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Barack Obama’s And Nutzoid Reverend Wright

MARK Steyn looks at Barack Obama’s nutjob priest Reverd Wright:

“I’m sure,” said Barack Obama in that sonorous baritone that makes his drive-thru order for a Big Mac, fries, and strawberry shake sound profound, “many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.”

Well, yes. But not many of us have heard remarks from our pastors, priests, or rabbis that are stark, staring, out-of-his-tree flown-the-coop nuts.

Why are religious nutters all men?

Posted: 24th, March 2008 | In: Barack Obama, Politicians, Race For The White House, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


No Political Puritans At The Mayflower Hotel

WASHSINGTON’S Mayfair Hoyerl si famous for: Eliot Spitzer’s tryst with a hooker

President John F Kennedy summit with Angie Dickinson

Marion Barry, mayor of Washington, smoking a crack pipe

Members of the House of Representatives interviewing Monica Lewinsky


Posted: 24th, March 2008 | In: Anorak In New York, Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Britblog Roundup

THE Britblog Roundup, compiled by Liberal England:

Blogging

The Debatable Land informs us that LOL-Blairs are the latest thing in the British blogosphere. The example below is taken from Pickled Politics

Looking at competition between blogs and the mainstream media, Iain Dale asks if size always matters.

Clive Soley reports on an interesting development – a group blog by members of the House of Lords. You can find it at Lords of the Blog and the peers contributing are:

  • Lord (Clive) Soley himself;
  • Lord (Philip) Norton of Louth;
  • Baroness (Frances) D’Souza;
  • Lord (David) Lipsey;
  • Lord (Paul) Tyler;
  • Lord (Navnit) Dholakia;
  • Lord (Robin) Teverson;
  • Baroness (Lola) Young of Hornsey;
  • Baroness (Elaine) Murphy.

The Arts

Another blogging peer – Ros Scott, writing at Because Baronesses are People Too – looks forward to the television adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith’s Precious Ramotswe books and mourns Anthony Minghella.

The Daily (Maybe) believes George Galloway is a Byron for our times.

And Liberal England (I told you I was short of nominations) speculates on what happened to Enid Blyton’s Famous Five in later life.

London Mayoral Election

The Daily (Maybe) (again) looks at the more leftward-leaning candidates, while Sian Berry defends her decision to tell Green supporters to give their second preference to Ken Livingstone. It’s the newts, you know.

Public Services

Burning Our Money is sceptical about what will be achieved by the government’s £52bn programme to rebuild the nation’s schools.

Random Acts of Reality discovers rudeness and inefficiency in an unnamed hospital.

And Unmitigated England reports on an incident that tells us a lot about our glorious new privatised railway system.

Environment

Ruscombe Green tackles the menace of heavy lorries.

And Philobiblon reviews Speaking for Nature: Women and Ecologies of Early Modern England by Sylvia Bowerbanks.

Odds and Sods

You know what it is like: you work out a series of subheadings, only to find there are still some postings left over. So here they are.

A Very Public Sociologist considers Britishness in great depth.

Michael Meacher turns his mind to Iraq, five years after George W. Bush claimed victory.

These days being bisexual is not enough. Writing on the f word, Laura Woodhouse explores the concept of the “cisexual”.

And Elizabeth Chadwick: Living the History looks at medicine in the 12th century.

Next Week

So there you have it. Next week’s roundup will appear on Philobiblon. All nominations to britblog [at] gmail [dot] com please.

Goodbye.

Please let them know if you see anything on Anorak to consider…

Posted: 24th, March 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Green Party And The Israel Boycott

SOME Green Party members are against the party’s boycott of Isreal:

We stand against this aspect of Green Party policy because it is the opposite of green and because it enacts an inconsistent approach to foreign policy which does not befit the country’s fourth largest political party. We seek to refute it with examples of Israel’s contribution to environmentally-friendly technologies and ways of living, and through a critique of the dominant discourse about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

File under: Wonder why they’re so obsessed with Isreal, the Jewish state?

