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If you thought the Seamus story was damaging to Romney,

the Etch-A-Sketch story is lethal. His advisor could not have made a more damaging comment.

First of all, he compared Romney to a popular and easily remembered toy. That toy can and will be used for devastating visuals. The analogy also highlights one of the biggest problems Romney has. People accuse him of being shaky on his principles, and what could illustrate that better than an EAS. Draw out a statement by him on it and then make it disappear.

Romney will not to be able to outrun this moniker. He has now been permanently branded by his own side. Seamus was gaining a lot of traction, but that's gone. He probably would like that one back. Santorum's campaign workers were giving out miniature EASs at Romney headquarters.

Are they really trying to get him elected? He needs to fire everybody around him and go it alone. It couldn't be any more damaging. At least he would seem to be out front and not hiding behind anybody.
A Twofer:

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:05 AM (10 replies)

'Dear Doctor Governor … ‘: Women Protest On GOP Govs’ Facebook Walls

As Republican-led states take on anti-abortion legislation, women frustrated with the laws are voicing their anger in a very public way: on their governors’ Facebook pages. Some comments are earnest, but many seize on the notion that the measures suggest men know what’s best for women’s health.

One woman wrote:
Dear Doctor Governor-I have an issue with my vagina. I’m having a terrible flow and cramping. This happens every month. I’m not sure if it is related to the lack of an ultrasound or the lack of a pill (I know one is mandated but my poor addled lady brain can’t wrap my head around this issue). I’m guessing that it may be the ultrasound since I heard the men folk on the teevee telling us that contraception and the like is one step from abortion. What do I do Dr. Gov? Should I come to your office for the exam?
In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett, whose state is also considering a mandatory ultrasound law, said of the bill, “I don’t know how you make anybody watch” an ultrasound, “you just have to close your eyes.” That prompted a wall post from a woman who wrote:

I know this has nothing to do with this, but being a woman and all, I can’t stop thinking about my lady parts. You suggested women close their eyes when getting a transvaginal ultrasound, or Wand of Light, as we lovingly call it in some places. Do you also close your eyes when getting a mandatory anal probe for unrelated legal medical procedures? What else do you close your eyes for? I’m curious, your advice is so fascinating!
“I just called your office, and they wouldn’t let me schedule a pap smear,” a posting on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s Facebook Wall reads. “I’m confused, aren’t you taking care of all this now?”


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Mar 21, 2012, 03:44 PM (7 replies)

When is a pit bull not a pit bull?

The story raises some serious questions about how many supposed pit bulls have been and are being euthanized at the Lucas County Animal Shelter, where the decision of who’s a pit bull — as at most shelters — is based on an educated guess, or often an uneducated one, reached solely on the basis of looks.

The story shows that looks can be deceiving.
As the story points out, recent changes in local and state law mean dogs designated as pit bulls will no longer get an automatic death sentence when they arrive at a county shelter. In practice, though, and somewhat less automatically, they still are often euthanized, due to factors like an overabundance of their kind at shelters.

The newspaper conducted DNA tests on six dogs that were originally labeled as pit bulls by the Lucas County dog warden. Using the Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel Insights DNA test, it determined only one was predominantly American Staffordshire terrier and Staffordshire bull terrier. Two had some “pit,” and three of the dogs had no “pit bull” breed in them at all
Lucas, it turned out, is predominantly a boxer-bullmastiff mix.
More: http://www.ohmidog.com/2012/03/20/when-is-a-pit-bull-not-a-pit-bull/

Hmmm..... FYI.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Mar 21, 2012, 12:54 PM (18 replies)

9-Year-Old Called for Jury Duty for Second Time

For the second time in his life, 9-year-old Jacob Clark was recently invited to join a jury of his peers.

But that jury wasn’t congregating on the elementary school playground: Clark was summoned to appear in Orleans District Court in Massachusetts on April 18 for jury selection.

“I looked at it and said, ‘This is ridiculous!’” Jacob’s grandmother, Deborah Clark, told ABCNews.com.

The Yarmouth, Mass., third grader was summoned to jury duty once before, when he was 2 years old.

Let him serve. He can't be dumber than some peope who do.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Mar 21, 2012, 08:54 AM (9 replies)

Firemen dressed in drag battle burning car

FIREFIGHTING seems to be a real drag for these two off-duty firemen — who were caught on camera battling a flaming car while wearing brightly coloured DRESSES.

The two burly blokes can be seen grappling with a hose as they help extinguish a fire ravaging a pickup truck — sporting floor-length ball gowns in emerald green and hot pink.

At one point, one of them hoists up his skirt and pulls up the bust of his frock as he dashes around the scene.

The truck's engine had burst into flames during the annual St Patrick's Day parade in Padua, Minnesota, US, on Saturday.

Luckily the pair of firefighters — who are members of the local Sedan Fire Department — were nearby, dressed in drag for their appearance in the parade.
Short video clip here: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4206721/Firemen-in-drag-put-out-truck-fire-at-Minnesota-St-Patricks-parade.html

Ha! You don't have to be properly dressed to be a hero.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Mar 21, 2012, 08:46 AM (13 replies)

Boy, 10, rushes into burning house to save little sister

When fire broke out at a Louisville, Ky., home on Sunday night, 10-year-old Antoine Burks ran out.
But then, remembering his little sister, Trinity, 6, he ran back in, braving the flames.

“I thought, if something bad happened to her, it might have been my fault, because I’m the big brother and I gotta protect her,” Antoine told WAVE’s Katie Bauer.

Trinity Barks, whose cheek, nose and lips were badly burned by the fire, said she was disoriented.

“I didn’t know where to go because the fire was standing right by me,” she said.
The fire started when Trinity, spraying her shoes with a liquid protector, accidentally sprayed a nearby lamp. All of a sudden, she said, “Fire popped out of nowhere.”

Good on him! Brave kid! Lucky kids.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Mar 21, 2012, 05:14 AM (11 replies)

Wait! What?! Zimmerman kept the gun after shooting Trayvon.

Only4RM (@Only4RM)
3/20/12 11:16 PM
.@Lawrence Several rpts state not only can Zimmerman still carry but went home w/ THE gun that nite. So no ballistics/ gun history? #Trayvon

This is FUBAR. They also didn't perform any drug/alcohol tests on him.

When the police shoot someone, they have to turn their gun in and stand down until a review is completed. They let this wannabe go WITH the gun.

This case may be so effed up that it will be hard to convict Zimmerman because of all the police's errors.

Edit to add: Did they take any pics of Zimmerman or have him examined? That could have helped or hurt him. If he had no marks on him, that would cast doubt on the attack theory. It wouldn't negate it, but he couldn't claim Trayvon was close to him.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Mar 21, 2012, 03:36 AM (43 replies)

OMG! Man Successfully Flies With Custom-Built Bird Wings

Using videogame controllers, an Android phone and custom-built wings, a Dutch engineer named Jarno Smeets has achieved birdlike flight.

Smeets flew like an albatross, the bird that inspired his winged-man invention, on March 18 at a park in The Hague.

“I have always dreamed about this. But after 8 months of hard work, research and testing it all payed off,” Smeets said on his YouTube page.

Smeets got the idea from sketches of a futuristic flying bicycle drawn by his grandfather, who spent much of his life designing the contraption but never actually built it.

When Smeets began studying engineering at Coventry University in England, he realized the physics of a flying bicycle just didn’t pan out. Instead, he drew inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci’s wing drawings to build his flying machine. Along with neuromechanics expert Bert Otten, Smeets brought his design into reality.
More: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/03/human-bird-wings/

Okay, That was amazing!

Skater Chick is impressed. He effing flew!

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Mar 21, 2012, 03:19 AM (3 replies)

All politicians should follow this rule about speeches:

Abraham Lincoln used only 270 words in the Gettysburg Address.

All of your speeches should be approximately this length. If you can't concisely and believeably sum up your thoughts, then don't open your mouth.

Think of it as a Twitter rule for speeches.

Skater Chick approves!

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Mar 21, 2012, 03:03 AM (1 replies)

Great War on Women protest sign: (HA!)



Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Mar 21, 2012, 02:56 AM (7 replies)
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