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  • What's in my mouth? youtube video

    This girl just had her wisdom teeth removed and is completely perplexed by what is going on in her mouth.
  • Riverdance 1995 - The Countess Cathleen HD

    This video from "Riverdance" is a powerful image of the female and of the West, how many of us would hack our way through half of Europe to protect? possess? what?
  • A Johnny Cash song - Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

    This is a Johnny Cash song called " Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?"
  • The Massey brothers talk about their (Bristol) Palin project. Expect wholesome entertainment.

    06/26/2011 12:44:20 PM PDT · by ansel12 · 10 replies
    HITFIX ^ | 6/19/11 | Liane Bonin Starr
    Anyone hoping for bad girl antics and wild nights in Hollywood from Bristol Palin’s new reality TV project with her “Dancing with the Stars” pal Kyle Massey and his brother Christopher are likely to be disappointed. The way the Masseys described the show backstage at the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards made it sound closer to “Three’s Company,” but more wholesome (and, we’re guessing, not as funny). “Bristol’s coming down from Alaska to live with us in L.A.,” Kyle said backstage at the Daytime Emmy Awards. “It’s pretty much us living life in L.A and showing her how we circulate...
  • Palin and McConnell wage proxy battle in Kentucky Republican Senate primary

    02/06/2010 2:10:17 PM PST · by ansel12 · 47 replies · 1,187+ views
    The Hill News Alert ^ | 02/06/10 | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate Republican primary in Kentucky has emerged as a proxy battle between two leaders of the factionalized Republican Party, Sarah Palin and Mitch McConnell. At stake is the direction of the Republican Party, which Republican leaders in Washington fear could turn off middle-of-the road voters if it lurches too far to the right. Since being tapped as the GOP’s vice-presidential nominee in 2008, Palin has emerged a leader of independent and social conservatives. McConnell (Ky.), the Senate Republican leader, has cemented his leadership of the party establishment in Washington over the past year by unifying Senate Republicans against President...
  • How Well Did Meg Whitman Know Van Jones?

    09/04/2009 3:04:50 PM PDT · by ansel12 · 15 replies · 815+ views
    The Washington Independent ^ | 0/4/09 | David Weigel
    A May 2009 video of California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman praising Van Jones, which was posted by TWI yesterday, has inspired a parody video from the campaign of California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. It touches all the bases, portraying Whitman as an out-of-touch elitist who hobnobs not just with a man who called Republicans “assholes,” but with Jimmy Carter. Michael Goldfarb has Whitman responding by saying she “did not do a background check of his past over dinner” and “it’s clear that he holds views that I entirely reject.” But that doesn’t even cover her comments in the original video....
  • Is Governor Sarah Palin Still the Frontrunner for GOP Nominee for President in 2012?

    02/28/2009 4:55:36 PM PST · by ansel12 · 189 replies · 2,970+ views
    Associated content ^ | February 28, 2009 | Saul Relative
    Poll Before Governor Bobby Jindal's Speech Says She Was; Now it is Certain (snip) A CNN/Reseach Opinion Poll conducted just before Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal gave his Republican Response to President Barack Obama's Address to Congress reflected the current state of the GOP with regard to who Republicans consider to be their best hope for the presidency in 2012,Is Governor Sarah Palin Still the Frontrunner for GOP Nominee for President in 2012? Date: February 27, 2009 and it did not look good for Bobby Jindal. (snip) According to the poll, only 9% of Republicans think he is the person to...
  • Council workers sacked over jobless Afghan mother of seven who got Ł1.2million council house

    10/11/2008 1:49:42 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 12 replies · 750+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/10/08 | By David Williams, Arthur Martin and Tamara Cohen
    A council has sacked three officers after it was revealed an Afghan family was living in a Ł1.2million home paid for by the taxpayer. Mother-of-seven Toorpakai Saiedi, 35, receives Ł170,000 a year in benefits - a staggering Ł150,000 of which is paid to a private landlord for the rent of their seven-bedroom house in West London. The detached property in Acton has two large reception rooms, two kitchens, a dining room and a 100ft garden. Ealing Council is picking up the Ł12,458 a month bill - which is nearly five times the rent for a similar property in the same...
  • Army disciplines sergeants in Jewish soldier case

