Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Fire and fury redux

To the surprise of absolutely no observer of American politics, Donald Trump today announced that he will be running for the Presidency again in 2024. Well may it be asked, what is motivating him. Ego? Vindication? Settling scores? To represent the hopes and aspirations of his supporter base? A combination of some or all of these things? Here we go again. 

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/16/trump-files-paperwork-for-2024-presidential-bid

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/11/16/politics/trump-presidential-bid-analysis/index.html


Sunday, November 13, 2022

Grace and mercy

I am looking forward to reading, or to be more precise, listening to on Audible, So Help Me God, the autobiography of former United States Vice President, Mike Pence. Pence and President Trump famously fell out when Pence did not overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election, which to this day, Trump stubbornly asserts was stolen from him.

It is widely speculated that Pence is positioning himself to run for the Presidency in 2024. The publisher's blurb hints at this, stating that Pence is open to accepting "the next challenge." These types of books are usually part of a candidates' campaign strategy. The BBC thinks it very likely that he will be one of the contenders, as will Trump. If so, former allies will become rivals. Trump will mercilessly attack him, just as he did to his opponents in 2016, which will add an interesting dynamic to the primary and caucus season. 

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/politics/2022/11/11/trump-pence-relationship-mike-pence-new-book-details-jan-6-todd-dnt-vpx.cnn

Monday, October 24, 2022

How did this happen?

 How did this get out? Was it leaked, or published accidentally. As bad as the current Victorian government is, the Liberal Opposition cannot credibly present themselves as an alternative government if they release such sloppy policy documents as this. 

Friday, October 07, 2022

"Tickets, please."

Daniel Andrews, the current Premier of the Australian state of Victoria has a very high opinion of himself, as his government's grandiose election promises partially attest, such as building the biggest hospital in Australia, as reported in the pictured newspaper article, but not even he is capable of time travel, which is the only conceivable way to make retrospective election promises. 

Saturday, October 01, 2022

In the tradition of Stuart Littlemore


The American state of Florida can't get a break. An eagle-eyed American friend brought this to my attention. 

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Watershed moment


An address by His Excellency, General the Honourable David Hurley, AC, DSC, FTSE, Governor General of Australia, to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.