David Irving is not a historian, he is a Jew-hating, holocaust denying fascist fantasist!
Friday, December 22, 2006
"Every year there's some horrible Rom-Com I'm forced to endure by some female or other. I find this form repellent in the extreme, and after 2 hours of cloying niceness I go looking for a puppy to kick." - Jackart
"The general feeling among the writing staff is that [Paul] Heyman's departure was the best thing for Paul and the company." - Rajah.com on the opinions of the retarded WWE creative team
What an insult to Mr. Heyman! Who are those arrogant idiots to gauge what is in Mr. Heyman's best interests?
I am in a bad mood today and I feel like killing someone or something!
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Nintendo has warned owners of its new console to avoid bright lights shining near televisions while they play.
It follows reports that fairy lights were causing problems with the Wii's remote control sensor.
The technology giant said direct lights could cause interference in "exceptional conditions".
Writing on a users' blog, one owner said: "The last couple of days my Wii has been acting weird in not picking up the Wiimote on the side of the Christmas tree and I could never figure out what was wrong.
"Well tonight, I turned off the Christmas tree and it fixed my problem."
The Wii sold out within 24 hours of hitting UK stores earlier this month.
In a statement, Nintendo said the console wasn't affected by lights under normal conditions.
It added: "In exceptional conditions where the Wii sensor bar is sat near a direct light source there may be some minor interference - this does not mean that there is any fault with your Wii.
"For the best performance of your Wii, avoid bright light sources behind or near the TV, shining towards the Wii remote or reflecting off the TV screen."
After the recent Bob Piper and Prague Tory saga over Bobby's Photoshop makeover of David Cameron as a minstrel, I found this contentious image on Theo Spark's blog of Kofi Annan. Yes it is offensive, but I do not believe it to be racist. However, it is understandable that even the most vocal opponent of French Trotskyite Political Correctness might feel that this image with its historical flavour is indeed racist.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
"Why is it that Scottish & Welsh nationalists are Pro EU. How can it be better to be ruled from Brussels than from Westminster. If the Welsh and Scots feel that their voice is not heard in the UK how can it be heard in the EU with 7-8 times the population?" - Serf
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
After managing to curse his colleagues Charles Kennedy and Mark Oaten with his 'support' earlier this year, the Liberal Democrat MP for Montgomeryshire Lembit Opik has now ended the only good thing going for him, his relationship with ITV weather forecast presenter Sian Lloyd to begin another relationship with some 'singer' young enough to be his daughter. If it is any comfort to Ms. Lloyd, what Opik has done is the equivalent of trading in a Rolls Royce for a Trabant.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Mel Gibson has told his detractors: "Get the hell over it.
The Hollywood star, who issued a grovelling apology to the Jewish community in the summer after unleashing an anti-Semitic rant when he was arrested for drink-driving, said the way he had been treated since was "out of proportion".
He also defended his new movie Apocalypto against charges that it is excessively violent in its portrayal of the last days of the Mayan civilisation.
"How many people do you know get a DUI (driving under the influence) and are kicked around for six months?" Gibson told USA Today.
"It's out of proportion. I'm not saying I wasn't at fault.
"Hey, we're not perfect, we're all human, get over it.
"I've apologised, done the right thing, now get the hell over it. I'm a work in progress.
Apocalypto, which shocked critics with its depictions of beheadings and hearts being ripped from people's chests, defied predictions that Gibson's personal troubles would hamper its success to top the box office in its opening weekend.
On Thursday it picked up a Golden Globe nomination in the foreign language film category.
Gibson has missed the point. People are having a go at him not because he got a DUI. The public and media are angry because he made a number of anti-Jewish remarks and that despite his apologies, everyone does not believe that they were sincere. Not only that, his father is an infamous holocaust denier.
Friday, December 15, 2006
"Let me put this bluntly. The government has backed down in the face of Saudi threats - it has acceded to blackmail. It argues that the decision has been made "in the wider public interest" yet it has basically prostrated the British nation at the feet of Saudi bribery and corruption. Shameful. Truly shameful." - Iain Dale
"It absolutely baffles me why the voters could not see this man for what he is. It was so obvious. He has evil written all over his face and eyes, and he did before he won his first term in office. There's an air of something unsettling about Tony Blair and there always was." - verity on Iain Dale's Diary
"The[y] [Labour] have no capacity for shame, especially Blair.
Lacking this moral compass he has an personality that is unfit to hold public office. The Labour party is unfit for office as it has not removed him despite these facts." - Man in a Shed on Iain Dale's Diary
"Remember kids, Sleaze and Telling Fibs is really wrong, unless it is in the 'Wider Public Interest'...
Remember, don't do as we do, Just do as we say..
Your Uncle Tony" - an anonymous poster on Iain Dale's Diary
"The cynical level of news management compounded with the questioning of a serving prime minister in relation to serious criminal offences, compounded with the governments disregard of the rule of law and parliamentary scrutiny profoundly ashames and sickens me. How can anyone vote Labour ever again?" - Anyone But Blair on Iain Dale's Diary
TOKYO (AFP) - Nintendo has recalled 3.2 million wrist straps for its new Wii console after reports of enthusiastic users inadvertently sending the motion-sensing controller crashing into their TV screens.
Nintendo Co Ltd spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa said Friday that the first version of the controller strap "turned out to be insufficient in its strength for some customers," so it would be replaced with a thicker one.
"The decision comes after reports that some users in the United States threw their controllers when playing with Wii sports software," he said.
By waving or swinging the controller, it can serve as a sword, tennis racket or car steering wheel in the games showing on screen.
But websites dubbed "Wii have a problem" and "Wii damage" have chronicled injuries and wreckage reportedly inflicted by Nintendo game controllers sent awry in the heat of play by wild swipes, loose grips or snapped wrist straps.
Wii controllers have been hurled or thrust into television and computer screens, according to online accounts. Among the reported casualties have been windows, glasses, dishes, stereos, walls and ceiling fans.
The official Wii website warns users to "hold the Wii Remote firmly and do not let go" when playing, while taking a moment to dry perspiring hands to prevent injury to people or damage to objects.
