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KRG Challenges Texas Court

By , July 30, 2014 3:54 pm

KRG Challenges Texas Court

The KRG Minister of Natural Resources, Ashti Hawrami (pictured), commented today (Wednesday) on the Iraqi federal government’s petition to a US court to seize crude oil produced in the Kurdistan Region.

The KRG’s lawyers sent a letter to a court in Texas to explain the misrepresentations of the Iraqi federal government. The Iraqi federal government has petitioned a Texas court for an order to seize crude oil legally produced, exported, and sold by the KRG in accordance with the Iraqi constitution and law. The letter indicates the possibility of massive counterclaims against the federal government,” said Minister Hawrami.

The federal government of Iraq is trying to achieve in foreign courts and in the Iraqi supreme court what is denied to the federal government by the Iraqi constitution. The federal government cannot win, because our crude is legally produced, shipped, exported, and sold in accordance with the rights of the Kurdistan Region as set forth in the Iraqi constitution,” continued Minister Hawrami.

Our claims for unpaid compensation, which must be paid as provided in the Iraqi constitution and the law, will also be before any foreign court in which the federal government is seeking to attack us,” Minister Hawrami continued.

Click here to view the letter sent to the federal court in Texas.

(Source: KRG)

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Texas Senate passes bill banning killing babies …. “Cultural Marxists “ go nuts… throw feces and urine battles at the police.

By , July 14, 2013 5:11 am

Texas Senate passes bill banning killing babies …. “Cultural Marxists “ go nuts… throw feces and urine battles at the police.
By: Bulov on: 14.07.2013 [08:07 ] (35 reads)

Texas Senate passes bill banning killing babies …. “Cultural Marxists “ go nuts… throw feces and urine battles at the police.

http://rt.com/usa/texas-passes-abortion-bill-068/
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Published time: July 14, 2013 01:24
Edited time: July 14, 2013 04:31

Abortion rights protesters rally after the state Senate passed legislation restricting abortion rights in Austin, Texas early July 13, 2013.(Reuters / Mike Stone)
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Abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy are now banned in Texas. The state’s Republican-held Senate has passed one of the most restrictive abortion bills in US history with a 19-11 vote, amid mass gatherings of protesters from both sides of the fence.
Friday’s approval of the bill ends a political battle that touched the whole nation – not just Texas. Having been passed by the House earlier, it will now be in the hands of Republican Governor Rick Perry. He has called for a second meeting of the Texas legislature to ensure the bill’s success. It started on July 1 and could take up to 30 days.
The 20-week period is based on research which states that a fetus feels pain after that point. The current Texas abortion limit is 26 weeks. The new bill makes it the 13th state to reduce that to 20 weeks.
But the fight is not yet over for abortion rights advocates in Texas. The same bill was blocked in 12 other states, and those who oppose the Texas document have also promised to challenge it. Thousands of activists from both sides of the argument have gathered outside the state capitol this summer, to take part in public hearings and rallies.
Republican Senator Bob Deuell urged during the nine-hour Friday debate to “draw the line and not torture these babies that are aborted,” while Democrat Wendy Davis believes that “this bill is creating a situation where women in Texas today not only will not be made safer but they will absolutely be at risk of their health.”

Texas state Democratic Senator Wendy Davis votes against a motion to table an amendment to Senate Bill 1 (SB1) as the state Senate meets to consider legislation restricting abortion rights in Austin, Texas, July 12, 2013.(Reuters / Mike Stone)
The document also stipulates that any doctor performing a pregnancy termination will be required to have admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile radius of the abortion clinic. Backers of the bill say this is needed in case complications arise during the procedure and hospitalization is necessary. Changes have also been made regarding how doctors will administer abortion drugs.
The Austin Senate chambers were swarmed with people – supporters in blue and opponents in orange. The former displayed signs stating, ‘Unborn babies feel pain,’ while holding up Bibles. Those opposed to the bill held banners which read, ‘My body, my choice.’
“What happened here tonight is going to fast-forward change in Texas in the long run, but unfortunately a lot of women will suffer in the process,” said the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Cecile Richards.
Meanwhile, Governor Perry told reporters that “today the Texas legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life.”

