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2012-09-25 12:59:14 PM

epoch_destroi: ...a northern/upper class-to-rich humor style....


Maybe, but again it highlights he doesn't understand it isn't about how he needs to speak, it's about what his listeners need to hear the message. He's no longer in the boardroom.
 
2012-09-25 12:59:37 PM

epoch_destroi: HideMonkey: luvtinayothers: http://www.snopes.com/politics/romney/windows.asp

Dang. I was kind of enjoying thinking he'd stepped on his dick again. But that video looks like he was trying to make a joke.

See?

But because it was Romney, you all jumped on this and screamed, "There's NO WAY it could be a joke! He's a robot!"

What's more robotic-- Romney making a damn joke when he's often criticized for 'humorlessness', or the identical automatic response of libs/dems whenever he opens his mouth?

The egg's on your face, libs.


Watch the video again...

Link

Snopes is guessing here. There is no pause to wait for laughter, there is no real laughter, and the look Romney has on his face is the same, no indication that he has gone from "I'm serious, my wife was in danger." to "Here's a funny!", back to "But seriously, folks, these pilots are great, and did an amazing job, and I have them to thank.". He went from Point A to Point B to Point C with absolutely ZERO indication that he was attempting a joke. He didn't even scan the crowd an extra time to see if everyone 'got it'.
 
2012-09-25 12:59:53 PM

Weaver95: this really bothers you, doesn't it?


The fact that my countrymen are are rewarding a president that has had zero positive impact on jobs, has made the US more vulnerable with regards to Iran, and don't see the mainstream quietly manipulating them?

Yes, it bothers me.
 
2012-09-25 01:01:23 PM

neenerist: epoch_destroi: ...a northern/upper class-to-rich humor style....

Maybe, but again it highlights he doesn't understand it isn't about how he needs to speak, it's about what his listeners need to hear the message. He's no longer in the boardroom.



...everybody has different humor styles. Nobody would tell a middle-to-lower class person to change their humor, if they were running for office-- people would call that classist.
 
2012-09-25 01:03:14 PM

Free_Chilly_Willy: Weaver95: this really bothers you, doesn't it?

The fact that my countrymen are are rewarding a president that has had zero positive impact on jobs, has made the US more vulnerable with regards to Iran, and don't see the mainstream quietly manipulating them?

Yes, it bothers me.


Do you mean president or obstructionist legislature blocking job bills?
 
2012-09-25 01:03:31 PM
From what been coming out of his mouth, I'd he is well experienced in having his brain lacking oxygen.
 
2012-09-25 01:04:57 PM
Decompression at 34,000 feet

climbing through FL344 towards FL360 about 105nm west of Phoenix and 65nm northnortheast of Yuma,AZ (USA) when a panel in the cabin ceiling just above the overhead lockers opened with a gunshot like sound leaving a hole of about 5 feet long and 1 foot wide (152 by 30cm) allowing to look straight into the sky. The passenger oxygen masks came down automatically, the crew initiated an emergency descent to 11,000 feet and diverted to Yuma where the aircraft landed without further incident about 28 minutes later.
english4aviation.pbworks.com 
Link
 
2012-09-25 01:05:32 PM

Shadowknight: Headso: I like to make fun of Romney as much as the next lib but were the comments he made done so jokingly or something? I am not familiar with this one...

That's what I'm asking. I know he actually said the words. But I want to hear how he said them. The inflection used, you know? Because I've said things a lot like this in thick sarcasm.


Maybe he should have used emoticons or something
 
2012-09-25 01:07:06 PM
In other news, Ric Romero reports that water is wet.
 
2012-09-25 01:08:50 PM
You know, I actually kind of feel sorry for Mitt Romney. To begin, he really isn't that smart. He isn't "Dubya Dumb," but he's no scholar either. Next, Romney is not a conservative and never has been. He's actually a rare thing in the GOP these days: a slightly left-leaning moderate. When he threw his hat into the ring for the GOP nomination a lot of centrist Republicans and independents were please, since he offered a change to vote for someone who was not only an experienced and successful business man, but was a rather good governor. When Romney started, he really did sound like Mitt Romney: reasonable and balanced. But when it became apparent that he would be the nominee, the GOP strategists started to reel him in and insist that he embrace the tea party conservative platform. Romney has done this and it has become obvious that it has induced something of a cognitive dissonance in him. He keeps flubbing so badly because he really doesn't believe in the bullshiat he has to spew in order to placate the "GOP base." Well, the base was placated rather early on and now Romney's false conservative positions are coming back to haunt him (a la 47%). Barack Obama is now leading in every national poll of registered voters (by an average of three percent and the gap is widening rapidly) and we haven't even had the first debate yet. Those debates will be Romney's downfall. He simply cannot debate Obama on substance, since he has none. They hope is that he will be able to rattle "Mr. Cool" Obama. But that's a dim hope, since on one has succeeded in this yet.

