If there has been a central theme to this American Presidential election, it has been desertion. During the primaries, barbs and insults are traded, it’s part of the game. Normally however, once the candidate has been chosen, everyone hugs and makes up. This time has been different.
I’m going to stick my neck out once again and predict a Trump victory in the US Presidential Election. The press would have you believe that the Hillbanger has it in the bag. They are unashamedly cheerleading for Hillary. Predicting a landslide victory is probably a ruse to persuade Trump voters to stay home on polling day.
I was shocked and disappointed to see the result of last week’s Essential poll which found that 49 per cent of Australians are now opposed to Islamic immigration into this country. How could this have happened I wondered? I found myself agreeing with Muslim activist Mariam Veiszadeh (below) and thinking that perhaps there had been a mistake. Maybe the poll was wrong!
Never before in recorded history have so many people migrated into another country without first securing a military victory. I’m not talking about the normal movement of a few traders or diplomats, or the occasional adventurous soul wanting to try something different. Since WW2, mass immigration from the third world has transformed Western nations, and not always in a way that the majority is comfortable with.
I made an incredible discovery when I was in kindy, I figured out a whole new way to argue. It was awesome. All you had to do was to stick fingers in ears and keep yelling “I CAN'T HEAR YOU” over and over. It worked like a charm, I never lost an argument – until I tried it on dad.
It must be great being a pessimist. When you always expect the worst, surprises are usually pleasant ones. Little wonder then that pessimism is so popular.
Are you a good person? It’s okay, you don’t have to answer that question. I already know the answer. Of course you are a good person. You never lose your temper except when people (or inanimate objects) annoy you. You had that girl in the office in tears the other day but that was her fault. She should have returned your pencil on time. You never hit your wife... when she cooks dinner right. Hard but fair, that’s what you are.
Once upon a time, two crafty tailors convinced the Emperor that they could make him a set of magic clothes. They told all the people that these robes would be so magic that only smart people could see them. Everyone went along with the deception because no one wanted to admit that they were too stupid to see the wonderful clothes.
Regular Pickering Post readers will remember my bold prediction. I wrote that within ten years, Islam will cease to exist in any meaningful sense (excepting the odd nutcase of course). Well, in light of recent events, I’m starting to think that, not to put too fine a point on it, I may have been wrong.
A hung parliament, an obstructionist senate, possibly even a Labor/Greens socialist Government. Not surprisingly, many Liberals are left wondering about the wisdom of dumping Abbott for Turnbull.
Now that Brexit is a reality, the talk has turned to trade. Who will be allowed to trade with who? Who will get a free trade deal? Who won’t get a free trade deal? Who will be the new trade winners and who will be the losers? The whole free trade thing can be extremely confusing. I know, I had things completely about face until I bought my Ducati 900SS motorcycle.
Could it be that the Brits have just saved Europe from dictatorship for the third time in just over a century? That might sound melodramatic but there is no denying that the EU is no democracy. What’s more, it has been steadily increasing its stranglehold on the nation states under its sway.
So you hate Nigel Farage. He is an ex Tory, who was in Maggie Thatcher’s Government. You think he is arrogant and argumentative? You figure his anti-immigration rhetoric is hiding closet racism and all the decent people you respect seem to hate him too.
Robin Hood is a charming English folk tale that has enthralled children for centuries. The story is usually told more or less correctly however, people consistently come to completely the wrong conclusion.
Despite its failings, democracy has been a true blessing to the English. It has allowed them to restrain tyrannical kings and queens beneath a democratically elected parliament. Since they achieved this (with much bloodshed) in the 1700s the Poms have never looked back.
I don’t always agree with the left leaning academics of the Western world. Fortunately, there are a few areas where we can find some common ground.
A really weird situation existed in England when mum was young. At that time, anyone who expressed concern about the Nazis was accused of being a violent rabble rouser and warmonger.
I have to admit to misspending at least some of my youth. My friends were no angels. Many of them smoked pot. The more adventurous ones would occasionally take some speed or LSD. I wouldn’t describe it as “harmless” fun but, with a few notable exceptions, it was mostly under some sort of control.