Police carry an abortion rights protester down the stairs of the State Capitol after the state Senate passed legislation restricting abortion rights in Austin, Texas early July 13, 2013.(Reuters / Mike Stone)
The proceedings were marked by intensified security procedures, as guards scanned bags for tampons and sanitary towels, fearing they would be used as projectile weapons. Eighteen jars of feces were found, along with one jar of urine and three bottles of paint.
“All of these items – as well as significant quantities of feminine hygiene products, glitter, and confetti possessed by individuals – were required to be discarded; otherwise those individuals were denied entry into the gallery,” said the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The scanning quickly became known as ‘Tampongate’ on social networks.

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Texas Senate passes bill banning killing babies …. “Cultural Marxists “ go nuts… throw feces and urine battles at the police.

By , July 14, 2013 5:11 am

Texas Senate passes bill banning killing babies …. “Cultural Marxists “ go nuts… throw feces and urine battles at the police.
By: Bulov on: 14.07.2013 [08:07 ] (36 reads)

Texas Senate passes bill banning killing babies …. “Cultural Marxists “ go nuts… throw feces and urine battles at the police.

http://rt.com/usa/texas-passes-abortion-bill-068/
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Published time: July 14, 2013 01:24
Edited time: July 14, 2013 04:31

Abortion rights protesters rally after the state Senate passed legislation restricting abortion rights in Austin, Texas early July 13, 2013.(Reuters / Mike Stone)
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Abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy are now banned in Texas. The state’s Republican-held Senate has passed one of the most restrictive abortion bills in US history with a 19-11 vote, amid mass gatherings of protesters from both sides of the fence.
Friday’s approval of the bill ends a political battle that touched the whole nation – not just Texas. Having been passed by the House earlier, it will now be in the hands of Republican Governor Rick Perry. He has called for a second meeting of the Texas legislature to ensure the bill’s success. It started on July 1 and could take up to 30 days.
The 20-week period is based on research which states that a fetus feels pain after that point. The current Texas abortion limit is 26 weeks. The new bill makes it the 13th state to reduce that to 20 weeks.
But the fight is not yet over for abortion rights advocates in Texas. The same bill was blocked in 12 other states, and those who oppose the Texas document have also promised to challenge it. Thousands of activists from both sides of the argument have gathered outside the state capitol this summer, to take part in public hearings and rallies.
Republican Senator Bob Deuell urged during the nine-hour Friday debate to “draw the line and not torture these babies that are aborted,” while Democrat Wendy Davis believes that “this bill is creating a situation where women in Texas today not only will not be made safer but they will absolutely be at risk of their health.”

Texas state Democratic Senator Wendy Davis votes against a motion to table an amendment to Senate Bill 1 (SB1) as the state Senate meets to consider legislation restricting abortion rights in Austin, Texas, July 12, 2013.(Reuters / Mike Stone)
The document also stipulates that any doctor performing a pregnancy termination will be required to have admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile radius of the abortion clinic. Backers of the bill say this is needed in case complications arise during the procedure and hospitalization is necessary. Changes have also been made regarding how doctors will administer abortion drugs.
The Austin Senate chambers were swarmed with people – supporters in blue and opponents in orange. The former displayed signs stating, ‘Unborn babies feel pain,’ while holding up Bibles. Those opposed to the bill held banners which read, ‘My body, my choice.’
“What happened here tonight is going to fast-forward change in Texas in the long run, but unfortunately a lot of women will suffer in the process,” said the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Cecile Richards.
Meanwhile, Governor Perry told reporters that “today the Texas legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life.”

Police carry an abortion rights protester down the stairs of the State Capitol after the state Senate passed legislation restricting abortion rights in Austin, Texas early July 13, 2013.(Reuters / Mike Stone)
The proceedings were marked by intensified security procedures, as guards scanned bags for tampons and sanitary towels, fearing they would be used as projectile weapons. Eighteen jars of feces were found, along with one jar of urine and three bottles of paint.
“All of these items – as well as significant quantities of feminine hygiene products, glitter, and confetti possessed by individuals – were required to be discarded; otherwise those individuals were denied entry into the gallery,” said the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The scanning quickly became known as ‘Tampongate’ on social networks.

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Basra Execs Visit Texas

By , May 26, 2013 12:48 am

Basra Execs Visit Texas

The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce announced that it hosted a business-to-business networking luncheon this week for visiting private sector executives from Basrah, Iraq, who are seeking to establish US partnerships, identify suppliers, and strengthen trade relationships to help with Iraq’s rebuilding efforts.

The event is part of the Chamber’s CEO Insight Series, held in cooperation with the U.S. Consulate in Basrah, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S Department of Commerce.

