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This has to be a right wing joke!

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F ormer U.S. House...

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Disgraced former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R) suggests he is the solution to the present dilemma of the GOP and its right wing nuts … here.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/10 at 12:29

Trashing Gov. Palin after GOP defeat

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Miss Congeniality Wows the GOP Convention

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In my mind the most striking phrase being bandied about in reference to Palin’s VP candidacy is ‘WASILLA HILLBILLIES LOOTING NEIMAN MARCUS’.

The sense of this, especially HILLBILLIES LOOTING rings true for me. Every time I saw her on TV she seemed dumb and dumbfounded and then unblinkly strident uttering a string of inanities about all subjects. I sensed it obvious that she knew little about the world outside of Alaska and was amazingly incurious about it all.

There is little doubt in my mind that she is unblinkingly ambitious with vague designs on the highest office in the US.

I think that if the right wingnutery within the GOP have their way and put her forward as a “legitimate” candidate for 2012 that they will doom the GOP to deep doodoo! I hope that they are successful in this attempt.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/06 at 10:41

Voter registration & voting in Canada and the US

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Joan Lawtenberger...

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My wife, a Chinese citizen and legal immigrant living in Canada, is firmly convinced that most things are better and much cheaper in the US than Canada. Some of what she believes may be true but voter registration and voting is manifestly much better and fairer in Canada than in the US.

I went to vote yesterday in our federal election here in Vancouver. The lineups for voting were completely non-existent. Using conventional hard copy voting slips we have no lineups and our vote counting is completed within hours of vote closure times.

Every time I read or see a video about voter registration and voting in the US, I hear about registration irregularities. On most if not all videos, I see long and I mean super long lineups to vote. There are seemingly never ending legal procedures related to registration, voter list purging et al.

What the F… is going in the US, that world super power. More and more it seems they can’t even organize the most basic democratic process in their own country!

I firmly believe that ideological issues are the fundamental difference between the US and Canada. And that is the main reason I will never live in the US. Ideology trumps most basic political issues in the US. Ideology is destructive and disruptive. I pray that will never be the case here in Canada.

We are so close and yet so far from the US in this very basic way as well as in other important social values. Let’s keep it that way!

UPDATE: Michael Moore thinks the Canadian electoral system is clean, clear, cheap and great quite unlike the frenetic and sometimes fatally unreliable US electoral system. He talked about it on Democracy Now and on Countdown with Keith O.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/10/15 at 09:19

Well the Brits at the Guardian get it, so why don’t Americans get it?

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Here’s the headline:

Republican ad succeeds where large hadron collider failed

A new McCain TV spot tells lies about who’s telling lies about whom. Confused yet?

And here’s the link!

I wonder how all those ex-McCain admirers in the MSM feel about him after reading this wry piece of commentary from a Brit observing all the stuff (read negative ads about Obama) being put out by the McCain campaign these days, especially since Mrs. Palin got on the ticket!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/09/11 at 11:22

This sad 9/11 memorial day

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A year ago I posted here about my thoughts about this day and what has happened since in the US, Iraq, Afghanistan, Gitmo and beyond across much of this world. That post has gotten 194+ viewers today. A record post viewership for my blog.

I was wondering what a could say today one year later and bumped into this thought in a HuffPost post by Scott Johnson:

But it seems apparent that the real George Bush clone on the GOP ticket this year isn’t Senator McCain–who has, at least, occasionally shown glimmers of competence and of independent thought during his long career. It’s Sarah Palin. And the last thing this country needs in these dangerous times is to be led by yet another insecure, trigger happy, violence-glorifying, glory-seeking, sycophant-surrounding, reckless and rowdy, cynical and apathetic, intellectually mediocre, ideologically inflexible, God-at-my-side frat boy. Or in this case, beauty queen.

Even if she does have, as the dog-waggers in the GOP inner sanctum like to tell us, a compelling story.

It is an especially grim irony for me to consider that at this time in the Presidential Campaign in the US she, the new One, is causing so much upset by her words and hypocritical “distorsions” about her politics and record. Is it possible that such a political animal “with lipstick” is going to skew electoral results in the US this October?

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/09/11 at 10:59