High Crimes and Misdemeanours?

We read of the sheer audacity of a man who just wants to live his life without even the possibility of embarrassing either himself or his wife by stating that he doesn’t dine alone with women or attend parties where alcohol is served without his wife. Vice-President Pence lives by his standards, which include a Christian fidelity to his wife, and has indicated that he will not even give the impression that he is even ‘looking’ outside the bounds of his marriage vows. His actions and demeanour represent the old-fashioned ideals of the Billy Graham Rule; which was the practice of married men and women avoiding being left alone with a member of the opposite sex, not being uncommon in Evangelical households.

So, because the Washington gossip brigade have found nothing else to smear or carp at about this decent, upstanding public servant, they have come up with the line that he demeans and insults the women whom he works with, by removing himself from any area which might give credence to rumour of infidelity.

Galen Sherwin, senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, said the vice president is guilty of “discrimination under the guise of chivalry.”

“Of all the shockingly retrograde views about gender that the past year has brought us, a top contender is the revelation of Mike Pence’s policy of refusing to dine with women unless his wife is present,” Ms. Sherwin wrote Thursday on the ACLU’s “Speak Freely” blog.

She said the practice “deprives female employees of critical opportunities for networking, mentoring, and face time.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council said, “I suppose the simplest morality is the most confounding for liberals.”

So, with the heroes and heroines of the Democrats and lefty-liberals including names such as both the Clintons, we watch as they twist and turn, trying to find a wedge which might work.

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Shake it all about!

Been having some trouble with either R.S.Injury or Carpal Tunnel thingy: don’t know which, but really painful: the result of too much mouse and trackpad work, and keyboard hammering. Wrist really painful, upper arm and muscles also painful. Bought a tiny little powerball exerciser which seems to be doing the trick as towards pain relief, but as the problem stems from twenty-thirty years of incorrect hand position and mouse-clicking; I assume it will be a while.

 

Bought a mouse- / track-pad which comes with a wrist rest, and also a gel-filled wrist rest for my keyboard. Both fairly mundane things, but I am more than happy to relate that both were manufactured in Taiwan; and not in the blood-soaked arena which is of course mainland China, otherwise masquerading as the People’s Republic.

Death: where is thy sting?

The first casualty of war is Truth, the second is objective journalism. The first part of that sentence is taken from Aeschylus, a Greek philosopher, and the second is a paraphrase of a speech by John Pilger, the journalist and commentator.

Let us consider two deaths. One death caused by a massive explosion of a barrel-bomb, of fearsome power and noise; delivered with precision by a hovering helicopter. Death is almost instantaneous, with limbs severed, with massive trauma to both the skull and the upper torso; massive blood loss and severe blast damage. No hope of survival, even with swift and competent medical aid.

The second death came almost silently, delivered as it was by a missile carrying a nerve gas. Sarin symptoms are as follows:-

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Small, pinpoint pupils
  • Eye pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Drooling and excessive sweating
  • Cough
  • Chest tightness
  • Rapid breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or abdominal pain
  • Increased urination
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Slow or fast heart rate
  • Low or high blood pressure
  • All of the above, closely followed by certain death. Intervention, if immediate, is possibly successful, but on a very limited percentage; some would quote figures of 10% or lower. The casualties are still dead; but the dying is drawn-out and lingering.

 

The two types of death have been balanced, by observers, and the second death, or rather deaths, warranted 59 precision cruise missiles from two American destroyers obliterating large parts of a Syrian airbase from where the missile was carried. The first described death has been suffered by thousands who have been either fighting for the Syrian regime, or sheltering within rebel- and terrorist-held positions and ground.

My question is why now? Both victim types are equally dead. Both deaths are, to my mind, equally abhorrent. So why the discrimination in response? For over four years, the Americans have remained virtually mute within Syria, placing all their considerable force against the legitimate targets of Islamic State. But now, because the Syrians have allegedly used Sarin or equivalent on a village, Trump sends his cruise missiles in a ‘proportionate’ response to level an airbase. Against the regime of Assad, the one man who was responsible for the protection of Christians in Syria, who may have been a dictator, but is a barrier against the ‘jihadi’ forces who would set the Middle East aflame.