    10/08/2008 1:36:44 PM PDT · by ansel12 · 22 replies · 665+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Oct 5/ 08 | Chis Reinolds
    Army disciplines sergeants in Jewish soldier case By CHRIS REINOLDS The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sunday, October 05, 2008 The Atlanta Anti-Defamation League said Sunday it has intervened in the case of a Jewish soldier at Fort Benning who allegedly suffered religious discrimination. At the ADL’s request, Army Pvt. Michael Handman has been moved to another unit. League spokesman Bill Nigut said that in September, Handman wrote to his parents and complained that he had been discriminated against. Two drill sergeants were disciplined in connection with those incidents. Then, on Sept. 24, Handman was attacked and beaten by another soldier. He was...
  • MSM'S Corrupt Truth Squads

    09/20/2008 8:53:31 PM PDT · by ansel12 · 18 replies · 302+ views
    Dirty Harry's ^ | 9/20/08 | Dirty Harry
    Posted by Dirty Harry on Saturday, September 20th, 2008 Most every time you turn on MSNBC or CNN — or click on over to the likes of the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz,, and ABC’s Jake Tapper – they’re constantly proclaiming themselves the high and mighty arbiters of truth with their so-called “Truth Squads,” and I’m telling you this is the single most insidious thing going on in the campaign right now. Obviously they are taking hammer and tong to McCain with much more frequency than Obama, the result of which effectively undercuts both McCain’s legitimate criticisms of Obama and...
  • Polygamy? It's positively biblical

    05/18/2008 12:35:02 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 192 replies · 386+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 5/18/08 | Martha Nussbaum
    What is wrong with polygamy? Nineteenth-century Americans coupled it with slavery, calling both "the twin relics of barbarism." Today, it is used as a scare image to deter people from approving same-sex marriage, lest it lead down a slippery slope to that horror of horrors. But what, exactly, is bad about it? Looking at the Texas sect at the Yearning for Zion ranch, so much in the news, will not tell us, because that sect allegedly forced underage girls into marriage. The case then becomes one of child sexual abuse, a crime hardly unknown in the monogamous family, although it...
  • Raid on ranch reverberates into Canada

    05/12/2008 7:01:28 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 21 replies · 69+ views
    Star-Telegram .com ^ | 5/11/08 | Jack Douglas Jr.
    The April 3 police raid of a polygamist compound in West Texas, which has mushroomed into the largest child abuse investigation in the nation's history, has unnerved polygamists across the country and into Canada. There, authorities have long wanted to halt the rituals of plural marriages and underage sex in Bountiful, British Columbia. "Clearly, they know that the spotlight is on them," Wally Oppal, the province's attorney general, said of the approximately 3,000 residents of Bountiful, near the American border and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Oppal said that for 25 years, law enforcement and justice officials in Canada...
  • Sorting Through the Texas Polygamist Custody Case

    05/11/2008 12:10:40 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 33 replies · 134+ views
    NPR.ORG ^ | May 8,08 | Carol Guensburg
    In April, Texas authorities investigating a fundamentalist polygamist group after allegations of child abuse removed 464 children from a West Texas compound. The state now has the minors in temporary custody, including a young woman and the son she gave birth to after the raid. The case, remarkable for its scope, involves a complicated tangle of legal, religious and social issues. The group — called the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — practices a brand of polygamy taught by the earliest leaders of the Mormon faith but officially abandoned by Mormons in 1890. The case brings...
  • Mormon, Baptist respect differences in faith

    05/04/2008 12:33:01 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 109 replies · 336+ views
    East Valley ^ | May 2, 2008 - 9:57PM | Lawn Griffiths
    "Headstrong in their two faiths, a Mormon and a Baptist squared off recently at the Tempe Institute of Religion at Arizona State University and spent 2 1/2 hours demonstrating they could aggressively question each other's religions but come away with deep respect and love for each other. Actually, some 55 times since 2001, the Rev. Gregory Johnson, founding pastor of Ogden Valley Baptist Church in Utah, and Robert Millet, dean emeritus of religious education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, have held "A Conversation Between a Mormon and an Evangelical" in the U.S., Canada and England. Between genial ribbing...
  • Mormon children held for DNA tests

    04/19/2008 4:01:13 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 101 replies · 197+ views
    Malaysia Sun ^ | 4/19/08
    416 children from a US religious sect have been ordered by a Texan judge to undergo DNA tests. They will be held until the tests are completed to determine who their parents are. The authorities removed the children along with around 130 women after receiving reports that girls as young as 13 were forced to marry. The children are members of a breakaway polygamist sect of the Mormon Church called the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The group is one of the largest Mormon breakaway groups with nearly 10,000 members. It was formed in the 1930's...
  • Expert: FLDS Polygamist Group is A Classic Cult

