"Governor Palin, do you believe that mankind and dinosaurs co-existed as recently as 6,000 years ago?"Not to (intentionally) demean her religious beliefs but someone that divorced from reality should never be one seventy year old man's heartbeat from access to the nuclear codes!
30 September 2008
29 September 2008
*Note to ordinary Americans: this is what is known as "irony". Look it up.
But then when have they ever had a plan for anything?
27 September 2008
25 September 2008
24 September 2008
Socialism is public ownership for the good of the many. This is public ownership for the good of a very few.
Socialism is income redistribution from those with significant resources to those without significant resources. This is income redistribution from those without significant resources to those with considerable resources.
This is not socialism; this is naked theft. It is the formalisation of the kleptocracy that unrestricted capitalism is anyway.
Time to hit the books Jim.
I reckon no more than four, which is probably better than Captain Codpiece can do ever now!
And for those who think I just pick on Repuli-con; Mr. Taylor is a Demon-crat.
23 September 2008
On this day, 56 years ago, Vice President Richard Nixon gave his infamous Checkers speech and got to keep his job; and his wife's respectable Republican cloth coat; and the dog. When I was at university one of my mates had a copy of the speech on Super 8; we used to watch it whilst smoking bongs of Afghani hash - endless hours of entertainment.
After eight years of Captain Codpiece I am suddenly nostalgic for the good old Nixon years.
Just who the fuck are these people and why are they allowed to vote?
22 September 2008
I'd recommend you put the signs up anyway and let the sons of bitches sue you (but that's just me).
"It's a matter of time, these things take time. And then something unexpected happens, when one of these lawyers travels to the wrong place."
By the way if you have read Mr. Sands's other equally disturbing book Lawless World it is well worth a read as well.
This deal cannot be allowed to go through as is. The have to been a number of quid pro quo including:
- serious new regulation of the banking and investment industries, especially derivatives and short selling;
- limits on executive salaries and bonuses, including the cancellation of bonuses and golden parachutes for any and all executives and board members of firms who receive these taxpayer subsidies for, say, the next five years;
- and a means for the return of some portion of the taxpayer investment from future profits;
- additional protections from foreclosure for primary residences of middle class, working class and poor households.
20 September 2008
hannity offensive fuck – economy is great
19 September 2008
18 September 2008
I would like to point out to you that, as important as the Premiership is, it is built on the foundation of the lower divisions, notably the English Championship. Ergo I am sure that you understand that should Crystal Palace's shirt sponsor, the renowned GAC Logistics, should ever find themselves in financial difficulty you will certainly do the right thing and step in to prevent the dominoes from toppling and possibly destroying the world economy.
Yours in football,
Yank in London
17 September 2008
With American owners and a nationalised shirt sponsor will they be playing the "Star Spangled Banner" before home matches?
16 September 2008
15 September 2008
13 September 2008
I am certain that the oil companies involved will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law; or not as the case may be.
12 September 2008
11 September 2008
10 September 2008
"No one knows what war is like other than my family. Period."
Meghan - I think you will find that each of the children pictured above know more about war than any members of your family than your father and they may, in fact, understand war even better than him.
I was particularly charmed by the chants of "USA USA" as if 11 September was a bloody under-21 football match we lost but we plan on getting our own back in the away fixture.
09 September 2008
The 21 year old Kutztown State student, undoubtedly majoring in media studies is expected to graduate from the University sometime in 2025 and immediately move to Alaska and run for governor.
08 September 2008
06 September 2008
In that case "so long it's been good to know you" as far as I am concerned.
04 September 2008
And the Eternal Global War on Terra runs on and on and on and on. Am I the only one who thinks that this lot would prefer this war to never end?
Note to "I'm a Big" Dick Cheney: this could be considered bullying. I thought you should know.
03 September 2008
Now that we've covered the issue of Governor Palin's daughter's out-of-wedlock pregnancy it's time to have a look at the other issues bubbling up around her. What's a valid issue and what's not? So in no particular order:
- Her husband's job with BP. He is an oil worker of some sort and that, in and of itself, is not an issue.
However he took a leave of absence from his job after his wife was elected to office to help with the family but went back because the family "needs the income". This strikes me as a bit elitist. AFter all Ms. Palin's wages as Governor of Alaska are around $86K per annum which puts the family right on the cusp of the top 10% of earners in America. Did they really need the money? One thinks not.
So the fact he works for BP isn't relevant but their idea of how much money is not enough is.
VERDICT: VALID ISSUE!
- Reports are surfacing that she was either a member of the Alaska Independence Party or, at the least, a fellow traveller. The AIP has as it's basis a belief that "the legality of the Alaskan statehood vote [was] illegal and in violation of United Nations charter and international law". This hardly sounds like the "America first" rhetoric we are hearing from the campaign and some, but not me, might call it treason.
