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I have been severely admonished by Andra for being a 'depressing old coot'. Well, I thought that's what old coots were supposed to be! But anyway, in an effort to cheer everyone up I bring you not one but two bits of Good News. First, the sun is shining. Of course, if you're Australian like Andra where the sun never... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
From The Washington Times: "When Melisa Erwin called the Giffords about using their upstate New York property for a same-sex wedding ceremony, she apparently knew in advance that they would refuse. For one thing, she and her fiancee recorded the conversation. Even so, an administrative judge with the New York State Division of Human Rights ordered the Giffords to pay $3,000 to Ms. Erwin and Jennifer McCarthy for “mental pain and suffering,” in addition to $10,000 for violating the state’s human rights ordinance." How does that old song go, "It's only just begun"?
The entire euro currency was a fantasy and the first chunks of reality are crashing in like lumps of space debris hitting earth. You cannot have a common currency without a central political and fiscal structure so that money can be collected from the wealthy areas and redistributed to the poor ones. That entails a Federal Government of Europe. The Germans, for one, would never stand for that. As the late, great Lord Ridley put it, "The euro is a German racket". The Germans knew that it would always be a cheapened currency and therefore make life very much easier for them to sell their Mercs and BMWs. In the meantime, watch Italy!
It's that creepy 'coincidence-thingie' all over again! Yes indeed, no sooner had I bade a fond farewell to the Vulcan bomber (see below) than another tricky bombing question went off in the columns of The American Thinker. The question is simple but deadly - why didn't we bomb the Nazi death camps? According to the writer, Michael Curtis, we knew... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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"The same-sentiment marriage of theological certainty and political dogmatism is a common feature of the American right." Or Left, depending on where you are standing!
According to The Mail, the last flying version of the Vulcan bomber is to be grounded for ever. Apparently it is just too expensive to keep it going. No loss, I suppose, given that its main task was to fry millions of Russians in a nuclear holocaust - whilst they, of course, tried to do the same to us! Happily... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Sorry, sorry, but better late than never - did someone say something? Anyway, here are very fine collection of vintage one-liners guaranteed to split your sides - no, really! Did you hear about the fat, alcoholic transvestite - All he wanted to do was eat, drink and be Mary. I got invited to a party and was told to dress... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Yes, yes, don't fret, your Monday Funnies are coming later, I just want to thoroughly depress you first so that they might seem all the funnier when you get them! The last few months of the Greek tragedy (or do I mean farce?) have been like a combination of Monty Python and the Three Stooges - except there are far... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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So, gentlemen, are you readying yourselves for the next big progressive move - legalising polygamy by allowing group marriage? If not, why not? I mean, it's their right, isn't it?
So can I look forward to you and Bob standing outside your local mosque and agitating for gay marriage, can I? Nah, thought not! But, hey, old nuns and their elderly dying patients, well, they're a pushover, just set the IRS on 'em! "The Land of the Free" -what a hoot!
I don't have any religious convictions, Peter, but you and Bob 'et al' were trying to poo-poo my suggestion that it is only a matter of time before the progressive monolith begins to crush any signs of opposition however tiny; "You know what those nuns don't have? They don't have a right to stake out a piece of the health care field and demand the public conform to their religious standards." There speaks Big Brother!
How does that old song go? "It's only just begun ..." "Lost in the celebrations over universal gay marriage, like abortion, being deemed a right found in the “penumbras and emanations” of the Constitution is the chilling effect the ruling has on religious liberty. In a telling exchange between the Obama administration’s Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito, detailed by Tom Blumer at Newsbusters.com, in which Verrilli admitted that churches could lose their tax exemptions if they refuse to perform gay weddings: Justice Alito: Well, in the Bob Jones case, the Court held that a college was not entitled to tax­exempt status if it opposed interracial marriage or interracial dating. So would the same apply to a university or a college if it opposed same­-sex marriage? General Verrilli: You know, ­­I don’t think I can answer that question without knowing more specifics, but it’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is­­ it is going to be an issue." Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/06/churches_could_lose_tax_exemption_over_gay_marriage.html#ixzz3eLOj9oK7 But hey, what do you lot care about, say, 'The Little Sisters of the Poor', a group of elderly nuns whose sole mission is to help the aged poor but who will not comply with the Oamacare ruling on contraception: "Investor’s Business Daily editorialized: The Little Sisters contend ObamaCare not only violates the First Amendment's religious guarantees, but also the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That requires the government to implement its policies in ways that do not impose an unnecessary burden on the free exercise of religion … If the Little Sisters lose their case, they'll either have to violate their religious conscience or face fines of around $2.5 million a year, or about 40% of what they beg for annually to care for the dying poor. Their ministry would be severely crippled, as would the First Amendment's guarantee of religious liberty." Well, heh, who cares about a few old nuns and their dying patients?
