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We have made a Covenant with Death;………..

By Mike Cunningham On November 12th, 2014 at 10:28 am

…………………….. and with Hell we are at agreement.

 

Just a few days ago, we watched as the British Army sneaked quietly out of Camp Bastion, out of Helmand, and of course out of Afghanistan. We shall then see what we have bought with 453 British lives, along with some £30 billions in treasure. Will we see another ‘Peace in our time’, or will we see yet another sad truth that, having blown away the Taliban in double-quick time, we should have then said to the Warlords who have actually governed in that sad, sandy hell-hole, “Its yours now; you wanted it, you run it, because we are leaving now.’ But we didn’t.

We stayed, and we spent 453 lives, the flower of British youth, volunteers all, whether Regular or Reserve, in a veritable splurge of utter stupidity, much the same as the thinking which brought on the utter catastrophe of the Somme in 1916.

We have watched as the poppies were planted, ending just yesterday when the last of 888,246 ceramic memorials were planted in the grass of the Tower of London’s moat; but I still do not believe that most of this nation understands or even accepts the carnage which was the First World War. The Battle of the Somme, on the first day alone, cost some 58,000 British casualties. Some of the Pals’ Battalions, by the end of that Battle, had virtually disappeared; and for what, it may be asked? The trench line; established in the early days of the War, hardly changed. What was lost in one charge, was gained back in another. It was all a waste, of life, of treasure, of the very spirit which kept men fighting despite the loss of everything.

But what was perhaps the worst loss, out of all the casualties, all the change, of the revolutions and of the vast change resultant from the War to end all War, was the loss of the very spirit which may have kept an Austrian corporal from mesmerising an entire Nation into a belief that they could win that Second War, and wipe out the disgrace of the First.

I leave you with one final statistic; when the Taliban, evil and savage though they may be, were in power,another poppy; the Heroin Poppy was virually eradicated. Today, the Poppy fields have given the production of heroin a boost to eighty percent above the line when we went in!

The Knowledge

By Phantom On November 11th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

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London is widely seen to have the best taxi drivers in the world. This is not an accident.

Before you get a hack license in London, you must memorize all 25,000 streets in central London, as well as all the hotels, theaters, or other landmarks on these streets. It takes years.

I’ve long been fascinated by the subject of memory systems, and in particular about ” The Knowledge ” that London’s cabbies have had since 1884.

Yesterday, the NY Times had an article on The Knowledge, which is getting quite a reaction. It may be the hardest test of any kind in the world

Should this arduous system be retained in the age of GPS (Sat Nav ), which supposedly gives anyone the same ” knowledge ” of any city? I know where I stand on this one.

The origins of the Knowledge are unclear — lost in the murk of Victorian municipal history. Some trace the test’s creation to the Great Exhibition of 1851, when London’s Crystal Palace played host to hundreds of thousands of visitors. These tourists, the story goes, inundated the city with complaints about the ineptitude of its cabmen, prompting authorities to institute a more demanding licensing process. The tale may be apocryphal, but it is certain that the Knowledge was in place by 1884: City records for that year contain a reference to 1,931 applicants for the “examination as to the ‘knowledge’ [of]…principal streets and squares and public buildings.”

In 2014, in any case, the Knowledge is steeped in regimens and rituals that have been around as long as anyone can remember. Taxi-driver candidates — known as Knowledge boys and, increasingly today, Knowledge girls — are issued a copy of the so-called “Blue Book.” This guidebook contains a list of 320 “runs,” trips from Point A to Point B: Manor House Station to Gibson Square, Jubilee Gardens to Royal London Hospital, Dryburgh Road to Vicarage Crescent, etc. The candidate embarks on the Knowledge by making these runs — that is, by physically going to Manor House Station and finding the shortest route that can be legally driven to Gibson Square, and then doing the same thing 319 more times, for the other Blue Book runs.

PEACE OFF, ABBAS

By David Vance On November 11th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I love the hypocrisy.

The Palestinian president on Tuesday accused Israel of provoking a “religious war” as new violence between the sides broke out in the West Bank, leaving a Palestinian man dead, amid mounting concerns that the long-running conflict is entering a new and dangerous phase.

Erm, no. Not quite, AP News.  There fact is that for some time now, Palestinians have been merrily going about their business sod mowing down Jews. 3 month old babies are not often safe from these harbingers of …peace? Holocaust denying Abbas, along with the psycho scum of Hamas, have only one desire – the destruction of Israel. This whole “peace” farce that Kerry and co preserve with is pointless. Undermining Palestinian theology is the same desire for JIHAD that causes conflict all over the rest of the world. There cannot be peace in this region because Palestinians do not want peace. They want victory and THAT is the religious war that Abbas won’t talk about because it exposes the evil of his ideology.

THE AGE OF NON-SENSE…

By David Vance On November 11th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

I see this story has made headlining news;

A BBC Spotlight NI investigation has uncovered 731 photographs of Northern Irish schoolgirls on a pornographic website used by paedophiles.

The schoolgirls included pupils from 19 post-primary schools in Northern Ireland, including some of the best known grammar and high schools. The schools covered a wide geographical area and all communities.

The photographs were those that girls had taken of themselves and their friends. They were in normal situations, having fun both inside and outside school – pictures taken in innocence. In some of the pictures underwear was exposed as well as some bare skin. Neither the pupils, nor the schools, have done anything wrong.

Not sure I agree with the last sentence. It is surely foolish, if not exactly wrong, for teenage girls to publish “bare” images of themselves on the social networks knowing that all sorts of deviants can access them. Clearly these pornsites are a menace and paedophilies should be castrated BUT surely by self publishing such imagery these girls are culpable of naivety at best and stupidity at worst? Thoughts? Why the need to expose themselves even to their social network? As Cole Porter put it “Anything goes” I suppose!

