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Views on Obama’s Gut-free Syria mission: Help Kickstart World War III and get with change

VIEWS on Obama’s moves on Syria:

Charles Pierce:

“The Gut is a perversion of the notion of an activist president. Active does not mean reflexive. Being an activist does not imply thoughtlessness. Thinking is an activity. Considering all the possibilities can be an extraordinarily active business. (In fact, Neustadt, and through him, John F. Kennedy, had a positive mania for “options.” They thought that deciding among several courses of action was the proper function of leadership.) The Gut is the opposite of that. The Gut feels the right course of action in a situation — “He tried to kill my dad!” “With us or against us!” — and then acts on it. The Gut resists options and the active process of deciding among them. Barack Obama is not a man of The Gut, and it is driving official Washington crazy.”

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Posted: 11th, September 2013 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

Who did vote for Julian Assange in the Australian elections?

A placard showing WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange is set up as voters line up to fill in their ballots at a polling booth at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Australians are voting in a national election that pits a ruling party marred by infighting and a much-maligned carbon tax against a conservative opposition led by a man who has never been particularly popular and has long been polarizing. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

SO. Who did vote for Julian Assange in Australian elections?

As we were told:

The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, would stand a good chance of securing a Senate seat, most likely at the expense of the Greens, a new poll has found …

The UMR poll found 25 per cent of those polled would be likely to vote for Mr Assange if he ran.

He ran:

Assange stood on the Victorian Senate ticket, where his party attracted 25,667 of the primary vote, representing 1.19 per cent of the overall tally.

Who voted for him? And why?

Posted: 11th, September 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)

Snoozenight: Newsnight editor says Rachel Reeves is boring – viewers delighted

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves talks to employees at Manthorpe Engineering near Ripley, Derbyshire today .  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Monday 31stOctober 2011. Picture credit David Jones/PA

NEWSNIGHT editor Ian Katz tweeted that Rachel Reeves, Labour MP for Leeds West and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, is not good telly, even at 11pm when viewers are tying to clear their mind for sleep. Any more of this and the BBC can forget about needing to broadcast golf ever again.

“Tnks … except for boring snoring rachel reeves … playout was fun tho, wasn’t it? telly MUCH netter [sic] than snooooozepapers innit”.

Reeves, who had been interviews by Jeremy Paxman, replied:


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Posted: 10th, September 2013 | In: Politicians, TV & Radio | Comment

John Kerry is Adrian Mole: bombing Syria is an ‘unbelievably small’ non-war – more like a conflict

JOHN Kerry says any attack on Syria wold not be a war. It would be an “unbelievably small” war. Tiny. Hell, it wold be a non-war. It would be a conflict, like the Falklands. Or a row. Not even that. It would be a minor disagreement between US bombers and a gas…

And that is the same Kerry, who compared Assad to Hitler and called this a Munich moment, Fallows notes: 

The concern all along about the administration’s plans has been the gap between the problem it describes — moral outrage, gassing of children, overall carnage — and the response it is proposing. You can talk about that disconnection: Will an attack make a difference? Might it make things worse? I’ve tried to look into such questions in the posts gathered here. Or you could run back-to-back clips of the same Cabinet secretary saying “this is Munich” and “unbelievably small.” It’s unfair to the admirable and usually eloquent Kerry, but in a moment’s slip-up he crystallized a counter-argument.

John Kerry is Adrian Mole, who wrote in his famous diary:

Tuesday April 6th
The nation has been told that Britain and Argentina are not at war, we are at conflict.
I am reading Scoop by a woman called Evelyn Waugh.


I adore ya.
I implore ye
Don’t ignore me.


Posted: 10th, September 2013 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment

Syria: John Kerry blunders into a win for Russia and Obama

US Secretary of State John Kerry touches his head during a joint press conference in London with Foreign Secretary William Hague after they had talks at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the ongoing situation in Syria.

JOHN Kerry, the man whose gravitas is found almost entirely in his hair and ‘thinking face’,  had a thought about Syria.

Asked if there were steps the Syrian president could take to avert an American-led attack, Mr. Kerry said, “Sure, he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week — turn it over, all of it, without delay and allow the full and total accounting.”

Good idea.

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Posted: 10th, September 2013 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

Politicians are just too damn cheap to bribe, hire and lobby

A LITTLE story from across the pond explaining why people bother to bribe and lobby politicians (to the extent that there is actually and difference between the two acts).

So, there’s one of these nutty green things that petrol refineries have to do over there, to blend ethanol into the petrol. And they’ve got to blend a certain amount in: if they don’t they’ve got to go buy a permit for not having blended it in. A bit like the carbon emission permits we’ve got over here. However, there’s not many of those permits for not blending available and they’re getting very expensive.

At which point we find out that one refinery, just the one mind, has been allowed to not have to buy permits and also not blend the ethanol in.

So it was more than a little curious that the EPA, as part of its rule, announced it was exempting just one mystery refinery (out of 143) from this year’s mandate. The dispensation amounts to a significant financial favor to one lucky player, as I wrote in the Journal on Friday. Further reporting has revealed that the refinery is Alon USA Energy’s Krotz Springs facility in Louisiana. There’s reason to wonder why Krotz Springs alone got a deal.

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Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment

Australia’s Sarah Palin steps down after saying ‘Islam’ is a country

Stephanie Bannister

ONE thing you can say about a lot of xenophobes is that they tend to be quite stupid. One Australian election candidate lived up to that notion, saying on TV that she thought Islam is a country.

Unsurprisingly, she’s stepped down.

Stephanie Banister – Australia’s answer to Sarah Palin – was rightly hooted at with derision after she made a huge boob of herself on television. While discussing her views on immigration, not only did she think Islam was a country, but she also confused the Arabic term ‘haram’ (which means ‘forbidden’) with the Qur’an and proudly stated that Jews followed Jesus.