If Romney keeps screwing up as badly as he has (he cannot afford to go safe; he must be aggressive and highly visible) and if he can't get control of his staff, to stop their in-fighting, we could be looking at an Obama mini-landslide, or at least a clear mandate. As soon as the GOP started moving him to the right, he should have bucked. This was his and John McCain's biggest mistake.
 
2012-09-25 01:10:50 PM
To those voices forecasting the end of America, I say, let's just go ahead, rip off the bandages, elect this guy, and get it over with.
 
2012-09-25 01:11:26 PM

lohphat: Free_Chilly_Willy: Weaver95: this really bothers you, doesn't it?

The fact that my countrymen are are rewarding a president that has had zero positive impact on jobs, has made the US more vulnerable with regards to Iran, and don't see the mainstream quietly manipulating them?

Yes, it bothers me.

Do you mean president or obstructionist legislature blocking job bills?


I would argue obstructionists president. The American people have clearly voted against the presidents agenda in 2010. Any threat of a veto was him going against the will of the American people and the agenda they voted for when they swept the demorcrat party from office.
 
2012-09-25 01:11:57 PM

epoch_destroi: So basically...even though he told it as a joke, because he hasn't utilized sarcasm often in a public race for office, clearly he never uses it and we can never interpret his words as being humorous? Wowwwwwwww. Talk about a disconnect with reality-- you have video proof of it being a joke, and yet you insist it is not because you view him as humorless, so clearly he MUST be.


No, we have video proof of him saying it, and not a single indication at all that he meant it as a joke. The face stays the same, there's no pause to wait for a reaction from the "punchline", he doesn't laugh afterwards, he just plows straight through. There is no actual evidence that he was joking, the Snopes thing was a lot of ASSumption.
 
2012-09-25 01:14:18 PM

JackieRabbit: He isn't "Dubya Dumb," but he's no scholar either.


He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University and, in 1975, a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. Can you top that? Joint degrees is damn difficult.
 
2012-09-25 01:14:30 PM

Mikey1969: epoch_destroi: So basically...even though he told it as a joke, because he hasn't utilized sarcasm often in a public race for office, clearly he never uses it and we can never interpret his words as being humorous? Wowwwwwwww. Talk about a disconnect with reality-- you have video proof of it being a joke, and yet you insist it is not because you view him as humorless, so clearly he MUST be.

No, we have video proof of him saying it, and not a single indication at all that he meant it as a joke. The face stays the same, there's no pause to wait for a reaction from the "punchline", he doesn't laugh afterwards, he just plows straight through. There is no actual evidence that he was joking, the Snopes thing was a lot of ASSumption.


Is it seriously that hard to tell? Are libs so ignorant of dry humor? No wonder so many today's comedy shows are in the total dumps-- somebody has to be screaming "PUNCHLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE!" and smashing a melon for you to get it.
 
2012-09-25 01:16:05 PM

Shadowknight: I have only read the quote, and never actually saw a video of Romney saying this. So, was he saying it humorously or sarcastically? Because even I would have done that. Or did he mean it sincerely?

Because with the other idiocy going on into the Rmoney camp lately, it could really go any which way.


I totally hope he said it as a joke and this is just Poe's Law in action. But he's so disconnected from reality, he could well have thought plane windows should have rolled down and didn't understand why they don't.
 
2012-09-25 01:17:07 PM
Funny how objective facts "conspire" to make Republicans look utterly retarded.
/libertarians get a similar treatment by reality
 
2012-09-25 01:18:44 PM

IAAl: because the windows don't open. I don't know why they don't do that.


No, the normal interpretation of "that" is the sentence BEFORE, where he mentions that you can't open the windows, not the "you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft", because not only do you not use "that" to reference something 2 or 3 statements back, but "you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, I don't know why they don't do that" doesn't make any sense because "they" aren't doing anything in the sentence. If he said 'you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, I don't know why not.', that would support your argument.

