FIFA scandal & the Clinton connection

28FE62DE00000578-3099839-image-a-1_1432754963849Clinton Foundation took at least $1,250,000 from Qatar – and its World Cup committee implicated in FIFA bribery scandal. The fast-moving FIFA bribery scandal now has a Clinton connection, after news that the nation of Qatar and its 2022 World Cup organising committee donated between $1.25 million and $5.5 million to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.Hillary-Money 

It’s unclear how much of the money changed hands before December 2010, when Qatar won the rights to host the event. The foundation’s website only notes that some of the State of Qatar’s money came last year.

The foundation also does not report exact amounts – disclosing only wide ranges. Qatar itself donated between $1,000,001 and $5,000,000. Its World Cup committee contributed between $250,001 and $500,000.

Squeaky bottom time in the Clinton residence – keep an eye out for clouds of white smoke coming from the multi fuel burning stove…    Yours Aye.

Common Sense v. Direct Order

2918419600000578-3098272-image-a-6_1432677773623Outrage after US Marine is convicted by a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible quote from her work station. A religious liberty law firm has taken up a US Marine’s appeal case after she was prosecuted for refusing to remove a Bible verse taped to her computer.

Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was convicted last year at a court-martial when she did not follow orders to take down the small trips of paper with the Old Testament scripture displayed on her desk.29184BE900000578-3098272-image-a-18_1432682398403 

At the time of the incident in May 2013, she was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina when she taped the slightly altered Bible verse in three different places that read: (above) ‘No weapons formed against me shall prosper,’ according to Fox News. 

Sterling, who is now unemployed and searching for a job, was given a reduction in rank from lance corporal to private, as well as a bad conduct discharge.

Having read the details from ‘United States v. Sterling, 201400150 (N.M.C.C.A. 20155)’ it looks a though there have been some misguided (or sadly lacking) man management skills applied by Staff Sgt Alexander over the issue of such orders. As well as multiple breaches of discipline by L/Cpl Sterling in failing to carry out the S/Sgt’s orders. An absolute pot mess that should never have been. Yours Aye.

Tony B’liar – peace envoy failure

BlairTony B’liar finally quits as Middle East peace envoy after claims he had no credibility in the region Tony Blair has quit as Middle East peace envoy after eight years, it emerged today. 

The former prime minister took up the role, representing the ‘Quartet’ group of the UN, the US, the EU and Russia, soon after leaving Downing Street in 2007. But sources confirmed he will stand down next month, although he plans to remain ‘active on the issues’.tony-blair-selfie TONY B’LIAR – GLOBAL PREDATOR POSING AS A MAN OF THE PEOPLE…

There is almost mounting unease in the US and EU over Mr Blair’s poor relations with senior Palestinian Authority figures and sprawling business interests. A source close to the Obama administration told the FT in March: ‘Tony Blair is neither an asset nor a liability, but his current role is no longer viable.’ Mr Blair does not disclose any of his clients, but they have included countries such as Peru, Colombia, Kuwait, Vietnam and Kazakhstan. His corporate roster has featured PetroSaudi, an oil company with links to the Saudi royal family, finance firm JPMorgan and Mubadala, an Abu Dhabi wealth fund.

It is hoped that B’liar will be the first major British politician to be charged with Treason and War Crimes as a result of the long-awaited Chilcot Report  After which he can dance the Tyburn Jig…      Yours Aye.

Piers Morgan on FIFA & Blatter

PRE/POST MEAL WARNING: The following content mentions Piers Morgan. And for the third time in two years – I have to agree with him over his rant over the President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – the very rancid Sepp Blatter. 

291BF0A800000578-0-image-a-11_1432727341854You’re done, Blatter: Thanks, America for finally taking down the corrupt, poisonous toad of FIFA who’s been sucking the life out of football for years.”

I had tears in my eyes this morning when news broke of the arrests of seven top FIFA executives. Not from misery. But from laughter at the suggestion from certain quarters that this is a ‘sad day for football’. I can’t think of a BETTER day for football – that’s soccer to you Americans – in my entire 45 years of watching and loving the game. Because make no mistake, this is the day that signifies the beginning of the end of the despicable, despotic reign of FIFA’s President, Swiss National Sepp Blatter.    By Piers Morgan 29166BE500000578-0-Sepp_Blatter_is_the_Emperor_of_Corruption_an_amoral_unethical_di-a-17_1432728031881Sepp Blatter is the Emperor of Corruption; an amoral, unethical dictator who has ruthlessly abused his position for personal gain – and allowed legions of equally greedy, grasping cohorts to do the same

Gawd knows why it’s taken all of these years to bring FIFA and Blatter to justice – and it required America to step in to do so. Thankfully the corrupt activities of FIFA does not interfere with British football. Not that I follow the round ball kicking game played by over paid prima donna’s…  Rugby is my pleasure, a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen. Yours Aye.

