Thursday, 6 September 2012


Benita Veliz Speech Marks First Remarks From DREAMer At Democratic National Convention

Benita Veliz Speech Marks First Remarks From DREAMer At Democratic National Convention

Commented 6 Sep 2012 at 06:23:44 in Politics

She may be the first undocumented immigrant at a political convention, but she is not the first criminal. There have always been undocumented pharmacists dealing drugs, not to mention the undocumented sexual therapists who hang around the posh hotel bars.
Benita Veliz Speech Marks First Remarks From DREAMer At Democratic National Convention

Benita Veliz Speech Marks First Remarks From DREAMer At Democratic National Convention

Commented 6 Sep 2012 at 06:18:55 in Politics

Like you, I find their censorship annoying. However, it is a bit much to ask for "free speech" on someone else's commercial web pages. Kind of like saying freedom of religion means I should be able to hold a Wiccan ceremony in someone else's cathedral, a Salah in their temple or a Micha in their Mosque.
BBC Robert Peston's Wife Novelist Sian Busby Dies After 'Long Illness'

BBC Robert Peston's Wife Novelist Sian Busby Dies After 'Long Illness'

Commented 6 Sep 2012 at 05:20:49 in UK

What is the Independent trying to imply by putting "long illness" in quotes?
Mitt Romney's Swiss Bank Account Hammered By Democratic Convention Speakers

Mitt Romney's Swiss Bank Account Hammered By Democratic Convention Speakers

Commented 5 Sep 2012 at 16:58:30 in Politics

Jeez. So that's what's wrong with the other guy (we tell you this so you don't ask us what we are actually FOR). Sounds just like Fox News.
Internet Speed In United States Lags Behind Many Countries, Highlighting Global Digital Divide

Internet Speed In United States Lags Behind Many Countries, Highlighting Global Digital Divide

Commented 5 Sep 2012 at 16:54:16 in Technology

You just don't understand American exceptionalism. Just because we pay more for worse results doesn't mean our system isn't the "best in the world."  It's like health care.
Michelle Obama Speech: Being President 'Reveals Who You Are'

Michelle Obama Speech: Being President 'Reveals Who You Are'

Commented 5 Sep 2012 at 10:12:01 in Politics

How refreshing: someone who talks about what they are for, rather than who they are against.

Now if we could just elect 635 legislators who act that way, we might actually get something done in this country of ours.
Channel 4 Receives More Than 1,000 Complaints About Tom Holland Islam Documentary

Channel 4 Receives More Than 1,000 Complaints About Tom Holland Islam Documentary

Commented 5 Sep 2012 at 02:24:44 in UK

Those who make the most noise complaining are those who are the most insecure.

Muslims who know who they are and are comfortable with themselves and their faith may dispute the documentarian's methods and conclusions, but they will neither threaten nor whine about about the program.
Boris Johnson Attacks David Cameron For 'Simply Mad' Plan To Expand Heathrow

Boris Johnson Attacks David Cameron For 'Simply Mad' Plan To Expand Heathrow

Commented 5 Sep 2012 at 02:15:51 in UK Politics

Yes, Boris is simply mad, but it seems a bit impolite for Huffpo to say so in a 36-point headline.
I Agree With Nick: The Case for an Emergency Wealth Tax is Irresistible

I Agree With Nick: The Case for an Emergency Wealth Tax is Irresistible

Commented 2 Sep 2012 at 09:07:34 in UK Politics

Gosh, 75% were in favour of having someone else pay for their government services? How surprising!

As Maggers quoth: the only problem with socialism is that, sooner or later, you run out of other people's money.
Nadine Dorries Blasts David Cameron As 'Sexist' In Latest Barrage

Nadine Dorries Blasts David Cameron As 'Sexist' In Latest Barrage

Commented 2 Sep 2012 at 09:01:51 in UK Politics

Might look at some of her matronising rants before deciding who is sexist.
Nadine Dorries Blasts David Cameron As 'Sexist' In Latest Barrage

Nadine Dorries Blasts David Cameron As 'Sexist' In Latest Barrage

Commented 2 Sep 2012 at 09:00:48 in UK Politics

"I love Boris. He reaches the parts that other politicians can't. "
The amused-laughter-at-the-sublimely-ridiculous part?
Barack Obama Promised A New Kind Of Politics, But Played The Same Old Game

Barack Obama Promised A New Kind Of Politics, But Played The Same Old Game

Commented 2 Sep 2012 at 08:49:39 in Politics

But they loved it when it was proposed by Nixon and supported by Reagan, Gingrich and both Bushes. They even loved it when it was called Romneycare. That's politics.
Barack Obama Promised A New Kind Of Politics, But Played The Same Old Game

