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Nothing to do with me, guv.

Posted by Jason O on Dec 16, 2008 in Latest News

Frosties? Hate the f**king things.
Watching Questions and Answers last night I was thrilled to see the return of that great Irish trait, the “It’s all dem up dere’s fault!”
It was a delight to listen to people bitching about how Fianna Fail “squandered” all the money and how the property boom was let run wild like Britney Spears at an Inappropriate Husband convention.
Yet we elected them. 3 times. I’m not a Fianna Failer, and I didn’t vote for them, but they were elected by us. And all that “squandered” money? Remember those tax cuts and massive increases in public spending and benchmarking that we all cheered? Remember all those people who sneered at the idea of property taxes or called restricting mortgages to 85% “treating the Irish people like children?”
That was us, that was.
Do not ask for whom took the Celtic Tiger out into the car park and kicked the crap out of it, for it was us.

 
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Who throws a shoe?

Posted by Jason O on Dec 15, 2008 in Irish Politics

Shoo! Shoo!

What was most impressive about this was President Bush’s reflexes. Not only did he duck, but came right up for more! Here’s an admission: I kinda like George Bush. Wouldn’t vote for the man, but personally, wouldn’t mind sharing a beer with the guy. There. I said it. Don’t have anytime for this extremist nonsense where if you disagree with the guy you have to hate him. We don’t need more hate. What we need, in the words of Burt Bacharach, is love.

Still, am I the only person to think it is odd to hold a press conference in a sauna?

 
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No longer America’s worst president!

Posted by Jason O on Dec 15, 2008 in Just stuff

Sure liked peanuts!

Am currently reading Peter G. Bourne’s excellent “Jimmy Carter” biography. What’s most interesting is the way this guy came out of nowhere to win the Democratic nomination in 1976. And here’s an interesting one: Did you know that, in Georgia, when he ran for governor in 1970, HE was regarded as the more racist of the two candidates? He was even even endorsed by George Wallace in 1976!
Having said that, it should be stated that Carter personally was never a racist. Just his voters!
Good book, and fascinating in the detail as to how Jimmy Who? turned a party on its head.

 
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What The West Wing taught us about politics.

Posted by Jason O on Dec 15, 2008 in Just stuff

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A Good PA is worth his/her weight in gold.

Sometimes your opponent’s ideals are as noble as yours.

Most problems can be solved by a good long walking conversation.

There’s a Latin quotation for every occasion.

Voters will let you do the vision thing as long as you deliver on the potholes.

Surround yourself with really smart people, especially if they occasionally get up your nose and disagree with you.

Good rousing theme music never hurt anyone.

Power means occasionally having a big block of cheese in your hallway.

You won’t get everything done. Do what you can.

It’s not the scandal that gets you as much as the cover-up.

Some things are more important than getting re-elected.

Decisions are made by those who show up.

Everybody needs a Leo.

 
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Jason enters the late 1990s!

Posted by Jason O on Dec 12, 2008 in Latest News

As with every piece of technology, I arrive late to it, and so here I am apparently blogging just as it becomes unfashionable.  Kind of like that moment when Tony Blair started wearing combats and the arse (Pardon the pun. Oh go on.) fell out of the combat jeans market.

I’ve been advised to write as if I’m being read by thousands, as opposed to myself, a Norwegian blogger named Bjorn with a fetish for bearded federalists, and a cat who has managed to accidentally land on this blog whilst trying to scratch itself against a keyboard. So, hello Bjorn. Or should that be hello with a line through it? I don’t know. I’m not Norwegian, and you can’t make me be either.

So what will I be posting? Mostly nonsense that I talk to myself in my cold winter bed, along with the odd review of books, music or DVD that I liked and is a bit off the beaten track, let us say. And some political stuff, including going at the more monkey shit (Full of nuts) element of the No campaign with all the vigour of a Barack Obama appointed FBI director leading a raid on a Ku Klux Klan Christmas Dinner Dance, just after they start playing the Moody Blues. (Knights in White Satin, just in case you’re wondering. Get it? Forget it. I’m wasted on you people.)    

By the way, if you have absolutely no interest in politics whatsoever you might find this a bit hard going, as I mainline my politics.  Having said that, I will try to write about politics as it applies to life, not the bolloxology that passes for politics (Bolitics? Tip of the hat to Mr. Colin Scuffins for that particular turn of phrase.) in our national parliament.

So here’s hoping I’m not writing to myself, as it is almost certainly not one of the more pleasureable things I could be doing on my own.

I’m talking about watching The West Wing, you foul perverts.

 

Jason

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