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A cynical foreign policy/campaign strategy bombshell lurks, largely unnoticed, in the full transcript of the now-infamous "47 percent" tape secretly recorded at a Romney fundraiser.  The remarks (revealed in the full Mother Jones transcript of the Florida mega-bucks gathering) further reinforce the dangerous gamble that the Romney campaign is making that if Americans were to be harmed or held hostage between now and election day,  the Romney campaign would attempt to use such a nightmare as a "game changer" in the 2012 election.

A key current Romney campaign thrust (even after the candidate's opportunistic Libyan fiasco) is to attack Obama on foreign policy. Given that this is an area of polling strength for Obama, one can possibly speculate that the Romney campaign is hoping for increased upheaval in the Middle East that will lead to either American deaths or hostages.  

Does this sound just overbearingly cynical and unfair?

Not according to Romney's own words, as posted on Mother Jones, which included this note in their summary of the former governor's comments that day: "Envisioning a pre-election hostage crisis, à la Iran and Jimmy Carter, [Romney said], "If something of that nature presents itself, I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity."


If you were superstitious about all the poll trending showing Obama on a surge in the key swing states of Ohio, Virginia and Florida, it's official now: the race is over.  How do we know: the right wing Neo-con prime minister of Israel, American-educated (MIT) Benjamin Netanyahu, used a UN speech yesterday to end his flirtation with Mitt Romney and compliment Barack Obama at the same time.

Netanyahu had been using a "red line" against Iran's nuclear program to make it seem like Obama would not support an Israeli strike on the nation's nuclear facilities this autumn, while tilting toward Romney.

But his September 27th speech to the UN, complete with a blow-up of a Rocky and Bullwinkle type of fuse bomb, was a message to Mitt that the courtship is over.  Perhaps it was the polling trends that scared off Netanyahu from trying to assist Romney with the Jewish vote; perhaps it was just the never-ending Romney bumbling that got Mr. Neo-con of the Jewish State nervous.

But as the New York Times (NYT) reported:


Photo by Chang W. Lee/The New York Times



Brad Friedman reports on a remarkable story of seemingly systematic Republican voter registration fraud occurring nationally. Although he focuses on Palm Beach County, Florida, where the elections supervisor recently found more than 100 questionable registration irregularities submitted by a "vendor" for the GOP, Friedman exposes a much broader trend across the nation of Republican state parties and the Romney campaign abusing the voter registration system.

Occasionally, pieces of this likely illegal manipulation of the voting process, get picked up by local mainstream press, such as the Palm Beach Post. It reported on the most recent Florida abuse:

The Republican Party of Florida is dumping a firm it paid more than $1.3 million to register new voters, after Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher flagged 106 “questionable” registration applications turned in by the contractor this month.

Bucher asked the state attorney’s office to review the applications “in an abundance of caution” because she said her staff had questions about similar-looking signatures, missing information and wrong addresses on the forms.

The state GOP hired Strategic Allied Consultants of Glen Allen, Va., for “voter registration services” and get-out-the-vote activities. The firm got identical payments of $667,598 in July and August.

But the national press seems to write more about a false Republican narrative about virtually non-existent Democratic voter fraud than the GOP effort to violate voter registration laws.


BuzzFlash at Truthout talked today to Tom Gaulrapp who is losing his job after 33 years because Mitt Romney's Bain Capital is sending the Sensata plant where he works to China.  Not only will Gaulrapp and about 170 US workers lose their jobs to low paid workers overseas, many of them – such as Gaulrapp – will have lost considerable severance payments due to Bain's acquisition of the plant from Honeywell in late 2010.

Bain Capital owns the majority shares in Sensata since 2006.  According to Gaulrapp, when Sensata --under Bain Capital's "guidance" -- acquired the Freeport, Illinois, plant, the severance was dramatically reduced. Gaulrapp, for instance, will see his termination pay cut from 46 to 26 weeks when his job is phased out on November 15 – after current employees train their Chinese replacements.  All the employees at the plant that "develops, manufactures, and sells sensors and controls for major auto manufacturers such as Ford and General Motors" will be let go by Christmas.

Over the past several weeks, the Sensata workers have launched an aggressive public awareness campaign.  They have put pressure on Mitt Romney through a campground protest across from the Freeport plant, solicited community support, started a press release campaign, and are currently conducting a bus tour targeting outsourcers of jobs to China.  The soon to be displaced employees call their encampment Bainport and maintain a website to publicize their efforts. Bainport.com

In a curious turn of events, after ignoring the worker protests and the imminent plant closing, the Romney campaign finally responded through a spokesperson earlier this week:

"Governor Romney has not worked at Bain Capital for over a decade, but for four years President Obama has been presiding over an economy that is creating too few jobs and sending more jobs overseas. Despite the President being invested in Sensata through his personal pension fund, and the government owning a major Sensata customer in GM, President Obama has not used his powers to help this situation in any way." — Curt Cashour, Romney Campaign Spokesman

Say what? 


Courtesy Sensata Workers Fighting for Their Jobs Against Bain Capital: Bainport.com


Okay, so the governor who broke the back of public union collective bargaining in Wisconsin – and would crush all unions if he could, by many accounts, is implying that the union refs are better at their jobs.  Well, maybe he's got a point – and that applies to many public employees who have long years of training and experience.

One of the great ironies here is that the Green Bay Packers are the only team in the NFL owned by a city: the people of Green Bay. They are non-profit as a result of this.  So this, if you are a Tea Party kind of guy, makes them a "socialist football" team, right?

Not only that, but during the Wisconsin uprising against Walker's anti-collective bargaining legislation, many of the most prominent Green Bay Packer players sided with the public unions.  Why?  Because the gridiron athletes are members of a union: the National Football League Players Association.

So Governor Scott Walker, the go-to man of GOP billionaires for busting unions and dismantling government, supports union refs, a union football team, and ownership of that team, the Green Bay Packers, by the community – without a profit incentive.

cheese45 Image by Ratterrell



A little background first. President Obama has long battled with Republicans on the Hill in his attempt to preserve tax breaks on those families making $250,000 a year or less, while eliminating Bush tax cuts for the super rich.  

Enter stage right: Mitt Romney. He has been promoting an idea that he can cut every one's taxes including the top 1 percent (even more than the current Bush tax cuts), but hasn't provided details of how this can be done while reducing the deficit.

An article in The Washington Post by Ezra Klein, details Romney's sleight of hand in this paradoxical promise of cutting everyone's taxes, especially the ultra rich, while cutting national debt: he's lying.

To understand, Klein's analysis, you need to start with Romney's recent statement that someone who makes $250,000 is in the middle class (few would agree with him, but that's Romney's definition).  

Klein points out Romney's "do the math dilemma" on his tax cut plan on steroids.


It is time to start worrying about Mitt Romney. Seriously. The guy may just be running the worst campaign ever. And yes, that includes the McDLT, print ads for organic hemp underwear and France in 39. Not to mention McCain/Palin in 08. Which currently holds the gold standard for lousy campaigns. Sure to be a Hall of Fame inductee in a couple of years.

Willard has taken bad to a whole new level. Bad like a dumpster behind a fish market during a garbage strike bad. Bad like a three dollar Dark Knight Rises DVD bought off a Times Square cardboard table with Albanian subtitles bad. Bad like Todd Akin at a NARAL benefit bad. Bad doubled down. Beyond breaking bad to the point of broken bad.
And every time the former Governor of Massachusetts opens his mouth, it gets worse. He’s tone deaf, tongue tied, logically challenged and as approachable as a near-sighted porcupine in heat. The Anti Ray Romano: nobody Loves Mitt.
So uncomfortable around real people, you can practically hear him whisper “icky, icky, icky,” under his breath while shaking hands at rallies. You know there’s an aide with a bottle of Purell hand sanitizer waiting for him on the bus. Maybe even a 55- gallon drum connected to a shower head.

 elvisromney elvis3IMAGE BY LYNN LARROW


In a videotape posted on YouTube on May 15 of this year, Mitt Romney is seen at a public event talking about alternative energy (which the Republicans in Congress have done everything possible to prevent).  In the midst of some spaghetti on the wall ideas about new energy sources, Romney gives a hat tip to Hitler (about 42 seconds into the tape):

Liquified Gas. Gosh, [with an emphatic emphasis] Hitler during the Second
War I guess, because he was concerned about losing his oil, liquefied coal. That technology is still there. I'm told the Chinese are building five liquefied coal plants right now.

Okay, Romney didn't endorse Mein Kampf, and Hitler was mentioned in passing, but like the secretly taped "47 percent" statement, his remark about the Fuhrer's accomplishment was made with the sort of passion you don't normally hear from the former governor.  No, he wasn't saying Hitler was a good man or supporting the Third Reich, nothing like that.  But Romney's tone had the ring of admiration for Hitler as an innovator, perhaps someone we should emulate in the energy area.

There aren't many presidential candidates we can recall who look to Hitler for ideas -- or at least they would not publicly admit that they admire some of the technological research of the Nazi regime. It's just bad politics.


It's not going unnoticed that in a September 19th interview on Univision (which has the largest reach of news programming to Latino audiences in the United States), Mitt Romney had his face darkened to appear, well, more Hispanic.  As a sharp eye on Democratic Underground noted and showed, there is simply no disputing it if you look at Romney's face while on Univision as compared to his other campaign photos and television appearances.

The cheesy attempt to subliminally try to make Romney appear more Latino, instead of a pale Mormon, was blatantly evident in a surprisingly critical article of the interview in the right wing Washington Times (although it should be disclosed that the commentary was from a liberal blogger). Just check out the Associated Press photos by clicking here.

As far as proof of Romney man tanning it up to try to appear more like "one of them," just look at his wan hands as compared to his face in the YouTube video of the television program.

Just click (below) to the full story to view the tape.


Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:45

Five Lies in Romney's War on the "47 Percent"


About the only factual statistic that is verifiable in Mitt Romney's now infamous trashing of 47 percent of Americans is that, indeed, his figure is accurate for those who technically don't pay income taxes (a category that BuzzFlash at Truthout has pointed out may very well include Romney, particularly for the year 2009).

Beyond that, Romney's mean-spirited, callous dismissal of nearly half the nation -- as recorded at an August fundraiser hosted by a 1 percenter with a penchant for orgies -- was filled with both blatant lies and slander by innuendo....

Why didn't Romney ask the super-rich attendees at his fundraiser how many of them are proud to pay income taxes, if they pay them at all?

BuzzFlash doubts a hand would be raised in the audience – and you certainly wouldn't see Romney's five fingers go up in the air.


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