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My Actual Debate Response

Okay. As I said, I’ve watched the debate. Aaaaaand it’s a bit of a snoozer. My opinion from last night still stands. The response to the debate has been, generally, pretty spot on.

Seriously. President Barack Obama lacked a lot of the wit and rhetoric that makes him popular at rallies and speeches. He lacked the barbs required to truly pop the balloon of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. While he generally tended to actually lay out his plans decently well with some details, something he was chided for not doing much of in 2008, he lacked that passion that made him popular in 2008. Passion and nonchalance that made Bill Clinton’s DNC speech so well received. He’ll need to bring the fire and rhetoric to his next debate, or he’ll see his reelection chances slip away.

Meanwhile, Romney did well with being more personable, comparative to both the president and to, well, himself. And he did seem more playful, opening his arguments with a decent joke. The reason Romney “won” is because he came off as the stronger, more confident, more aggressive opponent.

What’s truly unfortunate about these debates, however, is that the content doesn’t actually matter all that much. Facts don’t matter. See, most of the fact-checking organizations I’ve found post-debate have agreed: Romney lied his butt off through the entire thing. Maybe it’s a famous (and seriously overplayed) reboot or Etch-a-Sketch moment for Romney, in which he once again says “Forget all that stuff I said I believe before, listen to what I say I believe now.” Meanwhile, Fox News and the Drudge Report are trying to nail Obama for things he said in 2007 (which they already tried to nail him for) and in the 1990s. But, honestly, if you just Google “Fact Check Presidential Debate,” you’ll find tons of sources that go through bit by bit what was said at that debate. And you’ll find that both candidates stretched the truth throughout. However, you’ll tend to find that Romney did it more, and more often. That he would flat lie while Obama would more often just misguide people when he slipped up.

That’s one reason I wish there were live fact checks. Because in our instant gratification nation, people don’t care about looking up the facts for themselves. They take what’s given to them, most of the time. They judge instantly for themselves and let it lie. That’s why this “Number truthers” bullcrap has been so popular amongst conservatives. I refer to today’s earlier report about unemployment. Unemployment numbers have dropped to 7.8 percent, the first time in four years it’s been below 8 percent. It’s a big deal, and a big boost for Obama. And along comes Jack Welch on Twitter, saying “Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers.”

Clearly, these numbers, which make the president look good, can’t be real. Clearly, if anything good happens, Obama is cheating and paying people off.

It’s distressing that so many people in this country want to see this country ruined just so their candidate can win an election. And it’s distressing that telling falsehoods confidently, with more panache than your opponent, can mean you “win” a debate. Granted, it’s politics. Lying and misleading is part of the game. But wouldn’t it be great if the moderator or opponent could confidently call them out? Or, frankly, ANYONE? Just hit the Taboo buzzer and say, “False.” Maybe get Rainn Wilson to do it.

I don’t know what the issues of the next debate are. Nor do I know who the moderator will be, or what style it will be in. But Obama will need to attack. He didn’t once bring up Romney’s 47 percent comment, which was a massively missed opportunity for him. Even Bill O’Reilly was confused at that choice.

If you missed the debate, you can still find it on Youtube here. I implore you to look at the facts, though. And don’t be a Jack Welch. Don’t hope for disaster for either candidate. Hope the nation improves, and hope the facts of their campaigns are what prevail.

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Oh Look, More Terrible Things Said About Women

And by members of the GOP, no less! Who would have expected such a thing?

…look, let me clear this up really quickly: I don’t think that the Democrats are all guilt free when it comes to treating women disrespectfully. There are Democrats that are just as awful toward women, toward gays, toward minorities as we keep hearing over and over again about Republicans.

But I’ve been hearing a LOT about Republicans saying terrible things. And it’s often powerful Republicans. Members of the state or federal legislature, for example.

I mean, here’s a recent one. Representative Joe Walsh from Illinois has decided to jump on the “Screw that Sandra Fluke woman” bus and continue to bash her for… well, trying to suggest that health care directly affecting women should have some women discussing it, and maybe health care providers should start covering birth control pills, which are necessary for some women to control hormones and cure ovarian cysts and the like. I don’t know if you remember Fluke back when Rush “Weather Balloon” Limbaugh decided calling her a slut made sense, but she popped back into national view this week with a speech at the DNC. And a bunch of Republicans attacked and belittled her. Walsh told her to “get a job.” Because, clearly, she’s got no job and just wants Americans to pay for her contraceptives, with the implication that Americans should be paying for her ability to have care-free sex.

It’s wonderfully disgusting, don’t you think?

But that’s nothing. That’s really just rude and uncalled for, especially compared to this next thing. Also said by a Republican.

But the great horrific, M. Night Shamallama-esque twist on this? It’s said by a woman.

In Arizona (which, despite having a female governor, is one of the absolute worst places for women legislatively, as well as minorities), a cop named Robb Evans drove himself to a bar 8 beers in, flashed his badge to skip on the cover, went up to a woman, put his hand up her skirt and rubbed her genitals.

Clearly, this is a case of sexual assault. A jury convicted him of such and the police force fired him.

But trial judge Jacqueline Hatch, appointed by Governor Jan Brewer, decided the jury was wrong. She decided jail time was unnecessary, sentencing Evans to probation and 100 days of community service. He also won’t have to register as a sex offender.

Then, she said this to the victim: “If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you.”

It’s pretty much the exact same as the old mainstay, “If she hadn’t dressed like that…” Except it’s even worse. People can dress provocatively, sure, not that the statement still has any merit or truth at all. But now, apparently, women should just not leave their houses. They should expect to be sexually assaulted at places like bars.

It’s doubly awful. First, it paints men as these basely driven creatures with no control over their sexual impulses. It suggests that we’re pretty much out there to rape. That’s just what we do. “If you just hadn’t been a woman, I wouldn’t have had to rape you!” It’s a pretty awful portrait of men, and no man should accept such accusations. We’re not sex addicts or rape machines.

But worse than that, it basically tells women that rape is completely their fault. That someone else’s choice is their fault.

Imagine this judge, Hatch, presiding over the case in Aurora, dealing with the shooting. “Well, if so-and-so wouldn’t have been there that night, she wouldn’t have been shot and killed.”

Imagine that. Imagine how quickly she’d be defrocked. Yet, apparently, when talking to women about sexual assault, it’s fine?

Yeah, I’m suggesting she should lose her job for this and for the statements she made. This isn’t just an “apologize and forget” moment. This is a fundamental lack of understanding of law, a broken philosophy that punishes victims and protects criminals from proper sentencing.

The very idea that women should be held responsible for the actions men take against them – “You shouldn’t have dressed like that,” “You shouldn’t have been there” – is disgusting.

Sure, there are things women (and men) can do to avoid having things happen to them. Don’t walk around naked. Don’t go down dark alleyways. Avoid places where people get shot every couple of minutes. But we should not be demanding women dress a certain way and go to specific places, otherwise rape’s their fault. If applied to any other crime, this line of reasoning would be laughed out of court. But for some reason, since it’s being levied against a woman and deals with her sexuality… Well, women should just KNOW better.

It’s disgusting. It’s reprehensible. Hatch should be fired and the jury’s original verdict should be put in place. And if you meet anyone that makes that type of argument? Slap them. Slap them reeeeeeeeeeally hard. For me. EVERYONE should be offended and disgusted by such statements and philosophies. EVERYONE should want them to stop.

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Nothing Much To Say

I spent most of my evening napping… didn’t mean to. Meant to go pick up a check from three weeks ago… I really need to do that. Then I ended up watching more Marble Hornets videos with my roommates. Neither of these things is me driving home to see my family. I still need to pack and grab things that need to stay there… Oye. I guess I’ll leave early in the morning…

One thing I did do today is listen to former President Bill Clinton’s DNC speech. It’s pretty good. He tells people the facts. He isn’t divisive, doesn’t draw a “Republican vs. Democrat” line. He makes a plea for honesty and civility, compromise in government. And he makes a strong, factual case for President Barack Obama’s record and potential second term. I’d say it’s worth a listen.

