WWI Armistice Day Remembrance

The Tower of London will feature a dramatic art installation during this summer where poppies will flow from its walls in a stream filling its moat to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War. More than 800,000 ceramic poppies will be used to commemorate the allied victims of the First World War, where upon 8,000 volunteers from across the UK will plant the poppies from August 5 to Armistice Day on November 11.1406472291951_wps_3_A_cascade_of_Poppies_takeThe poppies will be available to buy from the Royal British Legion for £25 plus postage and packaging, with the proceeds going to six service charities. It is expected that the display should raise millions for the six charities involved.1406472285821_wps_2_A_moat_of_Poppies_takes_sBetween August 5 and November 11, 180 names of servicemen killed during World War One will be read out at twilight before a lone bugler plays the Last Post. Relatives can nominate their ancestor on Twitter using a special hashtag #TOWERPOPPIES. Names on the list are added on a first-come first-served basis. Also, the Royal British Legion are sending out free poppy seeds to every school in the country to raise awareness of the centenary of the conflict’s outbreak.                                    Original story Daily Mailtower-london-poppiesCrawford Butler, the longest-serving Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London, poses with the first ceramic poppy to be ‘planted’ in the dry moat at the Tower of London. The last to be put in place will be done on Armistice Day on the 11th hour, on 11th day of November.CatHoldingPoppyLarge

An act of remembrance for future generations, and a great way of raising funds for a noble cause.

Yours Aye.

A Gallant Christian Soldier…

Vicar in the trenches: The story of Reverend Theodore Hardy in the Great War. COMMEMORATIONS of the Great War feature soldiers, painters and poets. But there was one breed of non-combatants that has been rather forgotten: Chaplains. By the end of the war there were 3,500 clergy in khaki, going about their rounds in a dog collar and representing God while all hell broke loose.(c) IWM (Imperial War Museums); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

They were a mixed bunch and many were frankly worse than useless. Padre’s who got the least respect were the ones who preached patriotism behind the lines and frightened the men going to the front. But some performed quiet miracles on the front line, earning undying admiration. Perhaps the most astonishing of them all was a small, unassuming country vicar and one-time headmaster from near Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria. He joined up as a relatively ‘old man at 51.’ He was to become the most highly decorated non-combatant of the Great War, winning to his considerable embarrassment the Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross and the Victoria Cross. His name was Theodore Bayley Hardy.

He insisted on working in the thick of the fighting, belly crawling to men who were stranded or wounded in no man’s land with his habitual phrase: “It’s only me, boys.” He brought first aid, cigarettes and sweets and saved many lives by retrieving men who had lost hope. Soldiers grew used to his tenacious courage that should have got him killed umpteen times. Hardy arrived at the front in August 1916 as temporary chaplain 4th class, joining the 8th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment. His age was against him but he argued he would be useful on the front line as he was already a widower with grown-up children.

He added that although he was a coward he had no fear of death. That last part was to prove far from being a boast. His meeting with possibly the most famous chaplain of the war set the pattern for his ministry among the shell craters. Father Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy MC was a jug-eared young padre who thanks to his habit of handing out smokes to the wounded was known affectionately as “Woodbine Willie”. Studdert-Kennedy had this advice: “Live with the men. Go everywhere they go. “The best place for a padre is where there is most danger of death.” Hardy took this to heart.woodbine-willie-cover

He decided that his job would be in the trenches, when necessary under fire and in the slime. He soon showed his mettle. His DSO was earned when he went out to rescue a party of men stuck in the mud in no man’s land. It was the beginning of the so-called “battle of the mud”, an offensive known as Passchendaele, fought from the end of July 1917 in one of the wettest summers on record. The shells tore up the delicate lowland drainage system of Flanders and reduced the ground to a brown porridge that swallowed up men and mules. The casualties on both sides were horrific. Apart from the Lincolns also under Hardy’s care were the 8th Somersets. The men knew they had it when a tot of rum was issued at 3am, July 31 and they went over the top at the start of this immensely bloody campaign, fought mostly in sheeting rain. Hardy was with them.

