IRELAND Health Minister Mary Harney had red paint tossed over her in protest at health cuts. And – get this – Harney was struck while attending a turning-of-the-sod ceremony for a new health facility at Cherry Orchard Hospital, Ballyfermot. Sod ‘em all, eh…
JON Stewart instructs his followers in what hate really looks likes-like:
If we amplify everything, we hear nothing … There are terrorists and racists and Stalinists and Theocrats. But those are titles that must be earned. You must have the resume. Not being able to distinguish between real racists and Tea Partiers and real bigots and Juan Williams or Rick Sanchez is an insult not only to those people, but to the racists themselves who have put in the exhausting effort it takes to hate.
GAWKER paid Dustin Dominiak money – reportedly soemthing in the “low four figures” – to tell the world about his failing to have sex with Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell (Reports allege it is him being the anonymous article). He also told us about her pubic hair – she had some. Yep, Dominiak got close enough to see a real woman’s actual public hair but still failed to shag her.
Still, he made some cash telling the story of his amazing sex life. So it wasn’t a total dead loss. The media reacts:
From the moment she won the primary, O’Donnell was sexualized by the left with the excuse being O’Donnell’s 1996 video regarding masturbation. That 14-year old tape has been the focus of jokes and ridicule without let up. - Hot Air
The Smoking Gun reports that Brad Kurisko might actually be the friend of Christine O’Donnell’s one-night-stand-that-wasn’t. The site is instead putting its money on 28-year-old Dustin Dominiak. The Village Voice says it’s figured out the identity of the man who detailed his “one-night stand” with Christine O’Donnell: Brad Kurisko, a 28-year-old Boy Scouts executive. – Slate
If All Fails Call Her Names
Remy Stern, the site’s editor, told the Guardian: “It was a compelling story and we stand by it. It speaks to a certain hypocrisy given her views on sexuality.” – Guardian
GAWKER is in a spot of bother with its story on Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s pubic hair. The story is written the first person and details an alleged no-sex sexual encounter between the writer, then aged 25, and Tea Party favourite O’Donnell in her mid-thirties. The story is three years old.
It’s the kind of thing you might read in the British tabloids. It’s a salacious, women-hating, sexually-driven smear. The US does not have a tabloid industry like in the UK. It’s tabloids are celebrity targeted and weekly. But Gawker fills the gap for a daily read pretty well. And now it has entered into red-top territory:
O’Donnell’s camp released a statement saying:
“This story is just another example of the sexism and slander that female candidates are forced to deal with.”
That’s right. The tabloids hate ambitious women. If they are also attractive and sexually active, the tabloids will go for them. Gawker is just a tabloid doing what tabloids do.
Gawker milks the attention, as it must, and sticks the statement up at the top of its site. It’s the Daily Mail’s Jan Moir approach to journalism – so long as it is offensive, bigoted and sensational and the media becomes the story – good job:
The National Organization for Women (NOW) on Thursday condemned the tabloid website Gawker for publishing an anonymous account: NOW issued a statement late Thursday stating that “sexist, misogynist attacks against women have no place in the electoral process, regardless of a particular candidate’s political ideology.”
“NOW repudiates Gawker’s decision to run this piece. It operates as public sexual harassment. And like all sexual harassment, it targets not only O’Donnell, but all women contemplating stepping into the public sphere,” said NOW president Terry O’Neill.
SS operative Schutze Obernigg, an Austrian deserter, told the Allied forces:
“Hitler was grey and bent, but wore a very satisfied expression. He is mild on personal contact but apt to bang tables and shout during conferences.”
In short, Hitler was the perfect Daily Mail reader, clacking his marmalade-coated tongue at the daily news and banging his fist on the table when anyone impolite or political correctness had gone mad.
ANNA Chapman remains the femme fatale Russian spy (nee Anya Kuschenko) who is furthering her political ambitions in Mother Russia by showing everyone her undercover weapons of mass distraction in a lads’ mag (again). Kristinq Svechinskaya and Anna Fermanova will have to up their games if they are to top Anna Chapman.
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ACCORDING to Transparency International, the United Kingdom is corrupt. Counties are rated in terms of “cleanliness”. Denmark is the cleanest country on Earth. The lands of open sandwiches and Johnny Jensen scores 9.3 out of 10. It ties for top spot with New Zealand and Singapore.
Finland, Norway and Sweden are all in the Top 10, thus proving that the people who compiled this survey do not consider the assembly instructions for flat-packed furniture to constitute an evil lie.
