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WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?

By Pete Moore On December 23rd, 2018 at 6:23 pm

I was sneaky and smart this morning. I had to get to Sainsburys, so last night I checked to opening time of the large one in a nearby town and resolved to get there fifteen minutes before that.

Driving there, someone on the radio said that this is “Stampede Sunday”, due to the expected rush to the shops. Not for me, I smugly thought, as I rolled along. And bang on cue, fifteen minutes before opening time, I joined the back of a 500-yard traffic jam to get into the car park.

What is wrong with people? This country is obsessed with spending money. People can’t spend it quick enough. Stay home occasionally!

“But Pete” I hear, “you are part of that crowd”. I have an excuse. I’ve been at work almost every day since the start of December. Today was my one chance to grab a few essentials. So I abandoned the motor and walked it. The store was pandemonium. It was like those scenes on Black Friday, where people are fighting over the last TV. You know what supermarket shoppers are like with trolleys. To get anywhere required the anticipation of an F1 driver. As soon as someone stopped half the store came to a grinding halt. I actually stood in the furthest aisle for a while simply because it was the least crowded. I didn’t even want anything in it.

I have been so miserable in my life.

 

Ho Ho BABY!

By Patrick Van Roy On December 23rd, 2018 at 3:41 am

‘AVE IT

By Pete Moore On December 22nd, 2018 at 6:35 pm

The Gilets Jaunes are still rucking across France. This was the Champs Elysees this afternoon, though other French cities have been lively too. (There’s something comical in the kick which the copper aims at the protester.)

I have to say that technology is doing wonders for reportage. The quality of video and still images that phones now produce is absolutely incredible.

PERSPECTIVES

By Pete Moore On December 22nd, 2018 at 3:50 pm

Seamus comments downstairs, that by the time Julius Caesar clapped eyes on the Pyramid of Khufu it was already some 2500 years old. That’s right of course. There is old and there is old. It reminds me of something that blows my socks off.

The age of the dinosaurs was rather long. The plated Stegosaurus lived some 155 to 150 million years ago. We read also that the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex lived 68 to 66 million years ago. So not only is the T-Rex closer in time to us than it is to the Stegosaurus, it’s much closer in time.

In the history of our animal planet, homo sapiens barely warrant a mention.

The Wall

By Patrick Van Roy On December 22nd, 2018 at 3:58 am

Article IV

 

Section 4.

The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.

Yet to Build a Wall to actually do the above Constitutional Duty that is beyond the pale.

In 2006 every Democrat voted for and promoted a Border wall, but sshhh you’re not supposed to remember that. Lets look at Border walls, 77 Countries have Border Walls. 62 of those countries built their walls since 1990, only 15 countries had walls before then and I am not counting the one Wall that was built to keep people IN that ran across Germany. All the current 77 are to keep unwanted people OUT.

Good Walls make good Neighbors, and Security is the ONLY specific Duty of the Federal Government as written in that pesky document the Constitution. The United States Budget is $4 Trillion a Year, $1 Trillion is discretionary. Yet $5 Billion is just to much.

Lets look at a few things…. Anyone not legally entitled to receive Federal Program money is defrauding the Government, which gets it’s money from THE PEOPLE, so anyone that gets Money, Food, Housing, or Medical that is not legally entitled to it is steeling directly from the America Citizen that works. Which the last time I looked included Democrats, Republicans, Anarchists, Independents, Blacks, Whites, Orientals, Latins, and every mix in between of every sexual title you want to apply to anyone. They are all being robbed.

From Census data on Immigration released two weeks ago…. 63% of Households headed by Non Citizens use a minimum of 1 Welfare Program. Out of those that use the welfare program and that are here for less than 10yrs it’s 50%, for those here longer than 10yrs it’s 72% it goes up. That’s an average of $5700 per person, per year. At a total cost of $27 Billion a year for people that are not entitled to use our assistance programs.

Then there are the Drugs….

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Threat Assessment of 2015 says that Mexico is the primary supplier of heroin to the United States.

“Southeast Asia was once the dominant supplier of heroin in the United States, but Southeast Asian heroin is now rarely detected in U.S. markets,” the report state. “Mexico and, to a lesser extent, Colombia dominate the U.S. heroin market, because of their proximity, established transportation and distribution infrastructure, and ability to satisfy U.S. heroin demand.”

The National Drug Threat report notes that Colombian gangs were traditionally the suppliers of wholesale cocaine and heroin to Mexican and Dominican groups. But cartels in Mexico are ramping up their roles on the supply side — opium production in Mexico increased by 50 percent in 2014.

Mexican labs also produce fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller that is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is sometimes mixed with heroin or substituted for heroin, and the DEA reports more than 700 overdoses attributed to fentanyl between late 2013 and early 2015.

Drugs get past the U.S. borders mostly “by land, not by sea,” said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

That was from the Obama Administration, what is that in the cost of life?

Mexico, called the Southwestern border or SWB.[11]  Mexican drug cartels make an estimated $19-$29 billion a year on drug sales in the United States.[12] Conflicts between drug cartels over territory as well as the attempts to stop drug trafficking by law enforcement officials often results in violence, and this has caused over 55,000 deaths since the proclaimed Mexican Drug War began in 2006.[13]  More than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, a 2-fold increase in a decade.

