HOME/ABOUT  Prayer  SCOTUS  ProLife  BangList  Aliens  StatesRights  ConventionOfStates  WOT  HomosexualAgenda  GlobalWarming  Corruption  Taxes  Congress  Fraud  MediaBias  GovtAbuse  Tyranny  Obama  ObamaCare  Elections  Polls  Debates  Trump  Cruz  Kasich  OPSEC  Benghazi  InfoSec  BigBrother  IRS  Scandals  TalkRadio  TeaParty  FreeperBookClub  HTMLSandbox  FReeperEd  FReepathon  CopyrightList  Copyright/DMCA Notice 

Please keep those donations coming in, folks. Our 2nd quarter FReepathon is off to a great start and we have a chance of getting 'er done early! Thank you all very much!!

Or by mail to: Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794
Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $35,555
Woo hoo!! And the first 40% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: begins

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • The Death Spiral Begins

    10/08/2013 1:14:11 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10-8-13 | Nick Chase
    As a retired computer systems manager, I am always fascinated by large, complex software systems that fail -- such as the Federal ObamaCare "insurance exchange" currently being rolled out at HealthCare.gov. This software monstrosity is now in its second week, and most people trying to use it still can't get into the system, or else they can't create an account on it, or their account information is lost. I, and you, can follow this unfolding disaster at any time in the comments section on HealthCare.gov's own Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/Healthcare.gov. (You do not need a Facebook account to view this...
  • Kevin Rudd slipping in polls and accused of cheating as campaign week two begins (Australia)

    08/11/2013 3:42:46 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 12th August 2013
    THE second week of the federal campaign is under way, with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd facing accusations that he cheated in last night's debate by referring to notes. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott goes into the second week of the campaign in a promising position, with most commentators declaring him the stronger performer in the debate and the latest Newspoll, published in The Australian today, showing he has narrowed Mr Rudd's lead as preferred Prime Minister from 14 points to nine points.
  • Iran Begins Moving Uranium Enrichment Machines To Underground Bunker

    08/22/2011 5:37:44 AM PDT · by edpc · 14 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 22 Aug 2011 | Reuters
    Iran has started moving the machines that enrich uranium for nuclear fuel from its main atomic complex in the central city of Natanz to an underground bunker near the holy city of Qom, its top nuclear official was quoted as saying on Monday. "Transferring Natanz centrifuges to Fordow (near Qom) is under way with full observance of standards," Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani told state broadcaster IRIB, adding "Fordow's facilities are being prepared and some centrifuges have been transferred."
  • Israeli-Turkish Cyberwar Begins

    09/06/2011 11:22:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 9/6/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Amid the current diplomatic impasse between Ankara and Jerusalem, Turkish hackers hijacked some 350 Israeli websites on Sunday evening, launching a Domain Name System (DNS) attack on dozens of other websites as well. Israeli IT analysts said Tuesday the DNS hijacking is likely to be, in fact, a "test-run" ahead of a major attack on Israeli domains. Visitors to some of the sites were diverted to a page declaring it was “World Hackers Day." At least seven high-profile websites outside Israel were also hijacked, including those of The Telegraph, Acer, National Geographic, UPS and Vodafone. Hackers calling themselves the "TurkGuvenligi...
  • NHS begins rationing operations in cost-cutting drive

    07/28/2011 10:08:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 7/28/11 | James Orr
    The NHS has begun rationing common surgical procedures such as hip replacements and cataracts removal in an effort to save money, it was revealed yesterday. New figures have found one in three Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England are reducing access to treatment for “non-urgent” operations. Examples of rationing include knee operations only being allowed to go ahead where patients are in severe pain, overweight patients being made to lose weight prior to procedures, and cataract patients being denied treatment until their sight problems seriously affect their ability to work. Chris Naylor, a senior researcher at the health think tank...
  • It Begins… WOMAN ARRESTED For Protesting Smart Meter Installation (Video)

