Hey guys, remember that election we had back in November, you know, the one that The Kenyan Usurper won and The Stench lost?
Anyway, it seems that The Stench didn’t lose it after all:
“I would argue against your premise that we lost this issue in the campaign,” Ryan told Wallace. “We won the senior vote.”
Now, of course I’m cherry picking from the Chris Wallace interview with the Zombie-eyed Granny-starver wherein Wallace challenges him that the election showed that Obamacare was the law of the land, and to count on it being repealed as part of ZEGS budget proposal is, well, nuts.
Everytime I watch this, I giggle a little bit. Dude needs to watch Captain Queeg use geometric logic during The Cain Mutiny:
But here’s the larger point: Ryan is a Randite. His world view is to kill off anything that helps the unsuccessful. The only people he wants to help are people like himself, and he sees it as a moral imperative.
The GOP has already tried to repeal Obamacare 33 times in 18 months.
(Hat tip: Scissorhead KCTomato via the Twatter machine)
This ought to be symbolic of something, but, gee, of what?
Paul Ryan visited a soup kitchen here Saturday on his way to the airport, but by the time the GOP vice presidential nominee and his family had arrived shortly before noon, the grits, sausage and doughnuts had been served, the hall was empty of patrons and the volunteers appeared to have already cleaned up.
OK, so the zombie-eyed granny-starver arrived a little late, it happens. So what did he do to recover from the (accurate) impression that he does not care about the 47% and wants to slash the social safety net for the good of the people?
After greeting and thanking a handful of volunteers from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canfield, Ohio — who said they typically visit the St. Vincent DePaul Society every Saturday and serve food from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Ryan, his wife and their young children headed to the kitchen, donned white aprons and offered to clean up some dishes.
Ryan stood at the sink and took some large metal pans that did not appear to be dirty, soaped them up and rinsed them, remarking as the cameras clicked and the TV cameras rolled that he had spent a summer washing dishes when he was younger.
Oh, my. What happened next?
As Ryan exited the building some minutes later, a small group of people, some of whom appeared to be homeless, seemed to engage Ryan, and the candidate stopped for several moments and spoke with them.
The campaign escorted photographers from the bus for Ryan’s exchange, but reporters were not allowed to do so. Ryan’s motorcade took off for the airport a few moments later.
Aside from “appearing to be homeless” (and what exactly does that mean?), the press was not allowed to listen in or report on the exchange. Ryan, who has a notorious glass jaw usually shuts down when people question him in non-scripted public venues was smart enough at least to let the encounter be photographed.
A campaign aide said that the exchange was not open to press because it was an impromptu conversation.
Yeah, because, you know, that might be news. And now the spin:
Spokesman Michael Steel said that the visit by the Ryans to the soup kitchen “emphasized the importance of charities and volunteerism to civil society.”
Or more accurately, the visit by the Ryans to an empty soup kitchen to not feed the hungry and to wash clean pots and pans was capped off by not addressing the homeless.
…it’s really only 30% that are takers and who have given up on the American Dream:
The good news, is that Zombie-eyed Granny-Starver Paul Ryan said it so elegantly.
Zombie-eyed Granny-starver Paul Ryan tells Fox News that he doesn’t have the time to show them the math of how cutting tax rates by 20% remains revenue neutral.
He’s like the dim-witted assistant to the snake oil salesman.
So now the Stench scoop of the day from David Corn at Mother Jones magazine is this little gem:
Willard explains the Bain Capital business plan: not creating jobs but “harvesting” companies they take over.
Which of course can only remind me of this movie:
Seriously, who (other than a farmer) ever says harvest and not mean something ghoulish?
That Politico piece gets better, I didn’t hit page 2 until now. Anyway, notable wonk-wannabe Zombie-eyed Granny-Starver of note, Paul Ryan decided to go rogue and dazzle his captive audience with his mad Powerpoint skillz:
Ryan’s PowerPoint slides were officially labeled: “Our Unsustainable Debt (U.S. Debt Held by Public as a Share of Economy),” “Your Share of the Debt,” “Who Funds Our Reckless Spending?” and “How the Government Spends Your Money.”
