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THE Islamic car from Proton… What will it be called?
The Malaysian carmaker Proton has announced plans to develop an “Islamic car”, designed for Muslim motorists.
Proton is planning on teaming up with manufacturers in Iran and Turkey to create the unique vehicle.
The car could boast special features like a compass pointing to Mecca and a dedicated space to keep a copy of the Koran and a headscarf.
To help you, here are some famous car names:
Chrysler Imperial LeBaron
Daihatsu Rugged Field Sports Resin Top
De Soto Firesweep
Honda Life Dunk
Invicta Black Prince Wentworth
Isuzu Big Horn
Isuzu Giga 20 Light Dump
Mazda Proceed Marvie Will Breeze
Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear and Pistachio
Mitsubishi Canter Guts
Mitsubishi Mum 500 Shall We Join Us?
Nissan Big Thumb Harmonised Truck
Nissan Fairlady Z and Prairie Joy
Nissan Leopard J Ferie
Rickman Space Ranger
Sambar Dias Astonish
Suzuki Alto Afternoon Tea
Suzuki Every Joy Pop Turbo
Toyota Deliboy and Toyopet
Toyota Estima Lucida G Luxury Joyful Canopy
Yamaha Pantryboy Supreme
And the British Leyland…
MADELEINE McCann: News from Portugal:
The lawyer from one of the persons that wants to change his testimony criticizes the lobby around the parents of Madeleine – story published today in “El Mundo”.
“My client must keep secret what he can do help the search for the truth and this is not due to the law secrecy in Portugal. That is is quite revealing of the strange circumstances around this case”, says the lawyer of one of the two McCann friends that were at Tapas Bar, on the night of May 3, and decided to have a close cooperation with Police, as “El Mundo” published, last Tuesday. “He is not afraid of the McCann but the economic and political lobby that exists, around that couple, frightens any person.” (…)
As told by Paulo Reis
SAYS Mitt Romney: “I’m happy to answer any questions people have about my faith and do so pretty regularly,” the former Massachusetts governor said. “Is there going to be a special speech? Perhaps, at some point. I sort of like the idea myself. The political advisers tell me no, no, no — it’s not a good idea. It draws too much attention to that issue alone.”
Why would a man’s religion be an issue in the Land of the Free?
WHAT is privacy? In America privacy and its meaning is the subject of much debate. America loves talking about words. As Bill Clinton once put it “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is”. America can debate the meaning of words:
WASHINGTON – A top intelligence official says it is time people in the United States changed their definition of privacy.
Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr, a deputy director of national intelligence. Instead, it should mean that government and businesses properly safeguards people’s private communications and financial information.
Kerr’s comments come as Congress is taking a second look at the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act.
Lawmakers hastily changed the 1978 law last summer to allow the government to eavesdrop inside the United States without court permission, so long as one end of the conversation was reasonably believed to be located outside the U.S.
Of course, it depends what you mean by eavesdropping…
Who is Rage Boy? “Over the past few months he has become as much of a hate figure as Bin Laden,” says the Mail. Let’s hope he’s easier to find…
“Journalist Christopher Hitchens calls him a ‘religious nut bag’ full of ‘yells and gibberings’, and says that he refuses to live his own life ‘at the pleasure of Rage Boy’.”
Rage Boy is a protest groupie. If he were British, he’d spend his days watching the London Marathon live! and stood outside the High Court holding a placard declaring ‘Princess Diana Was Offed’.
With no Diana, and little reason for the locals to dress as rhinos and jog for charity, Rage Boy has been photographed at a demonstration in Srinagar, capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, and spotted “waving his fist at another camera during a protest against the awarding of a knighthood to author Salman Rushdie”.
The Mail looks to the blogs and on Jihad Watch notes The Goobs opining: “Can you IMAGINE how nasty it would smell standing next to this nutter? Whatcha wanna bet he hasn’t ever owned a can of Right Guard?”
