A substitute for another guy

Then they came for the legos (via):

First it was The Muppets. Then it was The Lorax. Now, the Fox Business Network has found another children’s movie that is clearly promoting an “anti-business” agenda. Ladies and gentlemen, beware The Lego Movie.

The first thing you need to know, according to Fox Business host Charles Payne, is that the film features a character who is actually named President Business. He’s voiced by Will Ferrell and “looks a little bit like Mitt Romney.”

Romney

The resemblance is uncanny!






102 replies
  1. 1
    Baud says:

    President Business is wearing a red tie and Mitt is wearing a blue tie. Completely different.

  2. 2
    dr. bloor says:

    One of these characters is made of plastic and has no soul.

    The other is a Lego.

  3. 3
    dr. bloor says:

    If you put the inflatable automatic pilot from Airplane between the Lego and Mitt, you’d sort of have a photographic representation of the evolution of the MittBot 2012.

  4. 4
    Baud says:

    47% of parents think they’re entitled to avoid the pain of stepping on a piece of Lego their kid left out on the carpet.

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    brantl says:

    What do you mean looks a little like Mitt Romney, other than the jaundiced yellow pallor, versus the pasty white deadness of the robotic original, it looks JUST LIKE Mitt Romney.

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    Baud says:

    Five to one, President Business finishes in the top three in the 2016 GOP primary.

  7. 7
    Zam says:

    All rich white men look alike.

  8. 8
    IowaOldLady says:

    I say it again: How can The Onion hope to stay in business?

  9. 9
    raven says:

    Substitute your lies for fact
    I can see right through your plastic mac

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    Robert says:

    Sorry, Fox screwed up big this time. The Lego Movie could EASILY have been argued as the most conservative animated feature ever. A group of everyday citizens fight against the forced conformity of one massive company who forces them to believe “everything is awesome” when it’s not. These people team up to create new structures, new tools, and new ideas to revolutionize the world through the magic of entrepreneurial spirit, invention, and capitalism. The Lego Movie goes full Galt to stop an oppressive, almost government-like, regime from controlling all aspects of life and industry. Ayn Rand would write essays about this new proof of how right she was about Objectivism (if she wasn’t long dead after years of sucking on Mama Welfare’s teet).

    You missed out, Fox.

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    Botsplainer says:

    Speaking of animation, this looks like an awesome game – Goat Simulator!

    http://grist.org/list/this-goa.....socialflow

  12. 12
    Zam says:

    @Robert: @Robert: They don’t want that, they want to be persecuted.

  13. 13
    Baud says:

    @Robert:

    How about a spoiler alert next time?!

  14. 14
    debbie says:

    Has Jim Kramer started shrieking about this yet?

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    piratedan says:

    @dr. bloor: @#2 I would be happy to deliver your internets as soon as I bootstrap myself into job creating a new delivery service that eschews the US Postal Service, but the Bank indicated that they’ll have to get back to me on that.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Lego Mitt doesn’t pay any taxes. Real Mitt to meet his accountant.

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    sensesfail says:

    Presumably, this movie is a product of free-market enterprise. Is Fox Business indirectly stating that the “free market” is not always right?

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    Ash Can says:

    the Fox Business Network has found another children’s movie that is clearly promoting an “anti-businessasshole” agenda.

    The Fox Business Network will never run out of targets for its tantrums as long as it continues to ignore the obvious fact that the characters it defends while blubbering about unfair persecution are BAD GUYS. Don’t want to be portrayed as a villain? Don’t fucking be one.

    Oh, and PS: The Lego Movie is da bomb.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    As I said on twitter, it’s more a function of the fact that Mitt Romney is Generic Rich Evil Corporate Guy. It’s why everybody was skeeved out by him in the first place.
    @dr. bloor: You win.

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    LOL:

    Internet pranksters have flooded Yelp with reviews lauding an Enid, Okla., diner as the best gay bar in town. The campaign is designed to taunt the diner’s right-wing owner Gary James, an anti-gay, white supremacist who refuses to serve gays and other minorities.

    James, who has owned and run Gary’s Chicaros for 44 years, told local news channel KFOR-TV: “I think I can spot a freak or a faggot.”

    “I really don’t want gays around,” he added. “Any man that would compromise his own body would compromise anything.”

