NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

27th April, 1940 : Hitler tells General Keitel, Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and General Jodl, Chief of Staff of the Supreme Command of the Wehrmacht, that he intends to launch his offensive against France in the first week in May.

[ He almost kept his word; the attack commenced 10th May. ]

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

24th April, 1940 : Norway – The Germans advance on all fronts. The British attempt to reach Trondheim fails.

The French Premier, Paul Reynaud, urges Mussolini not to enter the war.

[ Strangely, the diplomacy failed. ]

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Tests

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

 

All submit to them where they sit, inner, secure,

unapproachable to analysis in the soul,

Not traditions, not the outer authorities are the judges,

They are the judges of outer authorities and of all traditions,

They corroborate as they go only whatever corroborates themselves,

and touches themselves;

For all that, they have it forever in themselves to corroborate far and near

without one exception.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

20th April, 1941 : Hammered by Stukas, the British retire on Nauplia, Kalamata and Monemvasia, the point fixed for their re-embarkation. The rearguard holds firm at Thermopylai; their stand there lasts until the 24th. Greek forces in Epirus and Macedonia capitulate.

A strong British commando force tries to land at Bardia in an effort to to bring relief to the defenders of Tobruk, but is driven off by the German-Italian forces. Rommel decides not to attack Tobruk again until he can use the 15th Armoured Division, which is on its way from Italy. The Commander-in-Chief of the British forces, General Sir Archibald Wavell, asks Churchill for tank reinforcements to deal with the situation in Libya.

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Semana Santa

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

The Easter brings the religious feelings to the fore, much more than Christmas, the full Monty commercial holidays. Not that Big Merchants are not trying – Halal Easter eggs are everywhere. Fog of Chaos Easter approaching

During the Holy Week Spanish people have religion-themed shows and processions in any settlement of decent size but the strength of true Christian among the population is anybody guess. At least the paraphernalia does not seem to be made by true red atheists in Communist China. Traditions are mostly nice, with some exceptions, like cannibalism or defeatism.

semana-santa-sevillaEven the Pope uses the opportunity to tell us how bad we all are; and instead of leading by example by offering his cheeks he doubles his personal security. The Christian martyrdom is just for little people. I know that many armchair theologians believe that the predicted Antichrist finally took over the Church. I will leave it to them, but can’t help but seeing certain similarities between what is happening now and what happened in 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana. Of course, one could go back into arena of myths and recall the story of the Pied Piper, still in children’s books and its lesson still ignored.

The Church prohibits suicide, yet under Francis it actively organises the suicide of western civilisation (Refugees welcome). It is not love of a fellow man, it is cowardice plain and simple, if not something more sinister.

The story of mass suicide in Jonestown is well worth reading about, even on Wikipedia, the conspiracy theories notwithstanding. The matter is not too publicised because Jones was a communist, and in the view of MSM, a communist can do no wrong, and if so, only a little, excusable wrong.

Jonestown” was the informal name for the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project formed by the Peoples Temple, an American religious organisation under the leadership of Jim Jones, in northwestern Guyana. It became internationally notorious when on November 18, 1978, a total of 918 people died in the remote commune, at the nearby airstrip in Port Kaituma, and in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital city.

On October 2, 1978, Soviet dignitary Feodor Timofeyev visited Jonestown for two days and gave a speech. Jones stated before the speech, “For many years, we have let our sympathies be quite publicly known, that the United States government was not our mother, but that the Soviet Union was our spiritual motherland.” Timofeyev opened the speech stating that the USSR would like to send “our deepest and the most sincere greetings to the people of this first socialist and communist community of the United States of America, in Guyana and in the world.” Both speeches were met by cheers and applause from the crowd in Jonestown.”

Almost forty years later, history is about to repeat on vastly larger scale.

Mark Steyn -

Other Christian leaders, from Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury on down, seem to have more to say about potential, hypothetical upticks in “Islamophobia” than about the sustained attempt to eradicate the oldest adherents of their own faith. Western politicians don’t seem to have much to say about it, either, perhaps out of shame: On America’s watch, public expression of Christianity was obliterated in Iraq, and the last Christian church in Afghanistan razed to the ground. Almost exactly two years ago, when 148 students were slaughtered at a school in Kenya, President Obama could not bring himself to identify them as Christian, even though their killers had gone to great pains to separate their captives according to their faith, releasing the Muslims and killing the Christians. As I remarked somewhat mordantly, apparently black lives don’t matter when they’re Christian.”

We have written of the problem here, on Fog of Chaos, earlier, in 2011 – Easter Flagellation

If somebody, confused by the world affairs, by the glorification of immorality, by venality and hypocrisy of so called elites, is seeking spiritual guidance would he find it in a Church? Catholic or any other nominaly Christian? I doubt it.

