Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—Virtually every major poll shows Republic presidential nominee ahead of Barack Obama the Democratic incumbent president, including a recent Gallup poll that surveyed voters likely to cast their ballots. The current battle being waged is happened in swing states since those are the ones that can sway an election. Republican enthusiasm is high according to Rasmussen Reports that shows Romney getting 87 percent of the Republican vote, compared to Obama’s 85 percent from the Democrats.
The Report shows that in 2008 while Obama was running against GOP candidate John McCain, at this time of the month, Obama led by 50 percent to McCain’s 45 percent as shown in this detailed table.
With 18 days (roughly two weeks) before the election, Obama continues to focus on social issues like abortion and homosexual rights instead of closing the deal against his opponent Romney, who now seems to captured the hearts of the middle class. Obama hasn’t even attempted to reach out to Evangelicals like he did four years ago, which is puzzling, and in so doing, he is also inadvertently the independents who view his stance as too leftist, rather than moderate.
Should Obama lose this election, it will be a stern rebuke by the American people to any future Democratic presidential candidate, not to impose social constructs practiced by a minority of the population, over the moral beliefs of the majority. This election will also affect Democrats at the state level who are running for election.
The above Gallup poll was conducted between October 9-17, with a margin of error of +/- two (2) percent. After Monday 22, debate between Romney and Obama, Gallup should have another poll reflecting the change between Oct 17-23. The results of that poll will most likely mirror an approximation of the Nov 6. election.
The Democratic National Convention will soon kick off on Tuesday September 4, at Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. The final touches are still being put on the stage and other loose ends are being tied. The DNC is utilizing a lot of neon blues since blue is the official Democrat color.
by Napp Nazworth
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—Despite efforts by the Obama campaign to portray Mitt Romney as a vulture capitalist, Romney’s favorability rating has increased 14 percentage points since February, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Monday.
President Barack Obama still has a higher favorability rating — 56 percent to Romney’s 48 percent. But, Romney’s jump from 34 percent in February cannot be good news for a campaign that has spent significant time and money working to lower Romney’s favorability.
The Obama campaign is the first in modern history to start a campaign with an ad attacking their opponent rather than saying something positive about themselves. It is also spending significant amounts of money much earlier than usual.
Until Monday, the Obama campaign has focused its efforts on Romney’s business record at Bain Capital, a private equity firm. The ads featured people who had worked at companies owned by Bain Capital but lost their jobs after Bain shut them down.
Several Democrats, though, have questioned this strategy. Corey Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., for instance, said he was uncomfortable with the attacks on Romney’s business record and called them “nauseating,” on NBC’s May 20 “Meet the Press.” (Later that day, he posted a video taking back those remarks.)
Last Thursday night, former President Bill Clinton added his name to the list of Democrats praising Romney’s Bain record. Calling his business record “sterling,” Clinton said that Romney “crosses the qualification threshold” with his experience in private business and as the former governor of Massachusetts.
by Paul Stanley
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—Recent fundraising totals for both major political parties and their presumed candidates show the money race is closer than most expected. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in combination with the Republican National Committee, raked in a total of $40.1 million in April. The
Democratic National Committee and President Obama pulled in a slightly larger amount of $43.6 million.
With a little more than 160 days until voters go to the polls for the presidential and congressional elections, both Republicans and Democrats are trying to gather money from all available sources. And even though Romney still trails Obama in total dollars raised, Democrats are starting to wonder if Romney and the GOP can quickly close the gap.
“We are pleased with the strong support we have received from Americans across the country who are looking for new leadership in the White House,” Spencer Zwick, chairman of Romney Victory, told The Hill. “Along with the hard work of the Republican National Committee, we will continue to raise the funds necessary to defeat President Obama in November.”
Romney, with his own personal connections to some of the party’s most wealthy donors, was expected to raise big bucks but still lag behind the tremendous fundraising advantage of an incumbent president.
At the end of March, Romney reported about $10 million in the bank compared to Obama’s $104 million statement balance.
