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HAIL TO THE CHIEFS

By Pete Moore On October 17th, 2020 at 7:33 pm

The Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club is the best run sporting organisation in the country.

It was founded in 1871 and for most of its existence it has been an amateur club in lower leagues. It became a professional club only 20 years ago and was promoted to the top division in the English club game 10 years ago. And tonight the Chiefs have reached the very top of the game, becoming the champions of Europe. It’s genuinely fairy tale stuff.

It’s a proper club which does things right. Home grown young players have been the core and basis of the club’s rise. It hasn’t splashed the cash because it hasn’t really had any to splash. In the final tonight they beat Racing 92 of Paris, one of the big-spending, star-studded clubs. Exeter had players out there who played for them in the lower leagues years ago and others who have been best friends since the age of five. It’s that kind of club so I’m chuffed for them.

I want to mention their Director of Rugby (think Head Coach), Rob Baxter. He’s a local boy. His father played for Exeter while Rob was painting the lines on the pitch and being a ballboy. He eventually played for the club and captained the team. He was a butcher because the club was amateur then. Baxter became Head Coach in 2009 and has overseen the rise and rise since. Rob Baxter is one of the good guys. He’s level headed, decent and always calm. No win is celebrated too much and no loss taken badly. Referees are never responsible for defeats and victorious opponents are always well congratulated. His players love him and will do anything for him. That’s one reason why they are the champions of Europe now. So I’m chuffed for him too.

Update

By Patrick Van Roy On October 17th, 2020 at 5:41 pm

KENOSHA, WI – It has been widely reported that 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse is facing multiple felony charges, including first-degree intentional murder, in the shootings of three men during a Black Lives Matter riot.

What makes the charges against him sensational is that all the video evidence (which was readily available to the public almost immediately) indicates every shot he fired was in self-defense.

And now his attorneys are using one man’s confession to drive home Rittenhouse’s claim of self-defense, calling a shot fired prior to the teenager’s own a “pivotal moment.”

Music

By Patrick Van Roy On October 17th, 2020 at 3:00 pm

October 17 1931

By Patrick Van Roy On October 17th, 2020 at 2:46 pm

Brooklyn native Al Capone is brought to justice after a violent criminal career, but it’s not a rival’s bullets or a murder conviction that finally does him in. The 32-year-old known as ‘Scarface’ is convicted on tax evasion charges and sentenced to a prison term of 11 years.

Interesting

By Patrick Van Roy On October 17th, 2020 at 2:36 pm

As is happening in the United States in 2020, fascists and racists were gaining ground and coming out of the woodwork after starting to feel empowered in Britain in the late 1970s.

The National Front, a far-right political party, was aiding in the growth of racism, fascism and xenophobia with politician Enoch “Rivers of Blood” Powell leading the way. With the National Front attempting to recruit the nation’s youth — and having success — some of the country’s most famous rock musicians, including David Bowie, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton, began making pro-Powell pronouncements.

“I think Enoch Powell’s right, I think we should send them all back,” Clapton famously told an arena full of fans in Birmingham in 1976. “Stop Britain from becoming a Black colony. Get the foreigners out.”

FCC

By Patrick Van Roy On October 17th, 2020 at 12:18 am

“There’s a huge divide between the power, the influence, the bias that big tech has, and the complete absence of regulation,” Carr told “Just the News AM” host Carrie Sheffield.

Carr explained how tech companies are in favor of taking speech off the internet.

“That’s not what Congress intended with Section 230,” he said, referring to the part of law that protect Internet companies when posting third-party content. “So I think we can modernize, clarify the rules, so that more speech stays out there. At the end of day, we want people deciding for themselves, the value of speech, the value of information, not Silicon Valley.

The FCC can’t remove the Section 230 statute, but it can clarify the decisions Congress has already made.

“Courts have given sweeping interpretations of Section 230 conferring immunities and privileges on big tech that Congress never provided them,” Carr said referring to what Justice Thomas said earlier this week. “Our job at the FCC will be to close some of those loopholes, while Congress and other entities look at potentially revoking 230 entirely.”

RETURNS TO MEAN

By Pete Moore On October 16th, 2020 at 8:30 pm

So a French school teacher was stabbed and beheaded in public today. His crime was to display cartoons of the so-called prophet Mohammed as an example of free speech.

Let’s be honest: mass immigration from primitive cultures has been a catastrophe for the West.

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On October 16th, 2020 at 7:23 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

The North of England; ever been there? It’s all flat caps, whippet-fancying and stodgy food. That’s your brief tour. To anyone thinking of accusing me of relying on old cartoon cliches let me stop you right now and say you’re absolutely correct. But I am thinking of our friends in the North. Boris has locked them down again so they’re feeling glum. They have nowhere to go and nothing to do. The weekend looms and all they have to look forward to is two days of staring out at the rain while talking to the whippets.

A northern soul classic then, and what a banger it is too. You out there in the colonies might be surprised to learn that our glum northern friends once appropriated all this stuff for their own, but it’s true. You could do worse, a lot worse. In the late sixties and early seventies, in the Midlands and the North, you were either bopping to northern soul or inventing heavy metal. There’s your brief musical tour also.

Have fun whatever you’re up to this weekend, even you northerners. As always, feel free to share your top sounds down below –

POKER FACE

By Pete Moore On October 16th, 2020 at 6:53 pm

Talks between the UK and EU over a post-Brexit trade agreement are “over”, Downing Street has said.

No 10 said there was “no point” in discussions continuing next week unless the EU was prepared to discuss the detailed legal text of a partnership.

These farcical negotiations have reached an impasse. The UK wants a “Canada-style” agreement. The EU wants the UK to pretend that it is not a sovereign nation and never left the EU. The EU insists that EU law remain sovereign on matters relating to UK/EU affairs, that it retains full access to our fisheries as per the current arrangements, and that the UK follow EU state aid rules. I know, what are they smoking in Brussels?

Alas, Boris has not formally ended negotiations. He still wants a deal and Michel Barnier is due in London next week. It’s just that both sides refuse to budge from where they are. In my opinion the UK has done more than enough budging already. I was always of the view that any deal acceptable to the EU is bound to be unacceptable to anyone sane anyway. That’s more than clear.

I think there will be a deal. Both sides will compromise a bit, then a bit more, then a bit more then each side will claim victory. It’s insane. We should unplug the phones tonight and allow the EU access to the Great British Market on WTO terms. That’s what we should do, but the first rule of Politics is Never Trust the Tories for good reason.

Ted Cruz on Censorship by Big Tech

By Patrick Van Roy On October 16th, 2020 at 6:20 pm