Daily Archives: August 30, 2008

A purely personal post which may interest The Rabbit…

…if no-one else.

Not being like old Misery-guts who runs a deeply earnest Blog of Gloom which I am no longer welcome on, I am happy to post a bit of fluff from time to time, if only to assert my humanity… 😉

Yes, there I was passing the Juice & Java a moment ago when a very fit and slimmer Bulgarian bounded out to greet me. The Rabbit will recall Madam and the Bulgarian. Well, the Bulgarian has been living on the other side of Sydney’s Great Divide — the Harbour — for over four years now and is married and has a child!

How things change.

He wasn’t with Madam, but I do see her from time to time and she also seems fine.


Speech by Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama | for the record

You will find the full transcript below in PDF format.

Meanwhile, check out Greg Sheridan being totally predictable in The Australian:

BARACK Obama is a fraud. But he is a very familiar kind of fraud: a politician pretending to be something he’s not. He is not the post-partisan, post-ideological seeker of a new politics and leader of a broad social movement to redeem the soul of America.

Rather, he is a brilliantly gifted, traditional, self-seeking politician who has sought for a long time to get to the top. He is also a traditional left-liberal, obsessed, at least in his public life, with race. He has built the momentum of his campaign on the most dubious basis that can exist in a democracy for garnering political support, racial identity.

But if he wins the US election in November, as he well might, he will have a chance to be a good president. The ruthlessness of his politics is the most encouraging suggestion that a desire to be re-elected will keep him near the middle ground. That Obama is such a brilliant politician is evident in the fact that he came from nowhere to win the Democratic nomination. In that he confounded all the smartest judges of American politics, whether liberal or conservative.

He certainly confounded President George W. Bush. Now it is customary in polite circles to regard Bush as a gibbering idiot or the devil incarnate. But Bush twice won the governorship of Texas and the presidency of the US, so he must know something…

Greg has long been in that conga line Mark Latham once named so memorably… 

But Greg is positively sane and reasonable compared with some of the tragics I have been reading while surfing via BlogExplosion — and so, incidentally, is Mark Latham. There is an underbelly in the US political blogosphere — so-called conservatives and that totally US species of libertarians — that go beyond appalling. Some of the stuff one reads makes even Pauline Hanson look like an Enlightenment philosopher! One would despair of the USA very quickly if that were all that is out there — or over there. But it isn’t so, thank God.

Great speech. Let’s hope one day we also see great actions, and that the USA has a chance to undo much of the dross of the past eight years…

The USA can decide if they need a change in the next few months; most of the rest of us know they do. We’re keeping our fingers crossed — Greg Sheridan excepted, of course.

Obama Speech PDF


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Posted by on August 30, 2008 in America, current affairs, generational change, USA