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seatackled 1
And Senator Rubio is paying for the airlift and medical costs through private insurance, right? Right?
Posted by seatackled on October 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM · Report this
Cracker Jack 2
Why make a bipedal robot? Isn't that like the least efficient design (as far as needing to use additional sensor and processing resources to deal with balance and fall recovery)?
Posted by Cracker Jack on October 28, 2012 at 9:30 AM · Report this
Vancouverite 3
@2 so they can use their hands to shoot people [*sarcasm*]. But, if you look at some of the other DARPA projects there are four-legged ones too. DARPA must be a pretty cool place to work sometimes.
Posted by Vancouverite on October 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM · Report this
Chef Thunder 4
@2 because the real money is in sexbots
Posted by Chef Thunder on October 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 5
So racism has increased or people are more willing to admit it. I bet it's the same for sexism and homophobia. Republicans have been promoting all three.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 28, 2012 at 10:05 AM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 6
1) the Right wing media has successfully characterized Obama as "the Black President". One could argue this to be technically correct, "the" implying that there has only been one, and he being the only President thus far who is undeniably Black. This will change after another Black person is elected to the Presidency. However, it also implies that he is President only of Black America. That is he not the President of White America. Most of the challenges to his legitimacy as President have been based in this implicit belief; the birther phenomenon, for example, implies that he cannot be an American because he is Black, since Black people are not seen as being as American as White Americans.The frequent assertions that he is Muslim, since the Right wants to portray America as a christian and even christian dominionist state-a Muslim therefore co8uld not possibly be legitimate as President of such a country.

2) People tend to blame all the country's woes on the President of the time, whether these problems result from the President's actions or not. Part of the justification for expanding executive power and privilege has been based in Presidential hagiography. The near mythic portrayals of past Presidents, with gigantic statues and memorials and museums housing their personal affects (this pen was used by George Washington! And look! this piece of toilet paper was used to wipe Thomas Jefferson's ass!) , stories about them throwing silver dollars across the Potomac and being incapable of dishonesty, we've made it seem as if the President is something more than human, something slightly less than God. So when the reality hits us that Presidents cannot control everything, we blame them, attack them-how dare you not be the perfect being we elected you to be? Its also why we care so much about their personal scandals. Bill Clinton violated the holy office of the Presidency because he did something very human, something un-divine.

3) If Obama is "The Black President", and he is less than perfect, the further implication is that the reason why he is less than perfect is because he is Black. Since all Presidents are supposed to be perfect, Obama is seen as being less than he ought to be. If the condition of being Black makes you less than you ought to be, then we see transference of the nation's angst over the economy and the drought and war and terrorism and everything else being made to project upon Blacks as a whole. This kind of scapegoating is not uncommon, but it is extremely dangerous-we could easily slide down the path to genocide just as Rwanda and Yugoslavia and many other nations have done when they wound up placing all blame for national woes at the feet of an entire ethnic grouping. Imagine if Fox News started referring to Blacks as "cockroaches" the way the RTLM referred to Tutsis.
More...
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on October 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM · Report this
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@5
I'd say a bit of both.
Times are difficult for many people.
And there's Fox News running dog whistles telling you exactly who is to blame for the problems.
And giving prime air time to anyone who has some racist/bigot opinion (birthers and such).
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on October 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM · Report this
JonnoN 8
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/27…

Des Moines Register endorses Rmoney, thinks he will "implode the partisan gridlock". LOL
Posted by JonnoN http://www.backnine.org/ on October 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 9
The lack of patriotism is worse than racism in America today, and the Obama regime and State-Infatuated (can't really say State-Run) media is deflecting attention to that red herring of racism while the regime prepares to destroy democratic principles should it win a second term.
As long as the President insists on lying to the American people about what happened in Benghazi that killed four patriots including the US Ambassador (even after
liberals like Jon Stuart and Joy Bahar pressed him for answers) anyone who votes for the Regime cannot be considered a patriot.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on October 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 10
@9 Anything is better than a 1% racist, homophobe cultist coward.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 28, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
NotSean 11
@9 sometimes, you're funny, and sometimes, you're f'ing pathetic.

Please, as if ANY administration wouldn't try to downplay their failures. Ask Ms. Condy Rice.

Benghazi is small potatos. Obama handled it as well as anyone could. Shit happens.

911 much?
Posted by NotSean on October 28, 2012 at 11:40 AM · Report this
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@9
"The lack of patriotism is worse than racism in America today, ..."

But you defend racists and bigots and you have not yet been able to articulate any reason that anyone should vote for Romney beyond "he is not Obama".
So your fact-free opinion is nothing more than your fact-free opinion.

