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IN Indonesia, a Muslim cleric has married a 12-year-old girl.
Pujianto Cahyo Widianto married the girl in the Java city of Semarang.
He reportedly selected his bride from a gaggle of 20 girls.
He then flew to Singapore with his new bride, and his first wife.
A “toff” student and a pal, of Bristol University, tried to recreate a scene from the Italian Job in a new mini:
“Earlier the pair roared around the halls at up to 40mph, shrieking with laughter in a 20-minute rampage over pavements and lawns. They woke other students who were furious?”
Tabloid fact or tabloid fiction? Answer…
SUNDAY HERALD: “KATE AND GERRY McCANN, BY IAN BELL”
OF ALL the questions asked of Kate and Gerry McCann, official and unofficial, wise or wantonly cruel, since the disappearance of their four-year-old daughter, one is never likely to be answered.
Is it, what happened to Madeleine McCann?
It is not one of the obvious questions.
So not one of the 100 Questions… Is it, what didn’t happen to Madeleine McCann?
Don’t panic; it’s our great leader calling for people with money to give some to the IMF so that they can give it to the rather long list of countries buckling at the knees under the weight of the financial catastrophe.
SOLAR panels. Blame them for warming the planet:
Alexander Ač has pointed out that a greenhouse gas emitted during the production of solar panels and HDTVs, nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) that is used for cleaning some parts of the gadgets, is about 17,000 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
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RUSSELL Brand and Jonathan Ross are the Germanes:
Brand defended the call on air by asking what was more offensive, the Daily Mail’s support for Mosley’s Blackshirts seventy-odd years back, or his call. I guess the answer to that is that that no-one in the 1930s was forced on pain of imprisonment to buy the Daily Mail !
(Slightly off-topic but irresistible – I bet you didn’t know that the Guardian argued for the Nazi Party’s inclusion in the German government, saying that this would “help to perpetuate this democracy“. Or that the Observer hinted that claims of anti-semitism were exaggerated because “the major part of the German Republican Press is in Jewish hands“.)
Laban makes a point. But Brand’s apology made no point at all…
HALLOWEEN. Dust off those platform heels, fright wigs and flashing “LEADER!” headlights.
“… looking for their next victim. Is your child next? Call the University of Michigan Law School at … and ask them why their graduates want your children to be raped.”
There’s a new court decision blocking a state law that “prohibits ‘all Halloween-related contact with children’ and allows sexual offenders to leave their homes from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. only if they have ‘just cause,'” and Happyshooter, a commenter at Volokh Conspiracy, spins out a spoof of the sort of attack ads that are aimed at the judges who must stand for re-election.
Of course, they should have “Paedo” writ on their doors in flour and water.
BIG news online, via a press release (emailed!), is that the Telegraph Tabloid has signed a deal to publish 18 films by The Onion’s spoof 24-hour TV station.
It’s quite a coup.
Well, done to the Telegraph for moving with the times and getting one over all those other plodding old news organisations that merely click on Onion videos and “embed” the “code”…
IN the pages of The Times-Picayune news is that Chris Rose has been arrested in an alleged domestic violence incident.
The story is penned by Brendan McCarthy, Rose’s colleague on the paper. The story appears on the paper’s website and is open to comments.
Readers may draw parallels with the treatment given out to Kay Burley, the Sky news anchor, when she attended a court eharing for her friend Naomi Campbell.
NERDS can be romantic:
I proposed to my (now) Fiance. Originally I wanted to retun to the site of our first date, Mount Baker, near Bellingham Washington. Sadly, there was no discrete way to get her out there. So I turned to the next best thing, digitally recreating the mountain!
But why stop there? I figured I’d try and recreate many of our other favorite memories — stargazing, dancing, even her favorite song lyrics (from the Princess Bride). I’m a college student who is studying Computer Science, and I wanted to do something unique that used my talents, so I did some research on Rom hacking, as she was playing through Chrono Trigger….
MANCHESTER is sooooo rude…
No – he-he – not the same one immigrant, although they do all look the same.
