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By David Vance On February 21st, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Oh those vicious Coalition monsters….

Phronesis 2.0

By Patty On February 21st, 2012 at 3:02 pm

It is the easiest thing in the world to be a Progressive, a person of the left:  first, support left-wing politicians; then, feel good about yourself and your “compassion.” Last, don’t forget to look the other way when the *** hits the fan.  Results simply do not matter on the Left.

From Stalin’s Soviet Union to Castro’s Cuba, from the EU to the US, left-wing top-down social engineering has failed, causing misery and a loss of personal liberty. But, our well-intentioned Progressive Lefties forge on, doubling down with their  ill- considered projects, selectively ignoring the great divide between their politicians’ promises and the actual damage caused by their Left-wing policies.

Here are some examples from the US:

–Left-wing public school supporters choose not to notice that Los Angeles Unified, one of the nation’s largest public school districts, has a 25% drop-out rate and an alarming propensity for ignoring and enabling pedophiles, despite shrinking class sizes and an extremely high average-cost-per-student. You would think that the Left would welcome the voucher , but they don’t.

–It is bad form on the Left to note the actual damage in the black community caused by the statist welfare culture. Progressive Democrats seem blissfully unaware of the tragedy of single moms, absentee dads, deeply entrenched under-employment and gangs  – all aided and abetted by top-down statist Democratic programs designed to help the poor. You would think that they would drop the statist nonsense and encourage traditional values, but they won’t.

–Environmentalist Left-wing voters do not seem to care about the alarming  40% unemployment rate in California’s Central Valley, a direct result of environmental hysteria over the smelt fish.

Name one successful left-wing program or policy that has succeeded as advertised.   …anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller? Anyone?

Preaching Gospel to the Faithful

By Patrick Van Roy On February 21st, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I just love this stuff…. Go Newt

By Elicia Dover

TULSA, Okla. — While discussing the threat of Iran today to a crowd of about 4,000 people at Oral Roberts University, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said that defeating Barack Obama was “in fact, a duty of national security.”

“Because the fact is, he is incapable of defending the United States,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich told the crowd, many of them young students, there was a real threat of an American city being wiped out. Gingrich said the Obama administration refuses to acknowledge radical Islamists.

“All of you should be very deeply concerned about national security. Barack Obama is the most dangerous president in modern American history,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich said the Obama administration was demonstrating “willful dishonesty” over describing what motivated the suspected terrorist from Morocco, who was arrested Friday by FBI agents for allegedly plotting to blow up the Capitol.

“Any honest person knows what motivated the person who came here,” Gingrich said. “This is not smearing everybody, this is not Islamaphobia. If we can’t have honest conversation about radical Islamists and we can’t figure out — there is a very specific group of people across the planet — there’s a very specific desire to kill us.”

Gingrich said the Obama administration was intellectually disarmed and incapable of describing threats that face the United States.

“The president wants to unilaterally weaken the United States, he wants to cut the aide to Israel for its anti-ballistic missile defense, he refuses to take Iran seriously,” Gingrich said. “We are in a world that is very dangerous. And I say this to those of you who represent the next generation because you’re going to bear the consequences.”

With Romney Imploding and Santorums lack of a personality, Gingrich is about to come out swinging again. The other 3 candidates canceled the most recent debate because they didn’t want to give Newt the platform where he excels just before this set of primaries.  Gingrich who has not had the money to get his message out any other way is about to change.

Sheldon Adelson plays as stubbornly in politics as he does in business. So the criticisms that he’s trying to personally buy the presidential election for Newt Gingrich are met with a roll of the eyes. “Those people are either jealous or professional critics,” Adelson tells me during his first interview since he and his wife began funneling $11 million, with another $10 million injection widely expected, into the former speaker’s super PAC, Winning Our Future. “They like to trash other people. It’s unfair that I’ve been treated unfair—but it doesn’t stop me. I might give $10 million or $100 million to Gingrich.”