    In protest, pranksters have left reviews on Yelp describing Gary’s Chicaros as “the best gay bar in Enid.” One review states that Gary plans to host a live viewing of “RuPaul’s Drag Race Season.”

    “Gary himself sports assless chaps, a choker chain and some pink nipple tassels daily,” one reviewer said.

    James, whose business tagline is “where the great whites gather,” sells T-shirts emblazoned with racial and homophobic slurs. In addition to refusing services for gays, James also declines serving African Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, people with disabilities or people on welfare.

    He told local paper the Enid News and Eagle:“If a racist is someone who doesn’t like unproductive trash, then it’s true (that I’m a racist).”

    James is running for election to Enid City Council — a race he expects to win.

    In my dreams he loses his election to a gay black man or woman.

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    Central Planning says:

    So the movie business is against business?

    “Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.”

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    Botsplainer says:

    Nothing I hate more than MIT work habit gurus.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/d.....-obamacare

    “Work is very deep in our identity,” Tom Kochan, professor of work and employment research at MIT. “We want to be productive workers. We want to feel that we are adding value.”

    There are a lot of nuances to these trends. Certain workers, like high-salary white-collar professionals, are more likely to work longer hours than their blue-collar counterparts, 60 hours or more a week, the highest rate in the world. Technology could be a net positive if it gives workers the ability to work around other parts of their lives, Kochan said.

    The highlighted statement is full of shit, whether it came from Kochan or was inartfully strung in by the writer from some research that Kochan pointed out. Those “60 hour” weeks include a metric fuckton of pointless meetings, long lunches around meetings, grabassing, leisure web surfing/shopping, useless business travel and standing around trying to look important.

    If blue collars or white collar support staff fucked around a third of the time that our vaunted high salary white collar professional job creating supermen do, they’d be gone inside a week.

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    PaulW says:

    @dr. bloor:

    One of these characters is made of plastic and has no soul.
    The other is a Lego.

    Dammit. Beat me to it.

    I’ve joked for years that they could make a statue of Mitt out of legos and it still wouldn’t be as plastic as the real thing.

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    RareSanity says:

    The first thing you need to know, according to Fox Business host Charles Payne, is that the film features a character who is actually named President Business. He’s voiced by Will Ferrell and “looks a little bit like Mitt Romney.”

    Actually, the first thing they should have noticed, is that the Lego character voiced by Will Ferrell, looks exactly like the live action character in the movie…played by Will Ferrell.

    @Robert:

    You got that right…that movie was an Ayn Rand lover’s wet dream. However, these idiot glibertarians do not recognize “going Galt” unless it involves rich people benefiting and the plebes suffering. They can’t even fathom it possible any other way.

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    aimai says:

    @Southern Beale: In my dreams he loses to a sane person because everyone else is just sick of his shit.

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    aimai says:

    @Botsplainer: One hundred percent correct. That TPM post was a miracle of obfuscation and weird phrasing. I’d also like to point out that the importance of work to our identities has increased with the decrease of spaces for meaningful interaction in our communities outside of work. Once the Republicans touted “bowling alone” as an example of how fragile our communities are–and mega churches are built out of people’s alienation from other people, creating communities in vast, soulless, suburban hells. Of course people spend long hours at work and obsess about it when they don’t have it–people without families, hobbies, or close religious communities have no other way of meeting and socializing with other human beings except through work.

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    dmsilev says:

    Having seen the movie yesterday (it’s quite good), I can say with some degree of certainty that Lord Business does spend most of the film acting like Mitt Romney would have acted in the same set of situations.

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    Robert says:

    @Baud: For the plot pulled directly from the trailers? Sure. I’m sorry for spoiling the first 15 minutes of a 1 hour 40 minute film. I’m sorry for radically mischaracterizing the plot of a children’s film to mock Fox News’ arbitrary embrace or rejection of pop culture to pursue their own interests. Because, in case you were wondering, that’s not what the film’s actually about, actually focuses on, or was ever intended to be read as.

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    dmsilev says:

    I do think Lord Business has a more believable hairstyle.

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    SRW1 says:

    @dr. bloor:

    The intertubes are all yours for the day, Sir.

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    xjmueller says:

    Both are blockheads.

