Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
As the LA Times notes: “You may recall back in 1992 the about-to-be president denied having an intimate relationship with Flowers.”
No, not Monica. Not what’s-her-name. No, not the other one. Gennifer Flowers. With a ‘G’.
Says she: “I certainly would enjoy the money for future security.”
But what of the timing of her announcement, which first appeared in Tuesday’s
WORLD’S No.1 delusional maniac: “Everybody has understood that Iran is the number one power in the world,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech to families who lost loved ones in the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
“Today the name of Iran means a firm punch in the teeth of the powerful and it puts them in their place,” he added in the address broadcast live on state television.”
AS reported: Freedom Newspapers CEO Scott Flanders “is voting for the presumptive Democratic nominee“:
Flanders said he voted for Libertarian nominee Ed Clark in 1980 and for Bill Clinton in 1992, but has otherwise voted Republican… There was some back-and-forth over the practical vs. the philosophical approach to politics, and Flanders said that in this election, for him, “the No. 1 issue is who will get us out of Iraq.”
OK, I’m thinking, if you really mean that, there’s only one major candidate you can support. But there’s no way you are going to stand there and say you support him.
Editorial writer Steve Greenhut told Flanders he thought he was really making an argument for not voting. Not true, Flanders said, and then he did it. He said the words, “Barack Obama.” As in, that’s who any true freedom-lover should vote for.
Freeedom for whom?
Having the middle name Hussein doesn’t make Obama any more a Muslim than having the middle name Jefferson made Clinton a strict constructionist.
BARACK Obama in the West Wing. Or is it Matt Santos:
Would you like to be a friend of the Conservative party? No, you don’t have to be gay. Dorothy Basildon-Precinct of the Essex Conservatives may prefer that you are, but the Conservatives are a go-ahead outfit these days and if you don’t mention it, neither will they.
Anyone can be a friend of the Conservatives. The party has launched a £500,000 advertising campaign to recruit online “friends” of the party.
You can become a Conservative supporter on Facebook, MySpace, iVillage or Bebo. And it’s free at the point of entry. You pay only what you feel the Conservatives are worth. “People can pay as little or as much as they want to,” says shadow chancellor George Osborne.
There is something to be said of the adage “You get what you pay for”. What would you pay for Iain Duncan–Smith, more or less than William Hague or a Liam Fox?
Friends of the Conservatives are politely reminded that the acceptance of air miles and Marks and Spencer vouchers is not the done thing. What is more, and given the average age of party members, donors are asked to refrain from making payments in pounds, schillings and pence.
For your money, or not, friends will then be sent regular updates on party activity and invitations to take part in “social action projects in their area”, chiefly, one imagines, talks on how to get more friends…
NOTE: The theme tune to the campaign is Jimmy Cliff’s You Can Get It If You Really Want. It’s also the slogan.
Yes, that is the song that features the line: “Opposition will come your way.”
NIM39140 – National Insurance Numbers (NINOs): Format and Security:
Frank Partridge is walking on a beach on the Lizard Peninsular, Cornwall. He spots a package.
The package is 2ft square. Frank drags it off the beach and uses a wheelbarrow to take it home.
The bag is full cocaine. In all there are five packages of the drug. Much excitement, although the Mail says it is uncertain if the drug can be used.
Partridge tells the police.
“Lay off the dope,” says Keith Richards in Uncut magazine. “That’s my advice to all younger, uh, members who are into this sort of thing. I knooow the fascination, but it ain’t worth it.”
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..?