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GREENS: “California’s Potemkin Environmentalism”
A celebrated green economy produces pollution elsewhere, ongoing power shortages, and business-crippling..
WHILE Playboy tanks, Penthouse loosk up. The magazine’s spokeswoman Martha Lindeman says: “Traditional print is a heritage business for us, and an important part of the brand. But realistically it’s not a business that we see growing.”
Operating well under the media radar compared with other social-networking companies like Facebook and MySpace, Various, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., has a deceptively broad and profitable reach. Its subsidiaries now include a number of online dating sites—from BigChurch.com to Bondage.com—that have signed up a combined 250 million members since they were founded and 1.2 million current subscribers who pay for content. Its biggest, AdultFriendFinder.com—which bills itself as “the world’s largest adult sex and swingers site”—is one of the most highly trafficked Web sites in the world with more than 18 million members, the company says. Bell says in the coming months Penthouse Media Group will be renamed FriendFinder Networks, Inc., and he plans to take the company public by the end of the year. The Penthouse brand will be a well-known but admittedly smaller arm of the company. […]
BUMPER sticker of the year: “Alcohol, Tobacco, And Firearms Should Be The Name Of A Covenience Store, Not A Government Agency”
RON Paul for President. Not a chance. But he can still cause trouble:
But what’s been largely overlooked is Paul’s candidacy as a reflection of a powerful lingering dissatisfaction with the Arizona senator among the party’s most conservative conservatives. As anticipated in late March in The Ticket, that situation could be exacerbated by today’s expected announcement from former Republican Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nod, a slot held by Paul in 1988.
SAYS Stephen Pollard: “If the BBC was given charge of a three star Michelin restaurant, it would puree all the food and feed it to its customers through straws.”
NICK Cohen is writing on Burma in the Guardian: “We must not shrink from our moral obligation to Burma…”
For beating the drop, Fulham owner Mohammed Al Fayed has promised his players a hamper of Viagra and caviar.
Play up Fulham. Play up, play up and play the game.
Says Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary: “I can envisage a day when they could be routinely issued to all police officers.”
Anorak can envisage the day when CCTVs cameras are all linked by invisible lasers, which when broken trigger a blast of debilitating heat.
The only way to avoid being burnt alive is to carry a deflector, a small chip embedded into every identity card.
VIA Yid With Lid: “Islamic Antisemitism-It Wasn’t Born Yesterday
There is a myth that Muslims loved the Jewish people from the time Muhammad started the religion 1400 years ago. Nothing can be further from the truth. In fact it all comes down to the Apes and Pigs thing. When talking about Jews the Quran says that we are a wretched people who have been transformed into Apes because we violated the Sabbath (well at least you know why). I don’t mean transformed into acting like apes—we have become real apes. And everyone knows—you just can’t talk to people like that.
It’s bigotry against apes, you know…
COULD we justify invading Burma on humanitarian grounds?
No mention of Adam West as Himself?
EACH grain of sand is an art masterpiece…
BORIS Johnson On Islam:
To any non-Muslim reader of the Koran, Islamophobia – fear of Islam – seems a natural reaction, and, indeed, exactly what that text is intended to provoke. Judged purely on its scripture – to say nothing of what is preached in the mosques – it is the most viciously sectarian of all religions in its heartlessness towards unbelievers. As the killer of Theo Van Gogh told his victim’s mother this week in a Dutch courtroom, he could not care for her, could not sympathise, because she was not a Muslim.
The trouble with this disgusting arrogance and condescension is that it is widely supported in Koranic texts, and we look in vain for the enlightened Islamic teachers and preachers who will begin the process of reform. What is going on in these mosques and madrasas? When is someone going to get 18th century on Islam’s mediaeval ass?
Spotter: Mary Jackson
BARACK Obama would talk to our enemies – you know, the ones you want to blow you to bits:
In his victory speech after the North Carolina primary, Sen. Barack Obama said something that is all the more remarkable for how little it has been remarked upon.
In defending his stated intent to meet with America’s enemies without preconditions, Sen. Obama said: “I trust the American people to understand that it is not weakness, but wisdom to talk not just to our friends, but to our enemies, like Roosevelt did, and Kennedy did, and Truman did.”
