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The Romney campaign IS what you get when your incubator is Fox News.

Life is Hard Outside the Hothouse
By mistermix September 17th, 2012

Obama learned to tune out the noise a long time ago. All Romney hears is the noise. Hence the 12 trillion strategy changes.

I’ve got a busy week so I probably won’t be posting for a few days, but I want to leave you with one thought that’s probably obvious to Balloon Juice readers, but doesn’t seem to make the disarray stories: the Romney campaign is what you get when your incubator is Fox News.
Romney and his advisors are all used to a media environment of puffball questions and solemn nods over the stupidest of talking points. His opposition in the primaries was almost entirely people who were auditioning for a contract with Roger Ailes. When you marinate in an environment where reactionary rhetoric has no consequences, you’re going to think that the right thing to do when an Ambassador may have been killed is to make up lies in an effort to blame Obama hours before the bodies have even been identified. When you are used to a world of unquestioning icon veneration and hero worship, you expect that Clint Eastwood can do magic without a prepared speech. And if you live in a world driven by sloganeering, you can become convinced that a campaign can be run on completely non-specific “plans”, and you think that making up the details as you go along is a not only practical, but is actually a good idea.

If you need any more evidence that MSNBC or the Daily Kos or whatever other liberal demon Fox believes controls the Democratic Party isn’t really in charge, look no further than the Obama campaign. They aren’t acting like a bunch of hothouse flowers, wilting the first time the real world intrudes on their sunny, warm fantasy world. They’ve been living in a 5 year shitstorm, and that’s part of the reason why they don’t fuck up on a regular basis.


LAT: While discriminating against gays-Boy Scouts routinely covered up sex abuse-dating back to 1919

Boy Scouts Provided Cover for Child Molesters –SURPRISE!
By Imani Gandy (ABL) September 17th, 2012

Why is it that the most hateful and/or intolerant groups seem to be the ones with the most to hide? While railing against the evils of contraception, freedom of choice for women, and the sinfulness of homosexuality, the Catholic Church harbored and covered for hundreds of pedophiles.
And now, as the LA Times has discovered, while discriminating against gays, the Boy Scouts routinely covered up sex abuse allegations, dating back to 1919.


"Who chuckles when they’re trying to project compassion?”

“Sometimes it helps to laugh. But Romney’s smirk is disturbing. It betrays a preternatural sense of entitlement and self-satisfaction that comes out, often inappropriately, in all sorts of ways, from his odd remark that “I like to be able to fire people that provide services to me” to insulting the cookies supporters served him or the rain gear fans wore to a NASCAR event. It seems related to the calm self-importance with which he belittled British planning for the Olympics, insulting our closest ally. The smirk is a cousin to another odd Romney tic – his tendency to chuckle at the wrong time, like when he was trying to deny cutting the hair of a gay high school classmate. Who chuckles when they’re trying to project compassion?”


Farmers, ranchers, defense industry, oil industry, the gas industry....they're all Obama voters too?

Bauer also told TPM that “there are a lot of people who will vote
this November because they depend on government largesse,” meaning
checks from Washington. He expects those voters to go Obama as well.


Pamela Geller's Blog Solicited Funds For anti-Muhammad Film

Yesterday, while compiling evidence for a report demonstrating conclusively that the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Media For Christ was the most significant force behind the production of the anti-Islamic trailer video "Innocence of the Muslims" which, after being posted on Youtube, has helped incite riots throughout the Islamic world, I came upon the following February 12, 2012 post, on the website of Atlas Shrugs -- the blog of Pamela Geller, the anti-Islamic activist who cofounded the group Stop Islamization of Nations and helped incite and organize the nationally-notorious June 6, 2010 protest against the building of a mosque in lower Manhattan (one of the speakers at the protest was Joseph Nassralla Abdelmasih, head of Media For Christ.)

Titled "A Movie about Muhammad: An Idea whose Time Has Come", the Geller post contained a solicitation for funding for a movie about Muhammad.

Pamela Geller's Atlas Shrugs post introduced the financial solicitation with, "Ali Sina, renowned ex-Muslim author, founder of FaithFreedom.org and SION Board member, has a brilliant idea, a plan, to educate and liberate those enslaved by the most radical and extreme ideology on the face of the earth, but he needs our help" . Then followed Ali Sina's solicitation:

"A Movie about Muhammad: An Idea whose Time Has Come.
...We need to get our message to the masses.

Masses watch movies. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the worth of a motion picture? We need to make a motion picture about Muhammad - a biopic that reveals the details of his life...

The movie shows Muhammad's raids, plunders, massacres, rapes, assassinations and other crimes. A small subtitle in the lower right corner of each scene will give reference to the source of the story... Truth about Muhammad is more shocking than fiction.

The world does not know Islam. What is known is a watered down and euphemized version of it that has no bases in reality. The truth is that Muhammad was a cult leader, much like Jim Jones, Shoko Asahara and Charles Manson...

The other good news is that I have been promised a substantial angel financing. I have been daydreaming about this movie for ten years. It was this promise that prompted me into action. I put everything aside for five months, read everything I could about my protagonist, selected the most salient episodes and wrote the script.

the awful rest:

Stick a silver fork in him. Rmoney's done.

There's so much irony packed into this one photo, it irresistibly brings to mind the axiom of a picture being worth 1000 words. This is the Rmoney tour bus in his native Michigan, with barely enough supporters for a pickup basketball team. Note the message on the billboard behind it, which seems to mock the Rmoney campaign for not bringing its game. Then note the name at the top of the billboard: Clear Channel, which is owned by none other than Rmoney's Bain Capital.

It's pictures like this that seem to validate my opinion that about two thirds of all political campaigns are fueled by an impenetrable blanket of delusion. And no matter how much the corporate mainstream media may flog the dead nag of the Rmoney campaign, it will not turn this into the obligatory two horse race. There's one thoroughbred in this race and that's the virtually uncontested Barack Obama. Otherwise, how can the race for the White House be won by a guy who can't even carry his home state (Karl Rove's GPS Crossroads even pulled all ads from Michigan as well as Pennsylvania) and the one he used to govern?

Stick a silver fork in him. Rmoney's done.


A massive crime against this nation by the 1%

A massive crime against this nation by the 1%

by David Atkins

As we watch Republicans claim that tax cuts for the rich are the only way to stimulate the economy, and both parties cower before the Bond Vigilantes, it's important to remember this:

The fact that the Dow is at over 13,500 but unemployment remains above 8% is proof of a massive crime against this nation by the 1%. It may be "legal" crime, but it's a crime nonetheless.

American corporations are doing just fine, amassing record profits. The American people are not, enduring continuing economic pain. That alone should destroy the entire conservative and neoliberal economic program. It has no functional basis for continuing to exist except to benefit the very richest among us.


Romney Flag

Santorum Confirms The Obvious: Conservatives Will Never Have “Smart People On Our Side”

"We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country," Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, told the audience at the Omni Shoreham hotel, "We will never have the elite, smart people on our side."


OUCH - Official government news agency in China calls out Romney

Official government news agency in China calls out Romney
By Chris in Paris on 9/14/2012 07:30:00 PM

Hysterical. There's not much else to say when China's own state news agency calls out Romney like this.

While addressing a rally in the U.S. state of Virginia on Thursday, Romney, just as what he has done along his campaign trail, opened fire on China, claiming that it was Beijing's undervalued RMB currency that forced U.S. manufacturers out of job.

What is more sensational is that this millionaire GOP candidate has vowed to declare China a currency manipulator on the first day of his presidency if elected.

Yet it is rather ironic that a considerable portion of this China-battering politician's wealth was actually obtained by doing business with Chinese companies before he entered politics.

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