I’m shocked, SHOCKED, that the press and politicians take quotes out of context and blow it all out of proportion as an attempt to bring someone down.
How is this current poll any different than past history when it comes to third parties in American politics? We’ve had the Bull Moose Party, the Reform Party, the Dixiecrats and so many more over the past 100 years. This of course doesn’t include today’s Libertarians, Greens and others. The third-party momentum comes and goes over the years but has never gained a permanent foothold. There must be some simple explanation for that, although I have no idea what that is.
It used to be believed that a new national television network could never join the NBC/CBS/ABC party until Fox came along. Perhaps the same could happen to political parties crashing the Democrats and Republicans. Although I don’t see it happening in my lifetime.
Still think that Ricky Gervais was the much more believable boss in the British version. Carell has been very good, but a little too over the top and too simple of a character. Gervais had that subtle edge to his character where I could actually believe him to be the boss of an office like that. Carell is a little too slapstick for me. Having him leave probably would be a good boost to the show.
Politics is just a swinging pendulum. While the Republicans may be favored to make strong gains in November, it’s only April right now. This stat will change several times between now and then. Same goes for the GOP’s belief that they will take the house in one fell swoop.
If Graham really and truly cared about climate change and it’s risks to our planet, he would have reacted differently. Pulling the plug on a climate bill now because of legislation that has nothing to do with climate only delays government action for several years, because if the GOP makes gains in November, which it most likely will, there’s no chance of a bill passing Congress in the current presidential term.
The recent book “The World Is Fat” by Barry Popkin (http://amzn.to/99M10H) writes a lot about the gradual elimination from our lives activities that were once routine daily tasks. Everything from washing clothes, washing dishes, walking up stairs, mowing the lawn and much more all built up the number of calories that people burned daily/weekly. Technological inovation has taken these tasks out of our daily lives and helped to make life “easier”. The trade off has been a soaring rise in the obesity level, not to mention that people don’t exercise enough as you mention above. The more technology creeps into our daily lives, the more incentive one must find to keep the body moving and burning energy. The Pixar movie “WALL-E” illustrated this to the extreme in it’s portrayal of daily life on the large spaceships that humans lived on. (http://www.slate.com/id/2195126)
Is it any surprise that many people find personalities such as Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin to be leaders of the Republican party? The media is partly at fault for trumpeting every single little word they utter, overplaying their importance in the real world. For example, the media’s coverage of the Tea Party’s anti-tax day rally in Washington D.C. in which only 1,500 people showed up, illustrates this perfectly. The constant attention to these people over time create the impression that to be a “real” conservative one has to bash community organizers, see starbursts at rallies with Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman, and question President Obama’s origin of birth. A very sad state, indeed…