Saturday, November 01, 2014


Imho the best Status Quo song, Pictures of Matchstick men (november 1967).

Can't believe these guys formed in 1962 already and are still performing, without interruption. Though there's only two left of the original crew, Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi.

Lush with Ladykillers. From the 1996 album Lovelife.

British alternative rockband, formed in London in 1987.

Goede nacht.


Friday, October 31, 2014



And a redhead no less! Dammit, I never in my entire miserable life dated a redhead! How I wish I had!


Did I just say that out loud?



Last time I checked, the US of A was still somewhat a relatively free country, so I am not telling Americanos that they MUST vote for Republicans, like the guy below. Do what you want.

However, in my not so humble opinion it is better to vote for Republicans, because where Democrats are socialists pur sang, at least Republicans are reluctant socialists. It is always better to choose the lesser of two evils.

Just sayin'...


Thursday, October 30, 2014


First Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., over at Townhall:

"With the midterm elections rapidly approaching, candidates around the country are scrambling to make their case to voters. Republicans—whose brand has been weakening for at least a decade—are hoping to make big gains, particularly in the Senate. Polls indicate that many races are still tight, so the outcome is far from certain.
The conventional wisdom regarding what the GOP must do to repair its image—and eventually win on the national level again—has included two basic pieces of advice. The first is to reach out to younger voters, women and ethnic minorities, mainly blacks and Latinos. The second is to downplay the issues of marriage and the sanctity of life, and it’s no secret that the socially liberal Republican leaders would like to get rid of those issues altogether. These two ideas are typically cast as the GOP’s only realistic path forward.

What too many political consultants fail to understand, however, is that the marriage and life planks of the GOP platform hold the key to any hope they have of building a more diverse coalition. Unfortunately, many powerful party decision-makers seem to get their information about women and minorities from media stereotypes, assuming they all favor a socially liberal agenda. If they bothered to look at widely available data, they would realize that women are evenly split on the issue of abortion, younger voters are increasingly pro-life, and blacks and Latinos are far more religiously devoted and family oriented than the rest of the country...."

Then Carol Brown, who has a must-read on American Thinker:

"Democrats are compassionate people who want to help others. Republicans are greedy rich people who care only about themselves. When I was a liberal, those were my impressions.

Having transitioned from left to right over the past seven years, those long-held beliefs changed dramatically. No thanks to the GOP. The party appears unable or unwilling to articulate a compelling message, which leaves one wondering what they stand for.

Thomas Sowell has addressed this problem many times. In August, he wrote:

One of the big differences between Democrats and Republicans is that we at least know what the Democrats stand for, whether we agree with it or not. But, for Republicans, we have to guess.

Last year he wrote:

You might think that the stakes are high enough for Republicans to put in some serious time trying to clarify their message.

As the great economist Alfred Marshall once said, facts do not speak for themselves. If we are waiting for the Republicans to do the speaking, the country is in big trouble.

Democrats, by contrast, are all talk. They could sell refrigerators to Eskimos before Republicans could sell them blankets.

The prior year Sowell wrote (here and here):

…the Republicans' greatest failure has been precisely their chronic failure to spell out their principles…. (snip)

…The net result is that articulate Democrats can get away with the biggest lies, without any serious rebuttal from most Republicans. (snip)

But so long as Republicans don't seem to feel any urgency about refuting the Democrats' claim that they just want to help the rich at the expense of the poor, they are courting defeat on election day. Why lose to a lie because you didn't bother to explain the truth?

So what’s the deal?

Is the GOP devoid of principles? Do they have principles but no interest in spelling them out in plain language? Do they think they’re doing a good job and there’s no need to address their messaging problem?

My guess is it’s a combination of all of the above. As far as I can tell, the GOP has become increasingly watered down over the years, straying further and further from values that once made the party strong. I mean, my goodness, they hardly even talk about national security any more -- an area where they once distinguished themselves.

I also think the power brokers in the party are suffering from a chronic case of arrogance. As a result, they’ve lost touch with how their message does or doesn’t resonate with people, or whether they even need to bother assessing if the message is getting through. Or more fundamentally, what the message is. Which circles back to: What are their principles?

So what are we left with? The predictable and rarely explained mantra of “lower taxes” and “smaller government.”

To say this message is inadequate would be inadequate.

First of all, these two talking points don’t resonate with millions of Americans, in part, because the GOP does not spell out how or why these ideas are right for America. They do not point out historical patterns that prove time and again that bigger government has never benefited the citizenry. Worse, how bigger government turns into tyranny.

Second, and more importantly, “lower taxes” and “smaller government” are not core principles. The core principle is freedom. And that is what we need to be talking about. Instead, the Republican Party rambles on incoherently while the Democrats put their values on full display -- touting all the ways they want to help people. Their misguided ideas typically go unchallenged by the GOP."

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Got that, all you half-assed Republican bozos from Boehner over Christie and Cantor to Priebus?

If Republicans fail to win big, let alone win, they will only have themselves to blame.


Monday, October 27, 2014


As per usual not much time left, gotta go to sleep, below three works by John Everett Millais. The first one is Chill October.

