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2012-04-24 05:07:35 PM

Diogenes: ecmoRandomNumbers: Mormons believe that they're being led by The Spirit when they speak in church, so my guess is he believes this naturally carries over into politics.

So do Quakers, but they don't sound like that ;-)


But you can easily sit through an entire Quaker service in which no one is moved to speak.

//Wouldn't it be nice to have a campaign season like that?
 
2012-04-24 05:07:49 PM
Ffs. She actually said it.
 
2012-04-24 05:07:57 PM

Gyrfalcon: Jackson Herring: skullkrusher: Thank goodness that we value those people too.

who is "we" in this case

The rich.


Heh, if they work themselves to death instead of using social services Ann Romney can pay less in taxes.
 
2012-04-24 05:08:03 PM
Yes I love the fact that my mother got chronic injuries from working the entire time I was growing up. I also just loved being a latchkey kid and hoping that my father would be gone for work by the time I got home from school. Growing up poor was just delightful Mrs.Romney.
 
2012-04-24 05:08:55 PM
Well, all righty then.

Both of the Romneys are idiots, and neither of them can talk without putting their foot in their mouth.

Fabulous.

Gonna be eating a lot of popcorn this election season....
 
2012-04-24 05:09:10 PM

Jackson Herring: skullkrusher: Thank goodness that we value those people too.

who is "we" in this case


The wealthy. They're letting us know they still have use for us.
 
2012-04-24 05:09:35 PM
Ann Romney is wrong though, poor working mothers have PLENTY of choices. For example, they can choose between putting gas in their car to get to work, or buying their children's medications.
 
2012-04-24 05:09:52 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: That's a Joe Biden level gaffe. That's Dubya saying "isn't it great that in America you can work three jobs to support your family? (prarphrasing)


Makes me wonder if she has ever had to pour a glass of milk.
 
2012-04-24 05:10:23 PM

iaazathot: Wow, that woman is dangerous...to Romney.


This is bad news for Obama in 5...4...3....2...
 
2012-04-24 05:11:45 PM

A Terrible Human: Yes I love the fact that my mother got chronic injuries from working the entire time I was growing up. I also just loved being a latchkey kid and hoping that my father would be gone for work by the time I got home from school. Growing up poor was just delightful Mrs.Romney.


Her husband, at least, wouldn't have been concerned about your family. Unlike the oppressed billionaires whose taxes he plans to cut, your family had enough food stamps and welfare to live a life of ease. So much, in fact, that we really need to cut back on social spending. Those tax cuts for billionaires aren't going to pay for themselves, after all.
 
2012-04-24 05:12:42 PM
"Cutting welfare spending dramatically, I don't think will hurt the poor." - Mitt Romney
 
Ehh
2012-04-24 05:13:53 PM
Hey, why should she have to worry her beautiful mind about the help?

Gas, food, medicine, the creep boss or no paycheck? So many choices for us! Thank you, Ms. Romney!
 
2012-04-24 05:16:50 PM
So now it's not just the Republican candidates who are mentally retarded, it's their wives? What the hell is going on? Even Cindy McCain comes across as less of a moron, and she is a known prescription drug abuser(My wife was instructed when she worked at Good Samaritan Hospital back in the 90's to watch out for her). Laura Bush, with her Stepford Wife 1,000 yard stare wasn't this moronic, Michelle Obama isn't this dumb, neither was Hillary Clinton, it just seems to be affecting the current 'Pubs and their significant others... Good Lord, we all understand what she's TRYING to say, but she has only herself to blame if she opens her mouth and crap like this falls out.

Must be Obama's fault...
 
2012-04-24 05:17:01 PM

Philip Francis Queeg: "Cutting welfare spending dramatically, I don't think will hurt the poor." - Mitt Romney


It's almost if the poor were also people and needed basic needs met.

/ what am I talking about
// the poor are not people. They're servers and retail associates, yes, but not people.
/// followed by, "Dear God, Ann. People LIVE like that."
 
2012-04-24 05:18:06 PM
And the mock outrage continues.
 
2012-04-24 05:18:15 PM

Jackson Herring: Ann Romney is wrong though, poor working mothers have PLENTY of choices. For example, they can choose between putting gas in their car to get to work, or buying their children's medications.


or between paying the light bill or buying groceries
 
2012-04-24 05:18:20 PM

A Terrible Human: Yes I love the fact that my mother got chronic injuries from working the entire time I was growing up. I also just loved being a latchkey kid and hoping that my father would be gone for work by the time I got home from school. Growing up poor was just delightful Mrs.Romney.


