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The Lie From Hell

By 33230715130361 On April 28th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

The check is in the mail.  That dress makes you look skinny.  I won’t. . .well you know.

Apparently in NI “The Lie from Hell” was directed at the DUP’s Peter Robinson by UU Chief Tom Elliot.  What devilish deception earned this unionist umbrage?   What fiendish fabricated falsehood was so awful it had to have originated in Lucifer’s living room?  What cock and bull story caused such apoplexy and was so evil it could only have come roaring out of the gates of Hell?

Why none other than the statement, by Mr. Elliot, that Mr. Robinson had said that Caitriona Ruane was “great.”  Robinson, who seems to have reacted less cuckoo to becoming a cuckold has suggested he would refer the matter to his lawyers.    Good work if you can get it lads.

Now I am not of the opinion that Ms. Ruane is the Frosted Flakes of Education Ministers (do you get Tony the Tiger over there?).  In fact, I suspect there are blessed few people who would suggest that she was “great’.  But isn’t it a tad childish to fight over whether one adult may have called another great, or to see someone deny it with such venom?  I mean, aren’t there enough real things to attend to?  However, I must thank both men for engaging in this schoolyard hostility.  It makes politics on this side of the Atlantic seem almost serious by comparison.  Not for long mind you, but at least for a few minutes.

Obama get’s one right

By Patrick Van Roy On April 27th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

His decision, somebody told him to make this move, I don’t know and I don’t care. Putting General Petraeus as the head of the CIA is the right man for the right job, at the right time.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama plans to name CIA Director Leon Panetta as the next secretary of defense and move Gen. David Petraeus, now running the war in Afghanistan, into the CIA chief’s job in a major shuffle of the nation’s national security leadership, administration and other sources said Wednesday.

Gates is bailing on the SS Obama, moving Panetta to Sec Of Def. is a nice easy move, no contentious hearings. The same with Petraeus confirmation, both will blow through the House and Senate. Panetta never should have been at CIA in the first place, he’s a politician, and that is not a politicians job.

Petraeus is a West Point Graduate top of the Class, he has a PHD in international relations, and what does he do the minute he goes active, he went right into Ranger School. Petraeus threw his entire career into Special Forces.

The General has served his nation as our wolf at the door. Extremely well versed and exposed politically, he has served in every theater in the world.  Has had numerous positions where he could easily have abandoned being a combat soldier, yet at every turn he dove deeper into Spec Ops.

The U.S. live intel network has never been reset since the fall of the Soviets, I think it’s about to, Give Em Hell Dave

Gay Marriage – A Royal Crush

By 33230715130361 On April 27th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

What you thought the word gay doesn’t still have two meanings?  Although I laughed at Christopher Hitchens delighful and wicked put down of Friday’s Wedding between the Prince of Wales and his lovely bride to be, I can’t help but wish the couple good luck.   

I am certainly not going to take the day off to watch (although my wife is threatening to do so).  I know it may seem like pagent overkill and too hyped up, but what the Hell, sometimes you have to live large.  So I’ll toast them from afar, raising a pint to their good health and hope for a happy future.

Most Transparent Administration Ever (Not)

By Patty On April 27th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Obama used his press conference today to scold the press for inflating the importance of his birth certificate. The problem is, the birth certificate wasn’t the number one story in the press, not by a long shot.

PJ Tatler reports:

“President Obama used his press briefing today to scold the press for spending too much time focusing on the birth certificate issue. But according to Poynter, there has been no press obsession with the question at all (a fact that has been obvious to everyone outside the White House for some time, by the way).

For the week of April 11-17, the economy accounted for 39 percent of news coverage.

That same week, Donald Trump’s revival of citizenship questions accounted for ‘much of the attention directly on the Obama administration, at 4% of the newshole,’ PEJ reports.

Last week, Trump did receive more media attention, according to PEJ’s index. The 2012 election accounted for 8 percent of the newshole, making it the third biggest story, with 3 percent of the newshole specifically focused on Obama, primarily the question of where he was born.

Some of that coverage was related to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of a bill that would have required presidential candidates to provide proof of birth.