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    RareSanity says:

    @Baud:

    I took my son and couple of his friends to see the movie this weekend, and I’m making a concerted effort not spoil the plot for those that haven’t seen it.

    That being said, it is one of the best, most overall entertaining movies I have seen in a long time. Spoilers or not, children and adults of all ages will absolutely LOVE this movie! No amount of spoilers could ruin this movie for anyone the grew up with Legos…which means just about everybody in the U.S.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @aimai: In my dreams somebody fi…..

    I better not say it. With my luck it will happen and I’ll get arrested for it.

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    MattF says:

    There are all sorts of important differences between Mitt and a piece of plastic.

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    NonyNony says:

    @RareSanity:

    that movie was a Ayn Rand lover’s wet dream. However, these idiot glibertarians do not recognize “going Galt” unless it involves rich people benefiting and the plebes suffering. They can’t even fathom it possible any other way.

    ARGH! NO!

    Jeebus people – this is just as bad as what Fox Business was doing with the goddamn movie.

    I had a bunch of stuff here that was maybe spoilers, so I took it out. But Jeebus people – latching onto some of the surface crap in the movie and claiming it’s political for one side or the other is kind of ridiculous.

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @Robert: So it’s about the storyboarders’ career move out of Disney, then?

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Southern Beale: How is what he’s doing legal? I thought the Civil Rights Act put an end to racists “declining” to serve Blacks quite some time ago.

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    Ash Can says:

    @PaulW: As the mother of a youngster whose piles of Legos — and various little scenes, gizmos, and deelie-bobs he builds with them — are constantly strewn throughout the house, I can vouch for the fact that Legos have one hell of a lot more personality than Mitt does.

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    Jay in Oregon says:

    @sensesfail:

    Presumably, this movie is a product of free-market enterprise. Is Fox Business indirectly stating that the “free market” is not always right?

    John Rogers beat these “Hollywood is pushing a liberal agenda!” idiots to death with their own shoes almost 10 years ago.

    http://kfmonkey.blogspot.com/2.....nized.html

    http://kfmonkey.blogspot.com/2.....-down.html

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @Southern Beale: It was funny until I ran across the racist pictures somebody uploaded. Apparently Yelp doesn’t have a “report abuse” button where you can at least attempt to get the company’s attention to nuke TOS-violating virulently racist content.

    The liberals were winning the review/comment war, however.

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    Botsplainer says:

    @aimai:

    Of course people spend long hours at work and obsess about it when they don’t have it–people without families, hobbies, or close religious communities have no other way of meeting and socializing with other human beings except through work.

    Several years ago, we were on one of our many steam-letting trips to Key West. We were at the sunset festival on Mallory Square (this was before the major onslaught of the floating norovirus incubators from the cruise industry there.

    It was a glorious April afternoon. The street artists and vendors were there, sailboats running between the square and Sunset Key, all was right with the world. I hear a voice going loud in consternation, and it’s a white guy in slacks and a button shirt yammering into a cellphone about some deal, looking away from the water.

    I had to restrain the urge to rip it from his hands in order to smash it.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Disagree. It’s not lifelike.

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    Botsplainer says:

    @Ash Can:

    As the mother of a youngster whose piles of Legos — and various little scenes, gizmos, and deelie-bobs he builds with them — are constantly strewn throughout the house, I can vouch for the fact that Legos have one hell of a lot more personality than Mitt does.

    I can’t say that I miss the Legos. Cutting my feet on those little fuckers at night ain’t fun.

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @Botsplainer: Most blue collar workers I know work insane hours. Maybe they are failing to count “second job” “third job” although in my profession it’s overtime pay in the primary job, not that some of them don’t have a second job too.

    And you are dead on about fuck off time. When I moved from white collar to blue collar that kind of stuff pissed me right the hell off. You barely get to go to the fucking bathroom in the job I have now and we’ve been on a decade-long speed-up. When I worked white collar I knew people who gossiped half the day and the other half sat at their desk and got nothing accomplished. I had a challenging major in college and was used to hitting the books pretty hard and was pretty weirded out.

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    Ash Can says:

    @NonyNony: Also, this.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Baud:

    Five to one, President Business finishes in the top three in the 2016 GOP primary.

