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On winners and losers by underground

Like the sadist I am, sometimes I like to watch Fox News, cheerleaders of religious conservatism, where the likes of O’Reilly and Hannity make the most ridiculous assertions. According to Hannity, Obama is a socialist because of the US’s increasing deficit, despite George W Bush’s efforts to plunge the surplus he inherited into the red. Yesterday, I enjoyed Hannity slating the network’s opposition for their criticism of the Fox-endorsed anti-Obama “tea party” protests. While I believe it is part of the media role to often advocate a cause, organising anti-government protests is hardly fair and unbiased. And who are the people protesting? They are not the millions who took to the streets objecting to Bush’s illegal war and the erosion of civil liberties. They are tens of thousands of people who voted for the guy that did not win a democratic election last year. They are the sorest of losers, who supported a failed president for eight years and have written off the guy who inherited his mess; a troubled economy and a fractured nation. They are Hannity and Co.’s rent-a-crowd.

In New Zealand, the Left have had to stomach a National Government for six months and, even more difficult, the realisation that John Key is not as bad as previously believed. Key’s empty rhetoric and lack of substance pre-election concerned many, but his inclusive, measured governance has caused a re-think from many. There are indications unpopular policy may be in the pipeline and their pre-Christmas rush and their 100-day inaction may have given opponents some amnunition, but for the time being it’s plain sailing for the Government. The losers of the last election will need to regroup and consider their moves for the future. Let’s not see the pathetic sore-loser response shown by the tea baggers across the Pacific.

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The McCain/Bush… Oops! I mean McCain/Palin ticket by underground

Obama has rightly caught out the Republicans trying to divert attention away from policy debate by perverting comments he made likening John McCain’s promise of change to putting lipstick on a pig.

“You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig. You can wrap up an old fish in a piece of paper and call it change. It’s still going to stink after eight years. We’ve had enough.”

McCain’s team then accused Obama of sexism, twisting the comment as a dig at McCain’s running mate, Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. Palin, a self-confessed ‘hockey-mom’ had previously commented that the only difference between a hockey-mom and a pitbull was lipstick.

Sarah Palin is not a pig with lipstick on. She is George Bush in a skirt. Continue reading



The politics of fear is no laughing matter by underground

The New Yorker has attracted criticism from Barack Obama’s campaign team for the cover on its July 21 issue. The image is a cartoon drawn by Barry Blitt and depicts Obama in traditional Muslim dress, “fist bumping” his wife Michell, who is wearing camo pants and has a machine gun slung over her shoulder. In the background is a picture of Osama bin Laden framed on the wall and an American flag lies discarded in the fire place. Campaign spokesman Bill Burton criticised the cartoon saying, “The New Yorker may think… that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create, but most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree”. Never wanting to be left out of the fun, John McCain’s spokesman has also criticised the cartoon. The magazine defended the cover, entitled “The politics of fear”, in a statement:

“The burning flag, the nationalist-radical and Islamic outfits, the fist-bump, the portrait on the wall? All of them echo one attack or another. Satire is part of what we do, and it is meant to bring things out into the open, to hold up a mirror to prejudice, the hateful, and the absurd. And that’s the spirit of this cover.”

The New Yorker magazine also said the cartoon “combines a number of fantastical images about the Obamas and shows them for the obvious distortions they are”. And I endorse this message! Continue reading



Things you never expect to happen II by underground

The Democratic Primaries are over! No more ridiculous media coverage of every minute detail of two Democratic senators lives. No more caucuses, no more front pages, no more political experts. No more trying to explain Americas warped political system to people, when I don’t even fully understand it. No more Rocky analogies, no more Martin Luther King comparisons.

Well it’s not really over, because now we get the John McCain v Barack Obama show until November. It just never stops, does it?

Oh well. Not long left. Bush is almost gone. Now we just have to wait and see which charismatic black senator from Illinois will be the next President of the United States of America! (Paraphrased from Jon Stewart!)

Congratulations are in order for Mr Obama and commiserations for Hillary Clinton. Let us all collectively forget the past six or so months.



For what it’s worth, here’s my 2 cents. by underground

I’m sick of it. I’m sick of it leading news bulletins. I’m sick of it on the front page of the New Zealand Herald’s world section. I’m sick of everyone blogging about it. I’m sick of the ridiculous scandals. I’m sick of the he said/she said. Im sick of trying to understand the system. I’m sick of explaining to others a system that I don’t fully understand. I’m sick of the pointless debates. I’m sick of the speeches. I’m sick of the last four months and I’m sure I’ll be sick of the next nine or so months.

I’m sick of the American presidential elections. I’m sick of the Democratic Primaries. I’m sick of George Bush, but I am also sick of Clinton, Obama and McCain. I’m sick of caring about an election, I can’t even vote in.

So for what it’s worth, here’s my 2 cents. Continue reading