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I know, I know, I have used that quote from 'Measure for Measure' many a time and oft - perhaps too oft! Even so, Shakespeare's sceptical words are demonstrated over and over again in the world of politics. Today's Parliament is a prime example. In 2016 members of the House of Commons voted by 544 to 53 in favour of... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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In fact, I am no where near dead, I'm just knackered! By the time I get back from Taunton, usually having kicked my heels in the waiting-room as the medics try to get my bladder in the right condition, all I want to do is put my feet up and snooze - so no change there then! However, tomorrow I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Sorry for the delay but I really needed a good nap - and by Golly, I had one! A young doctor had moved out to a small community to replace a doctor who was retiring. The older doctor suggested that the young one accompany him on his rounds, so the community could become used to a new doctor. At the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Just back from the dreaded 'Death Ray' machines. Sorry about the lack of 'Funnies' this morning but, alas, I am too 'knacked' at the moment to put them up - just grit your teeth and I promise they will appear later. I will also respond to some of the comments, for which many thanks. Now I'm off for a jolly... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well, DA, with respect (sort of!), you final sentence is a prime example!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Whence any real conservatism? at The Carpentariat
Get fell in, you 'orrible lot! I trust you all followed my orders and watched the first episode of the TV series that took you inside the, er, 'hallowed halls' of the Parachute Regiment. Looking back some 60-odd years it struck me as a perfect example of 'everything changes, everything stays the same'. Obviously the uniforms, the kit and the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Jonah Goldberg @ the NR: "As Kevin explains here, he is generally hostile to capital punishment, retroactive punishment, and lynching altogether. His point is that abortion is the taking of a life and should thus be treated under the law as such. You can agree or disagree with that position, on moral, practical, or legal grounds. I disagree with Kevin on all three grounds to some extent, even though I am what you might call mostly pro-life (I know, I know, but we can argue about all that another day). I am fairly sure that most of the people at National Review disagree — again, to varying degrees — with Kevin on this as well." https://www.nationalreview.com/g-file/kevin-williamson-thought-criminal/ And when he made that suggestion, DA, he was writing for The Atlantic not the NR!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Whence any real conservatism? at The Carpentariat
I don't recall reading anything like that at the NR.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Whence any real conservatism? at The Carpentariat
This morning I indulged myself cruising through the Saturday Telegraph and there in the 'Books' section I came across an article by Christopher Howse bringing tidings of great joy. Apparently, on January 24th a book will be released entitled: A Scribbler in Soho: A Celebration of Auberon Waugh. He, as regular readers will have inferred over the years, was and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Sorry, DA, not for the first time you will have to explain that quotation.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Whence any real conservatism? at The Carpentariat
Well, I did warn you that things might be a tad erratic over the next four weeks as the 'Darth Vaders' at Taunton Hospital unleash their deadly 'death rays' on poor little me. To be honest, it's not the pain and discomfort that has reduced my 'scribbling' because actually there isn't any! No, it's just the travelling time plus the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well, I did warn you that things might be a tad erratic over the next four weeks as the 'Darth Vaders' at Taunton Hospital unleashed their deadly 'death rays' on poor little me. To be honest, it's not the pain and discomfort that has reduced my 'scribbling' because actually there isn't any! No, it's just the travelling time plus the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
No, DA, they cover the Right Wing spectrum from A-Z which, of course, necessarily entails disagreements.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Whence any real conservatism? at The Carpentariat
"I sometimes wonder who still reads the National Review" I do, every day, because they have some of the very best independently-minded writers and thinkers 'over there' who do not toe a Party line.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Whence any real conservatism? at The Carpentariat
Never mind all those momentous events that have rocked our poor old globe, the really important thing today is that I have had my first 'death ray' treatment and very nearly fell asleep on the couch as all those monstrous machines circled around me doing I know not what. And so far I am not glowing in the dark! Now,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Jimmy, thanks for the message and it reminded me that I have been meaning to drop you a line to welcome you back because you went a.w.o.l. for a while. I trust all is well with you and yours, Cheers, David
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2019 on Advance warning at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Krugman ... Warren ... oh stop it, my sides are splitting. "I'll support whoever the Democratic nominee is with equal enthusiasm." - including barmy Barnie?
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2019 on Krugman very much likes Warren at The Carpentariat
For those of you who, sensibly perhaps, do not follow American politics as avidly as I do, this very funny cartoon from 'The American Thinker" succeeds in highlighting the ever increasing heights, or lows, perhaps, of Sen. 'Fauxcahontas' Warren who, after years of lying boasting and cheating about her Red Indian ancestry, finally took a blood test and found her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I gather from the Daily Mail that a new TV programme is about to start in which sundry 'big names' will choose their 'icon of the 20th century'. That is, their choice as to who had the greatest influence and why. The choices will be made from various groups such as politics, arts, science, sport and so forth. It is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Tomorrow I start four weeks of 'death ray' treatment which entails daily visits to Taunton Hospital. The treatment itself, I suspect, will be a doddle but going backwards and forwards to Taunton will be a major pain in the arse, particularly the ones where I have to get up early in the morning which is, of course, against my religion!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
These days it is difficult to assign the title of 'Hero' to anyone because the poor little word has been gang-banged out of any meaning by constant repetition in the most ludicrous of multi-circumstances. However, here and there an exception is to be found occupied by a true hero in the very best sense of the word. Such an exception... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Sorry, Max, but our distinguished host coming over all "shocked, I tell you, shocked" at Ms. Tlaib's language requires some equivalence from this very blog: "Rep. Tlaib's [language] was just tacky, sophomoric and, in a public gathering, offensive. This is what happens when activists with no real political experience enter the profession at a high middle-management level. They make fools of themselves. They are an embarrassment. They are the nouveau stupide." Yes, well, maybe baby but are these any better? .................................. "Trump is an idiot Trump is an idiot, a dangerous demagogue, a threat to America's welfare, and indeed the world's. Mr. Kathawa is as absent human decency as Mr. Trump is his worship of unscrupulous populism, as embodied by our corrupt, anti-intellectual president Trump has demonstrated a new and inhuman low. I'm not so sure. He has never exhibited any of humanity's higher traits; his 72 years on earth have been wretchedly defined by nothing but swindling, money-grubbing, publicity-whoring, finger-pointing, beastliness and pettiness. He is a narcissistic creature of the sociopathic dark, he thrives on whatever is sinister, he is virtue-intolerant, and the best he deserves is universal neglect by polite society. he rallied U.S. troops as a kind of Hitler Youth the banana-republic generalissimo and supremo autoritario But Donald, you keep on lying, on perjuring and pretending." ...................................... Frankly, I prefer "mother fucker", it's shorter!
Start your working week with a smile - oh go on, try! A priest dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him is a guy who's dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket, and jeans. Saint Peter addresses this cool guy, 'Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Where is it?
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2019 on Transatlantic foolishness at The Carpentariat
Thank you for the "son", Max, but, alas, at 79 years it is a tad out of date! The important thing is, are you beginning to realise that lavishing certain politicians with unstinting adulation is not very wise?
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2019 on Transatlantic foolishness at The Carpentariat