Thursday, June 29, 2006
Congress Republicans are steering clear of Bush as they struggle to hold their seats in midterm polls
So if Bu$Hitler is so unpopular how come Democrats are so keen to be associated with him:
The Nebraska Democratic Party has introduced a new television commercial that highlights Senator Ben Nelson’s long record of independence. The advertisement notes that even Republican President George W. Bush agrees that Ben Nelson puts the best interests of the American people ahead of partisanship.
It is almost as if the Guardian have chosen to titilate their readers by employing a comically partisan democrat lickspittle to produce 'Bush is doomed!!!" screeds.
Comment is Worthless doesn't blame Dumbya for everything though, somethings are Reagan's fault, as Mark Ames informs us:
These workplace rampages, in which an employee blasts his coworkers, are now a regular feature of American life, yet they are still grossly misunderstood and oddly ignored......
...What changed in the US workplace isn't a sudden influx of guns on the market, or an influx of psychos in the workplace, but rather the most obvious and powerful cultural force of all: Reaganomics.
Update: I've just read the comments to Ames's piece and discovered that the man responsible for the massacre was a recent convert to a new religion. Can anyone possibly guess which one?
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
However the noisiest of the New York Times's critics in this matter is far more intricately connected to terrorism:
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee urged the Bush administration Sunday to seek criminal charges against The New York Times for reporting on a secret financial-monitoring program used to trace terrorists.Peter King may be best known as the IRA's ambassador to the United States. Robert Novak gives a brief summary of his shilling for terrorists:
Rep. Peter King blasted the newspaper's decision last week to report that the Treasury Department was working with the CIA to examine messages within a massive international database of money-transfer records.
The fact that this evil man who supports the murder and torture of women and children, who is on the payroll of a terrorist organisation has the gall to condemn anyone for not being sufficiently committed to defeating terrorism is breathtaking. Say what you like about the New York Times but they aren't actually having a direct debit from Al Quaeda like this corrupt terrorist.
Rep. Peter King of New York, named by Republican leaders to become the House Homeland Security Committee's chairman, was not pressed to explain two decades of support for the terrorist Irish Republican Army and association with the left-wing Sinn Fein, the IRA's political arm.King is the only member of Congress in at least five years to travel at Sinn Fein's expense, taking such trips to Ireland in 2000 and 2001. King's pro-IRA posture goes back to 1986. President Reagan declared that Irish Americans condemn the IRA, and King responded: "When Reagan went to Ireland, he might have spoken for some Irish Americans. But he didn't speak for me."
Friday, June 23, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
The CBC should stop broadcasting professional sports and eventually cut all advertising so it no longer competes with private networks, a Senate committee recommended yesterday......There is no justification for public broadcasting other than to perform tasks that cannot be done adequately by the private sector. If one looks at the magnificent quality of the best US television dramas there is no comparison with what the turgid shows BBC are producing. In sport does anyone believe that the BBC's performance is anywhere close to matching that of SKY?
....CBC-TV should be a public broadcaster that fills niches that no one else can or will fill," Ms. Fraser said after tabling the report, which called on the CBC to be realistic about its role. "Not addressing mandate and budget issues simply pushes the CBC, particularly its television services, to chase for ratings and thus to duplicate services offered by the private sector," the report concluded
As it is the BBC spends ridiculous amounts of money for a very meagre return.
Monday, June 19, 2006
In a flash of inspiration this afternoon I realised this was completely wrong, we should get rid of them altogether. Most of the information they convey is pretty obvious to anyone with eyes in their head, anything else can be flashed up on the screen in writing. Commentary is superfluous. You are probably thinking that you don't want to just listen to crowd noise, I agree, therefore we should replace the commentary with a musical score!
Each player is given his own theme music which is played whenever he has the ball, a bit like in 'The Good, The Bad And The Ugly' where Ennio Morricone gives each character slightly different music which is played in subtley different styles depending on the mood. I was thinking of "Jaws" for Thierry Henry, a samba beat for Ronaldinho or the "Laurel and Hardy" theme for Phil Neville.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Open-toed sandals = unprofessional? Discuss
My opinions is yes, for male teachers at least. I say 'unprofessional' but I suppose I really mean 'disgusting'. Leather elbow patches should go as well.
Friday, June 16, 2006
The only way our prisons can maintain order, security, discipline and control is to give prisoners the opportunity of early release.The sort of people who will be too dangerous for a prison if they don't have the incentives they wish, it is hardly safe to unleah them on the general public. It's as though bomb disposal experts decided that their job would be made safer if they let the public handle the trickier devices.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Though my eyes may have glazed lazily over by about the time the anthems finished I listened with glee as the simile-laden commentator vomited glorious awful on cue, pulling out every Caribean racial stereotype he could muster, even imagining happily that the half time teamtalk would probably consist of the coach telling them all just to "chill". At one point I am convinced Gareth Southgate manfully wrestled him from the microphone just as he was about to launch into "Dem Bois be playin wid sum silkly skills mon" in a deep Rastafarian baritone.
Matthew Turner notes specific examples on his blog including:
The ITV commentator (is it Clive Tyldesley?) has just suggested the T&T half-time team advice from their Dutch manager will be "Hey, just chill". He also added that there would be 'strange scents' from the T&T fan's parties later one. And that - this was Southgate's - they shouldn't be booked for time-wasting as that was the 'natural speed they move at off the pitch'.
Isn't the England versus Trinidad game on ITV? This is car crash tv in prospect. I reckon he's going to black up for the occassion.
