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No-One Give Dana Perino A Pretzel

dana-perino-bush.jpg DANA Perino is the White House Press Secretary. She is blonde. Her presence means George Bush is made to look smarter.

This is Dana Perino who on the subject of the Cuban Missile Crisis offered:

I was panicked a bit because I really don’t know about . . . the Cuban Missile Crisis,” said Perino. “It had to do with Cuba and missiles, I’m pretty sure…I came home and I asked my husband,” she recalled. “I said, ‘Wasn’t that like the Bay of Pigs thing?’ And he said, ‘Oh, Dana.'” Seriously, no, the point was that it wasn’t like, oh man, Jesus Christ. Anyone out there read 13 Days? It’s seriously, like, the least complex, most Cosmo-simple foreign policy book ever written, and I remember thinking, when I read it, “Man, this book is so idiotically simple, a true, like, idiot could read it.”

That’s Cuban missiles. What about other kinds of weapons? Perino is on Fox News:

“Some of the terms I just don’t know,” she explained. “I haven’t grown up knowing. The type of missiles that are out there: patriots and scuds and cruise missiles and tomahawk missiles. And I think that men just by osmosis understand all of these things, and they’re things that I really have to work at — to know the difference between a carrier and a destroyer, and what it means when one of those is being launched to a certain area.”

Can you launch a destroyer with anything other than a bottle of champagne and Her Majesty’s best wishes? Or do you need a really big gun?

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

Non-PC PC With Kelvin MacKenzie, Hardeep Singh Kohli And Lembit Opik

hardeep.gifIT’S political correctness gone mad. IT’S the Non-PC PC story. It’s a literary genre in its own right.

Today Kelvin MacKenzie plays the game by listening to comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli calling LibDem MP Lembit Opik “Lemsip”.

Says MacKenizie in the Sun: “Lembit has an Estonian background and is therefore going to have an Anglo-Saxon name, in exactly the same way as Hardeep.”

Well, not exactly the same way. We are no experts on Estonian names, but Hardeep does sound more Asian in origin than Baltic.

Says MacFrenzie, who met both Hardeep and Lembit on the celebrity version of The Apprentice: “Supposing Lembit has referred to him as Hardup, then almost certainly there would have been a massive ‘race row’.”

Or not. MacKenzie says the unsayabale, Toothpik gives a watery smile and Hardeep gets a call to play Baron Hardup in Cinderella…

Posted: 20th, March 2008 | In: Celebrities, Politicians, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Poem Of Tony Blair By The Bard Of Downing Street

tony-blair-poem.jpgWHO wrote Ode To Tony Blair? Ahem:

“At Downing Street upon the stair,

I met a man who wasn’t Blair,

He wasn’t Blair again today,

Oh how I wish he’d go away.”

Tory Shadow Business Secretary Alan Duancan says its Business Secretary John Hutton.

Not so, says Hutton: “I would write better poetry than that.”

This is John Hutton who can rhyme entreprenewer with sewer. So, perhaps, yes. Or no.

So who wrote the poem? And can you do better?

Picture: Poldraw

Posted: 19th, March 2008 | In: Money, Politicians | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Barack Obama On Why Race In The Race Doesn’t Matter

obama-home.jpg“RACE doesn’t matter,” chant the crowd after Sen. Barack Obama’s victory in the South Carolina Democratic primary.

Of course it doesn’t. That’s why the Obamites are chanting it.

As AP’s Charles Babington writes:

But in the seven weeks since, race has mattered more and more in his presidential struggle against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, threatening to dent his lead. On Tuesday, Obama addressed it head-on in a speech that bluntly described a history of injustice to blacks, acknowledged the resentments of whites, and ended with the hope that his campaign can help heal racial divisions.”

Race doesn’t matter. Did you hear it? Race DOES NOT MATTER!

Barack Obama’s speech is front-page news on the Daily Telegraph. A speech given by an agonist in the Race to The Whitehouse, a man not yet his party’s nominee, is front-page news on a UK paper. Because race doesn’t matter?

Says Mickey Kaus on Obama’s Speech on race – “Can’t We Ignore Race? Please?” Well, No.

We can listen, and like Kaus look at segments of the speech we like best:

Obama: “I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street...”

Says Kaus:

The most disastrous sentence in the speech. If Obama’s saying that those who fear young black men on the street are racists, the equivalents of Rev. Wright in offensiveness, then he’s just insulted a whole lof ot people. If he loses the votes of everyone who fears young black men, he loses the election. People fear black men on the street–as even Jesse Jackson once momentarily admitted–because they cause a wildly disproportionate share of street crime. Does Obama want to be the candidate who says that thought is verboten?

