Plainclothes dinosaur with a badge…

272BB70C00000578-0-image-a-24_1427819310568A plainclothes police officer (left) was caught on camera as he screams at a New York Uber driver (right) while pounding on his car. After pulling the man over for a traffic violation, the cop yells at one point; “I don’t know where you’re coming from, where you think you’re appropriate in doing that; that’s not the way it works. How long have you been in this country?” This after the driver reportedly beeped at the cop and went around him when he failed to signal that he was backing into a parking spot. The officer also mocks the driver’s accent throughout over his pronunciation of certain words.

An arrogant – ignorant – bullying – barsteward hiding behind his badge that should now be revoked. Harrumph!      Yours Aye.

April fools in Lausanne

272847FA00000578-3019203-image-a-69_1427823309494U.S. backtracks and says it will work past today for Iran nuclear deal if ‘necessary’ after last week saying deadline was ‘firm.’  White House repeatedly said last week March 31 deadline was set in stone. 

And today it insisted President Obama would be willing to walk away from negotiations and consider ‘other alternatives.’ But he continues to believe a diplomatic solution is the best way forward, his spokesman said; ‘If the conversations continue to be productive, it’s possible that the talks could continue into tomorrow’ In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s concern that an agreement would fall short of guaranteeing its safety.

Obama’s credibility is measured in microns, which is even weaker than the red line he keeps drawing in fast flowing water… Thank Gawd for Netanyahu and Israel – who are the real safety net in the Middle East.       Yours Aye.

‘To whom it may concern’

The Palace of Westminster. The meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Better known as the Houses of Parliament after its occupants.       Click pic to enlarge 1920px-Palace_of_Westminster,_London_-_Feb_2007 Today only one half of Parliament exists, as the Prime Minister – David Cameron – drove to Buckingham Palace and asked Her Majesty the Queen to summon the new Parliament to meet on Monday 18 May 2015. The elected Members of Parliament are no more – in accordance with the law governing the ‘Dissolution of Parliament’ prior to a General Election. Each and every MP reverts to being members of the public – losing all privileges associated with being a Member of Parliament. 

When Parliament is dissolved, every seat in the House of Commons becomes vacant, all business in the House comes to an end. Those who wish to be MPs again must stand once more as candidates for election. Until a new Parliament is elected, there are no MPs. Many will not be returning to live of the fat of the land, and will only know of their fate after votes in their elected seat are counted. 

The Members of the House of Lords, who are appointed – not elected, retain their positions, but all business in the House comes to an end when Parliament is dissolved, and while Members of the Lords can access the premises of Parliament, only limited facilities and services are available to them. 

Parliament and Government are two separate institutions. The Government does not resign when Parliament is dissolved. Government ministers remain in charge of their departments until after the result of the election is known and a new administration is formed. The Prime Minister is appointed by the Sovereign. Ministers are appointed by the Sovereign on the advice of the Prime Minister. These appointments are independent of the role of MP. Ministers retain their ministerial titles after dissolution, but those who were MPs can no longer use the MP suffix. The Cabinet Manual sets out the main laws, rules and conventions affecting the conduct and operation of government. The Head of the Civil Service ensures civil servants operating within Parliament adopt the unwritten rule of purdah – they are neither seen nor heard, until Parliament reconvenes.

And there we have it! On Monday 18th May 2015 – we will either be run by a government who continues to build growth through managing the economy efficiently; Or we will have a socialist government who couldn’t run a bath (Gawd forbid!) As was proven last time when they wrecked the economy and almost flushed the country down the pan.  Nailing my colours to the mast; my hope is for a coalition government of the Conservative Party and the United Kingdom Independent Party, with a promised referendum to pull us out of the despised socialist European Union.    Yours Aye. 

Socialism; a catastrophic failure!

French-President-Francois-HollandeThe ruling Socialist party in France is crushed by ex-president Sarkozy’s ‘Union for a Popular Movement’ (UMP) in regional elections as President Hollande’s rule is branded a ‘massive failure’ 
The local Election will choose 4,108 local councillors and shape political landscape in run-up to the 2017 presidential race

imagesAccording to the exit polls, the UMP and its centrist allies could end up with nearly twice as many seats as President Hollande’s Socialists. The results represented the Socialists’ third political battering in a year – they were roundly beaten in municipal and European elections last May.

