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.

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Errr…

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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