Posts Tagged ‘Mitt Romney’

It’s an Obama Nation, Not an Abomination!

Our trip to Houston is now down to the last 24 hours.

 

Both of my visits to the largest city in Texas have been in politically charged years.  When I was first here in the fall of 1992, those great Democrats wrestled the White House away from George H.W. Bush.  And, in about a month, the Republicans will try to do the same to President Barack Obama.

While the national polls (from Real Clear Politics) show the President with an increasing 3.4% lead over Republican Mitt Romney, it’s almost certain that Texas will be painted red come election night.  A new Texas Lyceum poll shows Romney with a commanding 58-39% lead over President Obama.

 

But, hey it’s only Texas.  While the state has picked seven out of the last ten presidential elections correctly, I salute the Lone Star State with helping to elect Jimmy Carter president in 1976!  Hats off!

In all fairness, I’ve looked high and low since I arrived and I haven’t seen one Romney sign or bumper sticker anywhere.  When we arrived Saturday, we rented a car to drive down to Kemah, Texas, to check out the Boardwalk and the Balloon Show at the Johnson Space Center that was cancelled due to the rain.

Before we returned the car Sunday, we drove around to check out the neighborhood and I spotted it.  No, silly, not a Romney sign.  But, it sure made my day.  So, my new goal was to set out on foot on a scavenger hunt to find the colorful wall that gave me hope.

When we got back to the hotel room, I couldn’t remember where it was located.  Thank goodness for this little thing called Google.  Not only did it supply me with an address, but a picture to verify that it was what I was looking for.

Tuesday, I walked miles from downtown Houston to the Midtown neighborhood to the intersection of Travis and Alabama Street and there it was — hope!

I found President Obama and I didn’t even have to travel to Denver, Colorado, the site of the first presidential debate tonight.

Hold up Republican friends, before you click off this blog post in disgust.  I’m sure you don’t advocate vandalism because I’d never deface a Mitt Romney sign, but someone defaced this mural with paint in early 2011.

A “Houston Press” blogger calls it the work of a “splasher” and this photo by Monica Fuentes shows that person’s handywork.

The mural was defaced several times in 2011.  But, as you can tell from my visit, it’s as good as new now.

I promise that if I find a Romney sign, I will take a picture of it to be fair and balanced and I will not deface it like some coward.  If you’re not happy with this president or any president, there’s a simple solution.  It’s called voting.

Anthony

They Said What??? Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, The Pope, Madonna, & Lady Gaga

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY

“When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem.”

VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PAUL RYAN

(on not re-instating “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”):   “Now that it’s done, we should not reverse it. I think that would be a step in the wrong direction because people have already disclosed themselves. I think this issue is past us. It’s done. And I think we need to move on.”
RYAN AGAIN
(to a Cincinnati, Ohio crowd):  “The things you talk about like traditional marriage and family and entrepreneurship.  These aren’t values that are indicative to any one person or creed or color. These are American values, these are universal human values.”
JOHN BOLTON, MITT ROMNEY’S FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR
(using a derogatory term toward gay men over President Obama’s Libya response):  “The US is viewed under Obama as weak, as Sen. McCain said, as declining in influence dramatically in the Middle East, pulling out of Iraq, intending to pull out of Afghanistan, having a limp wristed reaction to the assassination of four American diplomats.”

SINGER ADAM LAMBERT

(about Paris Hilton anti-gay/AIDS comments last week):  “I’m not touching that one. She’s not worth it.”

CHICK-fil-A COO DAN CATHY

“There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect. Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been.”

POPE BENEDICT XVI

(speaking to French bishops at the Vatican): “Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is injurious to society itself. [The family] is threatened in many places by a faulty conception of human nature that is proven to be defective. Defending life and the family in society isn’t retrograde, rather it’s prophetic. The Church must promote those values that permit the full development of the human person.”

