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@ DA: I have lost count of the Federal infringements but just check the Dept. of (non)Justice *starting* from that arms selling racket on the border. @ Peter: "Jerry Brown refused to defend Prop 8 in California thereby refusing to follow his oath to uphold the laws of California, but he’s not in jail." "Obama and Holder both swore to uphold the laws of this great nation but both refused to follow the DOMA law yet neither are in jail." "There are many mayors of sanctuary cities that openly declare their refusal to follow immigration laws yet none of them are in jail." "The DNC has knowingly hired an illegal alien, thereby breaking the law, yet no charges have yet been filed." "A key tenet of the law is that it applies to everyone. In spite of that, Kim Davis is in jail even though the people of Kentucky voted to prohibit gay marriage while Jerry Brown isn’t. Why?" @ Bob: We must all hope and pray that he does cut income tax especially the top rates: "If you look at the self assessment income tax receipts which include much of the top rate tax collected, you see that over the four years of 50% top rate self assessment income tax came in around £20.5bn a year. This was £2bn or 10% lower than the levels of 2007-8 and 2008-9 when the top rate was 40%" "Last year was the first year that self assessment income tax has gone to higher levels, reaching £23.6bn at the 45p top rate. This July saw further strong upwards movement in self assessment income tax, with growth of 17% over July the previous year." Don't try working it all out, Bob, it's way above your pay grade, just accept the fact that at the top level, lower tax rates produce more tax!
Still 'n' all (as you say 'over there'), it's an ill-wind that blows HillBilly's skirt in the air so we must be grateful to her for the quote of the year, nay, the decade: "Officials should be held to their duty to uphold the law—end of story." Oh my giddy aunt, no more, my sides are splitting . . .
The fact that she was elected, er, you know, by a majority of her fellow citizens under that democratic system you are always on about, makes an enormous difference. Also, the fact that your Federal government under the leadership of 'Ol Big Ears' constantly breaks laws does rather set a precedent.
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As promised, darlings, this is the last puff for my late, lamented acting 'career' - well, I lamented its passing! I was very lucky to play so many different characters summoned up from the imaginations of various brilliant playwrights. I typified the huge advantage a reasonably good amateur actor has over a professional - I could, by and large, pick... Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Thank you, Peter, it was a most, er, 'enlightening' read: 1: "Cost won't be a barrier to college and debt won't hold Americans back." Well, there goes fiscal prudence and the national debt should grow even faster than 'Ol Big Ears' could manage! 2: "Raise middle class incomes". Just like that! Perhaps she intends to dole out some of the ill-gotten cash from the Clinton Foundation! 3: "Race" - blah, blah, blah. 4: "I will fight for comprehensive immigration reform." Apparently, she "had a conversation with DREAMers about her commitment to fighting for young people and their families." Aaaah, that's nice! And that's about it. If you're not sleeping well you can read 'further and better particulars', as they say. In the meantime no-one has even half an idea of what the woman's political philosophy might be beyond - I WANT THAT JOB - GIMMEE, GIMMEE, GIMMEE! - MY SHIT HUSBAND HAD IT AND NOW IT'S MY TURN! Poor America, the 'Trumpeter' on one side and 'Hillbilly' on the other!
Er, thanks (I think), Peter, but you still haven't managed to answer the obverse side of our genial hosts' question: what is 'HillBilly' for?
Thank you for the 'Politics 101' lesson, Peter, but actually I was merely following our distinguished host's question concerning the "values" of the GOP and applying it to the Dems. He complains that the GOP has "nothing of substance to offer". Fair enough, he may be right but I am asking what your front-runner for the presidency has to offer, substantial or, er,otherwise?
Well, I do read, quite a lot, actually, but nowhere can I discern even the faintest well-defined ideology, even an ill-defined ideology, in 'HillBilly' except something along the lines of 'I want! I want! I want the presidency!' Perhaps, Peter, you being a real politics swot can explain it to me.
Now then, Gentlemen, no need to get all excited, this is Duff & Nonsense not Playboy magazine, er, unfortunately! (Incidentally, is Playboy still going? Jest askin'!) Anyway, back to my 'Tit of the Month', here he is: An almost perfect tit Two perfect tits I am obliged to m'Lud Bishop Hill for offering a perfect example of Mr. Mark Lynas's... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
No, no, darlings, sorry to disappoint you, this is not another of my thespian remembrances - er, you are disappointed, aren't you? Well, yes of course you are but you will be receiving the final instalment very shortly - sorry, I didn't quite catch that . . . Anyway, this particular 'blast' is from my 'past' blogging days. For you... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
So what, exactly and precisely, does the Democrat party stand for and do 'HillBilly' and Bernie agree on it? Jest askin'!
