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” Molly Ban ( Bawn ) “, Alison Krauss and the Chieftains

By Phantom On July 22nd, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Give me something beautiful to escape this heat.

You’d swear she’s from Texas, but Alison Krauss is from Illinois. Here, she joins my masters the Chieftains to perform an old Irish lament.

Come all ye young fellas
That handle a gun
Beware of night rambling
By the setting of the sun
And beware of an accident
That happened of late
To young Molly Ban
And sad was her fate

She was going to her uncles
When a shower came on
She went under a green bush
The shower to shun

Her white apron wrapped around her
He took her for a swan
But a hush and sigh
Was his own Molly Ban

He quickly ran to her
And found she was dead
And there on her bosom
Where he soaked, tears he shed

He ran home to his father
With his gun in his hand
Saying “Father dear father
I have shot Molly Ban”

Her white apron wrapped around her
He took her for a swan
But a hush and a sigh
‘Twas his own Molly Ban

He roamed near the place
Where his true love was slain
He wept bitter tears
But his cries were in vain
As he look on the lake
A swan glided by
And the sun slowly sank
In the gray up sky


By David Vance On July 22nd, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Did you see that Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamists have denied lifting their ban on some Western aid agencies and say UN reports of famine are “sheer propaganda”.

The UN on Wednesday said that parts of Somalia were suffering a famine after the worst drought in 60 years. A spokesman for al-Shabab, which has ties to al-Qaeda and controls much of the country, accused the banned groups of being political. But the UN insists famine exists and it will continue its aid efforts.

It is terrible to see all this hunger and then consider the grotesquerie of these Islamists running this part of Somalia.


By David Vance On July 22nd, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Emergency services on the scene in Oslo

Been busy but have just seen that Norway has been hit by twin attacks – a massive bomb blast in the capital and a shooting attack on young people at a governing Labour Party youth camp.

At least seven people were killed in the bombing, which inflicted huge damage on government buildings in Oslo. At least 10 more died at the camp, on an island outside Oslo, police say. One witness said he had seen 20 bodies. Police arrested the suspected gunman at the camp and the government have confirmed that he is Norwegian. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, whose Oslo offices were among those damaged by the bomb, described the attacks as “bloody and cowardly” in a news conference.

I have no idea as to who carried this out or what the motive may be but I am clear on one thing – evil stalked the streets of Oslo this day. My sincere sympathies to the families of all those lives lost. Just awful.

At such moments, we should recall the bravery of the emergency services faced with dealing with this carnage.

This should be fun

By Patrick Van Roy On July 22nd, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Glenn Beck, probably the only radio personality that disturbs more groups in my country than any other. My own personal thoughts on Mr. Beck is that he is a carney. He has created some great pieces of work, but I still view him as a John Ringling North on steroids. That being said I freely admit that I do listen to his show, along with about 8 other commentary shows a day, and I have read several of his books. I have also read books by Marx, Mao, Hitler, Freidman, Franklin, Jefferson, Addams, Asimov… I read everything.

I want to post the following video, because what Mr. Beck says in this video speaks for me. It is an exact echo of my beliefs and heart. It is also how I believe everyone should feel.

Enjoy, Please comment I am very interested in your thoughts.


By David Vance On July 22nd, 2011 at 9:15 am

It is great to see that the Obame regime has its finger on the crucial issues of the day.

The Pentagon is set to announce that the ban on gay people openly serving in US military is to end, officials say. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to certify the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT), seven months after the law was overturned in the Senate. After the repeal, the Pentagon had asked for time to prepare troops for the arrival of openly gay colleagues. The ban officially ceases 60 days after certification.

Meanwhile, debt keeps rising, unemployment remains elevated, and the US increasingly looks like Europe overseas under the Socialist-in-Chief.  It strikes me that Obama, like the Eurocrats, seeks to dabble in issues of marginal  relevance whilst floundering on all matters of substance. This is political leadership by evasion. On the issue itself, I see it as pointless. I am certain gays already serve in the US military so there is no “ban”. But quite why these gays feel the need to have their sexual preferences legally recognised when such has NOTHING to do with military objectives beats me. I guess it takes the terms gay militancy to a whole new level. “Don’t ask, Don’t tell?” How about “Don’t Care”?