So…Donald Trump was a rising story, but the birth certificate itself, not so much. It’s tempting to speculate that Obama used today’s release to make the birth certificate a bigger story, to distract from the story that the press has spent 39% of its time covering: Namely, the economy. “

Oh well. I remember when the Obama brigade promised transparency? Truth is for the other guy, apparently.


Birth Certificate of A Nation

By 33230715130361 On April 27th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

The President has released his birth certificate (long form) to confirm the already proven fact that he was born in the United States.  Lord knows what the conspiracy nuts will make of this, but I think it was a good idea to help focus on the real issues of the day. 

Donald Trump, the absurd egomaniac who inherited his wealth from his family business, has taken credit for this development.  Perhaps he does deserve credit.  His association with the birther movement should have been the final straw for any remaining doubters who claim to be sane, but of course we also have people who think Earth is 6000 years old.  Sigh.  At some point can’t we just come out and say that some folks don’t have a different opinion because they ignore fact.  To paraphrase Chris Rock, whatever happended to stupid? Aren’t some folks just plain stupid?

Anyhow, as noted with Humor in National Review,  we will probably have people searching the certificate for 1961 typewriter font, looking for a 666 birthmark and looking for occupation of father as terrorist.  They will be disappointed.   

I am sure other countries look on at this carnival and shake their heads.  I can’t blame them.  Maybe we can be adults again some day.


By David Vance On April 27th, 2011 at 11:25 am

It’s another one of those “you couldn’t make it up” moments concerning the United Nations.

The brutal crackdown by Syrian President Bashar Assad may finally be getting the attention of world leaders — but apparently not enough to stop Syria from becoming the newest member of the U.N. Human Rights Council. (Yes, you heard that right)

And despite calling for an independent investigation into the crackdown, which has left hundreds dead, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apparently won’t do much about blocking Syria’s path to the human rights group.

“That’s not really for the secretary general to suggest to a member state,”  said Martin Nesirky, a spokesman for the secretary-general, when asked if the U.N. chief would ask Syria to drop out of the running for the post.

Here’s how Syria demonstrates its respect for “Human Rights”…

Given that the UN Human Rights Council has provided a platform for those well know beacons of freedom and liberty such as Cuba, Libya, Egypt, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, doesn’t it make sense to give Syria a place? What about North Korea?


By David Vance On April 27th, 2011 at 11:10 am

I found this statistic interesting, no doubt some will have a good explanation;

FRESH anger at the culture of absenteeism in Britain’s bloated public sector erupted last night after it was revealed that state employees take an average of more than 12 days off sick every year.

New figures showed that civil servants, teachers, nurses and other public sector staff take 20 per cent more unscheduled days absent than their counterparts in the private sector, costing taxpayers nearly £9billion annually.And the figures also showed that British workers across the economy take twice as many sick days as those in the US and Asia.

Overall, absenteeism was estimated to cost British business an eye-watering £32billion a year.

Charlotte Linacre, campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “It’s scandalous that yet more research confirms that public sector staff are pulling more sickies than those in the private sector. Of course employers should be sympathetic to genuine illnesses but there seems to be a different approach when taxpayers’ pockets are raided to foot the bill.

Why is it that this happens in the public sector? What is it that causes such a difference? Why is it that anyone who raises this as an issue gets berated by the likes of the BBC – another public funded institution?


By David Vance On April 26th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Is it a wonder people lose respect for the rule of law and order?

“A frightened farmer who called 999 after gipsies threatened to kill her was stunned when the police who eventually arrived told her they would confiscate her legally held shotguns. Tracy St Clair Pearce, 50, was confronted by four men carrying a chainsaw and a knife, who warned her they would kill her cattle at her farm in Colchester, Essex. She called police late on Good Friday to report the threat, but was left gobsmacked when officers took 35 minutes to get to her home, before telling her they would confiscate her shotguns.

Which side are the law on in 2011????

The Thoughts of Chairman Andrew!

By Mike Cunningham On April 26th, 2011 at 9:25 am

Copying almost verbatim from the thoughts, not of Chairman Mao, but another who thinks he is better and more worthy than just about anyone else; Andrew Marr. I give you slices of the wisdom of the BBC commentator and ‘journalist’

“Teachers are the most effective anti-racist campaigners in the country, this means more than education in other religions, it means a form of political  education. Only people who understand the economic forces changing their world, threatening them… have a chance of being immune to the old tribal chants.

