And, no, it's not because I slept in this morning. It's because SoD and partner were here, so blame him! Alas, given the dismal week that has just passed, sorry, but I suspect most of my rumbles will be on the sombre side. And here's an exceedingly gloom-inducing starter:
Putin's ends justify his murderous means: I can't remember now who pointed me to this piece in the NY Review of Books written nearly two years ago by Ms. Amy Knight. It is a review of this book:
Apparently, Dunlop is a specialist in Russian history and current affairs who seems to have concentrated on Rusia's recent dealings with its Caucasian neighbours. The essence of his proposition is that it was the Russian government of the drunken President Yeltsin, aided by his new Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, who instructed the Russian Security(?) Service to bomb the flats in Moscow in 1999 which killed over 300 Muscovites and, blame being falsely laid at the door of Chechen terrorists, allowed Putin to launch his vicious war against Chechenya. This occurred very usefully just before the election which Putin won handsomely from an admiring Russian electorate. Read the whole thing and judge for yourselves.
Here is the conclusive reason why we must leave the EU: For some considerable time I have noted stories here and there concerning the Left-wing bias of the Italian judiciary which is aided and abetted by their legal system, a system, incidentally, shared by most other European states. The stories of judical bias arose from the fanatical (I use the word carefully!) campaign by various Italian magistrates to persecute their former Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. He suffers from several heinous defects, if you are a Left wing fanatic, that is, because a) he's rich, b) he owns a huge media empire, c) he kept being elected by the Italian people and d) he obviously enjoys life! You need to read the analysis of his persecution through the Italian courts written by Nicholas Farrell at The Coffee House. The 'Hungarian dwarf', formerly the President of France, is undergoing a similar process now that he is out of power. And by now, all of us in England have followed the trials and tribulations of the McCann family at the hands of the Portuguese legal system. All these examples, and no doubt many more, indicate that the European legal system is as far removed from the British system as it is possible to get and yet our government seems to approve of the European Arrest Warrant which will allow these monstrous regimes to drag us across the Channel and into their clutches if they, on the flimsiest evidence, desire it.
'Fauxcahontas' speak heap big BS: Well, we already know that 'Fauxcahontas', aka, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, tells heap big lies because she claimed that her Cherokee roots, er, 1/32nd at best 'guestimate', entitled her to entry into Harvard Law School under their minority rights programme. Yeeeees, quite! According to The National Review she has now laid out her political 'philosophy' for the benefit of the Democrat party but, of course, she would never, ever dream of running against her dear friend 'HillBilly' for the candidacy, no, no, honestly, she swore an oath to the nearest totem pole - or perhaps I misheard and it was the nearest opinion poll - but anyway, just in case it's of the very slightest interest to the Democrat party, here are her eleven, er, 'philosophical' beliefs. No, I'm not going to republish them here, you have suffered enough reading my rubbish but if you are of a masochistic tendency or you need a good laugh you can go read them for yourself. Incidentally, and I know my record in forecasting American politics is somewhere between crap and rubbish but my guess is that sometime between now and 2016, 'HillBilly' will implode and 'Faucahontas' will allow herself to be dragged reluctantly to the race - yeeeeees quite!
When will the Kaiserin tell us what to do? Well, she probably won't tell us what to do about 'Vlad the Impaler', she will merely set an example by doing absolutely nothing herself. After all Germany and its industry is well and truly hooked on Russian oil and gas. Her French poodle will not bark because in the Autumn they are due to deliver two new, French-built warships to the Russians worth £1.9bn and, mon Dieu, they need the money! And she knows that her lieben Freund, David, despite him pursing his little lips and frowning into the cameras to prove just how really, really cross he is with Vlad, will also do nothing because the City of London is earning 'gazillions' shifting Russin dosh around the world.
What do you call a collection of hypocrites? I ask because we saw several thousand of them in London yesterday:
And I gather there were hundreds of thousands in Paris as well. They were demonstrating their love for humanity by protesting against Israel's action in Gaza. Of course, as the first of hundreds of rockets were fired haphazardly into Israel by Hamas they uttered not so much as a squeak. One assumes that their love for humanity stops at Israel's frontiers. Anyway, I need a suitable collective noun to describe them when en masse - over to you.
Let Peter Hitchens have the last word today on MH17: From his column today in The Mail:
So those who began the current war in Ukraine – the direct cause of the frightful murder of so many innocents on Flight MH17 on Thursday – really have no excuse.
There is no doubt about who they were. In any war, the aggressor is the one who makes the first move into neutral or disputed territory.
And that aggressor was the European Union [My emphasis], which rivals China as the world’s most expansionist power, swallowing countries the way performing seals swallow fish (16 gulped down since 1995).
Ignoring repeated and increasingly urgent warnings from Moscow, the EU – backed by the USA – sought to bring Ukraine into its orbit. It did so through violence and illegality, an armed mob and the overthrow of an elected president.
Can't argue with that!
No more rumbles tonight.