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ANYOEN seen Al Gore in China?
Brrrr… Worst Snowstorms in a Decade in China– Update: Snow Delays Cause Rioting
AS noted: In the fall of 2006, Mychal Bell was a football hero, and his hometown, Jena, Louisiana, loved him for it.”
As his high-school team posted its best season in six years, Bell scored 21 touchdowns, rushed for 1,006 yards, and was named player of the week three times by The Jena Times. The paper celebrated his triumphs in articles and photographs, including a dramatic one in which Bell, who’s black, stiff-arms a white defender by clutching his face guard. But within weeks after the season’s end, Bell was transformed into a villain, accused of knocking out a white student, Justin Barker, who was then beaten by a group of black students. The parish’s white district attorney charged Bell and five others with attempted second-degree murder. Six months later—after the DA had reduced the charges against Bell—a white jury convicted him, as an adult, of aggravated second-degree battery, a crime that carried a possible 22-year prison sentence. By then, he, along with his co-defendants, had been transformed yet again: together, they’d been dubbed the Jena Six and had become icons of a 21st-century civil-rights movement.
Hijacked by the campaigners? Or is race at the root of it all?
Leah Remini on Scientology, maybe – Gawker
The Heath Ledger I knew - Mollygood
Nicole Richie loses her baby weight – SOWTW
The end of Kaballah – Dlisted
The front page of the WORLD’S GREATEST NEWSPAPER illustrates the point.
Readers see a picture of Madeleine McCann (victim, ergo British), Mr Joaquim Agostinho (“oddball”, Portuguese, natch.) and Maxine Carr (Bulgarian former lover to Romanian-born Soham killer Ian Huntley).
“Police chief blames 35% rise in violence on new arrivals,” says the Express. And we Express readers are amazed that the figure should be so low.
The Express’s understatement is admirable. The paper understands the dangers of exaggeration and inflaming the situation. It will not state that 100% of crime this country is linked to Rogarians and their kin. To do so would be irresponsible.
What to do?
It turns out that Mick Fuller, chief Constable of Kent, says the only way to stave off still more crime is to have more crime prevention officers.
Says Mr Fuller: “There’s a danger that if the future funding regime fails to respond to dynamic changes in migration, the extra demand this generates will impact negatively on performance.”
Mr Fuller speaks in a peculiar form of English, possibly to prevent the foreign villains understanding much of what he says. But we get the gist of the paper’s story.
More money for more coppers! More money for today’s coppers! And not more money for foreigners, even if some of them may be foreign coppers..!
HAPPY rowing for New York limo driver Sammy Zabib.
Mr Zahib has been asked by his lover for a pair of jeans. She had spotted them in a casino shop. But Zahib had not done her bidding. Zahib had been a bad man.
A row developed. And being a noble sort, Mr Zahib gamely went to Atlantic City to rewrite wrongs.
When he arrived the shop was not yet open. So he played the slot machines to kill time.
And he won nearly 800-grand at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.
Zabib did buy the Dojo 7-brand jeans that she wanted. And maybe even a matching denim jacket to go with them…
WRITES David Friedman: “I had an idea today to take mug shots and make them into cheesy studio portraits or glamour shots. I call them Glamour Mug Shots”…
I just took the electoral compass USA test and came out closest to Ron Paul and furthest from Mike Huckabee…
ARE you gay?
Only one in 100 Britons would describe themselves as gay, according to the first government research into the nation’s sexuality.
A further one in 100 would call themselves bisexual – but both groups are outnumbered by those who say they are unwilling to discuss their private life with Whitehall researchers.
In the survey, some people failed to understand the question and gave answers including “female”, “normal”, “not active” and “I am OK with my sexuality”.
Statisticians spent two years considering the precise wording of the sexuality question, which was asked as part of a larger survey about lifestyle. In the end, they asked it in two different ways, each bringing different results.
Overall, 94.4 per cent of people surveyed described themselves as heterosexual or “straight”; one per cent said they were gay or lesbian; 0.9 per cent said they were bisexual; 0.6 per cent selected “other”; and three per cent ticked the box for “prefer not to say”.
Homosexual campaigners have claimed previously that as many as one in 10 of the population is gay. Ben Summerskill, the chief executive of the gay rights group Stonewall, believes the true figure to be about six per cent.
WHEN the UK’s New Labour set up the Electoral Commission to ensure absolute moral correctness and freedom from sleaze it can hardly have understood the rocky road it was leading itself down.
Peter Hain went last week. Hain – can’t remember already? He was the Cabinet Minister who, like Amy Winehouse, said: “No, I Won’t Go”.
Few in New Labour’s middle-upper, middle, or lower orders will rue his departure. It is said more than the odd glass was raised in the House of Commons bars to celebrate his fall from grace. Northern Ireland politicians, not noted for close up and cosy chats with Labour counterparts, were happy to regale any who would listen with tales of Hain’s time as an unpopular N.I. Secretary of State – AGW…
BOOKS you read to be dumb
On at least two occasions this week, Hamas staged scenes of darkness as part of its campaign to end the political and economic sanctions against the Gaza Strip, Palestinian journalists said Wednesday.
In the first case, journalists who were invited to cover the Hamas government meeting were surprised to see Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and his ministers sitting around a table with burning candles.
In the second case on Tuesday, journalists noticed that Hamas legislators who were meeting in Gaza City also sat in front of burning candles.
But some of the journalists noticed that there was actually no need for the candles because both meetings were being held in daylight.
“They had closed the curtains in the rooms to create the impression that Hamas leaders were also suffering as a result of the power stoppage,” one journalist told The Jerusalem Post. “It was obvious that the whole thing was staged.”
Another journalist said he and his colleagues were told to wait for a few minutes before entering the chamber of the Palestinian Legislative Council so that each legislator would have time to light his candle. He said that when he saw that the curtains had been closed to prevent the light from entering, he realized that Hamas was trying to manipulate the media for political gain.
Update: Jerusalem Posts emails some more photos [Note the sunlight behind the curtains.]:
BRITNEY Spears can do English and an Asian/American. She has interesting hair.
She can’t dance all that well.
It’s the big news on TMZ gossip site. Rightly so.
Because Britney Spears is Sanjaya Malakar…
KEN Livingstone has a drink? It’s on the telly.
Martin Bright says of his show:
This was not a party political broadcast for the Boris Johnson campaign; I am not driven by a personal dislike of Livingstone, although as a result of our investigation I now think that he is unfit for office. It is not a campaign led by the Daily Mail and the London Evening Standard: the Guardian and the Observer have both run leaders calling on Livingstone to justify himself.
Infamy. Infamy. They’ve all got it in for me…
2008 is the International Year of the Reef.
Really. It’s long overdue…
It is now suing Apple, Nokia, RIM, Sprint, AT&T, HP, Motorola, Helio, HTC, Sony Ericsson, UTStarcomm, Samsung and more…
AS Reported: “A Portuguese construction worker in Gibraltar was questioned by Royal Gibraltar Police on Thursday after he was reported to resemble the photofit of a man seen in the area of Praia da Luz before Madeleine McCann disappeared last year.”
The man was not arrested and was released on the same day.
THE Register has a leaked email on life within the Cabinet Office. It says that no mobile storage devices of personal data can be taken off secure premises:
Any information that links one or more identifiable living person with private information about them” or “Any source of information about 1000 identifiable individuals or more, other than information sourced from the public domain.
So mobile phones are banned if they are used on the move?
A SEXUAL revelation at college:
Those reading medicine had the most number of sexual partners (eight) while those reading theology had the fewest (two).
Where did the professors come?
WE shall be launching the Anorak Let My Ex-Cabinet Minister Go campaign as soon as the funds reach us from our secret oversea sources and City slush funds. You can help by sending Anorak money…lots of it, get it in here, NOW, by the wheelbarrow load. There will be a proper accountability…when we get round to it.
The question remains: was Hain a Knave or a Fool?
Join the debate
HEATH Ledger is dead. And:
Diana Lee Wolozin — the “masseuse” who discovered Heath Ledger’s body Tuesday and who made three frantic calls to Mary-Kate Olsen before phoning 911 — does not hold a state license to perform massage therapy.
She is not listed on the New York State Education Department’s Web site, which tracks licensed health care professionals. (Licensed massage therapists are supposed to be certified in CPR.)
Practicing massage therapy without a license is a felony; Wolozin could face fines or jail time.
You need a license to rub people?
THE Brussels Journal Distorts European news:
But it’s one thing dealing with facts and rational analysis. It’s quite another when pernicious sites like the Brussels Journal tar all Muslims with the same extremist brush and distort the news to portray Islam itself as destroying our society rather than Islamic extremists.
Take their report of the story above. The whole point of the story is not that Muslims complained (as far as I can tell, not one Muslim expressed anger at the tale of the Three Little Pigs). The point is rather, as Richard Littlejohn put it in his inimitable way today:
What we have here is another case of brain-dead white “liberals” taking offence on someone else’s behalf to the point of mental illness.
But how did the Brussels Journal report it?
That’s it I resign. This latest piece of lunacy has tipped me over the balance and I think I am going to start taking large quantities of drugs. Wake me up when the Muslims have gone.
The last line is the giveaway. Yes, we in the West need to be relentless in defending Western values and free speech in the wake of Islamist demands. And it’s liberals of all people who ought to be in the front line of that fight, defending those with lifetyles and attitudes which Islamists would kill.
The Brussels Journal is drivel.
MESSAGE to Bill Gates and Davos:
“Capitalism isn’t a system. Got that? Capitalism is the lack of a system. Why can’t you fools understand this? Capitalism is freedom. All “systems” are the enemies of freedom, because they rely on the opinions of a few– usually very cranky– people, instead of on the collective wisdom of everyone acting in their own self interest, tempered by their innate generosity.
Capitalism is the unfettered desire and ability of humans to barter with one another and accumulate knowledge and things. That’s it. In capitalism, certain institutions arise because the market signals they are necessary in the first place, and supports them after they are established. In general, when people who do not understand this desire of humans to barter and accumulate things attack these useful institutions, they destroy wealth and impoverish people.
That confab in Davos is the poster child for that sort of meddling. Repeat after me: Hong Kong-good. North Korea-bad.” — Roger de Hauteville on The Binary Man’s Burden @ Maggie’s Farm