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Axis of Surreal

By Mahons On May 31st, 2011 at 9:48 pm

According to Donald Trump’s Lawyer (cue grain of salt) Sarah Palin’s Bus Tour will include a stop in New York City so that the Palins can have dinner with Donald and his wife.   I’m not sure how Mr. Trump qualifies as a historic landmark that will serve to remind people of our precious freedoms and whatnot.  The home of the knave doesn’t seem on message for Palin’s regular folks tour, which one might fairly assumed was not going to involve dining with rich loud mouths.  It begs the question, was Charlie Sheen unavailable? 

We have many historic landmarks in New York – Federal Hall, the Statute of Liberty, Fraunces Tavern,  and of course Gray’s Papaya.   Could she not choose one of these sites for simplistic tweeting?   Donald Trump?  Really? 

Of course they are both quitters.  She quit office before her term was over and he quit the presidential race before it started.  Maybe they have that in common (besides a pathological aversion to the truth and knee-slapping hilarity in ignoring their own past). 

Anyway, let us have the circus continue.  We may not get good government, but at least we’ll be entertained.

Gestapo? Bristol? You must be joking!

By Mike Cunningham On May 31st, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I have just watched the most harrowing hours broadcast in a very long time. Panorama showed the scenes normally not either seen or even contemplated behind the locked doors of a ‘Specialist Residential Hospital’ which supposedly houses and supports people with ‘Challenging Disabilities’.

Whatever you can even imagine when it comes to disgraceful and downright criminal behaviour of so-called ‘Support Staff’ as well as ‘Nursing Staff’ who harassed, bullied and literally tortured defenceless and extremely vulnerable people, you would not be able to contemplate what was actually filmed behind those very, very expensive doors and windows of Winterbourne View in Bristol.

The two vicious ringleaders, if charged, will probably receive ‘Community Service’ if brought to trial.

I would suggest a different sort of punishment, but there I go again in my quaint, old-fashioned way; seeking vengeance for the abuse of innocents!


ATW CAPTION CONTEST

By David Vance On May 31st, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I know Mike normally does these but THIS one caught my eye. OK, you wits, the floor is yours!!!!

 Some pictures say a thousand words. This one just says two: No Touching.  No better caption. via

VIRGINITY TESTING IN FREEDOM SQUARE

By David Vance On May 31st, 2011 at 6:54 pm

This remarkable story was brought to my attention by my Twitter friend Mona.

A senior Egyptian general admits that “virginity checks” were performed on women arrested at a demonstration this spring, the first such admission after previous denials by military authorities.

The allegations arose in an Amnesty International report, published weeks after the March 9 protest.

It claimed female demonstrators were beaten, given electric shocks, strip-searched, threatened with prostitution charges and forced to submit to virginity checks. At that time, Maj. Amr Imam said 17 women had been arrested but denied allegations of torture or “virginity tests.”

But now a senior general who asked not to be identified said the virginity tests were conducted and defended the practice. “The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine,” the general said. “These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square, and we found in the tents Molotov cocktails and (drugs).”

Now, I am very concerned at what is unfolding in Egypt. I know that those like Mona want it to be good and I respect that BUT i believe that it will be bad, with the malignant Muslim Brotherhood turning Egypt into a new Iran. It is spoken of as an Arab Spring but to my it is more like an Islamic dawn and that means democracy turned into a reason for Sharia, for oppression

GO NOW?

By David Vance On May 31st, 2011 at 6:37 pm

If Greece is a tragedy unfolding, we draw near the denouement!

“In the WSJ, Josef Joffe, Editor of German daily Die Welt, argues that, “Greece faces default no matter what it does, but only abandoning the euro would give it a chance at growth.”

In Dutch daily De Telegraaf, former Dutch Social Democrat Finance Minister Willem Vermeend argues that, “Greece should leave the euro”.

Harvard Economics Professor Martin Feldstein argues, “A temporary leave of absence from the eurozone would allow Greece to achieve a price-level decline relative to other eurozone countries, and would make it easier to adjust the relative price level if Greek wages cannot be limited.”

Writing in the FT, Wolfgang Münchau states that Greece and possibly other countries of the eurozone’s periphery are likely to default sometime between 2013 and 2016 but “the main creditors left by then will be EU governments and the IMF”. He asks will EU leaders “forgive Greek debt, which would be a massive fiscal transfer? Or will they allow the eurozone to crack up, which would also be a fiscal transfer?”

Damned if you don’t, damned if you do. Greece should LEAVE, and save itself. It has no chance of repaying the bail out cash, it cannot live in an economic environment aimed at suiting Germany, and it cannot survive with the Euro. Default and depart….

HUBRIS, BUILT IN BELFAST

By David Vance On May 31st, 2011 at 4:32 pm

It was stanped built in Belfast and was launched 100 years ago today.

The ship entered Belfast Lough on 31 May 1911 from Harland & Wolff, then the largest shipyard in the world. During the service held in Belfast today , a flare was set off at 1213 BST, the exact time of the launch a century on. The event, described as a celebration, took place on the very slipway from which Titanic left the shipyard.

The ship sunk less than a year later, with the loss of over 1500 people.

Hubris, punished.

Odd how Belfast celebrates a testament to vanity.

It still does.

 

Someone is Sending a Message

By The Troll On May 31st, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Now whether that message is being sent for blackmail/extortion, a religous reason, or we just pissed off a Swedish clock maker, we will eventually find out. The thing is if you haven’t heard 3 Alarm Clocks in 3 different Ikea Stores were wired with explosives and detonated.

Apparently no one was hurt by design. The devices even though they were alarm clocks were set off remotely, all at the same time in 3 different countries. Now that shows two things that should be very disconcerting to eveyone, 1) How ridiculacy vulnerable we are, and 2) How well organized and brazen someone is.

Alarm Clocks Blow up at Ikea Stores in Belgium, France and The Netherlands

By AFP

BRUSSELS – Small explosives concealed in alarm clocks detonated at Ikea furniture stores in Belgium, France and The Netherlands, Belgian authorities said Tuesday.

The explosions in stores in the Belgian city of Ghent, Lille in northern France and Eindhoven in The Netherlands caused no damage or injuries.

“The information we have is that the explosions happened the same way in all locations, with booby-trapped alarm clocks that had been hidden exploding,” according to An Schoonjans, spokeswoman for Ghent prosecutors.

In Ghent, an employee and a security agent complained of earaches after two small explosions, which detonated almost simultaneously before the store closed Monday evening.

Two booby-trapped alarm clocks were detonated by remote control, Schoonjans said.

BECAUSE THEY ARE WORTH IT?

By David Vance On May 31st, 2011 at 9:24 am

Recession? What recession?

It emerged last month that the bonuses of senior executives at the Department of Health had doubled in five years. Some received £27,500 on top of their six-figure salaries. And around 1,600 managers of hospitals and health trusts are now earning in excess of £150,000 a year, more than the Prime Minister’s salary of £142,500.

It gets better…

“Strategic health authority managers have pension pots between £1.2m and £2.6m. Average private sector worker would have to work 1,720 years to accrue same amount…”

Ain’t life grand when you work for the State? Again, if you DARE to criticise the NHS you are branded a wrecker! Wrecking vested interests, I would suggest!!

THE WHINGERS FRINGE MEETS

By David Vance On May 31st, 2011 at 9:12 am

Peter Robinson, Carwyn Jones, Martin McGuinness and Alex Salmond

The Celtic whingers fringe meets today.

The First and Deputy First Ministers will meet their Scottish and Welsh counterparts in Edinburgh on Tuesday. The trilateral meeting at Bute House will be hosted by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness will attend along with the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones. The talks will focus on areas where there is a “shared agenda” between the three regions.

I think there is a shared agenda between the three “regions” and it can be summarised as follows;

1. It’s about squeezing as much cash out of England as possible. Think Oliver Twist eternally asking for “more”.

2. It’s about ensuring that England takes the brunt of the austerity cuts. Nationalism does not “do” financial responsibility.

3. It’s about dissolving the Union. Scotland wants out, NI seeks to be part of a Federalised Ireland and who knows what the Welsh want?

Perhaps the bluff of these whinging Nationalists of all hues could be called if the Barnett Formula for dispersal of English wealth to the fringes was suspended and they were made to stand on their own economic feet? WHY should English taxpayers fund freebies for Celtic Nationalism?

BURQA FASHION

By David Vance On May 31st, 2011 at 9:03 am

As you know, some of our liberal figureheads believe that Sharia Law is “unavoidable” if not desirable for the UK. This may cause a few fashion problems.

A teenage Muslim girl was stoned to death under ‘Sharia law’ after taking part in a beauty contest in Ukraine. Katya Koren, 19, was found dead in a village in the Crimea region near her home. Friends said she liked wearing fashionable clothes and had come seventh in a beauty contest. Her battered body was buried in a forest and was found a week after she disappeared. Police have opened a murder investigation and are looking into claims that three Muslim youths killed her, claiming her death was justified under Islam.  One of the three – named as 16-year-old Bihal Gaziev – is under arrest and told police that Katya had ‘violated the laws of Sharia’. Gaziev has said he has no regrets about her death.

The good thing about the Burqa is that it solves all these problems and whilst Miss World Burqa is unlikely to attract huge audiences it will be at least Sharia compliant and THAT surely is a good thing if one holds the views of the Archbishop of Canterbury, for instance.