Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
IF Herman Cain becomes president of the USA, he may well bomb a country he can’t even be bothered to name. When the order comes he will just order that all countries ending in -stan are obliterated. Hey, it’s what the US voters in Little New Bama Lama Ding Dong want:
DID you know that Bill Clinton has a photographic memory? This is the man who when asked if he had been “alone” with Monica Lewinsky, replied that he could not remember: “I guess we were alone, but I never thought we were.” Of course, Monca was under his desk, allegedly.
In addition to Clinton’s many other talents, he is known for having a near photographic memory. The term gets tossed around a lot, but to actually have the ability is quite rare. According to an article from the Washington Post, Clinton “stunned a friend visiting the White House by saying, ‘Let’s call your parents!’ and then reciting a number he hadn’t dialed in more than a decade.”
OCCUPY Atlanta might just have created the dumbest political protest of all time. Congressman John Lewis has asked to address the crowd. Leiws is leading light of the civil rights movment.
And what a crowd. They do no clapping. Why? Because clapping might “prevent someone else who is addressing the assembly from being heard”. Instead, the do a “signal approval” that sees the crowd raise a hand and wiggle their fingers. Read the rest of this entry »
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OCCUPY Seattle is going great guns. In this video you will see protestors claim the streets – and stop at the crossing. The revolution will begin after coffee and biscuits and the rebels have asked everyone if it’s ok with them:
ASHELY Madison is – without irony – “the most recognized and reputable extramarital affair company”. They will set you up with an extra-marital shag – “Affairs Now Guaranteed! No matter what you look like”. Well, so says the poster in London’s Camden Town – the poster with Mayor Boris Johnson’s face.
Cue the music…
Embattled MP Chris Huhne today tweeted an intriguing message into the public domain and then promptly deleted it. Perhaps he should have DM’d it.
It read: ‘From someone else fine but I do not want my fingerprints on the story. C’
[See timeline to the left, my thanks to @Tweetminster: read top tweet. Click timeline to enlarge]
Rochdale councillor Dale Mulgrew, Sir Cyril’s godson, tells one and all:
“Apart from the plaque that we intend to unveil outside the town hall next month, which really is no more than a small civic commemoration, the town won’t have a totemic, significant memorial in lasting tribute to Cyril’s work. After all, Gracie Fields has a theatre. Clearly, a lot of Cyril’s work over his time was around education, and clearly the new leisure centre will have a schools dimension because it will be used during the day by our local education establishments. This is about a lasting memorial, irrespective of the facility, and Cyril would have promoted the community and social aspects of this building.”
ANORAK loves it when minted rockers talk about politics. This week Primal Scream were upset that the Conservative Party’s Home Secretary Theresa May walked off the stage at the Tory Party conference to the strains of Rocks.
The band issue a statement in Q magazine:
“Primal Scream are totally disgusted that the Home Secretary Theresa May ended her speech at the Tory Party conference with our song ‘Rocks’.How inappropriate. Didn’t they research the political history of our band? Hasn’t she listened to the words? Does she even know what getting your rocks off means? No. She is a Tory; how could she?”
You know how the Times wants us to know that it is not the News of The World – it is, to borrow a phrase of William Hague’s – in News International but not ruled by News International?
Well, Michael Gove, a former Times writer now working as a Tory Cabinet Minister, says Murdoch’s great. And in case Rupert does not get the message – and he should take care when sitting down lest he suffocate Gove – the Times’ sub-editors create the headline:
Murdoch’s a phenomenon and I admire him, says minister
TO Los Angeles, where the City Council is looking for Mike Hunt.
Says local official May Dupname…
THE Occupy Wall Street protest just got odd. The Occupy Wall Stret protest just got odd. Jonah Goldberg explains:
Now, for those who don’t understand what’s happening here, the crowd repeats what the speaker says because the Occupy Wall Streeters are out of/opposed to/not permitted microphones or other voice amplifying technology. This is seen by many as a perfectly good excuse for looking like complete idiots. I’ll let others debate that.
Still, tell me you wouldn’t love it if a speaker yelled “You don’t need to follow anybody! You’re All Individuals!”
Is this how a revolution starts – with an echo?
WHAT odds that when Michelle Obama went along to a supermarket to stock up on vaseline, chips and dental floss an Associated Press photographer should just happen to be there to capture her ordinariness in high resolution images? Given that just looking at the Obamas with anything less than adulation in your dewey eyes is likely to get you ten years in solitary and shot in the face, it seems pretty odd that a stranger should get close enough to point a large black metal device in her direction.
But, then, Obama might well recognise Charles Dharapak, the AP’s photographer in the aisles, from his beat at the White House.