Barack Obama Promised A New Kind Of Politics, But Played The Same Old Game

Commented 2 Sep 2012 at 08:45:17 in Politics

They all start, on both sides of the aisle, with the best of intentions,
It doesn't take two years before they are captured by the need to raise campaign money and and will settle for the rare and occasional good deed.
Stevie Wonder On Frank Ocean: 'Some People Who Think They're Gay, They're Confused'

Stevie Wonder On Frank Ocean: 'Some People Who Think They're Gay, They're Confused'

Commented 1 Sep 2012 at 11:01:36 in Gay Voices

“What is "shocking" about this? I am absolutely certain that some people who think they are gay (or hetero or bi) are confused. With all the hype and constant yapping about sex in our media and our culture, I only surprised there aren't even more confused people.
Clint Eastwood Speech: Movie Star Talks To An Empty Chair (VIDEO)

Clint Eastwood Speech: Movie Star Talks To An Empty Chair (VIDEO)

Commented 31 Aug 2012 at 21:02:58 in Politics

Sad. I have a lot of respect for Mr Eastwood, both as actor and as director - he creates very good entertainment. Both in his professional and personal lives, Mr Eastwood has embodied courage and a willingness to give it a go.

So sad to see him in a failure of courage: interviewing an empty chair. Why didn't he have the guts to go see Obama and ask him these questions face-to-face?
'Invisible Obama' Fully Visible In RNC Speeches

'Invisible Obama' Fully Visible In RNC Speeches

Commented 31 Aug 2012 at 20:56:39 in Politics

This is one of the key problems in American politics: people are more interested in who they are running against than in what they stand for.
GCSE Results: Ofqual Report Finds January Exams Were 'Graded Generously', Students Can Re-Sit English

GCSE Results: Ofqual Report Finds January Exams Were 'Graded Generously', Students Can Re-Sit English

Commented 31 Aug 2012 at 20:51:59 in UK Universities & Education

I am sure that the January tests WERE too leniently graded.
Who will be fired for this damage to our society and our nation?
Cecilia Burns Dead: Benefits Campaigner, Who Appealed Against 'Fit To Work' Report By Atos, Dies

Cecilia Burns Dead: Benefits Campaigner, Who Appealed Against 'Fit To Work' Report By Atos, Dies

Commented 31 Aug 2012 at 20:50:15 in UK

If she had been declared unfit to work, would we imply that benefits killed her?
Cannabis Use Can Lower Teenage IQs? - It's High Time We Take This Seriously

Cannabis Use Can Lower Teenage IQs? - It's High Time We Take This Seriously

Commented 30 Aug 2012 at 09:01:47 in UK Lifestyle

“Wrong! As Cliff would say: Just as predators improve the quality of a herd by eating the weakest members, alcohol kills the weakest brain cells, thereby improving the quality of those that remain. This is why one always feels smarter after a couple of beers.
(PICTURES) 'Spectacular' and 'Deeply Human' Opening Ceremony Launches Paralympics

(PICTURES) 'Spectacular' and 'Deeply Human' Opening Ceremony Launches Paralympics

Commented 30 Aug 2012 at 08:54:47 in UK Sport

“Pretty good. Much better than the senseless, tasteless, ill-informed inchoate mess that opened the Olympics. This ceremony had a theme that made sense and floor antics that were not too unrelated to that theme or to anything else.

The soprano was marvelous but why does it seem so hard to find any rock singers who can actually sing?

The only clunker was when our heroine Miranda, after taking a bite or two from her symbolic apple, simply tossed it over her shoulder, rather than putting it in a bin. Bit inconsiderate, that.
London Metropolitan University Stripped Of HTS Status; 2,000 Students Face Deportation

London Metropolitan University Stripped Of HTS Status; 2,000 Students Face Deportation

Commented 30 Aug 2012 at 08:44:26 in UK Universities & Education

"It is disgusting that international students continue to be used as a political football by politicians who seem either incapable of understanding, or are simply uncaring about the impact of their decisions on individuals, universities and the UK economy."

It is disgusting that international students continue to be used as a political football by the NUS who seem either incapable of understanding, or are simply uncaring about the impact of their position on individuals and on the UK economy."
Patient Experience Must Not Be a Postcode Lottery

Patient Experience Must Not Be a Postcode Lottery

Commented 29 Aug 2012 at 14:28:44 in UK Politics

Sounds like you want the McDonalds of healthcare: same experience everywhere.

The Future Of Current Accounts - Will We Have To Pay Up Front In Future?

The Future Of Current Accounts - Will We Have To Pay Up Front In Future?

Commented 26 Aug 2012 at 18:07:50 in UK

“No, you will not be FORCED to pay more - you can always just stop using them.”

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