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

18th April, 1954 : Colonel Nasser is back in power as Egypt’s Prime Minister, after outwitting President Mohammed Neguib (sometimes written Naguib) in a seven-week battle of wits. Neguib, sacked in February, made a comeback on a tidal wave of public support but, while Neguib was making a goodwill visit to Sudan, Nasser arrested the President’s supporters at the cavalry barracks and organised demonstrations against him. Yesterday Neguib capitulated. He keeps the title of President, a figurehead without power, as he was intended to be when the young officers used him as a respectable front for their coup against Farouk.

[ Neguib was later “isolated” by Nasser and released by President Anwar Sadat in 1972. ]

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Pokoj s nábytkem

 

…from the quills of the dead white poets

František Gellner (1881 -1914)

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Šli světem v mladém horování

zprvu – a pak již bez zájmu.

U starých vdov a mladých paní

své žití tráví v podnájmu.

Na stěně z oprýskaných rámů

lhostějně hledí obrazy.

Na skříni plno knih a krámů,

jak je tam ruka nahází.

Zvědavě po pokoji dívá

se řada zaprášených bot

zpod lože, k lásky hrám jež zpívá

svůj rozladěný doprovod.

Vzdychati pohovka si zvykla.

A okno špatně zavírá.

Na chabých nohách stůl se viklá,

když ruka hlavu podpírá.

A duše pod okolí vlivem

ztrácejíc radost z požitku

usíná v stesku zádumčivém

chátrajícího nábytku.

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MOABites

Ludwig von Gress

It is becoming difficult to write about anything contemporary. I was not at Khorasan cave complex in Achin District, Nangarhar Province a few days ago, in fact never. With the credibility of the Main Sewer Media hardly ever challenged by the Main Sewer Media it is possible that there are no caves at all. The story that USA dropped there the GBU-43/B “Mother Of All Bombs” could be just a story fabricated for multiple purposes. Pentagon wants to show that it is doing something beside enforcing unisex toilets regulations and thus needs more money. Trump wants to show that he is a tough, real macho man, not a real estate man. The Leftists want to show that Trump is a dangerous lunatic. So does North Korea. Islamic Horde wants to show how aggressive infidel crusaders are, and speedily gathers the photographs of innocent women and children killed by that inhuman bomb. Environuts fabricate evidence proving that thanks to Trump, rare Khorasan cave bats are now extinct. Russians like the additional proof that US military is incompetent. They experimented with a similar device in 2007, but seemingly decided that for clearing caves, movie theatres etc. some gas, say surplus Sarin, is more effective and incomparably cheaper. Actually, I do not see anybody having interest in investigating the story, i.e. searching for facts.

Originally I only glanced through the news, having no particular interest in the “too little too late” Afghanistan side show, but the numbers were astonishing. Apparently the bomb costs $16 million and 36 Islamist fighters were killed. Thus puzzled, counting the cost effectiveness of the device on my fingers, I searched further and discovered a claim of 82 dead and one bomb at bargain price $314 million.

I have no intention to disparage the heroic Afghan army which has been fighting their countrymen and co-religionist ISIS for years and each other for centuries. Searching the caves, counting corpses – mistakes can be made: “A spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry said that 36 ISIS fighters were killed, while a spokesman for the provincial governor’s office said that 82 were killed.” When the Pentagon publicity department is through it, the figure is likely to be 246. And – no injured? Just the dead, telling no tales? Some unkind souls think I am getting too cynical.

The latest the MOAB cost figures look more sensible -

The US’s Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb does not cost $314 million, or $US16 million, but $US170,000 a unit, the US Air Force told Business Insider on Friday.

The MOAB, also called the “mother of all bombs,” was produced by the Air Force, not by a third party like Lockheed or Boeing, “so we don’t have a standard procurement cost associated with them,” said an Air Force official.

The $US170,000 figure makes sense considering a general purpose 1,000-pound MK-83 costs about $US12,000. The MOAB simply features more high explosives and larger fins to direct the GPS-guided munition.

Many outlets, from The New York Times to Business Insider, inaccurately stated the cost of the MOAB as being in the millions. Business Insider’s article has since been corrected to reflect this information.”

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Still, an American taxpayer ought to be concerned with the cost per neutralised enemy – a good quality knife can be had for less than $200 ( A British Fairnbairn Sykes knife, designed in Shanghai and used by British Commandos, the Airborne Forces, the SAS and many other units during WW II, and still widely used, costs Aus$139.00 ) and can be used again and again, though there could be legal problems. “In a 2003 review of the legality of using the MOAB, the Pentagon concluded that it could not be called an indiscriminate killer under the Law of Armed Conflict.” If there has to be a review of the legality of use a bomb, where decision to drop or not is made by dozens seat-warmers in the chain of command; could a decision to use a knife be left to an individual? Lawyers would tremble in their golf shoes and a poor grunt would worry whether in order not to be court-martialed he should first offer a cup of tea to the intended victim. When Fairnbairn Sykes knives were used the idea, now obsolete, was to win the war.

If you think that I am treating the subject of US military’s impotence rather flippantly, you are right. My excuse is that my un-seriousness is dwarfed by that of US military planners.

MOAB flippancy must be catching – already somebody had been asking whether those $314 million would have been better spend on schools and hospitals for ISIS.

Finally, from the above mentioned Pentagon review -

Although the MOAB weapon leaves a large footprint, it is discriminate and requires a deliberate launching toward the target,” the review said, adding, “It is expected that the weapon will have a substantial psychological effect on those who witness its use.”

Spectators weapon extraordinaire! The cost could be offset by selling tickets.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

13th April, 1940 : Second battle of Narvik – seven German destroyers sunk.

British Government gives a new directive to the head of the RAF’s Bomber Command, Sir Charles Portal; in the event of a German invasion of Belgium and Holland, bombing targets are to be troop concentrations and lines of communication and installations in the Ruhr; heavy bombers will operate mainly at night.

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Last tree?

 

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Another reason to save the trees? Perhaps, but looking at those disciplined, well trained dogs, behaving almost like our academics and journalists, one would think that they could be trained to use the poles of wind intermittent electricity generators. Trees are so last century.

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French elections

 

. . .from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Yet another election in Europe coming, boring, of course, but still worth watching even just for the historic value. For when your grandchild asks how were the last ante sharia election in France you will be able to say, “As usual”.

As usual, the media and the manipulators try to make it appear important. The show of democracy must go on, for the time being anyway. According to polls, 40% of voters claim to be undecided. It is possible, but it is also likely that people can’t be bothered to answer inane questions; are afraid to answer knowing that somewhere in the depths of internet the answer will be recorded; or the pollsters, as usual, are manipulating the results.

If the French had any sense they would vote for Marine Le Pen; not the ideal candidate admittedly, but a symbol resistance-lite nevertheless. Unfortunately, the French are more interested in their three hundred plus sorts of cheese than freedom, which only confuses them and can’t be eaten or drunk.

I guess that Fillon the Provider has good chances. I am wary of Main Sewer Media labels which are likely to be either deliberately deceiving or just plainly wrong. According to them François Fillon is a conservative. Well, MSM used to claim that Malcolm Turnbull (current Australian Prime Minister) is a conservative, a claim which only a political simpleton could believe. Fillon is supposedly a Catholic. Hmm, even the Pope pretends to be a Catholic. All this propaganda could takes votes from Le Pen and give them to another wishy-washy (or could I write Vichy?) politician.

It is obvious that Fillon is a good provider -

French conservative presidential candidate François Fillon’s legal problems deepened on Tuesday, with financial prosecutors expanding a probe into payments to his family to suspected “aggravated fraud, forgery and use of forgeries”, a source said. Investigators are probing whether Fillon and his wife Penelope forged documents to try to justify around 700,000 euros ($757,000) she earned for a suspected fake job as a parliamentary assistant, according to the source.”

Women vote with their female parts as always and as (unnecessarily) urged by somewhat masculine feminists. A smart, from the public purse, provider would be admired by them; not to mention that his “refugees” policy would also provide a steady supply of young studs as well.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

10th April, 1940 : Denmark accepts the German ultimatum.

King Haakon of Norway repudiates the puppet government of Vidkun Quisling.

A British flotilla commanded by Captain Warburton Lee surprises ten German destroyers in Narvik fjord and sinks two, but loses two of his own ships.

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Year that Trembled and Reel’d beneath Me

 

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

 

Year that Trembled and Reel’d beneath Me!

Your summer wind was warm enough, yet the air I breathed froze me,

A thick gloom fell through the sunshine and darken’d me,

Must I change my triumphant songs? said I to myself,

Must I indeed learn to chant the cold dirges of the baffled?

And sullen hymns of defeat?

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

8th April, 1940 : The German ship Rio de Janeiro, converted into a troop transport is torpedoed by the Polish submarine Orzel off the Norwegian coast near Lillesand. The Germans are picked up by an Allied ship. Although this makes it clear that German invasion force is already at sea, the Norwegian government still does not order general mobilisation.

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Healthy lives

 

NT-stats-alcoholIsn’t publishing such statistics racist? Perhaps comrade Triggs ought to ban it.

( The white bars for capitals, hatched bars the regional average)

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Easter approaching

 

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

One would think that now, when in Rome there sits a socialist, islamophilic Pope probably there would be no need for the annual Christmas and Easter time Main Sewer Media slime slopping frenzy. But.

Is the pope a Catholic? It used to be a rhetorical, sarcastic question with so obvious answer that only an ignorant would not know or would doubt the answer. Times have changed. I am certain that today an honest, Catholic theologian would answer in the negative, as would many Christians, nominal Catholic and true believers. Those who still believe that the blind faith is a correct and easy way out should recall that even the Devil can quote the Scriptures, and judge their Church by its deeds, not words.

The Left and Muslims are unlikely to get a better head of the Catholic church than the present one, the one willing to offer all cheeks of his flock to the enemies of Christianity while mouthing platitudes acceptable to the Left and even to misanthrope Soros.

Still the Left, while devious, is mistaking sophistry for intelligence and it is likely that they will continue the ferocious anti-Christian campaign. They have nothing to lose. The chances of Christian revival are negligible.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.

3rd April, 1940 : Churchill is appointed Chairman of the Ministerial Defence Committee and obtains the consent of the Cabinet to the laying of minefields in Norwegian territorial waters, in line with the decision of the Allied Supreme War Council.

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Březen

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Karel Toman (18771946)czech_flag_small

Na naší studni ráno hvízdal kos.

Jde jaro, jde jaro.

A když jsem okno na sad otvíral,

šeptaly pukající pupeny:

Jde jaro, jde jaro.pear.blossom

Bez chvěje se a hrušně čekají.

Jde jaro, jde jaro.

Zas novým třpytem rozkvétá ti vlas

a nových kovů napil se tvůj smích.

Jde jaro, jde jaro.

Bože můj,

obnoviteli, obroditeli,

na srdce v sněhu pamatuj.

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Peak EU

..from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

In June 2016 British people decided to leave the fraudulent, undemocratic lunatic asylum, masquerading under the name of European Union; and a half a year later, in March 2017 British politicians finally got around to do something about it. It seems that leaving such a “voluntary” conglomerate is akin to trying to resign from a Communist party. Saying used to be that you only leave the Party feet first and during the later, milder times your attempt to resign was treated as an act of betrayal and you were expelled. The “mild” consequences were that your chances of getting a decent employment were practically non-existent, and so were the chances of your children being accepted to any institution of higher learning.

UK.EUThe EU is commanded by the same people of the same mentality. From its inception the apparatchiks abhorred anything close to the expression of peoples’ will and when the people refused to bow to the Brussels’ diktats, inconvenient results of those few referenda would be either ignored or referenda repeated until the deplorables got it right. Venal politicians everywhere proved their worthlessness in defending the rights of their voters and the principles of democracy. How many their sons, daughters, wives, mistresses etc. were able to attach themselves to the eternally free-flowing EU tit!

As far as I know, EU has not yet shot any Briton, and I doubt that any Brit in the EU apparatus will became unemployed. After all, the exit is oh so complicated that it will take at least ten years. Collective penalty has been imposed on British taxpayers and the British politicians will happily consent to it – it is no skin of their elite noses. Money, when collected, will disappear in the EU financial swamp and will end up where it rightfully belongs, the Swiss banks.

The exit penalty is also intended as a deterrent to any country toying with the idea of self-determination. One wonders – when more countries leaves EU, as is practically inevitable, which country would enforce the payment – Estonia? Or the experienced Germany?

Many experts, hitherto regulating the desired healthy number of spots on a “spotted dick” and the safe diameter of a hole in a “toad in the hole” will re-expert to something equally important such as politically correct shape of eggs or safe sharpness of forks. I suspect “faggots” had been banned by them a long time ago.

The European Union employs many translators and interpreters into and from 24 official languages – https://epso.europa.eu/career-profiles/languages_en. Now, with one language less, will one twenty-forth of them be fired? Don’t hold your breath. http://www.thejournal.ie/irish-translators-eu-recruiting-2813266-Jun2016/

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

31st March, 1932 : Frequent visits to London by a Norfolk clergyman and his association with teenage girls, brought him before a Consistory Court today. The Reverend Harold Francis Davidson, rector of Stiffkey, faces defrocking if the charges against him are proved. The prosecution alleged that Mr Davidson, aged 60, spent Sundays in his parish and weekdays in a rented bed-sitter in Shepherd’s Bush. Waitresses in Lyons and ABC teashops had complained of his pestering them and a model told the court he had set her up in lodgings. Two girls complained that Davidson had taken them to the rectory to work as servants – but left them destitute, forced to sleep in fields.

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