February 15, 2017 33 comments

That’s Spanish for “sports.”

What kind of sports shall we play, then? Hunt ’em all down and fling ’em all out? Even the only President we’ve got is realistic enough to understand that there’s not enough manpower to track down and deport all illegal (undocumented) aliens and so is concentrating instead on weeding out those who have committed real crimes while here. Not to mention that we need all those law-abiding fruit pickers, roofers et al even though they may not have gone through “proper” immigration channels. Fair enough, but not enough fair to allay the fears of the decent and hard-working, even though technically illegal, immigrants. More demonstrations! I wish I’d invested in companies that produce sign-making materials. Read more…

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February 14, 2017 19 comments

Justin Welby

I beg to differ, Justin. And I offer the K.I.S.S. mantra in celebration both of today’s romantic tradition and of common sense. The British attitude (yes, a generalisation, I know, but a well-documented one) to European unity post WWII was always to welcome uncomplicated trade ties but to be suspicious of political links. We were gradually entangled in the tentacles of a growing monster, allowing ambitious politicians too much rope and suffering the consequences. And voting to leave cannot be called a fascist act! If it can be termed a revolution , then it’s against the abuse of unelected power and the loss of British sovereignty, and in support of real democracy.

The EUroprats will seek to over-complicate Brexit, believing erroneously that procrastination will serve their cause, while many of the individual member states will wish to hasten a solution, to avoid disruption of bilateral relations with the UK.



February 13, 2017 5 comments

In a state of post-Spanish crisis I accepted a job offer from a school in China. Being naturally cautious, even more so after two nightmarish international moves, I inserted a clause in the acceptance agreement.Should there be any significant inconsistencies, contradictions or tangible changes to the written agreement prior to my departure they could lump it. I was informed that my preference for having a work visa issued on my primary, read: German passport was simply impossible and that I’d have to use a second passport to which I hold legal right through my father’s nationality. I only very grudgingly agreed to this. After all, should any problems arise I could do precious little to influence matters as that would, in extremis, require flying to California.

Over the week-end I was informed that a problem did arise. It seems as if the format of a California Department of Justice criminal record check was not acceptable to the Shaanxi police. They were, however, eager for me to go to town hall and put in an application for a criminal record check from the Federal Ministry of Justice in Bonn. They could then proceed to issue me a work visa for a different category. I feel very confident in my decision to put in an application to work part-time at a local supermarket in Germany.

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Trump invites the Pope to Lunch

February 13, 2017 2 comments
President Trump invited the Pope for lunch on his mega yacht, the Pope accepted and during lunch, a puff of wind blew the Pontiff’s hat off, right into the water.
It floated off about 50 feet, then the wind died down and it just floated in place.
The crew and the secret service were scrambling to launch a boat to go get it, when Trump waved them off, saying “Never mind, boys, I’ll get it.”
Then Donald climbed over the side of the yacht, walked on the water to the hat, picked it up, walked back on the water, climbed onto the yacht, and handed the Pope his hat.
The crew was speechless. The security team and the Pope’s entourage were speechless. No one knew what to say, not even the Pope.
But that afternoon, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN all knew how to cover the story. Their banner
headlines read:
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Conspiracy Theories, “Travel Bans” and Other Stuff

February 13, 2017 31 comments

@Janus: “Cog” is fine with me and doesn’t even start me fretting about the vastness of the machine in which each of us is a tiny part. I apologize for polluting your post about baby food and contraceptives with irrelevancies but trust you’ll understand that I couldn’t hold my water at the time and felt myself at risk of saying unpleasant things to the dogs. Now that I’m duly “author”-ized, of course I’ll do my future drivelationing in a new thread rather than go so terribly off-topic in an existing one.

I’ve recently heard an interesting kind of conspiracy theory, that Trump’s juvenile tweets and other outbursts are actually orchestrated as distractions for the lefties, shiny bits left lying around for them to peck at.

