Forum posts made by principessa

Topic Lingerie Help
Posted 05 Dec 2012 17:08

I agree that European brands like La Perla, Chantelle, and Aubade are lovely. As lingerie really needs to fit well, I also agree with the suggestion that you accompany her to the shop and have her try it on. You can let her know what you like and she can decide what fits comfortably. The lunch or brunch out is a great idea, too. But be prepared to see prices that are multiples of Victoria's Secret.

Topic Words Sticking Together In Stories
Posted 05 Dec 2012 14:08

You do have the capability to give your story a last read and edit before submitting it. If there are issues in transferring it from your word processing program to Lush, you can catch them there until this issue is resolved, if indeed it is a problem here.

It is probably not a bad idea to look at your story one last time in a different font in the editing function here as mistakes (other than this issue) may be more evident - mistakes that you might have missed reading in a familiar format. I found that apostrophes mysteriously disappeared on the last story I submitted. I guess technology does not always marry these things seamlessly. (btw I am using Word 2010.)

Topic Advice before submitting a story
Posted 03 Dec 2012 16:03

Like most things in life: if you want to succeed (or should that read "suck seed"?) you have to put in some effort. I've had a few stories rejected, but invariably because I haven't taken the time to read and re-readmy story several times. Having a sticky space bar doesn't helpeither (there it goes again)but I won't dwell onhow (fuck again!) it got like that.... The mods (especially you PP) are great also, helping make a silk purse out of my sows ear!

I have an idea about how that might have happened but I won't embarass both of us by posting it publicly.

Thank you for the thank you. All of the mods (especially me) appreciate it. Seeing your stories posted in good shape and the thank you makes all of the work, yours and ours, worthwhile. flower

Topic Advice before submitting a story
Posted 03 Dec 2012 14:31

It's nice when the mods DO work with the authors though, if they've put in the effort that is...

Sometimes a few kind words, some gentle encouragement and pointers to resources where they can find the help they need from the story verifiers can be the difference between a writer working to get his piece up to scratch or giving up completely. I know that there are a few mods who do this and some great writers have come out of it. It's good for Lush and a good way of encouraging people who might not really have the confidence to write, to actually give it a go.

They do say that we all have a book in us, don't they (eeew not IN us, you perverts)

Great thread PP!



Thanks, Mazza.

I think all of the mods will spend the time working with someone who clearly wants to make an effort and learn. There have been some interesting and gratifying transitions in the quality of the work. It does get frustrating when we receive things like the first draft that I mentioned above. If someone demonstrates that they do not want to spend any time on their writing, why should we rewrite it entirely for them? Sometimes they just need to understand the process and the standards that are applied.

I think the expression is sweat equity. If you put some in, we will spend lots of time helping you. It is satisfying for both the mod and the writer when this happens and we do get the occasional thank you.

Topic Advice before submitting a story
Posted 03 Dec 2012 14:01

On the proofreading note, a question: Does anyone have advice on how to effectively proofread for typos? When I reread something I've written my brain can pick out things like verb tense, overuse of a particular word, or phasing that sounds clumsy. But for whatever reason if I make a simple typo - say, "lake" instead of "make" - when I go back and reread it, my head puts the sound "make" in my head and I don't catch it no matter how many times I reread.

Does anyone else have this issue? If so, how do you deal with it?

My suggestion is that you walk away from it for a few hours, or as long as a day. When you keep rereading your story, you see what should be there because you know what you have written. Time and distance will give you the perspective to see your mistakes. It usually works for me. Unfortunately, I have picked up small errors after something is posted too, but as I said before, you can always go back and edit even then.

I hope that helps a little.

Topic Disagree or Agree?
Posted 03 Dec 2012 13:10

What I am about to say is contradictory. Sex is important when it is not working. When it is, you don't have think about it - it happens organically because of the chemistry between you. The rest of your relationship is important as well. You should be friends and companions, share enough interests and values to be compatible and have enough differences to make your relationship interesting. You should remain curious about each other. You should want the best for each other. You should be kind to each other.

As to long distance relationships, they can work if you can manage time together regularly, even if that is measured in weeks rather than days. The key is to remain in contact in the interim - talk, email, text, Skype, whatever is your preference. For me the sound of a lover's voice always provides intimacy. It is not easy to sustain this, and I understand that a lot of people fail, but it can be done if both of you are committed to it.