 

To my mind, President Trump has reacted almost without thinking, and fired off that devastating attack without considering the consequences. Those who lay dead on the ground are still dead; so why the alteration; why the 180 degree change in policy?

 

When ya’ gonna’ learn?

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The image is, or rather should be, both instantly recognisable and utterly revealing. Recognisable because of the sinister Swastika flags, evil emblem of the Nazis, in the famous photo of the first of the ‘book-burnings’ ordered by the murderous group behind a set of political and ideological beliefs which recognised no ‘truth’ but their ‘truth’. Revealing because of the mindset behind this truly intolerant behaviour; which should have warned other European Governments, long before Hitler commenced his ‘Land Grabs’, that here was a regime which sought to influence the very minds of its citizens; to the point of denying that any other opinion besides their own, even existed, never mind to be tolerated.

I write on this topic because a new breed of ‘Intolerance’ along with the thought processes resident within this ideology, is rampant in a high sector of, strange to relate, the United States of America. Yes, in the U.S.A., evidence emerges of intolerance of a breathtaking degree in the Democratic Party side of the House of Representatives in Congress itself.

A new book has been published by the Heartland Institute which lays out, in succinct and admirable detail, the science behind the work of the three eminent authors behind this book, which is named ‘Why scientists disagree about Global Warming’. It takes to task, and also proceeds to do a pretty good demolition job, on some of the more outrageous claims, of the ‘Climate Brigade’. Not so disturbing, you might think, but some of the, shall we say, more vocal of the political branch of that same ‘Climate Brigade’ have been a great deal more vocal in their opposition to schoolkids even reading, or rather being taught, about the science as discussed within this well-researched and published document.  Bobby Scott (D-Va.) of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) of the Committee on Natural Resources, and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, stated that the book ought to be thrown in the trash-can; whilst denigrating the Heartland Institute, their alleged funding and their basic programmes and theories. Their ‘trash’ directives have already been taken up by a very few, but once an avalanche begins, there is no stopping it.

It is maybe a far step from stating that a single book which attacks their beliefs and plans in ‘Climate Change’ should be trashed by all recipients;  should now be compared to the Nazi book burnings of Berlin; but just remember this: in the middle 1930’s Germany was the best-educated Nation within the Continent of Europe, and we all still remember the sea of upraised arms at the Nuremberg and Berlin Nazi rallies!

BBC-free Weekdays

With most people having either turned away, or turning away, from the sinister processes of Joseph Goebbels-thinking mind-meld as envisaged by the BBC; with only the obese, who cannot reach the ‘remote’ to change channels, staying with the bloody BBC, we should pause a moment; and think upon the lost opportunities from the totally-botched Royal Charter renewal process.

The Tory John Whittingdale’s appointment to supervise the process of renewal promised much, but after his private life was blitzed by the BBC-pro-mob, he lost all credibility and was replaced by Karen Bradley, who promptly announced her credentials by stating she didn’t watch much television anyway. Her approach was to state that the only major change was to abolish the BBC Trust, which was virtually toothless anyway, and replace it with Ofcom, the really lefty Quango whose duty now seen, it seems, is to ensure that the remaining white people who have stayed with the BBC are speedily replaced with Black, crippled, Labour-voting, single-mother lesbians who are also thinking of gender-replacement surgery.

If you think I joke; read the terrifying ‘Consultation’ document published by Sharon White (No, I do not joke; but there again, as the Bard asked ‘Whats in a name’?) which details, in excruciating detail, what this bitch has in store for the licence-payers. If you read the list of box-ticking, stolid targets and quotas envisaged by this uber-drone, you might better understand why the actions of the Salford Media City thought-police (canteen division) haven’t been brought under a wider scrutiny. Their memo, published without any consultation whatsoever, to the Salford BBC staff, stated:-

BBC North Internal Communications, as posted on the internal staff intranet – says: ‘Why are we doing this?

‘Well, to put it simply, it’s good for the environment. Skipping meat on the menu just for one day a week can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water use and land use.’

It quotes official sources and studies about agriculture-related carbon, methane and nitrous oxide emissions and land loss in rain forests caused by meat production.

The BBC also stressed the health benefits.

Their message added: ‘A plant based diet often reduces the intake of saturated fat, animal hormones, and cholesterol while increasing the intake of fresh fruits and veggies.

