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The Iran Missile Crisis Mail Shot

IRAN mail shots the world with images of missiles.

If you see a picture of an Iranian missile in the post, on the web or in an art gallery do not approach it but call the authorities.

Warning: Some of these missiles may be invisible

Posted: 12th, July 2008 | In: Photojournalism, War On Terror | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Supporting Harry’s Place

HARRYS’ PLACE is being sued. Anorak understands. We’ve been sued in relation to the Bob Woolmer case, by a Wag, threatened over the McCanns (not by them) and shouted at by lots of others’ lawyers. But – get this – when we told them to stuff it, we never heard any more.

Go Harry:

Mr Sawalha claims that we have “chosen a malevolent interpretation of a meaningless word”. In fact, we did no more than translate a phrase which appeared in an Al Jazeera report of Mr Sawalha’s speech. When Al Jazeera changed that phrase from “Evil Jew” to “Jewish Lobby”, we reported that fact, along with the statement that it had been a typographical error.

Mr Sawalha says that the attribution of the phrase “Evil Jew” to him implies that he is “anti-semitic and hateful”. Notably, he does not take issue with our reporting of the revelation, made in a Panorama documentary in 2006, that he is a senior activist in the clerical fascist terrorist organisation, Hamas. The BBC report disclosed that Mr Sawalha “master minded much of Hamas’ political and military strategy” and in London “is alleged to have directed funds, both for Hamas’ armed wing, and for spreading its missionary dawah”.

They are backing Harry – us too:

A Deeper Look
A Defending Crusader
American Power
An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings
Atlas Shrugs
Blazing Cat Fur
Blogging for a free world
But, I Am a Liberal!
Covenant Zone
Fausta’s blog
Five Feet of Fury
Freedom’s Cost
Gates of Vienna
Gentile Warrior
Harry’s Place
Klein Verzet
My Two Cents Worth
No Sheeples Here
Not Ready for my Burqua
Novus Ordo Seclorum
Obi’s Sister
Public Secrets
Sara’ts Pad, Home of the Panther
She Who Will Be Obeyed!
Shooting Star
Stubble Jumping Redneck
The Amboy Times
The Daily Bayonet
The Macho Response
Villagers with Torches

Posted: 12th, July 2008 | In: Twitterings, War On Terror | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

David Davis Is A Monster Raving Loon

DAVID DAVIS wins! What exactly he won is open to debate, but he won it in the strongest possible terms:

Monster Raving Loony Party candidate, Mad Cow Girl, tells the BBC: “I may be a loony but I’m not mad enough to want dangerous people to be walking the streets.”

Picture: Hack

Posted: 12th, July 2008 | In: Conservatives, Politicians, War On Terror | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

How German Are You?

A TEST to see how German you are…

I scored zero

Posted: 12th, July 2008 | In: Immigration, Twitterings | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Pictures Of New Czech Defence System

FOLLOWING the shock news that the Iranians have pictures of missiles, the US has stepped up its defences in Europe.

Anorak is leaving on a mission to discover more, and though we can’t reveal too much right now it does involve guns, knives, nucelar warheads, Ozzy’s Kebabs ‘n’ Burgers, STDs, LSD, poison toadstools, hoodies, Jade Goody’s mum, vipers, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s tailor, 121 fire ants, back-to-back episodes of Friends and the French.

Thanks to Beau Bo D’Or Website, we are able to bring you some early findings of our epic reportage…

Posted: 12th, July 2008 | In: Photojournalism, War On Terror | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Noah Pollack Fact Checks Mohammed Omar

OMAR ever work for the tabloids?

Here’s an amazing case in point: Mohammed Omer, a Gaza-based “journalist.” (Read his bio here, and his personal website, and decide for yourself what his actual profession is.) Anyway, Omer is a hero/celebrity in certain enlightened political quarters, and so he traveled to Europe for three weeks to receive a journalism award and bask in the adulation of the righteous.

