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DUP ABSENT FOR GAY DAY….

By David Vance On July 26th, 2011 at 8:48 am

Not a gay day fro the DUP?

“Members from all the main political parties in the Assembly were represented at a gay pride event at Stormont – apart from the DUP. The Pride on the Hill event yesterday, the first of its kind, formed part of a week-long series of events that culminates on Saturday with the annual festival parade, Belfast Pride. At the Parliament Buildings event, politicians heard the concerns and challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans- gender people. In a statement the DUP said they weren’t given enough time to supply a speaker. Ulster Unionist MLA John McAllister said: “It blows a hole in the new cuddly image Peter Robinson has been trying to cultivate”

Here is an image of the dignified event from last year.

Belfast Gay Pride Parade, July 2010

Since the DUP sit down  with terrorists it is surprising that they have such a problem with gays.

Stormont is already a farce so I find the event apt.

 

A BRIEF ON BREIVIK…

By David Vance On July 26th, 2011 at 8:32 am

Time to blow away some of the media’s ill-considered hysteria on Breivik being a “Christian right winger”;

“Breivik, in fact, references numerous nationalist, anti-immigration parties as potential allies in his struggle to “defeat Islamisation [and] halt/reverse the Islamic colonization of Western Europe.” But all of these parties seem to him to be insufficiently bold and courageous. They seem unwilling (or unable as of now) to take the radical measures that Breivik thinks are necessary to “save Europe from Islamification.”

So while Breivik clearly believes himself to be at the vanguard of a worldwide Christian (and Jewish) movement to stop Islamic “demographic warfare (indirect genocide),” he is, in truth, a politically isolated sociopath. There is no religious, intellectual and political movement that supports and sustains him.

The same thing cannot be said, unfortunately, of modern-day Islamists, who, in clear contradistinction to “Christian” and “right-wing” extremists, do have an extensive network of radical Imams, Madrasahs and extremist teachings to guide and inspire them.

So no, Breivik is not a “Christian extremist,” because such an animal really doesn’t exist today. Nor is he a “right-wing extremist,” properly understood.

Yes, Breivik harbors extreme anti-Islam political views; but none of his apparent political and philosophical influences — and certainly notMachiavelli, Kant and John Stuart Mill (!) — provide him with a justification or rationalization to commit mass murder.

Breivik is an evil and vicious criminal responsible for a horrific massacre that killed more than 90 innocent men, women and children. He acted out of political motives, yes; and he is an anti-Islam extremist. But he is also a loner with no discernible political, religious and intellectual allies.”

all the news that fits…

By Mike Cunningham On July 26th, 2011 at 8:31 am

Our cross-Atlantic cousin Troll posted just a day ago on the ongoing investigation into the ‘White House as official gun supplier to Mexican drug dealers’, as a main point in American news along with the crazed/calculating/mad/fascist/terrorist (take your pick) in Norway.

But I wonder how many on this side of that same Atlantic have noticed a complete silence on the ‘Guns for Druggies’ saga in both broadcast as well as newspapers, Red-Top or otherwise? Apart from a couple of small web pages on the BBC, this amazing story of sheer incompetence, illegality and cover-up has been given nearly no coverage whatsoever. I am reminded of the bowdlerized heading which goes ‘All the News that Fits!’.

When Iran/Contra broke, the worlds Press and t.v fell over themselves trying to get a good spot either in front of the Capitol Building or the White House from which to broadcast their condemnation of American Imperalism, of America caught red-handed with both hands in the cookie jar. But do we see legions of television and news reporters covering the Judiciary Committee sessions?  Personally, I’ve seen longer queues to buy ice cream in Newcastle.

We are told what to worry about by the BBC and the major newspapers, and without independent blogsites such as ATW and many more, most of what goes on within Governments, European as well as American, nothing more would be heard. Chris Huhne must have been hoping for just a little more anonymity in his personal life and driving habits, but Guido put a stop to those hopes, and sooner or later, both his wife and himself should be hearing a knock on the door!.

No wonder the politicians want to control the Internet. It is after all, the most powerful news presence on the planet, and where there is power, there is also someone wishing to acquire that power for themselves!

