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(CNN)   "Israel GDP per capita is better than Palestine's because Jewish culture is better." Romney, master diplomat at work. I, for one, welcome our new Qatar and Luxembourg overlords   (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com) divider line 415
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2012-07-30 11:30:56 AM
I thought it was another anti-Semitic Jew joke about their banking proclivities.
 
2012-07-30 11:32:47 AM
What a complete dickhead.
 
2012-07-30 11:36:20 AM
I like how Romney openly proclaimed in Israel that Jews are better at the money stuff.
 
2012-07-30 11:40:47 AM
We'll be lucky if he can get back to America without starting a war. Great candidate, GOP.
 
2012-07-30 11:44:37 AM
It would have been hilarious if some mole had peppered his notes with obfuscated ethnic jokes..

"And I am especially proud of Jewish contributions to the world of science. In fact, this week marks the 150th anniversary of the invention of drawn copper wiring, which, as we all know, was created by two bankers who were in a heated battle over the same coin."
 
2012-07-30 11:45:12 AM
I really do think that Mitt Romney is retarded.
 
2012-07-30 11:45:19 AM
Yeah, that's probably why. In any case it's certainly easy to tell with both of them on such equal ground. If one of them were under crippling sanctions or a blockade of some sort, though, that comparison would be unfair. But no stooge could be so stupid as to say something like this out loud if that were the case.

But seriously, when it comes to talking about the world outside the US, Romney is somehow actually worse than Bush.
 
2012-07-30 11:46:02 AM

markie_farkie: "And I am especially proud of Jewish contributions to the world of science. In fact, this week marks the 150th anniversary of the invention of drawn copper wiring, which, as we all know, was created by two bankers who were in a heated battle over the same coin."


That's also a joke the Dutch and Belgians tell about each other.
 
2012-07-30 11:47:08 AM

kingoomieiii: markie_farkie: "And I am especially proud of Jewish contributions to the world of science. In fact, this week marks the 150th anniversary of the invention of drawn copper wiring, which, as we all know, was created by two bankers who were in a heated battle over the same coin."

That's also a joke the Dutch and Belgians tell about each other.


That also joke of two Latvians fighting over loaf bread. Then Jews invent wiring.

/I enjoyed that thread way too much
 
2012-07-30 11:56:28 AM
Muslims like to blow themselves up.

Israeli jews also like to blow Muslims up.

I don't understand why there's not peace in the region. They have so much in common.
 
2012-07-30 11:56:55 AM
Please let him go to China, please let him go to China, please let him go to China...
 
2012-07-30 11:59:36 AM
Jews are rich because they are all bankers, doctors, and lawyers, amiright??
 
2012-07-30 12:03:03 PM
So, in the last four years, we've sent millions more in aid to Israel, increased defense cooperation, brought both parties to at least some kind of a negotiation table, and worked with Israel intelligence to craft computer viruses.

Meanwhile, Romney shows up and tells the Palestinians that they suck because they just can't cut it.

But yep, those Dems sure do hate Israel!

/morons
 
2012-07-30 12:04:21 PM
i used to think mitt was smart and that i just disliked him for his unctuous pandering.

now i'm realizing that he's an upper-midwest dubya - a harvard-educated, multimillionaire moron who was born on third base and thought he hit a triple.
 
2012-07-30 12:16:12 PM
The only way this could be any worse is if he orders a bacon cheeseburger somewhere.
 
2012-07-30 12:30:47 PM
Maybe we should give Palestine an allowance, too, to even things up.
 
2012-07-30 12:53:40 PM
Repost from the other Romney in Israel thread:

His other stupid for the trip:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney angered Palestinian leaders on Monday when he suggested here that the Israeli economy had outpaced the economy of the Palestinian territories in part because of advantages of "culture."

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Romney said he had studied a book called "The Wealth and Poverty of Nations," searching for an answer about why two neighboring places--the U.S. and Mexico, for instance, or Israel and the Palestinian areas--could have such disparate prosperity.

"Culture makes all the difference. Culture makes all the difference," Romney said, repeating the conclusion he drew from that book, by David Landes.


The book he read- I've not read it. It highlights these points, apparently:

The 'cultural thesis' or 'Protestant work ethic' of Max Weber
The 'hydraulic thesis' or 'Oriental Despotism thesis' of Karl A. Wittfogel
The 'climate thesis' that posits that tropical climes are, ceteris paribus, poor candidates for development.
Many of the theories of Adam Smith, whose Wealth of Nations is borrowed from for the title. But this does not necessarily mean a doctrinaire neoclassicism, as Landes notes that 'comparative advantage' can change over time, and also that developed countries, contrary to neoclassical theory, typically developed in an environment of protectionism against foreign trade.