Before returning to relentless victimization in Gaza, he had to pass from Jordan to Israel, which required a trip through customs. It is here that Omer appears to have gone crazy. He says that:

the policeman ordered him to strip naked. Omer said in a 10-page statement that after he refused repeatedly, the officer unholstered his weapon, “pressing it to my head and with his full body weight pinning me on my side, he forcibly removed my underwear.”

Omer said he was later allowed to get dressed again, but then was insulted and ridiculed by Israel agents, to the point of tears. He said he eventually vomited and fainted.

He claims that when he came to, an Israeli scratched his face deeply under his eyes, then someone gouged his head, clawed at his eyes and tore his skin. An Israeli pressed his neck to the floor with a boot, he charges, saying he suffered beating, scratching and assaults before Israelis summoned an ambulance that took him to a hospital in Jericho.

What did the hospital in Jericho say? Omer “had no signs of physical injury.” And the Israelis say they have no idea what Omer is talking about. Dutch diplomats — oh, the kindhearted Dutch — whisked him away to Gaza, where Omer now protests his abuse from a hospital, which has magically discovered — wait for it — that he has broken ribs.

Someone should investigate the hospital…

Posted: 11th, July 2008 | In: Twitterings, War On Terror | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Iran Missile Crisis: They Have One Missile

IRAN has fired invisible missiles!

Iran has pictures of missile that can scare the crap out of Israel!

Iran has one missile that can be seen from up to 360 different angles – including a view from Tel Aviv!!

Iran’s missile could travel 2,000 miles if it is folded up and posted to Tel Aviv with the correct stamps!

Iran can and will use pictures of old missile tests if provoked!

That is all…

Posted: 11th, July 2008 | In: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Politicians, War On Terror | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Rod Liddle Thanks David Cameron

ROD Liddle thanks David Cameron for pointing things out:

Good for David Cameron. There was a grotesquely fat woman in front of me in the checkout queue at Sainsbury’s this week, so fat I couldn’t see the car park; she looked like 26 Ethiopians, if you put them in a blender, added some bleach and gelatine and then allowed the result to set for 38 years in the fridge. Her trolley was full of prepackaged brown filth, tramp-semen-flavoured nacho chips, pasta shaped into an approximation of Shami Chakrabarti’s face, smothered in sugar and vinegar and tomato sauce and shoved in a tin, and carbonated sugary drinks that would make Jesus belch. Meanwhile, causing a ruckus by the entrance, was her vile lardy brood, a clutch of under ten E.S.N. thromboses waiting to happen, even the youngest of them with a pierced ear. How did they find a sleeper large enough to get through all that earlobe fat, I wondered — through all that reconstituted crispy chicken nugget and salt and sugar and saturated gunk?

Before David Cameron’s speech in Glasgow East I would simply have shrugged my shoulders, looking at this hag, and maybe sighed — ah, yes, this is Britain. But now he has told these awful people it’s all their own fault that they are hideous, poor and stupid…

Sterilisation by crisps…

Posted: 11th, July 2008 | In: David Cameron, Politicians, Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Bigger Bills For Bigger Bras At M&S

SAYS Beckie Williams, founder of Bust 4 Justice, on Radio Five Live: “That’s fair enough. But they don’t apply the same policy to other clothes that use more material and more resources to make as well.

“I just think it should be one policy for all items of clothing.”

Ms Williams beef is with Mark and Spencer which charges more for some of its bras that are DD cup or larger.

Williams calls it “an unfair tax”. Says she: “This is not something that we have chosen… If you don’t charge a size 20 woman more for a pair of trousers, then why should you pay more for an E cup bra?”

This appears to be an oversight on the part of retailers who will most probably respond to Williams’ campaign by upping the cost of clothing in larger sizes.

