Saturday, June 23, 2012

Headlines - Saturday June 23

Aaah, yes. "Offshoring"....

is sooooo much better than "outsourcing." GENIUS!

The Washington Post reported today that Bain Capital, the private equity firm Mitt Romney headed for 15 years, invested extensively in companies that moved jobs overseas to low-wage countries like China. The practice contradicts the rhetoric of candidate Romney, who since announcing his presidential ambitions, has criticized government policies that have led to jobs, particularly those in manufacturing, moving offshore.

Rather than dispute the substance of the article, the Romney campaign has responded to the Post piece by parsing words, claiming that the story is "fundamentally flawed" for not differentiating between the technical definitions of "outsourcing" and "offshoring":

"This is a fundamentally flawed story that does not differentiate between domestic outsourcing versus offshoring nor versus work done overseas to support U.S. exports. Mitt Romney spent 25 years in the real world economy so he understands why jobs come and they go," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. "As president, he will implement policies that make it easier and more attractive for companies to create jobs here at home. President Obama's attacks on profit and job creators make it less attractive to create jobs in the U.S."

Either way, dipshit, you moved jobs OUT of this country. Who the fuck is running this campaign, Ann Romney's dressage pony? Assholes.


Ladies seeking a good, strong head-of-household often overlook an important source for potential hubbies, prison. Think about it. Penitentiaries report more Jesus findings than any other place on the planet.

Single not-men can now find the incarcerated man of their dreams at a dating site called
Prison Inmates Online.



According to analysis from the Annenberg Public Policy Center, political attacks ads are now "about 85 percent false."

For most of us that would generate a genuine gut response of "no shit," but the report does go further and name the biggest offenders. And not surprisingly, they include Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers.

Crossroads GPS, the group founded by Karl Rove, has the worst record, according to Annenberg. It has dropped $10.3 million on attack ads with at least one inaccuracy. The organization is the creator of many anti-Obama ads. The most recent being "Stopwatch," which claims that Obama's negligence is growing the national debt by $1.4 million every 30 seconds.

In second place is The American Future Fund, which has spent $6.4 million on ads with at least one false claim, according to the fact checkers. It has also spearheaded the attempt to convince the FEC to loosen the definition of "clearly identified candidate" in order to sidestep regulations requiring organizations that run ads attacking candidates to reveal their donors. Read more about that effort here.

Americans for Prosperity and the American Energy Alliance, the third- and fourth-ranked spenders, have shelled out more than $5 million and $3.3 million, respectively, for ads with errors.

The report relied on fact checks conducted by,, the Washington Post's Fact Checker and the Associated Press, so we can safely assume the 85 percent figure was low-balled by at least 14 percent.

None of these super PACs, who do nothing but lie while promoting the "social welfare to benefit the community," are required to disclose their donors.



During the hours leading up to the vote of contempt in the House Oversight Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder and Oversight Chairman Darrell "Witch Hunt" Issa met in an effort to resolve the situation.

That meeting was obviously fruitless, and now we may know why.

According to Newsweek, Darrell Issa's chief investigative counsel offered to halt the contempt vote in exchange for the resignation of Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.

via TPM

Issa staffer Stephen Castor brought up the issue of "accountability" during a phone call with a senior DOJ official last week, according to the report. Castor reportedly said they could head off the contempt vote if Breuer stepped down.

Breuer, who heads the Justice Department's Criminal Division, apologized in October for not telling other Justice Department officials that guns were allowed to "walk" during the Bush administration when Congress first raised questions about Operation Fast And Furious in early 2011. [...]

"The reason that this contempt motion happened is that Issa didn't come up with any evidence and didn't get a scalp," Matthew Miller, DOJ's former communications director, told Klaidman. "When you set expectations that high and you don't deliver, you have to explain why."

Because Darrell Issa is really bad at his job, and because he could not find any incriminating evidence implicating the Obama administration, Issa demanded a sacrifice at the alter of political theater.

Because if you spend an entire year on an investigation and you return without the witch's broom, people are going to ask why you wasted all of that time on nothing.

Not coincidentally, the Republicans also spent over a year investigating the solar-power manufacturer Solyndra seeking incriminating evidence that would implicate the Obama administration, but in a similar fashion, all they could turn up was fingers pointing back to George W. Bush.

Fortunately Eric Holder did not provide Issa with the face-saving human sacrifice he was looking for.


Republican congressional candidate Wes Riddle (R-TX) is pledging to begin impeachment proceedings against President Obama if he is elected to congress. Why? Because he's giving away Arctic islands to the Russians!

