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Creation of the MGM logo

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August 2, 2011 Posted by | cats/dogs/goats/bears/whatever | , , , , | Leave a comment

States may hit borrow button if federal aid cut

Via: Reuters

States may go their own way in adopting fiscal policies and turn to more borrowing if Congress on Monday enacts a last-minute compromise plan raising the federal debt ceiling.

Across the nation, local officials — who spent the last month fretting that the United States would default for the first time — now fear the debt-cap bill will cut the federal deficit by yanking billions of dollars of aid from them.

The resulting cuts in all levels of government spending could further:

1. crimp consumers’ lifestyles

2. make poverty worse

3 threaten public safety

4. job-creating government contracts for healthcare and defense companies

5.possibly (possibly?, that’s a laugh) heightened risks for public pension investments.

Tom Cochran, executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said the federal cuts in the debt-ceiling agreement “mean fewer cops, fewer firefighters and less money for job- creation projects, housing and elderly care.”

To make up for the federal cuts, he called on Congress to close tax loopholes for corporations and individuals.

http://news.yahoo.com/states-may-hit-borrow-button-federal-aid-cut-204858735.html

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personal thought:

It’s true what the say, “shit rolls downhill’.

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August 2, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Most of Newt Gingrich’s Twitter Followers Are Fake; well, like Newt

Via: Gawker

Yesterday Newt Gingrich laid out a new argument for why he should be the GOP presidential nominee: He’s got the most Twitter followers. But according to a former Gingrich staffer, he bought them.

Gingrich complained yesterdayy that the press is ignoring his prodigious Twitter audience: “I have six times as many Twitter followers as all the other candidates combined, but it didn’t count because if it counted I’d still be a candidate; since I can’t be a candidate that can’t count.” Which is true! Gingrich currently boasts 1,325,842 followers, whereas competitors Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann have yet to crack 100,000.

But if Newt is winning the Twitter primary, it’s because of voter fraud. A former staffer tells us that his campaign hired a firm to boost his follower count, in part by creating fake accounts en masse:

Newt employs a variety of agencies whose sole purpose is to procure Twitter followers for people who are shallow/insecure/unpopular enough to pay for them. As you might guess, Newt is most decidedly one of the people to which these agencies cater.

About 80 percent of those accounts are inactive or are dummy accounts created by various “follow agencies,” another 10 percent are real people who are part of a network of folks who follow others back and are paying for followers themselves (Newt’s profile just happens to be a part of these networks because he uses them, although he doesn’t follow back), and the remaining 10 percent may, in fact, be real, sentient people who happen to like Newt Gingrich. If you simply scroll through his list of followers you’ll see that most of them have odd usernames and no profile photos, which has to do with the fact that they were mass generated.

Pathetic, isn’t it?

http://gawker.com/5826645/most-of-newt-gingrichs-twitter-followers-are-fake

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August 2, 2011 Posted by | Gingrich, GOP morons | , , , , , | Leave a comment