Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mitt Romney:  Too Mendacious for Mormon Endorsement


At this point in the 2012 Presidential Election we all know quite a bit more about Mitt Romney’s personal awesomeness than we really need to know.  That awesomeness has been, the centerpiece of his campaign, replacing policy details and, in many cases, the Truth.  Despite son Tagg’s avowal that, in the House of Romney, scions are taught to go forth and do good without “tooting one’s horn” Mitt Romney’s “horn” is about as muted as the dive claxon on a nuclear submarine.

And so it is that we know a lot about how Mitt created his own “small business,” Bain Capital, starting out with nothing more than his own superior brain power, a few Brooks Brothers suits, $37 million in seed money from wealthy foreign investors and all the right offshore connections to avoid those nasty “anti-business” taxes. 

Once he was done with that, he singlehandedly turned Massachussetts into a model state with a balanced budget, Romneycare for all, three women in his cabinet and “binders full of women” on his bookshelf in case any of those three needed more “flex-time” than he could manage. 

After the Massachussetts Romney-ssance, Mitt’s Path to Greatness took him off to Salt Lake City for his legendary rescue of the 2002 Winter Olympics (about which he never tooted his own horn—much.)


Now we find ourselves in the final weeks of the presidential election campaign, weeks in which those who hold the seats of power and influence in America bestow their blessings on candidates in the form of endorsements.  And yesterday, something exceedingly strange occurred, on that front, when The Salt Lake City Tribune endorsed (fanfare, please)—President Barack Obama!

That’s right.  The first Mormon presidential candidate in the history of the United States, a man who, by his own account, was singlehandedly responsible for salvaging the scandal-ridden Salt Lake City Olympics, thus becoming Salt Lake City’s “favorite son” and lifetime holder of the “keys to the city”—that guy, is just a little bit too shifty for endorsement.

Furthermore, the Tribune’s endorsement of President Obama was no wishy-washy political weasel-ing.  The editors congratulated Obama for earning their endorsement the “old-fashioned way,” and laid out his first term achievements in glowing detail. There was an equally full-throated indictment of Romney’s campaign duplicitousness (and reading it should make Mitt Romney deeply ashamed).

Here’s that part:

Nowhere has Mitt Romney’s pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.

But it was Romney’s singular role in rescuing Utah’s organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal, and his oversight of the most successful Winter Games on record, that make him the Beehive State’s favorite adopted son. After all, Romney managed to save the state from ignominy, turning the extravaganza into a showcase for the matchless landscapes, volunteerism and efficiency that told the world what is best and most beautiful about Utah and its people.

In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.

Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: “Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?”

The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney’s next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.

Hats off to the editorial board of The Salt Lake City Tribune for having the integrity to make their “against the grain” endorsement in an era of far too much journalistic impotence.

Posted by Bette Noir on 10/20/12 at 10:06 AM

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Darryl Issa’s Latest Dikileak

Full-time Hearing-Haver  and thoroughgoing ding-dong Congressman Darrell Issa, not satisfied with exposing the Benghazi consulate’s CIA connections a week or so ago, decided he would helpfully dump a ton of CIA documents onto the web, thereby exposing the names of Libyans working with the U.S. Government and endangering the mission and their lives today. Hoo-Rah! He might have said in his youth, from the dock, after stealing his mess-mate’s car a little, but somehow he was never prosecuted, just as he won’t be prosecuted for being a Plaming hypocrite now. Isn’t it marvelous that a man exists who could make us miss the decency and wholesomeness that was Tom DeLay?

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 10/19/12 at 10:09 PM

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Seriously fRighties?  We’re Still Parsing the “Act of Terror” Thingie?

O.M.G. you guys.  So, OK, Obummer DID say "Act of Terror”, duh, on the next day but, but, he should have said it sooner, RIGHT, RIGHT ??!!!11?!!  Becuz waiting four. whole. minutes!!! into his statement meant that it truly was not an admission that it was really, really an "Act of Terror" because, well BECAUSE!!  9/11 RIGHT!!  So, OK, as if that’s not enough to conclusively prove that Barry was in deep cover-up mode he shouldn’t even have said "Act of Terror", he should have said “TERROR ATTACK”!  Or it doesn’t count.  Srsly, listen:

What’s that thing that someone said once?  Have you no shame?  Yeah, I think that’s it.

via Bob Cesca

Posted by marindenver on 10/19/12 at 09:09 PM

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Unraveling Mittens Went Well Today: ROMNESIA!

