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Hey Mitt, put your foot in your mouth long enough for me to say something. When the news broke today that you said, and I quote…“My job is not to worry about those people,” Mitt Romney said of the 47 percent of Americans who are likely to vote for Barack Obama. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
…I didn’t think too much about it. It sounded like another arrogant thing to say to cater to your dumb, dirt-poor Republican voting base that thinks they’re better than everyone else around them in the same situation.
But the more I thought about it, the angrier I got.
How fucking dare you say something like that. You didn’t work for a thing in your life. You inherited your daddy’s legacy and money. You broke the backs of millions of working class Americans so you could get rich quick and stash your money in other countries, because God forbid you do something for the country you so claim to love.
How fucking dare you talk about my grandfather like that. A man who had a wife and nine kids. A man who worked every day of his adult life at a New Jersey factory when he wasn’t fighting in World War II. A man who struggled to provide for his kids, but somehow managed to do it. How fucking dare you.
How fucking dare you talk about my mom like that. After my dad left when I was little, I’ve watched my mom struggle to make ends meet my whole life. I’ve watched the stress take its toll on her, getting to be too much at times. I remember the excitement on her face when we had a surplus in our family budget at the end of the month, something your sorry ass has never had to worry about. I’ve watched her almost break into tears when she couldn’t afford to pay a bill or could just barely send me to school with a lunch the next day. How fucking dare you.
Mitt Romney, you are an arrogant snob. The hardest thing you’ve worked for in your life is deciding which factory to shut down and which city in China gets a gift of jobs wrapped in the sweat, blood, and tears of the Americans you fucked over.
You don’t deserve your money, let alone to be President. When you lose in November, I’m going to laugh the laugh of a madman. It won’t only be because you lost, but you’ll feel something very few other Americans beneath your pedestal will ever get to feel — the abject failure, the weight of the rejection of tens of millions of people you think you’re better than. And when you get your rightful place in the history books as the Grinch from Hell who couldn’t get elected to the presidency by putting down half the country, I hope you sit there and cry like a newborn baby. I doubt it, but maybe, just maybe, somewhere deep down in your heart, you’ll have a Come to Jesus moment with yourself about how much of a miserable human being you’ve been in your 65 years on this earth.
I hope your God is more forgiving than the electorate that’s about to snap your dreams in two. You will never have to worry about anything in your remaining decades of life. Neither will your children, nor your children’s children, nor will their children and so on. They will always have the privilege of money, of fake prestige, and the family name you’re tarnishing on a daily basis.
Your comments today have made me angrier than ever, and more determined than ever to reelect the best damn president I’ll ever see in my lifetime — Barack HUSSEIN (YES, HUSSEIN) Obama.
May you never truly feel the hell you’ve put so many through in your past.
How fucking dare you?
In the fallout of the Mother Jones videos, GQ’s Reid Cherlin assembles an eleven-point chain of events where Mitt could still find a way to win this thing:
1. Romney decides to embrace this. Yes, he’s been a terrible and terribly plastic candidate so far, but now he decides to be “real Romney” in public, ignore the conventions of centrist appeal, and just go lustily after his own base voters.
2. We in the press think this is hilarious, but also kind of more compelling than his usual shtick. He keeps our interest.
3. Obama builds this material into all of his stump speeches, and the “47 percent” thing becomes a laugh line for Democrats—but a rallying point for conservatives and Obama-haters. Finally! A candidate—the formerly timid Romney, no less—with the guts to call out America’s handout culture in forceful terms.
4. Romney goes into the debates with expectations utterly in the basement. He exceeds them. How? By preparing hard and landing some good one-liners. (He has shown he is capable of doing this occasionally.)
5. As the nation looks on, Obama gets irritated, as he often does, by the very fact of having to spend time on the stage with Romney This is exacerbated by the fact that Romney seems actually to be doing pretty well. Obama says something stupid. (He has shown he is capable of doing this occasionally.)
Don’t say that men aren’t involved. It takes two to make a baby, and it’s his child too. Don’t deny him his choice.
Any guy can be a dad.
It takes a man to be a daddy.
Three people are involved in a pregnancy. Just because the baby is growing in the woman (like it does with pretty much all species), doesn’t mean the father and child don’t want to be together, mother or not. Marlin and Nemo did a pretty good job.
