Very interesting here in the comment-sphere. While many are certainly taking the holier-than-thou approach this morning, there are many who see it like our Commenter #3 here. Why? Does this speak further to value change in our society. Interestingly enough, certain surveys showed that some female voters forgave Sanford because the situation with the mistress seemed to be genuine love. As they say, art imitates life, and what other polls are also showing is that female viewers are rooting for the fictional couple on the ABC hit series "Scandal" that depicts POTUS having an affair with a woman he truly loves. As we observe the beginnings of a gender shift in power in the U.S. that seems to be coinciding with re-evaluation of traditional relationships, we see a new attitude. While the national press corp may have been shocked about the win, many of us who observe the cultural scene are not quite in that same situation today. It's about being able to connect the dots to indicate not only what could take place, but mindset behind why it is taking place. Keep reading and watching us!
What's the hot political chatter of the moment? Well, aside from the Benghazi hearings today, it's all about Republican Mark Sanford's win of a South Carolina congressional seat just last night. Though caught up in a previous scandal regarding extra-marital romance and more, Sanford surpised many and appeared like a phoenix from the ashes and claiming victory. It is said that the national press corp is shocked, but the real news in in the public opinion. Let's get a glimpse....
All seem against Rodman on this one. It's an interesting intersection of the new cold, well let's say lukewarm, shoulder to much of celebrity as we know it as well as demonstrative of the fact that we just don't seem to like our politics and celeb worlds mixing. Each time it seems to happen and no matter whether it's politicos stepping into the celeb world or vice-versa, the comment-sphere tends to become irked. Yet, these situations keep taking place, and the stakes seem to get higher. What does this all actually mean? Funny, it's been said that politics is celebrity for the unattractive. While we are not certain that is true, we have to admit that there is a lot of show/theater on both sides making each indistinguishable at times. This is colliding with the new SmartPower view of life that demands integrity and transparency - a complete opposite of many celebrated figures these days. What's it all mean for you? That as more individuals start owning their impact (a la Rodman), we're going to see some interesting twists and turns come up and continuously change the game - rapidly. R u ready?
Yet more in the media on Dennis Rodman. The basketball legend and newly crowned American diplomat says that he will be on his way back to North Korea within the next 6 months. Rodman hopes to broker a peace deal between North Korean Leader, Kim Jong Un and President Barack Obama. The basketball star describes his relationship with the Korean leader as a "friendship". His next trip to the small Asian country will be centered around a kids basketball clinic. Politicos chime in....
This is about truth, transparency, accuracy. Who is telling it, who is hiding it, who is offering it; respectively. As we learn how very important these values are becoming - even more - in our society, we will begin to see new methodologies of judgment. Careful, though, to look at who thinks he/she is qualified to make the judgments and what exposure that brings in the dawn of a very leaderful era.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration to being the next secretary of state. Since the position has to be approved by the Senate and there have already been several attacks on Rice's public handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the ambassador didn't seem to think that the long and costly confirmation process was worth it for the country and the administration. She stated that she was more than capable of handling the duties of the secretary of state, but it simply was not the right time for her to fulfill that role. President Obama accepted her decision and stated he was proud that she put the state of the nation before politics. Another possible candidate for the role is Democrat Sen. John Kerry of Mass. Are other people just as proud of Rice or are there some celebrations over her decision...
Ouch. Between Mourdock's statement and cnn.com posting (then quickly pulling) a story examining whether women's hormones influence their voting choices just might make one wonder what the heck is going on here. Most seem to be up in arms because they don't seem to feel quite comfortable associating acts of violence against women, condoned by the Creator. So between this great discussion, Naomi Wolf's new book and more; look for further shift and change to take place from and by women in the home, politics and more. You can quote us on that one!
Indiana Republican Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock announced he is not backing down on the "god intended rape" statements he made during a debate earlier this week. The republican has since gained much negative criticism from the media. But Mourdock remains that everyone is twisting his words. He said in a news conference that he of course does not condone any violent acts such as rape he only meant that the unborn child is a victim of that rape as well as the woman. He went on to say he has grappled with the issue of rape abortion, but he believes life is precious regardless of the way in which it was conceived. This is a hot issue on the campaign trail right now and certainly can't help Romney's women's vote too much. Let's see if others think this is an important topic to the race or not....
... when I heard about this story I admit I groaned a little and wish he had worded what he had said differently. But he was really just answering a follow up question in a personal way... all the stink being made is really the Democrats trying to create a stir.
The below shows us that both personality and, obviously, that fact it's important to be able to make a good argument are what really matter to those who watched and commented. Interesting that even though much of the media has talked also about the format and moderator, those elements barely show up near center stage for the commerati. And who knew that Big Bird/Sesame Street would be what really caught the attention of most, taking Romney well into today via Trending Topics and more?! Forget jobs, it's about childhood puppet poultry! LOL In this day and age where every one can broadcast, publish and more; to stand out in debates and capture the comment-sphere it seems like unexpected spontaneity is where engagement happens. We can hardly wait to see Biden vs. Ryan!
Last night was a crucial night for the Romney campaign to turn the polls around. On the eve of debate night and the recent negative favoring of Romney in most Battleground states such as Ohio and Nevada, the republican party needed a big comeback from their candidate...And they got one. Most publications and pundits today agree that Mitt Romney won the first presidential debate reporting that although he wasn't very specific on issues such as tax reform, the former Mass. Governor's overall body language and talking points against Obama portrayed him as the better debater. Now pundits wonde what will this mean for the election? Let's turn to the commentsphere to determine what the public is thinking...
