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AMERICA. AMERICA! There is hope. You must leave and head to Australia.
Baz Luhrmann has a message for you.
A small brown boy, possibly called Yvonne, Rolf or Shane, will arrive in your urban sink and sprinkle magic dust onto your hand.
Don’t call the cops. The Australians know who he is. And as a brown-skinned kid in the land Down Under he is going nowhere. Really. They have fences.
IN Maryland, the State Police are taking no chances.
The have classified 53 nonviolent activists as terrorists and entered their names and personal information into state and federal databases that track terrorism suspects, the state police chief acknowledged yesterday.
Good to take no chances. So what are these terrorists, then: jihadis? MILFS? Khalistan Commando Force? National Democratic Front of Bodoland? Tamil Tigers? Geordies For Keegan?
Just when you think the anti-Palin press has covered itself with enough shame, it sinks still lower. James Taranto has found a real howler:
A hilarious example of press bias against Palin occurred last Friday on “The Diane Rehm Show,” a production of Washington’s WAMU-FM. The exchange between hostess Rehm, caller Tom of Norwich, Vt., and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne begins at about 46:10 of the “10:00 News Roundup”:
“WE have led the world today with a proposal to restructure our banking system. We are taking the steps that I believe other countries will take in the future.”
Thus Spake Zarathustra, sorry, Gordon Brown, announcing the Elderly Grandparent of All Bailouts
“This is not the American plan.”
And yet another nail slides into the coffin of the US as the world’s only financial super power…
At one point during the US kickoff of her “Sticky and Sweet” tour at the Meadowlands Saturday night, the Material Mom indulged her Republican-hating ways, shouting, “Sarah Palin can’t come to my party. Sarah Palin can’t come to my show. It’s nothing personal.” Then the kabbalah queen told the crowd, “Here’s the sound of Sarah Palin’s husband’s snowmobile when it won’t start,” followed by a loud screeching noise.
Sarah Palin – she’s hard not to like…
THE Daily Mail is wondering how it can republish that shot of Lily Cole dressed as schoolgirl and give readers another chance to cut it out and keep it as a sign of the sick times in which we live.
Allison Pearson steps into the breach:
The 20-year-old – who with her lanky frame and stunnedcod face looks like a mermaid put through a mangle – agreed to be photographed in pigtails, long white schoolgirl socks and with a pink teddy parked up her Henri Matisse. Factor in the translucent skin and cute snub nose, and Lily looks at least 12.
At leasts. Maybe, 19, or 20…
JENNIFER Lopez is in interview with ‘The Daily Beast
JL “I do know a lot about Scientology. And I know about the practices. I know all about what the technology is and all that kind of stuff. It’s very helpful. So in a sense, yeah, you do call on it.”
DB “Do you consider yourself a Scientologist?”
JL “No…I wouldn’t have a problem saying [I was] because I know what it is. I have no problems with it and it really actually bothers me that people have such a negative feeling towards it.”
DB “That it is too exotic? Too cultish?”
Today Omar Bakri – The War On Terror’s Peter Stringfellow” – takes a bride a year younger than his poletastic daughter Yasmin.
Out goes Hanah, 48, and in comes a “beauty” called Ruba, 26.
Danni appears on the Sun’s Page 3, responding to the front-page news, “Mother of all council houses”, the tale of the mum-of-seven, Afghan refugee who lives in a £1.2 mansion in Acton.
Readers learn that taxpayer Toorpakai Saindi’s residence causes the local council to pay her landlord £12,458 a month in rent.
TRIBUNE (Magazine) “an independent weekly labour movement voice”
A new book is out: “BOOKS: Why Charles Lindbergh went to meet with Hermann Goering” – The Immortalists: Charles Lindbergh, Dr Alexis Carrel and Their Daring Quest to Live Forever, by David M Friedman
Goering and Madeleine McCann… There is a link. Knew it…
MOST people know two things about Charles Lindbergh. One: in 1927 he became the first person to fly non-stop from New York to Paris. And two: five years later his baby son was kidnapped and murdered.
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Oh, and he invented the electric guitar, suffered from bi-polarism and once ate 17 pickled eggs in a minute. Go on..:
SO this is war. Who threw the first falafel. Come on. Own up!
A new war between Israel and Lebanon has erupted, but this time the war is not geopolitical, but rather an issue of cuisine-who has sovereignty over traditional Arab dishes and sandwiches.
There’s nothing like a good old traditional Labanese Lord Al Sandwich.
