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Off With Their Heads!

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The Honourable Member for Kingston upon Hull East would rather hang a banker each week than execute strikers in front of their families

In case tweets vanish in the ether

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February 18, 2012 at 10:23

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Off with His Head!

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Dear Ishani Nirgudkar,

Why stop only at acid-throwing? Eagerly await the list of all other crimes for which you would like to mandate capital punishment.

Written by Polevaulter Donkeyman

February 18, 2012 at 10:01

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What do Dalits, Adivasis, and Suicide-Committing Farmers Want?

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Dear Mr. Sampath, you say

[Rahul Gandhi’s] beard is a metaphorical representation of his profound grief at the plight of India’s malnourished millions, the Dalits, the adivasis, and the suicide-committing farmers, all of whom have been waiting for 60 years for the barest essentials of life, like FDI in retail, lower taxes for corporates, and fiscal discipline, which any day are more important than utopian, outdated, commie ideas like food, health and education for all, even for those who can’t pay for it.

Did the implementation of utopian, commie ideas for 40 years since independence provide food, health and education for all, even for those who couldn’t pay for them?

Written by Polevaulter Donkeyman

February 18, 2012 at 09:52

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So Does Fracking Cause Contamination or Not?

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February 18, 2012 at 08:25

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Andrea Mitchell is One Classy Lady

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February 18, 2012 at 08:24

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The Next Time A Vegan/Vegetarian Tells Me Meat is Murder

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Listen up brothers and sisters,
come hear my desperate tale.
I speak of our friends of nature,
trapped in the dirt like a jail.

Vegetables live in oppression,
served on our tables each night.
This killing of veggies is madness,
I say we take up the fight.

Salads are only for murderers,
coleslaw’s a fascist regime.
Don’t think that they don’t have feelings,
just cause a radish can’t scream.

Chorus:
I’ve heard the screams of the vegetables (scream, scream, scream)
Watching their skins being peeled (having their insides revealed)
Grated and steamed with no mercy (burning off calories)
How do you think that feels (bet it hurts really bad)
Carrot juice constitutes murder (and that’s a real crime)
Greenhouses prisons for slaves (let my vegetables go)
It’s time to stop all this gardening (it’s dirty as hell)
Let’s call a spade a spade (is a spade is a spade is a spade)

I saw a man eating celery,
so I beat him black and blue.
If he ever touches a sprout again,
I’ll bite him clean in two.

I’m a political prisoner,
trapped in a windowless cage.
Cause I stopped the slaughter of turnips
by killing five men in a rage

I told the judge when he sentenced me,
This is my finest hour,
I’d kill those farmers again
just to save one more cauliflower

Chorus

How low as people do we dare to stoop,
Making young broccolis bleed in the soup?
Untie your beans, uncage your tomatoes
Let potted plants free, don’t mash that potato!

I’ve heard the screams of the vegetables (scream, scream, scream)
Watching their skins being peeled (fates in the stirfry are sealed)
Grated and steamed with no mercy (you fat gourmet slob)
How do you think that feels? (leave them out in the field)
Carrot juice constitutes murder (V8’s genocide)
Greenhouses prisons for slaves (yes, your composts are graves)
It’s time to stop all this gardening (take up macrame)
Let’s call a spade a spade (is a spade, is a spade, is a spade, is a spade…..

Hat Tip: robc

Written by Polevaulter Donkeyman

February 18, 2012 at 06:35

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Greatest Indian of the 20th Century

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The Father of the Green Revolution

In pre-Borlaug 1963, wheat grew [in India] in sparse, irregular strands, was harvested by hand, and was susceptible to rust disease. The maximum yield was 800 pounds-per-acre. By 1968, thanks to Borlaug’s varieties, the wheat grew densely packed, was resistant to rust, and the maximum yield had risen to 6,000 pounds-per-acre.

Brilliant article on Norman Borlaug recently published here.

Another excerpt

Borlaug observed that the enemies of innovation might create a self-fulfilling prophecy: “If the naysayers do manage to stop agricultural biotechnology, they might actually precipitate the famines and the crisis of global biodiversity they have been predicting for nearly 40 years.” After slowing the progress of gene-splicing technology by advocating excessive regulation and after filing lawsuits to prevent the testing and commercialization of gene-spliced plants and even vandalizing field trials, activists have had the audacity to accuse the scientists and agribusiness companies of having overpromised technological advances.

A shame that such a giant was given the Padma Vibhushan when far worse have received the Bharat Ratna

Hat Tip: Ron Bailey

Written by Polevaulter Donkeyman

February 18, 2012 at 05:55

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A Tale of Jeremy and Ken

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Once upon a time a naughty boy named Jeremy said a very naughty thing

And all hell broke loose

On CiF

  1. Should Jeremy Clarkson apologise?
  2. Clarkson’s just Clarkson – would you have cared, pre-YouTube and Twitter?
  3. Clarkson is a rebel with a cause. That cause is Jeremy

Source and over the rest of the Grauniad.

Here is what Karl Turner MP had to say

And here is what his boss Ed Miliband MP had to say

Now another naughty boy, Red Ken said a very naughty thing — “Hang a banker a week until the others improve.”

And all hell broke loose. Or did it? On Cif and over the rest of the Grauniad.

The Honourable Member for Kingston upon Hull East, do you have anything to say? What about you, the Right Honourable Member for Doncaster North?

Update: The Honourable Member for Kingston upon Hull East has replied

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February 18, 2012 at 01:41

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