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John Howard’s Media War On Terror

JOHN Howard says we’re winning:

Perhaps the most convincing sign of all that some progress has been made is the significant decline in media coverage of Iraq – noticeable both in the United States and Australia. The dominant left-liberal elements in the media in both our countries apparently cannot bring themselves to acknowledge good news stories coming out of Baghdad.

Posted: 6th, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings, War On Terror | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


To Hell With Peacemakers

TO hell with the peacemakers

Posted: 6th, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Cannabis Controversies of William F. Buckley

VIA: Willilam Buckley “famously smoked marijuana — after sailing his boat outside the U.S. territorial limits, where it would no longer be illegal. Finally at the age of 78, Buckley wrote an editorial for the National Review decrying the war on pot.”

“Legal practices should be informed by realities,” Buckley argued, citing 700,000 pot arrests each year, 87% of which involved only possession of small amounts. “This exercise in scrupulosity costs us $10-15 billion per year in direct expenditures alone.”

But would America ever rise up and demand a change in marijuana laws?

It is happening, but ever so gradually. Two of every five Americans, according to a 2003 Zogby poll cited by Dr. Nadelmann, believe “the government should treat marijuana more or less the same way it treats alcohol: It should regulate it, control it, tax it, and make it illegal only for children”. The Dutch do odd things, but here they teach us a lesson.

Buckley’s position was unexpected, but it offered an honorable example of his real commitment to intellectualism. He began his essay by writing that “Conservatives pride themselves on resisting change, which is as it should be. But intelligent deference to tradition and stability can evolve into intellectual sloth and moral fanaticism, as when conservatives simply decline to look up from dogma because the effort to raise their heads and reconsider is too great.”
His son said Buckley died “with his boots on,” according to BBC News — writing at his desk. “If he had been given a choice on how to depart this world,” the National Review wrote, “I suspect that would have been exactly it. At home, still devoted to the war of ideas.”

Legalise it…

Posted: 6th, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Alan Duncan Meets Outraged Of Melton Rutland

WHEN Alan Duncan MP announced that he was to marry James Dunseath, we wondered what they would say in Cheltenham.

Now a “senior conservative” in Duncan’s Rutland Melton constituency offers the Mail: “This is too much for many people here who thought they were getting a straight bachelor.

“He used to receive invitations from the strait-laced Duke of Rutland to stay at Belvoir Castle!”

The Duke offers no recorded comment…

Posted: 6th, March 2008 | In: Conservatives, Politicians, Tabloids | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hillary Clinton And Barack Obama Fix The Issue

HILLARY Clinton and Barack Obama fight it out in the TV gameshow Fix That Issue.

Do not adjust your set…

Spotter: Smita

Posted: 6th, March 2008 | In: Anorak TV, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Politicians, Race For The White House | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Hillary Clinton Death Cult

hillary-punch.jpgIF Barack Obama can have a death cult, then so too can Hillary Clinton. Anything less would be undemocratic:

Bugs and Daffy represent polar opposites in how to deal with the world. Bugs is at ease, laid back, secure, confident. His lidded eyes and sly smile suggest a sense that he knows the way things work…

Bugs and Daffy. One is a compliment…

Daffy Duck, by contrast, is ever at war with a hostile world. He fumes, he clenches his fists, his eyes bulge, and his entire body tenses with fury. His response to bad news is a sibilant sneer (”Thanks for the sour persimmons, cousin!”). Daffy is constantly frustrated, sometimes by outside forces, sometimes by his own overwrought response to them. In one classic duel with Bugs, the two try to persuade Elmer Fudd to shoot the other—until Daffy, tricked by Bugs’ wordplay, screams, “Shoot me now!”

Shooting Hillary… (It is Hillary, right?)

“Hmmm,” he adds a moment later in a rare bit of self-scrutiny. “Pronoun trouble.”

The Barack Obama Death Cult
Barack Obama’s Death Cult
The Barack Obama Death Cult II

Posted: 5th, March 2008 | In: Barack Obama, Barack Obama Death Cult, Hillary Clinton, Politicians, Race For The White House | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ron Paul Wins

RON Paul: “DALLAS—Republican Ron Paul didn’t get many votes for president in his home state, but he easily won the primary night nomination for his congressional seat.”

Posted: 5th, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Race For The White House, Ron Paul, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Fact-Checking Obama

BOB KRUMM notes: “I’ve noticed over just the last couple days that Barack Obama is falling under media scrutiny for the first time–and he isn’t bearing well under the pressure.”

