Friday, October 24, 2014

News Updates from Citizens for Legitimate Government, 23 October 2014


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Patient Placed in Isolation for Ebola Testing at Bellevue Hospital 23 Oct 2014 A doctor in New York City who recently returned from West Africa was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center on Thursday and placed in isolation while doctors await the return of tests to determine whether he has the Ebola virus. While the results of the tests will not be known until late Thursday, the health authorities are concerned enough about the possibility that he has the virus to have started to identify and contact anyone who might have come into contact with the man, identified by city officials as Dr. Craig Spencer.

Ebola panic in Brooklyn: Doctor who treated patients in West Africa visited hip bowling hotspot ONE DAY before he was rushed to the hospital with 103F fever 23 Oct 2014 Ebola panic has struck New York City and the fear may already have spread from suspected infected doctor Craig Spencer's home of Manhattan to nearby Brooklyn, where the Doctors Without Borders physician visited a hip bowling hotspot one day before he was rushed to the hospital with a 103F fever. Instead of steering clear of crowds after his recent return from Guinea, the 33-year-old took an Uber car to Williamsburg where he visited the one of the trendy neighborhood's bowling alleys--either Brooklyn Bowl or The Gutter--according to Free Williamsburg. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said on Thursday: 'EMS HAZ-TAC Units transported a patient to Bellevue Hospital who presented a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms...'

Plane passengers hospitalized due to Ebola concerns 22 Oct 2014 An airline passenger was being evaluated at a hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Tuesday due to Ebola concerns, reports CBS New York. Two others were hospitalized after getting off planes into Chicago. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesperson Carol Crawford said the Newark passenger was "identified as reporting symptoms or having a potential exposure to Ebola" during the enhanced screening process for those arriving in the U.S. from three West African nations.

Ebola: US to Monitor All West Africa Travellers --CDC: Programme will start in six states: New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia 22 Oct 2014 The United States has mandated a 21-day monitoring period for all travellers entering the US from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa. People whose travel originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be given kits to help them track their temperature and told to provide daily updates to US health officials. The mandate affects all travellers, including visitors, aid workers, journalists and other Americans returning from the infected region.

West Haven Family Quarantined, Complies With Emergency Order Issued in Connecticut 22 Oct 2014 A family of six from West Haven has been quarantined after returning from West Africa, according to Mayor Edward O'Brien. They do not have any symptoms, the mayor said. The quarantine is precautionary and complies with an emergency order Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) issued earlier this month to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the state of Connecticut. On. Oct. 7, Malloy signed an order that gives the Commissioner the Department of Public Health the ability to quarantine anyone who might have been exposed to the Ebola virus.

Ebola Study Projects Spread of Virus on Overseas Flights 20 Oct 2014 Up to three Ebola-infected people could embark on overseas flights every month from the three most-affected African countries, according to a new study that projected travel patterns based on infection rates and recent flight schedules. The findings, published Monday in the journal Lancet, suggest that Ebola cases could be spread overseas by unwitting travelers from the worst-hit countries...The upshot is "that controlling the outbreak at the source is the most important thing that needs to happen" to prevent the international spread of the virus, said Kamran Khan, an infectious disease physician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and lead author of the study.
ISIS shows off new weapons allegedly airdropped by US 21 Oct 2014 Islamic State has published a new video in which a jihadist shows off brand-new American hardware, which was purportedly intended for the Kurds they are fighting in the Syrian border town of Kobani. The undated video, posted by the unofficial IS mouthpiece "a3maq news", sees a jihadist showing several boxes of munitions with English-language markings, with a parachute spread out on the ground beside. Although it is unclear what was the bundle shown in the video, the militant explains that "this is some of the military equipment that was dropped by American forces." [LOL! US tax dollars at work: Feeding I-CIA-SIS is a top priority. Keep shuttin' off Detroit's water, though! Start reading.]

US jury convicts Blackwater guards in 2007 killing of Iraqi civilians 22 Oct 2014 Three security guards working for the private US contractor mercenary firm Blackwater have been found guilty of the manslaughter of a group of unarmed civilians at a crowded Baghdad traffic junction in one of the darkest incidents of the Iraq war. A fourth, Nicholas Slatten, was found guilty of one charge of first-degree murder. All face the likelihood of lengthy prison sentences after unanimous verdicts on separate weapons charges related to the incident. The Nisour Square massacre in 2007 left 17 people dead and 20 seriously injured after the guards working for the US State Department fired heavy machine guns and grenade launchers from their armoured convoy in the mistaken belief lie that they were under attack by insurgents.

NATO, Swedish fighters scrambled to intercept Russian plane 22 Oct 2014 NATO and Swedish fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Russian intelligence-gathering plane that briefly entered Estonian airspace on Tuesday, the alliance said on Wednesday. The Estonian Foreign Ministry called the Russian ambassador to the ministry and gave him a protest note over the incursion, the Estonian defense forces said. Fighters from Denmark as well as Portuguese F-16s from NATO's air policing mission in the Baltics took off after radar detected an unidentified aircraft flying close to NATO airspace in the Baltic Sea, NATO said.

NATO jets intercept Russian fighters twice in 2 days over Baltic Sea 21 Oct 2014 A senior National Defence official says the Harper government has been given a series of options to maintain Canada's support for jittery allies in eastern Europe, but the contribution to NATO's air policing mission over the Baltics will come to an end by the new year as scheduled. Maj.-Gen. Michael Hood testified before a House of Commons committee on Tuesday just as reports emerged that the North Atlantic alliance scrambled fighter jets -- including two Canadian F-18s -- twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft in the vicinity.

Man arrested after jumping White House fence, causing lockdown 22 Oct 2014 A man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday and was attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, a Secret Service spokesman said. "Dogs got him," the spokesman said, referring to the intruder. Video showed Secret Service agents surrounding the man on the north lawn of the White House, which was put on lockdown. The man dramatically punched one of the dogs that attacked him, as seen in the video.

Hatchet-wielding man attacks NYPD officers 23 Oct 2014 A New York City police officer is in critical condition after a man with a hatchet attacked four officers on the street in Queens, New York on Thursday, officials said. Two officers opened fire on the man, killing him and accidentally striking a nearby woman, who was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Police Commissioner William Bratton said it was unclear what provoked the attack, NBC New York reports, but law enforcement agencies nationwide have been on high alert following fatal terrorism-linked attacks on uniformed soldiers in Canada on Wednesday and another on Monday.

U.S. weighs passport, border changes in wake of Ottawa attack 23 Oct 2014 U.S. officials are debating whether to tighten controls on the border with Canada and make it easier to revoke the passports of suspected militants, steps that could gain traction following two attacks in Canada this week. The officials cautioned on Thursday that the discussions are in preliminary stages and that no immediate action appeared likely by either U.S. President Barack Obama's administration or Congress. While there was no specific evidence of a new threat in the United States, federal and state authorities were on a heightened state of alert following a gunman's attack in Ottawa on Wednesday and another by an assailant in Quebec on Monday.

Canada's domestic terror threat quietly elevated days before attack --CSIS quietly raised the terror threat level just days before the attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. 21 Oct 2014 Just days before a deadly attack on Quebec soldiers, Canada's domestic terrorism threat level was quietly elevated from unlikely to "could occur" for the first time in four years, Global News has learned. Last Friday, the terrorism threat level in Canada rose from low to medium for the first time since Aug. 13, 2010, according to an internal document obtained by Global News. The document was distributed within Canada's intelligence community and is attributed to the Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC), a team of security intelligence organizations from across Canada. "Intelligence indicates that an individual or group within Canada or abroad has the intent and capability to commit an act of terrorism. ITAC assesses that a violent act of terrorism could occur,' the document says."

Canada Parliament gunman had planned to travel to Syria: police 23 Oct 2014 The gunman in Wednesday's attack on Canada's capital had a criminal record and recently applied for a passport, planning to travel to Syria after undergoing a "radicalization process," police said on Thursday. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was a Canadian who may also have held Libyan citizenship, said Bob Paulson, commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He said the suspect had no apparent links to another Canadian who killed a soldier in Quebec earlier in the week.

Canadian Michael Zehaf-Bibeau thought to be the gunman in Ottawa shooting 23 Oct 2014 The man behind the Ottawa shootings is a Canadian convert to Islam whose passport had been seized by authorities, federal sources say. While police have not confirmed the man's identity, sources have told Canada's Globe And Mail, Reuters and Associated Press that the main suspect was Michael Zehaf-Bibeau...The suspected gunman, Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was reportedly born Michael Joseph Hall but changed his name, sources said.

Obligatory 'hero narrative' emerges in Canada false flag: Ottawa shooting: Kevin Vickers hailed as hero who took down attacker --'Thank God for Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers' - tweet by Justice Minister Peter MacKay 22 Oct 2014 The man reported to have shot an assailant on Parliament Hill today is a former police officer with a background in providing security services for dignitaries, including members of the Royal Family. Kevin Vickers, 58, a native of Miramichi, N.B., became the sergeant-at-arms in the House of Commons eight years ago after a varied career in security. He spent 29 years with the RCMP and rose to the rank of chief superintendent, often serving as the face of the national police force in New Brunswick. Before his appointment as sergeant-of-arms, Vickers was director of security operations for the House of Commons. [Wow! Vickers's entire profile/narrative is already available and in print, even though buildings are still under lockdown! --LRP]

Toronto Maple Leafs on lockdown in Ottawa 22 Oct 2014 A terrifying situation in Canada's capital city of Ottawa has resulted in Wednesday night's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Senators being postponed. A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot to death Wednesday, and gunfire then erupted inside Parliament, authorities said. One gunman was killed, and police said they were searching for as many as two others in what Gilles Michaud, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, called a "dynamic, unfolding situation." The Ottawa police, via its official Twitter account, warned the public to stay away from that area while it investigated.

House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Rogers says he would charge 'traitor' Edward Snowden with MURDER 22 Oct 2014 House Intelligence Committee Chairman [Grade 'A' sociopath] Mike Rogers made no attempt to hide his disdain for NSA leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday at a meeting in the House of Commons on Tuesday evening in London. Rogers told his Members of Parliament that Snowden is a 'traitor' and is likely responsible for the deaths of both British and U.S. soldiers. "The [US] government has pressed charges on Mr. Snowden. We are treating him, as I would argue, the traitor that he is," Rogers said, according to the Huffington Post. "And by the way, and this is important, I would charge him for murder," Rogers added.

Christie says GOP gubernatorial candidates need to win so they control 'voting mechanisms' 22 Oct 2014 Governor Christie pushed further into the contentious debate over voting rights than ever before, saying Tuesday that Republicans need to win gubernatorial races this year so that they’re the ones controlling "voting mechanisms" [!?!] going into the next presidential election. Republican governors are facing intense fights in the courts over laws they pushed that require specific identification in order to vote and that reduce early voting opportunities. Critics say those laws sharply curtail the numbers of poor and minority voters, who would likely vote for Democrats. Christie stressed the need to keep Republicans in charge of states -- and overseeing state-level voting regulations -- ahead of the next presidential election.

North Carolina Academic Fraud Went on for Years Amid Lax Oversight, Report Finds 22 Oct 2014 Academic fraud that allegedly went on for years within a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill department frequented by athletes was carried out largely by two administrators, but thrived amid lax oversight and silence, according to a report released on Wednesday. The report from former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein, who was hired by the university, examined how students--many of them top-tier athletes--were able to take no-show courses in the school's African and Afro-American studies department, earning passing grades and helping to ensure their academic eligibility to compete.

Dallas man's Halloween decor inspired by Ebola 23 Oct 2014 A Dallas-area man has taken inspiration from the fear of Ebola for the Halloween decorations at his town house. James Faulk stacked up barrels marked "biohazard," surrounded his yard in University Park, with yellow caution tape and crossed his door and windows with white tape marked "quarantine," re-enacting a scene that's played out at three Dallas apartments. Speaking to reporters, Faulk wore a protective suit with the label "CDC Trainee" and a face shield.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Professor Noam Chomsky: WHAT LINKS I.S.I.S. TO WORLD WAR ONE, GAZA AND NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE? @ Stop The War Coalition

Chuck Mertz: A SEGMENT FROM LATEST EPISODE #822 "RECLAIMING ABORTION RIGHTS" @ This is Hell Radio, Chicago's WNUR's 89.3 FM

Ryan Lenz: SIX MONTHS AFTER STANDOFF IN NEVADA, FEDS HAVE YET TO RESPOND @ SPLC's "Hatewatch"

Lynn Washington, Jr.: HIDDEN INSIDE PENNSYLVANIA'S EMAIL PORN SCANDAL @ This Can't Be Happening!

(Part I of II)

Obscured by a current scandal involving pornographic emails currently rocking the top reaches of Pennsylvania’s state government, a scandal that has cast a shadow over embattled Pennsylvania Governor and former state's attorney general Tom Corbett and the state’s judiciary, including a state Supreme Court member, is another explosive scandal.