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Life can be a wonderful kaleidoscope of experiences and impressions - if you are willing to give fate, coincidence, providence, whatever, if you are willing to give all that a hand. If you prefer to spend your holidays sitting on your butt on some f*cking Costa del Sol beach your chances of encountering something new, tintillating stuff are somewhat limited. Though granted, you've got more chance to come across bikinis.

Two years ago we spent part of our holiday in the Lake District. In Coniston, to be precise, nestled cosily between the western shore of Coniston Water and the Old Man of Coniston, 803m high. Beautiful place btw. We rented a cottage higher up in the village, so that we had a nice view over Coniston but one over the lake as well. As it happened we could spot a remarkable country house across Coniston Water. It happened to be Brantwood, final residence of the famous Victorian art critic John Ruskin.

God, so little time left.

Anyway, Ruskin did much to launch a new art movement which principally manifested itself in paintings, the Pre-Raphaelites. The foremost individual among them was John Everett Millais. Ruskin asked Millais to accompany him and his wife Effie, née Gray, to Scotland to make a painting of him - it's the one at the bottom. Millais did several sketches and paintings of Effie, and of course they fell in love with each other. The romance was helped in no small part by the fact that John and Effie's marriage was an unlucky one - after six years as man and woman, she was still a virgin.

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Anyway, Effie left Ruskin and was soon married to the artist. Ruskin would go on to become the foremost art critic of the Victorian Era and a distinguished Professor at Slade. She would become Millais's foremost champion and muse. Devoted to the young painter, she would eventually give him eight children. John Everett was warmly welcomed in the Gray family as well, and one of Effie's sisters in particular, Sophy Gray, features prominently in several of Millais' paintings. In the one above, Autumn Leaves, she's the tallest girl in black. There's a lot to be said and interpreted about this wonderful work, but like I said, no time remember?

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And here's Millais' famous painting of Ruskin himself.

Check out the story of these people - there's a lot to be discovered and you won't be disappointed.

Nite. And remember the Dead White Males.


Sunday, October 26, 2014


The Belgian F-16 detachment will stay in Jordan till the end of the year, Belgium's new center-right government under PM Charles Michel (MR) has decided last Thursday, October 24. One month ago, the Belgian Parliament gave the green light to PM Di Rupo's caretaker government's proposal to deploy the detachment over Iraq against ISIS, from a Jordanian base. At the time, a period of only one month was agreed upon, although then already it was virtually certain the planes would stay in Jordan longer. The new defence cabinet under Minister Vandeput [Pieter De Crem's successor - MFBB] communicated only the following short message: "the federal government's decision is that the mission of the F-16 detachment with six jets and 120 ground personnel will be extended till December 31'.

After the initial release of a video showing the destruction of an ISIS target, the Belgian MoD has released basically no information, except for Friday 24, when the destruction of two ISIS targets was confirmed. Earlier this week, probably on Thursday, another target was destroyed. Via HLN Online:

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The article mentions that a successful attack [this was during the night of Thursday to Friday - MFBB] was conducted, "without collateral damage", but gives very few details. The MoD spokeswoman is quoted as saying that "since the arrival of the detachment in Jordan more than 25 mission have been flown" and "five targets have been destroyed with great precision".

Some snapshots of our jets in Jordan (photos via Belgian MoD):

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Well-spent tax euros for a change.



If you do have a tiny sliver of common sense left but for some reason (you might have vacationed on Pitcairn the last decade e.g.) still thought, up to this point, that Hillary Clinton might make a good president, well, she just handed you the argument she can never be, and she SHOULD NEVER BE.

Via Fox News and The Washington Free Beacon:

"At a Democratic rally in Massachusetts, Hillary Clinton’s attempt to attack “trickle-down economics,” resulted in a spectacularly odd statement.

Clinton defended raising the minimum wage saying “Don’t let anybody tell you that raising the minimum wage will kill jobs, they always say that.”

She went on to state that businesses and corporations are not the job creators of America. “Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” the former Secretary of State said.

Clinton’s comment will likely be used frequently to attack her as another big-government Democrat. She is seen by many as already running for president in 2016."

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I am a small business owner, nothing special, very modest, I just employ 4 people myself not included, yearly turnover slightly over 1 million dollars. Even so, I'm CRUSHED, almost literally crushed, under the weight of social security contributions and regulations. Government did not create these 4 jobs. I DID IT. I did, not thanks to government as this ugly bitch tries to imply, but DESPITE government, and I am still willing to go on and hire people IF the entrepreneurial climate in al-Belgistan gets a little bit better. And then to hear that marxist CUNT boast that "we", the businesses, DO NOT CREATE JOBS? You, you, you godforsaken vulgar incompetent corrupt POS , I'm ruining my health just to keep the company afloat, as I am convinced that millions of business owners and entrepreneurs do also, on a daily basis, in the United States and elsewhere!

Barack Obamba has been an unmitigated disaster. Letting Hillary take over the helm as POTUS in 2016 would utterly DESTROY America.