EU rejects ACTA

Independence Day, indeed.

Happy 4th of July, y’all

For my non-Yankee readers, happy Wednesday!

Anderson Cooper comes out

My reaction to this is threefold:

  1.  Yeah, we all kinda already knew.
  2. Good for him for having the courage to come out given his high profile job.
  3. It bums me out that he had to at all, and I hope it doesn’t hurt his ability to do his job.

BTW, I got an email about this a while ago and I’ve never been sure; is it “GLBT” or “LGBT”?

QotD

Rand Paul, being retarded.

“Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional,”

Well then why do we even have a Supreme Court, chucklefuck? Obviously you know better than them, we might as well skip the whole thing and let you jacknuts decide everything.

I love it when the right doesn’t get their way and suddenly the problem is that everyone else is just some piddly nobody trying to ruin things.

SCOTUS… upholds Health Care Mandate???

KABOOM!!!

I readily admit I didn’t see this coming. Justice Roberts switching sides really surprised me, and watching the Freepers and Fox Nationalists losing their shit is providing some nice schadenfreude.

Been doing this a lot, but so sorry about the complete blackout there. Things went dark a bit and I readily admit that ol’ Hanlon was kinda hiding from the site and the news until a day or so ago. Things are on the up and up now though.

Romney carefully details how he’ll pay for his tax cuts

Haha just kidding he won’t say shit. Now let me map out why a candidate would dodge this kind of questioning:

  1. He has a plan he won’t let us in on. Maybe he’s telling the truth. Maybe Mitt has discovered some mathematically feasible way to pay for gigantic tax cuts. So why wouldn’t he tell us? Well…
    1. His plan would be wildly unpopular with moderates. Given that he’s an ultra-wealthy businessman, odds are pretty good that anything he’s got on hand wouldn’t be with the middle and lower class in mind, likely slashes to social programs and the like.
    2. His plan would be wildly unpopular with the base. Okay, etch-a-sketch comments aside, Mitt can’t just abandon Republicans entirely in the hopes of courting the middle/left. So let’s say the only way to pay for tax cuts is via chopping away at defense spending and other GOP-friendly programs. What then? Keep a lid on it.
    3. He’s under the impression that tax plans are intellectual property and he doesn’t want Obama stealing it. If, you know, Mitt is just completely bonkers.
  2. He has no plan at all.Maybe he’s lying. Maybe Mitt is banking on the lie carrying him into the White House, hoping…
    1. By the time he gets elected he’ll come up with something. We’ve all done this and you know it. You say you have a plan for something before you do (I totally know how we’ll sneak you into the concert), crossing your fingers that when it comes time to actually do it, you’ll have it set.
    2. He can just get into the White House and not worry about it. So this one is pretty cynical, but certainly not out of the realm of possibility. Make a crazy claim with a “secret way to do it”, knowing that there’s kind of a “no backsies” policy with electing presidents, so he can just refocus on other things once in office like how Bush ran solely on an anti-terror platform in 2004 and immediately set about attempting economic reform.

These are all just possibilities. Who knows.

Mitt Romney: bravely going into uncharted territory

Specifically, writing off all of his “home states” for the election: Michigan, Massachusetts, and California.

Sure, you can make the observation that those are decidedly blue states, but at least in the case of Massachusetts that’s where he was friggin’ governor. We’re talking about a man who is pretty much everything one could have claimed about a typical liberal elite (Harvard educated New England politician who doesn’t drink, has a load of money and no connection to the common man), but had to completely turn his back on himself in order to court enough GOP voters elsewhere to give him a chance on the national platform.

Many of you might remember in 2000 when Gore lost, that many on the right wanted to dismiss the Florida debacle by deriding Gore for losing his home state of Tennessee, but even then it was a bit of a surprise loss. Romney’s just giving up on where his roots are, in the hopes of winning the presidency. If anything, it’s a perfect analogy for his whole strategy: abandon the Mitt Romney of X years ago and turn into whatever Mitt Romney he thinks can win in 2012. Does he actually have deeply held beliefs? I don’t know.