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  • Explosive Winds, Hotter Temperatures Expected to Intensify California Wildfires

    10/23/2007 8:37:08 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 25 replies · 180+ views
    SAN DIEGO — Thousands more residents were ordered to evacuate their homes Tuesday, bringing the number of people chased away by the wind-whipped flames that have engulfed Southern California to at least 300,000.
  • Cops: Seattle Woman Claims David Copperfield Raped Her

    10/19/2007 9:04:03 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 46 replies · 221+ views
    Seattle woman has made a rape claim against magician David Copperfield, law enforcement sources tell FOX News. ****
  • POTTER SPELLS M-O-N-E-Y

    HARRY Potter is about to wave his magic wand again. With a new film out next week and the final book due on the shelves later this month the boy wizard is certain to conjure up another fortune for JK Rowling in sales and royalties. But the author is just one of the big winners of the Potter gold - here we look at the other lucky muggles who've made a mint out of Harry...
  • Re Immigration: THE PLACES TO WATCH FOR CONGRESSIONAL VOTING

    U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 110th Congress - 1st Session as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate Vote Summary Question: On the Amendment (Coburn Amdt. No. 1311, As Modified ) Vote Number: 202 Vote Date: June 7, 2007, 11:05 AM Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Amendment Rejected Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 1311 to S.Amdt. 1150 to to S. 1348 (Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 ) Statement of Purpose: To require the enforcement of existing border security and immigration laws and Congressional approval before amnesty can be granted....
  • Essex girl fills White House race with lurve

    On her MySpace website she lists one of her favourite bands as Coldplay and says her heroes are “my beautiful husband and anyone else who embraces peace”. She describes Dennis as a “very philosophical, deep thinking person” rather than a new age type, but he is a vegan, unlike her — she still cannot resist occasional dairy products. At Kent she unexpectedly signed up for a master’s degree in conflict resolution after meeting the course lecturer in a pub. She knew she had chosen the right subject when her final exam took place on September 11, 2001. “The rest of...
  • The biggest poll debacle in the history of British democracy...

    05/09/2007 9:11:53 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 6 replies · 502+ views
    SCOTLAND'S status as a modern democracy was dealt a grievous blow yesterday by a scandal in which up to one in ten votes in the Holyrood election were thrown in the bin uncounted. In a development that could bring into question the legitimacy of the Scottish Parliament poll, as many as 100,000 ballot papers were spoiled. That averages out as one in 20 votes but in some seats a tenth of the papers were spoiled. http://news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=715852007
  • California Interchange Collapses After Tanker Fire

    04/29/2007 12:08:56 PM PDT · by Grendel9 · 27 replies · 1,146+ views
    OAKLAND, Calif. — A section of freeway that funnels traffic off the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed early Sunday after a gasoline tanker truck overturned and caught fire, authorities said.
  • Two For One? Hillary Pledges Ambassadorial Post for

    04/22/2007 10:32:12 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 32 replies · 773+ views
    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that if she is elected president, she would make her husband a roaming ambassador to the world, using his skills to repair the nation's tattered image abroad.
  • Kitty Carlisle Hart Dead

    Kitty Carlisle’s career embraced Broadway, opera and the Marx Brothers film, A Night at the Opera, while her marriage to the Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Moss Hart created one of Broadway’s most glamorous couples. A woman of forceful opinions, which she did not hesitate to air, Carlisle never minded who she offended, a character trait which later proved useful in her 20 years as chairwoman of the New York State Council on the Arts.
  • Morphine eases pain, doesn't shorten life

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When given in the appropriate doses to treat cancer pain, morphine will not hasten a patient's death by interfering with his or her breathing, a new study shows. The findings contradict the conventional wisdom-held by many medical professionals as well as lay people--that giving dying patients opioids for pain can shorten their lives by depressing their respiration. "It's in all the textbooks as something to be aware of, but probably the risk has been exaggerated," Dr. Declan Walsh of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, one of the study's authors, told Reuters Health. "It's not...
  • Queen Elizabeth to visit U.S. in May

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth will attend the Kentucky Derby, the pre-eminent American horse race, in May when she makes her first visit to the United States in 16 years, Buckingham Palace said on Wednesday. The British monarch and her husband, Prince Philip, are making the visit to mark the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement, England's first permanent settlement in North America. *** The queen's previous state visits to the United States were in 1957, July 1976 during the U.S. bicentennial celebration and May 1991 during the presidency of George H.W. Bush. She also made a trip to...
  • British military is wary of sending Prince Harry to Iraq

