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  • British To Lead Major Assault On Taliban

    08/11/2006 6:04:55 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 414+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-12-2006 | Neil Tweedie
    British to lead major assault on Taliban By Neil Tweedie (Filed: 12/08/2006) British troops in southern Afghanistan are to lead a new offensive against the Taliban in an attempt to regain the initiative after weeks of intense fighting. The plan will involve the use of mobile forces such as the Paras to attack insurgents in their strongholds, rather than defending fixed points. Lt Gen David Richards, the British officer commanding the Nato force in the country, said yesterday that 10,000 troops would be involved in the campaign, which would last at least three months. British, Canadian and other Nato troops...
  • Israel severs major Lebanon supply link

    08/04/2006 7:59:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 882+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/4/06 | Steven R. Hurst - ap
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israel and Hezbollah fought bloody ground battles and exchanged fierce air and missile strikes Friday — including bombing raids that severed Lebanon's last major supply link with Syria and the outside world, and the guerrillas' deepest rocket attack inside Israel to date. Loud explosions resounded in Beirut early Saturday as Israeli warplanes renewed their onslaught, carrying out several strikes on southern suburbs, local media said. Israeli helicopters, meanwhile, attacked suspected Hezbollah positions in the southern city of Tyre, according to residents. After days of desultory diplomacy, Washington said it was near agreement with France on a U.N....
  • Iran seeks to become major Mideast player

    07/20/2006 2:12:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 512+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/20/06 | Brian Murphy - ap
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian officials often say that places with the greatest troubles offer their country the best opportunities. Iranian influence in Iraq has surged since the U.S.-led invasion three years ago. Its reach into Afghanistan continues to grow. And now, the war in Lebanon could make Iran an even more important player in the Islamic world even as its militant Shiite Arab client, Hezbollah, gets pounded by Israel. "Iran sees itself more than just the moral father of Hezbollah. Iran seeks to become a major force across the region as a counterbalance to America and Israel," said Ahmad Bakhshaiesh,...
  • Iraqi minister: Major al-Qaida in Iraq leader dead

    07/19/2006 4:25:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 895+ views
    Iraqi police recruits head toward their sleeping quarters after going through orientation at Forward Operating Base Duke on July 2. Iraqi police recruits go through a two-week training course called the crucible, which is conducted by the U.S. Army's 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment and civilian contractors. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Katrina Beeler) BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi national security advisor announced the recent killing of several al-Qaida terrorist group leaders and the capture of others during a press conference here yesterday. Calling it “a major blow to al-Qaida in Iraq,” Dr. Mouwafak al-Rubaie said...
  • 16 Afghan aviators graduate Sergeants Major Academy

    06/09/2006 5:22:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 295+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Virginia Reza
    FORT BLISS, Texas (Army News Service, June 9, 2006) – Sixteen Afghan pilots, crew chiefs and flight engineers graduated the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy today at Fort Bliss, Texas. The first Afghan aviators to graduate the academy, they will use their new knowledge to help combat narcoterrorists in Afghanistan. “This is a great day for the people of Afghanistan and for the people of the United States,” said Richard J. Douglas, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics. “This sets the stage for what you have accomplished here at Fort Bliss …by helping President Hamid Karzi’s efforts to suppress...
  • Afghan sergeant major goes where none have gone before

    06/06/2006 3:59:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 322+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Sgt. Ken Hall
    FORT BLISS, Texas (Army News Service, June 5, 2006) – The first-ever Afghan soldier to attend the Sergeants Major Academy has graduated as a member of SMA Class 56, at Fort Bliss, Texas, May 19. Sgt. Maj. Roshan Safi was selected to attend the U.S. SMA on recommendations from his commanders and U.S. Army mentors in Afghanistan because of his consistent leadership potential as a career-soldier, which began with the post-Taliban controlled Afghan military. “We have officer and enlisted training in Afghanistan,” says Safi. “But in the future we want to establish more non commissioned officer enlisted and officer schools.”...
  • 3 major hurricanes to hit US this year: AccuWeather

    05/15/2006 9:54:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 119 replies · 2,097+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/15/06 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three major hurricanes will strike the United States this year, with the storm-battered Gulf Coast most at risk in June and July, forecaster AccuWeather predicted Monday. The outlook comes after a record-setting hurricane season in 2005 that devastated New Orleans and other coastal cities along the Gulf, and dealt a heavy blow to the U.S. oil industry that sent energy prices to record highs. "The 2006 storm season will be a creeping threat," said AccuWeather Chief Forecaster Joe Bastardi. He projected that five hurricanes, three of them with winds over 110 miles per hour, would hit...
  • Band of Brothers Soldiers Detain Suspects, Unearth Major Cache

