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  • Tilbury Docks: Man dies after 35 found in container

    08/24/2014 8:03:53 PM PDT · 33 of 33
    Peter Libra to BenLurkin; Zeppo
    Computer has been down at my end for a week.

    Lorry (truck) drivers McLaughlin and Murphy both aged 34 years old were charged . This in the death of a Sikh man in the container. They were arraigned at Chelmsford, Essex and will appear in November at Basildon, Essex. Both from Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

  • Tilbury Docks: Man dies after 35 found in container

    08/17/2014 9:44:38 AM PDT · 29 of 33
    Peter Libra to BenLurkin
    Just in on Canadian television. Identification of persons in the container.

    Sikhs from Afghanistan.

  • Tilbury Docks: Man dies after 35 found in container

    08/16/2014 7:37:39 PM PDT · 26 of 33
    Peter Libra to Peter Libra
    Whoops! Should read

    Your post #23.

  • Tilbury Docks: Man dies after 35 found in container

    08/16/2014 7:34:30 PM PDT · 25 of 33
    Peter Libra to MD Expat in PA; BenLurkin
    Your post #123 of much interest to me. This is a FWIW observation on my part. The French authorities very cleverly decided on the system of a holding camp for "refugees". The Spanish, Australians, and Italians use this means of desperately trying to hold down illegal immigration. This you will probably know.

    The French built a huge holding camp at Sangatti, quite close to the Channel tunnel. Nudge nudge and wink wink; persons utterly fed up with confinement, get themselves on lorries (trucks) and the conveyances to England via, the tunnel. Now there is controversy as another great holding camp may be built at Calais. It is the nearest land point to England. England filled to the gills now, kind as my own people can be, it is a problem.

    In Canada, the lowest crime rate amongst immigrants is Austrian, German and Indian. What a mix! (laughs). I have found locally, an almost incredible desire to fit in and be polite to all, by people from India.

    I am aware of the long occupation by Britain over India..... that is another story.

  • Tilbury Docks: Man dies after 35 found in container

    08/16/2014 10:59:02 AM PDT · 9 of 33
    Peter Libra to Lurker
    A timely reminder of this work "The Camp of the Saints" by Jean Raspail. First edition Lafont SA 1973.I have my copy to hand, printed by The Social Contract Press of Petoskey, Michigan. I travelled the 90 miles to get it and enjoy their "Gas Light District".

    The author has been lambasted by the usual suspects prior to more recent events. He was called a racist and of utter "fantasy". The cover shows people in blankets on a shore with a rust bucket freighter off shore.

    Yet about fifteen years after the publication, a rust bucket German freighter anchored off Nova Scotia, Canada. The Pakistani passengers were almost to riot conditions in Germany. The Germans had them in a holding camp. Full room and board and waiting process.

    They paid money and were off loaded into life boats. The Captain sailed away. Just like the cover of my copy, they were given blankets. A Canadian news crew interviewed the spokesman for the group. The news man said that "surely you are not refugees," reasoning this, because Germany is not a violent country. The spokesman said they had just come from the Indian Ocean from India. He kept saying in a high pitched voice "Are you calling me a liar?"

    The newsman appeared intimidated. I still don't know what the 250 "refugees" finally did, probably stayed and complain about Canadians failing to adhere to THEIR cultural practices. (laughs).

    Up in Great Lakes country and nothing has hit here- yet! Local academic institutions absolutely euphoric about "overseas students" picking the city to study. Profiles in the local press. So it goes!

    A bit of a ramble, but I have not posted for five days.

  • Actor Robin Williams Dead at 63: Marin County Sheriff’s Office

    08/11/2014 8:06:19 PM PDT · 182 of 194
    Peter Libra to blondee123
    Your post #118.

    If you've never felt the emptiness & hopelessness of depression, consider yourself very fortunate.

    I like to relate the experience of the late Sir Winston Churchill. I am not sure what years he was referring to. Churchill referred to his depression as "black dog". For when he woke up in the morning he said "it was like a large black dog sitting on his chest".

    If there is anything some us can impart to deal with depression, it is in a good cause. No drugs for me, my generation never took 'em. Not that we youngsters were any better than any other generation, just that drugs did not generally exist. Talking about the 1940's and 1950's.

    I was proscribed Zoloft. The results scared the living daylights out of me. Got off them double quick. I just shake off the blahs on arising and get going. First to the coffee shop. Set myself tasks to be done. Walk my dog over at the park etc. Well, I should quit right here. Not to forget condolences to fans of the late Robin Williams. Loved "Mrs. Doubt fire".

    I should mention the death of old soldier of WW2. He was Charlie Payne, 89 years of age. He was the President's uncle. His sister was Madlyn Payne Dunham, the mother of Stanley Ann Dunham. He was in the opening up of a concentration camp, Ohrdruf in Germany. What he saw he never forget. He was quite successful in returning to civilian life.

    Excuse the ramble everyone!

  • The Nixon Resignation at 40

    08/07/2014 1:21:22 PM PDT · 17 of 24
    Peter Libra to ifinnegan; Kaslin
    Nixon was a Quaker, if I'm recalling correctly.

    Though from Canada via England, it could be said I did not "have a dog in the hunt". I was drawn to the drama of the Nixon demise. It seemed to me that the press were like hyenas and jackals. I shook my head and wondered what Dick Nixon really had done. I still wonder; though presumably in technical terms he did commit an offense. How easy for him to have turned away and gravely said "Do not mention this to me again, seek the proper counsel".

    I try to avoid Woodward and Bernstein when they appear on television, milking the past for all they are worth. Have they no shame?

    Nixon evoked his Quaker mother, whom he said was a saint. "If you hate those who hate you, then they have won." This on his resignation. For me, that is President Nixon's epitaph.

  • How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations

    08/07/2014 1:05:23 PM PDT · 22 of 23
    Peter Libra to 2ndDivisionVet
    Highly interesting to me.

    I was amused at the description "diddly bop" for an intercept operator. If you avoided the mostly shift work of intercept, then it was good for your health. Of course being a Marine could also be very hazardous, that I will concede.

    Cordially.

  • How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations

    08/07/2014 12:08:36 PM PDT · 20 of 23
    Peter Libra to butterdezillion; 2ndDivisionVet
    Who is GCHQ? Under what guise is the regime doing this crap?

    Glad to see your posts up on FR. I was happy to see the run down on my old employer.

    Nothing much to boast of, but it was my hometown's chief employer circa 1951. At 19 years of age and out of the Royal Signals National Service, I needed a job. Pretty much routine stuff. They were observing commercial morse messages at high speed. They wanted to know who was delivering strategic materials to the Iron Curtain countries.

    The biggest laugh of all was that two Brooklyn American citizens lived right up the road from me. They posed as the Krogers, New Zealand nationals. The Russians controlled them and they spied on the GCHQ. House full of wireless equipment.

    Finally caught and outed as the Cohens. I always consider it cloak and dagger stuff. Spy vs Spy. (Who knows? Swapped after a few years in a British Prison. Their final punishment was really harsh. Had to spend the rest of their days in Moscow.

    I have never been to Brooklyn, but I can imagine how friendly and the nice restaurants and pubs are there. Cohens must have missed their old haunts.

  • EXCLUSIVE! MARY TYLER MOORE: THE END - INSIDE HER TRAGIC DEATHBED SCENE

    08/05/2014 7:18:06 PM PDT · 85 of 93
    Peter Libra to liberalh8ter; Maceman
    On the National Enquirers picture and article, you stated:

    She deserves better than that.

    I have hesitated to post on this thread, on a glorious summer evening in Great Lakes country. Well here goes. My wife is just a year younger than Mary Tyler Moore, I am older. First I must thank the posters for the excellent still shots of Mary. Our first impressions of North America were exactly these images on the old black and white T/V.

    One day the very (fill in the blank) persons behind National Enquirer will face their quietus. Sure, the First Amendment to the Constitution is one of the finest things created on God's green earth. Just temper it with empathy and decency and it works beautifully.

    This the National Enquirer does not do. Indeed it is just the opposite and one recalls the outing of Tiger Woods. His private indiscretions with another woman. I will now echo the biggest liberal coup during the McCarthy Hearings.

    Have you no shame Senator? Have you no shame?

    One could ask this of the National Enquirer. One day, each and every one of them will get theirs. Excuse this ramble everyone.

  • Former Archbishop of Canterbury: “Islam is reviving British values”

    08/04/2014 8:58:06 PM PDT · 38 of 45
    Peter Libra to BlatherNaut
    Feeding the crocodile, in the hope that it will eat you last.

    Roughly quoted and attributed to Winston Churchill.

  • Lights go out across Britain, 100 years on from WW1

    08/04/2014 8:06:27 PM PDT · 19 of 25
    Peter Libra to Peter Libra

    Whoops! War years of 1939-1945.

