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10 Articles on Malaysian Politics : More Meaningless Point Scoring and ‘abuse of power’ mindset by DAP Lim Oligarch Family, Astro the Indicator of Bad Society and Bad Politics, Bar Council can Defend Foreign Funds But Refuses to Challenge Apartheid, Sex Starved And Unthinking Bureaucrats, DAP’s Propagandists, Aliran a Hudud Accepting NGO that Does not Even Try To End Apartheid – Does Not Deserve ECOSOC Status, 3rd Force The Only Choice?, RPK’s Demanding Website Rules, Erma Turns Propagandist – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 3rd October 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, Apartheid, cult of personality, Democracy, democratisation, demogoguery, Ethics, flawed judgments, franchise, freedom of choice, Malaysia, meaningless platitudes, media tricks, Nepotism, Pakatan Rakyat Coalition, sex negativism, strawman NGOs on October 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm

ARTICLE 1

BN abusing school exams to force on students its propaganda – by  Lim Kit Siang – Friday, 28 September 2012 14:04

Would the Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his two deputies, Puad Zarkashi and Datuk Wee Ka Siong give their tacit approval or close their eyes and shut their ears if any of the following questions had appeared in a SPM trial examination paper for Moral Education:

Is it appropriate for the police to use tear-gas or chemically-laced water cannon or used physical violence against peaceful demonstrators comprising all races, religions, age and gender who merely wanted to send a clear and unmistakable to the government that they want free, fair and clean elections?

Is it appropriate for any government to misuse public funds for political party purposes especially in the run-up to a general election?

Is it appropriate for voters in a general election to support candidates from a political coalition which is responsible for Malaysia having the lowest Transparency International Corruption Perception Index ranking of No. 60 as well as lowest CPI score of 4.3 in 2012?

Is it appropriate for any Minister or MP to go against national unity efforts as publicly dissociating from the 1Malaysia policy, declaring that he or she is Malay first and Malaysian second?

Up to the ‘rakyat’ when it suits them!

Of course not. There can be no shadow of doubt that if such questions had appeared in any school SPM trial examination paper, there would be an orchestrated howl of protest and condemnation in the mainstream mass media of Utusan Malaysia, New Straits Times, Berita Harian and the Star as well as on government/Barisan Nasional radio and television channels, followed by a witch-hunt to expose, penalise and even criminalise those responsible for setting the questions.

Surely, Puad would not say: “As long as it does not affect the racial or religious sensitivities or malign any individual, I feel (the question) is not a problem…It is up to the rakyat to decide”.

This is what Puad said when commenting on a question in a school SPM trial examination on Moral Education in Johore Baru, which featured two photographs of the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28, and asked: “Is it appropriate for a citizen to participate in an illegal assembly?”

A photograph of the question referring to the Bersih 3.0 rally from a an SPM trial examination paper at a school in Johore Baru appeared on Facebook, which showed that the answer given by the student – “tidak wajar (not appropriate)” – was ticked as correct.

Citizenship revoked

Would Muhyiddin, Puad and Wee take the position that there is nothing wrong with the setting of questions like the four above for students, just as they now strike the posture that its “not a problem” for such a Bersih question to be posed in the SPM school trial examination?

In fact, in another trial examination for STPM General Paper in a school in Johore Baru, there is a clear insinuation that those who supported the Opposition could have their citizenship revoked?

Would Muhyiddin, Puad and Wee agree and approve if STPM General Paper school trial examination poses the question whether a person who supported corrupt political leaders have failed their citizenship responsibilities?

Clearly the politicisation of education has reached a new low with the Education Minister and his two deputy Ministers failing to condemn in the strongest possible terms the setting of these tendentious and misguided questions – which amounts no less to an irresponsible attempt to indoctrinate and brainwash schoolchildren to parrot the views of the ruling coalition.

With such continued politicization of education, there can be very little public confidence that under continued UMNO/Barisan Nasional government, the education system could unite rather than divide Malaysians or that the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 recently launched by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak would be able to make any fundamental difference to the problems of politicisation and deterioration of educational standards in Malaysia.

Lim Kit Siang is the DAP adviser & MP for Ipoh Timur

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Repeat the below 3 items at the Dewan then talk :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

Why does smiling and smug big mouth Kit Siang feel so pleased here? Dare not say APARTHEID to the faces of the racists and keep arguing about non-issues? Can propaganda be quantified? Senile already? Apartheid is worse than unquantifiable propaganda. Picking an argument that cannot be made into policy or anything useful for the Rakyat. Term limitless nepotist who is also a COWARD.

Why should anyone vote this old Mubarak Lim farce again and again? 2 terms over so GFTO of Dewan old man! And take your dumb kid installed without quorum CM with yer! The whole of UN accessible to this illogical farcical and argumentive idiot but not a peep on apartheid? Whats the MP’s seat for? So that the taxpayers can fund lame non-amendment careerist lifestyle to argue semantics at Dewan? Voters kick out this USELESS MP for someone ready to challenge APARTHEID!

ARTICLE 2

Me, corrupt? Apologize or I’ll sue – Guan Eng tells Gerakan Youth leader – Monday, 01 October 2012 22:02

GEORGE TOWN – Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has sent a legal notice to state Gerakan Youth deputy chairman H’ng Khoon Leng for allegedly calling him corrupt.

Lim’s political secretary, Ng Wei Aik, said the notice to H’ng was sent through Karpal Singh and Co on Sept 26 calling for H’ng to retract his statement and apologise within seven days.

“The retraction and apology, of course, must contain words to be approved by us and must be published prominently in the electronic and mass media, including the internet,” Ng said.

The legal notice was issued after H’ng on Sept 24 accused Lim of being corrupt in connection with his rented house in Jalan Pinhorn here.

When contacted, H’ng said he had yet to receive the letter.

-thesundaily

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Me me me huh? Moron of a quorumless and nepotistically INSTALLED CM. Asking for 750K funds off the taxpayers is a corrupted mindset. Enuff said. No need for apologies Gerakan! Lim Guan Eng the nepotist, fail to keep campaign promises DAP liar, and term limitless intended MP, is unforgivably CORRUPTED! Corrupt! Corrupt! Corrupt! NO APOLOGIES! There yer go yer DAP loser!

. . . must contain words to be approved by us and must be published prominently in the electronic and mass media, including the internet,” Ng said. . . .

Apologies MAY NOT be pre-scripted as per any democracy, this desire to even script an apology which is already undeserved and unreasonably demanded, displays a pontificating dictator’s mindset. Finally unscripted statements are not even admissable in court, this ‘demand’ of ‘must contain words to be approved by us‘ shows total ignorance of ethical principles, democratic practices in communication between persons in court cases (apology is a form of communication that cannot be scripted), and disregard of civilisational principles. Non convenit scriptum in consequenza! (Original latinic ‘quasi legalism’ by moi . . . )

Pakatan GTFO Dewan! Unvotable and very dangerous to have in politics considering the farcical DAP is considering Hudud! If only Gerakan would get BN to grant :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

;and prevent the Rayat from voting the ugliest political coalition in the history of mankind. Such is the cost of Gerakan’s ambivalence and choice to be an apartheid accepting lapdog that inflicts such choices on the Rakyat. Well, there is always 3rd Force . . .

ARTICLE 3

Astro institutional offer 20 times oversubscribed-sources – Friday, 28 September 2012 16:29

KUALA LUMPUR – The institutional offer of Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd’s US$1.5 billion initial share sale has been oversubscribed by more than 20 times, two sources with knowledge of the deal said on Friday.

The institutional offering of up to 315.75 million shares, or 20.8% of the total offering, has been mostly subscribed at the higher end of an indicative price range of RM2.70-RM3 per share, the sources said.

Based on the indicative range, the total 1.52 billion shares offered could be worth RM4.1 billion to RM4.56 billion, according to Reuters calculations. The institutional book is expected to close on Oct 3, with listing scheduled on Oct 19, according to its prospectus.

Astro is controlled by Malaysia’s second-richest man Ananda Krishnan, who has investments in telecom and energy assets.

The deal is being handled by CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, Malayan Banking Bhd and RHB Capital Bhd. Several foreign banks are also advisers, including UBS AG, Credit Suisse Group AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

– Reuters

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Hey idiot consumers and voters, one doesn’t need to pay monthly protection money style cash to Astro, then have Astro pretend to give that same money back later via stock options later. If Satellite dishes are legalized by the collusive farce MPs, there will be no paying of anyone at all or handing back of money via stocks and still the peopke will have limitless access to Satellite TV channels WORLDWIDE. Vote properly by studying the response to the wordpress Article 18 (don’t confuse with Article 18 of the UNHRC) in the link below :

https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/6-articles-on-malaysian-politics-guan-engs-b-s-rpks-b-s-rpks-indirect-apology-to-lgbts-potential-anti-intelligensia-alert-anwars-intent-to-continue-institutionalized-bribery-and-racis/

Who needs to pay a single cent to Astro or even apply to Astro’s stock options?