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Posted: 23rd, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings, War On Terror | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Battle For The Soul Of Wikipedia

WHAT is Wikipedia? Good question:

IT IS the biggest encyclopedia in history and the most successful example of “user-generated content” on the internet, with over 9m articles in 250 languages contributed by volunteers collaborating online. But Wikipedia is facing an identity crisis as it is torn between two alternative futures. It can either strive to encompass every aspect of human knowledge, no matter how trivial; or it can adopt a more stringent editorial policy and ban articles on trivial subjects, in the hope that this will enhance its reputation as a trustworthy and credible reference source. These two conflicting visions are at the heart of a bitter struggle inside Wikipedia between “inclusionists”, who believe that applying strict editorial criteria will dampen contributors’ enthusiasm for the project, and “deletionists” who argue that Wikipedia should be more cautious and selective about its entries.

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Posted: 23rd, March 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Attorney General Michael Mukasey’s Known Knowns

US Attorney General Michael Mukaseyhas been taken aback by the scope and variety of potential terrorism threats facing the United States…

“I’m surprised by how surprised I am,” said Mukasey, who as a federal judge presided over terrorism-related trials in New York. It’s surprising how varied [the threat] is, how many directions it comes from, how geographically spread out it is,” he said.

It’s the known surprises that surprise…

Posted: 23rd, March 2008 | In: Anorak In New York, War On Terror | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Earth Hour Is Murder In The Dark

AN Earth Hour warning from al Gorean Rob George, in the Sydney Morning Herald

He believes we need to urgently address the excesses of the past few decades. “I think there’s an awful lot of talk and very little action. Cars keep getting bigger, houses keep getting bigger, there are more people,” he says.

I hope we’re getting to a stage where we’re going to react against that.”

Turn off the lights. And play murder in the dark…

Posted: 23rd, March 2008 | In: Global Warming | Comments (8) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


More Fragging Please

A call for fragging…

Posted: 23rd, March 2008 | In: Twitterings, War On Terror | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Leonid Rozhetskin And How We Hanker For The Cold War

cold-war.jpgLEONID Rozhetskin is missing.

Says the Mail on Sunday’s front-page headline: “KGB PLOT FEARS AS LONDON OLIGARCH VANISHES.”

Reading on we learn that Leonid Rozhetskin, “an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, vanished from his £1 million home just outside the Latvian capital Riga a week ago”.

Interesting. But why front-page news? The paper says the Russian-born Rozhetskin is a “British media magnate”. His “mysterious disappearance has possible links to the murder of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko”.

Cold Case 

One thing at a time. What media does Mr Rozhetskin own? He is revealed to be one of the co-founders and major shareholders in British business newspaper City AM, the free daily business newspaper business-minded Londoners look to for the horoscopes.

We learn that Mr Rozhetskin’s “six-bedroom mansion, in the most expensive residential area of Latvia, is set in its own gardens and surrounded by thick woods.”

Six bedrooms, you say. In Latvia…

The Mail goes on: “It enjoys views of Riga Bay which, at 25 miles long, boasts the longest white sand beach in the Baltic states.”

Yes, but 6 bedrooms. It’s not very much, is it? And for the cost of the property, Mr Rozhetskin could have invested in a started home in Rhyl.

Or nondescript semi-detached bungalow, in an area of Kilmarnock called Moscow, where the Mail says Mr Rozhetskin is registered as living on the electoral roll.

The paper says the building “appears abandoned, with barely a stick of furniture inside and sheets covering the windows”.

Of course being an oligarch, Mr Rozhetskin can have this and his home in Latvia. Such is the way of the mega-rich.

Sex And War

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Posted: 23rd, March 2008 | In: Tabloids, War On Terror | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


John Currin, Porn And The War Against Islam

war-on-terror.jpgSAYS the Indpedent: “John Currin: The filth and the fury” –

His portraits of balloon-breasted women are notorious. Now John Currin is about to arrive in Britain with canvases of an even more sexually explicit nature. The artist talks to David Usborne about flesh tones, critical outrage – and why hardcore porn is part of the ‘war against Islam’

File under: Get a load of the Weapons of mass destruction on her!

