A tad suspicious

Dateline: Sat 15 Sep 2012

The New York Times' Page 1 today has four columns on the right devoted to "Anti-American Protests Flare Beyond the Mideast," with very jarring photos.

But on the left two columns, the Times reports that, by its own poll, "Obama is Erasing Romney's Edge on the Econony."

That runs above a story about the Fed's decision to try to goose the economy. But it's all above the fold.

It seems obvious that someone's bias is showing. There is plenty of evidence that Romney is giving the prez a run for his money, and certainly the latest Middle Eastern crisis -- which Obama thought he could avoid, having lived in Muslim land -- is one more indicator that, at least as of this writing, it will be a very tight election.

But there's not much razzmatazz for either side, that I've seen. So far, I've counted two Obama/Biden yard signs, left over from 2008. One is in my own Butler-Tarkington area, and the other is also on the Northside.

Saw the first Romney bumper sticker yesterday. It was on a massive Ford pickup that sort of bulled its way into the parking lot of Trader Joe's on East 82nd Street. No doubt the driver was not after organic coffee. 

Again, this is an interesting race. Too bad the MSM already has its mind made up on the winner/loser.

We shall see....

Comments

hendy [Member] said:

The electoral college prognostication views don't seem to jibe with your figures. It's certainly not over, until it's over, but I don't see Romney getting the nod.

2012-09-15 07:58:29

Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

You must get the paper version of the New York Times. The online version doesn't look like your description.

2012-09-15 10:39:14

Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

Oh, and Obama may have spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, but (altho it is indeed the largest Muslim-majority country in the world) that SE Asian nation in no way resembles the Middle East.

2012-09-15 10:41:04

Newsman [unverified] said:

By his own admission, Obama said as a candidate in 2008 that he would have more credibility in the Middle East because he lived in a Muslim country. He thought he could play pied piper and they would all fall in line. He had lulled himself to sleep until the recent attacks. Maybe now Obama and his administration realize the pressures Bush had to deal with. Not so easy once your name is on the desk, eh?

2012-09-17 09:22:49

Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

Obama's credibility in the ME certainly is better than Bush's!

However, the protests against that idiotic video have, at their base, nothing to do with the US and everything to do with internal political struggles in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia etc.

2012-09-17 09:48:14

Whitebeard [unverified] said:

I wonder if many people have just given up on the idea that "the two-party system" is going to solve many problems for them (the have-nots, have- littles, and have-modestly). I have no enthusiasm for this election, but I will vote. Just wish there were more real choices than are represented by D-R.

2012-09-17 13:20:33

Amy [unverified] said:

The distinctions between presidential candidates grows smaller and smaller by each election. Both the current crop support foreign wars and nastiness toward Iran. They both support drug prohibition. They both support(ed) similar version of mandated health care. They both support bailouts and other economic interventions. They both support Keynesian economics. They both support the various attacks on civil liberties. The differences on substance are so small that they attack each other based on nonsense like Obama's birth certificate and Romney's taxes. Where they meaningfully differ is that in some respects they represent different client groups who are recipients of government preferences and handouts. The Democrats, for instance, push policies that are more profitable for lawyers and government-employed teachers. Overall, though, they mostly hand out money to the same interest groups, which is why a lot of those groups contribute to both parties.

2012-09-17 16:05:25

hendy [Member] said:

@Amy, I understand your frustrations, but their similarity is more of a ruse and false meme than reality. The interest groups you speak of are overblown, and there are groups with legitimate stakes in the outcome.

I believe that some of the stakes revolve around keeping government slim, which while on the surface seems laudable, also means that people that should be helped by government get hurt. In the end, we're no better than what we treat the most downtrodden in this country. Right now, the destruction of public education coupled to fanatical tax control pledges, and a vastly partisan Congress, have made us worse for the wear.

In the past eight years on a local level, we've seen the BMV "fixed", along with the FSSA. Outsourcing didn't work. It never does, it just changes the name on the paycheck. We have to realize that we're going to pay someone, and we might as well have control over the outcome. Look at the IBM fiasco. Look at how insane it was for the auditors to loose millions of dollars in sorely needed funds. We need brains, not entrepreneurship at the helm for a change. I'm tired of getting preached at by politicians that should have gone for the pulpit instead of the primary. So I go for brains and integrity. To the preachers, go find your own congregation.

2012-09-17 16:51:02

Amy [unverified] said:

Hendy, I couldn't disagree more. Obama is Bush Dark.

You make a lot of claims and provide no evidence for any of them. Outsourcing is routinely done and works fine in most cases. The leftists and laborites cherry pick examples of alleged failure. In any case outsourcing probably isn't your complaint. You probably don't object at all if a company based in Michigan sets up online support in Illinois. It's FOREIGNERS that are your bugaboo.

You didn't contradict a single thing that I wrote, you just changed the subject.

2012-09-17 17:24:28

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

"Muslim Land" ? Really?

You're starting to scare me a little.

That was a very casual combination of two words, in a manner that you have to know, looks suspicious.

Just sayin'.

2012-09-17 17:56:11

Ralph [unverified] said:

You must be a current or former member of the news media. She didn't say "Muslim Land," she said "Muslim land."

2012-09-17 22:02:29

hendy [Member] said:

@Amy, you read my reply, but in your anger, you didn't look at the implications of what I said. Outsourcing at the governmental level is a way to pay your crony campaign contributors. It also gets rid of those pesky civil servants. I watched first hand as my brother's relationship with the FSSA went from helpful to clearly dissatisfactory as the FSSA melted down, with IBM and state gov pointing fingers at each other.

At the federal level, it's my belief that Obama's birth certificate as an issue has been long settled. His reputation has been pretty well researched, the good, the bad. Romney appears to have tax problems, the extent of which we can't discern because he doesn't release the info, where as the birth certificate problem was solved long ago by Hawai'i.

Bush started three wars, and cratered the economy. Was he there, the proud star of the GOP National Convention? No. Crickets. Calling BH Obama "Bush Dark" ignores most of non-partisan history for the past two decades.

2012-09-18 08:05:14

hendy [Member] said:

@Amy, you read my reply, but in your anger, you didn't look at the implications of what I said. Outsourcing at the governmental level is a way to pay your crony campaign contributors. It also gets rid of those pesky civil servants. I watched first hand as my brother's relationship with the FSSA went from helpful to clearly dissatisfactory as the FSSA melted down, with IBM and state gov pointing fingers at each other.

At the federal level, it's my belief that Obama's birth certificate as an issue has been long settled. His reputation has been pretty well researched, the good, the bad. Romney appears to have tax problems, the extent of which we can't discern because he doesn't release the info, where as the birth certificate problem was solved long ago by Hawai'i.

Bush started three wars, and cratered the economy. Was he there, the proud star of the GOP National Convention? No. Crickets. Calling BH Obama "Bush Dark" ignores most of non-partisan history for the past two decades.

2012-09-18 08:05:19

Amy [unverified] said:

Hendy, has Obama reduced military spending? It's not the the war count, it is the budget. How much will a war with Iran cost? Republicans and Democrats both support military empire.

Bush sucked and Obama has increased the the federal debt by 50 percent. The trend, needless to say, is not down.

2012-09-20 11:24:10

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