Topic Advice before submitting a story
Posted 03 Dec 2012 12:56



Yeah but even the mods don't pick up all your typos etc. drunken

You can always edit again after your story is submitted. If it is only a few small corrections, it will be verified quickly. :-"

Topic Advice before submitting a story
Posted 03 Dec 2012 12:19

i thought it was ok to just send it in however, and the mods would fix it up for me - i mean, sometimes i can't be bothered with typos and grammar and shit - i'm an artist, you know!

I had a story yesterday that began with a note saying that the writer knew it had grammar and spelling mistakes but it was a first draft. The story had no formatting, all one paragraph, and not one capital letter but for the characters' names. It indeed was full of spelling and grammatical errors and more. I sent it back to her with a list of the problems and a suggestion that she read the resources and take the time to edit it before resubmitting.

Wonderful writers like sprite actually do several drafts and spend hours polishing their stories before submitting them.

Topic Advice before submitting a story
Posted 03 Dec 2012 11:38

If you want to see your story published on its first submission, here are some tips:

Please read our site guidelines to make sure your story is compliant. This is very important. Certain scenarios and sexual practices are not allowed. Cardinal sins are rape, sex with an underage person (under 16 years of age), violence and bestiality. Submitting a story containing any of those could see your whole account terminated.

Please do not depend on spell check to edit your story. Read it carefully to check your spelling because spell check will allow misspellings that are words, often with hilarious results, e.g. I put my arms around her waste. (That was in a story. I did not make it up.)

Please format your story into paragraphs of about four sentences or where the narrative should logically break. All dialogue should be formatted into separate paragraphs each time someone speaks. A mass of prose with few or no paragraph breaks will be returned to you.

Please read your story paying attention to where you pause. There should be a comma there if it is a phrase or a full stop if it is a complete thought.

Read the Writer's Resources about the use of apostrophes if you are not sure. They are not for plurals. They are used either for contractions or to signify possession. Read it for other punctuation marks to know that you are using them correctly.

Please do not overuse exclamation marks. They lose their power if used in every other sentence.

Please check your verb tense throughout your story to be sure it is consistent. Many submissions have tense shifts from past to present and back again.

Please take a look at the proper form for punctuation, formatting, and capital/lower case letters for dialogue in published stories and follow that example in your story.

Please do not use text speak/emoticons in your story or short forms like &, or ok, or lbs. Use the entire words.

Please express all numbers in your story as words unless they refer to measurements or the time of day. Remember the hyphens for age, e.g. 18-year-old. Numbers may never start a sentence or paragraph, whatever they describe. In these cases they should always be expressed as words.

Your title should not be formatted in all caps and should not include text speak or emoticons. Do not repeat the title in the body of your story. Notes to the reader should be at the end of your story.

Please do not expect that you can spend an hour putting your thoughts in writing and that it will be published. The writers whose work is most admired here on Lush spend time editing and improving their stories before they are submitted and published. If you put in the time and effort, you will have the satisfaction of only minor edits being done by the mods and your story will be posted on its first submission.

Please do not resubmit your story as new with no changes after it has been returned to you for editing. This is a waste of the volunteer time of the mods as well as your time and risks a suspension from publishing if you continue to do this. Please do your edits within Lush so that the moderators can see previous editorial notes to you on your resubmitted story. Lush maintains a high quality of erotica by insisting that stories be literate before they are published. We are certain that you would not want that to change.

Walk away from your story for a few hours, or as long as a day. When you keep rereading your story, you see what should be there because you know what you have written. Time and distance will give you the perspective to see your mistakes.

Please take the time to read the resources available on all aspects of writing in the writers' forum. They will help you polish your work and allow it to be published more quickly.

Please read some of the Editors' Picks stories to get an idea of the standard of stories we'd like to see submitted.

Finally, a thank you when you have been helped by us would be appreciated. As I said, we volunteer our time and spend hours working on your stories. We really do want to post them for you.

