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Late Thursday Night News Roundup

Fungus in the brain. Yuck. This is what government is all about. It is protecting us from business. I’m not saying that the New England Compounding Center did anything wrong. What I’m saying is that if the government does its job stuff like this rarely happens. (For those who are somehow unaware, a steroid injection meant to be injected into the spinal canal has been contaminated with a fungus. I have never heard of anything like this. 20 patients have died. Over 250 patients have become sick. I have never even heard of this fungus – Exserohilum. Never.)

I just finished watching the 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks. This is simply good football.

I found this stat on Pro football focusHe (Romo) completed 79.3% of his passes on plays where there was no pressure for a QB rating of 120.3, but he completed just two of seven passes (28.6%) under pressure for a QB rating of 16.1, thanks largely to the pick he threw.

President Clinton had a few things to say about that Mitt Romney

The one phrase that will live with Mitt Romney not just for the next several days and the next several months will be – binders full of women. Remember, Mitt Romney was answering a question about the disparities between men and women in the workplace – “So we took a concerted effort to go out and find women that had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of womens’ groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ And they brought us binders full of women.” Just think about what was going through Mitt Romney’s mind. First of all, you know he does not to mention his time as governor of Massachusetts. Governor of Massachusetts equals Romneycare. He doesn’t want to bring that up. So he’s already on a subject that he doesn’t want to talk about. Let’s just set aside the “women in binders” phrase. Mitt Romney is selling himself as a businessman. Not just a good businessman, but a great businessman. Why doesn’t he know any qualified women? Are there no business women? Did he go to Harvard business school? Were there women in his Harvard business school class? He couldn’t find any of those women who would work with him? Now, we find out that his story basically isn’t true. He didn’t go out and try to find women to place in his Massachusetts cabinet. As it turns out, a bipartisan group called Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus contacted both candidates and asked them to try to form cabinets that were representative of the state. Basically, they wanted more women in state government. This is not an initiative that Mitt Romney started. Instead, it was an initiative that was started outside of the Romney camp. Yet, he wants to take credit for it. Once again, Mitt Romney lied. He did not make a concerted effort to go out and find women. Instead, a woman’s group got together a list of qualified women for both him and his opponent. Whenever Mitt Romney is pressured, whenever he doesn’t have a pat answer right at hand, his reflex seems to be to make something up, to lie.

By |2013-11-03T18:15:22-04:00October 19th, 2012|Elections, Healthcare, NFL, Party Politics|1 Comment

New GOP Election Strategy

Because of the electoral college, which needs to be scrapped, it’s hard to see how Mitt Romney was going to put together a winning coalition. Although Mitt Romney stated that he needs to win 50.1% of the vote, he is wrong. He needs to win 270 electoral college votes. As we saw in 2000, winning the popular vote does not guarantee that you win the electoral college. Winning the popularity contest is nice but if you want to be president you have to win the electoral college. Mitt Romney and his strategy gurus have decided that he cannot win a significant number of African-American or Latino votes. So, he’s written off these minority groups. It is my opinion that he has also written off women. I do not think that he will make a concerted effort to win a majority of women. Instead, I think that Mitt Romney has decided to double down on winning huge majorities of white men.

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I find it sad and disgusting that Barack Obama has been hounded about where he was born. I think it was pretty obvious from the start. But it’s hard for Americans to believe that a young black man born in Hawaii could rise to become the president of the United States. Something must be wrong. (The birthers still don’t have an adequate explanation of how Barack Obama’s birth announcement could have been printed in both Honolulu papers back in 1961.) Mitt Romney decided that he needed to make a joke about where he was born. This was no joke. This was a deliberate statement that he made to reinforce that he is an American. Everyone in United States knows that he is an American. Why? Because he is a privileged white male. There’s nothing more American than that. A guy named Barack Obama, we aren’t sure. It doesn’t matter what evidence we are shown; we know American when we see it. Neil Armstrong was an American. (God rest his soul.) George W. Bush was an American. Even John McCain, who was born in Panama, is a real, true American. Barack Obama? We, as Americans, still have questions. (One of my conservative friends told me last week that he was uncertain whether Barack Obama was a Muslim or not. This guy is educated. He’s highly respected. Yet, he’s not sure.)

This comes back to that great article that I pointed to yesterday from Ta-Nehisi Coates from Atlantic Monthly.

By |2012-08-25T20:58:29-04:00August 25th, 2012|Elections, Obama administration, Party Politics, Race|Comments Off on New GOP Election Strategy

Sunday Afternoon Grab Bag

  • The Dallas Mavericks tried as hard as they could to fumble away victory against the Oklahoma Thunder. In spite of what looked like a concerted effort to lose, the Mavericks made just enough plays down the stretch to win.
  • Since I’m alive today, I guess that means the world did not end. I find apocalyptic thinking kind of interesting. This is been a part of man’s consciousness for thousands of years. Live blogging here.
  • Maine representative pulls a gun on a reporter. I’m guessing that sanity is not a criteria for political office.
  • Herman Cain, CEO of Godfather’s pizza, has announced that he’s running for president. WooHoo!
  • Mitch Daniels, Indiana Governor and former director of the Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush, has decided he is not going to run for president.
  • For reasons I don’t understand, President Barack Obama announced nothing new with regards to Israeli – Palestinian policy, yet conservatives went nuts.  (RomneyPresident Obama has thrown Israel under the bus. He has disrespected Israel and undermined its ability to negotiate peace.) What conservatives heard was “the 1967 borders.” What President Obama said was “returned to the 1967 borders…” and this is the important part… “with land swaps.” The land swaps would account for some of the settlements and the security concerns that Israel has to have. We have to get off of Square One. For the security of Israel, Palestine and the United States, we need an equitable solution to this problem. Some in Israel are supporting Obama’s plan.
  • In yet another article justifying the stupid and sometimes criminal behavior of powerful men, Time Magazine jumps into the fray. Society is different today than it was 30 or 40 years ago. Officially, men and women are supposed to be in monogamous relationships, but in reality, powerful men played by different rules. Times have changed. We live in the age of the Internet where almost nothing can be kept secret. Preying on younger women is no longer okay. Using your position of power to manipulate the legal system or to “course” someone have sex with you is no longer okay. It hasn’t been okay for decades. The list of men that have gone astray is long and wide ranging. I think the words of Senator Tom Coburn are probably needed here. Allegedly, he told Senator John Ensign, while he was waiting to have a rendezvous with his mistress, “put your pants on and go home.” The top 10 political sex scandals are worth a read if to reinforce the idea that some men stray often.
  • The final round of the Colonial is going on right now. To say that David Toms had a bad day yesterday would be an understatement. He shot a 4 over par after shooting 8 under par on Thursday and Friday. He starts today’s round one stroke back. If he can play a solid round of golf he can still win this tournament. Charlie Wi leads the tournament by one stroke at the start of today’s round.
  • Finally, in NBA basketball, the Miami Heat play the Chicago Bulls this evening. The Miami Heat with Lebron James and Dwayne Wade have an opportunity to take control of the series. They’re playing at home. There’s no reason to believe they shouldn’t be able to out hustle, outshoot and out muscle the Chicago Bulls. The question is how badly do they want it.
By |2011-05-22T16:03:00-04:00May 22nd, 2011|Israel, Obama administration, Party Politics, Sports|Comments Off on Sunday Afternoon Grab Bag
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