I’m across to London this Saturday to take part in the hour long Sunday morning topical issues programme, Sunday Morning live. Should be fun. It goes out live across the UK at Ten a.m. and the issues all seem thoughtful and I will do my best to represent my own views on them. It’s been a while since I last appeared on this programme. It used to be filmed in Belfast but has now moved to London so a little bit of a hassle to get there but as you know, I enjoy debate. If you’re living in the UK and Ireland, do tune in!
So, the Pope has gone to Washington. But not everyone is dancing with delight. I enjoyed George Will’s take on it.
“Pope Francis embodies sanctity but comes trailing clouds of sanctimony.
With a convert’s indiscriminate zeal, he embraces ideas impeccably fashionable, demonstrably false and deeply reactionary. They would devastate the poor on whose behalf he purports to speak — if his policy prescriptions were not as implausible as his social diagnoses are shrill.
Supporters of Francis have bought newspaper and broadcast advertisements to disseminate some of his woolly sentiments that have the intellectual tone of fortune cookies. One example: “People occasionally forgive, but nature never does.” The Vatican’s majesty does not disguise the vacuity of this. Is Francis intimating that environmental damage is irreversible? He neglects what technology has accomplished regarding London’s air (see Page 1 of Dickens’s “Bleak House”) and other matters.
And the Earth is becoming “an immense pile of filth”? Hyperbole is a predictable precursor of yet another U.N. Climate Change Conference — the 21st since 1995. Fortunately, rhetorical exhibitionism increases as its effectiveness diminishes. In his June encyclical and elsewhere, Francis lectures about our responsibilities, but neglects the duty to be as intelligent as one can be.This man who says “the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions” proceeds as though everything about which he declaims is settled, from imperiled plankton to air conditioning being among humanity’s “harmful habits.” The church that thought it was settled science that Galileo was heretical should be attentive to all evidence.
Francis deplores “compulsive consumerism,” a sin to which the 1.3 billion persons without even electricity can only aspire. He leaves the Vatican to jet around praising subsistence farming, a romance best enjoyed from 30,000 feet above the realities that such farmers yearn to escape.
Secular people with anti-Catholic agendas drain his prestige, a dwindling asset, into promotion of policies inimical to the most vulnerable people and unrelated to what once was the papacy’s very different salvific mission.
He stands against modernity, rationality, science and, ultimately, the spontaneous creativity of open societies in which people and their desires are not problems but precious resources. Americans cannot simultaneously honor him and celebrate their nation’s premises. “
I consider him a wholly fool. At best.
The accusations regarding financial wrong doings get curiouser and curiouser.
“Some £45 million has been paid to (coughs) “fixers” behind the biggest ever property deal in Northern Ireland, it has been claimed. “
How lovely for them….let’s read on….
Mick Wallace, an Independent TD in the Irish Republic, made the allegation over the £1.2 billion Project Eagle portfolio sale to US investment trust Cerberus by Ireland’s bad bank, the National Asset Management Agency (Nama). The former builder previously claimed money had been set aside in the mammoth deal to be paid to a politician.
“It is nonsense for Nama to suggest that the problems are all about the purchase. There are serious problems about the sale of Project Eagle to Cerberus and it stinks to the high heavens,” he said. Investigations are ongoing over £7 million discovered in an off-shore account controlled by Ian Coulter, a former managing partner of Belfast-based law firm Tughans which acted as local legal advisers in the successful Cerberus bid.
The UK’s National Crime Agency and political watchdogs either side of the Irish border are looking into the sale of the bank loans linked to Project Eagle. Mr Wallace claimed in the Dail parliament in Dublin that Irish taxpayers had covered the cost of massive losses on the deal while the US investment fund, which boasted former US vice president Dan Quayle among its senior ranks, was doubling its money on some of the property.
“The seven million we have been talking about in the Isle of Man was only for openers. Forty-five million has been paid to fixers,” Mr Wallace said.
Democratic Unionist Party leader Peter Robinson yesterday vehemently rejected allegations he was to receive any payment linked to the Project Eagle sale after he was named at a parliamentary committee at Stormont.
Let’s hope the stress of all these scurrilous unfounded allegation does not force Mr Robinson to stand down through poor health from his very important duties in
keeping the IRA in government securing prosperity at Stormont.