    06/20/2011 8:59:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 98 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/20/11 | Jim Hoft
    Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, June 20, 2011, 6:19 AM It’s an Obama World… You will do as you’re told. You will keep your temperature at an Obama-approved level… Despite the double-standard set by our president. A woman was arrested this past weekend for not allowing officials to install a smart meters in her neighborhood. The P/Oed Patriot reported: SmartMeter.org reported: An activist protesting against the installation of ‘smart’ meters was arrested today for civil disobedience. Amy O’Hair was arrested at Monterey and Edna in the Sunnyside neighborhood of San Francisco at 9.30 on Saturday 18 June 2011. She...
  • It Begins… Unions Use Images of OKC Bombing in Collective Bargaining Ads

    03/24/2011 11:04:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/24/11 | Jim Hoft
    They will stop at nothing… The International Association of Firefighters is using tasteless images from the Oklahoma City Bombing to fight a state bill which changes how public safety labor unions and cities handle contract disputes. Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, March 24, 2011, 12:02 PM They will stop at nothing… The International Association of Firefighters is using tasteless images from the Oklahoma City Bombing to fight a state bill which changes how public safety labor unions and cities handle contract disputes. NewsOK reported: A state senator today blasted a firefighter union television advertisement as “horrific and tasteless” for...
  • Week Two for Parker-Spitzer begins with New Low; Worst Ratings for Larry King in 10 Years

    10/12/2010 6:09:28 PM PDT · by John W · 23 replies
    TVNEWSER ^ | October 12, 2010 | Chris Ariens
    Last night’s “Parker-Spitzer” saw the lowest numbers yet for the program and the show did little to help the one that followed on the schedule — “Larry King Live” which had its worst numbers in more than 10 years. In its sixth outing, “Parker-Spitzer” drew 311,000 Total Viewers and 86,000 A25-54 viewers. That’s lower than the previous low for the time period set by Campbell Brown earlier this year. (332,000 / 87,000). Last week, Parker-Spitzer finished fourth in the time period averaging 465,000 Total Viewers and 124,000 A25-54. At 9pmET, “Larry King Live” put up its lowest A25-54 demo viewership...
  • Wife of Rep. Conyers begins federal prison sentence

    09/10/2010 4:52:31 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Wife of Rep. Conyers begins federal prison sentence By Michael O'Brien - 09/10/10 04:28 PM ET The wife of Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) reported to a federal prison in West Virginia on Friday to begin a 37-month sentence on corruption charges. Monica Conyers, a former Detroit city councilwoman, reported to the Alderson Federal Prison Camp this afternoon 20 minutes before deadline, the Detroit Free Press reported. Conyers pleaded guilty last year for taking bribes to influence a vote on a sludge disposal contract in Detroit. She has since attempted to withdraw her plea. Her husband, the chairman of the House...
  • Obama begins move to the middle

    08/12/2010 6:15:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/12/10 | KEITH KOFFLER
    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, known for his smoothness and precision, seems to have erred egregiously twice in just weeks. First, he speculated on TV that Democrats might lose the House, an inexcusable blunder because it is his job to omit the truth — not lie, just omit the truth — when the truth hurts. Then, there he was in print this week, deriding “professional liberals” who label President Barack Obama too moderate, saying they need “to be drug tested.” Gibbs should have expected this would enrage liberals. Maybe that’s just what he planned. Facing reporters Wednesday, Gibbs neither...
  • Islamic science: The revival begins here

    06/28/2010 2:04:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    newscientist.com ^ | 6/28/10 | Lorna Casselton, foreign secretary of the Royal Society
    Today the Royal Society will publish the first report based on its Atlas of Islamic-World Science and Innovation Project. The reason we have chosen to undertake this project is the potentially staggering impact that countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others could have on science in the coming decades. Saudi Arabia has established the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, which has risen from the desert in just a few years based on a £20 billion endowment. Qatar has built Education City, a 2500 acre campus outside Doha where seven of the top US universities now have bases....
  • The Fight-Back Begins

    04/24/2010 7:27:08 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies · 939+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 24, 2010 | Barry Napier
    A sudden uprising from the moguls of enterprise threatens to disrupt, if not demolish, Obama’s fake green plans for the world. The Sierra Club and other socialist despots have been bringing ‘vexatious and frivolous’ law cases against normal businesses for a long time, with Democratic approval. Al Gore used the same tactic in his run-up to the vice presidential elections. The Democrat rat-pack did the same recently to Sarah Palin, bringing malicious and unfounded accusations against her. The idea is to weaken opposition with continuous litigation, even though their cases are flimsy and stupid. The idea is not to win,...
  • Hindu sacrifice of 250,000 animals begins

