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The green and lovely lanes of Killashandra.

By Mahons On January 7th, 2020 at 12:12 am

This may come as a shock to you but sometimes politicians do very stupid things. In doing such stupid things they sometimes dig in harder when it is pointed out to them that they are doing a very stupi thing. This seems to be the case with the Irish Prime Minister and his tone deaf need to commemorate the Royal Irish Constabulatory and the Dublin Metropolitan Police Force.

It has been pointed out to him that while both organizations contained men of good character, they also contained men of exceptionally bad character and ultimately were agents of colonialism in Ireland. As an added issue, the notoriously rotten Black and Tans were an auxiliary unit of the RIC and were sent to Ireland to violently and illegally supress Irish people which they did with a historically undeniable enthusiasm.

While not a Bonzo Goes to Bitburg moment is is certainty an unjustified commemoration. One can have no ill will to the individual members of either organization but still recognize that their organizations do not deserve some sort of official recognition by the Irish State. This is mushy head thinking at its worst. One does not need to forget to forgive, and granting official recognition is an unintended sanctioning.

According to Reuters

By Patrick Van Roy On January 6th, 2020 at 9:29 pm

U.S.-led coalition says it will withdraw from Iraq -letter

by Reuters

BAGHDAD, Jan 6 (Reuters) – The United States-led military coalition against Islamic State said on Monday that it was pulling out of Iraq and would be repositioning forces over the next few days and weeks, a letter seen by Reuters showed.

“Sir, in deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq, and as requested by the Iraqi Parliament and the Prime Minister, CJTF-OIR will be repositioning forces over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement,” read a letter from United States Marine Corps Brigadier General William H. Seely III, the commanding general of Task Force Iraq.

The authenticity of the letter, which was addressed to the Iraqi defence ministry’s Combined Joint Operations Baghdad, was confirmed to Reuters independently by an Iraqi military source.

“We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure,” it said. (Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Bye bye Baghdad.

Now the US Government has not made an official Public statement yet except for Pompeo on Sunday who told Chris Wallace “if they want us to leave, we will leave”.

Iraq has the largest U.S. Embassy in the World. It is one of our largest electronic listening posts, and counter-terrorism bases. Where we will relocate our equipment has not been announced, but we have several locations we can choose from in the ME.

So let it be written, so let it be done.

but, but……. The British press says it’s all wrong……


BREAKING NEWS: Defense secretary says U.S. troops are NOT withdrawing from Iraq despite general’s letter to the contrary after country’s parliament voted for anti-ISIS troops to leave in wake of Qassem Soleimani’s death


  • General in charge of U.S. coalition forces in Iraq tells military counterpart to prepare for helicopter flights as troops pull up stakes
  • Letter says troops will soon begin flying out in transport helicopters under cover of darkness
  • Donald Trump said Sunday that he would only withdraw troops if Iraq paid the U.S. for building and maintaining the main air base the coalition uses
  • He also threatened greater sanctions than those he has imposed on Iran
  • Iraq’s parliament had passed a resolution, which is nonbinding, urging the government to evict American troops
  • That was in response to Trump green-lighting a drone attack on an infamous Iranian military leader while he was in Baghdad, in Iraqi soil  


Somebody’s got it wrong…….


By Pete Moore On January 6th, 2020 at 7:03 pm

Not a single one.

Doug Stanhope is right. You can tell who the douchebags are in the audience. Tom Hanks is a douchebag. I can’t say I recognise too many others, but there are douchebags a plenty in this audience. Whatever a douchebag is.

Ricky Gervais was fabulous last night, doing what he does best, which is to be funny while offending everyone. Hollywood needs to be offended more. You can see that they just aren’t offended nearly enough –



By David Vance On January 6th, 2020 at 10:01 am

So here we are, it’s not even a week into 2020 and, according to the more hysterical sections of the legacy media, we face World War Three.

This follows the Trump-authorised killing of Iranian Terrorist-in-Chief General Qassem Soleimani by a well-targeted drone strike on Baghdad Airport a few days ago. Not much was left of the good General but at least his few remains enjoyed a good funeral and gave the regime the scope for much-needed street theatre.


Let’s get a few things straight about Soleimani. He richly deserved being shredded by the missile. In a way, it was quite poetic given that he himself had devoted his life to organising the killing other people. Furthermore, he did actually seek death by “martyrdom” so he got what he wanted, in spades. As did several of his senior aides.

