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Romney Dog on Roof-Obsessed Gail Collins at NYT Has Ignored 2003 Rescue Story Her Paper Published

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Per her bio, Gail Collins at the New York Times "joined the New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board and later as an op-ed columnist. In 2001 she became the first woman ever appointed editor of the Times editorial page." So she was hanging with the Old Gray Lady in 2003.

The columnist's presence at the paper that year is quite relevant. You see, Ms. Collins has brought up the 1983 story of Seamus, the Mitt Romney family Irish setter, who the presumptive GOP presidential nominee put "into a dog carrier on the roof of his station wagon for a 12-hour trip to Ontario," on dozens of occasions in her Times column in the almost five years since the story first appeared. Yet during those five years, it seems she has never recognized (and if she has, she certainly has not been chastened by) the existence an exceptionally positive dog-related Romney story printed in her employer's own paper on July 8, 2003. It follows the jump (underlines are mine; presented in full for fair use and discussion purposes):

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The Boston Herald's coverage at the time (HT The American Enterprise Institute's American Blog via Hot Air) had a bit more concerning the canine aspect of the story showing that the rescuing Romneys gave McKenzie special consideration:

The rescuing Romneys also managed to snatch the family dog, McKenzie, from a watery grave — grabbing the Scottish terrier first because it was the only passenger without a lifejacket.

“It looked like it wasn’t going to last much longer,” said Josh, who held the waterlogged pooch on the ride back to shore.

Ms. Collins is not the only one whose failures require call-outs.

The story itself is from the Associated Press, which has gleefully played along with the trumped-up dog show protest stories and related Democratic Party-driven histrionics. I haven't seen any such related AP story bring up the 2003 rescue, which occurred 20 years after the Seamus incident.

There are also dozens of New England-based establishment press reporters and editors who learned of and/or ran the Romney family-and-dog rescue story in 2003 (14 stories are still in Google News's archive) who have remained strangely silent for nearly five years while the "Romney treats dogs like dirt" story has grown into a clearly false yet full-blown meme.

The best way to avoid inevitable disappointment is to expect stone-cold silence about the resurfaced rescue story from the clearly negligent parties and then be pleasantly surprised if anything positive happens. In light of the President's boyhood appetite for canine cuisine and the Romney rescue, the only question is if anyone in the press will still have the gall to try and milk a 29 year-old story which has clearly been trumped by one less than a decade old (and only four years old at the time the Seamus story was first raised). My guess is that many will.

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#1 Romney Saved a dog!

And ObamAA+ ate a dog!

#2 Obama likes eating

Obama likes eating that why he recently chewed out Wasserman-Schultz?

#3 Now THAT one, I love, Ant!!

I think it's time to move beyond a candidate's dog style.

I mean, Romney saves dogs lives; Obama eats 'em.  

Romney gives a dog hours of pleasure without the poor thing having to hang out the window as the car speeds along; Obama eats 'em.

Romney never trots out his dog as a campaign prop; Obama only sees Bo when he needs him for a prop. (I suspect that secretly Obama is ashamed of Bo because he is black; and it makes Obama hungry whenever Bo is around.)

Romney's dog style seems fairly harmless and humane.

Obama's dog style is giving this nation sore knees and a big pain in the a$$.

Comrade Bubba

#4 Gail Collins is OCD on the Seamus issue. No other way.

The obsession (fixed false belief interfering with normal activities of daily living) is definitely that somehow Seamus the dog will convince people not to vote for Romney. The compulsion (single focused behavior driving synergism with obsession) is writing about it constantly.

Any questions?

#5 We need a bumper sticker

We need a bumper sticker

Obama 2012
A Volt in every driveway
A dog in every pot


Jesus Loves You so much He died for you



'One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church'



A well regulated militia being necessary to a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

#8 My Bumper Sticker

More Dogs have died on Barack Obama's Plate than Mitt Romney's Car

#9 While I probably wouldn't put

While I probably wouldn't put a dog carrier with a dog in it on top, although any dog we've ever had would love it, I sure as hell wouldn't eat dog meat. The media has done completely stupid on this one.

#10 Dogs

Your choice:
Romney: Dog on the roof of his car.
Obama: Dog on the roof of his mouth.

#11 Romney: Seamus, want to go to NH?

Seamus: roof, roof!

- Looking forward to the self-annihilation of the Manipulated Stories Machine.

#12 More Anecdotal Evidence

Of Leftist psychopathy. It's not an act folks. These people are certifiably nuts.

To more fully comprehend the Left, one must read “Leftism As Psychopathy” by John Ray, M.A., Ph.D. Caution, it might scare you a little bit.

#13 What I expect

is not "stone-cold silence about the resurfaced rescue story from the clearly negligent parties".

What I expect is that some leftist will immediately fasten on the fact the Romney was at his "summer home".

Aaeeee! Evil white male person, with money! The horror, the horror!

All the while sleeping through the fact that if he and his family hadn't been at this evil summer home, they wouldn't have been in a position to rescue these folks.

As far as Ms. Collins goes (to quote my dad), "my mind's made up, don't confuse me with the facts".

#14 Dog tales

When I was 12, we moved from Leonora in Western Australia to Brisbane, Queensland, a road trip of about 2,565 miles. Dad was in front, in the Isuzu two-ton flatbed, and Mum followed in the Holden station wagon. Our dog, Sam, which ironically was also an Irish Setter, rode the entire trip on the back of the truck amongst all our stuff.

Am I supposed to believe that was cruel? If noise and wind is an issue to a dog, why do they insist on sticking their heads out of car windows at any speed? (According to science, it's to take in all the scents that fly their way).

In my book, the Romney dog story is a non-story. The Obama dog story, given that he was apparently 6 years old at the time, is also a non-story. However, if Obama was repulsed by his own experience, perhaps he'd have said so, or perhaps even donated towards some charity that looks to eradicate the practice in that part of the world.

#15 ObamAA+ Lied, a Dog Died

They are both non-stories, but as long as the Make Believe Media insists on talking about Romney taking a dog on vacation, we will keep talking about how ObamAA+ ate a dog.

#16 Heck, when we evacuated for Katrina

I took all my folks, from the in-laws to the Cats. I could had left them for the media.


You heart broke now eh?

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