Here’s a bit of a rocking classic from years ago…enjoy!
It’s obvious to all but the most slavish swallowers of Government propaganda that all the "fixed in stone" deadlines for Northern Ireland political parties are going to be missed. Today sees the first "absolutely immovable" deadline missed – with neither the DUP nor IRA/Sinn Fein agreeing terms, as allegedly required by Blair/Ahern. The next deadline, November 24th, will also be missed. ALL these "deadlines" are a pathetic scam – with Government hoping that media contrived pressure will enduce Political Parties to some dodgy agreement.
The current political process in Northern Ireland is an abomination, based on lies, the suspension of reality and the cruel acceptance that those dedicated to the destruction of a State would make ideal Ministers to serve in the Government of that State. Were it not so serious, it would be laughable.
The correct fixed date for Sinn Fein entry into government is…..NEVER.
I am saddened to read that John Bolton is due to be the next casualty of the Democrat victory. it’s an immense shame since he is an excellent Envoy who was confronting the corrupt United Nations. Responsibility for this lies entirely with the timid Bush, who lacked the guts to force through Bolton’s nomination when he had the chance and now, thanks to a REPUBLICAN Senator – Lincoln Chafee – Bolton will fall. Why does the GOP tolerate RINO’s like Chafee? Where has been the discipline and leadership on this vital nomination?
First Rumsfeld, now Bolton – the price of Bush hesitancy is very high. I’m sure Kofi Annan and his pals will be celebrating…
Devotees of Jaws around the globe (including me – possibly the biggest Jaws devotee alive) could not let today go by without wishing one of its principal actors, Roy Scheider, a very happy 73rd birthday.
Born in Orange, New Jersey in 1932. He began acting in the mid-1950s in bit-parts of films such as The Edge of the Night. His first big break came as the partner of Gene Hackman in the French Connection back in 1971. For me, his status as movie hero was confirmed my all-time favourite blockbuster as the Amity Island police chief with an inherent fear of the water (and what might lie beneath).
Scheider was considered for the role of Chief Brody after Benchley had initially wanted Robert Redford to play the part. Spielberg pointedly remined Benchley that, as the main star of the movie was a fish, having actors who were already movie legends would detract from the overall impact.
I think most of us would agree Scheider plays an excellent role in Jaws. His line, ‘you’re gonna need a bigger boat’ (which he himself thought up and inserted into the script without Speilberg’s knowledge), has officially become one of the most famous lines in movie history – a catchprase for anyone who’s performing a task out of their depth. Today, 31 years on he is still acting, about to begin a role in the forthcoming film Dark Honeymoon.
Many Happy Returns, Roy!!
‘Slow ahead. I can go slow ahead. Come on down and chum some of this shit!’
I love John Fay’s Newshound site. It assists greatly in my coverage of Ulster affairs. I thought this morning I’d give a few excerpts from the articles John has included and formulate my own response to them. Here goes:
- ‘Relatives of the 29 people who died in the Omagh bombing have accused Sinn Fein of blocking a memorial at the site of the explosion.
The families of the victims, who included a woman who was eight months pregnant with twins, reacted furiously to the reopening of the street in which the bomb exploded in August 1998.
The town council, which is dominated by Sinn Fein, had promised that a memorial to the victims would be unveiled when the street reopened after a £1.7 million refurbishment.
Michael Gallagher, whose teenage son Aiden was killed in the explosion, said that urgent action was needed to have the memorial put in place. Mr Gallagher said he had no doubt that the memorial had not been installed at the site of the explosion — the worst single terrorist atrocity of the Troubles — because Sinn Fein had objected to the wording (republican).’ Families blame Sinn Fein for bomb memorial delay. The Times. Don’t you just love the hypocrisy. We have a political cancer, which is quite prepared to illegally erect memorials to its own balaclava-wearing terrorist offal, yet is also in a position to block the unveiling of a memorial to 29 innocent victims of a ‘dissident’ republican faction over the inclusion of the term ‘republican’. Lest we forget that Sinn Fein has done nothing to assist the police in apprehending those responsible.