‘ shall withdraw the left flank under its cover, ‘

By Mike Cunningham On February 21st, 2012 at 12:12 pm

When you send an e-mail, search the web, or make a mobile phone call, even when using the latest digital technology, your call or message is monitored, and can be recorded and stored. Based at Menwith Hills, which is called RAF Menwith Hills, but strangely enough has approximately ten British staff (Cleaners, gardeners, similar-based workers) the Americans have their spy satellite downlink systems; all linked to the Echelon computer system which can pluck ‘key-words’ out of the ether.

The British have access to the feeds and discoveries from Menwith, but only on a need-to-know basis, (and the Americans decide who needs to know), and only through G.C.H.Q. at Cheltenham. This intrusion into our privacy has been going on for a long time, and was encouraged by the hard-left ideals of the Labour Government, who tried to get us all onto ID cards (failed), airport iris-scanning technology (failed), criminal record checks on everyone (failed); as well as the storing of all web traffic searches, e-mail traffic and other Socialist marshalling policies which belonged to the Stasi-segment of that same Labour Government.

Cameron & Clegg promised the following:

Introduce a Freedom Bill. Scrap ID cards, the National Identity register and the ContactPoint database, and halt the next generation of biometric passports. Outlaw finger-printing of children at school without parental permission. Extend scope of Freedom of Information Act. More protections for DNA database. Protect trial by jury and restore rights to non-violent protest. Review libel laws to protect freedom of speech. Safeguards against misuse of anti-terrorism legislation. Regulate CCTV. Mechanism to prevent the proliferation of “unnecessary” new criminal offences. Establish commission to look at creating British Bill of Rights, incorporating and building on obligations under European Convention on Human Rights. Let me repeat one phrase; Safeguards against misuse of anti-terrorism legislation.

The Coalition’s own Stasi-enthusiast, Theresa May, has been convinced by the ‘security people’ that the promise to scrap all the high-minded databases set up under Labour is a step too far, and they are proposing to make Internet companies store all e-mail, web and other Internet histories for a year, JUST IN CASE’.

So we can survey and trap terrorists, but we cannot deport the bastards, and we can’t hang them, so why are we bothering?

So starting from the day after these databases are brought back in, I will be attaching the following key-words to every e-mail sent:

Bomb; PET; terror, acid, nuclear, hate, jihad, suicide.

If we all do that, the computers will fill up so fast, the storage servers will simply overload!


By David Vance On February 21st, 2012 at 8:49 am


The US commander of Nato troops in Afghanistan has apologised over reports that foreign troops had “improperly disposed” of copies of the Koran. In a statement General John R Allen ordered a full investigation. “When we learned of these actions, we immediately intervened and stopped them,” he said. Reports of the alleged Koran burning have led to a large protest outside the US air base at Bagram outside Kabul.

WHY are we still in this accursed country?


By David Vance On February 21st, 2012 at 8:44 am

It’s deja-vu all over again;

After almost 14 hours of talks ending early on Tuesday morning, eurozone finance ministers unveiled an austerity and aid programme for Greece that aims to reduce its debt from 160 per cent to 120.5 per cent of GDP in 2020. Lucas Papademos, the Greek Prime Minister, who attended the talks, hailed the latest debt crisis deal, following a previous agreement last October, as providing the solution for Greece, “It’s no exaggeration to say that today is a historic day for the Greek economy,” he said.

Surely Papademos, that unelected technocrat, is far too modest?

It is a historic day for Greece as it officially becomes a serf to Germany (not for the first time, see WW2 for previous period) and its spineless politicians prostitute the tatty remnants of Greek sovereignty for a handful, well, bucketful, of Euros.

The biggest laugh of all is that we ALL know that this “solution” is no solution. There will be elections in Greece in April and there is MASSIVE public dissatisfaction at the actions of the current bunch of politicians. The likely consequence of this Election has led to some German voices suggest that deferring the Election might be a good idea for the Greeks!

Sticking plaster solutions aimed at sustaining the hubris of the Brussels elite will not last. Watch it burn.


