Category: American Politics

American atheists ‘come out’

May 13, 2009 | By | 4 Comments

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As the marvellous Mr Obama and his science men chip away at a decade’s worth of Bush inspired anti intellectualism, The Nurse is delighted to find a corresponding hike in atheism taking place over the water. 

As reported in the New York Times, unbelievers are coming out of the closet in droves. So much so that the US’s new atheist activism is being likened to the emergence of the 1980s’ Gay Rights movement.  

So it’s out with Bush’s legacy of ‘truthiness’, the practice of using personal gut reactions rather than hard facts to drive policy decisions. And in with Obama’s pledge to restore science to it’s “proper place”… a promise that’s already bearing fruit.  

The Nurse knows what kind of US leader she prefers. Not one who allows creationism to be taught in schools . Definitely not one who is deeply suspicious of intellectual excellence. But a leader who understands that if we descend into superstition at this stage in the game we’ll be totally and royally stuffed. A leader who’s spiritual but not overtly religious. Someone with the nouse to appoint a Nobel laureate to the US cabinet for the first time.  

The Nurse wishes the UK had an Obama of our own. Perhaps, if she escaped from prison, she could hit stateside and bring the man back to the UK as a gift to the nation? Not kidnapping as such, she’d just kind of borrow him…

Keep Obama’s wind of change blowing

March 30, 2009 | By | 12 Comments

The UK’s gutter press is rolling in it’s own filth  yet again, this time courtesy of hapless  MP Jackie Smith.   

While in the US bigger things are afoot as Obama’s winds of change continue to blow hard and cold. 

The Nurse is amused to find herself envious of Americans for the first time.  

Obama has only been in  power since January but his formidable team of science advisers has hit the ground running. They’ve already stormed the scientific high ground. Stem cell research is back on the agenda. The loony christian right looks like being stopped in it’s tracks. And today the short sighted, profligate behemoth that is General Motors finally got the ticking off of it’s miserable, greedy life.

Marvellous stuff. This is the kind if clean sweep, no nonsense, like it or lump it, tough love politics that The Nurse would be pleased and proud  to engage with.

Obama’s the kind of leader she needs. Someone who isn’t scared of being unpopular. Someone prepared to make brutally clean sweeps. Someone who thinks beyond the end of their silly fat nose into their kids’ future and recognises that it is almost too late to change, but that we must try. 

We want one of those!

Kittens for President Obama

January 17, 2009 | By | 5 Comments

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Everyone loves kittens. The Nurse is no exception, although her cats are virtual; mere images on a laptop rather than talktative, furry, entertaining real life cats.  

The Nurse has always liked Americans. She just found Bush and his Administration objectionable. 

Reaching out the hand of goodwill,  she’d like to present President Obama and his family with this matching set of virtual kittens – the same ones she featured in her last post – for the White House, to complement whichever dog they choose.   

Their actual owner,  the redoubtable Ms Edwards,  probably won’t mind. If  she does there’s not a lot she can do about it. This place is just as difficult to get into as it is to escape from. 

So enjoy your kittens, President O. The Nurse salutes you.

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The Obama feel good factor

November 19, 2008 | By | 4 Comments

The Nurse is excited about Obama’s inauguration in January.

She can’t remember the last time she was excited about politics. For years she has been variously exasperated, bored, frustrated, maddened and rendered comatose. Seldom has she felt positive or hopeful.

But this is different. She’d go as far as to admit that Obama’s victory gave her a little Kennedy moment, squatting on her iron bed in her damp cell. As though a ray of light had shone through the impenetrable walls.

The Nurse finds herself feeling uncommonly cheery. Jolly well done America. Welcome to President Obama, champion of science and a highly intelligent bloke. 

Let’s hope the dark days of greed and ignorance are over.