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Hillary Clinton Responds

HILLARY Clinton – why don’t they like me?

Posted: 6th, January 2008 | In: Hillary Clinton, Politicians, Race For The White House, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Museum Of Laziness Bogota

estud trabaja The Museum Of Laziness BogotaA MUSEUM dedicated to laziness has opened in Colombia’s capital, Bogota.

Marcela Arrieta, the museum curator, told Associated Press news agency: “We always think about laziness as an enemy of work.

“So we wanted to explore that and make people think about the social issues implied in taking a nap, in being jobless or in feeling that maybe we are wasting time – so we want to ask ourselves about that.”


Posted: 6th, January 2008 | In: Strange But True, Twitterings | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Madeleine McCann Pantomime: Oh No They Didn’t

MADELEINE McCann: “THE parents of missing toddler Madeleine McCann are reported to have attended a pantomime in Southport as they tried to have a normal Christmas for the sake of their twins.

“Kate and Gerry McCann were seen with their children Sean and Amelie, 2, at the Wednesday night performance of Aladdin at Southport Theatre.

“It is understood a family member from Formby was among the cast, which starred Syd Little and Lisa Riley.”

 “Oh no they didn’t.”

“Oh, yes the did.”

The Madeleine McCann pantomime here  

Posted: 5th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Government As Psychopath

THE Government as psychopath: “Beckham Jolly’s excellent book, The Government*, presents a credible argument for the government as a psychopath. The government’s overriding belief in its responsibility to ‘society’ renders it incapable of sustaining long-term relationships with individual voters, or of experiencing guilt, or considering the harm its actions may cause others, and so on.

“The model of psychopathy is highly apposite. The manipulative skills of some politicians may be valued for providing audacious leadership. However, these individuals will often cause long-term harm, both to the existing institutions of government and to society as a whole, due their manipulative, deceitful, abusive, and often fraudulent behaviour.”


Posted: 5th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Britney Spears’ Celebrity Illness

WHAT did I tell you about celebrity trends: TMZ and E! are both reporting that Britney Spears  suffers froma kind of bipolar disorder.

It is very in fashion…


Posted: 5th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Dog The Bounty’s Hunter’s Tim Chapman’s Lewd Act, Allegedly

DOG The Bounty Hunter’s wing man, Tim Chapman, has been accused of performing a lewd act.

Tim’s lawyer says: “It was simply a man who wet his pants with orange juice inadvertently and was changing them, doing nothing wrong at all and believing he had sufficient privacy to do it.”

Now that’s cleared up…

Posted: 5th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comments (29) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Oklahoma’s Low-Fat Cornett

fat Oklahomas Low Fat CornettMICK Cornett, mayor of Oklahoma City, makes a New Year resolution for  the locals.  How’s that for the nanny state:

With a button-popping spread of cornbread, sausage and gravy, chicken fried steak and pecan pie designated as Oklahoma’s official state meal, it’s no surprise that Oklahoma City’s mayor wants to put the city on a diet. Mick Cornett has challenged the city to shed 1 million pounds as its New Year’s resolution.

Prompted in part by his own struggle to lose weight, Cornett wants to end Oklahoma City’s dubious distinction as one of America’s fattest cities.

“The message of this obesity initiative is that we’ve got to watch what we eat,” Cornett said Thursday. “Exercise is part of it and the city is trying to change into a city that is less sprawling, has more density and is more pedestrian friendly, but you’re not really going to take on obesity unless you acknowledge that we eat too much and don’t eat the right foods.”

And if you can give up smoking, spend more time with your children, play less golf, Mick would be grateful. Don’t let the nanny down, now…

Posted: 5th, January 2008 | In: Anorak In New York, Food & Fat | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Carbombs Are Not Tools Of Terrorism

THE Croydonian notes “Car bombs do not constitute terrorist activity”.

“In spite of all evidence to the contrary, that is what a German court has decided. The German beaks have been examining this question in the light of the anti G8 protests last year, and under German law it would appear that “A terrorist act is one that causes significant damage to the state“, rather than to one of the individual Länder, it being Mecklenburg-Vorpommern where the protest / riot took place.

I wonder if the reaction would have been the same if it had been Dusseldorf or Frankfurt in the firing line rather than a small town in the former DDR.

Meanwhile, the German far left thinks this is all just great.


Posted: 5th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

If You Smash A Low-Energy Bulb, Grab A Plastic Bag

low energy bulb If You Smash A Low Energy Bulb, Grab A Plastic BagGOT your new low-energy light bulbs? Can’t see a thing? Walk into a lamp and knock it over? Smash! What to do?