Posted: 11th, July 2008 | In: Money, Twitterings | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

James Bowman On The American Hero In Film


American movies have forgotten how to portray heroism, while a large part of their disappearing audience still wants to see celluloid heroes. I mean real heroes, unqualified heroes, not those who have dominated American cinema over the past 30 years and who can be classified as one of three types: the whistle-blower hero, the victim hero, and the cartoon or superhero. The heroes of most of last year’s flopperoos belonged to one of the first two types, although, according to Scott, the only one that made any money, “The Kingdom,” starred “a team of superheroes” on the loose in Saudi Arabia. What kind of box office might have been done by a movie that offered up a real hero?

Any Saudi Arabian movie heroes?

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Zoe Williams: TV Last Taboos

GUARDIAN writer Zoe Williams has been on the BBC’s Daily Politics show.

She has been bring ner nails throughtout.

Is this a TV taboo broken?

Posted: 11th, July 2008 | In: Overheard On The TV And Radio, TV & Radio, Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Civil Marriage: The Right To Discriminate

DIZZY looks at the Christian registrar who refused to perform same-sex civil partnership unions because she believes that gay marriage is “sinful”. She has won her claim for discrimination:

And so it came to pass that on the seventh day identity politics was shown to be the most absurdly contradictory and inherent upholder of all that it seeked to destroy. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about it’s the news that an orthodox christian registrar in Islingtom has has had her claim of discrimination on religious grounds upheld by a tribunal after the council said she could not refuse to carry out same-sex civil partnership because she considered them sinful.

The gay rights movement is inevitably outraged by this. Outrages Peter Tatchell that it was not a victory for religious liberty but a ‘victory for the right to discriminate’. Meanwhile Stonewall’s head says that because the women is public servant she can’t choose what public services she will do. Thus we now have two distinct identity groups claiming discrimination and each wanting to discriminate. Whoever had won the other side would be claiming the right to discriminate had been upheld for the winner.

What makes no sense is how nobody seems to be able to see this absurdity or dares to question it. What has happened to this country?

So very, well, Christian of her…

Posted: 11th, July 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comments (15) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Climate Change Delusion: Round Up

CLIMATE Change Delusion – A round up:

It’s environmentalism on LSD. It’s like he read Al Gore’s propaganda rant, Earth in the Balance, which itself already read like the Unabomber manifesto, and then dropped acid – Matthew Vadum

Is ‘climate change delusion’ the next epidemic?

The backlash against evidence of climate change as fear-mongering is just “thoughtless commentary,” said Scienceblog’s Corpus Callosum blog. The physicians who wrote the case report were “[describing] manifestations of illness.” This case is about a sick teenager, not about the extensive debate on climate change.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 11th, July 2008 | In: Bad Science, Global Warming | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Andrew Gold On The Beatification Of Nelson Mandela:

ALAN Gold on the beatification of Nelson Mandela:

Since he stepped down from the leadership of a nation with rising tides of crime and infection, his legacy can be divided between the man who ended white racist rule and the failed leader who left South Africa far worse off than when he was elected.

Yet he is still elevated to near sainthood by a largely unquestioning West… Because of the reverence in which he is held, few in the media ask him why it is that he has made a profession of befriending and supporting those dictators who are the declared enemies of the West.

During his time as president, Mandela was a strong supporter of Uganda’s insane dictator Idi Amin, of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, of Hafez al-Assad of Syria, of Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, of Fidel Castro of Cuba, of the theocratic leaders of Iran, and many other dictators. This may be viewed as guilt by association, but when he became president and apartheid was demolished as an instrument of government, Mandela rarely publicly acknowledged that it was the sanctions and disinvestment by Western governments and corporations, and the voices of men and women of conscience in the West, who had been largely responsible for the overthrow of white rule.

Yet despite his nation’s debt to America, Europe and nations that went out of their way to oppose apartheid, Mandela has been hugely critical of the West, associating instead with its enemies.

Celebs form an orderly queue…

Posted: 11th, July 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Gordon Brown Costs Us £135,526 In Expenses


The Appalling Strangeness points out that Gordon Brown cost us £135,526 last year in expenses alone and that he has hardly been value for money.


