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THE ENVY TAX….

By David Vance On January 24th, 2015 at 10:43 am

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Most of those on the political left here in the UK seek to impose a further additional tax on property owners and in true crypto-communist form they call it “the Mansion Tax”.

Ed Miliband’s plans for a mansion tax are like something out of ‘Soviet Russia’, one of the party’s own peers declared last night. Leading fertility doctor Professor Robert Winston said the policy was unfair because it would not affect people in similar-sized properties in other cities in the UK.

The IVF pioneer warned the plan, which levies an annual tax worth thousands of pounds on homes worth more than £2million, could result in homeowners being forced to move out – a prospect he compared to the Marxism inflicted on Russia after the revolution. Asked about the tax in a radio interview, the 74-year-old said he joined the Labour Party ‘because I believed Labour was after fairness’. Lord Winston, who also found fame for presenting BBC documentaries such as Child of Our Time and the Human Body series and lives in a terraced property in Hampstead Garden Suburb, one of the most affluent parts of London, added: ‘My terraced house in London is probably just close to that band.   If I had the same identical house on the outskirts of Birmingham, it would be half that amount and I would never pay this kind of tax. That doesn’t seem right to me.’

Lord Winston is deluded beyond words. For starters, the Labour Party has no interest in “fairness”. It is driven by a desire to grow the State, to tax to the hilt, to restrict freedom and to remove liberty. It’s THAT simple. The “Mansion Tax” is more of the same; it’s driven by envy and spite. Soak “the rich” regardless of how their property asset has bubbled up.  And yes, it IS like something Soviet Russia would have dreamed up but then again Soviet Labour would see little problem with that.

Perhaps more interestingly, the “Mansion Tax” will almost exclusively hit those people living in the south of England. The leader of Labour in Scotland, Jim Murphy, has already BOASTED how this iniquitous tax on the people of southern England will raise revenues that will SPENT recruiting SCOTTISH nurses! This boast caused problems for Labour candidates in the south of England but in truth it reveals a deeper truth and it is this; The current Labour leadership appear to despise ENGLAND, and in particular those parts of it that prosper. It is this which I think will ensure they do not regain power in May. You cannot successfully govern a country if you give the clear impression you despise the biggest part of it – ENGLAND.

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On January 23rd, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

Rory’s back, and about time too I reckon. It’s an old fav and I’ve heard it many times, and it always reminds me what an unbelievable player Rory Gallagher was. You just don’t get playing any better than this, not anywhere.

As always, dear listener, feel free to link to whatever you like and recommend –

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But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?

By Mike Cunningham On January 23rd, 2015 at 5:21 pm

When Thomas Babington Macaulay wrote of the heroes who stopped the attack upon Rome; he wrote:-

Then out spoke brave Horatius, the Captain of the Gate:
“To every man upon this earth, death cometh soon or late;
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods.

When the American John Gillespie Magee, Jr joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, he joined because he wanted to fly and fight against the Nazis in England. He got his wish, and after flight training, he flew Spitfires for 412 Squadron, R.C.A.F. He died three days after the United States entered the War. But some three months before his death, he wrote his parents, attempting to describe a test flight up to 30,000 feet, in the words:-

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

Fast forward to todays’ 24/7 news cycles, to the ever-expanding Internet, satellites and wrist-watches with the computing power equal to the Apollo Moon capsules, and then concentrate on the images captured by the Hubble Telescope. Somehow, when we read:-

Yet the discovery also relied on supermassive zoom lenses that are built into the structure of the universe. Clusters of galaxies can act as “gravitational lenses” that magnify and brighten background sources of light, including stars and galaxies such as MACS0647-JD.

We have to accept that, somewhere, we have lost the poetry which might have described the illumination of the beginning of Time.

ABDULLAH DEAD…

By David Vance On January 23rd, 2015 at 10:14 am

Hardly a surprise here. He was 90 after all.

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died, royal officials have announced, weeks after he was admitted to hospital. Abdullah, who had ruled since 2005 and was said to be aged about 90, had been suffering from a lung infection. His 79-year-old half-brother, Salman, has been confirmed as the new king. Within hours of his accession to the throne of the oil-rich kingdom, King Salman vowed to maintain the same policies as his predecessors.

And what are those policies? Spreading the extreme Islamism manifest in Wahhabism around the world. Suppressing women. Oh, and one other thing that Prince Charles may want to take on board. Let’s pray that  King Abdullah’s funeral isn’t held on a Friday. That’s the day they execute adulterers.

