Good to know

News Mash: Poverty rates spike for all Americans… Who are NOT Tony Romo!

No matter what the White house might say to the contrary?

If you actually LIVE in the U.S. & do not benefit from making 400K a year…

Oh, excuse me, I mean 380K a year? (Cause yeah, Obama took a whopping 5% salary cut to “help out”. *rolls eyes* Woo freaking hoo.)

YOU know just how hard times are, these days:

[via YahooNews]Help shrinks as poverty spikes in the US ~by Steven r. Hurst, Associated Press

…The U.S. Census Bureau puts the number of Americans in poverty at levels not seen since the mid-1960s when President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the federal government’s so-called War on Poverty.

As President Barack Obama began his second term in January, nearly 50 million Americans — one in six — were living below the income line that defines poverty, according to the bureau. A family of four that earns less than $23,021 a year is listed as living in poverty. The bureau said 20 percent of the country’s children are poor.

…[Read More]

That is…

Unless you are a crappy quarterback who can’t get his team to the super bowl.

Cause then?

Oh, yeah…

Economic times are just coming up ROSES for you!

[via ATR.org]Tony Romo New Highest Paid NFL Player After Taxes

Texas Further Demonstrates Its Economic Prosperity With No State Income Tax

Over Easter weekend, franchise quarterback Tony Romo signed a 6-year $108 million contract extension to remain with the Dallas Cowboys. While the estimated $18 million per year makes Romo the fifth highest paid player based on salary, he is actually the new highest paid player after taxes in the NFL.

The Cowboys QB now claims the top spot previously held by Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints because of no state income tax in Texas. With Romo’s income tax burden being 39.6 percent – the top marginal federal income tax rate in the U.S. – and estimated tax liability of $7.12 million, he still stands to earn $752,000 more than Brees.

…[Read More]

My, oh my.

How wonderful it must be for those precious few, who can totally FAIL at your job?

And yet still you are rewarded.

Jeez.

Good to know [Source]

without a man card

News Mash: If Obama’s “man card” gets revoked? He needs to get this ring to help get it back!

Revoking a dude’s “man card”?

I get that you disagree with his politics and all…

But whoa, dude. *shakes head sadly*

Is this really necessary?

[via Mediaite] Glenn Beck has taken it upon himself to officially “revoke” President Obama‘s “man card.” Beck was responding to the president’s comments to CBS News’ Scott Pelley during a pre-Super Bowl interview that he’d “have to think about it” before letting his hypothetical son play football.

Beck played a clip from the interview on his online show and interjected the word “girl” in between the president’s statements, before switching into a “female” voice to mock him. When Obama was finished making his rather cautious comments on the matter, Beck began his full-on attack.

“His man card has been revoked by me, and that’s saying something” Beck said. “When I’m saying you’re a girl, you are absolutely 100% girl power.” He proceeded to slam the president for getting too “philosophical” and “complex” in his answers to questions, which according to Beck was further evidence of Obama’s femininity.

Referring to Obama’s nuanced approach to the football issue, Beck continued, “You’re a full-fledged woman. I never heard anybody but a woman say that.” He explained that only women are concerned about the dangers of football and “every guy, even me, says ‘relax.’”

Taking a stern tone, Beck said, “Stop being such a chick, Mr. President. Stop it. You’re commander-in-chief. Not chick-in-chief.”

…[Read More]

Answer: No. It Is Not.

Look…

Not a big fan of Obama’s myself, but the “man card” needs to be left the heck alone.

It is, after all, how they “identify”.

What is a man, WITHOUT his man card?

without a man card

And because he is?

Decided to do what I could to up Obama’s man-points, since  Glenn Beck harshly decided to take some away and all for his foolish football comments.

[Though woosie-fied they may be.]

Here you go, Obama…

The perfect ring for you, to up your much dwindling man-points:

[via The Blaze] Although jewelry might be on a lady’s Valentine’s Day wish list, it’s likely not a No.1 seller for the relationship-celebrating holiday when it comes to men. But this titanium “man ring” might be an exception.

BooneRings Man Ring Reveals Hidden Tools Like an Unfolding Swiss Army Knife

The $385 ring by BooneRings on Etsy has the following tools hidden inside of it that unfold like a Swiss Army knife:

It has a working bottle opener, a straight blade perfect for cutting packing tape or fishing line, a serrated blade for tougher things like nylon strapping or those tough to open electronics heat sealed packages, a saw for cutting plastic and wood, and it has a comb! Although the comb is tiny, it actually does a surprisingly good job on the ‘stache or head! You would be amazed at just how handy this ring is.

