If the varied and various headlines published over the past few days, and indeed weeks are anything to go by, the Scottish Referendum should be viewed as a complete change in British Politics. The ‘Independence’ claims of ‘Freedom’ and ‘self-rule’ are there in plenty, as well as the undertones, always evident from the Celtic fringe, of a release from the servitude of centuries, of a forced bow towards Westminster, of having to be allowed to spend tax-payers money which stems from the wealth stemming from Scots oil and gas. Much more has been written, and spoken, by the Scots ‘Yes’ campaign, but all along the, the same theme emerges from these Scots politicians; ‘Trust us, and we shall deliver you and Scotland towards the Elysian Fields, and it will not cost you anything’!
Much the same thing, but on a much more negative note, comes from the speeches of the ‘No’ campaign; more dire warnings from a bunch of politicians and observers gathered together, for expediency purposes, under their ‘No Thanks’ banner. We hear of the terrible things which may befall the Scots, if they decide to ‘go it alone’, and even of the very voice of the Prime Minister ‘breaking’ with true emotion as he implores the Scottish voters to believe him and his confreres in the ‘No’ camp; whilst at the same time asking those same Scottish voters to forget that he shares the same platform with the Labour leader, a bitter enemy, and the Lib-Dim leader, another bitter enemy, but one wrapped in the colours of a Coalition.
But amidst all the clamour, the many and varied promises of a collective bunch of Politicians whom, we are justly remembering, are the same bunch who promised all those things which never came to pass, because they will never, ever, contemplate changing from the ‘status quo ante’; meaning, literally, the same as was before.
Commentators, and there are many of us, despair of being offered a true change, of a movement away from the deadly boredom of Government by Party politics, of the incessant pleas for this special treatment for a small category, or that ‘exception’ to the rules for the rest of us.
If one of the Parties: now scrambling to attempt to undo the catastrophic decisions which came forth after the totally stupid and cowardly ‘Devolution’ schemes of the early Blair/New Labour years, when the paths towards a Scottish ‘Independence’ were first cast in Legislation: had actually presented any new ideas, any faint traces of a proper ‘Democracy’; of changes which would form a Government which reacted to what the People wanted; instead of ramming through policies based on Party dogma, many would have applauded and made those changes work. But the big problem is that, in order to effect those changes, the Party politicians, together with the bulk of the invisible but powerful ‘Inner Government’ which is actually what the Whitehall Civil Service actually is, would have to give up power, and themselves be subject to the considered ‘whims’ of the people who gave their votes, and allowed the parasites in power to milch the public purse unto the tenth generation!
What is not evident, but still present, are the facts that one bunch of the ‘Old Elite’ are attempting to wrest power from the rest of the ‘Old Elite'; with not a new thought, or idea, or proposal amongst the lot of them! If you mention, even in passing, the Harrogate Solution, all you would probably get would be “Whats Harrogate got to do with it”?
“The whole affair raises serious questions about the competence of Western policymaking towards Russia.”
A sober analysis of Russia and Ukraine by the former British Ambassador to Moscow. In The Telegraph of all places. Goodness knows how this one slipped in.
Clearly our our former man in Moscow has been keeping up with events, which suggests he doesn’t get his news from the paper he appears in today.
President Obama will come off the Golf Course to tell us tonight what he is going to do to fix the problem that he has allowed to manifest in the Middle East. The following clip is from the Kelly Files. It explains the situation we are in.
Here is a post that someone I know did in June in reaction to those who want to blame Bush for Obama’s actions. It is a short post with defining links. It wont change the minds of those that want to point the finger at anyone except the man that has been in charge for 6 years, but it explains the argument well. It also shows that not everyone buys the Bush is to blame argument we continue to hear for 6 YEARS.
This is the relevant 2 paragraphs, the video he refers to is different than the one posted above.
For those who say “but Bush negotiated the agreement under which Obama ended up completely pulling out of Iraq,” there is no question that everyone involved in those Bush negotiations expected that the next president would forge a new agreement with the Iraqi government when the time came, and that it would involve leaving some residual forces there. But it was clear that Obama had no interest in doing so; he barely participated in the talks and pulled out when the going got the least bit rough.
Contrast Bush’s speech in the video above with this speech of Obama’s which he made on the occasion of the complete withdrawal from Iraq. He justifies and celebrates that withdrawal by praising the accomplishments the US had made in Iraq up to then—including and especially those of the surge which he had bitterly opposed as a senator. Ironically and tragically, those achievements have evaporated now, although their loss might well have been prevented had he left a small residual force in the country.
