Donald vs Goliath – How Trump took down fake news.

If there was one thing for sure in the run up to electing a president in 2016, it was that the attack dogs of the massive combined influence of the news, media and Hollywood would savage Trump and make sure Clinton would be elected. The whole smug machine was against him, and he was about … Continue reading

Known only unto God.

On November 7th, 1920, in strictest secrecy, four unidentified British bodies were exhumed from temporary battlefield cemeteries at Ypres, Arras, the Asine and the Somme. None of the soldiers who did the digging were told why. The bodies were taken by field ambulance to …     Beneath this stone rests the body Of a … Continue reading

Friends and Anger – 16

He was in one of his hideaways, an anonymous safe house and dealing with his feelings about what had just happened, because he’d learnt he had to confront the violent things he did in order to put to rest their unsettling impact. It drained the emotion away, so he could think logically about what had … Continue reading

How dare you?

Dr. Johnson, the first lexicographer of English, said that the last refuge of a scoundrel was patriotism. It’s both witty and true, but there’s a deeper pattern he was alluding to. In a previous article, I talked about the almost lost art of oratory which according to the Greek and Roman writers of antiquity had … Continue reading

A change of direction.

When I was in my schooldays, I had a younger brother in the same school who quite frankly had a big mouth which he tended to use recklessly on the wrong people. It often resulted in some sort of altercation with me galloping to his rescue, and oft times receiving a few lumps for my … Continue reading

About lies and liars.

We all tell lies. Let’s leave aside little white lies which like good manners are the harmless lubricant of society, and concentrate on the big ones. Thinking back to my early education, I was taught lies come in two flavours; those of commission and those of omission. With friends you know and have a regard … Continue reading

The wisdom of Private Scheisskopf.

For my sins, I’ve been watching the various Dem primary debates, though I must admit on the first one stopping fairly early into the 14 hour marathon before I began to lose the will to live. The second one, billed as a town hall on climate change was mercifully short at only 7 hours, but … Continue reading

Some thoughts about Trump’s Rio Rancho, New Mexico rally.

I watched the speech Trump gave at his recent rally on 16th September in New Mexico. The overall format was as I expected. After he’d warmed them up, he went through all the economic numbers, which attested to the American economy being in the best shape it’s been in decades. The brute numbers speak for … Continue reading

Parliament vs The People.

If like me, you’ve been keeping an eye on the non-progress of the UK’s exit from the EU, namely Brexit, you’ve no doubt marvelled at the three year long delaying tactics of the Remain faction within Parliament and outside it. Essentially, the non-essential requirement of negotiating some sort of exit deal from the EU before … Continue reading

Feminism is a dead end for women.

I’m a bloke who writes a blog, so all you’re ever going to get here is a bloke’s viewpoint, and it’ll be honest and unvarnished – that’s my contract with you, the reader. I get paid nothing for doing it and you’re under no obligation to read beyond the first paragraph of anything I write, … Continue reading

Trump’s relationship with the military and law enforcement.

A couple of years back, and in the aftermath of the 2016 political earthquake of Trump being elected president, I read an article in I think what is now the far-left NY Times. It was one of those extremely poor efforts at journalism we’ve come to expect from the fake news machine. In essence, it … Continue reading

Convenient demises.

There are a lot of blogs that simply peddle various conspiracy theories of different levels of derangement. From con trails, through flat Earth, hollow Earth and how the world’s leaders are actually lizards sheathed in human skin. As always, everybody chooses what they want to put some credence in, but in the last few years … Continue reading

Deep in enemy territory.

My secondary education occurred in what was quite frankly a terrible school. There was no lovable Mr. Chips teacher in it, rather with only a few honourable exceptions, mostly a collection of lazy and disillusioned teachers who’d long ago given up and were essentially ticking off the days to retirement. They languidly handed out after … Continue reading

Some thoughts about Trump’s Cincinnati Ohio rally.

I watched the speech Trump gave at his recent rally on Thursday 1st August 2019. I learnt the lesson early that it’s a futile exercise in the main to read summaries or highlights of his speeches by fake news simply because of all the lies, both of omission and commission, but also the partisan spin … Continue reading

The Apollo 11 moon shot anniversary and some thoughts upon it.

If you’re of a certain vintage, you’ll remember where you were when the first man stepped on the moon. I recall being at school and happening to pass by the assembly hall and seeing five teachers sat in a row at the end of it watching some live TV coverage of the descent or Armstrong … Continue reading

Foodie? Moi?

This is about survival man cooking, and I’ll give you fair warning, you should not read this piece, but if you do so, and pay any heed to the recipe, never mind follow it, the odds are you’re probably going to die. However, should you truck onwards into this bit of the dark interior of … Continue reading

Welcome to clown world AKA the Democrat debates.

In a series of three articles, I recently ran the slide rule over the major and minor contenders for the Democrat ticket in 2020, as well as making some general observations. Having gone to the trouble of researching a field of mostly obscure mediocrities and scratching around to find something even faintly interesting, or at … Continue reading

Home alone.

I’m home alone. My wife has gone back visiting to the small Irish provincial town she was born and raised in, to be with her kith and kin because they’re putting up a commemorative plaque to one of her older brothers, a policeman who died in the line of duty. He’s more than forty years … Continue reading

Trump’s platform for 2020.

Anyone running for re-election to a high office has three broad strategies to choose from, or a judicious mixture of them. The first is highlighting their achievements while already in office, hopefully some, the second is announcing a list of initiatives that will appeal to the electorate to make them vote for them and the … Continue reading

Emotional needs.

I managed a team of people in the late 80s. Mainly blokes but a couple of women in their early to middle thirties who would be a rarity in that line of business. It was a very precise and technical area of endeavour which was very demanding, both intellectually and on your personal life. It … Continue reading