CHOOSING SERVITUDE.

By David Vance On January 23rd, 2015 at 10:07 am

I think this is a pretty accurate summation of the position of the Christian Church in Europe;

“The Church, at least for now, has made a decision to go quietly into the night, and accept a future of persecution and subjugation. Unless there is some massive change in the ecclesiastical culture, you can see what the Catholic Church will look like in 100 or 200 years by looking at the remnants of the Eastern Churches that have lived under Islamic rule for centuries. They are tiny, cowed, fearful, and must endure an ever-present low-level persecution. This isn’t inevitable. But current Church policy is hastening the day of its arrival.”

How?

A Catholic priest in Germany has been banned from preaching after speaking at an anti-Islam protest.

The Rev. Paul Spaetling had taken part in a rally in the western city of Duisburg on Monday. It was organized by a group that associates itself with the organization Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA, which has staged large weekly rallies in Dresden for about three months.  The diocese of Muenster said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that it rejected Spaetling’s comments about Islam. The bishop of Muenster, Felix Genn, says he’s withdrawing Spaetling’s right to preach or speak on behalf of the Church.”

In this way, the Church hierarchy helps Islam gain the required submission. It’s incredible to witness but it is happening. The modern Church willingly stumbles into subjugation. God help them.

THE POLITICS OF INANITY…

By David Vance On January 23rd, 2015 at 9:57 am

So, the great “Leaders TV debate” is descending into a farce.

Broadcasters scrambled to rescue their plan for election debates tonight after being accused of trying to ‘call David Cameron’s bluff’ with an extraordinary plan to include a total of seven party leaders thrashing it out on TV. The Prime Minister had rejected a proposal which would have involved one of three debates putting him up against Labour’s Ed Miliband and Lib Dem’s Nick Clegg because it would have included Ukip’s Nigel Farage. The PM said the Greens should have a slot. Under the new plan, Green leader Natalie Bennett would also be joined by SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood.

But the plan immediately sparked complains from George Galloway’s Respect party and Cornish Nationalists Mebyon Kernow.

Spot the elephant in the room? Yes, Northern Ireland’s parties, ALL of whom have MORE MP’s at Westminster than the GREEN Party. Surely the logic is that the DUP, Sinn Fein, and the SDLP all get an invite? The UK can then witness regional parties talking about the narrow insular agendas and boring the Nation senseless.

This FARCE has been caused by the media seeking to accommodate Cameron’s odd insistence that the Green Party MUST be included in the TV debate despite the fact that they have lost their deposit in EVERY by-election they contested since 2010. Cameron would prefer these debates did not happen and by the media inviting NON National Parties into the debate it looks like he will have his way. That way, he can duck a confrontation with Nigel Farage – his real aim.

 

Real News

By The Troll On January 23rd, 2015 at 1:50 am

My country is obsessing over a stupid game. It’s “News” It’s the puppet theater to distract the Peasants.

Real events unfold around us and the organizations whose soul existence is based upon the concept that they are supposed to report facts, to inform the masses, and keep those with power Honest by exposing events, deals, and transactions  in the light of day for open review No longer man their posts.

We have a President who honestly does not have the best interest of our nation in his heart as his primary motivation. What he has in his heart is an Ideology that he has been groomed into his entire life.  He believes his ideology to be what is best for my Nation. The fact that his ideology goes against every founding principal is irrelevant. His belief system is correct and whether it is imposed honestly and openly or through deceit and manipulation is irrelevant.  We the “masses” do not need to understand even if we are capable of such understanding,  which of course we are not.

Once you understand that, the view of things becomes much clearer. Him and his ilks ideology is their grail.

Right now a crises is festering that could easily lead to the death of millions. Over the past two years this President has aided the enemy. I am sure that he honestly does not believe that is what he is doing, it does not change the fact that his actions have done exactly that.  President Obama lifted on his own authority which he does not have the Sanctions on Iran. He has entered into negotiations with the enemy which is his purview to do so, but his combination of arrogance, inexperience, ideology, and stupidity have continually prevented him from understanding how grave of a situation he has placed my Nation and others in.

During the time of these negotiations Iran has refined enough Uranium to create a Hiroshima size Bomb, increased it’s Plutonium production to 87% and has started construction on two additional Nuclear Reactors for fuel production.  They are the support on both sides of the Syrian conflict, the power behind IZZY and the hand that manipulated the fall of Yemen Friday into the hands of Islamic Terrorists.