Nintendo, which launched the Wii in the United States last month and in Japan on Saturday, has been getting rave reviews for its new controller and games that shy away from blood-and-guts action.
But Nintendo president Satoru Iwata admitted last week that "even beyond our expectations people are becoming more and more excited playing with the Wii" following the reports of snapping wrist straps.
The Wii outsold the rival PlayStation 3 by more than double in the US in November, according to industry tracking group NPD, which estimates that Nintendo sold 476,140 of its Wii consoles against Sony's 196,580 PS3s.
Nintendo said that although it has not sold as many as 3.2 million Wii consoles some owners may have more than one controller to allow more than one player to compete at the same time.
Consoles shipped from early December already have the thicker strap.
Wii set itself apart from Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3 consoles by designing a system that got players moving and encouraged family or friends to join in the activity.
Within weeks of Wii's debut in November, The American Chiropractic Association made the unusual move of publicly advising console enthusiasts to "stretch first, then play."
Nintendo also said Friday that it would recall 200,000 AC/DC power adaptors for Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite portable game machines.
Nintendo said some adaptors supplied by Nagano Japan Radio Co Ltd (JRC) between January and October this year could generate excessive heat and possibly cause burn injury during charging.
Nintendo said to date, it has recorded nine such incidents of overheating. One such incident burned a hole in the body of the portable game machine but no injuries have been reported.
The Kyoto-based company said models with defective AC/DC adaptors were sold only in Japan.
Cumulative sales of Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite have so far reached 13 million units.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Girls Aloud have given Tory leader David Cameron the thumbs down.
Band member Cheryl Tweedy said Cameron should stop pretending to be "cool" and concentrate on policies.
Earlier this year, he claimed Cheryl was the most fanciable one in Girls Aloud.
But she told the New Statesman: "Politicians know we get listened to by more young fans than they do. That's why David Cameron said he fancied me. He was just trying to be cool. I bet he couldn't name a single song of ours. Do I fancy him? No! Politicians should stop trying to be cool and get on with running the country.
Cheryl also dished out some advice to Britain's political parties on how to make themselves more appealing to young voters.
"There should be adverts in the breaks during Coronation Street spelling it out in bullet points: This is what the Conservatives stand for. This is what Labour stands for.
"You know that basically Labour is the working class and the Conservatives are the really kind of upper class, and then everything else is... I have no idea," she explained.
But Cheryl is no fan of Prime Minister Tony Blair.
"We are too young to really remember the excitement of Labour getting into power. All we know is what's happening now, which is that Blair equals George Bush and the war in Iraq," she said.
Girls Aloud are not the first band to go political. The Spice Girls famously declared their support for Margaret Thatcher during an interview with The Spectator in 1996.
I wonder if Mrs. Ashley Cole has ever considered a career in comedy, as she does have the same talent as I for offending everyone (not that this is always a bad thing, because it makes for some great comic relief).
During 2000, Nintendo announced that it would release a true successor to the 8-bit Game Boy handheld console series called the Game Boy Advance that was unveiled later in the year at the Nintendo Space World show. While the Nintendo GameCube attracted the lion’s share of attention (and criticism for its Fisher Price-type aesthetics), the original Game Boy Advance was greeted with near-universal praise for its combination of stylish design, impressive Super NES equivalent graphics capabilities and 15 to 20 hours of battery life. When the portable was released the following year, it became an instant success, quickly acquiring a diverse library of quality titles from conversions of 16-bit Super NES classics such as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda A Link To The Past and Yoshi’s Island to original gems like Advance Wars, Golden Sun and Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga. The compact format’s fortunes were also greatly aided by the inclusion of backwards-compatibility with the software libraries of both the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, which gave the Game Boy Advance instant access to an existing collection of over a thousand titles.
Although the Game Boy Advance series is commonly perceived as an array of portable Super NES consoles that also doubles up as a home for retro titles such as Manic Miner, Rayman Advance and Sonic The Hedgehog Genesis, it is also host to some terrific original software like Metroid Fusion, Spyro Season of Ice and the Sonic Advance trilogy. These original titles were often better than the best Super NES conversions because developers usually made more of an effort to make greater use of the Game Boy Advance’s technical capabilities as most of the Super NES translations were not only not as fully optimised for the portable as they could have been due to developer-laziness and built-in hardware limitations.
For what was conceived of as the handheld equivalent of the Super NES, the Game Boy Advance line is compromised by the omission of the Super NES controller’s X and Y face buttons. It was claimed that these two triggers were not included because Nintendo did not want to encourage third-party publishers and developers from converting Super NES titles to the Game Boy Advance family. However, considering that Nintendo themselves were responsible for most of the high profile Super NES translations and that the Super NES originals had usually used only four of the Super NES controller’s six buttons, it is more likely that the lack of triggers were due to cost cuts. While this decision rarely if ever rendered conversions of six button titles unplayable, some releases were still somewhat compromised such as Capcom’s Super Street Fighter II Turbo Revival and Street Fighter Alpha 3 Upper. The Game Boy Advance systems’ audio processor is also rather inferior to its Super NES Sony-developed counterpart, though it is still a capable instrument.
The initial Game Boy Advance also somewhat suffered from Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges awkwardly protruding out of the cartridge slot away from players and the absence of any internal lighting as it is at times difficult to see what is on the machine’s wide colour screen with even decent external lighting conditions. These problems were rectified by the release of the Game Boy Advance SP during 2003. Though it lacks the aesthetic elegance of both the original Game Boy Advance and the later-released Game Boy micro, the Game Boy Advance SP did include internal front lighting (a second-generation Game Boy Advance SP with improved internal lighting behind the visual display was released two years later) with 8-bit Game Boy series cartridges discreetly protruding towards gamers. This was achieved by using an internal lithium ion battery instead of traditional AA batteries (with beneficial side effect of saving owners the expense of regularly purchasing replacement standard batteries) at the cost of the internal lighting reducing playing time to just over ten hours when switched on (the battery life increases to eighteen hours when the lighting is off).
