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  1. Missy

     /  December 21, 2018

    What is being described as the largest disruptive airport trespass in UK history is on going today at Gatwick, and highlights how easy it is to disrupt a country.

    The disruption began last night with a drone seen hovering over the runway at Gatwick Airport and is on going today with hundreds of flights grounded or diverted. It is believed that the incursions are deliberate with at least ten incursions over the main runway since last night. The police are hunting the pilot, and have snipers at the airport to shoot down the drone. The hunt has been frustrating for the police as when they believe they are close the drones disappear, and reappear when Gatwick try to re-open the runway, leading police to believe it is a deliberate disruption to Gatwick airport.

    Professional drone pilots believe it is being operated by an expert using specialist equipment. One professional drone pilot said that the largest seller of drones have built in systems that prevent the operator from flying close to airports to prevent these kind of issues, he said that it is not a foolish mistake but rather someone who has planned this and either built of modified a drone allowing him to get close to the runway.

    This raises questions around licensing / safety for the use of drones, as well as questions around the legislation to do with drones and if it is toothless legislation. In the UK, despite drone pilots flying drones in contravention of the law and regulations, no one has been prosecuted in relation to it.

  2. Missy

     /  December 21, 2018

    There has been a bit of an uproar in the media here as Corbyn was caught on camera mouthing the words ‘stupid woman’ in relation to the PM, when made to go back into the Commons to respond he denied saying it, claiming he had said stupid people. This has sparked every media organisation getting in the professional lip readers to determine what he said, with all but one claiming he had said ‘stupid woman’.

    Whilst getting wound up about a comment like this would normally be a little overreaction, there are two things that make this more serious than it perhaps looks.

    1. Corbyn refused to acknowledge he said it, or apologise for what he did say. Most MPs from all sides of the house, (only a few Corbyn accolytes buy his story), and all but the most rabid Corbyn fanatic seem to agree that is what he said, and just about everyone believes that him not putting his hand up and confessing is worse than what he is alleged to have said.

    2. This is just another small thing in a pattern of borderline misogynistic behaviour by Corbyn, he really appears to have an issue with women who challenge him, or are more intelligent than him.

    • Noel

       /  December 21, 2018

      It’s simple….what’s her name?
      Nah Jacinda’s was better.

    • Blazer

       /  December 21, 2018

      of course there is no such thing as a ‘stupid woman’…everyone knows….that!

      • Gezza

         /  December 21, 2018

        Please allow me to take this opportunity to apologise to everybody for your completely missing the point, B.

        But this is politics & its nothing for you to worry your pretty little head about.

        • Blazer

           /  December 21, 2018

          tell Missy not me…

          ‘This is just another small thing in a pattern of borderline misogynistic behaviour by Corbyn, he really appears to have an issue with women who challenge him, or are more intelligent than him.’=b/s

  3. Ray

     /  December 21, 2018

    “He really has an issue with women who are more intelligent than him.”
    Seems to be a lefty problem, you only have to read our Robert on any women who he seems to feel might threaten his world view !

  4. Missy

     /  December 21, 2018

    • Gezza

       /  December 21, 2018

      That incident & footage has been shown on tv here. There’s no question in my mind that he said “Stupid woman”. The lip movements for “woman” and “people” are completely different & it is perfectly obvious what he said.

      That man is a disaster for UK Labour. He’s a fake & a fraud. He slithers from one position to another on important issues & appears to be completely humourless prat. Nobody could trust him.

      • Gezza

         /  December 21, 2018

        Oops – just noticed this one went in wrong place. :/
        I blame National.

  5. kluelis

     /  December 21, 2018

    Drones and stupid women… slow day so far for news

    • Gezza

       /  December 21, 2018

      Yeah, there’s not much newsworthy happening in the online newspapers but Trump pulling the troops out of Syria is big news on Aljaz tv. Putin has already said he agrees with Trump, & Rouhani & Erdogan have already had an urgent unscheduled summit meeting. The Israelis are shocked & threatening obliquely to attack the Iranians in Syria or Iran generally (hard to say).

