Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
HILLARY Clinton has been on Saturday Night Live. She’s here to make you laugh. She might laugh along. And you might like to send the children from the room, lest they get scared.
Politicians are judged on their sense of humour as much as their policies. Forget the soundbite, we demand a pun.
It was the third consecutive “SNL” episode featuring a presidential contender. Republican candidate Mike Huckabee appeared on “Weekend Update” last week. On a November episode of “SNL,” the last before the Writers Guild of America strike, Obama played himself as a guest at a party thrown by Hillary and Bill Clinton.
John McCain needs to work on his material. Can he do a silly walk?
BARACK II: “Waiting for the Obama-a-likes”
The rise and rise of Senator Barack Obama is an epic event in the history of political marketing. Politicos everywhere should watch and learn.
At campaign meetings on university campuses across the country, student audiences have been gasping at the confident, articulate, personable spokeswoman who has been singing her mother’s praises in more than 20 states...She turned 28 last week and won’t be eligible to run for the White House until she’s 35. Yet despite anything you may have heard about Americans being sick of family dynasties, there are plenty of Democrats who are already fantasising about President Chelsea Clinton – and her delighted parents are doing nothing to discourage the idea.
If she can marry Prince Harry, what a dynasty it would be…
And if it has, has Prince Harry got his skis ready packed?
In “Alistair Darling chases rich in tax-free haven of Monaco – Chancellor tightens screw on wealthy Britons and their Riviera refuge”, the Times talks of “hostilities against Britain’s super-rich” and “sanctions against Monaco, the Mediterranean tax haven”.
“So far the attention has been on Liechtenstein, but Monaco is the goldmine,” says a Whitehall official. “Germany has got the bit between its teeth now and Monaco is where they want to go next – and we’re right with them.”
We learn that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) expects to obtain £100m in unpaid tax from 100 Britons who bank in Liechtenstein. “It paid £100,000 to Heinrich Kieber, a former bank employee, for clients’ names and bank account details. In the past few days it has begun sending them letters referring to their account numbers”.
This is the Heinrich Kieber who “has made millions of euros by selling stolen bank records to the world’s tax authorities. He is now Liechtenstein’s ‘most wanted’ man.” He is undoubtedly Liechtenstein’s most famous man.
On one had, news that the HM Revenue and Customs is buying stolen data must cause the banks to worry. And given the security around HMRC’s data reserves, foreign powers, domestic banks and the curious can expect to be offered the same information on a couple of discs any day now.
But it is the talk of sanctions that shocks? It all sounds so heavy-handed, putting Monaco on a par with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
The wonder is what Liechtenstein will do about it? Will it link up with Monaco and Andorra and form a mini-me Axis of Evil? The Snowy Peril could consult with the Duchy of Grand Fenwick on a military strategy.
The invasion is coming…
Your suggestions please.
Suggestions already made:
JEFFERSON – Barack Jefferson Hussein.
CHE – Barack Che Obama. Ther is much in a name.
HITLER – Barack Hitler Obama
BIN – Barack Bin Obama
OSAMA – Barack Osama Obama
JFK – Barack JFK Obama
Keep them coming…
THE RUSSIAN ELECTION at Siberian Light. Who’s gonna win..? God it’s tense…
To describe this disengagement and cynicism as a ‘mood’ is to underestimate both the depth and the intensity of the breakdown in relations between the government and the governed.
To do that, we need to understand why this political breakdown has happened. A lot of it is to with behaviour. The behaviour of a minority of individual politicians, in all parties. Behaviour in the House of Commons.
Ban the politicos and clean up politics…
FROM Joan Collins’ diary in The Spectator…
“John McCain really needs to do something about his pallor. His complexion is more translucent than Nicole Kidman’s”.
So they say…
Michelle Obama on the use of her husband’s middle name by his opponents:
Michelle Obama, who often has decried “the fear bomb” that opponents have used against her husband for his middle name — Barack Hussein Obama — said in Canton, Ohio, today that it is happening again and shows why it’s so important that he wins election as president.
“They threw in the obvious, ultimate fear bomb,” Obama said today of her husband’s 2004 Senate race. “We’re even hearing [that] now. … ‘When all else fails, be afraid of his name, and what that could stand for, because it’s different.'”
The name means…
“Hussein” is the ultimate fear bomb? I thought the international community had him contained; isn’t “Osama”, Ted Kennedy’s formulation of “Obama”, much scarier?Whatev. Speaking of scary, let’s just call the Senator from Illinois “He Who Must Not Be Middle-Named”.
YOUR tax money: “Departmental Visits Abroad”:
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many overseas visits by officials in his Department took place in each of the last 10 years; which countries were visited; and how much was spent on such visits in each such year. 
Dizzy tots it up a bill of £1,436,939. And the coutries visited to appraise their teaching methods are:
Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korean Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA.
No, we can’t see Fiji , either. No small shock, given the weather and Gordon Brown’s support of the country’s tourist industry…
IN the Derry Journal: “Sex offenders ‘should be tagged and forced to show their faces'”
CONVICTED sex offenders should be electronically tagged and have no rights to anonymity, says Strabane SDLP Councillor Eugene McMenamin.
SAY Ron Paul ofr Dr Murray Sabrin: He “has devoted his entire career to promoting limited government and personal freedom, and I am proud to have known him and worked with him for more than 25 years,” said Paul. “He will not only be an outstanding representative of the people of New Jersey, but the greatest advocate of liberty and constitutional principles the US Senate has seen in decades. I am delighted to endorse him and encourage all Americans who believe in freedom to support him enthusiastically.”
Vote Sabrin for US Senate..
AS the Secret Dairy writes of Obama:
“HERE he is in El Paso meeting with some schoolkids. This was right after he fed an entire auditorium with just a single stick of French bread and a pack of hot dogs.”
Life. Death. Satirists for Obama!
GERARD VAN DER LEUN is worried about Obama. “I think all sane Americans of good will can agree that something happening to Obama would be just about the worst thing to happen to our political system since those three terrible days in the 1960s. The abiding problem is that not all Americans are sane — especially those of the political persuasion.”
But after a moment’s reflection the chilling subtext of that glib rim-shot started to occur to me as I recalled recent reports of lax security at Obama appearances. ( ABC News: As Obama Security Rises, Lapses Remain ) And since I am of an age where I can remember the 1960s, I was chilled even more as images from the more violent of those days came back to me. Chief among them were November 22, 1963, April 4, 1968, and June 6, 1968. These are, as I’m sure you know from the first date, the days on which John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy were assassinated.
Says Glenn Reynolds: With Gerard, I can just urge Obama’s security folks not to get slack.
In “Why Sarah and I know this is right”, Prime Minister Gordon Brown “backs the Daily Mail’s Banish the Bags campaign”.
Anorak’s own campaign urges Britons to boycott the Mail, on account of its exploitation of turtles. Millions of you agree with us.
To the column, and Gordon Brown is every inch the columnist, using the word “I” 19 times, and “we” on 17 occasions. The “we” is split between Gordon and his family, and Gordon and the rest of us. But what the difference?
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: