Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
6:01:49 PM Bob Schieffer introduces.
6:02:25 PM The candidates walk on. It’s a table format. Oh, goody.
6:03:25 PM A reference to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Neat! Um…why? Anniversaries, they’re a pet peeve of mine.
6:03:40 PM Ooh, we’re starting with Libya. Not good for Bozo.
6:04:26 PM First question to Romney.
6:04:38 PM Romney again starts off with a lengthy list of classy thank-you messages.
6:06:09 PM Mitt Romney congratulates the President on killing bin Laden; the President glowers.
6:06:36 PM Wonder if Romney can feel that laser-like gaze on his neck.
6:07:01 PM Obama: Al Qaeda’s core leadership has been decimated. Decimated? Reduced by a tenth? Hmmm.
6:08:16 PM Obama is taking credit for exactly the same things George Bush claimed to do right before the democrats called him a war criminal. Interesting.
6:08:54 PM Romney is “all over the map.” How come democrats keep doing this? They pass judgment on the problems involved with the plans they don’t like, while simultaneously insisting that they can’t understand what the plans are.
6:10:36 PM President Obama has really done His practicing. He’s glowering like a buzzard. That’s some fine glowering there Mister President.
6:11:26 PM And now we have references to Mitt Romney wanting to turn the clock back. Wow if I was the incumbent President and things looked the way they do, I wouldn’t be taking this tack. “Forward”?
6:12:27 PM “All over the map,” second time using that phrase. I see a strategy has been formed. Like, duh.
6:13:02 PM Romney: “Attacking me is not an agenda.” Oooh…a counter-strategy, and a good one.
6:13:39 PM “Flexibility after the election.” Blood has been drawn.
6:14:15 PM Mister Buzzard is losing His composure a bit now.
6:14:42 PM “Be clear in what you mean,” there’s that thing about consistency again. Who’s advising the President on this thing? This looks to me like a guy-in-glass-house-throwing-stones problem.
6:15:55 PM Schieffer to Obama: Assad in Syria.
6:16:44 PM Obama talks up his multi-natinal coalition. Looking more and more like Bush all the time.
6:18:12 PM Romney discusses the Syria situation: It’s an opportunity. Iran’s route to the sea. Romney and Obama seem to agree on removing Assad.
6:23:15 PM To those who are truly open, Romney sounds like a skilled and experienced problem-solver pointing out the meaningful facts prior to solving a problem. I don’t think this “Romney is all over the map” strategy of the President’s is going to work out well here.
6:24:13 PM Obama invokes the name of John F. Kennedy. Hmmm, that too seems like it could have some drawbacks.
6:24:34 PM Notice Obama is making multiple references to the plight of women around the world. Interesting. Does He have a good record here? I don’t think He’s mentioned this issue as many times over the last five years as He has over the last twenty minutes.
6:26:14 PM Did I hear this right? Obama says we shouldn’t butt our noses into other nations around the year until we get our energy house in order? Has He bought a gallon of gas lately?
6:28:51 PM What is America’s role in the world? That’s a great question, Bob.
6:29:16 PM Oh no, a Mormon used the F word!! …FREEDOM. Ah, music to my ears.
6:31:15 PM Obama says America is stronger now than when He came into office. Uh…fact checkers? Hello?
6:32:32 PM Okay, I want to see Romney talk about labor participation rate. After that I’d like to see him discuss Energy Secretary Stephen Chu’s desire for HIGHER gas and oil prices.
6:33:13 PM “Got us into this mess.” Man, I hope the luster is wearing off that stupid focus-group-tested phrase.
6:34:49 PM Romney says we’re headed toward Greece. That’s good, because we are.
6:35:38 PM President Obama is talking about the lack of job growth in Massachussets when Romney was Governor. I think He might be walking into a trap here.
6:36:45 PM Oh geez, can we dispense with this nonsense about teachers creating business. I’m so sick of it…
6:37:38 PM Good for Romney for bullying the moderator. It’s proper. Let O make His one-sided propaganda and then move on? For shame, Bob…Candy Crowley would be proud.
6:42:49 PM Ooh, Obama says military spending has increased under His watch, but uh oh, Romney has brought details. Has stats memorized about the Navy and so forth. Point Romney.
6:44:07 PM Obama’s rebuttal is that “the nature of our military has changed.” Okay.
6:45:48 PM Obama will stand with Israel if they are attacked. Hmmm…
6:46:52 PM “As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon.” Really? Sanctions do that?
6:49:28 PM Romney and Obama agree on “crippling sanctions.” Okay that’s good…so they agree on where to stop. Obama seems to insist that the measures stop there, they stop where they start.
6:52:13 PM Obama is once again asserting that He can critique Gov. Romney’s position, while professing difficulty figuring out what it is. Again, who is advising Him on this?
6:54:09 PM “Apology tour!” YES! It’s an issue…GOOD.
6:55:45 PM But President Obama has “fact checkers” on His side. The apology tour, it never happened. Who ya gonna believe, the fact checkers or your lyin’ eyes?
6:57:25 PM Romney gets specific with the “apology tour” stuff. “You skipped Israel,” good. “They notice You skipped Israel,” even better.
6:58:14 PM Oh, President Obama wants to make an issue out of “attend[ing] fund raisers.” Um. You certainly are going a lot of places You shouldn’t be going, tonight, aren’t You?
6:59:49 PM “Credibility,” from being “on the right side of history.” That, in a nutshell, is the problem with today’s liberals having authority on our nation’s foreign policy. That is the most frequent failure point. “Maybe it didn’t work, but we did the right thing!” Welcome back, Carter.
7:01:32 PM “Democrat Senators.” Oh no, Romney left off the all-important “ic.” TWICE!!
7:04:58 PM Class job by Schieffer slapping down Gov. Romney. “With respect, sir…” He didn’t make the mistake of including the word “due.” Well done, Bob.
7:05:56 PM Obama’s doing the buzzard thing again. Obviously been practicing it.
7:08:00 PM The correct pronunciation of “Pakistan” seems to depend on whether your name is “Barack Obama” or not.
7:08:43 PM Obama’s idea of “putting Americans back to work” seems to be confined to public school teaching and road construction. Does He know there are other jobs that need doing?
7:10:46 PM Gov. Romney seems to have a greater understanding of Pakistan’s internal workings than President Obama. In a sane world, that means there is some damage being done.
7:11:39 PM I’d say the Obama administration’s strategy to portray Romney as some kind of a neophyte with foreign policy, is a big fail tonight.
7:14:05 PM Yet another reference from O about the plight of women overseas. This is interesting. It’s obviously a much-emphasized point of debate-prep. He wants to shore up His support from His female base. Because He’s been losing it lately.
7:15:22 PM Rise of China, and future challenges for America.
7:16:06 PM Obama will “insist that China plays by the same rules as everybody else.”
7:18:55 PM The teachers’ union sure is getting their investment back in Obama. Of course, it isn’t their own money they’ve been sinking in. That’s probably why.
7:19:01 PM The buzzard look again.
7:20:21 PM A currency manipulator on Day One. And it leads to some more discussion. I like that.
7:20:51 PM The worsening trade imbalance with China. Glad to see this being brought up. It’s actually been going on for a long time, pre-dating Obama by quite a stretch.
7:22:22 PM O speaks. Oh, dear, here we go again: Government has to seize control of the auto companies or else we’ll end up buying all our cars from China. Well it may be true, but even then, it means what the President is proposing is SOCIALISM.
7:24:13 PM “Attacking me is not…an agenda.” Heh. Yeah, get ‘im, Mitt.
7:25:05 PM The President interrupts to tell Mitt Romney what his position was.
7:25:25 PM “Let’s check the record” — again? Oh that worked out so great last time, huh?
7:26:05 PM Oh good, Solyndra got mentioned by name.
7:26:15 PM “I’m still speaking!” Ha!
7:27:16 PM Uh oh, a disagreement about what the record is going to say when people look into it. Interesting. We shall see.
7:27:47 PM Tax cuts and military spending are bad things, according to Obama. Good, let’s have an election about that.
7:28:42 PM “I couldn’t agree more about going forward but I certainly don’t want to go back to the last four years.” Wow, remember that scene in Robin Hood where he sliced the candles and it looked like he hadn’t done anything until he blew on them?
7:30:03 PM “I think we all love teachers.” Hope those teachers are feeling all special.
7:32:11 PM Wow, Obama referred to being President as a “privilege”!! How many times have I heard Him refer to it that way?
7:33:38 PM “And for that to happen, we need a President who can work across the aisle.” I loathe that principle, but it does have validity to it, and Ronney has it all over Obama here.
7:35:25 PM Good, Mitt got the last word. I think he used it effectively.
So Obama poured hundreds of millions of dollars into ads to paint Romney as unnacceptable.
Well, in four debates (including Ryan), the Romney-Ryan team as painted themselves as perfectly acceptable, even appealing.
A fair summary: Mitt Romney said “This-or-that has been going on the last four years…I love [X], I want [X], I will do [Y] differently in such-and-such a way.” President Obama’s response was: “Yeah, but back when [A] you said [B], Governor. You’re all over the map on this thing and nobody knows what your plan really is. But I can describe in lurid detail exactly what is wrong with it and where it’s going to take us, years down the road, even though I don’t understand the first thing about it Myself.”
To say that a plan is bad and list the undesirable consequences of following the plan, is not entirely consistent with proclaiming that you don’t understand it. Perhaps those two sentiments can be made to mesh together, if one of those thoughts is, or both are, suitably softened up — something the President did not bother to do. So His message came out loud and clear: He doesn’t understand the first thing about what Romney would do, but He hates it.
I guess He’s trying to appeal to the younger generation. Not the ones who sign up to serve their country, go to boot camp, and listen to a drill instructor yell at them about how they better shape up their shit or ship out. But the spoiled, over-educated set who’ve been taught they can solve every problem in the world and know everything, and shrug off every inconvenient argument with the ol’ “I laugh at it so it becomes untrue” defense. The magic-bullet “I say I cannot understand it so you should not understand it either” rebuttal. Emperor Barry is trying to fit in…so His statements during this live, and final, debate become sheer nonsense. Your ideas stink, Governor Romney, even though I don’t know what they are.
Good buzzard-stare, though. Had that one down cold. If I want to model a scarecrow after a living human being, Barack Obama is one of my top choices, right between Hillary Clinton and Madonna.
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