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2012-07-17 03:28:54 AM  
You were driving so fast that you missed the fifth marker, which read

"Myanmar Shave"

rlv.zcache.com
 
2012-07-17 06:16:03 AM  
Nice one Subby.
 
2012-07-17 09:08:54 AM  
It's OK though. Romney wasn't in charge of the Olympics then. He was still running Bain.
 
2012-07-17 09:13:48 AM  
My attempt from the redlit thread:

Mitt Romney won't comment/
He knows he's to blame/
For the Olympics outsourcing claim/
Burma slave.
 
2012-07-17 09:19:07 AM  
Mitt Romney, while running the Olympics and NOT living in Massachusetts (still don't think he should have been on the ballot here) outsourced the production of the United States Olympic Team Uniforms to FARKING BURMA.

Wow.

The Karen People are unhappy with this.
 
2012-07-17 10:32:29 AM  
I'm sure Romney will have the uniforms retroactively made in a less human-rightsy-violatingish dictatorship nation, like China.
 
2012-07-17 10:33:29 AM  

what_now: Mitt Romney, while running the Olympics and NOT living in Massachusetts (still don't think he should have been on the ballot here) outsourced the production of the United States Olympic Team Uniforms to FARKING BURMA.


That's nobody's business but the jerk's.
 
2012-07-17 10:34:10 AM  
How did Idiocracy get here so damn fast?

/people weren't supposed to be this retarded for another 200 years, dammit.
 
2012-07-17 10:35:18 AM  

what_now: Mitt Romney, while running the Olympics and NOT living in Massachusetts (still don't think he should have been on the ballot here) outsourced the production of the United States Olympic Team Uniforms to FARKING BURMA.

Wow.

The Karen People are unhappy with this.


Mitt Romney should retroactively send Rambo to deal with the situation. Throw a little "kidnapped Mormon missionary" bullshiat at him to get him to turn those pesky Burmese into aerosol using 50 cal machine guns.

img37.imagefra.me
 
2012-07-17 10:36:42 AM  
"Hahahahaha," he wrote. "I thought the world would love us more now that Bush was gone. I thought if we whored ourselves out to our enemies, great things would happen. Apparently not. So Obama's pimped us to every two bit thug and dictator in the world, made promises to half the Olympic committee, and they did not even kiss him."
 
2012-07-17 10:37:36 AM  

what_now: The Karen People are unhappy with this.


how long have you been waiting to use that one
 
2012-07-17 10:39:37 AM  
So, Romney's entire schtick this election is ...vote for me because A) Gov of Mass B) Savior of the Olympics and C) Successful and attractive businessman.

He's already burned A) by running away from his only significant accomplishment in Mass because the GOP are completely wedded to this insane idea of "repealing and replacing" Obamacare and C) because Bain's record does not hold up to scrutiny.

And now it's come to light that he outsourced the job of outfitting the US athletes in 2002 to serfs in a repressive military dictatorship effectively eliminating C) and leaving him with nothing but "I'm not Obama" to try and sell his sorry ass.

And we still have 4 months to go. ^_^
 
2012-07-17 10:39:57 AM  
One tiny flaw
In subby's plan
Although it's close
It doesn't scan
 
2012-07-17 10:40:46 AM  
Non-issue. Overzealous cartographer.
 
2012-07-17 10:42:22 AM  

Jackson Herring: what_now: The Karen People are unhappy with this.

how long have you been waiting to use that one


You have no idea.
 
2012-07-17 10:45:07 AM  

what_now: Jackson Herring: what_now: The Karen People are unhappy with this.

how long have you been waiting to use that one

You have no idea.


And most farkers won't even get it.
 
2012-07-17 10:46:18 AM  
"The torch relay clothes were NOT made in Burma. They were manufactured in Myanmar," the organizing committee responded.

I see he retained his Olympic staff to work on his campaign.
 
