Hometown: Northern California
Member since: Mon Oct 13, 2003, 06:47 PM
Number of posts: 67,339
Hometown: Northern California
Member since: Mon Oct 13, 2003, 06:47 PM
Number of posts: 67,339
I cook, paint, write, read, decorate, garden, and volunteer. I'm also a business owner, a mother and a wife. I love you.....no matter what you think of me.
Each time he shook hand, looks like he was taking a dump!
This pic doesn't even show how bad it looked on camera!
Posted by FrenchieCat | Mon Oct 22, 2012, 10:38 PM (41 replies)
I work at my restaurant every Tuesday evening, and there is no time or television for me to watch,
which means that I cannot see the debate in real time.
I have plans to listen to a music CD on the way home, just so that I don't hear any news report about the debate.
I will than not come to DU, but watch the debates on my DVR and then stew into what my eyes and ears tell me. I will then turn off the lights and go to bed.
So why am I celebrating this what some would call "sticking my head into the sand"?
It is due to the fact that Pres. Obama is bound to lose the debates, because everyone on our side has super duper high expectations that he has to be better than even perfect.....in order to reverse the terrible opinions folks have in their minds of his performance in the first debate. the media of course, will make it a draw AT best. AT worse, they will find something he said or did to criticize him, and of course, they will excuse the lies that Mitt Romney is sure to tell, like they did the last time.
Over the past 4 years, I've watched close-up folks getting disappointed with this particular President, if he even says one thing they don't approve of. I've witnessed how some want what is in their minds to come out of his mouth in the exact same wording that they came up with, and anything short of that just won't do it. They want Luther, Obama's anger interpreter of Key and Peele Fame. Folks want him to kick ass and take names, and they want it done their way. I'm certain that there will be one thing that they felt he could have been stronger on, etc.... In otherwords, I don't think it possible that he will satisfy all of those who are looking for satisfaction.
I think that due to the long standing harsher zeal to criticize this President (and this has gone on forever), that folks will forget again that we are trying to win an election, and decide that what counts most of all is their own opinion on things. Those folks will plainly said what they expected vs. what they got, and I'm quite sure that at the end of the day....his performance just wont quite do it.
It is possible that I will come and check what's been happening here on Thursday......but that depends on whatever general feedback I get ahead of time. Because, you see....a couple of weeks before the election is not a time that I want to be depressed about what the outcome of the election might be.
Here's the deal on me. My financial affairs will be relatively fine, no matter who ends up winning the election. Although the restaurant may or may not suffer, I have other businesses that are what some would call recession proof. Both of my kids will be fine, as they are now grown. My eldest will have her PHD within a year and a half (which is all paid for), and both her and her husband graduated from Top 10 Ivy League schools already, and own their own home. She currently attends the 3rd ranked medical school in the country. My youngest has a business degree, and is currently helping us in our businesses. I'm past child bearing age, so the laws that will be instituted against women would have a very small impact on me.....and my kids can always fly out of the country (they are dual French Citizens) if need be....and I could retire to France if it gets tough enough. Like Pres. Obama and Romney, the point is that I will be OK.
In otherwords, like some others here, I'm not wanting to win this election based on what good stuff will come my way or remain good for me personally, but indeed, I worry about all of those folks who aren't as fortunate as I have been. I feel for those who are trying to climb out of poverty, I fear for the future of their children, and the future of the American Dream (which worked out quite well for me). I also worry about the world in general, and how a Romney administration would fuck things up beyond repair (like Bush pretty much did). So I ask myself, what will happen to those folks? Now, that is something I do concern myself about quite a lot. It is why I have donated, volunteered and have been involved. I want my adopted country to be the best that it can be, and I don't believe that will happen in a Romney administration.
This Election should be important to all of us, but at the same time, I have very little faith that we are disciplined enough or politically smart enough to do whatever we need to do in order to get the results that will affect the course of the future of so many.
I don't want to contemplate having to watch life getting any harder than it already is for all of those folks that struggle every day. So for this reason, I will do as I outlined, and hope that this works for me.
To conclude; since this isn't a game from all that I can tell is at stake, I refuse to play.
Thank you for reading.
Posted by FrenchieCat | Mon Oct 15, 2012, 05:49 PM (13 replies)
Screaming loudly on the Internet that your side lost a debate will not help you Win the Election....
especially if you do it over and over again,
every chance you get, for days on in....
It's a proven FACT!
and a special note; it doesn't make you look smarter than the rest of us either.....
it just makes the Republicans look smarter!
Are we all clear on that?
Posted by FrenchieCat | Thu Oct 11, 2012, 05:51 PM (57 replies)
That's what they do
that's what they are
and that's all she said,
and note that everything else is BULLSHIT!
