For the hard of thinking....care of Cox and Forkum
When Bobby Darin sang his 1962 song, 'Multiplication' - a tuneful ditty about progeny, I'm sure he didn't imagine children, who were until recently still convinced about the existence of Santa Claus, participating in sexual acts. Today, 42 years on, we live in a society where the amount of unwanted teenage pregnancies coupled with ever-more premature sexual experimentations is nothing other than abhorrent.
On Friday, I read the story about two Blackpool sisters - one 14 and one 15 - who were literally in a race to conceive a child. When the younger of the two became the first 'success story', it generated fits of depression in her elder sibling. As usual, the parents were Fred and Wilma Flintstone look-alikes with adipose midriffs, copious amounts of jewellery, the inability to string two words together and probably possessing IQ's of the same numerics as Toulouse-Lautrec's inside leg measurements. When interviewed for a news article, the mother looked balefully at the camera, saying: 'Well, what can ya do?' A response which caused me to yell at the television: 'What about a bloody good hiding, for starters?'
Human beings have had the same urges at the same ages since the dawn of time. That's only natural. What is different about modern times is the persistently irksome stance taken by the liberal elite that somehow underaged teen sexual habits are something to be contained or encouraged safely, rather than opposed with far tougher penalties. Consequently, we have to read about acts of stupidity such as this, with guaranteed outcomes of more misery for the sexually obsessed numbskulls involved. I appreciate the stance of the Scottish Catholic Church on this matter. I suspect it would be too much to ask for similar condemnation from Anglican liberals.
I was entertained by the media storm that has grown around DUP MP's Peter and Iris Robinson Westminster expenses. Naturally, Peter is outraged by the very idea that one should dare to question the generous expenses that he and his wife have claimed. Perhaps should he ever become First Minister he will ban such impertinent press intrusions? Mmmmm...
Here's what I think. The media, gutless as it is, has EVERY right to examine EVERY aspect of any MP's expenses. After all, Peter and Iris must accept that since the tax-payer funds them the tax-payer can expect to have every penny satisfactorily explained away. It would be arrogance incarnate if Mr. Robinson thought otherwise - and that would surely not be the case here - would it?
In my limited experience (limited to what I could bear!) the political class are, ny and large, money-grabbing whores who, be they to the left or right (though that classification is almost irrelevant in Northern reland) love money. When you think about it - what other reason have most of them for being in it?
Foreign political interloper, Bertie Ahern, has resorted to the more traditional Irish method of threatening Unionists because, at this moment in time, they refuse to countenance the abomination of the Provisional IRA back in the corridors of Stormont. A concerted effort has been made by the Irish Government in recent time to try to con us into thinking they had actually changed. Alas, at the end of the day, all they seem to seek is the gradual and progression erosion of the Unionist position. Two weeks ago, Ahern made a speech to the republican ill-bred at Bodenstown - assuring them the destruction of the Union was at the heart of all Irish policy towards Ulster. Now, he issues threats about the termination of Stormont, citing the DUP rather than the fascism of republican terror as the principal stumbling block.
'THE Irish and British governments will pull the plug on efforts to create a power-sharing executive in the North unless the DUP agrees to it within the next month, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern warned last night. '
My contacts in the various Unionist parties have assured me that Irish representation is absent during discussions on internal Northern Ireland matters. I know it's unfortunate we have to tolerate the presence of foreign Dubliners in strands two and three, but there is no such Hibernian adulteration of issues surrounding the resurrection of Stormont. How disingenuous of Ahern to pretend otherwise. Mind you, show me an Irish nationalist with honesty and sincerity and I'll show you a miracle. Now comes Ahern's barely-disguised threat:
"If we can't complete this phase, then we'll go for another phase, but it will be on the basis of partnership, there won't be any divergence," he said.
Bertie, do yourself a favour. Don't use fulminating terms your benighted country hasn't the political clout, the military wherewithal or the financial muscle to make a reality. 'Partnership' implies an equality of input - joint authority. It ain't gonna happen. You know it, I know it!! Don't instil false hopes into the addled brains of northern separatists by pretending it's just around the corner. If you want to threaten the end of devolution, go ahead. Most Unionists wouldn't shed any tears over its demise. However, don't predict what you are incapable of delivering.
Some of our more liberal-minded readers seem to wish to avoid the small matter of the whopping lies that have characterised the Kerry campaign. So, I offer this most recent detailed list for their perusal. I do understand the lying and being a Democrat President are more or less synonomous, but will the American people choose a liar? We'll see
Well, well. In the words of The Smiths, "Big mouth strikes again." Denis Bradley, Deputy Chair of the NI Policing Board has said if the political problems are not resolved within two weeks, the governments should impose joint authority or another mechanism other than direct rule.