ARTICLE 4

‘Nothing wrong with receiving foreign funds’ – Bar Council – Wednesday, 26 September 2012 16:47

KUALA LUMPUR- Malaysian Bar president Lim Chee Wee said there was nothing wrong to receive funding from abroad.

Malaysia government, he pointed out, had received foreign funding before and Malaysian individuals as well as organisations had also given money abroad.

“So long, it complies with the law of the country. It is as simple as that.

“Today, there is no legislation prohibits foreign funding…there is nothing sinister about foreign funding,” he said at the launch of the 2012 Malaysia International Law Conference today.

Lim was also asked on Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan’s claim the media reports alleging that civil society groups were receiving foreign funding in a plot to destabilise the government could be a prelude to a crackdown on them.

In respond, he said the government should encourage the growth of civil society, so long they acted within the confine of the laws as a registered company or society.

On the status of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), Lim said he was aware of it as a registered company (known as Suara Initiatif Sdn Bhd).

Lim also urged the government to consider forming a permanent and independent law reform commission tasked to undertake research and advise Parliament on law reform.

Lim said, the commission, which would be accountable to Parliament and the public, must engage in inclusive, open and transparent consultation.

“Commission should be drawn from judges, lawyers (both private and government), academics and members of the civil society, in order to provide the necessary depth of knowledge and experience.

“The law reform commission can and should obtain assistance from the International Centre for Law and Legal Studies, which is undertaking excellent research at the moment,” he said at the launch of the 2012 Malaysia International Law Conference yesterday.

He also urged the government to improve the present nominal sum paid to the National Legal Aid Foundation (NLAF) volunteers so that it could attract more lawyers.

– New Straits Times

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Taking money is easy but doing the right thing is difficult. So Bar Council gets money, yet ignores apartheid. Does Bar Council deserve the money then? The foreign embassy might as well fund independent political parties to end the apartheid or fundos here instead of wasting funds of Bar Council. ‘Nothing wrong with receiving foreign funds‘ – Bar Council. BUT something very wrong to not file lawsuit against the Fed Gov to END APARTHEID. Whats the use of the Bar Council if Bar Council can’t even end apartheid?

ARTICLE 5

Oral sex on 4 occasions to get deals worth $ 640k – Wednesday, 26 September 2012 16:35

SINGAPORE – IT manager Ms Cecilia Sue Siew Nang allegedly performed oral sex on former Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) chief Ng Boon Gay on four occasions in exchange for $640k worth of deals.

Shin Min Daily News reported today that while Ms Sue’s company did not engage directly with the CNB in these deals, her company did profit from the sales of computer systems to CNB by another company System Integrator.

Ms Sue was hired by Sun Microsystems for her experience in dealing with government agencies. She had first met Ng in 2009, before she joined the company in 2010.

On March 3 , 2011, Ng authorised the purchase of computer systems through an official online government purchase system.

13 days later, CNB purchased the tendered computer systems from National Computer Systems for $320k.

Six months later, Ng again authorised the purchase of more computer software from a company called Jardine for another $320k.

Contemplated suicide

The Chinese daily also said that Ms Sue contemplated suicide on the day Ng was charged in court. She allegedly sought medical help for her mental conditions for six months.

She reportedly told investigators that she loved Ng and was willing to divorce her husband for him.

However, Ng’s lawyers pointed out that she later changed her story, saying that what happened between the two of them was merely business and that there was no true love between them.

-AsiaOne

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What an idiot. With 640K, one could support at 1 personal mistress like a movie star, or 2 personal mistresses with a pleasant relaxed life, who could give blowjobs or sex all year round for a lifetime or a decade at very least. Who needs to risk job and future to give some lame deals for just 4 lousy blowjobs?

ARTICLE 6

Are they forcing us to like them? — Chris Lee – September 27, 2012

SEPT 27 — It saddens me that politics in Malaysia has descended to a point that it has become an international joke these days. The antics of the ruling coalition have reached a point that it is difficult for any logical or sane person to comprehend their motives. The politics of fear employed by the ruling coalition seems to now border on the “if we can’t win, no one will!” school of thought, and that is akin to uncivilized politics.

On Friday the 14th of September, the DAP Penang headquarters was splattered with red paint along with the service centres of Jagdeep Singh, Koay Teng Hai and our Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. The Parti KeADILan Rakyat (PKR) bus was also splattered with red paint and rocks were hurled at them as the party’s leaders embarked on a nationwide tour of the country. What is the justification of doing all these things, may I ask?

The only way I see it, is that these actions are meant to intimidate the party members as well as the populace. Their modus operandi is that if they are unable to win the people’s hearts, they will then use fear to win the elections. Fear is, after all, what kept the populace voting for the ruling coalition throughout the years. The fear of racial clashes, the fear of being left behind, the fear of different religions and races are the exact reason why the current ruling coalition of Malaysia is the longest ruling elected government in the world.

In these times of political intimidation, we must remain calm. The ruling coalition is launching their attack in an attempt to divide us, a strategy that has kept them in power all this while. The 2008 elections blindsided the ruling coalition as we voted across racial lines, dealing them their biggest setback in our nation’s history.

This scenario makes one wonder about the priorities of a ruling party. Is the ruling coalition interested in actually serving the people or merely trying to retain and consolidate power? They know they are already unable to compete with Pakatan Rakyat (PR) governed states when it comes to performance (Penang has been hitting surpluses with high FDIs since PR took power). It seems that in their desperation, their motives are becoming clear; they are campaigning on selfish principles by attempting to cause racial division amongst the people. It seems that the welfare of the country and the unity of Malaysians as a whole are not at all considered.

Malaysians must not fall into their trap. Our peaceful coexistence and eventual unity must never be bartered for any short term gains. If we retaliate to their actions, we are already playing right into their hands. Desperation has gripped those who walk the corridors of Putrajaya and these acts of vandalism are the proof of that.

Our beloved nation has lost over a trillion ringgit through illicit cash outflows and our competitiveness is definitely going down due to rampant corruption. To hide the self-enrichment and the incompetency of the ruling coalition, the bogeyman of racial threats must be created as distraction. This bogeyman has succeeded in hoodwinking the populace into voting the ruling coalition in the past, while they plunder the nation dry.  Let us not fall into this trap again and save our beloved nation.

Chris Lee is a member of the DAP and currently serves as the Deputy Youth Chief of DAPSY Penang and DAPSY Bukit Bendera Division Chief.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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What is the justification of doing all these things, may I ask?

Ooo, disigenuous. I repeat as per the TRUTH ad nauseum. Want justification? How about DAP has failed to keep 90% of the campaign promises that won DAP GE12? No local council elections, no declaration fo MP assets, toying with t he idea of Hudud, perhaps the Rakyat and not BN or UMNO did that. The rudeness and ingrate-like behaviour of DAP is enough to cause this. Stop talking as if DAP were faultless, for pretending on DAP’s behalf, Chris Lee will be branded as a liar as well. What is the justification of doing all these things . . . idiot propagandist insulting the people by acting innocent.

It saddens me that politics in Malaysia has descended to a point that it has become an international joke these days.

So says the ‘politician’ or political coalition who wants to accept Hudud and cannot speak up against BUMIPUTRA APARTHEID (which is illegal in Islam as well . . . ).

Our so-called Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’was GIVEN the CM’s post – NEPOTISM par excellence style – without quorum nor vote and is asking for 750K funerals off the tax payers’ backs and terrorized small traders and even home owners, distributed tax funds without permission of the Rakyat to the poor and old insulting their sense of pride, when DAP should be changing laws to lower taxes that effectively does the same in a Rakyat dignity preserving manner than giving money like bribery to look good. I’d say DAP deserves what DAP gets and worse for this sort of corrupt and money throwing bribery instead of amendment of policy mindset.

Malaysians must not fall into Pakatan’s trap. Our peaceful coexistence and eventual unity must never be bartered for any short term gains that DAP and Pakatan offers. To hide the self-enrichment and the incompetency of the ruling coalition, of Penang and Selangor, they get a bare faced LIAR like Chris Lee to foul the articles readeers read on internet. Shame on you Chris! Uf you hate the Rakyat so much arte are so selfish that to lie in this manner, Pakatan only shows an ability to corrupt the morals of writers involved in DAP. Down with Pakatan and DAP, and do not vote for apartheid BN either! Vote for 3rd Force!

Deputy Youth Chief of DAPSY Penang and DAPSY Bukit Bendera Division Chief? More like propagandist in chief. The Rakyat wants 2 term people to amend laws not waste time and glorifying with taxpayer monies by goving taxpayer monies away. 1.5 terms up, Pakatan and DAP can GTFO of the Dewan and take along their corrupted and immoral propagandist liars that accept Hudud and Apartheid. Pakatan has not kept 90% of GE12 campaign promises but has taken tax monies to give out and look good like Santa Claus instead of amending a single policy.

ARTICLE 7

How is govt’s military cooperation with the US ‘halal’? – Saturday, 29 September 2012 09:03

Penang-based Aliran Kesedaran Negara has questioned the accusations by the government that rights group Suaram was in cohorts with foreign powers to undermine the country.

