deliciouskaek

A week after losing the election to President Obama, Mitt Romney blamed his overwhelming electoral loss on what he said were big “gifts” that the president had bestowed on loyal Democratic constituencies, including young voters, African-Americans and Hispanics.

In a conference call on Wednesday afternoon with his national finance committee, Mr. Romney said that the president had followed the “old playbook” of wooing specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” Mr. Romney explained — with targeted gifts and initiatives.

“In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said.

“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”

The president’s health care plan, he added, was also a useful tool in mobilizing African-American and Hispanic voters. Though Mr. Romney won the white vote with 59 percent, according to exit polls, minorities coalesced around the president in overwhelming numbers — 93 percent of blacks and 71 percent of Hispanics voted to re-elect Mr. Obama.

“You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free health care, particularly if you don’t have it, getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity, I mean, this is huge,” he said. “Likewise with Hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus. But in addition with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called Dream Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group.”

The New York Times, “Romney Blames Loss On Obama’s ‘Gifts’ to Minorities and Young Voters.”

Mitt Romney, a fucking piece of shit asshole.  Fuck you, you privileged dicksmack.  Fuck you.

(via inothernews)

A gift…y’all. See when someone is this disconnected from everything then you just can’t try to bring logic to their life. It’s tilting at a windmill with a toothpick.

thunderwishes

thunderwishes:

“Now it’s a war on women; tomorrow it’s going to be a war on left-handed Irishmen or something like that,” Ryan told the crowd of donors, according to Shushanna Walshe of ABC News.

Democrats began using the “war on women” rhetoric in late 2011 to describe an unprecedented legislative focus by Republican lawmakers during the last two years on limiting women’s access to abortion and contraception. Ryan has cast 60 votes on abortion and reproductive rights issues during his time in the House of Representatives, and all of them were deemed “anti-choice” by women’s health advocates.

Left handed Irishmen. Oh but this is not my favorite part! oh no! my favorite part is this.

Rich Beeson, political director for Mitt Romney’s campaign, echoed Ryan’s sentiment in an interview with ABC7 News on Thursday, calling women’s reproductive rights and equal pay “small things” that are not important to voters.

“Barack Obama four years ago said, ‘If you don’t have something to talk about on the issues you talk about the small things,’” Beeson said in response to a question about women’s issues. “And that’s what we’re seeing from the Obama campaign … They don’t have an issue to run on, they dont have an agenda for the next term, so they want to talk about the small things and distract America from the important things of restoring and strengthening the middle class and putting America back to work.”

Listen to me you fucking cretin, my reproductive rights, my autonomy, my freedom of choice my ability to decide things for MY BODY are not ‘small things’. And for you to even imply in any small fashion that they are makes you one of the most despicable and misogynistic fuckwads I have ever had the displeasure of becoming aware of.

notesonascandal

Right-wing logic.

inothernews:

  • Jobless rate falls below 8%.  “This is not a real recovery.”
  • Obama gives order to kill bin Laden.  “He’s dead thanks to George Bush.”
  • Obama begins pullout of troops from Afghanistan and ends active combat role in Iraq — both wars started under George W. Bush.  “Why are we still in Iraq and Afghanistan?”
  • Obama is a U.S. citizen.  “Show us your birth certificate.”
  • Obama wants Consumer Protection Bureau to help shield Americans from insidious banking industry.  “This is government overreach!”
  • Majority of Americans want universal healthcare.  “Repeal Obamacare!”
  • Majority of Americans for marriage equality.  “God doesn’t want that!”
  • Women have constitutionally-protected reproductive rights.  ”Taxpayer money should not be spent on abortions, period, end of sentence, we’ll have states write laws prohibiting abortions if we have to!”
  • Women from low-income households and areas with limited access to quality care need access to healthcare.  ”Destroy Planned Parenthood!”
  • Mitt Romney ends record 47 straight days without a major gaffe, exceeds expectations at first presidential debate by misleading and outright lying.  “At first I wasn’t sure but he’s sure got my vote now!”
  • Romney says he doesn’t need to court 47 percent of Americans.  “Yes that’s actually true.”
darkpuck

I keep hearing these Romney surrogates talking about gas prices being at $1.89 when President Obama took office AND NO ONE IS POINTING OUT THAT THAT WAS DUE TO A GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY WHICH ARTIFICIALLY LOWERED PRICES AFTER THEY HIT NEARLY $4 A GALLON AFTER THE MARKET TANKED!!!!!

darkpuck:

generalbriefing:

Why aren’t any of the journalists pointing it out?  Nothing pisses me off about the GOP more than selective memory! UGH!

…WHEN THE HELL WERE PRICES THAT LOW IN 2008 BECAUSE I HAVE NO MEMORY OF THEM BEING BELOW $3

unless of course my move to California immediately following the election fucked my perception some. which is possible.

It was this very brief & shining moment where after taxes gas was $3 instead of $5.

polerin

I keep hearing these Romney surrogates talking about gas prices being at $1.89 when President Obama took office AND NO ONE IS POINTING OUT THAT THAT WAS DUE TO A GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY WHICH ARTIFICIALLY LOWERED PRICES AFTER THEY HIT NEARLY $4 A GALLON AFTER THE MARKET TANKED!!!!!

generalbriefing:

Why aren’t any of the journalists pointing it out?  Nothing pisses me off about the GOP more than selective memory! UGH!

notesonascandal

Here’s the thing about Rick Santorum’s “What a snob!” jab at the president.

inothernews:

Look at the video again and you can see, hear, and feel the contempt in Santorum’s voice.  He hates the president.  To his core.  It was unfettered, unabashed, unfiltered and utter, the utterest hatred for Obama I’ve ever heard.  There was no uncomfortable laughter to mask it with, as Romney might employ; there was no soundbite of manufactured outrage, as personified by the hollow shell of a man known as Newt Gingrich.  No, this was sincere disgust with the man who currently serves as commander-in-chief.  Over what?  Obama’s wanting our nation’s youth to pursue a college degree, or to enroll in a technical or vocational school?  Over espousing higher education?  Seriously?

Now Santorum’s advisers may have told him to tone it down, Rick, in the hours since that infamous ad hominem attack.  But there’s no use hiding such deep-seated abhorrence.  Rick Santorum embodies the worst trait of the Tea Party at its nadir: irrational hostility toward one’s political opponents.  Thankfully, there were TV cameras there to capture the nuance of “What a snob!”  Because reading that very quote from Rick Santorum probably elicits a “Oh, there goes Rick again, asking to be Googled!” 

But seeing and hearing him say it makes it crystal clear: when it comes to Obama, Santorum is sleeping with the enmity.

deliciouskaek

Arizona Republican Introduces Bill That Would Make The Lives Of Teachers A Living Hell

nonplussedbyreligion:

Five GOP Senators in Arizona have introduced a bill in Arizona that would make the lives of teachers and professors a living hell inside and outside of school. Senator Al Melvin, Senator Andy Biggs, Senator Don Shooter, Senator Lori Klein, and Senator Steve Smith are the sponsors of SB 1467, which would prohibit teachers from engaging in “speech or conduct that would violate the standards adopted by the federal communications commission concerning obscenity, indecency and profanity if that speech or conduct were broadcast on television or radio.” In other words, teachers can’t do things that aren’t allowed on television.

Here is the full text of the bill:

“Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

A.  If a person who provides classroom instruction in a public school engages in speech or conduct that would violate the standards adopted by the federal communications commission concerning obscenity, indecency and profanity if that speech or conduct were broadcast on television or radio:

1.  For the first occurrence, the school shall suspend the person, at a minimum, for one week of employment, and the person shall not receive any compensation for the duration of the suspension. This paragraph does not prohibit a school after the first occurrence from suspending the person for a longer duration or terminating the employment of that person.

2.  For the second occurrence, the school shall suspend the person, at a minimum, for two weeks of employment, and the person shall not receive any compensation for the duration of the suspension. This paragraph does not prohibit a school after the second occurrence from suspending the person for a longer duration or terminating the employment of that person.

3.  For the third occurrence, the school shall terminate the employment of the person. This paragraph does not prohibit a school after the first or second occurrence from terminating the employment of that person.

B.  For the purposes of this section, “public school” means a public preschool program, a public elementary school, a public junior high school, a public middle school, a public high school, a public vocational education program, a public community college or a public university in this state.”

The bill would require schools to fire public school teachers and college professors who use books or films in the classroom that contain any profanity. Greg Lukianoffof the Foundation for Individual Rights In Education says,

“The law not only hobbles the ability to teach about sexuality and other non-Victorian topics, but it also puts teachers in jeopardy for teaching such mainstays as The Canterbury Tales, The Catcher in the Rye, certainly Ulysses, and probably every work by an obscure English writer named William Shakespeare. These days, such a law could certainly make any professor or teacher think twice about teaching Mark Twain or Kurt Vonnegut. And how on earth could you possibly teach a class about cinema studies without showing movies like The Godfather, The Graduate, Annie Hall, or for that matter, Pulp Fiction?”

Teachers would even have difficulty educating students about free speech cases that went before the Supreme Court, and would require educators to teach certain historical material in a G rated manner. So basically you can forget about showing students a documentary about the cruelty of the Nazis during the Holocaust. In fact, the teachers may not even be able to watch it in their own homes. War photos may also be restricted. Teaching in such a manner would deprive students of fully learning about these topics and would hurt their understanding of history. Arizona lawmakers have already banned ethnic studies courses in schools and now they want to control everything that teachers do both on and off campus. It’s unconscionable.

But the bill goes further than that. Because the language in the bill doesn’t distinguish between public speech or conduct and just plain old speech or conduct, the law could even require schools to fire teachers who use profanity and have sex in their private lives away from school. This bill is a violation of privacy and free speech and is one of the most unconstitutional pieces of legislation I’ve ever seen. This proves that the GOP war against teachers is alive and well.

notime4yourshit

Mark Oxner, a Republican congressional candidate from Florida, released a 39-second spot this week depicting the Obama administration as a slave ship.

The video features several men and woman on a boat—“The U.S.S. Obamaship”—discussing how “this ship” has given them various benefits, such as a bank bailout and “free health care for life.”

The video also includes shots of children rowing the boat while a man holding a whip watches closely.

“Let’s not enslave our children with debt,” Oxner says, as the boat heads towards the edge of waterfall. “It’s time to turn this ship around.”

Mark Oxner, GOP Congressional Candidate, Releases Bizarre Ad - Huffington Post (via notime4yourshit)

Somebody come get your uncle & stuff him back in the basement.

deliciouskaek
Newt Gingrich is an idiot of great renown. …There is something so hopelessly gross and vile about him that it’s hard to take him seriously. So let’s not take him seriously.

Some small-time children’s book author named MAURICE SENDAK, to Stephen Colbert, on The Colbert Report.

Where the accurate things are.

(via inothernews)