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Posted: 19th, March 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Bridget Prentice Finds Her Police In Queues

police1.jpgJUSTICE Minister Bridget Prentice is stood in the queue for a bus.

Her bag is agape.

Kenneth Cooper approaches. He is a pickpocket. He sees the bag.

Says Prentice: “I was just turning round to ask him to stand back when he got off the bus. I knew straight away that something was wrong and looked into my bag to discover my purse had gone.”

“He’s nicked my purse,” exclaims Ms Prentice.

As we have heard from Ms Prentice’s colleague Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary and customer of “KATIES kebabs and burgers” in Lewisham, the streets of South London are dangerous places full of dragons and many-headed beasts in checked caps and brandless white trainers.

MS Prentice is in danger. Luckily, reports the Times, an “off-duty” detective sergeant is stood in the queue behind Ms Prentice. He gives chase.

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Posted: 19th, March 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Gordon Brown Is Victor Kiam Channelling Gerald Ratner

courage-gordon-brown.jpg“GORDON Brown today gives Britain his personal guarantee he will save the nation from financial meltdown.”

The guarantee is not for all time, and a glance at the small print, and a look at the opinion polls, shows that it will be voided at the next general election. There is also no money back guarantee and if the economy breaks you cannot have a new one. 

This is Gordon Brown’s “special vow”. This Gordon Brown doing his impression of Victor Kiam when everyone else is sounding like Gerald Ratner.

He “urges the nation to put its faith in him”. If we all believe enough, we can make it. You just have to believe.

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Posted: 19th, March 2008 | In: Money, Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

God Damn The New York Times On Barack Obama And Jeremiah Wright

barack-obama.jpgTHE New York Times is All The News That’s Fit To Print. So it says.

Byron York looks at the NYT and tries to spot any mention of Barack Obama’s spirutal guide Jeremiah Wright’s conspiracy issues

Speaking of “God damn America,” if you read only the New York Times — if that were your only source of news — you might not even know that Wright had uttered those words. A Nexis search shows that the only place Rev. Wright’s “God damn America” proclamation has been reported in the Times was in Bill Kristol’s column yesterday. That column was noticed mostly for a factual error — Kristol repeated a claim from an inaccurate NewsMax report — but as serious as that was, it seems that Times readers should at least thank Bill for telling them what the news pages would not.

A conspiracy? Anyone told Mr Wright?

Posted: 18th, March 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Eliot Spitzer’s Free Sex Pass

ELIOT Spitzer, the disgraced New York governor, has been given a free-sex-for-life pass by Nevada brothel, The Moonlite Bunny Ranch…

Posted: 18th, March 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

We Will Be Offended In The Race For The White House

IN the Washington post, Michael Kinsley writes:

There is no room for sexism in a modern political campaign. There is no room for racism either. There is no room for remarks that could reasonably be interpreted as sexist or racist. In fact, given the history of sexism and racism in this country, there is no room for remarks that could even be willfully misinterpreted as sexist or racist… There is no room for comments of any sort by anybody a candidate might have met under any circumstances in the course of his or her life, unless they have been vetted for sexism, racism, rudeness, or the appearance of these qualities by the campaign’s senior staff. There is no room for unfair accusations that the opposition candidate has engaged in sexist, racist or rude remarks, or that anyone he or she has ever met has engaged in such remarks. And of course there is also no room for perfectly fair accusations of this sort, which can be misinterpreted, and usually are.

Posted: 17th, March 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Barack Obama And Hillary Clinton: We’re All Irish Now

barack-obama.jpgWILL Barack Obama be celebrating St Patrick’s Day?

On this day we are all Irish on the inside. It’s fashionable to be Irish. Anyone can be Irish.

According to the Clare Heritage Centre in south-west Ireland, Muhammad Ali is Irish. His great-grandad was allegedly one Abe Grady from the Irish town of Ennis, who emigrated to America in the 1860s, settled in Kentucky and married a black woman. If only Ali was aware of his ‘Irish soul’, things could have been so different. I can just hear him now: ‘No Vietcong ever called me a nigger or a bogtrotter….’

Yesterday parade in Birmingham – location of the “world’s third largest St Patrick’s Day Parade” (and there is much competition) – featured such Irish notables as local group the Dhol Blasters, adding what the BBC calls “a Punjabi twist”.

