Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
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.
Well, he’s looking for staff. Wanna see his big desk? You get your own toilet cubicle, allegedly:
Craig Accepting Applications for Summer Interns
Deadline Quickly Approaching
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Larry Craig is currently seeking intern applications for the summer term, which runs from May to August. The application deadline is March 15, however if more time is needed for the application process, please contact Senator Craig’s office for an extension. Craig offers paid internships within the Washington, D.C., office. Preference is given to Idaho applicants attending Idaho schools who are in their junior or senior years of college (including graduating seniors).
‘”Interns have the chance to be an essential part of a working congressional office,” said Craig. “They participate in the legislative process as well as ensure that constituent services run smoothly. For those interested in politics, it is an incredible opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how our government functions while serving the people of Idaho.”
Interns are paired with staff members based on experience and interests, in order to best utilize their talents. They are also expected to fulfill some administrative duties such as answering phones, sorting mail and greeting constituents.
Being targeted by bloggers is bad enough. But if Obama wins the nomination, he’ll be targeted, full stop. Because in the US the politics of personal destruction frequently leads to being shot. I raised the possibility – the probability – of attempts on Obama’s life in this column a month ago, reminding readers of the reluctance of Teddy Kennedy to follow in his brothers’ footsteps and the decision by Colin Powell (and his wife) not to contend for the big job. Not in a society that experienced more than 100 years of lynching, of Ku Klux Klan terror, of murders committed during the civil rights struggle, including the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X.
Maybe the racist Americans should wrap Obama in a Rabbit Proof Fence?
SAYS Meg Hillier MP, the minister responsible for ID cards scheme, to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee:.”You should see an ID card like a passport in-country”
Rachel Sylvester on Michael Martin’s class
Norfolk Blogger on the EU ref
Ellee Seymour on spin and PR
Michael Moynihan on the economics of assassination
Paul Canning on Home Office murder
Donal Blaney on Hillzilla
Ben Brogan on Prescott and Sarkozy
Burning our Money on private schools for state teachers
GLOBAL warming news on the BBC that “en-suite showers in prisons have boosted emissions” of C02.
One solution is to hang prisoners, and so reduce their CO2 emissions. This is something the Sun is supporting, backed by 99 per cent of its readers. If the final one per cent can be persuaded that killing inmates can give Gaia a fighting chance, the plan may come to fruition. (Just remember to recycle the rope.)
For now, though, the BBC reports that carbon emissions within former Home Office bodies, including the prison service, rose from 28,237 tonnes in 2005-06 to 28,925 tonnes in 2006-07.
We learn: “The rise has been attributed to the increase in the prison population and the provision of in-cell showers.”
Readers on the BBC websit are reminded that, “Last year, Prime Minister Gordon Brown committed the UK to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 60% before 2050 to help tackle global warming.”
Communal showers should be considered, so too the big bath. Or what about dispensing with showers altogether and hermitically sealing prison cells to prevent the escape of not only villains but so too their foul air?
“If he gets the nomination they won’t let him become president, but if they do, it will be for a short time, maybe less than a month or two,” says American boxer and politics expert Bernard Hopkins.
“His life would be in jeopardy.
“People may say it is time for change but when it comes down to it, I don’t think America is ready for that type of heat”…
“I do not think Obama would survive for too long if he won and Hillary seems the best person for the job,” he said.
There is a hushed worry on the minds of many supporters of Senator Barack Obama, echoing in conversations from state to state, rally to rally: Will he be safe?
Over to our reporter Grassy Knoll, live on the scene…
The Obama camp says it was circulated by Hillary Clinton’s staff as a smear. Mrs Clinton’s team deny the accusation.
Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, accuses Clinton’s aides of “the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election”.
Says Clinton’s campaign manager Maggie Williams: “If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely.”
The contest is now who can be the most offended, and take offence. It’s a competition to see which of Obama and Clinton can be the most insensitivite and outraged. It;s Big Brother does the White House.
And the media drools over the whole thing, shocked, appalled and above all titilated by it all…
Phil Taylor has yet another example of Ken Livingstone’s mendacity.
Liberal Burblings on Ming
Biassed BBC on Marr
Chicken Run EU
The McCain campaign
Tracey Crouch’s day in the life of a parliamentary candidate
HILLARY Clinton wants to be the head of a country with the biggest economy on the planet. Hillary Clinton says:
It’s imperative that we approach this mortgage crisis with the seriousness that it is presenting. There are 95,000 homes in foreclosure in California right now. I want a moratorium on foreclosures for 90 days so we can try to work out keeping people in their homes instead of having them lose their homes, and I want to freeze interest rates for five years.
Freeze interest rates for five years. Anyone want to explain to her how the economy works..?
In place of the usual reports on The Wheelbarrow being this year’s Missionary and the Great British Chip, a death sentence.
Black Cap on. And the sentence: “You will be taken hence to a place of lawful execution and there hanged by the neck until you are dead.”
The likelihood of this decimating the paper’s readership is high, but it is what “99%” of “YOU WANT” and must be made so. The Sun was ever the populist newspaper.
Before you go, Amy D, from Widnes, would like to remove her bra and tell you that: “There are so many terrible people walking the street (see here), that there has to be a stronger deterrent. They should be locked away forever.”
Amy appeals for clemency. And she makes a convincing argument. And if she can dress as a 1950s Sunday School teacher, the judge may yet be swayed.
But death it is. If the UK is to be made clean 99% of Sun readers will have to die. It is the only way. It is what YOU want.
It is what Helen Newlove wants. She’s the widow of Garry Newlove who was murdered by “swaggering killers”.
THE Dude asks: “Why does the Government have a target to cut the smoking rate to 21% by 2010? What possible business is it of the state’s what legal products people buy and use?”
NICOLAS Sarkozy is at the Paris Agriculture Show. Says he: “We want it to be recognised among world heritage.” He wants French food to be listed by Unesco as part of the world’s heritage.
Old Mr Anorak pints out that dining with separate courses, rather than with all presented at once as in a buffet (service à la française) was brought to France from Russia (service à la Russe), which, being partly Asian, was no doubt influenced by China.
Anorak recalls how is was Mr Sarkozy’s predecessor, minute-man M. Chirac, who opined of British cuisine: “One cannot trust people whose cuisine is so bad” and “The only thing they have ever done for European agriculture is mad cow disease.”
Old Mr Anorak has been eating the great British faggot for 35 years and has only needed three courses of emetic and five stomach pumpings. Whereas he is certain remnants of Tripes à la mode de Caen will never fully leave him. As for the sheep flambé dans la rue, he can never forget.
But the event was overshadowed by Sarkozy swearing at a man, possibly a French farmer, as many Brtions have done through the ages:.
When Sarko approaches while shaking hands with the crowd, the man on the left says: “Don’t touch me”.
Sarko replies: “Then get lost”.
The man: “You dirty me when you touch me”.
Sarko: “Then get lost, pauvre con.” This translates as “stupid a-hole”.
Or trou du cul a la mode…
IN a vote more loaded than George Bush at a frat house paarty – and a Daily Express phone poll – Raul Castro has been unanimously selected to succeed his brother Fidel as leader by Cuba’s National Assembly.
Anorak understands Raul was the only nominee in a vote.
Says Raul: “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution is unique, Fidel is Fidel, as we all know well, he is irreplaceable.”
Raul, 76, and his vice president, 78-year-old Machado Ventura, will breathe new live and vigour into the Cuban Government after Fidel Castro, 81, stood down…
Tabloid Baby, Anorak’s man in LA, takes a look:
Lorne Michaels’ Saturday Night Live has never displayed much worry about white castmembers playing “blackface” (think Darrell Hammond as Jesse Jackson). But in the case of Barack Obama, who made a cameo appearance in the last episode before the WGA strike, there was some hand-wringing in the media about the need for a regular, politically-correct Obama character, and, with young Kenan Thompson too fat for the role, rumours that a tall, lanky African-American Obama player was about to join the cast (a chubby white girl as added to replace Maya Rudolph instead).
In the end, they used Fred Armisen. Any controversy was immediately deflected because the makeup was laugh-out-loud good. And they sidestepped the “blackface issue” on a couple of counts: Armisen didn’t need more than a light bronzing, as both he and Obama are of mixed race heritage (Obama with a white mother and Kenyan father; Armisen is Venezuelan on his mother’s side and part Japanese).
By the way, last night’s SNL episode was one for the time capsule: the first consistently- funny show since the fifth episode of the second season (and as a reminder, Steve Martin made an appearance). The sketches were tight and actually laugh-inducing, and with the exception of Carrie Underwood’s subpar performance (why do the musical acts always sound so bad on this show while there’s never a problem on Conan?) and Tina Fey’s desperate Hillary-flogging during the news segment, the show held up to the end! As it was the first fresh SNL since the start of the Writers Guild Strike, the solution to SNL’s quality control problem is obvious (Ben Silverman take note): cut back Saturday Night Live to once every 16 weeks.
Can anyone do Gordon Brown? And has Janet Brown ever worked since Maggie was gotten Out! Out! Out!
You can’t watch Anorak TV, on-demand clips of Are You Being Served? or Barack Obama channeling Bob the Builder.
Pakistan has blocked access to YouTube because of content deemed offensive to Islam, like Danish cartoons, Benazir Bhutto speeches and, as reported, a soon-to-be-released film by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, which portrays Islam in a negative light.
“They asked us to ban it immediately… and the order says the ban will continue until further notice,” says Wahaj-us-Siraj, convener of the Association of Pakistan Internet Service Providers.
“Users are quite upset. They’re screaming at ISPs which can’t do anything. The government has valid reason for that, but they have to find a better way of doing it. If we continue blocking popular websites, people will stop using the internet.”
“Quite upset” and “screaming”. What happens when they get upset, angry even?
Touchy Thais & Turks
Pakistan is not alone. Thailand and Turkey have temporarily blocked access to YouTube.
Thailand became upset with clips deemed insulting to Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej. These clips are now edited out.
In Turkey, clips insulting former Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were ill met by the authorities. Insulting Ataturk, the founding father of modern Turkey, or “Turkishness” is an offence which can result in a prison sentence.
In Morocco Fouad Mortada was jailed and fined after he insulted the King of Morocco’s brother on the web. No video appeared on YouTube, Mortada’s words alone being enough.
We should debate whether the internet should be completely free of restrictions? The Anorak says it should be. In any case, it’s hard to be secretive on the web and if you do anything truly appalling Goldberg and McCann can come round and get you.
Better, perhaps, to argue as to what constitutes an insult and why royals and presidents are so easily offended. And what it says of the media in those countries?
Is Pakistani, Thai and Turkish TV so much Watercolour Challenge and Countdown weekenders? And if it is, are the over-sensitive foreigners getting a better deal than us?
MICHAEL Martin is in the mire
trough: “Commons aide quits after admitting he lied about Speaker’s wife’s expenses | the Mail on Sunday“
Pressure on Mr Martin to step down grew following the sudden resignation yesterday of his £2,000-a-day official spokesman, respected former Whitehall mandarin Mike Granatt.
He says: “A speaker needs to pay a spokesman £2000 a day? Hang’em All.”
RALPH Nader has announced plans to run again for the US presidency.
“Dissent is the mother of assent, and in that context I have decided to run for president,” Nader, who turns 74 on Wednesday, said on the NBC program Meet the Press.