Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
SAYS Tory blogger Iain Dale: “I don’t want any form of Sharia Law in this country at all. Ever. That is not being Islamaphobic. It’s my opinion and it’s one shared by 99 per cent of the British people, as well as, I suspect, by the majority of British Muslims.”
Is this right? Ninety-nine percent are opposed to any form of Sharia Law? But not British Muslims, who are a statistic apart.
Before the statisitics and the suspicions Dale writes: “Why is it that we cannot talk about issues of religion and race without people immediately jumping on a politically correct bandwagon?”
Not politically correct, then, rather one of the 99 per cent of Britons he says agree with him…
And he gives you a message:
Whoa! What a year this has been. And what achievements we have had. If I may quote Trotsky of all people, this Revolution is permanent. It will not end at the Republican convention. It will not end in November. It will not end until we have won the great battle on which we have embarked. Not because of me, but because of you. Millions of Americans — and friends in many other countries — have dedicated themselves to the principles of liberty: to free enterprise, limited government, sound money, no income tax, and peace. We will not falter so long as there is one restriction on our persons, our property, our civil liberties. How much I owe you. I can never possibly repay your generous donations, hard work, whole-hearted dedication and love of freedom. How blessed I am to be associated with you. Carol, of course, sends her love as well.
Oh, go on, Ron. Have a go. We’ll take cash:
VLADIMIR Putin is a comedian:
Vladimir Putin has announced that if NATO does not act in a manner more to his likely in future negotiations, he will take action to let them know he is not to be trifled with by unleashing an arms race.
How mnay bombs do you need to win a race, and who decides on the winner?
HOW does Hillary Clinton finance her campaign?
Clinton, unlike rival Barack Obama, has not released her tax returns. But disclosure forms that Clinton filed with the Senate provide some clues to her family finances. They show Bill Clinton has earned tens of millions of dollars in recent years giving speeches at rates of up to $450,000 apiece. During one week in 2006, the former president collected $1.7 million for talks in Europe and South Africa. (He also collected speaking fees from Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, the Mortgage Bankers Association and other big firms.) The documents are more circumspect about other Clinton financial interests, including his annual income as a “partner” in billionaire pal Ron Burkle‘s businesses and from Vinod Gupta‘s InfoUSA. Both payouts are listed as “over $1,000″—a description that is legally adequate but not very enlightening.
Money and politics
New song ideas, please…
US writer Philip Roth debets: “Is Obama black enough?”
SPIEGEL: What made you interested in Obama?
Roth: I’m interested in the fact that he’s black. I feel the race issue in this country is more important than the feminist issue. I think that the importance to blacks would be tremendous. He’s an attractive man, he’s smart, he happens to be tremendously articulate. His position in the Democratic Party is more or less okay with me. And I think it would be important to American blacks if he became president …
SPIEGEL: Is Barack Obama black enough?
Roth: I know this discussion goes on, but I think it will disappear if he gets the nomination. The reality of his running will wash that away. Anybody who’s half white and half black is considered black anyway. That’s one drop of blood.
SPIEGEL: For whites to consider him black, yes. But the question is whether the blacks consider him black.
Roth: They will once the election goes on. If he gets the nomination.
MIKE Huckabee, the US Presidential hopeful, can crack a joke. Is it enought to secure the presidency? What about a slot presting Have I Got News For You? Mike Huckabee is… America’s William Hague (via):
WAHT media supports what presidential candidate.
Barack Obama’s media. Enjoy the headline in the New York Times: “Friends Say Drugs Played Only Bit Part for Obama.”
Of course, it might be irony. Breathe in… hold it… bit longer….
DAVID Shuster, a nodding head, says about Chelsea Clinton: “Doesn’t it seem like she’s being pimped out in some weird sort of way?”
If you were going to pimp out Chelsea, wouldn’t you tart her up a little? Or is hers a trademarked Clinton look, a kink?
It was all no big deal, until MSNBC suspended him, after pressure from the Clinton campaign. So Shuster, instead of seizing the moment of his greatest fame to say something vital, something he has always wanted to say, just grovels:
IN The NY Times: “All Americans should be proud of Chelsea Clinton”?
