Showing posts with label us election. Show all posts
Showing posts with label us election. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fuckin' democracy, how does it work

Yesterday's so-called election in the US showcases the fundamental problem with democracy: the fact that most people are idiots. But hey, who cares, they aren't voting anyway! 40% voter turnout, and that's supposed to be the greatest democracy on earth? Give me a fucking break.

I wonder what kind of campaign would have been run and how the general feeling would have been over there if Obama had been entirely white, and not just half. But of course that could never be more than a thought experiment.

In one way this is a good thing for the Democrats ... it will be extremely hard for the Republicans to pretend that events over the next two years are nothing to do with them (cause you know that everything that's gone wrong from 2000 till now is Clinton's fault; seriously, people believe that) and so when the next presidential election comes along the Democrat will have a head start and will probably make it by the skin of his teeth. Or hers. The US is in a dangerous downward spiral, they're heading for the edge, and if they can even be pulled out of this tailspin then that's a process that will take years. I don't understand what these so-called voters ... retarded dipshit idiots, whatever ... are thinking ... the Republicans have run the country into the ground, now it turns out that the Democrats don't have magic powers and there isn't a button to push that will make everything alright ... so now they want to put the Republicans back in power again. I perceive a hole in this logic.

I don't think the average American really has any idea how completely screwed they are. How deep the shit is that they are in fact in. I suspect that a lot of them really believe that there is some kind of quick fix that can pull them out of it. It's kind of sad. But on the other hand, they do in some ways deserve it. My sympathy is limited. But of course I shouldn't feel that way, I should feel empathy for the American people, they are the victims of a propaganda war and a dangerously shoddy school system. But, meh, they ruin it with all their bragging and dumbassery.

Anyway, where was I. Oh yeah, since the Republicans are the ones who mostly created this mess, and since they clearly say that they want to carry on the policies that led to it, it doesn't seem very sensible to give them the chance to screw things up even further. But the irony is that the Democrats can't fix it either. I don't understand why people think that they can? Republicans, Democrats, it's the same thing. Why are they perceived as being so different that it's all but tearing a nation apart? They agree on literally everything that really matters. And they're both shit and neither of them will get the US out of the mess that it's in.

It's like ice cream, you know? People may perceive a difference, but there isn't really one. Do you want vanilla or do you want chocolate? In your head those two may be different, but to your body, nutrition-wise, it's the same worthless crap.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Zofies verden 280109

This is a funny comic, when it's funny. Sometimes it's just stupid. But today's strip is funny. :-)

In English:
-That Barack Obama's no good. He's been at it for more than a week now and there's still war in the Middle East, poverty and huge global environmental problems.
-That guy's all talk.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Random thoughts on the inauguration

Glued to the TV set ... check. :-) I literally ran off from work to catch the first possible bus, to get home asap and park myself in front of the TV to watch every moment I could of the live broadcast. It's an experience ... one that I wouldn't want to miss. Whereas GWB's inaugurations I didn't even consider watching. There's something special about that Obama guy, there really is ...

Hardly anyone cheered for Georgie, that rocked. :-) They are just so over him. :-D

Why aren't they consistent with the names? The Vice President-Elect Joseph R Biden Jr ... but Vice President Dick Cheney?? Why not either Joseph R and Richard B, or Joe and Dick? I don't get it. I mean, I'd get it if they were consistent either way. But if they're going to say Dick, they might as well say Joe, too. He doesn't go by Joseph any more than Cheney goes by Richard.

Oh, and Tricky Dick II injured himself while packing papers in his office?? Hm. Papers that were going to the shredder, then, I assume. >:-)

Rick Warren can't count. The transition from one president to the other is not happening today for the 44th time, like he said; it's the 43rd time. Just like New Year's Eve 1999 did not see the dawn of a new century (ho-hum); the new century began on January 1st, 2001. When will people get this?? God obviously won't be helping anyone with it ... I guess god can't count either.

