- 3:55 pm - Sun, Oct 21, 2012
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Draft Dodger Mitt Romney Demonstrated for Vietnam Draft then Ran to France
Were is your story on President Clinton. http://www.snopes.com/politics/clintons/felon.asp
No, he did not avoid the draft.
First of all, he was in college as soon as he hit 18, which makes him ineligible for the draft.
Secondly, all Mormon men at 18/19 go on mission trips. It’s a part of their tradition.
Third, fuck you OP, for not doing your fucking research and pulling a bunch of Post Hoc bullshittery.
Hey I am the OP. No no, fuck you asshat. Excellent discourse conzies.
rightsideofpolitics, I’m specifically calling you out here. The Snopes article on Clinton details a series of legal moves to avoid the draft, which is not a felony. Mitt Romney, on the other hand claims he had a deferment for his mission trip to France. However, between 1948 and 1976, the pre-draft lottery period in question, the only religious exemptions were 2-D, for students in active study in preparation for the ministry (there were no, and still are no, Mormon seminary schools in France), and 4-D, for a minister of religion or divinity student (Romney never went to divinity school, and the idea that every single Mormon young man was qualified by the US government as a minister for a 4-D deferment is somewhat ludicrous). Missionary work not performed by a minister does not qualify for any draft deferment.
Further, Romney would never have been approved for a Conscientious Objector status, as he counter-protested draft protesters, which would be pretty obvious proof that he’s not opposed to war in general.
That’s the difference between Clinton and Romney. Clinton used connections and a combinations of maneuvers to postpone his drafting until the draft lottery, for which his birthday was picked 351. He did this to avoid a war he opposed morally and felt was an unjust war. All of it was legal, though the ethics are up for discussion.
Meanwhile, Romney used connections and going to France to postpone his drafting until the draft lottery, for which his birthday was picked 300. He did this to avoid a war that he supported and in fact protested in favor of. Whether or not his avoidance was legal, there is no debate on the ethics of this, as it was blatant, self-serving hypocrisy.
Meanwhile, because people have brought this up in response to the accusations leveled against Mitt Romney, President Obama never avoided the draft in any way, unless you count being born in 1961 an avoidance. (And if you do, you should do us all a favor and shut up for eternity, because stupid of that level is contagious.) By the time he reached the age of 18, 1979, the draft was gone, kaput, eliminated. The US had shifted to an all-volunteer army.
Hee. I love the smell of burned conservative in the morning
- 9:12 am - Wed, Sep 5, 2012
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Ohio Secretary of State Refuses To Comply With Early Voting Court Order | ThinkProgress
Jon Husted, Republican Secretary of State in Ohio, is refusing to change his restrictive early voting schedule even after a federal court restored in-person early voting to all Ohioans during the three day period before the general election. Husted claims expanding hours before an appeals court hears his case will “only serve to confuse voters.” Husted first restricted the voting hours in Democratic-leaning urban counties to weekdays only, then restricted all counties’ voting schedules after complaints of unfairness. In spite of several counties’ requests to stay open on weekends, when most employed people have time to vote, Husted has flatly refused to accommodate them.
How can he face himself in the mirror every morning?
Republicans lie, cheat, steal or suppress the vote to win. They are scum.
How can they get away with this?
- 2:41 pm - Sat, Aug 25, 2012
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A homophobic Maryland lawmaker has admitted to being drunk when he accidentally crashed his boat into a boat full of children.
Maryland delegate Don H. Dwyer Jr was drinking with another man on his boat on the Magothy River in Pasadena around 7pm when his boat struck a smaller vessel with five children on board.
Four of the children were injured with one, a five year old girl, taken by helicopter to Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Two adults on the boat were unharmed.
(Source: quickhits, via randomactsofchaos)
- 5:50 pm - Fri, Jul 20, 2012
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How can there be a war on women when one of them just got promoted to the highest office at Yahoo!? The depressing part is that she’s pregnant and yet still took the position. There is a war, but that war is being waged on good family values. Now I ask you, is it responsible to take on the job of CEO of a billion dollar corporation when you are about to have a child? I think not my friend. Marissa Mayer belongs at home with her baby, not running a company. Her child needs a mother. I know what it is like to be in charge of a company, I ran Bain until 20… ah, 1999. There is no feasible way she can adequately raise her child and be a successful CEO. It’s one or the other.
Willard Mitt Romney
The sad part is that Willard doesn’t even notice he answered his own damn question right there…
Side note: I love how he trips up on the date he ran Bain at. To people not following that story, in order to distance himself from decisions made at Bain under his leadership he and his proxies have tried to claim he had nothing to do with it after 1999, even though he was the CEO and drew paychecks and flew back for meetings (plus however much business he took care of by phone/email/what have you) for years afterwards.
When he ran for MA governor after years of living and working in Utah, to prove his residency and establish ties to the state for voters he used the fact that he was running Bain during those years as proof. Now that it’s inconvenient, he says he wasn’t… he was happy to draw an executive paycheck but he did nothing for the company. He did nothing since 1999 and “retroactively retired” when he realized that.
It’s such a complete and total lie that he can’t keep it straight on the stump.
Is there a source for this?
- 10:16 am - Mon, Jul 16, 2012
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Wait, isn’t he supposed to be a libertarian? Ya know, like small government? Or is he thinking about a government so small, it can fit inside anyone’s teddy-bear nannie cam?
Silly libertarians, he is a conservative republican, this isn’t new information, but yeah, he is what passes for a “libertarian” politician… MERIKKKUHHH!
- 8:22 pm - Thu, Jun 28, 2012
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Bob Kingsbury, New Hampshire Republican, Says Kindergarten Leads To Higher Crime [UPDATED]
A Republican New Hampshire state legislator told a county convention Monday evening that kindergarten leads to higher crime rates.
Rep. Bob Kingsbury (R-Laconia) told the Belknap County Convention that research he’s been conducting for the last 16 years has led him to believe that kindergarten programs leads to higher crime rates, theLaconia Daily Sun reported. Kingsbury, one of the more conservative legislators in the Tea Party-controlled House, said that his analysis was of local crime rates in communities that offered kindergarten versus those that do not offer the educational program.
“We’re taking children away from their mothers too soon,” Kingsbury said, who also linked higher crime to the lack of boxing classes in high schools
Kingsbury’s comments came during a discussion over whether or not to build a new county jail and why inmate populations continue to rise. He said he shared his research with other legislators when he tried to fight mandatory kindergarten in the state.
Kingsbury, 86, has a history of supporting ideas that differ from his fellow legislators. In January, he partnered with two allies of birther queen Orly Taitz to push a bill partially ending the direct election of U.S. senators. Kingsbury said that he believed that all U.S. Senate candidates should first be picked by the state legislature and then put up for popular vote.
Both Democrats in the race, Maggie Hassan and Jackie Cilley, have called on Lamontagne to address the comments while condemning Kingsbury. Hassan called Kingsbury’s comparison “quite frankly ridiculous” in a statement and suggested that Lamontagne will try to roll back kindergarten requirements as governor.
Cilley went on Twitter to express her support for Kindergarten. “Just to be clear, I absolutely support kindergarten, and do not believe it increases crime,” Cilley said in a tweet.
h/t: John Celock at Huffpo
ooooooooooooo …. K