    04/21/2006 4:37:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 794+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 21, 2006 – U.S. soldiers from Task Force Band of Brothers scored successes in two operations this week. Soldiers from the task force caught seven suspected insurgents in the act of emplacing explosives yesterday. Soldiers on patrol with Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, observed the suspects digging. As the patrol approached, the suspects tried to flee in two vehicles. The soldiers stopped, searched and detained all the suspects. In one vehicle, a blue truck, soldiers discovered more than 120 mortar rounds, fuses and four missiles. At the site where the...
  • Determined Manhunt Leads to Major Terrorist Catch

    04/06/2006 4:34:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 326+ views
    BAGHDAD, April 6, 2006 – U.S. officials announced today that Iraqi forces captured a terrorist leader in Iraq early last month. Iraqi forces captured and arrested Iraqi terrorist leader Muhammed Hila Hammad Ubaydi, also known as Abu Ayman, in the Mahmudiyah neighborhood of southern Baghdad March 7. Investigators held notice of this capture until now to wait for the results of DNA testing, which confirmed the identity of the man in custody. "Ayman's capture was the result of a determined manhunt conducted by Iraqi intelligence professionals and several intelligence agencies within the coalition," U.S. officials said in a release. Until...
  • MAJOR ISRAELI SHIPPING FIRM ENDORSES DUBAI PORTS WORLD

    03/10/2006 8:32:16 PM PST · by crushelits · 11 replies · 416+ views
    yahoo.com ^ | March 02, 2006 | yahoo/cnn
    A video grab from CNN shows reporter Wolf Blitzer reporting on Israel's largest shipping line endorsing the takeover of six major U.S. ports by Dubai Ports World March 2, 2006. Dubai Ports World $6.85 billion acquisition of Britain's P&O will close on Friday or Monday, despite an additional 45-day review by the U.S. Government in response to security concerns, a U.S Treasury Department official said on Thursday.
  • Sergeant major of Army says big transformation under way

    02/25/2006 12:51:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 30 replies · 983+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — This year and next will be the toughest for the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, the service’s top enlisted soldier said Friday. Equating too many things coming together at once to the movie “The Perfect Storm,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston said the Army is in the midst of a major transformation of creating more brigade combat teams, movement of forces from overseas locations, base closures and realignments, recruiting more soldiers and continuing to fight terrorism. What cannot be lost is protecting the nation, he told nearly 700 noncommissioned soldiers and officers during a...
  • Baqubah General Hospital underwent major surgery

    02/03/2006 5:32:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 157+ views
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ^ | Feb 2, 2006 | Claude D. McKinney
    Baqubah General Hospital underwent major surgery by Claude D. McKinney Gulf Region North U.S. Army Corps of Engineers The 331-bed Baqubah General Hospital can accommodate 400-500 patients daily is one of two hospitals in Baqubah. In the total Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Program, there are 30 Hospital projects planned nationwide, with 16 currently ongoing, and 13 completed. (GRD photo) Baqubah, Iraq—After a year under construction, the Baqubah General Hospital is finished … with a new incinerator and reverse osmosis water treatment system; plumbing and sewer system upgrade; architectural renovation; emergency backup generator and repair of existing elevators. The completed...
  • The Leadership Legacy of John Whyte (Major USArmy)

    01/04/2006 4:36:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 287+ views
    The US Army Professional Writing Collection ^ | December 2005 | unattributed
    John Whyte commanded three companies, including a rifle company in Iraq. John was killed in an accident after returning from combat, when a car struck him while he was standing on the side of a Kansas City highway. There is a proverb that reads, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Those who knew John might change it to read, "As iron sharpens iron, so John Whyte sharpens those around him." He was on a self-imposed mission to be the most effective leader that he could be, and even better, he was on a self-imposed mission to help...
  • Volcanic Suppression: Major Eruptions Can Reduce Sea Level