    11/24/2009 5:29:56 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 34 replies · 1,685+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 11/24/09 | Olivia Laing
    The world's biggest animal sacrifice got under way in Nepal today with the killing of the first of more than 250,000 animals as part of a Hindu festival in the village of Biriyapur, near the Indian border. * * * In the main event, 250 appointed locals with traditional kukri knives began their task of decapitating more than 10,000 buffalo in a dusty enclosure guarded by high walls and armed police. Frightened calves galloped around in vain as the men, wearing red bandanas and armbands, pursued them and chopped off their heads. Banned from entering the animal pen, hundreds of...
  • Day 2 of 'Oprahpalooza' begins in SC

    12/09/2007 1:52:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies · 154+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/9/07 | Seanna Adcox - ap
    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Thousands of people streamed into a football stadium on Sunday for media mogul Oprah Winfrey's second day of campaigning with Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Campaign supporters helped promote a rock concert-like atmosphere, yelling "fire it up" and bands entertained the crowd at the 80,000-seat University of South Carolina stadium. Temperatures were in the 70's — a stark contrast to frigid Iowa, where Winfrey told crowds a day earlier that Obama "has a new vision for America." Some early arrivals said the Illinois senator already had their vote. Others said they wanted to learn more about him,...
  • Sealift of Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected Vehicles Begins

    11/30/2007 4:00:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 116+ views
    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., Nov. 30, 2007 – A commercial cargo ship carrying more than 100 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles for troops in Iraq set sail this week from Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C. A mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle drives onto a commercial vessel at the Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, S.C. U.S. Transportation Command coordinated the transportation of more than 100 MRAPs to the U.S. Central Command area of operations, marking the first large-scale sealift movement of the life-saving vehicles. Photo by Senior Airman Micky M. Bazaldua, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The vehicles, known as MRAPS, are designed...
  • Clinton Global Initiative begins

    09/26/2007 10:14:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 132+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/26/07 | Brendan Farrington - ap
    NEW YORK - Across town from the United Nations General Assembly session, other world leaders, celebrities and scholars gathered Wednesday for the third annual Clinton Global Initiative conference to discuss subjects of global importance. Climate change — one of four main topics of the conference this year, along with poverty, health and education — took center stage Wednesday morning as the three-day conference began. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist joined Clinton to announce plans by Florida Power & Light to build a solar power plant as part of a $2.4 billion clean energy program. "This is a huge deal for America...
  • Operation Mountain Lamb begins

    07/20/2006 4:05:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 237+ views
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Warriors of Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 10th Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, along with Soldiers of Task Force Tiger, began Operation Mountain Lamb by visiting the village of Qalyuzbashi near Bagram recently. The goal was to empower the village elders by allowing them to take charge of the set-up and distribution of humanitarian items. In less than an hour, all 50 boxes and bags of clothes, school supplies, and boxes of candy were gone as both children and adult men went through the line. “We love you Americans!” said one village elder through an interpreter. “Four...
  • Independence Day fun begins

    07/03/2006 3:20:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 275+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — This Independence Day marks the 39th year of the Sierra Vista Rotary’s staging of Sierra Vista’s Independence Day celebration. Planners have great expectations for this year’s festivities, including its biggest fireworks show ever. The annual celebration begins this evening at Veterans’ Memorial Park. The San Pedro Kiwanis club sponsors a concert and street dance. A local favorite, blues band Train Wreck, will take the bandshell stage starting at 7 p.m. The festivities continue throughout Tuesday at the park. Starting at 5 p.m. the action shifts to the Stone Athletic Complex with concerts and the fireworks. Fort Huachuca...
  • Registration Begins for Second Military Idol Competition