    04/14/2008 10:23:50 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 61 replies · 624+ views ^ | 4/11/08 | Jim Cross
    The raid on a polygamist compound in Texas could signal the beginning of the end of a lifestyle that has flown under the radar in America, according to an expert on cults. The Fundamentalist Church of Latter-day Saints, which operates the compound near Eldorado, Texas, along with other communities around the country -- including Colorado City, Ariz. -- fits the classic criteria of a cult, according to Rick Ross. He says there are about 50,000 polygamists living in North America and Mexico. ``The level of harm done by polygamist groups is horrific, and, in particular, this group (FLDS) has a...
  • Utah lessons applied in raid

    04/14/2008 9:12:47 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 52 replies · 72+ views
    Caller Times ^ | 4/13/08 | Dan Kelly
    Prosecutors have new weapons against polygamy and marriage involving underage teens because Texas lawmakers heeded Utah authorities' experience with the Mormon splinter group raided in Eldorado. In 2001, Utah authorities began a crackdown on underage marriages and arranged marriages of teenagers, targeting members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon splinter group that had lived in two towns on the Utah-Arizona border. The allegations made national headlines -- young girls forced to marry older men, teenage boys ejected from the community to create a surplus of brides, and police officers who turned a blind eye...
  • Compound considered home for sect’s ‘elect’

    04/14/2008 8:57:15 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 24 replies · 140+ views ^ | 4/13/08 | Sylvia Moreno
    ELDORADO, Texas - The secretive and insular community established near this West Texas town by a radical offshoot of the Mormon Church is considered by the sect's members to be a holy shrine populated by its most fervent adherents and is propped up financially by members of the group living in other states, according to law enforcement officials and former members. Interviews with law enforcement authorities and former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints depict the Yearning for Zion Ranch, which was raided last week by Texas authorities, as an outpost whose adult residents...
  • Lone Star Justice: Why isn't Utah as bold as Texas about polygamy?

    04/11/2008 1:57:25 PM PDT · by ansel12 · 146 replies · 78+ views
    Salt Lake City ^ | 4/10/08 | Holly Mullen
    Don’t mess with Texas.The slogan used to be reserved for bumper stickers. But on April 3, Texas authorities showed the world a whole new meaning of the phrase—spreading out on a sprawling FLDS compound in Eldorado, ultimately taking more than 400 children of polygamists into custody. They did so, apparently, based on a March 31 phone call from a 16-year-old girl, who claimed to have been forced into marrying a 50-year-old man and to have had his child. Bam. Done. Round up the kids and many of their mothers. Give them safety and shelter. Detain the men on the YFZ...
  • Hero mom smashes door to save senior

    03/22/2008 2:27:03 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 18 replies · 1,040+ views
    DAILY NEWS ^ | Saturday, March 22nd 2008, 4:00 AM | BY LISA L. COLANGELO and LARRY McSHANE
    The 47-year-old mother of two couldn't explain the sudden burst of strength that allowed her to get inside the home, where the elderly family friend lived alone. But Russo quickly swung into action after spotting the incapacitated Schwing through a window Thursday afternoon.
  • MagPul FMG9: Prototype 9mm Folding Submachine Gun

    02/29/2008 11:06:38 PM PST · by ansel12 · 21 replies · 7,507+ views ^ | 2/14/08 | David Crane
    By now, just about everyone and their mother should be aware that Bushmaster Firearms (now wholly owned by seemingly unstoppable and more-than-a-little-ominous, voracious and rapacious gun-company-gobbling juggernaut Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.) will be manufacturing the multi-caliber MagPul Masada assault rifle/carbine under the name "Adaptive Combat Rifle", or "ACR" for short. But another MagPul item has been getting a good bit of press since the show, as well, and that's the slick little MagPul FMG9 (or, FMG-9) prototype folding 9mm Parabellum (9x19mm NATO ) mini / micro-submachine gun (SMG) that utilizes a Glock 17 slide and any factory Glock 9mm magazine,...
  • Red State Update: Fred Thompson Drops Out

    02/01/2008 8:10:43 AM PST · by ansel12 · 18 replies · 94+ views
    youtube ^ | 1/22/08 | travisandjonathan
    This is a video record of a couple of Thompson fans responding to the news that he had dropped out.
  • Price of labor for Hot Tub install

