Barack Obama won last night’s debate. Or to be more precise, Mitt Romney lost it. That’s obviously not the conventional view of the commentators or pollsters, who gave the GOP candidate a clear win. But that doesn’t matter. He still lost. There are three reasons why Romney experienced a soft implosion of his already tenuous electoral chances. First, there was no “gotcha moment”. Before the debate every political analyst, be they from the Left or Right, agreed that Romney had to land a knockout blow, which he didn’t. There was no major presidential gaffe. No glancing
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Sorry Dan, You are being ignored by those smarter than you as if you were a child with a mental deficiency having a tantrum. In a way, you are to be pitied, because you are insignificant and really don't know it yet. We are at a point where we can watch a very smart man with a very broad plan take apart a sniveling child (Obama/much like you) --and you do not even see the "Knockout blow" that you feel was needed. It was there for us adults, but it was too deft for you to pick out. Romney cheerfully told the truth. When you are using truthful facts, you do not need to lower yourself to deceit and drama, which is all bundled up in your world of darkness. It will be the same with Ryan and again twice more with Romney. Feel the freedom.
And the Giants lost the Super Bowl this year because everyone said they had to have a commanding lead by halftime, and the US lost the Revolutionary War because we had to help Britain in WWII, and....and...and....
#1, Kindly do not lump all Britons in with Dan Hodges. Not all Britons "just don't get" Americans. You must have seen the names of good writers like Toby Harnden, James Delingpole and Melanie Phillips--although Harnden became a U.S. citizen about the same time I did, 2004. And I assure you that of a population around 62 million, a number of other Britons DO get Americans as well.
Fortunately for my husband I get Americans, and fortunately for me, he gets Britons--but he still dislikes Marmite.
I love people like this, who are supporting the royals, who never won a war without American help and are in worse economic shape than we are - well, until bammykins sat in the oval office. I am sure bammy has this article framed and has it on his desk. Also, I doubt that that marriage is going well.
Dan Hodges is a Blairite cuckoo in the Miliband nest. He has worked for the Labour Party, the GMB trade union and managed numerous independent political campaigns. He writes about Labour with tribal loyalty and without reservation.
Well, Danny-boy is a prisoner of his own mind. He does not get out much....
"Dan Hodges.... Dan Hodges is a Blairite cuckoo in the Miliband nest. He has worked for the Labour Party, the GMB trade union and managed numerous independent political campaigns. He writes about Labour with tribal loyalty and without reservation".
This election will be decided by the Independent and undecided voters, something that Danny-boy does not understand.
Too easy Dan. 'You pick LOSERS.' $90 million worth. There you go. No need to thank me.
BTW, if BHO thinks he can intimidate Romney by being 'forceful,' and belligerent next debate, he will still be just as stupid and come off looking like Biden and that isn't something anyone wants to be.
These are the horrific injuries of Syrian civilians who Bashar al-Assad´s political rivals say were targeted with phosphorous bombs by the regime. The troubled country’s opposition coalition said yesterday that the President’s forces had dropped the bombs and napalm on civilians in rural Aleppo on Monday. It comes as Turkey sent extra aid workers trained to identify and decontaminate chemical weapons victims to its border with Syria after an apparent poison gas attack in Damascus a week ago. ‘We have increased our measures significantly since last week, to be prepared particularly in case of a chemical attack,’ said Mustafa Aydogdu,
The British public has become sadly accustomed to our country intervening in conflicts without a consensus of support having been reached in advance. The Iraq War was the most notable example, along with the continuation of the Afghanistan campaign for many years after Al Qaeda had been purged from the country. But something even more disturbing looms into view with the prospect of intervention in Syria. It is the idea that British military hardware and manpower could be drawn into a conflict without it even being established which side our nation hopes to see win. Certainly President Bashar Al-Assad is
Over the last year or so, I´ve been getting emails from two campaigners--Irish engineer Pat Swords and Christine Metcalfe, a retired community councillor from Argyllshire--urging me to report on their campaign to have Britain´s and Ireland´s renewable energy policy declared illegal under the UN´s Aarhus Convention. I never got round to doing so, not because I didn´t wholeheartedly support them but because I thought: "Naaah. Ain´t never going to happen." I mean: how could it possibly? The United Nations, as we know, is the very belly of the beast; the onlie begetter of almost all the world´s most far-reaching and dangerous
There are two subjects Russians talk about a lot: history and geography. In recent days, there´s been much public discussion of both. Russian officials and the media have been constantly recalling "Yugoslavia - 1999", "Iraq - 2003" and "Libya - 2011" as examples of Western military intervention which resulted in regime change. The suspicion in Moscow is that the West is plotting to add "Syria - 2013" to the list. One of the headlines this week in the Russian government daily Rossiskaya Gazeta was: "Will Obama risk repeating the Libyan-Iraqi scenario in Syria?" Moscow appears now to be expecting a US strike on Syria.
