Category Archives: Scumbags

DRIP and Tricks of the Political Trade


by Stewart Cowen
http://www.realstreet.co.uk/2014/07/drip-and-tricks-of-the-political-trade

DRIP and Tricks of the Political Trade

The real reason for the drastic Government reshuffle, according to many commentators, is to deflect our attention from the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers (DRIP) Bill which has been rushed through the Commons after the European Court of Justice decided the current measures were ‘illegal’. But according to The Freedom Association: Continue reading

Peace Through Superior Firepower


David Davis

Three and more decades ago, when the Libertarian Alliance kept “The Alternative Bookshop” in Covent Garden, we used to print badges that said useful things to people: rather as if we were Marxists-Turned-Upside-Down – in the words of one of my very perceptive and incisive University chums.


I call this badge to mind [I have kept in the Main Lower Library's Archive Of Objects an example of all the best ones we made] in view of the events of Thursday et-seq. If the Liberal Capitalist West was properly at “Defence-Stations” – and it is not – then it is quite inconceivable that the Russian dictatorship-Junta would even dare to contemplate thinking even privately of destabilizing Ukraine to chew off bits of it – let alone (worse) inveigling traitorous Marxist-sympathisers within Ukraine to do so as its catspaws.


Incidentally we also wouldn’t have more than a light regional but nugatory difficulty with “Islam”: which it is believed is a sort of mysogynistic pre-capitalist desert-survival-guide, but which most of its tacit adherents resignedly accept the Fatwa that it is a “Religion”. For the individual human costs of trying to “leave” it, as prescribed in its Book, don’t bear thinking about.

A major and exact historical parallel, in the same continent, is in front of our noses. In 1938 as you all know, this is when the Third Reich privately egged on the Sudeten-”Germans” under the fascistleftoid Nazi Conrad Henlein, in their efforts to dismember Czechosolvakia. In that instance a major reason was the intended confiscation of Europe’s third largest military organisation, plus the hijacking of Czech and Slovak heavy industry like the Skoda armaments-complex. The Czechoslovak Army alone fielded 43 divisions in that year, not counting its armour-capability.
Eastern Ukraine, as you all know, contains the major part of that country’s industrial and coal mining areas.

I leave you all to draw your own conclusions.

In the meantime, as War Secretary, I’ll ensure that all Anglosphere Nations that wish to “travel with us on the Rad Map For Peace”  – the proper one, not the US Democratic Party one – at the very least, are armed to the teeth, without any sort of restriction.
I’ll also be tearing up the Ottawa Treaty and denouncing it on behalf of the UK, for which I will have defence responsibility. It will be my decision, taken in the UK’s best interests. It’s no other nation’s damn business whether we choose to deploy “airfield denial weapons” or not, for example.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa_Treaty

For the Children… and the Adults


by Stewart Cowen
http://www.realstreet.co.uk/2014/07/for-the-children-and-the-adults
For the Children… and the Adults

Leg-iron tells us that Theresa May has announced that there is going to be an investigation into paedophilia, not just in Westminster,

To placate the masses, they are also going to investigate the NHS, the BBC and the Church (just the one religion, naturally) where they will find plenty of big name scapegoats to take the drones’ attention away from them.

It’s what they do. Like creating new Acts containing a variety of themes and hoping nobody notices the really intrusive or offensive part.

So yes, I’m sure this insider “enquiry” will find a few NHS doctors who have groped children and some more dead or aging weirdos employed by the BBC and some nonces-in-frocks in “the Church”. Continue reading

The Question is, Why Would ANYONE Trust the Government?


by Kevin Carson
http://c4ss.org/content/29187

The Question is, Why Would ANYONE Trust the Government?

The drastic long-term drop in Americans’ trust for government since the 1950s periodically evokes pearl-clutching on the center-left. Liberal radio talk show host Leslie Marshall recently tweeted, as apparent cause for concern, a Pew Research poll finding the percentage of the public that trusts government to “do the right thing” most of the time or “pretty much always” at 19% in 2013 (by way of background, it peaked at 77% in 1965). She linked to a piece by Julian Zelizer at CNN (“Distrustful Americans still live in age of Watergate,” July 7), lamenting the low level of faith in government (“which is necessary for a healthy society”) as a cultural inheritance from Vietnam and Watergate and calling for political forms to root out corruption, restore public trust and render the political system once again functional. Continue reading

What They Got Wrong In The Rolf Harris Trial


James Knight

A very interesting, but highly contentious, issue reared its ugly head yesterday as Rolf Harris was convicted of 12 counts of indecent assault.

What’s extremely contentious about the outcome is that he was charged under the sexual offences Act of 1956, because the offences happened at a time of old legislation. Basically, if he’d have done the same things now he would have received a heftier sentence, because cultural evolution has shifted people’s perspective and tolerance on crimes like paedophilia, with penalties now being severer.

Having had a night’s sleep on this, I don’t think it’s right that someone should receive a shorter sentence that has been matched to the legislative time of the crime(s). It seems clear to me that past crimes should be penalised according to the present legislation (and I mean this generally speaking, not just taking into account Rolf Harris’s situation).

Given that legislative measures and acts of jurisprudence are built on a cultural evolution of the increased wisdom and revisions of human beings over time, I’m of the view that sentencing for any crime should be administered according to the legislation of the time of the trial, not the offence – otherwise it rather undermines the perceived wisdom that went into the revision processes of jurisprudence over time.

My friend Mark made an interesting point; he warned that it could set a dangerous precedent. He says: “If we raised the age of consent to 18 we could then punish all those who had sex at Continue reading

Who’s blocking your favourite websites?


Note: Apparently, the LA Blog is being blocked by Talk Talk. That might explain why I sometimes have trouble accessing it. Another reason, I suppose, for not renewing my contract with this crappest of crap ISPs. SIG

Dear Sean Gabb,

As you may know, the government has persuaded ISPs to introduce web filters that claim to protect children from content they shouldn’t see online. In reality, filters block much more than they should leading to the censorship of information. Continue reading

British State Invents New Kind Of Porn. (New Law, number 014/3429456-254ngj-ftry-78923)


David Davis

There are no comments allowed on the Daily ToryGraph, on this matter. But I said this on facebook   instead:-

It will be intriguing to see whether, when the law that will be drafted and passed (as you and I all know instinctively that it will be) it will also apply to women posting pictures of their ex-boyfriends…for example, “doing this or that”, or “wearing something from my lingerie-collection”, and so on, and so on.
I bet you all £5,000,000,000 (each) that it won’t. Only “women will be protected” by this new, groundbreaking and far-reaching rectification of a crying injustice emanating from Tory Cuts, and that tragically and psychologically affects and damages millions of British women every year”….

You see…I can bullshit all the politically-correct stuff with the best of the Frankfurt School themselves. In fact, I can simulate the stuff better than they can, like Michael Caine imitating himself. He even sounded better than he would if he was acting… As indeed he did once on the “live” wire-less Tele-vision.

You can take the bet or not as it pleases you. (Form an orderly queue to drop your bank-transfer-notifications into my hat when the time comes, plus any “bearer-bond” Gold-Deposit-certificates that you care to adduce as part-payments.

I feel pretty safe making that monetary estimate of my takings.

Since human beings are Free Individuals, with Free Will (given by God of course…) nobody can force them to be deliberately photographed in any sort of position or act whatsoever. If they did agree, then it’s their lookout. If they didn’t and the photos were “made”, then a different crime, already very well understood and legally covered, was simultaneously committed, and there is no need for a “new law”.

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Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori


And the War Came


by Ralph Raico
http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/06/ralph-raico/wwi-revisionism/

Note: The main source of instability in the July Crisis was the Asquith/Grey policy. The Austrians wouldn’t act without German Support. The Serbs wouldn’t act without Russian support. The Russians wouldn’t act without French support. The French wouldn’t act without British support. The Germans wouldn’t act if it meant war with Britain. If it had been made clear in advance either that we would support the French, or that we would not, the Crisis would have fizzled out in an exchange of sharp words, and perhaps a joint policing action in Serbia.

The problem was that, right up to the last moment, the French were sure they had our support, and the Germans strongly suspected they hadn’t. If for opposite reasons, either a Labour or a Conservative Government in 1914 would have avoided the catastrophe.

I read Morley’s Minute on Resignation when I was twenty, and have hated Churchill ever since. But Asquith and Grey must take the chief blame for what happened. No later than 1911, they should have said in public what their policy was. If they really thought doing that would have had them out of office, they should have backed away from the French.

The moment Princip opened fire, the railway timetables all across Europe went into crash mode. Only in London was there freedom of action – and look what the scumbag Liberals did. SIG Continue reading

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British Politics for Beginners: Lesson One


Justice Denied: The Reality of the International Criminal Court


AFRICA RESEARCH CENTRE
“Ex Africa semper aliquid novi”
africaresearchcentre@gmail.com

JUSTICE DENIED:
THE REALITY OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

The Africa Research Centre has published Justice Denied: The Reality of the International Criminal Court, a 610-page study of the International Criminal Court by Dr David Hoile.

The book is available to read or download at <www.africaresearchcentre.org>

Justice Denied: The Reality of the International Criminal Court finds the ICC, established in 2002 by the Rome Statute, to be unfit for purpose. The ICC’s claims to international jurisdiction and judicial independence are institutionally flawed and the Court’s reputation has been irretrievably damaged by its racism, blatant double-standards, hypocrisy, corruption and serious judicial irregularities. The study demonstrates that while the ICC presents itself as the world’s court this is not the case. Its members represent just over one quarter of the world’s population: China, Russia, the United States, India, Pakistan and Indonesia are just some of the many countries that have remained outside of the Court’s jurisdiction. The author points out that a court is only as credible as its independence. Far from being an independent and impartial court, the ICC’s own statute grants special “prosecutorial” rights of referral and deferral to the Security Council – by default its five permanent members (three of which are not even ICC members). Political interference in the legal process was thus made part of the Court’s founding terms of reference. The Court is also inextricably tied to the European Union which provides over 60 percent of its funding. The EU is additionally guilty of blatant political and economic blackmail in tying aid for developing countries to ICC membership. The expression, “He who pays the piper calls the tune”, could not be more appropriate. Continue reading

Plain Words about “Islamist Extremism” by Sean Gabb


Plain Words about “Islamist Extremism”
By Sean Gabb

According to The Daily Telegraph, “[o]ne of the most serious challenges facing [England] is that of tackling religious extremism.” Apparently, some of the Moslems here are attempting “to seal Islamic communities off hermetically from the rest of society.” They are taking over state schools in the areas where they are settled, and imposing on them their own ideas of curriculum and behaviour. Girls are made to sit at the back of the class. Evolution is not taught. Christmas and Easter are not celebrated. Instead, there is fasting during Ramadan, and the call to prayer sounds through the playground. We are all supposed to think this very wicked and in need of action by the British State.

I disagree. Mass-immigration has not, by any reasonable standard, been a success. Even before it started, anyone with half a brain could have seen what was coming. Many people did see, and only stiff laws and a controlled media have been enough to keep the volume of complaint to a low rumble. It may be encouraging that the ruling class has finally chosen to notice and deplore some of the consequences. But I am not encouraged. The media drumbeat against “Islamist extremism” and “radicalisation” is not, I think, the prelude not to a frank discussion of where we are, but to the finishing off of what freedom remains in this country. Continue reading

I get worried sometimes when repellent people in other countries do repellent things, and we seem to have no power to prevent the fucking bastards from behaving in pre-capitalist-barbarian ways.


David Davis

My dear colleague Sean has had relayed onto his facebook a somewhat exciting post, by someone called Chris White (who I do not know) regarding some scumbags crucifying other people (who they might or might not know, for all I know).

I do not have any information about whether the victim, videoed, was also a scumbag or not, sadly. This might or might not have been the case, but at this time we cannot know if he was a scumbag or not, as he is unable to say.

My gripe with this situation is that, here we are, sitting in what’s really a fairly OK country, with most of what we want, and not really starving or wanting for much, most of the time. OK, you could rue the lack of a Bugatti Veyron or, if desperate and needy, a Range-Rover HSE Sport Overfinch, and perhaps you might be pissed off at not owning somewhere like one of these. But really it’s not that bad, quite yet.

Should we care if various unsocialized scumbags, arguably desocialized recently and on purpose when it wasn’t a requirement – by a “certain religion which has held their people’s social development back 1,500 years” -  are ritually-slaughtering each other somewhere else?

I think we ought to care. As the English People, we did actually teach the world how to live. I’ve been saying this off and on for eight years on this blog, and about 50, shambolically, elsewhere. This is not to say that the right thing to do is to “go to war in Syria”…and “for who or what? Also we have no vital British Interest in what goes on in Syria. But as a human being, one’s visceral response is to ” arrive in might, find the perpetrators, arrest and then (ideally) dispose of them in public (to make a point), and then _occupy the place, for perhaps decades or hundreds of years_ . This is necessary for mere years (such as the eight or so of Iraq) won’t do the job.

The GramscoFabiaNazis knew, even in 1884 when they began shagging each others’ wives and daughters, that they would have to occupy Britain for decades, and decades and decades, after their victory. The one which they have scored over us, gradually, between 1948 and the present day. They know their war is not over by a long chalk. I’m not making value-judgements about whether they ought to have engaged in those sexual past-times which I stated,

But having “gone into Iraq”, perhaps we should have stayed for 100, 200, 300 years. We stayed in India for just short of 350 years, for example, and even that was barely enough to turn a place like that into a semi-functioning pluralist democracy.

One day I’ll tell you stories about what my old dead father said, about stuff in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) when  he was there with the RAMC in The War, and what the African Tribesmens’ “big-men” said to him when their fears about “White Man Going To Leave Us After War” were sadly confirmed by him.

Perhaps we should have “intervened in Syria”. But :-

(1) Not this government

(2) Not in the way they thought they might.

It’s probably good Cameron was stopped, but then what do we do about this awful stuff going on?

Brief Comment on Iraq


Note: This is an old article, but it will have do do as my comment on what is now happening in Iraq. I have another article somewhere in which I predicted the general course of what has since happened, but cannot currently lay hands on it. This will have to do. We destroyed a regime of secular nationalists on the promise that liberal democracy would somehow emerge from its rubble. All we have actually had is an unstoppable resurgence of religious enthusiasm. The best we can hope for is that our rulers will cut off aid to the rebels in Syria, and then do nothing while the Iranians restore as much order as they can – presumably also turning the stabilised areas into a protectorate.

Even so, there is little chance that, in the next few years, the chaos and bloodshed that began in 2003 will come to an end. In European societies, there is a spontaneous tendency to peace and reasonable prosperity. In most other societies, the only choice is between despotism and chaos. No doubt, Saddam Hussein was a bad man. He was certainly incompetent in his foreign policy. Back in the 1980s, though, you could go about Iraq in safety. You could smoke and drink in the restaurants. You could go to the church or mosque of your choice. You could make money. So long as you kept out of dissident politics, you would never see the inside of one of his torture chambers. If you had to bribe someone, he usually stayed bought. Now Saddam and his system are gone, Iraq has reverted to its normal state of chaos. Since our rulers still have no understanding of what they did in 1990 and 2003, we must let the Iranians sort things out. Sooner or later, enough of the excitable young men will have been killed, and another strong man will restore a brittle jollity to places like Basra and Baghdad.

I feel sorry for the Iraqis. If their country has become a slagheap reeking with human blood, it has been made that entirely by the elected politicians in London and Washington. I wish I could do more about this than cheer on defence cuts in London and the gathering collapse of dollar hegemony throughout the world. But what little I can do I will. SIG

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The ‘Gay’ Mafia that Won’t Give In or Grow Up


by Stewart Cowan
http://www.realstreet.co.uk/2014/06/the-gay-mafia-that-wont-give-in-or-grow-up
The ‘Gay’ Mafia that Won’t Give In or Grow Up

Matt Briggs writes: If You Disagree You Are Full Of Hate, You Bigot. It’s how the Left thinks. Not that they tend to think in any meaningful way. Anyway, he reminds us of how it used to be,

The Mind-Your-Own-Business used to play strong. You did what you wanted, I did what I wanted, and with the usual provisos and within well known boundaries, as long we both kept to ourselves, we could still get along. We could even be friends.

But this idea is now dead. To modern moralists, everything is their business. And nothing makes them happier than telling people what to do.

Disagreement is not and cannot be tolerated. Disagreement makes the modern moralist feel bad about himself, and there is no worse sin than making somebody feel bad. If a person disagrees with a modern moralist, the only explanation the modern moralist can imagine is that this person is full of hate, that he is a raving bigot, or that he is insane.

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Should Voting be Compulsory? (Sky News), Sean Gabb


On Monday the 26th May 2014, Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, took part in a Sky News debate on compulsory voting. Chaired by Kay Burley, he was opposing a proposal put by Suzy Boniface.
Sean made these points:
  • We live in a Potemkin democracy. However we vote, we still live in a police state ruled by parasites and traitors. Not voting is effectively a vote against the system. Let the turnout drop far enough, and it brings on a crisis of legitimacy. That is its function. Also, if it does drop far enough, those of us who still vote give a big push to parties like UKIP. That changes nothing, but is very embarrassing to the ruling class.
  • Compulsory voting papers over the cracks. Indeed, add it to state-licensing and state-funding of political parties, and the lie is restored that we live in a functioning multi-party democracy with high levels of support. Sooner or later, we may turn from grumbling to counting the lamp posts in Westminster. But that will be for another generation of parasites and traitors to worry about.

Miss Boniface responded to these points with a spray of insults and alleged facts cribbed from Wikipedia.

Meanwhile, in the half-light – to the left of and behind the enemies in front…


David Davis

It’s all very well to hail a small UKIP victory against the outer barbed-wire-entanglements of the British-Political EnemyClass. We know how to fight these people now, and in the fullness of time a regaining of a semblance of liberty is possible. Things can never be the same as they were, before the 20th/21st-century-Endarkenment irretrievably marred many things that were good.

But we might get them back to be better than now, although changed and glued together.

In the meantime there are some other really dangerous and wicked people out there, like this “Lierre Keith” impersonation of an evil droid in androgynous form from the Planet Tharg. It’s probabl that most of you people here know what’s going on in most Universities in the Anglosphere. For example, even in one famous and ancient Scottish University, about as far from London as it’s possible to get without falling off, there’s a module in the B.Mus. honours course covering “Music and Gender in contemporary society”.

A ray of dull sunshine is that this nonsense is probably not going on in universities in ChindoJapanIndonesIndoBrazilia: therefore it’s possible that some slight remnant  epiphanic  image of what Western Liberal Civilisation might have been like will be preserved.

Politicians Partying Like It’s 1992


by Dick Puddlecote
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DickPuddlecote/~3/_BxTfVMONo4/politicians-partying-like-its-1992.html

Politicians Partying Like It’s 1992

 Back in the early 90s, during public distaste for the poll tax, Tory Home Secretary Ken Baker was heckled in the street by protesters while on a political engagement. Employing his smuggest grin – Baker was, of course, famously lampooned by Spitting Image as a slug because smug was his stock-in trade – he pointed at those booing him and said to the attendant TV media “look at them, just look at them!”. His point was to show how pathetic he thought the protesters’ opinions were in the most condescending manner possible, even while the country was almost unified against his government’s policy. Continue reading

Surveillance and the insurance industry


http://livinginamadhouse.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/surveillance-and-the-insurance-industry/
Surveillance and the insurance industryRobert Henderson

“Under EU plans, every new car sold in UK will have a ‘black box’ device Gadget contains a phone-like SIM card which tracks drivers’ movements Designed to help emergency services find vehicles in the event of crash Government believes the device will add at least £100 to the cost of cars Officials also fear it could be used by police to monitor motorists’ moves But ministers admit they are powerless to stop Big Brother technology All new car models will have to include ‘eCall’ device from October 2015” Daily Mail

This is the thin end of a very intrusive wedge. Even those with cars without the device fitted – only those produced or sold before October 2015 – will feel its force because the insurance industry will increase premiums substantially, perhaps grossly, for cars without the system. It is reasonable to believe that within a few years ecall will have become to all intents and purposes compulsory. Continue reading

Spot the Hate Crime!


