Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
RUSSIA’S anti-gay laws are, clearly, bloody preposterous. Quite why Putin & Co would be so worried about who-fancies-who is beyond any logic or reason. Making the whole thing weirder and worse is that small matter of the Sochi Winter Olympics, a tournament steeped in corporate bon homie and a woolly notion of oneness and togetherness.
HOW newspaper editorial meetings work: you just cover all angles and publish everything to fit your agenda:
The Guardian editorial, July 26, 2013:
There is no public right to know where the Camerons, the Cleggs or the Milibands are heading over the next few weeks – and nor is it a matter of public interest. The assumption that politicians have to release the details of their holidays, or that the media have a right to report them, is not some ancient liberty conceded at swordpoint in 1215. Baldwin could go to Aix-les-Bains, Churchill to Monte Carlo, Attlee to north Wales and John Major to Portugal without their choices necessarily generating a news story. Today’s politicians, by contrast, are either badgered into revealing where and how they spend their downtime or, even worse, calculate there may be some advantage in it, a trend Bill Clinton rashly started.
The Guardian, July 27, 2013:
The front-page tells readers that Dave and Sam are on family holiday in Aljezur, Portugal:
Sydney Leathers Tweet and tell: 10 ways to get Anthony Weiner to send you a signed picture of his dick
EVER wondered how to get inside Hillary Clinton’s knickers? Or how about sex with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Fancy a bunk up with Tony Blair but never managed to pluck up the courage? Well, help is at hand. Sydney Leathers, recipient of Anthony Weiner’s dirty photos and texts, has published her 10 Secrets for Seducing a Politician. The old guide featured wearing a football strip (David Mellor), twanging your thong (Monica Lewinsky) or walking too close to Silvio Berlusconi (your name here). The new guide is here.
Politicians’ huge and hardworking staffs should prick up their ears. On day you’re employer could be identified by his penis alone. Now that’s a special kind of fame. One day your children will ask where you where when the President first showed everyone his knob:
#1: Indulge his crazy alter-ego, and whatever you do, don’t laugh at him. When in doubt, use a smiley-face and tell him you actually mean it.
It’s hard sometimes, but you have to keep a straight face. Like, Anthony would thank me every time he had an orgasm. I don’t think I ever said “You’re welcome.” Who thanks someone after an orgasm?
M’LORDS are now referring to each other by their twitter names:
Baroness Stowell of Beeston (Conservative)
My Lords… the noble Baroness, Lady Basildon, has given notice that she wishes to debate this order again today, so it may be helpful if I briefly remind the House of the order’s intention.
Baroness Smith of Basildon (Labour)
My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for her explanation. I should point out that I am only “Lady Basildon” on Twitter; it is usually Smith, but I am pleased to have the Minister as a follower on Twitter.
Baroness Stowell of Beeston (Conservative)
My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Smith of Basildon. My apologies for using her Twitter moniker in the Chamber; I will avoid doing that again.
IN November 1978, Jet magazine spoke with Presidential candidate, Black Panther, Moonie, Republican, Mormon, creator of the religion Christlam and producer creator Penis Pants, one Eldridge Cleaver:
Life is just a chain of daisies when you slip into (careful, now) these revolutionary hot pants – with their ever-so-daring accent provacateur – just unveiled by famous radical designer Edridge Cleaver of Paris. They’re bad, they’re mad, they’re up front (but never out of sight)… and, of course, they’re for men only… REAL men… the three-fisted variety. ‘There’s no mistaking they are men’s pants,’ says M. Cleaver (seen here modeling a high-waisted two-tone pair of ‘Cleavers’ with side zipper and matching ‘appurtenance.’ ‘The pants that men wear now will be seen as girls’ pants after my models are sold. And don’t forget…heavy on the starch!”
BARACK Obama says that race relations are going to get worse in America unless… The White House Dossier reports:
President Obama said that if economic prescriptions of the type he supports to increase economic growth and reduce “income inequality” are not adopted, then race relations in the United State may deteriorate further.
“If we don’t do anything, then growth will be slower than it should be. Unemployment will not go down as fast as it should. Income inequality will continue to rise,” Obama said in an interview published Sunday by the New York Times. “Racial tensions won’t get better; they may get worse, because people will feel as if they’ve got to compete with some other group to get scraps from a shrinking pot. If the economy is growing, everybody feels invested, ” he said.
