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Here we go, bright and early - for a change! A Jewish grandmother is giving directions to her grown grandson who is coming to visit with his wife. "You come to the front door of the apartment. I am in apartment 301. There is a big panel at the front door. With your elbow, push button 301. I will buzz... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
We have friends/ex-neighbours arriving for coffee in half an hour and then we are out to lunch so there may be a pause, or three, but fear not - "I shall return". Poor old 'Rupe': He put in a 'yuuuuuuuuuuge' bid for the Sky TV network but some other rascal bid higher. What can one say, except 'ohdearwhatapitynevermind'! Mind you,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Although, to be fair, I haven't indulged in 'arty-farty' for quite a while. I blame the National Review for printing an article on the man I consider, based on minimal knowledge (so no change there then!), to be the greatest painter of all time - Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69). About 25 years ago I went to an exhibition of some... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I'm getting to the age where I am wondering if I'll live long enough to read them all! I am still progressing gradually through 'The Story of Britain' by Sir Roy Strong, superb book but there's awful lot of it! Waiting for me in my super-duper Kindle, the greatest invention since sliced bread, is the 'LA Quartet' by James Ellroy... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I refer, sadly, to the imminent demise of the once wonderful sport of athletics. I was raised on the achievements of the likes of the late Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to break the four minute mile barrier in 1954, with a little help from his pace-maker friends, Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher. A marvellous achievement, superb athletes and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Happy to oblige, Ma'am, but I assume it is mutual?
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And your point is . . . what, exactly? Oh, I see, you think that I am as blind in support for the Repubs as y'all are for the Dems. So, wrong again, DA, but at least you are consistent. I view ALL politicians, Right, Left or Centre, with scepticism verging on outright distrust.
All that sanctimony from keen supporters of the party which put up with the Kennedy brothers' squalid behavior, especially Teddy whom you all supported up to the hilt, and then 'good ol' Billy Clinton and his despicable actions, and now today you have the case of ex-Congressman Keith Ellison, deputy chairman of the party and nominee for the position of AG in Minnesota. Is that over-ripe humbug I can smell?
Anne, I do realise that I am almost certainly wasting my time but I will attempt to parse your words above. First, you were subject to a sexual *assault* which I assume entailed some degree of physical violence. If so I am truly sorry for you and I hope the perp suffered severely for his action. Second, whether you like it or not, *so far* there really is literally NO EVIDENCE to support 'Prof' Ford's accusation. I assume you are *not* supporting the notion that any accusation from a woman against a man must be accepted without question? Third, you seem to have failed to read my actual words from above: "... when I indulged my groping/petting habit with young ladies, it always ended immediately on one single word - stop!" Fourth, you suggest that I am lecturing you! No, I am simply expressing my opinion ('a poor thing, Ma'am, but mine own) in my usually polite way I deploy in conversation with a lady.
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In your terribly, polite, British way, Prime Minister, you attempted to offer those European 'suits' a reasonable compromise to help facilitate a congenial means of separating. Their response was to keep very 'schtum' and welcome you into their grand get-together in an Austrian palace where, once dinner was over, they then proceeded very publicly to pelt you with bread rolls... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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No, Max, it was a jury that 'smeared'(!) Trayvon Martin, not me by declaring his killer innocent of murder. Of course, I do realise that from your somewhat eccentric legal 'philosophy' you think otherwise. Perhaps you should try for Kavanaugh's slot if he fails to make it!
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Sorry, Anne, *nothing* justifies "death threats" against anyone and I have not even hinted such a thing. And are you seriously suggesting that anytime someone comes out of the blue and **without a shred of evidence** makes a serious allegation from 35 years ago that you must insist on an FBI investigation? I don't think the FBI would be very keen on that!
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So then, Max, here we have two people who have not been in contact for - what was it? - 35 years. One of them has a strong political animus against the other and suddenly, at a crucial point in his career, comes out with a serious allegation which will destroy the life and reputation of the other. She offers no proof. He denies it. So, under the, er, 'rule of law' according to Max and his followers, one of the parties is absolutely and definitely telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth - and the other is absolutely and definitely telling a lie! Well, if that's how you wish to run your legal system then carry on. It sort of fits in with your previous absolute insistence that despite an independent jury finding a man innocent, he was, in fact, guilty. Thus sayeth Max! What can I say except to do something I rarely do which is to thank God I do not live under your 'legal' system!
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No, Anne, it does not justify "sexual assault", and no-one, including me, is saying that it does. Those 'year books' which disappeared so mysteriously simply provide a background which, it appears, was somewhat different from the impression which everyone here assumed. In order to make a judgment about this allegation, I assume you do want to understand the background, don't you? I mean, you wouldn't want to wreck a man's reputation just on the (so far) uncorroborated accusation of a woman who has a very strong political animus against Judge Kavanaugh - would you?