    02/21/2007 5:40:24 AM PST · by Grendel9 · 11 replies · 454+ views
    LONDON: Britain's official policy on Iraq is that its troops will leave as soon as they can hand control over to Iraqis. But there is one particular soldier who, according to a crescendo of British newspaper reports, does not seem quite so replaceable. Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne and second son of Prince Charles, is an army officer, reportedly with a hankering to be treated as just another soldier in line for rotation in southern Iraq.
  • Cancer patients told life-prolonging treatment is too expensive for NHS

    02/13/2007 8:08:03 AM PST · by Grendel9 · 34 replies · 999+ views
    Life-prolonging Suten will not be offered to advanced cancer sufferers. £2000 monthly price tag deemed too costly for NHS. Critics say Suten is effective and should be made available. "The NHS is saying to [patients], 'Tough luck, there's nothing we can give you'. But that is not the case. If you lived in North America you would get these drugs, but not in Scotland." - Dr Paul Nathan, consultant oncologist *** Sutent works by stopping the signals in the body that tell cancer cells to grow and multiply. The drug also stops blood vessels growing into the tumour.
  • Obama: Why I’m Running

    02/12/2007 5:51:47 AM PST · by Grendel9 · 51 replies · 725+ views
    To chants of "Obama! Obama!," he told the crowd: "It was here, in Springfield, where North, South, East and West come together that I was reminded of the essential decency of the American people -- where I came to believe that through this decency, we can build a more hopeful America." If the 45-year-old Obama were elected, he would become the nation's first African-American president. "And that is why, in the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a divided house to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still live, I stand before you...
  • An explosion of disbelief - fresh doubts over 9/11

    By SUE REID - More by this author » Last updated at 22:07pm on 9th February 2007 A new film alleges the U.S. staged the 9/11 disaster to justify the Iraq war The official story of what happened on 9/11 never fails to shock. Four American airliners are hijacked by Osama Bin Laden's terrorists in an attack on the heart of the Western world on September 11, 2001. Two are deliberately flown into New York's famous Twin Towers, which collapse. A third rams into the United States defence headquarters at the Pentagon, in Washington D.C. The last goes down in...
  • Mahathir voices support for Iraqi insurgency

    02/07/2007 4:26:21 AM PST · by Grendel9 · 4 replies · 303+ views
    Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Wednesday said he supports the deadly insurgency in Iraq and urged insurgents to kill more U.S. soldiers. "Carry on. Plan your resistance. Make sure that the Americans will pay a very high price for their adventure," he told an anti-war conference organized by the Perdana Global Peace Organization that he founded after retiring in 2003. "It will help the Americans to change their minds. Hopefully they will understand no one should hegemonize this world," said Mahathir, who is known for his outspoken, anti-Western rhetoric.
  • Al Gore Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

    02/01/2007 10:20:03 AM PST · by Grendel9 · 42 replies · 974+ views
    OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Former Vice President Al Gore was nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his wide-reaching efforts to draw the world's attention to the dangers of global warming, a Norwegian lawmaker said Thursday. "A prerequisite for winning the Nobel Peace Prize is making a difference, and Al Gore has made a difference," Conservative Member of Parliament Boerge Brende, a former minister of environment and then of trade, told The Associated Press.
  • Mysterious Gas Smell Hits Manhattan

    01/08/2007 8:46:00 AM PST · by Grendel9 · 26 replies · 916+ views
    Jan. 8: Workers who left their offices after smelling a mysterious gas-like odor are seen standing outside of the Time & Life Building. NEW YORK — A mysterious natural gas-like odor hit Manhattan Monday morning causing building evacuations from Rockefeller Center to the city's West Side, but the city's mayor said it was not dangerous.
  • Another 'Saddam suicide'

    Kolkata, India - A 15-year-old girl from eastern India hanged herself in response to the execution of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, police and family members said on Thursday. "She said they had hanged a patriot. We didn't take her seriously when she told us that she wanted to feel the pain Saddam did during the execution," the girl's father, Manmohan Karmakar, told AFP by phone from the town of Kharda. He said his daughter, called Moon Moon, had become extremely depressed after watching Saddam's execution on television. "She kept watching the scene over and again and didn't take food on...
  • New School Students Cheer Ward Churchill Speech

    12/13/2006 8:50:56 AM PST · by Grendel9 · 14 replies · 545+ views
    By ANNIE KARNI Special to the Sun December 12, 2006 An ethnic studies professor from the University of Colorado, Ward Churchill, received a standing ovation last night from a crowd of more than 200 New School students after blaming the 2001 World Trade Center attacks on America's support of Israel and its sanctions against Iraq in 1996. In a two-hour speech at the New School titled "Sterilizing History: The Fabrication of Innocent Americans," delivered without notes, Mr. Churchill traced what he called a pattern of mass murder as American foreign policy from the time of the country's inception to the...
  • Fire and ice as weather springs surprise [Global Warming?]

