#  Raedwald:

And these are not my conclusions but the findings of Dave’s Parliamentary colleagues. Last month the Foreign Affairs Committee published a report into Libya that was lost in the news noise.

They concluded that Cameron had personally taken a decisive role, had relied on flawed intelligence, and just didn’t understand what was going on in Libya …

# Gobsmackingly wrong:

A rational person might ask, why is the US government aggressively going after the soldiers themselves, who accepted a bonus to re-enlist and actually served again in a war, putting themselves in harm’s way, in good faith?

If there was active collusion to defraud it should be prosecuted, but if not, why make the soldiers pay the price?

If there is a problem why are they not addressing it with the local government officials who may have offered the bonuses in error to achieve the ends demanded by the powers that be in Washington?

Who is this Gamma male of whom you speak?

big-dog-daddyThere’s a key question running through the background story here.

Young man wants to help out Infogalactic, so sends an email. Project manager, so to speak [maybe we’ll call him Big Dog and colour him a royal burgundy or maroon] takes it up; let’s call the young man Green:

So, the initial contact is fine. It’s a generous offer to help out on a big project. Nothing wrong with that:

Hey there, yea so, I am passionate about the cause, and I’d love to help out. I do graphic design and web design mockups for developers to code. Most of my web work in the last year is not up on my portfolio, been too busy.

Big Dog had called for assistance or collaboration on the project. My question is who is paying whom? Is it true collaboration, is it buying services or is it boss-employee?

The greasy pole

Your humble blogger has issues just now but when two of his teams do well, it makes things considerably better.

Most sports fans are content with just the one team but this one follows the exploits of Geelong, Liverpool, AFC Wimbledon and Arbroath, although lately there’s been some pressure to change the last one to St Johnstone.

Oh, plus this team:

Anyway, some years back, along with so many other thousands of fans, I was appalled that Wimbledon was stolen and taken to Milton Keynes and for a long time, MK Dons were head and shoulders above.

Ever so slowly, the new supporter based team climbed up, league by league until they got to League One, which the early games suggested was just a bit beyond this plucky bunch, Peter Principle.

This happened yesterday:


… which placed them here:


One must remain humble, not gloat in any way, shape or form:


… because it could change in the twinkling of an eye – we are in a very fragile time, as readers know. So no words of that sort, just well done AFCW so far.  Cup runneth over and all that.


Coming back to this multi-club business, there is a reason. In the beginning, there was Bradford Park Avenue, my father’s club but it folded. During the 70s, allegiance switched to Leeds U – Bremner, Lorimer etc. Bradford City was never an option, though it’s nice to see them do well.

There were also my sojourns downunder and Geelong FC was my father’s choice, Melbourne my mother’s. Over here, while I was over there, Wimbledon had its win and I thought why not? There was no club left really to support over here.

However, I came back to see them going down the gurgler and only AFC Wimbledon was left. In Scottish, I knew a lady who liked Arbroath, though I liked Partick Thistle. In recent years, perched midway between Manchester and Liverpool, one of those was the logical team and Rodgers looked good at that point.

That’s the messy world of football allegiances.

Two tales of children


Kara Desiderio and her partner Kristina Wertz’s 13-month-old daughter loves Hello magazine for toddlers. The problem: The publication, which is owned by Highlights for Children, has yet to depict same-sex couples anywhere in its pages. So on Friday, October 14, Wertz took to the Highlights for Children Facebook page to express her concern.

“One of the reasons we appreciate Hello is the diversity represented — families of all races, interracial families and grandparents,” Wertz wrote. “We are consistently disappointed, however, in the complete lack of same-sex parents in Hello magazine.

In a more sane society, that woman would be charged.