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BALTIMORE BLUES….

By David Vance On April 28th, 2015 at 7:56 pm

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Well then, isn’t it nice to see the healing that the first Black US President has brought about on American streets? Yes, Baltimore burns as gangs of black thugs riot, loot, cause arson and violence.

At least 235 people were arrested Monday and Tuesday in Baltimore, the city’s Police Department says. That figure includes 34 juveniles, with most of the adults arrested between the ages of 18 and 30.  Four or five members of the U.S. Justice Department’s Community Relations Service are in Baltimore for meetings with “community groups,” a federal official said. This group is distinct from officials in the Justice Department’s Justice Department’s Community Relations Service and Civil Rights Division, both of which are expected in Baltimore later this week.

So, what does Narcissus have to say on the burning issue?

President Barack Obama called tensions between some police and African-Americans a “slow-rolling crisis.”

Wrong. The “slow rolling crisis” is caused by a lawless section of the black community who use any tragedy to loot and riot. They bring shame on the legacy of Martin Luther King. The US police are not perfect, of course, but there can be no excuse for what has happened in Baltimore and the weak ineffective response from the White House.

MULLAHS ALL AT SEA…

By David Vance On April 28th, 2015 at 7:47 pm

There’s a moral in this for Obama and his associates. Even the mad Mullahs can detect political weakness and they will exploit it;

“Pentagon officials say the US is monitoring the seizure by Iran of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship. The MV Maersk Tigris was moving through Iranian waters in the Straits of Hormuz, according to the Pentagon. Iranian patrol vessels fired warning shots across the bow of the boat, US officials said, branding the action “inappropriate”.  A US naval destroyer has been ordered to the region to “monitor” the situation. After the warning shots, the ship complied with orders to go deeper into Iranian waters, a Pentagon spokesman said. The ship was in an area recognised as an international shipping lane, he went on.”

CASH COWS….

By David Vance On April 28th, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Banks in the UK have become the cash cows for all the political parties and it will not end well.

“Politicians must stop treating banks like a “cash cow” that can be squeezed for revenues because endless tax hikes will cause long-term damage to the City, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned.

In a pre-election analysis of the main parties’ tax and benefit proposals, the think-tank said the assault on banks to fund giveaways risked creating “uncertainty and reinforc[ed] the damaging impression that further increases are to be expected on an arbitrary basis”.

The IFS said that while the bank levy was not in itself a damaging tax, simply setting a revenue target for the tax and adjusting the rate to try to meet it was “not a good way to make tax policy”. The IFS warned last month that increases would deter investment and could even trigger a mass exodus of lenders from the UK if the Government persistently targeted the banks.”

It suits most of the political class to take the (much deserved” public hostility towards banks and turn it into a justification for continually squeezing cash out of them to fund other spending policies. The war on banks seems endless and whilst I do accept that some opprobrium is indeed warranted we should not forgot who is was that colluded with the banks in the days of reckless “casino banking” – yes, the politicians!!

 

Another Democrat City Burns

By The Troll On April 28th, 2015 at 1:51 pm

BESTPIX BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 27:  Demonstrators climb on a destroyed Baltimore Police car in the street near the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues during violent protests following the funeral of Freddie Gray April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, who was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Homes housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Baltimore is in flames, Shops are being looted and destruction is the theme of the day.

This current batch of misbehavior was sparked by the death of a man in police custody.  Freddie Grey died of a Broken Neck while he was in the custody of the police. After 10 Days this is what we know.

Mr. Grey saw the cops on Bikes and ran, he was caught and thrown into the back of a police van, he died several days later of a broken neck.

Now that is the bones of the story. There is no film of the events other than a short piece of footage that shows the cops dragging him to the van.

Here is where the gross incompetence comes into play. First why has no one been charged with anything? We keep hearing that the Chief of Police and investigators have interviewed 5 of the 6 officers involved.  Why not all 6? There was another prisoner in the back of the van by some accounts, what is that persons statement? IAD has done an investigation, where are the results?

You have a Mayor that refused to place a Curfew in effect Last Night ordered her Police to stand down and allow the people to riot, and pillage. They called for the National Guard, but didn’t deploy them. She was nowhere to be found as her City burned last night.

Listening to some of the Rioters last night you heard the same ole same ole. “Racist Police”. So tell me how do you have racist police when 90% of the city is black, and 90% of the cops are black?

