A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.
I noticed that there is a new film dominating headlines for a weekend: Dunkirk.
Anyone that has studied history knows the story of English troops scrambling to escape the onslaught of the German military machine. They were saved by a fleet of fishing boats—yes, not the Navy, fishing boats— which carried as many as they could from Dunkirk to the Sceptered Isle. This was a disaster for the English, not only because it proved to the world (they didn’t get the message…and still haven’t) that the Empire was no longer of them, in them, or with them.
That is why I had to chuckle when reading a headline in a leading boulevard rag. Whoever wrote this does not know history…or is a master at penning propaganda pieces. No one can use the word “triumph” in connection with “Dunkirk”, unless the film makes money for someone.
A war film that dares to celebrate a British triumph: After decades of movies lionising the Yanks,
MAX HASTINGS says Dunkirk should be required viewing for all schoolchildren
News from the United States is depressing and/or infuriating…
Fortunately, there are countries that continue to provide entertainment. Ah, the English…or British, if you prefer. They think that they are important, because they once plundered the world.
Now, they want to leave the European Union, because they are like spoiled children. They want to take their ball and go home, not realizing that the ball is not theirs. Recently, the chief negotiator showed up in Brussels with no position papers, while his counterpart had binders full. The poor fool had no idea what his government wanted him to say. Is it any wonder that Europeans are laughing at the spoiled child?
Along the same lines, I watched a report about the UK trade minister giving a speech in Geneva about future trade relations with his country, once they leave the EU. In the large visual on the screen behind him the word “economy” was spelled incorrectly. I am certain that the folks in the audience, most of which have English as a second language, noticed the incompetence. Confucius is supposed to have said: “get the words right”. The English do not study other cultures and are certain of their superiority, so spelling and proof-reading are not important.
When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.
Robert M. Pirsig
Many diplomatic and political crises roil around the world, but the biggest seems to have occurred in Canada.
Yesterday, the Governor General touched—yes, touched!—the queen of England. Can you imagine the gall? He claims to have been saving her from stumbling, but still… Touching the queen!.
How will the world survive such transgressions?
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want,
and deserve to get it good and hard.
H. L. Mencken
Mitch McConnell Hospitalized with Low White-Vote Count
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was rushed to the hospital late Monday night with what doctors diagnosed as a low white-vote count.
Doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center said that when McConnell arrived at the facility his white-vote count had fallen below fifty and he had gone into shock.
Dr. Harland Dorrinson, a physician at Walter Reed who is monitoring McConnell’s condition, called his low white-vote count “very serious.”
“Mitch McConnell needs a white-vote count of at least fifty in order to function,” he said. “If it falls below fifty and stays there for an extended period of time, he cannot survive.”
Efforts to boost the Senate Majority Leader’s white-vote count have so far proved fruitless, as doctors acknowledged that they have been unable to find additional white votes that are compatible with McConnell.
McConnell was first rushed to Walter Reed after showing symptoms commonly associated with a low white-vote count, including a feeling of hopelessness and uncontrollable sobbing.
Here’s something else I do not do: use emojis.
I don’t get the point or see they need to embellish text messages. I guess that these are for people who do not know how to use words or lack creative language skills.
If I want to embellish a text message, I use :-) or :-(. But only rarely, because my words usually do the trick.
For those of you unable (or unwilling) to be entertained by UK media, I will reveal to you their most important scoop source. It is, of course, anything to do with the “royal” family, that group of inbred, worthless, entitled, intelligence-challenged descendants of Germans.
The biggest story today is that the mother of the future king (after his great grandmother, grandfather, and father die or abdicate) has worn black shoes at a public event for the first time. Anyone who suffers being exposed to this tosh (British English word meaning garbage) will know that she notoriously wears only “nude” shoes.
What will be next? Flip flops? Can the monarchy survive such fashion swings? What is her husband’s grandmother thinking?