And the final answer, frankly, is the vigorous use of state power to coerce and repress…

I firmly believe that repression can be a great, civilising instrument for good.

Stamp hard on certain ‘natural’ beliefs for long enough and you can almost kill them off…

A new Race Relations Act will impose the will of the state on millions of other lives too.”

The Head of the Church in England and Wales, which has been mercifully on the sidelines of this story, says that what’s happened is “shameful”; that abuse was
not deliberately covered up. Archbishop Vincent Nichols is with me now. Good morning, Archbishop.

ARCHBISHOP NICHOLS: Good morning to you.

ANDREW MARR: I know you’re off to conduct Palm Sunday Mass shortly. Can I ask you about the persistent allegations and fears that the Pope in his previous job as Head of the Congregation of the Faith was involved in these cover-ups; that there was a strong desire in the church, as somebody put it, not to wash our dirty linen in public?

ARCHBISHOP NICHOLS: Well as far as the role of Cardinal Ratzinger’s concerned, he was not involved in any cover-up. The case of the priest from America, for example, had already been reported to the police in 1975, and it was over 20 years, 25 years before it came to the attention of the Holy See. Because the role of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to oversee the canonical legal procedures, not …

ANDREW MARR:  I understand. The Head of the Church in Ireland, Cardinal Brady, was there when children who had been abused or people who’d been abused were sworn to secrecy. Do you think his position is now untenable?

ARCHBISHOP NICHOLS: But again, it has to be understood. You know the media has a very proper role in invigilating, in looking at what’s going on and bringing things to the surface, and I totally accept that role of the media. But the media also needs to be a bit more attentive to detail, so the secrecy that is concerning … that’s around the cardinal in Ireland was the secrecy for the process of a trial. It’s like giving victims anonymity in the course of a trial. Now they think …

ANDREW MARR: (over) But they then have to swear secrecy forever after …


ANDREW MARR: … which is quite something if you’ve been the victim of something like this.

Andrew Marr:—-I found this, from June 3, 1940, by the American journalist H L Mencken: “The function of a newspaper in a democracy is to stand as a sort of chronic opposition to the reigning quacks. The minute it begins to out-whoopthem it forfeits its character and becomes ridiculous.”

Marr on bloggers as “inadequate, pimpled and single”, and citizen journalism as the “spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night”.

When asked for the secret of being a good reporter, number one rated political reporter Andrew Marr told Press Gazette: “I think as with any kind of journalism, curiosity is essential. You also need a basic fair-mindedness. You have to accept that most of the people in the political game have mixed motives but part of their motives are good ones and they do want to make the world better, whether they are on the right, centre or left.

Andrew the Good:-  “A good journalist treats the business of politics, if not everything that happens in politics, with a certain amount of respect – which I try to do.”

Andrew Marr this morning:- “I did not come into journalism to go around gagging journalists. Am I embarrassed by it? Yes. Am I uneasy about it? Yes.” But he added: “I also had my own family to think about, and I believed this story was nobody else’s business. I still believe there was, under those circumstances, no public interest in it.”

But Mr Marr added that the use of injunctions seemed to be “running out of control”. He said: “There is a case for privacy in a limited number of difficult situations, but then you have to move on. They shouldn’t be forever and a proper sense of proportion is required.”


By David Vance On April 25th, 2011 at 10:59 am

Why are we sending our military to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban when the Afghan government lets something like this happen?

The Taliban has staged a jail-break from a high security prison in Afghanistan, freeing 541 prisoners through a network of tunnels that took five months to dig. In scenes reminiscent of war film The Great Escape, insurgents constructed a 1,050-foot (320m) route into Sarposa Prison, in Kandahar. Diggers finally broke through into the site last night and hundreds of prisoners, including around 100 Taliban commanders – streamed through the tunnel to freedom over four-and-a-half hours last night. They were met by a fleet of cars which whisked them away to freedom. The breakout was completed at around 3.30am.

541 terrorists freed and back to kill? WHAT is the point of this mission when things like this take place?