Archive for August, 2012

My ultimate Ayn Rand porn.

Aug 23, 2012 in Politics

Jaw drop now:

Sometimes the stars just line up, don’t they?

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Akin Shmakin.

Aug 22, 2012 in Abortion, Women

Ryan is even more extreme on abortion than Akin.

The thing is, like on any number of issues, Republicans try their hardest to avoid saying what they really think. Akin said it out loud, causing all manner of distancing efforts from Romney/Ryan/Reince etc., but when it comes down to how they intend to affect the lives of women, they’re identical, and so being chummy with dudes who think any woman who got pregnant couldn’t have been raped is no biggie. It just doesn’t even come on the radar.

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OBAMA’S EXHAUSTED CAMPAIGN OF HATRED!

Aug 15, 2012 in Barack Obama, Election crap

Obama makes especially good use of the insidious tactic of not making anything up.

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Running for office by running from the past.

Aug 14, 2012 in Clueless Conservatives

So Mitt Romney was vaulted onto the national stage for passing health care reform in Massachusetts…

And Paul Ryan for the Ryan budget…

Each is running from the very thing that led people (well, not me, of course) consider them presidential material in the first place, albeit for very different reasons. Mitt because his accomplishment became anathema to Republicans the second a Democrat, President Obama, imitated it. Ryan because his is true to Republican orthodoxy, but repulsive to the public. Their unifying theme is that it demonstrates each man is a fraud at the most fundamental level, unwilling to stand by their own fundamental rationales for political existence.

To complicate things, Romney has frequently touted Ryan’s budget but is now distancing himself from it, and Ryan once hated on Romneycare two years ago, and now is running with Mitt Romney, who might be embracing Romneycare again (which means embracing Obamacare, but he can’t say that, keep things straight folks), except it pissed off Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter so much that we’re unlikely to hear much more on that front.

Can you keep their stories straight?

Can they?

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Thousands of words.

Aug 11, 2012 in Politics

More serious:

The best thing about Palin was that as governor she actually was a pretty big socialist. Paul Ryan is the most extreme right VP pick in a century, more right than any VP has ever been left, and his voting record scores approximately the same as Michele Bachman.

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The Romney-Ryan Medicare plan.

Aug 11, 2012 in Politics

What’s hilarious is that the very morning Romney announces Ryan, he’s already running away from Ryan. Oh, well, what choice did the guy have? Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh were about to pull the plug on Mitt’s candidacy, so this is just life support. That didn’t stop Ryan Lizza from declaring this a “daring” decision, but that’s more because of the risks Paul Ryan carries with him. Namely, everything Ryan has ever said or done. Okay, but “risky” or “desperate” might be better adjectives.

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The incredible fraud, Paul Ryan.

Aug 11, 2012 in Politics

All the Internet says Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney’s pick for vice-president.

So here’s everything you need to know about Paul Ryan.

Get ready for the Republican whining, because this con artist is highly admired for his ability to look handsome and earnest while proposing to cut taxes for the wealthy and pay for it by gutting services for the poor. But don’t you dare suggest he doesn’t care! If he has to kick some poor children out of a doctor’s office, it’s to help those kids go find jobs with health insurance.

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Google Translate says…

Aug 10, 2012 in Health Care

Sure, we Republicans want to take away health care made possible by Obamacare for millions, but don’t say we don’t care!

Democrats have been doing a better job of playing judo this election cycle, but they’re being a bit slow on this one. The health care stories are limitless, there are enough out there to cut a new ad every day. Problems with the Soptic story (because Republicans are super-concerned about accuracy, naturally)? There’s millions more.

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Pants on fire everywhere, oh my!

Aug 08, 2012 in Politics

First, let’s trot out the whole, “Throw a rock into a pack of dogs…” trope.

So we have Republicans going apoplectic because they’re getting a taste of their own medicine, political dirty tricks. Sure, G-Dubya got elected having Karl Rove whisper into voters ears about John McCain’s illegitimate black baby (his adopted Indian child, mind you). Sure, Mitt Romney is basing his campaign on a premise he doesn’t believe (see my last entry). Sure, Mitt Romney is churning out his best ads by cutting and snipping Obama speeches, and Republicans are cheering. Sure, Mitt Romney is cutting new ads every day that don’t even try to adhere to the remotest truth. But now, ZOMFG, YOU DESPICABLE DIRTY LIAR HARRY REID…

Anybody on the left worth their salt should be sniffing that blood in the water, snorting it hard. Mitt Romney saying “Put up or shut up”??? OH YES PLEASE MITT ROMNEY. Yes please. More of that, sir! Put up or shut up, indeed:)

Oh, tsk tsk, Harry Reid, but ROFLZ!

And there go the fact-checkerz, Politifact and Glenn Kessler, neither of whom has a bloody idea what Mitt Romney paid in taxes or what Harry Reid was told but SHAME ON YOU HARRY REID IZ NOT TRUE PANTZZZZZZZZ ON FIRE!!! Did you already figure out these guys are occasionally useful turds who are completely beholden to the standard Beltway tropes? Good for you. Fact-checking is a narrow pursuit in the world of politics, and to succeed one should stick to facts, and not start trying to be psychic.

Was Harry Reid told by a Romney confidante about Romney’s taxes? NONE of them know, period.

Weak-ass Democrats, flailing about? Check.

And yet, there are the wise ones. The ones who can see what’s plainly in front of their nose: Mitt Romney has every tool in his power to squash this. He can prove, tomorrow, that Harry Reid is just a gossiping old hen (and by any standard, Harry Reid is gossiping, but that doesn’t make him wrong). And make no mistake, if Mitt Romney paid one percent in taxes, the Beltway will come galloping to his defense. Here’s the groundwork, predicted rather than laid down by Michael Tomasky:

That is, maybe the information in the returns is embarrassing but no more than that, and Romney is just stringing everyone along. Say they reveal that Romney paid 11 percent or 9 percent or even 7 percent some years. That’s bad for him politically, but it’s not a nuclear bomb. And indeed, given how dark the speculation is right now about how whatever is in there must be terrible, this would be a pretty brilliant strategy: Let everything build to a fever pitch, with melodramatic speculation, and then, if the released returns reveal anything less serious than Reid’s charge (no taxes for a number of years), the media will decide that the Democrats overhyped the story.

Okay, so he’s laying the ground. Chin up, Tomasky, ya little ponce! If Mitt Romney really only paid about seven percent taxes, it’s completely devastating for Romney. Granted, at some point it may be damage control to release that information, but it’s not at that point right now because still, still, Mitt Romney thinks he is gaining something by continuing to hide. Seven percent would still qualify as insane for somebody that wealthy. Seven percent would still qualify as the embodiment of a system that is rigged in favor of those who can afford to buy the votes. Seven percent is half of the one tax revelation we did manage to squeeze out of Romney. Okay, it puts some egg on Harry Reid’s face, but who cares? He’s just the guy who accused his neighbor of murdering a dozen when his neighbor only murdered half a dozen. Yes, the Beltway is prepared to give it all a pass, but there’s no reason for anybody else to get out their voucher books. Michelle Goldberg:

When it comes to making wild, unsubstantiated allegations, the GOP benefits from the soft bigotry of low expectations—at this point, few people can bring themselves to get that worked up about insane Republican mudslinging. Yet when a Democrat even tiptoes in that direction it’s news, and a chance for pundits to demonstrate the bipartisan bona fides so valued in the Beltway.

Harry Reid may be in for a faceplant soon, but nobody knows, except perhaps Mitt Romney and his team of accountants, and they aren’t (substantively) speaking. Until they do, nobody really has much ground to lobby attacks at Reid. Certainly not Mitt Romney ensconced in his secrecy and hypocrisy, certainly not 99% of the Republican Party running on an entirely fictitious campaign against President Obama, and certainly not the false-equivalence monkeys running D.C. who call themselves fact-checkers until the moment comes where they need to show some balls.

Release your tax returns, Mitt Romney. Put us plebes in our place, as you are wont to do.

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UPDATE: Oh, I forgot that just a day or two ago we were dealing with this massive, massive lie from the Romney campaign. So maybe when we’re done flopping out of our chairs over Harry Reid saying what somebody told him, we can deal with the Romney campaign telling us things that are obvious, falsifiable, verifiable lies that could only be spun by deliberate liars?

UPDATE II: A TPM reader points out that we must always listen to Romney’s precise words, because Romney is a professional liar who pays very close attention to his words when he can. If it is finally revealed that Mitt Romney paid minuscule percentages of taxes, expect NRO and other reliable reliables to harp on about how much Mitt Romney paid in other, non-income taxes.

Poor Mitt, he’s gotta run against Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Aug 06, 2012 in Clueless Conservatives

Mitt campaigns for Obama:

Jonathan Chait says this proves Mitt Romney knows his entire campaign is a lie, but who didn’t know that already?

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Why there’s really not much point in gun control.

Aug 06, 2012 in Culture, Curiosities

An American gunsmith has become the first person to construct and shoot a pistol partly made out of plastic, 3D-printed parts. The creator, user HaveBlue from the AR-15 forum, has reportedly fired 200 rounds with his part-plastic pistol without any sign of wear and tear.

As you read on you’ll see that he did have to buy the metal portion of the gun, but that was the easy and very legal part. That’s a pointless point, however. We’re already here. What is it but a few years for the rest?

First billion goes to the person who figures out what will sell in an economy where people can buy a 3D printer and some chemicals to get guns, drugs, organs, furniture, etc.

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