Category Archive 'General Poltroonery'
21 Nov 2019
The monument depicts Sobieski as the head of a column of hussars as he routed the Ottoman army at the Siege of Vienna in 1683, a battle that put a check on the Ottomansâ€™ further advances into Europe.
The First News illustrates the spurned monument sitting on a trailer in Cracow.
[T]hirteen attempts have been made to erect a monument in Vienna in honour of the Polish king who relieved the siege of the city. This latest attempt looked set to be successful.
The foundation stone for the monument in Vienna was laid six years ago on the 330th anniversary of the battle. The unveiling of the monument was planned for 12 September 2018 on the 335th anniversary of the relief of Vienna.
However, last July, the new mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, announced that he was withdrawing from the project.
Piotr Zapart, initiator of the project and chairman of the monumentâ€™s organising committee said in an interview with radio station RMF FM, â€œWe had all the agreements in place; the cooperation with Vienna, as well as with KrakÃ³w was great; there was a signed agreement between the Mayor of the KrakÃ³w, Jacek Majchrowski, and the Mayor of Vienna, Michael HÃ¤upel.
â€œOn 11 July, President Jacek Majchrowski and I were invited to meet the new mayor Michael Ludwig. And there we were told that a new committee had said that the monument did not meet the artistic standards, was archaic and therefore Vienna withdrew its consent.â€
In its letter to the organising committee, the authorities in Vienna, fearing that the monument may be perceived as anti-Turkish, stated that it was not an appropriate time to erect military monuments.
In the place where the monument was to be erected, everything is ready. The pedestal is already there and the area around it has been cobblestoned. On both sides of the pedestal there was to be an inscription in Polish and German â€˜King of Poland Jan III Sobieskiâ€™ with the date of the battle.
The monumentâ€™s placement on a platform trailer normally used to haul broken-down cars symbolises that it is still on the road to its final destination in the Austrian capital.
It will stand in KrakÃ³w for a maximum of two weeks according to local authorities in the city. Later, it will move on to Nowy SÄ…cz, Brzeg and Nysa, places that are connected with the life of the king, and possibly to Warsaw, where it would stand in front of the Royal Castle.
03 Nov 2019
The British newspaper the Scottish Sun reports on a recent pronouncement from an “Instagram Influencer.” I know what Instagram is, but I had not been aware that it had “influencers.” I also had not really been aware that British millennials successfully rivaling ours in deficient masculinity. Wow!
Freddie Bentley, 22, said he thought the schoolsâ€™ curriculum on the devastating conflict should be cut back because it was â€œso intenseâ€.
Bentley, who appeared on The Circle, told Good Morning Britain today: â€œIt was a hard situation, World War 2, I don’t want anyone to think I’m being disrespectful.â€
He added: â€œI remember learning it as a child thinking â€˜Oh my God it’s so intenseâ€™.â€
He thought that any mental health issues a youngster may have could be worsened by learning about the war that saw the Allied forces defeat Nazi Germany.
He told the showâ€™s presenters Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway: â€œ’I don’t think encouraging death or telling people how many people died in the world war is going to make it better.â€
Instead of youngsters learning about the horrendous war that claimed at least 70million lives, Bentley suggested schools could instruct pupils in topics such as understanding Brexit and how to get a mortgage.
He said: â€œThere’s so many problems going on in the world, like Brexit, that’s not taught in schools.
â€œWhen I left school it hit me like a ton of bricks – I didn’t know anything to do with life.”
Currently, Key Stage 3 pupils learn about about the war, covering areas such as the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, the Battle of Dunkirk and Winston Churchill’s leadership.
28 Jan 2019
NBC News special correspondent and former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw apologized Sunday evening for remarks he made on “Meet the Press” earlier in the day about Hispanic assimilation, after the comments triggered backlash.
During a panel discussion about the fight for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Brokaw said: “On the Republican side, a lot of people see the rise of an extraordinary, important new constituent in American politics, Hispanics, who will come here and all be Democrats.”
He continued, “Also, I hear, when I push people a little harder, ‘Well, I donâ€™t know whether I want brown grandbabies.’ I mean, thatâ€™s also a part of it. Itâ€™s the intermarriage that is going on and the cultures that are conflicting with each other.” He did not explain who had told him this.
Brokaw went on to say: “I also happen to believe that the Hispanics should work harder at assimilation. Thatâ€™s one of the things Iâ€™ve been saying for a long time. You know, they ought not to be just codified in their communities but make sure that all their kids are learning to speak English, and that they feel comfortable in the communities. And thatâ€™s going to take outreach on both sides, frankly.”
