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robert byrd
An old photo of Byrd

In other news, my favourite US federal senator (yes, it is possible to have a favourite senator) Robert Byrd died in the last day or so. He was ninety two. He'd been in the senate since 1959! And was a congressman before that. Politicians live long and stay in office a long time in the US.

Byrd mostly interested me because of his strong opposition to the Bush and the Iraq war, notably this speech: On The Brink Of War. Which included this notable passage:

And yet this Chamber is for the most part ominously, dreadfully silent. You can hear a pin drop. Listen. You can hear a pin drop. There is no debate. There is no discussion. There is no attempt to lay out for the Nation the pros and cons of this particular war. There is nothing.
and further:

What would these signers of the Constitution have to say about this Senate which they created when they note the silence, that is deafening, that emanates from that Chamber on the great subject, the great issue of war and peace? Nothing. Nothing is being said except by a few souls.

Yet this Chamber is hauntingly silent–hauntingly silent on what is possibly the eve of horrific infliction of death and destruction on the population of the nation of Iraq.
Which is not to say his entire history is commendable. He did some questionable things early in his senate career - voting against civil rights bills, for example. But his later work and his robust way of speaking I really liked.
maxcelcat: (Cat Go Blah Blah Blah)

In other "politics" news, former First Cat Socks has been put down. He was nearly 20 years old - a very good age for a cat. Apparently he'd been struggling the last few months, and was too weak to stand in the last couple of days.

There has been a lot of coverage, like in the LA Times and heck, look at all the articles in the Google News Search about his demise!

In other Cat news, I have my cat, Marvin the Bitey, back from his sojourn up in Preston with my cousin and her kids. Also took him to the vet this morning - he needs to chew more interesting gristly things for the sake of his teeth. And he's already put three deep scratches in my arm - I dared to move him off a chair :-)

Mr Obama

Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:45 am
maxcelcat: (It's Time!)
Have I mentioned in the last twenty minutes how much I like Barack Obama? (And yes [ profile] jedi_amara this is another post about Politics :-P )

I'm just reading about Hillary Clinton visiting Indonesia, the first place she's been outside the US since becoming secretary of state. All part of a plan to reach out to south east asia and especially the large Muslim nations there. Which is a bloody brilliant strategy - to be visiting a country like Indonesia which is a traditionally a friend of the US, but which also, conveniently, a democratic Islamic nation. And is where Obama lived for a few years as a kid... What a great way to send a message to the moderate Muslims in the world. If they get countries like Indonesia and Malaysia on side, that'll really dent the image of the US as the bad guys...
maxcelcat: (Obama)


Jan. 14th, 2009 07:57 pm
maxcelcat: (Voting is the best revenge)

January 13, 2009

I, George W. Bush, President of these United States of the Americas, pursuant to that pardon power thingy conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of that Constitution I keep hearing people go on about, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Paul — or as I like to call him, Buddha Butt — for the crime of embezzling money from arms dealers to global terrorists.

The aforementioned — not to mention the beforementioned — shall not be subject to any punishment for this crime, including imprisonment in a medium security prison, tar and feathering or waterboarding. Well, maybe a little bit of waterboarding, but just for fun, ya know? Heh heh.

Being The Decider in Chief, I have hereby used my Decidering powers to declare that Paul is a faithful devotee of liberal, amoral atheism and is, as such, a technically decent but godless citizen of this great nation. To punish this person would deter future white collar criminals from seeking the American Dream.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand today, on January 13, in the year of our Lord 2009 — which I totally cannot believe is actually here, and I still haven't gotten my hovercraft — and of the Independence of the United States of America.

God bless,
George W. Bush

maxcelcat: (Dancing Kitty)
I was delighted to re-discover lefty cartoonist (amoungst other things) Ron Cobb just now on the internets. Back in the late seventies or early eighties, I remember being fascinated by his cartoons in a couple of books owned, possibly, by my parents. I really should chase up if they still have them, they're long out of print. He has a website, which is a bit awkwardly arranged (one suspects by the artist himself) which is here.

Cobb does a great drawing with a great deal o', er, well, here's an example:
This is from 1975, but could have been from yesterday...

Needless to say I was delighted to discover a few galleries of his work on his site, notably from the 60's and 70's, from the 1970's, when he moved to Sydney from California.

Looks like he's mostly being doing film and video game work for the last couple of decades. Including directing a film called "Garbo", which I remember being reviewed at the time thusly: "Not just bad on an Australian scale, but bad on an international scale." Damn!

Another picture for you all:

I might try and look him up next time I'm in Sydney.

As usual, I came across his website via the Wikipedia while I was looking at something else, in this case the page for the film Dark Star. Which I picked up on DVD the other day, and was using to test out a new portable DVD drive :-)

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