THE BOTTOMLINE FOR ME IS....
and Nothing Else will Help Any of Us!
Posted by FrenchieCat | Thu Oct 11, 2012, 05:26 PM (10 replies)
To beat ourselves before, during and after the debate!
Remember that the media and the Republicans are counting
on us, and I'm positive we won't let them down!
We are super good at this:
At the end, we will get what we worked for and therefore deserve!
Posted by FrenchieCat | Thu Oct 11, 2012, 04:19 PM (32 replies)
I'm amazed because it feels like we are fighting a la Democratic Primaries, here at DU......
30 days ahead of the general election!
Most of us who follow politics and are quite informed on polling UNDERSTAND that there is mixed polling coming out there based on two distinct news events that occurred very close to each other.....
On Wednesday, we had a Presidential Debate in where the media and others called Romney the winner over and over again....nothwistanding Romney's repeated lies in the debate....Good news for Romney!
Then on Friday (two days later), a Job reports came out which brought unemployment down to 7.8%....nothwistanding Republican minions attempting to talk that job report down....Good news for Obama!
SO although 1(good Romney News)+1(good Obama News 2 days later) = 2 (mix bag of polls for at least 7 days)
We appear to have some faithfuls-willing-to-help-at-any-cost citing polls which are technically measuring 1+0=1 and 1+.5=1.5 (at best)...
but none have polls with 1+1=2 ...cause it's still too early, and we need a couple of more days.
My question is, since most of us UNDERSTAND the time lag in terms of truly measuring current public opinion
depending on when said polls were taken, WHY ARE SOME ON THIS SITE ACTING like they have no clue that these polls are very volatile, and in themselves don't really add up to what happened all of last week, but only some of last week?
Why is that?
Could this be a reason? http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251123707
Posted by FrenchieCat | Mon Oct 8, 2012, 07:11 PM (8 replies)
See, I personally believe that posting poll after poll after poll, every hour one comes out, ends up doing a disservice to our chances in winning this election. Know that I'm saying this regardless of whether those polls are going up,up, up, or are coming down, down, down.
I believe that there is a direct correlation between polling direction and voters enthusiasm and election results and that this small circular situation feeds upon itself. Polls results creates a particular environment for voter enthusiasm, which in itself can help make the actual results of an election a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I have read many times at this site that consistent great upward bound poll numbers can lull activists and voters into a false sense of complacency. Although Voter enthusiasm certainly can grow due to positive upward polling, there is also a danger that some voters may simply figure that even if they decide not to bother and vote, their candidate still "has this"....and that could affect our election results if not enough folks show up for the ultimate poll.
Well, as polls lower, a similar result can occur, as the trajectory of polls can also affects voters' enthusiasm to go and vote. Sure, while some folks might end up working extra hard to try and reverse the trend of those polls, there is that thin line, were many others become dispirited and lose some of the drive they need to get out there and make a difference.
Currently, we are in the middle of early voting in many states, and the drive to cast an early ballot can be dimmed as folks start seeing a trend that doesn't favor their candidate. Some may decide to wait and see what happens before casting their votes; especially those who are soft supporters. the media knows this well, and so should we.
It is true that some will dismiss this OP and just believe that posting polls at some political forum has no effect in the real world. In fact, many of the same folks also believe that posting on a political internet site has no bearing on any of our politics at all. Well, I have and always will disagree with that notion that we make no difference, because I believe that we make quite a bit of a difference.
There is a reason that Big Bird as an issue is growing, and that stories of Romney's alleged cheating at the debates is getting some traction with some new sites. There is a reason that media talking heads emphasize on their shows that Obama supporters were deeply disappointed by Pres. Obama's debate performance. How do these talking heads know this? Because they have read it in the Tweets, the blogs and the FB. Don't think that the level of activists' enthusiasm is not measured by the media and the opposition trolling Internet sites such as DU and KOS, because that is exactly where they get quite a bit of their information. It isn't an accident that Republicans constantly talk about disappointed Obama voters. That word "disappointed" was overly used throughout Obama's nearly 4 years in office for just about everything that he did or said or didn't do or neglected to say.
Our media and those who work to influence our elections are quite aware that if active Internet partisans are becoming even a bit discouraged, that there is a very good chance of a resulting ripple effect that eventually will get to the general voters who aren't quite as vested.
In a way, the Republicans had the right idea in terms of telling their folks not to believe all of the polls. Not so much because all of the polls with bad news must be skewed or biased, but because bad polling can dampen enthusiasm, and the level of enthusiasm is crucial to a candidate's ground game and winning election. It appears that Republicans understand this, and we would be wise to understand the same.
