American Elephants

And Now The Hard Two-Month Slog to the Election. by The Elephant's Child
September 1, 2012, 6:49 am
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Election 2012, Freedom, Media Bias, Taxes | Tags: , ,

O.K. I’m done. I hope the videos are helpful to those who didn’t watch the convention, and I know many didn’t.  You can tell how successful it was — by the response from the Democrats— who have gone ballistic. DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz did not watch. She is out excoriating the Republicans for having a party for the rich, while people are drowning in Louisiana. If she had watched, she would have seen a plea for donations for the Red Cross before every segment. If you didn’t watch the convention, Why? Sick of politics? I’m just interested. I’ve seen so many comments, all over the map.

Mitt Romney was off, Friday, to Louisiana to see the flood victims and how the effort against the results of Hurricane Isaac was going. The president noticed, and he will stop campaigning and get to Louisiana on Monday. The above image is from Sidell. Louisiana. Louisiana seems to be far better prepared than they were when Katrina struck.

Hard to realize that what is a disaster for Louisiana is a blessing for the drought-stricken areas of the Midwest. If only Isaac could just pass over the coast quietly and dump the moisture where it’s needed. I don’t know if the rains are coming too late in the year to do much good. The farmers will let us know. and the prices at the grocery store will, as well.


Olympians: From the Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2002 by The Elephant's Child

A large group of Olympians from Team USA, 2002 spoke about their experience in the Winter Olympics. It was not long after 9/11 and the nation was still reeling from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.The Salt Lake Olympics were a shambles of scandal, mismanagement and financial failure that threatened to cancel the games and damage the Olympic Games program itself.The athletes thought all their years of training might go to waste, but Mitt Romney pulled it together, corralled hundreds of smiling young LDS volunteers who made every attendee feel welcome.

Mitt made it all work and gave the athletes their chance to compete. Remember the “Miracle on Ice”when the  new kids on the block defeated the Russian team. Couldn’t find a video of the whole Team USA medal winners, but Derek Parra, a 5’4” Mexican American kid from Southern California talked a bit about his background and how unlikely it was that he should become a champion speed skater. He called Mitt Romney a “Facilitator of Dreams.”

Parra set world records, and won the gold in the 1500 meters and silver in the 5000 meters.  He went on to become the coach for the U.S. Olympic speed skating team for the 2010 Olympics.

So Who Is This Mitt Romney? by The Elephant's Child

That seemed to be the usual complaint. The guy is a businessman, and he was Governor of Massachusetts for just one term, he rescued the Olympics, but that was out in some Western state, and who pays any attention to the Winter Olympics anyway.  He seems kind of cold, he’s really rich, can’t connect.  That was the litany. So Mitt had to warm up, explain to the people just who he is and why he’s running for president, and try to connect to people.

Accomplished, in spades.

Bill Whittle: The Incredible Shrinking Man by The Elephant's Child

This is Why Obama Isn’t Doing Press Conferences. by The Elephant's Child

The White House press corps has become increasingly restless as the president has been unavailable for questions for more than two months. Apparently the president noticed, and today he popped in to the regular press briefing to take a few questions.

The president insisted that “Nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon.” Other than deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, who suggested just that back in July when the campaign insisted that his signature on a SEC document proved that he was still in charge at Bain Capital when he claimed  to have been working on the Olympics. In other words, I’ll just get the accusation out there once more while saying it’s not my fault, but I won’t denounce it.

President Obama maintained that “I don’t think Governor Romney is somehow responsible for the death of the woman that was portrayed in that ad— where Joe Soptic claimed that Romney was somehow responsible for his wife’s death from cancer six years after Romney had left Bain Capital.  But keep in mind, this is an ad that I didn’t approve, I did not produce, as far as I can tell, has barely run.  I think it ran once.” Oh yes, it’s that super PAC that my campaign has nothing to do with at all, except you have Stephanie Cutter on tape thanking Joe Soptic for sharing.

Then the questions turned to welfare reform. Obama said that Romney’s ad was a lie, it was just that five governors had asked for some flexibility in how they manage their welfare rolls as long as it produces 2o% increases in the number of people who are getting work.” So they did their usual trick of redefining words: they will let  oh, babysitting or going to meetings count for work if the state promises to reduce the welfare rolls by 20%.

Obviously, it’s been so long since he was confronted with real questions that he had trouble answering them. In a debate, it wouldn’t be pretty.

Please! Stop Embarrassing Us! by The Elephant's Child

Mitt Romney was just in Israel, and in a speech said he was happy to be in the capital city of Israel, Jerusalem. This is notable because Jay Carney, hapless press secretary, twisted himself into knots recently to avoid admitting that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel. A witless representative of the State Department actually said that it was to be determined by negotiation. Just stop it. You are embarrassing us.

Israel is a sovereign state. Jerusalem is not only its historic capital, Israel says that Jerusalem is its capital.  They are the only ones who get to decide. It’s their country.

The United States does not get to decide what is the capital of Israel. Jay Carney does not get to decide. President Barack Obama does not get to decide. Secretary of State  Hillary Clinton does not get to decide, and the witless State Department woman does not get to decide. And stateless Palestinians don’t get to decide. If they can stop shooting rockets and trying to kill people, they might someday get their own state.

Washington DC is the capital of the United States. If the Congress of the United States should decide, with the approval of the people, that we should move the capital to Plato, Missouri (which is the population center of the country) — then that would be the capital — but for the present, it remains in Washington DC, where Congress decided to put it, back in July, 1790.

It’s all really very simple.  Can we stop being stupid.

Helping Obama Get His Message Out… by American Elephant

I always try to be helpful, so, I thought I’d help Obama get his message out…

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