You do realize you can just go again, right? Oh no! I lost something that I never had! I so regret the prospect of a thing! That’s like if I really regretted not ordering the salad at a restaurant I didn’t go to. I can go another time, it’s fine, it’s not like I’m gonna cry over some salad that could have been mine that’s now sitting in someone else’s colon. You’re like little babies! You dropped your cookie and your mommy says you can have another “BUT I WANTED THAT ONE!” Well, then fuck you, maybe you shouldn’t have fucking dropped it. Maybe you should have planned to have that kid and came to an agreement about it with your partner and if you didn’t and your partner gets the abortion HOW FUCKING SAD FOR YOU THAT YOU WEREN’T SUCCESSFUL INTO BULLYING HER INTO DOING IT ANYWAY! OH MY FUCK LET’S ALL JUST CRY ABOUT IT. LET’S ALL GET IN OUR PAJAMAS AND BAWL OUR FUCKING EYES OUT WHILE WE WATCH STEEL MAGNOLIAS.
We can share a fucking cocoa and talk about other things we regret not forcing our girlfriends into changing every single moment of their fucking lives for.
It’s scary how, lately, it’s hard to tell the difference between Onion headlines and actual crazy shit that the Republicans do…
These are the best (worst) GOP rape quotes I could find - but message me if you have more. Let’s hold these people accountable.
1. Todd Akin: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down” - mid 2012 Senate Campaign
2. Claytie Williams: “If it’s…
Omg what would they say about a male being raped!?
My original intent for this article was to write a thoughtful analysis of the craziness that was Chick-Fil-A appreciation day. But nope. You will get none of that from me. Because I am frustrated, very frustrated, with how this all went down.
Normally, I wouldn’t put it in a “Read More,” but this is really long.
I would suggest you all go read it.
It is eloquently written and wonderful.
Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1% by By Joseph E. Stiglitz
Photo: The Fat and the Furious. The top 1 percent may have the best houses, educations, and lifestyles, says the author, but “their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live.”Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret.Read more.
It’s no use pretending that what has obviously happened has not in fact happened. The upper 1 percent of Americans are now taking in nearly a quarter of the nation’s income every year. In terms of wealth rather than income, the top 1 percent control 40 percent. Their lot in life has improved considerably. Twenty-five years ago, the corresponding figures were 12 percent and 33 percent. One response might be to celebrate the ingenuity and drive that brought good fortune to these people, and to contend that a rising tide lifts all boats. That response would be misguided. While the top 1 percent have seen their incomes rise 18 percent over the past decade, those in the middle have actually seen their incomes fall. For men with only high-school degrees, the decline has been precipitous—12 percent in the last quarter-century alone. All the growth in recent decades—and more—has gone to those at the top. In terms of income equality, America lags behind any country in the old, ossified Europe that President George W. Bush used to deride. Among our closest counterparts are Russia with its oligarchs and Iran. While many of the old centers of inequality in Latin America, such as Brazil, have been striving in recent years, rather successfully, to improve the plight of the poor and reduce gaps in income, America has allowed inequality to grow.
Economists long ago tried to justify the vast inequalities that seemed so troubling in the mid-19th century—inequalities that are but a pale shadow of what we are seeing in America today. The justification they came up with was called “marginal-productivity theory.” In a nutshell, this theory associated higher incomes with higher productivity and a greater contribution to society. It is a theory that has always been cherished by the rich. Evidence for its validity, however, remains thin. The corporate executives who helped bring on the recession of the past three years—whose contribution to our society, and to their own companies, has been massively negative—went on to receive large bonuses. In some cases, companies were so embarrassed about calling such rewards “performance bonuses” that they felt compelled to change the name to “retention bonuses” (even if the only thing being retained was bad performance). Those who have contributed great positive innovations to our society, from the pioneers of genetic understanding to the pioneers of the Information Age, have received a pittance compared with those responsible for the financial innovations that brought our global economy to the brink of ruin.
Election 2012: Stances on LGBTQ Rights
interesting how I’ve NEVER heard of Fred Karger before. I guess everyone’s too busy hating on Michelle Bachmann.
That, and the fact that he’s gay. No one wants to give him air time and he’s been systematically excluded from a couple different debates already.
“Gay GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger says Fox News won’t let him into a Republican presidential debate even though he’s met all of the network’s conditions for qualifying.
Karger told The Advocate today that he is prepared to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission if he’s not allowed to debate in Ames, Iowa later this week. He’s also launched a petition in conjunction with his Let Fred In website after learning through news reports (because he says Fox News isn’t take his calls) that the network was rejecting his registration.
The Fox News Channel’s rules had required candidates to average at least 1% in five “recent” national polls before registration day. And so Karger points to five polls that have him doing just that.
But Fox’s vice president for news, Michael Clemente, told The Advocate in a statement that either the polls are too old, with the latest coming from April, or that the Internet-based polling methodology used by Zogby and Harris Interactive is insufficient.
The April poll was actually conducted by Fox News itself.“