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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 | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

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) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

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) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

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) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

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 | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

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) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

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) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

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) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

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 | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

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 | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

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) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

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) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Alan Sugar Is London’s Michael Bloomberg

Jonathan Isaby wonders about Boris and Sir Alan:

Boris Johnson has only been London mayor for a matter of weeks, yet already there is speculation about who Labour might put up against him in May 2012 (yes, the election will be just a couple of months before the Olympics actually happens).

Ken Livingstone has already indicated a desire to do it, but it is generally thought that Labour will want a new face to challenge Boris Johnson in four years’ time.

And the name to be highlighted in the latest press speculation is none other than Sir Alan Sugar, the multi-millionaire businessman and star of the hit BBC reality show, The Apprentice.

He certainly ticks all the boxes I have always thought a mayoral candidate needs to tick: name recognition; charisma; an existing reputation among voters; and potential to appeal to a wider base than that of the party he would be standing for.

He forgets to mention Bloomberg – the savvy Jewish man with the fortune made from electronic screens. You know, like Sugar…

Posted: 23rd, June 2008 | In: Celebrities, Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Barack Obama Is This Year’s Versace Black

versace.jpgBARACK Obama is a “structured jacket softened by a double lapel or no lapel at all and slim trousers with slick techno-fabric sheen. Crazy zigzags break up the monotony of pinstripes and checks, while the pastel palette gives the collection a warm summer feel.”

Donatella Versace has dedicated her Spring-Summer 2009 collection to Obama, creating a style she said was designed for “a relaxed man who doesn’t need to flex muscles to show he has power.”

Says the LA Times: “Sitting in the front row, actor Rupert Everett applauded enthusiastically, showing that even if it was not dedicated to him, he found the collection right up his alley.”

To the eyes of Versace, Barack Obama the suit unexpectedly marries joie de vivre Timmy Mallet with the frosted vision of the Queen Mother.

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Posted: 23rd, June 2008 | In: Celebrities, Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Marc Wadsworth And James McGrath Make Boris Johnson Look Decisive

JAMES McGrath is London Mayor Boris Johnson’s deputy chief of staff. Or he was until he met with Marc Wadsworth “a confident, British-born Black activist and news media operator with a reasonable track record”.

Or as the self-aggrandising and ubiquitous Tory blogger Iain Dale calls him “someone called Marc Wadsworth”.

Writes Wadsworth:

McGrath was far from politically correct, David-Cameron-new- cuddly-Conservative Party, when I pointed out to him a critical comment of Voice columnist Darcus Howe that the election of “Boris Johnson, a right-wing Conservative, might just trigger off a mass exodus of older Caribbean migrants back to our homelands”.

He retorted: “Well, let them go if they don’t like it here.” McGrath dismissed influential race commentator Howe as ‘shrill’.

Very soon Boris releases a statement:

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Posted: 23rd, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Supa Mandiwanzira And Banning Al Jazeera In Zimbabwe

mugabe-election.jpgAL Jazeera’s English Zimbabwe correspondent Supa Mandiwanzira has been accsued of less then objective reporting. In response:

Al Jazeera has been denied permission to operate in Zimbabwe, a source in the Ministry of Information and Publicity told Metro.

Its Harare bureau will be moved to Johannesburg.

The source said the government was not happy with its plans to fire its correspondent Supa Mandiwanzira who is being accused of not being objective.

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Posted: 23rd, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

WPP And Robert Mugabe

IAIN Dale writes on his his blog:

The Advert WPP Must Hope You Will Never See

Today’s FT has a story that I find shocking in the extreme. The Company working to keep Robert Mugabe in power in Zimbabwe is part of Martin Sorrell’s WPP Group! At first I thought this must be a smear as the implications are so bad for his business. However, WPP have been forced to admit to the FT that it is true, and that the company behind Mugabe’s adverts that have incited the murder of 80 opposition campaigners is indeed part of the Young and Rubicam Group that WPP owns.

Zimbabwe isn’t working…


Posted: 22nd, June 2008 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

A Web Chat With President Jintao Hu

CHINA’S President Jintao Hu has embarced freedom of expression by answering questions posed by the netizens.

It’s an online chat with members of the People’s Daily’s ‘Strong Country’ online forum. Ask him a questions. Go on, ask him anything you like:

The questions he answered:

1. Do you use the Internet?
2. What do you do on the Internet?
3. Netizens have put up a lot of suggestions about the country; do you read them?

And some questions Mr Hu never got around to answering – with no hint of irony:

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Posted: 21st, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (9) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Government Pays You In Vegetables To Give Up Smoking

cromwell-carrot.jpgTHE Government has not only been watching your every more but it has been also listening to every thing you say.

And now the Government can unveil the new plan that you the people of Britain wanted above lower taxes, cheaper petrol and better transport: smokers in Dundee will be given £115 worth of groceries to give up the evil weed.

In readiness for new legislation that will make not eating five items of fruit and vegetables a week punishable by electric shock therapy and being made to sit though back-to-back episodes of That’s Life outtakes, participants in a 12-week scheme will be given £12.50 a week by NHS Tayside if a carbon monoxide breath test proves they have not been smoking.

And lest the people of Dundee be naughty, the money will be credited onto an electronic card which cannot be used for cigarettes or alcohol.

Just like in prison.

There are 36,000 smokers in Dundee, about half of whom live in poverty, says the BBC, and with any luck one of the last things they enjoy will be taken away from them and replaced by a steamed carrot enabling them to live longer in their impoverished lives…

Posted: 21st, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (9) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Did You Know That Barack Obama Is Black?

BARACK Obama tells us that he is not white, but he is black:

Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said on Friday he expects Republicans to highlight the fact that he is black as part of an effort to make voters afraid of him …

Like Mike Huckabee.

“They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”

They did. And so did Obama.

It’s almost as if he’s willing the oppostion to talk about his race, his funny middle name and his inexperience. Perhaps that’s all he has?

The only other subject that could jolt Lee out of his slumping stupor on stage was Barack Obama, to which all conversational roads seemed to lead. Discussing his Hurricane Katrina epic When the Levees Broke, Lee referenced the current flooding in the midwest and said, “The infrastructure of this country is crumbling, and money’s going elsewhere.” He paused, then at quadruple the volume: “That’s gonna change, though…gonna be a real Chocolate City!”

As he says: “This ought to help the Obama Campaign solidify the white vote.”

Posted: 21st, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (11) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

We’ve Been Here Before With David Davis And Kelvin McKenzie

WHEN press barons take on politics

The prospect of Kelvin Mackenzie standing in Haltemprice and Howden on behalf of Rupert Murdoch reminds Leicestershire historians of the Harborough by-election of 1916. There, though there was a wartime truce between the main parties, the Liberal candidate Percy Harris (now best remembered as Matthew Taylor’s great-grandfather) faced a formidable opponent financed by the press baron Lord Northcliffe.

Thomas Gibson Bowles was the illegitimate son of a cabinet minister, the founder of Vanity Fair and The Lady, and the grandfather of the Mitford sisters. He had sat for King’s Lynn as both a Liberal and a Conservative. He stood in Harborough to protest against the Asquith government’s conduct of the war.

Percy Harris wrote in his memoirs: “The hoardings were covered with Daily Mail posters, ‘Buy Daily Mail and vote for Bowles,’ and a special issue of the Daily Mirror, then in Northcliffe’s hands, was published and delivered free to the voters.”

Harris won…

Posted: 20th, June 2008 | In: Politicians, Tabloids | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Alex Hilton Interviews David Davis

ALEX Hilton interviews David Davis – listen out for the question: “What is the difference between 28 days and 42 days?”

Davis: “Two weeks”.

Posted: 20th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Mike Huckabee Doesn’t Mention Obama’s Race Or Name

huckabee-obama.jpgFAILED Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee – he of the Barack Obama Death Cult – wants everyone to stop mentioning Barack Obama’s middle name and his colour.

He says so much on his open letter:

What I am saying is that we need to challenge Obama on the basis that his ideas are the wrong ones—not attacking him personally. If people spend their time repeating a bunch of internet driven drivel about his middle name (he didn’t choose his anymore than I chose mine), or his race (I do sincerely celebrate that our country has moved to a place where a person’s race doesn’t limit him from aspiring to the highest office in our land, but I just believe that due to his proposals and lack of substantive experience, he’s gone far enough—not because of his race, but because of his sincere, but misguided proposals), or his church (there are far more important reasons for us to elect Senator McCain than where Obama went to church).

Oh, yes, his race… his colour… his choich….

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Posted: 20th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Martin Luther King Does Barack Obama

king-obama.pngMARTIN Luther King Jr. is not Barack Obama.

Just look at the national memorial to the civil rights leader (King) that just won approval from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.

The first go at a Luther statue was said to be “too confrontational”. King looked angry, and we can’t have a man speaking for an oppressed peoples looking angry.

So King was retouched and came back with a less furrowed brow, a softer mouth and more detailed rendering of the hands.

King retained his folded arms. Ed Jackson Jr., executive architect for the private foundation that is leading the effort, says those critics who says King would never have struck such a pose are wrong.

Just look at him on those magazine covers. See, same pose…

Posted: 20th, June 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Respect The Irish No Vote

irish-no-vote.jpgRESPECT due (no giggling in the German seats)…


Posted: 20th, June 2008 | In: Photojournalism, Politicians | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0