Saturday, 03 May 2008
THE WISDOM OF OUR TIME
I know this is stupid of me, because it is going to encourage "Russ" to
send more of these and clog up my e-mail box.
But most of them are at least a little funny. And several are very
funny. So here they are:
It's not whether you win or lose, but how you
place the blame.
You are not drunk
if you can lie on the
We have enough youth. How about
a fountain of
The original point and click interface
fool and his money
throw one hell of a
When blondes have more fun, do they know
Five days a week my body is a temple.
two it's an amusement
LEARN FROM YOUR PARENTS' MISTAKES
Money isn't everything,
but it sure keeps the
Don't Drink and
might hit a bump and spill
If at first you don't succeed,
skydiving is not
Reality is only an illusion
that occurs due to a
Time's fun when you're having
We are born naked, wet and hungry.
is not bad for you
Fuzzy green meat is bad for
Ninety-nine percent of all lawyers
rest a bad
don't let friends
take ugly people home.
Xerox and Wurlitzer will merge
create reproductive organs.
Alabama state motto:
we're not Mississippi
have been detected
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS NO
MATCH FOR NATURAL
The more I learn about terrorism,
the more I
understand the phone
The latest survey shows that
three out of four
up 75% of the
like calling a drug
EURO VS. DOLLAR: IS THE BUBBLE BURSTING?
My wife, who loves to travel and is itching to go back to Europe next year
for our 40th anniversary (she's nice enough to want to take me along) has been
railing for years about the cost of a euro in US dollars. And she has a
Last week the euro moved above $1,60. And given its
nothing-but-upward trend of the last couple of years, it looked like
this was just another milepost toward where it eventually would be.
But a funny thing has happened. All of a sudden the euro is
going down. Not a ton, I admit. It closed Friday at
$1.5424. But down is down, and that's a drop of almost 4% in just one week's
The folks at www.bloomberg.com seem to feel that this reversal may be heralding a
different direction for futures traders. If so, the euro would
continue to drop, and who knows how low it would go.
Here is the Bloomberg article:
Traders Bet on Dollar Gain For First Time Since 2005
By Bo Nielsen and
May 2 (Bloomberg) -- Futures traders are betting
for the first time since December 2005 that the dollar will
gain against the euro.
The difference in the number of wagers by hedge
funds and other large speculators on a decline in the euro compared with those
on a gain, known as net shorts, was 21,315 on April 29, compared with net longs
of 18,907 a week earlier, figures from the Washington-based Commodity Futures
Trading Commission show.
``The dollar has already turned against the
euro,'' said Benedikt Germanier, a currency
strategist at UBS AG in Stamford, Connecticut. ``The dollar will go to $1.52 in
a straight line.''
The dollar increased 0.3 percent to $1.5424 per
euro at 5 p.m. in New York, from $1.5474 yesterday. It touched $1.5361, the
highest level since March 24.
The dollar rose 1.3 percent against the euro this
week, its biggest rally since March, and has appreciated 3.6 percent from a
record low of $1.6019 reached on April 22. It's the first time the dollar has
posted two weeks of gains since December.
The currency rose after the Federal Reserve cut
interest rates on April 30 and said ``substantial'' easing since September would
help foster growth. The Labor Department reported today that U.S. employers
eliminated fewer jobs in April than forecast, indicating the labor market is
weathering the economic slowdown.
Payrolls shrank by 20,000 last month following a
revised decline of 81,000 in March. The median forecast of 82 economists
surveyed by Bloomberg News was for a drop of 75,000.
The yield advantage of two-year German bunds over
comparable-maturity Treasuries has decreased to 1.40 percentage points from 1.85
percentage points on March 31, making dollar- denominated assets more attractive
The U.S. Dollar Index, which measures the currency
against six major counterparts, touched 73.698, the highest level since March 5.
The index fell to 70.698 on March 17, the lowest level since its
I am not at all knowledgeable on how these markets work. So I'm just
parroting what others are saying. But if this is what they are
saying, maybe Europe will be a good deal more affordable for us - and you - in
the near future.