Armed with a nose clip, the Mail’s intrepid poster-boy hunter journeys to ”a simple, traditional three-storey Kashmiri house”. And there “standing in an empty room, dressed in a salwar kameez and zip-up cardigan, with crooked teeth and a quizzical look on his face, was Islamic Rage Boy”.
He’s Shakeel Ahmad Bhat is a 29-year-old failed militant. “Over two days, sitting cross-legged at the home he shares with his mother and smiling shyly much of the time, Shakeel told me, through an interpreter, his life story and why he had come to wave his fists at the cameras.”
Two days sitting with his legs crossed? Who knew the enemy was so patient?
Anorak has been looking out for the new gurning face of British Islam ever since Abu Hamza and Omar Bakri left the tabloids. Can Rage Boy be the one? He has the beard and the wild eyes…
“Shakeel was not a very good militant,” notes the Mail. “When I asked him how many people he had killed, he looked embarrassed.” Says Shakeel: “I gave scares but I never killed anyone. I couldn’t. I never hurled a grenade in a public place.” The new Bakri?
“In a moment that might have come straight out of the Borat film, he answered in a soft, serious voice: ‘I have been told that if I can convince a non-Muslim woman to marry me – but not convert her by force – then there will be a place for me in heaven. I suggested there might be some suitable candidates in Britain. ‘If the offer comes,’ Shakeel said, ‘I am ready to accept it.’”
Jihad-date.com? The Mail cares. And the sooner we get Shakeel over here the better. If Islam is to scare us, it needs a scary face. “Boo!” says Rage Boy. “Behind you!” we scream back on cue…
BRITISH MUSLIMS in trouble? Well, when this guy’s speaking on your behalf…very possibly:
Source LGF: “Asghar Bukhari of Britain’s whacked-out MPACUK Muslim advocacy and Holocaust denial group explains that British Muslims are living in a virtual police state, and Britain had better wake up and start treating them better or else. (I’m paraphrasing.)”
Gore Vidal, with whom he frequently wrangled, once wrote: “Mailer is forever shouting at us that he is about to tell us something we must know or has just told us something revelatory and we failed to hear him or that he will, God grant his poor abused brain and body just one more chance, get through to us so that we will know. Each time he speaks he must become more bold, more loud, put on brighter motley and shake more foolish bells. Yet of all my contemporaries I retain the greatest affection for Norman as a force and as an artist. He is a man whose faults, though many, add to rather than subtract from the sum of his natural achievements.”
IN America, as reported by Fox News: “Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s campaign admitted Friday that it planted a global warming question in Newton, Iowa, Tuesday during a town hall meeting to discuss clean energy.
“Clinton campaign spokesman Mo Elliethee admitted that the campaign had planted the question and said it would not happen again.
“On this occasion a member of our staff did discuss a possible question about Senator Clinton’s energy plan at a forum,” Elliethee said.
The question went:
Question: “As a young person, I’m worried about the long-term effects of global warming How does your plan combat climate change?
Clinton: “Well, you should be worried. You know, I find as I travel around Iowa that it’s usually young people that ask me about global warming.”
A “plan”? Surely plant..?
A document was found during the arrest of Salvatore Lo Piccolo, the alleged boss of the Sicilian Mafia.It was the Mafia’s Ten Commandments:
The Mafia’s “Ten Commandments”
1. No-one can present himself directly to another of our friends. There must be a third person to do it.
2. Never look at the wives of friends.
3. Never be seen with cops.
4. Don’t go to pubs and clubs.
5. Always being available for Cosa Nostra is a duty – even if your wife’s about to give birth.
6. Appointments must absolutely be respected.
7. Wives must be treated with respect.
8. When asked for any information, the answer must be the truth.
9. Money cannot be appropriated if it belongs to others or to other families.
10. People who can’t be part of Cosa Nostra: anyone who has a close relative in the police, anyone with a two-timing relative in the family, anyone who behaves badly and doesn’t hold to moral values.
Thanks to Ken Livingstone, this is how we all get around when in London:
KARL was Rove was Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush. He’s been talking about the new media.