    06/28/2006 10:52:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 339+ views
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 28, 2006 – Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines can now register for a shot at becoming the second Military Idol. 2005 Military Idol winner Sgt. William Glenn (center), an Alabama National Guardsman then stationed in Darmstadt, Germany, receives the winning check from Sgt. Maj. Willie Wilson of the Army Community and Family Support Center while emcee Leeann Tweeden and competitors watch. Photo by Kristy Davies   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation program is based on the premises of Fox's "American Idol." Contestants - whether they're from an active, Guard...
  • Enterprise Strike Group Begins Operations in the Arabian Gulf

    06/06/2006 4:19:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 312+ views
    CUSNC,NAVY.MIL ^ | Journalist Seaman N.C. Kaylor
    USS ENTERPRISE, At sea – The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group began conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf today, June 6, as part of a routine rotation of maritime forces. USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is the flagship for Commander, Strike Group (CSG) 12 and is also home to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2. Other ships in the strike group include guided missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74), guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47), and supply ship USNS Supply (T-AOE-6). The strike group arrived in...
  • Ill Winds Blows Over Storm-Hit Lands (Hurricane Season Begins)

    05/31/2006 7:33:09 PM PDT · by blam · 50 replies · 805+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 6-1-2006 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    Ill wind blows over storm-hit lands The US hurricane season starts today with predictions of severe turbulence ahead Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington Thursday June 1, 2006 The Guardian (UK) Barstools are all that remain from a restaurant in Long Beach, Mississippi, after hurricane Katrina. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Alberto, Beryl, Chris and Debby. Somewhere over the Atlantic, a combination of warm sea surface temperatures and wind shear is brewing up a string of tropical storms that threaten to unleash a fresh season of devastation on coastal America. With New Orleans still surrounded by the wreckage of Katrina, a new hurricane season...
  • CA: Panel begins budget negotiations; hundreds of bills face deadline

    05/29/2006 1:33:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 171+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 5/29/06 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    SACRAMENTO Six lawmakers are scheduled this week to begin the tedious task of ironing out differences between Assembly and Senate versions of the state budget, but this year their job could be easier than usual. Both chambers have produced spending plans for the fiscal year starting July 1 that are remarkably similar to the $131.1 billion budget Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed earlier this month. "Over the years I've worked here, this is about the smallest number of differences between us and the Senate and us and the administration that I've seen," said Craig Cornett, budget adviser to Assembly Speaker Fabian...
  • Quiet Revolution For Saudi Shops Begins In Ladies' Underwear

    04/28/2006 5:45:49 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 1,537+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-29-2006 | Anton La Guardia
    Quiet revolution for Saudi shops begins in ladies' underwear By Anton La Guardia in Jeddah (Filed: 29/04/2006) It is hailed as a major step forward for women's emancipation in Saudi Arabia: in the coming weeks they will enjoy the right to buy lingerie from female shop assistants. This may be a far cry from bra-burning feminism but in Saudi Arabia the notion of buying one's brassiere from a woman is nothing short of revolutionary. A new decree requiring shop owners to hire female staff to sell undergarments illustrates the cautious liberalisation the kingdom is undergoing - and how far it...
  • Big E Begins Stand Down with the Right Spirit

    04/01/2006 3:27:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 21 replies · 741+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Journalist 2nd Class Daniel Vaughan
    USS ENTERPRISE (NNS) -- USS Enterprise's (CVN 65) Junior Sailor Association (JSA), Enterprise First Class Association and Morale, Welfare and Recreation took the opportunity to conduct alcohol awareness training for the crew before pulling into port March 31. This was no ordinary lecture about drinking, though. Enterprise conducted an activity-filled day in Hangar Bay Two as part of the Right Spirit campaign, allowing Sailors a chance to learn, train and have fun. “Right Spirit is a program that we put together to show all Sailors how to make good decisions,” said Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handler (AW/SW) 2nd Class Harrison Moorer,...
  • CA: Governing or campaigning? Lines blur as TV blitz begins (The 'Gubby' Channel)

    03/29/2006 10:15:47 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 156+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/29/06 | Andy Furillo
    From Riverside to San Francisco to Bakersfield, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is spending the week touting his economic record at taxpayer expense, taking credit for California's job growth on his watch and patting himself on the back for reducing the state's structural budget deficit. At the same time, Schwarzenegger's political team is highlighting the Republican governor's economic batting average in its first television advertising blast of the spring. Schwarzenegger campaign strategist Matthew Dowd drew no distinctions between the campaign ads and Schwarzenegger's official state business when he told reporters Monday, "We're talking about the economy this week, and this ad is...
  • Construction Begins on WTC Memorial ("Reflecting Absence")