Just to toss in: Critics have charged Landes with Eurocentrism in his analysis, a charge which Landes himself does not deny-in fact, he embraces it explicitly, arguing that an explanation for an economic miracle that happened originally only in Europe (though he deals with the later 'Asian miracle' in Wealth and Poverty) must of necessity be a Eurocentric analysis

Link

I've read Why The West Rules - For Now, and it makes much more sense:

His 2010 book, Why the West Rules--For Now, compares East and West across the last 15,000 years, arguing that physical geography rather than culture, religion, politics, genetics, or great men explains Western domination of the globe. The Economist has called it "an important book-one that challenges, stimulates and entertains. Anyone who does not believe there are lessons to be learned from history should start here."[
 
2012-07-30 12:56:25 PM
God darnit, Mr. Romney, you use your tongue prettier than a twenty dollar whore.

/but you're a lot more expensive
 
2012-07-30 01:20:37 PM

Vodka Zombie: I really do think that Mitt Romney is retarded.


At a minimum, he is socially retarded.
 
2012-07-30 01:22:55 PM

doglover: Muslims like to blow themselves up.

Israeli jews also like to blow Muslims up.

I don't understand why there's not peace in the region. They have so much in common.


Or as Tim Minchin sings

"We don't eat pigs, and you don't eat pigs
It seems it's been that way forever.
So if we don't eat pigs, and you don't eat pigs,
Why not not eat pigs together?"
 
2012-07-30 01:26:38 PM
As appalling as this is, I cant think of any constituency in US politics which would punish him for it.
 
2012-07-30 01:38:09 PM
Holy . . . freaking . . . twatfaffles.
 
2012-07-30 01:40:42 PM
"As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality," Romney said.

Citing the book "The Wealth and Poverty of Nations," Romney detailed his interpretation of author David Landes' thesis.

"He says if you can learn anything from the economic history of the world, it's this: culture makes all the difference. Culture makes all the difference. And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things," Romney said.


yeah if only those lazy Palestinians were better with money, am I right
 
2012-07-30 01:52:34 PM

mahuika: doglover: Muslims like to blow themselves up.

Israeli jews also like to blow Muslims up.

I don't understand why there's not peace in the region. They have so much in common.

Or as Tim Minchin sings

"We don't eat pigs, and you don't eat pigs
It seems it's been that way forever.
So if we don't eat pigs, and you don't eat pigs,
Why not not eat pigs together?"


Now, see I think that's their main problem. The region is populated entirely by people who've never experienced bacon. No wonder they're so damned angry all the time.
 
2012-07-30 01:54:39 PM

vernonFL: Jews are rich because they are all bankers, doctors, and lawyers, amiright??


Some are studio executives and producers.
 
2012-07-30 01:55:35 PM

DamnYankees: As appalling as this is, I cant think of any constituency in US politics which would punish him for it.


Yeah. Republicans seem to believe that anyone who is poor is the US is suffering from a lack of culture and not from any institutional bias.
 
2012-07-30 01:57:35 PM

sweetmelissa31: DamnYankees: As appalling as this is, I cant think of any constituency in US politics which would punish him for it.

Yeah. Republicans seem to believe that anyone who is poor is the US is suffering from a lack of culture and not from any institutional bias.


They are simply lazy. Unlike somebody born with wealth. Those people are hard workers who were blessed by god.
 
2012-07-30 02:01:37 PM

Nadie_AZ: They are simply lazy. Unlike somebody born with wealth. Those people are hard workers who were blessed by god.


Right, like how did Romney get rich? Only through his hard work and Mormon culture.
 
2012-07-30 02:01:45 PM

DamnYankees: As appalling as this is, I cant think of any constituency in US politics which would punish him for it.


I don't think the right likes Jews owning everything.
 
2012-07-30 02:07:39 PM

sweetmelissa31: Nadie_AZ: They are simply lazy. Unlike somebody born with wealth. Those people are hard workers who were blessed by god.

Right, like how did Romney get rich? Only through his hard work and Mormon culture.


also his Anglo-Saxon heritage, don't forget that
 
2012-07-30 02:12:28 PM
All I see in this thread are a bunch of liberal haters who won't get with the program and use wealth as a measure for the value of a person. Come on guys.
 
2012-07-30 02:13:48 PM
How do you fark up a trip to England and a trip to Israel, as Bibi's friend, this bad?

You pooped on the Olympics, and you said socialized health care was good for Israel, but not for U.S? And you ate the whole... wheel of cheese? How'd you do that? Heck, I'm not even mad; that's amazing."
 
2012-07-30 02:16:28 PM
Romney the the NAACP: African Americans excel at sports because back in slavery times, they used to breed them to be strong.
 
2012-07-30 02:20:36 PM

vernonFL: Romney the the NAACP: African Americans excel at sports because back in slavery times, they used to breed them to be strong.