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 21, 2018

    Realpolitics Israeli style:

  7. Missy

     /  December 21, 2018

    More trouble on the horizon for Macron as he gives in to yet another protest threat.

    Salaries for police in France will be increased after they threatened to go in strike and yesterday closed police stations, only responding to emergencies. The border guards also did a go slow yesterday causing long queues at the airports.

    Where Macron will get the money is unknown, and as this will create pressure on France’s budget it puts the EU in the position of having to monitor their budget and potentially sanctioning one of their leading support nations.

  8. Joe Bloggs

     /  December 21, 2018

    heh this didn’t age well:

    • Gezza

       /  December 21, 2018

      Also it should be Chiefs of staff. Is this man an idiot?

  9. Missy

     /  December 21, 2018

    Ireland may be hoisted by their own backstop petard!

    Ireland have released their preparations and analysis of a no deal Brexit, and it isn’t good for Ireland (something most Leavers have been saying all along). The irony is that much of the EU’s intransigence on the backstop is because that is what Ireland wants. If the Withdrawal Agreement doesn’t pass (which it most likely won’t) it will be mostly due to the stubbornness of Ireland’s insistence on the backstop and their unwillingness in wanting a time limit on the backstop to try and force the UK into the Customs Union in perpetuity (as stated by Leo Varadkar previously).

    And for those trying to force the UK into what they want, they actually may find they get what they don’t want, and the worst possible outcome.

    Gina Miller forced (via the courts) Parliament to have to have a meaningful vote on the deal, meaning the UK could not accept the deal without Parliament agreeing to it, this was believed to be to try and stop the possibility of the UK leaving with no deal. The irony is that it may be what means the UK will leave with no agreement.

    And Ireland (as detailed above) insisting on the backstop with no end date or get out clause for the UK means that the UK will leave with what they didn’t want – no deal, leading to the possibility of what the backstop was meant to stop, a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

    Now, if only Leo had given a time frame to the backstop the agreement most likely would have passed. Many that are planning to vote against the deal have stated that the main reason is that the UK has no way out of the backstop. Something so simple would cause a lot of problems.

    Unfortunately for Ireland Varadkar is too arrogant to back down on this now.

  10. The Consultant

     /  December 21, 2018

    Well, well, well….Antifa leader relied on anonymity to push radical, violent communist agenda.

    The Daily Caller News Foundation has determined that an influential Antifa leader uses aliases to spread radical and often violent rhetoric while concealing his actual identity.

    Identifying as “Chepe,” Alcoff advocates for the violent overthrow of the government and for the murder of the rich. He has relished the mainstreaming of Antifa’s militant tactics in the Trump era.

    A 2017 book identified Chepe as an organizer behind Smash Racism DC, the Antifa group that mobbed Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s home in November and ran Ted Cruz out of a restaurant in September.

    To some extent this is hardly surprising, as Antifia make no bones about their violence, their promotion of violence as a good thing, and their Far Left agenda, although it’s often couched in terms of Anarchist theory, which is supposedly less scary than Communism.

    But that’s not the real story here:

    Joseph “Jose” Alcoff works with congressional Democrats as part of his day job as a manager with a DC-based advocacy group. But he spreads socialist and communist propaganda when going by the name “Jose Martin.”

    in his professional capacity as Alcoff, he’s been quoted in press releases from Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and appeared at an event with Democratic Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia outside the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in March and has been pictured alongside Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.

    Actually the real story is that after some time in the background as a result of this story, he’ll re-emerge as a key guy for the Democrats again in the future and all will be forgiven – in exactly the same way that a David Duke-type character would not be able to for the GOP.

    Because that’s how the narrative rolls.

    • Griff.

       /  December 21, 2018

      Joe Bloggs – one-eyed partisan and ideologue.
      Projection much.
      Hello.
      You just linked to the daily caller A one eyed partisan news source if there ever was one .

