Thursday, November 01, 2012

Sandy blows in and Romney bows out

Why do Democrats seem to do compassion so much better than Republicans? Is that they are innately more kind, considerate and empathetic than their political opponents? Or are they're just better actors; more accomplished at suiting the action to the word and the word to the action; better at holding the mirror up to nature, to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure?

Look very carefully at the above picture. Could you see Mitt Romney doing that? George W Bush? Bob Dole? John McCain? Sarah Palin? The question is not, of course, to suggest that Republicans are incapable or devoid of feeling, but in public expression, compared to Obama, Clinton, Carter, Kennedy...

This visual media connectivity is crucial to political campaigning in this age of sensing, feeling and intuiting. Hurricane Sandy may well have put President Obama in full performance mode, but it is supreme 'Method' acting: his body, face and emotions are truthful. There is no alientation, hypocrisy or objective indication: he believes, so we believe.

Poor Mitt Romney has been lost in the whirlwind, for no sincere Republican can criticise the President's compassion without themselves seeming heartless and unfeeling. While Obama is hugging, comforting and weeping with those who weep, Romney is handing out brown paper bags full of food, water and emergency provisions. Both contributions are, of course, beneficial and necessary in a grievous state of emergency, but the cameras are drawn only to one: they feed off the star quality of charisma; drinking each box-office flick of emotion.

Obama's warm, tender hand brings to mind one of the supremest expressions of God's compassion ever painted:

This is Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son. And this is from the incomparable reflection upon that painting by Henri Nouwen:
The father's left hand touching the son's shoulder is strong and muscular. The fingers are spread out and cover a large part of the prodigal son's shoulder and back. I can see a certain pressure, especially in the thumb. That hand seems not only to touch, but, with its strength, also to hold. Even though there is a gentleness in the way the father's left hand touches his son, it is not without a firm grip.

How different is the father's right hand! This hand does not hold or grasp. It is refined, soft, and very tender. The fingers are close to each other and they have an elegant quality. It lies gently upon the son's shoulder. It wants to caress, to stroke, and to offer consolation and comfort. It is a mother's hand...

As soon as I recognized the difference between the two hands of the father, a new world of meaning opened up for me. The Father is not simply a great patriarch. He is mother as well as father. He touches the son with a masculine hand and a feminine hand. He holds, and she caresses. He confirms and she consoles. He is , indeed, God, in whom both manhood and womanhood, fatherhood and motherhood, are fully present. That gentle and caressing right hand echoes for me the words of the prophet Isaiah: "Can a woman forget her baby at the breast, feel no pity for the chile she has borne? Even if these were to forget, I shall not forget you. Look, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.
Sandy has breathed, and the Republicans are scattered. The US Presidential Election is suddenly no longer about the details of policy, hard economic facts, lawyerly legislation or tedious taxation, for these belong to the hollow world of politics. Sandy has blown in, and the demand now is for love, compassion and empathy, and Obama is both mother and father of the nation. The campaign has been abruptly 'feminised' for those who now yearn for spiritual comfort. Both Obama and Romney now need to be androgynous, expressing both male and female at a glance. But only one is truly in touch with his 'feminine side': the hand says it all.


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1 November 2012 at 09:48  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Article: "Could you see Mitt Romney doing that?"

I've just asked exactly that elsewhere after seeing the picture. For all the inevitable showmanship, the clip does look quite natural.

I confess I've had 'natural disaster fatigue' recently but looking at the pictures today it's hard not to fill up. Those poor people.

1 November 2012 at 10:07  
Blogger Concerned said...

I'm afraid that His Grace may be just a bit naive. While the average politician may occasionally "do God" they are equally adept at "doing compassion". It's nothing more than just show, or for public consumption if you will.

1 November 2012 at 10:30  
Blogger The Way of Dodo said...

Well, say what you will about Obama's politics, he appears genuine to me.

And yet, for the great proponent of abortion - and for children aborted who live - these words contradict the image:

"Can a woman forget her baby at the breast, feel no pity for the chile she has borne? Even if these were to forget, I shall not forget you. Look, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands."

Strange times we live in.

1 November 2012 at 10:45  
Blogger Kate Danaher said...

Unfair and incorrect to suggest Republicans can't do public compassion.

George W Bush was a master at it:

1 November 2012 at 10:51  
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1 November 2012 at 11:03  
Blogger James said...

Just take a look at this. Romney actually thinks that it is immoral to help people in their hour of need? This is representative of Mormon theology?

(And for reference: I, who am left of political centre, recognise that people on the right of the political spectrum can do genuine compassion. Perhaps the finest example of all can be found in Hansard for 14 March 1996 - the 202 words spoken that day by the Rev Ian Paisley)

1 November 2012 at 11:04  
Blogger MrTinkles said...

I think Your Grace may have a point. But in this particular case I think it's something else entirely.
Obama is president; he's expected to travel to the disaster area...and yes, give a victim a cuddle (whether genuine or cynical).
If Romney gets within a hundred miles of someone who lost their home the will be howls of protest at his blatant electioneering.
He's stuffed!
Sandy may very well have handed Obama 4 more years.
To paraphrase the Sun - "it's the wind that won it"

1 November 2012 at 11:07  
Blogger Nath said...

Perhaps compassion comes from shared experience: suffering similar trials and tribulations; hopes and temptations and through them standing together in both empathy and knowledge of each other's grief.I do sense, though cannot say this objectively, that a higher proportion of Democrats or just the left in general have walked in the same shoes as the average person and so can show compassion whereas the right, for which ever reason, hasn't?
Perhaps this is because the right has walked those paths in the past and possesses inherited knowledge learnt from those mistakes. They better understand the pitfalls and how to avoid them. Thus although they may not be able in this generation to show similar compassion they can provide better judgement.
Just a thought.

