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After the cut: Mr. Gingrich's remarks on Occupy Wall Street.

NEWT GINGRICH: Let me take that for a brief moment to describe Occupy Wall Street. All of the Occupy movement starts with the premise that we all owe them everything. They take over a public park they didn't pay for, to go near by to use bathrooms they didn't pay for, to beg for food from places they they don't want to pay for, to obstruct those that are going to work to pay the taxes to sustain the bathrooms and to sustain the park so that they can self-righteously explain that they are the paragons of virtue to which we owe everything. Now, that is a pretty good symptom of how much the left has collapsed as a moral system in this country and why you need to reassert something as simple as saying to them, 'Go get a job right after you take a bath.' (massive applause)

Originally posted to Comics on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 06:50 AM PST.

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  •  Best argument against Newt Gingrinch.. (9+ / 0-)

    is just to let him talk.

    Keep digging Newt !

    "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Candide08 on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 07:06:19 AM PST

  •  Newt and baths: CREEPY!!! n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    belinda ridgewood, filby, sunbro

    Occupy Wall Street AND K Street!!!!

    by Egalitare on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 07:14:38 AM PST

  •  No amount of bathing could clean the slime off... (6+ / 0-)

    Newt.  What exactly does he do (or has he ever done) to contribute to the greater good of society as a whole?  

    His "contributions" are only in the negative--to try to validate the baser greed, hate, bigotry, and elitism of the wealthy and to attempt to justify their jackboot on the throats of the least of these.

    •  What's the point of incompetent people? (1+ / 0-)
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      Well, they give competent people someone to do better than.

      The consume the surplus talented people inevitably produce.

      The reproduce individuals more talented than they.

      The can be as entertaining as pets.

      They serve as takers for people who have much to give.

      They exemplify, in their obsessions, the "seven deadly sins."

      Where we go wrong is in thinking the self-centered care about anything but what they instinctively crave. Whatever benefit they provide to society is incidental--like a honey bee in clover.

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 07:46:53 AM PST

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      •  Newt's not incompetent. (1+ / 0-)
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        He's remarkably capable at making lot's of money doing nothing and convincing the beltway press (the actual incompetent) that he's the smartest, most serious guy around.

        Democrats of all stripes need to understand that republicans are not incompetent (well most anyway) and that they are not actually interested in the 99% so they're not going to do what's best for the "American People". They're going to do what's best for the American Plutocracy.

        Would we be so happy to have a military that dwarfs all others combined if it was a line item deduction on our paychecks next to FICA."

        by Back In Blue on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 07:57:45 AM PST

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        •  I define "competent" as able to do (0+ / 0-)

          something useful.  All Newt is able to do is persuade people via bribes or threats to do for him.  I don't consider manipulation an accomplishment.

          Self-directed people are competent.  Instinct-driven individuals aren't. Instinct is fine for birds and bees.  It's not sufficient for organisms that rely on developing brains.

          Newt, I would argue, accumulates lots of information in his memory bank.  However, the ability to process that information seems stunted, at best.  Perhaps that deficit is connected to whatever the reason was for him being adopted. Brain damage is often subtle and not readily obvious.

          People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

          by hannah on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 08:48:30 AM PST

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          •  Sorry to be so long, but... (0+ / 0-)

            you can't make up your own definitions of words...

            com·pe·tent   [kom-pi-tuhnt]  Show IPA
            having suitable or sufficient skill, knowledge, experience, etc., for some purpose; properly qualified: He is perfectly competent to manage the bank branch.
            adequate but not exceptional.

            Of course, I accept that your personal definition does clarify your intent and agree on that.  However, I would say he's useless, worthless, devious, malicious, and evil.  

            Newt is not a creature of instinct.  In fact, he is highly intelligent and does process that load of info quite well.  It's just that his purposes are his own.  He is using that skill, knowledge, and experience in order to further his personal station, status and wealth.  And he does it quite well.

            This man lies competently.  He says what he needs to say no matter how outrageous, no matter how bald-faced and does it well enough to keep the media panting over his "seriousness", impeach a sitting president and tarnish the dem brand for decades, stick around long enough to have two opportunities for a shot at the nomination, earn 30k an hour for "advice", etc. etc.

            Yes, he's a scum bucket.  But so are many, many others in our government and the eco-system it supports, in business big and small, and just about anywhere power can be taken and used for selfish purposes.  

            My issue is that dems (and not necessarily you, personally) too often seem to be surprised or at least act surprised or even "shocked" when a right-winger does something so outrageous and gets away with it while taking shots at someone else who's doing the same thing or when they suddenly (or conveniently) realize that they're not negotiating in good faith.

            They are doing it on purpose!  And they're good at it.

            Would we be so happy to have a military that dwarfs all others combined if it was a line item deduction on our paychecks next to FICA."

            by Back In Blue on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 09:07:56 PM PST

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  •  If Newt does get the GOP Nomination, (3+ / 0-)
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    This Presidential Election Season is going to be extremely FUN going forward.

    •  I lived in GA for 40 years and the last 20 of it (0+ / 0-)

      corresponded with Gingrich's congressional career. I'm going to love every moment of it.

      Lea: "You're not going to fly into an asteroid field, are you?" Han Solo: "They'd be crazy to follow us, wouldn't they?"

      by Kimball Cross on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 07:24:11 AM PST

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  •  Wow, harsh. (3+ / 0-)
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    sargoth, filby, sunbro

    Why the needless hostility, Newt? Not satisfied with hoarding all the cash? Gotta get in digs against the disadvantaged, too?
    And people cheered.

    To keep our faces turned toward change, and behave as free spirits in the presence of fate, that is strength undefeatable--Helen Keller

    by kareylou on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 07:29:23 AM PST

  •  Newt has zero ethics (0+ / 0-)

    He puts those Nigerian scam artists to shame with his "entrepreneur of the year" award or some category like that, where you are "chosen" as a recipient of an award. All you have to do is send Newt $5000 to take advantage of such a wonderful deal to get to set next to the fat slob.

    Those people who "support" Newt are such total information black holes, I am surprised they know what day it is or what country they are in.

    Congress is at 9% approval rating - within the +/- of making herpes more popular than congress! - Webranding

    by glitterscale on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 07:32:33 AM PST

  •  Poor Newt. His subconscious obviously (1+ / 0-)
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    recognizes the problem, but his conscious mind refuses to accept that he himself is being described.  

    There is some endemic disconnect which keeps him from being aware of himself.

    Why do people give him money? For the same reason people like Cain and South Carolina Joe Wilson get promoted--to get rid of them.
    Letting Newt spend thousands at Tiffany's is eminently preferable to having him order drones and long-range bombers.
    In fact, I've got a whole list of Barney Fifes we would do well to send to Tiffany's to pick out a gold watch:

    Louie Gohmert(TX-01)
    Joe Wilson(SC-02)
    Joe Walsh (IL-14)
    Steve King (IA-05)
    Michele Bachmann(MN-06)
    Tom Graves(GA-09)
    Paul Broun(GA-10)
    John Culberson(TX-07)
    Phil Gingrey(GA-11)
    Clif Stearns(FL-06)
    Frank Guinta(NH-01)
    Charles Bass(NH-02)
    Allen West(FL-22)
    Daniel Webster(FL-08)
    Austin Scott(GA-08)
    Lou Barletta(PA-11)
    Patrick McHenry(NC-10)
    Chip Cravaack(MN-08)
    Thaddeus McCotter(MI-11)
    Sean Duffy(WI-07)
    Eric Cantor(VA-07)
    Jeff Denham(CA-19)
    Steve Womack(AR-03)
    Steve Southerland(FL-02)
    Virginia Foxx(NC-05)
    Joe Heck(NV-03)
    John Campbell(CA-48)
    Andy Harris (MD-01)
    Peter King (NY-03)
    Frank Lobiondo(NJ-02)
    Nan Hayworth (NY-19)
    Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
    Mike Coffman (CO-06)
    Robert Dold (IL-10)
    John Fleming (LA-04)
    Diane Black (TN-06)
    Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)
    Justin Amash (MI-03)
    Robert Hurt (VA-05)
    Jim Jordan (OH-04)
    Jean Schmidt (OH-02)
    Don Young (AK)
    Paul Ryan (WI-01)

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 07:38:17 AM PST

  •  As distateful as that rant was... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...I found his "Fire the janitors, repeal child labor laws and hire children ages 8 and up on the cheap to clean schools." diatribe even more vomitous. I'm surprised he stopped short of the next logical continuation of his thought, which is of course to repeal the minimum wage.

  •  Let me take that for a brief moment to describe a (2+ / 0-)
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    belinda ridgewood, sargoth

    strawman of Occupy Wall Street.  [Gross generalization] [Exaggerated minor issue], [Conjecture], [More conjecture], [Wishful thinking].  Now, [fanciful conclusion not supported by the previous (alleged) argument].

    This?  This is the great orator of the gop?  You cannot change minds with red meat doggerel.

    Furthermore, any career politician who spouts "get a job" in an economy with 9% unemployment (unemployment that got that high (and remains that high) through either the direct action or deliberate inaction of his own party) cannot credibly describe himself as a "historian".

  •  douche-badger? (0+ / 0-)

    minor fail

    "Well, on second thought, let's not go to Camelot -- it is a silly place." "Right"

    by leathersmith on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 07:46:12 AM PST

  •  Newt "Tiffany's" Gingrich to the unemployed: (1+ / 0-)
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    "Let them eat diamonds."

  •  Yes! What IS his thing for bathrooms, anyway? (0+ / 0-)

    Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Mary Oliver

    by byteb on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 01:13:18 PM PST

  •  Love it (0+ / 0-)

    Remember this one?

    If combat means living in a ditch, females have biological problems staying in a ditch for thirty days because they get infections and they don't have upper body strength. I mean, some do, but they're relatively rare. On the other hand, men are basically little piglets, you drop them in the ditch, they roll around in it, doesn't matter, you know. These things are very real. On the other hand, if combat means being on an Aegis-class cruiser managing the computer controls for twelve ships and their rockets, a female may be again dramatically better than a male who gets very, very frustrated sitting in a chair all the time because males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.

    He really has an obsession with cleanliness.

  •  Let me take that for a brief moment to describe (0+ / 0-)

    Newt Gingrich.

    1: This animation grossly overstates his good looks.
    2: What on earth was he saying? Makes no sense.
    3: What's with the obsession with bathrooms? Maybe he wants to get rid of all public restrooms? Evil.
    4: Why does he want them to take a bath?? Shouldn't he take one first?

    15 years old and a proud progressive and Phillies phan.

    by vidanto on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 05:00:08 PM PST

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