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TORN APART….

By David Vance On April 14th, 2011 at 8:18 am

Britain has been torn apart by the biggest influx of immigrants in history, David Cameron will admit today.

The Prime Minister will blame a welfare system which has paid Britons to stay idle and foreign jobseekers ‘not really wanting or even willing to integrate’ for turning neighbourhoods into ghettos. Immigration has been ‘too high’ for many years and has created ‘discomfort and disjointedness’ across the country, he will say.

What say you? Is Cameron right? If so, what is he doing about it? I note the likes of the BBC immediately pouncing on his remarks but the fact of the matter is that many many people have concerns on this issue and Labour’s mission to turn the UK into welfare central.

Trades Descriptions Act?

By Mike Cunningham On April 14th, 2011 at 8:15 am

If you sell your body for sex, you are a prostitute. Male or female, it is the same thing. You are a whore, nothing more, nothing less. You do not ‘work as a prostitute’ as the mealy-mouthed phrase goes, you are a prostitute!

So when Helen Wood, who was previously stated as having sex with Wayne Rooney for money, tries to get her story published in a tabloid newspaper, the Courts slap an injunction on the whole thing, but one newspaper gets the terms modified, so her name comes out, but the name of the ‘Celebrity’ was still shielded by the Courts after the ‘actor’ was granted a temporary injunction in a private hearing   after he discovered Miss Wood had spoken to a tabloid newspaper which he  feared was about to print details of her allegations.

But Miss Woods, pictured in the pink dress showing much of her sale goods, was described as visiting Aintree for Ladies Day.

Not any Lady that I have ever met or even heard about.

Reflections on Ayn Rand, Whittaker Chambers and the Evil of Collectivism

By Patty On April 13th, 2011 at 5:14 am

Ayn Rand, perhaps better than anyone in the 20th century, understood that the individual self-seeking we call an evil actually stands in noble contrast to the real evil of self-seeking collectives.” PJ O’Rourke

This coming Friday, April 15th, is traditional tax day in the US and it’s also the day that Atlas Shruggedthe movie – will be released in theaters. Based on Ayn Rand’s novel of the same name, Atlas Shrugged is a fictional look at the deleterious effects of too much government – a plea for individual freedom and the prosperity that indvidual freedom inevitably brings. The movie comes at an opportune time:  Big Government has an almost insatiable appetite these days – gobbling up private industry and personal freedom, even as I write.

Ayn Rand has long been one of my favorite ” free market” philosophers and I have long marveled at her ability – coming as she did from the Soviet Union – to “think her way out of the box.” You see, Atlas Shrugged was first published in 1957,  long before the Soviet Union imploded, long before it became blindingly obvious that  collectivism was a doomed experiment.

Rand revealed the truth about the evil of Marxian-inspired collectivism through  objective analyses, using reason, developing a philosophy she called Objectivism. Before the empirical evidence was in, Ayn Rand set forth the truth with her Objectivist Philosophy:  government does not create prosperity; individual initiative and the freedom to seek personal success creates prosperity.

It needs saying, however, that Atlas Shrugged has faults. As a fictional story, it is filled with caricatures and a certain “Dudley Do Right” atmosphere. Ayn Rand had many gifts, but poetry was not one of them.

Whittaker Chambers, on the other hand, was a poet. Born in America at the dawn of the 20th century, Chambers, as a young man, was writer, editor, poet and a spy for the Communist Party– before he became a farmer, a Christian, decidedly anti-Communist, and then, a witness against his Soviet spy-friend, Alger Hiss.

Like Ayn Rand, Chambers came to recognize the inherent evil in the self-serving collectivism that justified Communism.  But unlike Rand, Chambers came to his conclusions about Communism through his Christian faith  and his  recognition that Communism – and other hybrid utopian forms of statism – elevate the State over God – thereby putting men in service to the State.

Whittaker Chambers  wrote in his book Witness:   “The Communist vision is the vision of Man without God.It is the vision of man’s mind displacing God as the creative intelligence of the world…Communism restores man to his sovereignty by the simple method of denying God.”

For me,  this is the most interesting part of the Ayn Rand story:  Communism and atheism  historically go hand-in-hand but Ayn Rand, a self-professed atheist, was decidedly anti-Communist.

I leave it to you, Dear Reader, to square the circle:  how could an atheist, like Rand, and a Christian, like Chambers,  come to similar conclusions regarding the inherent evil of collectivism?

 

A SAD DENOUEMENT

By David Vance On April 12th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I read that two men are being questioned about the deaths of two teenagers from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning last year.

Aaron Davidson and Neil McFerran, both 18, from Newtownabbey died at a holiday apartment in Castlerock last August. Detectives in Coleraine are questioning the men – aged 40 and 49 years – about the deaths. The two friends had been staying at the apartment near Coleraine with a third friend, Matthew Gaw, who survived.

These young lads lost their lives only a few yards from where I have a residence. Such a desperately sad tragedy. It will be interesting to get more details of those charged. The engineer responsible for the service of their boiler had also serviced my gas boiler….

