I’ve always liked Boris Johnson — yeah, maybe it’s the Old Boy thing (Eton College was the “brother” school to St. John’s) — but what I like most of all is the predictable way the U.K. Left has responded to his accession to Number 10 Downing Street:
Just note that underneath Johnson’s jovial, stammering, Hooray-Henry exterior, there’s some serious intellect going on. (See here where he talks about Winston Churchill’s oratory.) In other words, he’s the complete opposite of ex-U.S. President (Half-)Black Jesus, underneath whose smooth and urbane exterior… not much was going on.
And if PM Boris can’t get Britishland out of the horrible European Union, the Brits deserve to get everything that happens to them.
June 6, 1944 — We will remember them.
Here’s one of those wealth-envy headlines which makes me want to load up the old AK-47 and take a day trip, not to the offices of the tax-avoiding corporations, but to the offices of the Daily Mail (and not for the first time either):
Big companies avoid £100billion a year in corporate tax thanks to ‘spider’s web’ of British offshore tax havens
- Tax Justice Network ranked 64 countries on the tax avoidance they enabled
- UK outsourced corporate tax haven game to ‘spider’s web’ of offshore territories
- British Virgin Islands, followed by Bermuda and the Cayman Islands topped list
- Network said UK bears the lion’s share of responsibility for the ‘breakdown of the global corporate tax system’
Looks like the Brits are finally doing something right, because anything that breaks down the so-called “global corporate tax system” can only be A Good Thing.
Reminder to the Daily Mail:
- Tax avoidance means not paying unnecessary taxes according to the law
- Tax evasion means not paying the taxes you legally owe.
Then again, if I’m going to be paying an AK-enabled visit to anyone, it should be to the offices of this “Tax Justice Network” crowd. They seem like an evil bunch of assholes.
One of the reasons I love reading C.W. Swanson’s excellent Timewaster blog is that one many occasions, the pictures evoke a tangential thought from me. Here’s one:
And I agree that it’s disgusting. That fine machine gun needs to be mounted on a full-sized Murkin Ford F-150, not that lil’ Jap thing.
I mean, that’s a pretty picture, for sure. But am I the only one who thinks that nickel-plating the utilitarian Ruger SP101 is akin to gold-plating a Willys Jeep?
I think I’ve said before that I know a man who has nearly a dozen SP101 revolvers scattered around his domain: bedroom, bathroom, toilet (!), garage, toolbox, glove box, basement, hall closet and what have you. When I asked him why, his response was simple: “They’ll always work, even if I haven’t cleaned them for five years. And some of ’em, I haven’t.”
Can you imagine that shiny SP101 in a rusty, grungy old tackle box?
We all know that Anthony Hopkins is a wonderful actor — but did anyone know that he was also a musical composer of some note? Fifty years ago, he wrote a waltz, but was always afraid he’d be laughed at, thinking that it was no good.
He was wrong.
Some years ago, he asked pop orchestra leader André Rieu to see if he could play it — and Rieu heard it, loved it, scored it and played it last year at his annual concert in Maastricht, Belgium.
And bravo, Sir Anthony. If you’re going to be a one-hit wonder, it might as well be for this piece as any other. But he’s been writing music all his life — so encore, Maestro.
For those of you who haven’t been to Oleg Volk’s website in a while, please remedy that situation immediately.
Like me, Oleg’s an immigrant-citizen, and like me, he hates almost every gun law; unlike me, he has an incredible feel for classy photography, especially in terms of gun themes:
I’ve known Oleg for over fifteen years, and he’s a good man. Go there and support him.