A Ryan-Biden debate will be like Albert Einstein discussing physics with the Rainman.
Mitt Romney will announce his running mate at 9 a.m. ET Saturday in Norfolk, Va., Fox News confirms.
Romney will launch his “The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class” bus tour after announcing his choice for vice presidential candidate, according to an official press release from the Romney campaign.
The selection comes roughly two weeks before the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and gives Romney plenty of space to rally the party behind his pick before the official nomination.
The campaign has not yet confirmed who the running mate is. Speculation has centered lately on Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, but Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, among others, have all been mentioned as possibilities in recent days. The Romney could also decide to surprise everybody with an outside-the-box selection Saturday morning.
The announcement comes as some polls, including a recent Fox News survey, show the Republican presidential candidate losing some ground to President Obama.
In a statement issued Friday night, the Romney campaign said the running mate would be revealed at 9 a.m. EDT at the Nauticus Museum. Romney is kicking off a four-day bus tour through swing states.
The vice presidential selection will dominate headlines, and Romney’s team has been relentlessly teasing the announcement for weeks.
An upcoming book about Rod Blagojevich says undercover tape-recordings caught the former governor saying he had heard that convicted influence peddler Antoin “Tony” Rezko secretly channeled $25,000 in cash to Barack Obama, but federal authorities did not deem the claim credible.
The book says that federal investigators pursued the claim, but ultimately gave it little credence. “Never was Blagojevich seen as a credible threat to the incoming president,” says the book, an outside project by two Chicago Tribune reporters.
The White House referred questions about the matter to the Obama campaign. Ben LaBolt, a campaign spokesman, said the claim “is preposterous and it is false. No such payment was ever offered or made, and there never has been any suggestion or question of it from anyone, except apparently by Rod Blagojevich.”
Federal authorities declined to comment to the Tribune about the investigation.
The disclosure of Blagojevich’s comments comes as the president is locked in a tight re-election campaign with Republican Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, who has sought to link Obama’s Chicago connections to the city’s culture of political corruption.
Obama’s ties to Rezko were a nagging issue in the 2008 campaign. Rezko and Obama were friends, and Rezko raised as much as $250,000 for Obama for the first three political offices he sought. Obama also engaged in a real estate deal with Rezko in which Rezko’s wife purchased the lot next to the home in the Kenwood neighborhood that the Obamas bought in 2005, then sold the lot to the Obamas for less than she paid.
Obama later acknowledged that the real estate dealings were a lapse in judgment.
The U.S. cable networks won’t be covering this one tonight (not accurately, anyway), but Trapwire is making the rounds on social media today—it reportedly became a Trending hashtag on Twitter earlier in the day.
Trapwire is the name of a program revealed in the latest Wikileaks bonanza—it is the mother of all leaks, by the way. Trapwire would make something like disclosure of UFO contact or imminent failure of a major U.S. bank fairly boring news by comparison.
And the ambitious techno-fascists behind Trapwire seem to be quite disappointed that word is getting out so swiftly; the Wikileaks web site is reportedly sustaining 10GB worth of DDoS attacks each second, which is massive.
Anyway, here’s what Trapwire is, according to Russian-state owned media network RT (apologies for citing “foreign media”… if we had a free press, I’d be citing something published here by an American media conglomerate): “Former senior intelligence officials have created a detailed surveillance system more accurate than modern facial recognition technology—and have installed it across the U.S. 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.
So: those spooky new “circular” dark globe cameras installed in your neighborhood park, town, or city—they aren’t just passively monitoring. They’re plugged into Trapwire and they are potentially monitoring every single person via facial recognition.
So we have a widespread network of surveillance cameras across America monitoring us and reporting suspicious activity back to a centralized analysis center, mixed in with the ability to imprison people via military force on the basis of suspicious activity alone. I don’t see how that could possibly go wrong. Nope, not at all. We all know the government, and algorithmic computer programs, never make mistakes.
~ Here’s what is also so disturbing about this whole NDAA business:
“This past week’s hearing was even more terrifying. Government attorneys again, in this hearing, presented no evidence to support their position and brought forth no witnesses. Most incredibly, Obama’s attorneys refused to assure the court, when questioned, that the NDAA’s section 1021 – the provision that permits reporters and others who have not committed crimes to be detained without trial – has not been applied by the U.S. government anywhere in the world after Judge Forrest’s injunction.
In other words, they were telling a U.S. federal judge that they could not, or would not, state whether Obama’s government had complied with the legal injunction that she had laid down before them. To this, Judge Forrest responded that if the provision had indeed been applied, the United States government would be in contempt of court.”
If none of this bothers you, please don’t follow me on Twitter, because nothing I report on will be of interest to you. Go back to watching the television news network of your choice, where you will hear about Romney’s latest campaign ads, and whether Obamacare will increase the cost of delivery pizza by 14 to 16 cents.