‘Comptroller Thompson’s report is timely because it comes at a time when the political balance is tipping towards the Democrats, the US party traditionally more favourably disposed to fair play for Northern nationalists and the unification of Ireland.’ The US’s vital role. Irelandclick.com. America has had many Democrat presidents and Northern Ireland has always been a part of the United Kingdom. Nationalists seem to believe ‘Irish America’ is a sleeping giant destined to wake and apply the same pressure on the UK as Eisenhower did over Suez. You’ve got to laugh at their removal from reality.
‘Under the Good Friday agreement, the British are obliged to force all public bodies carry out inequality audits, and come up with plans to monitor and improve their record, not just for employment but also for procurement and investment decisions. The Irish government, as an equal partner in the agreement, is obliged to ensure that this occurs.
Eight years later, it has not happened, and there is therefore a strong case that the British and Irish governments are in effect reneging on the Good Friday agreement.
And if the substance of equality is being ignored, so too is the symbolism. When will we see the Irish tricolor flying alongside the Union Jack on public buildings?’ Editorial. Irish Echo. Northern Ireland has the strictest policies on equality anywhere within the European Union. Instead of plastic paddies throwing their ignorance at this country, they should address many of the appalling inequalities in their own. Find a comparable incident to that suffered by Billie Holiday in Northern Ireland and perhaps then you can start shooting your mouths off. In response to the question on the Irish Tricolour, the answer is ‘Never’.
‘A DUP led by the Rev Ian Paisley agreeing to share power with Irish republicans, to sit on an all-Ireland ministerial council and to be part of arrangements which have at their core the principles of equality, justice and human rights.
If the DUP come into these arrangements it will be a final acknowledgement by this most recalcitrant unionist constituency that the days of domination, inequality and discrimination are gone for ever.’ Jim Gibney. The Irish News. Instead of parroting the tired old mantras of ‘inequality, perhaps the arch Shinner can give us examples. Maybe he should then go to various other countries around the world and see how badly some minorities are really treated. It would be enough to make the Catholic millionaires on the Malone Road choke on their high-fibre breakfasts.
Yes, we all know this is the phrase used by Islamic killers as they commit their acts of vile barbarity.
It’s what Mohammad Atta shouted as he crashed into the Twin Towers, it’s what Zarqawi roared when he beheaded innocents in Iraq. And it’s what supporters of Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison screamed at his victory celebration.
A new day is dawning in America…hat-tip LGF!
Interesting to read that a Christian charity bringing Christmas cheer to needy children abroad has decided to ban Jesus, God and anything else connected with its own faith. Operation Christmas Child, run by the charity Samaritan’s Purse, sends festive packages to deprived youngsters in countries ravaged by war and famine.
Donors are asked to pack shoeboxes with a cuddly toy, a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap and flannel, notepads, colouring books and crayons – but nothing to do with Christmas. Stories from the Bible, images of Jesus and any other Christian literature are expressly forbidden – in case Muslims are offended.
Showing it’s own moral bankruptcy, A Church of England spokesman added:
"We are very clear that in Britain, Muslims are not offended by Christians celebrating Christmas. In other parts of the world, in Muslim countries, if Muslims have strong values that would regard this as a hostile act, it is different. Ideally, a child would receive a present with a Madonna and Child card, but if that is not possible, it is more important than the aid gets through than the Christian message."
Sorry – I’m confused.
First, if Muslims are going to be soooo offended by images of Christian faith then maybe they would be better to seek help from fellow Muslims.
Second, for a Church of England spokesman to define "aid getting through" as "more important that the Christian message" is a scandal. It is little wonder that Anglicanism has rotted to the core with this thinking prevailing.
There is NOTHING wrong with providing Aid to foreign lands, including Muslim lands. But neither should we be censoring our OWN faith. This is pure dhimmi thinking.