Citing details on the website of the United States embassy in Malaysia, Aliran said it was ironic that the Barisan Nasional government talked about Western funding for pro-democracy projects when it had embraced US military cooperation.

Among others, Aliran said the US’s Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) alongside the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur and the US Pacific Command, cooperate with the government to manage Foreign Military Sales cases for equipment, services and training, military exercises and conferences, as well as US military education and training programmes.

It noted that every year, ODC supported bilateral and multi-lateral exercises with the Malaysian Armed Forces and the Royal Malaysian Police “to promote interoperability and cooperation”, which included such exercises as Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), Cope Taufan, Keris Strike, Air Warrior, and Joint Combined Exchange Training.

“Perhaps those who are investigating and condemning Suaram might care to explain why such dealings with the US military are considered halal while Suaram’s relative minuscule foreign funding is deemed haram.

“Given the US military record in sponsoring dictators and intervention from Vietnam to Iraq, surely such military cooperation between the United States and Malaysia, which aspires to be a leader of the Third World, is indefensible,” said Aliran in a statement.

Suaram, Malaysia’s pioneer human rights group registered as Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd under the Company Act 1965, has come under attack from BN leaders and their media for receiving funds from Western think tanks to carry out its activities.

Leading the charge against the group, which spearheaded the ongoing French probe into alleged mass-scale corruption involving Malaysia’s purchase of the Scorpenes submarines, is Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who said investigation found that “something suspicious and confusing” about Suaram.

Aliran is among the groups who have joined a campaign called ‘Stand up for Suaram’, aimed at mobilising support for Suaram.

“What is the group’s real crime apart from the technicalities of operating as a registered company instead of as a society?” it asked.

Aliran added that there were more pressing matters affecting the country’s sovereignty.

“There is tremendous pressure on us to implement the EU-Asean FTA and to come on board the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which could result in MNCs gaining the power to sue sovereign governments,” it said, referring to the heavily criticised US-led regional pact which Malaysia is part off. Critics argue that the pact would remove Malaysia’s ability to regulate cooperations within the country.

“Surely we should be more worried about these transnational flows and trends. Some of them might be unavoidable and even beneficial. Others we might be better off shunning e.g. the rare earth refinery,” Aliran added, pointing to Australian-based rare-earth refinery in Pahang which the government has defended despite strong protests.

-Harakahdaily

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Would Aliran prefer that Malaysia hang around with Islamist governments instead? Suaram is an apartheid accepting NGO and a fundo sympathiser with not real scruples of their own. ECOSOC really should delist Suaram – the self serving ‘power of the day toady’ that appears in a Hudud supporting online mag is a cynical outfit . . . the implications are of what Aliran could allow are shocking . . . , much like MCA/MIC/Gerakan/PPP have no compunction about not ending apartheid and preferring to stay in BN. Politicians in Malaysia are as detestable as the apartheid accepting NGOs that prop them up.

ARTICLE 8

Why the US prefers Najib to Pakatan – Friday, 28 September 2012 Super Admin – Raja Petra Kamarudin

Is the United States really supportive of democracy and fundamental rights or does America’s interests come first? In this 12th May 2008 secret communiqué between the United States Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and the Commander of the Seventh Fleet, it is clear why the United States prefers Najib Tun Razak rather than Pakatan Rakyat to lead Malaysia. And let this communiqué speak for itself.

Malaysia is hardly an ideal democracy, but it can still serve as a reference point for evolving Islamic societies elsewhere. The Malay people, traditionally known for their social tolerance, have become more religiously conservative in recent years, but Prime Minister Abdullah has enshrined the Malay political elite’s continued preference for moderation in his “Islam Hadhari” or “Civilizational Islam” policy. Abdullah’s key message is that Islam can become a leading world civilization again only if it embraces economic development, education, innovation and tolerance.

Observers are wary of a longer-term trend toward greater divisions between the Muslim Malay majority and other ethnic groups, and religious minorities increasingly complain of growing Islamization, as highlighted by the controversy surrounding Deputy Prime Minister Najib’s comments last year that Malaysia is an “Islamic state.” Nevertheless, Malaysia has kept inter-ethnic tensions well under control by regional and world standards for almost 40 years.

Malaysia is important to us because it is an economically successful, stable, predominantly Muslim country that, over the longer term, may be able to support us more strongly in places like the Middle East. It is strategically located on the Straits of Malacca, through which one quarter of the world’s trade flows, and it borders five of the other nine ASEAN countries.

Military-to-military cooperation is improving, with 9 US Navy ship visits to Malaysian ports thus far in 2008, 22 visits in 2007, and 23 in 2006. This is up from only five ship visits in 2003. Recently initiated engagement with the Royal Malaysian Navy’s developing submarine force has successfully forged a relationship in this critical warfare capability. Our security relationship also finds expression in regular high level visits and counterpart visits.

Behind the scenes, Malaysia has been a good partner in the war on terror. The overall tone in Malaysian-American relations has improved considerably since Abdullah Badawi became Prime Minister in late-2003, and we seek to translate this into substantive improvements. Bilateral relations eroded under Abdullah’s vituperative predecessor Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, but Abdullah brought with him a friendlier style and an interest in projecting a more moderate image, both for himself and for his country.

While the surprise results of the March 2008 election have remade Malaysia’s political landscape and severely shaken the ruling coalition, our bi-lateral relations have remained on an even keel. Malaysia is our sixteenth largest trading partner, and many major American companies have invested here. We have increased senior-level exchanges since Abdullah came aboard, for example conducting our first ever Senior Dialogue with the Foreign Ministry at the Assistant Secretary level in May 2005. Malaysia has acceded to the IAEA Additional Protocol, and participates as an observer in PSI exercises. Malaysia has played a positive role in helping to stabilize Aceh, Mindanao, and East Timor.

Malaysia’s traditional approach to global issues, which Abdullah has continued albeit at a lower decibel level, remains an impediment to closer bilateral cooperation. Malaysia actively participates in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), often adopting distinctly third-world positions on issues of importance to us.

Our public affairs environment is also challenging. The Malaysian public is strongly opposed to our policies in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf. A strong “post-colonial overhang” also colours Malaysian attitudes toward the U.S. role in Southeast Asia. With Abdullah we have nevertheless been able to pursue a set of broad common interests, and pragmatism generally rules in bilateral security relations.

The bilateral military interaction remains strong; and we, along with Embassies in Jakarta and Manila, are implementing the Regional Security Initiative (RSI) concept through a maritime policymakers’ conference in Sabah. The objective is to encourage the three nations to share information, data and intelligence on a national interagency level and tri-laterally to create a common operational picture to enhance their effectiveness in maritime enforcement.

These visits, and the relationships developed, have fostered strong military-military cooperation between the United States and Malaysia, and have not been adversely impacted by recent leadership changes. Ship visits have significantly increased and received greater visibility. Security-related training sponsored by  the United States for military and law enforcement participants, including Malaysia’s new coast guard, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, has also been on the rise.

The Malaysian-initiated coordinated surface patrols and “Eyes in the Sky” program, a regional aerial monitoring of the Straits of Malacca, have been more effective in creating a perception of security than actual operational capability. Malaysia concluded a new 505 agreement in 2006 that will allow us to utilize 1206 funds to put CT equipment into the vulnerable Sulu and Sulawesi Seas border areas of Sabah where terrorists are known to transit. Congress has approved funds for building and installing coastal radars in eastern Sabah and the first sites have been identified and contracted.

A joint forces command and control center funded under 1206 is planned for this year to functionally link the various radar sites. Malaysia has not signed either a PSI or Article 98 agreement. In general, Malaysia remains open to bilateral cooperation that strengthens its own defense capacity, but the GOM will quickly raise the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity when discussing international security regimes and coordination, such as for the Straits of Malacca.

We have been pleased by the overwhelmingly positive media coverage our ship visits have received, in contrast to the quiet arrivals of past years. The flip side to this is that our visits could attract increased attention from ideological foes on the Islamist right (PAS), and from some mainstream politicians pandering to the conservative Islamic vote.

Deputy Prime Minister Najib has stoutly defended our cooperation before Parliament, and we do not see that our engagement is under threat. However, we do need to be cognizant of our increased military visibility and sensitive to GOM concerns, particularly with high tensions in the Middle East. The GOM cited concerns about the growing visibility of training in eastern Sabah and, in 2006, decided to review on a case basis proposed training events involving foreign military forces in that region.

In May 2007, Malaysia hosted the annual Bilateral Training and Consultative Group (BITACG) meeting in Port Dickson. BITACG is a forum used to promote and strengthen military-military relations through discussions of bilateral exercises, intelligence exchanges, C4 issues, logistics engagement, and defense cooperation. Malaysia also hosted a BITACG mid-year review in Kuala Lumpur in November 2007.

Additionally, Malaysia co-hosted an annual conference for military intelligence chiefs in the Asia-Pacific region (APICC) held in September 2007. In September 2006, the U.S. Navy initiated annual Submarine Staff Talks, which have been successful in fostering a close relationship with the Royal Malaysian Navy as they develop their Scorpene submarine program.

