Slugger’s Daily Blogburst…

Okay, kicking off… Just as Michael Graham complains there is no objectivity in journalism during this campaign, a Florida anchorwoman pops up to prove his thesis, but possibly not quite in the way he meant…- Keiran picks up on a clever pro Obama ad after that Bud ad from a few years back (As the FT says: “Mr Obama is bound to disappoint”)…

– Meanwhile this letter from House Chair Henry Waxman is landing on corporate desks all over the US…

– Closer to home, Simon notes that the odds on an election in the Republic next year are narrowing in the wake of budget…

– Michael Taft rolls up his sleeves for the big Keynes versus Hayek ruck over the future of the Irish economy:

What you don’t do in a recession, therefore, is withdraw money. Fianna Fail has committed many sins – taking away medical cards, levying low incomes, cutting education; but a modern-day Socrates might point out that these are aspects of the ‘sin’ but not the sin itself. The sin is to take out money from the economy – through public expenditure cuts and increasing taxes.

– Courtesy of Damien, the Pin is encouraging people to make complaints about the new Home Choice Loans schemes to the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission…

– And Damian with an ‘a’ is ripping with two county councillors Noel McBride (FG) Ian McGarvey (Ind) for dropping the name of All Black rugby star Dave Gallagher from a new park in the town of his birth, Ramelton, in Co Donegal. Has anyone told the Kiwis

– Adelante is unhappy about what he terms ‘the idiots in Castle Greyskull‘…

– It’s a while since I did an interview with a 419 scammer, but Killian is in the process of trying to reel one in. Stay tuned…

– Martin Rowson (he of Slugger Awards fame) with some cartoonist’s tricks of the trade

– Sam Coates on Cameron good, Osborne bad

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty