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Us Weekly, which unlike People and OK!, chose a rather caustic cover line (“Babies, Lies and Scandal”) is said to have lost thousands of subscribers in just the first 24 hours following the printing of the issue.
“I’m hearing it’s 5,000, maybe more,” says one well-placed source in the industry. Another source claimed that as many as 10,000 readers have already cancelled their subscriptions…
Hype follows hype – 10,000?
AN internal email from Alison Tocci, to all staff:
The Daily Telegraph’s transport correspondent, David Millward crashes and burns…
“Jesus was a community organizer. Pontius Pilate was a governor.”
What happened to Jesus?
Not only is Sarah Palin not a feminist, she is as anti-woman as Bush and McCain combined. That is the reason why McCain picked her; not because she is a woman and he wanted to be underhanded (which he totally did,) but because she’s a Republican, conservative man who just happens to be in a woman’s body.
IS that all?
“OVER ONE-THIRD OF FORMER AMERICAN FOOTBALL PLAYERS HAD SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH MEN, STUDY CLAIMS”
A study of former high-school American Football players has found that more than a third said they had had sexual relations with other men.
In his study of homosexuality among sportsmen in the US, sociologist Dr Eric Anderson found that 19 in a sample of 47 had taken part in acts intended to sexually arouse other men, ranging from kissing to mutual masturbation and oral sex.
The 47 men, aged 18-23, were all American Football players who previously played at the high school (secondary school) level but had failed to be picked for their university’s team and were now cheerleaders instead.
Give Me a B…
HARRY’S Place looks at how the Vatican wants to turn Cardinal John Henry Newman into a gay saint at the expense of his being a gay bishop. Of course, he might have been gay, only:
The Vatican plans to exhume and rebury Cardinal John Henry Newman in a new tomb in Birmingham Oratory church, in preparation for him being made a saint later this year.
The Vatican is embarrassed that Newman is currently buried in the same grave as the man he shared much of his life with, Father Ambrose St John. Although inseparable in life and buried together for 118 years, the Catholic Church wants to now tear them apart.
Newman and St John have been buried side-by-side in a simple grave since Newman’s death in 1890. It was what Newman wanted. He wrote to his executors shortly before his death stating emphatically: “I wish, with all my heart, to be buried in Father Ambrose St John’s grave – and I give this as my last, my imperative will.”
Despite this categorical instruction, the Vatican is now overturning it.
Peter Tatchell has more on Comment Is Free …
SARAH Palin is not loved by one and all.
The Washington Post let fly with this headline:
Palin Slashed Funding for Teen Moms
Even though her own teen daughter became pregnant! How awful!
Except the alleged “slashing” was actually a threefold increase.
A little slow at the beginning, but a very strong speech, well-delivered. It’s as if she’s done this speechmaking thing before. The crowd is certainly behind her, and the fiance is on the stage with the whole family—and with John McCain. It’s like they’re taunting the press and the Democrats to go on with the baby-talk. As I’ve said, I don’t think they believe this hurts them.
Sarah Palin is hard to dislike…
ANDREW Sullivan is watching other people’s children:
Did I just see Cindy holding Trig? I mean: can we have it one way or the other? Either the family is out of bounds or it is in the spotlight. Brandishing a child with Down Syndrome as a campaign statement is daring the press to ask questions about him.
A four-month-old baby cannot be held in public? Jeeez…
SAYS Pam in the comments:
Well, there’s the little matter of a hurricane mop-up to attend to and, um, the fact that he’s pretty much the most unpopular president in history.
As for the vice-babe, to date she has not shot any member of her own party. This puts her well ahead of the current VP–by twice, I think.
Sarah Palin – hard not to like
If you desire to be poor, oppressed, and eventually vaporized in a nuclear war, vote Republican.
Roberts is the former Reagan administration Assistant Secretary of the Treasury…
RUPERT Murdoch loves gossip. Indeed. Writes Michael Wolff:
He may be among the biggest gossips in New York. In the months of interviewing him, I found that the most reliable way to hold his interest was to bring him a rich nugget. His entire demeanor would change. He’d instantly light up. He’d go from distracted to absolutely focused. Gossip gives him life (and business opportunities). This, I believe, is how the rumor about Michael Bloomberg’s buying The New York Times got legs. I offered it to him as a bit of speculation—conflating two of his favorite subjects, Bloomberg, whom he greatly admires, and the Times, which he does not—that a Bloomberg-Times deal could be possible. He paused, considered, opened his mouth, seemed blissed out for a second, processed this information against his own needs and interests … and then said, “It makes sense. I think I’ll ask him.” And suddenly the rumor was everywhere—he was telling everybody, which made it true. The mayor’s people seemed to like the rumor so much that they began to talk it up themselves. Bloomberg himself seemed to fancy it (offering only a tepid denial) and, Murdoch thinks, could act on it.
