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More than ever, EACH vote counts.

If you have been paying any attention to world news, you may have noticed how many of the Britons who didn’t vote in the refererndum to exit the European Union have lived to regret–bitterly regret–not voting. And how many have regretted, even more bitterly, voting to leave, in ‘protest,’ believing their vote didn’t count, that it didn’t make a difference, that it was ‘just’ an expression of their discontent, and that it would make no difference to the outcome.

Do not follow in their footsteps.

Vote–and vote while conscious that every individual voice counts.

More, make sure those around you vote, and that they too are fully cognizant of the consequences of ‘protest’ voting.



Da Donald: I’m going to make America GREAT again!

Melania: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.




(I’m so weak)


We interrupt this program to say...

If you are a citizen of the United States, and you are woman, this 4th of November,

go vote.

(Okay, also if you are a man)

It’s a right and it’s a duty–and it matters. This is why:


I Know I'm A Little Late But....OBAMA WON, WOOOHOOO!!!

Because I tweet so much, I have to admit, I do forget to update the blog for months on end, thank God for Willaful and AztecLady.

Anyhoo, those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that I’ve been fairly obsessed with the election this year, in a way that I wasn’t in 2008.
Back then I thought McCain was a shoe-in, even though he seemed older than Methuselah, (before he picked that right-wing nut as running partner), I just didn’t believe that Obama could do it, but anyway, we all know what happened on that particular November night.

Roll on to 2012, and I found myself totally involved with an election that probably wouldn’t directly affect me or mine.

The Romney campaign annoyed the crap outta me. His pick for running mate annoyed the crap outta me, but the most annoying thing about this election cycle was the GOP talking heads. They all seemed to be drinking from the same crazy juice fountain. Senators talking about legitimate rape, all that crap about how babies from rape was a gift from God, seriously, what is up with some Republicans people?

Anyway, the important thing is that despite all the polls telling us that this was going to be a close election, (98% of Brits wanted an Obama win by the way) Obama won. And that people, is a very good thing. For America, and the rest of the world. Apart from Pakistan obviously:)

So Did You Guys Hear The Joke About Mitt Romney?

No, me neither, he just isn’t that interesting is he? Oh well…

Batshit crazy racists, or merely seekers of truth and justice and upholders of the American way?

You guys know what I think…

I got this story from Alan Colme’s Liberaland blog.

Alan writes:

Michael John Kobulnicky, the public relations director for the San Diego Tea Party, was arrested Thursday (via PoliticusUSA).

According to East County Magazine, Michael John Kobulnicky is accused of offering a woman a ride on February 25, but instead of taking her home, he drove to secluded island, pulled the victim out of the vehicle, sexually assaulted her, and left her in the sand. San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown said, “He dragged her out of the car and sexually assaulted her pretty brutally.”

East County Magazine reports:

“He dragged her out of the car and sexually assaulted her pretty brutally,” San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown told ECM news partner 10 News in late February, shortly after the February 25 assault occurred…

After Kobulnicky’s arrest, the San Diego Tea Party issued a statement indicating that Kobulnicky took leave the group in January for personal reasons and had not been in touch since then, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He has been removed from his position while the legal process runs its course, the statement said, adding that “”Our hearts and our thoughts go out to the victim.”

…According to his website, Kobulnicky supports Christian values, is a father of five sons, and is co-founder and president of the National Council of Americans, Inc, a nonprofit that helps youths.

…He is charged with rape, kidnapping, and forcible sex with a foreign object. Evidence includes surveillance video shot at a local convenience store shortly before the kidnapping occurred. Kobulnicky is being held without bail pending arraignment on Monday.

Good Christian values eh? Indeed…

What a horrific individual. Glad he got caught.

Warning: Foul language ahead. And I use the C word too. You can’t say I didn’t warn you…

I know I’ve said it loads of times, but gosh I am so glad I live in Britain, where quite frankly, our politicians (left and right) have no interest in my uterus, never mind trying to tell me what I should do with it. They have more important things to talk about, such as trying to get us out of the economic hole that we’re in.

What I want to know is where is the united “hell no!” from American women? (Not you women of Oklahoma, I saw the “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d fuck a senator” banner) (more…)

When you don't get it, belittle those who do.

After Wednesday widespread protests over SOPA and PIPA, I have spent quite a bit of time pondering what the internet as we know it today means to me. The freedom and inspiration from these “series of tubes” (Sen Ted Stevens) allow me, the boundless resources it holds at my fingertips.

