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The Walking Dead

By The Troll On July 26th, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Yes I have no sympathy for John McCain, as I’m sure he has none for anyone else.  A Failure as a Combat Pilot, a Hero as a Prisoner, and a Traitor to the Constitution as a Senator. His Brain was rotting long before it got Cancer.

He states a Major Problem in the first few sentences of his “bombastic” speech, the fact that he is a poster boy for Term Limits and has been in the Senate for 30 years.

This disgrace of a Politician continues with a delusion about the Body in which he has served way to long heaping praise on an institution that long ago lost it’s way in following it’s purpose for existing. Becoming a lifelong home for grifters who enter it as poor men and leave Multi Millionaires.  Blaming the Radio, the Internet, the PEOPLE for the fact that this group of 100 incompetents can’t do their jobs. A “Job” that has twice as many vacation days as work days.

Senator McCain is a Disgrace, he is the poster boy for everything that is wrong in American Politics and he will continue to cling to his corrupt grasp on power and wealth until he is carried out feet first.

ARREST GRENFELL RESIDENTS

By Pete Moore On July 26th, 2017 at 12:33 pm

SYMPATHY for Grenfell Tower residents was already wearing pretty thin. Mine has now gone completely.

‘You do not represent us and you do not look like us’: Grenfell residents turn on inquiry panel

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have challenged the retired judge heading the inquiry into the disaster at an impassioned meeting […]

But the crowd made it clear they have little confidence in the inquiry. One local resident drew applause and cheers as she said: “You do not have our confidence, you do not represent us and you do not look like any of us.”

Another local, one of the first members of public to speak said: “I don’t think you are going to do us justice. “I’m just watching you here. We need someone who’s real.”

Apparently only black judges can dispense justice where blacks are concerned now. These people need reminding that we have the rule of law in our country.

“Racism” long ago became the greatest of all crimes. How easily the beneficiaries forget that. Any Briton who suggests that only a white judge can do him justice would probably have his collar felt. There’s no reason why plod shouldn’t have rounded up a few racists last night at this meeting.

BACK TO PEDAL POWER THEN

By Pete Moore On July 26th, 2017 at 11:57 am

New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution, the government is set to announce.

THE GOVERNMENT has no idea what deficit it’ll run in 2020, but it knows transport policy 23 years ahead. This comes a couple of months after France announced the same policy. I wondered where this all comes from. It turns out to be “EU law”. I thought we voted to make up our own minds.

So they duped us into buying diesels because “they’re better for the environment”. Then they said “whoops, no they’re not”. These geniuses then made British electricity the most costly on the planet, via Ed Miliband’s evil Climate Change Act. All the while they closed power stations. We can barely keep the lights on now. And then we’re going to plug our motors into an already creaky, groaning national grid.

It won’t work. I live in an old agricultural cottage and have to park 50 yards up the lane. Are people like me going to re-charge our batteries by osmosis? Lots of people park at the kerb in suburbs. Can you imagine the mess of spaghetti across the pavement as everyone in the street plugs in at night?

And for what? Electric cars have low ranges and take hours to charge. They’re big expensive toys, not adult transport. This is a policy written by effete metropolitans who have no idea how life is lived by most people. The liberal, industrial revolution was also a revolution in mobility. Most people who ever lived never traveled more than a few miles from their place of birth. Now we can be on the other side of the planet within a day. Truly capitalism and markets deliver miracles. And truly, everything the eco-commies do in reply is to reverse progress, to take us back to pre-industrial living.

Seriously violent protests quelled across Cuba!

By Mike Cunningham On July 26th, 2017 at 9:33 am

The delusion that Cuba is somehow more free after the old goat’s death has suffered yet another embarrassing revelation.

Obama made a deal with the Castro regime, said it gave them access to tourism, gave them the belief that if you are interested in promoting freedom, independence, civic space inside of Cuba, then the power of things like remittances to give individual Cubans some cash, even if the government was taking a cut, that then allowed them to start a barbershop, or a cab service, was going to be the engine whereby individual Cubans—not directed by the United States, not directed by the C.I.A., not through some grand conspiracy—can now have their own little shop and have a little bit of savings and start expecting more.”

 

So Donald Trump gets elected, and reverses most of the Obama deal, stating “We challenge Cuba to come to the table with a new agreement that is in the best interest of their people, of our people, and of Cuban-Americans. We call for an end to the abuse of dissidents, release political prisoners, stop jailing innocent people, open yourselves up to political and economic freedoms.”

In an escalation of the arbitrary arrests and detentions against the Ladies in White, a dignified, silent protest group who always dress in white; seventy women were forcibly detained, some whilst on their way to church for Sunday mass. One of the serious charges levelled against these terrifying demonstrators (my sarcasm) was their statement that the Government charged her with “public disturbance” for shouting “down with Raúl”

See what I mean? The terrifying sight and sounds of a middle-aged woman calling for a dictator to stand down: why it calls for at least a battalion of armour on the streets in reply! Why, just think of the damage she could do with her handbag!

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS TURNING FOWL

By Pete Moore On July 25th, 2017 at 6:26 pm

HM Gutter Press is in a flap over “chlorine-washed chicken”. It’s banned in the EU but, apparently, a common practice in preparing chickens in the US. Liam Fox, the British trade minister, is in Washington to talk trade with American counterparts. It’s been suggested that post-Brexit food safety standards could be changed to allow it into the UK. Cue outrage etc.

If you don’t want to eat it then don’t eat it. I wouldn’t eat it, but many Americans seem to have done so, for many years, without a problem. I wouldn’t eat it because I like the chicken from the organic farm up the road. Industrial farming isn’t my thing, but let’s have choice on the basis of full disclosure. To complicate matters further a variety of EU commies and socialists have stuck their noses in.

The official said: … “The Irish won’t be happy about chlorinated chicken crossing the border which is said to be northern Irish chicken. So there will have to be a border. It has been surprising to see how poor the understanding has been in the UK debate.”

Apparently the Helmuts who are arranging borders for the Irish are convinced that barbed wire and customs checks will be required to keep out chicken from Alabama. I wouldn’t bother. Anything which drifts onto a Libyan beach ends up in the EU; against a bunch of Polish truck drivers with a load of cheap chicken the EU stands no chance.

I’d advise the British government to wave aside these impertinent protests. Carry on and do what’s best for the UK. That’s why they’re there. If the EU wants to make life difficult for Irish people then they can be condemned for it. After a few years the Irish can Irexit anyway. It’s their destiny after all.

Oh say, can you see: kneels he still yet?

By Mike Cunningham On July 25th, 2017 at 5:09 pm

As most ATW readers accept, I rarely write upon matters sporting because I have scant knowledge of, and indeed lesser interest in, Sports; either in particular or in general. If any one of my mates comments upon some sporting item or other, I just nod and say little or nothing; mainly because I usually haven’t a clue as to what is being talked about. My mates and wider family all accept that ‘sports’ and ‘Mike’ just do not mix; and leave it like that. My late brother (the sports nut-case of our family) once stated that ‘I had no soul’; and his opinion, whilst not exactly on target) is just as valid as others.

But I picked up on an op-ed piece regarding Colin Kaepernick, and that particular gentleman’s attitude towards his Country, his Country’s anthem, and his use of that Nation’s very rights to harshly criticise the things in which he loudly proclaims that change is needed. Seems as though, after stating that he despises America’s attitude towards black people, even more vehemently affirming his support for ‘Black lives matter’; and that ‘pressure groups’ attitude towards America’s Police, for America’s dissonance towards all minorities; and in general and in his own words:-

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

As to mine own viewpoint; this must be viewed from a stance which states that, as far as I know, there is one hell of a difference between American Football and the British version. I believe that, in America, they handle the ball quite a bit: in England; not so much. But, whilst mainstream America respects the right to protest, in any and every way possible, mainstream Football-crazy America, with the Flag being saluted at every occasion, with patriotism being virtually handed out along with the doughnuts: it seems as though Mr.  Kaepernick has chosen the wrong set of targets to kneel before. He seems to be disrespecting the very things which give him the right to shout from the rooftops of his unhappiness.

Mr.  Kaepernick is now out of contract with his old team, but despite making his availability known all around the circuit, coaches have picked, signed and carried off men of, apparently, far less talent than he.

As one commentator wrote:- Indeed, the greater glory of America is that better men than he have died to preserve and protect the All-American right of Colin Kaepernick to be a jerk.

So the query must be, ‘Has Colin Kaepernick protested enough; and if he should quit his sitting, or kneeling, and get back towards the mainstream: should he be welcomed back into the fold?’

Salute to the ‘Little Ships’, and the men and boys who crewed them

By Mike Cunningham On July 25th, 2017 at 1:24 pm

One of my all-time favourite films is a light comedy entitled ‘The Bishop’s Wife’, starring Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young. One of the many reasons for my affection for this film is the scene in the old church where Grant, (playing an angel) produces, out of seemingly nowhere, the boys who had once drifted away from the choir, to sing Noël (Montez À Dieu – O Sing to God) by Gounod. Irreligious these days I may be; but the music, and those voices, speak to me as though they are at my very doorstep. But the man who wrote the original story, upon which the film was based, was an American poet named Robert Nathan.

Mr. Nathan’s works were many and varied, but the words which caught my attention were written to honour the ordinary people who made the real Dunkirk possible. It is true that the vast majority of those rescued came by the Navy’s destroyers; but many of those rescued made their way to the Navy by virtue of the small boats, and their civilian crew. Further to my small posting on the Dunkirk film, I would feature Mr Nathan’s moving words; simply as a salute to those extraordinary ordinary people,

 

Dunkirk (A Ballad)

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Much Ado About Nothing

By Mahons On July 25th, 2017 at 12:03 pm

The US Senate will have a procedural vote today on whether to debate issues involving the Affordable Care Act.  If they manage to to that then they’ll be faced with whether they can repeal or repeal and replace with their own plan (s).    The Republicans don’t have to votes (even with their majority) to simply repeal as there are defections from the left and right of the party.  Without those defections providing political cover no doubt other Republicans would also peel away from the shambles of their own proposals.  Even the participation of John McCain, recently diagnosed with aggressive cancer, will not ultimately distract from the readily apparent truth – they have no workable plan.  So today’s vote, covered by the media like a moon landing, will be much ado about nothing.

The Beleagured

By Mahons On July 24th, 2017 at 6:51 pm

The President has accomplished the near impossible, he has made Attorney General Jeff Sessions seem sympathetic.  Sessions, a dogmatic conservative from Alabama, was one of Trump’s earliest and most prominent supporters.  He is now being rewarded for that loyalty by the bizarre critical tweet attacks of the President who refered to Sessions today as beleagured.  A distinction the President didn’t acknowledge is that Sessions is beleagured by Trump.

Getting name-checked by a President in highly uncomplimentary ways leaves one real response – resignation.  Trump is no doubt reeling from the tightening noose of various investigations and lashing out accordingly.  But he can’t blame Sessions for a problem of his own creation (not that that will stop him).  The Republican leadership hasn’t shown real backbone for some time but might just start hitting back as the President’s vague agenda implodes, his weird inner circle gets weirder and he keeps tweeting about such strange obsessions as his Pardon Power.

Sessions may very well be beleagured, but so is the nation.  And the show is getting old quickly.

Not Industrial : more Pandemic Scale!

By Mike Cunningham On July 24th, 2017 at 3:57 pm

I lived in England until I reached my majority at 21. I served in the British Merchant Navy, I then lived overseas, but the place which I called home was England. Its very roots, its Laws, the makeup of our Nation; my very ancestry, from England and from Northern Ireland spoke volumes. The fact that we could walk the streets free of fear, free of violence; free to trust; implicitly, those placed to tend our needs when in need of medical treatment: these things pulled me back when I returned to England.

 

What has happened to this Land where such freedoms were both implicit and explicit? The Law itself has altered; has swung away from responsibility to ‘rights’; from where a free man could stand and say exactly what he means: to a place where everyone is afraid to say things straight out because someone might be ‘offended’. We used to accept that the saying ‘Innocent until Proven Guilty’ was the Law of the Land. The Law has been biased towards a viewpoint where the very accused has to prove his innocence, not the accuser to prove that the person opposed is guilty. How can one prove that your opponent has not been ‘offended’ by your words or actions? It is impossible to prove a ‘negative’. And so the strings which used to bind us so tightly have been, once more, fatally weakened!

 

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