed, driving the road through the fen,

Resolute, dumb, uncomplaining, a man in a world of men.

Master, I’ve filled my contract, wrought in Thy many lands;

Not by my sins wilt Thou judge me, but by the work of my hands.

Master, I’ve done Thy bidding, and the light is low in the west,

And the long long shift is over … Master, I’ve earned it — Rest.

- Robert W. Service

The long long shift

Beheading Children

The next war is here.

This past week Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel described ISIL as an imminent threat: “They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess, they are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything that we have seen.” 1

Meanwhile Hagel’s lap-dog, General Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated IS was “an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision and which will eventually have to be defeated”.

You might ask yourself why America’s leading military experts find an overseas, thousands-and-thousands-of-miles-away apocalyptic cult so dangerous when we’ve been ignoring the very same within our own borders for at least the last two decades. Oh, you poor fools: don’t you know there’s (as yet) no money to be made in slaughtering religious extremists at home?

What kind of religious extremists, you ask?

How about these yahoos who have managed to link (by the most tenuous of umbilical cords, mind you) ISIL beheadings abroad and abortions at home:

We are all horrified by the images coming out of the Middle East and the brutality that is being carried out by ISIS/ISIL jihadists, coming out of Syria. Iraqi Christians have been singled out for conversion or death, or subjugation by the jihadists. Beheading children, crucifying teenagers, murdering fathers and husbands, raping and enslaving mothers and girls, are all part of the vicious tactics of a heartless, terrorist ideology.

AMERICA’S HYPOCRISY!

While there is no excuse for the brutality that’s being carried out in Iraq, what we fail to see is the moral hypocrisy that ought to be a scandal in America. Yes we should, and hopefully will, stand up to the jihadists, but doesn’t it seem hypocritical? Why? In Iraq there are foreign invaders brutalizing and beheading children. In America we brutalize and behead our own children! Surgical abortion is nothing less horrific or less brutal than what we see happening to the children in Iraq, only WE ARE DOING IT TO OUR OWN CHILDREN!

See! America is beheading children! OMG!!!!!!

Which, of course, makes it okay for these “believers” to gun down doctors who perform abortions, makes it okay to harass and terrorize women seeking abortions. Because these people “believe.”

Unlike ISIL, whose adherents are, you know, all fucked up, religion-wise.

So of course the military-industrial complex will drag us into war and our citizenry will passively follow along.

Jesus H. Fucking Christ, people – wake up!

If ISIL was such a dire and direct threat to North America’s interests why the fuck is Canada — a far more civilized and progressive democracy than the United States, by and by — still sitting around sipping Molsons and squinting at us all quizzical-like?

Beheading Children

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  1. Because al-Qaeda didn’t do those exact same things? Give us a fuckin’ break, Chuck.