Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Those of us of a cynical disposition

Nothing more than these few lines I'm afraid, but worthy of its own little post I thought.

Those of us, of a cynical disposition, would suspect that the reason the whole story doesn't ring true is simply because it isn't - it's a concoction, created after the event, designed to protect the reputations of the stupid, selfish and irresponsible.

The infamous "sighting" is just the cherry on top of that particularly inedible cake - unfortunately, by the time that Leicestershire's finest finally got around to revisiting those statements, all concerned had been given plenty of time to fix the narrative in place.

Not that it would have bothered the LP - their interviews were so weak, they may as well have been carried out on the GMTV sofa, by the assorted media Maccanistas, for all the good they did.

h/t Vimes

Monday, 28 September 2009

Gallery Sixty Eight

Thought For Today: or better put, Appeal For Today.

Will y'all stop getting giddy with excitement when the press prints a bit of something that wanders from the McCann party line, recognise it for what it is, a crumb.

An occasional crumb thrown out by editors and the fat controllers to keep the detractors quiet for another month or two.

You are being had over big style and it says as much about you as it does the press. Having been conditioned to reading so much shite for so long, the minute something unfavourable makes it to print you're all running round like virgins at a wedding.

There is a mountain of stuff they could print, but they don't; do they.

Don't look to the press to do the right thing or make a break in this case, it ain't going to happen.


Here's a fellow after my own heart and a bit of reading along the way for you.

Woman Convicted of Madeleine McCann Style Death!

UK - A mother was today jailed for six years for killing her 20-month-old son by drugging him with antidepressants to make him sleep.

The story is reminiscent of the what Kate and Gerry McCann were accused of doing to all of their three children. Which could well have resulted in the death of their 3 year old daughter Madeleine McCann, who disappeared on the 3rd May 2007 whilst left alone with her two younger siblings whilst her parents went out drinking all night. Her body has never been found.


The Bastard says:
Go on tell us where you hid the body please? and please tell us why it is so important that the body is not found.

The Bastard: search "McCann" for index of articles

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There is an update on Donal MacIntyre's case cracking revelations. Our good friend Dr Martin Roberts casts a somewhat critical eye over what super sleuth and ace crime reporter MacIntyre actually knows as opposed to what he thinks he knows.

I do have to admit to a certain amount of confusion, for reason no other than the article is so excruciatingly bad it has to be a piss take.


See article below this.

Thought For Today: Donal MacIntyre

Updated, see below.

Do I owe Donal MacIntyre an apology?

For me to do so I have to credit the Express with a quality I have trouble associating them with; subtlety.

I'm far from convinced that I do, not given all the shameful tripe and sycophantic drivel they have published since they rolled over.

And in this climate of drivel how can I be convinced that the article, so poorly researched, so lacking in substance, and so ridiculous to anybody that has taken a moment or two to study the facts of the case, is not to be taken at face value?

Although the offending article could be construed as great satire, and if it were in fact satirical, I think it's a stretch for the Express to expect it's readers to differentiate between the tripe it normally publishes and this particular piece of nonsense.

And of course let us not forget the dots.

If anybody has a rational argument in favour of an apology, please convince me, I'm fluid on this one and I have no prejudice, not against a bloke I had never previously heard of.


By Dr Martin Roberts for the McCannfiles
20 September 2009

Donal MacIntyre

MADELEINE McCann was abducted by at least two kidnappers who must have carried out several dry runs in the days leading up to her disappearance.

and repeatedly came within seconds of capture - see below

After spending a week on the ground investigating the case and the methods used by the kidnappers, I can only conclude that they must have entered the apartment to carry out a rehearsal, because they were working to an incred­ibly tight schedule.

There are other conclusions available. And why only one rehearsal among 'several dry runs'? Presumably they entered via the patio doors. So why didn't Gerry do the same?

The three-minute time frame they allowed themselves left no margin for error.

I think you'll find, Donal, that after studying the movements of the McCanns for several days and noticing that their conscientious return visits to the apartment were regular as clockwork at twenty minute intervals, the criminals would have allowed themselves fifteen minutes, not three

But even though they did their homework with meticulous care, they still came within seconds of capture.

and on more than one occasion

I believe the focus of the investigation for the private investigators hired by Madeleine's parents should be on a breakdown of who was in and around the Mark Warner Ocean Club in Praia da Luz throughout their holiday.

The PJ thought the same. Unfortunately, the Tapas 7 begged to differ. On the plus side, we do have a collection of Rogatory Interviews, and the private investigators don’t have to travel all over Europe to question them further. more

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Gallery Sixty Seven

I actually wanted to feature Gerry's new best pal Adam Tudor in the above, but images are a bit thin on the ground.