A Beautiful Swine

The President snarks! Now to wait for the inevitable pushback by the yuksters in the Romney campaign: Oh yeah? Well, your guy’s a..a…got Obamanesia! Yeah!

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 10/19/12 at 03:58 PM

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Toodles, D’Souza! A Scandal We All Can Enjoy

Yes, that is Sir Thomas More over the shoulder of randy smugstudly Dinesh D’Souza, who just didn’t know that affiancing yourself to your next before filing to divorce your ex is only cute when Henry VIII does it:

“I had no idea that it is considered wrong in Christian circles to be engaged prior to being divorced, even though in a state of separation and in divorce proceedings,” said D’Souza. “Obviously I would not have introduced Denise as my fiancé at a Christian apologetics conference if I had thought or known I was doing something wrong”.

And even Henry didn’t hit on other monarch’s wives, whether or not he’d axed the last angry queen. Henry also had the sense not to parade Anne Boleyn around the Vatican. He made up a new religion instead, which is a route we heartily recommend to Dinesh, whose talent for making things up is unquestionable.

King’s College promptly accepted the resignation they had D’Souza write, so that he could “take care of his personal and family needs,” which is darn snarky for a Christian college board, so well played, and enjoy not having to pay your do-nothing president any more millions!

New bride Denise Odie Joseph II (not a typo~~she got married in December 2011, so hey, she is a new bride!) is just as sweet as you’d expect her to be.

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Posted by Mrs. Polly on 10/19/12 at 01:22 PM

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Service Is As Service Does . . .

Plutocrat Barbie “wore the pants” for Team Romney yesterday and appeared on The View, by her lonesome, because her wuss of a husband is afraid of Whoopi Goldberg.  So it was that Mrs Mitt was led down the garden path by the Whoopster and forced to defend the male Romneys’ aversion to all things military except, of course, if they are anointed Commander-in-Chief.

Here’s how that went:

Goldberg: When I read about your husband, what I had read — and maybe you can correct this — is that the reason he didn’t serve in Vietnam was because it was against the religion.

Mrs Mitt: That’s not correct. He was serving his mission, and my five sons have also served missions. None served in the military, but I do have one son that feels that he’s giving back to his country in a significant way where he is now a doctor and he is taking care of veterans.  So, you know, we find different ways of serving . . .

They’re “different” alright!  One gets you dead and one gets you cafe au lait and croissant for breakfast every morning.  Also, too, “different ways of serving” what?  Somehow or other proselytizing for the greater honor and glory of the Latter Day Saints is somehow equal—just different—to putting oneself in harm’s way to defend American lives?

Mrs Mitt further explained that Mormon missions were like military service in that

you’re going outside of yourself, you’re working and you’re helping others. And it changes you. And are we so grateful in this country for those people — men and women — that are volunteering, they’re sacrificing their life for us, and we cannot forget that or we have to acknowledge that always.

We just don’t have to do it, because we’re rich and rich kids don’t go to war in America if they don’t want to, never have—never will.  They buy their way out.  Because they’re more valuable to society alive.  Then they can go to Harvard and make all of the right connections and become captains of industry and career politicians and run the world—somebody has to . . .

Some people don’t go to war because they have moral objections to war—that doesn’t cover your gang, Mrs Mitt.  They’re all for war as long as somebody else is doing the heavy lifting.

