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2012-09-28 05:45:33 PM  

ignatius_crumbcake: Hot water heaters are obviously a liberal conspiracy.


why would you heat hot water?
 
2012-09-28 05:46:53 PM  

tinyarena: Gee, I can't imagine why Mitt would make his boys take cold showers...
His FIVE STRAPPING-HOT YOUNG REPRESSED MORMON SONS
nope, no idea


Some young Mormons use the excuse, "no premarital sex? Okay, so she and I agreed we'd never marry each other, so we could boink and it wouldn't count."
 
2012-09-28 05:48:41 PM  

coco ebert: I don't get rich cheap people. If I had money, I'd be one generous motherf*cker.


how do you think they got to be rich?
 
2012-09-28 05:50:48 PM  

Mcavity: coco ebert: I don't get rich cheap people. If I had money, I'd be one generous motherf*cker.

how do you think they got to be rich?


Yup, Romney sure got rich by being frugal.
 
2012-09-28 05:51:22 PM  
Are Mormon families allowed to jerk off? (not together of course)
 
2012-09-28 05:52:00 PM  

mr_bunny: You heard it here first, the guy has a dungeon under his house and probably tortures gay runaways and hookers.

Probably while dressed in his cop uniform.


I doubt it. Mormons are notorious swingers. So it's more likely he has a revolving bed big enough for half of the elders to have an orgy at once.
 
2012-09-28 05:53:03 PM  

Mcavity: coco ebert: I don't get rich cheap people. If I had money, I'd be one generous motherf*cker.

how do you think they got to be rich?


Because his dad was a millionaire who sent him to expensive schools, bought him his house, gave him other money and set him up with other rich people for cushy high paying jobs?
 
2012-09-28 05:55:55 PM  

Corvus: Are Mormon families allowed to jerk off? (not together of course)


Mormons are not allowed to jerk off, no. So ... no family home evening jerk offs.
 
2012-09-28 05:56:29 PM  

12349876: tinyarena: [t2.gstatic.com image 269x188]
Gee, I can't imagine why Mitt would make his boys take cold showers...
His FIVE STRAPPING-HOT YOUNG REPRESSED MORMON SONS
nope, no idea

5 of them would clog the drain.


Great, now you've got me thinking about Romney's five sons standing in a hot shower and masturbating into the drain, perhaps while asking each other how their day went, and "could you pass that shower cloth I'm almost done here, thanks bro".

www.brobible.com 

/I think it's time I got out of my office
//oh look it almost 6pm
 
2012-09-28 06:05:09 PM  
imageshack.us

It's to keep Mitt's 5 boy's from lusting for multiple wives.
 
2012-09-28 06:20:50 PM  

Corvus: Mcavity: coco ebert: I don't get rich cheap people. If I had money, I'd be one generous motherf*cker.

how do you think they got to be rich?

Because his dad was a millionaire who sent him to expensive schools, bought him his house, gave him other money and set him up with other rich people for cushy high paying jobs?


Nope. It was all clipping coupons and buying off-brand labels.

In seriousness, the rich can be tightwads. When money is important to you, you both might be more determined to make a lot of it and be more cognizant of ways to save it. It doesn't just effect Republicans, either. My mom once shared a flight with Bill Gates (not recently, but he was still famously rich at the time) on a commercial flight. Not only was he flying commercial, but she noticed that the soles of his shoes had metal supports tacked on to them to reduce the wear on the soles of the shoes - a trick usually only used by people who can't afford to buy more than one pair of dress shoes, so they make that pair last as long as possible.
 
2012-09-28 06:21:35 PM  
I posted something like this onto my Facebook page about six weeks ago and this thread reminds me of why I posted it:

Some of the wealthy elite complain that we have become a culture that hates successful people. This is untrue; we hate the miserly and this is nothing new: In history, the miser would hoard money and callously overwork those under his employ. They were curiosities to be mocked and they inspired fictitious characters (the ubiquitious Scrooge) who were looked upon with disdain untill or unless they recieved a dose of humanity and changed their ways. Today's miser works hides money in off-shore mattresses and fervently attempt to influence elections and change laws to benefit himself financially while the rest of us foot the bill. We don't have problems with the rich, it's misers we cannot stand. And never could.

