FROM Joan Collins’ diary in The Spectator…
“John McCain really needs to do something about his pallor. His complexion is more translucent than Nicole Kidman’s”.
So they say…
Michelle Obama on the use of her husband’s middle name by his opponents:
Michelle Obama, who often has decried “the fear bomb” that opponents have used against her husband for his middle name — Barack Hussein Obama — said in Canton, Ohio, today that it is happening again and shows why it’s so important that he wins election as president.
“They threw in the obvious, ultimate fear bomb,” Obama said today of her husband’s 2004 Senate race. “We’re even hearing [that] now. … ‘When all else fails, be afraid of his name, and what that could stand for, because it’s different.’”
The name means…
“Hussein” is the ultimate fear bomb? I thought the international community had him contained; isn’t “Osama”, Ted Kennedy’s formulation of “Obama”, much scarier?Whatev. Speaking of scary, let’s just call the Senator from Illinois “He Who Must Not Be Middle-Named”.
YOUR tax money: “Departmental Visits Abroad”:
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many overseas visits by officials in his Department took place in each of the last 10 years; which countries were visited; and how much was spent on such visits in each such year. 
Dizzy tots it up a bill of £1,436,939. And the coutries visited to appraise their teaching methods are:
Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korean Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA.
No, we can’t see Fiji , either. No small shock, given the weather and Gordon Brown’s support of the country’s tourist industry…
IN the Derry Journal: “Sex offenders ‘should be tagged and forced to show their faces’”
CONVICTED sex offenders should be electronically tagged and have no rights to anonymity, says Strabane SDLP Councillor Eugene McMenamin.
SAY Ron Paul ofr Dr Murray Sabrin: He “has devoted his entire career to promoting limited government and personal freedom, and I am proud to have known him and worked with him for more than 25 years,” said Paul. “He will not only be an outstanding representative of the people of New Jersey, but the greatest advocate of liberty and constitutional principles the US Senate has seen in decades. I am delighted to endorse him and encourage all Americans who believe in freedom to support him enthusiastically.”
Vote Sabrin for US Senate..
AS the Secret Dairy writes of Obama:
“HERE he is in El Paso meeting with some schoolkids. This was right after he fed an entire auditorium with just a single stick of French bread and a pack of hot dogs.”
Life. Death. Satirists for Obama!
GERARD VAN DER LEUN is worried about Obama. “I think all sane Americans of good will can agree that something happening to Obama would be just about the worst thing to happen to our political system since those three terrible days in the 1960s. The abiding problem is that not all Americans are sane — especially those of the political persuasion.”
But after a moment’s reflection the chilling subtext of that glib rim-shot started to occur to me as I recalled recent reports of lax security at Obama appearances. ( ABC News: As Obama Security Rises, Lapses Remain ) And since I am of an age where I can remember the 1960s, I was chilled even more as images from the more violent of those days came back to me. Chief among them were November 22, 1963, April 4, 1968, and June 6, 1968. These are, as I’m sure you know from the first date, the days on which John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy were assassinated.
Says Glenn Reynolds: With Gerard, I can just urge Obama’s security folks not to get slack.
In “Why Sarah and I know this is right”, Prime Minister Gordon Brown “backs the Daily Mail’s Banish the Bags campaign”.
Anorak’s own campaign urges Britons to boycott the Mail, on account of its exploitation of turtles. Millions of you agree with us.
To the column, and Gordon Brown is every inch the columnist, using the word “I” 19 times, and “we” on 17 occasions. The “we” is split between Gordon and his family, and Gordon and the rest of us. But what the difference?
As the LA Times notes: “You may recall back in 1992 the about-to-be president denied having an intimate relationship with Flowers.”
No, not Monica. Not what’s-her-name. No, not the other one. Gennifer Flowers. With a ‘G’.
Says she: “I certainly would enjoy the money for future security.”
But what of the timing of her announcement, which first appeared in Tuesday’s
WORLD’S No.1 delusional maniac: “Everybody has understood that Iran is the number one power in the world,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech to families who lost loved ones in the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
“Today the name of Iran means a firm punch in the teeth of the powerful and it puts them in their place,” he added in the address broadcast live on state television.”