    Hmmm. He believes in a strong-border immigration policy, so that’s definitely a plus. Certainly is in favor of unfettered corporate activity, so that’s good. I don’t believe his stands on social issues, especially abortion, are known. For that matter, it’s unclear what (if any) religion he follows (besides self-worship, of course). That might be a problem in the Bible Belt states.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Botsplainer: One word: slippers. :)

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @RareSanity:

    Actually, the first thing they should have noticed, is that the Lego character voiced by Will Ferrell, looks exactly like the live action character in the movie…played by Will Ferrell.

    Most of the discussion of this is, I suspect, coming from people who haven’t actually seen the movie, and in particular the last 30 minutes of the movie, when it takes a turn that illuminates much of what has been going on.

    The satire starts out in some ways similar to WALL-E, minus the environmental angle: Lord Business is a businessman who runs a company that produces every product in the world (“Octan”, which in the Lego world is usually depicted as an oil company; there may actually be some faint tweaking of Lego here, since in fact Lego’s logo is on everything and they’re all made of petroleum products). But he’s also the President of the World and has completely captured the government, so he’s kind of like the Fred Willard character at Buy ‘N Large.

    But all that is laid out in the first few minutes of the film. Lord Business’s plan isn’t even motivated by greed, it’s something else. What it all actually means, which is not a political satire at all, comes later.

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    RareSanity says:

    @NonyNony:

    I think that the movie can be interpreted through many perspectives, just like any other artistic expression…there’s no one right answer.

    I think what you expressed is an accurate description of the overall theme of the movie…the “message” so to speak. However, there are lots of ways that almost any well written movie can be analyzed to find other sub-plots or themes. Some may be intended, some unintended. Some could make sense when presented, some could seem utterly ridiculous.

    That is what makes these things good. They cause people to think, discuss, and debate their own interpretations.

    You bring up The Matrix…there are STILL countless debates going on about several elements of that movie, and the trilogy in general (please save the “there was no Matrix Trilogy” jokes). It is a good thing if something is written so well, that there are different interpretations with actual merit.

    I say that there was a sub-plot of workers taking the methods that business commonly use to neuter them in the workplace, and instead implementing them for their own benefit. That interpretation is perfectly consistent with yours, however comes from a different perspective…there is no one right answer.

    …and this is coming from an engineer, our whole world revolves around there being one right answer.

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    raven says:

    @RareSanity: And a hell of an engineer!

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    Strange that the American public is starting to hate corporations and view them as evil. I wonder why that would be?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Botsplainer: Don’t worry, they return with the grandchildren. They did to me just yesterday.

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @Patricia Kayden: The enforcement measure is that somebody has to sue. It’s not like you call it into EEOC and they send the Army National Guard to occupy the joint and make sure everyone gets served.

    One of the reasons that the RW attacks lawyers and judges all the time.

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    boatboy_srq says:

    @dr. bloor: WIN.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Botsplainer: Some of the white-collar workers who work insane hours really are being driven to self-destruction. Low-ranking IT workers are often driven around the clock, denied holidays and weekends, woken up at random hours during their sleep time every other night, scheduled for meetings at 3 AM when they’re on the day shift and similar fun; they’re the medical residents of the tech world.

    But they’re not the people on top, and they’re not doing it voluntarily.

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    NonyNony says:

    @RareSanity:

    However, there are lots of ways that almost any well written movie can be analyzed to find other sub-plots or themes. Some may be intended, some unintended. Some could make sense when presented, some could seem utterly ridiculous.

    Sure. But I think that to reduce the movie down to a narrow-minded bit of propaganda for one side or another is ridiculous. For a kid’s movie, the Lego Movie had a surprisingly nuanced worldview about it, and to see it reduced down to either “it’s a movie about how corporations are evil” or “it’s a movie about libertarian utopian ideals” miss the mark widely IMO. So widely that I can only wonder if people who say them and HAVE watched the movie are the kind of people who only view the world through political spectacles. You can make an argument that those elements are part of the package, but only because it’s very broadly a kids’ movie about individuality, sharing, teamwork, creativity, following rules, and the tension that exists among all of these different things. It doesn’t try to provide any firm answers to any of these things except “don’t be afraid of change”, which I suppose in 21st century America might count as political but damn.

