Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dogs Against Romney Social Media Activism Reached 40 Million People

The numbers are still being calculated, but it is now safe to say that, between January and November, 2012, Dogs Against Romney reached at least 40 million Americans with our message. This estimate is a combination of social sharing by our members, and mainstream media coverage we received. 

Highlights:

- In our top week on Facebook, we reached 1.25 million through social sharing
- In each of the last 8 weeks of the election, we reached at least 900,000
- In one night (the night we hijacked Romney's Diane Sawyer interview) we reached 9 million

Truthfully, the number is much larger, and incalculable. For example, the social sharing number includes only those from our page. It does not include exposure we received when our members' friends re-shared (and re-shared, and re-shared) our content. It does not include exposure we received when other activists shared our content with their own supporters, nor does it include the re-shares that followed it. The mainstream media numbers do not include exposure we received when their viewers and readers shared and re-shared the stories in their own social networks. Nor do the media numbers include the exposure we received in other countries (we were written about by mainstream press in Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, and Australia).

I'm now working on a book about the experience, titled The Coming Age of Social Media Activism. If interested, you can keep up with its progress on our new Facebook page, Watchdog Causes.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Nominations Sought for Animal Welfare Org to Receive Dogs Against Romney Donation

We are now seeking nominations for an animal welfare organization to receive donated funds raised by Dogs Against Romney (DAR). The recipient will be selected by DAR members (now known as Watchdog Causes' "Watchdogs").

Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, December 13. To participate, "Like" our new page and read up on the process!

New page: Watchdog Causes

Woof!



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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How social media helped elect Obama and defeat Romney

From Examiner.com: How powerful can social media activism be? One such effort (Dogs Against Romney) attracted over 110,000 members on Facebook and Twitter. These members, in turn, were connected to over 25 Million friends and followers. Through sharing by the group's members, the activist's message reached at least 900,000 people per week in the final two months of the election. There were even larger groups created by other social media activists that reached far more.

Read the complete article here.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

What's Next for Dogs Against Romney?

From January to November of this year, this blog received 1,299,620 visitors. Combined with the roughly 1 million visitors the original Dogs Against Romney blog received in 2007, we've safely accumulated over 2 million total visits since the news first broke about the way Mitt Romney treated his poor dog, Seamus. 

By the way, Dogs Against Romney was not about electing President Obama (although it became that by default when Romney won the Republican nomination). DAR was started while Obama and Hillary Clinton were still slugging it out in the 2007 Democratic primary. Disclosure: I am a modestly left-of-center independent and I personally supported President Obama's reelection. However, we worked hard to stop Romney from even getting the GOP nomination and - had we been successful - I'd have shut DAR down then and there and gone happily back to my regular job and daily activities. 

It didn't work out that way, though. Instead, we got a long fight that provided us with an incredible social media laboratory in which we learned a lot and gained a tremendous amount of very valuable experience (I suppose that is one thing I can thank Mitt Romney for).

Unlike 2007, DAR 2012 included a very robust social media component. Twitter was good, but Facebook by far became the star. We developed a very engaged Facebook following that eagerly shared our content. By Election Day, the DAR Facebook page sported over 106,000 members. I am still calculating the final numbers, but I can tell you that in the last week of the election alone, our Facebook content reached over 1.25 million people through viral sharing by our members. The final numbers will be nothing short of astounding.

So what's next? This has been a 5-year labor of love that often took time away from family, friends and my regular job (social media and online/interactive marketing consultant).Thankfully, as I mentioned above, an incredible amount of what we experienced and learned over the course of the election can be put to good use helping to bring about positive, forward change in the future (it is never too early to begin positioning for success in the next mid-term election). 

By all means take a few days to enjoy our hard-won victory - then, lets get back to work. I invite you to join us in our continuing, expanded mission. Visit our new blog to learn more - and while you're there, be sure to "Like" our new Facebook page to keep up with what comes next. Visit: WatchdogCauses.com

Scott Crider
Founder, Dogs Against Romney & Co-Founder, Watchdog Causes, LLC

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Somewhere, Seamus' Tail is Wagging


Dogs Against Romney: Mission Accomplished!

It's been five long years since Dogs Against Romney was founded. Finally, we can say "Mission Accomplished!"

These stickers and magnets are available in our store, HERE. Grab one now!