Politically, a strengthening dollar is good news for
Republicans. But, sad to say, bad news for Democrats.
What a terrible situation a party is in when, for political advantage, it
needs things to go wrong and stay wrong in our country.
THE DEMOCRATIC HOBSON'S CHOICE
Joan Swirsky, writing for www.newmediajournal.com has
put together a very tight compendium of political negatives for Hillary Clinton and
Barack Obama. It is too long to post here, but I'll put up the key parts
and you can read the rest by clicking here:
|Democrats Offer Electorate Horrific Hobsons
|Politics Joan Swirsky, Featured Writer
May 1, 2008
Thomas Hobson, an English stable owner in
the 15th century, offered his customers two
unappealing choices: either to take the least
desirable horse or none at all. Six centuries later, we still refer
to no-win (i.e., lose-lose) options as Hobsons
Welcome to the Hillary-Obama race!
simply boggles the mind that out of over-300-million American citizens,
the best that the Democrat Party can offer its leftist followers is the
choice between a pathologically lying socialist and a Marxist in liberal
What Weve Learned About Hillary?
Well, the lying is nothing new. Even before her Arkansas days,
Hillary was known for her ugly untruths. In fact, when she was 27 part
of her famous 35-years of experience she worked on the Watergate
committee investigating Pres. Richard Nixon. After the investigation was
over, the man who supervised her work,
retired general counsel and Chief of Staff of the
House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Zeifman, fired Hillary and refused to
give her a letter of recommendation one of only three people he had
fired in his 17-year career.
According to an article by
Calabrese, Zeifman said he fired Hillary because she was a liar. She
was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the
Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the
rules of confidentiality.
can forget the red-phone ladys serial lies concerning:
Big et al. here!
Then she ran for New York senator and added to the above list her
Always loving the Yankees
Having Jewish relatives
Knowing nothing about her husbands pardons of FALN terrorists (the better
to capture the Hispanic vote)
Being clueless about her husbands pardons of the Hasidic communitys
crooks (the better to capture the Jewish vote)
Creating jobs for upstate New Yorkers
Equally big et al. here!
of Hillarys lying was a preamble to her lifetime ambition of becoming the
first female U.S. president. Her run proves that repetition aids learning.
After decades of chronic confabulation, she has now raised to a virtual
art form the non-truth, the fictional, the exaggerated, and, let us not
omit, the bald-faced lie!
Having 35 years of experience
Contributing to the Irish peace process
Landing in Kosovo under sniper file
Being misled into voting for the war in Iraq (mega-whopper
Too many et als. to count!
Its no wonder that the following joke is now zooming around the
What Weve Learned About Obama?
Because hes been prominent on the national scene for less than
four years, Obama with his appealingly even temperament and golden way
with words has not refined the art of lying as Hillary has, although
youd never know this from sites like www.Obamalies.com. Hes
getting better, however, perhaps as a result of steeping himself and being
steeped in the world of Chicago machine politics. But for the sheer
length of this numbingly-repetitive, media-orchestrated campaign,
Americans would never have known about Obamas:
▪ America-hating wife (America is a mean
countryAmericans have to fix their "broken
souls." Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual,
▪ America-hating, anti-Semitic
(We have supported state terrorism against the
(We believe in white supremacy and
black inferiority) spirtual inspiration (And in my personal walk,
Obama said, I seek daily to imitate his faith),
Afrocentric-Liberation-Theology-spewing Rev. Jeremiah Wright (God Damn
America) and the candidates 20-year relationship, philanthropic largesse, and continued affiliation with Wrights
America-hating (and bombing) William Ayers ("I don't regret setting the
bombs. I feel we didn't do enough").
Sam Graham-Felsen, the Obama campaigns official blogger, who chose to
hang a Communist Party flag in his Harvard campus
Endorsement by America-hating Hamas.
Endorsement by America-hating Black Panther Party.
