Georgia on their mind

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

I do not know what provokes the Left moreguns or the people’s ability to think. Firearms in thinking people’s hands are thus for them the absolute anathema, of course. Guns in the hands of their followers, or groups likely to do their biding are no problem. They have no objection to, for example “the federal Secretary of Education who employs not a single teacher but is the only education minister in the western world with his own SWAT team” or to the Mexican bandits being “fast and furiously” supplied with firearms by the US Government.

 I write about America; the citizens of the other formerly democratic countries had been disarmed a long time ago; in Australia by the politicians (LibNats) falsely claiming to be the conservative.

 So, slightly encouraging news from Georgia (USA), where in April this year the Governor Nathan Deal signed a law, which “gives added protection to those who have played by the rules”. It is not really that much. For example, those renewing their licences will not have to be fingerprinted again. The Left is furious. Still, be grateful for small mercies. It will be a long time before the reason prevails.

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

 23rd July, 1955: The first East-West Heads of Government meeting since 1945 ended in Geneva today. With diplomatic humbug, Sir Anthony Eden, President Eisenhower, the French Premier, Edgar Faure, and Soviet Premier, Nikolai Bulganin,, declared it a success. In truth, they agreed about nothing – except that their Foreign Ministers will meet again in the autumn for another bid to solve the problem of Germany’s future. The Western leaders found the Russian delegation less sinister, but not less unyielding, than in the days of Stalin. On the question of European security, Mr Bulganin totally rejected a British plan for free all-German election followed by a peace treaty with a reunified Germany.

[ It took 45 years ... ]

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

 Saigon, April 1975

Saigon, April 1975

22nd July, 1954: Agreement was reached in Geneva to bring peace to Indochina. The main provision of the treaty calls for the division of Vietnam along the1 17t Parallel, with the Communist Viet Minh controlling the north and Emperor Bao Dai controlling the south with French support. One weakness is that there will be no joint guarantee actually signed by all the Geneva Conference powers. The French Premier, M. Pierre Mendes-France obviously believes that he has achieved his aim of “an honourable settlement”. Others are less convinced. Senator Knowland, the Republican leader in the US Senate, prophesied: “We may regret that such an agreement has been forced upon the French”.

[ The foreign affairs “expert”, an academic Henry (Kissinger) obviously did not read anything beside the Washington restaurants' menus before he committed his adopted country (USA) to even more ignominious “agreement”. The academic simpletons and corrupted politicians will sell their citizens for a piece of silver or a Nobel Peace Prize. Will they ever learn that papers signed by Lenin, Hitler, Mao, Ho Chi Minh or Putin are worthless?]

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Orel Balkánu

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Svatopluk Čech (1846 -1908)

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Sedl orel na mečetu,

sivý orel Balkánu,

pod ním muezzíni světu

hlásají zvěst koránu,

pod ním moslemím se beře

k harému, by touhy své

vlíbal bujné do kadeře

otrokyně tauridské.

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Na mečetě na vysoké

zdá se orlu starému

o časech, kdy smavooké

prchnou děvy z harému,

o časech, kdy umlkne tu

tajemná zvěst koránu,

a k hrddému peruť letu

vznese orel Balkánu . . .

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Hope springs eternal *

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

This is the slightly truncated maiden speech by the newly elected Senator James McGrath, a Liberal, from Queensland. It looks good, but we have had many politicians elected, saying one thing, and then doing something else altogether. Many? Every single one of them. Perhaps this time?

 Freedom and liberty, 100 years ago this month, were under threat as the gods of war awoke. Armies of empires stretching back before the Middle Ages were slowly moving to Armageddon—a world war with deaths of millions, the end of four royal houses and the beginning of wicked new orders of communist and fascist cruelty. This war ended realms of geography but brought in dominions of political terror imprisoning generations under dictatorship, ending hope, freedom and liberty for many until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Indeed, the war that began in 1914 with the invasion of Belgium was the second ‘Hundred Years War’, the war against tyranny, continuing from the Armistice, pausing in 1989, and resuming in 2001 in New York.

