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Fennelly: Friendly rivalry grows among childhood pals

MONTREAL — It's been 20 years, but Donna Callahan can still see and hear them out in front of the house on Groveview Circle in suburban Rochester, N.Y. Her Ryan is on the cul-de-sac with his big brother Mike. So are the Gionta boys: Mike's buddy Brian and his kid brother, Stephen. Maybe some others join in, but it's always hockey — street hockey, roller hockey, any hockey.

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There’s probably a very good reason, despite John McCain’s posturing comments to the contrary, why all the network and cable news outlets continued to promote tonight’s presidential debate in Oxford, Mississippi using the names of both Democrat Barack Obama and the Republican nominee.

For despite McCain’s broad hints he wouldn’t show up to debate Obama, everyone knew the candidate was full of beans - or words to that effect.

And just why was everyone so sure McCain was simply playing hard to get?

Ask yourself two simple questions.

Please name a single political figure running for the presidency of the United States, who would willingly pass up the opportunity for 90 minutes of free national face time on NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC and FOX, not to mention numerous radio outlets.

Now, please name a single political figure running for the presidency of the United States, who would willingly allow their opponent to bask in 90 minutes of free national face time on NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC and FOX, not to mention numerous radio outlets.

And that is why McCain’s arrival in Oxford was about as much of a surprise as the late William Faulkner coming back to his old home town.

Just how much McCain’s “No, No Nanette” act will effect tonight’s debate is, well, debatable.

For while McCain was flitting around Washington for a better part of the week, pretending to have influence over the economic bailout talks, Obama was preparing for the debate.

There are cynics - yes, it’s true, one or two of them, perhaps - who might hint, but just a bit that all of this debate kerfuffle was part of a broader conspiracy by McCain to have tonight’s debate cancelled and then rescheduled for October 2 in place of the vice presidential debate between Obama’s running mate Joe Biden and McCain’s surreal veep pick Sarah Palin, who has proven to have all the political skills of a hubcap since she was thrust into the national spotliglight.

Unfortunately Obama, who proved to be something of of a pretty fair poker player during his years in the Illinois Legislature, called McCain’s bluff, refusing to call off their first debate.

Tonight, we’ll see who wins the next hand.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by  Mary Sheppard, Riverview on 09/29  at  02:59 AM

I think a sinister thing has hold of the American people. It tells us what is evil, it tells us how and who to vote for. It tells us what is right and what is wrong. People today are too lazy to check things out for themselves. They watch the Fox(fake) News Network. Fake News Network gets their information from the fundamentalists. Fundamentalists are a group of people with strict belief with no room for any other thoughts or opinions. Do we want to be ruled by fundamentalists? I think it’s time we take back our country. So turn off Fox and read things for yourself!


Posted by  pacfandave, St Petersburg on 09/27  at  07:48 AM

You have conjured up the image of the borderline student cramming for an exam while another who is intrinsically prepared attends to pressing business.  And that’s pretty much the image that carried over to the debate, isn’t it?  The tutor helping his intellectually-challenged wannabe grasp understanding?  Hard to grasp understanding, though, when a wall of dogma prevents assimilation.


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Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014
Clearwater doctor unveils Shroud secrets
Wayne Phillips gives seminars designed for the layman on the history of the Shroud of Turin, with 100 facts supporting the claim it wrapped the lifeless body of Christ.
Boyfriend charged in shooting death of girlfriend in Clearwater
During Bollywood,  local officials say transportation issues will be more on the scale of a major convention or concert. FILE PHOTO
Transportation officials, firms unsure of Bollywood impact
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser and Yunel Escobar react after walking New York Yankees' Dean Anna and forcing in the go-ahead run during the 12th inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg. The Yankees won 5-1. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Rays fall to Yankees in extra innings, 5-1

Opinion

Fennelly: Friendly rivalry grows among childhood pals

MONTREAL — It's been 20 years, but Donna Callahan can still see and hear them out in front of the house on Groveview Circle in suburban Rochester, N.Y. Her Ryan is on the cul-de-sac with his big brother Mike. So are the Gionta boys: Mike's buddy Brian and his kid brother, Stephen. Maybe some others join in, but it's always hockey — street hockey, roller hockey, any hockey.

Editorials:
Editorial: Right time for pension reform
Bollywood comes to Tampa
Editorial: Protecting natural springs should be a priority
Letters:
Obamacare will harm the doctor-patient relationship
Letters to the editor: Not automatic

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