Independence

July 4, 2007 by  
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As the President so grandly quoted, before strapping himself into a fighter jet and going after the alien mother-ship in the Will Smith movie, Independence Day:

And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!” We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!

Huzzah.

Being for all intents and purposes Australian, as an American citizen I feel this an obligatory post.

Style, Content and Comprehension

June 18, 2007 by  
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Earlier this morning I mentioned to a friend this academic report from October last year about the quality of news content found in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

And today LostRemote mentions a Pew Research study showing: ‘Daily Show’ and ‘Colbert’ viewers most informed about news – Lost Remote TV Blog

Read the entire report’s summary of findings, if you have some time.

Howard Obama

February 21, 2007 by  
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Not sure if this will work or not, but embedded video of Colbert’s reaction to Howard’s verbal attack on Barack Obama the other week.

No printed NYT in 5 years?

February 11, 2007 by  
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New York Times Chairman and Publisher Arthur Sulzberger said, “I really don’t know whether we’ll be printing the Times in five years, and you know what? I don’t care either. The Internet is a wonderful place to be, and we’re leading there.”

I’m sure they will still be printing in five years, but it’s a pretty telling quote from one of the most respected papers in the world, which has also spent a great deal of time developing their web presence into one of the best online news sites.

Super Bowl

February 5, 2007 by  
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A 92-yard kick return for a touchdown off the opening kickoff has given the Chicago Bears a dream start against the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

Unfortunately, I don’t know if I’ve got four hours worth of Super Bowl watching stamina in me.

UPDATE:
Indianapolis Colts won 29-17 against a tired Chicago Bears. I’d heard Chicago’s quarterback, Rex Grossman, described as the worst quarterback ever to play in a Super Bowl. Every time I walked back into the room and saw the Chicago offense, Grossman was either getting sacked, intercepted, fumbling the snap, or tripping over his own feet, so he didn’t make much of an attempt to prove anybody wrong. What amazes me is that Chicago made it to the Super Bowl at all.

Disclosure: living in Australia I have not seen a single NFL game of the 2006/07 season, so Grossman could very well be a better player than I saw today.

Football Theater

January 22, 2007 by  
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In football news, Liverpool got up over Chelsea on the weekend. Take that you overpaid stooges! That brings the Reds to within five points of second-placed Chelsea on the Premier League ladder. Arsenal, one point behind Liverpool, also beat league leaders Manchester United, making for a good weekend of top four action.

In Australia, the Queensland Roar failed to make the finals after drawing 1-1 with Sydney on Saturday night. While finishing fifth isn’t so bad, they really did disappoint this year, outplaying most of their opponents but exercising some kind of fanatical incompetence when presented with an abundance of scoring opportunities. With former Australian head coach Frank Farina at the helm, perhaps they can look forward to some improvement next season.

And in the world of metrosexuality, David Beckham has been lured to play in the United States for $US250 million over five years. The Real Madrid president basically said Beckham was going to the LA Galaxy because nobody else wanted him. I tend to agree. He’s been dropped from the England team and he hasn’t exactly been starring for Real Madrid. He’s going to the US because he’s not the great player he once was. That he can go there to retire on almost $US1 million a week is a better deal than he could have ever hoped to find anywhere else.

Holler for Hillary

January 22, 2007 by  
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As expected, Hillary Clinton has also thrown her hat into the Democratic candidate’s ring for the presidency.

It looks like things could get ugly though, with rumours that Clinton’s camp is going to try and discredit Obama in a really nasty way.

Here is Hillary’s announcement video. She’s all about having a conversation with you.

Barracking for Barack

January 19, 2007 by  
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Barack Obama has virtually decided to run for president of the United States. I say virtually because until February 10th, when he will make an official announcement of intent, he’s formed an ‘exploratory committee’. Presumably it’s to see if he wants to run a campaign, but the chances of that happening are fairly high.

The fun bit is that if a Democrat is elected president, they are almost certain to be either America’s first black or female president, since Hilary Clinton is the only other likely contender.

Obama’s big strategy seems to be a little too, how shall we say, optimistic?

Today our leader’s in Washington seem incapable of working together in a practical, common-sense way. Politics has become so bitter and partisan, so gummed up by money and influence, that we can’t tackle the big problems that demand solutions. That’s what we have to change first, we have to change our politics.

Good luck. I thought ‘bitter’ and ‘partisan’ was what politics was about, not to mention money and influence. Of course rival politicians aren’t going to work together for the common good. It’s a sign of weakness to agree with your opposition’s positive measure, as it’s often claimed to be an obvious lack of policies or initiative of your own. Nobody’s brave enough to say, “I think you should all listen intently to this brilliant idea my rival has”.

Fix politics. I’ll have to remember that for the second edition of my book, Standing by the Wishing Well. The best-selling first edition featured that wish popularly know as ‘the beauty pageant’: world peace. It’s available at all good book stores and self-help centers.

If you want to watch it, this is the video of Barack Obama’s announcement.

Dream Poncho

December 19, 2006 by  
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Apparently Pedro Ruiz and his Technicolour Dream Poncho got away this time, but authorities in Mexico have arrested Alfonso Barajas, a.k.a. Ugly Poncho.