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Gordon Brown’s X Factor For Rhydian

gordon-brown-rhydian.jpg“X FACTOR OFFICIAL INQUIRY – Now PM orders quiz into probe vote row*.”

Gordon Brown has sent a “personal letter” (Star) to the Welsh singer Rhydian. For purposes of identification, and national pride, Gordon Brown is as Scots as X Factor winner Leon Jackson and Rhydian is Welsh.

Dear [insert name here] “I see great talent being given a chance to develop itself,” says Gordon.

It is in no way thanks to Gordon Brown’s premiership that talent can evolve on its own.  Gordon might have created a culture in which Welsh reality TV singers can dream of success and make a real fist at achieving it. But this is Rhydian’s time.

Should Rhydian wish to thank Mr Brown for his letter then he is free and able to do it in this democratic land watched over by a benign Gordon Brown.
As Gordon Brown says… (continues until General Election)

*Or not.

Posted: 21st, December 2007 | In: Politicians, Tabloids | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hillary Clinton Faces Down Her Daily Mail Critics

hillary-bill-clinton.jpg“BATTLE LINES are dawn for Hillary,” said the Mail yesterday, words illustrated by a photograph of Hillary Clinton.

The Mail spots “deep furrows” in her brow, “eyelids drooped” and “the lattice of lines around her eyes and mouth”.

And this “just three weeks before the first crucial vote in Iowa on January 3.”
And here’s Steven Glover in today’s Mail: “Blair and the terrible lessons of choosing politicians for their looks.”

Posted: 20th, December 2007 | In: Politicians, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Good God, It’s Mike Huckabee And Nick Clegg

“NEW LIB DEM BOSS: I DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD,” says the Mirror.

The new leader of the LibDems is, of course, Mr Nick, and what Nick actually says is: “I am not an active believer but the last thing I would do when talking or thinking about religion is approach it with a closed heart or a closed mind.”

Religion in always a tricky issue for politicians both here and in the US. And we tune into a new TV ad from Republican Mike Huckabee, the former Baptist preacher.

Huckabee tells us that what truly matters this holiday season is not politics but the birth of Christ. “And on behalf of all of us, God bless and Merry Christmas,” says Huckabee.
Behind Huckabee there appears to be a white cross, which he says are just shelves. But is Huckabee sending out a subliminal message, engaging in dog whistle politics?

It was former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, a supporter of Hillary Clinton, who opined: “It’s probably not something that appeals to him, but I like the fact that his name is Barack Hussein Obama, and that his father was a Muslim and that his paternal grandmother is a Muslim. There’s a billion people on the planet that are Muslims, and I think that experience is a big deal.”

Dog whistle politics. Bringing up a “bad” fact and saying it’s good. Innuendo. But does any of it matter? Do voters care what religion their elected leaders hold true?

Posted: 20th, December 2007 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vladmir Putin Eats Dimitri Medvedev’s Head Puppet

putin_dracula.jpgVLADIMIR Putin is Time magazines’s man of the year. Says he:

Quote:  “Putin joke: Putin goes to a restaurant with [his chosen successor] Medvedev and orders a steak. The waiter asks, ‘And what about the vegetable?’ Putin answers, ‘The vegetable will have steak too.’” Adi Ignatius, in Time’s cover story.

Figure of Speech:   antanaclasis (an-ta-NA-cla-sis), the boomerang figure. From the Greek, meaning  “rebound.”

Time just named Russian strongman Vladimir Putin its Person of the Year.  In the must-read story dyslexically titled A Tsar Is Born, correspondent Adi Ignatius covers Putin’s plan to remain in power for — well, forever, maybe.  Forbidden by the Constitution from running for a third four-year term, Putin (Figaro affectionately calls him “Vlad the Impaler”) has named a loyal functionary, Dimitri Medvedev, as Head Puppet.

Hence today’s anataclasis, a figure that repeats a word with a different meaning.  (“You said you wanted to be president in the worst way, Mr. Bush? Well, you were. In the worst way.”)

Russians express their zeitgeist through jokes, and this one is a classic, tying up an issue in one cynical package: take-charge leader, controlling the dialogue. Spineless sidekick. And what would Putin possibly eat but steak?

