Trumped Up Nonsense

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More than fifty-nine million people tuned in for Monday night’s debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.  The last in the series of debates between these two candidates was intended to be centered around foreign policy issues.  Within a short while, however, both candidates wandered off track and were discussing domestic affairs.  When the dust settled in Boca Raton, Florida shortly after 10:30pm Monday evening, the usual punditry touted their respective candidates’ performance, but outside of those circles it seemed impossible to declare a clear-cut “winner”.Interspersed amongst the talking points were occasional barbs and even a snarky remark or two.   While discussing national defense and our military budget, Governor Romney noted that our naval fleet was down to 285 ships, the lowest since 1917 and, he said, this is less than the number of ships our navy says they require to get the job done.  President Obama retorted,

 

You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets — (laughter) — because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of Battleship where we’re counting ships. It’s — it’s what are our capabilities.”


Apparently President Obama forgot that this was a debate, not the Al Smith Dinner that both he and Governor Romney attended last week.  While the president has proven he has quite a sense of humor and through the laughter even sheds a light on his opponent’s lack of military knowledge, this still doesn’t excuse the condescending nature of the remarks.  I might have exhibted the same type of snarky comments as well to both candidates, but I’m not running for office.

 

Many Republicans, meanwhile, were disappointed with Mitt Romney for not cornering the president on Benghazi.  Following the debate even Sean Hannity of Fox News called Governor Romney’s lack of pressure on President Obama’s foreign policy into question, the general consensus is that it was not nearly aggressive enough.

 

Overall, the primary reason that this debate strayed from it’s intended topic of foreign policy was simply that neither candidate differs greatly on the matter.  Both of their respective parties seem to want a strong military defense/presence.  While Governor Romney wishes to spend more money on defense, President Obama seems to be unwilling to cut funding, therefore it’s a bloated spending package either way.  The two seem similar in their approach to Iran, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other hotspots throughout the middle east—their only squabbles seem to arise over semantics.

 

There was no winner in this debate, both candidates exhibited the same presentation as in the previous debates.  President Obama seemed more concerned with embarrassing Governor Romney with humorous quips and barbs while dismissing the Republican’s policies and ideas.  Very little mention was made by the president with regard to his own policy changes for the next four years.  Equally alarming was Governor Romney’s inability to hold down a consistent position toward spending, specifics on taxes, what will happen with the wars abroad and other issues that have yet to be answered with only two weeks remaining before Election Day.

 

 

By Contrast:  What a Real Debate Should Look Like

 

Less than 24 hours later, in Chicago, another election related event took place.  The third party debate presented by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation gave America a different set of perspectives.  Four candidates discussed a wide variety of issues ranging from the current economic crisis, civil liberties and even how elections/ballots are constructed.  The event was moderated by former CNN and current ora.tv host Larry King along with event organizer Christina Tobin.

 

The debate—and I use the term loosely as the candidates did not argue among themselves—featured Libertarian Gary Johnson, the Green Party’s Jill Stein, Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson and Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode.  A series of questions, all of which submitted by social media, were asked of the candidates and each was allowed two minutes to respond.  Some similarities in opinion existed among the quartet of presidential hopefuls regarding many issues, nevertheless the differences made for a lively discussion.  Despite the disagreements, all four were respectful of one another and the moderator… I sure hope you took some notes in civility President Obama and Governor Romney.

 

All of the candidates felt that we need immediate and drastic reductions in spending and while they may have disagreed on a few of the areas that should be cut, the consensus was that military spendng is out of control.  Gary Johnson’s proposed military cuts seemed the greatest (a nearly 50 percent reduction), while both he and Jill Stein felt the need for immediate withdrawal from all military operations overseas.  All four candidates agreed that the war on drugs wasn’t working and that in order to balance our budget it’s time for cuts to this policy.  Furthering this issue, three of the four felt that the legalization of marijuana was one way to cut down on the cartels and boost the economy.  Virgil Goode, on the other hand, felt differently stating that he does not support the legalization of any drugs whatsoever.

 

When asked what amendment to the constitution each candidate would make if they had a choice, both Goode and Johnson wanted mandatory term limits on government officials.  They cited the need for elected officials to focus on their constituents rathan than worrying about fund raising for the next election as their justification for this idea.  Meanwhile, Jill Stein felt the her one amendment should be that “corporations are not people” and would, therefore, eliminate citizens united and disallow corporations from making ampaign contributions.  Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson wanted to make sure that civil rights were clearly defined by the constitution.  Specifically, Anderson wants an amendment that all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation and desires, should be allowed to be married.

 

While former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson had the loudest applause Tuesday night, each candidate had their vocal supporters and made a compelling case as to why they should be the next president of the United States.