Will a Wall cause all these costs to go away? NO, but even if it cuts it by only 5% the Wall pays for itself in a year. The Government’s unconditional mandate it’s only mandate is to provide Security. The Politicians have no problem spending $4 Trillion but $5 Billion well that’s just too damn much to do their job.

If you don’t want to spend American money, when we arrested El Chapo: Joaquín Guzmán Loera we seized $12 Billion….. lets use that money.

Trump wavered Thursday he was chastised by The Base, Friday he vetoed the Continuing Resolution that we use because doing a Budget is another Law Congress refuses to follow and create one.

We will not take NO for an Answer.

The Winter Solstice is upon us

By Patrick Van Roy On December 21st, 2018 at 8:59 pm

Guest Post from Seimi

The Winter Solstice is upon us. The shortest day, the longest night. Mistletoe would traditionally be cut and given as a blessing at this time. Celts believed the white berries to be the semen of Taranis, the Celtic God of thunder.

It is also a time traditionally associated with lighting fires, a practice which apparently came from the ancient Celtic belief that at this time, the sun stood still for twelve days, and the darkness could be kept away by the burning of fires – a tradition which has been incorporated into modern days in the Yule Log.

Nowhere is this association with the Sun and light more obvious than at Brú na Bóinne – Newgrange, in County Meath. Built around 3200BC, this passage tomb and its close neighbours at Knowth and Dowth outdate Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid at Giza. No-one is entirely sure what Brú na Bóinne’s purpose was – the local inhabitants were agricultural farmers and cattle herders – but the purpose was surely religious. Expert opinions differ on how long it took to build. Some say as little as five years, others place it at closer to thirty years or more. The stones and pebbles from which it was constructed were, in some cases, brought in from as far away as the Mourne Mountains, some 50kms to the north.

But what makes Brú na Bóinne truly amazing is only visible on one day of the year. At dawn on the Winter Solstice, the sunlight hits the Roof Box above the doorway and creeps up the passage, briefly lighting up the inner chamber, before creeping back down the passageway, only to return on the same day the following year.

In modern times, this phenomenon was first observed in 1967 by Professor MJ O’Kelly, and last year, 32,522 people entered a raffle to be in the inner chamber to witness the event. Only a very small amount of people ever get to experience this amazing site in person.

Of course, in these days of internet technology, one can experience it from the comfort of their own home, with a live feed of the event – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NVLHOXLp9U

 

More info: http://www.discoverboynevalley.ie/boyne-valley-drive/heritage-sites/bru-na-boinne-newgrange-and-knowth

 

Enjoy!

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On December 21st, 2018 at 7:16 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

Another week done at the coalface of capitalism. A couple of days rest would be nice, but some of us have to keep the country going. Have fun whatever you’re up to this weekend. Mine will be spent shoveling blood pressure pills down my gob if Mrs Miggins doesn’t go quicker in her Nissan Micra.

So while I’m not in a Christmas mood yet, Kings College Chapel is forever glorious, its choir a star turn at this time of year. Feel free to add your favourite sounds down below –

BEYOND SATIRE

By Pete Moore On December 21st, 2018 at 6:35 pm

The Washington Post: Please don’t wish me ‘Merry Christmas’

It’s impolite and alienating to assume I follow your religion.

A far-left Jewish immigrant into America is shocked and outraged at all the Christianity going on around her. For all the left’s talk of society, its policies are designed to tear apart our societies. We are not held together by laws, but by tradition and custom; the doing of things and behaving in ways that we’ve always done. Hence the left’s war on all things traditional and customary.

A simple “Merry Christmas” is accepted with a smile and returned in kind, even by (decent) atheists, because that’s how sensible people rub along. A Hindoo shop keeper wished me “Merry Christmas” this afternoon even though the tradition has nought to do with her roots. She did it because she’s a decent old girl who knows that’s how we do things.

And it’s not at all impolite to suggest that if foreigners don’t like what they find in our societies then they can bugger off to somewhere more to their liking.

Yes Vladimir, There is A Santa Claus

By Mahons On December 21st, 2018 at 2:09 pm

If Trump was colluding with the the Russians, what actions would he take that differ with the dangerours and chaotic actions he has taken to date.

The virtually impossible task of maintaining ones dignity and reputation was actually achieved by Secretary of Defense Mattis. His brilliantly worded resignation letter set forth in simple yet searing words the rationale for leaving an irrational administration. Mattis has calmly explained that leadership and alliances are important, that malign enemies do exist and that he and the President do not agree on these basic beliefs. Mattis was an honorable man among the thieves, juvenile delinquents and incompetents of the Trump Administration.

Trump is Putin’s Santa Claus. The gift that keeps on givig. Trump has never given so much to one person, not even a stripper.

Trump’s core supporters have flipped their principles so many times now that they could be in Circ du Soleil. And it is to them he must cling. His wall will never be built. It remains a fantasy. But the walls closing in on him are real.

NOTHING TO DO WITH …

By Pete Moore On December 20th, 2018 at 7:38 pm

Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway were raped and reportedly beheaded in Morocco. Three primitives have been arrested and their own video authenticated. In it they laughed while horribly murdering the women, saying that they are “infidels” and “enemies of Allah”.

Quite why women will go to countries stuffed with sexually repressed apes is beyond me. Why we allow them into our part of the world, made civilised in endless struggle by our forebears, is beyond comprehension.