Topic Sexual words association
Posted 02 Dec 2012 15:25

orgasm

Topic Last Two Letters ....
Posted 02 Dec 2012 15:11

lyrical

Topic Where is my story?
Posted 02 Dec 2012 14:44

Let me add to Sprite's post to address all writers who want their work published quickly.

Please do not depend on spell check to edit your story. Read it carefully to check your spelling because spell check will allow misspellings that are words, often with hilarious results, e.g. I put my arms around her waste. (That was in a story. I did not make it up.)

Please read your story paying attention to where you pause. There should be a comma there if it is a phrase or a full stop if it is a complete thought.

Please format your story into paragraphs of about four sentences or where the narrative should logically break. All dialogue should be formatted into separate paragraphs each time someone speaks. A mass of prose with few or no paragraph breaks will be returned to you.

Read about the use of apostrophes if you are not sure. They are not for plurals. They are used either for contractions or to signify possession.

Please do not overuse exclamation marks. They lose their power if used in every other sentence.

Please check your verb tense throughout your story to be sure it is consistent. Many submissions have tense shifts from past to present and back again.

Please take a look at the proper form for punctuation, formatting, and capital/lower case letters for dialogue in published stories and follow that example in your story.

Please do not use text speak in your story or short forms like & or ok or lbs. Use the entire words.

Please do not expect that you can spend less than an hour putting your thoughts in writing and that it will be published. The writers whose work is most admired here on Lush put time in editing and improving their stories before they are submitted and published. If you put in the time and effort, you will have the satisfaction of only minor edits being done by the mods and your story will be posted on its first submission.

Please do not resubmit your story as new with no changes after it has been returned to you for editing. This is a waste of the volunteer time of the mods as well as your time. Lush maintains a high quality of erotica by insisting that stories be literate before they are published. We are certain that you would not want that to change.

Please take the time to read the resources available on all aspects of writing in the writers' forum. They will help you polish your work and allow it to be published more quickly.

Finally, a thank you when you have been helped by us would be appreciated. As I said, we volunteer our time and spend hours working on your stories. We really do want to post them for you.

Topic Should the NFL postpone the Panthers vs Chiefs game Sunday?
Posted 01 Dec 2012 13:59

I am not a sports fan and don't like football at all, but I do have an opinion.

Of course the game should be postponed by any standard of ethics, decent behaviour and compassion. However, football is a very big business in the United States and has an almost religious status, even at high school and college level, never mind the NFL. It is not going to happen unless the fans themselves put an enormous amount of pressure on the league and shame them into doing the right thing. It was this kind of public outrage that caused the New York Marathon to be cancelled after Sandy.

Topic Palestinia becoming a non-member observer state in the UN
Posted 30 Nov 2012 10:19

Imagine for a moment that Cuba was lobbing rockets to Miami indiscriminately. How long would the US stand for it? Or a similar situation with any other country. Why should Israel be the only country in the world expected to live under such conditions by the apologists for Palestinian terrorism?

Imagine for a moment that instead of allowing the Palestinians to sit in refugee camps for fifty years the oil-rich nations of the Middle East had done their best to absorb and/or support them. What would their situation be now?

The Israelis have a right to live in peace as do the Palestinians. I believe in the two-state solution, but the Palestinians seem to have a talent for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. How many times have they been millimeters from a peace settlement and walked away? (Camp David, with President Clinton, etc.) It is almost as if without their hatred of Israel they could not exist. Who would they then blame for their plight? They would have to look at their corrupt leaders.

I do not agree with the ultra-Orthadox Israelis who continue to insist on settlements outside of Israel. Other Israelis should not have to defend them and this is blocks any agreement.

The problem is similar to that in American politics. The extremes on both sides have too much power relative to their numbers.

While Hamas was elected in purported democratic elections, they do not recognize Israel`s right to exist. Until they do this and stop terrorist tactics, there can be no peace. They deliberately hide themselves and their armaments among the civilian population and then complain that there are civilian casualties. Contrary to the Israelis who warn civilians away, they target them, even school children.

I am also appalled by the intellectuals in Europe and elsewhere who want to boycott anything that is related to Israel and compare them to Nazis. There could not be a more disgusting comparison considering the country was populated by survivors of the Holocaust. The hatred of Israel in these circles is a thinly veiled anti-Semitism and is abhorrent.