It’s the Phwaoor On Terror…

Posted: 22nd, March 2008 | In: Back pages, War On Terror | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Passportgate And Obama’s Secutory Adviser

ONE one of the people who illegally accessed the presidential candidates’ passport records works for a company headed by John O. Brennan, an adviser to the Barack Obama campaign.

The State Department investigation of improper computer access to passport records of three presidential candidates is focusing on one remaining employee — a contract worker with a company headed by an adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama.

The probe by State’s inspector general will include polygraph tests for supervisors in the passport section to find out whether the three contract employees who accessed the records had a political motive or were part of a political operation to obtain personal data on Mr. Obama, Sen. John McCain or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Two of the three contract employees had been fired before The Washington Times first reported Thursday on security breaches involving Mr. Obama’s passport records. The furor expanded yesterday to incidents involving the passport records of Mr. McCain and Mrs. Clinton.

The third employee, who has not been fired, worked for The Analysis Corporation (TAC), which is headed by John O. Brennan, a former CIA agent who is an adviser to Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign on intelligence and foreign policy.

The TAC employee is the only individual to have accessed both Mr. Obama’s and Mr. McCain’s passport information without proper authorization, a State Department spokesman said. That employee, who was not named, triggered an electronic alarm system, officials familiar with the probe said.

They’re all impostors, you know… 

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Posted: 22nd, March 2008 | In: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Politicians, Race For The White House, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hillary Clinton And Not Barack Obama Is The Messiah

IT TURNS out that Hillary Clinton and not Barack Obama is The Messiah.

Says Ed Morrissey: “The bitterness deepens in the Democratic primary, and when one reaches the dregs, one cannot be surprised to see … James Carville. In today’s New York Times reporting on the Bill Richardson endorsement of Barack Obama, Carville vents his spleen at the former Clinton administration official — by comparing him to Judas Iscariot in a deliberate reference to the Easter holiday (via Power Line):

Mr. Richardson stopped returning Mr. Clinton’s calls days ago, Mr. Clinton’s aides said. And as of Friday, Mr. Richardson said, he had yet to pick up the phone to tell Mr. Clinton of his decision.

The reaction of some of Mr. Clinton’s allies suggests that might have been a wise decision. “An act of betrayal,” said James Carville, an adviser to Mrs. Clinton and a friend of Mr. Clinton.

“Mr. Richardson’s endorsement came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropriate, if ironic,” Mr. Carville said, referring to Holy Week.

“If the endorsement of Obama makes Richardson a Judas, does that mean Carville thinks of Hillary as the Messiah?”

And what does it make Bill?

The Obama Cult: Your Own Personal Jesus Wept

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Posted: 22nd, March 2008 | In: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Politicians, Race For The White House, Twitterings | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


China Cooks Tibet On An Olympic Torch

chinesemark.jpgALL eyes are on China thanks to the Beijing Olympics. The BBC’s obession with Israel has been repalced by the realisation of other battles.

“Groups sympathetic to anti-Chinese protesters in Tibet are under assault by cyber attackers who are embedding malware in email that appears to come from trusted colleagues.”

John McCain tells a Chinese reporter: “The people there are being subjected to mistreatment that is not acceptable with the conduct of a world power, which China is.”

And: “His Holiness [Dalii Lama] says we have to be realistic,” says Tenzin Taklha, a senior aide to the 72-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner… “From the exiled Tibetan leaders, there were no calls for sanctions, like those imposed when Myanmar suppressed pro-democracy protests last year, or even a boycott of this summer’s Beijing Olympics.

“It’s an approach that reflects the pragmatism of the Dalai Lama, who has long sought an accommodation based on his “Middle Way” dialogue with Beijing aimed at autonomy for Tibetans under Chinese rule.”

