Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
“JE THAMES,” puns the Sun, showing its readers a picture of the topless stunna and his girlfriend canoodling on a boat down the Thames.
“Over here, Kermit,” cry the tabloid paparazzi from the river bank. “Bombs away,” scream the schoolchildren from Westminster Bride as they give full throat to the entente cordiale.
Mrs Sarkozy is soon back on dry land. She is the Mail’s “lady in rouge”, which is Frenglish for Lady in Red, which is a song in which singer Chris de Burgh rhymes “dance” with “romance”.
France is Britain. And Britain is France. This is all “crazy”. The Independent looks on as “Britain went made for France’s first lady”.
Or as Le Parisien newspaper puts it in more sophisticated tones: “Les Anglais conquis par Carla” (The English charmed by Carla).
And of Mr Sarkozy, La Bruni’s little sultana?
ELIOT Spitzer and ablonde. Well, at least he like variety…
HERE’S a video of Carson Public Works Commission Chairman Jan Schaefer at a Carson City Council meeting. Mayor Jim Dear wants Vera Robles Dewitt (the assailant, and owner of Carson Bail Bonds) arrested…
She’s been struck in the “eye”…
Danger ! Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill Part 6 tries to remove even the limited constitutional safeguards of the “destroy Parliament” Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006
We were going to comment initially on the
Draft Governance of Britain – Constitutional Renewal Bill (.pdf 98 pages)
regarding the welcome plan to repeal sections 132 to 138 of the Serious Organised Crime Act 2005, which has chilled free speech and freedom of assembly in the over large Designated Area around Parliament Square and Millbank and Whitehall etc. – see the Parliament Protest blog
This repeal appears prominently as Part 1 Clause 1 of the draft Bill, however, any joy at this proposed return to the status quo ante, is marred by Part 6 of the Bill,
It looks as if we will have to again go through all the fuss and lobbying that we saw over the wretched Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006, the previous attempt by this Labour Government to neuter Parliament by Order of a Minister.
See the Save Parliament website as a reminder of the dangers to our Parliamentary democracy from the executive branch of Government, which seem to be looming, yet again.
On Politics And Competence:
One reason that the ignorant also tend to be the blissfully self-assured, the researchers believe, is that the skills required for competence often are the same skills necessary to recognize competence.
ALEXANDER Litvinenko’s wife Marina wants a full inquest int her husband’s death:
Officials at the highest levels at the Kremlin have insinuated that my husband’s friends in London killed him “in order to smear Russia”. In a scam worthy of the old KGB, a fringe American journalist was invited to Moscow for an interview with Russian prosecutors, who showed him the British extradition papers – the ones that I am not allowed to see. His “conclusion” – that my husband poisoned himself while smuggling radioactive material for terrorists – was published in a third-rate New York newspaper and then trumpeted in Russia as an American-sourced report. I have to protect my husband’s good name from such dirty tricks. A full inquest would put an end to these kind of smear campaigns.
What odds on that happening?
La Bruni is not with Phil but the Guardian’s front-page picture of her looking at the Queen’s consort, a smile playing across her lips, suggests she longs to be. While Philip smiles broadly, Carla’s eyes sparkle. Sarkozy is looking into the camera, a man unnerved.
The Telegraph’s snips Sarkozy away and features only Phil’s noble profile and Bruni’s gaze. “Britain is enchanted by Madame Sarkozy,” says the Express on its cover. And Madame Sarkozy is enchanted by a Briton.
On the Times’ cover, Bruni is with Her Majesty, who is talking and pointing something out. But Carla has only eyes for Liz, her head a whirl of what hold this woman has over Philip, and how it can be slackened.
As the paper’s headline says: “When the Queen met Madame le President”. It’s a Lloyd-George-knew-my-father moment.
HILLARY Clinton can remember when she was a little person, just like you pequena…
Footage of Hillary opening Live Aid coming next…
All this is dressed up in glowing terms as, “a new Franco-British brotherhood,” with Nick telling us that we ought to get together as “we have the same enemies throughout the world.” Not quite right is that.
He forgot to count the French.
HOW does Hillary Clinton spin a lie, or a mistook?
