‘Scottish Aristocrats’ Colin and Andrea Chisholm Arrested for Welfare Fraud

(OPINION) — These are the faces of welfare fraud in the U.S. that the Republican Party would choose to ignore…

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‘Scottish Aristocrats’ Colin and Andrea Chisholm Arrested for Welfare Fraud

Colin Chisholm III and his wife, Andrea, allegedly received more than $165,000 in food stamps and other public assistance benefits for a 7-year-period while living on a multi-million yacht in Florida. Um, these people aren’t in the 47 percent of Americans Mitt Romney called deadbeats.

The couple, residents of Minnesota, were caught in the Bahamas after police told them their visas had expired. They were escorted, along with their son and dog, onto a ship bound for Fort Lauderdale. The ‘Scottish aristocrats’ were arrested on their arrival in Port Everglades, according to a statement from Hennepin County prosecutor, Mike Freeman’s office.

Colin and Andrea Chisholm were each charged with a felony count of wrongfully obtaining public assistance in excess of $35,000.

The couple purchased a $1.2 million yacht, known as The Andrea Aras in April 2005, shortly after applying for welfare benefits in Minnesota, according to criminal complaints which were originally filed in February but remained sealed while authorities searched for them.

The Chisholms lived on the yacht near Palm Beach, Fla., for 28 months while they claimed to be living in Minnesota, the complaints say. Colin Chisholm was the chief executive officer of a satellite TV and broadband services company, while his wife bred pedigree dogs.

The Chisholms allegedly deposited more than $2.6 million in bank accounts not reported on their applications for welfare benefits between 2005 and 2012, the complaints say. They lived in luxury homes in suburban Minneapolis and previously owned a $30,000 Lexus. They also collected benefits in Florida.

Colin and Andrea Chisholm are two rich people trying to rip off the system, all the while people like Paul Ryan and others in the Republican Party as screaming for cuts to food stamps and other programs to help the poor, insinuating that there’s fraud. Yeah, there’s fraud from rich white folks ripping off the system.

Mitt Romney’s Top Donors Back Ex-FL Gov. Jeb Bush for 2016 Presidential Election

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Mitt Romney’s Top Donors Back Ex-FL Gov. Jeb Bush for 2016 Presidential Election (Credit: White House Archives)

Opinion:  It’s beginning to look like we could have another Bush running for the White House in the 2016 presidential elections. The ghost of George W. Bush will rear its ugly head and to the Democrats’ benefit. Let’s not forget that Jeb Bush was the one who signed Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground legislation into law.

The Washington Post reports, “Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush to run in the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.”

“Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP’s brightest hope to win back the White House.”

It’s interesting to note:  “Many if not most of Mitt Romney’s major donors are reaching out to Bush and his confidants with phone calls, e-mails and invitations to meet, according to interviews with 30 senior Republicans. One bundler estimated that the ‘vast majority’ of Romney’s top 100 donors would back Bush in a competitive nomination fight.”

All I can say to a Jeb Bush presidential candidacy is no….just no!

 Mitt Romneys Top Donors Back Ex FL Gov. Jeb Bush for 2016 Presidential Election

Mitt Romney Accepts Melissa Harris-Perry Apology for Kieran Romney Controversy

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Mitt Romney Accepts Melissa Harris-Perry Apology for Kieran Romney Controversy

Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney accepted MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry’s tearful apology after she and her panelists mocked his adopted black grandson, Kieran Romney. He told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that liberal TV hosts like Harris-Perry are welcome to make jabs at him, but going after children is “beyond the line,” Politico reports.

Romney said  “I think it’s a heartfelt apology, and I think for that reason we hold no ill will whatsoever.” So, can we put this to bed now? I am sure Melissa Harris-Perry has learned a hard lesson and won’t allow this to happen on her show again.

Mitt Romney said, “We love this little guy [Kieran Romney] a great deal. He was an answer to prayers. We love that he’s part of our family.””I recognize people make mistakes. The folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They apologized for it. That’s all we can ask for. I’m going to move on from that. I’m sure they want to move on from that.”

Melissa Harris-Perry Breaks Down on Air While Addressing Kieran Romney Controversy

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Melissa Harris-Perry Gets Emotional While Addressing Kieran Romney Controversy

The Melissa Harris-Perry slight against Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson, Kieran Romney, lives yet another day. This time, she apologized again during her show Saturday, even getting emotional on the air.