Socialism – a failure? Who ever could have predicted that, especially in France. Yours Aye

JADE HELM 15

JADE HELM 15: US TROOPS TO “OPERATE UNDETECTED AMONGST CIVILIAN POPULATION”  The “realistic” military training exercise, which will involve the Green Berets, Navy Seals, and the 82nd Airborne Division, is set to take place from July September 2015, but has prompted concerns after Texas and Utah were labeled “hostile” territory in documents related to the exercise. Role players to practice infiltrating towns during controversial exercise amongst civilian population  Paranoia, or genuine concern?

As this isn’t happening in dear old Blighty – I just wondered if you good people across the pond should be concerned over what is really happening with exercise JADE HELM 15. It’s not as if you can’t trust the POTUS and the team of advisors that surround him (typed using the ‘very heavy sarcasm’ keys) After all; Russia, North Korea, China, and Venezuela have been doing the very same for several years or more… My interest is genuine.      Yours Aye. 

Colonel Tim Collins; “Argentina wouldn’t dare”

Argentina wouldn’t dare to invade the Falklands again, says Colonel Tim Collins.  The Telegraph Saturday 28th March 2015.
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What struck me about the Falkland Islanders on the several occasions when I served there during my army career was their warmth and their disarming generosity. That is not to say relations are always completely rosy between the islanders and the garrison that more than matches their numbers. The local joke goes “How do you make 4,000 people happy in the Falklands? Send 2,000 home”. The simple truth is that Falkland islanders just want to be left alone. But that is not likely to happen. Their jealous neighbour covets their tiny farms whilst using the islands as a convenient distraction from Argentina’s many domestic woes. With the news that the Russians are contemplating leasing 12 long-range bombers to Argentina, it would appear that the military threat to the Falklands is still very real. So what could and should the UK be doing to reassure the islanders and deter the aggressor?

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We first have to analyse what is happening and why. What are the real intentions of the Argentines? A glance at the state of Argentina provides the answer.
The discredited president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, is the subject of a number of criminal allegations. She has been accused of money laundering and tax evasion.
Only last week she was cleared by an Argentine appeals court of covering up the alleged involvement of senior Iranian officials in a 1994 bomb attack against a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires.

 The allegations were based on a 350-page dossier compiled by special prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Nisman died in unexplained circumstances in January: he apparently shot himself – in the back of the head. His family believes he was murdered. Following his mysterious death, hundreds of thousands of people marched in silence in the Buenos Aires rain to pay tribute to him.

A controversial figure, and the subject of some ridicule in Latin America, Kirchner followed her husband to power in a series of governments that have presided over the collapse of the Argentine economy. I recall when I visited Colombia and Peru in 2012, working with the governments there, that there was much speculation about Madam Kirchner’s operation for suspected thyroid cancer. She had shown no signs whatsoever of illness. One official noted: “When you get a biopsy done on both sides of your neck at once here, we call it a face-lift.” It is to distract from the incompetence of her government, that Kirchner frequently wheels out the unjustifiable claim on the Falkland Islands. Despite a 2013 referendum in which the islanders voted to remain a British Overseas Territory – 1,513 to 3, with a turnout of more than 90 per cent, Kirchner dismisses them as squatters. Ironically, they have been there far longer than her own family have been “squatting”, to use her term, in southern America. Her grandparents were born in Spain and Germany.ck1

So what would the addition of the Russian aircraft mean to the Argentine military? In my opinion, their impact would be negligible. The aircraft in question – Sukhoi SU 24s (NATO designation ‘FENCER’) – are old ladies with distinctly dated capabilities. They entered service with the Soviet Union in 1974 and were familiar to me when I served in Berlin in 1982. Those nations where they are still in service – for example Iran, Sudan and Kazakhstan – are not major air powers.

There are other problems for the Argentine Air Force. It still has not recovered from losing one-third of its strength in the Falklands War. Its inventory includes a number of second-hand A4 Sky Hawks – which proved easy pickings for the Royal Navy Harriers – and 60s era French Mirage fighters. Furthermore, the force’s leadership is suspect. Kirchner sacked the top 17 air force generals in 2005 for involvement in drug trafficking.
Also, consider the fact that the Sukhoi deal is superb for Russia. In exchange for some ancient junk, the Russians would get shipments of beef and wheat – circumventing the EU sanctions imposed over its involvement in the Ukraine conflict whilst sticking two fingers up to the UK for our criticism of that involvement (Putin himself compared Russian stance on Ukraine with the UK stance on the Falklands).

