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ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE?

By Patrick Van Roy On August 16th, 2020 at 1:51 pm

Guest post by Paul

Next year will be the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the state of NI and Boris Johnson has it will have to be ‘sensitive to the point of view of all communities’

Unionism has the opportunity to mark the founding of the state in a dignified, low key manner conscious of the sensitivities of their nationalist neighbours within the state of NI. The first fifty years of the existence of the state when unionism had absolute one party government power demonstrates that this sensitivity is unlikely and the anniversary is likely to be a jingoistic coat trailing fest with David’s erstwhile political colleagues already outlining their wish list:

TUV lays out vision for NI Centenary

In a meeting with NIO Minister of State, Robin Walker MP, Jim Allister set out his party’s vision and expectations for the centenary in 2021 of the creation of Northern Ireland.

Among the proposals put by TUV were the following:-

Since the centenary marks not just the creation of Northern Ireland but the U.K. as presently constituted, this must be a national celebration;
A visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and royal address to the Northern Ireland Assembly and large scale Garden Party;
The flying of the national flag on all public buildings on each key date;
An additional public holiday in or about 3rd May;
A Red Arrows fly past and visit of leading Royal Navy vessels;
A special Royal Mail stamp collection;
A specially minted commemorative coin, with presentation to every schoolchild and centenary specific classroom materials;
A specially commissioned logo to brand and promote all events;
A U.K. Government cabinet meeting in Belfast to mark the centenary with Prime Ministerial promotional visits to key tourist attractions;
An exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery in London of key NI figures in sports, military, arts, politics etc over our first 100 years, which would then tour the rest of the U.K.;
Promotion of Northern Ireland industry, including our food and drink products;
Special honour and remembrance of all security personnel who gave their lives in defence of Northern Ireland, with a particular focus at the 2021 Remembrance Event in the Royal Albert Hall.

Mr Allister stressed to the Government that it must take control of the organising of the celebrations because if left to the Stormont Executive they would be neutered by the pernicious Sinn Fein veto.

Mr Allister also stressed that these events were about celebrating Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom and, therefore, they were not an occasion to be muddied by Dublin involvement.

Finally, the TUV leader reminded Minister Walker the current government was elected on a pledge to “never be neutral on the Union”. (Conservative Election Manifesto 2019). 2021 should, therefore, be one of celebration for Northern Ireland and a year when the rest of the country is reminded that the UK is – in the words of the Tory manifesto – “stronger and richer for Northern Ireland being part of it”.

And of course, unionist ahistorical revisionist nonsense surrounding the democratic credentials of the founding of the new state has went into overdrive in preparation:  

The NI state was created when the Anglo Irish Treaty was metaphorically signed at the point of a gun by the Irish negotiating parties under duress of ‘immediate & terrible war’ when the British government capitulated to the unionist threat of non state armed violence against the parliamentary Democratic Process and the express democratic will of the Irish electorate, (in modern day parlance it’s called the threat of terrorism). It partitioned the island of Ireland and created an artificial state with an artificial political majority and ensured fifty years of one party misrule, draconian security legislation, (used almost exclusively against one section of the community), and religious discrimination.  It’s highly unlikely that any Irish nationalist of any hue will buy into any ‘celebration’ of the undemocratic partition of Ireland and the formation of the new state. While the state of NI as a region within the UK may be a constitutional and legal reality, acceptance of that reality doesn’t mean liking or celebrating it. 

As an addendum it may well be poetic justice that the English nationalism of Brexit may be the factor that reunifies Ireland as the Scots are currently in favour of independence and the NI state would not survive Scots’ independence.

I think the current UK will look very different in ten years time. 

PETE MOORE…… MISSING

By Patrick Van Roy On August 15th, 2020 at 8:45 pm

 

 

 

Have you seen Pete Moore?

Have the natives found him and drug him from his hovel……

Has he fallen into a ditch, lying helplessly unconscious……

Is he just as unconscious passed out at the Bar of his local Pub?

Has he forsaken US…. his loving fans and compatriots, hanging up his keyboard in despair…… ?

If you’ve seen or heard from this man please leave a note below……

the Pub’s a bit empty without him.

 

Time to speak

By Patrick Van Roy On August 15th, 2020 at 6:06 pm

God it’s good to be alive. And what’s best is being an American. Of course yes all your nations are wonderful a joy to behold, to you. But the fact of the matter at this point in time, and for the past 100 years you’re all just “also rans”. We however are the engine of the world now and for quite some time to come.

Be grateful we ain’t perfect, we have a tendency to break things when angered. We however have a conscience and a sense of right and wrong others don’t. Whether you like it or not everything that happens here effects the rest of you simply by default.

