Archive for June 13th, 2011

by lizard

I’m not proud that part of me would rather see an individual who threatened me get shot and killed by law enforcement instead of captured and processed in our judicial system. It’s an ugly but honest feeling, and it got me thinking a bit about the role of violence in opposing our current political structure. Continue Reading »

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by appalachianfreedom

One of my guilty pleasures in life  is settling down after work with some popcorn and getting totally immersed in the platforms and talking points of the GOP. Luckily for me New Hampshire hosted a Republican Presidential candidate debate this evening, so I spent the night in total decadence. If you are like me and don’t own a television, you could have watched the debate on CNN’s live stream. This type of broadcast is reserved for the true political enthusiast. There are no commercials and the viewer gets to see some behind-the-scenes production of the debate about a half and hour before it begins.

Three things struck me as hilarious in this raw pre-debate coverage. The CNN floor manager of the debate production, who nobody has ever seen before, tried to pump up the crowd in between his pleading that the audience turn their phones off and not attempt to check the score of the Bruins game. It reminded me of a student activities director at a community college trying to get students excited for a night of free bowling. CNN’s John King then brought out the candidates (they are all officially candidates now, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-MN-6, filed her paperwork today) and they each had to make the decision whether or not to shake each other’s hand amidst Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA; 2003-2007) saying very loudly “bring it on down the line” and laughing incredibly artificially. The final laugh out loud moment of this pre-debate scene occurred when, in utter silence throughout the auditorium, the entire audience stood up. It was only when Mitt Romney, again incredibly loudly, said “are we doing the pledge, who’s leading it?” that I understood what was happening and, within a split second after positing his question, his booming voice could be heard saying “I pledge allegiance…”

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