Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
ONE thing you can say about a lot of xenophobes is that they tend to be quite stupid. One Australian election candidate lived up to that notion, saying on TV that she thought Islam is a country.
Unsurprisingly, she’s stepped down.
Stephanie Banister – Australia’s answer to Sarah Palin – was rightly hooted at with derision after she made a huge boob of herself on television. While discussing her views on immigration, not only did she think Islam was a country, but she also confused the Arabic term ‘haram’ (which means ‘forbidden’) with the Qur’an and proudly stated that Jews followed Jesus.
“I don’t oppose Islam as a country but I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia,” Banister said. “Less than 2% of Australians follow haram. Jews aren’t under haram. They have their own religion which follows Jesus Christ.”
MARY Macleod MP has just shown that she’s got absolutely no clue at all about the gender pay gap:
“The gender pay gap should not exist. But it does, as we were reminded today by the Chartered Management Institute report on corporate pay. It is simply unacceptable for a man to get paid more than a woman for doing the same job.”
It’s not just unacceptable it’s also illegal. And it also doesn’t happen.
SYRIA’S Al-Thawra newspaper says Barack Obama has a “sense of implicit defeat and the disappearances of his allies“.
And then it nails him:
“Whether the Congress lights the red or green light for an aggression, and whether the prospects of war have been enhanced or faded, President Obama has announced yesterday, by prevaricating or hinting, the start of the historic American retreat.”
In other news:
Obama To Strike Syria; Seeks Congressional Approval. “Obama says he has the authority to act on his own, but believes it is important for the country to have a debate.”
HERE’S Defence Minister Philip Hammond on Newsnight, talking about stopping further chemical attacks from Saddam Hussein.
High time we dug him up and hit the Iraqi leader with sticks:
NEW MEXICO state Sen. William Sharer (rep.) writes on his blog:
“Procreation through the natural acts of men and women is the unique aspect of marriage.”
He explains that he’s not anti-gay; he’s just pro-straight:
“If we wanted to purposefully establish a culture of poverty and violence we would work to arrange for most children to be born to single teenage mothers with little or no family support. — Oh wait, that is exactly what we have done.”
He then talks about Alexander the Great, a notorious peacenik:
[Alexander the Great] directed his officers to stop “whoring” around and find a local woman to marry.WHY?
“It is only through blood relations that hatred and war will end”. In other words, Alexander the Great thought that marriage was about creating and raising the next generation.
This is the reason for Marriage –
The creation and raising of children who have the best chance to grow to be peaceful, responsible citizens.
He then observes:
“Sex between a man and a woman produces babies – society needs babies – babies need both moms and dads.”
RUSSIA’S anti-gay laws are, clearly, bloody preposterous. Quite why Putin & Co would be so worried about who-fancies-who is beyond any logic or reason. Making the whole thing weirder and worse is that small matter of the Sochi Winter Olympics, a tournament steeped in corporate bon homie and a woolly notion of oneness and togetherness.
HOW newspaper editorial meetings work: you just cover all angles and publish everything to fit your agenda:
The Guardian editorial, July 26, 2013:
There is no public right to know where the Camerons, the Cleggs or the Milibands are heading over the next few weeks – and nor is it a matter of public interest. The assumption that politicians have to release the details of their holidays, or that the media have a right to report them, is not some ancient liberty conceded at swordpoint in 1215. Baldwin could go to Aix-les-Bains, Churchill to Monte Carlo, Attlee to north Wales and John Major to Portugal without their choices necessarily generating a news story. Today’s politicians, by contrast, are either badgered into revealing where and how they spend their downtime or, even worse, calculate there may be some advantage in it, a trend Bill Clinton rashly started.
The Guardian, July 27, 2013:
The front-page tells readers that Dave and Sam are on family holiday in Aljezur, Portugal:
EVER wondered how to get inside Hillary Clinton’s knickers? Or how about sex with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Fancy a bunk up with Tony Blair but never managed to pluck up the courage? Well, help is at hand. Sydney Leathers, recipient of Anthony Weiner’s dirty photos and texts, has published her 10 Secrets for Seducing a Politician. The old guide featured wearing a football strip (David Mellor), twanging your thong (Monica Lewinsky) or walking too close to Silvio Berlusconi (your name here). The new guide is here.