    November 16, 2006 SNOW near Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart, wild storms in Brisbane, bushfires in the Blue Mountains - and a promise the flames will be doused by sleet this morning. Did anyone mention drought? Did someone say climate change? "It is a bit weird," one meteorologist quipped yesterday about the likelihood that the same Antarctic wind blast bringing snow in Victoria and Tasmania was fuelling fires west of Sydney. Much of the east coast was shaking off the effects of a cold snap that saw temperatures plunge across Victoria and heavy snowfalls just a fortnight before the start of...
  • US Democrats elect senate leader

    Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, has been elected US senate majority leader for the 110th congress that will convene in January. Reid, like most fellow Democrats, favours a phased withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, a major issue in last week's elections in which the Democrats won control of the senate and congress. Reid has served the past two years as senate minority leader. He replaced Tom Daschle as senate minority leader last year after he was voted out in his home state of South Dakota in 2004 having been denounced as "the chief obstructionist" to Bush's conservative agenda. Democrats...
  • Elections are great when they work

    11 November 2006 IN ITS pristine state — in its absolute theoretical purity — the election of office-holders by direct vote of the people cannot logically be a bad thing. Democracy makes absolutely no sense at all only to the most hopeless elitist or most feral fascist. But in instances of more shabby execution, when elections produce considerably less than ideal results for the very people for whom they are designed to benefit, democracy has a lot of explaining to do. What I am saying is that people are not going to vote for the democratic way of doing things...
  • Bush to Meet Senate Democratic Leaders

    11/10/2006 7:16:33 AM PST · by Grendel9 · 14 replies · 390+ views
    WASHINGTON ? Sen. Harry Reid is scheduled to meet Friday with President Bush as part of an ongoing reconciliation effort between the Republican White House and Democratic Party members who will control Congress next year. ****
  • US voters head to mid-term polls

    The Democrats have savaged Bush over Iraq, saying he and Republicans are in denial as US troops continue to die and chaos envelops the country. "It has become clearer than ever that our current course in Iraq is unsustainable," said Wesley Clark, a former Democratic presidential candidate and US general, urging Democrats to "stand up and be counted." Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, urged his party members to cast their votes. "We offer a fresh start and a new direction, but each and every Democrat must get to the polls to make our vision a reality," he...
  • UN report: almost no progress has been made in fight against global hunger

    10/30/2006 7:01:41 AM PST · by Grendel9 · 18 replies · 407+ views
    Oct 30 4:50 AM US/Eastern UN report: almost no progress has been made in fight against global hunger ARIEL DAVID ROME (AP) - Ten years after global leaders first pledged to halve the number of the world's hungry almost no progress has been made, with some 854 million people worldwide still suffering from undernourishment, said a UN report released Monday. Even sub-Saharan Africa, where the number of malnourished people grew to 206.2 million people in 2001-03 from 169 million 11 years earlier, has seen a proportional reduction, cutting hunger from 35 per cent to 32 per cent of the population....
  • NATO bombs kill scores of Afghan civilians: officials

    10/26/2006 8:33:20 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 16 replies · 447+ views
    KABUL (Reuters) - NATO warplanes killed at least 50 civilians, mostly women and children, in bombing in southern Afghanistan during a major Islamic holiday, local leaders said on Thursday. The incident happened on Tuesday, the middle of the Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of the Muslim fasting month, in Panjwai, an area where the alliance said it had killed hundreds of insurgents in a two-week offensive last month. NATO says it killed 48 insurgents during heavy fighting in the area in Kandahar province, but had also received credible reports several civilians were killed in the operation. ... "The safety...
  • US soldier to voice Iraq conflict opposition

    10/25/2006 6:50:10 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 22 replies · 541+ views
    A US marine will today go public with his opposition to the war in Iraq as part of a campaign to petition Congress to bring US troops home. Sergeant Liam Madden - who was against the war even before being sent to Iraq with his unit in late 2004 - is one of more than 100 soldiers on active duty who have organised the petition drive through a website called Appeal for Redress. The move, which reflects growing US domestic opposition to the war, could present the Bush administration with a serious problem if it undermines morale of already hard-pressed...
  • Iraqi PM criticises raid on Sadr City