2012-07-17 10:49:29 AM  

Superjew: How did Idiocracy get here so damn fast?

/people weren't supposed to be this retarded for another 200 years, dammit.


Chicken Mcnuggets.
 
2012-07-17 10:50:24 AM  

Diogenes: It's OK though. Romney wasn't in charge of the Olympics then. He was still running Bain.


This just in. Mitt Romney has retroactively retired from the Olympics Committee going back to 1999.

Gov. Romney has prepared a speech discussing the hardships he endured during his three year unemployment from 1999-2002, which he blames on the failed liberal policies of the Clinton administration.
 
2012-07-17 10:52:32 AM  

Diogenes: staff


tee hee
 
2012-07-17 11:01:03 AM  
Although the outsourcing of uniform manufacture is obviously a ridiculous non-issue (does anyone seriously think we should be trying to be protectionist to help the farking TEXTILE industry), the confusion of country names is very funny as is subby's headline. Nice job.
 
2012-07-17 11:01:06 AM  

quatchi: And now it's come to light that he outsourced the job of outfitting the US athletes in 2002 to serfs in a repressive military dictatorship effectively eliminating C) and leaving him with nothing but "I'm not Obama" to try and sell his sorry ass.

And we still have 4 months to go. ^_^


It's going to get really difficult when its discovered he is Obama and he'll have to back away from that one too.
 
2012-07-17 11:05:44 AM  

Debeo Summa Credo: Although the outsourcing of uniform manufacture is obviously a ridiculous non-issue (does anyone seriously think we should be trying to be protectionist to help the farking TEXTILE industry), the confusion of country names is very funny as is subby's headline. Nice job.


Uh, yes actually. We had a strong garment industry in this country until the late 90s, when the import rules were changed and basically all of the American clothing industry moved overseas, leaving tens of thousands out of work, and shutting factories which had been going concerns for a century.
 
2012-07-17 11:06:56 AM  
But don't you worry... He's going to be all about creatin' jobs for Americans even if it hurts those big corporations slightly.

The man is a walking pile of insincere bullshiat.
 
2012-07-17 11:09:04 AM  
farm6.static.flickr.com

It will always be Burma to me.
 
2012-07-17 11:12:13 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: Uh, yes actually. We had a strong garment industry in this country until the late 90s, when the import rules were changed and basically all of the American clothing industry moved overseas, leaving tens of thousands out of work, and shutting factories which had been going concerns for a century.


My home city of Fall River, MA is a prime example of that... We were the leader in textile manufacturing at one point in this country.
 
2012-07-17 11:13:24 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: Debeo Summa Credo: Although the outsourcing of uniform manufacture is obviously a ridiculous non-issue (does anyone seriously think we should be trying to be protectionist to help the farking TEXTILE industry), the confusion of country names is very funny as is subby's headline. Nice job.

Uh, yes actually. We had a strong garment industry in this country until the late 90s, when the import rules were changed and basically all of the American clothing industry moved overseas, leaving tens of thousands out of work, and shutting factories which had been going concerns for a century.


And if one can't get behind protectionism, perhaps the moral implications of hiring a brutal military dictatorship and slave labor would be an incentive not to have done so.
 
2012-07-17 11:15:14 AM  

palelizard: Dwight_Yeast: Debeo Summa Credo: Although the outsourcing of uniform manufacture is obviously a ridiculous non-issue (does anyone seriously think we should be trying to be protectionist to help the farking TEXTILE industry), the confusion of country names is very funny as is subby's headline. Nice job.

Uh, yes actually. We had a strong garment industry in this country until the late 90s, when the import rules were changed and basically all of the American clothing industry moved overseas, leaving tens of thousands out of work, and shutting factories which had been going concerns for a century.

And if one can't get behind protectionism, perhaps the moral implications of hiring a brutal military dictatorship and slave labor would be an incentive not to have done so.


But there were profits to be made.
 
