Couldn’t sleep – some news updates

There’ve been developments in some stories:

1.  Obama Nobel Prize.  This blog joined the chorus condemning the prize givers but that was hardly Obama’s fault.  Now, in the Washington Post, it’s getting ridiculous:

Article I, Section 9, of the Constitution, the Emolument Clause, clearly stipulates: “And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.”

The article goes on to say that he can’t keep the money either, he can’t give it away, etc. etc. Hey, he shouldn’t have been awarded it but having been awarded it, do we want another Fred Goodwin situation where, though he needed to be penalized was used as a scapegoat by Brown and everyone joined in the chorus?

2. The kid in the balloon. Sadly, it’s looking pretty bad for him. Prayers for him and for the parents:

About 6.35am (AEST) the craft touched back down gently, despite fears it would crash forcefully. Rescue teams deflated the balloon, but there was no sign of the boy – named in local media as Falcon Heene – according to local police.

Update on the update:

A six-year-old boy thought to have been carried away by a helium balloon in Colorado was in fact hiding in a box in an attic at home, an official has said. Larimer county sheriff Jim Alderman told reporters that apparently Falcon Heene had “been there the whole time”. Police had been searching for the boy after the balloon came down with no sign of him aboard.

3. Further to the story about Karl Lagerdrinker:

A former Ralph Lauren model whose image in a roundly criticised advertisement was digitally slenderised said that the apparel maker did not renew her contract because she was “too large”.  Polo Ralph Lauren Corp is contending that it dismissed Filippa Hamilton because of a contract dispute and that the photo was mistakenly released.

“They fired me because they said I was overweight and I couldn’t fit in their clothes anymore,” 23-year-old Filippa Hamilton, who worked for the company since she was 15, told the Daily News. She said she considered Polo Ralph Lauren her second family.

4.  Not so much an update as a commentary on something terrible going on:

For a year and a half, Sze was part of a growing social phenomenon among teens in Hong Kong called “compensated dating,” a practice in which a young woman agrees to go on a date with a man for a fee. More often than not, the date involves sex.

Sze said she started compensated dating because many of her classmates at an all-girls school were doing it. She says she became jealous when she saw the designer clothes, bags and cosmetics they bought with the money they earned through compensated dating. Sze wanted the same for herself, so her classmates introduced her to Internet chat forums where she met male customers.

Is that sick or is that sick?  The fact that it is worldwide now, there’s absolutely nowhere kids are safe from this any more.

Late evening listening – whom to believe


Obviously these incidents aren’t current in themselves but the issues are very much current.  Basically, I was looking for a Jackson Browne clip which matched the mood tonight, with big trouble coming up tomorrow morning.  I found the clip [below]:

… but also saw a comment by someone: “Has he stopped wife beating yet?”

A bit of research turned up accusations of driving his first wife to suicide, nearly driving Joni Mitchell to the same, beating up Daryl Hannah and beating on other women. As the allegations appeared all over the place and were taken as read, this was sickening so I prepared to farewell Jackson for good.

Pity, as I met him in Australia and the matter of his wife’s suicide came up in the conversation.  He seemed reasonable enough.  And yet, we have this, from Daryl Hannah’s uncle:

“I am Haskell Wexler, Daryl Hannah’s uncle. I am, also, a longtime friend of Jackson Browne and admirer of his artistry. I am no longer his friend. Jackson beat Daryl in September 1992. I was with her in the hospital, I saw the ugly black bruises on her eye and chin and on her ribs. The examining doctor reported she had blood in her urine. The doctor was shocked by the severity and noted Daryl as “a badly battered woman.” I photographed her at the hospital. It could be that nobody cares about objective truth anymore.”

Pretty damning. From that were spawned comments like this, by a woman named Maria:

I saw Jackson Browne at an awards show last year, and at the time I thought he seemed like a person who looked like I wouldn’t want to get on his bad side. The lo and behold I find out about the so-called non-incident, plus now Joni Mitchell was nearly driven to suicide because of him…and his first wife killed herself and he allegedly hit her too if Joni’s song “Not To Blame” off her Turbulent Indigo album is to believe.

I used to like his music, but now that I know he is an abuser of women, I have no respect for him anymore as a songwriter OR as a person…any more than I would for Ike Turner.

… and this:

I wouldn`t let Jackson Browne near me with a 10 foot poll. His record with women is terrible! He`s BEAT three women and drove one to suicide. Poor Joni Mitchell almost killed herself over that waste of space! ACK!

Where the tide turned slightly was in a reply to this last comment:

firefly…get your facts straight. you have no idea who this man is or what he is like…or not. you are SO very wrong.


The night of the “incident”, Jackson Browne called the police because of Daryl Hannah’s actions. When they arrived, there was no evidence of any abuse and DH never made those accusations. Why would JB call the police if he was beating DH? This is documented FACT. Also, DH has since recanted her accusations.

JB is a highly respected singer/songwriter and it annoys me to no end to see people passing on tabloid gossip as the truth. This is a man’s reputation we’re talking about. So no, Jackson Browne did not beat Daryl Hannah. Any “evidence” to the contrary (bruises on DH) somehow appeared AFTER the incident, after the police arrived and dealt with whatever had been going on between the two of them.

