Monday, 5 November 2012

Just Observations

It's hard to say what's reality here.  There's a story in Ohio that the Democratic Party has 600 lawyers in Cuyahoga County....ready to go and challenge the vote just in that county.  And across the state of Ohio....another 2,500 lawyers.  You can imagine a county registration office...usually staffed with old ladies with barely a high school education....having 600 lawyers attempt to storm their office and make demands.  If this race in Ohio is less than 5k votes from the winner to the loser....I'm betting on all the county registration clerks quitting in mass if they have to face weeks of angry and upset lawyers.  

John Cusak, the 2-star actor who occasionally gets one good part....has decided that he will play Rush Limbaugh.  Apparently, so liberal guys believe that they can mount a movie production deal....with Cusak playing Rush.  I sat and pondered over this.  In the entire state of Virginia.....we might have 300 folks who'd be willing to pay $8 to watch such a movie.  It kinda begs on how they'd ever pay for this, and expect any real money to come back on profits.  Better choices?  Well....that Kirk Douglas guy could play a damn-good Rush....but he's 95 years old.  I think Vin Diesel could do a good job, except it'd have to be a live-action adventure movie, with some shooting and bombs going off.  

Just a humble opinion....but if eight states have some dimwit winning by less than 2k votes (doesn't matter which)....you can expect this election episode to drag on past Thanksgiving.  Recount upon recount will occur.  So if you thought there might be a true winner by midnight tomorrow.....maybe you'd best get back to reality.

Finally, much of this polling business....uses some data that doesn't really take into account the creation of the Tea Party folks in 2009/2010.  Angry middle-of-the-road folks.....who weren't really motivated a decade ago to vote.  Today....I suspect that there are four million folks across the US who fall into this Tea Party group.  Polls don't grasp who they are, or their value.  Some folks might be shocked at the determined nature of these folks to show up and vote....unlike a decade ago.  

Benghazi, from the Heartland

After a couple of weeks....a regular can pause and ponder over Benghazi.  You won't get much of any explanation from the President or the next sixty-two individuals after him.  "We will get to the bottom of this" is a good theme if your car was screwed up and in the mechanic's garage for a week, but if you run an operation yourself....you ought to have real facts after seven days.

So, from the heartland....let's ask ourselves some stupid questions.

Man, there seems to be a ton of CIA guys gathered down in Benghazi...who ended up in this rescue-the-ambassador episode.  A convention?  Gathering to tell war-stories?  Having a bar-b-q?  Don't know.  No one much talks over that.

If you wrote down the ambassadors to thirty civilized countries (like Finland, South Korea, and Italy), there's typically a guy with the ambassador's vehicle, and a second vehicle with three guards who accompany him.  So here we are in a very uncivilized country....and the ambassador has almost no security at all?  The mayor in New York City has more protection....than this guy had.  The mayor of Miami....has more protection.  Something doesn't make sense here.

This CIA guy who was 'painting' the target that night....who or what was overhead?  If it was a Predator.....did it have Hellfire missiles?  If the Hellfires were there.....who would authorize them to be fired?  Who failed to authorize the firing of the missiles?

Finally, maybe it's an odd thing....but have you noticed that there's almost no mention of any activity in Syria over the last couple of weeks since this episode unfolded?  CNN used to provide daily live feeds from Syria, and it was a major topic that they'd pass to viewers.  Now, CNN doesn't talk or do much of anything with Syria.  ABC and CBS?  Nothing much.  They used to have five minutes a week of coverage spread out in the evening news.....now, nothing.  And it kinda stopped as the Benghazi episode unfolded.  A relationship of some type?  You don't know.  It's just odd over the timing of a big story, and suddenly a second story just hanging up.

Here's the bottom line.  Come January, with an abundance of Democratic Senators....Senator McCain will try to get some interest in getting to the Benghazi mess.  My guess is that no committee will touch it.  Unless President Romney becomes a reality.....the whole Benghazi thing will just drop off the plate and be forgotten within four months.  At the end of 2013....some idiot from the New York Times will write an entire book over the episode with secret interviews he concluded with inside-the-White-House people and CIA folks.  That's the only way that we will find an answer....I think.

A Show About Nothing

I sat and watched 60 Minutes.  It used to be a show on analysis and investigative talents.  On this evening, it reminded one of a couple of sixth-graders who do a project for Mrs. Jones and do a wink-wink at the end to amaze everyone how smart they are.

Tonight, they wanted to talk for twelve minutes on why the Senate today....is such a failure.  Imagine that.

The Senate has apparently lost it's compass to compromise.  Several outgoing folks wanted to let 60 Minutes in on the big secret.  It's terrible.  Sixty Minutes went into it's wink-wink attitude.

At some point, they dragged the McConell dude and Senator Harry out.....trying to get them both to admit that the Senate is in terrible shape....all due to radical behavior on both sides.  Senator McConnell spent eight seconds trying to bring up the fact that most Americans want smaller government, lesser federal budgets, and taxes to be cut.

60 Minutes cut him off as quickly as possible.  You really can't allow this topic to be brought up in public....especially with the 60 Minutes viewers because then they'd ask why they hadn't been mentioned before.

So on they went....trying to detail out how all the moderates have died away.  If just a couple of Republicans would bend over to the Democratic path....surely we could fix this mighty nation....cure economic ills....and put things on a righteous path.  It is the evil Republicans....you know, holding back America.

If compromise had been the drinking word for the game.....I would have had at least fifteen shots of booze before the end of the twelve-minute analysis piece.

60 Minutes then choose to end its piece with this.  Almost all of the incumbents who ran....are coming back for another six years, guaranteed on Tuesday.  So whatever disagreements they had before....will just continue on with the next new team.

In Seinfeld-speak....it was a show about nothing, and in the end....it was analysis and investigative reporting over nothing.  In twenty years, they had slipped to the point where they couldn't really do their job.