by Paul Stanley
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—The Log Cabin Republicans, a gay group that aligns itself with the GOP and espouses conservative fiscal policies while supporting same-sex marriage and an anti-discrimination platform, has endorsed Mitt Romney for president.
“The decision to endorse is the right one for our members, our community, and for the nation as a whole,” said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper in a written statement Tuesday. “Despite our disagreement with Governor Romney on the issue of marriage, on balance it is clear that in today’s economic climate, concern for the future of our country must be the highest priority.
The group becomes the second Republican organization that supports gay rights to endorse Romney. In June, GOProud extended its support to the Republican nominee before the party’s August convention.
However, the group has come under attack from homosexual activists such as Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) who said last week the group is nothing more than an “Uncle Tom” of the GOP and he is not backing down from his strong statement.
“They are no more offended than I am by their campaigning in the name of LGBT rights, to elect the candidate and party who diametrically oppose our rights, against a President who has forcefully and effectively supported our rights,” said Frank, one of four openly gay members of Congress in a 1,000-plus word column that has since been removed from his House website.
“I have been hearing the Log Cabin Republicans proclaim for years that they were improving the view of that party towards our legal equality,” said Frank, adding that things have only gotten worse. “Most recently, on [the Defense of Marriage Act], when the House Republicans offered an amendment to reaffirm it, they voted 98 percent in favor of it, while Democrats voted more than 90 percent against the amendment.”
Frank’s tough words caught the attention of R. Clarke Cooper, the executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, who defended the group’s actions in supporting the politics of Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the vice presidential nominee. Cooper referred to the retiring congressman as a “partisan hack.”
The marriage issue, like abortion, are examples of two volatile issues where Romney has found himself on both sides of the fence.
When he was campaigning for the U.S. Senate against the late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy (D) in 1994, Romney made statements supporting same-sex marriage and said he was pro-choice. He now says marriage should be “between a man and a woman,” and that abortion should only be allowed in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger.
A leading national evangelical leader who asked not to be identified and supports Romney, offered a pragmatic analysis of where he sees the former Massachusetts governor going if he is elected president on Nov. 6.
“I believe a President Romney will stand his ground on abortion absent the exceptions he supports,” they said. “However, my prediction is that he will bend to social and political pressure when it comes to marriage and defending the Defense of Marriage Act and other related legislative bills. Again, this is my prediction, not my wish.”
Republican legislators who support same-sex marriage such as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida are excited about the Log Cabin endorsement. “Romney is the right man for our time,” she said. “I am pleased that Log Cabin Republicans is endorsing Governor Romney. I know that all of us together will fight for equality for all Americans, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.”
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.
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.
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—According to official results from the Texas Secretary of State, Mitt Romney overwhelmingly won the primary in Texas with 69 percent of the vote, securing the GOP nomination.
Romney did not appear in Texas but released a statement on his Facebook page saying, “I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party’s nominee. Whatever challenges lie ahead, we will settle for nothing less than getting America back on the path to prosperity.”
In the Senate race, David Dewhurst won 45 percent of the vote against his Republican rival Ted Cruz who won 34 percent. Cruz received an endorsement from Sarah Palin, whose clout has been tested in the primary and will be tested in the runoff. Palin also supported Newt Gingrich who dropped out of the race after a losing several key states including Florida.
Romney will now focused his attacks on Barack Obama in preparation for the general, in which pro-Romney groups reportedly plan to spend over $1 billion to unseat Obama. The entire Texas primary results can be viewed here.
by Anugrah Kumar
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—Mitt Romney will no longer be called the “presumptive” GOP presidential nominee after Tuesday’s Texas primary, which will enable him to secure the 1,144 delegates required to clinch the official title. While Texas has 155 delegates to offer, the former Massachusetts governor requires just 60 more to reach the threshold, according to The Associated Press tally.
After a long roller coaster ride with other GOP candidates threatening his nomination, Romney’s campaign will now focus on defeating President Barack Obama in November. Most Republicans are now rallying behind the candidate.
A day before the big day in Texas, Romney promised to maintain a U.S. military “with no comparable power anywhere in the world,” apparently to draw contrasts with Obama, who is in favor of reducing the size of the military.
