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January 31, 2007

Hey Grit

At present the EU has a few little problems with regard to militant regimes, of which Iran and North Korea are but two. I shall probably get my head bitten off by someone for this, but here goes.

The EU now consists of 25 countries. The intention in the minds of the Eurocrats, as I have said before, it to create a single European state. A part of that is also the ambition to be considered a superpower of the magnitude that Russia was and the US is. Don’t ask me why this is the intention, I don’t know, but all the evidence points to this.

The difficulties the the EU is the mixture of countries that it comprises of. Almost all of them, at some time in the past, have been bashing each other. Not many centuries ago the UK and fighting with Spain and, less than a century ago we were all bashing it out with Germany. Even more recently, some the countries that were admitted this year were at each others throats internally. Therefore you have quite a volitile mix.

This brings me to my main point. Firstly, the mix described above means that the EU in any area of conflict a) cannot often decide whose side we want to be on and b) cannot be relied upon to stay on the side that we originally vote for in the first place, especially if any decision made is needed to last for more than six months.  Secondly, in its bid for superpower status the EU in its wisdom (or lack thereof) often believe that the way to assert this is to object automatically with anything that the other powers might agree to. Hence the reason it seldom votes to agree with the US, as is the case here.

In my view the EU is now showing one of the drawbacks of globalisation (amongst many) at nations level. Namely, that mixing cultures and political structurs in this way is a receipe for disaster. I am not saying that every EU member state should agree with everything the US does, far from it but, that is the whole point. Each country should be allowed to make up its own mind on the matter.

Of course, the other effect of this process is that it makes the UN even more impotent than it already is (and viagra will not solve the problem), because whilst individual member countries can vote one way in the UN, only to have the powers that be in the EU to say “we don’t like that.”

The case in point, Iran, of course is a classic example of these problems. Yes we have business and energy interests in Iran, but then visa versa is true as well, so it is not as fearful as the EU make it. My view is that if the EU or any other country disagrees with the US over this issue it should be honest and say so, not hide behind excuses, which is what they are doing.

It seems that no one in the EU administration is capable of listening to reason at the moment as they are too focused on building ivory towers or, even worse, a modern day tower of babel.

the Brit

Bat out of hell, bite me world!

January 29, 2007

Hi Brit,

I was in a bit of a nostalgic mood this afternoon, so I put “Bat Out of Hell” on and cranked it up.  Man, what perfect timing!  Global Warming, extremest Muslim terrorists, liberals, Jane Fonda, Britney’s beaver, Big Brother racism, Hillary Clinton, the United Nations, President Bush, AlGore, Iraq, Iran, nuclear bombs, blood in the streets, and the end of the world; screw it all!  So, take a few minutes, put the CD on, crank it up and sing along!

Bat Out Of Hell lyrics

The sirens are screaming and the fires are howling

Way down in the valley tonight
There’s a man in the shadows with a gun in his eye
And a blade shining oh so bright
There’s evil in the air and there’s thunder in the sky
And a killer’s on the bloodshot streets
And down in the tunnel where the deadly are rising
Oh I swear I saw a young boy
Down in the gutter
He was starting to foam in the heat
Oh Baby you’re the only thing in this whole world
that’s pure and good and right
And wherever you are and wherever you go
There’s always gonna be some light
But i gotta get out
I gotta break it out now
Before the final crack of dawn
So we gotta make the most of our one night together
When it’s over you know
We’ll both be so alone
Like a bat out of hell
I’ll be gone when the morning comes
When the night is over
Like a bat out of hell I’ll be gone gone gone
Like a bat out of hell I’ll be gone when the morning comes
But when the day is done
And the sun goes down
And the moonlight’s shining through

Then like a sinner before the gates of heaven

I’ll come crawling on back to you
I’m gonna hit the highway like a battering ram

On a silver black phantom bike

When the metal is hot and the engine is hungry

And we’re all about to see the light

Nothing ever grows in this rotten old hole

Everything is stunted and lost

And nothing really rocks

And nothing really rolls

And nothing’s ever worth the cost

And I know that I’m damned if I never get out

And maybe I’m damned if I do

But with every other beat I got left in my heart

You know I’d rather be damned with you

If I gotta be damned you know I wanna be damned

Dancing through the night with you

If I gotta be damned you know I wanna be damned

Gotta be damned you know I wanna be damned

If Gotta be damned you know I wanna be damned

Dancing through the night

Dancing through the night

Dancing through the night with you
Oh Baby you’re the only thing in this whole world