Woof!

Rusty

Music Video Debut: DEVO's "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro!"

Here's the music video debut for DEVO's awesome new single, "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro (Remember Seamus)!" You can get the song FREE in our free iPhone and iPad game here: The Crate Escape: Seamus Unleashed





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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Romney Campaigns in Ohio, Calling it "Storm Relief," 500 Miles from Nearest Damage

You can't make this stuff up. While the President is in DC handling the Hurricane Sandy crisis, Romney is campaigning for himself in Ohio, calling his event "storm relief," even though Ohio is over 500 miles from the nearest hurricane damage. Source: http://goo.gl/Asudj





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Help the Victims of Hurricane Sandy


Our thoughts and prayers go out to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Pack members who want to help the Red Cross provide shelter, food & other assistance can visit www.redcross.org , call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


















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Saturday, October 27, 2012

You Can't Outrun Pet Abuse, Mitt

This is the scene that greeted Mitt Romney as he arrived at the Ritz Pentagon City. You can't outrun pet abuse, Mitt.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

BREAKING: Judge Says Mitt Romney "Probably" Guilty of Animal Abuse

A judge in an Oregon courtroom Friday made it clear he believes Mitt Romney “probably” would have been found guilty of animal abuse for strapping his crated dog to the roof of a car for a 12-hour trip. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Kenneth Walker made the statement in open court during the trial of two Oregon men charged with second-degree animal abuse.

As reported in The Oregonian, the two men were arrested after accidentally dragging their dog behind a truck. The question put before the court was this: Is it a crime to tie a dog to a car, forget about it, then drive off?

While arguing in her clients’ defense, attorney Lisa Pardini said to Judge Walker that even people in prominent positions of power sometimes make bad decisions, using Mitt Romney as an example. 

"Our presidential candidate tied up a dog and drove off with him for quite a while," Pardini said. 

To that, Judge Walker said: "I would have probably found him guilty for that." 

Ultimately, Judge Walker agreed with the defense, finding the two men were “negligent” but not guilty of animal abuse. The dog survived the incident.

Source: Amy Green, The Oregonian
Photo: Associated Press

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mitt Romney's Binders Full of Women


Women love dogs. Dogs love women. Mitt Romney doesn't treat either of us very well.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

100,000 Dogs Against Romney

Dogs Against Romney reached 100,000 members on our Facebook page tonight. Woof!



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Romney Tax Plan Details

To visit this site: http://www.romneytaxplan.com/


Looking for details on Romney's tax plan? Look no further!

For Romney tax plan details, go HERE.





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Monday, October 15, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Romney's Dog-on-Roof Story as Enacted Parable

We like to have some fun here at Dogs Against Romney, but the truth is our message is serious. Mitt Romney strapped his family pet to the roof of his car for a 12-hour drive. He admits it. He continues to defend it.

Over 95,000 members of our Facebook “Super Pack” - and hundreds of thousands of readers of this blog - believe it was an act of animal abuse. Just a few days ago, a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling showed that the overwhelming majority of Americans (68%) agree.

But to me, this story is about more than just Romney’s inhumane treatment of his family pet. It is also about what this inhumane act says about Romney’s character – and what it might mean for citizens living under a Romney administration.

Yesterday, as I read through my large backlog of articles, I came across a diary on Daily Kos by “Wee Mama." It was written months ago - long before it became known how Romney feels about the 47% of Americans he considers "un-willing to take responsibility for their lives" - and it just ... nails it. 

Wee Mama considers the dog-on-roof incident an “enacted parable,” a story told through actions, rather than words, possibly illustrative of Romney’s view of others (humans and canines alike). She explains it eloquently:
A brief recap of the story brings out how many, many points of contact there are between this short, sad story of Seamus and how Romney has treated thousands of people (and by extension, would treat the American public).
Seamus was one of "the least of these"; he was a family member but one without any power of his own. Romney included him when it was useful and convenient, but had no concern for the experience from Seamus's point of view. The parallel is to the many employees of companies that Romney bought out who were fired. They were useful fodder but disposable at Romney's convenience.The roof top carrier kept Seamus out of the way; Romney didn't need to face or endure what Seamus suffered for those twelve hours. Similarly Romney has never had to experience what the employees in the raided companies endured.Seamus's diarrhea was a wholly natural response to an intolerable situation. Romney did not pay attention to Seamus, though, only to the impact Seamus had on the car. Romney hosed the car and Seamus down, and rolled on down the highway. In the companies that Bain Capital raided, employees suffered the loss of pensions and health care, but that was irrelevant to Romney and the vulture capitalists; they went ahead with their profit taking.The hardest part of this story is that Romney told it as a light hearted family anecdote. He continues to have no shame about it, and to claim that Seamus preferred twelve hours in the slipstream over time inside with the family.If the Seamus story had been a one off mistake, regretted and apologized for, it would have ended. It gains its force from the many parallels to the way that Romney has treated "the least of these" in the companies that Bain Capital has raided. It should legitimately be taken as a warning for how Romney would treat the American people if (God forbid) he were President.
Indeed. Wee Mama "gets it."


Love,


Rusty


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Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Mitt Romney Dog on Car Roof Story: An Introduction

Rusty, Founder of Dogs Against Romney
I have had many requests for a catch-all place for newbies to our cause to get caught up on the back-story behind Mitt Romney's cruelty toward the Romney family dog. Anyone who Google's "Mitt Romney dog" will find literally thousands of articles about it, but here I have collected some of what I consider to be the most succinct. Read these stories if you are new to Dogs Against Romney or, if you are a veteran member, share this link with your friends who don't yet know the truly revolting details of Romney's callousness toward poor Seamus, the Irish Setter.


Questions still remain about Seamus' ultimate fate - questions Romney has so far refused to answer.

TIME MAGAZINE: Romney's Cruel Canine Vacation

TIME MAGAZINE's SWAMPLAND BLOG: Romney's Shaggy Dog Story

Fox News' Lanny Davis: Why Romney's Dog on Car Roof Story Makes Him Unfit to be President 

RACHEL MADDOW SHOW (MSNBC): Insensitivity, Gaffes, and Romney's Dog

SUSAN ESTRICH: Romney's Care of Dog May Attest to His Character 

ABC NEWS: Romney Strapped Dog to Roof of Car 

THE GUARDIAN: Animal Cruelty Story Dogs Romney 


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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Did You Know Mitt Romney is Listed on Two National Animal Cruelty Registries?


Mitt Romney’s admission that he transported his pet strapped on the roof of his station wagon for a 12-hour drive has spawned countless late night jokes. Romney himself tries to laugh it off, but we’ve learned new information that is no laughing matter.

Abusing animals has consequences – consequences not even Mitt Romney can avoid. In the wake of his campaign’s 2007 revelation of the “dog-on-roof story,” Mitt Romney’s name was listed by two national animal cruelty registries used to track animal abuse offenders.

The first, Pet-Abuse.com, is based in Southfields, NY and is connected to the national Animal Abuse Registry Database Administration System (AARDAS). According to its website, the registry provides “a database enabling animal adoption agencies to research potential adopters for possible prior abuse history within and across state and national lines."  

Mitt Romney’s listing in the Pet-Abuse.com registry is for “neglect/abandonment” and can be found here: http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/11676/MA/US/ 

The second registry listing Romney is Inhumane.org , a New Hampshire organization that is part of the New Hampshire Governor's Task Force for the Humane Treatment of Animals. It bills itself as "a resource for any organization that deals with animal adoptions.”

Mitt Romney’s listing in the Inhumane.org registry can be found here: http://www.inhumane.org/data/MRomney.htm

Both registries are maintained so that animal welfare organizations, Humane Law Enforcement officials, animal shelters, rescue operations, and breeders can share information about animal abuse offenders and conduct background checks before allowing people to adopt or purchase a pet.

Dogs Against Romney asks: Should the United States of America have a president who isn’t even qualified to adopt a pet?

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hilarious Video: "Mitt Romney Style"

Pay particular attention around 1:50 into the video, where Seamus makes an appearance.




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Monday, October 8, 2012

Security Camera Video: Romney Supporter Steals "Dogs Against Romney" Sign

Here is security camera video showing a Romney supporter stealing a "Dogs Against Romney" sign from the garden of one of our members in broad daylight. The incident happened on Wawona Street in the Pine Lake Park district of San Francisco. In the video, what appears to be an older man, wearing a baseball cap and walking a dog that appears to be a Golden Retriever, passes a couple who are walking toward him on the sidewalk. The couple walks past the Dogs Against Romney sign (right side of screen, located in a small garden) without disturbing it. The older man, however, notices the sign and immediately stops. He approaches the sign and pulls it from the ground, stepping into a doorway area to hide his activity. He wads the sign up and walks away with it, pausing to look around to make sure he hadn't been seen. During the vandalism and theft, the man's dog remains frozen, staring at him, perhaps displeased.

