Saturday, 24 June 2017

Google Search Is Doing Irreparable Harm To Muslims
"His goal is to flood the search results with accurate information on Islam."What a great idea! We used to believe, with Milton, "Let Truth and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?" Now we seem to favour a Gresham's law of facts, and doubt that truth and real news can force out lies and fake news. Still, it is worth a try. More power to Mr Suleiman and people like him!

“It’s a fundamental problem with how search works.”
Beirich hits the nail on the head: if you have a search engine, this kind of thing will happen unless the content is heavily censored. The question is: who do you trust as censor?''

T r u m p ’ s L i e s
we have catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office.
"He is trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant."
Of course he is, that is what real estate agents and con men do.
                      The difference is in intent: Real estate people want to make you happy and make a profit.
                                                                Con men want to make a profit and not get caught.
Neither seem appropriate for a POTUS

She reminds me of Donald Trump: 
Truth is for other people and no one need die without their death being used to score political points.

Friday, 23 June 2017

 You couldn’t make this stuff up.
     Speaking at a rally in Iowa, our President proposed a “new immigration laws which say those seeking entry to our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years.”
    The Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 says immigrants entering the United States are ineligible for federal welfare funds for five years after arriving in the United States.  It has been the law for 20 years, Mr President, please try to keep up.

Hate Crimes Soar In Manchester Following Attack At Ariana Grande Concert
The hate crime at the Manchester arena killed 22 and injured many more. 
How many have been killed or injured in these other hate crimes in the month since?

'Close al-Jazeera': Saudi Arabia issues Qatar with 13 demands to end blockade
Not surprising.  The main goal is to take control of Qatr and its society: there is no room for dissent.

Assessing the Impact of the Senate GOP Health Bill
Our President promised TrumpCare would give us1) better healthcare, 2) for everybody, 3) at a lower cost.
The current House and Senate bills provide
   1) no better healthcare (and worse care for many)
   2) that excludes millions of Americans
   3) at a higher cost (unless you are wealthy, in which case it is lower.)

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

GOP’s Karen Handel Beats Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia
Race was most expensive in history for a House seat
$30 million to secure a job that pays $174K a year.
You KNOW they are going to want that money back from somewhere.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Workplace gender quotas weed out incompetent men
That means, if applied to teaching, nursing and cashiers, these policies will weed out incompetent women?

UK Caves In On First Day Of Brexit Talks
I do love unbiased reporting: Not "starts negotiations", but "caves in."
Once again, Huffpo caves in to its desire to present politicians and civil servants as weak, incompetent and wrong.

Of course it must be a "cover up" if media do not report incidents as I want them reported. 
Especially if they do not change their coverage to my world view within one hour of the incident.
    Whether Anglophobia or Islamophobia, we are tired of murderous thugs using religion as their excuse. These so-called terrorists, whether Christian or Muslim, are all mohareb: enemies of Allah and of God

Saturday, 17 June 2017

How to Measure Diversity
The problem comes when one sells diversity as a goal, as opposed to unity as a goal. 
 If we all all Americans together, regardless of ethnic origin, then we find it easier to have more tolerance for people wanting different things. 
 If we are hyphenated Americans, then the fact that we may want different things can cause conflict.
         To wit. The list in this articles was completely racist. America is NOT, as stated in the article, 62% white, 17% Hispanic , 13% African, 6% Asian and 1% Native.
         Instead, it is 45% white, 17% Germanic-America, 17% Hispanic-American, 13% African-American, 6% Asian-American and 1% Native-American.
         Anyone who says Germanic Americans are just whites is a vicious racist.

NBC’s Connecticut TV Station Won’t Air Megyn Kelly’s Interview With Alex Jones
Because NO ONE should be allowed to know what dangerously right-wing extremists think.
We should be surprised when we meet their views in public, so they have a better chance to defeat us.

Trump Announces Rollback of Obama’s Cuba Policy
Typical Trump, this is all cosmetic.    
Long before the relaxation, Americans could visit Cuba without any hassle about groups or cultural motives: one simply said one was a journalist and flew there.  The fact that your journalism credentials were the 4 people who followed you blog were irrelevant.  That will continue unchanged under Trumps new Exec order.  
    The only major change is that the Cuban military will now need a 3rd-party (paper) intermediary, so that business with them can continue as usual.