We’re pretty sure he eats it raw.

Snappy Answer “He does look steamed.”

Figaro 

Posted: 20th, December 2007 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


John Edwards Love Child ‘Scandal’, Rielle Hunter Responds

john_edwards.jpg SAYS the National Enquirer: “UPDATE: NATIONAL ENQUIRER WORLD EXCLUSIVE: JOHN EDWARDS LOVE CHILD SCANDAL!”

John Edwards is the Presidential candidate with the smooth hair and decent teeth. He cannot fail.

But now the Enquirer reports that his winning look, allegedly, worked on one blonde named Rielle Hunter. She is more than six months pregnant — “and she’s told a close confidante that Edwards is the father of her baby!”

For his part, Edwards has denied having an affair with Rielle. And where is she? The magazine says Rielle has “gone into hiding” – “living in an upscale gated community near political operative Andrew Young, who’s been extremely close to Edwards for years and was a key official in his presidential campaign.”

And now married father Young says he is the father of Rielle’s baby.

Says Rielle said: “The fact that I am expecting a child is my personal and private business. This has no relationship to nor does it involve John Edwards in any way. Andrew Young is the father of my unborn child.”

End of story. Says a source: “Rielle told me she had a secret affair with Edwards. When she found out that she was pregnant, she said he was the father.”

Says the Enquirer: “Rielle loves Edwards and will do anything to protect him, the source says.”

And Enquirer reporter confronts her. Says she: “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

Why is she living in Young’s gated community? Says she: “I have no idea what you are talking about.”

Who fathered her baby? Says she: “I have no idea who you’re talking about or what you’re talking about.”

When asked if there was a string in the back of her body that can be pulled to make her talk, Rielle replied: “I have no idea what you’re talking about…”

Posted: 19th, December 2007 | In: National Enquirer, Politicians | Comments (13) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nick Clegg Has Graham Watson’s X Factor

NICK Clegg has been elected leader of the Liberal Democrats and Graham Watson, Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for the South West of England, notes in a press release: “X knows better than any other UK party leader how to harness the benefits of EU membership for the good of Britain.”

As soon as we or the Times have discovered X’s identity, we’ll let you know.

Posted: 19th, December 2007 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tawny Brown: Sarkozy Dates Carla Bruni

sarkobruni117.jpgFRENCH President Sarkozy is romancing supermodel-turned-pop singer Carla Bruni, just two months after his divorce.

To add a dash of reality to this story, the newswires state that Sarkozy and Bruni were “photographed together at the Disneyland theme park near Paris”.

Politics has long been talked about as showbusiness for ugly people. But that is now revealed to be a British saying, as the small but neatly formed Sarkozy and the taller leggy Bruni step out.

We confess to an ignorance of how they do things in France, but if this were the UK and Gordon Brown were dating Caprice the tabloids would show some interest.

Would the politician take to lounging on exotic beaches, using his clothes as an expression of his greater self and reveal the ‘real’ him in a magazine interview? And would the model attempt to be all things – mother, vixen and homemaker – a kind of superwomn?

And would we hanker for the more innocent, less showy days of Tony and Cherie Blair?

Posted: 17th, December 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


George Bush Does Cold Turkey

bush_turkey.jpgNO man can fault George Bush’s pioneering and inoxitaticating spirit.

Says George Bush on ABC news, as overheard by the Sun: “I doubt I’d be standing here if I hadn’t quite drinking whisky and beer and wine and all that.”

Alcohol can affect you perceptions, your understanding of reality. Had Bush continued to drink he may have never entered the real world, getting no closer to what passes for reality than an episode of Big Brother and Washington DC.

Bush went “cold turkey”, notes the Sun. And readers may recall Bush holding a plastic turkey he carried around for the cameras at a Thanksgiving dinner for the troops in Iraq. It was cold.

And for alcohol, there are drugs. Bush tells a girl he understands her struggle. “I wanted her, this young girl who’s struggling with drug addiction, to know that others who might be famous have the same issue – that’s she’s not alone.”

