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Best wishes, er, but please don't show us your scars!
Apparently, in her forthcoming book, that delicate little flower, Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, showed courage above and beyond the call of duty when forced to share an electoral platform with that well-known, er, 'pussy-grabber', Donald Trump. In audio clips of Clinton reading from the book, "What Happened," which were first obtained by MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday, Clinton recounted her... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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'Damned ticklish problem, Prime Minister', you can almost hear 'Sir Humphrey' muttering into Mrs. May's elegant ear as he explains that 'Uncle Sam', aka: Donald Trump, is intent on sending more American troops into Afghanistan which is perfectly fine, Prime Minister, er, except that he wants us to send some of our troops, too! The first problem, of course, is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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From the outside looking in it is exceedingly difficult to judge exactly what 'The Donald' is doing. Not the least of the difficulties is the miasma of 'fake news' thrown up - I use the expression advisedly - by those whose duty used to be to keep us informed, that is, the so-called 'free press' - who sniggered? Still, if... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Never mind all those Generals with whom you have surrounded yourself and which makes the White House look like the Department of Defense, this is ex-Corporal Duff speaking, than which no keener military brain exists! The first rule of war is never invade Russia. The second is never invade Afghanistan. Yes, you might have a handful of special ops lurking... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I decided some time ago not to get involved in discussions/debates/arguments/slanging matches (delete to taste) on the subject of Brexit. It will be at least ten years before a (sort of) judgment can be made and as most historians rarely manage to agree on what happened yesteryear, the chances of so-called 'futurists' agreeing on the future is somewhere between 0.0... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Waddya mean, ya can't speak Czech? Anyone who is anyone can speak Czech, er, so long as you have Google Translate to hand! Anyway, I am grateful to Mr. Silvio Canto, Jnr. at The American Thinker for reminding me that it was today in 1968 that some 200,000 Russian troops and tanks smashed their way into what was then Czechoslovakia... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Some corkers today! The first is a selection of annual assessments given to various military officers. I have saved some more for the future: 1. His men would follow him anywhere but only out of curiosity. 2. I would hesitate to breed from this Officer. 3. This man is depriving a village somewhere of its idiot. 4. This Officer can... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Farewell then, Sir 'Brucie': By and large the deaths of show biz 'stars' leaves me unmoved except, perhaps, for an automatic and human response of 'hope it was quick and not too painful'. However, the death of Sir Bruce Forsyth did impinge on me slightly more than most, not least, I suppose, because he has dominated my TV set for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Whilst I draw a line, admittedly a somewhat wavy line, on too much outright swearing, by and large I am content to let my commenters tell it the way they see it. However, in recent days we have been plagued by a 'mental mosquito' in the 'Comments' and it is obviously irritating some of you so I have a suggestion.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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It's almost beyond belief! The governing board of The Globe Theatre at least had the decency, well after 'the bleedin' obvious' had occurred, to rid themselves of the ignorant dimwit they had appointed to be their, er, 'Artistic Director', a woman who owned up to the fact that she would rather listen to The Archers than plough through some of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Yes, OK, not quite the right metaphor but you know what I mean! You see I am writing in praise of one of the products of my old, ex-best friend, 'Rupe', who amongst his myriad activities produces The Times of London which, of course, I never read. Actually, "to tell truth and shame the devil", I do read one bit... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I am still Chief Cook & Bottle Washer and this morning I must be off to the supermarket - such fun! Here is another of A. E. Housman's poems from 'A Shropshire Lad' to give you pause until I return: This time of year a twelvemonth past, When Fred and I would meet, We needs must jangle, till at last... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Let me be clear from the outset that I do not consider the late Anne Frank to be a saint. For a start she was a human being and therefore, by definition, not perfect. However, she has become a perfect symbol, an utterly tragic symbol standing for millions of people, mostly Jews, who suffered her fate. By the 'accident' of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I have lost count of the number of different people during my lifetime who have expressed their hatred for England and the English. In fact, there have been so many of them that it has become 'boring-snoring' tedious. What can one say in response beyond, "There, there, dear, calm down and have a nice cup of tea!" It's no good... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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And lo, I bring thee tidings of great joy - this is my last contribution to PMC. You will not be particularly interested, I know, but I feel an explanation is due and it would be ill-mannered not to offer one. Ever since I was a nipper during the war, and during the occasionally dangerous decades that followed, I have always held fast to a fondness for America and its peoples. Of course, America was never perfect, nowhere is, but my affection held. It still does but in the last few years I have detected fault lines that are growing longer and deeper. It's rather like seeing a much loved relative dying of lung cancer but in this case it is as though the patient refuses to see what is obvious and keeps on smoking 60 a day! The divisions in American society have now plumbed new depths and anyone who seriously believes it all started six months ago needs their bumps felt! I thought - I hoped - that this blog might be an example of a bunch of people prepared to step into no-man's-land and at least examine the pros and cons of each side's mutual animosity. Fat chance! The hatred - I use the word carefully - expressed here in increasingly hysterical language is only matched by the grunts and snarls you would find on an 'alt-Right' site. No attempt is ever made to try and understand the imperatives that drive your enemy, just as they rarely try to understand yours. It is all hopeless, and for a friend of America, exceedingly distressing to watch because, of course, in the end - 'there will be blood', and on a scale that no-one now can imagine. I hope I'm wrong, I frequently am, but I fear for America.
Today, I am reminded, marks the official partition of what had once been India into two separate, independent nations, India and Pakistan. What do I know of the details? Virtually nothing! Well, as it is generally reckoned to mark the end of the British empire, it's hardly surprising that they were not too keen to concentrate on it at school.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Happily, David Duff did not say that - or anything like it.
I am instituting the PPG Preservation Fund in honour of the funniest contributor to this blog in its 12-year history. Back in the day, D&N used to attract a fair number of shouty, sweary, Leftie loonies but as their constant barrages failed to inflict even a dent they gradually fell away - or perhaps they grew up. Anyway, in more... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I don't "denounce white supremacist terrorism", DA, because were I given to wasting my breath or 'virtue signalling' I would denounce *all* terrorism and *all* riotous, dangerous behavior. However, given that there is so much of it these days I simply don't have the time! And tell Max that I provided him with several examples of Leftist dangerous mayhem in my first post to this thread.
OK, let me 'fess up, I have not seen all, or even most, of Tom Cruise's films. I think the last one was his ludicrous attempt to play the part of Jack Reacher, a 6'-6" rock of a man which was never going to be easy for a chap who only looks about 5'-6" tall! Also, I must confess that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
'Gott im Himmel! What do you mean, you only speak English?' Thus shouted, well, I assume he shouted because they tend to be a bit 'shouty', those Germans, Herr Jens Spahn, a German MP and a man considered to be in the running to take over from 'Mutti' Merkel. He was schockiert, I tell you, schockiert, to discover that most... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
As a 'Popperian' of many decades, I thank you for quoting him, DA. And in effect, for understanding the point I was trying to make when I listed the numerous incidents of riotous, violent mayhem perpetrated by the extreme Left who then shrieked like scalded babies when the extreme Right did the same to them. "As you sow, so shall you reap"!
"Is this the same trope that puts the Nazis on the left?" Well, they did call themselves 'National Socialists'!
Here are your Monday Funnies, bright and early for a change! Two old ad guys, one 70 and one 75, were sitting on a park bench one morning. The 75-year-old had just finished his morning jog and wasn't even short of breath. The 70-year-old was amazed at the guy's stamina and asked him what he did to have so much... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at DUFF & NONSENSE!