      Typical dribbling found there.

      White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that Mexico will reimburse American taxpayers for the border wall by paying a 20 percent tax on exports to the U.S.

      Spicer said if you tax 20 percent of the $50 billion annual trade deficit with Mexico, you can get $10 billion a year which would “easily pay for the wall.”

      “That’s really going to provide the funding,” the White House press secretary said. After Spicer’s comments were widely reported, the press secretary tried to clarify his comments and said the tax is one of several options available to the Trump White House.

      https://dailycaller.com/2017/01/26/white-house-reveals-how-it-will-easily-get-mexico-to-pay-for-the-wall/
      In reality the story is Americans will be paying for the wall . Increasing the tariffs on goods made in Mexico is a USA tax the USA consumer pays . Mexico would still be getting the same money for goods it exports and will not be paying a cent. But hey…. when your audience are one eyed partisan low iq triumpets you get away with pushing such dumb shite.

    • The Consultant

       /  December 21, 2018

      You just linked to the daily caller A one eyed partisan news source if there ever was one .

      Typical dribbling found there.

      Actually a very in-depth investigation in this case. So much so that the violent, communist POS concerned has suddenly flipped his Twitter account private – not that you read the article to find out I’m sure. Just thumping your knee into your jaw as usual.

      I’m always surprised to see any MSM source do old-fashioned investigative reporting. Most of it just seems to be opinion, so when I see something like this I’ll link to it.

      BTW – That Spicer quote was also in these news media sites on the same day, reporting on the same thing.

      New York Times

      Washington Post

      So does that make the NYT and the WaPo “typical dribbling”?

      The Daily Caller’s sarcastic use of quote marks around the word “easily”, alone makes it clear that they were simply reporting the story much as the NYT and WaPo were, in that that the Trump/Spicer claims were questionable at best.

      Perhaps it’s you who are projecting about one-eyed partisanship and ideological fanaticism?

      • Griff.

         /  December 21, 2018

        Read the comment as below yours about joe
        As to Antifia I dont give a fuck.
        Someone has a day job working as a manager for an advocacy group linked to the democrats and a hobby as an extremist.
        You are insinuating Therefor democrats are extremists .
        non sequitur.
        You also make a claim based in nothing but conjecture .

        he’ll re-emerge as a key guy for the Democrats again in the future and all will be forgiven

        Will he?
        Well tell us when he does. At this point in time you are just making up a boogy man in the closet to scare your self with.

  11. Joe Bloggs

     /  December 21, 2018

    so General Jom Mattis has spat the dummy and resigned over trump’s idiotic decision to withdraw US troops from Syria.

    What a pity Mattis has “working for a shitstain” as the last entry on his cv

    • The Consultant

       /  December 21, 2018

      Obama 2011: The USA will all withdraw troops from Iraq

      Joe Bloggs, 2011: YAY. US troops on the ground is a terrible idea. Pull them from Afghanistan too

      Joe Bloggs – one-eyed partisan and ideologue.

    • Gezza

       /  December 21, 2018

      so General Jim Mattis has spat the dummy and resigned over trump’s idiotic decision to withdraw US troops from Syria.

      What??
      https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/donald-trumps-america/109535681/trump-says-defence-secretary-james-mattis-is-retiring

      OMG, it’s true. Mind you I wondered how long he could last working for a tool like Trump and didn’t think he’d see out a term.

      • Gezza

         /  December 21, 2018

        The biggest problem anybody with any intelligence working for Trump has is finding out they’re working for someone with no intelligence. Even the most grovelling sycophants he appoints he ends up making look stupid and shitting on all over Twitter.

    • The Consultant

       /  December 21, 2018

      It seems that even people opposed to Mattis’s choice on these matters – with a policy win in Afghanistan and a policy loss in Syria – have nothing to say about the decisions themselves, only whether the decision can be used against Trump.

      Trump wanted to pull troops from Afghanistan but apparently was persuaded otherwise by both the Pentagon and State Department. That presumably included Mattis.

