Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
TRACY Flick Is Hillary Clinton:
TO Mike Huckabee, a question, via The Hill: “If you are president in 2009 and Congress brings you a bill to outlaw smoking nationwide in public places, would you sign it?” That from MSNBC host Chris Matthews.
Huckabee: “I would, certainly would. In fact, I would, just like I did as governor of Arkansas, I think there should be no smoking in any indoor area where people have to work.”
He called it a “workplace safety issue”. Huckabee added that the “same reason that we regulate that you can’t pour radon gas into a workplace is the same reason that we shouldn’t allow people to pour the toxic, noxious fumes of a cigarette into a place where people have to work.”
Clear? But now…
PETER Hain is..:
All Mr Hain would be without his office, and the preening vanity it bestows on him, is a noisy, smarmy, unprincipled ex-student agitator whose contribution to our good governance remains not even debatable: for most of us could not, for the life of us, start to imagine what real or illusory achievements he has that might be debated.
His only function in life at the moment seems, I fear, to be a standing reminder to us all of the utter absence of leadership in the higher reaches of our politics today. To say that he was too busy (for which read too important) to deal openly with the small matter of £103,000 in donations is simply laughable.
And those are his better qualities…
HILLARY Clinton says living in the the White House is like being in prison.
“I don’t feel lonely,” Clinton said. “But I do feel sometimes isolated. Because when you are in these positions that I have been in, it can be very isolating. It is one of the reasons I put on the dark glasses and the baseball cap and go out of the White House. President Harry Truman once said that the White House was like the crown jewel of the American penal system because you can feel confined.”
Of course, she’s not right – prison is full of villains, you can’t leave prison when you like (unless the president parsons you) and only the spouse is entitled to conjugal visits…
CHRISTOPHER Hitchens notes how Hillary Clinton got her name. Why are we interested? Because, if true, it says something about the way she operates:
Seeing the name Hillary in a headline last week—a headline about a life that had involved real achievement—I felt a mouse stirring in the attic of my memory. Eventually, I was able to recall how the two Hillarys had once been mentionable in the same breath. On a first-lady goodwill tour of Asia in April 1995—the kind of banal trip that she now claims as part of her foreign-policy “experience”—Mrs. Clinton had been in Nepal and been briefly introduced to the late Sir Edmund Hillary, conqueror of Mount Everest. Ever ready to milk the moment, she announced that her mother had actually named her for this famous and intrepid explorer. The claim “worked” well enough to be repeated at other stops and even showed up in Bill Clinton’s memoirs almost a decade later, as one more instance of the gutsy tradition that undergirds the junior senator from New York.
Sen. Clinton was born in 1947, and Sir Edmund Hillary and his partner Tenzing Norgay did not ascend Mount Everest until 1953, so the story was self-evidently untrue and eventually yielded to fact-checking.
And the Clinton part of her name is proving useful, too…
The State Visit will begin on 26 March 2008 at Windsor Castle and will last until 28 March 2008.
And the Sun’s Fergus Shanahan reports that “snooty courtiers” (are there any other kind?) want separate rooms for Sarkozy and his leggy lover Carla Bruni. This, we are told, is because they are unmarried.
Perhaps a compromise can be reached and two single beds be divided by a bedside table, or a member of the household cavalry?
But, hold on, five pages earlier, the same paper reports: “Sarkozy has wed his Carla.” Surely now the President and his wife can share a double bed and not have to meet in secret by the big tree…?
CAMILLE Puglia is America’s answer to Germaine Greer. Writing for Salon, she notes on Hillary Clinton:
Hillary’s willingness to tolerate Bill’s compulsive philandering is a function of her general contempt for men. She distrusts them and feels morally superior to them…
It’s no coincidence that Hillary’s staff has always consisted mostly of adoring women, with nerdy or geeky guys forming an adjunct brain trust. Hillary’s rumored hostility to uniformed military men and some Secret Service agents early in the first Clinton presidency probably belongs to this pattern.
As Clive Davis notes, “I like the use of ‘rumoured’ and ‘probably’ in the same sentence.”
For someone so full of firm opinion, a paid commentator, this sounds a lot like mindless chatter.
Today the Independent plugged a book from the Centre for Policy Studies entitled Lexicon of Contemporary Newspeak.
A sample given is: “We do need to have a debate about it … We have to have a very big debate about this” said Harriet Harman when asked on the Today programme whether paid sex should be made illegal. When asked for a view, she called for a debate.
The Newspeak politician is like Ms Paglia, and many journalists, all uncertain, fearful of making a decision and trusting their own authority.
Of course, this all gives credence to the bloggers, who can feed off so much uncertainty. The people who post comments on websites can be said to “fuel the debate”.
The point of the debate is lost. It is just a mass debate, an onanistic din of voices all vying to be heard but lacking any authority or objectivity.
This article will of course now form part of debates on journalism, Ms Paglia, the use of the world “objective”, the web, Anoraks, men and women, and the ever popular debate on sex.
Let’s have a heated debate!
“SCIENTISTS have created a beating heart in the laboratory in a breakthrough that could allow doctors one day to make a range of organs for transplant almost from scratch,” notes the Times.
No need to donate, like Gordon Brown wants us to. Why not just the State a test tube and the encouraging words “Go for it!” instead?
THE plan so far: Gordon Brown wants to take your organs.
For now, the talk is of waiting for you to first die, although do you really need two kidneys, two eyes (Gordon has made it to the top with just one) and two arms?
Indeed, now with hands free phones, Polish gardeners and Filipino maids, middle class women might need no limbs at all, and can surrender them to people who really need them, like our Olympic hopefuls, pensioners and builders.
Make body part sales tax deductible and the trade may yet take off and aid the UK’s balance of trade.
To the present, and Brown is in the Sun stood beside the headline: “I saw pal nearly die waiting for heart. Donor let him live.”
“British peoples are a giving lot,” says Gordon, noting the Blue Peter bottle tops appeal and donations made to good causes via the National Lottery.
“A friend from school was within a few hours of dying because there was no donor available,” says Gordon, whose heart aches. “People were doubting the operation could happen. Then an organ was found hundreds of miles away. A life that could have been lost now flourishes.”
The moral of the story is clear: the exiting system works just fine.
Thanks for sharing with us…
IN “The Globalization Election”, Fred Siegel writes:
Clinton’s slide in the polls began when she muffed a debate question about whether she supported New York governor Eliot Spitzer’s proposal to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. But when, in a subsequent debate, Obama botched his answer to the same question, he suffered no political penalty. That’s because Clinton draws her support heavily from white and black working- and middle-class voters who feel threatened by the double bind of increased internal and external economic competition. Obama’s core constituency, by contrast, is made up of people who have benefited from outsourcing and immigration, so the issue of illegal immigration doesn’t cut against him.
As Clive Davis notes, “there’s a clear class divide”…
GEORGE Bush in the Middle East spot the difference contest: 2003 (Iraq), 2008 (UAE)…
Spot five differences and win a good stuffing…
Good for the ill in need of an organ. But does it mean that your body is owned by the State, unless you opt out?
And does that mean that the State takes precedence over religious beliefs?
Will the wake be enjoined by wonks playing games of Operation with the dearly departed?
At 2:45 a.m. Central Time, the Gulfstream 2 plane that carried Obama, nine other passengers and two crew members struck a parked Cessna 208 general aviation plane, which can carry 10 to 12 passengers.
“There was minor damage to the wings of both aircraft, although no one on either of the planes was injured”
What’s that talke we hear? A warning, you say? A conspiracy? You thought Obama could fly unaided?
SOME economic analysis from Hillary Clinton: “I think we’re slipping toward a recession,” she said. “A couple of people that I met on the street, they work in construction. They tell me it’s slowed down.”
Hillary’s common touch…
BLOGGING peace. The White House has a new blog – Trip Notes From the Middle East. This from Ed Gillespie “Counselor to the President:
On a personal level, this is an exciting way for someone to visit the Holy Land for the first time. Our delegation made a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem today. It was incredibly moving to see the site believed to be the birthplace of Jesus, and thinking about the impact on thousands of years of humanity that was begun on this sacred spot.
Thousands of years of humanity. Anyone guess how many years? Go on, have a go. And, indeed, it is always good to visit a famous site on your own, with the nutters, tourists and Thompson reps kept at bay by the men in shiny suits…
PRIME Minister Petitions: “We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to make it compulsory for the Under 5’s to wear corsets”
And: “It is a known medical fact in the UK that most under fives are now obese or the size of small elephants. Therefore, it would make perfect sense to make it compulsory for under 5’s to wear a wale bone corset, thus creating a better posture and slender look!!” – Michelle Minnett
Rejected: “It was intended to be humorous, or have no point about government policy”
Although make it synthetic whale bone, and you’re on to something…
“TONY Blair will earn around £2 million a year in his part-time role as adviser to the Wall Street bank JP Morgan without ever having to go into the office,” says the Telegraph.
“BLAIR’S £1m-A-Year PAYBACK FOR IRAQ,” thunders the Mail’s front-page headline.
Says Reg Keys, whose son was killed in Iraq: “If he had a conscience or any sensitivity he would not have taken this job.”
Chimes Conservative defence spokesman Gerald Howarth: “It will be viewed with some contempt by the armed forces that he picks up this large cheque when he was happy to send British troops into battle ill-equipped and in insufficient numbers.”
“It’s almost like blood money,” comes the headline inside the paper.
But surely if Tony is earning money and domiciled in the UK, he is paying UK taxes. His wages will go into the big pot and be used to pay for things like better guns, improved armour and more soldiers.
Like him or not, Blair has the right to earn money…
LIFE for Hillary Clinton just keeps getting better: “Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for the White House.
Kerry the flip-flopper. The loser. He backs Obama. Bill Clinton backs Hillary.
Quoting a black American hero in endorsing the man who hopes to be the first black president, Kerry told a cheering crowd, “Martin Luther King said the time is always right to do what is right.” Now is the time, Kerry said, to declare “that Barack Obama can be, will be and should be the next president of the United States.”
Your white loser pal plays the race card. You’re doomed…
Peter Hain is preparing to admit to the Electoral Commission that he has failed to declare more than £100,000 in donations to his campaign for Labour’s deputy leadership.
It is understood that there are almost 20 donations that his team failed to declare, in breach of the rules for party political elections.
The scale of the under-reporting – more than half the total income received by the Hain campaign – will shock many party members and raise questions as to how such a massive apparent oversight occurred.
An oversight. And these people make the rules…
PAUL Efthemios Tsongas won the New Hampshire primary in 1992.
BARACK Obama’s 2nd Place in New Hampshire Primary Speech.
Big promises. And then some bigger promises. And then some really big ones. But he just lost. Didn’t he?
But can we do it? Yes we can? Or, moreover, can he do it [become president]? Yes he can. Can I do it? Yes I can etc. etc. etc. Remind me one more time…
It’s a perfect job
Can you fix it
Left a bit, right a little, O.K. straight down
We can tackle any situation
Look out, here we come
Can we dig it Yes
Can we build it Yes
Can we fix it Yes
Bob the Builder
Can we fix it
Bob the Builder
Yes, we can
IS traffic on a candidate’s website a guide to chances of success? If it is Barack Obama has the presidentcy in the bag.
“Ulrike Meinhof was a much more interesting, much more multi-faceted person than I used to think,” Ditfurth told DW-RADIO. “She was a woman who would have had a huge amount of opportunities and prospects — if only she’d had the good fortune to have grown up somewhere other than Germany.” Source.
There can have been few better places to be alive and in early middle age at the time Meinhof decided to become a terrorist. Africa? South America? The Soviet Bloc? China? The Middle East? Indeed, the BRD was such an awful mother to Meinhof that it allowed her to take a brace of degrees and be a full time student for some years before editing a magazine of the extreme left (Konkret), that continues to be published. Frau Ditfurth is an alumna too….
More, much more, on the Baader-Meinhof gang / Red Army Faction here.
Footnote – I *know* that the Raspberry Reich, or more correctly, das Himbeere Reich, was a dismissive term used by the extreme left for the Federal Republic, but it has proved extraordinarily difficult to pin down a reference because every possible form of googling turns up details on a film of the same name that is ‘A critique of terrorist chic from pop culture maverick Bruce LaBruce‘. If anyone can confirm the reference, I will be profoundly grateful.
SAYS Klim Seabright, secretary of the Croquet Association, in the Express: “When John Prescott was pictured playing croquet a couple of years ago, our sales [of balls and mallets] went through the roof.”
Veronica Vinyl, chairperson of the Leather Trousers Retail Co-operative, was “in conference” when we called…
SAYS Osama bin Laden: “When we become believers, it’s as if we have signed up to be part of God’s Army, to be soldiers for Allah”
Or, as Mike Huckabee had it: “When we become believers, it’s as if we have signed up to be part of God’s Army, to be soldiers for Christ”