 

The People that Know best what are kids should learn

By Patrick Van Roy On April 12th, 2011 at 2:25 am

In a State that claims to be the “model state” for the rest of the U.S. prove why the earthquake and tsunami hit the wrong side of the Pacific.

Teachers support cop-killer

Between negotiating for more benefits and teaching their students, the California Federation of Teachers has adopted a resolution of support for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

At the CFT’s 2011 Convention in late March, the delegates passed 30 resolutions, from solidifying support for anti-bullying legislation to supporting transitional kindergarten. Among the resolutions largely pertaining to education and collective bargaining rights was Resolution 19 – to “Reaffirm support for death row journalist.”

“Therefore, be it resolved, that the California Federation of Teachers reaffirm its support and demand that the courts consider the evidence of innocence of Mumia Abu-Jamal,” the Committee Report reads.

Mumia Abu-Jamal was a former member of the Black Panthers who was found guilty of murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel J. Faulkner during a routine traffic stop in 1981. Abu-Jamal was subsequently sentenced to death.

His supporters, such as the California Federation of Teachers, argue that his trial was unfair and that he is a civil rights hero.

Mumia Abu-Jamal or as he was called at his birth Wesley Cook, is the scum of the Earth that should be 6ft underground rather than in a 6 by 12 cell.

On December 9, 1981, at approximately 3:55 a.m., Officer Danny Faulkner, a five year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, made a traffic stop at Locust Street near Twelfth Street. The car stopped by Officer Faulkner was being driven by William Cook. After making the stop, Danny called for assistance on his police radio and requested a police wagon to transport a prisoner. Unbeknownst to him, William Cook’s brother, Wesley (aka Mumia Abu-Jamal) was across the street. As Danny attempted to handcuff William Cook, Mumia Abu-Jamal ran from across the street and shot the officer in the back. Danny turned and was able to fire one shot that struck Abu-Jamal in the chest; the wounded officer then fell to the pavement. Mumia Abu-Jamal stood over the downed officer and shot him four more times at close range, once directly in the face. Mumia Abu-Jamal was found still at the scene of the shooting by officers who arrived there within seconds. The murderer was slumped against the curb in front of his brother’s car. In his possession was a .38 caliber revolver that records showed Mumia had purchased months earlier. The chamber of the gun had five spent cartridges. A cab driver, as well as other pedestrians, had witnessed the brutal slaying and identified Mumia Abu-Jamal as the killer both at the scene and during his trial. On July 2, 1982, after being tried before a jury of ten whites and two blacks, Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of murdering Officer Danny Faulkner. The next day, the jury sentenced him to death after deliberating for two hours. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania heard the defendant’s appeals and upheld the conviction on March 6, 1989.

Officer Danny Faulkner joined the ranks of those courageous officers who have given their lives to keep our nation’s streets safe and free. Danny and his wife, Maureen, had been married only slightly more than a year. Now, she was left a widow with only her memories of the young officer to comfort her and dreams of the life they could have shared together. Danny and Maureen Faulkner are the real victims of that horrible night in December, 1981. It is for them that we seek justice


Mitt Happens

By 33230715130361 On April 11th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Mitt Romney has announced his exploratory committee has been set up, a virtual announcement that he will run in the Republican primaries for the upcoming US Presidential election.  Once more unto the chicken dinner circuit.  I don’t know if Romney can really satisfy the reved up base of the Republican Party which has been dumbing itself down for some time now.   They are in full blown mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore mode, and may need more of a red meat leader.  Romney has some business bona fides, but he’s dull.  And he’s from the northeast.  And he’s Mormon and that gives the evangelicals some pause.  

Lucky for him he has a boat load of money so he can pay as he goes for a while.  How far remains to be seen.

Life itself, always provides the best comedy

By Patrick Van Roy On April 11th, 2011 at 11:06 am

I guess we can blame this one on all three nations France, Britain and the U.S.  Since we have imposed a no fly zone over Libya the Arab League is insisting that the UN impose a no fly zone over Gaza. They are demanding that we shoot down Israeli planes that bomb Gaza.

Now I have a few things I would like to point out.

1) The main reason we are doing anything in Libya is to protect the french supply chain of oil. When we should have told them to go scratch, since when Gadaffy was actively supporting terrorism world wide France REFUSED to allow our planes to fly over to go stop him.

2) The Israeli’s are defending themselves from rocket fire from the Iranian supported terrorists in Gaza. For pete’s sake the bombing raid that killed 18 terrorists in Gaza was in response to an anti tank missile hitting a school bus. and finally

3) if the U.S. doesn’t veto this action in the Security Counsel since both France and England don’t have enough planes and pilots to do the current mission in Libya, it would mean that the U.S. will have to be the ones to shoot down Israeli planes.  (gee where have we heard that possibility discussed)

UPDATE:

The Second push is on, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has gone to the buffoons in Brussels to Demand they recognize an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank. He says they have all the amenities, justice, education, energy, health, water, security and housing services.

“I believe that our governing institutions have now reached a high state of readiness to assume all the responsibilities that will come with full sovereignty on the entire Palestinian occupied territory,”

In a 63-page document he underlines that unless Israel’s military occupation comes to an end, these accomplishments can only achieve so much. “Without a change to the status quo, the positive impact of internal reforms to build a strong and healthy economy will be limited in both scope and sustainability,” the report says.