…[Read More]

Now…

Wear it proudly.

And please just ignore football all together.

Thanks.

the obama sinkhole

Aporia Politico: The Obama Sinkhole Economy!

Sinkholes are scary.

They can appear anywhere…

And they can swallow up even the most thriving environments.

Nothing, and nowhere…

Is safe.

[via The Extinction Protocol]August 5, 2012LOUISIANA – For more than two months, officials from federal to local have been unable to pin down the source of a natural gas leak and tremors in assumption parish. But on Thursday a 200 by 200 foot “slurry area” has appeared in bayou corne in northern assumption parish…

The formation of the slurry area was accompanied by a diesel-like odor that some residents said burned their eyes and noses but dissipated by midmorning Friday…Assumption parish officials declared an emergency and called for an evacuation of residents living near the nearly 1-acre muddy site. A potential failure of a cavern operated by Texas brine company may have caused the slurry area, or sinkhole, which swallowed full-grown trees and denuded a formerly forested patch of cypress swamp. Final determination of a positive link between the failure of the cavern and either the natural gas bubbling or the slurry area has not been made. In response, gov. bobby jindal declared an emergency Friday. –KLFY[Read More]

Sinkholes?

Pffft…

Yeah.

No kidding. (see below)

[via The Blaze] A stunning collection of 70 facts about the U.S. economy just posted on the web is probably not going to make it into the next campaign ad from the folks at Obama for America. However, you might want to read it.

TheBlaze has culled 10 from the list of 70 here:

  • Speaking of “no faith in the US Dollar” – The price of gold when Obama was inaugurated, $850 an ounce. Today, gold is over $1500.
  • A stunning amount spent on stupid studies like Why do chimps throw their poop? – Almost $600,000 of your tax dollars was sent to the folks who studied chimpanzee poop tossing, plus $198,195 paid to find out if “tweeting” makes people happy… It’s all HERE.

[Read More]

Sinkholes…

As I said before?

Definitely scary stuff!

And yet?

People seem anxious to jump into this growing sinkhole.

Personally?

I don’t get it at all.

Player seriously

Aporia Politico: You just have to laugh in politics…Or get punched in the face!

When it comes to politics?

Some people…

Just lack the needed humor.

[via the Blaze] It‘s President Barack Obama’s birthday, but it seems the Republican National Committee’s efforts to get in on the celebration were rebuffed.

The RNC on Friday sent the Democratic National Committee a birthday cake in the president’s honor, but the DNC sent it back.

The cake’s frosting message? “You didn’t bake this” — a riff on Obama’s “you didn’t build that” remark.

RNC Obama cake

“Since President Obama’s birthday is tomorrow, we actually wish him a happy 50.99726 years with this ‘you didn’t bake that’ cake,” RNC spokesman Tim Miller told Yahoo! News Friday.

The oddly specific number is a knock on the White House’s explanation that “the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3% in July (or, more precisely, the rate rose from 8.217% in June to 8.254% in July).” The RNC on Friday also rolled out a series of mocking birthday e-cards to help Obama ring in the big 5-1.

“We do know that hard working, smart entrepreneurs across the country join us in wishing the president a happy birthday and hoping that next year he has more time for baking so the country can get back to job creating,” Miller said. [Read More]

And some…

Far, FAR more than others?

“Jeez, really dude?” Need grab just a little bit of savvy.

Please?

It’s really scary, isn’t it…

To think these (below) people are allowed to vote.

[via Mediaite]…According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, upon seeing Romney’s photo on his girlfriend’s page, Lowell Turpin “angrily demanded to know who the male was.” When Turpin felt the girlfriend was “attempting to communicate with friends through her Facebook account,” he proceeded to throw her personal laptop against the wall and… punch her in the face.

The 40-year-old Turpin remains in the Anderson County Jail after being charged with domestic assault. The girlfriend also reportedly told an officer that Turpin “has been violent toward her multiple times over several years.” [Read More]

I mean, come on…

When you look  at the two men battling to be President, how do you not grab enough of reality to just laugh?

I do.

Just, you know, not in a funny ‘ha-ha’ kinda way.

*sadness*

vote for mr

Aporia Politico: Thanks to Optogenetics, Romney leads Obama in national polls? Pffft, probably.

