Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
HOW’S Obama’s foreing policy on the Middle East going?
The Free Beacon:
Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice rudely mocked Israel’s ambassador during a recent meeting with an American Jewish leader.
Rice, who is known to dislike the Israeli government, was asked in a recent meeting with a top American Jewish leader why she had not taken meetings with Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer. “Rice responded, with her characteristic sarcasm, ‘He never asked to meet me,’” Haaretz reported Rice as saying. The president’s top aide then mocked Dermer and conservative casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.
“Besides, I understood that he’s too busy traveling to Sheldon Adelson’s events in Las Vegas,” Rice reportedly said with contempt.
Always good to keep your allies on side…
Ed Miliband was on Manchester’s Mosley Street. The Labour Party leader who bangs on about change dropped a few pence into a woman’s cup.
HOW are ISIS doing in the opinion polls? The Times:
One in seven young British adults has “warm feelings” towards Islamic State, according to a poll. Isis is riding a surge of “anti-politics” sentiment among disaffected under-35s who admire the jihadists’ courage, academics warn.
A tenth of Londoners and one in 12 Scots view Islamic State (Isis) favourably, but sympathy for the militant group reaches its highest levels among the under-25s, the Populus survey found.
ELLE magazine has a campaign. It wants men to wear T-shirts declaring themselves feminists. Ed Miliband pulled one on. Nick Clegg pulled one on. But David Cameron didn’t. Good for him. Perhaps he saw it for the bollocks it is. Or peharps he just thought ordering an Xtra Large a bit revealing.
Today ELLE magazine asks:
“Why is David Cameron so afraid to call himself a feminist?”
IN Turkey – the UK and US’s ally – cartoonist Musa Kart has been arrested for “insulting” President Erdogan with a cartoon of the esteemed leader as a hologram looking on as a robbery takes place. It’s refence to a story on corruption in low places.
(If you think hurling an insult should not be a crime, you need to take a look at what passes for law breaking on Twitter. Turkey might not be so different to the UK )
Freedom of Speech is all important. Cartoonists came out on support of Kart on the #erdogancaricature hashtag. Erdogan alleged Kart was guilty of “insulting through publication and slander”.
REMEMBER those hanging Chads? Well, they swing both ways:
Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead.
“While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” said Moynihan. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”
While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race. It is unknown if the machine in question (#008958) has been removed from service or is still in operation.
Vote early and vote often!
TONY Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, and former Oxford University boxer, says he will “shirt-front” Vladimir Putin at the next G20 shindig in Australia.
The term “shirt-front” is used to describe a front–on charge at an opponent in Australian Rules Football intended to knock the opponent to the ground. “I’m going to shirt-front Mr Putin,” Tony Abbott told reporters yesterday. He was describing his intention to press Mr Putin over the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine in July by what is thought to have been a missile fired by Russian separatists.
“I am going to say to Mr Putin: Australians were murdered,” he said.
UKIP MP, turncoat and man of Clacton Douglas Carswell likes comparing the Conservative Party to things.
HMV. No – ho-ho – not HIV. The UKippers’ leader Nigel Farage wants AIDs sufferers banned from the UK. This is another version of His Master’s Voice, the old record shop chain:
“To use a metaphor, I think it’s a bit like HMV, once ubiquitous when it came to buying music. The way the Tory party is retailing politics is like the way HMV retailed music. It’s a defunct retail model.”
BROOKS Newmark MP continues to be front-page news. The Tory MP exposed (literally) in a sexting sting is on the Mirror’s front page:
The headline tells readers:
“I craved thrill of sex texts”: Disgraced Tory MP Brooks Newmark reveals he’s seeking psychiatric help…
Sex shame Tory MP Brooks Newmark last night told how he is “battling demons” and is seeking psychiatric help after a woman claimed he sent her a naked selfie. The dad-of-five admitted “craving adrenaline and risk” and blamed work stress for his “increasingly erratic behaviour”.
