10 things that Nadine Dorries and Sarah Palin have in common

Sarah Palin and Nadine Dorries

1. They both have a womb*, and think it is their God-given right to tell other women what to do with theirs:
Huffington Post – Palin On Abortion: I’d Oppose Even If My Own Daughter Was Raped
Guardian – The end of choice? Kira Cochrane talks to Nadine Dorries

(*I am personally thankful that neither of them have a penis. Of their own.)

2. They are both aided and manipulated by fundamentalist Christians:
Buzzflash – Sarah Palin is a Manchurian Candidate for One Extremist Splinter Group of the End-Times Crowd
Bloggerheads – Nadine Dorries and Andrea Williams

3. They have both cherry-picked a single sentence out of a report clearly finding them in the wrong and used it as ‘proof’ that they had been cleared of any wrong-doing:
Washington Post – Four Pinocchios for Palin
Lib Dem Voice – What does “completely cleared” mean? (more)

4. They both have a reputation as an outsider/maverick that handily disguises a general distaste for rules, a poor understanding of those rules, *and* a distaste for taking the time to develop an understanding of those rules:
Think Progress – Palin Claims The Vice President Is “In Charge Of The U.S. Senate”
Bad Science – Oooooh I’m in the Minority Report!

5. They both like to be in complete control of any given conversation so it can flow freely in the way they want it to:
Slate.com – Stop covering Palin until she gives a press conference (more)
Bloggerheads – Nadine Dorries and what she has (and has not) learned from Iain Dale

6. The both believe in and/or seek to perpetuate the myth of a hostile leftist media conspiracy:
Salon.com – Sarah Palin and Mark Halperin’s complaints of “liberal media”
Ministry of Truth – Exclusive: Dorries to Face Standards Inquiry

7. They are both at or near that delicate age where their face is getting harder and harder to maintain, and could go Kathleen Turner at any moment.



Oh dear, I appear to be drying up.

Oh, crap… don’t go there!!!


(Psst! And before anyone has a go at me about age and appearance being a ‘woman’ thing, it’s not; it is about illusions. Remember after the 2005 General Election, when Tony Blair suddenly aged by 20 years?)

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Two notes on the neo-Nazi skinhead plot

AP – Skinhead plot news sweeps suspect’s Tenn. hometown: Authorities describe the two as neo-Nazi skinheads, and an affidavit from a federal agent says they devised a plot to kill 88 people – beheading 14 of them. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community. The killing spree was initially to target a predominantly black school, which was not identified in court documents. It was to end, authorities said, with the two suspects — dressed in white tuxedos and top hats – blasting guns from the windows of a speeding vehicle aimed at Obama.


Just in case you’re in any doubt about Matt Drudge being as big a right wing tool as Paul ‘thirsty’ Staines, it needs to be noted that Drudge used his ridiculously-huge headline spot to push the lies of race-baiter Ashley Todd, but when news emerged of a plot by neo-Nazi skinheads to shoot their way into Obama’s heart, Drudge instead ran with this huge non-story ‘seed of doubt’ item about that candidate, ran this race-related item as a much smaller item buried amongst the dross, and even put the word ‘skinhead’ in quotation* marks:

Partisan twat.

(*No, the news item he linked to did not do this.)


You know, when I go on one of my killing sprees hunting expeditions, what I like to do is shoot every goddamn mouse and rabbit in the field before I move on the big game.

Just to make a statement. About my genius.

UPDATE – Better make that three.


The website Sarah’s Army (hosted at sarahsarmy.blogspot.com) has been widely credited as a major pusher of Ashley Todd’s lies. The author of this site (David Leazenby) pushed the story as undisputed fact and even signed off with the words; “THERE WILL BE BLOOD!!”

But rather than admitting a mistake in an updated version of his post (which many right wings bloggers have done) the author has simply ‘disappeared’ his original article, just to show how sincere he is when he jumps up and down and declares all leftists to be communist operatives pushing an Orwellian future. (If you would like to bitch about that, watch others bitch about that, or simply read the author’s pissweak explanation for dumping his entire article down a nearby memory hole, start here.)

OK, enough background… let’s get to it.

Take a look at the prominent and none-too-subtle message that greets all visitors to his website. Yes, I’ve checked; this is a permanent fixture that greets all visitors…

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Two-faced git

And you thought we couldn’t do worse than send them Blair…

Iain Dale is doing his small part to bring peace to the Middle East.


And to think that only last week he was banging his war drum, encouraging a return to “tribal politics” (his words) and wanting to bring out back the big guns.