IS Ed Miliband real? Is he a spoof, the work of a comedy genius? Has anyone seen Sacha Baron Cohen lately? Here’s ‘Ed Miliband’ being asked to name all three candidates in the contest to become leader of the Scottish party:
Anyway, at a fundraiser in Los Angeles, Prez Obama was playing it cool to a bunch of supporters when the jovial atmosphere was cut in two when some nutjob started howling “one true Christian God!”, followed by the lovely “antichrist” jibe that’s been thrown Barry’s way on countless occasions.
It seems odd that the openly Christian Obama should get chided with accusations of being the antichrist, but hey ho, that’s fundamentalist American Christians for you.
The Christian man shouts:
“The Christian God is one and only true living God! The creator of heaven and the universe! Jesus Christ is God! Jesus Christ is God! Jesus Christ is still our God! Jesus Christ is still God! You are the Antichrist!”
THE Utah Undie Run aims to show the world that Utah is not all about prudes. Organiser Nate Porter want to change the conservative nature of the state’s politics by getting young people to run and to vote. Salt Lake City is the home of the Mormon church, which is no fan of gay marriage. You want change? Then vote for it. It’s a good idea. The media will follow it because people in their undies is always newsworthy…
We spotted you in your shiny birthday shirt and your wife Jesme flanking former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at Admiralty House in Whitehall. One or more of you is about to dance. One or more of you might be made of wax…
Greenwich’s Conservative leader Spencer Drury says it’s just a PR exercise for the ruling Labour Party. Cllr Drury’s complaint runs:
“In my opinion Greenwich Council continues to publish Greenwich Time in an effort to influence the opinions of people in favour of the Labour Council. It makes no attempt to offer an alternative view on even the most controversial issues. In my opinion Labour justifies GT with a fig leaf of financial jiggery-pokery.”
“Greenwich remains a one party state with its own ‘pravda’. It is a disgrace in a modern democracy that this sort of propaganda is allowed to flourish at the expense of other local papers and subsidised by unsuspecting taxpayers.”
IT’S election time in Bahrain, friend to the UK, haven of human rights, home to the US’s Navy’s Fifth Fleet and venue of a failed Iran-approved Arab spring. The elections do not feature Bahrain’s main opposition party, the Wefaq, which boycotted the elections held to fill 18 parliamentary seats its members vacated after the protests and the Government’s crack down. (The country only has a 40-member Parliament.)
Wowza! Tim was on an alligator hunt in Florida when he captured a huge critter:
Tim only measures 6ft 3ins and weighs 11st compared to the scaly beast’s 12ft 3ins and 57st.
Yeah, Tim,’s only 6ft 3ins high. He’s practically a midget.
He captured the beast using “what his father called ‘his puny bass rod‘”.
Tim then stunned the animal by hitting it with a bang stick – a .44-caliber rifle mounted on a stick.
Then someone called Rusty harpooned the animal.
WHAT is the defining image of the protests against Egypt’s President Mubarak? It is the photos of the Christians and Muslims united for their country? Is it the photos of the camel rider breaking heads in Tahrir Square? Is it the broken heads? The marketing? What about the protest signs? And can anyone forget Glenn Beck’s magnets? Or is it one of these photos of the homemade helmets worn by anti-Mubarak campaigners?
The Mail says:
From glam to ‘gran’: Extraordinary picture shows the toll expenses scandal has taken on ex-Labour MP Margaret Moran
IN the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, former Labour MP for Luton South Margaret Moran sobbed and sobbed and sobbed. She is accused of making £80,000 of fraudulent expenses claims in 21 charges.
The 56-year-old entered no plea. She left the court on unconditional bail to appear at London’s Southwark Crown Court on October 28.
Moran is charged with 15 counts of false accounting and six of forgery.
NICHOLAS Robinson was handed a 6 months’ prison sentence for rioting. He admitted to being “ashamed of his actions“. The water retails at £3.50. Anderson Fernandes, 21, stole two scoops of ice-cream in a cone and handling a stolen vacuum cleaner. He was given a 16-months prison sentence.
Around that time, Lord Hanningfield was relieved from prison, where he served 9 week of a 9 months sentence for nicking £14,000 in a a fraudulent parliamentary expenses. Says Hanningfield: “I did nothing wrong.”
This kind of thing is rife (do write in with your own examples or money in low places):
COUNCIL chief executive Steve Robinson received an extra £13,000 for acting as returning officer at last year’s General Election, despite a fiasco which saw voters denied their right to vote… The council’s accounts show Mr Robinson’s benefits in kind, including his car allowance, rose from £1,000 to £2,000 last year and his employer’s pension contribution rose from £37,000 to £40,000 resulting in an overall £17,000 rise in his financial package of £235,000 compared to the previous year. – Ellesmere Port Pioneer