Opposition in the Church to military action in Syria is growing after the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey warned it could lead to a regional war. He said that despite a sense of "moral outrage" at the use of chemical weapons by the regime, armed intervention would drag the UK into a war which could engulf the whole of the Middle East. [Snip] In voicing outright opposition to an attack, Lord Carey went further than the current Archbishop, the Most Rev Justin Welby, who urged MPs not to "rush to judgment" and consider the wider impact across the Muslim
The U.S is confident that Syria was behind the deadly chemical weapons attack after intercepting a phone call from a Syrian defence chief demanding an explanation from its chemical weapon military unit for the action, according to new claims. Just hours after the attack last Wednesday an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone calls with a leader of the unit, demanding answers, according to website Foreign Policy. The phone call was intercepted by U.S spies according to the website, and is now the reason that America is confident that it was carried out by the regime--the
It may not help parents convince their unruly children to eat more greens, but broccoli could hold the key to preventing painful arthritis. A compound found in abundance in the vegetable superfood slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with osteoarthritis, according to a new study. The often debilitating condition affects 8.5 million adults, with no cure or effective treatment other than pain relief or joint replacement. Currently, the NHS performs over 140,000 hip and knee replacement operations each year. [Snip] Human cartilage cells were also exposed to the chemical and found the genes responsible for cartilage damage were switched
The votes of a million immigrants from the Commonwealth could decide the outcome of the next general election – even though they do not hold British passports. They could even sway the result of the promised referendum on Britain’s EU membership, campaign group MigrationWatch UK warned last night, as it called for a change in the rules to remove voting rights from non-citizens. Commonwealth migrants from 54 states including Australia, Canada, India, Pakistan and Nigeria can join the electoral roll on arrival in the UK as long as they have an address here. MigrationWatch said the 2011 Census for England and Wales
Campaigners against the war in Syria are dealing with a public outcry not seen since the lead up to the Iraq invasion 10 years ago. The Stop the War coalition is receiving calls and donations from military families and members of the public who last contacted them in 2003. The coalition organised the iconic march through central London in February of that year, which saw more than a million people take to the streets to show their opposition to the planned Iraq invasion. A protest has been organised for outside Downing Street this afternoon, and on Saturday campaigners will march
11.11 Here are the top quotes from Ban Ki-moon´s latest statement on Syria: Syria is the biggest challenge of war and peace in the world today. The body entrusted with maintaining international peace and security cannot be missing in action. The Council must at last find the unity to act. It must use its authority for peace. The Syrian people deserve solutions, not silence. 10.59 An al-Qaeda affiliate has threatened a "Volcano of Revenge" against Syrian government security and military targets in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack. A branch of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
"Decisions have not been taken," says David Cameron about Syria. And that´s probably the first lie of this war. There´s our brilliant PM on the BBC--chin firm, eyes blue--talking about chemical weapons, making the case, arguing the odds, letting the dogs off the leash, putting a bit of stick about. "I don´t believe we can let that stand," Cameron says, big head nodding. "This is not about getting involved in a Middle Eastern war or changing our stance in Syria or going further into that conflict." No! No! No! It´s just about standing well back and throwing a couple of
The Government has been wise to recall Parliament tomorrow to discuss the possibility of military intervention in Syria. I am sure that there will be a unanimous revulsion against the atrocities perpetrated by all sides (and there are more than two) in what has now become a full-blown civil war.[Snip] However what I, and I suspect a good many more, will want to know is exactly how will any action make things better for the various peoples of Syria. It would be a tragedy to use force to destroy installations or military hardware and inevitably incur casualties without a clear
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Thousands of sick and dying Syrians had flooded the hospitals in the Damascus suburbs before dawn, hours after the first rockets landed, their bodies convulsing and mouths foaming. Their vision was blurry and many could not breathe. Overwhelmed doctors worked frantically, jabbing their patients with injections of their only antidote, atropine, hoping to beat back the assault on the nervous system waged by suspected chemical agents. In just a few hours, as the patients poured in, the atropine ran out. To avoid contamination, medics stripped new arrivals down to their underwear and doused them with water before taking
If you crave small town life the way that Norman Rockwell imagined, then pack up and head for these unassuming idylls scattered across the country. A list of the top ten best small towns in America has been compiled by analyzing the size of population, income, crime levels, house prices and number of parks and gardens. The perfect spots are dotted from coast to coast, reaching from the Pacific Northwest to the Rockie Mountains, the Heartland and up the Atlantic Coast. The town of Sharon Massachusetts comes in first place, according to a survey by CNNMoney. Number One: SHARON, MASSACHUSSETS