2012-07-17 11:15:48 AM  

imontheinternet: Diogenes: It's OK though. Romney wasn't in charge of the Olympics then. He was still running Bain.

This just in. Mitt Romney has retroactively retired from the Olympics Committee going back to 1999.

Gov. Romney has prepared a speech discussing the hardships he endured during his three year unemployment from 1999-2002, which he blames on the failed liberal policies of the Clinton administration.


imontheinternet: Diogenes: It's OK though. Romney wasn't in charge of the Olympics then. He was still running Bain.

This just in. Mitt Romney has retroactively retired from the Olympics Committee going back to 1999.

Gov. Romney has prepared a speech discussing the hardships he endured during his three year unemployment from 1999-2002, which he blames on the failed liberal policies of the Clinton Obama administration.


It is always Obama's fault and his time travel machine.
 
2012-07-17 11:20:37 AM  

Philip Francis Queeg: palelizard: Dwight_Yeast: Debeo Summa Credo: Although the outsourcing of uniform manufacture is obviously a ridiculous non-issue (does anyone seriously think we should be trying to be protectionist to help the farking TEXTILE industry), the confusion of country names is very funny as is subby's headline. Nice job.

Uh, yes actually. We had a strong garment industry in this country until the late 90s, when the import rules were changed and basically all of the American clothing industry moved overseas, leaving tens of thousands out of work, and shutting factories which had been going concerns for a century.

And if one can't get behind protectionism, perhaps the moral implications of hiring a brutal military dictatorship and slave labor would be an incentive not to have done so.

But there were profits to be made.


Two very strong arguments: job preservation (this is not a classic example of "protectionism") and brutal oppressive regime. The third argument I would add, though perhaps not as strong as the others, is national pride.

You're the farking host country. You should be putting your national best foot forward on all aspects of the games. If you have no problem with the Burma thing maybe the next time we host we should just outsource the opening ceremonies to Bollywood.
 
2012-07-17 11:27:46 AM  

Diogenes: Philip Francis Queeg: palelizard: Dwight_Yeast: Debeo Summa Credo: Although the outsourcing of uniform manufacture is obviously a ridiculous non-issue (does anyone seriously think we should be trying to be protectionist to help the farking TEXTILE industry), the confusion of country names is very funny as is subby's headline. Nice job.

Uh, yes actually. We had a strong garment industry in this country until the late 90s, when the import rules were changed and basically all of the American clothing industry moved overseas, leaving tens of thousands out of work, and shutting factories which had been going concerns for a century.

And if one can't get behind protectionism, perhaps the moral implications of hiring a brutal military dictatorship and slave labor would be an incentive not to have done so.

But there were profits to be made.

Two very strong arguments: job preservation (this is not a classic example of "protectionism") and brutal oppressive regime. The third argument I would add, though perhaps not as strong as the others, is national pride.

You're the farking host country. You should be putting your national best foot forward on all aspects of the games. If you have no problem with the Burma thing maybe the next time we host we should just outsource the opening ceremonies to Bollywood.


I gotta say, I'd probably watch that.
 
2012-07-17 11:34:57 AM  

Jackson Herring: what_now: Jackson Herring: what_now: The Karen People are unhappy with this.

how long have you been waiting to use that one

You have no idea.

And most farkers won't even get it.


I certainly don't. Care to explain?
 
2012-07-17 12:08:58 PM  

Jackson Herring: what_now: Jackson Herring: what_now: The Karen People are unhappy with this.

how long have you been waiting to use that one

You have no idea.

And most farkers won't even get it.


Karen people
 
2012-07-17 12:09:36 PM  

Philip Francis Queeg: palelizard: Dwight_Yeast: Debeo Summa Credo: Although the outsourcing of uniform manufacture is obviously a ridiculous non-issue (does anyone seriously think we should be trying to be protectionist to help the farking TEXTILE industry), the confusion of country names is very funny as is subby's headline. Nice job.

