No Mitt Thursday

When Wolf asked Mitt Romney if he was running in 2016 Mitt said “Go fuck yourself, Blitzer!” Okay, not really. He really said “No way, Jose!”

If we had elected Mitt we’d still have serious problems, but at least they would be getting FIXED! After the way he was treated by our media I couldn’t blame him if he took all his family and money and moved to Switzerland or some other enclave of the wealthy.

Mitt is in the news again because of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, which despite billions of rubles being spent is turning into a showcase of old-style Soviet inefficiency and new-style Russian corruption.

Mitt ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Mormonville, USA, and did a great job with a lot less money. The same media that dismissed Mitt’s accomplishment is now aghast at how screwed up things are now in the former land of the commissars. Turns out that organizing the Olympics is more complicated than community organizing. Whodathunkit?

It could have been worse. They could have held the Winter Olympics in Detroit. They wrote the book on inefficiency and government corruption.

For reasons I don’t know I slept about 18 of the past 24 hours, and at least six of the hours I was awake came at the beginning of that period. I have no idea if I will be awake or asleep today.

"That's a lot of zombies down there."

“That’s a lot of zombies down there.”
“Yeah, good thing we’re up here.”

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131 Responses to No Mitt Thursday

  1. The Klown says:
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  3. driguana says:

    Interesting how correct Mitt was on so many of the issues. Too bad he didn’t grasp how to convey his ideas and to stand up for them. Too bad Republicans are such pussies!

  4. mothy67 says:

    What happens if you are hospitalized and miss your monthly premium? I have a friend who is totally institutionalized.Extremely bright and funny but cannot stay off the sauce. Does very well in managed settings like halfway houses but once on his own he ends up with a police escort to a psych unit then 30 days rehab then halfway then on his own and round and round. Great guy with a condition I cannot fathom. We are talking Listerine vanilla extract drinking pass out every time he has a drink. College educated who somehow gets a job even with massive holes in his resume. Anyhow he is in again and this time it’s not the usual psych hold so state isn’tt footing the bill Shockingly he has insurance. Wears the same clothes for weeks but somehow managed to enrol and make payments. No subsidy either. SO what happens when he misses his next payment? I’d make it for him but learned long ago to maintain a distance in financial matters

    • thewizardofroz says:

      There is a way for your friend to avoid missing a payment. He can arrange to have his monthly premium automatically deducted each month from his checking account.

      Roz in NJ/NYC

      • mothy67 says:

        Guy does sound for movies/tv and exists on the edge. Makes very good money but has no comprehension of tomorrow or the day after. Pretty sure he has not a pot to loss in. I’m not worried. He Will do his 12 step thing and I’ll get a bunch of insincere apologies. He’ll try but he needs forced structure. Once it’s gone he will revert. Raised in multiple foster families and had the misfortune of being blessed with real beauty. Too much so. Physically and emotionally. He will have some powerhouse woman madly in love with his poet heart She will want to save him. He’ll make her hate him and it’ll all begin again. Pretty sure he defines cliche. Anyhow the place he is right now is over a grand/day for detox then he plans on going to some 90 day program living in a cabin which costs about the same per day and he claims it is covered. Really? This must be his 20th trip. I don’t understand his addiction. Think there has to be a very profound physical component as he thrives for a few months when he starts again but then it just kicks his a s s. Rehab seems to do nothing for him but prep him for his next run.

        • swanspirit says:

          Until he gets clean, there is nothing you can do . Nothing . It is one of those horrible situations where helping = hurting . Addiction is either simple , or impossible to understand .It can be as complicated as molecular brain changes , or as simple as , if nothing changes , nothing changes.

        • The Klown says:

          Yep. Tough love.

          The only thing you should give an addict is a ride to rehab. Once.

          If you give them food, shelter, clothing or cash, you are just enabling them.

      • trixta says:

        Or he can pay automatically from his bank account (if allowed to), rather than letting the government directly deduct from his account. I understand some people who’ve let the government take premiums from their accounts still don’t have health care.

    • Constance says:

      Check out Seattle’s permanent housing for drunks. They keep them off the street and provide help with situations that drunks often can’t cope with. Your city must have some program like this.