That hidden scandal involves the persecution of Lorenzo ‘Cat’ Johnson. a Pennsylvania inmate, by prosecutors from the state's attorney general’s office -– the same office that has exposed the chain of pornographic emails dating from Corbett's tenure as AG.

The Johnson had won a court-ordered release from a deeply flawed murder conviction after having wrongfully served 16-years of a life sentence. But he was nonetheless forced to return to prison due to actions by state’s current Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, a Democrat who succeeded Corbett in that office.

Gov. Corbett had headed the state AG’s office when that office handled initially handled Johnson's prosecution in this badly tainted murder trial. Corbett later served as AG when that office vigorously opposed Johnson's appeal of that his verdict and sentence..

This hidden scandal exposes a pattern of state government officials who blithely tolerated this and other outrageously unjust criminal convictions. This hidden scandal also exposes the penchant of prosecutors to fight to preserve convictions they know to have been tainted by official misconduct.

Too many false convictions in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the US involve documented misconduct by police and/or prosecutors –- misconduct often covered-up for decades by courts and prosecutors. This misconduct includes authorities improperly withholding evidence of innocence at trial –- a gross violation of constitutional fair trial rights as well as professional conduct standards. Withheld evidence is a core issue in the case of this particular inmate persecuted by the AG's office.

The porn scandal, initiated by AG Kane's office, and now rocking state government in Pennsylvania, involves emails containing sexually explicit images (often accompanied by raunchy commentary by email senders and recipients) exchanged over state-owned computers by then ranking members of the state’s Attorney Generals office as well as several state judges, including one member of the state's Supreme Court.

Conservative Republican Gov. Corbett headed the AG’s office when ranking subordinates in that office engaged in enthusiastic exchanges of those pornographic emails. (No evidence released to date links Corbett himself to the pornographic emails.)

Fallout from this porn email scandal has forced the resignation of former AG office prosecutors, including a few who held top posts in Corbett’s gubernatorial administration.

Those resignations included one man whom Corbett appointed to the state’s Parole Board –- the body that determines prison release for inmates, including those convicted of sex crimes...

For the rest of this article by LINN WASHINGTON, JR. in ThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent, uncompromised, four-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/2508


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ken Stephens: FORMER AIDE TO TWO GOP KS GOVERNORS ON BROWNBACK TAX CUTS: 'FACE THE MUSIC, BIG TIME' @ Hutchinson News

No small banana in the Kansas GOP
Professor Ed Flentje has a long history advising Kansas Republican big shots; an aide to U. S. Sen. James Pearson, cabinet member to Gov. Robert Bennett and Mike Hayden. When he speaks or writes all Kansans should check it out.

[Excerpt]  ... Residents of 72 of the state’s 105 counties saw property tax for schools increase at least 10 percent over the three-year period, Flentje said. Thirty-one counties saw property tax increases of 20 percent or more and 16 counties saw increases of 30 percent or more for schools, Flentje said.

He cited similar findings for county governments: 71 counties saw increases of 10 percent or more; 33 had increases of 20 percent or more and 14 had increases of 30 percent or more.

“They’ve lost $200 million in reimbursements through the demand transfers, the city-county revenue sharing fund, the local ad valorem tax reduction fund. Those are gone,” Flentje said. “They lost money through their tax base. They still whine about losing their (now tax-exempt) business machinery and equipment. They don’t get funding for mental health. They don’t have the grant programs they used to to help them. So whatever they do, they’re having to fall back on their own resources. And we allow them to tax property and sales, and that’s it.”

With schools, it’s simpler. Base state aid per pupil is the foundation for paying teachers and other costs of classroom instruction. BSAPP was $3,937 in Fiscal Year 2011. In Brownback’s first budget, it dropped to $3,780. Since then, it has risen to $3,852 – still below the funding level he inherited.

Republicans insist that base state aid per pupil cannot be looked at in isolation because it is only part of the total package of state money that flows to schools. The governor’s campaign website, brownback.com, says under a section called “Reality Check” that “state spending on education has increased every year Gov. Brownback has been in office. In fact, it has increased over $270 million since 2011.”