▪Endorsement by America-hating Marxist Daniel Ortega, president of
▪ America-hating Rashid Khalidi, who from 1972 through
1983, was the director in Beirut of the official anti-American, anti-Semitic Palestinian press agency,
America-hating Marxist-Leninist Che Guevara, Castros chief
executioner, whose picture was pinned to the wall of one of his
headquarters, with his
Anti-American revolutionary Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party member, and early
Close association with his campaign advisor, Tony McPeak,
who has remarked that our foreign policy is unduly influence
by people in Miami and New York.
with big-time crook Tony Rezko, who is now on trial for
corruption in Illinois.
▪ Suspect association with the radical anti-war group Code Pink,
which donated $600,000 to
help Iraqi terrorists in Fallujah fight U.S. military forces and harassed,
vandalized and impeded U.S. military recruiters across the
anti-American associations should cause all sane
Americans to question Obamas self-proclaimed judgment just as they
should question Hillarys deep ties to
what are we to make of the fear and loathing Obama inspires from dozens if
not hundreds of prominent black intellectuals from the worlds of politics,
academia, and the media?
Among them is columnist Ken Blackwell, who comments on Obamas
vision for our nation:
▪ National security: Over the summer, Mr. Obama
talked about invading Pakistan, a nation armed with nuclear weapons;
meeting without preconditions with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who vows to
destroy Israel and create another Holocaust; and Kim Jong II, who is
murdering and starving his people, but emphasized that the nuclear option
was off the table against terrorists something no president has ever
taken off the table since we created nuclear weapons in the 1940s.Mr.
Obama is a foreign-policy novice who would put our national security at
▪ Economic policy: For all its faults, our health
care system is the strongest in the world. And free trade agreementshave
made more goods more affordable so that even people of modest means can
live a life that no one imagined a generation ago. Yet Mr. Obama promises
to raise taxes on the rich.
▪ Social Security: Raise taxes. Medicare: Raise
taxes. Obamas solution to everything is to have government take it
over. Big Brother on steroids, funded by your
▪ Social issues: Mr. Obama said that, Christian
leaders have hijacked hijacked Christianity. He is pro-partial
birth abortion, and promises to appoint Supreme Court justices who will
rule any restriction on it unconstitutional. He espouses the abortion
views of Margaret Sanger, one of the early advocates of racial cleansing.
And, in Illinois, he refused to vote against a statewide ban on all
handguns in the state.
Hobson gave his customers two bad choices. In 2008, Democrats have
given us two choices that are potentially disastrous for our country. I
hope that keeping both of them far away from the Oval Office will be, for
most voters including Independents the proverbial
I strongly urge you to link to Ms. Swirsky's article and read every word of
it. There is a lot more than what I am able to show you in one
And if you're counting on media to provide it for you? Like I said,
link to Ms. Swirsky's article.
Here is an extremely hard-hitting, even borderline intolerant, article by
Christopher Orlet, writing for The American Spectator (www.spectator.org). I don't agree with
everything Mr. Orlet says, but his most important point - that much
of Europe seems willing to subordinate free speech to the threats of
fundamentalists - is right on target:
By Christopher Orlet
Published 5/2/2008 12:07:47
Whether by church, monarch, or dictator, Europeans
are not unaccustomed to being told what to do and what to think. Perhaps that is
why they have elected the German Hans-Gert Pottering president of the European
Parliament. President Pottering is a totalitarian official of the Old School,
only this time the reactionary enemy is not the Jew or the petite bourgeoisie,
but anyone not properly sensitive to the religion of Islam. For this reason the
Dutch MP turned filmmaker Geert Wilders is currently in his crosshairs.
Wilders is infamous for making the short anti-Koran film Fitna,
undertaken around the time of the jihadist murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Wilders is no friend of
freedom either; he has advocated the banning of the Koran and other Islamic
books and on more than one occasion suggested that the Dutch constitution and
European Convention on Human Rights should be suspended to protect citizens from
Islamic extremism. Unhappily this pair of Germanic politicos is in no way
exceptional in its belief that Europe's masses have too much
Pottering recently decreed that while Europeans do not
necessarily have to love those of other faiths, they must at least respect them, regardless of whether that respect has been earned. "We might
disagree with others but we have to respect them," declared
Many Muslims meanwhile have made it plain that they are
unwilling to respect free speech, or to accept the offenses, inconveniences, and
injuries incidental to it. Since Muslims are easily offended, and offended
Muslims tend toward violence thus becoming a danger to public safety, it is
argued, such respect can only be attained through means of a prohibition or ban
on jokes, satires, parodies, or anything thought to denigrate the faith and thus
cause a breach of the peace.