As reported on Tech President, Rove says:
Blogs give angry people an undeserved voice: “People on the fringe are no longer voiceless,” noted Rove. Blogs have the unintended effect of giving “angry kooks” an “inexpensive soapbox” and a sense of “pseudo-anonymity” that “brings forth the worst angels of our nature.” He trashed DailyKos and the liberal blogosphere for using more “dirty words” than conservative blogs like Townhall and RedState. “The Netroots, he said, “argue from anger rather than reason.” Many, he believes, blog for “personal release” and not “political persuasion.” He argued that the Netroots have been largely ineffective and said MoveOn.org’s inability to end the war proves his point.
The 24-hour news cycle “may not be good for the system”: “Being right,” he said, “has given way to being faster.” “Speed matters, but speed kills.”
The internet has made running for president “like the Emperor’s new clothes”: “Every word, public utterance, and public appearance can be captured and put on the web. “If you don’t believe me, just ask Senator James Webb or former Senator George Allen.”
The internet lacks proportion: Sites like The Drudge Report skew perceptions and public opinion and make mountains out of molehills.
You find what you like and stick with it. New media – just like the old media…
THE Croydonian notes: “Romanian near-fascists to Alessandra Mussolini: We can be rude about our gypsies, but you mustn’t.”
A tale from Der Spiegel, which in the words of an SNP MEP, ‘warms the heart’:
The less than loveable Identity, Tradition, Sovereignty ragbag group in Brussels has had quite the falling out over recent events in Italy, “the murder of an Italian woman…which police suspect was perpetrated by a Romanian immigrant from the Roma community”.
Alessandra Mussolini commented “Breaking the law became a way of life for Romanians”, and the Partidul România Mare or Greater Romania Party does not like that interpretation at all: “The unconsciousness of this lady who makes easily generalizations, leaving us to understand that all the Romanians are living like delinquents and are making dreadful crimes — remind us of her grandfather, the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini”. And this comes from Corneliu Vadim Tudor (no relation) the non-MEP leader of the GRP. The GRP wants La Mussolini expelled from ITS.
Righty-ho. The GRP has designs on Moldova, the Vojvodina, bit of Ukraine and other places where Romanians are to be found other than Romania itself, and its publications “include articles that denied the Holocaust in Romania and took deliberately antagonistic positions toward Romanian Roma, ethnic Hungarians, and other minority groups”. So, a nice bunch all round.
The ideological ancestors of both made common cause in the Axis, of course.
Source: The Croydonian
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) – President Gen. Pervez Musharraf placed opposition leader Benazir Bhutto under house arrest for a single day Friday—surrounding her villa with barbed wire—and rounded up thousands of her supporters to block a mass rally against his emergency rule.
The crackdown dimmed hopes the two pro-U.S. leaders could ever form an alliance. A top American official voiced fears it would obstruct the fight against Islamic extremism—a threat underlined by a suicide bombing in northwest Pakistan that targeted a Cabinet minister, who escaped unharmed.
The U.S. called for the restrictions to be lifted. Hours later, the acting deputy commissioner for Islamabad, Aamir Ali Ahmed, said that they had ended, but her villa remained surrounded by police.
A LOOK to the online Drudge Report and we are invited to roll our computer mouse over the polar bear and help the creature reach the last blimp of ice on Earth.
We roll. The bear swims. But it’s not enough. The ice melts. Bear sinks. A message appears: “As the Arctic ice disappears, so does the bear’s chance of survival.”
“ACT NOW! ADOPT NOW! Before it’s game over for the polar bear.”
We’ve played better games. Pacman. Space Invaders. Stick In The Mud. But we are good sports at Anorak and we click the bear.
And we are greated by another message: “If the ice disappears then it will be game over for the polar bear. Act now. Adopt now. From £2.50 a month you can adopt a Svalbard polar bear. With your continual support we can do more to help the polar bear in its struggle for survival.”
The advert touches our inner Angelina Jolie and we hand over the money. “Order now
As the World Wide Life Fund tells us: “…experts predict that Arctic sea ice could disappear completely in summer by 2040.”
