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‘Friday Night Lights’ Creator Accuses Mitt Romney of Plagiarism

Continuing the theme of Republican politicians being humiliated by musicians whose songs they have coopted, Mitt Romney is has been scolded for his use of the TV series “Friday Night Lights” slogan “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose”, reports Matthew Belloni for the Hollywood Reporter:

Peter Berg, the writer-director of the Friday Night Lights movie and television series, is not pleased that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has co-opted a phrase from the show for his campaign appearances.

In a letter to the Romney campaign sent Friday and obtained exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter, Berg calls the use of “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” an act of stealing. “Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series,” Berg writes in the letter. “The only relevant comparison that I see between your campaign and Friday Night Lights is in the character of Buddy Garrity — who turned his back on American car manufacturers selling imported cars from Japan.”

Read the Full Letter Here.

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Familiar Faces On NYC Wanted Posters

Crime-stoppers fliers, spotted this morning adorning New York city lampposts:

THE SUSPECTS ARE WANTED ACCORDINGLY FOR THE CRIMES OF UNCONSTITUTIONALLY MURDERING A U.S. CITIZEN WITHOUT DUE PROCESS THAT OCCURRED IN AL-JAWF PROVINCE, YEMEN ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 AND CONSPIRACY TO FURTHER CHALLENGE AND REVOKE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTIES USING PREDATOR DRONES AGAINST INNOCENT POPULATIONS BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THE ABOVE SUSPECTS PLEASE NOTIFY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IMMEDIATELY.

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Mister Rogers’ Defense Of PBS Goes Viral

Turns out Mister Rogers is a YouTube star ... he was just forty years early. In 1969, Fred Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts by President Nixon. Of course now that Mister Rogers is long gone, only Big Bird is left to save PBS from the new Republican menace, Mitt Romney...
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Jack Welch’s ‘Cook The Books’ Conspiracy Theory

It takes one to know one comes to mind. Tommy Christopher on the tarred former GE CEO’s conspiracy tweet, at Mediaite:

The uninformed perceptions of the voting public giveth, and the uninformed perceptions of the voting public taketh away. After exactly one day of basking in the glow of a hideous-lie-powered victory in Wendesday night’s debate, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was dealt a blow Friday morning when September’s jobs report saw the unemployment rate plunge to 7.8%. Conservatives aren’t taking this lying down, led by Romney booster and former GE CEO Jack Welchwho tweeted that this is all the work of “these Chicago guys.”

“Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers,” Welch tweeted, making the job of Romney surrogates that much tougher by calling them “unbelievable,” and causing a sigh of relief from the members of the bands Styx and Foreigner, who are actually the ones behind the conspiracy to cook the jobs numbers.

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Top 15 Issues On Which Romney and Obama Are No Different

The unending War on Drugs and shift towards a prison-based economy, Wall Street bailouts, deregulation of telecom giants, pushing for further “free trade” agreements and outsourcing, drones strikes and extrajudicial killings overseas…all this is among what we can look forward to regardless of which party wins in November. Writing for Black Agenda Report, Bruce A. Dixon presents his 15 most important things on which Romney and Obama agree:

The 40 year war on drugs must continue, and even mention of the prison state is unthinkable. There are 2.3 million people in US prisons and jails today, a per capita total that beats the world. But as Michelle Alexander points out, if the US prison population were rolled back to say, only 1 million, the level it was about 1980, this would mean one million jobs, as contractors, sheriffs, cops, bailiffs, judges and functionaries of all kinds would have to go out and find real jobs.

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Hear Mitt Romney Speak Candidly

Mother Jones has obtained video leaked by an anonymous source of Mitt Romney addressing a select group of donors, a setting in which he seems far more at ease than appearing before the public. It's fascinating to see a presidential candidate speaking unguardedly behind the scenes. Among other remarks, Romney says that nearly half the population does not pay income tax and thus is overly entitled and dependent on the government, and his "job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." (Romney seems to be forgetting the low tax rates which he himself enjoys.) He jokes that he wishes he were Latino, which would make it much easier to become president, and brags that he has assembled a team of "Karl Rove equivalent" consultants who have influenced elections "in Armenia, in Africa, in Israel." Below, he discusses visiting the Chinese factory of a Bain-owned company, and how it made him grateful to be American:
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Romney Campaign Using Ku Klux Klan’s ‘Keep America American’ Slogan

Update: Snopes points out that Romney has in fact been using the phrase “Keep America America.” A harmless variation? Meaningless historical coincidence? Decide for yourself…

Not that the GOP is subliminally race baiting or anything, but Mitt Romney is urging the public to vote out Obama and thus (borrowing a classic KKK catchphrase) “keep America American.” Via the Huffington Post:

On Tuesday, political commenters reported that one of Romney’s go-to campaign catch-phrases, “Keep America American,” was a central theme of Ku Klux Klan publications in the 1920s, and served as a rallying cry for the white supremacist group’s campaign of violence and intimidation against black Americans, as well as Catholics, gay people and Jews.

The progressive Americablog first posted examples of the overlap. Americablog includes a video of Romney speaking, in which he certainly sounds like he’s using the slogan. Romney is also quoted in an L.A. Times piece repeating the phrase.

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The True Story Of Mitt Romney At Bain Capital

Via Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi explains how what Bain does to the companies it takes over pretty much mirrors what Romney has in mind for America:

In Romney’s version of the tale, Bain Capital – which evolved into what is today known as a private equity firm – specialized in turning around moribund companies (Romney even wrote a book called Turnaround that complements his other nauseatingly self-complimentary book, No Apology) and helped create the Staples office-supply chain.

The reality is that toward the middle of his career at Bain, Romney made a fateful strategic decision: He moved away from creating companies like Staples through venture capital schemes, and toward a business model that involved borrowing huge sums of money to take over existing firms, then extracting value from them by force.

Here’s how Romney would go about “liberating” a company: A private equity firm like Bain typically seeks out floundering businesses with good cash flows.

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Romney Jokes About Obama’s Birth Certificate

Paul Ryan with Mitt Romney in Norfolk, Virginia 8-11-12As Dean Obeidallah tweeted, “Obama should joke about how Blacks were banned from Mormon Church till 1978.” Via AP/Newsday:

Wading into a debunked conspiracy theory, Mitt Romney raised the issue of President Barack Obama’s citizenship Friday by joking that “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate.”

At a rally in the suburbs of Detroit, Romney told a crowd of about 5,000 that he and his wife were happy to be back near their childhood home. “They know that this is the place that we were born and raised,” the candidate said.

The remark was a clear reference to the discredited claims that Obama was not born in the United States and thus ineligible to be president. Hawaii officials have repeatedly verified Obama’s citizenship, and courts have rebuffed lawsuits over the issue. The Obama campaign decried the remark, saying Romney was embracing “the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them.”…

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