  • Lights go out across Britain, 100 years on from WW1

    08/04/2014 8:05:04 PM PDT · 18 of 25
    Peter Libra to Tailgunner Joe
    Always liked the film "All Quiet On The Western Front" based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque. Lew Ayres had the lead.

    I have read over the verse and pause and once again to damn that war. I know of the raw deal that followed the armistice, for returning soldiers. Politicians had made many promises. Unemployment was rife in England. I do remember the many veterans of that awful war during the war years of 1930-1945. Naturally the talk was all about the "boys' serving at that time.

    As a child I remember how it seemed that nobody wanted to hear the stories of the "Old Contemptibles". The British Expeditionary Force to France. The Kaiser had been deliberately misquoted, to have people believe he meant Britain had a "contemptible little army". Of course, the propaganda against Germany in Britain was deliberate and a tactic.

    I remember the glances on the buses at the time on seeing certain older men who twitched and jerked. "Shell shock" was the whisper. I knew my maternal grandfather who was called up in 1916. He was in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He never claimed any heroics. Nobody would listen to him about that war, being all too engrossed in current events.

    How easily were those veterans forgotten, though that is my view.

  • Prayer request for onyx's husband [Updates: 729, 841, 893, 911, 1108, 1171, 1222, 1390, 1501, 1575]

    08/03/2014 9:27:34 AM PDT · 1,913 of 1,923
    Peter Libra to Jim Robinson

    A prayer for Onyx from up Canada way. I know by her previous posts she is a most thoughtful and caring person.

  • Poll: 69% of Americans think the border kids should stay if it’s not safe for them to return home

    07/29/2014 10:02:14 AM PDT · 13 of 40
    Peter Libra to Peter Libra
    Whoops!.Should read.

    To personally guarantee residence, medical care etc. for JUST ONE of these children.

  • Poll: 69% of Americans think the border kids should stay if it’s not safe for them to return home

    07/29/2014 9:56:56 AM PDT · 8 of 40
    Peter Libra to SeekAndFind
    To personally guarantee residence, medical care etc. for these children.

    How many volunteers?

    Could it be claimed, that the number of kind souls would be considerably less than 69%?

  • Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed At The White House

    07/22/2014 7:47:09 PM PDT · 19 of 28
    Peter Libra to ilovesarah2012
    To cheapen and besmirch everything and anybody. To attempt to bring everyone to their own level. To attempt to destroy tradition and dignity. A standard that sets an example for the great unwashed to admire. Maybe live up to. This is their goal.

    Forgive the rant. I have Wiser's DeLux rye whisky in hand.

  • Why Didn't Anyone Kill Hitler?

    07/20/2014 7:24:09 PM PDT · 83 of 99
    Peter Libra to x1stcav; WXRGina
    Mao, Stalin, Hitler. Leftists all.

    Fwiw.

    NationalSozialistDeutsheArbeiterPartei
    National Socialist German Workers Party

    Abbreviation. NAZI

    Curious how the left easily float the smear of "Nazi" and "Fascist". This on anyone who offers a dissenting view. Especially one that flies in their face . This is their special weapon.

    As for Adolf Hitler, he nearly got killed in WW1 as a dispatch runner. The German police fired on him and his comrades in the 1920's, as they marched on the government. 23 were killed. Hitler survived and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was let out after one year and the rest is history.

    During WW2, we were cheerfully told that all the German people supported Hitler. The rotten communists in England demanded atrocities to be visited on Germany at the end of the war.

    Fortunately wiser heads prevailed.

  • Pope: Kids Crossing US Border Illegally Should Be ‘Welcomed’

    07/15/2014 3:08:43 PM PDT · 74 of 105
    Peter Libra to nathanbedford; 2ndDivisionVet
    Italy is not known for its benevolence in the reception it accords these Mediterranean boat people.

    I have followed the events on the Island of Lampedusa. You will likely know of this. How lucky some countries are with their geographical location. The would be "asylum seekers" are put on this island and there are fences to hold them in. So angered are some of those so awaiting a decision, they have broken fences and rioted. The, no doubt harmless and innocent islanders, have had their lives changed. Women dare not walk alone after dark. Houses have been entered.

    Still, the very fact of being stuck in a compound probably reduces the numbers. Those who would come with expectations of immediate good living- for free.

    The Italians are certainly nobody's fools in this matter.

  • The Foul Tornado: On the centenary of World War I (Outstanding Read)

    07/14/2014 6:31:37 PM PDT · 32 of 44
    Peter Libra to Eric in the Ozarks
    I used to walk through this peaceful silent city and wonder what sort of man he was, his life cut so short.

