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By The Troll On May 1st, 2015 at 1:30 pm

A boring week really here in the states for real political news. The peanut gallery is being fed the scenes orchestrated by the professional malcontents. In the mean time the real world goes on unnoticed.

The swedes or Fins one of the blond haired blue eyed nations where it’s to damn cold to live gets a special high five and a gold star for the week. They dropped a couple of Depth Charges right above a pesky Russian Sub trespassing in their waters.  While the US twiddles it’s thumbs as Iran seizes our cargo ships. If we can’t guarantee ships safe passage through waters where our Navy is stationed especially that body of water….. a lot of people besides us are going to get concerned real fast.  That is the event of the week to watch.

Also I ask everyone look around your house, there has to be something you can throw in a donation bin for those poor people in Nepal a can of something. They’ve pulled over 6000 bodies from the rubble so far. Yesterday they did pull a teenage boy and woman out alive from two separate locations, but there is probably over 8000 dead. I was going to put up this song as a tribute, but decided to go another way.

One of the things in my life that has always given me pleasure is to lose myself in our modern day myths, tales of Knights. 100s of years ago they wore armor and rode horses. In today’s tales they are superheroes or timelords.

I tend to like the Dark Knights, on Netflix they just started a series on the DareDevil. A Blind Lawyer in Hells Kitchen by day, a vigilante by night. It is well written and well acted, dark and gritty. If you get a chance give it a look. Get lost in the struggle of good and evil and it’s subtleties.

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NO JOKES ALLOWED

By David Vance On May 1st, 2015 at 10:40 am

Too many here just can’t take a joke.

The Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington has apologised for remarks he made about living in Northern Ireland during a US TV interview earlier this month.

He had joked Northern Ireland’s Tourist Board celebrated three things – having Europe’s most bombed hotel, the Titanic which sank, and Game of Thrones itself. He described his show, made in Belfast, as the “most depressing” on TV.

However, he has since said he was not trying to be disrespectful and added that he now considers Belfast “home”.

I wish he hadn’t apologised at all. The local intelligentsia were outraged at Harington’s throwaway line when all he had done was point out the obvious.

MY ACHING SIDES…

By David Vance On May 1st, 2015 at 10:34 am

Labour leader Ed Miliband attracted a lot of attention a few days ago by having a meeting with “comedian” and “activist” Russell Brand. Brand has been actively encouraging young people NOT to vote, innit?

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The left were ecstatic and praised the vision of Comrade Miliband. One left wing newspaper even tweeted this remarkable comment on the meeting of grate minds. (sic)

Got that? Now comes this news…

Russell Brand drops his anti-voting stance and says people should vote for Caroline Lucas of the Green Party

Whoops!

PETTY NATIONALISM..

By David Vance On May 1st, 2015 at 10:22 am

It is a matter of fact that Plaid Cymru, and the SNP, have one thing in common. They seek the destruction of the United Kingdom. In that regard they are similar to Sinn Fein/IRA, minus the Semtex, But why do these petty nationalists seek to leave ONE union and join another – the European Union? This article explains it succinctly:

The real reason the nationalist parties want “independence” for their countries, whilst retaining EU membership is not self-determination; it’s bigotry. The SNP and Plaid Cymru, along with their supporters, want nothing more than to feel they are kicking it to the ‘oppressive’ English, as has happened throughout the centuries.

This is despite the fact that it is English taxpayers subsidising high public spending in Scotland which is allowing them to abolish tuition fees for Scots and EU migrants — just not for the English.

True believers in self-determination for Scotland and Wales should ask themselves whether they would have more say in their policies outside Britain but in the EU, or inside a devolved Britain outside the EU.

Those who do will realise that their cause of self-determination is best served by voting to Get Britain Out of the EU and not falling for the gimmicks of Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Wood.”

 

THE FAT OF THE LAND…

By David Vance On May 1st, 2015 at 10:15 am

Seen this story?

Britain’s fattest man doubled his weight in three years and now weighs a staggering 65 stone following his mother’s death.

Carl Thompson, 32, is confined to the ground floor flat where he lives alone in Dover, Kent, after doubling his weight from 30 to 65 stone.

He consumes 10,000 calories a day eating takeaways and medics fear for his health unless he sheds the pounds.  Mr Thompson is now too heavy to walk or wash himself,  and has a team of NHS carers to bathe him. He said he sought comfort in food after the death of his mother in 2012 from a brain tumour.  He told them: “That’s how I put all this weight on. I was very close to my mum.”

