Keyword: 2005

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  • 80 liberals each pledge $1 million for alliance

    08/07/2005 9:16:15 AM PDT · by visagoth · 72 replies · 2,553+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 8-7-2005 | THOMAS B. EDSALL
    <p>WASHINGTON - At least 80 wealthy liberals have pledged to contribute at least $1 million each to fund a network of think tanks and advocacy groups, to compete with the potent conservative infrastructure built up during the last three decades.</p>
  • 2 Baltimore Tunnels To Be Closed [more terrorism threats]

    10/18/2005 8:47:22 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 171 replies · 8,251+ views
    NBC ^ | 18 October 2005 | NBC4 (Washington DC)
    WASHINGTON -- Based on information received by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Harbor Tunnel and the Ft. McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore will be closed. Sources told News4 that the closure is based on uncorroborated information gathered outside of the United States.
  • Egyptian man held in threat to city tunnels (Baltimore)(4 now detained)

    10/18/2005 1:06:44 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 124 replies · 7,554+ views
    Newsday ^ | 18 Oct 2005 | Matthew Dolan and Siobhan Gorman
    Portions of I-95 briefly shut down on concerns over suspected terrorist plot; Uncorroborated information said to come from source abroad Federal authorities are detaining at least one man of Egyptian origin who worked at a Middle Eastern market in Baltimore in connection with a threat that closed Interstate 95 and the Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels after concern over a suspected terrorist plot to blow up one of the tunnels. The shutdown caused gridlock throughout the metropolitan region as police and federal agents investigated the threat.
  • Al-Qaeda Made Biological Weapons in Georgia — French Minister

    03/01/2005 1:00:01 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 27 replies · 1,466+ views
    Mosnews ^ | 2/28/05
    Terrorists from al-Qaeda have been making chemical and biological weapons in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge, French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin said on Tuesday. Speaking at a world conference on bio-terrorism in Lyons that was organized by Interpol, he said that “several al-Qaeda cells have been trained in Afghanistan where they have learned to use biological agents including anthrax, ricin and botulism toxins. Later, after the fall of the Taliban regime, those groups continued their experiments in the Pankisi Gorge, on the territory of Georgia, bordering Chechnya,” Interfax news agency reported. The minister added that al-Qaeda terrorists “were able to use...
  • Flashback: President Bush Addresses and Thanks Citizens in Tblisi, Georgia (2005)

    08/11/2008 7:06:47 AM PDT · by kristinn · 11 replies · 157+ views
    The White House ^ | May 10, 2005 | President George W. Bush
    President Addresses and Thanks Citizens in Tbilisi, Georgia Freedom Square Tbilisi, Georgia 1:27 P.M. (Local) PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President, thank you for that introduction. Citizens of a free Georgia, Laura and I were in the neighborhood -- we thought we'd swing by and say gamarjoba. (Applause.) I am proud to stand beside a President who has shown such spirit, determination, and leadership in the cause of freedom. (Applause.) And Laura and I are proud to stand with the courageous people of Georgia, in this place that has earned a proud name -- Freedom Square. (Applause.) When Georgians gathered here 16...
  • President George W. Bush - Speech to Georgia - May 10, 2005

    08/10/2008 11:25:05 PM PDT · by SunStar · 14 replies · 502+ views
    The White House ^ | 5/10/2005
    For Immediate Release Office of the Press SecretaryMay 10, 2005 President Addresses and Thanks Citizens in Tbilisi, Georgia Freedom Square Tbilisi, Georgia 1:27 P.M. (Local) PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President, thank you for that introduction. Citizens of a free Georgia, Laura and I were in the neighborhood -- we thought we'd swing by and say gamarjoba. (Applause.) I am proud to stand beside a President who has shown such spirit, determination, and leadership in the cause of freedom. (Applause.) And Laura and I are proud to stand with the courageous people of Georgia, in this place that has earned a...
  • KAY,ISG head: "Saddam's regime was the most sophisticated manufacturer of anthrax in the world"

