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-George Carlin

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-Albert Einstein

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-Carl Sagan

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-Christopher Hitchens

 

My Favorite Terrible Arguments of 2012

doubtingmarcus:

Over the course of a year you come across many shockingly poor ideas and arguments in practically every known field. However, some of these claims are so awful I think they deserve special recognition for their unintentional comedy so after the jump are my favorites from the many fields I follow in everything from pseudoscience to economics. And the winners are…

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If Romney vetted himself, his tax returns would KO shot at White House

Just four years ago, Mitt Romney gave the McCain campaign 23 years of tax returns and he picked Sarah Palin.

Think about it. What candidate for president — even a GOP candidate for president — would pick a guy as a running mate who would only hand over one year of tax returns, as Mitt Romney has done?  

And would anybody pick that guy if that one tax return revealed Swiss Bank accounts and more than $30 million in off shore accounts in the Cayman Islands— especially in an election year when public anger at Wall Street remains so high?   


(Click through for the whole article on FoxNews.com of all places.)

underthemountainbunker:

Obama clarifies ‘private sector is doing fine’ remark, responding to the ‘political games’ that started over it – “The economy needs to be strengthened,” Obama told reporters Friday afternoon. “That is why I had a press conference. I believe there are a lot of Americans who are hurting right now. That is what I have been saying for the last year, two years, three years.” Dismissing “political games” around the issue, Obama said Americans should instead focus on choosing a candidate who can articulate a clear solution to the problem. “The key is, for folks, what I am interested in hearing from Romney, is what steps are they willing to take right now that will make an actual difference? And, so far, all we have heard are additional tax cuts to the folks who are doing fine.” – TPM
image: jojo-wants-a-tardis 

That’s not true! Aside from additional tax cuts from the wealthy, we’ve also heard about more deregulation for the most profitable business in the country and austerity for the poor. The GOP’s 3 prong solution to our economic problems.

underthemountainbunker:

Obama clarifies ‘private sector is doing fine’ remark, responding to the ‘political games’ that started over it – “The economy needs to be strengthened,” Obama told reporters Friday afternoon. “That is why I had a press conference. I believe there are a lot of Americans who are hurting right now. That is what I have been saying for the last year, two years, three years.” Dismissing “political games” around the issue, Obama said Americans should instead focus on choosing a candidate who can articulate a clear solution to the problem. “The key is, for folks, what I am interested in hearing from Romney, is what steps are they willing to take right now that will make an actual difference? And, so far, all we have heard are additional tax cuts to the folks who are doing fine.” – TPM

image: jojo-wants-a-tardis

That’s not true! Aside from additional tax cuts from the wealthy, we’ve also heard about more deregulation for the most profitable business in the country and austerity for the poor. The GOP’s 3 prong solution to our economic problems.

underthemountainbunker:

Obama / Biden 2012: Bring it on 
micwiljr:

This says it all for me.  That’s a serious political B-Boy stance from POTUS Obama and VP Biden.

underthemountainbunker:

Obama / Biden 2012: Bring it on 

micwiljr:

This says it all for me.  That’s a serious political B-Boy stance from POTUS Obama and VP Biden.

(Source: southcacdude)

tinfoilandtea:

destroythegop:

Full Context:

“The reason why this is relevant to the campaign is that my opponent, Governor Romney, his main calling card for why he thinks he should be president is his business experience. He’s not going out there touting his experience in Massachusetts. He’s saying, I’m a business guy, and I know how to fix it, and this is his business.
But when you’re President, as opposed to the head of a private equity firm, your job is not simply to maximize profits. Your job is to figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot. Your job is to think about those workers who get laid off, and how are we paying for their retraining. Your job is to think about how those communities can start creating new clusters so they can attract new businesses. Your job as President is to think about how do we set up an equitable tax system so that everybody’s paying their fair share, that allows us then to invest in science, and technology, and infrastructure, all of which are going to help us grow.”
— President Barack Obama, in response to a question about whether Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital is relevant to the 2012 campaign
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The real tell? The President also said this about Romney’s Vulture Capitalist record:

“This is not a distraction. This is what this campaign is going to be about.”

You bet your ass it will be about Romney’s record at Bain — and his 47th-in-the-nation job creation record while Massachusetts Governor — no matter how much his paid propagandists shriek, “Distraction!”

Smh, they do that about everything they are uncomfortable talking about. Like woman’s rights, birth control, abortion…

tinfoilandtea:

destroythegop:

Full Context:

“The reason why this is relevant to the campaign is that my opponent, Governor Romney, his main calling card for why he thinks he should be president is his business experience. He’s not going out there touting his experience in Massachusetts. He’s saying, I’m a business guy, and I know how to fix it, and this is his business.

But when you’re President, as opposed to the head of a private equity firm, your job is not simply to maximize profits. Your job is to figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot. Your job is to think about those workers who get laid off, and how are we paying for their retraining. Your job is to think about how those communities can start creating new clusters so they can attract new businesses. Your job as President is to think about how do we set up an equitable tax system so that everybody’s paying their fair share, that allows us then to invest in science, and technology, and infrastructure, all of which are going to help us grow.”

— President Barack Obama, in response to a question about whether Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital is relevant to the 2012 campaign

video

The real tell? The President also said this about Romney’s Vulture Capitalist record:

“This is not a distraction. This is what this campaign is going to be about.”

You bet your ass it will be about Romney’s record at Bain — and his 47th-in-the-nation job creation record while Massachusetts Governor — no matter how much his paid propagandists shriek, “Distraction!”

Smh, they do that about everything they are uncomfortable talking about. Like woman’s rights, birth control, abortion…

ryking:

Obama campaign’s new ad paints Romney as a job-killing, economic “vampire”

RomneyEconomics.com, learn how you can make tons of money loading companies w/ debt and liquidating jobs. See how Mitt Romney’s business experience has prepared him for power. The theme I see shaping up is “community dismantler vs. community organizer”.

vinegarwilliams:

inothernews:

Things I Saw Yesterday That Made Me Wonder If The Driver Was Serious Or Not, Vol. 1, With A Cameo By My Finger.

Hahaha!! This is awful!!

Bush/Cheney 2012?

vinegarwilliams:

inothernews:

Things I Saw Yesterday That Made Me Wonder If The Driver Was Serious Or Not, Vol. 1, With A Cameo By My Finger.

Hahaha!! This is awful!!

Bush/Cheney 2012?

ryking:

Romney vs. Romney vs. Reality

[Chart 1:] Here’s a chart… showing the change in private-sector job totals by month since the start of the Great Recession, with red columns showing the months when George W. Bush was president and the blue columns showing the Obama era.

[Chart 2:] And here’s a chart showing economic growth by quarter since the start of the recession.

[Chart 3:] And here’s a chart showing the Dow Jones Industrial Average since Obama took office.

The question reporters might want to pose to Romney is simple; in what universe did Obama make the recession “worse”?