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By Patrick Van Roy On September 11th, 2020 at 12:01 am



By Patrick Van Roy On July 18th, 2020 at 1:28 pm

Guest Post by Paul

A child falls in love with the pageantry and colour of Irish dancing, begins attending classes, works hard and as a young woman becomes an extremely accomplished Irish dancer. She puts a video of her dancing onto social media, makes an appearance on an Irish radio show to speak about her dancing and live on air receives a call from the lead dancer of Riverdance, the absolute zenith of commercial Irish dancing, to join the troupe for a performance.


The stuff that dreams are made of.

But she isn’t Irish

And she isn’t white. 



So, ‘cultural appropriation’ or a young girl following her dreams to their pinnacle?

I think it’s a great story regardless of what a minority of apparent malcontents think.

9.11.2019 We are still at War

By Patrick Van Roy On September 11th, 2019 at 5:00 am


I spent the first 72hrs after these events sitting alone in a ground control tower looking at 1000 parked planes. I’ll never be at peace…. but that’s just me

Another Cut an Paste

By Patrick Van Roy On June 13th, 2015 at 11:37 pm

Here is an article that made a point that I feel is important, and will present a problem in the very near future.

When Obama Leaves Office, the Military Will Be Smaller Than It Was Prior to 9/11

Does that make sense? Is the world safer for America today than it was on Sept. 10, 2001?

When the U.S. military lacks the capacity and capabilities to protect all its vital interests, the country is worse off. It is just that simple.

As U.S. relative power declines, the Pentagon becomes increasingly unable to deal with more than one problem at a time. They know, for example, that if Washington becomes absorbed in a Middle East crisis, it will have less capacity and appetite to intervene elsewhere.

If the U.S. lacks the means to win, then an enemy’s answer is a lot easier: Just demonstrate the ability to make sure America knows wars will be messy. That will convince Washington the best course is to just back off.

As problems grow and the Pentagon loses more capacity to deal with them, decision makers in the U.S. will become increasingly risk-averse.

Adversaries will exploit America’s indecision and reluctance to engage.

Today, despite our multibillion-dollar investment, America’s military is not all that great. That was the finding of a two-year research effort by a team of analysts at The Heritage Foundation.

“The Index of U.S. Military Strength” grades the armed forces. The ranking this year? Marginal.

The Link leads to 9 very good reports if you have the time to read them.


On a clear day; you can still see the smoke

By Mike Cunningham On May 15th, 2014 at 10:38 am

anewyorkviewArt, and the perception of beauty, talent, perspective held within the creation, is a very personal thing. Speaking and writing only on behalf of 0ne’s self, as we all have to do, when it comes to Art and Culture, is indeed a difficulty, as we have to attempt to place a very personal viewpoint in public, and also get a measured response from the audience.

I have often commented upon some, if not most, ‘modern art’, conceptual art, and all the other variations on a theme as just a huge ‘con’ job; a modern day version of ‘the emperor’s new clothes: whereby if enough sycophantic murmurs gather together, the ‘artist’ is then anointed with admiration, which of course translates into cold, hard cash.

But once in a very blue moon, there comes along a work which does cause you to think and remember, as just about everyone who watched the slow-motion death of the Twin Towers may remember; just how clear the sky really was on that tragic September morning.





Because it is now the day after 9/11.

By Patrick Van Roy On September 12th, 2013 at 2:32 am

The American political class is the laughing stock of the entire world.

Go Ahead laugh, I am, it’s embarrassing. A President can be an ass, he is after all THE PRESIDENT. This guy however has made it a whole new art. The thing you have to remember is they aren’t America. Her People are, never forget that. As a whole we are very violent society of very smart people.  It has proven to be an advantageous combination. LOL

God please cradle all those Souls that have passed in the struggle of all that has passed since 9/11 and all that may yet come.


numbers 19 ‘The blood avenger himself shall put the murderer to death; he shall put him to death when he meets him.

and anybody who doesn’t agree with me ? We’ll still let you bow in awe of us….. 🙂

Gone, but not forgotten!

By Mike Cunningham On September 11th, 2013 at 4:20 pm


American 77 (Washington/Dulles to Los Angeles)
Crashed into the Pentagon
Charles Burlingame, Captain; David Charlebois, First Officer; Michele Heidenberger, flight attendant; Jennifer Lewis, flight attendant; Kenneth Lewis, flight attendant; and Renee May, flight attendant

American 11 (Boston to Los Angeles)
Crashed into World Trade Center
John Ogonowski, Dracut, Mass., Captain; Thomas McGuinness, Portsmouth, N.H., First Officer; Barbara Arestegui, flight attendant; Jeffrey Collman, flight attendant; Sara Low, flight attendant; Karen Martin, flight attendant; Kathleen Nicosia, flight attendant; Betty Ong, flight attendant; Jean Roger, flight attendant; Dianne Snyder, flight attendant; Madeline Sweeney, flight attendant

United 175 (Boston to Los Angeles)
Crashed into World Trade Center
Victor J. Saracini, Lower Makefield Township, Pa., Captain; Michael Horrocks, First Officer; Amy Jarret, flight attendant; Al Marchand, flight attendant; Amy King, flight attendant; Kathryn Laborie, flight attendant; Michael Tarrou, flight attendant; Alicia Titus, flight attendant; Robert J Fangman, flight attendant

United 93 (Newark to San Francisco)

Crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania

Jason Dahl, Colorado, Captain; Leroy Homer, Marlton, N.J., First Officer; Sandy Bradshaw, flight attendant; CeeCee Lyles, flight attendant; Lorraine Bay, flight attendant; Wanda Green, flight attendant; Deborah Welsh, flight attendant

Rarely mentioned names, equal in sadness to the thousands.



By David Vance On September 11th, 2013 at 10:52 am


Ok, I just could not let this day pass without comment.  12 years on from the horrors of 9/11, the biggest act of terrorism the world has ever, literally, seen.  What is there new that needs to be said?

I have seen Phantom and Trolls touching posts below and like so much else, this day evokes great poignancy, examples of noble individual courage, terrible loss, horrendous decisions of life and..mostly, death. There is another side to 9/11 though and I am going to tackle it head-on, as is my wont. We will hear a lot today about the importance of “Never Forgetting” but the truth is that most of our political leaders have long since forgotten the key lessons of 9/11. That is to their shame and also to ours if we vote for them.

Bin Laden set out to plan a spectacular, a terrorist event on a grand scale, that would gain a global media audience and humble the Great Satan. He succeeded beyond his wildest Islamofascist dreams and thousands met a horrible death that we can but only imagine, truth be told. Even living in Northern Ireland during the IRA/UVF/UDA years of serial terrorism, I was still stunned by what happened that day. But WHY did this happen – why did he feel so emboldened? The truth is that Clinton had shown an alarming disinterest in the threat from Islamic terrorism, and his tokenistic strikes convinced OBL that he has everything to win and nothing to lose by orchestrating a spectacular. It was also a test of the WILL of the USA, and the so-called International Community. Both failed and whilst we can all be critical of Bush at least he tried to respond in a direct manner. But plenty opposed that then and ever since the “war on terror” has morphed into a vague war to win women’s rights in Afghanistan and be nice to Islamists in general.

We have failed to grasp that a significant section of ISLAM is at war with us. It will use terrorism when it needs to – it will use political influence where possible – and it will do all it can to turn Dar al Harb as it defines us into Dar al Islam. 12 years on, do you think the Islamofascists feel more or less confident? If 9/11 was the opening shots in a war, who won?

In the UK and in the USA, in Europe and across the arc of north Africa, Islam is resurgent, gaining power and setting the agenda. We see instance after instance of submission to the Muslim agenda, as our authorities capitulate rather than confront. It was General Patton who said  “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his..” We should have followed his advice more clearly. Instead, we pretend that we are at war, we show signs of chronic fatigue and a disinterest to defend our liberties. I am sure Bin Laden would be pleased with the world, 12 years on. I don’t wish to rain on the 9/11 parade but I also see no reason to run away from confronting some harsh truths.

In view of clause 14,c; (sub-clause 219) paragraph 8…..

By Mike Cunningham On September 10th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I write in Joanne’s memory, and of the balance  on the debit side of the immortal ledger which has only partly been balanced in vengeance, in advance of any posts reminding us of the truly savage attacks on that stupendously clear and sunny morning. I would attempt to comment upon our own home-grown and truly asinine response to the disaster which befell the whole of America on that September morning.

I am not referring to the truly disgusting edition of Question Time, where the hard-Left-slanted audience nearly succeeded in bringing the former American Ambassador to tears as he strove to defend his country against a gaggle of fools; an attack which revealed the true stance of the BBC in terms of political neutrality. I am not writing of the avalanche of anti-American propaganda which has flowed from the mouths and keyboards of the chatterati of the Liberals and the Labour Party.


Instead I am pointing to the singular disrespect offered by all strata of officialdom in this Country and in our Capital City, which was once rescued from near starvation and defeat by the generosity of an America which simply thought that, although they didn’t want War, also reckoned that their kinfolk were in trouble, and decided to lend a hand. I am of course referring to the apathy and neglect given a small slice of American history, namely the girder steelwork taken from the piled-high rubble which lay over and around the remains of 2,996 casualties of one man’s hatred, envy and spite. We couldn’t even give that small sculpture the dignified site it so richly deserved, instead allowing it to rust away in a farm scrapheap!



By Patrick Van Roy On September 10th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Today is 9/10, just another day. Tomorrow is a different tale. I won’t be here for most of the day. So I post this now, I hope at some point in your day tomorrow you just give a thought to the events of 12yrs ago.