The United Kingdom is the 20th least corrupt country in the world. It scores 7.6 on the corrupt-ometer. Britons are around 18% more corruptible than Danes. But we are less dishonest than Americans, who languish three places below – separated from us by Chile and Belgium.
LONDON’S Mayor Boris Johnson shows off a drawing he made at City Hall after taking lessons from Britain’s top cartoonists including (left to right) Steve Bell of The Guardian, Charles Peattie of the Daily Telegraph, Tim Sanders of The Independent and Michael Heath of The Spectator, to launch London’s Big Draw Weekend.
Anyone care to interpret the image..?
My blog is 70% fiction and 30% fact. It is written as a tool to enable my constituents to know me better and to reassure them of my commitment to Mid Bedfordshire. I rely heavily on poetic licence and frequently replace one place name/event/fact with another. – Letter to the Commissioner from Ms Nadine Dorries MP, 1 March 2010
If ever there were a comment that will come back to haunt an MP that surely is it.
Tim Ireland has been onto Dorries for ages. His full version of events is here.
Dorries “twice moved her primary residence, an omission that was described by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards as ‘not acceptable’.”
The watchdog reported that Miss Dorries had been “in breach of the rules of the House” by failing to tell the authorities when she moved her main home to Stratford-upon-Avon in July 2007, and again when she changed address to another property in the area in January 2009.
Neighbours “broadly confirmed” her claim that she spent most of her time in the Cotswolds, and the allegation that she breached rules on allowances was “not upheld”. – Telegraph
MARGARET Thatcher is ill in hospital. She is 85. And this site asks one question: IsThatcherDeadYet?
Only time moves on. As one poster on Popbitch points out, the site now reads as:
‘Is that Cher dead yet?’
Cher is Cher Lloyd, of course, the X Factor’s Team America action figure. She is made from plastic bags that take 10,000 years to erode. Maggie is made of iron…
GEORGE Osborne is making cuts that will kill/ save the economy and you – a view formed on what news organ you read. But Richard North can’t see any cuts:
THERE are no cuts. I say again, there are no cuts. What the Cleggerons are talking about is a reduction in the rate of increase in public expenditure as compared with the June budget. This is helpfully summarised here (see left) and the source is here.
You will see that the current financial year expenditure is £696.8 billion. By 2014-15, the projected expenditure was to rise to £757.5 billion. Little George is now proposing that this increase is limited £739.8 billion. This now becomes a 17.7 percent “cut”, albeit that expenditure is still increasing. Read the rest of this entry »
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The Green Dream Made Real
Time and again, liberal thinkers have told us that we must learn to live with less “stuff”, for the sake of our own sanity and for the good of the people-plagued planet. So don’t be fooled by their crocodile tears today – they laid the cultural foundation stones for this age of hardship.
These austerity hypocrites have short memories. This week, the Guardian’s George Monbiot wrote an angry piece about the Tory-led cuts agenda, claiming that it will help the rich and hurt the rest.
“When we stagger out of our shelters to assess the damage, we’ll discover that we have emerged into a different world, run for their benefit, not ours”, he said.
This is the same Monbiot who wrote a piece in 2007 titled ‘Bring on the recession’.
“I hope that the recession now being forecast by some economists materialises”, he said, because only a recession could give us “the time we need to prevent runaway climate change”.
A recession would hurt poor people, he acknowledged – but that was a price worth paying to halt out-of-control economic growth.
Inspired by Monbiot, in 2008 some deep greens kick-started a campaign called Riot 4 Austerity – which says it all. – Brendan O’Neill
Al Qaeda Dunnit
Al Qaeda have this morning issued a new video in which they claim full responsibility for the devastating Spending Review which rocked the UK yesterday.
The video, which appears to have been put together in something of a hurry, shows several Al Qadea members reading from a list of measures they have claim to have imposed on the UK in a concerted attack on Western imperialism. - News Arse
The Worse Off Are…
However the Institute for Fiscal Studies has told Sky News the spending plans are “regressive” and a chart on page 98 of the official document reveals the bottom 10% of earners will lose the most money from the cuts.
Acting director Carl Emmerson said: “The Treasury’s own figures show the benefit cuts announced today will affect the bottom half more than the top half.
“The cuts to public sector spending will also affect the poorest half rather than the top half. Therefore, everything we have heard about so far indicates the measures are regressive.” - Sky News
Middle Is The New Lower
Households on incomes of £48,700 or more will lose an average of £10,000 during four years of austerity as the Coalition battles to wipe out an unprecedented budget deficit. – Mail
We Are Doomed!