    03/13/2006 3:11:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies · 598+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/13/06 | AMY WESTFELDT
    Construction Begins on WTC Memorial By AMY WESTFELDT, Associated Press Writer 40 minutes ago In this rendering released by the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, Monday, March 13, 2006, the 'Reflecting Absence' design for the World Trade Center memorial is shown. Without political ceremony, construction began on the World Trade Center memorial Monday morning, while relatives of some of the Sept. 11 victims headed to court to fight plans to build over the twin towers' historic footprints. (AP Photo/WTC Memorial Foundation, LMDC) NEW YORK - Construction workers began clearing gravel and debris from the site of the World Trade Center...
  • Construction begins on Taqaddum medical facility

    02/16/2006 5:23:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 180+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Feb 16, 2006 | Cpl. Daniel J. Redding
    CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Feb. 16, 2006) -- After months of delays, construction has begun on Camp Taqaddum’s new medical facility, with the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 22 stepping up to the task. The unit, a part of the 30th Naval Construction Regiment, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, has faced difficulties in getting the project underway and is working hard to see that the medical facility begins taking form. The biggest difficulty the unit has faced as it has sought to begin construction has been getting its hands on quality materials, said Lt. Jay E. Lowack, officer-in-charge of the project and Charlie...
  • Diabetes Most Often Begins In March

    02/08/2006 4:20:25 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 491+ views
    Science News Online ^ | 2-8-2006 | Ben Harder
    Diabetes most often begins in March Ben Harder A person's likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes varies seasonally and is about 50 percent higher in March than in August, according to a 6-year study. Led by Péter Doró, researchers at the University of Szeged in Hungary analyzed 26,695 cases of the disease that arose in one Hungarian county between 1999 and 2004. The scientists recorded diabetes onset as the date on which each patient first received drugs to reduce blood glucose. Type 2 diabetes onset peaked in March, at about 10 cases per 10,000 county residents, and fell in subsequent...
  • NMLRA Longhunter Begins A New Era

    02/03/2006 3:43:43 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 15 replies · 1,817+ views
    http://www.nmlra.org/ ^ | 2 1 06 | http://www.nmlra.org/
    The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association has announced the appointment of Dave Ehrig as chairman of the Longhunter Committee and the NMLRA Longhunter Muzzleloading Big Game Records Program. Since 1988, the NMLRA Longhunter Committee and staff have maintained a trophy measuring, scoring, and record-keeping program for North American big game animals taken with muzzleloading firearms. The fourth edition of The Longhunter Muzzleloading Big Game Record Book, which includes all qualifying animals taken since the program’s inception, was recently released. Mr. Ehrig is well known among muzzleloading enthusiasts and others in the black powder shooting industry. Known as "Pennsylvania’s Mr. Black...
  • ESG-1 Departs 5th Fleet, Begins Voyage Home

    01/13/2006 5:14:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 219+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Jan 13, 2005 | Lt. Ron Flanders
    ABOARD USS TARAWA, At sea in the Indian Ocean (NNS) -- Four thousand Sailors and Marines of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 1 entered the 7th Fleet area of operations Jan. 12 en route to their homeport of San Diego after completing their assigned mission in the 5th Fleet region. The ESG-1 flagship, USS Tarawa (LHA 1), the amphibious transport dock USS Cleveland (LPD 7), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) and the embarked Marines of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit spent more than four months in-theatre. “ESG-1 was simply impressive,” said Vice Adm. Patrick Walsh, Commander...
  • CA: GOP, Democrats promise to cooperate as legislative session begins

    01/04/2006 5:27:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 203+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/4/06 | Tom Chorneau - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislative leaders returned to work Wednesday promising cooperation with each other and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger despite last year's special election battles and a general election just 11 months away. Saying they understand voters' growing discontent with Sacramento, lawmakers said they will set aside politics in favor of making progress on a number of issues. "The voters clearly said they want us to solve California's problems," said Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. "They don't want bickering, and they certainly don't want to be given the responsibility of solving the problems they sent us to do." The...
  • Iraq Closing Borders Ahead of Election (VOTING BEGINS MONDAY!)