The following has came to light because a reliable source told me there is even more to Cohen. It has been many years since I have delved into investigating the War on Terror. But this has some bones and represents the new phase of an uprising under the guise of social media aiding dissidents to overthrow their suppressive governments. The reason I left this behind because as my friend Steve Emerson can attest, this is so very draining and actually puts you in jeopardy. But I am adamant in getting this told because our country is in the cross hairs. With OWS, the revolution movement going on here prompted by the ‘puppet masters’, we could very well soon see the chaos in the Middle East right here. Remember Patriots, this is JUST my opinion by putting the puzzle pieces together. I don’t know if I should curse our thank my source for making me privy to all of this. I do know I want the thousands of visitors that visit JUST Piper daily, to be informed. ~ JP
I will make no proclamations or accusations but I will let YOU decide…
Already we are seeing this happen around the world including Burma, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and the U.K. ‘For financial and economic cooperation, we should consider a new Steering Group including Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the current G-7.’
He was lauded by a fellow notable council member of CFR, Zbigniew Brzezinski: “Cohen paints a compelling picture of the politically awakened youth of the Middle East.” Also commenting on him is NBC, MSNBC, and – Senator Richard Lugar, Ranking Member on Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Oh the company he keeps.
* Cohen is fluent in Swahili and has also studied Arabic, Farsi.
A plethora of liberal MSM bandies him: “The New York Times Magazine”, “The New York Times”, “The New Yorker”, and appeared on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, CNN, CBS, ABC, NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC, CSPAN, and a variety of other TV and radio programs both domestic and international. JUST check out their supporters.
Prior to his time in government, Cohen traveled extensively throughout Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Afghanistan, where he at great risk spent time interviewing terrorists from groups like Hezbollah and Al-Q. Cohen reached out from the State Department to Twitter Chairman and co-founder Jack Dorsey and urged the company to reschedule its planned maintenance of the website so that Iranians could keep tweeting.
Herein lies his formula:
He also conducted extensive research on the youth of the middle east, looking at how technology is impacting their identity and creating space for new opposition.
The Alliance of Youth Movements was an event in 2008 which led to the creation of Movements.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying, connecting, and supporting, digital activists. Being Jared is one of the Founders of AYM Movements.org when I delved a tad deeper the countries that are Spotlighted are intriguing.
In this way, Movements.org identifies potential “digital activists,” teaches them how to use social media for change, and connects them with other activists in the hope that these “matches” will eventually “ignite and evolve over time.” In practice, therefore, Movements.org does not simply teach people how to use email and Facebook.
Rather, it provides straightforward explanations on how to shrewdly utilize social media tools for significant political and social change.
Glenn Beck said it in his pyramid of guilty parties. Movements.org has a section called “country profiles” that only highlights a select group of six countries…here they are:
Click each image to get the data on what seem to be ‘targets’ for possible uprisings?
Note that The Bahraini uprising is a series of demonstrations, amounting to a sustained campaign of civil resistance, in the Persian Gulf country of Bahrain. As part of the revolutionary wave of protests in the Middle East and North Africa following the self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi in Tunisia, the Bahraini protests were initially aimed at achieving greater political freedom and equality for the majority Shia population.
JUST in yesterday from ABC: Dozens of pro-independence activists have staged rowdy protests outside a Taipei hotel as a top Chinese negotiator arrives to sign an investment protection agreement.
and this: The 2011 Chinese pro-democracy protests refer to public assemblies in over a dozen cities in mainland China starting on 20 February 2011, inspired by and named after the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia; the actions that took and take place at protest sites, and response by the Chinese government to the calls and action. 2011 Chinese pro-democracy protests
Where it all began, this new social media incitement revolution. Which way back I had hoped was genuine. I was heartfelt in my tweet blogging on Iran but now I’ve been enlightened.
* TIMELINE-Protests in Saudi Arabia: Here is a look at some of the most significant Shi’ite Muslim demonstrations in Saudi Arabia since 1979. Notice the uptick in 2009 and 2011 and for the months January, February, and March (unknown gunmen shot and wounded three members of the Saudi security forces who were patrolling in Awamiya) of 2012.
As the world braces itself for Saudi Arabia’s “day of rage” on Friday, which many fear could be the spark that sends oil prices soaring to beyond the $200 a barrel mark, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal issued a veiled threat to the United States, warning that the Kingdom was prepared to “cut foreign fingers” in the event of any outside interference.
…the cradle of the uprising that sparked the Arab Spring. The Tunisian revolution was an intensive campaign of civil resistance, including a series of street demonstrations taking place in Tunisia. The events began on 18 December 2010.
