By Roz Rogoff
About this blog: In January 2002 I started writing my own online "newspaper" titled "The San Ramon Observer." I reported on City Council meetings and other happenings in San Ramon. I tried to be objective in my coverage of meetings and events, and... (More)
About this blog: In January 2002 I started writing my own online "newspaper" titled "The San Ramon Observer." I reported on City Council meetings and other happenings in San Ramon. I tried to be objective in my coverage of meetings and events, and saved my barbs for my Commentary page. I had some political differences with the City Council at that time and particularly with the majority dubbed "The Gang of Three," by the San Ramon Valley Times. In 2003 new Council members were elected and the Council was more balanced and fiscally conservative, but I continued to write the Observer until 2009. At that point I decided I wanted to concentrate on my commentaries. So I requested a meeting with the editor and publisher of the Danville Weekly about taking over the San Ramon Observer. My timing was very apropos since the parent company, Embarcadero Media, was planning to release an online San Ramon Express that April. I was offered a "blog" under the name "San Ramon Observer" for my commentaries. I like to inform residents about what is happening in San Ramon, especially on city government and local politics. When I don't have anything to write about on those topics, I just write about anything I am doing or thinking about. (Hide)
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Who Won the Debate?
Uploaded: Sep 27, 2016
I watched the Clinton/Trump debate twice tonight -- first when it was broadcast live on MSNBC and again when it was replayed on CNN. After the debate the pundits discussed "Who Won?" The "winner" depended on the political leanings of the commenters making the decision. MSNBC said it was Hillary. Fox seemed to be leaning towards Trump but Megan Kelly declared it "A Tie." Right Megan, we get it!
I called it a Tie too, but that means Trump won. Trump made some faces at some of Hillary's comments, but overall he was quite civil and even lucid. He didn't say anything outrageous and even sounded sane to me. Since he wasn't awful, it must be good.
That means either I've turned into a Trumpanzee or Trump's handlers did a very good job making him look and sound Presidential. Maybe I should hire Trump's team to train my cats.
Speaking of cats (how about that segue), I bought a new Cat Tree for them to climb on or hide in. The climber took to it right away. The hider still prefers hiding under the kitchen sink or under the bed, but there's a neat cubby on the tree I'm hoping she will start using.
Speaking of hiding in a cubby (another great segue), Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson was not invited to debate, even though over one million supporters, including me, signed a petition to "Let Gary Debate." He's hoping to get into the next debate in October, which should heat things up a little if the Commission on Presidential Debates gives Gary a chance.
Johnson has been criticized, even ridiculed, for not knowing what "Aleppo" is. I replied to a critic on Yahoo that it shouldn't matter if he didn't know about a city in Turkey. I was promptly put in my place. Aleppo is the rebel held city in Syria.
Well now we know why I support Gary Johnson. Libertarians do not support getting into wars in foreign countries, whether in Syria or Turkey. Look at the messes we got into in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even Trump says no more foreign wars, but I'm not counting on that to vote for him.
What is it worth to you?
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