    You may have this information but there is a very fine and detailed record of Walter in Ancestry.com

    Somehow I was intrigued and checked it out. There he was in various census. Born Eagle Creek, Scott, Minnesota - the 1910 census tells us of his parents. Jacob 59 yrs. and Kate 47 yrs. A farmer with his own farm. Kate born in Canada and Jacob born in Illinois. Both their fathers ironically were born in Germany.

    Walter is 17 yrs. and has five siblings all younger. His letter written as a soldier while training in Texas is shown. Also a photograph in his uniform. The telegram telling of his remains being returned is shown. A bit of a ramble on my part, but thought it might interest posters on this thread.

  • The Foul Tornado: On the centenary of World War I (Outstanding Read)

    07/14/2014 6:19:32 PM PDT · 31 of 44
    Peter Libra to conservatism_IS_compassion
    Thank you for this post.

    My paternal grandfather enlisted early in 1915. He spent most of the war as a prisoner of war. His regiment was the famous "Buffs". The Germans were being slowly starved themselves by the blockade and thus prisoners suffered. He died when I was only four years old and I never knew him. He never really recovered, nor did his country enable him to ever work steadily afterward.

  • Eric Holder Blasts Sarah Palin, Says Some Obama Critics Are Racists

    07/13/2014 7:22:06 PM PDT · 58 of 59
    Peter Libra to Eleutheria5

    I still like Sarah best!

  • Britain's Lost Freedoms: 'We're Living in a Madhouse'

    07/11/2014 7:48:16 PM PDT · 20 of 22
    Peter Libra to B4Ranch
    Quite the eye opener and thanks for the post.

    We will all hang together, or assuredly we will all hang apart.


    Benjamin Franklin.

  • Britain's Lost Freedoms: 'We're Living in a Madhouse'

    07/11/2014 7:44:56 PM PDT · 19 of 22
    Peter Libra to robowombat
    Coming soon to the US.

    I do not doubt that this menace of political correctness, which has sunk fear into honest men is a looming possibility. I will quote William Pitt, Earl of Chatham who opposed the attack of America. This invasion was at the behest of George 111, born of German parents and descended from the German monarchs.

    William Pitt the Elder to the Parliament, circa 1777.

    You cannot, I venture to say it, you cannot conquer America. If foreign troops landed in my country I would never lay down my arms, never, never, never.

    He was referring to the mercenaries from Germany called the Hessians who supported British troops. What I am trying to say, is that quoting Edmund Burke :

    All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

    Surely these politically correct (expletive) manipulative swines can be cut off at the pass, so to speak.

  • US Embassy in London Flies Rainbow Flag

    07/11/2014 12:35:40 PM PDT · 15 of 16
    Peter Libra to Randall_S
    A shame of course. What I would like to know is this. What are the actual percentages of Americans or Canadians, for that matter who truly support showing blatant homosexual icons? I know that in certain polls, the respondent may not like to be seen in a negative light. This means they do not answer truthfully.

    Our City Council up in Northern Ontario refused to fly the homosexual colours over City Hall. This during the Toronto "Gay Pride" world parades. We got away with it, maybe no one noticed. Yesterday, the sometimes errant Mayor of Toronto got in their face again. There was a call to order at the City Council meeting. Councillors were exhorted to stand up and give a standing ovation to congratulate the "World Pride" organizers. Up they all got, like good little boys and girls.

    Except Mayor Rob Ford.

    A great hissy fit was then had by all.

  • Another town bans detention of illegal unaccompanied minors, CNN anchor nearly loses her mind

    07/10/2014 11:42:03 AM PDT · 30 of 71
    Peter Libra to polymuser
    She's Canadian, eh.

    Is Canada taking some of these very needy children?

    Banfield, yes is Canadian and born in cold Winnipeg, Manitoba 1967. She became an American citizen in 2008. Ah well..... Canadians did give another Winnipeg lady to the United States and they loved her. Deanna Durbin, actress of the 1940's. Lovely graceful person.

    I remember the debacle about 20 years ago on the shores of Nova Scotia. The cunning German sea captain, got an old rust bucket and whitewashed the hold. He packed about 124 Pakistanis who were penned up in a holding area in Germany. The Germans were not about to let them in.

    He took his currency and off loaded them in lifeboats and took off. The Canadian television people pointed out that they were not refugees, because German is minority friendly. The arrogant spokesman for the group said the ship had come from the Indian ocean. "Are calling me a liar"? he kept saying.

    I never did find out what happened to them. I did buy a copy of "Camp of the Saints" later. And the author was accused of fantasy and racism.