Instead, he said "they" as in people, as in the people in charge of an airplane, not the magic oxygen fairies.
 
2012-09-25 01:19:32 PM

Crotchrocket Slim: Funny how objective facts "conspire" to make Republicans look utterly retarded.
/libertarians get a similar treatment by reality


Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiike the objective fact that he was making a joke and the left jumped on it like a gay jumping onto a bicycle without the seat? :/
 
2012-09-25 01:21:32 PM

epoch_destroi: Mikey1969: epoch_destroi: So basically...even though he told it as a joke, because he hasn't utilized sarcasm often in a public race for office, clearly he never uses it and we can never interpret his words as being humorous? Wowwwwwwww. Talk about a disconnect with reality-- you have video proof of it being a joke, and yet you insist it is not because you view him as humorless, so clearly he MUST be.

No, we have video proof of him saying it, and not a single indication at all that he meant it as a joke. The face stays the same, there's no pause to wait for a reaction from the "punchline", he doesn't laugh afterwards, he just plows straight through. There is no actual evidence that he was joking, the Snopes thing was a lot of ASSumption.

Is it seriously that hard to tell? Are libs so ignorant of dry humor? No wonder so many today's comedy shows are in the total dumps-- somebody has to be screaming "PUNCHLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE!" and smashing a melon for you to get it.


Two possibilities:
1) He's joking, which means he isn't funny, and should stop, because people don't get him, and it's hurting him.
2) He's serious, which means he's a complete moron, and it terrifies me to think he'd be in charge of our nuclear arsenal.
 
2012-09-25 01:22:33 PM

epoch_destroi: We just have a very dry sense of humor, almost British in style.


You're confusing "dry" with "no delivery at all". There's a difference.
 
2012-09-25 01:22:49 PM

stonicus: 1) He's joking, which means he isn't funny, and should stop, because people don't get him, and it's hurting him.


If you used 'people don't get him' as a barometer for whether or not somebody was worth hearing/funny, Obama would have been out of office as soon as he was elected. Let's face it-- the reaction of the opposing party isn't a good sensor for if something was funny or not.
 
2012-09-25 01:23:26 PM

Mikey1969: epoch_destroi: We just have a very dry sense of humor, almost British in style.

You're confusing "dry" with "no delivery at all". There's a difference.


Enjoy your Gallagher reruns.
 
2012-09-25 01:24:32 PM

Free_Chilly_Willy: Weaver95: this really bothers you, doesn't it?
Yes, it bothers me.


it SHOULD bother you. Romney was the best of a bad slate of choices the Republicans presented to their voters and he's making quite a mess of things. you SHOULD be mad as hell that your best option was someone as crappy as Mitt Romney.

now go out and do something about it.
 
2012-09-25 01:26:13 PM

epoch_destroi: Is it seriously that hard to tell? Are libs so ignorant of dry humor? No wonder so many today's comedy shows are in the total dumps-- somebody has to be screaming "PUNCHLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE!" and smashing a melon for you to get it.


The irony of a Rightie trying to explain comedy. As I pointed out elsewhere, you don't actually understand the concept of dry humor, it's just a convenient label to throw at a problem because you think it fits the situation at hand and has the added bonus of making you "look" smart, at least in your own muddled brain.
 
2012-09-25 01:27:51 PM

epoch_destroi: ...everybody has different humor styles. Nobody would tell a middle-to-lower class person to change their humor, if they were running for office-- people would call that classist.


Yes, I would be against making fart jokes about Putin's name. Someone who can't tailor the message to the audience is incompetent and has no place in leadership, class has nothing to do with it.
 
2012-09-25 01:28:01 PM

Weaver95: it SHOULD bother you. Romney was the best of a bad slate of choices the Republicans presented to their voters and he's making quite a mess of things. you SHOULD be mad as hell that your best option was someone as crappy as Mitt Romney.


Yeah, I figured it out. They crammed a clown car full of candidates, and then using remote control, spun donuts for about 4 months straight. Crashed it into the wall, and whoever shook off the concussion first got the nomination.
 
