Archive for January, 2010

President Obama Schools Republicans

January 31, 2010 4 comments

I could not imagine any other politician in the World doing this anywhere. Some are comparing it to PM’s Question Time, but that is a short largely scripted event. This was not.

For Prime Minister’s Question Time to get anywhere near this, the whole of the Labour Party would have to leave Parliament, the procedural questions would have to go and the event would have to be twice as long.

This event killed the TOTUS meme Republicans were pushing. Notice the lack of one.

This was the House Republican Party 140 to 1 against the President.

It is highly unlikely that you will ever see the like of this again.

This is political debating at its finest, great television too so far removed from the scripted talking points of the prepared format Presidential debates that they do not even compare and the Republicans handed it to Barack Obama on a silver platter.

As far as must see tv, that is unlikely to ever be repeated, for any student of politics this is up there with the moon landing.


Boots thanks their staff for years of loyal service.

January 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Boots is a large, mainly pharmacy chain in the United Kingdom.

It employs 75,000 people in stores throughout the United Kingdom. A great proportion of those make very little above minimum wage. Of the 75,000 employed, 15,000 are in the Final Salary Pensions Scheme.

As a result of a relatively static stock market from 2000 and various tax changes many Pension funds in the UK fell in to the red. In response, Companies closed these schemes to new employees. The pension you would get would depend heavily on the value of the stock exchange. Boots closed theirs in 2000, 20% of the workforce as it now stands remain in that final salary scheme. They were loyal employees to the Company.

Alliance Boots was bought by private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) and Stefano Pessina, now executive chairman, for £11bn in June 2007, in the biggest ever leveraged buyout in Europe.

The first announcement of their new boss was to announce the end of the final salary scheme and complete transfer of all those long term staff to investment fund pensions. Many will have no ability to develop a decent pension in the few years they have available before retirement.

This they argue is to provide better motivate staff.

Their new boss is a former Halifax Bank of Scotland fat cat Andy Hornby. The 43-year-old lost his job after the bank’s disastrous takeover by Lloyds but had already built up a £240,000-a-year pension.

The pension fund is £188 million in surplus. Despite the recession, trading profit climbed 11.6% to £953m, as at May 2009 but a large chunk of that was absorbed by finance costs of £705m, on sales of £20 billion.

What a great thank you to staff for years of loyalty.

Categories: Main Blog - General

Tony Blair and The Iraq War Inquiry. The 10 questions I would ask him.

January 29, 2010 Leave a comment
B liar

B liar. Protestors wait for Blair to lie to the Inquiry

1. What agreement was made with George Bush about the invasion of Iraq at Camp David and why?

2. What threat was there that required such an urgent intervention?

3. Given the opposing legal advice about the legality of war, given your previous role in law, wouldn’t it have been better to err on the side of caution?

4. Why did you let the 45 minute claim pass? Who was behind this claim?

5. Did you place pressure on the Attorney General to change his mind about the legality of the War?

6. Was Saddam Hussein a greater threat than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

7. Wasn’t the unrest in Afghanistan and Pakistan a greater threat to the US, UK and the region than Iraq?

8. What were your reasons for ignoring the United Nations when you had previously seen their support as critical?

9. Do you still stand by the speech you made to the US Congress, which helped sell the war to America?

10. The Government is now withholding crucial papers from this Inquiry, do you support that?

I do not hold my breath waiting for the tough questions or for honest replies from Blair. I’d also love a follow up to ask is the World really safer as a result of this War?

A tale of two Countries

January 28, 2010 3 comments


She gets the points for the pomp and ceremony of the event and easily wins on the method of transport

although his method is probably more comfortable

He gave the better sppech though, largely because hers was written by Gordon Brown and it hard to believe whatever he says now, never mind if it is said through the mouth of Her Maj’

Bring It. I am not going to surrender to cyber bullies.

January 27, 2010 19 comments a GOP ratfucking cesspit of hate has decided to declare all out war on anyone that they think is in any way associated with me online.

My post on my own blog

which I crossposted on DU and Daily Kos has been defined by them as a “co-ordinated attack” on the owner of the Hillbuzz, Kevin DuJan by everyone rom the WhiteHouse down. He used that to get his rattling tin out and the list of Neo-Con thug sites that answered his call and plugged his donate page, to battle me, a tiny, part time blogger, was to me a real badge of honour.

Dujan has claimed that “my attacks”  have threatened his life, because I quoted him, using his own words, nothing taken away or added and outed him for the racist pig that he is. DuJan ran DeMcrats for McCain. He was welcomed by the GOP at a VIP reception. He is a public figure.
He claims that he is not racist but he has said, blacks are lazy and paranoid, all Muslims should be forced to fly naked, Islamic holy sites should be bombed for every terror incident, I could go on. In summary, he is a bigot of the lowest order.
Some of his quotes were posted on my article here:
So what have Hillbuzz done with that Wingnut money? They have acted as incompetent Sherlock Holmes’ trying to looking up all of those who have had a similar user name to me. They have also published the details of blog owners that I have just happened to comment on. This includes a University lecturer, a man in Rhode Island who did graphic design for someone with a similar username. The wing nuts suggested visiting him with a cricket bat.
His thugs published the details of a psychiatrist and suggested phoning him.
Then he breaches every WordPress privacy rule going.

Much of the information is wrong, it is just some poor sap who happened to have used the same or similar user name.
They talk of Liberals “being evil” and harrassing them. Yet whatever my tiny shitty blog, read by my ex and his pets did in terms of searching for, they are doing much much worse.
I’m not giving in to bigots.
No surrender to fascists
No surrender.

Another Republican Watergate. Pimpgate?

January 27, 2010 5 comments

What is it with Republicans and their supporters, they just can not help themselves with their criminal antics.

Alleging a plot to tamper with phones in Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in downtown New Orleans, the FBI arrested four people Monday, including James O’Keefe, 25, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group’s credibility.

Also arrested were Joseph Basel, Stan Dai and Robert Flanagan, all 24. Flanagan is the son of William Flanagan, who is the acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana. All four men were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.

An official close to the investigation said one of the four was arrested with a listening device in a car blocks from the senator’s offices. He spoke on condition of anonymity because that information was not included in official arresting documents.

According to the FBI affidavit, Flanagan and Basel entered the federal building at 500 Poydras Street on Monday about 11 a.m., dressed as telephone company employees, wearing jeans, fluorescent green vests, tool belts and hard hats. When they arrived at Landrieu’s 10th-floor office, O’Keefe was already in the office and had told a staffer he was waiting for someone to arrive.
When Flanagan and Basel entered the office, they told the staffer they were there to fix phone problems. At that time, the staffer, referred to only as Witness 1 in the affidavit, observed O’Keefe positioning his cell phone in his hand to videotape the operation. O’Keefe later admitted to agents that he recorded the event.

If this was an Acorn employee doing this to a Republican the Senate would be up in arms.

Limbaugh’s Chicago babes would be calling for an investigation in to me, this blog and the Whitehouse (again).

Fox just says it needs “context”. It needs more than context.  Who actually was involved? How high did this go?

Maybe we can expect to see O’Keefe with an American flag draped around his crotch when he is 60.

The future O'Keefe?

The future O'Keefe?

Well, how was it for you?

January 25, 2010 2 comments

After what can be described as an “interesting time” over the weekend, both online and offline, I guess this song best describes my mood.