You are embarrassing yourself with your lack of understanding at what happens at the ex date. The stock price will drop by the amount of the dividend. That is a fact which you cannot argue or else arbitrage occurs.
If you can't understand that point then I suggest you resist instinct to bring it up since the people that understand will just laugh and ignore you.
The Shorts took their profits @ a dollar less than the current price and are now just waiting for another good entry point. As far as the ex date - why should that trouble them? The stock price will drop to match the dividend payed out.
It is always interesting to read these posts and to try and figure out if anyone really has some useful insight or just another idiot writing #$%$ without any basis for his opinion... I now know that mizesaw is one of these idiots... "stock payed out...?" Yup.. 9th grade dropout.