The New Yorker Cover Smirks At Republican Party, Offers Democratic Cover Too

Does this cover of the The New Yorker not sum up Mitt Romney, the  Republican Party, and their attempts to win the White House in 2012?  The New Yorker never fails to define an issue with their cover art.

There are two different covers for this week and they are spot on given the themes of the campaigns.  The second one in this post is aimed at President Obama and the Democratic Party.

Begging To Be Stared At

Late afternoon sun on a rose made for one glorious sight.

This rose plant was left uncovered last year as it had grown up on a side of the trellis lawn bench which once belonged to my mom.  The plant was just hard to protect from winter, and granted last year we never really had much snow or cold.  The warm weather started early this year, and this plant has lots of sun.  With the great growing season this rose has neared the top of the side of the bench and continues to bloom.  The afternoon sun today made the rose almost shine.


Enthusiasm Key To Victory For President Obama In November

One of those must reads for the day.

 Whereas equal percentages of Democrats and Republicans [in 12 swing states]
were enthusiastic in June, Democrats are now significantly more enthusiastic
than Republicans, 73% vs. 64%. Independents’ enthusiasm [is] up 18 points” to
43%. Nationally, Dem enthusiasm is 68% and R is 62%.

The rise in Democratic enthusiasm among swing-state voters is notable from the perspective that the party’s supporters are more energized after that party’s convention than before it, and that Democratic enthusiasm for voting now exceeds that of Republicans.

This may simply signal that Democrats are just now getting engaged in the 2012 campaign after a year when much of the focus had been on the Republicans’ extended search for a presidential nominee. The Democratic convention was arguably the first major campaign event of particular interest to Democrats, whereas Republicans had a series of candidate debates and state primaries and caucuses to focus on, stretching more than six months.

Julaine Appling: Gays Are “Wealthier Than The Average American”, “Good At Situating Themselves In Powerful Positions”

Jack Craver has a must read concerning the insanity of Julaine Appling.

A reader notified me of a comment Appling recently made on her Facebook page, in  which she indicates a belief that the gay rights movement is headed by the  devil.

And, like Romney, Appling described what she sees as some harsh political  realities:

“(Gays) portray themselves as victims, which pulls at the heartstrings of  Americans. They are also, per capita, wealthier than the average American, which  gives them an edge. Add to that, they are incredibly good at situating  themselves in powerful positions and have lots of angry energy.”

The notion that gays are richer than average Americans is a popular talking  point within the religious right that has been contested by at least a couple of  studies, linked here  and here.

With Julaine Appling on my mind comes this pithy article about the anti-gay hate-monger who seems to live with a woman…..

Frankly, we are surprised you haven’t found Mr. “Christian” Right already. You must meet countless heterosexual, pro-marriage, age-appropriate followers of Michele Bachmann who have lost their wives due to death, divorce or murder. Has none of these eligible gentlemen ever caught your eye?

Get aggressive, Julaine.  Ask for a phone number. Use some of that chutzpah you show on the soapbox in your personal life. You’re not getting any younger.

Tom Skilling, Best Meteorologist In Midwest, Gets New 10-Year Contract

It is just a joy to watch the weather report on WGN TV, thanks to Tom Skilling.

For many years I have tuned into Tom Skilling for his weather report as he offers it in such a dynamic way.  With the best computer graphics to be found for a TV meteorologist, Skilling allows viewers insight into weather phenomena and historical weather trivia.  Be it sunshine or hail stones there is no better  way to be informed on what is happening in the atmosphere than by watching Skilling.

Therefore many are very pleased with the news concerning Mr. Weatherman.  Also check out Tom Skilling’s blog.

In a blockbuster deal that was expected to be signed Wednesday, Skilling, 60, agreed to continue as chief meteorologist for the Tribune Co. flagships here through 2022. Terms were not disclosed, but Skilling is believed to be the highest paid local weatherman in the country, with a million-dollar salary and 12-person staff.

“This is a good deal for Tom and for Tribune because it gives both of them the security of one another for a decade,” said attorney Joel Weisman, Skilling’s longtime agent. “It’s particularly noteworthy in an era when people are uncertain about the future. Most contracts are actually growing shorter.”

60 Minutes To Feature Presidential Candidates In Seperate Interviews

Sunday night ratings-maker for CBS.

Interesting format on this Sunday’s “60 Minutes:” Both candidates – President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney – will appear on the very same broadcast, though in separate interviews. In what almost sounds like an early preview of the debate, “60” says: “The president and his challenger will answer questions on the election’s biggest issues…. Steve Kroft will question President Barack Obama and Scott Pelley will question Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney in separate interviews…”

Jim Lehrer Announces Plans For First Presidential Debate

The preparation of the questions are surely already underway by Jim Lehrer.  He is a solid representative of the news profession, and always does a superb job in the role of moderator.

President Barack  Obama and Republican challenger Mitt  Romney are expected to spend half their first debate talking about the U.S.  economy, the moderator said.

The second half of the 90-minute debate Oct. 3 is expected to focus on  “healthcare, the role of government, and governing,” Jim Lehrer, executive editor and  former anchor of the “PBS NewsHour,” said in a statement released through the  Commission on Presidential Debates.

The topics could change “because of news developments,” Lehrer said.

The debate, at the University of Denver’s 7,200-seat Magness Arena, is to be  divided into six 15-minute segments and was agreed to focus on domestic  policy.