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(Washington Post)   Newt Gingrich really, really likes Tiffany, which is why I think he's alone now   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 125
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2011-07-01 08:15:10 PM  

jso2897: redsquid: What do you do with diamonds? Is the jealousy of the other society women so tasty that it's worth $300,000? do the suffering and warfare that they finance give you a warm fuzzy feeling? Do they emit some kind of energy that shoots you up to laser lotus levels? I just don't get it. These are presumably intelligent people. Don't they realise that the diamond market is a scam and that the worth of diamonds is inflated by cartels carefully controlling the supply? I really don't get it. Of course he has the right to spend his money on what ever he wants, but I also have the right to think he's kind of a douche for spending that much money on rocks.

You make a good point - diamonds ARE overpriced, especially when you compare them to fine colored stones. But really fine diamonds ARE pretty and durable, and the best diamond jewelry is highly decorative and has artistic and design merit in and of itself.
Jewelry is an art form, and beautiful artifacts have value.
But the diamond trade is an outrage, and the stone has limited aesthetic applications, and I lost interest in working with them long ago - and to be frank, I would never again assume the risk of working with "important" stones - they cost too much more than they're really worth.


They're overpriced because Standard Oil Rockefeller would have run nekkid through the streets with bells on for the kind of market dominance DeBeers had and the marketing campaign that turned a product into "the" symbol of commitment inside 100 years.
 
2011-07-01 08:17:57 PM  

fusillade762: So are you agreeing or disagreeing? I can't tell.


Yes, because 2 + 2 = 5.
 
2011-07-01 08:23:11 PM  
I find this way more offensive:

NSFW

dtdstudios.com

People always warned be about how gross Newt Beaches are.
 
2011-07-01 08:24:54 PM  

TravisBickle62: magu2k: Now I know America is not as "free" right now as it was at one time, but Unless there is something I am missing, why is it news, or anybody's damn business what he bought with his own money?

Cause he's a prick.


A prick who treats his staff really well. That right bastard.

/hate Newt
//hate the person who thought this was a worthy story to publish even more
///fark you for finding something to like about this assbag
 
2011-07-01 08:25:04 PM  

LewDux: Nadie_AZ: LewDux: Mr Rusty Shackleford: Newt Gingrich? Didn't that guy die in the 90s?

You're thinking of Rebecca "Newt" Jorden. She disappeared somewhere over Macho Grande in the 30's

Over Macho Grande?

Yes


I'll never get over Macho Grande
 
2011-07-01 08:25:55 PM  
His staff placed some value on maintaining a perception of good judgement. Compare with other candidates.
 
2011-07-01 08:27:28 PM  

Ed Finnerty: People always warned be about how gross Newt Beaches are.


Where's the volunteers pouring water over him to keep his skin moist until they can find a trawler with a motor big enough to winch 'em back to sea?
 
2011-07-01 08:27:31 PM  
I don't get it. Unless Newt was not using his own personal funds then I can't see why I should care. If it is his money then he can spend it in any way he damn well pleases so long as he does not violate any laws, violate any contractual obligations, and is not spending beyond his ability to pay his creditors.

As someone who is damn well close to all but certain to vote for Obama in 2012, I see this is a non issue. Leave Newt alone.
 
2011-07-01 08:27:52 PM  

TXEric: Probably showing my age too much here, but I gotta admit, whenever I hear references to this song, I first and foremost think of Tommy James and the Shondells.....

/Lawn, get off it, etc...


And when I hear that I have the irresistible urge to start hitting myself in the throat and saying 'Crimson and Clover'

/over and over
 
2011-07-01 08:28:37 PM  

lennavan: So Newt legally obtained his money and is spending it in a legal manner as he sees fit. I continue to miss how this story has any relevance to anything whatsoever. NEWT BUYS EXPENSIVE JEWELERY A LOT ZOHMYGOSH.

The Gingriches were generous to staff in other ways, typically contributing up to 20 percent of each staffer's salary to their pension funds and giving a minimum year-end bonus of 20 percent of base salary - often much more.

"The Gingriches have always been extremely generous with their staff, from bonuses and pension fund contributions to the Christmas gifts in Tiffany boxes," said former campaign spokesman Rick Tyler. "I think those gifts were always appreciated."

Aaannnnnd farkyouverymuch for making me like Newt. Seems like a standup kinda boss.