      • mothy67 says:

        WOW! Thank you. Will see if there is anything like this in Pittsburgh. If not I’d love to get him involved in maybe starting something. He is too smart and too defensive for generic therapy. Tests everyone all the time and as I am pretty much what he calls family I have met his doctors and I guess it’s is a defensive mechanism that he honed but the f u c k e r can find the Achilles heel in anyone and he doesn’t’t realize he’s doing it. Maybe if he got involved with helping others with mega resistance he could help himself. I know I learned more about myself by teaching 50 to 70 year olds how to read. Love it!!!! Like doing the Sunday Times crossword puzzle. Frustrating until you figure out how the creator was thinking then everything falls in place. Had to let the student teach me how to teach them. Most were recovering addicts and older but just wanted to achieve comprehension not write novels. All the training I took was too formal. I was one proud SOB when I watched one get up in front of a full room and read before an NA meeting. Oddly I have a penchant for the addicted and although I drank a lot but never to extremes I have cirrhosis. Anyhow again thank you.

        • The Klown says:

          If you really want to help your friend, stop helping him.

          You’ll start getting better immediately.

        • Constance says:

          I had custody of a cousin of mine who was a chronic drunk. People just can’t accept that they are not going to stop drinking. Alcohol is their best friend, their hobby, their medicine, their goal and much of the damage alcohol does is not reversible even if they do stop drinking but the Drs and do gooders are not honest enough to tell you this. We couldn’t find any nursing home that would take him and allow him to drink (his reason for living) so we put him in a cheap studio apartment and put a lock box on the door. Then we had a health aid come by to change his diapers and put out his food in the morning and the evening and a relative came by each day to give him his bottle of cheap whisky and visit. My other cousin and I just sat him down and told him we are taking your car as you don’t have a license, we are taking your credit card, you do not need to buy junk by mail and you will sign here giving us access to your money. He was surprisingly compliant because we bought him the biggest TV ever. He died last year and I miss him a lot, surprisingly.

      • mothy67 says:

        He is my best friend and he is a superstar That is why he gets away with it. I accept his choices but it doesn’t’t negate the pain. We have always been friends. When I told him I was gay at 25(he says ha knew from 12) he got wasted and three weeks later offered himself to me. YUCK. I love him not in love with him but he cared enough about me during my darkest days to be my friend in the only way he knew then to be. We were not ever physical but I do care desperately for him and I cannot Will not walk away. Outside of my BRat no one else makes me feel like I deserve to traverse this earth.

      • mothy67 says:

        Real kicker is that I was given two months to live last January. Beat that and now they tell me my heart is no good. N or afraid of death but I am terrified to think about who is going to take care of them. And believe it or not I think my 7 year old is more prepared.

  5. The Klown says:
    • The Klown says:

      I never met a Niner fan who wasn’t mentally irregular.

      • trixta says:

        Off topic a bit but, according to Sherman, the Seahawks decoded Manning’s hand signals “during” the game? (I read that somewhere.) No wonder they won in such a decisive manner–from beginning to end. I find it hard to believe the decoding happened during the game; it’s more likely it occurred before. Sounds like a case of corporate espionage. I wonder if anyone will investigate? I wonder if anyone cares?

  6. The Klown says:
  7. The Klown says:

    Hot Air:

    That’s not the only worry Democrats have with the new focus at Priorities USA. In fact, they’re more worried about 2016:

    More broadly, if Mrs. Clinton glides to the nomination without a serious challenge, some Democrats say, the party would be deprived of an important debate on issues that have split the party, including government surveillance, trade pacts and how best to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

    “We need a vibrant, competitive primary process where not only can people sharpen their positions on different issues, but also get ready for what’s going to come in the fall [2016 general election], which is going to be brutal,” said Dick Harpootlian, a former Democratic chairman in South Carolina, which traditionally holds one of the first presidential primaries.

    Bear in mind that Harpootlian’s idea of a vibrant, competitive process is getting Joe Biden involved in it, so take that with a grain of salt. Here’s the bigger problem for Democrats: This has all of the makings of an establishment takeover of their nominating process, perhaps especially if the only competition tolerated is Obama’s current VP. In this populist age, how well will this play with the party’s grassroots?

