Friday, 30 June 2017
How did we become a nation so divided? - Old Lange's Rant of the Day
MPs call for Government to seize control of Kensington and Chelsea Council
The End of the Liberal World Order - Old Lange's rant of the day
It began in ringing phrases of idealism and selflessness: “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” and “Give me Liberty or Give me Death.” The Liberals rose against Tyranny, their ancient and arch enemy, and fought for their cherished goals of Equality and Free Trade. In the 20th century, America became the Liberal’s home, both intellectually and militarily, as we knocked down trade barriers around the world, kicked the Spanish out of their overseas possessions and twice overcame conservative isolationism to stand against Germany, then held the post-war line against the communists of the Soviet Union and of China. Liberal America looked to stumble when we failed to liberate Vietnam, but came back with a vengeance as Reagan said “tear down that wall” and Bush Senior began promoting what he called the “New World Order” in his speeches, while kicking Saddam back out of Kuwait.
Today, the Liberal American World Order is in decline, even retreat. Instead of standing against tyranny, we have a president who pals around with the tyrants of Russia, China, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. Instead of standing for Free trade, “America First” now demands protectionism and wants big government in Washington, not competition, to determine which enterprises will succeed. Instead of equality, we now have a zeitgeist that says: “If you can afford to hire people to help you beat the system and not pay taxes, more power to you.” And “If you can’t afford health insurance, tough.”
Meanwhile we denigrate the allies with whom we used to stand shoulder to shoulder against tyranny: Europe, Mexico & Canada, the Anzacs, etc. America has joined with the third world in seeing NATO and the UN as instruments of someone else’s power. Robert Kagan, a leading Neo-Conservative, says “We forget how unnatural the US-created liberal world order was.” (A surprising memory lapse, as a unipolar world hadn’t been seen since the brief heyday of Rome in the 2nd century.)
Canada’s foreign minister said, after thanking America for decades of global leadership, it is time to act as though that age is passing: “the fact that our friend and ally has come to question the very worth of its global leadership puts into sharper focus the need for the rest of us to set our own clear and sovereign course.” That course may not align with US interests.
This has been a major political windfall for Russia, whose leader now thinks he can act with impunity, and for China, now the world’s largest economic power, that wants to consolidate its hold on the South China Sea. China‘s leader has said he is willing to work on the environment in the face of US indifference and uphold the world economic order in the face of American protectionism. US allies around the world are perplexed at getting more support for shared values from Beijing than from Washington. Javier Solana, a leading Spanish/EU politician says: “It is striking how often European leaders and China seem to agree with each other nowadays.”
Perhaps worst of all is the uncertainty that Mr Trump has brought. He reverses positions on a dime and ignores advice from his hand-picked experts like Tillerson, McMaster and Petit. Our allies simply do not know what the US will do in any given situation. For example, will America stand up to Russian aggression or say: “Go ahead, Vladimir, it’s none of our business.” Post-Brexit, will America want the UK as a partner or only as a vassal state? Is Mexico to be an ally or an enemy?
So today’s key question is: will China or Europe step in to fill the leadership role being vacated by America, or will we descend back into an Australia First, France First, China First, Canada First sort of world?
Jeremy Corbyn Sacks Shadow Ministers Who Voted For Soft Brexit
Well of course he should sack them.
These MPs didn't know they are not to follow the wishes of their constituents if Corbyn does not agree.
Shadow ministers, are meant to do as they are told and to heck with what their constituents want.
What were they thinking: that they lived in a democracy?
Man Jailed for hitting Muslim woman in the face with bacon
This was a truly shocking incident’ says DC James Payne'
The Horror! The Horror! Almost as bad as striking a Hindu with a steak, jabbing a Jew with a jerked shrimp, beating a Buddhist with a butterfly or whacking a Vegan with a wet fish.
Still, there are hate crimes much, much worse than a bacon slap: Truly shocking were the hate crimes in the Manchester arena, the Borough Market and at the Houses of Parliament that all ended with people dead and wounded.
Monday, 26 June 2017
An independent Britain could well afford to give EU citizens in the UK the same rights that the EU country gives to UK citizens in the EU. It is called reciprocity and it is quintessentially fair. Indeed, it wouldn't be a bad policy approach for many UK allies around the world.
For example, we could say: since a UK citizen living in the EU will have the right to take a dispute to the court that has jurisdiction for these cases in the EU; similarly, an EU citizen living in the UK will have the right to take a dispute it to the court that has jurisdiction for these cases in the UK
Jeremy Corbyn says PM's plan for EU citizens is 'too little, too late'
Fourteen police injured in London clashes over man's death
Saturday, 24 June 2017
Google’s ‘Trust Us’ Approach Doesn’t Satisfy Pay Gap Skeptics
Tech firm’s resistance to release more salary data has ensnared it in debate over gender wage gap
Birmingham - Labour Barnett - Split
Brent - Labour Plymouth - Split
Camden - Labour
Doncaster - Labour Kensington - Conservative
Hounslow - Labour Portsmouth - Conservative
Islington - Labour Wandsworth - Conservative
Lambeth - Labour
Manchester - Labour
Norwich - Labour
Stockton on Tees - Labour
Sunderland - Labour
So, I am wondering why Corbyn is blaming the Tories, when it was his lot that approved most of these fire-hazards.
“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
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
Friday, 23 June 2017
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.
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
You KNOW they are going to want that money back from somewhere.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Workplace gender quotas weed out incompetent men
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
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.
Friday, 16 June 2017
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
Will they do just as much good?
Grenfell Tower Fire Lays Bare The ‘Tale Of Two Kensingtons’
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.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
OPINION: Don't repeat the mistakes of Clinton and 1998 with Trump
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?
Theresa May Is Ruthlessly Trolled By Jeremy Corbyn As Parliament Returns
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
Court in Pakistan sentences man to death for ‘blasphemous’ Facebook post
You do not agree with me? You must die.
Will civilization ever come to Pakistan?
The reason for failure is very simple: they called an election.
Sunday, 11 June 2017
"...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
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."
‘Great British Bake Off’ Star Brands Jamie Oliver A ‘Pr*ck’ In Attack On the Non-Political
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
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
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.
PS: I love Huffpo's smug and self-congratulatory sub-heading "Well, that escalated quickly."
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
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.
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
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
Thursday, 1 June 2017
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,
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
While You Obsessed Over Trump’s Scandals, He’s Fundamentally Changed The Country
8) making it harder for citizens to obtain information their tax dollars have paid for
I am hard pressed to find another Trump action that is positive for America.
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