Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
LIZ Jones, the Daily Mail’s regular troll bait, is talking about the “cooing couples” who upset her by looking at ease with each other’s company in public. In one paragraph she writes about the death of Barack Obama:
I far more admire couples who are not joined at the hip. My role model at the moment is Hillary Clinton, who failed to tell husband Bill that special forces were about to assassinate Obama Bin Laden. I love that.
Obama bin Laden… Who he? Is it just a slip of the tongue, or part of a sinister movement we call The Barack Obama Death Cult, the media plot that seeks out the apparent impending murder of Obama and presents it inevitable fact?
KEN Livingstone has shuffled off the political stage to dedicate himself to his newts and his media career. So. Why did face ache lose? Anorak recalls draconian Ken telling Londoners not to flush the toilet for numbers 1s. It was Ken who told us: “There’s a real chance that human civilisation will not survive beyond the end of this century.” Ken is not all that keen on people. He told us that he planned to “educate the mass of Londoners” about Islam. Because without Ken, Londoners would be too stupid to investigate a religion for themselves. Ken is the joyless one who said in 2002, when he was mayor, “New Year’s Eve is not an event, it is a public order problem.”
And then there was his problem with the Jews. Hugh Muir looks at the matter in the Guardian:
How much damage did he inflict by failing to make peace with the Jewish political establishment, still sore over conflicts past: the insult to a Jewish reporter, the embrace of Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi? When in March he secretly met a group of senior figures who hoped to reach accommodation, why didn’t he make nice? Instead he upset some again by referring to the Israeli government as Zionists and implying that “rich” Jews wouldn’t vote for him anyway. “I can’t say words that I do not feel in my heart,” he once declared.
THE local elections were rolling news dullsville. Only 30 percent of us bothered to vote vote. The rest – a whopping 70% – are allergic to school halls and opted to remains elsewhere. This group could have opted for a postal vote. But 89% of Britons only use email, so that was weird. The highlights – and there were some, were the BNP getting annihilated (there’s always panto); the LibDems getting beaten by a man dressed as a penguin in Edinburgh; Ed Miliband getting egged by a man who really does have egg on his hands; Ed Miliband (gain) being photographed with a bong; and that divisive dictatorial miserabilist Ken Livingstone finally being able to concetrate on his media career…
David Maraniss has revealed the love affair in his book Barack Obama: The Story.
We’ve picked out the sections that reveals how Obama pulls and how to pull Obama. Obama met Cook met at a Christmas party in New York’s East Village in December 1983. He was 22. She was 25. Here is that four-point plan:
1. He chats briefly with Cook in the kitchen. She has smokes and booze.
“Hours later, after midnight, she was about to leave when Barack Obama approached and asked her to wait. They plopped down on an orange beanbag chair at the end of the hall, and this time the conversation clicked.”
He noticed her accent. Australian…
Did he read this?
BEN Duncan, the Green party’s national spokesman on home affairs Brighton and Hove City Council’s cabinet member for communities, has responded to a question on whether he had ever smoked cannabis by declaring:
“I only smoke weed when I’m murdering, raping and looting!…”
IT’s raning on David Cameron:
Created by the excellent (and for hire) Matt Buck / @hackcartoons.
TO the Nerd Prom, when Capitol Hill’s finest take the rise out of President Obama at the annual Washington Correspondents’ dinner. Obama harped on about Mitt Romney, his likely opponent in the Presidential election:
“It’s great to be here this evening in the vast, magnificent Hilton ballroom. Or as Mitt Romney would call it, a little fixersupper.”
It’s hideous exercise in sucking up. As Obama said:
“I have the nuclear codes. Why am I telling knock-knock jokes to Kim Kardashian?”
THANKS to Facebook, American faces a leadership crisis:
POLITICAL Lickspittle of the Year is Bill Shorten, the Australian workplace relations minister. Bill Shorten has not heard what Prime Minister Julia Gillard said about a sexual harassment scandal but agrees with what she said wholeheartedly:
INSULT of the Day: North Korea’s official media says South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is “human scum” and an “underwit with 2MB of knowledge”. As any fool knowl, in North Korea, they can now store up to a massive 8MM of knowledge in the country’s big computer…
Which reminds us: it’s time for ‘Where’s Kim Jong Un?’. Can you spot the baby-faced North Koren depost in these photos of his country enjoying jubilant times?
QUELLE surprise in France where only 18% are rabid Nazis. In the race for the French Presidency, 18.12 per cent of French voters opted for the National Front in the first round of the presidential elections.
When the Germans last collaborated closely with France for a united Europe, the figure was as high as 50%. Some work to go, then, for Marine Le Pen as she seeks to free the country from the yoke of EU imperialism by selling Spain and Greece to China in a 2-4-1 deal and taking out an option on Belgium.
