Wednesday, October 03, 2012

DEBATES...

Tonight is the first debate in the 2012 Presidential election.  I posted on Twitter and Facebook...

What I'm looking for in tonight's debate: humility. Proverbs 3:7 - "Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil."

I really believe it is only by humility and seeking healing from God's hand that our nation will recover.

So tonight, after attending the Pumpkin Festival in French Lick (our church has a booth.  Stop by if you are in town!), Amanda and I will cuddle on the couch and watch the debate.  (I'm so romantic! lol)

Plus, today I came across a funny post from Bryan Allain about the debates.  Bryan was troubled by the candidates lack of respect for the time rules in the 2008 debates.  Here are some of his suggestions for helping the candidates "respect" the rules.  I think this would add a lot to the debates!!  (You can read the entire list here.)


7 Ways to Fix the Debate Time Issue
1. The Chess Clock: Each candidate gets 45 minutes of mic time for the entire debate. Once they are satisfied with their response to a question they slam their button and their opponent’s clock begins.
Manage your time right and you may end up with the last ten minutes of talk time while your opponent has to look on in silence.
3. The Orchestra: You know how award shows will cut off long-winded acceptance speeches with music that gets louder and louder every second? Let’s do the same thing at debates. Let’s hire an orchestra to sit next to the stage and start playing in ever-increasing volume as the candidates blow through their time limits.
And if an orchestra’s not brash enough we can find a pop star with a new album out who’s willing to help. What if every time the candidate exceeds his time Carly Rae Jepsen breaks into a song from her new album. Done and done.
5. The Donation Obligation: Here’s the idea: for every second over the allotted time for each question that the candidate speaks, he has to give $500 out of his own pocket to the political party of his opponent.
In 2008, they blabbed beyond the legal limit for an extra 30 seconds (at least) every time. Under this plan, those 30 seconds Barack went over his allotted time would mean a $15,000 donation to the Republican National Committee.
Sure Romney is filthy rich, but would he want that money going to the DNC? We’d find out.
6. The Mini Life-Sucking Machine: Remember the Life-Sucking Machine in the Pit of Despair from The Princess Bride? We need to attach a mini belt version of that to each candidate.
As soon as their time allotment has expired, they start to feel the pain from the machine as it inflicts damage to the small of their backs. The longer the candidate wants to exceed his time, the more pain he feels as his life is sucked out of him. We’ll see who has a high pain threshold and who really cares about espousing the finer details of their budget plan.

Got an idea of your own to fix this issue?
Planning on watching tonight?

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