  • David Cameron: UK Parliament is Too White

    07/07/2014 6:59:40 PM PDT · 13 of 13
    Peter Libra to Perdogg; Berlin_Freeper
    when is he stepping aside for a person of colour?

    I have viewed the ranting of an Imam in England. Quoth he "One day the black flag of Islam will fly over Buckingham Palace." Now there is the very Prime Minister David Cameron talking this politically correct kow tow. Not for him the exploits in the field of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The sending of 9000 fanatical Dervish to their doom at Omdurman in the Sudan. Churchill was there.

    If the black flag of Islam should fly over Buckingham Palace in Cameron's life time, he will survive. Chief of staff of those cleaning the parliamentary toilets.

    Just damn!

  • New York Newsday's Lane Filler: We should let immigrant kids in

    07/05/2014 11:50:42 AM PDT · 25 of 41
    Peter Libra to SeekAndFind
    I am aware of the long and sometimes desperate struggle with the bureaucracy both in Canada and the United States. This by established naturalized citizens to bring over relatives whom they totally will support. Credit to the authorities if they do not wish a burden on the native taxpaying population. Does seem a bit hard though.

    One take on it, to deal with the lighter side, is that which was stated by Rush Limbaugh. Mr. Limbaugh quoted sweet Nancy Pelosi, a highly placed person. Mrs. Pelosi, on seeing some of the young children said " I could take some of them home". This being a sort of warm and caring statement often made elsewhere.

    Mr Limbaugh then said:

    "Then why doesn't she? " and he repeated this. Not that easy for Mrs. Pelosi, I would think.

  • Michelle Obama In Hot Water Over Racial Slur

    06/27/2014 10:03:35 AM PDT · 60 of 61
    Peter Libra to Republican Wildcat
    Your clip much appreciated here. I watched it with my liberal/socialist spouse (bless her). Absolutely hilarious. The real Romany in England were very contemptuous of outsiders and used the epithet "Gorgio" to describe those of the general population.

    If ever anyone was prejudiced and I suppose bigoted, it was George Henry Borrow's Romany. Today, having been "protected" by the politically correct, by being called "travellers" they are thus lumped in with others. People who live off the taxpayer and plague neighbourhoods. Fortunately the record keeping by census since 1841 every ten years, identifies imposters claiming Gypsy heritage.

  • Michelle Obama In Hot Water Over Racial Slur

    06/26/2014 9:05:00 PM PDT · 36 of 61
    Peter Libra to 2ndDivisionVet; kingattax
    After everything she's done, this is what she's in "hot water" for?

    I am most encouraged that, while there is disquiet some persons have over the First Lady, she has her defenders here. The biggest laugh about the term Gypsies is from England. The politically correct brigade,decided the word was insulting. They instituted the word "travellers" to designate parasitical wanderers who camped on public parks. The actual Romany descendants objected to the designation "traveller" applied to them.

    The joker was that only 5000 to 7000 real Romany exist in England today. The other 90,000 are persons in caravans and campers who never work. They settle on nice parks and leave filth and debris and move on. They get funds from the government, as do the indigent in the city.

    The old traditional Gypsies of George Henry Borrow's biographies, like the name Gypsy. They would prefer Romany though.

  • Rachel Jeantel: “I’m still standing.”

    06/24/2014 9:49:46 AM PDT · 48 of 49
    Peter Libra to Popman
    Your post #11.

    Grandfather of three here, I note your comments and took the liberty of accessing your "about".

    Yes, being a Grandad does make one inclined to look kindly on certain young people and I am sincere here. Life can be very hard and challenging for those that do not have a lot of control.

    Others may have to excuse the ramble of mine (chuckle).

  • A largely Indian victory in World War II, mostly forgotten in India

    06/23/2014 8:28:09 PM PDT · 23 of 27
    Peter Libra to cold start
    Thank you indeed for this post. I immediately went to my store of books and pulled out this one.

    Straight On For Tokio.
    Lieutenant-Colonel O.G.W. White, DSO.
    Gale & Polden Ltd. Aldershot 1948.

    It was about my Dad's old regiment, 2nd Battalion Dorsets. The old 54th of foot. They fought a rearguard action to help get men off to safety at Dunkirk. It was with their Indian comrades that they dueled it out with the Japanese at Kohima.

    I always remember in WW2 there was disappointment by the troops. This was at the news coverage about the 14th Army in Burma. The tremendous excitement at the defeat of Germany seemed to overshadow the gallant men of the British Army. The Dorsets took their heaviest loss at Kohima.