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Lawrence & Wishart: The Stone That The Builders Refused


by Kevin Carson
http://c4ss.org/content/27010

Lawrence & Wishart: The Stone That The Builders Refused

A considerable portion of the Left has been diverted lately by a dispute between Lawrence & Wishart (the Marxist publishing house that owns the copyright to the multi-volume Collected Works of Marx and Engels in English) and the Marxist Internet Archive over the latter’s online digital version of the Collected Works. In surveying this dust-up, one thing that stands out to me is just how vulgar Lawrence & Wishart’s Marxism is. Continue reading

Breaking Britain, and the vote-rigging that will go against UKIP (RIG FOR VICTORY)


David Davis

You all know by now that a pessimist is some one who is an optimist but who is also in full possession of the facts.

It’s probably too late to make any sensible suggestions for preserving a nominally-conservative (and not more than harmlessly-and-merely-nugatorially-socialist) United Kingdom. The GramscoFabiaNazis have realised at least one of their strategic objectives, which in their hatred of English civilisation and culture is to, out of spite, break up our country. Whether or not the ScotzNazi-Party manages to rig a majority for Scottish “independence”  later this year or not, the cracks in the structure will takes years if not decades to repair.

Not only do the GramscoFabiaNazis hate us – and for this too they could be called _racists_ under their own terms of use of their manufactured word – but they want to actaully destroy a nation, in public, in the GramscoFabiaNazi circus-games, while _FORCING ITS CITIZENS TO WATCH_ . I believe that the celebrated author Richard Blake wrote about events of this kind, in the “public games” in his novel “The Terror of Constantinople”.

Let the GramscoFabiaNazis deny this charge against them if they will. But you and I, and we and they, know that they know in their hearts, that I have spoken the truth on this one. It is their punishment delivered onto classical-liberalism: delivered for showing how they, the looters and moochers, were always and everywhere redundant, leeching and mooching and looting, upon the living bodies of ordinary working people and other humans.

The current open-season on UKIP, the general-media-assault on anybody even _thought to have been seen or slightly-heard_ saying something sort of-vaguely-not-PC_ goes on. Here’s a quote off Guido today….or maybe it was yesterday, who cares? :-

Marina Hyde on the pious left and UKIP…

“…all right-thinking people to the left of UKIP – from Tories to commies – are supposed to regard it as a triumph each time a news outlet’s exposé forces Nigel Farage to outlaw some  //_nobody_//  (my italics – ed) for a vile thing they said on social media three years ago. This, apparently, is a win, even though the evidence suggests it simply calcifies the sense of asymmetric warfare against UKIP out there in the unreachable spaces where all those rising numbers of people who are going to vote for the party are living their unknowable lives.”

Can you imagine how, if polling so far is correct, and if you analyse all MSM comment-threads except the Guardian and the Independent, UKIP will not sweep the board in the euro-elections, gain hundreds of “council” (whatever those are for) seats, and possibly get one or more MPs in 2015? Will the Tories have any MPs left at all in “The North”?

The “pollsters” all bend over backwards (sorry…) to emphasise how very, very, very accurate they all are, even if they say (very very slightly) different things, very slightly…er…differently…

It’s not what the MSM and LiblabCon can’t say: it’s the way it can’t say it…RIG FOR VICTORY.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150592194757518&set=pb.662052517.-2207520000.1399239847.&type=3&theater

 

 

The Sun: False and defamatory


by Roger Helmer MEP (UKIP)

I was deeply shocked today by today’s report, and editorial piece, in the Sun. It claimed that I had said “It’s fine to despise gay people”, that “being gay is a mental health issue”, and that I had suggested that “homophobia is OK”. None of these propositions is true, or remotely relates to my views.

I was phoned (as I was driving, and concentrating, at least in part, on the traffic) by the Sun’s deputy political editor Steve Hawkes, who asked about my views on homosexuality.

In the course of a short conversation, I simply made the point that people were entitled to their personal preferences. It is morally acceptable to prefer heterosexuality over homosexuality, or vice versa. Most of us prefer one or the other. So let’s look at the Sun’s claims:

“It’s OK to despise gay people”: How the Sun gets from “It’s OK to have personal preferences” to “It’s OK to despise gay people”, I’m not sure.

“Being gay is a mental condition”. In about thirty seconds I was able to identify two blog posts in my extensive blog archive in which I make the point explicitly that homosexuality is not a disease.

“Homophobia is OK”. As a technical linguistic point, I have questioned the use of the term “phobia” in this context, since it has a specific meaning in psychiatry which does not (it seems to me) apply in this case. But I have also written very clearly (and in the same piece) that prejudice, hostility and violence against homosexuals are wrong, and totally unacceptable.

UKIP supporters will recognise the principle at work here: the mainstream media are engaged in a feeding frenzy against UKIP, and are prepared to twist the facts to suit their agenda. It seems that prejudice and hostility are alive and well at the Sun. This journalist’s boss is (I assume) the Sun’s Political Editor Tom Newton Dunn, the son of Bill Newton Dunn, the Lib-Dem MEP whose seat is under threat in the East Midlands.

The Weekly Abolitionist: Starve the Prison State


by Nathan Goodman
http://c4ss.org/content/26767

The Weekly Abolitionist: Starve the Prison State

The following article contains graphic description of a sexual assault. Reader discretion is advised.

Occasionally I see a headline that makes me want to cheer. “Corporations Divest Nearly $60 Million From Private Prison Industry” was such a headline. As Katie Rose Quandt reported in Mother Jones:

Scopia Capital Management, DSM North America, and Amica Mutual Insurance pulled nearly $60 million in investments from CCA [Corrections Corporation of America] and GEO Group in the final quarter of 2013, marking full divestment for DSM and Amica and a 27 percent decrease in shares for Scopia. (Scopia has decreased its private prison stock by 59 percent since December 2012.) Their announcements mark the first round of success for civil rights nonprofit Color of Change, which has been pushing over 150 companies to divest from for-profit incarceration companies since last year. Color of Change is one of 16 organizations working towards these divestment goals as part of the National Prison Divestment Campaign.

