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John Howard remains as embarrassing as ever

Submitted by Rick Eyre on January 7 2009, 2:38 pm

Not content with perpetuating his phony image as a "cricket tragic" at the Test against South Africa this week, John Winston Howard was revealed as a recipient of one of not-soon-enough-ex President Bush's final batch of "Presidential Medals of Freedom". (Along with Tony Blair and Alvaro Uribe, no less.)

Hello, Chicago

Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 5 2008, 8:56 pm

A great orator giving a great speech for a great occasion. It sent tingles down the spine watching Barack Obama give his victory speech on TV live from Chicago at 4.15pm this afternoon my time. The full transcript is worth repeating (source CNN):

"Hello, Chicago.

Good onya America!

Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 5 2008, 3:21 pm

It's been a long time since I have been proud of the United States of America. (If ever.) But today I'm proud of the American electorate for coming up with the right answer, and one that is such an historic breakthrough.

Congratulations to Barack Obama, and congratulations to the United States of America!

Videos do dia: Mixing politics and Monday Night Football

Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 4 2008, 2:44 pm

According to Richard Sandomir in Tuesday's New York Times, only one man has gone to become US President after making an appearance in the Monday Night Football commentary box. That man was Ronald Reagan. According to Sandomir,

If I could vote, I'd vote for Obama

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 30 2008, 9:09 am

If the President of the United States is the "leader of the free world", then why don't the constituents of the free world get a vote?

In a nation where the electoral system is a veritable dog's breakfast, the election of a POTUS is the result of a mish-mash of (to mix animal metaphors) "first-past-the-post" systems. Which means that, unlike Australia, you can't allocate votes for your local POTUS Electoral Collegians on a preferential basis. It's all or nothing for the candidate of your choice.