UPDATE – Meanwhile, this is what the ‘far leftists’ are up to.

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Sarah Palin: keepin’ it real without the media filter

Sarah Palin Talks About $150K Clothing Scandal at Rally

“Hey, everyone! I’m not one for airs and graces! Now look at my trophies! And this one! And this one!”


Control mechanisms… weakening.

Rage… becoming… hard to control.

Must… track down… nearest Palin supporter… and… carve letter… into their face.

Not… just… quick memo…. but… entire… letter!

(thinks of calm blue ocean)
(thinks of calm blue ocean)
(thinks of calm blue ocean)

Times – Sarah Palin’s designer clothes sent back into the closet: Sarah Palin is to forgo the designer wardrobe bought for her by the Republican Party, and will go back to wearing her own clothes, she has told supporters. To emphasise the point that she really does have simple tastes, the Alaskan governor appeared at a campaign stop in Asheville, North Carolina last night dressed in jeans. Her own…. Now she is starting to fight back. At a rally in Tampa, Florida, earlier on Sunday, she pointed out to the crowd that she was wearing her own jacket and insisted that from now on she would be wearing her own clothes bought in Anchorage, Alaska. “Those clothes, they are not my property, just like the lighting and the staging and everything else the RNC purchased,” said Mrs Palin…

… who is, for some strange reason, perfectly comfortable with admitting that she’s been a Republican Barbie-doll and a bit of a fraud all this time.

I wish her luck with the ‘maverick-who-immediately-caves-to-GOP-demands-and-only-rebels-after-cunning-plan-implodes’ narrative. She’s gonna need* it.

(*Oh, who am I kidding? They’re eating it up and clapping and honking like trained bloody seals.)

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The Ashley Todd Halloween face mask

A special Ashley Todd treat awaits you below the fold, or click here to open in a new window, ready for printing.

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Ashley Todd demands justice… and receives it in sedaps

A woman gets a black eye – without damage to the eyeballs themselves – that looks suspiciously like smeared mascara. The letter ‘B’ is carved into her face – backwards – in a knife attack where the attacker’s touch was so delicate that he didn’t even break the skin. Incredible. Quite literally, as it turns out:

For those who already know what this about, I invite you to experience the satisfaction of watching Ashley Todd do a classic perp-walk:

Ashley Todd has left a long and varied vapour-trail behind, but the most revealing content so far is this carefully-laid trail of bullshit that she left via her Twitter account [more] [more]. Keep in mind that the story that Todd eventually gave to police (just before her arrest) was that she was driving around and “came up with a plan” to manufacture a story about being attacked at a Bloomfield ATM by a black man who was enraged by her John McCain bumper sticker. It’s at this stage that the twittering begins:

atodd: Stubbornly searching for a bank of america to avoid ATM fees.
Thu, 23 Oct 2008 00:23:21 +000

atodd: Pretty sure I’m on the wrong side of pittsburgh
Thu, 23 Oct 2008 00:45:59 +0000

[Dun-dun-dahhhh! “Gawrsh, it sure is spooky in here this baaaaad neighbourhood. I hope nothing happens to me. Oooh, look – a ‘vote Obama’ poster! I hope I don’t get raped or something! Oh my goodness, I’m about to be cut off mid senten*….”]
[dramatic sting]
[commercial break]

atodd: Oh the blog I will be making soon… Its been a rough night #litf08
Thu, 23 Oct 2008 03:52:58 +0000

[Ashley Todd then makes her false claims of an attack. Later she returns to thank the more gullible members of her audience.]

atodd: Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers- I’m phonebanking so let’s all work together and get John McCain elected #litf08
Thu, 23 Oct 2008 18:55:41 +0000

Also worth a mention is her MySpace profile that (before it suddenly went private) shared this munged song title with the world::

“Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her cloths off, but its better if you do.” – Ashley Todd

Mat Bowles notes that John Moody, Executive Vice-President of Fox news, said: “If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.” [more] (So they’re calling the election a little bit early. Again.)

Wonkette notes the helpful contribution of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a local right-wing newspaper, while Barry Green and Gawker.com note the essential role played by Matt Drudge. [more] (Psst! Drudge is often cited by our cheap carbon-copy, Paul Staines as his primary role model.)

Michelle Malkin has dutifully repeated some outright bulldust in her time, but even she wasn’t going for this. (So it’s her fault that Tinkerbell is dead!)