There’s a big role to be played by small and medium-sized enterprises in Iraq in terms of supporting Iraq’s economy, forging international business partnerships, and pushing for more reforms,” said Mr. Naufel Al Hassan (pictured), Commercial Counselor for Iraq, who served as keynote speaker for the event. “Small and medium-sized enterprises are the key to sustaining Iraq’s economic growth, and Iraq needs committed partners who share in the vision for our future, and who recognize the country’s potential.

According to Hassan, in 2012, trade in goods (not counting services or certain private-sector activities) between the U. S. and Iraq reached $ 21.3 billion. In the first quarter of 2013, trade volume between the U.S. and Iraq increased more than 23% compared to the first quarter of 2012.

(Source: Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce)

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Texas House passes 12 firearms friendly bills on ‘gun day’. Good people live in Texas ohh no oBaaaaama

By , May 6, 2013 5:38 pm

Texas House passes 12 firearms friendly bills on ‘gun day’. Good people live in Texas ohh no oBaaaaama
By: Bulov on: 06.05.2013 [01:37 ] (107 reads)

Texas House passes 12 firearms friendly bills on ‘gun day’. Good people live in Texas
http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/texas-house-passes-12-firearms-bills-on-gun-day/43186#more-43186

Posted on May 4, 2013 by Admin
Chron – by WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House approved a batch of bills Saturday to further soften gun laws that were already among the country’s most firearms-friendly, allowing college students to carry handguns in class, putting potentially armed marshals in public schools and exempting the state from any future federal bans on assault rifles, high-capacity magazines or universal background checks.
Dubbed “gun day” by supporters and opponents alike, the parade of votes came as tens of thousands of members of the National Rifle Association attended the group’s annual convention in Houston. Gov. Rick Perrywelcomed convention attendees Friday with a video of him taking target practice using a semi-automatic rifle.
The 12 approved gun bills must all clear final, procedural votes before heading to the state Senate. Still, they advanced with only minimal delay, cruising past Democrat-led efforts to block or stall them. Nearly all were approved by simple voice votes.

A Democratic parliamentary point of order managed to shoot down just one, a bill by Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano, that would have allowed the use of a concealed handgun license as valid proof of personal identification — even though obtaining such licenses requires a background check that’s not necessary to get driver licenses and many other forms of ID.
The fiercest debate in the Republican-controlled chamber came over the plan to allow students over 21 who already hold concealed weapons permits to take their handguns into college classrooms. The issue became exceedingly volatile during the last legislative session in 2011, and ultimately failed.
Pro-Second Amendment lawmakers have revived it, however. Sponsor Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Tomball, reminded lawmakers: “College campuses are not crime-free zones.”
The measure would allow colleges and universities to opt out of the new rules annually — which has softened opposition to it among some top higher education leaders. Current law already allows universities to opt in, and the Texas A&M University System is among those that have done so.

Meanwhile, the Texas Senate has already approved a separate measure allowing college students to keep guns in their cars on campus. But the prospects for the campus carry bill passed by the House on Saturday appear far bleaker. Top Republicans have even suggested the issue will be a non-starter in the upper chamber.
The House also overwhelmingly approved a bill that attracted national attention when it was introduced by first-term, tea party Republican Rep. Steve Toth of The Woodlands. It would nullify within state borders any federal laws banning assault weapons or high-capacity magazines, or expansion of background checks for firearms owners, even though doing so would almost certainly violate the U.S. Constitution.
“There are 27 amendments in the Constitution but only one says ‘shall not be infringed,’” Toth said. “The Second Amendment is the amendment that keeps the people free.”
Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston, raised a string of parliamentary objections to many of the gun bills, but they all failed. He asked Toth, “Is your bill political posturing?”
“We just passed by voice vote a slew of pro-gun legislation,” Walle said. “So what is this? Why do we need it?”
Rep. Gene Wu, a Houston Democrat, went further on Twitter, saying, “In case your head is too thick to understand: State law will not trump federal law.”
Conroe Republican Rep. Brandon Creighton, and several co-authors, sponsored a bill to punish by up to a year in jail and a $ 4,000 fine police officers or government officials who try to enforce federal firearms limits in Texas.
Also passing was the school marshal measure, sponsored by Dallas Republican Rep. Jason Villalba. The marshals would be employees who already hold concealed weapons permits and are chosen by their public school district or charter schools to receive firearms training. They would keep guns locked away on campus, but have access to them in an emergency — though their identities would not be divulged to the public.
Causing fewer fireworks when it passed was a measure reducing penalties for permit holders who accidentally show a concealed handgun.
Three other successful bills reduced the number of hours of training needed to obtain a concealed handgun license and tweaked the rules for renewing or being fingerprinted for one. A separate measure that passed 136-0 reduced the concealed handgun license fee for police officers, military veterans, national and state Guard members and even some Criminal Justice Department employees, despite costing the state up to $ 2 million in lost revenues.
Another measure that was approved was one by Democratic Rep. Ryan Guillen of Rio Grande City that’s meant to prohibit agencies from posting “no carry” signs in cases where carrying a gun isn’t illegal and imposing fines for violators. A bill by fellow Democrat Sergio Munoz of Palmview to expand school districts’ ability to alert hunters of the location of campuses also passed.
http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/Texas-House-passes-12-firearms-bills-on-gun-day-4488090.php