    04/13/2008 3:46:48 AM PDT · by drzz · 2 replies · 124+ views
    "Relying, apparently, on concrete findings, former top U.S. weapons inspector Dr. David Kay said that "the Iraqis had developed new techniques for drying anthrax - techniques that were superior to anything the United States or the old Soviet Union had. That would make the former regime of Saddam Hussein the most sophisticated manufacturer of anthrax in the world." (Washington Post, 16 septembre 2005)
  • U.S. drags its feet in phasing out banned pesticide

    11/29/2005 12:13:05 AM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 618+ views
    The Seattle Times & AP ^ | November 28, 2005 | Rita Beamish
    Associated Press WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Shoppers browse store displays brimming with succulent tomatoes and plump strawberries, hoping to enjoy one last round of fresh fruit before the Western growing season ends. There is no hint of a dark side to the blaze of red. But strawberries are a painful subject for Guillermo Ruiz. The farmworker believes his headaches, confusion and vision trouble stem from a decade of working in the fields with methyl bromide, a pesticide that protects the berries with stunning efficiency. Cheri Alderman, a teacher whose classroom borders a farm, fears her students could inhale a dangerous whiff...
  • Into Thin Air (Newsweek: we almost got Bin Laden in 2005)

    08/28/2007 10:52:50 AM PDT · by DesScorp · 18 replies · 992+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Sept. 3, 2007 | Evan Thomas
    The Americans were getting close. It was early in the winter of 2004-05, and Osama bin Laden and his entourage were holed up in a mountain hideaway along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Suddenly, a sentry, posted several kilometers away, spotted a patrol of U.S. soldiers who seemed to be heading straight for bin Laden's redoubt. The sentry radioed an alert, and word quickly passed among the Qaeda leader's 40-odd bodyguards to prepare to remove "the Sheik," as bin Laden is known to his followers, to a fallback position. As Sheik Said, a senior Egyptian Qaeda operative, later told the story, the...
  • March madness over tolls grips Legislature

    03/20/2007 2:26:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 443+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | March 19, 2007 | Ben Wear
    Mike Krusee looked tired. The Republican state representative from Williamson County, interviewed at his Capitol office last week, for 10 days or so had been fighting what some people call the creeping crud, a debilitating mixture of cold, flu and allergy symptoms hitting many Central Texans this spring. But Krusee, for much longer than 10 days, has also been fighting the creeping realization among legislators that over the past two sessions, they might have granted Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Department of Transportation too much power to create toll roads. For the first time in his three sessions as...
  • Sailor sentenced to 12 years in prison for espionage

    12/06/2006 1:42:48 PM PST · by csvset · 22 replies · 835+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | December 6, 2006 | TIM MCGLONE
    NORFOLK -– A military judge today sentenced Petty Officer 3rd Class Ariel J. Weinmann to 12 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge for espionage, desertion and other crimes. The 22-year-old submariner from Salem, Ore. admitted guilt to the offenses earlier this week at Norfolk Naval Station in a plea agreement that spared him the maximum potential penalty of life in prison with no possibility of parole. Weinmann, who deserted from the submarine Albuquerque in July 2005 after becoming disillusioned with the Navy, passed classified information about the Tomahawk cruise missile system to the Russians, according to a Pentagon source....
  • UK national gave lead to thwart plot

    08/12/2006 7:00:08 AM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 4 replies · 290+ views
    Dawn (Pakistan) ^ | August 11, 2006 | Syed Irfan Raza, Munawer Azeem & Ismail Khan
    ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR, Aug 11: A British national, Rashid Rauf, who was arrested by an intelligence agency provided a lead to thwart the plot to blow up trans-Atlantic flights, sources said. The sources said Rashid Rauf was father of Tayyab Rauf, a suspect who was arrested in United Kingdom last year in connection with 7/7 London train blasts. During interrogation, the suspect unveiled the terrorism plot aiming to destroy at least ten passenger aircraft in the UK, the sources said. They said the information was shared with the UK Home Land Security department that resulted in a raid in which 21 suspects...
  • CA: 2005 financial disclosures for selected Calif members of Congress

