What does a politician, deeply involved in a campaign, do if he wants to quit? That may be the issue Barack Obama is dealing with. A few months ago, everything looked rosy. The Republican Party nominated the man he wanted to run against. His popularity, though not as high as when first elected, pointed to an easy re-election. Then matters turned
Last sentence: "Does the man who pretended to be president now pretend to be a candidate?"
I don't know. There's so many ways to look at what's happening. Maybe 0buzzard has decided that there's more money to be made in the private sector --speaking gigs, etc.; more time to play golf and hoops, and really has decided to get out.
On the other hand, he's an angry quasi-black man who came with a mission: Destroy a White Man's Nation, and he's still got a lot of work to do.
Maybe Michelle is on his case; maybe she's the one who wants to go on the speech and party circuit. Has anybody looked at her popularity numbers? She's about wore her welcome out with a lot of people. Obviously, she's not a worker, just like he isn't a worker. Beating up on a bunch of kids in a school room really isn't work.
I think Mr. Obama and his family want to go to Hawaii. But what about the power behind the throne? Those who placed him at the top will not like having their strings cut, and he will have to face them. He's in trouble.
There are two distinct but interdependent abilities involved here. One is to gather together data - facts, figures, ideas and convert them into information. Information cannot be force fed from outside. The second stage is to possess nimbleness of mind and brain to use the information - as much and as needed to put out arguments, points, conclusions. In both these areas Romney is orders of magnitude Zippy's superior. 0bama has directly revealed himself to be an intellectually lazy, dumb ****** (put in your favorite swear word) who is no patch on his opponent. They can have three debates or three dozen. The outcome wil be essentially the same.
Nice link to the fight video. What struck me as I watched it was how Clay kept his hands low, inviting Liston to lunge at him, and when Liston lunged, off balance, Clay popped him. Just like Romney's Big Bird line.
Romney dangled Big Bird out there, and for the next week Obama was all over it. And once Obama started harping about Big Bird, Romney points out that with all that is going wrong, all Obama can talk about is Big Bird. Man, Obama took the bait, the hook, the line, the reel, the rod, the boat, and the trailer Romney hauled it in on. Sweet.
As per No. 10's comment - I remember during the run up to the '08 election having a political discussion with a nurse about socialized medicine. Like many in her profession, I assumed that she was against it. She surprised me by saying that she thought America needed a good dose of reality with BO in charge. She said before it is all over, this country would reject him & his ilk so soundly, that his plans for Obamacare & other radical social programs would be swept out of office with him. She felt that he was an "innoculation" against the fatal kool-aid that so many social progressives were clamoring to swallow in '08.
Interesting use of Ali-Liston. Many thought Liston took a dive in the rematch. Ali knocked Liston out in the first round with what has become known as the phantom punch.
It was shown later when the tape was broken down frame by frame that Liston got hit with a perfect punch flush on the jaw and crumbled. That's my hope for the 2nd Debate. Not a punch, an unexpected question for Obama that he can't answer and Romney zings him on. Something on late term abortion would work.
Another great one by "Monty." As a fan of the sweet science whose closest friend was a Golden Gloves boxer who came within one opponent (the stone-fisted, hard-headed Clint Jackson, FYI) of making it to the 1976 Olympics, I appreciate the pugilistic theme, which is most appropriate under these circumstances.
Repeatedly (and ironically) Obama has utilized the phrase "punch(ing) above his (their) weight," as if this lightweight glass-jawed weinerdog with the heavyweight voicebox had any idea what it means to enter the ring with 8 ounce gloves and beat someone else's brains out.
I agree with the essayist that Obama won't quit. There's too much at stake for the Left for the vanquished One to remain squatting on his corner stool while Romney dances around the ring, gloves raised above his head, exclaiming, "I'm a bad man!"
But the heart has gone out of Obama, who knows that he's met his match, that his phony résumé, inflated like the Hindenburg, is a bunch of hooey, that his record of achievement in office is deplorable, and that every sentient human being knows that he never belonged in any political office in the first place. Thus does the illusion meet the meat grinder of reality. I'll take mine rare: Pittsburgh style.
(In this essay there are also links to the Clay-Liston fight in 1964, as well as the Ali-Liston rematch in 1965. Boxing fans, enjoy.)
Higher education is a vast industry about to face years a crisis. Like housing, it has expanded based on unsustainable debt. And like the American auto industry, it got fat, lazy, inward-focused, and expensive during its decades of monopoly on certification of higher end new labor force entrants.(snip)Philip A. Schrodt, who just retired from Pennsylvania State University after decades as a tenured professor of political science, has written a scathingly honest swan song about academic life. He is s gutsy man to do so, even on his way out the door.