Says she: “So I made a mistake. That happens. It proves I’m human, which you know, for some people, is a revelation.”
Barack Obama should forgive her. Afte all, to err is human, to forgive divine…
WHILE Hillary Clinton goes for the Heather Mills vote, Barack Obama ia giving a speech commemorating the 42nd anniversary of the march on Selma, Alabama. Barack Obama was aged 3:
What happened in Selma, Alabama and Birmingham also stirred the conscience of the nation. It worried folks in the White House who said, “You know, we’re battling Communism. How are we going to win hearts and minds all across the world?
If right here in our own country, John, we’re not observing the ideals set fort in our Constitution, we might be accused of being hypocrites.” So the Kennedy’s decided we’re going to do an air lift. We’re going to go to Africa and start bringing young Africans over to this country and give them scholarships to study so they can learn what a wonderful country America is.
This young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets and came over to this country. He met this woman whose great great-great-great-grandfather had owned slaves; but she had a good idea there was some craziness going on because they looked at each other and they decided that we know that the world as it has been it might not be possible for us to get together and have a child.
He is also related to Brad Pitt because a common ancestor lived 11 generations ago.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is the ninth cousin twice removed of Angelina Jolie, with whom she saved
D. Brenton Simons, president of the 163-year-old genealogical society, also notes that Mrs. Clinton is also related to:
Jack Kerouac (co-author of On The Road With Hill and Bill)
Madonna (with whom Hillary appeared at Live Aid)
Celine Dion (without whom Hillary could not have raised the Titanic)
Alanis Morissette (You Oughta Know – Linda Tripp mix)
Camilla Parker-Bowles – an infamous mistress and therfore not in the least bit like Hillary
Hillary Clinton is 29.
HILLARY Clinton’s “misspoke” mistake that she dodged sniper fire on a trip to Bosnia 12 years ago will enters the American political lexicon.
While Bill Clinton is remembered for fingering his tie (the one Monica Lewinsky bought him) and arguing the toss over the meaning of “sexual relations”, and the Bush administration is known for its “known unknowns”, Hillary will forever be linked to her tears and her misspake.
Of course, Hillary’s mistook pales into insignificance when allied to the contributions of Tony Blair who went one better than twisting words when he actually managed to bend time to his will and turn 45 minutes into so much more…
The Telegraph says Mr Schooler’s customers include “royal palaces and the National Trust”.
The paper also notes that Mr Schooler has been presented with a bill for £30,000 after the European Union ruled that he was using the wrong sized bottles.
Mr Schooler uses traditional 37.5cl bottles. The EU states that the bottles must measure 35cl.
But perhaps the most interesting thing is that officials are not sure whether to classify mead as wine or spirit. Anorak suggest classifying mead as “revolting”. But rules are rules.
We urge Mr Schooler to force the EU to rule on what mead is. And then solicit the support of cultural arbiter Jonathan Meades to carry the fight, and also create slogan for mead, such as “I Feel The Need For Mead”, “Mead Is Murder For Thirst” and a cocktail called “Mead And Mild”, for your honey…
Mr Ward, a 58-year- old bachelor, wrote:
“This is yet another example of ‘Breakdown Britain’… “Children become just a means toward that end, and are of themselves of little if any further significance in this new society.
“I think there is an increasingly strong case for compulsory sterilisation of all those who have had a second (or third, or whatever) child while living off state handouts…
“With over-population being the root cause of so much that negatively impacts Planet Earth, the very last thing the world needs is to encourage excessive breeding.”
Mr Ward has backtracked a little. He says: “I’m half-blind and missed out a word, I should have written ‘consideration’. I’m sorry if it has caused any problems.”
And in any case, as the Mail notes, the whole idea was to get people to think about issues.
Mr Ward is not voicing an opinion, rather joining the debate. He may be saying something unpalatable, but his rhetoric owes more to New Labour than the Nazis.
Oh, yes, the Nazis.
No small shock to read that at the apogee of Cool Britannia, Tony Blair didn’t offer Lady Mills a knighthood, a job as Minister For All The Disabilities or the chance to use her spare leg as celebrity Black Rod as the state opening of Parliament.