LADY GAGA

(responding to the Pope): “I think that gay marriage is going to happen. It must. We are not actually equal — humanity — if we are not allowed to freely love one another…What the Pope thinks of being gay does not matter to the world. It matters to the people who like the Pope and follow the Pope. … It is not a reflection of all religious people.”

MADONNA

(in concert in Washington DC):  “Y’all better vote for f–king Obama, OK? For better or for worse, all right? We have a black Muslim in the White House. Now that’s some amazing s–t.  It means there is hope in this country. And Obama is fighting for gay rights, so support the man, goddamnit.”

RESPONDING TO THE UPROAR MADONNA RELEASED THIS STATEMENT:  “I was being ironic on stage. Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim – though I know that plenty of people in this country think he is. And what if he were?  The point I was making is that a good man is a good man, no matter who he prays to. I don’t care what religion Obama is – nor should anyone else in America.”

Anthony

A Buffet of Thoughts — A Little of This & That

It feels like one of those days where I’d love to have a buffet!  But, I’m determined to eat healthy through Saturday when I leave for Houston.  So, I’ll have a blog buffet — where I talk a little about this and a little about that.

SO GOES OHIO, SO GOES THE COUNTRY

Watch out, Mitt Romney!!!  If the great people of the Buckeye State are correct and they have been since 1972, you’re in trouble.  Since Ohio is considered a “battleground” state that will be key in deciding the 2012 election, you’d better be spending much of your time, money, and efforts there.

Since 1972, Ohio has picked the winning candidate in the presidential election.  As a matter of fact, since 1944, the state has only picked the wrong candidate in the race for the White House one time!  Back in 1960, Ohio picked Republican Richard Nixon over Democratic winner John F. Kennedy by 6.6%.

In the latest CBS/New York Times/Quinnipiac poll of Ohio voters posted on Real Clear Politics, President Barack Obama leads Romney by 10%!

And, speaking of President Obama, I entered a contest the other day and the winner gets to have dinner with the President before the election.  While a long shot, Gretel is very excited.

IS THAT A DINOSAUR?

While the Quad Cities will enjoy more “Indian Summer-like” weather (NOAA: “Indian Summer” is generally associated with a period of considerably above normal temperatures, accompanied by dry and hazy conditions ushered in on a south or southwesterly breeze”), from this weather map you’d think that a storm would be bringing a dinosaur into the middle of the country!  I saw this a while back and saved it.  Too funny!

Sadly, the forecast for Houston Saturday when we arrive doesn’t look too great and will likely keep us from seeing the “Balloon Glow” of hot air balloons at the Johnson Space Center!   Bummer!  😦

OUR FISH SHOULD BE VERY AFRAID

Overnight, I was awakened around 2 a.m. by a noise down on the patio, which is located right below our bedroom window.  One of the cats heard it, too, and she was in the window peering outside.  As my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I saw it.  A raccoon was scurrying around trying to get the can of fish food open after it knocked the container off the patio table.  I ran downstairs and turned on the patio light and it ran up the steps into the backyard away from me.  Like a warrior, I grabbed the water hose and started spraying it into the direction that it ran.

Those are pictures of the fish earlier in the week.  I think we need to find something to keep the raccoons away from them this week while we’re gone.  We definitely didn’t  fatten them up to be a meal for a nocturnal beast!

RANDOM PICTURES I REALLY LIKE

REMEMBERING MY GRANDMOTHER

On Monday, my sister, Tammy, turned 46.  We celebrated by Ray making her dinner and we had pumpkin cake roll for dessert.  Tammy is not the only family member that would have been celebrating a birthday Monday.  She was born on my grandmother Helen’s birthday.

Had my grandmother been alive, she would have been 99 years old!!!

FALL MOVIES & OSCAR CONTENDERS ARE COMING

I’m so excited to see the new Ben Affleck movie, “Argo” when it’s released on October 12th.  I’ll be in Las Vegas and I plan on finding a movie theater.  I’ve already expressed interest in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, “The Paperboy”, “Lincoln”, and “Zero Dark Thirty”.  Now, I’ve added another one to the list.

