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Bain closed Sensata - rather than face the TV Cameras of the Ed Show

Sensata temporarily closes plant in response to tonight’s ‘ED Show’ broadcast

Bainport.com reports that in response to Friday’s live broadcast of The Ed Show on MSNBC, Sensata sent workers in Freeport, Illinois, home (with pay) today and closed the auto sensor plant for the entire weekend, barricading the entrances and telling second shift workers not to report.

The Ed Show announced earlier this week that it was going to broadcast from Freeport, Illinois, on Friday to cover Sensata’s planned plant closure and to examine whether workers were getting a fair severance package.

Despite a record profit last year, 170 Sensata Technologies workers are losing their jobs in December to China thanks to the greedy bullies at Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital.

The move pits American workers against young women in China who are paid 99 cents an hour and work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, according to Charles Kernaghan, director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights.


FRI OCT 19, 2012 AT 06:48 PM PDT
Bain closed Sensata for a Day, rather than face the TV Cameras of the Ed Show


RYAN 09-Voted To Cut 1.2 BILLION From State Ops-Incl Funds For 300 More Diplomatic Security Position

House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012....Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security” — a charge Republicans rejected.

Ryan, Issa and other House Republicans voted for an amendment in 2009 to cut $1.2 billion from State operations, including funds for 300 more diplomatic security positions. Under Ryan’s budget, non-defense discretionary spending, which includes State Department funding, would be slashed nearly 20 percent in 2014, which would translate to more than $400 million in additional cuts to embassy security.

Mother Jones


Support the Troops (and the Mormon Missionaries)

Whoopie Goldberg: “When I read about your husband, what I had read — and maybe you can correct this — is that the reason he didn’t serve in Vietnam was because it was against the religion.”

Ann Romney: “That’s not correct. He was serving his mission, and my five sons have also served missions. None served in the military, but I do have one son that feels that he’s giving back to his country in a significant way where he is now a doctor and he is taking care of veterans. So, you know, we find different ways of serving. And my husband and my five boys did serve missions, did not serve in the military.”


OUR VP: “Thanks for letting me come to the playground.”

“Thanks for letting me come to the playground.”


ROVE/KOCHs-Linked To-Voter Registration ARRESTED Dumper & Strategic Allied Consulting-RUN BY SPROUL

.....now we have, in 2012, the entire snake-pit of Republican "voter fraud" fraudsters operating out of the same law office, along with Karl Rove's enormous Super-PACS, the Koch Brothers' Super-PACS, and Nathan Sproul's million-dollar voter registration (fraud) and "Get Out the Vote" firms, all working on behalf of Mitt Romney, who paid Sproul some $71,000 for "consulting" work earlier in the primary cycle. The very same folks responsible for inventing the phantom "voter fraud" menace are now found to be at the center of an actual election fraud scandal. Who could have guessed it?


there is a treasure trove here guys, i can't go on......except, there are connections ROVE/KOCHs/SPROUL


More on case of the voter registration forms thrown into a dumpster in Virginia – and on the connections between the man charged and the Republican Party.

A staffing agency called Pinpoint was paying Small for his work on behalf of the Republican Party of Virginia. Republican Party of Virginia chair Pat Mullins issued a statement to WWBT in Richmond that Small was fired after the allegations were brought to the party’s attention.

Small was originally hired by Pinpoint to work for Strategic Allied Consulting, a firm run by an Arizona-based Republican political consultant named Nathan Sproul. The RNC fired Strategic Allied Consulting in late September after Florida investigators began looking into potentially fraudulent voter registration forms in the state.

David Leibowitz, a spokesman for Sproul, downplayed the connection in an interview with TPM and said company officials hoped Small was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

“When this person was hired by Strategic, he was trained on how to do the job,” Leibowitz said. “He was educated on how to obey the law. If he followed the training, if he followed the education he was provided, he wouldn’t have gotten arrested.”


Rove's American Crossroads Shares Address, Legal Firm with GOP Operative Sproul's Firm

Indeed our good Citizen92 is correct, according to the IRS 527 filing for American Crossroads , the mailing address for Rove's outfit is also 45 North Hill Drive, Suite 100, in Warrenton, VA.

The address belongs to HoltzmanVogelJosefiak PLLC, a top RNC law firm headed up by Jill Holtzman Vogel who also now serves as a Virginia State Senator from the 27th District.

The practice areas for the firm, according to their website, include "Election Law", "Lobbying and Government Ethics" and "Tax-Exempt Organizations." Perfect.



Torchinsky, who is now working out of the law firm where both Rove and Sproul just happen to have their operations parked for the 2012 Presidential Election cycle.

Moreover, as the Four Freedoms Blog noticed, Torchinsky is now also serving as counsel for the Koch Brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity, which, as you know, just like the ACVR, is completely independent from the Republican Party.



Yesterday at Salon, Craig Unger, author of Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power (a new book which tracks quite a bit of Rove's 2004 election chicanery, including the mysterious death of Ohio's GOP election tech guru Mike Connell, etc) wrote about Rove's ties "to shady GOP operative Nathan Sproul".


"TOO MANY MITTS"- THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE: "Obama has earned another term"

Too many Mitts
Obama has earned another term
First Published 29 minutes ago • Updated 1 minute ago

Nowhere has Mitt Romney’s pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.

