Hit & Run

He drinks a lager drink. He drinks a cider drink.

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Who can trust a cider drinker? Drudge has an entertaining profile of Anjem Choudary, the British Muslim (or as he would prefer, Muslim living in Britain), who is calling for the execution of the pope:

It's a long way from his days as a medical student at Southampton University, where, friends say, he drank, indulged in casual sex, smoked cannabis and even took LSD. He called himself 'Andy' and was famed for his ability to drink a pint of cider in a few seconds.

One former acquaintance said: "At parties, like the rest of us, he was rarely without a joint. The morning after one party, I can remember him getting all the roaches (butts) from the spliffs we had smoked the night before out of the ashtrays, cutting them up and making a new one out of the leftovers.

"He would say he was a Muslim and was proud of his Pakistani heritage, but he didn't seem to attend any of the mosques in Southampton, and I only knew of him having white girlfriends. He certainly shared a bed with them."

Suspiciously, these reminiscences all come from former "acquaintances" and "friends," one of whom claims he or she tripped with Choudary back in the day but declines to describe the experience. (Does the Koran allow visual hallucinations?)

One thing that's a little better supported: The country Choudary hates is paying for his antics:

Despite his hatred of all things British—he says: "If British means adopting British values, then I don't think we can adopt British values. I'm a Muslim living in Britain. I have a British passport, but that's a travel document to me"—he and his family live on state benefits.

[Choudary's wife] Rubana is said by friends to claim £1,700 a month in housing benefit and income support while Choudary has also claimed £202 a month in income support.

More support for my thesis that A Clockwork Orange was the real prophetic book of the 20th century. To think that there was a time when patriotic Britons were proud to call for the execution of the pope.