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    Land of Hope And Ice Creams: Oh Chris Cillizza, there you go again →


    From his WaPo analysis of the first presidential debate:


    * Mitt Romney: Romney needed a strong performance after roughly a month of unrelenting bad news — and even worse polling in swing states. And, he got it. Romney was extremely well-prepared and came across as someone more than…

    — 2 years ago with 11 notes
    #washington post  #joe biden  #barack obama 
    Washington Post: No retraction on Bain Capital outsourcing story
TPM: “The Washington Post’s top editors just wrapped up a meeting with Romney officials to discuss the campaign’s request for a retraction of the paper’s story on Bain Capital’s outsourcing. “We are very confident in our reporting,” Washington Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti told TPM after the meeting, adding that appointments with people concerned about coverage are common.”

    Washington Post: No retraction on Bain Capital outsourcing story

    TPM: “The Washington Post’s top editors just wrapped up a meeting with Romney officials to discuss the campaign’s request for a retraction of the paper’s story on Bain Capital’s outsourcing. “We are very confident in our reporting,” Washington Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti told TPM after the meeting, adding that appointments with people concerned about coverage are common.”

    — 2 years ago with 8 notes
    #journalism  #media  #news  #politics  #bain capital  #ha ha ha  #LOL  #Mitt Romney  #offshoring  #outsourcing  #Republicans  #retract story  #washington post  #won't retract story 
    The Romney campaign wants the WaPo to RETRACT the Bain outsourcing story →

    And the Washington Post is actually entertaining this ridiculous request?

    TPM reports: “Washington Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti confirmed that editors are meeting with Romney officials to discuss the campaign’s request for a retraction of the paper’s story on Bain Capital’s outsourcing. ”The editors really do take complaints seriously,” she told TPM. ‘They’re always willing to listen to people’s concerns. That’s what they’re doing.’”

    I have a concern: who owns the Washington Post — and was the owner in Park City, Utah last weekend?

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #class war  #journalism  #media  #news  #politics  #editors  #ludicrous  #Mitt Romney  #mitt romney is a fragile butterfly  #offshoring  #outsourcing  #Republicans  #retract story  #romney campaign  #washington post  #who owns the media? 
    When Romney’s Bain Capital created jobs outside the U.S. that could have been done here →

    Caroline Bankoff at Daily Intel discusses the recent Washington Post article about how Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that moved American jobs overseas: [The Romney] campaign has responded with a statement criticizing the article as “fundamentally flawed”:

    [The] story that does not differentiate between domestic outsourcing versus offshoring nor versus work done overseas to support U.S. exports.  Mitt Romney spent 25 years in the real world economy so he understands why jobs come and they go.

    However, as Politico notes, the statement does not address one of the article’s main points, which is that Bain was directly involved with companies that created jobs outside the United States that could have been done here. Meanwhile, the New York Times has a piece (also based on Securities and Exchange Commission filings) detailing a number of instances in which Bain made a profit off of taking over companies that eventually went bankrupt. While some of the companies profiled may have simply been “too troubled to rescue” (or brought down by larger economic or industry trends), there are examples like steel manufacturer GS Industries… Continue reading »

    Steel – YouTube – Kansas City’s GST Steel had been making steel rods for 105 years when Romney and his partners took control in 1993. They cut corners and extracted profit from the business at every turn, placing it deeply in debt. When the company eventually declared bankruptcy, workers not only lost their jobs but were denied their full pensions and health insurance, and the government was forced to step in and provide a bailout. Watch: 

    Romney economics (why jobs come and why they go): creating wealth for a few at the expense of many.

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #class war  #income redistribution  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #american jobs  #American workers  #bain capital  #creating jobs overseas  #GS industries  #jobs that could have been done here  #kansas city  #Mitt Romney  #off-shoring  #outsourcing jobs  #plutocracy  #vulture capitalism  #washington post  #wealth for the few at the expense of many 
    Mitt Romney’s high school years: a privileged, rich punk who enjoyed bullying others →

    “I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school and some might have gone too far and for that, I apologize.”MITT ROMNEY conditionally apologizes for behavior in high school after the Washington Post published a story on his high school years.

