America, government, and the tough question of gun control

There is no doubt that gun control in the United States is a tough and important question and, in my mind, there is no doubt that something needs to change. But after the awful events in Connecticut yesterday, simply saying “Hey America, you should ban guns” or “We did it here after Port Arthur and […]

Seven mistakes Aussies make when talking about US Politics

As we turn to the Iowa caucuses, and talking about US politics, there are a few mistakes that it’s easy for Australians to make- and frequently do- when discussing US elections. So here’s my list of seven mistakes Aussies often make when they talk about American politics. 1) They assume American political parties are homogenous […]

On "celebrating" death

All over my facebook today, people are citing the fake MLK quote about celebrating death and making quite disparaging remarks toward the people who are expressing pleasure with the fact Osama Bin Laden is dead.  I’ve wanted to engage in a conversation about it, but given both the fact it’s not in one place, and […]

2010 may not be a disaster

I’ve long suspected that 2010 won’t be nearly as much of a disaster for the Democrats as many expected, and that the memory of 1994 is making us scared in ways we shouldn’t be.  The 111th congress has been damn effecting, and the Obama administration has done a lot right- they just haven’t wasted the […]