ONE question: If the Clintons are American royalty, is Chelsea, Princess Anne or Prince Charles?
|Mitt and Ann Romney||$202 million|
|John and Elizabeth Edwards||$54.7 million|
|Rudy Giuliani||$52.2 million|
|John and Cindy McCain||$40.4 million|
|Hillary and Bill Clinton||$34.9 million|
|Fred Thompson||$8.1 million|
|Barack and Michelle Obama||$1.3 million|
Vote Obama – he needs a raise…
Obamaphilia has gotten creepy. I couldn’t figure out if the two canvassers who came to my door Sunday had taken Ecstasy or were just fantasizing about an Obama presidency, but I feared they were going to hug me…
What the Cult of Obama doesn’t realize is that he’s a politician. Not a brave one taking risky positions like Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich, but a mainstream one. He has not been firing up the Senate with stirring Cross-of-Gold-type speeches to end the war. He’s a politician so soft and safe, Oprah likes him. There’s talk about his charisma and good looks, but I know a nerd when I see one. The dude is Urkel with a better tailor.
All of this is clear to me, and yet I have fallen victim.
Obama is the vicar. Obama is Tony Blair…
CHELSEA Clinton is campaigning for her mum:
“Chelsea really wants to help people get to know Sen. Clinton the way she has, as both her mother and her inspiration. She’s the only person in the world who can start a sentence about Hillary Clinton with ‘my mom,’ and that unique perspective is what makes her such a compelling and effective voice,” said Philippe Reines, a Clinton aide who travels with Chelsea Clinton.
Let’s put it to the test: “My mom [sic] is better than Hillary Clinton; My mom thinks Hillary Clinton cannot be changed by global warming; My mom wants to know where Hillary Clinton gets her trouser suits? My mom…”
Complete the line : “My Mom Hillary Clinton…”
FIONA Phillips is interviewing Business Secretary, John Hutton MP. To the GMTV sofa:
FP (narrows gaze): “You know why I believe you’re true to your word? You’ve got very nice socks and shoes.”
THE Cult of Barack Oabama:
And yet there was something just a wee bit creepy about the mass messianism — “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” — of the Super Tuesday speech and the recent turn of the Obama campaign. “This time can be different because this campaign for the presidency of the United States of America is different. It’s different not because of me. It’s different because of you.”
That is not just maddeningly vague but also disingenuous: the campaign is entirely about Obama and his ability to inspire. Rather than focusing on any specific issue or cause — other than an amorphous desire for change — the message is becoming dangerously self-referential. The Obama campaign all too often is about how wonderful the Obama campaign is.
It’s not a cult. It’s just celebrity…
‘manifesto pledges are not subject to legitimate expectation’
“Got that? The Prime Minister has just told a court that you cannot trust him when he tells you he is going to something in any manifesto he puts forward.”
Can this be true? Is it as claimed?
Indeed, just like Al Gore does. Do all of George Bush’s vanquished opponents contract a dose of global warming before they disappear. Kerry clicks his heels (do flip-flops have heels?):
“[I] don’t want to sort of leap into the larger meaning of, you know, inappropriately, but on the other hand, the weather service has told us we are going to have more and more intense storms
“And insurance companies are beginning to look at this issue and understand this is related to the intensity of storms that is related to the warming of the earth. And so it goes to global warming and larger issues that we’re not paying attention to.
The fact is the hurricanes are more intensive, the storms are more intensive and the rainfall is more intense at certain places at certain times and the weather patterns have changed.”
Can Kerry become a world authority on tornados – twisters – spin? Storms have killed at least 50 people throughout the Southeastern United States. Are they linked to global warming?
Do we have anything that can stand up to scientific tests? Not even close, not yet.
Maybe the Canadians will believe Kerry?
MITT Romeny – nice hair, like John Edwards – but: “If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror,” Romney will say at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
“This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose. My family, my friends and our supporters… many of you right here in this room… have given a great deal to get me where I have a shot at becoming President. If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, I feel I must now stand aside, for our party and for our country,” Romney said.
WHO wins: “To date, Mark Penn’s firm has received $4.3 million from the Clinton campaign. Obviously, the thing to do, if you want to be in politics, is not to be a candidate, but a consultant. You don’t have to shake hands or kiss babies, and no matter what happens, you never really lose.” This doesn’t include money not yet paid by Hillary’s campaign, and it doesn’t include the commissions on media buys that consultants generally get. So he may well be doing even better
BARACK Oabama is making news in the Ottawa Herald.
The writer of a feature entitled “Don’t betray your heritage for Obama’s ‘change’” one Gary Sillett, a “Princeton resident and a pressman at The Ottawa Herald”.
