theatlantic: ‘America Needs Romney’ Blimp Crash Lands in Florida
Dear God, the number of metaphors for the Romney/Ryan campaign are too many to list.
lemme break this down
Ryan, knowing Biden’s family died in a terrible car accident, brings up car accidents in their debate
Romney, knowing Obama grew up in a single parent household, vilifies single parents in their debate
vote, don’t vote, agree or disagree if you honestly are okay with that straight underhanded shit i’m gonna need you to e-mail Jesus, forward it to Moses & cc Allah cause I can’t help you
Wow, this really drives home what assholes they are, doesn’t it?
The Romney Plan
- On pay equity: BINDERS! FULL OF WOMEN!
- His solution for gun violence: More marriage.
- His tax plan: Cut capital gains taxes. You know, for the middle class. And fire Big Bird.
- His solution for struggling businesses: Bankruptcy. Or borrow from your parents.
- His solution for uninsured Americans: Go to the Emergency Room.
- His solution for immigration issues: Self-deportation.
Why are we taking this guy seriously again? He is a joke.
She summarizes things well.
SNL Paints Picture Of Undecided Voters’ Reactions To Tonight’s Debate
I’d actually like to meet the people who change their minds after the debates. At this point, I’m not sure how there are even independent voters, but they’re the only ones who might change their opinions. Y’know, from “I don’t know who to vote for so I won’t” to “I think I like that guy better, but I think I’m busy during voting time.”
Let’s get this out of the way: what Paul Ryan says here is completely empty.
“The only thing that limits you is your God given talent and your own effort. We need to have that dynamic economy return. You do that by drawing the economy and giving people a hand up, not a hand out. Teach a man how to fish, he can feed himself for a life. Don’t simply feed fish.”
This is a completely meaningless chunk of words thrown at the audience in an effort to avoid answering the question. Ryan can’t tell her to go off public assistance because he knows she’d respond by saying she couldn’t pay rent or to feed herself, among other necessary bills. But Ryan also can’t tell her to stay on public assistance, while continuing to look for employment, because it goes against everything he’s said about people not depending on the “government handouts.”
This is the danger of the current republican party. It either has to tell people it doesn’t care or understand how you can’t have money by acting in the most unsympathetic and, frankly, illogical way. Or it has to agree with its opponents by saying that sometimes dire circumstances call for help from as many places as possible, and agreeing with the opponent is something the republican party can never do.
More and more videos and quotes are showing up from Romney and Ryan that paint them as horrible, shallow, out of touch, ignorant, selfish, cruel, greedy, or some other negative trait. The thing is that too many people agree with them, and that’s mostly because they don’t realize that Romney and Ryan are referring to them.
That said, I’m curious what the Obama equivalent is. What video and in-context quotes, specifically ones that have happened in the last few months, do republicans pull out to show Obama in a negative light? How do we react? In the same “what he says makes sense” way even if it’s an asinine statement? Or do we agree that the negative quote is indeed negative? Or do we try to explain to the person positing it as a negative comment that it’s actually not?
I’ve seen more of the last two scenarios, but I’m honestly curious. Do people who post what they deem as horrible quotes made by Obama see his supporters as purposefully ignorant and deaf to others’ words as they’re often seen themselves for their republican views?
It’s worth pointing out however that these are not simply the petulant outbursts of a single entitled millionaire. After having spent years reading and arguing with Republicans online the sentiment that those who require a social safety net must somehow be evil leeches who don’t want to work. (Which is hilarious considering how scant that social safety net is.) In many ways Romney is a logical product of a line of thinking that’s been circulating in Republican circles for awhile now. And it’s worth remembering that Reagan was going on about “welfare queens in designer jeans” in the 1980s.
"But he obviously didn’t mean the elderly or retired. C’mon."
"Okay, what about the disabled?"
"Not the ones that are legitimately disabled, but sure, the ones that fake or exaggerate their injury to get money."
"And what about students or teenagers who work?"
"Well, no, he didn’t mean them either."
"Good to know. What about the military and babies? Or those working families that still live below the poverty line?"
"Jeeez, no, obviously, Mitt Romney wasn’t talking about them."
"Ah, I see. Well, in that case, removing all of those people, you end up with around two or three percent who don’t pay income tax. Some of those may still end up paying payroll tax though even if they don’t pay income tax. Subtracting all of those qualifiers then gives you a drastically different number than 47 percent, when the real number is in the low single digits. The mentioning and repeating of the 47 percent comment is nothing more than emotional rhetoric meant to incite people who don’t bother to look facts up or think ideas through to see if they make any sense when under the slightest bit of scrutiny.”
