Saturday, November 15, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
I foresee a win for Senator Obama, but not by nearly the margin that many predict. I have Obama winning 22 states plus the District of Columbia. That means Senator McCain will win more states (28) but they won't be the right ones to get him to 270 Electoral Votes. I have Obama at 273 EVs and McCain at 265. I believe the most EVs Obama will get is 291
If McCain does not win Virginia, I believe it's all over. I have never believed the possibility of flipping Pennsylvania, so McCain must win VA/FL/NC/OH/IN. Then, he has to pull out Colorado because I think New Mexico is a lost cause.
Here are the states I am calling for Obama with their Electoral Votes in parentheses:
District of Columbia (3)
New Hampshire (4)
New Jersey (15)
New Mexico (5)
New York (31)
Rhode Island (4)
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Also, the powers that be at the office have once again blocked our access to much of the internet, so blogging on my lunch hour is much more difficult.
Monday, August 04, 2008
We took a vacation to Half Moon Lake in Michigan a couple of weeks ago. Despite having no air conditioning in the lake house and no hot water the first night, it was an enjoyable time. I read 2 1/2 books and did very little else.
At work, there are some issues that have cropped up in the past week and a half, but I don't like to blog about work things, so lets just leave it at: I could use your prayers.
I'm rapidly approaching my 40th Birthday. If you haven't received an invitation to the party (some went out in the mail, some via Evite) and feel like you should, let me know. I tried to think of everybody, but I'm sure I inadvertently omitted some folks.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The singing in this version of Damn Yankees exceeds the film and original cast recording. The emphasis on this production was the vocal performances versus the dancing. The tunes are classic staples of musical theatre and have become ingrained in the popular culture. To hear them sung so well is a delight: a big treat!
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The cast for Damn Yankees is rather large and the entire company chews up the scenery. There are no weaknesses here.
I'm not entirely sure that "chew[ing] up the scenery" is a good thing, but the reviewer seems to have meant it in a positive way.
A second review came out today on the Dallas Edge website. (A guess a warning should be given that the site is a GLBT site).
Saturday, June 14, 2008
The show should be a blast, so please come check it out.
You can order tickets by calling the Box Office at 972-205-2790. If you use my name (Marty Scott) when ordering, you will receive a $6.00 savings off the regular price of $25.00, so you will pay the cast price of $19.00 plus a $1.00 service charge per ticket.
Performances are June 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, & 29. Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I'm feeling better already, but I was miserable from about 9:00 last night until I fell asleep at 11:30 this morning and slept for 5 hours. My stomach still isn't completely right, but I'm pretty sure the worst is over.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I finished The Philadelphia Story at KCCT in April, and yesterday, I had my first rehearsal with Garland Summer Musicals for Damn Yankees. It should be fun, but tiring.
A little sickness is going around the family. First, it was Hannah, then Erin. Tonight, my stomach started feeling not quite right. I hope I can avoid the unpleasantness the girls have had to go through.
Monday, April 07, 2008
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Monday, February 11, 2008
Just in case you aren't up on your Communist iconography, that's the national flag of Communist Cuba with the image of Che Guevara superimposed on it.
The image is a screen capture from the video located HERE.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
I think it would be incredibly presumptuous and even arrogant for me to try to suggest what Ronald Reagan would do, that he would endorse any of us against the others.
Let me just say this, I'm not going to pretend he would endorse me. I wish he would. I would love that, but I endorse him, and I'm going to tell you why.
It wasn't just his specific policies, but Ronald Reagan was something more than just a policy wonk. He was a man who loved this country, and he inspired this country to believe in itself again.
What made Ronald Reagan a great president was not just the intricacies of his policies, though they were good policies. It was that he loved America and saw it as a good nation and a great nation because of the greatness of its people.
And if we can recapture that, that's when we recapture the Reagan spirit. It's that spirit that has a can-do attitude about America's futures and that makes us love our country whether we're Democrats or Republicans. And that's what I believe Ronald Reagan did -- he brought this country back together and made us believe in ourselves.
And whether he believes in us, I hope we still believe in those things which made him a great leader and a great American.
Those, my friends, are the words of a true Statesman.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
And just how many of those establishment types are supporting Ron Paul?
So, the next time you hear this attack aimed at Huckabee, you can ignore it because you know it's insincere.
So much for the free exchange of ideas.
The offending comment was made on this post. After rightwingprof's response, I pointed out that his calling Huckabee a "a soft on crime socialist who spits in the faces of crime victims" is no different from those who attack by calling John McCain, MCSHAMNESTYMCCAIN! And that was the type of attack that he was condemning in the original post.
People don't like it when their hypocrisy is exposed.
UPDATE: Now, he's calling me an amoral idiot. Yup, really bringing the level of discourse up over there. Really avoiding the ideological nonsense he was condemning.