This Muslim Convert Is Changing The Conversation About Women In Islam
"For as long as she can remember, Bellaoui has never quite fit in."
That is one of the reason she dresses as she does: she is saying: "I am not of you. I am different and it is important to me that you know that I am different and not of your society."
If it were not Islam, it would be something else.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Fire Lays Bare The ‘Tale Of Two Kensingtons’ - A Borough Of Extreme Rich And Poor
What IS the point of this article?      
The whole purpose of a modern metropolis is that people of various income levels, ethnicities and educations SHOULD live near each other.  Would Huffpo prefer that the poor only live near the poor and the well-off only live near the affluent?
     Or is the point that the rich should not be allowed to live anywhere at all? 
     That their wealth should be confiscated and redistributed until we all are equally poor?
PS: A home that sells for 250k does not sound like poor to me, but perhaps I measure by different standards, as in: if you get more than $2 a day you are among the wealthiest 50% of the world.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Theresa May Promises 'Proper Investigation' After Tower Blaze

Just like the 5 "Proper Invesitgations" after the last 5 Tower Block fires?
Will they do just as much good?
Grenfell Tower Fire Lays Bare The ‘Tale Of Two Kensingtons’
Gosh, you mean none of the folks who live in public housing are affluent? 
Whodda thunk it?
Corbyn Calls For ‘Luxury’ Properties To Be Taken Over To House ex-Grenfell Residents
Good idea! How many will be moving in with you, Jeremy? 
Or is it only someone else's house that you want to be generous with.
    Neither Labour nor Tories did anything about this problem despite being warned about it many times, so you are right about jail time, for both Labour and Tory councillors. Sadly, I'll believe that when I see it.

Germany, Austria Chide U.S. Senate’s Russia Sanctions Bill
You forget, Europe: It's America First. All you other losers last.
This is good for us and bad for you? Tough!
We want to Make America Grate Again and we don't give a toss about what happens to you.

Trump Signs Order Seeking to Expand Apprenticeship Programs
Great idea!  Let's get businesses, who benefit the most, to pay for it.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Grenfell Tower Death Toll Is At Least Six But Expected To Rise
Some from the contractor and the KCTMO may go to jail but I'll bet no RBK&C councillors do.Not unexpected to see Jeremy Corbyn try to turn this tragedy into a political issue

OPINION: Don't repeat the mistakes of Clinton and 1998 with Trump
Okay, Penn has a bizarre view of Comey’s power to shoo people out of the oval office, but that’s not really the issue. The issue is that Trump/Russia is a waste of time and a vote loser.
     Sadly, the Democrats do not learn from history. They are likely to continue to focus on these things, which the average Joe and Jane don’t give a stuff about, to the exclusion of things they DO care about: jobs, healthcare, inequality.
     Meanwhile, Trump must be loving it – it distracts from the deals he is doing to enrich himself on the back of the US presidency.

Has the president created lots of jobs?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the four months before President Trump’s election, the U.S. economy added about 840,000 jobs. In the four months since his inauguration, it’s added about 600,000.

Theresa May Is Ruthlessly Trolled By Jeremy Corbyn As Parliament Returns
She may have been "ruthlessly trolled" but there is no evidence in this article.that she was. 
The headline seems merely an attempt to be devisive, with very little substance behind it.
Part of Huffpo's normal campaign to make the world seem a little worse than it is.

Monday, 12 June 2017

You’re Hired: Trump Plans to Build U.S. Workforce With Apprenticeships
What a great idea! Let's get business, who benefit most, to fund most of it.

Court in Pakistan sentences man to death for ‘blasphemous’ Facebook post
What a wonderful country:
You do not agree with me? You must die.
Will civilization ever come to Pakistan?
Why did we really get this shock general election result? Answer: it’s complicated
This was the quintessential Brexit election: everyone lost.
The reason for failure is very simple: they called an election.

Trump Administration to Call for Curbs on Consumer-Finance Regulator
Caveat Emptor.
If you get fleeced, it is your own look out
Don't whine: this is what you voted for

Donald Trump Visit To UK Has Been Put ‘On Hold’
Yellow bellyWhat a wonderful country: 
You do not agree with me?  You must die.
Will civilization ever come to Pakistan?

