Sunday, November 11, 2018

Obligations over open ossuary...



Image from The Royal British Legion, 'a national champion of Remembrance'. Our obligation is to remember.  The Legion came into existence after 'The Great War', when many that had fought joined together to support to each other. "The Legion advocates a specific type of Remembrance connected to the British Armed Forces, those who were killed, those who fought with them and alongside them."

This year is the 100th Anniversary of the end of that 'war to end all wars'. "The absolute horror of the First World War, if not realised when reading details, is brought home when we look at the numbers of dead and wounded", Open ossuaries

Update: stunned by something I've just read at SteynOnline: "Exactly a century ago - on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - the guns fell silent on Europe's battlefields. The belligerents had agreed the terms of the peace at 5am that November morning, and the news was relayed to the commanders in the field shortly thereafter that hostilities would cease at eleven o'clock. And then they all went back to firing at each other for a final six hours. On that last day, British imperial forces lost some 2,400 men, the French 1,170, the Germans 4,120, the Americans about 3,000."
"The dead in those last hours of the Great War outnumbered the toll of D Day twenty-six years later, the difference being that those who died in 1944 were fighting to win a war whose outcome they did not know. On November 11th 1918 over eleven thousand men fell in a conflict whose victors and vanquished had already been settled and agreed." [my emphasis]
Unbelievable: "Hell cannot be so terrible as this. Humanity is mad; it must be mad to do what it is doing.", anonymous French soldier, reference to the 'hell' of Verdun. 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Odible ochlocracy...


A government by mobs worthy of hatred if you need to know what I think that title means. [edit 10.11.18, 8:18 p.m.]"the Führer has decided that... demonstrations should not be prepared or organized by the party, but insofar as they erupt spontaneously, they are not to be hampered."

Last night was the 80th anniversary of the November pogrom, the Night of Broken Glass, Kristallnacht ('...viewed by historians as part of Nazi Germany's broader racial policy, and the beginning of the Final Solution and The Holocaust', Wiki). I wouldn't have known if I hadn't read Raedwald's blog today. A really nicely written blog-post:
"A pane of window glass is an odd thing. Just 4mm thick, and so fragile that a child's ball may shatter it, in our minds it is as much of a bulwark against the elements, against the chaos of the street, against the bad outside as nine inches of brick and mortar. Anyone who has had a broken front window pane will know the sudden vulnerability, the sense of unprotectedness, the anxiety and the naked exposure of that void. Until mended, we can't sleep...."
The rest is equally good, plus the comments, which I enjoyed, can be found HERE.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Orthopterology over onolatry...


Hazard a guess at these two countries: the first country "is one of the region’s oldest and strongest democracies. 
"It boasts a stronger social safety net than any of its neighbors and is making progress on its promise to deliver free health care and higher education to all its citizens. It is a model of social mobility and a magnet for immigrants from across Latin America and Europe. 
"The press is free, and the political system is open; opposing parties compete fiercely in elections and regularly alternate power peacefully. It sidestepped the wave of military juntas that mired some Latin American countries in dictatorship. Thanks to a long political alliance and deep trade and investment ties with the United States, it serves as the Latin American headquarters for a slew of multinational corporations. It has the best infrastructure in South America. It is still unmistakably a developing country, with its share of corruption, injustice, and dysfunction, but it is well ahead of other poor countries by almost any measure...
"The second country is one of Latin America’s most impoverished nations and its newest dictatorship. Its schools lie half deserted. The health system has been devastated by decades of underinvestment, corruption, and neglect; long-vanquished diseases, such as malaria and measles, have returned. Only a tiny elite can afford enough to eat. An epidemic of violence has made it one of the most murderous countries in the world. [sic]
"It is the source of Latin America’s largest refugee migration in a generation, with millions of citizens fleeing in the last few years alone. Hardly anyone (aside from other autocratic governments) recognizes its sham elections, and the small portion of the media not under direct state control still follows the official line for fear of reprisals. By the end of 2018, its economy will have shrunk by about half in the last five years. It is a major cocaine-trafficking hub, and key power brokers in its political elite have been indicted in the United States on drug charges. Prices double every 25 days. The main airport is largely deserted, used by just a handful of holdout airlines bringing few passengers to and from the outside world." 

