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Look, there's the old universe slowly doing what universes do which is mostly minding their own business when suddenly this bunch of European hooligans send several trillion-zillion of my hard-earned dosh - yes, alright, it wasn't all my money but it's always important to personalise government spending, it builds the anger! - up into the 'wild black yonder' and then,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Yes indeed, what a man and a true genius! Jewish, of course, but then so many geniuses are Jewish. They may, or may not, be The Chosen People but if God has any sense, and I'm not convinced that he has, then he should choose the Jews because, dammit, they're so incredibly useful! Take good ol' Ladislao, for example, or... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
My next door neighbour is a Lancashire lad, well, slightly past the 'lad' phase, from Bolton and in his north country way he has inveigled me into popping over to The Tippling Philosopher pub for a pint every Wednesday evening. We sit in the snug, sipping our beer and doing what old men do best - moaning! Yes, indeed, it's... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well, no, not actually James Bond, of course, who according to his portrayal is handsome, hard and masterful with women. My favourite spy, on the other hand, was short, slightly built and didn't look as though he could punch the skin off a rice pudding - and he was Spanish. His name was Juan Pujol Garcia and I wrote about... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Sit through that farrago? I'd rather watch Mutt 'n' Jeff!
Sorry, my obscure title was the answer to the question as to whether or not anyone, not suffering with a weakened bladder, got up at 2.00am to watch the (so-called) debate? The chances of me doing that were fairly slight but, as it happened, after three restless nights brought on by my life-threatening attack of Man-flu (who sniggered?), last night... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
So far as I can tell from initial reports the 'precedency between a louse and a flea' remains undecided. Not so much 'God bless America', more like, 'God help America'.
I have repeated, many a time and oft', the warnings of experts that whilst the Greek and Italian banking crises are important, they fade into insignificance when compared to the German banking crisis - oh yes, there is a German banking crisis and it's just around the corner! I refer mainly to Deutsche Bank, but also the next biggest bank... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
"Six things to expect from tonight's Trump vs Clinton TV debate"
So, given all that, and to quote someone or other, "Why aren't I 50-points ahead?"
Well, actually, that should read 'This morning's the morning!' because the bantamweight fight between 'The Trumpeter' and 'HillBilly' doesn't start until 2.00am, UK time. Will I be watching? I'm not sure, it depends whether I sleep well tonight or not. If I am tossing and turning like last night then I might well descend the magnificent stair-case here at Chateau... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Not that I'm feeling particularly funny today because I have gone down with a raging sore throat and the beginnings of a head cold. Frankly, I blame that bloody flu jab 'nursie' gave me last week! The unrest began last Tuesday, when Al Qaeda announced that the number of virgins a suicide bomber would receive after his death would be... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Amazing, Peter, the UK has not even given notice that we intend to revoke Article 50, let alone start the two years of negotiations, but you know the result already. What a brain box you are!
Oh dear, you force me to repeat myself, DA, because I have already explained my "role" here: "I'm not asking you to believe anything I write here, DA, this is, or should be, a conversation, that's all." And Pablo, do try and raise the level of your insults, there's a good chap!
Fear not, Andrew, our distinguished host and all his little helpers are absolutely dead certain 'HillBilly' will not just win but win BIG! And who are we to argue?
Well done, Peter, you remain true to your nature in chastising Hitchens for visiting middle America in order to find out what he can concerning the forthcoming election, and then, without hesitation, you misreport what is going on with Brexit 'over here'.
I'm not asking you to believe anything I write here, DA, this, or should be, a conversation, that's all.
"And we know what that means don't we David?" Alas, Peter, most of the time I don't even understand what you mean! "Burqean"?
Not Peter Hitchens, DA, he is very much his own man. Unlike some other people who only ever dance to a single tune!
For those of you here curious enough, or brave enough, to read an outsider's view of inside America, do try Peter Hitchens (yes, the brother of the other Hitchens!). It's a report from Moscow, Idaho and sometimes the outsider sees most.
Your printed version went wrong. I will rewrite it in shorter sentences. 'I can understand, and even sympathise to a certain extent, as you raise your skirts and gaze at the possibility through your lorgnettes, but Prof. Alan Lichtman thinks you may be mistaken and as he has correctly forecast the last eight presidential elections, and pays no heed to so-called 'opinion polls', shrewd fella', he's worth reading. (Fingers crossed . . .)
"I can't say that I have seriously pondered a Trump presidency" I can understand, and even sympathise to a certain extent, as you raise your skirts and view such a distasteful possibility through your lorgnettes, but Prof. Lichtman thinks you may be mistaken and as he has correctly forecast the last eight presidential elections he's worth reading. Incidentally, he pays absolutely no heed to so-called 'opinion polls', shrewd fella'!
100 not out: Apologies for my absence yesterday but I had a rather important engagement. The mother of one of our great friends celebrated her 100th birthday with a tea-party at a local hotel. I am delighted to say that she was fit enough to make her way round most of the room unaided to great her many friends and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
"A Brazilian Supreme Court judge has authorized opening preliminary investigations into allegations that President Michel Temer sought illicit campaign donations in 2012. The allegations were made under a plea deal by Sergio Machado, the former president of Transpetro, a subsidiary state oil giant Petrobras, which is embroiled in a massive bribe and kickback scandal. According to Machado, Temer sought donations from Transpetro in 2012 to support the campaign of a Sao Paulo mayoral candidate. The probe, announced by Judge Teori Zavascki late Friday, also cites several prominent policitians from Temer's Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), his Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) allies and the Workers Party (PT) of deposed president Dilma Rousseff and her mentor and predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Based on the findings of the preliminary probe, prosecutors will decide whether to launch a formal investigation into the president. Under the corruption scheme, Petrobras allegedly gave over-inflated contracts to other big firms, such as OAS and construction rival Odebrecht. The scheme was allegedly orchestrated by high-ranking politicians who took bribes from the contractors, for themselves or to fill party coffers." Nothing to see here, move along!
Four out of, what, 20-odd countries and one or two of them are 'democracies' in name only. Could do better, one feels!