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I thank God that I am not 'A Great Man'! The thought of countless scholars poring over every infinite detail of one's life is the stuff of nightmares. Happily, for me, 'it ain't gonna happen'. But the late Gen. Douglas MacArthur is never going to rest in peace! I wrote about him in a post in January 2012 entitled, fairly... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
If any of you see a sexual connotation in my title then you are all very naughty boys and girls! As always on this high-minded blog, I am referring to political matters, to be precise, American political matters. Quite why I bother I do not know given that I do not have a vote and it's not my country. But,... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I have no idea who Mr. Hill is but he strikes me instantly as a man with few friends and a dismal social life, what we call 'over here', a 'Billy No Mates'! Master Shakespeare is not above criticism, indeed, he received plenty of it during his lifetime but to criticise him for the lack of female characters is a display of such ignorance that would make even a black man blush! In an age when women were forbidden to act and all female roles were played by boys or young men, it is incredible that he invented such a rich and compelling gallery of female roles. As for 'Hamlet', since Master Shakespeare wrote two different versions one wonders which one Mr. 'Thickasaplank' Hill was referring to!
"I swear I choked up when I heard this woman accept her party's nomination for the presidency of the United States." Oh, for goodness sake, get over yourself!
In my title I paraphrase a favourite expression used - constantly! - by 'SoD' who as I write is actually on his way back from mitteleuropa. It refers to an article by A E-P in today's Telegraph and the heading is: IMF admits a disastrous love affair with the euro and apologises to Greece I did warn 'SoD' not to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Dammit, the lady has only been in the job for a month and already I am becoming seriously impressed, And yes, I do know that those words could come back to haunt me, courtesy of my in-house archivist, JK, but today's news that she has stamped her kitten shoes on the Hinckley Point nuclear power station project is excellent. No... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Life's a bitch - and then it rains!
Peter, you do not have to convince me, an Englishman, concerning the vagaries of pollsters. Just in the last year they forecast the wrong result for both our general election and our referendum.
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Talking of the WaPo, this was, er, interesting: 1) "68 percent say Clinton isn't honest and trustworthy" 2) "Her image has never been worse" 3) "Just 38 percent would be "proud" to have her as president" 4) "Nearly half of Democratic primary voters still want Bernie Sanders" Well, even so, what could possibly go wrong in November?
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Ridiculing Trump at p m carpenter's commentary
A truly shocking report has just been released by the RSPTB based on years and years of research by some deadly serious swots from Cambridge. They have discovered that working in an office could shorten your life span! And no, they don't mean that you might die of blood poisoning if you accidentally pin your finger to the desk with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Yes, yes, sorry to ruin your morning but I'm a caring-sharing sort of a bloke. Happily, I tuned my radio to TalkSport last night so I avoided Obama's boring-snoring handover speech. All I can say to 'HillBilly', apart from please, please, close your mouth, is beware Obama bearing gifts! What he's offering you is a country split more or less... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
What can one say about Trump's request for Russian aid except that I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked! In fact nearly as shocked as when we learned in 1991 (via the London Times because the American media wouldn't touch it) that Edward Kennedy in 1983 had approached Yuri Andropov for assistance in attacking President Reagan. My, oh my!
Talking of security risks, who carried State secrets on her Blackberry?
Thanks a million, DA, Bernard Shaw was a colossal, old, 'Oirish', socialist bore of teh first order so, alas, I could not plough my way through all of that twaddle. And please, don't ask me to defend Trumps nonsense!
Oh, and by the by, Trump's lead just went up to 7! I still can't believe he will be elected but then again I never thought he would win the nomination - so what do I know?
The word you couldn't quite bring to mind, DA, was 'objectionable' but in any case, why would I, a mere Brit, offer any objection to the late Mr. Alinsky, a man of impeccable political probity who dedicated one of his books in this way: "Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history… the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer." And this highly moral political philosopher later went on offer this advice to his followers should anyone - and he meant ANYONE - offer the slightest opposition to their point of view, they should: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” You see, a real gentleman of the old school, don'cha know! And dear little Hillary adored him and probably still does.
Sorry, sorry, if I upset any of you but even Alinsky's son is proud of his father's influence: "Alinsky’s influence on the Democratic Party today is so pronounced that his son, David, boasted eight years ago that the “Democratic campaign in 2008… is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky.” He beamed: “the Democratic National Convention had all the elements of the perfectly organized event, Saul Alinsky style.” Er, now, remind me, who was elected in 2008?
I must confess to a slight feeling of uneasiness since the magnificent referendum result came in. Prime Minister May was and still is an unknown quantity. I was slightly mollified by the men she appointed to handle the Brexit negotiations, all good 'Outers', the lot of them. But even so, there's "many a slip 'twixt cup and lip", especially in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Oh, did Bill tell you all about her youthful enrapturement with Saul Alinsky? Of course, she was young(ish) at the time but they really hit it off and she stayed in touch with him through her Law School days and he even arranged a 'community organiser' job for her. Later, when she was interning for a couple of (proudly) communist lawyers in San Francisco she made contact with him again, begging him for a copy of his latest book "Rules for Radicals". Golly-gosh, such exciting times!
I will not repeat my explanation for my title which I already did a few days ago, well, I mean, boring? - moi? - never! Anyway, tossing and turning in bed last night I reached for my trusty radio ear-piece and jammed it into my ear. What did I get? Good ol' Southern boy Bill burbling on and on and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Better watch out, Peter, I agree with you!
To whom are you referring, Sir? Jest askin'!
As far as I know, DA, nobody was asking for your pity, least of all us Tories 'over here' where, in an always imperfect world, we are getting along just fine, thank you. No, it is you, 'our cousins' who deserve the pity as you choose between a buffoon and a crook. Er, have a nice day, oops, sorry, I mean have a nice four years.
November is when it begins for y'all - whoever wins! And there's the pity of it.
Or if you like, my mind boggles. Well sometimes problems arise which are simply to huge for even a brain like mine to cope withal, you know, like the square root of -1, or what is my wife's favourite colour, that sort of thing. Anyway, to try and be a tad more serious, there is a fairly huge problem hovering... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!