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The care gene.


A good combat medic is a breed apart. They go into the situation voluntarily wearing a heavier amount of gear than anyone else in the platoon but the heavy weapons teams. They’re rarely armed. Perhaps a side arm or a light combat knife or scalpel to cut uniform away to get at a wound or … Continue reading

Friends and Anger 4


Good reconnaissance is essential, but what must never happen is the opposition realising it’s occurring. If they detect it, they start tooling up. Forewarned is forearmed. They armour up and are en guard for the assault. They buy the personal security and your odds of getting at them go immediately astronomical. There’s a thing you … Continue reading

Grandchildren.


I’m fortunate to have grandchildren. After making a few questionable life decisions, I never envisioned being around that long, to be frank. You get to have all that fun playing with them without any of the residual responsibility. Doing the occasional babysit of them isn’t a problem; more of a pleasure. In a strange way, … Continue reading

Friends and Anger 3.


He’d been reading a very old book in its original and ancient language while listening to a favourite Ella Fitzgerald album on vinyl in the background. He can’t stand CDs because they always chop off the high and low-end frequency notes to cram it onto the CD. They think nobody will notice, but he does. … Continue reading

Anonymity.


Some people have this innocent assumption that anything they say or do on the internet is untraceable, because they’re using an invented name or handle, and that combined with a second email address not in their real name means all rules of common civility can be abandoned. They say things on the internet they’d never … Continue reading

Friends and Anger 2


He disentangled himself from her sprawling embrace and got out of bed. He hadn’t really slept in the night, just cat napped. It is an aspect of his protective personality when it comes to her. Switched into overwatch mode. You don’t sleep, you don’t take advantage of a woman you’ve a regard for who’s in … Continue reading

The Autumn offensive for the mid-terms begins.


Over the last year, it’s become obvious there is a coordinated campaign to de-platform any and all conservative voices from all the big social media platforms. By social media I mean Facebook, Twitter and Youtube and I’ve no doubt Google is in on the act as well. The intention is to exclude any narrative other … Continue reading

Friends and anger.


Bang, bang, bang on your front door. There’s a certain recognition in the cadence it’s done. Too quick and five seconds later you have cops all over you looking for some results from the probable cause warrant they’ve wangled out of some sympathetic judge. This one is different, it’s more knock, knock, knock. A quiet … Continue reading

The rule of law.


There’s a pseudo-modern day idea that as long as you hate someone else’s politics enough, you can be free to physically molest and attack them. In some instances, most specifically antifa, the police have obviously been instructed to allow it and in fact to turn a blind eye to it happening. It’s only a matter … Continue reading

Blood brothers.


He’d messed up and knew it too. Nearly walked them into a minefield, but still had enough smarts to duck like fuck when the debollocker blasted smartly out of the ground to explode at a yard height. It took some meat off him. That was okay. He knows the way these things work out. He’s … Continue reading

Turd level educashun.


There’s been this huge push across most western democracies to get as many young people into third level education, or college or university or whatever you want to call it. It’s been mainly a political promise – your boy or girl, every single one of them, can emerge in three years clasping that magic piece … Continue reading

Helsinki.


I’ve been reading the mainstream media’s coverage of the recent meeting between Trump and Putin in Helsinki with growing astonishment. Even in an age of Trump Derangement Syndrome, I’ve never before seen such infantile, juvenile and venomous coverage of a summit between two world leaders. Watching the press conference, it was only the Russian journalists … Continue reading

Seeing a friend out.


I once had a friend. He and his wife and family had moved in a few doors down. Our youngest sons went to the same junior school, babies really. Anyway, the annual BBQ in May came around and it was the usual dissolute business. Always invite all the neighbours, that way it blunts any possible … Continue reading

The new barbarians.


As an ever so clued up young adult, there was this “what if” game we used to play. It had lots of variations; the most common being if you were holding a dinner party, which five other people you could pick out of history would you like around the dinner table? It was always an … Continue reading

Mixing business and politics.


My father always had what would be called an entrepreneurial streak these days. Given that he was born at the start of the last century, we’re not talking high-tech startups here, but rather knowing he was the youngest son and therefore wouldn’t be inheriting the modest farmstead they’d all been brought up on, he got … Continue reading

On Willie Sutton, Liberty Valance and Donald Trump.


A longtime contributor to this blog and a good friend, Blackswan, asked me a question recently. Why did I mainly blog about American politics when I live in Europe? As usual, a trenchant thought from that source. My answer came down to something similar to what the American bank robber Willie Sutton allegedly replied to … Continue reading

Europe in crisis and the new politics.


I wrote an article some years back, the main thrust of which, was that unless establishment politics evolved away from its pervasive liberal sentiments, then the rise of very old-fashioned conservative parties was inevitable. This would happen because electorates would become alienated from the established parties of both the right and left, whose unpopular policies … Continue reading

Trade wars.


There’s a way in politics of appearing to say yes, when what you’re actually thinking is there’s no way will you let that happen. It’s a combination of techniques; prevarication, filibustering, devil in the detail tedious scrutiny of the terms of the deal you’re supposed to be all up for making and of course some … Continue reading

It ain’t what you don’t know …


One of my favourite movies is a slightly obscure Western called the Long Riders, which I can recommend highly. It’s a pretty accurate history of the James-Younger gang which probably didn’t reach the fame it should have because of a lack of PR investment at the time it came out, but if you’re a fan … Continue reading

About the November mid-terms.


In the year and a half since he was elected, Trump has delivered big time on both the domestic and foreign policy fronts. On the former; unemployment is plunging month on month, wages for the low-paid worker are rising for the first time in twenty years, black and Hispanic unemployment is at never before seen … Continue reading