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Old 01-26-2012, 04:51 PM   #661
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Santorum is a profoundly stupid person.

One of the strengths of America is the higher education system. There are absolutely incredible institutions which have been on the cutting edge of scientific discovery and which have made the world, as a whole, a better place.
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Santorum is a profoundly stupid person.

One of the strengths of America is the higher education system. There are absolutely incredible institutions which have been on the cutting edge of scientific discovery and which have made the world, as a whole, a better place.
But they are just glorified hippie pinko communes! Trust me, I work at one. Our secret handbook says to "re-educate" anyone we suspect of harboring conservative tendancies.
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Great numbers for us dweebs to ponder.

Blah Blah Blah Polls

Gotta love how Republicans think Gingrich is far more electable than Romney despite the fact that the polls show him clearly to be the least electable. I guess in order to be delusional enough to be a member of this party, you'd have to have a sense of reality so warped that you'll believe whatever your emotions tell you.
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:28 PM   #664
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Just to give our friends on the right a reason for a conniption fit...

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"The selection of a Republican candidate for the presidency of this globalized and expansive empire is – and I mean this seriously – the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been," Fidel Castro wrote.
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Santorum is a profoundly stupid person.

One of the strengths of America is the higher education system. There are absolutely incredible institutions which have been on the cutting edge of scientific discovery and which have made the world, as a whole, a better place.
Yes, I have the privilege of interacting with highly motivated and well educated pre-med, nursing and pharmacy students on a daily basis. They make me optimistic for the future.

I also read the university newspaper. That scares the crap out of me.

For all the great learning college campuses are also home to speech codes, political correctness, radical politics, feminist incitement and increasingly unmarketable degrees.


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As the lead editor of a student media organization at a highly respected American university ... stop. You have no idea what you're talking about.
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For all the great learning college campuses are also home to speech codes, political correctness, radical politics, feminist incitement and increasingly unmarketable degrees.
Very entertaining how you always bring it around to the 60s anti-hippy dippy paranoia.

Watch out, kids, SOCIALISM is on our campuses and it's going to get YOUUUUUUUUUUU.
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Watch out, kids, SOCIALISM is on our campuses and it's going to get YOUUUUUUUUUUU.
Bring it on! Their ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to their newsletter.
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I usually don't have time to watch much TV, nevermind 2 hours of these GOP debates (capitalism is great, especially at 80 hrs/week), but tonight I did.

I will be the first to admit that I have been disappointed with Obama's first term for a number of reasons (spent too much political capital on healthcare bill which wasn't that good anyway, hired too many Wall Street types, etc). But as I watched these guys tonight, it became immediately obvious to me what we're dealing with.

GO Obama GO!
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Romney had a pretty good debate tonight. Newt not so much. I'd expect Romney's slight lead in Florida to increase, he'll win on Tuesday, and it should be the beginning of the end as we head into Romney-friendly February.
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Did any gays / fathers born in Mexico get boo'd?
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feminist incitement


what could this mean?
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According to Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, America has lost not only its entertainment industry, but also its higher education system. "Higher education was the first to go, a long time ago," he said.

While speaking at the First Baptist Church in Naples, Florida on Wednesday, Santorum claimed that the Left uses universities to "indoctrinate" young people for the end purpose of maintaining power. "It's no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go to college," he said. yeah I'm sure that's the reason

He also argued that colleges and universities would receive no funding if they taught Judeo-Christian principles, but by teaching radical secular ideology, these schools are given government backing. He then asserted that 62 percent of young people who enter college with a set of religious beliefs leave without one. The presidential candidate concluded his speech by urging his audience not to give their money to universities that are undermining that country by spreading left-wing ideology.
So much irony in this story. So, SOOOOOO much. It's literally dripping everywhere .

If you're more scared of the beliefs at a university than you are by what people like Santorum say, you have a major problem.
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Very entertaining how you always bring it around to the 60s anti-hippy dippy paranoia.

Watch out, kids, SOCIALISM is on our campuses and it's going to get YOUUUUUUUUUUU.
Don't take my word for it. Just ask this ex-sixties college radical.

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Rick Santorum (aka "The profoundly stupid person") was sharp as a tack tonight. Some of the best answers I've heard in any debate these past few months. His gain will most likely insure a Romney victory on Tuesday as he was much improved tonight as well.

No one hurt themselves but the bickering over who said what in which ad is tiresome.
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Don't take my word for it. Just ask this ex-sixties college radical.



oh, right. the book seller. he wants you to buy things from him. he knows you think that his "ex-sixties college radical" former identity makes him somehow more credible, like he's reporting from behind enemy lines, he knows how we think, etc.

but, really, he just wants you to buy books.
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Don't take my word for it. Just ask this ex-sixties college radical.
Perhaps the desire to open one's mind to other viewpoints and trying to understand where another person is coming from just lends itself more easily to liberalism than conservatism? Open minds and ears being essential to the broad college education and its life experience potential that we place a lot of stock in when talking about post-secondary education.

Notice this book is sold to you using fear and distrust as selling points right on the cover.
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Don't take my word for it. Just ask this ex-sixties college radical.

