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Candidates At Google: Barack Obama

Posted: 13th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment

Michael Bloomberg On Global Warming And Terrorism

global-warming.jpgNEW YORK mayor Michael Bloomberg – that’s his name on all those electronic money market news terminals – is speaking on global warming.

Says he: “Terrorists kill people. Weapons of mass destruction have the potential to kill an enormous amount of people, but global warming in the long term has the potential to kill everybody.”

Scared? Terrified? Terrified of the terrorists? Terrified of the temperature?

The clincher to a brilliant argument: “No scientist knows for sure what’s going to happen, but you don’t want to wait to find out.”

Terrified yet?

Update: The risk of a fatal heatwave in the UK within ten years is high, but overall global warming may mean fewer deaths due to temperature, a report says.

A seriously hot summer between now and 2017 could claim more than 6,000 lives, the Department of Health report warns.

Posted: 12th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (6)

Barack Obama, Ron Paul And Che

che-obama.jpgON the Ron Paul website: “Fox 26 in Houston gets some footage of the opening of Barack Obama’s Houston offices. And look at what’s up there on the wall.”

It’s “Che Guevara, Fidel Castro’s old comrade in Communist terror”.

And: “The stakes could not be higher in the battle between Ron Paul and Barack Obama for the hearts and minds of America’s young people, as this picture shows.”

Well , anything’s worth a shot. Even breakfast with Chelsea Clinton

Posted: 12th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (24)

The Boris Johnson Finger Puppet

THE Boris Johnson finger puppet. No strings…

Posted: 12th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment

Muslims Behave Like The Royal Family

victoria-albert.jpgGOVERNMENT Minister Phil Woolas makes noise about Muslims marrying first cousins and, as he claims, leading to increased rates of birth defects.

Says Shobna Gulati, on Matthew Wright’s TV show: “Why has he singled them out and not the Royal Family.”

Prince Edward was not on the show to offer a reply…

Posted: 12th, February 2008 | In: Politicians, TV & Radio | Comments (6)

Rudy Giuliani Needs $60billion To Win

DAVID Frum on Rudy Giuliani for president.

No living elected official has solved more public problems with more outstanding success than Rudy Giuliani. If there is one person Americans associate with competence in government, it is Rudy. As the primary race has warmed up, some have tried to diminish the mayor’s accomplishments. But in fact, the closer you look, the more amazing they become. (emphasis added).

Ali notes: In the Repulican primaries, Rudy won 1 delegate. That one delegate cost him $50 million dollars.

With his donors’ money, Giuliani captured a single national delegate, in Nevada. At that rate, it would have taken close to $60 billion in spending to capture the 1,191 delegates needed to win the nomination.

Can he do it? No he can’t…

Posted: 12th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment

Hi Handsome, Fancy Breakfast With Chelsea Clinton?

chelsea_clinton.jpgPSST! Wanna have breakfast with Chelsea Clinton?

How do you like your eggs?

Jason Rae is 21. He is having breakfast with Chelsea. But hold on. Chelsea is not being pimped out.

Rae is a student at a university in Milwaukee.

Rae is also a Democratic National Committee member from Wisconsin, a super delegate, one of the 796 free agents who can back any candidate in the race for the Democratic nomination, as abc news reports.

So would you like breakfast with Chelsea, Rae? You would. So Rae and Chelsea Clinton are breaking bread. They are talking about “electability” and “mobilizing young people” to get involved in politics. And Rae’s eyes. He has beautiful eyes.

They talk about Chelsea’s mum, Hillary. Does Rea like her? Chelsea hopes so. Does Rae like Chelsea’s dad? Rae has been called on his mobile phone by Bill Clinton. Bill wants to know what kind of young man Rae is.

Rae’s also had a call from Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who was pushing for him to endorse Barack Obama. But Kerry didn’t offer breakfast. Not even a cup of coffee. Kerry is a cheap date.

