Sunday, May 01, 2016

Obama obsessing over Obama...

Like him, love him, hate him or indifferent, the following Politico article [LINK] on Obama communications is worth a read (OK, you need to have an interest!): 'The Selling of Obama',
"When Obama himself has been asked about his administration's failures, he's harped on communication failures, and it’s been a consistent theme inside his White House. "Our policies are so awesome," he quipped to a few aides after a 2011 Roosevelt Room meeting. "Why can’t you guys do a better job selling them?" I interviewed more than two dozen current and former administration officials for this article, and at least a dozen told me some version of the internal joke that every problem in Obamaworld is a communications problem."
I've never thought much of him, the gross partisan bias offered by 99% of the US/UK MSM (especially the BBC this side of the water) made me suspicious and 'anti' from the word go. Nothing since has changed my opinion. Hailed as the Great Communicator I was unable to listen to more than a few sentences from Obama before switching off; what politico calls the "president’s Spock-like, no-drama persona has also complicated his efforts to connect with the public" was exacerbated by his droning boring voice with constant drawn out pauses making it hard to pay attention. He's not alone, the modern political norm, designed to create an impression of gravitas, I imagine, is as highly overrated and overused as it is unsuccessful in its aim.

"He sees himself as a storyteller as well as a policymaker, and by his own admission, he hasn’t always told a persuasive story."...[face-palm]

Also of interest in the same vein: a great info-graphic (scroll down a bit) of make-up of the WH press lobby: 21% registered DEM (as against only 8% REP) but 86% of them think Clinton will be next POTUS.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Orderly Orinoco outing...

"Maduro recall petition in Venezuela gets 200% more signatures than needed" [Link]....And more...on the first day! Venezuela creeps slowly towards 'salvation': recall of Krusty II Nick Ripe is now a slight possibility with the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (the awfully corrupt CNE, the Unimaginable Weasel-Fucking Doom Demon personified by Tibisay Lucena) saying about two hundred thousand signatures would be needed to spark a recall of the President. That went well:
"CNE had given us a month to collect 197,978 signatures to begin the recall process. Many multiples of that have come out to sign, handily exceeding the target in all 24 states. How many? The Wall Street Journal says 1.1 million by the end of day one. We understand the tally by the end of day two is substantially higher than that, but we haven’t been able to confirm a number."
"Know Hope"; "Nobody - not in the government, not in the opposition - was expecting the avalanche of people we've seen yesterday and today signing to request Maduro's recall" say Caracas Chronicles.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Out's outstanding oration...

He's done it again (not Obama) but Dan the Man. To quote 'Charmingly Cynical' from the comments (I hope he doesn't mind):
"Daniel Hannan's speech was spine-tingling inspiring, aspirational, speaking clear and common sense."
Indeed it was; Nigel was good too. Those and more at the Spectator Brexit debate at the London Palladium. [LINK]

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Obama's ominous obscurantism...

Obama blunders again. My thoughts on the matter?...Mr. Obama, fuck off you lying hypocrite!

Quite right Tim: "Obama’s Brexit overreach is typical of his arrogance".

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Out, out, out II...

Not to everyone's taste and I'm at least a week late on this but Dan the Man is on fine form. An optimistic message about the the blossoming of a free people after Brexit: "Daniel Hannan emphasises the importance of promoting the positives on why we should leave the EU. This is a must see for the undecided and those who still believe we should remain." Be patient if you are bored by the first few minutes, it builds well.

It harks back to Dan's great piece in the DT last year: "A vision of Britain outside the EU - confident, successful and free". "Released from our Eurochains, pessimism withers and the economy grows as we become great again."

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Olympic opening...

If someone were to ask what James Brendan Bennet Connolly and the small town of Much Wenlock in Shropshire, UK had in common most would be stumped. Me too, until today: US athlete Connolly [Wiki] was the very first Olympic champion of the modern Olympic games (those games are 120 years old today) held in Athens in 1896) when he won gold in the Triple jump (he also got the silver medal High jump and bronze in the Long jump); Much Wenlock actually had hosted its own annual local 'Olympics' [The Olympian Class in 1850:
..."for the promotion of the moral, physical and intellectual improvement of the inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood of Wenlock and especially of the working classes, by the encouragement of outdoor recreation, and by the award of prizes annually at public meetings for skill in athletic exercise and proficiency in intellectual and industrial attainments"
"It was devised by local doctor William Penny Brookes and is still held to this day." [Indie] One of the Independent's "Five things you didn’t know about the first modern Olympic Games that took place 120 years ago" goe son to tell us that "Baron Pierre de Fr├ędy, Baron de Coubertin visited the town in 1890 and was inspired by the townspeople participating in the Games so he founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC)". Excellent, we can claim that too :-) ... as well as "Britain is one of 4 countries (including Australia) to have participated at every games since 1896, but is the only country to have won a gold medal at every games"...if Romacitizen's comments are more fact based than the Independent's 5 points (they got one wrong!).

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Obama's obnubilation, obfuscation...

Obama caught out being a rampant hypocrite...again. In a clear anti-Trump rant* Obama 'blamed' the media for not making presidential candidates more accountable. He seems to have forgotten their outrageously blind, partisan, entirely biased coverage of his own 2008** campaign (and to a large but not as great extent in 2012). I include the UK media in this too. Later, Obama promised "transparency would be a touchstone of his administration", and he has claimed to have the 'most transparent administration in history', bullshit on both counts.

However, back to this week: [LINK]. "Many believe that Obama’s call for us to probe and dig deeper and find out more has been made far more difficult by his administration than any in recent decades." (CNN reporter)...
"the Obama administration had used the Espionage Act to go after more leakers and whistleblowers than all previous White Houses combined."
"Obama hasn’t delivered... "In fact, FOIA has been a disaster under his watch." (Pro Publica reporter Justin Elliott". 'A recent analysis found the Obama administration set a record of failing nearly 130,000 times to respond to public records requests under the Freedom of Information Act.' Elliot 'went on to write':
Newly uncovered documents (made public only through a FOIA lawsuit) show the Obama administration aggressively lobbying against reforms proposed in Congress. The Associated Press found last year that the administration had set a record for censoring or denying access to information requested under FOIA, and that the backlog of unanswered requests across the government had risen by 55 percent, to more than 200,000.
* If his awful dirge-like way of speaking could ever be a 'rant'; I have never understood how he is considered a master orator: I'm switched off after two sentences.
** And his nomination to run was completely rigged anyway (plus ca change

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Obscurum per obscurius...

"World Trade Collapses in Dollars, Languishes in Volume" by Wolf Richter (on Wolf Street). "World trade in goods is just one factor in the global economy..." but is currently at its lowest level in a decade. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Opposing oecist odium...

The New Zealand vote to keep or change their flag ended yesterday: the vote was a 56.6% in favour of NOT changing. Well done you Kiwis; there is no need to be ashamed of your history; the government spiel on the vote tried to play on the ex colony status as a downside (and many saw the vote merely as a 'wasteful vanity project' of unpopular PM John Keys).  I must admit to be slightly surprised. The alternative (on the left in image above) is actually a really good alternative - so much better than the pap that the South Africans now have to bear. The official result will be declared on 30th March. Voter turnout was an impressive 67.3%.

Once we escape form the evil clutches of the EU (but still trade with them) we can return to a focus on a much more mutually beneficial relationship with our antipodean it should be. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Objicient Owen on Obama...

POTUS will visit London during a European visit to Germany this April (oh no, Ows thinks London is in Germany...). The EU is in meltdown, the immigration crisis is a growing serious threat and Obama will be visiting a 'Technology fair'? Really? Whatever. A source for The Independent , the newspaper that broke the story, has said "It would be pretty shocking if he didn't ask voters to stay in the EU" code for he will be telling the UK public to vote 'Remain'. Lord Owen has said (Lord owen's response IN FULL is well worth a read). "As emotions mount in our referendum debate it would be better for the President to respect diplomatic courtesies and democratic conventions."...
..."It is not just the dysfunctional nature of the Eurozone that worries many of us in the UK. Many of us are lifetime Europeans and we are choosing to vote to leave so as to take the opportunity to counter balance the dysfunctional nature of the EU defence and foreign policies adopted since the creation of the Eurozone."
Owen suggests Obama should read Mervyn King's 'The End of Alchemy' who writes: "The crisis of European Monetary Union will drag on, and it cannot be resolved without confronting either the supranational ambitions of the European Union or the democratic nature of sovereign national governments. One or other will have to give way...".