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Texas tragedy Agricultural accident or clandestine cover-up?

By , May 3, 2013 5:17 am

Texas tragedy Agricultural accident or clandestine cover-up?
By: Bulov on: 03.05.2013 [00:50 ] (81 reads)

Texas tragedy Agricultural accident or clandestine cover-up?
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/04/25/300101/texas-tragedy-clandestine-coverup/

One such explosive is ANFO, 94% ammonium nitrate and 6% fuel oil, which is used in the mining industry as a blasting agent and has been used in terrorist attacks. The most common commercial explosive, ANFO, when properly prepared, can yield more explosive power than TNT.

On April 17, 2013, the small farming community of West in the state of Texas, United States, was rocked by an explosion measuring 2.1 on the Richter scale.
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While this is just speculation, perhaps West Fertilizer is a front company which supplies CIA-trained terrorists with explosives for their havoc-wreaking improvised explosive devices. Considering the occurrence of the West Texas blast just two days after the Boston Marathon bombings, one cannot help but wonder if perhaps the U.S. government carried out a clandestine cover-up there to get rid of evidence that would relate to the Boston bombing.”
“The risks associated with anhydrous ammonia and ammonium nitrate are well documented. They have both been associated with crudely made bombs used in terrorist attacks…,” – Attorney Justin Hill.

“Yet, with this widespread understanding of the risks of anhydrous ammonia, West Fertilizer Company told the EPA that their plant posed ‘No Risk’ of explosions.”

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at approximately 8 p.m., the small farming community of West in the state of Texas, United States, was rocked by an explosion measuring 2.1 on the Richter scale, which left damage in its aftermath resembling a Cruise missile attack. As an immediate consequence of the blast, 14 people were killed, most of whom were volunteer fire fighters, more than 200 were injured, over 50 homes destroyed, a nearby apartment building was gutted and more than four city blocks of the town were leveled. Toxic fumes caused by the explosion and subsequent fire forced an evacuation of half of the town’s residents.

Describing the apocalyptic scene, McLennan county sheriff Parnell McNamara said, “I’ve never seen anything like this. It looks like a war zone with all the debris.” West’s mayor, Tommy Muska, said that the blast area looked as if a nuclear bomb had detonated. Teacher Debby Marak, who was near the plant when it blew up, said, “It was like being in a tornado. Stuff was flying everywhere. It blew out my windshield. It was like the whole earth shook.” A resident of Bynum, some 20 km from the epicenter of the explosion in West, reported that she, her husband and daughter had heard not one but three distinct explosions, which “sounded like three bombs going off very close to us.” Trooper D.L. Wilson of the Texas Department of Public Safety said the blast zone looked “just like Iraq, just like the Murrah building in Oklahoma City.”

While the immediate cause of the blast is evidently ammonium nitrate, no explanation has been offered to as to why such a large quantity of the explosive substance had been stored at the plant owned by the West Fertilizer Company. According to regulations governing the storage of ammonium nitrate, 400 pounds (183 kilograms) or more of this dangerous substance must be reported to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The mass of ammonium nitrate stored on West Fertilizer Company property was not twice, not 10 times, nor 100 times, but some 1,350 times the minimum reportable quantity: 270 tons (245 metric tons). The amount involved alone suggests an intention to conceal something. What were the good Texans at West Fertilizer planning to do with so much of this dangerous material?

