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Rachel Maddow Re-Considered…..

I blogged earlier this week that life, post-Trump’s election, had become so bad that I had resumed watching Rachel Maddow. Big mistake. She is just a Democratic Party shill, as evidenced by tonight’s ‘Putin conspired to get Trump  elected’ programme, citing the CIA and Washington Post as her sources, Could Putin really be that clever? Seems to me that fly-over America didn’t need any nudging from Moscow to elect Trump; they were stupid and bad enough all by themselves to do that.

Comrade Gerry Flies Business Class To Fidel’s Funeral

From this week’s Private Eye. Thanks to HM for the tip. See costs below, starts at $1,900. (Would you want to give up this lifestyle and bestow it to a jumped up carpetbagger?):

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And a sample of KLM business class flying:

A Question On Brian Stack…..?

There’s no doubt that SF leader Gerry Adams is under enormous pressure over the IRA killing of Portlaoise prison warder Brian Stack.

The latest development sees FG Taoiseach, Enda Kenny piling it on, demanding  to know who it was in the IRA that Gerry Adams introduced to Stack’s son, when he smuggled him in the back of a van to a secret and undisclosed Border rendezvous so that they could discuss his father’s death.

I strongly suspect from my own, admittedly limited dealings with an Taoiseach that in this and in other cases of IRA excess, Mr Kenny’s primary interest is in digging up dirt on Mr Adams for party political purposes and that truth and justice for the Stack family may be of secondary importance.

I am thus inclined to view the Taoiseach’s exertions on behalf of the late prison warder’s family with a somewhat jaundiced eye.

Nonetheless, who Adams took the Stack family member to meet is an interesting question, for sure, and more than Mr Kenny would dearly love the answer. But here’s another question, one that I haven’t seen asked, much less answered or even addressed by the Irish media, and it is this.

What was it that Brian Stack did to provoke the Provos into killing him, and by so doing risk an almighty confrontation with the Irish state? It must have been something pretty hairy, I would guess, for the IRA to have ignored General Army Order No. 8 and to place Sinn Fein’s burgeoning electoral ambitions in the South in some peril.

I suspect the answer lies in events that took place in Portlaoise jail in the early 1980’s.

If anyone out there is of sufficient vintage and seniority in the IRA at the time to provide an answer, please feel free to contact this site, safe in the knowledge that your identity will be never be disclosed.

I think we all deserve to know. Don’t you? After all, it is what started this whole thing….

Donald Trump: A Timely Reminder Of How He Became President-Elect…..

Click on the link folks:

https://static01.nyt.com/video/players/offsite/index.html?videoId=100000004269364

Trump’s Cabinet From Hell Just Keeps Growing……

Well, Donald Trump has just lifted another rock and from underneath plucked a Labor Secretary to add to his cabinet-from-hell.

He’s a fast-food executive known for his opposition to raising the minimum wage, is against widening eligibility for overtime pay and has criticised Obamacare because the health care premiums working class people must buy means they don’t spend as much time and money in his restaurants (but presumably they are a lot healthier as a result).

The guy’s name, believe it or not, is Puzder and he is CEO of fast food outfits called Carls Jr and Hardee’s, neither of whose premises or food I have ever sampled or would want to sample.

This is what he looks like:

Trump's Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, who opposes the minimum wage increases

Trump’s Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, who opposes minimum wage increases

Puzder’s advertising strategy is a simple one. Link unhealthy, fat-friendly food with sexy young Ivanka Trump-like women in suggestive ads.

Presumably that is what brought Puzder to Trump’s attention. And presumably this is what the populist President-elect thinks populism is about: less bread and more circuses.

Here is a sample:

Here’s another:

Trump is far from finished, by the way. He still has to fill the most important Cabinet slot, Secretary of State, who will, God help us, be responsible for implementing Trump’s foreign policy ideas.

Phillip Knightley RIP

Distressing to learn of the death of Phillip Knightley who died today (December 7th), aged 87, a towering figure in British journalism and an inspiration and role-model to my generation of reporters. His book on war reportage, ‘The First Casualty’ was a classic.

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Trump Announces End Of The World

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The full, depressing story can be read here.