    11/08/2005 7:28:52 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 794+ views
    Science News Online ^ | 11-7-2005 | Sid Perkins
    Week of Nov. 5, 2005; Vol. 168, No. 19 , p. 294 Volcanic Suppression: Major eruptions can reduce sea level Sid Perkins Large volcanic eruptions can temporarily cool Earth's climate and, a team of scientists now suggests, lower sea level worldwide. BLOWING ITS TOP. Ocean cooling following the June 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines caused sea level worldwide to temporarily drop about 5 millimeters. D. Harlow/U.S. Geological Survey The tiny particles of broken rock and droplets of condensed gases that a volcano ejects high into the atmosphere reflect sunlight into space. So, after an eruption, there's less...
  • Supreme Court rejects major telecommuting case

    11/02/2005 12:06:40 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 22 replies · 1,186+ views
    newsday ^ | 11 02 05 | GINA HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused Monday to disturb New York's system of taxing the income of telecommuters who live elsewhere but are employed by companies in the Empire state. Justices passed up a chance to hear the appeal of a Tennessee computer programmer who claimed that New York's tax law is unconstitutional. Thomas Huckaby had been ordered to pay New York income tax for his full salary, not just the time he spent at the New York offices of the union for which he worked. He lived 900 miles away in Nashville.
  • Major Dust Storm on Mars Visible with Backyard Telescopes

    10/28/2005 6:38:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,560+ views
    Space.com on Yahoo ^ | 10/28/05 | Robert Roy Britt
    A major dust storm has just broken out on Mars and the event will be visible this weekend with good-sized backyard telescopes. The timing is incredible. Amateur skywatchers around the world are planning to gaze at Mars Saturday night because it will be closer to Earth than anytime until the year 2018. The dust storm was no more than a small bright dot Thursday yet it was large and obvious Friday, as seen in images taken by Clay Sherrod at the Arkansas Sky Observatories. NASA took note and is monitoring signals from its Mars rovers, one of which has detected...
  • OH: Major Republican Donor Indicted in Ohio (Thomas W. Noe, coin dealer)

    10/27/2005 6:25:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 759+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/27/05 | John Seewer - ap
    TOLEDO, Ohio - A coin dealer and major GOP donor at the center of a scandal in Ohio state government was charged Thursday with illegally funneling $45,400 in contributions to President Bush's re-election bid. Tom Noe was accused in a federal indictment of giving money directly or indirectly to 24 friends and associates, who then made the campaign contributions in their own names. In that way, he skirted the $2,000 limit on individual contributions, prosecutors said. "It's one of the most blatant and excessive finance schemes we have encountered," said Noel Hillman, section chief of the U.S. Department of Justice's...
  • Global warming a major threat in Africa

    10/20/2005 12:05:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 777+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/20/05 | Alexandra Zavis - ap
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Deadly epidemics. Ruined crops. The extinction of some of Africa's wildlife. The potential consequences of global warming could be devastating for the world's poorest continent, yet its nations are among the least equipped to cope. "It is our vulnerability that sets us apart from developed nations," said Luanne Otter, a researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand during a climate change conference this week in South Africa. Surface temperatures rose about 1 degree Fahrenheit in the 20th century — the largest increase in 1,000 years, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It said 1998...
  • CA: Teachers union makes major distribution as campaigning begins

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

    07/08/2005 2:31:59 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 1,687+ views
    News5 Belize ^ | 7-8-2005 | Janelle Chanona
    Archaeologists make major discovery... underwater When most people think about Mayan archaeology they imagine excavations in royal tombs or trenches cut into tree covered mounds. Few of us would expect that a significant find could be made underwater... particularly in a swamp. But Belizean archaeology is a many-faceted field, as the presentations at this year's Archaeology Symposium, now underway in San Ignacio, amply reveal. Among the updates to last year's reports is a startling discovery made by a team from Louisiana State University. It is a find unlike any in all of the Meso-American world, and it was made right...
  • Major Excavation At Roman Forts (Wales)

    06/27/2005 11:43:56 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 654+ views
    Major excavation at Roman forts The forts have been discovered at Dinefwr Park Three weeks of digging to excavate what could be the largest Roman garrison fort in Wales start on Monday. The site, which dates from the first century AD, was first found at Dinefwr Park, near Llandeilo, in 2003. Experts said the south Wales discovery could rewrite our understanding of the Roman conquest in the area. Recent surveys confirmed the site, which is invisible from the surface, is much larger than first thought and is made up of two overlapping forts. Emma Plunkett Dillon, archaeologist for the National...
  • Major Bronze Age Haul Unearthed (UK)

