This one is, of course, a long time favourite of mine and it goes out to the lady of the same name who still moves amongst us on ATW!
YOU cannot make it up.
“Only government can make the markets work in the public interest and not their own interest,” says the fascist creep Gordon Brown, and that “markets need not just money men but morals.”
Dear reader, that’s you he’s talking about. Since he believes you acting in your own self interest is immorality in action, it follows that the individual must be immoral and steered to goodness by government – benevolent, all wise, all knowing government.
If Gordon Brown can sincerely claim to be free of fascist thought he must be even more ignorant of markets and economics than we fear, which may be true since ignorance of economic science is the leitmotif of the Left.
The question is, which prospect is worse?
I have to say that I fully agree with Cranmer when he comments on the decision by the Cardinal Archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Mahony, to ban holocaust denying “Bishop” Richard Williamson from even entering church.
The Cardinal said: “In the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Williamson is hereby banned from entering any Catholic church, school or other facility, until he and his group comply fully and unequivocally with the Vatican’s directives regarding the Holocaust.”
Schools – fine. Other facilities – fine. The Cardinal’s back garden – fine. But ‘banned from entering any Catholic church’? Is church not supposed to be the place for sinners? Does it not welcome murderers, liars, thieves, adulterers, homosexuals, paedophiles, rapists, readers of ‘The Tablet’ and Tony Blair – indeed, all who may be in need of the grace and mercy of God? Is their attendance not necessary for the church to exist? Is it not the church’s very raison d’être to be ministering to sinners and urging them to repent? Where else may one access the sacraments? How else may one encounter the outward and visible signs of an inward and spiritual grace? How is Bishop Williamson to confess? Is reconciliation to be effected by text or email?
Williamson does indeed hold the most repugnant views, but he is a sinner just like the rest of us and he should be provided with the opportunity to enter a church and there seek forgiveness. Church can be a place for tranquil reflection, a place where one can turn away from the world and consider the eternal. It is wrong of the Cardinal to act in this most un-Christian way. This is a ban too far.
Here’s a bit of a golden oldie from a unique female talent…hope you like it.
Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel let the cat out of the bag.
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” said Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. “This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before.”
Charles Krauthammer spells it out for the hard of thinking….
“The markets’ recent precipitous decline is a reaction not just to the absence of any plausible bank rescue plan, but also to the suspicion that Obama sees the continuing financial crisis as usefully creating the psychological conditions — the sense of crisis bordering on fear-itself panic — for enacting his “Big Bang” agenda to federalize and/or socialize health care, education and energy, the commanding heights of post-industrial society.
Clever politics, but intellectually dishonest to the core. Health, education and energy — worthy and weighty as they may be — are not the cause of our financial collapse. And they are not the cure. The fraudulent claim that they are both cause and cure is the rhetorical device by which an ambitious president intends to enact the most radical agenda of social transformation seen in our lifetime.”
I believe Charles is right in what he says. Obama is the consumate opportunist, a radical who is quite content to use the recession to advance his agenda.
According to Rush Limbaugh, results for the Limbaugh radio syndication (aptly named Excellence In Broadcasting) indicate that Rush’s ratings are through the roof! Hats off to Obama for this unprecedented success!
“The latest numbers I have are for January, well before this kerfuffle began, and they are through the roof — six shares in NY, for example. There are daily ratings taken now in about the top 15 markets but I have not seen them yet. All I can tell you is that as of January, we booked 80 percent of all our 2008 revenue and we’ll be over 2008 by the end of this month.”
Despite my acknowledgement of the reality of the situation, I will always continue to believe that having nationalists in government positions in Northern Ireland is wrong. Please don’t spout retaliatory arguments as to why you think I am taking an unreasonable position: it won’t make the slightest bit of difference to my stance. I believed it was wrong in 1998, believe it is wrong in 2009, and will continue to believe it is wrong until my (hopefully very distant) dying day. For when I read stories such as this and this, I am convinced that Irish nationalism within the United Kingdom is as filthy and foul now as it has ever been.