Uh, yes actually. We had a strong garment industry in this country until the late 90s, when the import rules were changed and basically all of the American clothing industry moved overseas, leaving tens of thousands out of work, and shutting factories which had been going concerns for a century.

And if one can't get behind protectionism, perhaps the moral implications of hiring a brutal military dictatorship and slave labor would be an incentive not to have done so.

But there were profits to be made.


How much profit did the USOC make on the 2002 Olympics? Did Romney get a cut of these profits? You should look into that.
 
2012-07-17 12:11:50 PM  

palelizard: Diogenes: Philip Francis Queeg: palelizard: Dwight_Yeast: Debeo Summa Credo: Although the outsourcing of uniform manufacture is obviously a ridiculous non-issue (does anyone seriously think we should be trying to be protectionist to help the farking TEXTILE industry), the confusion of country names is very funny as is subby's headline. Nice job.

Uh, yes actually. We had a strong garment industry in this country until the late 90s, when the import rules were changed and basically all of the American clothing industry moved overseas, leaving tens of thousands out of work, and shutting factories which had been going concerns for a century.

And if one can't get behind protectionism, perhaps the moral implications of hiring a brutal military dictatorship and slave labor would be an incentive not to have done so.

But there were profits to be made.

Two very strong arguments: job preservation (this is not a classic example of "protectionism") and brutal oppressive regime. The third argument I would add, though perhaps not as strong as the others, is national pride.

You're the farking host country. You should be putting your national best foot forward on all aspects of the games. If you have no problem with the Burma thing maybe the next time we host we should just outsource the opening ceremonies to Bollywood.

I gotta say, I'd probably watch that.


Me too.
 
2012-07-17 12:13:32 PM  

keylock71: Dwight_Yeast: Uh, yes actually. We had a strong garment industry in this country until the late 90s, when the import rules were changed and basically all of the American clothing industry moved overseas, leaving tens of thousands out of work, and shutting factories which had been going concerns for a century.

My home city of Fall River, MA is a prime example of that... We were the leader in textile manufacturing at one point in this country.


Yeah. Time goes on. How much more should working class individuals pay for clothes so we can revive the us textile industry? 100% more? 200% more?

There can be rationale for protectionism in some instances, but trying to preserve an archaic industry is not worthwhile.
 
2012-07-17 12:18:17 PM  

Debeo Summa Credo: Philip Francis Queeg: palelizard: Dwight_Yeast: Debeo Summa Credo: Although the outsourcing of uniform manufacture is obviously a ridiculous non-issue (does anyone seriously think we should be trying to be protectionist to help the farking TEXTILE industry), the confusion of country names is very funny as is subby's headline. Nice job.

Uh, yes actually. We had a strong garment industry in this country until the late 90s, when the import rules were changed and basically all of the American clothing industry moved overseas, leaving tens of thousands out of work, and shutting factories which had been going concerns for a century.

And if one can't get behind protectionism, perhaps the moral implications of hiring a brutal military dictatorship and slave labor would be an incentive not to have done so.

But there were profits to be made.

How much profit did the USOC make on the 2002 Olympics? Did Romney get a cut of these profits? You should look into that.


The Salt Lake Games made $100 million in profits. "Turning around" the Games is one of Romney's proudest claims as to why he'd make a good President.
 
2012-07-17 12:37:51 PM  

Debeo Summa Credo: keylock71: Dwight_Yeast: Uh, yes actually. We had a strong garment industry in this country until the late 90s, when the import rules were changed and basically all of the American clothing industry moved overseas, leaving tens of thousands out of work, and shutting factories which had been going concerns for a century.

My home city of Fall River, MA is a prime example of that... We were the leader in textile manufacturing at one point in this country.

Yeah. Time goes on. How much more should working class individuals pay for clothes so we can revive the us textile industry? 100% more? 200% more?

There can be rationale for protectionism in some instances, but trying to preserve an archaic industry is not worthwhile.


