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  • What things are getting better these days?

    09/12/2015 10:57:16 AM PDT · by MNDude · 39 replies
    It seems like everywhere we look things are getting worse. Christian values are being replaced by values of the secular world. The American flag is being replaced by the rainbow flag. Europe is getting overrun with Muslim migrants and USA is getting overrun with third World immigrants. Fewer and fewer American young know what right the Constitution guarantees, and few care. It seems hard to find things that might actually be getting better. In your opinion, in what areas in the world and the USA are things getting better?
  • Obama: The County Is Better Off, People Just Don’t Feel It

    09/28/2014 10:04:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/28/14 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    President Obama firmly believes the United States is better off now than when he took office, even though the American people cannot “feel” it. During an interview with 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft, Obama said, “the country is definitely better off than when I came into office.” “When I came into office, our economy was in crisis,” Obama said. The president then cited lower unemployment, private sector job growth, and deficit cuts as evidence of his administration’s success. “I can put my record against any leader around the world in terms of digging ourselves out of a terrible, almost unprecedented financial...
  • UNBELIEVABLE!… Obama: We’re Better Country Than One Where 14,000 Lose Health Insurance Each Day

    12/03/2013 10:15:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/3/13 | Jim Hoft
    Unreal! Barack Obama opened up his Obamacare press conference today with this unbelievable line: “We believe we’re a better country than a country where we allow every day 14,000 Americans to lose their health care coverage.” From today’s latest O-Care speech:
  • Hillary Clinton has more tests, 'is much better'

    02/04/2013 12:55:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/4/13 | ap
    (AP) Hillary Clinton has more tests, 'is much better' NEW YORK Her husband says former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has undergone more medical tests but is "doing much better." Former President Bill Clinton made the remarks Monday to New York Congressman Peter King. The two spoke in front of a journalist outside the funeral of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (kahch). Bill Clinton said his wife had five hours of tests on Sunday and was told to "take it easy for another month." He said if her progress continues, "she'll be completely recovered."
  • The bad arithmetic of Bill Clinton’s Democrat-Republican ‘job score’

    09/06/2012 8:29:59 AM PDT · by lasereye · 20 replies
    AEI ^ | September 6, 2012 | James Pethokoukis
    Math is hard. Just ask Bill Clinton. Here’s one of the more memorable lines from his Democratic National Convention address: “What new ideas did we bring to Washington? I always give a one-word answer: Arithmetic.” But Clinton’s speech last night really didn’t add up. Take this Clinton claim: Well, since 1961, for 52 years now, the Republicans have held the White House 28 years, the Democrats 24. In those 52 years, our private economy has produced 66 million private- sector jobs. So what’s the job score? Republicans: twenty-four million. Democrats: forty-two. Why would we analyze the effectiveness of economic approaches...
  • The Question Nobody Wants to Answer

    09/05/2012 5:23:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/05/2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    You have to feel a little sorry for Team Obama as they squirm to explain why the question "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" is so unfair. After all, there is only one way to answer it and retain any credibility. Which is why Maryland's Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, when asked, responded, No, we're not. Within 24 hours, he reversed himself, by all accounts because the Obama campaign forced him to. I haven't checked the video to see if he was blinking T-O-R-T-U-R-E in Morse code as he did so. The idea that presidents "run"...
  • Are You Better Off Than You Were at the End of the Bush Administration? A Data-Based Assessment

    09/04/2012 8:21:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    EconBrowser ^ | 09/04/2012 | Menzie Chin
    Are You Better Off Than You Were at the End of the Bush Administration? A Data-Based Assessment I've heard a lot about the "four years ago" comparison. Four years ago, we were on the cusp of Don Luskin’s famous prediction (“... we're on the brink not of recession, but of accelerating prosperity.”), and Phill Gramm had two months earlier decried the ongoing “mental recession”. [0] It seems to me the more appropriate marker is the last election, in 2008Q4. We can then assess what the data tells us about 2012Q2 vis a vis 2008Q4. Aggregate Measures of Activity and Income...
  • Hong Kong Was Better Under the British