Romney has apparently pulled ahead in the polls…

To have the exact SAME lead that Obama had at this point in 2008 when he won that election.

Huh.

Colored me surprised.

[via Business Insider] Romney leads Obama, 49 percent to 44 percent, in the general election matchup. That nearly mirrors the result on who voters say they trust more to handle the economy. Romney leads there 49-43.

Just last Saturday, though, the two candidates were tied at 46 percent apiece. Rasmussen notes that “as with any such change in the race, it remains to be seen whether it marks a lasting shift or is merely statistical noise.”

But economic news doesn’t look like it’s going to improve much in the short-term. Friday’s GDP report beat expectations but also showed extremely sluggish growth overall. Consumer confidence, meanwhile, remained at its low point for the year.

Since it’s always fun to compare: On this day in 2008, Obama led Republican nominee John McCain by 5 points — 49 to 44 percent — in Rasmussen’s daily tracking. [Read More]

Must say…

As much as I am not a fan of Obama, and mostly because my empty bank account whimpers at the mans very name?

I am vastly surprised that Romney has taken such a lead.

Makes me wonder how he pulled it off.

But then?

Oh, make no mistake about it…

I figured it out.

[via io9]Optogenetics, a brand new field of research in which living, cortical neurons and other cells can be manipulated or controlled with optical technology (namely fiber optic cables), has been heralded as the next big thing for treating such things as heart conditions, paralysis, and even diabetes. Up until now, however, they’ve only been able to test this technique on rodents — but a recent breakthrough in which scientists were able to control monkeys’ brains with light has shown that the concept also applies to humans — an important piece of insight that could lead to dramatic new treatments for cognitive disorders .[Read More]

If you are an Obama fan, and wish to REMAIN an Obama fan?

Word of advice…

Look away from the light, people.

Away. From. The. Light!

*no*

the real winner

Aporia Politico: Obama and Mitt are morons…Bring on Condi Rice!

Elections make me tired…

And, in the long run?

Make me care NOT even a little.

With all of this ridiculous bickering?

It makes it hard to get excited about the upcoming 2012 Presidential Election.

[via WeeklyStandard]President Obama’s reelection campaign accuses Mitt Romney of distorting the president’s words, by showing a side by side comparison of the Obama’s words and Romney’s quotation of those words:

“Mitt Romney is launching a false attack,” the ad’s text states. But the weird thing is: The Obama campaign is purposefully trying to make it sound like Romney is misquoting the president, when the official White House transcript backs up Romney’s quotation.

In the ad, Romney says that Obama revealed his thoughts on business when he said this, “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.”

And, in fact, according to official White House transcript that’s precisely what Obama said on July 13, 2012 in Roanoke, Virginia.

Nevertheless, the Obama campaign, in the ad, says it’s not true. “The only problem?,” the ad text reads. “That’s not what he said.” It then turns to Obama, from the same Roanoke campaign speech, who said, “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.  There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.”

Which is true. Obama did say that. But he also said the line that Romney says he said– “If you’ve got a business –you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.”

And, in fact, later in the ad the Obama campaign actually plays the clip that Romney quotes of Obama, at about :40 second spot.

“Mitt Romney will say anything,” the ad concludes. It turns out, he’ll even say Obama’s words when quoting him.

[Read More]

However…

If this new poll is true, and Condi Rice IS the VP pick?

O M G…

I WILL BE SO EXCITED!

[via The Hill] Republicans favor former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for Mitt Romney’s running mate, according to a survey released Wednesday by Fox News.

The former George W. Bush Administration official was the pick of three in 10 Republicans, leading Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the favorite of 19 percent of those surveyed; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the choice of 8 percent; and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who garnered 8 percent.

Speculation has swirled around Rice since a story was posted to the Drudge Report last week that said she had become a front-runner in Romney’s search for a running mate.

On Wednesday, Romney told a town-hall audience in Ohio that he had not yet picked a vice presidential candidate, but his eventual choice would be a “conservative.”

“I can assure you that even though I have not chosen the person that will be my vice president, that person will be a conservative; they will believe in conservative principles,” Romney said.

Some Republicans have argued that Rice’s support for abortion rights should disqualify her from being on the ticket.[Read More]

Please let this be true.

Please let this be true.

Please let this be true.

After all, with two morons like Obama and Mitt running for President, and Biden in there as the current President’s VP?