The final portable incarnation of the Game Boy Advance, the Game Boy micro, was released during 2005. Although this edition of the Game Boy Advance has the finest aesthetic design of the production line and adjustable light settings, the system failed to reproduce the commercial success of its predecessors because consumers owned one of or both the previous versions of the format and preferred instead to purchase either a variant of the Nintendo DS or Sony’s PSP. It also did not help that the Game Boy micro is incompatible with all Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles.
The biggest reason for the Game Boy Advance franchise’s success was of course the software library. A console stands or falls by whether it has a varied collection of quality titles and the Game Boy Advance was no exception. The portable has at least one classic game across almost every genre from the usual suspects to more obscure releases such as the critically acclaimed conversion of the popular PC CD-ROM and PlayStation title Broken Sword The Shadow of the Templars. Another key feature of the Game Boy Advance’s popularity was its ability to host simultaneous four-player games such as Bomberman Tournament, ChuChu Rocket and Mario Kart Super Circuit with just a single cartridge. The Game Boy Advance collection could also be connected to the Nintendo GameCube to access special features in certain titles and a couple of e-reader scanners were released that could upload basic games from cards, but these accessories were rather limited in there execution. A more successful Game Boy Advance-related peripheral was the Game Boy Player for the Nintendo GameCube, which could operate Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance cartridges through the television-based console as the Super Game Boy series allowed with the original Game Boy’s titles on the Super NES.
The Game Boy Advance franchise is one of the greatest consoles in videogame history with something for everyone to enjoy. It has old and original classics that cater towards the tastes of both the most casual and the most of dedicated of gamers alike, whether young or old.
Since we have entered the Christmas season, I am feeling unusually gracious at the moment and as such for the rest of the festivities, I will attempt to refrain for having a go at the usual suspects (Blair, Galloway, Watters etc.), unless provoked!
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
"The nasty Mr [Nick] Griffin and some of his unsavoury [British National Party] henchmen that we have seen on our televisions is not too much of a problem. We can see what they are. But the nice Mr Griffin and his unfailingly polite acqaintancies who convey their 'messages' around rural Wales are highly bloody dangerous." - Glyn Davies AM
Not being one to let Cllr Terry Kerry and "Fluffy" Helen Watters beat him to the blogging wooden spoon, the mush-brained Labour spin doctor Don Paskini has posted his latest thoughts on Iain Duncan Smith and his Breakdown Britain report. As you will see for yourself, Master Paskini is still in the process of being potty-trained, thus accounting for his vile remarks.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
The 100 Megaton iQaeda is the designer gift to die for this Christmas, but don't just take my word for it:
"I wouldn't be seen dead without it!" - Cllr Terry Kelly
"Thanks to Osama, I've died and gone to heaven!" - George Galloway MP
"Its da bomb!" - President George W. Bush
"It blew me away!" - Prime Minister Tony Blair
"BOOM BOOM!!! It really does shakes the room!" - Basil Brush
The 100MT iQaeda is available now from all good mosques, labour movement comrades and BBC Worldwide for the low, low price of just your life.
because life is random
"I put my arms around a hoodie when I was on the parliamentary police scheme, that was to hold him until the officer came to put the cuffs on. That's the only time that they should receive a hug of any sort" - "Top Cat" David T. C. Davies, Conservative MP and AM for Monmouth responding to a Labour challenge over Tory leader David Cameron's policy (quote courtesy of Iain Dale's Diary).
Rest easy folks, everyone's favourite muesli-crunching politically correct Oxford socialist Jo Salmon is still alive and blogging. Apparently she is still attending to some pressing matters at the moment. If you have not yet read her blog Jo's Journal, I urge you to do so. Marvel at the high quality production values of her blog, pity her for her deluded attachment to Bennite ideology (although considering that Tony Benn is a former aristocrat, he might actually be too right-wing for Ms. Salmon's personal taste) and denounce her for her support for Adolf Hitler's* employment policies.
*That's the original Hitler, not the reincarnated one currently squatting in 10 Downing Street.
Monday, December 11, 2006
While I was at work with Tenovus this past Saturday, a man walked into the shop and asked my colleague Gail where were the Christmas cards displayed. Gail pointed him in the right direction and told him that the shop was selling English, Welsh and bilingual cards. When he heard this, the customer protested to Gail that "I'm straight"! How Gail managed to keep a straight face after that remark, I will never know!
Friday, December 08, 2006
Between 2002 and 2005, I had the misfortune of studying History at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Despite its origins as a theological college that trained students for the clergy, the institution has now degenerated into the proverbial wretched hive of scum and villainy. A classic, though surprising mild (by the degraded standards of the university) incident occurred midway through the second-term of my first year at Lampeter. On this occasion, the chairman of the students’ union was reprimand by one of the sabbatical officers (who is a prominent Labour party activist) for creating a PowerPoint presentation with the offensive images of a traditional nuclear family. According to the sabbatical, the images in question discriminated against homosexual couples. Why? Were there derogatory references or images against homosexuals? Was there any content that incited discrimination or violence against homosexuals? None whatsoever! When I commented to her that her complaint was “madness”, she barked at me, accusing me of a using a derogatory term about those with mental health issues before threatening to have security remove me from the premises. Thanks to the poisonous and counterproductive culture of political correctness, not only has common sense been usurped by wilful ignorance and stupidity, it is also offensive to tell the truth because some others might not or do not believe it!
However, there is nothing new about people taking offence to the truth. Thousands of years before the advent of political correctness, a carpenter from Nazareth caused great and regular offence in the Holy Land with his outrageous claims and remarks. This carpenter caused a huge scandal by having the temerity to claim that he was the son of God and that no one else could gain access to the Almighty expect through him. What arrogance! How presumptuous! How dare he upset the cosy self-righteous consensus of those around him! If someone did that today, that individual would be sectioned. For telling the truth, the carpenter was slandered, threatened, exiled, arrested, tortured and eventually murdered, all because he offended others by just telling the truth. Was this carpenter a bad person? Not in my opinion or the opinion of 1.9 billion others because he was a good man who gave his life for the ultimate truth, that God loves us, God cannot tolerate injustice, but still wants to rescue us from ourselves by sacrificing his only son exactly because he loves us and no other sacrifice can reconcile this contradiction. Being offensive can sometimes be a good thing because it challenges our preconceptions and compels us to think about what is the truth. Those in positions of authority, past, present and future fear the truth because it threatens their power over others. This one common thread unites the Pharisees and Sadducees with the politically correct students’ union bigwig.
There can be no authority, no freedom and no justice without truth and where there is truth, there must also be offence. This is why we remember and love a simple carpenter called Jesus.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
"I've been classified as the greatest wrestler of all-time, but the truth is, there were thousands of wrestlers that were better than me. I'm not a good wrestler. But I had a look, and I talked a certain way, and timing-wise, I was very lucky." - Hulk Hogan
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
About a week ago, the blogger Shotgun introduced me to the very weird world of a Scottish Labour councillor called Terry Kelly. Councillor Kelly (or Cuntcillor Kelly as Shotgun calls him) is a very entertaining blogger.... for all the wrong reasons!
Councillor Kelly, like all good socialists (?), is a brainless hypocrite, an imbecile, a liar and a Jew-hater. The man is an embarrassment to himself and Labour, which is why I pity him!
I will give Councillor Kelly some credit though for showing me at least a measure of respect in his replies to my comments. Unlike some others who have made remarks about him on his blog, the worst statement Councillor Kelly has made about me is that I am an "anonymous coward", which rather odd considering that I have nothing to hide. Councillor Kelly at least has some intelligence to realise that it is not in his best interests to hunt what can kill him!
"now seeing what ecw has come to i can finally understand what all you people are raving about, this is like instead of beating a dead horse, taking a human, cutting open the dead horse, and walking around with a dead horse corpse on pretending you are a horse." - BrandonMan: 360 Fanboy about the new ECW on the Wrestlingfigs.com Forums
To claim that I am disgusted at the way World Wrestling Entertainment has treated Paul Heyman would be a gross understatement. I am fuming!
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, his daughter Stephanie and Kevin Dunn made the decision to dismiss Mr. Heyman because of "slumping television ratings and a disgruntled talent roster" for the company's Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) brand. Let me make one thing clear, Mr. Heyman is not responsible for the poor state ECW is in because he was not allowed to take full responsibility for the brand. If he had, ECW would have been in a much better shape. The real reason ECW is in such a crisis is because the McMahons and Dunn do not understand what made the original ECW promotion so great. These three have messed around with the concept so much, that the brand is no longer special and unique to watch. However, instead of taking responsibility for their own actions, these imbeciles decided to make Mr. Heyman a scapegoat for the brand's problems, especially since it is an open secret that Stephanie hates Mr. Heyman and her father's decision to resurrect ECW as WWE's third brand earlier this year.
Fuck you Vince McMahon, I hope you get AIDS you senile old pervert!
Fuck you Stephanie McMahon, I hope drop dead before you father does because your brother Shane and your husband Triple H could do a far better job of running WWE than you, bitch!
Fuck you Kevin Dunn, I hope you get dismissed yourself in the very near future!
Monday, December 04, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Hello, my name is William or rather Wiilliam Hague as I have been paid £600,000 by Nintendo to legally change my name to help promote the release on 8th December of the company's latest videogames console, the Wii.
With its revolutionary new remote controller, the Wii will change the way we all play videogames. I have already reserved a Wii with the game Wii Sports for my wife Ffion and I to enjoy over Christmas, have you? If not, then I suggest that you camp outside your nearest retailer that sells the Wii if wish to avoid disappointment this festive season.
DISCLAIMER: Not a real endorsement!
"The tenant who moved out on Saturday (the other housemate in this house, Leanne) turned up with her stepdad. Only what Sam didn’t realise was that the stepdad was waiting around the corner, ready to barge in and start threatening him. Harsh words were spoken and I had to call the police. >.<>.<"
What a hypocrite considering what she has done to others.
"Amusingly I have been accused of stalking by my ex-husband, whose variations on his university email address were all picked up and his three facebook accounts were found and automatically added to my profile."
I must admit I was surprised to learn that "Stalin in Drag" had had a husband at her young age (she turns 23 on February 20), but her former husband's allegations are backed up by my own experiences of being harassed by this psychotic dwarf. My sympathies go out to the poor man.
Yesterday, I posted that the deputy leader of the Conservatives' Assembly representatives; David T. C. Davies flipped the bird at the Presiding Officer Baron Elis-Thomas in the chamber. Actually he flipped three birds simultaneously!
The man in the picture (courtesy of Guido Fawkes' blog) flipping the bird is the Liberal Democrat AM Mick Bates (sitting to the left of Mr. Davies), though he claims that it was not directed at the Presiding Officer.
A Welsh Assembly member apologised today after his rude hand gesture was captured on film and posted on the internet. Liberal Democrat AM Mick Bates was seen holding up his middle finger during a debate in the Assembly chamber yesterday.
A video of the incident appeared on the Guido Fawkes blog, accusing Mr Bates of directing the gesture at Assembly Presiding Officer Lord Elis-Thomas. A Lib Dem spokesman said Mr Bates, the AM for Montgomeryshire, was in fact engaging in some "light-hearted banter" with Plaid Cymru AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas.
In a statement Mr Bates said: "My gesture was not directed to the Presiding Officer, for whom I have enormous respect and affection. "I was showing Rhodri Glyn Thomas which finger he should use to operate the Assembly’s modern push-button voting system. "If anyone has taken offence then of course I apologise for that."
I do not have a problem with Muslims, but as a British Christian (?) I do have a problem with a religious legal system that permits stoning people to death, amputating thieves' hands, hangings and beheadings being introduced to a predominately non-Islamic country. One only has to look at the chaos and tension created by the presence of two separate legal systems (secular and religious) in Islamic nations such as Pakistan and Indonesia to know that it is neither workable nor desirable in Britain. Muslims living in this country must realise that they have to respect the traditions, customs and conventions of our land and not impose institutions upon us that are contrary to our society, just as non-Muslims are expected to respect the culture of Islamic states like Saudi Arabia. If there some Muslims that find this state of affairs unacceptable, then they should leave Britain for a country more suitable for their tastes as soon as possible.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I have just seen a video on Guido Fawkes' blog that appears to show one of my favourite Conservative MPs/AMs David T. C. Davies aka Top Cat flipping the bird to the Assembly's Presiding Officer Baron Elis-Thomas. I cannot blame him considering that Baron Elis-Thomas (like Gordon Brown) has a talent for alienating his colleagues.
