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Just your usual political rantings.

Friday, November 26, 2004

How dead is Mark Latham?

a) As dead as the Democrats

b) As dead as One Nation

c) As dead as John Hewson

d) As dead as Don Burke's career

Farewell Mark, it was nice knowing you. Would have loved to have you as Prime Minister, but maybe it wasn't meant to be.

PS Please give Beazley a punch on your way out.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Ian Thorpe will now never read this blog

Ian Thorpe hasn't read his new biography. According to the Age, he refuses to read anything written about him. That's...odd. I could understand not wanting to read articles or interviews, especially if you're prone to making a fool of yourself, but to not read your own biography? He comes off a little arrogant. If I bought his book** I'd be mightily pissed off that not only did he not have a hand in it, he didn't even give it a look over. How long would it take to read the book anyway?

Since this is a political blog, I'll add that one of the revelations in the book is that he briefly dated Chelsea Clinton. I'm ashamed that I spent a tiny bit trying to work out if that was an indication of his political leanings. I say not. The image of many famous Australian sports people speaking out against Howard will have to remain one of my fantasies.

** Which I wouldn't, as overrated sporting types bore me senseless.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

I think it is a reflection on my feelings on the world today that I read this and thought "Schwarzenegger and Costello? That would be an improvement". They're both meant to be slightly more progressive, which isn't saying much.

I'm trying to think of who would be worse. Cheeney / Abbott, perhaps? (I have a secret hope that Abbott would really suck and turn the Liberals into disarray). If we have to have a Liberal Prime Minister, then my choice will always be Alan Cadman.

While watching the news last night, I couldn't help notice that someone has attacked Trade Minister Mark Vale.

I don't somehow think he'd be the first person I'd attack at the APEC conference.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

In the end, something really terrible is going to happen. Truly catastrophic, like some guy is going to get anthrax in a bottle and figure out how to put it in our soft drinks or something. We will look back on these days with the kind of nostalgia that people have when they talk about the nickel movies. We'll look back and go, "Oh, remember the days when all we worried about was the president blowing his load on someone's dress?"

Jon Stewart, November 12 1998

Back Pages is closing. Although I've only recently been involved in blogging, I'm going to miss the site. Back Pages had excellent political commentary. It's a pity the election results were far worse that BP predicted, but I don't think anyone could have known that. I was hoping BP would stick around until the Liberals got out, but asking him to stay until 2015 might have been a bit too much to ask**.

Good luck Christopher. I wish you well, and I hope you decide to return to blogging again one day.

** Hey, I'm a pessimist. I'd like to think it will be 2007, but I don't want to get disappointed again.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Bracksy, Deliver Us From Evil

Of late, I've been feeling rather generous towards Steve Bracks.

Has he been passing lots of good legislation recently? Nope. His government is doing the same half-assed job it always has. My increased opinion of Bracksy has come from recent political events in Australia and the United States. Compared to Howard and Bush, Bracks comes up smelling sweet. He's not totally evil. He's not going to use the fear of scary gay terror interest rates to get people to vote for him. He's not going to screw my workplace or reproductive rights. He's not clamouring to make adoption illegal for me. He's not bombing and killing the poor residents of Fallujah.

Steve, I'm clinging to you as a last resort. I know there's not much you can do as a Premier, but do your best. Please.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

This is the very definition of stupidity

Federal Labor Leader Mark Latham will face critical scrutiny from caucus colleagues during the final three parliamentary sitting weeks of the year, with some predicting he could be replaced soon after Christmas.

Many Labor MPs are dissatisfied with Mr Latham's campaign performance and believe he lacks the experience to lead the party to victory at the next election.

Former leader Kim Beazley, who twice failed to win the Labor leadership last year and lost the 1998 and 2001 elections, is again being talked about as a possible leader.


No. Just no.

I was thinking of joining the ALP, but if they're going to replace Latham with bloody Beazley, then there's no way in hell that's going to happen.

What are they thinking? They didn't lose the election because of Latham. They lost because people were scared of interest rates and terrorism. They need better advertising and to dump people like Beazley from their office.

Under Beazley, the party was Liberal lite. When they lost in 2001, I wasn't even upset. Beazley is the worst opposition leader ever. He never opposes the Government.

Mark has drive. He's got energy. I know a number of young people who are really excited about him. He's got that oomph they need, he's got a lot of good ideas, and he's willing to be blunt. I think he'll be a great Prime Minister. We don't need a wussy "Hooray to what the Government say" leading the opposition.

Please quit Parliament Kim, so we don't have the threat of you becoming Opposition leader looming around. Actually, why don't you join the Liberal party, as you clearly love their policies.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

US Election

Fuck.

So the world is turning to the right. I disagree with nearly everything the right holds dear. I'm scared.

I'm scared the right will be in power forever, because people are terrified.

I'm scared what it means about our values and priorities. I'm scared that I will never again see a politician in power who I don't actively hate.

I need a time machine. Paul Davies said it's possible to build one, so let's get to it. I'm going to March 2009 (Look, I hate summer). See you then, when there might be a glimmer of sanity.

As an afterthought: Barack Obama would make the best US President ever. Pity he'll never have a chance on account of being black, but wow. He's incredible. I got a rush of excitement just seeing the possibilities. (Pity about the name though: To an Australian it sounds errily similar to Supporting Osama)

Disclaimer

I don't hate Liberal voters. I don't hate Republican voters. One Nation, Citizens Electoral Council***, Family First. I respect everyone's right to vote whichever way they want.

That doesn't mean I'm not going to rant and scream about the state of the world.

*** But am I allowed to say those guys are complete nutcases? WTF are they on? There's a giant Jewish gay global conspiracy and it's going to take us all. They make Scientology look sane.