 

Refreshing to think that you’re making a choice between the better of goods than the lesser of evils.

 

An interesting twist was added following the debate.  You can go to the Free and Equal website and vote for the two candidates you believe should participate in the next third party debate to be held October 30th.  The twist is that the voting is done in an instant runoff (ranked) style.  This is one of the styles of balloting that the participants in last night’s debate feel is best suited for our electoral system.

 

Emails Reveal White House Knew About Terrorist Attack Within Hours.

 

Reuters and CBS News have obtained numerous emails detailing further the events that unfolded on September 11, 2012.  The shocking correspondence detail the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that ultimately left four people killed including ambassedor Christopher Stevens.

 

At 4:05 PM EDT the State Department Operations Center issued an alert that went to several authorites including the White House Situation Room, the FBI and the office of the Director of National Intelligence.

“US Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack” — “approximately 20 armed
people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who
is currently in Benghazi, and four COM (Chief of Mission/embassy) personnel are
in the compound safe haven.”

Not even an hour later, at 4:54pm EDT, another email was sent noting that the firing in Benghazi had stopped and a response team was enroute.

 

At 6:07pm EDT, yet another email to the same officials indicates that the terrorist group Ansar-al Sharia had claimed responsibility for the attack via facebook and twitter.

 

These and other emails seem to directly contradict the initial response by the White House denying that this was a terrorist attack.  Further, many officials within the Obama administration claimed that the tragedy in Benghazi was due to protestors that were outraged by a youtube video that negatively portrayed Islam.

 

 

Because the Spotlight Has Been Off of Him for a Few Weeks, The Donald Is Back!

 

Business mogul and identified “birther” Donald Trump has grown tired of the exhaustive search for President Barack Obama’s ‘long-form’ birth certificate.  Maybe America has also grown a little tired of that story also—don’t tell the Tea Party though.  So if you’re the Donald and the spotlight has moved away from you for a few minutes, what’s the best way to garner more attention?  Yep!  Manufacture some hype around an upcoming “big announcement” concerning President Obama.  For several days Trump has been flaunting a major announcement that will be “unbelievable and shocking” and it certainly was.

 

Earlier today Donald Trump released a youtube announcement declaring that if Barack Obama releases his college transcripts and passport documentation “to my satisfaction”, he will donate five million dollars to a charity of President Obama’s chosing.  Expletive deleted indeed.

 

Forgive me for actually indulging this story on a serious level for even a moment, but is this really the best that the Donald could do?  Trump is a businessman, involved in development, real-estate, casinos and more.  Given our current economic situation one would think that the Donald would find something a little more concrete to attack the president with than whether or not he got a ‘C’ in college algebra.  With another round of quantitative easing taking place and Trump’s billion dollars becoming worth progressively less each day, you would think he would have much bigger concerns and more important things to do than to record video blogs all day asking to see the president’s passport.

 

The worst part of it all is that Trump is holding a five million dollar check to charity up for ransom simply at an attempt to besmirch the President of the United States.  Blackmailing the President using a potential check for a charity so that you can get your jollies, only to probably find out that he has significantly more academic achievements than you do Donald.  What a revolting human being.

 

 

Halloween Out, “Fall Festival” In

 

Yet another school distract has put Halloween in the grave and replaced it with the time honored tradition of “Fall Festival”.  A Phoenixville, Pennsylvania school district claims their decision is based on affordability of costumes and safety concerns.  Nevertheless, students can expect that October 31st won’t simply be a normal day of education.  While there won’t be witches or ghosts, there will still be a party atmosphere, presumably with treats and tricks… but no costumes or mention of that dreaded ‘H’ word.

 

 

Not Quite the Autobahn, but…

 

A new stretch of freeway has opened in the U.S. that boasts the highest speed limit in the country.  What state would have blatent disregard for federally accepted standard speeds and human life just to go a little faster?  Hint:  Yee-Haw!

 

Yeah, that’s right… Texas.  A 41 mile stretch of Highway 130 opens today with a maximum speed limit of 85 mph, the highest speed limit in the United States.  But before you go racing off you should know that this is a toll road.  The highway is meant to alleviate the overly congested I-35 corridor between San Antonio and Austin.  The approximate toll cost will be 15¢ per mile.

 

Stupid News

–  Not news: Man divorces wife, News: For being ugly, Ridiculous: Wins $140,000.

 

–  Woman Wins National Car Parking Championship

 

–  Man Shows Up at His Own Wake… Hmm That’s Not How it Normally Works.

 

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One Response to “Trumped Up Nonsense”

  1. Allan Felipe Says:
    October 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Great show,
    congrats, from Brazil.