Your polar bear will not live beyond then. Polar Bears International tells us that in the wild bears usually live between 15 and 18 years. It is unlikely you will have to take delivery of your bear and house it.
And more good news. Should your polar bear be the one chosen to be the face of global warming, you might make your investment back in appearance fees and royalties, and then some.
So why wait? Hurry while stocks last…
BBC reports: “Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has been placed under house arrest and her home surrounded by security forces.
“The move came as she tried to leave her Islamabad residence to join a planned rally in nearby Rawalpindi.
“The United States has criticised the move saying that she must be “permitted freedom of movement.”
Outside the house:
The police presence outside Benazir Bhutto’s house has been growing throughout the day.
Ms Bhutto says her supporters will continue to oppose Gen Musharraf
They’ve just added a couple of lines of columns of barbed wire at the end of the road where her house is situated.
She has been trying to get out of her house at least to speak to the media, even if not to be able to address the supporters.
We’re told she got past one road block but was unable to get past the next and she has now been served with this detention order.
The only way to explain why the US and its allies do not abandon a leader who is less popular with his people than the terrorist whom he is being paid billions to hunt is that the people of Pakistan are considered irrelevant in discussions about Pakistan.
AS Dizzy notes of Ken Livingstone and Yusaf al-Qaradawi:
What is it about the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone’s obsession with conspiracy theory over reality. This week he’s got upset with Private Eye for pointing out that Yusaf al-Qaradawi is an Islamist who has called for homosexuals to be killed and is generally the sort of person that is part of the problem not the solution.
He’s written a letter to the satirical rag saying that the Qaradawi’s statements have been misquoted and deliberately distorted by taking advantage of the fact people don’t speak Arabic – does he? Yet the crux of his complaint is that really it’s all just disinformation by those pesky Jews in Israel. Yes that’s right, it’s just a Mossad lie all those things Qaradawi has said about infidels and sodomites, all designed to discredit a lovely honest and moderate man you see.
As the response from Private Eye points out, are all those official Islamic websites that praise Qaradawi’s misquoted comments just Mossad outposts too? Soon he’ll be suggesting that Islamism is just a construction of the Israeli state and all those loonies running around blowing themselves up are really puppets of the great Zionist domination of the world. Damn those evil Jews and their black hearts!
AS reported: “Tidal wave heading for England’s east coast poses ‘extreme danger to life’.” From Humberside to Kent is under threat:
A three-metre tidal wave is predicted to surge in the North Sea in the next 12 hours posing an “extreme danger to life and property”, experts have warned.
Coupled with storms and high tides, the wave could leave swathes of the east coast under water, according to the Environment Agency.
A combination of gale force winds off the coast of Scotland and high tides are expected to cause floods which could breach sea defences.
• Nine severe flood warnings issued by Environment Agency
• Surge expected to hit east coast in next 12 hours
• Police on standby to evacuate homes
• Dartford Creek and Thames barriers closed
Great Yarmouth is braced. If the surge occurs at high tide…
Stewart Wortley, head of storm tide forcasting, said: “The height of the surge we are expecting on Friday morning happens around once every 20 years or so.”
Not the first time then…
“In 1953, there was a 3.2-metre surge and also high tides and a storm. It’s comparable but we’re much better prepared now,” says an Environment Agency spokesman
The Al Goreans are ready…
AN iceberg is breaking apart somewhere off the coast of Argentina. Would you stand so close?
OIL or coal?
Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) — Now that the price of coal is at a historic low relative to oil, there’s no stopping consumers and producers alike from embracing Al Gore’s nightmare.
“Have climate scientists failed to tell us how bad the situation is to avoid being branded ‘alarmists’? Is climate induced instability the greatest threat to international security in the next 30 years?”
“A joint study by the Center for a New American Security and the Center for Strategic and International Studies says that is the case. It suggests there will be more migration, disease and conflict.”