Anyway, I guess I’m going to either try to pack or get some sleep (read as: watch more “Doctor Who”). Tomorrow, I should have a legitimate post up based on some discussions I had on a political website. The topic, unless something changes: Bigotry. What a fun, safe thing to discuss, right? Maybe I’ll actually have a fleshed out, thoughtful post that I don’t have to try to explain later, too. That’d be nice.

…well, goodnight for today.

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It’s Gonna Be A Short Night

I still find myself without much to say… I’ve been using up most of my sociopolitical ire on political websites, where one guy tried to tell me two completely different synonymous words had the same etymology.

I mean, I just… Uuuuuuuugh.

Further, I should’ve been in bed hours ago. I’m driving a friend of mine to the Birmingham airport in the morning. …for a 5:30 flight, I believe, so we’re leaving at 4 a.m. And pretty much right after work, I’ll be heading straight to Huntsville to visit the family and drop of some stuff I have here that I don’t need.

I’m going to get absolutely NO sleep at all, I shouldn’t wonder.

…and I totally just realized that I don’t have a bed back in Huntsville because my bed came with me. …UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGH.

This is going to be a GREAT weekend.

I think I’m going to try to get a few hours of sleep now in the last bed I’ll sleep in for the next few days. If you want politics, the Democratic National Convention is happening, and people tell me there are some pretty great speeches from tonight and last night, particularly Julian Castro, Michelle Obama, Deval Patrick, Sandra Fluke, Elizabeth Warren and Bill Clinton.

I dunno, haven’t heard or read them yet. One day, when I’m bored and slightly suicidal, I’ll listen to the RNC and DNC speeches and write about them, maybe. But I have to be REALLY out of things to do to put myself through the RNC speeches, from what excerpts I read…

Anyway. Goodnight. (Ha! As if I’m going to get any sleep…)

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Sing, Sang, Sung – “Walk On The Ocean” By Toad The Wet Sprocket

I still don’t have anything to say, really. Today was the third day in my long weekend. I did chores. I watched more “Doctor Who.” I found myself annoyed with the whole Martha Jones being in love with the Doctor thing. I found myself more annoyed with the Christmas special “Voyage of the Damned.” But I can always talk about that later.

Frankly, there hasn’t been much going on politically other than the three headlining RNC speeches (Paul Ryan, Clint Eastwood and Mitt Romney) being kind of awful. And I don’t feel like talking about them. Not right now at least. Maybe after the DNC gets a chance to be a comparison.

You ever have days like that? Not writer’s block, necessarily… just days when you don’t feel like it? Days of lethargy, I suppose?

Anyway. I give you another song. It’s an old one (Like, the 1990s. Practically ancient.), and apparently not terribly well known/popular? At the very least, there’s not terribly many Youtube videos of it. In fact, I think I’ve only ever found the one that includes a video, and it’s missing the first second or so of the song. And looks to be recorded on VHS. Badly. Fortunately, since then, someone’s added an album version.

Ah, well. Beggars, choosers and something about horse steak and all that.

I’m putting this song up just because. It’s one I always wanted to do a capella… most of my a capella group laughed at the idea. Well, the guy in charge did, so, the majority of people that mattered. Plus, I don’t know how to arrange music. I’m sure I could, if I just took the time to try… but it’s not in my bailiwick, for sure. So, no a capella version I’ve ever heard thus far. Even though I think it would sound great. But maybe this is a song everyone hated but me? You tell me.

“Walk On the Ocean” – Toad the Wet Sprocket

We spotted the ocean at the head of the trail
Where are we going, so far away
And somebody told me that this is the place
Where everything’s better, everything’s safe

Walk on the ocean
Step on the stones
Flesh becomes water
Wood becomes bone

And half and hour later we packed up our things
We said we’d send letters and all those little things
And they knew we were lying but they smiled just the same
It seemed they’d already forgotten we’d came

Walk on the ocean
Step on the stones
Flesh becomes water
Wood becomes bone

Walk on the ocean
Step on the stones
Flesh becomes water
Wood becomes bone

 

Now we’re back at the homestead
Where the air makes you choke
And people don’t know you
And trust is a joke
We don’t even have pictures
Just memories to hold
That grow sweeter each season
As we slowly grow old

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The Daily Show Has Nailed It This Week

Dunno if you heard, but this week was the week of the Republican National Convention. Four days (Or, well, three and a tad days.) of GOP fanfare and froufrou. All to say, “Yes. We’re definitely picking Mitt Romney. Unless there’s someone else. Someone? Anyone? No? …Okay, Romney it is.”