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    RareSanity says:

    @raven:

    LOL

    Now that’s how I like to start off a Monday…

    @Matt McIrvin:

    You’re correct. The complete lack of any political message in the movie is really what puts the cherry on top of the Fox ridiculous sundae. I don’t think anyone that actually saw the movie would have thought that character represented any kind of stand-in for Mittens.

    It took this post for me to even go back and try to recall if I saw anything I could interpret as even vaguely political, because there was definitely nothing overt.

    Looking back, I can see things that I can interpret as some kind of social commentary, but it definitely didn’t strike me as that while I was watching the movie.

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    Bruce K says:

    Fer cryin’ out loud. These are the same bunch of beeps who declared cultural war on the Muppets.

    The Muppets, guys.

    People of my generation and general temperament don’t have many sacred cows, but attacking the Muppets is pretty high on the “never forget, never forgive” list.

    (Oh, and Fox Business News has now accomplished something that Warner Brothers’ marketing couldn’t: convincing me to go see if The Lego Movie is playing in my neighborhood.)

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    slippytoad says:

    @Botsplainer:

    The highlighted statement is full of shit, whether it came from Kochan or was inartfully strung in by the writer from some research that Kochan pointed out. Those “60 hour” weeks include a metric fuckton of pointless meetings

    Having been a corporate manager, yes, I’d say a good 70% of the day is a total waste of time. The 20% of us who get it all done have to spend 80% of our time keeping the 5% of prima donnas who do nothing but get in the way from wrecking our place of business.

    @Frankensteinbeck:

    Gosh, I guess eventually even the American people notice they’re getting horse-fucked.

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    RareSanity says:

    @NonyNony:

    Well I did say that I thought it was a sub-plot. I can’t speak to whether or not @Robert thought it was the theme of the entire movie. Although, I suspect he has not seen it yet.

    I agree with everything you’ve said…again, it was an extremely well written movie with levels of depth you don’t normally see in a “kid’s” movie. And it managed to do with also be extremely funny and engaging…really great movie.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Bruce K: Go see it. You’ll be glad you did.

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    rikyrah says:

    Republicans Get Ready to Cave on the Debt Ceiling, Again

    Thursday, February 06, 2014 | Posted by Spandan Chakrabarti at 1:43 PM

    Part of the reason I have been relatively nonchalant on the Republican dog-and-pony show and threats to want to extract concessions from the president in order to raise the debt ceiling is that I have been convinced for some time that for Republicans, that dog simply won’t hunt. This has become a sad, broken, predictable record now: the debt ceiling gets close, Republicans swoon over themselves with promises to extract concessions from Democrats and the president just to pay America’s bills that Congress has already authorized, then let it be raised without those concessions anyway. And then in a few month’s time, they repeat and promise it’ll be different this time, and then back off again.

    That is what is happening right now. Tomorrow, the Congress-enacted suspension of the borrowing limit expires, and the Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says that extraordinary measures to keep the government from running out of money will last only until the end of this month. After toying once again with demanding the suspension of the Affordable Care Act and/or approving the Keystone XL pipeline, the House Republican leadership is inching ever closer to the white flag.

    Lacking support, top Republicans dropped efforts to link a debt-ceiling boost to a measure revoking an Obamacare insurance provision, said two party leadership aides who sought anonymity yesterday to discuss private talks. A proposal to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline also was abandoned even though it’s popular among Republicans, the aides said.

    “We’re still looking for the pieces to this puzzle,” House Speaker John Boehner said today, joking that he’d have trouble finding enough Republican votes for a debt ceiling increase even if sainthood for Mother Teresa were attached.

    Then, Boehner said the magic words: “We need Democratic support in order to pass it.” Though technically Boehner was speaking about some sort of a Republican plan that offers the GOP concessions, the very admission for the need of Democratic support may as well be equivalent to waving that white flag. This is not an issue Democrats in Congress will compromise with the Republicans on, and least of all the president. There is no chance that Boehner will get support from the Democrats in Congress or the president in the Republican attempt to take hostages over the debt ceiling, and he knows that. The open plea for Democratic help, therefore, is in truth surrender.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/.....-debt.html

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    Chickamin Slam says:

    Fox News: (The short of it) “Leave Mitt Romney alone!”

