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YES, it’s the TUC meeting again so obviously we’re going to have a report out or two that spout bollocks about what’s been happening to the economy. This year’s entry is a doozy though: the most charitable interpretation of it is that the TUC employs economists who really, really do not understand economics.
And no, I don’t mean all this neoliberal stuff about no regulation, or letting banking rip. Nor all tyhis social democracy stuff about redistribution and the value of free childcare. No, I mean as in not even understanding the basic numbers.
SAME-sex unions are big news. The Rev. Kenneth Miller 46, a Mennonite from Stuarts Draft, Va., has been found guilty of helping Lisa Miller (no relation) leave the USA in September 2009. Rev. Kenneth Miller has been found guilty of aiding in international kidnapping.
Miller and Jenkins had joined in a Vermont civil union in 2000. In 2002, Isabella was born through artificial insemination. The couple split in 2003. Lisa Miller got custody. Jenkins got visitation rights. Lisa Miller turned her back on her homosexuality. She turned to the Church, becoming a Baptist, then a Mennonite. She refused to let Jenkins see their child. This was in breach of the court.
In August 2009, a judge indicated that unless Lisa Miller comply he would turn custody of the girl over to Jenkins. Preparation swere made for Jenkins to take full custody.
Lisa Miller took Isabella and fled to Nicaragua.
Life Site News reports:
Nicaraguan Mennonites say that they have been persecuted by government authorities since they chose to shelter ex-lesbian Lisa Miller and her daughter Isabella following their escape from the United States, but add that they are willing to suffer and even die to protect Isabella from a court-ordered custody transfer to her non-biological lesbian “mother” [Janet Jenkins].
…The letter of the Nicaragua Brotherhood does not specify which Nicaraguan Menonite churches are represented. Although its publication date is given as February of this year, it appears not to have been distributed outside of Mennonite circles. It was quoted in May in the Mennonite World Review, and was quoted in Jenkins’ lawsuit.
IN June 2012, Duane Bryers died. He was 100. He had success as an artist with the syndicated comic strip Cokey. But it was Hilda, his full-figured glamour calendar girl who made him famous. When he was 91, he spoke with Les Toil:
Les: How’s your art going now, Duane?
DB: How’s my heart going? My heart is going surprisingly fine.
DID you watch the 2012 Paralympics on the telly? Or were you just glad it was on but didn’t think it worth a viewing, sure that you were not watching the world’s best? If you din’t watch, you missed some fantastic moments:
HOW can you not enjoy Lady Gaga, a little, lithe, dance-bodied twenty-something New Yorker who dresses from the deli counter and emerges on the Twickenham stage from a giant eyeball-veined womb, like a fairytale queen on a bag of rosy red apples about to be sieved through her metal fascinator? They comes to pay obeisance to the woman who pulls off knickers, bra and fishnets in public. They are not disappointed. Gaga includes the fans. She sings the hits with enthusiasm. She is self-indulgent, and unafraid of vocalising her opinions, notably on gays in the military. Sometimes she takes drugs. She compliments all, any and each sex on its appeal. Lady Gaga is the popstar you want to solve the problem presented by all the ones you don’t want. Now, what do you wear to meet her?
FLASHBACK to 1954: Marijuana is the dreaded weed. In SWEETHEARTS “I Was a Musician’s Girl”, the perils of dating a drummer become apparent. The young woman may start to think for herself:
Annecy Lake Murders: media focuses on Zaid Al-Hilli and ignores Suhaila Al Saffa and Sylvain Mollier
THE Annecy Lake Murders: The murders of Saad Al-Hilli, his wife Ikbal Al-Hilli, 74-year-old Suhaila Al Saffa and Sylvain Mollier in the media:
Sunday Express (front page): “Each victim shot twice”
Sunday Telegraph (front page): ANGUISH OF MURDERED BRITON’S BROTHER”
Star on Sunday (front page): “Victims letter confirms feud”
The media focus is on Zaid Al-Hilli, one of the victim’s older brothers. He denies any row. Still, the Star claims to have seen a letter:
SAAD AL-HILLI: ‘I’VE HAD TO WIPE MY CONTROL FREAK BROTHER OUT OF MY LIFE’ – A FAMILY friend of the British dad murdered in the Alps has lifted the lid on the bitter inheritance feud tearing the Al-Hilli family apart.
HAPPY days for John Waters fans and other dog poo enthusiasts. Councils in Blaenau Gwent and Vale of Glamorgan have taken up the free Flintshire Doggy Do app. Thanks to Flintshire council’s technology, every time locals see a dog turd on the street, users press the app. and the map is updated.