"Yeah, well, at least he’s not Obama, who just wants to give everyone a free ride!"
Don’t Hang Your Empty Chairs Here
From this story by KEYE TV in Austin, TX:
"In addition, he said the chair was not being ‘lynched’, and when Pantazes asked why he had it hanging from the tree, he said the tree was ‘the only place I had to put the damn thing.’”
It’s the only place he had to put the damn thing when he wanted to show how much he disliked Obama. I mean, it’s not like he could’ve been the slightest bit clever and put a sign next to a chair that said something like, “An empty chair for an empty suit/empty ideas/empty economy/empty [fill in the blank].” Because, as we all know, hanging things from trees is the universal sign for disliking something, regardless of the race of the person connected to the object. I like it when he says, “Does anybody else that’s got a chair sitting out receiving the same harassment that you guys are giving?” Seriously, guys, I have two chair and a table sitting on my front patio and no one has given me any flack for that.
Leaked Video Of Mitt Romney At Fundraiser Shouldn’t Shock You
The leaked fundraiser video of Mitt Romney is getting a lot of attention from the press and is showing up all over different types of social networks, so I expected to hear some seriously damning words from him in it. Instead, it didn’t sound much different than what I’ve heard Romney say many times before, if just more blunt and directly aimed while still retaining that classic Romney vagueness. And exactly like I thought would happen, republicans who supported Romney before don’t understand what was wrong with what he said and are even talking about how it was inappropriate to record him during the fundraiser. That because it was a privately-held fundraiser, he shouldn’t be chastised for what he said there.
That look on my face? It’s a total lack of surprise.
Electoral College Votes And State Educational Rankings
My friend Ande Bordages Pace is smart and does smart things.
So for fun, because I do things like this, I crossreferenced this chart of the electoral college http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/2012/romney-vs-obama-electoral-map with this ranking of state education standards for math and science http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/11/state-education-rankings-_n_894528.html and came up with this not so surprising data. When I’m not sure what to do, I usually try to find someone smarter than me to ask. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida use the same good sense.
Note, this isn’t saying our republican friends are dumb. Not at all. Remember, a huge portion of people can’t be accounted for in this graphic because of the number of eligible voters who don’t vote. Of course, that’s not really a good thing either. This is simply pointing out interesting parallels between voting patterns and state education rankings.
My Impossible Conversation With Rush Limbaugh
Today, I wrote an opinion piece for my website Techcitement after being incensed by something multiple radio show hosts. This is it.
I listen to Rush Limbaugh. Not often, but occasionally. I don’t believe in virtually anything the ultra right-wing pundit has to say, and I think much of what Limbaugh says is built out of hate, ignorance, a ploy for rating/cash, or all of the above. So, why do I listen to this man, and others of his ilk, who I so obviously share no political or cultural similarities with?
To see what the “other side” is saying.
To laugh at the stupid and bizarre things uttered.
To get away from crappy music on the radio and not have silence when I don’t have another option of my own music, podcasts, or an audio book.
To give my brain something to do in arguing back with the radio while I drive.
Mostly, it’s the last reason, because I often find myself having full-fledged conversations with people who aren’t there. I don’t mean that I have imaginary friends, but that I have pre-conversations (the kind you have before you have a real conversation with someone) or impossible conversations (the ones where you give your opinions to politicians, pundits, fictional characters, or annoying reality TV show people you’ll never meet). Today, I had an impossible conversation with Rush Limbaugh inspired by his spouting off nonsense about the economy, jobs, unemployment rate, and welfare. In reference to welfare, Limbaugh was specifically referring to food stamps and unemployment benefits. This is the point when my ire was raised. What follows is what I said, out loud in my car to myself, when I had my impossible conversation with Limbaugh:
Someone Explain To Mitt Romney That People Can’t Be This Dumb
“He spent too much time at Harvard”
Mitt Romney on Barack Obama
Mitt Romney JD (Harvard) MBA (Harvard)
Seriously, Romney? Seriously?
Daily Intel points out, “Romney [is] a person who earned a joint JD/MBA degree at Harvard over the course of four years — one year longer than the three years Obama spent at Harvard getting his law degree, and two years longer than the time spent by three of Romney’s sons at Harvard Business School.”
C’mon, man, you make it too easy.