Last week Pottering told a Gulf newspaper
that "Europe" was against any cartoons that could instigate violence, presumably
including Tom & Jerry cartoons. "We in Europe are committed to the freedom
of the press, on the one hand, but on the other the media should develop
a sort of self responsibility. They should always know the consequences of what
they publish about other cultures." (Emphasis mine.)
the cartoon jihad there were calls by Muslim officials to prosecute the Danish
newspaper Jyllands-Posten on charges of blasphemy. Many of us thought
that blasphemy laws had gone out with the stocks and witch-burning, when in fact
the last British citizen to be sent to prison for blasphemy was John William
Gott. In 1922 Gott was sentenced to nine months' hard labor for comparing Jesus
to a clown. Some in the British government have realized that with its growing
and easily offended Muslim population, blasphemy charges could wreak havoc on
the court system, though the government has stopped short of repealing the laws,
perhaps out of a sense of sick nostalgia.
Laws against inciting hatred
(and not necessarily violence) because of their religious beliefs serve much the
same purpose. Substitute "speech" or "words" for "cartoons" and you have
Pottering's and his radical fundamentalist allies' real bugbear: speech they do
The tragedy is that Europeans -- who continue to re-elect the
EP official -- are willing to give politicians like Pottering the right -- if
not the power -- to ban speech he does not like.
NOT THE only members of a faith community easily offended by perceived
blasphemies, insults or parodies. Indeed, most followers of developing world
religions (whether practiced by Sikhs, Hindus, Nigerian Christians or African
animists) seem willing to riot at the least offense. It is no surprise that they
convey these enthusiasms with them when resettling in the West.
order to assuage and ameliorate these primitive passions European governments
have chosen to crack down on the natural rights of those -- mainly non-religious
persons -- who are not rioting and threatening death. That's the penalty
for not adequately respecting a medieval desert superstition.
thought, the EP's president is too much the milquetoast to be compared to past
totalitarian leaders who sought to repress freedom and curb liberty. Pottering,
in fact, cannot even bring him self to admit that there is such a thing as
"If there are people who commit acts of terrorism in the name
of Islam..." Pottering begins. If? What more proof does the leader of Europe's
Parliament need, a videotaped beheading of his wife and children?
European leaders believe that their continent will be a much more
congenial place, a regular peaceable kingdom if they will only clamp down on
civil liberties. But by appeasing Muslims, and other hotheaded believers from
the Third World, they risk alienating those who believe free speech and a free
press are the most important freedoms the West has invented, and are thus worth
Will Europeans again allow themselves to be coerced into
silence by political scoundrels? If history has taught us anything it is that
blackguards, villains and tyrants flourish when freedoms are suppressed, while
honest men and the honest truth are the first
Haven't we been down this route before? Haven't we seen the
consequences of Europe acquiescing to forces that take them backwards
before? Haven't we bailed Europe out with our own blood and treasure when
Santayana said that "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat
it". Though most of his life was spent in the United States, Mr.
Santayana lived and died a Spanish citizen. Too bad so many of his fellow
European citizens don't ever seem to listen to him.
What happened to Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama's valued supporter and fellow
congregant at jeremiah wright's Trinity United Church of Christ?
It wasn't that long ago that Ms. Winfrey was out there, in front of countless
thousands of cheering fans (her fans or his? No one knows for
sure). She was enthusiastically telling us all that the best thing
we could do was vote for Barack Obama.
Well, where is she now? And where has she been for the last three
Here, via selected excerpts, is an explanation by Carrie
Budoff Brown and Jeffrey Ressner of www.politico.com. You can read
their entire article by clicking here:
When Barack Obama needed Oprah Winfreys
help, she delivered.