Oooh, scrummy-yummy Mummy! The EU plan to take 'Dim Dave' down to the cells and give him a right going over when he arrives all spick and span in his new suit and polished shoes to negotiate a new deal for the UK. According to Werner Faymann, the Austrian chancellor, 'Dim Dave' can expect eine gute Tritte (a good kicking)... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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So, Prof. Lovejoy, pray tell me this, when did you *predict* or even *warn of the possibility* of "a natural cooling fluctuation"? Not 'til *after* the event, I see! Tut, tut, and so please do tell us why we should bother reading another word of your climate predictions instead of just shouting something like, "Show us your willy" the next time you come up with some wheeze. Incidentally, during this 20-year+/- period do you realise - SHLOCK-HORROR! - that CO2 emissions have gone up and up and up? It's the end of the world, I tell you, er, well, apart from those pesky "natural fluctuations" and those gimcrack computer models - which is where I came in - so I will raise my hat and depart making sure the nurse/warder locks the doors after me!
Thank you, thank you, DA, you comment is priceless in so many ways. First, do not 'do a Peter' and leap to conclusions. I do not 'cherish' my youthful idleness at the sciences, I bitterly regret them. The two things which today I would give up many other pleasure to correct, are my lack of understanding of mathematics, and of music. But there you go, we all make mistakes. Now I want you to carefully re-read this clause from a sentence of yours: "the slowdown in global warming during this period is consistent with natural variations in temperature". That is simply too, too delicious! And then there is this: "a natural cooling fluctuation during this period largely masked the warming effects of a continued increase in human-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases." Oh please, no more, I'm hurting . . . but then Peter (not noted for his sense of humour) comes up with this: "I can assure you that most computer models are not worth the code they are written in". Oh my giddy Aunt, I can't take any more . . .
It isn't "the merits of the various temperature proxies" that I doubt, it is the man-designed 'models' in the computers through which they are processed which leave me holding my nose! Mind you, most of the dendrochronology data, so beloved of 'DA', was turned into sawdust years ago by Stephen McIntyre. However, Peter, you will be delighted to hear that I have never heard of "thermohaline currents". Hardly surprising in a man who, in his youth, failed 'O'-Level Maths, Physics and Chemistry - the exams Brit kids take around the age of 16. I came to this subject entirely neutral and read both sides. It took about a fortnight to suspect that the 'Warmers' were a cult not a scientific body. And none of them predicted the pause!
"It provably isn't." So why don't you prove it? And what is "normal" is that our climate changes, it always has done to greater extremes than anything Mankind has experienced, and thus the 'normal' appears to be 'chaotic'. So why do you insist that Man with his box of matches is the culprit for some ultra-mild warming that fizzled out about 20-odd years ago? Also, I will be amused (if I live that long) to hear what you have to say about the very possible global cooling that is looming in the near future.
Odd, isn't it, Peter, how little words mean a lot! Thus, you entire proposition, leaning as it does on the repeated word "if" collapses when leaned upon.
I wonder just how long it will be before the Republican party actually pays me not to endorse one of their nominees for President? I am beginning to lose count of the number of candidates who have shrivelled and died on the campaign trail after receiving my endorsement. The latest is Gov. Walker of Wisconsin who has achieved miracles in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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"The main point of Obama's trip is climate change, which gets no mentioned at all." Of course not because there isn't any 'climate change' beyond the normal vagaries of our planetary system which operated a zillion eons before man came along with a box of matches!
I have no dog in the fight but I am just curious as to why 'Ol Big Ears' decided to change the name? Was it an electoral calculation that the Dems might lose the 'McKinley vote' but they would gain the 'aboriginal' vote? Jest askin'?
First of all, a personal note to clarify this post. I was born in London to a (very) Scottish lady and rumour has it that my father might (or might not!) have been Canadian. Yeeeeees quite, heaven knows what my Mum was up to before war broke out! I have always lived in England but up until quite recently, if... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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This, from today's Telegraph, about sums it up: The Met Office has defended its forecast for a hot, dry summer despite some areas looking set to have the most rain since records began. Dame Julia is the boss of the Met Office, an organisation that makes the current Labour party look super-efficient. She had this to say in defence of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Yeah, right!
Off topic, I know and I apologise, but has President Obama visited the family of Sheriff Darren Goforth yet? Perhaps I missed it because normally when some lunatic, racist, white man shoots dead a black man he's there in a flash to hold the hand of the widow but - oh, wait, sorry, sorry, my mistake, sorry ...