Today’s What the WTF Moments

Today’s What the WTF Moments February 16, 2012

Today, we have a twofer!

First, there is Dogs Against Romney, whose compelling slogans (“Mitt is Mean”, “Never Forget Crate-Gate”, “Get ‘Ruff’ with Romney”) alert us to the fact that once, when he went on vacation sometime back in the 80s, he put his family dog in a pet carrier and strapped it to the roof of his car. That’s it. That’s all.

Some people need to cut back on the caffeine.

Second, we have had a complete game changer in the Santorum campaign which will drive all rational people to throw their vote to him. I speak, of course, of the endorsement of Santorum by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine.

I find myself jolted out of my liberal secret-Obama-supporter torpor by this impressive coup. What was I thinking? Santorum for President! Santorum for King! Santorum for Pope!

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  • victor

    “Poor little guy. Probably kept up with you for a mile or so.”

    And maybe NOW people will stop referring to Santorum as a “Puritan”. Would a Puritan be endorsed by Megadeth? I don’t think so!

    • kenneth

      Dave Mustaine isn’t going to get me there. If Rob Halford AND Angus Young endorse Santorum, I might be persuaded to give him another look!

      • Timbot2000

        I need to hear Lemmy’s endorsement! 🙂

        • Timbot2000

          Anyway, Snoop Dogg endorsed Ron Paul LOLZ!!!

          • kenneth

            If Ron does so much as one photo op and speech wearing one of Snoop’s electric blue suits and jewel-encrusted cane, I’ll vote for him, policy considerations be damned! 🙂

  • I hesitate to gainsay the esteemed frontman of Megadeth, who brought us such classics as “Holy Wars” and “Peace Sells, But Who’s Buying” and “Killing is my Business”….hey, wait a minute….I think I’m starting to understand this endorsement!!

    Seriously, I came across this post today, which explained some of the problems with Santorum very well:
    http://blog.catholicmumma.net/2012/02/13/if-i-told-you-a-guest-post/comment-page-1/

  • Tam

    I had to look up the word “torpor” and I think I’ve found help for you, Mark!

    What $40 means to you…you know, the big $40 Obama will put in your pocket after he takes $1,000 out! ; )

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiCaKTXNkt0

    • Mark Shea

      Just so you know, I’m speaking tongue in cheek. I don’t support Obama.

      • Tam

        *whew!* ; )

        (I tried to leave only the above comment and got a notice that my comment was too short!

        so *singing* lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalaala!!

  • Rachel

    Sad :(. I’m so disappointed in you David.

  • Anyway, he already withdrew his endorsement. I guess we’re free to think for ourselves again.

  • Mark, you’re right that we’ve collectively lost sight about what should be the most important qualities in our elected representatives? (the movie Idiocracy almost seems prophetic). I present Edmund Burke’s speech to the electors of Bristol as an alternative view.

  • kenneth

    Never discount the Angry Pet political bloc! My goldfish Gustav has kept meticulous notes of every time over the years his dinner has been so much as 15 minutes late in coming. If I ever ran for office, he’d hire Karl Rove and do such a hit job on me that my own mother wouldn’t give me the vote!

  • Well actually dave Mustaine did not endorse Rick Santorum as he makes clear on his Facebook page today, though he certainly likes him.

    As a longtime Megadeth fan myself I was delighted some years ago to his conversion to some form of Christianity. Their album “United Abominations” has a view of the United Nations quite at odds with liberals though with what could easily be called a neo-conservative view that is really not to my liking. But if I had to fully agree with the political philosophy of bands there wouldn’t be much I could listen to.

  • Frankly, I do find the Romney thing disturbing. It wasn’t just that he put a dog in a crate on top of his car; it’s that he did it for a 12-hour car ride from Massachusetts to Canada (presumably on the highway). At one point, the dog had diarrhea from the distress; he was hosed off, then put back on the roof. (Full story here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/02/15/146929766/why-romneys-shaggy-dog-story-wont-die)

    Is it my main reason for disliking Romney? Not by a long shot. But it sure doesn’t improve my opinion of the guy.

    • kenneth

      In his defense, it must be said the dog received the same standard of care we afford human “enemy combatant” prisoners…. The dog should be grateful it wasn’t waterboarded or flown to Cairo or Syria for some off-book softening up!

      Of course there is another bizarre point in all this. What’s a guy like Romney need with crates on the roof of his car? That’s a little Beverly Hillbillies. He could afford to have the dog sent in its own limo, for the whole trip and it would have amounted to about 10 minutes of earnings for the guy.

    • The kennel had a windshield. And I’m sure they let the dog out to walk when they took rest stops.

      • Tam

        and wasn’t the dog thing about 30 years ago???

  • kmk

    The real moment today was Sen Santorum admitting to Hannity that he had voted for contracpetives for poor women and he hemmed and hawed through his explanation that as a Catholic he had his beliefs that it was bad for women and teenagers, but that he wasn’t going to deprive poor women of the right to use it if they want because, after all, it’s not abortion. THis is not just his “Cuomo moment” — it’s much worse, because he has just lied about the abortifacient properties of the Pill, which are listed right on the darn insert in the package. His interview was in the 5 pm hour today, I think, if anyone wants to find the transcript. What a perfectly wasted teachable moment in the life of a “well-formed” Catholic man.

    I can’t vote for him now; he has just contributed to the marginalization of Church teachings in a big way.

    • So you were going to vote for him before he said this?

    • kenneth

      If Santorum isn’t Catholic enough for you, who are you going to vote for? Gingrich? That would be a winning lottery ticket for Obama. He could spend the next 7 months on a golf course and still win. No candidate who takes a hard prohibitionist line on contraception is going to get elected to a mosquito abatement board in backscratch Mississippi, let along the presidency.

  • Kirt Higdon

    Thanks for the info on the Hannity interview. Santorum’s betrayal of Catholic teaching and of the pro-life movement is a long term on-going project for him. Vicious enemies like Obama are bad, openly dissenting Catholics like Sibelius and Pelosi worse still. But the worst of all are fake pro-lifers like Santorum who boast of their fidelity to Catholic teaching while reaching for your vote and contributions with one hand and twisting the knife in your back with the other.

    • I wouldn’t call him a fake pro-lifer. But then I’ve found I make a miserable combox Catholic in that regard.

  • Elaine S.

    “As a longtime Megadeth fan myself I was delighted some years ago to his conversion to some form of Christianity.”

    He’s not the only band member who has had a conversion of sorts. Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is studying to become a Lutheran (Missouri Synod) pastor:

    http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/seminarians-they-are-even-megadeth-bassist/article_c71bc9b3-dd0d-5126-b2c1-0513931559bb.html

  • Manwe

    Two of Megadeath’s members are commited Christians, rofl! Now I have seen everything 😀
    Odd as that may be (and no I don’t think heavy metal=satan, I’m too young for that opinion), I’m glad for them! More power to ’em!

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    Let’s not forget Gene Simmons endorsed Romney:

    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/01/25/gene-simmons-wants-to-see-mitt-romney-as-2012-gop-nominee/

    This election is shaping up to look not so much like Bread and Circuses as Bread and Clown College.

    • Andy, Bad Person

      Gene Simmons has always been an outspoken conservative. His activity in the election is no surprise.

      • Mark S (not for Shea)

        If by “conservative” you mean “free sex and war at any cost, as long as the rich get to keep all their money, the poor be damned,” then yeah, Gene is a perfect conservative.