This act is not only trespassing, theft and vandalism - but also a violation of our member's constitutional right to free speech - and it is petty - but what else would one expect from a Romney supporter?

Anyone in the Pine Lake Park district who recognizes the person committing this crime, please report it in the comments section of this post, in the comments on the video's You Tube page, or on the Dogs Against Romney Facebook page. If we can positively identify him, we'd like to honor him as our "Romney Supporter of the Week."


 

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Nothing is Sacred to Mitt Romney - Not Dogs, Not Big Bird, Not the Truth


The Washington Post writes this morning that "Big Bird Will Haunt Romney." We at Dogs Against Romney know the Post is right - mostly because we plan to help. 

Seamus, the family dog Mitt Romney admits to strapping to the roof of his car while his luggage rode inside, has haunted Romney for years. Dogs hold a sacred place in the hearts of millions of Americans - they are part of the family. Big Bird, too, is sacred to millions. We grew up with Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, the Cookie Monster and The Count. They taught us that the world can be a good and caring place, if only we are good and caring ourselves. For Mitt Romney to cast Big Bird so casually aside shows what kind of person he is - just as strapping Seamus to the roof shows what kind of person he is.

Remember Seamus. Save Big Bird. Stop Romney.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Romney Strapped Big Bird to the Roof


This was shared by one of our 97,000 Facebook members today. I thought it was hilarious! First, Romney strapped his dog, Seamus, to the car roof...now Big Bird?

Update: I'm now told this image came was created by Brett Fabrizio. Thanks, Brett!

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Mitt Romney: IncomPETent


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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

BREAKING: Romney Announces Space Program Minutes Before First Presidential Debate


October 3, 2012
- Denver, CO

Minutes before the first Presidential debate of the 2012 election, Mitt Romney surprised reporters by announcing his ideas for America's space program. "I will bring America's beloved shuttle out of mothballs," Romney said.

As reporters scrambled to press him for further details, Romney would only say, "Once I'm President, I'll tell you." From the back of the room, a reporter shouted, "Is it true you're invested in companies that would get billions of dollars in contracts to make the shuttle ready to fly again?" Visibly angered by the question, Romney snapped, "You people have all you need to know about my finances."

"Why bring the shuttle back, Governor, when NASA says it is no longer an economically viable space vehicle?" asked CNN's Miles O'Brien. "NASA made that decision because the shuttle has a small payload capability," Romney answered. Pointing to a drawing provided by the Romney campaign, he continued, saying, "I have a plan to increase its payload capability, thereby making it able to carry more material into space each time it is launched."

"You're planning to strap a giant dog crate to the shuttle?" O'Brien asked. "Not a dog crate," Romney snapped. "It's a highly advanced, airtight container that has been modified to attach to the shuttle's roof. It has a special windshield," he quickly added.

"How much will this so called 'highly advanced' container cost? And who will build it?" shouted the reporter from the back of the room. "We estimate the container will only cost around $13 Billion," Romney answered. "And who will build it?" the reporter shouted again.

"That's all the questions I have time for today," Romney said. Following up, the reporter shouted, "Is the release of your space plan moments before your first debate an attempt to distract viewers?" "Yes," Romney answered as he was rushed from the room by his handlers.

Moments later, the Romney campaign issued a statement clarifying Romney's remarks: "When Governor Romney answered 'yes' to the question about distracting debate viewers, he meant 'no.'"

Moments later, the Romney campaign issued yet another clarifying statement: "When we said Governor Romney meant 'no' when he answered 'yes' to the question about distracting debate viewers, we meant to say he didn't actually answer 'yes' in the first place. He coughed and it sounded like 'yes,' but he was saying 'no' when he coughed."

Note: This is satire.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Romney Campaign's "Explosive" Racist Obama Speech

Last night, the Mitt Romney campaign and it's media mouthpieces FOX NEWS and The Daily Caller released "explosive" video of President Obama "pandering" and "speaking differently to different audiences." I guess Mitt Romney has never done that.


