Forget the polls, forget the focus groups, forget the media. What is occurring in the campaign of 2012 is simplicity itself: Barack Obama has lost the mandate of heaven. We persist in the illusion (even conservatives, who should be immune to this kind of thinking) that politics is somehow a form of "rational" activity, open to "scientific" understanding and manipulation. The entire apparatus of political consultancy, polling, and analysis is based on this premise.
Regarding future debates, I think one of 2 things will occur. .... Obama will issue instructions that he will NOT debate Mitt again and that his handlers had better come us with something to make that non-debate happen. He will remind 'them' that he was told he would not have to do anything more than look presidential, read the teleprompter and play golf. .... If the debate IS held, Obama will try to accuse Mitt of racism. The race card put the president in office. He has failed in the presidency. Now, the race card is all he has left.
I hope Mitt is ready for being accused of basing all his future plans on a 'white only' basis.
I think that #8 is probably right. This guy cannot stand a situation where he is not the focus of the room. He must be adored and catered to by all involved. His thin skin will have to eventually come out and he will have a total meltdown.
This is what happens when you boo GOD. Every direction seems to be going steeply up hill.
Reply 9 - Posted by:
Douglas DC, 10/4/2012 7:04:39 AM (No. 8908896)
This is one of the best articles I have read on the subject. This is wha the writer is talking about.. Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
I met a traveler from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed; And on the pedestal these words appear: “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Great line for Ryan in the VP debate..."The economy is dead and al queda is alive."
Reply 11 - Posted by:
Mass Minority, 10/4/2012 7:07:09 AM (No. 8908908)
Obama is in a dangerous (yeah) predicament. He must be the sggressor in the next two debates, but he must also still look "cool" and "reserved".
He is not capable of putting on the performance Mitt did last night. He cannot disagree without rancor. My prediction, he will come out hard, Mitt will respond hard and O will start to ramble aimlessly and come across not only as unintelligable but crass and simply mean. His thin skin and complete ignorance of criticism almost guarantees this.
The next moderator is going to go after Mitt like a starving tick on the worlds last hound dog. I expect downright rude cut offs, very strict clock watching (for Mitt, not Obama) and for any sequence in which Mitt looks "presidential" to be immediately cut off and the subject changed.
I doubt Mitt will allow it, his challenge is to be as rude as possible and still look "cool" and "reserved". Thats a very tough act to pull off. Make no mistake, in the next debate the deck will be stacked and there will be two opponents gunning for Romney, Obama and the leftwing "moderator". I hope Mitt is up to the challenge.
You have to realize that this is Obama's first REAL contest. He has had previous political positions essentially handed to him without much effort until 2008, and during the last election, the media covered up his radical past so well that people thought he was a moderate black guy who was going to heal the racial divide.
Four years of arrogant and authoritarian rule has made his extreme left ideology more obvious to everyone. He does not have anonymity nor as monopolistic a media to shield him from being exposed for the often unthinking ideologue that he truly is.
But the damage of an Obama presidency to the political stability of the world especially in an increasingly unstable Middle East and North Africa, has already been done and is too late for America to put that evil genie back in the bottle.
Last night was an "answer" to many prayers. There are countless Christians fasting and praying for God's will to be done in and through US.
Obama is a pompous person who thinks he can do anything, never to be held accountable and now finding out that without a teleprompter, he is an empty suit, unable to stand tall and impressive. Whoever inputs that teleprompter is the "brain" behind this man!
Mitt Romney displayed a man with confidence and trust in God and the American people, that together, we can turn this country around.
Romney is not seeking power. He wants to use his expertise given to him by Almighty God, to save thi country from the aftermath of Obama's rule and reign with secretive means with his czars and anyone who honors him.
Thank God for His intervention. Continue to pray for His will to be done here on earth just as it is in Heaven, where Peace/Love/Joy fill the atmosphere!
Thank You Jesus for coming to set the captives free! Satan must flee when we seek His presence!
