Bloggers smell a rat in the Mexican election results. Our British cousins mark the first anniversary of 7/7, and video blog aficiandos try to carry on after the departure of Rocketboom star Amanda Congdon.
Obladi, Obrador, life goes on: Felipe Calderón has won the viciously contested Mexican presidential election by less than 1 percent of the vote. Citing widespread shadiness at the polls, leftist rival Andrés Manuel López Obrador demands a recount. *
Canadian conservative Shameer Ravji at Sham The Tory Man wants López Obrador's concession: "The leftist should just accept defeat, he's not winning any sympathy for his bully tactics."
But Tara at lefty blog Prairie Weather thinks the election was fraudulent and deserves to be challenged: "There is a chance that a total recount will be ordered…Whether Mexican election officials -- and the country at large -- do the right thing depends on how much they've learned not only from past troubles and threats of uprising, but from observing the disgrace their neighbor to the north visited upon itself in 2000." Ditto, says Tina at Fuzzy and Blue: "Calderon's 'win' can only mean 2 things to America: The continuation of more masses of exploited illegal slave labor to the US, and the continued purchase of Mexican oil, perhaps w/ a bit of help from privatization via private contractors (and BushCo just may know a few of those)."
Priest-in-training "Moneybags" at The Dignity of Human Life is happy the Catholic stays in the picture: "Reuters previously reported some people were trying to get citizens to openly reject candidates that agree with the Church on abortion and contraception. I'm so pleased to read that Felipe Calderon, a man of values, is going to be the President and the anti-Catholic agenda lost again! Mexcio has about 100 million people and 85 percent are Catholic."
Righty Chris Lawrence at Outside the Beltway is fine with whatever candidate ultimately becomes el presidente: "Even if [López Obrador] were to somehow overturn the results, the impact on US-Mexican relations would probably be minimal–both candidates staked out similar positions (which mirrored those of the Fox administration) on the issues of immigration and border security, and while AMLO is something of a populist, there is little concern that he would turn out to be another Hugo Chávez in office."
Read more about the Mexican election.
7/7/: Today marks one year since the London subway bombings. British bloggers commemorate the grim occasion by wondering about "root causes."
Londoner Bob at Bob From Brockley isn't
"Islamic terrorism is not solely because of Western actions in Iraq," argues Devon native Christ at Strange Things, listing a litany of attacks around the world through the years. "The Islamists have their own agenda, they are not simply reacting to the actions of the west, and it is not one of peace or mutual toleration."
David T at the social democratic Harry's Place has a lengthy "what now?" post, which includes the following: "It worries me, to some extent, that Muslim political groups which are strongly influenced by Mawdudist and Muslim Brotherhood ideology have managed to leverage the aftermath of terrorism in order to advance their own political profile, to partner with the Government and other prominent politicians, and to monopolise the megaphone of public discourse. My feeling, however, that the press and Government have had something of a crash course on Islamist political philosophy in the last 12 months. I doubt that many of the self-appointed community leaders will be getting quite such an easy ride as they had in the immediate aftermath of 7/7."
Conservative Marc at USS Neverdock scrutinizes the mainstream media coverage of the anniversary: "I have yet to hear on any of the coverages, talk about what is being preached in mosques. Several undercover investigations here, in Europe, in the Middle East and even in the US, reveals that far from Islam being 'hijacked' by militants, it is main stream Islam that is preaching hate. The problem isn't limited to mosques as the text books from Saudi Arabia prove."
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Rocketboot: Video blog host Amanda Congdon has parted ways with Rocketboom.com, the popular news broadcast company of which she was a minority owner. Given the site's traffic, you'd think the sniffly bye-byes on the Web would be more prevalent, but such is not the case.
New York media blog Gawker, which recently underwent its own staff shuffle, couldn't care less about Rocketboom's: "We never really got into it, if only because we just weren't into ogling the show's host…But Juggy McJuggerson was pretty damn popular with the show's virgin audience, who were loyal to Congdon like a baby to his mother's teat."
At The Jason Calacanis Weblog, the CEO of Weblogs, Inc. pens an open job offer to Congdon: "You're a star baby... it's time to be treated like one. Ask the other stars who work with me how I treat my talent and I think they'll all tell you that I fight and fight for my people like a rabid dog. (sort of like the Ari/E combo on Entourage, if you will)."
Read more about Congdon's deep-sixing.