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Max Clifford


I’ve just heard that Max Clifford has been found guilty of various crimes. Because I no longer read the newspapers, I’m rather hazy about the nature of his offences. But I feel obliged to say something, so I’ll say this:

1. I have always found Mr Clifford repulsive. He is one of the creators – or perhaps just one of the main beneficiaries – of the manipulative, PR-driven media inflicted on us since the 1980s. I hate public relations people. I hate their smooth evasions of every question, and their pin-stripe suits, and their fixed belief that reality is something they can make up as they go along. If Mr Clifford is now coming to a bad end, I feel no particular sympathy for him.

2. On the other hand, though he probably is guilty of what the Jury found against him, all of these crimes seem to have taken place a long time ago. I believe there should be a three year limitation on all criminal proceedings that turn on oral testimony – three years from the alleged date of the offence, or, when the complainant was a child at the time of the alleged offence, three years from when the complainant turned eighteen.

For this reason – and assuming I am right about the dates – I grit my teeth and proclaim Mr Clifford a victim of injustice.

Winston Churchill: Hate Criminal!


My view of Winston Churchill is that the world might well be a better place today if he’d taken a spear in the guts at Omdurman. He is, however, a revered figure in this country. It marks a new twist in our downward spiral that someone can be arrested for quoting him. That is what seems to have happened in the case of Paul Weston. He quoted this in Winchester a few days ago, from the drunken warmonger’s River War: Continue reading

The FoodNazi farm-animal-Police dishonoureth us, doth bully us and yea, seriously degradeth us (from and old and unremembered tongue-twister)


David Davis

Here we see the Salt-Nazis regrouping for another attempt to either ration salt, or tax it, or both. As War Secretary of an incoming British Libertarian Minimal-Statist Classical-Liberal government’s first administration, I’m not especially worried about these people, for they will simply “have to go”. What salt is in what purchased food will become a matter for the manufacturing sellers and their buyers, as is good and right.

However, there is hope for proper capitalism still since there seem to be enough people still alive who are old enough to write stuff like the following:-

I have no objection against government offering advice and to an extent it is duty bound to pass it on. I don’t, however, go along with the tiresome narrative that food companies are evil because they deliberately hide toxic, addictive, additives to make profits knowing full well that it is killing their customers. Go along with that and one ends up demanding that the state should protect us by ‘acting’ against ‘Big Food’. It’s a trope that is encouraged by the WHO and ‘health’ activists, peopled as they are by those whose agenda is to use health as a tool for attacking western capitalism via global companies. Simplistic though it is, the idea of sinister corporations covertly poisoning populations to make money is a powerful one and seems to find sympathy with many people. I’m quite sure that in the ideal world as envisaged by the WHO and it’s cohorts that state food rationing would be the norm. Perhaps by manufacturing fears of ‘Big Food’ it will eventually encourage a demand for the state to control the food supply? Some might want this, I don’t know, but it certainly isn’t a world I’d wish to inhabit.

How Not to Respond to Charges of Hyprocrisy


by Kevin Carson
http://c4ss.org/content/25931

How Not to Respond to Charges of Hyprocrisy

More than a decade ago, neoconservative bloggers coined the term “Fisking” for the polemical device (originally demonstrated against left-leaning journalist Robert Fisk) of taking apart a commentary, sentence by sentence, analytically ripping each part to shreds. Although the neocon positions in this debate range from misguided to repugnant, the technique itself is a good one. And President Obama’s recent remarks on the Crimean crisis, in his March 26 address to European youth, are admirably suited to such deconstruction. Let’s take a look at the relevant remarks, point by point, and compare them to reality.

Moreover, Russia has pointed to America’s decision to go into Iraq as an example of Western hypocrisy. Now, it is true that the Iraq War was a subject of vigorous debate not just around the world, but in the United States as well. I participated in that debate and I opposed our military intervention there. But even in Iraq, America sought to work within the international system. Continue reading

LPR Activists Picket Dutch Embassy In Support of Toine Manders


http://lp12.ru/kto-my/in-english/lpr-activists-picket-dutch-embassy-in-support-of-toine-manders

LPR Activists Picket Dutch Embassy In Support of Toine Manders

Members of the Libertarian Party of Russia (LPR) organized a series of one-person pickets in front of the Dutch Embassy in Moscow in support of Toine Manders, the former leader of the Dutch Libertarian Party kept in custody since the end of January. In January 2014 Manders was arrested in Cyprus on vague and, we have reasons to believe, trumped-up charges and extradited to the Netherlands where he has been kept in custody all the while. On March 4, 2014, a Dutch court extended Manders’s detention by another 3 months – still on the slurred charges of ‘unlicensed consultancy activities’. The picketers also handed the following letter to the Dutch Ambassador Ron van Dartel from the Chairman of the LPR Federal Committee Andrey Shalnev. Continue reading

The Old Buffoonian treads on dangerous ground


by Robert Henderson
http://livinginamadhouse.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/the-old-buffoonian-treads-on-dangerous-ground/

Boris Johnson has suggested that the radicalisation of Muslim children should be treated as child abuse and children subjected to such an environment should be taken into care. Continue reading

How Will They Kill Billions of People?


by Stewart Cowan
http://www.realstreet.co.uk/2014/03/how-will-they-kill-billions-of-people

 How Will They Kill Billions of People?

By ‘They’ I mean the unelected, unaccountable elites who think of the rest of us as “cattle” and who consider that there are far too many of us already. Far, far too many and we need culled.

This is what ‘sustainability’ really means. It is what UN Agenda 21 is really about and I have been thinking for quite a while about how they could kill off billions of us and after reading this post by Leg-iron today, it occurred to me they could achieve it in many ways. Continue reading

Toine Manders: More Information


http://isil.org/head-of-dutch-libertarian-party-arrested-just-weeks-before-election/?utm_source=ISIL+Updates&utm_campaign=a9c6944f87-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d5f9015c42-a9c6944f87-63627365

Note: I will, as Director of the Libertarian Alliance, write to the Dutch Embassy this evening. Ninety days in isolation is a tactic used by authoritarian governments to break a suspect. It isn’t something to be expected of a “civilised” European government. SIG Continue reading

Belgium to euthanise her children


Note: I don’t like to comment on the internal affairs of other countries – not least because our newspapers are notoriously filled with inaccuracies and plain lies. However, if this Belgian law is as described, it strikes me as astonishingly evil in itself, and it will be made an argument against my own belief in the right of adults to ask others to help them commit suicide. SIG Continue reading

Watch your arses (number-142a)


David Davis

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/10605328/EU-has-secret-plan-for-police-to-remote-stop-cars.html

A number of years ago, Richard Littlejohn wrote about the EU using this dreadful device in his novel “To Hell In A Handcart”. In his story, the people win. I’m not so sure about how reality will pan out.