That he made this statement, and that it passed without comment by the journalists covering his speech indicates either breathtaking ignorance of history on the part of both, or deceit.
THIS is the most popular story on the BBC website right now: “Great tits cope well with warming”
HILLARY Clinton ring tone – its; 2:30 am and someone’s cackling on the phone…
ANORAK’S’ Tabloid Bingo: With Lorraine Kelly…
WHY do many parents leave their common sense behind as soon as they step on the plane and go off on holiday?
A promising start from Kelly, who has set a scene which should enable her to use all five names, possibly in a single paragraph.
Parents who would not leave their children in the front garden to play on their own happily dump them in the hotel room or villa while they go for a meal. The poor McCanns will never forgive themselves for their tragic error of judgment which led to the disappearance of Maddie.
What about the Irish bank chief and his wife who had their children taken into protective custody when on holiday in the Algarve?
You mean the mortgage advisor, Lorraine?
Eamon McGuckin was said to be so drunk that he collapsed and fell through a sofa, while his wife Antoinette threw up in their hotel reception area.
Damn those flimsy Portuguese sofas.
CAN this be PROFITING FROM CLIMATE CHANGE: “Al Gore blames the Burma tragedy on global warming despite growing evidence to the contrary. Could the hype be related to his financial interests?”
CONN CARROLL loosk at liberals actively helping terrorists?…
BEYONCE has a range of fashion. It’s tarty meets Tonka:
I don’t know about you, but the words “fuck me pumps” and “pre-schoolers” do not need to go together in the same sentence.
IT’S Hillary Clinton on line 2. Tell her..:
It’s 2:31 AM. The Democratic Party is sleeping peacefully when it hears its phone buzz on the night stand. It rolls over and sees “Hillary” on the caller ID. It pauses briefly, considering pushing “END” and not dealing with this shit tonight. The thought is appealing but the Democratic Party knows that if it doesn’t take this call, another one is only minutes away.
GET your clogs and giant sausage out for Europe Day:
Meanwhile, the 9th of May is Europe Day. Apparently. And this is what the EU website has to say about it:
“On the 9th of May 1950, Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations.
This proposal, known as the “Schuman declaration”, is considered to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union.
“Today, the 9th of May has become a European symbol (Europe Day) which, along with the flag, the anthem, the motto and the single currency (the euro), identifies the political entity of the European Union. Europe Day is the occasion for activities and festivities that bring Europe closer to its citizens and peoples of the Union closer to one another“. How delightful.
Europe is not alone in having a day of fervour named for a continent, as it will be Africa Day on the 25th.
“If your baby has a fever, you go to the doctor. If the doctor says you need to intervene here, you don’t say, ‘well, I read a science fiction novel that tells me it’s not a problem.’ ”
The Wall Street Journal’s readers hear the words, and respond:
Fevers can be a symptom of either a bacterial or viral issue. A doctor can attempt a solution to a bacterial issue, but not a viral one. A virus has to run its course while the body fights it–and a fever is a sign of the struggle to eliminate the virus. Let’s see a scientific consensus that the Earth’s fever is bacteria-related.
Overreacting is common among parents. I remember one morning when my first child was still an infant. Imagine my horror when I discovered that her temperature had risen to 99.5 degrees, almost a whole degree in just under 12 hours. Naturally, I immediately sat down and built a computer model, which clearly projected that by age 30, her temperature was going to be a staggering 19,710 degrees!
Says Gore: “I am Al Gore. I used to be the next president of the United States of America.
SAYS he: “If someone were to produce a mash-up of Dowd and Polly Toynbee, leavened with a dollop of George Monbiot we might have the world’s most compellingly-appalling columnist.”
JEFF Zeleny’s memo to the Superdelegates – Obama is taller:
We played by the rules, set by you, the D.N.C. members, and campaigned as hard as we could, in as many places as we could, to acquire delegates. Essentially, the popular vote is not much better as a metric than basing the nominee on which candidate raised more money, has more volunteers, contacted more voters, or is taller.
And he’s first alphabetically…