It is refreshing, in a way, that the Romney miser, like the Hetty Greens and John Elwes' of the yore, also eschews hot water if it meant saving a few pennies. How old school of him!

/ Misers of all generations are odd ducks.
// The Wiki page of Elwes has this image:

upload.wikimedia.org

Remind you of anyone? Yes, I think so...

qph.cf.quoracdn.net 

// Love this factoid from his page: "He once badly cut both legs while walking home in the dark, but would only allow the apothecary to treat one, wagering his fee that the untreated limb would heal first. Elwes won by a fortnight and the doctor had to forfeit his fee."
 
2012-09-28 06:24:26 PM  
These people only get to plague us for so long as we let them.

There are...alternatives.
 
2012-09-28 06:37:12 PM  
Never mind the "news story" I'm offended he thinks Americans are stupid enough to believe him.
 
2012-09-28 06:41:11 PM  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: GAT_00: Rich people stay rich by being incredibly cheap. That's actually really common supposedly. I can't speak from personal experience.

For first generation millionaires.

While Romney wasn't *technically* a trust fund baby, he was born on third, so I don't know how that factors into the trend.


I had an uncle who was pretty wealthy (I think it was from good stock picks, got a bunch of Cisco when it was less than a dollar). Consummate penny pincher.
 
2012-09-28 06:51:17 PM  

mr_bunny: You heard it here first, the guy has a dungeon under his house and probably tortures gay runaways and hookers.

Probably while dressed in his cop uniform.


25.media.tumblr.com


Doubt it's obscure, even for fark.
 
2012-09-28 06:53:30 PM  

GAT_00: James!: Diogenes: James!: Diogenes: James!: I thought it was weird how the convention video highlighted what a cheapskate he is.

They were going for frugal. But Ann was just on some late night show and was asked point blank "frugal or cheap?" and she said "cheap." Funny, perhaps, but it really steps on the message.


Instead of buying a proper lightbulb for his stove he used a normal bulb and tin foil.  That's how Mitt Romney solves problems.

Mock if you will. But we could use someone with creative problem skills that could potentially burn the country to the ground.


Mitt Romney: The tin foil and scotch tape that will hold this country together.

Rich people stay rich by being incredibly cheap. That's actually really common supposedly. I can't speak from personal experience.


I think it's a certain kind of rich person that does that. If Mitt was really that type of rich person he probably wouldn't have an elevator for his cars. It's a little tough to understand why your cars get an elevator but your family doesn't get hot showers.
 
2012-09-28 06:57:12 PM  

dehehn: I think it's a certain kind of rich person that does that. If Mitt was really that type of rich person he probably wouldn't have an elevator for his cars. It's a little tough to understand why your cars get an elevator but your family doesn't get hot showers.


Perhaps, as a robot, he does not understand the importance of a hot shower.
 
2012-09-28 07:03:37 PM  

Bocasio: Never mind the "news story" I'm offended he thinks Americans are stupid enough to believe him.


Look, he does his own laundry, he shops at the grocery mart for Diet Pepsi, how much more can he do?
 
2012-09-28 07:08:48 PM  

Holfax: Corvus: Mcavity: coco ebert: I don't get rich cheap people. If I had money, I'd be one generous motherf*cker.

how do you think they got to be rich?

Because his dad was a millionaire who sent him to expensive schools, bought him his house, gave him other money and set him up with other rich people for cushy high paying jobs?

Nope. It was all clipping coupons and buying off-brand labels.

In seriousness, the rich can be tightwads. When money is important to you, you both might be more determined to make a lot of it and be more cognizant of ways to save it. It doesn't just effect Republicans, either. My mom once shared a flight with Bill Gates (not recently, but he was still famously rich at the time) on a commercial flight. Not only was he flying commercial, but she noticed that the soles of his shoes had metal supports tacked on to them to reduce the wear on the soles of the shoes - a trick usually only used by people who can't afford to buy more than one pair of dress shoes, so they make that pair last as long as possible.


This why it's so important to cut only the top tax rate for millionaires and billionaires. Otherwise they won't feel comfortable spending their money. If we tax them too much then not enough will trickle down to rest of us. Why can't liebrals understand that?
 