America in the course of the last century has become a country of cowards, opportunists, and trimmers.
112 years ago, Teddy Roosevelt put it a lot more bluntly:
In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the personâ€™s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American â€¦ There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isnâ€™t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag â€¦ We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language â€¦ and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.â€
And Teddy did not apologize.
21 Jan 2019
The Oldest College Daily reported last week on Yale’s latest accommodation to the Zeitgeist.
Students can now change their registered gender in the University Student Information System, University Registrar Emily Shandley announced in an email to the Yale community Wednesday.
The policy change arrived two months after the Trans Rights Coalition at Yale â€” a newly formed group of Yale-affiliated organizations â€” launched a petition calling on University President Peter Salovey to uphold, protect and reinforce trans rights at Yale. According to the email, students may change their gender online at any time, and it may differ from their legal sex. If students wish to update their personal data on Yaleâ€™s Student Information System, they will have three gender options: M for male, F for female and N for nonbinary. Students have the option to fill in any additional information regarding their gender in a text box.
This change in the university system comes just months after The New York Times reported a leaked memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that defined gender as an immutable biological trait under Title IX law.
â€œRecognizing the importance for students to be able to identify their gender beyond the standard binary options for legal sex in University records, the Office of the University Secretary, the Office of Provost, Information Technology Services, and the University Registrarâ€™s Office, worked together to draft a policy for gender identity at Yale and to build the technology infrastructure to support a self-service option for student to change their gender, on their own, at any time,â€ Shandler wrote in an email to the News.
Dean of Yale College Marvin Chun said that this addition helps University technology â€œcatch up with current understanding and practice of gender.â€
If there were a current constituency of madmen thinking they were each Napoleon, and they self-identified as victims, Yale would probably be offering the choice of the title of Mister, Ms., or Your Imperial Highness.
17 Mar 2018
Following Jeremy Corbyn’s recent defense of Mr. Putin in Parliament, Richard Littlejohn cannot help imagining the Labour leader as Prime Minister during the early part of WWII.
In the House of Commons today, the Prime Minister, Mr Corbyn, refused to join the chorus of condemnation which has followed repeated German bombing attacks on British towns and cities.
He said there was no conclusive evidence that Herr Hitler was responsible for the Blitz, which he speculated may well have been carried out by rogue elements in the Luftwaffe with the specific intention of damaging the international reputation of the Nazi regime.
Mr Corbyn insisted it was essential to maintain robust dialogue with Berlin and told MPs he was ordering the War Department to return any unexploded bombs to Berlin for further investigation.
Just because they were dropped from German planes, which took off in Germany, and had â€˜Made In Germanyâ€™ stamped on them, that was no reason to leap to the conclusion that the German government was involved in any way.
The Americans could well be behind it, he suggested, as an excuse to get involved in another European war.
There would be no official response from Downing Street until the full facts could be established, he insisted. He said those bellicose Conservatives who wanted to fight the Germans on the beaches, on the landing grounds, in the fields, the streets and the hills, were guilty of reckless provocation against one of our leading European partners.
Britainâ€™s earlier decision to send 300,000 heavily armed soldiers to occupy the pleasure beaches at Dunkirk, without a League of Nations resolution, had only served to heighten tensions and may well be a war crime.
Challenged about German military expansionism, the Prime Minister said Herr Hitler had every right to annex Poland, Czechoslovakia, France, the Low Countries and the Sudetenland, as a vital bulwark against Western aggression.
Earlier, in an interview with the broadcaster Lord Haw-Haw on the wireless station Nazism Today, Mr Corbyn defended his official spokesman, Mr Milne, who had claimed that intelligence reports from MI5, MI6 and the Special Operations Executive were unreliable and â€˜problematicâ€™.
Mr Milne also suggested that Herr Hitler might be the victim of a smear campaign by Israel, even though Israel doesnâ€™t actually exist yet.
Mr Corbyn has rejected out of hand widespread reports that millions of Jewish men, women and children across Europe are being rounded up by the Nazis. He said that was as absurd as trying to suggest that there was any anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.
The Prime Minister further refused widespread demands to expel German diplomats from the Court of St Jamesâ€™s and intern any German citizens living in Britain. Mr Corbyn said the bombing had â€˜nothing to do with Nazismâ€™ and said he had asked Scotland Yard to be on full alert for any backlash against â€˜the vast majority of peace-loving Nazisâ€™.