    Wednesday October 25, 14:48, GMT 11:48 The Iraqi prime minister has criticised a raid carried out by US and Iraqi forces on the Sadr City area of Baghdad, a stronghold of the Mahdi Army Shia militia. Nuri al-Maliki told a press conference in Baghdad on Wednesday that he would demand clarification from the US on the raid, distancing himself from it as he has done in many previous operations in Shia areas. "This is an issue to be revised with the multinational forces so that it would not occur again. There should be co-ordination in any military operation." However, a...
  • Black cloud threatens Egyptians’ health

    25 October 2006 CAIRO - For the seventh year running, a mysterious black cloud has appeared over Cairo, triggering serious health concerns for the polluted city’s 16 million residents. Emissions of nitrogen dioxide, which cause serious health risks above certain levels, have reached record heights in the city, from the banks of the Nile, past the industrial suburbs of the delta and even in the desert areas. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that presence of more than 200 mg of nitrogen dioxide in the air is a great health risk. But in Egypt, the levels have reached as...
  • Brigadier's son held over Pakistan plot

    Tuesday 24 October 2006, 16:14 Makka Time, 13:14 GMT The son of a retired brigadier is among three people arrested on suspicion of masterminding attempted rocket attacks near the Pakistan president's house and other sites, police say. Iftikhar Ahmed Chaudhry, Islamabad inspector-general of police, said on Tuesday that the suspects were seized on Monday, based on information provided by eight alleged militants detained earlier in the month after the three foiled attacks. "They are educated. One of them is son of a retired army brigadier, one of them is an engineer who was technically aware of making circuits," he said....
  • Minimum Wage and the Consumer Price Index: A Bad Combination for Businesses and Local Economies

    This November, voters in six states including Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Nevada and Ohio will decide whether or not to raise their respective minimum wage. Supporters that do not read the fine print on these ballots may be in for sticker shock when they learn that they are not just approving a one-time wage hike, but an annual increase based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Economists are estimating the CPI to be approximately 3 percent per year, but it has been as high as 14 percent. This is a particularly devastating proposition for rural states like Montana, where the...
  • Small Plane Crashes Into New York City High-Rise, Killing Yankees Pitcher Cory Lidle

    10/11/2006 4:16:34 PM PDT · by Grendel9 · 44 replies · 1,612+ views
    New York Police Department officials and the New York City Medical Examiner said two were confirmed dead, despite other reports of four killed. Nearby New York Presbyterian said they admitted 10 people with injuries — six of them firefighters. Officials there said one person was dead on arrival.
  • "North Korea cannot be Allowed to develop a nuclear bomb"

    10/09/2006 4:51:40 PM PDT · by Grendel9 · 20 replies · 920+ views
    ...so said Bill Clinton on Novemer 7, 1993. "A recent ad on the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee website opened with the words,"Security Under Bush and GOP?" It claimed "North Korea has quadrupled its nuclear arsen," and included footage of a tank and North Korea Pres. Kim Jong Il. THe ad ended, "Feel safer? Vote for change." Democrats have been hoping we'll all completely forget history YEs, North Korea is an incredibly dangerous nuclear member of the axis of evil, and for that we can thank Bill Cliton: *In the spring of 1992 brutal North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung allowed...
  • Saddam genocide trial continues...AGAIN!

    Monday 09 October 2006 Saddam could face the death penalty if found guilty Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's genocide trial has resumed after a two-week adjournment. The trail resumed on Monday despite a boycott by Saddam's defence lawyers. The former presidnet and six of his officials are accused of ordering the 1988 Anfal campaign by Iraqi forces in which 182,000 Kurds were killed, prosecutors say. The court heard testimony from a Kurdish woman who accused Saddam Hussein of burying her family in a mass grave. She spoke from behind a curtain to protect her identity. She said Iraqi forces attacked...
  • Illegal Immigrants Sue Wendy's

    10/08/2006 8:55:43 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 29 replies · 865+ views
    HOUSTON (AP) — A group of illegal immigrants who worked for Wendy's International Inc. is suing the restaurant chain because the company fired them after discovering it had missed a deadline for joining a federal program that would have helped them attain legal status. The lawsuit, filed Friday in state district court in Houston, is a companion to a similar class-action suit filed last month in Dallas against Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy's, its subsidiary Cafe Express and the Houston-based business law firm Boyar & Miller. The immigrants, who worked for Cafe Express, are seeking unspecified damages. Between the two lawsuits, 40...
  • Mexico Criticizes Plan for Border Fence

    10/03/2006 8:37:01 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 18 replies · 694+ views
    MEXICO CITY — Mexico sent a diplomatic note to the U.S. government on Monday saying a plan to build hundreds of miles of fencing on their common border would damage relations. President-elect Felipe Calderon urged U.S. officials to reconsider the plan, saying one "could stop more migrants with a kilometer of new roads and development (in Mexico) than with a wall." In the letter to the U.S. State Department, Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said only comprehensive reform could stem the tide of illegal immigrants heading north in search of work. "The diplomatic note explains that the construction of this barrier...
  • Maid caught before black magic could ‘control’ employer

    BTW, 3 October 2006 RAS AL KHAIMAH — A UAE national says he has managed to save his home from the spell of black magic in the nick of time. His Asian housemaid allegedly tried to place a totem in his house so that she could ‘control’ her employers. A few days ago, the maid gave her sponsor a letter, written in her mother tongue, to be sent to her family in her home country. Before dropping it at the post office, the man had a doubt and requested a person to translate the letter into Arabic. "The person told...
  • Iran seeks to fingerprint all US visitors

    10/03/2006 7:47:22 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 9 replies · 389+ views
    October 2006 TEHERAN - Iran’s conservative-controlled parliament is to debate a bill that would make digital fingerprinting compulsory for all US citizens seeking to enter the country, lawmakers said on Tuesday. According to the bill, which is expected to be voted on in the next days, “all US citizens should be controlled and subjected to digital fingerprinting when they enter Iran,” said lawmaker Kazem Jalali in a debate broadcast on state radio. “This law comes in response to the American practice of taking digital fingerprints of sportsmen, political officials and other Iranians, sometimes with an insulting attitude,” he added. Until...
  • Residents Urged to Evacuate Amid Long-Lasting California Wildfires

    09/27/2006 10:14:10 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 5 replies · 286+ views
    LOCKWOOD VALLEY, Calif. — Officials urged residents in rural mountain communities to evacuate as they battled one of California's largest and longest-lasting wildfires.*** Dale King was helping firefighters clear brush around his home when flames roared across the edge of his 5-acre property. "The house was vibrating. It sounded like a freight train in the yard," King, 57, said. "It was scary. I've never seen a wall of fire 200 feet high moving right at you and there's nothing you can do," he said. "It makes you believe in the Lord, I'll tell you." The new fire activity was a...
  • Korean-Americans seek resolution on sex slavery

    September 27, 2006 During its occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands from the 1930s through the duration of WWII, Japan used as many as 200,000 young women from Korea, China, the Philippines, and in some cases Western Europe, for sexual servitude, a program designed to increase the efficiency and morale of the Japanese soldiers. The women were subject to beatings, extreme sexual violence and torture. Often women serviced up to 36 men a day. Many women were killed if they became ill or too tired. Some survivors committed suicide from shame and physical pain.*** [Denny]Hastert spent time in Japan...
  • Doctors protest Medicare fee cuts

    09/27/2006 8:25:54 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 48 replies · 763+ views
    September 27, 2006 Members and aides will glimpse a familiar sight this morning on the Capitol’s West Lawn: angry physicians, wearing lab coats and toting picket signs. With just days left before lawmakers leave town to campaign, lobbying groups representing doctors are continuing their frantic push to get the key players in Congress to set aside their differences and quickly move legislation to prevent a 5.1 percent cut in Medicare fees for doctors that will kick in on Jan. 1. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) organized today’s event, which is billed as a rally. The group says that...
  • OperaRage: Idomeneo and Islam

    09/27/2006 8:09:53 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 9 replies · 373+ views
    OperaRage: Idomeneo and Islam By Michelle Malkin · September 27, 2006 07:28 AM [Decapitated Heads]Scene from Idomeneo: Banned in Germany The first thing to remember when reading about the cancellation of Mozart's Idomeneo in Germany and the opera house Deutsche Oper's kowtowing to Islamic bullies is that jihadists hate Western art and music. They hate love songs. They hate Muslim female pop stars. They hate church frescos. And poems. And illustrations of poems. And, uh, you know how they feel about cartoons. So it doesn't take much to get them worked up.
  • Crime in cyber space [IRAQ]