The ‘Hundred Years War against Tyranny’ continues today on three fronts: first of all Islamist fundamentalism intent on caliphates destroying Western civilisation, especially religious freedom; secondly, democratic governments restricting freedom of speech and association, betraying hundreds of years of liberty; and, finally, leftists delegitimising all views other than their own, especially in media and education.

Freedom and liberty are not abstract concepts. You either have freedom or you are not free. Whether I serve here for 16 days or 16 years, I shall always judge myself on how I have battled against tyranny and fought for the axis of enlightenment—that is, liberty of the individual, a free market, small government and low taxes. I will let others badge and brand and box me, as, in my great broad church that is the Liberal Party, my pew is a moveable feast. I have campaigned against dictator-loving Islamist fundamentalists in the Maldives; Sinn Fein- and PLO-supporting Labour candidates in London; and godless rebranded communists in Mongolia—not to mention the Queensland branch of the Australian Labor Party!

My life has not been about the pursuit or gain of power but to confiscate power back from government to free people. My story is not special or unique. I come from the great blancmange that is the Australian middle class. Families are modest and shy. They are joiners and doers, workers and strivers, not shirkers. Our homes are not big and flash, and cars often second-hand. The biggest investment is never super, bricks or shares, but education. My mob are farmers, saddlers, soldiers, gardeners, small business owners, nurses, teachers, doctors and, shamefully, the odd lawyer. One side is stridently Labor and unionist, the other cheerfully Liberal National and Tory.

The first McGrath was a convict, rightly punished by a sensible judge and sent down to Australia. Family folklore has it was for stealing a sheep. On my mother’s side are the Schneiders and Doughertys. The first to arrive was German, illegitimate, with barely a word of English. He moved to western Queensland in the 1870s. His son, my great-grandfather, patented the Schneider saddle, and his store stood on George Street in Brisbane until the 1970s. Schneiders would become guests of the emperor, caught in the fall of Singapore, on the way to fight the Nazis.

Like many, my journey started young. I worked on my first Liberal campaign in the 1989 Queensland state election. I started the Capitalist Club at Toowoomba State High School a year later. When 17, continuing my quest to become the most popular kid at school, I led the campaign to save the school principal when the new Queensland Labor government engaged in some restructuring. Our school community was the only one to actively campaign for their principal’s retention. Our school community was the only one whose principal was eventually made redundant. I learned early on that you can be right in life but still lose in politics.

Politics is not about the pursuit of power as an end in itself. Those who seek power for the sake of power will always fail. Politics is about seeking power though democratic means in order to take power away from the elites, whether bureaucratic or corporate, and return power to the people. I have been lucky in politics. I do not think I am that good at politics but I do learn from my mistakes, personal and political, and I have made a few—some spectacular. And I have learned from some wise mentors as, along my journey, I have been fortunate to work with some erudite people here in Australia and overseas.

I believe there are 11 principles of politics and power that should guide me as I work for Queensland, and all principles were taught to me or learnt from my own mistakes. I start with the greatest ever peacetime leader, Margaret Thatcher. I never met Mrs Thatcher, but I get her. I get that someone from a corner store in a small market town could be so strong to rise so high, not just in making decisions but holding fast to her underlying values—because she had to fight for everything, and she said, ‘You might have to fight a battle more than once to win it.’

Likewise, the moral courage of my friend Mohamed Nasheed, former President of the Maldives, taught me the power of forgiveness. A former political prisoner and Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, he forgave those who jailed and tortured him. I fail this principle. As much as I try, I cannot forgive and I Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

 biafra_war18th July, 1967 : Some 2.000 Britons and 800 Americans are fleeing from Biafra in cars and canoes as Nigerian Federal troops step up their two-pronged drive into the break-away Eastern Region, but it is not an easy journey. Fred McKinnon, a British oil-drilling executive, said the his group encountered 31 road-blocks before they reached Onitsha to cross the Niger by canoe. The Nigerian forces, pushing into rebel territory from the north, have captured the university town of Nsukka, and in the south they have taken Ogoja. The Federal leader, Yakubu Gowon, now promoted to general, says the military successes are largely due to skilful use of artillery, baked up by infantry action. Most of Nigeria’s oil is produced in the area held by the Biafran forces under Colonel Ojukwu, and he is insisting that British companies operating the concessions must now pay him the royalties. When Shell-BP was reported to be ready to pay up, the Federal authorities retaliated by blockading all oil exports.

