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Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

Post by Dardedar » Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:24 am

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Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

Post by Dardedar » Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:44 pm

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Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

Post by Dardedar » Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:26 pm

Team Rape Lost Big Last Night

"Well, well, well, America. You're so much less awful than I thought. With horror stories of suppression and fuckery being whispered from Ohio to Florida, many nervous Obama voters braced for the worst yesterday, only to be rewarded with what basically amounts to the election equivalent of the pony they thought Santa would never bring them. And while the President, marriage equality and marijuana legalization fared well, no one fared worse than the group of nutty candidates we've affectionately come to know as Team Rape. Let's take a look at just how badly the rape cookie crumbled.

There were the obvious big losses — Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin lost in Missouri and Richard "Rape Pregnancy is a Gift from God" Mourdock got his Tea Party ass handed to him in Indiana, but even the politicians who don't bat cleanup on Team Rape didn't do so great yesterday."

The list: http://jezebel.com/5958480/team-rape-lo ... socialflow

Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

Post by Dardedar » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:42 am

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Post by Dardedar » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:04 am

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Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

Post by Cherryj » Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:30 am

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The GOP believes in government so small, it could fit in your uterus

Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

Post by Dardedar » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:37 am

Regarding Solyndra

Anyone who passes along the entirely bogus talking point "Solyndra" is necessarily clueless. There are no known exceptions to this rule in my experience. It's a fake media invention. Media Matters has an excellent unpack of the whole situation here:

http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/0 ... one/189786

See the chart at the top and who manufactured it with media hype (FOX).

Excerpts:

"In the media's discussion of Solyndra, less than 1 percent of TV coverage and 4 percent of print coverage explained that Congress expected that not all projects would succeed. None of the major outlets explained that most loans went to low-risk generation projects. Congress budgeted $2.47 billion, or more than 15 percent of the total value of approved 1705 loan guarantees, to cover for defaults. To date, only three out of the 26 recipients of 1705 loan guarantees have filed for bankruptcy, with losses estimated at just over $600 million. All three of the defaults were higher risk loans. But a Bloomberg Government study found that "87 percent of the $16.1 billion in loan guarantees is backing 18 power generation projects, which have a low risk of default because they were required to have buyers for their power output." That study found that even if all of the higher risk (non-generation) projects defaulted on the full amount of their loan guarantees and "no assets were to be recovered, the DOE would still have $446 million remaining to cover additional project losses."

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"Not a single media outlet mentioned that Solyndra attracted more than $1 billion in private capital and was seen by many as a promising, innovative company. And only 3 percent of TV coverage and less than one percent of print coverage mentioned that the loan process for Solyndra started under the Bush administration."

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"A Long Investigation Turned Up No Evidence Of Wrongdoing. Bloomberg Businessweek's Joshua Green reported that an extensive investigation by House Republicans found no evidence of wrongdoing in the loan guarantee program. He also noted that Solyndra was seen by many business experts as promising:"

"Bush Admin. Advanced 16 Projects, Including Solyndra, Out Of 143 Submissions."

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To see no end of the successes in this program, all one needs to do is go here and see them listed, by category:

http://loanprograms.energy.gov/

Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

Post by Dardedar » Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:15 pm

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Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

Post by Dardedar » Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:20 am

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Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

Post by Dardedar » Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:02 am

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Post by Dardedar » Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:58 pm

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Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

Post by Dardedar » Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:05 pm

"Ryan: ‘I just don’t understand’ what ‘horses and bayonets’ means"

"Appearing on CBS the next morning, Ryan told host Norah O’Donnell that he couldn’t make sense out of the “horses and bayonets” line.

“To compare modern American battleships with bayonets, I just don’t understand that comparison,” the Wisconsin Republican said. “Look, we have to have a strong Navy to keep peace and prosperity. If all these defense cuts go through, our Navy will be smaller than it was before World War I,” Ryan continued. “That’s not acceptable. And, yes, the ocean hasn’t shrunk.”

In an interview on ABC, Vice President Joe Biden explained to host George Stephanopoulos that the president had told “the truth—that one aircraft carrier is probably more powerful than the entire United States Navy was back then” in 1917.