… and:

Here is a statement made by Lt. John Miehle of the Santa Monica Police Department in November 1992:

“The Santa Monica Police Department went to the house where Jackson Browne lives regarding a possible disturbance. We resolved the situation in about five minutes. There was never any assault. There are no charges pending and no prosecution sought by or intended by the District Attorney. It is this department’s intention that no citizen, regardless of who she is, suffer any kind of abuse, whether it be domestic violence or any other kind of assault. But in this case, absolutely no assault occurred.

Our investigators tell us nothing happened. Nobody has even alleged that Daryl Hannah was even touched. If they had, we’d be investigating. We’re not hiding anything. The press is trying to make more out of this than there really is, and it’s unfair, not just to Browne, but to us. We did our job, and repeat, no crime occurred here. This whole thing is ridiculous.”

A lady called Laura, a prosecutor for the City of Los Angeles for 17 years, corroborated the above.

You’d possibly agree that though the Jackson Browne incidents are no longer current, the issue of abuse and false testimony are current.  Just whom can one believe in this thing?  Daryl Hannah later retracted her story and that is a worrying thing.

On the other hand, does that exonerate Browne from the other incidents people talk about?  It’s a really curly question.


May 20, 2016 update: Hmmmmmm, this was a bit rough, methinks. He was exonerated from every one of those but I never came back and corrected it here. Have now.

Still not final proof

It still falls tantalizingly short of the outright proof required but it gets awfully close:

“The Berlusconi government has never authorized or allowed any form of payment of sums of money in favour of members of the insurgent Taliban in Afghanistan, and is not aware of similar initiatives by the previous government,” said a statement issued by Berlusconi’s office.

Naturally, nothing Berlusconi or his office says should be regarded as the truth and yet the allegations will fall dismayingly into:

1.  Unproven and anyway, governments do many things, e.g. through Ollie North;

2.  Well, Berlusconi wanted to stymie the U.S.  and did this underhand thing;

3.  Berlusconi is a good guy and only wanted to save his troops from being killed.

The explanation almost no one will put forward, which this blog has done though on numerous occasions, is that Berlusconi, as one of Them, wanted to keep the pot boiling for reasons which have been laid out by Them on numerous occasions.  Read Maurice Strong, read Quigley, read an array of top men – would you like me to quote them all over again?

The bottom line is gross disloyalty at the top to country, western society and any sort of decency.

Stop the rockets then see who’s the aggressor

_45375807_466-afp-hamas-rocketIn sorting out the Middle-East mess and separating fact from propaganda, the Beeb does not help by reverting to form and putting the Hamas side word for word.

Did Israel over-react?  Yes  and who wouldn’t if they’d been bombed every day, contrary to the rules of sovereignty and war, with absolutely nothing beyond lame slaps on the wrist to Hamas and Hezbollah and absolutely nothing said to the supplier, Iran.

Did they use phosphorus?  Yes and they need to be hauled over the coals for that.  Should Israel be asked to cool it in its treatment of border crossers or West Bank residents?  Yes.  Was there collateral damage in Gaza?  With human shields and Hamas’ tactic of putting military operations deep in civilian territory, yes there was.  You’ve seen the vids – you know Hamas used this tactic.

Which Israel was it?  Given that there are three sides of politics – whoever the combatants are and then Them, who was ordering the atrocities?  Have you ever looked at Jewish belief?  There is the religious type, the secular Jew and then the Jewish Kabbalah that Madonna so adores, enough to mock a crucifix at a Moscow “concert”.

No prizes for guessing who is at the controls in Israel – the same side at the controls in Iran, Britain and the U.S. – nationless, global and nasty.  Blair is one of them – sold his soul to the global elite in 1993 and the rest is history.  Now he’s about to show his treachery by becoming President of a false construct. At the very least, he betrayed England, as Brown is doing now.

If it is beyond any doubt that the same people financed both sides in WW2, then why would that have altered now?  If the same people financed the Bolsheviks and Imperialists in Russia, then why would it be any different now, given that these people are intergenerational?

Now look at Hezbollah and Hamas – outrageous by all UN sanctioned international standards – who is actually constraining them?  Absolutely bloody nobody.

You can call Israel a construct if you like but you’d be inaccurate.  To argue over whether they were there first or the Canaanites were is a ridiculous argument when the bottom line is that they were all there long, long ago, by our standards and as such, each has a right to territory as a nation.

There was an agreement mapped out by independent arbiters and Israel accepted it, to become the nation of Israel.  The Arabs conceded nothing whatever and attacked Israel militarily, over and over, even on a religious holiday.  Who was wrong in this?   If you try to circumvent that and say, obliquely, that that doesn’t excuse Israel, then I bring you back to answering this first point first before we get onto yours.

Who wouldn’t let whom exist AT ALL when Israel was first promulgated?

Now Israel is relinquishing territory in the West Bank and they’ve already relinquished claims to Gaza and built a zone defence.  How many countries do you know who’ve ever voluntarily done that, in the interests of being allowed to live in peace?  And what happened?  How did Hamas thank them for getting out of their “homeland”?

By reigning rockets down on Israel every day.

You tell me by what standards that is acceptable and please don’t answer it by citing something you’ve found about Israel being bad to the Gaza.  The question was – by what standards was that  action of continual bombardment by rockets acceptable?

The answer is simple in the U.S.A. – produce the birth certificate.

The answer is simple in the Middle-East – stop the rockets and any other military threat to Israel, a sovereign nation.  Then we can start scrutinizing Israel closely to see if they are the aggressor, after all.  But there’s no way you can call Israel the aggressor whilst the bombs still rain down.

That’s sheer stupidity.  They are clearly the reactor.