LEAVING THE MONSTER IN HIS LAIR…

By David Vance On July 26th, 2011 at 8:27 am

I REALLY do not know WHY we are involved in the Libyan campaign of the objective is to allow Ghadaffi to remain;

Col Gaddafi must relinquish power but may not have to leave Libya, Foreign Secretary William Hague has suggested. He said Britain’s preference was for the Libyan leader to leave the country, but it was a “question for Libyans”. Mr Hague was speaking in London alongside French foreign minister Alain Juppe about the ongoing conflict. He said the countries were “absolutely united” in their approach following claims the French had grown impatient with the lack of military success. The stance marks a shift in Mr Hague’s approach. He has previously indicated that he wanted Col Gaddafi to leave Libya.

This adventure in Libya is a farce. We should get out.

AND A CELEBRATION JUKEBOX

By David Vance On July 25th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Here is Elvis live from last year singing a spine chilling version of “Good Year for the Roses”. When he does this live, it brings a lump to my throat. So moving….

ELVIS WILL BE IN THE BUILDING…AND SO WILL I.

By David Vance On July 25th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Absolutely delighted to discover Mr Costello will be in Belfast on Oct 28th to play concert at Waterfront Hall as part of Queen’s Festival. Thanks to helpful Twitter alert, tickets booked for front of stage and a great night beckons. Hurrah!

DRINK TO ME, DRINK TO MY HEALTH…

By David Vance On July 25th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Edwin Poots is one of those guys you look at who hold political office and you have to go “H’uh”? Promoted beyond any apparent ability, Edwin is out to ensure we all lead better lives. How? Well, he will decide the price of alcohol.

Setting minimum prices for alcohol could help cut the near £700 million wasted each year tackling its misuse, the health minister has said. Edwin Poots said the Stormont Executive is still considering its options on the abuse of alcohol. But his latest comments came after visiting his counterpart in Scotland where minimum pricing is also under debate. Mr Poots said his talks with Nicola Sturgeon covered a range of topics, including professional health service contracts, clinical excellence awards, emergency planning and care of military personnel. But he said he is also very keen to discuss Scotland’s progress on minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

The “nearly £700m” per annum “saving” is fictional, of course. This is all a political class seeking to control our lives – for our own good. I do not believe there is any substantive evidence that shows “minimum pricing” works in the way Poots alleges but there is plenty of evidence that when politicians interfere in the free market they make things immeasurably worse. Cheers.

BACK TO ROME….

By David Vance On July 25th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

The Vatican has recalled its special envoy in Ireland after a damning report on the Catholic Church’s handling of child abuse by priests.

Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Leanza has been called back to Rome to discuss the impact of the recent Cloyne Report. It showed how allegations of sex abuse by priests in Cork had been covered up. The report led to angry condemnation of the Vatican by Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Irish Parliament. In a blistering attack, Mr Kenny accused the church of putting its reputation ahead of child rape victims.

Kenny is right and this decision by the Vatican is welcome although I would add that when it comes to putting reputations first politicians are not exactly as white as Caesar’s wife. The Catholic church in Ireland needs morally power-hosed out and those who put the reputation of the Church before the need to protect innocent kids jailed.

Budgets, Debt and Deficits

By Patty On July 25th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Bearing in mind that  Congress has as much to do with budgets –  and therefore debt and deficits –  as the President of the US,  and bearing in mind that last two years of President Bush’s presidency were ones where there was a Democrat Congressional majority, I would like to point out that since the election of President Obama, our financial problems have grown immensely.

From Heritage.org:

 • President Bush expanded the federal budget by a historic $700 billion      through 2008. President Obama would add another $1 trillion.

UPDATE: Many Obama defenders in the comments are claiming that the numbers above do not include spending on Iraq and Afghanistan during the Bush years. They most certainly do. While Bush did fund the wars through emergency supplementals (not the regular budget process), that spending did not simply vanish. It is included in the numbers above. Also, some Obama defenders are claiming the graphic above represents biased Heritage Foundation numbers. While we stand behind the numbers we put out 100%, the numbers, and the graphic itself, above are from the Washington Post. We originally left out the link to WaPo. It has now been added.”

ON THAT DEBT CEILING….

By David Vance On July 25th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

Source: Sen. Obama, Congressional Record, S.2237-8, 3/16/06

Now, who said that? Can you guess and was he lying then or is he lying now? Just wonderin’….