The Sun understands. Like Bush it goes out of its way to explain to any struggling readers that they are no different to Amy Winehouse, Kerry Katona, Michael Barrymore, Lindsay Lohan…

Posted: 13th, December 2007 | In: Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Barack Obama Loses To Least-Worst Hillary Clinton

democrats.jpgDURING the past few months the Republican race for the Presidency has been easily the most exciting of the two political contests.

While Hillary Clinton’s procession towards November 2008 has appeared mostly a foregone conclusion, the Republican competition has looked anything but certain.

Indeed, with just weeks to the Iowa Caucuses, the Republicans appear splintered as ever. The latest New York Times/CBS poll shows that no single candidate has performed sufficiently to impress a large enough bloc of Republican voters.

It’s hardly surprising considering the frontrunner, Rudy Guilliani, has a gaping hole in his credentials as a family man, while his two closest rivals are a Mormon who just a few years ago passionately defended abortion, and a former Governor who supported tax increases and appears soft on immigration.

But in the past few days, Anorak in New York has found itself focusing more and more on the Democratic race.

True, the same New York Times/CBS poll that paints the Republican race as wide open suggests that Clinton is still the frontrunner by a long way.

But the odd thing about Clinton is that very few Democrats AiNY has spoken with in the past few months seem to like her. And at least three-quarters, if not more, support Barack Obama.

None of these Democrats seem to believe Obama will secure the nomination. And all will no doubt vote grudgingly for Clinton when the time comes around.

But does this mean that Obama has a realistic chance of winning?

Toby Harnden of the Daily Telegraph certainly believes Obama has a shot at the nomination. And the New York Times today reports that Clinton is looking shaky in early voting states.

Also, if Hillary does go on to fight the election, and win, what kind of a presidency will it be when many, if not most, of the people who voted for her, never really liked her in the first place?

Posted: 12th, December 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Learns English From Shakespeare And Star Wars

ahmadinejad-in-the-us.jpg“TO read or to write, that is the question!‎” observes Mahmoud Ahmadinjad on his blog.

“Since my last post on the blog, a few months have passed. But this doesn’t ‎mean that I have not been keeping my promise of spending fifteen minutes per week ‎on it.”

To read or to write? Can you read before you write? And how can you write if you have not read?

“As a matter of fact, I have spent more than the allocated time on the blog. The ‎magnitude of the reception and acclamation from the viewers was beyond ‎expectations. So I had to decide how to spend the limited time that I have allocated ‎for the blog; should I write new notes or respect those viewers who kindly and ‎generously have shared their thoughts and opinions with me and sent messages and read ‎their numerous received messages. ”

Lap them up, we say. Or rather: “Sir, Lap them up…”

Pic: Poldraw 

Posted: 11th, December 2007 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Republicans Get Dirty: Ron Paul Troops, Giliani Minces (His Words), Romney And Huckabee Pose

THE Republican contest in Iowa has gotten dirty.

With just weeks to the Iowa Caucuses on January 3, Mitt Romney’s campaign has launched a low blow against Mike Huckabee’s stance on immigration.

Could these tactics have anything to do with the fact that Romney has fallen behind the cherubic wonder preacher Huckabee in recent Iowa polls?

John McCain’s camp said the ad was an insult to Iowa voters. And as if by magic, pro Huckabee ads have popped up touting his hard-line on immigration.

Don’t you just love that message at the end – “Authentic Conservative” – as though Huckabee’s rivals are just cheap, Chinese-made, knock-off conservatives. (Though that might go some way to explaining Fred Thompson’s failure to live up to expectations.)

Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani’s team are facing questions over their candidate’s stance on homosexuality. It appears the former mayor of New York thinks homosexuality itself isn’t sinful, it’s just homosexual acts that are a one-way ticket to hell.

And Ron Paul’s supporters are convinced that the boos their candidate suffered during a recent debate were a set up by the Giuliani campaign.

Are the conspiracy theorists right? Or is it possible that saying you want to bring the troops home is not the best way of appealing to a room full of Republicans?

Posted: 11th, December 2007 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Barack Obama, Bollywood And American Idol’s Sanjaya Malaka

WE all know that presidential nominees like to appeal to key interest groups and minorities: gun owners, farmers, mentalist Christians.