Romney saw his fundraising total increase in April in large part because his other three rivals stepped aside, allowing him to jointly fundraise with the RNC and to accept checks as large as $75,000 per person. And because he had no opposition in the Democratic primary, President Obama has been able to take advantage of the same arrangement for the past several months.
However, when contributions from super PACs (whose contributions are unlimited) are added to committees that support Romney, reports show the Republicans outraised the Obama backers $402 million to $340 million this cycle. An analysis of recent fundraising reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday show that President Obama’s total take took a slight dip in April. Fundraising experts say this is due in large part to an unenthusiastic Democratic electorate.
What may be the most alarming is that the main super-PAC supporting President Obama saw support fall in April to $1.6 million from the $2.5 million it raked in during March, which was the largest fundraising month to date.
Democratic strategists and party officials have another to worry and that is whether President Obama’s announcement that he supports same-sex marriage will further dampen the spirits of some potential contributors.
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Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas –The 2012 presidential race is beginning to shape up with several candidates on the GOP side in the ring. The two prominent names that are missing so far are Rick Perry and Sarah Palin. Even though it is highly unlikely that Palin will run, it is more than likely that Texas Gov. Rick Perry will run. He however, is in danger of making the same mistake that Fred Thompson made, who waited a little too long before announcing his candidacy.
When George W. Bush was president, he was accused of focusing too much on fighting terrorism and expanding government. It was toward the end of Bush’s administration that the housing market collapsed, triggering the multi-billion bailouts for the banksters. Barack Obama did not learn from Bush’s mistakes of excelling in area the expense of others, and continued to grow big government and the increase the deficit, while ignoring the small business sector, which is the lifeblood of the American economy.
We can learn from history how individuals single-handedly changed their generations such that their impact is still being felt today. After experiencing the Dark Ages, Crusades and Bubonic plague, western civilization was not crippled by these setbacks, rather, the result was a burst of knowledge that the West had never experienced before. In the Renaissance, pioneers excelled in applying their God-given abilities in the Arts, Sciences, Music, Literature, Religion and Architecture, to usher in an era that would forever transform our world.
During the Renaissance, three figures dominated the visual arts and these were: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. In his book Lives Of The Artists, Giorgio Vasari, an artist and biographer, cautioned the revolutionaries of his day to be “Well-balanced and not excel in one area at the expense of another.” If one looks at the work of Michelangelo, it is easy to determine that he excelled in the male nude, yet when you look at his female figures, they lack grace and beauty because Michelangelo had focused his energy on perfecting drawings, sculptures and paintings of the male body.
When Pope Julius II commissioned him to paint the fresco of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo showed the world once and for all that he had mastered and absorbed classical antiquity, and upon unveiling the ceiling, his contemporaries hailed him as “The Divine” or il divino.
About Michelangelo, the biographer Giorgio Vasari in Lives Of The Artists wrote: “…Meanwhile, the benign ruler of heaven graciously looked down to earth, saw the worthlessness of what was being done, the intense but utterly fruitless studies, and the presumption of men who were farther from true art than night from day, and resolved to save us from our errors. So he decided to send to the world an artist who would be skilled in each and every craft, whose work alone would teach us how to attain perfection in design…
…Moreover, he determined to give this artist the knowledge of true moral philosophy and the gift of poetic expression, so that everyone might admire and follow him as their perfect exemplar in life, work, and behavior and in every endeavor, and he would be acclaimed as divine.” (page 325)
However, there was another artist who eclipsed Michelangelo in stature – Leonardo da Vinci. He perfected the weaknesses that plagued Michelangelo’s art. His female figures had such beauty, grace and a sweetness to them that was lacking in Michelangelo’s paintings. Even though the most famous painting in the world is the Mona Lisa, da Vinci’s sweetest work of art is the Virgin and child with St. Anne and John the Baptist. SEE PICTURE BELOW
Despite eclipsing his contemporary, Leonardo wasn’t as proficient in portraying the male body as Michelangelo was, yet da Vinci himself excelled in drawing and painting the female body and explored other areas outside the arts, and excelled at everything he turned his hand to.
Wrote Vasari about da Vinci: ”In the normal course of events, many men and women are born with various remarkable qualities and talents; but occasionally, in a way that transcends nature, a single person is marvelously endowed by heaven with beauty, grace, and talent in such abundance that he leaves other men far behind, all his actions seem inspired, and indeed everything he does clearly comes from God rather than from human art. Everyone acknowledged that this was true about Leonardo da Vinci, an artist of outstanding physical beauty who displayed infinite grace in everything he did and who cultivated his genius so brilliantly that all problems he studied, he solved with ease.” (page 255)
There was yet another artist who not only eclipsed Michelangelo, but also da Vinci and became the true embodiment of the consummate artist. His name was Raphael. Even though he was much younger than both his contemporaries, Raphael studied and absorbed their work, overcame the weaknesses that had plagued both Michelangelo and da Vinci’s work, and by far surpassed any renaissance artist, past or in his present day, when it came to portraying the male and female figures, harmony and perspective, beauty and grace, as is evident in his The School of Athens and The Transfiguration.
All three artists lived during the same period and the biographies were written while these artists were still alive. Raphael perfected and captured the beauty and grace of the female figure, and was known as the painter of the Madonnas; his most famous ones being the Madonna of the Chair and the Sistine Madonna. The one thing these revolutionary artists had in common was that they treated their chosen profession as a calling.
About Raphael, Vasari wrote: “Nature sent Raphael into the world after it had been vanquished by the art of Michelangelo and was ready, through Raphael, to be vanquished by character as well. Indeed, until Raphael, most artists had in their temperament a touch of uncouthness and even madness that made them outlandish and eccentric; the dark shadows of vice were often more evident in their lives than the shining light of the virtues that can make men immortal
So nature had every reason to display in Raphael, in contrast, the finest qualities of mind accompanied by such grace, industry, looks, modesty, and excellence of character as would offset every defect, no matter how serious, and any vice, no matter how ugly. One can claim without fear of contradiction that artists as astoundingly gifted as Raphael are not simply men but, if it be allowed to say so, mortal gods, and that those who leave on earth an honored name in the annals of fame, may also hope to enjoy in heaven a just reward for their work and talent.” (page 284)
The next president of the United States should look back to his or her predecessors and avoid a repeat of their mistakes, yet draw from their strengths and infuse those policies and qualities with his or her own blueprint, as a means to restore America back to her original glory, both domestically and worldwide. The only way this can happen, is for the presidency to be looked upon as a calling that transcends any obligation to please donors, special interests or lobbyists. http://www.newscastmedia.com/president.html
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Newscast Media –After the defeats suffered by Democrats in the midterms, Barack Obama now realizes how much he underestimated Republicans and how necessary it is to work with them in order to change the way Washington works. He has gone as far as blaming himself for failing to bring about the change he promised his voters in 2008.
“I neglected some things that matter a lot to people, and rightly so: maintaining a bipartisan tone in Washington,”he told reporters in a brief question-and-answer session aboard Air Force One as he returned from a 10-day trip to Asia. “I’m going to redouble my efforts to go back to some of those first principles,” he promised.
Obama plans to meet with the new GOP leadership on Thursday to discuss the future of the Bush tax cuts which are set to expire at the end of the year. Some Republicans, including the incoming House speaker, John A. Boehner, are pushing for a ban on earmarks, calling them a corrupting and wasteful practice. In his radio address on Saturday, Mr. Obama seconded that motion, saying that getting rid of earmarks would signal seriousness.
“We can’t afford ‘Bridges to Nowhere’ like the one that was planned a few years back in Alaska,” Mr. obama said.
He also told reporters that he was very confident that voters this month were not casting ballots for gridlock.
“They are not going to want to just obstruct, that they’re going to want to engage constructively,” he said of the GOP. “And then we’re going to have a whole bunch of time next year for some serious philosophical debates.” http://newscastmedia.com/changingtide.htm