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‘ I was misinformed’

July 27, 2015 5 Comments
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‘ I was misinformed’

My all-time favourite film is the black-and-white masterpiece ‘Casablanca’ starring the inimitable Bogart and Bergman, as well the masterly performance of Claude Rains as the corrupt, yet strangely incorruptible Casablanca Police Captain. My favourite scene and words  were :- Captain Renault: What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca? Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters. Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert. Rick: I was misinformed. Towards the end…

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When Richard Littlejohn’s Right, He’s Right…

July 27, 2015 3 Comments
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…and he’s spot on here: As I have frequently observed, those who most noisily insist on ‘tolerance’ for their own behaviour, no matter how absurd or abhorrent, are usually the most intolerant of others who beg to differ. Anyone who raises an eyebrow at their antics must be shouted down, vilified and, ideally, prosecuted. We see it with climate freaks, with gay rights advocates, and with abortion enthusiasts. It’s not…

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Planned Parenthood – the Empire Strikes Back

July 27, 2015 1 Comment
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There were two or three pieces sent in the past couple of days on the Planned Parenthood baby parts tale of woe. While the left looked on with dismay, pundits, bless them, were straight into it: What makes this tape so different, so appalling, is that, at some level, there a sense in all of us, which ideological indoctrination cannot wholly suppress, that, morally, something terrible is happening here.  …

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We must counter the abused and misused term “racist”

July 26, 2015 5 Comments
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We must counter the abused and misused term “racist”

If this cuts across Julia’s post on the matter, then sorry but clearly we were thinking the same things at the same time. Amfortas commented: Wiggia’s vid is a fine example pointing to the self-loathing of the white world. This is possibly partly a deliberately encouraged self-abnegation infiltrated by anti-western ideologies and partly a neurosis brought about by the carnage of the 20C. It is a sickness. And this is…

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Suddenly, Racism Is ‘Complex’…

July 25, 2015 6 Comments
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Or so says Hugh Muir. Now, how could that be? Now and then I get letters making the point – with various degrees of firmness – that all ethnic groups are capable of diversity misdemeanours. I wonder why they are sent; this column has never pretended otherwise. Still, it’s good to keep reminding ourselves that such matters are complex. Are they? Oddly enough, I don’t recall Hugh ever saying this…

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Mike’s News-Grab and commentary!

July 24, 2015 4 Comments
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This morning, courtesy of the BBC’s Toady (sorry) Today Programme; we were treated, if that is the appropriate term, to selective segments of propaganda disguised as news items; I term them ‘propaganda’ because only one side of an argument is given or portrayed; with absolutely no chance of a considered discussion, especially from opponents of whatever subject is being discussed. They ranged from an impassioned critique of an EU Commission…

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The new fascism

July 24, 2015 7 Comments
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Exhibit one – the dishonest imposition of ideology Someone says the Mail is a rag.  Yes, no argument there, this blog has torn strips of the Mail many a time. But to say I wouldn’t believe anything it said is silly.  Just as the Guardian, in reporting the incident, does bring it to our attention – it’s just the subsequent spin which is dabatable – so the Mail does actually unfold stories…

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Orphans of Irony

July 23, 2015 1 Comment
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Orphans of Irony

  Tourists pack out the beaches at Benidorm. The city has now applied to the UN to be declared a World Heritage Site, alongside the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China The mind boggles; it truly does! The Grand Canyon….Okay.    The Great Wall of China….Yep!   Durham Cathedral and Castle……Excellent choice!   The Taj Mahal……Undoubtedly! Benidorm???????

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Out Of (Goose)Step..?

July 23, 2015 4 Comments
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Once a model Social Democrat community where the poor in Germany’s Weimar Republic found help and support, the small town of Freital, just south of Dresden, has become a byword for German racism and intolerance. Replacing those old bywords like ‘Auschwitz’ and ‘Buchenwald’, I suppose..? And why so..? Its target is Hotel Leonardo, or rather, the 300 or so asylum-seekers who are now virtual prisoners in the former conference hotel.…

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Current example of how far free speech

July 23, 2015 7 Comments
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For someone with such strong views on things, my history as an admin has been for a relatively soft touch, letting things slide rather than banning and deleting. We have banned and deleted but not happily, quite rarely and as a result of discussion. The central issue is that this is a libertarian site and that includes those of a more politically left stance [Voice of Reason] and those of…

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