‘That has the potential to reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease,’ the message to staff adds. ‘The BBC said the policy related specifically to what is sold at the canteen on Mondays only.’

In that last paragraph, note the use of the shadowy ‘We know best what is good for you, so eat your Kale and Radishes, spread the Quinoa thickly; because Auntie Beeb knows best!!!

All I would remark is how glad I am that I am not a BBC Licence payer, being over the statutory age for that particular tax: and it is a tax, because legally you are not allowed to watch any kind of live television broadcasts, satellite or terrestrial, by tv, computer, mobile of tablet without paying this pernicious Danegeld. If you only, and I mean only, watch pre-recorded programmes, you don’t have to pay, but try and prove it! The very name ‘Licence’ is, in itself, a misnomer. What if the Guvmmint stated that if you owned a washing machine, you had to pay a yearly fee in order to operate it? That is how ludicrous this abortion really is.

The BBC, funded by literally billions of tax-payers cash, does exactly what it wants; it denigrates and abuses anyone who disagrees with its lefty-liberal philosophies and goals, and if you do not believe that statement, just enumerate the positive statements, reviews and positions broadcast on the BBC regarding this Nation’s decision to leave the EU, as opposed to the avalanche of abuse, disbelief and plain horror at the ‘Stupid Folks’ who came out in their millions, and gave two fingers at the whole ‘effing Establishment!

Returning, if you would, to the starving Salford BBC mob, in any ordinary company office, there would be barricades placed, strikers militant, and oil-drums holding brazier fires around the gates; but can anyone imagine the spineless bunch at the BBC organising anything beyond a round-robin birthday card?

Look Away……….Now!

I have often thought that the “upsetting warning’ which is spoken ahead of any tv-news slice which will show violence, or the result of violence, or anything which the network considers to vary from the usual bland crap which appears on our screens; to be actually a statement that something juicy will be shown, and you had better warn everyone that they should be watching.

But when the Washington Times advertises the views provided by the American Eagle Foundation from a couple of web-cams high up in a tree in the U.S. Arboretum to monitor the nesting of a pair of Bald Eagles, I honestly thought that it would be a straightforward broadcast study of America’s emblem in the raw, and nothing else.

How wrong could a commentator be?

Underneath the live web-cam images of the now fledgling eaglets, there appears the “upsetting warning” as shown below:-

This is a wild eagle nest and anything can happen. While we hope that all eaglets hatched in this nest will grow up healthy and successfully fledge each season, things like sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disaster can affect this eagle family and may be difficult to watch.
Death comes to everyone and everything; humans, animals, birds and fish. In Nature, death is raw, and vicious, it is the result of predators hunting and killing in order to survive: why on earth should anyone be warned not to watch something, if that screen is going to show, perhaps, one fledgling being killed by another, or by another predator.?Have we become so neutered, so mentally wobbly, that we cannot watch the true survivors in action, without recoiling in some sort of sham horror at the sight of something, or someone, actually dying?

It truly is tough at the top!

So you are into a sport in a big way. You rise to the top, and win in all sorts of tournaments; you go on to win a medal at (Gasp!) the Olympic Games: so you reckon you’ve cracked it! You have been given a fair lump of cash to ‘train’ and ‘improve’, and you came through by winning; to completely justify your hours of, well, what exactly is it that you do? You have proved you excel at hitting a piece of cork, to which some feathers have been glued, over a net towards, and hopefully past, your opponents who will also be striving to do the same once they see the shuttlecock, which is what the feather-strewn cork is named. The game is called Badminton, and a fair few people practice for many hours at hitting this object over the net. But that is what you have wanted to do for years, you enjoy it tremendously, and you have proved that you excel beyond others in, well this sweaty and presumably exhausting activity.

Then reality strikes, as the people who previously doled out that lovely large lump of Lottery cash decided that Badminton doesn’t quite ‘ring the bell’ with ordinary members of the public, whom the cash actually came from; and turned off the money spigot.

You are bereft! You, and of course your wife, are ‘devastated’! All that cash, which supported you and your wife, has just disappeared; and of course you are doubly bereft, because your wife has just told you that she is carrying twins. What shall you do???
Well, diddums, you can always go out and get a job, like the rest of us who don’t believe that the world owes us a living. That is when you recover from realising that Badminton is after all, just another game; and not too many people are interested!

 

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