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Friday-Sunday, August 10-12, 2007


The Romney Five
(Not to be confused with The Osmonds)

Has anyone else seen the five Romney boys, a.k.a. The Stepford Sons? The older three, interviewed and accompanied by Fox News' Gretta Van Susteren on their bus in Iowa are so close that they don't even live anywhere near each other. The 31-year-old is in real estate and lives in Salt lake City, Utah; the 26-year-old lives in new York and is a record producer (something tells me it's not Rap); and the 35-year-old is also in real estate and lives in San Diego. And their father was Governor of Massachusetts!

Romney's sons, much like Romney himself, have never served in the military. Romney didn't serve because of his Mormon faith (the one he defends by ordering everyone not to talk about it) and the mission he served for the Mormon Church instead of a stint in the US army, Vietnam era.

Oh yeah. Mitt's father was former 1960's GOP presidential candidate and Michigan Governor, George Romney. Some of you older folks might remember George Romney as the guy who claimed to be "brainwashed" in Vietnam and although it appeared he used it as a metaphor (of sorts) to explain why he changed his mind about the war being "morally right and necessary" to "let's get out of here!", it ruined his chances at beating Richard Nixon in the 1968 GOP primary.

Maybe the Romney's aren't Mormons after all... Maybe they're Gypsies!

"My sons are all adults and they've made decisions about their careers and they've chosen not to serve in the military and active duty and I respect their decision in that regard."
-Romney in response to a question as to why none of his sons serve in the military

As Jon Stewart pointed out on The Daily Show, that reason would have been good enough. But he couldn't leave it at that.

"One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I'd be a great president."
-Romney, complete with foot-in-mouth disease

That's like almost, like, the same thing, like, right?

Josh, Mitt's 36-year-old son is on a county-by-county Winnebago tour of Iowa to aid his father's election bid. And Romney is both proud and thankful.

"I respect that and respect all those and the way they serve this great country."

Is Mitt equating an RV tour of the heartland with serving in Iraq and Afghanistan? It certainly seems that way. Maybe in his mind his sons' "service" is just that - a service not only to him but to the nation. After all, one never knows how a twisted mind works. One wonders if there was a draft today if the "Romney Five" would have served, as their father did, on missions for the Mormon Church as well.

Rachel Griffiths, who had asked the question of the candidate, was asked herself if she was satisfied with his answer. Her sister is an Army Ranger in Iraq.

"Of course not. He told me the way his son shows support for our military and our nation is to buy a Winnebago and ride across Iowa and help him get elected."

Wait a minute here! Aren't Winnebago's made in the USA? That means if you don't support his sons you're aiding the terrorists, right? Maybe they are helping.

-Noah Greenberg

How Dare he!
("h" left small intentionally)

It's now official. Rudy Giuliani believes that it was he, and he alone, that saved New York City - nay - the nation - in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

"I was at Ground Zero as often, if not more, than most of the workers,"
-Rudy in Cincinnati, OH

With those who risked their lives in the World Trade Center already distancing themselves from "America's Mayor" and the rest of the GOP (yes, that includes you, President Bush), is it any wonder that the only one to extol the virtues of Rudy and his exploits is Rudy himself. Of course, the other hand makes one think that Giuliani pictures himself in exactly the way he says so out loud.

"Every single penny of the $227 million went to the families. This is not a mayor or governor or president who was sitting in an ivory tower."

Of course it wasn't. Rudy was a Mayor whose Ivory Towers were destroyed. And, just as a reminder, it was Rudy's decision to keep his Department of Emergency Management in the World Trade Center to begin with. And let us also not forget that it was another Giuliani decision to not spend the necessary money to make sure that New York's Bravest (FDNY) and New York's Finest (NYPD) could actually speak to each other on radios that were not unique to each department. Just as a reminder, there ere 343 firemen left in the World Trade Center as the buildings came down and no radios to tell them to get out. And that doesn't include the dozens of police officers, EMS workers Port Authority employees and others whose jobs it was to save lives who dies in the line of duty that day.

And it was Rudy, along with President Bush's EPA (led by former New Jersey Governor Christie Todd "It's My Party, Too" Whitman) who allowed the rescue and recovery workers to work in "the Pit" (the hole of twisted metal, concrete, ASBESTOS and body parts) telling them there was no danger to their health. Today many are sick and at least one death of a rescue worker has been attributed an illness resulting from the endless hours of work there. That death has increased the official body count of 911 by one to 2,998.

No wonder why the firemen hate him so very much. When he tells us all how much he has done, it belittles what those who actually performed the work have actually performed.

"It is outrageous for Giuliani to suggest, in any way, shape or form that he did more at Ground Zero or spent more time there than the brave first responders who worked tirelessly around the clock for many months during the rescue and recovery operation,"
-David Bonier, John Edwards campaign manager

Giuliani insinuating that his presence was in any way instrumental (or even necessary) at Ground Zero would be like President Bush saying his flight over a battered New Orleans, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, "Where would they be without me?"

When called on the carpet by his boast, Giuliani attempted to explain himself.

"What I was trying to say yesterday is that I empathize with them because I feel like I have that same risk,"

But even as "Da Mayor" attempted to qualify his statement, he still couldn't help but to make himself the important one on the scene.

"Gosh almighty, I was there often enough, even though they were there, people there more and people there less, but I was there often enough so that every health consequence that people have suffered, I could also be suffering,"-Rudy

Statements such as these are why Rudy's political career was about to end prior to 911. Giuliani's approval rating was in the twenties prior to the terrorist attacks; and he was forced to remove himself from the race for the US Senate (against Hillary Clinton) because of his unpopularity and the way he told his wife that he was leaving her for present wife (number 3) Judith Nathan (Donna, wife number 2 and mother to Rudy's two children, found out by watching the evening news).

Rudy makes it sound as if he were in the middle of the pile moving steel with his own hands. And when his memoirs come out, that's probably just how he'll tell it, too.

In the end, like President Bush, associating himself with terrorism is all Rudy's got. And aside from his attacks against, as he puts it, those "Liberal Democrats", there is nothing there.

-Noah Greenberg

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