UKIP welcome you to Clacton-on-Sea:
Spotter: David Schneider
FACES of the day:
Douglas Carswell, chats with members of the Monster Raving Looney party after winning the Clacton constituency parliamentary by-election held at Clacton town hall in Essex. Date: 10/10/2014.
For more bigotry and intolerance, vote UKIP.
WALES online journalist Aled Jones has news of a Muslim Ghandi:
EVEN though Kim Jong Un is the Sexiest Man Alive, has a weakness for cheese and was probably born in a lotus flower while scoring a hole in one as a sperm before emerging as a flying baby, let us not forget that he’s completely mental.
North Korea’s premier is a man who likes to keep his people under his waddling, hypnotic spell, while plotting constant war. You see, when you have everything and everyone is cow-eyed in your presence, the threat of nuclear war is probably the only thing you’ve got that gets the blood pumping around your regal underpants.
ONE of the big problems with feminism is that women like to spend great chunks of the debate, attacking each other. Of course, any movement needs criticism to adapt and sharpen the mind for future debates, but isn’t it a bit sad to see women trying to pull other women down, when ostensibly, their aims are the same?
And so to Annie Lennox, who said that she isn’t very impressed with Beyonce calling herself a feminist.
Prime Minister David Cameron prepares his keynote speech in his hotel room before his speech at tomorrow’s Conservative Party’s annual conference at the ICC in Birmingham. Picture date: Tuesday September 30, 2014. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Cameron still trying to put the finishing touches to his speech… pic.twitter.com/ck217jx2f5
— The Media Blog (@TheMediaTweets) September 30, 2014
NEWS of a Tory “sex scandal” whets the appetites. But in these dull times it’s a sex scandal without any sex. Tory MP for Braintree, Essex, Brooks Newmark sent a photo of himself to an undercover male reporter posing as a female Party worker called Sophie.
The Telegraph says it was a tabloid sting.
And remarkably, it worked. The middle-aged father of five really did think a young woman wanted to see his knob for her sexual gratitification. What occurs over Party conference season to make an intelligent man reveal his private member to a stranger? Are politicans that vain? Do they have groupies?
DO you think Ed Miliband is bit of a weirdo because he’s a Jew? Rachel Sylvester writes in the Times:
Privately, he suspects that anti-semitism may be behind some of the hostility towards him – he talks about how as the child of Jewish immigrants, he cannot say his family has “sat under the same oak tree for 500 years”. The sense that he is an “outsider” may, he believes explain in part the descriptions by some people of him as “weird”.
Privately? Does he do anything privately?
AND lo it came to pass: Trinity Mirror has admitted that some of its staff were involved in ilegal phone hacking.
The righteous Daily Mirror – the self-styled “intelligent tabloid” – will compensate Shane Richie, Shobna Gulati, Lucy Benjamin and Alan Yentob for listening into their private phone calls.
The company publishes titles including the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People.
And you know who writes for the tusty Mirror? Yep, it’s mullet-thumping, secretary-shagging, love-cheat John Prescott, champion of the surveillance-happy Government that watched us via ubiquitous CCTV, thought ID cards a good idea and brought about the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.
Prezza hates sooping.
HOW’S that pledge not to be like Mitt Romney going?
Two months before the 2012 presidential election, Vice President Biden warned on the campaign trail that Mitt Romney wanted to go to war with Syria…
“He said it was a mistake to set an end date for our warriors in Afghanistan and bring them home. He implies by the speech that he’s ready to go to war in Syria and Iran,” Biden said in his speech.
Biden also went after the Republican presidential nominee when Romney called Russia America’s “number one geopolitical foe.”
“He wants to move from cooperation to confrontation with Putin’s Russia,” Biden said. “And these guys say the president’s out of touch? Out of touch? Swiss bank account, untold millions in the Cayman Islands. Who’s out of touch, man?”
THIS advert for Americans for Shared Prosperity is great.
The woman is trying to get back on her feet, trapped, as she seems to be, in an airy, stylish apartment of the type most Britishers recognise from magazines about fine living, home decer and Jennifer Aniston’s womb.
