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Pierce writes: "As the mists of time descend around us, we can lose track of what an amazing liar Willard Romney really was during his time as a presidential wannabe."

Mitt Romney. (photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty)
Mitt Romney. (photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty)


Romneys, Dinosaurs, and Strippers at Funerals

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

25 April 15

 

s the mists of time descend around us, we can lose track of what an amazing liar Willard Romney really was during his time as a presidential wannabe. Luckily, though, in the Washington Post blog run by his former bestie 4-Evah Jen Rubin, Willard comes back, talks about the current situation with Hillary Rodham Clinton, and reminds us of that very salient fact.

Mitt Romney put it in everyday terms: "I mean, it looks like bribery. I mean, there is every appearance that Hillary Clinton was bribed to grease the sale of, what, 20% of America's uranium production to Russia, and then it was covered up by lying about a meeting at her home with the principals, and by erasing emails. And you know, I presume we might know for sure whether there was or was not bribery if she hadn't wiped out thousands of emails. But this is a very, very serious series of facts, and it looks like bribery."

If there is a more shameless person in politics than old G.I. Luvmoney, I don't know who it is. This is a guy who refused to release his tax returns , and whose wife made it quite clear on TV to Us People why that was not an option. And this is also the guy who, upon leaving the governor's office here in the Commonwealth (God save it!), did everything but throw the computers in the Executive office out the windows.

As a result, Patrick's office, which has been bombarded with inquiries for records from the Romney era, has no electronic record of any Romney administration e-mails, Reilly said. "The governor's office has found no e-mails from 2002-2006 in our possession,'' Reilly said in a statement. "Before the current administration took office, the computers used during that time period were replaced and the server used during that time period was taken out of service, all files were removed from it, and it was also replaced.'' Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign, said the governor's aides did nothing wrong. "In leaving office, the governor's staff complied with the law and longtime executive branch practice,'' she said. "Some employees exercised the option to purchase computer equipment when they left. They did so openly with personal checks.''

I mean, it looks like bribery to me. How about you?

Meanwhile, in China, the government is coping with a terrible example of When Cultural Traditions Go Horribly Wrong.

State media have said burlesque shows at some funerals aim to draw more mourners and show off the family's wealth, in a practice that is infrequent, but gaining in popularity. In a notice on its website Thursday, the ministry called for a "black list" of people and workplaces that engage in such shows. It singled out a group of burlesque dancers, the Red Rose Song and Dance Troupe, who did a striptease after the small-town funeral of an elderly person in the northern province of Hebei in February. The group took off their clothes after performing a traditional song-and-dance routine, the ministry said. One leader of Red Rose, surnamed Li, was punished with 15 days in detention and a fine of 70,000 yuan ($11,300) after law enforcement officials intervened.

And thus do the Irish finally fall into second place as far as funeral rites go. Why are the Chinese so far ahead of us in everything, dammit? Strippers at funerals? Where do they put the pole? No, wait, don't answer that.

Weekly WWOZ Pick To Click: "Call Me Shine" (The Paulin Brothers Jazz Band): Yeah, I pretty much still love New Orleans.

Weekly Visit To The Pathe Archives: Since it's playoff time in the NHL, here's some fancy-dress weird-ass ice hockey from Germany in 1939. The announcer says, "No country is safe." He wasn't kidding. History is so cool.

Happy Birthday to my favorite machine!

Meanwhile, back on earth, this seems nice.

Underneath the national park's attractions and walking paths is enough hot rock to fill the Grand Canyon nearly 14 times over. Most of it is in a newly discovered magma reservoir, which the scientists featured in a study published on Thursday in the journal Science. It may help scientists better understand why Yellowstone's previous eruptions, in prehistoric times, were some of Earth's largest explosions in the last few million years.

On the bright side, the Hubble will get a helluva picture of what's left.

Is it a good day for dinosaur news? It's always a good day for dinosaur news.

Most of the eggs in the museum's existing collection belong to oviraptorid and duck-billed dinosaurs, which roamed the earth 89 million years ago. Nearly 17,000 dinosaur eggs have been uncovered in the city since the first group of fossils was found in 1996 by children playing at a construction site, the China's official news agency Xinhua reported.

Damn, some museum director is going to have a helluva funeral when he finally dies.

I'll be back on Monday with what I am sure will be more HRC-roogie-roogie gobshitery. Be well and place nice, ya bastids. Stay above the snakeline, or we won't respect you and there won't be anything at your wake except whiskey and soda bread.

