First there was Italy's Rocco
EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security.
Under cross-examination by MEPs as part of the Commission ratification
process, he declared his belief that
homosexual behaviour is a sin but that he would not regulate against it.
Left-leaning MEPs were outraged that a
Catholic should admit his Catholic convictions. His new boss,
Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso loyally offered his full
Barroso maintains his confidence in the whole team, which, of course,
includes Mr Buttiglione,
a spokeswoman), but subsequently dumped him
anyway when the MEPs would not be mollified.
Then it was the turn of France's
would-be EU Commissioner for Transport. When he was cross-examined
by MEPs, he hid the fact that he had been convicted back home in 2000 for
criminal fraud; he hid this also from Mr Barroso, who nevertheless offered
support, which by then we knew means nothing.
When, thanks to an outing by the UKIP
party and the non-French press, MEPs learnt that they had just been
tricked into approving a convicted fraudster, they were outraged.
They demanded an immediate explanation, and when they heard it they
swallowed it whole, giving Mr Barrot the thumbs-up. It turns out
that President Jacques Chirac had granted his buddy Mr Barrot an amnesty,
which means that the conviction was expunged - legally it never happened.
Just like the Catholic annulment (which bastardised his two daughters) of
John Kerry's 27-year
pre-Heinz marriage. And since the conviction never happened, the
French press are forbidden from reporting it, even that it never happened
The upshot of this sorry tale is that conviction Catholics are barred from
high EU office, convicted fraudsters are not. How morally inverted
can you get ? And how incompetent is Mr Barroso to play host to two
Commissioner problems before even taking office ? It all bodes ill
for the Commission. But one the bright side, the loss in public
confidence in the EU that this display of hubris entails may help to kill
off, via national referenda, the pernicious EU Constitutional Treaty.
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I've spent most of my life as a guest in other
people's countries, all over the world. To make an outrageous
generalisation, one of the paradoxes that
I've observed is that racism frequently seems to be proportional to the darkness of
the skin. That is, the darker a person's skin the greater his/her racist
behaviour and views. Thus, you tend to see the greatest attention to
skin colour and associated prejudice in Africa, where people's blackness
often determines their place in society. Lighter-skinned Arabs
from the north (of Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia etc) look down on their
blacker brethren; the black southerners look down on those of their number
who are even blacker. There is little of the embarrassment or
attempt to suppress or at least hide such feelings that you encounter in
lighter-skinned parts of the world. Robert Mugabe is an extreme
example, though of course his racism is directed primarily at whites
(notwithstanding his massacre
of 7,000 Matabelelanders in 1980-88).
I was reminded of this when some months ago Harry
the singer of Jamaican descent, derided
Colin Powell, the soldier-diplomat of Jamaican descent, as a
nigger, a term of abuse that it is inconceivable that a
white person of comparable celebrity would utter in public. Yet,
only because he was himself black, Mr Belafonte
got away with it, despite the undeniably unpleasant and racist nature of
is not alone. Black cartoonist Aaron McGruder
regularly depicts Condoleeza Rice as a stereotype black Aunt Jemima,
complete with characteristic bad grammar, in a manner no white cartoonist
would dare ...
knows all about aluminum tubes
... (correction) ...
I don't know nuthin about aluminum tubes
also calls her a murderer,
and this epithet is endorsed
by Julian Bond who is the chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People, for goodness sake. Meanwhile, a lead article in Black Commentator has
called Dr Rice
the purest expression of the race traitor. No
polite description is possible.
like the other examples, is in fact the purest
expression of racism - no polite description is possible. To such
people, Dr Rice and Mr Powell are unacceptable as Republicans for one
reason only - because they are black.
Racist attitudes are about hating people because of their
race and/or skin colour. Blacks, historically on the receiving end
of such inexcusable behaviour, often do this better than
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Depraved Northern Ireland Demands More English
Over and above what is collected in Northern Ireland
taxes, residents of the province already get
£2,500 per person per year in subsidies from
the British State. British State
in this context means English taxpayer, since the Scots and Welsh also have they own
hands out and thus contribute none of their taxes to NI.