2012-09-25 01:28:56 PM

smitty04: Decompression at 34,000 feet

climbing through FL344 towards FL360 about 105nm west of Phoenix and 65nm northnortheast of Yuma,AZ (USA) when a panel in the cabin ceiling just above the overhead lockers opened with a gunshot like sound leaving a hole of about 5 feet long and 1 foot wide (152 by 30cm) allowing to look straight into the sky. The passenger oxygen masks came down automatically, the crew initiated an emergency descent to 11,000 feet and diverted to Yuma where the aircraft landed without further incident about 28 minutes later.
[english4aviation.pbworks.com image 750x447] 
Link


Windows that rolled down would have made everything else unnecessary. :-)
 
2012-09-25 01:31:49 PM

epoch_destroi: Mikey1969: epoch_destroi: Are libs so ignorant of dry humor?


Name 10 conservative-leaning comedians
 
2012-09-25 01:32:28 PM
OK, so I watched the video. I could see someone delivering that joke in that way, even in the full context. I'm not really convinced that Romney was intending it do be one, but nor am I totally convinced he meant it seriously. I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
 
2012-09-25 01:41:39 PM

Weaver95: I honestly can't tell if Romney is simply ignorant or if he just doesn't realize what he sounds like to other people....


Since it was a joke that nobody got and or went out of their way to hide, i'm sure he isn't too worried about it.
 
2012-09-25 01:42:15 PM

evaned: OK, so I watched the video. I could see someone delivering that joke in that way, even in the full context. I'm not really convinced that Romney was intending it do be one, but nor am I totally convinced he meant it seriously. I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.


Not me...

He gave no indication he was delivering a joke, not a pause, not a change in delivery or inflection. Not even waiting for a response to the "joke" before continuing on. It was a steady, continuing flow. I'm erring on the side of the "joke" claims being bullshiat. I see no evidence that it was one, except claims by some very shrill Romney supporters who think this counts as "dry humor"... I see nothing in it that even says "I suck at jokes, but let's try one anyway".
 
2012-09-25 01:43:36 PM

tblax: epoch_destroi: Mikey1969: epoch_destroi: Are libs so ignorant of dry humor?

Name 10 conservative-leaning comedians


Well, apparently epoch_destroi is a very talented one. Nobody on the planet understands humor, most notably "dry" humor the way (s)he does.
 
2012-09-25 01:44:07 PM

tblax: epoch_destroi: Mikey1969: epoch_destroi: Are libs so ignorant of dry humor?

Name 10 conservative-leaning comedians


What will that accomplish? Seriously, though-- there's a difference between "comedians whose schtick is being [supposedly] conservative" (mainly shiatty, racist, other *ist jokes) and "comedians who are politically conservative". I have the feeling you're thinking of the former.

(and there's a third difference, of "politicians who joked and happened to be conservative", but, yknow. let's list comedians instead!)
 
2012-09-25 01:46:56 PM

lohphat: Having your lungs and eyes rupture due to gasses boiling out of solution is not my idea of my final 30 seconds of life.


They won't rupture. It just hurts.
 
2012-09-25 01:49:16 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: Well, it was wrong for the wrong reasons. If you take a mass of air and put that same mass in a larger volume, the temperature will indeed go down. If you take that and put it in a smaller volume, the temperature will indeed go up. It is one of the reasons why it's colder the higher you get in the atmosphere. However, they don't pressurize the planes to keep the temperature up, they do it to keep people alive. They have heaters for the temperature. The author was someone who was too busy fantasizing about the person sitting next to them in Chemistry class to understand that.


Flint Ironstag: NorKnOAd: My favorite part has to be:
" Because temperature and pressure go hand-in-hand (i.e. low-pressure air feels cold), pressurization is also necessary to keep cabins sufficiently warm."

It's plain wrong, and for this to be listed on yahoo "news" makes it worse. More people will see it, and more people will be come even dumber (or hopefully laugh at this statement). If you're going to write an article about science, at least have a basic understanding of said science.

I hope the dumbass tag was for the author.

To be fair they didn't say "low pressure causes low temperature", just that they go hand in hand. Which they do. Temperature does drop the higher you go.


I know the ideal gas laws, and these two variables are directly proportionate, so I see where his statement is coming from. Like you said however, that's not why they pressurize the plane, which was implied. Also the "low-pressure air feels cold" statement begs causation which is again, misleading. I'm probably upset because the article is stupid to begin with.
 
2012-09-25 01:50:04 PM

Mikey1969: evaned: OK, so I watched the video. I could see someone delivering that joke in that way, even in the full context. I'm not really convinced that Romney was intending it do be one, but nor am I totally convinced he meant it seriously. I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Not me...

He gave no indication he was delivering a joke, not a pause, not a change in delivery or inflection. Not even waiting for a response to the "joke" before continuing on. It was a steady, continuing flow. I'm erring on the side of the "joke" claims being bullshiat. I see no evidence that it was one, except claims by some very shrill Romney supporters who think this counts as "dry humor"... I see nothing in it that even says "I suck at jokes, but let's try one anyway".


Very few politicians have good comedic timing. Hell, very few anybody has good comedic timing.

What makes me doubt it was a joke is the fact that he kept going with it. A real "joke" would have been "Yeah, the cabin filled with smoke; too bad they couldn't roll the windows down to get some air." PERIOD. Romney kept on going and going with it, like someone genuinely trying to get why the passengers couldn't let the smoke out. Now, it may have been one of those sad jokes we've all told where you say the line, and nobody gets it, and then you keep on "You know, roll the windows down...like airplanes don't...let some air in...HEY IT'S FUNNY PEOPLE!!!" but Romney just isn't like that.
 
2012-09-25 01:50:08 PM
Riiiiggghhhhttt..that's JUST what Romney said. He asked why windows can't "open" - which could be a legitimate question since obviously airplane doors do open (they're called emergency exits).

What about the Obama gaffe where he said he "Hates all gays, women and hispanics"? Nobody reports on THAT gaffe!
 
2012-09-25 01:54:21 PM

Gyrfalcon: What makes me doubt it was a joke is the fact that he kept going with it. A real "joke" would have been "Yeah, the cabin filled with smoke; too bad they couldn't roll the windows down to get some air." PERIOD. Romney kept on going and going with it, like someone genuinely trying to get why the passengers couldn't let the smoke out.


Yep, none of what you would see from someone delivering a joke, "dry" or not, I agree. Oh well, it doesn't surprise me though. We DO seem to have hurt epoch_destroi's feelings, though.
 
2012-09-25 01:55:45 PM

tblax: epoch_destroi: Mikey1969: epoch_destroi: Are libs so ignorant of dry humor?

Name 10 conservative-leaning comedians


And since you asked:

Bill Cosby
Adam Sandler
Drew Carey
Ben Stein
Kelsey Grammer
Jeff Foxworthy
Larry the Cable Guy
Bill Engvall
Ron White
David Angelo

(Not all of them are my cup of tea, but they're all comedians and right-leaning or right-wingers.)
 
2012-09-25 01:57:06 PM

Mikey1969: Gyrfalcon: What makes me doubt it was a joke is the fact that he kept going with it. A real "joke" would have been "Yeah, the cabin filled with smoke; too bad they couldn't roll the windows down to get some air." PERIOD. Romney kept on going and going with it, like someone genuinely trying to get why the passengers couldn't let the smoke out.

Yep, none of what you would see from someone delivering a joke, "dry" or not, I agree. Oh well, it doesn't surprise me though. We DO seem to have hurt epoch_destroi's feelings, though.


Naw, I just have time before class to kill. ;)
 
2012-09-25 01:58:57 PM

epoch_destroi: tblax: epoch_destroi: Mikey1969: epoch_destroi: Are libs so ignorant of dry humor?

Name 10 conservative-leaning comedians

And since you asked:

Bill Cosby
Adam Sandler
Drew Carey
Ben Stein
Kelsey Grammer
Jeff Foxworthy
Larry the Cable Guy
Bill Engvall
Ron White
David Angelo

(Not all of them are my cup of tea, but they're all comedians and right-leaning or right-wingers.)


I guess I should have specified I wanted people who were actually funny

Props for actually making a list, though
 
2012-09-25 02:02:45 PM

tblax: epoch_destroi: tblax: epoch_destroi: Mikey1969: epoch_destroi: Are libs so ignorant of dry humor?

Name 10 conservative-leaning comedians

And since you asked:

Bill Cosby
Adam Sandler
Drew Carey
Ben Stein
Kelsey Grammer
Jeff Foxworthy
Larry the Cable Guy
Bill Engvall
Ron White
David Angelo

(Not all of them are my cup of tea, but they're all comedians and right-leaning or right-wingers.)