Hello kettle, this is the pot . . .
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Why is Mike Huckabee accused of trying to fracture the so-called Republican coalition, but Giuliani, Romney, & McCain aren't?
Social Conservatives' values are ignored by Giuliani, belittled by McCain, and pandered to by Romney.
When less than desirable candidates from a social conservative perspective are nominated (Bush '92 & Dole '96 spring immediately to mind), values voters are told that we have an obligation to support the Republican Party because the Democrats are much worse. That may be true, but it's no less fracturing than Huckabee would be in asking fiscal conservatives to come along for the ride this year. In fact, I believe that fiscal conservatives have far less to fear from Huckabee than social conservatives would have to fear from Rudy, John, or Mitt.
After all, Huckabee is the only candidate proposing to completely do away with Corporate Income Taxes.
And personal income taxes, and estate taxes, gift taxes, social security taxes, medicare taxes, self-employment taxes, and capital gains taxes.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
The focus group was completely opposite me on First and Last. They liked Romney most and Thompson least.
They thought Huckabee's first response was weak and waffling.
The focus group thinks Romney can beat Obama. They are deluded.
This woman just said "He speaks off the cuff and is very, very well-versed." I don't think she even understood that her statement was internally contradictory.
Giuliani: I've fought the battles and gotten things done. Has worked successfully with Republicans and Democrats
Thompson: Only one at the table who has never lost an election. National Security, tax cuts, balanced budgets, good judges, pro-life. Has the courage to speak the truth to the American people.
Huckabee: Lived a life like most people live. Believes in lower taxes, lower spending, pro-life, Second Amendment, Experience in governing and practical problem-solving.
Romney: "I got in the race because my family told me I oughta." I know how to draw on the American spirit. I will work to change Washington.
McCain: We need leadership, and I bring the experience and the knowledge necessary to make the decisions. Will reach out to Independents.
He had a good line that if anyone hasn't made any mistakes, then that person probably hasn't ever done anything.
Huckabee echoed something I've said, that people want to vote FOR somebody and not AGAINST somebody.
Romney claims his ads are not attack ads. I think the voters in Iowa told us differently. Romney recited his tired line about not touching his hair. Can this man be any more plastic?
I think the sitting down works against Huckabee. He seems to be more in his element behind a lectern than sitting around a table.
Huckabee says that his convictions and moral clarity count for more than experience when it comes to Foreign Policy.
McCain tries to sound cute, and it falls flat like his "you are the candidate of change" remark last night. When he says that some of those Governors who got elected President didn't work out too well, the Republican audience is more likely to think of George W. Bush & Ronald Reagan than Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
McCain would have graded much higher, but his crowing about pushing Campaign Finance Reform cost him dearly.
Giuliani makes a good point that change for change's sake is not good. We need good change, not bad change like the Democrats would promote.
That's new spin from Romney for his colossal collapse in Iowa.
Touted Campaign Finance reform.
Romney once again backs off an attack he made when the object of the attack wasn't around because now the object is sitting right next to him.
Giuliani: Went off on a tangent about his WorkFare program in NYC. Never answered.
Thompson: Likes certain elements of the FairTax. Fears that we wouldn't get rid of the Income Tax, so that we would end up with both Consumption and Income Taxes. Wants a flatter Income Tax. Said any plan must be revenue-neutral. My question would be Why??? Why not reduce spending?
Romney has a hard time articulating when things aren't going his way. He stammered and sputtered regularly. He tried to attack Huckabee on his record as Governor of Arkansas. Huck should have flipped something Romney said about prior funding. Romney had claimed that certain fees were too low (in Taxachusetts???), so he had to raise them. Huckabee could have pointed out that nobody in Arkansas history had allocated taxes to preserve and improve the infrastructure (read: Roads), so the tax increases were necessary to provide basic services, such as education and roads.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
I say "tried" because it took more than a few seconds to figure out that it was an attack, and what that attack was supposed to mean. I finally figured out that it was supposed to refer to Romney's flip-flopping, but because I had to take those few seconds, the moment had passed.
Positive: Huckabee & Giuliani
Negative: Romney & Paul
Mixed: Thompson & McCain
Thompson comes across as a bit gruff, even when he's making a good point. Actually, especially when he's making a good point.
McCain was practically absent most of the debate. When he did speak up, he sounded okay.
Romney looked old and tired at first, but he livened up. Unfortunately, he was lively but wrong most of the time.
Paul sounds like a kook, even when he's right.
Huckabee got solid hits every time he spoke.
Giuliani defended himself well without sounding defensive. He also got the best zinger of the night when he mentioned that Reagan had an Amnesty plan, so he would have ended up getting attacked in one of Romney's negative ads.