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There a two schools of thought on the importance, or otherwise, of Douglas Carswell's decision to quit the Tory party for UKIP and force an immediate by-election. Some commentators, all vastly more knowledgeable than me, describe it as not so much a storm but more of a squall in a Westminster teacup. Others disagree and insist that the earth just... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Once againg I do my best to raise output figures by cheering up you wage slaves on a Monday morning. No, don't thank me, just the usual 'readies' in a plain brown envelope! A guy walks into a crowed bar, waving his 1911 Colt .45 calibre pistol with an 8 shot clip, and yells, "I want to know who's been... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Shockin', shockin'! Poor George Galloway, attacked in the street by some demented oaf who appears to have taken umbrage at George's virulent anti-Israel remarks. Poor George's jaw was broken and I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked . . . er, but, of course, that means poor George will not be able to speak for some time. Ah well, it's an... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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This was sent to me by a very elderly friend who is, alas, not in the best of health. She is a very tough, old, Jewish lady with a sparkling sense of humour and she and I hit it off when we first met some thirty years ago. I read it and was moved: “You - you alone will have... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
The point, dear Jason, is that in your, er, example and in the two incidents to which I referred, Mr. Holder was entirely right to do nothing and I congratulate him. It is when Mr. Holder decides, after holding his licked finger up to the political wind, and also after 'consulting' with his boss in the White House, to *do* something that he shows his political venality. No doubt when he leaves office he will join that venerable, music-hall duo, Jackson & Sharpton (or should it be Sharpton & Jackson?) of whom it has been said that they never fail to blow long and hard on the embers of any potentially racial incident. Of course, only white on black incidents, natch!
Apologies for the delay, what can I say except "Events, dear boy, events"! Now, having pulled on my Marigold gloves, let us examine the nauseating Mr. Eric Holder. A man who holds the highest legal office in the government of the USA. An office in which it is imperative that he remain *strictly* neutral in all legal matters, pursuing those with a true case to answer but never acting in a way that could influence any forthcoming trial. So, Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., what do you think about Mr. Holder, the Attorney General of the United States of America, rushing down to your town to hold hands with the family of the shop-robbing thug you shot and for which you *may* face charges? Do you think that set the scene for a fair, unbiased trial? And, Officer Wilson, did you notice that when a white, unarmed youth called Dillon Taylor was shot dead by a black policeman, Mr. Eric Holder did, er, well, absolutely nothing! And back in 2012, when two white couples were set upon by a mob of black men outside a McDonalds and one of the young men, Denton James Ward 18, was so badly injured (he subsequently he died of his wounds) that his friends rushed him to hospital in their car but in their panic they jumped a light and in the crash one of the girls was also killed, guess what Attorney General Holder did, er, well, nothing, actually! Incidentally, the perp, through lack of reliable witnesses served 90 days for a misdemeanour! And then there was Mr. Holder's busybody activities over the Trayvon Martin case . . . Need one say more? Of course I do realise that if you suffer from blindness, deafness and lack the ability to smell, then you may think Mr. Holder is a man of impeccable rectitude!
So Douglas Carswell, a fiercely independent thinker and a passionate advocate for Britain to leave the UK has now decided to leave the Tory party, or to be precise, has decided to leave the Tory party led by David Cameron. Sundry political commentators who know a great deal more of the background than me complain that only a few months... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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"Republicans' misrule." That's rich coming from a Democrat who has supported the most dangerous, dishonest and politically corrupt regime seen for decades. Example? Try Mr. Eric Holder, the 'Lord of Misrule'!