    06/14/2006 7:07:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 648+ views
    Summaries of the 2005 financial disclosure statements for selected members of Congress from California: --- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Earned income: $162,100. Honoraria, all donated to charity: None. Major assets: Blind trust, $1 million to $5 million; Bertram Feinstein trust, of which she's the primary beneficiaty, $1 million to $5 million; Marital trusts of which she's the beneficiary, established by her husband, Richard Blum, chairman of a merchant banking firm, no single value given; Interest with her husband in Carlton Hotel Properties, $5 million to $25 million; Deposit account at Bank of America, $50,001-$100,000; Condominium owned with her husband in...
  • GIs at Ishaqi cleared; Haditha probe open

    06/02/2006 6:10:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 1,542+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | June 2, 2006 | HAMZA HENDAWI and KIM GAMEL
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A military investigation into allegations that U.S. troops intentionally killed Iraqi civilians in a March raid in Ishaqi, a village north of Baghdad, has cleared the troops of misconduct, the military said Friday — despite dramatic video footage of slain children. Meanwhile, a lawyer representing families of some of the two dozen unarmed Iraqi civilians allegedly killed by U.S. Marines in the western town of Haditha on Nov. 19 said three or four Marines carried out the shootings while 20 more waited outside the homes. He also said victims' relatives turned down a request by U.S. investigators...
  • Kennedy accident (another related thread)

    05/05/2006 7:24:46 AM PDT · by Hammerhead · 28 replies · 1,198+ views
    October 13, 2005 Sober = Drunk in Washington, DC posted by Daniel J. Solove I'm quite in favor of cracking down on DUI, but this story from the Washington Post is really disturbing: Debra Bolton had a glass of red wine with dinner. That's what she told the police officer who pulled her over. That's what the Intoxilyzer 5000 breath test indicated -- .03, comfortably below the legal limit. She had been pulled over in Georgetown about 12:30 a.m. for driving without headlights. She apologized and explained that the parking attendant must have turned off her vehicle's automatic-light feature. Bolton...
  • Conference Addresses Issues Raised by 2005 BRAC Results

    05/03/2006 5:35:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 151+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    ATLANTA, May 3, 2006 – More than 900 people representing organizations with a stake in how the Base Realignment and Closure process goes forward are gathered here this week to discuss the implications of the 2005 BRAC round. The conference brings together officials from the White House, Defense Department, individual service branches, various federal departments and agencies, and state and local leaders from areas affected by past and ongoing BRAC actions. Philip W. Grone, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, noted that nearly all of the 22 federal agencies working on BRAC-related issues have representatives here. "In my...
  • Zawahiri (al Qaeda #2) videotape surfaces

    04/12/2006 8:14:42 PM PDT · by callmejoe · 393 replies · 6,013+ views
    AP ^ | 4/12/06
    Al-Qaida Figure Backs Iraqi Insurgents Top al-Qaida Figure Ayman Al-Zawahri Urges Support for Iraqi Insurgents in Video The Associated Press (snipped) CAIRO, Egypt - No. 2 al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri praised insurgents in Iraq, particularly Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and called on all Muslims to support them in a video posted Thursday on the Internet. The video was dated with an Islamic month corresponding to November 2005 and al-Zawahri mentions an Oct. 23 earthquake that hit Pakistan and Afghanistan. But it appeared to be the first time the 28-minute video has been made public. It was not clear why the video...
  • George Allen for Senate Campaign Website Just Launched (Virginia)

    04/07/2006 5:25:21 PM PDT · by Corin Stormhands · 16 replies · 3,631+ views
    We’ve just launched our new campaign website:! I hope you’ll take some time to click in. I am particularly excited about the many features on the site that allow friends in Virginia and across the country to participate in our positive campaign regardless of where they live.
  • Rotten Banana Awards: 20 worst movies for 2005

