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By David Vance On February 24th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Hi All. Here’s a rather cool song from 1970. It’s by that great soul singer, Jimmy Ruffin, and has always been in the shadow of “What becomes of the Broken Hearted” but I always have considered it a fine melody and a poignant lyric.


By Pete Moore On February 24th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night: Walthamstow’s finest.

An old girlfriend once teased me about my taste in music, something about it not being at the cutting edge. I can live with that.


By Pete Moore On February 24th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

The “Friends of Syria” are gathering in Tunisia (whatever are they trying to say with that choice of location?), enjoined by those paragons of civil peace Saudi Arabia. As usual when there’s a Clinton in the room, the prospects for death and destruction look good. Says the Secretary of State mysteriously:

There will be increasingly capable opposition forces. They will from somewhere, somehow, find the means to defend themselves as well as begin offensive measures.

Translation: Assad is toast.


By Pete Moore On February 24th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Corrupt and rotten to the core, the ruling class has claimed another victim.

Christopher Tappin, a retired businessman from Kent, was today put in handcuffs and sent to America, where the State threatens him with 35 years in prison. He was never in the US when his alleged crime took place, he simply never visited, so yet another Briton is, in effect, claimed by a foreign government for something allegedly done here, yet he is not accused of a crime here.

He was put in handcuffs and handed over to foreign custody despite no evidence being presented against him in a court in this country. No witnesses have been named, no witness statements submitted, not one shred of evidence has been laid against him, yet he is detained under violence and handed over. The prosecutor only had to name Mr Tappin and that is enough now in post-justice Britain. Even the walking trash bag who agreed to this rotten scheme says it’s a flawed process.

Mr Tappin will, of course, be found guilty of the alleged crime after being denied bond and the prosecutor makes it up as he goes along. So corrupt is the federal legal system, and so costly is any reasonable attempt to defend yourself, that 98 per cent of defendants plead guilty. So 35 years, or do a deal, get 7 years and be repatriated in three? What would you do when a rotten system will bleed you of hundreds of thousands of dollars and make you serve 35 years if (when) you lose?

If there’s any justice in this world the corrupt filth who inflicted this process on us will serve the last few decades of their rotten lives in a prison too.

The Thrill is Gone

By Patty On February 24th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Rising gas prices, entrenched unemployment, raw racial resentment and class warfare. Add to this the fact that our astronomical national debt is growing as I type and the President and Congress will not cut spending and….. it’s  time for a sing-along at the White House!

How appropriate.  On Tuesday night, Barack Obama sang the blues with the great B.B. King.  That’s right, B.B. King, the great R&B guitarist, best known for that classic song:    The Thrill is Gone.

HT: Rush Limbaugh, King of Radio


By Pete Moore On February 24th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

It seems to be a busy day for all, so have yourselves an open thread. House rules apply, so let’s be nice.

If you cannot afford an attorney……..forget it!

By Mike Cunningham On February 24th, 2012 at 12:03 am

I was fascinated to read read that the Obama administration was cheering on the inclusion of a ‘do not Track‘ button on all Web Browsers because:-

White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer Daniel Weitzner said the do-not-track option should clear up confusion among consumers who “think they are expressing a preference and it ends up, for a set of technical reasons, that they are not.”

This of course from an Executive Branch which continues to observe and reinforce the Patriot Act.

Ahh the sheer modesty

By Patrick Van Roy On February 23rd, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Obama makes bold reelection prediction

US President Barack Obama made no bones about his chances of reelection in an interview with America’slargest Hispanic radio service, saying: “I’ve got another five years coming up.”

Quizzed by Univision’s Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo about his failure to enact comprehensive immigration reform, Obama replied: “Well, first of all, Piolin, my presidency is not over.

“I’ve got another five years coming up. We’re going to get this done,” he continued, according to a transcript of the interview, which was conducted on Tuesday and broadcast on Univision Radio on Wednesday.


God Help Us


By David Vance On February 23rd, 2012 at 7:57 pm

As you may know, I was on BBC 5Live last night discussing the Court of Appeal decision to ask the #Occupy rabble to remove themselves from the area in front of Paternoster Square outside St. Paul’s. Here  is a very good take on the topic by Brendan O’Neill in the Telegraph today….

“Even though I am an absolutist with it comes to the right to protest, I couldn’t help feeling relieved when a court decided this week that the Occupy camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral should sling its hook. For what started life as a middle-class shantytown packed with self-righteous haters of the rich – an annoying spectacle, yes, but hardly the end of world – has in recent weeks descended into something far more degenerate. Occupy London is now effectively a holding camp for the mentally ill, a space where the psychologically afflicted and deeply troubled can gather to eat, drink and be un-merry. And to have such a makeshift lunatic asylum on the steps of St Paul’s is not good for London nor for the inhabitants of the camp, who clearly need somewhere better to go.”

That is the sad reality. The Occupy Movement has chosen to occupy somewhere between Delusion and Madness. The sooner they depart the scene the better.


By David Vance On February 23rd, 2012 at 6:58 pm

So, here we go, a little earlier on today I was asked to comment on whether BBC broadcaster Jeremy Paxman was right to say that Tony Blair’s apology for the Irish Famine was “morally vacuous”.  You can check the interview out here. If ONLY broadcasters could share the expertise of those Illuminati here who think I should stick to discussing the NI economy and Elvis Costello lyrics…