    12/11/2005 2:41:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies · 625+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/11/05 | BASSEM MROUE
    Iraq Closing Borders Ahead of Election By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago Iraqi soldiers hold election campaign posters for the Iraqi National list carrying pictures of the head of the list, Shiite secular leader and former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi while receiving released prisoners in Baghdad, Iraq Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005. Voting begins Monday in hospitals, military camps and even prisons across Iraq, launching the process to choose a new parliament that the United States hopes can help quell the insurgency so U.S. forces can begin heading home. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) BAGHDAD, Iraq - Voting begins Monday...
  • Fox begins last year as Mexico's president

    11/30/2005 3:49:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 325+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/30/05 | Julie Watson - ap
    MEXICO CITY - President Vicente Fox heads into his final year of office Thursday, promising a more democratic, less corrupt and economically stable Mexico. But some call Fox's tenure one of "wasted opportunities" and say it's too late for him to make much of a difference for the country. Fox toppled one of the world's longest ruling parties in 2000, setting off a national euphoria that a new, modern Mexico was at hand. But many Mexicans quickly grew frustrated at the former Coca-Cola executive's inability to push through reforms. Today, some believe the country may be worse off than when...
  • New campaign vs. Iraq insurgents begins (Operation Iron Hammer hits Hit / Hai Al Becker region)

    11/30/2005 9:17:37 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 447+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/30/05 | Chris Tomlinson - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi troops launched an operation in western Iraq to clear insurgents from a suspected safe area used to make car and roadside bombs, the military said Wednesday. The campaign came as President Bush defended his Iraq policy in a major speech, saying more Iraqi security forces are increasingly taking the lead in battle but that "this will take time and patience." About 1,500 U.S. Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 500 U.S. soldiers and 500 Iraqi soldiers were taking part in Operation Iron Hammer near Hit, 85 miles west of Baghdad, a U.S. Marine...
  • 4ID begins second deployment to Iraq

    10/31/2005 3:32:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 39 replies · 1,065+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Oct 31, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Brent A. Hunt
    FORT HOOD, TEXAS (Army News Service, Oct. 31, 2005) -- Marking the official beginning of the 4th Infantry Division's deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Soldiers of the "Ivy" Division cased their colors at a ceremony on Fort Hood's Cameron Field Oct. 28. Although 470 Soldiers from the division's Support Brigade have already made their way to the troubled region to set up beans and bullets for the incoming troops, the rest of the division's 20,500 Soldiers are scheduled to hit ground through the rest of this year. "Only 580 days ago, you (the 4th Inf. Div.)...
  • Iraqi battalion begins with Wing Marines

    10/25/2005 4:39:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 359+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 25, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Brenda L. Varnadore
    HIT, Iraq (Oct. 25, 2005) -- The yellow footprints at Marine Corps Recruit Depots are the beginning of a new chapter for every Marine and are never forgotten. For a new battalion of Iraqi Soldiers, their different life began with the faces of 11 Marines and one Sailor from the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. The 2nd MAW (Forward) Military Transition Team met their new recruits June 9, and spent the next few months training them to become the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade of the 7th Iraqi Army Division. The team assembled during May and after receiving a close quarters combat...
  • Exercise Begins Iraqi Air Force Squadron's Move

    10/25/2005 4:17:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 362+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Oct 25, 2005 | Air Force Lt. Col. Herb Phillips
    'Independent Action' tests abilities to plan, schedule and execute missions. By U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Herb PhillipsCoalition Military Assistance and Training Team Air Cell BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. 25, 2005 — With the lift-off of two fully-loaded C-130E Hercules aircraft from Ali Base in southern Iraq Oct. 12, the Iraqi Air Force's 23rd Squadron (Transport) began its move to its new home at Al Muthana Air Base at Baghdad International Airport. The move is part of "Independent Action," the first in a series of exercises aimed at developing the C-130 squadron. The intent of this exercise was to deploy...
  • Saddam Hussein's Trial Begins in Baghdad