Wes Riddle, a Republican tea party activist locked in a run-off with fellow GOPer Roger Williams in Texas' 25th congressional district, is campaigning on a conspiracy theory even more bizarre than the fantasy that the United Nations and George Soros are conspiring to eliminate the game of golf.

Riddle has promised to begin the impeachment process against President Obama the day he enters Congress — seemingly implying that he believes Obama will be reelected — because of a boundary treaty that was ratified by the Senate in 1991. Obama was 30 years old at the time and just finishing up law school.

I suppose we can add ratifying a boundary treaty in 1991 to the list of things President Obama has accomplished using his time machine. The same time machine he used to plant stories of his birth in Hawaiian newspapers 50 years ago.

The fact that Wes Riddle is a retired Army officer is somewhat embarrassing.


Sullivan on Citizens United:

John Roberts' bid to open election campaigns to any billionaire who wants to pay for ads is paying off. It is beginning to look as if Obama will be outspent by 3 – 1, when everything is taken into account. The sheer money behind Romney is staggering.

The Supreme Court handed our electoral system over to Romney's best friends. It's no effing wonder. Romney is the most popular and financially lucrative whore in America this year. I'm sure if the under-the-table logistics could be worked out, Scalia, Roberts, Alito and Thomas would be getting huge royalty checks right now.


Margaret and Helen: Vagina is a 6 Letter Word.



Did Justices Roberts and Alito perjure themselves before Congress?


From CBS News:

It's going to be a big weekend in the world of big conservative money: Both Mitt Romney and billionaire industrialist brothers David and Charles Koch are holding hush-hush events with wealthy donors designed to keep the dollars coming in.

Romney's three-day retreat, which is being held at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, is an opportunity for about 700 Romney's biggest fundraisers to get some face time with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. (Many of them are "bundlers" - wealthy and well-connected individuals who call on their family, friends and associates to max out their contributions to Romney and the GOP - who have raised in the area of $250,000 for Romney.) Some of the biggest names in the Republican Party, and many of the top contenders to be Romney's running mate, are also coming to Park City: CBS News has confirmed that attendees will include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Republican strategist Karl Rove, former Reagan chief of staff James Baker, Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker.

Got a ticket, Dick T.?


Am I the only one who finds the cheering crowds at the Sandusky post-trial event to be unnerving? The whole spectacle reminds me of this.

There's nothing to celebrate here. Nothing. Go the fuck home, you degenerates. It just makes me realize we aren't so far removed from public executions where people would hope the hanging would be botched and the convicted would either do the jig because there would not be a clean cervical break or hoping the condemned would do be accidentally decapitated to sate the crowd's bloodlust. The death penalty and capital punishment is obscene on so many levels, but most of all because of the way it promotes this kind of sense of bloodlust and retribution.

It's just really harder and harder for me to find any redeeming qualities in the human race these days. There is fucking nothing here to celebrate. Period. And anyone standing on the stairs there cheering should really spend some time evaluating their own existence, and whether or not they have gone tragically wrong in their own emotional development. Sick, sick, people. Who spends their nights on the stairs of the courthouse cheering a verdict that confirms dozens of kids were abused and the accused will be brought to justice? Why aren't you at home reading, playing with your dogs or cats, children, or watching tv?

Such a sick, disgusting culture. The majority of our nation is mentally ill.


No one is cheering on courtroom steps when the Catholic rapists get convicted....

Good news:

In the first criminal conviction of a Roman Catholic Church official in the United States for covering up sexual abuses, Msgr. William J. Lynn was found guilty Friday of endangering children by allowing a known pedophile priest to continue ministering to youths, resulting in an assault on a 10-year-old boy.

The 12-member jury deadlocked on two other counts against Monsignor Lynn after a three-month trial that was widely considered a milestone in the sexual abuse scandals that have shaken the Catholic church.

Still, the trial has already sent a sobering message to church officials and others overseeing children around the country.

"I think that bishops and chancery officials understand that they will no longer get a pass on these types of crimes," said Nicholas P. Cafardi, a professor of law at Duquesne University, a canon lawyer and frequent church adviser. "Priests who sexually abuse youngsters and the chancery officials who enabled it by allowing a known sexual abuser to remain in ministry can expect criminal prosecution." The mixed verdict was seen as a victory for the district attorney's office in Philadelphia, which has been investigating the archdiocese aggressively since 2002. Monsignor Lynn could face a prison term of three-and-a-half to seven years.

Seven years seems reasonable.


If Jerry Sandusky had been tried as a Republican, the Fox News headline today would read, 'Sandusky Aquitted on Three Counts!'





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