The Chancellor of the Exchequer is taking people for fools if he believes the country will buy his spin that the deepest spending cuts in living memory are fair and unavoidable.
There’s nothing fair about hitting the least well-off hardest, persecuting the sick for being ill and the jobless for losing their jobs.
And there’s nothing unavoidable about ideologically-driven cuts which risk plunging Britain into a second recession. - Mirror
In fact, Osborne’s declared road to fiscal sanity has already paid firm dividends in the drop in cost of government borrowing and enough economic confidence to see the creation of some 330,000 jobs this year so far. And the OBR forecasts that the private sector will create three jobs for every one cut in the private sector. - Fraser Nelson
Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson warned the cuts announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review could end up “stifling“ the economic recovery…
For some on the Government benches it was an “ideological objective,” he claimed.
The shadow chancellor acknowledged the “deficit has to be paid down” but said: “Today’s reckless gamble with people’s livelihoods runs the risk of stifling the fragile recovery.” - NeBusiness
The back pocket has a history, of course. In his splendid The New MachiavelliJonathan Powell describes how Gordon Brown would also hold back a ‘hidden surprise’ in his Budgets designed to guarantee him Labour cheers when he sat down. “We knew Gordon would have ‘a back pocket’ to pay for that surprise somewhere within the spending limits, and Tony’s constant quest was to find it first and spend it on something else…We got so desperate in 2004 to find out what Gordon was up to that we refused to set a date for the spending round until he would tell us the content.” – Benedict Brogan
More views and news to follow…
THE news that Liam Fox is countenancing running the Navy’s new carriers without aircraft seems, on the face of it, an admirable solution. Without the noise and disruption of these smelly jets, the new generation of sailors will be able to listen to their iPods in peace, while the MoD can rent the vessel out as a floating conference suite, complete with helipads and tennis courts with a 360° sea view, writes Richard North.
In the meantime, the BBC has learned that “at least one” of the new carriers will be redesigned so that it can deploy normal fighter aircraft that do not need a Harrier-style vertical lift capability.
Dr Fox says that there would be “interoperability” so strike fighter aircraft from allies such as France could land on UK aircraft carriers, and vice versa.
So what have we here? No British aircraft, an Anglo-French agreement on joint carrier operation and now a carrier design change that allows for the operation of French aircraft on the British carrier.
And as more and more details leak out, you can see the game – the Armed Forces are being stripped of capability to the point that they can no longer operate independently, even within the context of an alliance. We will have to look to “allies” for operational components just so that we can field our forces…
That it should happen now, under a (partially) Tory government is not a surprise. Historically, the Tories have always been keenest on European military “co-operation” and the die was cast when Portillo signed the co-operation deal in 1996. Euro-Navy here we come, with the European Carrier Group as the flagship operation.
We are now simply seeing the end came of a process that has been under development for decades, and which started with Heath and his merry men.
Which reminds us – THE FLEET! really is disappearing:
Posted: 19th, October 2010 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0
All First Ladies like to have a hobby and Mrs Obama’s is to make American youth thinner and fitter with her Let’s Move! campaign to make more people like her.
“Collect some fruits and vegetables; bring by some good healthy food.”
She told us:
“It’s like: How do we keep the calories down but keep the flavours up?”
She looked at the carrot:
“And when you’re dealing with kids, for example, you want to get them to try that carrot. Well, if it tastes like a real carrot and it’s really sweet, they’re going to think that it’s a piece of candy.”
SARAH Palin’s cojones are on sale at $24.95 for one. (Order now and get a pair of Hilary Clinton nut crackers and an Obama dildo in time for Christmas.)
The Palin testicle sports black hair, a massive head-flip smile, spacey eyes and a necklace to let it be hung from a tree, gurney or piercing.
(If your testicles look like this, get in touch. With some hair gel and hype your nuts can help form a boyband.)
DIPLOMATIC nicknames: Kevin Rudd on Ban-Ki Moon:
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and his office privately referred to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as “Spanky Banky” according to a new book.
Nice try, Rudd Boy. But Alan Clark’s diaries are hard to beat:
He once called Kenneth Clarke “A pudgy puffball.” As for Douglas Hurd, he said he “might as well have a corncob up his arse”. While he dismissed Michael Heseltine as the kind of person “who bought his own furniture”.