It will be SOOOOOO nice to have someone in this election that has some intelligence, brains, and knows how to use them.

The fact that it’s a woman?

Makes the prospect all the more delicious.

Come on, Condi…

SAY YES!

Priority Him

Aporia Politico: When the ‘Jobs Council’ is far less important than ‘Re-Election Fundraising’?

Poll numbers start to fall.

Especially?

If you are Obama.

Cause, seriously…

Obama is all about helping you, and fixing the economy.

However it’s apparently all talk

And people are finally beginning to clue in to that.

[via HotAir]Obama’s jobs council is sure getting plenty of attention now.

Politico reported Obama had been neglecting his all-star panel of CEOs for six months, which led to reporting on the political downsides of meeting with business leaders accused of outsourcing while he’s lambasting Romney for allegedly outsourcing, and reporting on how Obama’s job council agrees with Romney’s tax plan, and Jay Carney’s stuttering 2-minutes of nothing, which led to today’s RNC ad on the subject, which highlights stats even Politifact had to green-light without contorting itself into a dubious “Half-True” certification. Oh, awkward turtle.

The White House insisted again Thursday that it thinks the jobs council is pretty keen. When asked about the issue, Carney responded that the president’s “extremely appreciative” of the group.

“This president is focused on job creation and economic growth and he is using every tool in his tool box to advance economic growth.”

Sure, he just uses a tool box like a sophomore in college in her first apartment. How does a crescent wrench work again?

Obama told a Florida audience today that he spends “every waking hour” thinking about them and “fighting as hard” as he knows how for them. [Read More]

Yeah, well…

Except?

Kinda not.

HSBC

Aporia Politico: Who’s Shadier, Credit Card Companies Or The Government!

Do you have a credit card?

If you do, chances are, because you do…

You know just how shady some credit card company practices can be.

[via NYTimes] Capital One, one of the nation’s biggest banks, will reimburse $150 million to more than two million customers for selling them credit card products they could not use or did not want, as the nation’s new consumer watchdog leveled its first enforcement action against the financial industry.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday hit Capital One with findings that a vendor working for the bank had pressured and deceived card holders into buying products presented as a way to protect them from identity theft and hardships like unemployment or disability.

The regulatory actions, totaling $210 million including fines to authorities, take aim at one of the financial industry’s growing profit centers and increasingly controversial practices.[Read More]

And when it comes to shady credit card practices?

Oh…

Some are far shadier than others!

[via NYMag]HSBC’s troubles had to escalate this week, with a Senate committee dropping a 335-page report[PDF] that accused the bank of helping Mexican drug cartels launder money and doing business with terrorist-affiliated banks in the Middle East, among a litany of other very bad things.

A year-long investigation by a Senate subcommittee produced the report, which turned up evidence that HSBC had willingly turned a blind eye to shady activities carried out under its purview, including a transfer of billions of dollars in suspected drug money through the bank’s U.S. division.

The report also implicated the Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which is supposed to police things like money laundering, for failing to step in earlier. Senator Tom Coburn said that the OCC had acted as a “lapdog, not a watchdog” by failing to catch HSBC in the act.

The scandal at HSBC, which doesn’t yet pass the Aunt Deborah test, has already claimed one executive – David Bagley, the firm’s head of compliance, who announced in the middle of a Senate hearing yesterday that he was stepping down.

At that hearing, a group of HSBC executives expressed contrition for the bank’s lapses in judgment, but offered a good explanation for why they hadn’t stopped drug lords in their tracks. They were just too busy, you see:

Among those testifying was Paul Thurston, an HSBC executive who was HSBC’s Mexico chief executive during a period in 2007 when law-enforcement concerns about drug cartel laundering became known to the bank. Mr. Thurston, now an executive with HSBC in Hong Kong, acknowledged uncovering some of the suspicious accounts, noting that some of what he found “took my breath away.”

But he said some of the problems arose because HSBC Mexico was a fast-growing unit that handled its anti-money-laundering screening at each of its 1,300 branches. He said he moved to try to centralize such operations but that the bank struggled to respond to suspicious transaction alerts, which sometimes came in at the rate of 1,000 a week.

Some HSBC critics are calling for criminal prosecutions, and the bank could face a fine of up to $1 billion. [Read More]

Good thing the government is there…

To save the day?

Cause no, it’s not ever shady…

At all.