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I think the opening paragraph of the report featured in Watts Up With That says it all. If Michael Mann and his cohorts thought the world is warming, it's about to become boiling hot for them! Nearly seven years ago, on December 7th, 2011, the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic’s (FME Law) sought public records from the University of Arizona... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Not that anyone here will be interested but it has come to light that all the 'year books' (whatever they are!) from the college attended by 'Prof' Blasey Ford and Justice Kavanaugh were scrubbed three days ago. However, a blogger operating as "Cult of the 1st Amendment" (who is a very, very naughty boy!) latched on to them and guessing that they would indeed be scrubbed, he copied them! Frankly, I can't be bothered to read them but suffice to say that the young, er, 'ladies' who attended the college, including 'Prof' Ford, were very enthusiastic boozers and wild party-girls. And isn't it strange how they disappeared so quickly! https://cultofthe1st.blogspot.com/2018/09/why-christine-blasey-fords-high-school_19.html?m=1
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I cannot remember how many times I forecast that in the Brexit (non) negotiations, the Europeans would not give us their nose pickings! Today, following their outright refusal to accept any of Mrs. May's soppy-soft, Chequers proposal in which she strove to find some sort of middle ground, it is now absolutely clear that we are out and out with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I am deeply grateful to the CAPX site, in general, and Herr (I assume he is a 'Herr) Kai Weiss of the Austrian Economics Centre and the Hayek Institute, in particular, for his excellent essay on this - the 30th anniversary of 'that woman's' speech in Bruges. Given all the mostly useless prats (and 'pratettes') who have run our country... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Dear Ms. Reeves, you are always welcome over at my place (he said, splashing on the after-shave, smoothing his mustache and pouring the dry martinis!) where, of course, you will be as safe as anything, not least because at 79 years of age I am very definitely not a fast mover, let alone a shaker! Of course, in this thread we have the perfect example of the truth of Oscar's words (such a dear boy!) when he suggest that the only thing that divides us Brits and you 'Yankee-doodles' is our common language! Or to put it more clearly you say "petting" and I say "groping" - let's call the whole thing off! For the record, not that any of the deeply shocked saints and virgins here will care, is that when I indulged my groping/petting habit with young ladies, it always ended immediately on one single word - stop! Mind you, it never stopped the young ladies who were groping/petting me! You have no idea what I had to put up with! How does that old song go: Those were the days my friend We thought they'd never end We'd sing and dance forever and a day We'd live the life we choose We'd fight and never lose For we were young and sure to have our way. Needless to say, my successes in this area were never anywhere near as much as I would have liked, let alone anywhere near what I boasted of to my pals! Still, I did meet one or two of the 'lucky'(!) ladies after the event and I am delighted to say that we remained good friends and, as it happens, one of them is my wife to whom I have been married for 54 years - yes, I know, what a lucky gal!
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It was me! And it's true. My only regret is that I didn't get the opportunity to grope more. Of course, none of the 'men' on this site, especially the French Canadian, would have done anything like that, oh dear me no, never, not ever, really, honest to God! They were, without any doubt, total virgins when they married! (If you believe that, can I interest you in one of my immaculate, low-mileage second-hand cars?)
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Right, so further to my request for some quoted examples of my "distorting outright lies", as per usual, 'no answer was the stern reply'. Why am I not surprised?
I feel a bit like an old king whose favourite jester has died! Reading Dennis Norden's obit in The Telegraph today was a very sad surprise because, to be honest, if you had asked me I would have assumed that he had died years ago! It made me realise that he, and his former excellent and witty partner, Frank Muir,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
If you say so, Max, but please use quotations to support your accusation that I am producing "endless distorting and outright lies". You know, in exactly the same way that 'Prof' Ford will, no doubt (er, there isn't any doubt, is there?), will produce some sort of 'evidence' to support her accusations. If you can manage it, please copy and paste them. I am waiting eagerly . . .
Max, your reading abilities are deteriorating - again! - and as always it has a bad effect on your temper! Nowhere did I suggest that 'Prof'. Ford did not decide to come forward. As I read it, she volunteered the accusation to a local Dem politician back in July who passed it on to that deeply principled democrat, Sen. Feinstein who then kept it under wraps until now. Why would she do that, do you think? And why would 'Prof' Ford go along with it when she was, apparently, ever so eager to have it investigated and have what she thinks is her wrong put right? Now, read this again and take a deep breath before you reply!
Not quite so, Roger, Sen. Feinstein has been in possession of the accusation since July!