No wonder we rebelled from these guys

Tom Jackson
Aug 21, 2013

With the smug self-assurance of the ignorant, I have taken it for granted that Americans enjoy the worst government in the Western world. My opinion has been shaken by recent news from the United Kingdom, and I'm not even talking about the David Miranda scandal, which demonstrates that a government can carry out kidnapping and theft with impunity. 

The Guardian reports on the case of British businessman Gary Bolton, who made fake bomb detection devices for as little as about $3 that were sold for as much as  $23,000. This is a profit margin that anyone publishing an American newspaper would envy, but it gets better. In spite of the fact that at least some British government officials were well aware that the devices were useless, tax dollars were spent by the government to promote the bomb devices in foreign trade shows. 

Alas, "Made in Britain" isn't always a guarantee of quality, Rolls Royces and Beatles records notwithstanding. Here is a snippet from the Guardian's story, by Robert Booth: "In Thailand, where hundreds of the bogus devices were sold under the brand GT200 for use at police and army checkpoints, human rights campaigners have reported they failed to detect bombs that then killed four people. Hundreds more have been wrongly imprisoned after the fake equipment indicated they had handled explosives."

Bolton has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Tragically, he now suffers from depression, his lawyer told a British judge.

My favorite part of the Guardian's story is the calm British understatement from the opposition politician who has risen to say that all this sounds kind of like a bad idea.

"There are serious questions to be answered by a number of government departments and agencies," says a Labour member of Parliament, Thomas Docherty. "This sort of thing undoubtedly damages our reputation with foreign governments and they are less likely to buy British again."

I say, sir! This is almost unpardonable!

(Hat tip, hagbard celine on Twitter.)

UPDATE: Germany's in the news, too! 'Man in Underpants Partied in Merkel's Jet.' 

 

 

Comments

shucks

Yeah , after a Republican for sure - Obama got what's left.

2cents

Right, so what is left will be destroyed by the democrats since you said there will never be a republican president again : )

shucks

I understood your joke and if you were honest, you'd admit that the Economy has gotten better under Obama.

A Jay Leno joke:

Do you know why the Republicans have an elephant for their symbol?
.....Because it takes a long time to clean up after they pass through.

2cents

We could change the subject but we will never agree. I had to let go of 50% of my people under Obama, I guess you would have to ask them!

shucks

Why should I ask them? You're the guy who got rid of them.

So, why did you get rid of them?

2cents

A 27 year customer/partner moved our work for them to China. They could have it manufactured for less than our cost to make it. I even see that Walmart is starting to feel the pain in the US after they were the biggest promoter of offshore manufacturing. But so many lower income people buy and back Walmart when the family is the richest in the world? They have single handedly brought many US manufactures to their demise.

http://www.techscio.com/richest-...

shucks

A 27 year customer/partner moved our work for them to China.They could have it manufactured for less than our cost to make it.
....................What do you make?

2cents

In the OEM automotive parts business.

shucks

You sound angry at China for preventing you to be as rich as the Waltons.

2cents

Na, China is only being used by US manufacturers to meet pricing that the US consumer desires. But the importers found out a long time ago that they can skim a lot more by doing the importing, then you see why some are doing so much better monetarily. I prefer to employ people and run a profitable business that leaves a legacy. Dollars are nice but they do not make an entrepreneur, I know people who could have retired long ago but still go to work everyday. It is something that gets in your blood and when Obozo said we did not create it, had help I would like to spit on him!!!

The Big Dog's back

"The pricing that the US consumer desires"? What a bunch of hooey. The businesses here wanted more profit, and what better way to do it than by using near slave labor. Prices haven't gone down, only workmanship.

The Hero Zone's picture
The Hero Zone

Let's say that's true. So after 40 years of Democratic rule (comparisons to cities or states aside) and we find ourselves with the same problems, what then? It's the same parties doing the same thing in every election cycle. If Democrats have such an ingenious plan to right the country why aren't they hosting town halls every week to get the message out? The same can be said about Republicans, but I am focusing here on Democrats because they are the same, tired bunch of divisive lookey-heres.

NO PARTY is bothering to get any kind of real message and enlightenment out to constituents. It's all "my program", "my plan", "my figures", knee-jerking, emotive-not-logical-based grandstanding. Do you believe anyone is representing US in the Federal government or are they representing the government TO us? Don't you question why any of them are always limping back home, huffing, and giving a "I'm giving it all I've got, captain!" only to explain how "things really work".

Contango

The Dems have controlled both the House and Senate for far more yrs. than the Repubs.

Senate: D - 49 sessions, R - 41 sessions.

House: D - 55 sessions, R - 35 sessions.

Little wonder that the dopey Dems wanna deflect the blame for the country's mess onto the Repubs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par...

The Big Dog's back

Our worst years though were under Repubs. Now what winnie?

shucks

So after 40 years of Democratic rule (comparisons to cities or states aside) and we find ourselves with the same problems, what then?

.......The Economy is getting better. No need to wait 40 yrs for proof.
How about Ronny Reagan's theory ? That's yet to be proved.

NO PARTY is bothering to get any kind of real message and enlightenment out to constituents.

..............and that would be ???