Sunday, 11 June 2017

The Right Way to Protect Free Speech on Campus
"...a primary obligation to foster open and civil discourse."
       The difficulty arises when modern America believes that people who disagree with them do not deserve civil discourse. It is the Talibanization of our culture: some opinions (especially those that disagree with mine) may not be heard, and it is acceptable to attack those who hold them, whether verbally or physically.
      What we saw at Middlebury, and at many other campi, is lynch-mob thinking, pure and simple.

DUP Protest: Pro-Corbyn CYoung Voters Take Aim At The ‘Racist, Sexist, Anti-Gay’ Party
DUP’s Record On Abortion, Creationism And LGBT Rights
Well horrors. The Tories have done a deal with a party that we don't agree with.
What did you THINK was going to happen, snowflake?
Or do you just want to ensure that the UK is ungovernable.
As one headline had it: "Theresa May's plan B rocked..."
Is that like "London is reeling?"
The protests seem to be saying:
"We lost a free and fair election, but you should do as we say anyway."
How very American.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Just another example of big government in Washington interfering in our daily lives. 
This time as part of the war on women.

Lawmakers scramble to privatize air traffic control system, raise debt ceiling
Letting congress decide on traffic control and the US debt is a big mistake
As Thomas Sowell said: "It is hard to imagine a more stupid or dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of those who pay no price for being wrong."

Her general election disaster is down to holding it at all.
Full stop.

‘Great British Bake Off’ Star  Brands Jamie Oliver A ‘Pr*ck’ In Attack On the Non-Political 
Awwww. Poor baby. Did someone disagree with her? 
Was there someone who didn't do things the way she wanted them to? 
Well if that doesn't justifiy a temper tantrum, I don't know what does.
Why can't people just do what little entitlement girls tell them?

Florida lawmakers cut deals on Okachobee dike repairs
"Scott said President Donald Trump had assured him the federal government would pay the state back for the improvements."
Careful Scotty, The teflon Don has often said he will contribute to a charity, then reneged. I'd get it in writing, if I were you.

Trump administration ends detention alternatetive for asylum-seekers
So the family case management costs about 11% as much as detention? 
And intensive intensive supervision costs about 5% as much? 
Why do we use detention at all, then?
Is it just that $319 a day makes some people a whole lot of money?

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The Disenfranchised Reveal How It Feels To Be Denied The Vote
       Why are people so prejudiced against 13- and 14-year-olds. All this whining about 15 & 16 without a single thought for the disenfranchised 13s and 14s.         I do, however, feel sorry for citizens of other countries who are not allowed to vote in UK elections: I think citizens of any country that give British subjects a vote in their national elections should be allowed to vote here. 
       Finally I am particularly upset about the homeless who contribute so much to our society being shut out just because they have no address, not to mention convicted criminals, such as rapists, murderers, paedophiles, tax cheats and the like, who have and address, but still can't vote.

How The ‘Discriminatory’ Impact Of Social Care Affects One Woman And Her Father
Most people DO want to be looked after, and it is not only here in the UK that they want someone else to pay for it.

Community leaders from where two of the London Bridge terrorists lived have spoken their anger that authorities failed to warn them Authorities are upset that Community Leaders did not warn them about the three perpetrators of the London Bridge / Borough Market hate-crimes.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

London Mayor Khan suggests calling off Trump state visit to Britain
Not a bad idea! Trump likes to kick people when they have just been hurt....and all just to aggrandize himself.    With friends like he, Britain needs no enemies.

Kezia Dugdale: Nicola Sturgeon Is Lying 
Of course she is lying - I saw her lips move.
PS: I love Huffpo's smug and self-congratulatory sub-heading "Well, that escalated quickly."

Betsy DeVos: It Is Not The Education Department’s Job To Protect LGBTQ Students
True. It is the job of each school and of the parents of all non-LBGTQRF kids.

Twitter Drags CNN Host Who Implied Indian-American Spelling Bee Champ Uses Sanskrit
Okay, the host was probably ignorant for not knowing what sanskrit is; but how is it even remotely "racist," to suggest that she might be used to a ceremonial language connected to her heritage. Does that mean it would be racist if she was of Catholic extraction he said "Latin"?
Seems to me that the racists are those "emphasizing how saying an American girl of color is “used to” a foreign language was an ignorant move." They think it ignorant to suggest that "an American girl of color" might know the sacred language of her roots?

