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2012-11-09 12:23:39 PM

Johnny Swank: Jackpot777: So: what is the spread on when the first tell-all staffer book comes out? I have my money on 'before Christmas'.

You gotta know this is true. I'd buy it in a heartbeat.


I'm hoping for the HBO movie.

Palin was awesome.
 
2012-11-09 12:25:32 PM

Eegah: Watch the raw video of him and Ryan order food at Wendy's on election day. It is very awkward and uncomfortable, especially when he orders a "Quarter Pounder".


Romney was just thrown off because they have his normal lunch of Foie Gras and caviar on the menu.
 
2012-11-09 12:25:39 PM

WienerButt: My friend of over ten years has been ignoring me since the election. He found out I didn't vote for Romney and went apeshiat. He was throwing the N word around, furious and offensive. I had never heard this from him. He had a meltdown and has been ignoring my calls and texts. We usually talk everyday and talk sports and career but so far nothing.

WTF


Fark em. Life's too short to waste time with assholes like that voluntarily.
 
2012-11-09 12:26:02 PM
My buddy has always been a bit an asshole. Like a real life farker who would enjoy trolling people but showed normal feelings when necessary. He was literally enraged when he kept pressing me to answer who I voted for. Then he started blasting talk radio/fox news talking points and said he couldn't talk anymore.

His girlfriend is pretty liberal. They must not talk about politics AT ALL. He is pretty sexist as well.
 
2012-11-09 12:26:05 PM
Romney lost because Republican ideology is not what people want. McCain lost for the same reason. Seriously Republicans, we don't want your brand of crazy leading the country.
 
2012-11-09 12:27:20 PM

culebra: The Mystery of Why Republicans Were So Sure They'd Win


FTA: "For the project, Romney aides gathered about 34,000 volunteers spread across the swing states to send in information about what was happening at the polls. "The project operates via a web-based app volunteers use to relay the most up-to-date poll information to a 'national dashboard' at the Boston headquarters," said a campaign email on election eve. "From there, data will be interpreted and utilized to plan voter turnout tactics on Election Day."


LMFAO, they based their intelligence gathering on 34,000 "Romney Supporters"? Relied on a bunch of right wing blogtards to provide accurate information?

Delicious.
 
2012-11-09 12:30:35 PM
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2012-11-09 12:32:03 PM

Kazrath: Romney lost because Republican ideology is not what people want. McCain lost for the same reason. Seriously Republicans, we don't want your brand of crazy leading the country.


Although I consider myself relatively liberal, I was very split when I found out McCain would be running on the Republican end of things. The difference between McCain and Romney, imho, is while I don't agree with McCain on all issues, I don't think he's an asshole and I do in fact respect his opinion. Until the national election, that was. Then he went all derptastic and I realized this wasn't the McCain I knew. And then he hired Palin and well, that was the end for me.
 
2012-11-09 12:43:13 PM

WienerButt: My friend of over ten years has been ignoring me since the election. He found out I didn't vote for Romney and went apeshiat. He was throwing the N word around, furious and offensive. I had never heard this from him. He had a meltdown and has been ignoring my calls and texts. We usually talk everyday and talk sports and career but so far nothing.

WTF


That's really sad. Sorry your friend turned into a raging douche nozzle over stupid partisan politics. Hopefully he'll come to his senses.
 
2012-11-09 12:44:43 PM

Lollipop165: Kazrath: Romney lost because Republican ideology is not what people want. McCain lost for the same reason. Seriously Republicans, we don't want your brand of crazy leading the country.

Although I consider myself relatively liberal, I was very split when I found out McCain would be running on the Republican end of things. The difference between McCain and Romney, imho, is while I don't agree with McCain on all issues, I don't think he's an asshole and I do in fact respect his opinion. Until the national election, that was. Then he went all derptastic and I realized this wasn't the McCain I knew. And then he hired Palin and well, that was the end for me.