Admittedly, the view from 'over here' to 'over there' is somewhat obscured and distorted although this has changed enormously for the better in the last 20-odd years as the internet has grown. However, post-Reagan and through the Bush and Clinton years I gained the distinct impression that racial tensions in America were easing, yes, slowly, perhaps too slowly and also... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Yes, of course, there are several other reasons but I will concentrate on just two of them - the IRS scandal and the shooting dead of a black youth in Ferguson, Mo. In America, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), their equivalent of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, possesses draconian powers such that individual citizens treat it with extreme caution, not... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Alas, it is in the finest traditions of la France to amble along quietly, enjoying its wine and cuisine, and then suddenly to hurl itself into a political hissy-fit of such proportions that the neighbours have to duck the flying crockery! Ever since Madelaine began her liaison amoureuse with 'Hans ze Hun' life has gone along rather well but as... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Here's a simple question - not! Who wrote this: If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generations of creatures [my emphasis], what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? I believe it is the atomic hypothesis (or the atomic fact, or whatever you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Tim Worstall points his truncheon, er, in a manner of speaking, at a problem, or non-problem depending on your point of view, at the latest police practice in which Her Maj's Loyal Constabulary infiltrate Left-wing loony groups and shag the 'wimmin'. Needless to say, The Graun is shocked, I tell you, shocked! According to a total wet by the name... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
You really don't deserve any 'funnies' today because instead of slaving away at the coalface you're all lounging about at home. On the other hand, in the finest tradition of British Bank Holiday Mondays, it's pouring with rain and no doubt the wife is moaning because instead of going out she now has to cook lunch at home, the kids... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Peter, you have touched me by reminding me of Hyacinth Bucket, I always wanted her to have my babies! Pamela (if you will excuse the familiarity), what's wrong with 'poltroons', perfectly normal English word if a tad archaic, but then, so am I! Charlie is entirely right in suggesting that Obama is not entirely hopeless, it's just that he's hopeless most of the time but we must give him credit where due and his reluctance to get stuck into Syria was entirely right.
So how long will it take for you to acknowledge what has been obvious to many of us since about his second year of office that the man is more or less useless? Also, that he has surrounded himself with ignoramuses and poltroons?
Oh dear, what a pity never mind: Well, not quite the day of perfection I had hoped for - see post below. I don't go to seriously posh - and hugely expensive - places too often for very obvious reasons! So I was looking forward to my lunch at the Bath Priory. As I told you yesterday, it was a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Life really is just one great round of pleasure these days. I suppose it's something to do with the remarkable Summer we're enjoying 'over here'. However, today should be rather special because we are celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of a couple who are very old and dear friends. So, we are hosting them on a trip to Bath and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
This might be a time for Hollywood to remake one of their great hits from the past, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, a Capra film starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur. Not likely though because the current version being played in real life features a Right-wing Republican as the hero which would have the average Hollywood exec spluttering in his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
God bless 'the cousins', they always have a phrase for all occasions! And the horrible 'occasion' we have just been forced to witness made that particular saying rather apt when I read this passage detailing events of over a hundred years ago: "What added to the fear was that terrorists were so sweeping in their condemnation of society that there... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I quote the memorable words of that less than memorable lady, Hillary Clinton, because they (sort of) seem appropriate to the current 'shock-horror story' (and I absolutely do not intend any irony in that phrase) concerning the execution in Syria of James Foley by, apparently, a London-based Islamic fighter called 'John'. Before going any further let me pay tribute to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Thus spake the incomparable Scarlett O'Hara, played by the truly beautiful Vivien Leigh, as her very first words in the film of Gone With the Wind. Well, today the talk is also of "War, war, war". Mostly, of course, it is concerned with the current kerfuffles in the Middle East but I was intrigued by what I will call the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
"For they aren't human." But they are! And any attempt to avoid that obvious truth leads you into the same darkness in which they lurk. What ISIS does today is as old as humanity.
I am deeply disappointed in 'Vlad the Impaler', in fact more than that, I am insulted! According to Bloomberg News, Russian authorities are insisting that all popular bloggers must be registered. Well, that's fair enough if your country is led by a creepy, bisexual thug with deep insecurities who privately dissolves into tears at even a glimpse of criticism, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I will try not to guess your numerous responses to the title of this post which, knowing you lot, will indubitably be rude, so, moving on, let me tell you that I am experiencing one of those 'chaos' periods. I don't mean that the roof is falling in or that the 'Memsahib' is refusing to cook my dinners just because... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!