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    Tone In DC says:

    @Southern Beale:

    James, whose business tagline is “where the great whites gather,” sells T-shirts emblazoned with racial and homophobic slurs. In addition to refusing services for gays, James also declines serving African Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, people with disabilities or people on welfare.

    He told local paper the Enid News and Eagle:“If a racist is someone who doesn’t like unproductive trash, then it’s true (that I’m a racist).”

    James is running for election to Enid City Council — a race he expects to win.

    An idiot like this may end up that council? Calling that FUBAR doesn’t do the situation justice. This bastard makes David Duke look like a moderate.

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    I’ve got three words for anyone upset that President Business is mocking Mitt Romney: Witch Doctor Obama.

    Well, three more, but this is a thread about a family movie.

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    Botsplainer says:

    @Another Holocene Human:

    Most blue collar workers I know work insane hours. Maybe they are failing to count “second job” “third job” although in my profession it’s overtime pay in the primary job, not that some of them don’t have a second job too.

    And you are dead on about fuck off time. When I moved from white collar to blue collar that kind of stuff pissed me right the hell off. You barely get to go to the fucking bathroom in the job I have now and we’ve been on a decade-long speed-up. When I worked white collar I knew people who gossiped half the day and the other half sat at their desk and got nothing accomplished. I had a challenging major in college and was used to hitting the books pretty hard and was pretty weirded out.

    I keep wondering what qualifies someone to be an MIT work expert. A degree in Robotics? A chair endowed by the Koch Bros.?

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    Ash Can says:

    @rikyrah:

    The open plea for Democratic help, therefore, is in truth surrender.

    This is interesting in more ways than one. During the last government shutdown, everything could have been solved on the spot if Boehner had told the Teahadis to go to hell and had turned to the Dems for help. He didn’t, because he was too terrified of the prospect of losing the speaker’s gavel. Maybe someone far more powerful than he is has convinced him that there are worse things in life than losing the speakership, and that if he continued to fuck around he’d find out what they were.

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    kc says:

    @Botsplainer:

    Why do people who spend their work days fucking off on the Internet and “grab assing” need to let off steam?

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Tone In DC: well, since he’s about to become a national topic, I’m going to guess he’ll be hailed as “honestly refreshing in his candor” and his “take no prisoners, shoot from the hip” style will be hailed.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Botsplainer:

    And, as Tom Levenson pointed out last night, those 60-hour weeks are also the result of job insecurity, in which the white-collar drones can’t say no to the Man for fear of losing their tenuous employment.

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    Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937 says:

    I wonder if Fox Business is paid to bad mouth movies because now I want to see it.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Robert:

    Think you might need to recalibrate your snark meter. I.e., I believe Baud was making a joke.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Southern Beale:

    In addition to refusing services for gays, James also declines serving African Americans, Hispanics

    How has this business not been shut down?

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    How is what he’s doing legal? I thought the Civil Rights Act put an end to racists “declining” to serve Blacks quite some time ago.

    It’s not, and it did.

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    Manyakitty says:

    This is my friend’s husband. He’s gone viral.

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    @Matt McIrvin: Bingo. Those 22-32 hour ‘days’ I pulled, the 100 hour work weeks? Those were not voluntary. Those were expected if I wanted to maintain employment with the company. And no overtime pay, I was exempt.

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    Manyakitty says:

    In case my comment got moderated because of the stupid link I tried to incorporate, here’s a better one: http://imgur.com/8JmEJEN

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Another Holocene Human:

    It’s not like you call it into EEOC and they send the Army National Guard to occupy the joint and make sure everyone gets served.

    No, but you can call this guy. And he knows a few federal marshals.

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @kc: It’s called “behavioral disinhibition”. Aka “louts”.

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    chopper says:

    @RareSanity:

    I took my 5 year old to see it the other day. It was awesome, even if it gave me ADD.

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    kindness says:

    Does President Business spend half his time shitting over 47% of the American people? If so, well then the reichtwingnutz may indeed have a point.

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    chopper says:

    @Matt McIrvin:

    exactly. these guys are pissed over the trailer, not the film. if they watched the film all the way through they’d realize they’re being idiots.

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    Richard Grant says:

    If Mitt Romney were a Lego figure, he would have built it himself.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @MattF: Name one, just one.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Manyakitty: Is that ever cute!