    02/23/2012 4:33:16 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/23/2012 | Hugo Restall
    The Brits created a relatively uncorrupt and competent civil service to run the city day-to-day. "They take enormous satisfaction in minutes, protocol, proper channels, precedents," as Mr. Davies described them, "even in the red tape that binds up their files inside the neat cubby holes within their registries." Their slavish adherence to bureaucratic procedure helped create respect for the rule of law and prevented abuses of power. Above the civil servants sat the career-grade officials appointed from London. These nabobs were often arrogant, affecting a contempt for journalists and other "unhelpful" critics. But they did respond to public opinion as...
  • Gallup: Only in D.C. Do They Think Economy Is Getting Better

    08/15/2011 1:42:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/15/11 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - Only in Washington, D.C.—home of a federal government that has dramatically increased its spending as a share of the U.S. economy over the last three years—did a majority of the people say they believe the economy was getting better not worse in the first half of this year, according to a survey released today by Gallup. In not one state did more than 41 percent of those surveyed tell Gallup they believed the economy was getting better. From January through June, Gallup asked 87,634 American adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia this question: “Right...
  • Carney: Obama a better leader for not proposing debt ceiling plan

    07/19/2011 6:38:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/19/11 | Neil Munro
    White House spokesman Jay Carney today argued that President Barack Obama is a better leader for not proposing a debt-ceiling plan that can be debated and voted on by elected legislators in the House of Representatives. “Leadership is not proposing a plan for the sake of having it voted up or down, and likely voted down,” he told ABC News’ Jake Tapper, who has spent a week fruitlessly pressing Carney to detail the administration’s budget proposals. Since the start of the debt-ceiling negotiations, the president has refused to develop a detailed plan that could be measured or criticized by voters,...
  • It Could Have Been Worse Is Not A Defense For Bad Policy

    09/16/2010 1:16:58 AM PDT · by tysonbam · 13 replies
    Rancor News ^ | September 16th, 2010 | Tyson Bam
    Politics and Proving Negatives It could have been worse. The stimulus saved us from another great depression, right? Unemployment wouldn't go over 8 percent, but when it did, it could have been worse. Second quarter growth in 2010 slowed to 1.6 percent, but it could have been worse. In July home sales dropped 27.2 percent, and for new homes it dropped 12.4 percent, but it could have been worse. The stimulus was going to create millions of jobs, but then it just saved millions of jobs, but it could have been worse. Does anyone else feel duped? This administration has...
  • ObamaCare: Unions Get Better Grandfathers

    06/14/2010 11:58:49 AM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies · 281+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 6/14/10 | David Hogberg and Sean Higgins
    ObamaCare appears to have one grandfathered standard for labor unions and another standard for everyone else. Unions that had a health plan under a collective bargaining agreement by March 23, 2010, can switch insurers as long as the collective bargaining deal is in effect and not forfeit the grandfathered exemptions from many ObamaCare provisions. But anyone else — large business, small business, individual — who switches carriers loses their grandfathered status.
  • Better Prosthetics Coming for Wounded Warriors

    04/22/2010 6:04:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 298+ views
    FORT DETRICK, Md., April 22, 2010 – From developing a new microprocessor-controlled prosthetic leg to a non-chafing socket device, the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center here is making big strides in advancing prosthetic science to improve wounded warriors’ quality of life. The center, tucked away at this western Maryland post, reaches out to a broad spectrum of researchers at universities, hospitals, and small businesses to promote next-generation, cutting-edge prosthetic technologies. “The objective is to help amputees and traumatically wounded servicemembers return to the highest level of functionality that they are capable of,” said Troy Turner, who manages the center’s...
  • 'Israel made world better’

    04/16/2010 12:08:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 341+ views ^ | 4/16/10 | JTA
    WASHINGTON – The Holocaust survivors who helped build Israel "made our world better," US Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday. "The men and women who walked or were carried out of the death camps, and their descendents, have enriched our world immeasurably in the sciences and in the arts, in literature and in philanthropy," said Petraeus, the key note speaker at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum commemoration in the Capitol Rotunda. "They have made extraordinary contributions in academia, in business, and in government. And, they have, of course, helped build a nation that stands as one of our great allies. The...
  • Countdown Ratings Declines Continue; Better Off Without Olbermann?

