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Obama Is Europe’s Man

SAYS Paul: “New York Magazine’s Daily Intel blog warns Europeans that the more they cheer for Barack Obama, the greater the chance he will lose”:

The Americans who would listen to the advice of Western Europe are the ones who listen to the BBC feed on NPR in the morning for their international news and opinion — in other words, the people who are already going to vote for Obama. The people who he is trying to win over at this very moment, as he campaigns in the red states, are the ones who will view a European endorsement as a total minus. Remember when there was a movement to rename French Fries “Freedom Fries” over here? Yeah, it’s those people who will be alienated by your support. Frankly, they think you’re a bunch of Socialist sissies.


Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

To The Vomitorium With Meghan McCain

JOHN McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain is now a Republican – she explains why on her blog:

This morning, I went to the State Capitol Executive Building in Phoenix with Mom and re-registered as a Republican.  I did this as a symbol of my commitment to my dad and to represent the faith I have in his ability to be an effective leader for our country and to grow and strengthen the Republican party when he is elected President of the United States.  Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Sweet. Does he still have his own teeth?

Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Con Coughlin On George Bush’s Great Legacy

BUSH is going and Con Goughlin agrees with her:

He overthrew the Taliban in Afghanistan and destroyed the al-Qa’eda terrorist infrastructure responsible for the September 11 attacks. He overthrew Saddam Hussein’s detested regime – which had been a thorn in the West’s side for more than a decade – and he has built an international consensus for dealing with the alarming issue of Iran’s nuclear programme.


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What Becomes Of Hillary Clinton’s Celebrity Backers

bill-hillary-clinton.jpgWHAT happens when Hillary Clinton loses and her celebrity friends realise they have backed the wrong horse?

The New York Daily News reports:

Bill Clinton came to Hollywood for Thursday’s American Film Institute gala to pay tribute to Warren Beatty, but the former President didn’t miss the chance to play peacemaker among warring Democrats.

While Clinton commiserated with Hillary-backers like Jack Nicholson, he also reached out to Obama-backers, like vicious Clinton-basher David Geffen. Said WJC to Beatty: “We all have to get behind Barack now.”

Does Barack Obama need Jack Nicholson in his camp to appeal to, well, who does Nicholson appeal to?

Better if all celebrities who backed the losers had their celebrity status removed and were barred from talking about anything other then their new film, rehab and how they are move fanciable than Mick Hucknall.

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Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (7) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

John McCain’s Credit Card Statement

ON John McCain’s new Senate Financial Disclosure Form, voters can wodner about his fiscal policy:

The bulk of the McCains’ obligations stemmed from a pair of American Express credit cards that are held in Cindy McCain’s name. According to the disclosure reports, which present information on debts in a range rather than providing a precise figure, Mrs. McCain owed $100,000 to $250,000 on each card.

Says JTaplin: “I know what American Express charges for interest on a Platinum Card. A fiscally responsible household should probably sell some of the million of Anheuser-Busch stock they own and stop paying that 17% ARP on $500,000 worth of Amex charges.”


Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Money, Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Sunay Hundal Says Asians Should Vote Tory

SAYS Sunny Hundal:

Saying that… given that New Labour wants to extend anti-terrorism legislation until every brown person in the country is locked up until proven innocent (or once the police can be bothered to let you out), it makes more sense for brown and black people, who will overwhelmingly face the brunt of this police-state legislation, to vote Conservative. At least the Tories have finally found some balls regarding the erosion of our civil liberties.


Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Chanting A Weak Farewell To George Bush

george-bush-protest.jpgPRESIDENT George Bush “will bid Britain farewell today and then fly home after a frantic final tour of Europe where he secured vague assurances of support, but little tangible progress, for what remains of his foreign policy,” writes the Times.

Caption the picture

Bush is pictured meeting with the Queen (FT and Times’ front pages) and Gordon Brown (Telegraph).

But the Guardian features not the star but his opponents. A clue to the paper’s seinsibilities can be sensed in its leader column: “World leaders have legacies. Global disasters have aftermaths.”

The front page headline trills: “What do we want? George Bush. What do we get? A no-show.”

Crowds often turn out in Britain for the farewell tours of famous American names and yesterday was no exception. Some 2,500 had gathered in Parliament Square hours before the big event was due to start, and there plenty of T-shirts and memorabilia on sale.But despite non-stop chants of his name, the star of the show made no appearance in front of the crowds.

The Guardian is the papers that ignores the big American star on the red carpet and looks at the fans. It says Bush is not there, which may means the paper was in the wrong place? It seems surprised that chanting someone’s name fails to conjure them up.  Still, no news can still be news:

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Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comments (10) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Ann Coulter On The Great George Bush

ANN Coulter on why George Bush is a great president – 100 PERCENT AL-QAIDA FREE SINCE 2001.