By David Vance On February 21st, 2012 at 7:58 am

I spent half an hour on the BBC Nolan Show yesterday morning discussing the Workfare scheme, the gist of which is that unemployed people on benefit can volunteer for work experience. They get paid their benefits whilst on a short term scheme. It was obvious to me that the issue was presented in a rather BIASED manner (no big surprise there) with a stunning lack of understanding of what is on offer and what it costs. I enjoyed reading this article on the same subject;

“Critics argue that unemployed people, many of them youngsters, are made to work for nothing. But they aren’t: they are getting benefit. Moreover, by working with a private company, rather than with a charity or a public body, they are getting a feel for the world of work that they want, one day, to inhabit. Indeed, work experience of this sort is common in many walks of life, from the City to the BBC, though it is usually dignified by being called an internship. Every year, thousands of young people, encouraged by their schools, work on such schemes for nothing at all, let alone an allowance of around £55 a week plus travel expenses. As Chris Grayling, the employment minister, suggested yesterday, those who are most vocal in their objections to Tesco offering work stacking shelves are just job snobs.

It is, frankly, characteristic of our confusion over what welfare is for that this latest attempt at reform has caused such a furore. We have devised a system where unemployment is subsidised and idleness is the rational choice for people offered money for nothing. Is it any surprise that hundreds of thousands of households are made up of people permanently on benefits? “

Quite so. The truth is the generation entitlement see no dignity in work experience. They want it all or not at all.


By David Vance On February 21st, 2012 at 6:56 am

Did you read that an independent Scotland may require passport controls at the English border to comply with EU law? Time to put border guards in place?

David Lidington said Scotland would face a “clear problem” in the form of the Schengen Agreement, which allows for free travel across 25 EU states. The UK is outside of the European free travel area and is determined to remain so, a decision that means citizens from other EU countries are still subject to passport checks at UK borders.

But Mr Lidington said a separate Scotland would have to negotiate its own opt-out from the agreement, which would require the unanimous assent of all other member states. Failure to do so would mean passport controls being set up at the Border as the Schengen deal stipulates there cannot be free passage between those countries that are signatories and those that are not. Speaking on a visit to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, the minister also warned there was no guarantee a separate Scotland could choose to remain outside the eurozone.

Well said Lidington. Scotland should be bordered off, and it should be exiled from the Sterling zone. In such a situation, the Scots may drink their own whiskey because their economy then becomes an even bigger basket case


By David Vance On February 21st, 2012 at 6:50 am

A tale for 2012.

Chip shop worker Kimberley Burrell had spent a happy ten years working at her local chippy. The 29-year-old had been a fixture at Joanna’s Fish Bar in Hartlepool, meeting and serving customers for 16 hours every week. But all that changed when new Turkish owners took over the shop – and promptly dismissed her and replaced her with ‘cheap, foreign labour’, which cost the bosses £2 less per hour.

Burrell has now been awarded £6,000 after an employment tribunal agreed she had been unfairly sacked. The tribunal heard that within weeks of owner Zana Ahmed taking over, Kimberley was replaced by Turkish and Polish staff. Speaking to the Sun, Kimberley said: ‘I got sacked for being British. It’s a disgrace.’ However the situation is not necessarily resolved, as owner Ahmed, who told the Sun that Kimberley was ‘a disappointing employee’, said he would refuse to pay up.

Dismissed for being British, in Britain, in 2012.  Remarkable.


By Pete Moore On February 20th, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer, reduced production and exports of crude oil in December. Combined with the Obama administration’s attempts to shut down the Iranian oil industry and Ben Bernanke’s ongoing money printing, oil prices are going one way only.

Land prices are not just rising across the American cornbelt, they’re rising faster than at any time in the last 35 years, spurred by higher prices for grain. Bankers throughout the five-state region in the Chicago Federal Reserve District report a 22% increase in the value of good farmland over the course of 2011.  In the seven-state Kansas City Fed District, the value of farmland rose 25% in the past year.

Price inflation is coming, but you only need to be aware if your lifestyle depends on oil and food.