Sunday, September 23, 2012

Headlines - Sunday September 23

The party of voter ID laws may need to clean up their own house first when it comes to election fraud.

This is from Romney's campaign website. Note that he lists the US as a foreign country on his tax returns....
Professor Krugman spots another Romney con:

I've coined a few successful turns of phrase over the years, but none, I think, as successful as the confidence fairy — a term I used to refer to the belief that things like austerity in the face of depression would actually be expansionary, because of … CONFIDENCE

As O'Brien notes, here's how Romney described his economic strategy:

If it looks like I'm going to win, the markets will be happy. If it looks like the president's going to win, the markets should not be terribly happy. It depends of course which markets you're talking about, which types of commodities and so forth, but my own view is that if we win on November 6th, there will be a great deal of optimism about the future of this country. We'll see capital come back and we'll see — without actually doing anything — we'll actually get a boost in the economy.

In effect, Romney was saying, "I am the confidence fairy!"...

Professor Krugman goes on to establish that this bit of Romney strategery is working every bit as well as all Willard's other recent tactics—which is to say: badly. Guess it's time for the True Believers to remind each other to Clap Louder!


Interesting story:

Mitt Romney's campaign took a hard line with the Spanish-language network Univision, making last-minute demands in the run-up to last week's town hall that helped insure his success in the forum, sources familiar with the broadcast told BuzzFeed.

When the Republican took his place Wednesday night in the first of two back-to-back candidate forums televised on the mega-network, he was greeted by an adoring, raucous crowd that cheered his every word, and booed many of the moderators' questions. The next night, President Obama was treated to stone cold silence from the audience as he was aggressively grilled on his lackluster immigration record.


In any case, Romney's team was allowed to bus in rowdy activists from around southern Florida in order to fill the extra seats at their town hall.


What you're looking it is one of the more histrionic of the many, many rightwing headlines calling out Harry Reid. Earlier this year, Reid said a Bain investor told him that Mitt Romney had not paid taxes for ten years. Now, Mitt's released his 2011 tax returns and it turns out he paid almost $2 million that year.

You do see the problem here, right? Yeah, it turns out that 2011 wasn't a decade-long year. Here's the specific conversation from the Huffington Post who first reported the charge:

Saying he had "no problem with somebody being really, really wealthy," Reid sat up in his chair a bit before stirring the pot further. A month or so ago, he said, a person who had invested with Bain Capital called his office.

"Harry, he didn't pay any taxes for 10 years," Reid recounted the person as saying.

"He didn't pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that's true? Well, I'm not certain," said Reid. "But obviously he can't release those tax returns. How would it look?

"You guys have said his wealth is $250 million," Reid went on. "Not a chance in the world. It's a lot more than that. I mean, you do pretty well if you don't pay taxes for 10 years when you're making millions and millions of dollars."

Notice where Reid said which ten years he was told constituted Mitt's free ride? Yeah, you didn't because he didn't. Romney's release of his 2011 return proves absolutely nothing on this point.

Look, I don't really believe Reid either. But I'm not going to claim I've got proof when any idiot can see that I don't. This triumphalism is completely unsupported by any fact. This is lazy-assed bullshit and anyone who had any interest in even appearing to be serious would be ashamed to pull this crap.

If you're a rightwing blogger and you wonder why we all think you're idiots, look no farther. We're just taking you at your word when you pretend to be idiots.

At least, I hope for your sake that you're pretending.


Gallup finds that the odds are you don't trust the media. Good for you.


Mormons Want to Excommunicate Romney Critic


Gitcher lurid rightwing character smears right here


Georgia Republican's anti-abortion bill would require investigations of miscarriages


The Family Research Council and Focus On The Family have issued a joint congressional scorecard which rates members of the House and Senate on ten "values votes." The categories, unsurprisingly, are abortion, school vouchers, Obamacare, and same sex marriage. Five Senators and 102 members of the House received a 100% score. Most amusingly, the only perfect score in the New York delegation was granted to former Rep. Christopher Lee (R), who resigned in disgrace after being exposed for soliciting adulterous hook-ups on Craigslist. Hit the top link and check out how your reps are rated.


New Satanic Flag For Obama Campaign





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