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Romney Retreats to Multi-Million Dollar Mansion to Mourn His Loss

“Who will make my peanut butter sandwiches now? Oh yeah, the maid.”
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There is no joy in Mitt Romney’s multi-million dollar mansion on the beach at La Jolla: A Detached Romney Tends Wounds in Seclusion After Failed White House Bid.

SAN DIEGO — The man who planned to be president wakes up each morning now without a plan.

In other words, exactly what he would have been doing as President.

Mitt Romney looks out the windows of his beach house here in La Jolla, a moneyed and pristine enclave of San Diego, at noisy construction workers fixing up his next-door neighbor’s home, sending out regular updates on the renovation. He devours news from 2,600 miles away in Washington about the “fiscal cliff” negotiations, shaking his head and wondering what if.

Gone are the minute-by-minute schedules and the swarm of Secret Service agents. There’s no aide to make his peanut-butter-and-honey sandwiches.

Can’t you feel his pain? No aides to make his peanut butter sandwiches. He’ll just have to settle for having one of the wait staff do it.

It’s not what Romney imagined he would be doing as the new year approaches.

Key word in this sentence: “imagined.”

The defeated Republican nominee has practically disappeared from public view since his loss, exhibiting the same detachment that made it so difficult for him to connect with the body politic through six years of running for president. He has made no public comments since his concession speech in the early hours of Nov. 7 and avoided the press last week during a private lunch with President Obama at the White House. Through an aide, Romney declined an interview request for this story.

After Romney told his wealthy donors that he blamed his loss on “gifts” Obama gave to minority groups, his functionaries were unrepentant and Republican luminaries effectively cast him out. Few of the policy ideas he promoted are even being discussed in Washington.

Which ought to give people a clue about how serious his “policy ideas” were in the first place.

As hard as this has been on the multi-millionaire, it’s even harder on his wife Ann. Not even her stable of horses can bring her solace, as she weeps in private.

By all accounts, the past month has been most difficult on Romney’s wife, Ann, who friends said believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny. They said she has been crying in private and trying to get back to riding her horses.

And the bitterness and anger at the 47% is never far below the surface.

In private, Romney has told friends he has little interest in helping the Republican Party rebuild and re-brand itself.

Advisers also said he felt no need to explain himself after his comments to donors about Obama using the power of incumbency to give ‘gifts’ to female, black and Latino voters leaked into the public sphere. One adviser said Romney regretted the remarks ‘coming out the way it did.’ Fehrnstrom, meanwhile, said, ‘He was expressing the frustration that any challenger would feel about an incumbent who used the powers of his incumbency ’ as we would have if the shoe was on the other foot.’

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90 comments

1 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 11:55:47am

Romney locks self in Oval Office during visit to White House.

2 calochortus  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 11:57:20am
“He was expressing the frustration that any challenger would feel about an incumbent who used the powers of his incumbency — as we would have if the shoe was on the other foot.”

We might have expressed frustration, but it would have been bewilderment as to how so many people could possibly vote against their own interests.

3 darthstar  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 11:58:32am

Time for me to try to give a fuck about Ann or Mitt's feelings...nope. Ain't happening.

Hey Mitt, want something constructive to do with your time? Take up drinking.

4 jaunte  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:00:03pm

I guess volunteering with Habitat for Humanity is out of the question.

5 Skip Intro  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:00:34pm
The defeated Republican nominee has practically disappeared from public view since his loss

Well, not completely. He did make a Thanksgiving day appearance at Boston Market, which is owned by Sun Capital, which is owned by Marc Leder, host of the infamous 47% fundraiser.

I imagine that Willard has his paws in the business too. I wonder when he's going to gut it?

6 Eventual Carrion  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:02:58pm
Can’t you feel his pain? No aides to make his peanut butter sandwiches. He’ll just have to settle for having one of the wait staff do it.

Ha. I bet it is the staff that are having the hardest time. As you say, they have to make more stuff and work to keep the sire happy. But it is also the simple fact that he is around at all.

7 Amory Blaine  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:03:02pm

Never Give Up Romney!!!

8 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:03:35pm

He's unemployed!

9 dragonath  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:03:35pm

Does Romney have a year's supply of peanut-butter and honey sandwiches?