Who wins the debates will have little bearing on the election. What the debates do show and reveal is, what an incompetent, clueless, professorial, narcissistic president we currently have in the White House.
Not surprising, the comment-sphere reflects the division of the country. Acceptance speeches such as these typically seem anti-climatic. It's all about formality in an era where less and less formality reigns. As the SmartPower tribe continues to re-define the social dynamic between us, watch for more shift in such spectacle that does not give new thinkers what it really wants.
The Massachusetts Republican accepted the nomination of his party as its nominee for president this Thursday evening, thereby being the first Mormon to achieve such a position. In his speech, Romney emphasized the need to 'turn the page', and highlighted that President Obama's time is over, and has been over for a while. Now Romney is in a two month sprint to November 6th. So how are Americans feeling about this nomination and, more importantly, its implications?
Did you expect him to say no? It was a done deal befroe he got there, what a joke the convention is...it's a pep rally not a nomination vote. The system is broken...so why spend the millions just to pat yourself on the back...This is who is going to save us money...Please!
Mitt and the GOP got it right...wish we could move fast forward to November 6th and vote out Obama...Mitt has the resume, whereas Obama was a plant by the democrats to see how America could be brainwashed with 'hope and change' while hiding the candidate's background which is STILL hidden 4 years later...I am looking forward to see the hit movie of 2016: Obama's America.
Transparency. Transparency. Transparency. This is and will continue to be a major issue in politics and within our culture overall. When societies shift, people demand even more visibile information in order to make decisions during a changing time. This will continue to be an issue until some kind of firm documentation is proven - or someone goes back and searches office videotape. LOL
First, the question arose as to what Mitt Romney's official departure date was from Bain Capital. President Obama and the Democrats are questioning whether Romney really left Bain in February 1999. Now there is the accusation from the Obama campaign that Romney signed off on the business decisions related to outsourcing which resulted in great job loss after that 1999 date. Democrats have seized upon Romney’s Bain ties as a test of his credibility, suggesting that he is evading responsibility for his leadership of Bain. The issue is still making the news and stirring comments.
As a financial advisor, I've seen some of these tax dodges for the wealthy. It takes immense wealth to afford the lawyers who make squeezing through the loopholes possible. I presume that's what Romney has and doesn't want to reveal. … I don't think there is anything wrong with what Romney is alleged to have done at Bain. Outsourcing is a reality, pretty much all companies do it some degree. … Romney can't have it both ways. He claims his business experience gives him the chops to be President, but when he is questioned about that "experience" he has no qualms about lying. … It would be very easy to prove he wasn't running Bain after 99 - just produce the person who was. … Romney's worst opponent is Mitt Romney. He wants to run away from his past, his religion, his wealth and his own political beliefs, and then he is shocked when his rivals use his hypocrisy against him. … If Romney has absolutely nothing to hide then he has absolutely nothing to fear.
Romney has no principles. … Mitt has no shame. He's a lying sack of dung. … If you had no record to run on you'd be smearing your opponent too. … Romney says: "I worked at one company, Bain, for 25 years." Romney started at Bain in 1977. 1977+25= 2002. … Busted. … Keep lying , libs. It's all you've got. … The onus is on the Romney campaign to prove otherwise. Failing that --as they're doing-- they'll keep losing ground.
Are you saying that Romney may have lied through his teeth? I'm simply flabbergasted. … When people take leaves of absence, that usually means the assumption is they're still associated with the company, and that they plan to be back, right? … Laws are for little people. Romney doesn't have to answer to the likes of the FTC and the common masses. … Take the grief Romney is getting for releasing one tax return, multiply it by ten and take a guess at why he doesn't want to release all his tax returns. … Mitt Romney as a business man did his job and did it well. . Investors generally invest to make money and in the process jobs are created, if not successful jobs are lost, but it's still the investors money that made the opportunity to succeed or fail possible.
Hot debate on this one from both sides. This incident is a perfect example of the boundary testing that occurs minute by minute as we move further into this new leaderful era; and we see some are cool with it, some not. Watch for the tug-of-war to continue between those who want true, information in order to expand vs those who want their own views simply reflected. Which one makes a person more comfortable, and why? But hey, the bright side is, the two new gigs open for associate producer should help balance that jobless number a bit, no? Gracias, Chris. Send resumes to ailes@......... LOL
Fox News is criticized for a video network associate producer Chris White aired which many say is demonstrative of the network's Republican bias. The four minute video features "Fox & Friends" hosts discussing whether Obama has delivered on his promise of Hope and Change. Meanwhile, White had already planned to exit to CNN which just pulled the offer after this incident. He leaves a trail of comments in his wake.
...Rhis is obnoxious propaganda. The fact that so many of you can't see it for what it is means that Fox has done a remarkable job of teaching their viewers that propaganda is news and there can be no bias if you agree with opinion being given.
Speaking of hope and change and actually doing something about it are two different things. A producer airs the truth and gets grilled for it. Wake up America, open your eyes and see what's before you. No more hiding and acting like it didn't happen...
Quite frankly, it is astonishing to find the intelligentsia who raise the nonsensical issue of Mitt Romney’s faith, but who told Americans in 2008 that then-candidate Barack Obama’s church and the radical anti-Americanism of Jeremiah Wright was off limits....
...Romney won't get my vote and it (won't be due to faith) will be due to the brutal cover up of childhood sexual abuse, threats to victims as well as their mothers, and the sickening mocking the Romney's due to victims.
I doubt Obama will focus on Romeny's Mormonism. After all, any one who followed the Republican Primaries knows that Romney wasn't even the most Mormon of the candidates. That honor went to Newt Gingrich with his three wives...