Posted by Bette Noir on 10/19/12 at 07:41 AM

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Here’s A Funny Thing: Mitt Romney Uses The Al Smith Dinner To Not Be Funny

We could have expected the Governor to be uncomfortable sitting a few feet from the man who pretty much Melvined him two days ago in front of the nation, but after a couple of gentle “Ha! They say I’m rich! Big Bird!” jokes at himself, he went after the President with the hatchet left over from crafting his stump speech. (YouTubes of both routines below the fold)

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Posted by Mrs. Polly on 10/18/12 at 09:22 PM

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Round 2, Tagg:  Dad Lied Again

Today, Buzzfeed released video clips from Mitt Romney’s 1994 debate with the late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, showing Romney appearing to take credit for the number of women in leadership positions at Bain & Co., a consulting firm that Romney had left a decade earlier, in 1984, to found the private equity firm Bain Capital Partners.

As Christina Wilkie at Huffington Post reports:

Romney briefly returned to Bain & Co. in 1990 to assist with financial difficulties, but returned to Bain Capital in 1992. The first female chairman of Bain & Co., Orit Gadiesh, wasn’t appointed until the following year.

The Republican presidential nominee also failed to mention the fact that as of 1994, Bain Capital had yet to invite any women into its lucrative partnership arrangement. The firm would not add any women to that roster until after Romney left in 1999. And at the time, only nine of the 95 vice presidents at the firm were women. None were minorities. Romney offered the Boston Globe the dubious explanation that women and minorities were “not attracted” to jobs in private equity.

Posted by Bette Noir on 10/18/12 at 05:23 PM

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And Kid Malarkey’s Disciples Waxed Wroth Against The Soup Kitchen And Did Withdraw Its Funding

And so Kid Malarkey went into the soup kitchen, and lo, though he washed lasagna pans, yet still was his apron as white as snow, and the Liebrul Media did mock. And the director of the soup kitchen did reprove Kid Malarkey and his advance people for lo they eschewed the proper channels. At which the disciples raised a great hue and cry, for nobody dast mock Kid Malarkey.  And the donors frowned on the soup kitchen, and their hearts were hardened, and they did close their checkbooks. And the hungry people did marvel, for lo, Kid Malarkey had turned soup into whine.

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 10/18/12 at 03:25 PM

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Mitt Romney’s Blind-ing Insights

Your Dad’s a liar, Tagg.  Wanna punch me?

Posted by Bette Noir on 10/18/12 at 09:46 AM

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Bottom of the Birther Barrel

Just when you think Mitt Romney can’t sink any lower, he manages to outdo himself… this time by inviting right-wing conspiracy-theorist whackaloon Jerome Corsi to join his press corps.

For those unfamiliar with Jerome Corsi’s oeuvre, he is a senior writer for right-wing paranoid site World Net Daily, characterized by Salon’s Alex Pareene as the biggest, dumbest wingnut site on the web and known pejoratively as World Nut Daily.  Corsi is also a staple guest on late night lunatic radio programs. 

Corsi first gained notoriety for his slanderous hit piece on John Kerry, and has kept up the sliming during President Obama’s term in the White House.  He then went full birther boogie on the president and assembled a posse conmantatus to investigate the circumstances of the Kenyan Usurper’s birth.  Corsi has also written articles and recorded videos claiming that Barack Obama is gay, and was married to a Pakistani man.  His latest book is a pseudoscientific screed claiming that “abiotic oil” production is feasible... funny how right-wing cranks see no contradictions in citing Soviet authorities or even, at the risk of a Godwin’s Law violation, lauding Nazi science.

If Mitt Romney is truly moving toward the center politically, why is he cozying up to a birther, flat-earther right-wing lunatic like Jerome Corsi?  Perhaps his failure to gain a real, sustained bump from his “victory” in the first debate (and his son’s failure to kill Barack Obama with his preternatural powers) has convinced him to consult one of the most vicious character assassins in the right-wing Legion of Dumb.  It’s a desperate, despicable act by a guy who’s scraping the bottom of the barrel in his campaign for the presidency.

Posted by Big Bad Bald Bastard on 10/18/12 at 04:57 AM

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mitt Romney Endorses Electoral Fraud.  No, Seriously.

So this is the hot, new, secret thing Mitt Romney said when he thought only his selected audience was listening:

I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope, I hope you pass those along to your employees.

Sure, sounds all nice and innocent, doesn’t it? Just inform them.  That’s all.

Funny how some employers have been taking it on themselves to not just inform their employees about who they think is a better candidate for teir economic interests—but have also leaned on their employees to let them know it is really, really in their economic interest to vote for the guy their employer picks.  As in, vote the way we say, or you may get fired.

It sounds extortionate to me—and it is.  Economic threats are a form of voter intimidation, and that, in turn is electoral fraud.  And that is some serious business.  People marched, went on hunger strikes, faced lynch mobs for the right to vote in this country. They were burdened with poll taxes and subjected to harassment for their desire to participate in our democracy—

And here comes the Mitt Romney answer to that history—if you are employed by someone else, well screw you and your so-called right to vote. You like eating, don’t you?  You like a paycheck don’t you?  Then don’t come crying to Mitt freaking Romney if you peons are too dumb to know what side your bread is buttered on.  It’s his turn, don’t you know!

After all the cracks from his surrogates regarding whether the president is American enough—let me just come out with it: Who’s got the funny idea about what America stands for? Who thinks the right to vote should be subject to the whims of one’s employer? Who stood in front of a crowd of coal miners (prolly the same folks he mentioned in last night’s debate) who were compelled to be there without pay? Who says he will create jobs with one breath and that he likes firing people with the next? Whose old company is making American workers train their foreign replacements?

I think you can see where I’m going with that.  But you know, it’s not like I’m the boss of you, so…

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 10/17/12 at 09:34 PM

Why To Love James Lipton: The Cool Fury Of Obam-Ra’s Basilisk Stare!


“Obama, last night, especially when Libya came up, and he turned suddenly and he fixed his opponent with this basilisk stare and he began to talk to him very quietly but with seething anger underneath because he’d been accused of politicizing…[clip of that moment]….at that moment he became a hero, and he was also very presidential. I think America is now faced with a very clear choice. Do they want a president or a boss?”

~~Ed. note: “Voorzieniphen raedt” translates to “weasel.” If you’re happening to want one, the Romney campaign has a binderful.~~

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 10/17/12 at 09:30 PM

One Frigging Minute, Mitt Binderminder

Binders Full Of Women

Binders full of women, what an enchanting idea, Mitt—but of course it, too, was a lie. Gosh! The Governor of the Commonwealth did not look around him and say, “Whillikins, what this Commonwealth needs is a woman’s touch around the office~~minions, fetch me Captains of Industry and Furrow-browed advisors who have heard of competent women, and let their recommendations be compiled into the 3-Ring Book of Wimmin, that I may stock our cabinet with female brains! For how else to find them, I haven’t the faintest.”

Sad to say, Mitt has told another whopper, albeit one with potential. For instance, a binder full of LOLwomen: I AM IN UR KABINET IMPLIMENTIN UR DECISHUNS.  Wouldn’t Lilly Ledbetter hork up a lung laughing over that?

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 10/17/12 at 08:35 AM

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Standing on the Corpses of Giants Part III: The Transcript Truthers

Having invested so much effort in seeking to exploit the tragic deaths during the 9/11 Benghazi US consulate attack over the past few weeks, Mitt Romney and his followers thought he had president Obama cornered last night during the second Presidential Debate. It ... didn’t work out so well (transcript from TPM).

MR. ROMNEY: ... I think it’s interesting the president just said something which is that on the day after the attack, he went in the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror. You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror. It was not a spontaneous demonstration.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Please proceed.

MR. ROMNEY: Is that what you’re saying?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Please proceed, Governor.

MR. ROMNEY: I – I – I want to make sure we get that for the record, because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Get the transcript.

MS. CROWLEY: It – he did in fact, sir.

So let me – let me call it an act of terrorism – (inaudible) –

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Can you say that a little louder, Candy? (Laughter, applause.)

Now, for some reason, after the event moderator Candy Crowley felt she had to walk back her devastating factcheck of Romney’s claim.* Media Matters has already covered the flailing post-debate pushback about this issue from the usual suspects—Malkin, the Breitbartlets, Fox News, Romney’s own camp—calling them “Transcript Truthers”. Judge for yourself.

No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.

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Posted by YAFB on 10/17/12 at 12:43 AM

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