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Those were the famous, albeit somewhat impertinent, words of the anguished poet, Dylan Thomas, aimed via one of his poems at his dying father. This week, The Spectator has a rather witty take on those words, summarising the general situation here on 'this septic Isle' as "The dying of the Right". Regular readers will have noted that I have avoided... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Peter, I have absolutely no idea what the Dems should do - but I know a man who does: "If u think the party who's won the vote in 6 o last 7 Prez votes but holds ZERO power & is now 0-4 in 2017 votes is going to win next year...get a friggin' clue." "The DNC & DCCC has NO idea how 2 win cause they have no message, no plan, no leaders, won't fight & hate the resistance." "I say this to my 7.5 million ppl on social media & the millions who watch my movies & read my books: Are we going 2 sit by & let this happen?" No, no, that wasn't Donald Trump, that was your 'Leftie' idol, Mr. Michael Moore! What can one say except that with friends like that who needs enemies. And by the way, Peter, I have never'pretended to deep knowledge of what the Democrat party should do'. All I have politely suggested is what you should *not* do: a) Do not, under any circs, ever pick another Clinton as a candidate. b) Do not heap hysterical and vile abuse on your fellow Americans whose *support* you are seeking because, guess what, they will not vote for you - duh!
Peter, according to the NYT, both parties brought in about $28 million. It was divided $4.5 million to the Republicans and $23 to the Dems! And still they lost! And, buddy, can you spare a dime?
"fiscal recklessness"? Would that include the $23 million the Dems spent on this election, 7-1 larger than the Republicans? I have said it before but I will say it again, until you Dems get over your hissy-fit and start to think rather than foam, you will not topple 'The Donald'.
Honestly, how spiteful can you be? Today, I planned to rock 'n' shock the theatrical world by announcing my retirement from the stage. What happened? That jumped-up, 'Johnie-come-lately', Daniel Day Lewis, announced his retirement! Of course, because he snitched one or two 'starry' roles in that frightful bear-pit called Hollywood, his news drove mine from the front pages. However, let... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Most of my Brit readers, very sensibly, will not have followed the race in Georgia's 6th District, not least because they are too busy watching the racing at Ascot! This seat in the House of Representatives has been held regularly over the years by the Republicans but with the advent of 'The Donald', the silly old Dems swallowed their own... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
DA, I think my first sentence sums up my approach accurately. And please don't fret about my "struggle to be taken seriously here", it simply does not exist.
I gather from Mr. Thomas Lifson at The American Thinker that there are moves afoot in Chicago - where else? - to raise a sort of 'Obama-ination' in tribute to the former President. If it was another ghastly statue of the sort that poor old Martin Luther King suffered but definitely did not deserve then who could object, particularly if... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I don't "want it both ways", DA. I run my blog on more or less the same principles as Mr. Carpenter, dammit, I even put up with Peter G droning on and on. Admittedly, my patience might be tested by Max and his four-letter, premature ejaculations!
Thanks for that book tip, Max, it sounds fascinating.
Precisely and exactly so, Max! See what you can achieve when you try using words with more than four letters, er, even when you have to quote them!
I oppose applied 'political correctness' because a) I don't like strangers telling me what I can or cannot say, especially when the 'invigilators' are self-appointed! I think George Orwell had some words on the subject!
Sorry to bore on - and on - about the weather but that's the English way. It's either too hot or too cold, too wet or too dry, too much snow, not enough snow ... and so on and on! Apparently, according to my computer-thingie, it is 30o degrees which means nothing to me being, as I am, a Fahrenheit... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Much more of this damned un-British heat and I might have to emigrate to Mexico! This is Ascot week in which usually, yobs like me roll on the floor howling with laughter as the heavens open and soak all those silly 'wimmin' at Royal Ascot wearing even sillier hats. This week they might have to strip off! Mind you, that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
DA, I only became interested in the Ozarks because one of my regular commenters at 'my place' is an Arkie through and through and curiosity made me check it out. The Ozark region struck me as being 'drop dead gorgeous' and were I to visit your country again that is where I would aim for. Mind you, I suspect that I might have a little difficulty with the language! If I decide to visit I will rely on you to clear all those nasty little critters away, you know, the 'Chiggers', and the 'Clintons' in Little Rock!
