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All things bright and beautiful…….

By Mike Cunningham On December 1st, 2013 at 9:53 am

Quite a few years back, when I was still working, I took a half-hour off and visited my mother-in-law in the north of London, where her home was. I found her quite well, but a little unhappy, mainly because her pet dog, a rather elderly and extremely-mournful  Basset Hound, was definitely not in the best of health. The dog was almost totally deaf and nearly blind, it also had the equivalent of arthritis in its back legs, a very upset stomach, and other internal problems; and in short was not a happy doggy.

My mother-in-law, whose companion for over fifteen years had been this dog, was worrying and wondering what to do for the best, for her dog as well as for herself, as she was no longer fit enough herself to take the animal for walks.

I sat down, and partly because I tend to speak the truth bluntly, and plainly, without wrapping things up in false sentimentality; told her that she was failing her long-time companion, and that the dog deserved better. I told her to get her eldest son, who lived just ten houses away, to make an appointment,  get the dog ready and take it down to the vets; and there to get the vet not to ‘put it to sleep’, not ‘ease it away from suffering’; in fact not to engage in any of the platitudes which humans these  days surround death, but to get the vet to kill the dog, and end its miserable existence!

I told her that she had endowed her pet with human values, partly because of those big, liquid brown eyes which seemed to look reproachfully at her, but the dog was not human; it was just an animal, but was deserving of a kindness worthy of a human being by ending its suffering.

She did as I asked, her pet was expertly killed, and my mother-in-law survived, because she accepted that I was right; a little blunt perhaps, but still right.

Which is why I reckon this sort of thing is both silly, stupid and worrying, all at the same time!

Do you remember?

By Mike Cunningham On November 22nd, 2013 at 12:22 pm


Where were you, or rather were you even alive, on the day Kennedy was shot? I was  home on leave from Merchant Navy service, seated on a bus travelling back to my home, when a mate of mine spotted me, sat down and told me of the news. It seems to me that this one question, tells us more about how the world, and the people, have altered perceptions, and changed viewpoints than any other political event in the last one hundred tears.

Imagine, if the Internet, and citizen bloggers, and 24/7 news cycles, had existed on that sunny day when John Kennedy sat down in that motorcade which slowly wound its way through downtown Dallas.

It is indeed, more likely than not that LBJ would have been seated in that limousine, as the word, and fact, of Kennedy’s many flaws would have already driven him from office; either through resignation, or impeachment. Can you even imagine of the furore which would erupt if the news cycle was able to grab and run with stories of the American President having multiple sexual liaisons whilst his wife was in the White House caring for their youngest child? Can you even contemplate the size of the headlines when the assassination attempts on Castro were uncovered? Or the plots to overthrow the South Vietnamese President? Can you imagine the blog pages when Monroe serenaded Kennedy in public? All those huge problems would have been uncovered within hours of happening, because today, no-one gets away with much, except maybe bogus asylum-seekers and killers in Britain, and of course the SinnFeinIRA murderers in Stormont.

Camelot was always a straw building, and Kennedy was not even a very good politician, never mind President. He was a reluctant convert to the civil rights movement, and just about the only thing he got right was to stand firm against Kruschev over Cuba and the missiles, and even then Kennedy benefited from the spy Oleg Penkovsky’s advice on Soviet intentions. A pity that Penkovsky was later arrested and burnt alive after being betrayed by an American KGB mole.

So where indeed were you on the day that Kennedy was shot? Does it matter if there was a conspiracy? Why did Jack Ruby gun Lee Harvey down? Who indeed was on that Grassy Knoll? Who, if indeed anyone, really cares?

a picture…better than a thousand words?

By Mike Cunningham On October 21st, 2013 at 2:29 pm



A memento of the occasion when awarded the Nation’s highest honour, from a Commander-in-Chief to the recipient?

Or was it, as the photo shows, a memory of something very, very different?



E.B.T. glitch; or theft?

By Mike Cunningham On October 14th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I am often reminded of the old quotation from Dickens’ David Copperfield, which reads: ‘Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery’.

I would think that most of us, in our own lives and circumstances, have known hard times and maybe a small amount of the ‘misery’ which Charles Dickens wrote of so memorably in his novel. It is part of human nature that we strive to overcome obstacles, to ‘better’ ourselves, and in doing so to give our families a better chance themselves at grasping and achieving their own versions of the ‘Good Life’.

But what of those who, for whatever reason, don’t have that same ‘striving’ within their DNA. Should we, who have been through the tempering fire and emerged stronger, perhaps ‘understand’ their plight, and maybe even forgive their ‘understandable frustrations’ at not having everything which they desire immediately; or even at all? Should we ‘understand’ actions and events such as these? (play the video, to gain a full idea of the ‘activity’)

I think not, but there again I write as an individual.

Where is the outrage?

By Patrick Van Roy On October 8th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Just recently during the “shutdown” the Obama Regime erected barriers around all the monuments on the National Mall to prevent people from viewing the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and the WWII Memorial. They have even threatened to arrest 85-95yr old WWII veterens for moving the barriers so that they could pay their respects to their fallen comrades before they themselves pass on.

