(Video) Mitt Romney vs. The Incredible Shrinking President

**Posted by Phineas

Bill Whittle nails it in this video: In 2012, the candidates at the top of their respective tickets have made very different bets about the nature of the American people, and that difference is revealed in the choices each has made about who they pick for their running mate and how they run their campaigns. Romney has bet everything that Americans are still responsible adults who can face facts and make intelligent decisions as free citizens of a democratic republic. President Obama, on the other hand, assumes we are now nothing but infantilized wards happy to live in a super-sized European nanny state, concerned only that the “free pie” keeps coming.

PS: Romney-Ryan 2012, because too much free pie is only going to make us sick.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

#DNC2012: Massive Obama sand sculpture on display just steps from #MSDNC stage (SATURDAY UPDATE)

Saturday Update – 5:08 PM: Via the Washington Times, the “Sand Obama” has been damaged by the heavy rains experienced earlier today here.


Well, today was the big day for the unveiling of the official stage for DNC 2012 here in Charlotte:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. With images of Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty on large screens, convention organizers on Friday unveiled a transformed Time Warner Cable Arena that will serve as the stage for next week’s Democratic National Convention.

North Carolina delegates get prime seating on the convention floor, seated up front in a hall described by organizers as a “celebration of gathering” with open walkways and exposed staircases.

A 38-foot by 36-foot screen and booming speakers surrounding the delegates give Democrats “the look and feel we need” to deliver their message promoting President Barack Obama’s re-election effort, convention CEO Steve Kerrigan said.

Speaking of Mount Rushmore, “Team Sandtastic” is putting the finishing touches today on a huge sand sculpture of Obama to be on display at the EpiCentre in uptown Charlotte. Via the @graspmyBEAUTY Twitter account:

Obama sand sculpture at the EpiCentre

Click here for more photos.

15.5 tons of sand were shipped in from Myrtle Beach, SC for this. I don’t know who sponsored it (I don’t think it was paid for with DNC money) but massive sculptures of sitting political figures, especially Presidents, should disturb everyone a great deal (no matter the party), for reasons I don’t have to explain – no matter how well done they are.

No doubt this sculpture will send tingles up the legs of many a DNC attendee, but it will be an especially big deal to MSDNC anchors – whose stage also just happens to be at the EpiCentre (photo taken by me a couple of weeks ago during preparations):

MSNBC at the Epicentre for DNC 2012.

Just a short walk away from the cast and crew of MSDNC to pay their hourly homage. When they’re not on the air, that is ….

#GOP2012 final night: Get ready for Gingrich, Rubio, Eastwood and – of course – Romney

It’s the last night – the biggest one of the GOP Convention, where Mitt Romney will formally accept the Republican nomination for President.  Here’s tonight’s line-up of speakers:

7 p.m.
• Convention convenes
• Call to order
• Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team
• Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka
• National Anthem sung by SEVEN
• Invocation by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins
• Remarks by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (FL)
• Reagan Legacy Video
• Remarks by Newt and Callista Gingrich
• Remarks by Craig Romney


8 p.m.
• Remarks by Governor former Jeb Bush (FL)
• Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign
• Remarks by Grant Bennett
• Remarks by Tom Stemberg

9 p.m.
• Remarks by former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey
• Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce
• Remarks by Olympians Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode

10 p.m.
• Remarks by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL)
• Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney
• Benediction by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
• Speaker Boehner declares convention adjourned

Clint Eastwood is reportedly the “mystery guest” the GOP has been teasing all week, and will speak after 10. Perhaps before Rubio, or perhaps before Romney. It’s unclear.  Either way, if you can’t get to a TV you can watch it via News 14’s livestream.

Hopefully tonight will be as exciting and inspiring as the last two nights.  Condi Rice absolutely rocked the house last night – and it goes without saying that Paul Ryan did the same.  I’m feeling really good about Romney/Ryan’s chances going into the final stretch, but am also bracing myself for even worse from the Obama campaign than we’ve previously seen these last few months.  As I’ve written before, next week at the DNC will be a “War On Women” homage to abortion, and a hatefest towards so-called “patriarchal” Republicans, and it will not be a pretty sight. I just hope the people watching will be smart enough to see through it – or at least smart enough to question it.

Hey, a girl can dream – right?

(Video) A moving tribute to fallen warriors

**Posted by Phineas

Via Michael Yon, here’s video from the New Zealand Defence Force of members of the 2/1 Battalion enacting a Maori haka to honor comrades killed by an IED trap in Afghanistan:

From the description posted by the NZDF:

Haka is used throughout New Zealand by many, not only M?ori, to demonstrate their collective thoughts. There is a haka for each of the Services, as well as the Defence Force. Units with the NZ Army have their own haka. This video shows the soldiers of 2/1 RNZIR Battalion performing their Unit haka, powerfully acknowledging the lives and feats of their fallen comrades as they come onto the Unit’s parade ground. It is also an emotive farewell for they will leave via the waharoa (the carved entrance way) for the very last time.

Haka –sometimes termed a posture dance could also be described as a chant with actions. There are various forms of haka; some with weapons some without, some have set actions others may be ‘free style.’ Haka is used by M?ori (indigenous people of New Zealand) for a myriad of reasons; to challenge or express defiance or contempt, to demonstrate approval or appreciation, to encourage or to discourage, to acknowledge feats and achievements, to welcome, to farewell, as an expression of pride, happiness or sorrow. There is almost no inappropriate occasion for haka; it is an outward display of inner thoughts and emotions. Within the context of an occasion it is abundantly clear which emotion is being expressed.

Aside from the haka itself, what I find so fascinating are the stark contrasts in the ceremony: between the loud, demonstrative warriors’ farewell and the quiet dignity of the Christian priest leading the fallen to their rest; between the world of the Maori and that of England. The two come together and, instead of clashing, blend to create something very powerful.

May they rest in peace.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)