Besides Mitt Romney, who else isn’t “concerned about the very poor”?

Mitt’s in good company.

Patrick Bateman isn’t:

Or Norman Bates (Watch! WAIT FOR IT!):

Neither is Jack Torrance:

And it goes without saying:

So after his crazy insightful comment this morning, I’ll bet this is what Romney was thinking the rest of the day:

Best acting: Bill Murray singing “Star Wars” or Mitt Romney singing “America the Beautiful”

Cast your vote now!

Bill Murray singing “Star Wars” a la lounge singer:

Or Mitt Romney singing “America the Beautiful” a la animatronics:

Leader of the free world, trillion dollar economy, most powerful military on earth: still has to deal with teenagers

image: Barack Obama

“He does have a beautiful voice, and he sings to me all the time. … He doesn’t hesitate to show off his lungs to his wife,” she said. “He sings that song. That’s why I knew when people said he sang, I thought, ‘I’ll bet he sang Al Green.’”

But daughters Malia and Sasha aren’t so impressed. “Anything we do is highly embarrassing,” Obama said. “They just want us to be very quiet.”

First lady Michelle Obama appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Tuesday night. – Politico  (via brooklynmutt)

Leader of the free world, trillion dollar economy, most powerful military on earth: Still has to deal with teenagers. (via section9)

Photo: a Newt surprise

The New York Times’s caption for this photo by Marcus Yam reads thusly: “Mr. Gingrich prepared to surprise a volunteer at the Polk County headquarters in Lakeland, Fla.”

Creepiest campaign photo or creepiest campaign photo?

source: inothernews

What did he do next? Jump out at the guy? Yell, “Ta daaa!!!” or “Boo!” or “Heeeere’s Johnny!”? I’d like to know how this went down.

LOL Capitalism

Source: joerobsbanks


Wednesday morning’s 10 interesting things

1) Vice President Joe Biden — “But the best way to sum up the job the president has done — if you need a real shorthand — Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.”  | Note: US auto manufacturing is alive, no thanks to Mitt Romney, who would have let GM, Ford, and Chrysler go bankrupt … he would have gladly “Bain Capital-ed” all of them. 

2) Virginia Democrat Sen. Janet Howell Proposes ‘Gender Equity’ To Anti-Abortion Bill — “If pregnant women should have to get an ultrasound before having an abortion, men should have to undergo additional medical procedures before getting a prescription for erectile dysfunction,” she noted, and introduced an amendment to Vogel’s bill requiring that men “undergo a digital rectal exam” for pills like Viagra… “We should just have a little gender equity here.”

3) GOP Declares Obama Plan That Taxes Banks To Help Homeowners ‘Dead On Arrival’ – But any such scheme that relies on a bank tax “would be dead on arrival,” said Rep. Scott Garrett (R., N.J.), chairman of the subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises, in an interview last week. “No one is going to suggest that the way to help the mortgage market is to propose a tax indirectly on the system,” he said.

4) Seven States Are Considering Eliminating Their Income Tax — Buoyed by the Tea Party, Republicans took over state houses across the country in 2010 and quickly pushed legislation to advance the conservative agenda on voting rights, abortion, and immigration. But now, the AP reports, there’s a new target: the state income tax, with Republican lawmakers are pushing to repeal in Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina. Income tax revenue funds “bedrock government services, including roads and bridges and schools and prison systems” ….

5) Republicans in Arizona plan to nearly wipe out public unions — Republicans in the Arizona Senate introduced legislation on Tuesday that could eliminate public employee unions, according to Talking Points Memo. The bills go even further than those proposed in Wisconsin last year, which lead to massive pro-union protests at the state Capitol. “At first glance, it looks like an all out assault on the right of workers to organize,” Senate Minority Leader David Schapira (D) told TPM. “And to me, that’s a serious problem.”

6)  How Deficit Cuts Are About To Hurt The Economy — The U.S. economy will suffer over the next few years as a result of fiscal austerity measures including the recent spate of spending cuts, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s latest forecast issued Tuesday. Economic growth and the employment rate will be reduced for many years to come as a result of the August debt limit law’s steep $2.4 trillion in spending cuts and expiration of expiring tax provisions including the Bush-era tax cuts, the budget office report concluded.

7) Florida GOP Turnout Actually Fell From 2008 – In the 2008 Republican primary in Florida, in which John McCain beat Romney by a margin of 36%-31%, a total of nearly 1.95 million votes were cast. But in tonight’s primary, turnout was actually much lower. At time of writing, with 98% of precincts reporting, the total turnout is only about 1.65 million — a drop-off of 15% in terms of the raw number of voters.

8) Romney on health reform, then and now, II — “… In my view, the other direction is to move in favor of free market reforms and insisting on people buying their own insurance and having a stake in the insurance equation and having a stake in how much a particular procedure costs. That’s the direction I’m going.” Watch video from a speech Romney gave in April 2006 to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

Greg Sargent posted a 2007 interview in which Romney suggested that after the states experimented with solutions for the uninsured, they’d end up choosing the individual mandate.

9) If you base your entire candidacy on your ability to beat Barack Obama in a debate, you damned well better be able to beat Mitt Romney — When liberals hear Gingrich sell himself on the basis of his intellect, they hear a blowhard who wants to be president to vindicate his narcissism; when conservatives hear the same thing, they hear someone willing, at long last, to step up for them and be their champion. Conservatives do not think that the mixed-race man who is president can be as smart as he is supposed to be; they don’t think that he can be smarter than them; they think that he is “a false-smarty pants” whose transcripts were altered to clear his way into Harvard, whose books were written by someone else, and whose eloquence leaves him as soon as he leaves the teleprompter. Obama’s intelligence is an affront to them, and so they’ve been depending on Gingrich not just to defeat but also to expose him — to finally get it over with, and, in a single debate, tear down not only the whole edifice of liberal thought but the also the myth of liberal intellectual superiority.

10) Secret Service to protect Romney — The Secret Service is set to begin providing protection to Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The Romney campaign made the request as its events have grown larger and security has become tougher to handle. (Feb. 1, The Associated Press) | Note: the quarter billion dollar man couldn’t “afford” his own protection?

Mitt Romney’s rich friends

Source Patrick Chappatte | Via: azspot

Mitt Romney’s rich friends: six months, 200 donors, $30 million to his Super PAC | via: inothernews

Millions of dollars came from financial industry executives, including:

  • Bain Capital, who contributed a total of $750,000
  • Goldman Sachs senior exectutives, who contributed $385,000
  • some of the most prominent and politically active Republicans in the hedge fund world: Robert Mercer of Renaissance Technologies, Paul Singer of Elliott Management, and Julian Robertson of Tiger Management gave $1 million each
  • Harlan Crow, the Texas construction magnate, gave $300,000 personally and through his company
  • William Koch, whose brothers Charles and David are among the country’s most prominent backers of conservative causes, gave $1 million personally or through Oxbow Carbon, the energy company he founded
  • Members of the Walton family, founders of the Walmart chain, gave over $200,000
  • Bob Perry — a wealthy home builder who has long been the top patron of Mr. Romney’s erstwhile rival, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas — chipped in $500,000 in early December.

“I’m not concerned with the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of the America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”Mitt Romney on Wednesday, concerned about the middle class — you bet! 

source: teapartyjesus

The Dwellers of the 8th Moon of the 2nd Planet Orbiting Alpha Centauri plot the invasion of the Earth

(via Ted Rall)