10 calochortus  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:04:15pm

OK, I may be the only one here, but I do feel a little sympathy for the Romneys. Not a huge amount, but when you have been doing something intensively for years and pouring your whole life into it, then literally overnight it is gone, it's going to take time to readjust.
It doesn't seem to me that the Romneys themselves have been demanding that the world realize how disappointed they are-more the media checking up with them and what their friends say, so I'm going to give them a pass.

11 bratwurst  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:04:59pm

It is pretty frightening that someone who was apparently able to surround himself with people completely disconnected from reality (vis-à-vis the polls) was relatively close to becoming president!

12 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:05:12pm

re: #10 calochortus

OK, I may be the only one here, but I do feel a little sympathy for the Romneys. Not a huge amount, but when you have been doing something intensively for years and pouring your whole life into it, then literally overnight it is gone, it's going to take time to readjust.
It doesn't seem to me that the Romneys themselves have been demanding that the world realize how disappointed they are-more the media checking up with them and what their friends say, so I'm going to give them a pass.

I just don't give a shit about the Romneys and their disappointments. Fuck 'em.

13 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:06:08pm
14 Eventual Carrion  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:06:42pm

re: #9 dragonath

Does Romney have a year's supply of peanut-butter and honey sandwiches?

Actually, when ever I hear that game question about "If you were stranded on an island, what 4 supplies would you wish to have a lifetime supply of?". Honey is the first thing I would choose. Nutrition value, antiseptic values, salve value. Very versatile substance.

15 Batman  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:06:43pm

re: #10 calochortus

Yeah, anyone who took that big a part of their life towards something with no payout is going to be extremely bummed, but the point is that these people thought they deserved it, and only wanted it to have the title and prestige. They have nothing to do because they have nothing to stand for. They simply aren't accustomed to doing things for any reason other than publicity.

16 dragonath  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:07:34pm

re: #14 Eventual Carrion

No Romney is an Island

17 bluecheese  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:08:08pm
Ann, who friends said believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny.

creepy.

what, is this that white horse bullshit being referred to here?

18 allegro  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:08:24pm

re: #15 Batman

Yeah, anyone who took that big a part of their life towards something with no payout is going to be extremely bummed, but the point is that these people thought they deserved it, and only wanted it to have the title and prestige. They have nothing to do because they have nothing to stand for. They simply aren't accustomed to doing things for any reason other than publicity.

They do things for profit too. Lots.

19 dragonath  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:10:15pm

I still have a hard time grokking this though

For one adult for one year it is suggested that there be 400 pounds of grains, 60 pounds of legumes, 16 pounds of powdered milk, 10 quarts of cooking oil, 60 pounds of sugar or honey, 8 pounds salt and fourteen gallons of water (this amount of water will only last two weeks).

Mormons must have goddamn big pantries.

20 Skip Intro  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:10:56pm

re: #4 jaunte

I guess volunteering with Habitat for Humanity is out of the question.

That could be risky. He might tear his magic underwear. I don't think you can get to the planet Kolob without intact magic underwear.

21 Eventual Carrion  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:10:57pm

re: #18 allegro

They do things for profit too. Lots.

With, hopefully, very little publicity as to how they accomplished that profit.

22 calochortus  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:11:40pm

re: #15 Batman

Yeah, anyone who took that big a part of their life towards something with no payout is going to be extremely bummed, but the point is that these people thought they deserved it, and only wanted it to have the title and prestige. They have nothing to do because they have nothing to stand for. They simply aren't accustomed to doing things for any reason other than publicity.

The fact that they felt they somehow deserved it is one of the factors limiting my sympathy.

23 Kronocide  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:13:30pm

re: #3 darthstar

Time for me to try to give a fuck about Ann or Mitt's feelings...nope. Ain't happening.

Hey Mitt, want something constructive to do with your time? Take up drinking.

I give -.0923 of a fuck about Mitt Romney.

Compared to the rest of the lot, the crass plastic overlay of a philosophy and apparent lack of consistency was a virtue.

24 allegro  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:14:26pm

What I see with Mr. and Mrs. Romney is their first experience with disappointment. They didn't get their way this time. It seems very surprising to them and I'm sure they feel it is very, very unfair, since they were seemingly convinced that the White House was their due. For adults in their 60s... think about that. It really is pretty sad.

25 Mich-again  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:14:37pm

I always said Mitt was a bully and this story reminds me how Scott Farkas cried like a baby after Ralphie beat the stuffing out of him in A Christmas Story.