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PM Najib is closer to to Judea, at least spiritually. Najib IS Netanyahu (in a very vague phenotypical/spiritual sense – they at least speak in the same manner like Jeffrey Tambor’s character Director Tom Manning – ‘Director of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense’ – Hellboy 2004 Guillermo del Toro . . . ), or to be less complimentary, compare the way the nation is run to Robocop 2’s ‘The Old Man’ OCP President though instead of Japan taking over, China has instead in the real world. While Pakatan is a bunch of uncharismatic, power mad fundos posing as democratic saviours that need a second stint in the ISA. Unfortunately USA needs to be and is not firm with apartheid in Malaysia and Najib’s faction, and that very unpleasant apartheid-streak in UMNO . . . yet, preferably before GE13. All achieved is a ‘neuteral ground’ handful of individuals less than 1% expected to run the gauntlet of insanity that 3rd world minded Malaysian society and the lunatic fringe among fundos and apartheid purveyors and acceptors have shown themselves to be.

Yet if BN granted with the mandate they currently have  :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

I’d actually vote for BN.

Unfortunately all we have is idiots and nepotists in PR who can’t even keep promises for Local Council Elections and are 3rd world minded as hell and undemocratic to the extreme, refusing to share the political arena with activists who are on their side because they are too greedy (and some out of touch grandees who should know how far back this puts Malays and Malaysia). Pakatan in this respect is the same as BN but for one difference, the appeal to Israel and deeper alliances to fundamentalism than corruption. USA prefers corrupt to fundo, and sadly/frightfully has not been too clear (unless the media is filtering) on demands to end apartheid . . . and with the ‘all mighty’ Israel factor thrown in, Pakatan with ‘Guan Eng’s nepotistic Christian-fundo par excellence Cat Stevens = Ahmadinejad’ and Anwar’s nonsensical attitude towards politics in Malaysia, PR becomes mere trash even as BN is unvotable because of apartheid. Let Malaysia vote for 3rd force instead.

Proposed 3rd Force Coalition that should endorse with intent to grant the above 3 items.

ARTICLE 9

This is how it works – Malaysia Today –  Tuesday, 02 October 2012

Now, if you want to whack Islam I have no problem with that. Just send me an e-mail with your details and I will register you to comment in Malaysia Today. Once you are registered your comment will automatically get published without needing to wait for the moderator to approve it. If you refuse to register then what more can I say? That would be your fault, would it not?

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No. But this is how it works. So many websites do not need registration to comment. that includes CNN. So being far much smaller than CNN, Malaysia Today should not expect the effort from the readers. Some of us wouldn’t even waste time or energy to register to comment on CNN (CNN neeeds no registration for some sections at least), what makes RPK think we’re going to drop an iota of effort to register anything to merely comment? We’d be better off in vesting time and effort on our own blogs instead or posting comments that will not waste our time requiring regestration. Authoritarian and finicky web administrators get no comments. Take example from Malaysia Chronicle, though that online mag’s selective omitting of comments is just as bad as registration. Good article below though RPK, but being both Islamist Hudud supporter and Secular needs clarification. Turkey does not support Hudud, much like seculars cannot support oxymoronic hudud purveryors who claim secularism and may end up branded liars and being manipulative to no good end.

ARTICLE 10

No quick fix for East Malaysia – Malaysian Insider – October 03, 2012

OCT 3 ? “All you East Malaysians need to do is vote out BN!” I hear that time and time again from various people in Peninsular Malaysia and it’s getting frankly tiresome.

I apologise to Sarawakians in advance for having to explain things on your behalf, but I have lived in your state so am not totally clueless. Unlike the many who think that all that is needed is a Braveheart-like uprising where the united peoples of Sabah and Sarawak rise up against tyranny and all that jazz.

It’s not that simple. And that’s my biggest beef with opposition rhetoric. It oversimplifies things, forgetting context and ignoring the complexities of East Malaysia.

One challenge both Sabah and Sarawak have is geography. We’re far removed from West Malaysia, quite literally, and in some ways it has worked out for the best but has also made integration tricky. There are far too many assumptions on each side about the other and “getting to know” each other requires a two- to three-hour flight.

Sarawak is a huge state and its terrain makes traversing it prohibitively expensive. The Penans and other interior-dwelling folk have it worse; they are forced to trek hours to the nearest transport stop to get to the nearest city. They do not have ready access to the things we city dwellers take for granted: piped water, electronic and physical media, hospitals and decent schools.

Even on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, there are schools that are little more than glorified shacks with crowded classrooms and malnourished children. Don’t get me started on the West Malaysian teachers who refuse their postings to Sabah and Sarawak or clamour to be sent home as soon as possible.

Racial tolerance is more pronounced here. Yet, the reality is that despite the “peace” between the various races in East Malaysia, it isn’t easy to get them on the same page politically.

Sabah, for instance, has various splinter parties that are also quite clearly delineated by race. SUPP is predominantly Chinese, PBS is mostly Sabah Bumiputera with a few Chinese people, the Muslim Bumiputeras once mostly congregated in USNO, but the BN-friendly now are in Umno.

It’s not much different in Sarawak. The various communities may get along better but dig down and their politics is the same old selfish Malaysian politics. It’s never about what’s best for the state or the country; it’s about what’s best for their own communities. Let the Penans rot in the jungles so long as my community gets first pick of lucrative contracts.

That is the reality of the Malaysian mindset; the preoccupation with what’s best for your own kind to the detriment of everyone else. Malaysians don’t seem to believe in “win-win.” It’s “I take everything and everyone else can go die-lah.” Which explains our love for monopolies.

PKR’s already shot itself in the foot by refusing to co-operate with local parties in Sabah and Sarawak. How am I, as a native from Sabah, supposed to place trust in a party that made Azmin Ali Sabah PKR chief? How am I supposed to believe that Anwar Ibrahim and his cohort won’t do the same thing and just hand out division chief titles to people from the peninsula as “rewards” to the faithful once the state is won?

What Pakatan Rakyat should be doing is forming alliances with local opposition parties. Instead, it intends to compete against them. Of course, BN will probably end up winning because of split votes.

Don’t get me started on people harping on about how Sarawakians should all unite and toss its current chief minister out. Here’s news for you: The reason he’s still in power is because the people who have benefitted from his position like him where he is. Ponder that for a moment.

It took Bruno Manser to come in and unite the various Penan tribes. It will take more than a well-meaning Swiss to unite the various factions in the two states. Sadly the people trying to play catalyst are not altruistic crusaders but those with an eye on Putrajaya.

By the way, because I have to keep reminding you, Sabah did vote against BN. But BN “convinced” PBS MPs to jump ship in the biggest “frog” incident in Malaysian history. Back in the day, Anwar Ibrahim was proud to be seen as “delivering” the state back to BN.

It’s not that simple; it was never that simple; it will never be that simple. So word of advice to Pakatan: When three words can sum up your campaign (“BN is bad!”), you need to do a lot better.

* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.

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Erma turned against the people? Simple, just vote for anyone who is not GLC or political party linked that intends to ensure Sarawak and Sabah get their 100% due to disbursement as well as all stolen lands returned, or secession will be started at the UN. And Erma goes all propagandist on the Orang Asli who deserve so much more. Malaysia can fall apart for all any of the right minded care, that wealth is not Peninsular Malaysia’s to disburse or those lands for anyone but the Orang Asli regardless of what illegal and farcical or UN non-compliant or non-commonsense laws applied against the Orang Asli by our LEGAL JUNTA Bar Council which has refused to address apartheid and refused to amend bad laws and constitutional articles.

It’s not that simple; it was never that simple; it will never be that simple. . . .

BECAUSE of Pakatan’s own unpleasant nature even as BN is worse. Orang Asli had better think clearly and demand FULL EQUAL CITIZENSHIPS as well as 100% disbursement rights of any wealth from East Malaysia. Otherwise no point being part of Malaysia when even Native land is being given away or Orang Asli proselytized to disregarding their native faith. No more ‘harsh apologism’ propaganda for Pakatan ok Erma? O really lost alot of respect for you in your article – Malaysian Insider is consistent and professional BUT wrong minded and obstructive, pro-BN’s wrong values and all about expediency much like BN is. Smoke screens that disregard the facts as above mean nothing in real policy and real vote (well barring the ‘dumbed down’ or ‘on the take’ voters).

So word of advice to Pakatan: When three words can sum up your campaign (“BN is bad!”), you need to do a lot better.

Erma need to do a lot better too, criticism based on partial fact designates Erma as a (gasp!) pro-BN writer.

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4 Articles on Western Media Shenanigans : Personae Fetting B.S., Walk of Fame/Angelina Jolie NATO Capers, Sopranos (consult the people paradigm for scripts), Becktoria-Vickham ‘The Gentrification (attempt) ‘ – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 4th March 2012

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ARTICLE 1

The Man Who Knows Everything – by Ryan D’Agostino – January 19, 2012, 10:30 AM

Vivek Ranadivé wants to harness the ocean of data in this world. And save civilization.

Published in the February 2012 issue

A single cloud hangs in the sky over San Francisco Bay, like a rip in a blue curtain. Vivek Ranadivé, the CEO of a $4 billion software company, Tibco Software Inc. — and also the co-owner of the Golden State Warriors in the NBA — drives his black Mercedes S600 over the low bridge from Palo Alto to Oakland. And because the sky is unmarked except for that one spectacular little cloud and the morning fog is gone until tomorrow, it is as if he’s gliding across a huge blue screen. The scene looks choreographed: the Silicon Valley visionary driving to an important meeting on a perfect day, talking about ideas as big as the heavens.

“Everything’s real-time,” he says in a raspy voice with a thick, singsong accent, emphasizing certain vowels unexpectedly, so he sounds a little like an Indian Christopher Walken. “Everything’s event-driven. It’s all about the data.” He looks out over the bay, waves his hand over the wheel, and says that if you take all the data that was generated from the dawn of man to, say, the day Barack Obama became president, that’s x. And then if you add up all the data that’s been generated since then, in just three years, that’s 10x. We are drowning in data.

Ranadivé, born fifty-four years ago in Bombay, takes this simple fact as a challenge. He has built his company and become wealthy on the idea that we can master that deluge of data and use it to make the world a better place. That’s why he keeps talking about this new thing he developed called TopCom, Tibco’s latest pride and joy.

It is a private communications platform for the two hundred most powerful people in the world.

TopCom is being officially launched in late January at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It is basically a customized, ridiculously secure version of tibbr, a platform developed by Tibco as a kind of combination Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, texting, and Skype. It is a private social network, essentially — in this case, for world leaders.

With tibbr, in addition to following people, you choose and follow subjects — issues, crises, topics of discussion, upcoming events. You don’t have to remember which people you’re supposed to include on an e-mail about a subject, because they’re all following it. You just post your message and the right people see it. You can talk one-to-one or to everyone who’s following the subject. When you use tibbr, you get the feeling it’s one of those innovations that five years from now we’re all going to think we’ve used forever.

Ranadivé’s company created the TopCom version specifically for the World Economic Forum, the organization founded in 1971 by the German economist Klaus Schwab, which gathers together the world’s business, intellectual, and political leaders to discuss common issues. Because the organization has a hierarchy, so does TopCom: The top two hundred WEF members — basically, the people who run the world — can speak to one another on a given subject, and then they can choose to loop in members from lower tiers (experts, academics, etc.) as needed, widening the pool of knowledge on whatever problem is on the table.

It is, Schwab says, a “Facebook for global leaders.” For example, Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda can post a video of himself — viewable only by the top two hundred — asking for help because a major earthquake has caused a tsunami that’s approaching his country. Minutes later, Schwab would see the message and call for an immediate videoconference among the appropriate world leaders to get Japan aid in the quickest way. CEOs of companies that have facilities near the impact site — there’s a Nissan plant close by, for example — could join forces for evacuation and figure out how to address interruptions to their supply chains.

The alert could then be extended to the next tier so that, for instance, experts on nuclear power and crisis management could instantly offer opinions on the likelihood of various disaster scenarios. Others could predict where aftershocks were most likely to occur. And on and on.

We live in the information age, but what Ranadivé saw was that as fast as information travels, it’s not fast enough. These kinds of conversations — between the Japanese prime minister, other world leaders, Schwab, and experts who could offer help during the impending nuclear disaster — took place over the days and weeks that followed the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last year. With TopCom, Ranadivé argues, they could have happened within minutes and hours, possibly saving lives.

Tibco consulted with both the Japanese prime minister at the time of last year’s tsunami, Naoto Kan, and his successor, Noda, when it was developing its presentation for the WEF board of directors, to find out what would have been useful to them at the time of the disaster. Schwab, too, collaborated. The result, which will be on display in Davos, is the first time a global organization will introduce its own proprietary communications platform. The World Economic Forum is an extraordinary collection of minds. Every one of them is suddenly more closely linked than ever.

In the lexicon of computer hardware, a bus is connected to the motherboard — the foundation of any computing system. Ranadivé brought that idea to software: If all the physical components of a computer have a single hub, why not all the information floating through the software? Instead of a traditional hardware bus, an information bus. That’s what the Tib in Tibco stands for: “the information bus.” The company plucks seemingly disparate bits of data, often in real time — as opposed to “batch processing” at the end of the day, month, quarter — and makes them work with a singular purpose.

In the 1980s, Ranadivé used this theory to help transform Wall Street trading floors, bringing real-time market data to desktop terminals — his software powers most trading floors today. Since then, he has applied it to retail clients (two billion transactions a day for FedEx, every transaction on amazon.com), manufacturing firms, the financial sector (Tibco processes every dollar for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which comes to $1.2 quadrillion annually), tech companies (every time someone activates an iPhone with AT&T, that’s Tibco, as is every click on eBay — two million messages per second), the military, airlines (ever use an e-ticket?), casinos — he has thousands of clients.

Because of data — because, more specifically, of the technology that tallies and stores and disseminates data — we can know almost anything we want to know about our species. But there is so much data — purchases, sales, flights, withdrawals, deposits, sports scores, inches of rain, packages mailed, songs downloaded, e-mails sent, text messages typed, cell-phone calls made, cell-phone calls dropped, hours of television watched, passports issued, arrests, releases — that it can all seem to add up to nothing. A meaningless pile. “You can go on Twitter and find out what Shaq ate for lunch, but you haven’t really improved humanity,” Ranadivé likes to say.

His goal is to make sense of that pile. Tibco’s mantra: the right information to the right people at the right time in the right context. “I have this idea that math now trumps science,” Ranadivé says. “The simplest example is the thermostat in your house. You don’t need to have a Ph.D. in weather. Your thermostat simply looks at the temperature, and if it gets cold, it turns the heater on. And then the minute the temperature gets too hot, it turns the heater off. You don’t need to be a weather scientist to do that, okay? Like what we did for Reliance Communications. It’s the same thing. You don’t really have to know the why of something. Or the how. You just know if a and b happen, then c will happen.”

Here is what Tibco did for Reliance, one of the largest telecommunications companies in India: Reliance was adding something like three million wireless customers a month, but it was also losing about a million and a half, Ranadivé says. It hired Tibco to fix things. Tibco found that if a customer experienced six dropped calls in a twenty-four-hour period, he almost always switched providers. Reliance started monitoring every dropped call, and any time a customer got to five dropped calls in a day, he would receive a text message offering him free SMS messages if he topped up his prepaid card — if he resubscribed, essentially.

“Problem solved,” Ranadivé says. “I don’t need to be a psychologist and know why they’re switching after six calls and not ten or two calls. Math is trumping science.”

Other companies do this kind of thing — most notably divisions of Oracle and IBM that compete with Tibco. But for Ranadivé, this isn’t just data analytics. It’s not just cloud computing. It’s a philosophy. It’s a mission.

Ranadivé was seventeen when he arrived in Boston from Bombay. Back then, the rupee was not an easily converted currency. He was the well-off son of hardworking parents, but he had to beg the head of the Reserve Bank of India for dollars so that he could go to Boston. See, he told the man, he had seen this documentary about a school in Cambridge called MIT. It was a wonderful place where instead of listening to lectures, the students created things, built things, did things. Ranadivé wanted to be a part of that. He had to go. It was obvious to him. He had been accepted by MIT, but there was the currency problem. The banker relented, kind of. He gave Ranadivé enough dollars for one semester. Four years later, he graduated.

He says he was a punk back then. He is still something of a punk. A rival once stood up at a meeting and joked that he’d always thought that the Tib in Tibco stood for “that Indian bastard.” Ranadivé built a house a few years ago with a swimming pool that has an underground window, so from the basement bar you can look in and see people swimming. He yanks his employees out of meetings to challenge them to push-up contests in the hall. He once called Steve Jobs to ask him how to use Photoshop. At a dinner in New York one rainy night a few months ago, after speaking to a bunch of M.B.A.’s, he ordered the most expensive steak on the menu as an appetizer for the employees who were traveling with him. And listen to him in an interview in 2009, talking about his competition: “There are not that many people who can say that they have gone head-on against IBM and beaten them in a situation where IBM has thrown everything and the kitchen sink at a problem and lost.”

Ranadivé sometimes tells potential clients he can do what they want him to do even before he knows whether it’s possible. It’s a ballsy way to win business, but it’s also a way to motivate his company to find solutions, which is what Tibco is supposed to do. This attitude has allowed Tibco to push into all corners of our culture.

In Las Vegas, a casino might learn that when a customer is down $900, he’s likely to walk out. So when the customer is down $800, software flashes, and a floor manager can tap him on the shoulder and offer him a prime reservation at the steakhouse and four tickets to a show for him and his family. The bettor, refreshed and pampered, can resume his bad luck later.

In New York, Tibco is working with Con Edison to computerize the underground electrical grid to minimize power failures. When one transformer shuts down, instead of short-circuiting others around it on the grid, it can be immediately isolated.

Airlines can know before you hit the ground that your bag won’t arrive, so you don’t have to be the one to tell them that your luggage didn’t show up at baggage claim. They’ll be waiting for you when you land, telling you where your bag went and when you’ll get it. All the data that allows them to do this has always existed but was never harnessed.

