Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Random Thoughts

  • The $300 million man is getting all folksy. Romney's handlers must constantly try to come up with new ways to make Mitt seem like a man of the people, that he is one who can surely relate with the common man. It’s hopeless, but their latest tactic seems to be for him to get all Huckabee on us. Yech.

    Why golly, listen to him wax nostalgic about good ole dad, by gosh he was good at spitting out those nails: "It's one of the lessons I learned from my dad. He never graduated college. He was a plaster carpenter. He was good. He could put a mouthful of nails and spit them forward."

    Next up, look for Mitt to be downing Bud Lights with Joe The Plumber.

  • Ecuador is willing to preserve about 4,000 square miles of rain forest for a measly $3.6 billion -- and they're having difficulty raising the cash! Wealthy countries are balking at this deal, one that would preserve one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, keep 800 million tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere, and maintain an enormous air filtration system by way of the huge forest. Need I remind that $12 billion was literally "lost" in Iraq, and we and other wealthy countries can't pony up close to $4 billion? Incredible.

  • Some are now saying Obama intentionally elongated the contraception ruckus for well over a week in order to aid Santorum at the expense of Romney. It's no secret Obama would much rather face Rick than Mitt. In any case, I would argue the Republicans are once again idiots when it comes to playing their cards smartly. They ran with this canard, figuring it would do harm to Obama. But the fact is those voters likely won over by this "outrageous overreach" by Obama were going to vote Republican anyway. However, there were many more who were fence-sitters and likely much less socially conservative than your typical Republican and by threatening access to birth control, the GOP lost most of these undecided voters. Net-net another loss for the dopey right.

  • Another classic rant by Bill Maher. This time he slams the "Country First" Republicans for despising New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC and LA/Hollywood, not to mention other highly-populated areas of the USA. Maher: "[T]hey accuse Obama of dividing America....[W]hen it comes to dividing America, it's Republicans who in recent years have carved out a nation into two distinct territories. There's the heartland, and then there's the rest of the country: a vast nightmarish wasteland of college professors, museums, and people who recycle." Or the red welfare states vs. the blue states giving more than they receive.

  • Did you know that genetically modified food has insecticide built into its DNA, and it "was detected in the umbilical-cord blood of pregnant women"? That can't be good. But of course it's legal, thanks to lobbyists hard at work.

  • By November, the unemployment rate should be much lower. Is it any wonder the Republicans are beginning to panic, looking to create wedge issues out of contraception and TV ads starring Clint Eastwood?

  • Santorum defends the Crusades?? Hey Rick, why not categorize the Spanish Inquisition as misunderstood? And what do you have to say about the 200 priests suspected of sex abuse living in California?
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