    Your enemy was in your face in those days. Today, soldiers are faced with a different type of warfare. They too, will be written about with pride in future years.

  • WorldPride kicks off in Toronto

    06/22/2014 11:08:37 AM PDT · 15 of 17
    Peter Libra to Peter Libra
    Whoops! my error. I had meant to state

    I wonder why in the name of heaven, do these pride persons not just get on with what they are now allowed to do?

  • WorldPride kicks off in Toronto

    06/22/2014 10:01:26 AM PDT · 14 of 17
    Peter Libra to JudyinCanada; rickmichaels
    Your point well taken by me. Although I have to say that they must have lots of "bread" to spend ten days in Toronto. Unless they can stay for free.

    In the meantime a battery of publicity on Canadian Television, including cries about persecution. A mans voice rasped about the "Neo-Nazis" in Sweden. A figure was given about these pride persons numbering two and a half million being abused in the world. For one second, I thought the voice claimed in billions- could not be though.

    Thank heavens this all has a shelf life. Toronto and it's subservience to the safe and politically correct,can get on with the delights of summer. I simply wonder why in the name of heaven, do these pride persons just get on with what they are now allowed to do?

    Something radically wrong with the militants, I fear.

  • Retiree, 89, Held for Trial as Auschwitz Guard

    06/21/2014 7:45:10 PM PDT · 121 of 149
    Peter Libra to re_tail20
    FWIW.

    I now wished I had not done my homework and stumbled on this book.

    Deliverance Day. The Last Hours at Dachau.
    Michael Selzer.
    Lippincott. 1978.

    It could even be said that Breyer was lucky to have been at Auschwitz and not Dachau. For there the homicidal SS quickly decamped at the approaching advance of the Americans. 152 regular German soldiers in a barracks close by, were quickly pressed into service as camp guards. I will not dwell on the rest.

    I can only quote the immortal bard.

    Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn.
    Robert Burns.

  • WorldPride kicks off in Toronto

    06/20/2014 8:02:56 PM PDT · 7 of 17
    Peter Libra to JudyinCanada; lightman
    I wonder what some of these people do for a living, what is their gainful employment? Perhaps money "grows on trees" and times are different. In my emigration to Canada in 1955, I found myself in Toronto after a spell in Nova Scotia in 1956.

    Friendly city, but if you did not have a job you were really up the proverbial creek. I saw the down side of Toronto up close. My bet is that most of them do not hold down a steady job. I stand corrected though if not the case.

  • Retiree, 89, Held for Trial as Auschwitz Guard

    06/19/2014 9:29:44 PM PDT · 118 of 149
    Peter Libra to Albion Wilde
    Thanks for the comment!

    Come to think of it, I was an 18 year old conscript in National Service 1950. I became quickly acquainted with the Non Commissioned Officer of the British variety. A very few were socio-paths, detested and feared. One could not even move a muscle on one's face in those days. A charge of dumb insubordination could be levelled.

    The name behind that type of bully's back was pronounced "Basstud", with a hiss on the first four letters. The only thing that kept them from absolute abuse was the KRRS- Kings Rules and Regulations.

    There was nothing to be done but to "grin and bear it". To even whine was to invite reprisals. God help the poor conscript that one of these men had it in for. Perhaps this explains my views and it might be subconscious.

    Ok, enough of a sort of vanity here. I beg the mods indulgence. My Dad was a Dunkirk veteran and got the DCM in an action against the Panzers in Belgium 1940.

  • US Republic now gone—Fully replaced by Dictatorship

    06/19/2014 10:45:56 AM PDT · 24 of 41
    Peter Libra to skinkinthegrass
    Sher Zieve is an attractive American lady. There are a number of Americans who contribute to Canada Free Press. People are quite right however in that persons such as Sher have to watch their step. I notice that a blog called "Right Wing Watch" studies her output. Canada Free Press is under a watch of the usual suspects in Canada. Some nasty things said about Judi Mcleod.

    We all have to be a little careful methinks! (chuckle).

  • Retiree, 89, Held for Trial as Auschwitz Guard

    06/19/2014 9:52:42 AM PDT · 108 of 149
    Peter Libra to Mastador1
    Your post #41.

    .....how about have we gotten all the Japanese prison guards.....

    I did not have the information in detail on a hitherto generally ignored horror story. I did my homework.

    Crimes of War
    Sheldon H. Harris.

