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I do not pretend to have any detailed or specialist knowledge on the Afghan campaign. However, it became very clear, very quickly, that the whole thing was an A1 cluster-fuck of the first order! When Defence Minister Dr. Reid (doctor of what, exactly?) opined that British troops would be in and out without firing a shot, I feared the worst.... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Sorry, sorry, sorry but yesterday was one of those days! A fairly major shopping expedition was required in the morning and as I was feeling a bit 'crook' I was knackered by the time I got back. So I slumped in my armchair, as you do when you're a chap and you lack all that 'keep on going' that the... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
@ xicano2nd2 No, I just like to indulge in polite conversation which is not quite the same as being a yes-man!
'Ha-ha!', or should that be 'Ho-ho!', anyway, bet you don't know what that is! And if I tell you that it an example of Benesh notation I'll bet you still don't know what it is! Don't worry, it doesn't reflect badly on you because only sad old coots like me with more time to spare than is good for me... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
@ Peter: You wrote: "Ultimately it is never possible for torture to make you collectively safe for it will, as a consequence of its use, one day be used against you as a justification for torture or terrorism." In other words, if we use torture, then *consequently* they will use it. Your words, not mine!
Your 'Funnies' are up early this morning just in case 'Pops' gives me another bollacking for being late! Actually, the first two aren't 'Funnies' in the joke sense - well, not many of my 'jokes' are! They are real stories from this week's Spectator written by several of their usual columnists describing their most unusual dates. The first is from... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I mean it, this is truly stomach-churning stuff so if you are easily upset then just skip it! I join with Tom Trinko at The American Thinker in finding the faux-outrage by American - and British - Lefties at what they, with their usual perversion of language call 'torture', when describing what is no more than harsh treatment, as a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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The controversial writer, and critic of classical music, Norman Lebrecht, slaps a Sachertorte in the face of what passes for high society in Vienna in this week's Spectator. Apparently, all the, er, 'Great and Good' of Vienna gather together on the morning of every New Year's Day in the Musikvereinssaal concert hall and at 11.15am - precisely, verstehen! - the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well, I just read Krauthammer's piece and I am wondering if you read the same one! For a start, you make no mention of the fact that the 'sainted' Dianne Feinstein and ALL the members of the oversight committee at the time were fully briefed on what was planned by the CIA - and raised no objection! And 'The Kraut' (as I call him, admiringly) does assume that the CIA kept you safe because, er, well, you were *not* attacked again in the manner of 9/11 - so something worked! He writes, "So they [the partisan Dems] could declare, for example, the whole program to be a failure that yielded no important information — a conclusion denied by practically every major figure involved, including Democrat and former CIA director Leon Panetta; Obama’s current CIA director, John Brennan; and three other CIA directors (including a Clinton appointee)." Peter, in his parallel universe, thinks that the gentlemen of AQ and ISIS will only ever use inhuman practices against us if we use them first. Try telling that to the relatives of the innocent deceased from the Twin Towers attack, undertaken *before* EIT had been developed. Our host writes: "We still often ask ourselves how a cultured, civilized nation such as mid-20th-century Germany could have fallen victim to fascism's madness. The answer lies in Krauthammer's logic." He means *early* 20th century Germany, not the 1950s, and the reason for it has absolutely nothing to do with interrogation techniques but everything to do with Prussian/German history and their exceedingly peculiar world view which led them into ever greater madness from 1870 onwards until 1945 when they were pulverised into submission.