I generally don’t write columns about the manifestly obvious, but, yes, the man responsible for keeping Americans safe from another terrorist attack on American soil for nearly seven years now will go down in history as one of America’s greatest presidents.

It is unquestionable that Bush has made this country safe by keeping Islamic lunatics pinned down fighting our troops in Iraq. In the past few years, our brave troops have killed more than 20,000 al-Qaida and other Islamic militants in Iraq alone. That’s 20,000 terrorists who will never board a plane headed for JFK — or a landmark building, for that matter.

We are, in fact, fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them at, say, the corner of 72nd and Columbus in Manhattan — the mere mention of which never fails to enrage liberals, which is why you should say it as often as possible.


Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The CNN Moos With John McCain

ASKING a question of John McCain should be easy. This man in the video finds it tricky.

But rather than him being the story, Anorak cannot get pass the commentator, the closed-voiced woman called Jeanne Moos, whose vocal impression of a surprised Fozzy Bear swallowing snot brings us the noos, sorry, news.

Jeanne works for CNN, which features the long-question as news, and makes it longer by boosting it with Moos’s voiceovers.

McCain’s interrogator should consider applying for a job as a nodding head on a 24-hour news channel…

Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Politicians, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Labour MP Supports Around David Davis

cctv.jpgDAVID DAVIS, Tory MP and former shadow home secretary, is making a stand on civil liberties. Gordon Brown, Prime Minister, calls it a stunt:

At the first test of what their policy is on the big central issue of national security, the Conservative Party are totally divided.”

Labour MP Bob Marshall-Andrews tells the Observer

‘They can’t muzzle the whole of the party, and it seems to me foolish in the extreme in the present climate to start describing civil liberties as a stunt,’ he told The Observer. ‘I have had emails asking, “Why does it take a Tory to say this”?’

Because a Tory has less to lose?

Picture: Hack 

Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (7) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Barack Obama The Monkey Puppet

bush_chimp.jpgIN AMERICAN: “A toy being sold over the internet by a Utah couple is causing an uproar from supporters of democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.”

What is it?

“It’s a sock monkey wearing a suit with a lapel pin for Obama. Supporters of Obama have been filling online forums and blogs with angry words over what they see as the degrading depiction of a black man as a monkey.” So says

It’s so wrong. You can read about how wrong it is to portray politicians and presidents as monkeys here, here, here , here, here, here, and Curious Obama here

Posted: 15th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Commons Speaker Michael Martin’s Cleaner Gets MBE

THE Mail reports that  Commons Speaker Michael Martin “came under fresh fire last night after his cleaner – who was involved in a row over his wife’s taxi expenses – was given an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Gloria Hawkes, 64, a friend of Mary Martin, was caught up in the controversy earlier this year over a £4,139 taxi bill run up by Mrs Martin.

Mrs Hawkes’s discretion and loyalty were singled out in an official citation accompanying the announcement of her honour for community service yesterday.”

Martin’s a big man. You’d want a medal for cleaning up after him…

Posted: 15th, June 2008 | In: Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Obama And The International Get Whitey Bump

FEAR of a black planet:

Michelle and I actually had a conversation about getting whitey at the first annual International Black Get Whitey Conference. It was a wonderful event. All the help was white and everyone treated them really, really badly. There were cupcakes with an image of Farrakhan dribbled on the icing. Delicious!..

After Jeremiah Wright’s invocation damning white people to hell and a complimentary screening of “Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song,” we got down to business…

Of course, there were embarrassing choruses of “Kill Whitey” from the gallery, but in the spirit of Martin Luther King, they were quickly silenced. “After all,” an afro-sporting Condoleeza Rice admonished, “we are not Republicans, for God’s sake.” (Oh yes; she’s been pretending all along. It IS a wig.)

The Jews do the catering…


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Michelle Obamaa In A White World

THE Boston Globe says Michelle Obama learned to navigate “a white world” while an undergraduate at Princeton…

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Who The Rest Of The World Wants To Be US President

JOHN McCain is big in Jordan but they want mixed-race Obama in – get this – France: 

The survey also finds a widespread belief that U.S. foreign policy “will change for the better” after the inauguration of a new American president next year. Among people who have been following the election, large majorities in France (68%), Spain (67%) and Germany (64%) say that they believe that U.S. foreign policy will improve after the election. This sentiment is also common in the African countries included in the survey – Nigeria (67%), South Africa (66%) and Tanzania (65%).

Yet this belief is far from universal. In Jordan and Egypt, more people who are following the election say they expect new leadership to change U.S. foreign policy for the worse than say they expect a change for the better. Two-thirds of the Japanese (67%) who are following the election say it will not bring about much change in U.S. foreign policy. That is the plurality opinion in Russia and Turkey as well.


Posted: 14th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Newspaper Reaction To David Davis

HOW the newspapers view David Davis’ stance on 42 days, by The Croydonian:

The Sun – “HAS David Davis gone stark raving mad? How else can we explain his silly act of self-styled martyrdom?…This was no noble cause. It was a shabby act of treachery. Mr Davis, a second-rate but ferociously ambitious politician, has not forgiven his rival for thrashing him in the Tory leadership race two years ago“. So the hotline from No 10 to Nws Group still works.

The Mirror – “This brave gamble by a popular politician from a humble background will make him a hero to many and establish him as rival for the Tory crown“. They must really hate / fear Cameron.

Express – No leader comment that I can find. Doubtless there are some micro celebrities in need of attention

Mail – No leader comment that I can find. Quentin Letts likes DD though.

Guardian – “He is right on ID cards, but only on the basis of an excessively sweeping mistrust of the state. The liberty he is concerned with is, almost exclusively, liberty from official interference. There is little place in this conception for freedom from destitution, for example, which only the state can provide“. (C sticks his tongue into his lower lip and makes ‘stupid’ noises)

Independent – “we agree wholeheartedly with the trenchant opposition of the MP for Haltemprice and Howden to “the slow strangulation of fundamental British freedoms” that has taken place in recent years“. Crikey.

Times – No leader comment. A dull item by Riddell I could not face.

Telegraph – Mixed, but finishes ‘Mr Davis’s resignation may have been reckless, misguided and highly disconcerting for the political establishment – but, driven by principle, it is none the less laudable for that’. If they had got it wrong I would be cancelling it today. – “On the substance of these issues Mr Davis has right on his side. Pre-charge detention of up to 42 days remains unjustified: this was apparent all over again in Wednesday’s debate. Similarly, the case for curtailing personal freedoms to introduce ID cards has simply not been made. Too many civil liberties have already been taken away“.  

David Davis – at last someone is doing something interesting in politics…

Posted: 14th, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Gordon Brown Rap Attack

THE Gordon Brown rap:

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Learning To Hate Big Brother’s Alexandra de Gale

alexandra-gale4.jpgBIG Brother 9 Watch: Anorak’s looks at Big Brother news in the media…

WHAT does it matter that Osama bin Laden has not been caught and the Germans are playing football without us when we can all rally round and learn to hate Big Brother’s Alex De Gale?

Today’s chance to loathe Alex comes once again in the Mirror, where we lean that she “bullied girls at her old job”.

Talking about Alex’s time in Thomson Directories telesales in Purley, Surrey, Jake Homatas tells the paper: “She made a lot of enemies. She bullied girls or people who can’t carry themselves in conversation. She thrives on intimidation and ran over them verbally.”

Alex’s conversation technique is to affect an air of extreme touchiness and then bang on and on that you breaving her air is a violaytion of her personable spayce. Anyone seeking a right to reply or run is brought up short by Alex’s verbal tic of creating new words.

She is less the product of , as she claims, than someone who has been preparing for Big Brother by listening to the collected thoughts of John Prescott.

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Posted: 14th, June 2008 | In: Politicians, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

42 Days To Save Lee McQueen, Murdoch’s Sun And Kelvin MacKenzie

rupert_murdoch_kelvin_mckenzie.jpgMR Gordon Brown, prime minister, is considering the burning issues of the day in the Sun:

Gordon Brown yesterday broke off from the oil crisis and 42-day detention row to speak on Britain’s most hotly debated issue – should Lee McQueen have really won the Apprentice? He took a pause from international politics to share his thoughts on the show…

More on the Brentwood office boy here.

(Picture: Beau Bo D’Or Website)

Is there anything else on Gordon’s mind, like, say, David Davis’ grandstanding on civil liberties? Say Gordon, whose Labour Party might not, er, dignify Davis’ call for a by-election on 42 days detention by fielding a candidate:

Everyone now recognises this is a stunt that has become a farce. At the first test of what their policy is on the big central issue of national security, the Conservative Party are totally divided.”

Yeah, everyone, Like Diane Abbott, Labour MP. But if Labour won’t stand, who will? Why, it’s former Sun editor and current Sun columnist Kelvin MacKenzie, that man with his finger on the cabbie’s raised pulse. But political campaigns are expensive. How will he pay for his?