    10/19/2005 5:59:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 491+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 19,2005 | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2005 – Saddam Hussein is getting something he didn't give his victims - a fair trial. Saddam's trial, which began in Baghdad today, is being held under the rule of law and is in accordance with international norms, U.S. State Department and National Security Council officials said on background here today. The Iraqi courts are handling the prosecution, Iraqi investigative judges are handling the evidence, and Saddam is being charged under laws passed by the Transitional National Assembly. Iraqi laws will be followed, officials said. However, both the prosecutors and defense lawyers are receiving outside help, as...
  • CA: Signature drive begins (Jessica's Law - Sex Offender/Predator Reform Initiative)

    10/14/2005 9:39:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 502+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 10/14/05 | Beth Barrett - ap
    BURBANK - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and several state lawmakers kicked off a signature drive Thursday to place an initiative on next year's ballot for what would be the nation's most comprehensive sex-offender punishment and control reform. "We will send a very clear message to all the sexual predators out here, the cowards who want to victimize innocent Californians, that we will stop you, we will catch you and we will punish you," Schwarzenegger said. The measure - called Jessica's Law after a package of similar laws being pursued around the nation following a case in Florida - would require all...
  • Texas Guard relief mission begins drawing down

    10/05/2005 4:23:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 257+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Oct 5, 2005 | Maj. Joye Haun
    CLEVELAND, Texas (Army News Service, Oct. 5, 2005) – With power coming on throughout the area, Texas National Guard Soldiers with Task Force Seguin transferred food and water distribution duties Oct. 4 to other groups and local authorities. The team is scheduled to begin redeploying home today. “There are still a few rural areas requiring assistance, and in those cases we’ve handed off responsibility to another National Guard task force,” said Lt. Col. Philip Vaneau, the task force commander. Task Force Seguin, with 300 Army and Air National Guard members from throughout Texas, has been assisting the Federal Emergency Management...
  • Hospital begins relief campaign (KATRINA)

    09/03/2005 12:18:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 143+ views
    SIERRA VISTA - Sierra Vista Regional Health Center began a two-week campaign to raise money for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, an effort to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. "Everyone is moved to the depth of their souls when any disaster affects a community," said Marie Wurth, the hospital's public relations officer. The hospital launched its effort Friday, seeking cash donations from employees and supporters. The hospital's Nutrition and Food Service Department decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from a previously scheduled fund-raiser to jump-start the hospital's campaign, Wurth said. As soon as the campaign...
  • CA: Teachers union makes major distribution as campaigning begins

    09/02/2005 9:32:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 310+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/2/05 | Tom Chorneau - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Teachers Association, among the most vocal opponents of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's special election initiatives, contributed $21 million this week to groups campaigning against the governor. The high-dollar distribution comes just as the fall campaign is set to begin in earnest, with both sides targeting the Labor Day weekend as the unofficial kickoff. Schwarzenegger helped raise and spend nearly $20 million during the first half of the year to qualify and promote his ballot measures and has raised about $6 million since July. Marty Wilson, the governor's fundraising manager, said he expects Schwarzenegger will reach the...
  • Advance Construction Begins for CVN 21 (First CVNX Series)

    08/12/2005 3:53:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 1,068+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Aug 12, 2005 | Journalist 1st Class Donald P. Rule
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The beveling of a 15-ton metal plate kicked off advance construction of the newest class of aircraft carrier, the CVN 21 project, Aug. 11 at Northrop Grumman Newport News' shipyards in Virginia. The new carrier is designed to modernize the “flat tops” for the 21st century. Advance construction will take an estimated two years before construction can begin on the actual ship itself. This gives technicians and engineers the time needed to test and design the ship, and all the new technologies that will be put into the vessel. “We’re going to kind of mark...
  • Taiwan begins deployment of cruise missiles

    08/11/2005 10:51:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 464+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/11/05 | AFP
    TAIPEI, (AFP) - Taiwan has begun deploying home-made cruise missiles on mobile launchers and that they are capable of hitting major military targets in southeast China, a newspaper here reported. The China Times said the Hsiung Feng missiles, which have a range of 1,000 kilometers (600 miles), were deployed across the island by the defense ministry's new missile command. The missiles, which each cost some 100 million Taiwan dollars (3.13 million US), were developed by the military-run Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology, the paper said. The institute was also developing cruise missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers for...
  • With Russian (Sub) Crew Safe, The Hunt Begins For A Scapegoat