    I did remember reading about a chief perpetrator of these horrible war crimes. He was the head of a major pharmaceutical company I take the liberty of roughly quoting Mr Harris. 27% of POW died in their camps. The "evil" German POW camps saw 4% dying of allied prisoners. Horrible experiments were carried out on American prisoners by Japanese doctors. This resulted in agony and often death.

    Quoting Mr Harris on the perpetrators. "..... and many enjoyed distinguished careers in post war Japan". I had read that the chief figure in this camp of horrors, ended up as the head of a pharmaceutical company in Japan.

    No damn justice.

  • Retiree, 89, Held for Trial as Auschwitz Guard

    06/18/2014 8:48:56 PM PDT · 87 of 149
    Peter Libra to HiTech RedNeck
    Your comment of the German people and Hitler.

    The country at large did not know he was regularly blowing his top by this time.

    There were propaganda films and I have seen them. The Nazi films showed fairly reasonable conditions and even had concerts within the camps. Some say that terrible things then happened, because of the war going against Germany. Of course the idea putting people into camps was a horrible thing. Of course, the propaganda war was one which was considered essential to Britain's war effort. Orwell himself was perturbed as a part of it. He salved his conscience by saying one had to do it, to defeat Hitler.

    We, in England were told that all Germans supported the war and they were going to get what they deserved. Thank God, that at the end of the war, America decreed that the guilty would be punished, the innocent to be allowed human decency.

    That is another story.

  • Retiree, 89, Held for Trial as Auschwitz Guard

    06/18/2014 8:24:57 PM PDT · 78 of 149
    Peter Libra to wideawake
    SS concentration camp guards were not conscripts. I find this may be a moot point. Initially if an individual was impressed into service, I would call him a conscript. Your point seems to be that once given a choice, the individual had a choice.

    That choice could be serving in the Army on active service or (it is said) a concentration camp guard. At first the propaganda of the authorities was that these camps were a work camp. This was to allay suspicions. This by the unfortunate people who were then sent to these camps. Of course, once the system was in place, we in England became aware of the atrocities. I saw the films in 1944.

    I offer that a 19 year old could not have known of the horror within. By then it was too late. My problem is of knowing just how many of any population would dare to go in the face of psychopaths. If those thugs could destroy them. Not too many, I fear.

    Of course most present day Germans would have stood up to the Gestapo. (s)

  • Retiree, 89, Held for Trial as Auschwitz Guard

    06/18/2014 8:03:00 PM PDT · 65 of 149
    Peter Libra to wideawake
    I wasn't giving you orders (though you clearly are a fan of SS men who "just followed" them) but -advice that it is also my First Amendment right to offer.

    I will concede your point and it is well taken here. I will certainly have to do some research on the plight of teen- age conscripts in war. What bothers me is the actual experience of a human being. The utter hypocrisy of present day Germany fools most people. They do so grovel to prove how anti-Nazi they are.

    I will end by the observation that whole populations may be paralyzed by some wicked authority. Not so America of the Founding Fathers. We will see just how far authority can go in America today. Just how many patriots will arise, if and when authority persecutes a segment of society.

    Excuse the rant.

  • Retiree, 89, Held for Trial as Auschwitz Guard

    06/18/2014 7:33:35 PM PDT · 44 of 149
    Peter Libra to wideawake
    When you know nothing about a topic, you should probably keep your mouth shut.

    Lovely stuff. I am all for the free wheeling discussions on FR. There is such a thing as the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. How I do envy America. Yep, free to tell me to keep my mouth shut, love it!

    Of course, I myself have experienced how many brave souls intervene against any brutality. Very few. See some thugs beating up on someone and then see how many intervene. How many dared stand against the unspeakable brutality in those camps?

    Oh, and by the way the old Luftwaffe nearly shut my mouth in 1941. Pity. ( please excuse, I have Smirnoff to hand, on a delightful summer evening.)

  • Retiree, 89, Held for Trial as Auschwitz Guard

    06/18/2014 7:10:08 PM PDT · 27 of 149
    Peter Libra to madison10

    I wonder what the average Joe in any country would have said to the psychopathic Gestapo in 1940? This when he was a 19 year old and told to become a guard.
    Ah yes, got a machine gun and slaughtered the bloody lot, I suppose.

  • The 'Transgender Tipping Point' to Censorship

    06/13/2014 9:26:55 PM PDT · 25 of 62
    Peter Libra to Kaslin
    I happened to glance on an article sympathetic to the "plight" of transgender persons. The old horror prefix with which they have damned anyone who dares question, is used.

    Transphobia

    One wonders why these people do not just stay quiet and get on with their lives?.