He sells gossip too…
SARAH Palin Watch: Anorak’s look at Sarah Palin in the news…
SARAH Palin on religion and God’s Plan.
“Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God,” she exhorted the congregants. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”
Above all else she is an American…
Imagaine if Gordo said that…
POLICE LOG: Crime in the news…
Police said Knight broke into a truck in the mall parking lot, taking a $500 digital camera and the owner’s manual. He had just jimmied the door of a second when its owner spotted him, the police report said. Knight took off, leaving behind a shoe and the screwdriver he used to break into the trucks, police said.
GLOBAL warming scientists and warmists are never wrong – and Michael Mann was most certainly not ever wrong about the Hockey Stick theory of global warming, which was, er, wrong:
As EU Ref notes:
When Michael Mann delivers his latest attempt to prove his “hockey stick”, cheer-leaders such as Richard Black, Environment correspondent for the BBC News website, roll over, wave their legs in the air and utter admiring gurgles, offering the immortal phrase: “A new study by climate scientists behind the controversial 1998 ‘hockey stick’ graph suggests their earlier analysis was broadly correct.”
Black clearly has neither the wit nor integrity to postulate that a so-called scientist who is already a three-time loser is not going to get it right on his fourth attempt and that, in pursuit of his mystic goal of proving that the world is warmer now than it has ever been – at least, in the last 1300 years – that he might be a tad biased.
Not that Black is alone of course. The warmist groupies on The Daily Telegraph are quick to follow in the wake of the Beeb, pronouncing: “Past decade hottest for 1300 years in northern hemisphere”, trotting out the unexpurgated doctrine of the sainted Mann, who sits at the right hand of Gore.
Michael Mann – the director of Heat?
AUSTRLAIAN soldiers in Afghanistan place four Taliban captives in pens formerly occupied by bomb squad dogs, says Tim Blair.
Dogs. Snarling. The SMH’s website has such a picture.
Only. No dogs. Just a bit of canvas. And some guards…
BEN Goldacre looks at how big phama invents new ilnesses to sell new drugs:
In 2007 the British Medical Journal published a large, well-conducted, randomised controlled trial, performed at lots of different locations, run by publicly funded scientists, that delivered a strikingly positive result: it showed that one treatment could significantly improve children’s antisocial behaviour. The treatment was entirely safe, and the study was even accompanied by a very compelling cost-effectiveness analysis.
Did this story get reported as front-page news in the Daily Mail, natural home of miracle cures (and sinister hidden scares)? Was it followed up on the health pages, with an accompanying photo feature, describing one child’s miraculous recovery, and an interview with an attractive happy mother with whom we could all identify?
No. This story was unanimously ignored by the entire British news media, despite their preoccupation with antisocial behaviour, school performance and miracle cures, for one very simple reason: the research was not about a pill. It was about a cheap, practical parenting programme.
We’re all bi-polar now…
TRIGGERS, not Trig…
If McCain wins, look for a full-fledged race and class war, fueled by a deflated and depressed country, soaring crime, homelessness – and hopelessness!
My money’s on the side with the guns and the money…
CHICK Point Charlies: Wishful thinking in the regions…
The Sun is Spotless:
The sun has reached a milestone not seen for nearly 100 years: an entire month has passed without a single visible sunspot being noted. . . . When the sun is active, it’s not uncommon to see sunspot numbers of 100 or more in a single month. Every 11 years, activity slows, and numbers briefly drop to near-zero. Normally sunspots return very quickly, as a new cycle begins.
But this year — which corresponds to the start of Solar Cycle 24 — has been extraordinarily long and quiet, with the first seven months averaging a sunspot number of only 3. August followed with none at all. The astonishing rapid drop of the past year has defied predictions, and caught nearly all astronomers by surprise.
If you stare at the sun you can see spots…
She may be the oldest murder victim in New York state history.
THIS is incredible:
“Hello, I’m calling from Gaza. I want some of your time. We are supporting Barack Obama…”
For the past seven months, a group of 24 students and young professionals have gathered in the Gaza Strip nightly to phone random telephone numbers in the United States, urging the voices at the other end to “vote for Barack Obama.”
And hearing: “How the f*** did you get my number?”
What harm would it do to release the medical records showing that Sarah Palin delivered Trig on April 18 in Wasilla? This is not hard: there must be an obstetrician, medical records, and data that can easily refute this rumor. It is not out of the ordinary either: candidates routinely issue medical records. So let’s have them …
Why not kill this rumor with Palin’s medical records? A 43 year old woman’s pregnancy with a Downs Syndrome child would have been intensely monitored, and the records must be a mile long. Just release them, ok?
File under: “what a complete twat…”