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26 Comments

  1. sorethumb

     /  August 14, 2018
  2. MaureenW

     /  August 14, 2018

    Muslim Council of Britain urges PM to launch enquiry into dehumanising comments made by Boris Johnson.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/aug/13/may-under-pressure-to-launch-inquiry-into-tory-party-islamophobia

    • Corky

       /  August 14, 2018

      I bet they can’t wait for the day they can dispense with letters to the PM, and go straight to head chopping.

      I find it hard to have any sympathy for Europe’s Muslim problem.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 14, 2018

      If you don’t want to be regarded as a letter box don’t dress like one.

      • MaureenW

         /  August 14, 2018

        Yes, the garb is somewhat dehumanising, what?.

  3. Blazer

     /  August 14, 2018

    could it happen again?So much for freedom…

    ‘on April 5, 1933, one month after taking office, Roosevelt used the powers granted to the president by the Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917 to make gold ownership illegal. He issued Executive Order 6102, which made gold ownership—both in coins and in bars—illegal for all Americans and punishable by up to ten years in prison. Anyone caught with gold would also have to pay a fine of twice the amount of gold that was not turned over to the Federal Reserve in exchange for paper money.’

  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  August 14, 2018

    Laws bereft of justice are the gateway to tyranny.

    Let me tell you a story about Stephen Miller and chain migration.

    It begins at the turn of the 20th century, in a dirt-floor shack in the village of Antopol, a shtetl of subsistence farmers in what is now Belarus. Beset by violent anti-Jewish pogroms and forced childhood conscription in the Czar’s army, the patriarch of the shack, Wolf-Leib Glosser, fled a village where his forebears had lived for centuries and took his chances in America.

    He set foot on Ellis Island on January 7, 1903, with $8 to his name. Though fluent in Polish, Russian and Yiddish, he understood no English. An elder son, Nathan, soon followed. By street corner peddling and sweatshop toil, Wolf-Leib and Nathan sent enough money home to pay off debts and buy the immediate family’s passage to America in 1906. That group included young Sam Glosser, who with his family settled in the western Pennsylvania city of Johnstown, a booming coal and steel town that was a magnet for other hardworking immigrants. The Glosser family quickly progressed from selling goods from a horse and wagon to owning a haberdashery in Johnstown run by Nathan and Wolf-Leib to a chain of supermarkets and discount department stores run by my grandfather, Sam, and the next generation of Glossers, including my dad, Izzy. It was big enough to be listed on the AMEX stock exchange and employed thousands of people over time. In the span of some 80 years and five decades, this family emerged from poverty in a hostile country to become a prosperous, educated clan of merchants, scholars, professionals, and, most important, American citizens.

    What does this classically American tale have to do with Stephen Miller? Well, Izzy Glosser is his maternal grandfather, and Stephen’s mother, Miriam, is my sister.

    I have watched with dismay and increasing horror as my nephew, an educated man who is well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family’s life in this country.

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/08/13/stephen-miller-is-an-immigration-hypocrite-i-know-because-im-his-uncle-219351

    What has happened to America? How has it gone so utterly off the rails that this self-loathing hypocrite, Stephen Miller, is one of the country’s top policy makers?

    • sorethumb

       /  August 14, 2018

      Continuum Fallacy

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 14, 2018

      Amusing to see the loony Left abusing Trump for the same restrictive immigration policies they advocate for here.

    • Missy

       /  August 14, 2018

      The man is in his 20’s, and looks to be North African (Somalian or Gambian based on physical features).

      It has been reported that 11 cyclists were injured as he ran into them, two were taken to hospital, none have serious injuries.

      The police are treating this as a terrorist incident.

      It has just been announced that a COBRA meeting will happen this afternoon.

      • Corky

         /  August 14, 2018

        Talk about a lucky outcome.Time for Britain to bring back the death penalty for terrorism.

      • Missy

         /  August 14, 2018

        Just a quick update, it seems the media report of 11 people was a little off the mark. According to an update by the London Ambulance Service 3 people were treated, 2 taken to hospital and one assessed at the scene.

    • Missy

       /  August 14, 2018

      Police press conference expected any minute now.

      • Missy

         /  August 14, 2018

        Still waiting for the 1130 Scotland Yard press conference….

      • Missy

         /  August 14, 2018

        Finally the press conference at New Scotland Yard.
        Main points:
        – 2 taken to hospital, one has been discharged, the other has serious but not life threatening injuries and remains in hospital. One person was treated at the scene
        – suspect has been taken to a South London police station, and they are trying to establish his identity. He is currently not cooperating with the police.
        – no other suspects have been identified at the scene
        – as it appears to be deliberate, and considering the site of the incident it is being treated as a terrorist incident
        – cordons likely to remain in place for some time
        – requested all photos and footage taken by the public

        • Missy

           /  August 14, 2018

          Based on the information they have currently they do not believe the suspect was known to either MI-5 or Counter Terrorism police.

    • Missy

       /  August 14, 2018

      Some reports suggested the car was being chased by the police based on footage seen that showed blue lights on a vehicle behind it, however, the Deputy Commissioner has said it was not a police vehicle and it is believed to be an ambulance on an unrelated call.

  5. Missy

     /  August 14, 2018

    Road closures around Westminster remain in place, including Westminster Bridge and Whitehall.

    Westminster Tube Station (one of the busiest in London) was closed after the incident and remains closed still.

    • Missy

       /  August 14, 2018

      Just on Westminster station, it is only closed for exit / entry, still open for interchange.

      • Gezza

         /  August 15, 2018

        Just saw a brief clip of a Police Press Conference outlining what you’ve posted. Missy, & quick clips of some cyclists, one lying on the ground, being attended to – several police officers at the door of the car. The nightmare continues.

        • Missy

           /  August 15, 2018

          Hey G,

          I have provided a brief summary in Wednesday’s World View, at this stage no further developments.

          Yep, it will always continue I think. It is part of life these days in cities like London.

  6. Patzcuaro

     /  August 14, 2018

    Both the Conservatives and the Labour Party in the UK seem to be having leadership issues, the Conservatives around Brexit and the Labour Party around Corbyn attending a wreath laying at the Palestinian martyrs’ cemetery in Tunisia in 2014.

    • Patzcuaro

       /  August 14, 2018
    • Patzcuaro

       /  August 14, 2018
    • Missy

       /  August 15, 2018

      Hey Patz, I didn’t see this until now, but I have just finished posting a (long) post about Corbyn’s current issue.

      As for May, nothing will happen there for another few weeks. It will be interesting, if she hasn’t gone by the time the Party Conference rolls around she will be in for a tough time from a majority of Conservative Party members and activists.