Says the BBC: “Official advice from the Department of the Environment states that if a low-energy bulb is smashed, the room needs to be vacated for at least 15 minutes.

“A vacuum cleaner should not be used to clear up the debris, and care should be taken not to inhale the dust.

“Instead, rubber gloves should be used, and the broken bulb put into a sealed plastic bag – which should be taken to the local council for disposal.”

A plastic bag to save the planet?

Posted: 5th, January 2008 | In: Global Warming | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Amsterdam Brothel Shuts

LEGALISE sex sales and prevent crime: “A Dutch judge has ordered a leading Amsterdam brothel to close, as part of a campaign to cut links between the sex trade and organised crime.

“The judge upheld the city’s complaint that the Yab Yum Club had been taken over by the Hells Angels biker gang.

“The brothel, which describes itself as up-market and exclusive, denies this.”

Or not… 

Posted: 5th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Find Out What They Bought At Sears

WANT to know what so-and-so bought at a shop?

Sears provides a website, where anyone can look up anyone elses’ entire purchase history at Sears—using only their name and address. This is especially convenient because these strange men keep dropping off huge lists of names and addresses on our door every year (we think they’re called “phone books”) and we never really knew what to do with them.

Hav ethey got the system at Threshers?

Posted: 4th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Gossip Sites Thank God For Britney Spears

BRITNEY SPEARS: “She had already put Preston in the car when Britney locked herself in a room with Jayden,” a source tells People. “The cops came and got through the door and tied her down to a gurney.”

And here

Posted: 4th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Britain Against Free Speech: Blogger Threatened With Prison

lyrical terrorist Britain Against Free Speech: Blogger Threatened With PrisonBRITISH blogger Lionheart has been accused of inciting racial hatred. Do you believe in free speech? If you do, you should be angry.

The Anorak recalls Samina Malik, from Southall, west London, being found guilty at the Old Bailey of owning terrorist manuals (The Mujaheddin Poisoner’s Handbook, Encyclopaedia Jihad, How To Win In Hand To Hand Combat, and How To Make Bombs and Sniper Manual.)

Malik said she had only called herself the Lyrical Terrorist “because it sounded cool”. In The Living Martyrs she wrote: “Let us make Jihad/ Move to the front line/ To chop chop head of kuffar swine“. A second poem was called How to Behead. “It’s not as messy or as hard as some may think/ It’s all about the flow of the wrist.”

Not nice. Stupid. Childish But illegal? Did she kill anyone? Did she possess a weapon? Would anyone read her lyrics and then go on to commit acts of terrorism? Her lyrics are bloodthirsty but then so is this from US rapper Ice T: “Cop killer, better you than me/ I’m a Cop killer, f**k police brutality!/ Cop killer, I know your family’s grievin’/(f**k ‘em)/ Cop killer, but tonight we get even.

ICE T is a black rapper and can get away with saying such thing. Malik is a Muslim woman and cannot. Malik was 23 when she was sent down. At that age counterculture has a pull. Are you not interested in the contents of her library? Would you rather read the Sniper Manual or the Dangerous Book For Boys and learn how to tie a reef knot?

And now Lionheart has fallen foul of the thought police.

He writes on his blog:

“I am currently out of the Country and on my return home to England I am going to be arrested by British detectives on suspicion of Stirring up Racial Hatred by displaying written material” contrary to sections 18(1) and 27(3) of the Public Order Act 1986.

This charge if found guilty carries a lengthy prison sentence, more than what most paedophiles and rapists receive, and all for writing words of truth about the barbarity that is living in the midst of our children, which threatens the very future of our Country.

The cultural weapon in the hands of the modern Jihad within Great Britain, silencing the opposition using our own laws against us – The Dumb Filthy Kaffir’s as the Moslem would say to his children behind closed doors.

What has become of my homeland, the land my forefathers fought and died for on the battlefields of the world when one of their children is forced into the position of facing years in prison for standing up for what is right and just within British society.

At least my words of truth have obviously now reached people’s eyes and ears, with the powers that be now intent on silencing me – Third World Tyranny in a supposed 21st Century democracy!

Is it right that people should be arrested for writing things and thinking things that the powers that be do not approve of? Is the UK now like Saudi Arabia?