However, the Fencers could have the range to get to the Falklands and back if unopposed – unlike the rest of the Argentine Air Force, with only the A4s being capable of air-to-air refuelling and with only two tanker aircraft being available.
So, if the deal went through and, more seriously, if Argentina’s attempts to procure 24 Saab Gripen fighters – modern Swedish aircraft – through an order place by Brazil are successful, then the Argentines would have – on paper at least – a credible threat to the tiny islands. 

But only on two conditions; First they would need to be able to pay. Whilst Russians would swap for beef and wheat, the Brazilians would require hard cash. Argentina’s defence budget is 0.9 per cent of an economy that shrunk 2 per cent last year. Her defence spending outstrips only that of Suriname in the region – and Suriname is the smallest sovereign state in South America. Secondly; they would have to get past the Royal Navy, the Royal Air force and then survive the Army’s Star Streak missiles.

Getting past the Royal Navy would be a challenge. In the South Atlantic, the Royal Navy deploys at least one of the new Daring Class Type 45 destroyers. Doesn’t sound much; but with each one capable of tracking up to 1,000 targets from 400Km simultaneously and engaging up to 300 targets in layers from 120 km to 30 km (provided the targets are larger than a tennis ball) simultaneously, it is the equivalent of 5 Type 42 destroyers of the type used in the Falklands War. In effect, if all the serviceable attack aircraft in all of Latin America – including Cuba – were attacking the Falklands, a Type 45 could cope comfortably.

Then there are the four Typhoons based in the Falklands. With a combat radius of 100 miles, they would far outperform anything that would come their way with the exception of the Gripens. The Gripens – slower, with a lower service ceiling, and less thrust than the Typhoons – would, in numbers at least, stand a chance against the Typhoons.
But then they have to avoid the Star Streak missiles. Built in Belfast, Star Streaks travel at more than Mach 3 – three times the speed of a SU 24. My money would be on the Star Streaks.

For the sake of argument, what if the Royal Navy was accounted for by the Argentine Navy? With 17 war ships, including four destroyers, and three submarines the Argentines have again – on paper – a threat to the Royal Navy and the Falklands. But, again, that is where the threat ends. On paper. The bulk of the navy is confined to port because of a lack of spares and engine problems. The ships’ on-board ordnance is past its sell-by date. There isn’t even the money for petrol to run the engines. One of the corvettes, Spiro (P 43), is out of service having run aground. So is one of the elderly submarines, Santa Cruz. The Submarine fleet has achieved a grand total of 19 hours of submerged training since 2012 against a minimum requirement of 190 days.

Training is very poor. The list of disasters is endless. The Sarandi – one of the destroyers – managed to damage the Brazilian Frigate Rademaker by firing on her during joint naval exercises, injuring four Brazilian sailors and an Argentine observer when her fire control system went haywire. The Destroyer Santisima Trinidad capsized and sank at anchor due to poor maintenance. And that is all before the Type 45s even turn on their defence systems against ships up to 40 years old and with the RN’s submarine fleet not even considered. 

In a nutshell, I’m not sure what the fuss is about. I wouldn’t worry about the knackered old Fencers. They need to be maintained and we know that is one capability gap in the Argentine military. Of course, we do need to keep up a strong defence – and that means we must maintain the two per cent spending required by NATO – if the peaceful farmers on the wind wept islands are to continue to live their bucolic ideal and Kirchner’s rhetoric is to remain just that. But let the Russians have their little jibe. I hope they enjoy the beef.

