Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
KEN Livingstone wants to be London mayor. And he wants all elected officials to pay all taxes due. As he says:
“THESE rich bastards just don’t get it…No one should be allowed to vote in a British election, let alone sit in our Parliament, unless they are paying their full share of tax.”
“[We should] sweep away tax scams and everybody should pay tax at the same rate on earnings and other income.”
SHEPARD Fairey was once one of the world’s most famous artists. His Barack Obama “HOPE” poster was all over the world. Now he faces prison:
The street artist Shepard Fairey, whose “Hope” campaign poster of Barack Obama became an enduring symbol of his last presidential campaign, pleaded guilty Friday to a charge stemming from his misconduct in trying to bolster claims in a lawsuit over which photograph had been used as a basis for the poster.
Mr. Fairey, 42, sued The Associated Press in 2009 after it contended he had infringed on the copyright of one of its photographs in creating the poster.
Now you mention it, there is a vague similarity
Mr. Fairey had claimed in his suit that he had used a different photograph of Mr. Obama, but later admitted that he had been mistaken and had tried to conceal his mistake, by destroying documents and fabricating others.
“I was ashamed that I had done these things, and I knew I should have corrected my actions,” he said on Friday in Federal District Court in Manhattan.
DID Labour MP for Falkirk Eric Joyce headbutt Tory MP for Pudsey Stuart Andrew in the Strangers Bar in the Commons? Joyce has been arrested.
Rumours are that Joyce also attacked three other Conservatives and one Labour MP during the incident, at around 11pm.
A Scotland Yard spokesman tells the Press Association:
“We were called at approximately 10.50pm (on Wednesday) to reports of a disturbance at a bar within the House of Commons. A man aged in his 50s was arrested by officers on suspicion of assault. He remains in custody in a central London police station. Inquiries are continuing.”
HENRIQUE Capriles Radonski is the leader of Hugo Chavez’s opposition in Venezuela. Radonski is the 39-year-old governor of the state of Miranda and leader of the Democratic Unity coalition.
Peru’s conservative Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargos Llosa asked:
“Who says there can’t be a Venezuelan spring?”
So. How does Chavez attacked Mr Radonski before they meet at the polls on October 7? Well, Capriles parents’ are Jews. Chavez does not like the Jews.
HEALTH Secretary Andrew Lawnsley being asked by a member of the public if he knows what it’s like to mop up her mother’s piss…
HOW did you mark what would have been the 70th birthday of North Korea’s Dear Leader, Kim Jong-il? Well, his son and heir Kim Jong-un and other top knobs stood by a massive picture of of the Dear Leader in Pyonyang. There were TV specials, flowers, fireworks, military marches and a massive bronze statue of the Dear Leader and his dad Kim Il-sung sat on his ‘n’ his horses. Kim Jong-il also scored a new title. He is and will be the “Generalissimo”.
And that as not all:
The Guardian: “Events on Wednesday included an international skating show and synchronised swimming. Both opened with mournful odes to Kim Jong-il and ended with a new song for his son: ‘We Will Defend General Kim Jong-un at the Risk of Our Lives.'”
Sing. SING! SING!!!!!
And now they too are gone from Barnaul, Russia.
The burgers have decreed that the action figure massing is “an unsanctioned public event”. It may very well be that your Barbie Park Meet ‘n’ Greet is against the law. So too the Teddy Bears’ Picnic.
Anonymous emails tie Syria’s Assad to George Galloway’s Gaza Flotilla and ‘easily manipulated’ Americans
Anonymous emails link Syria’s Assad to George Galloway and ‘easily manipulated’ Americans.
ASMA Assad, 36, the Vogue-approved wife to Syrian President, Bashar Assad, has spoken to the Times about her life and concerns.
Says Asma Assad in an email:
“The President is the President of Syria, not a faction of Syrians, and the First Lady supports him in that role.”
“The First Lady’s very busy agenda is still focused on supporting the various charities she has long been involved with and rural development as well as supporting the President as needed. These days she is equally involved in bridging gaps and encouraging dialogue. She listens to and comforts the families of the victims of the violence.”
Charity work must go on! Wernher von Braun was right – how the widows and cripples of old Homs Town will owe their large bags of second hand clothes and text books to Bashar Von Braun.
