Frisky Felines, the true target demographic.
Ya know, when i made a tumblr, i was expecting it to be filled with obnoxiously cute cat pictures and ridiculous gifs from How I Met Your Mother or Doctor Who. Two days later.. I find myself in a zombie like state reblogging all things political. Romnesia, Wall Street Journal Endorsements, aye yay yay where does it end. Seventeen year olds should not be this intrigued by politics..
Have a nice day.
We have one goal: Keep out phony flip-flopping extremist Mitt Romney out of office.
In just 16 days, outside spending groups (like super PACs and various breeds of nonprofits) spent $212.8 million on ads, starting Oct. 1.
As Politico’s Dave Levinthal points out, that’s enough to buy every person living in Flint, Mich., or Green Bay Wis., a “high-end” LED flat screen TV.
That got us thinking, and playing with Wolfram Alpha, what else could 16 days worth of political ads buy?
(Arranged in order from serious, to decidedly less serious.)
- 1,363 packs of ramen noodles ($334.58 worth) for each homeless person in the U.S. (using 2011 stats).
- Four years’ tuition and board at Harvard University for 976 students.
- A full tank of gas for 5,728,129 cars (using national average of $3.71, and assuming a 10-gal. tank).
- A year’s salary for 3,795 full-time, public school teachers (using U.S. average).
- The 2012 season salary for every active player on the New York Yankees — plus Derek Jeter and Joe Girardi — with roughly $3 million to spare.
- First of all, a $32,000 fixed-gear bicycle exists — but even for that price, you could buy 6,650 of ‘em.
- A binder (like this) for every woman living in the state of California.
- One of these giant gummy bears on stick for every child 4-years-old and under in the U.S.
- 5,600,000 shares of Facebook stock when company first went public … or 11,211,801 shares today (stock value is $18.98 now, $38.00 at IPO).
I honestly never realized how true this was until today.
Pres Deb Number 2: Obama Awakens
Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama met again Tuesday night, October 16th, 2012, this time for a town hall style debate at Hofstra University in Long Island that focused on domestic issues.
Many Obama supporters did not know what to expect in last weeks debate, considering the president didn’t show up to the previous one. Since that debate debacle, numerous polls have been released by a number of news outlets that show Romney leading or in a deadlock tie with the president for favoribility and stance on certain issues.
Perhaps this is what the President needed to officially kick things into gear, because he appeared vibrant and defensive during Tuesday night’s debate, making sure to actually rebute the majority of Romney’s empty statements.
Romney appeared more flustered during the debate; unpleasantly surprised that Obama was back on his A-game. What also grabbed my attention was the fact that Romney seemed to realize that his lack of specifics was hurting him more than it was helping him. This was a stark contrast to the president’s policy ridden answers.
Hot topics from the night included the economy, women, gun rights, and Benghazi.
The Benghazi issue is one that Obama does not really know how to answer (and one point that Romney has agains Obama, and one that I kinda agree with), other than to bluntly admit that he and his administration royally f-d up (which he didn’t do). The attack on Benghazi was one of those “we were quick to judge/blame the media” fiascos that had a lot of the American people wondering what the TRUTH was behind the death of 3 Americans: was it a reaction to an anti-muslim film that surfaced on You-Tube, or was it a planned terrorist attack? Later, of course, it was embarrassingly admitted that was an thoroughly orchestrated terror plot that A) no one saw coming and one that B) was something that could have been prevented.
Another topic that I found very interesting was that of women. If you’re a woman, and actually found a reason to vote for Romney after his response to this question: In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn? then you need to reconsider your idea of what a being a woman in this world is really about. Romney, awkwardly response with quite the anecdote: (after explaining no one on his campaign staff was a woman (really, no surprise there) Romney continues..
“…we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women’s groups and said, can you help us find folks? And I brought us whole binders full of — of women. I was proud of the fact that after I staffed my cabinet and my senior staff that the University of New York in Albany did a survey of all 50 states and concluded that mine had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America…”
Romney looked so clueless when he not only answered the question, but while it was being asked, that you could tell he pulled this answer right out of his ass. Binders full of women? Really? How can you really not know who supports hearing women when you hear this:
“[The Lilly Ledbetter Bill was] named after this amazing woman who had been doing the same job as a man for years, found out that she was getting paid less, and the Supreme Court said that she couldn’t bring suit because she should have found out about it earlier, when she had no way of finding out about it.
So we fixed that. And that’s an example of the kind of advocacy that we need because women are increasingly the breadwinners in the family. This is not just a women’s issue. This is a family issue. This is a middle-class issue. And that’s why we’ve got to fight for it.”
Quite the sound-byte, but also, as a woman, Obama’s statement really makes you feel that being a woman is just as fucking good (if not better) as being a man in the workplace. How ‘bout them apple you misogynists!
I could go on and on about all the other issues. I will never tough gun rights, though, because it is clear that I A) would never own a gun and B) that even the candidates can agree there is a long rode ahead in deciding what could be a plausible answer to addressing the issue. We seems to also be agreed upon is that no one wants to take away ones right to bare arms.
After this debate, it was obvious that Obama won. Polls conducted after the debate found that people saw Obama’s performance superiors to that of Romney’s. But what I found so weird was that people favored Romney’s stance on a number of issues- from the economy to women. How can you!? He isn’t specific about ANYTHING! By agreeing with him, you are only proving your lack of knowledge in any issue surrounding this election. You are also saying Eff you to the middle class, and pledging allegiance to an economy ruled by rich men who will swim in their pool of money.
UHG. This is a topic for another time. Be ready: the last debate is this Monday night 9/8c!
this needs to happen
When two legends collide