KEN Livingstone is a divisive operator who espouses illiberal values. He want to be London mayor. He won’t get in. Labour voters should shun him. Why? Well:
“I think Ed represents genuine Labour values. That’s why I voted for him. I believe he will make a real change if we win.” – Ken Livingstone, April 17, 2012
“I could go to him when I was Mayor and meet him one on one, not surrounded by civil servants and that is how we got Crossrail. My preference is Balls because whoever we select might be Prime Minister next year and, of all of the candidates, he is most ready.” – Kevin Livingstone quoted on the website supporting Ed Balls’ campaign to lead the Labour Party
POLITICS Story of the Day features Mike Whitby, the British National Party’s candidate for Liverpool mayor. The Liverpool Echo reports that Whitney is eligible to stand for elected office because he rent a “redundant pigeon shed” in the city.
When is a pigeon shed no longer a pigeon shed? And what does local mean? Whitby is said to be standing on the motto “local people first”. Only, he lives in North Wales. On May 3 he will stand for election to Wrexham council.
JONATHAN Spelman, 17, is the son of Meriden MP and Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman. The Rugby Football Union has banned Jonny Spelman from playing rugby until October 19 2013. You see, he took illegal drugs – anabolic steroids and a growth hormone.
He cheated. Spelman has played for England’s youth team at under 16 level. His story is in the public interest. But his wealthy mum – a government minister – didn’t want you know about it. The woman – part of a Government that thinks it’s fine for the police to read your emails without a warrant – wants her son’s misdeeds to remain secret.
The Daily Telegraph calls this an “uncharacteristic error”. This is Obama who talked of the 57 states of the USA, said Austrians speak Austrian and mistook a window for a door?
Says our man in the Falklands: “We shall fight them on the sunbeds! We shall never surrender our cocktails!”
ED Miliband has inspired the mind behind Rather Like Ed Miliband to create a Tumblr site of things that look like the Labour Party leader:
Spotter: Brendan O’Neill
MEMRI reports on an article it spotted in Pakistan’s The Express Tribune. In “Britain’s Lord Nazir Ahmed Offers £10 Million Bounty for Obama, Bush”, Memri notes:
“In an expression of solidarity with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, British parliamentarian of Kashmiri origin Lord Nazir Ahmed has announced a reward for the [capture] of U.S. President Barack Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush.”
Ahmed, allegedly, made his offer in light of the US posting a $10 million reward for the capture of Pakistani militant leader Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba group (“Army of the righteous”). It organised the 2008 massacre in Mumbai, in which 174 people including nine gunmen were killed. Lashkar-e-Taiba tortured the Jewish victims before murdering them. As Saeed said: “Since our life revolves around Islam, therefore both dawa and jihad are essential, we cannot prefer one over the other.” In 2011, Saeed led a rally condemning America for killing Osama Bin Laden.
TO North Korea, where Kim Jong Un is talking to the massed ranks of uniformed subjects in Pyongyang. It’s the occasion of the 100th birthday of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Un’s grandfather and North Korea’s founding President, now deceased.
The crowd hope Mr Kim Jong Un manages to be there for his centennial, chanting:
“May he live 10,000 years.”
So. Here’s Rima Husseini, “cradling the Respect Party leader’s four-month-old son”, to illustrate the Sun’s story:
As George Galloway unveils wife No4, ex says: ‘We never got divorced’
Is this a case of bigamy, then?
GEORGE Galloway declares victory in Blackburn. Well, they look the same up north…
MP George Galloway is Bradford West’s man in Westminster. The cat impressionist has landed on his feet. As he took the plaudits, shouted “All praise to Allah!” and “Long Live Iraq! Long live Palestine!”, he waved a ‘V’ to the crowd – whatever the race, language or gender, they always flash the British ‘V’ at moments of triumph.
This is George Galloway, who in accordance with the Oprah Winfrey school of slimming went to Iraq to meet with Saddam Hussein, one of the few men to make him look better, albeit a bit sparse about the moustaches, and then showed his hatred of totalitarian regimes and love of freedom by meeting Hamas reps.
SO there was this great big campaign, with petitions and plays and online sign ups and the usual ignorant outrage displayed on Twitter and Facebook about how appalling the working conditions and pay were at Foxconn. You know, the giant seris of factories in China that make everything for Apple and HP and Microsoft and all.
We’ve now got the results from an in depth investigation into those working conditions and pay.
The general finding is that poor people work long hours for not much money. Well, yes, that’s true, that’s what being poor means, working long hours for not much money. Shrug, that’s what poor people in poor countires do, that’s why we describe them as poor and that’s why we’d like them to carry on having an industrial revolution so they can become rich like us.
WHEN we noticed that David Cameron is super sissy softy in the mould of Basil Fotherington-Thomas, a reader pointed us towards this photo of Franklin Roosevelt, the man whose New Deal saved the pastry industry and gave the battered sausage to the world. What pastry will Dave create? And will it be underdone..?
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GEORGE Galloway is standing for Parliament in the Bradford West by-election. He’s a terrific talker is Saddam Hussein’s old admirer. He’s a friend to Muslims, such Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his invisible suit, those in Hamas and at Iran’s biased Press TV. He wants locals to vote for him. They should. He is a rabble-rouser and give good telly. He says, “I am Labour.” He is also the true Muslim – although it appears he is also a Catholic:
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