Now Today

As we approach a Presidential election the world watches in confusion. 80 days away from deciding between Trump and Biden our cities are on fire, Congress has walked out, the people are out of work by force….. OMG it’s a powderkeg….. she’s gonna blow!

LMAO

Have a little faith…. you are witnessing the death of a philosophy of governing that has dictated things since LBJ, and it’s not going quietly. What you’re witnessing is the first death throes of Victimhood. When King was killed no one stepped up. The Movement was stolen by the Hustlers. For 60yrs they twisted it into a tool of corruption and a means to power instead of the path to equality and freedom.

This collapse was not planned. It is the result of a cosmic sense of humor. A perfect storm of Synchronicity of time and events.

A carney barker was elected by fluke and all the professional politicos literally shit themselves. For four years they tried to destroy this mistake to no avail. Then we received a gift from the Chicoms. A nice little virus to scare the entire world.

Rahm Emanuel wasn’t wrong, but he was misquoting an ancient fact. “There is Profit in Chaos”.

Where that profit is, isn’t always where you expect it to be. The Covid Virus has been exploited and is still being exploited for political gain in the U.S. I couldn’t careless on what it has done where you’re at, my concern is first and always the United States of America. Here the aftermath of the virus has been used to fuel tension, anxiety, and despair in a last desperate pitch to remove a President from power.

Except there’s that cosmic humor, just as the working class were on the verge of revolt a Black man died in Police custody on film, and the Left let the Dogs out. They have burned and rioted for over 80 days now.

What is the effect?

Trump will be blamed, he is everyday in the press…. but what mom and dad are seeing as they are locked in their homes trying to figure how they’re going to pay the bills when one of them has to quit there job to stay home to school the kids, they see animals looting and burning and Democrat after Democrat ordering the police to stand down. Told they should kneel, and admit their working class guilt, because it’s not just whites that this political pandemic has effected.

The coronavirus pandemic has done irreparable harm to Black businesses across the country, according to a new study from the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. The study was led by Robert Fairlie, an economics professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

In the study — which Fairlie said is the “first analysis of impacts of the pandemic on the number of active small businesses in the United States” — it was found that 41% of all Black businesses closed permanently between February and April.

According to the research, the number of Black business owners fell by 440,000 in just those three months, wiping out decades of hard work.

“African-Americans experienced the largest losses, eliminating 41 percent of business owners. Latinx also experienced major losses with 32 percent of business owners disappearing between February and April 2020. Immigrant business owners suffered a large drop of 36 percent, and female business owners suffered a disproportionate drop of 25 percent,” he wrote, adding that 17% of white-owned businesses have closed.

“The findings are alarming. The number of African-American business owners plummeted from 1.1 million in February 2020 to 640,000 in April. The loss of 440,000 Black business owners representing 41 percent of the previous level is disconcerting,” he added.

Those working families are also watching their world be destroyed by this political strategy in name to defeat one man, but in reality to defeat a way of life.

In 80 days this will all end (we hope) and then we can go back to being gods gift to humanity.

this is who we really are.

(not a song)

Where’s Pete?

By Patrick Van Roy On August 15th, 2020 at 2:11 pm

Well my Friday selections never got the responses his did, and where my brother is I just don’t know. So here’s a little tune for ya all, please add anything playing in your background in the comments….

Tick Tock

By Patrick Van Roy On August 14th, 2020 at 8:00 pm

I feel like Pope Julius II dealing with Michelangelo……. when will you make an end…..

John Durham’s investigation is like sitting in a room full of people with a bomb ticking away right in the center of the table and everyone knows it’s there, everyone knows it’s going to go off but everyone just act’s like it’s not there…. when it blows the carnage will be horrific 

Frequently Asked Questions About The Russia Hoax And Durham Investigation, ANSWERED!

Frequently Asked Questions About The Russia Hoax And Durham Investigation, ANSWERED!

TIMELINE OF HOAX AND WHEN WILL WE GET DURHAM’S CONCLUSION?

The numerous stories that result from US Attorney John Durham’s investigation would not be made public until after the election was always silly speculation. Attorney General William Barr had stated on the record that it would happen by the end of the summer.  Both he and Durham are smart enough to realize that anything immediately before or after the election would be politically troublesome.  So, sometime around labor day is the likely conclusion.

Yeah we’ve been hearing this all year…. the Chicom Flu put everything on hold, but this bomb is going to go off.

Durham has a reputation for being a serious guy who scrupulously follows the law and ignores politics.  He’s an intrepid investigator.  He has far more tools in his box than the DOJ Inspector General whose powers were limited.  So, Durham has a greater chance of uncovering the truth behind the Russia Hoax.

No he’s a puppet of Trump a stooge like Barr, it’s all a conspiracy fake.

