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Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address In Photo

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THE Gettysburg Address happened 150 years ago. On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln made his speech at a dedication to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, where thousands of Union soldiers were laid to rest. The Gettysburg battle saw federal forces fighting back a Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania.

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Posted: 19th, November 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Martin Bashir Apologises For Inviting Men To Poo In Sarah Palin’s Mouth

MARTIN Bashir apologises for his comment on Sarah Palin. Bashir works for MSNBC. He’s not a journalist. He’s an opinion massager blessed with all the circumspection of a dog eyeing a lamppost. Bashjir said Palin has the “well-established reputation as a world class idiot”.

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Posted: 19th, November 2013 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


JFK’s Assassination: The Story Of The Umbrella Man

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PRESIDENT John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963

Close to the shooting was a man carrying an open umbrella.

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Posted: 19th, November 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Oprah Winfrey: People ‘Disrespect’ Obama Because He’s Black (But Wanting Bush Dead Was OK)

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OPRAH Winfrey tells the BBC that President Barack Obama attracts “disrespect” because he’s black.

“There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs. And that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African American. There’s no question about that and it’s the kind of thing nobody ever says but everybody’s thinking it.”

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Posted: 17th, November 2013 | In: Barack Obama, Celebrities, Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


New York Times Says Obama Mispeaks, Makes An Inocrrect Promise But Never Lies

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HOW news reporting works. The New York Times told readers that Barack Obama has been economical with the actualité over his Obamacare plans:

Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that.

Can you clearly misspeak?

The NYT regrets the error and now reports

The split between lawmakers and the White House reflects the dilemma the president finds himself in as he seeks to follow through on last week’s acknowledgment about his incorrect promise on health care coverage.

Spotter: Iowahawk.

Posted: 16th, November 2013 | In: Barack Obama, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Caption Challenge: David Cameron In India

DAVID Cameron’s in India. Caption this:

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Posted: 15th, November 2013 | In: Caption Competition, Politicians | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why Have The Tories Been Hiding All Their Speeches Under Their Beds?

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ONCE, politicians were thrilled with their speeches. They’d be written down and shared and MPs would pat themselves on the back, all the way to the House of Lords.

However, the Conservatives have been acting really weird and looking for all the world like they’re ashamed of their past.

They have attempted to erase a record of all party speeches from the internet; the ones given in the decade before they came to power. What are they up to?

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Posted: 13th, November 2013 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Poppy Cocks: The ‘Demeaning’ Row Over Google’s Poppy Day Tribute

poppy cock Poppy Cocks: The Demeaning Row Over Googles Poppy Day Tribute

THE other week I watched a troop of people working out how they could make poppies appear over the banner mastheads of every single one of their websites without having to re-upload all the images through the CMS. I sat there pondering who would actually complain if it turned out that your website didn’t have an extra little graphical adornment for a few days a year.

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Posted: 12th, November 2013 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Guy Fawkes Vendetta Mask: Guess What Poor People’s Sweat Shop They’re Made In?

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YOU can buy a V for Vendetta Mask on Amazon for £1.42 to £4.85.

It’s the mask sported by anti-capitalist protestors. It is also the mask from the film V For Vendetta:

A shadowy freedom fighter known only as “V” uses guerrilla tactics to fight against his terrorist, totalitarian society. Upon rescuing a girl from the secret police, he also finds his best chance at having an ally.

The Warner Bros film cost $54m to make.

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A cut of every mask sold goes to Warner Brothers. Another cut of every one sold on Amazon goes to Amazon – the company that paid £2.4m in corporate taxes last year, the online retailer’s accounts show, despite making sales of £4.3bn.

The tax bill was almost as much as the £2.5m in government grants Amazon received over the same period, according to a Companies House filing.

So. Buying that mask to wear as a protest against capitalism and corporate greed profits the very companies you dislike.

Rubies Costume Company, which makes the mask, sells around 100,000 a year worldwide, and 16,000 in the UK, according to spokesman Steve Kitt, who seems a little concerned that any association with activists might harm the company’s image.

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They’re happy?

“We sell over 100,000 of these masks a year, and it’s by far the best-selling mask that we sell,” said Howard Beige, executive vice president of Rubie’s Costume, a New York costume company that produces the mask. “In comparison, we usually only sell 5,000 or so of our other masks.” The Vendetta mask, which sells for about $6 at many retailers, is made in Mexico or China, Mr. Beige said.

Mr. Beige said he did not know why the mask was so popular until recently. “We just thought people liked the ‘V for Vendetta’ movie. Then one morning I saw a picture of these protesters wearing the mask in an online news article,” he said. “I quickly showed my sales manager.”

The masks are being manufactured in bulk in a factory in Brazil.

Isn’t this all a little… hypocritical?

The pro-Anonymous account @youranoncentral tried to stem Twitter’s tide:

“Hey look everyone, our masks were made in some factory in a developing nation. We are the only hypocrites.” (see here)

And a number of people came out with views similar to Reddit user sayheykid24, who wrote: “How do people think the masks were made? Did they think they were lovingly handcrafted by anti-corporate artisans, or something?”

It’s true that Anonymous are not the only hypocrites. But not all hypocrites are entirely dependent on having a moral leg to stand on. Some, like big corporations, have other resources. But punishing other people’s bad behaviour is Anonymous’s recruiting message – join them, they suggest, and you are on the side of the good guys. This means that the group stands and falls on its integrity – and if it can’t afford to play by it’s own rules, it certainly can’t afford to break them.

How can Anonymous break out of the system?

Just be careful who you buy the ink, pinter, paint and paper off?

Posted: 10th, November 2013 | In: News, Politicians, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Obamacare V Humana: Libertarians Were Right

HOW’S Obamacare working out for you?