The truth is that neither side can come to the table with clean hands, but I remain convinced that there is more blame on the Palestinian side.

I hope that this UN victory is one for Abbas and strengthens him in rivalry with Hamas. There is a glimmer that if this is the case, peace might be possible.

We can ask about history so far, how is that working for you? It is time for some brave statesmanship on both sides.

Topic What is the most romantic movie you have ever seen?
Posted 27 Nov 2012 16:31

"The English Patient"

Topic where would you like to be kissed first except vagina when horny?
Posted 27 Nov 2012 16:28

Mouth, neck, shoulders. Love, love, love kisses.

Topic If a Woman had to Challenge You...
Posted 21 Nov 2012 18:41

This was the subject of a classic "Seinfeld" show - a contest for which character would last longest with hilarious results.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAvANRCgCDM

Topic Approaching 150K members, $150 Amazon Voucher up for grabs!
Posted 11 Nov 2012 17:44

Given the new total number, my new guess is January 22nd.

Topic Teacher convicted of sex with 18yr old students
Posted 11 Nov 2012 13:45

There are roles and professions in society where you have a trust with your client/patient/student that cannot be broken. Many professions have rules against sexual relationships with clients/patients. Teachers are in such a position of trust and clearly there is a power imbalance between teachers and their students. A student might be coerced into sex or threatened with failure in the course. A teacher might be blackmailed by a student and risk the loss of their licence.

Even at 18, and a certain level of maturity, you do not have the wisdom that you would as an equal to a teacher twenty or more years your senior. It is not really an informed consent because of that and the power imbalance. It is also a really messy situation.

People who join professions know and understand the rules of professional conduct. They are there for a reason. The same applies to clergy, coaches, scoutmasters, or anyone else who deals with young or vulnerable people in a position of trust and authority.

This woman should lose her teaching licence. A long jail term is probably not appropriate.

Topic Can Romney/Ryan get elected?
Posted 11 Nov 2012 07:03

I thought we might let Maureen Dowd have a word about the election results.


Romney Is President
By MAUREEN DOWD

IT makes sense that Mitt Romney and his advisers are still gobsmacked by the fact that they’re not commandeering the West Wing.

(Though, as “The Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver jested, the White House might have been one of the smaller houses Romney ever lived in.)

Team Romney has every reason to be shellshocked. Its candidate, after all, resoundingly won the election of the country he was wooing.

Mitt Romney is the president of white male America.

Maybe the group can retreat to a man cave in a Whiter House, with mahogany paneling, brown leather Chesterfields, a moose head over the fireplace, an elevator for the presidential limo, and one of those men’s club signs on the phone that reads: “Telephone Tips: ‘Just Left,’ 25 cents; ‘On His Way,’ 50 cents; ‘Not here,’ $1; ‘Who?’ $5.”

In its delusional death spiral, the white male patriarchy was so hard core, so redolent of country clubs and Cadillacs, it made little effort not to alienate women. The election had the largest gender gap in the history of the Gallup poll, with Obama winning the vote of single women by 36 percentage points.

As W.’s former aide Karen Hughes put it in Politico on Friday, “If another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue.”

Some Republicans conceded they were “a ‘Mad Men’ party in a ‘Modern Family’ world” (although “Mad Men” seems too louche for a candidate who doesn’t drink or smoke and who apparently dated only one woman). They also acknowledged that Romney’s strategists ran a 20th-century campaign against David Plouffe’s 21st-century one.

But the truth is, Romney was an unpalatable candidate. And shocking as it may seem, his strategists weren’t blowing smoke when they said they were going to win; they were just clueless.

Until now, Republicans and Fox News have excelled at conjuring alternate realities. But this time, they made the mistake of believing their fake world actually existed. As Fox’s Megyn Kelly said to Karl Rove on election night, when he argued against calling Ohio for Obama: “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?”

Romney and Tea Party loonies dismissed half the country as chattel and moochers who did not belong in their “traditional” America. But the more they insulted the president with birther cracks, the more they tried to force chastity belts on women, and the more they made Hispanics, blacks and gays feel like the help, the more these groups burned to prove that, knitted together, they could give the dead-enders of white male domination the boot.

The election about the economy also sounded the death knell for the Republican culture wars.

Romney was still running in an illusory country where husbands told wives how to vote, and the wives who worked had better get home in time to cook dinner. But in the real country, many wives were urging husbands not to vote for a Brylcreemed boss out of a ’50s boardroom whose party was helping to revive a 50-year-old debate over contraception.

Just like the Bushes before him, Romney tried to portray himself as more American than his Democratic opponent. But America’s gallimaufry wasn’t knuckling under to the gentry this time.

If 2008 was about exalting the One, 2012 was about the disenchanted Democratic base deciding: “We are the Ones we’ve been waiting for.”

Last time, Obama lifted up the base with his message of hope and change; this time the base lifted up Obama, with the hope he will change. He has not led the Obama army to leverage power, so now the army is leading Obama.

When the first African-American president was elected, his supporters expected dramatic changes. But Obama feared that he was such a huge change for the country to digest, it was better if other things remained status quo. Michelle played Laura Petrie, and the president was dawdling on promises. Having Joe Biden blurt out his support for gay marriage forced Obama’s hand.

The president’s record-high rate of deporting illegal immigrants infuriated Latinos. Now, on issues from loosening immigration laws to taxing the rich to gay rights to climate change to legalizing pot, the country has leapt ahead, pulling the sometimes listless and ruminating president by the hand, urging him to hurry up.

More women voted than men. Five women were newly elected to the Senate, and the number of women in the House will increase by at least three. New Hampshire will be the first state to send an all-female delegation to Congress. Live Pink or Dye.

Meanwhile, as Bill Maher said, “all the Republican men who talked about lady parts during the campaign, they all lost.”

The voters anointed a lesbian senator, and three new gay congressmen will make a total of five in January. Plus, three states voted to legalize same-sex marriage. Chad Griffin, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, told The Washington Post’s Ned Martel that gays, whose donations helped offset the Republican “super PACs,” wanted to see an openly gay cabinet secretary and an openly gay ambassador to a G-20 nation.

Bill O’Reilly said Obama’s voters wanted “stuff.” He was right. They want Barry to stop bogarting the change.

Topic Can Romney/Ryan get elected?
Posted 07 Nov 2012 08:28

This is a comment posted by someone called rewiredgdog on Obama's victory in The New Yorker. I thought it was worth sharing.

"Hopefully Obama's victory and more importantly Warren's in Massachusetts represent the beginning of the end for the angry white men's vote in American politics. The GOP right now is in ICU with a severe case of the Stockholm Syndrome. And Lee Atwater, the sinister political operative behind the infamous Willie Horton campaign ads, must be spinning like a lathe in his grave. Being a crusty and cynical old fart, that is, a retired baby boomer and disabled Vietnam vet who has just seen too much how the real world works, I felt like a young man last night. I had such a profound attack of schadenfreude, I almost looked for my little brown bottle of nitro tablets thinking it was an angina attack. The I realized I was experiencing such joy and hope for the future. Maybe, just maybe America is finally making a historical course correction toward normalcy. I thought I was watching a corny ending to an old Frank Capra movie. But I just hope Obama stops his tired "nice guy routine," takes off the gloves and get medieval on the GOP's ass in the next four years. Jimmy Morrison of The Doors was wrong. You can petition the Lord with prayers. Power to the people. "The little power," as Melanie Griffith said to Harrison Ford in Working Girl."


One of the lessons of the election is that the demography of the US is changing and the formula used by the GOP for years will no longer work. Let's hope they are not obstructionist in Obama's second term and put country before party. These are the people who vowed that they would do everything they could to see him fail and not win re-election. The question of the day is, "How did that work for you?"

Topic Can Romney/Ryan get elected?
Posted 02 Nov 2012 07:18

From The New Yorker: (I thought we could all use a laugh.)


ROMNEY SAYS HE FAVORS ABORTION IN CASES WHERE IT MAKES PEOPLE VOTE FOR HIM
Posted by Andy Borowitz


KETTERING, Ohio (The Borowitz Report)—Hitting the campaign trail one day after the arrival of Superstorm Sandy, Republican nominee Mitt Romney tweaked his position on abortion today, saying he now supports it in cases where it makes people vote for him.

“I would make an exception for abortion in cases where the life of my campaign is at stake,” he told a crowd in Kettering, Ohio.

Sandy, which slammed into the East Coast last night, was such a powerful weather system that it prevented Mr. Romney from changing his position on abortion for twenty-four hours.

“It was important for Mitt to come up with a new position on abortion today,” said his campaign manager, Matt Rhoades. “It sends a message to the American people that in the aftermath of Sandy, things are getting back to normal.”

Mr. Romney made no reference to his comments about eliminating FEMA, which have been declared a disaster area.



ROMNEY: “SEEING HIM WITH CHRIS CHRISTIE IS TEARING ME APART”
Posted by Andy Borowitz


DES MOINES (The Borowitz Report)—A new Mitt Romney is emerging in the closing days of the campaign, aides say: a man who is increasingly “being eaten alive with jealousy” by President Obama’s budding relationship with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

While Mr. Romney has told reporters that he is “totally fine” with Gov. Christie flying around in a helicopter with President Obama, privately he has told aides, “Seeing him with Chris Christie is tearing me apart.”

The trouble began earlier this week, a Romney aide said, when Mr. Romney saw Mr. Christie on CNN mention that President Obama “had given him his number at the White House.”

“Mitt was like, ‘Fine, whatever, do we have to watch this?’ and then basically ran out of the room,” the aide said. “It was completely awkward.”

Making matters worse, the aide said, “Chris Christie isn’t returning his calls.”

“Mitt was trying to explain his position on FEMA to reporters yesterday and he got all excited because his phone started vibrating,” the aide said. “It turned out it was just Ann.”

Mr. Romney, who has been seen doodling Chris Christie’s name in the margins of his briefing books in recent days, has apparently decided on a new course of action: to make the New Jersey governor jealous.

“He’s been calling Cuomo,” the aide said. “But Cuomo won’t call him back either. It’s all so sad.”

Topic Contractions
Posted 01 Nov 2012 15:28

I use them in dialogue in stories but prefer not to in the narrative. I don`t like that conversational quality in prose. It is a matter of preference and taste, I suppose, and the tone you wish to convey in what you have written.

Topic World around you in two words
Posted 01 Nov 2012 14:08

computer nightmare

Topic Describe yourself in one word
Posted 31 Oct 2012 15:15

busy

Topic Let the voting begin! Let's see how a lushworld poll compares to the real world...
Posted 31 Oct 2012 08:46

Here is one scenario of what might happen.

My Mitt Fantasy
By MAUREEN DOWD
Published: October 23, 2012

While I was watching Mitt Romney make up fantasy positions in the foreign policy debate, I had a fantasy of my own.

And given the electoral isthmus the two men are wrestling on, it doesn’t seem like such a wild one. There is growing buzz that the dead heat could slide into a deadlock.

If Romney does suspend voter disbelief enough to tie President Obama, with each getting 269 Electoral College votes, the Republican-controlled House would determine the president — and give it to Mitt. And the (presumably) Democratic-controlled Senate would determine the vice president — and give it to Joe Biden.

So the first election decided by Congress in more than a century would produce a Republican president handcuffed to a Democratic vice president.

I think we can count on good ol’ Joe to devote himself to tormenting President Mittens. When Romney begins his “I, Willard ...” at the inauguration, Joe can howl like a banshee, “That’s a bunch of malarkey!”

When Biden sits behind Romney at his first State of the Union address, in that familiar tiered TV shot, the vice president can guffaw and roll his eyes and slap his knee and put his head in his hands and wave a sign behind Mitt’s slick head that reads, “Bunch of stuff.” I think we can count on Joe to ignore an enraged Tagg shaking his fist from the gallery.

A historic tie, which would spur demonstrations that would make the health care battle look like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, seems a logical conclusion of the bitter partisan paralysis here and the bottom-feeding campaign, where hope has been chased out by lies on one side and character exaggeration on the other.

And why is the race so perilously close, given the dizzying fall of W. and the dizzying rise of Obama, a mere four years ago?

It is partly because of Obama’s endless odyssey of self-discovery, where he rattles around in his own head, trying to figure out who he is and why he’s stuck on a Denver debate stage, forced to justify himself in this clownish format against this shape-shifting chucklehead.

