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PREPARE FOR MY BIGGEST ANNOUNCEMENT EVER! - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
If you spoke faster than David Hewlett you’d travel back in time: Michael Shanks
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PREPARE FOR MY BIGGEST ANNOUNCEMENT EVER!
And yes, this could change the Presidency! Are you sitting down? Good.

Dear Mitt Romney:

I pledge to run the LARGEST MULTIFANDOM ONLINE AUCTION and raise TWENTY-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS to donate to my your favorite charity - The Big Bear Alpine Zoo (fka: Moonridge Animal Park) IF you'll release the last 10 years of your income tax returns; your IRA; your off-shore account $; all the companies that Bain took down under your leadership - AND - full disclosure of your contracts related to saving the Salt Lake games along with the proof that you not only took government bail out money to save Bain (after you nearly drove it into the ground) but  also took bail out money from the US in order to 'save' the Salt Lake City games.

That's right, Mitt. We DO know that your brilliant business mind didn't save the Salt Lake City Olympics, but your ability to ask for - and accept - a GOVERNMENT BAIL OUT did. Oh, and unlike Obama's bail out where the government was paid back - with interest? Bain, as in you, never did.

BTW, Mitt? This is what 'saving' the Salt Lake City Olympics Games cost the tax payers compared to other American cities that have hosted as far back as 1984:

The '84 Los Angeles games cost tax payers approximately $75 million (and if you remember LA at the time - well, it was a MESS)

The '96 Atlanta games cost the tax payers approximately $609 million

The '02 Salt Lake City games cost tax payers $1.3 billion. Yes, you read that right: $1.3 billion.

PS: Don't feel too bad, Mitt. Other countries did worse than you. For instance, China spent $67 billion ($40+billion just to fix Beijing in order to create a venue!). Whoops, spoke too soon. That wee country you visited earlier this year (the small one across the pond? Yeah, the UK?), the one where you stated that their preparations for the 2012 summer games (just 10 years after your SLC games) were, "...disconcerting" at the least, remember that?  Well, bad news for you, buddy. That little country only spent $603 million. That's a WHOLE country versus the state of UTAH. Remind me not to ask you to rescue me if I get into financial trouble - Oh, wait, I am! And you won't! Silly me.

BTW: don't worry too much about the numbers above - I got them from several different sources and took the median. *G* You know how that works, right? Besides, the '02 games still make you famous: For being the first American brought in to 'save' an American Olympic venue by raising the costs into the billions instead of just millions. But hey, billion...million...when you're as wealthy as you - who the hell cares?

So, will you take me up on my offer, Mitt? $25 million to a deserving recipient in return for your records? Beats a paltry $5 million offered by The Donald for some school records... OH, that reminds me, I'll raise an extra million if you can provide proof that Donald Trump has a brain. An x-ray and EEG would suffice. AND I'll up it another million for an x-ray of your chest. A lot of us believe you're an android, so proof of a beating heart would go a long way toward disproving that.

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caarianna From: caarianna Date: October 25th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, if he takes your offer, I'll even help all I can to deliver on the $25 mill for Moonridge promise, and I'm not even American. Just think it would very bad for the world to have the Republicans win this one. I saw the crap about rape being God's plan tonight and Mitt still supports the senator's reelection. The extreme right wing of the Republican party needs to be taught a lesson that the GOP at large can't miss: support these retro-thinking creationists, continue to deny science and the rights of women and other minorities and get very used to losing. Hell, women aren't even a 'minority' and I hope they make it very clear at the polls that what happens with a woman's body is between her and her God and is her choice and NO MAN or OTHER WOMAN should EVER tell her what to do or deny her choices that are currently legally hers. ::shakes head::

What's going on down there? Are people somehow suffering from lead poisoning, causing insanity, and nobody knows it because nobody is testing for toxicity resulting from environmental poisoning of air, food and water because you have crap standards and worse monitoring and industry (money, as usual) calls the shots? Okay, I'll get down off my soapbox. Not really any of my business except what happens in the US has HUGE impact upon Canada. ::sighs heavily:: Besides, I'd like to spend six months a year of my life in a nation that ... okay, well, better stop now before I really begin foaming at the mouth.

I hit the road tomorrow! Will see you in less than a month!

patk From: patk Date: October 25th, 2012 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)
>>... rape being God's plan...<<

WHAT???

*backs away slowly*
caarianna From: caarianna Date: October 25th, 2012 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, how bizarre is that? And scary? And the presidential candidate for the Republicans supports this bullshit! He's such a liar and fraud. He'll do and say anything his party says and the lines keep changing from day to day -- he's like a grinning puppet, nodding and smiling and he gives me the creeps. ::shudders::

Honestly, if he gets elected, if the Republicans win, they will outlaw abortion and prescriptions for the pill, etc. Fifty years of hard fought rights will be lost. Not to mention how they'll continue to crush the middle class to allow the super rich more deductions at tax time. They'll kill tax deductions to support education and health.

I can't believe that anyone would vote for this guy or this party. It's a bit terrifying how very many people buy into all this stuff.
patk From: patk Date: October 25th, 2012 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)
>>And the presidential candidate for the Republicans supports this bullshit!<<

And he doesn't go down in flames??? I have no words. How can any woman who knows about this actually vote for him and his party?

By this "logic" (which is basically "anything that happens is part of God's plan" because God is almighty) *everything* can be excused as being part of God's plan, including murder and genocide. This is a steep and slippery road and the only way it goes as soon as you have set a foot on it is down, down and down.

>>I can't believe that anyone would vote for this guy or this party. It's a bit terrifying how very many people buy into all this stuff. <<

THIS! I honestly can't understand it and it frightens me.



sistermu From: sistermu Date: October 25th, 2012 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Not sure where you got the UK $603 million figure from. Over here we were told it was costing us £9 billion (still less than China). Most people, though, seem to think it was worth it. Just about.

No, Trump has no brain. What was the reaction to his 'big' announcement?
patk From: patk Date: October 25th, 2012 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
From Yahoo news (http://news.yahoo.com/obama-tackles-rape-comments-fiscal-cliff-tv-talk-034456779.html)

...In a lighter moment, Obama joked about real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump, who recently posted a video challenging Obama to release documents about his education.

Trump has persistently questioned whether Obama, a native of Hawaii, was actually born in the United States, and Obama played off Trump's theories about his origins.

"This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya," Obama joked. "We had, you know, constant run-ins on the soccer field. He wasn't very good and resented it." ...
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: October 25th, 2012 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Whatever the Games cost Britain, only London benefitted (if even it did, which I very much doubt). International Sport, per se, has become an expensive waste of money.

As for Trump... words totally fail me.
suemc From: suemc Date: October 25th, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I beg to differ about only London benefiting, although they did get the majority of the benefit, and I suspect Scotland got very little. I went to football in Cardiff, there were huge crowds there and plenty of businesses doing very well. The cycle road races, were all through Surrey and were extremely popular and there were other venues dotted about in other parts of the UK. Not to mention the countries that brought their teams over early and set up camp on various places throughout the UK.
And having watched other sporting events taking place after the Olympics, I noticed a lot more people there to watch and more International sports people taking part than was usual. So I am sorry if Scotland did not get much from it all, but I do not think you can justify saying only London benefited. By the way,I am not a Londoner, I only visit occasionally, and that is enough for me.
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: October 25th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I grant I'm very... I suppose 'bitter' is the best word about the south-east of England. In a way it goes back to the early days of Trek cons in the mid-70s; it was a Londoner who complained about the 'long boring drive up the A1' to Leicester, when a lot of us had travelled a lot further than she had - and that included a lot of people from different parts of England. We reckoned that if the cons ever went to London, they'd never go anywhere else - and that was what eventually happened. It left a lot of us with the perception that what London got, London kept.

OK, maybe London didn't benefit entirely 100% - but if 5% of the benefit went to other places, I certainly doubt it was more than that.

But I'm an equal opportunity grump. I suspect that in 2014, when it comes to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, only Glasgow will benefit. Whatever the venue, it's the venue that gains; nowhere else.

Yes, I'm cynical.
vamysteryfan From: vamysteryfan Date: October 25th, 2012 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bwahahahah! Love it!

And it's scary that Romney even has a chance. Good for Obama to make Trump look like the joke he is.
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