It cannot be stressed enough that a McCain campaign Communications Director pushed this story, and both John McCain and Sarah Palin called Ashley Todd on Thursday 23rd “to express their concern”. There should be at least one resignation over this, and it should happen today.

Finally, it needs to be highlighted that Ashley Todd is annoyed with the media for publicising her sick publicity stunt! (Ahahahahahahaha! F**king hellski; she could give lessons in projection and sheer bloody cheek to Iain Dale; “I would’ve got away with it, if it weren’t for those meddling kids the peddling I did!”)

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Plinkety plunkety Palin

This is inspired:

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JFK Calls for a Revolution

I’m happy to plug this video, because I’m a fan of the environment, JFK and Clutch Cargo:


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Iain Dale and Nadine Dorries are a pair of liars (try to contain your surprise)

Skip to #5 if you’re in a hurry….


Hey, do you remember that rigged poll of weblogs that Iain Dale claimed was “not meant to be scientific, and has never pretended to be”…?

Well, he’s already presenting it as scientific evidence of the natural dominance of the right.

That didn’t take long, did it?


There are several lies in his list (and the list itself is a lie), but one of the biggest ones is about the Nadine Dorries ‘blog’ being the work of one person. And Iain Dale was present when Nadine Dorries declared that she has to email her articles to a member of her staff so they can upload them (because she’s too witless to manage even this by herself), so he can’t even rely on the old stand-by of claiming ignorance.

I say ‘bigger’ lie mainly because of the potential scale of consequence (Iain also appears to have forgotten how cosily his website and Total Politics have overlapped recently, and a whopper of a lie hides behind his claim that Ashcroft’s money doesn’t at least grease the wheels); the Nadine Dorries ‘blog’ that she has gone to great lengths to visibly distance from her expenses cannot function without help from staff members.

If those members of staff are paid for out of expenses… well, she’s neck deep in s**t all over again, isn’t she?


Meanwhile, it’s not the first time that claims like these have been made on Iain’s site, but this fresh set is quite exceptional, and Iain has published these anonymous smears even though he (a) presently has the luxury of comment moderation, and (b) is only avoiding answering questions about his status with the PCC because he claims to be ignoring me.

You cannot claim to be ignoring someone and publish lies about them at the same time; the two positions are contradictory.

And this is a lie. A big, fat lie:

“So that’s two visits from Tim Ireland, posting anonymously, in one night Iain.”

No, it’s not. I don’t care how many IP addresses these anonymongrels ‘see’ (that are invisible to everyone but themselves and the magical interweb pixies that speak to them), and I don’t give a tuppeny stuff even if I am the only person in the world who pauses to type ‘sigh’ (and I’m pretty sure that I’m not); nobody can prove that this happened because it didn’t happen.

But Iain is going to leave that lie in place, just like he does all the others. And next time I take him to task over it, he’s probably going to scream “Liar!” in my face. Or maybe he’ll just sit back and let someone else do it for him. Anonymously.

(Of course, because I am banned from Iain’s website for complaining about anonymous abuse, the only way I can have any hope of a right of reply to these is to respond…. anonymously. Can you spot the clever trap?)


Hasn’t it been fun watching Iain Dale and Paul Staines (aka ‘Guido Fawkes’ ) try to turn the Osborne and Mandy story on Mandy all week?


Paul Staines’ take on the Sunday papers is particularly revealing. Reading that run-down, you might get the impression that the only story focusing on Osborne was some old mud dug up by a mucky tabloid… but you’d be wrong. Here’s just one story that Staines ‘missed’.

You won’t get any denial here; Mandelson is a money-grubbing liar, and no revelation about his meetings with billionaires would surprise me.

But this is totally uncalled for:

Richard Littlejohn is pushing the gay=paedophile lie.

Perhaps Iain Dale would care to condemn that. Then again, perhaps he’ll just let it lie because it suits his political purposes.


I’m getting nothing but an embarrassed silence from the Independent about their publication of a lie that Iain is quite fond of; that he has hundreds of thousands of monthly readers. Iain has since suggested that this must have been an innocent mistake, but this ‘mistake’ seems to follow him around an awful lot.

Even Iain’s engagement agent appears to be confused:

Specialist Speakers: Iain is Britain’s best recognised and leading political blogger with more than 300,000 regular readers a month…

And look… Iain’s friend Nadine Dorries is at it, too:

Bedford Today: Ms Dorries said: “…. according to Google I had 800,000 readers in July.”

Bull. Dust.

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Wassup 2008 (via)

I may be up for a little recycling myself, soon… we’ll see.

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