Fun

Morgan Freeman may be considering a bid for the Libertarian Party’s Presidential ticket with Vin Diesel as his running mate.

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That would be fun.

And we could do with a bit of fun, couldn’t we?

Possibly related (H/T Dick Puddlecote): Why we’re no fun any more.

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20 Responses to Fun

  1. nisakiman says:

    Now that’s a couple I’d support if I was American!

    I didn’t even realise there was a Libertarian party in the USA. Not, I suppose, that they have much of a presence on the political landscape there, more’s the pity.

    • garyk30 says:

      Senator Rand Paul is already the Libertarian Party’s candidate for Prez.

      Freeman’s announcement is no more than a stunt.

      • nisakiman says:

        Ah. For some reason I thought Rand Paul was part of an offshoot of the Republican party. I hadn’t taken on board that the Libertarian party was an actual, stand-alone party. I don’t follow US politics that closely (as is obvious!).

      • Joe L. says:

        Gary, Rand Paul is not the Libertarian Party’s candidate for President. He is running as a Republican. His father, Ron Paul, has run on the Libertarian ticket in the past, however. Current Libertarian candidates can be found here.

        Nisa, sadly, you’re correct, independent parties have very little presence on the political landscape here. The corrupt two-party political machine keeps rolling along.

  2. smokingscot says:

    And Vin Diesel, well he too hasn’t been cowed by that business that he’s a role model and thus should never be seen on stage, screen or in public wiv’ a fag.

  3. Rose says:

    OT

    Floods, I’ve been following this political row since the major floods in the Somerset Levels.

    Now the EU is denying all knowledge.

    EU to Ireland: We’re not stopping you from dredging

    “THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has said any suggestion EU environmental rules are to blame for the recent severe flooding in Ireland is “completely without foundation”.

    In a statement released today, the commission said: “EU law does not ban dredging. The water framework directive (WFD) and the floods directive do not include detailed rules on how member states manage their water courses. That is decided by the member states themselves.

    “The Irish government does not need to notify the European Commission about plans to dredge rivers as there is no such obligation in EU legislation.”

    Yesterday, independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice criticised President Michael D Higgins, noting that when he was a minister in 1997 he signed the EU habitats directive into law.

    “It is that very directive that is preventing a lot of badly needed dredging and drainage work on rivers and streams around the country that would have prevented the very floods that [the President] will be inspecting,” the Roscommon South Leitrim TD said.”
    http://www.thejournal.ie/eu-ireland-dredging-flooding-2532010-Jan2016/

    Here

    “The cessation of river dredging which was brought about by the introduction of the European Water Framework Directive (EWF) in 2000 has been a major factor in increasing the UK’s susceptibility to flooding.

    Last century, the obligation to dredge rivers was undertaken by local river boards, however this changed with the creation of the Environment Agency in 1997 and when the EWF was adopted.

    “No longer were the authorities charged with a duty to prevent flooding,” said Mr Walling.

    “Instead, the emphasis shifted, in an astonishing reversal of policy, to a primary obligation to achieve ‘good ecological status’ for our national rivers. ‘Heavily modified waters’, which include rivers dredged or embanked to prevent flooding, cannot, by definition, satisfy the terms of the directive.

    “So, in order to comply with the obligations imposed on us by the EU we had to stop dredging.”
    https://www.fginsight.com/news/government-must-wake-up-to-importance-of-dredging-8755

    Before that

    2014
    “Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater and West Somerset, Conservative)

    “Nineteen years ago, the two main rivers that run through Sedgmoor were regularly dredged by the old river boards. Dredging was expensive, dirty and repetitive, but it was a job that everybody realised had to done, because rivers on low-lying land silt up if they are not dredged. That is common sense.

    Once upon a time, Sedgmoor was probably part of the Bristol channel, until the Romans arrived and dug ditches. It took Dutch engineers to tame the levels in the 17th century. They understood the consequences of doing nothing, as much of their own country is below sea level. It is well worth dwelling on that fact: over Christmas and in the ghastly wet days that followed, almost the same amount of rain that flooded my constituency fell in the Netherlands, but there were no floods in the Netherlands, because in Holland they dredge, they prepare and they protect. They plan for the worst and rarely suffer a problem.

