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THE ESSENTIAL HITCHENS

By Pete Moore On April 15th, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Any fool can kill a man in a second and ruin a city in a week. But it takes long years of nurture to raise a child to adulthood, and centuries to build a civilisation […]

Haven’t we got enough misery in Syria already? The place is a mass of ruins, graveyards and refugee camps. To what end? The only mercy for Syria will come when the war ends, yet we seek to widen and extend it.

Don’t we have more than enough of such disaster in Iraq and Libya, where state-sponsored panic and emotional claims of atrocities excused the launching of wars so stupid and dangerous that I wonder if these places can ever recover?

Perhaps worse, by creating an unending river of migrants through the Middle East and the Mediterranean, I suspect they have ruined Europe for good.

I agree with Oborne. Peter Hitchens today is an essential read. I commend it particularly to those who haven’t thought about Syria beyond virtue-signalling militarism. One of those is the Prime Minister, who is beyond foolish. I’m pretty sure that most British people are firmly against any action in Syria, now and at any time in the future. We might not have fancy analysis and smart commentators on the phone, but our instincts are better. She suspects that Parliament is against it too. That’s why she rushed out the Tornados so quick. She’ll regret that. For a bit more around this, I also commend this short discussion. George Galloway had Hitchens on his radio show this week. They’re hardly bedfellows, but they think about Syria more deeply than most –

 

Hail loss and sadness, and Farewell!

By Mike Cunningham On April 15th, 2018 at 11:16 am

Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife,
Their sober wishes never learn’d to stray;
Along the cool sequester’d vale of life
They kept the noiseless tenour of their way.

 

 

 

Thomas Gray. Elegy in a country churchyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am a father, and a grandfather. I have known loss, which comes more bitter than the sourest lime or lemon. I have lost a father and mother, an eldest brother and a sister, who died when just sixteen. I have lost, as many of us have, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, friends and longtime best friends. But so far, I have been lucky, I have not tasted the bitterness of losing a child; so I cannot speak or write from first-hand knowledge of what it must feel like.

So I write as a spectator, when reading, discussing or even attempting to understand the savage pain when facing the truth that your son is not just dying; he is really already dead. The specialists have conferred, the readings off the Electro-Encephalograph and all the other monitoring devices have been studied, and the best medical minds have attempted to tell you the truth: that the body which is lying on that medical bed, sustained by machinery to breathe, with artificial means of pumping his blood through his arteries, is no longer capable of life.

They have pleaded with you to let him rest with dignity, they have stood and given their solemn words upon oath that they can do no more. They, those medical professionals, have travelled through the Courts, have watched as you have battled against accepting the truth, the final verdicts from those wise and learned Judges have been pronounced.

It is time to let go,Tom Evans and Kate Jamesto leave that tragic bedside, and let tiny Alfie’s body commence its journey towards a gravesite which has probably already been allocated and prepared!

A SYRIAN CHRISTIAN RESPONSE

By Pete Moore On April 14th, 2018 at 7:47 pm

To all the neocons masquerading as Christians in the West, this is a statement released today by the Syrian Patriarchs.

We’ll note yet again that neocon activity in the Middle East never ends well for Christians. In many places the neocons are directly responsible for some of the oldest Christian communities being wholly uprooted or slaughtered.

DAB VS INTERNET RADIO

By Pete Moore On April 14th, 2018 at 7:04 pm

Help me out here geeks.

Weeks after my paean to radio, I have suffered a grievous blow. One of my DAB radios has bitten the dust. And not just any old one. It’s the workhorse, my Pure DMX 50 system. It’s been a champ for a good 15 years or so, sitting there on the Laura Ashley console in the living room. Every day in all of those years it’s been on for hours, sometimes all day. It’s just kept going, no problem. But like a faithful old dog it’s now packing up. So I need a new one.

But there’s a problem. If you want just a kitchen radio to sit on the side, well there are loads to choose from. DAB manufacturers have loads out there. But I want a micro system. You can’t just have a dinky little radio in the main room. You need a feature look and decent sound, for when I treat the village to my great taste in music. I’m properly tempted by the Denon DM41. I’ve sniffed at it, poked and prodded, and it looks like a decent set up.

But we have internet radio now. I just know nothing about it.