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Gaza smoking again

Ludwig von Gress

Smoke and fire from an Israeli bomb rises into the air ove Gaza CityThe Middle East, this time the Gaza strip, is smoking again. With monotonous regularity, the conflict cauldron let’s off the steam, saving it for the future use and thus far avoiding a catastrophic explosion. With nukes in the hands of both main antagonists, Judaism and Islam, perhaps we ought to be grateful. On that subject Fog of Chaos had Iron Dome on 11-02-13; and Israel’s Insightful Cynicism on 29-03-13. I suggest you read that to see what, if anything, has changed since then.

The current calefaction has the media salivating. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reporting (if it could be described as such) is as always biased and fraudulent; and its Leftist commentariat is doing its International Socialist duty – see Andrew Bolt Memo to ABC. SBS (Special Broadcasting Services, an Australian taxpayer funded socialist propaganda media organization targeting people whose first language is not English) simply re-broadcasts Al Jazeera outpourings. These could be somewhat balanced by the Jerusalem Post.

Gaza Situation Report bGeorge Friedman / 14-07-2014/ from Stratfor

The current confrontation in Gaza began June 12 after three Israeli teenagers disappeared in the West Bank the month before. Israel announced the disappearance June 13, shortly thereafter placing blame on Hamas for the kidnappings. On June 14, Hamas fired three rockets into the Hof Ashkelon region. This was followed by Israeli attacks on Palestinians in the Jerusalem region. On July 8, the Israelis announced Operation Protective Edge and began calling up reservists. Hamas launched a longer-range rocket at Tel Aviv. Israel then increased its airstrikes against targets in Gaza.

At this point, it would appear that Israel has deployed sufficient force to be ready to conduct an incursion into Gaza. However, Israel has not done so yet. The conflict has consisted of airstrikes and some special operations forces raids by Israel and rocket launches by Hamas against targets in Israel.

From a purely military standpoint, the issue has been Hamas’s search for a deterrent to Israeli operations against Gaza. Operation Cast Lead in late 2008 and early 2009 disrupted Gaza deeply, and Hamas found itself without any Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

16th July, 1961 : More than 1,000 migrants rioted at the Bonegilla camp in northern Victoria. Spokesman for migrant groups in Australia said the recent arrivals were “discontented” because they had not been given work as promised before leaving their homelands. The police used batons to quell the riot and one officer was injured. The camp’s employment office was wrecked during the demonstration. Some of the migrants have been waiting in the camp for months, where, apart from some instruction in English, they have little to do. Unemployment on Australia is now over 110,000.

[ Today the unemployment is 728,500, but new arrivals have more important matters to riot about – riotingmuslims

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Thoroughly modern Miliband, continued

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

When asked by the BBC to nominate his history hero, Ed Milliband could hardly say Stalin or Pol Pot, not yet anyway. Another female Communist activist Rosa Luxemburg might have done, but for the family connection: “I met her [ Ruth First ] when I was 12 years old and she came to dinner at my parents’ house with her husband, Joe Slovo, who I think was the chief of staff of the armed wing of the ANC, and a long-standing friend of my father Ralph.

 From Wikipedia: “Ruth First’s parents, Julius First and Matilda Levetan, immigrated to South Africa from Latvia as Jewish immigrants in 1906 and became founder members of the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA), the forerunner of the South African Communist Party (SACP). Ruth First was born in 1925 and brought up in Johannesburg. She too joined the Communist Party, which was allied with the African National Congress .”

She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1946. … She was involved in the founding of the Federation of Progressive Students, also known as the Progressive Students League., and got to know, among other fellow students, Nelson Mandela, future President of South Africa, and Eduardo Mondlane, the first leader of the Mozambique freedom movement FRELIMO.

