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Mitt Romney: 'I Like Being Able to Fire People' - VIDEO


“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”

A poor choice of phrasing for Romney provides an opportunity for Huntsman:

Mr. Romney was making a point that many Republicans agree with — that individuals should be able to have their own insurance, and choose the plan they want.

But the comment was immediately seized on by one of Mr. Romney’s Republican opponents, Jon M. Huntsman Jr., as he spoke to supporters in Concord, N.H.
“It’s become abundantly clear over the last couple of days what differentiates Governor Romney and me,” he said. “I will always put my country first. It seems that Governor Romney believes in putting politics first. Governor Romney enjoys firing people; I enjoy creating jobs.
“It may be that he’s slightly out of touch with the economic reality playing out in America right now, and that’s a dangerous place to be,” he said.


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Sh*t Jon Huntsman Says: VIDEO


A clip of soundbites from the still climbing GOP candidate that falls nicely into the 'sh*t say' meme.


(via daily dish)

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The Candidates Talk About The Gay Problem

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Last night's GOP debate on ABC was a thoroughly enjoyable bit of absurdist political theater -- unless you're LGBT, a peacenik, or else just not madly in love with Mitt Romney, in which case it was probably pretty dispiriting.

Think Progress has done us all the favor of compiling the candidates' statements on the LGBT communities into a single, easily digestible vid. The editing's a bit weird, but it's easy enough to catch the drift. Watch, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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NEWS: Alternative Medicine Is Expensive, Rick Perry Gets Heckled, And Judy Garland Makes Breakfast

Fortuneteller Road Hundreds of millions of dollars spent testing efficacy of healing prayers, "energy" healing, and aromatherapy:

Thanks to a $374,000 taxpayer-funded grant, we now know that inhaling lemon and lavender scents doesn't do a lot for our ability to heal a wound. With $666,000 in federal research money, scientists examined whether distant prayer could heal AIDS. It could not.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, or NCCAM, also helped pay scientists to study whether squirting brewed coffee into someone's intestines can help treat pancreatic cancer (a $406,000 grant) and whether massage makes people with advanced cancer feel better ($1.25 million). The coffee enemas did not help. The massage did.

NCCAM has also invested in studies of various forms of energy healing, including one based on the ideas of a self-described "healer, clairvoyant and medicine woman" who says her children inspired her to learn to read auras. The cost for that was $104,000.

A small, little-known branch of the National Institutes of Health, NCCAM was launched a dozen years ago to study alternative treatments used by the public but not accepted by mainstream medicine. Since its birth, the center has spent $1.4 billion, most of it on research.

Road Rick Perry declines to take question: "Why do you hate gay people so much?"

Road Rick Santorum worries marriage equality might "normalize same-sex values." Quick! Name a same-sex value!

Road Jon Huntsman can't quite endorse Hillary Clinton's admonishments to countries that kill and imprison gays:

"I think we ought to focus on getting our own house in order here in terms of how we treat one another, the respect we feel for one another, getting our economy back on track and fixing our core," he said. "If we can do that, I think the rest of the world will pay us a little more attention."

Road Meanwhile, AFTAH totally endorses the very countries Hillary admonished:

With their new escalation of promoting homosexual behavior to other nations through U.S. foreign policy, President Barack Obama  and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have raised America’s defiance toward her Creator to a new level — while needlessly alienating nations less morally compromised than our own.  Not content to keep our decadence between our shores, the United States – through aggressively pro-“gay” Democratic administrations – now demands that other countries sink to our level by embracing homosexuality as a “human right.”

... There are many countries – including Muslim-dominated nations and major powers like Russia – that reject homosexuality.  By pushing sexual deviance on these nations, we only confirm their perception of America as a corrupt and declining – and very arrogant — superpower.

Road Careful! Facebook might be hiding your emails.

Road Standardized high school tests stymie reasonably successful adults. What's it mean?

JudyAndLiza Road Gay high school home-coming king has a message for occasionally bullied teen Jonah Lowry, whom we wrote about here. (In the future, do you suppose all teenagers will communicate with index cards?)

Road Paul Varnell has died.

Road What's Judy making for breakfast? Find out AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Jon Huntsman Takes Up Romney's Wager

Sorry for posting so much presidential politicking today. It's been that kind of weekend.

And here's more. AFTER THE JUMP, watch hopeless presidential candidate Jon Huntsman take up Mitt Romney's wager from last night's debate -- the one in which Romney offered Rick Perry $10,000 if he could prove Romney had ever advocated a national health insurance mandate. (The offer has been widely reviled as insensitive, seeing as it's been such a long time since most Americans had $10,000 to spend on anything, and seeing as Mitt's spent his whole life in the lap of luxury. Note the above pic, in which young Mitt literally has money falling out of his suit.) Perry demured, but Hunstman can't afford to. He wasn't even invited to the debate, due to low polling numbers. This is his way of crawling into the post-debate headlines.

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Donald Trump Gets Pissy in Interview About His GOP Debate: VIDEO


In an interview with Chuck Todd about his upcoming GOP debate, Donald Trump wants to make sure everyone knows that he doesn't call the news outlets, the news outlets call him, and it pretty much goes downhill from there.

Says Trump: “Your statement is false. You said, ‘Donald Trump wanted to respond to a poll.’ Well, I didn’t want to respond. Your people called my office about 40 times asking me to go on the show. It’s dishonest what you’re saying, Chuck. I wish you would just sort of say it like it is. I think you would do better. I think you would get better ratings if you did that."


Trump also called Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul "joke candidates" which prompted this response from Huntsman:

"I'm not going to kiss his ring and I'm not going to kiss any other part of his anatomy...This is exactly what is wrong with politics. It's show business over substance. If he had any courage at all, he would be running for president of the United States of America as opposed to manipulating the process from the outside."

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