“This is what they came to Washington to do — to break the government of the United States. It doesn’t matter any more whether they’re doing it out of pure crackpot ideology, or at the behest of the various sugar daddies that back their campaigns, or at the instigation of their party’s mouthbreathing base. It may be any one of those reasons. It may be all of them. The government of the United States, in the first three words of its founding charter, belongs to all of us, and these people have broken it deliberately.”—FOCUS | The Reign of Morons Is Here (via Shawn King)
“The film opens with the words “Based on Firsthand Accounts of Actual Events.” But the filmmakers immediately pass fiction off as history, when a character named Ammar is tortured and afterward, it’s implied, gives up information that leads to Osama bin Laden. … In fact, torture led us away from Bin Laden.”—
“James Yeager, the CEO of Tactical Response who recently said “I’m gonna start killing people” if President Obama takes executive action on gun violence, advertises his services as a firearms instructor with a long list of state and federal certifications. One of the more prominent claims is innacurate, according to Tennessee law enforcement.”—
“A week ago, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne sent employees an email saying that because of the “public debate” over the Jeep jobs (i.e. because of Romney’s lies), “I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position” that Chrysler is not only not moving jobs to China but expanding its American workforce. And now all those Ohio and Michigan workers have the day off to vote.”—
“[Y]ou go to the hospital, you get treated, you get care, and it’s paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital,” Romney said. “We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”—
“Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) told a church group in Georgia last month that embryology, evolution, and the Big Bang theory were “lies straight from the pit of Hell.” … Now a spokeswoman for Broun, Meredith Griffanti tells CNN Broun will not comment on his remarks. But she added that they weren’t meant for public consumption and that Broun was “speaking off the record to a large church group about his personal beliefs regarding religious issues.””—
“The question now is whether the revelation that he was making stuff up matters. Is our system shallow enough — and in particular, are our media so much into appearances rather than reality — that it’s OK to lie to win an argument, with no further consequences?”—
GOODRIDGE: Governor Romney, tell me — what would you suggest I say to my 8 year-old daughter about why her mommy and her ma can’t get married because you, the governor of her state, are going to block our marriage?
ROMNEY: I don’t really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don’t you just tell her the same thing you’ve been telling her the last eight years.
“Asked about the inconsistency of Ryan attacking cuts his own plan embraced, Cantor begged off. “The assumption was that, um, the, the, ah, again — I probably can’t speak to that in an exact way so I better just not,” he said.”—
I’m not sure I understand the New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley’s complaint about MSNBC panelists calling Republican claims “lies” when, you know, it’s completely provable that they are, in fact, deliberately factually incorrect.
“Ryan decried “$716 billion funneled out of Medicare by President Obama. An obligation we have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for.” But the budget House Republicans passed this year, which Paul Ryan wrote, keeps Barack Obama’s Medicare cuts and adds another $205 billion on top.”—
Josh Barro actually hits what I think is the perfect tone if you’re someone who still believes journalists must be unbiased bastions of truth. Yes, Obama has, in terms of the economy, been an underwhelming leader. But Romney and Ryan have failed to produce any evidence they’ll do any better — other than market faeries and trickle down — and, most importantly, they just lied through their teeth to you.
There is nothing Republicans would rather the American people forget more than George W. Bush, who doesn’t even have a bit-part at the GOP convention opening in Tampa.
But W’s ghost may be there, anyway.
Think about that. There is a living 2-term Republican president and he will not be speaking at the Republican National Convention. Neither will his father and neither will Dick Cheney. By contrast, both Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton will, of course, be speaking at the Democratic National Convention.
I just listened to Maura Liasson on NPR talk about what a “policy wonk” Paul Ryan is (despite the fact that his budget doesn’t add up) and how he’ll force Democrats to come up with their own budget that answers the “big problems” of the deficit and “entitlement reform” without “just raising taxes on rich people”, despite the fact that the wars and the Bush tax cuts make up most of the deficit.
“How can you possibly write that passage and dismiss idly as a “contradiction” the ironic — not to mention hilariously hypocritical — fact that, after his father passed, and while working the fry station and toting canoes at a YMCA summer camp, Ryan was also the beneficiary of Social Security survivor’s benefits? These did precisely what they were designed to do, which was to help young Paul Ryan get the education that would help him become the adult Paul Ryan who’s been on one government payroll or another since he left college, and who goes around telling half-dim audiences that people on government assistance are mired in a “culture of dependency.””—
“Paul Ryan is an authentically dangerous zealot. He does not want to reform entitlements. He wants to eliminate them. He wants to eliminate them because he doesn’t believe they are a legitimate function of government. He is a smiling, aw-shucks murderer of opportunity, a creator of dystopias in which he never will have to live. This now is an argument not over what kind of political commonwealth we will have, but rather whether or not we will have one at all, because Paul Ryan does not believe in the most primary institution of that commonwealth: our government.”—Paul Ryan, Candidate for Vice President - Esquire
“Many millions of working-age Americans would lose health insurance. Senior citizens would anguish over whether to pay their rent or their medical bills, in a way they haven’t since the 1960s. Government would be so starved of resources that, by 2050, it wouldn’t have enough money for core functions like food inspections and highway maintenance. And the richest Americans would get a huge tax cut. This is the America that Paul Ryan envisions. And now we know that it is the America Mitt Romney envisions.”—The Ryan Pick Confirms Romney’s Commitment To A Radical Conservative Agenda. | The New Republic
“NPR seems to want listeners to ignore the economic downturn, by far the largest cause of the deficit, and to focus on cutting spending programs and raising everyone’s taxes. That was certainly the theme of its interview with David Wessel, an economics reporter with the Wall Street Journal, which discussed his new book, Red Ink.”—
I caught part of this on the radio this morning — the part where he said something to the effect of how “no one thinks tax cuts are solely to blame for the deficit” (maybe, but tax cuts and wars…) and the only solution was cutting spending and raising taxes “across the board”. And I asked the dog, who happened to be in the room, “Who is this asshole?” The dog did not know. Turns out it’s NPR’s presidential debate moderator. Great.