THE more of Anthony Weiner’s campaign team we meet, the more we want new Yorkers to vote for him to be mayor. (Anorak feels a Clarke Count-style letter writing campaign coming on. Vote Weiner for better tabloid news and dick shots.)
Having met Barbara Morgan, Weiner’s “slutbag” finder, we hear more from Sydney Leathers (photos), the women he polled, albeit in virtual sexts, and we knew – just knew – will end up in a dirty mag or film. (Rumours are that she’s talking to porno producers.)
WHAT could be the matter with Home Secretary Theresa May? Whatever it is, it sounds terrible. The Mail on Sunday leads with:
“THERESA MAY: MY SHOCKING ILLNESS!”"
Bad news for her. We wish her well. But is diabetes all that shocking, and worthy of a front-page splash?
The Mail then makes a career women who works and thrives in a tough world sound weak and wallowing:
My shocking illness: Home Secretary Theresa May reveals she has Type 1 diabetes and needs daily injections… but vows to continue her political career
She is “courageous”. She will “soldier on”.
Putting a brave face on her condition, workaholic vicar’s daughter Mrs May….said: ‘It doesn’t and will not affect my ability to do my work. I’m a little more careful about what I eat and there’s obviously the injections but this is something millions of people have… I’m OK with needles, fortunately.’
The Mail, however, is terrified of them.
Theresa, we have news: Marijuana could prevent diabetes and control insulin. Go on. Give it a whirl…
FINALLY, Charles Clarke, the former Labour Home Secretary, has been honoured with a statue worthy of his talent.
ANTHONY Weiner shows people his penis on twitter. A Weiner wants to be mayor of New York City. You might laugh at the nominative determinism. We did. But what about others who dared to dick around in office?
Bill Boner was mayor of Nashville:
Ft. Wayne’s former mayor Harry Baals was the story of a troublesome erection:
ANTHONY Weiner wants to be Mayor of New York. In auditioning for the job, he has shown his erect penis on twitter. Is that enough for New York’s voters to trust him? Will he have to do more, like dress up in drag (Mayor Giuliani)? Hire hookers (Governor Eliot Spitzer) or take bribes (Mario Biaggi). What next?
DAVID Cameron wants to protect us from online porn. Citizens of the Bansturbation UK will have to tell their ISPs their ISPs if they want to see smut.
“I’m not making this speech because I want to moralize or scaremonger, but because I feel profoundly as a politician, and as a father, that the time for action has come. This is, quite simply, about how we protect our children and their innocence,” Cameron said.
Oliver Wright reports:
Under his proposals, by the end of next year all households will have to “opt out” of automatic porn filters, which would come as standard with internet broadband and cover all devices in a house. Possession of the most extreme forms of adult pornography will become an offence, while online content will have the same restrictions as DVDs sold in sex shops. To tackle child abuse images, search engines have been told they will have to redact results from specific searches, while anyone accessing websites shut down by the police for containing such images will see a message warning them that what they were doing was illegal.
But what does it mean in practice? What about Mommy Porn – the porn that is acceptable to even anti-Page 3 campaigners like Harriet Harman?
Mr Cameron said he did not “believe” written pornography, such as erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, would be blocked under the plans. But he added: “It will depend on how the filters work.” … He then added: “I’m not saying we’ve thought of everything and there will be many problems down the line as we deal with this, but we’re trying to crunch through these problems and work out what you can do and can’t do.”
What about other words?
Government adviser John Carr demanded the web giant put child safety before profit and called for a “default” setting that would block access to all porn sites, many of which act as gateways to child pornography.
He said anyone who wanted to view online pornography should have to register for access – making it easier for authorities to track online paedophiles.
Mr Carr added: “Google’s moral leadership is essential. Others would have to follow.”
but is the porn-users register just for pados? Loz Blain notes:
The very fact that your web will effectively be censored unless you specifically ask your provider for access to porn raises all sorts of issues. For starters, the famous British gutter press will be delighted to reveal the names of famous people who have asked for the filter to be disabled. Somewhere, there will be a very useful list of people who are porn users, and one day it will leak.
