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OBAMA wins. The BBC wins.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the result is historic. As for the BBC’s coverage, well thanks for your comments. Iain Dale was also unimpressed, and as evidence of the Beeb’s standing at home and abroad, here’s an American perspective:
The real fun network of the night was BBC America, which picked up the BBC feed being aired back in England. The coverage played like a good-natured “Idiot’s Guide to the American Election,” with references to such states as “North Hampshire.”
And there are idiots everywhere…
From the Sun:
Please be aware that users will no longer be able to post to the ‘Missing Madeleine’ discussion thread after 3pm on Friday, 7th November 2008. At this time, the thread will be changed to ‘read only’ and removed on Friday, 14th November 2008.
THEY are queuing to vote. The queue goes on for hours. Why:
Tuesday could be a long day for election officials in states relying on electronic-voting machines to record votes in the U.S. presidential election, if early reports of malfunctions are any indication.
Problems with e-voting machines were reported early on Election Day in several U.S. states, including Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia, which are identified as battleground states where the outcome of the vote could tip the presidential race in favor of either Democratic Sen. Barack Obama or Republican Sen. John McCain.
According to voter reports on the ground and from watchdog organizations, there were problems with getting e-voting machines up and running in these key states and others, and in some cases the machines would crash during the voting process and had to be rebooted.
And still they queue…
THE MATT Drudge dilema:
ARNOLD Schwarzenegger is hard not to like:
“I think the polls are looking very good for McCain. You know there is a 50% in the latest polls, 50-50, I mean that’s in our own house. And then there are very good poll numbers coming out – I mean that’s 100% of the vote, McCain – that’s amongst Austrian-born body-builders! So there’s all kinds of great action going on, so I feel very optimistic!”
After this, there’s no coming back…
POLITICAL hackers George Mason University send a message to the student body:
To the Mason Community:Please note that election day has been moved to November 5th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Peter N. StearnsProvost
SENATOR Barack Obama votes at the same polling station as Louis Farrakhan and William Ayers.
Ayres votes Nader and Farrakhan votes for a blue-eyed devil like Biden…
IN Philadelphia, laws are being broken:
Denying access to the minority (in this case Republican) poll watchers and inspectors is a violation of Pennsylvania state law. Those who violate the law can be punished with a misdemeanor and subjected to a fine of $1,000 and sent to prison between one month and two years.
Those on site are describing the situation as “pandemonium” and there may be video coming of the chaos.
Some of the precincts where Republicans have been removed are: the 44th Ward, 12th and 13th divisions; 6th Ward, 12th division; 32nd Ward, Division 28.
To your weapons…
IT’S Bazza Obama. No, not him. Him!
David Lammy is pushing himself as Britain’s Barack Obama. Lammy claims they are “friends.” But what about Tory MP for Windsor Adam Afriyie like Obama a handsome 40-something who played basketball at college and is in his first term as a national legislator.
Basketball… Britain’s answer to Obama, not Britain’s Obama-a-like…
POLLY Tonybee is writing about social mobility in the Guardian.
But now with a recession upon us:
But for now, until the blow strikes, the latest figures suggest Labour may be making real social progress
Any evidence, Polly?
Not only did he win Dixville Notch by a whopping margin of 15 to 6 votes but he scooped Hart’s Location by 17 to 10, with 2 write in votes for Ron Paul.
AMRICANS sure are dumb:
IN this election, the media has a fixation with the so-called and self-described redneck contingent behind the McCain-Palin ticket. Numerous examples are only a Google search away and come from outlets as varied as Al Jazeera and local news telecasts. American-bashing seems to be sport for many journalists, but your story hit home for me, as Williamsport is 25km from my parents’ Pennsylvania home town of Hughesville, in the self-proclaimed “hunters’ paradise” of Lycoming County. Your report presented only one side of the story.
Perhaps the most offensive element is the Alice Walker-like attempt at phonetic representation of your subject’s accents.
These people may have a slightly different accent from other Americans, but they are as apple pie as they come. Don’t do them the injustice of making them look like idiots. What’s next — will you be quoting Obama similarly, with something like Oprah Winfrey’s lines as Sophia in The Color Purple: “But I’ll kill him dead ‘fo I let him beat me”?
You rode the “look how stupid people in America are” train and made fools of women such as Glenda Hock who, like it or not, has every right to vote, express her views, go to a Palin rally and even gut her moose with a nail file if she so chooses.
I encourage you to look outside the stereotypes and present a true picture of the country’s fabric. It’s easy to play to the stereotype but it is insulting to those who know better.
Obama. He da man in da big witey hous, mon…
His mission: to promote his Rainforest Project.
MEDIA SCARE Stories: Eyes down…
Daily Express: – “TV sex peril for young”
“Watching too much sex on TV can double a teenager’s chance of becoming a parent”
THE PRESS (York): “Review: Frankie Boyle, Grand Opera House, York”
Gavin Aitchison scores a ticket to see watered down Gerry Sadowitz impersonator Frankie Boyle on stage
After a week in which he was condemned for a joke he made two years ago about the Queen, Boyle marched on to the stage and let rip at anything and everything that moved.
And something that didn’t…
For £2.99, children, adults can buy a badge of The Joker “framed by a circle of 12 blades”.
“Yet the only warning on the packs said that the pin on the back could hurt babies.”
While Anorak puts that warning to the test, showing a picture of knives to babies and then testing their sensitivity to pain, shopper Nadia Cooke is in a branch of HMV with her 11-year-old sister and 15-year-old brother.
AN ISLAMIST rebel administration in Somalia ordered that a girl, 13, be stoned to death for adultery after the child’s father reported that she was raped by three men. Amnesty International said the al-Shabab militia, which controls the city of Kismayo, arranged for 50 men to stone Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow in front of about 1000 spectators.
Well, if nothing’s on the telly…
US Church spreading homosexual hate:
Of all the disgusting things I’ve seen and heard during the campaign on 8, this, which I purloined from thechaserblog, absolutely takes the cake.
Apparently some churches in California have given these cards to parishioners and asked them to hand the cards out to children, along with the candy, on Halloween night. Doesn’t that just turn your stomach?
MONDAY – Daily Mail
“Lack of sleep ‘link to breast cancer’” – Hush! Sleep. Remember to wake up, now…
Here you can find lots of hankies: stitched and printed, with lace or crochet border, exhibition and advertising hankies, old and new…
With antique snot…
Trixy tells us why she hates the BNP…
So while the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice can be easily criticized for many of the lunacies they commit, Amal Zahid chooses to take a bird’s eye view by asking: what’s the point of virtue if it is forcibly imposed on people? As she correctly notes, this only reinforces the hypocrisy that has become so common and even acceptable in this country. It seems that it is no longer weird or frowned upon to see many Saudis who lead a double life: religious, conservative and conformist on the outside; another one that is wild and extreme when they are away from the watchful eye of society.
GUY RITCHIE must die, says Madonna fan.
…the unnamed teenager burst onto the set in Manchester, England, waving a 12-inch (30 centimetre) blade and yelled, “Where’s Guy? I’m going to kill him!”
As security guards wrestled the boy to the ground, he allegedly shouted, “I’m Madonna’s biggest fan! I’m gonna kill Guy!”
A source tells the publication, “The bloke was screaming about Guy and shouting, ‘I love Madonna’. It was terrifying. At first it seemed like a sick joke but it was soon obvious the knifeman was not messing around.
Madonna – she’s out there…
HSE has been running its “Myth of the Month…
NO Maddie. No Diana. No blondes. So it’s fruit and veg…
A week is a long time in fruit and veg…