Over lunch a few years ago, Ranadivé said that Silicon Valley today is like Italy during the Renaissance. He said that all these guys living in the same place — Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Mark Zuckerberg, himself, and others — reminded him of the Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence, with its ring of busts of the men who are buried there: Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini, Machiavelli. He said this not as a boast and not as a joke, but with solemnity. He believes he is making a contribution to the world that is potentially as valuable as any of theirs: to scan all the imponderable number of data points that make up the human universe for bits that, in the midst of the chaotic blankness around them, can work together as a coherent unit, like a single cloud in an otherwise endless blue sky.

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Not alone these glory hogs won’t. There will be credits and ‘team fettings’ of ALL OTHER APPROPRIATE CONTRIBUTERS as appropriate (if not entirely different teams internationally BASED in other countries). The MEN WHO KNOW EVERYTHING will save everything **NOT** Vivek Ranadivé **NOR** Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Mark Zuckerberg, **himself**, and **others** . . . MANY FOREIGN COMPANIES OUTSIDE oF THE USA (representing more than 95% of the population, unlike USA’s 5%) will harness the ocean of data in this world. And save civilization. All these nations besides the USA will ‘save civilisation’. The Man Who Knows Everything as mentioned in this article is a misnomer.

ARTICLE 2

William H.Macy and wife Felicity Huffman to get rare double star on Hollywood Walk of Fame – by Eleanor Gower – Last updated at 1:29 AM on 4th March 2012

Having been married for 14-years, their relationship is one of the few Hollywood successes.

And now William H Macy and wife, Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman are to receive a rare double star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

According to Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that the couple will join a distinguished few who will take part in a double ceremony on March 7.

Hollywood stars: William H Macy and wife Felicity Huffman, pictured last week, will be awarded a double star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week

Macy, who currently stars in the U.S. version of U.K. television hit Shameless, has two children by Huffman – Sophia, 11 and nine-year-old Georgia.

They will only become the second married couple to be honoured with their stars on the same day.

Film producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Richard Donner were the last couple to be honoured on the same day.

Macy and Huffman have two Oscar nominations, two Emmy wins, and seven Globe nominations between them.

They join the likes of Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon and Sonny Bono and Cher.

Honour: The couple will each receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Acting (much like panto) is a not public interest or has any term limits, so star away, heck it’s like elementary school where star stickers were given to students who played nice or had best attendance or the top mark gaining students. Perhaps though, a double star on a single panel would be nicer since they are a single item. Being on separate tiles makes this kind sad? How about *2 stars* on a single extra large tile? I won’t suggest a 3 some-star but who knows maybe someone with a harem of 2 or even more wives, perhaps parent child actor exceptional type of star (differentiate from couple), could also be created. The film industry (caste Sudra par excellence) is ‘anything goes’ in many ways, who knows another Oscar could set up his own Oscar awards, team up with a few film houses, much like Somalia has become 2 countries etc.. But internally within a national government, even political party (Registration of Societies have rules) of professionals and publicly accountable individuals where taxpayer funds and political powers, law changing powers are concerned, tolerance levels for Nepotism and GLC collusion, bad law loophole abuse instead of amendments, retention of abusive by-laws, keeping election deposits for candidacy at levels where 99% of the citizens are effectively barred from running for election, the self serving law writing (i.e. 750K funerals) are of course must be very low to protect the citizens.

Of course if the PUBLIC paid for those Oscars (which they did indirectly but have no rights to vote on in who wins acts or whatever, methinks a boycott of all film and media until they can vote on which star wins should be suitable? Even which stars to cast ONLINE, via class distinction based criteria and of course that all powerful 66.6% quorum as always. We will not be part of the group which blindly pays for film and has no rights to vote on who wins. A panel of judges could well be bribed or even manipulated by government for any agenda, so who can claim that those awards are really neutral or just more propaganda?

See below link for what could be going on :

Angelina Jolie Conscripted To Sell Genocidal ‘Humanitarian Intervention’ War Doctrine
http://empirestrikesblack.com/2012/02/angelina-jolie-conscripted-to-sell-genocidal-humanitarian-intervention-war-doctrine/

A pretty face may not be matched by a pretty soul. And given the billions sequestered between Angelina and Brad while so many die, one would consider these 2 and their groups to be complicit in the suffering occurring in the world as much as politicians who refuse to amend laws have not acted to remove TSA, or end wars etc.. Great concept that star walk btw, but wouldn’t that be better placed on a series of plaques on bollards or atop low pillars than below foot to be stepped on?

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The Sopranos cast tells all… as even James Gandolfini admits the ending left him baffled – by Daily Mail Reporter – Last updated at 4:41 PM on 1st March 2012

It was the ending that left fans confused, baffled and outraged.

But now even James Gandolfini, the actor who played Tony Soprano in the hit TV series The Sopranos, has admitted he did not like it either.

The actor said that when the screen suddenly went black as he sits down to dinner with his family he thought: ‘What the f***?’
The cast of the Sopranos has given an oral history of the show to the new Vanity Fair. Even star James Gandolfini admits the final scene, in which his family goes out to eat and the screen went dark, left him baffled

The cast of the Sopranos has given an oral history of the show to the new Vanity Fair. Even star James Gandolfini admits the final scene, in which his family goes out to eat and the screen went dark, left him baffled

He later came to accept the conclusion yet his initial reaction was: ‘It’s over like that?’

In an in-depth article in Vanity Fair magazine, most of the other cast members and Sopranos creator David Chase also speak candidly about the multi-award winning show.

Chase reveals that even though he had written a mob drama he ‘hated’ having characters killed and it left him feeling like a real-life mobster.

Just like the real Mafia the actors were also paranoid they were going to be bumped off as they did not know the scripts in advance.

But five years after The Sopranos ended, it is still the ending itself which everybody is talking about.

Fans at the time called it the ‘worst ending in history’ whilst blogs lit up with fans claiming they felt cheated.

Gandolfini told Vanity Fair: ‘When I first saw the ending, I said, ‘What the f***.

‘I mean, after all I went through, all this death, and then it’s over like that?’

Yet he added: ‘After I had a day to sleep, I just sat there and said: ‘That’s perfect.”

Lorraine Bracco, who played Dr Jennifer Melfi on the show, also revealed she did not like it at first either.

Lorraine Bracco, the show’s Dr Melfi, says she too wishes the show had ended differently. Meanwhile all the actors on the show worried they would get killed off at some point and lived in fear as they never saw scripts far in advance

She said: ‘I would have wanted it to end differently. But God knows we’ve talked about that ending for five years now – we’re still talking about it.

‘People stop me in the street. ‘Did you get the ending? Did I miss something?’ I thought it was very, very shrewd.’

The Vanity Fair article includes rich detail about the show, which ran from 1999 to 2007 and lasted six seasons, winning a slew of Emmys, Golden Globes and Directors’ Guild Awards.

Drea de Matteo, who played Adriana La Cerva, reveals that she hated her fake New Jersey and that even today people still come up to her and say: ‘Just give me one Chris-ta-fuh.’

Edie Falco, who played Tony Soprano’s wife, got so involved in her character that she felt like a real life mob moll, even feeling possessive about Gandolfini.

She said: ‘It was weird to sit down at a table and read with the actresses playing Tony’s girlfriends. Occasionally I would get a sharp twinge at the back of my neck.

‘Even years later, I remember when I saw Jim in ‘God of Carnage’ on Broadway, and he was Marcia Gay Harden’s husband, and I had this ‘How come I have to be OK with this?’ kind of feeling.’

The epic, trailblazing HBO show lasted for six seasons, winning a slew of Emmys, Golden Globes and Directors’ Guild Awards along the way

In another twist, Gandolfini himself admitted that he still has feelings for Falco, who played his wife Carmela for all six seasons of the show.

Gandolfini also told the magazine that even now he’s still in love on screen wife Edie Falco

He told Vanity Fair:  ‘I’m still in love with Edie. Of course, I love my wife, but I’m in love with Edie. I don’t know if I’m in love with Carmela or Edie or both. I’m in love with her.’

All the actors also only found out they were about to be killed off when the scripts were handed out – leading to tense moments on the set.

Steve Schirripa, who played Tony Soprano’s bodyguard Bobby ‘Bacala’ said: ‘If it’s time for your character to go, it’s time for your character to go. It doesn’t matter who you are.

‘I mean, this wasn’t ‘Friends.’ This was a real worry.

‘You know, we would talk. ‘Did you hear anything?’ You’re asking the writers. Nobody’s telling you nothing. Each time the script arrived, you go to the front, you go to the back, looking.’

The only time this caused tempers to really flare was on the day that Vincent Pastore’s character Sal ‘Big Pussy’ Bonpensiero was killed – with cast members shouting at each other because they felt such a mixture of raw emotions.

Chase is the most candid of all and says that the ending was such because ‘ambiguity is very important to me’.

He compared it classic films like ‘Raging Bull’ in which boxer Jake LaMotta played by Robert de Niro talks to himself in the mirror before the screen goes black with a quote from The Bible on screen.