When he needed an infusion of campaign
cash, she threw a star-studded fundraiser last summer at her California estate.
When he needed a big-name draw in the early-primary states, she addressed
massive crowds in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
And when Obama
was looking for a late boost in a critical Super Tuesday state, Winfrey was once
again there for him, giving up her Sunday afternoon for a Los Angeles rally.
But as Obama faces his most crucial primary day in months and struggles
to move past the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy, Winfrey is far from the
campaign trail, appearing more focused on sweeps not election season.
Indeed, since Super Tuesday on Feb. 5, Oprah has been absent from
Obama's side. Her people say other projects have kept her too busy to hit the
hustings for the candidate. His people say theyd love to have her but dont
need her help in attracting crowds anymore. Either way, people expecting to see
her on the stump anytime soon may have to hold their breath longer than David
Blaine did this week on her namesake talk show.
Yet it would seem like
the perfect time for Obama to call in his super surrogate, considering the next
two states up for grabs: North Carolina has a significant African-American
population, and Indiana shares a border and a media market with Illinois, where
Winfrey resides and tapes her talk show.
"She doesn't have anything
planned at this time," said a representative for Harpo Productions. Winfrey
"still strongly supports Obama," but "her business commitments have kept her
schedule full since February."
Winfrey is currently shooting new
programs through May sweeps, which stretches from April 24 to May 21.
Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki said they understand that the campaign
values her help and wants more of it but that it is not likely until the
general election. Psaki suggested the campaign needs to decide when is the best
time to tap its surrogates, particularly one as coveted and recognizable as
Oprahs rare foray into politics proved controversial
among certain segments of her largely female fan base, leading to speculation
that her absence from the trail reflects a conscious decision to dial back her
involvement for reasons other than business projects. After all, the scale of
her media empire suggests Winfrey is rarely without pressing business
When asked about it Friday in Indiana, Obama
downplayed the suggestion that Oprahs popularity has declined because of her
involvement with his campaign.
According to a Fox News/Opinion Dynamics
poll released after her three-state campaign tour with Obama in December,
Winfrey's favorability rating dropped to 55 percent, down from 68 percent in
Winfrey's website lit up with criticism, too. One writer
called her a "traitor" for not supporting the first viable female presidential
candidate, setting off a heated debate on her comment boards among her critics
But by the one measure that truly matters Nielsen
ratings Winfrey does not appear to be suffering.
In the six-month
period in which Winfrey's advocacy was at its height from September to
February her TV ratings registered no sharp increases or declines.
It is "impossible to attribute any change in Oprah's ratings to her
support for Barack Obama," said Robert Seidman, co-founder of the website
charts the ratings of popular television shows.
Winfrey started her big
Obama push Sept. 8 with a fundraiser at her estate near Santa Barbara, Calif.
Her Nielsen ratings for the week of Sept. 10-16 came in at 7.63 million.
In mid-November, her ratings were 8.02 million.
following her last public appearance in support of Obama at UCLA with Michelle
Obama, Maria Shriver and Caroline Kennedy, Oprah's TV ratings came in at 7.92
million and then topped 8 million again by March.
In April, well
after her last high-profile Obama appearance, her ratings dipped to 5.98
million but so did the ratings of other syndicated shows, such as
"Wheel of Fortune."
"Just as I attribute none of 'Wheel of Fortune's'
decline to Pat Sajak's political affiliation, as an analyst I don't think people
checked out of Oprah because she supports Barack Obama," Seidman said. "The
seasonal trends for everything, across the board, are down."
Bojarsky, a political consultant who works closely with celebrities and the
Democratic Party, says she sees nothing unusual in Oprah's absence from Obama's
"She's just busy," Bojarsky said.
Noting that Winfrey
hasn't endorsed candidates in the past, she said there's a benefit to keeping
her appearances "highly valued and rare."
The reason I put that lower rating in bold should be self-evident. It
is a drop-off of 25%, which is huge. And althoughthe article states
that Wheel Of Fortune dropped off too, it doesn't show by how much.
