Friday, October 10, 2008

The tracks of my fears

Shamelessly lifted from Katie's blog; a simple set of pictures that managed to sum up my personal feelings about the US Election candidates in a nutshell. Wonderful.

Meanwhile, this just in ... swiped from the pitbull's dressing room:


Janet said...

Good one - even if nicked!

By the way, I guess you've read this morning that somebody has *supposedly* found a common ancestor that connects Sarah Palin to Princess Di?


Stevyn Colgan said...

Janet - Yes, I read that too. It smacks of desperation doesn't it? Curiously, I have a common ancestor with both of them. It was a kind of lungfish that hauled itself out onto the land one day and said 'One day, all this will be mine!' Of course, as a Creationist, Ms Palin will claim that we all have common ancestors anyway; Adam and Eve. Which has always struck me as strangely incestuous ... I mean, who did their kids breed with? Each other?

Persephone said...

In times like these, we need a giggle. We're facing a national election up here in Canada where we have four major parties running and an even poorer selection than in the States; the world economy is apparently going foom, and one of the catalogues I keep in the bathroom (for reading, mind) is advertising a watch called "The Apocalypse". It's really expensive and butt-ugly.

Why is Janet skeptical about a connection between Sarah Palin and the late Princess of Wales? I discussed this in my blog last May, but to oversimplify, statisticians (okay they are liars, if you believe Mark Twain, but who believes him?) say that anyone with a drop of Western European blood can claim to be a direct descendant of Charlemagne. We wouldn't really have to go much further back to connect even more people, and yes, eventually everybody, so we're all cousins to Diana and Sarah (or anyone else you prefer). How's that for joined-up thinking?

Stevyn Colgan said...

Persephone - It's global doom and gloom, trust me. We have three political parties of any note. One is way behind the other two in any kind of poll so it's actually a two horse race ... and both horses are rubbish. All we can hope to do at the next election here is vote for the least likely to bugger it all up party.

One day, just once, I'd like to be able to vote in the knowledge and confidence that the people I've chosen are decent, honest, dependable and care more about us than their own career advancement.

Oops! Must go, a pig has just winged my chimney.

Debby said...


Just a note: exerpt of conversation with the Ethiopian gentleman: After discussion of racist issues facing our country, and how Obama is forcing us all to face them (a good thing), the good gentleman said, "I worried that he might be the target of assassination, but when he picked Joe Biden, I knew that the country would still be in good hands. Long pause. We both looked at each other and said nearly simultaneously, "If something happens to McCain..." and his look of horror was the same as my own, I'm sure.

Stevyn Colgan said...

From today's Daily Telegraph:

'An Alaska ethics report has concluded that John McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, abused her power as governor when firing a state official, a development that could hinder the Republicans as the race for the White House narrows. In the closely watched case, the Alaska governor was accused of pressuring the official to fire her former brother-in-law and then firing the official when he refused. Palin maintains the firing was over a budget dispute.'

So if her own state reckons that she's abused her power ... what could she do as VP or, dare I say it, President?


Stevyn Colgan said...

And thanks people for the emails pointing me in the direction of Youtube's more creative Palin songsters. My two favourites so far are:


Blog Princess G said...

My favourite Palin expression from the televised debate was using the expression "Johnny Six-Pack" to describe the every-day working man. In North America, a six-pack refers to a case of six beers, or a wrippling set of abdominals; I think in her case she was referring to the former. God, it's so insulting that this is the best the Republicans can do when digging up a woman candidate.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Princess G - Makes you glad you don't live in America but in a country like Canada or the UK where the politicians are so much more ... er ... hang on ...

doctawho42 said...

The flow chart is genius.
I will never be able to say "Maverick" now, since the woman so ruthlessly highjacked the word.
Oh, and, in response to your last comment:
At least your politicians do things. Australian ones just sort of, sit there. There have actually been reports of members falling asleep during Question Time. Also Kevin Rudd looks like Tintin, its not fair.

Janet said...

Isn't the flow chart just fantastic?

Stevyn, have you seen any of the footage of the debate last night, with McCain's obsessive focus on "Joe the plumber"? Just the thing for the comics to use as even more ammunition --- but, erm, ammunition is REALLY more Palin's territory, isn't it?


Stevyn Colgan said...

Doctawho42 - Only a maverick would say that.

Janet - I get confused. Which candidate is the plumber again? Honestly, it's all just descended into mud-slinging now.