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The Newt Gingrich breaks my brain of the day

Newt Gingrich, on the heels of his personal fidelity pledge to a family values group in Iowa, decided to take on the issue of homosexuality. The results were predictably infuriating:

Calling himself a “traditional, classic conservative,” Gingrich said he believed marriage should be between a man and a woman and insisted he would not have repealed the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military.

But the former House speaker was careful to draw the distinction that he believes homosexuality is both genetic and a lifestyle, stopping short of agreeing with some who believe it is entirely a choice.

Oh, okay, so at least he’s not 100% “it’s a choice” bandwagon - nothing like infidelity, amirite?! But really, here’s the best part:

He also pointedly noted an acceptance of homosexuality, saying he doesn’t believe people should be mistreated based on their personal lives. “I’m against discrimination of people based on their private behavior,” Gingrich said.

No, I don’t think gay people should be discriminated against, I just don’t think they should serve openly in our military and get married because reasons that aren’t hateful! </sarcasm>

Are you freaking kidding me? Really? He made these comments within moments of each other in the SAME INTERVIEW! How do you not understand the inherent contradiction?!

If someone made the same claim about Catholics, he’d flip his shit. At least religion is more of a choice than homosexuality. 

Guess what? You didn’t wake up one morning and choose to be straight, Newt. However, you did wake up next to Wife #2 on several mornings, put on your tie and your serious face, lambasted Bill Clinton for cheating on his wife, then gave Callista (now Wife #3) the old in-and-out before returning home to soon-to-be-ex-Wife #2. THAT was a choice, not your heterosexuality.

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We have to make sure that the promises we make in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are promises we can keep, and there are various ways of doing that,” Mr. Romney said. “One is we can raise taxes on people.”

“Corporations!” the protesters shouted, suggesting that Mr. Romney, as president, should raise taxes on large businesses. “Corporations!”

“Corporations are people, my friend,” Mr. Romney responded, as the hecklers shouted back, “No they’re not!”

“Of course they are,” Mr. Romney said, chuckling slightly. “Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes?” When someone in the front row angrily suggested that “it goes in their pockets,” Mr. Romney, becoming increasingly animated, asked: “Whose pockets? People’s pockets!

Mitt Romney, cheerfully laying out the “Corporations are people, too!” argument. 

Yeah… um, he’s right that earnings go to people. I just… I shudder, and I have trouble taking this seriously. Why do I get the feeling that Mitt Romney is an epic troll?

I report, you decide:


I see a wee bit o’ the troll face in this one…

(Source: The New York Times)

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Feedeth ye not the trolls, lest ye becometh a troll

My friend Troy posted a rather thoughtful status regarding the death of Bin Laden:

Here’s an example of the response he received:

Roughly thirty comments later (from him and others), which included Jacob Leonard claiming I sympathized with bin Laden versus the troops and victims of 9/11, I had to give up. There was nothing to say that was remotely civil. 

I wondered if he was a poster of the Facebook viral plague. Sure enough:

He’s about what I expected.

I posted my last comment to him at 11:30 PM. He mocked the idea that nationalism could ever lead to anything dangerous, etc., and that he’s sure the families of soldiers and victims of 9/11 could know their loved one didn’t die for “no reason.”

At 12:04 AM, I received this message:

Huh, wonder who sent that?

Cleanse your palate and check out Troy Ramsey’s very insightful, often very funny writing here

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