By night the scene was carnage. The intense shelling drowned out the screaming of the wounded and dying. Hardy went out with the rescue party, bandaged wounds, carried the injured to a dressing station until all the men except one were brought in. He then organised a party for the rescue of this man and remained with him for 36 hours, chatting, encouraging and feeding the lad until finally death intervened. Hardy was eventually found in a shell hole, collapsed from exhaustion. He was awarded the DSO. It is believed that had there been sufficient witnesses a VC would have been assured. Within days Hardy clocked up the MC.24f13pic1-491315Army Chaplain Theodore Bayley Hardy (circled) above. This time the troops were to attack on October 4, an action that earned one young man in the unit, Private Sage, the VC. He threw himself on a German grenade lobbed into a shell hole full of men. Amazingly he survived his wounds. Hardy looked after him. The weather had worsened by October and it took eight men to carry a loaded stretcher across the mud. Hardy went out with almost every team of bearers of whom a 100 were lost in a single week. Without sleep and under murderous shell fire Hardy went about his business with great calm and a kindly grin, a sight which kept the men from hysteria. This time he was awarded the MC for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to the wounded. Word had got around that Hardy was a useful man in a storm.

He was by 1918 extremely lucky to be alive. No padre had seen as much action as he. During the great German spring offensive in 1918 Hardy went on a series of patrols and raids between April 5-27, extricating the wounded and marooned. One Somerset lad was stuck in the wire with a mangled leg. He was slowly bleeding to death. Then he heard “it’s only me” as Hardy slithered into view. He tied up his wounded leg while discussing in school cricket in whispers. He left the boy and soon returned as promised with a sergeant who snipped the wire, deadening the sound with a cloth so the German machine gun post wouldn’t hear them. They got the lad back to safety – an incredible feat.

The sergeant got the DCM and Hardy the VC. Interestingly there seems to have been no gung-ho streak in Hardy’s make-up. He was not medal hungry. When told he had won the VC for a series of actions he said: “I really must protest.” It was a medal, which in the opinion of the men, “he should have had served up for breakfast everyday”. Hardy would habitually cover the array of ribbons on his chest with his arm so as not to put off young recruits who might be intimidated. Although appointed chaplain to the King, Hardy refused to leave the front. The best thing he could do was carry on, he reckoned. Inevitably his luck ran out.5211959722_7bec8cca52_z

The small figure of Hardy was last seen crossing the River Selle on October 10 to join his men. A machine gun was then heard and the padre was hit in the thigh. He told those who came to his aid: “I’m sorry to cause you so much trouble boys but I think I’ve been hit.” He was evacuated but a few days later, pneumonia set in and he died just three weeks before the Armistice – to the great sorrow of his men and the army as a whole. One hundred and sixty-three chaplains died in the war. There were other men of the cloth who lived exemplary lives at the front. But the respect and affection earned by Hardy was unique. If any single Briton deserves to be remembered for their unstinting humanity during that savage war the tiny, self-effacing Rev Theodore Hardy must surely be a candidate. Original story by Robert Gore-Langton. ‘Daily Express’.

Yet one more story of comradeship, unselfishness, and incredible heroism, which should never be forgotten…

The Royal Navy Chaplains attached to Commando Forces attend the ‘All Arms Commando Course’, which is a strict pass/fail and not a Gawd given right to a beret of green. In my time ‘under a green lid’ I met some cracking Padre’s; each of whom would attend a Company run-ashore at the drop of a hat, and spin dit’s that would make the devil blush. One particular little Welsh Padre was rumoured to have hollow legs, such was his capacity for real ale. And he could recite/sing every bawdy rugby song, which he quite often did in a hearty voice that put Tom Jones to shame…            Yours Aye.

Thundering Thunderbugs

Thunderbugs, thunderflies, storm flies, thunderblights, storm bugs, corn flies. Call them what you will, I will call them little ‘barstewards’ as they are driving me insane.Thunderbugs Today was going to be a self-indulgent laze in the sun to catch up with some reading, which has now been well and truly scuppered due to millions of  the ’16th of an inch/1mm’ tiny blighters dropping in on the breeze.

Even the canines have retreated from their shaded area outdoors for the safe sanctuary of brick and mortar. They’re even behind the screen on my iMac, posing as exclamation marks!  Barstewards…      Yours Aye.

Hoisted by her own petticoat/petard?

Commander Sarah West, 42, took charge of HMS Portland in May 2012: The first woman Commander of a Royal Navy warship is sent home over ‘affair with male officer’ on board. 1406326801274_Image_galleryImage_REFILE_CORRECTING_GMT_EMB Allegedly… 

The first female commander of a Royal Navy warship has been sent home after allegedly having an affair with another officer. Commander Sarah West, 42, took charge of the frigate HMS Portland in May 2012, but has been sent home from duty after claims she was having a relationship with a male officer on the same ship. This would breach the Armed Forces’ Code of Social Conduct, which prohibits personnel from having relationships with subordinates if they compromise ‘operational effectiveness’.

