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49 Comments

    • Gezza

       /  January 8, 2019

      When the sort of thing going on now in the US government happens in African or South American countries they get the label failed democracies and banana republics.

      • Noel

         /  January 8, 2019

        US dropped to a flawed democracy last year. Not get in the failed category.

        • Gezza

           /  January 8, 2019

          I mean, gawd, look at the pair of them. Harpy vs Braggart.

  1. Gezza

     /  January 8, 2019


    Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, second left, shakes hand with Chief of Immigration Police Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn

    The United Nations refugee agency has taken custody of Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, meaning she can stay in the country safely. Alqunun told Human Rights Watch that she had arrived at Bangkok’s main airport on January 5 from Kuwait, and that her passport was seized, preventing her from travelling to Australia.

    “She’s in Thailand now,” Surachate Hakparn, the nation’s immigration chief, said at a briefing at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. “Nobody can force her to do anything. We’ll protect her.”
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/109761028/woman-at-bangkok-airport-to-be-forcibly-returned-to-saudi-arabia-where-she-fears-family-will-kill-her
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    Good. Well done, young lady. You’ve got guts & smarts. All the best !

    • Gezza

       /  January 8, 2019

      She’s renounced Islam. Let’s take her, Jacinda. And put her family on the visa ban list.

      • Gezza

         /  January 8, 2019

        I see a wanker’s up later today.

        • Noel

           /  January 8, 2019

          Geez Geeza you appear as prissy as Missy.

          • Gezza

             /  January 8, 2019

            It’s all good fun. What time did you get up, out of mild interest 😎

            • NOEL

               /  January 8, 2019

              Wasn’t me. i write all mine off to Corkey or Blazer.

            • Gezza

               /  January 8, 2019

              Who knows? Could be anybody. Who cares? 😀

            • Pickled Possum

               /  January 8, 2019

              Who cares??? ummm I think you and Miss do. 😎
              I just think Yaaa!!! someone read my opinion and didn’t like it much at all.

            • PartisanZ

               /  January 8, 2019

              ✔ … 💕 …🤩

            • Gezza

               /  January 8, 2019

              Nah it’s just for fun, Possers. Haven’t you noticed – whenever I mention it I usually just collect even more downticks? It’s all good – it keeps them off the streets for a bit longer, & keeps my virtual florist busy. 😎

            • Gezza

               /  January 8, 2019

  2. acrossthespectrum

     /  January 8, 2019

    January 8 is Earth’s Rotation Day. The day commemorates when French Physicist, Leon Foucault, demonstrated the Earth rotates on its axis in 1851.

    • PartisanZ

       /  January 8, 2019

      That’s a turn-around for the better …

  3. Patzcuaro

     /  January 8, 2019

    Bloomberg on Trump, he wasn’t a great businessman just a indefatigable self promoter.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-01-07/trump-s-shutdown-proves-he-was-never-a-great-dealmaker

    The wall is about the limit of his understanding, a monument to himself paid for by someone else.

    • acrossthespectrum

       /  January 8, 2019

      @Patzcuaro . Bloomberg sounds jealous of Le Don. “Not a great businessman Just a indefatigable self promoter”. Well as they say it pays to advertise. As for not being a great businessman 3 billion net worth is not too shabby. I wonder if Bloomberg would say that JFK’s “we choose to go to the Moon” speech and the subsequent moon landing was a monument to JFK paid by someone else? Does Bloomberg say that the billions spent on space exploration cold have been used better here on earth?

      • Gezza

         /  January 8, 2019

        Fuxake trum. You can go bugger-all space exploration better on earth.

        • Gezza

           /  January 8, 2019

          *do

          • Gezza

             /  January 8, 2019

            Although, to be fair, things should improve in the space exploration when Space Cadet Bone Spurs gets his Space Force up & running & announces they’ll have warp drive too.

        • acrossthespectrum

           /  January 8, 2019

          @Gezza. I totally agree did you not get the context of my comment Gez?

          • Gezza

             /  January 8, 2019

            Of course. But I never pass up the chance to exploit any ambiguities. Talk to Sir Alan about this for further details.

      • Patzcuaro

         /  January 8, 2019

        Just to clarify it wasn’t written by Bloomberg but was on the site. As a aside Bloomerg is worth about $50 billion and is a lot more self made than Le Con.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 8, 2019

          Anyone think Bloomberg website doesn’t say what Bloomberg wants?

