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A Masterpiece In The Making? February 29, 2012

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Mitt Romney

A big night for Mitt Romney. Winning a close one is his home state of Michigan was far more important than the substantial victory he won in Arizona. The optics of losing your home state would have added an unwanted and unneeded complication to an already hard fight. A fight that has been made difficult by Romney himself. As I said in an earlier post, prior to the primary season kicking off, I believed Romney only had to do two things to lock up the nomination and the presidency; admit RomneyCare was a mistake and pick the right VP running mate.

So far Romney has defended his Massachusetts healthcare mandate and that has killed him with the conservatives. Yes he says he will repeal Obamacare and while that’s enough for me to move on with the issue, it has stuck in the craw of the Tea Party and other hard core conservatives.

Romney’s calculated plan to stay as centrist as possible while trying to win the Right’s nomination is a risky proposition. He is well aware that everything he says and does during the nomination race can and will come back to bite him when Obama unleashes the hounds. Romney and his people know he needs the Independents to break his way by at least 10% if he’s going to have a chance at beating Obama.

It’s a precarious tightrope walk indeed. The fact he hasn’t broken out against the republican challengers is testimony to how close he is to that line. But that is politics. As ugly and unseemly a profession, when done correctly, it can be an art form.

So is Mitt painting a masterpiece or a clever forgery?

Marco Rubio

I recommended Paul Ryan as a running mate in my earlier post. My first choice, Marco Rubio, had already come out strongly against accepting anyone’s VP nod so I left him out. But this is war and we need the best of the best on the field when the battle to beat Obama begins. I think a Romney/Rubio ticket is our best team. I really can’t find any negatives. Rubio brings so much to the table and fills the weak chinks in Romney’s armor (Hispanic vote, Tea Party vote, guaranteed Florida win). Add the fact they both are well spoken, exude confident leadership and they and their families are easy on the eyes and you’ve got a ticket that must be giving David Axelrod some sleepless in Chicago nights.

It’s never over till it’s over but when Mitt accepts the nomination in Tampa this summer and names his running mate, we’ll know if this work in progress is the real deal or just a fancy paint-by- numbers facsimile.

Don’t let this art critic down Mitt.


Under The Tuscan Sun May 14, 2011

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I have no empirical data to support my hypothesis however I’m pretty damn sure that the most misspelled city in these great United States is Tucson, Arizona. I lived in that fine city for three years back in the late 70’s while studying for a triple major; women, mountains and beer.  While not found in the curriculum guide at the University of Arizona at the time, I nonetheless managed straight “A’s” in all three subjects.

Arizona sunset

Once a resident, I became all too familiar with the common misspelling of the city’s name.  The longer I lived there the more blaring each gaff became. It still amazes me how many times I see the city’s correct spelling mangled; referring instead to a northwestern region of Italy.

As a ‘student’ we affectionately called her “Too-stoned” but always with the silent ‘c’ in mind. I even went so far as to start pronouncing the ‘c’ thinking I would somehow impart the correct spelling to the unschooled.   I am afraid that tactic missed its mark rendering my pronunciation proof that I indeed had majored in women, mountains and beer.

From local articles to national headlines, I’ve seen the Arizona town’s name misspelled by so many. It is both curious and sad that such a simple six-word name would earn such a distinction. Why, I would think cities like Albuquerque, Pittsburgh, Xenia and Waxahachie would get misspelled more.

(Actually, the fine folks in Pittsburgh do claim the most misspelled city title— sighting the dropping of the silent ‘h’…I want to see proof!)

So remember, when you see that sunny Sonoran city spelled ‘Tuscon’ they probably don’t mean the quaint Italian region known for  its beautiful landscapes, rich artistic legacy and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. They are referring to the desert town in southern Arizona; home to the University that is desperately in need of a spelling major.

Tuscany countryside

God Bless Arizona April 29, 2010

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I’m so sick and tired of hearing liberals call anyone who disagrees with them a racist.

Haight street bums

These losers can’t compete in a capitalistic world so they have to attack by playing the race card at every chance. The state of Arizona finally found a set and stepped in where the Federal government should have been for the past 50 years and passed a law requiring proof of citizenship. Now the left is outraged in typical hysterical style that Arizonans would want to uphold the law (which has been on the books for fifty years!) and protect themselves from the epidemic of illegal immigration.

The clowns in San Francisco have called for a boycott of the state. In a free country they’re within their right to express their thoughts. So I will express mine. The state of Arizona should pay for a one-way bus ticket for every illegal they arrest and ship them to San Francisco.*

park bum

The Mayor, Gavin Newsom, can have all the illegals he wants—hey they’re a sanctuary city anyway! With a few thousand illegals arriving in the City by the Bay each month, San Fran will really start to enjoy the benefits of having a diverse culture of non-English speaking, poorly educated folks all looking for work in one of the most expensive cities in the country.

stoop bum

I’m sure most San Franciscans will embrace their new residents just like they do the hundreds of homeless drug addicts who sleep in every park and store stoop in the downtown area. Yes, San Francisco, go ahead and boycott Arizona. I’m sure America can’t wait to book a trip to see your fine city and all your new residents.

* suggested by Rush Limbaugh.