Posted: 4th, January 2008 | In: War On Terror | Comments (30) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Man Accused Of Rape Goes Free After 27 Years

A HERO: “Three times during his nearly 27 years in prison, Charles Chatman went before a parole board and refused to acknowledge he was a rapist. His steadfastness was vindicated yesterday, when a judge released him because of new DNA evidence showing he indeed wasn’t. The release of Mr. Chatman, 47, added to Dallas County’s nationally unmatched number of wrongfully convicted inmates.

“Every time I’d go to parole, they’d want a description of the crime or my version of the crime,” Mr. Chatman said. “I don’t have a version of the crime. I never committed the crime. I never will admit to doing this crime that I know I didn’t do.”

Tell us the truth and it will be easy for you…

What is worse than being tried and convicted of a crime you did not commit?

Posted: 4th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Leonardo DiCaprio Pans For Global Warming

WE last saw Leonardo DiCaprio on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. He was stood on a lump of ice.

The message was that the world was melting and unless we all act NOW DiCaprio will revisit the drowning scene from Titanic – literally. DiCaprio will be undone by a rogue iceberg once more.

We last heard DiCpario in the Sun, when he told us: “Ultimately it’s about driving our governments and our corporations to infuse ecology into every day livings standards.”

Now we see DiCaprio in the Star, where the news is that he is the proud owner of a remote controlled toilet.

Wires and such like mean the seat, which flips open whenever Leo approaches, like a penguin chick at feeding time, is warmed.

Six seconds after he has got up, the seat closes, although at what speed is unsaid. (Curry munchers and those suffering from tummy upsets should take note.)

A blast of water and then air clean the DiCaprio recesses. A built-in deodoriser kills off any “pongs”.

As the Star says: “The waste-saving superstar toilet meets all Leo’s environmentally friendly standards.”

Indeed. All waste material is relocated to the Artic tundra via a pipeline and used as bedding for orphaned polar bears and to construct a Papier-mâché visitor centre…

Posted: 4th, January 2008 | In: Celebrities, Global Warming, Polar Bear Watch, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Global Warming: Bournemouth Turns The Lights Off

TO Bournemouth with the Telegraph: “A town’s Olympic-style flame is to be replaced by a lightbulb because of the enormous gas bills and the carbon emissions it gives off.

“The 15ft high Eternal Flame was a gift to Bournemouth, Dorset, from its local churches to mark the Millennium.

“Burning continuously, it provided a focus for the town square – at a cost of £8,000 a year. Church officials also realised its emissions were harming the environment.”

Wonder what will happen to the Olympic flame in 2012? Perhaps a large crayon drawing of a flame or a picture of the Chinese nuclear glow…?

Posted: 4th, January 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Global Warming | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Brian Paddick On Sex And Oranges

BRIAN Paddick on sex and oranges:

Posted: 4th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Barack Oabma: Amerian Tests Prejudice

NOTES Dizzy: How prejudice can destroy prejudice

There are so many political cliches and truisms it’s quite difficult not to use them. Sometimes they help us understand the world, or more importantly offer us a starting point for analysing events and potential outcomes. A common one is that it’s not Oppositions that win elections, but Governments that lose them. Take 1979, did Britain actively vote for a woman to be Prime Minister? Was she that far forward on matters of gender equality that she was ready for it and wanted it? Or was it just that Labour had become an absolute shambles and even the most ardent mysoginist ignored the handbag, dress and boobs and just thought ‘that’s it, I’ve had enough with these bloody socialists’?I ask this question because as I look at the papers this morning and see who, at least for now, the momentum is with after the Iowa caucus I find myself asking a question that I’ve not seen asked readily (that’s not to say it hasn’t been asked, just that I have not seen it). That question is quite simple, is America ready for a black President? I realise that some people may find such a question insulting in itself. After all, the civil rights movement in the US was a cornerstone moment in that nations’ immediate and conscious history.

To even ask the question assumes that the answer is unknown and crucially ponders upon whether that answer might still be in the negative. Personally I hope that it’s not, but at the same time I am not foolish enough to think that prejudice does not exist. After all prejudice stems from the sum of human experience and if human experience has negative interaction with absolutely anything then inductive empicism kicks in. That is just human nature. I for example have never driven or owned a Ford that I like, so I’d never buy one. No manner of legislation to criminalise anti-Ford views would change that prejudice. in fact this is the case with all forms of prejudice.

To really tackle prejudices they need to be challenged with their opposites. That is why, when it comes to something as dangerous as racism the solution is not to criminalise the thoughts or words but to challenge the preconceptions of those that think in such a way by providing evidence that runs contrary to their sum of experience. In a sense Obama, whatever happens, is doing that already and that is a positive thing. But I still cannot help wondering if that alone will be enough should he go on to secure the Democrat nomination.