But it was Romney’s singular role in rescuing Utah’s organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal, and his oversight of the most successful Winter Games on record, that make him the Beehive State’s favorite adopted son. After all, Romney managed to save the state from ignominy, turning the extravaganza into a showcase for the matchless landscapes, volunteerism and efficiency that told the world what is best and most beautiful about Utah and its people.

In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.


This foreboding start, of acknowledging Romney's strengths but saying, "this is the guy we fell in love with back then, who did so much for our state", portends something very damaging to his narrative: Mitt Romney has abandoned his beliefs to win the nation's highest office.

Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: "Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?"


Nearly 70 yrs old and voted for 1st time today

FRI OCT 19, 2012 AT 09:00 AM PDT
Nearly 70 yrs old and voted for 1st time today
by Olkate

I've never written a diary before, but I wanted to share my pride in my husband and what I hope his vote may represent. My husband of nearly 25 years voted for the first time today. He's on his way right now to drop off our ballots. My husband who has expressed nothing but disdain for politics in all the years we have been together. For my husband, family, work, friends and baseball...those were his priorities.

My husband started working at 15 in the seafood business here in Washington state. His first job was on the production line. Even when he had a management position, he still worked on his feet. Sometimes in Alaska he would work for 18-20 hours, catch 2-3 hours of sleep and be back into the plant to make sure things were set up for the next day. It's hard enough to work on your feet in any job. But add cold, wet rooms and concrete floors...it takes a toll.

So at 63 he took early retirement. He struggled with this decision and we discussed the financial ramifications and the personal ramifications for over a year. I'm quite a bit younger than my husband and we're not financially in a position for me to retire. But I knew and he knew he could not physically endure the pain anymore. He needed hip and knee replacement surgery. Had to have them. He worked for a company that would not allow him to take the time off to recover and know that his job would still be there when he was capable to go back to work. They had to offer him a job...just not his old job. So he retired and had his surgeries and is not in pain anymore. I am so grateful he no longer has to endure such pain. And I'm so grateful for the extra time we've been able to share because he is retired.

So now it's 6 years later and my husband asked how hard is it to register to vote? I hid my surprise (I was flabbergasted) and told him it was easy we could do it online. So he asked me to help him register. It was amazingly quick...took less than 5 minutes...and badda bing, my 69 year old spouse was registered to vote for the first time in his life.


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Tea Party Group Plans Obama Phone Bank Sabotage

Tea Party Group Plans Obama Phone Bank Sabotage

The Obama “call tool” allows supporters to make cold calls from home, but a local Florida Tea Party leader is using the phone list to pitch Romney. “Think of what we could do if 100 of us did this for an hour each day.”

Posting on the website, Meetup.com, the group's founder — Dr. Joe Magnant, a vein specialist practicing in Fort Meyers, Fla. — asked Lee912 members Thursday to use the Obama phone list to campaign for Romney.

Magnant suggests callers make the case directly for the Romney-Ryan ticket or just mark the voter as "already called" ("This will remove them from their call list," Magnant explains).
On the message board, Magnant lays out his plan, in all caps, as follows:

"If you don't feel comfortable knocking on doors, making phone calls or volunteering at a specific time or location then this might be just down your alley. You can from the comfort of your home on your computer use Obama's own call tool to fill out responses of folks on their call list without even having to talk with them. This will remove them from their call list. This is not being dishonest. You can answer neutral to the questions posed. Just get them off their call list and reduce the pool of eligible voters for them to contact. The alternative is to make the phone call and ask the question as a 'volunteer' not an Obama volunteer and make the case for a Romney/Ryan vote."

In a second post Thursday afternoon, Magnant tells group members that they shouldn't be "intimidated" by the prospect of placing calls. "I just made 25 calls or responses in less than 5 minutes on my desk top between procedures in my office," he wrote, also in all caps. "Think of what we could do if 100 of us did this for an hour each day from now until the election."


Ground Game: Obama Campaign Opens Up a Big Lead in Field Offices

Ground Game: Obama Campaign Opens Up a Big Lead in Field Offices
by John Avlon , Michael Keller Oct 19, 2012 4:45 AM EDT

In swing states, the Obama camp has opened twice as many offices, but the RNC might help Romney compete on Election Day, report John Avlon and Michael Keller.

Beyond the presidential debates, one final factor matters more than all the rest in a close race: ground game

“Trying to run a national campaign out of Boston if you’re not a Democrat is idiotic,” is how one GOP mandarin put it. “You’re surrounded by the enemy. It’s like going to Moscow to negotiate a peace treaty.”

“If this comes down to a 3 or 4 point race—which it looks like it will—ground game will matter.” says Ed Rollins, who ran Ronald Reagan’s landslide 1984 campaign. “And the Obama campaign has invested millions in ground game, going back to a foundation they built in 2008.


Clinton: Romney’s Message Is ‘We Messed It Up’ And ‘Put Us Back In’

Source: Talking Points Memo

Clinton: Romney’s Message Is ‘We Messed It Up’ And ‘Put Us Back In’


Campaigning in Parma, Ohio Thursday, former President Bill Clinton attacked Mitt Romney, saying his message is, "we messed it up, he didn't fix it, put us back in."

Clinton also attacked Romney for his non-position on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

"Would you have signed the Lilly Ledbetter fair pay law?" Clinton said. "No answer. He can't even say whether he'd sign a law that's already on the books."


Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/clinton-romneys-message-is-we-messed-it-up
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