    02/28/2006 9:45:51 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 34 replies · 984+ views
    WorldNetDaily.Com ^ | 02/28/2006 | Dr. Ted Baehr
    Rotten Banana Awards: 20 worst movies for 2005 -------------------------------------------------------- Posted: February 28, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern Editor's note: Dr. Tom Snyder contributed to this column. By Dr. Ted Baehr -------------------------------------------------------- © 2006 There's a smell of rotten bananas at this year's Oscar festivities. Oscar favorite "Brokeback Mountain" leads the pack among MOVIEGUIDE's list of the 20 Most Unbearable Movies of 2005 receiving the "Rotten Banana" Award. Other Oscar nominees, including "Good Night, And Good Luck," "Munich," "Match Point," "Syriana" and "Transamerica" are also on MOVIEGUIDE's Rotten Banana list of the year's worst movies. "Brokeback Mountain," in fact, deserves the...
  • GAO: FY 2005 Financial Report of the United States Government

    02/13/2006 9:00:47 AM PST · by soccer_maniac · 7 replies · 498+ views
    A must read for everyone!
  • Conservative Look at 2005 in Political Cartoons

    02/02/2006 8:27:41 AM PST · by WildReeling · 1 replies · 394+ views ^ | 1/31/06 | RAGE Media
    Take a Look at 2005 from the Right Side with Paul Nowak's Editorial Cartoons FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Catholic PRWire The year 2005 was quite a year for news – Hurricane Katrina, political turmoil over the war in Iraq, the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Benedict XVI, just to name a few events that made headlines. Remember this momentous year with “A Look at 2005 From the Right Side: Editorial Cartoons by Paul Nowak” (ISBN: 097723442). This 120-page collection of cartoons from cartoonist Paul Nowak features the best of his cartoons from 2005, ranging on...
  • Army Secretary: 2005 Brought Solid Accomplishment

    01/19/2006 10:01:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 297+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 19, 2006 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2006 – Army re-enlistments in 2005 were the highest they've been in five years, with more than 69,500 soldiers choosing to continue their service, the Secretary of the Army said here yesterday. This surplus in retention made up for recruiting shortfalls the Army has faced, Francis J. Harvey said at a Pentagon news conference. The U.S. Army is the most capable, best trained, best equipped and most experienced force the United States has fielded in more than a decade, and 2005 was a year of many significant achievements, Harvey said. Speculations that the Army is severely stretched...
  • Corpsman earns 2005 Thomas A. Christensen Jr. Award

    01/17/2006 6:17:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 176+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 17, 2006 | Cpl. Matthew K. Hacker
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Jan. 17, 2006) -- Six-year Navy veteran, Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher D. Baird, was presented the Thomas A. Christensen Jr. Award Dec. 16, for “going above and beyond the call of duty,” according to the award citation. The Cordell, Okla., native, a corpsman with 2nd Dental Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, was selected from three contestants – one from each MLG. The Thomas A. Christensen Jr. Award is presented to a dental technician in recognition of significant contributions to the Navy and the Fleet Marine Force. Baird is one of 15 Sailors to...
  • Daniel Pearl and the body of evidence

    01/07/2006 10:16:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 1,088+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | January 7, 2006 | B Raman
    Every year, as we enter a New Year, my mind goes back to Daniel Pearl, the Mumbai-based American correspondent of Wall Street Journal, who met with a brutal end to his young life during a visit to Karachi in January 2002 to enquire, inter alia, into the suspected Pakistani links of international jihadi terrorists. In his keenness to find out the truth, Pearl fell into a treacherous trap laid by a mixed group of Pakistani terrorists belonging to different organisations and orchestrated by Omar Sheikh, a British resident of Pakistani origin, who had participated in the so-called jihad against the...
  • Reel Tears - tearjerking scenes from 2005 films - SPOILERS

    01/05/2006 11:55:04 AM PST · by EveningStar · 38 replies · 802+ views
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | January 5, 2006 | Gary Susman
    "Brokeback Mountain" wasn't 2005's only tearjerker -- Here are eight tragic movie moments that made us love to emote. WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! If you're not ready for key details about these movies, or if you just want to stay in your happy place, skip this article...
  • Bush: New Year to Build on 2005 Progress in Terror War

    01/04/2006 5:23:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 230+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 4, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2006 – The new year will build on 2005's progress in the war on terror, President Bush said at the Pentagon today after meeting with his national defense team and top military leaders overseeing operations in Iraq. During today's Pentagon meeting, the president met with Vice President Dick Cheney; Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld; Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and three top Army generals supporting the war on terrorism: Gen. John Abizaid, commander of U.S. Central Command; Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq; and Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey,...
  • 2005 -- A Look Back

    01/03/2006 3:54:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 183+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Dec 30, 2005 | 2005 -- A Look Back
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, December 30, 2005) – As is usual at this time of year, most news organizations take a look back at what made news in the year just ended. The Army News Service is no different. So what made news for the Army in 2005? You could almost sum it up in three words: war, hurricanes and elections. Almost. January The Army started 2005 just as it ends 2005 – as an Army at war. Soldiers were fighting for freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan throughout the year. It wasn’t just Iraqi insurgents and Taliban remnants that Army...
  • Top 10 overlooked stories of 2005

    01/03/2006 9:30:55 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 70 replies · 1,970+ views ^ | 01/03/2006 | James Rutz
    Top 10 overlooked stories of 2005 -------------------------------------------------------- © 2006 If you're tired of hearing the rehashes of Katrina, Iraq, terrorism, et al., this will give you a little breather. 1. World evangelization. The Earth is becoming Christian at a very fast clip. My best estimate is that there are 64 million more Christians now than a year ago. That breaks down to 175,000 a day (births plus conversions minus deaths). The numbers are debatable, of course, but I've consulted with several of the best religion statisticians on the planet, and my stats are defensible, being partly based on denominational...
  • The Top 10 Stories (and Non-Stories) of 2005

    01/02/2006 9:02:04 PM PST · by AZ_Cowboy · 17 replies · 725+ views
    FrontPage ^ | 1/2/06 | Ben Johnson
    Every day, news organizations choose which stories to highlight in their news coverage and which to omit. In their coverage of hard news, the media inevitably trumpets meaningless, skewed, or false stories, while overlooking news items of vital importance – and this year was no exception. TOP TEN OVERREPORTED STORIES OF 2005 10. The Passion of Mary Mapes Mary Mapes, you’ll recall, is the former CBS employee who produced the now-infamous “60 Minutes II” story about President Bush’s National Guard service based on forged documents just days before the 2004 election. She accepted the phony “Vietnam-era memos” from a longtime...
  • End of the Year at Walter Reed (report on Code Pink and FReepers with pictures)

    01/02/2006 9:39:01 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 3 replies · 742+ views
    The Gunn Nutt ^ | Monday January 2nd, 2006 | GunnNutt
    2006 may see the end of the weekly commie "vigils" outside Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The increase in police activity over the past few weeks has prompted speculation among the FReepers that CodePink is looking for a face-saving way to end their blood dance by getting the permits for both sides revoked. Once again, someone called D.C.'s finest complaining about "the noise", but our permit actually allows us to use megaphones (which we have not used...yet) Pictures here:
  • Bush: Progress Toward Freer, More Peaceful World Made in 2005

    12/31/2005 10:05:38 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 269+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 31, 2005 | Rudi Williams
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2005 – This has been a year of strong progress toward a freer, more peaceful world and a more prosperous America, President George W. Bush said in his weekly radio address today. "This year we watched the Iraqi people defy the terrorists and suicide bombers and hold three successful elections, voting to choose the only constitutional, democratic government in the Arab world," Bush said." We also saw the people of Afghanistan elect a democratic parliament in a nation that only a few years ago was ruled by the Taliban. "These are amazing achievements in the history of...
  • The Big Squeeze (2005 Sour Orange Awards)