The two countries? Answer: these two countries are in fact the same country: Venezuela. Forty years is a long time.
(Highlight with cursor to see answer).

Read the rest of the article HERE. 'Venezuela’s Suicide. Lessons From a Failed State.' By Moisés Naím and Francisco Toro at Foreign Affairs Magazine.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Obvious obscurantism; overtly obsequious...


Opaque or obtuse? [edited] Lots of 'o's describing the government attempts at professional behaviour; they are woefully poor. That and:  'The Government has ignored the basic principles of successful negotiation in its dealings with Brussels', IMHO they have ignored the basic principles of standing up for themselves and those they purport to represent. But David Heathcoat-Amory - once a near neighbour - writing at Brexit Central hits the nail/s on the head; hopefully the nails of the 'Chequers' coffin. Firstly, and most importantly:
"The EU referendum decision was categorical and final. Both sides of the argument agreed this in advance. The Leave decision is not a radical constitutional experiment: Britain will be joining the rest of the world, which is founded on the principle of national self-government, which includes unconditional control over citizenship, borders, laws and trade policy."
Only those with open or hidden invested personal (monetary) interests that are jeopardised would seriously believe anything different. And they are most probably wrong about the 'jeopardised' bit too.

Heathcoat-Armory makes one mistake, he says "At root there is a failure to understand the true nature of the EU", IMHO this is simply not true: May and Hammond, the treacherous senior civil servants in their dealings, plus Soubry, Clarke, Clegg, Blair, Major, Mandelson, Campbell, Adonis et al in their vociferous and increasingly shrieky cries for a 2nd referendum (or cancelling of the 2016 vote) understand all too well the true nature of the EU. That is precisely the problem: the blithering ramblings, the convoluted speeches, the twisting of words and the seeming incompetence at all and every step is all intentional: they know the true nature of the EU and want it!
"The EU is not an association of nation states coming together for certain common purposes. It is a highly self-interested bureaucracy which has one response to any problem: more Europe. Its entire legal order is founded on the principle of ever closer union."
This has always been the case and to be honest, most EU founders, formers and followers have never denied it!

Friday, October 05, 2018

Order Order on overt one-sidedness...


To be honest I would have said 80-20 at the very least. "Brexiteers always like to complain about Brexit bias on the BBC". Indeed, and don't forget the normal everyday bias, anyone fair-minded and the Right and right side of centre already know this. Anyhow, "Guido has crunched the numbers on the BBC’s three flagship panel shows, Question Time, Politics Live and Any Questions to see if they have a point... "
A whopping 87% of the panels had a Remainer majority – only 13% of shows had a panel equally balanced between Leavers and Remainers. Not once have Leavers outnumbered Remainers.
No surprise at all. That is just Brexit; the 'Left-Right' bias they normally have is easily just as bad. How many hundreds of times have a 'student', a 'nurse', a 'single mum', a 'council estate resident', an 'economist', a 'whatever', turned out to be a paid up dyed-in-the-wool raving lefty activist?...happens most days. How many sane normal moderately Right wing guests have been introduced clearly highlighting their political allegiance....all of them, and how many 'innocents' called 'Far-Right'? BBC bias is wrong, insidious, sinister and pretty damn treacherous.

Come the day, they should be treated as per Mr Ecks' (a commentator at Raedwald's and elsewhere) proposed treatment of the Civil Service traitors "fire the Senior Civil Service en masse, without a penny compo and their pensions confiscated. If needed use Bliar's Civil Contingences Act to prevent any attempts by the sacked scum to run to lawyers/judges. They go out and stay out.

The chief enemies of a decent UK would be out on their cultural Marxist arses and shock waves of terror would flow thro' the wannabe global elite all around the planet."

Yep. Soon as possible please.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Oxley opines...