    The most surprising thing about this story on youthful Mitt Romney isn’t that it reveals he was another privileged, rich punk at an exclusive prep school who enjoyed (and had a real talent for) bullying others, but that Romney’s classmates admitted it:

    Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook SchoolBack on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.

    “He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.

    A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

    The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another. Four of them — Friedemann, now a dentist; Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer; Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor; and David Seed, a retired principal — spoke on the record. Another former student who witnessed the incident asked not to be named. The men have differing political affiliations, although they mostly lean Democratic. Buford volunteered for Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. Seed, a registered independent, has served as a Republican county chairman in Michigan. All of them said that politics in no way colored their recollections.

    “It happened very quickly, and to this day it troubles me,” said Buford, the school’s wrestling champion, who said he joined Romney in restraining Lauber. Buford subsequently apologized to Lauber, who was “terrified,” he said. “What a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do.”

    “It was a hack job,” recalled Maxwell, a childhood friend of Romney who was in the dorm room when the incident occurred. “It was vicious.”

    “He was just easy pickins,” said Friedemann, then the student prefect, or student authority leader of Stevens Hall, expressing remorse about his failure to stop it.

    The incident transpired in a flash, and Friedemann said Romney then led his cheering schoolmates back to his bay-windowed room in Stevens Hall.

    Continue reading…

    Imagine if that was your kid. Romney considers this incident a “hiijink” or “prank.” Lifestyles of the rich and famous. Isn’t this kind of behavior what most of us already understand to be the standard mentality for many of the wealthiest one percent? It’s horrifying that this guy wants to be our president.

    — 2 years ago
    #class war  #income redistribution  #news  #people  #politics  #bully  #bullying  #cranbrook school  #exclusive prep school  #GOP  #high school  #hijinks and pranks  #lifestyles of the rich and famous  #Mitt Romney  #one percent  #Republicans  #rich people humor  #the governor's son  #washington post 
    The painted rock at Perry’s hunting camp: “We kind of laughed about it… Rick’s covering his tracks.” →

    I’M IN FULL DISAGREEMENT with Andrew Sullivan on this one:

    I’m sorry to say I can’t see any kind of smoking bigotry in Rick Perry’s heart from the story in the Post yesterday, although the details of the story were really fascinating. Money quote:

    The cowboys, when they were gathering cattle, they’d say they’re going to the Matthews or Niggerhead or the Nail” pastures, said Bill Reed, a distributor for Coors beer in nearby Abilene who used to lease a hunting parcel adjacent to the Perrys’. “Those were all names. Nobody thought anything about it…”

    You know, Texas is a little different — you go where it’s comfortable,” Reed said. “. . . It would have been one thing if they had named it, but they didn’t. So, it’s basically a figure of speech as far as most people are concerned. No one thought anything about it.”

    Not a racist thought in their heads. I’m with TNC on this one:

    In all seriousness, I think this says very little about Rick Perry, and a lot more about the country he seeks to govern.


    “My mother and father went to the lease and painted the rock in either 1983 or 1984,” Perry wrote. “This occurred after I paid a visit to the property with a friend and saw the rock with the offensive word. After my visit I called my folks and mentioned it to them, and they painted it over during their next visit.”

    “Ever since, any time I ever saw the rock it was painted over,” Perry said.

    Perry’s version of events differs in many respects from the recollections of seven people, interviewed by The Washington Post, who spoke in detail of their memories of seeing the rock with the name at various points during the years that Perry was associated with the property through his father, partners or his signature on a lease.

    […] The other local who visited the ranch with Perry during those years recalled the rock standing upright with the name visible. He said it was painted over years later; he was not sure exactly when but recalled remarking about the change with friends.

    “We kind of laughed about it,” recalled this person, who said he would probably vote for Perry if he wins the Republican nomination. “My recollection is that it was several years ago. We were laughing because he had it painted. Because it had always been there. You couldn’t miss it, right there at the gate going in. We laughed about, ‘Rick’s covering his tracks.’ ”

    Hahahahaa! Another white, male GOP politician is “covering his tracks,” pretending to not be (insert whatever applies here — i.e. racist, perverted, gay, having an affair, on drugs, hypocritical… ).

    My God this gets old.

    — 3 years ago with 8 notes
    #journalism  #politics  #andrew sullivan  #GOP  #niggerhead  #painted rock  #racist  #Republicans  #rick perry  #tea party  #washington post