While the Royal Navy is investigating the affair, Cdr West, from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, retains her position as commander of HMS Portland.1874722 It is not known whether the male officer is married. Cdr West recently described herself as ‘single’, having been married to a former Royal Navy pilot in 1998. The pair later separated. A Royal Navy spokesman said last night: ‘We are aware of an allegation of a breach of the Code of Social Conduct on board HMS Portland, which we are treating seriously‘Anyone who is found to fall short of the Royal Navy’s high standards can expect to face appropriate action. It would be inappropriate to comment further.’ First woman Commander of a Royal Navy warship is sent home over ‘affair with male officer’ on board.

Hoisted by her own petticoat petard? Allegedly…      Yours Aye.

Royal Marines Freedom of the City

Friday 25th July 2014: Seven hundred Royal Marines marched through the City of London to celebrate the Corps 350th Anniversary ’28th October 1664 ~ 28th October 2014′ Royal Marines 350th anniversary paradeThe Royal Marines were exercising their ‘Freedom of the City’ privilege, which entitles the Corps to march through the City of London, with colours flying, drums beating and bayonets fixed. It is only the fourth time in their 350 year history they have chosen to do so.Royal Marines 350th anniversary parade The RM’s marched from the Honourable Artillery Company’s Finsbury Barracks (the birthplace of the Royal Marines) to the City of London’s Guildhall.Royal Marines 350th anniversary paradeThey have also raised a few shillings for a worthy cause along the way Royal Marines 1664 Challenge B.Z. Royal

Gawd knows it’s still a tough bullet to chew looking in from outside of the Corps. ‘Once a Marine Always a Marine’       Yours Aye.

Original story and pics Steve Grant -Western Morning News

Do as I say, not as I do

Michael Moore’s lavish property empire is revealed in court documents as he and wife of 22 years divorce. article-0-1FF0DBAB00000578-699_634x892The lavish wealth of underdog-defending filmmaker Michael Moore has been laid bare in his divorce battle with now-ex-wife Kathy Glynn, and their breakup is the talk of their small Michigan community. 

The couple called it quits after 22 years, with the divorce finalized on Tuesday at Antrim County Circuit Court in Bellaire. According to Celebritynetworth, Moore and Glynn are worth $50 million, much of his success coming from documentaries protesting capitalism. Michael Moore’s lavish property empire is revealed in court documents…

Do as I say, not as I do. ‘Champagne swilling anti-capitalist-socialist hypocrite.’ Yours Aye.

Mars moving to new Zodiac sign

The answers to your health problems could be in the stars, says Tory MP David Tredinnick who thinks astrology will ‘make life easier.’1406300751102_wps_4_DAVID_TREDINNICK_MP_Conse

Members of the public with health problems should turn to astrology for answers, a Tory MP has declared. David Tredinnick said astrology had a ‘proven track record’ at helping people recover from sickness and should be incorporated in to standard medical treatments. The MP for Bosworth in Leicestershire also admitted he had prepared astrological charts for his fellow MPs – but refused to say who.

He told the BBC: ‘I am absolutely convinced that those who look at the map of the sky for the day that they were born and receive some professional guidance will find out a lot about themselves and it will make their lives easier,’ he told MPs. ‘I think it’s something that people should be aware of as an option they have if they are confused about themselves.’1406298736575_wps_1_Astrology_Wheel

 He added: ‘If you look at the charts I have done for people I have certainly made their lives easier.’ Mr Tredinnick is a member of two influential committees, the health and science and technology committees in the House of Commons. He is also vice chairman of the government’s herbal medicines working group. He revealed that Lord Patten, Britain’s last governor of Hong Kong, had an official astrologer It’s all written in the stars… 

images-1Daily Forecast Friday 25 July 2014 
Is the world full of people who are doing things that they don’t really want to be doing? And what do we all do about our frustration with regard to all those unwanted obligations and onerous commitments? Generally, we try to persuade ourselves that we are happy enough, that we don’t really mind, that this might even be what we would have chosen had we actually been offered a real choice. This weekend presents you with a chance to go for what you really want. Must you sacrifice this for what you nearly want? This weekend Mars moves into a new zodiac sign and this is good news for us all. 

Well, so far so good, there’s no mention of the sewerage system backing up, which is always a good sign!     Yours Aye.

Flush with success!

