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Sometimes I Really Do Despair At My Fellow Man

Posted in America, Britain, Christianity, England, Europe, Modern World, News, Police, Senior Citizen, Theft with tags , , , , on 07/02/2015 by floroy1942

In my lifetime I have seen major changes in the way people live their lives, but today I read about a case that is more than shocking. The incident was to say the least despicable, but is a good example of how uncaring people have become. I fully realize that not all people are bad and am grateful for that, but it still leaves an increasing proportion of ordinary folk who will stoop lower than the animals on this planet of ours.

The incident took place in Leigh, Greater Manchester in the UK last Wednesday when an 82 year-old woman was hit by a truck and left dying. While she was lying in the road a man walked up to her, stole her purse then walked off! I have to admit that in all my years I have seldom heard of such a callous act from a human being.

The police were called by witnesses but when they arrived the woman was dead. Detective Sergeant Neil Lawless who attended the incident said: “This is one of the most disgusting crimes I have ever investigated and I find it hard to believe someone could stoop so low to commit such a horrific offence. This man has taken what he sees as an easy opportunity by stealing a purse from a dying woman.”

Sadly, this kind of incident is not restricted to the shores of Britain for last month two men stole the wedding ring, purse and ifone from a  woman who suffered a brain aneurysm while buying food for her family at a Taco Bell drive-thru in Wichita, Kansas.

Again in Britain, Rochelle Palmer, 25, of Oakfield Road, Croydon, turned up at a pensioner’s sheltered housing complex in Eden Road on December 11, and asked to use the toilet. She asked for a cup of coffee and while the old gent was in the kitchen making it she stole bank cards, two rings and £85 cash.  Later that evening she used the cards to withdraw £500 cash and made purchases totalling £440 using the stolen plastic, police said. Ten days later she had the gall to return to the pensioners house, pushed him to the ground and took £180 from the coffee table. In total, Palmer stole £1,200 from her vulnerable victim. I am ashamed to say that after she was sentenced she only received 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to theft, fraud by false representation and robbery at Croydon Crown Court.

What have I said before about British Justice being soft on crime! For such a heinous crime she should have received at least two years.

Cases of this nature give a good indication of the depths to which certain people today will go for a small reward. When I was a young man this sort of thing was unthinkable. I remember that my grandparents never locked the door to their house. Not at night, and not even when going away for a two-week holiday. Their house was never broken into in all the years they lived.

Nowadays, leave your door unlocked for a minute and some lowlife will sneak in and steal whatever they can get their hands on. In England it is quite common for houses to be robbed while the family are watching TV in the front room!

There can be little doubt that as the years progress it will get worse for, in England at least, the courts are soft on crime and never hand out a sentence intended to deter future transgressions. People today are constantly looking for something for nothing, and sadly, more often than not, they find it which makes them want more.

I am well aware there are still kind, generous people out there still willing to help those less fortunate, but these days that just makes them victims. As these tales show, old folks are the most vulnerable and are constantly targeted by the heartless among us.

I makes me wonder what people will be like in, say, fifty years time. I dread to think!

Roy.

Then Versus Now!

Posted in America, Children, England, Environment, Europe, Health, News, Parenting, Senior Citizen, UK with tags , , , , on 25/06/2014 by floroy1942

A friend from many years ago sent me this and I thought I would pass it on. Many people will agree with this, but it may confuse the younger ones who have never experienced life as it was.

My mum used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread  butter on bread on the same cutting board with the same knife and no  bleach, but we didn’t seem to get food poisoning..

Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper  in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can’t remember  getting e. Coli. Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the  lake  or at the beach instead of a  pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

We  all took PE ……. And risked permanent injury with a pair of Dunlop  sand shoes instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air  cushion soles and built in light reflectors that cost as much as a small  car. I can’t recall any injuries but they must have happened because  they tell us how much safer we are now.

We got the cane for doing something wrong at  school, they used to call it discipline yet we all grew up to accept the  rules and to honour & respect those older than us. We had 50 kids in  our class and we all learned to read and write, do maths and spell  almost all the words needed to write a grammatically correct  letter……., FUNNY THAT!!

We all said prayers in school irrespective  of our religion, sang the national anthem and no one got  upset.

Staying in detention after school caught all  sorts of negative attention we wish we hadn’t  got.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish  something before I was allowed to be proud of myself. I just can’t  recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo,  X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations. We weren’t!!

Oh yeah … And where was the antibiotics and  sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played “King of the Hill” on piles of gravel  left on vacant building sites and when we got hurt, mum pulled out the  2/6p bottle of iodine and then we got our backside spanked. Now it’s a  trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10 day dose of antibiotics and  then mum calls the lawyer to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a  threat.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had  ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we  possibly have known that?

We never needed to get into group therapy and/or  anger management classes. We were obviously so duped by so many societal  ills, that we didn’t even notice that the entire country wasn’t taking  Prozac!