    12/15/2007 5:19:06 PM PST · by ansel12 · 22 replies · 84+ views
    vanity | 12/15/07 | ansel12
    A customer has already assembled his above ground, Red Wood Hot tub, and I have already run the gas line for it. Now the customer an (architect) wants me to do the installation of the rest of it (excluding electrical). He already knows that I don't want to do it and that I will have to read the complicated directions and do a slow learning process to get it together, so my question is, what should I charge? I am a plumbing contractor and I prefer to give a total pre-agreed on price total, so that we can both relax...
  • Mitt's Ham-Handed Campaign

    12/03/2007 6:29:41 AM PST · by ansel12 · 11 replies · 99+ views
    realclearpolitics ^ | December 03, 2007 | Jay Cost
    Is this a surprise? Of course not. His position in the Iowa polls explains the decision entirely. He's trailing Huckabee in Iowa. A few weeks ago he was up by 14% - and he wasn't going to give the speech. Now that he's down, the speech is back on. This is par for the course for the Romney campaign, in my estimation. His candidacy has been the most transparently strategic this cycle. McCain is up? Go after McCain. McCain is down? Leave McCain alone. Thompson enters the race and seems a threat? Take a cheap shot about Law and Order....
  • 2 approving panelists seek judge’s ouster

    12/01/2007 3:05:54 AM PST · by ansel12 · 7 replies · 184+ views | Local Coverage ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2007 | By Dave Wedge and Jessica Van Sack |
    Two members of the board that appointed Judge Kathe Tuttman now want her booted from the bench, charging that former Gov. Mitt Romney did not inform them of her involvement as a prosecutor in a botched case that freed a child rapist. “This is ridiculous. The Romney people didn’t do their investigation,” Governor’s Councilor Marilyn Pettito-Devaney said. Romney has not responded to numerous requests for comment about the case of child rapist Daniel Parra, who walked free after prosecutors headed by Tuttman missed deadlines in their failed bid to have him committed as a sexually dangerous person in 2005. Romney...
  • Thompson: New York Is Atypical City

    11/23/2007 3:14:49 PM PST · by ansel12 · 105 replies · 140+ views
    AP ^ | 11/23/07 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    BRISTOL, N.H. (AP) — Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson said Friday that New York City isn't a model for the rest of the country and that Rudy Giuliani should stop basing his stances on his time as that city's mayor. Thompson, campaigning at a New Hampshire gun store with stuffed moose and deer overhead, told reporters that Giuliani too often turns to his time as New York mayor to explain his support for stronger gun restrictions. "He relates everything to New York City. Well, New York City is not emblematic of the rest of the country, I don't think. I think...
  • Fred Thompson Seized Every Opportunity

    11/04/2007 1:00:08 AM PST · by ansel12 · 7 replies · 70+ views ^ | Sunday, November 4, 2007; 3:02 AM | NANCY BENAC
    WASHINGTON -- It is the kind of story you could write a book about: A 35-year-old single mother of three is fired from her state job after refusing to go along with a scheme to pardon criminals who bribe aides to the governor. The plot cries out for a good lawyer to save the day. All the better if he has charm and a commanding presence. Enter Fred Thompson, 6-foot-5 inches of cigar-chomping Southern gentleman. He saves the day; the woman is vindicated. And best of all, for a man with a presidential campaign in his future, it is a...
  • Fred Thompson is on the Michael Medved Show

    10/17/2007 12:13:11 PM PDT · by ansel12 · 23 replies · 59+ views
    vanity ^ | 10/17/07 | ansel12
    Fred is being interviewed by Medved.
  • If you want to see Fred Thompson close up, get a button

    10/13/2007 11:58:11 PM PDT · by ansel12 · 9 replies · 87+ views
    The late-starting Fred Thompson presidential campaign has surfaced in Savannah with something very low-tech: Campaign buttons. State Sen. Eric Johnson, a leading local backer of the former U.S. senator from Tennessee, has been sporting one on his lapel. And Chatham County Commissioner David Gellatly, the Republican candidate's local chairman, has been handing them out. He and Commissioner Patrick Farrell wore the buttons - which depict the candidate - at the commission's last meeting. But, except for an event or two open only to folks who ante up $1,000 or so, don't expect to see much of Thompson in Savannah. For...
  • Giuliani and Romney, Making Two a Crowd

