Eurovision Song Contest - End this Embarassment

Written by Birmingham UK Com

Tonight I resigned myself torepparttar fact that this isrepparttar 139300 last Eurovision Song Contest I shall ever watch. In fairnessrepparttar 139301 only reason I did watch it was due to media reports mentioning that steps had been taken to try and mitigaterepparttar 139302 blatant vote rigging that takes place each timerepparttar 139303 contest is aired. I should have known better.

I supposerepparttar 139304 early warning signs were there before I even sat down to witness this debacle. My mother has long stopped watchingrepparttar 139305 show. When I spoke to her onrepparttar 139306 phone about it, this once avid viewer and follower ofrepparttar 139307 Eurovision Song Contest had lost interest entirely. To make matters worse,repparttar 139308 girls inrepparttar 139309 local chippie laughed when I mentioned it.

Greece wasrepparttar 139310 hot favourite, and in fairness, they presented a polished and well balanced song and dance routine that was ideal forrepparttar 139311 Eurovision Song Contest. In balance though, for as many years as I can remember, Greece has always awarded Cyprus 12 points and Cyprus has always awarded Greece 12 points. Shame on them both. That supposedly respectful countries like Greece, members ofrepparttar 139312 EEC, can resort to such blatant and obvious vote rigging beggars belief.

I am not saying there are no honest voters. There almost certainly are, but they are few and far between. The highlight ofrepparttar 139313 evening was when a very distinctive booing was heard fromrepparttar 139314 crowd when Greece gave Cyprus its 12 points. Furthermore, not a token gesture of thanks, recognition or approval from Greece to Turkey, which contrary torepparttar 139315 actions of its full EEC member Greece, had givenrepparttar 139316 Greek entry a full 12 votes. Bravo Turkey!

Ideological Imperialism

Written by Doug Bower

I have learned some new things inrepparttar last two days and thought I would share them with my readers. I am just a simple and humble columnist and op-ed writer. I usually don't try to write about anything too hard. There are your sophisticated writers and then there are your humorous writers like that guy, what's his name, who works forrepparttar 138894 Miami Herald but who is taking a small sabbatical (May he never return—I want his job.) I fall somewhere inrepparttar 138895 middle. Anyway.

New term: Ideological Imperialism. Definition of term:

1.Ideological: Concerned with or suggestive of ideas.

2.Imperialism: A policy of extending your rule over foreign countries or a political orientation that advocates imperial interests.

I cannot say that I have coined this term. I think minds more mighty than my (feeble) own have thought this through and coined this term or phrase.

What got me to thinking about this is that recent business withrepparttar 138896 African-American Ideological Imperialists Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. They got their boxer shorts all twisted into a knot over President Vicente Fox's most innocuous statement about Mexicans doing jobs that even American blacks will not do—referring torepparttar 138897 Mexican migrant worker issue.

Inrepparttar 138898 Mexican mind, in their cultural context, it was an innocuous and harmless statement. I should know because I live in Mexico and am exposed to this daily. Mexican mothers affectionately call their lighter-skinned children Blanquito and their darker-skinned ones Negrito.

Nevertheless, all political correctness hell has broken loose withrepparttar 138899 African-American branch ofrepparttar 138900 American Ideological Imperialists, Jesse and Al, with Warp engines at maximum and PC phasers atrepparttar 138901 ready.

Even as I write these words,repparttar 138902 African-American Imperialist, Lord Jesse Jackson, is in Mexico City giving President Fox and earful of his ideology of what is Politically Correct and what is not as applied to African-Americans. Jackson will not leave this alone.

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