[via WP]NEW YORK — The companies that determine Americans’ credit scores are about to come under scrutiny by the country’s new consumer watchdog.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Monday that it will start supervising the 30 largest firms that make up 94 percent of the industry. That includes the three big credit reporting firms: Equifax Inc., Experian and TransUnion.

This marks the first time that a single government agency will take an active role in policing credit bureaus, according to industry experts. The Fair Credit Reporting Act currently requires them to keep accurate information about consumers.

Richard Cordray, the government agency’s director, said in a speech Monday that the CFPB said its oversight may include on-sight examinations, and that it may require credit bureaus to file reports.

“It’s a wonderful thing for the American public,” said Pamela Banks, the senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports. “Now there’s somebody on their side.”

Each of the three major credit reporting agencies maintains files on more than 200 million Americans. These reports are filled with a history of loan payments, credit card accounts and other financial details. Past behavior, from late payments to credit-card balances, is used to create a credit score. [Read More]

A government oversight committee…

Overseeing credit card companies.

Yes…

This will work out well.

*shakes head sadly*

when the mob governs

Aporia Politico: “When the mob governs…”

As if there wasn’t enough in 2012 to get ‘doom & gloomy’ about

Now?

Some say the next (i.e. UPCOMING) Great Depression will destroy civilization…

“As we know it.”

I freak kid you not.

[via The Extinction Protocol]July 17, 2012ECONOMY – The risk of a new depression — a sustained, severe recession — has struck fear into the heart of markets and driven monetary policy in developed economies since the current financial crisis began. “We’re in a very unfortunate position to be here,” Richard Duncan, author of The New Depression, warned on CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” Monday. “When we broke the link between money and gold, this removed all constraints on credit creation. This explosion of credit created the world we live in, but it now seems that credit cannot expand any further because the private sector is incapable of repaying the debt it has already, and if credit begins to contract, there’s a very real danger that we will collapse into a new Great Depression,” he argued. “If this credit bubble pops, the depression could be so severe that I don’t think our civilization could survive it.” The explosion in cheap credit has been widely blamed for the global financial crisis, but the debate about how to fix the problem continues. “We could keep deferring the depression, but that could just encourage the bad guys. If you do this, you possibly do more harm than good,” Roger Nightingale, economist and strategist at RND Associates, told CNBC Monday. “You can defer, but not prevent.” Nightingale argued that previous credit booms, for example in Japan in the 1980s, have led to sustained recessions. “When you throw money into the system at a rate much in excess of the requirements of the real economy, you’re trying to get people to borrow and spend, but the good guys out there won’t because they’re too cautious. It’s the bad guys who come in, the malefactors,” he said. “When the central banks realize what is going on and raise interest rates, it flings the world economy into depression.” The ideas of Milton Friedman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who argued that monetary policy should constantly expand, informed some of the Fed’s response to the crisis. “Policymakers really believe that if we allow credit to contract, we will reach a new Depression,” Duncan said. “The increase in government debt is making total debt grow; otherwise we would already have collapsed in to a debt-deflation death spiral. This creates great perils, but also tremendous opportunities.” -CNBC[Read More]

Seriously, guys?

Stupidity hurts.

And if you haven’t realized that yet?

Well, then…

Obama says success is not a result of someone working hard or being smart and that if you started your own business, you didn’t build it yourself. (July 13, 2012).

Sheer idiocy is just painful, isn’t it?

Yikes.

So now…

How about a little bit of philosophy, you know, just to balance everything out accordingly, eh?

Jeez.

pill abuse

Aporia Politico: Is Economic Recovery The Key To A Reduction In Prescription Pill Abuse?

I had a coach once, his favorite saying was, “It’s all mental.”

And when in comes to pain…

Boy, is it ever!

[via Telegraph] The emotional state of the brain can explain why different individuals do not respond the same way to similar injuries, say scientists.

Some recover fully while others remain in constant pain.

Brain scan studies showed for the first time how chronic pain emerges as a result of an emotional response to an injury.

The process involves interaction between two brain regions, the frontal cortex and nucleus accumbens.

Lead scientist Professor Vania Apakarian, from Northwestern University in Chicago, US, said: ”The injury itself is not enough to explain the ongoing pain. It has to do with the injury combined with the state of the brain.” [Read More]

Given the mental/emotional state of middle age men…

Due to our trying economic times? [The Economy Goes Down, Drug Abuse Goes Up]

Is there any doubt why so many are turning towards a life of chemistry?

If there is…

There shouldn’t be.