      Personally I think the USA should have got the hell out of there a long time ago, and that’s Trump’s instinct too.

      So – and I realise many people hate his guts so much that they can’t distinguish between Trump and the decisions he needs to make – should US troops be pulled out of Syria? Afghanistan? Do people support the Pentagon and State when they say to keep troops in both or do they support Trump’s desire to pull them?

      • Pink David

         /  December 21, 2018

        “It seems that even people opposed to Mattis’s choice on these matters – with a policy win in Afghanistan and a policy loss in Syria – have nothing to say about the decisions themselves, only whether the decision can be used against Trump.”

        Yeap, that’s how it works. They use any stick they can find. This is the worst decision Trump has made, if Obama had made it, Joe Bloggs etc would have been cheering it loudly.

      • Gezza

         /  December 21, 2018

        I realise many people hate his guts so much that they can’t distinguish between Trump and the decisions he needs to make

        The problem Trumpophiles don’t see is that his decision-making is self-serving & chaotic & erratic. Running his own little empire of a business and his reality tv show he can get away with that but running a country like that he can’t. He’s a child.

        • The Consultant

           /  December 21, 2018

          The problem Trumpophiles don’t see is that his decision-making is self-serving & chaotic & erratic
          But irrespective of that, what do
          you, and other commentators here, think is the correct decision to make in Syria, and in Afghanistan? To keep US troops on the ground or pull them out? Surely a suitable topic for “World View – Friday”?

          I think they should be pulled from both places. Mattis clearly does not agree for various reasons, but a big part of Trump’s vote in 2016 was because he did not agree with sending US troops overseas or keeping them there, which led to him getting some rather strange allies across the Left-Right spectrum.

          And to be fair to Trump, he has been pretty consistent over the decades about not sending US troops overseas, although he wobbled on both Desert Storm and the Iraq War. In that he’s very much in synch with the traditional GOP approach to isolationism.

          And while I can see the argument for a degree of isolationism, especially given the events since 2001, I also see the argument that the USA has to get involved militarily sometimes for the sake of preventing things spiralling out of control.

          That was certainly the approach and argument of Clinton and Blair in the late 90’s in the Baltics, but it’s fair to say that both the US Democrats and British Labour have moved a long way from that position since then. So Trump’s not out on a limb here.

  12. Gezza

     /  December 21, 2018

    @ TC

    What do you, and other commentators here, think is the correct decision to make in Syria, and in Afghanistan? To keep US troops on the ground or pull them out? Surely a suitable topic for “World View – Friday”?

    Yes, it is. It’s a good one.

    I think they should be pulled from both places. Mattis clearly does not agree for various reasons, but a big part of Trump’s vote in 2016 was because he did not agree with sending US troops overseas or keeping them there, which led to him getting some rather strange allies across the Left-Right spectrum.

    I think they shouldn’t have gone in there in the first place but that announcing he is pulling them out suddenly like this has caught everybody off guard and has ramped up the risk of a major conflagration between Israel and Iran because Israel & others saw a small contingent of US troops in Syria as a warning and a threat not to do anything stupid – that has actually led to some sensible & careful decision-making but many interested players such as the Kurds, the Iranians, the Russians, Assad and the Israelis.

    No one can predict what will happen if they just suddenly pull out but there is no question this will be seen as a defeat by Russia, by the Iranians, by Assad and by the Turks. And by the Muslim world.

    The US and the UN have been removed from the peace process; they are irrelevant to that, but they are not irrelevant to keeper wiser heads prevailing in that theatre. There needs to be an international agreement between all the players here sooner or later. The UN has been sidelined as it is useless when it has no army or power. They should be getting that sorted before they leave or Trump will come to regret it. Bigly. He can’t be confusing the fuck out of their military command by pulling them out and then putting them back in and out and in, or by suddenly changing their strategy by lobbing missiles. The dude making all the gains here is Putin. He walks carefully to an evolving plan at all times.

