Olympics and Obama

Hello there and welcome to this week’s roundup.

This week many bloggers turned their thoughts to this year’s Beijing Olympics as the torch parade went to London. Flying Rodent was on the scene.

Stephen Glenn thinks that any boycott, as suggested by Nick Clegg, would not do the trick. Besides, it isn’t feasible:

Nick may have slept with less than 30 women but does he have less than 30 items in his possession that are manufactured in China. My guess is that he probably does not.

Louise was downright unhappy with the protesters, saying they have done more damage to the Olympic spirit than to the Chinese government. Ewan Aitken agrees that a boycott is not the way to go, but sees the protests as a sign of a healthy democracy.

Meanwhile, Stewart McDonald would rather freedom came before the Olympics. ASWaS is also with the protesters and argues that the Olympics cannot be seen in a vacuum outside of politics.

But amid all the guff being spouted about the “Olympic spirit” at the moment, Alastair reminds us that the Olympics are really just a load of nonsense.

Reactionary Snob wonders what’s with Gordon Brown’s indecisiveness over the Olympics. As does Mr Eugenides.

Just to underline the government’s indecisiveness, with reports that Jack Straw threatened to punch Ed in the balls, Shuggy wishes he actually did it.

Prominent Labour blogger Kezia Dugdale has been involved in the Scotland for Obama campaign. Calum Cashley took great exception.

In turn, plenty of bloggers have rounded on Calum Cashley. Jeff has even threatened to tactically vote against the SNP, as Cashley is standing in his constituency. Similarly unimpressed are Political Dissuasion and Malc in the Burgh. Meanwhile, Kezia Dugdale defended the campaign here.

Barack Obama himself came in for some stick this week. Apparently he’s elitist. Flying Rodent sympathises.

Quote of the week comes from Clairwil in what is actually quite a serious post about the arrest of Karen Matthews.

It’s strange I love cows but the slightest trace of bovine in a person sends me insane.

As fears grow in the United States over the prospect of the $4 gallon of petrol, John Kirriemuir points out that in the Outer Hebrides you can expect to pay more like $10 for the same gallon.

Bookdrunk notes that Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s claims about the public’s disapproval of animal–human hybrid embryo research is not backed by another recent opinion poll and looks at the reasons why the disparity exists.

Holyrood Watcher considers the confusing legal ins and outs of the SNP’s local income tax proposals. Bernard Salmond adds his thoughts on the little dispute with the Treasury here.

Angry Steve’s antenna twitched when he heard about doctors complaining about large drinks measures.

A topic that has been missed out here due to congestion is the English Democrats’ controversial London Mayoral campaign which has been perceived by some to be racist against Scots. Iain Rubie Dale thinks we shouldn’t worry too much about it.

This week has probably brought closure to the whole Diana saga. Of course, that has been a staple of the Daily Excess newspaper’s front pages. But Robert Sharp reckons they may have found a “sequel” to Diana. And what’s that the Devil’s Kitchen is saying in the comments?…

It’s just as well this is probably the end of the media’s coverage of Diana because I am sure many of us would concur with Niall that after 10 years of overexposure to Diana, we have had quite enough.

I have heard from a few places that Newsnight attempt to squeeze in the London Mayoral debate as well as Newsnight Scotland was a bit of a botch job. Bernard Salmon wonders if it’s time that Newsnight Scotland was scrapped.

Scott has had one of those nightmares where you wake up and it doesn’t stop happening.

I was most glad to see that Michael Greenwell’s reaction to one story on BBC News was the same as mine: what’s so “shocking” about a polar bear killing a fish? I am sure polar bears shit in the arctic as well, but what is shocking is that this one doesn’t!

Here is a nominated blog — see, they are included! This was intriguingly brought to my attention by an email that said, “some unusual recess postings”. Pauline McNeill is on a “Medical Aid for Palestinians delegation” and is blogging from the scene.

There was another nomination this week for a site called Put A Kilt On It. It seems rather eclectic. I liked this post about the various places Scots have emigrated to historically and how the weather played an important role in that.

One for the tech buffs now. John Kirriemuir assesses Flickr’s decision to allow users to upload “long pictures”, or video clips to you and me.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh City Council have set up a Bebo profile for their ‘Fairdeal’ scheme. The irony, as Andrew Burns points out, is that Bebo cannot even be accessed from Edinburgh City Council!

Please forgive a bit of navel gazing now. Scottish Tory Boy has provided a short summary of his favourite blogs. He is probably correct to say that the Scottish political blogosphere is now dominated by SNP supporters and he had to be pointed in the direction of the relatively few Lib Dem blogs.

That’s a good time to point out that if you see any interesting Scottish blogs that haven’t been featured here, then get nominating and spread the word! You can do so by using the little form on the right, or simply drop an email to scottishroundup@gmail.com. Next week, who knows who’ll be here. I am on the case and a wonderful guest will bring you the roundup next Sunday.

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