Dems and Libs had a lot of respect for McCain - he was a moderate; he was an ACTUAL war hero, not some chickenhawk; he didn't think war was the answer to everything; he didn't resort to personal attacks. It was the wrong time for him to run; 8 years of shiat under Bush, young people were politically active again, people eager to be on the right side of history, he was too old, and Palin terrified everyone.

It's a goddamn shame.

If McCain was president in 2000 instead of Bush Lite, the world would be a different place today.
 
2012-11-09 12:46:34 PM

Antimatter: WienerButt: My friend of over ten years has been ignoring me since the election. He found out I didn't vote for Romney and went apeshiat. He was throwing the N word around, furious and offensive. I had never heard this from him. He had a meltdown and has been ignoring my calls and texts. We usually talk everyday and talk sports and career but so far nothing.

WTF

I had a friend in the army who did the same thing. When I dared question his rant, I was called every name in the book, and some of his buddies chipped in. i like how Bayonets are standard issue in their world, and subs are not a type of boat. Those two things mattered more then any policy or action the president took, and any positive action of Obama's, in their world, was someone else at work.

I eventually just blocked his feed, as they got more and more unhinged about it.


Seems to be a common story these last couple of days... I had an old friend from high school, who I haven't even talked to until the day after the election, go apeshiat on me on a friend's facebook page because I posted a link from factcheck.org detailing which president started the free phone for low-income citizens program after she made a remark about how "Lazy welfare" people were using their free "Obama phones" to post celebratory remarks on facebook and twitter...

I mean she went apeshiat... Facts are so infuriating to some people.

They really were living in a bubble where Romney was going to win in a landslide, I guess.
 
2012-11-09 12:56:42 PM

WienerButt: My buddy ...


Sounds like an asshole.
 
2012-11-09 01:00:45 PM

KoolerThanJesus: 1000 bet


"$1000? Pish-posh, try a $10,000 bet. $1,000 is what I bet with Ann on things like which servant is using the upstairs bathroom."
 
2012-11-09 01:00:54 PM

WienerButt: His girlfriend is pretty liberal. They must not talk about politics AT ALL. He is pretty sexist as well.


He must have a huge penis.
 
2012-11-09 01:02:21 PM

Antimatter: When I dared question his rant, I was called every name in the book, and some of his buddies chipped in. i like how Bayonets are standard issue in their world, and subs are not a type of boat.


You should have asked him why the world's premier submarine manufacturing firm is...

General Dynamics Electric Boat 

It doesn't build surface ships. All GDEB does is build submarines.
 
2012-11-09 01:05:50 PM
Didn't Romney change the rules of their weird Wedding Crashers family Olympics mid-games so that he could win? I want to see a tell-all book based on that.
 
2012-11-09 01:07:04 PM

eraser8: Antimatter: When I dared question his rant, I was called every name in the book, and some of his buddies chipped in. i like how Bayonets are standard issue in their world, and subs are not a type of boat.

You should have asked him why the world's premier submarine manufacturing firm is...

General Dynamics Electric Boat 

It doesn't build surface ships. All GDEB does is build submarines.


Or ask him what kind of boats Germany used in WW2.
 
2012-11-09 01:09:48 PM
"In person, Romney could be warm and funny. One on one, he interacted with people naturally. But when the cameras turned on, that side of him disappeared. Aides complained that he became some kind of bizarre, awkward automaton."

The fear of saying something too moderate for his base or too derpy for the general public, I'm guessing.
 
2012-11-09 01:12:47 PM
Somebody say automaton? gif file too large for FARK. Worth a peek for a snicker....

http://i.imgur.com/WHpEU.jpg

yes, you have to copy & paste into address
 
2012-11-09 01:15:33 PM

Arkanaut: WienerButt: His girlfriend is pretty liberal. They must not talk about politics AT ALL. He is pretty sexist as well.

He must have a huge penis.


Well, she did say he was a Big Dick.
 
2012-11-09 01:20:39 PM

mgshamster: WienerButt: My friend of over ten years has been ignoring me since the election. He found out I didn't vote for Romney and went apeshiat. He was throwing the N word around, furious and offensive. I had never heard this from him. He had a meltdown and has been ignoring my calls and texts. We usually talk everyday and talk sports and career but so far nothing.

WTF

That's been happening all over the country. Check out this week's This American Life episode: Link


Interesting.
 
2012-11-09 01:32:19 PM
If you don't understand your friends' behavior, it's likely you don't know them as well as you thought you did.
All these mysterious rants and outbursts are easily explained by a common but unpopular personality trait.
 
2012-11-09 01:41:30 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: The only version of Mitt Romneybot that even appeared somewhat close to human was concession-speech Romney.


That was funny, wasn't it? And although I know exactly what kind of person he is, I still felt sorry for him then. You could tell that he was completely stunned and had been crying.

I heard this story on the radio, and this was the part that struck me: where they say that he failed at describing what kind of person he was, and if he did try, his examples were just not right. The Romneybot, like a lot of people have said already, has a personality disorder. These people have no freaking identity of their own, and that's why you can't just ask them what kind of person they are--they have to wait for clues from the person they're talking to, to find out what kind of person the other wants them to be. Then that's who they are. So much for "Mitt doesn't like talking about himself."

As long as they know who they're dealing with, people with personality disorders can be charming as hell. But unscripted and in front of strangers, they're a mess. They don't really have any identity of their own, and they don't know how to present themselves without preparation and knowledge of what the audience wants.

That's exactly how this story sounded to me. George Bush--same thing. The guy was just a puppet for whoever was telling him what to do, and how to think. Unscripted, (like those famous few minutes while he was reading My Pet Goat), he didn't know what to do. He literally did not know how to react to the biggest moment of his Presidency, because no one was there to tell him.

You can think that Obama is arrogant, clueless, or whatever, but you never get a sense from him that he isn't secure in his own skin.
 
2012-11-09 01:55:35 PM

mobile_home_refush: Hey y'all remember when that guy Romney (i think it was) showed up in "brown face" to talk to the Latinos?
Wasn't he the same one that told a room full of wealthy black folks that he wasn't givinem no more foodstamps? or something like that. I think he's the same one that told all the victems of frankenstorm that he was against FEMA and oh here have a can of soup. I bet at least 47 percent of y'all will remember that nice video he put out....I wonder what ever happened to that nice fellow.


6/10 Strong start, lousy finish,
 
2012-11-09 02:14:13 PM

WienerButt: My friend of over ten years has been ignoring me since the election. He found out I didn't vote for Romney and went apeshiat. He was throwing the N word around, furious and offensive. I had never heard this from him. He had a meltdown and has been ignoring my calls and texts. We usually talk everyday and talk sports and career but so far nothing.


I feel bad for you, because I know it's hard to lose a buddy, but if your friend thinks that the N-word is ever appropriate, much less to biatch about an election, maybe you need a better class of friend.
 
2012-11-09 02:19:15 PM

milsorgen: mobile_home_refush: Hey y'all remember when that guy Romney (i think it was) showed up in "brown face" to talk to the Latinos?
Wasn't he the same one that told a room full of wealthy black folks that he wasn't givinem no more foodstamps? or something like that. I think he's the same one that told all the victems of frankenstorm that he was against FEMA and oh here have a can of soup. I bet at least 47 percent of y'all will remember that nice video he put out....I wonder what ever happened to that nice fellow.

6/10 Strong start, lousy finish,


I'd bump it to an 8. It was engaging enough that I read it all the way to the end just to see where he was going with it.
 
2012-11-09 03:05:42 PM

Lollipop165: Kazrath: Romney lost because Republican ideology is not what people want. McCain lost for the same reason. Seriously Republicans, we don't want your brand of crazy leading the country.

Although I consider myself relatively liberal, I was very split when I found out McCain would be running on the Republican end of things. The difference between McCain and Romney, imho, is while I don't agree with McCain on all issues, I don't think he's an asshole and I do in fact respect his opinion. Until the national election, that was. Then he went all derptastic and I realized this wasn't the McCain I knew. And then he hired Palin and well, that was the end for me.


