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Now, now, don't start popping the champers, I don't mean that I am giving up blogging, oh dear me, no, I'm much too much of an old bore to do that, all I mean is that I am giving up trying to be rude to people. Ever since I served my apprenticeship on various Trot-lot blogs years ago I developed... Continue reading
Posted 23 minutes ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Last night I went to my cinema complex to see the 'simulcast' of Much Ado About Nothing which the RSC insist on calling Love's Labours Won. The evidence that 'our Will' titled it thus is thinner than a really, really thin thing and so I will call it by its proper title and thus enjoy the sly word play on... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I gather the distance from Tehran to Jerusalem is 1561ks. Of course Israel "presents an existential threat to every single one of their neighbors including Iran" (although I notice in your other comment you claim that Israel *cannot* reach Iran) because many of its neighbours want desperately to destroy it. Although, of course, you seem to have forgotten those neighbours with whom Israel has signed peace treaties! In the meantime, your deeply undemocratic president and his glove-puppet Sec of State continue their campaign to weaken Israel as much as they can whilst they bow and scrape to the mad mullahs in Tehran. All it needs now is for Obama to come out waving a bit of paper and proclaiming "Peace in our time"! And if you really think the Israelis can't strike at Iran you need your bumps felt!
Well, I searched your post - in vain, alas - for an example of Netanyahu's "muddle" and/or "demagoguery" but found nothing. I watched the speech yesterday and thought that it was perfectly clear and passionate as befits a man who leads his country under direct threat from Iranian ICBMs which may in time carry nuclear warheads. He was also an exceedingly worried man which was also understandable given that Iran has constantly repeated its desire to wipe out Israel (the only democratic country in the middle east), and that negotiations over the Iranian nuclear programme are being led by the 'Mutt 'n' Jeff' of international politics, Obama and Kerry. Of course, you (and others) deny the possibility of Iran ever using its nuclears but, I ask you, would you believe their promises if they were situated just somewhere south of the Rio Grande? I thought not!
No, you will be grateful to hear, I am not wittering on again about the world of professional and amateur 'luvvies'. The 'pros' and 'ams' I am concerned with today are the politicians and the one useful thing (so far) to emerge from this election campaign is that the Big Parties' boys 'n' girls may be fairly useless but compared... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Good grief, I need a drink! Well, I found myself nodding at much (not all but much!) of what Peter had to say. However, in attempting to assess the risk of the Iranians ever using a nuclear option (assuming they manage to get one) I would take note of the Islamic tradition of committing suicide whilst taking down your opponents. Also, I can't help remembering American panic, I choose the word carefully, when Soviet missiles were on their way to Cuba! I wonder today how Obama and his 'peaceniks' would re-act to, say, missiles in Mexico? I suspect they would suffer a severe dose of 'Israelitis'!
Well, actually it wasn't at all "pell mell"; being a Monday it was rather quiet but we did have a day in a shopping mall - an enormous one although my American friends would certainly assure me that they could fit ten Cribbs Causeways into any shopping mall 'over there'. Well, I don't care, Cribbs Causeway is big enough for... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
But of course, the White House has always treated the Prime Minister of Israel with the utmost consideration - not!
I am out and about for most of the day so I am providing you all with extra 'rations'. Also, to be honest, I have so many 'Funnies' clogging up my In-box (I'm not complaining - keep them coming!) it will be useful to empty it out a bit. Mind you, I am digging down to the bottom of my... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I have reached about halfway into Prof. MacMillan's superb history of the Versailles peace-makers after WWI and their deeply flawed conclusions. I began with a sneer because , 'as evry fule do no', they were the idiots who laid down the foundations for WWII. And, setting aside the Italian nonentity, the three 'main men' were, to say the least, an... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Before reading my uninformed guesswork it would be best if you began by reading Fraser Nelson's very shrewd assessment of Putin's 21st century geo-political 'warfare': So, that's the way the world works today, by a judicious mix of money, sedition and soldiers - at a distance! The lands bordering Russia are excellent testing grounds for this new strategy because... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
So, on the day that 'Vlad the Impaler' successfully imitates Henry II of England by asking the Russian equivalent of 'Who will rid me of this turbulent priest/irritating critic' with the result that the exceedingly courageous, liberal politician, Boris Nemtsov, was shot down in cold blood by four gunmen under the walls of the Kremlin, it is not too much... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Ah, I see, so in your looking glass world, Congress doing its duty (sort of!) in holding the executive to account is witch-hunting. Is that what the makers of the US constitution thought of it? And sorry, but "no it doesn't" to you as well! 'Not guilty' means exactly that, the accused is innocent of the charges. The reasons for a jury coming to that conclusion are their business and attempts to insert what *you* think are their reasons simply turns you into a second-guesser - with attitude! However, to close this chat on a positive note, I am happy to concur with your final thought to the effect that the Republicans do not have much of a clue as to how to govern. The last one to do so with genuine skill was Ronald Reagan. But then, watching this Obama regime stumble-bum its way through - what were your examples? - oh yes, "Whitewater? Benghazi? Fast and furious? IRS?" - simply convinces me that most American politicians, Right or Left, are simply not very good. Well, why would they be, most of them are only in it for the money!