SpearoftheNation.joinUnkindly, one could say that she showed her affinity to violent males early, confirmed by her marriage to Joe Slovo in 1949. Ms First became the editor-in-chief of the radical newspaper The Guardian, and when that was banned, the editor of a radical political journal called Fighting Talk. In 1963 she was imprisoned for 117 days. In 1964 First went into exile and became active in the British Anti-Apartheid Movement. She held various posts at the University of Manchester, the University of Durham, at university in Dar es Salaam and the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique. She was killed there by the South African police in 1982.

Her husband Slovo (Yossel Mashel Slovo) was born 23rd May 1926 in Lithuania to a Jewish family who emigrated to South Africa when he was eight. He joined Continue reading

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As you would expect

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Australian Liberal (with capital L) politicians pretend to be conservative, mainly because Labor wouldn’t have them – Malcolm Turnbull is a good example. Ex-Liberal MP Peter Slipper or Ex-Liberal PM Malcolm Fraser, to name just two, are the embodiment of the underlying philosophy of that party – lie, lie and lie again, for the rewards are great.

 So, as one would expect:

 Not one person has contacted me arguing for abolition” of 18C.

On 12 March this year The Conversation published this report on a federal member of parliament who said: “But not one person has contacted me arguing for abolition. It shows the feeling is very strong the other way.” 

It wasn’t a member of the Australian Labor Party or the Greens that said that. It was Craig Laundy, a Liberal MP, who represents the electorate of Reid in New South Wales.”

This I received from Mr Simon Breheny of IPA, and before I got to my usual “I told you so” stage, I checked the Honourable Laundy on the internet. The leftipedia does not have much:

Craig Laundy (born 16 February 1971) is an Australian politician. He has been a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Reid in New South Wales, since September 2013. He opposes Prime Continue reading

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London 1802

…from the quills of the dead white poets

 

William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)

Milton! Thou shouldst be living at this hour:

England hath need of thee; she is a fen

Of stagnant waters; altar, sword, and pen,

Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower,

Have forfeited their ancient English dower

Of inward happiness. We are selfish men;

Oh! raise us up, return to us again;

And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power.

Thy soul was like a star, and dwelt apart;

Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the sea;

Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free,

So didst thou travel on life’s common way,

In cheerful godliness; and yet thy heart

The lowliest duties on herself did lay.

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Thoroughly modern Miliband

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

 Oh, dear me. It started when I read the book, Cables from Kabul (HarperPress 2011) by the Her Majesty’s ex-ambassador to Afghanistan, so properly aristocratically hyphenated Sherard Cowper-Coles. In my humble opinion, expressed in my usual undiplomatic language, he is a typical public service diplomatic eunuch, who considers the things he is allowed to do to be important; i.e. to organise lunches, diners, balls, meetings, sitting arrangements, talkfests and more talkfests . . . Then, of course, comes the most important duty, i.e. writing, or should it be creating, memoranda in order to put oneself in the proper, Sir Humphrey Appleby, civil service class.

He would never admit, even to himself, that it was something a butler could do more efficiently for a fifth of the salary and that people who actually do , despise him, and only the parasites of his ilk tolerate him. And, naturally, award him. Cowper-Coles, pronounced, according to Wikipedia, as “cooper coals”, was made, during his march through the corrupt institutions, a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO), a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) and a Knight Commander of the Order. In the process, beside the above mentioned gongs, he also collected a French diplomat as a second wife.

However, coming to the next stage of his illustrious career – the butler did not do it, indeed a butler couldn’t do it, for many reasons, honesty being amongst them. Wikipedia: “In 2011 Cowper-Coles became BAE Systems’ international business development director, focusing on the Middle East and south-east Asia. His appointment at BAE caused some controversy, since he is thought to have “had a profound effect” on the decision by Robert Wardle, then director of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, to end an investigation into BAE‘s allegedly corrupt dealings with Saudi Arabia.”

