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Monday, 27 February 2017

A different take on Donald Trump: a non-political agenda

Mychal S Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry . Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Centre (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015.

Trump Is Not A Liberal or Conservative, He’s a "Pragmatist."
(Definition: A pragmatist is someone who is practical and focused on reaching a goal. A pragmatist usually has a straightforward, matter-of-fact approach and doesn't let emotion distract him or her.)
"We recently enjoyed a belated holiday dinner with friends at the home of other friends. The dinner conversation was jocund, ranging from discussions about antique glass and china to theology and politics.

At one point, reference was made to Donald Trump being a conservative, to which I responded that Trump is not a conservative.

I said that I neither view nor do I believe Trump views himself as a conservative. I stated it was my opinion that Trump is a pragmatist. He sees a problem and understands it must be fixed. He doesn't see the problem as liberal or conservative, he sees it only as a problem. That is a quality that should be admired and applauded, not condemned. But I get ahead of myself.

Viewing problems from a Liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and more attacks on the working class in all economic strata.

Viewing things according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending and globalism to the detriment of American interests and well-being, denial of what the real problems are, weak, ineffective, milquetoast, leadership that amounts to Barney Fife Deputy Sheriff, appeasement oriented and afraid of its own shadow. In brief, it has brought liberal ideology  with a pachyderm as a mascot juxtaposed to the ass of the Democrat Party.

Immigration isn't a Republican problem – it isn't a Liberal problem – it is a problem that threatens the very fabric and infrastructure of America . It demands a pragmatic approach not an approach that is intended to appease one group or another.

The impending collapse of the economy isn't a Liberal or Conservative problem, it is an American problem. That said, until it is viewed as a problem that demands a common sense approach to resolution, it will never be fixed because the Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things and the longevity of  their impracticality has proven to have no lasting effect.
Successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, they do not promise to accommodate.

Trump uniquely understands that China’s manipulation of currency is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem. It is a problem that threatens our financial stability and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it.

Here again, successful businessmen like Trump who have weathered the changing tides of economic reality understand what is necessary to make business work, and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn't work, you don't continue trying to make it work hoping that at some point it will.

As a pragmatist, Donald Trump hasn't made wild pie-in-the-sky promises of a cell phone in every pocket, free college tuition, and a $15 hour minimum wage for working the drive-through at Carl’s Hamburgers.

I argue that America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see a problem and find ways to fix them. They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems.

You may not like Donald Trump, but I suspect that the reason some people do not like him is because:
(1) he is antithetical to the “good old boy” method of brokering backroom deals that fatten the coffers of politicians;

(2) they are unaccustomed to hearing a candidate speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackles of those who owe them vis-a-vis donations;

(3) he is someone who is free of idiomatic political ideology; and

(4) he is someone who understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again.
Listening to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talk about fixing America is like listening to two lunatics trying to “out crazy” one another. Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio are owned lock, stock, and barrel by the bankers, corporations, and big dollar donors funding their campaigns. Bush can deny it, but common sense tells anyone willing to face facts is that people don't give tens of millions without expecting something in return.

We have had Democrats and Republican ideologues and what has it brought us? Are we better off today or worse off? Has it happened overnight or has it been a steady decline brought on by both parties?

I submit that a pragmatist might be just what America needs right now. People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance, but that is common among those who have never accomplished anything in their lives (or politicians who never really solved a problem, because it's better to still have an "issue(s) to be solved," so re-elect me to solve it, (which never happens) and those who have always played it safe (again, all politicians) not willing to risk failure, to try and achieve success).

Donald Trump has his total financial empire at risk in running for president; that says it all. Success for the USA!

Are we about to lose Nigel Farage?

Watch this speech Nigel has just given in America and decide for yourself. I think he'll stay in the UK for two or three more years but, as Donald Trump gets to know him better, I have a feeling he'll (Trump) want Nigel closer.

If I were Nigel, I'd consider, very seriously, moving to the USA. Wouldn't you? But don't answer until you have watched the video below.


Friday, 24 February 2017

Paul Nuttall--has he a future as leader?

First of all, who am I? I am a long term UKIP supporter, having been associated with the “Anti-Federalist League – run by Dr Alan Sked – where five members from there started UKIP. The five consisted of two Tories, two Socialists and a Liberal Democrat.

Many years ago I was the UKIP Head Office Manager, and before I resigned for the fifth time, I was a Patron member paying £1,000 a year. I will not rejoin UKIP as long as Douglas Carswell, who I suspect as being a Tory plant, is still a member of UKIP.

I will, of course, still vote for UKIP as there is nobody else.

I neither like nor dislike Paul Nuttall, the present leader. How can I? I have never met him. So there is no personal love or animosity here.

The question we have to ask now, is a question all leaders face when they lose a constituency they personally stand in. Should they go or should they stay?

Mr Nuttall has proven he is a hard worker, and has mobilised great numbers of UKIP members to go to Stoke. In London there was a succession of buses going there every weekend, and on the last week every day. People worked hard there and from the feedback, were getting on well with the natives.

Although Labour’s total was 2.22% down from GE2015, and UKIP was 2.07% up from GE2015, and they beat the Tories into second place, they still lost by 2,620 votes.

Now we come to the question of Paul Nuttall’s leadership, which I have been following since he became leader. It is my considered opinion he has made a good leader. He hasn’t the flair of Nigel Farage, but that can’t be held against him as very few leaders have. As far as I can see, there have been no warning signs on my radar about him and I have been happy with him at the helm.

But there is one thing niggling at the back of my mind.
When the five people turned the Anti-Federalist league into the UK Independence Party, Dr Sked suddenly found he was no longer a big fish in a small pond, but a small fish in a big pond. He didn’t like it and he left amid acrimonious rows.

So for the next few general elections, the press wheeled him out, and gave him a full page to rubbish UKIP. This is one reason it took UKIP so long in the early days.

In every election we have in the future, at the very least until GE2030, will the press bring out the Hillsborough story. Yes, of course they will.
Do I believe his account about not checking his website when others may have added embellishments? Yes, I do—absolutely! I think Mr Nuttall is an honest man.

