Solar eclipse with an ill wind

Eclipse over east YorkshireAccompanied by my three Staffies – I watched the first solar eclipse of the century through breaks of light cloud cover. Sustenance being taken via a tin mug of char accompanied by a heavily laden bacon sandwich (reluctantly shared with the canines!)

It’s an odd feeling when nature shuts down for a few dark moments – bird song halts completely, as does flight for the obvious reason. With my back against the beech hedge I almost fell asleep – until the execrable smell of chicken manure being spread wafted across on a light breeze – forcing a hasty retreat back indoors. It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good.   Yours Aye.Sunburst following eclipse 2015Not just an eclipse – today sees THREE astronomical phenomena take place as the super-moon and spring equinox align with the moon at its closest point to Earth, which is very rare for the three events to occur at the same time…

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True cost and sound quality of ‘Dre Beats’ headphones revealedNew York Yankees v Boston Red Sox* Headphone designers estimate cost of making fancy headset could be $14 * Cheapest Beats headphones cost $200 and price goes as high as $700  * Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre created $3.2billion company in the mid-2000s * It was sold to Apple in May of 2014 and they are now company employees  * Deal included $2.6billion in cash and approximately $400million in stock.

YorkshireGlassStorageJar_1024x1024It may cost more to get your haircut than it does to make a pair of Dre Beats headphones. 

Unsurprisingly; during an audio test of 18 of the top-selling headphone brands TIME Magazine ranked Beats as the second-to-worst entry in terms of sound quality.  Brand name-gullible-mindless-sheeple…

Which leads me on to my money spinner: “Essence of Yorkshire!” Yorkshire glass storage jars – containing pure Yorkshire air – bottled at source on the Yorkshire Moors at midnight. Followed by a canine version; “Essence of Nipper” Dog breath bottled first thing in the morning after his ‘ease springs’ leg stretch.  £150 GBP / $221 USD. 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.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

article-2998488-26BCA9C400000578-14_964x412Happy Saint Patrick’s Day ~ Beannachtai na Feile Padraig Duchess of Cambridge presents the Irish Guards with their traditional St Patrick’s Day shamrock. 

An Irishman is never drunk – as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth. Slainte!      Yours Aye.

Reverend $ see’s the light…

dollarbillPastor $ forced to pull webpage pleading for churchgoers to donate to his $65 MILLION private jet fund amid widespread outrage. ‘Atlanta-based Reverend Creflo Dollar, head of World Changers Church International, is not longer directly asking for money for a private jet.’ However, the 53-year-old multi-millionaire has kept the donation portal on his website open, so the foolish faithful may still throw money at the cause…

If the ‘Rev $’ really wishes to spread the word around the world, I’m sure the military could arrange an air-drop into the newly formed caliphate…       Yours Aye.

Twelve weeks leave and the 80’s

Twelve weeks accumulated leave – a six berth hired motor home – with eight Marines travelling around the white sandy beaches of Devon & Cornwall – on a mission. What could possibly go wrong – absolutely nothing as it happened… Except; returning the motor home on time to save the loss of a hefty deposit. The Friday deadline of 12:00hrs loomed ahead – and we were just leaving St. Ives en-route to Plymouth some 75 miles away along narrow winding roads heaving with summer traffic. Why ruin a perfectly good weekend rushing hither and thither; “All those in favour of blowing the deposit and deadline by returning the truck on Monday say ‘aye’ – “AYE!” So we ventured on to Looe for the weekend. It was the late 80’s and a pint of best bitter was the princely sum of 75-pence, foolish not to really… ‘Huzzah!’

Quite aptly ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ was played endlessly?      Yours Aye.

Constable Andy Hocking-of the old school

A touching scene of community spirit: 6,000 people line the streets of a Cornish town to remember much-loved ‘beat bobby’ who collapsed and died aged 52article-2995701-26AC124500000578-199_964x396He was the quintessential good old-fashioned local bobby – friendly, fair, and never far away in times of need. So when much-loved Police Constable Andy Hocking died unexpectedly while off duty last week, locals in his hometown thanked him for his years of service in the only way they knew how – by walking his beat for him one last time.26AA2EFE00000578-2995701-PC_Andy_Hocking_pictured_while_on_duty_His_family_said_His_respo-m-66_1426426415912

Thousands of people lined the streets of Falmouth, Cornwall for the memorial walk in tribute to PC Hocking, 52, who reportedly collapsed while he was out with his family last Sunday.

In touching and unprecedented scenes, around 6,000 locals gathered to pay a final tribute to the community officer, led by his wife and childhood sweetheart Sally, 52, and their proud daughters Megan, 23, and Gracie, 19. Touching and unprecedented scenes, as 6,000 locals gathered to pay final tribute to Police Constable, led by his wife and childhood sweetheart Sally, 52, and their proud daughters Megan, 23, and Gracie, 19.

A very well deserved turn out for an old school British bobby, a true public servant. I’ve no doubt the family of PC Andy Hocking were bursting with pride, as they walked his beat one last time with so many from the community he served. Very Well Done FALMOUTH – you truly deserve bobby’s the calibre of Andy Hocking.      Yours Aye.

Gawd is airborne… or soon will be!

269DA69200000578-0-image-a-47_1426268348648The founder and leader of a controversial Atlanta-based megachurch has appealed online for 200,000 people to each donate ‘$300 or more’ so that he can buy a $65 million private jet favored by billionaires. Reverend Creflo Dollar, 53 (top right), is the founder of the World Changers Church International (WCCI) and preaches the prosperity gospel, which teaches that God wants to bless the faithful with earthly riches – and has about 30,000 members. He pleaded on his website this week for his flock of 200,000 people to donate $300 or more each so that he could buy a Gulfstream G650 (above), which is considered the fasted plane ever built within civilian aviation and is worth $65 million USD.269DC8F000000578-2993759-image-a-48_1426270048705 Reverend Creflo Dollar – who has an estimated net worth of $27 million – says that acquiring the jet is essential for him to ‘reach a lost and dying world for the Lord Jesus Christ’Dollar and his family primarily live in a multi-million dollar property in Fayettville, Georgia, south of Atlanta (above.)

A pearl of information that I found bewildering: A Sabreliner 60 jet (as noted from the Report of the Senate Finance Committee, Minority Staff Review of the World Changers Church International) was said to have been purchased by the church  for Dollar’s church work. However, the records of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), indicate that the jet is owned by World Heir Inc., a private, profit earning organization owned by Creflo Dollar and his wife, Taffi Dollar. Further, FAA records also show that quite a number of flights using the jet were to various vacation locations. Among them are: Las Vegas, Nevada, Miami, Florida, and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dollar by name, and Dollar by nature. Breath taking rank hypocrisy – supported by fools easily parted from their money! Al Sharpton is an Angel in comparison…       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.

Old Glory for a cradle

26918C0400000578-2991498-A_photographer_is_hitting_back_at_a_cyber_bully_and_critics_afte-a-36_1426172958014Picture of newborn wrapped in American flag and held aloft by his Navy sailor father sparks fierce internet debate as photographer hits back at those critics calling it ‘desecration and disgusting.’26918C0000000578-2991498-Vanessa_Hicks_above_29_from_Virginia_Beach_posted_pictures_from_-a-32_1426172683240 

The photographer is hitting back at a ‘cyber bully’ and critics after her photo shoot with a military family featured their baby boy wrapped in an American flag. Vanessa Hicks, 29, from Virginia Beach posted pictures from the photo shoot onto her Facebook page on Sunday, unaware that they would receive negative feedback.

The image shows Landon Clevenger, at the time eight days old, from Virginia Beach being cradled in an American flag held by his father, Rodney Clevenger, who is wearing his U.S. Navy uniform. Vanessa Hicks – a mother-of-three and Navy veteran who served for four years – said the image she took illustrates what Mr Clevenger was fighting for – the American flag.

In my mind there is no greater symbolic gesture than that captured by Vanessa Hicks. Very well done indeed. But why-oh-why the Navy has to wear ‘blueberry disruptive pattern’ BDU’s is beyond me - but then I am a dyed in the wool traditionalist. ;-)    Yours Aye. http://www.vanessahicksphotography.com/

After Shot: Very Many Thanks to ‘BigSkyCountry’ for providing the following link, which leads on to this patriotic photograph The Kenyon Family -Semper Fi- Through & Throughkenyonsemperfithroughandthrough

Terry Pratchett has crossed the bar

Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett, OBE (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015)ad_162745772British fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett has died aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his publisher said today. He sold more than 85 million books worldwide in 37 languages. “Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” – Terry Pratchett2693063800000578-2991774-image-m-83_14261750339252693063C00000578-2991774-image-m-84_1426175060328269304C300000578-2991774-image-m-85_1426175069308Terry Pratchett’s books brought laughter and a smile to my face through some tough times. “If complete and utter chaos was lightning, then he’d be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting ‘All gods are bastards!” RIP Mate, and very many thanks for the bright light at the end of the tunnel.       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. 

Jeremy Clarkson – Top Gear in Neutral

top_gearJeremy Clarkson suspended from Top Gear. BBC suspends outspoken host Jeremy Clarkson after row with show producer and confirms Top Gear will not be broadcast on Sunday 15 March 2015.image_400x400 The BBC has suspended Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson “following a fracas” with a producer.

No doubt as a result of some kind of minor slur or innuendo – resulting in a BBC high and mighty political correctness fairy spitting their dummy out!  ‘Jezza’ mate – being a Yorkshireman you have no need to excuse or explain yourself, especially to the politically correct left wingers at the British Bulls**t Corporation.  Top-Gear-Top Man – Just some of Jeremy Clarkson’s gaffes.    Yours Aye.