"They found reasonable doubt." How do you know that, were you in the jury-room? And in any case, "reasonable doubt" means 'innocent'! "the guiding principal of our common adversarial judicial systems is that it is better to free the guilty than to convict the innocent and so we have Zimmermans ..." Would you care to re-read that again - slowly? It's not even an implication, it is a straight forward statement that Zimmerman is guilty despite a jury clearing him of all charges. Do you and your Leftie pals realise just how totalitarian you sound as you constantly call for more and yet more "investigations" and trials until you find a jury that will give you the 'correct' verdict? And the only way you would shock me, Peter, is if you said that Eric Holder was a despicable racist agitator with no thought or concern for due process. I am not holding my breath!
Ah, so first of all it is "a brief review" then it is "an exhaustive investigation". Er, you're not a lawyer by any chance, are you? Next you set yourself up as being superior to the jury that heard the entire case: "After sixteen hours of deliberations over the course of two days, on July 13, 2013, the six-person jury rendered a not guilty verdict on all counts." Now tell me, Peter, what is it about the words "not guilty verdict on all counts" that you fail to understand? That verdict was handed own 19 months ago! Is that how long it takes Dept. of (non)Justice lawyers to make up what passes for their minds whilst a totally innocent man is on the rack? Do not they have a 'duty of care' to their citizens? Finally, why is it that all you Lefties always know better than any jury that fails to agree with your pre-trial decisions? Didn't you learn anything from 'To Kill a Mocking Bird'?
"A **brief review** of the case law as it relates to prosecutions for civil rights violations would soon teach you that the bar is set very high." [My emphasis] So why has it taken Holder's henchmen so long to conduct "a brief review of the case law"? Meanwhile, keeping a totally innocent man under immense fear and pressure! Is that OK with you - and our distinguished host - in the Land of the (nearly) Free?
Gov.Walker can take care of himself but in the meantime we are all waiting for a really decent diatribe against Holder’s ‘apparat’, aka the non-Justice Dept., who have dropped all further interest in the totally innocent Mr. Zimmerman? Er, by the way, that’s “totally innocent” as in ‘completely, 100%, no shadow of a doubt’ innocent! Should he, I wonder, sue the Feds and as supporters (sort of) of individual liberty shouldn't you support him?
Sorry, sorry, even by my abysmal standards that's a corny title and it's not even accurate as far as I am concerned. Yes, back in the day I was quite a hairy fellow but then, sometime in my mid-forties, I was hit with a bout of alopecia - and yes, I do know that is a condition that normally hits... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Not too much time this morning because I am under orders to drive the 'Memsahib' into Sherborne for an appointment with her 'most significant other' - her hairdresser - yeeeeees, quite! Consequently I will cheat a bit and simply regurgitate The Telegraph story concerning L/Cpl Joshua Leakey of 1 Para who has been awarded the Victoria Cross for his courage... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Off topic but I just know you wouldn't wish to miss it, Eric Holder's 'apparat', the (so-called) Justice Dept., has decided to take no action against Zimmerman. That's "no" as in 'nil', 'zilch', 'nada'. Whodathunkit?
I want it clearly understood that this blog is not 'clownist'. Yesterday, in a minor lapse of concentration, I juxtaposed photos of clowns alongside those of politicians. This, of course, was a gross insult to clowns everywhere, a body of men (and now women, I gather) I have loved since I saw my first live circus and one of them... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
A few posts down I was bemoaning the abysmal intelligence of our political leaders. I confined my remarks to the three main party leaders on the sensible assumption that the remainder were either mouth-dribblers (UKIP, Greens) or mouth-foamers (SNP). Today my suspicions were confirmed in regard to the 'Greenies'. This interview with their Australian-born leader, Ms. Natalie Bennett, has gone... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
NO, NO, I don't mean her! That's our spanking new Director of Public Prosecutions, Ms. Alison Saunders, who is determined to support the 'Sisterhood' in their campaign to lock up any male accused of rape and to offer endless cups of tea and biscuits to any lying slag who claims to have been raped! You may read my reports here... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
It's not their greed and corruption that bugs me but their ineffable stupidity! Both are former Foreign Secretaries of this country, and the faint hum you can hear in the distance is the body of Sir Edward Grey spinning in his grave. The Rt. Hon. Jack Straw MP 'Jack Dim' The Right Honourable Sir Malcolm Dumb Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well said! Even so, there are elements within the Obama regime who desire a very, very different America and who really do detest the one that exists now.