There are also details of how Gandolfini handed out $33,000 to all the regular cast members when he got a raise. Steve Schirripa, far right, was overwhelmed and said it was ‘like buying everybody and SUV’

Chase said: ‘The Sopranos was ambiguous to the point where, to this day, I’m not really sure whether it was a drama or a comedy.

‘It can be both, but people like to reduce it to one or the other. I know there are the two masks, Comedy and Drama, hanging together. But that’s not the way American audiences seem to break things down.’

He added that killing of characters was a ‘hard thing to do’ – but regretted not getting ring of

Tony Soprano’s nephew Christopher Moltisanti sooner than the final season.

He said: ‘As a mob boss, the guy was totally unreliable! . . . Tony put up with him for too long.

‘Christopher just spelled the end of Tony, his family – everything. From my standpoint, as the architect of the series, Tony put up with him for too long.’

Chase added that the violence was so pervasive that some of the actors found it hard to get out of character – and that even though he hated killing people off he just reminded himself who they were.

At first some actors had problems filming violent scenes. Tony Sirico, who played Paulie ‘Walnuts’, far left, said he begged to not film a scene in which he killed a woman, but he ended up doing it anyway

He said: ‘I thought to myself, well, I’m writing about a guy who’s the boss of a Mafia family, and he has to do these things, too.’

The Vanity Fair piece also includes hilarious anecdotes from Tony Sirico, who played Paulie ‘Walnuts’ and initially refused to to a scene where he kills a woman.

He begged Chase to change it as he came from a ‘tough neighbourhood’ and it would ‘make me look bad’ – but eventually relented.

Sirico said: ‘Here’s the thing. We did the scene.

‘I had to smother her. First he wanted me to strangle her; I said, ‘No, I’m not putting my hands on her.’ He said, ‘Use the pillow.’ After it was all said and done, I went back to the neighborhood and nobody said a word.’

There are also details of how Gandolfini handed out cash gifts of $33,000 to all the regular cast members from his own money after winning a huge salary increase.

Schirripa was overwhelmed and said it was ‘like buying everybody and SUV’.

He said: ‘Nobody gave their cast members that kind of money. He (Gandolfini) said: ‘Thanks for sticking by me.”

Chase defended the show against allegations it glamorised the Mafia by saying that all the characters were ‘half-miserable’.

He said: ‘I don’t think the violence looks appealing at all.

‘Everyone paid for the violence in a lot of ways . . . It’s a very violent world and, you know, there’s consequences. I think we showed it, and I think we showed the toll it takes on these people.’

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My theory is that the ending was deliberately left ambiguous – allowing sequels….possibly…

– LeAnne, Suisun, CA, USA, 01/3/2012 16:21
Rating   26

I agree with Stevie Ste Ste, Manc, Manchester – it was the perfect ending. Tony never heard it coming. BUT, I would drop my own opinion of a perfect ending if they revived the series. Its had a long enough break, the actors have tried other things, maybe now would be the right time to bring it all back, show what they are all up to five years later. Maybe Tony’s son is now a captain? His daughter dating a police officer? His crew plotting to get rid of him, and so on. So many stories, so many people wanting more!!

– Jon B, Manchester, 01/3/2012 16:20
Rating   29

Paulie Walnuts rules!!!!!!

– Johnb, London, 01/3/2012 16:19
Rating   36

It’s brilliant because it’s Shakespearean in its themes.

– Persemillion, London, 01/3/2012 16:18
Rating   26

It would take a lot for another series to beat the greatness of The Sopranos. The Wire and Breaking Bad have come close, but The Sopranos will always remain my favorite.

– Colin, Hull – UK, 01/3/2012 16:15
Rating   49

Best TV show ever

– johnb, London, 01/3/2012 16:09
Rating   70

The ending was simply a commercial decision, viewers would assume that the whole family had been killed, but the show could be resumed if and when more money was offered.======================Remember the shower scene in Dallas.

– aber, Lincolnshire, 01/3/2012 16:05
Rating   5

I adored the sopranos,never saw it when it was on tv at the time but bought the dvd box set and took six weeks to watch the lot ,I didn’t like the ending but made up my own mind what happened that suited me… Not what I know was meant to happen. Great series and sadly missed!

– tells it like it is , uk, 01/3/2012 16:03
Rating   22

Tony obviously dies in the final scene. i personally thought it was a great ending….it was the guy in the blue Members Only jacket who went into the bathroon…..you probably don’t even hear it when it happens. Perfect!!!

– Stevie Ste Ste, Manc, Manchester, 01/3/2012 15:59
Rating   36

The best TV show ever, im watching it on Sky Atlantic now for the 6th or 7th time, i love it

– James Bennett, Halifax, 01/3/2012 15:55

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The ether and astral would be happier for it. But rest assured that a favourited spookf (possibly created by the same producers but in secret) could be aired. ‘Hows’ about a blaze of glory ending (so anybody could be killed by accident?) where the government is semi-toppled and where the mafia semi-rules, and huge parts of the country become like that ‘Escape from New York (John Carpenter 1995)’ and ‘Escape from LA’ (John Carpenter 1996) films eh? Ya ‘gots’ to respect da surgeon general (riiight . . .  just eat that baa-baa black heart and move along . . . ) . . . then have Iran or North Korea explode an EMF weapon above USA to cap it off. The anticipating film buffs could be waiting for just such an exciting ending. Snake could defuse the EMF weapon in USA itself all the same, with no effect lol (i.e. after the ending where Kurt Russel does not use the EMP, an Iranian AND North Korean one explode instead . . . ). Throw in a zombie plague or few as well. To do this cheap, where even the actors and actresses have opinions on how the Sopranos should have ended, could very well rewrite in a cheaper locale like Bollywood or ‘Chinawood’ where they can also act (or use lookalikes that cannot be properly sued for franchise infringement) a proper ending.

Surgeon General of Beverly Hills, sure looks like an oriental John Voight yea?

ARTICLE 4

Do us all a favour Cheerless Chops and lighten up! – by Jan Moir – Last updated at 10:26 AM on 2nd March 2012

Why does Victoria Beckham look so world-weary when she has so much to be happy about?

The Coalition is under fresh attack, Obama’s popularity has taken another dip and Ken Clarke’s plans to launch a system of secret courts to dispense justice behind locked doors chills the blood of any right-thinking person.

Yet let’s focus on the real issue of the week, shall we? Which is this: why won’t Posh smile? Why? Why won’t she do it?

For weeks, months, years now, former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham seems to have made it her personal mission in life not to smile in public.

The determinedly grim, cement set of her cheerless chops is becoming one of the wonders of the age. She’s making everyone depressed.

Cheer up, girl, for God’s sake! Halve yourself a tomato, pour yourself a stiff coconut water and lighten up for once.

Fat chance. From party to pavement, from big events to shopping trips, Victoria, 37, is like a one-woman Mount Rushmore — forever stony and unyielding, the very picture of bottomless granite gloom.

Even at the Oscars parties earlier this week, she managed to wander around Hollywood looking as if she was sucking on an extra-sour lemon while her shoes pinched.

Why? She was at a fabulous party on the arm of David Beckham, who had dressed up for the occasion in a stunning Dior suit.

They both looked amazing, as they always do. Everyone in the room knew her name, while the film star Cameron Diaz added even more elation to the evening by wearing a dress from Victoria’s new collection.

So why does Victoria always  look as if it is full of vinegar and crushed hope?

Perhaps she thinks it’s cool to look so jaded? Maybe she even hates her teeth? Let us hope that neither of these suggestions is  true. For they are unworthy of any grown woman.

What makes her world-weary affectation so exasperating is that she has no reason to affect such pained despondency. Posh is one of the most fortunate women on the planet. She is rich and successful in her own right, with a handsome husband and four lovely, healthy children to come home to at night.

Another day, another grimace in front of the cameras for Mrs Beckham

She has many blessings to count, including a bumper share of good looks and good fortune.

Out of all the Spice Girls, she is the one who has gone on to become the biggest success. No one watching her thrash around doing her zig-a-zig-ah stuff nearly 20 years ago would have given her a hope for the future.

Yet, here she is, a woman who has gone on to make the second act of her life an even bigger triumph than the first, which is no mean feat. Surely that must make her smile?

Not a bit of it. Her range of expressions seems to have only three settings: melancholy, forlorn and abject misery.

For a photoshoot splashed on the cover of the glossy magazine Madame Figaro this week, she managed to appear both wretched and homicidal at the same time — a look only previously achieved by recently arrested serial killers.

Even at the royal wedding last year, she had a face as long as a court fiddle. Indeed, Posh could do much worse than take a leaf out of the Duchess of Cambridge’s book, whose relentless good cheer is a tonic to all.

OK. Yes, agreed. Victoria did have the pained glimmer of a grin  at the end of her fashion show recently, when she came on to the catwalk to acknowledge the applause of the audience. And I do recall a dazzling smile on the day she got engaged to Beckham back in the mists of time.

On chat shows and in person, she has always seemed amusing and amused. But mostly it has been an endless parade of cheerlessness, gloom and deadpan VB doom.

