Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
KEN Livingstone says: “Most vehicles that will be charged £25, in vehicle excise duty band G, are high-priced models.
“Those who buy them can afford to choose from pretty much the whole of the mainstream car market but have chosen to buy one of the most polluting vehicles.
“By making these changes to the congestion charging scheme we are encouraging people to take into account the impact of their choice of new car on the environment and the planet.”
Ken wants you to pay £25 – and then pay for parking – to drive into his congestison zone.
Note the miserabilist’s mention of money and those who can afford the bigger gas guzzling cars. Well it turns out that these instruments of the uber rich are:
– Ford Galaxy Ghia
– Honda Accord 06 Tourer
– Hyundai Santa Fe
– Renault Espace Dynamique
– Peugeot 407
– Vauxhall Vectra
– Vauxhall Zafira
– Volkswagen Passat
– Volkswagen Golf
– Volvo V70
In short, family cars.
DIZZY notes: “Apparently the Government wants to introduce YADB (geek name Yet Another Database) that will track every child through school and to retirement with all the details of how you scored on tests and whether you got expelled etc etc.”
The most hilarious thing is that they say it will mean you have a ‘tamper proof CV’. If they even manage to get such a project off the ground I give it less than a year of go-live before someone has made themselves a straight-A student.
It never ceases to amaze me how Government ministers are complete idiots when it comes to technology. Rule number one. If a human being writes a system, a human being can crack it. The Germans thought Enigma was uncrackable too, look where that got them.
But the computer says you’re dead, sir…
From the London Paper…
Paulbots seem to have lost there verve; the most importantest Republican in the history of the world!!1!1!12!!1!@! drew no better than 6 percent, and took less than 1,000 votes in D.C. And somewhere, the ghost of Ayn Rand sheds a salty tear.
When does he give it up?
Says the Telegraph: “The new first lady of France, the former model and singer Carla Bruni, said that her first meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy was love at first sight and she expects the marriage to last a lifetime.”
Says Bruni: “With him, an anxiousness that I’ve felt since childhood disappears. So I am the first lady until the end of my husband’s mandate and his wife until death.”
The French have Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni. We the British have Lembit Opik and a Cheeky Girl.
Romanian Gabriela, who forms one half of Cheeky Girls pop duo alongside her twin Monica, and who dates Lembit Opik, MP, tells GMTV: “Everything is true – all I can say is it was love at first sight.”
France 1 – England nil points…
Says he: “Terrorists kill people. Weapons of mass destruction have the potential to kill an enormous amount of people, but global warming in the long term has the potential to kill everybody.”
Scared? Terrified? Terrified of the terrorists? Terrified of the temperature?
The clincher to a brilliant argument: “No scientist knows for sure what’s going to happen, but you don’t want to wait to find out.”
Update: The risk of a fatal heatwave in the UK within ten years is high, but overall global warming may mean fewer deaths due to temperature, a report says.
A seriously hot summer between now and 2017 could claim more than 6,000 lives, the Department of Health report warns.
ON the Ron Paul website: “Fox 26 in Houston gets some footage of the opening of Barack Obama’s Houston offices. And look at what’s up there on the wall.”
It’s “Che Guevara, Fidel Castro’s old comrade in Communist terror”.
And: “The stakes could not be higher in the battle between Ron Paul and Barack Obama for the hearts and minds of America’s young people, as this picture shows.”
Well , anything’s worth a shot. Even breakfast with Chelsea Clinton…
THE Boris Johnson finger puppet. No strings…
GOVERNMENT Minister Phil Woolas makes noise about Muslims marrying first cousins and, as he claims, leading to increased rates of birth defects.
Says Shobna Gulati, on Matthew Wright’s TV show: “Why has he singled them out and not the Royal Family.”
Prince Edward was not on the show to offer a reply…
DAVID Frum on Rudy Giuliani for president.
No living elected official has solved more public problems with more outstanding success than Rudy Giuliani. If there is one person Americans associate with competence in government, it is Rudy. As the primary race has warmed up, some have tried to diminish the mayor’s accomplishments. But in fact, the closer you look, the more amazing they become. (emphasis added).
With his donors’ money, Giuliani captured a single national delegate, in Nevada. At that rate, it would have taken close to $60 billion in spending to capture the 1,191 delegates needed to win the nomination.
Can he do it? No he can’t…
How do you like your eggs?
Jason Rae is 21. He is having breakfast with Chelsea. But hold on. Chelsea is not being pimped out.
Rae is a student at a university in Milwaukee.
Rae is also a Democratic National Committee member from Wisconsin, a super delegate, one of the 796 free agents who can back any candidate in the race for the Democratic nomination, as abc news reports.
So would you like breakfast with Chelsea, Rae? You would. So Rae and Chelsea Clinton are breaking bread. They are talking about “electability” and “mobilizing young people” to get involved in politics. And Rae’s eyes. He has beautiful eyes.
They talk about Chelsea’s mum, Hillary. Does Rea like her? Chelsea hopes so. Does Rae like Chelsea’s dad? Rae has been called on his mobile phone by Bill Clinton. Bill wants to know what kind of young man Rae is.
Rae’s also had a call from Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who was pushing for him to endorse Barack Obama. But Kerry didn’t offer breakfast. Not even a cup of coffee. Kerry is a cheap date.