    03/30/2010 2:35:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies · 872+ views
    TV By The Numbers ^ | March 30, 2010 | by Bill Gorman
    The ratings declines for Countdown with Keith Olbermann continue. Year over year declines for the first 3 months of 2010 ranged from 40-45% in the cable news advertiser target adults 25-54 demo, and between 21-29% among average viewership.While it’s hard to completely attribute cause and effect to TV ratings, it’s interesting to note that Countdown had better ratings (and a less severe year to year ratings and viewership loss) during the month of March, when Keith wasn’t on the air (he was off from 2/24 until last night) than it did during February (and was approximately on par with...
  • Immune system of healthy adults may be better prepared than expected to fight 2009 H1N1 influenza

    11/16/2009 12:23:01 PM PST · by decimon · 9 replies · 560+ views
    WHAT: A new study shows that molecular similarities exist between the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus and other strains of seasonal H1N1 virus that have been circulating in the population since 1988. These results suggest that healthy adults may have a level of protective immune memory that can blunt the severity of infection caused by the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The study team was led by Bjoern Peters, Ph.D., and Alessandro Sette, Ph.D., of La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, Calif., grantees of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The...
  • In Germany, A Better H1N1 Vaccine For Politicians?

    10/27/2009 12:37:31 PM PDT · by khnyny · 26 replies · 1,296+ views ^ | October 27, 2009 | Tristana Moore
    Critics are calling it a two-tier health system — one for the politically well-connected, another for the hoi polloi. As Germany launched its mass vaccination program against the H1N1 flu virus on Monday, the government found itself fending off accusations of favoritism by offering one vaccine believed to have fewer side effects to civil servants, politicians and soldiers, and another potentially riskier vaccine to everyone else. The government had hoped that Germans would rush to health clinics to receive vaccinations against the rapidly spreading disease, but the rising anger over the different doses may now cause many people to shy...
  • Major Step In Making Better Stem Cells From Adult Tissue

    10/19/2009 6:19:42 AM PDT · by Salman · 6 replies · 373+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Oct. 19, 2009 | Science Daily
    A team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute has developed a method that dramatically improves the efficiency of creating stem cells from human adult tissue, without the use of embryonic cells. The research makes great strides in addressing a major practical challenge in the development of stem-cell-based medicine. The findings were published in an advance, online issue of the journal Nature Methods on October 18, 2009. The new technique, which uses three small drug-like chemicals, is 200 times more efficient and twice as fast as conventional methods for transforming adult human cells into stem cells (in this case...
  • Geneticists call for better draft sequences

    10/11/2009 8:13:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 441+ views
    Nature News ^ | 8 October 2009 | Elie Dolgin
    Proposed rankings would classify genomes by completeness and quality.Scientists have proposed classifying genome sequences into six groups, based on their quality.A. Sumner / Science Photo Library Researchers who have mapped a species' genome need to be more explicit about the quality of their sequence, says an international team of genome researchers."People generating these sequences should discriminate a bit more between the products that they provide to the rest of the scientific community," says Patrick Chain of the Joint Genome Institute at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico who is first author of a policy paper on genomic standards...
  • Rebuilding Something Better

