April 19, 2008


Anne posts on the election for Mayor of London in which I shall vote for Boris Johnson. Boris is a shambolic, intelligent, un-pc, conservative who laughs a lot and is the cause of mirth in others. Here's part of his election manifesto from the video 'Boris Johnson v Germany"

At issue in this election is whether is whether the Islamic bloc vote controls London politics as in "Suicide bomb backer runs Ken's campaign" - rather amazing in a city that's endured Islamic terrorism at close quarters. Livingstone is a fellow-traveller of Castro, Chavez, Hamas, Hezbollah and the IRA who gets the votes of Moslems, homosexuals, public sector workers and trade unionists. This sceptred isle..

First Lady snippets

Michelle Obama
[She] lacks placidity, which is, actually, necessary. All first ladies, first spouses, should be like Denis Thatcher, slightly dazed, mildly inscrutable, utterly supportive. It is the only job in the world where "seems slightly drugged" is a positive job qualification. The key is to know you are not the drama, you do not draw the lightning, you are a background player who yet has deep, unseen power. (The "deep, unseen power" part keeps you serene and energized. The constant possibility of quiet revenge keeps one peppy.)
Michelle Obama
major in sociology and minor in African American studies at Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude with an Artium Baccalaureus in 1985. As part of her requirements for graduation, she wrote a thesis entitled, "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community." ...

Following law school, she was an associate at the Chicago office of the law firm Sidley Austin where she first met her husband. At the firm, she worked on marketing and intellectual property. Subsequently, she held public sector positions in the Chicago city government as an Assistant to the Mayor and Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development. In 1993, she became Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, a non-profit organization encouraging young people to work on social issues in nonprofit groups and government agencies
Cindy McCain
In Phoenix, she had been her high school's rodeo queen, sporting a cowboy hat complete with a crown. After earning education degrees at the University of Southern California (which Sen. McCain has called "University of Spoiled Children"), she became a special-needs teacher.

She also got involved in the beer distributorship started by her father. Art Pearce, who worked at his own family's company, a Coors distributor in Phoenix, frequently ran into her at industry events. "You could tell by her air that she was very proud of her family's business...."

In 1991, Mrs. McCain came across a girl in an orphanage in Bangladesh. Mother Teresa implored Mrs. McCain to take the baby with a severe cleft palate; the senator's wife did so without first telling her husband. The couple adopted the girl, named her Bridget, and has seen her through some dozen operations to repair her cleft palate and resolve other medical problems.
Michelle Obama
"And let me tell you something: For the first time in my adult lifetime I am really proud of my country."
Cindy McCain
"I am proud of my country."