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An electrifying intervention from Ordinary America

By Mike Cunningham On April 11th, 2018 at 9:25 am

The precise time is at 04.40 into the video.

I have rarely seen such passion, and such truth!

Time to ramble

By Patrick Van Roy On April 11th, 2018 at 6:54 am

Sometime in the next few days the U.S. is going to do a military strike on Syria. What level no one knows, last time we struck one airfield.

The Brits and the French are steering commercial aircraft from the area. The Saudis, The Jordanians, and the Jews are on full alert. The Russians have pulled back assets from possible targets in Syria while we have an additional missile cruiser enroute which in reality is both prescheduled and only adds overkill.

There are already 7 ships sitting in range that have 100s of cruise missiles capable of hitting anywhere in the ME. Who knows maybe Trump will do nothing… There is that possibility. As the Russians moved their forces away from the Syrian Forces they did threaten that if they were hit it would be considered an act of War…. maybe that will scare Trump into not acting.

Is this all bark and no bite? I guess we shall see. The clock is ticking all we can do is watch.

HACKS: “TRUMP WILL START A TRADE WAR”

By Pete Moore On April 10th, 2018 at 5:27 pm

Reality disagrees with lying hacks:

President Xi Jinping has promised to cut Chinese tariffs on car imports and and ease restrictions on foreign ownership in its car industry amid an escalating tariff spat with Washington.

In a speech on Tuesday at a business conference, Mr Xi made no direct mention of the dispute with President Donald Trump but pledged to open China’s markets further and improve conditions for foreign companies.

Mr Xi said Beijing will “significantly lower” tariffs on car imports this year and ease restrictions on foreign ownership in the car industry “as soon as possible”.

He also promised to expand protection of intellectual property – an issue high on the list of US demands – as he ushered in a “new phase of opening up” during the Boao Forum for Asia, his country’s answer to Davos, with a swipe at Mr Trump’s America First policy.

Worst trade war ever.

Replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment

By Patty On April 10th, 2018 at 4:35 pm

Are you confused by the so-called “Russian collusion” or why the FBI would use police-state tactics in their attempt to dig up dirt – any dirt – on President Trump? Be confused, no more. This youtube video from the 2016 Presidential campaign will tell you the story in the words of President Trump, himself.

Partial transcript:

“Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American People. There is nothing the political establishment will not do, and no lie they will not tell, to hold on to their prestige and power at your expense.

The Washington establishment, and the financial and media corporations that fund it, exists for only one reason: to protect and enrich itself.

The establishment has trillions of dollars at stake in this election. As an example, just one single trade deal they’d like to pass, involves trillions of dollars controlled by many countries, corporations and lobbyists.

For those who control the levers of power in Washington, and for the global special interests they partner with, our campaign represents an existential threat.”

Gas attack! Why does no-one ask, “Why gas people when you are winning?”

By Mike Cunningham On April 10th, 2018 at 4:05 pm

Reuters

We hear and see the ‘world-wide’ response to the ‘Alleged’ chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta, Syria; but no-one asks the obvious question: Why gas?Why use a banned chemical weapon when you are winning? Why use the one thing which ‘some’ Western governments react to like Pavlov’s dogs? Why use chemical weaponry when America’s President Trump unleashed fifty-odd cruise missiles on a Syria/Russian air base the last time it was RUMOURED that there had been a gas attack by the Syrians?

It just doesn’t make strategic sense. President Assad is no fool, and he knows he mustn’t upset his Russian and Iranian backers and ‘friends’, mainly because his Army and his Air Force are totally dependent upon both for major war supplies. But the reports of ‘children suffering’ flood onto the news website pages of the Western world, and everyone commences talking about how soon it will be before Trump unleashes his cruise missiles once again.

So let us look at the ‘Sources’ who are bleating so loudly of the devastation. Firstly, lets check out the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Let’s check out the the so-called ‘White Helmets’ who are supposed to be involved in ‘rescuing’ the survivors.

One would give, maybe, some credibility if it; or rather him (because it is one man) was based in Beirut, or Damascus itself, or even in Turkey; but definitely in the Middle East. So where is SOHR, this formidable One Man Intelligence organisation based? Coventry! He reckons he runs the entire operation with the help and support of 200 ‘activists’ on the ground in Syria. He’s never actually met any of them, but ‘trusts them implicitly’. Well, that’s all right then! So why do the world’s media record and recount his epistles as just short of the Gospels? Because there’s no-one stupid enough to go in and film what happens, in reality!

The White Helmets are stated as being a outfit run by volunteers; but no-one has actually seen them anywhere near an actual fight, rescuing ‘survivors’. They are supposed to have documented the gas attack on Douma, but there seem to be a few photos of small kids with tears in their eyes; but very little else. I am reminded of only one episode, documented by a blogger which was entitled The “Wounded Boy In Orange Seat” – Another Staged “White Helmets” Stunt, where a truly epic, but unfortunately totally-staged, photograph of a small dusty, presumably traumatised, small boy went around the world.

independent Canadian journo Eva Bartlett stated:-

“So they [the White Helmets] are not credible. The SOHR are not credible. ‘Unnamed activists’ are not credible. Once or twice maybe, but every time? Not credible. So your sources on the ground – you don’t have them. You ask why we aren’t seeing this. This relates to the other gentleman’s question about why most of the corporate media are telling lies about Syria. It’s because this is the agenda; if they had told the truth about Syria from the beginning, we wouldn’t be here now. We wouldn’t have seen so many people killed.”

I am no military man, my world’s endeavours were devoted to building things, and making them work. But military logic dictates that if you are winning, if you are beating the living shit out of an enemy who just stubbornly resists because his Sky Fairy (a.k.a. Allah) tells him to; you don’t shit on your own doorstep by dosing a couple of hundred civilians with sarin gas. There is no logic to that deadly scenario, which begs the question: who gains? Assad and the Syrian Government? Its the last thing they want! Any one of the dozen Muslim splinter groups which are supported by Qatar and the Saudis? More than likely! But is anyone pointing fingers at them? Nope, its the easy target for the New York Times, the Guardian and all the hangers-on. Excepting one. Its a strange day when I stand alongside Jeremy Corbyn, but this time, I reckon he is right!

 

The Devil’s Advocate

By Mahons On April 10th, 2018 at 1:39 pm

Brazil’s former President was recently sent to jail this past weekend for more than ten years for corruption. Known there simply as Lula he denounced the sentence to supporters as political and evil, and begrudgingly finally submitted to the authorities. Charges and counter accusations of corruption abound. Supporters clashed withe the police who took him to jail. A scene of chaos that looks dignified when compared to us Yanks up here in the North.

Trump’s lawyer had his office and hotel room raided by the FBI working for the Trump Justice Department on a referral from the Special Prosecutor. The payment to Porn Star Stormy Daniels by the lawyer out of his own funds may have led to this development. Mr. Cohen, a Trump fixer since 2006, may have broken some laws. The President essentially denounced the lawful raid as unlawful and mused about firing the Special Prosecutor. All in all a banner day for those who prefer the circus to stable governing. Stormy weather indeed.

ANIMAL ASSAD

By David Vance On April 10th, 2018 at 10:31 am

Let’s take a minute to discuss the attack by Assad forces on innocent “rebels” using chemical weapons. I am talking about the one that allegedly took place in May 2017. You will recall it prompted a US military attack on a Syrian base. Everyone agreed this was the right response …. well, almost everyone! (I sure as hell didn’t agree with it) But did you SEE this gem?

Definitive proof? Nope. Sources? – the US backed head choppers!

And now we are set for a reprisal.

Trump is being led by the neo-con swamp and this is where John Bolton is not a helpful appointment.

Finally, here’s an image of Christians celebrating Easter in Damascus. Assad really MUST be an ‘animal”, right?

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HILLARY’S TEAPOT…

By David Vance On April 10th, 2018 at 9:32 am

I think this is a great post on this most auspicious of days – 20 years since the “Good Friday Agreement” was hoised upon us. It relates to Hillary Clinton’s much repeated little tale…

It was on that same trip that I first met some of the women whose names are too often forgotten, despite their vital role in the agreement. One of those women was Joyce McCartan, a Catholic mother whose 17-year-old son had been shot dead by a Protestant gunman. Joyce invited me to join women from both traditions at the safe house she had set up in a local fish and chip shop. We sat around a small table, drinking tea out of an old aluminium teapot, while the women told me how they had first reached across their divides to band together to stop the price of their children’s milk from going up. Along the way, they discovered that the deep-rooted causes of the violence – the terrors of sectarianism, the burdens of poverty, the despair of unemployment – touched all of their lives.

And then…

Ah yes, Joyce McCartan. Now sadly no longer with us but the memories live on. Actually it is the memory of her sons which really sear the brain cells.

Joyce and her family lived in the lower Ormeau Road, not far from the republican Markets area and adjacent to the scores of student flats that fan out from Botanic Avenue. Joyce’s sons were thieves. Their speciality was to burglarize these flats and to steal anything that could be moved, from TV sets to purses carelessly left on mantelpieces. They also terrorised the lower Ormeau area, specialising in robbing pensioners and the like.

Say what?

I remember once coming back to our home in the Botanic Ave area to find the front door locked from the inside. This was a classic sign of a burglar at, or having been at his work. While rifling your drawers the burglar would hear the front door being rattled and know it was time to flee over the back wall. Thanks to the locked door he would make it in plenty of time.

We lost a TV set that day and needed new locks. So I had to report it to Donegall Pass to get the insurance and when the uniformed cops arrived I said to one of them that everyone knew it was the McCartan’s who did most of these robberies. Why weren’t they being done? People said the authorities wouldn’t touch them because they had official protection. Was that true, I asked.

‘You better ask the Special Branch, sir’, came the reply.

Whoops. Hillary’s teapot – full of half truths and outright deceits. Just like the Belfast Agreement.

THE WAR ON…ERM..GARDENING TOOLS

By David Vance On April 9th, 2018 at 9:30 pm

You may wonder what sort of policing priorities prevail in the UK. Here is a genuine tweet from a UK Police force…

Yes, gardening trowels COULD be a weapon in the wrong hands.

 

VIKTORY

By Pete Moore On April 9th, 2018 at 2:50 pm

Viktor Orban has been swept back into power in Hungary. His government has won a thumping majority. This is such good news. And it’s not only good news for Hungarians. The former US Ambassador to NATO reflects on Orban’s success:

@IvoHDaalder

Hungary deals another blow to liberalism, with Fidesz and Jobbik winning 70% of vote. Long past time that leaders who still care about liberalism (Merkel, Macron, Tusk) let their voices be heard, take action and impose real costs

It’s a blow to Left-Liberalism. It’s such a blow that “liberals” ought to “impose real costs” on Hungarians for their vote. This is simply fantastic. The EU’s end draws nearer as, all across Europe, liberalism and globalists are rejected.

Christian nationalism is so beautiful.