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Gabrielle Giffords Leaves

By Mahons On January 22nd, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords announced she will be leaving Congress this week.  Giffords, an Arizona Congresswoman, was badly wounded in a shooting incident left six other people dead.  Her recovery, while remarkable, has still been painful and slow.  She has lost 50% vision in both eyes and still has difficulty with speech and endurance.  It has been said that a politician is a person who looks to the next election, a a statesman is a person who looks to the next generation.  Giffords struck me as someone who was looking to the future.  She will attend the State of the Union and appear at the shooting scene to complete the “Meet you Congresswoman” event where a mad gunman took so many lives.  I wish her a continued recovery and hopefully some day a return to the honorable public service that she had undertaken.

Things Irish Girls Say

By Patty On January 22nd, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Things Liberals Say

By Patty On January 22nd, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Newt Wins South Corilina

By Patrick Van Roy On January 22nd, 2012 at 3:01 am

Here’s a tune I dedicate to you buddy, wreak havoc

Candidates Vote % Votes Delegates

Newt
Gingrich 41% 229,680 17 ★

Mitt
Romney 27% 152,797 0

Rick
Santorum 17% 97,291 0

Ron
Paul 13% 75,283 0

Rick
Perry 1% 2,336 0

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/primary-election-results-2012/state.shtml?state=SC#ixzz1k9XGDsjk

WEB OF DEBT

By David Vance On January 21st, 2012 at 10:59 am

Here is a wonderful interactive graphic by the BBC (!) that lets you see who owes who how much debt. Do click on it, then click on each Nation to understand the financial peril they face.  I think you will it instructive, and I have to say this is great work by the BBC. Of course things are NOT quite as simple as the graphic shows since it does not take into account non-bank debts but it is at least directional. You can certainly see why the UK is better off OUT of the Eurozone.

ABORTION TV?

By David Vance On January 21st, 2012 at 10:37 am

Here’s a moral dilemma for you. 

Private clinics that undertake abortions for profit will be allowed to advertise their services on television and radio for the first time, watchdogs ruled yesterday.

This creates a problem.

The decision last night attracted criticism from pro-life campaigners, who said it risked trivialising terminations by putting them on the same footing as consumer choices such as different brands of car or detergent.

Until now, only not-for-profit organisations have been permitted to use television and radio to advertise family planning services, such as advice on unplanned pregnancies. Under the new rules, announced yesterday by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP), commercial enterprises will be allowed to do the same.

The two bodies, responsible for Britain’s advertising codes, said it had become impossible to justify not allowing companies to advertise because the services they offer are legal. However, campaigners warned that it could lead to a flood of advertising campaigns which would diminish the seriousness of terminating pregnancies and lead to a rise in abortions.

Whether an organisation providing abortions is doing so for profit or not is beside the point to me. The bigger issue is whether something as sensitive and as defining as an abortion should be sold to people on TV in the first place. If that is OK, can assisted suicide  facilities also advertise? If not, why not? Are there no boundaries as to what is hawked to viewers down the TV tube?

DON’T CRY FOR ME, ARGENTINA

By David Vance On January 21st, 2012 at 10:12 am

Tensions heat up: Argentine activists burn a Union flag during a demonstration in front of the British embassy in Buenos Aires today in protest against comments made by British Prime Minister David Cameron

Things seem to be heating up down Buenos Aires way and one wonders where it will all end?

A frenzied Argentine mob torched Union flags outside the British Embassy in Buenos Aires today in an ugly protest over the Falkland Islands. More than 100 militants marched on the building as they called on President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s government to sever diplomatic links with the UK. Furious demonstrators bellowed insults about David Cameron and held up banners saying: ‘England out of the Falklands’ and ‘Break ties now’.

So, how does Obama act to support his ally..cough splutter..the United Kingdom?

In yet another display of disdain for the Anglo-American Special Relationship, the Obama administration has weighed in on the mounting tensions between Great Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands. Just two days after Prime Minister David Cameron issued a robust statement in the House of Commons vowing to defend the sovereignty of the Falklands, the US State Department has undercut Britain yet again with a deeply unhelpful statement that plays into Argentina’s hands. In response to a question on the Falklands at Thursday’s State Department press briefing, a US government spokesman supported direct negotiations between Buenos Aires and London over the sovereignty of the Falklands, something that Argentina has been pressing for aggressively, and which Britain sees as completely unacceptable.

The Falkland Islands have been British since 1832. To put it in perspective, Texas was still part of Mexico at that time.

Obama shows his predictable hostility to the UK, and potentially sends a signal to Argentina that perhaps an invasion of this British island may be possible. Isn’t it a disgrace that our ally should be so treacherous? The Falkland Islanders overwhelmingly want to be British, we fought a war and lost brave military lives to defend their freedom, and now in 2012 it seems history may be about to repeat itself.

Music

By Patrick Van Roy On January 20th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

For Monica

and for the light that faded from us today…. Etta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YApNirMC9gM

And who are you with?

By Mike Cunningham On January 20th, 2012 at 9:40 am

 

Apart from the ‘typos’, I’m with Ernie from Belfast!

another way for the coverment to throw away money,,this is going to cost england billions,and its not even started yet,what you see now in pictures the tax payers will pay for later,,they should never have sponsert the games ,its one big waste of money and the poor people can pick up the bills.joke joke joke and nothing else.

– ernie, belfast, 20/1/2012 08:46

UK CITY OF CULTURE SHOWS TRUE CULTURE?

By David Vance On January 20th, 2012 at 8:53 am

Two areas in Londonderry remain cordoned off

First, the facts;

A massive security operation is under way in Londonderry following two explosions in the city. The bombs exploded at Strand Road, close to the DHSS office, and at the tourist centre in Foyle Street, within ten minutes of each other.

Then come the ritual condemnations from the political class who swear that the men of violence will not prevail and that these terrorists are small in number and without support.

But that entirely avoids the grim realities which need to be spelt out;

1. Amongst those boasting that violence will not pay are the likes of convicted IRA terrorist Raymond McCartney. He is now an elected MLA for Londonderry. Martin McGuinness, a self confessed IRA leader from Londonderry, sits as co First Minister. So the fact is that the nationalist electorate in that city have rewarded those whose organisation bombed the city for decades. The hypocrisy is staggering.

2. If these people are so few in number and without support, why have they not been handed over by their host communities? The IRA terrorists that operated from the same areas, the same communities, also were able to do so with impunity, with no fear of being turned in.

Londonderry is being sold as the UK city of culture in 2013 and here we have a TOURIST office targeted and blown up. The nihilism is appalling but how is it any different to the blitzkrieg the IRA carried out in the same city and which ended up being rewarded. Millions of £££’s have been poured into this city over the last fifteen years and yet there are those who seek to continue to use the tactics that proved so successful for the IRA. Are we surprised when we send the message that violence pays?