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+77 # CAMUS1111 2015-04-25 16:27
Romney--one of the most massive hypocrites of all time and he's too clueless to know it. He's a total neo-fascist twit--he remains "Mitt the Twit," as my 2012 bumper sticker said.
 
 
+30 # ericlipps 2015-04-25 20:08
Quoting CAMUS1111:
Romney--one of the most massive hypocrites of all time and he's too clueless to know it. He's a total neo-fascist twit--he remains "Mitt the Twit," as my 2012 bumper sticker said.

I always think of him as "Mutt" Romney on account of that notorious dog-strapping incident.

Neo-fascist? No, just plain old corporate Republican with trainloads of cash and a thimbleful of sense.
 
 
+20 # Merlin 2015-04-25 20:51
ericlipps 2015-04-25 20:08

"Neo-fascist? No, just plain old corporate Republican with trainloads of cash and a thimbleful of sense."

What is the difference? I can't see any!
 
 
0 # cymricmorty 2015-04-25 21:05
wrong spot-deleted
 
 
-50 # moafu@yahoo.com 2015-04-25 18:35
Hey, Charles,
When are you going to point out the "lies" of PUTZUS ?!
 
 
+14 # cymricmorty 2015-04-25 19:55
@mofo
Are those supposed to be scare quotes surrounding the word "lies"? Lies are lies, no matter who tells them.
 
 
+8 # Merlin 2015-04-25 20:54
cymricmorty 2015-04-25 19:55
@mofo
Are those supposed to be scare quotes surrounding the word "lies"? Lies are lies, no matter who tells them.

Lies are what other people say. The Pastor always tells the truth.
 
 
+10 # cymricmorty 2015-04-25 21:07
@Merlin
I'll be damned. Those were "hell's fire" quotes.
 
 
+16 # jimallyn 2015-04-25 20:05
Quoting moafu@yahoo.com:
Hey, Charles,
When are you going to point out the "lies" of PUTZUS ?!

The current one, or the one before that?
 
 
-52 # MidwestTom 2015-04-25 18:39
Romney said that Russia would be our biggest problem, and he was laugh at by the media.
 
 
+16 # Merlin 2015-04-25 19:24
MidwestTom 2015-04-25 18:39

Are you laughing at mittens here for saying that, or do you believe mittens was right, that Russia is our biggest problem?
 
 
+24 # ericlipps 2015-04-25 20:16
Quoting MidwestTom:
Romney said that Russia would be our biggest problem, and he was laugh at by the media.

Mr. 47 Percent was laughed at by the media for lots of things, but not for that. It just looked that way (look up the term "halo effect"). And plenty of people joined in the mockery, including more than a few Republicans.

And, um, Russia ISN'T our biggest problem. How about global warming? Or if you don't think that's real, how about terrorism? Or the trillion-plus dollars in U.S. debt held by Beijing? Or the decay of our national infrastructure? Or--but you get my drift. Russia's a problem, but these days, hardly our biggest one. Romney, however, was (and likely still is) stuck in the past.
 
 
0 # Livemike 2015-04-29 04:53
"Or if you don't think that's real, how about terrorism?"
Terrorism is a smaller problem than late approval of drugs by the FDA. It'a trivial problem that obsesses trivial minds.

"Or the trillion-plus dollars in U.S. debt held by Beijing? "
I think he means _America's_ problems not Beijing's.
 
 
+38 # Texas Aggie 2015-04-25 20:27
And with good reason. He was wrong then and he's still wrong. Russia isn't half the threat to the US that the 1% are, as is obvious to everyone who has been following the news about Wall St, TPP, and the way the elections are being paid for.
 
 
+32 # CragJensen 2015-04-25 19:05
Alfred E. Neuman has more integrity than Mittens could ever dream of having. Funny when I hear people complain about and defame Obama I can only imagine what the alternative would have been. Mitt Romney????? He's like the proverbial scary clown - the kind that John Wayne Gacy might have painted. And if that's an endorsement of Obama then it's a really crappy one. But I suppose it's better to be thankful that the devil you have is better than the one you might have had.
 
 
+29 # turtleislander 2015-04-25 19:30
Mittens was pretty bad news. BTW Yellowstone explodes every 600,000 years. We're a bit overdue. They're fracking an hours drive from Yellowstone but science has just discovered this 11,500 cubic miles of magma chamber that was not known before? That's the filling the Grand Canyon part.Anyone tell the crackers to hold off?
 
