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The Polls, Sandy, and Election Prognostications


If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.

It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Joseph Goebbels

Debate Showdown Special! Complete Update and Preview, Americans Say They Have Had Enough

You don’t really need to find out whats going on

You don’t really want to know just how far its gone

Just leave well enough alone

Eat your dirty laundry

We can do the innuendo

We can dance and sing

When its said and done we haven’t told you a thing

We all know that crap is king

Give us dirty laundry!

To Prez : He Doesn't Know It's A Damn Show, He Thinks It's a Fight

You're the Prez, and you woke up today with one hell of a post-debate hangover.

Given your vaunted rhetorical skills, this was all supposed to be a piece of cake. The swing states were trending your way. There was John King on the CNN electoral map placing even maybe North Carolina back in blue. You - well, your predecessor - kicked serious ass at your convention while your opponent stumbled and struck obsequious poses, before sticking his foot in his mouth - repeatedly. Post-mortems abound for the antiquated, decaying GOP, whose 2012 brand of screw-younomics appear to fall on increasingly on deaf ears.

Scoring Political Points vs. Direct Civic Engagement

Presidential debates are for selling the candidate to viewers at close range,  and promising policy changes with which will make everything all right.

For candidates, it's a high-risk, low reward affair, with few prospects for altering election outcomes. The one exception being Nixon's disastrous, televised 1960 sweat-fest - a contrast to the cool and collected JFK.

While candidates and their handlers fret about blowing it with the red light on, media execs are grateful for the occasion to satiate advertisers and chase demographics Washington Post

September 28 , 2012 : The Governor and the Growth Matrix

Most people I know live their lives moving in a constant forward direction, the whole time looking backward. Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in A Science Fictional Universe

Here is an amazing paradox! The very employers and politicians and publishers who talk most loudly of class antagonism and the destruction of the American system now undermine that system by this attempt to coerce the votes of the wage earners of this country. It is the 1936 version of the old threat to close down the factory or the office if a particular candidate does not win. It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

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