World Favors President Obama To Mitt Romney

We must not go backwards to a time when President Bush was in the White House and the world laughed at us–and rightfully so.

A BBC World Service opinion poll has found sharply higher overseas approval ratings for US President Barack Obama than Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

An average of 50% favoured Mr Obama, with 9% for Mr Romney, in the survey of 21,797 people in 21 countries.

Only Pakistan’s respondents said they would prefer to see Mr Romney win November’s election.

France was the most strongly pro-Obama (72%).

The survey was conducted by GlobeScan/PIPA between 3 July and 3 September.

Third-Party Presidential Candidates To Debate Tonight On C-SPAN

This is a good idea, and one that needed more promotion, and national attention.

Granted, there is no way any one of these third-party candidates can win, and therefore it would not be fair to clutter a stage with every person who is seeking to gain the White House or some free air time.  Having just the Democratic and Republican candidates on stage the past weeks for the debates was proper as there are some very serious concerns that Americans need to think about this election.  Focusing on the candidates who are likely to win is the most important thing for the media to report on.

Having said that however I am not being dismissive of Libertarian Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson.  I really do feel more voices and wider perspectives are needed in our national dialogue about the issues.

While the chicken and egg argument is often made about the need for exposure for third-party candidates which leads to voter support one can also argue that a party is not made from the top down.  How about winning seats for the third-party candidates at the local level and thereby showing there is grassroots backing that then supports why a third chair should be placed alongside that of the two main parties?

The debate tonight starts at 8pm EST on C-SPAN, Al Jazeera English and Russia Today, and streamed online at Ora TV and on  the Free & Equal debate site.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Pushing For Gay Marriage Campaigns With His Own Money

Helping to level the playing field in favor of civil rights.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is poised to spend $500,000 of his personal fortune on gay marriage campaigns in Maine, Minnesota and Washington state, he said Monday, following up on a major political spending push the billionaire businessman-turned-politician announced last week.

Bloomberg already had established himself as an outspoken, and generous, supporter of same-sex marriage. He unveiled a $250,000 contribution to a Maryland gay marriage effort earlier this month and has backed four New York Republican senators who crossed party lines to vote for legalizing gay marriage in the state last year. Monday’s move deepened Bloomberg’s involvement in the issue outside New York, and it reflected his vow to give at least $10 million by Election Day to moderate candidates and to ballot initiatives supporting gay marriage and other issues around the country.

“Marriage equality is the next big step in America’s long march of freedom,” Bloomberg said in a statement Monday.

The Irony Of ‘The Lobster Shift’

This post is really for me, and my (at times) quirky interests.

While reading an article today about the declining readership of newsmagazines the words at the top of the column struck me.

“The Lobster Shift”

In 2008 I first heard this term used on television, but never have seen it in print until this morning.  The term means a work shift (as on a newspaper) that covers the late evening and early morning hours.  The term goes back at least as far at the late 1890’s.

The reason I mention this at all–and I certainly can understand why no one really cares–is the fact the old-fashioned feel for newspapers and newsmagazines is passing given the digital age in which we live.

Yet a story that covered declining readership in a print publication uses an old newspaper term for the title of the column.

Little things like this make me smile.

Excitement Builds As We Enter Final Two Weeks Of Campaign For White House

Reading the paragraph below creates all the imagery one requires to be excited about this election–if for some unknown reason no excitement existed before.  The flurry of activity, events, rallies, news columns to be written, punditry to be delivered, doors to be knocked on, phones calls to be made, voters to reach…

…we’ll see the power of the Obama advance machine, as he hits seven states (two of them twice), starting in Florida this morning, then meeting up with Vice President Biden in Dayton this afternoon. POTUS comes home tonight, then tomorrow is off to Davenport to begin an “America Forward!” tour, which the campaign describes as “a two-day, around-the-clock campaign blitz.” He continued to Denver, then holds a late-night event in Las Vegas. He flies overnight to Tampa, then on to a tarmac event in Richmond. Then he goes home to Chicago to become the first sitting president to cast an early vote in person. Then  it’s back to Ohio for an evening event in Cleveland. The campaign says: “As the President crisscrosses the nation, he will spend time on Air Force One calling undecided voters, rallying National Team Leaders and volunteers and continuously engaging with Americans across the country about the choice in this election….