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Sam Shepard, Actor Playwright dead at 73 from ALS

By Patrick Van Roy On July 31st, 2017 at 7:19 pm

The following is a scene from the Right Stuff. Shepard played Chuck Yeager, the other man talking with him at the table in uniform is Levon Helm.  The Old Man tending Bar is Chuck Yeager.

Noonan Republicans

By Patrick Van Roy On July 31st, 2017 at 2:06 pm

Peggy Noonan: “The president’s primary problem as a leader is not that he is impetuous, brash or naive. It’s not that he is inexperienced, crude, an outsider. It is that he is weak and sniveling. It is that he undermines himself almost daily by ignoring traditional norms and forms of American masculinity.”

“He’s not strong and self-controlled, not cool and tough, not low-key and determined; he’s whiny, weepy and self-pitying. He throws himself, sobbing, on the body politic. He’s a drama queen. It was once said, sarcastically, of George H.W. Bush that he reminded everyone of her first husband. Trump must remind people of their first wife. Actually his wife, Melania, is tougher than he is with her stoicism and grace, her self-discipline and desire to show the world respect by presenting herself with dignity.”

His public brutalizing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn’t strong, cool and deadly; it’s limp, lame and blubbery. “Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes,” he tweeted this week. Talk about projection.

and the weekly attack by the NYT Shrew.

To steal a Line from Noels Mom “these wicked women”. The later of the two Ms. Dowd is and has always been a foam at the mouth loon, Ms. Noonan on the other hand was a shining star of craft and brilliance, she still retains her craft however her brilliance has long ago faded.

Ms. Noonan is the supposed soft face of the inside the Beltway Republicans. The professional grifters of the right, those that spent 8yrs Lying to their constituents.

Those grifters and liars are Ms. Noonan’s “Profiles in Courage”. Men and Women that gained their office playing off the fear and pain of millions of Americans who work, pay their bills and whose lives have been destroyed by a socialist healthcare system that took away their healthcare and replaced it one that they could no longer afford to use.

A chance to begin to fix the nightmare that the Democrats forced down the throats of the American Citizens an action that cost them the loss of over 1200 elected seats across the country was destroyed by America’s National Traitor John “brain cancer” McCain.

John Fund gives a good Summation on just how deep the scumbags betrayal was.

The Republican insiders believe they are safe in their seats, over the past 100 years the two Parties have rigged the Rules in the States that you really have no choice but to vote for one or the other and the only way you get on the ballot is with an endorsement by the Parties.

The Public are outraged, Obamacare has destroyed the American Healthcare System, a system that was far from perfect, but still the best in the World.

Wheels are moving in the background, the power still sits with the People, and the People are Pissed.

We have made a covenant with Death….

By Mike Cunningham On July 31st, 2017 at 11:15 am

..and with Hell we are at agreement.

 

Some eighteen-odd years ago, I was a supervising engineer running construction works sites to install a new system supplying, transporting and pumping huge quantities of treated drinking water to a sector of North London.

My site office was on the outer rim of a fairly large site, inclusive of the deep shaft where the pumps, massive valves and pipes sat; with the telephone line strung along three sections of an old wall, total length of cable was some eighty yards. The whole site was hit by a lightning strike, my old-fashioned fax machine was literally blasted, the electrical supply cable to the office blown apart at a junction box. Once we got sorted, power supplies were repaired, but the phone cable was dead. As the phone company couldn’t supply staff to immediately repair the line to the site office, I decided to locate the fault myself. The field area itself was virtually waterlogged, as we had been hit by unremitting rain for over three days; the mud was literally deeper than my site rubber knee-high boots. For the next hour, I had to literally pull my feet and legs every water-logged yard, as I worked my way along the length of the phone line. It was unremitting slog, with the mud sucking at my legs and feet every foot of my journey.

Now transport me to a trench dug into the soggy earth of an area given the name ‘Polygon Wood’ timed at ten a.m. on the morning of 31st July 1917, place me amongst three regiments of British soldier ‘Pals’, arm me with a rifle, burden me with 90 pounds of kit, ammunition and equipment deemed necessary by someone in an office in London who had never seen the conditions under which we had to fight or even exist; and then, on the signal of a whistle, blown by an officer who was just as doomed as the rest of us; climb out of that soggy trench, and struggle forwards into the never-ending mud and machine-gun fire from the Kaiser’s well-armed, well-supplied, and confident regiments opposing us. The title, ‘Polygon Wood’ may be a slight misnomer, as the only evidence of trees left in that nightmare swathe of blasted and bomb-strewn mud, were a few splintered trunks still upright.

For those of a delicate disposition, or who remain of a sensitive nature who recoil from reality, the photograph which gives the full bloody, body-tearing message of this nightmare is shown below. Read the rest of this entry »

GUEST POST – THE WICKED MONTH!

