That Debate Thang

Last night’s debate was certainly more entertaining than all the previous ones. Plus, Stacy and Crew are having way too much fun.

While there are lots of armchair pundits weighing on what who said when and how and why it matters, Sunshine State Sarah has the most entertaining round-up, complete with visual aids. (h/t Da Tech Guy)

What did I think? In a nutshell, Perry did better (still not thrilled), Herman survived the second pile-on, Santorum and Bachmann need to just go home. Newt continues to prove he is the smartest guy in the room, electable or not. I’m curious if his polling numbers will go up. I especially liked his answer to the Latino gentleman’s question and about whether a candidate’s faith should factor into a voter’s choice.

COOPER: Speaker Gingrich, you agree with that? [Cooper had asked Santorum, “Should voters pay attention to a candidate’s religion?”]

GINGRICH: Well, I think if the question is, does faith matter? Absolutely. How can you have a country which is founded on truths which begins we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights? How can you have the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 which says religion, morality and knowledge being important, education matters. That’s the order: religion, morality and knowledge.

Now, I happen to think that none of us should rush in judgment of others in the way in which they approach God. And I think that all of us up here I believe would agree. (APPLAUSE)

But I think all of us would also agree that there’s a very central part of your faith in how you approach public life. And I, frankly, would be really worried if somebody assured me that nothing in their faith would affect their judgments, because then I’d wonder, where’s your judgment — how can you have judgment if you have no faith? And how can I trust you with power if you don’t pray?

(APPLAUSE)

Who you pray to, how you pray, how you come close to God is between you and God. But the notion that you’re endowed by your creator sets a certain boundary on what we mean by America.

Yes, I know I dismissed Newt early on, but this is just so much fun to watch. He has nothing to lose so he is able to keep his cool and score some points with his well-thought out answers.

Oh, I forgot to mention Romney. I think he’s going for that Don Draper mussed look…

USMC Lance Corporal Scott Harper to be brought home Thursday

Wes Tallon, Director/Public Information Officer of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, shares this information on LCpl. Scott Harper’s homecoming:

U. S. Marine Lance Corporal Scott Daniel Harper, age 21, of Winston, Douglas County, Georgia, was killed in action in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 13th, 2011. He will be brought home by his beloved Marine Corps on Thursday, October 20th.

He was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, out of Camp LeJune, North Carolina.

[…] Lance Corporal Harper was a 2008 graduate of Alexander High School in Douglas County where he was a member of the golf team and JROTC. He was proud to be an infantryman serving his Country. He not only loved his Country, but also loved his family, his community, hunting, fishing and playing his guitar.

The route and times of the honor guard procession were released today:

U. S. Marine Lance Corporal Scott Daniel Harper will be brought home by his beloved Marine Corps on Thursday, October 20th.

Lance Corporal Harper, accompanied by members of the Marine Corps and his family, will land at Fulton County Airport/Charlie Brown Field Thursday morning, October 20th. A Marine Corps Honor Guard will escort Lance Corporal Harper off the plane. A procession will leave the airport at 11:30 a.m. to bring him to Douglas County.

The processional route will be as follows. Times are estimated and the motorcade could be 10 minutes on either side of the stated time based on traffic flow, motorcade speed and other factors.

11:30 AM – Processional/Motorcade Leaves Fulton County Airport
11:32 AM – Fulton Industrial Boulevard/Mableton Parkway heading northwest
11:42 AM – Mableton Parkway/Bankhead Highway heading west
11:45 AM – Chattahoochee Tech, Bankhead Highway
11:48 AM – Downtown Austell Business District
11:51 AM – Thornton Road/Bankhead Highway
11:53 AM – Annette Winn Elementary School (where Scott started in the first grade)
11:54 AM – Downtown Lithia Springs
11:56 AM – AMVETS Post 118 (Veterans’ salute)
12:00 PM – GreyStone Power Corporation
12:05 PM – Fairburn Road/Bankhead Highway, turn south one block, then west on Church Street
12:06 PM – Downtown Douglasville Business District
12:15 PM – Processional/Motorcade Arrives at Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home

The Public is invited and encouraged to salute the service of Lance Corporal Harper along the processional route.

Semper Fidelis.

Cross-posted at PeachPundit.

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