I guess I should have specified I wanted people who were actually funny

Props for actually making a list, though


...well, quite a few people find them funny; they're all pretty successful comedians. Everybody finds different stuff funny...hence the freak-out over this joke, with people taking it literally. I don't think 'funny' is so easily encapsuled so as that anyone could provide a list of ten people that everybody would find funny. And I don't see you making a list of ten liberal comedians that I would find side-splitting.

This is yet another example of the way that liberals move the goal posts-- with the article:
*first he was a moron for saying it
*then it was that the joke was too callous-- "how dare he joke when his wife almost died"
*then it was that the joke wasn't "funny enough".

And with this--
*first, "find ten conservative comedians"
*then, "well, butbutbut, I don't find them all hilarious! find ten that I like!"
 
2012-09-25 02:05:14 PM

Free_Chilly_Willy: I have never seen the main stream media act in such a blatant and hostile way to a Presidential canindate.

Yes, Romney had a slip of the brain when saying that windows should be able to lower on airplanes, but the constant hammering the media is doing with regard to this comment is sickening.

Where is the media on the administration's failure to fix the economy, its capitulation to Iran on nuclear weapons, its failure to secure a proper democracy for Egypt?


Yes. One man in America SHOULD fix a global economy, set up a puppet govt in an Islamic Republic, and declare war on yet another Islamic Republic? Did I understand you correctly? This is one man's responsibility?
 
2012-09-25 02:06:51 PM

smitty04: JackieRabbit: He isn't "Dubya Dumb," but he's no scholar either.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University and, in 1975, a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. Can you top that? Joint degrees is damn difficult.


One does not need necessarily to be brilliant to earn a degree from Harvard. There are other ways to get in and get a degree, as many wealthy lads have discovered after daddy pulled the right strings. He's obviously smart. But never be overly impressed with a MBA (though Harvard has a rather good program). Many schools offer these for going to school on Saturdays for a year. The law degree from Harvard is more impressive; that isn't easy. But these are both professional - not academic - degrees. Hence my comment he's no scholar.
 
2012-09-25 02:09:02 PM

brigid_fitch: This is beginning to look like the tipping point for Romney, especially on the heels of his 47% comment. It's like GWHB being fascinated by a supermarket scanner--proof that he's just that out of touch.


I hope Romney is done, but GHWB got flack for what was a misinterpretation of events. Some hack reporter said he was amazed by the scanner, when in reality he expressed interest in a new type of scanner at a trade show.
 
2012-09-25 02:09:57 PM

JackieRabbit: smitty04: JackieRabbit: He isn't "Dubya Dumb," but he's no scholar either.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University and, in 1975, a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. Can you top that? Joint degrees is damn difficult.

One does not need necessarily to be brilliant to earn a degree from Harvard. There are other ways to get in and get a degree, as many wealthy lads have discovered after daddy pulled the right strings. He's obviously smart. But never be overly impressed with a MBA (though Harvard has a rather good program). Many schools offer these for going to school on Saturdays for a year. The law degree from Harvard is more impressive; that isn't easy. But these are both professional - not academic - degrees. Hence my comment he's no scholar.


Y'know what? I agree. He's not a scholar, and that's really obvious.

But is being a scholar a requirement for being the president? Is the only 'right' way to view things through an academic lens?

/Full disclosure-- I'm not only a scholar, I'm pursuing two degrees at once at a celebrated liberal arts college! I just don't think that academia is the only way to learn to process and think about the world around us critically.
 
2012-09-25 02:10:38 PM
Had Romney joked about putting screen doors on submarines, Liberals would be insisting that it might be a stupid idea from a stupid person.
 
2012-09-25 02:15:12 PM

epoch_destroi: Mikey1969: Gyrfalcon: What makes me doubt it was a joke is the fact that he kept going with it. A real "joke" would have been "Yeah, the cabin filled with smoke; too bad they couldn't roll the windows down to get some air." PERIOD. Romney kept on going and going with it, like someone genuinely trying to get why the passengers couldn't let the smoke out.

Yep, none of what you would see from someone delivering a joke, "dry" or not, I agree. Oh well, it doesn't surprise me though. We DO seem to have hurt epoch_destroi's feelings, though.

Naw, I just have time before class to kill. ;)


StandUp 101?
 
2012-09-25 02:16:17 PM
OK, so he can't roll down the window, but he can still tie his dog to the roof, right?
 
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