Kevin Jones, Flintshire council cabinet member for public protection, waste and recycling, said:
“This app is just one of the methods we are using to address the issue of dog fouling in the county. It means that residents can report incidents to us any time of the day, any day in the week at a time that suits them. It’s restricted for use in the county of Flintshire, and is free to download.”
THE murders of Saad al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 49 (many news sources say she was 47), and her 77-year-old mother in a clearing above Lake Annecy, near Chevaline in the French Alps, are big news. Mr al-Hilli was born in Baghdad. He lived in Claygate, near Esher in Surrey. He worked as a mechanical engineer. He was an “aviation expert“.
Iqbal was dentist.
The mother-in-law barely gets a mention in reports.
The Times says the victims had been shot three times, at least once in the head.
The Daily Mail counts the shots differently:
Was there more than one hitman? Each of British victims was shot TWICE and cyclist witness FIVE times, police reveal – as search continues for killers’ 4×4
Twice? The talk if of assassins. But you know who always shoots twice – the so-called double-tap? The British police and the SAS.
“Ima hitpresident Obama with that Lee Harvey Oswald swag.”
“Well Ima Assassinate president Obama this evening !…Gotta get this monkey off my chest while he’s in town -_-.”
“is gonna be defenseless once I aim the Assault Rifle at Barack’s Forehead… F* the #DNC.”
HARRY Arnold tells BBC TV’s Hillsborough: Searching for the Truth that it was editor Kelvin MacKenzie who created the headline “The Truth”. On 15 April 1989, 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives at Hillsborough football ground. They were in Sheffield for the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.
Harry Arnold was a Sun reporter from 1976 to 1990. He tells the show:
“On the Sun, Kelvin MacKenzie was the rather controversial editor at the time, he liked to write his own headlines. He wrote the headline ‘The Truth’, and the reason I know that is I was about to leave the newsroom when I saw him drawing up the front page.”
The Sun yelled:
“The Truth – Some fans picked pockets of victims Some fans urinated on the brave cops Some fans beat up PC giving kiss of life.”
ARE cats more stupids than dogs? Let’s see.
Dog bites leg:
Beneath the headline “Naked neighbour ‘put me off men’“, Anna Roberts told of Denise Woodage (yep, really), who had been “put off men and sausages for life”, having seen “garden pervert Paul Darlow… pleasuring himself in his back garden in Churchwood Walk, Calcot, and frequently spotted him going about his chores naked – save for a pair of boots.”
Darlow was jailed. Mrs Woodage was upset. And the world got the photograph that once seen cannot be forgotten…
NAOMI Wolf has been chatting about her new book Vagina – A New Biography to the women on Mumsnet. Wolf has made a connection between brain and vagina. She might have also made a link between brains and arse.
Wolf says things like:
“Some people have a lower baseline autonomic nervous system and in lovemaking, something that heightens it like spanking or hair-pulling or some scenario that is threatening – as long as you are in control – that heightens some women’s autonomic nervous system, and in turn heightens their arousal and their orgasm.”
“When you understand that, it’s much less alarming.”
RICHARD Nye, editor of Middlesex listing organ The Richmond Magazine, writes: “…as a daily driver on busy roads, I tend towards the temperate view that the only good cyclist is a dead one.”
The Richmond Magazine contains a half-page display advert from Moore’s Cycles. Will they continue to advertise?
The Manchester Evening News looks at the words of Coroner John Pollard. The paper notes that before he died, Callum Green had played Call of Duty. The MEN says that the Coroner “did not blame the game for the fact that Callum, of Keston Crescent, Brinnington, Stockport, hanged himself”.
EVERYONE pretty much thought of Michael Jackson as a troubled child trapped inside a troubled genius’ body. For a period, he was pretty much untouchable and then, in later life, pretty much in a state where no-one really wanted to touch him unless it was absolutely necessary.
However, the childlike quality remained and you could picture him, floating around his house like Peter Pan (only with a frightening face). You certainly couldn’t imagine him indulging in adult activities like jerking off or getting hammered.
Concerning the latter, that seems to be the case as someone has said that MJ was a hopeless drunk.
LANCE Armstrong is likely to feature a lot in the Times. The seven-times Tour de France winner has decided not to contest doping charges against him. The man who got rich on the back of those successes will not fight for his integrity. Armstrong has been stripped of those Tour titles and every every other result he had achieved since 1998.