Borat has been accused of splitting up Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson because of her part in his movie.
In the film, the spoof journalist goes to the US on a mission to marry the Baywatch star.
During a private screening in her home, Kid (real name Bob Richie) allegedly lost it when he saw Borat make a move on his wife.
A friend of the rocker said: "It was the first time Bob had seen the movie, and he didn't like it.
"Bob started screaming at Pam, saying she had humiliated herself and telling her, 'How could you do that movie?' in front of everybody. It was embarrassing.
"Pam thought he could have a sense of humour about the movie. She was in on the gag from the very beginning and loved doing the movie. And on the eve of what was supposed to be a very positive thing, he made it an awful night."
He added: "Ever since that night it has been icicles between them. Bob is just a very unhappy and angry man. Pam is very disenchanted and sad."
Kid, 35, and Pamela, 39, wed on a yacht in St Tropez late July, following an on-again, off-again relationship that began as early as 2000.
She was reported to have suffered a miscarriage recently and even vowed to try again for a baby with Kid. She has two sons by rocker Tommy Lee.
Pamela's friend said: "There are reasons why she never married him before.
"Those reasons disappeared while they were together on a boat in St Tropez but she knows now that they never went away.
"The reality is he is an angry man. It has been a tough few weeks for her.
"Now she has taken her kids and moved out of her Malibu home. Pam is very happy to not be in the same house with so much passive aggressive hostility in it."
Considering the vast number of embarrassing episodes Pamela Anderson has been involved in during her life, starring in the Borat film is a non-event. Bob Richie truly acts like a child and he needs to start growing up fast.
"The beautiful thing about capitalism is that it is the only system that allows the individual to control his or her destiny. If you are poor and talented under a capitalist system, there is nothing holding you back. If you are poor and are willing to work hard, you can reach the top. It isn't just footballers and Alan Sugar that benefit, but anyone who applies themselves can reach the top." - reactionary snob
''This means that I believe that free-market capitalism is not only economically the most efficient system, but also that it is the only morally correct system, in that it allows individuals to control their own destiny and, as such, is the only system that allows true freedom'' - Devil's Kitchen
On December 8, the Japanese company Nintendo releases its latest videogames system, called Wii, in Britain. While its rivals Sony and Microsoft have opted to release their latest machines (the Play Station 3 and Xbox 360 respectively) with evermore-impressive visual capabilities, Nintendo prides itself on being innovative and has instead chosen to try to redefine the way that ‘Wii’ play games. This approach is symbolised by Wii’s much-touted remote control-style pad that Nintendo hopes will mirror the same success of the analogue control stick from one of Wii’s predecessors, the Nintendo 64. Yet there is another less published feature of Wii that is just as exciting to use.
The Mii Channel allows each gamer to create virtual avatars of themselves, real and fictional personalities from James Bond to Wii-lliam Hague. These avatars can then be used in some games such as Wii Sports that will be bundled with Wii itself. Wii Sports features tennis, golf, baseball, ten-pin bowling and most interestingly of all, boxing! For example, a gamer could create digital versions of Gordon Brown and David Cameron on the Mii Channel and then insert both of them into the boxing ring to recreate the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle fight with Brown in the role of George Foreman and Dave as Muhammad Ali.
The arrogant “Lord Gord” would use his big clunking fists to try to KO our plucky hero, but in spite of the pummelling he is dishing out to Dave, Brown only manages to wear himself out. Fatigued by his failure to finish off his opponent, Brown is caught off-guard by the resilient Dave’s devastating counterattack and is quickly floored by a lethal combination. When Brown is unable to pick himself up off the canvas before the end of the referee’s count, David Cameron is declared the winner!
It maybe old news, but I would like to wish actor and prowrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper every success in his fight against Hodgkin’s lymphoma (also known as Hodgkin's disease) a form of cancer. According to WWE.Com "Radiation therapy is used to treat Hodgkin’s lymphoma; it is an extremely successful procedure, so the prognosis is very good for Piper."
Monday, November 27, 2006
"Labour lost a lot of support to the Socialist Party, a far right anti-immigration party won nine seats despite immigration being less of a big deal than four years ago" - Labour spin doctor Don Paskini on the recent Dutch General Election
The Dutch Socialist Party is a far right organisation? With nonsense like that, it is no wonder that Master Paskini is one of the worst British bloggers.
It seems that the evil Stalinist Jew-hater "Fluffy" Helen Watters signed up my email address to the British National Party's news update mailing list! This is just typical of her, as she has been defaming me for almost three years. How petty and vindictive!
Both Watters and the BNP are scum!
Does it really take TEN days for a letter to reach me over such a short distance? How could a letter I sent to Cardiff last month take SIX days to reach its destination despite having TWO first class stamps on the envelope? This slow and shoddy service is unacceptable and has put me a foul mood. The case in favour of privatising Royal Mail is growing stronger by the day.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
The following piece was written by Ghost Dog 644 on the GameFAQs War on Terrorism Message Board during 2003. As such, some of the arguments made were found wanting in the period since it was written (nor do I agree with everything the author wrote), yet it still remains remarkably relevant and accurate about the background to the Third Gulf War and is the most powerful case made in favour of the liberation of Iraq.
First of all, let me just say that I’m anti-war and pro-common sense, I’m neither Republican nor Democrat (everyone in politics is all the same), and if you ask me who was my favourite president in the last 3 decades, I’d probably say Clinton.
Going back to me saying I’m anti-war, I’m anti-war to an extent. I do realize that there are instances where action must be taken. I strongly believe that this is one of those instances. So here in this topic, I will attempt to explain why I hold my position and why I am "getting sick and tired" of anti-war protestors and the extreme liberalism within the movement.
"Bush is attacking Iraq to get oil."
This is the biggest myth surrounding the entire campaign. People would be surprised to learn that only 2.2% of the oil we consume comes from Iraq. In fact, Middle East nations only provide about 11.5% total of the oil we consume. Indeed, there are analysts who say that within the next decade we will end up importing more from Middle Eastern countries. If that were the case, then we would’ve attacked Saudi Arabia as they give us 7.9%. Hell, if it were REALLY all about oil, Canada would be a conquered nation by now as we import the most oil from them (9.9%). Or how about conquer Mexico? Mexico gives us 7.8% of our oil, just below Saudi Arabia. 6 other nations exported more oil to us than Iraq did in 2002. If this government is an "oil-hungry-corrupt-imperialistic" government, why have we not attacked those nations?
Although we import very little from Iraq, there is no denying that Iraq has plenty of oil. Last I remember they are the 2nd biggest exporter of oil in the world. So many will still cling to the false argument that this is all about oil. This is what people don’t understand, the main reason the U.S. imports its oil in a big spread of different nations, is because it is a strategic structure. The government isn’t stupid; they realize that if we as a country depend heavily on one nation for our oil, it would be devastating if something negative happened within that nation that would prevent oil importing. Think of the importation of oil as a mutual fund. It has to be diversified because putting your eggs in one basket is suicide. It is quite obvious why we import more oil from Canada than any other country, because obviously we know that they are just as stable as we are and can keep a consistent flow as opposed to South America and the Middle East.
"Bush is attacking Iraq to force them to give us their oil and get rich during the reconstruction."
Another tired old mythical argument. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the deployment of troops costs $9-13 billion. Thereafter, to maintain the war on Iraq, it will cost $6-9 billion per month. Returning the forces to the U.S. will cost an estimated $5-7 billion. Temporary occupation will cost another $1-4 billion per month after the war ends. This doesn’t even take into account the initial and continuing costs of setting up a new government or the amount of military equipment lost. Nor does it take into account the billions lost on tighter national security (NYC requires $5 million per week!). So how the hell is the U.S. getting rich in all of this exactly? Lastly and most importantly, this does not even take into account the number of lives that could be lost.
Let us also not forget, that we WILL NOT be the only ones reconstructing Iraq after the war. Spain, Britain, and the other 43 countries that have signed on to support this war will also be lending a hand. There is no doubt that Germany, France, China, and Russia will also definitely jump in once we do the dirty work for them. Hell, France is already saying they’re going to veto in letting the U.S. have anything to do with Iraq reconstruction! In addition, the UN will be keeping a close watch, as they will be sending in their workers for humanitarian purposes and just 2 days ago the LA Times reported that the UN will be GAINING CONTROL of the oil wells in Iraq after the war and all the profits from it. A lot of people seem to think that we’re going to just cakewalk the war, create a puppet government, get the oil, and get rich. If we look at the numbers constructively, that reasoning makes absolutely no sense.
Assuming that Bush is a maniac who doesn’t care about the lives of our troops and Iraqi citizens and we’re really in it so we can get oil and he can get revenge for his daddy, assuming this is all true as stupid as that may sound. As I’ve stated in my first argument, strategically, it would be suicide to depend on one territory for oil, especially such a dangerous and volatile territory. It would be stupid on our part to get rid of our ties with Mexico, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and the 3 other nations we imported more from than Iraq now that we “control” Iraq and can get “free oil as our spoils.” And again, this is just not possible due to the amount of other countries that will be either directly monitoring or directly aiding with the reconstruction. And remember that politically, Bush and Blair have a lot to loose on this campaign. If they half-ass their aid in the reconstruction and for some magical reason we are able to abuse Iraqi oil for our own purposes without any of the other countries noticing and the Iraqi territory becomes one big mess… then Bush will surely loose the next election and go down in history as one of the most scandalous leaders and Blair will be exiled from Britain for being “America’s poodle.” Not only that, but if the territory does become one big mess, how the hell are we going to keep importing oil from it? So in essence, EVEN IF we assume that this is about getting rich and oil, the amount we reap will end up going back to keeping a stable government anyway. Once the war is all said and done, as Bush and Blair promised, the oil will go back to the people that own it, the Iraqis.
"France, Russia, China, and Germany should be commended for standing up against the U.S."
This one really sickens me and it really proves the hypocrisy of it all. France will loose an estimated $6-9 billion in oil contracts. Russia and Germany have similar contracts to a lesser extent with Iraq. This is why these countries refused to take ANY FORM of military action because they have the most to loose. Not only would they loose money by liberating Iraq and reconstructing it, but they would also loose their precious oil discount contracts. They’re not anti-war because they’re a "peace-loving-nation." They’re not anti-war because they just love the UN so much and need their approval. They’re not anti-war because they care about the lives lost. False, false, and false. What’s really disgusting is that these are the same countries protestors’ praise, the same protestors who claim that the U.S. is going in because it’s "all about the oil."
Now, I did not mention China. Communist China is against us, big surprise there. Why China and their sweatshops, yes, China is really against war because they care oh so much about human lives, right...
"No one supports the U.S., this is a unilateral pre-emptive move to war."
Bush Sr. had 30 countries with him when he attacked Iraq. Bush Jr. has 45. I don’t need to say much else.
"I would support the war if we had UN approval. It’s hypocritical of us to invade a country for disobeying the UN by disobeying the UN ourselves."
Why do we need approval for something that the UN approved already? The wording of the infamous 1441 was really very "loose." It had to be in order for France, Russia, and Germany to sign on it because any explicit use of the word "immediate military action," the 3 would’ve trounced it because of their oil contracts. So instead, they replaced it with "severe consequences." It is only now that the U.S. is finally saying that, "Oh, that means military action." Where as the countries against military action is saying, "No, it doesn’t." Although France, Russia, and Germany can’t say exactly what the hell "severe consequences" means. So instead they took another route and started saying, "Well, we should only do that if Iraq is not cooperating, but Iraq is cooperating." BS, BS, and BS!
Listen all you anti-war folks out there. Saddam has had 12 friggin’ years to disarm. 17 resolutions after, how the hell are we still "investigating"? During that time he kicked inspectors out, then lately we get interviews of him saying, "Well, I did have WoMD when I wasn’t supposed to have them, but they’re all gone now." Then we find out he has missiles he’s not supposed to have and it’s just, "Oh, it’s all just an accident." This coming from Saddam and the UN believes it! Ridiculous. Everyone signed a trillion resolutions and gave deadline after deadline... "Oh, but 12 years after they’re cooperating, so c’mon, let’s give ‘em another 2 months." How about giving them another 2 months after that, and another 2 months after that, and another 2 months after that? I give Bush credit for saying, "The BS stops here," and then finally having the gonads to do something about it. The UN wasn’t obeying the UN resolutions; it is as simple as that.