Politicians’ huge and hardworking staffs should prick up their ears. On day you’re employer could be identified by his penis alone. Now that’s a special kind of fame. One day your children will ask where you where when the President first showed everyone his knob:
#1: Indulge his crazy alter-ego, and whatever you do, don’t laugh at him. When in doubt, use a smiley-face and tell him you actually mean it.
It’s hard sometimes, but you have to keep a straight face. Like, Anthony would thank me every time he had an orgasm. I don’t think I ever said “You’re welcome.” Who thanks someone after an orgasm?
M’LORDS are now referring to each other by their twitter names:
Baroness Stowell of Beeston (Conservative)
My Lords… the noble Baroness, Lady Basildon, has given notice that she wishes to debate this order again today, so it may be helpful if I briefly remind the House of the order’s intention.
Baroness Smith of Basildon (Labour)
My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for her explanation. I should point out that I am only “Lady Basildon” on Twitter; it is usually Smith, but I am pleased to have the Minister as a follower on Twitter.
Baroness Stowell of Beeston (Conservative)
My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Smith of Basildon. My apologies for using her Twitter moniker in the Chamber; I will avoid doing that again.
BARACK Obama says that race relations are going to get worse in America unless… The White House Dossier reports:
President Obama said that if economic prescriptions of the type he supports to increase economic growth and reduce “income inequality” are not adopted, then race relations in the United State may deteriorate further.
“If we don’t do anything, then growth will be slower than it should be. Unemployment will not go down as fast as it should. Income inequality will continue to rise,” Obama said in an interview published Sunday by the New York Times. “Racial tensions won’t get better; they may get worse, because people will feel as if they’ve got to compete with some other group to get scraps from a shrinking pot. If the economy is growing, everybody feels invested, ” he said.
WHAT could be the matter with Home Secretary Theresa May? Whatever it is, it sounds terrible. The Mail on Sunday leads with:
“THERESA MAY: MY SHOCKING ILLNESS!””
Bad news for her. We wish her well. But is diabetes all that shocking, and worthy of a front-page splash?
The Mail then makes a career women who works and thrives in a tough world sound weak and wallowing:
My shocking illness: Home Secretary Theresa May reveals she has Type 1 diabetes and needs daily injections… but vows to continue her political career
She is “courageous”. She will “soldier on”.
Putting a brave face on her condition, workaholic vicar’s daughter Mrs May….said: ‘It doesn’t and will not affect my ability to do my work. I’m a little more careful about what I eat and there’s obviously the injections but this is something millions of people have… I’m OK with needles, fortunately.’
The Mail, however, is terrified of them.
Theresa, we have news: Marijuana could prevent diabetes and control insulin. Go on. Give it a whirl…
FINALLY, Charles Clarke, the former Labour Home Secretary, has been honoured with a statue worthy of his talent.
ANTHONY Weiner shows people his penis on twitter. A Weiner wants to be mayor of New York City. You might laugh at the nominative determinism. We did. But what about others who dared to dick around in office?
Bill Boner was mayor of Nashville:
Ft. Wayne’s former mayor Harry Baals was the story of a troublesome erection:
BARACK Obama says he is Trayvon Martin, the black unarmed teenager killed by a “white hispanic” vigilante. A Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Martin. Now Obama , who said that the dead youth could have been his son, now says he could have been the dead teenager.
“There are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of being followed in a department store. That includes me.”
Martin was in the street. If you walk through Obama’s White House ‘hood wearing and then get in a fistfight with one of his armed protectors, you may regret it. And he’s got drones. the racial profilers punch in teh data. The robots do the work of the amed and paranoid.
AS the mawkish and ghoulish media hover around Nelson Mandela’s hospital bed, we look back to when the aged ANC leader was not South Africa’s number one tourist attraction.
This poster was distributed by Britain’s Federation of Conservative Students during the early 1980’s.