AS reported: Freedom Newspapers CEO Scott Flanders “is voting for the presumptive Democratic nominee“:
Flanders said he voted for Libertarian nominee Ed Clark in 1980 and for Bill Clinton in 1992, but has otherwise voted Republican… There was some back-and-forth over the practical vs. the philosophical approach to politics, and Flanders said that in this election, for him, “the No. 1 issue is who will get us out of Iraq.”
OK, I’m thinking, if you really mean that, there’s only one major candidate you can support. But there’s no way you are going to stand there and say you support him.
Editorial writer Steve Greenhut told Flanders he thought he was really making an argument for not voting. Not true, Flanders said, and then he did it. He said the words, “Barack Obama.” As in, that’s who any true freedom-lover should vote for.
Freeedom for whom?
Having the middle name Hussein doesn’t make Obama any more a Muslim than having the middle name Jefferson made Clinton a strict constructionist.
BARACK Obama in the West Wing. Or is it Matt Santos:
Would you like to be a friend of the Conservative party? No, you don’t have to be gay. Dorothy Basildon-Precinct of the Essex Conservatives may prefer that you are, but the Conservatives are a go-ahead outfit these days and if you don’t mention it, neither will they.
Anyone can be a friend of the Conservatives. The party has launched a £500,000 advertising campaign to recruit online “friends” of the party.
You can become a Conservative supporter on Facebook, MySpace, iVillage or Bebo. And it’s free at the point of entry. You pay only what you feel the Conservatives are worth. “People can pay as little or as much as they want to,” says shadow chancellor George Osborne.
There is something to be said of the adage “You get what you pay for”. What would you pay for Iain Duncan–Smith, more or less than William Hague or a Liam Fox?
Friends of the Conservatives are politely reminded that the acceptance of air miles and Marks and Spencer vouchers is not the done thing. What is more, and given the average age of party members, donors are asked to refrain from making payments in pounds, schillings and pence.
For your money, or not, friends will then be sent regular updates on party activity and invitations to take part in “social action projects in their area”, chiefly, one imagines, talks on how to get more friends…
NOTE: The theme tune to the campaign is Jimmy Cliff’s You Can Get It If You Really Want. It’s also the slogan.
Yes, that is the song that features the line: “Opposition will come your way.”
NIM39140 – National Insurance Numbers (NINOs): Format and Security:
Frank Partridge is walking on a beach on the Lizard Peninsular, Cornwall. He spots a package.
The package is 2ft square. Frank drags it off the beach and uses a wheelbarrow to take it home.
The bag is full cocaine. In all there are five packages of the drug. Much excitement, although the Mail says it is uncertain if the drug can be used.
Partridge tells the police.
“Lay off the dope,” says Keith Richards in Uncut magazine. “That’s my advice to all younger, uh, members who are into this sort of thing. I knooow the fascination, but it ain’t worth it.”
NORWAY makes a good point:
“Norway’s Foreign Ministry has decided that the best diplomats should be sent to war-torn or tumultuous places like Afghanistan, Pakistan or Sri Lanka, instead of the coveted, cushy, and prestigious jobs in London, Paris and Washington…The Foreign Ministry feels that many of the undesirable posts are actually more important than the more prestigious ones, and wants to reward those who take on such challenges better”.
WANT to know how Government works? Dizzy
1: Identify bleeding obvious problem in society but act as if you’re the one that discovered it.
2: Announce you’re going to hold a ‘widespread review’ with a plan to create a plan to tackle said problem.
3: Hold review over long period of time and refuse to comment further on policy apart from only ever referring to the fact you are having a review.
4: Publish five or ten year plan explaining how you’re going to solve the problem because you’ve written that you will.
5: Spend next few years always referring to the master plan and that its implementation is coming along very nicely thank you.
6: As the end of the plan’s lifetime nears return to step 1 re-identifying the problem anew.
7. Say a bold, new fresh approach is needed and invite an open debate…
There are five protestors in all, but the Mail and Telegraph both focus on the youngest female of the group, a 20-year-old blonde-ish woman in a tight pencil skirt and burgundy blouse.
The protestors are demonstrating against plans to expand Heathrow Airport. They are on the roof for three hours.
Says Gordon Brown: “Decisions in the country should be made in the chamber of the House and not on the roof of the Hosue.” This may have been an attempt at humour.
As for the protestors, they are from a group called Plane Stupid, which has a history of telling anyone who flies abroad for their holidays in search of sun and fun that they are stupid.
As such, they have little chance of success. People, in general, do not respond kindly to being called thickos for spending their money as they choose.
And, in any case, their protest is overshadowed by the news that they made it on to the roof “via a spot where Westminster workers go for a cigarette”.
Does health and safety know? And can Gordon Brown be wrong? Is the roof at Westminster the new smoke-filled corridor where business used to be conducted and meaningful allegiances formed.
We should be told!
NEWS from France that Nicolas Sarkozy, the country’s leading celebrity, is suing weekly organ Le Bouvel Observateur for claiming he sent a text to his now former wife, Cecilia, saying: “If you come back, I’ll call it off.”
This was eight days before his marriage to Carla Bruni. Sarkozy accuses the weekly of possessing “stolen goods”, notes the Mail.
Which may imply he did say it. Althogh he has denied sending any such message. But, more importantly, it shows that Sarkozy knows how to text message, like any jobbing celebrity.
Mr Sarkozy and Ms Bruni have already won a case against low-cost airline Ryanair for using their picture without consent. A possible infringement of their image rights.
Look out for Sarkozy’s eponymous perfume and the Sarkozy home made porn movie soon…
THE feminised Barack Obama. Dr Helen has read The New Feminized Majority:
Here is Obama’s feminized philosophy in a nutshell. He highlights the importance of values in his own life and in the nations politics. He emphasizes that there is a “common good” or universal set of values that can bring all Americans together. He stresses change and the movement from self-interested patisanship to a feminized politics of the common good….
Obama is markedly feminized in his critique of the self-interested, greedy, “old politics” of partisanship. “It is such partisanship that has turned Americans off. What is needed is a broad majority who are reengaged and who see their own self-interest as inextricably linked to the interest of others.” Here, the feminized Obama challenges the historic, masculinized American dream of looking out for oneself. Obama seeks to move American from narrow “self interest” (the masculinized narrative of Alone I Will) to a concept of shared interest with others (the feminized narrative of Together We Can, which Obama often cites as “Yes, We Can”)…
Obama straddles the maculinized/feminized divide in foreign policy. As the 2008 campaign unfolds, he increasingly emphasizes soft power–diplomacy, international law, and cooperation–in the war on terrorism…
“Funny, I can’t help but think that the word feminized used by these authors is just another metaphor for socialism”.
And America and socialism just do not mix…
BARACK Obama tells Israel’s most popular newspaper, Yediot Aharonot: “I am not a Muslim and I never have been. I never studied at a Madrassa and I have never sworn on the Koran. I am committed to Christianity.”
And Christianity has been good to the Jews..?
What you see on the screen, in all capital letters, is nothing but a fortune cookie-like message that tells you something good (though purely invented) that Barack Obama has done for you:
“Barack Obama took off when he heard you weren’t coming,” for instance.
The site opened just last week and the domain name is registered to Mathew Honan, 35, San Francisco-based contributing editor to Wired magazine. He explained how it came about in response to a query I sent via e-mail:
I came up with the idea for the site last week, on [Wednesday, Feb.]13, while riding the bus up Market Street on my way home for the day. My wife is an avid cyclist, and loves to talk about bikes and cycling. Recently, she’s gotten really active in the Obama campaign, and I had been kidding her that “Barack Obama is your new bicycle.” There seem to be a lot of people who feel that way.
I told one of my friends about it, and it made him laugh too. And then the idea just sort of fell into place. I got home, registered the domain, and had everything up just as it is now four hours or so after I thought of the idea. Needless to say, I’m pretty surprised at how it took off.
I thought it was something my wife and friends would get a kick out of, but I had no clue it would be all over the blogs and news sites. There are even sites in Italy, the Netherlands, and France linking to it.