“Our Navy is superior to every other navy in the world combined,” the vice president pointed out. “In one aircraft carrier, we have more air power than almost every nation in the world has in their air force.”

RAW Story

Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

Post by Dardedar » Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:59 pm

Via Supak, on Intrade:

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"[W]e don't want to broadcast to our enemies 'put a date on your calendar, wait us out, and then come back.'"--Ryan
http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/1 ... questions/

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"I don't think you set hard and fast deadlines."--Willard
http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/23/politics/ ... index.html

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"The biggest mistake [Obama] has made in Afghanistan were, one, announcing the specific date we would withdraw."--Wilard
http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/ ... understand

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"[W]e're going to be finished by 2014. And when I'm president, we'll make sure we bring our troops out by the end of 2014."--Willard
http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml

Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

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Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

Post by Dardedar » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:48 am

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Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

Post by L.Wood » Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:42 am

Tagg and Mitt's Romney's Link to Eight Billion Stanford Financial Group Ponzi scheme

"The private equity firm run by Tagg Romney—Mitt’s eldest son, who is now taking a leadership role in guiding his father’s presidential campaign—misled reporters last year about its involvement with a company run by men accused of taking part in a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.

Last year, I reported that Tagg had formed a business partnership with several North Carolina investors who are still facing a lawsuit for receiving bonus pay for selling CDs as part of the $8 billion Stanford Financial Group Ponzi scheme.

In a nutshell, Tagg helped these investors form a company—called Solamere Advisors, a nod to Tagg’s firm Solamere Capital—shortly after their boss, Allen Stanford, was caught by law enforcement for his elaborate Ponzi fraud.

When I interviewed him in Las Vegas, Tagg told me that his associates were “cleared” of any wrongdoing associated with the Stanford Ponzi scheme. Court documents directly contradict Tagg and show that the lawsuit has not been dismissed.

The New York Times followed up on my story with its own report and confirmed that Tagg’s business partners received incentive pay for selling bunk Stanford CDs. They wrote about one Stanford victim, a local Charlotte businessman and philanthropist named Herman Stone. Stone was pressured by Brandon Phillips, an executive working now for Tagg’s firm, into putting $2 million into a fraudulent Stanford CD and lost everything.

Solamere Capital attempted to distance itself from the story by claiming that their business was not actually connected to the Ponzi-tainted firm, Solamere Advisors. In a statement to ABC News, they claimed that their managers, not Solamere Capital itself, were involved (emphasis added):

“It is inaccurate to suggest that Solamere Capital made an investment in this firm [Solamere Advisors]. Solamere Capital was approached to invest in a new wealth management firm being launched by these three individuals. After extensive due diligence, Solamere Capital decided not to invest because the business was at an early stage and did not meet our investment criteria. However, Spencer Zwick, Tagg Romney and Eric Scheuermann each own a minority stake in the business as individual investors.”

However, Solamere Capital’s statement, provided to ABC News, is false. Disclosures from the Securities and Exchange Commission show that Tagg’s company indeed maintains ties with the Ponzi-linked firm, Solamere Advisors.

rest at http://www.thenation.com/blog/170546/ta ... nked-firm#

Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

Post by Dardedar » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:23 pm

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Re: Romney Watch: New Frontiers of Falsehood

Post by Dardedar » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:48 pm

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It's just an endless stream of lies with this guy:

Romney Told 31 Myths In 41 Minutes During Last Night's Debate
Mendacious Mitt strikes again.


LINK

Cherry picking my favorite examples (and adding some supplementary evidence):

2) “I put out a five-point plan that gets America 12 million new jobs in four years and rising take-home pay.”

[Reality] The Washington Post’s in-house fact checker tore Romney’s claim that he will create 12 million jobs to shreds. The Post wrote that the “‘new math’” in Romney’s plan “doesn’t add up.” In awarding the claim four Pinocchios — the most untrue possible rating, the Post expressed incredulity at the fact Romney would personally stand behind such a flawed, baseless claim.

3) “And the president’s right in terms of the additional oil production, but none of it came on federal land. As a matter of fact, oil production is down 14 percent this year on federal land, and gas production was down 9 percent.”

[Reality] 14 percent is a one-year number. “Overall, oil production on federal land under Obama is up from 566 million barrels in 2008 to 626 million barrels in 2011, a 10.6 percent increase.” Compared to the last three years of President Bush, there have been 241 million more barrels of oil produced from public lands in the first three years of Obama." [...]

6) “And coal, coal production is not up; coal jobs are not up.”

[Reality] 1,500 coal jobs have been created under Obama." LINK

And:
U.S. Coal Production Up for Second Year
Posted by Cooperative Finance Corporation - March 2nd, 2012
FEBRUARY 27, 2012

U.S. coal production increased slightly during 2011 for the second year in a row, rising to 1.09 billion short tons. That was an increase of about 0.4 percent from the 2010 level, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.
“Exports drove gains in production as U.S. coal shipments to other countries climbed to their highest level in two decades, while domestic coal consumption for electricity generation fell,” EIA said. The electric power sector consumed 852 million short tons of U.S. coal in 2011, down from 971 million in 2010." LINK


14) “I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women. I was proud of the fact that after I staffed my Cabinet and my senior staff, that the University of New York in Albany did a survey of all 50 states, and concluded that mine had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America.”

[Reality] Romney did not ask women groups for candidates. LINK
Instead, prior to his election, a “bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of few women in senior leadership positions in state government.” They “put together the binder full of women qualified for all the different cabinet positions, agency heads, and authorities and commissions” and presented it to Romney after he was elected. A UMass-Boston study found that “the percentage of senior-level appointed positions held by women actually declined throughout the Romney administration, from 30.0% prior to his taking office, to 29.7% in July 2004, to 27.6% near the end of his term in November 2006.”

17) “So when you say that I wanted to take the auto industry bankrupt, you actually did. And — and I think it’s important to know that that was a process that was necessary to get those companies back on their feet, so they could start hiring more people. That was precisely what I recommend and ultimately what happened.”

[Reality] This is false. [/url=http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-16/romney-s-auto-bankruptcy-advice-wasn-t-followed-reality-check]Link[/url]
As Businessweek explains: Romney “opposed any use of taxpayer dollars to bail out the automakers, advice that President George W. Bush and Obama ignored. GM and Chrysler went through managed bankruptcies after Bush, at the end of his presidency, and later Obama provided federal funds.” “Without federal funds, GM and Chyrsler would not have survived. As former Bush aide Tony Fratto explained, “It wasn’t just that there wasn’t credit available; a lot of private equity had cash, they just weren't giving it away.”

Better roast here: Delusions About the Detroit Bailout... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/24/opini ... ilout.html

19) “He keeps saying, ‘Look, I’ve created 5 million jobs.’ That’s after losing 5 million jobs. The entire record is such that the unemployment has not been reduced in this country.”

[Reality] Job creation is net positive since Obama took office in the middle of the worst recession since the great depression. Economists estimate that up to 3 million jobs were created by the stimulus alone.

Regarding the republican fetish with the word "terror:"

23) “It was a terrorist attack and it took a long time for that to be told to the American people.”

[Reality] Obama called the Libya incident an act of “terror” the very next day . “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for,” he said. “Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”

29) “Canada’s tax rate on companies is now 15 percent. Ours is 35 percent. So if you’re starting a business, where would you rather start it? We have to be competitive if we’re going to create more jobs here.”

[Reality] The U.S. is raising historically low amounts of revenue from the corporate income tax, and it already has the second lowest effective corporate tax rate in the world. U.S. corporations are taxed less than their foreign rivals, and the U.S. effective corporate tax rate is low compared to other developed economies.

30) “And there’s no question but that Obamacare has been an extraordinary deterrent to enterprises of all kinds hiring people.”

[Reality] Under the law, only companies with more than 50 employees must provide health insurance or pay a fine — that’s just 2.6 percent of businesses. If anything, expanding health care coverage to more Americans will actually create hundreds of thousands of new jobs."

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