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Spotter

Posted: 9th, November 2013 | In: Money, News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


David Cameron Looks Like: This Toy Train

REMEBR when we told you that Ed Miliband looks like a train, and other inanimate objects? Well Ruth Oswald Wareham tweets:

My friend’s son appears to own David Cameron in train form!

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Posted: 7th, November 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Obama Caught Lying Over Obamacare: At Least Nixon Made An Effort

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BARACK Obama is not a liar. He’s just economical with the actualité:

President Barack Obama told his enthusiastic supporters Monday night that he never promised what video recordings show him promising at least 29 times. The videos show Obama promising 300 million Americans that “if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan, period.”

But that’s not what he really said, Obama announced Monday…

Here’s the chart:

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Says Obama to the “folks”:

Posted: 6th, November 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Official President Assad Instagram Caption Contest

PRESIDENT Assad of Syria is a cool guy.  His wife is a fragrant “rose in the desert“. On Assad’s Instagram account, we get this photo below of the man, the woman and the child who they are neither molesting nor murdering with toxic gases or bullets. Anyone who says they are is a dirty liar.

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Posted: 5th, November 2013 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How’s ‘Making Government Cool Again’ Working Out For Obama?

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HOW’S coolness working out for Obama?

On September 11, 2008, Ben mMith write in Politico:

“Barack Obama addressed the wide distaste for government… ‘Our campaign from the beginning has been about changing government,’ he said, recalling some great accomplishments of American government: Civil rights legislation, the interstate highway system, and the National Park system. Obama would, he said, ‘transform Washington’ and ‘make government cool again.’”

Again?

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Posted: 5th, November 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Progressive Party Posters Do Down The Municipal Reformers In These 1907 Posters

IN 1907, the Progressive Party campaigned for the London County Council Elections.

It was founded in 1888 by a group of Liberals and leaders of the labour movement. It was also supported by the Fabian Society, and Sidney Webb was one of its councillors. In the first elections of the London County Council (LCC) in January 1889 the Progressive Party won 70 of the 118 seats. It lost power in 1907 to the Municipal Reform Party (a Conservative organisation) under Richard Robinson.

The Westminster Gazette featured this advert from the Party. “Electors, beware of false names and Vote Progressive’,” declared the message.

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Posted: 5th, November 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Obamacare Call Centres Screening People With Certain Names

JIM Angle of Fox News, recalls his experiences calling Obamacare’s 800 number:

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Posted: 4th, November 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Brent Is A Fracking Free Zone But Cattle Ranchers Eye Barnet

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THE London borough of Brent is now a fracking-free zone.

A council spokesman said: “This is where it gets a bit hazy. Theoretically, Brent Friends of the Earth should let us know…It probably would not happen in Brent because it’s quite a built-up part of northwest London, although there are a lot of parks.”

This is good news for Brent Friends of the Earth, which had used placards and shouting to picket the council’s office. Their spokesperson adds: “I’m trying to remember the source. But I think Edgware was one of the areas being considered, along with Croydon.”

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Posted: 2nd, November 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chinese Official Shrinks 103-Year-Old Woman In Epic Photoshop Fail

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TO Ningguo, a city in Anhui province, China, to see Chinese Communist Party official and deputy mayor Wang Ju meet an elderly constituent. You can see this photo of Wang meeting the 103-year-old Cheng Yanchun in his in-house organ at the Civil Affairs Department, which he is in charge of.
Wow. She sure is small.

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Posted: 31st, October 2013 | In: Politicians, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Flashback: Little Lord Franklin Delano Roosevelt And Budgy Ride His Pet Donkey In A Short Skirt

FLASHBACK 1884:  Future President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 2, perches on a pet donkey with his dog Budgy.

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Before The Trumpet:

At five months, Franklin was put into short skirts, “as he liked to kick and feel free to move about.” He had cut two teeth by the end of his first summer, but his mother worried that he was “rather too thin, not as fat as a baby ought to be”; he would, in fact, remain remarkably slender until middle age. By November he was trying “to imitate Budgy [Mr. James's white spitz] and the cats and manages to say a semblance of papa and mama.” That same autumn he was taken to his first adult party on a nearby estate. “Baby wanted to dance,” Sara wrote. “I could hardly hold him.” In May of 1883, Franklin walked unaided for the first time and “was quite proud of his accomplishment.”

Franklin had the bad luck to have been born at the height of the fever of sentimentality kindled in American mothers’ hearts by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel Little Lord Fauntleroy. In emulation of its precious hero, Franklin’s mother kept him in dresses and long curls until he was nearly six. Then she dressed him in Scottish kilts and highland caps, and finally reluctantly permitted him to wear.

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Posted: 30th, October 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


October 30: On This Day Father Jerzy Popieluszko Is Found Murdered By Poland’s Secret Police

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ON This Day: October 30:  Jerzy Popieluszko was found. He’d been murdered.

Photo above: Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa appears on the stage of a Warsaw theater in 1980 under a large solidarity banner. Date: 01/01/1980.

 

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Posted: 30th, October 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ed Miliband: Private Dinners For Wealthy Donors Are Why We Need A Free Press

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LAST week, the Financial Times revealed a story many missed. Ed Miliband, the Labour Party leader was talking at a “private dinner” for Labour donors at the Phoenix Palace, a smart eatery in London. There, a bowl of soup can set you back £18.

Ed was talking about newspapers and media coverage of his party and his family:

 

“We’ve got to be willing to call these people out. They are less powerful than people ever thought and they are less powerful now than they were.”

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Posted: 28th, October 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Al Gore’s Climate Reality: 707

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DID you see Al Gore’s 24-Hour Global wARming TV spectacular? No. One of the 707 people who tuned in should own up.

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Posted: 28th, October 2013 | In: Global Warming, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0