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January 26, 2012
The treaty explicitly forbids any government from claiming a celestial resource such as the Moon or a planet, claiming that they are the Common heritage of mankind. [Article II] of the Treaty states that ‘outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.’
The Outer Space Treaty, of which the United States is a signatory. Sorry, Newt Gingrich, looks like your moon colony idea won’t be happening anytime soon. [Full treaty by the US State Department here] (via producermatthew)

We were looking forward to that colony. Now, sadly, we’re going to have to go back to bed and cry about it.
15:49 // 2 years ago
January 25, 2012
This kind of language is more than just unfortunate. It’s inaccurate, inflammatory, and doesn’t belong in this campaign. The truth is that neither of these two men is anti-immigrant and both have positive messages that play well in the Latino community.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio • Condemning a radio ad released by the Gingrich campaign, which referred to Mitt Romney as “the most anti-immigrant candidate.” This is an issue on which Rubio carries a lot of heft, as both a member of the young Republican surge in 2010, as well as the GOP’s most prominent Latino voice. The political effect of his remarks, whether intended or not, is to give Romney a leg up. Though Gingrich’s immigration reform ideas are far from progressive, that he’s further left on the issue than Romney is undeniable; Romney has reveled in staying to the (at times somewhat absurd) far-right of every opponent on the issue. If he’s given cover from criticism about it, however inartful that criticism may be, it means he won’t have to bear the cost of that clear political calculation. Gingrich pulled the ad from the airwaves following Rubio’s remarks. source (viafollow)
14:17 // 2 years ago
January 24, 2012

pantslessprogressive:

What do some of the GOP presidential hopefuls have to say about tonight’s State of the Union Address?

“This is the most activist, big government leftist president that has ever served in this country.” - Rick Santorum

Santorum called the President’s address tonight “a bunch of flowery rhetoric and all this stuff about all the things he has done.” He criticized President Obama’s time in office by drawing attention to Dodd-Frank, the nation’s debt, unemployment, “Obamacare,” and our country’s bond rating. [ABC News]

“Tonight, the president will explain it was all George W. Bush’s fault. This is the fourth year of his presidency, he needs to get over it.” - Newt Gingrich

He dropped another “Saul Alinsky radical” mention on the President, saying he “taught radicalism in Chicago.”

Gingrich couldn’t pass up another opportunity to bust out his professor creds, saying, “And unlike the president, I studied American history.” [LA Times]

“What he’s really offering are partisan planks for his re-election campaign. As I’ve traveled across the country, I’ve heard similar stories in virtually every corner of America, high unemployment, record home foreclosures, debt that’s too high, opportunities that are too few. This is the real state of our union. But you won’t hear stories like those in President Obama’s address tonight. The unemployed don’t get tickets to sit next to the first lady.” - Mitt Romney

In a “prebuttal,” Romney today called President Obama “divisive” and a “desperate campaigner-in-chief.” Like Gingrich, he said the President should not blame others for “how we got in this mess.” [CBS News]

Word of the day: ”Prebuttal.”

20:37 // 2 years ago
11:02 // 2 years ago
January 23, 2012
afternoonsnoozebutton:

Gingrich: “I helped Governor Reagan become President Reagan”…”I developed supply side economics in the 1970’s”
Also, Gingrich also possibly discovered electricity and formed man in his own image.

Of course he did.

afternoonsnoozebutton:

Gingrich: “I helped Governor Reagan become President Reagan”…”I developed supply side economics in the 1970’s”

Also, Gingrich also possibly discovered electricity and formed man in his own image.

Of course he did.

22:41 // 2 years ago
Cane sugar hides behind beet sugar.
Newt Gingrich • Forcing us to leave this quote here without any context whatsoever.
22:12 // 2 years ago
First of all, you thank heavens that Fidel Castro has returned to his maker.
Mitt Romney • On what he would do with Cuba if Fidel Castro were to die. Newt Gingrich, conversely, suggests he wouldn’t be meeting his maker. DUDES, HE’S STILL ALIVE! Ron Paul, meanwhile, doesn’t understand why the U.S. isn’t willing to open up its doors to Cubans: “I think we’re living in the dark ages when we can’t talk to the Cuban people.” Santorum thinks the sanctions should continue for now: “We need to have a very solid offer to come help the Cuban people.”
21:49 // 2 years ago
afternoonsnoozebutton:

Shit is getting mad confrontational. This is about to degenerate into a straight up bitch fight.

Have we gotten to the point where it’s a two-man race? Rick and Ron are kinda out of the picture tonight. We ended this part of the debate with Mitt saying of Newt this phrase: “You spent 15 years in Washington, on K Street.” And he’s right, it is a problem. Look at the crap we’re dealing with regarding Chris Dodd right now!

afternoonsnoozebutton:

Shit is getting mad confrontational. This is about to degenerate into a straight up bitch fight.

Have we gotten to the point where it’s a two-man race? Rick and Ron are kinda out of the picture tonight. We ended this part of the debate with Mitt saying of Newt this phrase: “You spent 15 years in Washington, on K Street.” And he’s right, it is a problem. Look at the crap we’re dealing with regarding Chris Dodd right now!

21:36 // 2 years ago
The Freddie Mac stuff finally came up. The fireworks just hit, kids.
Newt: "What’s the gross revenue in the years you were associated with Bain?"
Mitt: “Very substantial, but …”

The Freddie Mac stuff finally came up. The fireworks just hit, kids.

Newt: "What’s the gross revenue in the years you were associated with Bain?"

Mitt: “Very substantial, but …”

21:32 // 2 years ago
Newt’s calmer tonight: Despite BriWi bringing up the back-and-forth attacks between Mitt and Newt, things are not reaching John King anger thus far tonight. Newt talked about leaving the House on good terms, Mitt keeps suggesting he left in “disgrace.” “I’m not going to spend the evening trying to chase Mitt Romney’s misinformation,” Newt responded. “This is the worst kind of trivial politics.”

Newt’s calmer tonight: Despite BriWi bringing up the back-and-forth attacks between Mitt and Newt, things are not reaching John King anger thus far tonight. Newt talked about leaving the House on good terms, Mitt keeps suggesting he left in “disgrace.” “I’m not going to spend the evening trying to chase Mitt Romney’s misinformation,” Newt responded. “This is the worst kind of trivial politics.”

21:08 // 2 years ago