Now then, at one level you have to feel so sorry for his loss. No one should underestimate how this can affect a person.  But on the other hand, he is eating himself into an early grave at our expense. He has a TEAM of NHS carers for goodness sake. Me Thompson needs to shake himself, stop gorging and do his mother the honour of respecting his own life, the life she gave him 32 years ago.

MEET THE PEOPLE? RUN FOR IT!

By David Vance On May 1st, 2015 at 7:45 am

This general election campaign has been so stage managed by all the major political parties that each so-called Leader has been kept away from any possibility of encountering hostile voters. That came to an end last night as the BBC hosted Question Time forced Cameron, Clegg and Miliband to actually have to try and deal with angry and forceful voters.

In the most dramatic scenes of a hitherto stage-managed campaign, Ed Miliband came under fire over Labour’s record on the economy, immigration, welfare and Europe. The Labour leader, who stumbled as he left the stage, was accused of lying about his party’s economic record, failing to learn the lessons of the mistakes of his last time in government and mocked over the infamous note left by a Labour minister admitting there was ‘no money’ left.  To compound a miserable evening, the Labour leader tripped and stumbled as he left the BBC Question Time stage.

During separate Question Time sessions on BBC One, David Cameron had a rough ride as he was forced to insist that he did not want to cut child benefit or child tax credits as part of Tory plans to slash £12billion from the welfare bill. He was also pressed on his record on immigration and the number of families relying on food banks.

And Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg defended his decision to enter coalition with the Tories for the good of the country, even if his party faces wipeout in the election.

A snap poll showed Mr Cameron had emerged victorious with 44 per cent saying he had performed best, while 38 per cent favour Mr Miliband. Some 19 per cent put Mr Clegg down as the winner.

Miliband was indeed woeful, Cameron was a tad smug and Clegg was desperate to appear to be the man of reason. All three of them looked uncomfortable at times, which is a good thing the way I see it.

Miliband’s performance was the most telling from my perspective. He flatly denied that the last Labour government of which he was a member had overspent. This is an incredible piece of hubris and it shows that he (and his Party) prefer to live in denial than deal with the facts. He also went very close to ruling out any sort of deal with the SNP. But since his Party cannot possibly win a majority, and will by most polls finish second to the Conservatives in terms of seats, it makes you wonder how he thinks he has any chance of governing? I believe he would come to some form of loose arrangement with the Scottish separatists and all that we heard was just pre poll hype.

 

ATHENIAN APOCALYPSE?

By David Vance On May 1st, 2015 at 7:36 am

Red paint covers the entrance to European Union offices in Athens on April 23, 2015. European governments have come under increasing pressure to tackle the Mediterranean migrant crisis, with the last shipwreck claiming hundreds of lives on April 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMKI / RMALOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

The Athenian time bomb is ticking away and when it finally explodes the world will know about it.

The Greek government reaffirmed its commitment to carry out key Leftist electoral promises in a stance which threatens to scupper any hope that it can avert the “unprecedented” consequences of an exit from the eurozone.  With talks over the country’s cash-for-reforms programme continuing in Brussels on Thursday, Athens’ radical Left government said it was still not willing to blink over spending plans to help the poorest in society.

A Syriza source said the government did “not have a public mandate to bring a deal outside the red lines, and for this reason it will not do so.”  The source added Greece would not submit to any agreement which would prolong the “crimes” of austerity against the country.  The comments indicate the sticking points between the two sides remain as entrenched as ever, despite Athens falling close to the abyss of a default to its international creditors.

Default is inevitable. I believe the EU leader in Berlin is of a mind to allow Greece to exit the currency union as it is impossible for it to remain AND follow the path set by Syriza. The bigger question is what would the likely consequence be for world markets? What would happen to the Euro? Would another country follow or could it be contained? I believe we will get answers to all these questions in the weeks to come and whilst it may not be the sexiest story about, it has global importance.

I would like to see Greece leave as it is the ONLY way that the Greek economy can prosper but it will also be painful in the short to medium term. To remain will be painful in perpetuity! Who would be a modern Greek? It’s a classical dilemma!

YES, FAIR POINT

By Pete Moore On April 30th, 2015 at 8:58 pm

Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers …

“Nobody over the last 50 years, not the IMF, not the US Treasury, has predicted any of the recessions a year in advance, never,” he said.