“Entertainment Weekly” calls “The Impossible”, starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, a “shocking tsunami drama” based on one family’s experience of the Indian Ocean tsunami that hit on Christmas Day (our time) 2004.  The trailer looks incredible.

CHRISTMAS IS COMING

I know that I just blogged two days ago about the new Mattel Barbie coming out and that I still didn’t get my Reba doll from last year, but here are a few nice places you can shop this year and know that some of your money goes toward marriage equality.

FALL TELEVISION

While I wait for the new ABC Reba McEntire comedy, “Malibu Country” (November 2nd), the only new television show I’ve checked out this fall is “The New Normal”, from Ryan Murphy (“Glee”, “American Horror Story”, and “Nip/Tuck”).  It focuses on a gay Los Angeles couple (Bryan and David) wanting to have a baby.  Goldie, who just moved to LA from Ohio agrees to be their surrogate mother for $35,000 to go back to law school and to make a better life for her daughter, Shania.

It’s funny and enjoyable.  The premiere episode has been the best.  The ensemble cast is great and the standouts are Ellen Barkin (Goldie’s grandmother), NeNe Leakes (Bryan’s personal assistant), and Bebe Wood (Shania, Goldie’s pre-teen daughter).

Sadly, the ratings for the NBC show have already started slipping from almost 7 million viewers for the first two episodes to around 5 million for Tuesday night’s politically-charged episode, “Obama Mama”.  Check out this extended preview if you haven’t already watched the show.

Tonight (Thursday night), I want to check out CBS’ new take on Sherlock Holmes, “Elementary”.  It’s not because I’m a fan of the detective.  It’s because I’ve had the hots for Angelina Jolie’s ex-husband, Jonny Lee Miller, ever since he played “Eli Stone” on ABC (thanks for cancelling that ABC, bad call!).

Speaking of hots, Miller’s version of Holmes is even tattooed! 🙂

And, finally, Sunday night is the seventh season premiere of “Dexter”.  And, we’re only two weeks away from the new season “The Walking Dead”!  I love this post to thank the show’s 10 million Facebook fans!

And, the new season of “American Horror Story” is coming, along with the final season of “Fringe”.

FLOWERS

With the trees beginning to turn and mums opening up, colors are beginning to pop.  Did you know that in the winter of 1636, tulip mania hit Holland and for some time, bulbs traded for the price of houses? Crazy!  Although I’d never pay that much for anything, other than a house, the sight is majestic!

MY NEW MUSIC GUILTY PLEASURE

While I await the new Lady Antebellum Christmas CD, “On This Winter’s Night” and  Blake Shelton’s Christmas album (because it features Reba), the album I’m really excited about is Calvin Harris’ “18 Months” (October 29, 2012).

For those that don’t know him, he’s a Scottish DJ and producer.  He also spent 10 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with Rihanna on “We Found Love”.  He’s also had other hits like, “Feel So Close” and “Let’s Go”.  His new song, “Sweet Nothing”, features Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.

And, FYI, I still cringe when I hear the current Taylor Swift song, “We Are Never Blah Blah Blah”!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I’ll leave with you this amazing quote from Chinese journalist Hu Shuli, “Believe in what you do, do it smartly, and never give up.”

Have a great day and thanks for checking out my buffet blog.

Anthony

This Man Could Cost Mitt Romney The 2012 Election (& It’s Not President Obama)

There is a Republican that I would vote for, but, unfortunately, he doesn’t stand a chance.  However, he will shape the outcome of the 2012 Election.

An average of the latest polls posted on Real Clear Politics shows that President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney are pretty much neck and neck in the 2012 race with President Obama up less than three points at 48.1% to 45.4%.  (At this point in 2008, Barack Obama had a 7.6% lead over John McCain.)

Those percentages will fluctuate until the first presidential debate on October 3rd and it’ll be interesting to see what happens after the vice presidential debate eight days later.

Let me introduce or re-introduce you to former (January 1, 1995-January 1, 2003) two-time Republican New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.  This man will be instrumental in whether Barack Obama wins a second term as president or if the Republicans take back the White House.

Johnson will be running on the Libertarian ticket this election.  He’s still awaiting a decision in Michigan and Oklahoma of having his name put on the November ballot.  If he succeeds, he will be the ONLY challenger to President Obama and Governor Romney in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC).

Meanwhile, the Green Party ticket of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala will appear on ballots in, at least, 33 states and DC.

Gary Johnson’s running mate is Judge Jim Gray of Newport Beach, California.

So, what are Johnson’s political views?  He’s fiscally conservative, he believes in limited government and military non-interventionism (which means he wants to stay away from alliances with other nations that could involve us in wars that are not for direct territorial self-defense).

He’s opposed to foreign wars and says he’ll cut military budgets 43% in his first presidential budget.

Johnson received the highest score of any presidential candidate from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  He announced in 2011 that he’s for same-sex marriage, he criticized President Obama’s May announcement that while he believe in marriage equality, it should be thrown back to the states to decide, and Johnson wants a constitutional amendment to protect equal marriage rights!

Johnson is pro-choice when it comes to abortion and he’s opposed to the Patriot Act.

And, there are people who believe in his message.  A recent CNN poll (9/10/12) that finally added Johnson and Green candidate Stein to the polling shows that both candidates are scoring points:

Barack Obama (D) – 50%
Mitt Romney (R) – 41%
Gary Johnson (L) – 4%
Jill Stein (G) – 2%

And, the news gets even better for Johnson if you believe polling.  Zogby International, a leading polling firm in the United States, released this information about Johnson:

  • 10.1% of Independent Voters plan to vote for him
  • 7.5% of Hispanic voters plan to vote for him
  • 7.0% of 18-29 year-old voters plan to vote for him
  • 5.9% of 30-49 year-old voters plan to vote for him

It’s going to be a tough road for Johnson.  While he really doesn’t stand a chance of winning the 2012 election, he will shape the outcome of this fall’s race like Independent candidate Ross Perot did twenty years ago.

Most will not deny that the 19% of the popular votes that Perot earned in 1992 likely put Democrat Bill Clinton in the White House and kept Republican George H.W. Bush from earning a second term.  Clinton won that race with 43% of the popular vote to Bush’s 37.5%.

I recently read that a vote for Johnson is one vote against President Obama and two votes against Mitt Romney, which basically means that if more people vote for Johnson and he loses, chances are that Romney will lose, too.

Could that be true?  Consider the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.  In each of those states, polls show that the two leading candidates (Obama and Romney) have leads of only 0.2% to 4.8%.

If you throw Johnson in the mix, that could easily sway the race.  Arizona is currently leaning toward Romney.  However, a recent poll there shows Johnson picking up 9% of the vote.  That could turn Arizona blue.  In New Mexico, where Johnson was the former governor, he is polling at 13% and while the state is leaning toward President Obama, that’s a huge percentage that could turn the state red.

You will definitely be hearing a lot more about Gary Johnson (and Jill Stein) in the next seven weeks.  And, I would not be surprised to hear Mitt Romney not only going after President Barack Obama, but also Libertarian Gary Johnson.

Anthony

They Said What??? Zac Efron, Wanda Sykes, Ben Affleck, & Out of Touch Elected Officials

REPUBLICAN ARIZONA JUDGE JACQUELINE HATCH

 (To a victim who was sexually assaulted by an intoxicated police officer in a bar.  He was found guilty by a jury and given the maximum sentence, but the judge reduced his sentence):  “If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you.”
REPUBLICAN VIRGINIA STATE DELEGATE BOB MARSHALL

“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically.  Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children.”

MORE FROM MARSHALL

“In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”

CONSERVATIVE RADIO TALK SHOW HOST LAURA INGRAHAM

“If you can’t beat Barack Obama with this record, then shut down the party. Shut it down, start new, with new people. Because this is a gimme election, or at least it should be.”