By David Vance On July 31st, 2017 at 10:37 am

From Noel…

“August is a wicked month, Edna O’Brien tells us. But Edna O’Brien is a wicked woman, my mother told me, so her verdict isn’t necessarily to be trusted.

Still, the record seems to bear the scandal novelist out. August was always a great month for starting a war. In the Middle Ages it was a month almost entirely open for warfare, interrupted only by the Feast of the Assumption on the 15th. Henry V invaded France and secured his 15 centuries of fame in August. Much later, Hitler ordered the invasion of Poland and the start of World War II on 30 August. World War I also began in August, as did the Vietnam war, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait, which ultimately brought an end to his regime and continuous war to his country.

 Why August? Perhaps it’s because over millennia the harvests have traditionally been taken in by then, and a lot of young men find themselves hanging around with nothing to do and with energy to burn. The first cities would have their granaries full in August and would have been ripe for attack by nomadic tribes.  

August is also the month when the summer begins to weary, it’s hot and heavy as a whore, as Loudon Wainwright said, and the initial exhilaration of summer in June has long since gone. Worse, we realise that summer will not bring us the freedom we had hoped for yet again, and we’re already facing a return to school or work and the dreadful drudgery of life, and now have nothing to look forward to but a damp and foggy autumn followed by winter. So in August, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of war.

 August is an unnatural month; September is the seventh“, October the “eighth” month etc., or were until the Romans came and inserted two more months to upset the neat 10 and named the new one after their emperor, after the previous one was named for Julius. August is simply a product of the Deep State, and if the Roman emperor can do it, just wait till the current US President tries to add a Trumpember to the American calendar.

 At any rate, Anne Frank was arrested, the two atom bombs dropped and the Berlin Wall built in August. Stickers for tradition, the Chinese started their disastrous Cultural Revolution in that month too. Crazed American Republicans will add that we shouldn’t forget that both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton arrived on earth in August.

 OK, granted, August also saw the Woodstock festival. But let’s not forget that when those young people were meeting to celebrate peace and love, in a not too distant place mobs driven wild by hatred and alcohol were busy burning down whole streets of simple houses just because the people who lived there had a different religion. Yes, on Friday, 15 August 1969, exactly when Joan Baez, Melanie and Richie Havens were singing that we are all One, Loyalist mobs in Belfast burned down several whole streets in the Falls and the Ardoyne, before finally the British Army took up positions that afternoon – and the whole thing led to 30 years of killing and destruction.

 So who knows what the coming month may bring us. At one end of the world we can see a man as mad as Hitler or Saddam or those Loyalist mobs, and with similar pathological belligerence. He’s currently testing ballistic missiles that keep getting better and better; he also isn’t trying to hide his intentions. In fact, he expressly threatens the world, including the US, and dares it to try to stop him.

Unfortunately at the other end of the world there’s another man who’s mad in a totally different way, but still mad. He’s so wrapped up in himself and his own dramas that he’s completely incapable of anything like leadership, and totally incapable of handling anything that an August can throw at him.

The US is in political turmoil and more leaderless than ever before in our lifetimes, in east Asia a nutcase is just waiting for an opportunity of striking out, and relishes the thought of hitting America. Something could happen that would make people soon forget all about Russian interference and healthcare. We have thirty one days of the wicked month before us.”

DIANE…

By David Vance On July 31st, 2017 at 10:31 am

Venezuela, by ANY standards, is a country in deep chaos. And yet it holds an attraction for the feral Left in the UK, not least the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott. Get this from the Chavez years. All that earnest admiration for a tyrant.

Abbott was most recently seen aligning herself with those rioting after the death of a drug dealer who killed himself by swallowing his own hash. Check out the words on the poster,

She increased her majority in Hackney during the general election. Not a surprise. Massive immigration is changing London to the point where it is increasingly unrecognisably British.

SNAKE IN THE GRASS…

By David Vance On July 31st, 2017 at 10:21 am

Turns out that Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, has used the holiday season to try and change Government policy. His mission? To make Brexit so weak, so worthless, that it isn’t worth a damn.

Consider this from him overnight;

The UK will not cut tax and regulations after Brexit in a bid to undercut EU rivals, Philip Hammond has suggested. The chancellor told French newspaper Le Monde that tax raised as a percentage of the British economy “puts us right in the middle” of European countries. “We don’t want that to change, even after we’ve left the EU,” he added.

A few days ago he added;

With the UK set to Leave in March 2019, Mr Hammond has suggested that there is a “transition period” where Britain stays in the EU’s single market and customs union to avoid a so-called “cliff edge Brexit”.

By staying IN these institutions, the UK would continue to pay INTO the EU whilst being unable to implement ANY trade deals. The worst of both worlds.

Hammond should be sacked. But the Prime Minister is a waste of space, with no power left post the General Election. The Conservatives are storing up a MASSIVE electoral day of reckoning by allowing Hammond to urinate all over Brexit.

