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.
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?


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.

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.

BZ Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

sraels-Prime-Minister-Benjamin-Netanyahu-makes-a-point-during-a-Likud-party-meeting-at-the-KnessetUnless you’ve just returned from visiting the dark side of the moon you will have heard that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu defied the polls to seal an election win ‘against all the odds’ for his right-wing Likud party. The election was widely seen as a referendum on Netanyahu, who has governed the country for the past six years.26BF66CB00000578-2999478-image-a-24_1426627497725The White House Socialist Hypocrite in Chief should hang his head in shame – except Obama does not do shame. Obama’s disdain for Netanyahu oozed as he worked to publicly undermine his position – overtly and covertly – ahead of the election. It turned out to be very helpful… for Netanyahu! As only one in five Israelis trusts Obama on Iran.logo  

So as Obama eats his very cold humble pie –  America’s tax payers should be asking the question; Why did the ‘Abraham Fund Initiatives’ (that spearheaded Obama’s covert attack in Israel to increase Arab voter turnout for the elections on Tuesday) receive a write off $98,000 grant from the State Department’s ‘Middle East Partnership Initiative’ in September 2014 – that continues to be paid until December 2015?

Obama’s ‘slanted in favour of Islam’ foreign policy meddling will form one part of his legacy, which will be kept in a box marked FAIL!  Lets face it; with Chuck Norris watching Bibi’s back – how was Obama ever going win…      Yours Aye.

Chuck Norris speaks – listen in!

Chuck Norris endorses Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election as cult action hero says he is crucial to safety of Israel. In a short YouTube video called Please Vote For Prime Minister Netanyahu, Norris, 75, said: ‘I watched Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before Congress, and I saw a man who loves his country with all his heart and soul. I also saw a strong leader that is absolutely crucial for the safety of the Israeli people. ‘I have done three movies in Israel – ‘Delta Force’ being my favorite – and I formed many friendships while there. You have an incredible country, and we want to keep it that way.

‘That’s why it is so important that you keep a leader who has the courage and vision to stand up against the evil forces that are threatening not only Israel but also the United States. ‘You see, we, the American people, need Prime Minister Netanyahu as much as you do. Weak leadership can destroy your country and then the evil forces can concentrate on America, too – ‘So I ask you, please, for the sake of Israel and the whole Middle East, vote for Prime Minister Netanyahu on Election Day.

FACT! Chuck Norris can light a fire by rubbing two ice cubes together…   Yours Aye.

Clinton’s deflating bubble…

26B4C38E00000578-2998945-image-a-2_1426603734254Hillary Clinton’s popularity takes a dive amid email scandal – just weeks before her expected presidential campaign launch.  Much of the goodwill Hillary Clinton built up as serving as secretary of state has dissipated, a new poll shows, just as she prepares for a second bid for the presidency. 

And her popularity has taken an especially hard hit since the public became aware that she operated a private email system while serving in President Barack Obama’s cabinet. A CNN/ORC International survey taken last weekend, after Clinton held a press conference at which she tried to explain away her secret server, found that Clinton’s high approval ratings as an Obama administration official had entirely eroded.

My day started with some good news – it just keeps getting better by the hour!  Yours Aye.

Al Sharpton – feeling the heat

267417AA00000578-0-image-a-20_1426163058290Suspicious fires destroyed Al Sharpton’s financial records – TWICE Suspicious fires twice destroyed the financial records of Reverend Al Sharpton, a report has claimed.  The civil rights activist was running for office at the time of the fires, which were six years apart and in separate buildings in New York. It has been reported that Sharpton subsequently failed to comply with tax and campaign filing requirements.Al-Sharpton--121503This sort of thing happens when you dance with the devil… The tip of Old Nick’s tail tends to scorch every thing it touches.      Yours Aye.

Putin’s pandora ‘matryoshka’ box

6a00d8341c90b153ef01901e905a5a970b-500wiThreat to expose wealth of Putin and his cronies: Ministers consider publishing details to show how those close to him are exploiting positions to obtain huge wealth.  The financial details of members of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle could be published by ministers to expose the rampant corruption and wealth of his henchmen and allies. 