    09/27/2006 7:40:11 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 1 replies · 89+ views
    27 September 2006 AS the Internet has brought about a knowledge-transfer revolution rightly dubbed the 'information superhighway', it has also created unprecedented opportunities and avenues for those with a criminal bent of mind. Internet crime is not new. There have been numerous incidents where cyber bandits have successfully made off with millions from prominent financial institutions, exploiting the vulnerability of the electronic transfer system. With good reason, this has triggered greater cyber security. Which is why there have also been numerous incidents where people trying to steal money via the Internet have been apprehended and brought to book. Dear readers,...
  • US strike kills four insurgents, four civilian women

    09/27/2006 7:26:36 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 27 replies · 487+ views
    www.khaleejtimes.com ^ | 27 September 2006 | AFP
    27 September 2006 BAQUBA, Iraq - Four insurgents from a group linked to Al Qaeda were killed in an assault Wednesday by United States forces north of Baghdad that also left four civilian women dead, the US military said. The attack happened in the early hours of the morning in the city of Baquba, north of Baghdad, the military said in a statement. “Coalition forces killed four suspected terrorists and wounded two others during a raid the morning of September 27 targeting a terrorist tied to extremist leaders of Al Qaeda in Iraq in ... Diyalah and Salaheddin provinces,” the...
  • Text of Declassified Intelligence Estimate

    09/27/2006 7:17:25 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 10 replies · 417+ views
    WorldNews.com,Thu 28 Sep 2006 Email this story to a friend Print this story Text of Declassified Intelligence Estimate US Director of National Intelligence. United States-led counterterrorism efforts have seriously damaged the leadership of al-Qaida and disrupted its operations; however, we judge that al-Qaida will continue to pose the greatest threat to the homeland and U.S. interests abroad by a single terrorist organization. We also assess that the global jihadist movement, which includes al-Qaida, affiliated and independent terrorist groups and emerging networks and cells, is spreading and adapting to counterterrorism efforts. -- Although we cannot measure the extent of the spread...
  • Schwarzenegger's lead widens in latest Calif. poll

    09/27/2006 7:01:13 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 2 replies · 143+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger widened his lead over his Democratic gubernatorial rival to ten points, according to the latest Field Poll of 557 likely voters released on Wednesday. In the survey conducted from September 14-24, 44 percent said they would favor Republican Schwarzenegger, compared to 34 percent for State Treasurer Phil Angelides. In July, 45 percent said they favored the Hollywood action star, compared to 37 percent for the Harvard-educated former real estate developer Angelides. In February, the poll showed the two men in a tie, with both at 39 percent. Since then, Schwarzenegger has won...
  • The United Nations:30 Years of "Brutal Buffoonery"

    09/22/2006 6:37:24 AM PDT · by Grendel9 · 11 replies · 461+ views
    "Every day at the U.N., on every side, we are assailed because we are a democracy. In the U.N. today there are in the range of several dozen democracies left; totalitarian regimes and assorted ancient and modern despotisms make up all the rest. Nothing so unites these nations as the conviction that their success ultimately depends on our failure. Most of the new states have ended up as enemies of freedom." ~ Daniel Patrick Moynihan, September 1976 I want to take you, dear readers, on a trip back in time. A more innocent time perhaps when mankind's yearnings for redemptive...
  • The American Eleven: Two Down, Nine to Go by Newt Gingrich

    09/19/2006 3:34:35 PM PDT · by Grendel9 · 16 replies · 763+ views
    Republican victory in 2006 depends on a return to the American values that twice elected Ronald Reagan and returned the House to a Republican majority with the Contract with America. Republicans in 2006 must return to the pattern that allowed the center-right majority to win decisive elections for President Reagan in 1980 and 1984 and win with the Contract with America in 1994. President Ronald Reagan was successful because as governor, as a candidate and as President he spoke for and advocated the values of the overwhelming majority of Americans. The Contract with America succeeded because its core solutions (standing...
  • Rosie's rant won't work in Wheaton

    O'Donnell made headlines last week by asserting that "radical Christianity" is "just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have separation of church and state." ...Turns out that O'Donnell is one of the Hollywood types that is heartily meddling in the race, contributing the maximum to Tammy Duckworth, the carpetbagging Democratic candidate for Congress. O'Donnell has contributed $74,000 to Democrats, $1,000 to Republicans and $27,800 to assorted left-leaning special interests, such as the Human Rights Campaign political action committee. A breathtaking 97 percent, or about $1 million, of Duckworth's individual campaign contributions are raised outside...