A picture on the website is captioned: “Samba dancers in Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day parade.”

Says the Montreal Gazette:

Leslie Lopez calls herself a Mexican-Canadian, but yesterday she was all decked out in green at the 184th St. Patrick’s Parade. There’s nothing Irish about me, zero per cent, but I’ve been to Ireland and I like Irish culture,” she said, sporting a kicky green tinsel wig, Irish-themed buttons, a shamrock lei and green beads.

So can Barack O’Bama be Irish. Barack Sean O’Bama?. The man supported by O’Prah Winfrey? Hillary Clinton’s is at a St Patrick’s day parade in Pittsburgh. And this the Hillary who brought peace to Northern Ireland.

But which is the more Irish?

As we know:

US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama can now count himself as one of the millions of Americans with Irish heritage. Research by the genealogy website reveals that Mr Obama’s great great great grandfather was born in Ireland, although it is not yet known where. Falmouth Kearney sailed from Ireland to New York in 1850 at the age of 19 on the S.S. Marmion arriving on the 20th of March.

Says O’Bama:

I noticed over the last several weeks that the forces of division have started to raise their ugly heads again. And I’m not here to cast blame or point fingers because everybody, you know, senses that there’s been this shift. It reminds me: We’ve got a tragic history when it comes to race in this country. We’ve got a lot of pent-up anger and bitterness and misunderstanding. …This country wants to move beyond these kinds of things.

He is, of course, talking about 800 long years of English oppression, the overbearing priests, the drunken father, the beatings and the miserable wretch of a mother.

Meanwhile in Dublin, the locals are wondering if the Guinness is organic…

Luck of the Irish to one you – most like the loser…

Posted: 17th, March 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (11) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Tony Blair’s Secret Talks To The IRA

ira.JPG“REVEALED: Blair’s offer to meet masked IRA leaders,” begins the Guardian.

“Tony Blair offered to take the unprecedented step of holding secret masked meetings with the IRA as he fought to save the Northern Ireland peace process from collapse,” continues the piece.

It is one claim made by former No. 10 chief of staff Jonathan Powell, whose book is, coincidentally, serialised in the Guardian all this week. It also forms the basis of the paper’s lead leader piece. Book reviews are rarely so newsworthy.

But what of the story and news that Blair wanted to sit down for a face to balaclava chat with, well, who knows?

It could be anyone beneath the mask. Tony could be talking with the man who used to do the BBC voice for Gerry Adams, Coronation Street’s ‘Big’ Jim McDonald or just about any Northern Irishman looking for work.

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Posted: 17th, March 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The UN Resolution In Azerbaijan

THE Croydonian notes:Azerbaijan has persuaded the UN to pass a resolutionreaffirm[ing] Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, expressing support for that country’s internationally recognized borders and demanding the immediate withdrawal of all Armenian forces from all occupied territories there“.

Given recent events in Serbia / Kosovo, it is intriguing to note that some countries are quite happy to dismember Serbia in pursuit of self-determination for Albanians but will not extend the same principle to the Armenians of Artsakh. So, here are the states which have recognised Kosova but have also signed the Azeri motion:

Saudi Arabia

Meanwhile, all credit to the unlikely list of refuseniks: Angola, Armenia, France, India, Russian Federation, United States, Vanuatu. Our man in NY abstained.


Posted: 17th, March 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

John Prescott’s Son David Is Out Not In

john-prescott.jpgMUCH gnarling and washing of teeth in Hull East as David Prescott, son to John Prescott, is denied a chance to follow his dad as the local MP.

Says David in the Mirror: “There are interests out there who don’t want me to progress.”

Says a voice in the crowd: “Better out than in, that’s what I always say!”

Picture: Poldraw 

Posted: 17th, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Tabloids | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Dallas May Remove Traffic Cameras That Work Too Well

gatso.jpgIN The Dallas Morning News, an explantaion as to why there are cameras on roads. Why? To make money:

“Dallas City Hall has idled more than one-fourth of the 62 cameras that monitor busy intersections because many of them are failing to generate enough red-light-running fines to justify their operational costs, according to city documents…

That leaves Dallas government with a conundrum. Its red-light camera system has been an effective deterrent to motorists running red lights – some monitored intersections have experienced a more than 50 percent reduction. But decreased revenue from red light-running violations means significantly less revenue to maintain the camera program and otherwise fuel the city’s general fund.

Does the Government make money or save lives? Can it work out how many lives saved are tax payers..?

Posted: 16th, March 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Finland MP Wants ‘Love Vacation’ For Workers And An Identity

moomins.gifMORE new from the Finnish parliament where MP Tommy Tabermann (SDP) wants to grant all employees a paid 7-day annual “love vacation”.

During the seven days, couples could devote themselves to each other ”both at an erotic and emotional level” and ”find their way back to the path of love in order to find the wellspring of love again”.

Some MPs suspected that the proposal might discriminate against single persons, but others said that a love vacation would be the privilege of all, even the singles and the single parents.

Whether this is a good idea or not, we hesitate to say, more interested in how Finland is developing a repututaion as a European oddity.

The country formerty known as Finland Nil Pointsm needs a new identity, losing much of its international profile when Lordi won the Eurovsion song contest in 2006 and when the Moomins disappeared from children’s TV.

The country’s politicians are now vying to make Finland interesting to outsiders.

Matti Vanhanen, Finland’s prime minister, is partial to:

Matti Vanhanen, 52, prime minister since 2003, has been enjoying a wave of support since the disclosure that he likes to take a sauna before sex and enjoys his favourite meal of beef and baked potatoes afterwards.

And Finnish government bureaucrat Mikko Puumalainen wants to establish a Chinese-style governmental firewall on the internet to prevent Finns from reading websites that ‘strive to maintain an anti-immigrant political climate’ by e.g. publishing facts such as official statistics on crime rates.

The hope is that Finland can rise from mediocrity and come to stand for something…

Posted: 16th, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Strange But True | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Real Obama And Jeremiah Wright

MATTHEW Yglesias finds the Real Obama:

Obama’s going to have a hard time explaining that I take to be the truth, namely that his relationship with Trinity has been a bit cynical from the beginning. After all, before Obama was a half-black guy running in a mostly white country he was a half-white guy running in a mostly black neighborhood. At that time, associating with a very large, influential, local church with black nationalist overtones was a clear political asset . . . . Since emerging onto a larger stage, it’s been the reverse and Obama’s consistently sought to distance himself from Wright, disinviting him from his campaign’s launch, analogizing him to a crazy uncle who you love but don’t listen to, etc.

Obam’as too slick to be caught to easily…

Posted: 16th, March 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (12) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Sian Lloyd And Lembit Opik’s Ill Wind

lembit-opik.jpgIN “My relationship with oddball MP Lembit Opik, and why I’m glad it’s over”, Sian Lloyd tells the Mail on Sunday that she has move on.

Lembik Opik is now entwined with a Cheeky Girl.

Readers who want to know how Sian has moved on can read A Funny Kind Of Love, by Sian Lloyd.

In this extract, Sian recalls Opik telling her about a paragliding accident he’d been in. She recalls his words to her: “The wind just went flat and the chute had deflated into a rag. I dropped 80ft, fell like a rock. I broke my back in 12 places. Then my ribs, sternum, jaw, and I lost four teeth.”

Sian listens. She looks. “I wondered if that explained his slightly twisted but interesting face.”

The wind changed. And Lembit stayed like that. If only Opik had met Sian earlier, she could have warned him what weather lay in store. But this is not about looking back. This is about Sian moving on.

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Posted: 16th, March 2008 | In: Celebrities, Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (6) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Ben Dover Sticks It To The Dirty Digger’s Labour Party

ben-dover.jpgBEN Dover – which might not be his real name – could be the new General Secretary of the Labour Party.

Says the News of The World: “THEY’VE already got Ed Balls and Alistair Darling…but the Labour party could have had porn film king Ben Dover as GENERAL SECRETARY.”

Ed Balls is not a real porn name, nor is Alistair Darling. Both monikers appear to owe more to It Ain’t Half Hot Mum or anything by Hale & Pace. They are suggestive of camp comedy.

Ben Dover features such titles as The Porn Ultimatum, Hey Fatty Bum Bum and Porn Idol. He is the real thing.

Ben did not get the Labour Party job.

But Given his love of the pun, Ben may consider the job of picking the new Prime Minister and contact Mr Rupert Murdoch (aka Dirty Digger) about being News International’s next editor in chief…

Posted: 16th, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Barack Obama, Jeremiah White And An Open Letter To White People

YOU’VE read Barack Obama’s priest Jeremiah Wright’s conspiracy theory sermon,
now read: Daily Kos: An Open Letter to White People.