1 November 2012 at 11:13  
Blogger Clare Slaney said...

Astonishing, how we believe we know what is happening in a persons mind and heart, particularly people we have never met. For what it's worth, if ones political ideology is to perceive people, their wellbeing, homes, health and jobs as economic units it might not be too far a stretch to believe that people are more like lego bricks than flesh and blood.

1 November 2012 at 11:21  
Blogger Nicodemus said...

It strikes me that temperament as much as anything else influences our worldview and even religious perspective. Those who are by nature more compassionate often compromise truth; those who are concerned by nature more for truth may seem hard and unfeeling. But we need both truth and love, as the Apostle pointed out (Ephesians 4:15), a most difficult balance.

However the West in it's abandonment of Truth has become overly touchy-feely, so displays of compassion win out every time.

Nevertheless we have yet to see the outcome of the election.

1 November 2012 at 11:27  
Blogger Corrigan1 said...

The Democrats may be douches, but the Republicans are unregenerate filth. That's the essential difference. It is the relentlessness of Republican scumbaggery that is the turn-off, the knowledge that whatever promises they make, whatever political programme they claim to follow, they are angry, rich white guys who are motivated purely be the a white-hot hatred of anybody with a dollar less than them. The Democrats can be bought; the Republicans would screw the horse and then eat the sugarlump themselves.

1 November 2012 at 11:38  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

I can't imagine the Queen doing that either as it goes.

1 November 2012 at 11:54  
Blogger Arthur Sido said...

Thankfully the previous comments have by and large (with one glaring exception) pointed out what should be obvious: Obama is President and is expected to be there, Romney cannot be there without seeming opportunistic. All Presidents show up and Mr. Obama's predecessor seemed at least as genuine. These men are at heart both politicians so we need to take what they do with a heaping helping of salt.

1 November 2012 at 12:39  
Blogger non mouse said...

Indeed, Your Grace ... Obama is all act and persona; his voice tells everything about his character, and I can't stand to listen to it.

Interesting, too, that you've chosen this description of the left and right hands! I notice that the right, here, is the feminine side. At first, this seems to conflict with the politics you describe, where the left promotes the soppy, witless, pose. It all falls into place for me, though, when you say: Both Obama and Romney now need to be androgynous, expressing both male and female at a glance. "Androgyny" provides the key -- there is no left or right in modern US politics any more than there is in the British model. Everything is LEFT (and therefore lost).

I must say, though, that I meet quite a few Americans who are also aware of the corruption and undermining that has taken place-- I'm not alone in indicating that it is so.** That fact gives me hope for Western Civilisation, if only because the US is a larger country, so there are necessarily more of that ilk there than here.

Like me, they meet young people who not only cannot speak any language properly, but who also are ignorant of such events as 9/11and who the "terrorists" were. They just think it's great that America, with its "freedom," is the world's policeman.

1 November 2012 at 12:44  
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1 November 2012 at 14:05  
Blogger D. N. Stoddart said...

I think you're missing something here, Cranmer. The following photo was one of the most talked-about photos of G. W. Bush ever captured:

Certainly, media perceptions have much to do with projection of sympathy. But on this side of the pond, much mainstream media is politicised. I don't think MSNBC (for example) ran the above photo, except to insinuate cynicism. The question is often, "where is one getting one's news from?"

1 November 2012 at 14:13  
Blogger Julia Gasper said...

By featuring the picture and saying that Romney has got no chance you could be influencing the outcome of the election. Thanks, Cranmer, for helping to re-define marriage in the USA!

1 November 2012 at 14:17  
Blogger D. N. Stoddart said...

And since I neglected to say it, I think the answer to your question "could you see Mitt Romney doing that? George W Bush?" is yes.

I'm no Romney supporter, but he's been just as engaged as Obama, collecting and distributing food and supplies for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Check your news feeds. Of course, Obama in his capacity as the current POTUS is required to do much more as part of his job, coordinating relief efforts. But that's no knock against Romney (or Bush).

1 November 2012 at 14:17  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

The Lord moves in mysterious ways.

And indeed if Sandy is responsible for Obama winning the election the Democrat supporters could call it Divine Intervention.

I read in the NY Times that if all the women actually bothered to vote in America Obama would have a landslide victory.Conversely he is not at all popular with men voters.

1 November 2012 at 14:49  
Blogger Julia Gasper said...

That's strange. Across Europe, women are generally more conservative than men.
I note that one of the Archbishop's 805 followers has announced that she is forsaking him because of today's blog. Maybe she would like to consider reading mine instead?

1 November 2012 at 15:01  
Blogger Dave said...

The Lord moves in mysterious ways indeed.

Or old Obama gets an electoral boost from HAARP.

1 November 2012 at 15:03  
Blogger IanCad said...


What a beautiful description of a masterwork.

I agree with both DanJo @ 10:07 and Dodo @ 10:45.
It does seem genuine and unrehearsed.

The cynic in me though, can't be quelled.
The first rule US politicians learn is the old saw of George Burns:

"Sincerity; that's the thing! If you can fake that you've got it made."