Sunday, 4 June 2017

General Elections Show British Politicians In The Worst Possible Light
Which is absolute gravy for Huffpo, who never misses a chance to Show British Politicians In The Worst Possible Light!

Trump Believes Climate Change Is Real, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Says
Of course he does. His application for a permit to build retaining walls at his Irish golf course cited climate change and its consequences as the reason he needed it.
Some problems with May's four solutions:
All the research shows that longer sentences will have zero effect. None.
Ending religious and single-gender schools - a good start to "ending segregated communities"
Cracking down on extremism is a good idea - how will you do this without censorship? 
Promoting "British Values" is a good idea - which values will you promote?

I’m glad a gay man of colour will be Irish prime minister, even if I abhor his politics
Frankly, I do not care who he likes to have sex with nor the color his skin - I'd prefer to judge him on what he does.  
Yes, I realize that my thinking is soooo 20th century.  I should be more concerned about which minority groups he comes from than whether he does anything at all.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Jeremy Corbyn Wants To Wipe Student Debt... But He’s Not Sure How To Pay For It
With other people's money as usual.
Plus, in the unlikely event he gets elected, he will simply renege on the pledges he's made.

Jeremy Corbyn And Theresa May Described By Voters In One Word
I would use "useless" for both.      "Liar" would work too.

Mears Construction Firm Sparks Health And Safety Row By Banning Beards
If they have a beard for religious reasons, do they sign a waiver holding the employer harmless? 
If so, why can''t any other employee sign a similar waiver? 
If not, who pays for the extra liability?

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Manchester victim's brother: stop using incident to claim there is 'immigration problem'
Agreed! This is not an immigration issue, it is a hate-crime, pure and simple.

EU helping force refugees back to 'hell on Earth'  to stop boat crossings from Libya, 
What? How dare the EU try to save these people's lives? 
Shouldn't they be allowed to drown at sea if they want to?
Refugees International (RI) apparently thinks that migrants who can get to just one ocean away from their desired homeland should be transported to wherever they want to go, no questions asked.

Deere to Buy Wirtgen, German Road Construction Equipment Maker, for $4.89 Billion
That's one way to avoid the border adjustment tax - and without creating a single American job.

The billionaire warns of its dire effects in his company's application to build a sea wall.

That’s as many in four months as Obama granted in his entire eight years.
So much for "draining the swamp," it instead he's topping it up.

While You Obsessed Over Trump’s Scandals, He’s Fundamentally Changed The Country
1) pursuing lengthier prison sentences for drug offenders, despite bi-partisan consensus that this simply does not work and, in fact, is counter-productive
2) leaving the Paris climate deal, despite claiming global warming and its consequences as the reason he wants a permit to build retaining walls around his Irish golf course
3) over-ruling states rights on auto-IRAs, so it is harder for workers to set up retirement accounts 
4) delaying the implementation of workplace safety rules
5) repealing a regulation protecting workers from wage theft  
6) giving coal companies permission to dump debris into local streams
7) canceling requirements to report methane emissions
8) making it harder for citizens to obtain information their tax dollars have paid for
9) wanting to dismantle net neutrality, to allow cable and telecom industry special interests to control internet content and traffic
      All of these changes make America worse for everyone except a few big-business interests.

One good thing he has done is to continue Obama's policy of deporting more illegal aliens than his predecessor did.

I am hard pressed to find another Trump action that is positive for America.
     Anyone else have some?

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Increase in the National Debt 
Obama    68%     Bush II       101%
Clinton    32%     GHW Bush  54%
Carter     43%      Reagan      186%
Johnson 13%        Ford           47%
JFK          8%      Nixon          34%
TOTAL 164%            TOTAL 422% 
 # YEARS 28            # YEARS 28

Will it see success in Congress?

Jeremy Corbyn Interview On Woman’s Hour Prompts Cries Of Bias
People clearly have not been following the recent swing in the definition of the word "bias."
It now means: "anything against my side, regardless of whether it is true or not."
Any media outlet that is not 100% for us, is "biased."

Jeremy Corbyn All But Confirms To Webchat He Won’t Stand Down If Labour Loses
Too right, Jeremy. You stay at the trough, no matter what happens, old son. 
There are a lot more perks and bennies where your current ones came from.