The entire convention was filled with a lot of bashing of President Barack Obama, bad jokes, a couple racist dudes (well, two that got caught and thankfully thrown out), a lot of stretched truths, half truths and, well, lies… I guess it’s just your typical politics? Well, typical politics plus Clint Eastwood arguing with an empty chair. Best tweet in response: This is a perfect representation of the campaign: an old white man arguing with an imaginary Barack Obama.

Anyway, we’ll see how Obama responds during the DNC. He has a chance to really rip into the missteps of the RNC speeches and lay out his policy plans, something that didn’t really happen at the RNC. And having seen Romney’s performances in debates… Well.

During the whole RNC event, though (which I never watched… I didn’t hate myself that much), “The Daily Show” was filming in Tampa, Fla., where the RNC was held. And they had some pretty amazing, spot on criticisms of the event and the Republican Party. I’m hoping they do similar for the DNC… but I don’t know if their stuff will be as good as it was in Tampa.

Night one, a look at the political imagery of a natural disaster, Hurricane Isaac versus GOP.

Night two, a criticism of the theme of the night, “We Built It,” and how it’s based on a misquote.

Night three, fact checking GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s address to the RNC.

And night four, a Leonard Nimoy-narrated spoof of the Romney biographical short film. It’s pretty fantastic.

But in my mind, the best clip, the most politically poignant and, coincidentally, frightening segment that “The Daily Show” did is this one, where Samantha Bee talks to RNC attendees about Romney’s right to choose whether a woman has a right to choose abortion or not.

You might be able to guess where that one heads. Funny… but mostly upsetting.

Anyway. I didn’t watch the convention, as I said. I did read some of the speeches, and some of the fact checks on those speeches… But I’m not really in the mood to rant and rail politics. I’ve done too much of that as of late. And I ate a lot and want to go hibernate for a while. Hopefully, “The Daily Show” will tide you over. I’m going back to watch more “Once Upon a Time.” …I really like that show.

Which reminds me! TV starts back up this month! Excited!

Okay, now hibernation.

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It’s Been One Year

One year ago today, I posted my first post on this blog, titled God And Politics. The blog existed a couple days before that, with me arranging pages and the like, but Aug. 30, 2011 was really the first day.

Since then, I’ve written all sorts of things. Poetry, plays and pros. Posts on politics and social issues. Comedy, satire, movie reviews, recipes. Songs I thought people might like. Random crap about random crap. …like this right now.

In that 366 days (leap year), I’ve written 374 posts and have had 321 comments. …most of which are likely me, but oh well. I’ve written a post a day with eight extra (all excluding this one, of course). At the time of me typing this, I’ve had 11,141 views on the blog and, since recording started on February 25, visitors from 92 different countries. In fact, I’m only missing three South American countries, it seems. And China, for some reason, though I’ve had visitors from Hong Kong.

…Anyway.

Today was the big day for the Republican National Convention. I missed most of it. Apparently, there was an invisible Barack Obama talking to Clint Eastwood?

…weird. While I wish I had the stomach to sit through it and “live” blog it like I did one or two of the 5,000 Republican preliminary debates, I was off losing at trivia. Stupid pop culture final questions. I doubt I’ll do it for the Democratic National Convention, either. Too much big party, horn tooting ridiculousness goes on at these things. I will try to do it for the debates, though. We’ll see how those go.

Really, I’m just taking a break. I’ve been writing on this thing for a full year. Awesome. Maybe one day I’ll shell out a little cash and actually have a web designer spruce it up, split the posts up into more manageable categories. I mean, I took HTML a few times in my education, but heck if I remember how to do any of it well. Besides, CSS is better, I think… and I definitely don’t remember any of that we covered.

So, for tonight, it’s goodnight. Don’t let the politicians bite.

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