Community Candidate Forum Thursday, November 1Mt. Zion Baptist ChurchParkersville Road, Pawleys Island DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PMwith choir performingCandidates speak at 7:00 PM Invited Candidates from: NEW 7th Congressional District SC Senate District 34 SC House District 108 County Auditor County Clerk of Court County Coroner County Sheriff County Treasurer County Council District 2 County School Board
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GOP strategist Nicole Wallace on Sunday said that it was not a problem that Republican nominee Mitt Romney was "like an alien that ripped off his mask" when he seemed to change positions during the presidential debates because "we liked him better."
During an ABC News panel on Sunday, The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan noted that Romney had presented himself as a "brand new candidate" at the debates.
"The Mitt Romney that showed up on Oct. 3 was like an alien that ripped off his mask and said, 'I'm brand new now,'" Sullivan pointed out.
"But we liked him!" Wallace exclaimed. "Isn't that the point? But we liked him better!"
"He has evolutionary ideology like the church has revolving doctrine," Sullivan continued. "One day it's true, the last day it's not."
Wallace argued that President Barack Obama was "eroding his own trust and credibility" by attacking Romney for constantly changing positions.
"You cannot be wrong and coreless," she said. "So, I think Obama had undermined his own attack by not being able to settle on one."
"I'm sorry, but Romney was a severe conservative from January to October," Sullivan countered. "And now he's a new candidate. What I'm amazed at is why Republicans aren't scared about what he'll be in January or July next year."
"Because what ever it is, is better than Obama," Wallace opined.
"How do you know that?" Sullivan shot back. "Because he's supporting what will be a massive increase in debt. His math will balloon the debt just like President [George W.] Bush did. Tax cuts, increasing in spending and no details -- increase in defense spending -- and no details about how to balance the budget?"
(h/t: ABC News)
He's not like you and me.
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It's really impossibly vain of me to suppose anyone cares, but there is a chance that underwater squirrels will attack my inter-tubz and disrupt the series of trucks that dump these ephemeral photons on your word TV thing.If you happen to notice any gaps[...]
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The federal government’s ability to respond to natural disasters, like Hurricane Sandy currently bearing down on the East Coast, would be significantly hindered under a Romney-Ryan administration. At least three times, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have publicly demanded that the federal government only disburse disaster relief funding if Congress agreed to offsetting budget cuts [...]
-- from NY1.com
What a strange afternnoon it was here in NYC, as we NY-ers went our more or less normal Sunday-afternoon way -- on an admittedly heavily overcast day, with increasingly sharp wind gusts -- counting down to the announced 7pm shutdown of the city's subways, with the buses to follow at 9pm, and in their wake other chunks of metropolitan infrastructure, structure, and superstructure announcing their shutdown plans. Without mass transit, the city doesn't function. (Mayor Mike has also ordered "mandatory" evacuation for resident's of the city's lowest-lying coastal areas.)
Of course, we're not even expecting to see anything of Hurricane Sandy until tomorrow, very likely late-ish tomorrow -- they're still saying that the time frame for real concern is Monday going into Tuesday. But as we learned last year with Hurricane Irene bearing down on us, you can't just shut the subways and buses down on a dime. NYC Transit, we learned back then, needs a day from the time the plug is pulled on service to actually get the system put to bed in a way that will keep it (a) safe from storm damage, or at least as safe as it can be made, and (b) ready to be restarted ASAP -- meaning yet another day -- once the "all clear" is sounded.
Last time none of us really understood this. Nobody involved -- either inside the transit system, or in government, or in the riding public -- had any experience of a planned shutdown of our mass transit. And so it was a weird new idea that the call had to be made 24 hours in advance of when the system would actually need protecting, or it would be too late to provide such protection as can be provided against a storm whose actual impact won't be known until it impacts.
By odd chance, I was about half an hour into a NY Transit Museum tour -- a terrific one, "Second Avenue Elevated and the East River -- 70 Years Later" -- when tour leader Andy Sparberger (a retired longtime manager with the Long Island Rail Road, part of the MTA, which his the parent org of NYC Transit) passed on the news from his cell phone that the 7pm shutdown that had been talked about as a possibility since the night before was now officially in place. I thought we would be biting our nails down to the 7pm witching hour. Instead we had the rest of the morning and all afternoon and early evening to go about our business before the beginning of the shutdown, itself a fully day before the need for it would arrive.
Late Friday afternoon, with the storm timetable more or less in place as it's remained, I had already received e-word of the cancellation of my scheduled Municipal Arts Society tours for Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and of an already-rescheduled walk in Fort Tryon Park by that unique geologist and educator Sidney Horenstein. It all worked out pretty well for me. I was able to slot in a Greenwich Village "ghost" walk with one of my favorite tour leaders, Justin Ferate, which I'd previously passed on because of the conflict with my MAS tour of four public schools in Brownsville (Brooklyn) designed by that master NYC school-builder of the C.B.J. Snyder, who was the Board of Ed's superintendent of school buildings from 1891 to 1923), led by Snyder schools scholar Jean Arrington. Also, I had worried about being able to get from the Second Avenue El tour, scheduled to end around 2pm, all the way uptown to Fort Tryon Park in time for Sid Horenstein's 3pm walk. Now instead I had been able to book a comp ticket for a 3pm organ recital at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on the Upper East Side -- on Park Avenue at 84th Street, which I must have passed zillions of times.
So there I was, finishing up the Transit Museum tour on the East Side, within easy striking distance of St. Ignatius (I actually had to kill some time), knowing that the organ recital would let out around 4:30, leaving plenty of time to get home, up to Manhattan's far northern reaches, long before the subway shutdown. The organ recital, by Thomas Murray, a longtime Yale faculty member, was in fact quite terrific. Not only did I get to see the inside of the church for the first time, but I got to hear the organ custom-built for it and installed in 1993, and it's a blockbuster, which a veteran organist like Thomas Murray knows how to show off to the max in this wondefully chosen program. The organ is, to put it mildly, not my bailiwick, but I've never enjoyed an organ recital more.