SO yes, it is entirely possible that living by poll numbers which are inching downward can have a positive stimulating effect that combats over-confidence....but at some point, that downward effect can become a self fulfilling prophecy, which psychologically make it harder for activists to want to get out there and make a difference, as their job becomes that much harder in terms of the level energy they will have to muster when working in a campaign.
So, I for one, will not be reading certain threads here at DU that are posting polls for the next several days, and if I start seeing too many poll result headlines, I may have to excuse myself from this site altogether for a short while. You see, I like my current voter enthusiasm as it is just fine, and I don't want anything to drag it down. The results of this election are too important to me and to my family and to this nation's future for me to live or die by any poll other than the one that will take place on November 6. I want Democrats to win the Presidency, retain the senate and take back the house. I'm not sure if looking at downward polls is going to help me be more Fired up than I currently am. I don't have energy to spare to do battle with the insidious effect that looking at a bunch of polls gathered by a bunch of unreliable and/or reliable polling outfits might have on me. I can't take that chance of feeding into a possible self-prophecy that may eventually lead to an election result that would be extremely detrimental to our world's long term well being.
Make no mistake; this election result will impact the lives of all Americans, and the world beyond. None of what comes before this election (especially so close leading to it) is a game meant to entertain us in anyway. I also don't believe that posting polls and commenting on them endlessly is to be considered as "activism" that will get us where we want to go. It is a passive activity at best. I know that if I am ever asked, "what did you do to help our candidates get elected", my answer won't be....."I monitored the polling".
When someone in the real world has asked me about the polls, my answer has always been....."I'm too busy trying to get my party elected to find the time to read up on all of the results which appears to be changing by the minute, based on nothing more than an aggressive media which refuses to put the country before their profits".
Thanks for reading.....
Posted by FrenchieCat | Sat Oct 6, 2012, 05:48 PM (16 replies)
DUh.....yes my friend....you have been doing so over and over and over again....!
But let's just stick to those completely wrong things you stated in just a small portion of the debate.......
Romney Tells 27 Lies in 38 Minutes
But hey...he WON the debate!
Posted by FrenchieCat | Fri Oct 5, 2012, 12:27 AM (4 replies)
that everyone's assessment about last night's debate is somewhat accurate,
Sure...perhaps some got it almost right,
and perhaps some got it almost wrong...
but in the end y'all are simply super marvelous folks who want to win.....
and there ain't nothing wrong with that!!!!!
But here's the thing--this election ain't about who on our side is close to right about the debates
and who on our side is close to wrong about the debates....
This election is about each of us doing whatever we can in supporting and electing Democrats
in order to make sure that our future and that of our children's doesn't turn to total shit!
That's the goal, IMO....
not how insightful and totally right or wrong folks on this board analyzed last night's debate.
In otherwords, this election is about all of us. About our future and that of our children.
Let us not lose sight on what is important in this election, and let us remember how one voice can change a room,
and one room can change a block, and one block can change a neighborhood, and one neighborhood
can change a city, and one city can change a state, and one state can change the country, and how
one country can change the world.
This election is about how our votes pooled together should end with us having a victory,
and how we all have to pull our collective weight to get that done till the fat guy sings
that its over.
LET'S KEEP OUR EYES ON THAT PRIZE, k?
So as I end my own selfish rant, I just want to say that
I'm fucking fired up, and I'm fucking ready to go!
And what about you? Are you fired up and ready to go? Cause if not, you need to be....
remember that there are many folks depending on the actions of many folks as our future hangs in the balance
....and as you may already know, those many folks would be each and everyone of US!
Posted by FrenchieCat | Thu Oct 4, 2012, 10:18 PM (6 replies)
Source: The Hill
According to Twitter, two of the most popular moments in the first 40 minutes of the debate were both references made by Romney, while discussing some of the federal subsidies he would cut as president.
Looking directly at moderator Jim Lehrer, the host of PBS's "NewsHour," Romney said he would cut subsidies for PBS, even though he likes Big Bird.
"Big Bird" and "PBS" each earned 17,000 tweets per minute, Twitter reports. That's nowhere near the high Twitter traffic during Obama's speech to the Democratic National Convention, which hit 52,757 tweets per minute, but it's more than Romney earned during his nomination acceptance speech at the GOP Convention, which hit a high of 14,289 tweets per minute. None of those numbers indicate whether users were for or against Romney on the "Big Bird" subsidies.
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/twitter-room/other-news/260161-twitter-romneys-big-bird-reference-explodes-online
Big Bird is exploding. Perhaps that's the "zinger" that Romney didn't count on resonating. Well, it has!
Posted by FrenchieCat | Thu Oct 4, 2012, 03:23 AM (25 replies)