May this country be grateful for this man (Romney) who "chooses" to stand up for the gigantic chore of "cleaning" the government that has sought to control US, not bringing US together as our forefathers foresaw their responsibility.
I hope that 0bama does try to play the race card in the next debate. It will be the clearest sign possible of the desperation in the WH. Romney will be ready for it. Hopefully he will say something Reaganesque like, "Is that all you've got?".
While entitled, oh so entitled, #2, that isn't helpful. I'm probably the most anti-cult parishioner of this here Mother Church, and I see Mr. Romney as part of the solution.
While I'm at it, I might as well get flame-proofed on immigrants. Perhaps the family-centric, religious Mexicans we've so decried will help us get rid of all the focus on gay marriage when they vote on the matter. Gays have ALWAYS BEEN free to be together any way they choose. But that's a subject for another debate.
I was glad that Romney hammered home the fact that Obama gave away $90 billion to the Green Industry. The only thing that Obama got out of it was bundled case from the failed companies. $90 Billion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think the point of the article is well taken, an election is NOT a rational process. People often choose a candidate because they like him. Or because their friends like him. Or that he is a sharp dresser. Or because he is good looking. Or that he had an appearance on Oprah or Letterman. Or because their favorite TV star endorses him. Or because they think he is a winner.
Real events can erode some of those good perceptions. No doubt that many people that support BO are still disappointed in his presidency. But the support remains.
Until, for some, sometimes insignificant reason, their opinion shifts. And they no longer like him enough to support him. And for some strange reason, it can happen like a wave, with many people coming to the same recognition simultaneously.
BO on a debate stage, naked without his media shield, was seen to be incapable of standing up to Mitt Romney. His demeanor was uncomfortable and angry. He doesn't seem worthy of respect or support. He was pitiable but not electable. Will that be the beginning of the wave? Perhaps?
From here, there are two alternatives: 1. the fake president decides he'd rather spend his days golfing in Hawaii and lets Romney win by default, and 2. in collusion with the MSM, the sneakiest, most insidious October Surprise is unleashed, either as a bomb from above or as a million invisible snakes in the grass, and the nation stands on the brink, in effect, of a coup d'etat. I'm hoping for alternative 1.
Alternative 3, that the Democrats will conduct an honest campaign from here to November 6 - LOL!!!
The next debate (October 16th) on foreign and domestic policy, employs a “Town Meeting” format. Since Obama, his advisors and the LSM have all shown that they are more than willing to lie and cheat to retain power, the risk that the Dems and/or the Moderator (CNN’s Candy Crowley) will try to stack the audience with liberal ideologues or screen the questions in advance to favor Obama; Romney must be prepared to face a stacked deck.
However, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if Obama tries to avoid the debate. A likely scenario would be to have a seal team or squad of drones attack the “secret base” of the al Qaeda group that attacked our Consulate in Benghazi. The attack will occur within the last 24 hours before the scheduled debate and Obama will bow out to handle the crisis. Although it’s been reported that US intelligence had identified and begun tracking some of the terrorists within 24 hours of the attack, Obama will announce that, “we just found out where they were located and had to act fast.” You know, just like the attack on bin Laden that he postponed at least 3 times.
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ok state mom, 10/4/2012 5:15:38 PM (No. 8910231)
I had a sense last night that before and during the debate Obama was supported by good wishes and thought by his supporters.
Mitt Romney was supported by a covenant of prayer all across this great land of ours.
#13, all Mitt has to do is play Gingrich. His trashing of the Lame Stream Media played very well in America. No one loves the media, in fact most hate the media and any politician that takes them down a few noches is golden!...He just has to do it nicely.
I'm sorry, did I just hear you helping the President with his answer? Why don't you help me, don't you believe in sharing the wealth?
Really, you cut me off mid sentence and moved to another subject! You gave President Obama a pass and let him go over for at least 3 minutes on a previous question, is that fair? I think not, I demand time to rebut the prior discussion where you cut me off.
And So on.
Make the MSM goon like a terrorist, pounce on them for their obvious bias and unfairness...believe me the MSM is in the tank for Obie and Mitt can use that against both of them!
