Syria, Turkey, IS, Whatever!!!!

So the Islamic jihad fraternity has now decided that it owns The Islamic State region of Northern Turkey/Southern Syria.

How does this happen? where does the mind-set come from? As I’ve earlier blogged, I become concerned when isolationist fanatical groups of people decide that taking life and enforcing their will violently upon others become the norm and huge efforts are focussed upon attempts to justify the behaviour. Surely ethnic genocide is illegal, immoral, unethical and just downright wrong, no matter what your religion, social status or ethnicity is.

The muslim faith does not promote the taking of life – under any circumstances, neither does Christianity. (Nor do any of the other numerous mainstream religions that I am aware of). (Jehovah’s witnesses do become somewhat euphoric at the thought of being included in the 144, 000, but I’m not really sure if they are sure of what happens to the other 7 billion members of the human race, and I don’t think they care) (Come to think of it there’s probably very few of the 7bn who gives a shit what happens to the 144,000 witnesses – I know I don’t)

Anyway, isn’t perhaps time that either people just grew up and behaved themselves or time that more grown-up countries like the UK become tougher on their stance. How many Brit-born jihadists are there now? Who cares as long as they don’t come back? They have made their choice so don’t come back to pick up your benefits cheque to fund your next escapade into fantasy. The vast majority of muslims a re productive, friendly social people with a huge religious conscience that spills over into the way in which they conduct their lives as peace-loving ethical people. Pity the same cannot be said about the  radical lunatics who infect all the world’s religions and poisons the minds of others to such an extent that they are willing to carry out such horrific acts of cruelty as observed when innocent journalists are beheaded for som malevolent purpose that remains unclear to me and millins more.

Let’s just try and promote a planetary society that will lead to the dominant species GROWING UP!! (Before it’s too late)


‘scrounger’ supreme

Oh well, just to follow up on my previous blog – It looks like Tracy Johnson the agoraphobic tour guide who spent her time flitting around Argentina while claiming benefits from her mother’s address has finally got the assistance she needs to deal with her condition – A year in Jail courtesy of Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court. This should help with recovery from her condition – (at the tax-payer’s account of course).

And, of course, who could be so unreasonable as to expect her to repay any of the £48k she has stolen from those who really need it – she has, after all, spent it !!

SBK The Sophist


Probably every member of society who has worked for a living will have considered those who don’t to be ‘scrounging’. This may just be a lapse of the usually magnanimous position adopted by most humane humans, but it is a position we hear of more and more – at least in the media.

If we think carefully about it we probably all can give examples at both ends of the ‘scrounging’ spectrum – someone who is a total waste of space, has probably expended far more time and energy avoiding taking up gainful employment than had he/she actually taken the job.

Then there is the little old lady down the street who has had any entitlement to support whittled down to such an extent that she is now reduced to the indignity of visiting the local ‘food banks’ in order to eat. (hopefully its sandwich making materials because it’s likely she won’t be able to afford the fuel to cook anything).

Recent reports indicating the huge growth in these food banks in the UK is a sad story indeed. While my admiration goes out to those who organise the facilities, the fact that these facilities are necessary at all is a situation everyone who cares about society should be ashamed of and represents a huge embarrassment for the government of this so-called modern society. (They don’t actually give a rat’s ass about this though, as displayed by Cameron pigging out in the Canaries while others approach starvation back home.

I know locally a guy who has claimed disability of one kind or another since he was approx. 18 years of age following an industrial injury – he is now late 50’s and has not worked a day in his life since the injury. This does not prevent him digging the garden or playing darts/pool for local pub teams on probably 4 nights per week and swilling the ale as he does so.

This ‘man’ is the true scrounger, a lazy, tired grabbing bum whose sole contribution to society has been to bang out a few kids who are now second-generation state benefit dependants.

A few streets away lives a retired miner who is obviously almost crippled from his many years working underground and is almost unable to stand upright yet has been refused any sort of disabled benefits due to him being ‘fit’ for work. (The man is over 60 and can hardly walk).


I have worked all my life, have undergone several spinal surgical procedures and other orthopaedic interventions and am still working for a living. I have 3 children, all of whom are in gainful employment as are their partners and I am proud of all of them. My wife worked hard for a lot of our early years of marriage and supported the family while I attended university. She is now a ‘lady of leisure’, though she would claim that looking after me is probably the most difficult job she has ever had. 