Chelsea is having breakfast. Does she like the way Rae drinks coffee? Rae is kind of cute…
“HE inspires me. I can’t even say. … He gives me so much hope,” Malabuyo said. “It makes me feel like something will actually change. So I’m speechless. I love him. I love everything he stands for. I love everything that he can bring to this country. And we just need to get him there.”
GORDON Brown was at Manchester United at the weekend? United lost 1-2 to Manchester City.
It was the first time United have lost at home to City in 34 years.
Every international football and rugby match Brown has attended since he has become leader has ended in defeat for England or Scotland.
David Beckham met with Gordon Brown and was then dropped from the England team.
Is Gordon Brown cursed?
JOHN McCain is funny, too, or so it is claimed – although no tape of his skit is said to exist.
The joke it is reported that he made:
“Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?
Because her father is Janet Reno.”
SAYS Tory blogger Iain Dale: “I don’t want any form of Sharia Law in this country at all. Ever. That is not being Islamaphobic. It’s my opinion and it’s one shared by 99 per cent of the British people, as well as, I suspect, by the majority of British Muslims.”
Is this right? Ninety-nine percent are opposed to any form of Sharia Law? But not British Muslims, who are a statistic apart.
Before the statisitics and the suspicions Dale writes: “Why is it that we cannot talk about issues of religion and race without people immediately jumping on a politically correct bandwagon?”
Not politically correct, then, rather one of the 99 per cent of Britons he says agree with him…
And he gives you a message:
Whoa! What a year this has been. And what achievements we have had. If I may quote Trotsky of all people, this Revolution is permanent. It will not end at the Republican convention. It will not end in November. It will not end until we have won the great battle on which we have embarked. Not because of me, but because of you. Millions of Americans — and friends in many other countries — have dedicated themselves to the principles of liberty: to free enterprise, limited government, sound money, no income tax, and peace. We will not falter so long as there is one restriction on our persons, our property, our civil liberties. How much I owe you. I can never possibly repay your generous donations, hard work, whole-hearted dedication and love of freedom. How blessed I am to be associated with you. Carol, of course, sends her love as well.
Oh, go on, Ron. Have a go. We’ll take cash:
VLADIMIR Putin is a comedian:
Vladimir Putin has announced that if NATO does not act in a manner more to his likely in future negotiations, he will take action to let them know he is not to be trifled with by unleashing an arms race.
How mnay bombs do you need to win a race, and who decides on the winner?
HOW does Hillary Clinton finance her campaign?
Clinton, unlike rival Barack Obama, has not released her tax returns. But disclosure forms that Clinton filed with the Senate provide some clues to her family finances. They show Bill Clinton has earned tens of millions of dollars in recent years giving speeches at rates of up to $450,000 apiece. During one week in 2006, the former president collected $1.7 million for talks in Europe and South Africa. (He also collected speaking fees from Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, the Mortgage Bankers Association and other big firms.) The documents are more circumspect about other Clinton financial interests, including his annual income as a “partner” in billionaire pal Ron Burkle‘s businesses and from Vinod Gupta‘s InfoUSA. Both payouts are listed as “over $1,000″—a description that is legally adequate but not very enlightening.
Money and politics
New song ideas, please…
US writer Philip Roth debets: “Is Obama black enough?”
SPIEGEL: What made you interested in Obama?
Roth: I’m interested in the fact that he’s black. I feel the race issue in this country is more important than the feminist issue. I think that the importance to blacks would be tremendous. He’s an attractive man, he’s smart, he happens to be tremendously articulate. His position in the Democratic Party is more or less okay with me. And I think it would be important to American blacks if he became president …
SPIEGEL: Is Barack Obama black enough?
Roth: I know this discussion goes on, but I think it will disappear if he gets the nomination. The reality of his running will wash that away. Anybody who’s half white and half black is considered black anyway. That’s one drop of blood.
SPIEGEL: For whites to consider him black, yes. But the question is whether the blacks consider him black.
Roth: They will once the election goes on. If he gets the nomination.
MIKE Huckabee, the US Presidential hopeful, can crack a joke. Is it enought to secure the presidency? What about a slot presting Have I Got News For You? Mike Huckabee is… America’s William Hague (via):
WAHT media supports what presidential candidate.
Barack Obama’s media. Enjoy the headline in the New York Times: “Friends Say Drugs Played Only Bit Part for Obama.”
Of course, it might be irony. Breathe in… hold it… bit longer….
DAVID Shuster, a nodding head, says about Chelsea Clinton: “Doesn’t it seem like she’s being pimped out in some weird sort of way?”
If you were going to pimp out Chelsea, wouldn’t you tart her up a little? Or is hers a trademarked Clinton look, a kink?
It was all no big deal, until MSNBC suspended him, after pressure from the Clinton campaign. So Shuster, instead of seizing the moment of his greatest fame to say something vital, something he has always wanted to say, just grovels:
IN The NY Times: “All Americans should be proud of Chelsea Clinton”?
ONE question: If the Clintons are American royalty, is Chelsea, Princess Anne or Prince Charles?
|Mitt and Ann Romney||$202 million|
|John and Elizabeth Edwards||$54.7 million|
|Rudy Giuliani||$52.2 million|
|John and Cindy McCain||$40.4 million|
|Hillary and Bill Clinton||$34.9 million|
|Fred Thompson||$8.1 million|
|Barack and Michelle Obama||$1.3 million|
Vote Obama – he needs a raise…