I don't remember shirts being crazy expensive in the 80s or 90s. Maybe I'm wrong, though.
 
2012-07-17 12:43:25 PM  

Doak: I certainly don't. Care to explain?


There is an ethnic minority in Burma called the "Karens". That is actually their name.KAREN

I am also a Karen, and so I support the Karen Liberation Army!
 
2012-07-17 12:54:38 PM  

what_now: Doak: I certainly don't. Care to explain?

There is an ethnic minority in Burma called the "Karens". That is actually their name.KAREN

I am also a Karen, and so I support the Karen Liberation Army!


Ahhh! I forgot (or didn't know) your name was Karen! Thanks!

/love your work, btw.
 
2012-07-17 12:56:53 PM  

Philip Francis Queeg: Debeo Summa Credo: Philip Francis Queeg: palelizard: Dwight_Yeast: Debeo Summa Credo: Although the outsourcing of uniform manufacture is obviously a ridiculous non-issue (does anyone seriously think we should be trying to be protectionist to help the farking TEXTILE industry), the confusion of country names is very funny as is subby's headline. Nice job.

Uh, yes actually. We had a strong garment industry in this country until the late 90s, when the import rules were changed and basically all of the American clothing industry moved overseas, leaving tens of thousands out of work, and shutting factories which had been going concerns for a century.

And if one can't get behind protectionism, perhaps the moral implications of hiring a brutal military dictatorship and slave labor would be an incentive not to have done so.

But there were profits to be made.

How much profit did the USOC make on the 2002 Olympics? Did Romney get a cut of these profits? You should look into that.

The Salt Lake Games made $100 million in profits. "Turning around" the Games is one of Romney's proudest claims as to why he'd make a good President.


Where did those profits go? Greedy shareholders? Romney's swiss bank account? We need to find out to determine whether "there were profits to be made" is a reasonable snarky criticism of sourcing cheaply for the salt lake games.
 
2012-07-17 01:13:18 PM  

Diogenes: If you have no problem with the Burma thing maybe the next time we host we should just outsource the opening ceremonies to Bollywood.


Or North Korea. Either way, pretty spectacular!
 
2012-07-17 01:13:52 PM  

Debeo Summa Credo: Although the outsourcing of uniform manufacture is obviously a ridiculous non-issue (does anyone seriously think we should be trying to be protectionist to help the farking TEXTILE industry), the confusion of country names is very funny as is subby's headline. Nice job.


Outsourcing to slaves isn't an issue?
 
2012-07-17 01:33:01 PM  

Debeo Summa Credo: Yeah. Time goes on. How much more should working class individuals pay for clothes so we can revive the us textile industry? 100% more? 200% more?

There can be rationale for protectionism in some instances, but trying to preserve an archaic industry is not worthwhile.


It isn't necessarily an archaic industry so much as other countries have much more lax worker protection laws. The minimum wage in the US is not the same as the minimum wage in third world countries. It isn't about reviving the textiles as it is not encouraging human exploitation.

We're a nation of heavy-duty consumers, but been punishing ourselves by getting our goods from somewhere other than our own workers, and we're doing it because it is cheaper, short term. At some point, we put the plight of others out of our heads as a sanity-survival trait, and that means we can get flags made in china for a penny by a seven year old, because little fingers are better at small stitches.

Long term, our fiat currency depends on us being able to work in order to keep consuming, and by spending less now, we have fewer jobs in the future.
 
2012-07-17 01:47:44 PM  

what_now: I am also a Karen,...


I've gone this long without Karen, not going to start now.
 
2012-07-17 01:52:48 PM  

Debeo Summa Credo: Philip Francis Queeg: Debeo Summa Credo: Philip Francis Queeg: palelizard: Dwight_Yeast: Debeo Summa Credo: Although the outsourcing of uniform manufacture is obviously a ridiculous non-issue (does anyone seriously think we should be trying to be protectionist to help the farking TEXTILE industry), the confusion of country names is very funny as is subby's headline. Nice job.

