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The End Of The Australian Beer Fridge

IT’S the end of Australia as we know it:

Australians are being urged to ditch the beer fridge in an effort to tackle climate change, but even the politicians spreading the message are finding it hard to let go.

The Northern Territory Government has recommended Territorians “retire” their beer fridges in an brochure sent to residents …

But it seems it could be a case of “do as I say, not as I do’’, for NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson.

“I’ve got a beer fridge, as many Territorians do, and I’m keeping it,’’ he said.



Posted: 28th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (2)

David Davis For Freedom On The State’s Terms

SAYS David Davis on his blog:

The agenda is still out there: today I have been explaining that I am not against CCTV- but if it is going to be used the cameras should be able to provide clear images and all of the evidence should be usable in court. Currently only 20% is usable. At the moment we just have a placebo effect for Citizen UK.

This is “David Davis For Freedom”, it says so at the top of his page. Freedom loving Davis thinks CCTV cameras are fine but should be better so that the state can see us clearly.

Similarly, why should a million innocent people and 100,000 children be kept on the DNA database? This is the state exceeding its powers.

Can the two things be allied?

Is David Davis opposed to 42 days detention without trial because it’s not long enough?

Posted: 28th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment

Al Gore Fails To Clean Up Nashville

TO the City Paper, Nashville’s Daily News, where green matters are on the agenda.

If Nashville leaders want to have a dialogue about the state of the environment in the city, they need to begin by speaking frankly. Nashville is one of the most polluted counties in one of the most polluted states in the country.

Nashville, Tennessee..:

Also released last month was a study by the Brookings Institution in conjunction with the Southern Environmental Law Center. That study put Nashville No. 6 on the list for cities in America with the highest per capita global warming emissions.

Nashville, Tennessee, home to Al Gore, leader of the Al Goreans?

Posted: 27th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (3)

Mandela Gatecrashes Gordon Brown’s Party

“I’M 90, you know,” says Nelson Mandela needlessly.

Happily, Nelson’s birthday coincides with the first anniversary of Gordon Brown’s accession to power and the leader has allowed Nelson to appear at his party.

All the leading politicos who have shaped Brown’s career will be there: Bob Geldof, Cherie Blair and Bono.

Following a reading of Gordon Brown: The Collected Speeches by Norman Collier, there will be songs.

The London Evening Standard makes mention of Amy Winehouse. “Amy ‘will leave her sickbed’ for Mandela,” says headline.

And all thanks to the new improved NHS and the celebrated leader’s messianic qualities…

Posted: 27th, June 2008 | In: Celebrities, Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (2)

They Who Would Beat David Davis

26 candidates will contest the by-election sparked by the resignation of Tory David Davis as an MP:

* Grace Christine Astley – Independent
* David Laurence Bishop – Church of the Militant Elvis Party
* Ronnie Carroll – Make Politicians History
* Mad Cow-Girl – The Official Monster Raving Loony Party
* David Craig – Independent
* Herbert Winford Crossman – Independent
* Tess Culnane – National Front Britain for the British
* Thomas Faithful Darwood – Independent
* David Michael Davis – Conservative
* Tony Farnon – Independent
* Eamonn “Fitzy” Fitzpatrick – Independent
* Christopher Mark Foren – Independent
* Gemma Dawn Garrett – Miss Great Britain Party
* George Hargreaves – Christian Party
* Hamish Howitt – Freedom 4 Choice
* David Icke – No party listed
* John Nicholson – Independent
* Shan Oakes – Green Party
* David Pinder – The New Party
* Joanne Robinson – English Democrats: Putting England First
* Jill Saward – Independent
* Norman Scarth – Independent
* Walter Edward Sweeney – Independent
* Christopher John Talbot – Socialist Equality Party
* John Randle Upex – Independent
* Greg Wood – Independent

Posted: 26th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)

BBC’s John Simpson On Manoeuvres With Robert Mugabe

morgan_in_hospital.jpgJOHN Simpson, the BBC’s seemingly unsackable puffed-up war bore, says on the BBC website:

It has been done with great brutality, but Robert Mugabe has achieved an extraordinary turnaround here…

The moral is clear: never underestimate Robert Mugabe’s ferocious determination to stay in power

His opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai, has been completely outmanoeuvred.