Ammonium nitrate is produced for use as a nitrogen-rich agricultural fertilizer. Developed originally by German scientists to replace more expensive Chilean nitrates, ammonium nitrate is preferred over other more expensive fertilizers and is thought to improve the quality of leafy green vegetables. A powerful oxidizing agent, the chemical compound is also sensitive to heat and is used as an explosive or as an additive to other explosives such as trinitrotoluene (TNT). One such explosive is ANFO, 94% ammonium nitrate and 6% fuel oil, which is used in the mining industry as a blasting agent and has been used in terrorist attacks. The most common commercial explosive, ANFO, when properly prepared, can yield more explosive power than TNT. According to U.S. authorities, ANFO was the explosive used in the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, however, this is disputed by other sources which suggest that the bombing was also a U.S. government false-flag operation connected to a classified project codenamed “Dipole Might.” The basic problem with the official version of the Murrah story is that for ANFO to be effective, it must be confined such as in a bore hole, which would not have been the case in the back of a Ryder rental truck.

While technically classified as a blasting agent, ammonium nitrate detonates with a blast velocity of 2,700 to 4,500 meters per second placing its destructive power in the high explosive range, which is roughly 1,500 meters per second and up. By weight, ammonium nitrate yields more expansive gas than any other explosive material but has two major drawbacks which make it a dangerous and unpredictable substance: first, it is water soluble, so it can quickly lose its sensitivity, or ability to be easily detonated, when exposed to water; and, second it is subject to a phenomenon called cycling which is the changing of the crystalline structure with temperature. Cycling commonly occurs at -18° and 32°C, and at the higher temperature, the change in crystalline structure results in higher density which in turn results in higher detonation velocity. In short, if ammonium nitrate is stored under dry conditions and subjected to high temperatures, as would be the case in a metal storage silo in Texas, its explosive power can actually increase. Incidentally, there appears to be a safe alternative to ammonium nitrate for use as fertilizer: Sulf-N 26, a mixture of ammonium nitrate and ammonium sulfate, which has a much lower detonation risk when mixed with fuel oil.

An aura of regulatory immunity appears to envelop West Fertilizer Company. U.S. Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson of Massachusetts, ranking member of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, exclaimed, “This facility was known to have chemicals well above the threshold amount to be regulated under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Act (CFATS), yet we understand that DHS did not even know the plant existed until it blew up.” In addition to lying to the EPA about the risk of an explosion, the company was cited by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in 2006 for failing to obtain or to qualify for a permit.

West Fertilizer had been fined a paltry $ 2300.00 in 2006 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for deficiencies in the company’s risk management plan, operating procedures and employee training. A follow up inspection by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality took place in 2007 because of complaints by nearby residents of odors emanating from the plant. However, despite these safety violations, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had not inspected the company’s facilities since 1985. The chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has even theorized that the explosion might have been caused by a rail car loaded with ammonium nitrate at the plant and not a problem in the plant itself. Could there perhaps be a deeper reason that the company’s shoddy safety practices and reporting omissions were overlooked by U.S. governmental regulatory authorities?

Certainly compared to the frenzied fervor of the official response to the recent Boston Marathon bomb attack, the apparent absence of urgency in the aftermath of the West Fertilizer blast has been astounding. While U.S. government officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and U.S. Chemical Safety Board have begun their investigations, conclusive results may not be available for another six months. Despite the firm’s history of negligence in reporting and safeguarding hazardous materials, Texas state attorney Greg Abbott indicated that it is too early in the inquiry to speculate on filing charges of criminal negligence against West Fertilizer’s owner Don Adair or anyone else. In fact, U.S. Representative Bill Flores of Texas brushed aside any speculation that the blast might have been a terrorist operation and stated, “I would not expect sabotage by any stretch of the imagination.”

For his part, Adair, who also owns Adair Grain, indicated in a statement that, as a member of the West Church of Christ, he and his family would “continue to assist in relief efforts through our church family,” and pledged “to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.” One can only imagine if West Fertilizer had been owned by Muslims, allegations that the blast was an act of sabotage by Islamist terrorists would have choked the air waves, but since we are dealing here with white Christian Americans, this catastrophe is being written off as an unfortunate agricultural accident. Why wasn’t this company taken to court long ago and why is this tragedy being downplayed by officials to such an extent now?

While this is just speculation, perhaps West Fertilizer is a front company which supplies CIA-trained terrorists with explosives for their havoc-wreaking improvised explosive devices. Considering the occurrence of the West Texas blast just two days after the Boston Marathon bombings, one cannot help but wonder if perhaps the U.S. government carried out a clandestine cover-up there to get rid of evidence that would relate to the Boston bombing.

In any event, considering the reckless irresponsibility displayed by the owner, the quantities of explosive material involved, and lack of accountability before regulatory authorities, I would not be surprised if this tragic accident turned out to be another U.S. government covert “OP.”