It is my most humble opinion that Colonel Tim Collins would make a an excellent politician – it is hoped one day he chooses to throw his hat into the political arena. A fine honest Irishman with a rod of iron for a backbone…   Yours Aye.

al-Taqiyya; islamic word for deception

27098C4500000578-3013703-Vicious_In_2012_Abase_Hussen_left_marched_at_the_head_of_a_viole-a-1_1427491626936Pictured: Father who blamed police for not stopping his daughter joining ISIS screams ‘burn USA’ (standing just a few feet from Lee Rigby’s killer – at a Muslim demo two years ago.) Abase Hussen, whose daughter fled Britain to join ISIS, was pictured at a notorious rally alongside Lee Rigby killer Michael Adebowale   and hate preacher Anjem Choudary.2681C91B00000578-3013703-Respectable_Abase_Hussen_pictured_far_right_giving_evidence_to_t-a-8_1427491943117But last month Mr Hussen gave evidence to Parliament – refusing to accept any responsibility for the three schoolgirls’ actions, instead seeking to blame the police, teachers, Turkish officials and others. In an extraordinary exchange at the home affairs select committee, Mr Hussen, who was with the families of the other two girls, ‘denied even knowing what Islamic radicalisation was!’

al-Taqiyya - ‘deception’ the islamic word for concealing or disguising one’s beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies. The following link by Don Boys, Ph.D. (published Nov 17, 2004) contains a very good article, as well as three very short clips that may well be of interest!  al-Taqiyya ‘deception’ Permits Lying to Deceive Unbelievers and Bring World Domination!   Pot – Kettle – Black.       Yours Aye.

Hillarity done in by her own petard

Hillary Clinton has been accused of deleting all her emails while under subpoena. The allegation, leveled by a Republican chairman for a House committee on Benghazi, is the latest in a series of claims that are hammering the former First Lady’s reputation as 2016 approaches.2710AC2800000578-0-image-a-29_1427516456372

In a letter released on Friday night, Rep Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said the former Secretary of State has failed to produce a single new document in recent weeks and has refused to relinquish her server to a third-party for an independent review.

In a letter released on Friday night, Rep Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said the former Secretary of State has failed to produce a single new document in recent weeks and has refused to relinquish her server to a third-party for an independent review.

Huzza! Done in by her own petard; she should now dance the Tyburn Jig…  Yours Aye.

Treasonous scum – Ready, Aim, Fire!

national+guard+16x9Illinois National Guard – Specialist Hasan Edmonds and his cousin Jonas Edmonds arrested after ‘attempting to travel to join ISIS’ and planning a terrorist attack on home soil.2704EE1300000578-3013281-image-m-35_1427406687674 “Disturbingly, one of the defendants currently wears the same uniform of those they allegedly planned to attack” John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security

Jonas (left) and Hasan Edmonds (right)

Treasonous scum – a granite wall and a squad of riflemen are required…      Yours Aye.

Zayn Malik – who? Exactly…

As it happened; “I lost five minutes of my life yesterday that I will never see again.” Without garnishing the facts, allow me to explain… As I was leaving the butcher’s car-park I noticed two young girls being comforted by an elderly lady – both 16-year-old girls were both crying, one almost hysterically. Fearing for the worst I pulled over to offer assistance. The lady looked at me concerned and almost in a whisper said; “They appear to be lost, and I think they need directions?”“Can I help in any way?” Says I gallantly. Upon which, the least upset cherub blubbed; “We are not lost – we’re upset because Zayn has left One Direction!”  We both left them to wail and blubber on…Arghhh! Five bloody minutes of my life gone.      Yours Aye. Totally discombobulated by it all…

A day in the life of a ‘donkey walloper’

Trumpeter thrown during Household Cavalry’s annual ‘pre-inspection’ to make sure they’re ready to Troop the Colour in front of HM The Queen.2702ED5C00000578-0-image-a-89_1427371370225In one of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment’s most important days of the year, it is inspected ahead of the ceremonial season. So spare a thought for this trumpeter who dramatically fell off his horse as the Regiment paraded in London’s Hyde Park today. They were undergoing an annual inspection in the capital to confirm their ability to conduct state ceremonial duties for the year. Some 160 mounted horses were paraded, accompanied by the mounted Band of the Life Guards and the Band of the Blues and Royals.2702F14300000578-0-image-a-90_1427371377010They were inspected by the Major General – following rehearsals in recent days that saw the Regiment practise traditional formations. The highlight of the ceremonial season is the Queen’s Birthday Parade – also known as Trooping the Colour – held on a Saturday in June. The regiment has existed since 1660 and been based at Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge for two centuries after moving there in 1795. It carries out reconnaissance duties in Afghanistan – and, as the Queen’s Life Guard, mounts a daily guard on Horse Guards Parade.

