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of God in me completely. What was this news that scared the life out of me?
Well, the first was that Hilary Clinton is coming over next week to visit the natives. In Belfast “She is due to deliver a major speech on US achievements in support of human rights globally,” says the Dublin press. We won’t go there Hilary. What I notice about politicians talking about human rights, and I mean all politicians, not just Americans, is that human rights are great as long as they are applied only to the people that the politicians consider human.
For everyone else there is an excuse as to why it is right to kill them.
Then on Saturday morning the news got worse and I had my breakfast ruined. Hilary’s beloved spouse and former President of the USA, Bill, could be coming to Ireland as ambassador. This note appeared in an Irish newspaper on Saturday morning: “The US Embassy has refused to rule out reports that former president Bill Clinton could be next ambassador to Ireland.
A spokesman said the embassy did not comment on any diplomatic appointments, adding that the serving ambassador Dan Rooney had not announced his resignation.
The comments came after a US newspaper suggested that Mr Clinton, who is a regular visitor here, would be interested in the job.
The 'Chicago Sun-Times' suggested that Mr Clinton and his wife Hillary, the current US Secretary of State, could relax and wind down here before she embarks on a mooted run for the White House in 2016.”
So Hilary could relax here for four years before going to run for president. Does anyone know a prayer for rain?
Guilty NM prankster returns
stolen toilet paper
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I hope that if Hilary and Bill do come here that they are given their own private parking lot. A woman in Chicago has run up a $105,000 parking bill at O’Hare International airport in the city. The car is only worth a couple of hundred dollars and the woman’s owner claims that her ex registered it in her name before clearing off. The poor woman has had her licence revoked and cannot get it back till she pays up.
This story reminds me of the one in England about thirty years ago where an advert appeared in a paper selling a Jaguar for £1. It turned out that the husband had left the house to the wife and instructed her to sell his beautiful Jag and give the proceeds to his mistress.
So, she sold it for £1. Well done, Mrs.
Then there was the story of the aristocratic woman in England who cut up her husband’s clothes and threw them on the lawn. He had been cheating on her. I remember her saying on TV that “It felt so good!”
When relationships go sour people can do spiteful things. But then sometimes we have to make amends.
A student in New Mexico sent the local university a box of toilet paper with a note that read: "Years ago when I was a young immature college student I took toilet paper from your dormitory as a prank.
"I apologise for that and offer this case of toilet paper as recompense.”
"Jesus Christ has made such a difference in my life and has prompted me to repay for any sins I've done even from so long ago.
"God Bless and Merry Christmas."
Bank Balance Advent Calendar
showing lots of debis.
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Christmas brings out the best in us. Well, most of us anyway. For a lot of us Christmas brings more debt. Something inside snaps, reason falls by the wayside and we buy a host of things that we don’t need. Then in January we end up broke and in a mess.
I was going well till I got up this morning. Now I read that Northern Ireland house prices are falling again, another 1.75% in the last quarter. Chez Turlough shall soon not be worth the monthly mortgage bill.
And then there comes out a report that more and more people in the New North are struggling with debt repayments. This report was not about mortgages and houses but about personal debt and the use of private lenders who are charging exorbitant interest rates.
Advice NI chief executive Bob Stronge said: "Every day our dedicated advisers see the human impact of the continued economic downturn with debt levels rising, concerns over welfare reform growing with more and more people being affected.”
Mr Stronge added: "We have serious concerns regarding the spread of payday loans and a worrying lack of understanding of the new welfare system by those on whom it will impact most. “
"That's why we are calling on the Executive to include a statutory right to free independent advice for all those affected by the changes, so that people can find their way through these changes without being adversely affected."
They are bringing in a new thing called the “Universal Credit.” This new credit is of course meant to simplify everything but already civil (and not so civil) servants that I am speaking to, see that the whole thing is a farce. It was to come in next November but launch date has been postponed for six months.
The Universal Credit is to replace Housing Benefit, Tax Credits of all sorts, Income Support and Jobseekers Allowance. The propaganda is that it shall simplify everything.
The reality is that when you go to apply for any of these benefits you shall have to do so online. There will be no one to help you, no forms to fill in and everything shall be worked out automatically. The whole computer system shall be cross referenced with the Income Tax people and a blind man on a galloping horse could see the mess that this is going to be. Less staff employed by the Civil Service.
And what if you have no internet connection? You get a token for the local library.
And what if you are not intelligent enough to understand or to use the system? Tough!
The introduction of the new universal credit highlights something that we have spoken of many times before; the way that society is growing more divided between the haves and the have-nots. Government appears to be aiding the increase in this division. I say “appears” because none of us can assume that there is a deliberate policy behind this
In Victorian times there were two groups of poor in the society; the deserving poor and the undeserving poor. We are seeing the rise of this mentality in British society again.
Along with this rise we are also seeing a corresponding rise in the activities of various charitable organizations. The latest one that I have noticed is CAP, Christians Against Poverty. This group was specifically sat up to help people cope with debt.
