Saturday, March 28, 2015

Oratio obliqua of opiparous opuscule...

It is very rare to read an article where you agree with every single word! James Delingpole has managed to do just that, today in Breitbart London:
I call them the "Wankerati" [...] But this isn’t about talent – or lack of – it’s about personal politics. Everyone on that list ranges in outlook from the nauseatingly bien-pensant to the rabidly left-wing, to the point where you could fairly confidently predict their position on any number of topics from Nigel Farage, Israel/Palestine and global warming all the way through to mildly racist jokes, foxhunting, bankers, positive discrimination and the European Union. Oh, and Jeremy Clarkson, of course." [...] 
This isn’t really about Clarkson. It never was about Jeremy Clarkson the man. It’s about the things he represents: puerile humour, laddish banter, irresponsibility, political incorrectness, smoking, drinking, driving fast cars and enjoying them, admiring the military, kind of half wishing you could be in a war so you could test your mettle, practical jokes, taking the piss, saying things you’re not supposed to say, public school, bad hair cuts, not worrying about fashion, thinking Margaret Thatcher was great, thinking foreigners are funny, “racist” stereotypes, chauvinism, and so on. Lots of people still think that way, even though they’re not supposed to. Now Clarkson’s gone there’s no one at the BBC – literally NO ONE, for the BBC has always been good at purging such people or making sure they never get a look-in in the first place – to speak for them."

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

OPEC or Osborne...

"What cost of living crisis? CPI inflation falls to zero for first time on record" writes Nelson Fraser in The Spectator. Indeed but not for the first time ever apparently but certainly the first time since the Consumer Prices Index was created in 1989 (click to enlarge image). More good news in the article by Fraser for those suggesting 'deflation' could be a problem.

Of course CPI doesn't include all household expenses; that would be the Retail Prices Index (RPI) which includes mortgage and rent (and Council Tax); these would be most people's highest outgoings but even this Index hovers just over the 1% mark. One commenter asks who is responsible, oil price fall or the Chancellor...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Otoño o Ostara...

Google has this doodle today which I though was a bit odd...'Primer dia de otoño' (First day of Autumn) until I remembered I was in the southern hemisphere...d'oh. Ostara back home and if you're a bit of a pagan: "The spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere falls on Friday March 20 this year, marking the time when the sun passes over the celestial equator. Wiccans and other neopagans observe the day as Ostara, a festival that celebrates the season's change from dark winter to brightening spring." [HuffPo] Of course yesterday for many also saw a supermoon and a solar eclipse! [EarthSky] ooooo.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Operose Oisin...

...or not, as the case may be. [edited very late to correct name!] No doubt most now know the 'news': Jeremy Clarkson has caused another fracas and has been suspended from the BBC:
"Sources said he was accused of hitting the producer in an incident last week, and the remaining three episodes of the current series might not be broadcast."
A petition supporting Clarkson - and remember all the details aren't out yet*! - is passing 260 thousand as I write this (Anti PC in action?); it reached 100K within 6 hours of being posted yesterday just after 5 p.m. by Guido. Clarkson allegedly hit a Top Gear assistant producer Oisin Tymon; this has been said to have been because no food had been laid on during a day out filming but who knows: JC has had a fair bit of stick on various occasions for all sorts of nothings, this however could be a bit more: before the 'Je suis Jeremy' starts we should realise that hitting a colleague wouldn't wash elsewhere. That said, maybe Oisin had previously been a leaker of one or more of the 'naughty Jeremy' stories (Oisin poison has a ring to it), or maybe he liked pink ties, or maybe he's 100% innocent of any fault. No doubt soon all will be revealed. It's causing a Twitter and media storm - naturally - and I particularly like THIS hilarious Tweet from Maggie Lavan (I hope she doesn't mind me copying it here).

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Outrageous opportunist obnubilation...

I seem to have missed the period that Sky News turned into a shitty caricature and combination of the worst aspects of toilet paper lefty rag The Daily Mirror and the laughable biased BBC News. Just WTF is this? "Thatcher 'Turned Blind Eye' To Paedophile MPs". Documents show Mrs Thatcher was made aware of the claims about the Liberal MP before he was handed the honour in 1988. I have no problem with Labour MP Simon Danczuk exposing Cyril Smith as a child abuser; I do have a problem with him and Sky News acting like the worst of the worst gutter tabloid.

Their own report tends to belie both the headline and Danczuk's comments; it goes on to say that the then Political Honours Scrutiny Committee had written to Margaret Thatcher explaining that police had investigated Liberal MP Cyril Smith in 1970 for "indecent assault against teenage boys" between 1961 and 1966 when he was a Labour Party Councillor; also that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had decided "there was no reasonable prospect of conviction" but that "One may regret this kind of press reporting but it could be revived if an award to Mr Smith were made" (referring to the fact that the case was reported in the Rochdale Alternative Press and Private Eye). Labour Lord Shackleton - who had written the letter - also said it would be "slightly unfortunate" if the revelation meant the Liberal MP didn't receive the knighthood.

I got more info from The Guardian; never thought I'd be using them to show what fucking cunts Sky News are.

Apparently a 2nd letter to PM MT said that the committee had some hesitation about the award but “so far as we believe and have been able to ascertain, his past history or general character does not, in all the circumstances, render him unsuitable” and yet another letter on the topic said Smith had been given the benefit of the doubt because he had not been prosecuted. The then cabinet secretary, Sir Robin Butler asked for more info:
The case for taking the exceptional step of writing to you in this way is to protect the prime minister (and the Queen) while also being fair to Mr Smith.

