Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Obvious obstrobogulous observations...

"Le nostre sofferenze di oggi sono il preludio di quelle che subirete anche voi europei e cristiani occidentali nel prossimo futuro... "...I vostri principi liberali e democratici qui non valgono nulla. Occorre che ripensiate alla nostra realtà in Medio Oriente perché state accogliendo nei vostri Paesi un numero sempre crescente di musulmani. Anche voi siete a rischio. Dovete prendere decisioni forti e coraggiose, a costo di contraddire i vostri principi. Voi pensate che gli uomini sono tutti uguali. Ma non è vero. L’Islam non dice che gli uomini sono tutti uguali."

"Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future... "...Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal."

Hat-tip: Cranmer. Source: Corriere della Sera

Monday, August 11, 2014

Odze on...

Possibly the most heartening news this morning is re the visit by a group of British Jews and Israelis to Bradford in obvious and excellent defiance to racist fucktard George Galloway who had recently said that the city should be an "Israel free zone". The group, led by Rabbi Shneur Odze who is also a UKIP candidate, took the trip this weekend "to defend the British sense of fair play and tolerance" [Link: Breitbart] Even better: HERE is a petition calling for Mr Galloway to be prosecuted for hate speech under the Public Order Act 1986. And Bradford will be happy because "the local tourist office in Bradford has received a surge of requests for brochures from British Jews". In case you wondered Owsblog's opinion is strongly pro Israeli and happy to debate with anyone who isn't fully blinkered and willing to learn the facts. 

Monday, August 04, 2014

Ottoman overkill...

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is an installation at the Tower of London's dry moat and "it will continue to grow throughout the summer until the moat is filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies, each poppy representing a British or Colonial military fatality during the war." Link

The war to end all wars...the Great War. It certainly wasn't the former but there are those who don't wish to call it the latter either; I disagree, I know vocabulary usage changes but really nobody thinks it refers to 'great' as in good. Yesterday, 100 years ago Germany attacked France; today 100 years ago Germany invaded Belgium and in response Belgium and the United Kingdom declared war on Germany (also, the USA declared its neutrality). The numbers are horrifying: almost ten million military dead (9,911,000), 7,750,000 missing (mostly presumed dead), over 21 million wounded. [Wiki]. Russia had the greatest number of deaths (civilian and military combined), almost 2% of the population but some countries lost over 10% of the entire population (Serbia); an oft forgotten or ignored fact is that in the Ottoman Empire lost almost 15% of its then population: in fact taking civilian deaths from all causes (military action, crimes against humanity, malnutrition, disease etc.) the Ottoman Empire accounts for 33% of the total civilian deaths of WWI. Obviously this includes the deaths from the 'policy of extermination' i.e. Armenian Genocide and other ethnic groups like the Assyrians and Greeks, similarly attacked by the Ottoman Empire during the WWI period.

When we remember the military dead, soldiers making the ultimate sacrifice, please remember too the not inconsiderable 7.5 million civilians who lost their lives.

P.S. I donate monthly to The Royal British Legion, please help too if you can.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Overpaid officials?...

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From ZeroHedge (by Steve Hanke of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore):"The EU fiscal austerity bandwagon keeps rolling on with Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister and current President of the EU, holding the reigns. Indeed, Renzi recently went so far as to form an anti-austerity coalition with France and Spain. According to the coalition, its members simply cannot impose further spending cuts. They assert that their budgets have been cut to the bone. This claim is ludicrous.To be honest, mostly they are not 'overpaid' in terms of salary (except for Italy!); 3 or 4 times would be acceptable IMHO but let's not forget that most of these salaries are more than boosted (often at least doubled) by expenses etc.  

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Out of order IV...

Surely there are better ways of suggesting people control their alcohol intake and 'know their limits'. This is an insult and just like those that say 'she was asking for it' because of the way she dressed. There is a petition to have these posters removed. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Obviously owing...

Well well well. What a surprise...NOT! Labour are hypocrites. The UK's main political parties all filed financial reports this week; "Labour’s total income for 2013 was £33.3m, far ahead of the Tories on £25.4m and the Lib Dems on £7.3m." From the Financial Times [Link ££]. On those vast incomes what tax was paid? Well last year The Conservatives paid 187 thousand quid, guess what Labour paid? £14,000. The Conservatives paid twelve times more tax on income of 25% less! Apparently the Lib Dems paid only £14 tax (yep, fourteen pounds).

Now nobody would begrudge trying to minimise what you pay in tax, as David Blackburn at The Spectator says, we should 'commend Labour for their careful tax planning', HOWEVER, when they do one thing but say another there's only one word for it: HYPOCRITES! There are so many other Labour tax-rise policies, and death won't save you. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ousted Owen's outing...

An outing in the 'day out' meaning I hasten to add! The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, the former (since earlier this week!**) Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will be giving the annual lecture to the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) on 15th October (Institution of Mechanical Engineers by invitation only). Should be interesting!

The GWPF was founded by Lord Lawson amongst others but due to this has a reputation of being purely 'climate sceptic'; however it has "developed a distinct set of principles that set us apart from most other stakeholders in the climate debates:
  • The GWPF does not have an official or shared view about the science of global warming – although we are of course aware that this issue is not yet settled.
  • On climate science, our members and supporters cover a broad range of different views, from the IPCC position through agnosticism to outright scepticism.
  • Our main focus is to analyse global warming policies and their economic and other implications. Our aim is to provide the most robust and reliable economic analysis and advice.
  • We regard observational evidence and understanding the present as more important and more reliable than computer modelling or predicting the distant future.
Above all we seek to inform the media, politicians and the public, in a newsworthy way, on the subject in general and on the misinformation to which they are all too frequently being subjected at the present time."

** It seems a pity, he was obviously a good Environment Minister ("best in a generation" perhaps) and "is one of a tiny number of genuine countrymen in modern politics" (Peter Oborne, DT). Plus he's a 'real' right-winger, a climate sceptic who supported fracking, anti wind farms and to cap it all being married to the sister of the Rational Optimist. :-)

Update: Sunday 20th: "Sacking Owen Paterson is an insult to the countryside", source: Christopher Booker (DT); hat-tip: EU Referendum.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario...

The following statement was made by the Prime Minister of Canada in response to the situation in Israel [Link: pm.gc.ca]. STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA [edit] Ottawa, Ontario 13 July 2014.
"The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification. It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region. Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions. Canada calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict. Canada is unequivocally behind Israel. We support its right to defend itself, by itself, against these terror attacks, and urge Hamas to immediately cease their indiscriminate attacks on innocent Israeli civilians. Canada reiterates its call for the Palestinian government to disarm Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups operating in Gaza, including the Iranian proxy, Palestinian Islamic Jihad."
Bravo! Where is the UK's similar statement? Where is Obama's? Where were the lefty protests when similar numbers died every day in Syria? As for most of the MSM...