Friday, October 26, 2012

WOW (no, not war on women)

That's just...I can't....the imagery... it's ju-(passes out).

Note the frenetic energy in the eyes and twitchy, uncoordinated movement.  This sort of behavior is often seen in cult members when describing how they were saved.  Usually right before something drastic happens.

If this is what the Obama campaign is distilling to, they have problems.  Reminds me of a Violent Femmes song:

This really should be a rallying cry.

Anyhoo, it is noted that this song has only the second best xylophone solo ever.  First place goes to Les Claypool's "One Better" (skip ahead to 3:56 if you must, but it is a damn fine song):

6-10-1 on the year.  Time to even the record:
PATS (-7) vs. Rams
FALCONS (+3) at Eagles.  Andy Reid's undefeated record after the bi week will be broken, signaling the winds of change in Philly.
SEAHAWKS (+2.5) at Lions.  Because the Lions suck.
GIANTS (+2) at Cowboys.

Basically, I just picked all road teams. 

Everyone enjoy your weekends.  GO STATE.  BEAT THE BUCKEYES.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Excellent Read

One of the blogs I have recently picked up on is Protein Wisdom.  Today's post is a good reason why.

Peep this:

"I was stunned that he was able to pull it off, frankly:  but then, most people who voted for him never made it past the social markers meant to woo them.  They heard the pop-cultural references and luxuriated in the smooth youth and Otherness they’d join in with, but they never stopped to listen to what they were be asked to turn into popular trends:  lunch menus designed by the First Lady; bans on big sodas; the nationalization of health care — a move that, in addition to raising taxes and reducing citizens to subjects, will in the end be used as the rationale behind every affront to individual liberty that will naturally grow out of it:  a little fat, are you?  Well, we give you free health care, so we have a right to ask you to sacrifice, to eat what we tell you, to exercise when we tell you, so that you’re thin and vibrant and healthy again — worthy of our investment in your health.  Old and infirm, are you?  Well, sorry, but we’ve provided you with free health care all your life.  It’s time to sacrifice for the greater good.  Your comfortable, managed demise will be painless — not to mention the ultimate act of selfless economic patriotism.  We salute you.  Now get on your ice block and let us push you off to sea."

That's some next-level blog content.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Return to Posting

My apologies-parents came into town on Friday and it has been a whirlwind since. 

Third Debate Thoughts:
  • For the most part, it was boring.  The ennui sometimes broken by Obama playing the part of the interrupting jackass.
  • I was very pleased at Romney's disposition.  He remained on the high ground and seemed immune to Obama's ever-present leer. 
  • As far as substance goes, Romney really didn't provide much.  This concerned me (see previous post on missed opportunities).  Toward the end, both my father and I were a little concerned.  Until we heard what Charles Krauthammer had to say.  Been smiling since.
  • "Bayonets".  Yet another example of how Obama really had a chance to score points: all he had to do was mention that the mission of the Navy between 1917 and now had changed somewhat.  It's a very good point.  Going into a diatribe about technological differences in the most smarmy and condescending way possible doesn't play well.  It looks cheap and un-Presidential, which really was Obama's theme the entire evening.
  • Ann Althouse has a great quote: "As I put it last night, "Obama just did some sharp interrupting while Romney was rhapsodizing about education in Massachusetts." To restate my observation: Obama suddenly changed his tone, got belligerent, when Romney was just going on innocuously about education. There was no casus belli. Whatever happened happened inside Obama head. I need to be Debate #2 Obama, not Debate #1 Obama. He felt the placidity of the evening, the utter failure to ignite the BUSH!!!!! petard, so he made a fight out of nothing."
  • She gets bonus points for this post as well.
  • Bob Schieffer was adequate.  He still let Obama get away with interrupting, but given the past three moderators I'll take it.
The bottom line: basically, all Romney had to do last night was avoid any kind of "BOOSH" tie-in and not provide any major messaging issues.  And of course, keep focus on the economy.  All three were accomplished in Presidential fashion. 

Update from the Squirrel Offensive

"Bayonets" seems to be the leftist meme of the week.  Also, it appears that "Romnesia" is still being pushed.

These tactics may work at some kind of city councilmen level election, but not at this level. 


