STORY #1: Heart-changing moments
Asked about calls for increased gun control after the Colorado shooting, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) said this: “. . . it was illegal for him to have many of those things already. . . . we can sometimes hope that just changing the law will make all bad things go away. It won’t. Changing the heart of the American people may well be what’s essential, to improve the lots of the American people.” 1. The thing he used in the shooting was bought legally. 2. Nobody expects gun control to “make all bad things go away.” 3. Don’t give me any “changing hearts” crap; that’s a phrase reserved for ignorant people.
STORY #2: All about Mormons
A poll that absolutely did not need to be taken reveals the following: Most Americans do not relate to Mormonism, but they don’t really care that Romney is a Mormon anyway. All I gather from this is that Mormonism hasn’t gone mainstream enough. Thank you for the update, Pew Research Center. Next!
STORY #3: Bollocks
Romney’s world tour isn’t exactly off to a running start; having snarked on the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he’s had to backtrack after criticism from UK Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson. I agree that this year’s Olympics are a shoddy affair, especially compared to Vancouver (apart from the torch error and the Georgian luger). But I’m not required to suck up to these people. (Also: The Anglo-Saxon thing? Had to be a prank.)
Some new entries for United Republic’s citizen reporter contest:
Ben Playfair, Portland, OR: Average, average, average. Except for the audio quality, which was poor. Out of 12: 5
Jessica Eise, Kansas City, MO: Good personality (although at times seems nervous), but unnecessary intro (we know what the video’s for!). Doesn’t seem like she knows what she’s talking about. Out of 12: 5
Lauren Windsor, Beverly Hills, CA: Has more experience than others, but seems a bit too ideological. Is able to talk to important people, but isn’t good at getting decent answers out of them. Out of 12: 6
Amy Storey, Santa Fe, NM: Good speaker, in a pageant queen sort of way. Gives the impression that her work at the conventions would get results. Out of 12: 10
Steven Dikowitz, Gainesville, FL: Decent presentation, marred by bizarre jump cuts and background music. Seems more at home lecturing than interviewing. Out of 12: 8