2012-09-28 07:18:23 PM  
How bad Romney's campaign gaffs have been thus far:

I read the headline as forcing his family to take "gold showers".
 
2012-09-28 07:18:49 PM  

AbbeySomeone: Diogenes: James!: I thought it was weird how the convention video highlighted what a cheapskate he is.

They were going for frugal. But Ann was just on some late night show and was asked point blank "frugal or cheap?" and she said "cheap." Funny, perhaps, but it really steps on the message.

I bet those cheap sonsabiatches don't tip well either.


Romney Offers Barista Half-Consumed Hot Cocoa in Lieu of Tip  And no, it's not from the Onion.
 
2012-09-28 07:35:43 PM  

Sock Ruh Tease: [i.imgur.com image 315x864]


I've had a long, crappy day but that made me laugh my ass off. Thanks.
 
2012-09-28 07:41:09 PM  
Hey, give the man a break, those car elevators don't grow on trees you know.
 
2012-09-28 07:42:40 PM  
cause their magic underwear keeps them warm
 
2012-09-28 07:43:22 PM  

propasaurus: Bocasio: Never mind the "news story" I'm offended he thinks Americans are stupid enough to believe him.

Look, he does his own laundry, he shops at the grocery mart for Diet Pepsi, how much more can he do?


Don't get me wrong I have no problem with making money.
I've known many different types of rich folks:

The one that looks down on employees (Tally for using engineers to build a $5 part on his pool skimmer)

Hard working built it from the ground up (Mr A great bonuses, only medicine he ever took was aspirin lived to be 90 years old)

Those that received company stock 15 years before it went public (thanks Mr O, for buying the entire company breakfast every Thursday)

I've learned many things from self made men, basic rule is "you don't make money by spending it" and as unfortunate as it seems. The children of the rich are insufferable and usually piss it away after the dads are gone. I can't say that about Mormons
 
2012-09-28 07:54:52 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: mr_bunny: You heard it here first, the guy has a dungeon under his house and probably tortures gay runaways and hookers.

Probably while dressed in his cop uniform.

[25.media.tumblr.com image 850x1092]


Doubt it's obscure, even for fark.


Not obscure. I remember the movie but not it's name. If I recall it was a made for TV movie.
Guy picks up male hitchhikers or stranded motorists molests them then kills and buries them on his property.
He has some sort of weird history with the town's sheriff.
 
2012-09-28 08:01:25 PM  
The Romney manor should be outfitted with one of those tankless, on-demand water heaters.
 
2012-09-28 08:28:19 PM  

coco ebert: I don't get rich cheap people. If I had money, I'd be one generous motherf*cker.


Generous is not a concept known by Mitt romney.
 
2012-09-28 08:30:09 PM  

sparkeyjames: Bathia_Mapes: mr_bunny: You heard it here first, the guy has a dungeon under his house and probably tortures gay runaways and hookers.

Probably while dressed in his cop uniform.

[25.media.tumblr.com image 850x1092]


Doubt it's obscure, even for fark.

Not obscure. I remember the movie but not it's name. If I recall it was a made for TV movie.
Guy picks up male hitchhikers or stranded motorists molests them then kills and buries them on his property.
He has some sort of weird history with the town's sheriff.


No, no , no. that was the video introduction for Paul Ryan at this year's RNC. Pretty sure that still is from something produced for entertainment.

/Hey, it appealed to the base . . .
 
2012-09-28 08:55:41 PM  

GAT_00: James!: Diogenes: James!: Diogenes: James!: I thought it was weird how the convention video highlighted what a cheapskate he is.

They were going for frugal. But Ann was just on some late night show and was asked point blank "frugal or cheap?" and she said "cheap." Funny, perhaps, but it really steps on the message.


Instead of buying a proper lightbulb for his stove he used a normal bulb and tin foil.  That's how Mitt Romney solves problems.

Mock if you will. But we could use someone with creative problem skills that could potentially burn the country to the ground.


Mitt Romney: The tin foil and scotch tape that will hold this country together.

Rich people stay rich by being incredibly cheap. That's actually really common supposedly. I can't speak from personal experience.


