Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
AS Dominique Strauss-Kahn resings his post at the IMF- and Kenenth Clarke casts an eye over the vacancy and wonder if non-rape rape can be considered a perk of the job – Richard North looks at what the Frenchman leaves behind. And – yep – he really is a socialist:
Démissionné has such a lovely ring to it. With “infinite sadness” DSK feels “compelled” today to present to the Executive Board of the IMF his resignation.
He leaves behind a $441,980-a-year salary, higher than president Barack Obama’s, with the added sweetener of it being entirely tax-free. But struggling Greeks, to say nothing of the Irish and Portuguese, will be devastated to learn that the poor man also gives up the $79,120.00, paid in monthly instalments which, according to his contract, comes “… without any certification or justification by you, to enable you to maintain, in the interests of the Fund, a scale of living appropriate to your position as Managing Director”.
The Korean news organ Joonang Daily reports:
Medical experts believed at that time that he had lost the use of his left hand, as it was always held stiffly by his side or covered with a glove.
WE live in impoverished times. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the International Monetary Fund supremo, understands that. He used to be a communist. Now he’s a socialist. Today the married man is mired by allegetions of attempted forced extra-martial sex. The French don’t care about affairs. But they do care about crimes. Not too long ago, Strauss-Kahn mused on what the voters would care about to Liberation:
DSK then talks about ending up in a men’s room with Sarkozy, during an international summit, and asks him to stop the dirty tricks about his private life.
Wanting to pose as a victim, DSK starts imagining “a woman (he might have) raped in a parking lot and to whom half a million or a million euros would be promised to make up such a story…”
ONE by one the LibDems are mired. It’s the turn of Cabinet minister Chris Huhne. Did he get his then wife Vicky Pryce to accept his three penalty points for driving too fast past an Essex speed camera in 2003 to avoid him risking a driving ban?
What the complaint really should be about is the elite carving up the cash and getting away with it:
Heath secretary Andrew Lansley’s wife has come under fire after she boasted about links with Cabinet ministers for her business clients. Sally Low, who has been married to the Cabinet minister for the past 10 years, is the founder and managing director of public relations business Low Associates. Her company’s website claims it can help ‘make the link between the public and private sectors’ and highlights how it ‘also set up a debate between a Cabinet minister and his shadow, which really captured the media’s attention’.
“AN East Lancashire peer who dubbed Prime Minister David Cameron a ‘toffee-nosed slimebag’ has stood by his remarks.
Lord Tony Greaves, also a Liberal Democrat councillor in Pendle, told a national newspaper that ‘a lot of people in our party never liked Cameron’.
“Cameron behaved in a way which was dishonest and disloyal to his deputy and he should be thorough ashamed of himself,” Lord Greaves told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“Any lingering affection for Mr Cameron, as a person, within the party, has disappeared. People are very angry.””
ON Saturday 6 December 2003, Mark Lawson told Guardian readers that George Bush was “stuffed by a plastic turkey”.
In a revelation certain to be taught at schools of democracy and journalism for years to come, it has been revealed that the apparently appetising turkey that President Bush carried towards beaming troops last week in Baghdad had been genetically modified to a degree that would lead even the most profit-hungry farmers to protest. The bird was the kind of model used by butchers and Hollywood set-dressers.
Following this disclosure, the president is, unlike his political prop, stuffed…
…the affair of the plastic turkey can only be attributed to insecurity.
…Whatever the details, the message is clear. Though he still lacks anything as pesky as a plausible Democrat opponent, Dubya is starting to fear that his administration may become the second one-term turkey served up by the Bush dynasty.
NEW York’s Yiddish newspaper Di Tzeitung airbrushed Hillary Clinton – her with the cough – from the that Situation Room photo of Barack Obama and cohorts watching Osama bin Laden being killed (or not).
They did this because the readers “believe that women should be appreciated for who they are and what they do, not for what they look like, and the Jewish laws of modesty are an expression of respect for women, not the opposite”.
“A generation of trade unionists will dance on Thatcher’s grave”
TO SOUTH Dakota, where Barack Obama is a Muslim terrorist threat to the locale. Richard Bartholomew notes:
Events throughout the world and incidents closer to home have underscored the unrelenting need to enhance preparedness, expand prevention efforts, and improve response capabilities to terrorist threats against our nation. The 2nd Annual South Dakota Homeland Security Conference will bring together nationally renowned experts on emerging threats, highlight cutting edge technological resources and speakers will share their expertise on these topics and more.
Our goal is to provide training and information to response agencies from all levels of government and private sector stakeholders in regard to Homeland Security issues affecting the United States and South Dakota. The conference provides a forum for government and industry to foster the partnerships necessary to protect South Dakota from the potential disasters we face.