Just look at those big scars on Mr Tsvangirai’s head to see how he’s been out manoeuvred…

Using sjamboks, army belts and gun butts, the soldiers attacked Tsvangirai until he passed out. One of the soldiers poured cold water all over Tsvangirai to resuscitate him. Tsvangirai regained consciousness again at around 1:30 a.m…. One vicious woman was left to work on him. She removed an army belt from her waist and used it to assault Tsvangirai until he passed out again. ”

  — Police Officer, Mail and Guardian


Posted: 26th, June 2008 | In: Politicians, TV & Radio | Comments (13)

Caroline Lucas Eats Locally

GREEN MEP Caroline Lucas wants local things for local people:

She concluded: “A re-localisation of our food systems would allow us take back control of our food from industrialists and financiers, and to feed a growing population in a way that is equitable and sustainable, while safeguarding human health, as well as the welfare of animals and the environment.

Let’s hear it for the Dark Ages…

Posted: 26th, June 2008 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment

How The EU Works And MEPs Don’t

THOMAS Meier shows us how MEPs work. The video features MEPs arriving at the office at 6:45am.

Keen. You betcha. They sign the attendance register on a Friday morning and scuttle off for the long weekend. And because they signed in, they qualify for expenses:

Posted: 26th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (4)

Jeremy Hunt Is On Message

Jeremy Hunt:

Sometimes graffiti – however objectionable and anti-social it is in principle – can be very thought-provoking. There’s a wonderful slogan daubed on a fence alongside the M40 coming in to London which says “Why do I do this every day?” Thousands of stressed commuters presumably pause for a second as they pass it.

On the road?

Posted: 26th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment

Naomi Campbell Falls Foul Of Nelson Mandela’s Merchandise Rules

campbell-mandela.jpgTIRED of having celebrities clutter his house and ruin the carpet, Nelson Mandela has arranged to meet them in London’s Hyde Park.

But not all the great and good have been told and Naomi Campbell stands alone in the corridor outside Mandela’s study waiting to be called in for her photo and a sit on Santa’s knee (it’s him, it’s really him!).

The Star says this is because he “wants to punish the feisty star for wearing a symbolic Mandela baseball cap when she went ‘berserk’ and swore at air-port staff after her bag went missing, sources said”.

We who still have our Free Nelson Mandela T-shirts wonder if we are required to behave a certain way when wearing official Mandela merchandise lest we incur the man’s displeasure?

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Posted: 26th, June 2008 | In: Celebrities, Politicians, Tabloids | Comment (1)

Democrats For Organic Snacks

WE’RE all green Democrats now, says the Wall Street Journal:

With biodegradable balloons and organic snacks, Democrats hope to stage the “greenest convention” ever when they gather in Denver at the end of August to nominate Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

The Democrats will arrive attached to said ballons, blown in by a series of handheld wind turbines attached to private jets and limos…


Posted: 26th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment

Euro 2008: America Embassy In Berlin Calling Germany

german.jpgTHE American embassy in Germany, tells its peoples:

“Because of the high fan interest in this prestigious semi-final elimination game between Germany and Turkey, there exists the possibility that disturbances, including violent disturbances may occur before, during or after the match, which begins at 20:45”

Take care, under uber alles:

At a minimum, post-game celebrations will likely result in traffic congestion in larger cities. Crowds celebrating previous German and/or Turkish victories have blocked streets and rocked vehicles attempting to pass through them.

Deutsche Welle concludes:

The embassy’s statement makes downtown Berlin sound a bit like Falluja or the Gaza Strip, but DW-WORLD has learned the potential threats run far deeper.

For you ze var ist nofink…

Posted: 25th, June 2008 | In: Back pages, Politicians | Comments (4)

Barack Obama: Hindu God

BARACK atah adonai:

NEW DELHI: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama can now expect help from an unexpected quarter — Lord Hanuman.

All-India Congress Committee member Brij Mohan Bhama has organised a 11-day religious ceremony at Karol Bagh here for his success in the U.S. elections.

The idea of sending an idol of Hanuman dawned on him after friends in the United States mentioned a “prominent American politician who carried a miniature Hanuman idol in his pocket for luck,” Mr. Bhama said speaking on the first day of the ceremony on Tuesday.