2020B0C900000578-0-image-a-40_1426033654298Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he was interested in the idea of publicising what is known by the government about the ruling Russian elite. Such a move would expose how those close to the President were exploiting their positions to obtain enormous wealth, and embarrass them in front of the Russian people. Asked if there was an argument for the ‘interesting’ financial arrangements of members of Putin’s inner circle to be published by ministers, Mr Hammond replied: ‘There might be’. Threat to expose wealth of Putin and his cronies…putin-not-corrupt-but-richest-man-on-earthHeaven’s above… Will someone please grab the Foreign Secretary by his ear and twist it, and then give him a swift kick in the shins! There must be someone left in the Foreign Office or the Ministry Of Defence who operated through the cold war? Snitch on Putin and you will find out what lies within Pandora’s ‘matryoshka’ box at your peril…  Yours Aye.

“What difference does it make?”

untitledI’ve deleted all my personal emails and the server will remain private: Hillary Clinton reveals HALF her inbox – 31,830 messages – has not been handed over and says she used one account for convenience. 

Asked why she had deleted what she admitted was ‘half of her inbox’ she replied: “I fully complied with every government rule” She added: “They were personal and private, about matters….I did not see a reason to keep them.” Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke her silence on Tuesday after days of mounting questions over her email arrangements, which included keeping the messages on a private server at her home in New York   Heeee – Hawwww – Hillary!!!

Blathering poppycock from a dastardly ignoble woman who couldn’t lie straight in bed… Bah!      Yours Aye. 

The raven chides blackness…

Obama says other police departments are racist in first remarks on Ferguson President Obama said the type of racial discrimination found in Ferguson, Missouri, is not unique to that police department, and he cast law enforcement reform as a chief struggle for today’s civil rights movement.265219D000000578-2982267-image-m-4_1425647258665

Obama said improving civil rights and civil liberties with police is one of the areas that ‘requires collective action and mobilisation’ 50 years after pivotal civil rights marches brought change to the country.  The president made his first remarks about this week’s Justice Department report of racial bias in Ferguson, which found officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force.  The Justice Department refused to prosecute Ferguson cop Darren Wilson despite compiling a 350,000-page report on racial profiling in the Missouri city which ‘led to’ him fatally shooting unarmed black teen Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. 

Just like the breakdown of trust between Obama and his Government over the people ‘they’ are supposed to serve. Verily, methinks – forsooth ‘the raven chides blackness’      Yours Aye.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

264848F600000578-2977598-image-m-20_1425401174497‘A farewell to arms control': Netanyahu warns Congress Iran deal will make Middle East a ‘nuclear tinderbox’ and feed its ‘tentacles of terror’ 

Speaking to an over-capacity crowd on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was ‘deeply humbled’ to plead his case to Congress that his country is facing an existential crisis from a nuclear-empowered Iran.

He thanked Congress for supporting Israel ‘year after year, decade after decade. I know that no matter on which side of the audience you sit, you stand with Israel.’ That was followed by deafening applause and shouts. Republicans stood. Democrats largely sat…   A cracking speech…

Clip above for Barry in case he was pre-occupied earlier today (rumour has it that he follows ‘the mellow jihadi.’) Prime Minister Benjamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu, a true leader who loves his country… BZ ‘Bibi’ I would follow you if required…      Your Aye.

The next POTUS?

2627960600000578-2973747-image-a-32_1425161814082Rand Paul comes out ahead in CPAC straw poll AGAIN, picking up 2016 momentum with US red-meat right wingers and libertarians. Kentucky Senator Ron Paul emerged as American conservatives’ favourite presidential hopeful on Saturday for the third year in a row, following the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington, D.C. The freshman lawmaker bested a field of an astonishing 17 governors, senators, business executives and other assorted long-shot maybe-candidates, finishing with 25.7 per cent of the vote. Conference attendees could also choose a none-of-the-above option or write-in another choice.

Paul, the expected winner of the contest, said in a statement that he was ‘humbled by the enthusiastic support and encouragement’ he received from ‘constitutional conservatives’ who propelled him to victory.

 The next  POTUS; will/could/should – be? (A foregone conclusion that it will not be a blue nosed donkey.)      Yours Aye.       

25.7% Sen. Rand Paul
21.4% Gov. Scott Walker
11.5% Sen. Ted Cruz
11.4% Dr. Ben Carson
8.3% Former Gov. Jeb Bush
4.3% Former Sen. Rick Santorum
3.7% Sen. Marco Rubio
3.5% Donald Trump
3.0% Carly Fiorina
2.8% Gov. Chris Christie
1.1% Former Gov. Rick Perry
0.9% Gov. Bobby Jindal
0.8% Former Gov. Sarah Palin
0.3% Former Gov. Mike Huckabee
0.3% Former Ambassador John Bolton
0.1% Sen. Lindsey Graham
0.1% Former Gov. George Pataki
1.0% Undecided
0.7% Other

Hillarity Clinton hoarder extraordinaire…

I’m overweight, and I hoard things: Hillary Clinton goes human in lead up to 2016 while showcasing herself as a mom and grandma. Hillary Clinton, who has in past had trouble talking about her wealth and life experiences, is intensifying an effort to humanize herself to likely voters.260EB2FF00000578-2968768-image-a-6_1424882817305 

Clinton has increasingly made mention of her roles as both a mother and grandmother in remarks, framing her public policies in the context of the hardships she dealt with while raising only child Chelsea and the hopes and fears she has about the world her granddaughter Charlotte will inhabit. 

