TO THE POST OFFICE this morning get some ready cash ahead a little trip this weekend: £150-worth of Euros and the same for Polish Sputniks. I was handing over cash in exchange for the funny money, so the girl behind the counter wanted to see some form of ID. I’ll save you the 5 minutes of fun we had discussing why I must do so, suffice to say it ended with:
Me: So you absolutely cannot and will not exchange the money without any ID from me?
Her: That’s right
Me: … erm … alright, here you go.
Since then I have been pondering the simple question: since when does my desire to have a couple of hundred quid in foreign currency become state business?
(Gratuitous pic of St Pauls on a winters eve as viewed from the toilet window)
I love Pub Philosophers yearly rants on this topic. Its so true. This weekend the clocks go back. I hate the nights drawing in so early. Click on over – an argument with supporting graphs and everything!…:-
It’s late October again so it’s time for my annual rant about putting the clocks back. This weekend we will go through through the tedious ritual of plunging ourselves into five months of early darkness. Last week, yet another study was published showing that the switch to GMT means that more people will be killed and more electricity used.
These conclusions should not be a surprise. As I said two years ago, twelve o’clock is no longer the middle of most people’s working day and it is nowhere near the middle of their waking hours. To have the middle of our daylight at twelve o’clock means that we waste daylight in the morning that would be more useful to more people in the evening. There are fewer people up and about in the light early morning hours than in the dark drive-time after five o’clock. As you would expect, and as Dr Garnsey has demonstrated, because more people are up and about in the dark evenings, they use more electricity and have more accidents.
It made sense for the middle of the day to be at twelve o’clock in 1880, when GMT became the legal standard for the UK. 120 years ago, a far greater proportion of the population still worked on the land and their working days were governed by the sun….So, as you fight your way home during the gloomy evenings to come, don’t curse the darkness, curse the idiots in our legislature who have condemned us, once again, to five months of unnecessary misery
The Bush administration has imposed sweeping new sanctions against Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which the U.S. accuses of supporting terrorism, developing Iran’s nuclear program and exporting missiles. At a State Department news conference today, Condoleezza Rice and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced sanctions that will cut off more that 20 Iranian entities controlled by the IRGC from the American financial system. That means companies outside the U.S. engaged in business dealings with these entities risk financial penalty. The announcement represents the first time that the U.S. has imposed sanctions against the armed forces of a sovereign government. You can click here for background information on the IRGC, including information about its economic and political influence and the threat it poses. As tensions between Iran and the U.S. and Europe intensify, The Israel Project Founder and President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi underscored the need to seek a peaceful resolution.
"It is extremely important to use the power of the purse for peace and use a war of wallets to try to avoid a war of weapons," Mizrahi said. "These critical efforts at the federal level to stop the threat posed by Iran from impacting security around the world are vital at this time. More, however, must be done at the state level as well. Already, critical legislation has been passed in several states, including California, Florida and Louisiana, to divest state pension funds from helping Iran. Many other states, including Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts, are working on similar legislation and this movement needs to spread nationwide as quickly as possible in order to help prevent a war."
From the BBC: "it was not clear how big an effect the sanctions would have, since the Guards probably had very limited assets …. However, they said the move might discourage other countries from dealing with the Iranian institutions"
Off to record my "If you ask me" contribution for the BBC’s "Hearts and Minds." You can catch it later this evening on BBC2 at 7.30pam and BBC1 at 11.30pm. Hope you will like it – I try to take no prisoners and the script is pretty hard-hitting I think. Not so much room for jokes this time round, recent events preclude that. Also, I will be on the "Nolan Show" on BBC Radio Ulster on Friday am discuss the Budget which Peter Robinson is due to give later. That should be a laugh and I look forward to exposing it in the morning!
Here is a clip from the BBC "Spotlight" programme which questioned the links between the Paisley dynasty and property developer Seymour Sweeney. From my point of view this is damning and any respectable politician would walk the plank after such revelations. However that will not happen here. We have such an arrogant political caste here that this is going to be brushed under the carpet.The BBC and the Belfast Telegraph have shone a little light into what goes on in Paisley-land and I congratulate them both. It’s a giant-sized political disgrace.Give it a view. My thanks to Typhoo for kindly providing this to me.
Hey, do you remember the media hysteria surrounding events in New Orleans following Hurrican Katrina? Do you recall the MSM discussing how black victims had begun eating corpses to survive? Naturally that was just media fantasy but when you are busy trying to blacken the Bush administration, using blacks for cannibalistic propaganda is just part of the play, right?
So how annoyed must the MSM be that those relaxed Californians in the Qualcomm Stadium in southern Californian have not decided to at least start gnawing each other? Jammie Wearing Fool thoroughly exposes the MSM agenda and you should most definitely check out the CNN memo which shows exactly how the MSM contorts truth. JWF is an excellent site and one you should bookmark!
Did you read about the devoted foster parents with an unblemished record of caring for almost 30 vulnerable children who will this week have their latest foster son taken away because they have refused to sign new sexual equality regulations? Yes, the gay enforcement squad have decided that because this Christian couple will not teach the gay gospel, then they are unfit to foster kids, even though they have been doing it all their lives.
Earlier this year, Somerset County Council’s social services department asked them to sign a contract to implement Labour’s new Sexual Orientation Regulations, part of the Equality Act 2006, which make discrimination on the grounds of sexuality illegal. Officials told the couple that under the new regulations they would be required to discuss same-sex relationships with children as young as 11 and tell them that gay partnerships were just as acceptable as heterosexual marriages. They could also be required to take teenagers to gay association meetings. When the Mathericks objected, they were told they would be taken off the register of foster parents.
Right, let’s be straight about this, if you’ll pardon the expression. These little Hitler’s at Somerset County Council are out to deny need worthy children a loving home because the parents concerned are not prepared to embrace the Gay agenda that our wicked Government espouses. What sort of a society are we building where the needs of gays come before the needs of children requiring a safe and loving home? The Mathericks selflessness and sense of Christian duty means NOTHING to the gay fascist police in Social Services. It’s a disgrace.
I wanted to take a minute out of the blogging day to bestow a new ATW award entitled "The Yellow Rose of Texas" upon a regular reader and contributor to this site who has gone out of their way to further advance ATW stories. Can you guess who it is? Yes – it’s Daphne! Alison has already referred to this and I wanted to ad my tuppence worth as Daphne has played a key role in bringing Alison’s recent blog on Laura Bush to global attention. I think all of us who write here do so with passion and belief – but the really big deal is that so many of you echo this in your own contribituons, and none more so than Daphne. So, at the risk of causing her to blush, ATW salutes you Daphne for all thatyou do! Now all we need to do is to get some of these blog-monster journals to attribute ATW as the source of their stories!
It's not democracy when the English people speak, apparently #bbcqt
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