Should he check everything that goes out in his name? Yes, he should—absolutely!

If he is an aspiring politician, he has a responsibility to check everything that goes out in his personal name. You cannot trust others always to do the right thing.

But this is just my belief. It may not be shared by the UKIP NEC. If they feel they can combat this story at every election, then they should ignore my fears and keep Mr Nuttall as their leader.

Whether he goes or stays, I will still vote UKIP, and when they kick out Carswell, I might even rejoin as a Patron again.


Monday, 20 February 2017

An email received from a Czech nurse working in Germany

Date: February 19, 2017 at 7:57:08 PM MST
Subject: Nursing now in Germany

"Yesterday, at the hospital, we had a meeting about how the situation here and at the other Munich hospitals is unsustainable. Clinics cannot handle the number of migrant medical emergencies, so they are starting to send everything to the main hospitals.
Many Muslims are refusing treatment by female staff, and we women are now refusing to go among those migrants!

Relations between the staff and  migrants are going from bad to worse. Since last weekend, migrants going to the hospitals must be accompanied by police with K-9 units.
Many migrants have AIDS, syphilis, open TB and many exotic diseases that we in Europe do not know how to treat.

If they receive a prescription to the pharmacy, they suddenly learn they have to pay cash. This leads to unbelievable outbursts, especially when it is about drugs for the children. They abandon the children with pharmacy staff with the words: So, cure them here yourselves!

So the  police are not just guarding the clinics and hospitals, but also the large pharmacies.
We ask openly where are all those who welcomed the migrants in front of TV cameras with signs at train stations? Yes, for now, the border has been closed, but a million of them are already here and we will definitely not be able to get rid of them.
Until now, the number of unemployed in Germany was 2.2 million. Now it will be at least 3.5 million. Most of these people are completely unemployable. Only a small minimum of them have any education. What is more, their women usually do not work at all. I estimate that one in ten is pregnant. Hundreds of thousands of them have brought along infants and little kids under six, many emaciated and very needy. If this continues and Germany re-opens its  borders, I am going home to the Czech Republic. Nobody can keep me here in this situation, not even for double the salary back home. I came to Germany to work, not to Africa or the Middle East!
Even the professor who heads our department told us how sad it makes him to see the cleaning woman, who has cleaned every day for years for 800 euros and then meets crowds of young men in the hallways who just wait with their hands outstretched, wanting everything for free, and when they don't get it they throw a fit.
I really don't need this! But I am afraid that if I return home, at some  point it will be the same in the Czech Republic. If the Germans, with their systems, cannot handle this, then, guaranteed, back home will be total chaos.....

You - who have not come in contact with these people have absolutely no idea what kind of badly behaved desperadoes these people are, and how Muslims act superior to our staff, regarding their religious accommodation.
For now, the local hospital staff have not come down with the diseases these people brought here, but with so many hundreds of patients every day â this is just a question of time.
In a hospital near the Rhine, migrants attacked the staff with knives after they had handed over an 8-month-old on the brink of death, who they'd dragged across half of Europe for three months. The child died two days later, despite having received top care at one of the best paediatric clinics in Germany. The paediatric physician had to undergo surgery and the two nurses are recovering in the ICU. Nobody has been punished.
The local press is forbidden to write about it, so we can only inform you through email. What would have happened to a German if he had stabbed the doctor and nurses with a knife? Or if he had flung his own syphilis-infected urine into a nurses face and so threatened her with infection? At a minimum he would have  gone straight to jail and later to court. With these people so far, nothing has happened,
And so I ask:  Where are all those greeters and receivers from the train stations?  Sitting pretty at home, enjoying their uncomplicated, safe lives. If it were up to me, I would round up all those greeters and bring them here first to our hospitals emergency ward as attendants! Then in to one of the buildings housing the migrants, so they can really look after them there  themselves, without armed police and police dogs, who, sadly today, are in every hospital here in Bavaria."
Please tell everybody how bad it is.                        
Is this "situation" coming to our country? As Plato once said: "If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools."

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Lest we forget what Liberals are really capable of

These facts and figures are truly horrific.

All this occurred under a Democratic presidency in the United States.

I am sure there are people in Britain stupid enough to think this couldn't happen in the UK.


Monday, 13 February 2017

A German woman alive in Nazi Germany explains Trump.

Inga Andrews lived in Düsseldorf, Germany during the Second World War and spent time hiding in air raid shelters and helping to clean up rubble from destroyed buildings. Here's her story:

“What is going on in this country is giving me chills. Trump is not like Hitler. Just because a leader wants order doesn’t mean they’re like a dictator.

"What reminds me more of Hitler than anything else isn’t Trump, it’s the destruction of freedom of speech on the college campuses — the agendas fuelled by the professors.

"That’s how Hitler started, he pulled in the youth to brainwash them, it’s happening today.”

"America needs to grow up. The young people who are rioting and destroying property, who have no respect for elders and freedom of speech, I was so proud to become a citizen of America.

"Professors shouldn’t be telling their students to go after freedom of speech. They should be telling them that this is the greatest country in the world.

"The demonstrators can’t tell you why they’re demonstrating. I’m not a Republican. I’m not a Democrat. I just want the country to be at peace.

"I see what is happening here reflecting some of the things we saw in Germany, and it’s terrifying. It’s sad. But it’s not because of Trump. It’s because of poor education.

"Trump is not like Hitler. The theory that he is, is propaganda. Yes, I lived through some of Nazi Germany, but all you have to do is read some books about that period to see how wrong that theory is.”

Gay Liberal turns Conservative

Gay New York journalist boldly turns conservative after lib friends go nuts over his ‘fair’ Milo interview

It took one interview with Breitbart’s provocative Milo Yiannopoulos to convince a gay liberal journalist that he was playing on the wrong team.

Chadwick Moore wasn’t looking forward to the interview “Out” magazine had assigned him, calling Yiannopoulos “a loathed figure” in the gay community, and “a nasty attention-whore.”

