Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mitt Romney: Serial Abuser of Power

"One can draw a straight line from the young man who pinned down a terrified teenager and walked a blind man into a closed door, to the adult who put the family dog in a kennel and strapped it to the roof of the car, to the businessman who laid off hundreds of people, cancelled their health benefits, and paid himself millions while their company went bankrupt."
                                                                                - Paul Begala

Hari Sevugan on Romney, Seamus, Bullying and the Empathy Gap

Hari Sevugan, former National Press Secretary of the Democratic National Committee, gets it. She understands that Seamus is part of a long and disturbing pattern in Romney that demonstrates a lack of empathy.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Maddow to Romney: "Whats so funny about bullying, closing factories, and strapping your dog to the roof?"

Rachel Maddow gets it. Mitt Romney's decision to strap his dog to the roof of his car was just the first indication that he suffers from a troubling lack of empathy. She highlights several more instances in which Romney "chuckles" when discussing what he did to Seamus, a high school classmate he bullied, and factories that were closed by his father. Troubling indeed.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mitt Romney's Pattern of Cruelty

For years we've said that Mitt Romney's decision to transport his family dog strapped to the roof of his car - at least once for 12-hours, while the dog was ill - is indicative of a possible character flaw that should be investigated. During the campaign, Romney has said things that perpetuated our concerns. "I'm not concerned about the very poor," the multimillionaire said on CNN. "We have a safety net there." 

Now the Washington Post has uncovered news that Romney was an anti-gay bully in high school. He didn't just participate in name-calling, either. He led a group in a physical attack on another student who was thought to be homosexual.

Matthew Friedemann, now a dentist, lived in the same dorm as Romney. According to Friedemann, another student, John Lauber, caught Romney's attention. Lauber was a "soft-spoken new student" who was "perpetually teased for his noncomformity and presumed homosexuality." 

Romney didn't like the way Lauber wore his hair, which was bleached-blonde and draped over one eye. After a few days of complaining about Lauber's appearance, Friedemann said, he saw Romney leading a group a students, shouting about their plan to cut Lauber's hair.

Friedemann followed Romney's mob to a nearby room where they tackled Lauber and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber screamed for help, his eyes filling with tears, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors, the Washington Post reports.

When asked about the report yesterday, Ed Gillespie, Romney's senior campaign adviser, said Romney "doesn't remember that at all."

Five other students remember it, though. Each witness was interviewed individually. Each, the Washington Post says, remembered it "similarly." Four spoke on the record. 

Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor who participated with Romney in the attack that day said, "to this day it troubles me." Lauber, the victim, was "terrified," Buford said. Buford subsequently apologized to Lauber.

"It was a hack job," said Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer and friend of Romney's who saw what happened that day. "It was vicious."

David Seed, a retired principal who witnessed the incident, ran into Lauber years later at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Seeing an opportunity to get something off his chest, Seed brought up the incident and apologized to Lauber that he "didn't do more to help in the situation." Lauber told Seed "it was horrible," explaining how frightened he was during the incident. "It's something I have thought about a lot since then," Lauber said.

A dentist, a lawyer, a prosecutor, and a principal all remember the incident clearly. The only person who doesn't remember it is the GOP nominee for president of the United States.

Lauber died in 2004, but he is remembered by those who cared about him. Just like Seamus.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Willkommen Leser aus Deutschland

Ein besonderes Willkommen auf unserer Hunde-liebende Freunde aus Deutschland! Mitt Romney will Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten sein, aber er ist bis mittlere Hunde. Er macht uns Angst. Grrr! Wenn Romney jemals nach Deutschland kommt, protestieren, ihn mit uns!


Note to our English-speaking readers: We were featured in a German newspaper this morning  and we are getting lots of visitors from Germany.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

VIDEO: Hey, Mitt Romney: Journey Won't Ride on the Roof

Hey, Mitt: Journey Won't Ride on the Roof!


Couple Arrested for Strapping Children to Car Roof: "The Kids Loved It," Man Says

Two Northern Indiana parents were arrested Monday after police said they strapped their four children to the roof of their car. "The kids loved it," father claims.

9:39 p.m. EDT, May 7, 2012
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Two Northern Indiana parents were arrested Monday after police said they strapped their four children to the roof of their car.  Ft. Wayne police were called to the Belmont Beverage liquor store in the 2100 block of Fairfield Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Witnesses said the parents had visited the liquor store before driving off. 

A U.S. Marshall reportedly spotted the car travelling on Fairfield near the liquor store. The couple was immediately pulled over.

"The kids loved it," the children's father said in his defense. "Yes," the mother agreed. "They get excited every time we go somewhere."

The U.S. Marshall demanded to know why the couple thought it was a good decision to travel with the children on the roof of the car. "Well," the mother said, "one of the kids has the runs. She ate the turkey off the counter."

"I was just going to that gas station to hose her down," the man added, pointing down the street.

While being handcuffed, the man became agitated, screaming, "I built them a special windshield! They were in an airtight container!"

The officer told reporters on the scene that he has been in law enforcement for over 25-years. "I've never seen anything so dangerous and cruel in my life. The minute I got those kids down from there, they tried to run away."

"They 'Seamused' their own kids," the officer said.

-Note: This story is true. The parents' "excuses" are satire, previously made by Mitt and Ann Romney in defense of their own decision to strap their dog to the roof of their car for a 12-hour drive to Canada-