Category Archives: politics

Good news: Trump leads the GOP pack

The good news is that the American Republican Party, a clown car if there ever was one, is on its way to defeat in next year’s Presidential election. The CNN news feed sent me this when I awoke: More than any other Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump has won his party’s trust on top […]

Bad news about Jimmy Carter

This came through my CNN news feed, and it’s saddening. Former President Jimmy Carter says, “Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body.” Carter, 90, had a “small mass” removed from his liver earlier this month. At the time, he received a prognosis for a full […]

Contest: Guess three candidates

The prize here is a pretty good one: the audiobook version of Faith vs. Fact, which comprises the entire book, takes up 11 CDs, and is 11.5 hours long. It goes for $22.95 on Amazon, but substantially more at regular retail. (You can hear a sample at the site.) I received more of these than I […]

Open thread: change the law

by Grania Here’s a question Jerry posed this morning: If you could change one law in your country, what would it be and why? Please say which country you are in too, seeing as this is a multi-national website (ahem). There are a bunch of laws that I would like to change in Ireland which […]

Obama gets praise for pulling out the religion card

by Grania There is nothing like a heartfelt appeal to God to stir the loins and get the heads of the voters nodding in approval. In an otherwise admirable speech about gun violence, poverty and race relations in the USA, Obama referenced God on a number of occasions. I never quite know whether politicians are […]

What a deal! White House announces it will negotiate with terrorists for American hostages, but give up prosecuting Americans for doing the same thing

This just came over my CNN feed, and I find it totally bizarre: White House has announced a presidential directive and an executive order that will allow the government to communicate and negotiate with terrorist groups holding American hostages. Officials will now be allowed to talk to those terror groups and discuss ways to secure the […]

Once more with feeling: final thoughts on Ireland’s Marriage Equality referendum #MarRef

by Grania Spingies Terry Pratchett once wrote: “Words have power, and one of the things they are able to do is get out of someone’s mouth before the speaker has the chance to stop them.” Pratchett was right, of course. I don’t think the Vatican can help it much, for Terminal Foot-In-Mouth Disease seems to […]

One of those days

Today we have a report from On the Spot by our Official Ireland Correspondent, writing about the gay marriage referendum, which just won approval in that Catholic country. by Grania Spingies Every once in a while you have a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. Sometimes it’s because of something […]

Tragedy in Paraguay

by Grania On Friday CNN reported a tragic case of a 10 year old Paraguayan girl who was raped by her stepfather and is now pregnant. The child has already been betrayed in the worst possible way by the adults in her life who should have protected her, and now it seems she will be betrayed […]

Philomena explains the election

It’s less than an hour and a half until Philomena is on Charlie Brooker’s “Election Wipe” special in the UK (BBC2, 9 pm). So make your plans now, have a Sambuca and a gin-and-tonic, and read Philomena’s guide to the election from yesterday’s Guardian.  An excerpt: Can you explain Farage, Clegg, Cameron, Sturgeon and Miliband? Farage […]


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