Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
FACE of the Day: At the Republican Convention 2012, Vermin Supreme walks with demonstrators marching through the streets of Tampa, Fla., to protest against pretty much everything the GOP stands for:
AT the Republican Par convention 2012, hats are much in evidence. So too are beige trousers. Do you need to beige slacks to be a GOP politico?
CLINT Eastwood Hollywood appeared at the Republican Party convention stage ahead of Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech for his party’s presidential nomination. Eastwood addressed Barack Obama, who was played by an empty wooden chair.
Grundy wanted to make a citizen’s arrest, apprehending Blair for alleged crimes connected to the Iraq war.
The plan failed because police never arrived.
Says Mayor Pavličić:
“It’s too personal. I’ve had to move my family out of the city because of all this pressure…I am sure that the citizens of Novi Sad will recognize this as a lynch mob atmosphere and will support me. Therefore I want to tell the opposition I am not as much of a plonker as they claim I am.”
MITT R0mney is a song. Hugh Atkin (Will The Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up (feat. Eminem) has created this gem:
The real Mitt Romney stands up and reflects on who he is, what he believes and why he is running for office.
Mitt is large. He contains multitudes.
QUEEN Julia Gillard lands on the Cook Islands:
His group is alleged to have numbered Sgt. Anthony Peden, Pvt. Christopher Salmon, Pfc. Michael Burnet. Also under arrest for murder is Salmon’s wife, Heather Salmon.
Aguigui worked as a page at the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota. He was arrested for the alleged murder of Pvt. Michael Roark who he, reportedly, thought would ruin the plan.
Prosecutors say Roark, 19, served with the four defendants in the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and became involved with the militia.
At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, porn star Lisa Ann – she played Serra Paylin in corporate porn flick Who’s Nailin’ Paylin? - has been hired to perform a GOP-styled strip show at Thee DollHouse adult club.
VLADIMIR Putin might be more than just a torso. Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov’s has given his name to a report entitled “The Life of A Galley Slave” about the wealth of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Nemstov and co-author Solidarity activist Leonid Martynyuk claim that President Vladimir Putin is using billions of taxpayers’ rubles on 20 luxurious residences, dozens of jets, four yachts and a collection of exquisite wristwatches.
“One of the most serious reasons prompting V. Putin to hold on to power is the atmosphere of wealth and luxury to which he has become accustomed. In a country where more than 20 million people barely make ends meet, the luxurious life of the president is a blatant and cynical challenge to society. We absolutely cannot put up with this….We did not publish data on the cost of the clothes and things that Putin regularly uses: the suits, shoes and ties worth tens of thousands of dollars – mere trifles when compared to the villas, aeroplanes watches and cars…In a country where more than 20 million people can hardly make ends meet, the luxurious life of the president is a blatant and cynical challenge to society by a limitless ruler”
TO the lighting of the Paralympic Cauldron in Trafalgar Square, where David Cameron is keen to dismiss any idea that he is upset that London Mayor of London Boris Johnson is a bazillion times more popular than he is. You can take the boy out of Eton but you cannot take Eton out of the boy…
RADIO Gold: From May 2010, an exchange between Michael D Higgins (who was elected President of Ireland last year) and Tea Party-loving radio guy Michael Graham on Irish radio station Newstalk 106-108fm. (The end is choice):
TODD Akin continues to dig his way to China. The Missouri politico who gave us a lesson on rape and women’s bodies (he said victims can’t get pregnant if it’s ‘legitimate’ rape - video), is the subject of a BBC headline: “Rape-gaffe candidate goes on the attack.” Well, so long as he does it right, there should be no embarrassing paternity tests. (Although watch out for the vaginal dentata.)
MITT Romney has a tiny face. Well on this blog he does:
ONE day on from his good sex guide to Julian Assange, George Galloway is pushing the toothpaste back into the tube. Having defined what is and what is not rape for the slack-jawed masses and put the allegations against Assange in the box marked “bad manners – must says please and thank you”, Galloway now adds:
“No never means yes and non-consensual sex is rape. There’s no doubt about it and that has always been my position. But, if my remarks on the podcast need clarification, I am happy to do that. Julian Assange, let’s be clear, has always denied the allegations. And this has all the hallmarks of a set-up. I don’t believe, from what we know, that the Director of Public Prosecutions would sanction a prosecution in Britain. What occurred is not rape as most people understand it. And it’s important to note that the two women involved did not initially claim it.”
“Sit by the river long enough, and the bodies of your enemies will float by.”
