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posted by cmn32480 on Monday April 06 2015, @10:47AM   Printer-friendly
from the hypocrisy-knows-no-bounds dept.

David Knowles reports at Bloomberg that former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina called out Apple CEO Tim Cook as a hypocrite for criticizing Indiana and Arkansas over their Religious Freedom Restoration Acts while at the same time doing business in countries where gay rights are non-existent. “When Tim Cook is upset about all the places that he does business because of the way they treat gays and women, he needs to withdraw from 90% of the markets that he’s in, including China and Saudi Arabia,” Fiorina said. “But I don’t hear him being upset about that.”

In similar criticism of Hillary Clinton on the Fox News program Hannity, Fiorina argued that Clinton's advocacy on behalf of women was tarnished by donations made to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments where women's rights are not on par with those in America. ""I must say as a woman, I find it offensive that Hillary Clinton travels the Silicon Valley, a place where I worked for a long time, and lectures Silicon Valley companies on women's rights in technology, and yet sees nothing wrong with taking money from the Algerian government, which really denies women the most basic human rights. This is called, Sean, hypocrisy." While Hillary Clinton hasn't directly addressed Fiorina's criticisms, her husband has. “You’ve got to decide, when you do this work, whether it will do more good than harm if someone helps you from another country,” former president Bill Clinton said in March. “And I believe we have done a lot more good than harm. And I believe this is a good thing.”

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by fadrian on Monday April 06 2015, @01:16PM

    by fadrian (3194) on Monday April 06 2015, @01:16PM (#166956) Homepage

    Well, yes. We are afraid of Republicans governing this country - we see the shithole Sam Brownback is creating in Kansas. We see the anti-abortion (excuse me - mother safety) laws being passed in red state houses. We see the judges you appoint and the non-support they give to equal wage laws. No, you don't hate women - you just hate letting them have laws that might improve their lot.

    Not to mention we see the competence with which your party governs in Washington, D.C. You can simply take it from me that Democrats don't need to spread fear about Republicans. Republicans do it themselves by the legislative and economic agenda they try to put into place.

    That is all.
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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Thexalon on Monday April 06 2015, @03:53PM

    by Thexalon (636) on Monday April 06 2015, @03:53PM (#167017)

    Well, yes. We are afraid of Republicans governing this country

    Also, how many of us fondly remember the presidency of George W Bush? I mean, with a track record like this:
    - Ignoring the threat of Al Qaida until it was too late.
    - Reacting to Sept 11 in the most panicky way imaginable, running and hiding, and then making a speech designed to scare the population.
    - Having the Attorney General of the United States create and implement a policy of rounding up thousands of citizens without charging them with a crime, and locking them up for months before releasing them, violating at least 2 amendments of the Bill of Rights.
    - Following that up with one of the dumbest wars the US has ever had for basically no reason.
    - Gitmo. And Gitmo was just the most well-known of many sites where the US was torturing people. This made the US an international pariah, and continues to this day to be used for recruiting people into terrorist organizations.
    - Putting somebody who knew a lot about Arabian horses in charge of emergency management, and doing approximately nothing as a major city was destroyed.
    - Underfunding the SEC and tolerating internal corruption that helped lead to the economic collapse and a massive recession that we're still haven't recovered from.
    - Replacing a modest budget surplus with massive budget deficits.

    So yes, I think we all have good reason to fear from Republicans being in charge. And yes, Obama has been far from perfect, but he hasn't done anything remotely as bad as that.

    The only thing that stops a bad guy with a compiler is a good guy with a compiler.
    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 06 2015, @04:00PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 06 2015, @04:00PM (#167018)

      And yes, Obama has been far from perfect, but he hasn't done anything remotely as bad as that.

      But he's still an evil scumbags, so like Republicans, Democrats will not get my vote. Mass surveillance, not taking a stand against the Unpatriotic Act, and not trying to get rid of the TSA make him a scumbag all by themselves, along with his good buddy Bush.

    • (Score: 5, Informative) by hemocyanin on Monday April 06 2015, @04:22PM

      by hemocyanin (186) on Monday April 06 2015, @04:22PM (#167026) Journal

      I haven't updated this in a few years because it became so overwhelming, but here is a short list comparing Obama to GWB policies: []

      Each item can be expanded for more detail by clicking the link in the left column.

      Certainly some our outdated, but the scale of similarity between GWB and Obama is overwhelming. The two of them both are some evil sumbitches.

      • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Monday April 06 2015, @10:04PM

        by Thexalon (636) on Monday April 06 2015, @10:04PM (#167203)

        My position on this is pretty simple: Obama isn't a good guy, and isn't the savior of America or any such nonsense. The Democrats in general seem to be more-or-less lukewarm, trying to tread the line between their liberal party base and their fairly conservative rich donors on Wall Street.

        However, the Obama administration has been approximately competent at governing. To use the FEMA example above, Obama's FEMA director is Craig Fugate, who started as a firefighter/paramedic and worked his way up to being head of Florida's emergency management, a post he held for many years before his appointment to FEMA. And I consider that likely to be one reason why the federal response to Hurricane Sandy was a lot more effective than the response to Hurricane Katrina.

        By contrast, Republicans believe that government is the problem, and when in office do their best to prove it.

        The only thing that stops a bad guy with a compiler is a good guy with a compiler.
        • (Score: 2) by hemocyanin on Tuesday April 07 2015, @01:51AM

          by hemocyanin (186) on Tuesday April 07 2015, @01:51AM (#167285) Journal

          As counterpoint, I present the Obama Administration's handling of the FDA's approval of Plan B.

          From: []

          So, Obama who once vowed to make decisions based on science, is using [Kathleen] Siebelus sic [should read Sebelius], who has a Masters in Public Administration but no serious scientific background, to overrule a decision by [Dr. Margaret] Hamburg, a Harvard Medical School graduate.

          Update: As of June of 2013, the Obama administration gave up on it's appeal of a court decision overturning Sebelius' Plan B restrictions -- the outcome however is ultimately positive _in_spite_of_, rather than because of, the Obama Administration:

          In a letter Monday to U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman in New York, who has called the age restrictions “politically motivated” and “scientifically unjustified,” the administration said it would drop its appeal in the case and abide by Korman’s order to make Plan B One-Step contraceptive pills available to women and girls of any age without a prescription.

          President Obama has not changed his position and still opposes over-the-counter access to emergency contraceptives for young girls, said a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity Monday to describe the White House’s reasoning. But the Justice Department decided to drop the case after multiple setbacks in federal courts in recent months.