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Ghost of Osama Bin Laden endorses Gingrich/Palin ticket in 2012

Posted by Jason O on Jan 1, 2012 in Not quite serious., US Politics

GOP's the one for me! The ghost of evil bigoted terrorist mastermind  Osama Bin Laden has endorsed former house speaker Newt Gingrich and former Gov. Sarah Palin for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

Speaking from hell, Bin Laden is quoted as saying: “I have spent a lifetime trying to convince young Muslims that the United States is prejudiced against  Islam. Then they go and elect Obama, a man who has some actual knowledge of Islam, and treat Muslim soldiers in the US army as equals. They even have a Muslim in Congress! This is what I’m up against, so I really appreciate Newt and Sarah stirring up bigotry over the Islamic Centre two blocks from Ground Zero. Seriously, I could not have written it better myself, well, other than “We surrender, Praise Allah!” But now I can go to young American Muslims fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, who laud the US, and go “In your face, over here, working for the honky man!”. If I’m not trying to raise money to put Newt and Sarah into the White House in 2012, then my uncle’s a rabbi! It’s not as much a donation as an investment. Anyone see any virgins down here?”

The Gingrich/Palin approach to the proposed centre, thus ensuring that US Muslims know their place, is part of a radical new Republican approach to hot button issues the GOP hopes to showcase in the November midterm elections. Another issue is that of attitudes towards homosexuality, where Republican members of congress and formers chairs of the RNC are having gay sex regularly so as to be able to lecture family values voters on the evils of a hot gay banging with a buff intern named Chad. Repeatedly.


2012: Drama, drama, drama.

Posted by Jason O on Jan 1, 2012 in European Union, Irish Politics, US Politics

The odds are against him.

The odds are against him.

2012 promises to be, both in Ireland and elsewhere, another year of high drama, and that’s assuming that it’s not the end of the world.

1. The US Presidential Election. I still expect Pres. Obama to be defeated, which will be sad, but an indication of the way the US is heading. There will be people without two cents to rub together who will either not bother voting, or vote for a Republican to give a tax cut to billionaires and cut unemployment aid to people who can’t find work. I’m on the right, but even for me, that’s throw hands in the air and walk away time.

2. The EU referendum in Ireland will not be as dramatic as expected, because it doesn’t really matter whether it passes or not, as Irish ratification is not required to implement it. If the Irish choose to exclude themselves from the room, that’s our business, and no one else will really care, as we are obeying most of the Fiscal Compact rules through our IMF deal already.

3. Will the eurozone stay the same? Everything hinges on Greece, but even if Greece defaults on pretty much all her debts, which she would have to if she quit the euro, as they would multiply in cost against the new drachma, it still doesn’t make much sense. Tourism costs will drop, but will rise again as energy and imported food and consumer goods rise feed through. Devaluation is a short term gimmick that counts for nothing if a country does not deal with competitive issues, and the Greek government knows this.

4. Ireland potentially faces two referendums (referenda?) on Children’s Rights and abolition of the Senate. If the Children’s Rights one turns into a ban on smacking, it will go down. The Senate campaign will be more interesting, assuming Enda doesn’t give in to his backbenchers and kick it into the Constitutional Convention. Having said that, I can see the argument against leaving the Dail to its own devices gaining some traction. Could the Irish people vote to keep the Seanad? Potentially, yes.

5. The Constitutional Convention will begin work on rewriting Ireland’s 1937 constitution. I should be excited by this, but I remain deeply cynical, for the reasons stated here.

6. Finally, will Sarko survive April/May’s French presidential election? Run off polls currently put him losing to the Socialists’s Hollande by 20%. Interestingly, Hollande beats Le Pen by 76%, yet Sarko only beats her by 63%, which means that there’s a substantial number of people out there who just plain hate Sarko’s guts. Imagine that!

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