A lot of classic misers/hoarders were amazingly stingy; I think the record is some guy named John Dancer or somesuch, he was a miser in Victorian England, and was reputedly so mean that when given a fresh fish by a neighbor, rather than light a fire to cook it, he just sat on it till it was warm enough to eat.

He died with a shiatload of money; but why?
 
2012-09-28 09:15:01 PM  

coco ebert: Mcavity: coco ebert: I don't get rich cheap people. If I had money, I'd be one generous motherf*cker.

how do you think they got to be rich?

Yup, Romney sure got rich by being frugal.


Right! If I was just a bit more frugal I'd also have $100million in my IRA and $100million in my boys' trust fund.

I feel so silly.
 
2012-09-28 09:17:16 PM  
He also doesn't tip his prostitutes.
 
2012-09-28 09:19:03 PM  

Agent Smiths Laugh: These people only get to plague us for so long as we let them.

There are...alternatives.


The National Razor something you had in mind?
 
2012-09-28 09:22:33 PM  
"Sure, he's got a shiatload of money, but he refuses to spend it on his loved ones!"

I'm sure that will resonate with the electorate.
 
2012-09-28 09:24:28 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Agent Smiths Laugh: These people only get to plague us for so long as we let them.

There are...alternatives.

The National Razor something you had in mind?


I used to dislike Robespierre...but I can see how they got a bit carried away.
 
2012-09-28 09:35:49 PM  

sparkeyjames: Bathia_Mapes: mr_bunny: You heard it here first, the guy has a dungeon under his house and probably tortures gay runaways and hookers.

Probably while dressed in his cop uniform.

[25.media.tumblr.com image 850x1092]


Doubt it's obscure, even for fark.

Not obscure. I remember the movie but not it's name. If I recall it was a made for TV movie.
Guy picks up male hitchhikers or stranded motorists molests them then kills and buries them on his property.
He has some sort of weird history with the town's sheriff.

It was a 3-part TV miniseries called a target="_blank" href="http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiefs_%28TV_miniseries%29"> Chiefs. "Foxy" Funderburke" was the bad guy.
 
2012-09-28 09:41:27 PM  
Well, poo. Keep getting a "malformed url" message when I try to post the link to the "Chiefs" Wikipedia page.
 
2012-09-28 09:59:33 PM  
What the hell? Someone let him win a $10,000 bet and maybe he'll treat his kids to warm water.
 
2012-09-28 10:07:23 PM  
i couldn't find the text of the article. anyone?
 
2012-09-28 10:28:22 PM  
The rich are different.
i1188.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-28 11:10:49 PM  
On a serious note, this latest episodes shows how Mitt simply doesn't understand the choices that middle class families make when it comes to money. He just assumes that middle class people have to be cheap. It's not what happens at all. It's about choices and tradeoffs. I grew up in a pretty middle class home where my parents thought it was important that my brother and I go to the best private school possible. That cost a lot, and as a result, my parents had to make a lot of lifestyle tradeoffs. We lived in a somewhat small house for four people, only had one car, didn't take many vacations, etc. And my parents worked jobs that they didn't particularly like, but they payed well and provided good health insurance.

So when Mitt touts his cheapness as proof that he understands the American middle class experience, he really doesn't get it -- it's just patronizing.
 
2012-09-28 11:26:59 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Well, poo. Keep getting a "malformed url" message when I try to post the link to the "Chiefs" Wikipedia page.


That's ok. Copy Paste worked. Thanks for the link.
 
2012-09-28 11:34:07 PM  

thornhill: On a serious note, this latest episodes shows how Mitt simply doesn't understand the choices that middle class families make when it comes to money. He just assumes that middle class people have to be cheap. It's not what happens at all. It's about choices and tradeoffs. I grew up in a pretty middle class home where my parents thought it was important that my brother and I go to the best private school possible. That cost a lot, and as a result, my parents had to make a lot of lifestyle tradeoffs. We lived in a somewhat small house for four people, only had one car, didn't take many vacations, etc. And my parents worked jobs that they didn't particularly like, but they payed well and provided good health insurance.

So when Mitt touts his cheapness as proof that he understands the American middle class experience, he really doesn't get it -- it's just patronizing.


