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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?]

Tony Blair should face trial over Iraq war, says Desmond Tutu

September 3, 2012 by legitgov

Tony Blair should face trial over Iraq war, says Desmond Tutu 01 Sep 2012 Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be hauled before the international criminal court in The Hague and delivered a damning critique of the physical and moral devastation caused by the Iraq war. Tutu, a Nobel peace prize winner and hero of the anti-apartheid movement, accuses the former British and US leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction and says the invasion left the world more destabilised and divided "than any other conflict in history". Writing in the Observer, Tutu also suggests the controversial US and UK-led action to oust Saddam Hussein in 2003 created the backdrop for the civil war in Syria and a possible wider Middle East conflict involving Iran. [What about the Nobel Peace Prize winning Obama? He's also a war criminal!]

German left-wing MP Sevim Dagdelen visits Julian Assange at Ecuador embassy

September 3, 2012 by legitgov

German left-wing MP Sevim Dagdelen visits Julian Assange at Ecuador embassy 03 Sep 2012 German far-left MP Sevim Dagdelen has visited Julian Assange, who has been holed up at Ecuador's embassy in London since June, and afterwards expressed her solidarity with the WikiLeaks founder. "I have sent solidarity regards to Julian Assange from the left in Germany and the online community in Germany," said Ms Dagdelen in a statement issued after the visit.

Romney lacks convention poll bump as Democrats prepare to meet in Charlotte

September 3, 2012 by legitgov

Romney lacks convention poll bump as Democrats prepare to meet in Charlotte 02 Sep 2012 Mitt Romney failed to achieve a bounce from the Republican convention, according to a poll published Sunday, lifting Democrats' spirits as they arrived in Charlotte for their own gathering. Although Obama's campaign team played down the chances of Obama securing a poll bounce from the Democratic convention, beginning Tuesday, it is privately hoping he can open up a significant lead after months in which the two have been tied in the polls.

The Medicare Killers

September 3, 2012 by legitgov

The Medicare Killers By Paul Krugman 31 Aug 2012 The Republican Party is now firmly committed to replacing Medicare with what we might call Vouchercare. The government would no longer pay your major medical bills; instead, it would give you a voucher that could be applied to the purchase of private insurance. And, if the voucher proved insufficient to buy decent coverage, hey, that would be your problem. Moreover, the vouchers almost certainly would be inadequate; their value would be set by a formula taking no account of likely increases in health care costs... The G.O.P. platform says that it "will empower millions of seniors to control their personal health care decisions." Indeed. Because those of us too young for Medicare just feel so personally empowered, you know, when dealing with insurance companies.

Assange Asylum Wins Correa Anti-U.S. Cachet as Trade to Suffer

September 3, 2012 by legitgov

Assange Asylum Wins Correa Anti-U.S. Cachet as Trade to Suffer 28 Aug 2012 Ecuador President Rafael Correa is emerging from the shadow of Venezuelan mentor Hugo Chavez as his decision to grant asylum to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange plunges relations with the U.S. to new lows. While such a tactic may boost his chances of re-election in February, the political gain may spell economic loss for Ecuador, as harboring Assange sparks reprisals from the South American nation's top trade partner, said Cynthia Arnson, Latin America program director at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

September 2, 2012 by legitgov

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital --How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs - and stuck others with the bill By Matt Taibbi 29 Aug 2012 Mitt Romney - a man whose own father built cars and nurtured communities, and was one of the old-school industrial anachronisms pushed aside by the new generation's wealth grab - has emerged now to sell this make-nothing, take-everything, screw-everyone ethos to the world. He's Gordon Gekko, but a new and improved version, with better PR – and a bigger goal. A takeover artist all his life, Romney is now trying to take over America itself. And if his own history is any guide, we'll all end up paying for the acquisition.

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