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Coal miners: We were forced to attend Romney event, donate, & lost pay when he visited mine to promote coal jobs


(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

WWVA, broadcast Aug. 27, 2012, via Raw Story. David Blomquis interviewed Murray Energy Chief Financial Officer Rob Moore.

So you know that "war on coal" that Team Romney is accusing Team Obama of waging (Psst! Willard! There's no such thing as "clean coal," so maybe the president is actually fighting for the health and well-being of Americans)?

Why, here's Willard now!

If there's a war, it seems it wasn't Obama's doing since he certainly wasn't the one who provoked this reaction from coal miners, via

When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited an Ohio coal mine this month to promote jobs in the coal industry, workers who appeared with him at the rally lost pay because their mine was shut down.

The Pepper Pike company that owns the Century Mine told workers that attending the Aug. 14 Romney event would be both mandatory and unpaid, a top company official said Monday morning in a West Virginia radio interview

A group of employees who feared they'd be fired if they didn't attend the campaign rally in Beallsville, Ohio, complained about it to WWVA radio station talk show host David Blomquist.

Raw Story:

Yes, we were in fact told that the Romney event was mandatory and would be without pay, that the hours spent there would need to be made up my non-salaried employees outside of regular working hours, with the only other option being to take a pay cut for the equivalent time,” the employees told Blomquist. “Yes, letters have gone around with lists of names of employees who have not attended or donated to political events.” [...]

We do not appreciate being intimidated into exchanging our time for nothing. I heard one of your callers saying that Murray employees are well aware of what they are getting into upon hire, or that they are informed that a percentage of their income will go to political donations. I can not speak for that caller, but this is news for me. We merely find out how things work by experience.” [...]

At the time, conservative blogs and websites like The Daily Caller, The Gateway Pundit and Townhall trumpeted the fact that “hundreds of Ohio coal miners attended” the event. Even though the mine was closed on Aug. 14, soot-covered miners were staged behind the GOP hopeful as he spoke.

No surprise there. Everything about the Romney campaign, including the candidate, is superficial and staged.


VIDEO: Why Marco Rubio would be a great Etch A Sketch, er, running mate for Mitt Romney


May 2012:

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Little Marco doesn't wanna be a vice president!

Or does he?

June 24, 2012:

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Maybe Marco Etched his Sketch because Tim Pawlenty isn't interested and flat out told Team Willard to "look at other prospects":


The GOP is the flip-floppiest party in all the land.


VIDEO- Stephanie Cutter calls out Karl Rove's BS-- "Time to tear this thing apart." And she does.



"So another special interest attack ad, another set of outright distortions and another time when I need to ask you to do what you do best: get the president's back. Karl Rove is relying on you to do nothing to call out his B.S., and I know you'll prove him wrong."

Facts are no fun, are they Karl?


Michele Bachmann: I'll bring back $2 gas


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The only gas Michele Bachmann will bring back is that which emanates from her mouth:

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- ... "Under President Bachmann you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again," Bachmann told a crowd Tuesday in South Carolina.  [...]

The price Americans pay at the pump is tied to the crude oil market -- a global system largely beyond the reach of Washington. [...]

"The day that the president became president gasoline was $1.79 a gallon," Bachmann said. "Look what it is today."

Of course, that's not the full story.

When Obama took office, the country was mired in a terrible economic contraction. [...] During recessions, demand for gasoline plummets as trucks pull off the road, companies cut back on travel and laid off workers drive fewer miles. [...]

[S]he would ease restrictions on drilling and roll back federal regulations on the shale gas industry.

As anyone who has done any reading at all knows, drill, baby, drill wouldn't do much to lower the price at the pump. Bachmann, who has yet to tell us of her Big Plan to bring prices down, is doing what the GOP most often does: Creating her own reality.

UPDATE: Go read David Frum's reaction. It's short and to the point.


Newt Gingrich's firms had liens, overdue tax bills totaling $6,000 in Mo., Ind., Ga. & Pa.


What a fine, upstanding citizen Newtie is! And by "fine, upstanding", I mean he cheats on sick wives:

Currently married to Callista Bisek, Newt Gingrich has been married three times. His two previous marriages ended in divorce after he had affairs with younger women and when his wives were seriously ill.