Addressing a crowd of 5,000 at a Memorial Day service at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center in San Diego, Calif., on Monday, Romney said, “We have two courses we can follow: One is to follow in the pathway of Europe, to shrink our military smaller and smaller to pay for our social needs. The other is to commit to preserve America as the strongest military in the world, second to none, with no comparable power anywhere in the world.”
Romney also released a new web video titled “Thank You” to mark the Memorial Day. In the video, he praises veterans and pledges to “keep America strong, and worthy of the great sacrifice of America’s veterans.”
Some in the party believe Romney now needs to connect with the average Americans more than anything else.
“He doesn’t need to make a hardcore ideological argument, but he does need to connect with these people in a way that is lasting and sustained,” Fox News quoted GOP pollster Adam Geller as saying. Romney, he added, should “tell his story.”
Geller said the GOP candidate needed to do a much better job of connecting with the “frustrated middle class” and especially America’s decisive political middle.
by Paul Stanley
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Newt Gingrich, the one-time front-runner in the 2012 Republican primary, says he forgives the party’s presumptive nominee for running hard-hitting ads against him earlier this year.
“Mitt Romney did what he had to do to become the nominee,” Gingrich told Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Thursday.
“He’s worked at this for six years … when he got to the crunch, he was tough enough and smart enough to beat me in Florida.”
When Matthews asked Gingrich if the accusations Romney aimed at him were true, he said “no.”
“Go back and look at what Obama did to Hillary (Clinton). These are tough fights. You throw the kitchen sink. He (Romney) was in a situation when everything he had ever done was going to disappear if I beat him in Florida. So he said I have two choices. I can throw the kitchen sink at Gingrich or do nothing.”
Gingrich credits Romney for assembling a “smart group of people” and for his work ethic on the campaign trail. He also labeled the former Massachusetts governor as “methodical” and “a successful politician.”
“He is a very methodical person. He is prepared to systematically do what he thinks is right for the country. And I think he might turn out to make a surprisingly good president.”
Matthews also wasted no time in bringing up the fact that Gingrich consistently attacked Romney during the GOP primary for being a wealthy, out-of-touch politician who could not defeat President Obama in November.
“We’re not going to beat Barrack Obama with some guy who has Swiss bank accounts, Cayman Island accounts, owns shares in Goldman Sachs while it forecloses on Florida and is himself a shareholder in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” Gingrich said of Romney in January while campaigning in Florida.
But for all the competitiveness in the GOP primary, Gingrich thinks the Obama campaign team’s attacks on Romney’s wealth and business background will fall flat with the American public.
“Here’s the problem they’ve got,” Gingrich said of the Obama campaign. “It didn’t work. I wouldn’t have won it on that issue. It doesn’t work in general.”
As for possible vice presidential picks for Romney, Gingrich likes Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) or Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, among others as good additions to the GOP ticket. Gingrich, who served as speaker of the House from 1994 to 1999, will be appearing at a fundraiser for Romney with billionaire investor Donald Trump at Trump Towers on May 29. http://www.newscastmedia.com/gingrich-romney.htm
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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by Paul Stanley
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—Former Pennsylvania Sen. and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has made it official in a letter to his supporters – he is endorsing Mitt Romney for president. Santorum met with Romney last Friday and said the meeting gave him the confidence he needed to extend his formal blessing. More importantly, he said they agree on the issues of abortion and marriage.
Santorum took the opportunity to mention the differences he and Romney had on the campaign trail, but highlighted the common issues they shared in capturing the White House in November.
“The primary campaign certainly made it clear that Governor Romney and I have some differences,” wrote Santorum in an email late Monday night. “But there are many significant areas in which we agree: the need for lower taxes, smaller government, and a reduction in out-of-control spending. We certainly agree that abortion is wrong and marriage should be between one man and one woman.”
Santorum’s endorsement comes as little surprise, but the question political pundits were asking was when was Santorum going to endorse the presumed Republican nominee and what did he want in return?
The former senator’s surprising rise from the back of the pack to achieve what most consider the runner-up spot by winning 11 states and 3 million votes was surprising in and of itself. Once written off as being too “far-right,” Santorum’s direct and simplistic approach appealed to many GOP primary voters – most notably in states where the majority of the primary vote considered themselves to be “evangelical.”
In his letter, Santorum said of his formal rival that he was impressed with Romney’s “commitment to economic policies that preserve and strengthen families.”
“He clearly understands that having pro-family initiatives are not only the morally and economically right thing to do, but that the family is the basic building block of our society and must be preserved,” Santorum stated in the email.