As far as I am concerned, anyone who leaves the UK to join Islamic State, a death cult that has horrified the thinking world with its atrocities in Syria and Iraq, is an ENEMY of this State and should be hunted down and despatched into eternity. But the Green Party has other ideas;
The use of drones to kill UK citizens abroad is being legally challenged by two Green Party parliamentarians. Earlier this month, David Cameron announced an RAF-operated drone had killed two Britons linked to so-called Islamic State in Syria, describing the action as an “act of self defence”. MP Caroline Lucas and Baroness Jones have now sought permission for a judicial review of the policy, claiming that “targeted killing” is unlawful. It is backed by campaigners Reprieve.
Given their much reduced carbon footprint, I would have thought the Greens might have approved but then again their desire to handicap us in every way as we fight back against these savages is their over-riding priority.
I thought this was pretty appalling, what say you?
REGISTERED sex offenders should be allowed to photograph children in public, judges have ruled.
The judges made the shocking revelation after deciding that a law prohibiting sex offenders from photographing fully clothed children violates their right to free speech.
The case was brought to light after a man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking non-pornographic pictures of children. Christopher Ottoman was convicted of child sexual assault in 2002. The 44-year-old was on probation in February 2011 when an agent searched his home and discovered a camera and mobile phone with photos of children playing outside his flat.
I can think of no good reason why this convicted deviant is taking images of kids playing in the street and I certainly would not want him photographing my children. Since when is photographing children “free speech”? This is a very wrong decision from the judiciary.
I am not remotely surprised that the new Labour leader Comrade Jeremy Corbyn thinks like this.
Jeremy Corbyn undermined the Northern Ireland peace process yesterday by reaffirming his support for a united Ireland.
The Labour leader appeared to break an agreement that the party would maintain a bipartisan approach to the province by telling the New Statesman that a unified Ireland was “an aspiration that I have always gone along with”.
Of course when considering the wisdom of Jeremy Corbyn this is a chart you might want to look at!
Labour cannot get elected with this clown as their Leader and when you read this you can see why…
Kerry McCarthy, a vegan, has called for public advertising campaigns to warn people against eating meat – in a similar way to how graphic messages are included on cigarette packets.
Appointed to her frontbench role by new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn earlier this month, the MP for Bristol East told vegan magazine Viva!life: “I really believe that meat should be treated in exactly the same way as tobacco, with public campaigns to stop people eating it. “Progress on animal welfare is being made at European Union level… but in the end it comes down to not eating meat or dairy.”
Without meat or dairy, UK does not have an agriculture sector. I remind you she is Labour’s agriculture minister!
I think that then explains this…from a respected Labour MP.
The farming community will be laughing at this appointment-not likely to win any Labour voters in the countryside https://t.co/MGKzGwJbOv
— Kate Hoey (@KateHoeyMP) September 24, 2015
Pope Francis will be in Washington DC today, that City of northern charm and southern efficiency as JFK is said to have quipped. He will address Congress, a fine example of talking to sinners. No doubt he will win praise and condemnation from both the Left and The Right, each eager to quote him when interests align. Personally I don’t agree with him on everything, but he has established a better tone and humility that allows disagreement to be less divisive.
He will then come to New York, and address an even greater den of Vipers at the United Nations. I wish him well in that endeavor, though I am afraid that substantive progress towards a better World for all would require something on a miraculous scale. In any event, he is very welcome here and my best wishes for a safe and enjoyable stay.
Oh my aching sides. The Conservatives must LOVE this sort of profound idiocy.
“Appointing a vegan as Labour’s farming spokesman was always going to ruffle feathers. But even Kerry McCarthy’s critics must have been surprised by her pronouncement that meat should be treated like tobacco, with public campaigns to stop people eating it.
Her appointment has alarmed countryside campaigners, who warned that her veganism and vice presidency of the anti-hunting League Against Cruel Sports would cloud her judgment on farming. Last night, her ideas were attacked as ‘bordering on the cranky’ by the chief executive of the Countryside Alliance.”
So, the Labour Minister for Agriculture wants to single out meat eaters for draconian punishment and social shaming. Now what can go wrong with that? Labour is falling apart at the seams as it pursues dogma over voters.
Famed baseball player Yogi Beera has died, aged 90. I don’t know if he actually came out with half the sayings attributed to him but they sure make me smile. Like this one…
“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters say they want the government to allow no refugees from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries into the United States.
Got that? 49% say None. Zilch. Zero.
Another 20% only support President Obama’s initial proposal of allowing 10,000 refugees to resettle here. Just 22% agree with the administration’s decision to allow in even more refugees, including seven percent (7%) who favor resettling 100,000 or more in this country.
In essence, no one apart from Obama, Hillary and Kerry support the US taking in 185,00 “refugees’ in the next year and a bit. So the question then becomes WHY does this Obama regime find itself so diametrically opposed to the will of America?