Posted on October 22, 2012 by riverdaughter
Ok, sportsfans, this is the last debate. Can I get a “Darwin!”? Tonight’s topic is Foreign Policy. I hope we don’t get some tedious version of the kerning controversy when it comes to what happened in Benghazi. That would be death by boredom. Benghazi was a terrorist attack brought on by raging maniacal Islamic fundies having a hissy fit over some stupid movie. Here in the US, we just change the channel or push the back button or leave the theater but apparently that is too much to ask of *some* people in the middle east. What Muslim nations need to implement is a V-chip that will protect viewers from blasphemy like we can protect kiddies from naughty words and naughtier bits. It’s a bit regrettable that grown up nations insist on treating their citizens like children who are emotionally incapable of handling a little disrespect but there ya’ go. We’ve got Christian crazies over here too. Fundamentalist extremists come in all flavors of religion.
On the other hand, if a prophet is dissed somewhere in the world and you don’t hear it, is it still blasphemy?
But anyway, I’m getting a little burned out on debates and foreign policy ranks right up there with Keynesianism vs MMT for me. I might need some help liveblogging this one.
As I said last time, our “watch with the sound off” patented liveblogging technique has been shamelessly pirated by some cable news channels. So, it’s your choice, sound off or on. I’m a cord cutter (by necessity) so I watch the debates on C-Span. You can catch it here.
Once again for our conservative friends, we don’t have a dog in this fight. We don’t like either one of these guys. Obama is no liberal, not even close. The socialist party wouldn’t have him either. You’re just going to have to take our word on this because we’re liberals and you’re not. And Mitt is a Republican. That just about sums it up for us. The Republicans are an irrational mob lead by some manipulative conmen who are masquerading as a party. Many of us are voting third party. Please don’t comment party propaganda and focus group tested “memes” here. For one thing, we can spot a meme from a mile away and for another, they just irritate the s^*& out of us.
Other than that, play ball!
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Posted on October 16, 2012 by riverdaughter
I have to get up early tomorrow morning so this will be quick.
I give Romney the slight edge in this one. Like I said before, I don’t have a dog in this fight and I don’t like Republicans. But I think that the Republican strategy for this debate was pretty smart. It was to force Obama to defend his record over and over and over again. That’s a problem for Obama because despite what he thinks, things are not looking up for a lot of us.
The Obama cheering section on twitter is trying desperately to make it look like a win for Obama but I don’t think they’re seeing what we’re seeing. We’re seeing a president who doesn’t have any idea what people are going through when it comes to gas prices or unemployment. That college kid is going to graduate with a degree in something. He’s not going to want to manufacture iphones.
Also, Obama continues to push himself right. He continues to agree with Romney on drilling for fossil fuels, leaving the gun laws as they are and he even thinks that government can do nothing to create jobs to pull us out of this little Depression. That last item tends to invalidate his own party’s history and the economics of depressions in general. Many of us who are laid off do not want to start our own businesses. We’re being forced to do it against our better judgments or probability of success. In my field, it’s not simply a matter of motivation or hard work. The logistics are simply not favorable to small entrepreneurial start ups.
I could go on but I really need to go to bed. The callers on C-span gave Romney a slight edge and this has nothing to do with anything Romney said tonight. In fact, the less he said, the better for him. All he needed to do was say over and over again, “President Obama promised blah and he failed to deliver on it.” Those facts are easy to check. Romney very shrewdly made this debate a Referendum on the Obama Presidency and found it wanting.
Sorry, Obama fans. He needed to do better than this.
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Posted on October 16, 2012 by riverdaughter
This is the live blog of the second presidential debate. Will Romney be able to score again while remaining a boorish Republican? Will Obama actually show up this time? Which party will try to embrace Hillary first? All good questions.
If you are a cord cutter like me, you can catch the debate on C-Span online here. I don’t watch cable or network news because I just don’t think the commentary is helpful. But if that’s what frosts your crockies, knock yourself out.
It has been a tradition here at The Confluence to watch the debates with the sound off. We like to watch body language. But that’s gotten to be a bit trendy and we’re not joiners here, so pick your preferred method tonight but try to note whether Obama looks better prepared.
Now, I see that there are some newbies here. I suspect you came here through the Fox video of my brother’s homecoming since many of you have a distinctly conservative aroma. We here at The Confluence do not have a dog in this fight this year. We don’t think Obama has done a very good job and we objected to the way he ran his campaign in 2008. We’re also not Republicans. Most of us here are liberals. We LIKE to be liberal and we’re not afraid to shove our liberal policy favorites up your grill. But just because many of us are planning to vote third party this year doesn’t mean we approve of character assassination of either candidate or conspiracy theories. No racial comments will be tolerated. Don’t pick on their families. We don’t care what Michelle is wearing or what expression she has on her face. Not important.
All that’s important is whether they sound convincing when they say things and whether they say the things we want to hear.
Have at it!
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Posted on October 5, 2012 by riverdaughter
First, Mitt kicks his ass. And then last night, Jon Stewart kicked his ass. Stewart was unsparing in his criticism. You need to go watch it. Here’s the link.
Plus: Bill Clinton is officially backing Warren in Massachusetts. Clinton’s probably got a lot on his plate this fall. Busy, busy, busy.
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Posted on October 3, 2012 by riverdaughter
Good evening, Conflucians. It’s that time of the year again when our quadrennial election cluster%^& shifts into high gear. The operatives have scoured the blogs for all the right buzz words and have carefully crafted sound bites for tonight’s entertainment.
Ah, but we at the Confluence do things differently. We like to watch the debates without the sound so we can pay close attention to body language. However, if there are readers out there who want to keep us up to date on what each person said in the timeline, that’s cool too. Very helpful, in fact, so we can roughly coordinate our impressions with the speaker.
This year’s debate features Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Party affiliation is not helpful this time since Mitt Romney is a relatively moderate Republican posing as a right wing nutcase and Barack Obama is a moderate Republican posing as a Democrat. Since I don’t really have a dog in this fight (I don’t like either of them), that might be good for my objectivity. If you feel likewise, join in! Grab your beer, tune in to your favorite debate channel, set your DVR, or watch it online on C-Span, like I intend to do, and turn the sound off. I guarantee you won’t miss a thing. The media will be rerunning the highlights for days and C-Span usually runs the whole thing in its entirety.
Ready. Set. Go!
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Posted on September 22, 2011 by riverdaughter
Alright, do we want to live blog this thing? What is more fascinating? The stupid things the candidates say or the audience reaction to the stupid things the candidates say?
GoodHair Perry is supposed to be the frontrunner. Yeah, it doesn’t make sense to me either but then, their side of the aisle exists in a parallel universe. Let’s listen in, shall we?
Have at it.
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Posted on October 16, 2008 by madamab
Yes, I forced myself to watch the debate last night. These things are painful to me, since I realize that no matter what happens, ONE of these two is going to be President. Crap! We deserved so much better this year, and we almost had it.
In any case, I thought this was the best debate. Bob Schieffer asked some idiotic questions, of course, and was blatantly favoring Obama in terms of time and slant, but for the first time, I felt we got a look at who these two men really were. The format was more intimate and allowed them to interact with each other more closely. This was inarguably John McCain’s strongest performance, and he had the best line of the night: “If you wanted to run against George Bush, you should have run for President four years ago.”
Indeed. But what really stood out for me was when the candidates started talking about Supreme Court judges and, by extension, Roe v. Wade and abortion. Take a deep breath, feminists. You’re not going to like this.
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Posted on October 8, 2008 by madamab
One Bored PUMA
Ooof! Was last night awful, or what? Terrible, banal questions. Terrible moderation, with Tom Brokaw sounding like the lockjawed girlfriend of the nephew in “Auntie Mame” (Top drawer!). Talking points and verbal tics galore from our two candidates (Obama’s “Annnnnnnnnnnnd” matched equally with McCain’s constant repetition of “my friends”), with very few standout moments for either. As in the first debate, the shadow of Hillary loomed large – her energy, her humanity, her solid commitment to Democratic principles, her delicious wonky command of each and every issue – and neither man even came close to matching her, although I was happy to hear McCain espousing her plan to renegotiate mortgages so that homeowners could stay in their homes (a pleasant surprise indeed!). In all honesty, I could barely stay awake through the whole thing.
There were a few things to remark upon, however. So let us begin the obligatory post-debate analysis, shall we? (For those who managed to avoid the snoozefest, a full transcript can be found here.)
What was going on here?
Brokaw: There are lots of issues that we are going to be dealing with here tonight. And we have a question from Langdon (ph) in Ballston Spa, New York, and that’s about huge unfunded obligations for Social Security, Medicare, and other entitlement programs that will soon eat up all of the revenue that’s in place and then go into a deficit position.
Since the rules are pretty loose here, I’m going to add my own to this one. Instead of having a discussion, let me ask you as a coda to that. Would you give Congress a date certain to reform Social Security and Medicare within two years after you take office? Because in a bipartisan way, everyone agrees, that’s a big ticking time bomb that will eat us up maybe even more than the mortgage crisis.
Giant. Red. Flag. Alert!!!!!
Calling Social Security and Medicare “entitlement programs” is neither accurate nor conducive to constructive reforms. Social Security and Medicare are part of a social safety net that prevents millions of our citizens from falling into desperate poverty. Moreover, these programs are being paid for through taxes, and every working person pays into them. There is nothing “entitled” about people who receive the benefits they have earned.
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Posted on October 7, 2008 by riverdaughter
I’m out of popcorn but there’s plenty of debate left. Follow along with us with our live thread.
We recommend watching the debate on C-Span listen to our post debate commentary on Conflucians Say on PUMA United Radio at 10:30PM EST.
Let ‘er rip!
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