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I want to nominate a man whose own life has known its fair share of adversity and uncertainty. I want to nominate a man who ran for President to change the course of an already weak economy and then just six weeks before his election saw it suffer the biggest collapse since the Great Depression. A man who stopped the slide into depression and put us on to the long road of recovery, knowing all the while that no matter how many jobs that he saved or created, there’d still be millions more waiting, worried about feeding their kids, trying to keep their hopes alive. I want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside, but who burns for America on the inside. I want a man who believes with no doubt that we can build a new American Dream economy, driven by innovation and creativity, by education and, yes, by co-operation. And, by the way, after last night, I want a man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama.

From Bill Clinton’s address to the Democratic National Convention

Hysteria, the medical historian Robert Woolsey writes, is a “protolanguage,” its symptoms “a code used by a patient to communicate a message which, for various reasons, cannot be verbalized.” As their parents and the media and town officials conducted a conversation all around them, the girls in Le Roy seemed to be sharing a language that maybe even they did not fully understand. That so many people in town were more preoccupied with environmental waste than the homes of the affected young people suggests that their message may have been hard for some of the adults to hear, too.

From ‘What Happened to the Girls in Le Roy?’

Our troops and citizens have long shown what can be achieved when British and Americans work together, heart and hand, and why this remains an essential relationship — to our nations and the world. So like generations before us, we’re going to keep it up. Because with confidence in our cause and faith in each other, we still believe that there is hardly anything we cannot do.

From Obama and Cameron’s op-ed in The Washington Post.

I’m not the only one who finds this whole ‘Together, we can do anything!’ schtick a little bit tiresome and more than a little bit frightening, am I?

Rush Limbaugh has been an idiot for a while now

Back in October, Rush Limbaugh defended the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony, the man at the centre of the KONY 2012 campaign by charity Invisible Children that has blown up over the past 24 hours.

Limbaugh seemed to think that the LRA are “fighting the Muslims in Sudan. And Obama has sent troops, United States troops, to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them. So that’s a new war, a hundred troops to wipe out Christians in Sudan, Uganda.”

I have two aims,” Mr Hearn says. “The first is to prevent Jennie from being prosecuted and to give her a right not to live in fear. The second is to set a precedent. If Idaho cannot prosecute a woman for taking RU486, then women in the USA will be able to legally have access to abortion drugs from their computer. That would be revolutionary.

The lawyer for Jennie MrCormack, the woman whose abortion by pill has made her both a national figure in the US and a local villain in her home town of Pocatello, Idaho.

Jennie’s life has been taken over by what happened, and the possibility that she may be arrested for a second time, after the original case against her was dismissed. “This should have been something personal, but it’s affected everything,” she said.  ”Sometimes, I think it will drive me insane.”