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Excuse me, but why do we have to pay ANYTHING when a billionaire Orange Moron visits?

I hadn’t planned on paying any attention to the Orange Moron’s visit, but I found I had to at least mention the cost… TO US!

Why does the host country have to pick up the tab?

Same fiddle for the Commonwealth Games, and the Olympics pull the same ‘privilege’ scam on the host too.

Donald Trump’s three-day state visit next week is likely to be the costliest ever diplomatic trip for the British taxpayer, Scotland Yard has suggested.

The US president’s working trip last year drained around £18m from the public purse as 10,000 officers were deployed to help with security and policing, the largest police mobilisation since the London 2011 riots. The US embassy said that in addition to security and staff for himself and his family, Mr Trump will be joined by the presidential car, nicknamed “the Beast”, as well as the official helicopter, Marine One.

Given the upgraded status of this visit, security is expected to be even tighter. Safety concerns have already led to cancellation of a gilded carriage ride, typical for a state visit to Buckingham Palace.

The Stop Trump Coalition is promising to follow the President wherever he goes – starting at Buckingham Palace on Monday when the President is due to meet the Queen for a private lunch. Last year an estimated 250,000 people marched in London and another 150,000 joined protests around the UK against the President’s visit. Similar numbers are expected to join forces again next week.

Officials will also be keen to avoid another embarrassing incident following the one that occurred after what happened when Mr Trump paid a visit to Scotland last July.

In Ayrshire, a man was charged by police for an alleged breach of a no-fly zone after a microlight dragging a banner reading “Trump well below par” flew within metres of the President during his time at Turnberry golf course. Regional demonstrations across the UK are also planned, including in Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Belfast.

A spokeswoman for the Met Police told i: “This will be a multi-agency policing operation with a very experienced command team in place. We are currently looking at resource allocation and it is too early to speculate about the cost of the policing and security operation at this stage, but it will be significant.”

Donald Trump UK state visit: three-day stay likely to be costliest ever diplomatic trip for British taxpayers, Scotland Yard suggests

At least he’s not coming to Scotland, but as UK taxpayers, he’ll still be dipping into Scottish purses.

On a positive note, at least he doesn’t seem to have much luck with the ladies.

This is the second pic I’ve come across of him after one chopped his head off.

Dusseldorf carnival Trump

Dusseldorf carnival Trump

First time was by a comedienne, now the “Rosenmontag” carnival parade in Düsseldorf, which apparently always has some rather political and provocative carnival dares.

BBC delivers real licence fee value

Some say, there are people who complain about the BBC television licence fee.

I think anyone who complains should be given a framed copy of this, and sent away to reconsider what they consider to be real value for money!

BBC Trump visit coverage

BBC Trump visit coverage

Just look at that – the BBC managed to arrange a personal visit to their studios by the REAL Donald Trump 🙂

If that alone isn’t worth the licence fee, I don’t know what is.

Maybe video of someone chasing him with a pin?

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03/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , | Leave a comment

Guess I’m not going to get into the US

While I’m not likely to try to go there, or have ever even been there, it looks as if I’d better not even think about visiting the US.

Now that it’s become ever more like ‘Orange Moron Land’, it seems as if he of the single brain cell (or less) has come up with a new idea to make himself popular, with some.

Nearly all applicants for US visas will have to submit their social media details under newly adopted rules.

The State Department regulations say people will have to submit social media names and five years’ worth of email addresses and phone numbers.

When proposed last year, authorities estimated the proposal would affect 14.7 million people annually.

Certain diplomatic and official visa applicants will be exempt from the stringent new measures.

However, people travelling to the US to work or to study will have to hand over their information.

US demands social media details from visa applicants

I’m actually impressed by the idea that people will be able to provide the five years’ worth of detailed being demanded, given most seem to be unable to manage to remember decent passwords, or even change them.

I wonder how many will provide genuine addresses and numbers, and how many will just be made up to fill in the forms.

Could be fun if the State Department actually checks them – lots of people could be refused visas, or end up in US jails if their stuff doesn’t check out.

After visa check

After visa check

02/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Surveillance, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Remembering Brave Huntress Larysa Switlyk – The fearless goat killer of Islay

Don’t know if there was ever any further action or conclusion to the original story of this incredibly brave woman, who risked her own life to visit the Isle of Islay with high-powered hunting rifles and save the locals from dangerous man, or maybe even woman, eating… GOATS!

The ‘Brave White Huntress’ (blonde bimbo?) shot… a Scottish GOAT! (with updates)

I’m not that good with faces, but I did like this pic I received, which does seem to look quite like the lovely, brave Larysa.

Some say there’s another pic, taken a few minutes later, showing her hugging the dying crocodile – with a hunting knife sticking out of its back!

Dangerous Creature

Dangerous Creature

 

26/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Pathetic driver of hulking great Mercedes SUV hit all the stereotype buttons

I’m fairly easy-going on the road, but a old guy in a huge Mercedes SUV managed to press all the wrong buttons today.

Location: Entrance into Kelvingrove Park at the junction of Claremont Street, Royal Terrace, and La Belle Place.

I’m coming along the cycle path along Claremont Street, about to cross Royal Terrace and enter the park as I do on most days.

There’s a big Mercedes SUV coming from the right so I adjust my pace to pass behind.

NOPE!

The driver looks over at me – and then just comes to a dead stop directly in front of me (good job I was already slowing).

Then, he gets out, blocking Royal Terrace (and the park entrance) to traffic approaching from Claremont Street and La Belle Place.

Since I had to come to a dead stop while still in higher gears I have to struggle around the front of his road block, and suggest he try harder to block the whole road.

This brings a stream of abuse as he opened both front doors and the rear hatch, as if I was the one that did something wrong.

He could have lied, and claimed he was collecting his sick little pup that had taken ill in the park, which would have been reasonable.

When I made it into the park, got moving and was able to change gears, when I looked back he was carrying his dog back to the car.

Who CARRIES their dog out of a park?

Well, it LOOKED as if that was what he was doing, and put in the back of the car.

Maybe he was a dognapper, and that was why he was upset about having attention drawn to him, as he collected his next pet blackmail subject.

Unfortunately, by the time I could stop and pull my camera, he was all done, so all I got was a pic of the car before he sped off, and his number plate was blocked too. I’ve blurred the face if the guy walking behind, he was just a chance catch in the pic, completely unrelated.

Abusive Mercedes SUV driver

Abusive Mercedes SUV driver

Wonder if his female partner approved of what he said?

Passenger

Passenger

Probably, since she opened her door to make sure the road was indeed completely blocked as well as the park entrance.

Context shot of the entrance and road.

Kelvingrove Park Royal Terrace gate

Kelvingrove Park Royal Terrace gate

One large SUV, doors open, and this junction is all blocked until it moves.

A handy van turning from Claremont Street shows how the road is only one vehicle wide, also the National Cycle Route marker on a pole.

Kelvingrove Park from Claremont Street

Kelvingrove Park from Claremont Street

Footnote

Lest you make the mistake of thinking I wrote this post because I was ticked off by this motoring retard, you’d be wrong. If he carries on like that, karma will deal with him one day, doesn’t need any help from me.

I am ticked off, and did indeed write it to work off some steam, but…

The reason for that is how long it takes for even a ‘quick’ compact camera to ‘wake up’ and be ready to start working and take pics – a delay extended by the controls, including the zoom, all being administered via buttons.

It’s one of the major reasons I still favour the bulkier dSLR and semi-manual lens when I can carry it.

It has no ‘wake up’ delays.

Raise it and you can press the shutter immediately at any time, and the manual zoom works as fast your hand can slide the barrel.

17/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Poke in the eye for Trump – Scottish government wins wind power legal costs

Nice one. Guess he didn’t ‘buy’ the judges.

Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf resort must pay the Scottish government’s legal costs following a court battle over a major North Sea wind power development.

Mr Trump battled unsuccessfully in the courts to halt the project before he became US president.

Judges have now ruled Trump International Golf Club Scotland Ltd should pay the legal bills incurred.