YW/HSN

Yuram Abdullah Weiler is a freelance writer and political critic who has written dozens of articles on the Middle East and US policy. A former engineer with a background in mathematics and a convert to Islam, he currently writes perspectives on Islam, social justice, economics and politics from the viewpoint of an American convert to Shia Islam, focusing on the deleterious role played by the US in the Middle East and elsewhere. A dissenting voice from the “Belly of the Beast”, he lives with his wife in Denver, Colorado. More articles by Yuram Abdullah Weiler

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DOZENS BELIEVED KILLED, HUNDREDS INJURED IN TEXAS FERTILIZER PLANT EXPLOSION (PHOTOS)

By , April 18, 2013 4:59 pm

DOZENS BELIEVED KILLED, HUNDREDS INJURED IN TEXAS FERTILIZER PLANT EXPLOSION (PHOTOS)
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DOZENS BELIEVED KILLED, HUNDREDS INJURED IN TEXAS FERTILIZER PLANT EXPLOSION (PHOTOS)

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A massive explosion has rocked a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas. Dozens have been confirmed killed, while authorities are reportedly warning residents that they should evacuate town as soon as possible.

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The explosion occurred around 7:50pm local time in the town of West, north of Waco. A fireball of nearly 100 feet high has been reported along with a massive power outage.

“Law enforcement is advising residents to leave town immediately,” West’s school district tweeted, potentially due to fears of another explosion.

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Seventy people had been confirmed killed by the blast by late evening Wednesday, as reported by KHOU, the local CBS News affiliate, with “hundreds injured.” Local news KXXV reports that among the dead are five firefighters and one police officer. State officials have yet to confirm these numbers.

Sixty-one others have been confirmed as admitted to Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, just one of the multiple emergency facilities in the area. Twelve of those are in critical condition, Hillcrest’s CEO told CNN.

West’s EMS director told local KTVT late Wednesday night that he, a doctor, and Justice of the Peace are getting set to “pronounce many people dead” at the scene.

“We have not received any word on the number of fatalities,” a Hillcrest official told CNN Wednesday night.

Between 75-100 homes and businesses have been completely destroyed with the number injured exceeding 200, as per ABC News.

The Federal Aviation Authority has placed a no-fly zone over the area.

West Mayor Tommy Muska told the local NBC affiliate that he had no numbers on injuries or deaths as of 12:05am EST, but that the factory was “fully engulfed” in flames before exploding.

The explosion destroyed a nearby nursing home, where it is thought that people may still be trapped inside.

Roughly 150 survivors from the damaged nursing home were evacuated and sent to a community center outside of town, while doctors and staff of the Hillcrest Hospital have been taking in the first wave of burn victims. Fire units were draining water from community pools to douse the flames.

More than 1,000 people are said to be without electricity, according to local ABC News affiliate KXXV.

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A large swath of West was “leveled” in the explosion, according to WFAA-TV Dallas reporter Jason Whitely.

West’s population was 2,674 at the 2010 census. The town is located 19.3 miles north of Waco, Texas and 70 miles south of the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area.

First responders requested a bomb squad to investigate a pervasive scent of flammable chemicals. Multiple barns in the area are engulfed in flames.

Nine emergency helicopters were reported to be en route to the local high school. Emergency officials were also trying to evacuate a neighborhood near the site of the explosion. Hospital officials told CNN they were anticipating as many as 100 victims.

Police officers were seen transporting the injured in their squad cars.

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At least 10 other buildings are on fire, including the town middle school, according to local media outlets. Every available ambulance has been dispatched while fire crews from neighboring areas have rushed to the scene.

An emergency responder requested help over local radio with a “major collapse” on a second floor where children were thought to be trapped.

Multiple commenters on RT’s story reported feeling the blast from their homes, which in some cases were located dozens of miles from the fertilizer plant.

One witness told the Waco Tribune “every house within about four blocks is blown apart.”

The football field that was being used as an emergency command center and helicopter landing pad has been evacuated due to fears of a second explosion.

Firefighters are being kept away from the still-smoldering plant to extinguish the remaining fires due to safety concerns, the Department of Public Safety reports. Toxic fumes are rising from the site.

Among other chemicals, the plant was producing ammonia solution, a colorless toxic gas, which is liquid under pressure. When concentrated it is corrosive to tissues upon contact. Its safety service guide reads that exposure to ammonia in sufficient quantities can be fatal, with the chemical becoming highly explosive when mixed with gas and/or air. Containers with ammonia are prone to explosions when heated, while ruptured cylinders may rocket.

