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Posted by Tim Ireland at October 28, 2008

Category: Tories! Tories! Tories!, US Presidential Election 2008

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: – 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: – 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?)

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 28, 2008

Category: Normal People, Tolerance, US Presidential Election 2008

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 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…

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 27, 2008

Category: US Presidential Election 2008

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.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 27, 2008

Category: Tolerance, US Presidential Election 2008

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


Posted by Tim Ireland at October 27, 2008

Category: Tolerance, US Presidential Election 2008

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 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!”)

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 27, 2008

Category: US Presidential Election 2008

This is inspired:

(via) (more)

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 25, 2008

Category: George W. Bush, US Presidential Election 2008

Wassup 2008 (via)

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

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 23, 2008

Category: Updates, US Presidential Election 2008

Gordon Brown gets a wee bit ahead of himself.

Iain Dale says “we must not prejudge guilt”, then makes exception for Fayed. Fails to mention his friendship with the Hamiltons. Appears to wish that a fifteen year old girl has been assaulted. Actually manages to alienate some of his more ardent supporters.

Sun uses hatchet on girl who once held knife.

Craig Murray returns.

Woman who spouts appalling nonsense encounters tabloid willing to print same. Beware the humanzee!!!!

Reporters discover making Sarah Palin look good costs money.

Voter worries Barack Obama isn’t a ‘real’ Christian. (see also: the ‘real’ America)

Voters worry Barack Obama has hotline to Satan.

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 21, 2008

Category: Photoshopping, US Presidential Election 2008

Here’s a lovely background for Republican voters. Enjoy!

In other news (aren’t you glad that you looked down here?), now there are two items that Iain Dale would like to avoid discussing on his website, and all of a sudden up go the ramparts.

You’ll notice that he doesn’t consider for one moment the simple measure of comment registration; this would allow people to comment anonymously, but greatly reduce his capacity to hide behind anonymous abuse (that he may or may not be posting himself).

(Note – It’s not all about me; there’s another debate that Iain would rather avoid having, which could very well be the main reason why he is declaring the introduction of pre-publication comment vetting in order to ‘enable’ debate. Well, one side of it, anyway.)

[UPDATE (22 Oct) – Unity – Abortion Rights: A delay not a setback: Iain Dale seems to think that the government’s backsliding, this week, amounts to a victory for Frank Field and Nadine Dorries – its actually nothing of the sort and, as I see it, only delays the day of reckoning that’s to come. (more)]

(Note #2 – Iain also appeared to be getting some flak for publishing this ‘let him have it’ shot at Mandelson yesterday while failing to mention the not-at-all-connected Osborne story, even though most days he’ll chase any ambulance within a 5 mile radius. Bit of a perfect storm going on, then. And it makes his subsequent moan about anonymous ‘abuse’ – see: criticism – even funnier given that he went begging for actual abuse when it suited him.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 17, 2008

Category: US Presidential Election 2008

The Age – McCain goes for jugular, but misses

(The jugular? What an amateur. The pros go for a carotid artery and let the heart do the rest of the work.)

Getting away from this picture (heh) and back to the substance (almost*); during the debate itself, and even for almost a day afterwards, bloggers and other users of Teh Internets knew more about the reality behind the invention ‘Joe’ the ‘plumber’ than those relying on Old Media. Why? Here’s a clue.

(*’Joe’ the ‘plumber’ was mentioned dozens of times during the debate… while Iraq was mentioned once.)
(h/t #1) (h/t #2)

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