And Google is an American company. David Nosowitz wonders:
This is absurdly, insultingly presumptuous. A prime minister is demanding a foreign corporation kowtow to his demands and implement a childishly naive proposal based on his own showy morality
As Immanuel Kant said:
“Two things fill my mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe: The starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.”
Has the ban worked elsewhere?
The Australian government’s effort to enact a similar ban has hit all kinds of snags, from coalition partners refusing to support it to several big ISPs refusing to play ball, even with something as universally deplorable as child porn. Things have gotten downright silly Down Under, with the banning efforts extending to erotica that features small-breasted women, which supposedly encourages pedophilia. The resulting joke, of course, is that Australians want their porn stars to have big boobs.
…the former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP), Jim Gamble, said Mr Cameron’s plan to tackle child abuse images by removing results from search engines like Google would be “laughed at” by paedophiles.
“There are 50,000 predators…downloading abusive images on peer-to-peer, not from Google,” he said. “Yet from CEOP intelligence only 192 were arrested last year. That’s simply not good enough.
“We’ve got to attack the root cause, invest with new money, real investment in child protection teams, victim support and policing on the ground. Let’s create a real deterrent. Not a pop-up that paedophiles will laugh at.”
Global Post has a lesson in how to beat the porn ban:
The best option to beat the porn ban and maintain streaming and download speeds, then, is to use a personal VPN client. Not only do they allow the user to choose how many server nodes their connection travels through before reaching the landing page, they also allow them to choose where that server node is located.
The downside is that most of these VPN services will charge a monthly subscription fee.
So. The ban means these VPN companies will get more clients?
Zoe Stavri sees another way:
Let us assume, though, that porn does have the potential to teach those who see it about how they should and should not behave when it comes to sex. Why, then, are we not directing all of our energies into flooding the internet with better porn, which teaches people about consent?
Better porn, then? The Atlantic Wire:
“If you look at countries that ban porn (and ones that don’t), you’ll notice that at best, there’s no clear relationship between banning porn and that country’s treatment of women and children. At worst, a ban on porn is perhaps harmful. For example, take a look at India, where the distribution of porn is illegal. That country has recently become notorious for an epidemic of brutal rapes, some of them against children. Meanwhile, in the United States the incidence of rape declined 85 percent over a period of 25 years while access to pornography has increased, The New York Times reported. The U.K. is probably closer to the U.S. in that stark in comparison, and is regularlyratedas one [of] the top countries in the world for women. That’s not to say that porn is good for gender relations, only that any relationship between banning porn and positive outcomes is unclear.”
BARACK Obama says he is Trayvon Martin, the black unarmed teenager killed by a “white hispanic” vigilante. A Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Martin. Now Obama , who said that the dead youth could have been his son, now says he could have been the dead teenager.
“There are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of being followed in a department store. That includes me.”
Martin was in the street. If you walk through Obama’s White House ‘hood wearing and then get in a fistfight with one of his armed protectors, you may regret it. And he’s got drones. the racial profilers punch in teh data. The robots do the work of the amed and paranoid.
Political memories: Hang Nelson Mandela before it’s too late (and Saddam Hussein was a ‘friendly’ guy)
AS the mawkish and ghoulish media hover around Nelson Mandela’s hospital bed, we look back to when the aged ANC leader was not South Africa’s number one tourist attraction.
This poster was distributed by Britain’s Federation of Conservative Students during the early 1980′s.
In the interests of balance, long-serving Labour MP Tony Benn, a Cabinet Minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, told us that Saddam Hussein was not a bad guy but “very friendly“….
IN the interests of fairness, we balance the Top Ten Sexy Left Wing politicians ever with this picture of Cold Phwoar winner Ronald Regan in his knickers posing at the Fine Arts department of the University of Southern California in 1940.
AUSTIN Mitchell’s Tax Rate Is Lower Than That Of The Prince Of Wales….
A fact which makes his comments in the Commons yesterday really rather interesting.
Mitchell announced that the Prince of Wales pays tax at a lower rate than the poor do. He reached this conclusion by doing something fairly interesting:
Austin Mitchell said that the Prince’s accounts show that he paid less direct and indirect taxes as a percentage of income that the “bottom quartile of households” in Britain.
WHAT does the Conservative Party have to say about single mums? On the Conservatives.com website, there are many words on single mums, but not much sense:
THE 22 most unusual, suggestive and bizarre names in American political history: