Friday, October 19, 2012

Poll Gives Romney His Largest Lead Yet Over Obama: 52-45 !! REALLY??

Poll Gives Romney His Largest Lead Yet Over Obama 18 Oct 2012 Mitt Romney's post-Denver debate rise in the polls took an even steeper climb today when Gallup released a new survey showing the Republican candidate with a seven-point national lead over President Obama, 52-45 percent. The tracking poll surveyed likely voters, Gallup said.

AT&T Stops Holding CLG Newsletters Hostage, Releases 'Quarantined' Editions By Lori Price, 18 Oct 2012 CLGers, AT&T -- including,,,,,,,,,,, and -- was incontrovertibly blocking the server used to disseminate the CLG Newsletter. And so, some back issues may (finally) be released. Note: This issue has absorbed much of my time and energy over the last few days, which explains why I was unable to respond to email, and/or thank the folks who have donated to CLG. I apologize for that. Note: If your CLG Newsletter suddenly 'stops' arriving in your inbox, please don't hesitate to let us know about the problem, by writing signup at

CIA proposes to expand fleet of armed drones, officials say --

Move would transform CIA into full-blown paramilitary force
18 Oct 2012 The CIA is urging the White House to approve a significant expansion of the agency’s fleet of armed drones, a move that would extend the spy service's decade-long transformation into a paramilitary force, U.S. officials said. The proposal by CIA Director David H. Petraeus would bolster the agency's ability to sustain its campaigns of lethal strikes in Pakistan and Yemen and be able, if directed, to shift aircraft to emerging al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] threats in North Africa or other trouble spots, officials said. If approved, the CIA could add as many as 10 drones, the officials said, to an inventory that has ranged between 30 and 35 over the past few years.

114k US contractors active in Afghan war 19 Oct 2012 There are currently more

private contractors
mercenaries working for the US military and other government agencies in Afghanistan than uniformed American military troops, reports indicate. As of July, nearly 114,000 contractors were working for the US Defense Department in Afghanistan, compared to the 90,000 American troops in the country at the time, AFP reported Thursday, quoting "official statistics." The figures about the presence of a high number of US contractors working in Afghanistan and emerged again after reports of a newly-released video showing American security contractors drunk and high on narcotics while on duty.

Navy to go after rats, mold in Gitmo legal offices [Too bad they don't go after the actual RATS behind the 9/11 terror attacks aka inside job, six ways to Sunday. --LRP] 19 Oct 2012 Legal offices that are so contaminated with mold and rat droppings that

lawyers in the Sept. 11 terrorism trial have been getting sick
[that's by design, obviously] will get a full clean-up and be evaluated by safety experts, a military official said Thursday. A "comprehensive" cleaning of the offices, which are primarily used by defense teams in the Guantanamo Bay tribunals, will begin by the end of the month and be finished in time for a hearing scheduled in December, said Army Capt. Michael Lebowitz, one of the prosecutors in the case of five prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks.

U.S. Navy, Allies Find Less Than Half the Sea Mines Planted in Key Exercise 15 Oct 2012 A major international naval exercise last month in and around the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea, led by the U.S. Navy with more than 30 other nations participating, located fewer than half of the [29] practice mines laid at sea. This outcome of the highly publicized military drills -- not publicly known until now -- underscores how difficult it may be for the United States and its partners to detect and incapacitate waterborne explosive devices that Iran has threatened to plant if its nuclear facilities come under attack. The drill, dubbed International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2012 or IMCMEX, brought together countries from all over the world at a time when tensions with Iran have been

heating up
exacerbated by the US and Israel.

Iraq records huge rise in birth defects 18 Oct 2012 It played unwilling host to one of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq war. Fallujah's homes and businesses were left shattered; hundreds of Iraqi civilians were killed. Its residents changed the name of their "City of Mosques" to "the polluted city" after the United States launched two massive military campaigns eight years ago. Now, one month before the World Health Organisation reveals its view on the legacy of the two battles for the town, a new study reports a "staggering rise" in birth defects among Iraqi children conceived in the aftermath of the war. High rates of miscarriage, toxic levels of lead and mercury contamination and spiralling numbers of birth defects ranging from congenital heart defects to brain dysfunctions and malformed limbs have been recorded... Similar defects have been found among children born in Basra after British troops invaded, according to the new research.

Curfew Imposed on American Troops in Japan 20 Oct 2012 The United States military imposed a curfew on Friday on all of its nearly 50,000 uniformed personnel stationed in Japan, as it tried to respond to public outrage over the suspected rape of a woman in Okinawa by two American sailors. The commander of United States forces in Japan, Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella, apologized for the case, saying that American military personnel will also be required to take "core values training." The commander of United States forces in Japan, Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella, said the curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. would take effect immediately at bases in Okinawa and the rest of Japan.

Beirut blast 'kills intelligence official Wissam al-Hassan 19 Oct 2012 A senior Lebanese intelligence official was among at least eight people killed in a massive car bomb attack in central Beirut, state media say. Wissam al-Hassan was said to be close to opposition leader Saad Hariri, a leading critic of the government in neighbouring Syria. No group has claimed Friday's attack, which was condemned by Damascus. Dozens of people were injured.

Bomb threat prompts Texas A&M campus evacuation 19 Oct 2012 Authorities ordered the campus of Texas A&M University evacuated on Friday after receiving a bomb threat, the latest such incident at colleges in recent weeks. A warning posted on the university website read: "The University has received a campus-wide bomb threat. We are asking all students, faculty, and staff to evacuate campus as quickly and as safely as possible by foot. Do not use a vehicle at this time. This evacuation is effective immediately until further notice." All classes have been canceled for the day, university officials said.

Obama's daughters' school evacuated over suspicious package 18 Oct 2012 Sidwell Friends, the Washington D.C. private school that both Obama daughters attend, was evacuated Thursday due to a suspicious package, police officials say. Araz Alali, a spokesman for the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, said that the scene is now clear and that there is no evidence that the threat was directed at the First Family. According to the Washingtonian, this message was distributed to the school's emergency alert system: "This is an emergency message from Sidwell Friends School. Due to a suspicious phone call, the buildings on the Wisconsin Avenue campus have been evacuated. We will notify you when further information is available."

F.B.I. Arrests Second Suspect in Bomb Plot Against Bank 19 Oct 2012 The Bangladeshi man who was arrested Wednesday on charges that he plotted to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York had an accomplice in San Diego, who was arrested later on unrelated child-p*rnography charges, a law enforcement official said on Thursday. The man described as the accomplice, Howard Willie Carter II, was arrested after an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation found [planted?] 1,000 images and three video files containing child p*rnography on a laptop and hard drive in the trash near Mr. Carter's apartment, according to a government document. Officials used material stored on the computer to trace it back to Mr. Carter.

DHS reviews guidelines for use of force 18 Oct 2012 Agent-involved shootings along the U.S.-Mexico border prompted the Department of Homeland Security to review guidelines on agents' use of force, officials said. The review of U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforcement practices followed a request by 16 congressional members who said they were concerned about the death of a Mexican man who suffered a fatal heart attack after a customs officer used a stun gun on him in 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

44 TSA workers in New Jersey face firing or suspension 19 Oct 2012 The Transportation Security Administration is proposing to fire 25 employees at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and to suspend 19 others as a result of an investigation into improper screening of checked luggage. The TSA says the alleged screening failures were uncovered last year after surveillance cameras were installed in a screening room to check for possible thefts. Eight employees were immediately fired in June.

NY appeals court rules DOMA unconstitutional 18 Oct 2012 A federal appeals court in New York ruled Thursday that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. The ruling, by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is the second decision by a court to rule DOMA as unconstitutional, according to The Associated Press. The controversial law, which went into effect in 1996, defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman. Under the law, the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriages conducted in states that have legalized same-sex and civil unions. The Manhattan court's decision upholds a previous ruling by a lower court on the law. The latest decision came from a trio of judges who said the law is in conflict with equal-protection laws.

McGovern nears death with family at his side 19 Oct 2012 Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern is surrounded by his family members as he nears the end of his life. Family spokesman Steve Hildebrand tells The Associated Press that 90-year-old McGovern is peaceful and resting. He has been in hospice care since Monday. His family said he was no longer responsive Wednesday. Hildebrand says his condition hasn’t changed and that McGovern is "at the end stages of his life." McGovern was the Democratic presidential candidate who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide.

Six arrested at Sensata sit-in in Freeport 17 Oct 2012 (IL) Six community supporters were arrested during a sit-in at the Freeport Sensata Technologies plant Wednesday, Oct. 17. The community members were occupying the plant's lobby in protest of Bain's decision to outsource 170 American jobs from its profitable Sensata plant in Freeport to China

. [Thanks, Mitt!] Over the past few months, Sensata workers have tried to contact Romney with a 35,000-signature petition, frequent protests outside the plant and trips to nearby campaign offices. A video of the arrests is here.

Man arrested for tossing voter registration forms in Virginia 19 Oct 2012 A 31-year-old man working for the Virginia Republican party was arrested on Thursday after he was caught throwing out voter registration forms, Richmond, Va., the Rockingham County sheriff's office confirmed to CBS News. The man, Colin Small, faces 13 felony and misdemeanor counts relating to voter fraud, including one count of obstruction of justice, four counts of destruction of voter registration applications and eight counts of disclosure of voter registration applications. 

Va. Sheriff Investigating GOP Tie to Trashed Voter Forms 18 Oct 2012 A Virginia sheriff confirmed to TPM on Thursday that his office is investigating whether a man seen tossing completed voter registration forms into a dumpster is connected to the state Republican Party. Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson (R) said his office may make an announcement about the case as soon as Thursday afternoon depending up the outcome of interviews conducted earlier in the day. His office began investigating after the manager at a Tuesday Morning store in Harrisonburg, Va., allegedly spotted a man on Monday afternoon throwing eight voter registration forms into a dumpster behind the shopping center where he works.

Gallup vs. the World By Nate Silver 18 Oct 2012 The Gallup national tracking poll now shows a very strong lead for Mitt Romney. As of Wednesday, he was ahead by six points among likely voters. Mr. Romney's advantage grew further, to seven points, when Gallup updated its numbers on Thursday afternoon. The Gallup poll is accounted for in the forecast model, along with all other state and national surveys. However, its results are deeply inconsistent with the results that other polling firms are showing in the presidential race, and the Gallup poll has a history of performing very poorly when that is the case... Usually, when a poll is an outlier relative to the consensus, its results turn out badly.

Mitt Romney Encouraged Business Owners to Advise Employees How to Vote 18 Oct 2012 In a June conference call hosted by the conservative-leaning National Federation of Independent Businesses, Mitt Romney encouraged business owners to let their employees know which candidate they support and how the election's outcome will affect their business. During a telephone town hall with small-business owners, first reported by In These Times, Romney said President Barack Obama's policies have hurt employers, criticizing the president on trade, labor, and his signature health care law... At the end of the call, Romney urged business owners to relay their thoughts on the election to their employees.

Mitt Romney's Bailout Bonanza 17 Oct 2012 By Greg Palast Mitt Romney's opposition to the auto bailout has haunted him on the campaign trail, especially in Rust Belt states like Ohio. There, in September, the Obama campaign launched television ads blasting Romney's November 2008 New York Times op-ed, "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt." But Romney has done a good job of concealing, until now, the fact that he and his wife, Ann, personally gained at least *15.3 million from the bailout--and a few of Romney's most important Wall Street donors made more than *4 billion. Their gains, and the Romneys', were astronomical--more than 3,000 percent on their investment.

The psychotic apple doesn't fall far from the Looney Tunes tree: Mitt Romney's son Tagg: 'I wanted to take a swing at Barack Obama' 18 Oct 2012 Mitt Romney's son has admitted that he wanted to "take a swing" at Barack Obama during the second live Presidential debate. Tagg Romney was speaking to the Bill LuMaye Show, a talk radio show in North Carolina, about his father's appearance to the nation on Tuesday night (October 16). When asked how he felt about Obama calling his father a "liar", Tagg Romney replied: "[You] jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him, but you know you can't do that because there's a lot of secret service people between you and him."

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