notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Good Riddance

A lot of things piss me off like the death penalty, censorship, the invasion of Iraq, and of course pickles but I'm here to tell you of the demise of one of my most loathed groups; Father's For Justice. They were set up in reaction to the fact that Court's in the UK give priority to the mother when custody is contested. They feel that fathers are victimised by the law and seek to highlight their plight with high profile demonstrations. You may think that these demonstrations try and educate the British public, highlight specific legislation, or at least bring a modicum of dignity and decorum to the cause.

You'd be wrong.

In May of 2004, members of the group threw a condom full of purple powder at Tony Blair in the House of Commons. Great going. They followed this bullet of justice with a full scale assault on the very source of their perceived injustice, one member dressed up as Batman, scaled a wall of Buckingham Palace (running past armed guards who almost shot him there and then), and just hung out there for a while before coming down in a cherry picker. It's sad to think that there was a great deal of planning behind these events; various meeting may have been held, juice and biscuits were served, on some nights of continued creative conspiracy a pizza or two may have been consumed. And the result was a fat guy in a Batman suit standing on a wall.
Way to take it to the man!!!

The fact that their protests are so stupid is just the tip of the ice berg of my dislike for this group. Basically they represent a lot of stuff that makes me angry about men, and those in positions of power. It's a typical response from a group who occupy a priviledged position through some kind of continued, ingrained injustice. They cry foul play, they are desperate to be seen as the victim of the big bad legal machine which panders to the maniacal, power hungry, heartless demands of the feminists who have stripped men of any dignity they once had and have relegated them to a position in society slightly above the cockroach. While I agree that there are instances where Court's get it wrong and a father suffers, those occasions are completely dwarfed by the amount of mothers struggling to raise her children while the father does nothing in the way of support, financial or otherwise. While Batman sat and ate his sandwiches on the wall of the palace, the whole palace itself could've been filled with mums who would love to have their child's father take some kind of responsibility for their kid. Do the group promote such a responsibility? If they do, they keep it to themselves.

The group's collapse comes with the uncovering of a plot to kidnap Blair's youngest child Leo (5 years old), keep him for a period of time before returning him unharmed to show what it's like to be without a child. Of course, the spell binding sheer stupidity and recklessness of this venture was not taken as a prank, and the police were involved. Although Father's For Justice came out to condemn the plan, the incident highlighted that the group had splintered after the Batman charade, with one section wanting to take a more militant stance; the resulting bad publicity has lead to the disbanding of the organisation. I for one will not miss them, and hope that the members, faced with the bare faced idiocy of the direction of their campaign, will take stock and maybe start working towards fostering responsibility rather than simply blaiming all and sundry. And please, ditch the superhero crap, it's stupid, it's ugly, it's wrong.


The donor of the "chest hair" below...