As I said earlier about Thatcher. Was Britain ready for a female Prime Minister or did the male part of the country just balance the options and supress it’s prejudices in the face of Labour being a potentially worse route because of their previous failures? Was the prejudice stronger against Labour than it was against a woman? I think it may very well have been. The result being that the idea of a female Prime Minister is not even something anyone would bat an eyelid at today. in a way it is quite ironic that one temporally short prejudice, Labour, helped destroy a greater prejudice that was temporally long.

The question therefore – if we assume that electorally Obama will find it tough to win over certain parts of the electorate whose experience means they still harbour racial prejudice – is have the Republicans reached a point where the prejudice against them outweighs any simmering racial prejudice below the surface of American society? America was at least a nation split down the middle in 2000, is she still at the point after eight years and two (unpopular) foreign wars? Or has she reached an impasse where the desire for change overpowers everything else?

If she is, and if Obama wins the nomination, then it may just be that she will do the most significant positive act for race relations in the history of the Western World. She has never been shy about coming forward and astounding us all, in fact it is what makes what is such a young nation so endearing in a way. The election of Obama would, whatever his politics might be, do more than any hate crime legislation could ever hope to muster because it would challenge the preconception of racists and non-racists alike. The only drawback would be if Obama didn’t win, because then the question of racism would rear it’s head during the presidency of a Republican winner. Hanging chads would be replaced with allusions of other things hanging in the Deep South, in a way that could represent a bitterly divided step backwards.

Of course, all these questions remain hypothetical for now. But should Obama win the nomination the answers will have a massive impact on not just the next four years of America’s political future but the wider Western world too. An Obama nomination win but presidential loss would provide fuel for sneering anti-Americanism abroad after all, and ironically we’re back at that little thing called prejudice again aren’t we (in two ways, with accusations of racism and sneering anti-americanism)? So is America ready for a Black President? I honestly don’t know. I do think though that if anti-GOP prejudice is more resonant it won’t matter anyway and the most powerful nation in the history of the world will change the world for the better yet again through the law of unintended consequence.

UPDATE: Having spoken with a long-standing American friend he thinks that there is an undertone to this piece that suggests I am saying that America is inherently racist. That is not my intention. More that should America still have racist undertones by virtue of social history, human nature and natural prejudice then it won’t matter anyway if dissatisfaction with the status quo is strong enough, and the resulting unintended consequences of that will be a very positive thing indeed.


Posted: 4th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Battery Chickens Live Lives Of Luxury

“THIS tiny space is about the area that a battery chicken has for 40 days of its life before it is slaughtered and sold for £2.50 in a supermarket,” says the Independent.

The Anorak looks at the dotted line and notes that “THE TRUE COST OF CHEAP CHICKEN” is madness.

With property prices such as they are, it is clear that chickens are being treated better than the many humans who can find no affordable housing and are forced into debt.

Indeed, if a chicken were given that much space in London, it would need to retail at £2,176 a leg to be economically viable…

Posted: 4th, January 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Food & Fat | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Polar Bear Watch: Alaska Oil

POLAR Bear Watch: Anorak’s look at polar bears in the news

“The US government wants to open up Alaska to oil companies, threatening one of its two main polar bear populations,” notes the Independent.

As ever the polar bear is pictured sat on a slushy ice flow as if its body heat is melting the ice beneath…

Posted: 4th, January 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Global Warming, Polar Bear Watch | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Obama Wins Iowa, Huffington Celebrates

FOX HAS CALLED IOWA FOR BARACK OBAMA: Arianna Huffington is celebrating.

Posted: 4th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Chinese People Caught Upside Down On Roller Coaster

SMILE: “Beijing, Jan 2 (PTI) Strong winds brought a roller coaster to a halt at the top of its loop at a fun park in Anhui province in east China, leaving 18 people hanging upside down for about half an hour with six of them falling ill, an official said.

All the six persons were sent to a hospital and were discharged later, the official said.”


Posted: 3rd, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Cincinnati Post Memo: No Booze

A NOTE to Cincinnati Post staff from editor Mike Philipps, on the occasion of the newspaper’s closing:

Please do not bring any alcoholic beverages into the newsroom. Let’s go out like the professionals we have been these last, difficult weeks.

Jack Shafer resplies:
1) Since when is it considered unprofessional for a journalist to take a drink? and 2) If Post staffers, who were all scheduled for dismissal, did bring flasks to work, what was Philipps going to do if he caught them? Fire them?