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Posted: 13th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Malik Obama Of The Muslim Obamas

THE Obama haters will just love this:

Someone forgot to send Malik Obama the memo. Not to worry, I cannot imagine Barack would disown his brother any more than he would disown his own grandmother, pastor, fellow home buyer, Chicago political mentor or VP search committee chairman (via The Campain Spot at NRO).

Barack Obama’s half brother Malik said Thursday that if elected his brother will be a good president for the Jewish people, despite his Muslim background.

In an interview with Army Radio he expressed a special salutation from the Obamas of Kenya.


Posted: 13th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

I Should Cocaine: Carla Bruni Shocks Colombians

cocaine.jpgTHE Colombian cabinet puts much value on popular culture.

Having heard the country’s vice president Francisco Santos opine that Amy Winehouse should be “sent to rehab”, and that Kate Moss should apologise for taking cocaine, the country’s foreign minister says a new song by the wife of the French president is “very painful for Colombia”.

Carla Bruni has recorded her third album on which she is heard to croon: “You are my drug / More deadly than Afghan heroin / More dangerous than white Colombian.”

Colombia’s foreign minister Fernando Araujo says that “coming from the mouth of the wife of the President of France, this type of statement is very painful for Colombia”.

Araujo may choose to call his opposite number in Afghanistan and create an axis of complaint, and a CD file sharing hot line.

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Posted: 13th, June 2008 | In: Celebrities, Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (8) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Labour Party To Field Terror Victim Against David Davis

DAVID Davis wants to make 42 days a big issue. And one Labour activist wonders:

Maybe instead of Labour fielding a candidate in Haltemprice & Howden we should find a Martin Bell type candidate – preferably a recently retired senior police officer, or a survivor or relative of a victim of a terrorist attack, to run under the following 5 word candidate description: “Independent – for detaining terrorism suspects”. 

Luck Akehurst Location: Labour Party activist since 1988 – firmly on the moderate wing of the party. National Secretary of Labour Students 1995-6.

File under beyond parody

Posted: 13th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

David Davis Speech For Freedom And Liberty

DAVID Davis is right to say

Now the counter terrorism bill will in all probability be rejected by the House of Lords very firmly. After all, what should they be there for if not to defend Magna Carta.

But because the impetus behind this is essentially political – not security – the government will be tempted to use the Parliament Act to over-rule the Lords. It has no democratic mandate to do this since 42 days was not in its manifesto.

Its legal basis is uncertain to say the least. But purely for political reasons, this government’s going to do that. And because the generic security arguments relied on will never go away – technology, development and complexity and so on, we’ll next see 56 days, 70 days, 90 days.

But in truth, 42 days is just one – perhaps the most salient example – of the insidious, surreptitious and relentless erosion of fundamental British freedoms.

And we will have shortly, the most intrusive identity card system in the world.

A CCTV camera for every 14 citizens, a DNA database bigger than any dictatorship has, with 1000s of innocent children and a million innocent citizens on it.

We have witnessed an assault on jury trials – that bulwark against bad law and its arbitrary use by the state. Short cuts with our justice system that make our system neither firm not fair.

And the creation of a database state opening up our private lives to the prying eyes of official snoopers and exposing our personal data to careless civil servants and criminal hackers.

The state has security powers to clamp down on peaceful protest and so-called hate laws that stifle legitimate debate – while those who incite violence get off scot-free.

This cannot go on, it must be stopped. And for that reason, I feel that today it’s incumbent on me to take a stand.

I will be resigning my membership of the House and I intend to force a by-election in Haltemprice and Howden.

– David Davis MP

Posted: 13th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (12) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Diane Abott On 42 Days And Liberty

DIANE Abott is right:

I do not believe, as Ministers continue to insist, that there is some trade-off between our liberties and the safety of the realm. What makes us free is what makes us safe, and what makes us safe is what will make us free.

They are taking away our liberties…

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What We Know About Barack Obama

HEREUNDER is what we have come to know about Barack Obama: 

Thanks to them, we now know that Obama is a Muslim and a radical leftist — more specifically, a Marxist who idolizes Che Guevara. But we’ve also found out that he’s a fascist who’s like Hitler with a Messiah complex and cult-like supporters.

Additionally, we’ve discovered that Obama’s a racist, elitist snob who is blatantly unpatriotic and hates America and, not surprisingly, is married to someone who hates America even more.

But most disturbingly, it appears that Senator Obama might not be American citizen and is a Manchurian Candidate who’s quite possibly a terrorist.

Oh, and he’s a blood-drinking Jew puppy killer, too… 


Posted: 12th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0