What is going to be the end of it all? We await the “Golden Dawn.”
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Golden Dawn is a far right party in Greece which is reportedly racist and anti immigrant. There are two very frightening things about Golden Dawn. The first is its sudden rise. A few years ago it was a joke; now it has 20 MPs in the Greek parliament.
The second is the support that the party gets among the police and the army. The normal percentage of votes that the party got in areas where there were no police stations was 8%. In areas where police live the number rose to over 20%. There was a similar pattern where the army was based.
We may think that such a thing could not happen here but a couple of weeks ago UKIP, the United Kingdom Independence Party, got third place in a couple of by elections. Now before you go saying, so what, remember that UKIP has 12 members in the European Parliament, three peers in the House of Lords and one member in the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr David McNarry who joined UKIP in October this year.
There is a huge rise in far right parties all over Europe, especially in Germany and Austria, and history tells us we need to be careful when we see this happening. This is only to be expected as people always look for scapegoats when problems arise. It is human nature. The poor, deserving or undeserving, foreigners or anyone else who is different will do.
We do not know what way Europe shall come out of this but in fifty years it shall not be the same place as it is today.
Sardinia is an island in the Mediterranean Sea. It wants independence from Italy. Venice wants to re-establish itself as a republic again as it was in the late middle ages. The Basque country in Spain voted last week for parties that want to leave Spain and become independent. What have all these countries got in common?
They are all self sufficient and pay vast amounts of money to a government that then gives the money to other regions. They want to stop paying for immigrants and the undeserving poor!
Even Scotland is talking about leaving. If I was them the first thing I would do is rebuild Hadrian’s Wall. The emperor Hadrian built his wall from AD122 to about AD135, to keep the Picts out and it was the most heavily fortified border line in the empire.
This time I think the Scottish should build the wall to keep the English out. Imagine being up in your beautiful Highlands just after you have gained your independence from Jonathon Bull, Esquire, tending a few of those cute brown long horned Highland cows and some bloke in a Rolls drives up, lowers the window and says in an Eton accent, “Hello, chappie, how are you getting along without the Queen’s shilling?”
I’d lift my kilt and......
God help us if the British ever do their sums. For every pound of tax we pay we get over £1.29 back. This wee province could not go it alone for a day. We would become beggars like some of our neighbours. We would all be marching—to the soup kitchen.
Read this next bit from the Daily Telegraph (Nov 27th): “In the 2009-10 tax year, more than 16,000 people declared an annual income of more than £1 million to HM Revenue and Customs. This number fell to just 6,000 after Gordon Brown introduced the new 50p top rate of income tax shortly before the last general election.”
This means that rather than pay the new tax rate at least 10,000 people who earn more than a million pound a year registered in some way as living outside the UK. They would not pay the higher tax rate because the money was going to the undeserving poor!
What does all this tell us about social cohesion? It tells us that social cohesion is not in a healthy state, that people are retreating more and more into their own corner and looking after themselves with no thought for others. We live in interesting times.
I think I’ll make a break for freedom.
A zebra and a pony ran through parking
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“An escaped zebra and a miniature horse have been filmed trotting through a shopping centre car park on New York City's Staten Island. Zachary Osher recorded the odd scene on his camera phone.
In the video, the animals can be seen trotting down the street and narrowly escape being hit by a car.
Mr Osher told the Staten Island Advance that shortly after he had filmed the pair, he saw two men in dark black suits carrying lassoes following in pursuit.”
It’s like something you would read out of the Wild West, or is Staten Island on the east of the city?
Or what about this story from the BBC:
“An escaped Emu in Barnstaple, north Devon, caused mayhem in the town centre.
The 4ft tall bird was spotted by shocked residents at around 8am in St Georges Road, who then called the police.
It was quite friendly but put up a bit of a struggle as I tried to get it into the back of the van, said PCSO Steve Huxtable, who was one of the attending officers along with PC Zoe Parnell.
It didn’t bite at all but kicked pretty hard and covered me in mud.”
Even animals love freedom; turn on the immigrants, impoverish the poor, destroy social cohesion and we are storing up huge problems for the future. I wonder if the pendulum is swinging back to the right and if it is how far shall it swing?
Yasser Arafat's mausoleum exhumed
and reburied in six-hour night mission.
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The far right could dig Hitler up and make him an honorary Führer. Why not, they’re digging everyone else up these days.
Poor old Yasser Arafat could not be left in peace; he had to be dug up. Somebody reckons that perhaps he was poisoned with some radioactive material. Others have been dug up before. Probably the most famous was Evita Peron, who was buried in Argentina then dug up and took to Italy and finally back to Argentina.
Sammy Davis Jr. was buried with $70,000 of jewellery in 1990. When his wife found out that he was almost bankrupt she had his grave opened and she took the jewellery. She didn’t bother with Sammy. Could you blame her?
The authorities in New York decided to dig up John Lennon—but they found nothing only a dead beatle!
“Our God is a great God.”
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published in Observer Newspaper group, N.I.
6th Dec '12