26 Charles Johnson  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:15:30pm

"But the peanut butter sandwiches just don't taste the same unless an aide makes them!"

27 calochortus  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:16:08pm

re: #26 Charles Johnson

"But the peanut butter sandwiches just don't taste the same unless an aide makes them!"

That could be indicative of a problem.

28 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:16:20pm

re: #24 allegro

What I see with Mr. and Mrs. Romney is their first experience with disappointment. They didn't get their way this time. It seems very surprising to them and I'm sure they feel it is very, very unfair, since they were seemingly convinced that the White House was their due. For adults in their 60s... think about that. It really is pretty sad.

But other adults who are the same age as the Romney's are to be ridiculed and scoffed at if they believe that a job, food, and health care are something they are "entitled" to.

29 jaunte  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:17:21pm

“Stop it. This is hard. You want to try opening it? Get the peanut butter!"

30 dragonath  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:17:30pm

Damn the 47%... my peanut butter is too chunky!

31 calochortus  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:17:33pm

re: #28 Vicious Babushka

But other adults who are the same age as the Romney's are to be ridiculed and scoffed at if they believe that a job, food, and health care are something they are "entitled" to.

Now you're starting to understand! //

32 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:17:39pm

re: #26 Charles Johnson

"But the peanut butter sandwiches just don't taste the same unless an aide makes them!"

What would happen if somebody suggested that Mitt Romney should make his own damn peanut butter sandwiches?

33 dragonath  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:18:57pm

I'm thinking crocodiles.

34 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:19:36pm
In private, Romney has told friends he has little interest in helping the Republican Party rebuild and re-brand itself.

If they don't want the Willard, then they don't get the Willard!

and I'm grateful

35 Mich-again  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:19:52pm

re: #11 bratwurst

It is pretty frightening that someone who was apparently able to surround himself with people completely disconnected from reality (vis-à-vis the polls) was relatively close to becoming president!

Good managers seek out advisers who will tell them when they are wrong. Weak managers prefer bobble head dolls.

36 Charles Johnson  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:20:52pm

Ann: "But Mitt ... we have the money. You can hire some new aides to make your peanut butter sandwiches."

Mitt: "Come on, Ann! I would know the difference."

37 Mich-again  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:21:15pm

Mitt should take a tour of Southern Red States so he can finally get to meet the 47% in person.

38 allegro  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:21:51pm

re: #28 Vicious Babushka

But other adults who are the same age as the Romney's are to be ridiculed and scoffed at if they believe that a job, food, and health care are something they are "entitled" to.

Exactly. And this is why I cannot feel anything but contempt for the Romneys. They epitomize "I have mine, fuck you." Even worse, they got theirs by destroying the lives and futures of others and spitting on them on their way out. My sympathy is reserved for anyone who had the misfortune to have any dealings with them.

39 dragonath  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:22:30pm

Somewhere in America, there's a Secret Service agent grateful that his new code name isn't "Peter Pan".

40 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:23:17pm

re: #39 dragonath

Somewhere in America, there's a Secret Service agent grateful that his new code name isn't "Peter Pan".

What about "Skippy."

41 Skip Intro  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:25:57pm

I like this part of the article. It shows exactly what Willard Romney is made of.

The son of Detroit — who boasted of the Cadillacs he owned as a sign of support for the U.S. auto industry during the campaign — was spotted driving a new black Audi Q7, a luxury sport-utility vehicle manufactured in Slovakia.

42 Mich-again  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:29:53pm

re: #41 Skip Intro

I like this part of the article. It shows exactly what Willard Romney is made of.

Republicans hate American union workers so much that they prefer cars made by European, Japanese and Korean union workers.

43 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:32:48pm

Maybe Mitt's destiny is to go off and do something useful in the 3rd world. Nah--that would be an overdone Democrat trick.

Maybe he'll go to a stripper bar in Panama City Beach and meet a real Destiny.

44 dragonath  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:34:09pm

Yep, Slovakia, the country with the most socialist parliament in Europe.

lol

45 Eventual Carrion  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:35:48pm

re: #43 Decatur Deb

Maybe Mitt's destiny is to go off and do something useful in the 3rd world. Nah--that would be an overdone Democrat trick.

Maybe he'll go to a stripper bar in Panama City Beach and meet a real Destiny.