1 November 2012 at 15:18  
Blogger Dr.D said...

It is too bad that you are unable to recognize a blatant fraud when it is acted out right before your eyes. Have your forgotten (or have you not heard?) about the 4 Americans that were sacrificed at Bengahazi, while asking for military support that was denied directly by Obama himself because it would adversely affect his election narrative? He abandoned those men, our ambassador and three others, for his ego and his own election. He is a TRAITOR, not a hero. He needs to be shot, or strung up.

1 November 2012 at 15:42  
Blogger John Magee said...

What rubbish! Photo ops and public relations. That's all.

One photo can't cover up four years of total incompetence.

I notice the Republican Govenor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, who is doing everything he can to help the people of his state isn't in this photo.

Too bad a painting of Jesus and the miracle of the loaves and fishes wasn't used in this article with the title: "Obama's federal aid money is on the way for everybody!"

Obama the miracle worker.

It's no accident Hollywood supports Obama and are Democrats and liberals. They make their living playing other peoples lives. It's called acting. This photo is Obama acting at his best. Too bad it's not a video and we could hear him read a wonderful speech from a teleprompter.

Where was Obama's "compassion" this past September 11 when the USA embassy at Benghazi, Lybia was being attacked and a USA Ambassador and 3 other were killed in an organized attack by al-Quada attack in Benghazi, Lybia? A massive Obama coverup of this events grows. We now know the Americam Ambasador talked live with the White House and State Department and begged for help. No help came. USA Marines in Tripoli a few hundred miles away and others at Naval Air Station Sigonilla, Sicily are always on the alert to take action in situations like this. They were never asked by the White House to go to Benghazi. Seven hours passed and Obama did NOTHING to help them. During these seven hours the USA Ambassador was sodomized and brutally killed and the others fought off the mobs as best they could, unarmed by order of the President, and were also murdered. Obama's "compassion did not extend to his Ambassador in Lybia and 3 other Americans begging for help to save their lives. This deliberate display of Obama not sending military help to his own Ambassador and staff and their subsequent murder shows the real Obama. A cold hearted man who deliberately let his own people to needlessly die terrible deaths.

Later when the bodies were returned to Washington parents of the murdered Ambassador and embassy staff were shocked how cold Obama was, and his weak handshake, an attitude of no concern. This was the reaction of Charles Woods the father of the Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods killed at Benghazi, sailor who who saved the lives of many of the staff, and was later killed by the attackers:

At the memorial service at Joint Base Andrews for his son and the three other Americans killed, Woods said that the president approached him. "Shaking hands with him was like shaking hands with a dead fish," he said. He recalled Vice President Biden saying to him "in an extremely loud and boisterous voice," "Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?" He questioned the sincerity of their sympathy, and that of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Obama let 4 of his own citizens die needlessly at Benghazi last month. That's Obama's "compassion".

Republican compassion is done behind the scenes creating a strong ecomony and protecting the country. They don't need to pose for pictures and pretend they are political saints.

1 November 2012 at 15:49  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

Miss Gasper there are a lot of comings and goings on this blog!
Female representation here is negligible. If you stay long enough you will understand the reason for that.

Our long time ranting resident rodent Miss N Mouse is a no nonsense type who has gained a measure of respect here and is a favourite of HG.Everyone is terrified of her even the Inspector.

There are a few who teeter on the verge of excommunication but grovelling apologies and promises of amended ways keep them still with us.I could sing HG praise but
there are enough creepy crawlies here who are much better at it than I am. Welcome to Crackerbox Farm!

praises but

1 November 2012 at 15:56  
Blogger Enemyof the State said...

Of course Obama felt compassion, you would have to have a heart of brass not to. But he didn't feel the same about his men in Benghazi, did he?

1 November 2012 at 16:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pay closer attention to Obamas hands, the left caressing her shoulder, why the right goes in for the strangle

Sandy brought more liquidity than was expected, now the markets are sunk

1 November 2012 at 17:45  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Damn expensive stuff compassion, you know. Should be kept in a sealed jar in a locked cupboard in the Bank of England’s gold vault. Only let out when really deserved. Sadly it’s out there driving our luxuriant benefits system. And you fellows who work wonder why you can’t fill your tanks with enough fuel to even get there.

Everyone one’s a winner on the benefits game. A particularly marvellous aspect is the way idle parents with large families have the cash stuffed into their pockets. Allows the offspring to learn and develop the leeching skills of mummy, and if he / they are around, daddy.

Thanks to this ‘compassion’, we can’t get Britons to be cleaners in this man’s office. Our foreign team do a wonderful job, while our undeserving lounge about. Other examples of compassion are letting prisoners out too soon from their already short sentences and assuring murderers they will once again walk the streets to kill again if they so desire, after a mere 15 years inside.

And of course, let us not forget the ‘compassion’ in the plans to soil marriage. That’s dunking it head first in the lavatory, flushing, and then walking all over it. All because a bunch of disordered sexual deviants are jealous of you, and society feels ‘compassion’ for them. An absolute disgrace !

There said it, and feel much the better for it !

I say, who’s ready for another whisky…

1 November 2012 at 18:56  
Blogger Span Ows said...

James (1 November 2012 11:04) said...
Just take a look at this. Romney actually thinks that it is immoral to help people in their hour of need? This is representative of Mormon theology?

It is not their money to give, as Horatio Bunce said to Davy Crockett..."Not Yours To Give" He was right even if it may sound harsh.