How did we ever survive?

After reading this you may begin to agree that we are over-doing things these days. I guess it all depends on your point of view.

Thanks Geoff.

Roy.

Nonsense Time – An Historic Tale Set In Modern Times.

Posted in America, Britain, England, Europe, Human Rights, Modern World, Political Correctness, Royal Navy, Spain, UK with tags , , , on 10/08/2013 by floroy1942
Admiral Lord Nelson

Admiral Lord Nelson

A superbly accurate description of life in modern Europe, but placed in an historic setting. I received this in the e-mails today and just had to share. My sincere congratulations go out to the person who put this together.

Most Brits, at least the older ones who were taught history, will know about the Battle of Trafalgar in which Admiral Lord Nelson beat the combined French and Spanish fleets at Cape Trafalgar on the southern coast of Spain on October 21st in 1805. With only twenty-seven ships, Nelson sank twenty-two ships of the opposing fleet of thirty-three without a single loss.

Now imagine how things would have been if the battle had taken place today:

Nelson: “Order the signal, Hardy.”

Hardy: “Aye, aye sir.”

Nelson: “Hold on, that’s not what I dictated to Flags. What’s the meaning of this?”

Hardy: “Sorry sir?”

Nelson (reading aloud): “England expects every person to do his or her duty, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious persuasion or disability.’ – What gobbledegook is this?”

Hardy: “Admiralty policy, I’m afraid, sir. We’re an equal opportunities employer now. We had the devil’s own job getting ‘England’ past the censors, lest it be considered racist.”

Nelson: “Gadzooks, Hardy. Hand me my pipe and tobacco.”

Hardy: “Sorry sir. All naval vessels have now been designated smoke-free working environments.”

Nelson: “In that case, break open the rum ration. Let us splice the main-brace to steel the men before battle.”

Hardy: “The rum ration has been abolished, Admiral. Its part of the Government’s policy on binge drinking.”

Nelson: “Good heavens, Hardy. I suppose we’d better get on with it ………. full speed ahead…”

Hardy: “I think you’ll find that there’s a 4 knot speed limit in this stretch of water.”

Nelson: “Damn it man! We are on the eve of the greatest sea battle in history. We must advance with all dispatch. Report from the crow’s nest please.”

Hardy: “That won’t be possible, sir.”

Nelson: “What?”

Hardy: “Health and Safety have closed the crow’s nest, sir. No harness; and they said that rope ladders don’t meet regulations. They won’t let anyone up there until a proper scaffolding can be erected.”

Nelson: “Then get me the ship’s carpenter without delay, Hardy.”

Hardy: “He’s busy knocking up a wheelchair access to the foredeck Admiral.”

Nelson: “Wheelchair access? I’ve never heard anything so absurd.”

Hardy: “Health and safety again, sir. We have to provide a barrier-free environment for the differently abled.”

Nelson: “Differently abled? I’ve only one arm and one eye and I refuse even to hear mention of the word. I didn’t rise to the rank of admiral by playing the disability card.”

Hardy: “Actually, sir, you did. The Royal Navy is under represented in the areas of visual impairment and limb deficiency.”

Nelson: “Whatever next? Give me full sail. The salt spray beckons.”

Hardy: “A couple of problems there too, sir. Health and safety won’t let the crew up the rigging without hard hats. And they don’t want anyone breathing in too much salt – haven’t you seen the adverts?”

Nelson: “I’ve never heard such infamy. Break out the cannon and tell the men to stand by to engage the enemy.”

Hardy: “The men are a bit worried about shooting at anyone, Admiral.”

Nelson: “What? This is mutiny!”

Hardy: “It’s not that, sir. It’s just that they’re afraid of being charged with murder if they actually kill anyone. There’s a couple of legal-aid lawyers on board, watching everyone like hawks.”

Nelson: “Then how are we to sink the Frenchies and the Spanish?”

Hardy: “Actually, sir, we’re not.”

Nelson: “We’re not?”

Hardy: “No, sir. The French and the Spanish are our European partners now. According to the Common Fisheries Policy, we shouldn’t even be in this stretch of water. We could get hit with a claim for compensation.”

Nelson: “But you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil.”

Hardy: “I wouldn’t let the ship’s diversity co-ordinator hear you saying that sir. You’ll be up on disciplinary report.”

Nelson: “You must consider every man an enemy, who speaks ill of your King.”

Hardy: “Not any more, sir. We must be inclusive in this multicultural age. Now put on your Kevlar vest; it’s the rules. It could save your life”

Nelson: “Don’t tell me – health and safety. Whatever happened to rum,sodomy and the lash?”

Hardy: As I explained, sir, rum is off the menu! And there’s a ban on corporal punishment.”

Nelson: “What about sodomy?”

Hardy: “I believe that is now legal, sir.”

