August 15, 2012, - 3:46 pm

“Paul Ryan Shirtless” Among Top Paul Ryan Google Searches – America’s Superficial Women (& Gay Men) – VIDEO

By Debbie Schlussel

Since Paul Ryan was picked as Mitt Romney’s running mate, two things have happened. First, P90X–the video fitness routine he follows in the tax-paid House gym he refused to cut from the budget out of selfish self-interest–has shot up in sales. P90X has been in the top Alexa search terms on the internet since Saturday morning’s announcement. And, then, there’s the other thing, which shows the vanity of most American women (and some gay men) and how they vote: the terms “Paul Ryan shirtless,” “Paul Ryan shirt off,” and other terms that betray the base ogling of America’s chicks, have been among Google’s top searches on Ryan. On Saturday Morning, “Paul Ryan shirtless” was the number one Paul Ryan search on Google. It’s still in the top ten–number seven on Google Images.

Paul Ryan w/ P90X Trainer/Inventor/Guru Tony Horton

As we all know, many American women voted for John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton because of how they looked, not their positions on the issues. And poll after poll shows that American women are far less likely than American men to know the candidates’ positions on the issues. So, if Mitt Romney wanted to get the women’s vote, he was smart to pick Paul Ryan. Clearly, far too many of them are only interested in his pecs. Guys, remember that the next time you hear someone say men are sexist or chauvinist pigs. Ask the utterer–typically a woman–why “Paul Ryan shirtless” was the top search for his name on Google, why female voters don’t know the issues or which candidate stands for what (by a significantly larger precentage than the percentage of male voters), and why JFK won the Presidency by a single female vote per precinct in 1960. Even if you discount the gay men searching for “Paul Ryan shirtless,” the term is still up there.

And by the way, women will be disappointed because, unless they photoshop his face onto Channing Tatum’s body from “Magic Mike,” there are no Paul Ryan shirtless photos. And that’s too bad for Romney because . . .

Beefcake wins the female vote even more than liberalism does. Even Jimmy Kimmel and the very annoying, fast-talking liberal dude from “Shark Week” noticed (see videos below).

I think the whole thing is silly, and looked at Republican Congressman Aaron Schock, for example, as a complete bimbo (or is that, “himbo”?), when he posed topless for the cover of a men’s health and fitness magazine. It told me there ain’t much upstairs and that he owes as many votes to his dumb beefcake image as he does for his positions on the issues.

In any event, that’s what women want. . . despite pretending otherwise.

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It’s similar here Debbie. For the first time ever, like in America, we held a full ministerial debate on ITV, featuring the 3 leaders of the main 3 parties. Most of the British public and all of the lamestream media were busy discussing the colour of Gordon Brown’s shirt, Nick Cleggs tie, and the hand gestures David CaMoron used. Rather than their stance on each of Great Britain’s core issues at the time of the last election. England is a nation of die-hard Labour supporters, who will proudly tell you that, however most of them can barely quote a single policy! Let alone tell you their local politicians stance on more local issues. This is astonishing given that Labour has been a huge force in the destruction of my once great nation. People just will not see the correlation between Labour polices and the nationwide breadown we are witnessing, but then how would you if you don’t actually know what they are doing?
In relation to your article, I totally get where your coming from. The USA is being overrun by mass 3rd world immigration, the constitution and American way of life are slowly being diluted with Islam and multiculturalism, and more worryingly, even our most trusted institutions and political organisations seem to have sold themselves out to dodgey corporations and sinister agendas.
But hey as long as you have a Vice President that has a decent 6 pack thats all that matters…………

RobertEngland on August 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Let point out that either the top candidate or running mate in presidential and gubernatorial elections is selected to appeal to the female vote.

    I would bet British voters picked David Cameron in large part because of his appearance.

    Do you notice a trend with male leaders in office around the world? In part women who vote like them and political parties respond to it.

    NormanF on August 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Yes Norman in part he was, during the election campaign for the faux conservative party he did appear much more fresh faced then any leader we have had during the last say 30 years.
      David CaMoron is a liar and an opportunist though. Aside from the stupid media response to his dress sense, he won the election on his alledged dedication to 2 policies. He promised us a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, and then conviniently decided is simply “wasn’t the right time”. That was the opportunist policy, playing on the fact that around 50% of the UK population are against continued membership of the EU. The other was of course immigration, which he pledged to cut down to no more than 30,000 a year. What he forgot to tell you was that he was only talking about “skilled” or economic migration, meaning thanks to student and asylum immigration, we still have an annual intake of around 150,00 to 300,000 immigrants a year.
      All he has done is take 1 issue, immigration, and slice it into many different categories, to give the illusion he has actually taken back Englands borders – Liar!

      Norman, not sure where you are, so if you are based in the UK please forgive me for stating what you already probably knew!

      RobertEngland on August 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Excellent observation! I enjoyed the “CaMoron” too.

    Jeremy on August 17, 2012 at 5:25 am

I’m beginning to understand the reasoning behind selecting Ryan as veep candidate. Shrewd move on the part of the R(INO)NC.

DS_ROCKS! on August 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    John McCain picked Sarah Palin due to her looks – not for her positions on the issues – like any one knew or cared about them.

    I suspect Obama won in large part for the same reason Kennedy did. If you look too tired or too old, you won’t get far in politics and if you already in office a long time, then power can be sexy.

    A lot of the popularity of porn satire of famous celebrities is about looks/power.

    There is a lot more to the sex appeal of “follow the leader” than people think.

    NormanF on August 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Thing is, while I don’t disagree… that aim backfired tremendously!

      Men weren’t superficial enough to flock to McCain for the sake of Palin’s looks. Meanwhile, the women who do base their vote on such issues, ran from her – first and foremost out of jealousy. Even her Palinistas counter those who argue against Palin’s stupidity, with claims that they are just jealous of her looks.

      Of course, as we all know there were other reasons the Palin choice was a disaster. Those men who didn’t bite on the looks thing looked past that to realize that her qualifications weren’t up to par, and her positions not all that conservative. For me the first and biggest red flag went up and stayed that way when her first speech praised Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro. It told me that she was a feminist first and a conservative… probably not even second if at all. Her tendency to endorse Senate candidates based on gender reinforces this on a regular basis.

      Paul Ryan on the other hand, will get superficial female votes, but at least has plenty of substance beyond that and should do well. He isn’t a perfect conservative, but he is good. There were plenty of other, far worse choices out there (I was particularly dreading ardent feminist Kelly Ayotte and a rerun of 2008) and not many left that would have been better. (Bobby Jindal the only one of those remotely in consideration.)

      Brian R. on August 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Quien es mas macho? Paul Ryan o Anthony Weiner?

FrenchKiss on August 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Hahah, FK, I see a resemblance, don’t you?

    Italkit on August 16, 2012 at 1:34 am

Things like this make me think that we would be better off if people had to have some basic qualifications to vote, like they did back in the era of the founding fathers. Does allowing retards to vote really equal liberty?

RT on August 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm

His name is Tony Horton btw, not Peter. I was in one of his infomercials 8 years ago.

Georgianna on August 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Women always complain its sexist men pick them by their face and body type.

Apparently they are as visually oriented as men. Their raunchiness is just slightly different from of that guys and while guys may want to know about their woman’s views, personality and life and women are scarcely interested in what a man thinks.

Unless he’s hot enough to draw their attention.

Let’s hear it for how giving women the vote in the 19th Amendment elevated the state of American politics and refined our society.

NormanF on August 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Wow, Norman! You just went up about 50 notches in my estimation which was pretty good anyway! I thought I was the only person in the world who lamented giving women the vote, despite being one.

    Note for Skunky below, I totally agree.

    Italkit on August 16, 2012 at 1:37 am

Yep, this is the sad and very pathetic state of the United States of America. It sometimes makes me wanna cry but I am too angry for that right now.

Just incredible. I never thought of Paul Ryan that way. I have zero interest. I don’t even like to perv on shirtless pics of guys I find handsome. And I certainly would never think of a politician that way.

I’m not shocked after coming across that filthy website where the disgusting girl had no shame about saying what she wanted to do to certain things to a famous actors private parts (who cares if she thinks it but to dedicate web-pages????). It made me so angry and it is objectifying and dehumanizing even when it’s a male as opposed to a female. Low class behaviour rots all around.

I am not surprised thou’. Look at that foolish idiot from “True Blood” who is always hamming it up shirtless. He’s ridiculous to me and I view him as a caricature because he’s so obvious and unappealing. Women enjoy looking at handsome men but when you’re so crass and like the “naked” or shirtless ones it’s just douche-chilly and embarrassing.

Again, the silly twitterpated females and gay men acting as if they don’t have a brain and just because someone is famous you wanna see them naked. Ew. Not me. It’s unrefined and undignified.

Makes me sad for America.

Skunky on August 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Maybe he should do the Biden debate shirtless, and boldly state all his Conservative positions (and even throw in a few anti-Islam) positions, while flexing his pecs. The Dems can say what they like, but won’t know what hit them

Infidel on August 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm

RT is exactly right — a literacy test at the very least. And some diminishing of a person’s vote to the degree that they are receiving federal handouts. There was a reason the vote in the US was originally limited to male property holders. Although slavery is a severe blemish on our traditions, there was some value in the original requirements.

Little Al on August 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Women were not allowed to vote for a reason when democracy arrived a few centuries ago.

I don’t think the reason for that has been disproven.

Equality does not necessarily mean we’ll get a society capable of defending itself from its enemies.

NormanF on August 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    **Women were not allowed to vote for a reason when democracy arrived a few centuries ago.

    I don’t think the reason for that has been disproven.

    Equality does not necessarily mean we’ll get a society capable of defending itself from its enemies.**

    It’s not just with women. There was also a reason why, until the 26th Amendment was enacted in 1971, the minimum voting age was 21. 18-to-20 year olds are every bit as callow and shallow, with the flimsiest and most superficial of reasons for which candidate to pick (the whole “someone to have a beer with” business); it was this age bloc that not only gave us Obama, but before that Jimmy “Malaise” Carter and Bill “I Did Not Have Sex With That Woman” Clinton. 18-to-20 year olds have long been regarded as not only being guided almost entirely by their emotions, but: a) having no regard for the future in any sense, only concerned with living for the moment, and b) “thinking” mainly with their loins (for the boys) and (dare I say it) vaginas (for the girls). Long-term voting patterns over the last 41 years among this age group have, sadly, only confirmed and cemented these unfortunate stereotypes (the election of Reagan in 1980 and 1984, and other individual exceptions over the years, notwithstanding). It hasn’t helped, also, that at the same time as the 26th Amendment took effect, our “educational” system and entertainment / news media shifted further and further to the Left, with our youth becoming increasingly indoctrinated with loony leftism (as evidenced in the composition of “Occupy Wall Street” mobs and this age group basing their views on what is espoused by the likes of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher), not to mention the overall culture of infantilization as evidenced (in just one instance) by the promise in Obamacare of “you can keep your parents’ insurance till you’re 26.”

    This particular social experiment has been every bit as much a failure as the “brilliant” idea in the late 1960’s and early ’70’s to have the legal drinking age set at 18 – a policy that led to a massive spike in alcohol-related traffic deaths and casualties among that age group until public and political pressure in the ’80’s led to the legal drinking age upped again to 21. (To say nothing of Prohibition.)

    Notice I said nothing about the 19th Amendment.

    ConcernedPatriot on September 13, 2012 at 3:32 am

Oh and I have noticed on the twitters that some Conservatives are following and are all excited about Porn “Star” Jenna Jameson because she disagrees with with feminists and supports Mitt Zombie (BFD!). We have really jumped the shark when we don’t have the brains to recognize a skanky disgrace with a drug past (you can’t do her “thang” without a drug past or heaps of affective disorders…) like that piece of filth is NO ONE to follow. I have really see many so-called Conservatives caught with their knickers down this year. It’s ugly and they should just be Liberals.

We got here. I really don’t know how. It’s all a blur to me but my sojourn into Feminism didn’t help or change things (how could it…I was believing lies and pipe-dreams and living in NON-reality-ville) and as I always like to point out DS NEVER had to be a feminist and she knows the real deal. I do now but I had to be on the other side to see what was real and what was fantasy.

Skunky on August 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Jenna Jameson has a following that has nothing to do with her intelligence.

We are a dumbed down nation in large part because to use a familiar expression we like the package and not what’s inside it.

I’m an intelligent man and I would be the first to admit there are times when I’m wrong.

But people don’t care about values, ideas and beliefs and if Islamic terrorists ever figure it out, they’ll drop their aversion to looks because they can win people over faster through selling beefcakes than through violence.

Yup, how people pick leaders doesn’t say a lot about their IQ or lack of it. Its sad.

NormanF on August 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

NF: Women were not allowed to vote for a reason when democracy arrived a few centuries ago.

I don’t think the reason for that has been disproven.

Sooo, Schlussel should not be allowed to vote. Interesting. Why do you bother reading her posts then?

Why not subscribe to the Founding Fathers philosophy of allowing only white land-owning males to vote?

FrenchKiss on August 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Debbie has written she’d gladly give up her right to vote if it would give us leaders who would do something about the country’s problems.

    She is an intelligent woman and plus contrary to what women think men do listen to them and value their views. That’s how women traditionally have had power in civilized societies for thousands of years.

    I think there is something to said for the view that people who own property and pay taxes follow the issues and have a stake in the welfare of society. Maybe we wouldn’t want to adopt the Founding Fathers idea of meritocracy but there is a lot to commend it.

    NormanF on August 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    FK, if I may, I don’t think Norman meant that literally (he will defend himself, I reckon…) and I am a female and I know what he was trying to express. It’s just frustrating.

    In a post-Feminist world what do we really have to show for it? It’s demoralizing because the CW is that females are the “kinder, more gentle sex” and I believe they have long ago dis-proven that meme. Of course it dies hard, but not to those in reality-ville.

    Women have ruined so much, are still apologists for bad behaviour and are now trying to kick the masculinity out of men. I can’t stand it. We don’t want men to be hard, unemotional brutes but what females have done to men (and the sad state of affairs as it stands in 2012) is really sad to behold. I see it everyday and it makes me blanche.

    I can’t explain it but I know what Norman was trying to express.

    Skunky on August 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    FK, when our Prophetess, Devorah went into battle, she still took Barak with her to do the heavy lifting. Hashem has always provided prophetesses and women to counsel, including Hadassa (Esther) but to rule and choose the course of the Nation? And these were extraordinary women. Every age has a few of us.

    Italkit on August 16, 2012 at 1:44 am

NF: Debbie has written she’d gladly give up her right to vote if it would give us leaders who would do something about the country’s problems.

That’s the problem with Schlussel, and you too. A democratic republic is a messy business. There is no perfect form of government that is all inclusive. And just because we are a democracy does not mean the results are always the best ones.
If Schlussel wants to give up her voice that’s fine with me. I prefer to have a voice and good leaders. She wants a deal with the devil, I say that’s insane.

A better solution that would be inclusive is to raise the voting age to what it used to be 21. Oh, and the old argument against about dying for your country but not voting doesn’t work, since there is no draft now. (BTW, I never cared for the argument even if there was a draft). I’d prefer 25, but that wouldn’t work in this entitled society.

FrenchKiss on August 15, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Skunky knows if it could be done, I’d be in favor of it! It will never happen so its a moot point.

    What is the difference between taking away the vote from women and raising the voting age?

    Either way you are making the case the least informed and most indifferent people to society – women and youth – should not have a say in running it.

    We’d probably get the kind of leaders and policies we deserve. If you want inclusive democracy, then you have to accept the fact we’ll have to settle for the lowest common denominator in our public life.

    We can’t have it both ways.

    NormanF on August 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    FK, I agree with you about military service and raising the age to vote. I said it the other day in one of these columns. But I also agree with Debbie about giving up the right to vote. Yes, “democracy” is a messy business. I don’t think I believe in it anymore but it was made messier by giving women the right to vote. It’s very hard, and I see this with FB friends, to get women to think critically, analytically and calmly. Even those who do so for a living, i.e. lawyers, seem to compartmentalize the ability and use it only for work. Anything that relates to their “personal” lives, gets, well, personalized.

    Italkit on August 16, 2012 at 1:50 am

I believe “Is Paul Ryan Jewish?” was the top search if you put in “Is Paul Ryan”…?

He’s so Jewish his grandfather’s name was Adolph Hutter! (yes, that was really the name).

dee on August 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm


    Paul Ryan is a Roman Catholic.

    NormanF on August 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    dee, he doesn’t exactly look Irish either and I was wondering if Hutter is a German Jewish name. BTW, there were plenty of German Jews named Adolph prior to the 1930’s. My first thought was “does he have a Jewish mother?” OTOH, Jacob Hutter was an Anabaptist leader and founder.

    Has anyone noticed there is a general resemblance to Anthony Weiner? Keep those tweets coming, gals!

    Italkit on August 16, 2012 at 1:26 am

It is a shallow callow public, who votes without principle consideration of the following guide, something which most of the poorly educated won’t understand, let alone have ever seen, nor imagined anyone would have been smart enough to know more than looks and pecs and 6 packs, could be a possible valid measure of a man (person).

“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look at his character. It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, men of truth, hating covetousness. It is to the neglect of this rule that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, speculations and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country and which disgrace our government. When a citizen gives his vote to a man of known immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility; he not only sacrifices his own responsibility; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.”
Noah Webster

“…if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded.”
Noah Webster

If that above quote helps but one person in each of the precincts in America, then perhaps we will have real hope, not demigog fraud hope that we so called have now, finally resetting again, for real hope for a better America.

By God, we need something better than the lack of quality, and lies and incompetence that we have now, and the answer is waiting in the election.

Jack on August 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Frankly, it appears that some 200 years ago, Noah Webster foresaw precisely the choices available this November, as well as the last election, more than several other elections. His words spell out remarkably well, today, the character of the opportunities from which to choose. Think, a difficult endeavor for many, I have well seen, and choose well, if you want a future. Failed, corrupt, base, incompetent losers, or clearly successful, experienced, highly capable, complementary, and decent good men, who really do have many obvious demonstrated virtues of ability and character?

    Jack on August 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Damn! He does have some nice arms.

sharon on August 15, 2012 at 7:39 pm


    You have illustrated why Debbie wrote this post.

    If brainless women can’t vote for Ryan based on how they like his chest, they’ll vote for him based on his biceps!

    And women wonder why men don’t take them seriously when it comes to politics.

    NormanF on August 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I admit it…I once googled “Sarah Palin’s legs”.

And I enjoyed the results.

Matt on August 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm

NormanF, I know Paul Ryan is Roman Catholic.

That is why I wrote: “He’s so Jewish his grandfather’s name was Adolph Hutter”.

For a number of reasons, Adolph Hutter is a very non-Jewish sounding name.

dee on August 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Dee, as I mentioned above, Adolph was not an uncommon name for German Jewish men prior to the 1930’s. You have to remember that German Jews tended to think of themselves more as German than as Jewish. They were secularized by the Jewish Enlightenment that created Reform Judaism. This is my in-laws background so I know it. My MIL is blond as can be and speaks with a German accent even after 70 years in England and the US. When they first moved to NC, they passed themselves off as German! Can you imagine Holocaust survivors doing such a thing? But they did. Also, although Jacob Hutter was one of the founders of Bavarian Anabaptistism, “hutter” means “hat maker” and could have Jewish origins as a lot of Jewish names are based on trades and/or cities of origin.

    Italkit on August 16, 2012 at 1:59 am

Another point is that when you vote, you are voting to higher a winning executive, just like a mate or employee.

When you look for a mate, you will almost never find one who is perfect and eventually will show as not perfect, but hopefully good and devoted to your family group.

When you higher an employee, be it an executive or a staffer, you will not find perfection, but someone who fills your needs best and wisest, likely to succeed in your needs.

It is always a surer bet if this candidate’s experience, for anything, shows lines of success, his upbringing is honorable, which would indicate his youth has been stable and supportive, helping to support good character likelyhood, and subsequent success.

Does the candidate’s background fail to meet expectations, or meet or exceed expectations? Is there danger with a dark horse, or is it safer for your future to choose one who has deep success in their records?

Successful endeavors are more surely achieved with wise intelligent choices made to implement these endeavors.

Jack on August 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Jack, I think you mean “hire” but I like the implications of “higher.” When we hire someone, we should be bringing them “higher” than they were by giving them the dignity of working.

    Italkit on August 16, 2012 at 2:02 am

The worst part about this is that you just know that the Dems – perfectly willing to exploit this female stupidity for their ends – will counter with another round of shirtless Obama porn. I’m calling it now. He’ll take a “short family break” from campaigning on the beach in Miami or somewhere, and call the press along, and from that point forward it’s an Internet filled with his nipples.

If anybody is interested I intend to go on eBay selling barf buckets and eye gougers.

Brian R. on August 15, 2012 at 9:37 pm

When you google Harry Reid (Democrat, US Senate majority leader)…Harry Reid pederast, is 3rd on the list.

P. Aaron on August 15, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Looks matter in a country with shallow citizens.

Does anyone doubt that the unwashed masses are shallow?

Don’t blame TV. It is simply a tool that has allowed the shallow to find more ways to express themselves. There is probably more people voting for American Idol than there will be for POTUS or any of your Congressmen.

We’re getting the country we desire, and we’re getting it good and hard.

PitandPen on August 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm

This idea of making some sort of “test” that must be passed is NOT a conservative value or a traditional libertarian value, its. That sounds like a facist value of the “Patriot” movement (no offense). The view that women’s sufferage denied has “validity”? Again, sounds like a patriot movement ideal.

What I see in the “conservative” movement is this push for who has the truest brand of conservatism, and for a traditional conservative like me, I feel its unhealthy. Unity or division? Honey or vinagar? Hate mongering or bold solutions?

The Romney/Ryan ticket is the BEST ticket we’ve had since Reagan. Yes its not perfect but neither was Reagan, or Eisenhower, or any Republican ticket in history. If we have a ticket in which atleast 51 percent of the voters agree has an acceptable direction for this country + we can turn this country around from a progressive direction to a center-right direction in which small businesses are respected, energy independence is a real goal, genuine immigration REFORM is created instead of a costly patch, we can repeal Obamacare and replace with a sustainable plan that focuses on insurance reform (better affordability) NOT universal healthcare, and make entitlements so that they are sustainable so that we don’t have to raise taxes, THIS sounds like a refreshing moderately conservative direction that is 10x better than the direction we are heading now.

Also, to assume most women will vote for Ryan on looks ASSUMES that most women aren’t concerned about the damage the president’s fiscal policies have done. Furthermore, due to foreign affairs and pride, the US historically has had photogenic presidents. Good looks isn’t a qualification, but if certainly doesn’t hurt the ideal that America is an exceptional nation.

james on August 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    James, you mean like photogenic Tricky Dicky? And I’m sorry but women tend to look at short term financial stability than long term growth and gain potential. A woman will stay in her safe and boring, low paid job because it’s a steady paycheck rather than start that business using her G-d given talents to sew, bake, Design equipment for the disabled, whatever and start a business. And yes, while the first two I mentioned are “traditional” female skills, many women have turned them into successful businesses. Think Liz Clairborne and Mrs. Fields.

    Italkit on August 16, 2012 at 2:07 am


ColtHogLeg on August 16, 2012 at 9:29 am

I heard a news report say that Americans cast more votes in American Idol finals than they cast in presidential elections.

Maybe if we ran presidential/congressional elections more like talent shows or beauty pageants…?

Aurora on August 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

I don’t agree with your comment about the tax-payer funded House gym. Exercise is so important to a healthy body and a focused mind. Having access to a gym close to your office can only help our elected representatives perform more efficiently in their job.

Mike J. on August 16, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Mike, many employers now provide gym facilities to their employees for that very reason and the Congress are your employees. What, they’re supposed to work in a sweat shop? Pun intended.So I agree. A reasonable amount of comfort is not uncalled for on the upper levels of any enterprise. If the dumbbells were gold plated, there’d be an issue. I’m talking about the iron ones, not the human ones. These people do put in long hours at the Capitol especially when a bill is on the floor and they are targets for nut cases, ala Gabby Giffords so I think the days of legislators mingling with their constituents is long gone. It’s probably cheaper to provide a gym than security for every high profile Pol who wants to go and workout in his local gym 3 x week.

    Italkit on August 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

Women voters don’t care about THIS? Are you KIDDING?

Sara B on August 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

“So, if Mitt Romney wanted to get the women’s vote, he was smart to pick Paul Ryan. Clearly, far too many of them are only interested in his pecs.”

Prior to picking Ryan I joked that Romney needed to build some muscle, show off in a tee-shirt, and then have pictures leaked. Obviously Ryan is standing in.

Back in the spring of 1977, while a young soldier at Fort McClellan, Ala. I remember that I was in a group discussing and solving world problems when the question of why we joined the Army was asked. Various reasons why were passed, serve USA, Job training, needed job, etc. One female in the group said she joined because her recruiter was a handsome guy. She went on saying that she had approached the navy recruiter, however was so smitten that the Army recruiter looked like Clark Gable she just had to enlist. The critical thinkers in the group questioned her soon realizing she was being honest. See Clark Gable look-alike join Army, never been able to wrap my brain around this.

ColtHogLeg on August 16, 2012 at 10:59 am

    See, that’s just what I meant in my earlier post. Everything becomes personal and about “feelings.” Sex sells.

    Italkit on August 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm

The influence of vote fraud in Chicago and Texas was why JFK won. Without it, even with the dumb female vote, Nixon would have been president.

Federale on August 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Guys, I am well aware that Adolph (an ugly name if there ever was one) was a name used by Jewish men before the advent of Adolph Hitler. I was just humored that Adolph Hutter sounds so much like Adolph Hitler.

Paul Ryan’s grandfather, while of German descent, was born in the U.S. No, he was not Jewish, nor was Ryan’s maternal grandmother (who was half English and half German).

Ryan’s matrilineal ancestry is documented in detail below – not a Jew in sight. I don’t know what Ryan “looks” like, but I have noticed prominent, sharp noses are a fairly common German, non-Jewish trait (yes, really).

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According to TIME, in 2008 it was worse:,8599,1838041,00.html

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