And here's a bit for any F1 fans that hold Jonathan, I'm going to ruin your day and talk shite all through this race, Legard in the same esteem as myself.

Seems I ain't the only one with this viewpoint.

Legard - Your Time Is Up

Still happy that James Allen is gone?

Friday, 25 September 2009

Gallery Sixty Six

Just a wee thought to close the day.

Given that our wonderful press, without exception I think, tow the McCann party line and are endlessly banging the big drum of abduction, in perfect tune I might add to the many asinine McCann mantras.

And given that no police force is actively looking for Madeleine, why then do we not see headlines screaming with outrage, fury even, demanding a British police force open an investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and rescue her from the clutches of the evil paedo that is undoubtedly holding her captive?

But we never hear a word about such a course of action, why could that be?

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Just a short read.

"After a week of intense work, Harrison presents the results of his study to my coordinating group. Even if we were expecting it, his conclusions confirm our worst fears. The most plausible scenario is the following: there is no doubt that Madeleine is dead, and her body is hidden somewhere in the area around Praia da Luz. He praises the quality of the work carried out by the Portuguese authorities in trying to find the little girl alive. According to him, the time has come to redirect the searches in order to find, this time, a body hidden in the surrounding area. " more
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I think these two deserve a bump given current situations.

Taking the piss has always been de rigueur when it comes to the antics of these two amazing creatures and just when you think you've heard it all they still manage to amaze and still manage to extract the wet stuff.

Here be a little comic strip for ye.

A source

close to the _ said:

“They just despair. This is the level of distortion and lies they’ve been up against.”

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Thought For Today: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

I don't know if any other bloggers have noticed, but of late I have been experiencing much heavier traffic from the search engines, not site specific but just general McCann related inquires, who said there was no such thing as bad publicity?

I seemed to recall something suitable in my "Records Folder," sho nuff there was something, and one or two others.

Just love the name of the band on this rascal.

But when it all starts

and your

comes tumbling down

I am going to take the greatest delight in shouting from the rooftops,

Speaking of Creatures

As I did in my previous post, a little insight as to how they scurry along and a good opportunity to employ a graphic from yesterday.

British lawyers Carter Ruck maliciously claim a copyright violation in order to have website suspended

September 23, 2009 --
British libel law firm Carter Ruck has written to the website hosting company and made a bogus claim of a copyright violation over three images of Madeleine McCann in their latest efforts to have a website shut down.

They claim that the three images are owned by Kate and Gerry McCann and that the use of the images was unauthorized.

The images in question are a composite image on the homepage of the site at and two photographs of a book written by Madeleine Foundation secretary Tony Bennett.

But we can reveal this claim to be bogus.

The official Find Madeleine website used by the McCanns to fund their so-called "search for Madeleine" has a free downloads page with various posters including the images of Madeleine. The images are therefore freely available in the public domain and are being given out by the complainants Kate and Gerry McCann.

The Carter Ruck demand letter can be viewed here:

The McCanns do not want the Madeleine Foundation website online and have recently demanded that the site be taken down after they sent threatening letters to secretary and chairperson Tony Bennett and Debbie Butler.

The Madeleine Foundation believes the theories of the main investigating officers on the missing Madeleine McCann case in Portugal. Inspector Amaral and Chief Inspector Almeida came to the conclusion that Madeleine McCann died in the apartment while on vacation with her family in May 2007. Despite overwhelming evidence, the British government intervened to frustrate and hamper the case and it forced the investigation to be shelved.

Former British attorney Tony Bennett wrote a book highlighting the major discrepancies in the McCanns' alibi and thousands of copies of the book have already been sold.

A new book "Madeleine McCann: Faked Abduction" is soon to be released in the USA.
The book expands on Tony Bennett's lead and demonstrates how the McCanns and their friends have avoided any charges while at the same time receiving substantial aid from the British Government, including lots of personal involvement from Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

A new book! that's news to me, drive on.

The Man Who Always Talks Sense Talks Sense: Richard Dawkins

Occasionally the hypothetical question gets asked, "Who would you most like to have dinner with?"

Of the female, Glenda Jackson, of the male, Richard Dawkins.

The good professor is really one on his own, a man possessed of an awesome intellect and staggering academic achievements and might seem an odd choice of companion for a man that has neither.

But why I admire Dawkins so much is, in spite of his stunning intellect, he is such a lovely gentle man who as far as I have witnessed has never once come across as superior, talking to and passing on his knowledge at a level befitting his audience.
How fascinating and pleasant an experience then, dining with such a fellow?

And what of these creatures that Dawkins alludes to?

Parasites, parasites who's greed is only equalled by that of their clients.

Parasites who's contributions to society and to mankind have yet to be catalogued or even discovered.

Parasites who's fees can at best only be described as beyond obscene.

Parasites who's time on earth is only made tolerable by the inevitability that this too must pass.

These are the creatures of which Dawkins speaks.

Richard Dawkins Condemns British Libel Laws

Scientists are operating in "an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty" because libel laws biased in favour of the plaintiff are making them wary of challenging bogus claims about health products, Richard Dawkins has claimed.

Dawkins told the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth that scientists should settle their differences in the lab, not in court, and that libel laws that made it too easy for people to be sued could have "disastrous consequences" for the public interest.

He condemned the way London had become "the libel capital of the world" and backed Liberal Democrat proposals that were approved by the conference for the libel laws to be reformed to provide "a better balance" in favour of free speech.

Dawkins, who votes Lib Dem but is not a party member, was given special permission to address the conference in a debate covering libel and civil liberties.

He used the opportunity to highlight the case of Simon Singh, the science writer he described as a "courageous hero" who is being sued by the British Chiropractic Association over an article he wrote for the Guardian's comment pages.

"I and many of my colleagues fear that if Simon loses it will have major implications on the freedom of scientists, researchers and other commentators to engage in robust criticism of scientific and pseudo-scientific work.

"It is possible in medicine, even when you intend to do good, to do harm instead. That's why science thrives on actively encouraging criticism, rather than stifling it," the former professor for public understanding of science at Oxford said.

"Scientists often disagree with one another, sometimes passionately. But they don't go to court to sort out their differences. They go into the lab, repeat the experiments, carefully examine the controls and the statistical analysis."

Dawkins said that instead of suing Singh, the BCA should "submit their case to the higher court of scientific test".

The professor accepted that companies and individuals had a right to redress if they were maliciously attacked.

"But if such a law is cast too wide, it has disastrous consequences on the public interest, not least in the area of science and medicine, where the stakes are high, profits and reputations are guarded jealously, and the vulnerable need to be protected from unproven or fraudulent claims for cures, whether by alternative therapists or big pharmaceuticals," he said.

Dawkins said one problem was that scientists did not know whether they would get sued for a particular remark. This could lead to medical debates being conducted in "an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty".

He also complained about "libel tourism", the practice of going to London to sue because the chances of winning there are so much higher.

The Liberal Democrats proposed reforming the libel laws by shifting the burden of proof towards the plaintiff, cutting libel costs and narrowing the jurisdiction of the English courts. Guardian.

The two graphics in the text might seem familiar although featuring another hero, but it was in fact Dawkins that first featured as these originals show.

And here is a little something that I produced (just to keep my hand in) during my summer "break" to accompany Ariane Sherine - Richard Dawkins No God bus campaign.

h/t Mercedes

Monday, 21 September 2009

Gallery Sixty Five

A First rate article: May 4 - The Performance of a Lifetime. at the Cracked Mirror.

.........Victories could also be pyrrhic, as in the case of William Roache whom Carter-Ruck encouraged to sue The Sun for saying he was boring. Roache was awarded £50,000 but as the paper had already paid that amount into court, Roache ended up having to pay his own costs and those of The Sun. He tried to sue Carter-Ruck but was unsuccessful and declared bankruptcy.

In 1980, Daily Express editor Derek Jameson had been advised by Carter-Ruck that if he sued the BBC over their portrayal of him in a Weekending sketch, he would win at least £25,000 in damages. The barrister in the case, David Eady QC, however advised Carter-Ruck to accept the BBC's offer to settle for £10 (sic) plus costs. Carter Ruck did not disclose this advice to his client. The jury found the broadcast defamatory, but also fair comment and Jameson had to pay costs.[3], receiving a bill for £41,342.50 from Carter-Ruck. Jameson learned by chance of the QC's advice and Carter-Ruck's former partner David Hooper claimed that "Carter-Ruck told him a string of lies".[4] Carter-Ruck later claimed that he did not want to undermine Jameson's morale in court.[5]

Did someone mention Pinochet? one from the archives, rather aptly named I thought.

MacIntyre, who has exposed drug dealers and soccer hooligans, believes the abductors were in the apartment when Gerry went to check on Madeleine and her two siblings.

The McCanns’ investigators say they are already probing MacIntyre’s findings and agree with most of his theories.

Just a non story reporting the previous non story.

And Edgar just never knows when to stop.