Archive for January, 2010

I Love Australia!
January 25, 2010

Happy Australia Day, wherever you are.

Homer Simpson named “Honorary Australian of the Year”
January 25, 2010

AussieAussieAussie! OiOiOi!

Just in time for Australia Day (Jan 26), Homer Simpson has been declared the honorary Australian of the year.

“I am proud to give back to Australia, after the great people of Australia have given so much to me over the years, like the movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and, well, that’s pretty much it,” said “Homer” in a statement.

Fox’s OWN poll shows President Obama is more popular than Sarah Palin, Teabaggers, Romney, Gingrich
January 22, 2010

Fox News. We reprot. You dicide.

A new Fox News survey shows that Americans remain deeply wary of the tea party movement, and strongly prefer Barack Obama to a hypothetical tea party candidate. And it’s a result Fox News chose to bury in its reporting on the poll — choosing instead to highlight “anti-Obama” voter sentiment. The poll, released by Fox News yesterday, shows that if given the choice between re-electing Barack Obama and electing a member of the tea party movement, Americans prefer Barack Obama 48% to 23%, a margin of 25 points.

Fox’s survey, conducted just over a week ago, shows that independents are still uneasy about trusting a member of the tea party movement with a position of power. Indeed, among independents, Barack Obama enjoys a 17 point lead.

President Obama would trounce former House majority leader Newt Gingrich and former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, beating each by 24 points. The strongest challenger to the President appears to be former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is only 12 points back in a hypothetical race.

A new baby elephant in town!
January 17, 2010

Dokkoon's baby, 8 minutes old

In a first for Melbourne Zoo, Asian elephant Dokkoon yesterday gave birth to her long-awaited daughter. The zoo staff have been preparing for the birth for 22 months, nevertheless they were up for two nights – some praying, some wishing and some hoping.

The small crowd who witnessed the long and difficult birth on CCTV dissolved into tears (without exception, I understand) when it was confirmed that the baby was healthy and strong.

Dokkoon is recovering reasonably well and the staff have gone home wearing big smiles after an experience they will never forget.

No comment has been sought from the baby daddy. He has no idea he is one.

Sarah Palin Endorses Scott Brown
January 16, 2010

Scott Brown looks forward to a long night of teabagging

Vale, Jean Biden
January 9, 2010

In his speech at the Democratic National Convention in August 2008, Joe Biden paid tribute to his mother.

”My mother’s creed is the American creed: No one is better than you,” he said. ”Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you. My parents taught us to live our faith, and to treasure our families. We learned the dignity of work, and we were told that anyone can make it if they just try hard enough.”

Biden said he also learned honor and loyalty from his mother.

”When I got knocked down by guys bigger than me, and this is the God’s truth, she sent me back out the street and told me, ‘Bloody their nose so you can walk down the street the next day.’ And that’s what I did.”

Raised in a family with a strong Irish Catholic tradition, Jean Biden leaned on her faith in comforting her eldest son after his wife and daughter were killed in a car crash in December 1972, the month after he was elected to the Senate. His two sons were seriously injured.

”After the accident, she told me, ‘Joey, God sends no cross that you cannot bear,”’ Biden recalled.

In his autobiography, Joe Biden recalled being mocked by a seventh-grade nun for his stuttering, an incident that sent his mother to his school in a fury, her children in tow.

”If you ever speak to my son like that again, I’ll come back and rip that bonnet off your head. Do you understand me?” she told the nun.

Joe Biden also recalled how when his mother couldn’t find a pair of cufflinks for him to wear to an eighth-grade dance, she fashioned a pair from nuts and bolts, which left him mortified.

”Now look, Joey, if anybody says anything to you about these nuts and bolts, you just look them right in the eye and say ‘Don’t you have a pair of these?”’ she told him.

'Mom Mom' - matriarch of a beautiful family

Jean Biden is survived by the vice president, daughter Valerie Biden Owens of Kennett Square, Pa., and sons James Brian Biden of Merion Station, Pa., and Francis W. Biden of Florida.
She had ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Photo: ‘Vogue’, November 2008