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Manyakitty: That’s very cool. I hope it gets lots of action (not intended).

    I confess I was originally alarmed that your comment followed the post above it. But that’s because it’s Monday, not that I actually believed anyone here would have a friend married to a racist douchecanoe.

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    flukebucket says:

    @Botsplainer:

    If blue collars or white collar support staff fucked around a third of the time that our vaunted high salary white collar professional job creating supermen do, they’d be gone inside a week.

    Obviously you are not aware of the incredible stress there can be in making an AM tee time followed by a two hour martini lunch and then another PM tee time. Fucking brutal.

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    Ruckus says:

    @MattF:
    The plastic is recyclable.
    The plastic is useable
    The plastic has more morals
    The plastic doesn’t lie
    The plastic looks more alive

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @RareSanity:

    People on the left did the same thing with The Incredibles, declaring it showed an Ayn Rand paradise despite the fact that the underlying theme was “No man is an island,” a very un-Randian idea.

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    Ruckus says:

    @chopper:
    If they could realize that they were idiots, they wouldn’t be the idiots they are.

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    Manyakitty says:

    @Ash Can: @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): Ha! I know, right? Thanks for the vote of confidence, Bella! In fact, I have some friends who made some questionable romantic choices (who hasn’t?) but overall, they’re a solid bunch. Still, it’s so funny to see a person I know show up in unexpected places.

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    JustRuss says:

    In fairness to Payne, if Romney had been elected president, it would be worth whatever Saturday Night Live would have pay to re-hire Ferrell to portray him…..so, half true!

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    NickM says:

    @Mnemosyne: At the risk of being tendentious, The Incredibles actually did have some pretty right-wing elements. The super-people being kept from greatness because of others’ jealousy and also because of frivolous lawsuits (and the government being the enforcer of those limits), the idea that in society, a recognition that “everyone is special” actually means the truly exceptional don’t get what they deserve — these things seemed to me to be pretty overtly political and laid on pretty thick, and I’m not usually sniffing around for that when I watch children’s movies. The tiny little Ayn Rand mentor character, though, clinched it for me — there were clear political messages there. Although I disagree with the politics, my kids like the movie and I mostly do too because it was entertaining in spite of the politics. But there’s politics there, for sure.

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    dww44 says:

    @Robert: Well, it isn’t just Fox,

    We had CNBC on during the noon hour ( tis Hubby’s hobby in his retirement) and they had a brief segment about the movie and this one guy, who claimed not to be at all political went on and on about how the movie glamorizes the 99% and promotes labor and unions at the expense of business owners, etc. NO one, and there were 3 or 4 others around him, including the host, even voiced a counter opinion or comment. This being the business channel, guess they couldn’t afford to show any spine that might have proffered an alternative view.

    T’is what you get when most forms broadcast media are for profit and the only not for profit one is constantly being undermined and defunded by Congress.

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    kathleen says:

    Actually, Mitt Romney looks like a Lego figure. Moves like one too. If he actually is one it would explain a lot.

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    Jebediah, RBG says:

    @Frankensteinbeck:

    Strange that the American public is starting to hate corporations and view them as evil. I wonder why that would be?

    Must just be jealousy.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    I saw the movie yesterday with the grandkids, and every time Bad Cop was on the screen he had the Cheney sneer down pat. It was uncanny.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @NickM:

    The tiny little Ayn Rand mentor character, though, clinched it for me — there were clear political messages there.

    I’m pretty sure Edna Mode was supposed to think she’s Edith Head.

    The quasi-Randian stuff going on in The Incredibles bothered me more on subsequent viewings years later than it did the first time, when I took it mostly as an action comedy about family dynamics revolving around a suburban dad’s midlife crisis. There are some messages in there that don’t quite mesh with the hyper-individualism, though: Bob gets in trouble with the boss because he keeps looking out for the little people instead of the shareholders, and while he initially insists on working alone, ultimately he can’t beat Syndrome without help from his family and his best friend.

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    Lex says:

    I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I won’t comment directly on it. But what Fox SHOULD be talking about, if it wants to promote business and free enterprise, is the way that the Lego product and brand have evolved and been repurposed, reaching markets that were not dreamed of only 10 or 15 years ago. Seriously. If the company isn’t a mandatory case study in business schools, it soon will be.

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