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The Ryan Choice

August 12, 2012 by legitgov

The Ryan Choice By Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D. 13 Aug 2012 The parties not only kick each other when they are down, but they also pick each other back up, because each needs its opponent in order to continue the farcical show of difference in order to contain real opposition within their bifurcated fraudulence. The object is to contain all differences within the party system in order to keep real opposition from mounting from without.

Iran quake death toll hits 250, with over 2,000 injured, six villages leveled

August 12, 2012 by legitgov

HAARP is busy little bee! Iran quake death toll hits 250, with over 2,000 injured, six villages leveled 11 Aug 2012 Northwestern Iran was struck Saturday by a series of major earthquakes and strong aftershocks, as state TV reported at least 250 dead, 2,000 injured and at least six villages leveled. Images broadcast on the main news channel showed dozens of families of sleeping outdoors in parks, with blankets laid out on the ground. The U.S. Geological Survey put the first earthquake, which struck midday, at magnitude 6.4, followed by a 6.3 quake. There were numerous aftershocks, registering as high as magnitude 5.0.

Israel media talk of imminent Iran war push

August 12, 2012 by legitgov

Israel media talk of imminent Iran war push 10 Aug 2012 Israel's prime minister and defence minister would like to attack Iran's nuclear sites before the U.S. election in November but lack crucial support within their cabinet and military, an Israeli newspaper said on Friday. The front-page report in the biggest-selling daily Yedioth Ahronoth came amid mounting speculation - fuelled by media leaks from both the government and its detractors at home and abroad - that war with Iran could be imminent even though it might rupture the bedrock ties between Israel and the United States.

French military sends Syria-bound shipment to Jordan

August 12, 2012 by legitgov

French military sends Syria-bound shipment to Jordan 11 Aug 2012 The French military has sent a cargo to Jordan, saying the shipment contains aid and medical supplies intended for Syrians displaced by the ongoing unrest in the country. An Antonov 124 cargo aircraft landed at the Marka military airport in Amman on Saturday. The cargo is said to include a field hospital and medical supplies for the refugees in the Zaatari camp near the Syrian border. An A310 airliner carrying 85 French military staff and medical equipment arrived in Jordan on Thursday.

Afghan policeman kills 10 fellow officers, in wake of Afghan attacks on US partners

August 11, 2012 by legitgov

Afghan policeman kills 10 fellow officers, in wake of Afghan attacks on US partners 11 Aug 2012 A member of the Afghan National Police opened fire at his colleagues at a checkpoint in southwestern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least 10 of his fellow policemen, officials said. The killings come a day after two Afghans, including a policeman, shot and killed six U.S. service members in separate attacks in neighboring Helmand province in the south. Shakila Hakimi, a member of the Nimroz provincial council, said the policeman is believed to have links to militants.

U.S., Turkey to explore imposing Syria no-fly zones

August 11, 2012 by legitgov

U.S., Turkey to explore imposing Syria no-fly zones 11 Aug 2012 The United States and Turkey indicated on Saturday they might impose no-fly zones in Syria as battles between [CIA-backed] rebels and President Bashar al-Assad's forces shook Aleppo and fighting erupted in the heart of Damascus. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after meeting her Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul that Washington and Ankara should develop detailed operational planning on ways to assist the 'rebels' fighting to topple Assad. "Our intelligence services, our military have very important responsibilities and roles to play so we are going to be setting up a working group to do exactly that," she said.

Anger as US prosecutors scrap probe of Goldman

August 11, 2012 by legitgov

Anger as US prosecutors scrap probe of Goldman 11 Aug 2012 Goldman Sachs was let off the hook yesterday as the US Department of Justice dropped plans to bring criminal charges over claims the bank was betting against the same toxic subprime mortgage securities it sold to clients. In April last year, Senator Carl Levin demanded a criminal investigation after his sub-committee spent more than a year looking into Goldman. Chief executive Lloyd Blankfein faced a embarrassing grilling for hours from Mr Levin over whether it was morally correct for the firm to sell its clients products described internally as "crap".

Mitt Romney campaign confirms Paul Ryan as running mate

August 11, 2012 by legitgov

Mitt Romney campaign confirms Paul Ryan as running mate 11 Aug 2012 Republican US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate, the Romney campaign confirmed today. "Mitt's choice for VP is Paul Ryan. Spread the word about America's comeback team," a Romney campaign mobile phone application said, confirming widespread reports he had selected the 42-year-old Wisconsin lawmaker who chairs the US House of Representatives Budget Committee. Romney was expected to introduce Ryan at the retired battleship USS Wisconsin - coincidentally named for Ryan's home state - in Norfolk, Virginia, at about 9 am EDT (1300 GMT) today.