The people destroying Baltimore aren’t doing this because of any injustice. The people of Baltimore are robbing and destroying their city because that is what they have been taught to do.

It is standard fair in any city in the US, if a minority gets killed in a controversial way the proper response is to rob your neighbor and burn down his store. This is what the inner city blacks have been taught and encouraged to do by Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Luis Farakhan, and Barack Obama.

It’s going to be a long Summer.

Don’t Fence Me In- The Baltimore Riots

By Mahons On April 28th, 2015 at 1:12 pm

“Oh, give them land, lots of land under starry skies above, don’t fence them in” might as well have been sung by Baltimore’s inept Mayor when she noted that she wanted to give rioters “space” for their destruction.  The fire this time set by thugs using the death of a black man in police custody as an excuse for subverting law and order.  The Mayor is now trying to backtrack from that reckless statement, but like many of the buildings in Baltimore, her credibility is in ashes.

The black man in question was Freddie Gray, a member of the criminal class with 20 arrests, and whose prior antics is what made The Wire seem like a documentary.  His death while in custody appears to be gross negligence at best, and is reasonable grounds for peaceful protest.  But rioting and lawlessness are another thing.  And that rioting and lawlessness results from the rhetorical flame throwers and the political enablers, including not only the Mayor, but the specious reaction from the President.  If, as reported, the White House sent a delegation to the funeral then it is an outrage.  The Freddie Grays of Baltimore have caused far more devastation to the City than any incidents of police misconduct.  He deserved fair treatment upon arrest, but he was no Rosa Parks.

So this morning we have burned ruins in another American City, schools closed and certain politicians scrambling to excuse, intellectualize, and even enable lawless behavior.  To paraphrase the lyrics of an older song about the aftermath of an incident near the Baltimore Harbor many years ago – “Oh say can we see?”

And you shall be taken from here…

By Mike Cunningham On April 28th, 2015 at 10:21 am

I, along with many millions, have long been an advocate for the Death Penalty for certain crimes; murder being just one, but many other categories of crime would warrant the judicial route to Death row; such as Child Abuse and Paeadophilia, Treason, but mainly being found guilty of Drug Trafficking.

When this headline is printed, and seen on line by over forty million people, not much is written about the nameless and unknown victims of those who, hopefully, will wilt as the bullets tear into their bodies very, very soon. We are shown allegedly-heart-rending images of the ‘families’ as they greet their relatives for the last time, and we are told of the pleas for clemency to the Indonesian President, and we are also told of the families’ hope that a last minute intervention will save their criminal offspring.

Strangely enough, not much has been written about the impact that some 18 pounds of 85% pure heroin would have had upon the addicts of this deadly trade; not much has been written of the young lives wrecked, of human bodies wracked with pain as the withdrawal symptoms kick in, no headlines featuring the countless young women forced into prostitution just to fund their addiction to this deadly dust. No apologies have been forthcoming from the ‘Bali Nine’ as their ‘deadline’ (pun definitely intended) approaches.

The Indonesians have the right approach to this ugly trade: they state on placards in the arrivals hall of their airports; “if you deal in drugs, if you are found to be smuggling drugs, you will be put to death”. As a warning, as a definite statement, the greedy fools who attempt the heroin run were told; and there should be no reprieve for the long-distance dealers in death, for they are just receiving what they planned to distribute to others!

POLLS APART!

By David Vance On April 27th, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Anyone else sick of seeing opinion polls?

According to a poll for The Observer published on Sunday, the Conservatives have a four percentage point lead over the Labour Party two and a half weeks before the May 7 general election. The Opinium/Observer poll put the Tories on 36 percent, Labour on 32 percent, UKIP on 13 percent, the LibDems on 8 percent and the Greens on 5 percent.

While that poll will have cheered Conservatives, any such enthusiasm will have been dampened with reference to another poll published by the Sunday Times. That poll, by Youguv, gave Labour a 3 point lead on 36 percent. Yet another poll by ICM for the Sunday Telegraph put them both at 32 percent.

In other words, the opinion polls are not yet able to give a clear indication on whether Labour or the Conservatives will end up with the largest share of the vote.

And yet each new poll is waited upon with baited breath and whichever party is doing well spins it for all they are worth! I know there is a sort of a science around polling but the trouble is voters really are disingenuous at all times!!

