Obama asked people to submit questions via Twitter. Iowahawk asked some.
From Alfred Wintle, dated 6th February 1946:
From Lt. Col. A.D. Wintle.
The Royal Dragoons
127 Piccadilly W.1.
To the Editor of The Times.
I have just written you a long letter.
On reading it over, I have thrown it into the waste paper basket.
Hoping this will meet with your approval,
Your obedient Servant
The PR disaster of the century, you might have noticed, was the tweet from Kenneth Cole Fashion:
Now there’s a spoof twitter account, @KennethColePR. And very good it is too:
- You’re gonna want to Abu Ghraib one of our hoodies before they’re gone.#KennethColeTweetsless than 20 seconds ago via web
- Hey, Pope Benedict – there’s no way to fondle our spring shoes inappropriately! #KennethColeTweets18 minutes ago via web
- Of course there are no gays in Iran, they’re all shopping at my new outlet in Dubai. Holla! #KennethColeTweets24 minutes ago via web
- Black Pants Down – Our new looks are more slimming than a Somali diet! #KennethColeTweets35 minutes ago via web
- Jeffrey Dahmer would have eaten up our spring collection!#KennethColeTweets
First Sarah Palin. A lot of things about her worry me, but this is a great response to the press coverage of her slip of the tongue about Korea:
My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate – from the FBI’s 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight tohalt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. And let’s face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that…
All taken from Barak Obama speeches. As she goes on to say, there’s significant inconsistency in the way gaffes are reported. Media organisations are partisans, not dispassionate recorders of events.
Israeli NGOs horrified by the developing humanitarian crisis in Ireland have organized a flotilla called Viva Dublina. A spokesman for Viva Dublina said: “We are horrified by the developing humanitarian crisis in Ireland!” Viva Dublina has been loaned one of the world’s largest luxury cruise liners by an Israeli shipping mogul to act as a flotilla from Ashdod to Dublin. The mogul wrote a letter to Ha’aretz saying: “I am horrified by the developing humanitarian crisis in Ireland!” The ship will be used to return the useless junk and out of date medications sent on flotillas manned by anti-Israeli Irish activists that are currently clogging the warehouses in Ashdod after Hamas refused to accept the “donations”. Egypt has asked if the flotilla can stop in El Arish to take similar “donations” that are clogging the warehouses there. Egypt says it prefers to use its warehouses to store kassam rocket parts and Mercedes-Benz sedans for Hamas.
How many UK bloggers would not have spent the odd month in jail, if they were subject to this:
After being kept in a cell and then placed on bail he was ordered to appear in court on December 3 charged with displaying contempt towards a public servant, an offence which is punishable with a prison sentence of up to a month and a €10,000 (£8,700) fine.
And all for what was really quite a good joke:
A Frenchman was locked up for two days and is facing criminal charges for sending a joke email to Rachida Dati, the former Justice Minister, asking for “an inflation”.
Ms Dati is the French MEP who confused the word “inflation” with “fellatio” during a radio interview.
Perhaps it would be wise to lay off the jokes about French politicians, now we have a European Arrest Warrant.