The defense that she was a registered Republican all along is absolutely meaningless. Voter registration in the states is not the same as membership in a party. It is often a matter of convenience. One can register for any party one wants and, living in Chester County, I often registered as a Republican in order to vote in local Republican primaries; the only meaningful votes there were in local elections.
VERDICT: VALID ISSUE!
- The "baby Daddy" of the younger Ms. Palin describes himself on his now private MySpace page as a "fucking redneck" who doesn't want kids.
VERDICT: Amusing, and possibly trouble for the longer term prospects of his upcoming marriage but NOT A VALID ISSUE!
- She seems to think that the American Pledge of Allegiance was written by the founding fathers, including the "under God" bit.
She couldn't be more wrong. It was written by a, (Shock! Horror!), socialist in the late nineteenth century and the "under God" bit was added during the dark days of the McCarthy era after a campaign by the not-very-secular Knights of Columbus.
VERDICT: goes to knowledge and character - VALID ISSUE!
- She seems to think that it is appropriate to pray for pipelines!
VERDICT: demeaning of (a non-existent) God - VALID ISSUE!
- She has been accused of, and is currently being investigated for abuse of her powers as governor and there is evidence that the McCain campaign is bearing pressure to bear to delay the completion of this investigation, due at the end of October, until after the election.
VERDICT: (silly question really) - EXTREMELY VALID ISSUE!
- She used her line item veto as governor to slash funding for housing for teenage mothers.
VERDICT: Irrespective of her daughter's current condition - goes to her anti-feminist, anti-human credential - VALID ISSUE! (I guess if she and McCain win in November the daughter, the "baby Daddy" and the baby will be able to share a spare room at Number One Observatory Circle and avail themselves of fine, taxpayer funded health care so no need for Alaskan money for them at least!)
- There are those that are questioning her experience given that she has only been in charge of Alaska, a state with roughly three times the population of Bromley, for less than two years and before that it was the undoubtedly lovely town of Wasilla AK. I think this picture of the Wasilla town hall says it all.
VERDICT: VALID ISSUE! (And no it doesn't count that Alaska is "close" to Russia.)
- If she's on the cover of US Weekly she must be a celebrity which is, apparently, an evil thing.
VERDICT: like the "fucking redneck" amusing but NOT A VALID ISSUE!
- There are suggestions that she wanted to ban books from the local library in Wasilla.
VERDICT: silly question - VALID AS HELL!
I haven't missed any have I? I certainly hope not; I'm all Palin-ed out.
Fine. Let us hope that neither the birth of the child nor the wedding will come about as a result of undue duress on the part of the parents involved. Let us also hope that, against the odds, the extremely young couple's partnership is successful and their child healthy and happy.
But not all families or young couples will wish to take the same path as these two. They may realise that the failure of their education and the mistake that they made by practicing unsafe sex, in an age when unsafe sex can kill, both have the potential to ruin their lives and affect those around them. Well to those families Governor Palin, and her erstwhile running mate The Aged One, stick up two fingers and roundly say "fuck you". They both believe, she most vehemently of the two, that a woman should have no right to control her body or her reproductive processes. In her own words Ramb-ette, as I like to call her, has said that she would oppose abortion even if her "own daughter was raped".
So she wants to ensure that America's children are not provided with education about sex, reproduction or options other than "don't do what we're not telling you about" and should this "education" fail, as it clearly did in the case of her very young daughter, she also wants to ensure that there are no legal options available even in the worst of circumstances (i.e. rape and incest).
So I'm sorry to those who might disagree but the issue is valid, it is not an intrusion of privacy (she made it public) and it must and will be discussed.
These are not even tough questions, except for the fact that any honest answer will reflect unfavourably on The Aged One's choice for Veep.
Of course they don't want it to be about issues because on the issue McCain has been wrong, is wrong and will continue to be wrong.
It is refreshing to stumble across honesty, however infrequently, in American politics.
In case you've forgotten below is Joe Biden rather aptly describing the ex-New York Mayor and long time transvestite.
*Note for Americans: 11/9 is European for 9/11
Given that I can't see how Labour can possibly win the next election this must be a shoe in.
I can only assume that this falls under the "not every violation of the law is a crime" guidelines of "Gone-zo's" successor, Robert Mukasey.
Funded by the deep pockets of the right wing Christian Legal Centre, most famous for its failed prosecution of Jerry Springer - The Opera for obscenity, a London woman is pursuing a private prosecution against the Baltic Centre in Gateshead for its display of a statue of Jesus with a rather prominent erection. The statue by Canadian Terence Koh was part of an exhibition that included many other popular characters including Mickey Mouse and ET; each of them with prominent erections.
The case is certain to go nowhere and perhaps we should be happy that the CLC is wasting its money.
02 September 2008
Video of Amy Goodman's arrest.
If only we knew it was so easy we could have done this long ago.
I think that this idea should be passed along to the nation's capital where, in addition to the badges, all lobbyists, especially ex-Senators, ex-Generals and ex-White House staffers, should be made to wear funny hats!