The Romney campaign was furious. But Ryan reportedly said, “Let Ryan be Ryan and let the Stench be the Stench.”
Ryan is scheduled to appear in CO today, and he is alleged to be threatening more Powerpoint presentations, because if you are afraid of angry senior citizens whom you want to starve to death, you can always bore them to death with Powerpoint slides.
Important update: Willard’s campaign is starting to refer to ZEGS Ryan as Gilligan. Oh, this is going to be a fun 40 days!
Hey guys, remember that time when the GOP Party of Iowa Political Director Craig Robinson said “I hate to say this, but if Ryan wants to run for national office again, he’ll probably have to wash the stench of Romney off of him”? Me Neither! But is seems that the Blue-Eyed Snidely Whiplash recalls it!
Politico tells us:
Though Ryan had already decided to distance himself from the floundering Romney campaign, he now feels totally uninhibited. Reportedly, he has been marching around his campaign bus, saying things like, “If Stench calls, take a message” and “Tell Stench I’m having finger sandwiches with Peggy Noonan and will text him later.”
…Paul Ryan gets boo’ed by grannies and people who love them at AARP for his zombie-eyed granny starving:
It’s not exactly a secret that Paul Ryan is an avowed Randite.
He now disclaims it, of course, because he got into some hot water with American Catholics that besides being an avowed atheist, Rand was also an enthusiastic supporter of abortion up to and including birth; and frankly her brand of selfishness flies right in the face of the many good deeds that the non-Xristian Xrazies in the Mother Church really do for us all. It sort of got the American Catholic infrastructure’s panties in a twist, and so Ryan denounced Ayn and says now that he was never really that in to her. That he lies so easily and without compunction should be a red flag to us all.
Anyway, we Scissorheads already know this. But what we might not know is that there is an Ayn Rand Society (sort of like the chess club in high school, but for losers). Paul Ryan addressed them — and I think many of us know that, too. But what you may not know is what he said.
America Magazine has the recording, and they’ve tried to create a partial transcript. It’s worth checking it out, if you have the fortitude to not throw the laptop off the balcony. Here’s a couple of points that you might want to pay attention to, which explains why I think it is important to pay attention to Ryan, he’s dangerous:
- Ryan describes Social Security and Medicare as “collectivist” and “socialistic.”
- Ryan’s strategic plan: privatize Social Security and Medicare in order to convert people from “collectivism” to believers in a “capitalistic individualistic” philosophy. So that there will be “more people on our team” who “won’t listen to” Democrats.
- Ryan’s acceptance of Pinochet’s Secretary of Social Security José Piñera’s similar program of Social Security privatization as a “moral revolution” that made Marxists into capitalists who started to read the Chilean equivalent of the Wall Street Journal. Ryan is overheard, “Yeah” “That’s right.”
Anytime you favorably compare what you are trying to do with what Pinnochet did… Anyway, go read the article, listen to the audio (if you can stand it).
(UPDATE: I forgot to Hat tip: Scissorhead Fran Rossi Szpylczynvia the tip line.)
After blaming Obama for shuttering the GM Plant in Janesville in his speech last night, it was only a matter of time until someone found Ryan’s smoking gun:
Here’s Paul Ryan’s 2008 press release on the closing of the Janesville GM Plant. Oh, and Politifact (which arguably has a conservative bias) rates ZEGS claim as False.
Stolen with pride from The Rant by Tom Degan
Whoopsie! The GOP accidentally (in 3 parts? yes) posted their party platform ahead of the RNC Convention in Tampa and then quickly retracted it, but not before he-said, she-said political gossip rag with eagle eyes Politico captured images and then posted to appal and amuse us:
- Renewing American Values — has all the social issues like straights-only marriage, all the fetus-fondling stuff, and turning public money over to churches and scam artists for voucher schools.
- Reforming Government to Serve the People is the section that discusses granny-starving, how to eliminate the greedy unionists at the Post Office, and keeping all them swarthy illegal immigrants from picking our crops so that they can rot in the field as God intended.
- American Exceptionalism is mostly swatting the Kenyan Usurper around for apologizing and agitating to blow up Iran.
Damn! Outsmarted again!
Introducing RuPaul Ryan!
Image courtesy of Scissorhead Keith-not-Keith
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — The rusty stains on Shirley Carter’s home are a permanent reminder of her fight with the local steel mill, just down U.S. Highway 17 near the boat docks. No matter how many cans of industrial-strength acid she went through, the red tint on her property never seemed to go away.
In 1998, Carter and her neighbors sued Georgetown Steel, then owned by the company Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney co-founded, Bain Capital. They sought millions in cleanup costs and accused the mill’s owners of leaving their historic Southern neighborhood looking like it had been hit by a “chemical bomb.”
State officials determined the mill was largely to blame for the pollution. As the lawsuit dragged on for years, the steel mill filed for bankruptcy and the plant ultimately settled with the residents.
In the end, Bain saw more than $30 million in returns on its steel company investment. Carter got $800.
“That wasn’t even enough to paint the house,” said Carter, who is a Romney supporter this election.
As a presidential candidate, Romney has pledged to roll back environmental regulations as a way to spur growth. Under President Barack Obama, he recently quipped, “a regulator would have shut down the Wright Brothers for their ‘dust pollution.’”
But the story of Georgetown Steel shows how Romney’s company thrived under conditions that largely allowed the emissions to continue for years, leaving locals to clean up the mess after Bain left town.
As Not-Keith said in the tip jar when he sent this, “What. The. Fuck. This country deserves the likes of Romney/Ryan, if people like this are willing to vote for someone who basically destroyed their town. FSM save us!!!!”
Today in Hypocrisy
“Two years ago, during an interview on WBZ’s NewsRadio he was asked by a caller if he “accepted any money” into his district. Ryan said he did not.
“I’m not one [of those] people who votes for something then writes to the government to ask them to send us money. I did not request any stimulus money,” the congressman answered.”
But ya are, Blanche, but ya are. Anyway, one of the companies was awarded something like $20 Million, and I think the other one got close to $1M.
As my buddy Driftglass likes to say, we liberals think we can prove anything with “facts” and “charts” and “numbers” and that’s when we usually get beat because we don’t tell a story that the Pig People can understand.
Anyway, here’s a great number that shows that IF we can find the right way to tell this story, Willard and his ZEGS are doomed: 73 percent of all Americans say that Medicare is either “extremely” or “very” important as they make their choice for president.
Keep f***ing that chicken, Paul Ryan.
Here’s notorious ZEGS Paul Ryan (R-Serious Person) about to eat a hot dog! Mwha-ha-ha!
Wait! What? He comes in from the side?
What is this? What’s the matter with you!? This is not what the people want! We want to see some full-throated dog-gobblin’!
Bah! But, on the bright side it is impressive that his jaw appears to be unhinged.
23-Skidoo and Tyler-too!
“Well, look, the ‘gender gap’ will evaporate instantly now that Paul Ryan’s on the ticket,” declared Robert Stacy McCain. “Trust me on this — chicks dig him. It was like Sinatra with a crowd of bobby soxers at the Paramount in 1944. Elvis at the Overton Park bandshell in Memphis in 1956. Total swoonsville.”
“Oh,” Gidget squealed, “Moondoggie is the ginchiest!”
(Village Voice via Scissorhead Big Bad Bald Bastard)
Willard’s expression change during this is absolutely priceless.
Hey guys, remember that time during the the beginning of Chimpy’s Economic Disaster and following the election of the Kenyan Usurper Hawaiian Devil Baby, when all the Atlas Shruggers were deriding the so-called Stimulus Package, but none more so that ZEGS Paul Ryan?
But anway it seems that it was like a cheap magic trick, you know, look over here so you don’t see what I’m doing over there! Take it away, TPM:
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has ascended to political stardom among conservatives for his staunch opposition to big federal spending programs, but the newly minted Republican vice presidential nominee sought grant money from the 2009 stimulus package he has consistently derided.
The Boston Globe reports today that Ryan penned four letters to Energy Secretary John Chu in 2009 to request millions of dollars for two Wisconsin conservation groups through the federal government’s sweeping American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, often simply referred to as the stimulus package.