    The Democratic establishment took over the nominating process in 2008 – that’s how we got Obama.

    • lyn says:

      It’s OK for Obama but not for Clinton. I get it. The Democrats can go fuk themselves.

      • trixta says:

        Hillary has already gone through a primary process — the most grueling and corrupt kind. She’s more than ready for a presidential run. Now, if we could only do something about voter fraud…..

        I know some here would disagree, but I’d like her to run and I’d vote for her (she was robbed the first time around!) — if only to prove that she was the better candidate all along in 2008. If she decides not to run or if the neo-Dem party locks her out again, then I’m inclined not to vote in GE. Really, with all the voter fraud what good will my vote do? Like others, I too voted for Mitt and thought he was a fine candidate, but voter fraud decided who won ultimately. Furthermore, California doesn’t even count, since elections are won before our state has even had a chance to vote. Anyway, I’m want to avoid all the emotional roller coaster this next election cycle. It’s too heartbreaking….

    • Lulu says:

      Yeah. Where could the Clinton”s have learned that stuff. They always shared and raised money for other Democrt’s only to be stabbed in the back. And the “no share the moola” with the peon congresscritters, Obama did it and the piss-ants dared not complain but Hillary even contemplating it is awful. I hope she does exactly what Obama did raising money and not sharing with the ingrates and hoarding it for 2016.

      • insanelysane says:

        I hope and pray she doesn’t run. I’m not sure I can stand to hear all the old bullshite brought around once again.

        • trixta says:

          It’s hard to go through “Clinton scandals” again, but I think keeping Hillary from running is exactly the intended goal by those who pursue that route. I’ve never agreed with all Rand Paul stands for, but at least I’ve respected him for his principles and convictions. Recently, however, when he brought up the Monica scandal to attack Bill and, by extension Hillary, I lost all respect for him. He just sounds desperate and has reduced himself to a GOP hack of yore. He should be ashamed of himself. I’m embarrassed for him.

    • elliesmom says:

      Hot Air is registering new people today if anyone would like to comment there. I mostly don’t read the comments over there, but apparently I already signed up some time in the past. Maybe in 2008? 😉 I don’t think I ever have posted anything, but I guess it’s nice to know I could.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        If you are signed up on Discus then you are on a lot of places. 🙂

        • elliesmom says:

          Hot Air is the only place I ever go, often on links from here, that limits when a person can sign up. Most places will let you sign up any time the mood strikes. That might be why I find the comments there pretty boring most of the time.

        • The Klown says:

          One of the new registrants at Hot Air:

          And yes, I do think there is a certain level of required respect for a man that won we the people’s support two times in a row.

          HillAREwe on February 6, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    • Constance says:

      Obama was the establishment candidate in 2008 and was originally backed by the Kennedy wing of the party who didn’t want the Clinton wing to have more power. Why would we expect anything but an establishment takeover of the Democrat nominating process? And they already lost the section of their grass roots who have brains and integrity. The Dems current popularity comes from their ability to inspire stupid people and get them to vote.

    • DandyTIger says:

      The party is a private club. There are rules about money corruption, but really, they can do what they want otherwise. There is no democracy in party politics or the party nomination process. Whatever game they want to play is fine. They’re all jokes. That’s why I’m sticking with being an independent. When people say don’t you want to be able to help decide who gets nominated, I just laugh.

  8. DandyTIger says:

    My favorite part of recent Mitt history is when Dems/Media were suggesting Mitt should step in and help with things. Seriously funny. And now they’re asking if he would run again, almost as if they’d like to have a competent leader in the WH. Sorry kids, it’s your game, you got your way. Don’t come crying to daddy now.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Well speaking of the “everyone does it” rule, look what’s upsetting Alan Dershowitz 😉

  10. helenk3 says:

    I really hope someone in congress continues on with this after Coburn retires

  11. mothy67 says:

    I wish I could vote for Hillary but I don’t know that I can. Something was taken from me in 2008 — hard to express but the eye from which I view the political spectrum is now jaundiced. Leaves me melancholy. When she shed a tear in New Hampshire I believed in her BUT THEN to be part and parcel to this administration? I wonder did I project to much upon her? Am I unfair? Did she have an end game beyond what I could foresee. Yet I just don’t get so much of it. One of my room mates brother’s from my Philly days married Chelsea Clinton. The mother Marjorie Margolies is running for a house seat again. She wrote an opinion ed piece championing obama care a few years ago comparing it to her budget vote that cost her her seat. I respect the woman but come on had she even read it? I feel more and more that we require the unsophisticated Palin’s of the world everyday.

  12. helenk3 says:

    something else to worry about in going to Sochi.

  13. mothy67 says: is now using native Americans to stop the Keystone Pipeline. My inbox had 17 messAges forwarded by family members. Most of my family is very into the Cherokee heritage. Me not so much. Odd because my great grandmother was full blooded and when I was a kid too sick with a bum ticker to play I used to spend my days chatting away with her at the kitchen table.I SHE was the most significant woman in my life and yet I have no affinity towards Indians but my cousins who saw her once a year sure do.

    • The Klown says:

      The obots have been defending this lunacy for days.

      Maybe that’s why I keep wanting to sleep all day and night.

      • swanspirit says:

        It really is Orwellian doublethink : “unemployment is employment” ( at something you want to do but were prevented from doing by your JOB for which you were paid )
        Sooooo don’t worry , sleeping is being awake in someone else’s dream .

  14. swanspirit says:

  15. SHV says:

    “ is now using native Americans to stop the Keystone Pipeline.”
    More “street theater”. Obama issued at least two executive orders to expedite the construction of the important southern part of Keystone XL pipeline. I saw a short announcement last week that the pipeline from Cushing OK to the Texas Gulf coast refineries is finished. The “delay” of the less important Northern segment benefits several important Dem/Obama supporters such as Jeffrey Imelt/GE and Warren Buffett. The major financial benefit of “keystone” is to allow Canadian oil companies to increase oil exports. Once the bottleneck at Cushing OK is relieved, it is expected that fuel prices in the US mid-west will increase 10-20 cents/ gallon.

    It’s all about the money and it’s “bi-partisan”.

    • mothy67 says:

      Even more criminal than I thought. The MoveOn stuff forwarded to me is very manipulative and I found offensive. Strikingly attractive woman against a picture perfect landscape speaking in broad generalities. Love the earth bad white man blah blah blah. I do not know the specifics of the pipeline but if the indigenous people of America don’t want it then I feel it should be rerouted.

  16. mothy67 says:

    Apologies for being effusive today but do want to remind everyone that Valentine’s Day is soon and it affords a great opportunity to give a little. Women in crisis centres are sometimes more vulnerable during this holiday. ,I got heart earrings donated this year from a guy at the mall just by asking. Where I live it is easiest to donate through the nuns. Talking about women fleeing he’ll with their kids and living in hiding in their own city. Everyday is a struggle but each brings with it a chance to break a vicious cycle. I consider these women heroes. Not just saving themselves but their kids.

  17. wmcb says:

    The thing the Keystone pipeline protestors fail (deliberately) to do is follow ALL the money (not just opponent money) and use logic.
    If there is no pipeline, will that oil STILL be transported, one way or another? The answer is yes. It will go by rail and ship.

    So the remaining pertinent questions are 1) Who benefits from rail/ship transport, and 2) Is rail/ship transport safer or less safe than pipeline transport?

    There is no such thing as ZERO environmental risk transport. So spare me the scary stories of what might happen if by slim chance multiple redundant pipeline safety measures fail, unless you can show that transporting by rail/ship is safer by far. Protip: it isn’t, and we’ve already established that we are going to do one or the other, period.

    Oh, and Obama’s and Reid’s big fat cat Richy McRich donors (Yes, Democrats have those too, just as many as the R’s do.) are heavily invested in rail. GE for one, which is a HUGE globalist corporation completely in the pocket of the O administration, including their media outlets.

    So, if we are going to have a conversation about this Keystone deal, let’s have a real one, not a “BUT TEH PUPPIES AND THE CHILDREN AND TEH BIRDIES AND YOU DON’T CAAAAAAAARE YOU HATEY HATER WHO HATES GAIA!!” one. I don’t do those.

    THINK, don’t just feel. Because if all you do is feel, you are one easily manipulated son of a gun.

    • mothy67 says:

      I confess total ignorance when it comes to the pipeline. I was merely conveying the fact that MoveOn is now using Native Americans. I am in awe to this day of my great grandmother but as a person not as a race. Some of my relatives with more Cherokee blood than I sent me the propoganda. Even if I agreed with them I would hate the commercial and that is what it is.. On a side note I believe I should be stoned to death. Cleaning out a closet and found a 45 of Christopher Cross singing “Think of Laura” from General Hospital some time I. The early eighties. Still had the little plastic yellow thing to make it play . Oh the shame.

    • mothy67 says:

      T r I x t a
      She was at the wedding. I remember I was on 10th grade and feigned illness so as to not miss a moment. Bus kid. Cannot find or remember the song which became a big hit when Blackie(John Stamos) who was Laura’s adoptive brother accidentally shoved his girlfriend Lou into the fireplace and she died(played by Mrs Micheal J Fox– Tracy Pollen)

      • trixta says:

        That’s right, mothy! And the Blackie story line sounds over the top! I was more of an All My Children viewer when I did watch. Soaps were all the rage back then.

  18. trixta says:

    Yaaaayyyy! It’s finally raining in California!!!!!!!!!!!! After some rain last night, we’re expecting a “significant” storm (1-3 inches) over the weekend! Hope we have a series of these types of storms over the next few months.

  19. SHV says:

    “The thing the Keystone pipeline protestors fail (deliberately) to do is follow ALL the money (not just opponent money) and use logic.
    If there is no pipeline, will that oil STILL be transported, one way or another? The answer is yes. It will go by rail and ship.

    So the remaining pertinent questions are 1) Who benefits from rail/ship transport, and 2) Is rail/ship transport safer or less safe than pipeline transport? ”
    That pretty much sums up the Northern Keystone pipeline segment. There is no back up of Canadian oil due to the lack of a pipeline because there is stll an excess of rail and trucki carrying capacity. (The block to the Texas refineries and then export is at Cushing OK.) The largest rail transporter is the BNSF rairoad which is currently making big $$$ transporting oil from Canada and North Dakota. BNSF was brought by Warren Buffett in 2010 for $49 billion. What would the worth of that railroad deal be if Obama had given the go ahead for the Northern pipeline in 2010 ? Also Obama’s former Job Czar, Jeff Imelt, controls the largest fleet of oil tanker cars for lease…well you get the idea how things work behind the street theater for the masses.

    • wmcb says:

      Yep. That’s not to say that there aren’t those on the pipeline side who stand to benefit. Of course there are. But frankly, in today’s America, there is almost NO policy proposal that someone isn’t going to get richer off of, because we are that far down the rabbit hole into quasi-fascism. There is no separation of corp and state. None. By either party.

      If you yanked all govt support, eliminated half or more of the so-called “regulations”, and let corporations fend for themselves other than a few simple anti-trust and VERY basic environmental/safety rules, You’d see banks and conglomerates topple to competitors almost overnight. They cannot maintain their power without the State propping them up and cutting them deals.

      The ONLY reason that I, at the moment, lean more toward voting R than voting D is that their oligarchs tend to be those that at least produce something useful, with jobs attached (i.e. the oil industry, etc.) The Dems preferred oligarchs tend at present to be mostly financial sector, which moves numbers around and produces bupkis.

      I’d prefer no oligarchs at all, of course, but if push comes to shove I’ll pick the producing ones over the ponzi ones.

      • The Klown says:

        Most of the time something like Keystone is controversial it’s because there are two or more groups of fat cats fighting over it. When the fat cats are all on the same team things sail thru D.C. without making a ripple.

        • SHV says:

          The bottom line is that with all of the corp/govt/politician money laundering scams, is that the >50% of the population that pays taxes foots the bill.

        • SHV says:

          that should be <50% pay taxes

        • wmcb says:

          It’s not the true necessary govt expenses that are killing us, SHV. It’s the endless vig that is embedded in every piece of legislation. And we keep pumping out stacks and stacks and stacks and stacks of endless legislation.

          Even a little gravy adds up to huge theft, when it’s multiplied by law after rule after law after rule that it’s attached to like a sucking parasite.

          • The Klown says:

            A healthy organism can handle a little parasitic action without any problems. But when the parasites are too big or too many, they start killing the host.

  20. SHV says:

    It also explains the bi-partisan attacks on any politician who threatens to disturb the flow of money, ie. Palin, Cruz, Lee, etc. Unfortunately there are no Dems who are willing to expose the corruption. The last was Feingold and he was pretty weak.

    • The Klown says:

      Feingold and Kucinich were two of a kind – they gave speeches but never really changed anything.

      • insanelysane says:

        I believe they both had the right intentions, but not the power or the money. ( same)
        The bigger power/money killed their message. Killed them.

        Before the Air Force One flight over Obamacare, Kucinich had a voice. After that flight, he had none.

  21. SHV says:

    “It’s not the true necessary govt expenses that are killing us, SHV. It’s the endless vig that is embedded ”
    For example, that’s why Billy Tauzin of PHARMA committed $150 million to Obama to help get AHA passed. The insurance industry only gets to rake off 18% of the multi-trillion of new money from AHA, PHARMA, with “no negotions on drug prices” written in the law, will do much better.

  22. helenk3 says:

    just realized that Horatio Alger would be investigated by today’s IRS

  23. SHV says:

    “endless vig that is embedded”
    Another of an endless supply of examples of corruption is the “digital medical record” mandate written into the AHA law. The “non-partisan” study that was cited by congress that the digital medical record would save billions in health care spending was paid for by GE and Accenture. The forced requirement for conversion to digital medical record is costing billions and who benefits?, GE, Accenture, etc.

    • wmcb says:

      It’s already a disaster. When you lose/misplace a patient’s chart, that’s a problem, but it’s one patient.

      When the hospital system goes down (and it does, all the time), you have doctors and nurses standing there with NO idea of the labs, test results, meds, history, etc of ANY patient in the hospital. They are quite literally not able to treat (other than basics) hundreds of patients until the computer comes back up, sometimes for hours. It’s insane. But….shiny technology!

      Imagine lying in a hospital bed going downhill fast, and your doc has not the slightest clue of any of your pertinent treatment info for the last week. Happens all the time now.

      • elliesmom says:

        Happened to me the last time I went to the doctor. Fortunately, splinter removal didn’t require that she knew more about my medical history than I could easily tell her.

  24. wmcb says:

    I’m not always a fan of Jonah Goldberg, but when he’s on, he’s on. We have lost **social** equality and connection in this country, and the more the smart boyz try to fix that from on high, the worse it will get. The Grand Master Plan for Humanity will never make us feel connected. It can’t. It severs connections, by definition. Go local. Help your neighbor. Return the power to smaller groups, who have to live with each other.

    • elliesmom says:

      I’m surprised they haven’t called the dog officer to come get the other statue. It’s a service dog who has lost its person. Wellesley has strict lease laws.

  25. The Klown says:
  26. DeniseVB says:

    LOL, watching a Modern Family rerun and there’s a clown funeral.

  27. DandyTIger says:

  28. 49erDweet says:

    Irony of ironies. Yesterday Alex Smith was asked by three retired niners to play on the SF 49er team during the Celebrity Shoot-out golf match at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Shoots golf better than the new guy, too.

  29. helenk3 says:

    for the ladies that need incentive to exercise

  30. helenk3 says:

    Megan Kelly’s show is explosive tonight on the IRS mess. when the video is available it is a must see

  31. The Klown says:
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  33. lorac1 says:

    myiq – what do you make of these lists for ethnicity and race?

    Basically –

    1. Under ethnicity, you can pick “American”, or 3 types of American Indian, or – the rest of the 45 ethnicities are Spanish speaking ethnicities

    2. Under race, you can pick black, white, 1 type of American Indian, or – the rest of the SIXTY races appear to be some type of Asian

    3. So – people of European or African background have no ethnicity unless they are hispanic

    4. So – the only diversity in America is if you are descended from a Spanish speaking country (under ethnicity) or descended from an Asian country (under race).

    I think the whole Obama administration is crazy.

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