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Ron Wyden Hits CIA Director John Brennan Over 'Culture Of Misinformation'

The CIA's inspector general has confirmed that in the course of a long-running Senate investigation into the CIA's George W. Bush-era torture program, agency employees "improperly accessed" congressional computers. Brennan apologized to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee for that in July.

But at an intelligence conference Thursday, Brennan appeared to backtrack on that apology. He rejected media "narratives" that the CIA had hacked Senate computers.

"I’m not going to take, you know, the allegations about hacking and monitoring and spying and whatever else, no," said Brennan. His resistance seems to rest on a distinction between "hacking" and "improper access."

That set off Wyden -- a longtime CIA critic -- on Twitter.

more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/19/ron-wyden-hits-cia-direct_n_5851256.html

There are several screenshots of Ron Wyden's tweets. Wyden is like a dog on a bone.

David Perdue Holds A Narrow Lead In Georgia Senate Polls

From HuffPo:

Two new polls in Georgia find Republican David Perdue running narrowly ahead of Democrat Michelle Nunn in one of the year's most competitive Senate races.

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll conducted by Abt SRBI and released Friday gave Perdue a 4-point edge, with his 45 percent to Nunn's 41 percent, while a SurveyUSA poll for WXIA had Perdue up 3 points, 47 percent to 44 percent. Libertarian Amanda Swafford took 6 percent in the AJC poll and 5 percent in SurveyUSA's.

A third recent survey, conducted by online pollster YouGov for CBS and The New York Times, gave Perdue a wider 6-point lead.

Mark Schulman, the chief research officer at Abt SRBI, told the Journal-Constitution that African-American turnout could be crucial in determining the race. The survey finds just 24 percent of those likely to vote are African-Americans, lower than the 28 percent of the electorate they accounted for in the 2010 midterms. Democrats are making a concerted effort to increase voter registration and turnout in the black community.


My comment: If anyone has a few $ to throw to a candidate, I would consider showing her some love. This is one we can win, and should win.

Well, that's it. I'm going to incorporate, so I can conduct all my affairs based on *my religious

values (whatever those may or may not be). By the way, not that I agree with them, but what about those people in this world who believe in treating their illnesses at home? The Supremes seem to speak with a forked tongue these days.

Anyone got a flag day graphic with a Democratic message on it?

I need to post a few on FB if I can find it. The pubbies are going wild with Flag Day messages with mentions of Fox, Reagan, etc and I'd like to give them an alternative. Thank you for any you throw my way.

Hoping someone can help. All I need to to create a hotkey (or icon) on my iPhone5s...

for a webpage that doesn't have one. I want it to take me directly to Discussionist. I made one for DU, which works great, but that was a long time ago. I can't remember how I did it now, but it was easy peasy. Got my help on that from someone here, so I hope someone can remind me how. Thank you a bunch!

José 'Cheo' Feliciano Dies In A Car Accident

Source: Huffington Post

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano died in a car accident early Thursday, prompting the governor of the U.S. territory to declare three days of mourning.

Feliciano, a member of the Fania All Stars, was one of the most recognized salsa singers, with hits including "Una en un millón," ''Mi promesa," and "Contigo aprendi."

The 78-year-old Feliciano was alone in his Jaguar when he hit a light post before dawn in the northern suburb of Cupey. Police officer Jorge Hernandez Pena, who is overseeing investigation of the crash, said in a phone interview that Feliciano was not wearing his seatbelt.

He said it is unclear what led to the crash, adding that officials did not find any drugs or alcohol in the car.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/17/jose-feliciano-dies_n_5166388.html

More at link.

Couples want equal rights in same-sex suit

Source: CNHI News Service

By Gary Popp CNHI News Service
The Herald Bulletin

LOUISVILLE — Erin Brock says she’s prepared to fight to have her love legally recognized by the state of Indiana.

Brock and her financé Melissa Love share a home and children in Jeffersonville and are one of four same-sex couples from southern Indiana suing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in federal court to allow them to legally marry or to have their marriages in other states recognized by Indiana.

“If I had the chance to talk to the governor, I would say, ‘It’s about love,’” Brock said. “‘And, I get that there are politics that go on, but I don’t care. I don’t care about that. I care about the fact that I want to love someone for the rest of my life.”

While Brock and Love have considered a destination wedding for the opportunity to enjoy their nuptials, the women are willing to delay plans and put up a fight for their right to be wed in their hometown in the company of friends and families.

Read more: http://www.heraldbulletin.com/local/x1387854033/Couples-want-equal-rights-in-same-sex-suit

more at link

Meet "Democrat" Kesha Rogers: Worse Than Ted Cruz

We’ve pointed out before why Ted Cruz doesn’t deserve your vote or political support. However, there’s someone else running for office - as a Democrat - who could make it onto the ballot...and makes Cruz look like a stand up citizen in comparison.

Her name is Kesha Rogers and she thinks Obama starting a thermonuclear war is a legitimate concern. So she wants to execute him.

Running for the U.S. Senate as a “LaRouche Democrat” Rogers has already been rejected by the Democratic Party. The State Democratic Executive Committee’s released its official party position on Rogers’ candidacy. “The Texas Democratic Party will have no relationship with the campaign of any person identifying him or herself as aligned with the LaRouche Movement or Lyndon LaRouche…”

Now, being rejected by your own party isn’t the greatest thing in the world, but sometimes ideological differences can get in the way. What was this Senate hopeful’s ideological difference? Well, to start there’s the fact that her main focus is the impeachment of President Obama and that she frequently and easily compares him to Adolf Hitler - a genocidal psychopath responsible for the deaths and systematic oppression of millions of people.

- See more at: http://progresstexas.org/blog/meet-democrat-kesha-rogers-worse-ted-cruz#sthash.bgOKPWZI.dpuf


More at link. Heads up, Texans. Thanks to Jim Hightower who posted this on FB today.

Railroads Agree To Wide-Ranging Safety Measures For Crude Oil Shipments After Derailments

From HuffPo/AP:

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging, voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents.

A copy of the agreement between the U.S. Transportation Department and the Association of American Railroads was obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

It calls for railroads to slow down oil trains through major cities, increase track inspections and bolster emergency response planning along routes that carry trains hauling up to 3 million gallons of oil each. Those trains travel thousands of miles from oil producing areas, including the Northern Plains, to coastal refineries.

The agreement does not resolve concerns over another fuel, ethanol, that's also seen a spate of accidents as production has increased. Railroads and federal officials said they would address separately a design flaw in tens of thousands of tank cars that make them prone to rupture during derailments.

More at link:

Breaking: 100 tons of toxic water leaked at Fukushima plant

Source: RT

Around 100 tons of highly radioactive water leaked from one of the tanks at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said on Thursday.

The water reportedly spilled beyond the barrier that is set up to block it from flowing out of tanks.

A process to stop the radioactive leak is underway. The spill is said to contain 230 million becquerels per liter of strontium and other beta ray-emitting radioactive substances.

TEPCO believes the leakage has not reached the adjacent sea, as no drain was found.

Read more: http://rt.com/news/fukushima-new-leak-toxic-832/
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