    07/12/2009 11:37:36 AM PDT · by Son House · 26 replies · 701+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 12, 2009 | By Barack Obama
    But once we clear away the wreckage, the real question is what we will build in its place. Even as we rescue this economy from a full-blown crisis, For if we do not seize this moment to confront the weaknesses that have plagued our economy for decades, we will consign ourselves and our children to future crises, sluggish growth, or both. To build that foundation, we must lower the health-care costs that are driving us into debt, create the jobs of the future within our borders, give our workers the skills and training they need to compete for those jobs,...
  • Obama Better Win Or Else

    11/04/2008 4:40:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies · 2,520+ views
    arutz 7 ^ | 11/4/2008 | staff
    ( Blacks in Chicago will riot if their hometown pride Barack Hussein Obama doesn't become the first U.S. President of color, police there are convinced. The Chicago Police Department has significantly beefed up patrols throughout the city to be prepared, in case.
  • Iraqi Security Forces Grow Better, Stronger

    11/26/2007 5:04:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 92+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2007 – Iraqi security forces are growing stronger and more effective as they take the lead in more operations and continue to recruit and train record numbers to fill their ranks, a top U.S. advisor in Iraq said yesterday. At a news conference, Army Brig. Gen. James C. Yarbrough, commander of the Iraqi Assistance Group, touted “significant growth and increased effectiveness” within the Iraqi army, police and border patrol. New units are forming, equipping, training, and operating alongside coalition forces in all areas of the Iraqi army, police and border security division, Yarbrough said. “Progress has...
  • Castro says he's better, weight stable (at 176 pounds)

    05/23/2007 6:52:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 569+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/23/07 | AP
    HAVANA - A statement signed by Fidel Castro Wednesday said his weight was stable and he was eating solid foods after months of intravenous feeding that followed several operations, including an initial surgery that did not go well. The statement from the 80-year-old Cuban leader said he was taking all medicines orally and his weight had stabilized. "I tell everyone simply that I am getting better and maintain a stable weight of about 176 pounds," he wrote. "It wasn't just one operation, but various. Initially it wasn't successful and had a bearing on my prolonged recuperation." He added that the...
  • Anbar Province Still Dangerous But Getting Better, Marine Commander Says

    05/14/2007 4:28:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 368+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 14, 2007 – Life in Iraq’s Anbar province is still dangerous, but security is improving, the senior commander for ground operations in the province said yesterday in Baghdad. For example, 22 joint security stations in the town of Ramadi now are helping to tamp down violence, Marine Brig. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, ground forces commander for Multinational Force West, said during a news conference. “As security continues to improve, we don’t think that there will be a need for all of those security stations,” Gurganus, whose jurisdiction includes Anbar province, said. Much success has been achieved in...
  • McCain Embarrassed!! Loses State Committeeman Race!

    12/01/2006 6:52:01 AM PST · by edcoil · 25 replies · 1,330+ views
    Stephen Frank's California ^ | 12-1-2006 | Edcoil
    How embarrassing is this? A U.S. Senator, John McCain, for some crazy reason, decided to run for State Committeeman in Arizona. So, the Senator puts his name on the ballot, loses. Then claims he really didn't intend to run? Who is naive enough to believe that? Why would a U.S. Senator, running for President of the United States run for State Committeeman, in his own local district AND LOSES--THIS HAS TO BE EMBARRASSING. Those that know him best didn't feel he could serve them as a Committeeman? Yet he wants to be President of the United States? Worse, a former...
  • Australians work to better Iraq (HUZZAH for the DIGGERS!)