During a Tuesday speech in Silicon Valley, her first in the U.S. this year, Clinton indulged in self-deprecating humour. She casually joked about being overweight at the conference targeting women and teased that she might have a hoarding problem.

Hillarity’s hoarding item has been identified as ‘truth.’ Bah!      Yours Aye. Harrumph!

Mugabe “Hitler of Africa”

19971024-blair_2189488cI can’t imagine that anyone in his right mind would actually want to go to the 91st birthday party of Robert Gabriel Mugabe, which takes place this Saturday.     By Boris Johnson writing for the The Telegraph

It promises to be an event of truly spectacular moral ugliness. While his people are starving, the ancient despot will convoke 20,000 cronies at a kind of golf club-cum-safari lodge near the Victoria Falls. In scenes reminiscent of the more disgusting and luxurious behaviour of the emperor Commodus, he will cause various exotic beasts to be slaughtered for the feast.robert_mugabe

Five impalas will be roasted, two sables, two buffaloes – and then, to the ululations of his drunken Zanu-PF supporters, there will be a series of culinary climaxes, each more revolting than the last. A local farmer has procured two elephants, and after these rare and majestic creatures have been butchered for the delectation of the semi-deified Mugabe, there will be one more type of meat to come – an animal that you might think was semi-sacred, whose killing should be taboo, a creature that people would never normally dream of eating. Yes, a lion, the king of the animal kingdom, will lay down its life before the meat-maddened mob and have the honour of surrendering its mortal flesh to the palsied gullet of the man who still calls himself the “Hitler of Africa”

Happy birthday, Mr Mugabe, with special love from Labour – Tony Blair’s despicable betrayal of a vital 1979 agreement has allowed this tyrant to flourish

I read this piece very early on Sunday morning – needless to say it knocked the pleasure out of my full english breakfast… Please let there be a living hell for ‘Barstewards’ like Mugabe, and others of his ilk, which includes political opportunists like the grand socialist Tony B’Liar who has made his fortune through the abject misery of others…       Yours Aye.

Obama The Architect of Destruction

scottThe Architect of Destruction

By Maureen Scott March 1, 2013

“Obama comes from a community organizer background where it’s us against them. But that’s not who we are. And that’s not the position the leader of our Nation should take.” – Dr. Benjamin Carson

Obama appears to be a tormented man who is filled with resentment, anger, and disdain for anyone of an opinion or view other than his. He acts in the most hateful, spiteful, malevolent, vindictive ways in order to manipulate and maintain power and control over others. Perhaps because, as a child, he grew up around family members and mentors who instilled him with an abiding bitterness toward the U.S. That bitterness seems not to have left him.president-who-blames-and-divides-obama-not-leader-just-commu-politics-1362335440

It is not the color of his skin that is a problem – for anyone in America. Rather it is the blackness that fills his soul and the hollowness in his heart where there should be abiding pride and love for this country.

Think: Have we ever heard Obama speak lovingly of the U.S. or its people, with deep appreciation and genuine respect for our history, our customs, our sufferings and our blessings? Has he ever revealed that, like most patriotic Americans, he gets “goose bumps” when a band plays “The Star Spangled Banner,” or sheds a tear when he hears a beautiful rendition of “America the Beautiful?” Does his heart burst with pride when millions of American flags wave on a National holiday – or is he moved to sadness and reflection when someone plays “taps” on a trumpet? Has he ever felt the depth of our admiration of the military, as lovers of those who keep America free feel when soldiers march by? It is doubtful – because Obama did not grow up sharing our experiences or our values. He did not sit at the knee of a grandfather or uncle who showed his medals and told of the bravery of his fellow troops as they fought and tramped through foreign lands sacrificing for a cause greater than their own lives. He didn’t have grandparents who told stories of suffering and then coming to America, penniless, and the opportunities they had for building a business and life for their children.

