By The Troll On November 28th, 2013 at 12:02 pm
Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a day we gather with family and friends, eat Turkey and share quality time with those we love and care about. We give thanks to God for the blessings in our lives, and our lives themselves.
May the Lords light shine on you all, may he keep you and your families safe, and healthy. Happy Thanks Giving.
By Pete Moore On November 27th, 2013 at 9:03 pm
Forget terror plots, this is what the spying is really all about. Reports the BBC:
The US authorities have studied online sexual activity and suggested exposing porn site visits as a way to discredit people who spread radical views, the Huffington Post news site has reported.
It published a document, leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, identifying two Muslims said to be vulnerable to accusations of “online promiscuity”.
An official said this was unsurprising.
But campaign group Privacy International called it “frightening”.
The idea that the State must intrude into the furthest corners of our lives to combat terror attacks was always obvious drivel, but then everything the States says is a lie. The gargantuan security state is directed at us, it’s internal enemies, because the State is most paranoid about internal threats against it. The chief threat, of course, is that the people will one day refuse to believe any more of its lies. Once that happens the State is sunk. The State, therefore, will know everything about everyone, all the better to threaten any enemy with ruin, hence the spying. It’s simply arming itself against everyone.
By Phantom On November 27th, 2013 at 2:12 pm
Abraham Lincoln ordered that slaves be freed, and he preserved the Union.
Teddy Roosevelt smashed the monopolies, brought in pure food laws, established the great national parks.
Eisenhower led the Allied Command during WW2, and was a steady leader who avoided conflict, during the worst of the Cold War.
These were all Republicans. These were all great leaders.
Other great and near great Republican leaders followed, including Ronald Reagan, and the flawed Richard Nixon, who ended the Vietnam War and opened relations with China.
The Republicans, including their Tea Party subsidiary, stopped producing any national leaders some time ago. The GOP has evolved into a party of Airheads and Bag Men. They are completely manipulated by the very rich and by AM radio screamers and entertainers.
Where are the next crop of Reagans and Teddy Roosevelts, people who can inspire and build coalitions?
We need leaders. I don’t see them anywhere. Do you? If so, who are they?
By Mike Cunningham On November 27th, 2013 at 2:12 pm
Sixteen years? Don’t you know who my brother is?
By David Vance On November 27th, 2013 at 10:12 am
The idea that the UK can impose arbitrary limitations oN immigration from within the EU is a fantasy despite the rhetoric from the Prime Minister.
A European commissioner has warned the UK risks being seen as a “nasty country” after Prime Minister David Cameron outlined plans to restrict access to benefits for EU immigrants. Mr Cameron is proposing powers to deport homeless migrants and cut rights to unemployment and housing benefits. But Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor urged the government not to encourage “hysteria”, telling the BBC that people in the UK were not being told the “full truth” about the benefits of immigration.
So, the EU reckons the UK “is nasty” if it seeks to assert control of its borders? Another word one could use is “responsible”. The drain on our finite public services and the fact that we have 1 million young people without a job already here suggests that “nasty” is simply the EU preparing to deny us a clear right of asserting national sovereignty.
By David Vance On November 27th, 2013 at 9:52 am
I note that Britain still leads the way when it comes to exporting…terror.
Two British citizens have reportedly been arrested in by anti-terror police in Kenya. The pair had been carrying hand grenades, sources suggested to Sky News. A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: ‘We’re looking into reports of two British nationals detained in Kenya. We stand ready to offer consular assistance.’
It will be interesting to discover the identities of these “British citizens”…
By David Vance On November 27th, 2013 at 7:42 am
Wonder what your view is on this matter?
The NHS must stop turning a “blind eye” to smoking and ban it in all hospital grounds in England, according to new guidance. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said it wanted to see smoking shelters scrapped so patients, visitors and staff could not light up. Staff should also stop helping patients out of their beds to go for a smoke. And patients who smoke must be identified and offered help to quit, the guidance added.
If the NHS are so keen to discriminate against those who smoke then maybe they should consider stopping employing so many smokers. Perhaps that could be the starting point?
I don’t smoke and have never wanted to smoke but I think that this near obsession by the State to persecute those who DO is ridiculous. Thoughts?
By Mike Cunningham On November 26th, 2013 at 7:43 pm
By David Vance On November 26th, 2013 at 7:24 pm
Sorry I have not been around today. The last few days have seen my twitter account spammed and a serial stalker harass me in entirely unacceptable ways. Action has been taken and I will return tomorrow.
By Mike Cunningham On November 26th, 2013 at 10:01 am
We are told that Helen Grant MP, the Sports Minister, failed completely when asked to answer five questions about sport posed by a television reporter.
As to Mrs. Grant’s knowledge or expertise in her somewhat strange Department, all I would ever state is that, until her name came up whilst reading the Telegraph’s Morning briefing, there were only two items that I remembered pertinent to this nonentity. One was that she attempted to alter an employee’s contract so he was only able to claim 2 weeks instead of 26 weeks sick pay. The second was that she claims the maximum for rentinmg a flat in Central London, but has a big house just nineteen miles away.
Was she nominated for Westminster because she was a former judo champion, or because she was a solicitor; or more likely because she was an A-lister, female and black?