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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?
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
THE Britblog Roundup, compiled by Liberal England:
Looking at competition between blogs and the mainstream media, Iain Dale asks if size always matters.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
So there you have it. Next week’s roundup will appear on Philobiblon. All nominations to britblog [at] gmail [dot] com please.
Please let them know if you see anything on Anorak to consider…
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?
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.
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…
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…
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”.
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
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…
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.
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?
“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?
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…
…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…
There is no connection between Islam and “terror”.
So now we know…
File under “mad coincidences”
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…
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, make 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.”
You should see this:
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.
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…
GAY Scientists Have Isolated The Christian Gene:
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..?
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: Read the rest of this entry »
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THE LOLMohammeds is your chance to laugh at the jihadist.