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ATW OPEN THREAD

By Pete Moore On March 17th, 2019 at 4:54 pm

Normal service shall soon be resumed

Anything happen last week? Can’t say I noticed. I’m gifted with the ability to forget about work as soon as I’m not there, and the world also when I go away. So have yourselves an Open Thread then, one decorated with Tignes in the French Alps, where I’ve been. It’s typical of the French to plonk a modernist monstrosity in that glorious landscape. Just look at it! It’s well above the treeline, so it’s like living on a Moon colony.

Happy St Patrick’s Day

By Patrick Van Roy On March 17th, 2019 at 3:28 pm

New Zealand Terrorism

By Mahons On March 15th, 2019 at 11:31 am

A developing story out of New Zealand indicates up to 49 people gunned down at two mosques in a coordinated attack by several extremists, one of whom live streamed the attack. Welcome to the modern eorld. The warped politics and beliefs of the killers is something I am sure we will hear more about, extremists come in many types. The victims of these shootings however tend to be of one type: innocent and dead.

Caught in the churn

By Patrick Van Roy On March 14th, 2019 at 10:54 pm

As the Mueller Report wraps up 2 things are taking place the first was inevitable the Democrats have gone with the full press. The first volley was 81 Subpoenas they must find a crime if they have to go back to his nursery school. It’s all they have.

The second part is the important piece. It is still not 100% certain that the government will follow through with integrity. We had an entire upper floor of the Justice department and the FBI that actively broke the Law first to cover Hillary Clinton’s espionage crimes while at the same time framing the opposition party in Federal Court with falsified evidence and perjury.

In his April 10 comments, Obama made the obvious explicit: He did not want the certain Democratic nominee, the candidate he was backing to succeed him, to be indicted. Conveniently, his remarks (inevitably echoed by Comey) did not mention that an intent to endanger national security was not an element of the criminal offenses Clinton was suspected of committing – in classic Obama fashion, he was urging her innocence of a strawman crime while dodging any discussion of the crimes she had actually committed.

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/not-comeys-decision-exonerate-hillary-obamas-decision/

Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page admitted under oath Obama’s DOJ ordered no charges against Hillary

The pieces of the coup to undermine the Constitution of the United States of America are coming undone. Evidence from various sources now confirms that Obama’s CIA, DOJ and FBI illegally spied on the Trump team starting in 2015 and then built a coup to prevent him from winning the election and later remove him from office!

BREAKING… CONFIRMED: Obama’s CIA, DOJ and FBI Started Targeting the Trump Campaign in 2015 – Long Before What Comey Claimed (July 2016)!

The Obama Administration used the intelligence and justice apparatus of the United States in a manner no different than a former soviet leader would have used the KGB against a political opponent without of course the killing.

Obama and Clinton will never serve a day in jail, but the FBI/DOJ/NSA/CIA/IRS officials need to be prosecuted. At the very least the FBI/DOJ officials must go to jail or our system has no integrity.

 

Horse Feathers

By Mahons On March 14th, 2019 at 4:00 pm

We Yanks have been graciously distracted from the President’s ongoing scandals, tweets and setbacks by a still developing story involving College Admissions, Cheating and bribery.

College admissions have long involved illegal and distasteful if legal shenanigans. It has only gotten worse and more costly after time. Money has almost always been a factor.

Now we have a bunch of rich folks (CEO’s, Actresses and celebrities) who have apparently paid lots of money to cheat on tests, bribe college coaches and officials, and conspire to get undeserving offspring into elite schools. They are facing a variety of criminal felonies, ruined careers and national ridicule. The acts are so egregious that the doing what everyone else is doing defense is unavailable.

It is a sad and unnecessay scandal. Not happy with riches and privilege these folks apparently sought to cheat to get even more. Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be King and a King isnt satisfied until he owns everything. Now their lives and their children’s lives are tainted. The damned spot will not out out.
And it could be the tip of an iceberg.

FAA Regulatory Failure on Boeing 737 MAX

By Phantom On March 14th, 2019 at 11:57 am

This past October, a new Lion Air ( Indonesia ) Boeing 737 MAX crashed under mysterious circumstances shortly after takeoff.

On March 10, an Ethiopian Airlines plane of the same type also crashed, six minutes after takeoff.

Both airlines are from ” third world ” nations. Lion Air doesn’t have the best record, Ethiopian is highly regarded.

There is a lot of speculation that the two crashes are the result of problems in the 737 MAX’s new, autopilot flight control system. And there’s comment from US pilots that the pilot ( re ) training recommended by Boeing was inadequate, that the pilot manual was very inadequate.

After two such similar incidents, so soon apart, you’d think that all parties would agree to ground the planes until they figured out what the exact problem was.

I think that it was China that led the way in grounding this plane, followed quickly by most other countries and the EU, followed by Canada, followed, only agonizing days later, by the American FAA.