I have the greatest respect and admiration for Catholics who serve in the PSNI and the Army, as I had for Catholics who served bravely in the RUC GC before them. We now read that ‘dissident’ republicans (that’s separatists who enjoy killing even more than their Provisional counterparts) are actively targeting Catholic officers in the PSNI for assassination as a means of disrupting the political process. Sir Hugh Orde, quite rightly, has what is known as a ‘duty of care’ to his officers and has thus enlisted the help and assistance of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment to tackle the dissident threat. The SRR, established in 2005, is part of the UK Special Forces, alongside the SAS and the SBS. Its speciality is counter-terrorism, and I would have thought that the SDLP and Sinn Fein/IRA would have welcomed such a deployment, seeing as they both allegedly support the police and the rule of law.
I would hope that if an SRR operative comes across a terrorist planning to murder a PSNI officer, be he Catholic or Protestant, he will put a bullet swiftly in the back of the terrorist’s sick and diseased head. Obviously, if it comes to a choice between potentially saving the lives of Catholic police officers or slagging off the defence forces of the United Kingdom deployed to protect them, nationalist scumbags will always nail their greens to the latter mast.
On reflection, one has to expect criticism from the likes of ‘Bogside’ McGuinness. A turd is a turd, whether it is in a balaclava or in a suit behind a desk at Stormont. However, I am somewhat concerned about dismay emanating from the ranks of so-called constitutional nationalists. Dolores Kelly of the SDLP said:
‘We in the SDLP are very concerned about the use of British army forces in the North without any accountability mechanisms.’
First of all, Dolly, the Army is the legitimate military arm of the State. It can be deployed anywhere in the UK or other territories dependent on the UK for their defence. Army commanders don’t have to seek the permission of odious little separatists like you beforehand. As for accountability, what do you have in mind? A detailed mission statement listing all the areas the SRR will be operating in published on the Internet, perhaps? The SRR is part of Intelligence for God’s sake!! Intelligence operatives don’t go revealing their movements and objectives, and they are certainly never accountable to politicians.
I hope the SRR completes its mission in Northern Ireland. Many more live SRR coupled with many more dead terrorists is just the recipe we need.
Update – 07.03.09. From this morning’s Irish Times:
‘Éirígí spokesman Breandan Mac Cionnaith (that’s Brendan McKenna for those with sore throats) said: “Éirígí makes no apology for calling on all those who remain opposed to the British occupation of the Six Counties to refocus themselves on the task of building popular resistance to that occupation.’
Funny how he didn’t want to build ‘popular resistance’ to that ‘occupation’ (sic) when the Army was deployed to prevent Orangemen walking down the Garvaghy Road. Bullshit mixed with hypocrisy makes for a terrible stench.
Elena Kagan; nominated to be solicitor general, once wrote a Review for Stephen Carter’s book “The Confirmation Mess” for the University of Chicago Law Review in 1995.
Kagan opined that “when the Senate ceases to engage nominees in meaningful discussion of legal issues, the confirmation process takes on an air of vacuity and farce.” She thought that executive branch nominees, “for whom ‘independence’ is no virtue,” really deserved to be grilled.
Unfortunately, Kagan’s hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee didn’t quite go the way she thought when they started asking her, well, Questions!
Senator John Kornyn said despite Kagan’s praise for the Senate’s institutional role in the nomination process, “her refusal to answer legitimate and relevant questions posed by me and others belies this claimed respect.”
Well, at least she seems to have paid her taxes!
Looks as though Obama’s broad choices might get a little broader.
I read that political sage and songwriter Billy Bragg reckons that Margaret Thatcher’s victory over the militant miners has led to the current economic meltdown. Thank god for towering intellects like Billy, we would be truly lost without these wondrous insights. Mind you, personally I blame Ethelred the Unready…
Gordon Brown’s sheer brass neck is breath-taking.
The unelected Prime Minister told the Scottish Labour conference of his faux anger at hard-working people being “squeezed” by banking mistakes.
Tell you what, Gordon, plenty of us are angry about being squeezed for years by you to help pay for your lazy workshy welfare generation. Plenty of us are angry about having to pay for all your mistakes since coming to power in 1997 and come June 2010, you will be removed from power.
Will you then forego your own lavish pension entitlement, I wonder? Or will you go into the political sunset insisting that everyone is wrong and that you alone are right?