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Hackers Obtain Mitt Romney's Tax Returns - Report

September 6, 2012 by legitgov

Hackers Obtain Mitt Romney's Tax Returns - Report -- Letters stated intention to publish Romney's tax returns on Sept. 28, unless $1 million is deposited in Bitcoin account 05 Sep 2012 Someone claims to have stolen years of Mitt Romney’s tax returns from a Tennessee office of the financial firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Secret Service is investigating what appears to be a ransom scheme. The local Democratic and Republican parties in Williamson County, Tenn., where the PricewaterhouseCoopers office is located, both received packages, each containing a thumb drive and a letter outlining a competitive-bidding ransom scheme that appears designed to pit Republicans and Democrats against each other over the release of Romney's taxes. [It's about time! What on earth were they *waiting for?!?* Post them NOW!]

Democrats reinstate Jerusalem language in party platform

September 6, 2012 by legitgov

Democrats reinstate Jerusalem language in party platform --Democratic official: Language reinstated to reflect personal view of President Obama 06 Sep 2012 Democrats amended the party platform Wednesday afternoon to include language supporting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The quickly approved changed came in the wake of mounting criticism from Democratic members of Congress incensed that the 2008 platform's declaration backing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel had been removed from the 2012 text. Republicans were quick to jump on the original omission, blasting the Democrats for not supporting Israel and its capital strongly enough. [And, Obusha couldn't surrender to his GOP overlords quick enough!]

Israeli airstrike on central Gaza Strip kills 3 Palestinians

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

Israeli airstrike on central Gaza Strip kills 3 Palestinians 05 Sep 2012 At least three Palestinians have been killed and four more wounded in Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, local medical sources say. Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, which is a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

Phony populism from a party of corporate America

September 5, 2012 by walden9

Phony populism from a party of corporate America 05 Sep 2012 The opening night of the Democratic National Convention provided a grossly distorted picture of the Obama administration, presenting a right-wing, pro-corporate, anti-working-class government as though it was the second coming of the New Deal...Speaker after speaker bashed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as the candidate of wealth and privilege and portrayed Obama as the advocate of working people and his reelection as the key to social and economic progress...In the assault on public workers, Democratic office-holders at the state and local level have taken just as hard a line as their Republican counterparts on cutting jobs, wages and benefits...Deval Patrick, the Democrat who followed Romney as governor of Massachusetts, boasted that he had succeeded in cutting pensions and benefits for state employees where Romney had "only talked" about it. The difference, he pointed out, was that he imposed the cuts "with labor at the table."...In other words, the Democrats prefer to enlist the unions to help them cut the living standards of the working class, while the Republicans seek to dispense with the union officials and do the job themselves. The end result for the workers is the same.

New Democratic Voice Challenges Republican Vision

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

New Democratic Voice Challenges Republican Vision 05 Sep 2012 Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio made his national debut on Tuesday evening at the Democratic convention, presenting himself as a generational testament to American opportunity that would not have been possible without hard work and a helping hand. "The American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay," Mr. Castro said. "Our families don't always cross the finish line in the span of one generation, but each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor." Mr. Castro, 37, was the first Latino to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, and the applause in the arena was reminiscent of the party's convention eight years ago in Boston when an Illinois state senator named Barack Obama brought delegates to their feet.

Michelle Obama pays tribute to her husband in convention speech

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

Michelle Obama pays tribute to her husband in convention speech 04 Sep 2012 Michelle Obama delivered an affectionate tribute to her husband Tuesday night as a man of courage and unshakable conviction, putting a warm gloss on an opening convention program filled with harsh attacks on Republican Mitt Romney. Reprising many of the themes and anecdotes she used in her speech to the Democratic convention four years ago, Obama delivered an implicit contrast to Romney's wealth and comfortable upbringing by describing the hardship that she and her husband faced growing up. [Too bad she and her husband are both capitalist shills now. --MDR]

Deval Patrick: Mitt in Mass. was 'more interested in having the job than doing it'

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

Deval Patrick: Mitt in Mass. was 'more interested in having the job than doing it' 04 Sep 2012 Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will touch on his predecessor Mitt Romney's record in the state, per prepared remarks: "In Massachusetts, we know Mitt Romney. By the time he left office, Massachusetts was 47th in the nation in job creation - during better economic times - and real wages in our state were declining. He cut education deeper than anywhere else in America. Roads and bridges were crumbling. Business taxes were up and business confidence was down. Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he's fixed. I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn't one of them. He's a fine fellow and a great salesman, but as governor he was more interested in having the job than doing it." [And what was it that Patrick was referring to that he accomplished? He made CUTS to public workers' pensions and benefits. That's what he did!]