WTF was that thing on Aretha Franklin's head?? Doesn't she have mirrors in her house?? Her birthday's in a couple of months, I hope someone will give her one.

zomg he's president!! Barack Obama's president!! :-o And he's still alive. I've got chills. But aww, he was so nervous! :-D Charming IMO - whereas if GWB had done the same, I'd have decried him as a retarded monkey. Isn't that interesting. >:-)

Speech IMO not great, but good. Some incorrect statements of belief (eg 'our workers are as productive as ever, our minds are as inventive as ever' - lol, I highly doubt it!!), some bullshit, some creepy pandering to the warmongering demographic. But what he said about the environment, resources etc - that was very good and very important. I just hope someone will actually listen ... but again, I tend to doubt it. :-(

Overall a good speech, but hardly 'Four score and seven years ago' ... to my ears, at least. It got better towards the end. Inspirational, I guess ...

All this god talk is so annoying. God bless this and that. What's wrong with these people?? Do they not read the papers?? This god of theirs blessed them with GWB, that's how much he loved them, and now look what things are like over there. Yet another example of how those who suffer the most from it are always the ones who most staunchly defend the system ...

Joseph Lowery's speech got really good though. The ending bit about the colors, that rocked. He's funny. :-D

Oh, the Star-Spangled Banner. What an awful, awful song. I'm sorry, Americans ... but your national anthem is a really bad song. It's nothing to do with you or your government's politics or anything else. It's just a very bad song. You poor people who have to force your way through it. Give me the Hymn of the Federation any day. But at least they only sang the first verse.

OK, so it wasn't that the President (woo-hoo!) got nervous, it was that the other guy did it wrong. Ah, of course! Obama obviously can't do anything wrong. I should have known.

Well, that's that. Congrats!! Change has come. (Sorry, but: *rollseyes*) Kinda creepy when someone, before the principals had entered the stage, said the word 'change' in some context, and the crowd cheered just because of that. Umm ... Here's hoping that all the massive amounts of hard work that the American people no doubt have ahead of them won't be off-putting to anyone. Their culture in the 21st century so values struggle and sacrifice, so it shouldn't be a problem. *cough* Well ... good luck, guys. You're gonna need it. But now you at least have a hell of a guy to break the path for you. Please don't shoot him.

Bush is leaving town! Yay!! Me so happy, happy! That's one bad habit you've kicked already right there. ;-)

FINALLY ... !!!

It's felt like this day would never come. It's just dragged on and on and on ... it's taken forever ... it's felt like we would never get rid of that chimp-faced warmongering idiot. And if we, the semi-mythical Rest Of The World, have felt like that, imagine how the Americans must have felt! Imagine how it must have been like for them - if we've been feeling like we couldn't turn on the news or open a paper without seeing his ugly mug, think about those poor saps, who really literally couldn't! At least we've got our own politicians to take the focus off. But the Americans, they've been stuck with their crappy media and their even crappier president. How they must have suffered. I shudder at the thought. But FINALLY, those awful days are behind us. FINALLY, we're leaving that valley of woe. FINALLY, we can all join together in a joyful chorus and say ...


I'm not saying that from here on out we will all be swimming in milk & honey. On the contrary - as always happens in American elections, they're really just trading one right wing nutcase for another right wing nutcase. But intelligence, integrity, respect, humility, a top level education, a varied background and the ability to actually learn from one's experiences ... these are good things. That's all I'm saying. They're good things.

Plus a gorgeous smile, a sexy voice and general hotness never hurt anyone. Just sayin'.

Congratulations, Americans!! For those of you with properly functioning brains (I just ran across a couple of you without them, in the BookCrossing Chit-Chat forum - like, omg lolz!!) it must be a great source of pride to know that the world is watching you today ... and for once, not cringing in embarrassment or shouting in anger. I personally will be glued to my TV set. Today is a historic day, and I'm so grateful to be allowed to experience it. We should all be. It's a small step, but it's progress. Congratulations.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sarah Palin is a bad Christian!

She claims to be humble and to obey God's will, but in reality she closes her eyes to what he tries to communicate to her!! Shame on her!