Good skills from the Trooper in question as he pulled his nag down to avoid it taking flight. As for the rest of the mounted ‘donkey wallopers’ – their discipline shone through, no doubt aided by a Sergeant Major growling; “Standfast! – Head and eyes to the front! – Ignore him showing off!”      Yours Aye.

Royal Engineers the bang gang-London

Bombs away! Huge 1,000lb WWII Luftwaffe bomb found on a south London building site is finally removed allowing thousands of evacuated residents to return home.26F0E51000000578-3008117-image-a-1_1427186575717Thousands of people who were forced to flee their homes after a five foot long unexploded Second World War bomb was discovered under a former pensioners centre have been allowed to return after it was safely removed. Residents were evacuated in Southwark, south-east London, yesterday morning after the 1.000lb German ordnance was discovered by builders under the old site of the Southwark Irish Pensioners. They were commended for their ‘Blitz spirit’ after being left stranded in a leisure centre overnight – but have now been allowed to return to their homes after bomb disposal experts safely defused and extracted the device.200px-Royal_Engineers_badge

There is now way this side of the black stump that I would be found straddling a 1,000Ib piece of historic ordnance: “You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!” Very Well done the ‘Sappers’ - 900 years of unbroken service to the Crown! For those interested in WWII history – the following link has an astonishing interactive map showing the location of EVERY German bomb dropped on London during the WW2 Blitz   BOMB SIGHT – WWII London Blitz Bomb Census        Yours Aye.

Britain to America-12,400 mile highway

The 12,400 mile superhighway from Britain to America: The vast Trans-Eurasian Belt Development would span half the globe’s circumference, making it possible to get on the Channel Tunnel and drive all the way across Russia to Alaska. The Russian Academy of Science has put forward the plan to President Vladimir Putin. The longest road in the world is the Australian ‘Highway 1′ at 9,000 miles.UK to Alaska Road map.jpgBy jumping on a Channel Tunnel train – you could get all the way from London to Alaska by road under plans for a 12,000 mile superhighway linking Europe and western Russia to the Bering Strait

I’m up for a one way adventure during the summer months – with a chilled out return cruise back to dear old Blighty. BUT! They’ll have to sort out the road of bones first… Yours Aye.

High tech Vs ISIS cave dwellers

Boeing patent reveals plans for Star Trek-style FORCE FIELD: Device would protect vehicles and buildings from explosion shockwaves. A force field that can protect vehicles from the destructive blast-waves thrown out by explosions is being developed by aircraft manufacturer Boeing.boeing patentThe company has been granted a patent for a device that appears to work like the fictional shields seen in science fiction movies like Star Wars and Star Trek. The system works by using an ‘arc generator’ to rapidly heat the air in front of a shockwave creating a cloud of electrically charged gas. The ‘arc generator’ uses lasers, microwaves or electric current to ionise the air in front of the shockwave so it deflects & reflects energy from the explosion

This in addition to; The ARMOUR that can repel direct incoming fire: 
British military scientists have been working on a new type of armour designed to repel incoming fire from vehicles. The armour, developed by researchers at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) would use pulses of electrical energy to defelct rockets, shrapnel and other ammunition that might damage a vehicle. Engineers behind the technology claim it is possible to incorporate supercapacitors into the body of a tank or armoured personnel carrier to turn it into a kind of giant battery.defence-science-and-technology-laboratory-dstl-testing-electric-armour-740x555

When incoming fire is detected, the energy stored in the supercapacitor can be rapidly dumped onto the metal plating on the outside of the vehicle, producing a strong electromagnetic field that creates a momentary forecfield capable of repelling incoming metal. If timed correctly, the scientists behind the technology say it could help to prevent rocket propelled grenades and shells that detonate on impact from reaching their target. (DSTL), testing electric armour on an armoured personnel carrier at one their test range facilities

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Meanwhile in the ‘wannabe’ Caliphate: ISIS militants destroy ancient artefacts using dated technology… And there we have it – the writing is on the wall for ISIS to take heed, that is, unless they have already destroyed the wall. Their end is nigh – their destruction is overdue! Yours Aye.