Farewell of the Day

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In case anyone still cares about U.S. politics, Texas' longtime legislator and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul gave his farewell speech to Congress yesterday, as he prepares for retirement at the end of this year. Having spent 23 years of his life on the floor of the House of Representatives, the congressman had quite a bit of things to say and questions to raise (and rightfully so!) during his 48-minute long speech, the highlights of which have been summarized into a list article by The Atlantic. Some of the memorable questions included:

  • Why is the TSA permitted to abuse the rights of any American traveling by air?
  • Why haven't we given up on the drug war since it's an obvious failure and violates the people's rights?
  • Why does changing the party in power never change policy?
  • Why do so many in the government and the federal officials believe that creating money out of thin air creates wealth?
  • Why should anyone be surprised that Congress has no credibility, since there's such a disconnect between what politicians say and what they do?



Farewell of the Day is a feature series that serves as the sad news bearer of notable departures, disappearances and deaths.

Mic Check, Mic Check of the Day

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The YouTube band Schmoyoho wasted no time in creating this musical dub edition of Mitt Romney's concession speech from last night.

Mitt Romney's Hypocritical Words of the Day

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Mitt Romney's Hypocritical Words of the Day
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Yesterday, Mitt Romney spoke at the Christian college, Liberty University, where he tried breaking through his Mormon image to become the Evangelical Christian candidate to beat. Pandering to the crowd, he made a couple interesting statements about gay marriage and the state of Christian values in America. To wit:

Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman.

But in the same speech, Romney also said:

Whether the cause is justice for the persecuted, compassion for the needy and the sick, or mercy for the child waiting to be born, there is no greater force for good in the nation than Christian conscience in action.

Of course the "persecuted" in question, sadly, does not include same-sex couples who were denied legal unions in North Carolina, but rather the downtrodden wealthy white males who bully and assault gay teens.

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