They need distracting – or worse! The “news” media continue to refer to Trump’s Executive Order as a “travel ban.” They, and all others who continue to think of it that way, clearly haven’t bothered to read the actual full text of said Executive Order. It’s not as though the Government has been trying to hide it or anything; they’ve left it out in plain sight:

Anyone willing to go to the additional effort of searching its text for the word “Muslim” will be disappointed to find not a single occurrence. It is all country-targeted and, as some have tried unsuccessfully to point out, comes nowhere close to encompassing all the predominantly Muslim countries on this sad planet. Untangling the reference to “countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12)” would take a little more work but Snopes don’t take particular exception to it, nor to its previous use by the Obama administration. Also, anyone willing to actually read the entire document would see that a great deal of it has to do with getting our own house in order, security-wise.

To be fair, implementation of the Executive Order was poorly executed, most likely due to Trump’s apparent continuing unwillingness to consult with those who actually turn the nuts and bolts of Government operations. Still, I suppose it’s easier to stage protests and set fires in the street than it is to check facts.

What I want to do now, as soon as I have more time and more energy, is to ferret out the details of the Court decisions against the Executive Order. I’m more than a little curious as to their rationale.

One thing to which I myself do take exception is Trump’s reference to the “so-called” judge who ruled against the Executive Order. This may well be his most childish Tweet yet. It betrays a lack of respect for, and possibly even ignorance of, the fact that our country rests on three (3) pillars of Government: the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. I think I’ll start referring to Trump as our “so-called President,” at least until he grows up. Yes, yes, I know that Janus beat me to saying that. That’s what I get for not signing up sooner. Better, perhaps, if I borrow a phrase from a newspaper columnist, the late Molly Ivins, who, being out of charity with the then-current Administration, used to refer to, “the only President we’ve got.”

Sometime within the past year (or more – I don’t keep a log), even before “fake news” became a “news” item in its own right, there arose the issue of trust in news reporting. We first noted it when on one major network-affiliated station, at the close of each newscast the words, “thank you for trusting KIRO 7 TV News” were uttered. Now, just recently, CNN have started prefacing each segment with, “America’s most trusted newscast.” Why, one wonders, do they feel it necessary to do so?

@Christophertrier: No probs, mate. I learned (or should have learned, as it was just recently brought home to me again in a major way) not to take ANYthing ANYone says at face value. As for putting anyone on a “travel ban” list, I wouldn’t really want to do that except, of course, in the case of travelers from, erm, certain countries referred to in (see above). It seems to me that the trip here can be its own punishment. If being sealed in a metal tube for many hours breathing the recycled/allegedly filtered exhalations of others doesn’t get you, some of the people one can meet while here might well finish the job. Yes, I freely admit that some individuals and some areas within this country can be, erm, “problematic,” even as others are more than pleasant. Some USA locations suffer even more from “PC-itis” than does Canada, although both we and Canada have a long way to go to catch up to the UK. British potatoes, at least those I’ve tried, are better than the very few varieties grown commercially in America. So there!

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Ross Thomson MSP someone at last with some b@lls

February 12, 2017 10 comments

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‘Ow you say…on Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2017 4 comments


Je t’aime je t’aime, oui je t’aime
Moi non plus
Oh mon amour
Comme la vague irrésolue
Je vais, je vais et je viens
Entre tes reins
Je vais et je viens entre tes reins
Et je me retiens

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DT Subscription

February 11, 2017 2 comments

My Daily Telegraph online subscription has expired, to renew it would cost £80 which IMHO is a bit steep for the privilege of accessing what is now a very mediocre website.

There is now little talk of the paper being sold, probably because no one with deep enough pockets and any sense is interested.

Whilst the Barclay Bros were screwing things up the world moved on.

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Yer gorra laff

February 10, 2017 14 comments

Who says big biz has no sense of humour?


Guess who’s buying the baby formula giant! The owner of Durex. That’s all about preparing for the worst, I suppose. Buy me and stop one or if not……….

Meanwhile in Jockistan…

February 8, 2017 9 comments

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