 If you can’t have corrupt dealings with Saudi Arabia, with whom you can? Clintons? Obamas? Continue reading

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US missing in inaction

Ludwig von Gress

With Obama successfully doing to America what its enemies, mostly unsuccessfully, have been trying to do for ages, the world history chapter called Pax Americana is reaching its last pages. The enemies got Obama’s measure a long time ago; the allies and erstwhile allies are covertly scrambling for the exit. The experts still have a long way to go. For example, The Economist of 9th May, 2014 had on the front page an image of a leashed eagle on top of a globe, with a title – “What would America fight for?” It is clearly a rhetorical question, not requiring any answer, but the editorialist has to fill a page, so he/she tries.

 “Why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force?” America’s cerebral president betrayed a rare flash of frustration on April 28th when dealing with a question in Asia about his country’s “weakness”. If The Economist considers Obama “cerebral”, how they would describe a person who can think? (Yes, I know – a racist, a denier) As to the question why is everybody eager to use military force – had he read any history, he would know that when dealing with dictators nothing else works. Of course, he knows that, but being a dictator-in-waiting, he does not want anybody to get the right idea. It was not a “flash of frustration”.

 us.eagleJapan knows that his promise it “can count on America if China seizes the Senkaku islands” is just as all his other promises. “If you like you plan, you can keep it” springs to mind. After all, Obama made it clearer: “Our goal is not to counter China. Our goal is not to contain China.” Probably too early for him to say: “Our, Michelle and mine, goal is to contain the United States of America.”

 On the history of the US foreign policy:

The Inevitability of Foreign Entanglements by George Friedman

The Fourth of July weekend gave me time to consider events in Iraq and Ukraine, U.S.-German relations and the Mexican borderland and immigration. I did so in the context of the founding of the United States, asking myself if America has strayed from the founders’ intent with regard to foreign policy. Many people note Thomas Jefferson’s warning that the United States should pursue “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none,” taking that as the defining strategy of the founders. I think it is better to say that was the defining wish of the founders but not one that they practiced to extremes.

As we know, U.S. President Barack Obama has said he wants to decrease U.S. entanglements in the world. Ironically, many on the right want to do the same. There is a common longing for an America that takes advantage of its distance from the rest of the world to avoid excessive involvement in the outside world. Whether Jefferson’s wish can constitute a strategy for the United States today is a worthy question for a July 4, but there is a more profound issue: Did his wish ever constitute American strategy?

Entangled in Foreign Affairs at Birth

The United States was born out of a deep entanglement in international affairs, extracting its independence via the founders’ astute exploitation of the tensions between Britain and France. Britain had recently won the Seven Years’ War with France, known as the French and Indian War in the colonies, where then-Col. George Washington led forces from Virginia. The British victory didn’t end hostilities with France, which provided weapons, ammunition and other supplies to the American Revolutionaries. On occasion, France landed troops in support of American forces, and its navy served a decisive role in securing the final U.S. victory at Yorktown.

America’s geopolitical position required that it continue to position itself in terms of this European struggle. The United States depended on trade with Europe, and particularly Britain. Revolution did not change the mutual dependence of the United States and Britain. The French Revolution of 1789, however, posed a deep dilemma for the United States. That later revolution was anti-monarchist and republican, appearing to share the values of the United States. Continue reading

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Sherpas’ dilema

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

 I read, and liked Edmund Hillary‘s Nothing Venture, Nothing Win (Coronet Edition 1977). My achievements are somewhat (forty times approx.) less than his – his Mount Everest, or Samarmatha or Quomalangma (depending on the inclination of your political correctness) 8,848 m; mine a sandstone hillock of about 200 m. Still, I made it with no ropes, no Sherpas and no snow; but sand in my eyes and everywhere, which, believe me, is most uncomfortable, especially everywhere. For, as Sir Edmund said: “Even the mediocre can have adventures and even the fearful can achieve.” I qualify on both grounds. I respect mountaineering – from a safe distance.

