Thursday, October 25, 2012

Any Bainport In A Storm

Or You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows

"On Tuesday, officials from Bain Capital-owned Sensata Technologies threatened to shut down its north-central Illinois plant "immediately and indefinitely" if those protesting the offshoring of the facility's jobs entered the plant in an act of civil disobedience again, according to local city officials." (Cherkis 10/24/2012)

(Cherkis 10/24/2012) "Freeport Police Chief Jerry Whitmore, who was at the meeting, said Sensata officials raised the plant closing threat. "They said that if protesters breached security and entered the building, including the foyer area, that the plant would close immediately and indefinitely,' he recalled."

(Cherkis 10/24/2012) "On Wednesday morning, workers responded by filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board over the issue. 'I think [city officials] were as dumbfounded as we are,' worker Tom Gaulrapp told HuffPost. 'They try to make it sound like we're doing something wrong. Here we are, we're just protesting at the plant ... It's ridiculous."

(Cherkis 10/24/2012) "Sensata's saber rattling looked like an empty gesture to Gaulrapp. 'They are moving our jobs to China anyway,' he said. 'It's a moronic statement by them. Everything we've done has been peaceful.' More than half of the plant's workers have already been laid off. Romney has not been in charge of Bain Capital for years, but he continues to reap the benefits from tax breaks based on his Sensata investments."

"So would it surprise you to know that according to his 2011 tax returns Mitt Romney personally benefits from Sensata profits? His involvement was enough to transfer more than $200,000 worth of Sensata shares to a charity he heads." (Granholm 10/10/2012)

So the Bainies are sending the sensor technology developed here in the good 'old U.S. of A. over to the China that R-money makes believes he's so afraid of and promises to clamp down in a phony contrived "trade war". Don't believe a word of it. You know he runs in whatever direction the political winds blow. "Moderate Mitt(witt)" showed up at the debates to try and bamboozle the American public, and for that matter the rest of the world as well, but the world has seen and remembered the eight years of  Bush League bumbling and does not agree with the Myths being propagated here.

The only difference between the Teapublican Koch Bros. et al "True the Vote" and the Brown Shirts in 1930s Germany is that they wear Smiley Faces like The Watchmen.

But they don't have anything like the "ground game" and the number of offices the POTUS has in the swing states that count, not even close. They put all their misguided and illegal effort into real voter suppression ala Jim Crow.

The Teapublicans came to power getting in all those Precinct captain positions for 2010 however, don't underestimate them, even though they're lagging behind nationally at the grass roots level this time. Nothing like 2008, and the Romniacs had virtually no experience doing this for real in the big time, only repetitively losing for the last 7 years.

It's the "white hoody" 38% core that has attracted enough of the "low info" voters to make up the foolish 1/2 of the electorate that is willing to elect a "reichwing" nut cluster of neocons to take their sons and daughters into another armageddon to continue to benefit the multinational corps. They feel that they are voting their core moral values when they've been hoodwinked into becoming unwitting serfs in the new financier dominated renter economy, as if it was some "social experiment" of the reichwing and will benefit from it over the lower middle working class.

 So while the far right wing nut radical fundamentalists establish illegal "militias" to run around the woods playing "Taliban" while avoiding military service at all costs and letting the "volunteer army" 2% do the real heavy lifting for them, I would just keep my options open and my passport updated. It costs the same to live in Paris now as it does in NYC. And it's actually cheaper to live in most of Spain, and rural areas of France (including the southern coast) and Italy. Put those collegiate foreign language and math requirements to work ! Why would anyone want to remain as a powerless subject to be raked over the coals by robber baron power elites who would keep you in serfdom and religious oppression? These are the very same reasons that Europeans fled that continent to come here in the first place.

Vote, then vote with "FEET IN THE STREET", and if all legitimate methods to include civil disobedience fail, vote with your feet. No reason to sacrifice your health, wealth, and soul for these fools. None. Look at it this way, we'd be better off shoring up the European economy which would only help to steady the world economy and keep the North American recovery on track. At least they have a true social "safety net" to boot.

Sensata Plant Owned By Bain Threatens To Shut Down If Trespassing Protests Continue (Schultz 10/24/2012)

"Today at Freeport’s Sensata Technologies plant, civil rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson returned to rally with with soon-to-be out of work employees. Jackson spent most of the afternoon in "Bainport”, the make-shift campsite that's been home to Sensata employees and their supporters for the last 40 days. Things took a turn around 4:00 p.m. when Jackson and about a dozen workers decided to march onto company property, before being arrested by police. He says he hopes his arrest will get Sensata management to the negotiating table. He hoped to convince them to keep the plant open." (Dwyer 10/24/2012)

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Serpentine Line: Only The Stench Survive

The Serpentine Line: Only The Stench Survive: Or Why the Teapublican Tailspin Tommies Should Buy the Farm !! New hurdles creating a suspiciously timed gauntlet just before th...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

And Now For Something Completely Indifferent

Wednesday's Presidential Debate was such a great sleep aid, I watched it twice. I marveled at R-money attending the debate after smoking Shabu. Obama was either playing Angry Birds or running some Special Operation on the other side of the world we'll never know about while looking down at what had to be his Blackbird. R-money was all about killing Big Bird. CAN YOU TELL ME THE WAY TO SESAME STREET ??? (Garcia, Oct 3, 2012)

This was apparently a planned giveaway b/c it was on the economy. That's the only explanation that really makes sense. Now watch what happens next. R-money is going to wind up with a stroke, but it's ok, don't feel bad. He can afford great health care, he owns the company (like the Hair Club for Men):

R-money's great hairdo aside, this was just the opener for the end game of his campaign, where he squirms and struggles to get the Electoral College to lean his way. Not going to happen. The surprising voter registration drives combined with coordinated Teapublican voter fraud and State Supreme Court judges finding religion along with a competent DOJ are effectively protecting us against some of the worst the Jim Crow II movement initiated by the Teapublican party has to offer.

The Teapubs are about to be thrashed now in the 2012 Senate and perhaps the House of Misrepresentation as well. No taxation without representation ? The Teapubs were banking on doing away with both those vital functions of government. (Reich, Oct 4, 2012)

But back to the widely watched debate itself. Witness something surprising cogent and insightful by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who have come a long way as an orator himself after being immersed at MSNBC:

"Romney's problem is that this debate is in 2012, not 1812. We have things like we can hit a button and say, show what he has said before. No doubt Mitt Romney was at his best tonight but his best is not good enough. when you look at the fact that he's saying that taxes will not go up on the middle class, yet he is proposing all the way through this campaign, dealing with deductions in terms of mortgage investments, dealing with deductions in terms of charity, it will in fact go up on the middle class and a much lower tax rate for the rich. The facts will not bear him out. When he stood there all night advocating states' rights across the board, what is that saying to women about who is going to decide on women's issues? What is that saying to minorities about immigration, civil rights, and voting rights?" (Coyote 2012)

(Coyote 2012) "This man went back to the 19th century on states' rights all night long. When we hear him stand up there and talk about things that are patently contradictory to his position, what I'm surprised at; he cares so much for the poor, so much for the disadvantaged. Would that be the 47% that he said were moochers and had no responsibility? Is this the 47% that he had a Damascus Road experience walking up to that rostrum tonight? So his problem is not going to be Barack Obama or Lehrer, His problem is going to be Mitt Romney because when they play Romney as opposed to the Romney tonight, he's going to look like a flagrant and blatant flip flopper."

(Coyote 2012) "I agree that it's going to be two or three days before we get the verdict, so I would suggest to the court that he [Romney] made a good testimony. But he will be indicted for perjury because he's lying. When you take what he said tonight and compare it to his proposals, to what he has said, to what he's represented, to the Ryan plan; it does not match what he said tonight. So how  are we going to be impressed with someone that made a very passionate and a very articulate series of lies tonight."

Excellent concise commentary. As well done by a so-called "second stringer" giving R-money his comeuppance from a usually mocked or suppressed constituency as any one of the other pundits.

All in all it was a well deserved scoring of points by an impassioned corporate shill who lies for a living his entire life makes a good effort, but it will all be for naught. I don't recommend counting those chickens in the Electoral College until they hatch, but it still appears that it's going to remain a lost cause. Enough Americans have come to their senses through this tortuous campaign mainly caused by a strange Republican primal primary battle. The rest of the sheeple can just stay tuned to Fox Noise and swallow that swill. (Huffpo 2012)

The Senate appears to be staying in Democratic hands, and the House of Misrepresentation appears to hold heavy losses for great numbers of the less than useless obstructionist Tea Billie freshmen. They're getting kicked back out by the same majority of female voters that made the mistake of joining some of their neanderthal male white husbands in voting the Teabillies into that majority in the first place. They won't be fooled again.

But it remains to be seen what's going to be left of the "old" Republican party voting block at this time, we'll have to see. But the above cleansings are the most important tasks to be done, and it looks like they are going along quite well on the road to be accomplished. I notice that Ms. Pelosi, one of the most accomplished congresswomen in recent history is dusting off her appropriately sized gavel (one that holds real power, unlike Boehner's lack of control over the undisciplined Teabilly mob).