Posted: 11th, July 2008 | In: Gordon Brown, Labour Party, Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Bobby Jindal Is Republicans Number One

JOHN Hawkins says Right Wing News “emailed more than 240 right-of-center bloggers and asked them about their favorite elected Republicans. The following 42 blogs responded:”

The Absurd Report, The Anchoress, Argghhhh!, Bad Example, Betsy’s Page, BizzyBlog, Bluey Blog, Dr. Melissa Clouthier, Gina Cobb, Conservatism Today, Conservative Grapevine, Conservative Punk, Doubleplusundead, Election Projection, Eternity Road, Elocutio, Exurban League, Fraters Libertas, Jeff Gannon – A Voice of the New Media, (Doug) GraniteGrok, Guardian Watchblog, The Hedgehog Report, Ivy League Conservatives, JB’s Corner, Jeremayakovka, Mainstream Libertarian, Moonbattery, Neocon News, Newsbeat1, (Steve) No Runny Eggs, (Shoebox) No Runny Eggs, Pirate’s Cove, Say Anything, Don Singleton, Sister Toldjah, Slobokan’s Site Of Schtuff, The Smallest Minority, Stolen Thunder, The Sundries Shack, Viking Pundit, Villainous Company, WILLisms,

The bloggers were instructed to send in an unranked list 1-10 living, elected Republicans in Congress, President, or governors. Here is what they came up with, the favorite elected Republicans of right-of-center bloggers,

The winner is…

20) John Thune (6)
16) Mark Sanford (7)
16) Mitch McConnell (7)
16) John Cornyn (7)
16) John McCain (7)
12) John Shadegg (8)
12) Jon Kyl (8)
12) Haley Barbour (8)
12) Tom Tancredo (8)
11) Dick Cheney (9)
9) Jeff Sessions (11)
9) Jeff Flake (11)
8) Mike Pence (12)
7) George W. Bush (13)
6) James Inhofe (14)
5) Sarah Palin (15)
4) Duncan Hunter (16)
3) Jim DeMint (18)
2) Tom Coburn (24)
1) Bobby Jindal (25)

Bobby Jindal

Posted: 11th, July 2008 | In: Politicians, Race For The White House, Sarah Palin, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Matt Harding Is Dancing


The dancer is Matt Harding, the 31-year-old creator of the video, and with some New Agey-sounding music playing in the background, he turns up, grinning and bouncing, in 69 different locations, including India, Kuwait, Bhutan, Tonga, Timbuktu and the Nellis Airspace in Nevada, where he performs the dance in zero gravity.

He started doing it at work, years ago, when he was living in Brisbane, Australia. “I’d dance at lunchtime or during an awkward pause or just to annoy people,” Mr. Harding said. “It was sort of a nervous tic.”


Posted: 10th, July 2008 | In: Anorak TV, Strange But True, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

You Used To Be Able To Shag Dead People In Wisconsin


Wisconsin law bans sex with dead bodies, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in reinstating charges against three men accused of digging up a corpse to have sex with it.

The court waded into the grisly case after lower court judges ruled nothing in state law banned necrophilia. Those decisions prompted public outrage in Wisconsin and on the Internet, where one blogger wrote: “Doing the dirty with the dead OK in Wisconsin.”

Why now?

The ruling reinstates attempted sexual assault charges against twin brothers Nicholas and Alexander Grunke and Dustin Radke, all 22. They face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Armed with shovels, a crowbar and a box of condoms, the men went to a cemetery in Cassville in southwestern Wisconsin in 2006 to remove the body of a 20-year-old woman killed the week before in a motorcycle crash, police said.


Posted: 10th, July 2008 | In: Anorak In New York, Police Log, Twitterings | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Iranian Missile Crisis

THE Iranian missile crisis

Posted: 10th, July 2008 | In: Photojournalism, War On Terror | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Photoshop Update: Iran Has Invisible Missiles

AGENCE France-Presse says it obtained the image of four Iranian missiles punching the sky from the Web site of Sepah News, the media wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

That was Wednesday.

Today the Associated Press distributed the same image without the fourth missile.