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Jim Lehrer: Ask Romney if he "roof-racks" more than just his dog.


We like to have some fun here at Dogs Against Romney, but our message is serious. Mitt Romney strapped his family pet to the roof of his car for a 12-hour drive while his luggage rode inside. Worse, when the dog became sick, Romney just hosed him down and left him up there for hours more. 

Over 96,000 members of our “Super Pack” on Facebook and most of the 1 million+ readers of this blog believe it was animal abuse. It isn't just us who feel this way. A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling showed 68% of Americans think what Romney did is inhumane.

Despite this, Romney continues to defend what he did. He even implied to ABC News' Diane Sawyer the only reason he wouldn't do it again is because of "all the attention it received."

To be clear, I'm not suggesting the dog-on-roof incident rises to the level of a presidential debate question by itself. I'm suggesting the incident might serve as a sort of enacted parable that illustrates a much more disturbing narrative about Romney - that he views people outside the top 1% coldly - unworthy of concern or empathy. 

Does Romney not "roof-rack" the very poor when he says he isn't concerned about them because they have a "safety net?"

Does he not "roof-rack" ordinary workers when he says he "likes to be able to fire people" who provide services to him?

Did he not routinely "roof-rack" companies he purchased as CEO of Bain Capital, loading them with debt, directing them through bankruptcies, causing  closings and layoffs - all while extracting enormous profits for himself?

Does he not "roof-rack" 47% of Americans when he said he believes they "consider themselves victims" who will "never take responsibility for their lives" and, therefore, he believes it is "not his job to worry about those people?"

As a leader in the Mormon church, does Romney not subscribe to a belief system that "roof-racks" women, subjugating them to the authority of men based solely on gender? 

All these are questions that need to be asked of a man who, if elected, will be President for us all - not just for the .5% (men in the top 1%). Are you listening, Jim Lehrer?

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Friday, September 28, 2012

ABC News: Romney Dog Story Becoming a Major Deal


Check out this great video showing ABC News' Diane Sawyer, Jake Tapper, and Jon Karl discussing the power the story of Mitt Romney's dog abuse has begun to take on in this election cycle.


"Top democrats think this story is potentially damaging to Romney," Tapper says. Diane Sawyer seems to marvel at the thought, asking "Have you ever seen anything like this? How is he (Romney) going to handle this? What's he going to do?"


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Empathy: If you have to say you have it, you don't have it.


At Dogs Against Romney, we've always known Romney lacks empathy. Now that everyone else knows he lacks it too, Romney is desperately trying to convince people he really does have empathy. Guess what? If you have to say it, you don't have it.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dogs Against Romney on Rachel Maddow

Here's the segment I was featured in during Rachel Maddow's show on MSNBC on January 11, 2012. It's about half-way into this clip. *wag* *wag*

Long version



Short version


Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Romney Calls Social Security Recipients Freeloaders?

In a secretly recorded meeting with his rich donors, Mitt Romney disdainfully said it is "not his job to worry about" nearly half of all Americans because the 47% who pay no income taxes see themselves as "victims," and will "never take responsibility for their lives." According to the Tax Policy Center, the 47% Romney is talking about includes EVERY RETIRED PERSON IN AMERICA who is now getting social security after paying into the system their entire lives - Democrat and Republican. 










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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Secretly, Mitt Romney Has Already Roof-Racked Half of Americans

In a secretly recorded video, Mitt Romney described his true feelings about nearly half of Americans. To a room full of his rich donors, Romney disdainfully described 47% of Americans as people who "believe they are victims" because they depend on the government for assistance with health care, social security, or food for their children - and Romney said it isn't his job to worry about "those people." 

The 47% number includes retirees and the very elderly, who receive social security and medicare after they paid into the system for their entire lives. It includes families with disabled children who can't work because their child requires 24-hour care; it includes disabled veterans who served their county and sacrificed their bodies and ability to support themselves. 

Mitt Romney looks at all these Americans - people like your grandparents - the same way. He looks at all of them as if they are free-loading welfare abusers whose only interest in politics is protecting their free meal tickets.

Mitt is mean.


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Monday, September 17, 2012

The Crate Escape: Seamus Unleashed Game Featuring DEVO's Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro!

The Seamus-inspired mobile game is now available in the iTunes store for FREE! Get it. Play it. Share it. Spread the word that Mitt Romney strapped his dog to the roof of his car.

GET IT HERE!


The Crate Escape: Seamus Unleashed - Censault LLC







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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mitt Romney and The Ghoulish Smirk

When I saw this photo of Mitt Romney by Associated Press photographer Charles Dharapak yesterday, I was immediately struck by Romney's expression. The photo was taken as Romney turned to leave the press conference at which he had just discussed the tragic murders of an American diplomat and his staff in Libya - and at which he had attempted to politicize the tragedy for his own personal gain. 

Then Romney turned to leave and, appallingly, smirked.

One cannot look at this image without seeing a man who is self-satisfied - pleased that he'd just "scored" some political points. Never mind the ongoing crisis the country faces. Never mind the fresh, shocking grief being experienced by the families of the dead. Never mind statesmanship - or propriety - or class. To Mitt Romney, this was an opportunity and he felt he'd capitalized on it handsomely. I can imagine this same ghoulish smirk on his face each time he turned to leave a business deal in which he'd just stacked the odds overwhelmingly in his favor - a deal in which he knew he'd soon bank millions while other people lost their jobs.

At Dogs Against Romney, we've long suspected Mitt Romney is ... well, mean. For us it began with the story of his choosing to strap his dog to the roof of his car while his luggage rode inside. The sheer weirdness of this turned quickly into cruelty when it became known the dog became ill while riding up there for a 12-hour trip (defecating himself and his crate) only to be hosed down by Romney and forced to ride up there for hours more. 

Our suspicions of Romney's meanness were further fueled by things he said on the campaign trail. "I like to be able to fire people who provide services to me," he once said. "I'm not concerned about the very poor," he also uttered. 

Now, this. This photo, we believe, captures the real Mitt Romney. An unfiltered moment in which he could not conceal his true, ghoulish self: "The Smirk."

See the original AP photo and caption here. 

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Don't Believe Mitt Romney Strapped His Dog to the Roof? Google it.

If you don't believe Mitt Romney is cruel enough to have strapped his dog to the roof of his car for 12-hours at a time, even after the poor dog got sick, Google it.

A Google search for "Mitt Romney Dog on Roof" returns over 2.8 million results. You can't make that up.












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Thursday, September 6, 2012

How Romney Also "Strapped People to the Roof"

At Dogs Against Romney, I've long believed Romney's cold decision to strap his dog to the roof of his car for 12-hour rides (while his luggage rode inside) transcended the dog. The dog suffered, no doubt - and that alone is enough for many people to abandon support for Romney - but what does this behavior say about Romney's attitude toward other living beings (especially humans)? Clues are not hard to find. Infamous Romney quotes include little gems like these: "I like to be able to fire people who provide services to me." and "I'm not concerned about the very poor, there's a safety net there." 

Beyond his words, I've now uncovered a chilling example of how Romney, while running Bain Capital, "strapped people to the roof," while he himself "rode inside," comfortably shielded from the tragic human consequences his behavior created.

In the 1990's, Romney bought an Illinois medical company called Dade International. At Romney's direction, Dade quadrupled the amount of money it owed to its creditors and vendors. Romney played with Dade International's  freed-up cash and forced the company to borrow even more money to pay Bain Capital management fees. Then, with Dade International now loaded down with crushing debt, Romney began "strapping people to the roof." He led the company through waves of layoffs to cut costs. Employees who were lucky enough to survive the layoffs were then "hosed-down" by Romney - told they had to accept a pay cut, or leave. 

Ultimately, 1,700 people lost their jobs. Dade International was forced to file for bankruptcy protection and tried to sue Bain for "unjust enrichment." All the while, Romney sat safely inside his luxurious office - making millions of dollars along the way. 

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ann Romney Defends Her Husband's Dog Abuse

In this ABC NEWS video, Ann Romney attempts to defend her husband's dog abuse. She explains that they strapped their dog, Seamus, to the roof-rack of their car while their luggage rode inside. Ann says they traveled this way "all the time." She explains that she and Mitt think it was kinder to strap the dog to the roof than to leave him home at a kennel for two weeks. 