The Ethiopian authorities sent their plane’s black box to Europe for analysis. That’s unusual when you’re speaking of an American made plane. The thought is that the slow to react FAA might be a little too buddy buddy with Boeing.

Boeing makes the most wonderful planes. This problem will be fixed, with updated flight control software, etc. Flying is safe. I’d board a Boeing today if you asked me.

But-the US should have grounded these craft before China and the others had any chance to.

Bad show, Boeing, bad show FAA, bad show US government.

Bible Blasphemy

By Phantom On March 11th, 2019 at 4:43 pm

Every so often you see something that you would have never thought possible the day before.

This is one of those things.

The other day, in Alabama, Donald Trump was seen autographing bibles for star-struck followers.

Who is more guilty of blasphemy, Mr. Trump or the person who sought the autograph?

“I’d never sign someone else’s Bible,” said Southern historian Wayne Flynt, a Baptist deacon and professor emeritus at Auburn University. “That’s right next to sacrilege. That’s a holy book.”

But Flynt wasn’t surprised Trump was signing Bibles. “There is nothing that shames the president,” Flynt said.

He’s also not surprised Alabamians, who voted overwhelmingly for Trump, applauded the gesture. “He is for many a messianic figure, which is unbelievable – ‘No need for Jesus, we have Donald,’” Flynt said.

Trump Signs Bibles in Alabama

Sunday, Bloody Sunday

By Patrick Van Roy On March 10th, 2019 at 3:54 pm

Sunday, Bloody Sunday a guest post by Paul

A bit of a break from Brexit and London knife crime

Pat recently blogged a piece on the Alabama marches in ’65 which got me thinking about recent events at home. A number of British soldiers involved in the Bloody Sunday shooting dead of fourteen innocents in 1972 will learn next week if they are to be prosecuted for the killings:

Bloody Sunday: Ex-para’s comments condemned as ‘cold and brutal

This has of course led to fury within certain sections of the British military and political establishment, citing the release of prisoners as part of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 where prisoners convicted prior to the signing of the agreement would be released on licence once they had served a minimum of two years would be released, as to why these prosecutions shouldn’t occur and that the soldiers responsible for the deaths were just following orders, (hmmmm).

The ever competent, (sarcasm off), British Government Secretay of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, further inflamed the issue earlier this week when she stated that :

Killings during the conflict by soldiers and police were “not crimes”, and That these people were “acting under orders and under instruction and fulfilling their duties in a dignified and appropriate way”

Tories have abandoned pretence of impartiality on North

Immediately after Bloody Sunday a judicial inquiry headed by Lord Chief Justice Lord Widgery was established to investigate the events of the day. After sitting for three weeks it concluded:

‘ that the soldiers had been fired on first, and there was “no reason to suppose” that the soldiers would have opened fire otherwise. (That) there would have been no deaths had there not been an illegal march, which created a “highly dangerous situation in which a clash between demonstrators and the security forces was almost inevitable”

After inconsistencies in the report the inquiry was branded a whitewash by Irish nationalists who agitated and campaigned for another inquiry which was established in 1998 and chaired by Lord Saville of Newdigate. After an
enormously expensive twelve years of investigation the Saville Report was published:
Main findings of Bloody Sunday inquiry

In the wake of Saville the then British Prime Minister David Cameron made a public apology on behalf of the British Government for Bloody Sunday:

Bloody Sunday: PM David Cameron’s full statement

So the question is, after almost fifty years should these soldiers, now old men, be held accountable for the shootings bearing in mind that the British ‘security forces’ were responsible for 10% of the deaths in the Irish conflict with more than just over 5% of those deaths being civilians and, to my knowledge, only four soldiers have ever been convicted of murder with each of them spending less that five years in jail and all being reinstated into the British Army and paid lost earnings upon release?

Our neighbour and family friend was murdered in the Ballymurphy Massacre in Belfast by the same regiment, and possibly even the same people, five months before the Paras ran amok in Derry. His children only want their father exonerated as an innocent and nothing more. I’d probably sway against prosecutions for Bloody Sunday but that may be easy for me to say as I didn’t have anyone murdered in the massacre.

On 3/9 the Lord Blessed the World with me

By Patrick Van Roy On March 9th, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Today was my Birthday and this is for me….

 

Our ale which art from heaven

swallowed be thy game,

they will be drunk I will be drunk…

at home or in a tavern,

give us this day our foamy head

and lead us not into incarceration

but deliver us from hangovers

forever and ever…  Barman!

WHY DO THINGS HAVE TO CHANGE?

By Pete Moore On March 9th, 2019 at 8:31 pm

My village has a lovely cafe/coffee shop place. It’s a family business, very friendly, a nice spot to drop into. Cyclists like it. Local clubs use it for a refresher on weekend runs. I popped in for an hour this morning. Had a lovely bacon and egg bap and a large, strong coffee with my Kindle.

Then someone ruined it by coming in and asking for a “chai latte”. I thought I’d left all that ponciness behind in London. This is the countryside. If we can’t draw a line at new things here then all is lost.