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Bain Documents: Romney Offshore Investments Used 'Blockers' To Avoid Taxes

Source: ABC News

The private equity firm founded by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made use of arcane techniques in several of its Cayman Islands-based funds to avoid U.S. taxes, according to a trove of Bain Capital's private audit and finance records made public on the website Gawker today.

The audited financial statements of one of the Cayman Islands funds make note of the use of "blocker" entities, which are used to help retirement accounts and nonprofit entities avoid some taxes. Financial statements for another fund note that it "intends to conduct its operations so it will … not be subject to United States federal income or withholding tax ..."

Those details emerge on the statements of two funds in which Romney still holds a sizeable investment, according to the financial disclosure statements he filed when he announced his bid for president.

The publication of the Bain Documents on the Gawker website could rekindle debate about Romney's role at the company, and specifically about Bain's decision to domicile many of its funds in offshore locations known as tax havens.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is shown during a campaign rally, Aug. 20, 2012, in Manchester N.H. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/bain-documents-romney-offshore-investments-blockers-avoid-taxes/story?id=17067015#.UDasXFH3Bol

So, Newsweek did it to be anti-choice douchebags. Not very effective.

Newsweek Tumblr Changes Cursor to Coat Hanger to Mock Women

Proving that they have no shame (as if this were in doubt after they published Niall Ferguson’s Obama article chock full of factual inaccuracies), today Newsweek changed the mouse/cursor on their Tumblr account to a coat hanger in order to mock Huffington Post’s use of a coat hanger in discussing the GOP’s party platform. Huff Po’s headline reads: “GOP PLATFORM: ANTI-ABORTION AMENDMENT, NO RAPE EXEMPTION”.

Hard to understand how Newsweek doesn’t get that the coat hanger image is not hyperbole. No exemption for rape, capiche? So under this Republican scenario, HOW DOES NEWSWEEK THINK WOMEN/YOUNG GIRLS WILL BE DEALING WITH BEING IMPREGNATED BY A RAPIST OR RELATIVE?

Newsweek wrote, “We’re retiring the mustache cursor for the day. Here’s our new one: a coat hanger.” (Warning, the coat hanger is still the cursor and it made me literally gag with pain just trying to navigate the page long enough to get a screengrab.)

Ha ha, right? Right? Do you get it? DEATH OF WOMEN IS FUNNY! Perhaps the old men at Newsweek will pardon us if our concern for our lives gets in the way of our appreciation of their startlingly archaic and misguided, misogynistic humor.


NOW endorses Jass Stewart for State Representative

For Immediate Release
August 22, 2012

NOW endorses Jass Stewart for State Representative

I am excited to share some amazing news! I am the only candidate in the race for State Rep. to be endorsed by the National Organization for Women (NOW).

At a time when the freedom to choose, the right to vote, and equal pay are all under attack, I am proud to stand with NOW and its 46-year history of fighting not just for equal rights, but for what is right.

If you are nervous about what's happening at the national level, keep one important fact in mind. Candidates for U.S. Congress, Senate, and President don't just fall from the sky; they typically come from a "pipeline" of political leaders who start as your City Councilors, Mayors, and yes, your State Reps.

Please help me win this very important election by making a contribution today.

With only two weeks to the primary, we have a very costly Get Out The Vote campaign we need to fund—phone calls, lit drops, and more. Your help will allow me to fight for "what is right" at the State House.

Thanks for your support!


Here's video of Newt releasing his delegates...

Federal Way, Washington man arrested for allegedly threatening Obama

Federal Way man arrested for allegedly threatening Obama

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- A Federal Way man has been arrested for allegedly making threats against President Obama, the Secret Service confirmed Tuesday.

Secret Service Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bob Kierstead says that federal agents are also sweeping an apartment complex in Federal Way for a possible explosive device.

Kierstead didn't give any further details about who was arrested or what the alleged plot entailed.


After Rape Comment Akin Still Leads McCaskill In Brand New Missouri Poll

After Rape Comment Akin Still Leads McCaskill In Brand New Missouri Poll

Congressman Todd Akin is still leading his Missouri senatorial opponent, Claire McCaskill, in the race for her U.S. Senate seat, even after Akin’s offensive comments on rape. A new PPP poll taken yesterday finds the race has narrowed, with Akin in the lead 44% to 43%. As these Polltracker images show, the PollTracker average now gives Akin a 4.3 point lead, down from his 8.7 points pre-rape comments average.

“But PPP’s takeaway is that Akin could still win this thing,” the Washington Post notes. “Whether he can survive the pressure from Republicans to drop out is a whole different question. While voters overwhelmingly disapprove of Akin’s foray into reproductive science, pollster Tom Jensen explains, ‘for many voters their dislike of McCaskill trumps their concerns about Akin’.”


See also:

New PPP Poll Akin still leading

After all that Akin STILL leads McCaskill, 44-43. Little difference from our last poll which was Akin 45-44

75% of Missouri voters think Akin's comments were inappropriate, but they're still voting along party lines

Only 6% of Republican women say they're going to vote for McCaskill


Liberty Law School and Others Hit With RICO Lawsuit Over Lisa Miller Kidnapping

Liberty Law School and Others Hit With RICO Lawsuit Over Lisa Miller Kidnapping

Yesterday Kenneth Miller was convicted of aiding an international parental kidnapping for the role he played in helping Lisa Miller (no relation) flee the country with her daughter rather than abide by a court order transferring custody to her former partner, Janet Jenkins.

But that was not the only interesting development in the case, as Jenkins has now filed a civil RICO lawsuit [PDF] against Kenneth Miller and several others who allegedly played a role in helping Lisa Miller kidnap her daughter and leave the country, including Liberty University Law School and Thomas Road Baptist Church:

41. Unbeknownst to Plaintiff Janet Jenkins, in 2009 Victoria Zodhiates (now Hyden) was an employee of Response Unlimited, Inc., and also a "student worker" at Liberty University School of Law. On information and belief, Victoria Zodhiates sent an email during this time period to her co-workers at the law school requesting donations for supplies to send to Lisa Miller to enable her to remain outside the country. Lisa Miller's attorney, Matthew Staver was the Dean of the Law School and Ms. Zodhiates's boss. Matthew Staver and Philip Zodhiates were also personal
acquaintances at this time. On September 20, 2009, both Philip Zodhiates and Victoria Hyden called Lisa Miller's father, Terry Miller in Tennessee to assist in arranging her and Isabella's transportation from a Walmart parking lot in Lynchburg, Virginia, to Waynesboro, Virginia, from whence they would depart for Canada and Nicaragua the next day.

42. In early November, 2009, elders of the Thomas Road Baptist Church packed up the personal belongings of Lisa Miller in two bags. These bags were picked up from Lynchburg, Virginia by Philip Zodhiates who arranged to have the bags transported to Nicaragua by sending them with his son's school teacher who was taking some children on a mission trip to Managua. Philip Zodhiates arranged for the teacher, John Collmus, to deliver the bags at the airport to Timothy Miller. The bags also contained some supplies for Lisa Miller, such as peanut butter.


We're NASA and We Know It (Mars Curiosity)

I guess this guy is "one of us" gone bad. Throw the book at him. Along with these guys...




Their side does this much more often, and has a much higher body count, than those who claim to be on our side.

See also:


FBI: Right-wing terror is real

Highest Number Of Anti-Gay Murders Ever Reported In 2011

"Perhaps if Donald Trump build a giant, wooden badger..." n/t

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