    08/08/2005 5:36:57 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 686+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-9-2005 | Nick Allen
    With Russian crew safe, the hunt begins for a scapegoat By Nick Allen in Moscow (Filed: 09/08/2005) The crew of the Russian mini-submarine rescued by a British team in the Pacific had six hours of oxygen left and were down to four gulps of water a day. They wrote farewell letters to their families as they waited in the cold, 625 feet beneath the waves, for someone to come to their aid, it emerged yesterday. The crew of the AS-28 Priz mini-submarine yesterday The seven sailors of the AS-28 vessel, who were cut free from fishing nets by a British...
  • U.S. Begins Aid Delivery in Sumatra (Japan Becomes Top Donor With $500 Million Pledge)

    01/02/2005 7:40:47 AM PST · by crushelits · 12 replies · 607+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Sunday, January 2, 2005 | Edward Cody
    Japan Becomes Top Donor With $500 Million Pledge Navy Helicopters Begin Aid Delivery in Sumatra BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, Jan. 1 -- The first U.S. Navy helicopters fluttered in from an offshore carrier group Saturday and ferried aid to flattened towns along the western coast of Sumatra island largely cut off from help since a tsunami six days ago inflicted one of history's great disasters on Indonesia. A day after the United States increased its contribution to the tsunami reconstruction effort to $350 million, Japan raised its pledge from $30 million to $500 million. With Japan's donation, the largest from...
  • Civil Disobedience Begins

    12/30/2004 3:20:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies · 897+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 20:11 Dec 28, '04 | staff
    The "civil disobedience" campaign against the transfer/expulsion plan has begun. Shomron residents waged a sit-in on a road near Shavei Shomron, blocking a Disengagement Authority bus on its way. Three residents of Shomron communities were arrested this afternoon as they, encouraged by more than 50 supporters, sat on the road to block a convoy of Disengagement Authority officials traveling near Shavei Shomron and Homesh. Among those reported to have been taken into custody is Kedumim Mayor and long-time Yesha activist Daniella Weiss. Sometimes overlooked by the planned expulsion of nearly 8,000 residents in Gush Katif, the 500 residents of four...
  • Long-Awaited Google Auction Begins Friday (Anyone have some spare change?)

    08/12/2004 6:46:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 336+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/12/04 | Nicole Maestri
    Long-Awaited Google Auction Begins Friday 22 minutes ago By Nicole Maestri NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc. is forging ahead with its highly anticipated $3.3 billion initial public stock offering, declaring that its auction will open on Friday despite concerns over market conditions and a recent series of missteps. The auction, which will serve as a prelude to perhaps the largest U.S. IPO of the year, will commence at 9 a.m. EDT on Friday, the Mountain View, California-based search engine said in a statement on its Web site on Thursday. Google did not specify when the auction would end, only...
  • U.N. Watchdog Begins Oil-For-Food Probe

    03/16/2004 10:58:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 1,218+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/16/04 | AP
    UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Kofi Annan (news - web sites) said the U.N. watchdog has begun an investigation of allegations that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) reaped millions of dollars from the U.N. oil-for-food humanitarian program. "We are exploring," Annan told reporters, adding that the Office for Internal Oversight Services has been in touch with the Iraqi Governing Council and the U.S.-led coalition seeking additional information. The oil-for-food program was established by the U.N. Security Council in December 1996 to help ordinary Iraqis cope with U.N. sanctions imposed after Iraq (news - web sites)'s 1990 invasion...
  • CA: State begins first wave of staff layoffs

    09/26/2003 8:53:05 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 291+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 9/26/03 | John Hill
    <p>A season of anxiety for state workers started in earnest this week with the issuance of as many as 200 pink slips, the first wave of work force reductions expected to total in the thousands.</p> <p>"It's safe to say that there will be layoff notices going out every week for a while now," said Lynelle Jolley, a spokeswoman for the Department of Personnel Administration.</p>