Saturday, 21 January 2017

'Fake News' Is Now 'Fake Opinion Column'...

Mad as a box of frogs transgender activist Jane Fae is given a column in the 'Guardian' to lambaste the prison service:
One aspect of the story will have sent shivers down the spine of every trans woman reading it: Swift’s friend says the hormones she was taking were abruptly withdrawn when she entered the prison system.
Really? The Prison Service denies you prescription drugs?
Would the prison service care to comment on this? Apparently not: asked a direct question about the issue, it preferred to take refuge in yet more pieties about guidelines...
So, were they hormones prescribed by the NHS or other medical authorities - in which case I agree, this is an outrage - or were they just something this mad old bugger had bought off the internet?

Because I'm pretty sure if it's the latter, we shouldn't be too surprised that the Prison Service stopped him from taking them.

And it's pretty disingenuous to fail to mention their provenance, just so you can work yourself up into a lather of righteous indignation, isn't it?

Hey, At Least They Are Just Asking...

...this time. How long before they demand instead...?

Once upon a time, of course, this would immediately become the story. The agents of the State attempting to silence a fearless warrior of the Fourth Estate. How very dare they!? Let a thousand headlines bloom!

But I guess the reason it didn't get any traction is because all eyes were on the Trump Inauguration. Yes. That must be it. After all, this is just another 'mental health incident'....

Nothing to see here, move along. And put that cameraphone down, citizen!

Friday, 20 January 2017

I Guess 2017 Will Be The Year Of The #Virtuesignaller Again...

The implication being '...but you don't, you tightwads!'
Deborah Robson-Grey, of Welsh Way, Witney, founded Homes4All this winter after seeing people camping out in the town in sub-zero temperatures and learning of many others struggling to find accommodation.
Hmmm, OK....
“I couldn't believe that it was going on in this day and age. I started talking and other people seemed passionate about it straight away.
“We all put suggestions in and realised we didn’t want it to be about a specific group. Everybody should have the right to a roof over their head.
“Before we knew it, about 70 people had sent me private messages offering their support and it just kept exploding.”
How heartwarming! How deserving!
The 49-year-old mum experienced the struggle of finding a property through the council herself in 2016, when she and her 22-year-old daughter tried to find a home in West Oxfordshire.
Following a fall which led to an infection, Ms Robson-Grey had her right leg amputated below the knee, making her housing requirements more specific than most. She and her daughter were moved around several hotels for a series of months before being housed.
Hmmm, I don't see a father/husband mentioned. I wonder why?

Never mind, I'm sure the others are deserving...
Corey Jordan, 22, and Melissa Stratford, 19, are one couple Homes4All is aiming to support, both left with limited options due to difficult relationships with family.
The pair spent about eight months on the streets last year and are now staying with friends, moving from sofa to sofa.
They have two children – Katie, two, and 10-month-old Skye – who were taken into care, and Miss Stratford is pregnant again.
Mr Jordan said: “Me and Melissa don’t have many friends as it is. We don’t even have family. And it’s reached the point that we’ve asked so many people we’re getting close going back on the streets in the cold.
“We just feel powerless and left behind and it feels like people don’t want to listen. We need things like Homes4All because they help our voices be heard.”
We've heard you. And we think your problems are entirely of your own making.

"Ladies And Gentlemen, The President Of The United States.."


Sorry, snowflakes, but he is...

So have your little temper tantrums, but remember - this is exactly how you came to have this state of affairs in the first place. Keep it up, and you pretty much guarantee his second term. Now, if you'll excuse me, there's a man at the door wanting me to sign for this pantechnicon full of popcorn.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

What A Pity She Ran Over His Leg...

...and not his head:
Michael Bagley, defending, said his client had developmental problems and left school without any qualifications.
He said jobless Wilkinson, who led a “wretched later adolescence”, was set to become a dad in July, but had split up with his girlfriend.
Being Liverpudlian is a 'developmental problem', isn't it?

So, They Do Exist...

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said, “A woman who apparently tried to steal a puppy in Eastbourne was rugby tackled by the dog’s owner as she headed off with the dog in her arms.
“The woman is described as white, aged between 30-35, of chubby build, with dark brown shoulder length hair and wearing a cream puffy coat. She spoke in broken English.”
Well, that should worry the police who previously airily dismissed any such suggestions in their usual fashion, shouldn't it?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Pet Owner Of The Year!

A dog owner whose pet staffie bit him during a stand-off with police has been allowed to keep the animal.
I bet the police are delighted!

How did this all start?
James Armstrong-Holmes, prosecuting, said the large white dog, which was not on a lead, became agitated and started barking when it saw the police.
Kelly said he didn't have a lead and then became agitated himself raising his arms and shouting "You're not touching my dog. Shoot me".
Kelly continued to be aggressive and was holding the dog back as it reared up on its hind legs. Mr Armstrong-Holmes said officers tried to calm the defendant and a dog lead and a muzzle were thrown to him.
Kelly managed to put the muzzle onto the dog but then police drew their tasers because of the level of aggression being shown by Kelly.
The prosecutor said "The dog muzzle came off and the dog bit hard into the defendant's right leg and wouldn't let go. It then bit his right hand before the defendant managed to get the muzzle back on."
Jeez! If only the cops wore bodycam, this would be one for 'You've Been Framed'..!
Kelly ,35, of Nettleton House. Thurlby Crescent, Ermine East, Lincoln, admitted being the owner of a dog dangerously out of control as a result of the incident in Keats Close on 9 March 2014. He was fined £750 and the dog was given a conditional destruction order which means it has to be kept on a lead and have a muzzle on when out in public.
The court was told that Kelly originally also faced charges following the incident in which Joanne McCord and a second woman were bitten at Greetwell Quarry but those matters were not pursued after police received witness statements confirming that the animal in the earlier incident was not Kelly's dog.
That dog has never been traced.
Curiouser and curiouser...
Michael Cranmer-Brown, in mitigation, said that Kelly had been to the quarry earlier in the evening where he smoked cannabis and drank wine with Ms McCord and another friend until the incident which resulted in Ms McCord being badly injured.
He said Kelly found himself confronted by armed police with a police helicopter circling overhead as he headed for Keats Close.
"Mr Kelly accepts that he did not cover himself in glory. He had just gone through the unpleasantness of seeing his partner injured and the next thing he is surrounded by armed police. He regrets his behaviour. He was behaving badly and the dog got caught up in it. As a consequence of his behaviour his dog was taken from him."
Even the usual excuses can't save the day here, can they?

Reader, they apparently can:
Mr Cranmer-Brown said a veterinary expert who examined the dog concluded the it is not dangerous (sic).
He said Kelly wants to be reunited with his dog and now intends to move to Wales to be reunited with Ms McCord.