"Mitt Romney bullied gay classmate with scissor attack"

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    May 10, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
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    The Washington Post ran a sickening story about how Mitt Romney, as a teenager, led a posse of his friends in an assault on a classmate presumed to be gay because Mitt didn't like his haircut...Contacted for comment, Mitt's campaign suggested it didn't really happen:

    "[T]he former Massachusetts governor has no recollection of the incident."

    Funny how that didn't make people stop talking about the story. So now Mitt Romney has offered an "apology":

    “Back in high school, I did some dumb things and if anybody was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize for that,” Romney said in a live radio interview with Fox News Channel. “I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school and some might have gone too far and for that, I apologize.”

    But Romney doesn't really apologize because then he goes back to trying to dismiss the whole thing, since he doesn't remember it. Except that he does remember it wasn't about attacking his classmate for being gay:

    “I don’t remember that incident,” Romney said, laughing. “I certainly don’t believe that I thought the fellow was homosexual. That was the furthest thing from our minds back in the 1960s, so that was not the case.”

    Let's review again just what Mitt Romney did to a classmate because he didn't approve of his classmate's hair:

    “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.
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    “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.”

    Think about that. Let it sit in for a minute. Smug prep school, son-of-a-governor thug Mitt Romney was so incensed by his classmate's haircut that after obsessing about it for days, he appointed himself the vigilante of his prep school, rounded up a posse of his friends, and attacked this poor kid. Mitt Romney stood over him, ignoring his tears and screams, chopping away at his classmate with a pair of scissors because "He can’t look like that. That’s wrong."

    Haha. Funny prank, Mitt. Hilarious. So hilarious that three decades later, the boy who was attacked said, "It was horrible ... It’s something I have thought about a lot since then."

    Here's the thing that's most remarkable of all: Mitt wants to brush away this "prank" as some silly little unmemorable incident that happened 48 years ago, but Mitt Romney hasn't changed at all. He's still going around with his posse—the right-wing extremists—bullying and taunting and attacking the people he doesn't like. He's still so incensed at the thought of people being gay that he wants to amend the Constitution to outlaw their relationships.

    In almost half a century, Mitt Romney hasn't learned a damn thing. And it's still not funny.
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    May 10, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    Things fixin' to get ugly.

    The Obama campaign is very, very clever.
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    May 10, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
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    Daily Kos

    The Washington Post ran a sickening story about how Mitt Romney, as a teenager, led a posse of his friends in an assault on a classmate presumed to be gay because Mitt didn't like his haircut...Contacted for comment, Mitt's campaign suggested it didn't really happen:

    "[T]he former Massachusetts governor has no recollection of the incident."

    Funny how that didn't make people stop talking about the story. So now Mitt Romney has offered an "apology":

    “Back in high school, I did some dumb things and if anybody was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize for that,” Romney said in a live radio interview with Fox News Channel. “I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school and some might have gone too far and for that, I apologize.”

    But Romney doesn't really apologize because then he goes back to trying to dismiss the whole thing, since he doesn't remember it. Except that he does remember it wasn't about attacking his classmate for being gay:

    “I don’t remember that incident,” Romney said, laughing. “I certainly don’t believe that I thought the fellow was homosexual. That was the furthest thing from our minds back in the 1960s, so that was not the case.”

    Let's review again just what Mitt Romney did to a classmate because he didn't approve of his classmate's hair:

    “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.
    [...]

    “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.”

    Think about that. Let it sit in for a minute. Smug prep school, son-of-a-governor thug Mitt Romney was so incensed by his classmate's haircut that after obsessing about it for days, he appointed himself the vigilante of his prep school, rounded up a posse of his friends, and attacked this poor kid. Mitt Romney stood over him, ignoring his tears and screams, chopping away at his classmate with a pair of scissors because "He can’t look like that. That’s wrong."

    Haha. Funny prank, Mitt. Hilarious. So hilarious that three decades later, the boy who was attacked said, "It was horrible ... It’s something I have thought about a lot since then."

    Here's the thing that's most remarkable of all: Mitt wants to brush away this "prank" as some silly little unmemorable incident that happened 48 years ago, but Mitt Romney hasn't changed at all. He's still going around with his posse—the right-wing extremists—bullying and taunting and attacking the people he doesn't like. He's still so incensed at the thought of people being gay that he wants to amend the Constitution to outlaw their relationships.

    In almost half a century, Mitt Romney hasn't learned a damn thing. And it's still not funny.


