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Top contender for Jerk of the Year so far:

Since the election Mitt Romney has seen Republicans turn their backs on him and watched Facebook friends abandon him by the thousands, but nothing hurts quite as much as this (for everyone involved): 30-year-old Eric Hartsburg of Indiana is removing the Romney/Ryan logo tattooed on his face. Hartsburg had vowed to keep the tattoo, even after Romney lost and he received an offer to have it removed for free, but Romney's "gifts" remark changed his mind. “It stands not only for a losing campaign but for a sore loser,” Hartsburg said.

"Yeah, man, I'm never gonna change my mind about this, so I think I'll have it tattooed on my face." Just screams Hoosier trailer park, doesn't it?


Thu, 11/29/2012 - 11:01am

I disagree. His decision to have the tattoo removed is at most only the *second* worst thing he ever did. If anything screams "trailer trash," it was his initial decision to get a facial tattoo.

There's nothing wrong with coming to one's senses. I'm having fun watching GOP politicians tip-toe back from their Grover Norquist pledges.

tim zank
Thu, 11/29/2012 - 11:40am

Littlejohn, your implication that republicans are now becoming "smarter" because there is talk of raising taxes is cute but your opinion is not one to be taken into consideration as you don't have a dog in the fight of raising federal income taxes as you are on the recipient end not the contributing end...

That makes your opinion invalid by most accounts...

Thu, 11/29/2012 - 3:19pm

I'm puzzled by your comment, Tim. I receive no government benefit that you (and every other American) doesn't receive (paved roads, police protection, etc.).

My wife works and pays federal and state income taxes, as well as payroll taxes. She and I both pay sales taxes when we make purchases. I'm about your age, and therefore several years away from Medicare and Social Security, both of which I paid into in the past.

I can't afford much in the way of charity, but I give the Red Cross a pint of blood every eight weeks.

In what sense am I a taker rather than a giver?

Christopher Swing
Fri, 11/30/2012 - 6:52am

Wait, how is this guy the jerk for coming to his senses about Romney?

And Tim Zank, what do you do that's so much more a contribution than anyone else?


Harl Delos
Fri, 11/30/2012 - 7:48am

“It stands not only for a losing campaign but for a sore loser,”

There's not much difference between a sore loser and a run-of-th-mill loser, the kind that gets tattooed.

 Tattoos say something about a person.  Sometimes , what it says is "I can't hold my liquor."  Usually, it says, "I hate myself so much that I disfigured myself."

And then there are the older women, for whom a tattoo says, "I participated un a gang bang with all the members of the motorcycle gang, because that was what I needed to do so my boyfriend could join the gang."

Andrew J.
Fri, 11/30/2012 - 9:16am

So what did tattoos say about sailors and soliders, many of whom became war heroes while wearing  "Rosie on my chest?"


Harl Delos
Fri, 11/30/2012 - 4:38pm

"So what did tattoos say about sailors and soliders"

They say "I was trained not to use my brain."