And don't use words you don't understand like "patriot".
Otherwise you are claiming that ever American on active duty or veteran who is voting for Obama is less of a patriot than anyone who has never served a day in their life.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on October 28, 2012 at 11:40 AM · Report this
zombie eyes 13
The reporting on the Madonna concert is interesting. The headlines everywhere say she was booed. But empirical logic & demographics would suggest that there must've been Obama supporters at the concert too. There is a high probability that these individuals cheered. So shouldn't the headline read, "Madonna Booed and Cheered, blah, blah, blah"? Don't get me wrong, I didn't vote for the droner.
Posted by zombie eyes on October 28, 2012 at 11:40 AM · Report this
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I for one cannot wait for our new cylon overlords to take over. By your command.
Posted by montex on October 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 15
@9, while I disagree with almost everything you say, I rarely mention it because this is supposed to be a free country where we are free to hold whatever opinions we like and express them freely. That whole First Amendment thing.

But you cross a line when you accuse anyone who disagrees with you as being unpatriotic. In fact, the free expression of dissenting views is one of the cornerstones of a free country. Accusing dissenters of being unpatriotic was one of the McCarthy's favorite tactics. Congratulations for trying to drag us back to the 1950s.

It is my patriotic duty to vote for whoever the hell I want. That is how democracy works.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on October 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
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@9, Chicken hawks aren't patriots, they are demagogues. Your calling racism a red herring is despicable.
Posted by anon1256 on October 28, 2012 at 11:55 AM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 18
@16: No. Racism is on the wane in America despite how much team Obama wants to keep it alive as to keep liberal white guilt percolating for more votes. I'm not a racist or a bigot in any way, despite what @12 says, he just keeps saying that because I've gotten the better of his arguments and everybody knows it.

Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on October 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM · Report this
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"One year after passage of the "free trade" agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama, the latest trade data show U.S. exports to Korea have declined and imports from Korea and Colombia have surged -- adding to the job-killing U.S. trade deficit. And, already this year 35 Colombian unionists have been assassinated -- more than last year's horrifying total of 29. "
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lori-walla…
Posted by anon1256 on October 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM · Report this
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@18
"I'm not a racist or a bigot in any way, ..."

You just defend racists and bigots.

"Racism is on the wane in America despite how much team Obama wants to keep it alive as to keep liberal white guilt percolating for more votes."

That doesn't even make any sense.
You are claiming that a racist will feel guilty about being a racist and will vote for Obama because of it?
No. Most racists do NOT think of themselves as racists.
In fact, most of them will DENY that they are racists.
Most racists will refer to themselves as "realists" if anything.

And, again, someone serving on active duty in our military who is voting for Obama would be a "patriot" despite your claims that he (or she) would not be.
But then, you defend racists and bigots because that is all you have in your life.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on October 28, 2012 at 12:11 PM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 21
@15: You're right Reverse Polarity. Mea culpa.

I must admit that was over the top. Patriotism should never be equated with being exclusive to any political party or candidate.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on October 28, 2012 at 12:12 PM · Report this
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Yeah, but will that DARPA bot stand up to the Zombie Invasion?

http://news.yahoo.com/marines-police-pre…

"..black president" How about half-black president? And any mentally-enabled working class guy will vote for Dr. Jill Stein, because you wussies who are forever grabbing your genitals and whining, "Supreme Court, Supreme Court" would do well to try and use what few neurons (and spine) you possess to understand that after that pathetic Citizens United decision by SCOTUS, the most anti-democracy, anti-worker, anti-human rights decision, the ONLY response to the US Crime Court is to dissolve it, and institute a non-criminal, non 100% corrupt national court.

Effing bunch of weenies........
Posted by sgt_doom on October 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM · Report this
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corrected....
Posted by sgt_doom on October 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM · Report this
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Responding to a sign-on like "gaytard for Romney" is like responding to Fox's Steve Douchey --- utterly idiotically insane.

Nice comment @19, anon1256 ...explains everything, or at least it should, unless someone reading it is a complete douchetard.
Posted by sgt_doom on October 28, 2012 at 12:42 PM · Report this
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Oh wow, those golf cart accidents can be mighty wicked (just being sarcastic, I've never ridden in one so have absolutely no idea....).

http://paritynews.com/science/item/455-r…
Posted by sgt_doom on October 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM · Report this
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@9 - your comment is pretty pathetic given that you support a party who puts their party loyalty over country. The GOP would rather the country fail than let Obama-supported legislation pass that would help the country. Look at how they block votes for federal judges, etc. Arizona has been in a world of hurt because of its lack of federal judges - including the judge who was killed in the Giffords shooting spree - and all the GOP did was block any appointments, even those who the GOP in AZ supported. Why? Simply because they can't let a black man - and a Democrat - succeed. Oh - and putting a bigger flag pin on your lapel doesn't mean you are more patriotic.
Posted by StuckInUtah on October 28, 2012 at 1:24 PM · Report this
Fnarf 27
"The last refuge of a scoundrel."
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on October 28, 2012 at 3:06 PM · Report this
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FWIW, the survey commissioned by AP ain't worth much as surveys go. (If you are interested in tracking racial attitudes in America, ignore this and go with Pew.)

Among other red flags:
1) The questions used in 2008, 2010, and 2012 surveys vary markedly.
2) The 2012 top-line MoE's are horribly misstated.
3) Some of the compiled results on individual questions are badly garbled.
4) Respondents must slog through page after page of political Q's before reaching the racial attitude Q's (which induces powerful framing and other biasing effects); 2008 and 2012 surveys were conducted during election contests that were different but both highly charged.
5) The more subtle elicitors of racial attitudes were not included in 2012.
6) The methodology would tend to mark respondents as prejudiced if they believe race relations have improved in the past 4 years.

Can't speak for how well the sample represents the population, or how similar the 2008 and 2012 samples were, but considering the very small magnitude of the detected effect versus known unknowns, biases, and other defects in survey treatment ... you'd be wise not to get your panties in a knot over this published result.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on October 28, 2012 at 4:38 PM · Report this
rob! 29
Buffoon/poltroon/maroon alert @9.

I couldn't possibly add to the excellent ripostes of @10, 11, 12, 15, 17, & 26.

You've had your ass handed to you in a firkin—9 imperial gallons, GDfR @9, so it should fit perfectly.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on October 28, 2012 at 6:27 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 30
@9 - would you support Obama if he decided to start a war with Syria and promised he'd balance the budget by increasing the military budget and giving rich people a tax cut?

Also, fuck you disgraceful maggot.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on October 28, 2012 at 6:37 PM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 31
@30: No. Next question?
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on October 28, 2012 at 7:40 PM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 32
@30 - I know you're mad at me hon, and have probably had a few cocktails, but to toss together a couple of non sequiturs out of the air for haphazard volley is kind of lame. You risk embarrassing yourself.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on October 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM · Report this
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@32
Strange how your usage of "everyone" in your previous comment does not seem to match the actual postings here.
It appears that everyone here is telling you what an idiot you are.
But then, you do defend racists and bigots.

Have you gotten enough anonymous internet abuse yet?
You are aware that most people prefer to spend time with their friends instead of actively seeking anonymous abuse, right?
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on October 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 34
@31 - That's odd, that seems to be the reason you're supporting Rmoney. Irrational hatred for Obama then, perhaps?

@32 - Don't flatter yourself.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on October 28, 2012 at 11:51 PM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 35
@34: Then, if that's the case then nearly 1/2 of America has an irrational hatred of Obama. Being partisan notwithstanding, that's a pretty myopic view of politics.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on October 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 36
@34 - Yes, there's a segment of the country that is voting for Romney because they want him to go to war with Syria and they want him to both give more money to the military and give rich people tax cuts.

Many of those people also support taking hard-won rights away via a Federal Marriage Amendment, but we've already established you'd rather have a President who does fundraisers in Israel than rights for you or any other gay dudes.

Then there are those like you who have an irrational hatred of Obama, where even if he did what you wanted him to, you still wouldn't vote for him. Some of those people are racists, others are like you and have created a poor persecuted republican perpetual victim narrative. This presents itself in a number of ways, such as paranoid outbursts claiming that the party opposing yours can't be patriotic (and thereby implying that they must be traitors).

There's also the matter of you being a loathsome maggot, but I haven't determined if that's a symptom, catalyst, or root cause. Why do you think you're a maggot?
Posted by Pridge Wessea on October 29, 2012 at 1:42 AM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 37
Er, that should be directed to the maggot @35 rather than myself.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on October 29, 2012 at 1:44 AM · Report this
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@35
"Then, if that's the case then nearly 1/2 of America has an irrational hatred of Obama."

You do realize that you are extrapolating millions of cases from a single example, right? Do you?
But then you defend racists and bigots so I'm not surprised that basic logic is beyond you.

Weren't you the one defending Trump when he claimed to have "investigators" in Hawaii looking into Obama's birth certificate and talking about how people "would not believe" what those investigators had found?
Yes, that was you.
So, what did he finally show that his people had found?
Nothing.

So now you're back here looking for abuse from strangers on the internet.
Because that is the high point of your day.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on October 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 39
@38: Do you really think that I'm being abused? I'm having a wonderful time trolling Slog. You're the one that sounds miserable.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on October 29, 2012 at 1:29 PM · Report this
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@39
"Do you really think that I'm being abused?"

I think that you come here because being called an idiot by strangers on the internet is better than anything else you have in your life.
Other people here have family and friends that they like spending time with.
But you're here because being called an idiot by strangers on the internet is better than anything else you have in your life.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on October 29, 2012 at 2:18 PM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 41
@40: Okay Dr. Freud, be my guest. I can only laugh!
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on October 29, 2012 at 2:37 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 42
@42 - You are dangerously imbalanced and symbolize your fearless leader impeccably.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on October 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 43
@42: Indeed.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on October 29, 2012 at 3:38 PM · Report this
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@40
"Okay Dr. Freud, be my guest. I can only laugh!"

Go ahead and laugh.
All you are doing is supporting my position.
You don't understand that, do you?

Where are the people here who support your claims?
But instead of spending time with people who like you, you spend time here being told by strangers on the internet that you're an idiot for defending racists and bigots.
Because that is the best thing you have in your life.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on October 29, 2012 at 5:13 PM · Report this
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Okay, at 39, GDFR admitted to trolling us all. Can we now stop replying to him?
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