  • Casey Kasem's Wife Wins Court Order to Restore His Feeding and Fluids as He Clings to Life

    06/10/2014 10:17:02 AM PDT · 30 of 80
    Peter Libra to jacquej
    But, I know you all mean well.

    Yes,I completely agree. I hope to be excused on this thread for a bit of a ramble. It was only yesterday that I glanced at the local paper up in Ontario, Canada. I just sloughed off a column titled.

    Make end-of-life decisions while you still can

    I take the liberty of quoting a paragraph. "But unconscious patients, or those with Alzheimer's or dementia, can present difficult issues for families and health care providers with regard to consent to medical treatment". Much detail is provided about the ramifications of complicated legal actions and so on. This of course, must be of great stress to all concerned. Not to speak of the legal costs. A specific case was also written about in depth. (Alan Shanoff. The Sault Star (Sault Ste Marie).

    Ok. Your post had me hike out the section from the recycle box. I have read it over as it deserves to be read. I am 82 years old and my wife is 76 years. We both seem to be "with it" except for some memory lapses. I admire your compassion and careful thought. I understand also anyone that will rebut your decision.

    I looked across at my wife and informed her of what we must do. We HAVE to talk, I said. Thanks to what you have posted.

  • Bundy's son: (Las Vegas) Cop killers kicked off ranch

    06/09/2014 9:08:19 PM PDT · 34 of 41
    Peter Libra to xzins
    My spouse happened to have the Anderson Cooper show on. I usually tune this kind of offering out. I did see the byline, which drew the Cliven Bundy Ranch into the senseless tragedy. His guest was one Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center. I noticed another guest with an intensely pained look on his face.

    Classic liberal smear in action here. Guilt by association. They do not miss a chance. On and on they went drawing a picture of the extreme right and it's menace.

    I would like to see Potok and Cooper stroll unannounced in Chicago. This down Jackson on the South Side of Chicago at night. They might get a surprise.

  • Working to free all Guantanamo prisoners’ tweet from account of released soldier’s father deleted

    06/01/2014 12:57:27 PM PDT · 36 of 43
    Peter Libra to Mrs. Frogjerk
    Um, what the hell is going on here? I smell something really bad.

    I will concede that as yet I cannot state categorically, that there seems to be a news black out. I have watched both Canadian and American networks. Certainly they are imbued with the human drama of it all and the persons concerned. Nothing wrong with getting the initial story out. They have done this with the Presidential statement and interviews with the man's family.

    I notice one important item which is repeated; in that the Republicans are asking questions. This on the wisdom of giving up these homicidal men, thus setting a pattern. So far so good. I stand corrected, but nothing about the circumstances of this unfortunate man's capture. If I am right, then evidence exists of a mass self censorship carried on by the MSM.

    Very disturbing indeed.

  • Sudanese woman sentenced to die for Christian faith to be freed, report says

    05/31/2014 7:04:12 PM PDT · 30 of 35
    Peter Libra to Conservative Vet; Kaslin
    Your statement.

    It appears that she is being freed because of the UK Foreign Office applying pressure on the Sudan.

    Splendid news! Out of politeness I will not comment on the White House here. I can only hope some decent soul, did some fast work on this woman's behalf Stateside. Who knows? What I would like to comment on, is the name Omdurman. Scene of the British/Egyptian forces victory over the Sudanese Arabic forces in 1898. Churchill was there riding in the Cavalry. Possibly one of the last battles in which the forces of Islam took the field. Although they did fight in WW1 in the Middle East and were defeated by Lord Allenby's forces.

    This seems to be another victory. One for diplomacy.

  • Supreme Court Says Mich. Can't Block Indian Casino

    05/27/2014 10:11:00 AM PDT · 26 of 61
    Peter Libra to ModelBreaker; BuckeyeTexan
    I do hesitate to hold forth in this matter from up Canada way. We are only 15 miles from the Bay Mills complex in Michigan. I am aware of the well stated pros and cons in this affair.

    Perhaps a little humour will do here to get my observation across. My liberal spouse is the "bus lady" in the Seniors monthly bus trip to Bay Mills Casino from Canada. She broke in with a very English voice, that it is the "bus hostess". All seniors treated like royalty in Michigan (well, almost).

    There is a fairly large Medical Centre there and is open to all. Of course patients would have to have requisite insurance or the good old greenbacks of course. They have an educational facility for young natives also. There is a golf course. Hundreds of non-natives have jobs there within those facilities.

    Not interfering, but a very creditable job has been done overall.