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‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE BREXIT

By Pete Moore On January 30th, 2020 at 7:28 pm

Which reminds me that I must get on and and renew my Irish passport. You never know, it might come in handy one day!

Whatever your view of it, tomorrow really is a momentous day. Brexit isn’t a policy. It decides who makes policy. It is as momentous as 1979 and the Glorious Revolution. The truth is that I’m not as exultant about it as some might think. I mean the actual leaving the EU thing. I want it to happen of course. Not an ounce of me wants to be a part of it. But in our leaving I’m feeling more poignant than anything, poignant because of its inevitability.

My exultation is over having defeated our internal opponents. We always said that the the battle was never with the EU. It was always at home. Our opponents were many, the most powerful people in the country, and from 2016 they called on their allies from around the world. They threatened and insulted and bullied, but we won.

So while I won’t be partying like it’s 1972 some of us will be and they deserve it.

Hat tip to Nigel

By Patrick Van Roy On January 30th, 2020 at 6:47 pm

Hiding from the process server…..

By Patrick Van Roy On January 30th, 2020 at 2:28 pm

A couple of tweets

By Patrick Van Roy On January 30th, 2020 at 2:03 pm

Two of the FBI’s four applications for warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to spy on a Trump campaign adviser lacked probable cause and should not have been issued in the first place.

That’s the stunning admission by the Justice Department, contained in a recent court filing with the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in Washington.

What’s more, the FBI made “material misstatements and omissions” in those two warrant applications, according to the Justice Department, and the agency isn’t using information from any of the four warrants now.

In a 2018 memo titled “Correcting the Record: The Russia Investigation” and sent to all House members when Democrats were in the minority, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., asserted: “FBI and DOJ officials did not ‘abuse’ the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign.”

But they did.

The Big Lie

By Mahons On January 30th, 2020 at 1:02 pm

It is now clear to everyone that Trumps defenses to the impeachment charges have evaporated. He is guilty of everything he was charged with. The new line of defense will now be the last line of defense – it doesnt matter.

His defense is now articulated as this: so long as he believed his reelection is in the national interest, anything he did was not impeachable. This grade yourself standard was widely accepted by Republican Senators who are dying to end their farcical trial without witnesses, revelations and confirmations.

The natural conclusion from this crazed defense is a President could withold or provide aid based upon foreign government cooperation in attacking political opponents. A foreign government could provided damaging information on political rivals in exchange for favors if the President thinks his relection is in the national interest (when does a President not think that?). So China could provide spy information in exchange for our going easy on human rights violations, North Korea could investigate a Presidents rivals in exchange for our looking the other way on their nuclear ambitions.
All the nonsense you’ve read about Biden, there being no quid pro quo and that Trump wasnt aware of what he was doing were clearly lies. The people who pushed those stories were liars. The only thing left to them is the Big Lie, and it will probably work.

THEY’VE REALISED THEIR FOLLY

By Pete Moore On January 29th, 2020 at 7:36 pm

It’s quite touching in a way. MEP’s voted to approve the Withdrawal Agreement then stood to sing Auld Lang Syne at the end of the last session of the European Parliament to be attended by British MEPs. Whether or not they were singing off old friends or British cash is hard to tell, but they even sing it as badly as we do.

The truth is that if the EU, including this chamber, had been a touch less hardline, a touch less committed to eradicating national sovereignty, and a teeny bit willing to compromise with democracy and patriotism, they wouldn’t be filled with regret.

THE BEST MAN IN DENMARK

By Pete Moore On January 29th, 2020 at 6:47 pm

A Danish newspaper has rejected China’s demand for an apology after it published a satirical cartoon of a Chinese flag with the five gold stars replaced by the deadly coronavirus.

China’s embassy in Denmark called the Jyllands-Posten cartoon, published on Monday, “an insult to China”.

The paper and cartoonist Niels Bo Bojesen must “publicly apologise to the Chinese people”, it said [..]

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen reminded China on Tuesday that “we have freedom of expression in Denmark – also to draw”.

And the Chinese have the right to suck it up. The rest of our lives will see the evil Chinese communists increasingly throw their weight around. Often it will be met with no resistance, by globalists and the nowhere people who see more value in a deal than in behaving correctly.

We don’t need conflict with China, but compromising on the foundations of your life is unacceptable. The sooner the West follows Mette Frederiksen’s example the better. We’ll sorely regret it otherwise.

January 29 1964….. Kubrick’s Best

By Patrick Van Roy On January 29th, 2020 at 2:19 pm

Director Stanley Kubrick’s biting black comedy of cold war paranoia opens in US and UK cinemas, introducing a bomb-fearing world to President Muffley, Captain Mandrake, and General Ripper’s ‘precious bodily fluids.’

 

Love..its a Mitch

By Mahons On January 29th, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Unrequited love is tough. Trump doesnt love Mitch McConnell, but old Mitch loves him. One can imagine Mich’s tears when he told his Republican colleagues he didnt have the votes to block witnesses. Personally I think he will have the votes and said this to shore up pressure on Republicans who had yet to fully sell their soul but it does create less certainty in the Senate case. Sure they can call the entire bumbling Biden family is a smoke and mirrors attempt to equate the Biden’s greed and stupidity with Trump’s impeachable offenses. But Bolton, he was one of their guys, handpicked by the President and presumably at the appex of his moment. He could cause some shit storm that even Trump’s dog Lindsey Graham might stop salivating like a Pavlov Dog. The crazy days continue.

Mideast In Pieces Peace Plan

By Mahons On January 29th, 2020 at 1:09 pm

Jared Kushner, Trump’s Son-in-law with no diplomatic or government background and with as much international relations experience as an IHOP waitress (International House of Pancakes restaurant) is the architect of an alleged peace plan that was supposed to be beautiful.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The plan is so one-sided the Paldstinians not only were not included in negotiations, they didnt show uo at the announcement. Indicted Benjamin Netanyahu did, looking like a kid on his birthday. The plan is so one-sided in Israel’s favor I dont think Israel would have the chutzpah to have even asked for some of the provisions. It was created with the intent to be rejected, it undermines longstanding bipartisan American policy and removes any possibikity that the US could been seen as a neutral broker. It is so astoundingly laughable that the $50 billion dollars we Yanks are supposed to invest is a thoughtless afterthought (why in God’s name do we keep having to throw more money into this quagmire? )
My beautiful plan would be a telegram to both sides that said “Come back when you really want peace.” Bibi will use this to shore up his deteriorating position in Israel and Trump will use it to boast on tha campaign trail, but it doesnt bring peace in our time, or any time soon.