The Hero Zone's picture
The Hero Zone

One party rule sure is the best way to serve the populace. One party is capable of apparently addressing every point of view and with humility conceding when it is wrong. There is only one way to live, one set of rules to follow, and one party that requires fealty from the populace. Hail the Democrat Master Race! Hail to them who are perfect, who offer a bounteous bosom into which we may rest and from which we may suckle prosperity. Lo! How blind was I that one party actually has all the answers!

shucks

Get your head out of your fantasyland and talk normal.
You sound like a flaming sissy.

Mrjsiah1

I agree. Its funny how everytime he comes on here he is democrats tyhis democrats that and its all negative. Is this the reason he dropped out of the city commission ?

The Hero Zone's picture
The Hero Zone

That makes no sense and it doesn't answer my original question. Since I seem, in your opinion, to only rail against one party please illustrate my bias. Feel free to post quotes of me carrying the Republican banner. 4shizzle made a statement regarding Democrat superiority and offered no follow through. That isn't sufficient. If they are superior, why?

Now as you asked a question I will do the honor of answering. It has nothing to do with political parties since it is a nonpartisan ballot anyway. Even if I was scared of that party why would I drop out? Anyway after being asked by many people I decided to run ten days before the deadline. I gathered more than enough signatures to qualify. However two of the petitions I didn't sign, thus voiding them. This put me below the amount among sundry other signatures. The BoE answered my question of running as a write in with a no. It was offered after continuing to explore options that I could appeal to the state. I declined because there is enough contention with politics already.

However I will not cease attending city council meetings nor participating on committees. Which, I am certain based on your civic concern you too must do regularly. I look forward to your attendance this Monday. That way you can help me to keep my rampant negativity in check. I can't do it alone.

shucks

I don't even know where to start with you.

You didn't answer my question either.

The Hero Zone's picture
The Hero Zone

Normal: one party does not and cannot have all the answers. Pledging to only one party or ideal excludes you from having an open mind. Regarding your other comment it is petty and shameful. Especially as I had believed you to not be an enemy of homosexual equality.

Contango

Re: "Pledging to only one party or ideal excludes you from having an open mind."

Parties socio-economic philosophies are also moving targets.

The current Democrat Party platform does not read dissimilarly from the 1932 Socialist Party platform.

http://wps.pearsoncustom.com/wps...

shucks

Normal: one party does not and cannot have all the answers. Pledging to only one party or ideal excludes you from having an open mind.

........................Well , what are you going to do ? That's the way it is.
Do YOU know a party that has all the answers ?
Open YOUR eyes and mind at look at which party is working for the good of the populace and not just the few.

Regarding your other comment it is petty and shameful.
.........................You can't dog me.

Especially as I had believed you to not be an enemy of homosexual equality.
.........................By "enemy of homosexual equality" you mean not condoning homosexuals to play-act as married hetrosexuals?

Then I'm agin' it.

The Hero Zone's picture
The Hero Zone

I am going to continuously seek solutions to the problems that are out there and not automatically call people names who are different than me. It is only "the way it is" because we allow it to be. There is no rule nor law that requires political parties to exist. George Washington warned us of them, even. If you have to resign your personal opinion to be given to you by a party you will lead a discontent, miserable life where you are powerless. There is NO ONE PARTY that has solutions for everything and everyone. If I truly believed in the Democrat platform then why am I not a card-carrying member? Even YOU disagree with the party when it comes to gay marriage and perhaps many other issues. I of course disagree with several Democratic notions, but I also abhor several Republican ones, too.

So what does that make me since I don't let a/one party dictate my opinion to me?

Contango

Re: "So what does that make me since I don't let a/one party dictate my opinion to me?"

A political independent that thinks for himself?

Obviously a rhetorical question.

Before it's demise, I used to listen to "Air America" expecting 'intelligent' socialist arguments (an oxymoron for sure).

However, the almost continual refrain was: All U.S.' problems are Bush's fault.

shucks

The Hero Zone-

A preachy , narcissistic , histrionic , babbling fool with flights of fantasy ???

The Hero Zone's picture
The Hero Zone

So I should just shut up and conform to the party? If I am all these things as an independent thinker, you will appreciate me more if I let someone else tell me how to think. By your own words then by joining a party, let's say the Democrats as that is the topic, this will make me a meek, with no sense of self, inexpressive, quiet, pointy-head with no imagination. You aren't selling me on joining. The name calling alone reflects your maturity and defeats any points you wish to make but again by looking at what you told me where is the appeal? Plus if I joined the Democrats under you I would have to abhor gay marriage and I can't do that.

Instead of providing a compelling case to join as a representative of a party, instead you are negatively showcasing it and turning away someone who could otherwise be a great and influential ally.

I effectively got from you a cartoon similar if I walked into the Republican office and after asking why I should join was responded to with "We's gonna rally at the Walmart after Bob gets his fourth rifle cuz dem queer-mos is wanting hitched and the president ain't 'Merrican."

shucks

Nobody cares, you blind silly person.
There can be no serious debating with you.
You just want an audience to prance in front of and prove how wonderful you are.

thinkagain

lol

The Big Dog's back

So true 4shizzle.

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