.


You missed the part where the monster spent 40,000 of his own money to buy gifts for 100 of his employees.
 
fj4
2011-07-01 08:28:58 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Doesn't seem to be anyone around.


No one's around to reboot the server either. Article is farked. :P
 
2011-07-01 08:33:01 PM  
Newt's never truly alone...

www.salon.com

This is seared into his brain, as well as mine.
 
2011-07-01 08:33:25 PM  
I think Newt Gingrich is a ridiculous fool, and I thoroughly despise him. HOWEVER, if this is his own money, why shouldn't he spend it on whatever he wants? His staff was "uncomfortable" that he bought his wife jewelry? Why is it any of their business? I'm willing to bet they weren't "uncomfortable" when he was giving THEM gifts, or putting money into their pension plans. As long as it was his personal funds, it little matters how his businesses were doing; it was his money to spend as he pleased.

I'm sure there's real dirt on him, but this isn't it, and this isn't news. This is people jealous that they can't afford to live like he can, and I'm guessing the "sources" are disgruntled former employees, crying sour grapes now that their gravy train's passed them by.
 
2011-07-01 08:34:03 PM  

SpaceLord: This is seared into his brain, as well as mine.


Look deeply into those eyes, then tell me with a straight face that her psychotic glare isn't fueled by mountains of high quality cocaine.
 
2011-07-01 08:35:22 PM  

LewDux: Nadie_AZ: LewDux: Mr Rusty Shackleford: Newt Gingrich? Didn't that guy die in the 90s?

You're thinking of Rebecca "Newt" Jorden. She disappeared somewhere over Macho Grande in the 30's

Over Macho Grande?

Yes


Nobody gets over Macho Grande.
 
2011-07-01 08:35:45 PM  

MrEricSir: fusillade762: So are you agreeing or disagreeing? I can't tell.

Yes, because 2 + 2 = 5.


OK, got it. Clear as mud.
 
2011-07-01 08:41:33 PM  
After seeing her work in Python vs Gatoroid, how could you not like Tiffany?

www.popculturemadness.com
 
2011-07-01 08:42:26 PM  
Can someone 'shop some laser beams coming out of Callista's eyes?

+1 for animation.
 
2011-07-01 08:46:07 PM  

cousndick: ...and yes I know she did a spread in Playboy.


link that shiat, it's politically prudent

StreetlightInTheGhetto: if you're running a damn campaign - or a business, or a government, or whatever... maybe take a look at where the money's going and also how it's gonna look,


come on. that makes way too much sense. consequences be damned: if you can buy the vote, you own the nation
 
2011-07-01 08:48:57 PM  
as a staffer if your candidate doesn't do well, you don't get hired next go round so this is their best interest, and it also hard to say that you are for the little guy who spend $300K at Christmas on colored stones for the wife,

they probably thought that this would end up just like Bush Sr. not knowing the price of bread.
 
2011-07-01 08:54:00 PM  

mtylerjr: [p.playme.com image 256x256]
(for people who dont get the joke)

userserve-ak.last.fm
-we don't get the reference...
 
2011-07-01 08:54:29 PM  
www.sidewaysfilm.com

Approves

/reference (new window)
//hot, like tiffany
 
2011-07-01 08:55:39 PM  
i.imgur.com

Q&D, sorry, no animation
 
2011-07-01 08:56:16 PM  
What, exactly, does Newt do for a living? No snark, just asking
 
2011-07-01 08:56:20 PM  

Pancoaifo: jso2897: redsquid: What do you do with diamonds? Is the jealousy of the other society women so tasty that it's worth $300,000? do the suffering and warfare that they finance give you a warm fuzzy feeling? Do they emit some kind of energy that shoots you up to laser lotus levels? I just don't get it. These are presumably intelligent people. Don't they realise that the diamond market is a scam and that the worth of diamonds is inflated by cartels carefully controlling the supply? I really don't get it. Of course he has the right to spend his money on what ever he wants, but I also have the right to think he's kind of a douche for spending that much money on rocks.

You make a good point - diamonds ARE overpriced, especially when you compare them to fine colored stones. But really fine diamonds ARE pretty and durable, and the best diamond jewelry is highly decorative and has artistic and design merit in and of itself.
Jewelry is an art form, and beautiful artifacts have value.
But the diamond trade is an outrage, and the stone has limited aesthetic applications, and I lost interest in working with them long ago - and to be frank, I would never again assume the risk of working with "important" stones - they cost too much more than they're really worth.

They're overpriced because Standard Oil Rockefeller would have run nekkid through the streets with bells on for the kind of market dominance DeBeers had and the marketing campaign that turned a product into "the" symbol of commitment inside 100 years.


I saw a photo spread one time of a DeBeers 'junk yard' full of excavators, trucks, and other heavy equipment. It was under a lot of security because a few pieces of 'gravel' embedded in a tire was worth more than the whole machine. Most of the machinery was fixable or salvable but it was left to rot because it had valuable 'dirt' all over it. Never mind all the good that could be done with the equipment all over South Africa and neighboring countries, DeBeers bottom line is keeping a strangle hold on the supply side of the market.
There's nothing wrong with striving to get ahead and provide a good life for those around you but at a certain point unfettered aquisition and consumption becomes a disease. Too bad it isn't terminal.
 
2011-07-01 08:59:46 PM  

zerkalo: What, exactly, does Newt do for a living? No snark, just asking


He writes books. Lots and lots and lots of books.
 
2011-07-01 09:01:58 PM  
If Newt thinks wasting his money on jewelry is a good idea, what does he have in store for America? He cannot be trusted.
 
2011-07-01 09:02:30 PM  

kimwim: [i.imgur.com image 300x200]

Q&D, sorry, no animation


Okay, now put her peeking out of a broken ceiling tile with the caption 'Ceiling shrew is watching you masturbate'.
 
2011-07-01 09:02:56 PM  

zerkalo: What, exactly, does Newt do for a living? No snark, just asking


He gives speeches. For a pretty penny. Link (new window)
 
2011-07-01 09:03:32 PM  

redsquid: kimwim: [i.imgur.com image 300x200]

Q&D, sorry, no animation

Okay, now put her peeking out of a broken ceiling tile with the caption 'Ceiling shrew is watching you masturbate'.


you want a lot, don't you.
 
2011-07-01 09:06:14 PM  

kimwim: redsquid: kimwim: [i.imgur.com image 300x200]

Q&D, sorry, no animation

Okay, now put her peeking out of a broken ceiling tile with the caption 'Ceiling shrew is watching you masturbate'.

you want a lot, don't you.


"Ceiling shrew is giving you joker-face."
 
2011-07-01 09:09:01 PM  
I know he's done some wrong stuff, but the speech he made when he was made Speaker of the House in '94 is the best since the Gettysburg Address, IMHO. I still like his stated ideas, but I don't think he's electable.

Nevertheless, there is this for all you anti-Newts out there. To prove a point.

Fin Times Gingrich projections 1994
 
2011-07-01 09:14:40 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2011-07-01 09:21:14 PM  
He spends a boatload of money on trinkets, an even bigger boatload on jewelry for his wife, has an even bigger credit line with the comany, but has no debt. Is this a reverse-psychology smear?
 
2011-07-01 09:23:40 PM  

kimwim: [i.imgur.com image 300x203]


OK, I really like you!

I kinda hope he wins because her as first lady will be four years of comedy gold.
 
2011-07-01 09:27:39 PM  

redsquid: kimwim: [i.imgur.com image 300x203]

OK, I really like you!

I kinda hope he wins because her as first lady will be four years of comedy gold.


I understand your reasoning, people liked making fun of W. But, seriously, the country (and the world) really needs grownups running it for a while to clean up the mess. We still have people who aren't presidents and first ladies we can make fun of.
 
2011-07-01 09:28:41 PM  
For all those Farkers nervously laughing along with the headline trying to GIS "Tiffany" to figure out why it is this headline is so funny: Tiffany may have delved around in out dated remakes while making a name for herself but in comparison to Lady Gaga who actually considers herself to be on the cutting edge of the music scene- she romps ass baby! Probably rated higher on the fappable scale as well back in her prime.

www.mediabistro.com

(what can I say- currentlt listening to Blur's "Park Life" and drinking cheap beer)
 
2011-07-01 09:29:41 PM  
The only complaint I have is that Newt's image of being a down-to-earth fiscally responsible guy - he actually used the word 'frugal' when describing himself in the interview where this came up - is at odds with the kind of man who has rotating charge accounts at a place that only sells extremely expensive jewellery.

That said, holy shiat there are better things to be bagging on than this and I hate that this is somehow going to be the thing that shoots down his campaign and not, say, the completely creepy assbag money-spinner part of him.
 
2011-07-01 09:41:20 PM  
I read the article but not the thread.

So what? He has to buy his wife expensive stuff to get laid? Really would you fark him without it? This is a non issue and I hate the guy....

Oh and on the same scale, i was generous with my employees as well without any expectations....again a non story...time for the bar!
 
2011-07-01 09:46:14 PM  

casual disregard: StreetlightInTheGhetto: if you're running a damn campaign - or a business, or a government, or whatever... maybe take a look at where the money's going and also how it's gonna look,

come on. that makes way too much sense.


It's a gift... and a curse.
 
2011-07-01 09:57:34 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: I don't get it. Unless Newt was not using his own personal funds then I can't see why I should care.


That's the thing. Newt has blurred the lines between personal funds and donations. One of the great scams he had going was some bit about sending letters to business owners saying they were selected to be honored for some award tied to his name and that for a large amount of money they could actually receive the award.

He never wanted the Presidency. The last decade has been spectacular for him to bilk people using the hubris of those that hold him in high-esteem for what he was responsible for in the 90's. If he ever had to defend what he had done he'd of tanked in the public polls. But announcing you're running and getting people talking is free publicity. It freshens up your image so you can get back out there and keep scamming.

And that's all he is. He did the political thing and is now a huckster to acrue funds to do what he pleases in the political realm by funding attack ad campaigns and astroturfing.
 
2011-07-01 09:58:46 PM  

cyclebiff: So the guy likes buying his employees and wives nice jewelry / trinkets.

He's going to be our next President; definitely out-classes Fartbamo by a long shot.


That word doesnt mean what you think it means
 
2011-07-01 10:10:55 PM  

Piizzadude: I read the article but not the thread.

So what? He has to buy his wife expensive stuff to get laid? Really would you fark him without it? This is a non issue and I hate the guy....

Oh and on the same scale, i was generous with my employees as well without any expectations....again a non story...time for the bar!


Let me know if you're hiring. Right now I work for a giant company that has the entire board of directors manned by the farking Sith.

"We've spent billions buying out competitors, we're initiating whole new services for our customers (without more manpower: Everyone gets more hats), our top sales people get a vacation in the Bahamas, and our stock price has never been higher.

Oh, and no raises for anyone this year regardless of performance. The economy is rough and times are hard."
 
2011-07-01 10:29:59 PM  
He is a weird guy. Additionally, I think he tamps it down as best he can for his public persona. My suspicion is that what really goes on in his mind is weapons grade crazy
 
2011-07-01 10:31:33 PM  

redsquid: What do you do with diamonds? Is the jealousy of the other society women so tasty that it's worth $300,000? do the suffering and warfare that they finance give you a warm fuzzy feeling? Do they emit some kind of energy that shoots you up to laser lotus levels? I just don't get it. These are presumably intelligent people. Don't they realise that the diamond market is a scam and that the worth of diamonds is inflated by cartels carefully controlling the supply? I really don't get it. Of course he has the right to spend his money on what ever he wants, but I also have the right to think he's kind of a douche for spending that much money on rocks.


Maybe it's an investment in gold.
 
2011-07-01 10:31:53 PM  
t1.gstatic.comwww.salon.com
Anybody?
 
2011-07-01 10:36:03 PM  

lennavan: Aaaannnnnd it seems he had a bunch of ungrateful douchebags for employees who felt entitled to those benefits and bonuses.


Ungrateful? It's just the invisible hand of the market at work. Benefits were cut so the skilled employees started leaving.
 
2011-07-01 10:51:58 PM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: [t1.gstatic.com image 259x194][www.salon.com image 300x200]
Anybody?


clatl.com
 
2011-07-01 11:02:42 PM  

Begoggle: tinfoil-hat maggie: [t1.gstatic.com image 259x194][www.salon.com image 300x200]
Anybody?

[clatl.com image 550x187]


Even better, it's the nose that matches so much there.
 
2011-07-01 11:04:55 PM  
Yes, except the one on the right can't infect other people with her face like the one on the left can.
 
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