Meanwhile, there are indications that Hillary Clinton is turning out to be a cookie monster.

And the Swift Kids for Truth are not taking cookie bashing lightly.

(Videos via Personal Democracy Forum.)

To read how the Indian vote can win at the polls, see American Idol here

Posted: 10th, December 2007 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Cherie Blair Takes On Mark Wallinger and Gillian Gibbons

cherie-bear.jpg “CHERIE BEAR,” says the Mirror, taking a leaf from Anorak’s Big Book Of Teddy Names, created in compliance with the UN Directive On Teddy Bear Naming and the Stuff Sudan movement.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say your prayers

But there is no picture of a bright-eyed seven-year-old clutching her Cherie Bear. This is a shot of the woman herself, dressed as a teddy.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, show your shoe

Cherie is on her way to London’s Zuma restaurant, not for a Gillian Gibbons benefit lunch but for a light supper with husband Tony (yellow checked trousers, blue duffle coat, marmalade sandwich and white open-necked shirt).

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn out the lights

It might be Cherie’s dig at the art scene, where Mark Wallinger has won the Turner Prize for, among other accomplishments, walking around in a bearskin.

It is Mr Wallinger himself who tells the Independent: “I think the art boom was driven by Thatcher’s children.”

Teddy bear, Teddy bear, Say good night

Posted: 10th, December 2007 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians, Tabloids | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Christian Charity: ‘Muslim’ Barack Obama V Mormon Mitt Romney And Gaia Hilary Clinton

romney.jpgWHILE Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is busy defending his Mormon faith, a much dirtier religious battle is being waged in the Democratic party.

It started with a series of chain emails a few months back accusing Barack Obama (middle name “Hussein”) of being a closet Muslim and of being part of a Muslim conspiracy to take over America.

Now, one of Hillary Clinton’s staffers has been caught forwarding the email.

The full email is at the bottom of this post, but here’s an excerpt:

Since it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when seeking major public office in the United States , Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background. ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Koran (Their equivalency to our Bible, but very different beliefs) Let us all remain alert concerning Obama’s expected presidential candidacy. The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the U.S. from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest level – through the President of the United States , one of their own!!!! Please forward to everyone you know. Would you want this man leading our country?…… NOT ME!!

The Clinton staffer incident is just the latest in the ugly rumor’s short life.

Last week, all manner of “Obama is Muslim” rumors made the front page of the Washington Post, prompting Columbia Journalism Review to take the newspaper to task for repeating unsubstantiated slurs without categorically stating they were untrue.

And make no mistake, in the minds of many people, these rumors are very true. Here are acouple of Hillary supporters who are convinced Obama is Muslim. And back in mid-October, Politico.com warned that:

[…]“barack obama muslim” is the third most popular Google search for the presidential candidate’s name, behind “barack obama” and “barack obama biography,” according to Google Suggest, which tracks the frequency of word searches.

[And]…a CBS News poll in August found that, in response to an open-ended question about Obama’s faith, 7 percent of Americans identified him as a Muslim — more than any other response. The right answer, Protestant, was second at 6 percent. (Most didn’t know or wouldn’t say.)

Here’s the email in full, published on Politico.com:

————————————————————————

*Subject:* **Who is Barack Obama?**

*_Most_* of this appears to be true! *I shutter to

think!! *Scary guy!

**We checked this out on ‘snopes.com’. It is factual.

Check for yourself. ***

*

If you do not ever forward anything else, please forward

this to all your contacts…this is very scary to think of what lies

ahead of us here in our own United States…better heed this and

pray

about it and share it.

THIS DEFINITELY WARRANTS LOOKING INTO. THIS COUNTRY WAS

FOUNDED, ‘ONE NATION UNDER GOD’. ALMIGHTY GOD, NOT THE GOD OF THE

KORAN.

We checked this out on ‘snopes.com’. It is factual.

Check for yourself.

Who is Barack Obama?

Probable U. S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein

Obama was born in Honolulu , Hawaii , to Barack Hussein Obama,

Sr., a

black MUSLIM from Nyangoma-Kogel , Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white

ATHEIST

from Wichita , Kansas .