Harris-Perry began her show reiterating her previous apologies and adding, “adults who enter into public life implicitly consent to having less privacy, but their families, especially their children, should not be treated callously or thoughtlessly. My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off-limits. For that, I am sorry.”

You will recall Melissa Harris-Perry moderated a panel last Sunday that went after the Romney family photo, mocking the lack of diversity in the Republican Party by way of Kieran Romney, the only black member of their family. Harris-Perry’s comments were relatively harmless, but panelist Pia Glenn sang “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same,” as the photo was introduced. Comedian Dean Obeidallah joked, “I think this picture is great. It really sums up the diversity of the Republican Party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person.”

Melissa Harris-Perry’s apology continued:  “Allow me to apologize to other families formed through transracial adoption, because I am deeply sorry that we suggested that interracial families are in any way funny, or deserving of ridicule. On this program, we are dedicated to advocating for a wide diversity of families, it is one of our core principles. And I am reminded that when we do so, it must be with the utmost respect. We’re genuinely appreciative of everyone who offered serious criticisms of last Sunday’s program, and I am reminded that our fiercest critics can sometimes be our best teachers.”

While I don’t agree with Mitt Romney on much, I will reiterate that children are off limits. I don’t care which party their parents are affiliated with, but they should be left alone.  That goes for conservative on-air personalities who continue to go after President Obama’s children. Leave them alone.

[H/T Mediaite]

Michael Eric Dyson Disses Phil Robertson’s Biracial Grandson, Abner Louima’s Sodomizer Had Mixed Race Kin Too

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Michael Eric Dyson Disses Phil Robertson’s Biracial Grandson, Abner Louima’s Sodomizer Had Mixed Race Kin Too (Credit: Wikipedia)

MSNBC is in a downward spiral. The drama continues. Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson is creating waves of his own, in addition to the freak-out caused by Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests who mocked Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson. Dyson dismissed ‘Duck Dynasty‘ patriarch Phil Robertson’s biracial grandson, saying Abner Louima’s sodomizer had mixed race relatives too. Damn.

“What they are saying is that black people and gay people don’t count,” Dyson said of A&E Network’s decision to reinstate Robertson after a brief suspension. “They don’t matter to the bottom line.”

“The right wing has said, ‘Look, the grandson of Mr. Robertson happens to be an adopted biracial child,’” Dyson continued. “What difference does that make?”

“The man who plunged a plunger deep into the behind of Abner Louima was himself dating a black woman when he did that heinous act,” the professor continued. “So, there is no one-to-one correlation between particular domestic intimacy with a black person or person of color and the behavior that you manifest that is either just or unjust.” Source: Mediaite

That’s what you get when you have a bunch of non-journalists trying to give their two cents as pundits and authority figures. I am appalled at MSNBC personalities for going after kids.

This comes as fellow professor Marc Lamont Hill is also on the offensive over comments he made on CNN Monday night, seemingly giving Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests a pass for mocking Kieran Romney. The Right Scoop reports, Hill told Don Lemon, “Some would say maybe that it’s an exploitative picture that they’re exploiting the kid by hauling out this black person …” Wow, wrong choice of words.

Melissa Harris-Perry Apologizes for Mocking Mitt Romney’s Black Grandson

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Melissa Harris-Perry Apologizes for Mocking Mitt Romney’s Black Grandson

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry apologized on Twitter for mocking Mitt Romney’s family and his black grandson, Kieran Romney. I wish the networks would get real journalists instead of personalities masquerading as journalists with a political slant.

An MSNBC host apologized Tuesday morning after she and panelists on her weekend program faced criticism after poking fun at a photo of Mitt Romney, his wife and their nearly two dozen grandchildren, zeroing in on the Romneys’ recently adopted African-American grandchild, Kieran.

“I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family. #MHPapology,” Melissa Harris-Perry wrote on Twitter. Source: CNN

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MSNBC host under fire for mocking Mitt Romney’s black adopted grandson (Credit: Twitter)

Here are Melissa Harris-Perry’s apology tweets:

Of course fresh off her egg-on-the-face tour over failing to read GQ Phil Robertson article, Sarah Palin had to weigh in. I am pretty sure she didn’t bother watching the video before giving her two cents. It’s funny that she’s now standing up for attacks against Mitt Romney’s black grandson, but was only too accepting of Phil Robertson comments that blacks he came in contact with were ‘happy and singing’ while picking cotton during the Jim Crow era.