I often pass the scrounger as I drive on my way to work and have to admit a rising of sheer anger almost every time – I see him sat in the pub guzzling the beer and am again angry that in essence I have paid for his drink – he contributes NOTHING to society and his obviously adequate source of funds should be stopped and the idle bastard made to work for it, even if it means being press-ganged into community litter-picking or similar for 8 hours a day.

The ex-miner just down the road should not need to be made to feel as if he is attempting to obtain benefits by deception and left alone with enough to provide adequately, not lavishly, in recognition he HAS made to society while working under some of the most appalling conditions of any employment.

Not all, far from it, youngsters deserve to be tarred with the all encompassing ‘lazy’ brush – some genuinely cannot find employment, it just isn’t there. We need significant investment in the skills base for these kids rather than providing huge tax breaks for the already rich.

There will be some who are not interested and believe that the state has a foregone obligation to support them, particularly if they manage to find someone willing to provide them with a few kids at a young enough age to take full advantage of benefits associated with increase progeny. This group need to be treated to the same harsh reality as the scrounger discussed above and MADE to contribute in return for the benefits they get.

There will always be those who are crafty, devious and selfish enough to cheat the system and ‘scrounge’ and these pariahs must be rooted out in order to be able to concentrate upon achieving a more appropriate support system for those who genuinely need it, such as he ex-miner, above.

If I find anyone working on the black market I will have no qualms about bringing that to the attention of the authorities, hopefully helping along the punishment of the culprits.

Maybe if we all did the same we could help bring about the changes necessary to rid us of the burden of scrounging and be able to provide properly for those in need. I am finding it more and more difficult to be proud of a so-called civilised nation that relies up;on donated food to feed its poorer members of society.

SBK, the Sophist



My apologies to Justice Sweeney he dished out a whole-life sentence and a 45 year sentence for the animals guilty of the Lee Rigby murder.

If the prison governor now just places them into the general population we can only hope that some of the other inmates with some sense of decency will ensure that the rest of their lives will be hell.

SBK the sophist

Man’s best friend is ……….

My sincere condolences go out to the family of the 6 day old infant killed by a family pet dog in Pontyberem, west Wales.

I am a grandparent who is also a dog lover and have had a pet dog throughout the period of rearing my own 3 children as well as spending considerable periods of time baby sitting my 3 Grandchildren. All those children have grown up with my dog present without a suffering a single bite.

Since a child myself I have had a Welsh terrier, a German shepherd, a Labrador two springer spaniels and a border collie as pets, and all have been integrated into family life with no more problem than the odd shoe, slipper or pair of spectacles going missing.

I have even had litters of pups present while the children were growing up and they petted the pups and the mother , no problem at all.

I or my wife was, of course,  present when this type of close interaction was going on and no way would any of these dogs be allowed uncontrolled access to the kids and therefore the opportunity to attack.

When is this country going to realise that dogs are under certain circumstances far from being man’s best friend and present a very real threat to our kids and/or the infirm if not properly trained and supervised. The ability to successfully ‘manage’ the dog should be a legal pre-requisite of ownership, regardless of breed. Maybe then we can prevent this type of tragedy.

SBK-The Sophist

A Life for a life

Exodus 21:23   “… If there is serious injury, you are to take life for life ….”

So, here we go again – The pitiful judge who has to pass sentence on the murderers of Lee Rigby, two monsters who murdered an innocent man in broad daylight, in the most horrific manner and who have steadfastly failed to demonstrate remorse – is to delay passing sentence just in case he gives them a ‘life’ sentence which would be against the murderer’s civil rights apparently!!

Mr ‘Justice’ Sweeney is apparently to delay sentencing until the appeals court decides if it agrees with European judges who consider whole-life tariffs to be ‘inhuman and degrading treatment’.

They are, of course referring to the murderers and perpetrators of crimes considered deserving of whole-life tariffs, not the inhuman and degrading treatment to which Lee Rigby was subjected by these animals.

While writing this, I have been made aware of the decision by the appeal court panel that they consider life means life to be appropriate in some cases.

Maybe now ‘Justice’ Sweeney will feel able to carry out his job, which of course he should have done all along.

Personally I agree with the European courts that whole life tariffs are inhuman and degrading treatment – but not of the criminals, rather of the other victims of these heinous crimes who are left behind – Lee Rigby’s family and friends, for example.

The criminals in these type of cases do not deserve to continue any form of life at all!!

SBK-The Sophist.