I’m sorry for the highly sporadic posting, but I got sick. As a poor person, I went to the hospital for my primary care, like I’m supposed to. Needless to say, now I am dead and owe some serious medical debt. Hooray for the free market! Repeal and Replace!
Who else is excited for tonight’s match up? A time-tested pro, with the tendency to get himself in trouble, against a guy very popular with his supporters, but is performing over his head and has been looking less successful recently.
I think the Orioles, led by team MVP Adam Jones, can pull it it tonight, especially with Jeter stuck as a pinch-hitting. A-Rod is just not as young as he used to be, and I think the O’s pitching will outclass him and the rest of the Yankee’s lineup.
By the way, I hope no one minds that I’m switching my focus over from politics to baseball. There’s just not any election stories worth covering. I think there’s a VP debate or something, but that’s not significant. Paul Ryan is going to continue his ticket’s strategy of constant fact-avoidance, and people have such an uninformed understanding of Biden as a politician that all he has to do is not say anything too honest, and he’ll come off looking good.
In this post-truth world, fact-checking has become the rage. The Internet tells me that even Reddit is in on the action. I’m in favor of calling out bullshit, however, I’ve noticed a troubling trend among new and aspiring fact-checkers.
Making a statement that is not the opposite of the truth is not a “half-truth.” When Mitt Romney says that “all of the increase in natural gas and oil [production] has happened on private land, not on government land” during the Obama administration, he is not half right because some of the expansion in drilling has occurred on private land. If he said “all Americans are male,” would that be a half-truth?
In case you’re struggling with the answer, Romney would be (and is) 100% making stuff up.
“We have to focus on the main problems of the country. The government has to expand the economy, calm the climate in the country, make people feel safe, support the people.” said Mitt Romney today on Fox and Friends, talking about how divisive social issues should not be the focus of the upcoming election.
Whoops, I got that mixed up. That quote belongs to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a TV interview before his 2005 election as President of Iran. His focus on the economy while sweeping religiously motivated policy planks under the rug is working out really well for Iran.
Romney doesn’t really resemble Ahmadinejad in anybody serious way, though. The Iranian President is well-known for using fabricated and misleading numbers to win his debates, but more importantly, he doesn’t have good hair.
And don’t worry, the Republican Party has a much greater commitment to democracy than Ahmadinejad.
Now that the debate is over, we have a clear view of all Mitt Romney’s promised “zingers.” Now we not only know that he is a funny guy, but that he has been dropping unappreciated jokes in his campaign speeches for months now. His funniest lines included:
"I will not reduce taxes for high-income Americans."
"Obama is going to put together boards that are going to tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can have."
"Obama has doubled the Federal Deficit"
"50% of college graduates this year are unable to find jobs."
“We keep taking in the same amount of money [with my tax plan] when you account for growth.”
What a cut up! The next debate will probably include some really sharp zingers, like “Barack Obama is a Muslim,” “I have paid my fair share of taxes,” or “I value all Americans and will represent their best interests as President.”
The most jarring part of last night’s debate for me wasn’t a lie or misrepresentation, it was an unexpected moment of candor by Mitt Romney. The alleged former Governor affirmed that neither he nor the President intended on touching Social Security benefits for current or soon-to-be-eligible seniors, and he told them that they “can stop listening now.”
Romney thinks that the voters that he’s talking to, which we already know is a narrow swath of the population, could not possibly be interested in the next generation. He represents a few wealthy people who only vote for their interests, and some other people he holds in contempt who are along for the ride. He is tripling down on his message of exclusionary politics, and is only talking directly to his base, which is Sheldon Adelson, a couple of other billionaires, Karl Rove and a few guys in tinfoil hats.
Expect that his big “zinger” for the next debate will be even more candor: “Fuck the little guy.”
Low polling numbers for Romney have been explained away by one of his campaign staffers, who spoke to us on condition of anonymity. “These polls that have Mitt losing are over-sampling people who don’t like our candidate. If they chose to ask equal numbers of Romney and Obama supporters who they were voting for, we’re sure we would be in the lead. But yet again, these ‘experts’ rely on ‘facts,’ which are biased towards liberals. We refuse to allow this election to be dictated by facts. Hell, we refuse to allow this election to be decided by polls or voters.”
Bonus quote: “You know the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit the views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.” - The Fourth Doctor, in The Face of Evil
"More people with jobs mean more people will pay taxes" said former Olympic organizer Mitt Romney, in defense of his secretly recorded comments to wealthy donors. "I’m unemployed myself, so I know what I’m talking about. I think that more people would like to pay income taxes, but since I’ve never spoken to a human being or paid income taxes, that’s purely conjecture at this point. But I bet if I were to stop and listen to my supporters on the trail, they would all tell me: ‘Please tax me, Mitt!’”
When asked by reporters to comment on his recent, ill-advised comments concerning Libyan, Egyptians, and Palestinians, Romney replied “47% of Arabs think they’re entitled to live safely and to be respected as human beings. I cannot reach them.”
Mitt Romney was secretly recorded at a fundraiser and was caught saying nothing he hasn’t already made clear in public:
"47% of Americans are welfare queens, wetbacks, or some other kind of n*****. They are victims who will vote for Obama no matter what, because they feel they are entitled to eat, live indoors, receive adequate health care or you-name-it."
I don’t see what the big deal is.
Just for reference, most people who don’t pay income tax live in red states.
In a candid interview in the popular, right-leaning magazine Gun Nutz, alleged governor Mitt Romney shared a deeply personal thought. “Some days, I don’t know why I bother. Half of what I say is lies, and the rest I don’t know if I believe in it or not. But I made a commitment to see this through until November, so here we are.”
It turns out Mitt Romney and I have the same feelings about the campaign and this blog, at least some of the time.
President Obama attacked unemployed businessman Mitt Romney for his willingness to “shoot first and aim later” yesterday on CBS. The Commander-in-Chief was referring to a Romney campaign statement, released on 9/11, criticizing the president’s foreign policy in the wake of the slaying of the popular ambassador to Libya.
"As president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that," President Obama continued. "It’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts. And that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make ‘em."
Barack Obama went further, describing how he learned a similar lesson as a lover. “If Mitt Romney learned how to aim before he shoots, maybe he wouldn’t have so many goofy-looking sons.”
At an appearance today, private citizen Mitt Romney avoided talking politics with a group of National Guardsmen in Nevada, instead choosing to honor the proud Navy seals who killed Osama Bin Ladin without any help from the government or Barack Obama. The presidential candidate suggested that the motto for the Navy Seals should be changed from “Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit” to “Nos necavimus hanc,” Latin for “We killed this.” He continued his nonpartisan commemoration of the lives lost eleven years ago by informing the crowd that Barack Obama would gut the military and invite the Iranian government to invade America. Many were touched by his refusal to score cheap political points on such a solemn day.
Paul Ryan was back home in Wisconsin, where he recounted how on September 11th, 2001 he stopped a little-publicized fifth plane headed for the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder with his bare hands.
Both campaigns and their affiliated PACs removed all negative TV ads from the air for the day. The only exception was Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, which continued to air its attack ads targeting Obama. A source inside the super-PAC commented “Today is a day when we remember how Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and George W. Bush kept us safe. Why should we stop telling the truth about how Obama caused the recession and 9/11?”
President Obama had the temerity to visit the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery and the Walter Reed Military hospital. He gave a speech in which he dared to claim that the world is a safer place, offering the inadequate reasoning that the leadership of Al-Qaeda had been destroyed. The entire world was embarrassed by his gross partisanship, political bickering, and simple-minded naivety.