    10/30/2006 4:41:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 295+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Major John McPherson
    Some of the Australian Defence Force personnel embedded within the Coalition at Camp Victory. Photo by Maj. John McPherson. BAGHDAD -- A small group of Australian Defence Force people working in and around Baghdad are making a big difference to the progress of the Coalition in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Iraq. They are an unusual group in that they are embedded into elements of the Multi-National Force - Iraq headquarters, which is ran by the U.S., and with Americans and a number of other nationalities.Based predominantly out of the Camp Victory’s Al Faw Palace - with a number within...
  • Rumsfeld: Army ‘Vastly Better’ in Equipment, Training, Experience

    08/02/2006 6:02:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 326+ views
    WASHINGTON, August 2, 2006 – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld disputed recent assertions today that the Army is declining in readiness due to equipment shortfalls. “The truth, as anyone in the Army leadership will tell you, is that the Army today is vastly better than it was two, four, six or eight years ago,” Rumsfeld told Pentagon reporters at a news briefing. “It has much more equipment, much better equipment, and it’s better trained and more experienced,” he said. “It is a better Army.” All units deployed to Iraq meet one of the top two readiness levels, “C1” or “C2,”...
  • Rat study shows dirty better than clean

    06/16/2006 1:03:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 625+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/16/06 | Seth Borenstien - ap
    WASHINGTON - Gritty rats and mice living in sewers and farms seem to have healthier immune systems than their squeaky clean cousins that frolic in cushy antiseptic labs, two studies indicate. The lesson for humans: Clean living may make us sick. The studies give more weight to a 17-year-old theory that the sanitized Western world may be partly to blame for soaring rates of human allergy and asthma cases and some autoimmune diseases, such as Type I diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. The theory, called the hygiene hypothesis, figures that people's immune systems aren't being challenged by disease and dirt early...
  • Prognosis is better for Barbaro

    05/24/2006 10:13:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 527+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/24/06 | Richard Rosenblatt - ap
    KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. - Barbaro was seen napping in his stall Wednesday morning, another indication the seriously injured Kentucky Derby winner was making steady progress on his long road to recovery from life-threatening leg injuries. "I happened to peek in there today, in the ICU this morning, and it was early and quiet and the light was dim and he was laying down very peacefully, sleeping in his stall," said Corinne Sweeney, executive hospital director at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. "And I talked to Dean Richardson and he...
  • Marine Gunners Safer, See Better With New Turrets

    05/22/2006 4:33:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 557+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva
    U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Trevor A. Chapman makes sure his M-2 .50-caliber machine gun is mounted correctly in the new Marine Corps Armored Turret System. The new turret offers gunners greater protection and visibility with ballistic glass shielding. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva Marine Gunners Safer, See Better With New Turrets The new armored turret systems are being installed on seven-ton trucks, the first in an upgrade to give gunners greater visibility and beefed-up protection for convoy operations. By U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva Regimental Combat Team 5 CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, May...
  • CA: Arnold's Budget Could Be Better

    04/20/2006 9:20:02 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 201+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 4/20/06 | Dennis Hollingsworth
    Governor Schwarzenegger began his third year in office by proposing to spend $125.6 billion in the state budget, with a sizeable $6 billion operating deficit that relies entirely on prior-year revenues to fill the current year gap. It's a risky tactic Republicans oppose, in the face of a structural deficit that may grow much worse in future years when revenues might decline and there will not be a reserve to fall back on. Republicans hope the economic outlook predicted in the governor's May revision will show improvement when compared to the budget proposed in January, much as it did last...
  • Jim McDermott's leak is no better

    04/09/2006 5:25:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies · 1,195+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 4/09/06
    McDermott's leak is no better Sunday, April 9, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM Editorial Ethical leadership should include members of Congress. Rep. Jim McDermott, Seattle Democrat, was not acting ethically a decade ago when he leaked an illegally taped phone conversation to The New York Times. The couple who taped it pleaded guilty and paid fines of $500 each. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, and now House majority leader, was one of the men on the tape, and sued McDermott. He says he offered to drop his lawsuit three years ago if McDermott would apologize and donate $10,000 to...
  • Governor Orders Better Storm-Evacuation Plan (Texas)