“I knew featuring him in such a liberal publication would get negative attention,” he told the New York Post.

But after the story ran in late October, the hate from the “tolerant left” began.

“I woke up to more than 100 Twitter notifications on my iPhone,” he said. “Trolls were calling me a Nazi, death threats rolled in and a joke photo that I posed for in a burka served as ‘proof’ that I am an Islamophobe.”

And what was worse was that some of the hate came from personal friends — those he’d known for years, who found the article “irresponsible” and “dangerous.”

And for what?

“All I had done was write a balanced story on an outspoken Trump supporter for a liberal, gay magazine, and now I was being attacked,” Moore told the Post. “I felt alienated and frightened.”

After keeping a low profile for a week Moore headed off to a gay bar he’d patronized for more than a decade — and got the same cold shoulder.

“Upon seeing me, a friend who normally greets me with a hug and kiss pivoted and turned away,” Moore recalled.

And the hate continued. On Christmas eve a “longtime friend” sent him a lengthy text message in which he was called “a monster,” was asked what happened to his soul and told that all his friends were laughing at him.

“I realized that, for the first time in my adult life, I was outside of the liberal bubble and looking in,” Moore said. “What I saw was ugly, lock step, incurious and mean-spirited.”
And he realized liberals are against the exercise of free speech

“If you dare to question liberal stances or make an effort toward understanding why conservatives think the way they do, you are a traitor,” Moore realized.

That’s when he began reaching out to conservatives — and found a wholly different mindset.

“[A]s I met more Trump supporters with whom I was able to have engaging, civil discussions about issues that impact us all, I realized that I like these people,” Moore told the Post, “even if I have some issues with Trump himself.”

And when he realized he’s politically closer to the right than he is to the left, a whole new world opened to him.

“I’ve come around on Republican pundit Ann Coulter, who I now think is smart and funny and not a totally hateful, self-righteous bigot,” Moore said. “A year ago, this would have been unfathomable to me.”

More here

Saturday, 11 February 2017

The American political system in a nutshell

The American voting system isn't that dissimilar to ours when you ignore the fact that they elect their leader directly.

Their upper house is called the Senate and, unlike our 800 plus House of Lords, has only 100 Senators, less at present, as there are only 51 Republicans (Conservatives right) and 74 Democrats (Liberal left).

Their lower house is called the "House of Representatives" and has 239 Republicans and 194 Democrats (total 433) These cover a huge area (Britain can fit into 54% of California as an example).

The Presidential election, like our general election, is not based on the total number of votes (country-wide), in Britain, by Constituencies, and in America by the Electoral College system. The Clinton vote (Democrat) came to 232, and the Trump vote (Republican) came to 306 votes.

Both systems have remained generally unaltered for over 200 years.

Over the last fifty years, all elections in both countries proved that the left are extremely bad losers and will not accept democracy if it is not the result they desire.


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Climate Change, are you being hoodwinked?

 This was sent to me from a collection from the Internet. It may or may not be "Fake News" so I have added a few links to help ascertain this. His language is amusing but do bear in mind he's Australian!
  Ian Rutherford Plimer is an Australian geologist, professor emeritus of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne, professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide, and the director of multiple mineral exploration and mining companies. He has published 130 scientific papers, six books and edited the Encyclopedia of Geology.
Born: 12 February 1946
Residence: Australia
Nationality: Australian
Fields of Study: Earth Science, Geology, Mining Engineering
Institutions: University of New England, University of Newcastle, University of Melbourne, University of Adelaide
Alma mater: University of New South Wales, Macquarie University
Thesis: The pipe deposits of tungsten-molybdenum-bismuth in eastern Austraia (1976)
Notable Awards: Eureka Prize (1995,2002), Centenary Medal (2003), Clarke Medal (2004)
Where Does the Carbon Dioxide Really Come From?     

PLIMER: "Okay, here's the bombshell. The recent volcanic eruption in Iceland. Since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just four days, negated every single effort you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet - all of you.
Of course, you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress - it's that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans and all animal life.
I's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kids "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50p light bulbs with £5 light bulbs ..... well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days.
The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in just four days - yes, FOUR DAYS - by that volcano in Iceland has totally erased every          single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon. And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud at any one time - EVERY DAY.
I don't really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention that when the volcano Mt. Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in all its years on earth.
Yes, folks, Mt. Pinatubo was active for over one year - think about it!!!!
Of course, I shouldn't spoil this 'touchy-feely tree-hugging' moment and mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keeps happening despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.
And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud, but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years. And it happens every year.
Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon tax on you, on the basis of the bogus 'human-caused' climate-change scenario.
Hey, isn't it interesting how they don't mention 'Global Warming' any more, but just 'Climate Change' - you know why? It's because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past few years and these global warming bull artists got caught with their pants down.
And, just keep in mind that you might yet have an Emissions Trading Scheme - that whopping new tax - imposed on you that will achieve absolutely nothing except make you poorer. It won't stop any volcanoes from erupting, that's for sure.


Here is a thirty minute speech by Ivar Giaever, a Nobel Prize Winner in physics, at a Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, explaining with data, on why Global Warming is a false premise. Ivar is Norwegian and is a New York resident.


Monday, 23 January 2017

It's a funny life dealing with the USA

Many years ago, in the late seventies, I purchased Borland's PIM (Personal Information Manager to you).

Sitting in a pub with a few friends, we were complaining because, in the UK version, Borland had to remove the security for the UK version.

A foreign gentleman came over and in halting English said, come to pub tomorrow, same time, and I give you copy of American version.

Naturally, we all came back, and sure enough the guy came in, sat down and gave me an envelope with the copied disks in. He said he was from the Russian Embassy, I guessed KGB as he was allowed out - this was in the cold war period.

How did you get these, I asked? He said, Man in Washington Embassy went to computer shop around corner and bought the program over the counter.

So much for American efficiency and security I thought.


Friday, 13 January 2017

A lesson on negotiating for Theresa May.

One of the most important parts of negotiating is to do thorough research before you sit down at the table.

Second, but equally important, is that you keep your plans to yourself right up to the last moment before briefing your team, unless you trust them!

Although I distrust Theresa May – after all (a) she is a politician and (b) she was a remainer, and possibly still is – she is absolutely right not to discuss her final tactics in Parliament – after all, they are also MPs, and not to be trusted!

It is my considered view that Mrs May should start the talks by saying she is considering scrapping membership of the single market, and relying on World Trade Organisation tariffs. We don't want that, but it will wake them up in a panic.

This would hit German car imports into Britain as, of all new cars sold in this country, 30% are German. This has been estimated as costing Germany a loss of between 3m and 5m jobs. Of course it would hit our own export of motor cars but this is just one company, Jaguar, and we could reimburse their 10% rise of import tariffs from the 10% we collect on German Cars. But this may not be necessary now that our pound has returned to its natural level.

Considering the above, it would wrong-foot the EU negotiators from the start, and enable her to negotiate from strength.

Total trade exports for November 2016 were £29.3 billion. This was an increase of £2.5 billion (9.4 per cent) compared with last month, and an increase of £4.5 billion (18 per cent) compared with November 2015.
Total trade imports for November 2016 were £42.5 billion. This was an increase of £2.9 billion (7.4 per cent) compared with last month, and an increase of £7.6 billion (22 per cent) compared with November 2015.

The UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £13.2 billion.

In an analysis published in 2013, the UK Office for National Statistics reported that if all goods trade with the Netherlands is counted as EU trade, then 50.5% of UK exports go to the EU and 54.5% of imports are from the EU. If, to take an extreme assumption, all trade with the Netherlands is excluded from the EU total, these figures fall to 42.5% for exports and 46.7% for imports. If 50% of trade with the Netherlands is excluded, the figures are 46.5% for exports and 50.6% for imports.

I have printed their conclusion below for those who are happy just with the bottom line.

Combined, the two distortions for exports have grown from an estimated £4 billion in 2004 to just over £10 billion in 2010. Both have very large margins of error as a result of the sweeping assumptions therein. The most likely inaccuracy is an overestimate in the Rotterdam-Antwerp effect, resulting from exports to the Netherlands that are not subject to the same rates of transhipment as fuels or containerized cargo. As a proportion of UK exports of £5-600 billion, the overall distortion is not great. The two distortions are an illustration that patterns of trade are not uniform. Particular commodities, such as oil and fuel, can have very specific markets. Particular accounting arrangements, such as in Luxembourg, can create a focus for international investment.Relations with one country can have implications beyond the purely bilateral.

An interesting article, but one which doesn't seem to have taken into consideration:

German motor imports toBritain [see appendix]
Almost one in three cars, or 810,000 cars sold in Britain, come from Germany, making the British island the biggest export destination for German car producers. It is around a fifth of the total number the industry exports worldwide, according to the German car association, VDA. Britain reached a new market high of 2.6 million car registrations in 2015 – 86 percent of which were not produced in the UK.

French cars amounted to 253,297 which is approximately one car in 10. American cars, Ford and Vauxhall, are the largest importers and their total is 570,309 per annum.

This could well mean some of our motor importers could well consider opening up more factories in Britain to avoid the swinging tariffs.

The following equation should be borne in mind

Exports mean more manufacturing, which in turn means more jobs
If we sell more worldwide with a weaker pound, we will have to make more.

Imports mean more manufacturing, which in turn means more jobs
If imports cost more from the EU, we can then afford to make our own goods.

If you spot any weaknesses, please comment below.



UK Car Sales 2014/2015

Rank Manufacturer Sales 2014 % Share % Change Sales 2013

Total 2,476,435
9.35 2,264,737
1 Ford 326,643 13.2 5.08 310,865
2 Vauxhall 269,177 10.9 3.75 259,444
3 Volkswagen 214,828 8.7 10.69 194,085
4 Audi 158,987 6.4 11.93 142,040
5 BMW 148,878 6.0 9.81 135,583
6 Nissan 138,338 5.6 17.27 117,967
7 Mercedes-Benz 124,419 5.0 13.67 109,456
8 Peugeot 103,566 4.2 -1.77 105,435
9 Toyota 94,012 3.8 6.05 88,648
10 Citroen 83,397 3.4 6.43 78,358
11 Hyundai 81,986 3.3 6.59 76,918
12 Kia 77,525 3.1 7.54 72,090
13 Skoda 75,488 3.1 14.24 66,081
14 Fiat 67,162 2.7 11.57 60,198
15 Renault 66,334 2.7 43.66 46,173
16 Land Rover 56,200 2.3 2.74 54,699
17 MINI 53,661 2.2 3.33 51,933
18 Honda 53,544 2.2 -3.8 55,660
19 SEAT 53,512 2.2 18.1 45,312
20 Volvo 41,066 1.7 25.71 32,666
21 Mazda 37,784 1.5 20.99 31,228
22 Suzuki 37,395 1.5 13.02 33,088
23 Dacia 23,862 1.0 39.17 17,146
24 Jaguar 18,401 0.7 13.52 16,210
25 Mitsubishi 15,805 0.6 74.76 9,044
26 Lexus 11,572 0.5 28.38 9,014
27 Porsche 9,160 0.4 10.9 8,260
28 Alfa Romeo 5,523 0.2 -2.88 5,687
29 smart 4,342 0.2 -18.29 5,314
30 Jeep 3,909 0.2 75.37 2,229

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Menu system for busy people.

Now that we have retired, we found it was very time consuming ensuring we ate a reasonably good and varied diet; as was ordering or buying shopping.

We order most of our food from Ocado, but some of their fresh vegetables and fruit are in larger quantities than we require, so we also shop from Tesco and smaller shops. In addition, some of their meat joints are very expensive so we also buy these items from a nearby Aldi.

Our weekly menus start from Tuesday to Monday, more about these later.