Among these, a humongous crush of mine:

The Daily Show
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“Let’s bring the nerds”

The nerds, said with contempt. Yes, you morons, do bring in the nerds so that they can explain how this thing you are trying to legislate actually works–what it is, what it does, how it affects the lives of everyone of those around you (your constituents–remember them?) and your own.


Dear lord–and these people make decisions that affect the rest of us.

Am I the only person desperately hoping that Sarah Palin runs for president? I’d love to see her up there representing the Republican Party, with Michele Bachmann as her Vice President. Oh the comedy value would be priceless….

Please Oprah, make it happen!

I love Obama, and appreciate his innate goodness, but I’m not going to lie, I would love all the gag reels that would be created from a Palin/Bachmann presidency. It would enable me to feel vastly superior about the infinite wisdom of Brits in general (in comparison to “crazy Americans”) and the UK’s current governance, hahahaha!

I read this morning that there’s finally been a resolution to the debt ceiling crisis talks that seem to have gone on forever.

Quite frankly, I think the sheer fuckwittery of the politicians have made America look like they couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery.

During this whole process, it seems to me that the politicians forgot who they were serving. If I was a U.S citizen, I’d be very ashamed that I had people like this supposedly looking after my interests.

Petty squabbles and point scoring seems to underpin American politics these days in a way that it never has before. And not forgetting the out and out racism of course. (For those in denial, yes, the Republican party are more racist than the Democrats, live with it.)

I of course put the blame on the Republicans, who also seem to be fighting amongst themselves. Well, what did they expect? The Tea Party lot aren’t going to make things easy for the more moderate right-wingers.
I guess it would be like having a faction of the English Defence League or the British National Party in Parliament. That kind of extremism mingled with more normal thinking people never leads to anywhere good. I’m pretty sure John Boehner is beginning to realise how little influence he has over that riotous lot. He really has his work cut out for him, trying to manage them and the more reasonable conservatives.

The Tea Party movement seem to be shouting the loudest within the Republican Party, and there’s not a damn thing anybody can do about it until the next round of elections. The lunatics are truly running the asylum it seems…

Anyway, I’m just glad that it’s apparently over and the politicians got what they wanted. Although I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t the American people who won here.

The US Congress is discussing the possibility of overturning the FCC regulations that protect Net Neutrality.

This is bad news (learn more of why here) but there’s hope–click here to visit The Internet Strikes Back and find out how to contact your representative to let him/her/it know that you know that striking Net Neutrality is a bad, bad idea.

Don’t wait, don’t pause–the day is halfway over, people!

Go call, and may the force be with you.

I didn’t really understand the whoopin’ and the cheering, but his words were truly inspirational. He rightly paid homage to those who lost their lives, and honoured those involved in saving lives.

And Michelle Obama was just as effective in her role as The First Lady. Caring and genuine, and not afraid to reach out and give comfort to those in need. She’s such a great role model.

Sarah Palin can only dream of having so much grace and dignity under such difficult circumstances.

DADT – Why Did It Take So Long?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Posted in: American Politics, DADT

I was pleased to learn that the vile DADT legislation has been repealed at last. It’s a policy that has always baffled me. I’ve just never understood the point of it? Like someone on Twitter pointed out, why ask somebody who’s willing to die for their country to hide who they are?

What difference does the sexuality of the person who you’re fighting next to make, when the enemy is spraying bullets at you? What difference does the sexuality of the person who’s willing to give up their life for yours make in the throes of war?

In my opinion, the existence of DADT was one of the things that kept America a step behind the rest of the western world. George Bush was the other, but you guys already got rid of him.

Like I’ve already said, I never got it, but I’m glad it’s being finally kicked to the curb, even if it has taken nigh on seventeen years to get here.

Now Obama just needs to hurry up and sign the damned bill already.

For more enlightened thoughts on the subject, go read Angry Black Bitch’s blog, as well as Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish.

From the ending words* to the Rally to Restore Sanity:

But we live now in hard times, not end times.  And we can have animus and not be enemies.

… these millions of cars must somehow find a way to squeeze one by one into a mile long 30 foot wide tunnel carved underneath a mighty river.  Carved, by the way, by people who I’m sure had their differences.  And they do it.  Concession by conscession.  You go.  Then I’ll go.  You go. Then I’ll go.  You go then I’ll go. Oh my God, is that an NRA sticker on your car?  Is that an Obama sticker on your car? Well, that’s okay—you go and then I’ll go.

Because we know instinctively as a people that if we are to get through the darkness and back into the light we have to work together. And the truth is, there will always be darkness.  And sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t the promised land. Sometimes it’s just New Jersey.  But we do it anyway, together.