He writes in the Ottawa Herald:
The Democratic Party actually intends to put a Muslim fundamentalist in the White House. Yes, you read it right. They want to put a man of Muslim origins in the White House.
Barack Hussein Obama hit the campaign trail from nowhere and continues to gain momentum as his political handlers crank out generic catchphrases to lure the unsuspecting voter with words like hope and change.
Now there s nothing wrong with hope or change. It has been our tradition as a nation that when we get tired of something or someone, we exercise our constitutional rights and throw them out. That’s why we asked our representatives for term limitations. But to even consider turning over the reins of government to a Muslim fundamentalist would be, as my grandmother used to say, throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
You want more? Come on, you know you do. It gets better…
But the Home Office says the Egyptian will not get a visa.
Qaradawi last entered Britain in 2004, on the invitation of Mayor Ken Livingstone to speak at City Hall.
In Britain, Qaradawi presents himself as the face of moderate Islam. But in a sermon in a Doha mosque in 2003, Qaradawi is quoted as having said “O God, destroy the Zionist, the American and the British aggressors.”
He says, as the Sun notes, that all gays should die. He suggests a little wife beating is ok.
Ken Livingstone, the London mayor, gave him a bear hug and pumped his hand. Said Ken: “On behalf of the people of London, I would like to apologise to the Sheikh for the outburst of xenophobia in sections of the media which demonstrated an underlying ignorance of Islam.”
And this the same Livingstone who can’t apologise for comparing a Jewish reporter to a concentration camp guard. Good that he can apologise for others’ mistakes.
According to reports in The Times and on BBC TV News on 11 January 2005, just after the tsumani had hit south-eat Asia, Qaradawi said in a sermon broadcast on Qatar TV:
“People must ask themselves why this earthquake occurred in this area and not others…Whoever examines these areas discovers that they are tourism areas….where the forbidden acts are widespread, as well as alcohol consumption, drug use and acts of abomination…Don’t they deserve punishment from Allah?”
AS noted: Kurdish News reports that the producer of the film “Valley of the Wolves-Irak” is a donor to Hillary Clinton and was appointed a delegate by Hillary Clinton to the Democratic National Convention later this year:
Hillary Clinton has recently employed Mehmet Celebi, a Turkish ultra-nationalist – who has worked on and raised money for various anti-American, anti-Armenian, anti-Semitic and anti-Kurdish projects – as one of her delegates for her campaign for President of the United States.
This is not surprising when knowing that the Clinton Administration has been one of the most pro-Turkish U.S. administrations in the history of the U.S. donating more military arms to Turkey than all the other U.S. presidents combined.
And the film is of interest because:
So what makes the film so controversial? For starters, American soldiers are portrayed as violent, brutish, trigger-happy, civilian-murdering, hyper-religious, sadistic gun-nuts. The star villain is an arrogant, murderous character named Sam Marshall (played by American actor Billy Zane), who is killed by the Turkish protagonist at the film’s end. Another stereotypical villain is a Jewish doctor (played by American actor Gary Busey) stationed at Abu Ghraib prison who extracts human organs from prisoners for export to Israel, England and the USA.
Says Gateway Pundit:
Mehmet Celebi co-owns BMH Worldwide, which produced “Valley of the Wolves-Irak.”
Mehmet Celebi is a Hillraiser for the Clintons.
Hillary Clinton accepted over $100,000 from this Holocaust denier.
Don’t expect this to make any headlines.
It already has. But, if true, does it really have anything to with Clinton? Can she check everything every donor is involved with?
WHOOPIE FOR HILLARY CLINTON:
On such things a world hinges…
ANN Widdecombe, who gives Express readers her views on stuff and nonsense, considers the Lolita range of furniture.
“Apparently,” begins Ann, with an insouciance that belies her brittle demeanour, “when some parents complained at a store advertising a range of children’s bedroom furniture under the brand name Lolita, nobody at Woolies understood what was wrong with such a crass notion.”
Readers expect Widdecombe to rail against the education system that fails to teach furniture designers and shop assistants to be prejudiced against a name that does very well for many Lolitas, including Lolita Quintero (Mask Of Zorro), Lolita Roughage (Dentist on The Job), Lolita Davidovich (Actress, Gods and Monsters) and many more Lolitas.
But Widdecombe is in understanding mood. “I would not expect the average counter assistant to be able to name the author of that famous book,” says Ann.
Whether the average counter assistant, or shop girl, as Widdecombe must surely call this doltish breed, expects a virginity-intact dolly dyed, Celebrity Fat Club star emeritus and Tory MP to know which footballer Danielle Lloyd is romancing, how to feed a family and in which aisle the Silly Putty is remains a moot point.
“I would however,” says Ann, “expect someone in the management to have at least heard of Lolita. Not to have done so is a bit like saying you have never heard of Darcy or Black Beauty” – a unit of permeability, named after Henry Darcy, and the name of a tuxedo-styled Gibson Les Paul guitar, respectively.*
Ann concludes: “If only she had been called Posh or Kylie or Britney. No need to check them on Wikipedia.”
Indeed, much more wholesome to name kiddies’ beds after a stick insect, a middle-aged singer with the body of an adolescent and a woman famous for dressing up as a schoolgirl…
* Like the boss at the Lolita shop, we too do our research on Wikipedia
“One day, there will be a woman worth electing to the White House. But not this one.”
SAYS Hillary Clinton:
As I have traveled around the country these past twelve months, what I sensed in my heart has been confirmed – America is embracing its LGBT sons and daughters with an acceptance and understanding as never before. On the campaign trail, a father of a gay son will ask about ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. A woman will ask why she can be discriminated against just because of who she is. Sometimes they wait furtively for the crowd to thin and then whisper their confidences in a soft voice and sometimes they stand up proudly at town meetings and want me to share my views on how I will help lead the change to assure that this country fulfills its promise to everyone.
Let me tell you what I have been telling voters across America. I am fully committed to the fair and equal treatment of LGBT Americans. For seven long years, the Bush Administration has tried to divide us – only seeing people who matter to them. It’s been a government of the few, by the few, and for the few. And no community has been more invisible to this administration than the LGBT community.
I will change that. The best evidence of what I will do as President is what I have already done.
* I am proud of my record as First Lady, as a U.S. Senator and as a candidate for President in working toward the fair and equal treatment of LGBT Americans.
* I am proud that as Chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee in 2006, I worked closely with LBGT community to develop a smart strategy that defeated the Federal Marriage Amendment. I am proud of fighting the FMA as divisive wedge politics at its worst.
* I am proud to be a co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligation Act which would grant the same benefits (including health insurance) to domestic partners of federal employees that are currently offered to employees’ legal spouses.
* I am proud to have authored the Early Treatment for HIV Act, which expands access to vital treatment options for low-income individuals living with HIV, and fought to fully fund the Ryan White CARE Act.
* I am proud that I hired a National Director of LGBT Outreach within a month of announcing my candidacy for President and to have openly gay and lesbian staffers serving at all levels of my campaign.
* I am proud to have a National LGBT Steering Committee of over 130 that includes openly LGBT elected officials, Board members and opinion leaders on issues ranging from transgender rights, to HIV/AIDS, to “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”.
* I am proud to have marched in Gay Pride parades as both First Lady and as Senator and to have spoken in front of so many LGBT audiences ranging from the Human Rights Campaign, Empire State Pride Agenda, the Hetrick Martin Institute, PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis), and the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
* I am proud to have fought Republican efforts to demonize and marginalize the LGBT community, and I will continue to do that as President.
We have so much work to do. When I am President, we will work together to make sure that all Americans in committed relationships have equal benefits and that nothing stands in the way of loving couples who want to adopt children in need. We’re going to expand our federal hate crimes legislation and pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and assure that they are both fully inclusive of all people. And finally, we will put an end to the failed policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice – the traits that define our men and women in uniform – have nothing to do with sexual orientation.
My father was a conservative Republican, who held very traditional views for much of his life. Yet in his last years, it was a gay couple who lived next door who provided much of the compassion and comfort he and my mother needed as he grew ill. And it was that same neighbor who held his hand as he died. If my father can move, America can move.
To each and every LGBT American, I say this. You have done so much to help this country understand your lives by simply being open and honest about who you are and living your lives with dignity. Thank you for your courage. It is time that we recognize your hard work. I know that this country is ready for changes in the law that reflect the evolution in our hearts.
America deserves a President who appeals to the best in each of us, not the worst; a President who values and respects all Americans and treats all Americans equally no matter who they are or who they love. I want to be that President. I want to be your President.