“I don’t oppose Islam as a country but I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia,” Banister said. “Less than 2% of Australians follow haram. Jews aren’t under haram. They have their own religion which follows Jesus Christ.”

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Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

MP Mary McLeod entirely misunderstands the gender pay gap shocker!

mary_macleod payMARY Macleod MP has just shown that she’s got absolutely no clue at all about the gender pay gap:

“The gender pay gap should not exist. But it does, as we were reminded today by the Chartered Management Institute report on corporate pay. It is simply unacceptable for a man to get paid more than a woman for doing the same job.”

It’s not just unacceptable it’s also illegal. And it also doesn’t happen.

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Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment

Syria: Al-Thawra newspaper nails Obama’s ‘historic American retreat’

SYRIA’S Al-Thawra newspaper says Barack Obama has a “sense of implicit defeat and the disappearances of his allies“.

And then it nails him:

“Whether the Congress lights the red or green light for an aggression, and whether the prospects of war have been enhanced or faded, President Obama has announced yesterday, by prevaricating or hinting, the start of the historic American retreat.”

In other news:

 Why didn’t Obama seek congressional authorization before instituting red line?

Obama was explicit in 2007 that Presidents don’t have the authority to act unilaterally except to stop ‘an actual or imminent threat

Obama To Strike Syria; Seeks Congressional Approval. “Obama says he has the authority to act on his own, but believes it is important for the country to have a debate.” 

Oh dear…

Posted: 1st, September 2013 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment (1)

Syria fail: Defence Minister Philip Hammond wants to end chemical attacks from Saddam Hussein

HERE’S Defence Minister  Philip Hammond on Newsnight, talking about stopping further chemical attacks from Saddam Hussein.

High time we dug him up and hit the Iraqi leader with sticks:

Spotter: ProfanitySwan

Posted: 30th, August 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)

Why Marriage? Republican Senator says gays create poverty and violence

Bill SharerNEW MEXICO state Sen. William Sharer (rep.) writes on his blog:

“Procreation through the natural acts of men and women is the unique aspect of marriage.”

He explains that he’s not anti-gay; he’s just pro-straight:

“If we wanted to purposefully establish a culture of poverty and violence we would work to arrange for most children to be born to single teenage mothers with little or no family support. — Oh wait, that is exactly what we have done.”

He then talks about Alexander the Great, a notorious peacenik:

[Alexander the Great] directed his officers to stop “whoring” around and find a local woman to marry.WHY?


“It is only through blood relations that hatred and war will end”. In other words, Alexander the Great thought that marriage was about creating and raising the next generation.

This is the reason for Marriage –

The creation and raising of children who have the best chance to grow to be peaceful, responsible citizens.

He then observes:

“Sex between a man and a woman produces babies – society needs babies – babies need both moms and dads.”

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Posted: 29th, August 2013 | In: Politicians | Comments (2)

Russian athlete defends anti-gay laws

Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva competes in the women's pole vault final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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.

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Posted: 17th, August 2013 | In: Politicians, Sports | Comments (3)

How newspapers work: David Cameron’s family holiday in The Guardian

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:

guardian bullshit



Posted: 7th, August 2013 | In: Politicians | Comments (3)

Sydney Leathers Tweet and tell: 10 ways to get Anthony Weiner to send you a signed picture of his dick

sydney leathers  plan

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?

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Posted: 6th, August 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

M’Lords are now referring to each other by their twitter names in Parliament

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.

Spotter: @davelee

Posted: 6th, August 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Obama threatens a repeat of Trayvon Martin, Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian


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.

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Posted: 1st, August 2013 | In: Money, Politicians, Reviews | Comment

Theresa May has diabetes – the Mail says that’s ‘shocking’

WHAT could be the matter with Home Secretary Theresa May? Whatever it is, it sounds terrible. The Mail on Sunday leads with:


theresa may diabetes

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…



Posted: 28th, July 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)

Eight-metre tall naked man pissing in a river makes waves in Sweden

statue pissing

FINALLY, Charles Clarke, the former Labour Home Secretary, has been honoured with a statue worthy of his talent.

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Posted: 27th, July 2013 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment

Before A. Weiner stood for office there was Bill Boner and Harry Baals

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:


Posted: 26th, July 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

Barack Obama is no Trayvon Martin – he’s a hypocritcal version of George Zimmerman


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.

He says:

“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.

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Posted: 20th, July 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

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.

hang mandela



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“….

Posted: 19th, July 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comments (2)

Austin Mitchell’s tax rate is lower than that of the Prince of Wales

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.

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Posted: 18th, July 2013 | In: Money, Politicians, Royal Family | Comment

Conservatives admit policy on single mothers is just mindless filler

WHAT does the Conservative Party have to say about single mums? On the website, there are many words on single mums, but not much sense:

single mums conservatives



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Posted: 16th, July 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment

The 22 most unusual names in American political history

THE 22 most unusual, suggestive and bizarre names in American political history:


Picture 1 of 22

Govnor teats - mother of the nation

Spotter: The Strangest Names In American Political History

Posted: 11th, July 2013 | In: Flashback, Politicians | Comment (1)

Irish Senator Terry Leyden says Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini were ‘good Christians’

FIANNA Fail Senator Terry Leyden tells the Senead that Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini were “good Christians“:

FIANNA Fail Senator Terry Leyden tells the Senead that Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini were “good Christians“.

And they were in favour of a united Europe, too. Leyden has worked as the spokesperson for European Affairs and Integration Policy.

Posted: 10th, July 2013 | In: Politicians | Comments (4)