Please let an old black man have his anger in the privacy of his church. After 400 years of what has been done to African-Americans, it is the least that we can do. Are our hearts so small and our need for reassurance so great that we cannot allow an old black man who dedicated his life to his community his anger? Are you honestly going to tell me that this is the first time white America has seen and heard from black folks? Have we not heard what Rabbis routinely say about Palestinians across the US? Even our military is told to call Iraqis and Afghanis “ragheads” and “Ali Baba” as a part of their training. Have we not heard what predominantly white churches say about immigrants, African-Americans, LGBTQ communities, and Islam? Jerry Falwell gets a hero’s farewell, as does Reagan, who thought gay people deserved to die of AIDS, but Wright, he must be punished severely and publicly humiliated.

Such is the level of political debate. Racism, Anti-Semitism. White Supremicism. This one’s got the lot…


Posted: 15th, March 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Barack Obama Condemns Controversy

barack.jpgBARACK Obama is a man for the popular vote.

“All of the statements that have been the subject of controversy are ones that I vehemently condemn.”Barack Obama

What does he stand for? What do you want him to stand for?

Posted: 15th, March 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Eliot Spitzer, The Briton And The Waterbottle Scandal

sexy-water-bottle.jpgWHEN Eliot Spitzer was exposed as a member of a prostitute club, Britons responded by issuing a collective gasp, shocked that the boy from the ET films had grown up to be an adulterous perv.

After much nodding and the shaking of heads, we read on and learned that this Eliot is not a former film star recovering after the groupie years. Further digging and Eliot Spitzer is revealed as a politico in New York.

The story might end there, a scratch on the political bedpost. But the Sun gives the news relevancy by introducing a Britisher into the fray.

Says the paper: “The hunt is on for a rich Brit revealed as Client 6 of the global vice ring that brought down New York’s governor.”

Client No.6. All good scandals need a codename – The Third Man, The Hand Of God, Watergate. Given the level of interest in this story, the time difference between the UK and New York, and the appearance of a randy Britisher, we’d like to name this the Waterbottle Scandal.

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Posted: 15th, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Ashley Dupre, Ashley Youmans, Spitzer


Eliot Spitzer’s Lawyers Worked at Office Handling Prostitution Case…

Youmans In Music Video by Rapper ‘Mysterious’…

Posted: 14th, March 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Mikko Puumalainen And Finland Against Free Speech

FINLANDISATION: “Finnish government bureaucrat Mikko Puumalainen want to establish a Chinese-style governmental firewall on the internet to prevent all 5,000,000 (five million) people in Finland from reading websites that ‘strive to maintain an anti-immigrant political climate’ by e.g. publishing facts such as official statistics on crime rates.”

Posted: 14th, March 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Ofcom Branded Bottled Water

ofcom-branded-bottled-water.jpgANYONE for Ofcom Branded Bottled Water.

It was the Environment Minister, Phil Woolas, who said that the amount of money that people spend on bottled water “borders on being morally unacceptable”.

Tim Lang, the Government’s naural resources commissioner, told us:

“We have to make people think that it’s unfashionable just as we have with smoking. We need a similar campaign to convince people that this is wrong.”

You can read more at the Consumer Council for Water.

Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries.

The Chief Executive is Ed Richards, who was “Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister for Media, telecoms, internet and e-govt. Before that he was Controller of Corporate Strategy at the BBC. He also worked in consulting at London Economics Ltd, as an advisor to Gordon Brown MP.”

Posted: 14th, March 2008 | In: Photojournalism, Politicians | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Barack Obama And Jeremiah Wright’s Channel Blair’s Symploce

obama_mlk.jpgSAYS abc: “Obama’s Pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Has a History of What Even Obama’s Campaign Aides Say Is ‘Inflammatory Rhetoric’.”

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, has been Barack Obama’s pastor for the last 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s south side.
And he loves a conspiracy theory.

He told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that “America’s chickens are coming home to roost”.

The Wall Street Journal hears more:

We put [Nelson] Mandela in prison and supported apartheid the whole 27 years he was there. We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God.”

And: “We started the AIDS virus . . . We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty. . . .”

On America’s blacks: “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people… God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

God damn. Looking from the outside in on America, it’s always noticeable how American everyone is. Even in highlighting disunity and perceived unfairness, the American succeeds in sounding only like an American. He demands to be heard. He speaks of the power of America. An America leader has to believe in God. In the UK, we think a leader who wears his religion on his sleeve is a creep.

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Posted: 14th, March 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0