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We have been here before, and possibly again.

By Mike Cunningham On August 22nd, 2017 at 9:48 am

President Trump has chosen to stay in Afghanistan, in the hope that the advice from his generals, from military men who have the advantage of hindsight to guide them in this truly ungovernable country, will provide a strategy which will work. He has chosen to increase his soldiers’ footfall by a alleged total of 4,000 combat troops. He stated that America was no longer in the business of ‘Nation Building’, which in itself is a great relief; as we can see for ourselves the tragedies of Iraq and Afghanistan itself as the results of that truly disastrous policy. The question which should have been asked, upon the stunning victories in 2003, when the Taliban was dispossessed, is, when do we leave? The moderates, senior clerics and officials, were available to rule: but the Bush doctrine stated, ‘Afghanistan needs leading out of the Stone Age, and we are the guys to do it!’

The second question, leading from the first, should have been ‘How do we make a Nation out of ten thousand villages, all owing loyalty to one faction or another; where corruption is endemic, and the only Religion all follow is that they do not want outsiders meddling in Afghanistan in the first place? The Russians tried to pacify that unhappy land, and all they got for their pains were the truck convoys laden with body bags interspersed with those tank convoys, as they retreated across that famous bridge. We look into the mists of history, and remember not the invasion, by the British; but instead the massacre of an entire column, led by the famously inept Major-General Elphinstone. That defeat resulted in a punishing invasion by the British, but after sacking Kabul, they left for India, washing their hands of the entire Country.

I hope that President Trump has demanded of his Generals a plan which will not only defeat the Taliban, but also get a Government seated in Kabul which is incorrupt; and that, folks: is one big ask! Read the rest of this entry »

The system is designed to fail-to-safe!

By Mike Cunningham On August 21st, 2017 at 10:52 pm

When a company designs, manufactures and installs an elevator, or what is known in Great Britain as a lift, the interlocks, safety features, set switches and power controls are so secure that they are foolproof. If any switch or safety feature is not working or acting incorrectly, the whole system is designed to fail-to-safety.

The interlocks on the doors are designed so that, if the folding leading edges of the doors touch, impact or foul anything at all, they are designed to return to open status. A second feature, in most modern lifts is either an infra-red or photo-optical switch shining across the door opening, such that if the signal is blocked after the doors begin to close, but before the leading edges touch and lock together, the system is again disabled, the doors return to ‘fully-open’ status.

The speed of the lift is carefully monitored and controlled, and the reigning safety speed features are controlled both by mechanical governors, and electronic detection devices.

Lift companies charge a great deal of cash for their systems, whether it is a high speed elevator in a skyscraper, or a humble lift in a private residence, and they engineer out every possible defect.

So if the printed story is factual, and this unfortunate woman was virtually beheaded when the lift commenced moving while the doors were still open, someone has shorted out the interlock and safety systems; and the charge should be manslaughter, or the Spanish equivalent.

THE NEW STATUES HAVE ARRIVED…

By David Vance On August 21st, 2017 at 6:48 pm

PC approved….

AGREED….

By David Vance On August 21st, 2017 at 6:47 pm

Both cults. Both have no place in the civilised world.

GOOGLE IS NOT YOUR FRIEND…

By David Vance On August 21st, 2017 at 6:45 pm

Someone drew this to my attention and I repeat it for your interest.

IF you google “White Couple” this is what Google finds.

And when you google “Black Couple” this is what Google finds…

Something very odd.

 

QUITE

By Pete Moore On August 21st, 2017 at 5:51 pm

MotorMouth Saunders is at it again.

By Mike Cunningham On August 21st, 2017 at 11:17 am

One of the gleaming achievements of America’s Founders is the First Amendment to the Constitution, stating that Congress shall make no Law…….. abridging Freedom of Speech. Would that we here within the British Isles had such a protection! We don’t, and that very freedom is, once more, coming under legal threat because the thin-lipped and -skinned boss of the Crown Prosecution Service says so.