    10/06/2007 2:23:37 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 23 replies · 384+ views
    New York Times ^ | By MICHAEL LUO and MARC SANTORA
    "MANCHESTER, N.H., Oct. 5 — The two men were both leaders in liberal bastions. They both once held positions heretical to Republican Party orthodoxy. And they are both campaigning in large measure on their competency and ability to change Washington." " Now Rudolph W. Giuliani and Mitt Romney are engaging each other as never before in the towns and villages of New Hampshire, from Derry to Nashua. It is a state where Mr. Romney’s regional appeal, bolstered by heavy advertising, helped him to early leads in the polls but is now being threatened by the autograph-seeking crowds that greet every...
  • Mitt Romney's Convenient Truths

    09/27/2007 9:29:16 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 25 replies · 108+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | 8/10/07 | Steve Kornacki
    With Saturday’s conservative-dominated Iowa straw poll nearing, Mitt Romney is frantically trying to convince the G.O.P. grassroots that his well-timed conversion from pro-choice Massachusetts moderate to devoted anti-abortion conservative was sincere, and not motivated by his ambition to play on the national Republican stage. I was not always pro-life,” he told The New York Times this week, “but I’m proud I made the same discovery that Ronald Reagan did and Henry Hyde and George Herbert Walker Bush.” Mr. Romney is politically smart to wrap his transformation in the conversions of those G.O.P. lions. But his 13-year public career tells a...
  • Bush quietly advising Hillary Clinton, top Democrats

    09/24/2007 5:56:44 PM PDT · by ansel12 · 104 replies · 245+ views ^ | Sept. 24 2007 | Bill Sammon
    Washington, D.C. - President Bush is quietly providing back-channel advice to Hillary Rodham Clinton, urging her to modulate her rhetoric so she can effectively prosecute the war in Iraq if elected president. In an interview for the new book “The Evangelical President,” White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten said Bush has “been urging candidates: ‘Don’t get yourself too locked in where you stand right now. If you end up sitting where I sit, things could change dramatically.’ ” Bolten said Bush wants enough continuity in his Iraq policy that “even a Democratic president would be in a position to...
  • Computer security for the Cheap and Lazy

    09/03/2007 11:08:57 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 27 replies · 862+ views
    vanity | 9/2/07 | ancell2
    My out of state friend is lazy about computer protection, but he just bought a new laptop that has wi-fi (he may never use that). I sent him what I hope is an easy, minimal list of actions to take, until he can look deeper into the subject. I know that everyone has their own preferences for programs, and many of you computer guys have had to deal with indifferent friends and family. How do you guys keep it simple and free for them, keeping in mind that an imperfect defense that is implemented, is better than no defense at...
  • Ron paul on the Michael Medved show

    08/27/2007 12:13:03 PM PDT · by ansel12 · 28 replies · 1,306+ views
    I am not interested in the Ron Paul campaign, but in case you guys didn't know about this appearance, here it is.
  • Chloe picture needs posting (vanity)

    03/30/2007 6:58:54 PM PDT · by ansel12 · 19 replies · 254+ views
    How do I post the picture of Chloe that is at this link (scroll down a little)?
  • "I say a lot of things I shouldn't" ((Jack Baur's dad))

    03/12/2007 11:24:21 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 78 replies · 2,075+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3/11/07
    Activist though he may be, Cromwell isn’t above taking a part for the cash, which is how he ended up on 24, the television series with which he says he has 'real problems’. On the show, Cromwell plays Jack Bauer’s father, a corrupt industrialist who runs – gasp – a multinational corporation. 'I can’t handle living in the United States of America’ – you can tell someone’s getting soap-boxy when they call it that, and Cromwell’s indulging in a moment of heartfelt theatre now – 'when I know the last two elections were rigged, and that we were denied our...
  • Border Patrol Shooting Case: Comparing Debra Saunders’s Columns to the U.S. Attorney’s Fact Sheet

    01/18/2007 8:51:09 AM PST · by ansel12 · 41 replies · 712+ views
    Patterico's Pontifications ^ | 1/18/07 | Patterico
    1/18/2007 Texas Border Patrol Shooting Case: Comparing Debra Saunders’s Columns to the U.S. Attorney’s Fact Sheet Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:01 am A few days ago, Bradley J. Fikes wrote me to ask whether I was going to write anything about the Border Patrol agents recently sentenced to double-digit prison sentences for firing on an alleged drug smuggler. He sent me a link to this October 22, 2006 column by Debra Saunders, who is, Bradley says, known for being careful with her facts. Saunders called the case “a case of blind and bloodthirsty federal prosecutorial overkill.” In looking...
  • Jury decides on life in prison without parole for sailor who murdered Marine

