Why We Don’t Believe Manti Te’o

Manti Te'o. Photo courtesy Neon Tommy.Video after jump.

“I knew for me that my girlfriend and my family … wouldn’t want me to be sulking over things.”

— Manti Te’o explaining to Pete Thamel why he went to practice
immediately after hearing the news of his “girlfriend’s” “death”

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The Hypocrisy Files: Mitt Romney: “I’ll Be Better Than Ted (Kennedy) for Gay Rights”

Mitt Romney: 'I'll Be Better Than Ted (Kennedy) for Gay Rights'

Bay Windows, August 31, 1994

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Mitt Romney Hypocrisy Countdown: The ENDA Flip-Flop

Mitt Romney: 'I'll be better than Ted Kennedy for gay rights'“I am aware of the legislation that Barney Frank proposed [the Employment Non-Discrimination Act] and do support that and would vote in favor of that.”

— Mitt Romney
Romney: I’ll be better than Ted for gay rights
Bay Windows, August 25, 1994

“By 2006 [Romney] had reversed his ENDA position because it would ‘unfairly penalize employers at the hands of activist judges.’”

— Matthew Breen
In Obama We Trust
The Advocate, July 13 2012

 
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Mitt Romney Hypocrisy Countdown: Tarnishing Ted

Willard Mitt Romney“I’m pro-choice. My opponent is multiple choice.”

— Senator Edward Kennedy, referring to Mitt Romney, 1994

“Ted Kennedy, as you may recall, said he was multiple choice.”

— Mitt Romney, 2007

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Mitt Romney Hypocrisy Countdown: Two Days From “My Own Preference” to “What’s Best for Society”

Mitt Romney: 'I'll be better than Ted Kennedy for gay rights'“‘My view is that marriage itself is a relationship between a man and a woman and that’s my own preference,’ Romney told reporters in Oklahoma.”

— Elise Foley
Mitt Romney: Marriage Between A Man And A Woman Is ‘My Own Preference’
Huffington Post, May 9, 2012

“Mitt Romney claimed Thursday during an interview that his opposition to same-sex marriage has nothing to do with his religious beliefs.

“‘As a society, I think we’re better off if we encourage the establishment of homes with a mother and a father,’ Romney told KETV’s Rob McCartney after a speech in Omaha.

“Asked if religion played into his opposition, Romney replied, (more…)

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Mitt Romney Hypocrisy Countdown: We’ll Take Judy Dushku’s Word for It

Willard Mitt Romney‘Yes, I’m definitely for choice,’ he said. And I said, ‘Great, we agree on that.’ Then, he said, ‘In Salt Lake, they told me it was okay to take that position in a liberal state.’ I said, ‘That doesn’t make me quite as happy. I’d rather know you really believe it.’ …

“He got very restless and stood up and said, ‘I am pro-choice; is there something else?’”

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Mitt Romney Hypocrisy Countdown: It’s Not Worth Nailing Osama bin Laden in Pakistan… Unless It Happens, and Then I’ll Jump Right On the Bandwagon

Willard Mitt Romney“It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”

— Mitt Romney, referring to Osama bin Laden
April 26, 2007

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Mitt Romney Hypocrisy Countdown: Hijacking Dr. King for Fun & Profit

Willard Mitt RomneyRomney: “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.”

Later…

Reporter: “Did you actually see it with your own eyes — your father march with Martin Luther King?”

Romney: “Uh, uh— my own eyes? … No… But I saw it in the figurative sense… (more…)

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Mitt Romney Hypocrisy Countdown: Draft Dodger Didn’t “Long” Hard Enough to Go to Vietnam

Willard Mitt Romney“First he didn’t ‘desire’ to serve, but didn’t evade it. Then he ‘longed’ to go. The truth: He got four deferments.”Joan Walsh

“‘I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there, and in some ways it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Vietnam.’” (more…)

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Mitt Romney Hypocrisy Countdown: When Mitt Issued Special Gay-Marriage Licenses

Mitt Romney: 'I'll be better than Ted Kennedy for gay rights'“I oppose same-sex marriage. That’s been my position from the beginning.”

— Mitt Romney
Iowa Republican debate, December 15, 2011

“As a gay-marriage proponent, I was pleased to learn that then-Gov. Willard Mitt Romney, R-Mass., issued at least 189 special-issue, one-day marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2005 alone. These documents let these 378 people enjoy nuptials officiated by relatives, friends and others who normally do not perform weddings. …

“While Team Romney argues that the SJC forced it to give gay couples conventional marriage licenses, the special, one-day licenses are a strictly gubernatorial choice, as (more…)

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Greg Peterson Suicides Out: Utah Mormon GOP Activist & Accused Serial Kidnapper & Rapist Puts Bullet in Head

Greg PetersonBackstory:

• “Greg Peterson: Utah Mormon GOP Activist Charged with Kidnapping, Beating & Raping Four Women in Cabin He Used for Political Fundraisers,” July 20, 2012

• “Three More Women Accuse Utah Mormon GOP Activist Greg Peterson of Sexual Assault,” July 28, 2012 (more…)

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Did Mitt Romney Perjur Himself in Pal’s Divorce Case?