So as Obama threatens to lock up men that went through hell to guarantee not only the safety of America, but that of the rest of the world as well fighting the Germans and the Japanese what do you think they are promoting today?

Today the Administration is sponsoring an Amnesty Rally on the National Mall. Yesterday stages were built, and today thousands of ILLEGAL ALIENS will fill the Mall demanding citizenship after breaking into our house.

A planned immigration reform rally will take place on the National Mall on Tuesday even though the site is closed due to the government shutdown.

Organizers for the “Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform” were spotted Monday setting up a stage and equipment on the National Mall for the rally which will take place on Tuesday.

A few scattered barriers around the park have signs informing visitors that the area is closed as a result of the government shutdown.

Susana Flores, a spokesperson for the rally, confirmed for the Washington Examiner that the Park Service will allow the event to take place under the group’s rights granted by the First Amendment.

About 30 members of Congress are expected to attend the rally, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.

The event is hosted by several immigration activist groups, together with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the AFL-CIO.

Those that fought and bled for us we are going to lock up, but thieves, and trespassers are given the Red Carpet.

I hate the Press

By Patrick Van Roy On October 8th, 2013 at 11:33 am

When is someone going to frame an honest question or make an honest statement?

If you have been listening to the news out of the US (as if it could be avoided) you would think that the US is less than 10 days from defaulting on it’s debt.  What a load of crap.

The US Government takes in revenues of 3 times the amount to service our debt. That is to pay our creditors, pay our military, pay the current level of Social Security, and to fund the cost of daily operations payroll and utilities.  The problem is that our Politicians then spend 6 times that amount on “other things”.

By law the Government must pay our creditors first, so when is a Reporter going to ask a question that is not framed within this lie of default? Answer never.  There are no reporters, there are only “Journalists” people that fill the print and airways with as little fact as possible surrounded by spin and color.

The question they should be asking is “When is the Government going to cut spending, instead of just upping the Limit on it’s credit card” I am sure that when that question is asked by the press, that will be the day the planet is struck by a planet killer meteor.

A small amount of fame

By Mike Cunningham On September 30th, 2013 at 5:14 pm


Announcing that one of my other stories has now advanced to become a member of the ‘Featured Section’ of a author/reader collective named Wattpad

Fourth down from the top, you will find American Cemetery.

A Boeing B-17G bomber crew’s transition from a 1943 nightmare to rest, and back to nightmare once more.

Hope you enjoy the story!

Sometimes, ya gotta’ just laugh

By Mike Cunningham On September 28th, 2013 at 4:54 pm




Who said the Yanks don’t have a sense of humour?

Just some thoughts

By Patrick Van Roy On September 18th, 2013 at 3:15 am

My 12yr old e-machine died along with my daughters laptop, borrowing Mums at the moment.

murdererMr. President, if you had a son he could’ve looked just like this guy as well as Trayvon. In the honor of the man who could be the son you never had I dedicate this song. That’s all I have to say about that situation.

The President today also qualified himself as a viable target for a drone attack. It is not just policy, but United States Law that if you supply arms to known Terrorists in the eyes of our Military and Law you are to be viewed as a Terrorist yourself, and are subject to military action and prosecution. Now of course he granted himself a waiver to that law he announced it today. In doing so he admits the people he is now openly supplying arms to in Syria are known Terrorists that have declared the United States as their enemy. He’s going to supply them arms anyway. My only question is what do you call somebody who aids and abets the Enemy ?


Today however is a very important day. It is Constitution Day. On this day 226 years ago the Constitutional Conference ended and the document was sent to the Thirteen Colonies to be discussed, debated, and judged by the PEOPLE for ratification. To think it actually lasted 220yrs before we lost it.

Well as I said I am on a borrowed keyboard, and just wanted to share a couple of passing tidbits.



If you build it…..We can always knock it down!

By Mike Cunningham On July 10th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

When Obamses the First Black Pharoah sent the surge of about 20,000 Marines and 30,000-odd soldiers  into Helmand Province, the military planners took one look at the Marines’ Command Headquarters, and decided that the Leathernecks needed something a bit more like solid American construction, instead of the plywood walled offices occupied by Major-General Mills. The General stated that he was quite happy with his little encampment the way it was, but no-one back home took any notice of this Marine.

Amec, a British Company, got the contract, and built it solidly, and built it well.

So as the Marines count-down past 7,000, and the total American contingent withdrawal continues apace, the 400-odd Headquarters staff find they have a brand-new $34 million-dilemma, in that not only will there be no-one to sit and issue battle commands in this computerised palace, no-one wants it anyway.


It was not until this spring that U.S. generals in Kabul decided to call a halt to the project. The decision was made before additional millions were spent on computer gear for the building but not soon enough to cancel crates of furniture.

“It’s terribly embarrassing,” the two-star Army general said.

The Pentagon, Sopko wrote to Hagel, needs to determine “all of the facts on how we reached this $34 million dilemma and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.”