No, not that, but Timmy’s comment that it’s a problem for those who think they can plan an economy.

Hardly anyone, Peter Schiff aside, predicted the 2008 crash so closely, and if any government economists even predicted a coming recesion they’re still hiding that light under a dense bushell. Gordon Brown may have thought he had abolished boom and bust, but in this era of chronic fiat money inflation, the economy will always be heading for boom or into bust. The only uncertainties are around how large the bubble will be and when the bust will come.

I’d go a little further than Tim Worstall and say that Summers’ comment demolishes the case for all economic planning. Or as von Mises said: “If one rejects laissez fayre on account of man’s fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action.”

The Fog….or the Mind of an Left-leaning Liberal

By Mike Cunningham On April 30th, 2015 at 12:13 pm

One of the many problems which affect the elderly is a faulty memory. We struggle to recall a word, a phrase, a statement, even a name; sometimes we confuse adverbs with adjectives, but, sometimes, specifically, I cannot recall a species. Allow me to explain:-

Jim Naughtie of BBC Today fame, was interviewing a few years ago, some lady: Scots I seem to recall, on the subject of the priority removal of pests, small rodents or small animals, from her garden property. As I stated before, I just cannot remember the species which was being discussed, but I definitely recall the Scots lady’s statement, which was “Och, I just kill them all!” This statement, which to me was perfectly reasonable and logical, because after all they were discussing garden pests, whether moles, or rats, or rabbits, or whatever. But  I vividly remember the BBC interviewer’s response, which was to blurt out, in tones which reeked of Hibernian ‘Wee Free’ censorious condemnation, “But that’s Murrrrrderrrrr!” (for interpretation, explanation and further information, readers are advised to watch or listen to the voice of the female detective who is featured in old videos or DVDs of ‘Taggart’.

So whilst the lady was describing the efficient removal and ridding her garden of pests, which were destroying her plants, or flowers, or whatever; the BBC man was comparing her actions to that of a serial killer!

Now transfer, if you would, your thoughts to the members of a British Anti-Terrorist Police Group, where sensitive intelligence has lead them to believe that a foreign-born but naturalised British citizen is making plans to go to another country; and whilst in that country he will be collecting a device, or equipment, which may, repeat may, be imported back to Great Britain, and will be used in, to use the correct legal term, the furtherance of an Act of Terrorism. The intelligence strongly suggests the return of the plotter back to Great Britain. There are no phone tap or intercepts recorded, no e-mails which can be used as evidence with which to arrest him whilst on British soil; all they have is verbal warnings that this man is about to wreak death and destruction upon his return from his visit abroad.

The philosophical question I now put to readers is this:- As the country, which for our purposes shall be known as S.A., which the suspect will visit, is a firm believer in, and a very efficient user of, Capital Punishment; should the Anti-Terror Group advise the S.A. police force that the suspect will be travelling equipped with a deadly terror device, in which case the suspect, holder of a valid British passport will more than likely be arrested, charged, found guilty on terror charges, and executed by decapitation, a fate which he would have thoroughly deserved: or, knowing that the British government, but not, strangely enough, the majority of the British people, has strong and deeply held reservations about Capital Punishment and the Death Penalty, should the Anti-Terror police remain silent, and hope against hope that they can intercept the suspected ‘jihadi’ on his return to British soil before he makes his final moves towards his martyrdom?

Just like the question the Australians had to think about!

Whilst on the subject of Australians, I loved the crucifix! Just the right touch of innocence and religious devotion!

KEEP VOTING, FOOLS

By Pete Moore On April 29th, 2015 at 7:56 pm

I’M totally, absolutely gobsmacked to learn that the multi-millionaire parasite, Margaret Hodge MP, is a turbocharged hyprocrite –

A senior Labour politician – the party’s fiercest critic of tax avoidance – has been accused of hypocrisy after it was claimed she was handed more than £1.5million in shares from a tax haven.

Margaret Hodge has built a reputation for taking on those accused of having ‘secretive’ offshore funds as the chairman of the Commons public accounts committee.

But The Times reported the multi-millionaire had benefited from a controversial scheme that lets wealthy Britons move undeclared assets back to the UK without facing criminal action.

The disgusting woman has been at the head of Labour’s campaign against tax-avoidance (which is perfectly lawful), while avoiding shed loads of tax herself. What shocking news that’s it’s one rule for her kind only. Keep voting drones, your tribunes are really gonna get the rich next time.