“After hearing that, I decided to gift Mr. Obama a larger, gold-plated version along with the wishes of thousands of his supporters in this country,” said the leader struggling to lift the 15 kg, 21-inch brass idol.

He’s got all sorts of stuff in those pockets...

Posted: 25th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (3)

Are You A Right Wing Blogger?

RIGHT-WING bloggers are everywhere. But what kind of right-wing blogger are you?


How many visitors do you reach per month?
Too many to count, and every visit is a vote for me!
Hundreds of thousands, because every visit is a visitor.
One, two, miss a few, ninety-nine, 4 million. (PS – Can I sell you some banner advertising? Perhaps this nice bridge?)
I don’t care about stats. No, really.

Posted: 25th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment

Political Quote Of The Day: Jonathan Aitken

aitken.jpgPOLITICAL quote of the day: 

Life on a prison wing can be compared to a rough voyage on a ship. Your fellow passengers are people you would never have chosen to be with in the first place – but by the time you have crossed the bay of Biscay you get to know the cast of characters on board extremely well

Former Conservative Minister Jonathan Aitken on life aboard the HMP Belmarsh

Posted: 25th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (2)

Rachel Johnson’s Fashionably Latte

BORIS Johnson’s sister has a book out. It’s called Notting Hell – “Our neighbours divide into the haves … and the have-yachts,” is the best line.

It’s a book that can read and understood by the comments of they who like it:

Jilly Copper calls it “shiveringly brilliant”.
“Sharp, funny and knowing – I loved it” – India Knight

Boris’s sister has also written a book called Shire Hell.

There are only three rules when it comes to publishing a chick lit book – the cover must be in pastel, the writing must be in freehand and the title must be an appalling pun.

Here are 10 that Kathy Lette and Johnson haven’t used. Yet.

Fashionably Latte

Uterus And Them

A Manhattan Cock Tale

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Posted: 25th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (2)

Wimbledon Update: Serena Williams On Barack Obama And God

obama-believe.jpgQUOTE of the day: Serena Williams on the un-god-like Barack Obama:

Not that she affected to care. As a cultural phenomenon, her interests encompass so many spheres that after her 7-5, 6-3 win she was even asked what she thought of Barack Obama’s chances in the US presidential election. It drew a typically head-in-the-clouds answer. “I am excited to see Obama doing his thing. But as a Jehovah’s Witness I don’t get involved in politics. We stay neutral. We don’t vote. We don’t get a part of those worldly things.”

Oliver Brown, Daily Telegraph 

Posted: 25th, June 2008 | In: Back pages, Broadsheets, Politicians | Comments (3)

Barack Obama Is Twice Denied

obama-stairs.jpgIS there nothing Barack Obama cannot do?

The National Enquirer announces on its front page: “OBAMA ABANDONED BY HIS MOM – TWICE!

Such news is surely deserving of not one but two exclamation marks.

And it would be were this not Barack Obama who does everything twice, everything twice, being as he is the son of one Barack Hussein Obama, as the Enquirer says, as the Enquirer says!!

He is twice abandoned. He is twice come:

 That is why I am here, because Barack Obama is the ONLY person in this who understands that. That before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation – Michelle Obama

For it is written:

“I cried all night. I’m going to be crying for the next four years,” he said. “What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of the nation’s political history. … The event itself is so extraordinary that another chapter could be added to the Bible to chronicle its significance” – Politico

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Posted: 25th, June 2008 | In: National Enquirer, Politicians | Comment

George Bush: Green Hero

GEORGE Bush’s visit to Blighty inconvenienced nearly 40,000 fliers.

President George W. Bush’s recent stopover in London slowed the travel of nearly 40,000 fliers at Heathrow Airport, according to British Airways CEO Willie Walsh. Heathrow airport operator BAA confirmed today that 32 arrivals and 36 departures were canceled as a result of Bush’s trips into and out of Heathrow on June 15 and 16, The Associated Press writes.

Think of the carbon footprint he reduced…

Says the Mirror:

In John F Kennedy’s day, his mile-high “indiscretions” earned the presidential plane the name Air F*** One.