It's that experience that allows you too empathize with a wide swath of society and Ann envies you because of it.

Pity her, trapped in a wealth bubble not of her making, sacrificed on the alter of non-sacrifice, desperately dreaming of being poor and miserable but always, always the magic escapes her.
 
2012-04-24 05:18:25 PM
Billionaires for Wealthcare was not an actual club. It was satyrical.
 
2012-04-24 05:19:06 PM

Biological Ali: skullkrusher: We took Rosen's comments in context, let's take these in context as well.

/Next!

Define "we".


I already guessed at it... I suppose she could have meant "we" as in Republicans. Haven't listened to the speech.
 
2012-04-24 05:20:15 PM
I just got to go meh. So let's see a super rich couple with no concept of normal people nor our lives, say stupid shiat. So we get either get silly stunts that come off as so fake it's pathetic when they try to be the common man, or they say stupid stuff that irks us and they haven't a clue why. Wake me up when some rich person actually cares about us and is doing something useful to help us.
 
2012-04-24 05:21:21 PM

EWreckedSean: And the mock outrage continues.


we're not outraged, we're just mocking
 
2012-04-24 05:21:56 PM

EWreckedSean: And the mock outrage continues.


There's a difference between outrage and laughing my ass off as the Romney family fails to show empathy and connect with average Americans.

We're talking about a family that makes John Kerry and Joe Lieberman look charismatic by comparison.
 
2012-04-24 05:23:33 PM
Cancer and MS has failed us all for not taking her out already. If she dies now Rmoney will get just get sympathy votes... hey that might be the ticket, get me the line to Mittens Camp. Manager!
 
2012-04-24 05:24:31 PM
The 1%ers!
 
2012-04-24 05:26:18 PM

EWreckedSean: And the mock outrage continues.


well...no. it's not outrage, it's just disbelief.

the Romney bot wife unit seems to be a bit....out of touch...with the rest of the network.
 
2012-04-24 05:27:08 PM

bugontherug: Her husband, at least, wouldn't have been concerned about your family. Unlike the oppressed billionaires whose taxes he plans to cut, your family had enough food stamps and welfare to live a life of ease. So much, in fact, that we really need to cut back on social spending. Those tax cuts for billionaires aren't going to pay for themselves, after all.


Food stamps? Yes I remember when they still looked like monopoly money but welfare? Never. Both my parents worked. My mother either took care of the elderly or children and my father was a security guard.

AnEvilGuest: It's that experience that allows you too empathize with a wide swath of society and Ann envies you because of it.


I can believe that.
 
2012-04-24 05:28:23 PM
My wife has MS. Yet she manages to not be an entitled dumbass.

The GOP launches attacks on Michelle Obama weekly. I could care less if Ann Romney gets her feelings hurt for removing all doubt as to whether or not she's a fool.
 
2012-04-24 05:28:44 PM

Bontesla: The My Little Pony Killer: Can we declare open season on this brainless blonde floozy already?

We should probably agree to leave family alone.

/and if you ignore her, it's harder to for her to casted as a martyr.
//not impossible only hrder


Even though the family is actively campaigning at this point?
 
2012-04-24 05:29:23 PM

EWreckedSean: And the mock outrage continues.


Oh, get off the farking cross.
 
2012-04-24 05:29:25 PM

Weaver95: EWreckedSean: And the mock outrage continues.

well...no. it's not outrage, it's just disbelief.

the Romney bot wife unit seems to be a bit....out of touch...with the rest of the network.


"fatal exception error #3900002 occurred when running the empathy.bat process"
 
2012-04-24 05:30:25 PM

cameroncrazy1984: /I don't understand it either.


No truer words have ever followed "cameroncrazy1984:"

Your confusion lies in a magical place where talking shiat about politician's wives needs to be declared, and where Ann Romney isn't already being criticized.

Go get her, champ. She is fair game, just don't shoot your foot in the mouth like Posen did.
 
2012-04-24 05:32:18 PM
hutchkc
Wake me up when some rich person actually cares about us and is doing something useful to help us.

what hutchkc may look like:
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-04-24 05:32:33 PM

Nadie_AZ: ecmoRandomNumbers: Diogenes: WI241TH: Aren't they rich enough to have someone write these speeches for them? Or at least read them before hand to make sure they don't sound so colossally stupid?

I don't know about Ann but I will bet you Rmoney doesn't listen to his staff. He's not accustomed to being challenged on anything. So the staff goes into perpetual reaction mode, waiting for his next slip up.

Mormons believe that they're being led by The Spirit when they speak in church, so my guess is he believes this naturally carries over into politics.