    And to be fair to Trump, he has been pretty consistent over the decades about not sending US troops overseas, although he wobbled on both Desert Storm and the Iraq War. In that he’s very much in synch with the traditional GOP approach to isolationism.

    And while I can see the argument for a degree of isolationism, especially given the events since 2001, I also see the argument that the USA has to get involved militarily sometimes for the sake of preventing things spiralling out of control.

    That was certainly the approach and argument of Clinton and Blair in the late 90’s in the Baltics, but it’s fair to say that both the US Democrats and British Labour have moved a long way from that position since then. So Trump’s not out on a limb here.

    The lesson to the Kurds is that they have outlived their usefulness having fought the battles against the menace the US was responsible for unleashing for them. A lesson not lost on the Muslim world and others. That will engender more anti-American sentiment around the globe. If that’s possible. He’s not Mr Popularity with anyone.

    I think they should all get out of Afghanistan.They are getting more and more embroiled in that and getting nowhere, and they’ve made an enemy of Pakistan too now. That regime can’t survive. The place was quieter under the Taliban.

    The big risks in the Middle East – the ones most likely to suck everyone in to a major conflict, imo, are Saudi Arabia, Iran, and especially Israel which, for understandable reasons, is itching to attack them and will likely do so if Iran missteps through the US having departed. Trump has caused a great deal of mischief with his decision to move the US Embassy into occupied East Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and completely eliminate the US from any credibility as a peacemaker there.

  13. The Consultant

     /  December 21, 2018

    On a slightly different, but still Trump-related note (because what isn’t nowadays), here’s the always amusing Allahpundit on the whole Shutdown vs Wall fight. Allahpundit is hated by the Trumpistas in the comments section, but I’ve always enjoyed his writing and arguments, even when he’s sticking it to the GOP. I sense that he’s really starting to have fun now.

    Asking what Trump will get from this standoff is the wrong question. The point of these futile attempts to use shutdowns as negotiating leverage is never to “win.” Even if Democrats were open to funding the wall, they wouldn’t reward brinksmanship like this by agreeing to fund it under threat. Cave this time and Trump will try it again with a different GOP priority next time.

    The point of futile-shutdown politics is branding.

    Meow!
    He goes on to describe the fight that Cruz led to shutdown the government in 2013, even though he knew he did not have the numbers. The point was to show you’d fight and only the most devoted folk fight for lost causes. The problem for him was that Trump beat him on that front in the 2016 GOP primaries. But now…

    … he’s already caved once this year, signing the omnibus spending bill months ago despite its lack of any wall money. He took heat for that from his base, complained about it to his aides, then swore publicly afterward that he’d never sign a bill that terrible again. Now he has to prove that he meant it. On top of that, he’s vowed for months that he’d shut down the government to show his seriousness of purpose in building the wall. To cave without a fight now, with Pelosi days away from taking over, would be a terrible show of weakness.

    Terrible for any New York tough guy. And then there’s this:

    There may be enough retiring or defeated Republicans who already hate him and have no reason to hang around Washington to bail him out of this mess to ensure that wall funding can’t get a majority in either the House or (temporarily) the Senate.

    He quotes a phonecall from Senator Corker (retiring), who basically laughs about voting again before he leaves for good on Jan 20. There are similar feelings in the House: when you’ve lost your seat already, why stick around to vote for someone who has publically noted that you’re a loser!!! 🙂 But it was this last that I liked:

    If retiring Republicans are about to skip town, why doesn’t POTUS invite Ann [Coulter] and Rush [Limbaugh] to fly into D.C. and lead the GOP negotiations for him? We keep getting futile shutdowns because most of the people cheerleading for them have no real political or reputational skin in the game. Let red-state America’s populist heroes quarterback the negotiations with Pelosi to secure wall funding this time. It’d be like an amazing, very special celebrity-studded episode of “The Apprentice.”

    I’d buy that for a dollar!