“An unnamed Barclays employee told a New York Fed analyst, Fabiola Ravazzolo, on 11 April 2008: “So we know that we’re not posting, um, an honest Libor.” He said Barclays started under-reporting Libor because graphs showing the relatively high rates at which the bank had to borrow attracted “unwanted attention” and the “share price went down”.”—
“At one point, Mr. Romney declared that “I would probably bring in McKinsey,” the management consulting firm, to help him set up his presidential cabinet, a comment that seemed to startle the editors and left Mr. Murdoch visibly taken aback.”—
the last act of classic leadership considered as a service delivered by management consultants. shoot me… (via rickwebb.net)
In a rational world, this would disqualify someone from being president automatically.
It should also be noted that Rupert Murdoch’s shock at Romney’s comment was less that he’d blow untold millions of taxpayer dollars by employing useless, blood-sucking lampreys like McKinsey than it was that he couldn’t name a bunch of movement conservatives off the top of his head that he’d put into his cabinet.
“To Our Galtian Overlords, the real economy is the Great Casino, the rest of it is just inputs into the probability matrix machine. What matters are “markets,” not whether people have jobs or anything to eat. And the rest of the media largely follows this. When the stock market goes up, you can sense the “economy is fine!!!” narrative taking shape. When the stock market drops, worried coverage reappears.”—
“Nobody who watched him use Massachusetts as a stepladder to where he is today can be surprised that, today, we have two garish examples of the fact that, for all his success in business and his well-manicured family raised on his well-manicured lawns, Romney is essentially an entitled fopdoodle who divides the world into two classes, Himself and The Help, and who is running for president because his golden life has taught him the essential lesson that there is nothing in the world he can’t charm and/or money-whip into his pocket if he really, really wants it.”—
I couldn’t give a rat’s ass if the President is an entitled fopdoodle as long as his policies are sound. The problem is, Romney’s policies reflect the fact that he’s an entitled fopdoodle and are designed to reward other entitled fopdoodles like himself.
So, on the one hand we have a President who just came out in favor of gay marriage and on the other we have a candidate who won’t actually apologize for holding someone down and forcibly cutting his hair in high school because he thought the guy was a sissy.
On NPR this morning, Eleanor Beardsley was talking about the differences between Sarkozy and Hollande and said something about how Hollande wanted to use stimulus to get the economy moving again and quickly followed that up by saying “But he’s not completely irresponsible” because he also wants to bring down their deficit.
So, there you go. Austerity programs are “responsible”, stimulus is “irresponsible”.
I also noted that in NPR’s coverage of North Carolina’s “anti-gay marriage amendment” that they noted how people’s view of it flipped from 55 percent in favor to something like 60 percent against when they learned it also outlawed civil unions. It’s just that most people don’t know the “anti-gay marriage amendment” does that.
Oh, my god! I’ve got it! The United States is breeding a race of super-CEOs! I suggest we begin exporting them immediately. Other nations would surely pay a lot of money for their genetically-enhanced CEO abilities.
“I love the fact that there are also women out there that don’t have a choice, that they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids," [Ann] Romney said. "Sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”—
“Partisanship in the Senate has grown worse over the years, and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) knows who to blame: C-SPAN. “I don’t think there’s any question that it’s worse,” Chambliss said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday. “I think one thing that’s made it that way is C-SPAN, very honestly. You’ve got folks on TV now, instead of doing political commercials, they rant and rave during dinner time on the East Coast, and then at 9 o’clock, you see the West Coast guys up there.””—
““Every time they would start playing ‘On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin,’ my dad’s political people would jump up and down and try to get them to stop, because they didn’t want people in Michigan to be reminded that my dad had moved production to Wisconsin,” said Romney, laughing.”—
“Well I certainly don’t feel calm and measured, and it’s not because my kids “could have been Trayvon.” No, they could not have. My kids are white. They lived in the suburbs. They could wear their pants anyway they liked. They could have worn hoodies to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, and nobody would have looked askance at them, let alone blown them away with a handgun. (As I recall, I once wore a black hoodie to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.) The worst threat to my children’s lives in the big wide world was that some suburban matron who couldn’t see over the steering wheel would run them down in the family SUV. They didn’t have to worry about running into some trigger-happy, half-mad wannabe on the way home from the convenience store. And that’s what keeps me from being calm and measured.”—Trayvon Martin News - Trayvon Martin and the End of Excuses - Esquire
“Homosexuality is a topic which is “too complicated” for children to understand, say the mothers, and “a trip to the toy store turns into a premature discussion on sexual orientation and is completely uncalled for”.”—
Here’s how we explained it to Hank: “Some couples are different sexes and some are the same.” He got it pretty quick. I think maybe the Nowhere Near A Million Moms think you have to put chaps and nipple rings on junior’s action figures to really explain it or something.