People keep mentioning how he makes an ass of himself in trying to connect to everyone. It reminds me of the 'Building Relationships of Trust' training we received while in the Missionary Training Center. And if you think he is having problems connecting with poor and middle class people, try watching a 19 year old virgin (in every sense of the word) commiserate with older adults with a wide range of day to day issues ranging from divorce to death to other crisis that lead to people questioning their beliefs and opening the door to religious representatives not of their own religion.


Yeah, I know. The Commitment Pattern. I called it The Manipulation Pattern in the MTC. They didn't like that.
 
2012-04-24 05:33:08 PM

skullkrusher: Jackson Herring: Seriously though, what in the shiatting fark was she trying to say here?

"I love the fact that there are we value those women out there who don't have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too.


But, it's all bullshiat anyway, isn't it? What does she mean, "value?" Because there sure as hell are a lot of folks, seemingly from the right almost exclusively, who say that anyone who has a kids without having the means to raise them, especially a women who dares have a kid without being married to the father, is irresponsible, a piss-poor parent, and not deserving of respect or admiration. "Value" is a completely empty word, isn't it, when we don't "value" the input of these working women trying to maintain their households and who request assistance in the way of child care, food stamps, medical coverage, or housing assistance. Does the right really "value" women who failed to order their lives "the right way" so as to be able to be stay at home mothers raising their children while the man in the family goes out and provides the money? Because, it smells a lot like bullshiat to me.

But, I guess it just depends on what the meaning of "value" is.
 
2012-04-24 05:33:14 PM

s2s2s2: cameroncrazy1984: /I don't understand it either.

No truer words have ever followed "cameroncrazy1984:"

Your confusion lies in a magical place where talking shiat about politician's wives needs to be declared, and where Ann Romney isn't already being criticized.

Go get her, champ. She is fair game, just don't shoot your foot in the mouth like Posen did.


Suddenly after 4 years of attacks on Michelle Obama and their kids people are concerned about attacks on politicians families. I wonder what changed... oh yeah the letter after the name of the husband.
 
2012-04-24 05:34:09 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: what_now: cameroncrazy1984: No we can't attack a woman who makes political statements in support of her husband's campaign because cancer/MS.

We can't attack stay at home moms.

We can attack people who say stupid shiat.

However, when you attack a woman with MS and cancer EVEN IF SHE SAYS STUPID shiat, you're very likely to look like a dick, so be careful about it.

It's not like I'm attacking her for having cancer and MS. I just think it's complete bullshiat that she thinks merely having those conditions somehow makes her equal to anybody else.


Not equal. Superior.
 
2012-04-24 05:34:42 PM

Bontesla: Philip Francis Queeg: "Cutting welfare spending dramatically, I don't think will hurt the poor." - Mitt Romney

It's almost if the poor were also people and needed basic needs met.

/ what am I talking about
// the poor are not people. They're servers and retail associates, yes, but not people.
/// followed by, "Dear God, Ann. People LIVE like that."



I believe the rich look at the middle class and poor like we look at roaches.
 
2012-04-24 05:34:50 PM
Thought for sure that couldn't actualy be what she said... Nope. She said it.
 
2012-04-24 05:35:16 PM
either Ann Romney is an extremely poor public speaker (which is fine - not everyone can give a speech) or she's completely out of touch with reality and completely lacks human empathy of any sort.

hmm.

well, personally I'm gonna go with 'poor public speaker'. I think I can sorta/kinda see what point she might have been trying to make. it's a weird twist on the GOP 'working women are so cute' meme. which is rather offensive in and of itself but for entirely different reasons. I think Ann Romney just tripped over words and stuff and couldn't talk her way out of a wet paper bag. she really is just a horrible public speaker, and shouldn't ever end up on stage anywhere.
 
2012-04-24 05:37:13 PM

Weaver95: either Ann Romney is an extremely poor public speaker (which is fine - not everyone can give a speech) or she's completely out of touch with reality and completely lacks human empathy of any sort.

hmm.

well, personally I'm gonna go with 'poor public speaker'. I think I can sorta/kinda see what point she might have been trying to make. it's a weird twist on the GOP 'working women are so cute' meme. which is rather offensive in and of itself but for entirely different reasons. I think Ann Romney just tripped over words and stuff and couldn't talk her way out of a wet paper bag. she really is just a horrible public speaker, and shouldn't ever end up on stage anywhere.


Plausible.

I'm still gonna make fun of her for it though.
 
2012-04-24 05:37:25 PM

EWreckedSean: And the mock outrage continues.


It's not "outrage", it's disbelief that morons like you would hold morons like this up as examples of great leadership. Of course, you aren't bright enough to figure out why people are amazed at what comes out of this woman's mouth, so you're also not bright enough to figure out that you are being led down the path by a gaggle of the dumbest politicians to ever walk the planet, so of course you think it's "outrage".
 
2012-04-24 05:37:26 PM

RyogaM: But, I guess it just depends on what the meaning of "value" is.


"hope to exploit"

- from the friendly folks at EvilTranslate
 
2012-04-24 05:37:31 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: Bontesla: The My Little Pony Killer: Can we declare open season on this brainless blonde floozy already?

We should probably agree to leave family alone.

/and if you ignore her, it's harder to for her to casted as a martyr.
//not impossible only hrder

Even though the family is actively campaigning at this point?


If we cannot openly discuss when comments have gone too far - then we're not mature enough to handle the discussing comments made by the family (I am looking at Republicans, mostly).

Let's set an example and not give any false excuse for comparine Michelle to bovine animals.
 
2012-04-24 05:37:58 PM
"Thank goodness that we value those people too"

/priceless
 
2012-04-24 05:38:29 PM

busy chillin': hutchkc
Wake me up when some rich person actually cares about us and is doing something useful to help us.

what hutchkc may look like:
[1.bp.blogspot.com image 360x464]


I picture it more like a skeleton as it ain't going to happen. Maybe I'm a bit crabby today, but sometimes it irks me off.
 
2012-04-24 05:38:57 PM

Weaver95: either Ann Romney is an extremely poor public speaker (which is fine - not everyone can give a speech) or she's completely out of touch with reality and completely lacks human empathy of any sort.

hmm.

well, personally I'm gonna go with 'poor public speaker'. I think I can sorta/kinda see what point she might have been trying to make. it's a weird twist on the GOP 'working women are so cute' meme. which is rather offensive in and of itself but for entirely different reasons. I think Ann Romney just tripped over words and stuff and couldn't talk her way out of a wet paper bag. she really is just a horrible public speaker, and shouldn't ever end up on stage anywhere.


I'm going to say it's a bit of both, actually. She's a good Mormon wife who knows how to do stuff in church functions, she's probably a nice enough woman, and she has lived very high on the hog since marrying into the Romney family. But she really cannot and does not connect with anyone with less money than her or is not Mormon. Mitt and her really do give off the "True Blue Mormon" vibe, that shows a marked awkwardness when they are associating outside their own kind or class.
 
2012-04-24 05:40:41 PM

Diogenes: xanadian: *rtfa*

Ok, I get where she was coming from, but WOW, what a horrible way to phrase it. It's almost up there with the Etch-A-Sketch gaffe.

The campaign really needs to go back and examine their source code. Patch upon patch isn't helping Mittbot, and now the same bugs are showing up in Annbot.


There's only one possibility:

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-04-24 05:40:42 PM

TheBigJerk: I'm still gonna make fun of her for it though.


fair enough. I guess if Ann Romney really wanted to get good at the whole public speaking thing, she'd tough it out and hire a coach and get her own speechwriter. you CAN go from 'really crappy public speaker' to 'hey, not bad there lady' in a couple/few months...but you have to bust your ass at it. plus, you have to accept brutal critical review as you develop your technique, and you have to listen to your advisors.
 
2012-04-24 05:41:41 PM
I understand it was a gaffe, I understand what she was trying to say. I sympathize with her problems. I think what the spouse of a candidate says has no bearing on the election.

Still, that's epic.
 
2012-04-24 05:42:07 PM

RyogaM: skullkrusher: Jackson Herring: Seriously though, what in the shiatting fark was she trying to say here?

"I love the fact that there are we value those women out there who don't have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too.

But, it's all bullshiat anyway, isn't it? What does she mean, "value?" Because there sure as hell are a lot of folks, seemingly from the right almost exclusively, who say that anyone who has a kids without having the means to raise them, especially a women who dares have a kid without being married to the father, is irresponsible, a piss-poor parent, and not deserving of respect or admiration. "Value" is a completely empty word, isn't it, when we don't "value" the input of these working women trying to maintain their households and who request assistance in the way of child care, food stamps, medical coverage, or housing assistance. Does the right really "value" women who failed to order their lives "the right way" so as to be able to be stay at home mothers raising their children while the man in the family goes out and provides the money? Because, it smells a lot like bullshiat to me.

But, I guess it just depends on what the meaning of "value" is.


be that as it may, it isn't hard to piece together what she was trying to say regardless of whether it is true or not
 
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