THIS is it. The deed is done. Article 50 was actually, finally triggered today, at around 1230. That wasn’t all that was triggered, judging by the callers on BBC and LBC. The rump of Remainers are taking it bad. That cheers me even more.
Article 50 was invoked at the moment the UK’s Ambassador to the EU handed the Prime Minister’s letter to Donald Tusk, President of the EU Council. I’ll always remember that I was sat in a traffic jam on the M3 at the time, for once with a huge grin on my mug.
But I don’t trust the Tories. They have some sterling patriots in their ranks. David Davis is the Brexit Secretary and he’ll be supported by some decent MPs. However I don’t trust the Prime Minister, no patriot can trust the Chancellor, and I expect Tory Remain MPs to continue the guerilla warfare.
I was at a museum recently where some replicas of Indian bones were on display from a nearby archeological site. I noticed an exhibit of pelvises that explained how someone’s gender can be determined by the shape of his or her pelvis. I already knew this, but was very interested in the exhibit because just that day I had read about a mother and son “transitioning” into a father and daughter. I hate to break it to you transgender folks, but if for some reason your skeleton is examined a hundred years after you are dead you will be identified as a male or a female even if you pretended to be a female or a male while you walked this earth.
You can pretend to be something you’re not. You can even demand that others collude in your fairy tales and fictions. But in the end you are what you are.
Suncream, cold remedies and gluten-free food may no longer be available on the NHS in England under a crackdown on “low value” medicines […]
It also includes some types of pain relief and travel vaccines.
People in sane parts of the world will be forgiven for wondering if the NHS (“the taxpayer”) actually pays for suncream, gluten-free food and travel vaccines. Yes it does. And there’s more. Also lined up for he chop are omega 3 and fish oils, plasters and alternatives to Viagra.
Most people, even Britons, still think that the NHS is a health service. This is wrong. It’s a vast, full-spectrum lifestyle management bureaucracy that gallops through 300 million quid a day. Actual healthcare is an incidental activity, the same way that a modern airport is really a vast shopping centre with a runway out the back.
The news of widespread protests in Russia was of course blacked out by Russian state-controlled media in their slavish devotion to the shirtless leader Putin. Putin has managed to control Russia for 17 years with a few tactics learned as a KGB agent.
The protests were quite mild, inspired more by anti-corruption than calls for greater freedom. The focus more on other officials luxurious holdings and corrupt dealings than a focus on the strongman himself. The State of course views ANY dissent as dangerous and thus the arrests and intimidation were out of proportion. It also appears to be a me youthful movement as the younger Russians have more exposure to alternative media.
The Soviets used to fear poets. The censored them, exiled them and often executed them. Putin longs for those days. He can’t get them back but he can certainly push a super nationalist agenda and squeeze the nation’s coffers and resources in the process. A Russian nationalism combined with a what can you do pessimism about corruption would seemed to have lulled the population into a collective status quo ennui. Maybe this latest dissent is a sign that the Russians might see some hope for change.
Back in Stalin’s days it was often Western leftists who provided now laughable apologies for the regime. In Putin’s time we now see the laughable apologists coming out of some on the right. He has certainly exploited this, encouraging their denunciation of Western Media through his controlled Network. Criticism of Western Media clearly serves his interests as it is a source of valid criticism of Russian actions. Make no mistake, this is a calculated strategy.
Ignorance of Russian motives and tactics is not merely foolhardy, it is willful blindness. Those who value freedom of the press, freedom of protest, basic human rights and democracy should stand up and say so, and not allow the Kremlin’s Lotus-eating sycophants to get away with Soviet-era sophistry.
A cold bitter March Sunday morning….. just my thoughts before I head to Church.
My Music the things I play are always played for me but I do hope some of you actually listen to them. If not that’s Ok also. I was raised to be one thing, I was raised to be a Cop. Life however makes it’s own plans and I wound up in the Airline Business which I loved. When USAIR went belly up the second time I got screwed and fell back on my knowledge base selling Guns. I had intended to go back to the Airline Industry eventually, but once again life had other plans and I got sick. Lifes a Bitch.
Growing up I was taught there are first and foremost two kinds of People, Cop and Little People. I was raised in that world as a Prince. My father was the third highest ranked Officer in the City. The only way you got higher than he did was by political appointment. When he died his funeral was the second largest the city ever had. The majority of my friends were the children of other Cops as a cops kid it seemed for the most part you fell into two categories. The ones that carry the traditions and the ones who rebelled and became criminals. I fell into the former group, and even though my life didn’t follow the path I was trained for I still managed to keep the benefits. I was never shunned.
Now I am a Catholic. I believe in heaven and hell, in Angels. The following is a cover version of Paint it Black. The video that accompanies it is from the TV show Lucifer. It is based on a graphic novel series where Lucifer after millennia of serving as the king of Hell decides he no longer wants to play his role and he leaves Hell and moves to LA and runs a nightclub. It is a very interesting portrayal of Lucifer not one that most Catholics would expect. It is well worth the watch. No matter what he does God set up his role in existence and the events even on Earth are manipulated to put him back in his roll.
He is a very conflicted Soul this song is the tempo his life is set to, as I have also felt that it is a tempo I regretfully share. I play it hopefully for your enjoyment.
This second song is dedicated to Antonio. He was a fellow Prince and one of my best friends. He followed his fathers path. We buried him this week. This ones for you Antny. Rest well my brother.
Can we get a collective Gesundheit to the President’s debacle on Health Care? He’ll need more than a spoonful of medicine this weekend in Mar-a-Lago to make this medicine go down. Diagnosis: politicking ain’t governing.
Humpty Trumpty fell off his wall (which is not that great a fall cause he can’t get Mexico to pay for it) Now can all the Donald’s horses and all the Donald’s men repeal and replace? Apparently not. A signature promise is not delivered by the art of the no deal President. He only had his personal involvement, 7 years of Republican angst, and both houses of Congress. His erratic and detail adverse leadership killed the Republican plan more effectively than an Obamacare death panel. Who says laughter at the President isn’t the best medicine?
It is time to put Dr. Zaius in charge, cause an orangutan is needed for this health care circus. Or perhaps Dr. Zhivago given the President’s affection for Russian characters. Either way my prognosis is that he will tweet more fiction than fact. Any way you look at it it was a resounding clustertrump. If he can’t manage the details of effective governing then his promised agenda may not be able to find a cure for itself. Doctor Doctor, Mr. M.D., what is ailing we? Trumpcareless.
And, of course, it wasn’t JUST London. The Jihad is across the world…
The man who tried to drive into a busy crown in Antwerp has been charged with attempted terrorist murder. The suspect allegedly sped a car down a pedestrian shopping street in Antwerp, making several failed attempts to hit pedestrians nearby. No one was injured in the incident, but authorities said pedestrians had to jump out of the way and police found knives and other weapons in the vehicle of 39-year-old Mohamed R., a French resident of North African origin.
In short, a Muslim killer. Mohamed in Belgium, Khalid in London, do we see how this works yet?
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