 

Dicken’s Oliver Twist (as amended)….. ‘Give us More’

By Mike Cunningham On July 30th, 2017 at 4:18 pm

A new problem for the ever-nearly-broke (£ $ € terms) (Dis)United Nations

Seems as though the United Nations’  UNWRAgency would like to start spending more; a lot more, and it feels it has got to start getting real, and in a hurry, about what cash it would like, and where it would like to spend ever-more of that same cash.

All the ‘buzz words’ are used; such as Taking note with appreciation, recalling, having considered, taking note, noting with appreciation: along with all the other blether which is a major constituent of such documents, the begging letter, otherwise known as the Ecuadorian draft resolution United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East  says many things, notes many achievements; it also re-affirms, welcomes, appeals and expresses its appreciation for cash contributions in the past, totalling $623,000,000.00 (that’s 623 million bucks to the average Joe or Joelene) for 2016 ONLY. What it wants to say for future Donors is to say please; pretty please, kindly keep quiet and otherwise quietly accept without discussion our published hopes for a 61.7% rise in proposed budgeting expenditure, as we know that Big Brother Donald, along with his mates in the Republican (and some of the Democrats as well) Senate, are just hoping that we’ll just ask, like Oliver, for ‘some more, please’.

The problem, for UNWRA at least, is the request that future contributions will come from the actual Budget for the United Nations; in other words, the ‘voluntary contributions’ would now become a normal sector of UN disbursement, and this of course would mean an automatic uplift in expected contributions from the major UN Member States, which of course means ‘More Cash from Uncle Sam’. The General Assembly runs the budget, and the U.S.A. has no blocking vote; but can you imagine the uproar from just about all Senators, on both sides of the aisle, never mind an incendiary President; when UNWRA can’t even bother to say ‘thanks’ to its major funder, of some $150,000,000.00 for the previous year?

A troubling (for definitely some Republicans) problem within UNRWA is the fact that the Palestinian Authority routinely pays salaries to the families with terrorists held within Israeli prisons. The payments are supposed to be ‘welfare and subsistence’ payments, but they are listed within PA official papers as ‘Salaries’’ and The Donald apparently blew his top with Mahmoud Abbas when they met. Another item which really ticks Americans off is the strange silence from UNWRA when it was ‘discovered’ that HAMAS were storing rockets in a UNRWA school. In a statement, UNWRA said there were indications that the items found were not rockets, but declined to comment when a reporter asked if they ever recognised the old adage ‘if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, flies like a duck; but also explodes like a……..’?

The Resolution is postponed for now, with U.S.A., Canada and Israel opposing the Resolution; but what the reaction of an angry America will be is totally unknown. America is used to being battered by little countries with big mouths, but what will happen when America decides its just had about enough of the trash talk?

RACIST ALERT….

By David Vance On July 30th, 2017 at 10:09 am

This is sort of feral race hustler that infests University.

The student head of Cambridge’s equality group (sic) has claimed that ‘all white people are racist’ after praising rioters in Dalston who lit bonfires and hurled petrol bombs at police. Jason Osamede Okundaye, who runs the Black and Minority Ethnic society at the elite institution, posted the shocking tweets amid violent protests in east London last night over the death of Rashan Charles.

He should be told to leave this University, his continued presence lowers it even further into the mire.

GERMANISTAN

By David Vance On July 30th, 2017 at 10:04 am

Can you say Spy

By Patrick Van Roy On July 29th, 2017 at 8:34 pm

Not my writing, but important info. On an issue of National Security

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers

by Andrew C. McCarthy July 29, 2017 4:00 AM @AndrewCMcCarthy There’s more than bank fraud going on here. In Washington, it’s never about what they tell you it’s about. So take this to the bank: The case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s mysterious Pakistani IT guy, is not about bank fraud. Yet bank fraud was the stated charge on which Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport this week, just as he was trying to flee the United States for Pakistan, via Qatar. That is the same route taken by Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, in March, when she suddenly fled the country, with three young daughters she yanked out of school, mega-luggage, and $12,400 in cash.

By then, the proceeds of the fraudulent $165,000 loan they’d gotten from the Congressional Federal Credit Union had been sent ahead. It was part of a $283,000 transfer that Awan managed to wire from Capitol Hill. He pulled it off — hilariously, if infuriatingly — by pretending to be his wife in a phone call with the credit union. Told that his proffered reason for the transfer (“funeral arrangements”) wouldn’t fly, “Mrs.” Awan promptly repurposed: Now “she” was “buying property.” Asking no more questions, the credit union wired the money . . . to Pakistan. As you let all that sink in, consider this: Awan and his family cabal of fraudsters had access for years to the e-mails and other electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It turns out they were accessing members’ computers without their knowledge, transferring files to remote servers, and stealing computer equipment — including hard drives that Awan & Co. smashed to bits of bytes before making tracks.

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