No personal preference, but there seems to be an increase in the popularity of the proportional direct selection policy as evinced by the use of the Mi6A4 gas ejected assault rifle voting system. It is claimed to have been directly efficient during recent political discussion in Pakistan.
US Democrats are said to be so convinced of its effectiveness it may be de rigueur for Secretary Hillary Clinton in her upcoming meetings with troublesome Alaskan Sarah Palin.
Regrettably, from a Liberal viewpoint, there is a distinct and very powerful convincing democratic argument since the heavyweight clips are 30 rounds each and fired in bursts of three…Anorak’s required ten voting systems and all in under 60 seconds.
Oppositions parties are said to favour a more even-handed and directly broader selection system; such as a dirty nuclear device left in the bleachers during the next Super Bowl.
That’s the trouble with political selection systems, generally they end the process with all-powerful and totally corrupt elites.
Damian Thompson says the approach has been good for conspiracy theorists. But wanting proof does not make you a nutter in a tin hat. Questioning the official version of events – one that keeps changing – does not make you a denier.
Or did you, as millions will have done, do nothing because the debate on AV makes Osama bin Laden look lively?
SHOULD the US show us the photo of Osama bin Laden dead with a hole in his face? Do we need the photo to prove the kill of the mass murderer? Are we now so reliant on visual images that we are unable to get the facts without photographic evidence? And if bin Laden is not dead, where is he? And will he now appear to sqaush Obama, who is basking in improved poll ratings?
BARACK Hussein Obama has name that sounds a bit like Osama bin Laden. It’s also a bit like Saddam Hussein. George Bush has name that sounds a lot like George II, the foreign King who fought the American dream. JFK is but one letter away from JFS (Jane’s Fighting Ships). Maggie Thatcher is easily confused with Teri Hatcher (both Christian!)? I think we can all take something from that. Here’s a pictorial history of the Osama is Obama polemic. One of them is dead. Can the media tell which one it is..?
It’s all a bit odd, isn’t it? The war Osama bin Laden started. The war George Bush went into without batting an eyelid. The war that caused Al Qaeda killers to be captured and sent to Guantanamo Bay – that’s the place Obama said he’d close just as soon as he was elected. The war in Afghanistan that was about the US getting Bin Laden and crushing Al Qeda. Well, Obama, who came to power after it had began, has won it.
OSAMA Bin Laden is dead. You know how that reward – the $27m for the capture of America’s most wanted man – was going to stave off your personal recession? Well, the Americans have kept it. Still, you can still win big by capturing the FBI’s next most wanted man. He’s James J Bulger. He’s worth £2million. Bulger is wanted for:
Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) – Murder (19 Counts), Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Extortion, Narcotics Distribution, Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering; Extortion; Money Laundering
DONALD Trump keeps talking, and the more he says the more you think he’s a stooge employed by the Sarah Palin camp to make their Presidential hopeful look better.
Here’s Trump on China:
“You can have one man say [in a mouse-like voice], ‘We’re gonna tax you 25 percent,’ and I can say [in his normal voice], ‘Listen you motherfuckers, we’re gonna tax you 25 percent.’ You’ve said the same exact thing, but it’s a different message.”
ONE day on from scoring a free ticket to the royal wedding (and dinner), Prime Minister David Cameron was playing tennis with former Wimbledon champion and Britain’s most likeable German Boris Becker at a charity tennis match at Chequers, Buckinghamshire. (Where id it all go wrong, Dave?)
As you will see in these photos, the event was notable for the gurning Cameron and the handshake.
The handshake is no longer a simple thing among gentlemen. The firm grip and steady look in the eye was once the essence of a done deal and moral assurance.
DONALD Trump says getting Obama to show us his birth certificate was a great moment. It was a telling moment.
“As the Labour candidate for Smithills, Sean Harkin, was recommended by our MP in her election leaflet, I decided to find out more about him.
“I was intrigued by one of his interests – dogging. I quickly decided that this was not the type of person we wanted representing us in Smithills.”
BARACK Obama has decided to show you his birth certificate. To further squash claims that he was born somewhere other then in the US, the President will be using his cervical mucus plug on official seals. Obama will then revisit his birth by actually attempting to crawling inside his dead mother and be reborn, literally, in a TV address.
This is not a stunt, just the decent thing to do and befitting a man of his office.
FOLLOWING those floods in Queensland, local politico Anna Bligh issued the Operation Queenslander campaign, featuring a call to “Buy Local” and restore the Australian State’s economy.
The state bought 1,500 T-shirts to promote the drive.