Category Archives: Americas


I’m sure that in years to come I will kick myself for not being up and watching when he won the election. We’ll just have to see how well he does over the four years from when he takes over in January.

I’m happy he won the popular vote as well as the electoral college vote, because it means he has a wider mandate and that he has transcended racial boundaries to a good extent. His policies and attitudes toward the likes of Pakistan and Afghanistan could be a problem, but only time will tell. It will also be interesting to see if there is some return to the civil freedoms that existed before the Bush administration.

If he can roll back some of the restrictions that the Patriot Act introduced then he will have made some serious progress — and he has the parliamentary support to do it. I just hope he doesn’t preside over an equally reactionary and oppressive regime. He has a great many minds to change and hearts to soften all over the world. Fingers crossed he can do it.

Change in the air

I think this was on the television as I left the office, but it’s a nice little detail nonetheless, and brings home the hint of change in the air after eight years of George W Bush:

In keeping with tradition, voting began at the stroke of midnight in a handful of remote towns in the north-eastern state of New Hampshire.

The residents of Dixville Notch have been meeting in the town’s ballot room at midnight each election day since 1960.

Mr Obama won the town’s poll by 15 votes to six for Mr McCain – a landslide victory after more than 40 years of Republican loyalty.

Bidding farewell to Yma

Yma Sumac, the near legendary singer who claimed to have been descended from Incan royalty, has died in Los Angeles. All sorts of stories surrounded Yma, who had an incredible and peculiar vocal range. Here’s one video of her; I’ll see if I can find some more stuff later.


It's almost votin' time

America goes to the polls tomorrow. Gavin is in Chicago (you’ve been following his adventures, right?) and Una is in New York. I’m sure a few thousand other bloggers made the trip as well. I won’t be staying up late. Well, I tell myself that now. Ask me again at 3am on Wednesday morning.

Everybody calm down

The Peruvian faith healers have finally made their endorsement for the US presidential election: they’re backing Obama.

“Obama is growing stronger, I’ve seen that he has the spiritual support of Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy to protect him,” Juan Osco, president of the Apus-Inka healers association, told The Associated Press. “He’s going to win.”

So there you have it. We can all rest easy now.

Links o' the day 30/10/08

I’m swamped but hope to do a photo post or two over the weekend. In the meantime:

Ireland to lose full employment: BoI (RTÉ)

Does the Border matter in a time of recession? (Slugger O’Toole)

Australian plan to kill the internet (Mr Angry)

Bailout, schmailout (Jeff Jarvis)

MTV expected to announce Beatles Rock Band deal (Reuters)

Google Reader now shows how good (or bad) you are at reading (CNet)