THIS will come as a surprise to some and as a simple confirmation of reality to others. For it appears that our Prime Minister is simply ignorant of the constraints which the law puts around him.
The SWA, whose 56 members employ 35,000 people in Britain, argues that minimum unit pricing would be illegal under EU trade rules as it would amount to a domestic barrier to free trade.
In the letter, the trade organisation stresses that efforts in the past by other countries such as the Netherlands to introduce minimum pricing have been rebuffed by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
This is all about that idea of having minimum pricing for alcohol. We who actually understand that much of our law is now made in Brussels, not London, have been pointing this out for years. All those people arguing for that minimum pricing are simply being ignorant as well as stupid.
SIR Gerald Howath, a former defence minister and current Tory MP fo Aldershot, who said Enoch Powell’s 1968 ‘rivers of blood’ speech was spot on, has turned his eye to Joanna Lumley, the actress who campaigned for Gurkhas’ rights.
Lumley was part of a succesful camapaign calling for Gurkhas who retired before 1997 the right to settle in the UK.
Sir Gerald Howarth wonders:
“Many of my constituents feel extremely aggrieved that Joanna Lumley ran this campaign, this very emotional campaign. She has been nowhere near Aldershot since, as far as I am aware. The problem does not lie with the younger, recently retired veterans, who speak good English…
“The problem arises with the older former Gurkhas … generally unable to speak English, virtually no job prospects, unfamiliar with our customs and often with failing health, inevitably because they are elderly.”
ARE respective SNP and UKIP leaders Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage two peas in the same pod?
In his book Civilisation and Its Discontents, Freud wrote: “It is clearly not easy for man to give up the satisfaction of this inclination to aggression. They do not feel comfortable without it . . . I once discussed the phenomenon that it is precisely communities with adjoining territories, and related to each other in other ways as well, who are engaged in constant feuds and in ridiculing each other — like the Spaniards and the Portuguese, for instance, the north Germans and the south Germans, the English and the Scots. I gave this phenomenon the name of ‘the narcissism of minor differences’.”
What Freud meant is that we often hate most intensely those who most resemble us..
So, for example, the “English” political movement that the Scottish nationalists most affect to hate is Ukip: its leader, Nigel Farage, was at severe risk of being beaten to a pulp by demonstrators when he ventured to Edinburgh last year, eventually seeking sanctuary in a pub (not for the first time). Yet Salmond and Farage use exactly the same arguments about “an out-of-touch Westminster elite” — and the rising tide of support for both men rests on that common method of rhetorical appeal.
Far from being polar opposites, they are two political peas in a pod. The most noticeable difference, perhaps, is only that the thuggish element of Scottish nationalism more closely resembles the English Defence League than it does the beery bourgeois burghers of Ukip.
They are great foes, these men, and it’s not difficult to see why. While Farage seeks to reduce immigration, thwart the EU and claw back powers for the United Kingdom, Salmond wants Scotland to leave the UK and join the EU as an independent country. Farage is superficially every bit the SNP caricature: a southern Englander with a background in London’s financial sector. He is seemingly the opposite of everything the SNP likes to think of itself as: progressive, tolerant, open-minded, and with a profound concern for the welfare state.
Yet the more you hear them, the more you realise that they are part of the same phenomenon, the same populist wave that has swept Europe this year: the revolt of the dispossessed against the elites.
Two charismatic, street-fighters shunned by the London establishment – astute, populist campaigners who have grasped and exploited the growing disillusionment with the political system, and old-style ways associated with the centuries-old House of Commons.
Vote now and vote often…
THIS New York Times op-ed about Iraq by candidate Barck Obama in 2008 is worthy of mention:
MCCAIN: “The differences on Iraq in this campaign are deep. Unlike Senator John McCain, I opposed the war in Iraq before it began, and would end it as president. I believed it was a grave mistake to allow ourselves to be distracted from the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban by invading a country that posed no imminent threat and had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks. Since then, more than 4,000 Americans have died and we have spent nearly $1 trillion. Our military is overstretched. Nearly every threat we face — from Afghanistan to Al Qaeda to Iran — has grown.”