Apparently the narcissist Kelo abuser has something devastating about Obama.  Ya know, with all this momentum and it being this late in the game, I wish he would just shut the hell up.  This is the kind of distraction we don't need.

Well, maybe if it is the L.A. Times Obama/Khalidi tape....

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Squirrel Offensive (updates)

Two reports from the front:
  1. Tagg Romney allegedly wanted to "take a swing" at Obama.  Context can be found over at L/I.  Complete and utter garbage.  Tagg is right; many of us think about it, but it's not the right thing to do.  The urge must be incredibly hard when someone is blatantly lying about your father.
  2. "Women in Binders".  Seriously.  Romney stated he found plenty of competent, employable women and this is what the left latches onto.
The "Big Bird" strategy failed miserably last week.  When looking in these two pathetic attempts, one has to wonder: is the left trying to lose this thing? 

This segues nicely to Your Double Standard of the Week (tm):
Tagg says what he feels and makes no threat to attack Obama: BLOODTHIRSTY HELLSPAWN.
Twitter lights up with a multitude of Romney death threats after the debate: meh.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Debate Notes

Please keep in mind that I had a few bottles in me.

The Good
  • Gas prices: Mitt simply asked Obama that if his energy policies were so sound, why have gas prices doubled?  That's all he really had to say.  Mitt is at his best when he can make clear points like this.  While his pressing of Obama over a lie about drilling on federal lands was amusing, it wasn't necessary. 
  • The Economy: about midway through, Mitt really hit his stride in naming multiple relevant statistics from this past four years.  Bonus points for "buried" trolling.
  • Libya: the Libya awkwardness did have a few silver linings.  For one, it showed the absolute bias of the surroundings.  Second, it keeps the issue in the spotlight.  Third, "Vegas" was mentioned.  For the downside, see below.
  • He handled the Bush question well.  Incorporated massive deficits into the fray.
  • He cornered Obama on his investments.  BTW, if the President of the United States declares on national television that he has no idea what he invests in, it's a problem.
  • Romney mentioned Fast and Furious.
  • Romney destroyed Obama on taxes.
  • The bottle of Malbec was tasty.
  • "We don't have to live like this!"  I really enjoyed that statement.  It tells everyone that the current situation is not the new norm, and we can recover.
The Bad
  • "Jeremy" asked a very important question on jobs.  Mitt really didn't do a good job answering.  Neither did Obama, but still Mitt could have set the tone for the evening.
  • Opportunities missed.  Look, Obama has a history chock full of poor decisions, so missing some key points was to be expected.  However, Mitt whiffed on many issues.  On womens' pay, he failed to point out the income inequalities in Obama's administration.  On green energy, while he crushed Obama in the first debate, he failed to mention ,multiple green investments by this administration (like A123) going bankrupt.  On the GM bailout, he got flustered.  On Bush, he should have mentioned signing statements and bailouts.  On taxes, he needs to hammer into the public's head that no amount of tax raises on the highest earners will bring the deficit down.  On unemployment, Mitt did fine but I would have added that minority unemployment is still increasing.  Every question had red meat, and the advantage was not always pressed.
  • Mitt trying to talk over the moderator after Obama talked.  It's fine the first time, but in this setting it seemed a little desperate.  Same with mentioning the words "Five Point Plan".
  • There is a difference between tax breaks and tax cuts.  The President needs to be reminded of this.
  • Libya: he made sure he had everyone's attention when he stated "Vegas".  However, he needed to stop right there.  Always leave on a high note (see gas prices, above).  If he were to add anything, it should have been about inconsistent messages and how its a month later and we still don't have a clue.  Further, he should have mentioned Obama breaking his constraints as Commander in Chief.
  • Romney lost his temper.  Mitt usually takes the high road.  Of course, Obama blatantly lying to everyone will have that effect.  But still.
The Ugly
  • Michelle Obama is allowed to applaud, apparently.  So are the press corps.
  • Candy Crowley.  I caught her blatantly cheerleading Obama's tax schpiel on a hot mic.  She then reinforced Obama's lie on Libya, but then walked it right back during the post game.
  • Candy Crowley's idea of undecided voters.  The first two questions were fine, but it quickly degenerated.
  • Crowley cutting Romney off when Fast and Furious in mentioned.  Nothing to see here.
  • The undecided voters were supposed to have questions for both candidates.  One person asked Obama why he should vote for Obama again.
  • My hangover. 
  • Obamas posturing/leering.  While it was an improvement over the first debate, at times it was just...creepy.  There were multiple instances of Obama talking and walking away from Romney.
  • The arguments.  While it makes good watching, it left me a bit uneasy and I couldn't concentrate on what was being said.  Both men are guilty here.
  • I cannot believe this guy is President.  That was the most unpresidential debate I have ever seen. As predicted, Obama's "aggressiveness" confirms we have a petulant narcissist in chief who has to keep resorting to interruptions and personal attacks. 
  • Obama brought up the 47% thing in his closing statement knowing Romney couldn't respond.  Shrewd and dickish.  Also, it didn't play well among the viewers.
  • Obama gets 3 more minutes of time.
Bottom Line
Who won?  I had Romney winning (am biased, obviously) based on substance.  CNN had Obama winning despite their own internals:
Basically, the left has Obama winning based on his first debate performance.

The short of it is we needed a base clearing double, but we got a sacrifice fly to advance the runners.

For the next debate (during Monday Night Football?), Mitt needs to answers as he did with the economy and gas prices.  Leave on a high note, walk away.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Link Roundup/Debate Stuff (updated)

Benghazi Update
So Hillary decided to take responsibility for Benghazi.  Reminds me of Janet Reno in the post-Waco.  In the face of a botched government operation, both take responsibility.  Also, they both have more balls than the Presidents they serve. Sen. McCain et al's thoughts are worth a gander.

So many questions:
  • Hillary stood there by the caskets of the fallen and blamed a video.  Shouldn't she resign?
  • If Obama lets Hillary take the fall, shouldn't he disavow all credit for OBL (not going to happen)?
  • Is Obama making it up as he goes along or is he actually having meetings with his Secretary of State?
  • Shouldn't Obama be asking for her resignation right now?
  • So...did Hillary just politicize the issue? Or did Obama? So hard to tell these days.
  • What does Big Bird think about this?  Will Elmo comment on Hillary's bravery at the Million Muppet March?
  • Provided Obama is re-elected, Hillary is most likely gone.  What then? She will be 70 years old in 2016, so a Presidential nod is a little far fetched.
  • Hillary has been treated poorly by her husband, the press pushed her aside in 2008 when she should have rightfully won the Democratic nomination, and now she is taking the hit for Benghazi.  Shouldn't she tack to being independent instead of Democrat?
  • Ambassador Rice should be canned as well.  She is a declining asset, if she ever were an asset.  When will this happen?
So far, the press' reaction: crickets.

UPDATE: DDE's take is particularly disturbing.

PSU Scandal Update
Michael Berube writes a thought provoking piece on the PSU scandal (h/t NT). Definitely worth a read, if not just to refresh one's memory as to the disturbing and hypocritical abuse of NCAA authority.

My question is: if this guy was disheartened so much about the baseless reaction and destruction of Paterno at PSU, why is he stepping down?  Grow some balls and fight.

Debate Time
So tonight is the "Town Hall" portion of the debates.  Ugh.  Reminds me of a scene from Krusty the Clown's 29th Anniversary Show ("I Love Lisa" episode):

KRUSTY: "And now, my favorite part of the show...what's that say? Talk to the audience? Oh God, this is always death."

So yeah.  The debate is in New York, with some dingbat named "Candy" moderating.  Note to Romney: if elected, fight for better moderators.  It's like we're deliberately choosing to face East on the morning of battle.

I don't expect the questions asked to deviate much from the trend.

My hope is that tonight Romney hammers Obama on the GM bailout lie.  My hope is that Romney doesn't have to debate the mod, a la Paul Ryan.

Obama is supposed to be coming out more aggressive.  I am fine with this.  I don't think this beta-male coward knows how to be aggressive without being condescending and cheap.  Usually his "aggressive" stance is reserved for closed fundraisers and meetings where he is 100% surrounded by like-minded supporters.

The guy is used to having more experienced (relative term) and competent (VERY relative term) drones do his heavy lifting when there is opposition present.  So this should be interesting.

But again, it's all in the questions asked.  Romney was well prepared for RomneyCare being thrown at him.  I have confidence.

Also, I will be drinking a fine bottle of Malbec.  I have the feeling I will need it.

