100 not out: Apologies for my absence yesterday but I had a rather important engagement. The mother of one of our great friends celebrated her 100th birthday with a tea-party at a local hotel. I am delighted to say that she was fit enough to make her way round most of the room unaided to great her many friends and family. She has duly received a charming card from the Queen wishing her well. It left me wondering whether I would want to live that long? The jury's still out!
Trump will win, er, possibly, maybe: Thus sayeth the man who has successfully predicted the outcome of every Presidential election since 1984. Prof. Allan Lichtman, for 'tis he, is a politics swot who ignores opinion polls. Instead he has a list of 13 key points and the candidate who successfully answers most of them is the winner. In the current campaign, so far, neither candidate has scored a majority. The WaPo has the details and it's worth reading.
Jolly good show, 'Jezza': According to that 'very naughty boy', Guido, the congratulations are flooding into 'Jezza' after his magnificent win against the man with no name, no clout, no brains and no reputation. Yes, already he has received praise from, er, well, Iran, Venezuela and the IRA in the less than delectable forms of Jerry Adams and Martin McGuinness. Who could ask for anything more?
Naughty Donald! Apparently, the no-good rascal is planning to bring Gennifer Flowers along to the TV debate with 'HillBilly'. Indeed, rumour has it that he might hand over the podium to Bill's ex-plaything so the two ladies can compare notes. Such fun!
Sorry, more Americana: I have just read the latest column by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jnr, the founder and editor of The American Spectator, a magazine I subscribed to back in the '80s/'90s when it was a print mag. At the time I was hugely impressed with the work of one of its young reporters, David Brock, who regularly sank his teeth into the Democrat party and drew blood. Anyway, for some reason my subscription lapsed and it wasn't until much later that I rediscovered it on the internet. I was shocked - no, I mean it, shocked! - to discover that Mr. Brock had changed suits and was now beavering for the Left-wing press mainly through an outfit called Media Matters for America, an outfit generously supported by George Soros, no less. Well, we're all entitled to change our minds as we grow up, I suppose, especially if the money is bigger and better.
And yet ... and yet ... that naughty boy, Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge, has republished an article by Andrew Kerr of The Citizens Audit accusing Mr. Brock, in effect, of not only scamming money from people and organisations contributing voluntarily to a huge variety of pro-Clinton election organisations but also dodging the taxes on his earnings. Read the entire article at Zero Hedge.
Meanwhile, back at The American 'Speccie', Brock's former boss, Mr. Tyrrell, has been provoked into resurrecting all those earlier and carefully researched stories that Mr. Brock wrote before he turned his coat:
Yet, before David fell head over heels for Hillary and before he followed the money trail to Clinton Inc., his research pretty much agreed with that of the other AmSpec writers, to wit: David established in the 1990s that the Clintons have a long record of subverting the law, enriching themselves through criminal means, and following practices that are commonplace in Third World countries. Though these practices are rarely attempted in American cities larger than Gary, Indiana. David’s judgment back then was that Hillary was pretty much a career criminal.
It has all reminded me that many readers have forgotten David’s work and many more were not even born when the Clintons began their journey to the top of Democratic politics. So as a public service The American Spectator has reached back into its ample archives to bring our readers’ David’s earlier findings, and occasionally we shall even publish personal memoranda that David wrote to startled interns on our staff. These memorandums have apparently been long forgotten by him. This material will appear regularly here and may be used by the Clintons’ present political opponent, Donald Trump, free of charge. We expect that the FBI already has this material, but if our early work is helpful to them in any further investigations we are glad to oblige.
Simply too, too delicious! Check in regularly to The American Spectator site to hear the song that David Brock was singing back then!
Ay, she's reet champion, that lass: Sorry for my pathetic attempt at how they speak 'ooooop north' but I was trying to get across the pathos, bathos and sheer hilarity of the news in The Mail that the Labour party's shadow minister for domestic abuse, Ms. Sarah Champion, was once questioned by police for a violent attack on her then husband back in 2007. Perhaps her advice for the ladies these days is just how to put in a really effective right hook! I wouldn't want to face her across the despatch box!
Beyond my understanding: Well, there are quite a few things that fit under that cap but sheepdog handling is one of them! I have just been watching "One Man and his Dog" on the BBC in which shepherds, and their dogs, chase a few sheep around a field to a carefully set pattern. Sheep are, of course, the silliest creatures God ever invented and simply will not do as they are told. Why the shepherds don't just shoot them and then throw them into the designated pens, I do not know. I suppose that would make the kiddie-winkies cry and spoil the programme. Anyway, it is sort of fascinating and how they do it is beyond me.
No more rumbles today