So much of the “collusion” case against Trump was built on the weak foundation of the phony Steele dossier that was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC. Four days after Trump was inaugurated, the FBI debunked it by interviewing Steele’s primary source, Igor Danchenko. The FBI learned from him that it was nothing more than multiple hearsay from “random associates” and his drinking buddies.  The main accusations were all untrue.

Blaspheme…. The Steele Dossier was handed down on the mount written with a finger of fire on stone tablets. 

Comey and the FBI should have ended their investigation and withdrawn their spy warrants against Carter Page.  Instead, they concealed the information from Congress, the president, and the American people.  They escalated their investigation of Trump that then evolved into a 22-month long probe by a special counsel who should never have been appointed.  Thus, one illegitimate investigation beget another.

Trump is a Russian Spy the country must be protected from itself…. the White Knight James Comey will save us.

No reasonable person can look at this and not come to the conclusion that it was politically motivated and driven by anti-Trump bias.  How is it possible that a small group of unelected but powerful government officials could convince tens of millions of Americans that Trump was a Russian asset.  It’s outrageous… and the greatest mass delusion in political history.

Reason left a lot of peoples heads when Trump won.

WHAT IS THE SUBJECT OF DURHAM’S INVESTIGATION?

The Durham criminal investigation appears to be focused on several areas:

Did the FBI abuse their power by launching an investigation of Trump and his campaign in the summer of 2016 for political reasons and without the required legal predicate?

Did U.S. officials out-source intelligence operations to foreign governments to spy on Americans?

Did government officials lie to FISA judges and defraud the court in obtaining warrants to spy on Carter Page?

Was Michael Flynn unfairly targeted for political reasons and was exculpatory evidence deliberately concealed.
Did Obama administration officials unmask incoming Trump officials improperly and for political reasons?

Did people, like John Brennan, make false representations about whether the dossier was used as part of the intelligence assessment?

Everyone of those acts is a Felony, most can also be Sedition, and Treason.

CAN WE EXPECT A REPORT?

It’s a mistake to automatically assume there will be a “Durham report,” as is frequently stated in the media.  Any report that reveals the conduct of individuals not indicted is against DOJ rules.  So, Durham would have to obtain a waiver.  He may do that.  But it’s more likely that he will issue several indictments that contain information about his findings or issue both a report and indictments.

There will be no report, a summary will be released. Durham is not writing a report he is conducting a criminal investigation that will either produce Indictments or it won’t. He is a Prosecuting Attorney General not an IG Inspector like Horowitz was.  Horowitz referred 15 people for Prosecution that were never prosecuted. Durham does not have to “refer” he has full authority to Indict and Prosecute.

Barr has suggested there will be indictments.  But he also said that not all wrongdoing or abuse of power constitutes felony crimes.  That is a key point often overlooked.  Barr is correct.

The evidence is compelling that Comey, McCabe and Strzok were profoundly corrupt and abused their positions of power.  In a just world they’d be indicted for deprivation of rights, fraud, conspiracy to defraud, and obstruction and/or perjury.   But I’m not optimistic that this malevolent trio will ever be held accountable.  Why?  Their deviousness worked to their advantage in covering up their bad acts.

I believe Jarret’s summary conclusion is wrong. I believe we will have the pleasure of seeing at least Crooked Cop James Comey do the Perp Walk, I believe it will not only be him but several others will be in cuffs right at his side. 

This is about the Republic, about Civil Rights and the Equal Application of the Law. I watched an interview with AG Barr on Sunday night, a full hour with Mark Levin. What struck me as I watched the interview was if I could get every liberal I knew past their bile to sit and listen to what I heard I believe their view in their heart if not in public would be put at ease about Barr. He is everything the 60s protesters wanted an AG that want’s justice treated out equally blindly. It was a delightful recitation of real principals. 

No there are going to be Prosecutions after that interview I have ZERO doubt. That Bomb is going off…..

THE BIG FELLOW

By Patrick Van Roy On August 14th, 2020 at 7:49 pm

Guest post by Paul

I’ve no doubt that everyone here will have heard the name Michael Collins but some may not know the history of the man.

There are different theories of Collins and he is revered and to a much lesser extent reviled in Irish history. Collins was first and foremost a military man and when he was selected by Eamonn De Valera to take Dev’s place in treaty negotiations with the British in 1921 he resisted the appointment allegedly telling Dev that he was sending a soldier to do a politician’s job. After two months of negotiations the Anglo Irish Treaty which partitioned Ireland was established which upon signing Collins stated ‘I may have just signed my actual death warrant’ 

The AIT established the Irish Free State and provoked the Irish Civil War with former IRA comrades fighting against each other in pro / anti Treaty camps and Collins occupying the position of Commander –In-Chief of the then Free State Army, ultimately being assassinated by an anti treaty IRA unit at Béal na Bláth in West Cork in August 1922. I have a friend from Kinsale in West Cork who tells me that even today, almost one hundred years after the Irish Civil War, there are still family members in West Cork who are estranged from each other as a legacy of the Civil War.