However there are some in these here parts who have internet radio. How do they stack up? Is reception good or patchy? And what would I do – turn it on and connect via my wireless thingy? (Excuse the techie jargon).

Anyone have any opinions?

Guest Post from Mike’s America

By Patrick Van Roy On April 14th, 2018 at 4:09 pm

OIG reports McCabe, fired FBI Deputy Director, lied under oath

 

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Michael Miller

Just the tip of a very large iceberg!

The first of a number of expected reports from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (OIG) was released Friday:

DOJ IG releases explosive report that led to firing of ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe by Fox News on Scribd

The report describes how Andrew McCabe, the now fired Deputy Director of the FBI, repeatedly lied to investigators regarding matters of leaking to reporter about a sensitive investigation of the Clinton Family Foundation. Other men are currently in legal jeopardy for lying to the FBI. Will the FBI’s #2 escape the same scrutiny?  The OIG has no authority to file charges but if the Department of Justice fails to do so in McCabe’s case the “stuff” will hit the fan!

Upon release of the report Trump tweeted:

Later reports are expected to address how the FBI handled investigations of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Washington insiders see the potential for bigger bombshells to come!

Michael Miller was a member of Reagan’s White House Staff and is the Author of

Mike’s America

April Showers

By Mahons On April 14th, 2018 at 11:36 am

The United States, the United Kingdom and France launched a limited retaliatory missle strike against the Syrian Regime as a rebuke for its use of chemical weapons against its own people. I dont think this sends any message other than that. Assad, happy to rule over the ruins of his nation, will unlikely be disuaded from future bad deeds. His Russian enablers and their syncopants in the West will continue their lying mantras. The Syrian population, decimated and war weary, will no doubt simply hope that life under a dictatorship is better than death under chaos. A military escalation beyond this strike would be disasterous, unpopular and corrosive. The most lasting feeling I have is a resignation that evil can not always be defeated or punished.

All The President’s Mean

By Mahons On April 13th, 2018 at 11:18 pm

Former FBI Director James Comey is releasing his book containing his spin on himself. He also writes salacious comments about the President. The exerpts Ive seen are unflattering of the President, but also contain speculation and unfounded (if not impossible) gossip.

It does Mr. Comey no lasting credit and little lasting harm to the petulant man child in the Oval Office. In fact even Comey seems confused by Comey’s behavior, especially on the roller coaster of disclosure of the Clinton emails.

His descrptions of Trump’s complexion are unbecoming comments, Trump-like though they may be. The weirdness of how powerful people are attracted and repulsed by each other is something to be examined by a foresenic psychiatrist, not a former Director. Hoover seems more appealing in some respects. Lord save us from these near contemporaneous memoirs. I suspect in the end the book will change no one’s mind about Comey or Trump.

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On April 13th, 2018 at 7:49 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

Nope, I didn’t drop something on my keyboard, the video’s title is an actual language. An old and great one too, spoken by those swarthy little people west of Offa’s Dyke. It takes us back to the Brythonic language once spoken by most people in what’s now England and Wales. You have to admit that nationalism produces all the best songs.

“Yma o Hyd” – “We’re Still Here”.

As always, feel free to share your fav sounds down below –

DER ECHTE SOZIALISMUS

By Pete Moore On April 13th, 2018 at 4:43 pm

“We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions.” – Adolf Hitler

The Left endlessly lies of course. Not only did the National Socialists not hide that they were socialists and a part of the socialist tradition, they were always proud of it. Yet even though they often broadcast that they were socialists – and they clearly were – the Left ignores this. And even though it was universally accepted at the time that they were socialists – and it was – the Left ignores this.

Of course the Left lies and distorts history. But no-one else is obliged to do so. No-one else is obliged to pretend to be nice because the Left has inverted reality and successfully portrayed Leftism as nice. So let’s be clear and honest and truthful – the German National Socialists were socialists, on the Progressive spectrum –

A VICTORY FOR EQUALITY..

By David Vance On April 13th, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Here’s an image of the final stages of the Woman’s 800m Final in the Commonwealth Games today. Isn’t it inspiring to see two men getting medals? Isn’t this the true equality that society dreams about? And as for those women who have no chance of outrunning the men, dry your tears, this is 2018 and we must NOT discriminate!

The Gold Medalist, Caster Semenya, is quite a character.

Life. 2018