Putting my life in my creator's hands -- this is what I always do. I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door ... And if there is an open door in '12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door.

From this article, but it's all over the place, really. >:-)

I almost wish I knew Sarah Palin so I could explain this to her.

Guess what, Ms Barracuda.

God has, like, already spoken.

He made the campaign a giant hassle for you, he made the media publish all kinds of stories that made you look ridiculous, he made you fuck up on national TV, he made you look like an idiot in front of the entire country. Scratch that, the entire world. God made sure that all the dirt on you and your family got dug up and put on record for anyone to find, forever, with a few keystrokes. He created a huge rift in your party, and now he's making you all fight among yourselves. God made you lose the election.

God has spoken, Sarah. He don't wantcha. Why is that so hard to understand? Remember, in the immortal words of Terry Pratchett (who I'm sure you've never heard of), just because it isn't nice, doesn't mean it's not a miracle.


This is almost the best part though:
Palin's father said his daughter told him the only clothing or accessories she personally had purchased in the past four months was a pair of shoes.
Yeah, and I told my father that the brand new DVD recorder I paid 2500 crowns for a week before I went on a relatively high priced vacation to Egypt was something I'd had for ages, he just never noticed it till now. Like, I can't help it if he doesn't pay attention. I lied too, Sarah. Sometimes it's OK. ;-)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Norwegian headlines

This one is for my American readers. :-)

Newspapers in this country have printed various foreign newspaper and magazine covers over the past few days as part of their coverage of the election results. I'm sure some, hopefully many, American papers have done the same. But Norway is - fortunately - a tiny insignificant nation on the edge of nowhere, and our newspapers are of little interest to anyone but ourselves ... so I'm sure you won't have seen any Norwegian cover stories anywhere. Which is why I thought I'd share these. I thought it might be nice to see some physical evidence that people here are happy for you too. :-) Plus that bottom cover is actually really cool design-wise too.

This first one is from Dagbladet, which is the second largest print newspaper in the country. Online I think they're the biggest. It is a tabloid, in every sense of the word, published daily. On November 5th, however, they actually published two issues. That pretty much never happens. When their regular issue went to the printers the result of the election wasn't clear, so later in the day they published this second ... we might as well say celebratory issue.

My translation:
'A longed-for change'
Obama crushed McCain
Here is the US' new first family
This is how the US will be under Obama

This second one is kind of clever. :-) Plus, the design is actually really nifty.

This is from Aftenposten, which is what, the third biggest paper, but the most prestigious and respected one. The one where you're surprised to find a typo. ;-) It is a tabloid in format only and is published twice daily on weekdays, mornings only on weekends.

The headline is a kind of pun. The United States of America in Norwegian is Amerikas forente stater. Wheras forandre, as you see here, means change. So it's a kind of double pun since change is the word Obama himself has used so much. To keep that double meaning in transferring this headline to English, I would translate it as The Altered States of America. :-)

Well ... nifty, anyway. :-)

Have a great weekend. :-)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Inspiration x2

They did it, by Jove, they did it!

Yess ... !!!

Congratulations to the American people. My most dire prejudices have been put to shame. :-) The best choice has been made for a bad situation, and an inspired man will lead his people. It'll be a sight to see. :-) And the world will be watching.

I didn't watch all night, I caved in at around 3:15. Then I got my duvet from the bedroom and went to sleep on the couch with the TV on. :-D Nothing was decided by then, far from it. Then I woke up at around 5:20 and looked at the TV and there was a banner across the bottom of the screen that said Barack Obama new US president. Yay. Then I went to sleep for another couple of hours and got up and went to work. Things have been hectic here today so I haven't read too much news coverage online. Mainly in Dagbladet, which of course have had lots of profound insights. :-D My favorite quote of the day* is this one from some Republican woman who's just crushed that McCain lost: Obama is evil and cruel. He’ll turn this into a socialist country. [We fear him] because of all his radical acquaintances, because he will tax us to death and because he’s so Palestine-friendly (my translation).