Ex Bootneck’s back! Apologies for the lack of new material over the past five days, which has been down to a blockage. Not a mental blockage, but one relating to a partial collapse in the main Edwardian-era sewer pit that collects the ‘essence’ from my property.

Allow me to enlighten you. After returning from a very early morning walk to beat the heat, it soon became apparent that the heads, sinks and bathroom in my humble abode were malfunctioning. ‘Not a problem’ thought I. ‘Out with the old bamboo clearing rods, followed by a good long shower, and a hearty Sunday breakfast.’ After 2 hours of ‘rodding’ and cursing, my planned chill out Sunday turned into a mid-summer nightmare… I was facing the blockage from HELL!

To find the brick sewer tank required clearing a dense 6ft high – 20ft x 16ft rectangle patch of wild rose. To get to the concrete lintel covers beneath the patch required digging out 2ft of earth that was thick with roots; followed by a 2ft deep x 40ft extended trench dig that covered the pot drainpipes leading towards my humble abode, where upon I found yet another feed drain that took its source from the main drain alongside the garage. Without going into the gory details, I have spent the last five days toiling in the heat of 84′F, wearing thick industrial waders, stood waist deep in a sewer pit originally built by Irish navvies, one of whom left his name scrawled in concrete for posterity. If you are looking in ‘Niall – 1911′ then you are indeed a lucky man to have lived so long!

Nature in the form of wild rose ‘bush-roots’ defeated the navvies amazing engineering feat, by slowly forcing and lifting several concrete lintels each weighing 168 lbs to gain entry into the moist tank; prising a single brick into the tank blocking an exit hole for good measure. For the past few years the liquid essence has belonged to the rose-bush, which has used its nourishing source to grow and flourish like no other plant around. At least I was blessed with the scent of wild roses, as I shovelled and cut out the root system from within the depths of the cake and liquid hell. Where are the bloody Royal Engineers or SeaBee’s when you need them… ;-)

Upon completion this lunchtime, I have now re-named the property’s drainage system on the house plans as follows; (Drain 1) ‘Tony Blair Drain.’ (Drain 2) ‘Gordon Brown Drain,’ (Edwardian sewer pit) ‘Socialist Labour Party.’ (Hand made, hand laid, sewer pipes feeding the system) ‘European Union,’ which I feel is justly deserved because of what runs through it!

As a young Marine without a care in the world; I was ‘always in the s**t, it was only the depth that varied!’      Yours Aye.

Snake grows poisonous head…

Nick Griffin ousted as British National Party leader …and replaced by ex-teacher who once chased some young pupils and slashed their bicycle tyres. article-2700546-06E49D9E000005DC-455_634x412

Nick Griffin (pictured right) has been ousted as leader of the British National Party after 15 years, and replaced by a disgraced former teacher. Griffin – who received a suspended sentence for distributing material likely to incite racial hatred in 1998 – was a Euro-MP but lost his seat in May and recently declared himself bankrupt. He was forced out at a meeting of his party’s national executive. As well as losing his Euro seat, the BNP have lost all but two of their local councillors this year. The far-right party have replaced him with former teacher Adam Walker (below) who received a suspended sentence and a driving ban last year after chasing three boys aged between ten and 12 in his car, before slashing their bike tyres with a knife in 2011. Walker, from Spennymoor, County Durham, claimed they had provoked him.article-2700546-02BD5D3800000578-242_306x423 

He was later banned from teaching for life by former education secretary Michael Gove. Last year, as a BNP organiser, he described Britain as a ‘multicultural s***hole’. He claimed that British people were being ‘ethnically cleansed’ by excessive immigration and claimed that Lee Rigby-style executions would ‘become the norm’. A party spokesman said yesterday: ‘Recently appointed deputy chairman, Adam Walker, has accepted the role of acting chairman of the British National Party after Nick Griffin stepped aside at a meeting of the BNP national executive held on 19th July.’

Nick Griffin ousted as British National Party leader; replaced by ex-teacher Adam Walker

 The cowardly bumbling buffoon Nick Griffin led the BNP circus as it’s clown in chief for 15 years, throughout which, the organisation was hated and despised mainly due to Griffin’s ineffective leadership. The ultra far right neo-facist party has entered the political arena once again, by appointing Adam Walker as the snake’s head. Sadly the ‘easily led, ill educated brigade’ will now be influenced by its new leader. This isn’t the type of political party we need over here in the UK.      Yours Aye.