1 November 2012 at 19:37  
Blogger Span Ows said...

P.S. When are the MSM going to mention Bengahzigate? Seems all are steadfastly ignoring it until after the election, can you imagine if Bush were POTUS and this situation appeared? Jeez, they'd be a tsunami of outrage.

1 November 2012 at 20:01  
Blogger Span Ows said...

John Magee 15:49, well said!

1 November 2012 at 20:02  
Blogger Murray Steward said...

For some strange reason I started to like this site. No longer. What a load of crock! Empathy is not for the cameras, its in the heart. Its unseen, not visual, not pictorial or painted. Its in prayers and quiet times.

Cranmer has become the pharisee of the web. Shame.

1 November 2012 at 20:22  
Blogger Owl said...

YG, I am wondering if you were being ironical.

I checked the picture again and the thought that strikes me is still the same as when I first saw it: "how long did he pratice that pose".

When I was part of my schools theactrical society, we had to practise these pseudo emotional poses to convince the audience.

The whole hype about Obama staying at home and not electioneering due to his concern for the people is just that, hype.

I am sure that his backers/cronies/choreograpfers are perfectly aware that this IS electioneering.

I think that more than enough Americans can see through this farce.

I spent a lott of time in New Jersey many years ago and I know a lot of people there. I don't think any of them beleive a word this actor says. He's a fake.

The emotional gain, if any, is usually short lived. About the time when people need food and shelter rather than a hug, it tends to die. The man sharing the food is more important.

Now, who could that be?

I do sincerely hope that you were being a bit ironical.

1 November 2012 at 22:12  
Blogger Ivan said...

Mr Romney as an intelligent man knows that if he were to try to wear his heart on his sleeve, the MSM - the arch-enemy of the Republicans and indeed of decency and fair play would have a field day showing him up as a rich man acting sympathetic for the sake of votes.

Obama appeals to morons and vapid women, constituencies that put form over substance, thus his jaunts might appeal to them. This liar and incompetent was only a few weeks ago describing the murders of an ambassador and three others as "a bump on the road". In more ways than one, Obama is unlike "all those white men on the dollar bills", deplorably he lacks the instinctive patriotism they had.

2 November 2012 at 07:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a vast difference between 'doing the right thing'because this is a heart felt reaction and 'to be seen doing the right thing'because it is good for ones public image.

With recent experiences of Politicians it is probably good to err on the side of doubt.

It is the mark of a true humanitarian to be able to emphasive with those suffering and this is a Christlike attribute but only if it comes from the heart not a cynical attitude posed for the press.Only God knows what lies in the heart of man.

2 November 2012 at 07:51  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Your Grace, what a touching photo. A moment, if you'll permit me, to dab at my eyes and collect myself. I dare say your mater must have done a posh job of looking after your saintly hide whilst you were a wee lad, or else you'd have jumped on the first ox wagon to help look for some cad's lost puppy.

Obama's rare public display was a no-brainer of a golden opportunity, no doubt grabbed by his desperate handlers as a drowning man would grasp at a floating tea cup. A fortunate distraction from "Benghazigate" and anyway, the golf courses were closed and days away from the election, scheduling for a few holes woul've been seen as tasteless. But parading around disaster sites and looking presidential for the first time in his presidency by getting under foot of people who know their job does not impress a nation accustommed to frequent natural disasters. It's the best circumstantial stumping opportunity and photo op he could get but still, his message, such as it is, and his petty tra-da-boom zingers have been falling flat. My wager is still on Romney with at least 7 point lead, 11th hour theatrics by the desperate incumbent notwithstanding.

2 November 2012 at 12:01  
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2 November 2012 at 21:38  
Blogger iconlover said...

Your Grace:
This American and Democrat who usually enjoys your comments finds this one ridiculous. Obama is the One who voted for partial birth abortion. His concern is only for himself. Do not be misled by a photo the point of which is to get people like you ooohing and aaahing about how compassionate he is. He is nothing of the sort.

I am surprised to learn that you too have drunk the KoolAid.

3 November 2012 at 02:11  
Blogger Nilk said...

Your Grace you are wrong about GW Bush. The photo linked to above is one of the most well known, but it is not the only one.

Here's one from Katrina's devastating days.

A quick search will also turn up plenty of reports of Bush visiting wounded veterans quietly, without any fanfare and definitely no photo ops. The only reason anyone ever heard of them was because those on the receiving end of such visits told someone.

With respect to Mitt Romney, there are reports out there of good things he has done; victims of misfortune he has helped with no publicity.

But that doesn't play well to the meme that he's an eeevil rethuglican so it doesn't get anywhere near the airtime.

As iconlover notes above, Obama is all for partial birth abortion,and he's all for denying medical treatment to babies who survive abortion.

He left his men to die in Benghazi, then went to party on in Vegas at yet another fundraiser.

Romney may be a mormon and therefore not a christian, but he's a whole lot closer to being one than Obama is.

3 November 2012 at 21:20  
Blogger John Magee said...


The USA is a vast country. It's the job of the governors of states and the mayors of the cities and towns in those states to be the first responders in case of any of natural disaster. Then they contact the Federal Government. It's also the job of the governor of a state where a horrific natural disaster occures to call out the National Guard (Reserve Army troops) to help. This did not happen in Louisiana by a Democrat governor.

It's not the job of a President to take immediate charge of a regional natural disaster in the USA.