[via Daily Mail] Prescription pill abuse by middle-aged white men has contributed to closing the gap between the life expectancies of black and white Americans.

The gap has long been associated with social inequality, like access to healthcare and quality of life, but Canadian researcher Dr Sam Harper said that increased prescription drug abuse among whites had a major role in the new statistics.

The decline in mortality rates among blacks for heart disease, homicide and HIV has also led to closing the chasm, according to Dr Harper’s new report.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, stated that the difference between white and black American lifespans has shrunk significantly.

Dr Harper studied national data that showed not only an increase in the length of Americans’ lives but also a drop in the disparity between races.

The epidemiologist from McGill University in Montreal analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. National Vital Statistics System, and various other centers.

Between 2003 and 2008, life expectancy at birth increased from 75.3 to 76.2 years among non-Hispanic, white men and from 68.8 to 70.8 years among non-Hispanic black men.

For women, the changes were from 80.3 to 81.2 years (non-Hispanic whites) and 75.7 to 77.5 years (non-Hispanic blacks), according to the study.

These changes reduced the racial gap from 6.5 to 5.4 years among men and from 4.6 to 3.7 years among women.

‘Between 2003 and 2008, the gap in life expectancy between non-Hispanic blacks and whites declined by approximately 1 year for both sexes,’ Dr Harper said in the report.

‘Heart disease, diabetes, homicide, HIV and infant mortality remain the chief causes of the black-white gap.’

However, Dr Harper said, one of the major causes of the decrease in the gap was an increase in poisoning – caused by prescription pill abuse in whites.

Pill abuse has eclipsed motor vehicle crashes as a cause of accidental death and ‘has affected middle-aged white men more than any other group’.

He added: ‘The black-white life expectancy gap is still large, and declines since 2003 due to HIV and heart disease are a positive development. But rapid increases in accidental death among whites also have contributed to this change.’

During the surveyed time period, fatal poisonings were the leading increase among whites – by 58 percent for men and 74 percent for women between ages 20 and 54.

Dr Harper added that 80 to 90 percent of the unintentional poisoning deaths appear to be drug-related, with opiates being the primary killer.[Read More]

Prescription pill abuse has become an American epidemic.

And maybe the best way to combat it…

Is the least likely course.

Economic recovery.

Tale two

Aporia Politico: Where politics fails to significantly increase Hope? Laughter steps in!

Politics.

For the most part? It’s pretty maddening. And because it is? You just have to laugh at it, with it…

In self-defense.

[via Mediate]In a new TV ad running in Ohio, Mitt Romney‘s campaign features a somewhat unexpected politician attacking President Barack Obama: Hillary Clinton, the current Secretary of State and former Obama rival. According to POLITICO, the ad uses 2008 footage in which Clinton said, “Shame on you, Barack Obama.”

The footage is from Clinton’s campaign stop in Ohio with then-Gov. Ted Strickland. At the time, she had denounced Obama and his campaign for “perpetuating falsehoods.” The clip is meant to convey that Obama’s attacks against Romney are “just not true.” That he used the same kinds of “vicious lies” against former opponent Clinton.

[…]

The ad’s script, via POLITICO:

NARRATOR: Barack Obama’s attacks against Mitt Romney: they’re just not true. The Washington Post says, ‘On just about every level, this ad is misleading, unfair and untrue.’ But that’s Barack Obama. He also attacked Hillary Clinton with vicious lies.

CLINTON (file footage): He continues to spend millions of dollars perpetuating falsehoods.

NARRATOR: Mitt Romney has a plan to get America working. Barack Obama? Worst job record since the Depression.

CLINTON (file footage): So shame on you, Barack Obama.

ROMNEY (voice-over): I’m Mitt Romney and I approved this message.

[Read More]

We can easily laugh at politics for so many reason…

(Main reason being? Politics is filled with narcissistic morons.)

Laughter helps us cope.

But how exactly does laughing DO that?

Well, maybe this will answer that little question for you:

[via ScienceNewsReview] Way back in 2005 researchers at Texas A&M determined that humor – an appreciation of the absurd hilarity of life – can significantly increase Hope, and that hopefulness helps people cope with stresses in daily life and during illnesses as well.

In January of this year a communications professor at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, demonstrated that in a medical setting, laughter is the best medicine. Humor helps both the doctors and the patients cope. The finding was extended to the workplace and to educational situations as well, eventually reaching the conclusion that regardless of the content, humor seems to be beneficial and productive. It helps to get the point across in almost any situation. [Read More]

obamacare cloaking device

Aporia Politico: Science perfecting cloaking devices, too bad they can’t make Obamacare disappear!

The mandate portion of Obamacare was upheld, because it was branded by SCOTUS to be exactly what it is…

A tax!

You know, that thing Obama SWORE it wasn’t.

And it’s not just any tax…

But the largest tax E V E R in the history of the United States of America!

(NaturalNews) Obamacare to unleash crushing new taxes, trillions in debt, huge job losses, and it doesn’t even cover natural medicine

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036341_Obamacare_new_taxes_mandate.html#ixzz1zFvFuwBMBy now, we all know the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate portion of Obamacare by declaring it a “tax.” This is, in essence, a declaration that the federal government now has unlimited power to force consumers to spend some (or even all) of their take-home pay on various products, services or even intellectual property that they have no interest in buying in the first place. It is a concentration of economic power in the hands of the federal government, and it suddenly ends economic liberty in America (http://www.naturalnews.com/036329_Obamacare_Supreme_Court_economic_fr…).

It’s also the largest tax increase in the history of the United States. By upholding Obamacare’s individual mandate as a “tax,” Chief Justice Robert just labeled President Obama the largest tax increase President in the history of the country! (http://decoded.nationaljournal.com/2012/06/roberts-labels-obama-a-tax… [Read More – The news does NOT get better, but read more of it here!]

Sadly…

This newest government imposed economic oppression?

Not going away any time soon.

*taps chin*

Unless…

[via DiscoverMagazine]How to Make Anything Disappear

Sophisticated cloaking devices 
may soon hide objects from light, 
sound, water, even earthquakes

Over the past six years, scientists have moved beyond mere invisibility: If they could build cloaks for light waves, then why not design materials to conceal sound and even ocean waves?

A whole suite of invisibility cloaks are now under development, all building on the same basic principle as the first prototype. When we perceive an object, we are actually detecting the disturbances it creates as energy waves bounce off it. The Duke cloak, constructed from a synthetic structure called a metamaterial, prevented those disturbances by bending light waves around the object, allowing them to continue flowing like water in a stream around a rock (concept shown at right). Sure enough, that technology is not limited to light. In the latest designs it is being applied to mask all kinds of other waves, with the potential for zeroing out sound pollution and protecting cities from earthquakes. Meanwhile, scientists continue to pursue the original invisibility concept—work that is sparking a lot of interest in military surveillance circles.

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BAD POLITICAL BILLS SOUND CLOAK

The Tech: Last year a Duke University team led by engineer Steven Cummer built a cloak that rendered an object “invisible” to sound waves.

What It’s Made of: Stacked sheets of one-millimeter-thick perforated plastic (the actual engineering of these cloaks is difficult but unglamorous). The sheets’ holes and arrangement allow the cloak to manipulate sound waves.

How It Works: It hides an object much like Ergin’s light cloak does. Cummer placed the perforated sheets over a 10-centimeter-long block of wood. The cloak bent sound waves heading toward the block so that they avoided the cloaked area and rebounded as if it were not there. If the block had ears, it would not have heard any sound from outside the cloak.

Applications: Sonic cloaks could steer sound waves around beams and columns in a concert hall to give every seat perfect acoustics, or block the noise pollution from that chatty coworker in a neighboring cubicle. Such cloaks could also conceal submarines from the pulses of enemy sonar, although Cummer considers that a major challenge—he cannot just slap thick layers of plastic onto a military sub.

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[Read More – Various Invisibility Cloaks!]

So…

Science claims it will soon be able to make ANYTHING disappear?

Hey, maybe there is hope of making Obamacare disappear, yet!

who's a cute president

Aporia Politico: When pugs don’t understand English? It’s cute. When Obama doesn’t? Not so much!

Watch these adorable pugs…

Play a game of satellite head!

A game they play as they try to make sense of things… (Hello, Basic English!)

They can’t possibly understand.

Funny, isn’t it?

That when a President does it…

Not so cute.

Quick…

Someone get this man a cookie before he hurts himself!

*pats head* “Good, President.”

November 2012

Aporia Politico: When it comes to alien invasions (November 2012?) Obama is America’s Prez!

Though Obama’s support might be quickly eroding everywhere else

When it comes to polling how American’s think Obama would handle an invasive alien attack?

