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Friday, 30 December 2011

Ron Paul - Dr StrangeLib.

In the first Bigmouthery post covering the 2012 election, I described Ron Paul as a "pretty nice fella" and stated that the main reason he won't end up as President is the fact that, at 76, he's too old. He's also a minarchist libertarian in a political party still ruled by big government neo-conservatives. I avoided defining libertarianism, Paul's chosen ideology, except to say that "some bits are okay, some bits are dubious and some are downright kooky".  The post was a synopsis of candidates, and libertarianism, like every other political stance, is wide open to equivocation, fracturing and historical shapeshifting, so I left it there.  


It's easy to see how people on both sides of the political fence may be attracted to facets of libertarianism. Conservatives like the idea of fewer taxes and liberals like the idea of more weed, that's the stereotype, right? And after 10 years of blowing shit up at a loss, everyone can get behind a non-interventionist foreign policy. 


But Ron Paul is starting to gain a level of superficial credibility he doesn't deserve, so it's time to take a look at the kooky. 

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

How Red is Iowa?

Real Clear Politics


The Iowa caucus is less than a week away.  In the 2008 Presidential race, Obama took Iowa comfortably, not too much of a surprise given he took the Dem caucus in a walk and his opposite number John McCain's was walloped by Mike Huckabee (among others) in the GOP battle. History shows that conservative Iowans like their conservatives a deep shade of red. 


Nationally, Newt Gingrich is still up a couple of points on Mitt Romney, with Ron Paul a distant third. But in Iowa, Paul is now the front runner, albeit by the tiniest of margins. 

Monday, 26 December 2011

Google Maps - LA to Dallas


My girlfriend and I are going to America next year. Part of the trip, we hope, will include a drive from Los Angeles to Texas. There are two main routes, the I-40 and the I-10, so I jumped on Google Maps to check out which way it might take us. I typed in "Los Angeles to Dallas"...here's what Maps advised:

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Tommy and Norway's Butter Crisis

Continuing the theme of 'demotivational posters', here's Tommy, the Norwegian 'gentleman' who is most annoyed that people are making fun of Norway's current butter shortage.


 

Monday, 19 December 2011

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Christopher Hitchens (1949 - 2011)

Christopher Hitchens (1949 - 2011)
It is the custom of journalists to, where practical, prepare obituaries in advance. It's a sensible thing to do in terms of workload. Someone old or infirm passes, and all you have to do is pull the file and tack on the end. Still, I've always found the idea a bit soulless. Indeed, on first learning about the practice from a journalist friend many years ago, I thought it ghoulish. So perhaps foolishly, I did not prepare anything for Christopher Hitchens, even though it was quite clear that his chances of surviving oesophegeal cancer were extremely slim.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Happy 50th Birthday, Bill Hicks.

Bill Hicks.
Had he lived, Bill Hicks would have turned 50 today. Happy Birthday, Bill.

A few years ago I wrote a tribute to Bill, which you can read here.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Hermione/Bella/Leia...?



Jumped on the FB this morning and saw the above pic. Felt the need to adapt it, just a little:


That's better.

How The Gingrich Stole Christmas.

Moments after Mitt Romney's '$10000 bet' gaffe, Newt Gingrich steals Romney's wallet.
Mitt Romney has lots of money. He also has the team in place to take him past the New Hampshire primary. He's been hovering at the top end of the polls for months and until his '$10000 bet' goof at the last debate, had kept his foot well clear of his foodhole. So yeah, let's say he's been the front runner. Admittedly, that status has been easy to claim given the opposition. Rick Perry, Herman Cain and even Michele Bachmann have taken a few nips at Romney, but they've been far outweighed by gaffes and scandals. Bachmann, who has claimed "gaffe-proof" status, has dropped to the back of the pack. She has made numerous gaffes,  the biggest probably that she said she's gaffe-proof. Rick Perry comes across like a drunk gatecrasher and Herman Cain dropped out. The defining characteristic of the last few months of polls and hourly debates is that no-one seems to want any of these guys as their president. Until now.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

The 10 Best Election Campaign Websites.

Bigmouthery's Election Headquarters


So, you fancy yourself as an armchair political pundit for next year's big election dealie? Or you don't...but want to? Need instant access to news that a presidential candidate is: wiping their butt hundreds/shagging interns/the Antichrist? Look no further (actually, look further) than Bigmouthery's list of the ten best 2012 campaign websites. Read these and you'll soon have the confidence to pretend you know what you're on about.

Before we start, it's helpful to be aware of the following: some of the websites listed below identify as non-partisan, some don't. It doesn't matter what they claim, accusations of bias will always be thrown up. It's the internet, after all, a huge projectile hangover-y vomit flecked with dots of gold. It's your job to pan the shiny stuff out of the puke. So, put a peg on your nose and let's get siftin'!

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Bigmouthery's Guide to the 2012 Presidential Election - Part 1 - Challengers.


Missing from photo - some other guy.

Ah, the US presidential election. It's a time when ordinary Americans, Americans who believe in the precepts of the Constitution, come together, with sobriety of mind and hope in heart, and vote for their head of state, government and commander-in-chief. Or...it's a three year, multi-billion dollar dickfight waged by already very rich people funded by major corporations to choose the least insane of the bunch and give them a standing brief to maintain the status quo for at least four years. Tch, cynical. But if you place cynicism on a sliding scale, there are those who believe that all or most of the people involved at the sharp end of presidential elections are shape-shifting reptilians. So, y'know...shut up.

The next election is just under a year away & next month the Republican contenders in the battle to face-off against incumbent Barack Obama will enter the 'primary season', from which one will rise and the rest will be summarily executed, or go back to making loads of money for doing very little, or something, I'm not sure what happens.

Future entries will cover some of the machinations of campaigns, which will hopefully provide some context for the apparently harsh 'style-over-substance' nature of what is to follow. But for now, here's Bigmouthery's look at the main contenders.

Friday, 2 December 2011

The Gay People in Love Thing - Addendum


Most Bigmouthery readers will by now know that the Civil Partnerships Bill in Queensland passed earlier this week, 47-40, opening the door for same-sex couples to have their unions recognised under the law. Good news, indeed. A big step.

As I write, the Australian Labor Party national conference is taking place in Sydney. For Bigmouthers outside Australia who don't know, the ALP is the party in power at federal level, albeit ruling as a minority government. For those who don't know what Sydney is, shut up and never speak again.