TO Wisconsin, where the spirit of berth blocker and Centotaph SwingerCharlie Gilmour lives on at the state Capitol where the memorial to the fallen has been turned into a tatty protest sign curated by the kind of entitled, middle-class, educated, spoilt, soft, Western poltroons who make any protest all about them.
The more they explain their ignorance, the worse it gets:
BARACK Obama’s plan is to save the Middle East by relocating the region to Washington, Montana and and any empty office space in New York. Richard Bartholomew writes on the latest Obama conspiracy theory:
DAVID Corn has some fun with conspiracy theorist Avi Lipkin:
…here’s the mother of all right-wing conspiracy theories: Obama is scheming to bring tens of millions of Muslims—perhaps up to 100 million—from the Middle East into the United States in order to turn this country into an Islamic nation by the end of his second term.
Fortunately, this diabolical plan has been exposed by an American-born Israeli named Avi Lipkin, who says he once was a translator for the Israeli government, and an outfit called Special Guests, which books conservative commentators and advocates on popular television and radio talk shows. Lipkin’s website claims that since 1990 he has lectured on various topics—including the threat of Islam and Israel—in over 1000 churches and synagogues in the United Sates, Canada, England, Greece, Israel, and other countries. His bio notes that he heads the Judeo-Christian Bible Bloc party in Israel.
TWO things about Colonel Muammar Gaddafi stand out. Ok, three things. 1. He’s a murderous gangster who threatens to murder anyone who opposes his rule. 2. He travels with a female praetorian guard – like a stage musical tough. Gaddafi is an approximation of a sun-stroke maddened Pope impersonating The Fonz. 3. He dresses well. He dresses very well. When he goes – and good riddance when he does – Libyans should save his chattels, mad jottings (his Little Green Book is nuts) and wardrobe for posterity lest people not believe what once went before. Enjoy the gallery…
LIBYA and The Gaddafi Duck: The Daily Probehad it right back in 2004 as the world shook hands with the Libyan des/chocolate tea/pot and made profitable arms and oil deals.
North Africa’s vicious (and maddest) old gal Imelda Gaddifi gets ready for a quick hat-buying trip to London and a holiday with old pal Tony Blair.
Anyone heard anything from the Middle East Envoy lately?
It;s rumoured Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi would like his old rooms back at the very comfortable suite built for him inside Greenock Jail, Scotland now Libya’s former justice minister has blown the myth of innocence out of the firmament and told a Swedish newspaper Colonel Gaddafi personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing.
Mustafa Abdel-Jalil told Expressen he had proof the Libyan leader was behind the bombing of Pan AM flight 103, which killed 270 people in 1988…and instructed Megrahi to organise it. He has yet to produce that proof.
Britain’s worst ever convicted mass murderer may now only have one safe house…back in Scotland. There is as yet no word on how Scottish legal services (duty-bound to keep an eye on the released bomber) are going to manage the necessary home visit to Tripoli.
WHAT we are watching, therefore, is death throes – Tunisia, Egypt, Libya … the collapse always starts at the fringes. But add Belgium, a country that has now broken the world record for the most number of days without a government – and also add Greece. Ireland will follow shortly, and behind that, Portugal, Spain and then who knows … Italy, maybe. Even Germany. Dark things are happening there.
Greece, needless to say, is dead man walking, or more like live country rioting. Violent clashes, in a long line of violent clashes, broke out again yesterday – between protesters and the police. Now there’s a surprise. Police have a punch-up with rioters. Well, I never.
LIBYA: When Foreign Secretary William Hague said Colonel Gaddafi was in Venuezla, we believed him. If Hague says it’s true it must be true. Of course the woman he overheard revealing Gaddafi’s travel plans to the pigeons in the shopping precinct might not be the best source.
And it not only turns out that the old actor is in Libya but that if he does head to Venezuela he will be drugged – possibly anesthetized for an in-flight face lift:
Only a few days ago, as Colonel Muammar Gaddafi faced the wrath of his own people, he met with an old Arab acquaintance and spent 20 minutes out of four hours asking him if he knew of a good surgeon to lift his face.