* Tunisia stays in the news regarding their uprising. JUST yesterday Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a second anti-government protest in the central Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid, birthplace of last year’s revolution. Some 800 demonstrators furious at police intervention against a protest earlier in the day threw stones at security forces who again replied with rubber bullets and tear gas.
Yes, Vietnam. Making it difficult for a ‘movement’, the number of internet users in Vietnam reaches a critical mass, the state has ramped up efforts to control content on the web and repress activists and dissidents.
Move forward to today.. August 9, 2012 — they announce ALL nuclear plants (new ones not being built.. current plants being shut )
The liberals see this as great:AMAZING !! Awesome victory !
~ I see it as the left is really tying our hands when it comes to energy…
LIMERICK — The federal government has decided to hold off on any further final re-licensing of any nuclear power plants, including the one in Limerick, until it resolves the court decision ruling that the storage of spent nuclear fuel at those plants can no longer be considered “temporary.”
In the decision, issued Tuesday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission wrote that “in recognition of our duties under the law, we will not issue licenses dependent upon the Waste Confidence Decision or the Temporary Storage Rule until the court’s remand is appropriately addressed.”
KABUL, Afghanistan – A man in an Afghan uniform shot and killed three American troops Friday morning in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military command said, in the third attack on coalition forces by their Afghan counterparts in a week. The Taliban claimed the shooter joined the insurgency after the attack.
So far this year, at least 21 similar attacks — in which Afghan forces or insurgents disguised in Afghan uniforms have turned their guns on international troops — have killed 30 coalition service members, according to an Associated Press tally.
Several protesters, which included many students from the University of Alabama and UAB, were on hand before Thursday’s public conference hosted by the Alabama Surface Mining Commission.
People in Walker County are worried for their homes and their health. They’re protesting a strip mine along the Black Warrior River that could affect drinking water across the Birmingham metro.
Several dozen people gathered at Bevill State College for a protest and a meeting with the mining commission. That commission is responsible for issuing the permit for the “Reed Number Five Mine” – and Thursday night, it listened to what people who live nearby had to say.
Barbara Cooper’s home in Dovertown holds three generations of memories.
“Well, we were shocked,” Barbara Cooper said. “We never dreamed that we would have a problem like mining out in that little community.”
If the Reed Minerals Number Five Mine goes where it’s proposed, her childhood home may not survive.
“It would probably destroy the foundations – the blasting is so close,” Cooper said. “I’m probably a half a mile from the blasting. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. This is home.”
Lecil Stacks knows a thing or two about mining. He spent 35 years as a coal miner but he thinks putting a new one right next to the Black Warrior River is simply dangerous.
“We are not against coal,” Lecil Stacks said. “We are against the location and proximity of the river. and also the devastation to people’s properties.”
“About a million people throughout the water shed top to bottom, this mine, the Reed Minerals Number Five Mine threatens the drinking water supply for 200,000 people,” Nelson Brooke, from the organization, “Black Warrior River Keepers” said.
But the mining commission says it’s done its homework – it says there is no threat to public health. Commission Director Randall Johnson says mining sites are closely monitored – and there are rarely any major violations.
“I can’t think of any mines we have going now that are contributing any real problems to the quality of water in the river,” Randall Johnson, Director, State Surface Mining Commission said.
The commission told us the mineral rights are owned by the Cordova Industrial Development Board – and the town would receive a royalty for all the coal mined there helping boost the local economy.
The mining commission is required to decide whether it will issue a permit within the next 30 days
SUMITON — Gerald Hallman, a resident of the Dovertown community near Cordova, said Thursday that 20 jobs aren’t worth destroying a community.
“There will be no new jobs,” said Randy Palmer, leader of the group, Citizens Opposed to Surface Mining on the Warrior River. “These jobs will be relocated from another mine. Old equipment will be moved from another mine. This mine will create no new demand contrary to what is out there. There will be no more demand for supplies, equipment or labor.”
Nelson Brooke, with the Black Warrior Riverkeeper, asked the ASMC to extend public comments concerning the mine because key components of the Reed Mineral No. 5 permit were not available for viewing online.
“The application has an issue because of the lack of required information,” Brooke said. “We’re asking that public comments be extended another 30 days once that information is available.”
Todd Hyche, a Cordova resident, said he requested the cancellation of Thursday’s public conference due to records about the mine not being available on the Alabama Surface Mining Commission’s website.
“The public’s ability to be informed has been seriously compromised, because critical parts of the application were not available for viewing,” Hyche said.
The proposed mine would be five miles upstream from the intake of the Birmingham Water Works Western Filtration Plant, which services much of the greater Birmingham area, including Jasper. Several students from the University of Alabama and UAB spoke to the dangers of the mine being located near the intake.
Tina Woods, council member for District 7: “We are our river’s keeper,” she said. “Where I live, I have a wonderful view, and it’s beautiful. We need to keep it that way.”