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^From a 2008 post.

Polls are closed. I didn’t vote.

It’s pretty fucking embarrassing, because anyone who has been paying attention to the blog for the last year knows I’m a giant liberal wonk. http://clantilyscad.com/category/politics-or-the-art-of-looking-for-trouble/

I’m a registered Democrat, canvassed for the Democrats, and am probably one of the few moderate liberals that thinks that Obama has done a thoroughly decent job at President given the filibuster-heavy Congressional opposition. So why didn’t I just walk to the middle school a few block away and vote?

It’s pretty impossible to understand if you’re not also wrecked with mental illness. Not just run-of-the-mill depression where nothing sparkles. But the kind where everything is a nightmare, your digestive tract feels like its cannibalizing itself, and the very thought of social interaction can give you a panic attack.

Long story short, I had a mental breakdown right before the Hurricane (for reasons not related to the Hurricane) and have basically developed agoraphobia. So yeah, even though I waltzed into a school gym two months ago and voted in a primary that no one knew about, I’m currently having enough trouble feeding myself, much less go into public at the moment.

That sounds really really sad, and it is.

14.9% of non-voters in 2008 listed “illness or disability” as their reason.

Sorry I don’t have many fun links tonight for you fellow wonks. Nate Silver being a math genius kinda ruined the anticipation aspect of this election for me.

Comedy Central’s Indecision 2012 Live Show is here.

I don’t think I need to give a spoiler about who won.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 2012, Daily Show Live, election, obama, romney

Live from Safety School University!

But first…

Dave Itzkoff ‏@ditzkoff

“Tonight’s first question comes to us from a man who calls himself Violentacrez. Go ahead, Mr. Violentacrez.” #debate

Bwahahahahaha.

Patton Oswalt ‏@pattonoswalt

OBAMASATDOWNFIRSTHELOST — inside Hannity’s brain right now.#debate

9:05

“I want you to be able to get a job.” Yeah, so you can fire me from it.

9:15

I think Romney just admitted to not caring about birds dying.  Big Bird is crying.

Tom Junod ‏@TomJunod

Now he wants to kill Little Bird.

9:20

Once again a moderator is failing to move on.

The New York Times op-ed, November 18, 2008:

“Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”

by Mitt Romney

^not The Onion

9:30 

I’m so bored of talking about jobs. Go back to talking about killing birds.

Chuck Wendig ‏@ChuckWendig

Obama starts explaining economic theory. Romney makes fart noises and monkey sounds in the background. #fakedebate

9:39

‎”I put women in my cabinet.” ~Romney misquote

Franklin Leonard ‏@franklinleonard

“I hired lots of women.” = “Some of my best friends are black.”

9:51

Wow, invocation of the G.W. We should start asking: Is our children learning from this debate?

Indecision ‏@indecision

This guy’s on fire. Hold on- how do we know it isn’t Joe Biden wearing his Obama costume a few weeks early? #debates

Nina Bargiel ‏@slackmistress

“I CAN SEE SYRIA FROM MY INVESTMENTS!” – Mitt Romney#MocktheVote

Alex Halperin ‏@alexhalperin

What took so long? http://bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com/  #debates

10:25

Now that we all understand each other, group hug?

10:27

Nothing like talk to currency manipulation to rally up the masses.

Romney’s Binder ‏@Romneys_Binder

Mitt Romney: “I want to make America the most attractive place in the world for my binder.”

Complete transcript:

(Pro-tip: when you get there: Ctrl-F “gang bangers.”)

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 2012, debate, election, obama, presidential debates, romney

The ethical problem with Bain in a nutshell.

There’s apparently a few ways of taking over a company. The most common ways of doing it with the intent to bankrupt it are a hostile takeover or buying off its executives.

Mitt Romney chose buying off the executives with bonuses.

In business deals called leveraged buyouts, Bain would borrow money to buy troubled companies and then force the companies to pay back Bain’s loans. By moving the loans plus interest payments onto the troubled companies’ already deficit-heavy banksheets, this formula guaranteed the failure of the companies.

The result: All the CEOs and Bain Capital profited on the way out, while the average worker lost his or her job.

This is what happened with Ampad, a pad and paper company bought by Bain in 1992. Bain paid $5 million upfront for the company and profited more than $100 million in debt and management fees before Ampad filed Chapter 11 in 2000 and was resold in 2003.

Randy Johnson, an Ampad factory worker affected by the takeover, once wrote Romney a handwritten letter asking him to intervene and save an Indiana factory. Romney wrote back him saying that he wanted to help but his lawyers advised him not to get involved.

Green and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital quotes Mitt Romney regarding Bain: “I insisted on having almost dictatorial powers.”

So much for a man who doesn’t want to get involved.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 2012, ampad, bain, Bain Capital, bankrupt, bribery, ceos, dictator, election, executives, Mitt Romney, randy johnson

Today’s a good day to buy one of our Made in the USA mugs—with the President’s birth certificate on the back: http://OFA.BO/HxKQbt

For only $22.50, you too can drink out of the official personal identification of another human being!

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 2012, barack obama, birth certificate, election, mug, obama, obama swag, president