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Gordon Brown Chickens Out

Posted by Mike on October 7, 2007

Everything is falling apart for Gordon Brown. After weeks of speculation that there was a snap election in the works, Gordon Brown chickened out, deciding against calling the election. Brown’s about-face alone is a significant story, but was merely the culmination of what was a terrific week for Conservative Party Leader David Cameron.

The week began with David Cameron delivering a speech at the Conservative Party Conference that was described by many as frank and authentic. This was significant for Cameron because his Achilles Heel until then was that he was an indecisive, inauthentic, and unprincipled politician who stood for nothing. Following the speech, the Conservatives closed the gap with Labour, finally destroying the Brown Bounce which has lasted since July. This caused Brown to realize that he might actually lose the election if he called it, and he chickened out.

This enabled the Conservatives to jump all over the Prime Minister and now the political landscape across the pond is completely different than it was just one week ago. At the beginning of the week, Labour looked unbeatable and Gordon Brown was seen as a strong and principled leader. After Cameron’s speech and Brown’s misstep, the Conservatives are on offense, and Gordon Brown is seen as the indecisive, inauthentic, and unprincipled politician who stands for nothing.

At this point, the Conservatives have new life and Labour is scrambling over what is being called Black Saturday. The wheel has turned. Not a bad week for Mr. Cameron.

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Representative Jo Ann Davis Dies of Breast Cancer

Posted by Ryan on October 7, 2007

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  My workplace had a denim and pink pin day on Friday, and the NFL is providing pink towels during this week’s games to raise awareness of this killer.  The facts about breast cancer are frightening:  in 2005, approximately 502,000 people died of the disease worldwide, and is expected to cause over 49,000 deaths in the USA this year alone.  In rare cases breast cancer can also affect men, yet is still the third leading cause of cancer death in America.  It’s also much easier to treat the earlier it is diagnosed and depending on the ferociousness of the cancer cells.  Get that yearly mammogram! 

Many of us know someone who has either had breast cancer, is struggling through it or has a tumor worth watching.  It’s a very real thing for me since it is in my family.  Unfortunately, Virginia Representative Jo Ann Davis lost her two-year battle with breast cancer yesterday.  She died at a very young age 57.  She was the first woman elected to Congress from Virginia back in 2000 and introduced a bill assuring a life insurance payment for soldiers who die in the line of fire.  A good woman, like too many good people, has been lost to this cancer.  My sympathies go out to her family, but also to everyone else affected either directly or indirectly or who has known someone personally who has died of breast cancer.

AP photo.

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The Irish Get Their First Win!!!

Posted by Ryan on October 7, 2007

Notre Dame (now 1-5) fans have something to cheer about after last night’s 20-6 victory at UCLA (4-2).  The Irish surprised everyone with a strong defensive game that made plays and with Clausen keeping them in contention the whole game.  Knocking out UCLA’s first string quarterback in the first quarter didn’t hurt either, but a win’s a win!  Maybe this will start a trend (fingers crossed)?  This season has been the definition of a rebuilding year.  From a Sugar Bowl appearance last season to the worst start in team history, it’s been tough fending off the critics (read: ESPN) of Charlie Weis and the organization every single week.  One has to wonder what kind of life one must have if they take so much joy in another’s suffering.  But, I digress.   Also, in other games that interested me:

Stanford upset USC 24-23 in the last two minutes of the game.  I wish I could have watched this one.  I like Pete Carroll (former coach of the New England Patriots), but after the infamous “Bush-push” against the Irish a few years back I can’t root for USC– the wound is still too deep.

LSU who had been losing the whole game, came back in the 4th quarter to beat Florida.  Strangely, I love watching Florida play, but I also love to watch them lose.  Its a very strange phenomenon.

Rutgers goes 3-2 after a 28-23 loss to Cincinnati last night.  Apparently, the big local team around here has trouble beating teams that can actually play, and that fantastic running game has had trouble against Maryland and Cincinnati– you know, those real teams that can play.  If I hear one more TV announcer ask if “they’ll be serving Rice at the Heisman dinner” I’m going to file an obnoxious anonymous complaint.  I’m also waiting for the fair weather fans to jump ship any time now.

AP photo.

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