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Mitt worked the lawless Russian privatization period in the 90's to bring Western-style marketing to the cigarette market there. Shady deals, cash transactions, cozy government relationships, and market research yielded Bain millions and led to one of the highest youth and woman tobacco rates in the world. Fascinating story, made even more amazing in light of Mitt's supposed anti-tobacco faith.

The article ran today on Huff Post.

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Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 08:56 PM PDT

Ryan shaved hr off marathon time

by Dave in RI

Paul Ryan has admitted he shaved an hour off his best time in the marathon in an interview with Hugh Hewett last week. In the interview, Ryan claimed an outstanding personal best of under 3 hours.

HH: I’ve just gotta ask, what’s your personal best?

PR: Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something.

HH: Holy smokes.

Lots of runners doubted it, and Runner's World magazine took up the chase...
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Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 08:15 PM PDT

I walked 30 miles to school...

by Dave in RI

... uphill in the snow. Then another 30 miles uphill home. But I never knew that we were poor.

My father was a one-legged butcher. His father, a blind seamstress from Scotland, carried him across the ocean in his pocket because they could afford only one ticket. They ate left over bits of bait from the pig English sailors. But they never knew they were poor.

They jumped ship at Ellis Island, where my grandfather met his bride to be, a beautiful young sign painter, who, God bless her, really wore the pants in the family. Sadly, she's been gone 15 years now. I love you, Gram! (If you're listening and can get to a phone, please call home...

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Won't stretch this out just for show to please the diary police. Mainly want to get the link up so everyone can enjoy this amazingly funny and on-target send up of Mitt.

Here are a few excerpts:

Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947, in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Virginia and several other swing states. He emerged, hair first, believing in America, and especially its national parks. He was given the name Mitt, after the Roman god of mutual funds, and launched into the world with the lofty expectation that he would someday become the Arrow shirt man.
The teenage years were more turbulent. He was sent to a private school, where he was saddened to find there are people in America who summer where they winter. He developed a lifelong concern for the second homeless, and organized bake sales with proceeds going to the moderately rich.
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Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 09:29 PM PDT

Todd's Mitt Bio Omits Draft Dodge

by Dave in RI

The Vietnam War was the defining political, cultural, moral event for anyone Mitt's age. There was plenty of info in Chuck Todd's Mitt bio on how his time as a missionary formed his worldview. No mention that this role gave him a draft deferment, which allowed him to avoid service in the war altogether. After the 31 month deferment, the war was winding down and he wasn't called. Not only did Mitt avoid the draft through the use of 4 separate deferments, he was hypocritical enough to at the same time actively support the war. That this important info was left out of Todd's report shows just how much of a puff piece it was.

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Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM PDT

Sit down, gramps. You got yours.

by Dave in RI

Ryan's insulting, bald pander to exempt those 55 and over from the pain of the Republican Medicare proposal unmasks their cynicism toward their own plan and their lack of respect for older voters.

Why, if the Repubs honestly believe their approach is good would they not seek to implement it immediately? The only reason to delay it is because they know seniors so love their Medicare that if it were taken away, Republicans would be swept out of office in a landslide so great that it just might be the death of the party. So they have calculated that seniors are so selfish and shortsighted that they'll just sit quietly as the program is killed so long as it's not killed for them. The ideological Republican leaders likely believe that because that's how they, themselves view the world. It's a kind of Ayn Rand, me first, greed is good outlook. As long as it doesn't affect me, the typical ideological Republican thinks, screw everyone else.    

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 06:52 PM PDT

Occupy Phoenix

by Dave in RI

Went to Occupy Phoenix this afternoon. Didn't know anything about it except that it was going to happen -- and that it was related to the NY OWS. Here's what I saw.

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Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 10:43 AM PDT

Weakness: The growing meme

by Dave in RI

“When people feel uncertain, they'd rather have somebody that's strong and wrong than somebody who's weak and right.”  -- Bill Clinton

But what do we see?

So, as a Times-reading, flaming-liberal, Democratic precinct committeeman, I'm assuming our leaders have focus groups and polling stats, and chess champions setting strategy, that tell them this slavish devotion to impossible compromise makes sense politically -- and we'll make up the policy deficits when we can. But, you know, as an average guy, this idea of President Obama's weakness looks like it's taking hold. And once that becomes conventional wisdom, it's gonna be hard, if not impossible, to turn around.

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Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 09:44 PM PST

What if equivalence was real?

by Dave in RI

Suppose leftists started showing up with assault weapons at Republican rallies. And suppose we sent a bunch of our black brothers to camp out outside Boehner's office wearing tee shirts reading "We've come unarmed -- this time." And suppose Dennis Kucinich started going on tv saying that if we don't get serious with health care reform, it will be time for 2nd amendment solutions. And suppose Bernie Sanders goes on the radio and says that the take over of our country by corporations and the wealthy means its time to water the tree of freedom with the blood of tyrants.  

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My senator, Jon Kyl, is holding up ratification of the new Start treaty ... despite calls for ratification by such Republican foreign policy heavies as Kissinger, Powell, and Baker. Today the subject was discussed on This Week. Four of the five panelists embraced sanity and called out the obstructionist Republicans and their sycophantic supporter George Will on their dangerous game. One panelist, Ed Luce of the Financial Times, summed up the argument.

The two countries that most hope to see Start go down are Iran and North Korea, he said. "If that argument doesn't work with the Republicans, that sort of basic elemental national security argument doesn't work, nothing is. There's -- there's a greater hatred of Obama than there is a love of American national security."

A video of the exchange via Crooks and Liars is below the fold.  

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Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 10:24 AM PDT

Easy follow-up questions: Being gay

by Dave in RI

David Gregory did pretty well on Meet the Press today asking the Colorado Tea Party Senate candidate whether he thought being gay was a choice. The candidate said, "Yes."

Easy follow-up questions below the fold.

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Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 01:02 PM PST

Poopsie kookie woop

by Dave in RI

What a great woopsie day! Enjoy all your poopsie woopsie, kookie woopsie people!

We wuvs our kookie wookies.

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