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Australian MP Gary Gray Eats His Own Hair

AUSTRALIAN MP and Opposition spokesman for resources  – get this – Gary Gray (the man’s name is a master of efficiency both in government and Scrabble) has been eating his own hair. Or maybe he’s been eating something found on his hair, like grubs or jam?

YouTube link.

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Posted: 21st, November 2013 | In: Politicians, Strange But True | Comment

Dukakis And The Tank: Never Put Your Candidate In A Hat



IN 1988. Democrat Michael Dukakis rode an M1A1 tank in 1988. He wanted to be President. He looked like a fool.



Vice President George H.W. Bush laughed his socks off. And his team went to work.

Roger Ailes, now at Fox News, ran Bush’s media team. The Boston Globe wrote on The Brains Of The Bush Offensive Strategist Roger Ailes Remade The Candidate:

The idea came to Roger Ailes in the middle of the night, an apt moment of inspiration for a media Prince of Darkness. Why not use footage from one of Gov. Michael S. Dukakis’ most maligned campaign photo opportunities in an advertisement for Vice President George Bush?

Thus, the most recent negative television commercial produced by the Bush campaign shows a helmeted Dukakis riding in a tank, looking like Snoopy, as Elizabeth Drew of the New Yorker put it. The ad ends with a tight shot of Dukakis, wearing the helmet and a silly grin, and the words: “Now he wants to be our commander in chief. America can’t afford that risk.”

Ailes laughs with pride when told the ad is brutal in its contempt for Dukakis.



He knew and his son knew, too:





Posted: 20th, November 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment

Twitter Is Not A Good Pace For David Cameron – 10 Great First Responses To Dave’s Tweets

HOW’S David Cameron getting along on Twitter. Well, you dip your toe in the effluent and it comes up yellow…


Cameron's Twitter blunder

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Posted: 20th, November 2013 | In: Politicians, Technology | Comment (1)

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address In Photo


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

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: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

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, Politicians, Reviews | Comment

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: Celebrities, Politicians | Comment (1)

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


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: Politicians | Comment

Caption Challenge: David Cameron In India

DAVID Cameron’s in India. Caption this:



Posted: 15th, November 2013 | In: Caption Competition, Politicians | Comments (3)

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


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: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

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

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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: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

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

Vendetta Mask

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.


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.


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: Politicians, Reviews, The Consumer | Comment

Obamacare V Humana: Libertarians Were Right

HOW’S Obamacare working out for you?





Posted: 9th, November 2013 | In: Money, Politicians, Reviews | Comment

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!

trains that look like david cameron

Posted: 7th, November 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)

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


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

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

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


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.'”


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Posted: 5th, November 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

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.

progressive party

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Posted: 5th, November 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment

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

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

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

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.


Posted: 30th, October 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment

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