First there was his campaign’s leaked conversation with the Canadians:  “Don’t worry, I’m only anti-NAFTA so that I can get the votes of the rubes.”  Then his Rezko dealings got some long overdue notice.  Now he is actually getting fact checked on the things he is claiming.  And guess what?  The facts don’t check.  And it’s being reported.  In San Francisco of all places.

Blame the journalists for not checking things from the off…

Posted: 5th, March 2008 | In: Barack Obama, Politicians, Race For The White House, War On Terror | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Peter Robinson Favourite To Be DUP Leader

DEPUTY DUP leader Peter Robinson is red hot favourite to lead the party at 1/20, over Nigel Dodds priced at 10/1.

Posted: 5th, March 2008 | In: Political Betting, Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dinner And Michael Portillo

portillo.jpgMICHAEL Portillo is the star turn in an auction in aid of the Conservative Party.

Lots bluestockings can bid on include, in no particular order, although…

1. Dinner for two with Michael Portillo

Then…

2. A chauffeur driven in the latest Rolls-Royce for shopping, high tea at Brown’s Hotel, VIP seats at Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Sound of Music and a deluxe double room at Brown’s Hotel

A double…

3. Opera, personalised and performed just for you

Dawn chorus…

4. A charcoal nude drawing by Chloe Cloherty. 32” wide x 42” high

A souvenir of Michael to take home

5. A house painting commission 24” x 30” in oil, by William Eyre

Redecorate the bedroom

6. A week of luxury on the Isle of Wight

Is it possible..?

Posted: 5th, March 2008 | In: Conservatives, Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hillary Clinton Is A Joker

HILLARY Clinton tries to be funny. But just ends up being unnerving:

Posted: 5th, March 2008 | In: Anorak TV, Celebrities, Hillary Clinton, Politicians, Race For The White House | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Democrat Party Battle Costs Lives In New York Times

photojournalism.jpgDemocrats Battle Costs Lives In New York Time…

Posted: 4th, March 2008 | In: Anorak In New York, Photojournalism, Politicians, Race For The White House | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bored Ministers

BORED Minsiters who can’t be bothered to explain…

Posted: 4th, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Barack Obama Is A Politician Foremost

barack-obama-is-not-superman.jpgBARACK Obama is taking questions:

Reporters from the Associated Press and Reuters went after him for his false denial that a campaign aide had held a secret meeting with Canadian officials over Obama’s trade policy. A trio of Chicago reporters pummeled him with questions about the corruption trial this week of a friend and supporter. The New York Post piled on with a question about him losing the Jewish vote.

Obama responded with the classic phrases of a politician in trouble. “That was the information that I had at the time. . . . Those charges are completely unrelated to me. . . . I have said that that was a mistake. . . . The fact pattern remains unchanged.”

When those failed, Obama tried another approach. “We’re running late,” the candidate said, and then he disappeared behind a curtain.

As if by magic…

Posted: 4th, March 2008 | In: Anorak In New York, Anorak TV, Barack Obama, Politicians, Race For The White House | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Remaking Of Brand America

WAS 9/11 a cathartic moment in American history? Brand America reborn:

There’s no way to put this delicately, so I won’t: America’s global image is in the crapper. Last year, the BBC World Service conducted a poll of over 26,000 individuals in the world’s 25 largest countries and found that more than 52 percent thought the U.S. had a “mostly negative” influence on the world. Fifty-three percent of respondents to a survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs felt America could “not be trusted.”

Which means that, on top of everything else it represents, the current presidential election is something like an ad agency review — a chance to put a set of potential stewards for “Brand America” through their paces, to see the creative and strategic directions in which they’d take our product.

Can the Race For The White House rebuild America’s profile overseas? And do Americans care if it does?

Posted: 4th, March 2008 | In: Anorak In New York, Race For The White House | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Labour Says BBC Is Soft On Cameron

jeremy-paxman.jpg“LABOUR accuses BBC of going soft on Cameron,” says the Mail.

Labour has lodged an official complaint, claiming Radio 4’s Today programme has given David Cameron an easy ride in recent interviews.

In a letter to Sue Inglish, the BBC’s head of political programming, Labour’s vice- chairman Dawn Butler says presenter-Sarah Montague avoided any “unexpected questions”.

Says Miss Butler: “On the last five occasions Mr Cameron has appeared on the Today programme, dating back to November 1, his interviews have lasted less than eight minutes, they have been exclusively on a subject of his own choosing, and no questions have been asked by the interviewers on any other topical issues.”

The BBC denies any bias. And we wonder if this is less the fault of the BBC than of its star interlocutor Jeremy Paxman, whose hectoring, smirky-style of interviewing is what we expect our politicians to endure.

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Posted: 4th, March 2008 | In: Conservatives, David Cameron, Labour Party, Politicians, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


British Drunks Offered Acceptable Behaviour Contracts

drunk-contracts.jpgNO more “STREET DRUNKS”, says the Mirror.

Know that people caught with alcohol where drinking is banned will “see fines rise from £500 to £2,500 if they refuse to stop”.

“Regular trouble makers” will be given “acceptable behaviour contracts” which “could ban them from specific areas”.

The Government’s MBA approach to life, with its blue sky thinking to the booze road map sees drinkers offered a contract, like those given to professional footballs and assassins.

Drinkers are advised to read the small print, lest it also bar them from eating cake mix, inhaling dog shit and smoking in the “common air zone”…

Posted: 4th, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pig Famers March On Parliament, Pig Aid

HEADLINE Of the day: Pig farmers march on Westminster

Oh, the irony…

Hundreds of farmers are to hold a demonstration at Westminster to protest against falling pork profits.

Farmers’ leaders say the industry is in “meltdown”, and some warn that so many farmers are quitting that there may be a pork shortage by the end of the year.

Pig Aid: Stand By Your Ham

Posted: 4th, March 2008 | In: Food & Fat, Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Richard Hammond’s Organ Recital: Daily Mirror Wins

pm-and-hammond-200.jpgNEWSPAPERS love little more than a campaign.

It gives their columnists something to write about other then their children, and allows the paper to quote itself a source of irrefutable and expert fact.

In today’s Mirror readers learn that the paper’s No To The Toll Tax campaign has won the day. The “controversial” pay-as-you-go toll tax is to be “axed”. Satellites will not track cars and charge by the mile.

Says the Mirror’s boy racer Richard Hammond: “This is a great victory.”

“REAL CAMPAIGNS,” says the Mirror. “REAL STORIES. REAL RESULTS.” The Hammond Report gts results.

Nothing fake here. No pictures of a British squaddie urinating on his Iraqi captive. No fiction. The Mirror newspaper sticks to the real.

And the real news is that the petition Richard Hammond handed to outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair last year has had a real impact.

Not only did Blair leave power soon after, not only did Blair get to meet another celebrity, but now the Government says it has listened to the real people and the plan for an unworkable and expensive satellite tracking for all cars will not be made real.

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Posted: 4th, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Tabloids, The Blairs | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


UK Libertarian Party

THE new UK Libertarian Party want to abolish income tax. Policy No.1…

Posted: 3rd, March 2008 | In: Money, Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Johna Goldberg and Liberal Fascism

LIBERAL fascism.

Just following orders.

Posted: 3rd, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Clinton White House Timeshare

clinton-timeshare.gifTHE Clinton Whitehouse Timeshare:

Posted: 3rd, March 2008 | In: Hillary Clinton, Politicians, Race For The White House | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Democracy And Theocracy In Race For The Whitehouse

SAYS Barack Obama in the NY Post: “I am a devout Christian. I pray to Jesus every night and try to go to church as much as I can.”

Hillary Clinton says: “Obama Not Muslim ‘As Far As I Know’…”

Do you believe in Evolution?

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Posted: 3rd, March 2008 | In: Anorak In New York, Anorak TV, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Politicians, Race For The White House | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Yvette Cooper’s £12million Scheme to Save You Money

OVER tyhe Goverment newswires: “Yvette Cooper launches £12m pathfinder for new money guidance service

Up to three quarters of a million people will get free money guidance on matters like managing debt, planning for retirement or saving for a mortgage deposit, under a new £12m pathfinder Yvette Cooper, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has today announced.

Taxpayers can apply for a cashback scheme by…

Posted: 3rd, March 2008 | In: Labour Party, Money, Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Alan Duncan Announces

NEWS from the Telegraph’s Court & Social pages that ALAN Duncan, the Conservative’s shadow business secretary, is to enter into a legal partnership with a same-sex partner, James Dunseath.

An Anorak readers responds:

Sir,

What a shame that Sir Edward Heath is not leader of the party and so able to see this…

Name and address supplied

Posted: 3rd, March 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Conservatives, Politicians | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0