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    May 10, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    I just don't understand why Mitt Romney hates gay people so much...maybe he has some latent homosexual feelings or something.

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    May 10, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    Ah so this why Obama came out for gay marriage. So he could claim the hOlier than thou ground to attack Romney. Obama does nothing for us cuz it's right, only for politics.
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    May 10, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    Caslon19000 saidAh so this why Obama came out for gay marriage. So he could claim the hOlier than thou ground to attack Romney. Obama does nothing for us cuz it's right, only for politics.


    Which makes him no different than any other politician.
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    May 10, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
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    Caslon19000 saidAh so this why Obama came out for gay marriage. So he could claim the hOlier than thou ground to attack Romney. Obama does nothing for us cuz it's right, only for politics.


    Which makes him no different than any other politician.


    He still bugs me. Romney that is. It’s almost the same visceral feeling I get when I listen to Palin.
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    May 10, 2012 4:53 PM GMT
    Caslon19000 saidAh so this why Obama came out for gay marriage. So he could claim the hOlier than thou ground to attack Romney.


    Yeah, but that's easy to do when your political opponents are bigots and you aren't. Taking the moral high ground on freedom and equality is good politics and always has been.

    That's what we said all along.
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    May 10, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    First he says it didn't happen, then he offers an apology?

    He should be wiped off the ballot for lying.
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    May 10, 2012 5:05 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidFirst he says it didn't happen, then he offers an apology?

    He should be wiped off the ballot for lying.


    It is not 'lying' when the flip-flopper-in-chief does it.
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    May 10, 2012 5:05 PM GMT
    Word is Israel's Mossad is preparing to leak Obama's transcripts from Harvard and Columbia, then all hell will break loose. A Brenda popcorn moment, to be sure.
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    May 10, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidWord is Israel's Mossad is preparing to leak Obama's transcripts from Harvard and Columbia, then all hell will break loose. A Brenda popcorn moment, to be sure.


    I remember sprinting home from school to read the Starr Report.

    I would call in sick for this. Really.
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    May 10, 2012 5:16 PM GMT
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    socalfitness saidWord is Israel's Mossad is preparing to leak Obama's transcripts from Harvard and Columbia, then all hell will break loose. A Brenda popcorn moment, to be sure.


    I remember sprinting home from school to read the Starr Report.

    I would call in sick for this. Really.

    Would be epic. Could not write a political thriller more exciting. If it led the Democratic Party to run Hillary and keep Biden for VP to preserve some continuity, could be a game changer.
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    May 10, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    socalfitness said
    TroyAthlete said
    socalfitness saidWord is Israel's Mossad is preparing to leak Obama's transcripts from Harvard and Columbia, then all hell will break loose. A Brenda popcorn moment, to be sure.


    I remember sprinting home from school to read the Starr Report.

    I would call in sick for this. Really.

    Would be epic. Could not write a political thriller more exciting. If it led the Democratic Party to run Hillary and keep Biden for VP to preserve some continuity, could be a game changer.


    Because the transcripts will say he's a what? Bad student?

    And will Mossad do that and risk an international incident with its largest national patron?

    That seems unlikely to me.

    Meanwhile, Romney assaulted a gay guy in high school. How about your defend Mittens on that one, John?
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    May 10, 2012 5:23 PM GMT
    Christian73 said
    socalfitness said
    TroyAthlete said
    socalfitness saidWord is Israel's Mossad is preparing to leak Obama's transcripts from Harvard and Columbia, then all hell will break loose. A Brenda popcorn moment, to be sure.


    I remember sprinting home from school to read the Starr Report.

    I would call in sick for this. Really.

    Would be epic. Could not write a political thriller more exciting. If it led the Democratic Party to run Hillary and keep Biden for VP to preserve some continuity, could be a game changer.


    Because the transcripts will say he's a what? Bad student?

    And will Mossad do that and risk an international incident with its largest national patron?

    That seems unlikely to me.

    Meanwhile, Romney assaulted a gay guy in high school. How about your defend Mittens on that one, John?

    You don't understand how things work. I doubt Mossad would hold a big press conference and release them. If they are leaked, they would come from sources that would never be traced to Mossad.
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    May 10, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    JPtheBITCH said
    socalfitness said
    TroyAthlete said
    socalfitness saidWord is Israel's Mossad is preparing to leak Obama's transcripts from Harvard and Columbia, then all hell will break loose. A Brenda popcorn moment, to be sure.


    I remember sprinting home from school to read the Starr Report.