Deval Patrick: 'It Is Time For Democrats to Grow A Backbone'

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

Deval Patrick: 'It Is Time For Democrats to Grow A Backbone' 04 Sep 2012 In making the case for the re-election of President Barack Obama Tuesday night at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick called on Democrats to "grow a backbone." "We are Americans," Patrick said to roaring applause, "We shape our own future: My message is this - it is time for Democrats to grow a backbone and stand up for what we believe. Quit waiting for pundits or polls or Super PACs to tell us who the next President or senator or congressman will be. We are Americans. We shape our own future."

Julian Assange's backers lose 200,000 pounds bail money

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

Julian Assange's backers lose £200,000 bail money 04 Sep 2012 Julian Assange's high profile backers  are understood to have lost the £200,000 they posted for his bail as he remains holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy. The Wikileaks founder breached the conditions by seeking political asylum before he was due to be extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault charges. A raft of high-profile figures including socialite Jemima Khan, journalist John Pilger, film director Ken Loach and publisher Felix Dennis have all confirmed they raised the cash as security to help free him which a judge ordered be forfeited at an earlier hearing.

Libor probe claims Barclays executive and a trader

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

Libor probe claims Barclays executive and a trader 04 Sep 2012 The fallout from an investigation into the attempted manipulation of global benchmark interest rates has again rocked Barclays Plc, as the bank recently ousted a top executive and a trader in New York for their roles in the scandal, according to regulatory filings obtained on Tuesday. Barclays formally notified the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority on August 29 that the executive, Ritankar "Ronti" Pal, was "discharged" on July 30 because the bank had a "loss of confidence" in him as a manager for failing "to properly supervise individuals on his team", one of the filings stated.

Press outlets protest Manning trial secrecy

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

Press outlets protest Manning trial secrecy 04 Sep 2012 More than 30 news outlets and media organizations lodged an official protest Tuesday against secrecy in the court martial of Private Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst accusing of leaking hundreds of thousands of military reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks. The amicus brief filed with the military's highest court, the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces, supports a request from the Center for Constitutional Rights to allow public access to motions, briefs, written rulings and the docket in Manning's court martial.

Snow the polar bear dies at Tucson zoo

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

Snow the polar bear dies at Tucson zoo 04 Sep 2012 A polar bear who captured the hearts of Coloradoans and people everywhere has died. The Tucson zoo announced Monday that 17-year-old Snow passed away in her sleep. Snow was moved to the Tucson's Reid Park Zoo [from Denver Zoo] earlier this year because of allergies.

Julian Castro defends Obama's record in historic keynote address at convention

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

Julian Castro defends Obama's record in historic keynote address at convention 04 Sep 2012 San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro gave a ringing endorsement of President Obama on Tuesday in a convention keynote address that defended the commander-in-chief's record and introduced the young Texas politician as the embodiment of the American dream. Castro, the youngest mayor of a major U.S. city, also made history as the first Hispanic to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention -- a role that propelled the 37-year-old from political obscurity to national prominence.

Camp Lejeune water contamination victim speaks out

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

Camp Lejeune water contamination victim speaks out 02 Sep 2012 Spina bifida. Asperger's syndrome. Tourette's. Bipolar disorder. Organic brain dysfunction. These are just a few of the diseases William McMurray Jr. suffers from, ailments he says his doctors couldn't explain for the first 20 years of his life until they learned of water contamination aboard Camp Lejeune. His is but one story in what many call the greatest case of contamination in U.S. history. A million Marines, sailors and their families drank, bathed, brushed their teeth, cooked, swam and washed their cars, clothes, dishes and pets in bad water at Lejeune for decades.

Pentagon: Bin Laden book contains classified info

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

Pentagon: Bin Laden book contains classified info 04 Sep 2012 A former Navy SEAL who fired bullets into the body of Osama bin Laden and later wrote a book about the historic raid has violated prohibitions against revealing classified information, the Pentagon declared Tuesday. "Let's cut through it: Sensitive and classified information is contained in the book," Pentagon press secretary George Little said. Meanwhile, the admiral who heads Naval Special Warfare Command said the book may provide enemies with dangerous insight into secretive U.S. operations.

Democrats 'talking up' Simpson-Bowles aka the Cat Food Commission

September 4, 2012 by legitgov

Democrats 'talking up' Simpson-Bowles aka the Cat Food Commission By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 04 Sep 2012 President Obama's surrogates and other key Democrats are pimping bipartisanship again (which worked so well the first time, doncha' know) and pushing Simpson-Bowles aka 'Cat Food Commission...' while Obusha readies himself to speak at Bank of America Stadium in a 'right-to-work' state! Gag me with a chainsaw!

The Democratic convention opens

September 4, 2012 by walden9

The Democratic convention opens 04 Sep 2012 On issue after issue, Obama continued the policies of George W. Bush. He embraced the Wall Street bailout, insuring that countless trillions of Treasury dollars were made available to save the banks, while millions of homeowners were plunged into foreclosure and eviction without any government rescue. His stimulus package consisted largely of tax cuts, designed to win Republican support, and the White House refused to launch a public works program or take any other direct action to create jobs for the millions of unemployed workers. Obama pushed through the bailout and reorganization of the auto industry at the expense of the workers, slashing pay for new hires by 50 percent and cutting pensions and health care benefits for retirees. After winning the Democratic nomination as the supposedly most antiwar candidate, Obama embraced the Bush administration warmongers, retaining Bush's defense secretary Robert Gates, barring any prosecution of Bush officials for the lies that accompanied the war in Iraq or the use of torture, and keeping open Guantanamo Bay and other US torture centers. Obama tripled the number of troops in Afghanistan, waged war in Libya, and ordered drone missile strikes that have incinerated men, women and children in half a dozen countries. He is the first US president to assert the right to assassinate any American citizen, anywhere on the globe, based solely on his executive authority, without either legal or judicial sanction.

Homeland Security's domain seizures worries Congress

September 4, 2012 by legitgov

Homeland Security's domain seizures worries Congress 03 Sep 2012 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seizing domains and taking down URLs in the name of 'copyright infringement,' but its tactics are worrying certain members of Congress. In a letter sent last week to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary Janet Napolitano, three members of the House Judiciary Committee aired their unease. "We are concerned about your Departments' seizure of domain names under Operation In Our Sites, launched in November 2010," the letter said. "Our concern centers on your Department's methods, and the process given, when seizing the domain names of websites whose actions and content are presumed to be lawful, protected speech."

Secret Service U-Haul truck stolen in Detroit ahead of VP Joe Biden's visit to city

September 4, 2012 by legitgov

Secret Service U-Haul truck stolen in Detroit ahead of VP Joe Biden's visit to city 03 Sep 2012 The U.S. Secret Service and local police are investigating after a U-Haul truck loaded with high-tech security equipment that belongs to the Secret Service was stolen just ahead of Vice President Biden's visit to Detroit, reports CBS Detroit. The truck was found Monday around 11:30 a.m. in an apartment building parking lot near Henry Ford Hospital, reported WWJ Newsradio's Rob Mason, who talked to Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan Donovan said some, but not all of the equipment it contained, has been recovered.

ICE chief of staff resigns amid misconduct claims

September 4, 2012 by legitgov

ICE chief of staff resigns amid misconduct claims 01 Sep 2012 A senior Obama administration political appointee and longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano resigned Saturday amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior lodged by at least three Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees. Suzanne Barr, chief of staff to ICE Director John Morton, said in her resignation letter that the allegations against her are "unfounded." But she said she was stepping down anyway to end distractions within the agency.

Court ruling that NSA spying violated 4th Amendment remains secret

September 4, 2012 by legitgov

Court ruling that NSA spying violated 4th Amendment remains secret --EFF sues US to uncover details of court decision on phone and e-mail spying 30 Aug 2012 Last month, a letter to Congress noted that "on at least one occasion" a secretive US court ruled that National Security Agency surveillance carried out under a 2008 act of Congress violated the Fourth Amendment's restriction against unreasonable searches and seizures. But the actual ruling remains secret. Decisions handed down by the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) are classified "because of the sensitive intelligence matters they concern," the letter from the Office of the National Intelligence Director to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) states. ...The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for details on the FISC ruling or rulings. Also, today the EFF filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice in US District Court in Washington, D.C., saying its July 26 FOIA request has not been processed within the 20-day deadline.

Feds close criminal investigation on Ariz. sheriff

September 3, 2012 by legitgov

Feds close criminal investigation on Ariz. sheriff 01 Sep 2012 Federal authorities say they're closing their abuse-of-power investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona without filing charges against him. Authorities were investigating America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff for his part in failed public corruption cases against officials who were odds with him. Arpaio brought cases against a judge and two county officials in 2009.

Secularism and the cultures of nineteenth-century scientific naturalism

September 3, 2012 by legitgov

Secularism and the cultures of nineteenth-century scientific naturalism, by Michael Rectenwald, The British Journal for the History of Science. 31 Aug. 2012. In this essay, I argue for the importance of Secularism -- founded in 1850-1 by the radical artisan intellectual George Holyoake -- to the powerful discourse and movement of scientific naturalism to emerge by the mid-nineteenth century in Great Britain within the Darwinian circle. I argue that Holyoake's Secularism served as both a cultural framework and a philosophical precursor for scientific naturalism, anticipating Thomas H. Huxley's agnosticism by nearly two decades. This essay is thus a special installment in nineteenth-century working-class intellectual and scientific history. Special thanks to Lori R. Price for her editorial assistance.

US-led soldier killed in southern Afghanistan

September 3, 2012 by legitgov

US-led soldier killed in southern Afghanistan 03 Sep 2012 An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in the restive southern Afghanistan has killed one US-led trooper with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). "An International Security Assistance Force service member died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan today," ISAF announced in a statement on Monday.

Afghan soldier kills 2 US-led troopers in Laghman

September 3, 2012 by legitgov

Afghan soldier kills 2 US-led troopers in Laghman 03 Sep 2012 An Afghan soldier has killed two US-led troopers in an attack in Laghman Province in eastern Afghanistan. A member of the Afghan National Army on Monday turned his weapon on the US-led soldiers in Laghman province in the latest instance of what is commonly referred to as 'green-on-blue' or 'insider' attacks.

200 Marines Join 'Anti-drug' Effort in Guatemala

September 3, 2012 by legitgov

200 Marines Join 'Anti-drug' Effort in Guatemala 30 Aug 2012 A team of 200 U.S. Marines began patrolling Guatemala's western coast this week in an unprecedented operation to beat drug traffickers in destabilize the Central America region, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday. The Marines are deployed as part of Operation Martillo, a broader effort started last Jan. 15 to stop drug trafficking along the Central American coast. "This is the first Marine deployment that directly supports countering transnational crime in this area, and it's certainly the largest footprint we've had in that area in quite some time," said Marine Staff Sgt. Earnest Barnes at the U.S. Southern Command in Miami. [Yes, as a result of the last US 'footprint' (stomping) in Guatemala to overthrow a democratically elected leader and to give US corpora-terrorists free reign, 200,000 people died.]

Revealed: US flew spy drone missions from Australia

September 3, 2012 by legitgov

Revealed: US flew spy drone missions from Australia 03 Sep 2012 The United States flew highly classified Global Hawk spy drone missions from the Royal Australian Air Force base at Edinburgh in South Australia from late 2001 until at least 2006. The operations were detected by a group of Adelaide aviation historians who had a member monitoring aircraft radio frequencies 20 hours a day. The spy drone is the jewel in the crown of America's global electronic intelligence-gathering network. Global Hawk operations are cloaked in secrecy, and the US Air Force likes to keep it that way. But perhaps the Pentagon severely underestimated the vigilance of Adelaide aviation historians the West Beach Aviation Group (WBAG). <g>

Canadian forces to continue Afghan training despite U.S. suspension

September 3, 2012 by legitgov

Canadian forces to continue Afghan training despite U.S. suspension 02 Sep 2012 U.S. forces have suspended the training of Afghan local police forces in response to a surge of attacks by infiltrators, but the work of Canada's 900 military trainers will continue. NATO's 'mission' to upgrade the Afghan National Security Force and the Afghan National Police – the program under which Canada works – was not affected by the American decision, Lieutenant-General Adrian Bradshaw, deputy commander of the International Security Assistance Force, said in a statement Sunday.

Training on hold for some Afghans to find infiltrators

September 3, 2012 by legitgov

Training on hold for some Afghans to find infiltrators 03 Sep 2012 The training of Afghan Local Police and Afghan special operations forces, which account for about 7 percent of all Afghan security forces, has been put on hold for at least a month while their American trainers conduct stricter vetting to try to root out infiltrators or recruits who could pose risks to the coalition troops working with them, U.S. officials say. The move does not affect the vast majority of Afghan forces - more than 350,000 Afghan National Army soldiers and Afghan National Police members - who are still being trained and are working in the field with against American and NATO counterparts, military officials said.

Bush, Blair must stand trial for war crimes: Tutu

September 3, 2012 by legitgov

Bush, Blair must stand trial for war crimes: Tutu 02 Sep 2012 South African Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu has called for the trial of former US President [sic] George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for their role in the Iraq war. "The immorality of the United States and Great Britain's decision to invade Iraq in 2003, premised on the lie that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, has destabilized and polarized the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history," Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote in an article in The Observer on Sunday. The Nobel Peace Prize winner called for the trial of the pair at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. [What about that other Nobel Peace Prize winner, who is also a war criminal?]

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