Apart from anything else, it is so graceless, particularly as the Government has just made Victoria Beckham an ambassador for this country. From now on, she is a fashion insider whose new national role is to promote the VisitBritain’s Great campaign in a bid to encourage tourists and investors to this country.

Once they clock dear Posh wandering around with a face like  a torn scone — as we say in  Scotland — the only thing they’ll want to invest in is a ticket to somewhere else.

So enough of the misery, please. Especially now that she is representing all of us. Like I said before, if any woman in the world has reason to walk around with a melon-slice grin splitting her  face, that woman is Victoria Beckham. Her lack of cheer is getting really boring.
ARE SOME ACTORS NOW TOO FAMOUS TO ENJOY?

This week I went to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the film adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s charming novel.

The plot follows the adventures of a group of English pensioners who meet when they retire to a supposedly luxurious sanctuary in Jaipur.

Of course, the Marigold Hotel of the title is not quite the idyll promised in the brochure, even if the guests find themselves charmed by the young owner, played by Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel.
Dame Judi Dench in the new film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

And the pensioners themselves are played by an all-star cast of golden-nuggety British greats: Bill Nighy,  Maggie Smith, Judi Dench (right), Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton  and Celia Imrie.

They’re all amazing. I love each and every one of them. Bill’s a genius. Tom’s a doll. The Dames Mags and St Jude can do no wrong. And instead of hosing down all the women in emulsion and glossing over everyone’s wrinkles as usual, the film almost makes a fetish of them.

However, the presence of so many megawatt acting talents in one small film was just a little overwhelming. Almost too rich for the blood.

Like Easter Island statues, they have each been around for a very long time; they all carry the weight of history on their shoulders.

They have collectively ticked off myriad roles and appearances, the chat show couches, thrillers, comedies, spinning out down the decades. In short, a lot of baggage to take on board.

I did enjoy the film, but there were too many moments when it was impossible to get my grappling hook over the huge cliff face of this squad of National Treasures Doing Great British Acting.

Can character actors become just too famous?

Sometimes I wonder if the current popularity of Scandinavian films and television series is partly because we haven’t a clue who the actors are.

Here comes (the FATHER of) the bride

Why does Richard Branson keep invading his daughter’s privacy by publishing snaps of her wedding? It’s not as if  Holly or her new husband Freddie Andrewes are even public figures.

The snaps from the Caribbean that he posted on Facebook were lovely, however — even if Sir R. couldn’t give up a lifetime of camera-hogging, not even for his only daughter’s marriage ceremony.
Me again! Richard Branson edges into shot in daughter Holly’s (centre) dressing room

Me again! Richard Branson edges into shot in daughter Holly’s (centre) dressing room

He was right there when they were cutting the cake, he was in the forefront of the napkin-waving game (eh?). He even managed to get into the bride’s dressing room before the ceremony, grinning away among all the bridesmaids and tulle.

The old egomaniac has just got to be the centre of attention, even on his daughter’s wedding day.

It is hilarious, but also rather sweet.

And even royal guests Beatrice and Eugenie did the decent thing and left their hats at home.

Everyone was happy.

THAT’S PRETTY RICH COMING FROM JULIA

Julia Roberts says her children don’t know she’s famous. Neither does 2012.

She also says she pities young female stars who are rocketed to instant fame today because the only choices they face are ‘the express elevator or rehab’.

Interesting. I have noticed that Julia rarely says anything nice about anyone — particularly not actresses who have the temerity to be younger than her.

Roberts, now 44, got her big break 22 years ago in Pretty Woman. Oh my goodness! Can it really be that long ago?

Thank heavens there have been few films since then that have portrayed prostitution as a rather glam career option.

How did she even  get away with it at the time? Prostitution is an express elevator to rehab — and worse.

But it’s what made Julia a star, so it’s OK.

It’s chucking-out time for this MP

Every now and then, the tattered curtain is lifted on what really goes on in the House of Commons. And what a shambles it usually turns out to be.

Foaming pints of Top Totty beer, served at cheap prices, subsidised by me and you; treble duck houses all round; sexy Russian secretaries shipped in by the lorry load to assist overworked MPs of course, not to spy; and now, to cap them all, the incident involving Labour MP Eric Joyce.

Following an alleged booze-fuelled brawl in the Strangers Bar last week, the Member for Falkirk now faces a court case, accused of head-butting Tory MP Stuart Andrew.

It is also claimed he struck Labour Whip Phil Wilson and assorted other MPs who got in the way.

It took five police officers to restrain Joyce, which might be OK at chucking-out time in downtown Falkirk on a Saturday night, but is completely unacceptable in Parliament.

And any sympathy anyone might have felt for 51-year-old Joyce would be dissipated if allegations of an affair two years ago with a 17-year-old schoolgirl who was helping in his office during the election turn out to be true.

Brawling is bad enough. But if he has abused his position of power and authority with an impressionable schoolgirl that would be something else.

What Joyce is said to have done is a disgrace — anyhow,  I hope he never sets foot in Westminster again.

I can’t be alone in thinking it is a bit off that some English footballers refuse to join in the singing of the national anthem before an international football match.

Yes, I know they are focusing on the match ahead (ball, foot, foot, ball), but come on. Every other national team seems to manage a lusty chorus from all involved, why not England? What is their problem?

Once upon a time, playing for your country was an honour that every schoolboy dreamed about. It was the apex of ambition, a privilege beyond measure.

Today, too many footballers think we are the ones who should be honoured by their even deigning to take part. It is about them, not the team.

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I think the reason she doesn’t smile is because smiling causes wrinkles. If you notice, she has no wrinkles and wants her skin to stay this way!

– Nikki, Maidenhead, 02/3/2012 15:11
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Why ON EARTH would the government make her an “ambassador for Britain” when she loves this country so much she chooses to live in the U.S?????

– kaz , west sussex, 02/3/2012 15:04
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I once read that she doesn’t like the way her nose appears when she smiles so to prevent happening, whatever it is she thinks will happen, she doesn’t smile on purpose.

– SR, Wokingham, 02/3/2012 15:04
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I think she doesn’t smile becuase she is worried about getting lines around her eyes.

– Mel, London, 02/3/2012 15:04
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She is not a fashion icon or trendsetter, she is just a miserable dork.

– sas604, jalon. spain, 02/3/2012 14:49
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Smiling uses less muscles and frowning causes wrinkles.

– L.J, Suffolk UK, 02/3/2012 14:48
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VB in my opinion try’s very hard to come across as an Anna Wintour wannabe, her issue is that she has neither the talent, knowledge or where with all to carry it off and as a result looks like the vacuous oaf that she is.

– BPH, Glasgow, 02/3/2012 14:46
Rating   1

Leave her alone! so what she pouts that’s just her thing, iv seen plenty of pics of her laughing with people when shes not posing, and there would be a massive deal made if she did start grinning she can’t win either way

– layla, Liverpool, 02/3/2012 14:13
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If VB started walking around, grinning like an idiot, which is apparently the only thing that will satisfy some people, will they then have nothing to write about at the DM or will the next never ending fixation be about her teeth or how big she smiles ?

– Poppy, Paris, 02/3/2012 13:12
Rating   55

Wow, if I was rich and woke up with David Beckham every morning you would never get a cheesy grin off MY face.

– Animal Lover, Buckinghamshire, 02/3/2012 13:10

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Jan Moir said : ‘Not a bit of it. Her range of expressions seems to have only three settings: melancholy, forlorn and abject misery.‘ – She’s supposed to be ‘Posh’ spice. It’s posh to be gothically or sepulcharally inclined. Maybe it’s the justification behind the wealth bothering the conscience? Only a ‘footballer’ and their WAG would know.

As for the smile worthy issue, Vic could get Beckham to marry a wife no. 2 who is actualy Royalty or nobility so that Beckham gets a consort title or actual title, and wife Vic being wife 1 (middleton-mite in stature) can get to ‘Lady’ over the actual noble and royal newcomers to the chavham . . .  oops I mean Beckham Family as wife no.1. and indirectly get to be an incidental ‘lady’ with authority as Wife no.1 over wife 2 as well. (Psst, how about changing that name to Beckton or Beckden you smurfs? It’s more posh . . . )

How does that sound for moving up the social ladder? Would be like the grand old era where aristocrats (a football aristocrat? Ugh . . . maybe a 蹴鞠 ‘Cuju‘ Museum Curator/Owner in England with the PRC’s – or who knows Neo-Imperial Chinese Imperium’s – permission and endorsement? Cuju being the CHINESE sport that ‘English’ Football is a cheap copy of . . . would be more Posh‘ . . . ) raised massive families commensuerate with their wealth. What say you plutocrat 1%ter Becks worth hundreds of millions (or is that billions)? You play football with passion? Riiiiiight, as a beneficiary of global politics . . . lets see if a ‘Beckham’ from Uganda earns as much, this is not a real sport anymore, just politically convenient poseurs with some incidental talent and maybe money laundering via ‘exopensive players’ or expensive teams’ . . . still Vic would probably love to be ‘Posher’ as a ‘Lady’.