Chelsea is having breakfast. Does she like the way Rae drinks coffee? Rae is kind of cute…

Posted: 11th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (4)

Is Barack Obama A God?

“HE inspires me. I can’t even say. … He gives me so much hope,” Malabuyo said. “It makes me feel like something will actually change. So I’m speechless. I love him. I love everything he stands for. I love everything that he can bring to this country. And we just need to get him there.”


Posted: 11th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (4)

The Gordon Brown Jinx: Manchester United

GORDON Brown was at Manchester United at the weekend? United lost 1-2 to Manchester City.

It was the first time United have lost at home to City in 34 years.

Every international football and rugby match Brown has attended since he has become leader has ended in defeat for England or Scotland.

David Beckham met with Gordon Brown and was then dropped from the England team.

Is Gordon Brown cursed?

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Posted: 11th, February 2008 | In: Back pages, Politicians | Comments (3)

John McCain’s Clinton Joke, Allegedly

mccain-funny-joke.jpgJOHN McCain is funny, too, or so it is claimed – although no tape of his skit is said to exist.

The joke it is reported that he made:

“Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?
Because her father is Janet Reno.”

janet_reno.jpgReno was the first and to date only female Attorney General of the United States (1993–2001). She was nominated by President Bill Clinton.

Is McCain Funny? We love our funny politicians. But Huckabee is funnier. Huckabee is William Hague

Posted: 11th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (2)

Iain Dale Is ‘Not Being Islamophobic’

rowanwilliams2.jpgSAYS 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…


Posted: 10th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment

The Ron Paul Revolution Will Not Be Reimbursed

ron_paul_desk.jpgRON Paul. President Ron Paul. You gave him your money. Well, some of you did.

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:

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Posted: 10th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (34)

Vladimir Outin Slays Them In The Aisles

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.

So Russia (GDP $2.08 trillion) is threatening the EU (GDP $14.44 trillion) and USA (GDP $13.86 trillion) with an arms race?

How mnay bombs do you need to win a race, and who decides on the winner?

Posted: 10th, February 2008 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment

Hillary Clinton’s Money

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

Posted: 10th, February 2008 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment

The Jeremiah Clinton Song Contest: Hillary Cries Again

hillary-clinton-tears.jpgHILLARY Rodham Clinton wipes her eye as she listens to a disabled U.S. veteran in the audience speak at The City of Lewiston Memorial Armory in Lewiston, Maine.



Hillary wanted a song. She chose her theme song from a list.

New song ideas, please…

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Posted: 10th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment

Philip Roth Talks Barack Obama Blackness

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.

Posted: 10th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (4)

Mike Huckabee Cracks

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):

Posted: 10th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment

We’re All Friends Here: New York Times On Barack Obama

WAHT media supports what presidential candidate.

Clinton’s media.

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….

Posted: 9th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (3)

Pimp My Clinton

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?

Posted: 9th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (3)

Barack Obama Worth $1.3million

THE Presidential candidates’s money – and Money magazine:


Net Worth

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…

Posted: 9th, February 2008 | In: Money, Politicians | Comments (6)

Barack Oabma Is A Tony Blair With A Halo

THE Book of Oabma. It;s Obamaphilia. Obama is a cult. Obama is a children’s TV show. Obama is a religion. Obama has a halo.

In the LA Times, Joel Srein delivers the latest chapter in the Book of Obama:

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…

Posted: 9th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)

Chelsea Clinton for President: My Mom

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…”

Posted: 8th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment

GMTV Politics, With Fiona Phillips

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.”

Posted: 8th, February 2008 | In: Politicians, TV & Radio | Comments (9)

The Cult Of Barack Oabama

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…


Posted: 7th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (12)

Gordon Brown On Trusting Him

DIZZY notes:

“A quick dispatch direct from the court case which I mentioned in the last post. According to the lovely Trixy who is there, Gordon Brown has just told the courtroom, via his personal barrister that,

‘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?

Posted: 7th, February 2008 | In: Politicians | Comment