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks & common sense

Animal activists PETA demand Britain’s oldest pub change its name from ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ to ‘Ye Olde Clever Cocks’ to celebrate intelligent chickens.’29114F6600000578-3096376-image-a-1_1432575269893 Activists have called on an eighth century pub to change its name from ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ to ‘Ye Olde Clever Cocks’ to reflect today’s compassion for animals. 

Animal rights group PETA wants the St Albans pub to adopt a new name to ‘celebrate chickens as the intelligent, sensitive animals they are’. The pub, which is in the Guinness Book of Records as the UK’s oldest, has had its current name since 1872 due to its history of cock-fighting, a sport which was banned outright in England and Wales in 1835.29114F3A00000578-3096376-image-a-2_1432575328874

Landlord Mr Tofalli, who has been at the pub for more than three years, said he had a responsibility for preserving the history and the heritage of the ‘oldest pub in the country’ where Oliver Cromwell reputedly spent a night during the English Civil War. ‘We’re not changing the name for PETA or for anyone else.’     Click pics to enlarge3678811833_9c238ef29c_b

Huzza for the Landlord of ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks,’ and common bloody sense. Though I would dispute the claim to it being the ‘oldest pub in the country.’ That honour goes to  ‘Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem – 1189 AD.’  The unusual name comes from Richard the Lionheart’s crusade against the Saracens who occupied the Holy Land. Crusaders stopped at the foot of Nottingham Castle rock for ale and refreshment before journeying on to Jerusalem.       Yours Aye.

British, not bloody European…

28FB33B400000578-3095424-Many_Brits_want_a_trading_rather_than_a_political_union_with_the-a-70_1432513472407At least 1.5million European migrants living in the UK are to be barred from voting in the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. In a key concession to the Tory Right and UKIP, David Cameron has ruled that most EU citizens living in Britain should have no say on whether the UK decides to go it alone. 

Mr Cameron has also ruled out giving 16 and 17-year-olds a vote in the referendum, which could be held as early as next spring. The details will be published in a Europe Referendum Bill, which will be included in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday.

The Liberal Democrats have been squealing like pigs at feed time over the decision – I celebrated the news with five rashers of thick cut bacon in my morning sandwich. Britain could still walk away with a trade agreement with the EU, which is what most people want instead of the despised political union.  I still don’t trust Cameron, who is as slippery as an eel…       Yours Aye.

Dracula would spin in his grave!

Whitby loses the plot as it runs out space for graves! THERE may soon be nowhere for the dead to rest in peace – in Dracula’s favourite seaside town.Whitby-579511  

Council chiefs have been trying to find a site for a new cemetery in Whitby, North Yorkshire, ever since landslips tore open dozens of ancient churchyard plots two years ago, showering residents with bones. The bustling port where Dracula arrived in England in Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel is hemmed in by the North Yorkshire Moors and the sea, leaving very little land available.Whitby_EastThe original churchyard of Bram Stoker fame was St Mary’s, which suffered the 2013 landslips – and was the site where Dracula hid in a suicide victim’s unmarked plot.

My parents would often book a weeks summer holiday at Whitby when we were youngsters. Having an active mind and being an avid reader, sleep never came easy  when I was 7-years-old – especially knowing that Dracula slept in a suicide victim’s unmarked plot in St Mary’s graveyard. Which wasn’t helped by the fact I had sight of St Mary’s church tower in view from my bedroom window. Thank Gawd the bones of the deceased never rattled down from above when we stayed there…       Yours Aye.

Operation Dynamo: Dunkirk 75 Years On

‘I felt enormous tears’: Dunkirk veteran, 94, tells of poignant moment crowd broke into spontaneous applause as he laid wreath at memorial 75 years on.29014C9D00000578-3094293-image-a-37_1432404117872 Arthur Taylor, 94-years-old – was one of seven veterans to return to the French port to remember the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940, which saved nearly 400,000 lives. Supported by his military Grandsons, Mr Taylor was visibly moved as he laid the wreath at the Allied Beach Memorial. Below: Dunkirk veterans James Baynes (94, right), Arthur Taylor (94, centre) and Michael Bentall (94, left) walk towards the sea on a beach in Dunkirk, remembering the horror of those days in 194028FCE72100000578-3094293-image-a-12_1432403092882In total, an incredible 338,226 troops were rescued from the beaches and from Dunkirk harbour.

They don’t refer to them as the ‘greatest generation’ for nothing – they earned the reference, and many of the same returned four years later. Bloody Well Done.   Yours Aye.

“How to Swear Like a Brit.”