And possibly Jesus doing the landscaping of his hotel.

46 wrenchwench  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:36:14pm
This is the first entry tagged: Pity Party

I'm glad that breakthrough has been achieved.

47 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:36:38pm

Just be thankful that he is staying out of the spotlight and off the "conservative entertainment" shows they like to think of as news.

He could be out doing a Sarah Palin style publicity tour for a new ghost written book by now. I'm grateful that he isn't (yet?).

48 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:38:12pm

re: #45 Eventual Carrion

And possibly Jesus doing the landscaping of his hotel.

Jesus works the most profitable fish sandwich joint on Back Beach Rd.

49 dragonath  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:39:34pm

I guess we should be happy Romney isn't into Soylent Green sandwiches. I think that's what he wanted to do with the 47%.

50 jaunte  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:42:54pm

Steve Baldwin (former executive director of Young Americans for Freedom);

Yes, Romney Was the Problem

"...Romney’s liberal record so compromised him that he was unable to attack Obama on a whole range of issues due to fear of Obama using his own positions from just a few years earlier to make him look like a hypocrite. Whether its Cap and Trade, ObamaCare, gun control, gays in the military, religious freedom or even illegal aliens, Romney took these issues off the table because his own record on these issues was not dissimilar to the Obama record."

Conservatives still delusional about where the bulk of the deficit came from, insisting a True Conservative could have won: not a problem.

51 Kronocide  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:43:01pm

Well, the good thing is Mitt has made few gaffes since he left office.

52 Mich-again  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:43:02pm

Car Elevator Attendant #MittsNextJob

53 bratwurst  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:43:42pm
54 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:44:06pm

re: #50 jaunte

Steve Baldwin (former executive director of Young Americans for Freedom);

Yes, Romney Was the Problem

Conservatives still delusional about where the bulk of the deficit came from, insisting a True Conservative could have won: not a problem.

Never change, nutjobs.

55 Eventual Carrion  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:45:35pm

re: #48 Decatur Deb

Jesus works the most profitable fish sandwich joint on Back Beach Rd.

It's like the fish just multiply by themselves.

56 Romantic Heretic  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:46:34pm

re: #53 bratwurst

Ha! I love Freudian slips.

57 Eventual Carrion  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:47:21pm

re: #53 bratwurst

[Embedded content]

That couldn't be from a press conference, has to be onion. Sheezzz

58 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:48:27pm

re: #57 Eventual Carrion

That couldn't be from a press conference, has to be onion. Sheezzz

Not if she's achieved max Poe.

59 Charles Johnson  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:49:16pm

re: #53 bratwurst

Daily Edge is a parody account -- probably a joke.

60 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:50:46pm

re: #59 Charles Johnson

Daily Edge is a parody account -- probably a joke.

But it's neat that you wouldn't bet a case of decent beer on it.

61 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:55:30pm

re: #16 dragonath

No Romney is an Island

62 engineer cat  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 12:57:19pm

Failed White

i see him as having nothing left to give him any purpose in life

63 Eclectic Infidel  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:00:25pm

re: #12 Vicious Babushka

I just don't give a shit about the Romneys and their disappointments. Fuck 'em.

It's like trying to give a flying fuck about major league baseball players whining about some minor detail in their otherwise million dollar contract with the league.

64 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:00:31pm

re: #62 engineer cat

Failed White

i see him as having nothing left to give him any purpose in life

He can devote himself to his grassroots movement to deprive Chelsea Clinton of a second term.

65 engineer cat  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:01:37pm

re: #45 Eventual Carrion

And possibly Jesus doing the landscaping of his hotel.

first task on the list: blast all fig trees

66 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:02:17pm

re: #65 engineer cat

first task on the list: blast all fig trees

Second: Grapes, lots of grapes.

67 PhillyPretzel  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:03:01pm

Lets hope that mittens now can refer to a cat with white paws rather than a presidential candidate.

68 dragonath  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:06:48pm

MacRomney's Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain

I don't think that I can take it
'Cause that aide took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that help again, oh no

69 Varek Raith  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:10:33pm
70 TedStriker  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:10:57pm

re: #26 Charles Johnson

"But the peanut butter sandwiches just don't taste the same unless an aide makes them!"

Seasoned with the tears of all of the people who got screwed out of a job while Mitt headed Bain.

