Last one of the evening from moi – I loved this song when it came out too many years ago – great rock and roll tune by the incomparable Mr Nick Lowe…give it a listen, you’ll enjoy it!
I see that rates of sexually transmitted diseases in Northern Ireland have reached an all-time high. Cases of syphilis, gonorrhoea and genital herpes all increased in 2006, with chlamydia infections up by a fifth, a fresh report said. Experts blamed the surge on young people ignoring the safe sex message and warned of future fertility and pregnancy dangers.
Personally, I put the blame on the rise of an "anything goes" post-Christian society where no one can be judgemental and all forms of behaviour are equally acceptable. I ALSO think that the same "experts" who decry these new stats will be the same people urging for primary school kids to be "educated" into the realms of sex education. We have sexualised childhood, we have accepted the idea that all forms of behaviour are fine, and too many young people show a shocking lack of respect for themselves.
Did you read that the British singer who sang the Croatian anthem before the football game against England accidentally sang ‘My penis is a mountain’? Tony Henry was trying to sing the national anthem in Croatian, but reportedly got the words wrong. Fans say the mispronounciation helped the players relax before the game at Wembley where Croatia beat England 3-2. The national anthem is written in old style Croatian, and there can be slightly different interpretations in English because it is a very lyrical language. The line in which Henry slipped up should have been "mila kuda si planina" (You know my dear how we love your mountains). But what he actually sang was "mila kura si planina" which means "Dear Penis, you are a Mountain" or "My Dear, my penis is a mountain".
The thing about our OWN National anthem is its’ less obvious to see how such a mistake could be made!
Here’s my second offering for this evening…..great tune!
I note that the largest number of criminals so far were released from jail early under "emergency measures" last month.
Prisons in England and Wales freed 2,612 offenders before the end of their sentences, a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said. The monthly total was 120 higher than the previous highest figure in August. Labour introduced the so-called "end of custody licence" scheme in June as the prison population in England and Wales reached crisis point. Offenders can be set free 18 days before the end of their sentences to create space in the crowded jails. From when the scheme began at the end of June to the end of October, 11,132 offenders have been freed early. The total includes 2,039 violent offenders, four sexual offenders, 226 robbers and 1,052 burglars.
In October, officials recalled to prison 99 of the criminals who had been freed, including 34 for alleged re-offending. Since the beginning of the scheme, officials have tried to recall 385 offenders in total, but of those 75 are still on the run.
I dare say if YOU happened to be at the receiving end of these early-released convicts you mightn’t feel so pleased about this "end of custody" wheeze dreamed up by gutless politicians and spineless bureaucrats and Prison staff.
Israel PM Ehud Olmert really is the most pathetic political specimen. I was reading that he has warned that failure to negotiate a two-state solution with the Palestinians would spell the end of the State of Israel. He warned of a "South African-style struggle" which Israel would lose if a Palestinian state was not established.
What he is not saying is that the "Two-State" model which Condi and the gang are retailing will in itself advance the demise of Israel since the creation of a terror state on its (reduced) borders can only further motivate Palestinians to kill and terrorise. Hamas will pocket whatever goodies come the way of Fatah, and then crush Fatah. Then Hamas will further their stated ambition to drive the Jews into the sea. Olmert is a weak unpopular political figure, a David Trimble with a star of David, bolstered up with faux peace photo-ops with Bush and Abbas – and he will be swept from power come the next election. At that point, I sincerely trust the two-State solution will be knocked on the head once and for all. The arabists in US State dream of creating a terror state next door to its one true ally in the Middle East but if it succeeds it will be a nightmare.
I was reading about two students who were suspended for ten days this week at Lee’s Summit West High School in Kansas City, Missouri, for allegedly using racial slurs. The students, one of whom is nearly an Eagle Scout, did not use the dreaded “n-word,” nor did they say anything that was derogatory or racially offensive. Rather a group of students were having a conversation about what knots to use when tying drum equipment when the other “n-word” came up—“noose.”
A black student overheard the conversation and told a teacher that he was offended. Clearly, these boys did nothing wrong. This ridiculous incident is yet another example of the “tolerance” of liberals’ beloved political correctness run amok. In reality—unfamiliar territory for liberals—political correctness, which is designed to undermine people’s rights to liberty and freedom of speech, is coming dangerously close to muting all conversation lest it be misconstrued as offensive. We can only imagine the next forbidden n-word.
I had to laugh at this story!
A Strippergram student accused of carrying offensive weapons has gone on trial today.
Stuart Kennedy, 24, who works part-time as a strippergram, was arrested after performing at a bar in Aberdeen dressed as a police officer. Mr Kennedy, a genetics student, denies three charges of having an offensive weapon in a public place. It is alleged he had two batons and a spray with him on March 17 this year at Aberdeen’s Bon Accord Street.
On what serious basis has this man been arrested? Surely to goodness Aberdeen police have BETTER things to be doing than pursuing this pointless prosecution?
Well, it’s Friday evening and I am back at ATW central having been away for the past few days. So here’s a musical choice – not enough songs in waltz rhythm folks…a great ballad with wit and sensitivity!
Another debate for the Republican Presidential nominee was televised by CNN Wednesday night. I watched the debates and I found the Republican candidates compelling in many instances. No thanks to CNN, however.
According to CNN, the Republican-base is comprised of Christian literalists and racists who care deeply about waving the pre-Civil War Confederate flag. Consider the following silly and condescending questions the Republican candidates were asked to ponder:
What would Jesus do?
Do you believe every word in the Bible?
Should the Confederate flag be allowed to wave?
As if this framing of the Republicans as cartoony racists and “Bible-beaters” wasn’t enough, CNN also featured questioners who were not “undecided voters” at all……but Democrat supporters, operatives, and activists! For example:
– Keith Kerr, a retired military officer, was given several minutes to lecture the audience regarding his position on gay rights in the military. It turns out he is a gay rights activist and a Hillary/Kerry supporter.
– The Muslim questioner is a former CAIR intern.
– The Log Cabin Republican (a Republican gay rights group) is actually an Obama supporter.
– The lady with 2 children worried about toys from China is also a prominent union activist for the Edwards endorsing United Steelworkers union.
Etc. etc. The list grows as questioners are exposed and is well documented by Michelle Malkin.
The Republican debates are ostensibly meant to reveal nominee positions and past voting records on issues pertinent to the Republican voter so that when actual voting starts, Republican voters are informed.
CNN proves, yet again, that it is a lefty-biased network, and that it is primarily interested in providing a platform for Democratic policy pitches well in advance of the general election.