I think we've been plain enough in our opposition to the candidates for President being offered up by America's two great political parties.
We cheerfully acknowledge the liklihood that in addition to being deeply opposed to many/most/if not all of the policies put forward by President Obama, Mr. Romney and their respective party platforms, this may reflect a personal problem on our part as we have internalized ... and then some ... the following credo first presented by the beloved Groucho Marx.
So anyway, the libertarian/anti-war types have sniffed us out and have been bombing us with the stuff.
So to speak.
The following are some of our favorites.
We begin with Terry D's hands down favorite, which mostly just creeps me out.
Our strongly held opinion is that the next couple whatevertheyares accurately depict the overwhelming tone of the 2012 election.
This year, America will be voting against.
Conan get's it.
America's contempt for the political class continues to grow.
Which in the case of Vice President Biden, that contempt is well earned.
Speaking of War, some people are beginning to notice that the supposed anti-war left has been AWOL for the past four years and have drawn some conclusions.
Finally, a warning.
Be afraid ..... Be very afraid.
President Obama gave an interview to the Des Moines Register last Wednesday and upon being asked whether he regrets pursuing "ObamaCare" rather than focusing more on the economy, President Obama answered as follows,
"Absolutely not. Remember the context. First of all, Mitch McConnell has imposed an ironclad filibuster from the first day I was in office. And that's not speculation."
Keep in mind here that Mr. McConnell was then and still is the Senate Minority Leader, and that in 2009 upon Minnesota's Al Franken being seated, Democrats held 60 seats in the Senate and as a result a GOP filibuster was not possible.
The argument that cancer stricken Ted Kennedy and terminally ill Robert Byrd were unable to take their seats to vote to end this "ironclad" Republican filibuster fails as well as Republicans, in small numbers to be sure, crossed the aisle on at least three separate occasions as three Republican Senators voted for the February 2009 stimulus bill, five for the Lilly Ledbetter bill and nine for an expansion of the state children's health program.
As President Obama's then Chief of Staff and now Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emmanuel so elegantly put it.
Always with the excuses, this President.
A new 21-nation poll for BBC World Service for World Pubic Opinion.org indicates that citizens around the world would strongly prefer to see Barack Obama re-elected as US President rather than his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
The poll of 21,797 people, conducted by GlobeScan/PIPA between July 3 and September 3, 2012, indicates that Obama is preferred to Romney in 20 of the 21 countries polled. Overall, an average of 50 per cent would prefer to see Obama elected, compared to only 9 per cent who prefer Romney. The rest express no preference between the two.
Of all the countries polled, France is currently the most strongly pro-Obama, with 72 per cent wanting him to be re-elected and just 2 per cent preferring Romney. Australia (67%), Canada (66%), Nigeria (66%), and the UK (65%) are among the other countries with large majorities favouring Obama.
Pakistan, where 14 per cent want to see Romney elected compared to 11 per cent who prefer Obama, is the only country where the current President is not the favoured candidate--but here, three-quarters (75%) express no opinion. The countries with the largest proportions favouring Mitt Romney are Kenya (18%) and Poland (16%).
Which may just be one of the very few real good reasons to prefer Mitt Romney over Barack Obama.
On account of us having barely even put a dent in the pile of stuff we've collected recently, here's a little more.
Since it's the morning after the second debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in their contest to determine the next President of the United States, and the subject of "taxing the rich" is bound to have come up, let's start with tax rates.
Romney's 2011 tax rate was significantly lower at about 13.6% than was Obama's at about 21%.
Romney's giving exceeds that of Obama by a score of 29% to 24%.
At the risk of being accused of beating a dead horse, we think everybody should be paying the same rate after a substantial personal deduction and that charitable giving should only be an issue if some selfish little turd who gives next to nothing out of his personal account happens to be running for the office of Vice President.
We know this and are positive that you know it as well, but it is certainly worth repeating.
Charts like statistics can be fudged, as is pointed out in these two views of America's 'housing recovery.
We posted these two a while back.
Both employment/population and the labor force participation rate of men are in serious decline.
Not to worry though as our government with money provided by the American people supplies many, many, many of our poorest and less fortunate souls with food, clothing and shelter in abundance.
The following depiction accurately ... we think ... conveys how we determine who it is that needs the most help providing for their own living arrangements.
Fair is fair.
And many Americans need this help as large percentages of the American people have less than a $100 cash reserve for emergencies.
Part of the problem might just be that the value of the unit in which people are getting paid, the dollar, declines in value year after year after year after year after ......
Yeah, yeah you've seen this one before.
While the rate of change in average hourly earnings is also in decline.
I believe that we have mentioned that those scalawags over there at the government are living large.
We're guessing that not one word of any of this with the exception of that "tax the rich" thing was mentioned last night.
Out of time ..... gotta scoot.
We have got the stuff today as we've been collecting without a post for probably the better part of three weeks now.
So, in no particular order of importance,
Recent Natural Gas pricing offers a primer on the law of supply and demand as supply of Nat Gas drilling rigs rises and falls with the price of Nat Gas.
Prices for Liquid Natural Gas swing wildly from continent to continent as intercontinental transport of Natural Gas remains difficult, expensive and likely dangerous.
Some people took a less serious approach to the Presidential debates than did others.
While President Obama's epic poor performance in the first debate may not cost him the Presidency it most certainly has destroyed what little confidence the country had left in the abilities of the Telestrator in Chief.
When The New Yorker is taking cover shots at a sitting Democrat President, you gotta think all credibility is lost.
Spain has moved past debate as it's rate of unemplyment moves into the mid 20s. The real dark red in the map below is Spain for those of you who are geographically challenged.
The light blue smack in the middle of Europe is Germany, who I'm thinking would really like to stay that color.
"Recortes Son Necesarios" translates as "Cuts Are Necessary" in reference to austerity measures allegedly being implemented by the Spanish governmnent.
We trust you can grasp the meaning in the artwork.
Unbelievably to us among many, the Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union despite the violence captured in the photos below.
We happen to be very comfortable laying the blame for that violence directly at the feet of the European Union, among some others.
Which award following that for President Obama inspired the following special offer.
Speaking of unemployment, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate has fallen from 8.1 % in August to 7.8% in September on the strength of some 870,000 plus new jobs 563,000 of which were part time.
This number has been widely mocked as cooked.
While not evidence of cooking on the part of the Labor Department, the following chart of the September Monthly Change to Workers Aged 20-24 reveals the first and only increase in employment in 28 years.
Each bar in the chart below represents a September of some year.
The fact is that September of 2012 is the first month in history that this age group has ever experienced an increase in employment during the month of September ...... you're gonna have to take our word on that last part as I can't find a chart that works.
I don't know what this has to do with anything, but I thought it to be interesting and saved it to whip out the next time there is an uncomfortable lull in the conversation at some cocktail party I may be attending.
From The Pew Forum.
Finally, because I'm out of both time and energy for the moment, that's it for now.
We finish today's report with the fundamental difference between Mom and Dad.