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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2012 edited
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    It's worth remebering that up until about 1973, the US wasn't a particularly close ally of Israel.

    America's key interests in the middle east were:

    1. Protecting its oil investments.
    2. Keeping the Russians out.
    3. Easing the British and French out.

    Israel was seen as at best an irritant to US/Arab relations and at worst an agent of Anglo-French influence in the region (see Suez Incident.) America strove to be seen as neutral in the Arab/Israeli conflcit and an honest broker.

    That changed over time because of a number of factors:

    1. After 1967 and especially after 1973, the Palestinaians turned increasingly to terrorism which alienated American popular opinion.

    2. The Arab oil embargo after 1973 angered many Americans so supporting Israel was a way of giving Arab states The Finger.

    3. Once Israel developed nuclear weapons, it became critical to the US that they not use them - since the Rusians threatened that they would retaliate with nuclear weapons of their own raising the prospect of escalation that could drag in the US. So American security guarantees and weapons are intended to convince Israel that they don't need to use their nukes.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2012
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2012
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    Please, please, tell me this whole "Romney got a spray-tan to talk to Hispanic voters" thing is bullshit.



    No matter how much I don't want him to be president, I just can't believe anyone on his staff would think this was a good idea.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2012
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    No, Romney has been spray tanning long before he was ever slated to be on Univision, but someone thought it'd be cute to make the joke and now we're stuck with a dumb meme. There's also the fact that it could have been a poor makeup job on top of the fake tan.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2012
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    Aaaaah, okay. That makes a lot more sense. Thanks, Argos.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2012
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    It's his silent tribute to Snooki. And a stealth audition for the next season of Jersey Shore. (Hey, he's gonna need a new gig in a cuple of months ...)
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2012
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2012
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    @ taphead - Sweet Jesus, that's fucking disturbing ...
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2012 edited
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    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2012
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2012 edited
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    DAVID LETTERMAN ON MITT ROMNEY FROM 2008

    Letterman made a running gag of throwaway jokes about Romney in 2008, interspersed in other stuff. Here for the first time they are assembled in one place. No citation - my wife cobbled them all together last night.
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    Mitt Romney looks like the guy who promises accident victims he'll get
    the money they deserve.
    He looks like a guy who would run a seminar on condo flipping.
    He looks like he is the closer at a Cadillac dealership.
    He looks like a guy who goes to the restroom when the check comes.
    He looks like that guy on the golf course in the Levitra commercial.
    I mean, he looks like the guy on TV selling life insurance, doesn't he?
    He looks like that guy on a Father's Day ad for Norelco.
    He looks like a guy on cable urging you to tap your home equity.
    He looks like an American President in a Canadian movie.
    He looks like the medical expert in a Victoria Principal infomercial.
    He looks like the spokesman for senior lending networks.
    He looks like the guy on the 'Just For Men' bottle.
    I mean, this guy looks like he'd be selling fruit dehydrators on cable.
    He looks like the guy who tells you how to buy real estate with no money down.
    He looks like a cosmetic surgeon who gets ambushed on '60 Minutes.'
    How about Mitt Romney? Now there's a guy who looks like you would see
    his picture on a package of men's briefs.
    He looks like a weekend weather man, doesn't he?
    He looks like the neighbor who spends way too much time on his lawn.
    Mitt looks like a guy who said he met Marge on eHarmony.
    Mitt looks like a guy who tries to sign you up for Herbalife.
    Mitt looks like a Beverly Hills cop.
    He looks like a golf commentator fired for an off-the-cuff remark.
    Mitt looks like a guy who forgot to remove his teeth whitening strip.
    Mitt looks like the maitre d' who tells you your table's not ready.
    Don't worry about Mitt. He can always go back to playing Dr. Miles
    Windgate on General Hospital.
    Mitt looks like the guy your mother points to and says why can't you
    be more like him.
    He looks like a former Tarzan.
    Mitt looks like a Tom Cruise handler.
    Mitt looks like a tour guide at the Nixon Library.
    Mitt looks like the guy that shows you around Total Fitness.
    Mitt looks like the honorary mayor of Sherman Oaks.
    Mitt looks like the guy who shakes your hand too hard.
    Mitt looks like the guy who has a crease in his jeans.
    He looks like the guy that would approve your check at a supermarket.
    He looks like the piano player at an upscale department store.
    He looks like a guy who winks when he shakes your hand.
    He looks like a guy who is married to an over the hill actress.
    He looks like a guy who would brag about his cholesterol.
    He looks like the owner of the steakhouse who keeps interrupting
    dinner to find out how things are going.
    Don't worry about Mitt, if this presidential thing doesn't work out he
    can always go back to playing Victor Newman on the 'Young and the
    Restless.'
    Mitt Romney doesn't look like a president, he looks like a ringmaster.
    Mitt looks like a guy wearing a golf shirt in an Eddie Bauer catalogue.
    He looks like the desk clerk at a Peninsula Hotel who tells you your
    room's not ready.
    Mitt looks like the guy at a party who gives you his card.
    He looks like a tennis pro at a restricted country club.
    He looks like a Jet Blue pilot who comes out to greet the passengers
    during the delay.
    Mitt Romney looks like the guy who says to the contestant, 'We're out
    of time, can you come back tomorrow?'
    He looks like the photo that comes with the frame
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2012
     (10833.12)
    He does look like that, doesn't he?

    Favorite:
    He looks like an American President in a Canadian movie.
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    Joe Biden is awesome again, and always-

    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2012
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    I love the fact that of all the speeches at the DNC, including Bill's amazing speech, the most watched one was Joe Biden. Not for the quality, but the content, because people expected him to say something nuts.

    I love Joe. I'd never trust him to go solo with a message because of what he might say, but he makes for good political voyuerism in that same way you have that one uncle who always says the awkward jokes.
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2012
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    Australia's deputy PM says "cranks and crazies" had taken over the Republicans and posed the biggest threat to the world's largest economy.

    The Guardian
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2012
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    @TF: Yeah, tha't about right. When you've got a presidential candidate talking like a college sophomore who has just discovered Ayn Rand, and state officials buying into conspiracy theories, and insane theories about pregnancy and rape being openly talked about . . . something is deeply wrong.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2012
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    I can't be the only one who absolutely LOATHES Bill Clinton, can I? I mean, sure, nice speech, let's hope it helps but honestly, fuck Bill Clinton. (He'd probably like that. He wouldn't call it "sex" because he's like that.) There are feral dogs with a greater sense of morality than Bill Clinton. (An admittedly successful politician, which the Dems need but ... ugh.) He'd push his own grandmother into a corn-thresher if he thought it would help him politically.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2012
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    There was just a story on NPR profiling the 5-7% of 'undecided, independent' voters. It makes me feel like I've bee listening to that old Python bit where the agnostic states, "There's nothing you can't do if you really don't know whether you believe anything or not." I feel this is the appropriate response.

    Low Information Voters
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2012
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    Finagle, that list is amazing. My favourite is probably the last one, "the photo that comes with the frame."
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    Tangentially related: I thought Mr. Ellis' column on Vice this week was good until I remembered that Rahm Emmanuel exists.

    Also, isn't Romney the physical manifestation of Klein's disaster capitalism? Or is that Paul Ryan?

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