Open thread: Mitt’s big moment

posted at 9:01 pm on August 30, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

This is it, folks — the main event. Here are the available excerpts from Romney’s prepared remarks for the evening, and I’ll embed the livestream again below in case you want to watch the whole thing go down here. I’ll update with my immediate thoughts and the crowd’s reaction here from Tampa when it’s all over — I’m pumped. Who’s pumped?

Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president. That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections. We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than divides us.

When that hard fought election was over, when the yard signs came down and the television commercials finally came off the air, Americans were eager to go back to work, to live our lives the way Americans always have – optimistic and positive and confident in the future.

That very optimism is uniquely American.

It is what brought us to America. We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.

They came not just in pursuit of the riches of this world but for the richness of this life.

***

Every family in America wanted this to be a time when they could get ahead a little more, put aside a little more for college, do more for their elderly mom who’s living alone now or give a little more to their church or charity.

Every small business wanted these to be their best years ever, when they could hire more, do more for those who had stuck with them through the hard times, open a new store or sponsor that Little League team.

Every new college graduate thought they’d have a good job by now, a place of their own, and that they could start paying back some of their loans and build for the future.

This is when our nation was supposed to start paying down the national debt and rolling back those massive deficits.

This was the hope and change America voted for.

***

I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division.  This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we CAN do something. With your help we will do something.

Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, “I’m an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!”

So here we stand. Americans have a choice. A decision.

To make that choice, you need to know more about me and about where I will lead our country.

***

My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would BE, and much less about what we would DO.

Unconditional love is a gift that Ann and I have tried to pass on to our sons and now to our grandchildren.  All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers. If every child could drift to sleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family – and God’s love– this world would be a far more gentle and better place.

***

My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example. When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, “Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?”

I wish she could have been here at the convention and heard leaders like Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

As Governor of Massachusetts, I chose a woman Lt. Governor, a woman chief of staff, half of my cabinet and senior officials were women, and in business, I mentored and supported great women leaders who went on to run great companies.

***

Like a lot of families in a new place with no family, we found kinship with a wide circle of friends through our church. When we were new to the community it was welcoming and as the years went by, it was a joy to help others who had just moved to town or just joined our church. We had remarkably vibrant and diverse congregations of all walks of life and many who were new to America. We prayed together, our kids played together and we always stood ready to help each other out in different ways.

And that’s how it is in America. We look to our communities, our faiths, our families for our joy, our support, in good times and bad. It is both how we live our lives and why we live our lives. The strength and power and goodness of America has always been based on the strength and power and goodness of our communities, our families, our faiths.

***

When I was 37, I helped start a small company. My partners and I had been working for a company that was in the business of helping other businesses.

So some of us had this idea that if we really believed our advice was helping companies, we should invest in companies. We should bet on ourselves and on our advice.

***

That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story. Some of the companies we helped start are names you know.  An office supply company called Staples – where I’m pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons. We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised. At a time when nobody thought we’d ever see a new steel mill built in America, we took a chance and built one in a corn field in Indiana. Today Steel Dynamics is one of the largest steel producers in the United States.

***

But for too many Americans, these good days are harder to come by. How many days have you woken up feeling that something really special was happening in America?

Many of you felt that way on Election Day four years ago. Hope and Change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I’d ask a simple question:  If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had, was the day you voted for him.

***

Today the time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us.

To put aside the divisiveness and the recriminations.

To forget about what might have been and to look ahead to what can be.

Now is the time to restore the Promise of America. Many Americans have given up on this president but they haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. And not on America.

What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn’t take a special government commission to tell us what America needs.

What America needs is jobs.

Lots of jobs.

***

To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right.

I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one. Where no senior fears for the security of their retirement. An America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon.

And unlike the president, I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs. It has 5 steps.

First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables.

Second, we will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow. When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance.

Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.

Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.

And fifth, we will champion SMALL businesses, America’s engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.

***

President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family.

***

We will honor America’s democratic ideals because a free world is a more peaceful world. This is the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman, and Reagan. And under my presidency we will return to it once again.

***

The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness.

Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for America. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation, or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag, fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the UNITED States of America.

That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother’s confidence that their children’s future is brighter even than the past.

That America, that united America, will preserve a military that is so strong, no nation would ever dare to test it.

That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our constitution.

That united America will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.

That America is the best within each of us. That America we want for our children.

If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight.

Update: The balloons are still falling in here and everybody’s celebrating, and despite a few moments of one or two unruly protesters being disruptive toward the beginning of the speech, the crowd of course went bananas for Mitt.

I know the liberal narrative about Mitt Romney is supposed to be that he’s stiff, he’s unapproachable, he’s out of touch, he’s robotic, he’s unfeeling, blah blah blah. Sorry to disappoint you, leftists — but Mitt Romney is a straight-up likeable dude. And not only is he likeable, he is a truly good man. There were countless testimonies tonight about Mitt Romney’s longstanding history of integrity, character, charity, and kindness. His speech included plenty of biography that demonstrated his down-to-earth personality, and I thought it was great.

But to me, that wasn’t even the most important aspect of Mitt Romney’s speech tonight. I don’t need a ‘cool’ or ‘exciting’ president — and I’m pretty sure most Americans are over that. Above all, Mitt Romney just gets it. He understands business and economics in a way that Barack Obama will never know, and what America needs right now is a turnaround artist. Romney can do it. I know the pundits and the fact-checkers will shortly be getting into the minutiae of his speech, praising this and criticizing that, but everything I love about freedom and free enterprise was on display this evening. Mitt Romney has a vision for America that starkly contrasts with the self-imposed hot mess we’re putting up with now, ’nuff said. Johnsen, out.


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mattshu on August 31, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Many people have. Such as Dinesh D’souza and Stanley Kurtz.

Asian Con on August 31, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Good evening!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:04 AM

No kids allowed on the floor of the Dems convention. Weird.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Cindy Munford:Yup,I posted it a few times,have it saved:)
==========================================================

Aug 27, 2012 7:13pm
Delegate Mom Fights to Open Democratic Convention Floor to Kids

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/08/delegate-mom-fights-to-open-democratic-convention-floor-to-kids/

canopfor on August 31, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Tomorrow the Dem’s will start asking Mitt for more tax returns to change the subject.

They’ve got nothing.

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

You’re probably right.

r keller on August 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Strange tweet…channeling chavez….

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:00 AM

That’s frickin’ amazing! The Boundless Ego of the man!

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 1:05 AM

….BAM…..DEAD SQUIRREL!!!!

canopfor on August 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Are you picking up Bishop’s habit? LOL

bluefox on August 31, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Squirrel teeth are like sharp chisels. And they have claws that can scratch.

Safe Hunting Tip: Don’t get bit cause they could have rabies.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 12:35 AM

I’d really love to see some evidence to back up this old wives tale…

Oooh rabid squirrels…

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 1:06 AM

I dont see them winning a first term.

Flapjackmaka on August 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Go, wash in the pool of Siloam and come back seeing, because it’s going to be. ;)

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Well, I agree with what you wrote. (I don’t want them to suddenly become positive, kind-hearted people, either. We’ll leave that project until after the election.)

But, what I meant was that there have to be some (a few, at least) non-stupid dems who saw the positivity, etc. in the GOP convention, and must be wringing their hands with worry about the contrast which will be apparent to independents.

If I were one of those dems, I’d be trying like hell to change a few things.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Oh, I’m sure there are a few moderate Dems out there that are worried, the few that are left over from the 2010 purge…however…I think they are too few and far between now. The Democrats have let the far left loony wing take absolute control of their party. They like to say the Republicans have a small tent? They have no room to speak! As Artur Davis said in interviews after his speech, there truly IS no room in the Democrat party for conservative or even moderate Democrats. If you aren’t a far left wing loon…you are castigated and brought in line…or cast out. But that’s okay…because again as Davis found…WE are happy to bring them into the fold and show them a REAL home!

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Noooo!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM

He just posted again.

The GOP will betray you

True_King on August 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Asian Con on August 31, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Fair enough. I was thinking more of a compare & contrast as opposed to just an exploration in to Obama’s history of insecurity.

For as much as the libtards liked to talk about how GWB was always trying to impress his father because of daddy issues, they certainly are ignoring the motes in their own eyes with regard to Obama & Clinton.

mattshu on August 31, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Flapjackmaka on August 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

No. I don’t think a hispanic dim could win state-wide.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 31, 2012 at 1:08 AM

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Well, moderate Dems like Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell have been saying that their party has been taken over by progressives.

Asian Con on August 31, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Oh no, RNC is over. Isaac is now in Arkansas raining on Little Rock–what will the libs do? Time to reveal the flooding and destruction in NOLA, MS and AL and blame Bush and the Repubs some more?

stukinIL4now on August 31, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Feral pigs are officially non-extant,

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM

.
A) Your are lucky for now
B) Some ‘entrepreneur’ will release some hogs and a Russian boar or two. To create a business. It has happened all over the South. Hogs breed 8-12 per litter 3 times a year. The damage they wreak is impressive….

You’ll see some feral hogs soon. They’re irrepressible.

Unfortunately.

CorporatePiggy
on August 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM

.
I understand they’re very damaging, as well as very dangerous when human contact occurs.

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 1:09 AM

It was glorious!

Eastwood hit Obama in every sweet spot we’ve been waiting for him to get hit on: The incompetence; the lies; the empty, pretentious rhetoric; the inexperience; and that roaring blowhard of a moron Obama chose to be a heartbeat away.

Oh, and the empty chair. Other than an empty suit, there is no sharper metaphor.

Eastwood also made one of the very best points of the night: WE own this country, and when someone doesn’t do the job “we have to let them go.”

The media, naturally, is furious. They don’t like to see Their Precious One mocked and they also understand the power of mockery — which is why they keep Stewart and Colbert on such a tight leash. This is why the media has already written 25 stories (5 from Politico) mocking Eastwood.

Had Eastwood said the things the media likes to hear with the same nervousness and hesitation, they would’ve called him wizened and seasoned. But because he mocked Their Precious One, suddenly he’s some kind of embarrassment.

And now Politico, Ben Smith and CNN are all talking about how they intend to use Eastwood as way to overwhelm Mitt Romney’s speech in the coming days. Source

Oh, and check out this chair. http://yfrog.com/ob25160482p

Flora Duh on August 31, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Heh, they got their own platform :)….as long as that keeps them away :)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:03 AM

I made that point in the thread. Needless to say, I’m now a tool of the Fed & the Joos!

mattshu on August 31, 2012 at 1:09 AM

The Democrats have let the far left loony wing take absolute control of their party.

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Lol. Indeed.

I’ve been saying for several years now that if you’re a pol on Capitol Hill, and you’ve got a D after your name it means you’re a socialist.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 1:10 AM

No. I don’t think a hispanic dim could win state-wide.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 31, 2012 at 1:08 AM

They are probably using him to pander to minorities then. I dont want the hispanic vote going the way of the black one. I think Rubio can stem that in 2016.

Flapjackmaka on August 31, 2012 at 1:10 AM

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 1:07 AM

I saw.
Termites are infesting again.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 31, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Well, moderate Dems like Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell have been saying that their party has been taken over by progressives.

Asian Con on August 31, 2012 at 1:08 AM

I think “progressive” is too kind of a term. Some of the Dems sound like outright commies when they talk. Especially the CBC. They’re now openly calling for redistribution of wealth(or “social justice” as they refer to it).

Doughboy on August 31, 2012 at 1:11 AM

They’re busy rubbing one out while waiting for Palin to take the stage.

xblade on August 31, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Wow, you really are quite hooked on that one thought. Very cult like behavior. Do you dream about it too?

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:11 AM

Well, moderate Dems like Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell have been saying that their party has been taken over by progressives.

Asian Con on August 31, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Yeah, that’s a good point.
(BTW, I like those guys. Reasonable.)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 1:11 AM

canopfor on August 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Are you picking up Bishop’s habit? LOL

bluefox on August 31, 2012 at 1:05 AM

bluefox:That was my teenage years,I`ve mellowed out,I only
hunt Partridge,the little birds/and squirrels are
safe,….Live and let live!:)

canopfor on August 31, 2012 at 1:12 AM

“When the world needs a tough job done, You need an American”. Best line of the convention in my opinion.

Binky1138 on August 31, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:04 AM

How are you?

canopfor on August 31, 2012 at 1:04 AM

That’s the only reason I knew!

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Kind of ironic, isn’t it? Pelosi forced the Blue Dogs to walk the plank and they got booted because of it.

Asian Con on August 31, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Bmore, I hope you have lots of insanity pills to hand out.

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Good evening, Schadenfreude. Its good to see you, now that the balloons and confetti have been cleared away.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

And now Politico, Ben Smith and CNN are all talking about how they intend to use Eastwood as way to overwhelm Mitt Romney’s speech in the coming days. Source

So they admit that they’re actively campaigning for Obama now?

WolvenOne on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Your joke detector is broken. RedRaven was joking too and you fell for it. Now this.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Schadenfreude, I have been wondering where you were. Did you have a chance to watch any of the big Convention?

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:16 AM

The GOP will betray you

True_King on August 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 1:07 AM

So Dire Straights is the true True_King after all?

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 AM

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Nice lady, I’m the one who released them :)

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 AM

I understand they’re very damaging, as well as very dangerous when human contact occurs.

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Actually they don’t really tend to go for us, but they will literally eat your garden furniture, your trees, shrubs, and everything around you. And they can and do kill your pets. A friend of mine lost a lab when he inadvisedly took it hog hunting – fyi…don’t.

It is a very serious pest problem because its hard to shoot enough of them without having a state-sponsored cull…

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Good evening, B!

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Kind of ironic, isn’t it? Pelosi forced the Blue Dogs to walk the plank and they got booted because of it.

Asian Con on August 31, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Absolutely. And her blind hatred of anything not her and “liberal left” is what caused it. And the backlash? The left now really has no one who can help to cushion the blows from US on the right…and they are even losing great speakers from their side like Susana Martinez (I’ll be damned…we’re Republicans!) and Artur Davis (some of you saw a light…some of us saw a halo). WE are thankful to Pelosi for sending us such rising stars into the conservative fold! :D

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 AM

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 1:06 AM

.
Your joke detector is broken. RedRaven was joking too and you fell for it. Now this.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

.
Happens to me all the time . . . on BOTH sides.

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 AM

I’m delighted to hear it! It was a wonderful sight to behold. I’m still picking confetti out of my hair! :)

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Flora Duh on August 31, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Thanks Flora for takin’ care of bizniz.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 1:18 AM

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Good evening Jackie!

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Just watched the replay of Clint on Fox…now watching Rubio…and hoping they replay Mitt next. :D

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Did you have a chance to watch any of the big Convention?

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Some of them, only for brief times.

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Quite a party tonight! :)

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Doughboy on August 31, 2012 at 1:11 AM

Yeah, I wonder how the average black person would feel about the CBC and their embracing of dictators like Chavez, Castro and Che.

Anyway, Highlar, Red Crow, Doughboy and Cindy. It’s been fun. I’m out. Good night. Rock n’ Roll, Baby!

Asian Con on August 31, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Some of them, only for brief times.

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:19 AM

If you didn’t catch Clint Eastwood, you can see a replay here:

http://www.nytimes.com/video/2012/08/30/us/politics/100000001752472/clint-eastwoods-rnc-speech.html

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Some of them, only for brief times.

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Same here pretty much. Any thoughts you care to share?

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Asian Con on August 31, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Goodnight Asian Con!

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Way OT, but Kent State football player runs the wrong way Seems like something Biden would do.

midgeorgian on August 31, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Otay,I`m bugging out,its been a great 3 days,
saddle-up,for the Fact Checking that the Dems
will be into,by tommorrow,over tonights Speechys!

Nite Every0ne————-=======================:)

canopfor on August 31, 2012 at 1:22 AM

now that the balloons and confetti have been cleared away.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

The fog remains.

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Quite a party tonight! :)

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Yes, it’s seems so. Plenty of folks very upbeat.

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:23 AM

canopfor on August 31, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Goodnight, Canopfor! Sleep well.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Any thoughts you care to share?

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:21 AM

No :)

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:23 AM

They should put the obama invisible chair for sale on ebay…though now he says the seat is taken…hmm….

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Good Night canopfor, Sleep Well.

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Nite Canada

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Ok no one really hunts squirrels. Do they?

This is what happens: You are hunting for something else and a squirrel comes along so you blast it to smithereens and pretend that you hunted it.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Fricasseed squirrel.

Fried squirrel.

Squirrel stew.

You don’t get any of those without hunting squirrels.

Solaratov on August 31, 2012 at 1:24 AM

No :)

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Same here. ; )

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:22 AM

But we’re used to making our way through the fog, and battling the shades that it holds.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:25 AM

I understand they’re very damaging, as well as very dangerous when human contact occurs.

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Actually they don’t really tend to go for us, but they will literally eat your garden furniture, your trees, shrubs, and everything around you. And they can and do kill your pets. A friend of mine lost a lab when he inadvisedly took it hog hunting – fyi…don’t.

It is a very serious pest problem because its hard to shoot enough of them without having a state-sponsored cull…

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 AM

The advantage ya’ll may have in the northern states is that you have real winters. The young piglets are real puny and don’t take extreme cold well; the older ones will have a hard time in prolonged winter conditions, so that may alleviate problems with wild hogs. In the south, winters are more mild and that makes it easier for them to survive in the wild.

AZfederalist on August 31, 2012 at 1:25 AM

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 1:09 AM

.
Actually they don’t really tend to go for us, but they will literally eat your garden furniture, your trees, shrubs, and everything around you. And they can and do kill your pets. A friend of mine lost a lab when he inadvisedly took it hog hunting – fyi…don’t.

It is a very serious pest problem because its hard to shoot enough of them without having a state-sponsored cull…

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 AM

.
I don’t guess you’re allowed to run ‘em with dogs, where your at.

By that I mean real “catch” dogs bred and trained for bear or hog, and NOT labs.

I would think if that were allowed, it ought to make a difference.

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Thank you Highlander. I saw him and the chair. Like fogw said, he should have used an empty suit…but the chair was ok.

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Any thoughts you care to share?

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:21 AM

No :)

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Too dirty?? :)….

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Sorry, s/b Highlar :(

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:25 AM

I think what you fail to realize is that these kinds of speeches aren’t what exact details are for. Romney handled it right: a general idea of what his policies are and will be as president. The debates are where he can get specific and tear Obama apart.

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Bull.

Regan gave all kinds of details and criticized every aspect of what Carter was doing. He criticized every single group that was standing in the way of the economy. You had better believe he had a plan.

It is just spineless RINO’s that never have a plan and always lose because of that.

Steveangell on August 31, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Too dirty?? :)….

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:25 AM

That, and too late :)

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:26 AM

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mitts-vp/id544919187?ls=1&mt=8

SHould I install Mitt’s app?

Mormontheman on August 31, 2012 at 1:26 AM

‘nite.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 31, 2012 at 1:26 AM

bluefox:That was my teenage years,I`ve mellowed out,I only
hunt Partridge,the little birds/and squirrels are
safe,….Live and let live!:)

canopfor on August 31, 2012 at 1:12 AM

I was just kidding since it reminded me of Bishop:-)

Carry on!!

bluefox on August 31, 2012 at 1:27 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 31, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Goodnight, ALT! Sleep well.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Sounds like the speeches were great! I wouldn’t know because as soon as Jeb Bush finished speaking, my cable went black. Still not back on in much of this area & there is no bad weather here. Time Warner said one of their main servers went down, geez, is that a coincidence, or am I just paranoid? Really bummed that I missed Rubio & Romney. The full speeches aren’t on YouTube.

