Wednesday, June 16, 2010
(I reserve the right to delete incendiary, offensive or off-the-wall comments.)
¶ What did you think of President Obama's speech last night?
Do you have any reaction to yesterday's report on the shootings in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday, 30 January 1972, and Prime Minister Cameron's apology on behalf of the British government?
Will the Los Angeles Lakers or the Boston Celtics win the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship in the final game of their seven-game series tomorrow night in Los Angeles? Any thoughts on the World Cup?
Any other news or thoughts?
Thursday, May 27, 2010
20,167 ( 52.9% ) Conservative — Anne McIntosh
_8,886 ( 23.3% ) Liberal Democratic — Howard Keal
_5,169 ( 13.6% ) Labour — Jonathan Roberts
_2,502 ( _6.6% ) UK Independence — Toby Horton
_1,418 ( _3.7% ) Liberal — John Clark
38,142 ( 50.03% ) Turnout
And the consequent standing of the parties in Parliiament:
365 Government benches (Cons.-Lib. Dem. coalition)
__5 Sinn Féin (Irish Republicans who refuse to take their seats)
_85 Government majority over all others (simple majority: 323-322)
_57 Liberal Democratic
__1 Alliance Party of Northern Ireland; votes with Lib Dems
258 Labour (official Opposition)
__8 Democratic Unionist (Northern Ireland)
__6 Scottish National Party
__3 Plaid Cymru (Welsh nationalist)
__3 Social Democratic & Labour Party (NI); vote with Labour
__1 Independent Unionist (NI)
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Many images of President Obama and Secretary Napolitano running around the country like a fire brigade. More aspects of the unwieldy Homeland Security Department than most of us remember even existed. The President beginning to resemble President Bush, making speech after speech from different places with firm jaw, steely eyes and steady voice promising resolve. But is it enough?
Can the Federal government, the states and local governments handle all this? Or is this adding up to "Obama's Katrina"? Could Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Mitt Romney, John McCain or George W. Bush have done any better? Are the cabinet secretaries, mayors and governors doing their jobs?
What do you think?
Sunday, May 2, 2010
The lack of a single-party majority would also increase the bargaining power or influence of any independents or minor parties who win representation on May 6th, such as the Scottish nationalists, the Welsh nationalists and the Northern Irish parties.
While there's been no formal coalition government in the United Kingdom since 1945, various forms of wartime or peacetime coalition, such as the National Government, were the norm from 1914 to 1945, interrupted only by single-party Tory governments in 1922-23 and 1924-29.
However, apart from the time that I spent reading or posting comments on that blog, there's no connection with Ron Gunzburger or Politics1.
At least for the moment, I will not attempt to follow Ron Gunzburger's former practice of reporting political news as it happens. This is already being done thoroughly at a slightly-older offshoot, Political Dog 101 at http://politicaldog101.com/ Politics2 is mainly intended to provide a continued open thread for comments arranged by time more than topic.
However, apart from periodically starting new open threads, I may open a special thread from time to time for a current topic such as an extended Congressional debate or an interesting election outside the U.S.
Please observe all the customary conventions and courtesies. There was a great diversity of opinion on Politics1's comments, as you can see from reading any of its archived comments before May 2010. It's certainly not my intention to reduce that diversity: a narrow range of views would reduce the great attraction of seeing political analyses, reports, statistics and predictions from so many viewpoints and places.
But I may limit, block or delete comments that are irrelevant, tedious or abusive. As for statistics, tables and lists, while a couple of roll-calls or a single statistic arranged either state-by-state or year-by-year can be very helpful, this format is poorly-suited for 50-state-by-220-year tables, or a sequence of long tables submitted column by column.