Do you fall for this shit EVERY time?
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the GOP should really take all their scrabble tiles, toss 'em back in the bag, and grab new ones.
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Not that this will dramatically affect the outcome of the primaries, but the Washington Post ran some fairly damning comments today from former employees of Ron Paul's newsletters company (Ron Paul & Associates) concerning Paul's repeated claims that he had no idea what was in those newsletters.
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The Republican presidential candidate has denied writing inflammatory passages in the pamphlets from the 1990s and said recently that he did not read them at the time or for years afterward. Numerous colleagues said he does not hold racist views. But people close to Paul’s operations said he was deeply involved in the company that produced the newsletters, Ron Paul & Associates, and closely monitored its operations, signing off on articles and speaking to staff members virtually every day.

“It was his newsletter, and it was under his name, so he always got to see the final product...He would proof it,’’ said Renae Hathway, a former secretary in Paul’s company and a supporter of the Texas congressman.

...The newsletters, which were launched in the mid-1980s and bore such names as the Ron Paul Survival Report, were produced by a company Paul dissolved in 2001. The company shared offices with his campaigns and foundation at various points, according to those familiar with the operation. Public records show Paul’s wife and daughter were officers of the newsletter company and foundation; his daughter also served as his campaign treasurer.

Jesse Benton, a presidential campaign spokesman, said that the accounts of Paul’s involvement were untrue and that Paul was practicing medicine full time when “the offensive material appeared under his name.” Paul “abhors it, rejects it and has taken responsibility for it as he should have better policed the work being done under his masthead,” Benton said. He did not comment on Paul’s business strategy.

...A person involved in Paul’s businesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid criticizing a former employer, said Paul and his associates decided in the late 1980s to try to increase sales by making the newsletters more provocative. They discussed adding controversial material, including racial statements, to help the business, the person said. “It was playing on a growing racial tension, economic tension, fear of government,’’ said the person, who supports Paul’s economic policies but is not backing him for president. “I’m not saying Ron believed this stuff. It was good copy. Ron Paul is a shrewd businessman.’’

The articles included racial, anti-Semitic and anti-gay content. They claimed, for example, that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “seduced underage girls and boys’’; they ridiculed black activists by suggesting that New York be named “Zooville” or “Lazyopolis”; and they said the 1992 Los Angeles riots ended “when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.’’ The June 1990 edition of the Ron Paul Political Report included the statement: “Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities.”

...Ed Crane, the longtime president of the libertarian Cato Institute, said he met Paul for lunch during this period, and the two men discussed direct-mail solicitations, which Paul was sending out to interest people in his newsletters. They agreed that “people who have extreme views” are more likely than others to respond. Crane said Paul reported getting his best response when he used a mailing list from the now-defunct newspaper Spotlight, which was widely considered anti-Semitic and racist.

Benton, Paul’s spokesman, said that Crane’s account “sounds odd” and that Paul did not recall the conversation.

At the time, Paul’s investment letter was languishing. According to the person involved with his businesses, Paul and others hit upon a solution: to “morph” the content to capitalize on a growing fear among some on the political right about the nation’s changing demographics and threats to economic liberty. The investment letter became the Ron Paul Survival Report—a name designed to intrigue readers, the company secretary said. It cost subscribers about $100 a year. The tone of that and other Paul publications changed, becoming increasingly controversial. In 1992, for example, the Ron Paul Political Report defended chess champion Bobby Fischer, who became known as an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier, for his stance on “Jewish questions.’’

...Paul “had to walk a very fine line,’’ said Eric Dondero Rittberg, a former longtime Paul aide who says Paul allowed the controversial material in his newsletter as a way to make money. Dondero Rittberg said he witnessed Paul proofing, editing and signing off on his newsletters in the mid-1990s. “The real big money came from some of that racially tinged stuff, but he also had to keep his libertarian supporters, and they weren’t at all comfortable with that,’’ he said. Dondero Rittberg is no longer a Paul supporter, and officials with Paul’s presidential campaign have said he was fired. Dondero Rittberg disputed that, saying he resigned in 2003 because he opposed Paul’s views on Iraq.

...In 1996, as Paul ran for Congress again, his business success turned into a potential political liability when his newsletters surfaced in the Texas media. Paul was quoted in the Dallas Morning News that year as defending a newsletter line from 1992 that said 95% of black men in the District are “semi-criminal or entirely criminal” and that black teenagers can be “unbelievably fleet of foot.” “If you try to catch someone that has stolen a purse from you, there is no chance to catch them,” the newspaper quoted Paul as saying.
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All parties agree that Ron Paul is not, personally, racist and that he didn't write the passages. This is comforting. I am not an anti-Semite. But give me a check to tell Harlem the Jews invented AIDS, and I'll do it.

As I've said before, we all must make our calculus in supporting a candidate or even claiming he is "good" for the debate. But it must be an honest calculus. If you believe that a character who would conspire to profit off of white supremacy, anti-gay bigotry, and anti-Semitism is the best vehicle for convincing the country to end the drug war, to end our romance with interventionism, to encourage serious scrutiny of state violence, at every level, then you should be honest enough to defend that proposition.
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