Ha, you poors don't get it. If your folks needed money for your schooling, why didn't they just dip into the $100M their fathers gave them? Or sell the stocks they bought with "birthday money" at a huge gain?
 
2012-09-29 12:09:59 AM  

thornhill: On a serious note, this latest episodes shows how Mitt simply doesn't understand the choices that middle class families make when it comes to money. He just assumes that middle class people have to be cheap. It's not what happens at all. It's about choices and tradeoffs. I grew up in a pretty middle class home where my parents thought it was important that my brother and I go to the best private school possible. That cost a lot, and as a result, my parents had to make a lot of lifestyle tradeoffs. We lived in a somewhat small house for four people, only had one car, didn't take many vacations, etc. And my parents worked jobs that they didn't particularly like, but they payed well and provided good health insurance.

So when Mitt touts his cheapness as proof that he understands the American middle class experience, he really doesn't get it -- it's just patronizing.


Heaven forbid you grow up working class, as I did, with sketchy access to healthcare (when I broke my arm as a kid it was interesting) and waiting on the corner to take the bus to public school, to me he just sounds like a jackass when trying to relate. Good luck with that.
 
2012-09-29 12:44:59 AM  
Has anyone mentioned that having a tank water heater when you have that much money is ridiculously stupid? Buy a farking continuous water heater and not only will it pay for itself over its life, but you won't have to worry about turning up and down the hot water.

It's not being cheap - it's being stupid.

/loves the continuous water heater in my apartment
 
2012-09-29 12:53:45 AM  
Romney is possibly the most inauthentic person on the planet. This guy has absolutely no idea how poor people really live. Listen dumbass, unless your gas/power is cut off, you're going to take warm showers, no matter how poor you are.

The only time Romney experiences cold water is in the swimming pool. So in his moronic brain he thinks a cold shower is like taking a dip in the pool.
 
2012-09-29 01:24:01 AM  

thornhill: On a serious note, this latest episodes shows how Mitt simply doesn't understand the choices that middle class families make when it comes to money. He just assumes that middle class people have to be cheap. It's not what happens at all. It's about choices and tradeoffs. I grew up in a pretty middle class home where my parents thought it was important that my brother and I go to the best private school possible. That cost a lot, and as a result, my parents had to make a lot of lifestyle tradeoffs. We lived in a somewhat small house for four people, only had one car, didn't take many vacations, etc. And my parents worked jobs that they didn't particularly like, but they payed well and provided good health insurance.

So when Mitt touts his cheapness as proof that he understands the American middle class experience, he really doesn't get it -- it's just patronizing.


He reminds me a lot of the candy company heir, born on 3rd base and thought he hit a triple, president of the college I went to. He actually stated that if people just didn't buy big screen TVs and new microwaves, they wouldn't need financial aid for their kids to attend school. Oh, and that if you're a first generation college student, then the cheaper, less good Church of God school up the road was what you'd just need to settle for because you wouldn't benefit from an expensive private college anyway.
 
2012-09-29 01:24:15 AM  

Need Help Soonish: Sock Ruh Tease: [i.imgur.com image 315x864]

Those aren't really his sons names are they???


His kids are Taggart (b. 1970)
Matthew (b. 1971)
Joshua (b. 1975)
Benjamin (b. 1978)
Craig (b. 1981)
 
2012-09-29 01:27:23 AM  

WordyGrrl: AbbeySomeone: Diogenes: James!: I thought it was weird how the convention video highlighted what a cheapskate he is.

They were going for frugal. But Ann was just on some late night show and was asked point blank "frugal or cheap?" and she said "cheap." Funny, perhaps, but it really steps on the message.

I bet those cheap sonsabiatches don't tip well either.

Romney Offers Barista Half-Consumed Hot Cocoa in Lieu of Tip  And no, it's not from the Onion.


That's not strange. That's just 'mighty white' and midwestern of him.
See also: stories of whites who show up at mixed gatherings
or predominantly non-white gatherings
with half-eaten leftovers as contributions.

Same deal. The thinking is, just like Romney's 'why waste this?'
without understanding the insult of bringing one's leftovers (one's garbage)
to a potluck.

Do it to folks whom they see as above their station, though?
Not happening.
 
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