71 jaunte  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:12:31pm

Operation Rolling Tantrum

"...Oh, boy. This isn’t going to end, even when or if a deal is reached on defusing the austerity bomb; John Boehner has just declared that he’s going to hold the full faith and credit of the United States hostage every time we hit the debt limit. Nor will it be a case of holding the nation at gunpoint until it meets GOP demands; Republicans are signaling that they don’t intend to make any specific proposals, they’re just going to yell and stamp their feet until Obama soothes them somehow."

72 TedStriker  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:15:37pm

re: #71 jaunte

Operation Rolling Tantrum

John Boehner: Professional putz.

73 allegro  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:16:31pm

re: #71 jaunte

Operation Rolling Tantrum

Good. Hopefully it will just firm Democratic resolve to stop with the nonsensical attempts at compromise and nonexistent bipartisanship. It appears that Obama is now fully using the Bully Pulpit as well, which I wholeheartedly applaud.

74 allegro  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:17:36pm

OK, where did my comment go. :/

75 Charles Johnson  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:23:44pm

re: #74 allegro

You can edit it. There's an unclosed blockquote tag.

76 A Man for all Seasons  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:24:18pm

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly, I didn't get half the votes I should have got,
There's a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

Why I had to go I don't know the people wouldn't say.
I said something wrong about 47%, now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday, politics was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

77 Ming  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:24:49pm

During the campaign, Romney stood for one thing only. That one thing had nothing to do with economics. It had nothing to do with foreign policy. It had nothing to do with any social issue.

The one thing was that Romney could beat Obama.

That's all the Republicans wanted in the first place. Now that the dream of beating Obama is gone, Romney and the GOP are of no particular interest to each other.

No one ever had a clue how Romney and his "Ayn Rand Catholic" Gilligan sidekick would have governed, no one cared before the election, and no one cares now. Romney himself may not have thought about it very much.

78 Varek Raith  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:27:32pm

Rep. Cole: Republicans Don’t Need To Put Forward A Plan
Yes. Yes, you do.
Do your damn job.

79 allegro  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:29:25pm

re: #75 Charles Johnson

You can edit it. There's an unclosed blockquote tag.

Thanks!

80 Charles Johnson  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:30:31pm

re: #79 allegro

When part of a comment disappears like that, it's almost always because of a messed up HTML tag.

81 allegro  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:31:10pm

re: #78 Varek Raith

Rep. Cole: Republicans Don’t Need To Put Forward A Plan
Yes. Yes, you do.
Do your damn job.

As Dr. Phil would ask, how's that working for ya?

82 allegro  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:32:03pm

re: #80 Charles Johnson

When part of a comment disappears like that, it's almost always because of a messed up HTML tag.

Youse guys is so smart.

83 engineer cat  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:32:04pm

re: #71 jaunte

Operation Rolling Tantrum

and i'm getting tired of reading wingnut blogposts reposting gop scare articles that insist we will all die tomorrow unless we get rid of "entitlements", because they don't understand the expression "unfunded liability"

The actual liabilities of the federal government—including Social Security, Medicare, and federal employees' future retirement benefits—already exceed $86.8 trillion, or 550% of GDP.

WSJ opinion

let's not mention that that's an estimate totalling the estimated shortfall, given current revenue rates, for iirc the next seventy five years

For the year ending Dec. 31, 2011, the annual accrued expense of Medicare and Social Security was $7 trillion.

um also let's not mention that we covered most of that by tax and ss receipts, so it does not, repeat, not, get counted in the deficit, currently running about a trillion/yr

84 engineer cat  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 1:40:15pm

a messed up HTML tag

it was traumatized by hanging out with obfuscated javascript

85 stabby  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 2:01:22pm

re: #77 Ming

During the campaign, Romney stood for one thing only. That one thing had nothing to do with economics. It had nothing to do with foreign policy. It had nothing to do with any social issue.

The one thing was that Romney could beat Obama.

That's all the Republicans wanted in the first place. Now that the dream of beating Obama is gone, Romney and the GOP are of no particular interest to each other.

No one ever had a clue how Romney and his "Ayn Rand Catholic" Gilligan sidekick would have governed, no one cared before the election, and no one cares now. Romney himself may not have thought about it very much[emphasis added].

I regret that I have only one upding to give for my country.

You said a mouthful!

