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(Politico)   Stephen Colbert donates all of his super PAC money to charity, potentially pissing off lots of viewers who actually think he's a fire-breathing conservative   (politico.com) divider line 123
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2012-12-14 09:56:45 AM  

divgradcurl: unexplained bacon: people expected him to do something good with it and he did,

i think the charity thing is great. i would still have been much happier to see donald trump get tea-bagged for one million before the money went to charity...


I was glad to see he gave it to charity rather than using it all to make goof commercials that would really only help media outlets anyway.

of course, you can't put a price on tea bagging Trump....something like that would help everyone.
plus the money would still have gone to the charity of Trump's choosing.
 
2012-12-14 09:58:43 AM  
Somewhere in Wasilla Saint Sarah is weeping -- her PAC only launde, um, donates to REAL 'MURCAN charities like "Buy 'Going Rogue' for the Blind," "Bristol's 'Keep Them There Legs Closed, Harlot' Camp" and "Oh God, Neiman Marcus is Gonna Have My Legs Broke"
 
2012-12-14 10:04:05 AM  

born_yesterday: Huh. So if Colbert can donate PAC money to charity, doesn't that mean all of the candidates could as well? I don't recall hearing about any candidate doing this...I wonder what they do with all that PAC money, since they technically can't legally spend it?

I mean, because if they could, then you'd get political hacks and con men setting up PACs just to grift idological members of the American public--and they wouldn't stand for it!


[slowclap.gif]
What you did there, I see it.
 
2012-12-14 10:07:15 AM  

wxboy: As soon as he does something to lose the respect he's earned, you'll have a point. He hasn't yet. Everybody gets the benefit of the doubt once.


Don't even get him started on that Ghandi asshole.
 
2012-12-14 10:09:21 AM  
what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.
 
2012-12-14 10:14:01 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Somewhere in Wasilla Saint Sarah is weeping -- her PAC only launde, um, donates to REAL 'MURCAN charities like "Buy 'Going Rogue' for the Blind," "Bristol's 'Keep Them There Legs Closed, Harlot' Camp" and "Oh God, Neiman Marcus is Gonna Have My Legs Broke"


How do you make a coloring book for the blind?

Oh I don't see what you did there.
 
2012-12-14 10:14:52 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.


Did you see how much Romney donated to the Mormon Church?

And he didnt even take the full deduction!
 
2012-12-14 10:15:21 AM  

Philip Francis Queeg: thurstonxhowell: Philip Francis Queeg: DirkValentine: Philip Francis Queeg: rufus-t-firefly: All the concern trolls who were "worried" about him keeping the money for himself may now step up and say "Everyone else was right - I should have just waited a few weeks like they said."

Blind faith in celebrities is always justified.

There is nothing blind about my faith in Colbert. He has, repeatedly, shown integrity and lived up to everything he's talked shiat about.

So STFU and GBTW.

Always retain a bit of skepticism about your heroes.

You're just a fountain of what you believe to be wise-sounding platitudes, aren't you?

Sorry for interrupting the hero worship. Please continue with the adulation uninterrupted.


WTF does that even mean - "hero worship"? Is it impossible for you to admire someone that has consistently shown to be a valuable member of society, an amazingly clever and funny comedian/social commentator, and philanthropist?

Lighten up, Francis.
 
2012-12-14 10:15:27 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.


what?! conservatives give money to mooching minorities? why? doesn't that just encourage them to remain a charity case?

donations to your own church or tithe would fall into the same category as club dues.
rejigger accordingly.

yes, Colbert done a good thing.
 
2012-12-14 10:16:06 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.


hurrr.
 
2012-12-14 10:17:12 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.


How about no?
 
2012-12-14 10:17:50 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.


And they're smarter, prettier and they're all ten feet tall!! THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO BELIEVE!!!!
 
2012-12-14 10:18:55 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.


Charity:
fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com

Encouraging laziness:
www.findingdulcinea.com
 
2012-12-14 10:21:32 AM  

DirkValentine: Philip Francis Queeg: thurstonxhowell: Philip Francis Queeg: DirkValentine: Philip Francis Queeg: rufus-t-firefly: All the concern trolls who were "worried" about him keeping the money for himself may now step up and say "Everyone else was right - I should have just waited a few weeks like they said."