After years of U.S. ?inaction and denial, Secretary of State John Kerry is now leading the Obama administration’s charge against Syria but faces a ?political minefield, including opposition from voters and potential GOP presidential contenders. Kerry’s ominous words could mean a military strike soon against Syria, a risky gamble because most Americans appear opposed to another U.S. intervention, while many Republicans are likely to seize on the issue to portray Kerry and Obama as weak and slow-footed in dealing with President Bashar Assad. Whatever the president decides to do, he will be pilloried by his opponents and even some liberal
Should President Obama decide to order a military strike against Syria, his main order of business must be to kill Bashar Assad. Also, Bashar´s brother and principal henchman, Maher. Also, everyone else in the Assad family with a claim on political power. Also, all of the political symbols of the Assad family´s power, including all of their official or unofficial residences. The use of chemical weapons against one´s own citizens plumbs depths of barbarity matched in recent history only by Saddam Hussein. A civilized world cannot tolerate it. It must demonstrate that the penalty for it will be acutely personal
"If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." — President Obama, Aug. 11, 2009 So said President Obama again and again through 2009 and 2010 as he sold Obamacare to the country. He promised. He put his personal integrity on the line. His word. How many UPS employees voted for the president in 2008 and again in 2012? Because on Friday, UPS announced it was dumping 15,000 spouses of UPS employees from their UPS health plans despite the president´s many, many promises to the contrary.
Students in a rural Kentucky county — and their parents — are the latest to join a growing national chorus of scorn for the healthy school lunches touted by first lady Michelle Obama. “They say it tastes like vomit,” said Harlan County Public Schools board member Myra Mosley at a contentious board meeting last week, reports The Harlan Daily Enterprise. The growing body of USDA meal regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010? has long been a signature issue for the first lady. Denizens of Harlan County don’t much
Evidence of the astonishing incompetence of the Obama administration continues to roll in. It started with the stimulus package. One-third of the money went to public employee union members — a political payoff not very stimulating to anyone else. Billions went to green energy loans, like the $500 million that the government lost in backing the obviously hapless Solyndra. Infrastructure projects, which the president continues to tout, never seem to get built. He´s been talking about dredging the port of Charleston, for example, to accommodate the big container ships coming in when the Panama Canal is widened. The canal widening is proceeding
The 88-year-old World War II veteran who was randomly beaten to death Wednesday likely died because he tried to fend off his attackers. Two teenage boys are charged in the bloody beating of Delbert Belton outside a Spokane, Washington ice skating rink and investigators are now suggesting the soldier—who took a bullet in the Battle of Okinawa—tried to stop the apparent robbery. Police say that enraged the teens and turned their petty theft into full-blown murder as they continued to beat him into submission with ‘big, heavy flashlights.’ ‘Our information is that the individual fought back and that may have made this, you
Many years ago, I was a member of a committee that was recommending to whom grant money should be awarded. Since I knew one of the applicants, I asked if this meant that I should recuse myself from voting on his application. "No," the chairman said. "I know him too -- and he is one of the truly great phonies of our time." The man was indeed a very talented phony. He could convince almost anybody of almost anything -- provided that they were not already knowledgeable about the subject. He had once spoken to me very authoritatively about Marxian economics,
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Monday night she wants the minimum wage increased to $10, a nearly $3 boost from its current level of $7.25. “I think about $10. I think that would be right,” Boxer said in an appearance on MSNBC´s "The Ed Show." Boxer said that a boost to the minimum wage would “make a huge difference.” “People are struggling,” she said. “The difference between the very wealthy and the working poor has grown.” Boxer also said an increase in the minimum wage would advance the core causes of the Obama presidency. “We raise that minimum wage, and
A woman contacted Radio Facts who works at the Wild Wings restaurant that asked the black patrons to leave. and asked that we allow her to be anonymous. She states there are several reasons the group was asked to leave (below) Radiofacts.com, You’re only getting one side of story here. I work at the restaurant and your representation of the events is way off base. The group was being loud and obnoxious to both customers and staffers. They kept complaining about their long wait and were talking about how “whitey” was able to get seated, but they were not. The
A Jewish firefighter who wants to display a Christian cross as part of a New Jersey 9-11 memorial is facing stiff opposition from a group of atheists who called the religious image “grossly offensive.” The American Atheists are threatening to sue Princeton, NJ if they proceed with plans to erect the memorial. They took issue with a beam that was salvaged from the ruins of the World Trade Center because a cross had been cut out of one side of the beam. “This particular beam has a religious symbol on it,” American Atheists president David Silverman told Fox News.