Buckingham Palace last night – what more need be said? God save The Queen.
Buckingham Palace last night – what more need be said? God save The Queen.
ALBANY — Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said on Monday that he would support a proposal by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to significantly curb the number of people who could be arrested for marijuana possession as a result of police stops.
Mr. Cuomo urged lawmakers on Monday to change state law to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, an offense that critics say leads to unfair charges against thousands of people who are ordered to empty their pockets during police stops that have proliferated under the Bloomberg administration’s stop-and-frisk practice.
And SOME people think the GAA is a bit close to the IRA appreciation society;
The mother of an 11-year-old boy is angry that children at a Gaelic Athletic Club football blitz at the weekend were given medals bearing the picture of a dead IRA man. The medals given to the Under-12 boys at Galbally Pearses Club in Tyrone featured Martin McCaughey. He and IRA man Dessie Grew were shot dead by the SAS in October 1990. “It was outrageous. My son was asking what the hero did,” said the mother who did not want to be named. ”We had no warning that the medals would be dedicated to a dead IRA man.”
I am sure the GAA authorities will be issuing an apology and condemning Galbally Pearses Club. Any moment now….
In a way, Unionists have only themselves to blame for this;
Belfast City Council is set to back a plan that the Union flag should fly over the City Hall only on designated days — ending a century of tradition. The controversial issue — which will be the subject of a 16-week public consultation from June 6 — will ultimately be decided in a crunch vote by councillors on November 1.
While unionist politicians have indicated their opposition to the change of policy, there is quiet acceptance that they would lose out in the vote and the flag that has flown over City Hall since it opened its door in 1906 will come down on most days of the year. The council met last night and backed the plans to begin a public consultation. The issue was the subject of a draft independent report which recommended that the Union flag only be flown on certain days of the year, such as the Queen’s birthday, to promote good relations. A proposal that the Irish tricolour be flown alongside the Union flag was rejected as the least favourable option.
OK, here’s my view. I think that the Union Flag should be flown in line with how it is flown elsewhere in the UK, no more and no less. Vichy Unionism also has little to complain about and the usual culprits will wring their hands over this victory to Irish Nationalism. But there is another aspect to this. Belfast suffers chronic unemployment, commercial meltdown and a lack of investment. WHY are all these bozos in City Hall playing this stupid game instead of focusing on real issues? As a Belfast ratepayer, I regret paying them so much as one penny if THIS is all they can do.
My grandmother taught me that “you can’t eat flags”. She was right.
These are just some of the stunning images from yesterday’s River Pageant celebrations on the River Thames. Just amazing.
It’s quite a remarkable Jubilee weekend and the reason for me easing off the blogging chores. As I write this, the little village I am staying in prepares for the arrival of the Olympic Torch at 2.45pm. Along the promenade, there is one vast street party being organised. The sun is shining, the sea is an azure blue, and because the Torch arrival also coincides with the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, there are truly remarkable displays of loyalty bedecking most houses here. You can just FEEL the warmth of the people here towards The Queen, it’s truly visceral. I read Mahons tribute below and agree with it. The Queen and the Royal Family are not perfect and there are many things I would like to have seen them do differently, Pete Moore has often articulated these points. But on this day when we celebrate the Torch bearer of our British Monarchy AND the Torch bearer of the Olympic flame, I think celebration is more the order of the day.
What makes a republican Yank of Irish ancestry such as myself start to whistle Bess You is My Woman Now? Her Royal Highness, Elizabeth II, that gracious and noble Queen.
There will always be an England. That green and pleasant land is, despite its detractors (at home and abroad), is still a land of hope and glory. Some say there is nothing like a dame, but I say there is nothing like a queen who has weathered the storms of private life and public life and has come out, sixty years later, with a dignity that I can only describe as majestic. And her triumph is a shared triumph. The subject of the Queen must mention her subjects, a people given to understatement whose contributions can not be overstated.