Ahahahahaha!!!! :-D What a stupid stupid idiot!! :-D Guess she'll be in for the shock of her life when, guess what, pretty much nothing changes. ;-) 'Tax us to death'!! LOL!! When the voting public demands that its public servants be fiscally responsible, yet don't understand the difference between taxing and spending on the one hand, and borrowing and spending on the other ... well, let's just say that the new president's got his work cut out for him. :-D

Nothing much will change, like I said, except perhaps the entire mood of the country. :-) I hope for the best for the American people and for their new leader. (I'm already looking forward to the inauguration ceremony.) As for Norway, we'll probably only notice one difference, which will be negative - the new administration will hassle us more about soldiers for Afghanistan. Us and every other NATO member. But for the great gift of not having to see John McCain's ancient mug in every newspaper for the next four years, it's probably a small price to pay.

Congratulations to the new president! He's already a historical figure. All the best of luck to him and to his family and supporters.

*It has been SO FUNNY during this campaign to see all the Republican voters who figured they had to vote for McCain because Obama would raise those dastardly taxes. :-D Like any president could possibly avoid raising taxes in this current situation! zomg too funny. And tax rates don't matter anyway, it's what you get for your taxes that counts. I'll have to blog about taxes and Americans vs Europeans one of these days ... :-)

So far not a landslide

What a surprise ...

It's really really late here now - like 2:30am - and I'm starting to get annoyingly tired. Need to sleep ... sleep ... zzz ...

So far no clear answer is available; McCain is doing better than expected. Big surprise ... or no, maybe not so much. But from what they're saying here - I'm watching Norwegian TV, namely NRK, our national broadcasting company - Obama seems to be ahead. It looks like he has the requisite 270 electors. I hope it's true. But I think I'll have to get some sleep before I find out. Maybe I'll sleep on the couch with the TV on. That'll be a first. :-)

I can't wait to wake up tomorrow and find out how it's turned out. Here's hoping there will be a clear and indisputable answer by then.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day

Obviously my post today will have to be about the US election. Which I am SO GRATEFUL will be over soon. I'm sick and tired of hearing about it what feels like 24/7, and maybe when all the hullaballoo dies down the media will get around to focusing on more important things, like the situation in Congo. Anyway. My thoughts.

I hope Obama wins. Right now it looks like he will. But absolutely nobody knows. I wouldn't be surprised at all if McCain ends up winning. And then it'll play out like I blogged about here. It's the worst-case scenario for the world, definitely. Gaah ... I hardly even want to go into it. These people are so disgusting. Sorry, but that's how I feel. Bill Maher said it best - conservatives aren't fit to govern, because they think government is a bad thing. I don't understand why more people don't see that. Oh well.

Why do I hope Obama wins? Not for political reasons. Politically, there's nothing to choose from this year ... as usual. Seriously, speaking as a Scandinavian, I can make a prediction about the election that will be 100% correct, guaranteed: the winner will be a right wing nutcase. The media wants us to think that this is such a big deal, politically; that the Americans are choosing between two completely different things. Yeah, right. How come people fall for that shit? Obama and McCain, metaphorically black and white? That is such bullshit. Literally - the same shit in different wrapping. >:-) Both candidates are probably bought and paid for by pretty much the same lobby groups - I hope this is less true of Obama, but I don't actually know - both are totally in Israel's pocket and will continue to stomp on US interests by blindly supporting that disgusting racist regime, neither candidate will do anything to alter the clearly fascist Patriot Acts. I've read some articles about how Americans supposedly fear a one-party state - that's a joke, they already have one. The two parties they apparently think they have are just two fractions of the same ... I'm almost tempted to call it conspiracy. The divide between Republican and Democrat is to the outside observer mostly a false dichotomy.