86 b_sharp  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 3:00:57pm

Poor, poor rich people.

87 geoduck  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 3:12:17pm

re: #63 Eclectic Infidel

It's like trying to give a flying fuck about major league baseball players whining about some minor detail in their otherwise million dollar contract with the league.

Except baseball players do something (however ultimately frivolous) which brings happiness to millions of people. And if the fans are willing to continue to shovel those millions of dollars into the trough, the guys who do the actual work should get a pretty damn big cut.

88 Gus  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 3:15:36pm

re: #86 b_sharp

Poor, poor rich people.

Don't you care about the children rich people?!? //

89 b_sharp  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 3:20:17pm

re: #88 Gus

Don't you care about the children rich people?!? //

Sure I do, their lives must be so hard.

90 nines09  Sun, Dec 2, 2012 3:43:31pm

Poor little rich boy. Kissing all that ass and losing every last drop of self respect and anything even remotely resembling a soul. The Empty Man still can't figure out what happened. It's simple, Mitt. You suck. Now go cry me a river and ruin a few more lives. You can always visit your real friends. You know them. They're your bank accounts all over the world. Shove off, piss off and shut the fuck up. Turkey.


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The impetus for the vote was a proposal to build a $174 million BRT system in Nashville called The Amp, which would've ran on a 7.1 mile route and served rapidly growing neighborhoods across the city. There's a more detailed summary of the project over at The Tennessean. Although BRT has been shown to revitalize economies and reduce congestion, opponents of The Amp ...

1 hour, 39 minutes ago
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FemNaziBitch
Criminalizing Expectant Mothers - NYT
Even by the standards of the growing Republican assault on the lives and rights of women, a new bill passed by bipartisan majorities in both houses of Tennessee's Legislature recently stands out for being meanspirited and counterproductive. If signed by the state's Republican governor, Bill Haslam, the legislation would give Tennessee the dubious distinction of being the first state to specifically authorize the ...

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Idle Drifter
Calgary stabbings: How knife crime in Canada can cause ‘moral panic’
What Calgary police chief Rick Hanson called the "worst mass murder" in the city's history didn't end at the barrel of a gun. Instead, the 22-year-old suspect identified on Tuesday as Matthew de Grood is accused of entering the kitchen at a house party, taking "a large knife" and using it to fatally stab four men and one woman, all of whom were students ...

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Back Story of Yasiel Puig’s Journey to America Should Concern Dodgers
Seemingly from the moment Cuban refugee Yasiel Puig showed up at Dodger Stadium out of nowhere, arriving last June unwilling to discuss his unknown background, the talk behind the batting cages has been rife with unprintable rumors. There were rumors Puig was smuggled out of Cuba by members of a Mexican drug cartel. There were rumors he still owed the smugglers money, and ...

21 hours, 3 minutes ago
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aagcobb
New York Electoral College: State Joins National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate: New York Electoral College: State Joins National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Instead of pushing for a Constitutional amendment, which would have to be ratified in 38 states, advocates ask individual state legislatures to pass an agreement: that they'll pledge all their presidential electors to the winner of the national popular vote as soon as enough other states pass the law to ...

21 hours, 42 minutes ago
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cycroft
Russ Campbell’s Blog: Will Trudeau’s Party Pay for His Ill-Chosen Words?
Justin Trudeau has talked him­self into a defama­tion law­suit that is likely to leave his party quite a bit lighter in the wal­let. The shoot-from-the-lip Lib­eral leader and his On­tario cam­paign co-chair David Mac­Naughton are named in a $1.5-mil­lion li­bel suit filed on be­half of Chris­tine Innes, a can­di­date who was barred from run­ning for the Lib­eral party. Innes had wanted to con­test ...

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iossarian
Drug Companies Want Your Money
Two thematically-related stories on the BBC at the moment: UK drug company Glaxo 'paid bribes to Polish doctors' UK drug company GlaxoSmithKline is facing a criminal investigation in Poland for allegedly bribing doctors, BBC Panorama has discovered. Tamiflu: Millions wasted on flu drug, claims major report Hundreds of millions of pounds may have been wasted on a drug for flu that works no better ...

2 days ago
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steve_davis
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People who think of videos as an art form are probably the same people who think Cabbage Patch Dolls are a revolutionary form of soft sculpture. -- Zappa on videos (obviously) from Viva Zappa - Biography