Iowa Primary

Leo

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apparently, julianne moore really nails palin in the hbo film "game change." i've seen some clips, she has the accent, mannerisms and attitude down pretty well. woody harrelson does a good steve schmidt as well. (btw, schmidt does really good commentary on msnbc, smart and no bullshit.)
 

Bangpuss

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For a moment I thought that Iron Sky trailer was one of those this-is-what-will-happen-if-Obama-gets-a-second-term political ads from someone like Newt Gingrich. NAZI ALIENS ALLIED TO IRAN WILL INVADE AMERICA, RAISE TAXES AND ABORT YOUR UNBORN CHILDREN.
 

padraig (u.s.)

a monkey that will go ape
for anyone still keeping score:

-santorum wins MS + AL but pretty close (MS basically a 3-way tie) so it's not too bad for mitt
-mitt meanwhile sweeps american samoa* + HI, still leads rick santorum 2-1 in delegates
-newt will soldier on his grim march of irrelevance, driven by megalomania + fantastical delusions of being picked as a compromise candidate at an open convention
-brokered convention feeling more + more inevitable. mitt can't separate but no one can take him down either
-what a clusterf**k

*bewilderingly, we let our colonies vote in primaries but not in the actual election
 

padraig (u.s.)

a monkey that will go ape
also, only loosely related but must post:

last night OB took your PM to a college basketball game. since most of you are probably unfamiliar w/march madness I will explain in terms of football. every year 64 teams are chosen to play for the national title. ~40 of those teams are the top ones in the country. the rest get automatic berths for winning the preliminary tournaments of their inferior conferences (i.e. as lower leagues are to the EPL). it's kind of like the F.A. Cup (plenty of david over goliath upsets) + Champions League rolled into one, only better. a few years ago for $ reasons (more games = more tv = more $) the field was expanded to 68, with 8 of the weakest teams having to win "play-in" games to get in.

which is all to say, OB basically took Cameron to the equivalent of QPR playing Wolves to avoid relegation. consider yourselves disrespected, ye people of England.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
"*bewilderingly, we let our colonies vote in primaries but not in the actual election"
That makes no sense whatsoever - but is pretty much par for the course in this circus. I love the insanity and stupidity of it all.

"which is all to say, OB basically took Cameron to the equivalent of QPR playing Wolves to avoid relegation. consider yourselves disrespected, ye people of England."
I think that taking an Englishman to any basketball game is an insult.
 

e/y

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I heard 'Dave' speak while at the game on NPR, he sounded amusingly uncomfortable.
 

crackerjack

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consider yourselves disrespected, ye people of England.
Is that better or worse than the handful of DVDs he sent a flunkey down to Tower to buy for Gordon Brown? (And did anyone ever find out what GB got?)

Anyway, just wait till Cam takes the O to a Villa match. Hopefully Alex McLeish will still be in charge.
 

crackerjack

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hey now, it was a collection of classic american cinema. chinatown! godfather I and II! if that's not a great gift I don't know what is.

(GW, of course, gave him a sweet bomber jacket. just the kind of thing gordon brown would wear)
The always reliable Daily Mail insists GB actually did BO all right.

The Brown and Obama exchange of gifts came in March 2009 when Mr Brown visited the White House as prime minister. He presented the President with a black and gold pen with a pen holder made from the wood of HMS Gannet, a British sloop used to fight slavery.
It was an expensive gift given that, together with a Winston Churchill biography by Martin Gilbert and his book Churchill And America, the total value came to £10,300, according to a register of foreign government gifts to U.S. federal employees in 2009.
 

Leo

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i remember the ipod thing being a little weird, but i guess obama made up for it:

Obama in London: This time, the president opts for a more traditional gift for the queen
May 24, 2011|By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli | Washington Bureau

On his first visit to Buckingham Palace in 2009, President Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II an iPod. Given a second chance Tuesday, his gift for the British monarch was decidedly more traditional.

According to the White House, Obama gave the queen a collection of rare memorabilia and photographs in a handmade leather-bound album that chronologically highlights her parents' visit to the United States in 1939.
 

padraig (u.s.)

a monkey that will go ape
your weekly update from the greatest country on earth:

-mitt (unexpectedly) CRUSHES rick s here in illinois. possibly disastrous for santorum - big momentum killer for him, + mitt finally has big signature win
-next up is louisiana, which santorum will win comfortably, but after that april is full of NE states that mitt will likely sweep or at least win most
-santorum must win PA + at least make solid showing in NY to remain viable (other april states he as a real shot in: WI, MD)
-if not romney could start wrapping this up in may. i.e. brokered convention looking bit less likely, mitt solidifying as actual front runner. but we shall yet see
 

padraig (u.s.)

a monkey that will go ape
also normally never watch speeches but other night watched most of mitt's IL victory speech + ~1/2 of santorum concession. the inanity/hilarity of it (not that dem speeches are better) damn near propelled me into a manic state of giddiness. like staring directly into the sun.
 
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