Our main Ocado order is delivered between 9am and 10am on a Tuesday. We walk up to Aldi early Wednesday morning where we also purchase the Aldi items we need, and a couple of their fresh (cooked on the premises) croissants. These are the best we’ve ever tasted outside of France. This makes our mid-morning coffee very enjoyable and is our weekly treat.

We have set up five weekly menus which we use in rotation over a five week period. This gives us a choice of 35 different lunches and 35 different dinners.

Here is an example of the front page of the first of our weekly menu.

The reason one of the lunches is in red ink, and one of the dinners is in blue ink will be covered a little later.

On the back of this page we have added the shopping list. As you can see, there are check marks we tick as we order from Ocado. The shopping list pertains only to that week’s meals. It covers Ocado food, Aldi, Tesco and local shop purchases, and a check list to ensure we have enough herbs and spices in our spice racks. In addition, there is a replacement list should we want to try out a new recipe.

Certain items are in red ink, whilst others are in blue ink. This is for when we are invited out or want to go out for a meal the following week. Food shopping for one of the lunches is printed in red ink; food shopping for one of the dinners is printed in blue ink. This makes it easy to skip those items when we order from Ocado or go to the local shops if we are going out for a meal.

Those who have followed up to now are probably beginning to wonder what happens if we are invited for a meal on the actual day? This is simplicity itself. All we do is to carry one meal over to the next week, and the red or blue ink will compensate; very easy for us. We have a separate check list for household items, vegetables and fruit.

So, we have five set meals for a five week period which is repeated each five week period. We have two sets of menus, one for the winter period (8 months a year) and one for the summer period where we have a lighter change of menu – less roasts and more salads. You get the drift?

To make life easier, we have a directory on the computer called Meals. Then there are two sub-directories, summer and winter. Under these are five directories, Menu A, Menu B … Menu E and we have the menu file of each meal’s cooking instructions in each sub directory. A further directory is called notes for anything else. And, yes, we’ve made a special week for the Christmas week.

I have included here, a picture of one of our cooking menus for Roast Ratatouille and all our cooking instructions are done the same way. We embolden the ingredients as we are old and used to miss the occasional item!

This does take a little time in setting up and there is nothing to stop you reducing to four weekly menus, not less or you’ll tire of the food. As time goes on, we want to increase to six, or even seven weekly menus. We chose five initially as this should be enough to stop us getting bored.

And, yes, we still need to find more quick nutritious lunches to replace one of the cheese and ham sandwiches, and one of the baked beans! But we do make our baked beans on toast with onions, garlic, ginger, cumin, garam masala, cayenne pepper and turmeric! 

Any questions, other than what happens after we have eaten the baked beans, in the comments section below will be answered.


Friday, 6 January 2017

32 reasons why Obama is alleged to be a Muslim

I cam across this today, and it is sweeping the social media in America. The bit in italics was added by a friend of mine Ted, a hard bitten merchant navy engineer who does not treat fools kindly.
Keep this old adage in mind: If you walk like a duck and quack like a duck; have feathers like a duck; eat like a duck and lay eggs like a duck there is a very high probability that it is a duck!
Mike Gallagher, an American radio host and conservative political commentator. He is the host of The Mike Gallagher Show, a nationally syndicated radio program that airs throughout the United States and the 8th most recognized talk radio personality in the USA, is heard by over 2.25 million listeners weekly has compiled and written the following essay entitled:

"Obama: It was You."

President Obama: This is why you didn't go to France to show solidarity against the Muslim terrorists:

It was you ... who spoke these words at an Islamic dinner - "I am one of you."

It was you ... who on ABC News referenced -"My Muslim faith."

It was you who ... gave $100 million in U.S. taxpayer funds to re-build foreign mosques.
It was you who ... assured the Egyptian Foreign Minister that - "I am a Muslim."

It was you who ... bowed in submission before the Saudi King.

It was you who ... sat for 20 years in a Liberation Theology Church condemning Christianity and professing Marxism.

It was you who ... exempted Muslims from penalties under Obamacare that the rest of us have to pay.

It was you who ... purposefully omitted - "endowed by our Creator " - from your recitation of The Declaration Of Independence.

It was you who ... mocked the Bible and Jesus Christ's Sermon On The Mount while repeatedly referring to the 'HOLY' Qur'an.

It was you who ... raveled the Islamic world denigrating the United States Of America.

It was you who ... instantly threw the support of your administration behind the building of the Ground Zero Victory mosque overlooking the hallowed crater of the World Trade Center.

It was you who ... refused to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, but hastened to host an Islamic prayer breakfast at the White House.

It was you who ... ordered Georgetown Univ. and Notre Dame to shroud all vestiges of Jesus Christ BEFORE you would agree to go there to speak, but in contrast, you have NEVER requested the mosques you have visited to adjust their decor.

It was you who ... appointed anti-Christian fanatics to your Czar Corps.

It was you who ... appointed rabid Islamist's to Homeland Security.

It was you who ... said that NASA's "foremost mission" was an outreach to Muslim communities.

It was you who ... as an Illinois Senator was the ONLY individual who would speak in favor of infanticide.

It was you who ... was the first President not to give a Christmas Greeting from the White House, and went so far as to hang photos of Chairman Mao on the White House tree.

It was you who ... curtailed the military tribunals of all Islamic terrorists.

It was you who ... refused to condemn the Ft. Hood killer as an Islamic terrorist.

It is you who ... has refused to speak-out concerning the horrific executions of women throughout the Muslim culture, but yet, have submitted Arizona to the UN for investigation of hypothetical human-rights abuses.

It was you ... who when queried in India refused to acknowledge the true extent of radical global Jihadists, and instead profusely praised Islam in a country that is 82% Hindu and the victim of numerous Islamic terrorists assaults.

It was you who ... funneled $900 Million in U.S. taxpayer dollars to Hamas.

It was you who ... ordered the USPS to honor the MUSLIM holiday with a new commemorative stamp.

It was you who ... directed our UK Embassy to conduct outreach to help "empower" the British Muslim community.