The Star gives the headline figure, and hears Immigration Minister Phil Woolas cheer the news that say that with ID cards “will mean we have the strongest and secure borders for many a year”.
This and the ingenious plan to ruin the economy and render the UK no different to an impoverished East European state will make the country safe.
Having faced down the enemy, veterans of the War on Terror are not faced with the Warble On Terror.
This is their proudest day. Cut out and keep this one, mum. After years of bath warbling and assaults on eardrums and mirrors, Simon Cowell’s barmy army now stand proud on the Sun’s front page.
THE new religion of global warming: The warmists are among us…
MICHAEL Malone sees the media bias for Obama and how in the end, when the media is so partisan, no-one wins:
(N)othing , nothing I’ve seen has matched the media bias on display in the current presidential campaign… (E)ven Democrats, who have been gloating over the pass—no, make that shameless support—they’ve gotten from the press, are starting to get uncomfortable as they realize that no one wins in the long run when we don’t have a free and fair press…
“JAPAN’S Papers, Doomed but Going Strong…”
That’s the headline in the Washington Post, but I detect a whiff of anxiety from the reporter; perhaps it’s simple envy of the fact that none of the Japanese press are being sacked, unlike, for example, writers on the Washington Post.
DRIVING a real car will be easy, I haz the skillz…
Over the weekend in Osaka’s Higashiyodogawa Ward, a 58 year-old man was knocked off his bicycle by a car and dragged 180 meters (almost 600 feet) in a hit-and-run accident. The victim suffered serious injuries, and the driver was arrested by the police. The suspect is a 14 year-old junior high school girl from Osaka’s Toyonaka City..
There were three male middle school students in the car, and it was originally thought the girl was a scapegoat — until she gave an official statement. She told Yodogawa Police Station authorities in an affidavit, “I was confident in my video game driving, so I wanted to try the real deal… That day was the first time I had ever driven a real car.” Apparently, the girl had been “practicing” driving on arcade games. She decided that she had gotten so good at video games, she ought to try an actual car and thus swiped the keys to her father’s small mini-van.
DAVID WARSH, proprietor of Economic Principals, explains what’s wrong with newspapers employing professionals and not reporters.
Everyone knows that the newspaper business is shrinking, but the implications haven’t been sufficiently examined. To cope, papers have been eliminating beats, outsourcing coverage, and, in EP’s field, relying increasingly on economists to write rotating columns. Websites such as VoxEU, The Economists’ Voice and Project Syndicate have sprung up to showcase short op-ed-like articles.
It’s all op-ed…
HOW to be a hack:
READ the news. See a connection. Develop a funny angle. Get the word out. This is how you seize the day.
HEAR that? The boom is a’comin’, says George Gilder
WRITES Peter Wilby in the Guardian:
The Daily Mail is in many (no, most) respects a dreadful paper, relentlessly stoking the worst human emotions: prejudice, bigotry and hate.
No so much stoking the worst as reinforcing fears and hatreds reinforcing them among its right-minded readership.
But what of the Guardian? The paper’s former writer Julie Burchill signed off her final column by citing the Guardian’s’s Jew hating, the “dirty little secret masquerading as a moral stance”:
JIHAD Makdissi, of the Syrian Embassy in London, accuses US forces of carrying out a raid inside its territory near the border with Iraq.
The Syrian foreign ministry says eight civilians were killed in the attack.
Jihad Makdissi says this is an outrageous crime and an act of aggression. The BBC reports the matter but makes no mention to the irony that the man complaining of aggression is called Jihad.
MORE news on Julian King, missing, presumed black, and the nephew of sultry actress Jennifer Hudson.
The story is in all the UK papers.
DAILY EXPRESS: “JENNIFER HUDSON’S $100,000 REWARD TO FIND MISSING NEPHEW”
Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Julian may have had his appearance altered by his alleged kidnapper(s), and could no resemble a small black boy.
Presidential hopeful Barack Obama… said he and his wife Michelle were “heartbroken” by the tragedy.