 
+24 # turtleislander 2015-04-25 19:31
That's frackers but crackers applies anyway.
 
 
+17 # reiverpacific 2015-04-25 19:34
I mean, I get the ah, point of this article (I think) but it all seems torturously put to my simple mind.
I mean, why even bring this has-been-and-ne ver-would-be narcissist at all?
I mean, this is an exercise in what exactly (China, Ireland, NHL et al)?
O' well, I mean, if I must join this particular choir (Quire?), the biggest kick I got -and I don't even know if it's true; maybe it was an Andy Borowitz gig- is when Twit went to Britain and allegedly said "I don't mind being called a Banker but why to they keep pronouncing it with a "W"?" or words to that effect.
And @ moafu etc, your crowd wrote the book on "lies"-also deceit, slander, cowardice, unscrupulous victimization, gerrymandering, voter suppression, warmongering, anti-poupulist propaganda and all it's sub-titled spawn
How about a response for a change, o' trollmeister-fr om-the shadows?!
 
 
+23 # cymricmorty 2015-04-25 19:42
@camus1111
I never took off my Dogs Against Romney "I Ride Inside" bumper sticker. As with the Romney family dog, as with the 47%.
 
 
+3 # unocelestial 2015-04-27 13:23
Me, too. If you are an ass to animals, you are an ass to everybody else. No pun intended, not donkeys.
 
 
+21 # Jim Rocket 2015-04-25 19:52
The most damning aspect of Mitt refusing to release more than a couple of years of tax returns was that the practice was started by his own father, George Romney, during his presidential run. George released 7 years of returns to show transparency. The apple fell a fair way from the tree. But then his father actually earned HIS money.
 
 
+4 # cymricmorty 2015-04-25 20:04
Deleted...James on's effect vs Romney.
 
 
+4 # Merlin 2015-04-25 22:03
cymricmorty 2015-04-25 20:04
Deleted...James on's effect vs Romney.

Teach me. I understand the definition and the race etc., but don't get how the comparison works with mittens.
 
 
+5 # cymricmorty 2015-04-25 22:06
@Merlin
It's very mundane. Jameson's whiskey...one shot too many...next thing you know, a comment too profane for RSN. Alas, so early in the evening!
 
 
+5 # Merlin 2015-04-25 22:40
cymricmorty 2015-04-25 22:06

Thanks! The current state of the world can bring that about ;-)
 
 
+11 # Robbee 2015-04-25 22:15
itt was one of the grandest polluticians of our time, a master of disingenuence, we were all privileged to share his brilliance at standing squarely on both sides of every issue

the father of obamneycare who supported it only in taxachusettes - the pro-abortion anti-choice disputant with himself

he will be missed!
 
 
-24 # lnason@umassd.edu 2015-04-25 23:13
I never voted for Mitt Romney and did not support him but the comments above are incredibly ignorant. He was the most squeaky clean governor we have ever had in my (long) memory. And he was even more or less competent though I disagreed with several of his executive decisions. I worked for state agencies before, during, and after his tenure -- he was the least inclined to lie, cheat, dump campaign workers on public payrolls, or engage in other crony activities if only because he had no cronies. One may criticize him but this baseless name-calling is not the "civil" discourse that our political system needs.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+7 # CAMUS1111 2015-04-26 07:37
we are way beyond civil discourse with phony libertarians such as yourself and assholes like Romney. So Have a nice day after humping off
 
 
+12 # reiverpacific 2015-04-26 08:45
Quoting lnason@umassd.edu:
I never voted for Mitt Romney and did not support him but the comments above are incredibly ignorant. He was the most squeaky clean governor we have ever had in my (long) memory. And he was even more or less competent though I disagreed with several of his executive decisions. I worked for state agencies before, during, and after his tenure -- he was the least inclined to lie, cheat, dump campaign workers on public payrolls, or engage in other crony activities if only because he had no cronies. One may criticize him but this baseless name-calling is not the "civil" discourse that our political system needs.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts


Ay, What happened to "Romneycare" when it became "Obamacare", including the Twit himself siding with his reactionary kin to oppose it and who are still at it?
You Liberarians are a pretty confused and confusing lot -and your past posts demonstrate that the cap of "ignorance" you arrogantly dump on other's noggins fits you snugly -and you repeatedly don it with typical hubris, at least when you infest this forum.
 
 
+15 # Texas Aggie 2015-04-26 10:48
So what you're saying is that he bought and destroyed the hard drives and the server for emails that held all the records of his administration because he was too modest to let people see what a boy scout he was. Somehow I don't think that is a valid conclusion for his actions. It's much more likely that "it looks like bribery."
 