A portion of the increase, however, has been to shore up the historically underfunded Kansas Public Employees Retirement System and has no impact on school district general funds, which pay for the bulk of classroom instructional expenses. Another significant chunk of state aid is for helping school districts pay off bonds and interest on construction projects.  ... [End of Excerpt]

Read more at the Hutchinson News.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bryan Lowry: 'DAILY SHOW' MOCKS GOV. SAM BROWNBACK TAX CUTS @ Wichita Eagle

Columnist Barbara Shelly: THE RELENTLESS LIES OF GOV. SAM BROWNBACK @ Kansas City Star

Tom Klammer's Soundcloud Audio: RETIRED SENIOR C.I.A. ANALYST RAY McGOVERN ON SEN. PAT ROBERTS (KS-R) @ Tell Somebody Radio

Sen. Pat Roberts, "A Congenital Liar" - Retired Ambassador Joe Wilson
  From the Soundcloud audio summary by Tom Klammer: 

"Pat Roberts wants Kansas voters to grant him another six years in the Senate, but finds himself facing a surprisingly close race against an Independent. With control of the Senate in play, and almost all of the media coverage and political ads on the Kansas Senate race focused on other issues, I thought it might be a good idea for Kansas voters to hear about Roberts’ role as Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence in covering up and corrupting fraudulent intelligence leading up to the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. Former CIA analyst, presidential daily briefer, and Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) co-founder Ray McGovern has some information to share about Senator Roberts. I recorded this phone conversation with him on October 15, 2014. A slightly shortened version of it was also broadcast on 90.1 FM KKFI in Kansas City as a segment of my weekly public affairs radio show on October 16, and podcasted at www.tellsomebody.us." 

The audio is about 44 min. and well worth the listen, share it with your friends and neighbors. Click here, to listen free.

Yael T. Abouhalkah: SHOCKING KS GOP SWEEP SHAPING UP FOR SAM BROWNBACK, PAT ROBERTS @ Kansas City Star

Bryan Lowry: KANSAS GOV. SAM BROWNBACK TO SPEAK AT WICHITA RALLY AGAINST SAME-SEX MARRIAGE @ Wichita Eagle

Would the news media cover it more if they wore sheets and hoods?  The group being supported is classified as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Read more.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fred Clarkson: AN UNCHARITABLE CHOICE: THE FAITH BASED TAKEOVER OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS @ Political Research Associates

Free Newsweekly Email Subscription: TOO MUCH ONLINE, Oct. 13th, 2014

Sometimes generosity makes no sense. Nevada state officials, for instance, have been exceedingly generous with billionaire Elon Musk and his luxury electric car company Tesla. Nevada has decided to shower the company with $1.25 billion in “economic development incentives.”

The incentives, state officials say, will “create jobs.” They will, agrees one Los Angeles Times analysis — at up to $400,000 in taxpayer dollars per job created!

On the other hand, sometimes generosity makes all the sense in the world. Here, too, an example from Nevada: Citizens there have upped their charitable giving by 13 percent since 2006, the top increase in the nation. That boost is helping lots of folks. The housing meltdown had its ground zero in Nevada.

A new report released last week places this particular Nevadan generosity in a much broader perspective. Generosity that makes sense, turns out, seems to diminish the higher up you go on the income ladder. We have more on that phenomenon — and new report — in this week’s Too Much.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Laura Gottesdiener: I WORKED IN A STRIP CLUB IN A NORTH DAKOTA BOOMTOWN @ Mother Jones

And how many Kansans say we're missing the "fracking boom"?

[Excerpt]  ... This spring, production in North Dakota surged past one million barrels of oil a day. The source of this liquid gold, as it is locally known, is the Bakken Shale: a layered, energy-rich rock formation that stretches across western North Dakota, the corner of Montana, and into Canada. It had been considered inaccessible until breakthroughs in drilling and hydraulic fracturing made the extraction of oil from it economically feasible. In 2008, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced that the Bakken Shale contained 25 times more recoverable oil than previously thought, sparking the biggest oil rush in state history.

Now, six years later, the region displays all the classic contemporary markers of hell: toxic flames that burn around the clock; ink-black smoke billowing from 18-wheelers; intermittent explosions caused by lightning striking the super-conductive wastewater tanks that hydraulic fracturing makes a necessity; a massive Walmart; an abundance of meth, crack, and liquor; freezing winters; rents higher than Manhattan; and far, far too many men. To oil companies, however, the field is hallowed ground, one of the few in history to break the million-barrel-a-day benchmark, earning it "a place in the small pantheon of truly elite oil fields," as one Reuters market analyst wrote.  ...  [End of Excerpt]

Read more at Mother Jones.

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