It was you who ... funded mandatory Arabic language and culture studies in Grammar schools across our country.

It is you who ... follows the Muslim custom of not wearing any form of jewelry during Ramadan.

It is you who ... departs for Hawaii over the Christmas season so as to avoid past criticism for NOT participating in seasonal White House religious events.

It was you who ... was uncharacteristically quick to join the chorus of the Muslim Brotherhood to depose Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, formerly America's strongest ally in North Africa; but, remain muted in your non-response to the Brotherhood led slaughter of Egyptian Christians.

It was you who ... appointed your chief adviser, Valerie Jarrett, an Iranian, who is a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, an off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

It was you who ... said this country is not a Christian nation.

It was you who ... said the Muslim call to worship is the most beautiful sound on earth.

Can there be any doubt that Obama is a true Muslim?

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

The silent majority

After Brexit, and Trump, it is becoming evident that the silent majority which hugely outstrips the loud arrogant left, and the bankers, is beginning to stir and, as Corporal Jones said, in Dad’s Army, “They don’t like it up ‘em”!

I’d like to add another phrase of Corporal Jones’s “Don’t Panic” but then, they are panicking. And as James Delingpole said in his recent article in Breitbart News, we are winning the battles, but the war is by no means over.
Dogs who bark when you approach them, seldom bite. The ones which do bite are the silent ones, these are the most dangerous.

Like dogs, the left with their loud voices and insidious attacks on society are relatively harmless. The right have a go now and again but aren’t too worried about them.

But it is the silent ones, who work behind the scenes we have to be wary of. The shadowy figures behind our politicians, Usually rich and powerful bankers – the Rockefellas, the Rothchilds,  JP Morgan are examples.

Their families are vast. For example, the Rothchilds are one of the wealthiest and most influential families in the world. Estimates range from many billions for the head of family to a staggering $700 trillion, split between legions of descendants.

This sort of wealth commands enormous power; look at the poorer George Soros with an estimated wealth of only $23 billion. Look at the damage he does, and just imagine the power of the Rothchilds.

Then we have the Bilderberg Group which meets annually. Little is known about what they discuss but most in the know think it is about their plans for a new world order of one world, one government. I am not so sure, as huge swathes of their wealth come from armaments. One world government would make armaments obsolete.

Underneath this crowd of villains, we have the International Corporates and national corporates. Both groups have the ear of the EU and create enough red tape which they can handle in-house, but work which cripples their smaller SME competitors.

Finally we have all the national bodies which are bribed regularly by the EU. For instance, the BBC have received over £20 million to date and only very recently received a payment for £300,000.

These are the silent ones who go about their business of destroying Brexit and Trump behind the scenes. We have to be wary and watchful at every moment. Trump has wisely sacked his secret service body guards and employed his own for personal protection. We have to watch very carefully to ensure that Brexit goes ahead. Nigel Farage is very kind in his accusations that Theresa May is a ditherer. However, I suspect more skulduggery afoot.

I am, single handed, running the website, but need more help with the following:

1. Checking newspapers and magazines, both on the web and physical copies for information where the thought of Brexit has brought good fortune to the UK.

2. Checking newspapers and magazines, both on the web and physical copies for information where work is afoot to ensure that Brexit just doesn’t happen.
In both these cases, all I need is a web link if from electronic newspapers or magazines, or if a physical copy, the full title, page number, name and date of the newspaper or magazine.
3. help with checking lists of data. This is more involved than the above but would suit someone proficient at using Google to verify facts and data, searching for items etc.

Please ignore this plea for help if you feel that all our politicians are honourable people and would never do anything against their voters’ wishes.


Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Interesting Facebook post I read.

I was sent this interesting post by James Delingpole on his website which has enraged a good many people. If it enrages you, then please do not return to my website.

"Ich bin ein Berliner."
JFK's words (which actually mean "I am a doughnut", but never mind) have been popular since the latest terrorist atrocity - as of course they inevitably would. We all know well enough, by now, the standard operational procedure that all right-thinking people adopt whenever someone from the Religion of Peace commits another mass murder.
First, the snappy hashtag phrase of solidarity: #jesuischarlie #prayfororlando #ichbineinberliner
Then the decorating of your Facebook/Twitter profile in the colours of the flag of the latest victim country. So: red, gold, and black are this month's red, white, and blue.
Then the candlelit vigils.
Then the hipster playing "Imagine" on a wonky piano in an impromptu and entirely unexpected gesture near the scene of the atrocity.
Then the visit by politicians vowing that the people will remain defiant in the face of this outrage.
Then the good news story about some Muslims who were brave and/or nice - usually members of the persecuted Ahmadi branch of Islam - which proves that it is a Religion of Peace really.
Then the caravan of grief moves on. Till the next atrocity. And so on and so on ad infinitum.
We've all noticed this stuff, many times over. And most of us find it properly sick-making. But there's one other element in the standard left-liberal playbook response to these terrorist atrocities which, I think, hasn't been widely noted yet. And I think it should be because it's as least as disgusting and lame and feeble and hypocritical and dishonest and cowardly and succour-to-the-enemy-giving as any of the responses I've listed above.
I'm talking about the Blame Nigel Farage response.
We saw a perfect example of this in the immediate aftermath of the Berlin atrocity earlier this week when the chattering classes on social media very quickly made up their hive mind who the guilty party was in the Christmas market massacre-by-truck.
Was it, perhaps, the ISIS-inspired terrorist who killed a Polish truck driver, commandeered his vehicle, drove to a crowded Christmas market in the centre of Berlin, turned off the headlights and then accelerated into the crowd of men, women, and children, killing at least a dozen and maiming many more?
Of course not!
The very worst, most evil and culpable person in the world the day after the Berlin massacre was - in the view of progressive types on Twitter and on the BBC and in The Guardian - Nigel Farage.
But what could Nigel Farage possibly have done wrong that was worse than killing lots of people going about their shopping in a Christmas market in Germany?
Well, he'd done the terrible thing of saying this in a tweet:
Terrible news from Berlin but no surprise. Events like these will be the Merkel legacy.

