When satire Bites your Bum!

When satire Bites your Bum!

MizzLizProbert 6 Apr 2017 14:29  (also know as BeautifulBurnout, CalamityJane123, BuddhistBarrister, Dharmawarrior:
Authoritarians and despots since time immemorial have hidden behind the claim that the reason critical satire of them should be quashed is because it is “not funny”
The following is part of a piece of satire I posted on Comment is Free’s Ciffies 2009 awards on  6 December 2009 that following complaints from BeautifulBurnout and others resulted in Bitethehand’s banning:
I would like to say something about my mother Mrs Bitethehand’s employment as moderator on the Ciffies 2009: thread of the year yesterday when between 10:47 and 1:12am she deleted a number of my posts.

Ms Burnout, I’ve told bitethehand it was quite wicked to say what he did about you and that poor Mrs Akhtar and particularly when you were trying to cope with your son running away from home. I’ve told bitethehand so many times how lucky he was to have a mum who stayed at home to look after him and his siblings, rather that go out to work all day and then spend half the night on the internet getting drunk. Not that we had the internet in my day of course but as a good mother yourself you’ll know what I mean. And believe me I know how difficult it is to keep these young ones on the straight and narrow, what with all that smut on the internet and the television, which is why I just can’t understand why bitethehand, when his father and I didn’t allow a television into the house until he was older than your son, who I’m so glad is back in the family fold, turned out to be such a bad sort.

Mr Plang – that’s another unusual name if you don’t mind me saying and I can understand what you’re saying but I can assure you that bitethehand’s vendettas have never been petty, quite the opposite, he’s always been a very serious person. I remember having to sort out a problem he had at infant’s school when they sent him home for arguing about his teacher’s misinterpretation of the parable of the Good Samaritan. Heaven knows where he picked up the words “Thatcherite lackey”, as it certainly wasn’t from his father and me, we’ve always kept politics out of our family. But I can’t agree with you that he doesn’t have a sense of humour as he does seem to laugh a lot when he’s using my computer, stopping me getting onto my Facebook, laughing away with some friends of his on something called the Untrusted. He says it’s a real bundle of laughs, and I’ve noticed that lovely Mrs Burnout’s on it too, although from what I can see there’s far too much swearing on it for my taste.

So I hope you all understand why I had to take the red pencil to some of bitethehand’s posts last night and I’ve advised him to be more kind to all those nice people at CiF in future, but you no how stubborn he can be.

Yours in Christ,

Mrs Bitethehand

Watching the Untrusted Implode II

Kaili, Guizhou Province, China, city centre market, April 2107

Given the outbreak of inappropriate use of Hitler and Nazi comparisons in the Guardian I thought it might by appropriate to quote George Orwell from a longer article in:

POLITICO Magazine – Quit Comparing Trump to Hitler! –

In American politics everyone at some point gets compared to Der Fuhrer. Even Obama.  By Michael Lind  March 08, 2016

As early as 1944, in his essay “What is Fascism?” George Orwell concluded: “It will be seen that, as used, the word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless … I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, Priestley’s broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else.”

The word “fascist” according to Orwell had been degraded “to the level of a swearword.”


There’s an interesting article in the Guardian about the Mosuo minority nationality who live in the area of Lugu Lake


” An assault on an ideology is not merely different from a threat made to a person; it is the opposite of a threat made to a person. The whole end of liberal civilization is to substitute the criticism of ideas for assaults on people.” – Adam Gopnik


There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth.

John Kenneth Galbraith


Welcome to The Real Untrusted

for a brief introduction to this site – read here

“The citadel of established practice seldom falls to the polite knock of a good idea. It may however yield to a long siege, a pre-emptive strike, a wooden horse or a cunning alliance.” 


Why I am voting Leave the EU is now here


I’ve posted Photographs 30  –  all of which have been displayed on the front page recently and are now all together for those who might have missed them first time round.


End of You Tell Us – 28 January 2015

“Today is the last ideas thread. From tomorrow, we won’t be running these threads any more. We still really want your ideas for articles, but we think the best way to do that will be to have a dedicated email address for people to send in suggestions. That is being set up asap. The editor of Cif, Kira Cochrane, will be running a talking shop tomorrow to explain more, but when this thread closes tomorrow there won’t be a new one. I know this will be upsetting for some, but please bear with us while we make some new changes to the site.”


 Today’s Music

Steve Winwood “Back In the High Life Again”


In the beginning……….. How the CiF rebels turned hypocrisy into an art form-  is now elsewhere  – making comments posted here easier to access – I hope.

Watching The Untrusted Implode – I

Welcome to The Real Untrusted

for a brief introduction to this site – read here

This post allows visitors to access the first pages of comments made since I set up the site in April 2012, until May 2016 when the number of comments exceeded the WordPress limit. More recent comments can be viewed and added to at Watching The Untrusted Implode – II


There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth.

John Kenneth Galbraith

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