Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Headlines - Tuesday September 25

Mike Horner, Florida Republican Rep, Resigns After Prostitution Scandal
It's really a shame stupidity isn't edible. This country would never have a hunger problem.
If there's one thing most sentient beings with at least two brain cells to rub together can agree on, it's that Mitt Romney should never, ever go off script. He's got a bad habit of saying awful things when he decides to not hold back. He'll tell you your homemade cookies suck. He'll insult your country. He'll confess that he doesn't care about 47 percent of the country because those people are just a bunch of deadbeat moochers anyway.

So of course, America's favorite moron has some laughably bad advice for Mitt Romney:

"With so much at stake in this election, both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should 'go rogue' and not hold back from telling the American people the true state of our economy and national security," says Palin. "They need to continue to find ways to break through the filter of the liberal media to communicate their message of reform."
Pretty sure that isn't their problem, Sarah. See, Romney and Paul have communicated their message of reform pretty well. End Medicare. Get rid of the "collectivist" Social Security. Let Detroit go bankrupt. Speed the housing foreclosure crisis along so more people can lose their houses to predatory investors like Mitt. Make the working and middle class pay even more in taxes so that Romney can pay even less.

But hey, maybe Sarah's right. Maybe what they need to do is be even more extreme. Say even more offensive things. Try demonstrating disdain for more than 47 percent of the country. Surely that will resonate, right?


Mitt Romney earlier this year, speaking about Russia:

This is, without question, our number one geopolitical foe. They - they fight every cause for the world's worst actors. The I - the idea that he has some more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling, indeed.

Mitt Romney's portfolio:

Romney Invests In "Number One Geopolitical Foe" Russia

Mitt Romney acquired and sold shares last year in the politically powerful Russian gas giant Gazprom. Ann and Mitt Romney's family trust return, released Friday, shows Romney sold his Gazprom stock at a loss last September in advance of election season.

So Mitt Romney, as recently as last year, was a part-owner in what he says is without question America's number one geopolitical foe. And since he hasn't released 2012 financial information, we don't know if he has engaged in any transactions involving Russia this year, so he may very well continue to be invested in the country.

Basically there are two options here. You can either conclude that Mitt Romney is (or at least recently was) in bed with America's biggest enemy. Or you can conclude that when Mitt Romney shot off his mouth about Russia he didn't have a clue what he was talking about.

Given that this is a guy who wonders why you can't roll down airplane windows during in-flight emergencies, I'll go with the latter.


Rape-Rape Update - All is not lost for Notable Lady Bits Scholar and Rape-definer Todd Akin: Missouri's own ancient self-loathing gorgon-harpie-succubus hybrid Phyllis Schlafly is going to campaign for him. (Southeast Missourian)


Oh my...


Why the Romneys shouldn't give interviews.


Probe launched into Polish priest who gets young children to lick whipped cream off his knee in creepy school initiation


Direct From Teabagistan

Buzzfeed reports:
Republicans have taken their complaints about media polls allegedly favoring Democrats a step further this morning, embracing an obscure new polling website that re-engineers public polls to add more Republicans to their samples, and which gives Republican Mitt Romney a wide lead. Some Romney supporters have long complained that public polls suggest higher Democratic turnout, and lower Republican turnout, than they think is likely this year. Pollsters have replied that their samples are dictated by what poll respondents themselves say.
I can't wait to hear what Nate Silver says about this.


Ah, he leads such a hard-knocks life of tuna, pasta and $14 million in purely investment income.

The focus on Romney's tax returns is on how much he pays. But look at the other side of the ledger: how much he makes. In 2011, Romney earned $14 million. But as Romney himself joked in 2011, he was unemployed that year. So he made $14 million without even having a job.

That money, of course, all came from investments. But Romney didn't even manage those investments. Someone else took charge of the decisions. Romney basically made $14 million in 2011 — putting him way, way above the top 1 percent, which starts at around $350,000 a year — because Romney was very rich in 2010, too. That's the nice thing bout being rich: It makes you richer.

Since all of his 2011 income was made via investments, I wonder how much of that investment income came from his ownership stake in a Chinese sweatshop?

Romney defended his low tax rate on 60 Minutes last night:

CBS' Scott Pelley pressed Romney on the issue during an interview that aired Sunday night on "60 Minutes."

"Now you made, on your investments, personally, about $20 million last year," Pelley said. "And you paid 14 percent in federal taxes. That's the capital gains rate. Is that fair to the guy who makes $50,000 and paid a higher rate than you did?"

"It is a low rate," Romney said.

No shit.



Was Haley's 14 year old daughter really the most qualified for the job?

I never understand how the Republicans can so often criticize government and government workers yet so easily provide jobs for their family inside government. Dick Cheney was no stranger to it, having his daughter Mary run his re-election campaign, and now the Tea Party and Sarah Palin hero, Nikki Haley, is doing the same.

unemployment rate in South Carolina remains above the national average, so why is the governor giving a job to her daughter when so many others need work?

Gov. Nikki Haley's 14-year-old daughter having a summer job at the State House gift shop is a tad more unusual than some may have thought.

Haley's daughter was, in fact, the only 14-year-old to hold a state job as of July 2012. And no 14-year-olds were employed by the state in either July 2011 or July 2010, according to data from the State Budget and Control Board.


Did Romney close his Swiss account to evade prosecution?


Who will Mitt Romney offend next?

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney came to the Golden State for a two-day series of high-profile fundraisers and reportedly took a shot at California in front of a $25,000 a ticket crowd in Del Mar.

Romney "took a pretty big shot at California," according to a pool reporter.

"He said that under President Obama we're becoming a lot more European and that the state of California was something he didn't want to see the rest of the U.S. look like in a few years," a pool reporter related.


Mitt Romney also thinks cold fusion is a solved problem if only we could duplicate the results at the University of Utah. (For those of you too young to remember, cold fusion was debunked 22 years ago.)


Almost $465 million of outside money has been spent on the US presidential election campaign so far, including $365m (78%) that can be attributed to the supreme court's landmark Citizens United ruling.

Well, we are finally at Part Six of Vice's foray into the wilds of Me-hee-co, about the Mexican branch of Mitt Romney's family, and how they and the cartels are just totally kidnapping each other all the time, and this part is really interesting! Why is it interesting when there hasn't even been a beheading in four whole installments? Because Mitt's cousin thinks there should be AMNESTY for illegal immigrants in the US, AND a guest worker program, and probably, like, food and shelter and not starving to death too! Sorry, Mitt Romney's cousin, but obviously you are a terrible Christian. READ MORE »


Here is a video from a nice lady who attended a Romney roundtable all interested and optimistic about the whole thing until Romney asked, "Which one of you is the teacher?" and being a teacher, this nice lady raised her hand. Then Romney began lecturing her about teachers unions and how we need to privatize everything and have charter schools, and how we suck as a country compared to Other Countries. Kind of tired of being lectured, this nice lady said "Oh I have an answer for that." Romney, being the gentleman he is, responded "I didn't ask you a question."




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