By Pete Moore On March 28th, 2011 at 7:33 pm
Here’s a new one: while the fighting rages on across Libya the rebels have formed a Central Bank. Isn’t this the urgent goal of all rebellions?
Pardon my nose for twitching, but it’s the latest in a few anomolies. You know, Obama and Biden launching rapido into a war they would once have decried clearly as unconsitutional; NATO taking control of operations over Libya when it it is an explicitly defensive alliance; the RAF’s repeated ground attacks against static military hardware, in violation of the UN mandate …
The FT’s link show that when the US Treasury imposed sanctions against the sale of Lybian oil it, an oddity was inserted allowing sanctions to be lifted if ownership of the oil changed. With our military seeming (in my view) to go past the mandate under which they operate, the rush to war and – all of a sudden – the means to channel oil money via the a new Central Bank in eastern Lybia … no, I’m sure it’s all about the humanitarian mission.
By David Vance On March 28th, 2011 at 9:15 am
Despite the waffle from the appeasement community, it is evident that the terror threat here is at a ten year high.
Police in Londonderry have said a device found outside the city’s courthouse was ‘substantial’ and ‘viable.’ The bomb was found in a vehicle abandoned outside Bishop Street courthouse. Several controlled explosions were carried out overnight on Monday. Elderly residents from a local fold were evacuated following a telephone bomb warning, which was received at about 6.45pm on Sunday.
So, the new wave of Irish republicans (containing the expertise of the last wave) do what they do best – creating fear, causing chaos, seeking to cause destruction. And before I hear the usual suspects whinge about how this latest lot of republican terrorists “have no support” etc etc – can someone advise who gave the IRA in this area the RIGHT to bomb, kill, maim and terrorise? Oh yes – Martin McGuinness was Commander here - so I guess he played some role and I wonder what happened to him? A true Republican hero – and a role model for last night’s killing crew.
The uncomfortable reality remains that appeasing terrorism yields more of it. That is why Londonderry continues to suffer from the plague of Irish Republican terrorism that has blighted it for more than 40 years.
By David Vance On March 28th, 2011 at 8:57 am
Wonder what you make of this?
Fury erupted yesterday at “sinister” plans to quiz 11-year-old children to see if they are straight, gay or bisexual. The state’s equalities watchdog says a child’s sexuality should be questioned in case they could be victims of discrimination. Those working with young people in schools, healthcare and youth services are being advised to set up pilot studies to monitor adolescent sexual orientation and not dismiss gay feelings as “a passing phase”. Although children should be told about the nature of the survey by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, parental consent is not always necessary. The paper advocates asking children at 11 because some “question their orientation as early as eight and may begin to identify as LGB (lesbian, gay, bisexual) from early adolescence”.
This is the continued sexualisation of our children and the relentless advance of the LGB agenda. You can see how the Equality and Human Rights Industry seeks to drive their perverse interest in sexual identity into children as young as 11 – using our schools as social engineering labs for their obsession. When one considers how many young people leave Primary school without even basic writing and reading skills, you have to wonder why the EHRC seeks to further subvert their education?
By David Vance On March 28th, 2011 at 8:47 am
The popular image of Ghandi as some sort of latter day saint has taken a bash in a new book which alleges he was a racist and a sexual deviant. “Great Soul”written by former New York Times executive editor Joseph Lelyveld, makes several new claims about the man who led India to independence.
The book alleges that as an older man he held “nightly cuddles” – without clothes – with seventeen year-old girls in his entourage, including his own niece. It also suggests that he was in love with German-Jewish architect and bodybuilder, Hermann Kallenbach, for whom he left his wife in 1908.
In another startling revelation, the book claims he held racist views against South African blacks.
“We were marched off to a prison intended for Kaffirs,” he is quoted as saying during a visit to the country. “We could understand not being classed with whites, but to be placed on the same level as the Natives seemed too much to put up with. Kaffirs are as a rule uncivilized.”