I think those who discount her do so out of their own agendas. She has not always made the correct decision, but so often has. Over sixty years in the ultimate public eye I remind her detractors that the average modern politician usually can’t make it through a week without a faux pas. And she has been able to play the hand given her with an obvious sense of duty, remarkable sense, and undeniable legacy.
As to her enemies, well may she always frustrate their knavish tricks. I admire her, her people and her nation. And I raise a glass to her reign. God Save the Queen.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of a summit in Beijing next week as tensions rise over Tehran’s nuclear drive, a Kremlin official said.
“Meeting Ahmadinejad will let Putin personally feel the tension around the Iranian issue and how it is perceived in Tehran,” Kremlin foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov told reporters last week in comments that were embargoed for release until Sunday. Yeah Czar Vladamir will pat the mad Persian on the back. The Czar is playing out a true master hand in grande KGB style. In a true win win situation.
Putin and Ahmadinejad agreed to meet over the phone and the initiative came “from both sides,” Ushakov said.
The meeting will come as Russia prepares to host the latest round of talks on June 18 and 19 between world powers and Iranian negotiators in a bid to find a diplomatic solution to the standoff over Iran’s nuclear programme.
The Moscow talks will follow a meeting last month in Baghdad where the six world powers — the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany — confronted Tehran over its intention to enrich uranium despite fears it was building a nuclear bomb. The last “meeting” accomplished only one thing, where the next meeting would be. Such great progress….
The talks achieved little in two days of intense discussions besides setting up the next meeting in Moscow.
Like Western capitals, Russia “was not too happy” with the outcome of the Baghdad talks, but “understood the main thing, which is readiness of both sides to continue talks,” Ushakov said. Bull the Russians were tickled to death over the lack of substance of the meetings, they orchestrated it.
“Only in dialogue is it possible to get a sense of any sort of compromise, which is crucial to unblock this situation… and leave out the most scary scenarios.” Except the mad Persians refuse any compromise, and continue to develop their weapons as they try to bide time.
Russia has repeatedly warned against using military action against Iran — an option never ruled out by Israel or the United States — and said that this could cause a catastrophe in the Middle East. Except it is what they are hoping for as the Czar reconstitutes the strength of the Old Soviet Power into a more modern Russia that he and he alone controls. War in the Middle East plays into his hand, the European West is crushed by the cost conflict will bring on Europes energy supply, causing a faster cascading colapse of an already failing economy. While at the same time a shooting war will cost the US valuable defense equipment whose supply chain and replenishment has been cut off by the current fool in the White House.
Putin will meet Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit. He is also scheduled to speak with Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai in a bilateral meeting. The Czar is laying out his hand to the other players in the game.
The meeting with Ahmadinejad will be Putin’s first since his return to the Kremlin for a third term after a four-year stint as prime minister. Which won’t end this time until they carry him out.
During his second term as president, Putin met Ahmadinejad in Tehran in 2007 in a rare visit to the country by the Kremlin chief. Which is when he increased the delivery arrangements of both Arms to Iran and Syria, including nuclear arms technological equipment.
The Russian delegation to the China summit is a show of force with “all the major names of Russian business in attendance,” said Ushakov.
Putin is also due to meet China’s President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.
With China preparing for a stage-managed leadership change, Putin will also meet Vice Premier Li Kequiang, who is set to be the next premier, and Xi Jinping, who is tipped as the next president.
The Czar has taken command, he has spent over 4 years putting the pieces in place. He has modernized Russia’s Missile Batteries, he has consolidated the Russian Energy Industry, under his control, he has stoked the tensions in the Middle East while ignoring and taking advantage of the Naivete running rampant in the offices of Power in the US.
Ladies and Gentleman the Bear steps back into the ring.
This’ll set a cat among the pigeons.
China will move the majority of its war ships to the eastern Pacific as part of a strategy of boosting links with its North American allies, the Chinese defence secretary, has announced [...]
Speaking to an audience of military chiefs and defence officials, he said: “We will also invest – invest in cyber, invest in space, invest in unmanned systems, invest in special forces operations. We will invest in the newest technologies. And we will invest in new technology to mobilise quickly, if necessary.”
Oh hang on, did I say China?