Blind faith in celebrities is always justified.

There is nothing blind about my faith in Colbert. He has, repeatedly, shown integrity and lived up to everything he's talked shiat about.

So STFU and GBTW.

Always retain a bit of skepticism about your heroes.

You're just a fountain of what you believe to be wise-sounding platitudes, aren't you?

Sorry for interrupting the hero worship. Please continue with the adulation uninterrupted.

WTF does that even mean - "hero worship"? Is it impossible for you to admire someone that has consistently shown to be a valuable member of society, an amazingly clever and funny comedian/social commentator, and philanthropist?

Lighten up, Francis.


If you have read this thread and don't know what "Hero Worship" means, I can't help you. I'm sure Colbert could.
 
2012-12-14 10:23:02 AM  
i2.kym-cdn.com
Philip Francis Queeg
 
2012-12-14 10:23:19 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.


www.shc.edu

www.lds.net

You know, Charity.
 
2012-12-14 10:23:20 AM  

Muta: rev. dave: I would like to see Rove do the same. Conservative always argue that charity is their forte. Well lets see some charitable donations in the multi-million dollar levels.

I am sure conservatives make plenty of mutli-million dollar donations. Donations like that keep the Pat Robersons of the world going.


And create garbage like this: Link
 
2012-12-14 10:32:06 AM  
WOW look at all these charitable donations we got in church today!
now what would Jesus do with this money?

le'see should we help the poor?

nah, let's get a jumbotron and build a decadent palace around it for ourselves.
yay Charity!


img.photobucket.com 


encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com


encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2012-12-14 10:34:34 AM  

Philip Francis Queeg: DirkValentine: Philip Francis Queeg: thurstonxhowell: Philip Francis Queeg: DirkValentine: Philip Francis Queeg: rufus-t-firefly: All the concern trolls who were "worried" about him keeping the money for himself may now step up and say "Everyone else was right - I should have just waited a few weeks like they said."

Blind faith in celebrities is always justified.

There is nothing blind about my faith in Colbert. He has, repeatedly, shown integrity and lived up to everything he's talked shiat about.

So STFU and GBTW.

Always retain a bit of skepticism about your heroes.

You're just a fountain of what you believe to be wise-sounding platitudes, aren't you?

Sorry for interrupting the hero worship. Please continue with the adulation uninterrupted.

WTF does that even mean - "hero worship"? Is it impossible for you to admire someone that has consistently shown to be a valuable member of society, an amazingly clever and funny comedian/social commentator, and philanthropist?

Lighten up, Francis.

If you have read this thread and don't know what "Hero Worship" means, I can't help you. I'm sure Colbert could.


I know what "Hero Worship" means. I should have been more specific and apologize for not spelling it out for you more definitively.

WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT HERO WORSHIP IN THIS THREAD FOR?

I will now follow up with a quote from DirkValentine (me, if that's too hard for you to follow):

Is it impossible for you to admire someone that has consistently shown to be a valuable member of society, an amazingly clever and funny comedian/social commentator, and philanthropist?
 
2012-12-14 10:42:44 AM  

rufus-t-firefly: All the concern trolls who were "worried" about him keeping the money for himself may now step up and say "Everyone else was right - I should have just waited a few weeks like they said."


People really thought that? People are dumb. Even for concern trolling, that's dumb.
 
2012-12-14 10:44:14 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.


Of course they do. Why would conservatives donate liberals to charity?
 
2012-12-14 10:54:31 AM  
img.photobucket.com

Ah..Big Butter Jesus. My wife is from Cincinnati, so we have some amazing shots in front of this ghastly thing.

It burned down to the ground a couple of years ago. I shiat you not, it got struck by lightning and caught fire.
 
2012-12-14 10:56:19 AM  

unexplained bacon: WOW look at all these charitable donations we got in church today!
now what would Jesus do with this money?

le'see should we help the poor?

nah, let's get a jumbotron and build a decadent palace around it for ourselves.
yay Charity!


Big-Butter Jesus was smote, by God presumably.
 
2012-12-14 10:58:56 AM  

Zerochance: [img.photobucket.com image 400x318]

Ah..Big Butter Jesus. My wife is from Cincinnati, so we have some amazing shots in front of this ghastly thing.