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Voter Fraud in Houston, Texas: Obama’s Staffer Assists in Double Voting Advice For Obama ..many blacks will double vote in 2012

By , November 5, 2012 6:16 pm

Voter Fraud in Houston, Texas: Obama’s Staffer Assists in Double Voting Advice For Obama ..many blacks will double vote in 2012
By: Bulov on: 05.11.2012 [19:34 ] (63 reads)

Voter Fraud in Houston, Texas: Obama’s Staffer Assists in Double Voting Advice For Obama ..many blacks will double vote in 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86HLNQ1Es1o
Published on Oct 10, 2012 by VitacoreVision
http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/10/new-okeefe-video-obama-campaign-staffer-caught-helping-activist-vote-twice/#ixzz28un5PuC3

Our undercover reporters ask OFA (Organizing for America, President Obama’s Grassroots arm of his re-election campaign) staffers for advice on double voting. In each circumstance the staffers are complicit in the illegal implications of voting twice.

Stephanie Caballero
Regional Field Director
Houston OFA HQ
4402 Almeda Rd.
Houston, TX 77004

Reporter: And there’s no way they’d be able to cross reference the ballots?
Obama Campaign: If you voted twice?
Reporter: Yeah.
Obama Campaign: I don’t know this. That’s not my expertise.

Reporter: Yea I don’t want to get in any trouble but like I said if no one’s gonna know
Reporter: I don’t have a problem with it.
Reporter: Yea, so anyway – But -
Obama Campaign: Oh my God this is so funny. It’s cool though!

Reporter: But I was gonna see as far as all the registering for Florida -
Obama Campaign: Mhm
Reporter: Where do I get the forms to do that?
Reporter: Or not registering but voting in Florida for the absentee -
Obama Campaign: So what you’ll have to do is you’re going to call in to Florida.
Reporter: Okay.
Obama Campaign: And call – Let me see.
Obama Campaign: Are you going to do what I think you are going to do?
Reporter: Well I mean if no one’s gonna know -
Obama Campaign: Laughter
Obama Campaign: You’re so hilarious!

Obama Campaign: Come up with like – If anyone checks say “I don’t know”.

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Voter Fraud in Houston, Texas: Obama’s Staffer Assists in Double Voting Advice For Obama ..many blacks will double vote in 2012

By , November 5, 2012 3:32 pm

Voter Fraud in Houston, Texas: Obama’s Staffer Assists in Double Voting Advice For Obama ..many blacks will double vote in 2012
By: Bulov on: 05.11.2012 [19:34 ] (37 reads)

Voter Fraud in Houston, Texas: Obama’s Staffer Assists in Double Voting Advice For Obama ..many blacks will double vote in 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86HLNQ1Es1o
Published on Oct 10, 2012 by VitacoreVision
http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/10/new-okeefe-video-obama-campaign-staffer-caught-helping-activist-vote-twice/#ixzz28un5PuC3

Our undercover reporters ask OFA (Organizing for America, President Obama’s Grassroots arm of his re-election campaign) staffers for advice on double voting. In each circumstance the staffers are complicit in the illegal implications of voting twice.

Stephanie Caballero
Regional Field Director
Houston OFA HQ
4402 Almeda Rd.
Houston, TX 77004

Reporter: And there’s no way they’d be able to cross reference the ballots?
Obama Campaign: If you voted twice?
Reporter: Yeah.
Obama Campaign: I don’t know this. That’s not my expertise.

Reporter: Yea I don’t want to get in any trouble but like I said if no one’s gonna know
Reporter: I don’t have a problem with it.
Reporter: Yea, so anyway – But -
Obama Campaign: Oh my God this is so funny. It’s cool though!

Reporter: But I was gonna see as far as all the registering for Florida -
Obama Campaign: Mhm
Reporter: Where do I get the forms to do that?
Reporter: Or not registering but voting in Florida for the absentee -
Obama Campaign: So what you’ll have to do is you’re going to call in to Florida.
Reporter: Okay.
Obama Campaign: And call – Let me see.
Obama Campaign: Are you going to do what I think you are going to do?
Reporter: Well I mean if no one’s gonna know -
Obama Campaign: Laughter
Obama Campaign: You’re so hilarious!

