“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

Fame And The Wider World.

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Thanks to Bob notoriety and fame are unlikely to go to my head, but I should probably put a bit more effort in. Chucking together a post in three to five minutes is probably not that advisable, so a few items of news.


The BBC has investigated the recent massacres and confirmed many of the details.


The Lisbon treaty has been signed by the last member, the Czech Republic. Whilst there is quite a kerfuffle on the document I’m not so sure that it will really affect the lives of ordinary people within the EU. Certainly there will be squabbling between the various political elites, on a national and supranational basis, which will no doubt receive considerable coverage in the media and amongst the chattering classes, but I can’t see what real affect the Treaty will have on real people.


The Greens split or are re-founding themselves? Depends on who you believe, it’s hardly surprising that the seductive temptation of power, real political power, managed to weaken the supposed principles of the Irish greens. A pity, but not a surprise.


No more crosses or crucifixes in public schools? The Vatican must be livid, still the National Secular Society must be smiling.

Somewhere near Alaska.

Sarah Palin is still touring America with her ghostwritten book, it is still hard to believe that she was almost one heart attack (John McCain’s) away from being President of the United States. Frightening.

Finally, as much as I am opposed to nuclear energy I can’t help thinking that there was a missed opportunity here, a chance to create radioactive Nick Griffin. Pity, he could have turned it into a party trick. Turn down the lights and be illuminated by the nuclear Nick Griffin. Still not very appealing either way!

Written by modernityblog

04/11/2009 at 04:42

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  1. Poor Sarah, she’s in mourning along with Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and others, her candidate in upper New York state lost last night.

    Palin had made this race a referendum on the future of the GOP. The right wingers did not like the GOP candidate, so they got this self-admitted “Glen Beck conservative” to run in the race as a Conservative Party candidate against the Democrat. He lost.

    Andrew Murphy

    04/11/2009 at 14:58

  2. Silly Right wing nutjobs,

    even *I* knew that NY was mostly a Dem. stronghold (not sure apart from Bloomberg, how many GOPers are elected there) but it ain’t the gun-tottling/Bible belt heartlands of the GOP, that’s for sure.


    04/11/2009 at 15:14

  3. Giggles. A third party candidate coming within three points of defeating a Republican/Democrat coalition is not at all bad. Next election: 51 weeks, six days.


    04/11/2009 at 16:06

  4. What is funny is that the GOP candidate they said was too liberal had been endorsed by the National Rifle Association(NRA).

    For British readers, if you got the NRA stamp of approval in the past, that was usually a mark of being “ok” to vote for by right wingers.

    Thus either the NRA is moving Left(which is unlikely) or it shows the Right has moved to the right of the NRA.

    Andrew Murphy

    04/11/2009 at 16:18

  5. Quite a few candidates who are very liberal get NRA endorsements. John Dingell springs to mind. To get the NRA endorsement, one presumably has to be acceptable on the narrow issue of firearms.


    04/11/2009 at 16:24

  6. That is an exception ot the rule because the NRA doesn’t even endorse Democrats that have strong NRA ratings, just ask New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson who probably has one of the strongest NRA ratings of any Democrat and has NEVER been endorsed by the NRA in any election he has been in.

    Andrew Murphy

    04/11/2009 at 17:09

  7. “Bill Richardson who probably has one of the strongest NRA ratings of any Democrat and has NEVER been endorsed by the NRA in any election he has been in.”

    That’s not true. NRA endorsed him for Governor in 2006. That was really easy to find out. How many other times has he got NRA nod?


    04/11/2009 at 17:38

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