SILVIO Berlusconi is the Playman – with realistic wandering hands:
“I’m not a Playboy, I’m a Play-uomo [Playman] … The only thing I have not been accused of in all these over-hyped descriptions of my relations with women, with the opposite sex, the only thing they have never accused me of is being gay. I have nothing against homosexuals, let it be clear. Quite the contrary. I always thought the more gay people around, the less competition.”
CHRIS Huhne, a man who championed green alternatives, has been unstitched – irony of ironies – by a car. Huhne has resigned from the Cabinet following allegations that he got his then wife Vicky Pryce to take the rap for his speeding. She got points. He got off – not last of all with his mistress. The wife became an ex and the story reached the Crown Prosecution Service, which says there is sufficient evidence to prosecute Huhne for perverting the course of justice.
Pryce will also be charged with perverting the course of justice.
Says Huhne, who resigned as Climate Change Secretary but not as MP for Eastleigh:
“I’m innocent of these charges and I will fight them in the courts and I’m sure a jury will agree.”
TOP Totty, the smooth-skinned amber-skinned lovely with a good head, will not be in Westminster’s The Strangers’ Bar. The image has been deemed offensive to sherry drinkers and other women.
Shadow equalities minister Kate Green, Stretford and Urmston MP, found the “picture of a nearly naked woman on the tap” offensive. And because she was offended, the beer, on sale since 2007, has been banned.
Green then called on the Commons to champion “dignity at work in Parliament”.
MITT Romney is now supported by Donald Trump, he of the tsunami fringe. The Guardian reports this nugget in an unusual fashion:
Mitt Romney wins backing of Donald Trump ahead of Nevada caucuses
Business magnate and champion self-publicist Donald Trump has endorsed Republican presidential Mitt Romney in an event of no importance but one that successfully diverted media attention from the other candidates only two days before the Nevada caucuses.
RIGHT-wingers are more stupid than left-wingers. Well, so says the survey featured by the…Daily Mail.
Canadian academics (ergo: left wingers?) at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, looked at data and found:
“Cognitive abilities are critical in forming impressions of other people and in being open minded. Individuals with lower cognitive abilities may gravitate towards more socially conservative right-wing ideologies that maintain the status quo. It provides a sense of order.”
The study…used information from two UK studies from 1958 and 1970 , where several thousand children were assessed for intelligence at age 10 and 11, and then asked political questions aged 33. The 1958 National Child Development involved 4,267 men and 4,537 women born in 1958.
Are Julia Gillard, Tony Hodges and the Tent Embassy ambassadors the most stupid politicians in Australia?
SO. What really happened in the Australia Day protest that saw the county’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition leader Tony Abbott besieged by the Aborigine Tent Embassy in Canberra?
Well, the agressors know:
An Aboriginal community leader who was at the protest, Fred Hooper, said the event had been peaceful until Mr Abbott made his remarks.
“The opposition leader on national television made a comment to tear down something that have built over 40 years, which is sacred to us,’’ he said. “So what do you expect us to do when we’re 200 yards away from the person that makes that comment? Do you expect us to say, ‘yeah Tony we’re gonna do that now? We’re gonna rip it down?’”
The Tent Embassy founder Michael Anderson added:
“He said the aboriginal embassy had to go, we heard it on a radio broadcast.”
I should log out of my twitter so that my intern doesn’t twit-rape me…
My boss is in a meeting, i’ve made a terrible mistake, im very sorry everyone, it wasn’t meant to be offensive! logging him off now! sorry!
TO Australia, where riot police and security guards have dragged Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, to safety as she was handing out gongs for Australia Day celebrations. Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott were trapped inside The Lobby restaurant in Canberra by an estimated 200 angry indigenous rights protesters from the nearby Aboriginal Tent Embassy. The protestors banged on the glass and yelled “shame” and “racist”. But they didn’t get inside.
She barely survived the shooting.
Gabby Giffords made the announcement in a YouTube video posted yesterday afternoon. Says Giffords:
“I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. I will return, and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.”
US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has been on Main Street USA at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. As Iowahawk says: “Welcome to the Magic Kingdom of Kim Jong-Illinois.”