In you usual excitable manner, Peter, you leap to entirely wrong conclusions: "people you don't like" Where have I ever written anything that could be construed as showing me disliking homosexuals? Quotations, please! I like/dislike homosexuals in exactly the same proportion that I like/dislike heterosexuals. One thing that will be a relief, if it is true, is a report in the NYT to the effect that the homosexual 'community' (daft word!) will gradually wither away - it has already begun! - as it realises that it has gained most of its demands so there is no need for all that 'separate culture' stuff. This, of course, will upset the Alinsky-trained agitators, including the one in the White House, who have led the 'movement' thus far and found it a useful stick with which to beat Christians into silence. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/us/scotus-same-sex-marriage-gay-culture.html?src=twr&_r=0
Now the Tory cabinet stands before us shivering in its nakedness. The little yellow Lib-Dem fig leaves they enjoyed holding before them to hide their embarrassment have departed, perhaps never to return. (Well, a man may hope, may he not?) Now the Tories stand exposed, no cover, no excuses, no one else to blame. Thus, I can quote 'our Bill'... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I have stolen my heading - yeah, yeah, I know I promised the magistrate not to steal other people's witticisms but I can't help myself - from a commenter over at the Zero Hedge site which is not usually a bundle of laughs. More true to type they quote the WSJ as pointing out a 20% drop in Chinese stock... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
So you can promise that there will be no future actions taken against churches who refuse to hold homosexual marriages. If you believe that you'll believe anything!
I'll thank you not to disparage the great love that exists between me and my dog. I love him and he loves me and its our human and animal right to be married. Also, I trust our courageous host, backed up by Peter, Bob and the Dark Avenger, will now immediately begin a public clamour against any mosque that fails to condone homosexual marriage. Well, I mean, it's easy-peasy to kick off a riot outside some church where they teach their followers to love their enemies. Trying the same thing against a mosque would take real guts. Please let me and all your readers know when the campaign begins - I can't wait!
Another example of what goes around comes around provides me with some snorts and sniggers of derision. In early medieval Europe kings, at least the clever ones, made sure to have a suitably senior bishop by their side, if not 'onside', when important political decisions were to be made. There was a sort of a deal, you see, in which... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
There are some good things to be said about our current government, not many but some. One of them is our brand new Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove. The fact that 'Dim Dave' moved him from the post of Education Secretary before the election because it was felt he had upset what is known as 'the blob', that vast, unyielding conglomeration... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Entitled to my own opinion! Thank you, Peter, you are just so generous. The graph, I think, concerns itself with atrocities in the USA. I had forgotten the WTC attack but then that just adds a higher score to the Jihadis leaving the Yanks looking really rather peaceable by comparison. 'Whodathunkit'?!
Possibly but I'm not sure what. Is it any better or worse than 'HillBilly' parading everywhere in front of all those cameras for month after tedious month until finally she tells us what we all knew anyway? Whatever, I'm fed up with trying to work out who all these 327 Republican candidates are given that 98% of them are a waste of oxygen! At least your lot have kept it to a handful, well, for the moment, anyway. Of course, as soon as the real dirt on 'HillBilly' seeps out of the sewers and forces her to retire then everyone and his uncle will join the rush to succeed her. Talk about Gadarene swine!
But the original comparison in graph form was concerned with Jihadi kill rates vs. anti-Jihadi kill rates. Going back much earlier than 2001 hardly makes a point.
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Before I begin, a little theatrical history, er, well, my theatrical history actually but you'll find it fascinating, darlings, I promise you! My very first role was in 1983 in a production of Richard III. Naturally, given my regal bearing, I was cast as a king, er, no, not actually 'Dick III' but his brother and predecessor, Edward IV. You... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Good grief, I'm going back to bed because Peter made the point I was about make - the stats carefully remove the nearly 3,000 people murdered in the Twin Towers attack. Also, would anyone care to make a guess at how many non-jihadists there are living in the US compared to jihadists? Given that all populations have their fair share of nutters, I'm just surprised that there aren't more attacks. Finally, these 'stats' give the kill rate not the attack rate. Could it be - jest askin' - that angry non-Muslims are just better at killing than jihadists?
I just read Peter every morning, that's enough stress testing for me! However, my very best wishes to you.