Poll on Brexit.

I don’t know how to set up a poll on this thing, so I will pose a question. Overheard recently, not just by hot heads…”If no Brexit, or a delay, civil war”. The French might smash up 50% of speed cameras but (as that is unthinkable in Surrey) would the 3 million first time voters, who see “democracy” overturning their “knuckle dragging wrong decision” rise up?

What would be the outcome?

 

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Should People go to Prison for Calling Others Nazis?

For a great many years, long before Brexit, some on the left in politics have merrily labelled those on the right (I am not talking about the far right) as “Nazis” or “fascists”. Indeed, go back a few decades and you will find examples of men who risked their lives in the fight against Nazi Germany being described as fascists because, for instance, they objected to industries being nationalised or thought tax rates should not be astronomically high.

More recently, this childish practice has spread to people of all or any political persuasion. So, for instance, those who do not admire Anna Soubry’s passionate adoration of liberally minded Brussels bureaucrats have taken to calling her a Nazi and the Speaker of the House of Commons, this very day, has assured us that Ms Soubry’s infantile critics are themselves fascists. Continue reading

I wish you a happy 2019!

As I prepare to greet the New Year with (several) large glasses of wine and sherry, plus a good book and perhaps some Bach, I wish to take time out out to wish the MyT crew a happy 2019. Brexit heralds a fresh dawn, one unencumbered by the Civil contingencies act.

The Turks’ Winter Solstice fest; Nar Dugan and Ayaz Ata!

Sivas-Amasya 019Seems to not related with Christmas, the birth of Jesus but pre-Islamic the Turks had celebrated a holiday called “Nar Dugan” which referred to the winter solstice! “Nar” means sun and “Dugan” means birth, so it meant the birth of the Sun and in French Noel means “day of birth” and derived the Latin word “Natalis”.
In the Turkish customs the sun is very important, the pre-Islamic Turks believed in one God, they called God as “Tengri” and they prayed to Tengri in order to return the sun to them but the sun needs to fight with the night a mean darkness and evilness. According to their beliefs, the day and night are fighting in the shortest day but the longest night of the year on December 22, after the long struggle the sun gets victory over the night, a mean the Sun defeats the dark and evil powers, then the Sun’s victory is celebrated by the Turks under a sacred tree gorgeously, as the story goes, the sacred tree is White Spruce which is believed to symbolize the center of the earth and then it’s called Tree of Life and they adorned it with fruits, especially apple and pomegranate. Today, the Turkish women still use this tree in their carpets, rugs and laceworks as well as Turkish Muslims use it on the tiles to decorate inner walls of the mosques.

As I stated, the return of the sun is rebirth and they called this day; “Nar Dugan” and in this respect, during the coldest days of the winter and in the eve of Nar Dugan a Turkish saint Ayaz Ata comes in view to help the hungry, poor, orphaned people. The literal meaning Ayaz Ata; “Frost Father” and he was created of Moon light.
After following the Islam, except Seljukian period, Turkey’s Turks generally leave their old customs although the minority of the Turks in Central Asia, Siberia and Azerbaijan still celebrate Nar Dugan as before adopting Islam and they still decorate their homes with all kind of spruce and pine trees to celebrate the New Year solstice on December 22.
On the photo, a decorated tree of life adorned with fruits on the wall of 13th century Seljukian madrasah, Gok Madrasah (Sky Madrasah) in Sivas.

The House of Commons at its Worst

GOVERNMENT FOUND TO BE IN CONTEMPT OF PARLIAMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.

So screeched all the newspaper headlines earlier this week. The innocent reader will have conjured up pictures of the Lord Chief Justice of England, the President of the Supreme Court, the Master of the Rolls, the President of the Family Division and the Chancellor of the High Court sitting together and solemnly declaring the government to have been in contempt of Parliament.

In fact, nothing like that happened. Instead, a whole lot of politicians, acting entirely from political, not judicial, motives (though endlessly and pompously asserting that they were the “High Court of Parliament”) decided to kick the government where it hurts and dress the assault up as a judicial and not a political act. Continue reading

What is Ergenekon?

According to the Islamists and their all kind of allies against the Turkish Republic, Ergenekon is a “Terror Organisation.”
In 2007, the Islamists lunched a witch-hunt against the Turkish Army and many officers, intellectuals, academicians, journalists arrested some of them have died in the prisons.

Erdogan declared himself as a prosecutor of Ergenekon Case, but yesterday the prosecutor announced that Ergenekon “Terror Organisation” wasn’t proven. Turkey lost over a decade and the worst thing is Turkey is no longer a democracy due to the attacks on the Turkish Army and the attacks open the door of Erdogan’s dictatorship.

Alright then, what is the real Ergenekon?
The wolves have an excellent place in Turkish culture which based on some sagas about wolves, the most known are Asena and Ergenekon.

According to Aseana’s saga, the Turks come into existence a boy who was survived by a she wolf who is called Asena. When the boy becomes a teenage Asena gives birth to ten half-human, half-wolf and one of ten children is Ashina who ruled the clan, as a result of that, the Turks spreads on earth from Asena’s children. In addition the Asena myth, Grey Wolf is the most important animal figure in Turkish culture and history as a myth, and it is national symbol of the Turks and unofficially the Turkish Republic.
The myth was that after losing a war, the Turks lived some four hundred years as a refugee in the Ergenekon Valley, but their population increased and the valley became narrow to shelter more population, after some suggestion, a blacksmith melted the iron mountain and opened a way out in a grey wolf guidance, so the Turks go out from their mythic homeland Ergenekon. The Grey Wolf becomes eternal symbol of the Turks thanks to Ergenekon and Aseana sagas.

Like the Turkish Saga Asena, the Romans have a mythology is very similar myth with the Turkish saga about the founding of the city Rome, Romulus and Remus’ story.
On the photo; at the request of Ataturk, famous Turkish painter Ibrahim Calli painted his famous painting “Ergenekon and Grey Wolf” in 1928. The painting is on display at State Art & Sculpture Museum in Ankara.ergenekon

Are Police Officers required to be Heroes?

PC Keith Palmer, who was a hero, was murdered by a terrorist in New Palace Yard, part of the Houses of Parliament. By chance, the acting Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, Sir Craig Mackey, was in a car in New Palace Yard with two other police officers. They had been to a meeting with a Home Office minister and were about to leave for Scotland Yard. Yesterday, in his evidence to the Inquest inquiring into the deaths of the terrorist’s victims, Sir Craig explained what he saw and did.

His evidence can be summarised briefly. He saw the terrorist threatening PC Palmer with a knife. He saw the knife being raised. He thought of getting out of his car and trying to intervene. But he was not wearing any protective clothing (he was in shirt sleeves), he had no radio and no other equipment. Furthermore, his two colleagues were traumatised by the scene. It looked to him as though anyone trying to intervene to save PC Palmer would be putting himself at risk of serious injury or even death. Taking account of all those factors, he decided the sensible course would be to stay in the car, lock the doors and escape as soon as possible. Continue reading