     that’s pure and good and right

And wherever you are and wherever you go

There’s always gonna be some light

But I gotta get out

I gotta break it out now

Before the final crack of dawn

So we gotta make the most of our one night together

When it’s over you know

We’ll both be so alone

Like a bat out of hell

I’ll be gone when the morning comes

When the night is over

Like a bat out of hell I’ll be gone gone gone

Like a bat out of hell I’ll be gone when the morning comes

But when the day is done

And the sun goes down

And the moonlight’s shining through

Then like a sinner before the gates of heaven

I’ll come crawling on back to you

Then like a sinner before the gates of heaven

I’ll come crawling on back to you

I can see myself tearing up the road

Faster than any other boy has ever gone

And my skin is raw but my soul is ripe

And no one’s gonna stop me now

I gotta make my escape

But I can’t stop thinking of you

And I never see the sudden curve until it’s way too late

I never see the sudden curve till it’s way too late

Then I’m dying on the bottom of a pit in the blazing sun

Torn and twisted at the foot of a burning bike

And I think somebody somewhere is tolling a bell

And the last thing I see is my heart

Still beating

Breaking out of my body

And flying away

Like a bat out of hell

Then I’m dying at the bottom of a pit in the blazing sun

Torn and twisted at the foot of a burning bike

And I think somebody somewhere must be tolling a bell

And the last thing I see is my heart

Still beating

Still beating

Breaking out of my body and flying away

Like a bat out of hell

Thanks Jim; thanks Meat!  Still love it; still a fan.

the Grit

UN career with free ATM

January 27, 2007

Hi Grit

I have been looking over some of the comments you have been making regarding the UN and decided that it must be a good idea to apply for a job with the UN, especially as it seems that free cash comes with almost every title held (hence the title free Access To Money).

Amongst the scandals that appeared to have developed are the misappropriation of millions from the UN development program curtesy of Kim Yong II, which by all accounts has been going on for nearly a decade. Then there is the small matter of $18 million on parking tickets. Of course, added to this is the scandal involving the bribery of officials responsible for the Iraq oil sales. Staying on Iraq, money has gone missing from the redevelopment fund, of which $12 billion was delivered in cash (WHAT!).

Although auditors have brought some of these matters to the attention of the UN and other nations, there is a hitch in the system. Organisations within the UN, such as the UNDP, do not have to show their accounts to the member countries they serve.

Excuse me for being critical Grit, but the introduction of the Sobarnes-Oxley Act was an effort to eradicate corporate problems and bring transparency into business financial reporting. It was also intended to ensure that commercial organisations were run at the highest level of corporate governance. Am I reading here that whilst it is okay for business to be whipped into shape in this way, with one of the most stringent financial regulatory structures in the world, this does not apply to international bodies? Also, who in their right mind would allow such large quantities of cash to be floating about?

Whilst I accept that the US provides a large percentage of the funds that keep the UN running, the rest of us also contribute our hard earned cash as well. Therefore, I think it is about time that not only financial statements should be issued to member states, but also they should be made available to the public. It seems to me that we could cut the UN diplomates by half and it would have no affect on the people to whom the money is being distributed.

If not, can I have a UN job please on the same terms as some of the idiots and criminals they have employed?

the Brit

The last straw for the UN?

January 19, 2007

Hi Brit,

From time to time we’ve mentioned just how incompetent, wasteful, and corrupt the United Nations is, however, this bit of breaking news will either sink them or get swept under the carpet like the Oil For Food scheme, U.S. State Department Reveals North Korea’s Misuse of U.N. Development Program Funds and Operations.  Another view on the situation, with more background information is, UNDP’s North Korea Scandal, Just a Tip of the Iceberg, Opens Window on Larger Problems.  What great folks we have there in the Big Apple, apparently giving millions of dollars to Kim Jong Il, the tiny dictator who is trying to build nuclear weapons, and not knowing what he’s spending it on.  The question remains, was he blowing it on his legion of sex slaves, whiskey, cigars, his A-bomb program, or all of them?  The good, yet sad, news is that the UN is wasting more on it’s new luxury club house than they’re slipping to the Hitler want-to-be in North Korea, at least, that we know about at the moment.  While we’re at it, considering how well the UN liked President Clinton, that it was Clinton who accepted the nuclear site inspection deal that let North Korea keep working on bombs, Bill’s willingness to accept foreign money in exchange for political favors, and this latest exchange of currency, perhaps someone should look for a Clinton connection?

the Grit