I hope I'm not offending my American readers by calling Americans idiots and so forth ... nothing personal, I do know that there are several US citizens who are not completely stupid ;-) ... it's actually because I do give you credit for intelligence that I use those kinds of cheap rhetorical tricks. I like generalizations ... they sound snappy. And to be honest, it is painfully easy to dig up shit that does make Americans look pretty much beyond ridiculous. Like this post on the Chit-Chat forum on BookCrossing. Seriously, read that post. The guy who wrote it is a member whom I suspect is actually a troll ... because nobody can really be that fucking stupid. I mean ... wtf? If Obama wins, he will 'endure the nightmare' that his presidency will result in? And this is a person who allegedly has some education and works as a teacher. So you'll have to forgive me for not having a great deal of faith in Joe the Plumber ... >:-)

The fact is that regardless of who wins, nothing fundamental will change. Obama's probably a really nice guy, but he can't work miracles. And like all other US politicians who's ever gotten anywhere worth mentioning, he is a right wing nutcase. Decrying him as a 'socialist' makes whoever does it sound like a complete and utter idiot. There is no socialism in the US. And look where it's gotten them. Oh no, Obama wants to turn your country into someplace like Sweden?? You fucking wish.

But I digress. The difference between Obama and McCain does not lie in their politics. Something which should be obvious to everyone. The difference is that Obama has qualities that McCain lacks, and that Obama can do things for his nation that McCain cannot. I believe that Barack Obama can restore the dignity to the office. That in itself would be a wonderful thing. But even beyond that ... basically, you guys - Americans - you cannot elect a guy who's a hundred years old and looks like he's gonna keel over any moment. Seriously. You have difficult times ahead of you. In all likelihood, very difficult times that will last for a very long time. You need someone who's young and strong, someone who can inspire you, who can unite you, help you to stand together and pull the load together. John McCain is not that man. But Barack Obama will be - if you let him.

I have more to say but less energy to say it with ... I'll be watching the election broadcasts on Norwegian TV tonight, though, so I'll probably post again before the night is over.

Good luck to the inexperienced Illinois senator.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Confused about candidates? Need a crib sheet?

Got this in an email from my friend KAS tonight. Too good not to share. :-D

More here and here (but this is the funniest (that I've seen)).

KAS: thanks for sending it, I hadn't seen it. :-)

Why I don't like Sarah Palin, &c

I mean, apart from the obvious.

One of the main things that really stick in my craw about this person is one of the same things that I resent about George W Bush. It’s something that isn’t really relevant to me, except that whoever is president of the US, I have to see a lot of that person in the media, whether I want to or not. But it is something that ought to be extremely relevant to the American people. It’s hardly ever brought up and I genuinely don’t understand why.

It boils down to one word: Dignity. Being head of state is a huge responsibility. It makes a person the leader of his nation – the head of his nation – someone that, for better or worse, the nation looks up to. An American reading this may not think that s/he looks up to GWB, but in a way, regardless of whatever antipathy you may feel towards him, I think you do. Because he is the president. Like it or not, there he is. You see him. He influences you, all of you. Any leader of any state has an effect on his people.

And this is why, as a Norwegian, I don’t need to worry that I will ever see king Harald V in a position where he appears to the nation as ridiculous. I will not see him giving foreign heads of state unasked-for neck rubs. I will not see him dancing a little jig while waiting for a press conference to start. I will never see anything remotely like that. Because our king understands that in order for him to maintain in his office the respect and affection of his people, he must maintain in his person the dignity that induces us to feel that way towards him. I don’t think president Bush has ever understood that. And I don’t think Sarah Palin does either.

If you are American and you disagree – please leave a comment to that effect and explain why. I would really like to know. I see the office of president of your country as having an inherent dignity. This is not related to political affiliation. But being president, being leader of government and head of state, brings with it an inherent dignity. That is a quality that I feel has been degraded and squandered by the holder of the office over the past eight years. Sometimes, seeing president Bush, I cringe with embarrassment. I really do. And I’m a citizen of another country, far away. I dread to think what you, having this man as your head of state, must feel – or ought to feel.