DESPERATION….

By David Vance On November 11th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Oh look, it’s the ‘European Court of Justice” SEEMINGLY riding to the rescue of stricken damsel in distress David Cameron…

A European Court of Justice ruling backing Germany’s attempts to restrict unemployed migrants’ rights to welfare has been welcomed by David Cameron.

The UK prime minister said the decision on so-called “benefit tourism”, which could set a precedent for other EU nations, was “simple common sense”. It could allow the UK to exclude some EU migrants from specific benefits. Mr Cameron is under pressure to reduce EU migration and will outline his plans by the end of the year.

Key word. COULD.  Lots of them. Then again, it COULD mean nothing. Still, whoever believes the ECJ more fool them.

MEET THE WIFE(S)

By David Vance On November 11th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

I smiled at this!

the Mormon founder Joseph Smith married as many as 40 women, including a 14-year-old girl, church leaders have acknowledged for the first time in a surprising revelation about their most important prophet.

Although the Mormon church was closely associated with polygamy during its first decades, its teachings had previously portrayed Smith as happily married to one woman.

The reality was apparently very different from that monogamous picture. And with increasing speculation circulating on the internet about his marital history, the Church hierarchy has revealed Smith as a prolific polygamist via an essay posted on its website.

Mohammad would envy him. Mormons seem odd and as evidence I offer up the Osmonds.

Happy Birthday USMC

By Phantom On November 10th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

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From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

November 10 is the birthday of the United States Marine Corps. In Parris Island and throughout the world, Marine Corps balls will be held.

More than any other branch of the US military, marines know the history of their service, and revere it.

Allow me to speak for all here in wishing the USMC and all marines a Happy Birthday.

Semper Fi.

GAY SUPREMACISM

By David Vance On November 10th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

This is EXACTLY what I have been predicting for some years now. Gay activists do not seek “equality – they demand supremacism and if they don’t get it, they will persecute and the State will help them.

Cynthia and Robert Gifford are caught in a same-sex nightmare. They’ve been forced to defend themselves against claims that they’re lesbian-hating homophobes.

“We respect and care for everyone!’’ Cynthia Gifford told me. “We had an openly gay man working for us this past season,’’ she said.

“We’ve had a woman who’s transitioning to be a man. We don’t discriminate against anyone.’’

But the government of the state of New York sees things differently. The Giffords, who own the bucolic Liberty Ridge Farm in upstate New York, were ordered to pay a total of $13,000 — a $10,000 fine to the state and another $1,500 to each member of a lesbian couple to compensate them for “mental anguish.’’

All because the Giffords, devout Christians, refused to hold a same-sex wedding ceremony on the property on which they live, work and have raised a daughter, 17, and a son, 21.

“This is scary,’’ Cynthia Gifford said. “It’s scary for all Americans.”

It’s not JUST a US problem, we will have it in the UK. It seems the intolerance of others has become a characteristic of the modern Gay movement and I find that rather dismal.

JIHAD UNIVERSITY….

By David Vance On November 10th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

This is pretty disturbing news.

A leaked report has highlighted the alarming activities of Islamic extremism in British Universities.

The document, due to be published later this week, claims to have found proof of Jihadist speakers hosted by universities in 2014 along with cases of anti-Semitism and gender segregation.

Sharia Watch UK, the authors of ‘Learning Jihad’ say hard-line groups have posted invitations on social media sites and at university campuses to public talks in an “unprecedented scale”.

The group, which monitors Islamic Extremism, reports that 15 people who, according to them, hold “extremist views” were allowed to give public talks or lectures at 20 institutions. These include London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), part of the world-famous University of London, and the Universities of Dundee, Cardiff and Surrey.

One of the speakers named is Abdur Raheem Green, a British Muslim convert who was on the Australian Government’s “movement alert list” for reportedly saying: “Muslims and westerners cannot live peaceably together and that dying while fighting jihad is one of the surest ways to paradise and Allah’s good pleasure.”

Academic Ivory towers are a perfect breeding ground for Islamic extremism and a refusal to even acknowledge there is a problem must be a terrific benefit too those who seek to kill us.

A SMALL STEP FORWARD…

By David Vance On November 10th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Well, I welcome this news.

A diplomat from the Irish Republic has laid a laurel wreath at the London Cenotaph for the first time in almost 70 years. Irish ambassador to Britain Dan Mulhall accepted the invitation to pay tribute to the fallen. The wreath laying was the latest in a line of symbolic gestures by both the UK and Ireland aimed at putting their troubled history behind them.

During the Queen’s historic visit to the Irish Republic in 2011 she attended commemorations for both the war dead and those Irish who died fighting against Britain for independence. Some 200,000 Irish-born soldiers from north and south of the island served in the First World War, with around 50,000 losing their lives. But those that returned from the war found a country riven by its own conflict with Britain. The Irish war of independence would follow and by 1921 the island was partitioned with the southern 26 counties becoming independent. For decades the newly formed state struggled with its people’s role fighting for Britain in the war. Returning soldiers were effectively ostracised and became scared to admit they had participated in the conflict.

It’s GOOD that the Irish Government recognises the sacrifice of all those Irish men in WW1. But the National Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph is a mark of respect for ALL those in our Armed Forces who lost their lives in conflicts – not JUST WW1. That would include all those British soldiers murdered by the IRA. The IRA that was given support, sanctuary and succour by previous Irish Governments.