Ordinarily we do not cover national politics here. Those sorts of things gets plenty of coverage everywhere else, and if that is what you're looking for then you probably should go buy a daily newspaper, or settle down in front of your favorite 24/7 cable news network and watch a bunch of completely ridiculous people yell at each other for endless hours, day after contentious day.
Which is kind of like what you can also get at home. And if you watch that stuff long enough you could come to think of those folks as family, except you can turn them off. Family is far more immediate news, and therefore doesn't have an "off" button.
We do have a theory about presidential politics, you know. That being it isn't real. Remember years ago when there were people running around who claimed that the United States never sent men to the moon? Rather it was all filmed on a studio soundstage somewhere, and that Buzz Aldren and those other guys were all just actors jumping around on an otherworldly, and very dusty, movie set? Well, that's what presidential politics is all about. It's all done with actors, and the stuff is scripted, staged and then put on TV to distract you from the really important stuff, which is Sierra Madre politics. All of which is filmed at City Hall on alternating Tuesdays, and then shown on SMTV3 for as many times as you may like.
However, we are breaking with our rule on national politics today because it is Sunday, which means fewer people are reading this site. I really don't want to burn out any of the more important news on a day when many folks are off doing other things. I'd rather use that stuff for when people are back at their jobs reading things on the internet rather than working. I am not certain if you are aware of this, but The Tattler is a leading local government productivity killer. Which is a good thing if you think about it. They can't really do much damage when they're reading this blog, and then getting kinda depressed about what it is they've done with their lives.
But I digress. Here is today's news item. It comes from PR Newswire, which is a division of United Business Media. You can access this information in its native USA Today habitat by pointing your cursor here and clicking.
Two-Thirds Of Americans Think Barack Obama Is Better Suited to Handle an Alien Invasion Than Mitt Romney
WASHINGTON - According to a new U.S. extraterrestrial survey from the National Geographic Channel (NGC), more than 80 million Americans are certain UFOs exist. In fact, many believe in tangible proof that aliens have landed on Earth and think that government officials are involved in covering up paranormal activities. Moreover, most citizens would not mind a minor alien invasion, because they expect these space-age visitors to be friendly - like the lovable character depicted in Steven Spielberg's popular film "E.T."
Survey results also reveal that more than one-third (36%) of Americans believe UFOs exist. More than one in ten (11%) are confident that they have spotted a UFO, and in five (20%) know someone who claims to have seen one.
Despite the popularity of "Avengers" and "Twilight," more than seven in 10 (71%) Americans think that aliens are more likely to exist than superheroes, vampires and zombies. Furthermore, if aliens attacked our planet, more than one in five (21%) would most likely call on the Hulk to deal with the havoc. Far fewer would most trust Batman (12%) or Spiderman (8%) to step in.
In regards to national security, nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans think Barack Obama would be better suited than fellow presidential candidate Mitt Romney to handle an alien invasion. In fact, more than two in three (68%) of women say that Obama would be more adept at dealing with an alien invasion than Romney, vs. 61 percent of men. And more younger citizens, ages 18 to 64 years, than those aged 65+ (68% vs. 50%) think Romney would not be as well-suited as Obama to handle an alien invasion.
So there you go. A couple of criticisms about this survey. One is that those doing the polling did not ask the most obvious question of all, that being which candidate do you believe is more likely to be an actual space alien. Something that could breathe new life into the birther question.
And once again third party candidates have been excluded. I suspect that had Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson been included his percentages would have been surprisingly high. Certainly he would be considered the candidate most likely to incorporate alien visitors into the U.S. economy, and with the minimum amount of government regulation or interference. Thereby taking more meaningful advantage of exciting alien technologies that would not only create new jobs here on Earth, but also exponentially increase economic growth.
Enjoy your Sunday.