Naturally, the Iranian regime immediately took a break from oppressing and killing its own people (1500 or so in the past short while) and started bleating about how “this means war”. Trump has made it clear that should Iran attack US assets, the US has identified 52 sites in Iran that will be obliterated in response.


Let’s see what happens but I fully support the angle Trump is pursuing. He doesn’t want a land war, he doesn’t want to invade, but neither will he accept the US being bullied by the mad Mullahs in Tehran. He will not allow terrorism being fanned by Islamist fanatics. Obama is no longer in the White House.

Saudi Arabia should take note. 

Now, like many others of Trump supporters, I do recognise that the US shouldn’t really be IN the Middle East. Little good comes of it. However, if the US were not present at least in some way, it is certain that nations like Iran would move to obliterate Israel.

So it is the least worst option to have some presence there, albeit at a minimal level.

The world is a better place without Soleimani. Few will doubt that. Same logic applies to other terrorist leaders, their presence on this Planet does not enhance it. So this IS a dangerous moment in time but I believe that like all bullies, Iran talks a good game but cannot deliver on it.

It’s crucial that we also differentiate between the Iranian people, many of whom desperately seek freedom from the horrendous captivity in which they are placed, and the vile tyrants who plague their lives. Soleimani was one of them. Now he is gone. Celebrate – it’s the end of war on the world.

On a footnote, it was nice to see this lion of the Iranian regime on his final journey on an American vehicle. God bless America.



By Pete Moore On January 5th, 2020 at 7:58 pm

The press was happy to report when Aussie firemen snubbed the Prime Minister. I suspect that Aussie firemen blaming the so-called greens will get less traction. Volunteer firemen in New South Wales have been doing most of the hard work trying to fight the fires which lunatic “environmental” policies have wrought. Their association has its say –

The Volunteer Firefighters Association (VFFA), the body representing the Voice of Volunteer Rural Firefighters in NSW refutes the claim by green alarmists that climate change is the cause of the recent bushfires in New South Wales.

It’s ridiculous to blame climate change when we know there has been far worse bushfires stretching back to the earliest days of European settlement in Australia including the Black Saturday Victoria 2009, NSW Bushfires 1994, Ash Wednesday Victoria 1983, Blue Mountains NSW 1968, Black Tuesday Hobart 1967 and Black Friday Victoria 1939, said Peter Cannon, President of the VFFA.

The VFFA is angered by comments from the green lobby groups that tackling climate change was more important than prescribed burning of forest fuels to reduce bushfire risk. The real blame rests with the greens and their ideology as they continue to oppose and undermine our efforts to conduct hazard reduction in the cooler months and to prevent private landowners from clearing their lands to reduce bushfire risk.

There is more in the statement. Do read it all. As you do so, and as you learn what they know, recall that reporters thousands of miles from where these men live, and are sweating hard to stay alive, want you to believe that so-called “climate change” is the cause. This claim is explicitly refuted by the firemen, men who know what a catastrophe these demented hard-left greens have inflicted on them.

When this is done Australia will require a reckoning with them. Justice must be done.



By Pete Moore On January 5th, 2020 at 7:36 pm

Dublin, New Year’s Eve. Yet another European city has a new cultural tradition inflicted upon it. The future’s looking so great.


By Pete Moore On January 5th, 2020 at 7:23 pm

Daniel Hannan quickly reminds us of a few truths.

Of course I quibble with his sign-off. No-one who supports significant levels of immigration in any way can wholly lay claim to environmental credentials. It’s only capitalist nationalists who meet that standard.

The interesting thing is that we know all this. It’s not a secret. Yet political greenism refuses to accept the good news, that we can become more free, more wealthy and live in an ever cleaner and greener world. These things go hand-in-hand.

But that’s the point. These things only happen in capitalist countries, and ending capitalism is their real aim.

Ever since I was a young boy…..

By Patrick Van Roy On January 5th, 2020 at 3:20 pm

Love them Tweets

By Patrick Van Roy On January 5th, 2020 at 12:15 pm


By Pete Moore On January 4th, 2020 at 5:35 pm

With people deliberately lighting almost half the bushfires this season, experts are calling for more research to better understand arsonists – and stop them before their ideas catch alight.

Between arsonists and catastrophic bans on land clearance, it’s no wonder that much of Australia is ablaze. No, we don’t need to look further than that.

The question what profile and background these arsonists have. I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of them are climate-change nutters lighting fires to ram their message home.