Cover of Frank Sinatra
“About five years ago we began talking with the Sinatra family and, approaching his 100th birthday and reflecting on his legacy to culture and our brand, it felt like the time was right to craft a whiskey that would suitably honor Sinatra.”
“It’ll help us shift more product.”
Frank Sinatra Is Back And Selling His Own Brand Of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
Montage of the War on Terror. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So this is where we are, as a line is finally ruled beneath the horrific tale of Lee Rigby.
Hiding, cowering in our own country.
“Scotland Yard issued the warning at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, West London, after learning that fanatics in the area supported the horrific killing. Police, who have stepped up patrols of nearby streets, told Army bosses: “We request that military personnel remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to avoid drawing attention to their status as members of the armed forces…
…the Ministry of Defence said it temporarily banned Army uniforms in some public places because of the threat.” – from the Daily Mirror
Which is, of course, music to the ears of the enemy in our midst. Personally, I think a better message would have been to insist that uniforms are mandatory off-base during the working week and will henceforth include a discreetly-placed firearm. Whatever happened to Col. Tim Collins‘ famous words, “The ones who wish to fight, well, we aim to please.”?
The gung-ho approach isn’t my thing but I do believe there comes a point at which the mitherings of caution begin to make a casualty of morale. And when the War on Terror becomes a Retreat from Terror, Lee Rigby and his fallen comrades overseas have died in vain.
Looking around the vet’s reception area this morning, a thought: if you’re running a sado-masochism parlour, do you bother with one of those ‘Aggression towards staff will not be tolerated’ notices?
Anti-Syrian regime protester. (Photo credit: FreedomHouse)
From Radio 4′s Today programme of 8th January(2:48:30 mark here) an item on journalists kidnapped in the Syrian conflict and this telling observation from Italian journalist Domenico Quirico, held hostage there for 152 days last year:
“The Syrian Revolution is dead. The revolutionaries are dead. In their place are jihadists and criminals out to profit from the fight.”
It reminded me of a comment I read some years ago, in an interview with a former paramilitary, reflecting on the Troubles in Northern Ireland. By the end, he observed, political idealism in the province was a mere sideshow. It had become a matter of turf war; gangsterism, plain and simple.
And in the case of Syria, let’s not forget, Britain was just a heartbeat away from becoming militarily involved in this amoral mess, thanks to politicians all too happy to talk war as long as it’s other people’s kids who do the dying.
Maybe there’s a good interview to be had between Domenico Quirico and Michael Gove…
An early candidate for Biggest So-What? Headline of Year. Compared to his other psychological problems, I’d say Ian Brady’s encounter with dementia is page five news at best.
So we may never know where the last undiscovered victim is buried? I’ve feared that was a given for some time. Perpetuating a secret that has tantalised a nation also perpetuates this wretched man’s macabre celebrity and I sense that he would regard taking that secret to the grave as the playing of his final ace.
We can only live in the forlorn hope that he forgets himself so much, he spills the beans regardless.
So now we know the full cost of our house being burgled early this year. £100 excess at the time plus a £150 hike in our insurance premium for 2014.
If there was such a thing as a National Karma Executive, my first task tomorrow morning would be to order one anal prolapse and a plague of rats.
No, I don’t think some of the GOP’s frontline representatives have a terribly secure grip on modern reality.
Yes, as a fan of my country’s National Health Service, I am broadly sympathetic to the concept of Obamacare.
But if the seven-year-old quote from one Senator Obama, published at every liberal’s favourite blog, is accurate, then I am not entirely dismayed that attempts to raise America’s debt ceiling are currently on hold…
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, “the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
Exactly. And, his hypocrisy aside, what makes this relevant this side of the Pond is that too many of our own politicians are adept at presenting policies that effectively amount, not to solving problems, but kicking them down the road for the next poor sap to deal with. Or kick even further down the road.
And if something occasionally comes along, even if prompted by political rather than practical motives, to interrupt this mañana mentality and focus one or two minds on actually dealing with a problem instead of just deferring it, I’m afraid my instinctive reaction isn’t to boo.