Palestinian leaders aim to ask the United Nations General Assembly in September for recognition of statehood on all of the territory Israel occupied in 1967, including Gaza — over which Fayyad and President Mahmoud Abbas have no control.

The document will be presented on April 13 to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, a 12-member committee of the European Union and United States which serves as the principal policy-level coordination mechanism for assistance to the Palestinians.

So the Pallies are trying to do an end run around the peace process. They want the EU and the UN to recognize them and then demand that the International community FORCIBLY REMOVE the Israeli’s from their sovereign state.

Director In The Rye: RIP SidneyLumet

By 33230715130361 On April 11th, 2011 at 1:05 am

Sidney Lumet who just passed away at age 86 said he was not a religious man, and suggeted he be cremated and that his burnt remains be spread over Katz’s Deli in New York.  While I loved his movies I don’t think I want his ashes on top of my next pastrami on rye.  

Lumet’s sense of cinema was all New York City.  The Pawnbroker, 12 Angry Men, Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon.  Want to argue Scorcese or Woody Alln as the best New York City themed director an you’ve got some merit, but Lumet to me was the tops.  For God’s sake his first film, 12 Angry Men, was something you could retire on, an instant classic.  His greats  included Network, The Verdict, Fail Safe and Before The Devil Knows you are Dead (his last film at age 83!!). 

He was an actor’s director, obtaining some of the best performances ut of Henry Fonda, Katherine Hpeburn, Al Pacino, Paul Newman, Jack Warden, Peter Finch, Albert Finney, William Holden, Charles Durning, Rod Steiger, Jason Robards, James Mason, Jack Warden, and Faye Dunaway.   In fact, Pacino and the great John Cazale were as good if not better playing bank robbers Sonny and Sal in Dog Day Afternoon than they were as brothers in The Godfather (which is as high a bar as one can set). 

His Murder On The Orient Express was a wonderful camp allstar celebration of a whodunit.  There is a scene in The Verdict when Paul Newman’s fallen lawyer can’t even catch his breath as his case goes south that still haunts me.  Lee J. Cobb’s breakdown in 12 Angry Men may have been that great actor’s greatest moment.  Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s performance in Before the Devil Knows You Are Dead is wonderful, and makes you recall that Lumet also directed Brando, Caine , Fonda and Nolte. 

I’ll forgive Lumet “The Wiz”  (we all lose our direction at times), and the fact that he was actually from Philadelphia.  But his sense of NYC pervades his movies (driving Hollywood establishment types crazy). He filmed real neighorhoods, real stories, real emotions and real characters.  As an artist he was an adult in a child’s world.   He was a classic.

How many times must the Mad Persian repeat himself before you believe

By Patrick Van Roy On April 10th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

The Mad Little Persian is calling for all our deaths again, while blaming us for all the turmoil. Yes I know I am crazy because I believe they are behind 90% of the revolts, and the idea that they are forming the caliphate is just nonsense.

Hegemons want Shia-Sunni war: Ahmadinejad
KERMANSHAH – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said the United States and its Western allies are seeking to provoke Iran-Arab conflict and Shia-Sunni war with the aim of saving the Zionist regime. “They are trying to incite Iran-Arab conflict and Shia-Sunni war in the region only to save the Zionist regime,”

Ahmadinejad said it is “a great treachery and conspiracy” and called on the regional nations and governments to be careful not to be deceived by the arrogant powers’ complicated plot.

“The regional countries should know if anyone helps the enemies to implement their plot in the region, the nations will regard him as an accomplice of the enemies and the person who has betrayed the region,” he explained. “You (the U.S. and other Western countries) are again mistaken because you have underestimated the intelligence of the regional nations. You should know that the Zionist regime has reached the end of the line and no one can save this regime,”

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asserted that a new Middle East, without the specter of the Zionist regime, America and its proxies, is taking shape.

The War is spreading, and the current administrations in the west are aiding that spread.

Chump Change, and the Right Caved

By Patrick Van Roy On April 9th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Last night Congress passed another continuing resolution, this one had cuts to spending equal to 37.7 Billion. That’s chump change. The U.S. government borrows $4 Billion Dollars a day. So they cut just less than 10 days worth of debt.

Not only is it Chump Change, but Weeping Willie Boehner gave in on stopping the EPA, and defunding Planned Parenthood. Both Planned Parenthood was cut in for DC, and the voucher program for school choice was reinstated, a small victory. While and this is the best part The Washington Times is reporting that

“Obama” did a great job but the cuts are smaller than he wanted, “The spending cuts amount to $78.5 billion below what Mr. Obama had requested for 2011. The final number means discretionary spending will total $1.049 trillion this year, with $513 billion for the Defense Department. “

When did Obama call for 1.5 Trillion in cuts, and how could he call for cuts in a budget that both he and the Democrats refused to submit let alone pass last year?

The upcoming budget debate is going to be fun to watch, Ryans budget cuts over $6 Trillion Dollars, these clowns can’t pass $100 Billion. The Republicans are in trouble, the base be very very unhappy with this deal.