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Before opening today’s account, you know that Yodel/Royal Mail/Parcelforce mess which many have been speaking of, e.g. Cherie and other pundits and you might recall my dustpan and brush [upright], through Amazon, which was a quick afterthought on December 1st?

That went to complaint to both the firm and Amazon, after which, a few days back, the item was finally delivered.  I’d not have minded if they’d said that was the window but they hadn’t and I’d bought solely on the basis it would be with me within a week.

Anyway, they delivered a couple of days ago and it’s a good item, solid.

A few minutes ago, they delivered again, in a carbon copy of the first time. You remember Groundhog Day?

Anyway, they delivered a couple of days ago and it’s a good item, solid.…

The English ability to take a hint

Family-Christmas

Wish to touch on a most delicate matter and one where I’ve never found a solution – therefore it stresses me out something awful. In fact, I’m sure the people who cause it have no idea at all how stressful it is.

It’s how to deal with a certain type of person whom one doesn’t wish to hurt nor lose his or her friendship. One wants everything to keep going along swimmingly, as it has been.

It’s about the impossibility of  politely saying no when that person requests a favour which can only end up badly. Not saying in the least I won’t do a favour – that’s what friends are for – but sometimes that favour is way OTT and the friend does not appear to have a sense of proportion.…

Further advice for men

[Via Chuckles]:

11.  Brush your teeth before putting on your tie.
12.  Call your parents each week [either direct or via sky-line].
13.  Never wear clip-on ties or elasticized.
14.  Compliment her shoes.
15.  Give a firm handshake and look in the other’s eyes.
16.  Never leave a pint unfinished.
17.  If not confident, fake it.
18.  Size of a man proportional to size of things which bother him
19.  Don’t slouch or put feet up in company.
20.  Don’t lend what you can’t afford to lose.…

House of Reps – we officially hate Russia

Also via Chuckles, from Taki, the House resolution over naughty Russia:

Hopefully, Russians realize that our House of Representatives often passes thunderous resolutions to pander to special interests, which have no bearing on the thinking or actions of the U.S. government.

Last week, the House passed such a resolution 411-10.

As ex-Rep. Ron Paul writes, House Resolution 758 is so “full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from the chilliest era of the Cold War.”

H. R. 758 is a Russophobic rant full of falsehoods and steeped in superpower hypocrisy.

Among the 43 particulars in the House indictment is this gem:

“The Russian Federation invaded the Republic of Georgia in August 2008.”

Bullhockey. On Aug. 7-8, 2008, Georgia invaded South Ossetia, a tiny province that had won its independence in the 1990s. Georgian artillery killed Russian peacekeepers, and the Georgian army poured in.

“This is the sort of ultimatum that led to Pearl Harbor.”

Only then did the Russian army enter South Ossetia and chase the Georgians back into their own country.

Some rules of thumb for being a man

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Chuckles comes to the rescue with some topics on the U.S. document on hating Russia plus various other topics and they’ll be for later or tomorrow morning. Busy day today and I need to be in town.

In the meantime and loosely related to the topic of the day is this piece on how to become a man. There are many pieces of wisdom in it, so let’s start with about ten of them. Unfortunately, I have to transcribe from a screenshot:

1. Never have sex with someone who doesn’t want it as much as you.
2. Never hit anyone unless he or she is an immediate threat.
3. Every hat should serve a purpose.
4. Never take her to the movies on a first date.
5. Learn to wet shave.
6. Nothing looks better than a well tailored suit.
7. Shave with the grain on the first go-round.
8. Always look a person in the eye.…

CIA

You know, you look at something like this and really wonder:

CIA deceived White House, public over ‘brutal’ interrogations – report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA routinely misled the White House and Congress over its harsh interrogation programme for terrorism suspects and its methods, which included waterboarding, were more brutal than the agency acknowledged, a Senate …

#  1973:  MK Ultra uncovered.  CIA claims it’s all over.
#  Jimmy Carter memos authorising covert action in Afghanistan, June 1979 (1)(2).
#  2007: Fast forward to Bourne 3 and the whole premise is that Congress is told the programme’s dead, it’s all over.

In each case, it went on under another name, more clandestinely.  Along came ISIS and Maidan.  The place fell apart as it had in Kosovo.  Ethnic brutality was the modus operandi.

So why is anything about the CIA news?   Force fed rectally?  They’ve been electro-trauma torturing victims to incontinence and dissociation fro decades – there are records on it, for goodness sake.…

Them are destabilizing and radicalizing people, creating scapegoats to attack

Call it orchestrated, call it cynical and cruel manipulation of people who feel issues deeply or call it a people across Europe saying enough’s enough. This comment sums it up for me:

PEGIDA-Reuters-Germany

It is the EU, with it’s leftist views that deny us our traditions and culture, [which] is the enemy, not the other peoples in their respective countries. We can trade and co-operate with them, and group together for defence, that’s fine. But this dangerous hysteria against Russia is madness. It is not a “cuddly” country, but they are not my enemy, unlike other forces.

Has this blog not consistently said, since 2006, that the enemy is Them and Them has been oft defined. Obama’s’ part of it, Blair, Clegg – these are just the visible ones – Merkel – but their worldview is not how the ordinary people are increasingly seeing it and the ordinary people in Germany and Sweden are remarkably like us in their concerns.…

AFC Wimbledon come of age

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AFC Wimbledon drawn against Liverpool

Nightmare – who would have thought it would happen – the plucky little team who are the remnants of the Crazy Gang I supported before corporate greed robbed me of a club versus the team I support in the Premier League at this moment.

If Liverpool go down one nil, ‘twon’t look so good. And Maggie was for Wimbledon! Just hope it’s not a rout because it’s a good news story for football. They beat Milton Keynes in October. They’ve just beaten the top team in League 2.…

The Crucible

At this time of year, it would be nice to clear the heavy Westminster and Washington pall and indulge in things more pleasant.

Alas, here is another, brought by Wiggia, which commands attention.  He titled it: “There’s a theme here and it isn’t nice.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/12/06/barry-one-launches-legal-fund-considers-suit-against-lena-dunham

The man identified as “Barry One” in a Breitbart News investigation debunking Lena Dunham’s story of being raped in college by a “mustachioed campus Republican” named Barry, has made his first official statement since the release of that report. Through his attorney, identified as Aaron Minc, Barry One has set up a legal fund to cover current legal expenses, clear his name, and to potentially file suit against Ms. Dunham.

The proceeds from the legal fund will be used only to cover Barry One’s legal expenses. If there are any leftover monies, those will be donated to non-profit organizations that aid sexual assault victims.

Popular favourites done [over] in the Flemish style

When Chuckles sent this, I thought hmmmm, JD’s going to tear his hair out and run screaming from the room, so clearly, this bitta kulcha had to be run:

future past

Sacha’s discovery of these characters, which goes back to childhood, gave birth to a desire to re-appropriate them, to take them back to a time forming the cornerstone of modern western art. Sacha wants to confront these icons of American culture with contemporary painters of the Flemish school. The collection demonstrates the use of 17 century techniques counterpointing light and shadow to illustrate nobility and fragility of the super powerful of all times.

Simples, eh?

Can’t wait for our resident nobleman to comment on that one, matey. :)