Both groups ultimately secured the funds — including one that received a $20 million grant — but the letters were submitted at a time when Ryan was in the vanguard of the Republican Party’s opposition to the federal program, decrying it as an example of wasteful government spending.
Well, color me shocked. No one could see that coming. Politicians lying to us. What a world!
There’s an interesting little nugget in the NYTimes today about the $7M fortune of Paul Ryan and how he earned it, which is to say that he didn’t:
Mr. Ryan reported two tax-deferred college savings plans, with a combined value of between $150,000 and $300,000. He also reported two investment partnerships worth, in total, between $350,000 and $750,000, mostly containing shares of stock in well-known companies, including Apple, Goodrich, Kraft Foods, Visa and Whole Foods. Both partnerships were formed by Mr. Ryan and other family members to manage assets left by his grandparents and an aunt. Mrs. Ryan has reported receiving a trust after her mother died in 2010 that is valued between $1 million and $5 million, according to a letter Mr. Ryan filed with his latest financial disclosure. Mrs. Ryan also has longstanding interests in several mining and oil exploration investments in Oklahoma and Texas managed by her father, Dan Little, a lawyer in Oklahoma whose clients include oil and gas companies. Those investments generated as much as $150,000 in income last year.
Oh. So who were these grandparents that were so generous with little Paul, who as we all know required Social Security survivor benefits to become launched to be the man he is today? Wiki tells us:
His great-grandfather, Patrick William Ryan (1858–1917), founded the Ryan Incorporated Central construction business in 1884. Ryan’s grandfather was appointed U.S. Attorney for Western Wisconsin by President Calvin Coolidge.
A quick click on lucky 13 brings us to The History Page of Ryan Inc. in WI where we quickly learn that:
Ryan Incorporated Central has been shaping the earth since 1884. The Company started in Janesville, Wisconsin with a team of mules building railroad embankment in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. As it grew, it added road work and mining in the early 1900′s. By the 1940′s the Company had become a full-service grading contractor serving both private industrial and public transportation customers, including some of the original work at what would become O’Hare Airport. During the 1970′s and 1980′s, Ryan expanded its services to include landfill construction and waste remediation, and in the 1990′s added golf course construction. Today, Ryan Incorporated Central is one of the nation’s premier mass excavation and site-work contractors with expertise in residential, commercial, transportation, entertainment, energy and environmental work. This including extensive experience in power and industrial site-work, state-of-the-art municipal and industrial landfill construction and capping and full service golf course construction. The Company’s project size ranges in dollar value from $10,000 to $50,000,000.
So in otherwords, when Obama says that “you didn’t build that” in the midwest it’s true: Ryan’s family probably did, and with your tax dollars, which of course means that when Ryan wasn’t earning a living from his tax-payer funded salary, his family fortune was accruing from taxpayer dollars.
The Oklahoman’s political blog reported Saturday that her grandfather, Reuel W. Little, was a lawyer and rancher in the state who helped form a third political party in Oklahoma in the 1960s. His 1993 obituary stated that he was the American Party’s gubernatorial candidate in 1970. Three years earlier, Little started the push for a third party in order to get former Alabama governor George Wallace on the ballot as a presidential candidate.
Janna’s first cousin is Oklahoma Democratic Rep. Dan Boren.
Nice. Segregationist roots, but that’s not fair to her. It should be noted that Reuel Little was also a very successful attorney, but you don’t say things like that in Oklahoma appearantly:
The Little Law Firm, PLLC has been serving Oklahoma since 1927. The Firm began when Reuel W. Little (1942-1993) opened the office in Madill, Oklahoma. From its inception, the firm embraced the valued tradition of community service and the protection of individuals and businesses.
Jana Ryan’s father, Dan Little runs the joint now and he personally (not the firm) specializes in Business Law & Commercial Litigation, Oil & Gas, Real Estate. It doesn’t take many clicks to learn that his firm and Dan in particular are involved in defending and promoting the practice of Fraking, you know, where you poison the ground water and cause earthquakes to retrieve a tablespoon of really dirty oil
So you see, they are self-made millionaires (who did it the old-fashioned way by being well-connected from birth), and if they can do it, so can you.