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Thank god it’s only once every four years…*

2 November, 2012

Today I checked off another one of the tasks on my ‘Americanization’ list (note how I used a zee there!) by voting in a presidential election – a right conferred upon only U.S. Citizens (I naturalized in 2009), and only taken away if you’re a convicted felon (which I’m not). But as noted in previous [...]

Love just ain’t enough

9 May, 2012

So the people of North Carolina have voted to ban same-sex marriage. Well bravo for bigotry. In fact, the people of North Carolina have done more than just ban it. Same-sex marriage has been illegal in North Carolina for the past 16 years; this vote just makes it that much harder to ever get it [...]

Democracy: Too important to be left to the people

28 February, 2012

There was a report in the newspaper recently on a bridge in Slovakia being named after Chuck Norris. Apparently local officials had put it to a popular vote, and (at the time of writing) 74% of people had voted to call it the Chuck Norris Bridge, outvoting a local historical figure by a huge margin. [...]

They delayed the Dancing With The Stars vote for THIS?

5 November, 2008

So here’s to four years of non-specific ‘change’.  After a solid 18 months of tedious, blanket media coverage, Barack Obama finally beat John McCain in the U.S. Presidential Election, and will now be the youngest and blackest president in American history.  Obama has (at the time of writing) some 349 electoral votes to McCain’s 163 (and [...]

Preaching Around The Bush

27 December, 2007

At the risk of triggering a Dixie Chicks-like backlash, I have to say that George W. Bush is an absolutely appalling public speaker.  I’m not saying I necessarily agree or disagree with his policies – as a non-US Citizen (albeit a Permanent Resident) I’m fairly ambivalent to the whole U.S. politics thing - but he really cannot speak [...]

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