Spotter: Tim Blair
CHILEAN President Sebastian Pinera made sure he was pictured holding the original message passed to rescuers from the mine in Chile, following a visit to the Cabinet War Rooms in central London. Mr Pinera – the billionaire - is in London.
He’s scheduled to meet Prime Minister David Cameron before a trip to Buckingham Palace to greet the Queen as part of a European tour.
And a couple of days on President Sebastian Pinera is at the Hilton in central London, accompanied by his wife Cecilia, where he was meeting with members of the UK’s Chilean community ahead of a natter with Prime Minister David Cameron before a trip to Buckingham Palace to greet the Queen as part of a European tour.
BELFAST Lord Mayor, Jim Rodgers, launched the ‘Garden Gourmet’ extravaganza in 2007 by leapfrogging council worker Lorraine Mallon, who was dressed as a tomato. Rodgers’ knee hits Mallon in the head, causing her to suffer a slipped disc. At Belfast High Court, Mallon wins £24,021.75 against the council. It’s a contender for the worst poltical photo op of all time…
Posted: 16th, October 2010 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0
ED Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, was at Sheffield Forgemasters’ factory on his first official “I look a pratt in this outfit” outing. Ed was blessed with all the cool of a geography teacher on a GCSE project. He was all Anorak.
Leadership will test him further as photo opportunities come and go.
But Ed need not worry, for now. He has a long way to go before he reaches his brother David Miliband’s standing. As Anton Vowl spots, David has a history with ice-cream. Extempore eating is not easy. But Dave makes it look almost impossible…
A Syrian vendor passes visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband an ice cream in the old quarter of Damascus on November 17, 2008. Miliband arrived in Syria today on the second stop of a regional tour after holding meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials in Jerusalem. AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)
Posted: 15th, October 2010 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0
Alongside a photos, Zelenin told one and all:
“That’s an original way to show that the lettuce leaf is fresh.”
It went down predictably.
Foreign policy adviser Sergei Prikhodko slammed Mr Zelenin for “irresponsibility and stupidity“. Adding, with menace
“I would advise anyone who wants to invite Mr Zelenin as a guest to think hard before doing so.”
MAGGIE Thatcher could not make it see David Cameron today. She has the “flu”. Arnold Swazenegger did make it. And so too did General David Petraeus, Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. A statement was issued:
“The Prime Minister confirmed that 320 British troops would be redeployed in training roles to help accelerate the training effort. General Petraeus thanked the PM for the ongoing British commitment to Afghanistan and for the valued contribution made by British troops, civilians and equipment. The PM also raised the case of Linda Norgrove. General Petraeus said that the investigation was a personal priority for him and emphasised that there would be full co-operation between the US and UK.”
Judgement awaits the outcome…
Posted: 14th, October 2010 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0
PRIME Minister David Cameron greeted Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger outside 10 Downing Street, today. Says Dave – and start gritting your teeth and cringing now – “He’s going to help me terminate the budget deficit.”
Or not. California has a $19 billion budget deficit. It’s been selling of civic buildings and thinking of taxing legalised marijuana. Still, good joke, Dave. Really…
Posted: 14th, October 2010 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0
Jarrett was senior Advisor to Obama’s presidential campaign.
Here she is:
Are you missing George Bush yet:
Today the Washington Post’s gay kapo Jonathan Capehart shares a video interview he conducted on Monday with senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. She clearly states a belief that Minnesota gay teen Justin Aarberg [age 15], who committed suicide in July after being bullied, made a “lifestyle choice.”
So much for change…
KRYSTAL Ball sounds like David Beckham’s fortune teller. But she’s a Democrat running for Congress in Virginia’s first district, a Republican hold. And to pave the way for career in big politics she’s sucking a small red dildo her husband has strapped to the end of his nose. This is how you get ahead in politics in Italy. But will it work in the USA?
When the photos emerged, Ball was aghast and affronted:
“I’m angry at the way women in this country are unfairly treated in this regard when they step up and run for office.”
When Winston Churchill strapped a pomegranate to his wife’s face and scooped out the seeds with his tongue, no-one thought any the worse of him. When Mahmoud Ahamdinejad, allegedly, shared a cucumber with an associate, he was patted on the back. Had Stalin sucked off a penis stuck to Roosevelt’s nose, we’d not cared.
Double standards, indeed. But you might suppose that someone called Krystal Ball would have seen the trouble coming when she posed for the photos. But no. As she says:
“They wanted me to feel like a whore. They wanted me to collapse in a ball of embarrassment and to hang my head in shame.”