Obama’s parents met at the University of Hawaii . When

Obama was two years old, his parents divorced. His father

returned to

Kenya . His mother then married Lolo Soetoro, a RADICAL Muslim from

Indonesia . When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocated to

Indonesia . Obama attended a MUSLIM school in Jakarta . He also

spent

two years in a Catholic school.

Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a

Muslim. He is quick to point out that, ‘He was once a Muslim,

but that

he also attended Catholic school.’

Obama’s political handlers are attempting to make it

appear that Obama’s introduction to Islam came via his father,

and that

this influence was temporary at best. In reality, the senior Obama

returned to Kenya soon after the divorce, and never again had any

direct influence over his son’s education.

Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama’s mother, Ann

Dunham, introduced his stepson to Islam Obama was enrolled in a

Wahabi

school in Jakarta .

Wahabism is the RADICAL teaching that is followed by the

Muslim terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western

world.

Since it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when seeking

major

public office in the United States , Barack Hussein Obama has

joined the

United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim

background.

ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he DID NOT

use the

Holy Bible, but instead the Koran (Their equivalency to our

Bible, but

very different beliefs)

Let us all remain alert concerning Obama’s expected

presidential candidacy.

The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the U.S.

from the inside out, what better way to start than at the

highest level

– through the President of the United States , one of their own!!!!

Please forward to everyone you know. Would you want this

man leading our country?…… NOT ME!!!

Posted: 7th, December 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rudy Guiliani: Politics Quote Of The Day

Says Rudy Giuliani: “It wouldn’t quite be fair to say September 11, like, made my career. I’ve had a very varied career and I’ve done a lot of things”

Posted: 4th, December 2007 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rudy Giuliani Beats Mike Huckabee And Mitt Romney By Default

COULD this man really be President?

Until a week or so ago, Mitt Romney seemed to be posing a formidable challenge to Rudy Giuliani.

But with Mike Huckabee surging in the polls and with Romney’s lead in Iowa starting to look shaky, the former New York mayor appears to be edging closer toward the Republican nomination.

It helps that Huckabee supporters – rather than Giuliani fans – are the ones resorting to dirty tricks. But even Giuliani is not immune from such Huck-inspired tactics.

So how is it that Giuliani, despite recent allegations of wasting taxpayer money as he carried out an extramarital affair, despite previous support for gay marriage and gun control, despite getting dressed up in women’s clothes and being kissed by The Donald, is still the Republican frontrunner?

Is it 9/11?

Or is it just that the others are that lousy?

Posted: 4th, December 2007 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gordon Brown ‘Rude’ To His Garden Girls

gordon-brown-rock.jpgGORDON Brown is gasping for air. And now the Spectator reports:

Disturbing reports have emerged that Gordon Brown is rude to his secretaries — or garden girls, as they are known inside Downing Street. He is said to shout at them abusively. On one occasion he is reported to have impatiently turfed one of the girls out of her chair and sat down to use the keyboard himself.

All recent prime ministers — Thatcher, Major, Blair — were loved by the garden girls. All recent prime ministers from time to time endured problems. Only Gordon Brown has vented his frustration on secretaries, who can never answer back or speak for themselves. In the end this intemperate and regrettable conduct may cause him as much damage as Mr Abrahams.

Odd. No, not that Brown should be a control freak and looking to keep his typing up to speed – he may soon need a job. (If he types as quick as he talks he is in trouble.) But that the secretaries are called the “garden girls”.

Says Sue Cameron in the Financial Times:

The garden room girls are the elite cadre of Whitehall secretaries who serve the prime minister. Since the time of Lloyd George early in the past century they have worked in the rooms overlooking the Number 10 garden – hence their name.

The garden is frequented by woodpecker, thrush, jackdaws, jays, dunnocks, robins, magpies, blackbirds, both wood and feral pigeons, sparrows, crows and finches.

Make your own jokes…

Pic: Poldraw

Posted: 2nd, December 2007 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


CNN And Democrat Party: Network News Editors Set The Agenda

hillary-clinton-nuts.JPGDESPITE a ratings record of 4.4 million viewers, it looks like the biggest loser of Wednesday’s debate in Florida could be CNN.

The network is being criticized for having a liberal bias. And the fact that an unpaid adviser to Hillary Clinton was able to ask a question of the Republican candidates is the least of their problems.

The main charge against CNN, and one that seems to have strong basis in fact, is that the editorial team cherrypicked issues that a liberal assumes would matter to conservatives – like god, guns and gays – and ignored more substantive issues like healthcare, energy and education.

As Roger Simon, of Politico.com, wrote shortly after the debate: “The serious issues directly affecting the daily lives of ordinary citizens were barely touched upon at all.”

Certainly, as Personal Democracy Forum points out, the environment, healthcare and education were among the top 40 viewed questions submitted to YouTube.

Yet CNN editors ignored them, limiting candidates to questions on subjects such as immigration, gun control and the confederate flag.

According to Fred Barnes, of the Weekly Standard, “there were 6 [questions] on immigration, 3 on guns, 2 on abortion, 2 on gays, and one on whether the candidates believe every word in the Bible. These are exactly the issues, in the view of liberals and many in the media, on which Republicans look particularly unattractive. And there were two questions by African Americans premised loosely on the notion that blacks get nothing from Republicans and have no reason to vote for them.”

Conservative bloggers at RedState are calling on Republican candidates to boycott CNN and they’re calling for executive heads to roll.

Meanwhile, Michelle Malkin is keeping a running total of the number of questioners who it turns out have links to the Democrat Party. At last count she was at five.

CNN is standing by its editing process, saying the network were focused on the questions, not the questioners.

But if that’s the case, it still did a terrible job considering the hammering it’s now taking.

Added to that is the quesion that few people seem to be asking: If a network news editor is going to decide which questions are asked at a debate, what’s the point in having user-generated videos in the first place?

Posted: 30th, November 2007 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Giuliani Affair, Romney’s Garden, Huckbee’s Taxes, McCain’s Torture And Getting Hillary Clinton

IN a sign of just how close the Republican race for the nomination is proving the candidates in last night’s YouTube/CNN debate turned on each other with ferocity.

With less than six weeks to go to the Iowa caucuses and less than two months to the first primaries, Mitt Romney traded barbs with Rudy Giuliani over illegal immigration.

Romney accused Giuliani of being soft on illegals’ rights and Giuliani accused Romney of turning a blind eye to illegal immigrants employed by a landscaping firm that worked at his home.

That mud might stick, but so did the boos of the audience as Giuliani repeated his accusations.

Meanwhile, Fred Thompson went on the attack with a YouTube video of his own, highlighting Romney’s past support for abortion and Mike Huckabee’s support for taxes.

There was barely any time to devote to pillorying that old chestnut, Hillary Clinton, as the candidates turned on each other over abortion, guns and tax.

Romney and John McCain clashed over torture. And Thompson attacked Giuliani for his support of Bernard B Kerik, the former New York police commissioner whom Giuliani appointed and who has recently been indicted on charges of fraud and tax evasion.

All in all, it hasn’t been a good 24 hours for the Giuliani campaign. Yesterday Politico.com reported that Giuliani billed obscure New York City agencies tens of thousands of dollars for a security detail in the Hamptons during 1999 and 2000 when he was having an extramarital affair with a woman who lived there.

The only crumb of comfort for Giluliani may be that commentators appear divided on who came out on top.

The New York Times Caucus blog said it was hard to pick a winner for the evening “because the fur was flying in all directions.”

The New York Post declared it Thompson’s best debate yet with Giulani appearing too liberal.

But Britain and America chose John McCain as the winner of the evening, talking well on immigration, foreign affairs and torture while Thompson lacking fluency, Giuliani was off form and Romney couldn’t shake accusations of flip flopping.

Meanwhile, Redstate went with Huckabee and McCain, accusing Giuliani and Romney of being so so, and Thompson of failing to deliver anything better than a few good one-liners.

All eyes would now turn to the CBS Democratic debate scheduled for December 10. But the debate has been canceled because of the writer’s strike and candidates’ unsurprising reticence to cross the picket lines.

