Monthly Archives: November 2012

An Open Letter to Mitt Romney

Dear Mr. Romney,

A lot of bad things have been said about you recently. I personally think you’re a good man. And a friend of mine who knows you says you are decent and honest.

I want you to know I did not vote against you. I voted against the ugly platform the Republican Party saddled you with. I’m sure if you could have spoken about your true feelings on social issues you would have. (And, if you had, you probably would have won the election … but that’s water under the electoral bridge.)

Enjoy your retirement and think good thoughts!


Tom Greensmith

Rachel’s Epic Rant

Last night, Rachel Maddow launched into a rant which can only be described as epic for comprehensively denouncing every conspiracy theory that cropped up during the 2012 election cycle. It was the kind of stuff that Dennis Miller used to do before he became irrelevant. She said:

“Ohio really did go to President Obama last night, he really did win. He really was born in Hawaii, and he really is, legitimately, president of the United States again. And The Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month. And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy. And the polls were not skewed to oversample Democrats. And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing math.

And climate change is real. And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes. And evolution is a thing! And Benghazi was an attack on us, it was not a scandal by us. And nobody is taking away anyone’s guns. And taxes have not gone up. And the deficit is dropping, actually. And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction. And the moon landing was real. And FEMA is not building concentration camps. And UN election observers are not taking over Texas. And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as communism.”

Skyfall: The Best Bond Ever

Just got back from the first IMAX showing of the new 007 movie. My review:

Surprising, exciting, witty writing.

Bad villains make bad Bond movies. The villain in this one played by Javier Bardem (continuing his trend of playing bad guys with outstanding hair styles) is creepily perfect.

Engaging acting by all, especially Daniel Craig and Judi Dench.

Awesome action. The train vs. Caterpillar tractor scene? Outstanding!

Gorgeous cinematography at locations both colorful and gloomy.

Spot-on direction that’s exciting without being quick-cut jerky and obvious.

My only complaint is the title song. Music is fine. Adele is fine. Lyrics are lazy and dumb.

See it in IMAX if possible!

Why I’m Voting for Obama

1. I’m not particularly worried about the economy or jobs … and don’t think the President has much control over either.
2. I believe in logic/science, not faith/religion.
3. I believe in a woman’s right to choose what happens to her own body.
4. While I don’t believe in marriage, I do believe everyone should have the right to marry.
5. I believe that climate change is real and that man causes it.
6. I want an America where everyone cares about each other … not an America where everyone’s out for themselves.