By David Vance On July 22nd, 2011 at 8:23 am

So, you have a big debt that you are struggling to repay. What to do? Take on even more debt. That, in essence, is what is driving financial markets up today. It won’t last because it is a mirage and in a few months, the contagion will have been shown to be spreading. Europe’s socialist welfare state governments refuse to accept that they cannot spend what they do not have.

Stock markets have continued to rise following the eurozone’s comprehensive agreement designed to resolve the Greek debt crisis. UK, French and German markets gained more than 0.5% in early trading, while Japan’s Nikkei closed up 1.2%. The euro also rose further against the dollar. Eurozone leaders agreed a further 109bn euros ($155bn, £96.3bn) aid package. Private lenders will contribute to the package, which will give Greece decades more to repay its debts. (Except it won’t.)

Never ones to miss the opportunity to take advantage of a self-imposed crisis, the Eurocrat leaders are all about deepening what the media label “fiscal union”. This is a euphemism for further diluting any vestige of national sovereignty. Countries like Greece, Ireland, Portugal and arguably Spain and Italy CANNOT exist in the fiscal orbit of Germany — if they remain as sovereign countries. But if, as looks increasingly like the case,  Germany calls the shots across the entire European land mass, then the Bismarck ambition is realised without a shot being fired. Deutschland uber alles? I’ll say.

The Dream once again gets put on hold

By Patrick Van Roy On July 21st, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Even if Obama wasn’t a Marxist purposefully destroying my nation, the decision to end our Space Program would raise in me a belly full of bile that I would never be able to swallow, causing nothing but contempt for the vile swine.

The U.S. Space Program has benefited all of mankind greater than any other venture we have ever undertaken. Here is a Partial List of some of those benefits, if you have about an hour look it over, and bow in awe, remembering it is only a PARTIAL list.

Even with the benefits there are many that subscribe to the belief that Government should not fund and run our Space Program. Walter Mondull who once ran for President ran on a platform that not one dime should have been spent on the program. He believed all the money should have gone into Welfare Programs.

There are a few basic things that need to be explained. First off the Space Race was and is a military venture. It’s base feature was the capabilities of our long range ballistic missiles. If we could put a man on the moon and bring him back alive, we could stick a nuke up your ass anywhere on the planet. It also gave us the ability and the authority to prevent weapons platforms being placed in space. All of that and much more was achieved.

We also managed to use space as a true solid plank in the peace process. We worked with everyone. The Star Trek Dream was real. To Boldly Go Where No Man Had Gone Before, Together. Without the American NASA presence all work in space would have stayed strictly military in nature.

The Shuttle Program was never supposed to last as long as it did. The Moon Base was supposed to be up and running by now. As the Shuttle was being readied to be mothballed President Bush refunded the Moon Base Program. President Obama as he spent Trillions of dollars that we didn’t have on Social Welfare Programs gutted that funding.

Over the past 20 years there has been a political battle inside NASA and out on the direction of the agency. Political Hacks like James Hansen got placed in key positions, and corrupted the vision with voodoo science and political agendas. Even through those dark days of hacks and a total Press blackout of NASA’s continuing accomplishments and breakthroughs, a large influential number of American citizens managed to keep NASA alive. That is until this national pride loathing piece of scum managed to get elected. A President that has governed against the will of the people from day one, smiled as he killed the dream.

There are great men still amongst us, Branson and Virgin Galactic,  others like Bigelow who already has a private space station. Most may not know who he is, the character S.R. Hadden in the Movie Contact is based on him (want to take a ride). Giants still do walk amongst us. This does not however dismiss in any way the need for the United States to have a continued and on going presence in Space. We have proven the benefit of our guiding ideology in this arena. We Will Be Back, bet your ass on it.

Sleep Well NASA, rest we won’t let you slip away, and hopefully when you are awoken we will install the proper people in the proper positions.


By David Vance On July 21st, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Again, you have to pay close attention to the traitorous Euro elite;

Ireland will get a cut in EU loan interest rates and twice as much time to pay its debts as part of a plan to save the euro and Greece.

Hurrah and three cheers. Hang on a second though, just wanting to show due diligence by checking to see if there might be a few strings attached.

At an emergency eurozone summit in Brussels, leaders also agreed on a second bailout for Greece that will include cost-sharing with banks, backed by collateral and guarantees. According to a draft communique drawn up by eurozone leaders in Brussels today, bailout interest rates will drop to around 3.5pc and loan maturities will double, giving Ireland 15 years to pay back its debts. Ireland currently pays an average of 5.8pc on €45 billion of EUloans, which are offered on average over 7.5 years.