Posted: 29th, November 2007 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gillian Gibbons: Grin And Bear It

gillian-gibbons.jpgGILLIAN Gibbons is in jail on a charge of “insulting Islam”, as the Sun puts it. She is “timid” Gillian. She is the Express’s “teddy bear teacher”, and so too the Mail’s.

But there is – alas – no mention of Sudan’s Teddy Taliban, who have seen fit to incarcerate Gibbons.

What readers do get, of course, is to read the account of Gavin Sherrard-Smith, who today appears in the Mirror, having already told Mail and Express readers of his flogging in Qatar for breaking that country’s alcohol laws.

Mr Sherrard-Smith tells a good anecdote, one in the eye for those who return from Arabic country’s with only a pair of Giorgio Ferrari sunglasses and slides of them haggling for a discount on the “Tommy Copper” hat. But having heard the story three times, the pain is growing dim.

The danger is that by the time Mr Sherrard-Smith reaches the Telegraph, readers will have grown immune to the news, some even writing in to say how had the beaten Britisher gone to St Albions School he would have considered his treatment as no more than a light tap on the knuckles.

Over in the Mail, the tabloid voice of Islamic womanhood, former Apprentice wannabe Saira Khan, says the issue is “deadly serious”. It is “far from funny”.

Indeed. It is almost beyond satire.

The call is for the fundamentalist to show sense. Boris Johnson, writing in the Telegraph, talks of a time when Britain would have sent a gun boat to rescue her. “Civis Britannicus sum,” he cries. “I am a British citizen,” says Gillian ‘Gordon’ Gibbons. “We used to send gunboats to your part of the world. Ruddy fuzzy-wuzzies.”

But one thing has been left out: the identity of the teddy bear.

A soppy Rupert, a mentally negligible Paddington or a rabble rousing, not to forget Buddhist, Winnie The Pooh?

Posted: 29th, November 2007 | In: Broadsheets, Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Calling Ron Paul To The Boston Tea Party

THE United States of America is in turmoil and only one man can help: Ron Paul.

After raising over $4 million invoking the name of Guy Fawkes on November 5, Paul’s supporters are now invoking the Boston Tea Party to raise millions more on December 16.

They even have a fund-raising video straight out of the Simpson-Bruckheimer school of film-making, replete with stirring music, patriotic imagery, and dire warnings of a “once glorious nation” in decline.

Even if the patriotic fervor does make you want to throw up at times, you have to admit it’s more exciting than Fred Thompson’s latest snoozefests.

Where is the stirring music? Where is the oppressive regime? Where are the Redcoats?

Posted: 28th, November 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Huckabee And Giuliani On The God Tricket

NOPE it’s not the title sequences for a new sitcom. It’s the promo video for the CNN/YouTube Republican debate in Florida tomorrow night.

And with less than two months to go to the presidential primaries the debate actually promises to be a tad more exciting than this dreary promo suggests.

While Hillary Clinton continues her runaway lead among the Democrats, the Republican field remains wide open, with Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney constantly at each other’s throats, Mike Huckabee champing at the bit and John McCain and Fred Thompson battling hard to stay in the race.

Oh, and did we mention Ron Paul? His name seems to evade the mainstream media most of the time, but Paul continues to attract vehement support and piles of cash online.

But ahead of the debate, Mike Huckabee is hogging most of the limelight.

Huckabee’s latest ad portrays him for what he is: a good Christian candidate for President.

The ad may also contain a number of veiled digs at Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith and his flip-floping on issues such as abortion, according to the New York Times.

Either way, Huckabee’s appeal among socially conservative Christians is sure to hurt Romney, and by doing so help Giuliani.

Indeed, Huckabee’s recent surge in Iowa polls and his strong campaign has set tongues wagging about a possible partnership with Giuliani next year.

The New York Sun points out that Huckabee and Giuliani have refrained from criticizing each other as the campaign has intensified and that Huckabee has even taken Giuliani’s side in his recent spats with Romney.

Certainly, Giuliani could do with the conservative street cred of a former southern Baptist minister who so appeals to evangelical Christians.

Posted: 27th, November 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Fred Thompson Blames Fox And The Land and Sky Gun Show

FORMER Law and Order star Fred Thompson has taken something of a drubbing in this presidential race so far, lambasted by commentators on the left and right for running a damp squib of a campaign.

