OCCUPY Atlanta might just have created the dumbest political protest of all time. Congressman John Lewis has asked to address the crowd. Leiws is leading light of the civil rights movment.
And what a crowd. They do no clapping. Why? Because clapping might “prevent someone else who is addressing the assembly from being heard”. Instead, the do a “signal approval” that sees the crowd raise a hand and wiggle their fingers.
OCCUPY Seattle is going great guns. In this video you will see protestors claim the streets – and stop at the crossing. The revolution will begin after coffee and biscuits and the rebels have asked everyone if it’s ok with them:
ASHELY Madison is – without irony – “the most recognized and reputable extramarital affair company”. They will set you up with an extra-marital shag – “Affairs Now Guaranteed! No matter what you look like”. Well, so says the poster in London’s Camden Town – the poster with Mayor Boris Johnson’s face.
WILL the refurbished leisure centre in Rochdale be named after Sir Cyril Smith, the LibDem politician who weighted a jovial 29 stone at his heaviest?
Rochdale councillor Dale Mulgrew, Sir Cyril’s godson, tells one and all:
“Apart from the plaque that we intend to unveil outside the town hall next month, which really is no more than a small civic commemoration, the town won’t have a totemic, significant memorial in lasting tribute to Cyril’s work. After all, Gracie Fields has a theatre. Clearly, a lot of Cyril’s work over his time was around education, and clearly the new leisure centre will have a schools dimension because it will be used during the day by our local education establishments. This is about a lasting memorial, irrespective of the facility, and Cyril would have promoted the community and social aspects of this building.”
ANORAK loves it when minted rockers talk about politics. This week Primal Scream were upset that the Conservative Party’s Home Secretary Theresa May walked off the stage at the Tory Party conference to the strains of Rocks.
The band issue a statement in Q magazine:
“Primal Scream are totally disgusted that the Home Secretary Theresa May ended her speech at the Tory Party conference with our song ‘Rocks’.How inappropriate. Didn’t they research the political history of our band? Hasn’t she listened to the words? Does she even know what getting your rocks off means? No. She is a Tory; how could she?”
YOU know all that stuff about editors and hacks being in the pockets of their news organs’ owners? You know that stuff about the Tories and Rupert Murdoch being tighter than Angelina Jolie’s smile?
You know how the Times wants us to know that it is not the News of The World - it is, to borrow a phrase of William Hague’s – in News International but not ruled by News International?
Well, Michael Gove, a former Times writer now working as a Tory Cabinet Minister, says Murdoch’s great. And in case Rupert does not get the message – and he should take care when sitting down lest he suffocate Gove – the Times’ sub-editors create the headline:
Murdoch’s a phenomenon and I admire him, says minister
THE Occupy Wall Street protest just got odd. The Occupy Wall Stret protest just got odd. Jonah Goldberg explains:
Now, for those who don’t understand what’s happening here, the crowd repeats what the speaker says because the Occupy Wall Streeters are out of/opposed to/not permitted microphones or other voice amplifying technology. This is seen by many as a perfectly good excuse for looking like complete idiots. I’ll let others debate that.
WHAT odds that when Michelle Obama went along to a supermarket to stock up on vaseline, chips and dental floss an Associated Press photographer should just happen to be there to capture her ordinariness in high resolution images? Given that just looking at the Obamas with anything less than adulation in your dewey eyes is likely to get you ten years in solitary and shot in the face, it seems pretty odd that a stranger should get close enough to point a large black metal device in her direction.
But, then, Obama might well recognise Charles Dharapak, the AP’s photographer in the aisles, from his beat at the White House.
IS Ed Miliband real? Is he a spoof, the work of a comedy genius? Has anyone seen Sacha Baron Cohen lately? Here’s ‘Ed Miliband’ being asked to name all three candidates in the contest to become leader of the Scottish party:
YES! Politics! Don’t worry, it’s not too political. This is an article about mental people. Mental religious people specifically. Mental religious people in LA no less! Perfect.
Anyway, at a fundraiser in Los Angeles, Prez Obama was playing it cool to a bunch of supporters when the jovial atmosphere was cut in two when some nutjob started howling “one true Christian God!”, followed by the lovely “antichrist” jibe that’s been thrown Barry’s way on countless occasions.
It seems odd that the openly Christian Obama should get chided with accusations of being the antichrist, but hey ho, that’s fundamentalist American Christians for you.
The Christian man shouts:
“The Christian God is one and only true living God! The creator of heaven and the universe! Jesus Christ is God! Jesus Christ is God! Jesus Christ is still our God! Jesus Christ is still God! You are the Antichrist!”
THE Utah Undie Run aims to show the world that Utah is not all about prudes. Organiser Nate Porter want to change the conservative nature of the state’s politics by getting young people to run and to vote. Salt Lake City is the home of the Mormon church, which is no fan of gay marriage. You want change? Then vote for it. It’s a good idea. The media will follow it because people in their undies is always newsworthy…
HAPPY birthday, Secretary of State for Defence Dr Liam Fox.
