Ladies and gentlemen, attention please;
come in close so everyone can see:
I got a tale to tell,
a listen don’t cost a dime -
And if you believe that we’re gonna get along just fine.
Now I’ve been travelin’ all around,
I heard trouble’s come to your town;
well I’ve got a little somethin’
guaranteed to ease your mind:
It’s called Snake Oil, y’all
It’s been around for a long, long time
Steve Earle, from “Snake Oil“.
Setting a sombre mood right from the get-go, Daniel Bilak leads off with Edmund Burke’s cri du cœur – “all that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.” Please, EU; stop playing Putin’s game, and sanction that prick back to the stone age. Help Ukraine succeed by destroying the economy of its former largest trading partner, so that Ukraine – a country with screaming territorial disputes which have resulted in Ukraine using its military to bludgeon the civilian populace into submission – can become a smiling and happy member of the rich EU even though the newly-minted EU Association agreement does not even offer membership, and although membership is not considered in the case of supplicant nations with ongoing territorial disputes.
That’s quite a pipe dream, Daniel. Pardon me – is that a crack pipe? Just curious; I’m not judging.
Before we start unpacking it, which is our stock in trade, allow me to counter with a quote from a less well-known philosopher; Ally Carter, author of “Heist Society“. “It is an occupational hazard that anyone who has spent [his] life learning how to lie eventually becomes bad at telling the truth.”
I’m not sure how Mr. Bilak is at telling the truth, because we don’t get to see any of that in this piece. However, I can vouch with complete confidence for his suitability to lead a weekend retreat in lying; he is a veritable wizard of whoppers. Let’s take a look at some of them. Continue reading