Anorak cannot recall any offer being made, having spent the duration of Tony’s Cool Period with its hand over it eyes, fingers in ears singing the first verse to Cliff Richard’s seminal paean to youth, The Young Ones.
The Sun, though, was listening in wrapt awe, and hears how then plain Heather Mills was, as she claims, offered a “people’s peer” gong.
The claim forms a pivotal moment in ITV’s McCartney vs McCartney: The Ex Files.
On the show, Sunday Times writer Jasper Gerard, to whom she made the claim, says: “I was pretty gobsmacked that somebody who was essentially just a model and a bit of a part-time campaigner best known for being Paul McCartney’s girlfriend should be offered a peerage.”
The Sun says it’s all a lie.
But we can only say by way of defence that Tony was young and meant everything he said at the time…
When Democrats contemplate the apocalypse these days, they have visions of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton slugging it out à la Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter at the 1980 convention.
Or Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama…
Or vote McCain:
Words attributed to one Roger Stone, billed in the Times as “a controversial Republican operative”, who alerted authorities four months before the Democratic governor was forced to step down in a sex scandal.
Says the paper: “He told the Miami Herald that he learnt about the governor’s behaviour from a high-end call girl at an adults-only club called Miami Velvet who confided in him that she was disappointed to have missed a chance to entertain Mr Spitzer. Instead, her friend met Mr Spitzer and noted that he kept his socks on, Mr Stone said.”
Readers should recall the name Stephen Byers, the married former transport secretary, who was revealed by one Barbara Cornish to have worn his black socks while in the act of a private consultation.
Can it be that before Mr Byers was exposed in a tabloid shag ‘n’ tell, Mr Spitzer was just a normal office guy in his novelty socks? On reading of Mt Byers’ sexual prowess, and considering the middle-aged man’s anodyne exterior, did Mr Spitzer place too much stock on those black socks, seeing them as the source of the Blarite’s sexual vigour; Samson’s hair in a nylon and viscose blend?
We can only wonder.
And recall to mind the old public school adage that you can always trust a man who tucks his vest into his Y-fronts – and leaves it tucked in until he returns home from chambers…
But why did he start to call himself Barack?
When Sen. Barack Obama moved from using the name Barry to Barack, his formal name, it was part of his almost lifelong quest for identity and belonging—to figure out who he is, and how he fits into the larger American tapestry.
Part black, part white, raised in Hawaii and Indonesia, with family of different religious and spiritual backgrounds—seen by others in ways he didn’t see himself—the young Barry was looking for solid ground. At Occidental College, he was feeling like he was at a ‘dead end’… ‘that somehow I needed to connect with something bigger than myself.'”
For similar reasons, Tony Blair will know be known as Anthony, Bill Clinton as William, Teddy Roosevelt as Theodore, Joe Salin as Joseph, Nelson Madela as Rolihlahla and Nick Clegg as…
“Groups sympathetic to anti-Chinese protesters in Tibet are under assault by cyber attackers who are embedding malware in email that appears to come from trusted colleagues.”
John McCain tells a Chinese reporter: “The people there are being subjected to mistreatment that is not acceptable with the conduct of a world power, which China is.”
And: “His Holiness [Dalii Lama] says we have to be realistic,” says Tenzin Taklha, a senior aide to the 72-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner… “From the exiled Tibetan leaders, there were no calls for sanctions, like those imposed when Myanmar suppressed pro-democracy protests last year, or even a boycott of this summer’s Beijing Olympics.
“It’s an approach that reflects the pragmatism of the Dalai Lama, who has long sought an accommodation based on his “Middle Way” dialogue with Beijing aimed at autonomy for Tibetans under Chinese rule.”
THE BBC: “A week after the initial riots, estimates of how many people were killed and accounts of who was to blame differed wildly. China says 18 civilians and a policeman were killed and hundreds injured. But the Tibetan government-in-exile says at least 99 people have died in the crackdown by Chinese troops.
“During the clampdown, troops have sealed off towns in the surrounding areas where unrest has taken place, according to witnesses. Authorities are not allowing foreign journalists into Tibet.
“Other witnesses have reported seeing hundreds of troop carriers heading for Tibetan areas in recent days. In Gansu, public notices and police broadcasts told protesters to surrender by midnight on 25 March or face arrest and punishment.”
China is eating Tibet alive.
The picture is from a Chinese food market. What is it? And can the Olympic torch arrive in time to cook it?
The Obama Cult: You’re Own Personal Jesus…
“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” says Obama.
Obama has joked about his meesianic qualities, as spotted by that political BibleMen’s Vogue:
“When Morgan Freeman comes over to greet Obama, the senator begins bowing down both hands in worship. ‘This guy was president before I was,’ says Obama, referring to Freeman’s turn in Deep Impact and, clearly, getting a little ahead of his own bio. Next, a nod to Bruce Almighty: ‘This guy was God before I was.’”
And behold, Obama met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.
As Jack Tapper puts it: Obama Wept…
A US state department employee looked at the files of Republican candidate John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.
Says US State department spokesman Sean McCormack: “In the case of Senator McCain, we detected earlier this year… one of the same people who accessed Senator Obama’s passport file also accessed Senator McCain’s passport file.”
McCormack said a trainee accessed Hillary Clinton’s file last year.
It’s awfully fair that all three candidates have been snooped on. Perhaps the game is to see who takes the most offence?
And what price one of the candidates being an impostor? Old Mr Anorak thinks John McCain resembles a young Bobby Chartlon, Barack Obama looks like the Messiah and Hillary Clinton looks like the kind of woman who plays a lot of golf because she likes the shoes.
Howard Berman, the Democratic chairman of the foreign affairs panel, compared the passport spying flap to a similar 1992 breach committed against then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton.
“[I]t is worth noting that that earlier situation also was characterised as isolated and non-political when the news initially emerged,” Berman said. But a subsequent inquiry found that government employees were hunting for information that would help embarrass Clinton during his campaign.
Joseph DeGenova, a lawyer involved in the 1992 Clinton investigation, said of the Obama breaches: ‘It’s really remarkable that something like this could have gone unreported. What’s disturbing about it is there are three separate breaches. It strains the imagination that somehow they were not linked.”
Two State Department employees were fired and a third has been disciplined for improperly accessing Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s passport file, the State Department announced Thursday night.
Senior Department officials said they learned of the incidents only when a reporter made an inquiry Thursday afternoon. They said an initial investigation indicated the employees – all of whom worked on contract – were motivated by “imprudent curiosity.”
HAVING brought peace to Northern Ireland, Hillary Clinton, who would have saved Rwanda had only she been listened to, starred in porn, cried and cried, and was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, is in the Balkans.
SAYS Hillary: “I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
–Hillary Clinton, speech at George Washington University, March 17, 2008.The Washington Post keeps its head up and journalist John Pomfret notices:
Far from running to an airport building with their heads down, Clinton and her party were greeted on the tarmac by smiling U.S. and Bosnian officials. An eight-year-old Moslem girl, Emina Bicakcic, read a poem in English. An Associated Press photograph of the greeting ceremony, above, shows a smiling Clinton bending down to receive a kiss.
“There is peace now,” Emina told Clinton, according to Pomfret’s report in the Washington Post the following day, “because Mr. Clinton signed it. All this peace. I love it.”
But it was hell:
According to Sinbad, who provided entertainment on the trip along with the singer Sheryl Crow, the “scariest” part was deciding where to eat. As he told Mary Ann Akers of The Post, “I think the only ‘red-phone’ moment was: ‘Do we eat here or at the next place.'” Sinbad questioned the premise behind the Clinton version of events. “What kind of president would say ‘Hey man, I can’t go ’cause I might get shot so I’m going to send my wife. Oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.”
One like Bill Clinton, apparently…
John McCain is talking about Prince Harry, leader of the Ronald McDonald Army.
“His willingness and his eagerness to serve provides an inspiration to other young men and women to serve the cause of freedom in Afghanistan.
“All of us Americans and British are proud of him. Americans admire the Royal Family. I respect and admire the Royal Family and I think those two young princes are very good role models.
“I would like to see Prince William serve if it is possible.”
Just as soon as Wills gets back from Baghdad, we’ll pass on the message from his would-be commander in chief…
Picture: via Jay
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