Willard Mitt RomneyBeats us — but something sure smells fishy:

A probate court in Massachusetts unsealed 430 pages of testimony by Mitt Romney from 1991, when he was questioned during the protracted divorce proceedings of one of his campaign’s top surrogates. (more…)

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Romney-McCain-Whitman Donor James Catledge Indicted In Alleged $90M Ponzi Scheme: He’s Rich, He’s A Republican, He’s An Eagle Scout… And He’s A Mormon

James Catledge

Rancho Santa Fe Man and Alleged Co-Conspirator Charged with a Scheme to Defraud Victims Out of More Than $90 Million

SAN FRANCISCO, September 21, 2012 — A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted James B. Catledge of Rancho Santa Fe, California, and Derek F.C. Elliott, of Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, on September 18, 2012, with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and three counts (more…)

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Good Question: Which Mitt Will Show Up?

Willard Mitt Romney“Wednesday’s presidential debate promises sharp contrasts. One candidate wants to repeal Obamacare, one candidate invented it. One opposed the auto industry bailout, one takes credit for it. One doubts the scientific consensus about climate change, one believes in it. One wants to ‘voucherize’ Medicare, one wants to save it. One dismisses nearly half of Americans as a bunch of moochers, and one claims to champion the struggling middle class.

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Black Collar Crime Round-Up: September 25, 2012, Part 2

Broch DeGraff • Tony Ford • Paul LaCharite • Tracey Taylor
Edward Warnakulasuriya • Curtis Wehmeyer • Walter Harrison Yocum

Broch DeGraffFormally charged; two new counts added: Broch Clyde DeGraff, 27, Mormon “priest” and former kindergarten and pre-K teacher and soccer coach, Liahona Preparatory Academy, a private Mormon charter school founded and owned by his father, Brent DeGraff, and stepmother, Kolleen DeGraff, Pleasant Grove, Utah; with one count of first-degree felony forcible sodomy and nine counts of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse allegedly committed against two 16-year-old girls, with some incidents allegedly occurring on school property and others in the home DeGraff shared with his soon-to-be ex-wife. (more…)

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Mitt Romney Thinks the U.S. is a Foreign Country

Willard Mitt RomneyElizabeth Flock gives Willard the benefit of the doubt, suggesting that listing “USA” as a “foreign country” on his 2011 tax return may have been a “mistake,” but we side with John Aravosis on the matter: Considering how Romney jumps at every chance to take every word of President Obama’s and turn it into a baseless gotcha, and “considering that Mitt Romney’s family moved to Mexico to escape American anti-bigamy laws, and the only reason they came back to the US was to flee the Mexican Revolution, it’s no wonder the Romney family finds America a ‘foreign country.’” (more…)

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Paul Ryan Strategy: Shut Up, Lie & Backtrack on Caymans Tax Shelters, Ayn Rand & Commie Social Security

Paul RyanWatch Lawrence O’Donnell nail Teabagger darling & VP hopeful Paul Ryan on 1) how he can no longer tell the truth about the Cayman Islands — that they’re “the place you hide your money” — since Ryan’s curent boss, Willard “Mitt” Romney, hides his money in the Caymans; 2) why the unshaven Eddie Munster lookalike has to denounce his life’s love, Ayn Rand; and 3) how Ryan equates Social Security with Red-under-the-bed Communism: (more…)

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Mitt Romney Wants to Know Why Airplane Windows Don’t Open (How Stupid is Too Stupid to Be President?)

Willard Mitt Romney“When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous.”

Mitt Romney, September 22, 2012

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Black Collar Crime Round-Up: September 23, 2012, Part 2

Broch DeGraff • Medger Duckens • Gary Freeland • David Grosse
Jonathan Hall • Patrick Hughes • George Koharchik

Broch DeGraffCharged: Broch Clyde DeGraff, 27, Mormon “priest” and former kindergarten and pre-K teacher and soccer coach, Liahona Preparatory Academy, a private (and extremely conservative) Mormon charter school founded and owned by his father, “Brother” Brent DeGraff, and stepmother, “Sister” Kolleen DeGraff, Pleasant Grove, Utah; and apparent member of a wildly right-wing, Mormon adult soccer league; with a total of eight first- and second-degree felony charges of forcible sexual abuse, allegedly committed against two 16-year-old girls. (more…)

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Sorry, Mitt: Gene Hackman Works To Convey Humanity, Not A Complete Lack Of

Willard Mitt RomneyThe audacity: Mitt Romney thinks Gene Hackman should play him in a movie.

While Gene Hackman is inarguably one of the greatest actors of our time, even he couldn’t wrap his considerable talent around the role of an emotionless robot programmed, ineptly, to impersonate a human being. He’d be too… human. Better to cast a rock, or a bag of hammers, or a houseplant (although a role so devoid of personality would be a stretch for the average houseplant). (more…)

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