  14. Blazer

     /  December 21, 2018

    know your…place..

  15. The Consultant

     /  December 21, 2018

    Finally, this article made me laugh as it covers Trump and Twitter:

    The content of the tweet @RealDonaldTrump posted on the night of Feb. 5, 2013, was bland: a simple thank you to the actress Sherri Shepherd for flattering comments she’d made about Trump on television.

    But its implications were historic.

    When Trump’s young social media manager [Justin McConney, who was the Trump Organization’s director of social media from 2011 to 2017] saw the tweet, he was perplexed. He typically typed and sent Trump’s tweets for the boss, but in this case he hadn’t. He did recall that Trump had been spending a lot of time in his office lately playing around with a new Android smartphone.

    The next morning, the handful of staffers with access to the boss’ account told [him] that they had not sent it either.

    That’s when it dawned on him: Donald Trump had tweeted on his own for the first time.

    “The moment I found out Trump could tweet himself was comparable to the moment in ‘Jurassic Park’ when Dr. Grant realized that velociraptors could open doors. I was like, ‘Oh no.'”

  16. The Consultant

     /  December 21, 2018

    Remember a few weeks ago how GOP Senator Lindsey Graham was getting all sorts of shit from Democrats because of his “emotional” outburst in support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and ferociously attacking his fellow Democrat Senators?

    Now Lindsey has pissed me off on more than a few occasions over the years, but he actually seems to have been unleashed in the Age of Trump to say exactly what he thinks. Democrats hated that during the Kavanaugh nomination, but they’re probably going to love the honesty here:

    Graham tells reporters, “If Obama had done this, we’d be all over him as Republicans.”

    Yep.

  17. The Consultant

     /  December 21, 2018

    Allahpundit is really having fun now as he disects the eruptions to Trump caving on the border wall…..Rush Unloads: “Trump gets nothing”:

    Undeniably, it’s Congress rather than Trump that’s failed to follow through on the wall. But his whole pitch on the trail in 2016 was that he wouldn’t let his agenda to be thwarted. Taking no for an answer from Congress is what soft cuckish amateur negotiators like Obama do. Trump, through dealmaking savvy and sheer force of alpha-male will, would “bulldoze” right through them, to borrow Rush’s term. “I alone can fix it,” the man said.

  18. The Consultant

     /  December 21, 2018

    More World Historical Analysis what if’s:

    Think about how differently modern history unfolds if the United States and Iraq work out that Status of Forces agreement back in 2011, after the 2008 one expired.

    With U.S. troops still in the neighborhood, ISIS probably doesn’t capture Fallujah and Mosul in 2014 and Ramadi in 2015. Iraqi forces probably don’t run and abandon their weapons knowing that American airstrikes have their back. The near-genocide of the Yazidis probably never happens.

    The Syrian civil war would probably still happen, but it wouldn’t be nearly as bloody and horrific on such a vast scale. Fewer refugees head towards Europe, and the resulting social tensions never roil European politics. And maybe attacks like San Bernardino and Orlando don’t happen, or the 2015 Paris attacks, the Brussels airport attack, Istanbul’s international airport bombing, the 2016 truck attack in Nice, France, or any one of the dozens of deadly attacks attributed to ISIS around the world.

    ISIS never becomes the best-known, most-feared, most-inspiring-angry-losers Islamist terror group in the world and just blends into the crowd of al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Ansar-al-Islam, the Taliban, Abu Sayyaf . . .

    This is why there are World History Games running on the Internet and on millions of computers world-wide.

  19. The Consultant

     /  December 21, 2018

    Fascinating stuff from Trump’s Tweet today

    “Does the USA want to be the Policeman of the Middle East, getting NOTHING but spending precious lives and trillions of dollars protecting others who, in almost all cases, do not appreciate what we are doing? Do we want to be there forever? Time for others to finally fight…

    I could swear that I’ve read almost the exact same messages over the last 15 years from countless Lefty blogsites, Twitter accounts, Facebook pages…..