We spotted you in your shiny birthday shirt and your wife Jesme flanking former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at Admiralty House in Whitehall. One or more of you is about to dance. One or more of you might be made of wax…
LETTER of the week is found in the pages of the Greenwich Time, the weekly paper published by Greenwich Council.
Greenwich’s Conservative leader Spencer Drury says it’s just a PR exercise for the ruling Labour Party. Cllr Drury’s complaint runs:
“In my opinion Greenwich Council continues to publish Greenwich Time in an effort to influence the opinions of people in favour of the Labour Council. It makes no attempt to offer an alternative view on even the most controversial issues. In my opinion Labour justifies GT with a fig leaf of financial jiggery-pokery.”
“Greenwich remains a one party state with its own ‘pravda’. It is a disgrace in a modern democracy that this sort of propaganda is allowed to flourish at the expense of other local papers and subsidised by unsuspecting taxpayers.”
IT’S election time in Bahrain, friend to the UK, haven of human rights, home to the US’s Navy’s Fifth Fleet and venue of a failed Iran-approved Arab spring. The elections do not feature Bahrain’s main opposition party, the Wefaq, which boycotted the elections held to fill 18 parliamentary seats its members vacated after the protests and the Government’s crack down. (The country only has a 40-member Parliament.)
WHAT is the defining image of the protests against Egypt’s President Mubarak? It is the photos of the Christians and Muslims united for their country? Is it the photos of the camel rider breaking heads in Tahrir Square? Is it the broken heads? The marketing? What about the protest signs? And can anyone forget Glenn Beck’s magnets? Or is it one of these photos of the homemade helmets worn by anti-Mubarak campaigners?
IN the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, former Labour MP for Luton South Margaret Moran sobbed and sobbed and sobbed. She is accused of making £80,000 of fraudulent expenses claims in 21 charges.
The 56-year-old entered no plea. She left the court on unconditional bail to appear at London’s Southwark Crown Court on October 28.
Moran is charged with 15 counts of false accounting and six of forgery.
NICHOLAS Robinson was handed a 6 months’ prison sentence for rioting. He admitted to being “ashamed of his actions“. The water retails at £3.50. Anderson Fernandes, 21, stole two scoops of ice-cream in a cone and handling a stolen vacuum cleaner. He was given a 16-months prison sentence.
Around that time, Lord Hanningfield was relieved from prison, where he served 9 week of a 9 months sentence for nicking £14,000 in a a fraudulent parliamentary expenses. Says Hanningfield: “I did nothing wrong.”
This kind of thing is rife (do write in with your own examples or money in low places):
COUNCIL chief executive Steve Robinson received an extra £13,000 for acting as returning officer at last year’s General Election, despite a fiasco which saw voters denied their right to vote… The council’s accounts show Mr Robinson’s benefits in kind, including his car allowance, rose from £1,000 to £2,000 last year and his employer’s pension contribution rose from £37,000 to £40,000 resulting in an overall £17,000 rise in his financial package of £235,000 compared to the previous year. - Ellesmere Port Pioneer
SIR John Mcleod Scarlett is on the board of Times Newspapers Ltd, part of News International. He’s held the post since January. Before that he was Director General of the British Secret Intelligence Service – MI6 – and chair of the Cabinet Office Joint Intelligence Committee.
He drew up the dodgy dossier of September 2002. In 2009, the spy told the Iraq war inquiry that the dodgy dossier that suggested that Saddam Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction could be unleashed within 45 minutes was produced with “no conscious intention” to mislead Westminster and the people:
“There was absolutely no conscious intention to manipulate the language or to obfuscate or to create a misunderstanding as to what this might refer to.”
ABC has new on phone hacking, George Osborne and a prostitute. Rachael Brown writes:
Of all the mysteries surrounding the British phone hacking scandal, it is the claims from a dominatrix linking Britain’s now chancellor George Osborne to drug use, prostitution and political subterfuge that may be the most intriguing.
Where is the News of The World when you need it, eh?
Mr Osborne, 41, is a close friend of prime minister David Cameron from university and is currently Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer. He lives next door to Mr Cameron at 11 Downing Street.
You’ve got to like the “lives next door” part. It’s the well-appointed company house. Brown is over-egging her pudding. She also mentions the part that Osbourne is a former member of the Bullingdon Club, the pot-smoking, pot-tossing, rabble rousers whose graduates include shagging London Mayor Boris Johnson and reformed illegal cannabis puffer Prime Minister David Cameron.
We meet Natalie Rowe, “former madam of the Black Beauties escort agency“. She is also known as Jennifer Shackleton, “Miss Whiplash” or “Mistress Pain”.
Her boyfriend at the time was William Sinclair – a friend of Mr Osborne, and the descendent of one of the biggest landowners in the UK. The pair were members of Oxford University’s Bullingdon Club…