I’m too congested to be chatty today — but I do have a question for you.

Sorry that my blogging has been slow today.  I’ve got a cold and while I’m not very sick (and I’m very grateful for that fact), I don’t feel very well either.  Someone also seems to have stuffed my head with cotton wool, so my brains are slightly suffocated.  I’m optimistic that I’ll feel better by tomorrow or by Sunday at the very latest.  Until then, I’m slowly revolving thoughts in my stuffed-up brain and should be able to put something into the blog eventually.

While I’m imitating someone with jello for brains, perhaps you’d like to answer a question I periodically pose in one form or another:  Following the two recent conventions, which (1) candidate and (2) party do you think has the advantage going into the run-up to the election, and why do you think as you do?

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  • jj

    I think Romney gets a nice bounce from the democrat convention.  The reason to think that is simple: I watched it.  Startling hypocrisy, outright lying, nonsensical manipulation – sure, Anthony, 2/3s of the delegates voted to bring back God and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol, of course they did – and they did it all right where everybody could see it.  I think there are plenty of people who are thinking something like: “wow, I had no real idea they were that nuts!” in the wake of that performance.  3 days of uncontrolled lunacy, closed out by Cardinal Dolan tearing down two of their main pillars.  (And what the hell did they think he was going to do in his benediction?  Suddenly come out for birth control and abortion?)  I mean, how goddam dumb to you have to be, asking him, of all people in the entire country, you get US Catholic #1 to close it out for you.  And he very nicely puts a .380 through your skull.  Yiou cannot possibly be stupid enough to be surprised.

    So I think the convention showed everybody exactly who the democrats really are, and that has to be a positive for Romney.  He gets the bounce – from both conventions.   

  • NancyB

    Ditto, jj.

    Who are these people? (At the Democrat convention) – They’re aliens – and I mean from another universe.  Not really people.  Remember that old movie “They Live?”  God, they are those aliens!!   

  • http://bkivey.wordpress.com/ bkivey

    I haven’t watched all of the speeches from the DNC (I’ll do that over the weekend), but of the ones I have seen, my first thought was: they’re running against – themselves?! The overall tone, set by ‘Cherokee People’ Elizabeth Warren, is that America is a totally unfair and repressive society. But, wait a minute, haven’t the Dems controlled the Executive and Legislative branches the past four years? To listen to these people, you’d think that Republicans are the party in power. They’re still running against George Bush.
    I’m sure the Democratic base won’t notice, but the elusive moderate vote is very much up for grabs. I pray that the Romney campaign throws caution to the winds and enunciates a clear vision for the country. It’s what Reagan did, and it’s what leaders do. I think that Americans are desperately looking for leadership. We don’t need someone to tell us what to do, we just need a direction to follow. After that, stand back. Anyone who’s managed competent people knows this.
    Considering the overall themes from the conventions, I think that people will find more to like in the Republican version of America.


    I agree with jj but … there are the devoted delusionals. So, the unknown is how many of them will go to the ballot box in November. Will it be with the same fervor as running with the brides to Filene’s basement? I doubt it, but they may just slow walk it if the weather is nice.  

    Romney did not really get a bounce from the R convention, but the Democrats managed to do what they do best – screw up. Are we still waiting for a few thousand independents to come to their senses? The D’s are worried – hell, they moved the asylum indoors into a small arena to showcase the three-ring circus, since it took the mayor three times to get the nay/yes mess sorted out, but not really since the teleprompter already had loaded in the ‘yes’. I was pleased and shocked to see that it got coverage beyond Fox. Pravda (MSNBC) has yet to report it.  Personally, I watched both conventions on C-Span. 

    The first debate is October 3rd (?) a life-time in a 24/7 news cycle and its subsequent translation from the media to the “tell me a story before I go to bed voters”.

    p.s. Libby, you made me laugh. You realize that the use of the word “aliens” is racist now – didn’t you get the official memo.   

  • Mike Devx

    Following the two recent conventions, which (1) candidate and (2) party do you think has the advantage going into the run-up to the election, and why do you think as you do?

    Obama, because the media still sets the narrative for most people.  They will downplay every Obama-negative, and accentuate every Obama-positive.  They will try to convince people that things aren’t that bad.  Where things are bad, it’s not Obama’s fault, and he’s doing just fine.  They will participate in the scare-mongering of Republicans.

    Romney will be fighting to pierce through the veil of disinformation the media will throw up in front of him.  Case in point: The media coverage of minority speakers at both conventions.  The media slanted it deliberately, and what the public isn’t allowed to see, they can’t take into account.  Slant the coverage so that the GOP convention *looks* like a bunch of angry white people, then the media assists the Democrat claim that the GOP *is* just a bunch of racist angry white people.  Even when it is blatantly not true, it still works, because not as many people are online checking out the blogosphere as we would like to think are.

    Yes, they are thoroughly discrediting themselves, and year by year public opinion slowly turns against them.  But I fear they have at least this one more election to be influential.  Hand in glove, tightly coordinated Democrat message with media support, may be just barely enough to keep Obama on top.

    God, I hope the American People prove me wrong.

