31 October 2008
Apparently the Straight Talk Express is barred from the High Road.
- Allow federally funded health care workers to refuse to perform abortions
- Impose mandatory drug testing on miners (whilst doing nothing to improve their abysmal and dangerous working conditions)
- All the Interior Department to approve development projects without scientific input (they'd just ignore it anyway)
Could this be the end of a beautiful friendship?
It will also be interesting to see if any of the US press pick up the story. In addition to The Guardian the story has been covered here by The Independent, The Times and, rather surprisingly the right wing Daily Mail, although they couldn't bring themselves to use the word "torture" without putting quotes around it.
30 October 2008
Life is good, eh?
"I’m voting for Barack Obama this November for a very simple reason. It is hard to imagine a more disastrous presidency than that of George W. Bush. It was bad enough that he launched an unnecessary war and undermined the standing of the United States throughout the world in his first term. But in the waning days of his administration, he is presiding over a collapse of the American financial system and broader economy that will have consequences for years to come. As a general rule, democracies don’t work well if voters do not hold political parties accountable for failure. While John McCain is trying desperately to pretend that he never had anything to do with the Republican Party, I think it would a travesty to reward the Republicans for failure on such a grand scale."
I didn't stay up to watch it although I do have it recorded and will probably watch it this evening; after a few celebratory pints down the pub. However I did receive a frantic phone call somewhere around 2 AM this morning from the 6 1/2 year old grandnephew with the news. I wonder if his Mum ever got him to sleep last night.
In any case the win was followed by the traditional mildly homo-erotic scene of about 30 writhing men in uniform in a pile pile on the floor which can be seen at the end of the clip below.
29 October 2008
And the answer to this question is "how can you be so stupid of course She does!"
28 October 2008
McCain gets the endorsement of (not) Joe the (non-)plumber.
Damn liberal press.
"How was it allowed to happen? How did politics in the US come to be dominated by people who make a virtue out of ignorance? Was it charity that has permitted mankind's closest living relative to spend two terms as president? How did Sarah Palin, Dan Quayle and other such gibbering numbskulls get to where they are? How could Republican rallies in 2008 be drowned out by screaming ignoramuses insisting that Barack Obama was a Muslim and a terrorist?
Like most people on my side of the Atlantic, I have for many years been mystified by American politics. The US has the world's best universities and attracts the world's finest minds. It dominates discoveries in science and medicine. Its wealth and power depend on the application of knowledge. Yet, uniquely among the developed nations (with the possible exception of Australia), learning is a grave political disadvantage."
"Obama has a lot to offer the US, but none of this will stop if he wins. Until the great failures of the US education system are reversed or religious fundamentalism withers, there will be political opportunities for people, like Bush and Palin, who flaunt their ignorance."
Well done and thank you.
Yes - the spittle filled braying would be truly terrible to endure so I can hardly wait for the wave of outrage over the fact that these two Christian-American men, who were clearly planning an act of terror (which would make them terrorists), who indeed intended to be "suiciders", are being treated so fairly and charged with such low level crimes. Could it be that if one's plans are simply to decapitate some niggers and assassinate an American hating socialist it really isn't that big a deal?
I wait, with bated breath, to be proved wrong.
27 October 2008
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25 October 2008
And just a word of to the (ever helpful) bar staff at The Partridge if you try ever try to slip one of this by me it's heading straight back for topping up!
:"Even if homosexuality is someday proven to be inborn, inborn does not necessarily mean normal, or divinely sanctioned."
24 October 2008
Stefan Petzner told Austrian radio that Mr Haider, whom he met five years ago, was "the man of my life".The BZÖ claims the relationship between the two men was strictly platonic.
Hr. Haider was married with two kids.
23 October 2008
The most egalitarian city in the world? (Prepare for wingnut heads exploding!)
Beijing. Thank heavens that communism has turned out to be such a failure and the unbridled free market such a success story, eh?