Inded, the Iranains have invisible missiles – Israel is fu**ked…

Posted: 10th, July 2008 | In: Photojournalism, War On Terror | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Photoshopping A Tornado

AFTER this. The Associated Press admits they were bamboozled by some bogus tornado video.

The Associated Press and video services operated by CBS and NBC have pulled video allegedly taken of a tornado in Nebraska last weekend after questions were raised about its authenticity.

A tornado chaser has claimed that the video was a doctored version of pictures he had taken of a twister that touched down four years ago in Rock, Kan.

The AP paid another storm chaser, Andy Fabel, $295 for footage of a tornado that briefly touched down Saturday afternoon near Valentine, Neb. The video was sent Sunday to nearly 2,000 Web sites that subscribe to the AP’s Online Video Network, and more than 60 large digital customers that buy AP’s online content individually.

Yet on Tuesday, a person who asked that his name not be used contacted the AP and said the supposed Nebraska footage was really video he had taken four years ago. The image was “flipped” to make it seem the tornado was pointed in another direction, and the action sped up. The Nebraska images add power lines and subtracts trees that were in the Kansas pictures.

Upon seeing the video evidence, the AP eliminated Fabel’s video from the Online Video Network late Tuesday and contacted its other customers to urge them not to use it, said Kevin Roach, the AP’s acting head of domestic broadcast news operations.

We never want to mislead people,” Roach said. “Based on evidence provided to us, we believe that the video was not authentic.”

Mistakers in reporting. Tsk! Heads will roll… or not…


Posted: 10th, July 2008 | In: Anorak In New York, Photojournalism, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

All That’s Wrong With America Today


After three weeks of clearing brush and poison ivy, scrounging up plywood and green paint, digging holes and pouring concrete, Vincent, Justin and about a dozen friends did manage to build it — a tree-shaded Wiffle ball version of Fenway Park complete with a 12-foot-tall green monster in center field, American flag by the left-field foul pole and colorful signs for Taco Bell Frutista Freezes.

But, alas, they had no idea just who would come — youthful Wiffle ball players, yes, but also angry neighbors and their lawyer, the police, the town nuisance officer and tree warden and other officials in all shapes and sizes. It turns out that one kid’s field of dreams is an adult’s dangerous nuisance, liability nightmare, inappropriate usurpation of green space, unpermitted special use or drag on property values, and their Wiffle-ball Fenway has become the talk of Greenwich and a suburban Rorschach test about youthful summers past and present.


Posted: 10th, July 2008 | In: Anorak In New York, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Abu Qatada: Caption This




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Gordon Brown Heathcliff

GORDON Brown is Heathcliff – Don’t come home:

However, in the interview, Mr Brown says it is “absolutely correct” for people to compare him to Heathcliff. He then adds: “Well, maybe an older Heathcliff, a wiser Heathcliff.” Many MPs were openly questioning last night whether Mr Brown could have even read the book to make such a comparison.

Andrew McCarthy, the acting director of the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Yorkshire, told The Daily Telegraph: “Heathcliff is a man prone to domestic violence, kidnapping, possibly murder, and digging up his dead lover. He is moody and unkind to animals. Is this really a good role model for a prime minister?”


Posted: 10th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Gordon Brown, Politicians, Twitterings | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

MyLifeMyId.Org Is

A NEW site by Jacqui Smith:

Fresh from its success in selling ID cards to the aviation industry, the Home Office has moved straight on to young people with a ‘have your say’ online forum, The site is fronted by a video of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith getting down with the yoof of Shooters Hill College.

Or at least it was – the site went down for “maintenance” before we got as far as the end of that paragraph. But from memory, we can tell you that the initial response from users has been positive, with comments ranging from (we paraphrase slightly) ‘how can we stop this nightmare scheme’, through ‘you’re going to spin the results of the survey anyway’, to ‘patronising guff.’

The Yoof are all right…

Posted: 10th, July 2008 | In: Immigration, Labour Party, Politicians, Twitterings, War On Terror | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0