Easter Year Two

Don’t ever bite the hand that feeds you makes good sense to me but its our second Easter here and, as the tourists invade, only one word seems to fit:-

Roll on the end of October.
That’s when we’ll get our town back again.

Meanwhile I’ve had some terrible news.
Our little gun shop is closing down after 16 years of trading.
That means a 34 mile round trip to the nearest one.
I’m not one for supplier loyalty as a rule but I prefer to buy from a person not a Branded or ‘Chain’ store. Even if I’m paying a little more.

Why so? It’s a matter of trust I suppose and rather like buying a car.
Buying cheap isn’t worth a spit if the after sales service is dire.

Are you like that?
Buying from a person with a good ‘rep’ and after trust has been built?
Or do you just buy the brand and hope for the best?

A couple of my friends are fiercely brand loyal but both have been burned a few times by their warranty failing to deliver.
Just as I had until I learned the value of trust.
After all it’s difficult to negotiate (argue) with a nameless online store and some manufacturers are ‘less than’ helpful at times.

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UK Tank Upgrades

UK Defence experts are worried over plans that will see the MOD only upgrading 148 of its 227 Challenger 2 tanks, using the remainder for spares.

Which means if Russia rolls over the hill tops towards us with their 13000 tanks, our incredibly thin green line of tanks will only total 148 (if that).Gavin Williamson, UK’s ‘war child’ defence secretary, stars again.
Not surprising really. Tory ministers don’t give a damn about service personnel so I guess he ain’t that bothered about crew survivability. He seeming fixated on pretty high tech toys for the boys aka drones.

Another veteran charged with murder in Ireland

Veterans slam ‘politically motivated witch hunt’ as second soldier faces murder charge over the Troubles after being accused of shooting dead a 15-year-old boy almost 50 years ago.

How can this be anything other than the IRA (still a terrorist organization) working the strings of the Irish judiciary puppets in a politically motivated way. That and a UK government without the spine of a jellyfish who won’t shut this stupidity down NOW!

Meanwhile, incredibly, the British Army is still worried about recruitment.
Join the Army, “Be the best”, see the world, have to defend yourself, and 50 years later get charged with murder even though various investigations found you not guilty of anything.

Does that sound appealing to wannabe recruits, I mean at all?
Why would anyone want to serve in an army that doesn’t protect it own!

Even snowflakes are being turned away.

Just a month ago in the media.
New figures paint a devastating picture of the army’s failure to retain demoralised, sceptical and under-utilised troops – and recruit enough new ones to replace them.

The army’s  controversial “snowflakes” recruitment campaign reaped a record number of applicants when it was launched in January – 9,700 in the first three weeks. Which promptly fell flat on its face because of the paper pushers.
At least one in five potential Army recruits is failing the grade because of fears that historic childhood ailments, like asthma and eczema, will affect them in later life.

So people can’t grow out of that sort of thing?

A Senior Army source said: “Our efforts to win over the snowflake generation are being pole-axed by snowflake lawyers”.

  • So it’s nothing to do with outsourcing recruitment?
  • The ‘doing away’ with the in-house recruiting system that served this country well for many decades?
  • Nothing to do with the army leadership pampering to the liberal-minded and letting political correctness invade their territory?
  • Or the politics of successive government that forced number reductions chucking out experienced trained personnel?
  • Poor equipment, food, accommodation, and ZERO employer loyalty.
  • And the HUGE betrayal of personnel serving, retired, laid off, or injured?

Just the legal profession.

Glad we cleared that one up.

Which fool who voted for him again?

LABOUR MP David Lammy has defended himself after he was confronted by BBC Andrew Marr for his comparison between Jacob Rees-Mogg’s European Research Group and Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party.

It doe annoy me when people like him liken others to Nazi’s.
It smacks of Antifa and extreme leftist thinking.
However during the interview he did identify himself correctly but not fully.
He said he was an ethnic minority. Yep, agreed.
What he left out was what a lot of people think of him and that is not a lot.
Plus he is a one of the latest of outcast professions. A POS politician.

Libya (non PC)

It’s still a mess, even though it was ‘saved’ by the US, plus their ‘misguided and gullible’ friends. Then I read a snippet about the US ‘rendering aid’ again.

I was wondering when US-led NATO will once again go in and blow shit out of everything and NOT solve a thing (again). That and siding with “moderates”. Something that has never worked out from the word ‘money‘ whoops, I meant ‘go’.

Personally I hope they won’t.
Tribal in nature, Libya needs just one tribe to takeover power again.
That’s how the Middle East works.
The strongest rule and the weak just get on with it.
Rather like in Gaddafi days. Cruel but under control.
Anything less will just prolong the agony.

Incidentally I still subscribe to the notion that if Gaddafi hadn’t threatened the USD for oil transactions between Arab nations, he’d probably still be alive and Libya would still be under control.

Anyway, I’m not alone there with this thought train.
Only some like-minded do come from nations that can do no right.
Except when it comes to building bridges not walls,
Winning wars despite ‘help’,
Making friends as opposed to slating and threatening those of long-standing,
Trading freely without extortionate tariffs and sanctions,
And excelling in technical excellence for which the West has no answer.

I fancied a laugh

So I sat back and ran some of the YouTube video on US antifa protests.
Curiously NONE had adverts in them which suggests Google is pro-antifa.

I watched a good half hour of dribble and have come to the conclusion that ALL antifa are a waste of space and the restraint of the police in the US is admirable (if a little bit too restrained). There again with everyone wielding a camera or smart phone, maybe it’s a wise move.

That and the average antifa (I should type male but maybe not).
I say that because they always seem to push the women to the front to protect them.
Why would they do that, or it the average antifa drip just a pussy?
I also find it ‘quaint’ that their mummies dress them in all the same color before letting them out to play.

Anyway what did surprise me was Wiki.
They say:- Anti-Fascist Action (AFA) was a militant anti-fascist organisation, founded in the UK in 1985 by a wide range of anti-racist and anti-fascist organizations.  Well that would be about right time, only we called them “Ban The Bomb Babies” aka the BBB.

It also reminded me about protests we had years ago where I was stationed.
That time it was because of nuke weapons on UK soil.
Bit stupid really as there were none at that base but some of the fools blockaded at the main gate (funny how people’s brakes fail at the most inopportune time) “THUMP”, and they also started to hang ribbons on the wire, RIGHT WHERE we are testing out fire hoses. Middle of November (why I remember that was it was my birthday). 15 minutes of fire drills later, the soggy remains of the now hysterical protesters limped off. The other funny bit was the police said nothing as we warmed them up with mugs of tea in the gate house.

Our boss was furious. Not at us though.
He ran out of 35 mm film just before we soaked them.