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Mat Bowles ([personal profile] matgb) wrote2008-11-07 10:48 pm

The new opium of the people?

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I think the The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy answered this best back in 1992:

Although it's not exactly new. And possibly it's being replaced by t'internet. Which, y'know, given the events of this week, is probably a good thing. On that subject...

URL of the week:


http://change.gov/ (via)

I have a brief comment on the Obama election. It's a story about a man who captured the hopes of the nation, made an appeal for change, won an election by mobilising a massive coalition of disparate influence groups, uniting them for a common purpose who went on to win seats all over the country, including in places that were previously thought unwinnable for his party. A lawyer, he and his young family were a refreshing alternative to the tired right wing Govt that they voted out.

Mr President Elect Obama sir? If you turn into another fucking Tony Blair, the entire world will be very disappointed in you. I voted for that git, I supported that git. He broke his promises and let me down. Don't be a git sir, we're depending on you.

Domestic bliss?


This morning, [livejournal.com profile] miss_s_b did take young [livejournal.com profile] shrublette to school, then went into town and did some shopping in Tesco. She bought a loaf of bread, more classic Doctor Who poseable action figure (we're very close to getting the whole Robot now, yay!) and a big bag of five custard doughnuts. I then took her to work. At lunch today, I did eat one of the doughnuts and felt a bit guilty about it. This evening, I picked her up from work, we went to former Cllr Yates's house to get his name at the top of our petition, then I dropped her home so I could go back to her work to pick up her Dad and give him a lift home.

When I got home, I offered to make tea. Quoth she:
I'm not hungry actually. I've eaten all the doughnuts
She has as well, the greedy pig.

Next time she complains about putting on weight? Suggest she might like to stop eating all the doughnuts...

Love you darlin'

[identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com 2008-11-07 11:12 pm (UTC)(link)
I might be a big fat doughnut-eating porker, but at least I never voted for Blair.

Obama strikes me as sincere; Blair never EVER did.

[identity profile] ginasketch.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 07:58 am (UTC)(link)
pwned.

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[identity profile] el-staplador.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 10:53 am (UTC)(link)
That made my morning, that did.

[identity profile] redatt.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 11:36 pm (UTC)(link)
I'll have to remember that fist line. It could come in handy.

Ditto on the second.

[identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com 2008-11-07 11:50 pm (UTC)(link)
change, doughnuts, food, jennie, landslides, life, marx, music, obama, opiates, russian revolution, television, the disposable heroes of hiphoprisy, tony blair, video, writer's block, youtube

This has to be the best combination of tags in a single post ever. ;o)

[identity profile] stillcarl.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 08:12 am (UTC)(link)
Mr President Elect Obama sir? If you turn into another fucking Tony Blair, the entire world will be very disappointed in you.

We've had two semi-charismatic Labour leaders here in NZ in my lifetime, the first one (Norman Kirk) dying in his first term and the other (David Lange) in charge of a government that lurched to the right. Then there was the National (Tory) leader Robert Muldoon who lurched to the left.

So I'm skeptical of charismatic and popular leaders until they've proved their worth. In my opinion, dour farmers make the best politicians. They think in the long term and are never optimists since they know things always go wrong eventually - again...

(Written early on election night in NZ!)

[identity profile] rhythmaning.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 11:29 am (UTC)(link)
The revolution will not be televised. From 1972. I wonder what Gil Scott Heron is thinking this week?

[identity profile] purplehez.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 11:41 am (UTC)(link)
I'm afraid I can't help thinking that Obama is too good to be true and I can't help thinking of Tony Blair.

Could be wrong of course. I hope I'm wrong!

[identity profile] redatt.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 11:44 pm (UTC)(link)
I enjoyed your answer best.

I like and trust, I suppose, Obama more than I ever did Blair, but I'm skeptical about how much positive change he'll actually (be able to) bring about.