the most important election of your lifetime: 2012 american general election thread

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that's why we are hearing all of these stories about "unemployed need not apply" and rampant age discrimination in hiring ...

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

yall can free associate w/the best of em, YOU should be on cable news

lag∞n, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

but hey, silly me, i'm old enough to remember a day when Democratic politicians actually gave a shit about the long-term unemployed (or at least went through the motions of doing so) -- that was before "change we can believe in," though.

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

sure but thats not what we were talking abt at all

lag∞n, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah also that was before republicans took control of congress

iatee, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

that is still the best looking owl ever. i wish he was a ice cream because i would eat him.

BEMORE SUPER FABBY (contenderizer), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's why we are hearing all of these stories about "unemployed need not apply" and rampant age discrimination in hiring ...

― kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Thursday, April 12, 2012 9:07 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

you can create whatever law you want but if people are gonna discriminate in hiring there's no way you can 'know they did it'

iatee, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

This started because you picked on Morbs about Obama and the economy as if the implication was that either our economic health depended on Obama's reelection or that we should reward Obama because we're not losing hundreds of thousands of jobs a month like in 2009. If voters decided on the latter, that's fine, but it's no reason to be sanguine. If I'm wrong, please correct me -- no snark.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

i picked on morbs be cause he predicted the economy would bottom out before the election and obama would lose!

lag∞n, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't think this has anything to do with obama? it's just not likely that the economy is gonna crash this year.

iatee, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

this is a classic liberal argument

Liberal #1: Things are shitty!

Liberal #2: Things have always been shitty. People are shitty. What can you do?

(walk silently to voting booth)

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think that prediction was like republicans who say obama is a muslim. it's more about expressing his annoyance than actually predicting anything

Mordy, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

you can create whatever law you want but if people are gonna discriminate in hiring there's no way you can 'know they did it'

um, i've had fellow lawyer friends who are making a good living going after companies who discriminate in hiring, firing and other employment practices.

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

(exit PAUL KRUGMAN, scarf blowing in the wind)

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

i just thought its was a really silly prediction is all, there was NO value judgement attached

lag∞n, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

well maybe more lawyers is the solution to our economic problems then

iatee, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

for the record, i don't expect an economic crash ... or even a downturn ... by Election Day. but who the fuck knows, esp given what's happening in Europe.

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

they know how to throw parties!

xpost

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

and even if things don't turn to shit by November 2012 that doesn't mean they won't turn to shit sometime thereafter since (as Alfred noted) we've done precious little to stop the financial industry from engaging in the types of shenanigans that caused the 2008 financial crash in the first place.

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

he predicted the economy would bottom out before the election and obama would lose!

didn't!

But yes we are going to have an apocalyptic crash in the next decade, and you can blame all the cocksuckers in both partee.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

and to repeat myself: anyone who expects anyone in the Obama Administration to do so is deluded. stating that "Romney will be worse" is not much of a counterargument.

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

for the record, i don't expect an economic crash ... or even a downturn ... by Election Day. but who the fuck knows, esp given what's happening in Europe.

― kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Thursday, April 12, 2012 10:15 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

europe is not gonna let greece et al default on their debt, they know it would be catastrophic, theyre just gonna do other less dumb things instead

lag∞n, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Europe should force Greek men to work and let the women hang out in cafes and smoke.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

didn't!

But yes we are going to have an apocalyptic crash in the next decade, and you can blame all the cocksuckers in both partee.

― World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, April 12, 2012 10:18 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

meh, it will get way more fun when the economy re-tanks in the fall

― World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:57 PM (9 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

just a teeny taste for Shakey on how Team Bam can lose the election

― World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, April 12, 2012 5:54 PM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is nothing, a 24-hr newscycle blip of no consequence

― Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, April 12, 2012 5:58 PM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

many more nothings to come

― World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, April 12, 2012 5:59 PM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lag∞n, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

unless of course Spain and Italy collapse and then I'm not sure they can really do anything at all xposts

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

man those responses are like samples in a Steinski track

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

the prediction of economic collapse in the fall is there for all to see, the prediction of obamas loss is i admit only implied but if there one example of how obama can lose the election that will be followed by many more of them its stands to reason that they will add up to a loss CASE CLOSED

lag∞n, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

unless of course Spain and Italy collapse and then I'm not sure they can really do anything at all xposts

― stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Thursday, April 12, 2012 10:23 PM (4 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

obvs this stuff is v complex and i dont have a super good handle on it but its my understanding that its generally thought to be within the eu's power to prevent a total meltdown

lag∞n, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

going back to the Anne Romney thing

1) Does Ann Romney being rich preclude her from speaking out about (or understanding) economic anxiety?

