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It’s All Over…. You wish

By Patrick Van Roy On January 11th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Oh my God what a shock Mitt Romney won New Hampshire, no one saw that coming. The Actual “Surprise” is supposedly the Mad Dr. took second and the Hunt guy 3rd….. Cut me a break.

OK some analysis that you can take or dismiss, I’m sure a lot of you will do the latter, oh well. This is the Rightwing warmonger, ugly American view. So far 500,000 people have voted. They voted in two states, two states that have rigged elections. Iowa is a caucus which isn’t even a real voting system. You can pack the thing with people from everywhere, have them spend the day arguing, and then see who convinces who.

Santorum won it, they gave it to Romney depending on whose count you use Romney won by 8, or lost by 12. It doesn’t matter Santorum spent 2 months in Iowa visiting every county, district, diner, shaking hands drinking coffee doing old fashioned retail campaigning. It paid off. He made a name for himself, and got momentum, Huntsman did the same thing in New Hampshire and it garnered him third place.

New Hampshire is an open vote state, anyone can vote for any party. You can register the day of the election. You can register Independent, Democrat, or Republican, but vote across lines. There are no restrictive rules.

Now what’s going on is Up is Down, and versa vise. Everyone, mostly Newt and the Mad Dr. are running adds attacking Bain Capital for basically doing what capitalism is supposed to do MAKE MONEY. If you ask me it’s just stupid. The funniest headline I saw this morning was the statement by the Mad Dr. that everyone but Romney should drop out and just let the two real candidates, him and Romney duke it out. Fraid not wacko.

We have roughly on the shy estimate 40 million Republican voters left to vote, but 500,000 have already decided, sorry the race can’t end until April because to get enough delegates to guarantee the nomination you have to participate in the elections until then. It could be decided by self elimination by mid March, but not before.

The White House wants to run against Romney, because they can play the capitalist card of Bain Capital, and boo hoo evil profits. The main reason they want to run against Mitt is they believe the Tea Party will stay home if Romney is the candidate. Romneycare is Obamacare a large segment will not vote for Romney for that reason and that reason alone. Obamacare was the fuse to the bomb of the midterm election. Remove the fuse no explosion of voters.

So if your making bets after two states and less than 1% of the vote in, you go right ahead and do that. Time magazine  (not a rightwing magazine) released it’s Gallup poll yesterday. The question of the poll is what your biggest fear of 2012 is, the hands down winner of things that were most feared was an Obama reelection, the second with less than half was an invasion of Iran.

Nothing is over, nothing is decided. Take a deep breath.

ATW Kings Arms Summit

By Phantom On January 10th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Good conversation was had, and all the major political, cultural and science issues were settled at the Kings Arms tonight, over pints of Fosters, London Pride, and Kronenbourg.

A fellow patron two tables away fell sick, a scary moment, but the evil NHS showed up within ten minutes to provide aid.

Left to right, Frank and Colm headed home by taxi and foot, while I walked a very few stops to my hotel.

Good job lads, let’s do it again.

The true peril of electronics

By Mike Cunningham On January 10th, 2012 at 9:34 am

I bought a length of Ethernet cable a few weeks back off Amazon, to complete a network connection from router to my tv box.  Being able to read instructions makes things easy, so once the cable was delivered, I was able to access extras via my sky box through broadband download. Being comfortable with electronics makes my life just a little easier, and the purchase was after all just a 10 yard-long cable fitted with special connectors at each end.

But now I am being sent the third e-mail asking me to comment upon my purchase, was it ‘easy’? Did I feel fulfilled? Was I happy with the supplier? Did I wish to review the purchase? Of a length of cable????

From the largest purchase to the smallest, we are pursued for our comments and thoughts.  Why aren’t they just satisfied to make the sale, and just shut the f*** up?

Mexican Street Singers Celebrate No Pants Subway Day

By Phantom On January 9th, 2012 at 10:49 pm


Yesterday was ” No Pants Day ” in America. Don’t blame me, I was out of the country.

Here’s how it was celebrated on the R subway line in New York, which I take home every work day.

A Mexican busker band ran into the No Pants guys, and the rest was history.

We get a lot of buskers not just in the train stations, but on the trains themselves. It’s cool.

Call To Arms- Pete, Ron, Colm, Frank, Alison, ?

By Phantom On January 9th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Tomorrow, 6pm, Kings Arms at 2 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, 6pm Tuesday Jan 10.

Close to Green Park station.

I can be vary the time as needed. This is not a call for a heroic boozer, but for few pints and some friendly conversation.

Last minute corro – can be reached at bayridgephantom at gmail.com, otherwise correspond right here.

I did bring my camera with me, BTW to be used strictly on volunteers!