Like David, I too was fascinated by the findings of yesterday’s poll for the Hearts and Minds programme. The survey of the DUP faithful certainly seems to suggest that the claims of 90+% endorsement are fibs of Trimble-esque proportions. However, when I downloaded the full survey (Adobe Reader required), I found more interesting trends. One in particular, I feel, needs to be highlighted.
Go the link and then scroll down to page 16. You will see a tracking poll detailing Protestant and Catholic predictions for the health of the Union between now and 2020. Between the signing of the Belfast Agreement and the final suspension of the Assembly in 2002, Catholic expectations of the Union’s longevity declined overall. With Protestants there also appears to be confusion and uncertainty. Now look at the difference the period of Direct Rule has made. Catholic uncertainty plateaus and Protestant confidence rockets – culminating in a 82.3% positive response.
What does this tell us? It tells us that, notwithstanding the propaganda of the pan-nationalist front and its journalistic minions such as the execrable Feeney, Protestant opinion did not equate Direct Rule with constitutional instability. Quite the opposite. I am also completely convinced that a continuation of Direct Rule would not have led to the apocalyptic scenarios touted by the governments, and more recently by Paisley as he turned from principled democrat to government collaborator in order to secure his 15 minutes of fame with IRA/Sinn Fein.
Paisley, had he maintained his sound convictions, should have rejected the SAA outright and defied Hain to do his worst. Having made and succeeded in that challenge he could have gone to the majority electorate at the next political contest (probably a General Election) and wiped the floor with the Ulster Unionists. Then, for the first time in years, the Unionist people would have been united under a single party against a nationalist cabal probably at serious odds on the best way forward. Instead he has chosen the Faustian route; fractured his party in the process; and ensured that Unionism remains divided (because there are those of us out there who will never accept Sinn Fein ‘politicians’ other than at the end of a hanging rope) for another generation.
Fair deal, eh Doc? It’s about as fair as Frank Bruno’s arse!!!
Can I say that I am fully behind Channel 4 journalist Jon Snow for his decision NOT to wear a poppy on air.
The uberliberal pro-Palestinian pro Sinn Fein/IRA broadcaster claims that he..
"…begged to wear an Aids ribbon, a breast cancer ribbon, a Marie Curie flower … You name it, from the Red Cross to the RNIB, they send me stuff to wear to raise awareness, and I don’t. And in those terms, and those terms alone, I do not and will not wear a poppy … Additionally there is a rather unpleasant breed of poppy fascism out there – ‘he damned well must wear a poppy!’."
Why do I support him? Well, two main reasons..
1. It shows the utter moral confusion hat lies at the heart of liberal broadcasting. Snow imagines that he is fighting "Poppy fascism" even as Islamic fascists seek to destroy our civilisation. Snow cannot identify with the latter concept and it’s helpful for people to see this manifest.
2. Snow should have a choice not to wear his Poppy on air. He has a right to disrespect those who gave their lives that he might behave like a moonbat. We all have a choice not to watch this loathsome creep. I’ll be exercising it!
Snow is that risible of creatures – a journalist who thinks highly of himself.
Interesting to read that MI5 knows of 30 Islamic terror plots and is keeping 1,600 individuals under surveillance, the security service’s head has said. In a speech Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller said the terror threat was “serious” and “growing” and would be “with us for a generation”. She warned future terrorists could mount chemical or nuclear attacks.
These plots often have linked back to al-Qaeda in Pakistan and through those links al-Qaeda gives guidance and training to its largely British foot soldiers here on an extensive and growing scale.”
I listened to BBC coverage of this and two points struck me;
1. A pathetic need to avoid using the word “Muslim” or “Islam” in relation to these legions of UK suspected Jihadists.
2. A need to downplay MI5’s summary of the scale of the Jihad threat. It’s almost as if they want to wish it away!!
I fear that it will take the UK to experience a horror on the scale of 9/11 for the MSM to confront the reality that faces them but which they don’t like reporting. Even then, you can be sure that blame for such future atrocities will be attributable to OUR side on the war on terror. The enemy within…!