Image: 18.06.16, The Spectator: Out and into the World
On Brexit Central Alan Oxley opines that the UK Government doesn’t really get what is at stake...the Brexit White Paper based on 'Chequers' is "unintelligible, incoherent and includes matters which do not warrant attention", something we can all agree based on the waffle and piffle emanating from complicit MPs and tame MSM; "most importantly [the Brexit White Paper] lays out no platform which any government could use in undertaking something as significant as withdrawal from the EU." Nuff said.

Now, Oxley may be an Aussie with his own interests but as ex Chairman of GATT he knows what he is saying when, in typical clear and blunt Aussie style he says:
"Clearly those who oversaw preparation of the paper had no basic understanding of the fundamental issues or how to address them."
Hear hear! "Why is at least one third of the paper related to vague discussions of issues instead of concrete propositions... [?]", smoke an mirrors to fool dim-witted politicians Alan!
"What is the sense in surrendering future control over any changes to an organisation from which the British people have decided to separate?"
Exactly! ...and an organisation heading only one way...and it ain't 'up'.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Offence offensive II...


Battle of Britain Hurricanes
...or 'defence offence offensive' given that The Battle of Britain was a great defensive effort. How to ruin a good day and a memorial day at that: I hate to whinge (ahem...OK, I love it) but Niall McCarthy, Data Journalist at Statista has really pissed me off: first the email: "Bloody Foreigners 2,424 British pilots flew against the Luftwaffe during that summer in 1940 and 452 were killed. Many foreign pilots also fought in the battle... ...Britain owes its immigrants a debt of gratitude and amid an air of anger and uncertainty post-Brexit, their decisive intervention at the nation's darkest hour in 1940 seems to be long forgotten by some." FFS, making things worse the article and graph have the title "How Britain owes its immigrants a debt of gratitude" (and btw his graph is wrong anyway missing out at least three nationalities that took part). Niall clearly hasn't noticed the myriad museums and memorials, especially the Polish War Memorial - that I used to pass every week - nor the commemorative services and wreath laying every year. Has he heard the phrase "The Few", or "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"? He probably doesn't know that many of the pilots were encouraged to stay as their homes no longer existed. Worse, he insinuates they are forgotten by xenophobes and ties it all to 'anger and uncertainty post-Brexit'; he can fuck right off. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Offence offensive...


Interesting that the howling outrage mob are at it again. I am talking of course about those that claim racism etc., re Mark Knight's cartoon in The Herald Sun (report in News.com.au)  He says his portrayal was "never about race or gender — rather the sporting superstar’s bad behaviour", something obvious to normal people but not obvious to racists. Knight says he suspended his Twitter account overnight because of abuse towards his family... par for the course for the violent, nasty Left.

Reminded me of the outrage a few years ago in the New York Post, (report in Guardian) re the racism row over a chimpanzee cartoon; people equated the chimp with Obama...so who's the racist? You see a monkey and think it must be a cartoon of a black person? In that Owsblog post there is a cartoon of President Bush as a chimp...no outrage; they are outraged when it is Obama, or Williams...they see a black person and think chimp, or vice versa. They are racist.

Same for the Ross Barkley 'gorilla' "racism" last year [BBC] when Sun columnist Kelvin MacKenzie compared Barkley to a "gorilla at the zoo". Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson told BBC Sport he reported the article to the police for a "racial slur" because Barkley's grandfather was born in Nigeria...who's the racist? Not MacKenzie but Liverpool mayor Anderson who relates a Nigerian to a gorilla! 

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Obambulating Obama...


Obama,  "a restoration of honesty and decency and lawfulness in our government" (snigger) clearly part of the problem; most definitely NOT part of the solution. Clearly his horrendously rabble-rousing comments - apart from being part of the permanent protest - are intended to try to spark the stalling Democrats for the congressional mid-term elections in November but he has just put a massive target on his back. Oh, can I say that? Or is it still racist (last paragraph), despite being what anyone could say about anyone, when it's directed at Obama it must be racist.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Optimistic Ows...


Infographic: The bookmakers' favourites to win the Premier League | Statista

Not the bookies' favourite but I predict Arsenal will win the Premier League this season. 

Chart from Statista