Another good one gone

By Patrick Van Roy On January 9th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Ex-Times Editorial Page Editor Tony Blankley dies at 63

“Tony Blankley was an important voice in America’s conservative landscape. He understood deeply conservative values and their importance to America. His insight on the global geopolitical environment was balanced and principled. We will miss the benefit of his clarity. I worked closely with him. … He was a true gentleman, and a family man. I deeply appreciated his respect for our founder’s vision and his support for the editorial mission of this newspaper.” Douglas D.M. Joo, chairman of The Washington Times

“He had an instinctive understanding of politics and the experience, from the Reagan White House and as press secretary and senior adviser to Newt Gingrich as speaker of the House, to prove it,” Mr. Pruden said. “Tony was an immigrant — he arrived as a child from England just after World War II — and he understood America with a deep and abiding love and gratitude for its history, its culture and its exceptional and unique place in the world. His stewardship of the editorial page, his column and his books testified eloquently to that. Wesley Pruden, editor-in-chief of The Washington Times until he retired three years ago

Tony Blankley, a noted conservative commentator, Ronald Reagan speechwriter and former editorial page editor of The Washington Times, died late Saturday, leaving a legacy of significant analysis that bridged politics and culture with finesse, optimism and a sense of history.

He was 63 and had been battling stomach cancer.

“His father had been the accountant for Winston Churchill. Tony grew up with this deep passionate commitment, that I think he got from his dad, for freedom,” Mr. Gingrich said. “Tony was a very special person. He was more than a great professional. He was a great human being. He was a caring and loving person. He was a tremendous amount of fun, remarkably erudite and educated.”

He worked with both Reagan and Gingrich, and had his own set of brass ones, he will be missed.


By David Vance On January 8th, 2012 at 10:58 am

David Cameron will have to say No to EU rather more often;

Britain is facing a fresh battle over Europe after France and Germany unveiled plans to use a new treaty to meddle in the single market and use the EU’s institutions to do business behind the UK’s back. A leaked draft version of the new ‘fiscal compact’ deal between other members of the EU, following David Cameron’s historic refusal to sign up last month, revealed the ‘euro-plus’ bloc intended to take decisions that relate to the EU’s internal market. It also proposed a bigger role for the European Commission in overseeing tough new debt rules across the Continent.

The UK will NEVER be safe from the malign EU power grabs until it leaves this failed totalitarian structure. And yet Cameron insists we must stay; you see the problem.

Turns 65, there is a little Freak in all of us

By Patrick Van Roy On January 7th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

There are so many tunes I would love to Highlight by Bowie. No matter what type of music I was into over the years he would always throw out a tune that caught my ear, so please forgive this over indulgent rock block.

We discuss death, war and tragedy so often, here is a celebration to a man reaching an age that no one ever really expected him to.



By David Vance On January 7th, 2012 at 10:58 am

Jamaica Queen Republic

Just off  BBC Radio Birmingham to discuss the call by the new Jamaican PM to remove the Queen as head of State.

To summarise the facts first of all;

“The new prime minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller, has pledged that she will transform the country into a republic by removing the Queen as head of state. The country’s first female PM made the pledge after being sworn into office following a general election held on the 29th of December, where her People’s National Party took 42 of the 63 seats. The election ended a four-year period of rule for the country’s Labour party, which despite its name is considered conservative.”

Now, as a democrat, I support the right of the people of Jamaica to do as they want. I note that Ms Miller seeks to avoid holding a referendum on the issue and instead hopes to ram it through Parliament. Her Party, the entertainingly entitled People’s National Party, is a left wing party and so it’s hardly a surprise it wants to junk the Monarchy. What is surprising is that given the crime that afflicts this beautiful island, given the debt that the Government is mired in, given the unemployment that causes so much misery, the Government feels removing the Queen as Head of State is a priority.

And then we have the law of consequences. If Jamaica abandons Her Majesty, then I do not believe any further UK taxes should be lavished on that island. Last year, the UK government promised $100 MILLION to help fight crime….on Jamaica. Now I think this is madness and so it would be a mercy if we are able to stop this wastefulness.

Jamaica should be careful for what it wishes….

The Royal Navy adds it’s Rook to the Board

By Patrick Van Roy On January 7th, 2012 at 1:17 am

Royal Navy sends its mightiest ship to take on the Iranian show of force in the Gulf

The Daily Telegraph understands that HMS Daring has been fitted with new technology that will give it the ability to shoot down any missile in Iran’s armoury. The £1 billion destroyer, which will leave Portsmouth next Wednesday, also carries the world’s most sophisticated naval radar, capable of tracking multiple incoming threats from missiles to fighter jets.

The Ship will arrive in time to coincide with the Joint American Israeli Exercise the US and Israel are gearing up for a major missile defence exercise in the next few weeks. The drill, called “Austere Challenge 12”, is designed to improve defence systems and co-operation between the US and Israeli forces. According to an Israeli official cited by the Associated Press, the drill will test multiple Israeli and US air defence systems against incoming missiles and rockets.

Israel has deployed the “Arrow” system, which was jointly developed and funded with the US and is designed to intercept Iranian missiles in the stratosphere, far from Israel.

Her Majesty’s Rook compliments those exercises me thinks, don’t you? while on the other hand

As the US and European Union press ahead with oil sanctions on Iran, Tehran’s defence minister announced on Friday that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps will hold large-scale exercises in the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf next month.

The drills will be the “greatest naval war games” to be conducted by the Iranian military’s elite corps, Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, said in remarks published by the semi-official Fars news agency. The exercises, called “the Great Prophet”, will take place in February and will be more extensive than Iranian naval manoeuvres in the Sea of Oman that ended this week.