    03/21/2006 4:25:10 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 334+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3-22-2006 | Liz Austin
    Gov. Orders Better Storm-Evacuation Plan Wednesday March 22, 2006 12:01 AM By LIZ AUSTIN Associated Press Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry ordered state officials Tuesday to develop an improved hurricane-evacuation plan, including devising a way to open major highways to one-way outbound traffic if a storm approaches Texas. The reforms were meant to prevent another chaotic evacuation like the one that preceded Hurricane Rita last September, when about 60 people died while fleeing the storm and many motorists became stuck in heavy traffic. ``Our goal is to learn from the lessons that Hurricane Rita taught us and...
  • Burned Man Says He Was Better Off Naked

    03/15/2006 2:25:20 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 18 replies · 870+ views & AP ^ | March 14, 2006 | Associated Press
    FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Paul Kuschel would have been better off naked _ like many of the folks at Sunnier Palms Nudist Park. Instead, he was wearing a pair of nylon shorts Sunday when a generator he was working on backfired and sprayed him with starter fluid, setting him ablaze. "I would have been better off wearing nothing on at all," Kuschel told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers. The fire seared his shorts to his backside. "It's a good thing I wasn't wearing a shirt," he said. Kuschel, 43, suffered second-degree and third-degree burns. He was taken to a hospital with...
  • CA: Better bonds

    02/18/2006 10:55:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 227+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 2/18/06 | Editorial
    California taxpayers, perhaps poised to spend billions of dollars on new public works projects, deserve to get the most for their money. But that won't happen without changes in state law to speed up construction and hold down costs. Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposed $222 billion Strategic Growth Plan has focused the state on the need for highway, school, water, prison and court projects. But the debate about what should be included and how much the state can afford should also involve changes in how projects are delivered. AB 2025, by Assemblyman Roger Niello, R-Fair Oaks, would allow the use of the...
  • US Crops Left To Rot As Mexicans Leave The Fields For Better-Paid Jobs

    02/03/2006 7:42:50 PM PST · by blam · 180 replies · 2,748+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-4-2006 | Dan Glasiter
    US crops left to rot as Mexicans leave the fields for better-paid jobs Low pay, harsh conditions and security checks force immigrant workers into other sectors Dan Glaister in Calexico Saturday February 4, 2006 The Guardian (UK) Standing in the early morning darkness just 50 metres inside the United States, Roberto Camacho is doing his best to ward off the cold. Dressed in a black bomber jacket with a baseball cap pulled low over his brow, he shuffles from foot to foot as he waits for a lift to work. After 15 years working in the fields of California for...
  • Iraqi Army Battalion Relocates to Better Serve

    02/01/2006 3:27:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 203+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Jan 31, 2006 | Cpt. Lyn Graves
    Iraqi Army Battalion Relocates to Better Serve The 4th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division of the Iraqi army relocates to best conduct counter insurgency operations and to improve security for the Iraqi people. By U.S. Army Cpt. Lyn Graves KIRKUK, Iraq, Jan. 31, 2006 — Iraqi army soldiers loaded up their equipment, lined up their vehicles, prepared for relocation, and departed the army base north of Kirkuk. "The soldiers of 4th battalion [Iraqi army] have proven themselves extremely capable in the Kirkuk area and will take their experience and expertise to the Bayji area."U.S. Army Maj. Steven Howell...
  • Better Jointness Needed Between Military and Diplomats, Rice Says

    01/18/2006 5:03:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 242+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 18, 2006 | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2006 – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today highlighted the importance of promoting a more cooperative working relationship between American diplomats and the U.S. military in order to achieve global objectives. "Over the past 15 years, as violent state failure has become a greater global threat, our military has borne a disproportionate share of post-conflict responsibilities because we have not had the standing civilian capability to play our part fully," she said in a speech at Georgetown University here. "This was true in Somalia, in Haiti, in Bosnia, in Kosovo and it is still partially true in...
  • Equipment Means Better, Faster Communication for Afghan Army