You might be wondering what the problem is here. Me too. I think it's perfectly arguable, indeed entirely reasonable, to suggest that Angela Merkel's bizarre experiment to invite over a million "refugees" of mostly Muslim extraction into her country was primarily responsible for this terrorist attack. Thinking this doesn't make you a bad person or an "Islamophobe". It's a simple numbers game: the more Muslims you invite in the greater the likelihood that among them will be unfriendly ones bent on doing great harm.
But to appreciate this basic, obvious truth is to think clearly and logically - which is not something the liberal-left likes to do. What it much prefers to engage in is emotive demagoguery, dubious moral equivalence and cynical smearing of the type we see expressed in this response to Farage's tweet by a left-wing activist called Brendan Cox.
@Nigel_Farage blaming politicians for the actions of extremists? That's a slippery slope Nigel.

Cox is keen to promote the idea that extremists from the "far right" are just as big a threat as "Islamist" ones.
On the day after the massacre, he tweeted:
Far right &Islamist extremists share same hate driven psychology, intolerance towards difference& tendency to violence. We must defeat both

Well, it's a point of view, certainly. But if you ask me it's a crass, ignorant, and irresponsible one. What on earth does the "far right" have to do with a mass murder of innocent shoppers committed by a follower of Islamic State? And how does the comparison add anything useful to the debate? It doesn't: it does the exact opposite. It's a classic piece of liberal-left "whataboutery", of intellectual evasion, of progressive smearing.
"Right wing extremists are just as big a problem as Islamist terrorists," it seeks to tell us.
And: "Let's not seek to point the finger of blame at any ideology in particular."
And: "But do let's blame the kind of people who think mass immigration is a bad thing because their 'intolerance towards difference' is what's really causing all this violence."
So I'm really not surprised that Nigel Farage chose to take Cox to task on LBC radio.
Hours after the Twitter exchange between the two, Mr Farage went on LBC radio and said: "Well, of course, he would know more about extremists than me, Mr Cox, he backs organisations like Hope Not Hate, who masquerade as being lovely and peaceful but actually pursue violent and very undemocratic means."
What does surprise me - though it shouldn't: I've seen often enough how these people roll - was the speed with which the news cycle shifted its attention. One minute we were being invited - quite properly - to focus on the latest appalling atrocity committed in the name of the Religion of Peace. The next - ooh look, a dickie bird! - everyone from the BBC and The Guardian, to various rentaquote Labour MPs, plus the usual suspects on Twitter had decided that the real story of the day was how disgusting and culpable people on the right were, especially Nigel Farage.
MP Tracy Brabin, who replaced Mrs Cox in her Batley and Spen constituency, said: "Beggars belief... A new low for Farage."
Chris Bryant, the Rhondda MP and former shadow Commons leader, said: "The sheer nastiness of Farage sometimes takes my breath away."
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins added: "When your entire career has been built on hate, not hope, it perhaps shouldn't shock me, but Farage still sinks lower than I'd have believed."
Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, wrote on Twitter: "I hope Farage never ever feels the pain we feel about Jo, because unlike him I am not a monster."
Again, it's worth asking: what had Nigel Farage done or said wrong to justify phrases like "sheer nastiness" and "monster"? And if Nigel Farage is a "monster", what term would you use for the Tunisian guy who murdered that Polish truck driver and then deliberately ploughed the vehicle into a Christmas market full of kids?
I think we need to be absolutely clear here: these people have no claim whatsoever to the moral high ground. They are stupid, wrong, and evil.
In December 2016, as throughout this year and last and the one before, innocents have been butchered by a merciless creed which deliberately sets out to kill and maim by whatever means. And instead of facing up to this threat and asking important questions like "how did this come about?" and "how can we deal with it?", all these left-wing virtue-signallers in the Labour party, at The Guardian, at the BBC, and on Twitter want to do is duck the issue by pointing in the direction of their favourite bugbear "the far right" instead.
Here is Owen Jones playing the game in The Guardian:
No more pussyfooting around: Nigel Farage and his associates have poisoned our country’s political culture, and it’s time to push back. Their offensive – in every sense of the word – has been so swift, so devastating, that we risk normalising it.
Here is the left-wing comic Mark Steel trying it on in the Independent with some satire which works really well if you're a doctrinaire left-winger and Hope Not Hate fan who believes Brexit was a disaster and that what Europe needs right now is more unchecked immigration, from the Middle East and North Africa especially.
What has fuelled their moral indignation is the fact that Brendan Cox is the widower of Jo Cox, the MP who was murdered in the streets during the EU referendum campaign by a loner with neo-Nazi sympathies called Thomas Mair.
I have never spoken to, read, or met anyone on the Brexit side of the argument who was any less appalled by Jo Cox's murder than people on the Remain side were. Yet ever since her senseless death at the hands of a vile individual, elements in the Remain camp have sought to pin her murder on the "rhetoric" used by the Brexit camp, especially by people like Nigel Farage.
(This is a common trope of the regressive left - and has been since at least the 2011 shooting of Arizona Democrat politician Gabrielle Giffords, which the liberal media also did its best to blame on right-wing rhetoric rather than on a sad, confused, angry nut-job.)
Probably the most egregious example of this was a piece by David Aaronovitch in The Times, which I wrote about under the headline "Aaronovitch: Brexit campaigners kinda, sorta killed Jo Cox MP"
Few people have pushed this notion more assiduously than Brendan Cox himself - who donated a large chunk of the memorial fund raised in Jo Cox's honour to the dubious charity Hope Not Hate, whose speciality is to promulgate this same misleading line - that the "far right" is an equivalent threat to fundamentalist Islam.
No doubt in doing so Brendan Cox believes he is honouring his wife's memory.
The problem is that the "good work" Brendan Cox believes his wife was doing before she died is anathema to over half the country - and indeed to millions of people in Europe whose countries have been swamped by the kind of mass immigration that the Coxes believed would be good for them.
That's why the Remainers lost the referendum: because, contrary to the assertions of campaigners like Jo and Brendan Cox, British people had had quite enough of unchecked immigration and could not see the benefits of remaining shackled to a sclerotic, anti-democratic, supra-national bureaucracy within the European Union.
However, the response of the losing Remainers (the 48 per cent) has not been to accept with good grace the democratic will expressed by the Brexiteers (the 52 per cent). Rather it has been to fight, fight, fight the result with whatever means, fair or foul, come to hand and to try to ensure that Brexit never happens.
Among the fouler means the Remoaners have sought to use to get their way is to try to blacken the motives and character of anyone who voted Brexit, while claiming for themselves the moral high ground as ordinary decent people who represent the "British values" of tolerance and fairness and who are appalled by the supposed outbreak of post-Brexit "hate crimes" in a country they claim not to recognise anymore.
It goes without saying that this is pure propaganda based on the flimsiest of evidence, most of it anecdotal or simply made up.
But it's a line that has caught the imaginations of the losing Remain camp and their friends in the media, not least thanks to Brendan Cox himself.
Whatever phrase you use to describe Cox's activities since
his wife's murder, "maintaining a dignified silence" wouldn't be one of them. This was especially noticeable in the tense days before the referendum vote, when he invoked his late wife's memory to promote this popular Remain trope: that the language being used by the Brexit camp was inflammatory and dangerous and somehow unBritish.
"I think she was very worried that the language was coarsening, that people were being driven to take more extreme positions, that people didn’t work with each other as individuals and on issues, it was all much too tribal and unthinking," Mr Cox said.
"She was particularly worried - we talked about this regularly - about the direction, not just in the UK but globally, the direction of politics at the moment, particularly around creating division and playing on people’s worst fears rather than their best instincts."
He has continued to promote this view ever since - taking advantage of the significantly higher media profile which he gained as a result of his wife's death and finding a ready audience at parti-pris, pro-Remain media organisations like the BBC for his left-leaning, pro-immigration, anti-Brexit opinions. This Christmas he has been given still more space to promote his views by Channel 4 which has chosen him to broadcast their Alternative Christmas Message.
Is there, perhaps, some special rule whereby if you have been tragically widowed, you get a free pass to spout unchallenged whatever views you like in public - even if the cause you are supporting is potentially very dangerous and certainly very offensive to well over half the population?
Brendan Cox's many admirers in the Remain camp - on the regressive left and in Hope Not Hate most especially - would seem to think so.
I got a small taste of this myself when, at the height of the Farage/Cox spat, I tweeted:
"When are we allowed to say that Brendan Cox is a total arse?"