In the case of Katrina the people of New Orleans were given up to 5 days warning a catagory 5 hurrican ewas approaching and many refused to leave and worse many refused HELP to leave. New Orleans has been run by Democrats since the Civil War and next to Chicago (Obama's hometown) is recognized as the most corrupt city in the USA. We asked back then why wasn't Federal money over many decades used to reinforce the levee's and dyke's that protected New Orleans. No answer other than the liberal mantra "blame it on Bush"...

The events unfolding in NYC and the region right now area look pretty bleak. I wonder if Bush will be blamed for the Sandy mess too?

3 November 2012 at 23:35  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...


What's most remarkable is how the media has been going ape over the Obamamessiah just for doing his job as a president. For once. Did people suddenly forget that Appearing briefly in stricken areas to encourage rescue and aid workers and comfort victims is part of a leader's duties? Here, in Canada, where the CBC and The Toronto Star appears to view his re-election with the passion of a Second Coming. Even the conservative National Post which I favour, has been mindlessly printing predictable, soft-on-the-O stories from Reuters and AP.

Nilk, interesting that you, an Aussie, noticed and remembered. George Bush and his quiet humane gestures intended for the victims alone were indeed ignored by the media. And you get a gold star from me for being a fan of the inimitable Professor Bunyip's blog. Never a day goes by when I don't take a peek to see what he's got to say about this or that between his golf games and fishing at the bilabong. I count him, along with His Grace and a handful of others, as the bravest, most original minds in the blogosphere...and just as importantly, among the few masters of the English language in this sad Age of Gobledeygook.

3 November 2012 at 23:48  
Blogger John Magee said...


Before he left office in January 2009 President Bush set aside over 50 billion $$$ to fight AIDS in Africa. The USA and world liberal media completely ignored this fact. The rocker Bob Geldof, who does his own work for 3rd world charities, praised Bush for this act of enormous genrosity (with our tax dollars) and was of course blasted by fellow liberals for his decency and honesty for daring to give Bush 43 praise.

By the way. I read as many as 50% of Jews in the USA will most likely vote for Romney on Tuesday. Too bad it's not the 80%. Which represents the % of Jews in Israel who support him.

4 November 2012 at 00:18  
Blogger John Magee said...


You must remember Herman Cain. He was running as a candidate for the Presidency as a Republican earlier this year. He is a conservative black man, an businessman who saved two companies, and entrepreneur, extremely articulate (he never needs a teleprompter), loves his country, a devout Christian with no Muslim's in his closet, and a black man who was a descendent of slaves (unlike Obama who's father was African with no slave ancestors) and would have made an excellent President and a credit to his people. What did the liberals do to him? They destroyed him like they do all black conservatives. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is another example of how the left can destroy black conservatives. Of course the liberals forget that President Lincoln was a Republican, the first black Senator and Congressman were blacks, and after the Civil War 95% of all black men voted for Republicans (women did not have the vote until 1919) until 1932 when FDR promised blacks the new plantation called his welfare state... the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed only because the majority of Republicans voted for it while the "Dixiecrats" like Al Gore's father voted against it...It was a Republican President, Eisenhower, who sent the National Guard to enforce the desegration of schools in Arkansas in the 1950's.

All the Democrats s and liberals want is for blacks to live happily on the new plantation called the welfare state and vote for their new masters the Democrats who will guarantee they get free everything they need so long as they vote for their sugar daddy masters in the "big house" (the Congress and the Senate) the Democrats.

Meanwhile the welfare state has destroyed the black family.

4 November 2012 at 00:37  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

John, the 50% Jewish vote for Romney is unlikely. There has been a marked conservative tilt, for sure, which I ascribe to the demographics of the higher Orthodox birth rate and a reduction in Jewish self-identification among the assimilated ...majority of whom are liberals and Democrats... so, I expect a 10% increase at most from 2008. I suppose we'll know on Wednesday from the post-election analyses. The high pro-Romney numbers in Israel are more realistic and not so surprising; not only does everyone there remember Obama and Biden's ham-fisted slights, but since the failures of Oslo and Gaza, there is precious little remaining of the left in Israel, in spite of the millions funnelled by the EU for their life support.

I was rooting for Hermain Cain initially as well, but in time agreed with conservative critics and the Republican mainstream that as laudable as his background and business accomplishments are, he came across as politically inexperienced and very weak, if not utterly confused on foreign affairs. I was a fan of Rubio and Santorum as well and I can't say I was a fan of Romney initially, seeing him as a desperate choice, but the chap seems to be made of stern stuff, plays his opponents like cheap suckers with style and finnesse, and has grown on me. I just hope that after he wins...I still hold to my minimum of 7 point landslide bet...he can hold the GOP together, cool off the idealists and focus on the economy and relieving regulatory and bureacratic burdens.

I'm curious how the Sandy disasters which are leaving millions in the cold and dark, Bloomberg's utter incompetence and Christie's palpable panic and disappointing grovelling will play out on Tuesday. Then, there is that weird Obama call for a mass "revenge vote," whatever he meant by that.

4 November 2012 at 02:46  
Blogger John Magee said...



4 November 2012 at 04:18  
Blogger Nilk said...

John Magee @ 23.35
Yes, I'm aware that it's the Governor's job to look after natural disasters in the State. In the case of Katrina, if I recall, Bush had to personally call the Governor and ask her to declare a state of emergency.

This was not a good omen, especially when the hurricane hit other states also, which miraculously survived without the media circus. I guess that was because the other states just got on with the job.

Admittedly, the levees had been allowed to fall into disrepair (not Bush's fault), but there should still have been some disaster plan in place.