 Ed-Hillary-quoteSince Sir Hilary, everybody (over 3,000 people) and her dog got to the summit of the earth’s highest hillock, sorry, mountain. Without trying in any way to diminish the personal achievement of those intrepid mountaineers, (over 200 died so far), I sometimes get impression that it is not the fun it used to be. It is a rich man’s world summit – clients pay expedition organisers about $90,000 a time, out of which $10,000 goes to Nepali government. Ethnic Sherpas earn $2000 to $8000 a season. Though only about 1% (280,000) of the population of Nepal, they provide the majority of porters and guides.

 In April this year a piece of ice broke off and buried sixteen Sherpas – highest death toll from a single mishap there so far. The Nepali government reacted as governments do – by increasing the compulsory insurance by 50%. Thirty-two expeditions were planed for this season, and most were abandoned. The job is risky, but paying well in a region lacking everything but vistas.

 Now we get the usual, predictable racist outcry from the Left: Rich whites exploiting (and killing) poor Asians! Ban it all! There are two, at least, arguments to be considered. Firstly, the human yen for adventure, paid or not paid, which the Mafia of the politically correct tries to eliminate is here to stay. Many people, Sherpas included, are too smart to take up the bungee jumping or twitting and prefer to make good and exciting living in physically dangerous, adrenaline enhancing occupations.

 Secondly, people have different skills and abilities, something which equality-mongers do not wish to admit. One thinks of the fabricated saying, attributed by the Left to Marie Antoinette, “let them eat the cake”, while waiting for the socially aware experts to say “let’s retrain those poor people as computer programmers, social workers, securities traders, imaginary trauma counsellors…”quill.1

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

pacelli.309th July, 1933 : The new concordat between the Holy See and the German Reich was initialled today by Cardinal Pacelli, the Papal Secretary of State, and Herr von Papen, the German Vice-Chancellor. Within an hour of signing, Herr Hitler rescinded his orders dissolving Roman catholic organisations. Later, addressing 70,000 Storm troopers, he said the treaty and the disappearance of the Catholic Party signified the end of the fight for political power. “There are gigantic tasks before us, but we shall master them,” he said. “No one can resist us”.

[ Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli became Pope Pius XII in March 1939 and died in 1958 ]

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

6th July, 1977 : Zulifikar Ali Bhutto, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, was overthrown and arrested by General Zia ul-Haq, the man Mr Bhutto had appointed Chief of Staff of the Army. The coup is the result of four month of unrest, in which hundreds have died and Mr Bhutto was forced to declare martial law in major cities. The trouble stemmed from the overwhelming victory which his People’s Party won in March. The elections, it was said, had been rigged.

[ Zia ruled for eleven years]

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Les

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Fráňa Šrámek (1877 -1952)

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Kyj v pravé ruce, v levé mladou krásnou ženu,

jež vínem smíchu třísní jalovčí a mech,

tak potkám já tě zas, hruď rozhalenu,

kyj křikem pozdravím a zpěvem uctím ženu

a s vámi třetí dám se v lehkonohý běh.

Tu zkrásní úsměv tvůj jak čerstě trysklý pramen

a kyjem o vzduch udeříš jak v slavný zvon -

a žena, všechny bohy vábíc do svých ramen,

v med lesní sládnouc, uzrávajíc v plamen,

šíp vyšle nejsladší, své touhy zpěv a ston.

Utančen vámi, až v rokyt pak se k spánku schýlím,

dva kosy zavoláš, bys s nimi tiše hrál.

Pokyneš ženě. Šeptne v sny mé, nazve mne svým milým.

A obláčkem pak zajde letním, bílým,

až vzbudím se, bych na ni krásně vzpomínal . . .

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ABC in firm control

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

 Many conservative and semi-conservative commentators are fond of saying that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is out of control. If they really believe that the taxpayers, to some limited extent represented on its Board, should be in control, they could be right. [ Fog of Chaos Their ABC, their SBS, their NITV … - 7.4.2014] However, this is just a chimera, impracticable dream, which had dissolved in the harsh political reality long time ago. The members of the ABC Board are appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of the Government, and the occasional non-Left members, such as Keith Windschuttle, Janet Albrechtsen or John Gallagher QC, were either unable or unwilling to make the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to act according to its Charter. Luckily, or presciently somebody inserted the following into the Act:    (4)  Nothing in this section shall be taken to impose on the Corporation a duty that is enforceable by proceedings in a court. Not that our Leftist judiciary would be of any help.

ABC.staffingABC is firmly in the grip of the socialist ideology and the only diversity is provided by the occasional clash between various Left factions; Marxist, Stalinist, Maoist, Trockyist (old socialist agenda) and perhaps Al Goreist (the post-modern version of socialism). Their goal is clear, though the ways and means may slightly differ. [ IPA - Media Bias – It's as easy as ABC and Fog of ChaosUn-biased ABC – 26.9.2013] Practically all its personnel, and not only its political/current affairs/all-news-fit-to-deceive wing, is thoroughly corrupted by the totalitarian, misanthropic thought. The cultural, educational, children and nature programs are equaly tainted. ABC performs like a trained seal whenever a new “issue” is raised by the socialist international. It is firmly in its control.

 The reluctance of the Coalition to deal decisively with this fifth column is understandable. [Fog of ChaosSpirit of compromise III – 26.11.2013 and Abbott's promises – 16.5.2014] They are them. The socialist propaganda, taxpayer-funded machine, masquerading as an independent one, is unreformable. And obviously, neither are the politicians masquerading as conservatives.quill.1

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

Algerian-independence_19623rd July, 1962 : One hundred and thirty-two years of French rule in Algeria came to an end today with a brief declaration signed by Charles de Gaulle. He “solemnly recognised” the independence of the North African country that had been considered to be an integral part of France, so ending a conflict which recalled him from retirement to rule the Republic again. The recognition followed Sunday’s referendum when six million Algerians voted almost unanimously for independence in cooperation with France. Both Moslem and French citizens were enfranchised. The final vote was 99%. Jubilant Algerians cheered Benyoussef Ben Kheddah, their new Prime Minister, but Ahmed Ben Bella, his quarrelsome deputy, refused to appear and flew off in a huff to Egypt to see his ally, President Nasser.

 [Upon independence, in 1962, 900,000 European-Algerians (Pieds-noirs) fled to France, in fear of the FLN's revenge, within a few months. The government was totally unprepared for the vast number of refugees, causing turmoil in France. The majority of Algerian Muslims who had worked for the French were left behind, even though a ″bloodbath″ had been forecast upon French withdrawal. In particular the Harkis, having served as auxiliaries with the French army, were regarded as traitors by the FLN. Between 50,000 and 150,000 Harkis and family members, disarmed by French officers before the latter left, were murdered by the FLN or lynch-mobs, often after being abducted and tortured. About 91,000 managed to flee to France, some with help from their French officers acting against orders …”

 Eighty days later Ben Kheddah was replaced by comrade Ben Bella, who in April 1964 was made the Hero of Soviet Union.

 Today France has about 5,000,000 Muslims.]

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Obama’s dictators

Ludwig von Gress

hussain.raulIs the leader of the formerly free world Hussain Obama running out of dictators to bow to? Not likely, of course, as he can create new ones at will, say in Iraq, and prop the old ones. I believe that, contrary to the opinion of his apologists, he is not an incompetent fumbler. He knows exactly what he wants to do and is doing it, US Constitution and the America’s elected representatives notwithstanding. The thoroughly corrupted media, Marxist intelligentsia, cowardly academia and welfare mentality of about a half of population allow him to get away with his plan to disunite the United States of America. The evidence of his achievements abroad are here to be seen on a daily basis, be it Ukraine, South China Sea, Middle East or Korea.

The Great Destroyer has not forgotten the America’s Soft South Underbelly.

Kennedy’s despicable behaviour during the Bay of Pigs invasion, when he, via CIA, encouraged the anti-Castro forces, tacitly promising a naval and air support and withdrawing it at the last moment, led to emasculation of the resistance. At one stroke, Kennedy brothers managed to put CIA into a bad light, and got rid of possibly embarrassing anti-communists, a la Stalin during the Warsaw uprising.

