Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
BARACK Obama’s depressing message by Daniel Henninger:
Unhinge yourself from the mesmerizing voice. What one hears is a message that is largely negative, illustrated with anecdotes of unremitting bleakness. Heavy with class warfare, it is a speech that could have been delivered by a Democrat in 1968, or even 1928.
[OMITTED: Henninger's edit of Obama's Madison speech.]
Unease about the economy is real, but Sen. Obama is selling more than that. He is selling deep grievance over the structure of American society….
Whatever else, Barack Obama isn’t talking sunshine in America. He’s talking fast and furious. People not yet baptized into Obamamania may start to look past the dazzling theatrics to see a vision of the United States that is quite grim and could wear thin in the general election.
Look past him? No chance. Get him in and then rubbish him – that’s the plan, right?
HENRY Kissinger is in conversation with Chinese leader Mao Zedong:
You know, China is a very poor country,” Mao said, according to a document released by the State Department’s historian office.
“We don’t have much. What we have in excess is women. So if you want them we can give a few of those to you, some tens of thousands.”
A few minutes later, Mao circled back to the offer. “Do you want our Chinese women?” he asked. “We can give you 10 million.”
After Kissinger noted Mao was “improving his offer,” the chairman said, “We have too many women. … They give birth to children and our children are too many.”
“It is such a novel proposition,” Kissinger replied in his discussion with Mao in Beijing. “We will have to study it.”
Now American women line up to take home Chinese babies…
Douglas Schoen, a former advisor to Bill Clinton and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, recently wrote a piece for the Washington Post in which he claims that this year’s election may be decided by a block of voters he calls “restless and anxious moderates,” or RAMs. “Most come from the third of the electorate that identifies itself as independent, but some Democrats and Republicans have also joined this new bloc,” Schoen writes…
Pollsters love to come up with fancy new names for this year’s swing voters, who usually are not that much different from swing voters in previous elections. They are political sporks, people who can’t make up their minds if they are really Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives, whether they are called yuppies, Reagan Democrats, soccer moms, security moms, NASCAR dads or office park dads.
Worcester Woman – the witch who won the 1997 election for Tony Blair…
INTERNATIONAL name calling. Hillary Clinton says Vladimir Putin “doesn’t have a soul”.
He was asked about the remark, and replied:
“At a minimum, a head of state should have a head.”
A threat? A snarky comment on Hillary’s shouder pads? Or just the kind of thing someone with no soul would say…
And on the hustings the London mayoral candidates are setting them up and banging them in.
Their latest session lasted 100-minutes and can be bought on DVD. Some highlights:
Boris Johnson arrives seven minutes late because Mr Livingstone was delayed by London’s transport problems.
Boris Johnson (Tory) to Ken Livingstone (Labour): “I am willing to give free lessons – in complete safety and discretion. It is high time that, like me and every other cyclist in London, you face the full horror of trying to overtake a bendy bus.”
Senior Tory on Boris: “Every time he does open his mouth, we keep our fingers crossed,” one admitted. “We will be sweating right up to 1 May.”
Ken Livingstone: “You can’t have candidates saying ‘I am in favour of nuclear power and I am terribly green’ … that ‘I am going to be the greenest mayor ever but I applauded George Bush for not signing the Kyoto treaty’. It is rubbish.”
Mr Johnson: “Stuff and nonsense.”
A double act:
Sian Berry, the Green Party candidate: You’re all just “men in suits”
Liberal Democrat candidate, Brian Paddick, the gay former senior Metropolitan Police officer: “I think people would raise a few eyebrows if I turned up in a dress.”
Paddick then shows his absurdist bent: “Burnishing his green credentials, Mr Paddick suggested that he would have the smallest carbon footprint of the four candidates on the platform. He didn’t own a car, he walked everywhere, he had had the heating on in his one-bedroom flat for only 45 minutes this winter.”
Anorak: Perhaps he walks to get warm?
Livingstone: “Mr Livingstone promised that, by 2010, the Thames would be the cleanest river in a major capital and people would start swimming in it.”
Cue Boris in a pair of trunks…
SAYS GEORGE Bush: “I suspect the families of those victims understand the nature of killers. What people gotta understand is that we’ll make decisions based upon law. We’re a nation of law.”
Why suspect? Why not ask the families of those killed in the July 7 attacks on London what they think?
This is the text of a letter sent by Tony Benn to every Westminster MP.
Dear Member of Parliament,I am writing to ask you to make it possible for me – and every elector in Britain – to vote on the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum. For the Lisbon Treaty transfers important powers which belong to us, to others in Europe we do not elect, cannot remove, and who therefore do not have to listen to us in the way that MPs listen to their constituents.
Britain must work closely with its European neighbours, but if this cooperation is to succeed, the arrangements must be democratically approved by all the people of Europe.
There is a case for a fully federal Europe. But surely those who take that view should, as democrats, want to win a majority for it in a referendum. That is why this decision must be made by the British people as a whole, because it will affect us all irrevocably and the Lisbon Treaty can never be amended or repealed by any future government that we elect.
Moreover, if three-line whips are imposed, telling any MPs how they must vote, it could not then even be argued that parliament had decided the matter freely. For all these reasons I hope you yourself will feel able to vote for a referendum, thus safeguarding the rights of your electors.
SAYS Martin Mr McGuinness, former IRA leader: “I have to say, I am absolutely appalled at the level of concentration around the pub in the programmes.”
Adding: “I am not a fan of East-Enders or Coronation Street but my wife and my children, particularly the girls, watch the programme. I am appalled at the drunkenness that is quite clear for everybody to see and all of that before the 9 o’clock watershed when children as young as 8, 9, 10 and 11 are watching. Now I regard that as irresponsible broadcasting and I think something should be done about it.”
Steady on, Mr McGuinness. You do the terror and the politics. We’ll do the satire…
INDEED: “The biggest beneficiary of the Hillary loathe has been Obama. Her campaign has been sufficiently subverted and sabotaged by the legions of Hillary haters to the point that it’s listing. If her campaign goes down, so will Obama’s Hillary firewall. The gloves will be off and it won’t be pretty.”
Obama stands for change. And , well, anyone..?
“Hillary for you and me.
Bring back our democracy.
Vote from sea to shining sea.
Everyone for Hillary!….”
BARACK Obama for President. Barack Obama for contol of The Button. Barack Obama whoops. In the LA Times:
Barack Obama angered fellow Democrats in the Illinois Senate when he voted to strip millions of dollars from a child welfare office on Chicago’s West Side. But Obama had a ready explanation: He goofed.
“I was not aware that I had voted no,” he said that day in June 2002, asking that the record be changed to reflect that he “intended to vote yes.”
That was not the only misfire for the former civil rights attorney first elected to the state Senate in 1996. During his eight years in state office, Obama cast more than 4,000 votes. Of those, according to transcripts of the proceedings in Springfield, he hit the wrong button at least six times.
Mr President. Do we bomb France? Press “red” for “Yes” and black for “No”…
“Which celebrity most closely resembles your ideal man?”
Gordon Brown – I like powerful men – 1.8%
“Which celebrity most closely resembles your ideal woman?”
Cherie Blair – powerful women do it for me – 0.9%
Based on the current population, that suggests that a truly alarming 2,218 chaps have the hots for La Booth, and a scarcely less credible 4,764 lassies are pining for the Dour One.
Stand up and make yourselves known to the group…
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.”