I don’t idolize Hollywood people in General Don Rickles was one of the exceptions.
Don Rickles, the acidic stand-up comic who became world-famous not by telling jokes but by insulting his audience, died on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90.
The cause was kidney failure, said a spokesman, Paul Shefrin.
For more than half a century, on nightclub stages, in concert halls and on television, Mr. Rickles made outrageously derisive comments about people’s looks, their ethnicity, their spouses, their sexual orientation, their jobs or anything else he could think of. He didn’t discriminate: His incendiary unpleasantries were aimed at the biggest stars in show business (Frank Sinatra was a favorite target) and at ordinary paying customers.
I’m genuinely stumped as to why President Assad would launch a sarin gas attack against civilians in Idlib. He’s slowly winning, the terrorists are being pushed back, and the Trump Administration recently announced that removing Assad is no longer a key aim.
So why would he expend time, funds and fuel on a militarily pointless attack which is guaranteed to have the Western politico/media establishment hopping mad and demanding his forced removal? Not to mention it puts his patron, Vladimir Vladimirovich, on a very sticky wicket. Assad might be bad, but he’s not an idiot.
Now Assad might have ordered this attack. I concede that. It’s within the realm of possibility. A news report (no link, can’t find it now) said that the order came “from the top” of Assad’s government. It would have to have done if Assad is on the hook. But I cannot spot one reason why he might have done so.
Call me old-fashioned, but unless and until compelling evidence shows that Assad is the culprit, in my book he remains only a suspect.
A fundraising event which involved lifting members of the public on to a cross for a “full crucifixion experience” has been cancelled. Manchester Passion play fundraiser Alex Stewart-Clark wanted to charge participants £750 for the spectacle in Cathedral Gardens. However, the offer was withdrawn after the play’s committee raised fears over blasphemy and health and safety. The Passion, a dramatisation of Jesus’ final days, will be held on Saturday.
I’ll be debating this with Peter Tatchell.
He takes the view that all forms of free speech should be tolerated.
So do I. After all this is a modern pluralist democracy, not some backward theocratic tyranny (Hello Saudi)
However the fact is that this was a stupid fundraising idea. It’s akin to Jewish people offering the Full Gs Oven experience to raise funds for their local synagogue. I don’t mind atheists or others mocking Christianity – God is big enough to take it is my line BUT it’s a very offensive idea to come from WITHIN the Christian community so little wonder it has been shot down. I wonder what next – the full three day being buried alive experience?
The Trump senior White House staff has been a mixture of the unqualified, the supremely qualified, and a bunch of relatives.
One of the worst appointments was General Michael T Flynn, who served as a temperamentally unsuited National Security Advisor for three weeks.
Flynn was replaced by General HR McMaster. McMaster was a highly effective combat leader ; his writings are important. He is a major upgrade over Flynn. You won’t hear that he took money from RT ( Russian Oligarch ) TV.
We’ve recently heard that Steve Bannon has been removed from an important committed at the National Security Council. Bannon, a website polemicist without any military or security credentials, should never have been on that committee.
Bannon’s removal from the committee – he remains in the WH as a counselor, has multiple reasons, but among them is the fact that McMaster and Trump’s Son In Law didn’t want him there anymore. Bannon wants to blow up the government, the others do not. McMaster wants serious people on such committees, not bomb throwers.
Good luck to the serious persons – McMaster, Mattis, some others – as they try to create order out of disorder on Pennsylvania Avenue, despite bad actors above and below them.
My view is simple. The BEST qualified person should get the job. And yet…
Police in Northern Ireland have produced an action plan to tackle the chronic shortage of Catholics joining the force – but have ruled out the reintroduction of 50/50 recruitment. Recent recruitment drives have struggled to attract new Catholic officers, despite advertising campaigns targeted specifically at the nationalist/republican communities. Just 31% of those to apply to three recent recruitment drives were from a Catholic background. And only 19% of those to make it through onto the merit pool were Catholic.
WHY does it matter what their professed faith is? I couldn’t care less if the entire Police Service was Roman Catholic if that meant these represented the best candidates to serve. Why must we pander to political demands when it comes to recruiting the most able Police Officers?
In the heavily migrant-populated Stockholm no-go suburb of Husby, women feel unsafe. The Swedish government has determined to tackle the issue with “feminist urban planning”.
Husby is Muslim central. Right. Women feel unsafe, right? So, what to do? Well….
The proposed solution, feminist urban planning, would see several measures implemented to try and make women feel safer in the area. One of the proposals is to enhance the brightness and number of street lights, which the feminists believe will attract more women and children to the area and perhaps encourage more women to do business in the centre.
A Viking Nation. Now cuck central. Bright lights won’t save these useless Swedes, but Allah will sort them out.
Would you like to opt out of funding the massive UK Foreign Aid budget?
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