In the interests of balance, long-serving Labour MP Tony Benn, a Cabinet Minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, told us that Saddam Hussein was not a bad guy but “very friendly“….
AUSTIN Mitchell’s Tax Rate Is Lower Than That Of The Prince Of Wales….
A fact which makes his comments in the Commons yesterday really rather interesting.
Mitchell announced that the Prince of Wales pays tax at a lower rate than the poor do. He reached this conclusion by doing something fairly interesting:
Austin Mitchell said that the Prince’s accounts show that he paid less direct and indirect taxes as a percentage of income that the “bottom quartile of households” in Britain.
WHAT does the Conservative Party have to say about single mums? On the Conservatives.com website, there are many words on single mums, but not much sense:
THE 22 most unusual, suggestive and bizarre names in American political history:
FIANNA Fail Senator Terry Leyden tells the Senead that Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini were “good Christians“.
And they were in favour of a united Europe, too. Leyden has worked as the spokesperson for European Affairs and Integration Policy.
THE Wall Street Journal thinks Egypt needs a General Pinochet
And this has predictably outraged just about everyone else:
Egyptians would be lucky if their new ruling generals turn out to be in the mold of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, who took over power amid chaos but hired free-market reformers and midwifed a transition to democracy.
What’s wrong with that of course is that Pinochet overthrew a democtratically elected President (Allende), tortued and murdered and then, when age caught up with him, brought back that democracy. Sorta.
What’s right with it is something more subtle and well expressed by Fraser Nelson here:
All this has been established by Hernando de Soto, a Peruvian economist who travelled to Egypt to investigate the causes of the Arab Spring. His team of researchers found that Bouazizi had inspired 60 similar cases of self-immolation, including five in Egypt, almost all of which had been overlooked by the press. The narrative of a 1989-style revolution in hope of regime change seemed so compelling to foreigners that there was little appetite for further explanation. But de Soto’s team tracked down those who survived their suicide attempts, and the bereaved families. Time and again, they found the same story: this was a protest for the basic freedom to own and acquire ras el mel, or capital.
HOW’S Obama’s dedication to transparency going? As he said:
My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.
LOOKS like the Arab Spring is over in Egypt. President Morsi has been toppled by the military. The Muslim Brotherhood must be a tad disappointed that a secular dictatorship is back in charge. Will they back any new Government? Or will they try to usurp it?
Morsi said “I am prepared to sacrifice my blood”. Things are messy.
The Big Pharaoh explains what is going on:
The failure of Westerners to understand why Egyptians revolted against an elected regime is stemming from the fact that they, the Westerners, are secured in their inclusive constitutions, bills of rights and rule of law. We have nothing of these. We only had one facet of democracy – election – which brought a cultic organization with a fascist twist that decided to cancel the other facets.
So. what about the Obama administration? It’s man has gone. Obama had been supporting Egyptian President Morsi. Obama’s Egypt Policy is confused. He missed the chance to make the USA the good guys. Now he scrambles for irrelevance, at best.
WHAT do you think of the House of Lords and peers in general? Pointless aren’t they? Old gits with hairy noses all going on like they have even they vaguest idea what’s going on in the modern world and costing us money while they’re at it.
Well, two toilets used by peers and VIP guests in the House of Lords are to be refurbished and it’ll be costing around £100,000.
WHAT has George ‘lifelong Chelsea fan’ Osborne learned this week? That passing yourself off as a man of the people is trickier than it seems.
The Old Pauline has had his fingers burned before of course, after he adopted a Tony Blair style ‘mockney’ accent when speaking to ‘ordinary’ voters, and was rightly ridiculed for his presumptuousness.This week he tweeted a picture of himself burning the midnight oil with just a burger and fries for company. It has predictably came back to bite him on the arse, now that said snack has been revealed as a ‘posh’ burger costing just shy of ten quid.
IN photos: President Barack Obama looks out of the “door of no return” during a tour of Goree Island, Senegal. Goree Island is the site of the former slave house and embarkation point built by the Dutch in 1776, from which slaves were brought to the Americas. The “door of no return” was the entrance to the slave ships.