(Video) “He’s only had four years”


**Posted by Phineas

Another good ad from the Romney campaign, contrasting Governor Romney’s record of accomplishment over his four year term with President Obama’s in his. I think it’s especially effecting when comparing Romney’s ability to work with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature in Massachusetts to Obama’s utter failure to work in any meaningful way with the Republican House:

PS: Romney-Ryan 2012, because it would be dumb to give another four years to the guy who wasted the first four.

via Blue Crab Boulevard

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Sunday Football Open Thread: #Cowboys at the #Panthers


Panthers logoWell, after a bye week and a lot of soul-searching, the Panthers are gearing up to take on the Dallas Cowboys today at Bank of America Stadium. The weather outside is nice at 60 degrees and clear skies with an expected high of 68, but hopefully the Cats can use their home field advantage to turn up the temperature a little higher against the Cowboys, whose record (2-4) isn’t much better than ours (1-4).

I’m not optimistic we’ll win but I did pick the Panthers in this week’s office football pool. Please don’t let me down, guys!

If you get a chance, make sure to read Observer sports columnist Scott Fowler’s awesome article on the late Panthers linebacker (and former assistant coach) Sam Mills, who passed away from cancer in 2005 at the age of 45. The first Panthers jersey I ever owned was Mills’ #51, and I still have it.

I took this photo of the statue they have of him at the stadium at the pre-season game the Panthers played against the Dolphins in August.

RIP Sam Mills

The Sam Mills statue in front of Bank of America Stadium.

My other office pool picks:

SF (W)
CHI (38 total game points)

Game time for the Cowboys at the Panthers is 1 pm ET and it will be broadcast locally on Fox.

Tough guy actor @RussellCrowe is very thin-skinned when it comes to politics


Wow, talk about inadvertently stumbling into a verbal minefield!

I was covering the “overnight shift” on Twitter (had fallen asleep on the couch for several hours, woke up and could not go back to sleep and then got on Twitter to pass some time) and was having a back and forth with several peeps when a friend of mine posted that he had read actor Russell Crowe supported Mitt Romney. Here’s how it started:

My friend AE had found the link via Wiki (it wasn’t Wiki he went by, but the sourcing Wiki provides in the reference notes). There was a link there with photos of celebs and blurbs underneath the pictures about who they had (allegedly) thrown their support behind this election. The one of Crowe stated he was supporting Romney.

And yes, I know Crowe is not American and couldn’t vote in the election, but it’s always interesting to discuss celebrity endorsements of GOP politicos because it’s such a rarity – thanks to liberal Hollywood’s blatant intolerance for fellow actors and actresses who have differing views than the majority. In reality, most of us don’t care who Hollywood leftists support unless they turn into jerks about it.

Which Russell Crowe did.

AE and I were going back and forth praising Crowe for the balls it took entertainers to come out in support of a Republican. As it turns out, we were incorrect – Crowe does not support Romney, he supports Obama. But instead of politely correcting us on it he … blocked us, and other conservatives whose only crime was to discuss who we and they thought Crowe had lent his support to. Blocked. Because he found it “insulting” to be thought of as endorsing Romney. Don’t believe me? See for yourself:

The only “agenda” was to remark how cool it was that the Gladiator actor had (supposedly but in reality not) shed the shackles of Hollywood liberalism in bucking the system. In the end, what happened was that we learned how thin-skinned this so-called “tough guy” actor is when it comes to politics. Of course, he has the right to block who he wants to. I block people, too. But not for mere political disagreement.

And that’s the real issue here. Not one person blocked by him cares that he or she was blocked – it’s the “why” that’s so interesting. Is political disagreement that offensive to him? If so, perhaps he should move to a place where it’s not allowed.

Wanna see something even funnier than him blocking people for mistakenly believing he endorsed Romney? This tweet, in which he directly contradicted himself:

Translation: I don’t endorse politicians but I just endorsed Obama … because he is “the light.”

Hilarity, of course, ensued, and my Twitter page is filled with retweets I did of people challenging him on his assertions about Obama. His argument was pretty well blown out of the water but I doubt he noticed because he was so busy intolerantly hitting the block button.

It’s sad, really. Twitter can be a useful platform for people to share information and to hash out differences – as I and others would have gladly done with Crowe last night. But his intolerance for dissent prevents that, proving that he has a lot more in common with the President he just gushingly endorsed than he lets on.

Oh well. As others remarked, at least he didn’t throw a phone at us.

Update – 12:21 PM: Twitchy.com thoroughly documents Crowe’s hissy fit, and responses from fans, here.