    12/30/2005 3:31:59 PM PST · by LadyDoc · 3 replies · 420+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 12-29-2005 | TOM ZUCCO AND CRAIG PITTMAN
    It’s a bumper crop for Florida’s annual all-points bulletins of wild and crazy news. When Debra "I'm Too Sexy For My Cell" Lafave, the Carolina Panthers cheerleaders and the strip-joint party bus in the Bucs parking lot fail to crack the 17th annual Sour Orange list, you know it has been a very good year for absurdity. For the past 12 months, we scoured newspapers, magazines and the Internet for all the futile, inane and moronic news stories in Florida. And as usual, we came away overloaded. Here's the best of the best. Keep in mind that it's people like...
  • The Rolling Stones break box office records

    12/30/2005 10:00:46 AM PST · by IntheHillsGolden · 34 replies · 840+ views, courtesy of © IPC MEDIA ^ | December 30, 2005 |
    The Rolling Stones break box office records in North America (excerpt) Current jaunt most successful of all time The Rolling Stones' 2005 tour of North America is the most successful US concert tour of all time, according to US trade publication Pollstar. The veteran rockers, on a jaunt promoting new album 'A Bigger Bang', broke their own 11-year-old record by selling $162m (£94m) worth of tickets, playing 42 performances before 1.2m people. U2's 'Vertigo' tour came second, making $138.9m (£80.1m). Celine Dion came third, having made $81.3m (£47.1m) from 155 dates during her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas,...
  • The Year in Asia, 2005

    12/30/2005 8:24:38 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 1 replies · 184+ views ^ | 12/29/2005 | Todd Crowell
    December 29, 2005 The Year in Asia, 2005 By Todd Crowell The simmering feud between Japan and China was the most important continuing story in Asia during 2005. Even as the year ended, Japanese foreign minister Taro Aso irritated the Chinese once again by publicly asserting that China’s military buildup posed a threat. Relations between the two countries worsened significantly during the year, strained by competition over natural resources, leadership in East Asia and wartime history. They blew up in a short-lived spate of anti-Japanese demonstrations in the spring, while the authorities looked away. Chinese officials refused to meet with...
  • Funniest news stories of 2005

    12/30/2005 7:42:36 AM PST · by Paloma_55 · 16 replies · 1,622+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/28/05 | Joe Kovaks
    Wow, what a year! It seems just yesterday that Sandy "Burglar" Berger had found a novel way to preserve classified documents by pickling them in his pants and socks. But alas, those were the good ol' days of 2004. Thankfully, we have a fresh batch of classic comic events from 2005, so let's get right to it.
  • Peggy Noonan: '05's Big Five (The biggest stories of the year just past, plus a look ahead to '06)

    12/28/2005 11:44:46 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 1,179+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 29, 2005 | Peggy Noonan
    The big story of the year happened last year, after every journalist in the world filed his biggest-story-of-the-year piece and went away for the holidays. That of course was the great tsunami. On this day one year ago the dimensions of the disaster had finally become clear. The tsunami is the story of 2005 not because it was shocking that natural disasters occur or that a quarter million people can die and many more be hurt in them--that information is well known to all adults. The great tsunami is the big story of 2005 because after it occurred the tired...
  • The Big Story of 2005 (Someone Tell The New York Times)

    12/28/2005 5:47:26 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 12 replies · 833+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Dec. 28, 2005 | Austin Bay
    In December 2004, I wrote a column that led with this line: "Mark it on your calendar: Next month, the Arab Middle East will revolt." The column placed the January 2005 Palestinian and Iraqi elections in historical context. These were not the revolutions of generals with tanks and terrorists with fatwas, but the slow revolutions of the ballot box, with political moderates and liberal reformers the genuinely revolutionary vanguard. To massage Churchill's phrase, these revolts were the beginning of democratic politics, where "jaw jaw" begins to replace "war war" and "terror terror." These slow revolts against tyranny and terror continue,...
  • 2005: A Political Year End Review

