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THERE’S NOTHING NEW UNDER THE PRO-WAR SUN

By Pete Moore On June 30th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

This is great stuff.

The historian Tom Woods recently put together the anthology We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now” with the author Murray Polner. That’s a libertarian and a Leftist teaming up there. Here, Jeffrey Tucker of the von Mises Institute chats with Woods about it. I have to say that Tom Woods just gets better and better, and that he’s a hugely engaging speaker (particularly when he gets exasperated, as here). The anthology brings together anti-war writing and speeches from Left and Right, primarily from those who aren’t pacifists. What we chiefly learn from the chat is that war propaganda over the last two centuries has not changed. The same propaganda and lies are always rolled out, for the same interests, and that the people are always suckered by it. We learn this because Woods and Polner went back and studied the primary evidence of those who opposed those wars and why.

This really is an entertaining and informative discussion. It’s worth thirty minutes of your time, I promise.

US SPYING ON EU EMBASSIES

By Pete Moore On June 30th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

*popcorn*

Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, is “shocked” to learn that the US has bugged EU embassies and facilities in Washington, New York and Brussels. I’d have been shocked if the US hadn’t at least tried to do so.

Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine said National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden showed its reporters “parts” of a secret document from 2010 that outlined how the US had placed devices in the two EU embassies and gained access to their internal computer networks.

The document referred to the EU as a “target”. According to Der Spiegel, the NSA also targeted telecommunications at the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels, home to the European Council, the collective of EU national governments.

What splendid little pearls the hero Snowden is putting out there. The Telegraph reports that the revelation could be “highly damaging” to US/EU relations. Let’s hope so, though in truth no-one should be surprised. Supposed friends spy on each other at least as much as they do on apparent enemies. Since we’re looted to fund “our” espionage efforts, I certainly hope they’re up to no good in the US and EU too.

In the end it reveals to true nature of governments, which are just gangs of people out for advantage. The interesting question is what they are after. When the CIA spied on UN diplomats it was to dig up dirt on individuals. Presumably the point is to pressure the influential and affect policy. It would certainly explain some of the strange things which governments do. EU politicians and technocrats are reminded that if they have nothing to hide they have nothing to fear.

FATHER AND SON…

By David Vance On June 30th, 2013 at 10:40 am

I took part in a pilot for a new series of a BBC topical debate programme and one of the questions discussed was “Are fathers essential in a child’s life’? Naturally, I argued that they ARE but some consider the role of fatherhood an optional extra. Leftists like the idea of a missing father as it allows the STATE to step in to fulfil this role. Sounds benign, is malignant.

However when you look into the statistics there are some very uncomfortable aspects;

According to various statistics about 70% of black children  in the UK do not have their fathers present in their lives

Why is this? Why is the black community so afflicted with such legions of feckless fathers? Why do black men abandon their wives and children in such overwhelming numbers? Why is this issue not discussed? I understand that a similar statistic, if not worse, in the US. The missing fathers cause great problems and deprive children of the role model that they need.

Don’t get me wrong. There is MUCH amiss in the white community as well, with far too many fathers clearing off and leaving the Mother to bring up the child alone. This is wrong.

Marriage is the solution to all of this but is has to be undertaken seriously and for life. As we have made entering marriage easier we have made exiting it even easier. We pay the price.

Oh Canada…

By The Troll On June 29th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Canadians in the High River area of Alberta – many already “irate” at not being able to return to their homes after massive flooding last week – were shocked to learn late Thursday that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have seized a “large quantity of firearms” from their evacuated houses.

RCMP Sergeant Patricia Neely said that “Firearms that were unsafely stored in plain sight were seized for safekeeping,” but Sgt. Brian Topham told the National Post that officers forced their way into many of the homes because of “urgent need.”

“We just want to make sure that all of those things are in a spot that we control, simply because of what they are,” Sgt. Topham said. “People have a significant amount of money invested in firearms … so we put them in a place that we control and that they’re safe.”

They will be returned to residents with proof of ownership after the evacuation order — which is now into its eighth day — is lifted, authorities say.

Business owner Brenda Lackey told the Globe and Mail: “Now what they’re doing is looking for firearms and ammunition.  How do they have the right to do that? What does that have to do with the disaster?  …This is martial law.  What has happened to our country?”

The Conservative Prime Minister’s office has said in an email to the National Post that it believes the guns will be returned as soon as possible, and that “the RCMP should focus on more important tasks such as protecting lives and private property.”

Staff of life?

By Mike Cunningham On June 29th, 2013 at 11:04 am

When most of us buy a loaf of bread, we go for a brand, a bakery or supermarket logo, an item we have grown used to. We sometimes moan a little at the ever-rising (pun-alert! Ed.) cost of the average loaf, but we pay; and butter the result, or toast, to our own liking. But what might be in our minds if we were all members or adherents of the ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish sect based near New York.

These guys not only import their own wheat from near the Mexican border, they even supervise its harvesting and growth, so that it conforms to the strictest standards of Kosher manufacture. The farmer don’t get no say, a Hasidic man drives the combine, and only after the farmer has assured the rabbis that no water has been near the crop to even hint at sprouting ears.

