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Is Mitt Romney a Race Baiting Felon? (Possibly!)

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Irony of ironies: after being booed by an unimpressed crowd at the NAACP convention yesterday, Presidential candidate Mitt Romney turned around and tried to use those boos to get his rich white friends to give him more money at a fundraiser. "Support my run for President! Black people hate me!" And less than twenty-four hours after that, it's been revealed that Mitt Romney probably lied about when he left Bain Capital on financial disclosure documents, which wouldn't be that big of a deal if falsifying information on financial disclosure documents wasn't a felony.

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First, to the race baiting! Romney's appearance at the NAACP convention may have seemed confusing — after all, according to 2008 exit polling, 96% of black voters supported Barack Obama for President. But Mittens Romney is a shrewd character who knows his base, and apparently his appearance before a mostly black crowd was nothing but a BOO gathering mission designed to rile them up and open their wallets. At a fundraiser last night, Romney hoisted his poor reception like a persecution trophy ripe for admiration from a crowd that believes that liberals are racist against white people, telling the Montana crowd, "Remind them of this: if they want more stuff from the government, tell them to go vote for the other guy. More free stuff." Yiiikes.

Okay, now let's switch gears for a moment as we follow the last 24 pretty bad hours for the Romney campaign. The lying.

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The Boston Globe isn't the first media outlet to point out that it sure looked like Mitt was fibbing about leaving Bain Capital in February 1999, but it's getting more attention this time, since they've got the Bain Capital documents to prove it and it looks like that little lie might actually be a big felonious whopper. According to the Globe, although Mitt Romney states on his federal financial disclosure forms that he left the company before the Y2K panic came and went, the company's filings with the SEC tell a different story — they show that Romney was listed as Bain's CEO until 2002.

But public Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed [after 1999] by Bain Capital state he remained the firm's "sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president."

Also, a Massachusetts financial disclosure form Romney filed in 2003 states that he still owned 100 percent of Bain Capital in 2002. And Romney's state financial disclosure forms indicate he earned at least $100,000 as a Bain "executive" in 2001 and 2002, separate from investment earnings.

So, why does this matter? First, it shows that it sure looks like Romney was actually involved in activities that the GOP Presidential candidate has disavowed — that thing about the fetus disposal company, layoffs and downsizing and outsourcing of jobs — even though the paper trail shows that his income as a CEO was, according to a former Bain employee, suspiciously low. For Romney's sake, let's hope that this all gets sorted out, because according to FactCheck, if Romney had falsified federal financial disclosure forms, he's got some 'splaining to do. Because that's a felony.

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Awkward white dude gives poorly-received NAACP speech and 24 hours later, there are whispers that he's a felon? Someone please get Chris Rock to say something about this.

Update: Fortune is reporting that documents prove that while Romney was collecting his $100,000 salary as "CEO" of Bain after 1999, he wasn't actively involved in management of any of Bain's funds since he was off running the Salt Lake City Olympics bid. I'd love to make six figures to not do a job!

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From a black man to Mitt Romney: Fuck you.

Black people don't want free shit, you out of touch Dr. Reed Richards hair having motherfucker.

We want the same shit that your white constituency wants: Opportunity, good schools, safe streets, JOBS, a house that doesn't fucking double and triple in interest rate while the value plummets, a place to shit with a door on it and the ability to not be denied coverage when we have a medical problem. We're no different than anybody else but you wouldn't know that because the only black person you probably know personally you just happen to be running against him for president.

I'm tired of these piece of shit Republicans talking DOWN and whitesplaining to people of color AS IF they had it hard all their lives. NO Mitt Romney, you never had to worry about the price of milk ever in your fucking life. You were raised with a silver spoon in your mouth and your father probably owned a silver spoon factory.

If you were really in touch, you'd talk about JOBS because we have a 14% unemployment rate in the black community but your party couldn't pass a fart through cotton much less a fucking jobs bill. You'd talk about the safety net but we all know that you and Rand Paul are looking to take a pair of comically large shears to that motherfucker.

Instead you walk in front of the NAACP and talk PAST them and your message hits your goddamn racist, sexist, homophobic, bible thumping, hate ridden, against their own interest base that ignores when we spend half a million on cruise missiles but complain when they see somebody cashing an unemployment check that happens to own an iPhone. FUCK YOU.

I have a goddamn question for you, Willard:

What about your perpetually poor white voters in states like West Virginia, Mississippi, Missouri and Louisiana that vote for you even though you give no fucking care about them. As long as you hammer on how black Obama is, how the liberals want to shoot their white women with abortion guns and the fact that gays want to marry your children they'll continue voting for you. They staff your fucked up infantry and you've spent the past 60 years brainwashing them into thinking they deserve to get welfare checks but the second black people get them, it's a problem.

Fuck you and your face. Fuck your hair. Fuck your party. Fuck Newt Gingrich and fuck the whole conservative movement that has allowed their side to turn into this giant self-eating mutated blob.

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