The meeting between the two Republicans in Pittsburg last Friday was not intended to produce an endorsement, but instead gave both the opportunity to discuss how to move forward and rally the GOP in their common objective of defeating President Obama.
“Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated,” the email said. “It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. Gov. Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this, the most critical election of our lifetime.”
by Paul Stanley
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life group, announced on Thursday their endorsement of the presumed Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, promising to spend millions to defeat President Obama in November.
“Now is the time to unite behind Governor Romney in order to defeat the most ideologically pro-abortion president in our nation’s history,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List, in a written statement. “The SBA List is proud to endorse Governor Romney and plans to spend $10 to $12 million in senate and
presidential battleground states mobilizing pro-life voters to ensure victory.”
The endorsement of Romney signals that SBA and similar pro-life organizations are committed to defeating President Obama, whom they view as “unfriendly and dangerous” to the unborn.
But Romney has not always been seen as a Republican who was willing to fight for pro-life causes. In 1994 when Romney ran for the U.S. Senate against the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, he adopted a pro-abortion position with the permission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
However, when he ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2002, he had changed his position to one of opposing abortion in most cases.
The group’s unanimous endorsement of Romney was based on a number of factors, including his pledge to defund Planned Parenthood, to nominate pro-life judges to the federal bench, and to choose a pro-life running mate.
“The difference between Governor Romney and President Obama couldn’t be clearer, which is why our Board of Directors voted unanimously to get behind him,” said Jane Abraham, chairman of the SBA List Board of Directors. “It is the responsibility of all pro-life voters to now unite behind Governor Romney. Together we can put a pro-life leader in the White House.”
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C. — Almost two years ago, this journalist predicted based on the video clips that I had been studying, that the media had anointed Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee. I didn’t just write an article about, I posted the video of practically every major media practitioner rooting for Romney and going as far as predicting he would be the 2012 GOP nominee.
Today Rick Santorum announced that he has suspended his campaign, rendering Romney the runaway train that I predicted on February 1.
Below is the video I posted in 2010 on Youtube that predicts Romney being the GOP nominee and going as far as stating he has the embodiment of a president. Watch below:
Media anoints Mitt Romney GOP nominee
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by Anugrah Kumar
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.— Top Democrats in President Barack Obama’s administration appear to be focusing their attacks on Mitt Romney amid perceptions that the former Massachusetts governor is most likely to be the GOP nominee. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lambasted Romney Sunday.
“I think Gov. Romney’s a little out of touch,” Biden said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I can’t remember a presidential candidate in the recent past who seems not to understand, by what he says, what ordinary middle-class people are thinking about and are concerned about.”
Some believe that front-runner Romney’s main rival, Rick Santorum, might have to retreat if he is unable to win in Wisconsin, one of three states to host Republican primaries Tuesday. Santorum was reportedly planning to leave Wisconsin the day before the primary, which was interpreted as a sign of his withdrawal.
“I think the chances are overwhelming that [Romney] will be our nominee,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “It seems to me we’re in the final phases of wrapping up this nomination.”
The former Pennsylvania senator has won 27 percent of the delegates at stake, while Romney has won 54 percent of the delegates.
However, Santorum dismissed the notion that his chances are grim. He compared his run with the Saturday night’s basketball game between Kansas and Ohio. Kansas was trailing by more than 10 points in the first half, but still managed to win in the second half. “Look, this race isn’t even at halftime yet,” Santorum said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Meanwhile, Biden defended Obama on last week’s conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Seoul, South Korea, in which Obama said he would have “more flexibility” on the contentious issue of missile defense after the Nov. 6 general election, without realizing it was being caught by a microphone. Obama was “stating the obvious,” Biden said.
Romney had called it “alarming,” asking what else Obama would be flexible on if he happened to get re-elected and saying Russia was “our No. 1 geopolitical foe.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also attacked Romney. She said Romney’s comment was “dated.” “I think it’s somewhat dated to be looking backwards instead of being realistic about where we agree, where we don’t agree,” she told CNN Sunday.
Romney’s campaign hit back. “Vice-President Biden appears to have forgotten the Russian government’s opposition to crippling sanctions on Iran, its obstructionism on Syria and its own backsliding into authoritarianism,” Lanhee Chen, Romney’s policy director, said in a statement.
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas — Governor Rick Perry will not be participating in the Trump-moderated debate that is slated for December 27, a week before the primaries begin. Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney were the first to turn down the offer because it was obvious the event would be an “ambush” debate.
A week before the primaries is the worst time for any candidate to fall into a trap, and Gov. Rick Perry made the right strategic decision to meet and greet voters during the last week leading up to Iowa, rather than participate in the debate.
A statement release by the Perry camp read: “Governor Perry has talked to Donald Trump in recent days and respects him and the folks at NewsMax very much. Traditional retail campaigning in the days and weeks leading up to the Iowa caucus is the Perry campaign’s top priority. In the coming weeks, Gov. Perry will be in Iowa almost continually, meeting with real voters, doing town hall meetings and events and talking American jobs, faith and overhauling Washington, DC to Iowa voters.”
Meanwhile, the latest news is that Michele Bachmann has also declined the invitation, and will not be attending the event. It looks like Donald Trump just got fired by the GOP. As indicated by Newscast Media in the related story below, an appearance by Bachmann and Perry would have been counter-productive.
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — As he brandishes his ad campaign against the incumbent president, Mitt Romney gives Obama an “F” for failure, and has called him “one of the most ineffective presidents” to occupy the White House. Romney has released a series of ads called “Obama isn’t working” to remind voters that Obama does not deserve a second term in the White House as president. In 2008, Obama ran against lukewarm candidates on the GOP side, but in 2012, he is going against some super heavyweights in the Republican Party, and it won’t be a cakewalk for him this time.
Obama isn’t working Chicago
With the economy in dire straits and his approval rating at 39 percent, Obama will have to come up with a convincing campaign to persuade voters that things will get better if elected for a second term. However, voters are awakened and have been seriously affected by Obama’s economy so the likelihood of them believing that somehow Obama can magically cure the economy, is questionable.
Obama’s comments could become a self-fulfilling prophecy
Romney has a business background to prove that he has the experience in building small businesses in the real world and creating jobs, whereas Obama made it into the White House without any business experience. The media hype and hunger for change propelled Obama into the White House, yet the majority of the people who voted for him now harbor regrets, as reflected in his approval rating.
Obama isn’t working Allen town
Obama also has to deal with Perry who has governed a state that is the highest job creator in America, and can back it up with statistics that prove Texas has been the top job creator in America for the past ten years. Nobody makes the media nervous like Perry and it is interesting to see how he is getting under their skins, yet it’s been less than a week since he thrust himself into the race.
Obama’s biggest mistake was destroying the small business sector after being elected president. It is almost as though he purposely went into the White House for that reason. No other president in America’s history set out to kill the very sector that creates jobs like Obama did. Obama instead has catered to Wall Street particularly the Goldman Sachs crowd who dominate his administration. Small businesses are the heart and soul of economic growth in any nation and now Romney, and eventually Perry, will continue to launch a multi-directional attack on Obama in an effort to check mate him.
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 HOUSTON, Texas — It’s official. Mitt Romney announced his 2012 White House bid in New Hampshire on Wednesday, and said his first priority will be improving the ailing US economy by making America the world’s top job creator.
“Barack Obama has failed America,” Romney said, “When Barack Obama took office, the economy was in recession, and he made it worse.”
“This president’s first answer to every problem is to take power from you. … And with each of those decisions, we lose more of our freedoms,” Romney said.
“I’m Mitt Romney and I believe in America. And I’m running for president of the United States,” Romney said to cheers on a sunny farm here in Southern New Hampshire.
Coincidentally, Sarah Palin was also in New Hampshire on her “One Nation” bus tour. In regard to Mitt Romney’s healthcare bill he signed into law that his opponents plan to use against him, Sarah Palin said, “He makes a good argument there that states’ rights and authority and responsibility allowed in our states makes more sense than big centralized government telling us what to do,” Palin said.
“However, even on a state level and a local level, mandates coming from a governing body — it’s tough for a lot of us independent Americans to accept because we have great faith in the private sector and our own families, and our own businessmen and — women making decision for ourselves, not any level of government telling us what to do.”
Romney does have the advantage that no other candidate has – the media wants him to be president and will probable run a favorable coverage for Romney.
He also has a proven track record of building businesses into multimillion entities, something Barack Obama lacked when he ran in 2008.
Most importantly Romney is an effective fundraiser who recently raised over $10 million in 24 hours. His ground game and foot soldiers will serve him well, since he seems to be the most organized of all candidates. In 2008, Barack Obama relied on the group ACORN to help mobilize the grassroots. Romney has had over three years to build an infrastructure that will help him get out the vote.
Meanwhile, Mike Huckabee who said he wouldn’t run for the presidency, said he is having second thoughts and might change his mind. If Mike Huckabee does run, it is speculated that he would be running as a “spoiler” to derail Romney.
One thing is for sure, the GOP seems to have already made up its mind that Mitt Romney is the man they would like to see nominated, to run against Obama.
Newscast Media HOUSTON, TX — Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney explains why voters should not elect or reject candidates for office based on their religious faith. In 2008 Romney’s religious faith was raised, and now, there is a consensus that he has successfully put that issue to rest once and for all. There is no doubt that Romney will be running again for the presidency, but he has said the announcement will not come until after February 2011.
The issue now, that will plague Romney during his run for the presidency will not be his faith, it will be Romneycare. Because of how unpopular Obamacare is with Americans, I suspect that Romney’s healthcare plan will be used against him in 2011-2012, even though he has been all over the news networks explaining that his healthcare proposal and Obamacare are totally different. However, that will not deter his opponents from tying him to Obamacare the way John McCain was tied to the Bush policies.
Just as Romney addressed the “faith issue” he is going to have to address his “healthcare issue” before it turns into an avalanche he has no control over. Not diffusing it would give his opponents ammunition to use against him in the primaries.
Let’s just say for argument’s sake, or illustrative purposes, he manages to win the primaries, it will still not go away. Barack Obama has, on occasion, equated Obamacare to Romneycare, and in order to diffuse any argument that Romney might raise about Obamacare, Obama will attempt to tie his healthcare plan to Romney’s in an effort to prevent Romney or others in his campaign from condemning Obamacare.
I have imagined a make-believe debate between the two politicians sitting in a pub, regarding each other’s healthcare plans, and here is how I suspect their verbal tug-of-war would unfold:
Fictitious Debate Between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama On Healthcare:
ROMNEY: As an opponent of your healthcare plan Mr. President, I recently heard
you spreading a message around to the public, that Romneycare and Obamacare
are the same. If that were true, then why do you think I am a big advocate of
OBAMA: My esteemed colleague, it baffles me that you advocate against my
healthcare plan yet both our plans are very much alike. I presented this very plan
you oppose, to voters back in 2008, and they elected me president.
ROMNEY: If you continue along this path, history will not be kind to your
OBAMA: Since Truth is the daughter of Time, I believe eventually, Historians will
find a way of correcting any inaccuracies about my presidency.
ROMNEY: You speak of truth, yet even your very own supporters burn with fury
over your broken promises.
OBAMA: I simply rearranged the nation’s priorities and to the casual observer, this
rearrangement might manifest itself as broken promises and so forth.
ROMNEY: There are several practical solutions to our current economic crisis that
are manifested in my book No Apology. If you read it, you might learn something.
OBAMA: What’s the use of penning words in a book, if you don’t implement solid
and permanent solutions?
ROMNEY: May I remind you that words, are more permanent than bronze.
OBAMA: But even if I read the words in your book and applied your solutions, you
would still run against me in 2012.
ROMNEY: That’s because a true warrior has the ability to decode the pulse of a
nation. Had you followed the principles I outlined, it wouldn’t have cost you the
House of Representatives and seats in the Senate.
OBAMA: The cost of people losing lives due to lack of healthcare outweighs the
cost of losing a few seats here and there.
ROMNEY: Rather than admit seats were lost due to a mass awakening by the
voters, you recently attributed your loss to ineffective delivery of your message.
OBAMA: I used the same license that poets and madmen use in delivering their
messages to the masses.
ROMNEY: But even poets and madmen exercise a certain level of restraint to
prevent massive blow-back from the public.
OBAMA: In public office, sometimes it is necessary to play by the exceptions and
not the rules.
ROMNEY: Well, I find your reasoning to be faulty and exceptionally absurd.
OBAMA: You’ll be surprised as to how many people are willing to entertain such
absurdities, my friend.
ROMNEY: Is that why you’ve plunged the economy into the deepest deficit in the
history of our nation?
OBAMA: That’s plausible, but deniable.