I'm going to go with the Chicoms on the validity of this.
Way back in the 190s, I lived in Southeast Asia. A series of events in Indonesia were so strange and unfortunate that all the Indonesians knew something was really wrong even though the president was still in power. The series went like this:
*A Filipino engineer fell out of an airplane after exposing a big gold mine investment as fake. Eerie.
*Haze like nothing ever seen in Asia came as the result of forest fires in Sumatra. Nobody could breathe or see. The smoke and fire were a symbol of something.
*The currency devalued, the final domino in a chain of currency devaluations all through the region. Really serious.
*The central bank building burned.
*Suharto insisted he would run for office one last time. Everyone thought this was insane, he was too old.
*The currency REALLY devalued, terrifying the public. Banks collapsed, billboards through the capital went blank, radios in the countryside went silent, all was eerie.
*The IMF rolled in and fuel subsidies ended. Cooking oil prices shot through the roof. People were enraged.
*Students began protesting. Three students were shot at Trisakti University. Bells were ringing all over the place, this had never happened before.
*Suharto went to Egypt for a nonaligned conference meeting.
*The city exploded into riots and was on fire by the time Suharto came back. Chinatown burned. The military shot up skyscraper windows.
*Within a week or two, Suharto was out. It all felt like the mandate of heaven had left him.
Obama never had a 'mandate of heaven'. It was conferred on him by his worshippers. Sadly, Proverbs 6:16-19 seems to be the realm in which he prefers to operate. His core beliefs and remorseless lying separate him from God's true blessings. Neither skin color nor political 'savvy' is a substitute for integrity or godly character.
#17, #30 and #31, I join you in asking God to give us leaders who can/will take steps to correct our course. I was not sure of Romney. But, a man who practices the higher moral tenets of his faith and lives with integrity is better than one who does not. Both the deceived and the deceiver must answer to God.
(1) Ask God to help the 'askers', 'seekers' and 'knockers' to find the truths hidden in B/O's past. The secret things belong to God who knows where everything is on earth. We need irrefutable, indisputable truth (whatever it is) before Election Day. (2) Pray that God will shatter the media's conspiracy of silence. (3) And that God will open the eyes of the American people. We must know where this nation is headed under B/O or Romney to be fully responsible for the consequences of our vote.
God loves America and will help us to keep the rights He gave us. Keep praying and thanking God. Don't lose heart. We serve a God who hears and answers prayers! :-)
Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and regular commentator at Fox news, has said the closing of U.S. embassies in 21 countries is a sign of weakness on the part of the U.S. and suggests capitulation to al-Qaeda. He may be partly right, but chances are that the closing of the embassies auger something far more ominous. The shutdowns may be a sign of an increased conflagration in the Middle East and Northern Africa. We may be looking at the onset of World War III.
The fight is on. A growing — and furious — fight between the conservative base of the Republican Party and its Establishment elites in Washington is rapidly taking shape. Senator Ted Cruz took to Sean Hannity’s television show Tuesday night and took on Karl Rove, who had immediately preceded him on the show. In response to Rove’s strategy (Rove compared the defunding strategy to the famous — and losing — Pickett’s Charge of the Battle of Gettysburg). Cruz immediately countered by saying that while he wasn’t a military strategist he was pretty sure 100% of battles
In a perverse bit of post-trial agitprop, ABC News somehow recruited the one woman of color on George Zimmerman´s "all white" jury and twisted her words to reflect the presumed editorial position of ABC News. In this clip from an exclusive Robin Roberts interview which has played just about everywhere including CBS News, Roberts says to the juror, "Some people have said, point blank, ´George Zimmerman got away with murder.´ How do you respond to those people who say that?" In the edited video ABC floated about, "Maddy" answers unhesitatingly, "George Zimmerman got away with murder.
