Nothing to go on – so lie and act crazy [Shorter Question Everything]

Outright lies, crazy smears, racist bullshit and threats of violence. Welcome to the right wing.


Romney’s record in Massachusetts [via email]: Even as the rest of the country was enjoying a brightening economy, during Romney’s term Massachusetts plummeted to 47th out of 50 states in job creation; manufacturing jobs declined at twice the national average; and for the first time since 1995, its unemployment rate was above the national average. Long-term debt ballooned by more than $2.6 billion — leaving the people of Massachusetts with the highest per capita debt of any state in the nation. State spending increased every single year, and Romney raised taxes and fees by $750 million per year — leading to a higher state and local tax burden of $1,200 for every Bay Stater. Over his term, fees at public colleges skyrocketed by 63 percent, and during his first year, K-12 schools saw the second-largest percentage cuts, per student, in the nation. All that in just four years.

Maddow calls out Romney for ‘bald-faced lie’: MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday accused Republican president candidate Mitt Romney to telling a “bald-faced lie” on the campaign trail. She noted that Romney’s very first ad attacking Obama, which was released before the Iowa caucuses, made it sound like the President had said, “if we keep talking about the economy, we are going to lose.” However, Obama was actually quoting Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). “They never corrected it, even after they got caught,” Maddow explained. On Thursday, Romney made a surprise speech in front of the energy firm Solyndra, which received a $528 million federal loan before it closed abruptly in 2011. “Two years ago, President Obama was here to tout this building and this business as a symbol of the success of the stimulus,” he said. “Well, you can see that it is a symbol of something very different today. It is a symbol not of success, but of failure. It is also a symbol of a serious conflict of interest. An independent inspector general looked at this investment and concluded that the Administration had steered money to friends and family, to campaign contributors.” But it is not true that an inspector general claimed the Obama Administration had steered money to friends, family or campaign contributors. An inspector general had investigated those claims, but was unable to find any evidence to support them. [rawstory/Eric W. Dolan/31 may 2012]

Mitt Romney: Tea Party’s Mean Dream: Mitt Romney is one of the meanest, nastiest candidates for President who has ever run, which makes him perfect for today’s Republicans. They’ve lifted bullying, lying, cheating and stealing to an art form, which is finally bringing the Tea Party around to his side. As this lovely compilation from the DNC illustrates, there is no lie too small for Mitt Romney. [crooksandliars/karoli/01 Jun 2012]

Romney has sold foreign stocks: LOS ANGELES, June 2 (UPI) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has trimmed his portfolio of stocks in foreign companies, financial disclosure forms indicate. Among the stocks Romney sold were holdings in Wal-Mart de Mexico, now under investigation for bribery, and Chinese shares, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. Romney and his wife, Ann, reported $2.7 million in income from foreign securities on their 2010 tax return. [upi/02 Jun 2012]

Right-Wing Racists Ask: Where Da White Women At?: If you think that’s funny, you should hear the remarks made by Tim Graham, the Director of Media Analysis for the uber-conservative Media Research Center. In an interview with NRA News, Graham was curious as to why the press refrained from reporting a particular aspect of President Obama’s past: “…they talked about his white girlfriends in college. Which again you would think that would be a story that a news media that is so conscious about race seemed to not think that was an interesting development, that Obama had these white girlfriends.” Really? Why exactly would that be an “interesting development?” Is there something wrong with interracial relationships? Was Graham disturbed that the purity of his white sisters was being defiled by a young black man? How would he have the media report this scandalous revelation? And what relevance does he think it has to the presidential election today? Graham has outted himself as a most vile bigot. He pretends that there is some social significance to the fact that Obama had white girlfriends, but the reality of it is that he just plain racist. [newscorpse/Mark/01 Jun 2012]

O’Donnell: Obama-Hating Billionaire Joe Ricketts Finds New Way to Spread His Poison Via a New Movie: Click here to view this media – As Karoli explained to us here, billionaire Joe Ricketts’ first attempt at smearing President Obama didn’t go over so well once his plans where leaked to the press. Lawrence O’Donnell took him apart in his Rewrite segment this Thursday evening for his latest endeavor, where he’s teaming up with wingnut Dinesh D’Souza and investing in a new “documentary” based on D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage. – O’DONNELL: Having been forced to give up on that project, Ricketts is now funding a movie that will insist on the basis of absolutely no evidence and in fact with actual proof to the contrary, that President Obama’s mind is completely controlled, from the grave by his father, Barack Obama Sr., who President Obama met once, when he was ten years old. […] [crooksandliars/Heather/01 Jun 2012]

Attention, “The Youth”: Jonah Goldberg not only thinks you’re all idiots, but he thinks you’re so stupid you shouldn’t even be allowed to vote:

• National Review Writer: Conservatives Should ‘Beat’ Young People Who ‘Think Socialism Is Better Than Capitalism’The fact that young people think socialism is better than capitalism. That’s proof of what social scientists call their stupidity and their ignorance. And that’s something that conservatives have to beat out of them. Either literally or figuratively as far as I’m concerned.

• Jay Townsend, GOP Spokesman: ‘Let’s Hurl Some Acid At Those Female Democratic Senators‘. …Comments from outraged constituents quickly followed. “?’Hurl some acid’ Jay Townsend? Do you realize what that means?” wrote one person. “Acid attacks are particularly brutal, aimed almost solely at women, with the intent to maim and disfigure. I couldn’t imagine a worse piece of invective from someone who puts the Republican war on women in quotes.”

Bill Clinton praises Bain – The former president pulls a Cory Booker and defends Mitt Romney’s “sterling” business record

“You should be ashamed of that commercial, Scott Walker”

• Newspaper Runs Ad Suggesting President Obama And Democrats Want To Murder Christians – The Daily Advertiser, a Gannett-owned paper serving central Louisiana, is standing by its decision to run an advertisement today in which a far-right extremist group suggests that President Obama and Democrats are conspiring to murder Catholics and Christians.

• Are Christian Fundamentalists Teaching Genocide in Our Schools? – Thanks to Good News Clubs, evangelism in schools is already subverting the separation of church and state. Now they’re justifying the murder of nonbelievers.

Judge Orders Zimmerman to Jail for Lying to Court: Accused murderer George Zimmerman must return to jail within 48 hours, after a judge found he and his wife lied about their finances at a bail hearing in April. …In arguing for George Zimmerman’s bail to be revoked, prosecutors asserted his wife Shelly “flat-out lied” to get a lower bail. “This court was led to believe that [George Zimmerman and his wife] didn’t have a single penny,” one prosecutor argued. But it turns out the Zimmermans had collected about $200,000 in online donations via a website — a fact O’Mara has acknowledged. In addition, Zimmerman and his wife “spoke in code to hide what they were doing” during jail telephone calls, prosecutors alleged. [reuters/Andrew Chow, JD at Jun 2012]

• Trayvon Martin Shooter George Zimmerman Misled Court, Has 48 Hours to Surrender – Zimmerman also failed to disclose the fact that he had a second passport, which he did not surrender to the court.

MRAs would rather complain about “male disposability” than work to enable women to serve in combat: Men’s Rights Activists regularly complain that it is mostly men who serve in the armed forces, and that it is mostly male soldiers who are killed and injured in service to their country in wartime. MRAs also complain that, in the United States, only men have to sign up for the draft – though this is more of a formality than anything else, as the draft has been dead for decades and there is virtually no chance of it being resurrected any time soon. MRAs love to cite the dominance of men in the armed forces as a prime example of what they call “male disposability,” and somehow manage to blame feminists for it all. But it’s not feminists who are trying to keep women from becoming soldiers, or serving in combat. While some MRAs support the idea of women serving in the army, and having to register for the draft the same as men do, many others scoff at the very notion of women as soldiers, mocking their alleged female “weakness” and in some cases denigrating the service of women now in the armed forces as being equivalent to attending “day care camp.” (Not exactly.) These MRAs may complain that men bear the brunt of the costs of war. But they don’t actually want women to serve. [manboobz/David Futrelle/01 Jun 2012]

As they sell the Syrian invasion, remember this big lie — babies thrown from bassinets in Kuwait: Bush I lacked a consensus to launch Iraq I. The war supporters did what they often due, create a big lie to tip he balance and allow the invasion. In this video, we find out that babies were thrown from bassinets by the Iraqi soldiers in Kuwait. That was a total fabrication. So was the WMD, nuclear threat story before Iraq II When it was time to dump U.S. “reformed” dictator Gaddafi, an obscure Iraqi human rights organization popped up with unverified charges. The UN Human Rights Commission accepted these in heir entirety and, without onsite review, justified the Libyan attack. Now it’s Syria. Watch for he big lie here. [agonist/01 Jun 2012]

Mubarak suffers ‘health crisis’: CAIRO, June 2 (UPI) — Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak suffered a “health crisis” as he was being transferred to prison after being sentenced Saturday, officials say. Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison Saturday for his complicity in the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising, the BBC reported. But, while being transferred from the courthouse to the hospital of Tora prison, the former president suffered a “health crisis,” state television reported. For much of his trial, Mubarak was suffering from regular health lapses, The Daily Telegraph reported. [upi/02 Jun 2012]

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