I'm betting it's nowhere near the same degree.
Further, that 25% loss of audience came right after Ms. Winfrey had been most
visible in her support of Obama. Tossing in data from late last year,
when most people had no idea of her Presidential preference, seems geared to
throwing us off the scent. Of course the viewership moved very little --
Obama wasn't an issue then. When he was an issue is when the numbers fell
off a table.
I have to conclude, therefore, that Oprah Winfrey stopped being the out-front
celebrity supporter of Barack Obama because it was hurting her
And the people who stopped watching? Don't they also vote?
That's a little something that the super-delegates might want to keep in mind
when they decide for once and for all which candidate they will
Have you been following the senate race in Minnesota between Al Franken and
"What's that" you say? "Isn't Franken running against the incumbent
senator, Norm Coleman"?
Well, yeah, he is. But he's also running against Michael
Brodkorb. And Brodkorb seems to be winning.
Let me show you what I mean, via excerpts from an Associated Press
article, which you can read in its entirety by clicking here:
Republican blogger has
Al Franken's Senate campaign reeling
By PATRICK CONDON, Associated Press
WriterFri May 2, 8:20 AM ET
Senate candidate Al Franken wants to talk about
jobs, health care and global warming. Republican blogger Michael Brodkorb wants
to talk about Franken's failure to pay all his income taxes on time.
Guess what everyone is talking about?
From the kitchen table in his tranquil suburban
neighborhood, Brodkorb for the last year has used his blog "Minnesota Democrats
Exposed" to launch a furious political assault on Franken. He's labeled the
former comedian and liberal commentator a "mean-spirited and un-Minnesotan"
candidate who's running a "desperate and ridiculous" campaign.
That's routine stuff in the world of political
blogging, but in the last two months Brodkorb has scored two direct hits that
have the Franken campaign reeling. Brodkorb scooped the traditional media by
detailing extensive bookkeeping problems in New York and California that
ultimately prompted Franken, this week, to pay about $70,000 in back taxes to 17
The stories have knocked Franken off balance as he
prepares to take on Sen. Norm Coleman, in what's expected to be one of the most
expensive and toughest-fought U.S. Senate races this year.
A typical Brodkorb scoop is splashed across his
Web site under bold-faced banners like "Shock!" or "Breaking News!" The items
are often followed soon after by a news release from the state Republican Party
on the same subject, and many of his themes find their way into Coleman's
In person, Brodkorb is a dark-haired, soft-spoken
and polite 34-year-old whose infant twin daughters sometimes nap not far from
He said he grew up in a family that wasn't
political, and his interest in Republican politics began in college. He said he
believes in "the fundamentals of being a Republican less government,
individual freedom, personal responsibility, strong national
He dropped out of college in 1995 to work on the
failed U.S. Senate campaign of Rudy Boschwitz. In the late '90s, Brodkorb worked
for state Senate Republicans, where he started to learn how to do "opposition
research" digging up dirt on opponents. He did it well enough to become
director of research for the state Republican Party, and served in similar roles
for several Republican campaigns.
Brodkorb's critics suggest some of his best
stories are leaked from Republican campaigns, the state party and
Republican-affiliated groups as part of a coordinated effort against Democrats.
That includes Dave Colling, who managed the 2006 congressional campaign of Keith
Ellison, a regular Brodkorb target.
Brodkorb won't detail his methods, except to say
he "gets tips all the time from Democrats and Republicans" and independently
researches them before posting anything.
Brodkorb wouldn't reveal how he first got the
notion to check up on Franken's business dealings in New York and California,
but said simple searches on government Web sites delivered the goods: New York
had levied a $25,000 judgment against Franken's private corporation for failing
to carry workers' compensation insurance, and the corporation was in forfeiture
Brodkorb shrugs off Democrats' claims that he's a
Republican operative by saying he's never been paid to blog. He said he earns a
living through corporate, non-political consulting work, and would disclose on
his blog if he does any paid campaign work this year.
Nevertheless, as state Republican Party Chairman
Ron Carey put it: "I'm glad he's on our side."