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Texas Threatens to Arrest International Monitors Sent to Watch US Election

By , October 25, 2012 11:45 pm

Texas Threatens to Arrest International Monitors Sent to Watch US Election
By: Kamau_Ajamu on: 26.10.2012 [01:03 ] (53 reads)

A handful of international election monitors have touched down in the US to swing by polling places next month when voters cast ballots for the president, but officials in the state of Texas have issued them a warning: you’re not welcome.

State Attorney General Greg Abbott has sent a scathing letter to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, threatening to arrest any of the election auditors that have been dispatched to America to ensure that voters won’t be disenfranchised, discriminated against or intimidated when they take to the polls on November 6.

Since the establishment of the OSCE in the 1970s, the organization has strived to ensure that democratic and lawful elections occur across the planet, routinely examining the political climate before voters take to the polls to make sure ballots can be cast fairly and without complications in numerous countries across Europe and North America. The OSCE was recently extended an invitation to come stateside from several domestic group — including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), among others — because of what those organizations call “an unprecedented and sophisticated level of coordination to restrict voting rights in our nation” due largely in part to a number of newly-enacted laws that limit who and how can cast a ballot.

“Recent state-level legislative initiatives to limit early voting and introduce stricter voter identification have become highly polarized,” the OSCE writes in an interim report filed earlier this month. “Democrats are concerned that these would disenfranchise eligible voters, while Republicans believe they are necessary to protect the integrity of the vote.”

In response to the request to look over the American presidential election, the Vienna, Austria-based organization agreed to deploy 44 monitors to the United States earlier this month to watch for any wrongdoing, but those auditors are being told that Texas won’t stand for any interference from abroad.

In a letter sent this week from Attorney General Abbott, the state’s leading lawyer writes, “The OSCE’s representatives are not authorized by Texas law to enter a polling place,” warning, “It may be a criminal offense for OSCE’s representatives to maintain a presence within 100 feet of a polling place’s entrance.”

“Failure to comply with these requirements could subject the OSCE’s representatives to criminal prosecution for violating state law,” Abbott added.

The attorney general also attacked in his letter the mere notion that the OSCE — an United Nations-sanctioned group composed of 56 participation member States across the majority of the northern hemisphere — had any clout when it came to deciding what it considers a fair election.

“The OSCE may be entitled to its opinions about voter ID laws, but your opinion is legally irrelevant in the United States, where the Supreme Court has already determined that voter ID laws are constitutional,” Abbott said. “If OSCE members want to learn more about our election processes so they can improve their own democratic systems, we welcome the opportunity to discuss the measures Texas has implemented to protect the integrity of elections,” Abbott wrote. “However, groups and individuals from outside the United States are not allowed to influence or interfere with the election process in Texas. This state has robust election laws that were carefully crafted to protect the integrity of our election system. All persons – including persons connected with OSCE – are required to comply with these laws.”

US Rep. Connie Mack IV (R-Florida) echoed that opinion by penning a statement of his own, not attacking the OSCE, however, but instead inexplicably targeting the United Nations.

“The very idea that the United Nations – the world body dedicated to diminishing America’s role in the world — would be allowed, if not encouraged, to install foreigners sympathetic to the likes of Castro, Chavez, Ahmadinejad, and Putin to oversee our elections is nothing short of disgusting,” Mack wrote.

“For years the United Nations has aggressively worked against the best interests of our country and many of our allies. The UN’s actions and intentions toward the United States have been nothing short of reprehensible.”

On Tuesday, Texas governor and former Republican Party candidate for president Rick Perry wrote through his Twitter account that any monitors or inspectors from the United Nations would be barred from taking part in anything involving the election process in the Lone Star State, commending the Texas secretary of state for “swift action to clarify the issue.”

Two days later, though, the OSCE fired back by voicing their concern with the state officials’ handling of the very serious issue and expressing “grave concern” over Attorney General Abbott’s threat, Courthouse News reports.

According to the letter sent from the OSCE, Texas’s threat “is at odds with the established good co-operation between OSCE/ODIHR Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights observers and state authorities across the United States, including Texas.”

“Our observers are required to remain strictly impartial and not to intervene in the voting process in any way,” OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Director Janez Lenarcic explains in a letter sent to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after the warnings from Texas.

Lenarcic also insisted that OSCE officials “are in the United States to observe these elections, not to interfere in them,” and called the claims from Mr. Abbott and Gov. Perry “groundless.”

Voters in Texas historically elect GOP electorates during the presidential election, and currently Republican Party candidate Mitt Romney is slated to be the expected victor next month according to the most recent polls.

Sent by Kamau

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