He said the committee wanted to know “whether the case against Mr Smith was not well founded; or whether it was a sound case, but that the evidence was not likely to stand up in court”.
I'm sure Simon Danczuk isn't acting like the prize cunt and he certainly isn't entirely partisan (he knows his own party 'are at it' too); maybe it was Sky News that put the headline; however, wouldn't it be true to say that rather than this being "a real stain on Margaret Thatcher's legacy and I don't get any pleasure from saying that, but she turned a blind eye to it"  as Danczuk has stated, wouldn't it be fairer to say it was the Cabinet Office/ civil servants, not Margaret Thatcher? Or at the very worst she acted on the various snippets of advice she was given by trusted aides at the time? 

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Ocracy obloquy...

NO! No, no, no! Lord Baker (an ex Conservative Party chairman) has written an article for the Independent: "General Election 2015: Why a Con-Lab coalition may be needed to save the United Kingdom"! NO! The BBC reports it: "A Conservative-Labour coalition may be needed after May's election to prevent the SNP holding the balance of power". A Conservative-Labour coalition would mean the end of a lot of things, I'd say credibility of British politicians but that's already scrapping the bottom of the barrel; it could disillusion the electorate beyond the point of recovery and as such could open the door for something worse. 

Open offerings...

Venezuela the best in the world? YES! And I agree: when we're talking about the best breakfast: HERE (but last year!) Adam Lapetina (at Thrillist: "obsessed with everything that’s worth caring about in food, drink, and travel") gave the thumbs-up to Venezuela's arepa; certainly hasn't got the best photo on that blog but I can confirm it's a great way to start the day - of course like all good breakfasts it doesn't have to be limited to the first meal either. My favourite arepa (that link has better photos!) was always 'domino' (black beans and cheese - the image, left) and in the case of this list 'la arepa dominó ' (hehe). Don't worry about the beans, an arepa can be filled with pretty much anything you fancy. Unfortunately the flour they use to make these arepas is one of the staple foods that continues to be in short supply; shortages that are blamed on smuggling, 'unscrupulous businessmen', economic war by the evil empire, aliens (probably) but anybody rather than the clowns in charge.

Interestingly, in the Thrillist best-breakfast list England, Scotland and Ireland all come in the top 5 albeit with variations on the same theme; all equally good too IMHO.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ongoing overcrowding...

The rise in the UK Population from immigration ALONE is averaging a new Plymouth or 3 Harrogate's EVERY YEAR: that's just known immigration and not including the thousands of illegals and not including population rise from births etc.  Lord Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK said:
"These figures will be extremely disappointing for the public. The additional pressure on housing and public services is clearly unmanageable."
An understatement; as is 'extremely disappointing', which is putting it very mildly.

Late addition: Immigration Under Labour (MW briefing paper).

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Oncoming oppression...

...or 'further' oppression really: the BBC today reported that the new regulations that Venezuela has introduced essentially allow soldiers to open fire if they feel their lives are at risk during demonstrations, "The rules specify a scaled approach to maintaining public order, up to and including the use of deadly force" [edit]...if they feel their lives are at risk, right.

Naturally Citizen rights groups (and everyone not directly involved) realise these rules are "dangerously vague". You may feel rules controlling protests are reasonable but, as The Devil's Excrement blog says, the are effectively legalising military repression; "The Interamerican Commission on Human Rights has explicitly banned the use of the Armed Forces on matters of internal security". More from Caracas Chronicles on the same thing: "Last year, mass protests were shamelessly quashed by fierce repression, tear gas, beatings, jailings and torture pretty much out in the open, for the whole world to see. This year, they´ll be repressed before they even happen."

Thing is, everyone thinks this is to repress the actual known 'Opposition' but most probably it is a message to the armed civilian militias (you know, formed for the 'war of resistance against the United States') who always said they would go into the streets to defend the revolution. Well the revolution has stalled and puppet clown Nick's dictatorship is telling them 'come for us and you know what's waiting.' 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Obstreperous ogling oblectation...

Hahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaa...first I must say that I don't buy the Sun newspaper (yes, and some of my best friends are Black, Muslim, gay...); to be honest I have VERY rarely even looked at it - honest! - but today, despite how illogical it may sound when you consider what I have just written, I was delighted to discover that the oft maligned Page 3 will continue! Clarification and corrections:
"FURTHER to recent reports in all other media outlets, we would like to clarify that on Page 3 of today's Sun is a picture of Nicole, 22, from Bournemouth. We would like to apologise on behalf of the print and broadcast journalists who have spent the last two days talking and writing about us"
Hat-tip Guido. The best thing for me about all this of course is that it is one in the eye for all those against free speech and free expression (i.e. the poll that showed 86 per cent of loony left Guardian readers were anti Page 3, hat-tip Stephen Bayley) And no doubt that what Brendan O'Neill wrote in the DT earlier this week is perfectly true: "Without realising it, feminist do-gooders kept the Sun's outdated institution alive and thriving into the second decade of the 21st century".

The No More Page 3 campaign - on their website - 'Boobs aren't News', 'wish to make two things clear': 1. *CONTEXT* We love breasts! And have nothing against the women who choose to show them, we simply feel that a family newspaper is the wrong context for these images. 2. *EQUAL REPRESENTATION* all we are really asking is that women be represented with respect in the newspaper, rather like men are. newspaper? And who really buys the Sun for the news? Sport, tits, crosswords etc...but news? Pah! Plus, to address their 2nd point, perhaps we could push Martin Robbins' idea in the NS more than a couple of years back**: The sinister campaign against Page 3:
"Put more boobs on Page 3, and add some cocks too. Show people of every size, shape, colour, gender and sexuality; let them speak in their own voice, and celebrate them all. That, rather than self-censorship of adult-oriented content, would be a progressive tabloid revolution worth fighting for."

** Unbelievable tripe in the NS today though: "The purpose of Page 3 is to humiliate, chasten and bully women". FFS!