Mr Trump had argued the development would spoil the view from his golf course at Menie.

The sum involved has not been disclosed.

Scottish government wins Donald Trump wind power legal costs

If only the orange moron would…

Trump Sulk

Trump Sulk

02/03/2019 Posted by | Lost | , , | Leave a comment

Sometimes I’m glad I’ve been priced off the road

I was taught to drive a long time ago, even starting before I was 17.

And I mean ‘taught to drive’, NOT what I see today, as people actually just seem to be taught how to pass the various parts of the driving test.

I still just keep my mouth shut, rather than offer driving advice or opinion, since the response is usually hostile, and insulting, that I might dare to suggest other are less than perfect, and that I appear to be arrogantly telling them I am (more than perfect).

However, as long as pics like this continue to turn up, while I might not dare to offer advice, even with all my faults, I think I’d rather be driven by me, than many others I see on the road today.

Snow peephole driver stopped by police on A9

You would think simple ‘self-preservation’ would stop anyone with a brain cell that had not died of loneliness would not try driving like this.

Peephole driver Image from Police Scotland

Peephole driver Image from Police Scotland

Update

Still more dumb!

£40?

NOT ENOUGH!

Motorist issued with £40 fine for driving without defrosting car windows

29/01/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Will they extradite Larysa (Thick as a brick) Switlyk?

Well, the Orange Moron hasn’t been impeached yet, so I suggest not holding your breath.

There was at least some good news arising from the ridiculous story of, The ‘Brave White Huntress’ (blonde bimbo?) shot… a Scottish GOAT! (with updates)

And her stunning response, which amounted to taunting those who spoke against her ‘bravery’ Thick as a brick – It’s Larysa Switlyk

It seems there might have been some impropriety regarding her handling of firearms under our Scottish law, although as I always say where such things are concerned, we are not privy to the full details available to those who are involved.

Being reported merely means a charge has been made, and it still has to be proven, evidence produced, and potentially a case heard.

We’re a long way from her getting what she deserves, and this could all come to nothing.

An American TV presenter who posed next to a wild goat which had been shot dead on a Scottish island has been reported to prosecutors over alleged gun offences.

Larysa Switlyk was criticised and sent death threats after posting the images on social media in October.

The 33-year-old and her teammates had been hunting on Islay in September.

Police said she and a 41-year-old man had been reported for alleged firearms offences.

She was reported under section 11a of the Firearms Act 1968, which refers to authorised lending and possession of firearms for hunting.

The acts says anyone borrowing a firearm from another person must:

  • Be borrowing the rifle or shot gun for the purpose of hunting animals, shooting game or vermin or shooting at artificial targets
  • Comply with any conditions specified in the lender’s certificate
  • Be accompanied by the lender or someone who holds the relevant certificate

A spokesperson for the force said: “Following several complaints of wild goat ‘trophy’ hunting on Islay in September, Police Scotland can now confirm that a 33-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man from the USA have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal for firearms offences.”

Goat kill hunter Larysa Switlyk reported over alleged gun offences

Further reports (of the same)…

Hunter who killed Scots goat reported for gun offences

US Goat hunter Larysa Switlyk reported over alleged gun offences in Scotland

Brave Larysa Switlyk

Brave Larysa Switlyk

Her behaviour is no better (and considerably worse considering she should be a responsible adult at 33), than the kids who think it great to get an airgun and start shooting little birds out of trees for fun, probably not even killing them, but wounding them and leaving the birds to die of their injuries.

I should say ‘used to’, since airguns have had to be handed by all Scots now. Well, law-abiding Scots, leaving those who don’t are about, or respect the law, or firearms law, free to carry on as they were.

Apparently the goats are making plans, in case the ‘Brave White Hunter’ comes back.

Civil Defence Goat

Civil Defence Goat

28/12/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , , | Leave a comment

Thick as a brick – It’s Larysa Switlyk

That’s almost a nice little rhyme in the title.

Maybe someone will even take it, and use for a T-shirt slogan (please do).