THE BBC: “A week after the initial riots, estimates of how many people were killed and accounts of who was to blame differed wildly. China says 18 civilians and a policeman were killed and hundreds injured. But the Tibetan government-in-exile says at least 99 people have died in the crackdown by Chinese troops.

“During the clampdown, troops have sealed off towns in the surrounding areas where unrest has taken place, according to witnesses. Authorities are not allowing foreign journalists into Tibet.

“Other witnesses have reported seeing hundreds of troop carriers heading for Tibetan areas in recent days. In Gansu, public notices and police broadcasts told protesters to surrender by midnight on 25 March or face arrest and punishment.”

China is eating Tibet alive.

The picture is from a Chinese food market. What is it? And can the Olympic torch arrive in time to cook it?

Posted: 22nd, March 2008 | In: Photojournalism, Politicians, War On Terror | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


When The Law No Longer Applies To The law Makers

WHEN the law no longer applies to the law makers:

The police in the UK have admitted that regardless of whether or not an Members of Parliament broke the law regarding expenses (i.e. helping themselves to our money), they see no point in attempting to prosecute any of them as the laws are so arcane, it is almost impossible to know if any have in fact been broken.

I believe it was a Roman senator (Crassus?) who when asked if he would use his power and privilege to prevent himself being punished for some small transgression, he replied “as we make the laws, it behoves us to obey them if we want other to as well”. Clearly this is not the view prevailing in Westminster.

Let’s all stop paying income tax and see what happens…

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Posted: 22nd, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Nightmare For Democrats: Misogyny Or Race?

ROBERT NOVAK:

…the Democratic “nightmare scenario” has gotten even more nightmarish. If Clinton wins on the strength of the super-delegates despite trailing in pledged delegates and the popular vote, then party insiders will have blocked the historic first nomination of a black candidate — and now they will have done so because of racial fears regarding a black preacher.

And got the first woman candidate instead. Misogyny or race – the nightmare…

Posted: 22nd, March 2008 | In: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Politicians, Race For The White House, Twitterings | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Robert Fisk On Islam And Terror

ROBERT Fisk says:

There is no connection between Islam and “terror”.

So now we know…

File under “mad coincidences”

Posted: 22nd, March 2008 | In: Twitterings, War On Terror | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Barack Obama Brings Americans Together

BARACK Obama and Jermemiah Wright are making a united American:

According to a new poll by InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion, 82% knew about the controversy surrounding Barack Obama’s relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Obama’s speech about race in America. Of those who knew about the controversy and the speech, 52% said it made them less likely to vote for him. Moreover, 56% of blacks said the speech made them less likely to vote for him.

America unites. Can he do it? Yes, he can…

Posted: 22nd, March 2008 | In: Barack Obama, Politicians, Race For The White House, Twitterings | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


John Smeaton: The Mail Sets Out To Get Its Hero

smeaton-super-hero.jpgHEADLINES like “John Smeaton Wins War On Terror”, “Great Scot!”, “Gordon Brown: John Smeaton Is Courage Personified” may have created an impression that John Smeaton was some kind of hero.

John Smeaton received the Queen’s Gallantry medal for foiling the attack on Glasgow airport. He picked up an Outstanding Bravery Award at the Pride Of Britain Awards, “before a celebrity audience including Dame Shirley Bassey and Jamie Oliver”. Such is how we treat our heroes.

The Mail recalls the “VIP trips to New York, first in October 2007, for a tour of Ground Zero and an official audience with NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg and, earlier this month, to pick up a CNN heroism award”.

Smeaton was invited to the BAFTAs? Says he: “Yeah. They went on for hours – I just made sure I was near to the door so I could nip out for a fag. But I had a nice chat with Viggo Mortensen [The Lord Of The Rings actor].” Thanks to Smeaton’s smoking habit, smeato-template-white.jpgmake believe heroes like Mortenson could rest easy within.