Respect isn’t something one automatically gets. It’s something that has to be earned, and that we all must earn through our words, our actions and behavior. I think it must be difficult for Americans to respect their president. That is very sad … but at the same time, very understandable. For the American people to truly respect their president, that president must be a man – or woman – with competence and dignity. One important reason why I, personally, would be so delighted to see Barack Obama as president of the United States is that I believe, strongly, that he would bring back that dignity to the country’s highest office. I would love to see that happen, and I’m pretty sure McCain can’t do it. I know Palin can’t do it. But Obama probably can. I would love to see it. And I think that the American people, as a nation, would benefit tremendously by it.

The United States is seen by many as the bully in the playground of the world. But can we blame them? A fish rots from the head on down … and if their leader is a bully, what can we expect the people to become? The American people do have it in them to be a great nation. But for that to happen, they need a great leader. At the moment, I personally do not see more than one person who can conceivably perform that task.

Good luck to the inexperienced Illinois senator. Your country needs you … in more ways than one.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Some political stuff

A very interesting article about the personal history of John McCain, from Rolling Stone magazine.

A comment on the most recent developments in the Republican campaign, from Time magazine.

This latter really brings up some of what I myself resent about Sarah Palin ... but I don't have the energy to get into that now, it's getting on towards midnight here. I'll get back to it.

Finally, a fantastic segment from Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

Keith Olbermann rocks. :-) Watch this video.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Something to think about maybe

Hannah Armstrong

I wrote him a letter asking him for old times' sake
To discharge my sick boy from the army;
But maybe he couldn't read it.
Then I went to town and had James Garber,
Who wrote beautifully, write him a letter.
But maybe that was lost in the mails.
So I traveled all the way to Washington.
I was more than an hour finding the White House.
And when I found it they turned me away,
Hiding their smiles.
Then I thought: "Oh, well, he ain't the same as when I boarded him
And he and my husband worked together
And all of us called him Abe, there in Menard."
As a last attempt I turned to a guard and said:
"Please say it's old Aunt Hannah Armstrong
From Illinois, come to see him about her sick boy
In the army.
"Well, just in a moment they let me in!
And when he saw me he broke in a laugh,
And dropped his business as president,
And wrote in his own hand Doug's discharge,
Talking the while of the early days,
And telling stories.

Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology

Saturday Night Live is funny.

I wish it was on TV here.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Not that it matters ...

Or does it?

This is a story from the Norwegian newspaper VG, the biggest newspaper in the country, from today's edition. Not that these things matter in today's dog-eat-dog world, but I found it quite touching, and I want to share.

Clarification for the literally minded: I do think these things matter, but I'm sure many will say that they don't. Anecdotal evidence, just a sappy human interest story, bla bla. Whatever. I think that this is a story that some may be interested in hearing. If you're not interested, cork it. I've translated the story into English and am posting it here. The original, in Norwegian, is here.

I'll be cross-posting this to the BookCrossing forum, since I'm sure there are some members there who will appreciate reading it.

I'm sorry about the annoyingly sappy language - this is a speculative tabloid so that's just how all their articles are.

Mary lacked money to fly home to Norway – he saved her love

ÅSGÅRDSTRAND (VG): Mary was a newlywed and ready to move to Norway, but was stopped at the airport because she didn’t have enough money for the trip. Then a stranger turned up and paid for her.

Mary Menth Andersen was 31 years old at the time and had just married Norwegian Dag Andersen. She was looking forward to starting a new life in Åsgårdstrand in Vestfold with him. But first she had to get all of her belongings across to Norway. The date was November 2nd, 1988.
At the airport in Miami things were hectic as usual, with long lines at the check-in counters. When it was finally Mary’s turn and she had placed her luggage on the baggage line, she got the message that would crush her bubbling feeling of happiness.
-You’ll have to pay a 103 dollar surcharge if you want to bring both those suitcases to Norway, the man behind the counter said.
Mary had no money. Her new husband had travelled ahead of her to Norway, and she had no one else to call.
-I was completely desperate and tried to think which of my things I could manage without. But I had already made such a careful selection of my most prized possessions, says Mary.

Although she explained the situation to the man behind the counter, he showed no signs of mercy.
-I started to cry, tears were pouring down my face and I had no idea what to do. Then I heard a gentle and friendly voice behind me saying, That’s OK, I’ll pay for her.
Mary turned around to see a tall man whom she had never seen before.
-He had a gentle and kind voice that was still firm and decisive. The first thing I thought was, Who is this man?
Although this happened 20 years ago, Mary still remembers the authority that radiated from the man.
-He was nicely dressed, fashionably dressed with brown leather shoes, a cotton shirt open at the throat and khaki pants, says Mary.
She was thrilled to be able to bring both her suitcases to Norway and assured the stranger that he would get his money back. The man wrote his name and address on a piece of paper that he gave to Mary. She thanked him repeatedly. When she finally walked off towards the security checkpoint, he waved goodbye to her.

The piece of paper said ‘Barack Obama’ and his address in Kansas, which is the state where his mother comes from. Mary carried the slip of paper around in her wallet for years, before it was thrown out.
-He was my knight in shining armor, says Mary, smiling.
She paid the 103 dollars back to Obama the day after she arrived in Norway. At that time he had just finished his job as a poorly paid community worker* in Chicago, and had started his law studies at prestigious Harvard university.
In the spring of 2006 Mary’s parents had heard that Obama was considering a run for president, but that he had still not decided. They chose to write a letter in which they told him that he would receive their votes. At the same time, they thanked Obama for helping their daughter 18 years earlier.
In a letter to Mary’s parents dated May 4th, 2006 and stamped ‘United States Senate, Washington DC’, Barack Obama writes**:
‘I want to thank you for the lovely things you wrote about me and for reminding me of what happened at Miami airport. I’m happy I could help back then, and I’m delighted to hear that your daughter is happy in Norway. Please send her my best wishes. Sincerely, Barack Obama, United States senator’.
The parents sent the letter on to Mary.

This week VG met her and her husband in the café that she runs with her friend Lisbeth Tollefsrud in Åsgårdstrand.
-It’s amazing to think that the man who helped me 20 years ago may now become the next US president, says Mary delightedly.
She has already voted for Obama. She recently donated 100 dollars to his campaign.
She often tells the story from Miami airport, both when race issues are raised and when the conversation turns to the presidential elections.
-I sincerely hope the Americans will see reason and understand that Obama means change, says Mary.

*Not at all sure about this part of the translation. The Norwegian word used is 'miljøarbeider', I don't know what the exact English word for that is or even if there is one, and I don't know enough about Obama to say what job of his they're talking about.
**This is my translation of the reporter's translation of the letter. From English to Norwegian and back to English. So obviously it is not correct word for word.

And here she is with her husband and the letter.

This is not a big or important story. But it is a nice story and if one is voting for a person, and not just for a political platform, it might be interesting to hear it. Somehow I don't see this story being covered in American media much, so let's count this as one blogger's contribution to the news coverage of the 2008 election. :-)

If anyone wants to post this anywhere else, be my guest.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Election news - this just in

Yeah, it's just a fake news story. At least no one would use this actual wording. >:-)

I just think this is really funny right now. TGIF.

McCain Losing Core Supporters

WASHINGTON, October 2 – John McCain appears to be losing support among a key group of voters who had hitherto stood firmly with him and Governor Palin, even as his poll numbers among other groups fell dramatically.

A new Gallup poll shows that, for the first time, McCain's approval rating has fallen below 70% among total fucking morons, and now stands at 64%. This represents a dramatic drop compared to a poll taken just last July, when 92% of total fucking morons expressed support for McCain and his policies.

Faltering approval ratings for McCain among a group once thought to be a reliable source of loyal support gives Republicans one more reason to be nervous about the upcoming elections. "If we can't depend on the support of total fucking morons," says Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), "then we've got a big problem. They're a key factor in our electoral strategy, and an important part of today's Republican coalition."

Not all Republican lawmakers are concerned about the poll. While Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) agrees that his party should not take total fucking morons for granted, they "really don't have anywhere else to go. They're never going to be able to understand someone intelligent and articulate like Barack Obama who wants to talk about issues. Just try having a conversation with them about global warming. They'll say, 'Oh, but Rush says volcanoes consume more ozone than humans do.' I mean, come on! They're total fucking morons!"