    One of the benefits of regular dredging is that the riverbanks are built up at the same time. It is a double whammy—ask any Dutch hydrologist. However, 18 years ago the Environment Agency was created and it made a policy U-turn that took everybody completely by surprise, and we have all been suffering from it ever since. Regular dredging of the Parrett and the Tone came to an abrupt end, and the agency decided that the future lay in managing any floods that might result.

    The agency bears huge responsibility for all the problems that have happened. The Parrett and the Tone are now so silted up that in some places they no longer act as rivers at all.”
    http: //www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2014-01-22a.124.0

    • Roobeedoo2 says:

      It’s not just the EU’s water directives, Rose. Remember the deadly bush fires in Australia a few years ago:

      http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/02/11/weve-lost-two-people-in-my-family-because-you-dickheads-wont-cut-trees-down/

      • Rose says:

        Thanks for the link Roobee,

        The recent fires in Australia and the loss of life and property were apparently compounded by a draconian policy that prevented people who lived in the fire threat zones from cutting trees and brush near their properties. We witnessed something equally tragic in Lake Tahoe fire in 2007, owing to similar eco driven government stupidity forcing heavy handed policies there. Residents couldn’t get permits to cut down brush and trees, the result was a firestorm of catastrophic proportions

        Eucalyptus

        “Eucalypts, commonly known as gum trees, form an integral part of the Australian identity with the bush”

        “The sight and smell of eucalypts are a defining part of Australian life. The sight of the blue haze from the eucalyptus oil arising from the bush in the mountain ranges west of Sydney gave the Blue Mountains their name.”

        “In some instances eucalypts can be a fire hazard. Yet re-growth enables them to regenerate after fire.”

        “Adaptations that promote fire include: a high content of volatile oils in the leaves and litter; litter that breaks down extremely slowly; an open canopy; long strands of bark that hang from limbs after peeling and which can be carried alight for many kilometres to start new spot fires well ahead of the fire front.”
        http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/eucalypts

        “What people have forgotten is that a lot of these trees were not here when the Europeans first arrived,” he asserts.

        As a historian, Bill examined thousands of old eyewitness testimonies, paintings and drawings and found that, before the Europeans arrived, places like the Blue Mountains once contained significant amounts of grass pasture. His book on the subject won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award.

        Having lived and evolved on the continent for millennia, Aborigines managed the land almost like a garden – effectively using expertly controlled fires to keep the flora in check.

        The resulting grasslands not only attracted animals which the Aborigines could hunt, they also provided massive firebreaks preventing the kind of destructive fires Australia is increasingly suffering.

        When the Europeans arrived they kicked the gardeners out of the garden. And the garden went wild.

        The common notion, fought for by the powerful green lobby, is that eucalyptus forest is the natural state of Australia and that every tree must be protected. Hence you have to apply for a licence to chop down even one tree growing near your house.”
        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26174177

        I see what you mean.

  4. caprizchka says:

    As much as I can appreciate two such handsome smokers doing such a publicity stunt (given that publicity and click-bait are all that matter in U.S. politics), I have to wonder if this is an attempt to syphon off smokers and persons of color from the Trump campaign.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Well, unfortunately Trump is no great friend of smokers. Neither is Hillary, of course.

      • Roobeedoo2 says:

        Obama smoked, so did David Cameron… you know, there’s a pattern of fucking useless ex-smoker politicians emerging here… that’s if you subscribe to Anti Tobacco’s scientific method of correlation being causation. And what do they know? They’ve only managed to change the world ;)

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Frank,Trumps a friend of Making the cash………..he fought for us smokers in New Jersey and atlantic city. What he told them came to pass. BANKRUPTCY! So knowing this Id say Trumps not only our best friend he knows bootlegging is stealing revenues away and costing the hospitality business 10s of billions of dollars every year in lost revenues. Besides it causes unemployment and business closures.

        Trumps actually what we smokers need from the standpoint of business interests. He is also totally anti pollutical correct.

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

    Funny part is they are both democrats of the left……………………how in the hell do they get away without being targeted like whoopy poopy surrendered her smoking and became a Nazi overnite loon. Its really amazing especially Morgan.

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