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The Gallup 7 day tracking just came out for the day with Obama at +6 which also matches today's Bloomberg poll.
Here we go again.
He might not be able to recover from that video. I don't know. There is a chance with Obama being so thin skinned that Romney could needle him and he could have another "you're likable enough" moment.
As the saying goes, a week is an eternity in politics. It's kind of like people want to fire Obama but aren't finding Romney an acceptable alternative.
When the story is written after the November elections we'll see where it all washes out. If Romney loses, it might be that the video cost him everything.
Obama's comment about "likable enough" hit home because of the sexism that was being hurled at Hillary for being cold, or shrill or whatever. I don't think Mitt has anything similar working against him unless he wants to project a put-upon white guy image but again, his class puts him far out from the stereotypical white working guy cardboard cutout and there's not really a connection there. Also, hopefully Obama has learned some lessons from those 2008 debates!! I recall his GE debates being pretty solid.
Maybe Obama has learned something. I hope he is practicing debating.
I know what Nate Silver and everybody says but I wouldn't write anybody off because I've seen so much over the years. I remember back in 2000 people were saying that George W. Bush was going to have a landslide and didn't even win the popular vote due to the fact that he had a drunk driving arrest. You just never know until it's all over.
I still say most of that Obama-looks-down-on-people meme is just a backhanded way of saying Uppity.
Imho, If people were more comfortable with educated black men in leadership positions, they wouldn't be talking anywhere near as much about Obama's "arrogance".
What's your point? That some people are racist? Yup, that's true. So is your point that only non-racist people can judge whether a wo/man of color is arrogant or not?
To me it sounds like you're giving a pass to arrogant wo/men of color because someone out there might be racist.
And I say this as a person of color. Who might, from time to time, display a teensy weensy bit of arrogance...
It was very calculated.
I'd expect at worst a draw on points and style, thus a win for O.
Someone can remind me who is playing Romney for the prep.
Apparently O is leaving Sunday for three days of intensive debate prep in Henderson, NV. Hmm, Henderson: never been there myself. Been to Reno, Las Vegas, and of course Area 51 (or as close as I could get without being legally shot).
O's team is apparently trying to undersell his overall prep time to lower debate expectations, like he's only gonna have real time to prepare in those three days.
Kerry NEVER confronted Bush about lying about the WMD. Even Powell admitted that he had doubts about the bs he was about to sling at the UN.
Another thing that would have sunk Bush would have been if Kerry had made an issue out of Bush's absolutely stomach turning performance at the correspondents dinner - where he made light of the fact that there were no WMDs - while young people that he sent into that hellhole were killing and being killed.
Instead, he let Bush come off as "likable". He let one of the most despicable rogues in the history of the USA come off as likable.
A torturer. A lier. And Kerry tiptoed. No anger.
Kerry can play Romney alright.
So could a broomstick.
Obama, interestingly, was 19th C Illinois Sen Lyman Trumbull, a party switcher who as chairman of the senate Judiciary Comm'ee was a principal author of the 13th Amendment.
Ben Franklin is now Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway etc. Bill Clinton was the first president of the Continental Congress (name escapes me). Al Gore was Rev War Gen Horatio Gates. Google sites to get pix of old paintings and compare facial features.
Group reincarnation is a reality, and face remains largely the same except as influenced by parental genes. Personality is different. Entertaining stuff to contemplate, if a tad controversial in spots.
(Personally, "Moon River" always made me want to stick my finger down my throat -- although I did like the time Edith Bunker (Jean Stapleton) singing that song on All in the Family in a bathroom with a busted door, after husband Archie (Carroll O'Conner) sugested that nobody would come anywhere near that bathroom if she sang while using the toilet.)
Now, some 35 years later, Williams' ex-wife Claudine Longet is once again fair game.
Stock your freezers, fellow swine lovers....you've been warned.
But it's worth the wait! :)
retail prices for beef, pork, poultry, and dairy products first and foremost - later this year and into 2013. But in the short term, drought conditions may lead to herd culling in response to higher feed costs, and short term increases in meat supply. This could decrease prices for some meat products in the short term. That trend would reverse over time after product supplies shrink.
Please note: I am not a food scientist, and you should in no way take this as "official" advice. I'm just telling you our experience. Plus, I don't want to be sued. ;-)
Oh, boy, this is all need--for my food budget to be going up. It's not like things aren't very tight already.