"Clinton would’ve done a better job in diplomacy."
Yeah, he would’ve done EXACTLY what Bush is doing now. You can look at past speeches of Clinton during his term and all of his comments literally parallel everything Bush is saying now, especially because it was a time when Iraq had kicked the inspectors out. It is unfortunate that Clinton has gone the "partisan" route and denounced what Bush is saying and doing when his "thoughts" on it mirrored Bush’s during his Presidency. I’m not even going to bother quoting Clinton because a lot of newspapers and news talk radio shows have caught on the hypocrisy already.
"We’re going to bomb the hell out of Iraq and kill lots of innocent people."
Please show me a war that was won without collateral damage… You can’t… Collateral damage is inevitable. The U.S. is doing EVERYTHING in its technological power to avoid such casualties. This is one of the main reasons why before the "shock and awe" campaign we saw today, surgical strikes aimed at assassinating Saddam were performed "outside of the original plan." We saw an opportunity to eliminate the main problem quickly and we took it. If Saddam were truly dead, it would be equivalent to cutting off the head of the snake. The war would go along much quicker and much smoother in essence equalling into less violence. The problem I believe is that when people think bombs, they see pictures of warplanes in the 50s just randomly dropping bombs. This is NOT what is happening, everything that has been targeted are military locations. The accuracy of our military technology has become so precise that it borders on the ridiculous. We ARE NOT just dropping bombs all over Baghdad and other cities just for the hell of dropping bombs. We know what is being hit and what needs to be hit. Look at the videos, bombs are going off and it looks like hell, but electricity is still on and non-military targets are all still pretty much intact. We are not here to DESTROY a nation, we are here to destroy an evil regime and liberate an entire country.
"We have no proof that they have WoMD."
How many missiles have been fired at Kuwait so far that Saddam SWORE had all been destroyed? The way the investigations by the UN were being met by Saddam was ludicrous. Leaving out the fact that he once kicked the investigators out, when the investigators were supposedly conducting their investigations, Iraqi officials were heavily monitoring them. I don’t remember who said it, it might’ve been Conan O’Brien or Jon Stewart, but basically this is how they jokingly saw the investigations. If your mom goes into your room and says, "I’m going to come back here in 4 months and I’m going to look for weed in your room. I better not find any or your are in deep trouble." That is essentially how the investigations were going. Wherever the investigators were going to go next, Iraqi officials had to be asked ahead of time. Whomever they interviewed, Iraqi officials had to be there. And even in the remaining days when Iraqi officials finally conceded to giving the UN "private" interviews with scientists, there were reports coming back saying the interviews were being tapped!
Ask yourself this; does Iraq look like a country disarming? It sure as hell doesn’t, unless you’re as blind as Blix is. We are talking about Saddam here, did you hear me? Saddam! The man has no credibility and there is no doubt in my mind that there was no way in hell that we would ever be able to conduct a REAL investigation in Iraq with him in power. I’m not even going to mention a lot of "coincidental" evidence that we intercepted. In fact, this is one of our greatest fears right now. That Baghdad is one big trap that once our forces come in Saddam will unleash his bio/chem. weapons on our men and women as a last resort (if he’s even still alive).
Let’s live in fantasyland and assume that Saddam doesn’t have WoMDs. With the strategy of appeasement the UN was giving Saddam, there is absolutely, positively no doubt in my mind that within the next few years Saddam would’ve come to a point where he would obtain such technology and you sure as hell better believe he’ll sell it to terrorists and aid terrorists in harming our land and our allies. Hell, this is the same bastard who gives Palestinian suicide bombers’ families $210,000. You’d have to be pretty stupid and naïve to think that a man like Saddam who utterly detests the U.S. hasn’t in fact already in some way aided and harboured terrorists against America, not just Israel, Iran, and Kuwait. Saddam makes billions on oil each year, it sure as hell ain’t going back to the people. This bum has to be spending that money on something else besides palaces.
Speaking of Israel and Palestine, don’t get me wrong. I think both sides are at fault and have committed equal atrocities. That century long war in that region can only be settled when both sides’ leaders and peoples accept their differences and settle their boundaries once and for all to end all the bloodshed. Neither side is innocent.
There are two camps. Those who wait for something to happen and those who refuse to wait for another 9/11. Clinton understood the danger Saddam posed. Bush understands the danger Saddam poses. I agree with them both. Innocent until proven guilty? Since when was Saddam innocent? He is a monster who has caused infinite crimes against humanity. The man hates the U.S., whether he is a current immediate threat or not is irrelevant. The point is that he is a future threat no matter what. You’d have to be pretty stupid to think he isn’t. You’d have to be pretty stupid to think that he hasn’t funded anti-America terrorist plans already.
"It’s our fault! We gave him the WoMD in the 80s!"
I agree wholeheartedly that it was pretty damn stupid AND hypocritical of the U.S. government to do what they did. This country isn’t a perfect country, we have our scars, hypocrites, and our past leaders have taken plenty of idiotic actions (just like every other country out there). We are now trying to rectify the mess we created. Regardless, with a madman like Saddam, if we didn’t idiotically give him WoMD, France would have (which they did). Russia would have. Saddam would’ve obtained it through some other means.
"Why didn’t we finish him off in the first war?"
Our mission in the first war was to defend Kuwait, not to create a new government for Iraq. That was the UN mission, nothing more nothing less. Hence, we pulled out once the job was done.
"The embargo has killed thousands of Iraqis."
BS, Saddam is the man who has killed thousands of Iraqis. Instead of putting the money back to the people, he places the money instead to build elaborate palaces, terrorists, and weapons. The ultimate responsibility of the Iraqi people leads back to Saddam, no one else.
"Saddam didn’t really kill his ‘own’ people. He only killed the people in the north and south who were rebelling."