KIM Jong Nam, who lives in exile, says his little brother and North Korea’s newst leader, Kim Jong Un, is a “joke“. Nam is the illegitimate child son of Sung Hae Rim, the North Korean film star who was Kim Jong Il’s mistress. Nam was raised in Switzerland and has never met Un. Is he jealous? Maybe. But let’s see what Kim Jon Un has been up to since being made Supreme.
Redong,the North Korea news source reports:
Jane 16: Scientists Dedicating Their Time to Research
See the photo (and the boffin at the back is a prototype).
A new duck farm was built on the bank of the River Chungman in Usi County, Jagang Province. The three-storied farm has computerized egg sterilization and hatching room, duck breed and reserve duck rooms and rooms for fattening duck. They are distributed in such a way as to raise pigs by use of duck excrement.
YOU can usually find the truth if you go looking hard enough. You know, the real numbers about what is happening, not what the politicians’ spinmeisters have cooked up for that day’s newspaper stories.
That, at least in the US, is about to get a lot more difficult.
“The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.”
It also says that the U.S. Census Bureau has decided to save $3 million per year by eliminating the Stat Abstract.
Cherie Blair seeks £65m for private health clinics
Blair has joined forces with an American fund manager to raise $100m from investors on both sides of the Atlantic. They plan to open their first clinic in the Olympic village in east London within months. Her involvement in private health comes a week after it emerged that her husband paid tax of just £315,000 on one of his company’s earnings of more than £12m last year. The new venture may also benefit from the health reforms being introduced by the coalition government.
The business is called Allele Fund. It';s motto is: We will serve you with integrity in all we do.”
WHO wants independence for Scotland? Mel Gibson, that’s who. And he’s a Celtic fan. Scottish First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond and UK Prime Minister David Cameron are debating over a referendum on independence of Scotland. Salmond wants to be a leader of a free land (surely famous, of historial importance and powerful? -ed) and Cameron wants the thing decided quickly.
(The referendum is pencilled in for 2014 – 707 years after Mel Gibson’s death!)
Salmond recently declared his intention to hold a referendum in the fall of 2014. That’s when Tory austerity cuts are expected to hit Scotland hard, while Scottish national pride gets a boost from the Ryder Cup, Commonwealth Games and the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, when the Scots under Robert Bruce scored a decisive victory over the English in the First War of Scottish Independence.
Cameron, whose Conservative Party has only one Scottish MP in Westminster, is supported in his desire to hold a referendum before 2014 by Liberal Party leader Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband. Westminster maintains that only the British Parliament has the legal power to hold a valid referendum on Scotland’s future.
By Nicholas Randall, Press Association Political Staff:
Liberal Democrat Lord Storey, head of a primary school in Liverpool, said it was easy for under-age children to set up accounts on social networking sites and use them without permission from parents and teachers. He told Government spokeswoman Baroness Garden of Frognal at question time in the House of Lords: “You will be aware of the hugely increasing problem of cyber bullying by and of children and young people, particularly in schools.”… Lady Garden said the Government was “committed to tackling bullying on social networking sites” and would be prepared to hold meetings on the issue. She added: “The Government is pressing the internet industry in the UK and Europe to implement clear and simple processes for dealing with abuse online.”
ANYONE else suspect that David Cameron sees Jeremy Clarkson’s schtick of saying mildly offensive non-PC things in a loud voice as a way of reaching the people who perceive a loss of free speech in modern life and reassuring them that he understands?
In an interview with the Telegraph, Cameron said of shadow chancellor Ed Ball’s appearances in the House of Commons:
“But I’m very bad, in the House of Commons, at not getting distracted, and the endless, ceaseless banter, it’s like having someone with Tourette’s permanently sitting opposite you.”
Cameron is talking to the Tory voters who might think he’s soft. His words are not accidental. They echo the studied offence of Clarkson, who aims to be the voice for the man blessed with common sense who sees through the PC bullshit. David Cameron has contracted Jeremy Clarkson Tourette’s, a strain of the illness that causes the victim to say non-PC things to a deadline.
MAHMOUD Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has been meeting Venezuela’s leader Hugo Chávez. Mahmoud’s on a tour of Latin America, making friends and gnashing teeth against the Great Satan to the North. On his travels Ahmadinejad met with an Iranian family living in Venezuela (source: SIPA – used under fair use guidance).