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So Brits and Scots really are smarter…

Posted by Rick · September 22nd, 2003 · 4 Comments

How nice it would be to see some of this running in the press over here:

Tony Blair would be well advised to remember this hoary old saw: You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time but you can’t join an oil-crazed right-wing nutter’s lunatic crusade in the Middle East on the basis of ridding the world of a Blofeldesque stockpile of Doomsday devices and come up with nothing more threatening than the contents of Portobello beach without getting a long, hard, stiff kicking from the electorate. – News.scotsman.com, “Heroes and Villains: Brent East and Andrew Gilligan,” 19 September 2003.

Obviously, the Brits and Scots aren’t nearly as ignorant as Americans. Over there, they actually get pissed off and do something about it when their leaders try to shaft them.

Special thanks to ‘Not-Really-Joe’ for bringing
News.scotsman.com to my attention.
 

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  • 1 joe // Sep 22, 2003 at 11:58 am

    Speaking of leadership changes…here are some of the friction points that the 9th Circuit Appeals Court are trying to balance today.

    1 – nearly 400,000 Californians have already voted in the election via absentee ballot

    Does postponing the election nullify these votes?

    2 – The California Constitution ‘mandates that an election must be held no more than 80 days after a recall is certified for a vote.’

    When can a Federal Court overrule a state constitution?

    3 – ‘Six counties ? including Sacramento, Santa Clara and Los Angeles ? that make up 44 percent of the 2000 state electorate and will use punch-card ballots in an Oct. 7 election ..’

    and the alleged consequence of that is ….

    “It would be much more confusing and much more likely to disenfranchise voters (in March 2004) than if we went ahead and held the vote now,” said Deborah Wright, executive liaison for the L.A. County Registrar/Recorder-County Clerk.

    Is this an actual issue and is it significant enough to have the state disregard its own constitution?

    http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/articles.asp?id=25301

  • 2 joe // Sep 22, 2003 at 12:13 pm

    Oh, and BTW, the Court will be on CSPAN @ 1 PM.

  • 3 harry // Sep 23, 2003 at 8:39 am

    Getting the Scots to criticize the government in Westminster is hardly difficult.

    It’s unlikely that the British people will revolt – we tend to look down on such things. Besides, stories like this get more attention in the UK…

    http://www.news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=609&id=1032982003

    Oldest genitalia found in Scotland

    FOSSILISED Scottish insects, found preserved in a similar way to those featured in the film Jurassic Park, have provided scientists with the world’s oldest genitals for study.

    The discovery of reproductive organs of the harvestmen, or daddy-long-legs, reveal that, in evolutionary terms, little has changed for the species in the last 400 million years.

    Fossils of the harvestmen arachnids, otherwise known as Opiliones, were found by paleontologists in an ancient rock strata at Rhynie in Aberdeenshire.

    The fossils were discovered by researchers from Humboldt University in Berlin, according to the journal New Scientist.

  • 4 Erik // Sep 24, 2003 at 12:16 pm

    I am concerned because my son played on Portobello beach a few years ago…

    But I guess if the only danger on that beach is what was present in Iraq, then there should be no worries.

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