  • Beth

    If the convention attendees interviewed by ReasonTV or Peter Schiff(to name two) are the combined norm for Obama supporters throughout the land, we are looking at another Obama term.  These people, and I hate to say it, I include my own blood relations, cannot be reasoned with.  The ignorance is just thick and the pride even thicker.  Of the Obama supporters I know, there is no desire to seek any kind of universal truth, only the ‘truth’ that lies in their own little selves.  The media–all media, be it news programs, sitcoms, dramas, movies, documentaries, advertising, etc–massages this ignorance and makes them all feel so good about themselves.  It’s all about feeling for them, not much thinking.
    But what I clearly do not understand are the Ron Paul supporters who will write in his name rather than vote for Romney. 

  • Libby

    Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but I think people who watched at least some of both conventions saw the stark difference in tone. From the parts of the DNC I could stand to watch, there seemed to be a lot of anger. Most of the speakers yelled (out of habit or a bad sound system?), and seemed determined to make listeners hate and fear the Republicans. At the RNC, the speakers were definitely forceful, but it wasn’t anything like the barely contained craze of the DNC. In addition, the RNC chose to showcase a lot of young up-and-comers like Mia Love and Marco Rubio, while the DNC reverted to long-time party stalwarts like Kerry and Clinton.
    The Democrats, either out of confidence or desperation, seem to have given up hiding their contempt for so much of traditional American values (and regular Americans). Despite cover and spin from the press, anyone watching could see this, and it was a real turn-off.

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    One thing I have noticed is that when people are absolutely terrified of something, the fear usually can’t be mitigated by showing them have absolutely improbable it is. If someone has a phobia about flying, for instance, it probably won’t do him much good to show him the accident statistics demonstrating a high order of safety, or to tell him about redundant systems, etc. The image in his mind of those last few seconds before the crash outweighs it all.

    Similarly, people (especially women) whose greatest fear is denial of contraception are not influenced by the fact that no one is seriously advocating such denial, or that the probability of any such thing happening in the US has a lot of zeros to the right of the decimal point.

    I think this phenomenon explains a lot of the support–especially female support–for the Dems. 

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Obama had a post-convention bounce, and conservatives are having a post-convention panic attack:



    If I recall correctly, this was precisely the feeling Republicans had at this time in 2008 — and they were right to be depressed.

  • Caped Crusader

    If you need a little help, try this old time recipe:
    Juice of lemon half
    Juice of lime half
    One ounce raw honey
    4 ounces Jack Daniel Black Label Old Time Sour Mash 
    Sprinkle, eye of Newt (not Gingrich)
    Shake well and pour over cracked ice
    If not better in one hour, at least you will not give a hoot! Repeat as necessary.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Hmm, not a bad recipe.  The only problem is that the Jack Daniel will make me sick as a dog.  I’m such a lightweight. 


    From Bookworm’s post at the top of the page.

    23,136,000: The Number Of Americans Who Are Unemployed, Underemployed, Or Have Stopped Looking For Work. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/7/12)

    Twenty-three million plus voters. Which side of the political coin is pursuing them? I haven’t seen a break-down of likely voters in this category. 



  • Caped Crusader

    You’ve probably been missing the eye of Newt, which allows only the good therapeutic properties to become active in one’s system.

  • Michael Adams

    Chicken soup has been tested and found effective.  Also, if you are still in the first twenty four hours, Cold Eze is a miracle drug.  Rush used to advertise it, which was where I learned about it. The generic tastes just as bad as the brand name, but costs half as much.  If you are past the first twenty four hours, try the Jack and the soup, and get some Cold Eze to have on hand for the next time, and to give to the kids and husband if they have caught it from you. In our experience, it moves the pointer from day one or two to day six or seven. It even makes the general malaise go away.
    Third, combine it with steam, and I don’;t mean just a hot shower, but a cloud from the kettle, towel over hear, set the timer for twenty minutes, because everyone wimps out at about two minutes. Cold viruses, especially in the beginning, are quite heat-sensitive.
    Get better soon.

  • Gringo

    If your nasal passages are congested, hot peppers will unclog them in a jiffy. No, I don’t mean to stuff the hot peppers up your nose. :)
    Sriracha sauce, which tones down the chilis with a lot of garlic, might be a way to go.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Thank you all for the good advice.  I’m afraid I’m too far into the cold to take try Michael Adams’ suggestions, but I’ll put them into effect next time.  As for the hot peppers, Gringo . . . well, I’ll have to think about that one!

  • Michael Adams

    Too late for Cold Eze, but not too late for steam and chicken soup. They treat symptoms, which y ou have in abundance. I think the Latin term is snotabunda

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Book, I’ve used chi gong before to increase liver efficiency and thus metabolism of alcohol became more efficient.


  • Mike Devx

    Caped Crusader #10 reminds me of this recipe:


    You will need the following; a cup of water, a cup of sugar, flour, 4 large brown eggs, two cups of dried fruit, a teaspoon of salt, a cup of brown sugar, lemon juice, nuts, and a bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey.Sample the whiskey and check the quality.Take a large bowl. Check the whiskey again. To be sure it is the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.. Add one teaspoon of sugar and beat again.Make sure the whiskey is still okay. Cry another tup. Turn off the mixer. Beat two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fit. Mix on the turner. If the fired druit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it loose with a drewscriver.Sample the whiskey and check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Who cares? Check the whiskey. Now sift the lemon uice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar of something. Whatever you find.Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees. Don’t forget to beat off the turner. Throw the bowl out of the window. Check the whiskey again and go to bed.