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Well, this quiz by [ profile] hatmandu and friends has certainly fulfilled its stated goal of making me want to find out more. I don't know nearly enough about Kucinich, or indeed Gravel.

Who should you vote for?
Dennis Kucinich120
Mike Gravel108
Barack Obama101
John Edwards91
Hillary Clinton87
Rudy Giuliani-15
Ron Paul-27
John McCain-36
Fred Thompson-72
Mitt Romney-117
Duncan Hunter-132
Mike Huckabee-138
You expected: Barack Obama
Your recommendation: Dennis Kucinich

Party: Democratic

Born: 1946, Cleveland, Ohio

Family: Married three times; one daughter

Career: Radio talk-show host, lecturer, consultant

Political career: Cleveland City Council (1969); Mayor of Cleveland (1977-79); Incumbent Member of the US House of Representatives from Ohio's 10th district

Hot topic: Federally funded healthcare to all citizens

Did you know? When Kucinich refused to sell Muni Light, Cleveland's publicly owned electric utility, the Cleveland mafia put a hit on him. A hitman from Maryland planned to shoot him in the head during the Columbus Day Parade, but the plot fell apart when Kucinich was hospitalized and missed the event.

Supported by: Viggo Mortensen, Sean Penn


There are Obama posters popping up in Oxford already and it isn't even our election. Last night Dan and I found ourselves watching The Manchurian Candidate - the remake, that is - which I'd somehow thought was a running-and-shouting-and-exploding standard thriller. Instead it was a paranoia-filled conspiracy theory drama happening around a US election, clearly scripted by people who'd watched an awful lot of The West Wing. All the fake news footage with its clunky graphic design took me back to our all-night election party of 2004. Hey, party round mine this November! With donuts! And hopefully this one won't end in despair!

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Meet Alive!, the Monthly Catholic Newspaper, found at the back of my home village church in Ireland. Alive! loves priests, nuns, saints, religious cards, unborn babies, haranguing women on their way into abortion clinics, encouraging the Third World to have as many kids as possible, Lord of the Rings, and having a heart brimming over with the love and joy of the Lord (not the same Lord). It hates the EU, environmental campaigners, the EU, contraception, Philip Pullman (of course), the EU, transsexuals, Hillary Clinton, 'Mum and Dad role reversal', gay marriage, the EU, all other newspapers, and contraception. It hates any organisation or ideology with even the most tenuous connection to contraception, which I think is the main reason it hates the EU (what, there are other issues that matter? What nonsense!)

The full photo set is here. But here are some highlights:

Global warming is a hoax perpetrated by "various groups from population controllers to green campaigners... using the issue to push their own dubious agendas". Like contraception. Also, EU moves to destroy jobs and cripple our economy!

Alive! responds to its detractors in the media, part 1. Top part of article here ("Who wrecked Roisin's head?"). Plus, liberal agenda aims to destroy society.

Bottom part here. "A girl would have to have a well-wrecked head to oppose respect for natural and lifelong marriage or to think that violence against unborn children was ok." Plus, article about the ridiculous case of a man who "wants to have his procreative organs amputated, to dress like a woman and call himself Susie". Heavens!

Alive! responds to its detractors in the media, parts 2 and 3. The Irish Times is happy to call MTF transsexuals "she", "even if it means bending the truth... What a paper!" Irish Independent also indulges in "cynical, empty mockery".

A coffee shop at the gates of hell! "After seeing pictures of the developing baby and hearing of the possible aftermath of abortion Josephine knew that she couldn't live with herself if she had her baby killed..." Note that you can support it with money or with prayer and sacrifice.

Scathing critique of The Golden Compass: "One of the supporting characters in the story, Dr. Mary Malone, is a former nun who, as Vere points out, 'abandoned her vocation to pursue sex and science'."

Lord of the Rings "is a fundamentally Catholic work"

"Children are a country's future, yet EU development funds intended for Africa routinely demand population control programmes aimed at reducing the number of babies who are born..."

"Different girls were coming and going nearly every night, and people I didn't even know were doing lines of cocaine in the sitting room. If anyone had told at that time [sic] that I would soon join the Legion of Mary, I would have laughed at them."

I'm so down with the kids that I say 'Chow' [sic] instead of goodbye!

Humour column: "Dumbag" the little red devil utterly fails to stay in his persona of demon and tempter, breaking into strange glossolalia about "the fountain of life and joy" and declaring he "needs a nervous breakdown". D minus. Go read The Screwtape Letters and see me after class.

Also look out for the adverts. For example: "Holy Face books for reparation, also medals for same. 5 fold scapulars white, brown, black, blue, red." I'll have a multipack.
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I'm off out to vote shortly. Just to make sure I haven't missed anything crucial, I had another look at the manifestos of the two parties I've been vacillating between.

Is it wrong to feel more affectionate towards one party because their manifesto is snappy, specific, well-written and has nice fonts and nice graphic design, while the other is full of densely packed, long, rambly sentences of vague upper-manglement-speak that made my head swim?

Never mind foreign affairs, education or the economy! Check out the use of sans-serif!

Edit (back now): And I didn't realise UKIP's logo was a pound sign. Ew, how tacky.
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Who Should You Vote For?

Who should I vote for?

Your expected outcome:

Liberal Democrat

Your actual outcome:

Labour -12
Conservative -33
Liberal Democrat 56
UK Independence Party 1
Green 36

You should vote: Liberal Democrat

The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.

Take the test at Who Should You Vote For

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A couple of hours' sleep, residual red-wine tipsiness and unexplained aches and pains conspired to put me in a state of mind where my brain was numb, I couldn't think in sentences, ordinary objects looked weird and all these highly improbable and frankly stupid world events seemed to be happening, like I'd wandered into a parallel universe or was dreaming or something -

Then I had more coffee and the stupid world events were still happening. Maybe I should have skipped the coffee.

I have five more hours of teaching. I wish I was in bed.
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I have bought two boxes of Stars'n'Stripes doughnuts, Californian wine, beer and The Times, which has a useful chart of what's happening in which state and when.

It's going to be a long night, but hey, bring it on.

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