MOVIE DIRECTOR NICK CASSAVETES

(inadvertently tying incest and marriage equality): “I’m not saying this is an absolute but in a way, if you’re not having kids – who gives a damn? Love who you want. Isn’t that what we say? Gay marriage – love who you want? If it’s your brother or sister it’s super-weird, but if you look at it, you’re not hurting anybody except every single person who freaks out because you’re in love with one another.”

COMEDIAN/TALK SHOW HOST WANDA SYKES

“I’m a black, gay woman. I think the only way to make the GOP hate me more is if I sent them a video of me rolling around on a pile of welfare checks.”

ACTOR ZAC EFRON

(on marriage equality):  “It’s an issue that affects so many people in my life — a lot of my close friends and some of the most influential people around me. I just want them all to be happy. It would make me so happy to see them able to live their lives and do what they want to do.”

MORE FROM ZAC

(on whether he chose the underwear he wore white dancing in the rain in with Nicole Kidman in “The Paperboy”):  “I did, yeah. It’s a period movie, so there weren’t really a lot of choices. Initially, I wondered if my character would even wear underwear at all. But that would’ve been a very different movie.”

ACTOR/DIRECTOR BEN AFFLECK

(Affleck kissed Jason Lee in “Chasing Amy”.  Damon is playing Liberace’s (Douglas) young lover in a new movie):  “Matt’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to make out with Michael Douglas tomorrow,’ and it triggered that memory.  Not that it would be hard to be better than my kiss, but it was much better than my kiss. Maybe Michael Douglas is sexier than Jason Lee.”

MINNESOTA VIKINGS PUNTER CHRIS KLUWE

“I think it’s great the Ravens came out in support of him (a Maryland politician asked the Baltimore Ravens’ to censor linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo after he defended marriage equality).  As athletes we have this very prominent platform where we can affect social change. It behooves all of us to do the right thing.”

Anthony

They Said What??? Madeleine Albright, Yoko Ono, Chuck Norris, Michelle Obama, & Nicki Minaj

FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT

“I think there are some who believe they are actually protecting women, you know, and that it is better for women to be taken care of. I think women want to take care of themselves, and I think having a voice in how that is done is very important. And frankly, I don’t understand — I mean, I’m obviously a card-carrying Democrat — but I can’t understand why any woman would want to vote for Mitt Romney, except maybe Mrs. Romney.”

CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY SPEAKER JOHN PEREZ

“In too many states, even some folks who have a job wake up every morning worrying that they may lose their job simply for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. We fight for them.”

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, MAYOR JULIAN CASTRO

(at the Democratic National Convention):  “It dismantles what generations before have built to ensure that everybody can enter and stay in the middle class. When it comes to getting the middle class back to work, Mitt Romney says, “No.” When it comes to respecting women’s rights, Mitt Romney says, “No.” When it comes to letting people marry whomever they love, Mitt Romney says, “No.” When it comes to expanding access to good health care, Mitt Romney says, “No.”

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

“If proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love … then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.”

REPUBLICAN RELIGIOUS RELIC PAT ROBERTSON

“Back in the 1850s or 60s there was a charge that one party was the party of rum, Romanism and rebellion. I don’t know what you label the Democrats now but it’s the party of gays, godlessness and whatever else. I mean, same-sex marriage is in the platform, they want to go along with that as a right, I’m just astounded.”

HAS-BEEN COUNTRY SINGER HANK WILLIAMS JR.

(continuing his ranting at a Fort Worth, Texas, concert Sunday night about President Obama): “We’ve got a Muslim for a president who hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates fishing, hates farming, loves gays, and we hate him!.”

“30 ROCK” ACTOR ALEC BALDWIN

(in tweets responding to Williams):  “I think we need to call Hank Williams Jr what he is…. A broken-down, senile, racist coot.” “If Hank Williams Jr wasn’t such a pathetic, wheezing fossil, I’d have a talk with him.”

ACTOR & MITT ROMNEY SUPPORT CHUCK NORRIS

“If we look to history, our great country and freedom are under attack.  We’re at a tipping point and, quite possibly, our country as we know it may be lost forever if we don’t change the course in which our country is headed.”
YOKO ONO, WIFE OF THE LATE JOHN LENNON OF THE BEATLES

(on whether he would support marriage equality):  “I can’t believe it. And if John was here he would have been very angry.”

RAPPER NICKI MINAJ

(on the Lil’ Wanye’s “Dedication 4” mixtape, rhyming economy with zombie):  “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney, you lazy bitches is f—ing up the economy.”

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA BASKETBALL STAR FORWARD TREVOR MBAKWE

“This proposed amendment would permanently ADD in discrimination to our states constitution. This feels like taking a step back in time, it’s 2012, and this sort of extreme act is not only unfair … it’s anti-Minnesotan! By voting NO to this extreme Marriage Amendment, you’re sending a message that you support the rights for all loving couples, gay or straight.”

Anthony

It’s Not Too Early To Think About 2016!

We’re still about two months away from the election to give President Barack Obama a second term in office.  (Or Mitt Romney, to be fair to my friends that are wasting their time, effort, and money for the Republican candidate. I’ve heard you have to give them hope!)  🙂

Yes, I know that this will be the closest election since the 2000 election and let’s hope that we don’t have the same outcome!  But, barring no major revelations, I think my man, Obama, will squeak out a victory.  But, this really isn’t about Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.

While the Democratic National Convention was taking place in North Carolina this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Beijing, China, meeting with China’s president looking amazing and diplomatic.

While I will vote in this election (and probably with a record number of Americans), it’s not too early to look toward the future and I don’t mean just the next four years.

Wouldn’t that be something?  Hillary and Michelle as president and vice-president!!!!  (Just in case you’re wondering, I made that quote up — as far as I know!)

Here’s to 2016!

And, I’m not alone.  Check out this Huffington Post headline:

“Hillary Clinton 2016 Presidential Speculation Renewed After Bill’s DNC Speech”

Anthony

Secrets Exposed!! President Barack Obama Is Guilty!

I have some shocking news to share with you.  The conspiracy theories have been running rampant since last weekend and now I have proof that they may not have been so far-fetched!

Some of you will scream that it’s unfair that the Commander-in-Chief of the greatest nation on Earth should be granted so much power and control.  It’s one thing that President Barack Obama worked very hard to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Act, or “Obamacare” in March 2010 and repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in September 2011.  But, the powers that he possesses go much deeper than that.

Last week, right-wing blowhard Rush Limbaugh angered me slightly, but then I just laughed at his stupidity when he stated that President Obama was indirectly responsible for Tropical Storm Isaac cancelling the first day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.  Limbaugh stated, “I’m not alleging conspiracies here. The Hurricane Center is the regime; the Hurricane Center is the Commerce Department.  It’s the government. It’s Obama.”

At first, I thought, that man is so stupid and he’ll say anything to get people riled up.

As you recall, last week, the initial storm track of  “Isaac” from the Hurricane Center had the storm passing dangerously close to south Florida before the track moved more west-northwest taking it into the Gulf of Mexico instead of across Florida.  However, we all know that weather forecasts never change and that meteorologists are never wrong!  Right?

Sadly, I admit that Limbaugh was on to something.  It seems that once the Republicans cancelled the first day of their convention, Isaac’s course shifted and set its sights on Louisiana and that is where it made landfall.

And, now here’s the smoking gun that proves that the “conspiracy theorists” were right.  I have proof that President Obama is manipulating the atmosphere in his quest to defeat Mitt Romney in the November presidential election and this could be an inconvenient truth to some.