6 Americans killed in one day by Afghan partners

August 11, 2012 by legitgov

US tax dollars at work: 6 Americans killed in one day by Afghan partners 11 Aug 2012 An Afghan working on an installation shared by Afghan and foreign forces shot to death three U.S. service members, raising to six the number of Americans killed by their Afghan partners in a single day, officials said Saturday. The newly announced killings took place Friday, the same day that an Afghan policeman gunned down three U.S. Marines in a separate attack in southern Afghanistan. Such assaults are on the rise and have heightened mistrust between foreign forces and the Afghan soldiers, police and others they are 'training and mentoring.'

Romney, Ryan appear together as running mates

August 11, 2012 by legitgov

Romney, Ryan appear together as running mates 11 Aug 2012 Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is appearing alongside his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. Romney says Ryan is a man of what he calls "great steadiness" and "unquestioned integrity." The former Massachusetts governor says Ryan is a "shining exception" in a political world of pettiness. The two appeared together for the first time as the Republican presidential ticket on Saturday morning in Virginia. They faced supporters while standing on the USS Wisconsin, a retired aircraft carrier.

'Green-on-blue' attacks spike in Afghanistan

August 11, 2012 by legitgov

'Green-on-blue' attacks spike in Afghanistan 11 Aug 2012 Seven international soldiers have been killed by their local colleagues in a bloody four days of violence in Afghanistan, further eroding trust between foreign troops and the Afghans with whom they work. Six died on Friday alone -- three American soldiers were shot by an Afghan policeman who invited them to a meal and three other troops were killed by an Afghan civilian employed on a NATO base, military and Afghan officials said. NATO had recorded 26 incidents in which 34 international soldiers were killed, NATO's International Security Assistance Force, Brig-Gen Gunter Katz, said.

Chevron Refinery fire blamed for rising gas prices

August 11, 2012 by legitgov

Chevron Refinery fire blamed for rising gas prices 10 Aug 2012 The Richmond Refinery produces nearly 15 percent of the gasoline made in California, so Monday's fiery disaster was bound to have an impact at the pump. Average Bay Area gas prices have now climbed past $4 a gallon. "I actually was up the street and it was $4.15," Cassandra Hollingsworth said. "I went into the store, I came out, and it was $4.21. So within an hour, it went up six cents." Oil analysts say Chevron is contributing to the price spike by not indicating when the Richmond Refinery can restore operations.

Fire burned same area of Chevron refinery last fall

August 11, 2012 by legitgov

Fire burned same area of Chevron refinery last fall 10 Aug 2012 ABC7 News has learned there was a fire last fall in the same crude oil unit that ignited Monday night at the Chevron refinery in Richmond. There is also evidence that removing insulation from the line could have played a major role in that fire. The fire occurred on November 14, 2011, in unit four, the same crude oil unit that ignited into flames Monday night.

Australian court upholds terror manual charge

August 11, 2012 by legitgov

Australian court upholds terror manual charge 10 Aug 2012 A former Qantas worker found guilty of producing a do-it-yourself jihad manual had his conviction reinstated by Australia's High Court Friday, with judges ruling he had extremist intentions. Lebanese-born Belal Khazaal, an ex-Qantas cabin cleaner, was jailed for 12 years in 2009 over the Arabic-language handbook, which included how-to guides on bomb-making, assassinations, kidnappings and shooting down planes. The 110-page "Provisions of the Rules of Jihad: Short Judicial Rulings and Organisational Instructions for Fighters and Mujahideen Against Infidels" named ex-US president [sic] George W. Bush and his CIA chief George Tenet as targets.

Chavez: U.S. 'mercenary' detained in Venezuela

August 11, 2012 by legitgov

Chavez: U.S. 'mercenary' detained in Venezuela 10 Aug 2012 President Hugo Chavez said Venezuelan authorities have detained an American man and are interrogating him, suspecting he could be a "mercenary" plotting to destabilize the country if the opposition loses the upcoming presidential election. Chavez told reporters on Friday that under questioning the man said he had been a U.S. Marine. He announced the man's Aug. 4 arrest on Thursday night, saying he was carrying a U.S. passport with entrance and exit stamps from countries including Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

Republican ex-lawmaker's aides charged with faking vote petitions

August 11, 2012 by legitgov

Republican ex-lawmaker's aides charged with faking vote petitions 09 Aug 2012 Four staff members for former Representative Thaddeus McCotter were charged on Thursday with forgery and election fraud for creating fake nominating petitions in his 2012 campaign, Michigan's top prosecutor said. McCotter, a five-term [Republican] congressman who ran a brief quixotic campaign for president, had so many signatures from his election petitions stricken that he was ruled off the ballot in June. He resigned from Congress in July. The four former staffers "were engaged in a blatant attempt to commit forgery and election fraud," Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said at a news conference in Detroit. "They copied petitions, submitted petitions falsely signed by circulators and did cut-and-paste jobs that would make an elementary art teacher cringe," Schuette said.

Romney to announce Wisconsin's Paul Ryan as VP pick Saturday

August 11, 2012 by legitgov

Romney to announce Wisconsin's Paul Ryan as VP pick Saturday 10 Aug 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, according to a Republican with knowledge of the development. They will appear together Saturday in Norfolk, Va., at the start of a four-state bus tour to introduce the newly minted GOP ticket to the nation. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to disclose the decision. Berthed at the museum is the USS Wisconsin -- which offered a hint about Romney's choice.

Romney to name veep pick in Norfolk Saturday

August 11, 2012 by legitgov

Romney to name veep pick in Norfolk Saturday 10 Aug 2012 Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will announce his vice presidential running mate Saturday morning in Norfolk as he kicks off a swing state bus tour at the USS Wisconsin, his campaign announced late Friday night. The campaign did not say who he had selected, but Romney plans to make the announcement at 8:45 a.m. when he tours the USS Wisconsin.

Stratfor emails reveal secret, widespread TrapWire surveillance system

August 11, 2012 by legitgov

Stratfor emails reveal secret, widespread TrapWire surveillance system 11 Aug 2012 Former senior intelligence officials have created a detailed surveillance system more accurate than modern facial recognition technology -- and have installed it across the US under the radar of most Americans, according to emails hacked by Anonymous. Every few seconds, data picked up at surveillance points in major cities and landmarks across the United States are recorded digitally on the spot, then encrypted and instantaneously delivered to a fortified central database center at an undisclosed location to be aggregated with other intelligence. It's part of a program called TrapWire and it's the brainchild of the Abraxas, a Northern Virginia company staffed with elite from America's intelligence community.

Three US Marines gunned down by Afghan police commander who invited them to dinner

August 10, 2012 by legitgov

Three US Marines gunned down by Afghan police commander who invited them to dinner - and it's the THIRD such deadly betrayal of allied forces in a week --Thirty-one coalition service members have died in 2012 at the hands of Afghan forces or insurgents disguised in Afghan uniforms - NATO 10 Aug 2012 An Afghan police officer shot and killed three U.S. Marines after sharing a meal with them before dawn Friday and then fled into the desolate darkness of southern Afghanistan, the third attack on coalition forces by their Afghan counterparts in a week. The Afghan police commander opened fire on the three Americans after inviting them to dinner at his outpost under the pretext of having a meeting to discuss security. [Too bad we can't get single-payer healthcare instead of paying foreign troops and police to kill US soldiers. --LRP]

Fox News Pundits' Hypocritical Head Explosion

August 10, 2012 by legitgov

Fox News Pundits' Hypocritical Head Explosion By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 11 Aug 2012 The Fox News pundits' heads are exploding from here to eternity over the recent Priorities USA Action pro-Obama ad, 'Understands,' that reveals that the Bain-ality of Evil indirectly killed a woman. Of course dog-torturing sociopath Mitt Romney (and capitalism) kills people. So does drone troll Barack Obama, via his illegal kill lists. Regardless, I didn't hear Faux whining when a 2011 RMoney television ad showed Obama quoting candidate John McCain -- "If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose" -- and pinned that insanity to Obama when the candidate was quoting McCain. The November 2011 AP article, Mitt Romney Defends Ad Quoting Obama Out of Context, notes that "PolitiFact, a non-partisan campaign watchdog, referred to the ad's use of Obama's past comment as 'ridiculously misleading.'" No one at Faux had a problem with the Romney ad, though, right?

Dallas health professionals urge aerial spraying to 'combat mosquitoes'

August 10, 2012 by legitgov

Dallas health professionals urge aerial spraying to 'combat mosquitoes' --Doctors group openly urging chemtrails to kill bugs Posted by Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 10 Aug 2012 A group of doctors in Dallas want to start battling the spread of West Nile virus with aerial spraying. They claim the night-time, ground spraying is 'not enough' in the fight against the(ir)West Nile virus. [Hopefully, people would blow out of the sky any chemtrail-spraying machines!] (No link, Fox News live)

California braces for power-grid test amid heat wave

August 10, 2012 by legitgov

California braces for power-grid test amid heat wave 09 Aug 2012 California's electricity grid operator issued a rare statewide alert on Thursday warning residents to curb power usage in coming days as a heat wave threatens to strain its already taxed network. The California Independent System Operation, or CAISO, a not-for-profit corporation charged with operating the majority of the state's high-voltage grid, issued a "flex" alert urging consumers to reduce power usage especially in the afternoon, when air-conditioning dramatically ramps up demand.

Britain faces legal challenge over secret US 'kill list' in Afghanistan

August 10, 2012 by legitgov

Britain faces legal challenge over secret US 'kill list' in Afghanistan 09 Aug 2012 Britain's role in supplying information to an American military "kill list" in Afghanistan is being subjected to legal challenge amid growing international concern over targeted strikes against suspected insurgents and drug traffickers. An Afghan man who lost five relatives in a missile strike started proceedings against the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and the Ministry of Defence demanding to know details of the UK's participation "in the compilation, review and execution of the list and what form it takes". Legal letters sent to Soca and the MoD state the involvement of UK officials in these decisions "may give rise to criminal offences and thus be unlawful".

NORAD to conduct exercise flights in South Carolina

August 9, 2012 by legitgov

NORAD to conduct exercise flights in South Carolina  --Exercise flights will also take place near Michigan and Florida Thursday. 08 Aug 2012 Some South Carolina residents may see or hear fighter jets controlled by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) as pilots conduct exercise flights Thursday. The flights will take place Thursday morning to afternoon and residents between Douglas, Ga. and Sumter may hear or see NORAD-controlled fighter jets in close proximity to military of military contracted aircraft as they practice intercept and identification procedures. Officials say the exercises include exercising NORAD's reponse to airspace restriction violation, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft.

Company previously known as Blackwater agrees to $7.5 million fine in arms smuggling case

August 9, 2012 by legitgov

Company previously known as Blackwater agrees to $7.5 million fine in arms smuggling case --Federal prosecutors and law enforcement agents: Blackwater, which has held billions in U.S. security contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan, repeatedly flouted U.S. laws. 07 Aug 2012 The international security contractor formerly known as Blackwater has agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle federal criminal charges related to arms smuggling and other crimes. Documents unsealed Tuesday in a U.S. District Court in North Carolina said the company, now called Academi LLC, agreed to pay the fine as part of a deferred prosecution agreement to settle 17 violations. The list of violations includes possessing automatic weapons in the United States without registration, lying to federal firearms regulators about weapons provided to the king of Jordan, passing secret plans for armored personnel carriers to Sweden and Denmark without U.S. government approval and illegally shipping body armor overseas.

Fox News poll: Obama's lead grows as Romney's support slips

August 9, 2012 by legitgov

Fox News poll: Obama's lead grows as Romney's support slips 09 Aug 2012 Mitt Romney has had a tough couple of weeks on the campaign trail -- and it shows in the latest Fox News poll. After a barrage of campaign ads, negative news coverage of his overseas trip and ongoing talk about his tax returns, Romney's favorable rating and standing in the trial ballot have declined. As a result, President Obama has opened his biggest lead since Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee. The president would take 49 percent of the vote compared to Romney's 40 percent in a head-to-head matchup if the election were held today, the poll found.

True blue mates! Orphaned kangaroo and wombat are inseparable friends

August 9, 2012 by legitgov

True blue mates! Orphaned kangaroo and wombat are inseparable friends (they even share the same pouch) 02 Aug 2012 Opposites can attract and Anzac a doe-eyed baby kangaroo has become best friends with Peggy, a tiny squint-eyed wombat. Their unlikely union developed after the pair - both orphans - shared a pouch at the Wildlife Kilmore Rescue Centre in Victoria, Australia. At just over five months old, Anzac was brought to the centre after being rescued in the Macedon Ranges. The joey is in the mother kangaroo's pouch for about eight months, depending on the species, but Anzac was abandoned a few months before he was ready to be free.

Army Tests Spy Blimp Over NJ

August 9, 2012 by legitgov

Army Tests Spy Blimp Over NJ 09 Aug 2012 The Army is testing its $517 million spy blimp in the skies over the New Jersey military base where the German airship Hindenburg crashed in 1937. [Hopefully, the spy blimp will go the same route.] The Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle spent more than 90 minutes around Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Ocean County on Tuesday. Manufacturer Northrop Grumman says the 302-foot long airship is designed to be a high altitude observation platform. It can be operated by a crew or by remote control.

Iran rejects foreign military intervention as solution to Syrian crisis

August 9, 2012 by legitgov

Iran rejects foreign military intervention as solution to Syrian crisis 09 Aug 2012 Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has rejected foreign military intervention as a solution to the Syrian unrest, saying dialogue is the only key to the ongoing crisis in the Arab country. "Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, Iran has highlighted the priority of political and peaceful measures and strategies for the restoration of peace to this country (Syria)," Salehi said Thursday during a one-day international consultative meeting on the Syrian situation in Tehran. "Iran is against the killing of unarmed people and citizens by any side," he added.

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