    01/11/2006 4:19:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 264+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. Steven Sparks, USAF, and Sgt. Rustin Turner, USA
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 10, 2006 – A new piece of communications equipment is giving Afghan National Army units the capability to stay connected with each other and their operations centers regardless of the distance between them or the types of radios used. The Advanced Control Unit-Tactical, or ACU-T, is designed to serve as a bridge between divergent communications systems to allow communications between ANA units with incompatible radio systems. Produced by Raytheon, the unit is the newest addition to the ANA's communications inventory. Before the ACU-T, most ANA units used either VHF radios that have a maximum range of 40...
  • Projects in Mosul Point to a Better Life for Iraq

    12/21/2005 3:49:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 490+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 21, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 21, 2005 – Mosul is a microcosm of Iraq. It's the second-largest city in the country, and contains all kinds of people who make up the ethnic stew that is this nation. Shiia Arab, Sunni Arab, Kurds, Turkomen, ethnic Iranians, Assyrians and many other ethnicities settled in Mosul, taking advantage of its location astride ancient trading routes, and amid fertile land that turned the region into the wheat belt of the Middle East. The city is the capital of Ninewa province. In Judeo-Christian heritage, Ninevah was the home of the prophets Jonah and Isaiah, and it has the...
  • Singer Don Ho Says He's Feeling Better

    12/08/2005 10:44:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 574+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/8/05 | Jaymes Song - ap
    HONOLULU - Legendary Hawaiian crooner Don Ho on Thursday said he's feeling much better and may return home to the islands within a few days. Ho, known for his signature tune "Tiny Bubbles," remained at a Thailand hospital recovering from an experimental stem cell procedure on his ailing heart. He was moved out of intensive care Wednesday. "I'm feeling much better and I'm so happy I came up here to do it," the 75-year-old Ho said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to coming home." A Thursday photo released by his Honolulu publicist Donna Jung shows a shirtless, baseball cap-wearing...
  • Signs point to a strong economy - Dubya stock a "buy" (Is Bush prosperity better than *Clinton's?)

    12/03/2005 5:47:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1,164+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 12/01/05 | LARRY KUDLOW
    Signs point to a strong economy By LARRY KUDLOW Columnist Posted on Thu, Dec. 01, 2005 Here are a few things IÂ’ve learned recently: â–  The boat-building business is booming, with big backlogs for orders in the $80,000 to $300,000 price range. Why is this important? Prosperity. People buy luxury items when theyÂ’ve got the money to do so. This is a very positive economic-growth indicator. â–  A midsized U.S. insurance company has been issuing a record number of group employee-benefit packages for disability, accident and other coverage to small companies. This is a sign of new- and small-business formation,...
  • Passport plan won't better border security (national ID card more useful - NY state)

    11/20/2005 5:44:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies · 768+ views
    The Saratogian ^ | 11/20/05
    Passport plan won't better border security The Saratogian, 11/20/2005 Imagine having to show a passport to visit a friend or relative or go to a business luncheon. That's what residents along New York's northern border face because of the proposed Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. While a driver's license or birth certificate is all that's needed now, the initiative would require passports by 2008 at all land crossings into the United States. This is an effort to block terrorists, but it's a stumble in homeland security that ignores actual gaps in border protection. Terrorists tend not to bother with niceties such...
  • Clinton Urges Better Foreign Relations (BARF Alert!)

    11/05/2005 9:44:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies · 645+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 11/05/05 | Patrick Condon - ap
    MINNEAPOLIS - America's security in the future depends on how it acts today — while it's still the only global superpower, former President Bill Clinton told a crowd Saturday at the University of Minnesota. "We should be trying to build a world now that we want to live in when we're not the only big dog on the block," Clinton said. But he said recent actions at home and abroad have undermined that goal. A unilateral foreign policy that alienates allies is creating global resentment, and large tax cuts during a time of war are creating an economic mess and...
  • Marines, Iraqi citizens work toward a better future

    10/24/2005 4:16:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 874+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 24, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Ronna M. Weyland
    SAQALAWIYAH, Iraq (Oct. 24, 2005) -- The room is small and furnished with only a desk, two small sofas and a few file cabinets, but this doesn’t stop the police chief here from conducting daily business. A new Iraqi flag hangs behind his worn desk on a wall desperately in need of repairs. Yet, he selflessly speaks only of his concerns for a safer and better Iraq. “Baghdad is only 30 miles away, but we are about 70 years behind in growth,” said the police chief. The Saqalawiyah Iraqi Police are currently working with members of the 6th Civil Affairs...
  • CA: Yes on Prop. 77, better than nothing

    10/02/2005 8:14:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 453+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/2/05 | Opinion
    Proposition 77 is better than nothing. And nothing is what Californians have been getting for years from politicians' empty promises. Californians should vote yes on Proposition 77, a political reform initiative on the Nov. 8 special election ballot. The initiative proposes to take the drawing of political boundary lines away from politicians and give it to a panel of three retired judges. Maybe your eyes have rolled back into your head. You ask: "Who cares?" You should care a lot. The system now: Every 10 years, a U.S. Census is conducted. Based on its population statistics, the boundary lines of...
  • Storming Europe: The Migrants In Search Of A Better Life (Siege)

    09/27/2005 7:24:38 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 419+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-28-2005 | Isambard Wilkinson
    Storming Europe: the migrants in search of a better life By Isambard Wilkinson in Madrid (Filed: 28/09/2005) Hundreds of migrants intent on entering Europe tried to storm a security fence on the Spanish-Moroccan border yesterday in scenes reminiscent of a medieval siege. Using 270 ladders and sheer force of numbers, about 100 of the mainly sub-Saharan African migrants scaled the 15ft fence around the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Failed migrants detained after attempting to breach the security fence between Melilla and Morrocco Eighteen people, including six policemen "forced to deploy riot gear" to hold back the flow of people, were...
  • (PEW) Poll: China Image Scores Better Than U.S. (Barfus Maximus Alert!)

    06/23/2005 11:41:02 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 821+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/23/05 | Will Lester - AP
    WASHINGTON - The United States' image is so tattered overseas two years after the Iraq invasion that China, which is ruled by a communist dictatorship, is viewed more favorably than the U.S. in many countries, an international poll found. The poor image persists even though the Bush administration has been promoting freedom and democracy throughout the world in recent months and has sent hundreds of millions of dollars in relief aid to Indian Ocean nations hit by the devastating Dec. 26 tsunami. "It's amazing when you see the European public rating the United States so poorly, especially in comparison with...
  • Iraqi Rebels Better Armed Than We First Thought, Say US Marines

    05/15/2005 5:44:10 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 1,226+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-15-2005 | Olover Poole
    Iraqi rebels better armed than we first thought, say US marines By Oliver Poole in Baghdad (Filed: 16/05/2005) Iraqi insurgents have proved to be better equipped and more elusive than expected, United States marines have said at the end of a week-long operation near the Syrian border. Many rebels wore bullet-proof vests and a number had Soviet-designed armour piercing bullets and night sights, equipment rarely seen previously in Iraq. In one clash two marines were killed when militant fighters lay on their backs in the narrow gap under a house and fired through the concrete floor. The end of the...
  • Reuters: Clinton Sees Better Future for Democrats

    02/10/2005 9:11:37 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 629+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/10/05 | John Whitesides
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Bill Clinton (news - web sites) encouraged Democrats on Thursday to rally around the party's leaders and said doomsayers who predict the party's demise needed to "get a life and look at history." Clinton told Democratic activists gathered in Washington for a two-day meeting, which concludes on Saturday with the expected election of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (news - web sites) as party chairman, that "better tactics" and a clearer vision would foster a swing in the political pendulum and a Democratic revival. "We need to stop saying that in order to win the...