17 for Ribery is About Right

As opposed to the last story about Iran and its immorality, the story going round in the French press is a classic of male fallacies exposed. After raiding a brothel in Paris, finding 18 under age girls, the police also discovered their clients over the last two years also included three French national footballers namely Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Lyon’s Sydney Govou. More than that, they also all liked the same girl who is 18 years old NOW.

Ribery is claiming he didn’t know she was under-age but he admits having sex with her. He does admit flying her to Bavaria and paying for her trips. He is also a married man. It might explain his horror tackle last night against Lyon to get a straight red card. Either he is feeling ashamed or horny.

Click the title for the story. This one might run and run.


I don’t know where to start with this one. Bad science? F’cked up moral codes? Grand hypocrisy? Horrible repression? Inhuman humiliation? Total bullshit? Pretty much all of them. Leave men in charge of everything. leave them unchallenged and don’t ask them to grow up and that’s what you get.  Story below…

Women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes, an Iranian cleric says. Hojjat ol-eslam Kazem Sediqi, the acting Friday prayer leader in Tehran, said women should stick to strict codes of modesty to protect themselves.

“Many women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray and spread adultery in society which increases earthquakes,” he explained.  Tens of thousands of people have died in Iran earthquakes in the last decade.

Mr Sediqi was delivering a televised sermon at the Tehran University campus mosque last Friday on the need for a “general repentance” by Iranians when he warned of a “prevalence of degenerency. What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble? There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam’s moral codes,” he said.

Time to Pay the Bill

Within five years, I hope to have paid the bill and shipped out.

GO ON: have a vote in the general election on May 6th. Tell you what, since it’s you, I’ll chuck in the local elections too: buy none, get another one free. In fact, here’s what I’m gonna do: I’ll give you this general election now, and you can pay for it later. And believe me, love, you won’t get an offer like this one again, not for a long time. You really won’t.

Some general elections mark the end not only of governments but of historical eras too. The one in 1945 signified the end of pre-war social atomisation and adumbrated the birth of the welfare state; the election of 1979 marked the demise of the post-war economic settlement. The election called by Gordon Brown after his visit to the queen on April 6th also coincides with the end of an era: the passing of the era of free stuff. The contest will in a sense be a referendum on that giddy age; its freebies and excesses—big and small, public and private, enjoyed by rich and poor alike—will loom over the campaign. The new era that lies on the other side of polling day, however, is less well defined.

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Indonesia’s place in the global jungle

I have loved Indonesia from my first night there hitching into Jakarta with the Herald Tribune correspondent, drinking with German landscape gardeners and being introduced to a huge bunch of locals in a bar. Even being thrown out of the hotel the next day couldn’t break my mood.  Each trip back merely confirms that I will move out to live in such a great wonderland in a few years. Its huge diversity excites me, with delicious food, friendly people and a certain adventurousness, it continues to pull me in. It is also a growing country with huge potential and I want to be part of it.

Below the Economist blogger Banyan outlines part of Indonesia’s future.

Its people agree that their democratic country should play a bigger global role; but what?

BY DINT of size, population and potential wealth, Indonesia has long loomed large over its own backyard. The archipelago nation bestrides the world’s busiest sea lanes. Some 231m Indonesians account for two-fifths of the population of ASEAN, the ten-country Association of South-East Asian Nations. A young and reasonably educated population offers perennial promise, as do vast deposits of oil, gas and minerals, forests and palm-oil plantations. For all that ASEAN operates according to its famed consensus, Indonesia has been its stealth leader.

More here

Yeah Whatever Suckers!!!

>“Hands up all those who are already bored of Newcastle? If the relegation of the Prem’s most soap-opera like club had a downside, it was that we here in the Championship would be saddled with endless pieces bewailing, bemoaning and analysing their fall from grace, with a cynical and tedious presumption that the rest of us give a damn. Having been here before with Leeds, it’s just dull. And, like Leeds, we have to suffer endless solemn pronouncements about how “the best fans in the country don’t deserve this”. Actually, they do. In fact, apart from Leeds, I can’t think of a single group of fans who deserve it *more. Their tendency to idolise former players and managers to deity status is as annoying as it is delusional – especially when you look at these idols. Alan Shearer. Kevin Keegan. Malcolm flipping MacDonald. And this goes way back. I bet even Wor (or however it is you spell it) Jackie was an annoying thug as well. As for their prospects, I confidently expect them to blunder around the mid-reaches of the league with a sort of bewildered expression gradually replaced by petulance and then heart-rending sobbing as the realisation dawns: they’re not in Kansas any more. Too bloody right they’re not.

Prediction: 8th”

When I thought pre-season about the Championship , I said I wanted us to go up in style, to go to teams and we win convincingly. And we have. Best points for me have been the big players who could have left have come through and played for the team, the manager and the fans. Championship football is more honest and I have been to different grounds this year where supporters turn up and support and don’t moan. i.e. genuine fans.

We look good for next year and should have no real issues staying up with the strength at the back and in the middle. We create enough to score goals, hoping Andy Carroll will stay and need to start well.

I imagine Hughton will stay in the job simply because Ashley is unlikely to provide the money that a new, big manager would want. And we’ve had enough of big managers over the last decade. Ashley deserves some credit for keeping his distance and staying calm and providing some funds in January which Hughton has used excellently.

Thanks Hughton, the squad, the fans, Ashley and the Championship. Howay the Premier League. 🙂