While all eyes were focused on the Gulf of Mexico last week to see where Hurricane Isaac would make landfall and to see how much flooding would take place in Louisiana, two other storms were developing out in the Atlantic just in time to wreak havoc on the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4-6, 2012.

On August 30, 2012, Tropical Storm Kirk strengthened into a hurricane and the next day, winds reached 105 miles-per-hour, which is a category two hurricane.  However, it dissipated Sunday, September 2nd and never posed a threat to land, much less the East Coast.

And, now Tropical Storm Leslie is located out in the Atlantic and will likely become a hurricane later this week, but it will not threaten the East Coast of the United States anytime soon.

That means two hurricanes moving through the Atlantic in the week before and the week of the Democratic National Convention both steered clear of North Carolina.  Rather convenient, wouldn’t you say?

So, Mr. President, since you now control the weather, once you’re finished with the convention, could you please send enough rain to Illinois and Iowa to alleviate the drought?  Thank you in advance.

The preceding blog is satire.

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2.

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They Said What??? — Victoria Jackson, Out of Touch Church People, June Clementi, & Madonna

FORMER “SNL” COMEDIAN & RIGHT-WING LOONEY BIRD VICTORIA JACKSON

“If I got raped, I would have the baby.  And if I didn’t want to keep it because I had these [mocking tone] horrible nightmares, I would adopt it out. But I think that God can turn a bad thing into a good thing. And that, if I got raped and a beautiful baby who was innocent was born out of it, that would be a blessing. The DNA of a baby is individual. It’s not the mother’s DNA. It’s not the father’s DNA. And that’s why I believe abortion is murder, because it’s not the woman’s body. It has it’s own DNA. If there’s a boy baby inside of me, he has a penis. That’s not my body.”

“MODERN FAMILY” CREATOR STEVE LEVITAN

(after Ann Romney, Mitt’s wife stated that “Modern Family” is her favorite show):  “”Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We’ll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam’s wedding. As soon as it’s legal.”

PASTOR JOHN McTERNAN OF “DEFEND & PROCLAIM THE FAITH”

“New Orleans is still hosting Southern Decadence with open homosexuality manifesting in the streets of the city. It could be that God is putting an end to this city and its wickedness. The timing of Hurricane Isaac with Southern Decadence is a sign that God’s patience with America’s sin is coming to an end. Let’s all watch this very closely, because if New Orleans is destroyed, it is a sure sign that the final judgment for the national sin of America has arrived.”
FATHER BENEDICT GROESCHEL, DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE FOR SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK

(on the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal):  “Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown and a youngster comes after him.  A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 – is the seducer.  It’s not so hard to see – a kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own – and they won’t be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse like that.”

MORE FROM FATHER GROESCHEL

“It’s an understandable thing… there are the relatively rare cases where a priest is involved in a homosexual way with a minor.  I think the statistic I read recently in a secular psychology review was about 2%.  Would that be true of other clergy?  Would it be true of doctors, lawyers, coaches?”

GAY FORMER REPUBLICAN ARIZONA REP. JIM KOLBE
“I think based on the economic issues, yeah, I think my endorsement would be a qualified endorsement.   I think he’s clearly the better of the two candidates, but we have a long ways to go to bring him around on this [LGBT rights] issue.”

BOXER MICKY WARD

(played by actor Mark Wahlberg in “The Fighter — deciding that he’s not going to support Senator Scott Brown in his Massachusetts reelection):  “I found out Scott [Brown] is anti-union, and I’m a Teamster guy.  I found out he’s also against gay marriage and I say if you love someone, you should have the same rights no matter who you are.”

JUNE CLEMENTI

(who’s son, Tyler, committed suicide after his roommate posted a video of him being intimate with another man):  “I think some people think that sexual orientation can be changed or prayed over.  But I know sexual orientation is not up for negotiation. I don’t think my children need to be changed. I think that what needed changing is attitudes, or myself, or maybe some other people I know.”

MORE FROM JUNE

“At this point I think Jesus is more about reconciliation and love.  He spoke more about divorce than homosexuality, but you can be divorced and join a church more than you can be gay and join churches.”

