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By David Vance On April 27th, 2011 at 8:12 am

There are a few questions one can ask about the gathering of Irish Republican terrorists in Londonderry the other day;

1. Why did the Police decide a “low-key” approach was required? Why did they not arrest those who made such hate speech in public?

2. Why does DUP MP Gregory Campbell criticise a priest   for wanting to talk to these psychos – after he, he sits in power with the man who on his own confession was second in command of the IRA in Londonderry as it went about the important business of carnage and terror?

That truth is that policing here is politicised beyond belief – despite Patten stating the aim was to de-politicise it. The prevailing wisdom is to be nice to terrorists and that is why the peace process establishment so loathes those like me who consistently declares such appeasement to be morally repulsive and politically flawed. If you appease ONE group of Irish terrorists – you must appease them all. That’s the real message that this latest incident proves.


By David Vance On April 27th, 2011 at 7:59 am

The United Nations remains a moral vacuum. Consider;

The UN secretary general has condemned Syria for using tanks and live ammunition against protesters. Calling for an independent investigation into recent killings, Ban Ki-moon said Syrian authorities had an obligation to respect human rights. UN Security Council members have so far failed to agree a joint statement.

Now there is a surprise. That putative “joint statement” will have Boy Bashar quaking in his boots. Meanwhile…

UN chief says independent inquiry into Sri Lanka would only be launched with country’s agreement, despite report finding ‘credible allegation

So, that won’t be happening either.

The fact is that the honourable intentions behind the formation of the United Nations after WW2 are gone, chiselled out from within and what stands in their place is one vast hypocrisy unable to tell right from wrong.


By David Vance On April 26th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

The Eurozone gets deeper in the mire whilst the Eurocrats deny reality…

“The deficit in the Greek government’s budget amounted to 10.5pc of GDP in 2010, EU statistics agency Eurostat reported on Tuesday, putting it significantly above February’s 9.6pc estimate from Brussels. The continued flight from Greek sovereign debt pushed the yield, or return, on the 10-year government bonds to new highs of 15.5pc. The European Central Bank, the only major potential buyer, “won’t buy whilst [some eurozone countries such as Germany] continue to speak and put pressure on Greece to restructure”, said one trader.

The fact is that Greece cannot repay what is has borrowed and default is inevitable.


By David Vance On April 26th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

This is the Newsletter today.


By David Vance On April 26th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Is it a wonder people lose respect for the rule of law and order?

“A frightened farmer who called 999 after gipsies threatened to kill her was stunned when the police who eventually arrived told her they would confiscate her legally held shotguns. Tracy St Clair Pearce, 50, was confronted by four men carrying a chainsaw and a knife, who warned her they would kill her cattle at her farm in Colchester, Essex. She called police late on Good Friday to report the threat, but was left gobsmacked when officers took 35 minutes to get to her home, before telling her they would confiscate her shotguns.

Which side are the law on in 2011????


By Pete Moore On April 26th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

They hate us for our freedoms …

As someone around here has said previously, if governments could have foreseen the liberating power of the web they’d have strangled it at birth.

The latest dispatches posted on wikileaks – which we mundanes were never supposed to know – tell us of known innocents held for years at Guantanamo Bay. They include children, old men and the ill “whom there was no reason to send to Guantanamo” in their captors own words.

Around 20 children were detained in the camp, several of whom had already suffered horrific ordeals at the hands of Taliban commanders before being rounded up by US troops […]

Six of the innocent men in Guantánamo were aged over 65, including an 89-year-old man with prostate cancer, senile dementia, major depression and osteoarthritis […]

The US policy of offering a $5,000 a head bounty to anyone who could hand over a member of the Taliban or al-Qaeda also led to dozens of innocent men and boys being kidnapped and sold by Afghan forces, Northern Alliance soldiers and groups of anonymous armed men.

Truly the federal government, like all governments, is the home of sociopaths, weirdos and cowards. To know that innocent men and children have been taken thousands of miles from their homes and held for years yet not protest and speak out is a truly wicked and cowardly act.

When Julian Assange was arrested in London some of the wilder comment demanded that he must face the most grim of penalties because he endangered the lives of our troops. On the contrary, it’s the use of overwhelming violence to take away and hold for years known innocents that causes the kind of rage which endangers their lives. Will those who demanded the worst for Assange likewise demand the same punishment for the gangsters in the federal government who allowed this to happen? Will we see consistency?

The Thoughts of Chairman Andrew!

By Mike Cunningham On April 26th, 2011 at 9:25 am

Copying almost verbatim from the thoughts, not of Chairman Mao, but another who thinks he is better and more worthy than just about anyone else; Andrew Marr. I give you slices of the wisdom of the BBC commentator and ‘journalist’

“Teachers are the most effective anti-racist campaigners in the country, this means more than education in other religions, it means a form of political  education. Only people who understand the economic forces changing their world, threatening them… have a chance of being immune to the old tribal chants.

And the final answer, frankly, is the vigorous use of state power to coerce and repress…

I firmly believe that repression can be a great, civilising instrument for good.

Stamp hard on certain ‘natural’ beliefs for long enough and you can almost kill them off…

A new Race Relations Act will impose the will of the state on millions of other lives too.”

The Head of the Church in England and Wales, which has been mercifully on the sidelines of this story, says that what’s happened is “shameful”; that abuse was
not deliberately covered up. Archbishop Vincent Nichols is with me now. Good morning, Archbishop.

ARCHBISHOP NICHOLS: Good morning to you.

ANDREW MARR: I know you’re off to conduct Palm Sunday Mass shortly. Can I ask you about the persistent allegations and fears that the Pope in his previous job as Head of the Congregation of the Faith was involved in these cover-ups; that there was a strong desire in the church, as somebody put it, not to wash our dirty linen in public?

ARCHBISHOP NICHOLS: Well as far as the role of Cardinal Ratzinger’s concerned, he was not involved in any cover-up. The case of the priest from America, for example, had already been reported to the police in 1975, and it was over 20 years, 25 years before it came to the attention of the Holy See. Because the role of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to oversee the canonical legal procedures, not …

ANDREW MARR:  I understand. The Head of the Church in Ireland, Cardinal Brady, was there when children who had been abused or people who’d been abused were sworn to secrecy. Do you think his position is now untenable?

ARCHBISHOP NICHOLS: But again, it has to be understood. You know the media has a very proper role in invigilating, in looking at what’s going on and bringing things to the surface, and I totally accept that role of the media. But the media also needs to be a bit more attentive to detail, so the secrecy that is concerning … that’s around the cardinal in Ireland was the secrecy for the process of a trial. It’s like giving victims anonymity in the course of a trial. Now they think …

ANDREW MARR: (over) But they then have to swear secrecy forever after …


ANDREW MARR: … which is quite something if you’ve been the victim of something like this.

Andrew Marr:—-I found this, from June 3, 1940, by the American journalist H L Mencken: “The function of a newspaper in a democracy is to stand as a sort of chronic opposition to the reigning quacks. The minute it begins to out-whoopthem it forfeits its character and becomes ridiculous.”

Marr on bloggers as “inadequate, pimpled and single”, and citizen journalism as the “spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night”.

When asked for the secret of being a good reporter, number one rated political reporter Andrew Marr told Press Gazette: “I think as with any kind of journalism, curiosity is essential. You also need a basic fair-mindedness. You have to accept that most of the people in the political game have mixed motives but part of their motives are good ones and they do want to make the world better, whether they are on the right, centre or left.

Andrew the Good:-  “A good journalist treats the business of politics, if not everything that happens in politics, with a certain amount of respect – which I try to do.”

Andrew Marr this morning:- “I did not come into journalism to go around gagging journalists. Am I embarrassed by it? Yes. Am I uneasy about it? Yes.” But he added: “I also had my own family to think about, and I believed this story was nobody else’s business. I still believe there was, under those circumstances, no public interest in it.”

But Mr Marr added that the use of injunctions seemed to be “running out of control”. He said: “There is a case for privacy in a limited number of difficult situations, but then you have to move on. They shouldn’t be forever and a proper sense of proportion is required.”


By David Vance On April 25th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

If it wasn’t so annoying, it would be funny;

A group of teenagers dressed as Easter bunnies were turned away from a zoo – amid fears they would ‘psychologically damage’ the animals. Cancer-sufferer Laura Gibson, 15, and her friends were told to change out of their costumes before entry into Edinburgh Zoo in case they upset the creatures. The trip had been planned as a special treat for the teen, who was joined by friends Hannah, Kirsty and Becki Nicholson and her brother Cameron, who was dressed as a chicken. But a Zoo employee told the group of four bunnies and a spring chicken that animals can get scared of people dressing up.

I’ve been to that zoo some years ago and I didn’t realise it employed red herrings…


By David Vance On April 25th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Obama chose not to release any message on Good Friday or Easter Sunday. Why the big deal? Well…

By comparison, the White House has released statements recognizing the observance of major Muslim holidays and released statements in 2010 on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.  The White House  . . . did release an eight-paragraph statement heralding Earth Day. Likewise, the president’s weekend address mentioned neither Good Friday or Easter.

As is noted…

The president is, of course, hosting the Easter Egg Roll at the White House today. But Easter isn’t really about rolling eggs on a manicured lawn, now is it?

Has Obama got a problem with Christianity? I suppose anyone who sat dumb through years of Rev Wright’s bigotry and race hatred may need some some help?


By David Vance On April 25th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Dissident republican group, the Real IRA, stage a rally in Londonderry

It has been reported that the “dissident” republican group, the Real IRA, has threatened to kill more police officers and declared its opposition to the Queen’s first visit to the Irish Republic next month.

A statement was read out by a masked man at a rally organised by the 32 County Sovereignty Movement in Londondonderry on Monday. It was organised to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. In a statement read out at the City Cemetery in Londonderry, the Real IRA said police officers would be targeted “regardless of their religion, cultural background or motivation”. On the Queen’s visit, the masked men said: “The Queen of England is wanted for war crimes in Ireland and is not wanted on Irish soil.”

The BBC report that “only” 300 attended this rally organised by terrorists without any arrests. This proves…..erm…how little support they have. Only 300