It burned down to the ground a couple of years ago. I shiat you not, it got struck by lightning and caught fire.


I honestly cannot think of a more fitting end. I bet the irony was entirely lost on the church authorities there, though.
 
2012-12-14 11:01:07 AM  
Eh, I would have liked to see Colbert use that money to run actual ads. He could have made up an incredibly ridiculous ad, bought time in a small market to run the commercial a few times and no doubt it would have gotten national attention, multiplying its viewership. And at the end of his ads, it would credit Ham Rove or John Boner, or Rich (Loving) McConnell or something. Basically with the idea if you don't like these sorts of really stupid ads from ridiculously named entities, maybe the SuperPACs aren't a good idea.
 
2012-12-14 11:09:15 AM  

Alphax: Lots of funny in that article.


Yes there is... I particularly liked the part about him wanting to give the money to UNICEF.
 
2012-12-14 11:10:15 AM  

Kiinux: Nothing to see here. Liberals love giving away money that isn't their own.


And where is the $300 Million that Karl Rove received? Has he returned it all at this point?

Yeah, I didn't think so.
 
2012-12-14 11:13:32 AM  

qorkfiend: Zerochance: [img.photobucket.com image 400x318]
It burned down to the ground a couple of years ago. I shiat you not, it got struck by lightning and caught fire.

I honestly cannot think of a more fitting end. I bet the irony was entirely lost on the church authorities there, though.



You guys talk like the Devil couldn't shoot lightning bolts out his ass, if he wanted to.
 
2012-12-14 11:14:17 AM  

born_yesterday: Huh. So if Colbert can donate PAC money to charity, doesn't that mean all of the candidates could as well? I don't recall hearing about any candidate doing this...I wonder what they do with all that PAC money, since they technically can't legally spend it?

I mean, because if they could, then you'd get political hacks and con men setting up PACs just to grift idological members of the American public--and they wouldn't stand for it!


If I understood it correctly, they can set up a blind SuperPac, then transfer the money to that one, and then give it to whomever the fark they want to. Colbert had someone on covering this in detail a few days after the election, it's what he did here, but he donated it instead of spending it. Legally though, he could have given it to himself directly from the second SuperPac.
 
2012-12-14 11:15:22 AM  

Rich Cream: qorkfiend: Zerochance: [img.photobucket.com image 400x318]
It burned down to the ground a couple of years ago. I shiat you not, it got struck by lightning and caught fire.

I honestly cannot think of a more fitting end. I bet the irony was entirely lost on the church authorities there, though.


You guys talk like the Devil couldn't shoot lightning bolts out his ass, if he wanted to.


I think the Devil would be perfectly fine with such an ostentatious display of money.
 
2012-12-14 11:19:09 AM  

Kiinux: Nothing to see here. Liberals love giving away money that isn't their own.


8/10
 
2012-12-14 11:19:41 AM  

qorkfiend: Rich Cream: qorkfiend: Zerochance: [img.photobucket.com image 400x318]
It burned down to the ground a couple of years ago. I shiat you not, it got struck by lightning and caught fire.

I honestly cannot think of a more fitting end. I bet the irony was entirely lost on the church authorities there, though.


You guys talk like the Devil couldn't shoot lightning bolts out his ass, if he wanted to.

I think the Devil would be perfectly fine with such an ostentatious display of money.



Maybe Satan was trying to get them to build a bigger one?
 
2012-12-14 11:20:26 AM  

Rich Cream: qorkfiend: Rich Cream: qorkfiend: Zerochance: [img.photobucket.com image 400x318]
It burned down to the ground a couple of years ago. I shiat you not, it got struck by lightning and caught fire.

I honestly cannot think of a more fitting end. I bet the irony was entirely lost on the church authorities there, though.


You guys talk like the Devil couldn't shoot lightning bolts out his ass, if he wanted to.

I think the Devil would be perfectly fine with such an ostentatious display of money.


Maybe Satan was trying to get them to build a bigger one?


Nah, then he would have just kept the money coming.
 