Monday, October 15, 2012

American Dictatorship

From WC Varones.  Here is the money line:

"Mate, it won't matter. These guys don't allow parliaments or Congresses to stop them."

...chilling, but accurate.  Go read the whole thing if you get a chance.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Last Thought

Hillary, your sword is ready. 


Last week I went 2-1, making me 5-8-1 on the year.  Never leave in the middle of a heater.

BENGALS (-1.5) at Browns
COLTS (+3.5) at Jets
BUCS (-4.5) vs. Chiefs - Brady Quinn is starting.  Rush 9 every down.  Because Brady Quinn is a chump.  But like, he bench pressed alot once.


Turn up the bass:

Love EPMD.  Around when Dre dropped The Chronic, the focus in rap went from East Coast to West Coast.  EPMD never changed who they were.  I admire that.

Enjoy the weekend.

Bidenus Interruptus

Everything that I want to say Ann Althouse has already said.

Biden wouldn't answer direct questions, was smarmy, condescending, and interrupted Paul Ryan 82 times.  Whenever Paul Ryan would make a good point, Biden would either laugh, smirk, shake his head, or do something to try to give the viewer the impression that Ryan was lying.  Either that or he thought Ambassador Stevens' assassination amusing.

And the moderator did nothing to stop Biden's elusiveness, nor cease his distracting behavior.  If anything, she encouraged it.

I don't think it played well. Especially the 30 minutes or so where Ryan had to debate two people instead of one.

On Ryan's behalf, I think he was a little shaky at times but nailed Biden pretty hard on gaffes, Syria, abortion, and had a great closing statement (even when Biden interrupted him).  Biden ran out of steam on both his closing statements.

And if Obama was "too nice" in the first debate, Ryan was a saint.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pre-Debate Roundup

One thing I noticed about Romney's performance last week was that he had a great way of incorporating various gaffes (e.g. "middle class...buried") by this administration into the debate.  It worked very well.

It was noted in many circles was that Obama never brought up the "47%" comment.  My theory is this: every time Obama tried to corner Romney on any issue, Romney did not back down and came out on top. Like Romneycare.  The "47%" comment did infuriate people; what if  Romney was so prepared that he had a valid explanation?

I find this theory more plausible than the "Obama was too polite" BS.

Onto Paul Ryan.

Ryan has shown in debate, such as the "open" healthcare debate hosted by O, that he can handle very complicated issues.  Better yet, he can explain the main points in a language that most can understand.  He is young, charismatic, and is highly resistant to the childish slings and arrows being thrown his way.

My hope is that Ryan follows Romney's lead and hits Biden with something like this.  My hope is that the budget, the economy, and foreign policy would be brought up.  My hope is that Ryan takes the gloves off, and unleashes.  Like this:

My fear is the moderator debating Ryan instead of Biden.

Know what's missing from the news?  Days before the Romney-O debacle, the press was on a goto loop of "Obama is not a good moderator".

I haven't seen many reports of the same thing regarding Biden, even though he was beaten by Palin in 2008.

Given who is moderating, the paranoia lobe in my skull is tingling.

Still, I would vote for Obama if Biden came out and boxed a kangaroo.  Look:

Hell, I'll even find ways to vote twice if the Kangaroo comes out in red, white, and blue boxing trunks Rocky wore when he beat Drago.

Benghazi Updates

We were lied to.  I want heads on pikes.  Starting with Ambassador/handpuppet Rice.  Work up from there.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The VP Debate

The moderator for the VP debate?  Martha Raddatz.  Obama attended her wedding.  He appointed her husband the head of the FCC. 

Anyone remember that movie Victory

The game at the end of the movie reminded me of the setup, I just had incredible deja vu.

The reality of it is that Joe Biden has had an incredible streak of gaffe laden public appearances this past year.  This includes not knowing troop strength, the "chains" comment, the middle class getting buried for four years, etc.

Compound this to Joe having one interview in the past five months and pretty much being kept in a storage locker the past three years.

On the other hand, he did give a good speech at the DNC and has had six days of preparation.  This translates to Joe performing under pressure recently, and has had time off to rest and focus himself.

One would also think that with six days of preparation Joe might be a little over-prepared, a la Reagan vs. Mondale from 1984.

Regardless, Paul Ryan's past performances in front of a camera have earned my utmost confidence. 

The Squirrel Offensive

Big Brother has incorporated Big Bird into the fray.  Seriously.  Big. Bird.

Clearly this is a ploy to win the vote of those 26 year olds who are considered children.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Today in the Squirrel Offensive (updated)

In order to maintain the current unemployment rate, the US must add around 125k jobs every month.

We were told earlier this week an estimated 114k jobs were created last month, and the resulting unemployment rate would rise from 8.1% to 8.2%.

Then the debate happened.

Today we are told that 114k jobs were created last month, but the unemployment rate drops to 7.8%.

I don't think the NFL refs ending the lockout had that kind of effect.

I believe it is blatantly obvious that someone is massaging the numbers.  And that's the point of the Squirrel Offensive: take the spotlight off of TEH PRECIOUS and make people talk about anything else.

UPDATE: Here is a link to the BLS report.  Some highlights:
  • The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 4.8 million and accounted for 40.1 percent of the unemployed. (See table A-12.).
  • The civilian labor force rose by 418,000 to 155.1 million in September, while the labor force participation rate was little changed at 63.6 percent. (See table A-1.)
  • The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) rose from 8.0 million in August to 8.6 million in September. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time
    job. (See table A-8.)
  • Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.3 percent), adult women (7.0 percent), and whites (7.0 percent) declined over the month.  The unemployment rates for teenagers (23.7 percent), blacks (13.4 percent), and Hispanics (9.9 percent) were little changed. The jobless rate for Asians, at 4.8 percent (not seasonally adjusted), fell over the year. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)
In a nutshell-very little change in long term employment.  All gains are from part-time employment.  This is not a good thing.

Also noted that blacks/hispanic/youth unemployment remains unchanged. 

It's a shame we don't have a VP candidate who's good with numbers to debate Biden next week.

Last week I went 2-0-1, making me 3-8-1 on the season.  This is quantifiable improvement, unlike the above job numbers.

Minnesota (-5.5) over Tennessee
Cincinnati (-3.5) over Miami
Patriots (-6.5) over Denver. 

After The Joshua Tree/Rattle and Hum, Bono's lyrical ability began to drop off a touch.  Not much, but the peak was evident.

The Edge, however, kept right on being awesome through the 90's.
This song also represents the best work of Adam Clayton.

Everyone enjoy your weekends.  Go State, beat Northwestern!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Mile High Massacre

Remember the movie Victory?

The game at the end reminded me of the setup for the debate last night: the Allies (Romney) going into occupied territory (MSNBC) to play a game against a bunch of fascists (Obama), where even the ref (Lehrer) will do anything to prohibit the Allies from winning.

In the movie, the match ended up in a tie.  This is where the similarities end.  If the movie reflected last night, the Allies would have won 4-0 while liberating occupied France.

It should be occurring to all those backing Obama right now the realities of last night.  It is a close race, and many undecideds would be watching.  One would think the debate prep would be intensive and thorough.  Instead, Obama went on The View, watched football, and visited Hoover damn.  And he got dominated.

What does this say about his reaction on 9/11?  How does this reflect on his administration's attention to the economy?

How does Obama interact with foreign leaders, should he choose to meet them? Remember when Obama met with Netanyahu?

This wasn't Fox News.  This was MSNBC.  The battlefield favored the incumbent.  Last night it should have been evident to everyone that the man is in completely over his head.

If the left wants to blame Lehrer for getting rolled, I encourage them to do so.  Please blame Kerry, call Romney a liar, and live in denial.  All is well, and please repeat the debate prep.  Bang up job.

Oh, and the next debate will be on 10/11 between Ryan and Biden.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Some Thoughts on the Debate

"I'm just OK" - the Prez, analysing his debate skills.  Cue MSM: "WE KNOW BUT WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH".

O is blatantly playing the loser card here; clearly signalling weakness, but it gives a convenient excuse in 66% of the outcomes.  And if he does somehow win, it sets up the DNA exchange between O and his adoring press.

One paranoid thought: O already has the questions.  He was beaten by Hillary (soundly) and McCain in the last round of debates; he cannot afford to look unpresidential in this one.

UPDATE: no way on heaven or earth Obama is asked any of these questions. Or this one, for that matter: