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Qassem Soleimani

Yesterday, The Times had an article, which was entitled Rising stars: Twenty faces to look out for in 2020.

I read the article on my phone and it was a good read.

One of those people mentioned was Qassem Soleimani

He was certainly somebody to look out for and I wondered what he would get up to next!

I don’t have to wonder anymore.

This article on the BBC is entitled Qasem Soleimani: US kills Iran Quds Force leader, Pentagon confirms.

Apparently, the killing was on the direct orders of President Trump.

He obviously hasn’t read about the Greek Monster, where when Heracles cut off one head another appeared.

I certainly fear for the hostages caught up in this Iranian mess!

Trump is staggering blindly towards a disaster!

 

January 3, 2020 Posted by | World | , , | 2 Comments

How Many Believe The Saudis About The Death Of Jamal Khashoggi?

I certainly don’t!

But Donald Trump does!

But then Trumpkopf likes dictators like Putin and Fatty The Third!

October 20, 2018 Posted by | News, World | , , , | Leave a comment

When Will The United States Learn That Guns Kill People?

Trump may blame mental health for the shootings in Florida, but then anybody can vere from their normal safe state to a dangerous one!

February 15, 2018 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Republique Remembers Charlie

One of the reasons I went to Paris was to go to the Place de la Republique to pay my respects after the Charlie Hebdo shooting.

Like my father, I am a great believer in free speech and agree totally with Voltaire.

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

Unfortunately criticism is now seen in many countries and organisations as severe disloyalty and could even suffer the ultimate punishment,

January 13, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , | 5 Comments

What Do You Do With The Likes Of Roberts And Evans?

I remember the day, when Harry Roberts shot dead the policemen in Shepherds Bush, as it was a Friday and I was working behind the bar in the Merryhills pub in Oakwood. It left a rather sombre mood to the evening, as everybody read the story in the paper.

That is nearly fifty years ago and we now have the problem of what to do with Roberts.

We also have all the arguments about Ched Evans, and whether he should play football again, after release from a sentence served for rape.

If it was up to various vociferous minorities, then the likes of Roberts and Evans, along with masses of other criminals serious or even petty, would be incarcerated for ever.

Some prisoners need to be locked up permanently, and without all the facts, I would never say who these people are.

But really, if we lock even more people up, I feel I have a right to protest about the waste of my taxes.

In some ways, what I dislike most about prison, is that it appears to totally fail in preparing prisoners to return as decent members of society. If a school had the educational performance of the average prison, it would be rightly closed down.

If you read Lord Ramsbotham‘s book, Prisongate, you also realise that quite a few prisoners are suffering from diseases such as dementia, which have rendered them unlikely to be a danger to society. Surely humanity says that these people are better in the care of their families if possible.

But then to some people vengeance is all important, and capital punishment should be applied regularly as it is in Iran, China and the United States.

November 14, 2014 Posted by | News | , , | 1 Comment

A Memorial To Lee Rigby

There has been discussion on the BBC and an article on their web site about a memorial to Lee Rigby.

The only real memorial will be for something like his murder never to happen again.

All parties should work for that aim.

May 22, 2014 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Spain Is Becoming No Place To Hide For Criminals

The BBC is reporting this morning about Operation Captura, which is leading to the arrest of British criminals hiding in Spain and other places.

There is also this report on Sky.

We are obviously getting success in finding and locking up some of the worst of the worst.

But also this story appears on the BBC. Here’s the first paragraph.

A man wanted in connection with the murder of his 21-year-old wife in Bradford is believed to have left the country, police have said.

It is reported that he’s probably hiding in Pakistan.  I suppose that means, there is no chance he’ll be brought to justice.

We really must sort our relationship with that troubled state and especially, a minority of its citizens, who feel they can carry on, as they might in certain areas of their homeland.

November 14, 2013 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Why Was This Idiot Allowed To Drive?

When I had my stroke, I was not allowed to drive until I’d proved I was safe. As my eyesight never returned to 20/20, I decided that it was probably best to give up trying to drive again. I suspect now, that I might be able to drive without any problems, but I couldn’t live with perhaps knocking someone over, even if it was impossible for it to have been my fault.

On the other hand, the idiot driver of the van shown in this report from the BBC, was a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, who went on to kill a young mother and injure thirteen others.  In other words he was a worse killer than the two who are accused of murdering Lee Rigby.

What doctor allowed him to drive after the diagnosis? He should be struck off at the least.

June 5, 2013 Posted by | Health, News, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

A Case That Stinks From Florida

This case reported in the Miami Herald is rather bizarre.  And as one of the lawyers involved says, it stinks. Here’s the first three paragraphs.

Ten years ago, killer Robert Burkell bludgeoned to death his 81-year-old tenant Charles Bertheas, cracking open his skull like an eggshell, according to police. The motive: money.

Today, Burkell is in prison for life. But his wife Susan, a Lauderhill resident who authorities say did not participate in the slaying but knew what was happening, is set to inherit more than $214,000 of the victim’s money.

Bertheas’ eight elderly brothers and sisters, who live in France, won’t see a dime: Charles Bertheas designated the Burkells as co-beneficiaries on his accounts at the Bank of America.

Let’s hope that it sees a sensible change in the law and that a similar set of circumstances doesn’t happen here.

May 27, 2013 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

Woolwich Attack Incredibly Hard To Stop

This was the headline on this story on the BBC.

It’s so true.

I once met a senior police officer, who told me that a lot of knife crimes in his experience happened, after someone had a row and lost it.  They might run into the kitchen at home and grab the first thing that was handy, such as a knife from a block in the kitchen, which we all seem to have these days. As he said, his mother only had one small knife on display, which she used for everything, with the carver for the Sunday joint safe in a drawer. My mother was the same.

It’s just too easy to get hold of a lethal weapon.

Obviously, this wouldn’t have been a factor in the Woolwich killing, but it is too easy to get hold of dangerous weapons as so many cases show.

May 24, 2013 Posted by | News | | Leave a comment