Thanks for the tip, DA, I have cancelled my private jet because I dislike anything with four or more legs - and the more legs there are the more I dislike them. Mind you, I'm not to sure about some of those two-legged critters, either!
Going to the Ozarks! Lucky bugger, wish I could.
The Uncertainty Principle: There is no finer example of the uncertainty principal in action than English weather! For the last two days we have 'enjoyed' a heat wave and I do mean seriously hot, er, well, by English standards, that is. Today is likely to prove even hotter and that will lead to another example of the uncertainty principle, the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Whenever I use a particularly trite truism as a title to a post then you can expect a stream of what is usually designated as 'the bleedin' obvious'! However, trust me on this one - you can do that even if I was once a second-hand car dealer - because it involves a rather remarkable man, Admiral Thomas Hart, USN,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
For a couple days now I have pondered on the fate of Tim Farron MP whilst attempting, in my usual amateurish way, to compose one of my astute, penetrating blog posts - er, sorry, did you say something? He has been forced from his role as leader of the 'il-Lib-non-Dem' party and I suppose the only good thing to come... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
All politicians learn at the very beginning of their careers that the deeply unpleasant task of 'kissing babies' is an unavoidable duty which must be accomplished with warmth and style even if inside you are thinking that you would like to drown the lot of them! Of course, I place inverted commas round the words 'kissing babies' because that is... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
1: A 17 year old is not a child. 2: Nowhere in anything I wrote did I mention that he was black, in fact, if the roles of the participants had been reversed I would not have bothered to mention that Zimmerman was Hispanic. 3: Any 11 stone, drug-using youth who had me on the ground trying to pound my head against a kerbstone for no good reason is a 'scrote' and a dangerous 'scrote' in my opinion! 4: No-one, not even the residents of the estate or the police have ever charged Zimmerman for acting as an unauthorized vigilante or for carrying a gun illegally. 5: From Wiki: "On Saturday, July 13, 2013, the day after deliberations began, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty for both second-degree murder and the lesser included charge of manslaughter. The jury deliberated for sixteen hours before arriving at a verdict, which was read in court shortly after 10 pm EST." Martin was set free with no stain on his character, er, except for those who think they know more than the jury! 6: You would indeed find it hard to prove that I am a racist because I am not and I took no delight in Martin's death although in the circs I am happier that he died and not Zimmerman. The humour I offered in my original post was aimed at the virtue-signaling twerps who offered Martin a posthumous degree in aeronautical engineering, a subject way beyond his abilities even if he had lived to be my age! 7: Max, above, seems to be ambivalent about the notion of "beyond reasonable doubt" and I would be interested in what set of words he would prefer the courts to use!
Sorry to bore you with some pesky facts, Max, but according to CNN "The jury had three choices: to find Zimmerman guilty of second-degree murder; to find him guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter; or to find him not guilty. For second-degree murder, the jurors would have had to believe that Martin's unlawful killing was "done from ill will, hatred, spite or an evil intent" and would be "of such a nature that the act itself indicates an indifference to human life." To convict Zimmerman of manslaughter, the jurors would have had to believe he "intentionally committed an act or acts that caused the death of Trayvon Martin." That charge could have carried a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, though the jury was not told of that possible sentence. Ultimately, they believed Zimmerman wasn't guilty of either charge." I quote from CNN because I gather that is the source of choice for many of a Left-wing disposition! Also, I learn, the jury consisted of six ladies, 5 white, 1 black and the result was unanimous. 'Nuff said, I feel.
Yes, well, that all helped to calm the situation and to make political discourse more civil - jolly good show!
Thank you, BGY, and now perhaps you can point out where the word 'black' and/or 'babies' appeared. And please don't try to pretend that an 11 stone, 17-year old youth is a "baby". Finally, I will ask you what I have previously asked others on this blog, if you were a properly armed security guard and some youth, be he black, white or polka-dot, was bashing your brains out against a kerbstone, what would you do? Quite so, and that is what a jury of American citizens agreed which is why they dismissed all charges!