Breathing life into black & white

WWI photographs painstakingly brought to life from sepia, black and white, to colour. We’re used to seeing pictures of the First World War in faded brown sepia – dull, muddy, black-and-white photographs that seem to epitomise the drab khaki landscape of shell-blasted sludge that was the trenches in which they were taken. But, 100 years on, the wonders of 21st-century technology now allow us to see these amazing pictures of the conflict in breathtaking full colour, giving us a much keener sense of what it was actually like to be there. Iron monsters: Developed in secret by the Admiralty under Winston Churchill, tanks, or ‘land-ships’ as they were originally known, first saw action on the Somme in September 1916. This one, named Iron Duke, is clanking through the city of Arras to spearhead the British offensive there in April 1917. They were hellishly hot for their crews & liable to break down, but tanks helped end the deadlock of the trenches in 19181405797413423_Image_galleryImage_The_Arras_offensive_a_BriBritish photographic technician Frank Augrandjean travelled back in time to colour this selection of images from the Imperial War Museum’s archive – specially selected to bring home the full horror of the conflict. Before disaster struck: Women workers stack live shells destined for the trenches at the huge munitions factory at Chilwell in Nottinghamshire in 1917. A few months later, on 1 July, 1918, 250 workers were killed when eight tons of TNT explosive at the factory blew up. Only 32 bodies could be positively identified ‘Chilwell’ WOMEN IN WWI Reproduced breathtaking colour dramatic photographs of WWI

Our yesterday, was their today.      Yours Aye.

72 Virgins, or is it a myth?

Do male muslim suicide bombers actually believe that they will get 72 virgins or is this just western propaganda to make them look stupid? Is it really a myth? Just listen to a few failed ‘captured’ suicide bombers, they know far better…virgins in paradiseVirgins waiting in paradise, so what are you waiting for; strap a vest on and come on up!

A completely different view for the female muslim’s, and their reward after leaving this mortal coil to live above in paradise somewhere in the heavens…heaven for girlsAfter such a s****y life on earth, paradise for muslim females, or is it! 

Just give me a lush green field and a few dogs to look after, with a never-ending supply of Yorkshire Tea… ;-)   Yours Aye.

Canadian Darwin award nominee…

Canadian model hopes random word face tattoos will make him the most famous man in the world (as opposed to just the dumbest). Most people feel pretty risqué having one or two tattoos, but one man has taken body art to an entirely new level.article-2696081-1FB909F700000578-983_638x656 Vin Los, 24 from Montreal has covered his face, neck and torso with dozens of tattooed words. Far from the elaborate artistic designs most tattoo fans covet, Vin has basic words, inked in different sizes, spread haphazardly across his face and body. Canadian model hopes random word face tattoos will make him the most famous man in the world

A just and true nomination; ‘Vin Los’ stands out head and shoulders above past nominees. Why-O-Why-O-Why?      Yours Aye.

Obama, out of touch with reality!

‘It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy’: Obama goes AWOL again with just 40-second mention of Malaysian plane crash feared to have killed Americans before his jokey 16-minute transport speech.article-2696366-1FBABA5C00000578-116_634x425

President Barack Obama provoked fury in the U.S. on Thursday by casually devoting less than a minute to the deaths of 295 people aboard a Malaysian airliner, as he began an often jokey 16-minute speech about the need to expand America’s transportation infrastructure. There are no confirmed American dead, an earlier Reuters report claimed that it was feared that as many as 23 U.S. citizens had perished. Obama declared in Wilmington, Delaware that ‘it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy,’ but not before enthusiastically declaring that ‘it is wonderful to be back in Delaware.’article-2696366-1FBAA5AD00000578-403_634x408

‘Before I begin, obviously the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border. And it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. Right now we’re working to determine whether there were American citizens on board. That is our first priority.’ ‘And I’ve directed my national security team to stay in close contact with the Ukrainian government. The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened and why. And as a country, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and passengers, wherever they call home.

Obama then quickly returned to his prepared remarks. ‘I want to thank Jeremie for that introduction’ he said. ‘Give Jeremie a big round of applause.’ ‘It is great to be in the state that gave us Joe Biden. We’ve got actually some better-looking Bidens with us here today. We’ve got Beau and his wife, Hallie, are here. Give them a big round of applause. We love them.’ ‘It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy’: Obama goes AWOL again with just 40-second mention of Malaysian plane crash feared to have killed Americans before his jokey 16-minute transport speech.

I have no real comment to make, as I find this man utterly despicable.      Yours Aye.