The "she's never worked a day in her life" thing is terrible and stupid, BUT Anne Romney also reminds me of that scene in Sex and the City 2 where Charlotte is bitching about how her kid ruining her fancy dress and wondering how people raise children without full time help.

I'm not saying that raising five kids isn't tough, but it's a hell of lot easier if you have an incredible amount of money and resources and presumably hired help to clean the mansion. She doesn't know what its like to raise five kids on a median income, or share a car with the husband or wonder how you're going to stretch your shopping budget to feed growing children.

I don't like the comments and obviously they were politically stupid, but somebody should raise the point much more loudly that her husband is talking about defunding Planned Parenthood from the federal level, there have been hearings about women's health coverage, and on a state level a slew of these personhood and ultrasound laws as well as repealing certain rights for women to get Equal Pay. The media finds Anne to be likeable and 'sympathetic' (for whatever reason she deserves sympathy other than being married to Mitt), but somebody should call her out on distorting the reality of what's going on with women right now by saying the "real war" is by Obama by not giving them jobs. It's utterly reprehensible.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm no expert either, but from my understanding it's not as simple as "we'll bail them out" because at some point it can get so bad that there's just not enough money for the EU to do that. keep in mind that by "the EU" we generally mean Germany right now. Greece is having trouble getting the austerity measures through that the bailout requires, and Italy's political troubles and economic issues have just last week created a lot more tensions. If the Greece bailout once again fails, its not out of the question that there'll be a domino effect. The EU never had contingencies for if someone left the Euro, and if that happens you're looking at not only a panic but a hell of a rough transition. I'm not saying "Weimar Germany" or anything but that result is not totally out of the question.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

lag∞n, i mean everything i post just as much as you do. Christ on the cross, I save my sincerity for important shit like the comedy canon, not the unavoidable fall of the American empire.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

it was all fun and games until Apatow came along

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

also Obama is running against a zillionaire Fred Willard imitator who makes John Kerry look like FDR

SCREEN DOOR CLOSED

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

why does it matter whether ann romney ever held a real job or not? most employed ppl don't know anything about how the economy works.

Mordy, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

most successful businessmen don't either tbf

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

SHHHHHHHH

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

next you'll be telling me Bloomberg's wealthperience didn't pull NYC out of the shitter

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

if anything, not working and having someone take care of your domestic stuff probably frees up enough time to survey economic theory

Mordy, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

"rosa, can you take the kids to the park? Martin Wolf just published a book..."

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Friday, 13 April 2012 02:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

enough time to survey economic theory

...especially when taking up heavy drinking is not allowed by your religion.

Aimless, Friday, 13 April 2012 02:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

lag∞n, i mean everything i post just as much as you do. Christ on the cross, I save my sincerity for important shit like the comedy canon, not the unavoidable fall of the American empire.

― World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, April 12, 2012 10:43 PM (19 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i was just messin w/you morbs, dont worry im not gonna hold you to that prediction

lag∞n, Friday, 13 April 2012 03:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

i do think you should eat yr keyboard tho, just because

lag∞n, Friday, 13 April 2012 03:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

doc forbade qwerty

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 April 2012 03:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

lag∞n, Friday, 13 April 2012 03:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

gubke yaeh things can obvs spiral out of control but my reading of the situation is that a messy divorce is unlikely, tho in the long term imho itd be good to get rid of the euro in some orderly fashion that doesnt ruin the world economy if at all possible, either that or make the e.u. more like an irl country, cause what they got now dont make no sense, also i feel like its fundamentally wrong how even tho spains economy is weak i still cant go there eat their hams for cheap, worst of both worlds really

lag∞n, Friday, 13 April 2012 03:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

the great jamon crisis is deserving of its own thread

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Friday, 13 April 2012 03:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

otm

lag∞n, Friday, 13 April 2012 03:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

i can't believe a pundit on tv said something controversial. this changes everything.

neutral sequence for flute (blank), Friday, 13 April 2012 05:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

the allan west thing was obviously a lame "dad" joke. actually the timing was pretty good.

neutral sequence for flute (blank), Friday, 13 April 2012 05:20 (2 years ago) Permalink


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