 
+1 # Pancho 2015-04-26 11:33
So, what were the problems with Dukakis, or with Sargent, or were they before your time?
 
 
-20 # 2wmcg2 2015-04-26 08:49
Some of these comments illustrate the depravity of the liberal-left position as it is today - a reason why nothing positive ever gets done. Look, the name that Romney uses is "Mitt", not "Willard" (the name of a teenage boy in a film about rats). If all that Charles Pierce can do is ridicule Romney because of a name, its shows that this man's policy ideas are threadbare.
 
 
+14 # DD1946 2015-04-26 10:38
Seems to me the article covered a lot more than Romney's name and you obviously didn't understand the writing tone Pierce was going for.
 
 
+4 # reiverpacific 2015-04-27 10:46
Quoting 2wmcg2:
Some of these comments illustrate the depravity of the liberal-left position as it is today - a reason why nothing positive ever gets done. Look, the name that Romney uses is "Mitt", not "Willard" (the name of a teenage boy in a film about rats). If all that Charles Pierce can do is ridicule Romney because of a name, its shows that this man's policy ideas are threadbare.

And y'r point is???
Your pointless sniping from the shadows is the mark of an amateur Troll.
 
 
+3 # reiverpacific 2015-04-27 11:00
Quoting 2wmcg2:
Some of these comments illustrate the depravity of the liberal-left position as it is today - a reason why nothing positive ever gets done. Look, the name that Romney uses is "Mitt", not "Willard" (the name of a teenage boy in a film about rats). If all that Charles Pierce can do is ridicule Romney because of a name, its shows that this man's policy ideas are threadbare.


"DEPRAVITY"???!!
That's a good one and typically blinkered from the right whose flagship bile-pumper, Rush Limpballs, wrote the book on cheap shots, bald-faced lying, mean-spirited and hypocritical cowardly attacks and tasteless quips at people and peoples who can't defend themselves!
"Depravity" is normal -even a mild- expression- for your crowd on the right who can only see one side of any coin and are so blinkered, you refuse to look at the finger pointing right back at you in y'r cracked mirrors!
 
 
+2 # JoaquinWalking 2015-04-26 10:42
I think I'll just stick to the NY Times article of 4-22-2015 regarding Hillary Rodham Clinton and the sale of a Canadian uranium company to a Russian uranium company.
 
 
+14 # Texas Aggie 2015-04-26 10:44
Steve Benen at the maddowblog had a weekly list of the mittster's lies each week. It went into over 40 chapters although in many cases the lies were repeats. Check it out.
 
 
+4 # Dale 2015-04-26 13:42
Verse 5: Politics as Ideology: Neanderthal Zombies in AmeriKa Inc. full text at troporg@racsa.co.cr

Human evolution took a wrong turn.
The Neanderthals are back!
They call themselves Republicans,
But they are Zombies, risen from the grave of history
Now chasing Homo Sapiens with their big sticks
Clubbing every social advance of human kind,
Torturing and killing non-white peoples in distant lands,
Jailing and deporting those considered aliens in Zombie heartland.
The Zombies in corporate boardrooms,
Bankrolled by their friends on Wall Street,
For decades machinated to remove the Nation´s heart
And replaced it with a Made-in-China machine.
Faced in 2008 with “Change We Can Believe In,”
They coerced and blackmailed the reasonable yet complaint politicians
To appoint the plutocrats and murderous Generals to controlling government bureaucracies
And to follow their dictates to declare Wars and roll back social progress.
In the Heartland the Banksters succeeded in reversing the American Dream,
Immiserating the masses.
The Zombies, their mental substance mummified,
Have no human sensibility, they are dead inside,
But yes shine one modern vice in gross excess, Greed.
Greed requires obfuscation to dress it up,
Inspires viciousness and requires forceful pursuit.
Greed, obfuscation, and force infuse the mentality of the Rich and Powerful
Everywhere the stirrings of the Many frighten the Few
 
 
+1 # Blackjack 2015-04-27 13:09
OMG! Strippers at funerals! How could we get any more craven than to have the self-absorbed, selfie lovers emulating the Chinese at funerals. Please, let's don't give them any encouragement!
 
 
0 # Livemike 2015-04-29 04:48
"If there is a more shameless person in politics than old G.I. Luvmoney, I don't know who it is."
It's Hillary. Although it's close. It's just a shame they can't get ajoining cells.
 

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