Now, people, do you still want to remain in the EU after reading this? Expect the cars of all libertarian, classical-liberal and other anti-EU bloggers to be “remotely stopped” frequently.

Many years before this, in fact in about 1985, Bernard Adamczewski gave a talk at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, saying that the coming technological revolution (this was before the internet, remember) would free people from government tyranny. He seems to have become wrong about this.

(I know when it was, for I have a b/w photo of him and me talking there, on the wall of my Library. And I know which suits and tie I wore that year.)

I think that few of us spotted this one coming. EU reintroduces death penalty via LISBON “in the case of war, riots, upheaval”


David Davis

http://www.archbishop-cranmer.blogspot.co.uk/2008/04/lisbon-treaty-introduces-eu-wide-death.html

I think it might be time to flag this one to The Faithful. Some of us may not have noticed it – I certainly didn’t. Do you read Eurotreaties? I do not, for I have not time.

And since it was in a footnote to a footnote to something that few if any normal people would be willing or able to spend the time reading through comprehensively, we all might be forgiven.

The entire notion now throws, into ever-sharper focus, this Nation’s relationship with the EU. I have nothing to add to that sentence for you may all have your own thoughts.

As we all know, I am not in favour of modern States being able to take life: this is because in all cases the right to do that to another human has been denied by the state’s law.

If I have not a right to end someone’s life who has wronged me and mine, and if my arms and guns and kitchen-knives and screwdrivers have been seized off me in that regard,  then I also have not the right to delegate that right to Continue reading

A Good Man Is In Court Today


by Dick Puddlecote
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DickPuddlecote/~3/VG2RH-hBR8U/a-good-man-is-in-court-today.html

A Good Man Is In Court Today I’ve written about this before, so am encouraged to see someone standing up to a new law applied in an unnecessarily heavy-handed fashion.

A couple who took their children out of school so they could have their first family holiday in five years risk being jailed after refusing to pay fines introduced under controversial new laws.

Stewart and Natasha Sutherland will appear before Telford Magistrates’ Court tomorrow after they took their three children to the Greek island of Rhodes during the school term. Continue reading

The Great Reading Disaster


Book Review by Sean Gabb
The Great Reading Disaster: Reclaiming Our Educational Birthright
Mona McNee and Alice Coleman
Imprint Academic, Exeter, 2007, 341pp, £17.95 (pb)
(ISBN 9781845400972)
(Review published in The Quarterly Review, Winter 2007)

This book narrates and explains one of the great disasters of our time. As is often this case with disasters of our time, it also narrates and explains a scandal that in earlier ages would have provoked incredulity. Its theme is the collapse of educational standards in this country, and how this has been brought on by a persistent unwillingness to teach children to read using the only methods that are known to work in the great majority of cases. Continue reading

The Political Enemy


by Dick Puddlecote
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DickPuddlecote/~3/wjGDLtgdRLQ/the-political-enemy.html

The Political Enemy Via an excellent rant at Longrider’s place (do go read), this is hardly surprising, is it?

Nearly half of Britons say they are angry with politics and politicians, according to a Guardian/ICM poll analysing the disconnect between British people and their democracy.

The research, which explores the reasons behind the precipitous drop in voter turnout – particularly among under-30s – finds that it is anger with the political class and broken promises made by high-profile figures that most rile voters, rather than boredom with Westminster.

Asked for the single word best describing “how or what you instinctively feel” about politics and politicians in general, 47% of respondents answered “angry”, against 25% who said they were chiefly “bored”.

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The Libertarian Alliance Christmas (sermon): I did want to say something positive, but I can’t. Sorry.


David Davis

Well, this is Christmas, I guess, and time goes around and comes around, and it seems like five minutes ago that I wrote the LA’s first Christmas Message on this blog, six or seven years ago. I’m not sure that there’s much else new to say from that time, but the Chimpanzee Type-Writors in the Blog’s freezing, damp Nissen-Hut must at least pretend to keep up appearances.

On every day and in every way, our rulers (do we need such people, really?) conspire to push us further and further down the outfall-pipe. It’s actually very depressing to be alive in Britain in 2013, knowing that one was being born some number of decades before, in a country which, while less blessed with the planet’s offerings, was at least less unfree in most ways.

All I’d really like to say to Libertarians this Christmas is that I think we are running out of time. It’s slipping by us all fast and I don’t know when there might be another time. I’m certain I said it before, possibly last year and the year before that and the year before that: it’s quite fortunate that statistNazis are rather inefficient and take longer than they might, to do what they need to do. Even Enoch Powell said once: “be of good cheer: for the rot has set in, but it will take quite some time”. There are some choices now open to us, as follows:-

(1) We can continue to try to “influence debate”, by publishing, by some of us (not enough to make a difference) going about having eggs and turned-off-mikes thrown at us in universities and on radio stations and in “Conservative” gatherings and meetings and stuff like that. We can continue to do that thing. But I don’t think anyone that matters, or is on our side, is listening. The ones not on our side will simply delete the file they got sent for airing, or turn off the mike when we get too near the truth.

(2) We can espouse “activism”, but all this will do is get us imprisoned, possibly for ever for we are right, and out families broken up, our computers “taken into local authority-care”, and our children “seized for hard-drive analysis”. As a strategy, this will therefore avail other people nought. The trouble is that we have been shown time and time again that “activism” pays, since people like Nelson Mandela, Gerry Adams, the dead pigs Castro and Stalin, the other dead leftist pig Hitler (he got lucky while young) and Ho Chi Mhinh “got into government”. But I don’t think any living Libertarian conservatives are willing to pay the price or are even young enough to see it redeemed.

(3) Each of us can build an “armoured library”. How you all do this is entirely up to you. It needn’t even be armoured, so long as you didn’t tell policemen, who’d of course tip off scumbag mobsters to come and accidentally burn it as soon as it was convenient for (them).

Sorry to be so depressing this year. It’s no use getting excited that “over 145 people” got to see the lecture at (somewhere or other) by “Dr Human Hope”, the really really articulate and perspicacious founder of the “freedom free thingy”, at some place or other, and which several hundred Libertarians from at least “20″ countries attended. Nor, even, that his lecture got “published on the internet.

Merry Christmas: the time has come to face reality. Nobody’s really interested enough in liberty – either for themselves or for others, and certainly not for others – for us to make a difference any more.

I’m not saying we should give up and die. Just that we must not expect victory, for we shall not get it.