For the benefit of perhaps my puzzled American readers let me give you the full lyric: Oh, The grand old Duke of York, He had ten thousand men; He marched them up to the top of the hill, And he marched them down again. And when they were up, they were up, And when they were down, they were down,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well, not literally, of course, given that he was hanged by the neck in 1962, but perhaps in the 'literary' sense now that a second major book has been published which takes on Hannah Arendt's famous Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963). Her challenger is Bettina Stangneth, a philosopher based in Germany, and her recently... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I have numbered the heading to this post because I am going to try and collect the daftest daft things our leaders can, and do, dream up from the bottom of their brains which, of course, reside in their bottoms! I fear that I could be into triple figures by Christmas so I will try to discriminate and only bring... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
As my older readers, and my archive checker, 'JK', will confirm, I have long maintained that it will probably be Italy that acts as a catalyst for the final disintegration of the euro. However, as Peter Oborne tells us in The Telegraph, they may need a little help from their friends like Greece. Even so, the end is not only... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Tuesday night, slumped in my armchair and idly clicking around on my 'magical-do-flicker-thingie' I came across a real 'baldy-bonce' called Prof. Jim Al-Khalili. Well, I'm not surprised he's bald because his brain cells must be leaping about beneath his skull at a ferocious rate. This man is a serious swot! I immediately took to him because of who he was... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Ah, but, Peter, no-one does superficiality with my elegance! And no, I don't like torture, but I recognise that it exists. What I have yet to read is, with *perhaps* one or two exceptions, any example of torture from Feinstein's so-called report. Harsh treatment, yes, but we all go through that on basic training if we join the army, and even harsher treatment if we volunteer for Special Forces. Of course, President Softy would burst into tears were a drill sergeant to shout at him! What sickens me is that he is quick to jump in and interfere - yes, *interfere* - in the American judicial process when the results go against him but he will happily murder an American citizen - from a very safe distance - without benefit of trial and then bask in the glow of good publicity. But then he's a politician, jus like the rest of them. If you had read the comment thread to my Pearl Harbour piece you will see that I was well and truly smacked by my regulars to whom I replied thus: "Even as I wrote that post I knew a certain amount of Aussie/Canadian irritation would arise. Look, sorry and all that and don't think we weren't grateful (then and now) but America was the slumbering giant against which the rest of us were pygmies." Anyway, feel free to visit D&N and chip in your tanner's worth, we're very easy going as well as superficial!
Well, we are all grateful but some of us do not prate about 'American justice' and 'the right of an individual to face trial and be judged by his peers' - er, so long as those peers come back with the right answer, of course! Your 'Prater-in-Chief' does all of that but still orders drone strikes against his, er, "fellow Americans" irrespective of any trial by jury - and also irrespective of any poor innocent sod taken out as collateral damage! Humbuggery is alive and well in the White House!
The UN is the greatest collection of thugs, murderers, thieves and criminals you could ever wish to avoid. Why would anyone with a sense of smell listen to anything they might have to say? And in the meantime, is your president still executing American citizens by drone strike without bothering with all that trial by jury stuff?
It doesn't matter how old and cynical you get, we all cling to a few shreds of fairytale magic. One of mine is 'El Sistema', the movement in Venezuela which, allegedly, encourages boys and girls from the slums of the main cities and towns to take up classical music training and aim for a place in the world-acclaimed Simon Boliva... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
No, President Humbug did not actually use those words but they were the essence of his message to the American people yesterday following the publication of Feinstein's farrago. CBS News, (aka, His Highness's Arse-Lickers in Chief) obviously felt the President's pain: Mr. Obama said that some of the tactics described in the report "constituted torture in my mind." [...] "I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Well of course not, it would ruin her very expensive hair-do, or is it, dare I suggest, a wig? Well, I think it must be because the thrice-married, old bat is now 81 years old. Anyway, this ghastly creature who is tainted by the number of government contracts awarded to her husband's companies is the leading 'witchfinder-general' in pursuit of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Before I begin I should make clear that my hard-hearted title does not refer to situations in which the hostages are held in territory controlled by us, for example, the Iranian embassy seige in London in 1980. In those circumstances there is a compelling political imperative to carry out a rescue operation because no government could allow such an affront... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I carefully placed a question mark at the end of my title because what I know about South Africa could be written on a postage stamp! However, it is the implied conclusion of Andrew Kenny in The Spectator. Correctly, in my opinion, he chastises the 'sainted' Nelson Mandela for failing to stay in the job of president for much longer... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Of course, there is only one piece of news of any importance at the moment and that is the fact that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka, Will 'n' Kate, are attempting the impossible by trying to raise the social standards of 'Noo Yawk'! Yes, I know, a Herculean task but, dammit, they're British so I know they will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Oh God, now I've got 'Pops' in a comment thread below nagging me because the Monday Funnies are late! Quite right, of course, and I have no excuse except galloping inertia. So, no excuses, let's 'crack on'. This first is disgracefully 'Australianist' and no doubt I will be visited by the Aussie Race Relations Board: An English tourist was driving... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I think 'Rupe' has it in for me. I told you some time ago that I had fallen out with my ex-best friend, 'Rupe' Murdoch, because I could no longer keep him, his various progeny and the increasing number of younger and younger wives in the style to which they all aspired , so I cancelled my Sky subscription. However,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!