He is totally THE America’s president!

[via Yahoo News] Nearly two in three Americans think President Barack Obama is better suited than Republican rival Mitt Romney to deal with an alien invasion, according to a survey released Wednesday.

National Geographic Channel contacted 1,114 adults across the United States last month for its fanciful opinion poll ahead of its new cable television documentary series “Chasing UFOs.”

Thirty-six percent of respondents said they were certain that unidentified flying objects exist. Eleven percent were confident they had spotted a UFO, and 20 percent said they knew someone who claimed to have seen one.

With Obama facing re-election in November, 65 percent said Obama would be more adept than Romney to respond to an alien invasion, with women and younger Americans more likely than men and over-65s to agree with that prospect.

National Geographic Channel said the results of the email and online “Aliens Among Us” survey dovetailed with the research underpinning “Chasing UFOs” which premieres Friday with Texas and Colorado residents describing their encounters with mysterious flying objects.

The poll had a margin of error of 2.9 percent. [Read More]

Makes me wonder what necessitated this poll.

Well…

It did, until I read this Weekly World News article (Hey, don;t judge me–I love that site!)

Then?

It started making more sense.

[via Weekly World News]Three giant alien spaceships are again heading for Earth!  Scientists predict the new ships will arrive in November of  2012.

UFO encounters continue to increase – as documented on WWN.  And today scientists at SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), an independent non-commercial organization,  made a major announcement:

“Three giant spaceships are heading toward Earth. The largest one of them is 200 miles wide. Two others are slightly smaller. At present, the objects are just moving past Jupiter.  Judging by their speed, they should be on Earth by the fall of  2012,” said John Malley, the lead extraterrestrial expert at SETI.

Three similar giant ships landed in China and the Indonesia Sea in November, 2011.  They were identified as alien spaceships from Planet Gootan.

Three more giant Gootan ships are headed her for November, 2012.[Read More]

Is it a coincidence that they are landing just in time for the Presidential election?

Pffft…

I think not.

got any money

Aporia Politico: Economic recession due to…Termites?

These days?

Money in this flailing economy is tough to come by.

And though it can be argued who is actually to blame…

[via HotMail] BuzzFeed’s getting linked for this at Drudge, but they’re not the ones who uploaded it to YouTube. Any guesses who did? Here’s a hint: This clip will be in near-constant rotation on your television this fall if you happen to live in a swing state.

Not even Biden would blindly stumble into a talking point this potentially unhelpful to his own side (I think). It has to be deliberate, which makes me think they’ve finally given up on the “green shoots”/”recovery summer” idiocy and fully embraced the “no one could have done anything with the economic smoking crater we inherited from Bush” rationale. And why not? Compare O’s numbers now on this question from last night’s NBC/WSJ poll to the numbers from June 2011. (The 2011 sample was actually even more Dem-leaning than yesterday’s was.)

Rock steady despite another full year of Obamanomics “magic.” The punchline is that, also per last night’s poll, 51 percent of voters still think the economy’s recovering and 43 percent thought this month’s abandon-all-hope jobs report was “reason for optimism.” That is to say, there are plenty of chumps out there still willing to buy O’s old argument that things are improving, however slowly. The fact that Biden’s trying to talk them down now by using the D-word on the stump presumably means that the White House is expecting further malaise until election day (a safe bet) and calculating that the ranks of optimists will thin considerably over the next three months. Better to admit that things are bad and that Romney will make things worse with a return to Bush-ian policies than blow smoke up voters’ butts of how far we’ve supposedly come in three years. People may believe that now, but they won’t soon. [Read More]

This fearless blogger has come up with an answer regarding who actually IS to blame for the lack of economic recovery.

The truth is?

Our money is being devoured right out from underneath us!

[via Daily Mail] If you thought the NatWest fiasco was bad, spare a thought for this money saver.

While millions of customers of the beleaguered bank had their accounts frozen, one woman was faced with her money disappearing altogether.

The culprit? Hordes of hungry termites.

 

Tiny terrors: The termites munched their way through more than £32,000 in cash after getting into a woman’s safe

The Taiwanese woman’s safe might well have been blast and fire proof, but it could not protect her money from the insects.

The tiny creatures somehow got into her safe and munched their way through £32,700 in cash. [Read More]

Stupid bugs!

I just knew SOMEONE was to blame for our crappy economy…

I just never thought that the ‘at fault’ party would be quite so ugly.

Yikes!