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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Dustup in Danville



Ok, I watched the argument that was called the Vice Presidential Debate. Most of it anyway. It got late; I'm old, and I just can't take silly arguing as well as I used to. So I went to bed.

I thought the debate would be entertaining. I was wrong. I am not entertained by people calling each other a liar without ever using the word. Well, not anymore. I used to enjoy the clever ways in which humans can insult each other while sounding polite. Heck, I used to do that myself.

But The VP Debate was not that clever. It was poorly done. Depending upon your political ideology; it was a tie, Biden "ate Ryan's lunch", or Ryan "outclassed" Biden.

Who votes for a ticket because of the Vice Presidential candidate anyway?



Some links to analyses of the debate:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/chi-vice-presidential-debate-fact-check-20121012,0,743796.story

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/10/11/winners-and-losers-in-the-vice-presidential-debate/

http://news.yahoo.com/fact-check-slips-vice-presidents-debate-023354584--election.html

A couple of things bothered me, though. Biden was asked about the Benghazi Consulate attack and stated that (a) "we" (presumably meaning the White House) weren't told there was a request for more security prior to the attack and (b) that blaming it on the video was because that was what the intelligence community led them to believe.

When Romney came out with a statement on the day after the attack, the White House ridiculed him, saying "Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later." In retrospect, it appears that Romney's aim was much better than the White House's. 
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57511601-503544/obama-romney-shoots-first-aims-later/ 

And one has to wonder why the White House continued for 8 days to blame the video without getting to the heart of the matter with the intelligence community?


3 comments:

Tom Sightings said...

I remember I was gonna vote for George Bush in '88; but after he picked Dan Quayle for veep I voted for Dukakis instead. But then, it seems I always vote for the loser (and Bush the first turned out to be a good prez anyway).

IMHO, Biden got off to a good start, but then he started his laughing, and his interruptions began to get annoying. I still think he won on points; but as you say, maybe that just reflects my bias, which is middle-of-the-road with a slight tilt to the Dems.

I certainly agree with you on one point -- I turned it off after about 45 minutes and went to bed.

Torggil said...

So boomer, about a month to go. Whats your take? Who's sliding into the Whitehouse, and o course, who, at this point would you prefer?

Douglas said...

Torggil, at this point it is a toss up. I prefer someone who isn,t running. That is, I am suspicious of anyone who wants the job.

Tom, I agree that Bidden appears to have won on points but he also cast doubt on the competence of the administration and pretty much proved Ryan's point about Obama's election tactics.