We noted this blonde bimbo (and the term is clearly deserved from her actions, and subsequent response – she clearly has no brains) at the time of the original incident, and I don’t think there’s any point in adding further comment.

Her attitude can really only cause harm to those with a genuine interest in hunting and shooting, as probably already evidenced by comments such as these comments:

Patrick Galbraith, the editor of the Shooting Times, said: “Beyond distasteful that @LSwitlyk is shamelessly attempting to capitalise on a pathetic stunt that may ultimately harm fieldsports in Scotland. She shows no respect for the hunting community or the beautiful creatures we are privileged to pursue.”

One Twitter used called ‘Matthew in Norfolk’ wrote: “Please don’t bother coming back to the UK. You have done huge damage to the sport that we love and selling t-shirts like this shows extremely poor judgement.”

Natasha Reinhart said: “Absolutely disgusting, and a huge, shameful embarrassment to Americans that travel abroad. Scotland, we are so sorry for the actions of these jerks who can only pleasure themselves by murdering beautiful creatures.”

Switlyk has said she will never apologise for her actions and this week called for an end to death threats against her.

She had proudly described how she had spent two days hunting goat on Islay before fatally wounding one with a ‘200 yard shot’ using a long-range rifle.

Larysa Switlyk: US hunter who killed goats on Scottish island taunts critics with ‘Eat More Goat’ t-shirt range

Hunter who killed Scots goat taunts critics with T-shirts

It’s sad even to see the media refer to this moron as a ‘Hunter’ in their articles and titles.

SHE may claim the description, but I doubt anyone who is involved in any sort of real hunting (and it’s not ALL bad) would wish to be associated with her, her action, or her opinions.

Something along the lines of ‘PUBLICITY WHORE’ seems closer to the truth.

Brave Larysa Switlyk

Brave Larysa Switlyk

Cammo gear and a hunting rifle to kill a Scottish goat?

Really?

From what I’ve seen, most people just use a car.

10/11/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

The ‘Brave White Huntress’ (blonde bimbo?) shot… a Scottish GOAT! (with updates)

Seriously?

I thought the idea of ‘Hunting Trophies’ and the ‘Brave White Hunter’ had gone out the window along with the British Empire, and maybe the reality that those ‘kills’ were more likely to have been shots staged for the wealthy traveller, who was in more danger of a dead (or sick) animal being dropped on him by the natives, than of being trampled, or mauled by ‘Man Eater’.

I really did have to leave the story of a blonde American bimbo trying to promote herself as a ‘hardcore huntress’ by posing with a dead Scottish goat.

I don’t usually associate myself with anyone referred to as a ‘celebrity’, but in this case have to agree with Judy Murray and branded the so-called ‘world-renowned hunter’ Larysa Switlyk (who calls herself a “professional huntress and angler”) a “twisted sicko”.

“Beautiful wild goat here on the Island of Islay in Scotland,” Ms Switlyk wrote in a post on Instagram on Monday, alongside a picture of her posing with one of the animals she had killed.”

“Such a fun hunt! They live on the edge of the cliffs of the island and know how to hide well. We hunted hard for a big one for two days and finally got on this group,” she added.

“Made a perfect 200 yard shot and dropped him. Good thing too because he could have ran off the cliff into the water.”

Ms Switlyk also posted a picture of another member of her hunting party posing with a dead wild goat, congratulating him on carrying out a “gold medal” kill during the trip.

What can we expect next from this moron?

Pics of her wandering around suburban Glasgow, picking off wandering dogs and cats?

Or maybe squirrels?

Maybe her next big event will be “Larysa Switlyk drowns kittens in a bucket!

She can claim she used her years of experience to set a cunning trap to lure them in, then risked her own life by grabbing them bare-handed and…

WATCH OUT GUYS… RUN!!! LARYSA’S COMING!

Kitten Bucket

Kitten Bucket

Outrage after ‘sickening’ US hunting trip on Scottish island

Anger after ‘hardcore huntress’ shoots goat on Scottish island

US TV host blasted after hunting goats on Scots island

I’ve no problem with guns (well I do, the Scottish Government won’t let me have any just for fun), or with hunting if carried out responsibly and sustainably, as part of the managed environment.

