Today is the two years anniversary of The Sitonfence Speakeasy. A site where the only agendas are the truth and righting wrongs. Injustice, in all its many guises, is anathema to me. In jj:passim Be Still My Beating Heart I highlighted organ harvesting in China. Falun Gong is a Chinese spiritual practice that combines meditation and qigong exercises with a moral philosophy centered on the tenets of truthfulness. However the truth and freedom of thought are often proscribed in China. After several weeks of demonstrations, Chinese troops entered Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, and fired on civilians. Estimates of the death toll range from several hundred to thousands. It has been estimated that as many as 10,000 people were arrested during and after the protests. Many of those arrested have never been seen again, including Tank Man, whose identity remains unknown.
The ethnic cleansing of Falun Gong practitioners, whose organs are taken by force during their incarceration, is truly scandalous. However The Chinese State Apparatus gets away with it as Chinese investment is currently propping up the American economy. Sino-American relations are seen as key to containing the ‘rogue state’ of North Korea. Is North Korea really a rogue state or has it been demonised by the media? Does it not have the right to defend its borders? The prohibition of crude oil exports to North Korea is beginning to bite, as is the embargo on North Korea’s exports. The Pentagon/CIA are drawing up plans for regime change. In the current circumstances is it not unreasonable to expect a response from North Korea even if it’s little more than thermo-nuclear sabre rattling?
The Philippines war against drugs has resulted in the extra-judicial murder of 5,000 individuals, many of whom were innocent of any crime. Crystal meth is the common name for crystal methamphetamine, a strong and highly addictive drug that affects the central nervous system. It’s estimated that three million are addicted to ‘ice.’
Rodrigo Duterte, the 16th and current President of the Philippines, in a televised address to the nation, asserted that he would like to massacre all of the three million drug addicts.
I have first-hand experience of poverty in the Philippines. I have been to houses with no floor covering and newspapers on the walls as makeshift wallpaper. I became involved in a charity that provided shoes to children starting primary school. Some of them had lived their lives bare of foot. The better off had flip-flops. The poverty is crushingly oppressive and overwhelming. Is it any wonder many without hope turn to a cheap blue rock that makes them feel better?
Duterte should be tackling the drug lords not the addicts. Or is he on the take from the wealthiest of their milieu? That he has done nothing to alleviate the poverty of his people is an outrage.
I digress. Many of my readers don’t appreciate when I go off piste from the main targets for my invective: the systemic cheating of Rangers and the complicity of Scottish football governance. Few however could ignore my articles on the death of Madeleine McCann, whose body will probably never be found. Her odious parents have denied their daughter the basic right of a Christian burial. Operation Ore exposed Gerry McCann as someone prepared to pay for images and videos of children being sexually tortured, including babies. He and his paedophile pal Dr. David Payne discussed how well McCann had groomed Madeleine, who was two at the time, to engage in oral sex. How McCann and his equally odious wife are allowed to solicit millions of pounds to ‘find‘ Madeleine is incomprehensible.
I backed Ched Evans when it was unpopular to do so. Matt Leslie, a former sub-editor at The Daily Record and current blogger on Hearts, was quick to castigate my support of a convicted rapist. I was convinced that he was innocent. The jury system is fallible. He spent thirty months in jail for a crime that he did not commit. A crime that was not reported to the police. A crime that the police used to further their careers. Ched was cleared of all charges. My support was vindicated.
This is very much a football blog. It was the Fans’ Choice of New Football Blog 2016 (FBA Awards). One of the reasons that this is the go-to site for many readers is my exclusives. I will select four of these from a portfolio of at least ten times this quantum:
1. David Murray paid a $1,000,000 bribe in cash to Lawrence Marlborough to acquire the latter’s equity in Rangers.
2. Dave King, via his bag man Paul Murray, paid William Stevenson £25,000 for his hacked information to undermine the former incumbents of the Rangers Lite board and to drive down the share price to facilitate their acquisition by his concert party.
3. The minutes of the interim meeting of the SPL to discuss whether to appeal the inordinately lenient fine that was recommended by the LNS Commission.
4. An insider at Woolgar Hunter revealed that three of the roofs at Ibrox stadium had fallen in to such disrepair that they had to be lifted and replaced at a cost north of £10m.
I revealed the true extent of the activities of career criminal Dave King. DCI Robertson chose to believe that King/Traynor’s leaks on Twitter (Charlotte Fakeovers) were evidence of a conspiracy. As King wanted to oust the former regime, Robertson’s pursuit of them was a godsend. Millions from state coffers were squandered on a wild goose chase. A wild goose chase that I was the first to rail against. David Murray killed Rangers. Fighting over the carcass should have been a sideshow. The intervention of a corrupt cabal of football governors made it the main event
There have been three credible death threats from those who cannot handle the truth. I now have to live my life in exile as I have been warned that should I return to Scotland my elderly and infirm parents will be assassinated. They are sitting ducks for the paramilitaries who have infiltrated The Orange Order.
Please read the preceding paragraph again. It’s chilling. Fellow FBA award winner Phil Macgiollabhain describes your humble author as ‘heroically in exile.‘ He should focus on his creative writing which according to my sources is no more than 30% accurate. If you want a Sinn Fein perspective or a theatrical night of IRA rabble-rousing, Phil’s your man. However he should not meddle in areas where he does not have any awareness of what’s really going on in my life.
I salute those who have shared this journey with me. A special mention must go to The Mensch who has been with me since the beginning. TM’s is a man hewn from a Jewish tradition who responded to my pieces on Palestine with the measure and eloquence that have become his trademark. His contributions to this site are invaluable. Sadly he too has been targeted by The Klan who threatened to gas his family.
If I have made your morning commute more bearable then I have made a difference. If you take your JJ with your morning coffee, I hope that I have provided some respite from your travails. If you’re unwaged or infirm, never forget that I have your back and that your voice will not be muted.
The Paypal donations of my readers makes it possible. My contributors will decide whether this site celebrates a third year. I can assure you that I won’t be sitting on a fence as I enter my third year. It was always thus.