Wow, no strings so what a GREAT deal Enda has given the Irish Nation.

Oh, then again…

The concessions are being given on condition that the Government “participates constructively” in talks on a common corporate tax base – an EU-wide formula for redistributing taxes on business profits – and on other EU tax policies.

So. whoring the tax base for a % cut in a bail out that Ireland never needed.

The discounts offered to Ireland mirror those agreed for Greece, which is struggling under a massive €350bn debt mountain. The changes will also apply to Portugal.

So, basket cases unite, you have nothing to lose. Literally.

The Tragedy of American Politics

By Patrick Van Roy On July 20th, 2011 at 4:23 am

We are the greatest nation in spite of the idiots we elect to do our nations business. The # 1 being the Haboob in the White House. I heard that word the other day, it means Dust storm. Which is what we used to call them here in the states. I guess it has been decreed in the name of diversity we will now use Arabic words.

The U.S. Government has once again spent more money than they take in, this is nothing new, somethings however have changed. The U.S. Government throughout American history has on average spent 18-19% of GDP. There have been spikes up and down, but that’s what the monstrosity of Washington costs us.

In the last 10 years this has been thrown out the window. At the end of the Bush Presidency with Tarp it brought the cost to 35%. During the Obama Presidency it has now reached 75% of GDP. Projected spending will bring the cost of the U.S. Government to 103% of GDP by the end of the term of whoever is elected President in 2012.

The imaginary crises that we are currently going through has produced a once in a century opportunity. The Debt ceiling is a false crises. By Constitutional Law not daily changing court law, our debt must be paid. The governments monthly intake meets the cost of servicing the debt, also paying Social Security. Medicare, Medicaid, Military Pay, Veteran Healthcare, Veteran Retiree Pay, and still leaves over 70 Billion Dollars a month to be applied to other programs.

The career idiots that occupy both houses of our Congress have been practicing financial manipulation that if used in private industry would get them locked up for the rest of their lives. Obama by forcing this to a crises has opened the door for a correction to this problem.

No matter what you read, hear, or see on the news no deal will be made by the Senate. Whether it’s from Mitch McConnell, the new pack of schmucks  called the group of six, or any other last minute backroom deal. Anything that the Senate comes up with has to pass the House of Representatives (The Peoples House). The House is controlled by the Tea Party. The last election gave conservatives the monkey wrench to throw into any new legislation.

Cut, Cap, and Balance is the only Legislation that is actually on the table. Will it go anywhere? In it’s current form doubtful. In it’s current form it is a very good sound plan.

RSC Cut, Cap, and Balance Proposal (June 2011)

103 House Republicans sent a letter to House Republican leadership calling for a solution that could resolve the current debt limit impasse and prevent the bigger, Greece-like debt crisis just over the horizon: Cut, Cap, and Balance.

1.  Cut – We must make discretionary and mandatory spending reductions that would cut the deficit in half next year.

2.  Cap – We need statutory, enforceable caps to align federal spending with average revenues at 18% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with automatic spending reductions if the caps are breached.

3.  Balance – We must send to the states a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) with strong protections against federal tax increases and a Spending Limitation Amendment (SLA) that aligns spending with average revenues as described above.

The Cuts at this point are minor. They can be achieved without even notice. The Cap is the most important part, it puts into law a LIMIT ON THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT. The Balance is difficult, because the wording has to be carefully written due to the corrupt nature of the professional politician. It is also the part that scares the politicians the most. This part will be a change to the Constitution. Something that has happened only  27 times in 235 years. It has to pass both houses of Congress, be signed by the President, and then ratified by 2/3rds of the States. Just FYI 49 out of 50 States have state balanced budget amendments in their state Constitutions.

This “show” is going to go on a lot longer than August 2nd.

Man’s inhumanity to man

By Mike Cunningham On July 19th, 2011 at 8:27 am

It seem as though the cruelty imposed by autocratic decree upon the Chinese people knows no bounds.

Have they no charity? Cannot they understand that the free peoples of the West, long accustomed to the savageries inflicted on the long-suffering people of China; will finally break and tell their governments that this sort of sinister and savagely-repressive tactic will no longer be tolerated, and that this terrible decision will be reversed immediately!