If you are in the United States and are a registered voter… go exercise your right and your duty to elect those who should help steer the country onward.

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*Full text (with some omissions and errata) found here.

I see that Americans went for the safe and sanitized rocker, Lee Dewyze, for the win. No doubt all the text-happy tweens, pre-menopausal women, and Christian evangelists had a hand in crowning him the winner. Nothing new there then.

I guess I was hoping that voters would choose the winner based on actual talent, rather than on who they’d most like to sleep with.

Listen, I liked Lee, I did, but there was no way he was more talented than Crystal. Even he knew that.

Last year when safe, and sanitized tween-magnet, Kris Allen beat out Adam Lambert, I knew how the script was going to go. Kris would probably die in obscurity, because the people who voted for him probably wouldn’t buy his records, whilst the decidedly unsafe and unpredictable Adam would probably dance amongst the stars. I wasn’t wrong was I? Adam will be Lady Gaga to Kris’s Taylor Swift. One is an American darling who will fade once her fans grow breasts, and the other is an international star, whose stock will continue to rise for a long time to come.

It’s funny how many of the losers have gone on to do better than the actual winners.
Chris Daughtry was on one of the earlier Idol shows with his band, and he didn’t even make it to the semis did he? I’m still convinced that the only reason Kelly Clarkson won was because Americans thought she was the safe choice. Nine seasons gone, and Americans have only gotten it right two times it seems.

I give American Idol one more season without Simon. Simon Cowell is American Idol. It would be like going to see the Beatles without Paul McCartney, and who the fuck wants to do that? (Actually, I wouldn’t want to see them even with McCartney, but that’s beside the point).

Good luck Lee, but I think you know as well as we do that Crystal will outsell you massively. It’s an American Idol tradition these days. At least Crystal wont have to turn into an Idol-Bot, churning out shit music, album after album.

I should be grateful that at least the pretty boy with the girly hair didn’t make it to the final. Now that would have been ridiculous.

What a terrific speech:

“If you’re someone who only reads the editorial page of The New York Times, try glancing at the page of The Wall Street Journal once in awhile. If you’re a fan of Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, try reading a few columns on the Huffington Post website. It may make your blood boil; your mind may not often be changed. But the practice of listening to opposing views is essential for effective citizenship. So too is the practice of engaging in different experiences with different kinds of people.

For four years at Michigan, you have been exposed to diverse thinkers and scholars; professors and students. Do not narrow that broad intellectual exposure just because you’re leaving here. Instead, seek to expand it. If you grew up in a big city, spend some time with some who grew up in a rural town. If you find yourself only hanging around with people of your race or your ethnicity or your religion, broaden your circle to include people who’ve had different backgrounds and life experiences. You’ll learn what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes, and in the process, you’ll help make this democracy work,” – President Obama.

Via Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish


I do love Margaret and Helen’s blog. Those two old ladies talk so much sense.

Whether they are for real or not, who cares, but whoever they are, they have to be the most amusing, startlingly perceptive, forthright political bloggers out there. I love how they get right to the heart of the matter.

Their latest log is entitled “The Elephant In The Room Is A Kangaroo” and starts: (more…)

Lovely Photo…

Sunday, October 25, 2009
Posted in: American Politics, Barack Obama


They look so happy together don’t they? No doubt the vile Rush Limbaughs and the Sean Hannitys will try to put a negative spin on the photo. Bastards.

On Twitter a couple of days ago, MsMichelleR linked to a column on the Huffington Post, which pointed to a piece by Katie Couric, were she denounced all the scaremongering that’s been going on, re the proposed healthcare reforms in the US.

Katie Couric denounced the “fear and frankly ignorance” that is driving people to town-hall forums on health care in her “Notebook” segment.

She expressed alarm that the debate has stirred up a hornet’s nest and has “uncovered disturbing attitudes and emotions that have nothing to do with policy. Are we really still debating health care when a man brings a handgun to a church where the President is speaking?

How does a swastika spray-painted on a Congressman’s office further a discussion about Medicare?

These are tough and challenging times and lots of people are scared about their jobs and the economy. But we can’t let fear and frankly ignorance – drown out the serious debate that needs to take place – about an issue that affects the lives of millions of people.

It’s time for everyone to take a deep breath and to focus on the task at hand before this sideshow drowns out the main event.”

Fox News found the one pseudo-British politician who was quite happy to denounce the NHS. This man is a member of the European Parliament (MEP), which quite frankly means that not many people had a clue who he was. We know who Daniel Hannan is now though, and his comments have come as an embarrassment to Conservative leader, David Cameron. (more…)