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

US right wing voters are racists. Discuss.

Aren't they, though? I mean, isn't that like the ONLY POSSIBLE EXPLANATION for why they aren't all falling over themselves to vote for Barack Obama? (Actually, they may also all be completely irrational. But I have heard that some of them have jobs, so I think that's out as an explanation.)

Seriously, if you stop and think about it, I don't see how there can possibly be any other explanation. The American right wing must be genuinely racist. Because if you take a real look at it - feel free to use a checklist - there's just no other way it all works out. Barack and Michelle Obama are EVERYTHING the right wing, as far as I can tell, claim that they want. They come from humble backgrounds - humble but upstanding, I might add - and have worked their way up over a number of years and with a lot of hard work. They have one really nice house and one really nice car. That's what they have after all those years ... AND they're apparently happy with those things, they genuinely don't seem to feel a need for six more houses and/or condos. >:-) They have put themselves through school to get good educations, which they have used for the good of their community, doing a lot of community-based work (too bad that that's worthless ...) and have also done a lot of work with faith-based initiatives. Michelle quit her job as a highly paid attorney to do exactly that kind of work. They have a long-term, stable, loving marriage, they obviously feel a great deal of affection and respect towards each other. It is the first and only marriage for them both. They have two children - that they waited to have until they were sure they could afford to support a family! - whom they are obviously raising in a loving and supportive way. (Seriously, check out those kids - Malia and Sasha Obama are wonderful little girls; confident, outgoing, sociable and spunky - you can't coach kids to be that way, all you can do is just be really good parents.) They have integrity, they have respect for others ... they are committed to their Christian faith, which makes them kind of dingbats in my eyes, but I'm not talking about my perception of anything here. They are committed to and respectful towards their family.

Seriously - as far as I can tell, in the eyes of the American right wing, there's only one thing that's wrong with these people.

On the other hand, you have John and Cindy McCain, who apparently are the ones the right wing want. Despite the fact that he, who's never really worked for any achievement in his life (if you concede that he has actually managed to achieve anything >:-), married a young and beautiful woman, came back (handicapped himself) from the war to find her disfigured and handicapped in a car accident and then took off to marry a younger and more beautiful woman. And she, who's been rolling in money her entire life, decided to adopt a child without telling her husband until, what, she actually showed up in their house ... one of their houses ... with the kid. 'Look, honey, here's our new daughter' ...

Maybe I'm exaggerating for effect. I don't have the energy (or interest) to do any proper research on this. But I think my point is clear.

Seeing these two couples at last week's debate was really interesting. The Obamas walked in side by side, holding hands. The McCains walked one after the other, she three steps behind. After the debate was over, Barack went to find Michelle, actually actively looked for her, and when he got to where she was he hugged and kissed her. John just stood there and Cindy had to walk up to him ... to be rewarded with one of those little pecks on the cheek that she gets. Actually, seeing those couples on any occasion whatsoever is interesting. When you see the Obamas together, you can never for a moment doubt what they are to each other. These two people are husband and wife. It would take you a split second to see that if you didn't already know it. The McCains, on the other hand - I have a hard time seeing them as a married couple even knowing that they are. If I didn't know, I don't think I'd ever guess. I think I'd assume that they were uncle and niece, or maybe father and daughter who had kind of a strained relationship. These two couples are SO DIFFERENT ... !

If one really believes in family values and hard work above all else, then what the hell does one as a right wing American really have to choose from in this election?? I ask you. I wish some natives could try to answer this.

They're racists. That's the only explanation there is.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What is a fascist state?

It is a corporate state.

It is the United States.

Isn't it creepy when reality starts resembling a conspiracy theory?

Everyone should read this great article by Naomi Wolf. Read it and weep.

And everyone should take a good long look in the mirror and ask: what is the natural enemy of fascism? What does the American media and the American ruling classes struggle so mightily to demonise? And if you follow the money, where does it lead?

Another good article here, btw.