Away from this country as a young child, Obama didn’t delight in being part of America and its greatness. He wasn’t singing our patriotic songs in kindergarten, or standing on the roadside for a holiday parade and eating a hot dog, or lighting sparklers around a campfire on July 4th as fireworks exploded over head, or placing flags on the gravesites of fallen and beloved American heroes.460x276xObama-Kenya.jpg.pagespeed.ic.S7yuvCAIkoJgK4Ei33du

Rather Obama was separated from all of these experiences. He doesn’t really understand us and what it means to be an American. He is void of the basic emotions that most feel regarding this country and is insensitive to the instinctive pride we have in our national heritage. His opinions were formed by those who either envied us or wanted him to devalue the United States and the traditions and patriotism that unite us.

Obama has never given a speech that is filled with calm, reassuring, complimentary, heartfelt statements about all the people in the U.S. Or one that inspires us to be better, grateful, and proud that, in a short time, our country became a leader, and a protector of so many. Quite the contrary, his speeches always degenerate into mocking, ridiculing tirades as he faults our achievements ,along with any of his critics, all for the sake of a laugh, or to bolster his ego. He uses his Office to threaten and create fear while demeaning and degrading anyone who opposes his policies and actions. Unlike a secure leader, who has noble self-esteem and not false confidence, Obama displays a cocky, haughty attitude and a dread of being critiqued.AlinskyObama-1

Mostly, his time seems to be spent causing dissention, unrest, and anxiety among the people rather than uniting us (even though he was presented to us as the “Great Uniter”). He creates chaos for the sake of keeping citizens separated, envious, aggrieved and ready to argue. Under his leadership Americans have been kept on edge, rather than in a state of comfort and security. He incites people to be aggressive toward, disrespectful of, and retaliate against those of differing backgrounds and views. Through such behavior, Obama has lowered the standards for self-control and mature restraint to the level of rowdy, street-fighting gangs. When, instead, he should be raising the bar for people to strive toward becoming more considerate, tolerant, self-disciplined, self-sustaining, and self-assured.Obama-@-The-UN-Defending-Islam1

Not a day goes by that he is not attempting to defy our laws, remove our rights, over-ride established procedures, install controversial appointees, enact divisive mandates, and assert a dictatorial form of power.

Never has there been a leader of this great land who used such tactics to harm and hurt the people and this country.

Never have we had a President who spoke with a caustic, evil tongue against the citizenry rather than present himself as a soothing, calming, and trustworthy force.

Never, in this country, have we experienced how much stress one man can cause a nation of people – on a daily basis! Obama has promoted the degeneration of peace, civility, and quality of cooperation between us. He thrives on tearing us down, rather than building us up. He is the Architect of the decline of America, and the epitome of a Demagogue. © Maureen Scott

P. Maureen Scott is an ardent American patriot who was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and retired to Richmond, VA, in 2000. Free from the nine-to-five grind of writing for employers and clients, she began writing political commentary to please herself and express her convictions. The accomplishment of which she is most proud is her volunteer work at an Army base where she looked into the eyes and hearts of the service members who protect our country. Our Pledge of Allegiance, a military band playing the National Anthem, and the wisdom of our Founding Fathers, inspire her passion and views. Her life is guided by a firm belief that truth is the most important virtue, and that God knows what He is doing with her. The words of Maureen Scott enhanced with pictures ‘liberated’ from the w.w.w. by EB

Many thanks to Kristen for forwarding this gem. When I first perused the same it gave me that feeling of hitting the last nail home – hard and square in one hammer blow. Yours Aye.

Venezuela – A busted ‘flush!’

Venezuela_perez_fa_3185423bVenezuela’s ‘socialist paradise’ turns into a nightmare: medical shortages claim lives as oil price collapses. By Peter Foster of The Telegraph.  

For Jose Perez, a  taxi driver from Caracas, the hardest part about watching his wife die from heart failure was knowing just how easily she could have been saved. The surgeons at Caracas University Hospital were ready to operate on 51-year-old Carmen, but because of the shortages of medicines now ravaging Venezuela, they had no stocks of the prosthetic artery that would have saved her life.


Not just a shortage of medical supplies; a line of several hundred shoppers wait to purchase toilet paper at a state-owned Bicentenario grocery store. Many would return home disappointed…

Venezuela: The socialist dream turned living nightmare… 

The colourful CHAVEZ posters (above) adorning the shelves either side of the queue are made of paper – with printed incentive for use! Just my ten-penneth worth.   Yours Aye.