Al Franken is supposed to be a funny man. Personallly, I've never
found him to be. And his involvement in the Air American/Gloria Wise
foundation scandal has made my unfunny perception of him a forever
The information Michael Brodkorb has unearthed about Franken would be
bad enough by itself. But when added to the Air America fiasco? It
has all the look (and smell) of a pattern of disregard for ethics and
fairness, in the pursuit of money.
Is that a good attitude to bring to the senate? Minnesotans will tell
you what they think come election day.
But before you count Al Franken out, remember: these are the same
folks who elected Governor Jesse Ventura.
"RED KEN" LIVINGSTONE: MAYOR OF LONDON NO MORE
London has really done it now. They have replaced a sack of manure with
a sack of rotten tomatoes.
"Red Ken" Livingstone, the far left, USA-hating, Israel-hating, Palestinian
Arab-rationalizing sack of manure has been defeated by Boris Johnson, a man who
has no problem at all tossing out racially offensive comments of his own.
What a choice between these two. It was like picking between cancer and
On balance, though, I have to admit I'm a good deal more comfortable with
Johnson than Livingstone.
The folks over at www.sweetness-light.com have written
this up very well, so let me show you what they've divined from the AP report
and what they have to say about it:
May 2nd, 2008
From a deeply saddened Associated Press:
Outgoing mayor of London, the Labour Party
candidate Ken Livingstone, left, stands beside the capitals new mayor
Conservative Party candidate Boris Johnson as the results are announced at
City Hall in London, in the early hours of Saturday, May 3, 2008.
Eccentric opposition lawmaker ousts Labour
mayor of London
By DAVID STRINGER, Associated Press
LONDON - A Conservative lawmaker with a
knack for offensive remarks ousted the left-wing mayor of London in
an upset that capped the ruling Labour Partys worst local election showing in
Results released early Saturday showed Boris
Johnson defeating Ken Livingstone in Labours first test at the polls since
then-Prime Minister Tony Blair handed the reins last year to Gordon Brown, who
has since been dogged by accusations of indecision and incompetence
I do hope that it does show that the
Conservatives have changed into a party that can again be trusted, Johnson
said, shortly after the result was announced to cheers from raucous
supporters. Lets get cracking tomorrow and lets have a drink tonight.
Livingstone a staunch leftist who
courted Venezuelas Hugo Chavez and faced off with the U.S. Embassy
for unpaid congestion charges said the blame for his defeat must rest at his
door, not Browns.
I accept that responsibility and I regret that
I couldnt take you to victory, the veteran politician said, looking pale and
crestfallen. He leaves office immediately
Uncombed and often awkward,
Johnson is known both his wit and for remarks that are have offended minority
communities and others.
He labeled members of the
Commonwealth piccaninnies a derogatory term for black people, referred to
Africans as having watermelon smiles, and likened his partys internal
conflicts to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and
Johnsons scorn has also been
directed at gay marriage, which became legal in Britain in 2005. In his book
Friends, Voters, Countrymen, he said that if homosexuals could marry then
why not three men, as well as two men; or indeed three men and a
Ex-party leader Michael Howard ordered Johnson
to visit the northern city of Liverpool in 2004 to apologize after he wrote an
editorial accusing the citys people of wallowing in victimhood after
Liverpudlian Ken Bigley was taken hostage in Iraq and beheaded.
Johnson has cultivated a
befuddled, rumpled image and was often seen clumsily
pedaling his bicycle to Parliament.
His campaign billboards featured silhouettes of
his iconic poses scratching his unruly thatch of blond hair, ambling along a
road with hands stuffed in wrinkled pockets, gesticulating wildly to make a
Johnson said it is likely there will be the odd
ill-chosen expression in his future
Yes, Mr. Johnson is eccentric and given to
But Red Ken is the cats whiskers according to
the Associated Press. (After all, he only courted Mr. Chavez and stood up to
What media bias?
Bye-bye Ken. But don't worry. Gaza city might have an opening any
day, and they'll be happy to elect someone with your views....until the first
time you're accused of having impure thoughts, that is.