Tuesday, October 7, 2008

McCain - Obama Debate #2

John McCain may feel more comfortable participating in a "Town Hall" style debate format, but someone should advise him against it.  I have an old tattered sweatshirt from my college days that I just love to wear; it's faded, stretched-out, and soft.  My wife hides it because she knows that I really look like an idiot in it.  McCain looked like a wobbly old guy who tells off-color tales to his fishing buddies outside the hardware store, compared to Barack Obama who looked crisp, polished, efficient and self composed.

As an experienced salesman and business owner, familiar with giving as well as receiving presentations and proposals, I know that format and presentation style can compensate for many a gap, and can make or break a decision.  If the debate is scored on presentation and style criteria, I believe that Obama was probably more effective in reinforcing his base, and attracting swing voters. He has continued to hone and improve his mannerisms and style, while McCain has not

If the debate was to be scored on the substance of their statements, I would have to say that it was more of a toss up.  Both used obfuscation, omission, and deflection, to mask elements of their proposals.  Both misstated reality on some issues.  Both repeated their canned lines.  Except for one exception; McCain's hand grenade proposal to buy back mortgages and renegotiate the principal.  A clear break with some fundamental capitalist and Republican standards.  I'm sure that this, although glossed over during the debate, and even afterwards in the talking head discussions, will become a hot topic.

If the election is to be decided on real experience and past performance, than John McCain may win.  Obama is still the person of all future hope, and no previous record of delivering.

John McCain, as I've stated earlier was not my first, second, or third choice for the Republican candidate.
As I watched Mitt Romney being interviewed after the debate, I once again felt frustration with the Democrats who in the early open primaries selected John McCain as the Republican candidate, and for Mike Huckabee, who later on, secured it.  If Mitt had been up there tonight, it may have been a completely different forum .....but he wasn't, and won't be.

It's unfortunate Presidential politics doesn't have a designated debater rule.  Sarah, may have really livened things up.

I.C.E. agents arrest 300 at S. Carolina poultry plant

Well at least one agency in the Federal Government is attempting to do it's job....

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided the House of Raeford’s Columbia Farms poultry processing plant Oct. 7 as part of a 10-month investigation into the company’s employment practices. According to the agency, officials arrested approximately 300 illegal aliens. Earlier I.C.E. actions resulted in criminal charges against 11 supervisors and one human resources manager.

"The execution of this search warrant today marks an important phase of this ongoing investigation into the hiring practices of this employer," said W. Walter Wilkins, U.S. attorney for the district of South Carolina. "Aggressive enforcement and investigative actions are vital to the integrity of our immigration system."
Suspects will be interviewed, fingerprinted and photographed by I.C.E. agents and processed for deportation from the United States.


Democrats in BIG Trouble, Even Alec Baldwin Knows It's Their Fault!

That's correct.  Alec Baldwin, the arch-Liberal and George Bush antagonist, gets it.  He understands that the Democrats are the ones responsible for the Sub-Prime Mortgage based financial crisis.  How did that happen?
His comments are made even better because they come right on the heels of the non-comedian Gary Shandling blaming it on President Bush.  Now if Alec Baldwin can get it, what's up with the MSM?  Sorry, I know, stupid question.

Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis Explanation

Here's a complete and detailed explanation of the specific causes of the Sub-Prime Mortgage bubble bust, and subsequent loss of liquidity and bankruptcy in the financial markets.

Got it now?
(a hat tip to D. Black for this one)

Are You Really A Catholic?

Are you Catholic?  
If you are, how do you view the issue of abortion?

Columnist Cal Thomas wrote the following:

The split in Democratic ranks is along political as well as theological lines. Liberal Catholics claim that government programs advocated by Democrats more accurately reflect the teachings of Jesus about the poor and the weak. More "observant" Catholics, some of whom support anti-poverty government programs, point out that no program can help someone who is not given the right to live. Liberals want Catholics to look beyond abortion. Would they have been comfortable 50 years ago with appeals for Catholics to look beyond the racism of Southern Democratic senators? Probably not.

A Black Conservative

Here 'tis y'all... A genuine Black Conservative....

'Nuff said!

Here's more of Alfonzo....

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