Avi @ 23.48, I bow to the good Professor as low as Barry Obama would to a saudi king. My intellect is tiny compared to Professor Bunyip's cutting and sharp commentary.

Yes, his mastery of the English language is sublime, and I've often copied his posts to friends who don't read his blog but do enjoy this wonderful language of ours.

On George Bush, he is a remarkably humble man, and his many good deeds have gone mostly unheralded and unrewarded. For all those who bleated about him being an imbecile, I don't think a complete fool would be able to qualify as a fighter pilot.

4 November 2012 at 08:10  
Blogger John Magee said...


You are a remarkable person. Few have taken the time as you have to see the entire picture about who Bush 43 was and and not buy into the left wing American and international liberal media hype and lies about the events concerning Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.

You are correct about President Bush being a trained fighter pilot. He had 53 weeks flight training at Moody Air force Base, Georgia and later 21 weeks fighter interceptor training on the F-102 jet fighter school soloing in June 1970. When he graduated he fullfilled his two year active duty commitment. Flying a jet fighter is one thing, landing it is another. Those who can't are dead.

One of the few leaders in this Hurricane Sandy catastrophe is the Republican Governor of New Jersey,Christoper Christie, who is working among the victims along side his rescue workers and National Guard troops helping his people. We don't see photos of him hugging people to get votes. He is working every day to help them. Christie won't allow this sort of fluff when there is work to be done.

The Democrats are running around like chickens with their heads cut off wringing their hands blaming the hurricane on "global warming" or "climate change". As if there hasn't been hurricanes of this magnitude before. In late September 1938 a more powerful hurricane hit New York City and new England. This is the end of hurricane season and anything can happen. It is cyclical and has nothing to do with "global warming".

They need to stop sobbing and get off their worried "global warming" rear ends and help people.

Remember how the Republican Mayor of NYC Mayor Giuliani took charge and showed real leadership after the attack on 911?

This type of leadership is almost totally lacking today.


4 November 2012 at 19:32  
Blogger John Magee said...


It's also curious how the massive blizzard in West Virginia which is a part the Sandy story that has received little media attention is being being smoothlly handled by the self reliant, no nonsense, hard working "hill billies". Most of it by volunteers...

4 November 2012 at 19:39  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Nilk, I can't say I liked everything Bush did, but the man deserves far more respect than he ever got. An imbecile he certainly was not, although to the coastal metrosexuals anyone who doesn't whine nasally and flap his arms around seems like a troglodyte. And speaking of imbeciles, Obama's been chasing Romney's laser-pointer light on the floor like an enraged Corgie, setting himself up to run a campaign on Sandra Fluke, comedic zingers, binders full of women and with his unifying final speech to the nation reminding people that this election is about revenge. O, yes, revenge he'll get; from the same crowd who hailed him as their messiah, the saviour of Solyndra, the great provider of Free Stuff.

John, I think it's only in the final days that the MSM finally clued-on to the fact that their blatant bias and lying for Obama is backfiring. As if Candy Crawley wasn't obvious enough, they latch on to any hyperbola and cackle with mad desperation. But given the mess around New York, with Bloomberg patting himself on the back for how tough New Yorkers are, the scare-story about Mitt killing FEMA sounds like a good plan to more and more people who've had to suffer in the cold and who are still without power and have discovered the delights of dumpster-diving for a meal. That, I'm sure, will be remembered fndly fo generations to come. Of course the hill-billies have everything under control; they've been born to a disaster after disaster, with little involvement by the state except at highway patrol speed traps. All Mitt was talking about is giving local officials and organized citizens the ability to run their aid and rescue operations with the Fed standing by to assist, but not getting underfoot.

You mentioned the bad weather on the mountain roads in a previous post. No trips to the East Coat for now; we delayed a number of shipments of non-essential household goods to posh residences in the New York and New Jersey areas because it's not a good time to clog up the roads with what the clients may think are essential furnishings, but what under these circumstances is over-priced frilly crap not even good enough for firewood in an emergency. Antique and artsy crap is too dry and being coated with lacquers and shellacks, burns too quickly with a bad stink anyway. Canadian truckers stand by if help is needed, but the National Guard is up and about and local and out-of-state boys are filling the need, and as long as there are State and Federal funds to pay for their driving, no need to mess with their livehood with unnecessary heroics and volunteering.

4 November 2012 at 22:46  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

PS, lest anyone think we truckers are a boorish lot with no appreciation for beauty, tenderness and the finer things in life, here's a photo of a brother trucker showing his love for his little daughter:

4 November 2012 at 23:05  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

PPS, lest any of you nervous nellies think he's doing it whilst hurling at 100 mph down the freeway, observe the red and yellow buttons in the pic. They're the cab and trailer brakes and they are both pulled up and activated.

4 November 2012 at 23:09  
Blogger carl jacobs said...


I notice the trucker in question has a respectable haircut and a reasonably trimmed beard. Perhaps you should learn from his example.


Be advised that fathers are allowed (yea, required even!) to do things for daughters that would normally be disallowed under the Code of Conduct for Guys. So don't try using this to justify that fact that you have watched and even enjoyed a Kevin Costner chick flick. Kevin Costner is bad enough. But a Kevin Costner chick flick! Disgraceful!


4 November 2012 at 23:31  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Hi Carl,

I was going to ask, how come you -like me- are a fan of 'kill bill', when the main protagonist is a highly intelligent, martial arts, katana wielding attractive woman?

Shouldn't your somewhat neanderthal socially conservative views mean that rather than 'kill bill', uma thurman is instead dispatched to empty the washing machine?