Now the low-life politicians of the DUP and Sinn Fein
are now demanding the gift of another one
billion pounds, or £600
per inhabitant, from the English taxpayers as blackmail money to
form a Northern Ireland government. For infrastructural purposes they say, such as
improving the sewage system. But visit
NI from the South and what do you notice ?
Anything provided by the State - ie
taxpayers - such as roads, schools, hospitals, youth centres, police
station etc are pristine and uplifting, compared to the south (and
indeed compared to much of England). Even chunks of
countryside, such as Divis, the Black Mountains near Belfast, 100 km of Antrim coastline,
Slieve Donard in the Mournes, have
been purchased in order to preserve their
But anything provided by the locals such as
houses, shops, pubs, small businesses etc seems to the outsider to be
rather shabby and dilapidated, compared to the
That is the result of the beggar mentality that
pervades that diseased carbuncle. They don't need more Christmas
presents from Englishmen and Englishwomen to form a government (a body by
the way that will accomplish with fourteen ministers and several
committees what is currently done with just two part-time
Westminster MPs). They
need the will to implement the Good Friday Agreement, endorsed overwhelmingly,
North and South, in an all-Ireland referendum in 1998.
They call the £1
bn ransom demand a peace
dividend, based on being able to reduce the British military presence if
the paramilitaries scale back their activities. There is no sense that such a dividend should go back to
the English taxpayers in return for their forbearance over so many
decades. English taxpayers should rise up and say enough is
enough. But then, since only the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish
have their own parliamentary assemblies, they have no democratic forum for
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Check Out That C-4
Quite a while back, I described
some of the then latest developments in airport scanning technology - the mind-reader,
the blush-detector and the
naked body revealer.
Lurking in the 15th November edition of the
Week, I've finally found a bit more information about the last of these
devices, which seems to be pretty effective.
Costing $120,000, it's called the Rapiscan
Secure 1000 backscatter X-ray imager and it scans the body uses low-level radiation, ie
less than 10 microRem per scan compared to typical background radiation of
300 microRem per day in, say, Miami. The device detects non-metallic weapons
and plastic explosives hidden on a person's body, including ceramics,
graphite fibres, plastic containers, plastic weapons, glass vials,
syringes, packaged narcotics, dynamite, bundled paper currency, and even
Apparently, a hundred of the machines are already in operation
in prisons and airports around the world, including Heathrow Airport where a trial
is currently ongoing.
The main privacy safeguards are
that the person who
looks at the image is different from the person who examines the scanee in
that men don't look at women and vice versa, and
are instantly deleted.
But if you believe all that, you belong with
the fairies, especially when Pamela Anderson checks in for her
Nevertheless, I think there's no doubt that this is
the scanning technology of the future, so we better get used to the
By the way, that's some C-4 he's proudly
got on display ....
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Agony Aunt Mailbag
My husband is a liar and a cheat. He has cheated on me from the beginning, and when I confront him, he denies everything. What's worse, everyone knows he cheats on me. It is so humiliating. Also, since he lost his job
four years ago he hasn't even looked for a new one. All he does is buy cigars and cruise around and bullshit with his
pals and play golf, while I have to work to pay the bills. Since our daughter went away to college he doesn't even pretend to like me and hints that I am a lesbian. What should I do?
Grow up and dump him; you don't need him any more. For Pete's
sake, you're a United States Senator from New York! Act like one!
Thanks for this,
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of the Week
: I refuse to die without a chance to live
Kerryman Billy Burke, 27, a victim of cystic
fibrosis, when launching a campaign in April to secure a lung transplant
denied him due to bureaucratic rules. Despite the energy, articulacy
and popularity of his efforts, sadly he was unsuccessful and died of the
condition last week.
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