Nelson: “In that case…………………………. kiss me, Hardy.”…!!!!!

I think we can thank our lucky stars that all the country’s major battles were fought way back in the past. Imagine trying to fight the Second World War today!!!!!

My sincere thanks to the mystery writer and the friend who sent it to me.

Roy.

The Squirrel and the Grasshopper – A Tale of Modern Times!

Posted in Human Rights, Immigrants, Insanity, Modern World, MP's with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 18/11/2009 by floroy1942

Does the following joke ring any bells? It should in today’s world!

The Squirrel and The Grasshopper

The Rest of the World Version.

The squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building and improving his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool, and laughs, dances, and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the squirrel is warm and well fed. The shivering grasshopper has no food or shelter and dies out in the cold.

The End


The Australian Version.

The squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building and improving his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool, and laughs, dances, and plays the summer away. Come winter, the squirrel is warm and well fed.

A social worker finds the shivering grasshopper, calls a press conference and demands to know why the squirrel should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others less fortunate, like the grasshopper, are cold and starving.

ABC News shows up to provide live coverage of the shivering grasshopper; with cuts to a video of the squirrel in his comfortable warm home with a table laden with food.

The Australian press informs people they should be ashamed that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer, while others have plenty.

The Labour Party, Greenpeace, Animal Rights, and The Grasshopper Housing Commission of Australia demonstrate in front of the squirrel’s house. The ABC, interrupting a cultural festival special from St Kilda with breaking news, broadcasts a multi cultural choir singing ‘We Shall Overcome’.

Bill Shorten rants in an interview with Laurie Oakes that the squirrel got rich off the backs of grasshoppers, and calls for an immediate tax hike on the squirrel to make him pay his ‘fair share’ and increases the charge for squirrels to enter Melbourne city centre.

In response to pressure from the media, the Government drafts the Economic Equity and Grasshopper Anti Discrimination Act, retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The squirrel’s taxes are reassessed. He is taken to court, and fined for failing to hire grasshoppers as builders for the work he was doing on his home, and an additional fine for contempt when he told the court the grasshopper did not want to work.

The grasshopper is provided with a Housing Commission house, financial aid to furnish it, and an account with a local taxi firm to ensure he can be socially mobile. The squirrel’s food is seized and re-distributed to the more needy members of society – in this case the grasshopper.

Without enough money to buy more food, to pay the fine and his newly imposed retroactive taxes, the squirrel has to downsize and start building a new home. The local authority takes over his old home and utilise it as a temporary home for asylum seeking cats who had hijacked a plane to get to Australia as they had to share their country of origin with mice. On arrival they tried to blow up the airport because of Australians’ apparent love of dogs.

The cats had been arrested for the international offence of hijacking and  attempted bombing, but were immediately released because the police fed them pilchards instead of salmon whilst in custody. Initial moves to make them return to their own country were abandoned because it was feared they would face death by the mice. The cats devise and start a scam to obtain money from people’s credit cards.

A 60 Minutes special shows the grasshopper finishing up the last of the squirrel’s food, though spring is still months away, while the Housing Commission house he is in, crumbles around him because he hasn’t bothered to maintain it. He is shown to be taking drugs. Inadequate government funding is blamed for the grasshopper’s drug ‘Illness’.

The cats seek recompense in the Australian courts for their treatment since arriving in Australia.

The grasshopper gets arrested for stabbing an old dog during a burglary to get money for his drugs habit. He is imprisoned but released immediately because he has been in custody for a few weeks. He is placed in the care of the probation service to monitor and supervise him. Within a few weeks he has killed a guinea pig in a botched robbery.

A commission of enquiry, that will eventually cost $10 million and state the obvious, is set up.

Additional money is put into funding a drug rehabilitation scheme for grasshoppers.

Legal aid for lawyers representing asylum seekers is increased.

The asylum seeking cats are praised by the government for enriching Australia’s multicultural diversity, and dogs are criticised by the government for failing to befriend the cats.

The grasshopper dies of a drug overdose. The usual sections of the press blame it on the obvious failure of government to address the root causes of despair arising from social inequity and his traumatic experience of prison. They call for the resignation of a minister.

The cats are paid $1 million each because their rights were infringed when the government failed to inform them there were mice in Australia.

The squirrel, the dogs and the victims of the hijacking, the bombing, the burglaries and robberies have to pay an additional percentage on their credit cards to cover losses, their taxes are increased to pay for law and order, and they are told that they will have to work beyond 65 because of a shortfall in government funds.

The End


Like the old cowboy said: “Thur’s truth in them thur wurds!!!!!”

It doesn’t take a dimwit to see the comparison between this tale and the current way of things in many ‘liberalised’ countries with their excess of ‘human rights’ and ‘politically correct’ ideas.

The ways of the modern world are myriad – mostly insane!

Roy.

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