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and then they move them…..again!

By Mike Cunningham On May 31st, 2014 at 8:00 pm

With the majestic truth revealed regarding the vast amounts of taxpayers cash steadily being poured down the drains of Great Britain to the tune of £120 Billion, I honestly thought that we were, at last, the world’s leader in one field at least.

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But then I read this, and realised that, when it comes to wasting Other People’s Money, we are just rank amateurs! Read the whole document, if you would, and then the scale of true incompetence can be fully understood. But hey; it sure makes for full employment statistics in Boyers, Pennsylvania.

 

better late……

By Mike Cunningham On February 24th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

My daughter, a Professional Mechanical Engineer, is working on a contract basis, and of course is fully paid-up with her taxes, as well as all the rubbish which comes with being self-employed.

So you can imagine her delight when she receives the latest letter from the Inland Revenue & Customs.

On the back of the envelope is printed “HMRC changed banks in April 2009. The old accounts are closing in 2010.”

I do hope they are just using old stock, and not just getting round to telling everyone that all their payments have been going astray for three years!

 

In view of clause 14,c; (sub-clause 219) paragraph 8…..

By Mike Cunningham On September 10th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I write in Joanne’s memory, and of the balance  on the debit side of the immortal ledger which has only partly been balanced in vengeance, in advance of any posts reminding us of the truly savage attacks on that stupendously clear and sunny morning. I would attempt to comment upon our own home-grown and truly asinine response to the disaster which befell the whole of America on that September morning.

I am not referring to the truly disgusting edition of Question Time, where the hard-Left-slanted audience nearly succeeded in bringing the former American Ambassador to tears as he strove to defend his country against a gaggle of fools; an attack which revealed the true stance of the BBC in terms of political neutrality. I am not writing of the avalanche of anti-American propaganda which has flowed from the mouths and keyboards of the chatterati of the Liberals and the Labour Party.

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Instead I am pointing to the singular disrespect offered by all strata of officialdom in this Country and in our Capital City, which was once rescued from near starvation and defeat by the generosity of an America which simply thought that, although they didn’t want War, also reckoned that their kinfolk were in trouble, and decided to lend a hand. I am of course referring to the apathy and neglect given a small slice of American history, namely the girder steelwork taken from the piled-high rubble which lay over and around the remains of 2,996 casualties of one man’s hatred, envy and spite. We couldn’t even give that small sculpture the dignified site it so richly deserved, instead allowing it to rust away in a farm scrapheap!

 

Meat Market; or just modern bureaucracy?

By Mike Cunningham On August 27th, 2013 at 10:40 am

When one reads of a child’s death at the hands of abusive and murderous ‘parents’, we usually shake our heads in mute incomprehension. I am the father of three adult kids, and within the term ‘father’ is held the truth that I am able to state that I helped bring forth into this world three fairly-well adjusted kids, and through a process of learning, adjustment and advice-osmosis; watched with pride as my two sons and a daughter navigated the pit- and prat-falls of youth to emerge as adults towards whom I can acknowledge with pride as mine own. They had the best of my life’s learning to lean upon, and I just cannot comprehend the grievous injuries inflicted upon defenceless young bodies which were similar in all respects to those three youngsters placed in my care.

When the ‘authorities’ finally take notice of neglect and violence inflicted on a child, the actions are usually the result of a ‘Case Conference’ where all interested parties have a chance to put their views forward, and often as not, the child or children are taken from parents deemed, in the opinion of course of the ‘experts’, as unfit to hold those children within their homes. They are then located with suitable ‘foster homes’, or sometimes group homes and many are placed for adoption.

Some commentators, such as the admirable Christopher Booker, have made their passions a crusade to fight against  the ‘Secret courts’ system, where children are taken at birth from mothers deemed ‘unfit’ on the say-so of social workers whose evidence is never questioned, but taken as gospel.

And where do many of these kids end up? They end up here,  in the forms displayed, as though their parents, many of whom are innocent of all crimes or allegations, can see their kids for one last time before they disappear into the anonymity of court-ordered adoption.

 

And now folks, from out of this hat…….

By Mike Cunningham On July 17th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I would place a considerable sum of cash on a bet that gave the number of people who knew that performing rabbits, in America at least, HAD to have a Disaster Plan would not be above the low nineties. In other words, it doesn’t figure very heavily in things that ordinary America either knows, wants to know, or wishes it had learnt. However, those ninety-odd people who lived in perpetual fear of a ‘rabbit killing disaster episode’ can breathe a little better after a decision to review the Regulations. Not immediately, you understand, but its a-coming down the old highway.