    I would call in sick for this. Really.

    Would be epic. Could not write a political thriller more exciting. If it led the Democratic Party to run Hillary and keep Biden for VP to preserve some continuity, could be a game changer.

    Wow. you're like a rabid dog with this.
    Even if this were true (highly doubtful) what do you imagine these transcripts will say? That he actually got one 'B' instead of all 'A's?

    Have no idea, but just maybe whatever is there might explain why they have been deliberately hidden.
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    May 10, 2012 5:32 PM GMT
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    Meanwhile, Romney assaulted a gay guy in high school. How about your defend Mittens on that one, John?


    Well to be fair, the guy only "looked" gay. He might not have "been" gay:

    WaPo: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.
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    May 10, 2012 5:46 PM GMT
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    Christian73 said
    Meanwhile, Romney assaulted a gay guy in high school. How about your defend Mittens on that one, John?


    Well to be fair, the guy only "looked" gay. He might not have "been" gay:

    WaPo: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.


    That's a distinction without a difference.
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    May 10, 2012 5:51 PM GMT
    socalfitness said
    Christian73 said
    socalfitness said
    TroyAthlete said
    socalfitness saidWord is Israel's Mossad is preparing to leak Obama's transcripts from Harvard and Columbia, then all hell will break loose. A Brenda popcorn moment, to be sure.


    I remember sprinting home from school to read the Starr Report.

    I would call in sick for this. Really.

    Would be epic. Could not write a political thriller more exciting. If it led the Democratic Party to run Hillary and keep Biden for VP to preserve some continuity, could be a game changer.


    Because the transcripts will say he's a what? Bad student?

    And will Mossad do that and risk an international incident with its largest national patron?

    That seems unlikely to me.

    Meanwhile, Romney assaulted a gay guy in high school. How about your defend Mittens on that one, John?

    You don't understand how things work. I doubt Mossad would hold a big press conference and release them. If they are leaked, they would come from sources that would never be traced to Mossad.


    I do understand "how things work." And if you're able to have to "word" on what Mossad is doing, I"m sure the NSA, CIA and FBI do too.

    But since I couldn't find a single source for your conspiracy theory, we'll all assume it's just your fevered imagination again.

    Of course,
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    May 10, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    Nevermind, the kid Romney attacked was indeed gay:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/election-2012/mitt-romney-forcibly-cut-hair-a-flamboyant-fellow-prep-student-report-article-1.1075735?localLinksEnabled=false
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    May 10, 2012 6:06 PM GMT
    God, what a vacuous thread
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    May 10, 2012 6:14 PM GMT
    mocktwinkie saidGod, what a vacuous thread



    ^^^ THIS ^^^ Desperation has no bounds it would appear. Drudging up something that may or may not have happened nearly half a century ago -- Seriously?!?! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 10, 2012 6:32 PM GMT
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    mocktwinkie saidGod, what a vacuous thread

    Uh huh. Of course if Obama had ganged-up on and bullied some kid when he was young, we would NEVER HEAR THE FUCKING END OFIT.

    I'm really starting to wonder what's cognitively wrong with you.


    Is low intelligence that difficult to figure out?
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    May 10, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
    JPtheBITCH said
    socalfitness said
    TroyAthlete said
    socalfitness saidWord is Israel's Mossad is preparing to leak Obama's transcripts from Harvard and Columbia, then all hell will break loose. A Brenda popcorn moment, to be sure.


    I remember sprinting home from school to read the Starr Report.

    I would call in sick for this. Really.

    Would be epic. Could not write a political thriller more exciting. If it led the Democratic Party to run Hillary and keep Biden for VP to preserve some continuity, could be a game changer.

    Wow. you're like a rabid dog with this.
    Even if this were true (highly doubtful) what do you imagine these transcripts will say? That he actually got one 'B' instead of all 'A's?


    I mean Bush and Gore were both 'C' students. What's all this supposed to lead to? That he actually took Home Ec or something? I'm missing something here.
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    May 10, 2012 6:40 PM GMT
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    mocktwinkie saidGod, what a vacuous thread



    ^^^ THIS ^^^ Desperation has no bounds it would appear. Drudging up something that may or may not have happened nearly half a century ago -- Seriously?!?! icon_rolleyes.gif


    On the question of MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE HAPPENED..........

    Hmmmmmm, MITT SAYS IT DID !

    Is it excusable? Maybe.

    Does it reveal something of Mitt's character? Definitely.