Susanboo on August 31, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:12 AM

All is well!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Fricasseed squirrel.

Fried squirrel.

Squirrel stew.

You don’t get any of those without hunting squirrels.

Solaratov on August 31, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Sparkplug has never hunted and cooked squirrel, or he has friends who shoot them with 338 Lapua.

Either way her opinion is not relevant.

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Good Night alt, Pleasant Dreams.

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Way OT, but Kent State football player runs the wrong way Seems like something Biden would do.

midgeorgian on August 31, 2012 at 1:22 AM

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listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Riviera Paradise

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Susanboo on August 31, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Tip of the day: Always go to The Right Scoop!..:)

PS..Both Speeches are there!..:)

PSS..The Right Scoop rules!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Goodnight, B. Sleep well.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:31 AM

I don’t guess you’re allowed to run ‘em with dogs, where your at.

By that I mean real “catch” dogs bred and trained for bear or hog, and NOT labs.

I would think if that were allowed, it ought to make a difference.

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 1:25 AM

I know a few folks who run down feral pigs with trained dogs and knives.

They are…very interesting people.

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 1:31 AM

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:30 AM

I thought you left earlier!..:)

PS..Good to see you back!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Goodnight, B. Sleep well.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Lorl! I was just saying good night to alt, not all. ; )

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Lorl!=Lol!

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:32 AM

I did! I couldn’t rest, so I took another swim, made a martini, and came back to see what was shaking. :)

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:33 AM

The advantage ya’ll may have in the northern states is that you have real winters. The young piglets are real puny and don’t take extreme cold well; the older ones will have a hard time in prolonged winter conditions, so that may alleviate problems with wild hogs. In the south, winters are more mild and that makes it easier for them to survive in the wild.

AZfederalist on August 31, 2012 at 1:25 AM

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I believe you got that exactly right.

I haven’t heard anything recently about that “breakout”, so maybe they think they recovered them all.

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Who was the person who was yelling “No no no, don’t touch me” as Gov. Romney walked in?

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Well then …its nice to see you back again! LOL! Glad you’ll be keeping us company! :)

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Susanboo on August 31, 2012 at 1:27 AM

If you have an hour or two I think they are all up here on different threads. Stupid cable company! We should be able to deduct from the bill.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Sorry, s/b Highlar :(

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 1:25 AM

lol…no problem. Its late, and I’ve heard that one before, anyway. No offense taken. :)

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 1:36 AM

Way OT, but Kent State football player runs the wrong way Seems like something Biden would do.

midgeorgian on August 31, 2012 at 1:22 AM

As they say in O-i-h-o: Kent write? Kent read? Kent State!

Sorry if I offended anyone. (Not really.)

Hot Gas on August 31, 2012 at 1:36 AM

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 1:25 AM

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I know a few folks who run down feral pigs with trained dogs and knives.

They are…very interesting people.

CorporatePiggy on August 31, 2012 at 1:31 AM

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They must be VERY interesting people . . . . the kind I’d like to meat. : )

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 1:36 AM

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 AM

LoLz..I saw where the True_King made an appearance

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:36 AM

Susanboo on August 31, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Some of the speeches are here:

http://www.c-span.org/RNC/

bluefox on August 31, 2012 at 1:37 AM

Who was the person who was yelling “No no no, don’t touch me” as Gov. Romney walked in?

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Aaparently a secret service uy, and he was’t yelling at romney, but at somebody who touched/pushed him to get closer to romney to shake his hand…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Rumor is that it was a Ronulan..Has not been verified..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Guy…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Who was the person who was yelling “No no no, don’t touch me” as Gov. Romney walked in?

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Folks were saying earlier it was a SS guard who someone in the audience got too close too or touched/grabbed or something along those lines.

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 1:38 AM

. . . . the kind I’d like to meat meet. : )

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listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Way OT, but Kent State football player runs the wrong way Seems like something Biden would do.

midgeorgian on August 31, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Boy, the guys on the other side of the ball who tackled him are going to have a fun film session and week on campus.

Betenoire on August 31, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Covered In Rain

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:41 AM

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