Obama takes a kicking
In the midterm elections, Obama took a pasting. The Democrats lost the House of Representative’s, and only just hung on to the Senate. America could be in gridlock for the next 2 years, after judging that in the 652 days since his inauguration, Obama hadn’t done enough. American’s were asking “What the fuck has Obama done so far?“, a question which this website handily answers. The problem is, although Obama IMHO has done well, he hasn’t hit a home run. I get the feeling that after the monumental wave of optimism the swept him into the White House, he could never win. Take for example, his ongoing trip to Asia in which he takes in India. An erroneous news report, claiming this visit would cost $200m a day, was seized upon in the US, by, surprise surprise, Fox and the right wing media. To put that figure into context, the war in Afghanistan, complete with it’s 100,000 personnel, costs $190m a day. Plus Obama is using the visit to secure $6bn in new business. The story’s bullshit, the impact isn’t. The odds seem too great, and unfortunately, Obama looks destined to lose, whatever the score.
Zach Galifianakis – hero
Lighting a spliff live on TV elevates anyone immediately to legend status:
Wayne Rooney guy
In case you haven’t noticed, it was Bonfire Night on Friday. Not that the fireworks were restricted to Friday night – it still sounds like the Battle of the Somme outside my house. Traditionally, a guy is burnt on the bonfire, and a publicity-seeking bunch of skullfuckers (can you guess where this one is going?) decided that their guy was going to be a 49ft Wayne Rooney. Why? Have they ever met Rooney? No. Have any of them ever cheated on their partners? Probably. Have any of them ever aspired to higher wages? Certainly. Are they judgmental, hypocritical pricks? I think you can guess where this one is going.
Haile Gebrselassie is to retire from atheltics. He always ran smiling, and was gracious in defeat and victory. Along with this, he has has used his success to help those in his homeland of Ethiopia, employing over 1,000 people. A true great.
In other news
-I hate Bolton.
-I like Seurat.
-This week will be heavy. Oh yeah.
Lastly, I massively want the impending disappointment of U2 headlining Glastonbury to be balanced out by The Rolling Stones being there too:
Gimme shelter from fucking Bono, please.