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Day: September 21, 2011

Nadine Dorries tells us all exactly what she wants from this government

Our favourite Tory MP Nadine Dorries is back again for more. She’s been rather busy blogging during the Liberal Democrat Conference. Mostly showing off her inferiority complex about the Lib Dems who are being all mean and pushing her party about and I have a sense that she’s not to fond of that. However she has published her wants or mottos of whatever you want to call them. That’s look at them one by one:

Nadine Dorries wants a referendum on EU membership very soon, to stop right now sending English £s to support failing European economies,

First of all she’s writing in the third person. Only pretentious dickheads like myself do that. Bad Nadine. Bad. Secondly a referendum isn’t the worse thing in the world although it would isolate our economy and harm millions of jobs if we were to pull out of the EU. As for supporting failing European economies as we are not in the Euro our financial help is certainly limited although if these economies do collapse we will feel the pinch. We don’t live in a bubble where overseas factors don’t influence our economy. If you think that then you must be really dumb and clearly slept through the whole of 2007.

to introduce a Bill of Rights, to scrap the Human Rights Act,

Yeah I don’t get why some Tories are against the Human Rights Act. It’s kinda y’know a quite awesome piece of legislation.

to lower overall taxation in order to stimulate growth,

Lower taxes are good. No brainer there.

to cut harder and faster on public services in order to reduce spending,

You can’t cut too fast nor hard. There has to be a balance. The powers that be seem to be walking a tightrope at the moment but the credit rating is still right at the very top and not everything has been cut. Just because Nadine Dorries doesn’t need to use her local library or has any need to rely on such service as Meals on Wheels not everyone else has that luxury. Like many se clearly doesn’t see the real world and only her own and that is a failing on her part

to bring the upper limit at which abortion takes place down to 20 weeks,

If the doctors say a baby doesn’t feel anything until 24 weeks then I’m happy to go with the doctors but in all honesty I’m not entrenched in any position on this. If the threshold was brought down to 20 weeks then I wouldn’t oppose that as long as a previso was added in rape cases and in cases where the mother is in physical; peril carrying the child. In those instances time limits need to be off.

to remove Local Authority control over education,

*shrug* I can see both sides to this story. It will be interesting to see how the so called ‘Free’ schools develop.

to free the NHS from Whitehall and to open up free market provision within the NHS,

No, No, No, No, No, No, No. In case you aren’t down with what I’m saying – no. The NHS is a service that we all pay into using our taxes and it should not be used as a for-profit venture by anyone. We are all entitled to the best health care possible and opening that up to private companies looking for a fast buck or two would be detrimental to the National Health Service and the public at large. So no.

to dramatically reduce inward immigration,

No, No, No etc… What is wrong with foreigners coming over here to work? What is wrong with us going overseas to work? We are all living on one big planet and we should be able to live and work where we see fit. Immigration isn’t going down unless we leave the EU and that isn’t happening any time soon so alas Nadine you are going to fall short on that one.

to embrace our special relationship with the USA,

The same USA whose economy is in the tank? Do you just want to stand around looking all important with the so called ‘leader of the free world’? The USA is an important economy but our ties are clearly greater with Europe. Geographically and historically. The USA are like that ex we still have feelings for but it’s better that we remain ‘just good friends’ for now.

to make prison mean hard work and life to mean life,

I agree prison should not be easy and that life should mean life. However I do not believe that under these circumstances judges would hand out very many life sentences.

to increase our defence budget and support our troops,

So you are saying you think we are going to get entangled in some more wars in the near future? I hope not. Supporting our troops is important but so are many things.

and she belives green taxes are damaging to elderly people who can barely afford to heat their homes. (sic)

Not one full stop until the very end and a misspelling of believes. I’d be embarrassed if I were her. I expect my MPs to be able to spell and use a spell-check. Green taxes are important. I know Nadine couldn’t give an expletive about the planet after she dies but some of us aren’t as selfish as she is. The rise in energy costs are due to the fact that all the oil and gas isn’t under us so we need to pipe it in and if those who own it decide to put up their prices then there isn’t anything we can do about that. Investing in green energy sources in the UK will lead to us being less dependent on external matter with regards to powering our homes but of course you need a fully functioning brain to understand that and…yeah.

So there we go. That is how Nadine Dorries sees the world. Pretty worrying huh?

Originally produced over at the blog of Nadine Dorries

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On Monday a kid from the slums became statistically the greatest ever

On late Monday afternoon EST a 41 year-old man finally stood alone as the greatest sportsman of his position in his sport. People will argue forever about who the greatest football player was, some will say Pelé, some with say Maradona and some will even say George Best. There is an argument for all three. Same with every other sport. It is one of the greatest things about sport that you can have these different viewpoints but in one sport one man stands so alone at the top of his tree that even the harshest critics from the bitter rivals concede that there is no debate. That man is New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.

Recording that 602nd save made him statistically the greatest ever but everyone knew he was the greatest many years ago. His 42 postseason saves compared with a 0.71 ERA said everything.

Rivera grew up in a small fishing town in Panama called Puerto Caimito. He dreamed of being a professional football player but a series of injuries to his ankle put pay to those dreams. He used to play baseball with a milk carton as a glove and balls made out of fishing net. He came from a background so poor that the realities of what would await his future would be so stark to what was expected that it must have been nearly impossible to comprehend.

At the age of 17 he was playing shortstop and was passed on by scouts but a year later he pitched and a scout from the New York Yankees saw something in him. He described Rivera as ‘extremely raw’ but he saw something. He would sign for $3,000 which is absolute peanuts in the baseball world and he’d move to the States to start a career playing baseball. He took his time moving up through the minor leagues before setting up for John Wetteland in 1996 as his big break. He had nearly been traded twice by the Yankees but a radar gun showing of 96 MPH saved his bacon. He had heat and was lights out. He would go on to become the closer for the Yankees in 1997 and that is when everything changed.

‘It was a gift from God’ he would be quoted for years as saying. In 1997 Rivera was playing catch with follow Yankee Ramiro Mendoza when he picked up a ball and tried out a new grip. He threw the ball towards Mendoza and it moved wildly. Mendoza threw the ball back and he did it again, and again, and again. This day Mariano Rivera discovered his cut-fastball and baseball would never be the same. Not just for Rivera or for the Yankees but the whole of the sport.

Here as I write in 2011 Rivera still only throw one pitch – the cut-fastball. Every opposing hitter knows what he coming. He makes no pretence to throw anything else but still no-one can hit it. The pitch bores in on lefties and righties give up on it. Bats break and outs are recorded. This man has become the greatest relief pitcher of all time with no debate by throwing one single pitch time and time again which no-one can hit.

He has been nicknamed ‘The Hammer of God’ and nobody questions his position as Greatest of All Time. that is quite something for a kid from a small fishing port on the Panamanian coast. It just goes to show us all that if you have that drive and determination then you can be anything that you aspire to be. You can full the full video of Mariano Rivera’s 602nd save behind the link and the only thing that was wrong about the whole situation was that the first person to congratulate him was #55 and not #20. It should have been Jorge Posada behind the plate on Monday for that 9th inning but I suppose that is a moot point.

Mariano Rivera is the greatest there is and I would guess probably the greatest there ever will be. They are some accolades but they aren’t undeserving. He continues to be the greatest even as he approaches his 42nd birthday. Whether it was a gift from God or just dumb luck he found that grip and that pitch the results are the same. A small skinny kid from the slums grew up to become the greatest player ever in his position in the sport of baseball. I think there is a lesson in this story for all of us when we complain about just how hard life is…

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