I was having a read of this thoughtful article on the future for Sarah Palin over on the excellent American Thinker and could not help but agree with the conclusions.
Perhaps the best thing Sarah can do for the leadership of GOP is to either smash it to pieces or change it radically – from the outside.
For me, the comments section has a particular insight that resonates since it is also the reason why I got out of politics and of course it is a little Shakespearan wisdom…
“This above all. To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”
Sarah Palin is not going away anytime soon and I hope she sticks to her principles and stays close to the people NOT the rotten GOP elite who have sold their souls and in the process burdened us with Obama.
I read that TUV Leader Jim Allister has asked why the PSNI has concealed a recent substantial IRA arms find in Magherafelt.
In a statement Mr Allister said:
“Last Friday an arms and explosive cache was found in a dwelling house in Magherafelt. Found with the munitions were IRA/Sinn Fein t-shirts and other items identifying the hide with the IRA.
Is this the reason why the PSNI has made no public announcement of this find, which, I understand, included several rifles, a handgun and explosives?
Protecting the IRA blushes, over weaponry which was supposedly decommissioned, may be politically convenient, but it is not acceptable in an open and democratic society, in which there should be no place for such illegal armaments and no cover ups.”
Jim is right but he also misses the point. We do not live in an open and democratic society.
That’s why the PSNI colludes with terrorists to conceal unhelpful information which might just make people wonder how authentic IRA decommissioning really was!
I came across this letter from yesterday’s Provo Pravda (An Phoblacht). It was penned by a member of the Fenian Flat Earth Society more commonly known as Ogra Shinn Fein, Fra Cochrane. Try not to laugh too much.
‘Slán Abhaile to British Army based in Ballykinnlar
LAST WEEK’S story in the Mourne Observer regarding the possible closure of Abercorn British Army barracks in Ballykinnlar will, I am sure, be welcomed by the majority of residents living across south Down, most of whom are eager to see the removal of occupying armed forces from their country. The British Army have no place on Irish soil, and while they remain here there will always be strong opposition to their presence. Also, the existence of an army base in a community leaves people vulnerable to attack and those who may wish to carry out such actions should not be given the excuse to do so. Ballykinlar is plagued by this monstrosity and the sooner that land is made available for the community the better. The British Ministry of Defence needs to return the land they have occupied to its rightful owners — the people of Ballykinlar. As revolutionary republican James Connolly once said:”Our demands most moderate are — We only want the earth!” FRA COCHRANE, Ógra Shinn Féin’
Some points and questions for Master Cochrane:
How does he know the closure of Abercorn Barracks, which is a sizeable employer in the south Down area, would be welcomed by a ‘majority of the residents’? Has he asked them all? Can he mind-read? Or does he just assume, in classic nationalist sectarian style, that because someone is baptised in a Catholic church that they would automatically be hostile towards the presence of an Army base, even though Catholics would both work and serve in that same base?
‘…..most of whom are eager to see the removal of occupying armed forces from their country.’ How is the Army of the United Kingdom an ‘occupying force’? Come to think of it, how is Northern Ireland ‘occupied territory’? I will list again the criteria of statehood I posted in a recent thread.
Has space or territory which has internationally recognized boundaries Has people who live there on an ongoing basis. Has economic activity and an organized economy. A country regulates foreign and domestic trade and issues money. Has the power of social engineering, such as education. Has a transportation system for moving goods and people. Has a government which provides public services and police power. Has sovereignty. No other State should have power over the country’s territory. Has external recognition. A country has been “voted into the club” by other countries (international law).
Given that Northern Ireland’s status as part of the UK ticks all of the above bullet points, how is it an ‘occupied territory’ and, by extension, how is the Army an ‘occupying army’?
Why does the‘British’ Army have no place on ‘Irish’ soil, when that soil comes under the jurisdiction of the UK, and many of the recruits who serve in Ballykinler were born themselves in Northern Ireland?
‘….and while they remain here there will always be strong opposition to their presence.’ Are you feebly attempting to justify or excuse the murders of Sappers Quinsey and Azimkar in Antrim? A straight answer would be welcome.
‘……Ballykinlaris plagued by this monstrosity.’ Care to mention how much the local economy is supported by the presence of hundreds of soldiers who use local shops, cinemas, nightclubs, etc? As for Abercorn being a ‘monstrosity’, the base has had millions of pounds spent on its living quarters and facilities, making it one of the most modern Army bases in the country. Below is a picture of some of the soldiers’ living quarters at Ballykinler
Wow, what a monstrosity, eh? I mean, when you compare it to the Fenian bolt-hole of the Divis Flats (below) you realise just what a monopoly those Shinners have on architecturally-pleasing surroundings.
‘The British Ministry of Defence needs to return the land they have occupied to its rightful owners — the people of Ballykinlar.’ Whoops, another ‘talking out of your backside’ moment. Ballykinler base has been owned by the military for over 100 years. Training for the Battle of the Somme took place there in World War 1. If Master Cochrane would care to mount a legal challenge to decide rightful ownership of the land, I’m sure the MoD would be pleased to take him on.
Please forward your responses to my points to the ATW e-mail address. I won’t hold my breath. Let’s face it, take you lot of of your little comfort blanket of rebel cliches for consumption by a witless following and you’re absolutely clueless.