I don't want to reveal myself as an ignorant racist or anything, but is that actually true? It makes sense, but I've never heard anyone talk about it in an objective sort of way.
 
2012-07-30 02:24:57 PM

hillbillypharmacist: vernonFL: Romney the the NAACP: African Americans excel at sports because back in slavery times, they used to breed them to be strong.

I don't want to reveal myself as an ignorant racist or anything, but is that actually true? It makes sense, but I've never heard anyone talk about it in an objective sort of way.


www.wearysloth.com
 
2012-07-30 02:31:36 PM
I wish he'd stick to the three word commentary. I actually got a kick out of that.
 
2012-07-30 02:40:49 PM

hillbillypharmacist: vernonFL: Romney the the NAACP: African Americans excel at sports because back in slavery times, they used to breed them to be strong.

I don't want to reveal myself as an ignorant racist or anything, but is that actually true? It makes sense, but I've never heard anyone talk about it in an objective sort of way.


Link
 
2012-07-30 02:44:12 PM

GAT_00: I like how Romney openly proclaimed in Israel that Jews are better at the money stuff.


So the final tally on the Israeli leg of Romney's World Gaffe Tour:

1) Turmoil in the Middle East is due to Obama abandoning W.'s "freedom agenda"
2) Retroactively supports NOT bombing the country he supported bombing the day before
3) Praises their healthcare system and low costs, which includes an individual mandate
4) Congratulates the Jews for being better at the money stuff than the Palestinians

At least he didn't crap all over their country this time. Up next: Poland!
 
2012-07-30 02:51:33 PM

DeltaPunch: 2) Retroactively supports NOT bombing the country he supported bombing the day before


Huh?
 
2012-07-30 02:58:45 PM

Nadie_AZ: DeltaPunch: 2) Retroactively supports NOT bombing the country he supported bombing the day before

Huh?


one of his advisors told the press that if elected president, romney would support isreal if it attacked iran. The next day he backed away from that in a speech he gave
 
2012-07-30 02:58:54 PM

hillbillypharmacist: vernonFL: Romney the the NAACP: African Americans excel at sports because back in slavery times, they used to breed them to be strong.

I don't want to reveal myself as an ignorant racist or anything, but is that actually true? It makes sense, but I've never heard anyone talk about it in an objective sort of way.


i3.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-07-30 03:00:04 PM

tlchwi02: Nadie_AZ: DeltaPunch: 2) Retroactively supports NOT bombing the country he supported bombing the day before

Huh?

one of his advisors told the press that if elected president, romney would support isreal if it attacked iran. The next day he backed away from that in a speech he gave


Romney said he wouldn't? That doesn't make sense, considering who his foreign policy advisers are.
 
2012-07-30 03:04:26 PM
images2.dailykos.com
 
2012-07-30 03:06:36 PM
Ermahgerd, the durbates cant come sern ernef
 
2012-07-30 03:07:43 PM

Vodka Zombie: I really do think that Mitt Romney is retarded.


Apparently Romney's getting quite the reputation as the American Borat.
 
2012-07-30 03:08:01 PM
Im going to predict the MSM's spin of this: Obama has another bad week.
 
2012-07-30 03:08:56 PM
There's a mormom baptism joke in there somewhere, just didn't feel like working it out.
 
2012-07-30 03:09:02 PM

hillbillypharmacist: vernonFL: Romney the the NAACP: African Americans excel at sports because back in slavery times, they used to breed them to be strong.

I don't want to reveal myself as an ignorant racist or anything, but is that actually true? It makes sense, but I've never heard anyone talk about it in an objective sort of way.


There's very little evidence that they did this:

a) breeding was actually CONDONED in the South because slaves were considered subhuman and didn't have the same rights. After 1800 they were encouraged to marry because it made them less likely to run away.
b) the North was free after 1783, so any breeding would have only occurred in the South
c) the number of imported slaves doubled from 1800-1865, so for half the slaves any attempt at breeding would have applied to only 2-3 generations..., no way you could make any evolutionary difference on such a small scale
d) same argument applies to slaves going back another few generations, since 95% of slaves arrive after 1700
e) if anybody DID practice breeding (big IF there), it would have been only a few slave owners, which means a blanket statement like ALL blacks are better at sports because of breeding is absolutely preposterous
f) any successful attempts at breeding would likely have been washed out by now, over the last 150 years.
 
2012-07-30 03:11:20 PM
You know who else......

Oh forget it, the jokes already been made.
 
2012-07-30 03:12:16 PM

hillbillypharmacist: vernonFL: Romney the the NAACP: African Americans excel at sports because back in slavery times, they used to breed them to be strong.

I don't want to reveal myself as an ignorant racist or anything, but is that actually true? It makes sense, but I've never heard anyone talk about it in an objective sort of way.


I heard they jump higher because of the way they're knee grows
 
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