And that was my opinion of him to begin with also. The problem is each of these semi-moderate or even independentish Republican candidates sprint right to solidify their base so they can win the nomination. This makes them come across as completely two-faced hypocrites and completely turns me away from them. Romney did the same thing. His healthcare "achievement" was something positive. But because the Right-wing echo chamber hates a black president so much and anything this president does is worse than Satan, Romney had to downplay his one real achievement in the public sector.

Also, the blatant attempt at pandering to women by choosing that laughingstock Palin was really the nail in the coffin for McCain.

I will not vote for someone who is unwilling to stand behind their own actions.
 
2012-11-09 03:23:55 PM

Curious: ann coultere was right. although i'm not sure Christie could have got the nomination or won.

there were other screw ups. project ORCA mean anything to any of you?


Great read. Thanks.

FTA: They expected 75-80 year old veteran volunteers to print out 60+ pages on their home computers? The night before election day?

Well, I see their problem right there. Most of them died before morning.
 
2012-11-09 03:36:00 PM

Some 'Splainin' To Do: milsorgen: mobile_home_refush: Hey y'all remember when that guy Romney (i think it was) showed up in "brown face" to talk to the Latinos?
Wasn't he the same one that told a room full of wealthy black folks that he wasn't givinem no more foodstamps? or something like that. I think he's the same one that told all the victems of frankenstorm that he was against FEMA and oh here have a can of soup. I bet at least 47 percent of y'all will remember that nice video he put out....I wonder what ever happened to that nice fellow.

6/10 Strong start, lousy finish,

I'd bump it to an 8. It was engaging enough that I read it all the way to the end just to see where he was going with it.


Sheesh! I was way off! I thought it was humour!
 
2012-11-09 04:49:09 PM
I am in serious trouble on facebook (lulz) with some woman I have never heard of who is a friend of a friend. She has expended 10000 words to explain how I am completely terrible for calling murdouck and aken 'rapeublicans', which is apparently EXACTLY the same as shouting the N word in the street at random strangers.

Really repubs.. YOU kick there people out, and then we wont associate you with them. How bout that?
 
2012-11-09 05:20:40 PM

Insatiable Jesus: LMFAO, they based their intelligence gathering on 34,000 "Romney Supporters"? Relied on a bunch of right wing blogtards to provide accurate information?


"Well, in the past hour I've counted 89 black voters and 126 white voters, so...I think we're doing pretty good here!"
 
2012-11-09 05:33:39 PM

Curious: there were other screw ups. project ORCA mean anything to any of you?


I think that particular situation sums up exactly what happens when a bunch of pointy-haired bosses decide they can handle everything because they're the Job Creators.
 
2012-11-09 05:51:34 PM

Eegah: Watch the raw video of him and Ryan order food at Wendy's on election day. It is very awkward and uncomfortable, especially when he orders a "Quarter Pounder".


I started giggling uncontrollably when he said "This has been so much fun. This is a great day". For a second I felt bad for laughing, but then I got over it.
 
2012-11-09 10:12:57 PM
When in doubt blame the gheys
 
2012-11-10 04:23:37 AM

WienerButt: My friend of over ten years has been ignoring me since the election. He found out I didn't vote for Romney and went apeshiat. He was throwing the N word around, furious and offensive. I had never heard this from him. He had a meltdown and has been ignoring my calls and texts. We usually talk everyday and talk sports and career but so far nothing.


that's really terrible. i have some religious/conservative friends, and leading up to the election i openly mocked romney on facebook and none of them commented on it. of course, i'm also a vocal atheist and my religious friends just ignore that as well. i guess they are just more mature about our differences and as long as i don't insult them personally (and i never would) they are willing to remain civil despite our political and religious disagreements. my father is also conservative and hates obama, and he just changes the subject whenever politics comes into play. he knows i'm a liberal, i know he's a conservative, so we just let bygones be bygones and don't try to argue about politics. it's a shame more people don't behave that way.
 
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