Uh, yes actually. We had a strong garment industry in this country until the late 90s, when the import rules were changed and basically all of the American clothing industry moved overseas, leaving tens of thousands out of work, and shutting factories which had been going concerns for a century.

And if one can't get behind protectionism, perhaps the moral implications of hiring a brutal military dictatorship and slave labor would be an incentive not to have done so.

But there were profits to be made.

How much profit did the USOC make on the 2002 Olympics? Did Romney get a cut of these profits? You should look into that.

The Salt Lake Games made $100 million in profits. "Turning around" the Games is one of Romney's proudest claims as to why he'd make a good President.

Where did those profits go? Greedy shareholders? Romney's swiss bank account? We need to find out to determine whether "there were profits to be made" is a reasonable snarky criticism of sourcing cheaply for the salt lake games.


Is there someplace that the profits could go that would justify supporting one of the worlds most repressive regimes and benefiting from the exploitation of the workers there? Or does "cheaply sourcing" justify any action what so ever?
 
2012-07-17 01:54:41 PM  

Doak: what_now: Doak: I certainly don't. Care to explain?

There is an ethnic minority in Burma called the "Karens". That is actually their name.KAREN

I am also a Karen, and so I support the Karen Liberation Army!

Ahhh! I forgot (or didn't know) your name was Karen! Thanks!

/love your work, btw.


why thank you.
 
2012-07-17 02:33:52 PM  
WATCH the video. You can almost see Romney thinking, "don'tsayburmadon'tsayburmadon'tsayburma."

Has he been asked about this directly yet? or avoiding the press?
 
2012-07-17 03:15:00 PM  

Dafatone: I don't remember shirts being crazy expensive in the 80s or 90s. Maybe I'm wrong, though.


Prices are about 15-20% lower then they were in 1999.


CPI listing for "mens clothing"

1980 406.8
1981 416.7
1982 431.4
1983 441.3
1984 451.7
1985 462.7
1986 469.1
1987 476.6
1988 493.9
1989 527.0
1990 534.9
1991 555.8
1992 572.8
1993 585.0
1994 592.0
1995 595.7
1996 602.7
1997 614.3
1998 614.6
1999 603.8
2000 612.9
2001 586.1
2002 565.6
2003 550.9
2004 530.7
2005 534.9
2006 516.8
2007 514.5
2008 511.0
2009 516.5

So we would probably be paying more, but not the 100%+ that DSC pulled out of his ass.
 
2012-07-17 03:45:45 PM  

Cubicle Jockey: Dafatone: I don't remember shirts being crazy expensive in the 80s or 90s. Maybe I'm wrong, though.

Prices are about 15-20% lower then they were in 1999.


CPI listing for "mens clothing"

1980 406.8
1981 416.7
1982 431.4
1983 441.3
1984 451.7
1985 462.7
1986 469.1
1987 476.6
1988 493.9
1989 527.0
1990 534.9
1991 555.8
1992 572.8
1993 585.0
1994 592.0
1995 595.7
1996 602.7
1997 614.3
1998 614.6
1999 603.8
2000 612.9
2001 586.1
2002 565.6
2003 550.9
2004 530.7
2005 534.9
2006 516.8
2007 514.5
2008 511.0
2009 516.5

So we would probably be paying more, but not the 100%+ that DSC pulled out of his ass.


Well, I admit that was pulled out of my ass, but for the full time period you cite, from 1980 to 2009 men's clothing went up by about 27%. If you go to the bls website and look at total inflation, the price index for "all items" went from 82.4 for 1980 to 214.5 in 2009, or a 160% increase.

Had men's clothing prices increased at the same rate as "all items" (and I realize theres exogenous variables to consider that make this analysis far from perfect) the prices of men's clothing would be, well, just over 100% higher than they are now. Not bad for pulling it out of my ass.
 
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