Thursday, August 30, 2012

Headlines - Thursday August 30

Matt Taibbi: 'Mitt Romney Is One Of The Greatest And Most Irresponsible Debt Creators Of All Time'
From ABC:
"It really is a message that would resonate well if they could just get past some of their biases that have been there from the Democratic machines that have made us look like we don't care about this community," [Mrs.] Romney said. "And that is not true. We very much care about you and your families and the opportunities that are there for you and your families."
I especially loved this little ending to the ABC article:
She was introduced by her youngest son, Craig. He's fluent in Spanish and often campaigns for his father in this state and has even starred in Spanish language radio and television ads for the campaign.
Know why Craig speaks Spanish? Because he went on a Mormon mission to Chile in an effort to convert those heathen Catholics to the one true religion, Mormonism. That's why he speaks Spanish. That's how much the Romneys respect Latinos.
Now who's the foreigner?

For a campaign and party that likes to race-bait President Obama as some kind of "foreign" entity (
RNC chair Reinhold Reince Priebus got smacked down for doing it again earlier this week), Mitt Romney sure seems to have a problem with America.

Mitt's family self-deported to Mexico in order to evade those pesky US anti-polygamy laws.

Mitt chose the Burmese dictatorship to make our 2002 Olympic uniforms, rather than good ole Americans.

And now, Romney is caught holding a campaign event, during the GOP convention, on a ship flying a foreign flag, because apparently being proud of America costs Mitt too much in taxes, and when it's a choice between being proud of America and evading his taxes, Mitt always goes with the money.

Speaking of Mitt Romney's dearth of national pride, it's interesting to note that Romney also wasn't proud of the fact that America caught Osama bin Laden.
He even chastised President Obama for saying that he was proud that we caught OBL. Why does Mitt Romney have such a problem with pride of (this) country?

And finally, just imagine what the Republicans would do if our candidate - Barack HUSSEIN Obama, as they like to note - were flying a foreign flag instead of the stars and stripes at a campaign event DURING the convention? It would be THE central theme of the entire convention.

From ABC News, and they've got a photo of the ship not flying the American flag:
Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign toasted its top donors Wednesday aboard a 150-foot yacht flying the flag of the Cayman Islands.

The exclusive event, hosted by a Florida developer on his yacht "Cracker Bay," was one of a dozen exclusive events meant to nurture those who have raised more than $1 million for Romney's bid.

"I think it's ironic they do this aboard a yacht that doesn't even pay its taxes," said a woman who lives aboard a much smaller boat moored at the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina.
No more ironic than the Republicans nominating a candidate who doesn't even pay his taxes.

"On the other hand, to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan's speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech. On this measure, while it was Romney who ran the Olympics, Ryan earned the gold.

The good news is that the Romney-Ryan campaign has likely created dozens of new jobs among the legions of additional fact checkers that media outlets are rushing to hire to sift through the mountain of cow dung that flowed from Ryan's mouth. Said fact checkers have already condemned certain arguments that Ryan still irresponsibly repeated." Sally Kohn,

Yes, that's Fox News. Or at least it is until Sally Kohn is fired.


During a commercial break on Yahoo's live-stream of the RNC today, Yahoo News' Washington bureau chief David Chalian quipped to colleagues that the Romneys are "happy to have a party when black people drown," and that "they're not concerned at all" about Louisiana residents as Hurricane Isaac made landfall.

After audio of the remark surfaced, Yahoo fired Chalian almost immediately.

Of course we now know that Chalian's comment was more accurate that he was probably aware of, because ABC had not yet published their story on Romney's donor retreat aboard the Cracker Bay where the masters of the universe wined and dined under a waving Cayman Islands flag.

After firing Chalian, Yahoo issued an apology to the Romneys!

"David Chalian's statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo!. He has been terminated effective immediately. We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended."

Yahoo would like to apologize for this shakedown wherein someone was accidentally caught telling the uncomfortable truth that everyone already knows.

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for the apology for saying the NAACP wants more free stuff, for referring to President Obama as a welfare, affirmative action president, and for endorsing a budget that would obliterate the social contract.

If President Obama, or members his campaign team, had been caught partying on a super yacht under a foreign flag as Hurricane Isaac made landfall, would anyone apologize to him for the inevitable freak-out?

I don't think so.


The Obama White House just doubled fuel efficiency requirements for new cars.

The White House on Tuesday announced it had finalized new fuel-efficiency standards for American-made passenger cars and light trucks, requiring that new models for 2025 achieve an average fuel efficiency of 54.5 miles-per-gallon.

That amount would more than double the current average fuel economy, 25.2 miles-per-gallon as of 2012, according to the Department of Transportation, which enforces the standards and worked on the new fuel economy requirements with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the major U.S. automakers.

Progress! We need to do more, though.


If you missed the two main speeches at last night's GOP Lie-fest (aka The Republican National Convention), here are the two best summaries I've come across.

Steve Benen on the Chris Christie speech:

Christie decided to use this opportunity to celebrate … himself.

Even Christie's theme seemed bizarre. The keynote was ostensibly about "hard truths" — he used the word "truth" 21 times — and the need for bold political "courage," but all of this only reinforced the degree to which Mitt Romney disagrees.

Romney's afraid to offend conservatives; he's afraid to push back against extremist rhetoric; he's afraid of the religious right; and he's afraid of Limbaugh. He's afraid to release his tax returns because he thinks Democrats might be mean to him; he's afraid to disclose his bundlers because he worries sunlight may scare his wealthy benefactors away; and he's afraid to take a firm position on key issues because he thinks he'd lose. His campaign said last week presenting specifics to voters would be "suicidal."

Romney's campaign isn't about courageous "hard truths"; it's about hiding the truth and hoping voters don't notice.

Juan Williams (Fox News) on the Ann Romney speech:

Mitt Romney's wife, Ann Romney, on the other hand, looked to me like a corporate wife. And, you know, the stories she told about struggle, it's hard for me to believe. She's a very rich woman. I know that, and America knows that.

It looks like a woman whose husband takes care of her, and she's been very lucky and blessed in this life. She's not speaking, I think, for the tremendous number of single women in this country, or married women, or separated. She did not convince me that, 'You know what, I understand the struggles of American women in general.'

There you have it. Christie's speech was little more than a set up for his 2016 run for the White House. If he has any respect for Romney as a leader, it didn't come across in his speech. Rachel Maddow noted that Christie did not mention Romney's name until he got through two thirds of his speech. Oh yeah, Christie's really into Romney.

As for Ann Romney's speech, Williams could not have stated it better. Ann came across as a loyal wife who would say whatever it took to help her man get elected. None of her words rang true. Trying to convince America that she understands the plight of middle class women because she and her privileged hubby started their marriage in a basement apartment was as phony as she stating yesterday that she buys Mitt's shirts at Costco and he ironed his own shirt that very morning. Get real. These people treat the electorate as complete morons.

If this is the best Republicans have to offer in terms of convincing America that Romney is anything other than an out-of-touch modern day Gordon Gekko, they're in deep, deep trouble.


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