And so it goes. Anorak is compiling a running list of the experts who have opined on climate change:So far we have heard from:
European Environment Agency
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Center for a New American Security and the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Anorak’s Polar Bear Monitoring Service
National Federation of Women’s Institutes
Thomasina Miers, MasterChef winner two years ago
The Social Democrats (German)
United Nations Environment Programme
Bill Patzert, a climatologist
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
US Army’s Cold Region Research and Engineering Laboratory
Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme
Joanna Lumley, actress
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Alan Johnson, Health Secretary
Greenpeace, urges us to eat kangaroos
Clinton Global Initiative, Bill Clinton’s project
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California
National Centre for Atmospheric Research, Colorado
James Lovelock, distinguished ecologist
David Bowman, pumpkin farmer
100 Ways To Save The World, a book
Philip Eden, weather forecaster
Hilary “greatest challenge we have ever faced as human beings” Benn, Environment Secretary
Friends of the Earth
World Conservation Union
Jon Copley, Southampton University
The Marine Conservation Society
DISASTER movies are back:
Oil is ‘the bloodstain of the earth’s economy’ and will soon trigger a global conflict that will cost millions of lives. That is the stark claim of a controversial new film, which says a crash in oil production is about to set off worldwide recession and economic collapse.
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash, which opens in UK cinemas this week, shows stark images of rusting Texan and Venezuelan wells and fuel riots in Asia and Africa. Such scenes will be repeated thousands of times around the planet in the near future, argue the film’s makers, who say the world is facing changes ‘more frightening than a horror movie’.
The film is the latest of several polemical documentaries to achieve nationwide release. Others include Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, Michael Moore’s Sicko, and the forthcoming Darfur Now, in which Don Cheadle provides a voice-over about the Sudanese civil war.
Someone call Gene Hackman…
Communities and Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears says:
“Climate change is an issue which impacts on everyone, whether you live in the country or in an urban area, as this summer’s floods showed.”
New Labour; Noah Labour…
IN The Anorak Forums:
THE one thing Europe in general and Britain in particular can turn up on a regular basis is the eccentric.
The out of kilter guy (or gal) with just enough savvy to get by without incurring too much attention to their foibles. The matador or pub singer who rolls up a handkerchief and sticks it in the front of his Y fronts (thong?) before strutting his stuff. Amusing and the shrieking fairer-sexed ones know it’s all in fun.
A bit more off the wall is one Steven Cooney, a driving instructor from Cleveland, the heart of England’s petro-chemical industrial wastelands. Before the complaints roll in: I have lived and worked in Middlesbrough and can only feel genuine and deep sorrow for those who still do.
Steven is a driving instructor who likes a bit of fun (he says). The problem being that bit of fun involved sticking a 12 inch carrot down his Y fronts and telling female students he was “really excited” about their driving success.
God alone knows what he would have stuck down/up in there if there had been a Bob Newhart driving instructor type accident. Rocket/Iceberg lettuce; pomegranates any one of a variety of soft cheeses?
There was a time when discussing the weather was viewed as the safe option, the soft focus view on life. War, religion and militant EastEnders’ characters best avoided. Will it rain?
Now the weather is a row waiting to happen. And surely the aforesaid headline will be met by a counter claim that the sun is the enemy, responsible for a myriad cancers and polar bears being trapped on slushy ice.
Of the story, the Express says that women, weather girls included, with high levels of Vitamin D are “biologically younger” (see weather girls). These women have longer “telomers” than those women with shorter “telomers”.
And a study finds that 87.1 per cent of Britons have too low levels of Vitamin D in spring and winter. The rest, those who jet off to Tenerife for winter sun – the beautiful people – are just fine…
If only the War On Terror had a celebrity element it would surely achieve the news coverage it deserves.
The Sun realises the problem, and introduces readers to Brian Tilley.
The ex-Marine was shot in the foot and then in the back by five men dressed as Iraqi police. It was an unlawful killing. Bournemouth’s sitting coroner hears the gruesome details.
Mr Tilley was employed in Iraq as a security worker. But he is best known to Sun readers as a “former bodyguard to Posh and Becks”. As the paper reports: “He was a close pal of the couple.”
And the headline: “Posh pal killed in cop raid.”
The WMD have yet to be found…