No. Here’s Galloway, a leading light of the – get his – Respect Party (oh, the irony) now representing Bradford in Parliament, telling us in his Goodnight With George Galloway podcast that Julian Assange is accused of nothing more than ”bad sexual etiquette”. Galloway wasn’t in the room when Assange was with his alleged victims. But he paints a picture. Assange is wanted in Sweden to face allegations – which he denies – of sexual assault made by two women.
“But even taken at its worst, if the allegations made by these two women were true, 100 per cent true, and even if a camera in the room captured them, they don’t constitute rape. At least not rape as anyone with any sense can possibly recognise it. And somebody has to say this.”
MUCH talk about rape in the news. But to cut through the debate, here’s Todd Akin on The Jaco Report. Ladies of Bosnia, Rwanada and, well, everywhere, if you were raped and fell pregnant as a result, blame your body. Todd Akin of Missouri is a Republican running for the U.S. Senate, and a graduate of the Covenant Theological Seminary:
MEET Chris Stewart, a Republican and a US congressman. He’s former Air Force pilot and a best-selling author. He used to fly the B-1B bomber. He says the USA is a ”nation built upon the back of miracles“.
A July article in Roll Call (“The Newspaper of Capitol Hill”) profiles Chris Stewart, who will be a Congressman from Utah from November:
Stewart… is a conservative Republican who surprised political observers by winning Utah’s 2nd district nominating convention with more than 60 percent of the vote, thereby avoiding a primary.
…While in the USAF, he started writing, and his list of books includes a Latter Day Saints-like version of Tim LaHaye’s and Jerry B. Jenkins’ apocalyptic Christian fiction series “Left Behind,” as well as historical novels.
Stewart’s website notes that his latest book, “The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points that Saved the World,” was a New York Times bestseller. Conservative media personality Glenn Beck praised the book, which might explain its popularity.
AMERICA loves a landmark. So. Off we go to see the 3,000-pound granite marker sits at the corner of Dorchester and 53rd Streets where President Barack Obama first kissed first lady Michele Obama. (First person to send in a photo of a dog showing its appreciation of this moment in American history, let us know.)
It makes us wonder what else we don’t know about Barack Obama. Well, fittingly, the kissing stone is sited near a branch of Subway, it being a fact that Obama’s favourite thing to eat is bread – see his anecdote about a chewing gum sandwich he made when he was 22.
DO dog lovers care for Mitt Romney, who once made a 12 -hour trip in 1983 with his Irish setter Seamus in a cage on the car’s roof? Do they care for Barack Obama, who in Dreams from My Father, recalled mealtimes in Indonesia with his stepfather Lolo Soetoro:
“I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy). Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”
DAVID Cameron and Sam Cam are on holiday in Majorca, doing their selfless best to help Spain out of the economic mire by spending large. But what are they talking about in their photo?
DO you do what Mike Huckabee tells you to? When the former presidential candidate orchestrated a Chick-fil Appreciation Day, did you pop along to the fastfood outlet add help make it a “record-breaking” business for freedom of expression? When Mike Huckbee told you to heed the words of David Barton, did you sit avidly before the great speaker of truth to power?
Michelle Goldberg writes:
At the Rediscovering God in America conference in 2011, Mike Huckabee gave an impassioned introduction to David Barton, the religious right’s favorite revisionist historian. “I almost wish that there would be something like a simultaneous telecast and all Americans would be forced, forced—at gunpoint, no less—to listen to every David Barton message,” he said. “And I think our country would be better for it.”
But now, suddenly, Barton’s reputation is in freefall… Earlier this week, the evangelical World magazine published a piece about the growing number of conservative Christian scholars questioning his work. Then, on Thursday, Thomas Nelson, the world’s largest Christian publisher, recalled Barton’s most recent book, the bestselling The Jefferson Lies, saying it had “lost confidence in the book’s details.”
LONDON 2012 Olympics was a great event for London mayor Boris Johnson. When Johnson, the great loose trouser zipper, was left hanging in mid-air after he got stuck on a zipwire at an Olympic event at Victoria Park, he took it with good grace and a laugh. Eat yer heat out Benito Mussolini, this is how we off our leaders, with a flag in each of their hands and a song on their lips.
Bozza was the high-flyer, every clap and quip showing us what we are missing in Prime Minister David Cameron, the dish-faced Jonah in his Olympic tracksuit, teaching us that it’s not the winning that counts, it’s taking the credit for the winning.
HAIL to the Gaffer. Mitt Romney has introduced his VeePee running mate Paul Ryan asthe ”next President of the United States.”
Ryan, a pro-life Catholic working out of Wisconsin, may be tempted to scream “ABORT!”
DAVID Cameron does porridge on a visit to the Quaker Oats plant: