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Is it a film? Three words only!

By Mike Cunningham On December 17th, 2011 at 10:14 am

 

I am Spartacus

No, I am Spartacus!

No, you must understand, I am Spartacus!

 

If your name is Bradley Manning, and you are thick enough to leave a trail of breadcrumbs, its probably life with hard labour in Leavenworth, or every afternoon to listen to the recorded voice of Barack Obama.

If, on the other hand, you are devious enough to plant some e-mails, which were hidden because they revealed the ‘Climate Lies’ in the University of East Anglia, on a Russian server, you are probably smart enough to get past the same bunch which allowed Gary McKinnon to ease his way into the most heavily defended computers in the US Military whilst in search of ‘little green men’

Let’s continue with the theme

By Patrick Van Roy On December 17th, 2011 at 1:37 am

and a little something extra

IN THE IPAD MOOD

By David Vance On December 16th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Well then, I have succumbed to  the lure of the IPad 2 and am putting this up as a test. Just sitting here relaxing before the big National radio debate on the greedy trade unions. So, here is an image of a bus, the sort militant trade unionists think drivers need even MORE money to drive during the London Olympics!

THE CROATIAN PROBLEM

By David Vance On December 16th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Rodney Atkinson sent me this very thought provoking analysis of the Serb/Croat issue;

“While Germany and Austria have just blocked Serbia’s entry into the European Union Croatia was admitted in a ceremony at which David Cameron shook the hand of Croat leaders, whose country by any democratic or moral standards is a disgrace.

Serbia and the former Yugoslavia, in an exact reprise of the fascist 1940s, have been systematically attacked and dismembered by Germany and Austria since the 1980s. Germany, without the support of other countries, the EU or the UN, joined the Vatican in illegally recognising Croatia in 1991 which led to that State effectively declaring war on Yugoslavia (of which it was a constitutional part) and on Serbs in Croatia. Reuters reported the Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal as saying “The first refugees in the Yugoslav conflict were the 40,000 Serbs who fled Croatia after a constitutional amendment defined them as an alien minority.” In this they had the full support of Germany and the Vatican – whose funds, liberally deployed among American PR firms helped to spread pro Croatia propaganda – so avidly absorbed by inter alia the BBC.

This was followed by the 1995 murder of 14,000 and ethnic cleansing of 300,000 Serbs from the so called “Krajina” by the Croats while NATO looked on. Today Serbia has been forced to hand over most of its historic Christian orthodox territory of Kosovo to Albanian Muslims and 1 million Serb refugees have sought refuge inside Serbia. When Alice Mahon the Labour MP visited former Serb villages in the Krajina in 1999 she said: “I can only conclude that the Croatian government is aiming for an ethnically pure state. The international community is tolerating these openly racist policies.” She should have added “religious policies”.

This suffering is not enough for Germany which has managed to achieve precisely what Nazis and Fascists achieved in the 1940s – the break up of Yugoslavia and the promotion of Croatia – then and now the most blatantly fascist state in Europe. German Nazis helped to arm and train Croat fascist gangs in the 1990s. In the book Fuehrer Ex by Ingo Hasselbach reference is made to a modern Nazi “Nero Reisz, the barking anti-Semite from Hesse, was particularly pleased. The problem for him was that there weren’t enough Jews being killed. But Serbs would do.”
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Two Croat Generals recently convicted at the Hague Tribunal of the most hideous crimes during the mass ethnic cleansing in the Krajina have been declared innocent by the Croatian Roman Catholic Church and the Croat Government has mobilised its political and diplomatic forces in their defence. This should come as no surprise since it was the former rabidly Roman Catholic President of Croatia (whose indictments for war crimes were so delayed as to allow him a death without prosecution) wrote in his 1989 book “Genocide is a natural phenomenon ordered by the Almighty in defence of the only true faith”.

Nor must we forget the grotesque and frequent fascist demonstrations by the Croat people. At a Croatia Italy football match in Livorno, Italy the Croat fans formed a Swastika on the terraces. The UEFA representative at the match later warned:

“We have had many problems with this in Eastern Europe before and Croatia have been among the worst offenders. Because of the problems we have encountered with Croatian teams in the past, they have been warned future sanctions will be much heavier than any which have been imposed for previous incidents.”

Croatia’s most popular pop star Marko Perkovic calls himself Thompson (after the machine gun used to murder Serbs in the 1990s) and his fans give mass Nazi salutes. A 2007 Zagreb concert featuring “Thompson” was attended by the Croatian Education Minister, Dragan Primorac. Nor should we ignore the disgraceful attempt by the Croatian political establishment today to minimise or even deny the fact that hundreds of thousands of Jews, gypsies and Serbs were exterminated at the Jasenovac camp during the Second World War.

ONE LESS CONTRARIAN

By David Vance On December 16th, 2011 at 10:30 am

Well, I guess this was inevitable but still sorry to read of the death of Christopher Hitchins. He was a great writer, a profound contrarian and the world is the lesser without him. This is a nice tribute to him…my commiserations to Peter.

 

FULL STEAM AHEAD….