4 November 2012 at 23:43  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Hi Avi,

What a colourful display that driver was weaving ! Of course knitting is quite a sophisticated pastime. You cannot learn sword fighting or martial arts without it.

4 November 2012 at 23:45  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Carl, don't think it hasn't crossed my mind to take a razor to my head, especially after a few days on the road with lousy truck stop shower facilities and weirdoes hanging about. But, nah, I'm too vain with my mane.

Hi Hanna,

Most I could ever do was a simple baby blankie in what we called the "English" pattern and like dude in the pic, I had to use multi-coloured yarn. It came out all crooked and I messed up on the tassels I insisted on and my wife had to unravel and re-do most of it. Can't imagine it helping my already worse sword skills. I have an early 20th century wakizashi, which is light enough for one-handed use and in Israel I bought a Spanish-Roman spada replica by a historian armourer.

5 November 2012 at 00:06  
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5 November 2012 at 00:14  
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5 November 2012 at 00:18  
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5 November 2012 at 00:22  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Hi Carl

Actually I wasn't being serious, but there you go, so I shall delete in my head the second half of your post...

I had put another post here with a witty reply, but thought better of it.

Can I rib you about the place your daughter has gone is England? (hence an American not understanding the language -LOL)

PS- don't forget my auntie is American, albeit of the reb sort, so you can hopefully see this to be in jest, but in all seriousness respect to your daughter for travelling to a foreign land (and I don't mean Nevada!).

Your other daughter, going into the police force- wow- again respect!

5 November 2012 at 00:29  
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5 November 2012 at 00:31  
Blogger The Way of Dodo said...


But I really enjoy 'Message in a Bottle' and shall continue to watch and enjoy it!

Not sure how you and Hannah got your wires crossed but 'Kill Bill' is a fascinating film. I am a fan and find it both shocking and disturbing.

5 November 2012 at 00:35  
Blogger carl jacobs said...


There. The entire misunderstanding is gone. I am glad it was a misunderstanding.

And, btw, if my daughter had gone to England, it would be she speaking proper English since we Americans have assumed ownership by now. To whit:

It's a trunk, and not a boot.

It's a waste basket, and not a bin.

It's a dish rag, and not a tea rag.

It's pronounced 'Sked-ule' not 'shed-ule'

I could go on and on.


5 November 2012 at 00:39  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Hi Avi,

Well for me knitting and sword fighting (or for that matter playing to piano) are all about co-ordination.If one can knit or play the piano, then one can sword fight as well.

A Katana would not be my weapon of choice, as I'm not a fan of curved single edged blades;I prefer something like a traditional claymore or a long sword.

5 November 2012 at 00:55  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Hi Carl,

'was indeed a misunderstanding. You can be coached in the British sense of humour if you hang around here long enough.

Perhaps, as said before , you should consider politics and run for POTUS as you are, in the last resort, an honourable man, who I think is indeed consistent (I mean that in all seriousness btw).

I am sure that after a greater length of time studying here, you shall have mastered the art of the Queen's English.

5 November 2012 at 01:00  
Blogger The Way of Dodo said...


All is revealed, it is Racheal posting and she has a different communication style to her twin sister.

Anyways, apart from the hand-eye coordination and mastering the art, as I'm sure you know, a swordsman or woman must have other physical and mental attributes. Physical strength and stamina to endure, being able to read the opponent and situation and absolute ruthlessness in combat.

With music, having acquired the technical know how, one must connect with something beyond oneself to be a musician.

It's the Kevin Costner in me Carl. Now, Sean Connery in the Untouchables would have none of this romantic nonsense!

5 November 2012 at 01:09  
Blogger The Way of Dodo said...


And the size or shape of the sword should not matter - one must make the best use of what's available.

5 November 2012 at 01:13  
Blogger The Way of Dodo said...

Now if DanJ0 reads that last comment he's sure to misread it and it'll be on his file: "Evidence of Dodo's Sleaziness" before one can say "Gold Lame Hotpants"!

5 November 2012 at 01:27  
Blogger The Way of Dodo said...

OOooops - it is Hannah posting; my mistake. Apologies.

5 November 2012 at 01:32  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Hannah, you can handle a claymore? How totally cool! Sh'koyakh to you. I don't think I want to arm-wrestle with you.

To be frank, I prefer a sawed-off compact shotgun Remington makes for kids. Used to keep one years ago in my tool box with a pile of greasy wrenches under the cab seat, but eventually got into a world of trouble with customs when they took a closer look. Begged idiocy and managed to avoid charges, but had the beauty confiscated. My wife was in the Canadian reserves and our kids all learned to be comfortable around and to be responsible with firearms. Most Euros and all modern liberals have kittens when they hear of such stuff, which is why I like to show them some of the portraits I made for some people. Here's one I made for a friend of a friend and his daughter:

...and one of the daughter of an eminent American author and a retired Marine:

The pink "furniture" and flash suppressor on Moira's asault rifle are real, btw. With their competition-level marksmanship skills, unreal coordination and speed at reloading and fieldcraft, these smart, courteous and truly sweet little girls could probably hold off a platoon of regular infrantry. None of these pics raise an eyebrow in rural Canada or "fly-over" US states, but urbanite friends stare in speechless horror. To them kids are cute only when they are helpless, harmless and frightened victims-in-training.

5 November 2012 at 03:09  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

O, and Miss Hannah, my compliments on your choice of avatars! O. A. Stemler, possibly as with Bess Bruce Cleaveland. This would be Esther Approaching the King?