Iran is a Nation controlled by a Death Cult.  This Cult believes that chaos and the death of millions must be reached to allow the return of their Messiah. This is what they are dedicated to and what every action they take is meant to bring about.  In his foolish arrogance President Obama is aiding them to achieve this goal.

It has reached a point of crises so high that even leaders of his own party are publicly protesting the idiocy of his actions.

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The Presidents idiocy has both sides of our political system in a panic.  The only thing short of war to slow the Iranians from the final step of Nuclear Bomb production are severe Sanctions. Sanctions were working to keep them from completing their weapons development. The sanctions that this President took it upon himself to remove.

The only way to reverse that bad decision is a United Congress. Democrat and Republican acting as one to impose those sanctions and reverse the Presidents Veto of the laws to implement them.  In a rare moment Speaker of the House Boehner actually has done something right. To spell out the danger of the situation honestly to ALL the Representatives of the American People the Speaker has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to present the case against Iran to a Joint Session of Congress.  A perspective of the problem from the view of the head of the people that will die first.

The Congress has the real power in our system, but to wield it  they have to act in unison. It is rare event. One however that all parties are nervous enough due to the danger that the idiocy of this President has put us in to actually give serious consideration to put aside political chicanery for hope of survivability of our people.

We shall see over the next few months what is more important. Peoples lives or Politics.

This could get interesting

By The Troll On January 22nd, 2015 at 11:48 pm

King-Abdullah-Saudi-ArabiaRIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who joined Washington’s fight against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom with incremental but significant reforms, including nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died, according to Saudi state TV. He was 90

ATW QUOTE OF THE DAY

By Pete Moore On January 22nd, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Monetary policy around the world remains in the midst of a remarkable experiment: money creation is expected sustainably to solve real economic problems. It is possible that there is something dangerously wrong with mainstream economic thought.

- Steve Baker MP

Why have I not heard of Steve Baker, (Tory) MP?

This comment of his is in response to the ECB’s decision to create 1.1 trillion euros out of thin air. Apparently buying bonds, inducing low-interest loans, so to encourage spending (i.e. consumption of resources), is a “boost” to the economy. Since European stock markets rose today in response to banker Draghi’s words, it’s clear where most of the funny money is destined anyway.

Baker illustrates his point with references to Hayek. I see also that he rejects war, cites Richard Cobden as an inspiration and believes that the state should have nothing to do with marriage, the sensible man. No wonder I’ve never heard of him; he must be getting the Ron Paul treatment from party and loyal broadcasters alike.

Is Bill Belichick a Christ Figure?

By Phantom On January 22nd, 2015 at 5:21 pm

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Last week, I finished reading The Education of A Coach, a short, readable book about the famous, and very successful, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. It wasn’t a page-turner, but it was good. The minute I put the book down, Belichick was all over the media, embroiled in potentially career destroying controversy.

Belichick is a cerebral man whose deep knowledge of gridiron football was spotted at say the age of 12. His daddy was an assistant coach at Navy. The father was a first rate mind himself, and he taught the son everything he knew.

The New England Patriots are due to play in the Super Bowl in ten days. This should be a very happy time for them, but I don’t think it is. They – and their coach – are the prime suspects in what you have to call a cheating scandal. You see, in the last game, the footballs provided by the Patriots were not inflated properly.

You see, in NFL games, each time provides the footballs that that individual team uses when on offense. So, in a typical game, the two quarterbacks can never use the same ball. They use the ball that their own team provided. Here, it is suspected that the Patriots slightly underinflated their own footballs, as that’s the way that their great quarterback Tom Brady likes them.

I have two immediate points.

One, the NFL is an incompetent league for letting each team provide balls for their own teams exclusive use. I don’t think that any other leagues do this. If this NFL policy does not invite gamesmanship or worse, I don’t know what does.

Two, I think that Belichick has been unduly criticized here because people outside of Boston do not like him. He doesn’t suffer fools, and he doesn’t go out of his way to chat up reporters. And also, he has been known to push the envelope of the rules in the past. He got a big fine seven years ago for improperly filming the NY Jets during a game.

I’m gonna give Belichick the benefit of the doubt. If there is a guilty party, one who might have ” deflated ” ( taken some air out of ) the balls, I think that it may have been at the direction of his own quarterback, or done by the officials/referees, or some other person on the sideline. ( Referees can have motive to cheat – a corrupt NBA ref went to prison some years ago )

I think that Belichick is innocent this time. I think that he should be presumed innocent. And I think that the incompetent NFL should indict itself.

Ten days from now, I hope Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots win the game by 30 points.