Dubya has turned it into Air Head One.

Cleaner Air One…

Posted: 24th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (8)

The Book Of Obama

JAMES Dobson, an American evanglical Christian, says of Brack Obama:

I think he’s deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology… He is dragging biblical understanding through the gutter.”

Isn’t getting your own personal Jesus what being Christian is all about?

Posted: 24th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (3)

Billy Ruffian For David Davis, With Lyrics

BILLY RUFFIAN for Davis Davis:

I think that maybe I’ve been taking pills,
‘cos David Davis is acting like John Stuart Mills,
And in taking on Brown, Dacre and Murdoch,
The establishment are in a difficult spot.

“I’m making out my political will,
By opposing the anti-terrorism bill,
But the government wish to rid us of Habeas Corpus,
So if you believe in freedom you’ll have to support us.”

The most unlikely civil liberties defender of all
What about Magna Carta? Did she die in vain?


Posted: 24th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)

On The Message Boards: Official Barack Obama Site And Jesus

LGF says: “Official Barack Obama Blog Site Now Among Best on Web”

I never thought I’d say this, but it’s true; the official web site of a presidential candidate has now become one of the best places on the web for high-quality ranting lunacy, fully the equal of any raging craziness you’ll find at Daily Kos or Democratic Underground.

If you build it, they will come:

This blog has been posted since April 8th, by “Curtis ByThePeopleForThePeopleOfThePeople:” Barack Obama : : Change We Can Believe In | Curtis Abbey’s Blog: Petraeus makes me so angry (and sad).

Petraeus makes me so angry (and sad)
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Who is the greatest American war criminal of them all? Petraeus, Bush, Cheney, or Rumsfeld? I’m gonna have to go with Bush. He’s ultimately responsible for what the other two retards are saying. Here’s a fact for you morons. THE SURGE IS NOT WORKING!!!!

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Posted: 24th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment

Boris Johnson’s Cigar Case Case

BORIS Johnson has Taria Aziz’s cigar case, or he did:

Would there be anyone so petty, so time-wastingly idiotic, as to complain? Alas, I forgot about the Labour Party. Five years after I found this memento, Labour stooges were recently combing my articles for anything discreditable to a Conservative mayoral candidate.

They found the article, and with bulging eyes they went to the Metropolitan Police and demanded that I be prosecuted. I am accused by my political opponents of removing a cultural artefact from Iraq. As it happens, I also have in my possession a letter from the lawyers of Tariq Aziz, informing me that Mr Aziz wishes me to regard the cigar case as a gift.

But never mind. The file has been opened at Scotland Yard; the proceedings have begun. The poor police have no choice but to investigate this ludicrous affair, and in the interim I am told I must hand the cigar case into police custody – or else be led in manacles from City Hall.

Is it the tobacco?

Posted: 24th, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comment

Barack Obama’s Little Queen Of Spades

IN Las Vegas for the WSOP, Barack Obama arrives.

There is no escape. But what’s that in his pocket?

The Obama campaign is in Vegas for a “Change That Works for You” rally.

Change is what Obama is about. He talks about change all the time. He never changes talking about change and may only change when the change has come.

Before Vegas, Obama has been in New Mexico, where he’s asked what lucky charms he carries on him.

“I try to select a number on any given day,” says Obama, who
changes his lucky charms, as he must.

During the course of the campaign, he says he has collected “probably 50, maybe 100″ good luck trinkets, including, we trust, Anorak’s lucky badger’s head.

His spokesman Robert Gibbs then asks Obama if he could borrow the lucky poker chip for the evening’s trip to Vegas. “I might let you take it down,” says Obama.

Ok, with some jokes, a little embellishment and a punchline, it might make good anecdote. But the point is not so much that Obama relies of superstition for victory, but that he would lend anyone his lucky token.

As Robert Johnson told us:

Posted: 24th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)

Al Gorean James Hansen Wants Non Warmists Tried And Condemned

GLOBAL Warming.  If you disagree with it you should be put on trial. Not agreeing with the Al Goreans should be a criminal offence:

James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.

The British are just saps, standing under the lamplight smoking a fag while the polar bears drowns:

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Posted: 23rd, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comments (4)