Liam Fox: Comment on His Earlier “Difficulties”


Liam Fox: Another Zombie Falls off the Roof
by Sean Gabb
17th October 2011

It is, I think, a year since I last wrote anything about British politics. This is not because I have been idle. During the past twelve months, I have written or published eight books. Three of these have been substantial novels, and two of the novels are overtly libertarian. This alone might absolve me from my duty, as Director of the Libertarian Alliance, to give a running commentary on the issues of the day. But the real cause is that I am, for the moment, tired of watching how this country is governed. I feel less inclined to denounce than simply to look away. Continue reading

Was World War I the error of modern history?


By Mustela nivalis

Niall Fergusson in an interview originally aired in 2000 explains what went wrong (see video). Amongst other things he says: Belgian neutrality was a pretext of the British government. Nobody in Europe in any decision making capacity was under any illusions what a war would mean. Lord Grey, the British foreign minister, even warned the Russian government beforehand that a war would lead to a “new 1848″ in Europe, i.e. social upheaval endangering the existing order. An economist called Jean de Bloch had warned in 1898 that future wars would be utterly destructive. Millions would have to be mobilized and the defensive position was far superior to the offensive. In Europe this would lead to a stalemate and any war would be decided by economic attrition.

Fergusson here repeats his assertion that had Germany won (i.e. had Britain kept out of it), we would have had a continental free trade area under German leadership 80 years before it actually happened (minus Russian Revolution, Nazism, WW2 and the Cold War).

Fergusson is probably right when he says that it was the soldiers’ personal revenge motive that kept WW1 going despite all the mass killings and horrors. But that’s only part of it. Unfortunately, he does not mention another decisive factor: the decoupling of money from gold in all the participating countries (except, I think, for the US, which came late to the party), allowing governments to ramp up war debts like never before. Previously, wars stopped when one or both sides ran out of money (because it was backed by some real value). This time, it stopped only when people in the Axis countries were dying in the streets of starvation.

Mandela: New Baas, Same As the Old Baas


by Kevin Carson
http://c4ss.org/content/22891

Mandela: New Baas, Same As the Old Baas

The end of apartheid in South Africa was neither the first nor the last people’s revolution to be betrayed by its own victorious leadership.

Perhaps the premier example was Russia’s Bolshevik victory in 1917. Compare the party’s policies after the October Revolution to its rhetoric before. Lenin’s book “State and Revolution,” written to appeal to the huge influx of workers into the party after the February Revolution, hailed the Paris Commune as a model revolutionary government. In almost anarchistic terms, Lenin wrote of paying state officials workmen’s wages, and Trotsky promised his first act as Commissar of Foreign Affairs would be to proclaim world revolution and then shut up shop. The Bolsheviks promised land reform to the peasants and proclaimed “all power to the soviets” (workers’ councils). Continue reading

This Mandela Fest is Getting on My Tits


I’ll grant he was less awful than most African rulers. In terms of the violent deaths he brought about, he doesn’t begin to compare with our own Princess Tony. But he was hardly a saint. The Beeb expects us to lament his death. From the point of view of the murdering old terrorist’s many victims – mostly black, I will, for obvious reasons, add – the real cause for lamentation is that he was born.

I think I preferred his ghastly first second wife. Unlike him, she was honestly evil.

1984 Was an Instruction Manual


Note: This is alarming. No doubt, the American Government and its various satrapies are doing their best to shut down debate on the New World Order. However, though I don’t claim to be any kind of expert on the technologies involved, I will make the following comments:

1. Oppression on any scale is never for its own sake. It requires an ideology of legitimation. There are many names for the current ideology – PC, totalitarian humanism, GranscoFabiaNazism, etc. Whatever name you prefer, it is a feeble thing compared with, say, Marxism. In thirty years, it has gone from revolutionary flood to sclerotic ancien regime. Its promises of a better world have all been falsified. When it descends to factual claims – “Global Warming is real,” “Diversity is strength,” “We can bring democracy and human rights to [fill in the blank]” – these too have become jokes. It has succeeded in spreading a miasma of guilt among its enemy groups, but has also gone too far in demonising too many inherently powerful groups. Men, Christians, white people, heterosexuals, traditionalists, libertarians – these can only be depressed for so long.

2. Outside the corporate-bureaucratic-police state core, the dominant ideology has little support. The only other authoritarian system with which I am personally familiar is Communist Czechoslovakia. The government there provided free healthcare and education, and work for all. Ordinary people would have been better off without Communism. But they were better off by 1960 than they had been in 1938. They were much better off again by 1980. The police state inconvenienced a small minority. In practice, intellectual dissent was quietly tolerated, so long as it didn’t come to outside attention. Few people were imprisoned. Hardly any were murdered. And the ideology was flexible enough to accommodate all but the more extravagant varieties of religious belief and ethnic nationalism. Until the system collapsed under the weight of its own inefficiency, it faced no internal opposition, and could rely on at least the passive support of the majority.

The client groups of our own dominant ideology are more fragmented and conflicted. Homosexuals are generally white men. As such, they belong to two of the demonised groups. Or they tend to apolitical hedonism. Half of the Blacks are men, and tend to be hostile in practice to both female equality and gay liberation. Most women want to have babies with men who look after them and make all decisions outside the home. The Moslems, in addition, regard the dominant ideology simply as a convenient ally in their vague wish to impose a dominant ideology of their own. Undoubtedly, Jewish intellectuals laid the ideological foundations of the current order of things. But Jews as a whole have no reason to be grateful. They are as conflicted as the homosexuals, and at least as much disliked by the non-whites. Their main common denominator is support for Israel, and Zionism is deeply unfashionable among the new elites. A great underclass has been created by indiscriminate welfare. But, in political terms, its members range between the unreliable and the hostile. There are few grateful beneficiaries.

3. Censorship in a reasonably free society can work when it is narrowly focussed – eg, on porn only, or on defined heresy. Or it can work as part of a system that kills anyone who steps out of line. What we currently have is an attempt at general censorship in societies where people cannot be dragged from their homes into concentration camps. The examples made do have a chilling effect, but are not decisive. For twenty years now, we have had unlimited porn and free music, and the growing ability to look behind the headlines. These are not delights that can easily be taken away. People won’t riot, or even shout loudly. What they will do is continue quietly to choose technologies that frustrate efforts at control. For example, I remember a big push, c1995, to get us to store our data on-line. Instead, most of us opted for bigger hard disks. So far as I can tell, modern cloud storage has its uses – the various websites that I control are backed up in the Cloud – but only fools trust their personal data outside their own control.

4. Above all, our rulers are increasingly demoralised. They know they are hated. They know they have little support. They suspect they are wrong. They are themselves conflicted. They will smear and destroy individual opponents like Nick Griffin and Abu Hamza. They dare not take ruthless and decisive action at the general level. Another example. In 2009, rumours emerged that New Labour was looking at a postponement of the next general election. Though we knew they were useless, the NuLab people feared the Tories were what we’d like them to be. I am told that, after extensive consultation, Gordon Brown et al. discovered they couldn’t rely on the administrative machine to go along with seriously unconstitutional action.