Heather Mills was fighting to salvage her reputation yesterday after an onslaught of revelations, including sensational claims that she worked as a high-class prostitute.
The estranged wife of Sir Paul McCartney was in frantic talks with her lawyers after two former vice-girls said she was paid thousands of pounds a night for having sex with wealthy Arab businessmen.
Now after several hours "research" on the web I have discovered that more attractive prostitutes than Heather Mills make no more than a £1000 a night. So has the price of hookers come down in the last 2 decades or have the figures invented by someone to make the transactions sound less sordid?
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Bush and Blair should be ashamed.
Mr Al-Zarqawi may not have been a particularly nice person, but to parade the person of a recently murdered man is shocking and will fuel the insurgency even more.
Kevin Miller, Warrington, United Kingdom
I find it rather stomach-turning to see supposed Christians like George Bush gloating over the death of al Zarqawi. What is there to celebrate in death, murder and violence?
Matty LL, Blue Mountain Peak
Lest we forget, if it were not for George W. Bush there would never have been an Al-Zarqawi.November is coming,Massacres in Iraq being uncovered,Bush is desperate today Zarqawi.October is reserved exclusively for Bin Laden.
Mike Bustani, Toronto, Canada
? I'm sure the US find new reasons, and a new bogeyman, to justify pacifying the legal and legitimate national popular resistance
Ian Douglas, Cairo, EgyptDoes'nt this action by the coilition forces violate his human rights?
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Don't the police have anything better to do?
A pub landlady who used a Welsh flag as target practice at a St George's Day event has been questioned by police over alleged racism
It is clearly a recurrent pattern, earlier in the week there was this:
A RACE storm could be brewing down a fictional Welsh noodle mine.The Prime Minister isn't exempt, perhaps Cherie could sue him for Human Rights abuses:
The Advertising Standards Authority has received 37 complaints about a Pot Noodle advert which features miners digging for noodles in a Crumlin pit, accompanied by a male voice choir soundtrack. Some have described the advert as "racist".
North Wales Police is considering a complaint made against Prime Minister Tony Blair over allegedly using a swear word in relation to Welsh people
Ann Robinson was also questioned by the police for supposed taffophobia, are there any cases I've missed?
The BBC thinks it's OK that Chris Moyles described a ringtone as 'gay' while on air. But is it really acceptable that the word has come to mean 'rubbish' - and should a Radio 1 DJ be joining in?Am I the only person who finds the word 'acceptable' slightly creepy in modern Guardian speak? Later in the article the writer says:
In fact, in case Moyles is still unaware of this, the casual use of "gay" - when used other than to accurately describe homosexual men and women - is cruel and derogatory.It looks like we are going to have to embark on a wholesale book burning of thousands of books published before the 1970s.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
he publishers of the Daily Ireland newspaper have launched a £3 million claim against the British government over the denial of advertising revenue. Yes, everyone's favourite bunch of media Provo apologists are OUTRAGED that Her Majesty's Government has not been spending 200k a month with them since their rag came to market last year.It is needless to say backed by the Equality Commission.
Via A Tangled Web
To help the fight yobbish behaviour, the Government announced nuisance neighbours would face losing benefits.The thing is I know full well that this is not going to happen, the government know full well that this is not going to happen and the press know full well it is not going to happen but maintaining the illusion of action is hardwired into the government so everyone plays along until it is reannounced next year.
Anyone evicted for anti-social conduct would lose cash entitlements unless they went to anger management classes.
Monday, June 05, 2006
1 Failed State.
An overwhelmingly muslim population
United Islamist Opposition.
No International Presence since a superpower left a few years earlier.
Stir it all together and what do you get? Well in Afghanistan we got the Taliban. In Somalia:
An Islamist militia says it has seized Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, after weeks of fighting against an alliance of warlords allegedly backed by the US.
Strategy Page was noting the similarities between the behavoiur of the islamist groups in Afghanistan and Somalia last month:
The Islamic Courts militias are doing a full Taliban. In addition to forcibly shutting down bars, theaters and video stores in areas they control, they are blaming everything that has gone wrong in Somalia on Israel, Ethiopia (the usual fall guy in this part of the world) and the United States.
The parallels are obvious. The extent to which this militia controls Somalia yet is unclear but if it emerges that they are now the effective rulers of the country we cannot afford to let the mistakes of the past be repeated, they must not be allowed to have a country to control. The Taliban's alliance with Al Qaeada led to the latter having a secure base from which tens of thousands of potential terrorists were trained, allowing it to happen was the biggest failing of the Western powers in the 1990s and ultimately led to 9/11.
The 'Islamic Courts' are not of course identical to the Taliban, they are more divided and don't have direct foreign backing in the manner that the Taliban did, but it is a worrying development nonetheless.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Update (Monday 10:47): Great minds think alike, and so do feeble minds. I was watching Have I Got News For You tonight and saw the appearence fee joke made by one of the guests. The show went out on Friday originally so I can't claim to have been plagiarised. I didn't see the Friday broadcast so I'm not a plagiarist either but my humour is generic and obvious.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
BARELY two weeks after taking office, Giorgio Napolitano, Italy’s President, a former Communist, prompted a dispute with the Italian Right by pardoning an extreme left-wing activist convicted of murdering a police chief in 1972.
Given that the Italian left was still using murder as a political tool as recently as 2002 this is a green light to anyone on the radical left who wishes to murder their opponents.
(via Foreign Dispatches)