Institutionalised Paranoia

Travelling on the New Jersey transit trains between Newark and New York this week one cannot help being struck by the number of posters advising the long suffering clientele that, “if it feels wrong it probably IS wrong” and exhorting them to say something (the same is available in the execrable Spanish of American officialdom).

No, that is simply not the case.  If it feels wrong, 99% of the time you are being a paranoid arse.  The chances are that if something is genuinely wrong it will be because officialdom has fucked up for the nth time; ignored warning signs, handed guns back to some sad loser, or welcomed home jihadists while deporting law abiding students or others.

It is clear by now to most people, that the government cannot protect us but have no compunction in making our lives a misery trying to convince us and failing miserably, that the opposite is the case.

Government action of one sort or another is at the root of 80% of the ills afflicting the human race.

 

The Gathering Storm

Tim Newman has an exceedingly good post regarding the dangers posed by the abysmal performance of the police dealing with the naked threats of vengeance being made by the supposed family of dead burglar Henry Vincent.  

Such as this from the Mail:

A traveller who knew Vincent for years warned that the dead man’s relatives and friends were out for blood. He said: ‘They won’t get over a death of one of their own and they won’t rest until they get their revenge…‘They’ll go armed with whatever they’ve got – guns, knives, anything that they can lay their hands on. There is nothing that they won’t do to get their own back on this pensioner.’

The police have to get a grip on this before innocent blood is spilled.  The ramifications could be enormous if Mr Osborne-Brooks is hurt by these people.  So-called Travellers (Gyppoes or else Fecking Pikeys to the non-PC among us) have been stoking up resentment for years by their casual violence, thieving and apparent immunity from the decent people of this country, and the absolute reluctance of the police to engage them and protect the innocent and vulnerable who are regularly robbed and defrauded by the likes of the late and unlamented Mr Vincent only make matters worse.

There’s not much to add to Tim’s piece really except to note that, inevitably, the Mail have managed to find an angle regarding house prices:

Leading property expert Henry Pryor, who has been in the property business 34 years, said: ‘Inevitably house prices will be affected.

They never disappoint!

 

Ignoring The Elephant In The Room

The Telegraph reports that EU commission jackbooted thugs have raided the offices of Fox News in London.

Ostensibly the investigation concerns sports rights and as a would-be consumer if they weren’t so darned expensive, I can half see what they’re getting at.

However as the Telegraph story notes:

The raid comes at an extremely sensitive time for Fox as it seeks a remedies agreement with British watchdogs at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to secure its heavily delayed takeover of Sky…The CMA is considering an offer from the Murdoch family to spin off Sky News into a separate company or sell it to Disney to assuage concerns that full control of Sky will give them too much sway over the British media. 

The elephant in the room being of course that Fox is far less monopolistic than the BBC, but nobody, in an official capacity at least, is recommending that that monstrosity be broken up.

Might there be more to this than meets the eye:

News of a competition investigation by the European Commission will be viewed as a boost to the US cable giant Comcast, which is seeking to disrupt Fox’s takeover of Sky with its own rival £22bn bid.

News that the investigatory and ball-breaking powers of the EU have been bought and sold bought would hardly surprise anybody here at Castello Italicus.

Home Truths In The Grauniad – Shock Horror

The Grauniad, notable since its fall from being the rather splendid Manchester Guardian mainly for its slavish devotion to right-on hypocrisy and socialist lies and fake news (and tax avoidance), just occasionally manages to print a piece worth reading.

Via Guido, I commend to my reader this item by Ken Crawford (who must be smart as he went to St Andrews; cue chorus of “Gaudeamus Ignitur” etc ad nauseam!).

Bravely (in the Grauniad) he makes the point:

Somehow the role of the white male in ending Islam’s leading role in the slave trade never features, nor that of the men who argued for women’s equality in law and democracy. In the key disciplines that have shaped the western culture we all enjoy it is the white male we have most to thank. A world absent Galileo, Da Vinci, Newton, Darwin, Kant, Descartes, Fleming, Freud, Watt, Jung, Einstein and many others would be an unimaginably worse place, wracked with disease and scraping an agrarian existence. 

Of course, some at the Grauniad think that wouldn’t be a bad result, but still.  He goes on:

This ideology borrows strongly from Marxist doctrine and its dream of a Socialist utopia of equality. We don’t have to think too hard about where this road leads because it has already been trodden, a road slick with blood and corpses stacked on the verge as far as the eye can see. We learn in school about the dangers of right-wing identity politics, Hitler and the road to the gas chambers. Rightly so but the education system omits the equal danger from the leftist doctrine that has killed far more than the Nazis. Pol Pot, having been schooled by French intellectuals in the wisdom of Marxist doctrine, returned home to Cambodia and launched an equality programme …[in which]… perhaps 2 million perished. Stalin’s Russia accounted for perhaps 20 million deaths under its equality is driven collectivisation programme. Worse was to happen in China where around 45 million deaths can be attributed to Mao and the ‘Great Leap Forward’. 

And Dolcis in fondo:

It is not perfect but the capitalist system is the best, most merit-based system humans have been able to create.

Also true.

The article started off grumbling about identity politics.   Which is all about Group Rights.  There is no such thing as Group Rights.  There can be only Individual Rights and these are endowed by our creator whoever he (she or it) is.

So-called Group Rights are nothing more than shorthand for legalised expropriation from non-members of the favoured Groups.

Martin Luther King, a very great man, one of the greatest men of the 20th century, would never have stood for this bollocks.  In his words:

And when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’

 

 

Lessons From Stalingrad

Apropos of nothing really, we hear periodically about the threat posed to western nations by returning jihadists brutalised and further radicalised by fighting for ISIS/ISIL/Daesh – call it what you will.

At Castello Italicus we have read our history and don’t really see any major problem.

After a bitter fight at Stalingrad in 1943 the German 6th Army was surrounded and starving.  The Russians killed the lot (except for a few) in total around 1,000,000 men in the whole of the battle.

That was it for the Wehrmacht, from that day on their war was lost and it was only a matter of time.

The Russians lost appalling numbers of men as well, mainly because they began the battle desperately short of everything and their main tactic was simply to keep throwing waves of ill equipped teenagers and pensioners at the Germans in the hope they’d buy some time.

But to get back to our lesson from history, the only possible way to finish the jihadist menace is to surround them (pretty much done now) and simply make sure that none can escape.  Cut off supplies and wait until they all die.

It is brutal and far from the sporting sort of warfare we like.  But if we don’t do it this way we’ll have to do it again, closer to home.

No foreign fighter must  be allowed out, except in a box.  And not even then.  Don’t release the names of those killed.  Bury them in a trench by bulldozer, perhaps burning the bodies first to deny the possibility of DNA identification.

This is a war the Russians would appreciate.  Perhaps we should put them in charge for the duration.

The World’s Smallest Violin

From the Telegraph we read that:

he was such a loving person, and it’s probably something which just went wrong but he shouldn’t have died out of it.

The “something” being the robbery of a house occupied by a pensioner and his wife, aged in their seventies.

the pensioner – who was confronted by two intruders, one of them armed with a screwdriver – may have been trying to protect his wife Maureen…One of the men went upstairs while Vincent scuffled with Mr Osborn-Brooks and was stabbed.

with his own screwdriver.

We salute Mr Osborn-Brooks and wish him well in his forthcoming trial for murder.

Yes the British Justice system is living down to its reputation of frowning on brave people defending their own where the police have dismally failed.

Richard Osborn-Brooks, who has been bailed over Vincent's death

A splendid fellow, in happier times.

We can’t get too upset about the death of Mr Vincent.  A lowlife, habitual criminal, a leech on the poorer classes who were his victims, especially the old and supposedly defenceless.  No great loss to society.

Sound the tiny violins.

And Don’t Let The Door Hit Your Arse On The Way Out

Amid the successive clusterfucks of the May government a piece of good news, very good news actually; the awful Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders has been sacked*.

The Telegraph reports that her tenure started badly:

Operation Elvedon, an investigation into alleged payments by journalists to the police and other public officials. The investigation cost £20million but failed to secure the single conviction of a single journalist who was tried.

and went downhill from there:

Operation Yewtree, an investigation into allegations of historic sex offences involving celebrities. The investigation secured several high-profile convictions, including Gary Glitter, Max Clifford, Rolf Harris and Dave Lee Travis, but attracted criticism from other celebrities who were cleared after extensive investigations.

Her dismissal comes:

as every rape case in the country is under review after the collapse of four rape trials in the space of two months when critical evidence was disclosed just days before cases were due to be heard in court.

The money quote is this:

Mrs Saunders was “more interested in convictions than she was in people being tried fairly”.

And that about sums it up.

*Not sacked actually, but made clear she will not be renewed at the end of her 5 year term

 

Nemesis In Sight?

Via Zerohedge we read that the “evidence” connecting Russian Intelligence with the Salisbury attack probably wouldn’t stand up in a court of law:

This 6-paged PDF is a powerful evidence of another intellectual low of British propaganda machine. Open it and you can tell that substantially it makes only two assertions on the Skripal case, and both are false

Not so surprising, really.  This document was brought to you by the same geniuses who prepared Tony Blair’s dodgy dossiers, and it was one their old boys, Christopher Steele, who made up up Hilbilly’s “Trump dossier”

It has been obvious from the start that the Russia connection was at best the least unlikely possibility, but much more importantly, that May’s “Handbags at Dawn” approach was almost certainly going to turn into a humiliating defeat, which eventuality seems to be on the horizon and approaching fast.

 

 

NB  One caveat about the Zero hedge article; the last paragraph reads:

Have you totally lost your minds, ladies & gentlemen from the Downing Street?

Sounds like something out of a James Bond novel!  The title of the original host publication is “Oriental Review” which I suppose would also ring some alarm bells.

Being British

Raedwald posted today about the considerable gulf between total spending on the Leave campaign in the run up to the Great Referendum, compared with the Remainers, funded as they were by the EU, the Government, the IMF, the Irish and Japanese governments, George fucking Soros etc etc:

Bearing in mind that the Leave spending was all donated by citizens donating their own money to the cause it is a clear indication, after the fact, that the Leave side had a far more committed base and it is perhaps less surprising that we won, than is sometimes made out.

I absolutely share  Radders’ contempt for the motropolitan classes who confusing their own narrow concerns for the public good of the nation, orchestrated the Remain campaign, and continue to fight their spiteful little campaign of rearguard actions and insults.  They are firmly centred on the south east, and for that reason alone,  I would be happy never to travel south of Watford again.

What the vote confirmed once again is that the collective wisdom of the People of this country exceeds that of the Establishment.

Let’s hear it for the yeomen* of England!

  • or should that be yeopeople?