Police were today investigating a blaze which has caused hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage and destroyed a Co Down fire station.
Firefighters were forced to stand helplessly by as their station in Rathfriland was engulfed in flames during the overnight blaze. Two fire appliances were also destroyed in the fire.
Fire and Rescue Service area commander Don McKay said that contingency measures are in place to ensure there is adequate fire cover in the area. Local firefighters received an emergency call at around 4am this morning but when they arrived at the station they realised it was their own building that was ablaze.
So, what did they actually do?
Due to health and safety reasons they were unable to enter the building to access equipment to fight the flames. Emergency crews from Newry were called to the scene to help control the fire.
Got that? Because of “health and safety reasons” Fireman stood by and watched their Fire Station go up in a cloud of smoke.
Well, it looks like the people of Nigeria are pretty clear on how to deal with militant Islam.
A Nigerian government minister has expressed relief at the death of an Islamic sect leader whose capture police announced on Thursday. But Information Minister Dora Akunyili told the BBC the government “does not condone extra-judicial killings”. Human rights campaigners have voiced concern at Mohammed Yusuf’s death.
The group he led has been blamed for days of violent unrest. Hundreds of people have died in clashes between his followers and security forces. His group – known as Boko Haram or Taliban – wants to overthrow the Nigerian government and impose a strict version of Islamic law. The bullet-riddled body of Mohammed Yusuf, 39, was seen hours after police announced he had been captured in the northern city of Maiduguri. The BBC’s Bilkisu Babangida says the city is returning to normal, with shops and banks re-opening. She says many residents are happy that Mr Yusuf is dead.
Good. One less murdering Islamic Jihadist. Now can we please adopt the same approach in dealing with the Taliban? Unlike the British Government new strategy of “winning hearts and minds”, killing terrorists actually works!
“Almost 150 women living in the Maldives face a public flogging for indulging in extra-marital sex after being convicted by the Muslim country’s conservative courts. Around 50 men also face the punishment.
Earlier this month, an 18-year-old woman fainted after she was flogged 100 times having been found guilty of having sex with two different men. The woman, who was pregnant at the time of sentencing, had her punishment deferred until after the birth of her child and the court said the teenager’s pregnancy was proof of her guilt.
In contrast, the accused men were acquitted, with one of them escaping punishment simply because he denied the charge.”
So, looks like extramarital sex is going to be reduced when the rule of Sharia extends across Blighty Liberals might want to reflect on that next time they suggest that Sharia is “inevitable”.
Most primary legislation these days, both in the United States as well as in the United Kingdom, is brought forward to counter perceived threats, to further idealogical grounds, or on the grounds of national need or security. Some Acts, such as the Patriot Act in America, or the anti-gun legislation passed in Westminster after Hungerford and Dunblane, were both knee-jerk reactions, over-the-top and, some would argue, both anti-democratic and unnecessary.
When I am behind the wheel of my own car, either alone or with my wife, and in times past when I had my kids in the back of the car, I was always aware that road conditions can change in the blink of an eye, so you keep focussed on the road, not only in front, but also around your space. because that is the only way to drive defensively. My Dad taught me how to drive, and the one basic rule which he passed to me was, ‘Treat every other driver on the road as an idiot, and allow him to kill himself without collecting you along with him!’
In these days of crowded motor- and free-ways, to deliberately remove your attention from the road to speak on a mobile is bad enough, but to generate or reply to a text message is just ‘mobile suicide’!
There was a debate yesterday on BBC Radio Five Live concerning whether or not those who are patently unfit to be mothers in this country should have enforced sterilisation. Nicky Campbell, in response to those advocating this practice, said he could ‘hear the sound of jackboots’. Typical BBC! Everything seen through a prism of Left-leaning liberalism! If you are not fit to look after animals in the UK, the authorities have the power to deny you that right. Greater, more successful, powers should be used against those who have failed in their duty to bring up babies. Merely having the means to produce children doesn’t mean you are fit to look after them. As for respondents who invoked the ‘Nazi-esque’spectre of eugenics, pray what do you call those who pay thousands in order to choose the sex of their baby before IVF?
This debate arose after the story of Theresa Winters, the welfare sponger par excellence from Luton, who is pregnant with……Muslim women prepare to gasp in admiration……. her 14th child! We’re not talking about a loving family here with 13 other siblings dribbling, screaming and generally making a right bloody nuisance of themselves in the wings. Ms Winters (yep, you guessed it, she ain’t married) is a walking baby-making machine who has had every single child taken away from her by the Social Services because she is incapable – for various reasons – of being considered a suitable parent.
She has vowed to flee abroad to prevent her next stupidly-named, spotty little bastard experiencing the same merciful release as his/her Liechtenstein-sized sibling gene pool. Oh, I do hope so. Let her emigrate to a country where, in order to gain a cheque for a sizeable amount of money, you actually have to get off your fat, indolent arse and do an honest day’s work. If she should choose to stay here, take away her child, anesthetise her and put sheepshank knots in her fallopian tubes. Denied the opportunity to over-burden taxpayer-funded Social Services, she might then decide to stop playing wee willy winky with her dunderhead of a lover, and begin to pay something into the system for a change.
UK government spending over tax revenues has reached £844m, 50% of GDP. Austerity? I don't think so.
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