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cognitivedissonance:

Welfare cowboy Cliven Bundy’s failed last stand isn’t the only thing making Nevadans blush this week. 

Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.) recently issued a proclamation designating this week “state employees week” — usually, no big deal, governors issue things like this all the time. However, the proclaimation misspelled the word “cultural” in describing the work state employees do to protect “cultural resources.” 

The result?

The proclamation extolled the hard work of state employees in conserving and preserving “clitorial resources” in Nevada. Perhaps he was just courting the vote of those who have a clitoris?

Oops. Spell-check AND copyediting are crucial, kids. If the governor needs a copy-editor, simianhighway might be available.

Source: http://www.rgj.com/story/renomemo/2014/04/17/nevada-governor-embarrassed-by-proclamation-typo/7846883/

cognitivedissonance:

Welfare cowboy Cliven Bundy’s failed last stand isn’t the only thing making Nevadans blush this week.

Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.) recently issued a proclamation designating this week “state employees week” — usually, no big deal, governors issue things like this all the time. However, the proclaimation misspelled the word “cultural” in describing the work state employees do to protect “cultural resources.”

The result?

The proclamation extolled the hard work of state employees in conserving and preserving “clitorial resources” in Nevada. Perhaps he was just courting the vote of those who have a clitoris?

Oops. Spell-check AND copyediting are crucial, kids. If the governor needs a copy-editor, simianhighway might be available.

Source: http://www.rgj.com/story/renomemo/2014/04/17/nevada-governor-embarrassed-by-proclamation-typo/7846883/

Filed under Nevada politics brian sandoval oops typo spell check copy editing news well then

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ABC Affiliate: ‘All Up In My Snatch’ Petraeus Book Graphic A ‘Mistake’

Well, this is awkward:

Today in adventures in television news: graphics gone wrong. An ABC affiliate in Denver, Colo., said it was a “mistake” to run an image of Paula Broadwell’s David Petraeus biography that listed the title as “All Up In My Snatch” during a story on the former CIA director’s extramarital affair.

The image appeared during Monday’s evening news broadcast. The book’s actual title, co-written with Washington Post editor Vernon Loeb, is “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.”

"It was a regrettable and an embarrassing error,” KMGH-TV News Director Jeff Harris said in a statement. “We are mortified this appeared during our 5 p.m. news broadcast. The editor pulled the image of the book cover from the Internet without realizing it had been doctored. We sincerely regret the error and have corrected the story to avoid any recurrence of its broadcast…”

Media Pro-tip: If you’re going to grab an image via the Google, go beyond the thumbnail. Trust me.

In summary, Journalism: You’re doing it wrong.

Filed under oops journalism media Paula Broadwell politics scandal ABC

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Mitt Romney: “Terrorism wasn’t even mentioned in 2000 debates” — only it was.

Mitt Romney, Oct. 22nd, 2012: “In the 2000 debates there was no mention of terrorism, for instance. And a year later, 9/11 happened. So we have to make decisions based upon uncertainty.”

Survey says…

Sen. Joe Lieberman, Oct. 5th, 2000: “In fact, this administration has begun to transform the American military to take it away from being a Cold War force to prepare it to meet the threats of the new generation of tomorrow, of weapons of mass destruction, of ballistic missiles, terrorism, cyber warfare.”

Vice President Al Gore, Oct. 17th, 2000: “In the Congress, in the House of Representatives, I served on the House Intelligence Committee and I worked hard to learn the subject of nuclear arms control and how we can diffuse these tensions and deal with non-proliferation and deal with the problems of terrorism and these new weapons of mass destruction. Look, we’re gonna face some serious new challenges in the next four years.”

Now, if Romney had said that terrorism hadn’t been mentioned in the 2000 debates by George W. Bush or Dick Cheney, he’d be right.

Sorry, Mitt. Your point about terrorism is more like errorism.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

Filed under Fact check terrorism Mitt Romney debate Election 2012 Election GOP Oops Republican president Barack Obama

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July 26, 2012:

Ann Romney: “Actually, what we do when we’re together now, because we’re so rarely together and we’re trying to get through season two of Downton Abbey.”
Piers Morgan: “It’s fantastic, isn’t it?”
Ann Romney: “We love it.”

October 3, 2012:

Mitt Romney: “I’m sorry, Jim, I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird. Actually like you, too. But I’m not going to — I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for. That’s number one.”

Mitt and Ann Romney on his love of Downton Abbey and Big Bird, which Mitt is okay with killing via defunding PBS.

About that…

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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'When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly,' Romney told the LA Times. 'And you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem.'

Mitt Romney, pondering why airplane windows can’t open midflight. There’s nothing like the breeze through your hair at 30,000 feet, amirite folks?

He’s obviously never seen the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, or he’d have his answer:

And yes, this can theoretically happen.

So no, Mitt. It’s not a real problem. The real problem is if they DID open. Airplane windows opening midflight would be handy for disposing of Bond villains or unruly passengers, yes, but physics says this is a bad idea.

Filed under Mitt Romney Science fail politics airplane Because physics lulz Ann Romney Election Election 2012 Oops

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In the now-widespread video of Mitt Romney slamming 47% of Americans at a Boca Raton fundraiser, he also voices one wish: That his dad was Mexican, instead of white. Seriously.
Romney says, chuckling: “Had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this… I mean I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”
Hilarious! Not only did he strap 47% of Americans to the metaphorical roof, he wants to be Latino — because people only voted for Obama because he’s black, amirite? Goddamn that affirmative action. </sarcasm>
Which brings me to the screen shot above. In an effort to pander to Latinos, he’s released several videos in Spanish to say, essentially, I give enough shits about you to have a campaign ad produced saying so. 
Well, maybe Mitt’s web people could give enough shits to actually complete the description. It currently reads: “La campaña de Obama recientemente lanzó un video asegurando que” which, correct me if I’m wrong here, translates to: “The Obama campaign released a video recently assuring that”
Tsk-tsk. Sloppy. Especially when you click through to YouTube and discover the full description. It’s a 30 second copy-paste job to put it on the site. Romney can pander to Hispanic and Latino voters all he wants, but with appearances like these tonight on Univision (no specific policy statements, and only hinting he’d continue the DREAM Act put in place by Obama via executive memo), and careless web work that seems to be emblematic of his floundering campaign, I wish him the best of luck. 
America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry sums up Romney’s problems with Latino voters well with this message to Mittens:

"If you got your wish and were born of Mexican grandparents, we wonder if you would still view Arizona’s immigration approach as a ‘model' for the nation? Would you be for a law that would likely cause you and your loved ones to be stopped because of the color of your skin or the ethnicity of your family? Somehow you don't sound like the kind of guy who can relate to how unfair and unnerving it is to live in a state that sanctions discrimination based on where you are from and what you look like. In fact, your absolute lack of empathy for those trying to build a better life for their families is appalling. Really, is it any wonder you are polling so poorly with Latino voters?”

Go sit in a corner and think about how many Latino voters are in that 47% you denigrated, Mitt. Then get back to us.

In the now-widespread video of Mitt Romney slamming 47% of Americans at a Boca Raton fundraiser, he also voices one wish: That his dad was Mexican, instead of white. Seriously.

Romney says, chuckling: “Had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this… I mean I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”

Hilarious! Not only did he strap 47% of Americans to the metaphorical roof, he wants to be Latino — because people only voted for Obama because he’s black, amirite? Goddamn that affirmative action. </sarcasm>

Which brings me to the screen shot above. In an effort to pander to Latinos, he’s released several videos in Spanish to say, essentially, I give enough shits about you to have a campaign ad produced saying so. 

Well, maybe Mitt’s web people could give enough shits to actually complete the description. It currently reads: “La campaña de Obama recientemente lanzó un video asegurando que” which, correct me if I’m wrong here, translates to: “The Obama campaign released a video recently assuring that”

Tsk-tsk. Sloppy. Especially when you click through to YouTube and discover the full description. It’s a 30 second copy-paste job to put it on the site. Romney can pander to Hispanic and Latino voters all he wants, but with appearances like these tonight on Univision (no specific policy statements, and only hinting he’d continue the DREAM Act put in place by Obama via executive memo), and careless web work that seems to be emblematic of his floundering campaign, I wish him the best of luck. 

America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry sums up Romney’s problems with Latino voters well with this message to Mittens:

"If you got your wish and were born of Mexican grandparents, we wonder if you would still view Arizona’s immigration approach as a ‘model' for the nation? Would you be for a law that would likely cause you and your loved ones to be stopped because of the color of your skin or the ethnicity of your family? Somehow you don't sound like the kind of guy who can relate to how unfair and unnerving it is to live in a state that sanctions discrimination based on where you are from and what you look like. In fact, your absolute lack of empathy for those trying to build a better life for their families is appalling. Really, is it any wonder you are polling so poorly with Latino voters?”

Go sit in a corner and think about how many Latino voters are in that 47% you denigrated, Mitt. Then get back to us.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

Filed under Latinos voters vote Election 2012 Mitt Romney Oops pandering Latino voters immigration seriously?

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I was pulled over allegedly for changing lanes without signaling. No joke.
Cop had a ticket book, asked where I was going &#8220;in a hurry&#8221; since I &#8220;zipped past him&#8221; on Third. Well, he was going 20 MPH in a 30. He told me I was going a &#8220;bit fast&#8221; but not speeding.
I told him I was stoked to go home and have tacos because Doritos tacos are the shit. He laughed, said they were delicious, and asked for my license. He ran it in his car, gave it back, and told me to enjoy my tacos.
I&#8217;m still not sure if this is a win&#8230;
(Taken with Instagram at Laradise, Wyoming)
Update: My husband&#8217;s friend Jonny got pulled over a few blocks back about half an hour later. The cop said the same thing, but claimed Jonny didn&#8217;t come to a complete stop. I&#8217;m thinking filling some kind of quota for stops or something.

I was pulled over allegedly for changing lanes without signaling. No joke.

Cop had a ticket book, asked where I was going “in a hurry” since I “zipped past him” on Third. Well, he was going 20 MPH in a 30. He told me I was going a “bit fast” but not speeding.

I told him I was stoked to go home and have tacos because Doritos tacos are the shit. He laughed, said they were delicious, and asked for my license. He ran it in his car, gave it back, and told me to enjoy my tacos.

I’m still not sure if this is a win…

(Taken with Instagram at Laradise, Wyoming)

Update: My husband’s friend Jonny got pulled over a few blocks back about half an hour later. The cop said the same thing, but claimed Jonny didn’t come to a complete stop. I’m thinking filling some kind of quota for stops or something.

Filed under cops Laramie Wyoming oops tacos are the shit police

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From The Ed Schultz Show:

Our staff graphic artist used several techniques to examine this photo and came to the conclusion it does not exhibit the characteristics of a photo altered in Photoshop. This is an actual sign from Wisconsin. GOVERNOR is misspelled.

Right here ^^
This is why you proofread anything distributed publicly. Twice.
Outagamie County Republican Party of Wisconsin, you&#8217;ve made my day. Thank you for the lulz.

From The Ed Schultz Show:

Our staff graphic artist used several techniques to examine this photo and came to the conclusion it does not exhibit the characteristics of a photo altered in Photoshop. This is an actual sign from Wisconsin. GOVERNOR is misspelled.

Right here ^^

This is why you proofread anything distributed publicly. Twice.

Outagamie County Republican Party of Wisconsin, you’ve made my day. Thank you for the lulz.

Filed under lulz politics Wisconsin spelling Outagamie County Scott Walker Republican Recall Ed Schultz oops i can haz spels gud governor

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Mitt Romney, for all his smoothness and goodhair, can be quite awkward. He’s got another socially awkward notch on his belt: That awkward moment when you crash a gay vet’s dinner date with his husband, looking for a photo op.

Imagine this. You’re a 60-something gay Vietnam veteran out to dinner with your husband in New Hampshire when Mitt Romney sits down at your table uninvited…

Are you more offended that Romney mistook your proud military heritage for blatant homophobia? Or just annoyed that homeboy had the hubris to invite himself to your date night, like some bizarre MTV reality television show, Republican Third Wheel

Seriously:

Bob Garon, 63, of Epsom, N.H., asked Romney if he, as president would seek to overturn New Hampshire’s law legalizing gay marriage. Romney gave his standard response affirming his belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Garon, who is gay and was seated with his husband, Bob Lemire, then said to Romney: “It’s good to know how you feel, that you do not believe everyone is entitled to their constitutional rights.”

Romney replied: “Actually, I think at the time the Constitution was written marriage was between a man and a woman and I don’t believe the Supreme Court has changed that.”

Garon, a political independent, told reporters he was unimpressed with Romney.

"The guy ain’t going to make it," he said after the exchange. "You can’t trust him. I can see it in his eyes."

Garon said he was married in June. “In New Hampshire, where it’s legal. Unless Mitt Romney gets elected.”

I’m guessing Romney assumed the two men were just good buddies grabbing a bite to eat, rather than a married couple. A Romney aide can be heard telling the former governor to hurry up, because he had to get on Fox News. Doubt this clip aired on Fox, amirite?!

I’d like to remind Governor Flip-Flop about another awkward moment: That awkward moment when the hot pink pride day adverts from your gubenatorial campaign wander onto the internet, proudly claiming all citizens deserve equal rights regardless of sexual orientation.

Filed under Mitt Romney Awkward politics anti-gay GLBTQ Rights oops republicans New Hampshire Bob Garon veteran BAMF conservatives GOP that awkward moment

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From Mediaite:

Today The New York Times admitted they made the mistake of treating a fake creation from The Onion as something legitimate. Last week the Times printed an article documenting the history of the squeaky-clean teen magazine Tiger Beat, and included a retrospective of past magazine covers. In the collection they also included a parody cover created by The Onion, which featured President Obama.
The correction printed today in the Times: 

And hilarity ensues!

From Mediaite:

Today The New York Times admitted they made the mistake of treating a fake creation from The Onion as something legitimate. Last week the Times printed an article documenting the history of the squeaky-clean teen magazine Tiger Beat, and included a retrospective of past magazine covers. In the collection they also included a parody cover created by The Onion, which featured President Obama.

The correction printed today in the Times:
 

And hilarity ensues!

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Well, I don’t know if we’re checkmating. But we’re trying — we’re trying to score a victory for the Republican people, for — for the American — for the Republican people — trying to score a victory for the American people, not for the Republican Party. That victory is going to come in stages here.
Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana makes a Freudian slip on Fox News explaining the possibility of a government shutdown.

(Source: alternet.org)

Filed under Oops GOP Shutdown Fox News