        • acrossthespectrum

           /  January 8, 2019

          No such thing as self made. Money is money no matter how it was gathered. Bloomberg might be rich but he did not become President. That is why he is Jealous.

          • Patzcuaro

             /  January 8, 2019

            If being a self made billionaire is not important why did Trump fashion the myth that he was self made when in reality he was daddy made.

      • Patzcuaro

         /  January 8, 2019

        @acrossthespectrum, I struggle to see how the space race between the USSR and the US can be equated to Trump’s self promotion. The technological benefits and scientific advances that flowed from the space race have benefited the human race as a whole. Trump’s self promotion is entirely for his own and his families benefit.

        56 years ago on June 26, 1963 JFK gave his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in Berlin, months after the Berlin Wall hade been erected to prevent East Europeans fleeing to West Berlin. The Berlin Wall became a rallying point for democracy and freedom and has been swept away by history. Luckily I was able visit it before it fell in November 1991.

        If every built, Trumps Wall would probably go the same way.

        JFK 1 Trump a big donut.

        • acrossthespectrum

           /  January 8, 2019

          @Patzcuaro. If your struggling to comprehend switch on your brain. Yes we all know about the donut gaff and I was in Europe in 1977 so what. The Space race has not benefited the human race no more than the arms race. The comment on Bloomberg is by a jealous prat.

        • Pink David

           /  January 8, 2019

          Of course the difference is quite telling. The Berlin Wall was there to imprision people in the socialist paradise, the boarder wall is there to prevent people entering the capitalist hell hole that is the USA. Let’s see how long the latter lasts…

          • Patzcuaro

             /  January 8, 2019

            I thought the US was a capitalist paradise.

            • Pink David

               /  January 8, 2019

              That’s a surprise, why do so many democrats want to follow the economic policies of Venezuela then?

            • Duker

               /  January 8, 2019

              which ones have said that?
              are taking Trumps screeds as having any truth to them

            • Pink David

               /  January 8, 2019

              AOC, she is the new intellectual force of the dems

            • Patzcuaro

               /  January 8, 2019

              @Pink David to suggest that any Democrat wants to follow the path of Venezuela is ridiculous, you have been listening to too much Trump.

      • Blazer

         /  January 8, 2019

        you being anti semitic…Al?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 8, 2019

          No, just anti-Lefty, B. You playing identity politics?

    • Duker

       /  January 8, 2019

      Oh the “national emergency’ strategy – will that turn out like the withdrawal from Syria one – another big bluff

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  January 8, 2019

        Both are headline stealers leaving Dems playing second fiddle.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 8, 2019

    Democrats caught using Facebook dirty tricks in the Alabama Senate election:

    • Pink David

       /  January 8, 2019

      It doesn’t count when deomcrats do it.

      • Duker

         /  January 8, 2019

        big deal. Its only illegal when you collude with foreign countries to influence elections.

        anyway ,say 1/3 of Alabama counties are dry anyway, they may gained some votes for the teen botherer Moore

        • Pink David

           /  January 8, 2019

          So, as long as it isn’t illegal, the dems can lie as much as they like.

          • Duker

             /  January 8, 2019

            It was one activist. Ive got news for you if you dont think election campaigns dont tell lies. boo hoo

  5. Gezza

     /  January 8, 2019

    North Korea’s Kim visiting China at Xi Jinping’s invitation
    Visit comes days after North Korean leader says he may seek alternative path if US maintains pressure on his country.

    Last year, Kim travelled to China three times to meet Xi before and after meeting Trump as well as summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

    “What’s interesting about Kim’s visits over the past year is that they either preceded or occurred after major diplomatic moves,” Al Jazeera’s Divya Gopalan, reporting from Hong Kong, said.

    “So this time it seems that he wants to involve Xi Jinping and China in that process,” she added. “China, of course, wants to be front and centre with any moves between North Korea and the US.”

    Analysts also believe that Kim is eager to use the fact that relations between China and the US are strained amid the world’s two biggest economies’ bitter trade war, in order for North Korea to get as much as possible out of the expected talks, Gopalan noted.

    “Involving China would be a key strategic move for North Korea,” she said.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/north-korea-kim-visiting-china-summit-xi-190107233945697.html

    A commenter noted earlier today that 4 visits to China by Kim and none by Xi to North Korea breaks the normal protocol and suggests that when Xi calls, Kim goes. The commenter was an American Chinese “China expert” who believes Xi still has a srong hold over Kim as China is the leading provider of his missile and other technology and still their principal trading partner by far.