It should come as no surprise that some of the very worst rants about George Zimmerman’s acquittal are coming from an Ivy League professor. The competition is stiff, but will be hard-pressed to keep up with Anthea Butler, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The Zimmerman verdict has caused Butler to conclude that God is “a white racist god with a problem” who “is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.” There are conclusions Butler could have reached short of equating her caricature of Zimmerman with God.
Toward the end of his closing statement on Thursday, Florida Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda posted a slide on a screen in a fifth-floor Seminole County courtroom. "Which Owner would be more inclined to yell for help?" read the banner on the top of the slide. The slide was divided in two. On the left was a photo of George Zimmerman´s Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun, and on the right was a can of Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail. Beneath the photo of the gun was the question, "Who followed?"
Perhaps I´m just a creepy-a** cracka´ who doesn´t get it. But it always seems that when it comes to standards, the left gives you two for the price of one. And the idea that white people "can´t" understand black folks -- a similar point to which was made in a recent article about the George Zimmerman trial -- is a good example. But before getting to that particular piece, I have a question: is the issue here that one race simply cannot understand another? Or is this really just restricted to white people?
1.The Sound of Wet Grass: Black Racists´ War on Black Women The Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case has come to trial this week and the best thing that´s been said about it is from Thomas Maguire: "I´m proud to say I live in a country where the show trials look more like an SNL [Saturday Night Live] skit." You probably won´t know that if your source of information about the trial is the mainstream media and if your lifestyle doesn´t permit you to sit in front of the TV for hours watching the trial.
It´s a miracle! A fascinating and compelling movie whose plot is driven by the protagonist´s fidelity to the Constitution. (In fact there were more mentions of the Constitution than any other movie I have ever seen.) You have never seen a movie like Copperhead, and you ought to take the opportunity to see it on a big screen if you live in one of the forty-some cities where it is opening today. But even if you don´t, it is available today via all on-demand platforms, which is a great strategy to reach the widely dispersed audience
This is what happens when the President of the United States is dragged into making foreign and defense policy decisions, instead of determining American interests and then making policy to suit. And it is what happens when the president fails to make a clear case for those policies not only to the American public, but also to his own cabinet. It had been understood that senior members of the Obama administration wanted to provide arms to Syrian rebel forces in opposition to the Assad regime.
Michelle Obama has been capitalizing on her status as a descendant of slaves. Her latest junket to Ireland shows she is definitely enjoying the 21st-century benefits of the transatlantic slave trade her radical friends in Chicago refer to as "genocide" by white Americans. According to the First Couple´s pals, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Rahm Emanuel, and Dr. Conrad W. Worrill of Northeastern University, white Americans should monetarily compensate black Americans for past slavery.
The latest polls show that President Obama´s approval ratings are in free fall like a hot air balloon with the fire extinguished; his approval rating has declined eight percentage points over the past month. CNN reporter Chris Cuomo described the decline as "dropping like a stone." Lara Brown of U.S. News and World Report, declared, "The Obama presidency becomes more Grant than Lincoln every day." Even his standing as a "leader" has shown a six-percentage-point drop among those who think he is a decisive and strong leader. Worse, CNN reports that half of the public no longer trust the president
I have always believed that regardless of the laws of a nation, the social fabric that binds it is woven of mutual trust between the people and their private and governmental institutions. Once that fabric is weakened, the dangers to an ordered society are extreme. This week, the holes in the U.S. social fabric are manifest, and they are caused by the administration´s ever-expanding lawlessness.. The statements by the high-tech self-exile Snowden set off alarms even among those who are willing to repose their confidence in the general integrity of our intelligence services.
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
An odd dark vertical line that was observed in the sky over Florida earlier this week has left meteorologists puzzled. The shadowy apparition was spotted and photographed by Mike Weight at Honeymoon Island State Park near Dunedin, Florida, Wednesday. Weight was walking on the beach at around 12.30pm. The day was bright and sunny, but there were thunderheads forming to the east. ‘I was looking North when I observed what looked like a ray of dark light coming down from a small cloud to the surface of the Gulf about a half-mile away,’ the 73-year-old man wrote in an email
Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect opened fire and refused to drop his gun, police said. Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops. Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.