I've frozen bacon for 6 months and not noticed any appreciable degradation in taste. I don't think I've kept anything in freezer for a year.
Also, I read that frost-free freezers, like the ones most of us have as part of our refrigerators, do not get cold enough to thoroughly freeze stuff that will then last for a year. If you want frozen food to last a long long time, get a separate deepfreeze.
A favorite autumn dish: brussels sprouts sautéed with bacon and shallots. I love it.
Some perspective is in order...dumpster diving is all the rage in Spain as austerity measures to please bean counters and banksters take hold. Sounds like Romney-World, especially the locks on the dumpsters. Bad scene.
A little consumer advice:
Many of the supermarkets are now open 24 hours. Since the workers are there overnight anyway, packing out the shelves, they leave one register open for those few customers (like me) who find 3:00 A.M. a perfect time for shopping.
So, if you're willing to spend a little time doing your due diligence, you can save a lot of money. We all know meats have a "sell by" date stamped on them. And, if a piece is about to be outdated tomorrow, they will mark down that piece today, sometimes substantially. What I've found is that they do this during those wee hours of the morning. If you're going to freeze the meat anyway it doesn't matter that you buy it a day before it becomes "outdated."
Once you buy Filet Mignon ($24.00/lb) for $9.00, you'll never go back to the old way again.
Good luck, and happy chomping.
I caught a documentary over the weekend that made me think of you, "Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja". Very interesting.
Do you have any good recipes for venison, Mme. Zorba?
Basically, I use ground venison in any recipe that calls for ground beef (chili, lasagna, moussaka, sloppy Joes, spaghetti sauce, and so on). The tenderloin sections can be marinated and grilled, but the bigger sections need to be slow-cooked because they are not so tender. You can also cut them into smaller pieces and use them in soups and stews. I make a very nice onion soup with venison pieces and caramelized onions, plus a broth I make with bits and pieces and bones. Also realize that venison is very low in fat, so you have to account for that.
I basically use venison as I do beef, with the added provision, as I said, that it is low in fat, not "finished" in a feed lot as beef is, and the roasts need to be cooked slowly.
And if I started to write down all my venison recipes (which I basically do on the fly), it would probably take me quite awhile.
Maybe I need to start my own food blog. ;-)
My late boss, a member of the State Senate, actually enjoyed a pretty good reputation as a fabulous cook, a skill which she first learned from her mother and then further honed over the years as a senior military officer's wife who was expected to entertain lavishly. When we had to work late at the legislature, she'd cook meals for her own staff and colleagues in her kitchen at home, and then bring it all to the Capitol! Needless to say, we were terribly spoiled by her.
After she retired from the legislature, she and her grandson wrote a cookbook of all her best recipes, which is still sold by his school for fundraising purposes. It's been one of our family's guides over the years when preparing our meals.
Vaguely vegan here. Proudly so. Will accept occasional baked seafood (not from Japan) and pollo in small amounts.
And maybe one day soon we'll have one of our own VVans in the WH.
They musta heard about the death of free checking at the big banks. Now this is a holy war I can get down with;)
Obama's economic record has been abysmal.
But recently the British Film Institute named "Vertigo" as the best film of all time.
I respectfully disagree.
It is not an easy film to watch for me.
And I must say that I don't think it is up there with "Citizen Kane", the film it displaced.
About the "best film" thing;
There are some films that I can watch over and over again. They are like hanging out with friends. I feel that way about the Rathbone/Bruce Sherlock Holmes films.
But those films never are considered to be the "best".
And then there's "Dracula" with Bela Lugosi.
Since it was released, as Bela himself noted, it has been continuously revived. Doesn't that mean something? People have never stopped wanting to watch it - for what - seven or eight decades.
And then there are the Bogart films - "Maltese Falcon" for one.
I can watch that one until forever. I like the films with Peter Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet - "The Verdict", "Three Strangers" in particular.
The films I never get tired of are never the ones that are voted by those in the know to be the best. What can I say?
That's what's great about these lists. When it comes to movies, none of us will ever agree on everything, and it can lead to some pretty fun discussions.
I found it on Youtube and will watch it.
That is what I'm trying to say.
It's not like I'm arguing for what is the "best" film.
It's more that I'm arguing for a category that allows us to mention the films that we bond with - for whatever reason.
Even, for example, "This Island Earth".