He said republican areas in Londonderry and elsewhere were not being policed properly because of the political deadlock. Of course, let us be clear that he was not speaking as Deputy Chair of the Policing Board but rather in his part-time capacity as one of leading political commentators.
Bradley is a public disgrace and has been from day one. His latest wheeze seems to be to use his quango-given platform to ensure that politics and policing are inextricably linked. Laughably when Patten recommended the creation of this Policing Board he said it was to separate policing and politics. Another lie swallowed by only gullible pro-Agreement Unionists.
Bradley should be sacked, but he won't. He is one of the new post GFA great and the good and is given a fools pardon by this gutless government. The Policing Board is a publicly funded farce - all Unionists should withdraw from it but they won't. They love the salary, the power and prestige. And for that reason, Bradley will continue to talk politics instead of policing without fear of effective censure
In the best Finbar Saunders (and his double entrendres) tradition, I was entertained by this BBC headline - "Clinton to woo voters for Kerry." What, individually? I mean I know Bubba Bill likes the ladies - but, on a mass scale? What a guy! Of course this entire farce reeks of desperation and whilst Bill may apply the laying on of hands, I reckon Kerry has shot his bolt, so to speak.
A damning intelligence report to police and military chiefs has revealed that the Provisional IRA is currently targeting cops across Northern Ireland. Security chiefs were told of the Provo threat when they met in Belfast recently to discuss the ongoing security situation. Details here.
Now, who is surprised about this? Well, Paul Murphy must be, along with Tony Blair, Bertie Ahern and the entire UK and Irish media. Why? Because these people have been running around spinning the lie that the issue of the IRA has been "effectively" dealt with!! Yeah, so effective that this step-up in republican activity comes shortly after the NIO approved the release of money to 'soften' security measures at a number of police stations throughout the province? And remember, earlier this year, a report by the International Monitoring Commission said although the Provos were not involved in attacks on the security forces, they still remained active, and in a high state of readiness.
So we have confirmation that when it comes the IRA, the more things change the more they stay the same. Appeasers never learn
As the Kerry campaign enters its twilight hours, the Washington Times has released a story revealing that U.N. ambassadors from several nations are disputing assertions by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry that he met for hours with all members of the U.N. Security Council just a week before voting in October 2002 to authorize the use of force in Iraq. An investigation by The Washington Times reveals that while the candidate did talk for an unspecified period to at least a few members of the panel, no such meeting, as described by Mr. Kerry on a number of occasions over the past year, ever occurred. Read the rest here.
It's no big deal as far as I can see. Kerry is a delusionist and only liberals will buy any of the hysterical nonsense he has trotted out.
Goodness me, the Irish are getting really arrogant when it comes to the issue of Ulster, are they not? Just over a week after Bertie Ahern, the government leader of a foreign state, stood on a platform and declared the destruction of the Union to be an essential aim of the Irish Republic's policy, big bad Bertie has today issued what, in effect, amounts to a thinly-veiled threat towards Northern Ireland majority Unionist population. Today's Irish Independent says: 'Mr Ahern has underscored the importance of the joint approach by the two governments....and the issue of co-partnership of this process. The positive relationship between the two governments is also a profound and indispensable reality.' I will brush aside this new display of unbridled Hibernian arrogance and introduce a scintilla of political reality to the situation.
Firstly, there are two options for Northern Ireland: 1) We see fundamental changes to the Belfast Agreement; or 2) An indefinite continuation of Direct Rule. Given that most Unionists would be loath to see the Provisionals back in any form of administration, the second option is most likely to come to fruition.
Secondly, if Direct Rule becomes the norm for Ulster's governance, it will be a Direct Rule structure with nothing more than consultative input from the Republic. Directing threats of 'joint rule' at the Unionist population because they refuse to play ball with callous, unrepentant murderers elected by people who are not fit to be described as equal human beings is a trick which has long ceased to have a fear factor in pro-Union politics. Don't get me wrong, I hate to see the Irish state having any role in Northern Ireland's internal workings. That said, the extension of mere consultation is far and away from what separatists see as a fitting conclusion to the collapse of power-sharing.
I think it would be better all round if political big-wigs allowed the Belfast Agreement to die a natural death. Surely a template that has caused instability and community polarisation, as well as the elevation of terrorism, deserves to wither quickly on the vine.