 

GREXIT NEXT?

By David Vance On April 27th, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Things are coming to a head in Athens.

Europe’s creditor powers have ruled out another “big” bail-out programme for Greece as the country edges ever-closer to an unprecedented default on its international lenders.  With relations between the debtor country and its paymasters reaching a fresh nadir on Friday, the head of Europe’s finance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem said there would be no repeat rescue package of the magnitude agreed in 2010 and 2012.

It had been thought that cash-strapped Athens would require a fresh round of loans worth around €50bn to €60bn at the end of June as it faces a series of crucial summer debt repayments.  However, Mr Dijsselbloem told Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant any new programme would be of a “completely different order” than the current €240bn rescue package.

Greece will have to leave the EU. It just cannot carry on in this constant state of financial stupor. The problem is that whilst Syriza want to walk away from the debt mountain they also want to stay inside the EU. These are incompatible and sooner rather than later it will end.

POLICE ON THE BEAT!

By David Vance On April 27th, 2015 at 3:33 pm

This looks better. First, let’s get the big news out of the way!

The Northern Ireland health minister at the centre of controversy over remarks about gay couples has resigned. Jim Wells said he wanted to help his wife Grace “during her fight for life”. The resignation follows his remarks at a hustings where he linked same-sex relationships to child abuse. He later apologised for those comments. Police are also investigating an incident involving a lesbian couple during an election canvas by Mr Wells in County Down. It is believed the Police Service of Northern Ireland is trying to establish if an offence has been committed.

So, ANOTHER Police investigation of Wells because he allegedly told a lesbian couple he did not approve of the lesbian lifestyle. Here’s an erudite take on the whole issue from Brendan O”Neill...

This is an outrage. It is the behaviour of a police state. For the police to treat the expression of a moral viewpoint during a hustings as a criminal matter calls into question the independence of the political realm in Britain and the right of voters, rather than coppers, to determine which views are acceptable and supportable and which are not. The treatment of a hustings debate as a crime scene, and the words spoken there as requiring investigation, represents an unacceptable intervention into the pre-election free flow of ideas. Anyone who values democracy should view this action by the police as way more offensive than what Wells actually said, whether you agree with him or not, for it brings to mind the behaviour of state forces in Zimbabwe or Syria or other nations in which state heavies criminalise and punish the expression of certain political views.

I agree. We are moving rapidly to the point where freedom of expression is being curtailed in the name of gay rights.  The excoriation of Jim Wells reveals a sickness in our society. Yes, he is basically an idiot but he is entitled to express his idiocy without the POLICE getting involved.

To add insult to injury, Martin McGuinness has joined in the fray claiming Wells “is a bigot”. Well, at least he’s not an IRA godfather with the blood of innocents dripping from his hands, eh Marty?

Northern Ireland – the country where we tolerate terrorists but not those who hold Biblical views on issues such as homosexuality. It’s a brave new world…

take your trade links; and shove them where the sun don’t shine!

By Mike Cunningham On April 26th, 2015 at 8:16 pm

In my youth, the song which rang some bells for me was the simple but deeply suggestive ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ It was Pete Seeger’s composition which defined many protests and started many to question many things and actions by their Governments. Now I would state that I disagreed with just about all the protests, but would always defend their right to protest.

But there comes a time when I feel that protest, and noisy protest at that; is fully justified. As I have maybe indicated before on ATW, organised religion features very low down on my own personal list of priorities, if at all. One of the finest and nicest ladies of my own acquaintance and family is retired from active participation in her chosen faith, so obviously I could never, ever, proclaim to her that she may have been mistaken, but suffice to say that participation in any church service does not feature very highly on my ‘bucket list’.

But I feel a definite need to urge our pusillanimous politicians to meet, pray and talk with the only religious Personage who t deserves appreciation, approval, approbation and true publicity: namely the Dalai Llama, (paywalled) mainly because it would thoroughly piss off the bullying and belligerent invaders of that Holy Man’s native Tibet. I would also add that, should the bloody Chinese object, and threaten trade sanctions, and all the other repressive actions of the truly nasty and murderous Communists, the British reply should simply be:- “We run Great Britain, not the f””@** Red Chinese; and we’ll decide who we will bloody well greet, talk and pray with!