Venom being spewed on Twitter toward Melissa Harris-Perry:

Dean Obeidallah’s apology:

Statement to CNN: “Occasionally my jokes have been known to ‘cross the line’ and I can assure you that in the future some of my jokes will do that again,” he said. “My joke on MHP was not intended in any way to mock the Romney family or the baby they adopted. Rather it was a joke about the lack of racial diversity that we see at the Republican National Convention. I apologize to the Romney family and especially the baby if any of them were offended by that joke.”

Pia Glenn’s apology:

Yawn: Ann Romney Thinks President Obama Lied on Healthcare Debacle

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Yawn: Ann Romney Thinks President Obama Lied on Healthcare Debacle (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

Ann Romney is either bitter about her husband losing the presidential election, or someone forgot to tell her the campaign is over and she’s really not relevant anymore. She blasted President Obama Monday night during an appearance on Piers Morgan’s show saying that she “didn’t think he was telling the truth’ over healthcare reforms.  Um, yeah, we don’t think her husband was truthful about many things during his presidential campaign.

Ann Romney said: ‘Two weeks before … things started to gnaw at me a little bit. Obviously, we had the hurricane, Hurricane Sandy, that was taking all the attention off the election onto, you know, the president performing.’

She also said of President Obama, “He’s put himself in a very sticky place because you either have to think that he was not telling the truth or he’s grossly incompetent.” When asked by Piers Morgan which she believed, she said, “a little bit of both” and added “I dont think he was telling the truth.””The basic credibility of the President is at jeopardy.” Kinda like her husband’s credibility after the 47 percent remark.

Gov. Paul LePage: 47 Percent of Able-Bodied People in Maine Don’t Work

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Gov. Paul LePage: 47 Percent of Able-Bodied People in Maine Don’t Work (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quote of the Day: “About 47% of able-bodied people in the state of Maine don’t work.”

– Maine’s Republican Gov. Paul LePage quoted by the Bangor Daily News, echoing Mitt Romney’s infamous 47 percent insult made during the 2012 presidential campaign.

Yep, now the people of Maine really know how their governor feels about them. The Republican Party just can’t stop showing its true colors.

Mitt Romney Wants Obamacare Repealed But Disagrees with House GOP Tactics

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Mitt Romney Wants Obamacare Repealed But Disagrees with House GOP Tactics

The Republican Party continues to implode over the Obamacare defunding debacle engineered by Sen. Ted Cruz and other Tea Party darlings. Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is weighing in, saying he disagrees with the House Republicans’ tactics on Obamacare.

Of course, Mitt Romney calling for the repeal of Obamacare is laughable, since it’s built on his signature healthcare legislation, Romneycare, passed in Massachusetts.

CNN:  “The tactic of using a government shutdown to try and push that will be counterproductive politically, that it’s going to end up hurting our party, and it could well – it could be inconvenience, and hurt some individuals as well, and checks are late, and so forth,” said Romney.

Romney, however, gave Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas credit for speaking for more than 21 hours against the health care law, a marathon he called a “quasi filibuster.”

But, Romney adds, “I think there’s a better way of getting rid of Obamacare – my own view – and that is, one, delaying it by at least a year.”

“The other would be potentially working hard to get Republicans elected to the House and Senate and they’d be able to do in a traditional way,” said Romney.

Instead of screaming defund Obamacare, why not propose changes to the legislation to make it better? Of course, the Republicans have no alternative plans. They just want to take everything away from the poor and the middle class in favor of the 1 percenters.

Romney Family Joins Hollywood Craze of Adopting Black Babies, Meet Kieran James Romney

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Meet Mitt Romney’s newest grandson Kieran James Romney (Photo credit: Twitter)

I know Mitt Romney, AKA Mr. 1 Percent, has a lot of grand kids but you think he would at least be able to keep count and keep up. Spreadsheet Mitt? He announced on Twitter that his 22nd grandchild, Kieran James Romney, was officially adopted. Um, one problem. Back in July, Mitt Romney, tweeted that he and his wife welcomed their 22nd grandchild. Which is it Mitt?

There’s one other detail — his family caught the Hollywood fever — adopting a black baby. I won’t hate. I believe it’s a great thing that this child is getting a shot at having a decent life. You have to admit, Kieran James Romney is adorable. Could they have been a little more creative? Kieran is Gaelic for black. They didn’t know this right? Awkward.

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Mitt Romney’s Family Joins Hollywood Latest Craze of Adopting Black Babies with Kieran James Romney