    10/27/2006 10:47:41 PM PDT · by ansel12 · 12 replies · 655+ views
    Jury decides on life in prison without parole for sailor who murdered Marine The family of Marine Corporal Justin Huff now knows the man who murdered their loved one will likely never do what they can now: stand on a public street. Today a jury of nine recommended that 23 year-old Cooper Jackson spend the rest of his life in prison with no possibility of parole. Marine Captain Cory Picton was a prosecutor in Jackson's court-martial. "We believe the verdict was fair today and that justice was served," said Picton. Don Marcari, one of three defense lawyers, plans to appeal...
  • Abducted in Kyrgyzstan, she says Evidence casts doubt on Air Force major’s account.

    10/20/2006 10:30:28 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 38 replies · 2,007+ views
    Newsday ^ | 10/17/06 | David Stern
    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- New details have emerged in the case of a U.S. Air Force officer who disappeared mysteriously last month while serving in the far-flung ex-Soviet state of Kyrgyzstan, casting doubt on her claim that she was kidnapped. Maj. Jill Metzger, 33, vanished from a store in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, on Sept. 5, shortly before she was to return to the United States. Three days later, authorities said, she turned up at a farmhouse 20 miles away, her hair dyed and feet bloody, saying she had been abducted, had overcome her kidnappers and had escaped. New facts revealed...
  • Need new hompage (vanity)

    10/13/2006 7:11:03 PM PDT · by ansel12 · 49 replies · 582+ views
    I've been using google news as my home page, but they are just too liberal, and they have too much sports and entertainment. Can someone suggest a news home page? What are some of the favorites here at FR?
  • Metzger mystery leaves troops in Kyrgyzstan confined to base (kidnapped Major)

    09/29/2006 8:20:30 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 20 replies · 975+ views
    MANAS AIR FORCE BASE, Kyrgyzstan — Before the major went missing, airmen posted in this former Soviet republic had the best of both worlds. They went hiking and horseback riding in the mountains and were driven to town for shopping and dining. All while getting “imminent fire” pay and performing a mission in support of the Afghanistan campaign. But since the mysterious three-day disappearance of Maj. Jill Metzger, the horses are riderless, the shops unvisited — and the troops disgruntled. For the first extended period since Americans built the base in 2001, because of Metzger’s experience and her alleged abduction,...
  • The Clinton Legacy

    09/16/2006 7:28:18 PM PDT · by ansel12 · 26 replies · 1,168+ views
    THE CLINTON LEGACY The Hidden Election USA Today calls it "the hidden election," in which nearly 7,000 state legislative seats are decided with only minimal media and public attention. The paper took brief notice because this is the year the state legislatures perform their most important national function: drawing revised congressional districts based on the most recent census. But there's another important national story here: further evidence of the disaster that Bill Clinton has been for the Democratic Party. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Democrats held a 1,542 seat lead in the state bodies in 1990. As...
  • Once Missing Major From North Carolina Returns To Georgia Base

    09/15/2006 9:12:56 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 25 replies · 989+ views
    Once Missing Major From North Carolina Returns To Georgia Base POSTED: 1:28 am EDT September 15, 2006 UPDATED: 1:48 am EDT September 15, 2006 MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- A North Carolina native who told authorities she was kidnapped during a shopping trip in Kyrgyzstan has returned to her Georgia Air Force base. Maj. Jill Metzger was reported missing last week and the same week was found by local officials. She is a native of Henderson, N.C. Metzger arrived at Moody Air Force Base at about 6 p.m. Thursday. She had been deployed to Manas Air Base. Metzger told...
  • Interrogator Convicted in Death of Iraqi General

    By Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer FT. CARSON, Colo. -- A military jury late Saturday night convicted an Army interrogator of negligent homicide in the death an Iraqi general who had been stuffed face-first in a sleeping bag. After seven hours of deliberations the six-member military panel opted not to convict Chief Warrant Officer Lewis E. Welshofer Jr. of murder, which would have carried a life sentence. Instead, the panel ruled that the death was a negligent homicide, a finding that caries a maximum three-year term in a military prison. The panel also found Welshofer guilty of dereliction of duty....