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By Patrick Van Roy On March 25th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Admit it, a good tune can be as good as sex, we all have that certain tune done that certain way that just hits the mark, but then again some of us are sicker than others…. ENJOY

Coming Soon to Libya

By Patty On March 25th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Coming soon to Libya: islamist fundamentalists in control of the government.

Remember the media romanticism surrounding “democracy”  in Egypt? Unfortunately for freedom lovers, the end game wasn’t “democracy” but  the Caliphate and Sharia.

From the NYT:

“CAIRO — In post-revolutionary Egypt, where hope and confusion collide in the daily struggle to build a new nation, religion has emerged as a powerful political force, following an uprising that was based on secular ideals. The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group once banned by the state, is at the forefront, transformed into a tacit partner with the military government that many fear will thwart fundamental changes.”

Moving, then, from Egypt to Libya – at the present moment, Libya is in a state of civil war and Obama is trying to militarily help the “rebels.”  Who exactly are these “rebels?” No one in the media seems to know but I suspect that they aren’t lovers of freedom and western-style democracy.

Just like in Egypt, coming soon to Libya is a fundamentalist islamist state.



By David Vance On March 25th, 2011 at 9:11 am

The news comes that the supermarket giant Tesco has been given the go-ahead to build a large store near Banbridge after two previous planning applications were rejected.

The store will be slightly smaller than the retailer had hoped to build at the Bridgewater Retail Park but will still be one of the largest in NI. It will be part of a development which will include retail warehouses and create hundreds of jobs. Objectors had said the development would damage Banbridge town centre.

It is the DUP which has allowed this to go ahead. I have several points to make on it. Whilst I welcome the new (mostly part-time) jobs considering them much needed, I share the anxiety of Town Centre traders. This huge new out of town store is aimed at attracting shoppers OUT of town, away from the high street. This will undoubtedly damage the town centre which has a rich diversity of local businesses. So what is needed is a plan and help to ensure that the local traders are not wiped out and the town centre turned into a ghost town. Have the DUP any such plan? Forget it – I heard the Minister concerned, Edwin “Not of the World” Poots waffle on about some sort of distress fund they had put in place! Is he joking? Is he really saying that the best the DUP can do for local business is to throw a few pounds their way as they head for economic oblivion? Surely not?

It’s simple what is needed here. There should be a clear plan to reduce the business rates the town centre traders pay – this will give instant relief. There should be a joined up marketing plan to ensure that shoppers going to the new out of town centre will be encouraged to try out the riches found in the main street. This could take various forms but I believe Tesco should be a primary funder. Action, not words, is what matters to town centre  traders. I shop in Banbridge town on a regular basis and enjoy it, some very good stores. It would be a terrible shame if these are sacrificed in order for a large multinational to further advance its empire.

How Do You Spell Trouble?

By Patty On March 25th, 2011 at 2:32 am

Gaddafi…Ghadaffi…Kadaffi….Qadafii…did you know that there are at least 112 ways to spell the Mad Man of Libya’s name?

No? … now you do.

What is The Escape Plan Houdini?

By Mahons On March 24th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

On the anniversary of the birth of Harry Houdini I think it proper to ask the President of the United States what his escape plan is for Libya.   Like a maze, military situations are easier to enter into than to leave.    We have a no fly zone in Libya.  OK.  So now what?

Are we to keep aircraft carriers offshore while Gadaffy Duck simply waits us out?  I suspect he has more residences than the one that was bombed, and he apaprently likes sleeping in tents.  How exactly are we paying for this?  Are the Obamas going to vacation in less exotic locations?  Sell the White House silver?  Perhaps the Arab League might offer a few of its billions as a sort of tip for good service.

What if Gadaffy Duck decides, with good reason, that the World’s attention span might fade over the course of time?  Does he wait until another crisis looms elsewhere?  Does he have to have victory to stay in power or does he merely have to stay alive, demonstrating to his tribe that the mighty US has tried to rub him out and he’s still standing. 

How long have we been in Iraq or Afghanistan?  Can you recall?  How many times has a Senior Taliban Militant or Senior AQ Leader been killed and how has such a death (not unpleasant in and of itself mind you) hastened the end to either of those conflicts?

When is the Mission Accomplished moment?  And I don’t mean the dress up and play air cowboy moment that Bush had, but the real deal.  And the Libyan rebels, are they gonna gratefully name their kids Barack and Michele, or David or Nicholas or Hillary and suddenly form a modern peaceful democracy with malice towards none?  Methinks not. 

If you want to perform a magic trick, you better know what the secret is.

They’re all Gone now

By Patrick Van Roy On March 23rd, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Sleep Well Fair Princess


By David Vance On March 23rd, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Here’s some graffiti that has gone up on the Fall’s Road…I suppose they have a point since the Libyan leader did help the IRA kill so many innocent people. Nice to see their concern daubed up on the wall…


And how do you pronounce ‘compassion?

By Mike Cunningham On March 23rd, 2011 at 1:30 pm

‘We are arranging a visit to your house. We will view your possessions and list those that we will sell at auction. We strongly advise you to avoid this as it will cost you much more to pay this way and can be embarrassing.’

Suppose you are 95, and then suppose you are frail, confused and ill. You receive a letter like that from HMRC, a government agency with a reputation for arrogant and forceful action. So you contact a friend, who contacts a newspaper; who in turn contacts the charity Tax Help For Older People to look at her case.

After examining her records it emerged that she has in fact paid more than £380 too much tax. HMRC apologises, and says it will investigate.

But no-one will be fired, no-one will be punished, no-one will accept that wrong has been done; and not only to this frail elderly lady, but to many thousands of others who have received harsh demand letters from the Agency which bears  the title Her Majesty’s  Revenue & Customs.

Happy 80th Birthday Bill Shatner

By Patrick Van Roy On March 23rd, 2011 at 1:40 am

A Montage I Hope You Enjoy, all from Boston Legal, last two clips are the best


Core Principles

By Patty On March 21st, 2011 at 10:51 pm

America goes to war to protect her borders and her national interests; in order to go to war, Congressional approval is needed, at least that is how I understand it.

Obama disagrees. According to Obama, America has a heretofore unknown “core principle” that posits that we go to war when the “entire international community” agrees that there is a “humanitarian crisis.”  Obama in Chile speaks about Libya at a press conference:

“The core principle that has to be upheld here is that when the entire international community, almost unanimously, says that there is a potential humanitarian crisis about to take place, that a leader who has lost his legitimacy decides to turn his military on his own people, that we can’t simply stand by with empty words, that we have to take some sort of action. I think it’s also important to note that the way that the U.S. took leadership and managed this process ensures international legitimacy and ensures that our partners, members of the international coalition, are bearing the burden of following through on the mission as well. Because, as you know, in the past there have been times when the United States acted unilaterally or did not have full international support, and as a consequence typically it was the United States military that ended up bearing the entire burden,”

Worst. President. Ever.