Too far? Too uptight? Possibly; but if your very religion and race were threatened with actual extinction just a few decades ago, I reckon the Hasids have the right to determine what goes into their matzo bread, which incidentally tastes great with chunky Scots marmalade.

HERO FOR THE WORLD?

By David Vance On June 29th, 2013 at 10:02 am

Ah, Obama lands in South Africa just in time to join in the Mandela worship.

“US President Barack Obama is to meet members of Nelson Mandela’s family during his visit to South Africa, the White House says. But officials confirmed that the president will not see the ailing leader himself, who is in a critical conditions in hospital. Mr Obama’s Air Force One landed in Pretoria on Friday evening, as part of his three-country tour of Africa. He is holding talks with his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma. The US president has described Mr Mandela as a “hero for the world”.

I wonder exactly what Obama finds so heroic about Mandela?

  • Is it his terrorist record?
  • Is it his embrace of Communism?
  • Is it his hatred of Israel?
  • Is it his contempt for America?
  • Is it for the soaring poverty he presided over as President, the record crime, the devastating advance of AIDS?

So, what DOES Obama find so inspiring about Mandela. Ah well, as Obama points out, he is not in SA for a photo op.

Correct – he has already got that…

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Friday Nite Music

By The Troll On June 28th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Here are two everyone should enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEkNsele1HI

ATW FRIDAY JUKEBOX….

By David Vance On June 28th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Because music can uplift the soul…..I love classical music as much as popular music and this golden oldie is worth a listen!

I KNEW THE BRIDE WHEN HE USED TO ROCK AND ROLL….

By David Vance On June 28th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

We slouch towards Gomorrah gaily whistling YMCA….

Wives can be men and husbands could be women under bizarre word play introduced by the government. The introduction of gay marriage means old laws which gave protections or benefits to husbands or wives will become outdated. So ministers have drawn up ‘gobbledegook’ rules which overrule the dictionary and scrap the centuries-old definitions of male and female spouses.

The new guidance states: ‘This means that “husband” here will include a man or a woman in a same sex marriage, as well as a man married to a woman. ‘In a similar way, “wife” will include a woman married to another woman or a man married to a man. ‘The result is that this section is to be construed as including both male and female same sex marriage.

Blimey, I knew the bride when he used to rock and roll…

Just change the ‘battery pack’

By Mike Cunningham On June 28th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

She compared the new techniques to replacing a defective ‘battery pack’ in a cell that would virtually eliminate the chance of a severe disease in the child.

She said: ‘Scientists have developed ground-breaking new procedures which could stop these diseases being passed on, bringing hope to many families seeking to prevent their future children inheriting them.

 

‘She’ is of course the Government’s Chief Medical Officer ‘Dame’ Sally Davies, and she was talking about the latest ‘gee-whiz’ idea that is destined to remove the ‘tragedy’ of inherited disease from future generations through the Frankenstein process of swapping faulty DNA for normal DNA in the future mother’s egg.  This process would of course result in a child who has three parents’ DNA in their own make-up. A process which could not happen in anything else than a scientist’s laboratory and test-tube. A process which can only be described as unnatural in the extreme!

We see ourselves today as being on the edge of unreality, with the ability to shape a whole generation of children ‘in our own image’, and it is not, in my own humble opinion, a good place to be. It could be, and indeed is being argued, that if we can remove the very chance of certain deformities and life-threatening conditions before the child is born, we should do everything we can to remove any such chance. But we have to accept that we, as members of the ‘human race’, are the product of millions of years of evolution, and those thirty-odd strands of DNA which are the target of this obscene research have evolved over millennia, and they should remain unchanged; because how are we to know the end result of altering DNA strands which have been built over millennia?

We were told when abortion was first discussed in both Westminster and the salons of the ‘chattering classes’ in Islington and Notting Hill that the only reasons for the abortion of babies were to

be  of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman or any existing children of her family;, or grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman; or  the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the pregnant woman, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated; or  the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped.

I do not believe that those reasons can be tabulated as against today, where we have virtual abortion on demand! It could well be argued that the only person to be considered is that of the future mother, and I for one lean towards that argument in reality, but, and it is a big ‘but’, the safeguards have been virtually diminished as to be non-existent.

We are told that the possibility of the so-called ‘designer baby’ is not possible, with all the checks and balances and assessments to be built in to the system, but we all know whjat happens to the ‘Checks and balances’ when politicians are involved, as well as when ‘Cheques’ are involved as well! The argument for this DNA swap to be undertaken is that the future children of a holder of such DNA will be free of the possibility of the illnesses or diseases or disabilities which may occur if the DNA had not been altered. I would counter with a simple argument of my own, one which is not heard as much as the many arguments opposing it; but which is just as valid: if the mother is found to have these ‘defective genes’, why not go down the route of not procreating children in the first place, and then there would be no further chance of a child with a mitochondrial disorder in the first place?