Not exactly Mr. Moral.

But wait! There's more! According to CBS, companies that the presidential hopeful-- who swearstogod he's changed-- runs, the businesses he is in charge of, are a tad slipshod when it comes to paying taxes:

Companies run by Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich have faced overdue tax bills in four states worth more than $6,000, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.

The tax liens, which generally allow governments to seize assets or property to settle tax bills, ranged in size from a $195 property tax bill in the Atlanta suburbs to $1,969 in unpaid Missouri taxes. Most of the liens were paid shortly after tax authorities filed them.

One exception was in Pennsylvania, where Gingrich Holdings Inc. last week paid off a $1,599 lien for unpaid corporate income taxes just days before Gingrich formally announced he would run against Democratic incumbent Barack Obama.

Georgia State University professor Jack Williams, who teaches multistate taxation:

"The lien stage is about as deep into the process you get before the taxing authority seizes your assets and sells that."

As the cheating, hypocritical philanderer said, “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”

Or to put it another way, I am so hopelessly patriotic that extremely embarrassing, despicable things just "happened" to me, things I couldn't help, like boinking mistresses while my wives were really sick, or being completely irresponsible by not paying my tax bills.

I'm just an innocent bystander who is now doing puppy dog eyes to America, hoping voters have really short memories, really big hearts, and really deficient intellects.

Newt Gingrich: Hypocridiot-O'-The-Day.


Justice David Prosser: No meeting, but "I stopped down to the governor’s office"


TPC has been keeping up with the rather odd circumstances around the David Prosser v. JoAnne Kloppenburg Supreme Court election results.  Those would be the the results that led to a win for Prosser after a two-day delayed “discovery” of 7,582 votes.

Gosh, how could that have happened?

Now the plot sickens. Via

In an interview with WKOW27 News,  state supreme court justice David Prosser denied meeting with Governor Walker the day after voters decided between Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg in a hotly-contested race,  but said it was possible he was at the governor’s office.

It is conceivable that during that week,  I stopped down to the governor’s office,”   Prosser told WKOW27 News.

Know what else was conceivable? That Prosser is a Scott Walker devotee and vice versa. But see, he didn't exactly meet with the exact governor in his exact office:

“I certainly never went beyond the reception person... I never met with the governor personally in his office.”

Well, I suppose if you take him literally, that might be true, especially if Scott Walker happened to be hanging out in the reception area. Or Staff Member Not Scott Walker did. Or maybe Prosser and a Walker flunky texted ... or Facebooked. They're all so gosh darned cliquey.

What does that remind me of? Think... think... Oh! I know! George Bush, 2002:

"And I have no plans to attack on my desk. A policy of my Government is for Saddam not to be in office."

The BushCo plans were clearly sitting on a nearby chair, or mayhaps in a drawer, or in one of Cheney's undisclosed locations, or under Condi Rice's grand piano. Just not literally on his desk.

A spokesperson for Walker has previously denied the existence of any meeting between Walker and Prosser on the day after the election.

And yet now Prosser is saying he "stopped down to the governor's office."  I wonder if they're Twitter pals.

More here.

H/t: Charles Brace


Republican delusion of speaking for the "people"- Survey: Let EPA protect family health


Sigh. Our feckless D representatives let stuff like this go unheralded.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Public support is weak for former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich's idea to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, a survey indicates.

The national opinion survey by Opinion Research Corp. International for the Natural Resources Defense Council indicates Gingrich's Jan. 25 proposal that the EPA be "replaced by an agency that would place equal consideration for corporate interests as it does for protecting American families against air and water pollution" is opposed by 67 percent of Americans -- including 61 percent of Republicans.

The survey of 1,007 U.S. adults conducted Jan. 27-30 indicates 77 percent -- including 61 percent of Republicans -- oppose efforts in Congress to block Clean Air Act updates for carbon, smog and other air pollution.

"The poll findings reflect strong bipartisan support both for the EPA in general, and also for it playing a vigorous role in relation to fighting air pollution," Graham Hueber, senior project manager at ORC International says in a statement. "There is no evidence in this survey to suggest that Americans have any appetite for dismantling an agency that they see as protecting the health of themselves and their families."