Cognitive Dissonance

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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)

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Gov. Gary Johnson Files Complaint In Federal Court Against Commission On Presidential Debates

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October 19, 2012, Washington, DC – Citing survey data showing former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has in fact achieved the narrow criteria required for inclusion in the Monday debate, earning more than 40 percent of the vote in “head-to-head” polls against President Barack Obama, the Libertarian Party nominee’s campaign today filed a complaint in Federal Court in the District of Columbia maintaining that Johnson has, in fact, met the Commission on Presidential Debates’ criteria for inclusion. The complaint asks the Court to compel the CPD to include Johnson.

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Why not let him and Jill Stein debate? God forbid we hear more than two people.

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Calling people to answer an election survey at work…

And this happens:

Me: “Hi, my name is Meg and I’m calling on behalf of the University of Wyoming –”

Respondent: “What the hell do you want?”

Me: “Well, we’re doing a survey on the 2012 Election for research purposes and –”

Respondent: “Obama is a muslin [sic] who hates self-made men like me. And you should get a job, missy, instead of bothering people on the Lord’s Day.”

Me: “This IS my job, sir.”

Respondent: “You get PAID to do this?”

Me: “Yes.”

Respondent: “Only in OBUMBO’S AMERICA does this happen, do people get paid for this. Working for an illegitimate president…. Quit smoking dope and get a real job or a husband, sweetie.”

Me: “So, would you be willing to help us out with the survey? It’s for the Poli-Sci department at UW, not President Obama.”

Respondent: “Not my president. Go to hell and God bless.”

*click*

God, I love the electorate.

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Former New Mexico governor and Libertarian candidate for president, Gary Johnson, issues a challenge and calls out Rep. Paul Ryan for “misstating” his marathon time. Interestingly enough, everyone I’ve known who’s run a marathon remembers their time, and Nicholas Thompson at The New Yorker suggests the same thing.
I think Ryan should take him up on it. After all, all Johnson’s ever done is climb Mount Everest, Mount McKinley, and has competed in the Ironman Triathlons three times. And there’s this from The Economist:

The governor of New Mexico looks normal. He sounds normal. But he is definitely not normal. He likes hang-gliding, parachuting, 100-mile races. He runs, bikes or swims for two hours each day—and he begins this routine at five every morning. He once shut himself inside a freezer, to prove he could withstand the cold; he clamped an alligator clip on to his tongue, to show he could withstand pain.

The most interesting man in the world? Eh, maybe that’s stretching it. But he’s pretty upfront about where he stands. I interviewed him at the RNC in Tampa on August 27. Check it out here.
There’s also events in Charlotte for Gov. Johnson, including the American Muslim Alliance panel on Wednesday, September 5th at 12:30 pm EST. From his meetup page:

The panel will discuss the National Defense Authorization Act, among other topics. In addition to Gov. Johnson, other participants include Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. Dennis Kucinich. The panel will take place at the Blake Hotel, located at 555 South McDowell Street in Charlotte, South Carolina.

So in summary, Paul Ryan loses the badass competition. By a long shot. 

Former New Mexico governor and Libertarian candidate for president, Gary Johnson, issues a challenge and calls out Rep. Paul Ryan for “misstating” his marathon time. Interestingly enough, everyone I’ve known who’s run a marathon remembers their time, and Nicholas Thompson at The New Yorker suggests the same thing.

I think Ryan should take him up on it. After all, all Johnson’s ever done is climb Mount Everest, Mount McKinley, and has competed in the Ironman Triathlons three times. And there’s this from The Economist:

The governor of New Mexico looks normal. He sounds normal. But he is definitely not normal. He likes hang-gliding, parachuting, 100-mile races. He runs, bikes or swims for two hours each day—and he begins this routine at five every morning. He once shut himself inside a freezer, to prove he could withstand the cold; he clamped an alligator clip on to his tongue, to show he could withstand pain.

The most interesting man in the world? Eh, maybe that’s stretching it. But he’s pretty upfront about where he stands. I interviewed him at the RNC in Tampa on August 27. Check it out here.

There’s also events in Charlotte for Gov. Johnson, including the American Muslim Alliance panel on Wednesday, September 5th at 12:30 pm EST. From his meetup page:

The panel will discuss the National Defense Authorization Act, among other topics. In addition to Gov. Johnson, other participants include Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. Dennis Kucinich. The panel will take place at the Blake Hotel, located at 555 South McDowell Street in Charlotte, South Carolina.

So in summary, Paul Ryan loses the badass competition. By a long shot. 

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I briefly interviewed Van Jones, all-round progressive activist and founder of Rebuild the Dream, after his keynote speech at Netroots Nation 2012.

Press play for his view on the upcoming 2012 elections, and on progressives who complain Obama isn’t inspiring them, and/or didn’t unbreak everything in 3 years.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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My email to Ariz. Secretary of State Ken Bennett

You know the Secretary of State in Arizona who’s demanding Obama’s birth certificate to certify him for the ballot? I thought I’d give him some helpful suggestions via email:

[Image text pasted below] 

[Image Text: Dear Mr. Bennett,

I imagine it can be difficult when you have constituents like Sheriff Joe Arpaio pressuring you to make sure that brown-skinned guy in the White House is really allowed to be president. And then when it appears he really is allowed to serve, well, I bet all hell breaks loose, right? I mean, Sheriff Joe makes a hullabaloo with his report a few weeks ago, stirs even more folks up, and I am sure you just thought, “Why not compromise? Why not send that $5 money order? It’ll make ‘em shut up.”

Well, you gave in to the fringes of this great country. They now own you - or at least they think they do. This is one of many requests I imagine the birther faction will make. Why not verify Mitt Romney? After all, folks just sued in California this March questioning Romney’s eligibilityhis dad DID spend time in MexicoRomney’s claimed several states as his home… Is that not suspicious enough? [Note: I’m being sarcastic, sir, but fair IS fair.]

May I make a suggestion?

Buy these in bulk: [Image of a coffee mug featuring a picture of Barack Obama, Barack Obama’s birth certificate, and the text ‘Made in the USA’]

You can purchase them here. I propose these mugs are a better use of taxpayer dollars in Arizona than kowtowing to the birthers who will likely demand further investigation.

It’s much simpler, too. One of them walks in to your office, your administrative assistant hands them a mug. One of them calls your office, your administrative assistant sends them a mug via USPS. One of them faxes you, well, you get the idea.

I cannot believe a man such as yourself is able to buy into the inherent racism of the birthers and would lack the spine to them no, the White House has already released Barack Obama’s birth certificate, and you can view it online. I pray this was only a momentary lapse of judgment. Right?

Sincerely,
Meg Lanker-Simons
Editor, Cognitive Dissonance
@meglanker
meglanker@gmail.com]

If you’d like to email Ken Bennett, his email is kbennett@azsos.gov. I’ll post a response if I get one.

I’m sick of this shit.

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Romney: I have friends who own NASCAR teams

He’s trying hard to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, isn’t he?

Mitt Romney went to the Daytona 500 NASCAR race Sunday for what should have been a chance to show he’s one of the guys. Instead, in casual conversation with an Associated Press reporter at the Florida track, he reminded people once again that he is not exactly a regular Joe.

Asked by the AP reporter if he follows NASCAR, Romney responded, “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.”

Democrats and liberals quickly ridiculed the remark on Twitter. “I don’t know people who fish but I know people who own yachts,” tweeted Brad Woodhouse, communications director of the Democratic National Committee. Ari Melber, a writer for the liberal Nation magazine who apparently was watching the Oscars, tweeted: “Do I like movies? Well I have some friends who own movie companies.”

No, really. Is he just fucking with us at this point? I imagine you make so much money that eventually, you run out of things on which to spend said money. So troll-rific presidential run?

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[Y]ou don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.

Rick Perry, in his new campaign ad entitled “Strong

It’s not often that you get gay-baiting, hooray military, AND “War on Christmas” buffoonery in one 30 second message. That takes some kind of, uh, talent.

This quote from his ad is wrong, though. The pew on Sunday is about the only place you’ll hear about this issue. Just in case you missed it in the campaign spot, Perry helpfully puts it in a banner ad over the video:

With all the problems this country faces economically, it’s apparently the Obama administration’s war on religion that’s keeping America from being great. Okay then…

Let me say this: I know of nowhere in this country where a child is prevented from praying at school. I know a child or teacher leading others in prayer, with mandatory participation, at a public school is unconstitutional. And when Perry says War on Religion, that’s code for Christianity, because I didn’t see him taking a stance against Rep. Peter King’s witch-hunt against Muslims. No one stopped Perry from holding his pray-a-thon or from issuing an official proclamation from the governor’s desk imploring Texans to pray for rain this year.

And this War on Christmas bullshit needs to stop. This message ticks me off the most in this video. I walk into Wal-Mart. Are there menorahs? No. Big, 20-foot Christmas trees in the front entrance and decorations throughout the store. Let’s keep in mind December 25th marks the only religious-based federal holiday. Just for funsies, here’s how the University of Wyoming explains Christmas to international students:

December 25, Christmas: The major holiday in this country, Christmas began as a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is now a widely celebrated day of feasting and gift giving. A mythical figure, Santa Claus, is said to visit the homes of sleeping children on the night of December 24 and leave gifts for them. All state and federal offices are closed.

I don’t see anything decorating the front lawn of the Albany County Courthouse other than Christmas decorations. In fact, the city pays for a synchronized light show with both secular and religious carols:

It’s not different elsewhere, either. Search the Google and you’ll find many displays similar. No one is going to come to your house from the Obama administration and take your nativity. Also, it’s still called the National Christmas tree:

Oh, and remember Obama’s 56 states gaffe? Maybe he was referencing the 56 states and territories of the U.S. Just sayin’

So in summary, there’s no War on Christmas, Obama is not waging a war on religion, gay people aren’t infiltrating the military to stop your kids from praying in school, and Rick Perry just slammed the door on his way out.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Caught on Tape: Bank of America's Director of Public Policy Tells Rick Perry "We'll Help You Out"

A top Bank of America executive was caught on camera yesterday whispering to Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), “Bank of America. We’ll help you out,” as the GOP presidential candidate attended New Hampshire’s Politics and Eggs breakfast. The executive has been identified by the financial website Zero Hedge as James Mahoney, Director of Public Policy for the bank. Mahoney is on the board of directors for the New England Council, the sponsors of the Politics and Eggs breakfast.

Over the years Gov. Perry has benefited greatly from Bank of America’s financial support, and it appears that largesse will continue as he seeks the presidency on a platform of — coincidentally enough — bank deregulation. His gubernatorial campaigns have received $125,900 from Bank of America’s PAC and executives since 2003. During the 2010 cycle alone, Perry’s campaign received $30,160 from the bank’s PAC and executives. According to Texans for Public Justice, Bank of America has also given generously Republican Governors Association, which Perry led until recently and just happens to be his largest donor, contributing $4 million between 2001 and 2010.

Oh, I’m sure they’ll help him out just fine. Let’s not forget, some of Obama’s biggest donors also were from the financial sector/Wall St. 

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This is 100% real. Rick Santorum can’t even be original. Janet Reno’s Dance Party was way better.

Now Janet Reno, SHE could hold a bitchin’ party.
Meanwhile, people will walk by Rick Santorum’s party, and even though they had RSVP’d ‘maybe’ on Facebook, they looked at the empty space and said, “You’re still here, dude?” Then they’ll take some of his homemade “Presidential Peach Preserves” and go get some funnel cakes or something, leaving him sitting all sad-faced in a wilting party hat.

This is 100% real. Rick Santorum can’t even be original. Janet Reno’s Dance Party was way better.

Now Janet Reno, SHE could hold a bitchin’ party.

Meanwhile, people will walk by Rick Santorum’s party, and even though they had RSVP’d ‘maybe’ on Facebook, they looked at the empty space and said, “You’re still here, dude?” Then they’ll take some of his homemade “Presidential Peach Preserves” and go get some funnel cakes or something, leaving him sitting all sad-faced in a wilting party hat.

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Bachmann did not read pledge calling slavery a better arrangement for blacks

When Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann signed a pledge that claimed black Americans were better off as slaves than they are today, she apparently hadn’t read it in detail.

Her campaign said Saturday that she actually didn’t agree with that part of the pledge.

By signing the pledge created by Iowa-based Christian group The Family Leader, Bachmann agreed to opposes same sex marriage, oppose Sharia law and ban “all forms of pornography.”

The “marriage vow” also begins by noting that the children of slaves were better off than African-American children today.

Two things: First, awesomely presidential attention to detail, Michele. Bravo. Second, how the hell does a lawyer sign something without reading it? Just curious. 

I call bullshit on her excuse here. She knew damn well what she was signing and is trying to backtrack now that she’s been called on it. 

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For pity’s sake, she’s delusional:

[Palin] once again refused to “put a timetable” on when she will announce her decision, but when asked by CBS affiliate WKYW if she could beat President Obama, Palin replied, “To put it concisely - yes.”
Palin also noted her belief that most of the Republicans in the field “have a very good chance” of beating the president, and specifically said she liked Texas Governor Rick Perry, who told reporters last week he was contemplating his own bid to unseat Obama.

There is nothing she brings to the table, other than enthusiam for Sarah Palin and motorcycle exhaust. Oh, and her ego. She’s one of those girls who writes on Facebook “NO DRAMAZ” - then proceeds to start a shitload:

"This isn’t all about me; it’s about the real change that our country needs, and not just me but other potential candidates and candidates declared," she said. [WTF does that sentence even mean?!]
"It’s not really an intention to play cat-and-mouse or to have you guys guessing or anything else. Really it’s a genuine concern for our country, making sure we’re highlighting the history of our country, learning our past so we see a straight way forward in these challenging times, and that’s what our tour is all about," she explained.
Palin is expected to travel to New York City later today, where she is expected to meet with reality television host Donald Trump.

Anyone else hear dueling egos?

For pity’s sake, she’s delusional:

[Palin] once again refused to “put a timetable” on when she will announce her decision, but when asked by CBS affiliate WKYW if she could beat President Obama, Palin replied, “To put it concisely - yes.”

Palin also noted her belief that most of the Republicans in the field “have a very good chance” of beating the president, and specifically said she liked Texas Governor Rick Perry, who told reporters last week he was contemplating his own bid to unseat Obama.

There is nothing she brings to the table, other than enthusiam for Sarah Palin and motorcycle exhaust. Oh, and her ego. She’s one of those girls who writes on Facebook “NO DRAMAZ” - then proceeds to start a shitload:

"This isn’t all about me; it’s about the real change that our country needs, and not just me but other potential candidates and candidates declared," she said. [WTF does that sentence even mean?!]

"It’s not really an intention to play cat-and-mouse or to have you guys guessing or anything else. Really it’s a genuine concern for our country, making sure we’re highlighting the history of our country, learning our past so we see a straight way forward in these challenging times, and that’s what our tour is all about," she explained.

Palin is expected to travel to New York City later today, where she is expected to meet with reality television host Donald Trump.

Anyone else hear dueling egos?

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In the end, the presidency is different than any other job. You want to be able to look into them and understand, do they share my values? Do they know what I’m frightened of? Do they have answers that are real? … In a sense, our Judeo-Christian civilization is under attack from two fronts. On one front, you have a secular, atheist, elitism. And on the other front, you have radical Islamists. And both groups would like to eliminate our civilization if they could. For different reasons, but with equal passion.
Newt Gingrich, on the presidency and threats to America on The Christian Bible Network.

(Source: blogs.cbn.com)

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