Posted: 3rd, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

MC Hammer’s DanceJam

MC Hammer is set to launch a new video site called DanceJam.

The Web site, scheduled to debut in mid-January, will try to upstage YouTube and become the Internet’s hub for sharing and watching dance videos. DanceJam then hopes to make money by grabbing a piece of the rapidly growing Internet advertising market, which is expected to rake in $27.5 billion in 2008, according to eMarketer.

Dance videos of men at weddings…

Posted: 3rd, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Kate And Gerry McCann Are Victims Of Iconic Child Status

JUDITH C writes on the Anorak Forums: “I raised this topic earlier on the sensitive Madeleine McCann site. I even dared to suggest that the McCanns themselves were victims of the hysteria and paralysis that has resulted from the bigotry and meddling of this government (in particular) and previous misguided governments, in childcare and education. The reason I claim this is as follows: the obsessiveness with which the State has imposed its narrow politically correct view on these two vitally important areas of society has resulted in two things – empowered children who haven’t the vaguest idea how to handle the power that they have been given and disempowered adults who have been relieved of all primacy over children both in the home and in the school. The result? Well we can see it all around us – feral kids, bottled-up, fed-up adults.

I reject absolutely the knee-jerk resort to ‘laws’ and yet more ‘laws’ to order society. They do absolutely nothing. I believe in education not legislation. But education, real education and all that it implies, has been sacrificed on the altar of some misguided ‘new’ thinking, particularly by Nu Labour, on children’s ‘rights’ as against adults’ ‘domination’. They have systematically eroded the rights of parents to bring up their children the way they see fit yet have failed to substitute any guidance, help or education for those parents (who need it) in order to help them to find another way. If the State feels it has a right to interfere so drastically, as it does, then it must also have a duty. When you adopt rights you must also take on responsibilities.

The reason I say the McCanns are also victims is not because I believe they did the right thing in leaving their children alone in an unlocked apartment night after night. Of course not. I had children, I went on longer holidays abroad than the McCanns did, I never ever left them alone at night. It was actually a pleasure not to, because I enjoyed their company. The McCanns are victims of the current unrealistic and typically British hypocritical elevation of the child to iconic status (while at the same time neglecting its actual needs)and also not really giving a damn about the child, or indeed, any of us for that matter.

A child needs several basic things: love, guidance and example, and discipline. The first, love is sometimes given, sometimes not – depends on the parents. Guidance and example, the same. Discipline is now a dirty word. The McCanns – if one looks at only one area of their actions in Portugal (and the adults needs leading to those actions could apply to any of us) – that of wishing to spend a little time away from their offspring in order to have some ‘adult’ time in the evening/night – were simply expressing a frustration which has been engendered in adult society by the suppression of parents’ rights to bring up their children in a commonsense way. That way would obviously be different in each and every household to which the children belonged, according to the background of the parents.

I reiterate, I am not condoning the McCanns’ actions, or the actions of any of the multitude of parents who do the wrong thing by their children. I actually think ‘doing the wrong thing by your child’ can also be buying her/him a quad bike to ride on a public road (see recent story about dead child as a result of this).I am simply saying that there is no panacaea of child upbringing and care which can be imposed from above especially when the infrastructure to produce decent children and adults has been almost completely dismantled by meddling and ignorant governments.

‘If it aint broke, don’t fix it’ is a homily which governments for as long as I can remember have steadfastly refused to take on board. Frankly, I cannot see much wrong with the way my post-war generation turned out – childcare, education and all. Why meddle with it? But they did – and the result? 4000 children in hospital in the UK last year from the effects of drink. Children leaving school unable to read and write -but knowing their ‘rights’. Children killing other children. Children so indulged that Christmas is every day. Children racing round supermarkets, poking their fingers into food products,grabbing things from shelves…screaming! This screaming was what apparently freaked Kate McCann out – 18 hours a day of screaming from Madeleine (according to her diary). So what is the result (as she can’t discipline her, it’s forbidden). They give the child a drug to calm her down – part of the Ritalin generation. And they want a break – from their children. I think this reaction is very common now, and it seems to me to be WRONG. And I see it as part of the destruction of childhood that has been going on in the UK for years. Destroyed by meddling, by commercialism, by selfishness, by greed, by too much of a good thing but ultimately by the debasement and suppression of the individual for the corporate good. It is all part of the bigger picture which I will leave to Michael Moore to elaborate on.

Join the debate 

Posted: 3rd, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comments (12) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0