We used to have, in this Nation, a total assumption that the accused is innocent until found to be guilty. Not any more. As I believe has been pointed out on these pages before, the farrago which now takes the place of Justice is self-evident in the statement from the C.P.S. which said:-

The definition of hate crime, recognised by the CPS and police, is “any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice” towards the personal characteristics mentioned above. Of course, different types of offences have differing consequences and, as online abuse by its nature cannot cause direct physical harm to a victim, it can never be considered or sentenced in the same way. But we know online hate crime has devastating effects.”

Note the phrase which goes against every former Legal Ordinance, every Statute, every legal document laid before the British Parliament which clearly states that the suspect must be proven guilty; either by evidence laid and scrutinised by magistrate or judge and jury; or by an admission of guilt. The phrase “by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice” turns centuries of legal precedent upon its head” means that the accuser has already been found guilty; by either ‘his accuser’, or ‘any other person’.

The vicious authoritarian streak which many have considered one of Alison Saunders’ least pleasant traits is coming out ever more: and she has the power; she, or rather the CPS under her dictatorial rule, is maybe soon coming for me, or you, or that bloke who lives down at the bend in the road!

 

Its tough at t’top

By Mike Cunningham On August 21st, 2017 at 9:14 am

When you see someone begging, seated on the pavement, you probably either slot them into ‘why don’t you clean yourself up, get a job, and stop bothering people’ category; or maybe you are inclined towards ‘There’s some small change in my pocket or purse; he’ll get himself a good breakfast and  it’ll do him good’: which probably places you in the category labelled ‘makes you feel good as well’ stand in life. Either way, it’s your cash to do with as you will.

Seems as though the Guardian, as well as some charities, are getting all hot under t’collar because the Home Office has made inroads into a database showing where EU citizens are supposed to have been sleeping rough, getting their mobile ‘heavy mobs’ into action, and arresting and deporting these characters who shouldn’t be here anyway.

But the best part is the charities are stating that the Home Office’s behaviour demonstrated a “crisis of compassion” within the UK’s political system. It is making an official complaint to the European commission.

This is because the Home Office is following the Law, and moving these people back to whence they came from.

Martha Spurrier, director of Liberty, said: “Vulnerable foreigners have been systematically targeted by a government obsessed with deportation, whatever the human cost. Children have been kept away from schools. Pregnant women and others in need of medical help are avoiding seeking it.

“Now even people forced to sleep on the streets will be frightened to seek support. Who knows where else the Home Office’s poisonous tentacles have reached? There is a crisis of compassion in our political system and it needs to be exposed and undone. The government must come clean and end these secret deals – or we will look to challenge them in court.”

Spurrier, a worthy successor to ‘Lady Chakrabati’, the very good friend of both Jeremy Corbyn, and Labour’s policies on its membership regarding Anti-Semitism

 

Jerry Lewis R.I.P.

By The Troll On August 20th, 2017 at 7:50 pm

“MORE VEHICLE HIRE CHECKS”

By Pete Moore On August 20th, 2017 at 6:25 pm

Give me strength.

Government orders crackdown on car and van hire rentals after Barcelona terror attack

British drivers will face extra checks when renting cars and vans to ensure they are not extremists in the wake of a string of deadly terror attacks using vehicles.

Ministers are ordering the crackdown amid growing concern over how easily extremists are renting vehicles and using them to mow down pedestrians in attacks.

No-one has a lower opinion of politicians than me, and even I am gobsmacked at how cowardly and retarded this government is. It’s not just that it has no idea what to do about  murderous muslims. It doesn’t intend to do anything anyway, so why exercise their tiny minds about it? It’s much easier to inconvenience everyone with pointless stunts like these. So-called “equality” is sacred to the Left. Meaningful policies intended to stop Islamic terror would be, unavoidably, aimed at particular people and not everyone. This would offend equalitycrats and mean difficult interviews. Therefore such policies are avoided. The politician will always choose to inconvenience everyone.