Saddam’s crimes against his own country are very well documented. Which is actually quite interesting because one of the stipulations in all the UN resolutions after the first war was that Saddam respect human rights. Yet, every single UN country seems to have turned a blind eye to it save the U.S. and Britain, everyone seemed to have been focused on the WoMD.
He kills ANYONE who opposes him. Rebels, men, women, and children, it does not matter. It is not just the mass murders and punishments that are disgusting, but it is the sickening manner in which they are performed. Any slight suggestion of anti-Saddam could you get you killed. Hell, his own generals even refuse to give him "bad news" or they’ll be killed because Saddam detests "defeatists." This is a man who rules his country through fear and terror.
"Bush is doing this because he ruined the economy and he needs something to bring it back up."
What a bunch of crap. Again, more myth. Anyone who has any sense in the financial industry knows the exact reasons as to why the economy is down as it is. The fall of the dot com stocks, the scandals, and 9/11. This was the country Bush was thrust into; the plunge of the economy was inevitable. Coming to the conclusion that the purpose of this entire war is to bring the economy back up is plain outright paranoid. In addition, I don’t think I need to re-explain the estimated costs of going to war.
"We should be searching for Osama, the real cause of 9/11!"
Here’s what people don’t get. Our entire cause is just not to get those who caused 9/11, but to prevent it from ever happening AGAIN and to topple those who might cause and support such actions. And from what I understand, 2 days ago about 1000 troops were sent out to an undisclosed location in Afghanistan to continue the hunt for Osama. The hunt for him is just as intense as ever and is in no way being deterred by the war. The amount of media coverage on it inevitably did go down because of the war, but what did you expect? Everything is shifting to the war.
"If this is a war about getting rid of a dictator, then why haven’t we gotten rid of the other dictators out there?"
The U.S. lists around over 40 countries that they deem "dangerous." We can’t all of a sudden attack all these countries at once. Diplomacy has to be established first, war MUST ALWAYS be the last resort. Hell, we’re getting ridiculous backlash from our own public and the international public in trying to get rid of just ONE evil regime already. Imagine trying to get rid of the others. In addition, neither Congress nor the UN would support spending billions and billions in getting rid of every evil regime all at once. We have to start diplomacy with the big ones first or simply let it string out and see if the country can rebel by itself against their malevolent leaders, unless those malevolent leaders have showcased great animosity towards the U.S. and have come to the point where there is sufficient historical and current proof that those leaders in those regimes could either become immediate threats or are already immediate threats to the U.S. and our allies. Going to war isn’t this simple little thing that we can just declare any time we want.
"There is a better way."
This is an interesting issue. If you ask a reasonable protestor, they’ll tell you there is a better way, but when you ask them what way that is, they have no answer. I have the answer, there is no better way. Diplomacy as I stated before comes before anything else. War is a LAST RESORT. However, there is no way in hell we could’ve achieved diplomacy with Saddam. No way. Is 12 years not enough to prove that? How much more appeasement will we give this madman? Another 2 weeks? Another 2 months? Another 2 years? How long should we have kept up the deadly cycle? How long should the Iraqi people have to suffer? How long?
"Everyone has a right to their opinion."
I agree. It was my history teacher who once said, "Freedom of speech was meant to defend what the public deems as bad speech, not defend what the public deems as good speech." This is one of the greatest rights we have in this great nation of ours. If it is your moral principle and philosophy to be anti-war, if you find something wrong with the war no matter how ridiculous the reason is, and if you voice it in an suitable manner, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Here is however my main problem with the so-called peace protestors on the streets. It is the "appropriateness" with which they are protesting. Since when did protest mean vomiting, urinating on, and vandalizing property public and private? Since when did peace protest mean inciting violence? Since when did protest mean making living harder for everyone else? Since when did protesting mean burning the American flag? Since when did protest equal anarchy? Since when did protest mean endangering the public? The jobs of our police officers and national guards on the streets are tough enough as it is already.
Where were these protestors during Kosovo? Where were they? Protestors are quick to say, "Oh, don’t label us pro-Saddam. Don’t label us anti-America. Don’t label us… blah, blah, blah. We’re here for peace!" From the American protests I’ve seen, for every sign that proclaimed peace, there must be 10 signs ridiculing Bush. This is what I honestly believe, that a lot of these protestors are the extreme Democrat liberalists who are still pissed about the Bush-Gore debacle. I can understand someone disagreeing with Bush in many issues; I was never a particularly big fan of him either, but people who put Bush in the same category as Saddam, in the same category as Hitler, to equivocate him to Satan. To label this country, their OWN country, as terrorists. To pathetically attack our leader in such times, it is saddening and sickening. It is demoralizing our government, demoralizing our troops, and encouraging other wicked regimes out there. Do you have a right to do it? Damn right you do. Do I have to respect your rights? Of course. Do I have to respect such ludicrous opinions? No. Respecting rights and respecting opinions are 2 separate issues. In fact, the same right that gives anti-war protestors to spout that type of garbage is the same right that gives me the right to call it moronic and idiotic. It is in fact beyond moronic and idiotic, it is despicable and disgusting, it is beyond words.
These are not PEACE protestors, they are not ANTI-WAR protestors, they are ANTI-BUSH protestors and ANTI-GOVERNMENT protestors. Sean Hannity said it nicely today. Some of these protestors have signs saying "dying for dollars." What does that say about our soldiers and the families of our soldiers abroad? It is disrespecting and disgracing them. You can have an opinion that the government is partially doing it for money (no matter how ridiculous that opinion is), but to be blind to the humanitarian result of this war, the fact that we are liberating a nation, the fact that we are making the world a safer place for everyone by getting rid of this one man and his cronies. To be blind to all the future positive results of this fight is "jaded" and "naïve." Our troops are fighting for all the right reasons. They are dying for the betterment of humanity, I couldn’t give a crap what idiotic extreme conspiracy theory someone claims the government’s motive for this war is, for protestors to degrade their sacrifice appals me to the core.
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"What we need are more real, politically-incorrect, bareknuckled, bureaucratic-bashing, government-smearing, traditional Americans who think and act like this:
"I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents "interests," I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can." Barry Goldwater." - (Ultimate) Warrior