Your lithograph is in one of the more pleasing colour variations. Do tell: Do you have the original plate in the textbook? I believe these were biblical illustrations for British Sunday school textbooks. Their style's been judged harshly by the critics as popular, lower-middle brow classical revival kitsch and has received little notice. It's hard to find much about the artists as well.

Me, I think the hand-tinted litho is lovely, a fine sample of the forgotten state-art and church-art genres. Some of us connoiseurs have an appreciation for these unique "art for the masses" works in the uniquely British Academic tradition. The style eventually became obsolete with photography and with cheaper and more durable printing techniques, but survived in an emboldened form as the precursor of early modern propaganda art. We can all argue tastes and styles all we want, but I think that art that's been designed for the aggregate taste of the greatest number of people and that's been accepted by them shouldn't be dismissed so cavalierly. So there. Ehem, pardon my soap box moment; artsy stuff gets me going.

5 November 2012 at 04:34  
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5 November 2012 at 05:13  
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5 November 2012 at 08:38  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Hi Avi

LOL on the pictures!

I have to admit, I'm really more of a lightsabre girl myself!!

re - the avatar, aside from the fact it is supposed to be Esther, I don't really know a lot about it, my sister is more arty farty than me. I asked my cousin (who does the weblog maintenance stuff) to find something regal & colourful and that was the result.

5 November 2012 at 08:39  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...


Dear boy, are you a Messianic Jew that has turned to Jesus of Nazareth or are you still awaiting an appearance from a n other.


5 November 2012 at 09:32  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Oh dear me, no, Mr Blofeld, in fact a member in good standing with Jews for Judaism which works to counter the Messianics such as Jews for Jesus. I do have an appreciation for Christian art, though, especially iconography of the Eastern Churches, a quirk that raises a few eyebrows among my kin.

John, I haven't hunted since I became observant, as I wouldn't be able to eat the game and it's not permissible to engage in the sport as a sport, just for fun. However, I have no qualms with hunting among non-Jews who are not obligated to observe kashruth. Most hunters I've met are competent and humane fellows who respect the game and do not waste it like the rich fops who'll blast at anything that moves. An hour outside of Toronto many Ontarians hunt with regularity to supplement their larder with thousands of dollars worth of good, healthy meat, a practice which has been under pressure by urbanites and the recently cancelled long gun registration, but fortunately hunting is seeing a revival of late. I've turned to fishing instead, which is nice and relaxing, with a few moments of slightly quickened pulse, but lacks the heady, atavistic thrills of the hunt.

Glad you enjoyed, Miss Hannah! I had these two illustration at an exhibit and watching the transfixed and stunned expressions was quite a treat. Many thought it was some sort of a deep artistic message thing or irony of some kind, but no, they are based on photos of real young ladies who attend a shooting range in Kentucky and take part in competitions.

5 November 2012 at 13:10  
Blogger John Magee said...


Hunters and fishermen the world over were and are the original and present day conservationists.

In the USA it was those "evil" Republicans who created the first National Park (Yellowstone in 1872 by President Grant). The Grand Canyon and dozens of others National Parks were created by the conservationist Republican President Theodore Roosevelt after he became President in 1901. The environmentalists seldom mention this today .

The left never cared about the environment until the late 1960's when they suddenly realized using the environment could be another tool in their war on capitalism to attack and try and cripple industries like coal, oil, and the lumber companies as well as try and close nuclear power plants in the name of valid causes like air and water pollution. Their ideal Socialist country, the USSR and it's colonies in Eastern Europe, were the most polluted nations on earth with a total disregard for environmental issues. All of this the world found out after the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and of the USSR in late 1991.

Remember Chernobyl?

5 November 2012 at 16:02  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Avi Barzel said...

So, you are still awaiting...
Really. How velly intellesting?


6 November 2012 at 09:30  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

I wouldn't exactly call it waiting, Mr Blofeld. Such a passive word evoking visuals of twiddling of thumbs and looking at the clock. More like struggling to do my bit with the help of the Instruction Manual and leaving the big issues to my wiser betters and ultimately, to the will of the Almighty. A common approach among my kind, so not all that interesting, really.

John, when in primary school in Prague, we used to admire beautiful wall-sized canvasses, paragons of the social realism school, of happy workers marching under a sky overcast with smoke belching from factory chimneys. Pollution wasn't pollution back then; it was Progress. Well, they're still trying to clean up and de-toxify Progress from all the fields and streams.

7 November 2012 at 07:34  
Blogger John Magee said...


I hope the Greens here saw your post.

Communist and National Socialist (Nazi)official art had a cold super realism which glorified the human ant hill mentality of their governments. Their official art idealized the factory, life on a farm, building dams and power plants, digging ditches and fighting for the fatherland or motherland, etc.

Their art lacked a soul for the souless concepts their governments represented which hated the individual and denied God.

Imagine being a talented artist before these revolutions and after the Communists and Nazi's gained power having to paint garbage for the state and all it represented you hated but ahd to do in order to survive.

One Soviet artist who painted beautiful paintings before the Russian Revolution and then adapted his art for his new Soviet masters was named Boris Kustodiev. Please look up his paintings on Google Images. He paint the stupid Revolutinary art the Soviets demanded but as a devout Russian Orthodox Christians always snuch in beautiful churches into his paintings which ticked of the Soviet officials.

8 November 2012 at 06:50  
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8 November 2012 at 06:52  

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