The Devil Is Picking Your Politicians!

John Jacob

A candidate seeking the Republican nomination for a Congressional seat in Utah has blamed the devil for problems with his campaign.

John Jacob, a businessman aiming to oust Republican incumbent Chris Cannon in a party primary this week, told The Salt Lake Tribune that since he had decided to try for Congress, the devil had disrupted his business deals, stopping him investing $1m (£550,000) in the race as he had hoped. “There’s another force that wants to keep us from going to Washington DC,” he said. “It’s the devil.”
(Source: The Independent)

To be fair to the Republican nutter, he does frantically backpedal. But I fear the damage is done now he’s said, on the record, that Old Nick was doing his darnedest to keep him out of office.

All politicians wave the God flag. Look at how Butcher Blair has wrapped himself in Christ, why it’s almost impossible to see where Christ’s blood ends and the blood of 100,000 Iraqis starts. I actually hope he’s lying about being a Christian because the alternative, that he truly believes a giant ghostie wants him to bomb children, is far more insane.

Jacob isn’t atypical, he seems entirely too typical of the current Republican party. Maybe that’s why some old-school Republicans are leaving? Jacob certainly has the typical Republican grasp of reality:

Jacob had said that 40 percent of the inmates at the Central Utah Correctional Facility were illegal immigrants. Christine Mitchell, deputy state corrections director, said they made up 8.4 percent of the Gunnison prison population.

Jacob acknowledged the error, and declined to say who had told him it was 40 percent because he didn’t want them to get into trouble.

Of course, we all the source of that inaccuracy: it was ole’ Red Eyes. He’s out to pervert our wunnerful democracies, I tells ya!

I’d love to see more UK politicians coming out as atheists or, at the very least, agnostics. But I guess that would be a brave move since the majority of their electorate does believe in goblins and Thor. Or something similar, anyhow.

Zahid Mubarek – Still No Justice

Zahid Mubarek

The inquiry into the murder of Asian teenager Zahid Mubarek by a racist cell-mate will this week name at least two officials who have since been promoted and highlight a ‘lack of accountability’ over the killing, The Observer can reveal. Sources who have seen the report by Mr Justice Keith said it goes into detail about individual errors or oversights and criticises management failures.

The former Chief Inspector of Prisons, Lord Ramsbotham, yesterday denounced the way the incident was handled. He said that, instead of resisting an independent inquiry until ordered to hold one by the House of Lords, the government should have ‘suspended a number of the relevant staff at once’, including the people who had placed Mubarek in the same cell as a known racist. The officers responsible at Feltham young offenders’ institution, west London, where the murder took place, should also have been suspended.

Having earlier issued stinging criticisms of Feltham, where Mubarek was murdered hours before he was to have been freed in 2000, Ramsbotham said: ‘It was a tragedy waiting to happen.’ He added: ‘I find it totally extraordinary that no one has been made accountable.’
(Source: The Observer)

It’s six years now since Zahid Mubarek was murdered by his cellmate. His killer, Robert Stewart, was a known racist. Why were they placed in the same cell the night before Mubarek was due to be released?

I doubt it was simply an oversight.

Sometimes I wonder why I continue to live in and pay my taxes to a country with an institutionally racist police force and legal system, a country quite happy to take my money but not so eager to accord me the same rights as its white citizens. A country where, if I were arrested, I could easily die in the manner of Zahid Mubarek and the people responsible would be rewarded with lovely promotions.

Increasingly, I can’t think of a good answer.