00h UTC; THURSDAY, 9 AUGUST 2012: The preceding image, know, is Confirmed Historical Fact.

The specific taxation being enforced by this fourth-rate gunship was authorised in the Townshend Acts of 1766, which would eventually be repealed in large part March 3, 1770--the same day as the Boston Massacree, it turns out.

And its namesake happens to be the Cinque Port of New Romney on the southeast coast of England, itself equally famous for the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway (RHDR), the world's narrowest common-carrier railway (as in 15" track gauge for its 14 miles, equipment built to 1/3 size and a top speed of about 30 mph).


So how exactly are the GOP/"Tea Party" element, in their Luscious Glory of insisting that 'n volk red homself (Afrikaans; "a people rescues itself"), reacting to the news that Toyota Motors, in the interest of further reducing costs, is considering moving much of its automotive, truck and minibus production from Japan to North America?


Fresh news from the "AmeriKKKa Should Be More Like China" Department: A Chinese supplier for South Korean consumer-electronics giant Samsung has been called out for using child labour at a Guangzhou plant producing Samsung's smartphones, with the children being paid 70% of adult wages (and being expected to keep quiet about what they were doing, especially with regards to hazardous or dangerous duties).


Tell me this isn't defending so-called ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe on steroids and amphetamines: Spirit Airlines, an upstart "value-for-money" carrier (or so they claim), has categorically pledged to defend its name and honour in a class-action lawsuit filed by some 250,000 passengers contending that its assessing a $17 "passenger service charge" on top of ticket prices, baggage handling fees and security-related charges, is illegal and has no legal standing whatsoever.


If you ask me, expect the Environmental Protection Agency to be getting rather sick and tired of all the identical-sounding, insincere even, letters being coaxed out of so-called "REAL AmeriKKKans" via the so-called "AmeriKKKan Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity" urging the EPA to scrap proposed regulations limiting emissions from coal-fired power stations as are only driving electricity costs (especially those of "abundant AmeriKKKan coal") all the higher, with attendant risk of socioeconomic harm and damage.

Especially considering where such are more than likely written at a 4th- or 5th-grade level from a carefully-scripted template off their www.americaspower.com website.

And come to think of it, how do we know that the EPA's correspondence intake staff aren't getting sick and tired of essentially reading the same boilerplate comments over and over again, enough so as to have the EPA proper start raising concern about the general insincerity of the campaign and its lack of rational basis?


Given the incessant back-and-forth vis-a-vis the Romney and Obama Presidential campaign camps over claims made in the former's latest Presidential campaign prolefeed message about the latter's allowing states greater leeway in welfare reform policies amounting to a Life of Riley-model welfare policy (as it were), you just have to wonder if what the real Romney campaign welfare agenda is one which expects "spontaneous and wholehearted appeals to class consciousness and national cohesion" to be the foundation of a "people-centred" welfare model (cf. the Afrikaner Nationalist socioeconomic agenda down South Africa way in the runup to apartheid, predicated on a foundation of "people-centred" Reddingsdaad ["rescue action"] evolving into a "people-centred" Volkskapitalisme expected to place jobs creation and socioeconomic empowerment above traditional capitalism's emphasis on mere wealth creation, itself to be reinforced by "class consciousness" exercises through the agency of the Reddingsdaadbond ["Rescue Action League"], seen as a Mission From God to empower the Afrikaner nationally, culturally and socioeconomically).


"It's a small world, after all," as the Disney Parks' ur-National Anthem reminds us ... especially when you consider that, thanks to the International Date Line and the position of Brisbane, Queensland (AUS) in the Southern Hemisphere, the Royal Queensland Show (or as it's affectionately known, "the Ekka") has begun its annual run at the Royal Brisbane Showgrounds (even if winter in the Southern Hemisphere is now giving way to springtime).

On the same day, it turns out, that the Illinois, Iowa and Missouri state fairs begin their 11-day runs for 2012 (and even then, the Iowa State Fair, inspiring the famous novel State Fair, itself inspiring three film adaptations and the Broadway stage musical, is the traditional acid test for state fairs across the United States ... even if the Minnesota State Fair has seemed to upstage Iowa's in recent years thanks to rather proactive management and promotion, its becoming more receptive to urban interests while remaining true to its agrarian origins, and ongoing improvements and enhancements as translate into The Great Minnesota Get-Together's consistently attracting over 1 million visitors run of fair since that magic threshhold was first crossed in 1955. But then again, Iowa moved up its State Fair by a fortnight a few years back to accomodate the earlier start of the school year in some districts while Minnesota remains true to insisting that such end its annual 12-day run on Labour Day, as if making such the ideal end of another summer ... a tradition dating back to 1939, when a 10-day run was instituted; in 1974, the current 12-day such was instituted after two years of an 11-day run).

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