September 2012

It appears Mitt has some prepared for the debates! Boy, I can’t wait.

He’s a natural!

Christ, the debates could be automatic drinking nights.

I guess Mitt’s a little better at script as opposed to ad-lib, but I’m pretty sure he’ll still fuck them up, or that Obama will be ready.

Mitt has no idea of how most of us live and think.

There is a striking absence of actual thoughtful debate about the real consequences of Iran getting the Bomb, and I just don’t understand why the default setting of our Presidential candidates of both parties, VSP’s and Media Man seems to be that if they get one, they’ll use it. There is a what I see as a common assumption they’re the kind of country that would drop one on unsuspecting Japanese Israeli cities.

This is folly. 60% of Iran’s population resides in just 4 population centers. Hell, our submarine fleet alone could wipe out the entire country in about an hour.

They’re not suicidal, and they’re not stupid. They’re belligerent and kind of dicks, the ruling Iranians, but they know they’ll be all gone if they actually use the fucking thing.

This starting a war to prevent a war stuff is very creepy in a distinctly Orwellian way. And it is everywhere. CW in the extreme.

Iran will be no threat with the Bomb, no more than N. Korea is. If I were the West I would just say, a bit more diplomatically of course, “Go ahead and waste your money on building one. Use it and you’re going to transformed from a lot of sand to a sheet of glass. You will cease to exist.”

And then move on to the next problem, preferably the Israeli-Palestinian one. Seems to me that one might be key.

First off, I have to agree with Feherty here. Woods sort of exemplifies my riff below. Tiger is more about Tiger than country or team, or at least used to be. (I think he’s more into it as he’s aged.)

Over the course of my lifetime, for sure, the Ryder Cup has grown into a bit of a monster, with hints of overt nationalism, accusations of cheating, wildly unruly fans, and some seriously great and horrid shots under a very powerful sphincter-tightening pressure-cooking microscope. If you understand the game (it’s fabulously difficult, physics-micro-fractions from perfection to horror when hitting a ball a long way with a long stick to a very small target, yet as many different ways to to do it properly as there are golfers–it is the most naturally…”selfish” (?) of major sports), you can understand the drama. It’s a TV natural.

As for the golf, there’s always been a fascinating dichotomy to me, at least over my lifetime, in which it has been very clear to me that the Europeans play better team golf, which when you consider about 90% of golf at that level goes on between the ears, in the minds of the players, and that over the course of my lifetime the Americans have generally been considered to have the better individual set of golfers going in yet regularly get beat, and that oh yes team golf is very different from individual golf, questions are raised as to Why?

One theory that bounces around in my head from time to time is political, to blame/credit soshulism/capitulsim. Nobody ever worries too much if the Americans are down a point or two going into singles, because the American mentality is much more Randian and individually driven, and we usually kick the Yurpean asses in singles, after getting drubbed during the team play. It’s as if the Europeans lift each other up when they’re together, and the Americans aren’t quite comfortable until they’re out there on their own. At least that’s how it seems to me. And that there’s a political metaphor and scientific conclusions to be reached (that are probably beyond our current capabilities) about how national character is indeed influential in the outcome of the Event.

There is no other sport that approaches golf, and the Ryder Cup in particular, as a representation of some of the outcomes of our national characters and politics, because no other sport mixes and matches formats and teams on a regular basis as does golf, which is generally played as an individual sport.

As a possibly ex-golfer, I’m so bad now I’m considering retirement, it sure is a lot of fun to watch. Especially when it’s on a course you’ve walked, if not been connected enough to play.

I have no idea who will win.

“President Obama, would you and the country have been better off had you been caught in the War on Drugs your Administration has aggressively prosecuted?”

“Governor Romney, you paid less in federal income taxes as a percentage than many people with a job. Is that fair?”

“Governor Romney, I’m not asking for your tax information, I’m asking you why your returns were such political poison that you refused to release them?”

That’s how you cut to the chase.

I’m one of those that typically leans towards the view that the GOP is much better at POLITICS than the Dems.

Sometimes, this year, it seems like the Dems may be incubating some common sense, from which they will eventually grow balls, when it comes to pure politics. This was the right thing to point out, and Reid is the perfect guy to do it.

It takes a real zealot to believe Romney’s tax returns are not political toxin.

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