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Old 08-29-2012, 11:05 PM   #166
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He couldn't think of American bands from A-Z to name?
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The OCD part of me hopes that Ryan would have said "AC/DC to Warren Zevon" or "AC/DC to the audiotapes of Slavoj Žižek"
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:07 PM   #168
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He couldn't think of American bands from A-Z to name?
he also didn't say g-d bless america or wear a flag pin as big as a captain america shield

what did his mother teach him?!?
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:50 PM   #169
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Tim Pawlenty's entrance music was "When Love Comes To Town."
That, more than anything else, should be enough to make you be a Democrat.
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:01 AM   #170
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Paul Ryan has the best line of night two.

"Obamacare comes to more than 2,000 pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees and fines that have no place in a free country.

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Old 08-30-2012, 01:02 AM   #171
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That, more than anything else, should be enough to make you be a Democrat.
Wouldn't be my pick either.
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:05 AM   #172
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As long as he doesn't give his speech in this outfit.



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edit - oh, of course, "We Built This City" plays
Are you serious? I was sitting here watching recaps of last night's thing with the whole "We Built That!" mantra (not nearly as obnoxious as "Drill, baby, drill!", but pretty eyeroll-worthy nonetheless) and I was thinking, "All they need now is that Starship song."

And voila!
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:26 AM   #173
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Paul Ryan has the best line of night two.

"Obamacare comes to more than 2,000 pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees and fines that have no place in a free country.


Now that's anti-intellectualism for the masses!

Apparently, most of his speech was shockingly inaccurate anyway. So there we go.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:47 AM   #174
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I am so glad I was watching preseason football that was probably one of the worst NFL games of all time.

If it doesn't work out for Romney maybe he could get a job as a replacement ref.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:59 AM   #175
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Paul Ryan has the best line of night two.

"Obamacare comes to more than 2,000 pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees and fines that have no place in a free country.

For somebody so enamoured with the truth, you seem oddly quiet about the lies in Ryan's speech last night.
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Paul Ryan’s speech in 3 words | Fox News
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Paul Ryan:



about the truth...
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I don't know what they're doing with the lighting there but they all look at least 10 years younger. Soft focus to the max.
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I saw that last night
Fox News
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The Most Dishonest Convention Speech ... Ever?
Jonathan Cohn August 29, 2012 | 11:54 pm

You’re going to read and hear a lot about Paul Ryan’s speech on Wednesday night. And I imagine most of it will be about how Ryan’s speech played—with the party loyalists in Tampa, with the television viewers across the country, and eventually with the swing voters who will decide the election.

I’d like to talk, instead, about what Ryan actually said—not because I find Ryan’s ideas objectionable, although I do, but because I thought he was so brazenly willing to twist the truth.

At least five times, Ryan misrepresented the facts. And while none of the statements were new, the context was. It’s one thing to hear them on a thirty-second television spot or even in a stump speech before a small crowd. It’s something else entirely to hear them in prime time address, as a vice presidential nominee is accepting his party’s nomination and speaking to the entire country.

Here are the five statements that deserve serious scrutiny:

1) About the GM plant in Janesville.

Ryan’s home district includes a shuttered General Motors plant. Here’s what happened, according to Ryan:

A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.” That’s what he said in 2008.

Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.

It’s true: The plant shut down. But it shut down in 2008—before Obama became president.

By the way, nobody questions that, if not for the Obama Administration’s decision to rescue Chrysler and GM, the domestic auto industry would have crumbled. Credible estimates suggested that the rescue saved more than a million jobs. Unemployment in Michigan and Ohio, the two states with the most auto jobs, have declined precipitously.

2) About Medicare.

Ryan attacked Obama for “raiding” Medicare. Again, Ryan has no standing whatsoever to make this attack, because his own budget called for taking the same amount of money from Medicare. Twice. The only difference is that Ryan’s budget used those savings to finance Ryan’s priorities, which include a massive tax cut that benefits the wealthy disproportionately.

It’s true that Romney has pledged to put that money back into Medicare and Ryan now says he would do the same. But the claim is totally implausible given Romney's promise to cap non-defense spending at 16 percent of gross domestic product.

By the way, Obamacare's cut to Medicare was a reduction in what the plan pays hospitals and insurance companies. And the hospitals said they could live with those cuts, because Obamacare was simultaneously giving more people health insurance, alleviating the financial burden of charity care.

What Obamacare did not do is take away benefits. On the contrary, it added benefits, by offering free preventative care and new prescription drug coverage. By repealing Obamacare, Romney and Ryan would take away those benefits—and, by the way, add to Medicare's financial troubles because the program would be back to paying hospitals and insurers the higher rates.

3) About the credit rating downgrade.

Ryan blamed the downgrading of American debt on Obama. But it was the possibility that America would default on its debts that led to the downgrade. And why did that possibility exist? Because Republicans refused to raise the debt ceiling, playing chicken not just with the nations’ credit rating but the whole economy, unless Obama would cave into their budget demands.

4) About the deficit.

Ryan said “President Obama has added more debt than any other president before him” and proclaimed “We need to stop spending money we don’t have.” In fact, this decade’s big deficits are primarily a product of Bush-era tax cuts and wars. (See graph.) And you know who voted for them? Paul Ryan.

5) About protecting the weak.

Here’s Ryan on the obligations to help those who can’t help themselves:

We have responsibilities, one to another – we do not each face the world alone. And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak. The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves. … We can make the safety net safe again.

The rhetoric is stirring—and positively galling. Analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that 62 percent of the cuts in Ryan budget would come from programs that serve low-income people. And that’s assuming he keeps the Obamacare Medicare cuts. If he’s serious about putting that money back into Medicare, the cuts to these programs would have to be even bigger.

Among the cuts Ryan specified was a massive reduction in Medicaid spending. According to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Urban Institute, between 14 and 27 million people would lose health insurance from these cuts. That’s above and beyond the 15 million or so who are supposed to get Medicaid coverage from the Affordable Care Act but wouldn’t because Romney and Ryan have pledged to repeal the law.

I realize conservatives think that transforming Medicaid into a block grant, so that states have more control over how to spend the money, can make the program more efficient. But Medicaid already costs far less than any other insurance program in America. And even to the extent states can find some new efficiencies, the idea that they can find enough to offset such a draconian funding cut is just not credible.

The Five Big Misrepresentations Of Paul Ryan's Convention Speech | The New Republic


really not planning on watching much tonight either. not really looking forward to next week.
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