IMG_0396-copyAbsolutely safe For Work!: The British, as we all know, are adorable. They have those cute double-decker buses. They have like a thousand accents, all of them either charming or silly. And they have some of the quaintest swear words we’ve ever heard.

To hardened American ears, something like “bloody hell!” doesn’t really raise any eyebrows. But it should, as it is the most filthy outrageous language! Let’s learn how to use it properly, as well as learning the history of some common British swear words – in “How to Swear Like a Brit.”       Yours Aye.

Potty training for cops?

28F72DA300000578-3089909-image-a-1_1432279383895Cops working at congress to receive ‘toilet training.’ Police working at Congress are to get ‘toilet training’ after officers accidentally left their guns in the bathroom on three separate occasions this year. 

toilet-training-200712Capitol police chief Kim Dine told to a congressional committee that one of the guns was discovered by a child. It was also revealed that one weapon was left in a bathroom by a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s security detail, while another was left by an officer who protects House Speaker John Boehner.

Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said measures were being taken to deal with the problem – including ‘additional toilet training’

Oh dear – has the officer gone and done a whoopsie?       Yours Aye.

Fighters fly Battle of Britain colours

28F1D3BB00000578-0-image-a-6_1432254528474Fighters fly their Battle of Britain colours: Flying over the green fields of England in World War Two camouflage, two fighter aircraft evoke the brave men who fought and died in the Battle of Britain. One of them, the Hurricane, was the mainstay of the RAF as it defended Britain from the might of the Luftwaffe in the summer of 1940. The other is the ultra-modern Typhoon. The jet was painted with the 249 Squadron number of the only Fighter Command pilot awarded a Victoria Cross during the battle – Flight Lieutenant James Brindley Nicolson. Typhoon jet painted in SecondWorld War camouflage joins a WWII Hurricane in the skies above Lincolnshire in tribute to brave RAF pilots 

Brylcreem boys. “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”  Gawd bless em all… Yours Aye.

Home Secretary attacks Police…

‘This crying wolf HAS to stop': Furious Theresa May attacks Police Federation officers for ‘scaremongering’ over budget cuts. She told the Police Federation, which represents serving Police members, there was ‘no ducking’ the fact that budgets would have to be slashed again – despite already cutting spending by 20 per cent since 2011. But she dismissed claims the public should be ‘scared’ of further cuts after the federation’s chairman warned the threat to front-line policing was now ‘deadly serious’.28E6BC8300000578-3089363-image-a-61_1432129900214

The Police Federation has seen its influence dramatically undermined after being caught up in a series of scandals. An independent review last year claimed the organisation – which represents 126,000 rank and file officers in England and Wales – had lost the trust of its members following a high-profile and controversial campaign against Government cuts. Mrs May said she was determined to change the way officers behave and announced that she was willing to grant the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, more powers to investigate corrupt Police Constables.

Theresa May is a Home Secretary with a solid backbone who speaks out against the nonsense of the EU – unlike the previous six socialist jellied invertebrates who sat in office before her. Bloody well done Mrs, and very well said – Huzza!      Yours Aye.

‘Seek & Ye Shall Find’ – ‘Circa Trova’

seek & ye shall findSo I sought … and found it! The past few days had me feeling a tad discombobulated, as I constantly racked my brain over the whereabouts of a small cherry wood writing box. Such befuddlement ceased this lunchtime, when I took myself off to the loft armed with a headlamp, and found not one, but two long forgotten treasure troves – a box within a box of memories. Having moved home as many times as Obama’s golfing arm, it’s not so unusual to lose sight of certain things of interest – especially the smaller trinkets and paraphernalia accumulated through years of adventures.    Yours Aye.

John Kerry as credible as Baghdad Bob

28DE340900000578-3088413-image-a-12_1432068629769Don’t worry about ISIS being on the road to Baghdad and storming into Ramadi in an orgy of beheadings, we’re succeeding in Iraq says White House. The White House said today that its strategy in Iraq has been an ‘overall’ success, even though its been undercut at times by short-term ‘setbacks.’ 

President Barack Obama’s spokesman said that the long-term success of the U.S. military strategy to defeat ISIS in the Middle East country cannot be judged by unfortunate, but singular, events such as the recent fall of Ramadi to ISIS. That a 60-country coalition continues to back the United States’ plan and that security forces have liberated ‘important areas of Iraq’ is evidence of the progress has been made, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.07-minister 

Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday told reporters at a news conference in Seoul, South Korea that he is ‘convinced that as the forces are redeployed and as the days flow in the weeks ahead’ that ISIS forces will be ‘driven back.’

Oh my giddy aunt – Kerry and the White House are as credible as Baghdad Bob/Comical Ali – who once stated to the western media (from the safety of Dubai) “My information was correct, but my interpretations were not,”      Yours Aye.