5. Grant the right kind of emergency – pandemic, asteroid impact, severance of trade with Asia or the Middle East, and so forth – and the ruling class will act despotically for a while. But that would probably get the general support any government could demand. Grant that things will carry on much as they do now, and I doubt that the more dystopian fantasies of control are more than fantasies. Much like puritanism and prohibitionism and state socialism, this too will pass away. SIG

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Armoured Libraries and survival of culture and law


David Davis

Various prominent British libertarians seem now agreed that The Endarkenment approaches. The signs have been increasingly clear for some time. The fact that liberty is the mother of order and not its daughter is inconvenient for those that mean to boot the vast majority of Mankind – except themselves – backwards, cruelly, painfully and hard into pre-enlightenment misery, starvation, disease and servitude.

Being a scientist myself by training and thought-modes, and therefore by definition not an intellectual -  I have never figured out why humans get to want to bring about – and worse, specifically for others than themselves – what I described above.

It always seems after careful analysis of their plans, that they would like to visit upon the whole of humanity what Churchill described as “the torments that Dante reserved for the damned”.

[Incidentally, I think that "intellectual" (the noun) is is a mere imaginary literary concept, applied by primitive pre-scientific mystics to themselves and their friends who still work according to neolithic non-tribe-male-skull-crashing theories of how to behave towards others, and are driven by emotion and wishful thinking. This may become the subject of another discussion, but perhaps I may accidentally have defined "conservatives" as definitely not these people. We shall have to see, when I have time to try to write something again.]

Various commenters on recent postings here have said things like this, and this, and this. In the darkness however, someone said this, and Continue reading

Should the Poor be Prevented from Buying “Super-Strong” Alcohol? (2013), by Sean Gabb


http://www.libertarian.co.uk/multimedia/2013-11-18-drink-sig.mp3 Flash Animation

Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, speaking on BBC Radio Leeds on the 18th November 2013.

The background to this discussion is a joint venture between Wakefield Council and West Yorkshire Police, to prevent the sale of “super-strong” alcohol to poor people, thereby preventing them from making nuisances of themselves. This will be an “entirely voluntary” scheme, in which shopkeepers will be “invited” to take part. According to Sergeant John Rogerson, “We’ll also monitor the premises of retailers who haven’t signed up for increased levels of anti-social behaviour, public order offences, licensing offences and shop theft. If there are any increases, we will notify the licensing department and deal with any offences appropriately.”

Sean Gabb says:

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Thoughts for Remembrance Sunday


File:Sargent, John Singer (RA) - Gassed - Google Art Project.jpg
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

They died for the aggrandisement of an Empire that our worthless ruling class eventually lost in hock to the Americans, and for the profits of armaments makers that have long since gone bust or been sold to foreigners.

Here’s a better choice of poems for commemoration:

It was a summer evening,
Old Kaspar’s work was done,
And he before his cottage door
Was sitting in the sun,
And by him sported on the green
His little grandchild Wilhelmine.

She saw her brother Peterkin
Roll something large and round,
Which he beside the rivulet
In playing there had found;
He came to ask what he had found,
That was so large, and smooth, and round.

Old Kaspar took it from the boy,
Who stood expectant by;
And then the old man shook his head,
And, with a natural sigh,
“‘Tis some poor fellow’s skull,” said he,
“Who fell in the great victory.

“I find them in the garden,
For there’s many here about;
And often when I go to plough,
The ploughshare turns them out!
For many thousand men,” said he,
“Were slain in that great victory.”

“Now tell us what ’twas all about,”
Young Peterkin, he cries;
And little Wilhelmine looks up
With wonder-waiting eyes;
“Now tell us all about the war,
And what they fought each other for.”

“It was the English,” Kaspar cried,
“Who put the French to rout;
But what they fought each other for,
I could not well make out;
But everybody said,” quoth he,
“That ’twas a famous victory.

“My father lived at Blenheim then,
Yon little stream hard by;
They burnt his dwelling to the ground,
And he was forced to fly;
So with his wife and child he fled,
Nor had he where to rest his head.

“With fire and sword the country round
Was wasted far and wide,
And many a childing mother then,
And new-born baby died;
But things like that, you know, must be
At every famous victory.

“They say it was a shocking sight
After the field was won;
For many thousand bodies here
Lay rotting in the sun;
But things like that, you know, must be
After a famous victory.

“Great praise the Duke of Marlbro’ won,
And our good Prince Eugene.”
“Why, ’twas a very wicked thing!”
Said little Wilhelmine.
“Nay… nay… my little girl,” quoth he,
“It was a famous victory.

“And everybody praised the Duke
Who this great fight did win.”
“But what good came of it at last?”
Quoth little Peterkin.
“Why that I cannot tell,” said he,
“But ’twas a famous victory.”

The Language of Tyrants


http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2013/11/03/the-language-of-tyrants/

The Language of Tyrants
In Britain, journalism is “terrorism”
by Justin Raimondo, November 04, 2013

If there was ever any doubt that the formerly “Great” Britain of today has devolved into a stinkhole of authoritarianism – a proposition I advanced in a recent column – it has been dispelled by the news that the British authorities justified the detainment of David Miranda by claiming that, in transporting materials released by Edward Snowden through Heathrow airport, he was engaged in a “terrorist” act. Continue reading

American Apocalypse: The Case for Divine Retribution


American Apocalypse:
The case for divine retribution

by Justin Raimondo, October 18, 2013

I don’t believe in God. However, I do believe in divine retribution. Without going into the specifics of this somewhat counterintuitive theology, suffice to say here that its central axiom is the idea that actions have consequences. One cannot go on committing evil without reaping a whirlwind or two. Eventually Nemesis overtakes Hubris, and the results aren’t pretty.

This is our future. Or, at least, one hopes it is – otherwise, there is no justice in this world, or perhaps even in the next. Continue reading

The Stunning Success Of Foodbanks


by Dick Puddlecote
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DickPuddlecote/~3/j7hSIW13YyY/the-stunning-success-of-foodbanks.html

“More and more are starving!”, screamed the usual panic-mongers yesterday.

The number of people relying on food banks to survive has tripled over the last year, according to new figures.

The Trussell Trust, which runs 400 food banks across the UK, said it handed out supplies to more than 350,000 people between April and September this year.

The Trust is calling for a public enquiry into why so many people are having difficulty feeding themselves.

A cross-party group of MPs has been set up to investigate the surge in demand.

The Trussell Trust themselves point out one quite important factor. Continue reading