MH17: A gross act of terrorism

‘That was a blast – look at the smoke’: Sick boast of the laughing rebels as they ‘saw MH17 hit by missile’ – hours after leader boasted: ‘We warned you – do not fly in our sky’ Laughing rebels filmed the plane as it crashed, gleefully bragging ‘That was a blast – look at the smoke!’ while a fireball rose from the debris. One of the voices is believed to be militia commander Igor Strelkov, who then penned a triumphant war cry on Twitter, saying: ‘We warned you – do not fly in “our sky”.’article-2696389-1FBAB60500000578-612_308x474

A sickening mobile phone video posted online shows a pall of black smoke billowing over the crash site as three rebels provide an excited commentary. The extraordinary footage – apparently filmed by the shooters themselves – charts the terrible final moments of the doomed airliner.

Shortly after the passenger plane was downed, Strelkov – seen smirking in propaganda photos – tweeted a boastful message claiming responsibility. At the time, he apparently believed he had shot down an Antonov-26 military plane of the Ukrainian Air Force, saying it landed near a mine named Progress.

 His chilling message read: ‘In the area Torez we just hit down An-26, it’s lying somewhere in the mine “Progress”. ‘We warned you – do not fly in “our sky”. And here is the video confirmation of the “bird dropping”. ‘Bird fell near the mine, the residential sector was not disturbed. Civilians are not injured.’ Later as the horror became clear, the tweet was deleted. Far from civilians being unharmed, accounts began to emerge of bodies falling out of the stricken plane over the village of Rassypnaya. Residents said charred and naked bodies lay in the streets. Strelkov, who minutes earlier had been boasting about his ‘military’ success, seems to have gone to ground once he realised his catastrophic mistake.article-2696161-1FBA45F300000578-196_964x405‘That was a blast – look at the smoke’: Sick boast of the laughing rebels as they ‘saw MH17 hit by their missile’

295 innocent lives gone in moments of madness, an act of terrorism. It looks like master player Vladimir Putin just lost control of the chess board. Take a good look at ‘Igor Girkin’ aka ‘Igor Strelkov’ (top pic) who is well-known  for his clandestine roles in Russia’s dirty wars. Dead men tell no tales, and some thing tells me that ‘Igor’ is now a walking dead man!          Yours Aye.article-2696847-1FC21B1900000578-647_964x677UP DATE Friday 18 July 2014: Is this the smoking gun? Footage emerges of BUK missile launcher being smuggled back to Russia and missing TWO rockets

Behind every blade of grass…

The Swash Express Clothing Care System uses a scented solution and a heater to remove odours and light wrinkles from clothes. It can cut your dry cleaning costs and preserve your clothes from the wear and tear of washing. Swash Express Clothing Care SystemSwash

I reckon I can get through life without being ‘Swashed’ on a daily basis, and save a small fortune in doing so. However; if ever they invented a canine friendly version that removes the horrendous scent of fox ‘doo-doo’ from a certain canine who rolls in it when ever he gets the chance, then put me down for one ASAP! Especially when he knows what he has done, after being washed down once this day! Behind every blade of grass ;-) Yours Aye.Behind every blade of grass!

Aló Presidente…

article-2693145-1FA9F03500000578-187_638x469New emergency alert system will give Obama the power to flip a switch and address the entire nation at once. 

The Obama administration ‘quietly’ announced on Tuesday that it intends to change the way Americans learn about natural disasters and other major emergencies during radio and TV broadcasts, giving the president the ability to flip a switch and address the entire nation at once.0901-OBAMA-SPEECH_full_600

The Emergency Alert System, the latest version of a program first established in 1951, blasts out emergency messages in the event of local weather emergencies, but can also be used to warn Americans about terror attacks and major natural disasters. 

Every broadcaster in the country is required to participate in the EAS. Messages travel along a closed, private network, piggybacking from station to station. It can take up to 10 minutes for every radio, TV, cable and satellite provider to blare its alert.       ‘Big Brother is talking to you!’ 130124645301_w_eg5639

The slippery slope, and the socialists/communists favourite weapon of choice; propaganda!

We too have the left-wing socialist BBC (British Bull-s**t Corporation,) whose role in wartime, or time of crisis, is to spread propaganda to enlighten the general public and allay their fears. Aló Presidente (right) famously used his original one hour slot to spout ‘nonsense niff-naff and trivia’ for the good of himself and the people of socialist Venezuela. But, hey! Barry and his circus can be trusted, they would ‘never’ abuse such an emergency system for political gain… ;-) Desperate times, desperate measures, desperate men!           Yours Aye.