Andy Murray hints at boycott over Margaret Court anti-gay marriage comments
There should be no building named after anyone who does not agree with me and we should boycott all events where someone doesn't agree with me.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Tory Voters In Focus Group Say Theresa May’s Social Care Policy is 'Not fair'
Well of course it is not fair. 
How is it fair to ask people to pay for their own care when they can afford to do so?
It is much fairer to ask the guy making £30k a year to pay.
That way the kids of an oldie with a £1 million house can get an unearned windfall when he succumbs.
Shouldn't the tax payer always assist in the concentration of wealth?
Homeland Secretary Kelly considers laptop ban on all flights into US
That will make international flights to and from the US much less safe and much more dangerous
The risk of a hold fire will go up astronomically. What does she have against Americans?

Don’t Argue With Me!’ Robert Peston Tears Into Sir Michael Fallon In Terrorism Row
What was this politician thinking? He was facing a JOURNALIST with an opinion, and that is just not to be argued with!.   Mr Fallon acted like he thought the purpose of an interview was to hear what the interviewee had to say. That attitude is soooo 20th century. Today, an interviewee is merely there to let the so-called journalist express his own opinions. If an interviewee can't help that happen he should just shut up and let the journalist get on with it.

Durbin to Senate Republicans: 'Let's sit down together' on ObamaCare overhaul
Sorry, Dick. The other side wants to be able to say they killed something of Obama's and they do not care whether this is good for America or not; they think it is good for their re-election chances

Ukip leader says face coverings ban includes balaclavas but 'I've never seen anyone wear one'
Burkahs and Niqabs are offensive to local cultural values: we do not believe there are some people so high and mighty that none dare look upon their face, nor do we believe that one gender may look on a face that another gender may not. Wearing one in public in the UK is either a deliberate affront or an exhibition of colossal ignorance: the equivalent of a woman entering a mosque bare-headed, in shorts and a tank top.
    Still I oppose a ban: in a free society, people have the right to be deliberately offensive and/or pig ignorant.

Burkahs and Niqabs are  offensive to local cultural values: we do not believe there are some people so high and mighty that none dare look upon their face, nor do we believe that one gender may look on a face that another gender may not.    Wearing one in public in the UK is either a deliberate affront or an exhibition of colossal ignorance: the equivalent of a woman entering a mosque bare-headed, in shorts and a tank top.   
Still I oppose a ban: in a free society, people have the right to be deliberately offensive and/or pig ignorant.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Abedi is kafir and a mohareb, as are the the supporters of the would-be caliphate of Daesh. Is your point is that the Wahabiists and Salafists are deliberately leading Muslims from the true path of Islam to become kafir and moharebeh? Or is it that their teachings are inadequately constrained so that they may easily be misinterpreted.
    That is: do Wahabi and Salafi, in your view, WANT to wage war on civilization, or are they merely incompetent.

The hate crime in Manchester, perpetrated by Mr Albedi with his hate-filled views, killed 22 and injured 120. How many did this reported rise in other hate crimes injure?
      We are told that the police and our entire country are on "critical alert" anticipating even more hate crimes from kafir and moharebeh perverters of Islam.

Pregnant Schoolgirl Maddi Runkles Banned From Graduation Because She’s ‘Immoral’
Okay, the schools rules are pretty oppressive and silly, but isn't it outrageous that they would expect students to live up to their own promises?   How dare they suggest that someone who breaks their word is immoral?   Shouldn't students be allowed to behave as they please, despite any rules, and still be rewarded?
Albedi is kafir, as are the the supporters of the would-be caliphate of Daesh.   Is your point is that the Wahabiists and Salafists are deliberately leading Muslims from the true path of Islam to become kafir and moharebeh?   Or is it that their teachings are inadequately constrained so that they may easily be misinterpreted.    

That is: do wahabiists and salafists, in your view, WANT to wage war on civilization, or are they merely incompetent.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Manchester bombing: Piers Morgan mocked for telling Muslims to 'root out" extremists
Sorry, but if these crimes are being done in the name of Allah, it behooves the followers of Allah to root them out.   
     It is no good whining "Oh, it is too hard."  or "Our communities are too diverse" as Ziya Merel does.   Nor does it help to falsely claim that all Muslims are being "blamed," as Mo Ansar does.  
      If Muslims want help rooting these evil people out of their communities, all they have to do is ask.   Tell us what we can do to help you find them and deal with them.   Why you?  Because they are doing it in your name.