2012-12-14 11:21:04 AM  

Zerochance: [img.photobucket.com image 400x318]

Ah..Big Butter Jesus. My wife is from Cincinnati, so we have some amazing shots in front of this ghastly thing.

It burned down to the ground a couple of years ago. I shiat you not, it got struck by lightning and caught fire.


That is funny.
 
2012-12-14 11:24:21 AM  

qorkfiend: Rich Cream: qorkfiend: Zerochance: [img.photobucket.com image 400x318]
It burned down to the ground a couple of years ago. I shiat you not, it got struck by lightning and caught fire.

I honestly cannot think of a more fitting end. I bet the irony was entirely lost on the church authorities there, though.


You guys talk like the Devil couldn't shoot lightning bolts out his ass, if he wanted to.

I think the Devil would be perfectly fine with such an ostentatious display of money.


I think Bartholomew the patron saint of plasterers had a problem with it because they used scab labor so he had it "taken care of" by the union bosses up stairs.
 
2012-12-14 11:24:44 AM  

mrshowrules: tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.

Charity:
[fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com image 500x376]

Encouraging laziness:
[www.findingdulcinea.com image 456x275]


Just to keep things clear, the LDS charities are huge. The temples are ornate, but there is really also plenty of money going to true charity. I know, I know, we want to hate on the Mo's whenever possible, but this is one where people are wrong. Growing up around them, and then coming back to Utah 6 years ago, I've seen them help out plenty, and it's not just to church members, like people try and claim also.
 
2012-12-14 11:28:22 AM  
Charity being a stripper, right?
 
2012-12-14 11:29:04 AM  

mrshowrules: tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.

Charity:
[fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com image 500x376]

Encouraging laziness:
[www.findingdulcinea.com image 456x275]


What makes that funny is that both of those are religious institutions, funded by conservatives generally speaking, with the bottom one even richer than the top.
 
2012-12-14 11:29:08 AM  

DirkValentine: Philip Francis Queeg: DirkValentine: Philip Francis Queeg: thurstonxhowell: Philip Francis Queeg: DirkValentine: Philip Francis Queeg: rufus-t-firefly: All the concern trolls who were "worried" about him keeping the money for himself may now step up and say "Everyone else was right - I should have just waited a few weeks like they said."

Blind faith in celebrities is always justified.

There is nothing blind about my faith in Colbert. He has, repeatedly, shown integrity and lived up to everything he's talked shiat about.

So STFU and GBTW.

Always retain a bit of skepticism about your heroes.

You're just a fountain of what you believe to be wise-sounding platitudes, aren't you?

Sorry for interrupting the hero worship. Please continue with the adulation uninterrupted.

WTF does that even mean - "hero worship"? Is it impossible for you to admire someone that has consistently shown to be a valuable member of society, an amazingly clever and funny comedian/social commentator, and philanthropist?

Lighten up, Francis.

If you have read this thread and don't know what "Hero Worship" means, I can't help you. I'm sure Colbert could.

I know what "Hero Worship" means. I should have been more specific and apologize for not spelling it out for you more definitively.

WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT HERO WORSHIP IN THIS THREAD FOR?

I will now follow up with a quote from DirkValentine (me, if that's too hard for you to follow):

Is it impossible for you to admire someone that has consistently shown to be a valuable member of society, an amazingly clever and funny comedian/social commentator, and philanthropist?


It's a very convenient position to be "concerned". You are never wrong. If what you were concerned about happens, you are a genius. If you were wrong, it's still OK because everything should be looked upon with scrutiny or else you are a gullible fool.

Except Jesus of course, just have faith.
 
2012-12-14 11:30:30 AM  

heavymetal: Muta: rev. dave: I would like to see Rove do the same. Conservative always argue that charity is their forte. Well lets see some charitable donations in the multi-million dollar levels.

I am sure conservatives make plenty of mutli-million dollar donations. Donations like that keep the Pat Robersons of the world going.

And create garbage like this: Link


Are Lewis and Clark holding hands in that picture?
 
2012-12-14 11:33:03 AM  

Zerochance: [img.photobucket.com image 400x318]

Ah..Big Butter Jesus. My wife is from Cincinnati, so we have some amazing shots in front of this ghastly thing.

It burned down to the ground a couple of years ago. I shiat you not, it got struck by lightning and caught fire.


Yeah, I remember reading about it when it happened. Those pics are pretty epic. This is the first decent shot I've seen of the thing. The lighting and the clear reflection in the lake are actually rather nice.

The thing is still freaky though.
 
2012-12-14 11:35:02 AM  
It would be interesting to see what the result would be if churches had to report their administrative and other costs like charities do for the CFC.
 
2012-12-14 11:35:32 AM  

Epicedion: born_yesterday: Huh. So if Colbert can donate PAC money to charity, doesn't that mean all of the candidates could as well? I don't recall hearing about any candidate doing this...I wonder what they do with all that PAC money, since they technically can't legally spend it?

Technically the money doesn't exist.


Technically ALL money doesn't exist.

/money defies the conservation of energy rules!
//except by burning it.
 
2012-12-14 11:36:52 AM  

qorkfiend: Maybe Satan was trying to get them to build a bigger one?

Nah, then he would have just kept the money coming.



Beelzebub urged them to build it so he could burn it down and crush their spirit! 

/entrapment. why not?
 
2012-12-14 11:42:28 AM  

Zerochance: [img.photobucket.com image 400x318]

Ah..Big Butter Jesus. My wife is from Cincinnati, so we have some amazing shots in front of this ghastly thing.

It burned down to the ground a couple of years ago. I shiat you not, it got struck by lightning and caught fire.


What Would Zeus Do?
 
2012-12-14 11:45:02 AM  

Mikey1969: mrshowrules: tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.

Charity:
[fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com image 500x376]

Encouraging laziness:
[www.findingdulcinea.com image 456x275]

Just to keep things clear, the LDS charities are huge. The temples are ornate, but there is really also plenty of money going to true charity. I know, I know, we want to hate on the Mo's whenever possible, but this is one where people are wrong. Growing up around them, and then coming back to Utah 6 years ago, I've seen them help out plenty, and it's not just to church members, like people try and claim also.


Do they help the poor before or after they skim the charitable donations for cash to build obscene palaces?

If I con people out of a thousand dollars what percentage would I have to use to help starving babies to make it ok for me to keep the rest for myself?
 
2012-12-14 11:50:17 AM  

Zerochance: [img.photobucket.com image 400x318]

Ah..Big Butter Jesus. My wife is from Cincinnati, so we have some amazing shots in front of this ghastly thing.

It burned down to the ground a couple of years ago. I shiat you not, it got struck by lightning and caught fire.


They had the technology, they can build it smarter, faster, derpier.

So it replaced with a standing statue, no touchdown anymore, and has a lightning rod spike coming out of the top of its head. You know, rather than feed the hungry or clothe the poor.
 
2012-12-14 11:56:54 AM  

FreudulentSplit: rather than feed the hungry or clothe the poor.


They created jobs.
 
2012-12-14 12:03:12 PM  
I should say there really are churches who go above and beyond for the poor. They worship in modest buildings, donate money and time to helping those less fortunate and ask for nothing in return. I've seen them, they do exist but they barely make a peep. Good people.
Using donations to surround yourself with luxury first and everything else second isn't very charitable at all. My interpretation of the new testament leads me to think these church palaces are contradictions. Maybe it's just me.
 
2012-12-14 12:12:23 PM  

ghare: oh, I dunno, I remember when a conservatNateGrey: tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.

Did you see how much Romney donated to the Mormon Church?

And he didn't even take the full deduction!

To play devil's advocate, the Mormon church has a lot of flaws but one thing they are good at is taking care of those in need, so long as those in need subscribe to their crazy. I grew up around a Mormon family that hit some pretty hard times when tdad, the sole breadwinner, had the double whammy of cancer and treatment for cancer that made him unable to work. According to him the fact that he was a Mormon who was in good standing (meaning he tithed 10%) the church was there to help him out. Apparently the church was there to make up the gap on the bills they couldn't pay until he was able to go back to work and start tithing again. I know this story is anecdotal but according to them this is SOP for the church, if you are in good standing.

I lean left and loathe the current GoP but I think it is a pretty valid point that both the left and the right, in general, want to help the needy they just differ in their delivery. The right want private charity to do it and the left wants government to do it.

/flame away fark progressives

 
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