So called Cuban missile crisis is correctly lauded as a victory for Kennedy’s clan by the experts, thought it certainly was not any victory for the USA. In exchange for withdrawal of Russian rockets from Cuba, Kennedy agreed to withdraw rockets from Turkey – a strategic win for USSR. Furthermore, it placed the democratic United States on the same moral/immoral? platform as a communist dictatorship.

In yet another betrayal of Cuban people United States will prop the struggling, murderous dictatorship of Castro brothers. The failed Chicago community organiser is about to bring the final chapter of that sorry saga to its inglorious, predictable end:

From Stratfor: U.S.-Cuba Relations May Be Thawing

A breakthrough in U.S.-Cuba relations may be in the offing. On June 14, Uruguayan President Jose Mujica delivered a letter from U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuban President Raul Castro, according to Uruguayan media June 20, containing an offer to begin talks on a variety of issues, most prominently Washington’s longstanding economic embargo. According to Uruguayan media, Obama had asked Mujica to help him improve relations with the island nation when Mujica was in Washington in mid-May. If the report is true, the transaction could be the first step toward reconciliation.

Cuba certainly has its reasons for entertaining such an offer. The country’s main benefactor, Venezuela, may no longer be in a position to support the Cuban economy. In fact, Venezuela is in the throes of a protracted economic crisis, which is owed partly to declining oil production. Since Cuba depends heavily on Venezuelan oil exports, it may soon have to look elsewhere for its energy needs. Castro was supposedly interested in Obama’s offer, provided that it did not necessarily impose conditions on Cuba, but given the situation in Venezuela, Castro would demand that the embargo be lifted in any negotiations.

Normalized ties would also benefit the United States, which is concerned with Russia’s attempts to improve relations with Latin America. Though the Cold War is over, Washington still does not want any country, let alone Russia, to establish too strong a presence in a country as geographically close as Cuba.

Does anybody seriously believe that this would stop or even slow Putin?

That Havana is so close to Caracas may also help the United States make some political overtures to the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, though Venezuela’s future stability and willingness to engage the United States largely depends on Maduro’s political support and the country’s economic conditions. However, Cuba’s influence in the Venezuelan military and intelligence organizations could facilitate future communication between Washington and Caracas.

Does USA really need Venezuela? What for? To send an aid to?

Still, domestic considerations will delay any potential reconciliation between Cuba and the United States. Under the 1996 Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act, lifting the embargo and ending sanctions requires U.S. congressional approval, which hinges on a variety of issues, including human rights improvements and the election of a new government in Havana. Obama cannot simply approve an agreement to normalize relations with Cuba.

Obama rules by executive orders – has anybody not noticed? US legislators either have not, or can’t be bothered with silly things like the US Constitution. Yes, Obama can.

In any case, an agreement would have to be agreed upon by both sides — no small feat, given the decades of animosity between the two. In the United States, improved public opinion toward ending the embargo would help future negotiations, but opposition lawmakers could impede the government’s efforts. For its part, Cuba has been liberalizing its economy slowly for nearly four years, and the concerns some Cuban leaders have over opening up an erstwhile closed country could delay the pace of any talks.

Of course, both countries have ways of moving the negotiations forward if they wish. These include possible prisoner exchanges. In fact, Obama has already reportedly asked Cuba (via Uruguay) to release Alan Gross, a U.S. citizen held in Cuba since 2009 for subversive activity. Discussions over the release of prisoners would be a strong sign that a larger negotiation is imminent. [Republished with the kind permission of  Stratfor ]

I am not sure that this necessarily follows. But if so – has the recent return of those Guantanamo Muslim terrorists led to larger negotiations? God help us.

The idea that slightly “less command” economy, i.e. capitalism directed by the top communist party apparatchiks and “princelings” leads to democracy is wrong. The economy has to be free (at least in Germany sense) with all its faults, before the political mentality changes. Even then the democracy in formerly non-democratic countries soaks up all the worst aspects of the system ( crony capitalism) and very little of the good ones ( competition). The Czech republic is one example, Ukraine another.

I wish Obama would leave Cuba alone. Sooner or later Cubans will overthrow the dictatorship. They will do nicely without Obamacare. Only Castro brothers need it. cross.swords

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