Qadhafi appears to rely heavily on XXXXXXXXXXXX and reportedly cannot travel with his senior Ukrainian nurse, Galyna XXXXXXXXXXXX. He also appears to have an intense dislike or fear of staying on upper floors, reportedly prefers not to fly over water, and seems to enjoy horse racing and flamenco dancing.
If any cruisers out there see a man wearing a huge taffeta dress, sat on a rocking horse and holding an umbrella as the boat heads to the Americas, let us know. And we’ll tell William Hague’s pigeon fancier…
DID you know that Libyan Arab Jamahiriya is a member of the UN’s Human Rights Council? At the council’s last meeting in January 11, 2010, guess which single country was debated?
Human rights violations and implications of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and other occupied Arab territories …
Human rights violations and implications of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and other occupied Arab territories
It might be an idea for the UN to ask Israel if it can export democracy, women’s rights and gay rights to a region it thinks is such a supporter of human rights…
Anne Bayefsky further investigates how the United Nations pays no interest in the crimes of Middle Eastern despots:
Number of UN Security Council presidential statements or resolutions on the current atrocities perpetrated by Arab and Muslim dictators in Iran, Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia,Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain.
Number of meetings called by the Security Council to discuss and consider a possible resolution or presidential statement on any of these countries.
Number of special sessions called by the Human Rights Council to draw attention to, discuss, consider a possible resolution or decision on the current atrocities perpetrated by Arab and Muslim dictators in Iran, Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia,Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain.
Number of resolutions or decisions adopted by the Human Rights Council about the lack of democracy and brutality of the governments of Arab and Muslim dictators in Iran, Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia,Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain.
Number of Special Sessions on country situations called by the Human Rights Council on Israel
50% (6 of 12)
Number of Resolutions and Decisions adopted by the Human Rights Council critical of the human rights record of specific states directed at Israel
50% (41 of 83)
Anyone else think the United Nations has an agenda?
LIBYA: Remember when Colonel Gaddafi was the model for how the enemy could be brought in to the fold? The Colonel never abandoned terrorism. Sure, he renounced it publicly and thus allowed the US to restore full diplomatic relations in 2006. He turned his back on WMD. But he sends in warplanes against his own people.
Nothing changed. He never changed his ways. Libya never changed. The West just changed it view to suit the moment.
Gaddafi acted out of fear that after Saddam was beaten in Iraq, he would be next on the Americans’ list. America acted out of military necessity. The UK was driven by money.
Gaddafi know says:
“I will not leave the country, and I will die as a martyr.”
If he wants to be martyr and serve his country, the self-styled “leader of the Arab leaders, the king of kings of Africa and the imam of the Muslims” should leave Libya now.
Was anyone fooled?
American and Iraqi officials have stepped up their criticism of Syria in recent days in what some analysts believe is the beginning of an attempt by Washington to repeat the “Libya model” – total political and economic isolation to compel a U-turn in regime behavior. – Nicolas Blanford, Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 2005
The proposal being negotiated in Beijing for ending North Korea‘s nuclear program would include agreement to turn over all equipment it bought from a disgraced Pakistani scientist, the New York Times reported.
“This is the Libya model,” the Times quoted a senior administration official as saying, referring to Libya’s decision in late 2003 to turn over all of the equipment it had purchased from the secret nuclear network run by Abdul Qadeer Khan, to produce fuel for a nuclear bomb. -Reuters, Feb 2007
CNN’s Ben Wedeman is the first Western journalist to enter Libya:
“Your passports please,” said the young man in civilian clothing toting an AK-47 at the Libyan border. “For what?” responded our driver, Saleh, a burly, bearded man who had picked us up just moments before. “There is no government. What is the point?” He pulled away with a dismissive laugh.