Then afterwards, just as on any normal Sunday afternoon, it was walking up to 86th Street to catch a crosstown bus to catch the uptown no. 1 train. On the walk from the subway I looked in on a number of stores where there were things I might have shopped for, but luckily there wasn't anything I really needed -- I say "luckily" because those stores had humongous lines of a kind I've never seen.
When I got home, there was a message on my answering machine from my company's HR VP, from early this afternoon, saying that while the office would be technically open tomorrow, given the weather and transit realities we weren't expected to try to get to work. It was, I thought, an exceptionally thoughty action, that phone call, which I really appreciated -- so much so that I imposed on her time to return the call (via the miracle of Caller ID) to thank her. She stressed that the company doesn't want us to put ourselves in danger. Pretty darned classy, I thought.
As I write now, subway service is presumably kaput until such time as it's safe to resume and NYC Transit has done all the things it has to do to restart the system, including a visual inspection of every bit of subway track. (Did I mention that the biggest worry regarding the subways is flooding of the tunnels? Obviously, being underground, they're highly vulnerable, and every subway entrance offers flood waters an opportunity to get at them.)
And now we wait. Wherever you are, if you're in the storm path, I hope you're taking all the necessary precautions. Stay dry, and stay safe!
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On Fox & Friends this morning, Steve Doocy lamented that a surveillance video of what happened in Benghazi on September 11 will probably not be released until after the election. But that was no impediment for him and his co-hosts to adjudge President Obama guilty of allowing Americans to die in the attack on the consulate there.
Interestingly, the comments today very much echoed those of Fox News? Peter Johnson, Jr. who ?asked? last week whether Obama had deliberately allowed Americans to die for political purposes. Since then, Gabriel Sherman, in New York Magazine, has suggested that Johnson was acting as a surrogate for Fox chief Roger Ailes. The fact that such similar sentiments re-emerged today ? still without evidence to support them ? gives further credence to that theory.
Today?s accusations were based around a report that requests for help made by Americans under siege at Benghazi had not been granted. Clayton Morris acknowledged that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta had said, ?That zone seemed too hot to send in additional forces.? But Morris quickly cast doubt on that based on vague speculation:
There?s others who say it wasn?t hot and by simply allowing a helicopter gunship that had laser locked on these targets could have actually intervened and stopped this brutal slaying that was unfolding there.
Who those ?others? were, Morris didn?t bother to say.
According to host Alisyn Camerota, the CIA ?categorically denies that any request for backup was denied.? But everybody immediately ignored that. Even as she spoke a banner on the screen blared, ?WHY DID THEY ALLOW HIM TO DIE??
Steve Doocy said, ?Apparently, there was a guy on the embassy roof who had a laser pointer and he was painting where the mortars were coming from and they were on the radio and they were begging, 'Please send us a gunship.' It never came.?
Camerota said, ?It?s hard to know what happened? We need names.?
But why wait for names and hard information when it?s less than two weeks before a tight election? Clayton Morris pointed his finger directly at Obama:
Michael Scheuer on the show yesterday says, ?Look, the buck stops with the president. This sort of thing goes up the chain of command and it would be odd or almost impossible for it not to enter the White House.?
What Morris didn?t tell the ?we report, you decide? network?s viewers is that Scheuer is hardly a voice of credibility. He has longed for a terrorist attack to ?save America,? characterized President Obama as a racist and suggested that Civil War might be justified. Or maybe that?s what passes for credibility on Fox these days.
Fox also aired a bizarre clip of the father of one of the slain SEALs directing comments to President Obama: ?For your benefit I would want you to turn your life around and head the other direction so that blessings can continue to flow into your life. I want the best for you and that means you need to stand up, admit your fault and then change the direction of your life. I love this country of ours.?
Although I?m sure everyone?s heart goes out to that father, he didn?t have any direct information about what happened or what President Obama knew or did, either. But it?s a safe bet that clip will be played repeatedly on Fox.
The summation for the prosecution was left to Doocy. He didn?t need any more information to render a verdict:
It?s been six weeks. There are tapes that exist of exactly what went down. I believe the people who say that we asked for backup and it never came and it was denied. Somebody ? look, the White House has thrown the intelligence community under the bus. They?ve tried the same with the Pentagon. I believe those guys.
Two days ago, Geraldo Rivera ripped the Curvy Couch Crew over the politicization of the tragedy at Benghazi. He also revealed the names of three like-minded Republican Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee who think hearings should wait until after the election. But that piece of information was excluded from evidence today and Rivera?s objections overruled in Fox?s kangaroo court.
Did you make it through all 11 ballot measures? Eureka!It started off with a well-meaning idea: bring democracy to the people and give them a chance to bypass corrupt, easily bought legislators in the capital city of Sacramento. But the modern political landscape has turned the noble objective of direct democracy into a swampland of corporations and billionaires who spend their money attempting to rewrite California's constitution and law code to their own advantage. These ballot measures are often deceptive and confusing, and contain hidden agendas that are hard for the average person to decipher.
The problem? Regardless of whether the so-called "citizen initiative process" is good or not, there are still some good measures that will make the lives of Californians a little bit better. This year, voters in the Golden State will have no less than 11 ballot measures to vote on?and just like every cycle, there are some that are good, and some that are absolutely horrific.
So let's get right to them.
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Romnesia is a memory malady typified by the 2012 United States presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. There are at least two types of this malady. The first type is the habitual politician's flip-flop, but, upon taking the "flop" position, blacking-out on[...]
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