There are theories that Dev manipulated Collins into signing the treaty as he was actually in favour of it and needed a patsy to pin it on. After partition Collins is also said to have kept Northern Divisions of The IRA stocked by running arms to them telling them privately that the Irish Free State Government planned to make partition absolutely impossible. 

Collins was 1916 Easter Proclamation signatory Joseph Plunkett’s aide-de-camp at the rebel’s headquarters at Dublin’s GPO and after the rising was quelled was sent to Frongoch internment camp in Wales but it was his role as the IRA’s chief of Intelligence and spymaster during the Irish War of Independence that Collins was best known. Collins ran a network of spies at the British Headquarters in Ireland, Dublin Castle, including Sergeant Ned Broy, a clerk in the detective office of the  Dublin Metropolitian Police, DMP Sergeant Joe Kavanagh & Dublin Castle clerical typist Lily Merin. Collins also had agents in the Irish and English postal, telephone and telegraph systems and had also infiltrated the Royal Irish Constabulary and a clerk in RIC headquarters in Dublin and fed information and codes to Collins from there. An RIC Sergeant in Belfast did the same in Ireland’s second city and there are claims that one of Collins’ agents was able to join the British Secret Service. It was Collins’ network of spies which led to the uncovering of the Cairo Gang, a group of British intelligence operatives sent to Dublin to conduct intelligence operations against the IRA and Collins formation of ‘The Squad’ or ‘The Twelve Apostles’ who wiped the entire British intelligence unit out in one morning in November 1920: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairo_Gang

The Cairo Gang was a group of British intelligence agents who were sent to Dublin during the Irish War of Independence to conduct intelligence operations against prominent members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) – according to Irish intelligence with the intention of assassinating them. Twelve men including British Army officers, Royal Irish Constabulary officers and a civilian informant were killed on the morning of 21 November 1920 by the Irish Republican Army in a planned series of simultaneous early-morning strikes engineered by Michael Collins. The events were the first killings of Bloody Sunday.

Some Irish historians (such as Tim Pat Coogan and Conor Cruise O’Brien) dispute assertions of a common history of service in the Middle East as the reason for the unit’s nom de guerre. It has been suggested that they received the name because they often held meetings at Cafe Cairo at 59 Grafton Street in Dublin. Earlier books on the 1919–1923 period do not refer to the Cairo Gang by that name.

Say what you will about Collins, have whichever opinion of him as hero or villain that you wish but there can be no doubt in terms of intelligence and spying he played the long, long, long game 😂

Bomb Her Harris?

By 33230715130361 On August 14th, 2020 at 5:27 pm

President Trump has implied that the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Senator Harris is not eligible for the Presidency because her parents were immigrants. The Senator was born in California in 1964 and under our Constitution is clearly a US Citizen. Why engage in this nonsense when he could try to argue against her record and policy positions? Cause this is how he operates. He hasn’t yet attached himself to the idea as he did with his prolonged and false birther claims against Obama, and he probably doesn’t have to. His minions breath in falsehood like it is oxygen. So watch for more bomb throwing than nuanced debate. They are running out of time, like they have run out of ideas.

LOCKDOWN LEARNINGS

By David Vance On August 14th, 2020 at 2:16 pm

Ok, here’s one for you all. During the months of home incarceration aka “Lockdown: what have YOU learned? My biggest lesson is that I need a LOT less stuff! So fewer visits to shops is great!  I also appreciate even more seeing my family. Some of you may know that I am about ten days away from being a grandfather for the first time, and that will be a special moment and one that some of the previous distractions of life will not take away from me! So, what say you?

David Vance in conversation with Catherine Blaiklock

By Patrick Van Roy On August 14th, 2020 at 2:06 pm

THE SAD DEATH OF ENTERTAINMENT

By David Vance On August 14th, 2020 at 12:22 pm

As you know, theatre productions have been cancelled these last long months. But comes the good news, there may be a re-opening, sort of. Get this…

The Derry Playhouse is aiming to be the first theatre in NI to open its doors to a paying audience for live performances since lockdown in March. It is planning productions from the beginning of September, in line with the latest advice from Stormont. However, capacity has now shrunk from 150 to 20 due to social-distancing regulations.

Wow, let me just stop you there! If you shrink capacity from 150 to 20, you don’t have a functioning business, you have a hobby.

Let that sink in.