On the Libyan side, there were no officials, no passport control, no customs. I’ve seen this before. In Afghanistan after the route of the Taliban, in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Government authority suddenly evaporates. It’s exhilarating on one level; its whiff of chaos disconcerting on another.
“I am in Tripoli and not in Venezuela. Do not believe the channels belonging to stray dogs….I wanted to say something to the youths at the Green Square (in Tripoli) and stay up late with them but it started raining. Thank God, it’s a good thing.”
SARAH Brown’s diary is being serialised in the Daily Mail. She wants to talk about her time living rent free in the middle of London with Gordon Brown. The Guardian writes:
A Stakhanovite prime minister might have thought the nation would pay for his bacon rolls when he was toiling on its behalf to steady the world’s economy.
Sarah Brown’s diary of life in No 10, serialised in the Daily Mail, shows that when her husband was at work, officials asked her to provide breakfast. She refused, saying the prime minister was not technically “at home”, and was later bemused to get a bill for 200 breakfasts they had provided.
COLONEL Gaddafi has ordered his own people to be murdered. The reports are of more than 300 dead. The world is outraged. But that number is not far off the 270 murdered in the Lockerbie bombing. Is the world still outraged by that? Are our political elite still demanding action on that?
On 21 December 1988, Pan Am flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland. Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was head of security for Libyan Arab Airlines. In 2001, he was sentenced at a Scottish court sitting in a disused US air base, Camp Zeist, in the Netherlands.
Libya admitted responsibility and paid compensation to the victims. Al-Megrahi said he was innocent. But his appeal was never heard. He dropped it.
LIBYA: This is today’s AFP/Getty picture in yet another brilliant Guardian piece on the Libya uprisings.
This is Saif al-Islam Gaddafi (The Sword of Islam) on Libya’s state television station. He says civil war is close unless order is restored. He’s wrong of course. When 250 people are murdered by State troops it has gone beyond a civil disturbance.
Muammar Gaddafi’s son was on the box to defend his father’s 41-year rule of Libya as protests spread to the capital Tripoli following the bloody and terrifying murders of protesters in Benghazi. The death toll is thought to be over 250.
SO. There was David Cameron using his position as Chief Big Society to sidle up to Kevin Spacey, artistic director of The Old Vic, and hand him a Big Society Award outside No 10 Downing Street. The actual award looks designed to be stuck to the bumper of a car.
Perhaps that’s what the Big Society (BS) is – a slogan to follow.
KIM Jong Il has yet to declare war on Justin Bieber for the singing foetus’s slight on his country. And No. 1 Kim is not letting it spoil his birthday. He’s got his party hat on. He’s opening his gift.
Russian mascot Dmitri Medvedev, has sent him this message:
Respected Your Excellency Kim Jong Il,
I congratulate you on your birthday.
I believe that you would make contribution to strengthening and developing the traditional Russia-DPRK good-neighborly relations at the responsible post of chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission in the future, too.
I wish you good health and success in your important and responsible work.
DAVID Cameron’s been at Toynbee Hall to make a speech on welfare reform. Dave humbly calls it “the most ambitious, fundamental and radical changes to the welfare system” since it was created.
It might be part of Dave’s Big Society. But no-one understands what Big Society means, least of all Dave who says it’s his “mission in politics”. When you’re mission is a vague mish-mash of cloudy bollocks, achieving it may be possible or impossible. The bollocks may even be the mission.
TIME for a bit of TV news fakery. YouTube user SaveOurSovereignty3 noticed that when Texas Congressman Ron Paul defeated mainstream Republican Mitt Romney in the CPAC straw poll 2011, Fox News reported the booing that followed the announcement of his name. Only, the TV people used film of people booing at the 2010 event.
IN Syria – the place George Galloway says “represents the last castle of the Arab dignity and the Arab rights” – 19-year-old blogger Tal al-Molouhi has been jailed for five years. Her crime? Revealing information to a foreign country.
Molouhi was charged with “revealing information that should remain hushed to a foreign country“.