THe Dutch want to control everything:
Prostitutes in the Dutch city of Eindhoven are to be awarded “credits” in return for good behaviour under a new scheme to encourage them to abandon the oldest profession.
The prostitutes will receive so-called “street miles” that they can use to acquire free designer clothes or furniture, provided they take up an offer by the city council to take steps leading to a career change and a safer lifestyle.
“We needed to come up with incentives that these women might latch on to,” said Veronique Beurskens of Eindhoven council, who is leading a drive to rid the city of street prostitution.
MOOSE. No, it’s Sarah Palin. It’s Woody Allen. Have you met the Solomons..?
Well, not all of them are chanting, just the Islamist students who are unveiling a new book.
The book “Holocaust,” published by members of Iran’s Islamist Basij militia, features dozens of cartoons and sarcastic commentary. Education Minister Alireza Ali-Ahmadi attended the official launch of the book in Tehran’s Palestine Square.
The Telegraph , which reports on the action, doesn’t say how much the book sells for, nor if it can be ordered online.
Never let it be said that the Internal Revenue Service stands by and watches as yet more US companies peer into the abyss.
It has quietly altered the rules on returning foreign profits to the US without triggering a US tax charge on those profits, in the hope that the subsidiaries will waft all their cash back to the mother-ship, sorry, home of the free, thus loosening the noose around the necks of all those businesses struggling to get credit.
Of course, this only works if the foreign based subsidiaries have lots of cash, in itself somewhat unlikely, and the overall group is rock solid.
The liquidators of Lehman Brothers, currently attempting to extract over $8 billion dollars which was transferred to New York in the last desperate hours before it went down, would probably have some advice on how to do that legally.
And the OECD might be a little cross if the US makes a habit of it, since all those tax treaties the US has signed require reciprocity in such matters. It’s billed as a temporary measure on the IRS website, but then so was the Patriot Act…
GERMAN race ace Schumacher tests postive for banned substances:
German cyclist Stefan Schumacher, a double stage winner in the 2008 Tour de France, has tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO, says the L’Equipe website.
You didn’t think it was the other one, did you..?
“I’m going to tell him the same thing he told me. I talked to him just a few minutes before I walked out there on stage. And he just said: ‘Have fun. Be yourself, and have fun.’
That’s what we tell children as they go to school – have fun. No chance…
Well, Anorak’s efforts to lead-manage our plan to cheer up the Germans may be too little, too late, but at least we’ve found some more of those Weapons of Mass Financial Destruction; it turns out that the Hypo Bailout Mark 1 sank on the discovery by the commercial banks who were supposed to be funding it that Hypo needed vastly more money than it had admitted to.
Nope, it wasn’t just lending money on garbage to people with no means to repay it, leaving it with a $35 billion hole in its balance sheet, it had issued guarantees to back American municipal bonds that it had sold to investors.
As they always say, the devil is in the details, and these details run to $15 billion owing on those guarantees.
Traditionally the next step is to invade Poland.
The way things are going we may have to upgrade our recommendation from ‘sell’ to ‘run for your lives’…
Croatian police say a body has this afternoon been found on a beach in central Dubrovnik, the city where missing Melbourne backpacker Britt Lapthorne was last seen, says one of Britt’s friends in an email to Anorak.
The 21-year-old Australian went missing two weeks ago after going out to a Dubrovnik nightclub with friends.
On site Australian reporters say five police boats were off the coast where the body was found, according to Australia’s ABC News.
A local film crew was told the body was “unrecognisable”, and Britt’s father Dale, who is in Croatia to search for his daughter, was “devastated” when he heard a body had been found.
Ms Lapthorne was last seen at a nightclub in the seaside village in the early hours of September 18.
Earlier her boyfriend, Simon Imberger, rejected Croatian newspaper reports Britt was promiscuous and a known drunk before she disappeared in Dubrovnik.
The search story and her family pleas for help have not appeared in any UK National…despite the fact thousands of Australian backpackers are travelling in Britain.
BANKING crisis. What banking crisis. Anorak covers the matter, but not everyone does:
Well, a quick sample has Ian Dale looking at an arcane issue on the constitution. Tim Worstall, whose blog has a reputation for economic comment, deals with the vexed question of mothers of struggling families who are shunning ready meals and buying cheaper fresh food as the credit crunch squeezes household budgets.
Worstall, incidentally, is press officer for UKIP, but do not look to that party’s website for anything either.
Then Devil’s Kitchen laments the loss of a blogger – in his usual foul-mouthed way – while Conservatives Home features the official Conservative Party blog. CH is to be congratulated on finding the only political blog worse than the UKIP website.