Obama is a an Academic, as with all Academics his plans have turned to crap. If you can work it out in theory the reality always proves you wrong, which is the reality of this President. I hope what he initiates tonight works. I regretfully have little hope that it will.
We will never touch Obama Legally, we just won’t. History will put his Presidency in the toilet where it belongs. He was the first Black President an achievement that will forever be his.
Holder on the other hand needs to be made an example of, that should be the Republican focus of the next two years. He’s such an easy target, yet the village twits that lead that body have their heads up their butts, with a lack of balls so profound they flinch at their own reflections.
Rep. Darrell Issa Says He Caught the Justice Department Red-Handed Conspiring with House Dems on IRS Documents
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says the Obama administration’s Justice Department has been caught red-handed trying to orchestrate the leak of committee documents related to the ongoing IRS investigation, which would have allowed Justice to comment on the documents before Republicans made them public.
Issa says he has clear evidence of this — a Justice official mistakenly called Issa’s staff directly, instead of calling a Democratic office, and asked Issa’s staff to leak the information “before the Majority” — meaning Republicans — could share it.
“I am extremely troubled by this attempt to improperly coordinate the release of committee documents with the minority staff,” Issa wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder in a Monday letter. “This effort to preemptively release incomplete and selectively chosen information undermines the department’s claims that it is responding in good faith.”
According to Issa’s letter, a senior Justice official called the committee on Friday, and reached Issa’s Republican staff. The official said Justice was sending over certain documents to Republicans that evening related to Andrew Strelka, a former IRS official who now works at Justice and is involved in the IRS investigation.
Republicans have complained about Strekla’s involvement in the case given his past work at the IRS.
The official then said Justice was not allowed to release the documents to the press, but said Justice wanted to get it to the press somehow so it could comment on the documents before Issa could.
The official “then asked the committee employee if the committee would agree to release the material to selected reporters and thereby allow the department the opportunity to comment publicly on it,” Issa wrote.
When Issa’s staff asked for the documents, the Justice official put the call on hold for about three minutes, during which he apparently realized his mistake.
Issa said when the call resumed, the Justice official was “audibly shaken,” and said there was a “change in plans” — Justice would no longer seek to release the documents early. Issa said he realizes that emails and other communications are often shared, but said the call seems to be proof that committee Democrats are working with the Obama administration to “obfuscate and prejudice the committee’s work through under-the-table coordination.”
Issa also dismissed the Justice official’s later attempt to explain away the call by saying it was aimed at fostering a closer working relationship with Republicans.
“The department’s efforts to prejudice the committee’s oversight work demands examination,” Issa wrote. “I ask that you provide a detailed explanation for each of the department’s ex part communications with the minority members or staff about committee investigations or strategies for blocking and undermining oversight.”
Issa asked that Holder provide this information by Monday, September 15.
by Steven Ertel
The Obama administration has renewed its attempt to force a Catholic religious order, the Little Sisters of the Poor, to comply with the HHS abortion mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.
The Obama administration announced today it will continue its legal battle against the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order of nuns dedicated to serving the neediest elderly in society. This comes despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and another company in their bid to stop the HHS mandate.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances
Last Friday I didn’t post a song I posted a clip of Deadwood Scenes. The purpose was to show a part of our nature, human nature and American nature in particular. Our anger and determination can run high. The scenes in that clip highlight that aspect of our nature. That was supposed to be a part 1 post.
Due to rogue gremlins I have not been able to even connect to the site let alone post what I wanted as Part 2. The Gremlins have been thwarted at least for now.
I give you now part II
It is a an advice Column from the Village Voice. The Voice is still a keystone in the counter culture leftwing world the exchange is between two Liberals. It however Highlights another side of our character. One that makes us really who we are. I hope you can figure it out.
Ask Andrew W.K.
Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole
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I’m writing because I just can’t deal with my father anymore. He’s a 65-year-old super right-wing conservative who has basically turned into a total asshole intent on ruining our relationship and our planet with his politics. I’m more or less a liberal democrat with very progressive values and I know that people like my dad are going to destroy us all. I don’t have any good times with him anymore. All we do is argue. When I try to spend time with him without talking politics or discussing any current events, there’s still an underlying tension that makes it really uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I love him no matter what, but how do I explain to him that his politics are turning him into a monster, destroying the environment, and pushing away the people who care about him?
Thanks for your help,
Son of A Right-Winger