Slugger’s Daily Blogburst…

Right after a time off, here’s the return of the daily blogburst… If you have candidate posts for inclusion you can mail them to Kicking off with Gerard, who notes that Benedict did not get a fraction of the Brickbats for loving up to Capitalism than he did for attacking Gays. But, says Gerard, if he really wants to love up to the global market economy he might need to look at that little matter of Papal Infallibility…- Perhaps he ought to have a wee word with his English Primate, who still thinks the “preferential option for the poor” is a constant theme in Catholic social teaching.”

– Rick to do ‘cold turkey for a whole week. Good luck!!!

– JL is on to that old Irish political saw of a nation that likes to talk left but unerringly votes right. And he has the figures to prove it. In Dail Eireann there are a total of 166 seats; of he reckons 32 are Left and 134 on the Right. JL reckons the left needs to quit whinging and get organised.

– Malcolm tells the story of how Tony Gregory wangled IR£80 Million out of Charlie Haughey, and the distain it earned him from others on the left…

– Simon points to an nifty wee Oireachtas mashup tool. Nice idea. But it doesn’t work…

– Red Mum’s got a great piece of improv from the States

– Staff at Bobballs have a new competition going: the most inappropriate use of PR photos online. Good luck with that; we’ll expect plenty more where that came from… Oh, and there’s the pain of being a weekly.

– Johnny turns his gaze towards Gaza and the strange case of 75 Palestinians shot by Hamas activists in the legs

– Liam sees the crisis from another angle

– Chekov reckons the paradox in Cameron’s recipe for getting the UK out of the global recession is because the situation itself is paradoxical

– Splintered goes what looks to me to be an erudite rant on the inner cultural complexities of the SWP

– And in other news from the Sentinel Waterford Wedgewood to shift to Dubai and to take the county with them

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