What Ann fails to explain is this: WHY WAS IT NOT AN OPTION TO PUT THE LUGGAGE ON THE ROOF AND LET THE DOG TO RIDE INSIDE THE CAR WITH THE FAMILY?  







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Monday, September 3, 2012

Mitt Romney Profits from Animal Cruelty

Breaking: Mitt Romney reaps profits from imported coats made from dog and cat fur. 

12 years after "retiring" from Bain Capital, the investment firm he founded, Mitt Romney still reaps millions of dollars per year from it. 

Where does Bain get the money it pays to Mitt? A big chunk of it comes from Burlington Coat Factory, which is under investigation for "mislabeling" fur coats that have been proven to include the skins of dogs and cats killed in China.

What is it with Mitt Romney and animal cruelty? Why does he accept money from cruel and sleazy business practices?

Sources:

Chicago Tribune: http://goo.gl/5Mvu2

LA Times: http://articles.latimes.com/1998/dec/18/news/cl-55094

Business Insider: http://goo.gl/I9Sqs

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlington_Coat_Factory


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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dogs Against Romney Rally at Republican National Convention

Note: The dogs on the car roofs are not real dogs.
Dogs Against Romney are going to have a rally in Tampa, FL tomorrow, near the site of the Republican National Convention. Make some fun signs, bring your pets, meet other members of the pack and talk to the media about how meanie Mitt should not be president because he's an admitted dog abuser. Details below:

WHAT: Dogs Against Romney Rally - RNC, Tampa, FL

WHERE: Lykes Gaslight Square Park in the heart of downtown Tampa, FL (410 N. Franklin St., Tampa, FL)

WHEN: National Dog Day, Sunday, August 26 at 3:30 PM 

WHO SHOULD COME: Members, friends and supporters of kindness to animals. All are welcome WITH PETS or without (please bring your dogs, the more the merrier!)

WHAT TO BRING: Yourself, your pets (encouraged but not required) and an energetic spirit to tell the world that cruelty to is NOT OK and Mitt is mean! Some signs will be provided, but please be creative and make your own!

Sign message ideas:

MITT IS MEAN

DOGS AREN'T LUGGAGE

I RIDE INSIDE

DON'T ROOF RACK ME, BRO!

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Should an Animal Abuser be President? Neigh.


First there was Seamus, the Romney family Irish Setter whom they admit to strapping to the roof of their car (at least once) for a 12-hour drive to Canada as if he was luggage. They left poor Seamus up on the roof even after he became ill and soiled himself and the car. Mitt, in what was described by his campaign as "emotion free crisis management" merely hosed Seamus down and continued on the trip for hours more.

Now there is a horse named Super Hit.
In 2008, the Romneys sold a horse named Super Hit for $125,000. The horse was subsequently found to be lame and unable to perform dressage. Dr. Steven Soule, veterinarian for the U.S. Equestrian Team, was consulted. He found that Super Hit, at the time he was sold, had been drugged with a staggering amount of painkillers - more than he had ever seen given to a horse in 38-years of practice.

Super Hit's new owners sued Ann Romney, her trainers and her vet. The case was settled out of court last September. The Romney campaign called the case "frivolous," but refused to allow the LA Times to interview the Romneys, their trainers, or their vet. The LA Times also reports that Romney's lawyers have sought to keep the case out of the public eye by trying to get the attorney of Super Hit's new owners to sign a confidentiality agreement.

The Romneys continue their relationship with the same trainers under whom Super Hit was given a staggering amount of painkillers so that he could be forced to continue performing.

Sources:

Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/ann-romneys-high-horse

LA Times: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/22/nation/la-na-ann-romney-dressage-20120522/2

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

DEVO and Dogs Against Romney: Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro!

Posted this just for fun, because DEVO's Gerald Casale is a part of our pack. If you haven't listened to DEVO's awesome new song, "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro!" go here.








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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro Limited Edition T-Shirts!


DEVO's new song, "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Seamus Unleashed)" is going to be big! Grab a special edition DON'T ROOF RACK ME, BRO shirt, designed by Gerald Casale, for your dog and yourself AND help raise funds for animal welfare too. 


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New DEVO Song, "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro!" Listen Here!

The new DEVO song, "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Seamus Unleashed)" is now available in the iTunes store. Listen to a sample now!



Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Seamus Unleashed) - Single - Devo