There was Our Man smug in his innate superiority to the anime/pillowcase fetishers, when darn it, one of the robots-are-people-too sites just featured the best write-up Our Man has seen of the Happiness Realization Party and why we should all be just a little less smug about what we think we know. Oh, the link back to yours truly helped too, must be said.
Speaking of lala-land, the DPJ's wet dream policy positions (give everyone cash, cut taxes, make cakes, not war) may actually be paid for, if the Hatoyama Boys (The Arch Dukes of Hazzard) dip into their personal fortunes from the Bridgestone tyre emporium that they descended from (details here, basically they are worth a cool ¥2.5 billion plus whatever spare change they can get if they flogged 4 million Bridgestone shares).
BTW, if, like Our Man you have a natural tendency to stick your fingers up in the general vicinity of established wisdom, try here, where Mr Top Cat makes a convincing case for how things are gonna be different round here, come September 1st. You listenin', Bowss Howgg?