Even as large swathes of Coventry, Plymouth and the East End of London are devastated by the nightly bombardment from the skies, with civilian casualties currently estimated at 50,000, Mr Corbyn vowed there would be no retaliation.
He has rejected a proposal from the Royal Air Force to launch 1,000 bomber raids on German cities, and has ordered Spitfire and Hurricane squadrons in the South-East to remain on the ground.
Mr Corbyn is adamant that the young German pilots crossing the Channel from France every day are not enemy combatants and must be considered refugees fleeing conflict and possible torture at the hands of the French Resistance.
Any who crash, or are captured, should be treated as asylum seekers and directed immediately to the National Assistance headquarters in Croydon. There will be no shoot-to-kill policy on his watch, Mr Corbyn stated.
The Prime Minister believes that the best way to secure a lasting peace in Europe is by inviting his â€˜friendâ€™ Herr Hitler to the Houses of Parliament for a nice cup of tea.
Mr Corbyn blamed the failure of diplomatic efforts thus far to end the bombing on savage spending cuts in the Foreign Office brought in after World War I.
29 Oct 2017
The soon-to-be removed offending memorial to George Washington.
The Washington Times reports that the much-predicted and inevitable has occurred. This time, they are going after Washington as well as Lee.
George Washington was one of the founding members of Christ Church in Alexandria, buying pew No. 5 when the church first opened in 1773, and attending for more than two decades.
This week the church announced it was pulling down a memorial to its one-time vestryman and the countryâ€™s first president, saying he and another famous parishioner, Robert E. Lee, have become too controversial and are chasing away would-be parishioners.
While acknowledging â€œfrictionâ€ over the decision, the churchâ€™s leadership said the twin memorials, which are attached to the wall on either side of the altar, are relics of another era and have no business in a church that proclaims its motto as â€œAll are welcome â€” no exceptions.â€
â€œThe plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome. Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques,â€ the church leaders said.
A staffer at the church Friday said the decision was going to be announced to the church on Sunday.
The smarmy letter announcing this spectacular insult to American history signed by all 12 Vestry committee members and the local priestess herself is here.
They explain that this destructive, insulting, and revolutionary step was necessary because “discussion about the appropriateness of the plaques in our worship space caused friction in our parish family.” In other words, some extraordinary and outrageous assholes infected with a repulsive ideology hostile to America, our history, our founding fathers, and our national heroes, started making irrational complaints, and the useless, spineless, brainless nincompoops and poltroons on that Vestry committee lacked both the backbone and intellectual resources to defend even the memory of George Washington in his own church, and decided to surrender.
Traditionally, the Episcopal Church would be considered to represent a prominent pillar of upper middle class American culture. Episcopalians used to be expected to be, on the average, wealthier, better educated, and more prominent in the leadership of the community than members of other denominations.
I find myself muttering to myself in frustration, and wondering aloud: how did this country ever come to this? How did we wind up with, everywhere you look, from Yale and Harvard, to city halls all over the Southland, to Christ Church in Alexandria with nobody in charge who thinks or cares? How did it ever happen that the American Establishment sold its soul and gave away its conscience to the brainless demoniac Radical Left? How is it possible that that gentleman over there, a graduate of an elite university, in a tweed jacket and a club tie or that attractive older female graduate of a Seven Sisters school in pearls, are today prepared to throw both Washington and Lee under the bus as sacrifices to the Gospel of Howard Zinn?
Thank goodness we have flyover, Red State America, because coastal urban Establishment America is rotten to the core. Our Establishment today is no less ready to surrender to the Reds than the one in St. Petersburg a hundred years ago this week.
You can see it again right there, on the left.
26 Oct 2016
There are two kinds of people. There are people who go to the Out-of-Doors to hunt and fish and to enjoy Nature as an active participant, and there are citified wussy wimp nincompoops who hike or bike or ski or climb in the Out-of-Doors wearing expensive synthetic getups in the same kinds of colors as lifesavers.
Outside Magazine is a publication for exactly those kind of tree-hugging, Obama-voting sodomites. If you want a laugh at just how far up his own posterior one of these eco-snowflakes can insert his head, read this, Wes Siler’s pious screed explaining that campfires are “a dangerous, polluting, wasteful relic of the past,” way too hazardous and unsafe for ordinary Americans to safely enjoy.
[T]he campfire has had its day. With massive wildfires raging all summer long and exhausting state budgets, and with participation in outdoor recreation booming to record numbers, maybe the the negative impacts of the campfire now outweigh tradition and comfort.
12 Aug 2016
Last weekend, an emergency exit was built near Chancellor Nicholas Dirksâ€™ office as a security measure against potential protesters. The door, which cost $9,000, is located outside a short hallway between his conference room and his office in California Hall. Campus spokesperson Claire Holmes said in an email that the exit in California Hall was installed as a security measure to â€œprovide egress to leave the building.â€ Construction of the door was requested about a year ago in response to a protest in April 2015 when protesters stormed the chancellorâ€™s suite.”
Last weekend, an emergency exit was built near Chancellor Nicholas Dirksâ€™ office as a security measure against potential protesters.
The door, which cost $9,000, is located outside a short hallway between his conference room and his office in California Hall.
Campus spokesperson Claire Holmes said in an email that the exit in California Hall was installed as a security measure to â€œprovide egress to leave the building.â€
Construction of the door was requested about a year ago in response to a protest in April 2015 when protesters stormed the chancellorâ€™s suite.
I’d have installed an oubliette.
Via Boing Boing.
09 Aug 2016
Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee reported on the Obama Administration’s hypocrisy in the Wall Street Journal.
The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.
Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.
The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iranâ€™s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
The settlement, which resolved claims before an international tribunal in The Hague, also coincided with the formal implementation that same weekend of the landmark nuclear agreement reached between Tehran, the U.S. and other global powers the summer before.
â€œWith the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well,â€ President Barack Obama said at the White House on Jan. 17â€”without disclosing the $400 million cash payment.
Senior U.S. officials denied any link between the payment and the prisoner exchange. They say the way the various strands came together simultaneously was coincidental, not the result of any quid pro quo.
â€œAs weâ€™ve made clear, the negotiations over the settlement of an outstanding claimâ€¦were completely separate from the discussions about returning our American citizens home,â€ State Department spokesman John Kirby said. â€œNot only were the two negotiations separate, they were conducted by different teams on each side, including, in the case of The Hague claims, by technical experts involved in these negotiations for many years.â€
But U.S. officials also acknowledge that Iranian negotiators on the prisoner exchange said they wanted the cash to show they had gained something tangible.
Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and a fierce foe of the Iran nuclear deal, accused President Barack Obama of paying â€œa $1.7 billion ransom to the ayatollahs for U.S. hostages.â€
â€œThis break with longstanding U.S. policy put a price on the head of Americans, and has led Iran to continue its illegal seizuresâ€ of Americans, he said.
Since the cash shipment, the intelligence arm of the Revolutionary Guard has arrested two more Iranian-Americans. Tehran has also detained dual-nationals from France, Canada and the U.K. in recent months.
Read the whole thing.
18 Jun 2016
The New York Daily News’ House Ballestician Gersh Kuntzman’s recent death-defying test-firing of the AR-15 has already become famous as an Internet meme.
Duffleblog has awarded him special honors.
WASHINGTON, D.C. â€“ A journalist from the New York Daily News has been awarded the National Defense Service Medal in recognition of his honorable service during a time of crisis, a Pentagon spokesperson announced today.
The recipient will also be eligible to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs within the next decade.
Gersh Kuntzman, a veteran journalist of 30 years, put down the pen to take up the sword on Wednesday, traveling from New York to Philadelphia to experience the thrill of firing a military-grade weapon similar to the one used in the Orlando terror attack.
Kuntzmanâ€™s battle-weary, critically-acclaimed memoir, â€œWhat is it like to fire an AR-15? Itâ€™s horrifying, menacing and very, very loud,â€ quickly gained widespread acclaim, including the notice of many active-duty service members, who lauded his steadfast heroics.
â€œWe here in the Department of Defense are in awe of Mr. Kuntzmanâ€™s martial prowess and noble sacrifice to this nation,â€ said Lt. Col. Patricia Green, a Pentagon spokesperson. â€œShooting an AR-15 is exactly the same as being in combat, as evidenced by Mr. Kuntzmanâ€™s self-diagnosed PTSD.â€
The AR-15 assault bazooka is the civilian counterpart to the militaryâ€™s M4A1 bazooka. The shoulder-fired weapon is renowned for its crippling recoil and deafening boom, leading many bazooka enthusiasts to train their children from an early age to develop the tolerance required to handle such a mighty instrument of destruction.
15 Jun 2016
Gersh Kuntzman undoubtedly looks just like this.
Gersh Kuntzman, reporting for the hoplophobic New York Daily News, wound up psychically-scarred with a bruised shoulder and suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome after test-firing an AR-15.
What is it like to fire an AR-15? Itâ€™s horrifying, menacing and very very loud.
It feels like a bazooka â€” and sounds like a cannon.
One day after 49 people were killed in the Orlando shooting, I traveled to Philadelphia to better understand the firepower of military-style assault weapons and, hopefully, explain their appeal to gun lovers.
But mostly, I was just terrified. …
I’ve shot pistols before, but never something like an AR-15. Squeeze lightly on the trigger and the resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening (even with ear protection).
The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions â€” loud like a bomb â€” gave me a temporary case of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.
Read the whole thing.
I will grant Mr. Kuntzman that ARs are noisy, but Goodness Gracious, Mercy Me! they shoot the .223 cartridge, a minutely-modified version of the old .222 Remington, a center-fire cartridge introduced in 1950 as a less noisy groundhog shooting cartridge offered as a less-powerful alternative to the .220 Swift and the .22-250 Remington.
Kuntzman ought to try shooting an African big game rifle sometime, or one of those super-handguns custom-made by John Linebaugh that fires the equivalent of an elephant round from a standard-size revolver. The last time I fired my .500 Linebaugh I found a large lump had developed at the base of my thumb. I wondered at the time if it was going to be a permanent souvenir, but it gradually went away.
Back in the old days, when men were men and not metrosexual bed-wetters, Sir Samuel Baker was renowned for using a black-powder 2-bore rifle on dangerous game. The 2-bore designation means that the gun fired a ball weighing a half pound of lead.
Kuntzman (2016) shot an Ar-15 firing a 63 grain .223″ diameter bullet at 900+ feet-per-second.
Samuel Baker (1866) used to shoot a two-bore firing an 8 ounce, 3500 grain 1.326″ diameter bullet at 1500 feet per second. So much has humanity declined in a century and a half.
Sir Samuel Baker, KCB, FRS, FRGS (1821-1893)
11 Apr 2016
In the old days, people would die for their convictions. Protestants and Catholics alike suffered themselves to be racked, torn with irons, and burned alive to uphold the truth as they perceived it. You can still see scorch marks on the door of Balliol College from the burning of Latimer, Cranmer, and Ridley.
Brendan O’Neill, in National Review, describes how the confrontation between Heresy and Orthodoxy plays out in our own time. No scorch marks for Ian McEwan!
For a worldview that claims to be all about freedom and choice and â€œbeing oneself,â€ transgenderism sure is tetchy and intolerant. Consider what has just happened to the celebrated British novelist Ian McEwan. Last week, during a speech at the Royal Institution in London, McEwan took a genteel swipe at the politics of identity. He said identity politics is becoming increasingly consumerist, where we now pluck a ready-made â€œselfâ€ from â€œthe shelves of a personal-identity supermarket.â€ The making up of oneâ€™s identity has gone so far that â€œsome men in full possession of a penis are identifying as women and demanding entry to women-only colleges,â€ he said. Then came his killer line: â€œCall me old-fashioned, but I tend to think of people with penises as men.â€
Can you guess what happened next? Yes, McEwan was subjected to a Twitch hunt, to that 21st-century bloodsport in which anyone who expresses an unpopular view or makes a less than PC utterance or simply misspeaks a little will be â€œcalled outâ€ (shamed) by the bedroom-bound, Twitter-living, self-styled guardians of correct thinking. Twits went berserk over his apparently perverse linking of penises with maleness. They branded him a bigot, weird, a transphobe. Trans-rights activists put the boot in, too. Stonewall, the LGBT activist group, slammed McEwan for being â€œuninformedâ€ and said his weird worldview doesnâ€™t only â€œdenigrate the trans experience, it denies its very existence.â€ Paris Lees, a trans woman and journalist, scolded McEwan, telling him his â€œideas about penises are outdated.â€ He should apologize, the mob said.
And he did. All the virtual tomato-throwing at this heretic who dared to say that people with penises are men had the desired effect. It elicited a public backtrack. In an open letter in the Guardian, McEwan accused some of his critics of being â€œrighteous and cross,â€ yet he then bowed and scraped before the trans religion. Transgenderism â€œshould be respected,â€ he said. Then, most strikingly, he obediently expressed the key tenet of the trans ideology: â€œBiology is not always destiny.â€ Remarkable. In the space of a few days, he went from raising interesting, awkward questions about trans identity to repeating in a national newspaper the trans mantra that â€œbiology is not destiny.â€ For those of us who believe in freedom of thought, it was an ugly sight, reminiscent of those poor souls dragged before the Inquisition and set free only when they dutifully bought into their inquisitorsâ€™ belief system and publicly declared: â€œI believe in Jesus Christ.â€
Read the whole thing.
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