Many see Smeaton’s actions as a triumph for the anti-smoking lobby, who know that had Smeaton been allowed to smoke indoors, the terrorists would have got away.

As such, you may have thought Smeaton was some kind of hero. But today the Mail brings readers: “Super fraud or super hero? Why baggage handler John Smeaton is under fire as a Walter Mitty.

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Posted: 22nd, March 2008 | In: Tabloids, War On Terror | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


LOLMohamads Mock Osama Bin Laden

ASKS Fleming Rose: “What kind of civilization are we… if we refrain from mocking and ridiculing bin Laden and his followers?”

You should see this:

Laughing At The War On Terror With The LOLMohammeds

Posted: 21st, March 2008 | In: Twitterings, War On Terror | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Eliot Spitzer Gets Sex Addiction Therapy

ELIOT Spitzer: “So it is with disgraced Democrat Eliot Spitzer. He’s entered sex addiction therapy, just days after resigning over a sex scandal as governor of New York.”

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has gone into therapy in the wake of the hooker scandal that swept him out of office, a Spitzer insider told The Post yesterday.

As part of the therapy, Spitzer will explore whether he has an addiction to sex, the source said.

Rehab. Politics really is showbiz for ugly pople…

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Posted: 21st, March 2008 | In: Anorak In New York, Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Vice Guide To North Korea

PERVERTS Sans Frontières journey inside North Korea, literally, with the Vice Guide To North Korea:

The first leg of the trip was a flight into northern China. At
the airport the North Korean consulate took our passports and all of our money, then brought us to a restaurant. We were sitting there with our tour group, and suddenly all the other diners left and these women came out and started singing North Korean nationalist songs.

We were thinking, “Look, we were just on a plane for 20 hours. We’re jet-lagged. Can we just go to bed?” but this guy with our group who was from the LA Times told us, “Everyone in here besides us is secret police. If you don’t act excited then you’re not going to get your visa.”

So we got drunk and jumped up onstage and sang songs with the girls. The next day we got our visas. A lot of people we had gone with didn’t get theirs. That was our first hint at just what a freaky, freaky trip we were embarking on…

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Posted: 21st, March 2008 | In: Strange But True, War On Terror | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gay Scientists Have Isolated The Christian Gene

GAY Scientists Have Isolated The Christian Gene:

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Posted: 21st, March 2008 | In: Anorak TV, Strange But True, Twitterings | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hillary Clinton Was A Breath Away When Bill Met Monica Lewinsky

HILLARY Clinton was in the White House the day “her husband had oral sex with Monica Lewinsky”. And, as reported, Hillary “may have actually been in the White House when it happened, according to records of her schedule released today by the National Archives”.

Had only Bill known. Although, you don’t suppose he thought it was her..?

Posted: 21st, March 2008 | In: Hillary Clinton, Politicians, Race For The White House, Twitterings | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


It’s A Small World For Disneyland’s Fat Americans

IT’S a too Small World for fat Americans visiting Disneyland. Anorak’s man in Los Angeles, Taboid Baby, takes a look:

Disneyland’s “It’s A Small World” attraction, which features animatronic children singing the maddening song about global peace, has been closed for months in order to retrofit the boats that carry patrons though the venerable ride to accommodate the wide fat asses of modern Americans (people were less weighty when the ride was launched at the NYC World’s Fair in 1964). But now it’s been revealed that the inheritors of Walt Disney’s dream have hatched an evil plan to add cartoon characters throughout the ride and to replace the Rain Forest section with a tribute called “Up with America”!

The situation is serious enough that the family of the ride’s creator has stepped forward in an effort to stop the madness:

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Posted: 21st, March 2008 | In: Anorak In New York, Food & Fat | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Laughing At The War On Terror With The LOLMohammeds

THE LOLMohammeds is your chance to laugh at the jihadist.

Evil Pundit:

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Posted: 21st, March 2008 | In: Photojournalism, War On Terror | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0