Round One: Knock Out

The first presidential debate and oh what a debate it was!  Mitt wasn’t playing and Obama seriously got his ass handed to him.  Gov. Mitt Romney did me proud!

Mitt was confident, prepared, factual, had eye and body contact.  He had Moxi.  He was a leader.  Something this country has been lacking in the last four years.  Obama had no confidence.  He didn’t even challenge Mitt on anything.  Just looked down, away, smirked, stood silent and at one point got off track in different directions on something he didn’t know how to answer.  Hell he even told the moderator at some point to change the subject.

That’s what happens when the only reporters or shows you go on are in the tank for you.  You get only fluffy, soft ball questions and not tough questions.  You need to be challenged more often to get the practice and know how to answer shit.  You also don’t get teleprompters or speech writers in a debate.  You don’t get your “down with the man” crowds or any kind of media filter in a debate.  We see the real you under pressure.

There were so many good parts of that debate it’s hard to remember them all.  I loved it when Obama tried to say that the natural resources were doing good under his watch and then Mitt came back with

“The third area, energy. Energy is critical, and the president pointed out correctly that production of oil and gas in the U.S. is up. But not due to his policies. In spite of his policies.

Mr. President, all of the increase in natural gas and oil has happened on private land, not on government land. On government land, your administration has cut the number of permits and licenses in half. If I’m president, I’ll double them, and also get the — the oil from offshore and Alaska. And I’ll bring that pipeline in from Canada.

And, by the way, I like coal. I’m going to make sure we can continue to burn clean coal. People in the coal industry feel like it’s getting crushed by your policies. I want to get America and North America energy independent so we can create those jobs.”

Or this little nugget..

“But you make a very good point, which is that the place you put your money just makes a pretty clear indication of where your heart is. You put $90 billion into — into green jobs. And I — look, I’m all in favor of green energy. $90 billion, that would have — that would have hired 2 million teachers. $90 billion.

And these businesses, many of them have gone out of business, I think about half of them, of the ones have been invested in have gone out of business. A number of them happened to be owned by people who were contributors to your campaigns.”

There were other zingers and if you watched you heard them all.  Even the closing arguments were so different.  Obama basically said nothing new.  More of the same from him.  Romney’s was very strong in laying out what he would do including military support which is a biggie for me.

You know it was bad when MSNBC had a meltdown of what happened.  Poor Chris.  Frankly I’m surprised that I haven’t heard the excuse it was Bush’s fault that Obama did so poorly.  Or that it’s racist to say that Mitt won this round.  But then, it’s more like the altitude that contributed right Al?


Prayers For the Fallen and Their Families

Thank you for the ultimate sacrafice.

Rambo Goes to Arizona!

Yes my Rambo finally got to come and see me on his 15 days of leave from Afghanistan.  It was soooo nice to have him here and get to spend time with him.  I’ve missed him so much!  It was such a long flight for him and I know he was weary from it.  He was actually on the very last R&R flight coming in and flying out of the Dallas airport.  The flights going forward will be coming and going from Atlanta, GA.  It was a big deal and on the news when his flight arrived in Dallas because of the welcoming volunteers.  They greeted every single flight coming in with troops since the start of the wars.  He got to meet the medal of honor winner who was there as well.  Here is the video of them coming in and here is the video of them leaving the other day.  He’s not in the videos sad to say but he was on that flight.

We did a lot of eating out, dinner with my parents a few times, caught a Spring Training game at the Peoria Stadium, went to the Renaissance Festival, walked around Westgate, walked around old town Glendale, went to the park in Peoria, and enjoyed a drive and stay in Sedona where we did the famous Pink Jeep Tour.  Then of course there were days we just stayed in and relaxed and caught a movie at home.

It was nice to see him smiling and laughing and being able to relax.  They don’t get ANY days off in their war deployments.  I think my favorite things we did was going to Sedona but I’m guessing his favorite thing was making a few trips to the Cost Plus World Market store!  Haha  This way he could get candy, soda and beer from different countries including Aussie Licorice.  I know he misses his home country’s eats and treats.

Now that he is gone, I have to say it blows.  I miss him and the weekend has been dull without my guy.  Thankfully he only has a few months left and will be returning to Texas.

I’ll be posting pictures of his visit on my Flickr soon.

Veteran’s Day

I think it’s pretty cool that this year it falls on 11/11/11 and the 11th hour is when you are supposed to have a moment of silence in remembering.  A great tribute video with memorable quotes.  Thank you Veterans.

Rambo and the Rangers

Just uploaded some new pictures that my guy sent me from Afghanistan.  He’s looking good and so are the rest of the troops.  He sent me a link to a ton of them but I only uploaded a few.  See my Flickr in the side bar —>

But then…. maybe all those photos were fake.  Maybe he spent hours photoshopping his face in them.  *a private joke only some of you will get*

Rambo on Another Mission

Well sports fans… my baby left for Afghanistan the other night.  Wah.  I miss him already.  He was already long distance but I was able to get wonderful texts from him throughout the day every single day and talk with him on the phone every night.  He can’t do that there so it’s back to Skype, instant messaging and email.  Hopefully he’ll have good access though.  I think he has a lot less privacy in Afg vs. Iraq with him having to be in group tents now.

Maybe that’s why my phone is not working.  It’s mad he’s gone too.

I miss miss miss my guy.

Rambo…. Real or Fiction? The Truth Unveiled!

After weeks of crappy business travel I finally got to fly to Texas and be with my Rambo for the four day weekend.  It was fabulous and I didn’t want it to end.  He treated me so well and spoiled me a bit.  We did a few things here and there and we also just relaxed.  It was pure heaven and long, long overdue.  I also had the opportunity to meet his two beautiful daughters.

After all of my work travel mishaps and delays, of course my flight to my baby was delayed too.  On the up side I was seated in between two great ladies and we had some good chats which helped pass the time.

My baby was still in uniform when he picked me up at the airport which was nice so that he was easy to spot.  I loved how excited he was as soon as he saw me and when I reached the bottom of the escalator he grabbed me and kissed me Hollywood style. Read the rest of this entry »