President Park Geun-hye of South Korea has more stones than Barack Obama. She isn´t content to lead from behind when it comes to dealing with North Korea. Instead of groveling apologies, she called a bluff. Jack Kim of Reuters reports: Impoverished North Korea said on Wednesday it was reopening the troubled Kaesong industrial zone jointly run with the wealthy South just minutes after Seoul signalled its willingness to let it close for good. (snip)Unfortunately, the big beneficiary of this lessening of tension is likely to be China
So Tim Allen has decided to publicly defuse that most egregious of English words: the six-letter one that starts with n and ends with r. (snip)Everybody wants to see it gone, buried at the crossroads with a stake in its heart. But like a movie zombie, it always gets up and goes shambling into town once again, looking for Paula Deens to bite. Why all this effort? Because we all know that when that word is at last abolished, we will look around and see that there is no more Klan, that no one is being lynched any longer
Morale at the New York Times took a further blow when news broke of the sale of the Washington Post to Jeff Bezos. Inevitably, a potential sale of the Times to another mega-billionaire seeking prestige and political clout becomes a topic of conversation. Today, Politico, the Washington Post, and others are openly discussing the subject. After enduring a series of cutbacks and very well aware that the company´s business model has failed, the NYT´s staff confronts the possibility of becoming a luxury plaything or worse.
President Obama played it straight, but friendly, last night on America´s top-rated late night TV show. Jay Leno, whose rating have surged as he cracks more and more jokes about the president, played the straight man on the Tonight Show. For Obama, it was a chance to repair his soured imaged, as the campaign´s claim that Al Qaeda is "on the run" now looks like a bad joke (snip)The appearance on a late night comedy show, coming in the midst of a purported terror crisis so severe that it requires an unprecedented closing of American embassies and consulates
Robert B. Reich, the little man with big liberal ideas, has a big idea for bailing out Detroit. It´s a simple big idea, which just goes to show Reich´s genius. Great thinkers get to the nub of things. In a nutshell, Reich wants to make things right in Detroit by expanding its boundaries. Or does he want to expand the burbs´ boundaries to encompass Detroit? Doesn´t matter, really. The key to Reich´s ingenious plan is for miserably failed Detroit to glom onto the burbs for resources -- that would be money, in plain English.
The capital´s ruling class and its vast army of hangers-on (especially the media branch) is abuzz with the sale of the Washington Post to Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos. For as long as most of them have been adults, the Post has been the arbiter of visibility, able to make or break people in the Washington social whirl, not just respected but feared. After all, it bagged a Republican president. The Graham family reigned at the pinnacle of the permanent social structure in town.(snip)Quietly watching all of this must be the Sulzberger family of the New York Times.
The New York Times Company may be facing some serious scrutiny over its planned sale of the Boston Globe to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million, after having paid $1.1 billion in 1993. The owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Douglas Manchester, is alleging that his higher bid was rejected by the company. John Lynch of the Boston Herald writes: A losing Boston Globe contender is claiming his San Diego media company outbid Red Sox owner John Henry - and would have gone even higher - a bombshell allegation that he says could delay the deal
In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State´s sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell´s besmirching of the Republican Party´s "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Cretu
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.
A new report from researchers at Georgetown University must be horrifying diversicrats at elite colleges and universities. The report´s title, "Separate and Unequal: How Higher Education Reinforces the Intergenerational Reproduction of White Racial Privilege," gives away the conclusion of the study. Despite all the efforts at affirmative action, as a whole, the top tier of colleges is making racial inequality worse, rather than better. (snip) Sooner or later, history will note that affirmative action deeply damaged the progress blacks were already making in the pre-civil rights era.
To quote Nancy Pelosi, we can now see what´s in the Zimmerman-Martin case "without the fog of the controversy". I think the biggest lesson to be learned was from Rachel Jeantel, a friend of Trayvon Martin that testified at the trial. Rachel Jeantel has just had her 15 minutes. (snip)We shouldn´t turn away from this young woman, though, because she illustrates something so clearly. She doesn´t live in "another world" as her defenders claim, she lives in a prison.
The owner of a shop in Zurich where US talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she encountered racism has called the incident a "misunderstanding". Winfrey, one of the world´s richest women, claimed an assistant refused to serve her in an upmarket handbag shop. She was apparently told one of the bags on display was "too expensive" for her. Shop owner Trudie Gotz told the BBC that Winfrey was "absolutely allowed" to look at the $35,000 (£22,500) bag, which was kept behind a screen. "My salesperson wanted to give her the handbag in her hand. But she didn´t want
Nobody tells Oprah she can´t afford a handbag. Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest entertainers in the world, thanks to her willdly successful 25-season run on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and her latest media foray with the newly revitalized Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The entertainer earned an estimated $77 million from June 2012 to June 2013 alone, according to Forbes, but she says she still experiences racism because she is African American. Take this latest incident in Switzerland, where "The Butler" star went to attend the nuptials of good friend and singer Tina Turner last month.
Nanny State: If any question remained about the Obama White House´s appetite for running everyone´s life from Washington, it should be settled now. This administration even wants to dictate neighborhood makeup. Like your neighborhood? Don´t get used to it. The Obama Department of Housing and Urban Development might decide it wants to dictate changes. HUD is, according to Fox News, considering "a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America´s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory." The proposed rule, disclosed last month by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan at
In a remarkable admission that is likely to rock the Internal Revenue Service again, testimony released Thursday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp reveals that an agent involved in reviewing tax exempt applications from conservative groups told a committee investigator that the agency is still targeting Tea Party groups, three months after the IRS scandal erupted.. In closed door testimony before the House Ways & Means Committee, the unidentified IRS agent said requests for special tax status from Tea Party groups is being forced into a special "secondary screening" because
“IQ is a metric of such dubiousness that almost no serious educational researcher uses it anymore,” the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox wrote back in May. It was a breathtakingly ignorant statement. Psychologist Jelte Wicherts noted in response that a search for “IQ test” in Google’s academic database yielded more than 10,000 hits — just for the year 2013. (Snip) There is a large discrepancy between what educated laypeople believe about cognitive science and what experts actually know. Journalists are steeped in the lay wisdom, so they are repeatedly surprised when someone forthrightly discusses the real science of mental ability.
At a White House press conference Friday afternoon, President Obama said that health insurance plans offered under Obamacare will be "significantly cheaper" than plans currently on the market, but a string of recent reports say that isn´t true. "What happens on October 1, in 53 days, is for the remaining 15 percent of the population that doesn´t have health insurance, they´re going to be able to go on a website or call up a call center and sign up for affordable, quality health insurance at a significantly cheaper rate than what they can get right now on
Tonight, I went on Lawrence O´Donnell´s show, and Lawrence O´Donnell yelled at me. Or, rather, he O´Reilly´d at me. That O´Donnell interrupted and harangued and mansplained and was generally an angry grandpa at me is not what I take issue with, however. What bothers me is that, look: your producers take the time to find experts to come on the show, answer your questions, and, hopefully, clarify the issue at hand.
The Clintons have decided to rent a different house in the Hamptons this summer after they only received a small portion of their security deposit back from the home they rented last year. The famous Democrats have been frequent visitors to the expensive summer getaway in Long Island, and rented the same beachfront house in 2011 and 2012. [Snip] When it comes to rentals in the Hamptons, many owners use the security deposits as a way to pay for the utility fees like heat and grounds-keeping charges. It should be little surprise then that the Lily Pond Lane home
WASHINGTON—The White House announced that President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, to 16 recipients including television star and businesswoman Oprah Winfrey, legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and former President Bill Clinton. “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” Mr. Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world.”
The Washington Post is a legend in the minds of the Washington elite, so its financial decline has caused quiet panic. As NPR media reporter David Folkenflik put it, “You think of stories like the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, these are all stories where The Washington Post led the nation’s understanding, the world’s understanding of some major issues.” Outside the liberal media, you wonder how long Post fans can wallow in their Nixon-crumbling polyester “glory days” in the early 1970s. But nostalgia ruled as the Graham family sold the Post to Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon.com.
Justice: The wife of a Fort Hood survivor claims the Defense Department is "slapping victims with gag orders" and telling family members not to talk to the press following testimony in the trial of Nidal Hasan. One of the great scandals of the Obama administration has been its shameful designation of the Nov. 5, 2009, rampage at the Army base in Killeen, Texas, by Maj. Nidal Hasan as "workplace violence." It has only compounded the pain and suffering of the victims and their families who have now apparently been ordered to shut up about it.
Forty to 50 House Republicans will support immigration reform, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) predicted Thursday. Gutiérrez said many of the Republicans supportive of immigration reform don’t want to be identified, but he insisted they would support comprehensive immigration reform. “If they ask me today, go find those 40 to 50 Republicans, I’ll tell them I found them. I know where they’re at,” Gutiérrez said in an interview with Ed O’Keefe at The Washington Post.