Jeremy Corbyn to blame terrorist attacks such as Manchester bombing on UK foreign policy
Jeremy seems to think that terrorism comes from setting our own foreign policy and not having it set by others. If Britain does as it is told, we will be safe, he says.   ISIS will not attack us if we just follow their programme.
       The fact that they attack other countries that are not involved in foreign wars is not relevant. Britain is different: if we bring all troops back home terrorism in the UK will stop, Jeremy assures us.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Manchester bombing: Trump calls US leaks 'deeply troubling'
This government leaks from the very top down: Americans are no longer to be trusted.

Trump to NATO: Unpaid dues unfair to U.S. taxpayers
No one in NATO pays "dues" to anyone, nor do they "owe" anyone anything.
      While it is true that many countries devote less of the GDP to military matters than the US does, that is a matter for each sovereign nation. If the US thinks it is spending more than its fair share, it should cut back on the amount it spends.

New York Times Defends Running Leaked Manchester Bombing Pictures
"We cover stories about terrorism from all angles. Not only stories about victims but also how terrorist groups work, their sources of funding, how they recruit."
       And that is only PART of what we do to aid and abet terrorism. Along with most media outlets, we give the terrorists excessive coverage of exactly the kind they are looking for. The terrorists could not be happier with the publicity we give them.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Theresa May Says Military Poised To Patrol Streets 
Makes the government SEEM like it is doing something, but will have no real affect whatsoever, beyond make the British fearful and the terrorists happy. BTW; don;t tell the Americans anything about the investigation: they will leak it immediately
Theresa May upgrades terrorist threat level to 'critical' and puts soldiers on the streets.
What a waste of time, money and effort.  Pure emotional masturbation.   Worse, it gives the perpetrators of such acts exactly the kind of publicity they want.  This is simply aiding and abetting terrorists.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Theresa May Performs Unprecedented Manifesto U-Turn On Social Care Policy
Oh? Was this really the first time any party has done a u-turn on their manifesto?It is so sad that modern journalists - or is it just Huffpo? - do not know what "unprecedented" means.

SNP In Humiliating Backpedal After Claiming Debate Nurse Was Wife Of Tory Councillor
That is the Selfish National Party to a T.
Anybody that disagrees with them must be destroyed.
Truth? Accuracy? Who cares? Certainly not the SNP.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Stephen Hawking says we must colonise other planets to ensure human survival
Of course he is absolutely correct, as many others have said before him, but it may be too late to do anything about it. We no longer seem to have the political will to do great things, including the sensible insurance policy of seeding other planets with human life.
Putting all one's eggs in one basket has always been stupid. And, in the cold hard universe, species stupidity is a capital crime.

Ukip parliamentary candidate suspended for sending 'racist' tweets
There certainly is nothing anti-semitic in his tweet reported here. He criticized government and a political movement, not a race or religion. (Unless, of course, any criticism of Israel's right wing is considered anti-semitic.)

Nicola Sturgeon: Conservatives ‘Cannot Be Trusted To Care For Our Older People’
That is a huge quandry then, since neither the Selfish National Party nor Corbyn can be trusted at all. Seems there is absolutely no one to vote for in Scotland this year.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Flynn reportedly told Trump team he was under investigation before inauguration
But they said: "Paid lobbyist for a foreign power, so what?"
You didn't think we really MEANT it when we said 'Drain the Swamp" did you?"

Mincing words: Clinton was hounded by the more powerful "independent" counsel, not the weaker "special" one. He should count himself lucky. 
        Poor Donnie: Next thing you know, people will be asking for his birth certificate, his school transcripts and his tax returns

What Theresa May said  – and what she really meant
Great! Wonderful example of modern journalism! 
If you can't find a way to trash a politician's own words, make up something that is easier to trash.
 A Classic iteration of the modern two-goal "story:"
       Goal 1: Make somebody else look bad
       Goal 2: Make the journalist look good (at least in his own mind)

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Labour’s Richard Burgon Blasts BBC For Being ‘Put On Trial’ Over Manifesto
He doesn't seem to understand the four main purposes of an interview in modern journalism: 
1) to make the interviewee look bad, 
2) to make the journalist look good, 
3) to get the journalist's opinions across and 
4) if, and only if, there is time - to get the interviewee's opinions.

'nuff  said.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Labour’s Manifesto Sees Return Of 50p Tax Rate And Levy On Premier League Clubs
It is election season and both parties giving away other people's money hand over fist.
One might think politicians would learn that a Britton's votes cannot be bought.
Sadly, they have long ago learned the opposite.

Netanyahu Again Says U.S. Should Move Embassy to Jerusalem
Okay, America, just shut up and do as you are told.
Israel is not accustomed to being kept waiting by US administrations.
If you do not make this move soon, we may stop accepting the $3 billion you give us each year to boost our current account.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

‘Tories Are For Rich, White People’
If someone said "The Labour Party is for poor black people," would anyone think the statement was racist?

Labour Announces A ‘Robin Hood Tax’ To Help Fund Public Services
If you think a tax on tobacco will reduce smoking but a tax on financial transactions will not reduce financial transactions, you could be a Corbynista.   If you think a reduction in financial transactions won;t mean a reduction in jobs, you could be an idiot.

Oh, good! He is going after the Selfish National Party. 
He'll need to pony up quite a bit more though.

John McDonnell Warns BAE Systems Could Lose Major Government Of course this is exactly what we want: Government deciding how all UK businesses should be run and only contracting with those companies who do as they are told.

Twelfth Night, Olivier, National Theatre, London, review: 
Just saw the last day of Simon Godwin’s gender-issue production of 12th Night – a vicious swipe at the LBGT community. I imagine the extremely talented cast are very relieved. It must be uncomfortable for actors of such brilliant abilities to be directed into frenetic slapstick while turning Shakespeare’s play into a series of brutal attacks on the gay, bi and gender-confused.

We are shown that LGBT folk are:
· monumentally selfish, as each character ranks their own feelings and needs above those of any other
· slow on the uptake: unable to see through the simplest ruses nor react to good news
· devoid of loyalty, unless forced into displaying some.
· unspeakably cruel: willing to utterly destroy a colleague for a bit of fun
· unfamiliar with remorse for such cruelty

I am not certain what Mr Godwin has against the LBGT community but I am surprised, in this day and age of political correctness, that he is allowed to get away with it. But perhaps I misunderstand: it may be that he is honestly trying to help the general public understand what the community is like – or at least what he thinks it is like.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Tim Farron Decided To Get In A Hovercraft And Go Really Fast Down A Beach
Huffpo's headline decided to relate this story in a snarky way, continuing their tradition of belittling all politicians so that the public cannot trust or respect them. Ned Simmons was slightly gentler in his snarkasm, but only slightly. The new journalism considers snarcasity to be "cool" - a way of getting closer to their audience and a way to imagine themselves as "tough"

Trump Launches Review of Federal Election Process
It is very important to have something, even a non-existent problem, to distract the attention of his base from the fact that he has cut their health care while giving himself and his millionaire friends a massive great windfall.

Rosenstein Pressed White House to Correct the Record on Comey Firing
The problem with being in bed with liars, Mr Rosenstein, is that they do not just lie about other people, sometimes they lie abut you as well

BBC Question Time Accused Of Bias After Opening From Conservative Councillor
Well, of course anyone who has a conservative opinion MUST be a plant, and how dare Dimbleby suggest that this guy be allowed to speak when someone was in the middle of interrupting him. 
    Once anyone is elected to a town council (whether Tory, Labour, Liberal or Selfish National Party) , their opinion no longer counts and they should not be allowed to speak in any public forum outside of the council chamber and their own press conferences.

    If they do try to speak, they should be interrupted immediately and continuously.   Innit?

Jeremy Corbyn’s Leaked Manifesto Policies Get Thumbs Up From Voters In Latest Poll
A bunch of free stuff for me, paid for by somebody else: what's not to like?
I especially like the idea of re-nationalizing "THE RAILWAYWS" as Huffpo calls them.

We should also re-nationalize Airlines, Buses, Coal ... Steel, Telecoms, Waterways and any other industries we think are running too efficiently or whose prices to the public have fallen too far since they were privatised.