But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it, and this is just wrong.

Given our guns laws, I’m slightly surprised there haven’t been questions about how she managed to bring the sort of weapons she appears to own into the country.

After all, most of our gun clubs have had to close in recent years due to increasingly strict legislation, and there have been problems with competitive target shooters even bringing their firearms into the country for competitions, even though the most endangered thing they will be taking aim at is a paper target, or similar.

At the time of writing, all the Scottish media sources say they have reached out to the brave Ms Switlyk, but none had received any response.

Brave Larysa Switlyk

Brave Larysa Switlyk

 

Brave Larysa Switlyk

Brave Larysa Switlyk

 

Brave Larysa Switlyk

Brave Larysa Switlyk

 

Brave Larysa Switlyk

Brave Larysa Switlyk

 

Brave Larysa Switlyk

Brave Larysa Switlyk

Update

You can’t stand in judgement of someone if this is your response!

US TV star ‘gets death threats’ after hunting goats

Especially since it opens the door for them to ignore the actual issue, change the subject, and hit back as if THEY were the victim.

Goat kill hunter attacks ‘ignorant people’

Sadly, I can’t comment, or offer an opinion or review, of the comments reported to have appeared on Twitter from Glaswegians. The tools I use to avoid being tracked online, and to block all social media won’t let them appear in the article given, and I’m far too lazy to tweak them manually.

‘Give them a wee Glasgow kiss goodbye’ The city reacts to the hunters on Islay

Found a video of her online, before she dyed her hair blonde.

Vicious goat attack and terrible trauma must have left her with mental scars, and need to get revenge on goats!

Update 2

BASC logo

Interesting, and probably not surprising that this fiasco reached the BASC (British Association for Shooting and Conservation).

I should probably have been a bit more alert, and had a look for this, but did catch it later as it was featured by The Scotsman.

Larysa Switlyk’s decision to post pictures of herself with a dead goat she shot on Islay appears to glorify the death of an animal and gives the wrong impression about shooting, writes Garry Doolan of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

If you look beyond the sensationalist headlines and extremist rhetoric, there are plenty of organisations like the BASC jumping in to explain the use of shooting for the essential control of feral goats. Our members expect no less of us and it is right and proper that we highlight the importance of lawful and legitimate methods of population control.

There is a ‘sweet spot’ for maintaining sustainable population levels and visiting fieldsports tourists in Scotland have a crucial role to play in maintaining that balance. An alternative to such population management could be that many animals may starve to death in the harsh winter ahead.

But it is a much tougher ask for us to defend photographs that give the impression of glorying in the death of an animal.

Garry Doolan: Goat hunter Larysa Switlyk let down shooting community

 

25/10/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | 3 Comments

Two stories that unfortunately coincided yesterday

I thought it was sad to see a story about Orange Moron taking us closer to disaster on the same day we heard of the death of a real hero who saved us from going down that road.

 

Donald Trump: US will build up nuclear arsenal

 

Joachim Ronneberg: Norwegian who thwarted Nazi nuclear plan dies

 

I’m not generally at a loss for words to express my feelings about many subjects, but this Orange Moron does quite a good job of bringing this about.

 

Maybe this reminder of the current time shown by the Doomsday Clock for 2018 is appropriate.

 

2018 Doomsday Clock 2 Minutes To Midnight

 

The last time it got down to 2 minutes was 1953!

 

The best it has been was 1991, when The United States and Soviet Union signed the first Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I), and the Soviet Union dissolved on December 26.

 

See:

2018 Doomsday Clock Statement, Science and Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

23/10/2018 Posted by | Cold War, military, World War II | , , , | Leave a comment

The Orange Moron has actually aged quite well

I had no idea Trump was so old.

This pic of him on a night out with his mates shows he must have sold his soul long, long ago.

(Love the detail – check out the head of the figure with its back to the artist.)

Probably a planning meeting to set up a new world order.

Orange Moron Night Out

Orange Moron Night Out

PS.

Makes a great desktop wallpaper 😀

17/10/2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

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