There are worse insults in the English lexicon than calling someone a "total arse" - as I was reminded by the large number of responses I got from Hope Not Hate virtue-signallers telling me as I was a "c***". My view on this remains as it was when I tweeted it: that if you're going to express suspect opinions in the public arena, then you should expect to be called on them, no matter how tragic your personal circumstances. Of course, Cox deserves sympathy as a widower; this does not, however, give him carte blanche to promulgate - uncriticised - the kind of political viewpoint which, unfortunately, goes a long way towards explaining the wave of terrorism we are experiencing in Europe today.
For about 24 hours, I experienced what Nigel Farage has to put up with pretty much every day of his life - and has done for the last 25 years. Wave after wave of self-righteous lefties pouring vitriol, wishing death on me, calling me the worst names they could think of in their limited imaginations.
I'm perfectly OK with the insults. I'm used to it. It's a technique popular with the regressive left known as "point and shriek" and "isolate and swarm". The purpose - as Vox Day explains in this SJW attack survival guide - is to frighten you, isolate you, and silence you. And the key thing is to recognise it for what it is and not be upset by it - and definitely not apologise.
But what I cannot tolerate or forgive - and nor should you - is when these scum-sucking regressive types think they have the right to judge and to take the moral high ground.
Farage was absolutely right when he said in that tweet that the massacre in Berlin was a direct result of the Merkel legacy.
John R Bradley puts it well in the Mail:
The undeniable reality is that Europe’s breathtakingly reckless open-door immigration policy has provided a perfect cover for Islamic State to further its bloody, anti-Christian agenda.
Undeniable and real it may be - but the regressive left shows, as yet, absolutely no sign of accepting it or engaging with it.
This is why I have a very special Christmas message to all those people who attacked Nigel Farage for telling the truth about the Berlin massacre, and to all those who called me a "c***" for being rude about Brendan Cox.
You are the reason Donald Trump won the US Presidential election; you are the reason 17.4 million people voted for Brexit; you are the reason the European Union is collapsing. You are hateful, bigoted and - for all your hypocritical pretences to the contrary - fascistic.
You are an intellectually spavined, moronic, self-righteous and disgusting losers who have been shown by the events of 2016 to be on the wrong side of history. There is nothing noble or worthy or decent about your ranting rage: it is the fury of a vampire stuck with a stake, realising as he shrieks his last that finally the good guys have ended his reign of terror.
I leave you, as a treat, with the delicious words of Owen Jones in the Guardian - as demented a case of psychological projection as it has ever been my amused privilege to witness.
We face a great danger, and not even those who will suffer because of it have realised just how grave it is. Intolerance and hatred have been legitimised across the western world. Dissent is becoming treason. That is bad enough. But there are other violent extremists who are being both radicalised and legitimised across the west. If we don’t take a stand now, new dark chapters are soon to arrive.
No, Owen, my fluffy little ephebe. It's not my side that is guilty of any of that. It's your side that has been doing this for decades - closing down free speech, demeaning people who dare to speak out, promoting hatred and violence while pretending to preach tolerance (so long as it's tolerance of things you think it's OK to tolerate).
You are unconscionable scum. Your philosophy has been responsible for causing untold misery across the world for over a century. The idea that any of you are able to take the moral high ground on anything is as risible as your threadbare arguments.
Still, the great thing is that you guys finally lost in 2016. Happy 2017 everyone - it can only get better from here on in.
 Happy New Year to all Brexiteers.