The Wall Street Journal review of the book said it recast Gandhi as “a sexual weirdo, a political incompetent, a fanatical faddist, implacably racist, and a ceaseless self-promoter, professing his love for mankind as a concept while actually despising people as individuals.”
I suppose as time passes, certain historical figures will have their reputation revised. Whether it be right or wrong, few will argue that Ghandi did make a remarkable impact on the history of the last century.
By David Vance On March 28th, 2011 at 8:39 am
Under Labour, there was a mushrooming in the number of people getting disability benefit. Under the Coalition, close scrutiny is now being given to those who claim;
A disability benefit for those who cannot walk or get around properly is being given to tens of thousands of claimants with drug and alcohol problems. Ministers say official figures revealing a startling range of conditions for which people claim the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance demonstrate the need for urgent reform. Department for Work and Pensions figures show more than £435million is currently paid to 19,400 people with drug or alcohol problems, 30,900 with asthma and 128,300 with ‘unspecified’ back pain. And the number on DLA has risen from 2.5million in 2003 to nearly 3.2million.
Ministers say half of those being paid the benefit have never been asked for any evidence to support their claim beyond what they filled in on a form. A Government analysis of DLA claims – which now cost the taxpayer £12billion a year – also shows nearly a million have been on the benefit for 14 years or more.
The capital of DLA claims is, of course, west Belfast where one in five are unable to work apparently and prefer to claim this welfare benefit. Let us hope that those who deserve the benefit get it and that the scammers lose it. In fact any claiming this who do so fraudulently should be prosecuted for their abuse of the system.
By David Vance On March 27th, 2011 at 10:05 pm
Here’s a wonderful song which you really should listen to – a New Orleans funeral ballad. Give it a full listen
I wore my finest suit of clothes
The sharpest thorn defending the rose
Hot as a pistol
Keen as a blade
The sharpest thorn upon parade
And it’s the same most every year
Ghosts of the dear departed are near
We raise our glasses and we cheer
Should old acquaintance disappear
Just as we wipe away a tear
By Patty On March 27th, 2011 at 5:12 pm
Evidence mounts that momentum in Egypt, and probably Libya, is on the side of islamist fundamentalists and Sharia.
Here is a look at an appalling parade of Sharia loving islamists….on Oxford Street in London! Note the women in the back of the parade marching, encased in head- to -toe black shrouds. Not a joke, and appalling.
HT: Blazing Cat Fur
By David Vance On March 27th, 2011 at 9:40 am
Interesting to see that the Washington Post takes Obama to task over his South American jaunt. As some readers will remember, the Post was feverishly in favour of The One back in 2008 but my how things change.
“Most curious was Mr. Obama’s decision to simply ignore the fact that in large parts of Latin America, the “shared values” that he said bind the hemisphere are being trampled. In a speech directed to the region that he delivered in Santiago, the president declared that “today, Latin America is democratic” — even though rulers in a number of countries are shutting down media, eliminating judicial independence and rigging elections. He said “Latin America is contributing to global prosperity and security,” even though many of those same rulers are forging ties with Iran and have been defending the regime of Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi. By failing to discuss those fateful struggles, Mr. Obama did a great disservice to those Latin Americans who are fighting to save freedom in their countries, at great personal risk.”
Once again, Obama demonstrates lamentable judgement and a complete detachment from the values that made the US great…
By David Vance On March 27th, 2011 at 9:29 am
It’s a remarkable consideration; Is the US (AND UK) helping Al Queda gain control of Libya? Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.
In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Mr al-Hasidi admitted that he had recruited “around 25″ men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of them, he said, are “today are on the front lines in Adjabiya”. Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but added that the “members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader”. His revelations came even as Idriss Deby Itno, Chad’s president, said al-Qaeda had managed to pillage military arsenals in the Libyan rebel zone and acquired arms, “including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries”.
So, is it a good thing we arm Al Queda? If not, why are we there?