By David Vance On December 16th, 2011 at 10:26 am

The Definitive Word

By Patrick Van Roy On December 16th, 2011 at 12:14 am

If you want to know where the REAL majority of American political thought is and why Obama can NOT have another term. No one can explain it better than the master himself, Americas Anchorman Rush Limbaugh. Like him, Hate him, but you can’t ignore him. and it’s not a conspiracy that he is the most widely listened to political commentator. The reason for that is simple he speaks what the majority believes, never doubt it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gaKogAYJkI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmJFeG-tCqo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YNtW4wC7x4

Not a vote has been cast, Everyone (except Romney) has topped the polls at least once. Newt fell from 30% to 15% in Iowa in just 4 days. The mad little Texan will either win or come in second in Iowa, Romney wins New Hampshire. It’s a numbers game that may not end till March.  The Only one out of the game for sure is Cain. Put on your helmets and prepare for the fight. WHO EVER wins is the next President.

Singing in Exultation

By Mahons On December 15th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

My future heirs (ages 4, 4 and 2) will be going caroling this weekend.  Although angelic in appearance they can be demonic in practice, especially when it comes to sharing things.  So one of the things they are being taught is sharing their time.   To accomplish this, we go to our local nursing home to wassal around the joint and sing some Christmas songs.  The 2 year old will likely just dance, which for him is a cross between jumping up and down and flying like an ostrich on amphetamines.

As a family act we are not about to replace the Cohans.  I wish I could sing like a Baptist, but I usually due the Catholic mumble when called upon to sing, and hope my voice is hidden among the crowd.   Nobody is going to call out Hark the Mahons sings, unless as a warning to those not blessed by deafness, which come to think of it is not uncommon among the elderly.  A lack of good hearing may be the silver lining of aging if you are in a nursing home and some damned do-gooder wants to sing songs while Matlock or Golden Girls is on the tube.  Anyway it is the small kids running around like red-nosed banshees and messing up the carols that they will enjoy. 

I grew up down the street from a nursing home.  My parents still live in the same house, a couple years ago my father walked by and two attendants in white suits ran out after him, thinking he was escaping the facility.   He provided them with an oral history of profanity.  We used to go over as kids this time of year to sing carols and talk to the the self-described geezers.  Christmas is a kids holiday, but many old folks are kids at heart and it is nice to see them and provide a little change of pace.   The kids love it (they go in their costumes at Halloween and are treated like celebrities).    This time of year people rightly donate toys for poor kids and coats for the needy and turkey dinners for the hungry, but another group to remember are the old farts who weren’t always old farts. 

We often see the elderly as merely patients, or worse.   They make some of  us uncomfortable in our youth-driven society.  And that view is a trap not just for them, but for the rest of us.  Because the quiet old woman in the wheelchair wasn’t always the quite old woman in the wheelchair.  She was the baby her parents brought joyfully home, the little toddler who put her small hand into the hand of her older brother, the young girl in her first cotton dress running across the green fields of spring, the blushing teenager at her first dance, the young bride who walked down the aisle and the mother who held her firstborn during the night. 

As I move toward old fartdom myself I am becoming more aware of this cycle of life (and I didn’t even have to see the Lion King).   So I look foward to this little trip and this better understanding of what the season really means when our weary world rejoices.   My little gang of offspring will hopefully look back one day and see this as a good family holiday tradition.   And they will know that you don’t have to sing in tune to sing in exultation.

DOWNGRADE CONTINUES…

By David Vance On December 15th, 2011 at 9:36 am

Even as Merkozy choose to issue statements as a substitute for effective action…..the markets cast some light in the financial darkness;

Ratings agency Fitch has dealt a fresh blow to Eurozone confidence by downgrading the debt ratings for five banks. The ratings firm lowered the long-term issuer default and viability ratings by one notch for French banks Banque Federative du Credit Mutuel and Credit Agricole, Danish lender Danske Bank, Finland’s OP Pohjola Group and Holland’s Rabobank Group. The move follows a review by Fitch of large European banks. Fitch said the downgrades of Danske Bank and Credit Agricole reflect their subsidiaries’ exposure to troubled eurozone countries.

Just wait until France loses the triple AAA status it has enjoyed since 1975…zut alors, Mr Sarkozy.

So many angles…..

By Patrick Van Roy On December 13th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Military to practise blocking Straits of Hormuz

Published on Tuesday 13 December 2011 02:32

A MEMBER of the Iranian parliament’s national security committee has said the military is to practise its ability to close the Gulf to shipping at the narrow Strait of Hormuz, the most important oil transit channel in the world.

Parviz Sarvari told student news agency ISNA yesterday: “Soon we will hold a military manoeuvre on how to close the Strait of Hormuz. If the world wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure.”

Iran’s energy minister told Al Jazeera television last month that Tehran could use oil as a political tool in the event of any future conflict over its nuclear program.

Tension over the program has increased since the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on November 8 that Tehran appears to have worked on designing a nuclear bomb and may still be pursuing research to that end. Iran strongly denies this and says it is developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Iran has warned it will respond to any attack by hitting Israel and U.S. interests in the Gulf and analysts say one way to retaliate would be to close the Strait of Hormuz.

Now first thing first BOMB IRAN, second BOMB IRAN, third Hang the environmentalists, and shoot anyone that mentions Man Made Global Warming, and Fourth and most importantly Drill Baby, Drill!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTBdSDB1ILE