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Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government: 10/8/11

Published: Fri 12 Aug 2011 02:11 PM
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10 Aug 2011
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Dem spokesman accuses GOP of dirty tricks in Waukesha vote count 09 Aug 2011 A state Democratic Party spokesman accused a Republican official Tuesday night of tampering with votes in the tight 8th Senate District recall race. With 10 of 11 Waukesha County wards still out -- including all of those in Menomonee Falls -- party spokesman Graeme Zielinski said, "We believe the election in this contest has been tampered with by Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus. She's sitting on votes. We believe that right now, there are severe irregularities in Waukesha County once again. We believe the very fate of the Wisconsin Senate hangs in the balance and is in the hands of a woman who has already shown extreme incompetence. We believe there’s dirty tricks afoot."
Wis. GOP holds off Democrats in recall elections 10 Aug 2011 Republicans are holding onto control of the Wisconsin Senate. Republicans beat back four Democratic challengers in Tuesday's recall election despite an intense political backlash against GOP support for Gov. Scott Walker's effort to curb end public employees' union rights. Republicans beat back four Democratic challengers in Tuesday's recall election despite an intense political backlash against GOP support for Gov. Scott Walker's effort to curb public employees' union rights. [Noticeably absent from the process: Closeted Republican, Barack Obama - despite his pledge of union support when he was candidate Obama. Why on *earth* would any union member vote for Obama again? Primary Obusha in 2012! --LRP]
The Nosey Parker of the universe aka the US wants another world leader replaced: White House to Call for Syrian Leader to Step Down 09 Aug 2011 The Obama administration is planning to explicitly call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down in coming days, two administration officials told FoxNews. The White House is expected to lay out the tougher line by the end of this week, possibly on Thursday. The administration will first consult with the United Nations Security Council as the Treasury Department prepares a new set of sanctions aimed at Assad's family and his government, the officials told FoxNews.
Fresh NATO raids kill 85 civilians in Libya 09 Aug 2011 At least 85 civilians have been killed in the latest NATO airstrikes in Libya near the western city of Zlitan, a Libyan official says. AFP reported that the attacks took place late on Monday in the village of Majer, south of Zlitan, which is located 160 km (100 miles) east of Tripoli, Libyan government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim said. Thirty three children, 32 women and 20 men from 12 families were killed in the "massacre," Ibrahim added. "After the first three bombs dropped at around 11:00 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Monday, many residents of the area ran to the bombed houses to try to save their loved ones. Three more bombs struck," he further said.
Iraq's Sadr demands U.S. forces pull out 09 Aug 2011 Iraqi radical Shiite cleric leader Moqtada al-Sadr Tuesday called on U.S. troops to pull out from Iraq, blaming the Americans for the chaos and sectarian strife that engulfed the country after 2003. "Go forth from our holy land and go back to your families who are waiting for your arrival impatiently, so that you and we, as well, lead a peaceful life together," Sadr said in a message addressed to the U.S. troops in Iraq, which was posted on his website in Arabic and English languages. "Enough of this occupation, terror and abuse. We are not in need of your help. We are able to combat and defeat terrorism and achieve unity," Sadr said.
Two American men CAN sue Donald Rumsfeld after 'being tortured by U.S. army in Iraq' --Pair say their rights of 'habeas corpus' were violated 09 Aug 2011 Two American men will be allowed to sue former Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over claims that they were unfairly tortured by U.S. troops in Iraq. Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel, who worked for a private security firm in the Middle East country, were allegedly beaten and punished for months in 2006 at Camp Cropper near Baghdad before being dumped at the airport without charge. The pair argue that their rights of 'habeas corpus' - the legal term for unlawful detention - were violated, and are seeking damages from Rumsfeld, who was succeeded by Robert Gates in December 2007, and unnamed others.
Communications 'blackout' in Gaza 10 Aug 2011 Telecommunications in Gaza were severed late Tuesday, cutting off Internet, mobile phones and international landline connections for hours, a Ma'an correspondent reported. Calls to Gaza were met with error messages or dial tones, and the blackout seemed to affect multiple platforms including regular landline services as well as mobile access including Israeli services. A technician at Jawwal, the main mobile provider in the occupied territories, told Ma'an the company was aware of reports that residents were experiencing technical difficulties.
US drone kills seven in NW Pakistan 09 Aug 2011 A non-UN-sanctioned US drone attack has claimed the lives of seven people in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt. The incident took place on Wednesday near the town of Miranshah in North Waziristan tribal district, AFP reported. A vehicle and a compound were destroyed in the assault. The CIA's unmanned aircraft carried out six strikes in Pakistan during July, leading to the death of at least 73 people, Conflict Monitoring Centre (CMC) said in its monthly report.
US helicopter crashed in Taliban trap: Afghan official 08 Aug 2011 The Taliban lured US forces into an elaborate trap to shoot down their helicopter, killing 30 American troops in the deadliest such incident of the war, an Afghan official said Monday. US President Barack Obama pledged that the incident -- which killed 38 people -- would not keep foreign forces from prevailing in Afghanistan, and the Pentagon called the downing of the Chinook a "one-off" that would not alter US strategy. The late Friday attack marked the biggest single loss of life for American and NATO forces since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan 'toppled' the Taliban in late 2001.
Japan Hid Radiation Path, Leaving Evacuees in Peril 09 Aug 2011 For three nights, while hydrogen explosions at four of the reactors spewed radiation into the air, they stayed in a district called Tsushima where the children played outside... The winds, in fact, had been blowing directly toward Tsushima -- and town officials would learn two months later that a government computer system designed to predict the spread of radioactive releases had been showing just that... Meltdowns at three of Fukushima Daiichi's six reactors went officially unacknowledged for months. In one of the most damning admissions, nuclear regulators said in early June that inspectors had found tellurium 132, which experts call telltale evidence of reactor meltdowns, a day after the tsunami -- but did not tell the public for nearly three months.
Partnered again: Russia and NORAD conduct Exercise Vigilant Eagle 2011 --Exercise simulated U.S. flagged carrier, under call sign of Fencing 1220, on international flight which had been seized by terrorists 08 Aug 2011 Within minutes after takeoff the first fighter aircraft are visible off the left wing and Exercise Vigilant Eagle 2011 is well underway. The Russian Federation Air Force and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) conducted their second Vigilant Eagle cooperative exercise Aug 5-9, further strengthening the communication channels between Russia and NORAD in the event of a hijacked aircraft transiting across the Bering Sea.
Lockdown in London, while trouble flares in Nottingham and Manchester --A firebomb was launched at a Nottingham police station, while shops were ablaze in Manchester --Scotland Yard attempted to put capital in lockdown with 16,000 police on streets 09 Aug 2011 A police station in Nottingham was firebombed late on Tuesday by a group of up to 40 men, police said, while there was looting in Manchester and there were tense scenes in Salford. Canning Circus police station in Nottingham was attacked by the group, Nottinghamshire police said just after 10pm. The force said a number of men were detained nearby.
Mark Duggan did not shoot at police, says IPCC --IPCC releases initial findings of ballistics tests in police shooting of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked London riots 09 Aug 2011 Mark Duggan, whose shooting by police sparked London's riots, did not fire a shot at police officers before they killed him, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said on Tuesday. Releasing the initial findings of ballistics tests, the police watchdog said a CO19 firearms officer fired two bullets, and that a bullet that lodged in a police radio was "consistent with being fired from a police gun". One theory, not confirmed by the IPCC, is that the bullet became lodged in the radio from a ricochet or after passing through Duggan.
U.K. far right promises vigilantism in riots 09 Aug 2011 The leader of a British far-right [terrorist] group says its members are taking to the streets of British cities in an attempt to quell riots that have spread across the country for four nights. Stephen Lennon, leader of the English Defense League, told The Associated Press that up to 1,000 members planned to turn out in Luton, where the group is based, and others areas that have suffered unrest, including the northwestern city of Manchester. Lennon said some members had were already carrying out patrols trying to deter rioters, and that hundreds more would join them Wednesday.
CIA tracked Canada's Cold War satellite research 09 Aug 2011 Declassified records show the CIA closely tracked Canadian satellite and imaging research during the Cold War. Documents indicate the U.S. spy agency saw Canada's fledgling telecommunications satellite network as an influential project that would set the pace for other nations planning to launch their own systems. A still heavily censored memo reveals the CIA also took a special interest in research by an Ottawa university on Soviet commercial enterprises.
Gag me with a chainsaw: 3 Spineless Dems Picked for 'Super Dictatorship' --Reid said to name Murray, Baucus, Kerry to Cat Food Commission II 09 Aug 2011 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to appoint Sens. Patty Murray of Washington, Max Baucus of Montana and John Kerry of Massachusetts to a special unconstitutional committee charged with finding $1.5 trillion in budget savings, an aide familiar with the matter said Tuesday. Reid will name Murray as co-chairman of the 12-member deficit panel being appointed by Democratic and Republican leaders of Congress, the aide said.
Wisconsin polls close, significant results awaited --Vote seen as a referendum on GOP Governor Scott Walker's conservative policies 09 Aug 2011 Polls closed in Wisconsin on Tuesday and results were awaited in the nation's largest ever cluster of recall election were awaited. Shortly after 8 p.m. local time, it was too early to tell the outcome of recall elections for six Republican state senators who voted to curb the power of public sector unions in the state legislature, enraging organized labor and Democrats. Control of the state Senate hangs in the balance as Democrats need to win three of the six races contested on Tuesday to take back a majority, provided they also retain the two seats up for election on August 16.
Verizon union members say strike worth hardship --Job security, pensions at issue 10 Aug 2011 On Sunday, about 6,000 Verizon Communications Inc. employees in Massachusetts walked off the job after the unions and the company failed to reach an agreement on a new contract. The strike is unusual in its size - 45,000 people nationwide and one of the largest in a decade - and for its timing, during a period of historically high unemployment and concerns about another recession. The unions - the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communications Workers of America - are fighting to keep employee pensions, affordable health care benefits, and a clause that makes it more difficult for Verizon to lay off union workers.
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