In 1999, the Sunday Times went for Armstrong. David Walsh wrote:
“For too long, sportswriting has been unrestrained cheerleading, suspending legitimate doubts and settling for stories of sporting heroism.”
In 2001, Walsh told Sunday Times readers that Armstrong had worked with Italian doctor Michele Ferrari. The story was called Champ of Cheat? The paper had a question: “why would a clean rider work with a dirty doctor?”
LOOK out Honey Boo (see left), the British are coming. Ocean Orrey is the four-year-old voted “Most Beautiful” in the toddler and under-12 beauty Miss Glitz Sparkle pageant staged at the Pride of Lincoln Hotel.
We don’t hear enough of Lincolnshire on the news cycle, do we? Outsiders wonder what goes on there. A place that spawns Margaret Thatcher, The Acid Bath Murderer John George Haigh and Ocean must be worth a look. Maybe it’s the lack of exposure on the international stage that has resulted in Ocean being called Ocean and not North Sea or Spurn Head. And then there are her two brothers, the 18-month-old twins Milan and Madrid.
SOME people might wonder what kind of person would pay upwards of a thousand pounds for a short flight – and then spend the same amount again to allow their dog to in the set in the seats next to them. Answer: the kind of people who fly with the Victor jet charter company (founded by Clive Jackson, pictured above), which has just launched the service.
Not that there’s anything new about pampered pets of course…
Speaking of flying, when airlines refused to allow Mariah Carey’s Jack Russell to travel in first class, she had him chauffeur-driven in her own car instead.
When not in Paris Hilton’s handbag, this tiny chihuahua resides in the $325,000 dog house at her home in Beverly Hills.
Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee lived cheek by jowl with his in-no-way-peculiar owner, as celebrated in various tasteless jokes at the time. They wore the same clothes and Bibbles had his own bodyguard. Home is now in an animal sanctuary in California.
Not only is their food is prepared by the royal chefs, but it is claimed that the Queen prepares each one a stocking at Christmas.
George Clooney’s Vietnamese pot-bellied pig lived in his Hollywood Hills mansion for many years until his death. He was said to have caused the break-up of several relationship, because Clooney refused to put him outside.
ANDY Ferrie and his wife Tracey Ferrie live in a cottage in deepest Leicestershire. The Sun says he is 35 and she is 43. Two men have been shot there. The men – the victims? – were part of a gang of four intruders. Two people have been arrested and held on suspicion of GBH. Four men aged 27, 23, 31 and 33 have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.
The Indy reports:
The man and his wife were disturbed by the break-in in the Welby area of Leicestershire, near Melton Mowbray, in the early hours of yesterday morning. It is understood he grabbed a shotgun, which was legally owned, and shot two of the four intruders before calling police. The man, 35, and his 43-year-old wife were arrested in Melton on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. Neither suffered any injuries during the incident.
RISHA Mashir is 11. Other reports say she is 14. She’s a Christian girl living in Umara Jaffar, Pakistan. If that were not hard enough, Risha Mashir has Downs Syndrome. She’s an easy target. And she’s under arrest, alleged to have burned pages from an Arabic textbook which contained passages from the Koran. Risha Mashir is in Adiala Jail, a prison in Rawalpindi. Is a court finds her guilty of blasphemy, Risha Mashir will be sentenced to life imprisonment.
Under the law, section 295c of the country’s penal code, those accused of blaspheming against the Prophet Mohammed may be sentenced to death or life imprisonment. They are fined in addition.
Was she framed?
Risha’s plight began when someone reported seeing her carrying a shopping bag. They said she threw it away. They said that inside the bag were ten partially-burned pages of the Noorani Qaida, a primer for pupils studying Arabic and the Koran.
RIDICULOUS Rap lyrics:
THE advert in the window of Bineet Newsagent’s on Upper Green East, Mitcham, advertises a room for rent. The offer is open to anyone who is not from “India, Pakistan, Africa and Etc.” The room is only available to “clean” East Europeans who are “hard working”.So says the advert in the window of a shop owned by Asians. Business is business – the advert pulls in £1 for a one week display. The shop’s owners are not bothered by it.
THIS is Ana Amemiya, a 22-year-old Japanese glamour model who always wears a cartoon head. (Think Frank Sidebottom’s wayward sister.) Ana is the half-human half-anime idol. A bikini-clad mo-del wearing a big man-made head? It’s been before, but not to cheaply. Forget Jordan and all the comstic surgery. Papier-mâché is the future: