Hey, What’s Up?

7 May

Hung Parliament

After a grueling, days-long campaign that managed to do in a few weeks what takes America a few years, the United Kingdom held a general election yesterday. According to the BBC as of this morning, Labour had lost 87 seats in Parliament whilst the Tories have gained 92. The Lib Dems have lost 5 seats. The end result is a hung Parliament – 326 seats are needed for an outright majority, enabling a party to form a government. If Labour or the Tories are able to convince the Lib Dems to join a coalition, the majority will be there.

And lest anyone think that the Tory victory is some sort of anti-socialist, anti-seekritmuslimkenyan Obama backlash, the Conservative manifesto is here, and maybe you read it and whatnot.

Obama to Buffalo

President Barack Obama will be in Buffalo next Thursday as part of his “White House to Main Street” listening tour. He’ll be here to discuss the economy and jobs – issues far yet dear to the Buffalonian heart. His visit was arranged at the urging of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and the agenda hasn’t yet been solidified. George W. Bush came to Buffalo in 2004 to tout the Patriot Act, and Bill Clinton came to town in 1999, because this was friendly territory for an embattled, impeached President. One hopes it amounts to more than just a few photo opportunities. The thing is, the federal government didn’t economically devastate Buffalo, but it can help to shock it back to life.

Rentboy enters the Lexicon

One day you’re one of the most virulent homophobes in Christendom, the next day you’re caught hiring out a rentboy to provide you with a massage called the “longstroke” on your 2-week European vacation.

As an aside, thanks to George Rekers, the term “rentboy” has now entered mainstream American English.

Also, he claims that he was just ministering to his young traveling companion. His rentboy, “Lucien”, begs to differ, and has independent corroboration to prove it.

Wheeee!

When a typographical error can cause a market panic, the market’s broken and the way the big boys play the market isn’t transparent, and could ruin the economy.

Deep Thoughts

The Republicans really, really dislike the way that Democrats have ruined New York State and whatnot (ignoring their own culpable conduct, pretending that everything went to shit after Pataki left). Why don’t they instead tap into the palpable anger that Paladino is clumsily exploiting, and propose real, genuine reforms rather than playing partisan games?

Conservatives really, really hate the interference of the federal government. Then BP’s oil platform explodes and leaks in the Gulf, and suddenly they beg for the interference of the federal government to clean it all up. Privatize the profit, socialize the risk. It’s the (new) American way!

The Greek financial crisis is clearly the fault of Barack Obamadopolous.

3 Responses to “Hey, What’s Up?”

  1. jesse May 7, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    First 2 Deep Thoughts are really solid. Too bad the R’s won’t listen and the T’s are just too busy being mad about stuff. And for the record, libertarian thinkers have been complaining about “privatizing profit, socializing risk” for many years. Good to see the liberal blogosphere figure it out – we’ll see if it holds next time the D’s do it.

  2. Jim Allen May 7, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    In “Obama to Buffalo” you state that the “federal government didn’t economically devastate Buffalo but…” The fact is that the federal government DID devastate Buffalo by encouragiong it to become a ward of the state and by not forcing it to develop goals and objectives to turn its economy around. The federal government has pumped billions of dollar into the City and no one can argue that the City is better off today as a result of it.
    We do need the federal government to “shock it back to life” but the the programs must have strings attached that force the development of goals that are measurable and ideally, any federal programs will insist on the region developing a regional strategy for economic viability and sustainability. If necessary, the feds should force us to think and plan regionally!!!

  3. Mike in WNY May 7, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    The Obama Magical Money Tour is not coming to “shock” Buffalo back to life, it is coming to purchase votes and poll points.

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