Strangely, Guido Fawkes does deal with the financial crisis. In an economically illiterate piece, he notes that the government can flood markets with liquidity “but that won’t can’t fix insolvency” – seemingly unaware that we have a liquidity crisis, not a solvency crisis. He should stick to his tittle-tattle.
MP Nadine Dorries, fêted by the chatterati, has not posted since Thursday, when she was eulogising over David Cameron. “He will be a great man, has all the qualities needed to become the next Churchill, my own personal political hero,” she writes.
Archbishop Cranmer looks at a plan to renew Britain – if we have one left after this week – while the Spectator Coffehouse blog does … Mandelson. Not a sheep does allotments – we’ll need those – and Daniel Hannan gets annoyed about the EU using this crisis “to adopt a series of deeply integrationist new measures while not even attempting to enforce free competition among its members.”
New media – same old bollocks. Until the new Anorak is come…
BIAS at the BBC? Of course. Bias in the Guardian. Natually. Only nutters vote for Palin and McCain:
“That is the safe sex message of all time. Use a condom or become a Republican!”
In the light of this pig-ignorant comment coming out of Russell Brand, a so-called comedian at the recent MTV awards, some of you might be wondering if his opinion is shared by others in the UK.
Considering the incredibly biased coverage of the whole election by outlets such as the BBC and the Guardian, it is no wonder I encounter such ignorance about Gov. Palin. What is most appalling is the fact that many media outlets in the UK seem to be perfectly happy to repeat all the Daily Kos-spewed lies about her as if they were fact.
Comment pages online are filled with people repeating the various lies word for word. One finds oneself posting the link to the Palin debunk site.
It is not like they have to look very hard at her to work up a lather in their urban, patronizing minds. All the things that make Sarah Palin attractive to Middle America are the things that disgust the media establishment in the UK. In fact, they could not quite believe the outcry after Obama’s claim that Midwesterners cling to their “guns and God” when times are hard.
As Anorak readers know, every since Hamza was jailed and Omar Bakri went to live in Lebanon, the tables have been running Celebrity Vex Factor, the hunt for the new gurning, raving face of British Islmofascism.
But the Muslim community is just not up to it. All we get is understanding, no bombs, no vitriol and no lunacy.
Some students who balked at the preppy look have found that they like wearing the clothes, particularly after people on the streets have reacted well.“ A lot of people thought I came from a prep school and they were surprised when I told them I go to Bulkeley,” said Luis Nunez, a senior and captain of the football team.
On the first day of school, Bulkeley High School students walking along the street in their new uniforms were cheered by residents who looked out their open windows…
And men in caravan parks…
The owner of the Croatian hostel where Melbourne backpacker Britt Lapthorne had been staying before she disappeared allegedly tried to post the 21-year-old’s passport to Australia, her father says.
Meanwhile in Britain, Essex MP Bob Spinks has tabled a Parliamentary question for the UK Home Office:”If he will set out the number of British citizens who have been i) reported as missing in Croatia and ii) have not yet been found, in each of the last three years and if he will make a statement.”
Britt Lapthorne was last seen in a nightclub in the Croatian coastal resort of Dubrovnik on September 17., says today’s coverage in the Melbourne newspaper The Age.
Dale Lapthorne, is in Dubrovnik to try to find his daughter and told Australia’s ABC Radio of an anonymous telephone call to the Berkley Hotel where he is staying on Saturday night.
The call was in Croatian, which was translated by an Australian consular official.
The male caller said a woman he recognised as the owner of the hostel where Britt had been staying was at a Dubrovnik post office trying to post a passport to Australia on the day Ms Lapthorne went missing.
The caller said she left with the passport when she was told she could not send it through the mail.
Ivica Perkovic, the son of the hostel owner, was questioned at a Dubrovnik police station late last week after police discovered Britt had telephoned him on the night she was last seen.
He was later released, and denies knowing anything about Britt’s disappearance.
Dale Lapthorne told reporters the anonymous caller contacted the hotel where he, son Darren and Britt’s boyfriend Simon Imberger are staying.
Mr Lapthorne said the family was holding onto a glimmer of hope that Britt was alive because her body had not been found.
The story still appears to be being ignored by the UK media. I wonder how the same Red Tops would react if the positions were reversed and The Oz media was ignoring a story of a British female backpacker missing on a Pacific Island?
The mystery remains a lead story in all of Australia’s news bulletins and Page One in all newspapers.
The Sydney Herald tells of Britt’s father’s anger over the seemly softly, softly, methods of an Australian police aide:
See: Phantom Presence