    12/28/2005 10:41:33 AM PST · by Drew McKissick · 4 replies · 436+ views
    Conservative Outpost ^ | 12/28/05 | Drew McKissick
    With the end of each year comes the inevitable parade of annual lists and this column will be no different. Herewith, the political highlights and lowlights of 2005: George Bush was sworn in for his second term as President, after having won the 2004 election and leading Republicans to their third consecutive electoral victory. After having served as the official political shooting star of 2004, Howard Dean moved to rehabilitate himself by winning the chairmanship of the Democrat National Committee. Radical liberal fellow travelers rejoiced nationwide – as did Republicans. He has continued to make both groups happy. Katrina demonstrated...
  • Iraqi, Afghan Elections Signal Most Significant Progress in 2005

    12/28/2005 9:53:12 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 276+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 28, 2005 | Kathleen T. Rhem
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2005 – Free and fair elections in Iraq and Afghanistan represent the U.S. military's most significant accomplishment in 2005, the top U.S. enlisted servicemember said. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, began 2005 in Iraq as the senior enlisted advisor for Multinational Corps Iraq. He witnessed the Jan. 30 elections there and said the event and subsequent elections in Iraq and Afghanistan are significant on many levels. "I think elections are the key focus," Gainey said in an interview. "When you can go into...
  • Year in review: The LEAST important story in 05 (vanity)

    12/28/2005 9:42:53 AM PST · by Valin · 27 replies · 670+ views
    2/28/05 | Valin
    What with evryone telling us what the most importants stories were this last year, I was curious as too what people thought was the least "important" story in 05. I'll start...two words Michael Jackson.
  • CA: New year brings new laws - Governor signed 729 bills in 2005

    12/27/2005 9:21:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 1,061+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 12/27/05 | Harrison Sheppard
    SACRAMENTO - The start of the new year will herald a host of quirky new laws in California. With the most controversial and sweeping proposals of 2005 all shot down by voters or Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, what was left was a series of niche bills ranging from improving nutrition in schools to banning hunting over the Internet. Political analysts said the Legislature and Schwarzenegger were distracted by the governor's special election, which consumed most of their time and energy and encouraged them to defer some controversial issues. "If you ask the average voter, 'What are your five top measures you'd...
  • Top 10 News Stories of 2005 - Vanity & Suggestions

    12/26/2005 1:21:20 PM PST · by Loud Mime · 13 replies · 292+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 12-26-2005 | Loud Mime
    What was the big news of 2005? 1. The Iraqi election. A new nation is taking root; a nation that was ruled by a ruthless tyrant who murdered many innocent people. Such a change is notable. It will go through stability problems, but consider that the most stable governments are the ones like Saddam ran. 2. Downfall of a trusted press. Over the years we have seen once-esteemed sources fall into the tar pit of dishonest journalism. But I can never recall when a discredited journalist was given awards for his “work” despite his having used forged documents, We knew...
  • "The Best Notable Quotables of 2005:The 18th Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting"

    12/26/2005 10:27:06 AM PST · by pillut48 · 10 replies · 1,591+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | December 19th, 2005 | Media Research Center
    "Introduction Welcome to the Media Research Center’s annual awards issue, a compilation of the most outrageous and/or humorous news media quotes from 2005 (December 2004 through November 2005)..."