At the first debate, the president gave off such a feeling of ennui, he could have used a fainting couch. It suddenly made many voters who thought it only fair that Obama get another term, given the mountain of trouble W. had left behind, wonder if that second chance would be embraced with energy, imagination and zest.

And the race is vise-tight because Mitt’s a marvel. Never in modern memory has a presidential candidate so brazenly contorted himself, switching positions to suit the moment and pushing claims, like about Obama’s imaginary “apology tour,” that have been debunked.

But as Bill Clinton warned the Obama team last year, attacking Romney as a flip-flopper, as the president did Monday night in Boca Raton, can help Mitt with centrist voters who like the idea that he’s actually a sheep in Wolfowitz clothing.

Forgoing his Klingon rhetoric, Mitt played cling-on to Obama’s Spock, suddenly clutching onto the president’s positions on China (which he said had made “progress” on trade), Iran, the Afghanistan deadline, drones and ousting Hosni Mubarak. Romney was running so far to the left of Obama that he never even mentioned the tangled White House response to the Benghazi consulate slaughter, which Republicans on the Hill have been working tirelessly to tee up for him.

In the surest sign that Mitt had donned a more soothing costume, he even made a flattering reference to the United Nations, the bête noire of his hawkish neocon foreign policy advisers.

But it was no doubt the neocons who coached Romney to sheath the bayonet to neutralize Obama charges of warmongering. In The Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol urged Mitt to be “pre-presidential.” (Sort of like pre-emptive war.) He advised Romney to speak at the debate “in a bipartisan way” and appeal “to the broad American tradition of international leadership, and to the actions of Harry Truman as well as those of Ronald Reagan.” He advised praising “our diplomats” and “finding something to praise in the actions of President Obama.”

Very sneaky.

Obama blew the first debate because he can’t stand the phoniness of jousts, and he seemed flummoxed by the mind-boggling phoniness of Romney. For the first time, we see President Cool unable to keep his feelings completely cloaked. In Boca, his dark eyes were glaring daggers at Romney, who was sporting his smarmy smile and mine-is-bigger-than-yours flag pin.

If Romney gets to the Situation Room, will we see Cipher Mitt, the vessel of the neocons? Or will we see Moderate Mitt, chastising the hawks — who are eager to pick up where they left off bombing, in Iran and Syria — with a variation on the line he used about Al Qaeda at the debate: “We can’t kill our way out of this mess”?

It’s impossible to know. Mitt may have made so many compromises to get the prize that he doesn’t have a true self anymore. And that’s the scariest thought of all.

Topic Let the voting begin! Let's see how a lushworld poll compares to the real world...
Posted 30 Oct 2012 18:10

I am voting for MITT! I STRONGLY DESPISE Obama and EVERYTHING he stands for. I am fed up with his disrespect for America. It is time for that lying Communist BASTARD to GO!!!


http://upload.lushstories.com/796-398225_164754950322859_468844770_n.jpg

You can disagree with his policies and express that in a civil manner, but the only disrespect I see is yours. It is disgraceful. He is your President. The one disrespecting America is you. Why such hate?

This is called "The Think Tank". You are in the wrong place.

Topic Can Romney/Ryan get elected?
Posted 30 Oct 2012 16:30



This is true. As far as Obama blaming Dubya, it isn't just a charade. Bush's policies were grossly irresponsible and he stood back and did nothing while the banking industry and housing market went crazy. Interest only loans and many other foolish practices were allowed that cost our economy trillions. It's hardly surprising it's taken four years to reverse the damage.

My prediction is that when push comes to shove, Americans will remember this and Obama wins in a landslide.

From your mouth to God's ears, and this might prove the GOP does not have a monopoly on God.

Topic What are you doing if you're on the East coast with the storm approaching?
Posted 29 Oct 2012 18:22

It is impacting as far north and inland as southern Ontario. There are a number of areas without power as the strong winds have taken lines down. A deluge of rain is expected. All we can do is find our emergency supplies and hope it is not as bad as they expect.

Topic Republicans and the "R" word
Posted 29 Oct 2012 15:01

Bravo, Melissa. You are very brave.

Just one thing. His supporters are shameful and disgraceful - as well as shameless.