News Roundup for 8/12/11

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Actually had less bullshit than the GOP debate last night

-Headline of the Day-
"Ten-to-one isn't good enough for the GOP."

I missed the GOP debate last night because I went to the Wisconsin State Fair. I figured that, this being the Dairy State, I'd see enough bullshit at the stock pavilion to make up for missing the debate. Added bonus; fancypants elitist cuisine of the "on a stick" variety, which I wouldn't have had sitting in front of my teevee watching C-Span. I believe I made the right choice.

And here's the weird thing; while there were eight candidates on that stage, there was really only one flavor of bullshit -- Tea Party Kool-Aid flavored, with chunks of the purest crazy. Asked, "Say you had a deal, a real spending cuts deal, 10-to-1... spending cuts to tax increases... Who on this stage would walk away from that deal? Can you raise your hand if you feel so strongly about not raising taxes, you'd walk away on the 10-to-1 deal?" All raised their hands.

10-to-1 spending cuts to tax increases wouldn't be enough. All cuts, no taxes, or no deal. Keep in mind, that's tax money you paid in and spending cuts mean you don't get anything back -- it's just used to pay for someone else's tax cut. Taking your tax money from you and using it to finance continued tax breaks for people who don't need tax breaks? That's freedom! That's liberty! That's fiscal sanity!

And, if you believe that, you're a chump.

The bullshit at the Wisconsin State Fair was of a much higher quality. And I'm pretty sure you could get it on a stick. (Political Animal)

-Cartoon time with Mark Fiore-
Hey kids, have you heard something about an "Essenpee Downgrade?" Mom and Dad pulling their hair out? Want to know what it's all about? Well, here ya go!

S&P Numbers and Stuff
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Seem dumb? It is! But you'll understand it all when you're older...

Actually, no. You won't. (MarkFiore.com)

-Bonus HotD-
"Indiana GOP Lawmaker Trolls Craigslist Ads For... (You Can Guess)."

Indiana state Rep. Phillip Hinkle proves that the more insanely anti-gay your voting record, the more gay and the less ethical about it you probably are. (Wonkette)

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