How many jobs did Mitt Romney create

Mitt Romney claims that he created 100000 jobs while he was at helm of the Bain Capital.

He doesn’t say, however, how many jobs were lost during that time.

See, according to a CBS News report his campaign “has cited hiring growth in three major companies – Staples, The Sports Authority, and Domino’s – as the backup for the 100,000 figure. That number, however, does not include job losses from companies in which Bain invested.”

Wow. This is like saying, if I go to a casino, I count the winnings but discount the losses.

That way, every trip to a casino would count as a success – for me as a gambler for my wallet, that is.

I can’t recall if even the casinos are so bold to promote their business that way.

The job number does not tell us, how many other jobs were lost by those who were competing against the 3 above mentioned companies. And Staples is a global company serving customers in “26 countries”. Although their own website states same acquisitions after Mr. Romney’s time at Bain, I’m wondering how many jobs were created here in the U.S. or somewhere else.

One more tidbit: the Wall Street Journal reported “22 percent of the companies in which it invested either went bankrupt or shut down, and another eight percent lost all money Bain invested.”

There is only one thing to be sure: Mr. Romney himself made tons of money, which makes him the richest candidate among the Republican hopefuls.

Not that the other candidates are poor either.

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Herman Cain is just trying (3)

It is just getting better and better

Do you hear his thought provoking response on a question about Libya.

Too much “stuff twirling around” his head?

Remember this statement

“When they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say you know, I don’t know. Do you know?”

Is it still twirling from that?

Imagine Mr. Cain negotiating with foreign countries like this, moving visibly uncomfortable in his chair. Do you think foreign leaders would be impressed?

The United States has lost a great deal of respect in the last decade, but I doubt Mr. Cain would be able to get it back. To the contrary.

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Herman Cain is just trying (2)

It seems Herman Cain was trying a few more things in the past…

Sharon Bialek came forward yesterday and accused Herman Cain publicly of groping.

For more details see here

He backed off when asked to, so it didn’t amount to more than just an attempt (not that I condone his behavior, to the contrary – I just mean it in a sense for the purpose of this post). According to the attorneys representing the other still anonymous women their encounter was very similar.

So may be the story is true that he attempted his advance on a German woman who rejected him screaming “NEIN NEIN NEIN!”

Rumors are that Mr. Cain got the idea for the name of his tax plan from that incident….

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Herman Cain is just trying

We cannot ignore this anymore. This has to be addressed by us.

The race in the Republican Party looks more and more like a race of clowns in the circus.

(To all clowns working in circuses and elsewhere: we apologize to you by associating you with the Republican candidates – please don’t be offended by this.)

Take for instance Herman Cain.

In an recent interview with the PBS Newshour he talked about China’s potential military threat to the United States.

Here’s what he said how he wants to address it:

“We already have superiority in terms of our military capability, and I plan to get away from making cutting our defense a priority and make investing in our military capability a priority, going back to my statement: peace through strength and clarity. So yes, they’re a military threat. They’ve indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability, and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have.”

For more information see here

Hmm, isn’t China a permanent member of the U.N. security council?

According to Wikipedia, the five permanent members of the Security Council are also the only countries recognized as nuclear-weapon states
(under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty)

And according to the U.S. State Department, China conducted its first test of a nuclear weapon in 1964.

That was 47 years ago.

Herman Cain was in college at that time. So he might not have noticed that due to whatever he did during that time. But if he still doesn’t know this by now, he has quite some catching up to do.

But really, does he know anything beyond burgers and pizzas, anyway? This is a question raised by an editorial in the NY Times.

But hey, he is just trying, too. He succeeds so far, as the other candidates are not much better and are clowns themselves (again: apologies to professional working clowns!).

By the way, he later modified his statement by saying “Maybe I misspoke…What I meant was, China does not have the size of nuclear capability that we have. They do have a nuclear capability”.

I understand it took some time for him to come up with this modification. It appears to be commonplace in his campaign to respond one way and then some time later to “correct” this response. You know what I mean…

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Age of actors in IMDB a problem?

There’s a raging dispute going on between the show business industry and the media, in which there is no easy answer.

The Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA (American Federation of Television& Radio Artists) is condeming the website Internet Movie Data Base ( for publishing the true ages of actors and actresses.

For more information see here

“SAG and AFTRA contend this is costing performers jobs, especially those who can pass for younger, because casting directors make use of IMDB.”


I thought casting is the process to match a role with actors to make it click.

How is it that we have so many teen movies (“coming-of-age”) and high-school settings with actors somewhat older than the age of the characters they play?

Besides, the length of the resume in the IMDB gives some indication how old the actor is, and how long he/she is in the business (isn’t that in favor for older, more mature actors?).

And even if it costs an older performer’s job, the job would be done by a different performer, presumably also a member of one of the unions.

There is no job loss here.

Of course, you can find the age of an actor from other sources, too.

This just amounts to censorship and cover-up.

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LeBron James to the NFL?

There have been reports that Miami Heat Star LeBron James has been practicing with the Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary varsity football team.

With the NBA lockout dragging on, what else can you do with your time.

Is he considering a career change?

BrainTurnedOff took the liberty to do some image editing to give you an impression how it would look like…

LeBron James playing footbal

Rendition of LeBron James playing football

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Doomsday Update 3

Did we miss it again?

I didn’t really pay to much attention to this this time around, however, someone reminded me about this date. But if it was supposed to be this year – well we are already 4 days past it.

Harold Camping was rather quiet these days (as was his church), understandably after he suffered a stroke, but he is making progress and we wish him well.

As far as the actual events are concerned – well, Gaddafi’s death came one day early so it would fit into the Oct 21 time frame. The news on that day itself was still much of the aftermath of the day before, so if there was something, I didn’t notice.

By the way, I haven’t heard when the doomsday will be re-scheduled. But that leaves the question, what do we do now?

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Ass Antlers

Just stumbled upon this recently –

In Germany the term “Arschgeweih” is commonly used for this which literally translates to “ass antlers”…

Lower Back Tattoos

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Christine O’Donnell walks off CNN interview

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I can’t wait for the late night comedians to comment and make sketches on the walk off of Christine O’Donnell’s CNN interview with Piers Morgan

She should have held a press conference instead (no questions allowed). Or do interviews with the “fair and balanced” network only.

On the other hand ….

She is back in the head lines. Like she was when she made the famous “I’m not a witch” ad – which by the way she said she regretted listening to the campaign consultants who advised her to do the ad.

The guy who walked in front of the camera – you can see only his back in the shadow – was this on of these advisers?

She wanted only to talk about her new book, which she hopes “will be an inspirational tool for the grassroots conservative movement”.

So I’m guessing Tea Party?

I already decided not to buy the new book, but if one of you folks get a hold on it (not buy, just borrow), maybe you can tell me if she has a word or two about the Voting Rights Proposal of a fellow Tea Party member.

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Tea Party and Voting Rights

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Judson Phillips, president of prominent Tea Party group Tea Party Nation, has a terrific idea: “The Founding Fathers… put certain restrictions on… the right to vote… you had to be a property owner. And that makes a lot of sense”.

Here is the complete quote:

“The Founding Fathers originally said, they put certain restrictions on who gets the right to vote. It wasn’t you were just a citizen and you got to vote. Some of the restrictions, you know, you obviously would not think about today. But one of those was you had to be a property owner. And that makes a lot of sense, because if you’re a property owner you actually have a vested stake in the community. If you’re not a property owner, you know, I’m sorry but property owners have a little bit more of a vested interest in the community than non-property owners.”

Why stop there!

Originally, minorities and women were not allowed to vote either. And slavery was commonplace.

But if you have voted or plan to vote for the tea party, this might be your last chance. To vote I mean, unless you have some property under your name (Trusts, shared ownership of a company owning property don’t count).

Under the new proposed rules, the votes will be counted according to the dollar amount of the property, divided by the number of entities sharing this property (value determined by the bank).

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