Only recently, Democratic consultant Bob Shrum accused Fred of “running like a dry creek.”

Finally, Fred can take it no more. He’s come out fighting. And his surprise target is Fox News.

But Fred’s had enough of all the bad press, Fox included. He’s sick of people talking about the fact that even his aides and advisors sometimes doubt his commitment. He’s sick of talk of his falling poll numbers in key states like New Hampshire.

What Fred wants to talk about is how well he’s doing in the country at large, where he’s currently running second in many national polls.

But if this guy can’t even make an argument with Chris Wallace look interesting, what hope has he?

It’s a pity considering Fred had been having such a good Thanksgiving weekend, visiting Land and Sky Gun Show in South Carolina where he declared it “a beautiful day in paradise” between cooing over an assortment of firearms.

Or was that just a coded message to Wallace and his colleagues? That they could be visiting paradise shortly courtesy of a Fred Thompson over-and-under Winchester shotgun if they don’t get those conservative pundits to start playing a different tune.

Posted: 26th, November 2007 | In: Politicians | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


George Bush Praises Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani Says Barack Obama Only Human

IT’S got to be one of Hillary Clinton’s least desired endorsements since Jenna Jameson said she wanted the former First Lady to be president.

Yesterday, President Bush told ABC News that Hillary was the strongest competitor in the Democratic field and noted her experience of the pressures of being in the White House.

The soon-to-be ex president went on to attack Clinton’s closest rival, Barack Obama, for his desire to negotiate with America’s enemies such as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

It’s hard to say what the Bush effect will be. But you’ve got to guess that he is one of the last people Hillary wants on her side with less than two months to go before Democrats choose their candidate for the 2008 election.

Perhaps it’s the promise of Thanksgiving turkey in the air because yesterday another Republican sprang to a Democrat’s defense.

This time it was Rudy Giuliani who let Obama off the hook for telling a group of school kids about his drug and alcohol use during a misspent youth.

According to the New York Daily News at least one pupil took this to mean that you can fool around with both and still be a success.

And what was the response from the Republican frontrunner Giuiliani?

“I respect his honesty,” Giuliani said.

Eh?

“One of the things that we need from our people that are running for office is not this pretense of perfection,” added the twice divorced former New York Mayor who spent a period living with a gay couple and who has been pictured dressed as a woman.

“We’re all human beings.”

No, you’re not. You’re politicians.

And if you’re a Republican candidate who can’t berate a Democrat for using coke, weed, and booze, then what chance do you stand in 2008?

Posted: 21st, November 2007 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mitt Romney On GodTube: James And Patrick Conspire

DID you hear the one about the future Republican president who is an apostate and a freemason?

Keep watching this space as James and Patrick report on the shocking background of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney from a damp churchyard in the middle of Middle England.

It’s exactly the kind of incisive commentary that is sorely lacking on US TV.

According to James and Patrick, the American public finds itself in an extremely dangerous situation.

On the one hand, they can vote for a Democratic feminist from a dangerous liberal organization called the United Methodist Church. (James and Patrick don’t know much about the UMC, but they’re definitely up to no good.)

And on the other hand, there’s the crafty multimillionaire Mitt Romney who’s going to play down his Mormon faith to garner the votes of the Christian right.

James and Patrick say there’s only one thing left for the great American public to do: pray.

That’s right, America, pray! Pray for a third party candidate who can lead you out of apostasy and into the light!

We’re guessing that the billionaire Jewish mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, is not the third party candidate that James and Patrick are hoping for.

And we’re not sure why they never found time to mention the current Republican frontrunner, Rudy Giuliani.

Do they know something we don’t? Is Rudy gonna be out of the race before long? Have they had a sign?

Or is it just the fact that they are too busy ensconced in conspiracy theories about previous presidential elections involving Frank Sinatra, the Kennedys, the Catholic Church, the Bush family, the mob, the Mormon Church, and every twitching expert’s favorite, the Illuminati?

It’s such a shame to let this stuff go to waste on GodTube.

If anyone out there knows Nick Park get him to take a look at this. It would make a great creature comforts

Posted: 20th, November 2007 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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