Yank in London
I think the "cunt" word is the only adequate description, don't you?
In a particularly damning passage, Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones said claims by Mohamed's lawyers that the US was refusing to release the papers because "torturers do not readily hand over evidence of their conduct" could not be dismissed and required an answer.
Once again I am reminded that it is not only possible, but often necessary, to be ashamed of the actions of one's government.
22 October 2008
You will note that the article states that McCain "mistakenly" used the team's old name but I doubt that it was accidental. It is nearly certain that, as the Antichrist, Senator Obama would indeed be supporting the DEVIL Rays!
21 October 2008
"Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?' The answer is 'No.
That's not America."
18 October 2008
The next time I talk to God I am going to ask Her if She thinks that is right.
Of course before we get to high and mighty about this on my side of the Big Water we should probably note that the bonuses are still bubbling up in The City.
I think I gotta get me one of these "jobs".
"People keep telling me that John McCain spent five years in a Vietnamese prison," he said. "Well, so did Gary Glitter, and I'm not voting for him either."
If the figure is roughly correct the find will put Cuba's reserves at nearly 70% of those in the US. (What's the Spanish for "drill, baby, drill?)
17 October 2008
16 October 2008
"President Bush said the US government will 'aggressively' use a 'wide range of tools' to resolve the financial crisis. Apparently, Bush's 'wide range of tools'" is not wide enough to contain a single free market policy. All the 'tools' our government has aggressively used to date - bail-outs, takeovers, bans on short selling, manipulation of interest rates, creation of fiat money out of thin air, increased spending - have been yanked right out of the socialist and fascist toolkits.
We will only get out of the mess created by our government if it cans all of those 'tools' that got us where we are and starts freeing the market from its statist policies."
Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, Washington DC
"Straight onto the tax attack, and a strong start for McCain, though he's blinking madly, it has to be said."
"McCain gets very cross indeed when Obama accuses him of negative campaigning. 'Let me just say categorically, I'm proud of the people who come to our rallies,' he says, and adds something completely confusing about people wearing hats."
"John McCain is a very strange chap. I'm sorry, but there it is."p>
All from Oliver Burkeman's live blogging of last night's debate over on the Guardian website.
Hey - wait a minute the incident took place in Israel and the man is charged with offending the Jews. That IS very different isn't it?
15 October 2008
"To Ayers or not to Ayers, that is the question"
Number 95: The Aged One is threatening to raise the "issue" of Obama's alleged close association with William Ayers in tonight's debate. If he does I predict that there will be blood. After all the (very) senior Senator from Arizona has spent two and a half
centuries decades in Washington and the list of his dubious association is lengthy and its exposure will be unpleasant, for him at least. I would assume that the Obama campaign has done their homework.
So Senator McCain, should you choose to take this path, I can only recommend that you sling your mud and then brace yourself for a ton or so of mud coming back!
I do think that it might behove you to get your dictionary out, there must be one in the Governor's office somewhere, and investigate the meaning of the word "vindicate".
It is likely that you will find the result your minmal effort enlightening.
That is all.
Yank in London
*Or at least as grounds for divorce as Mr. Ciptak made the decision without his wife's input or knowledge.
"The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat."
I love Ms. Tomlin but I've still never really forgiven her for this unprovoked attack on Philadelphia some 30 odd years ago.
I believe that this is generally known as a "double standard" but I can't be sure.
14 October 2008
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11 October 2008
And don't even think about point to your own "in depth" and undoubtedly unbiased investigation into the matter. None of us, including you I presume, actually take that seriously!
10 October 2008
09 October 2008
08 October 2008
I suggest that they be given government housing somewhere in the heart of America; I think Crawford Texas would fit the bill admirably.
07 October 2008
Kenya moves back up my list of places I'd like to holiday!
06 October 2008
Oh, did I forget to tell you? They're God loving Jews!
04 October 2008
The good news is that she'll still get a tax cut from President Obama.