MADONNA

(kicking off her North American leg of the “MDNA Tour” in Philadelphia last week):  “never forget how lucky you are to live where you live and to have the freedom that you have.”  “In my travels around the world the one thing I truly witnessed is we in America have freedom of speech, freedom of expression.  I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that I’m in the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed. We are in the land of democracy.”

Anthoy

It’s Time For a Revolution In America

It’s time for change in America and I’m not talking about the promised changed that President Barack Obama or Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney can bring.

I’m talking about bringing hippies back.  Is that word even politically correct?  I can tell you that if I wasn’t just an infant in the mid-1960s, I could see myself as one, minus the drugs that were associated with that subculture.  That group of hip, youngsters was known for its awareness of the issues, especially politics and for bringing those issues front and center in a non-violent way.

Change was needed in this country 50 years ago.  Change is needed now, too!

The Civil Rights Movement gained ground in the 1960s and across college campuses around the country, anti-war protests dominated the mid-1960s and the early-1970s.  Sadly, at one of those protests on May 4, 1970, in Ohio, at Kent State University, the  Ohio National Guard shot and killed four people and injured nine others.

And, just last year, massive protests in the streets of  Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, and Libya, just to name a few, prompted major changes in the government and some of these protests evicted leaders that had been in power for decades.

I believe that people should be able to speak out against government and leaders in a non-threatening fashion.  Leaders need to know what the people they lead are thinking. From this point on, I’m talking about the United States.

We need a revolution here in America just like the one that John, Paul, George, & Ringo sang about in the fall of 1968 on the flip side of the “Hey Jude” single!

“You say you want a revolution/Well, you know/We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution/Well, you know/We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction/Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right/all right, all right”

At the onset of this blog, I mentioned President Obama and Mitt Romney.  While there will be other candidates running on various other tickets, the reality is that in America today, only a Democrat or a Republican will win the White House.

I looked at the presidential elections from 1980-2008 and the best year for a party other than the Democrats or the Republicans was 1992 when Independent candidate H. Ross Perot earned a surprising 19% of the popular vote that year.  While Perot received no delegates, his 19.7 million votes probably made George H.W. Bush a one-term president.

(1992 Popular Vote:  Red indicates the 43.3% of the votes cast for Bill Clinton, the blue for George H.W. Bush’s 37.7% of the votes, and the green is for Ross Perot’s 19% of the votes.)

In 1996, as a candidate for the Reform Party, Perot earned 8 million votes, which was 8.4% of the popular vote.

While I will be voting for President Obama in November, I would love to live in a country where the election could be won by a party other than the big two!

Recently, I took an online quiz that matched me with a candidate that shares my views and while I wasn’t surprised to see that I should vote for President Obama, the runner-ups surprised me because I had never heard of some of them!

Candidates you side with…

88%

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

on economic, social, foreign policy, science, and immigration issues

82%

Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson

on social, domestic policy, immigration, healthcare, science, and environmental issues

67%

Jill Stein

Jill Stein

on foreign policy and environmental issues

63%

Ron Paul

Ron Paul

on domestic policy, healthcare, and science issues.

So, who are these other people who I agree with on many things that are important to me?  And, why, in America, can’t they really have a chance to be my next president?

Jill Stein is a doctor, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is running on the Green Party ticket.  Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is vying for President on the Libertarian Party ticket and U.S. Representative Ron Paul from Texas was one of the many candidates that tried to secure the Republican nomination for President before losing out to Mitt Romney.

We live in the greatest country in the world and it’s time for us to make a third and fourth party viable to win a November election and take the White House.  Maybe if that was a possibility, we’d have politicians that really worked for the people they represented and elections wouldn’t just be the lesser of two evils.

I think it’s time we let our hair grow, wear fun, colorful clothes, work toward peace, and make love, not war.  Maybe then, our voices would be heard — again.

Anthony