    12/26/2005 6:42:34 AM PST · by Bob Haran · 20 replies · 1,008+ views
    12/26/05 | Bob Haran
    The Arizona Republic's Editorial Board selected Jim Kolbe as Arizonian of the Year for 2005. Jim Kolbe did do Arizona a great service in 2005, he decided not to run in 2006. However, Kolbe's selection by the Republic does bring up another issue for debate. Should there be drug testing for the Republic's Editorial Board before selecting the Arizonian for the Year, next year? Bob Haran, Phoenix, AZ
  • A day in the life of President Bush (12/24/05): photos, Christmas Eve edition

    12/24/2005 2:32:40 PM PST · by Wolfstar · 285 replies · 4,311+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: The President and First Lady are spending Christmas at Camp David. Among those joining them at the wooded compound in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains are GWB's father and his mother, the First Lady's mother, Jenna Welch, and the first couple's twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna. The President and his family, as well as military families, will attend a candlelight service on Christmas Eve at the Camp David chapel. The group also will watch an annual Christmas pageant put on by children of U.S. troops. The first family's menu for a Christmas Day lunch includes herb-roasted free...
  • COMMENTARY: Year of the demagogue

    12/23/2005 9:01:43 AM PST · by ncountylee · 3 replies · 431+ views
    vvdailypress ^ | December 23, 2005 | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    WASHINGTON — 2005 was already the year of the demagogue, having been dominated for months by the endlessly echoed falsehood that the president "lied us into war." But the year ends with yet another round of demagoguery. Administration critics, political and media, charge that by ordering surveillance on communications of suspected al Qaeda agents in the United States, the president had clearly violated the law. Some even suggest that Bush has thereby so trampled the Constitution that impeachment should now be considered. (Barbara Boxer, Jonathan Alter, John Dean and various luminaries of the left have already begun floating the idea.)...
  • Important stories of 2005: your choices?

    12/23/2005 11:37:48 AM PST · by IntheHillsGolden · 15 replies · 328+ views
    My choices of the most important 2005 news stories are: The legalized killing of Terri Schindler. The Texas sanitation workers who drowned those "stray dogs". The astounding positive changes in Iraq, and the Iraqi elections. The Gas gouging price schemes of summer - blamed and poorly justified on 'hurricane Katrina'. The ridiculous last minute ploy to attempt to circumvent the Law regarding "Tookie" Williams. How about your choices? In your opinion, what are your "most important 2005 news stories"?
  • Media: Hurricane Katrina Top Story of 2005

    12/23/2005 7:42:09 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 271+ views
    yahoo news/AP ^ | Dec 21, 2005
    Media: Hurricane Katrina Top Story of 2005 By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer Wed Dec 21, 2005 NEW YORK - The onslaught of Gulf Coast hurricanes, notably Katrina and the deadly flooding which devastated New Orleans, was overwhelmingly picked by U.S. editors and news directors as the top story of 2005 in The Associated Press' annual vote. The hurricanes received 242 first-place votes out of 288 ballots cast. No other story received more than 18 first-place votes. The death of Pope John Paul II, and the election of Joseph Ratzinger to succeed him as Pope Benedict XVI, was the No....
  • Year-end wrap-up: Pope reflects on a historic 2005

    12/22/2005 5:58:21 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 197+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | December 22, 2005 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- By any measure, it was an extraordinary year for Pope Benedict XVI. Most of the world has followed the highlights through the lens of the mass media -- his election in the April conclave, his visit to Germany in August, his growing popularity and even his fashionable ecclesial clothing. On Dec. 22, the pope offered a personal look at the year in review. Although he spoke for nearly an hour, he barely mentioned his own election -- a demonstration of the humility he has shown from the beginning of his pontificate. Instead, he focused on the...
  • Evolution named 2005's top breakthrough

    12/22/2005 4:59:12 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 334 replies · 3,650+ views
    The journal Science has proclaimed evolution the breakthrough of 2005. The journal's editors say wide-ranging research published this year, including a study that shows a mere 4 per cent difference between human and chimpanzee DNA, builds on Charles Darwin's landmark 1859 work The Origin of Species and the idea of natural selection. "Amid this outpouring of results, 2005 stands out as a banner year for uncovering the intricacies of how evolution actually proceeds," they wrote. "Ironically, also this year, some segments of American society fought to dilute the teaching of even the basic facts of evolution." Journal editor-in-chief Don Kennedy...