Marty Hahne, 54, does magic shows for kids in southern Missouri. For his big finale, he pulls a rabbit out of a hat. Or out of a picnic basket. Or out of a tiny library, if he’s doing his routine about reading being magical.

To do that, Hahne has an official U.S. government license. Not for the magic. For the rabbit.  He also has, or at least has been promised, an embryo Disaster Plan. But he now knows for certain that Uncle Sam cares, not only about the rabbit, but also for him!

If you build it…..We can always knock it down!

By Mike Cunningham On July 10th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

When Obamses the First Black Pharoah sent the surge of about 20,000 Marines and 30,000-odd soldiers  into Helmand Province, the military planners took one look at the Marines’ Command Headquarters, and decided that the Leathernecks needed something a bit more like solid American construction, instead of the plywood walled offices occupied by Major-General Mills. The General stated that he was quite happy with his little encampment the way it was, but no-one back home took any notice of this Marine.

Amec, a British Company, got the contract, and built it solidly, and built it well.

So as the Marines count-down past 7,000, and the total American contingent withdrawal continues apace, the 400-odd Headquarters staff find they have a brand-new $34 million-dilemma, in that not only will there be no-one to sit and issue battle commands in this computerised palace, no-one wants it anyway.

 

It was not until this spring that U.S. generals in Kabul decided to call a halt to the project. The decision was made before additional millions were spent on computer gear for the building but not soon enough to cancel crates of furniture.

“It’s terribly embarrassing,” the two-star Army general said.

The Pentagon, Sopko wrote to Hagel, needs to determine “all of the facts on how we reached this $34 million dilemma and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.”

 

 

We like you, but we don’t like your tactics!

By Mike Cunningham On July 10th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

WalMart decided to expand into Washington D.C. with three stores actually building, and three more underway. This expansion had been negotiated by many Council operatives, as well as others, who wished to get a major employer into the D.C. zone, no doubt well aware that voters will remember the guys who pulled a reluctant giant into their neighbourhood.

But the same Council has now, by proposing and publishing a Super-Minimum-Wage-Proposal which would mandate any retailer who operates above a $1 billion-turnover from premises greater than 75,000 sq. feet to pay a minimum wage of $12.50-per-hour, an increase  of some 50% above the Washington DC legal minimum wage.

So the very much non-unionised WalMart has told the Council, politely but firmly, that if this legislation is passed, WalMart will immediately cease any further negotiations on the three proposed stores, and think very, very hard about actually operating the three major builds underway right now.

The question is, does any  operation have the moral right to state that, if the game’s rules are changed after play starts, they will pack up and leave, as it is, after all, their ball?

NO JOKE: GOP HAS GOOD IDEA

By Pete Moore On May 1st, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Abolish economic stats.

I see a bunch of Republicans have introduced a bill which would abolish the collection of economic stats by government. The parasites and special interests have gone mental by the looks of it:

They simply wouldn’t exist. We won’t have an unemployment rate,” said Ken Prewitt, the former director of the U.S. Census who is now a professor of public affairs at Columbia University.

“I don’t know how the market reacts if there is suddenly no unemployment rate at the start of the month,” Prewitt said. “How does the market react if we don’t have a GDP?”

“Do they understand that these data that the Census Bureau collects are fundamental to everything else that’s done?” asked Maurine Haver, founder of business research firm Haver Analytics and a past president of the National Association for Business Economics. “They think the country doesn’t need to know how many people are unemployed, either?”

It’s not only a sensible idea, but a necessary act. An economically-literate government would sack all the number crunchers and all the economic advisors.

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THE 23 PHARAONIC ACTIONS AGAINST GUNS

By Pete Moore On January 16th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

The living god has issued his proclamations against guns. First His words, then a couple of observations:

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

January 16, 2013

Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions

Today, the President is announcing that he and the Administration will:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
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THE LATEST GOVERNMENT RESCUE JOB

By Pete Moore On October 28th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Our trees.

The Telegraph: Fight to save a third of Britain’s trees from killer fungus

A desperate fight has begun to save a third of Britain’s trees from a killer fungus which threatens to bring devastation to the country’s forests.

It looks like serious stuff, so serious (God help the trees) that the government has launched a taskforce to deal with it. The “ash dieback” fungus has laid waste to ash trees across Europe for twenty years now. First found in Poland, it spread across Europe, reaching Denmark in 2002 where it has now destroyed over 90% of ash trees.

It was first picked up in Britain in February this year since when thousands of trees have been burned. And when does a ban on the importation of saplings and trees kick in? Today. Jolly well done to the bureaucrats, they’re as sharp and efficient as always.

(Before someone says it: most forests and trees are privately owned in the UK. Using state power to prevent one private party from acting in ways which would affect and kill the property of others is perfectly legitimate.)