It’s a big day for Benjamin Netanyahu and for Israel as the Nation goes to the polls. From Obama down, the liberal left want to see Bibi defeated and a new leftist coalition put in place. The result of that would be a profoundly weakened Israel. So I am hoping that Netanyahu prevails and that the left are denied their sacrificial sacrifice.
Awwww, it’s not what St Patrick would have wanted for sure. Suffer little children takes on a new meaning on this day.
A charity is calling on parents not to let their children travel to Belfast for St Patrick’s Day due to risks of life-threatening alcohol and drug abuse – and clashes with the PSNI.
SOS NI says it is bracing itself to work alongside police and ambulance services during the celebrations, with specially equipped vehicles and foot patrols in the city on Tuesday to provide first aid.
Oh the sheer joy of the day.
Let’s be clear. In N. Ireland, this is a divisive day which does NOTHING to celebrate Christian values of modesty, reflection and the Gospel. It is a booze driven indulgence of plastic paddy Irishness and best avoided like the plague.
Irish prime minister Enda Kenny has responded angrily to remarks made by his Australian counterpart appearing to criticise Ireland’s fondness for alcohol. Tony Abbott released a video message last week to mark St Patrick’s Day where he said the 17 March was the “one day where it was good to be green”. The PM, wearing a green tie, then awkwardly joked about sharing a pint of Guinness, “or two, or maybe even three” with emigrants in Australia.
Mr Kenny is outraged at this. Where on EARTH do people get the idea that the Irish like to drink alcohol??????
Frankly, Sinn Fein have managed to get lower than a snake’s belly. Very apt on St. Patrick’s Day.
A decision by Sinn Fein MEPs to oppose a motion calling on EU states to support action against ISIS has been condemned. Two of the party’s European representatives voted against the motion backing current measures against the extremist group, which also goes by the names Islamic State and Da’esh. The resolution also called for states to seek out non-military actions such as cutting the group’s funding. Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson said it was “hard to believe” that the Sinn Fein members had taken the position they had.
I disagree with Jim. Terrorists tend to instinctively support other terrorists and the fact that Sinn Fein would seek to protect the head loppers in ISLAMIC State is predictable albeit morally bankrupt – but then again that is always the Sinn Fein defence position.
There is a price to be paid for maintaining the appearance of a bogus peace.
Not a single conviction has been made for a punishment-style shooting anywhere in Northern Ireland despite hundreds of attacks and just five people have been brought to book for paramilitary assaults over the past three years.
The figures emerged after a Good Samaritan who administered first aid to two men brutally beaten by a paramilitary gang said he feared they were dead. The gang of up to eight men forced their way into a flat in the Ederowen Park area of Galliagh in Londonderry on Sunday night and beat the two victims aged 34 and 31 with iron bars and baseball bats. They sustained numerous injuries to their heads, bodies, arms and legs before the masked gang made their getaway.
I would add a few points.
Firstly, even to call this “punishment style” is a euphemism. They are punishment shootings by terrorists. The media pretend that terrorism has gone away when it is all to obvious it hasn’t.
Second, the PSNI look away and betray justice in the name of political expediency.
Third, those whose bodies are broken at the behest of terrorism cannot expect any justice in this country. We prop up terrorism at every turn and we call it pace.
This little story caught my eye. It says so much about modern society and values.
A north Belfast woman is to become Britain and Ireland’s youngest known grandmother at 29 years old. The mother-of-two discovered her 15-year-old daughter was pregnant late last year. It is believed the woman, who had her first child at 14, will be the UK’s current youngest grandmother when her daughter gives birth this summer.
After announcing the news of her pregnancy on social media site Facebook, the secondary school student wrote about how excited she was and added: “I can’t wait to be a mum.” She also told friends on social media last month: “Just can’t wait to hold him or her in my arms, relly (sic) don’t think it’s hit me yet.”
What more to say?
Seen this little media spat?
The East Belfast parliamentary race has descended into a bitter personality clash, with DUP candidate Gavin Robinson claiming that his Alliance rival has refused to speak to him in over three years. Mr Robinson, who is hoping to unseat the Alliance MP Naomi Long in the parliamentary election, said she has ignored all of his attempts to reach out to her. But last night Ms Long hit back, accusing the DUP man of launching a personal attack on her character. “I will not let such personal attacks characterise my campaign. How others conduct themselves is a matter for them,” Ms Long said.
I tend to believe Gavin. Let me tell you a little story.
Back in 2010, Naomi Long was elected MP for East Belfast to the surprise of all concerned. She beat the incumbent DUP MP Peter Robinson by a margin of 1500 votes in the biggest shock of 2010. A certain TUV candidate polled 1800 votes, sinking Robinson. COUGH When she was elected, I stood and applauded her. She promptly ignored me, did not speak, and I found her to be the usual hypocritical liberal. So on that basis, I can believe what Robinson says.
But but, it came from NOWHERE!!!!!!
One minute Peter and Marty were BFF’s and then suddenly, unexpectedly, we had a …gulp, CRISIS! This from last Monday
‘Stormont is facing another crisis, according to Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, after a public row over welfare reform. He warned the latest dispute could have “profound implications” for Northern Ireland’s political institutions but what are those implications?”
The curious thing was the following night the BBC Spotlight programme was running a story concerning the following…
“A second alleged sex abuse victim who claims he was raped by a member of the IRA has spoken out to criticise how republicans dealt with his case. Paudie McGahon told BBC Spotlight he was subjected to an IRA “kangaroo court” after a Sinn Féin representative was told of the allegations. He said the IRA offered to kill the alleged rapist but instead exiled him.”
The headlines generated by Sinn Fein’s threats over Welfare reform have completely overshadowed the IRA rape story…
“A deal on welfare reform could be struck within days, Martin McGuinness has claimed.”
Hahaha. Mission accomplished. Awkward story relegated in the news agenda and a DUP roll over to the Shinners in order to preserve Stormont uber ales.
This is distraction politics at its most cynical and it has been allowed to pass.
Wishful thinking or a taste of what lies in store?
Greece’s Defense Minister Panos Kammenos has said his country’s exit from the eurozone could be followed by Italy, Spain and even Germany. Kammenos’ interview comes amid lack of progress in Greece’s bailout plan.
Kammenos may be overly exaggerating to try and twist Germany’s hand. But the Euro has been plummeting in recent times and this shows no end in sight. The current architecture of the EU is unsustainable in my view and there is an obvious demarcation between the “northern” Europe countries and the “southern” Europe countries that cannot be reconciled by blandishments from Brussels.