    04/26/2005 5:18:02 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 683+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-26-2005
    Major Bronze Age haul unearthed More than 140 pieces have been recovered from the garden A large haul of Bronze Age artefacts has been uncovered by a gardener. The 145 items, dating from about 800BC, were found by Simon Francis as he landscaped the grounds of a house in Cringleford, near Norwich. Norfolk County Council archaeologists say the haul is one of the largest and most significant they have known. Curator of archaeology Alan West said: "The items are in good condition and the more items we find the better knowledge we can develop of the era." It is very...
  • No major radiation leak for lost H-bomb

    04/12/2005 12:23:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 889+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/12/05 | Russ Bynum - AP
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Government testing for possible signs of a nuclear bomb lost off the Georgia coast in 1958 found no significant radiation, the Air Force said in a letter to a Georgia newspaper. Last September, government scientists took radiation readings and soil samples in waters near Tybee Island after a retired Air Force pilot who has searched privately for the bomb reported finding possible radioactive clues. The government has not released a final report, but a letter by Air Force Col. James DeFrank, written in response to a story by The Associated Press, said government tests did not...
  • Senator Hillary Clinton slams Grand Theft Auto ("major threat" to morality)

    03/29/2005 2:31:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 113 replies · 2,610+ views
    Eurogamer.net ^ | 3/29/05
    Hillary Clinton slams GTA GamesIndustry.biz New York senator and former first lady Hillary Clinton has launched an attack on violent videogames, singling out Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto titles as a "major threat" to morality. Clinton, who is reportedly planning to seek the Democratic presidential nomination for the 2008 election, has aligned herself with hardline right-wing Republican senators in order to pressure Congress into researching the impact of electronic media on children. "Children are playing a game that encourages them to have sex with prostitutes and then murder them," she said in a statement on the issue. "This is a silent...
  • CA: Major shift possible in century-old wildfire suppression policy

    03/07/2005 8:18:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 637+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 3/7/05 | AP
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A major shift in the century-old policy for suppressing the wildfire danger in Southern California's national forests could be coming this summer. Unchecked growth has left the region's woodlands dangerously overgrown and the new plans will be part legacy of 2003's deadly firestorms, part science and part popular opinion. U.S. Forest Service planners have worked three years on the new management guidelines and they are now poring over nearly 11,000 separate concerns contained in more than 3,000 letters and e-mails sent in response to an initial draft released last year. Plans for the San Bernardino, Cleveland, Los...
  • Former PM John Major: Labour's half-truths and spin are a cancer in the body politic

    02/21/2005 6:39:24 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 570+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | February 22, 2005 | John Major
    Since leaving office, I have not sought publicity. Even when provoked I have usually kept my counsel. Yet the changing character of the way politics is conducted is an issue on which it would be wrong to remain silent. The turnout at the last election was pitiful and is likely to be even more so at the next one – probably below that in Iraq, where voters ran the gauntlet of bomb and bullet. In one of the world's most secure democracies, how can such disillusion have set in?One cause is the way politics is conducted. It is a robust...
  • Hillary Clinton 2008 Confirmed?

    01/17/2005 4:38:09 PM PST · by yoe · 51 replies · 6,759+ views
    National Ledger ^ | Jan. 16, 2005 | Staff
    New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) has long been rumored as desperately seeking the democratic nomination for president in 2008. And while many political observers fully expect the power hungry former First Lady to hit the campaign trail within only a few months of being re-elected as a US Senator in 2006, US News & World report claims to have a confirmation of sorts. From USNews.Com's Washington Whispers: Hillary's in… You don't have to take it from us about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton 's desire to run for president. Her brothers, Hugh and Tony Rodham, say it's true. Friends...
  • Listen to the Iraqis

    01/08/2005 3:22:00 PM PST · by stevejackson · 4 replies · 723+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | January 8, 2005 | Michael Rubin
    http://netwmd.com/articles/article849.html Baghdad, Iraq — Half past ten in the morning on Monday, January 3, an Iraqi National Guard unit, escorted by a dozen uniformed U.S. military, pulled up to Abdul Karim Muhammadawi's headquarters in the Hay al-Jamiah section of Baghdad. Muhammadawi, known to the Iraqis as Abu Hatem, is renowned among Iraqi Shia as "the Robin Hood of the marshes." Hailing from al-Amarah, during Saddam's rule, he led a persistent Shia resistance which harried local Baathist commanders and protected political opposition. A member of the now-defunct governing council, he has since joined the Iraqi National Alliance (al-Ittilaf al-Watani al-Iraqi), the...
  • Major Climate Change Occurred 5,200 Years ago: Evidence Suggests That History May Repeat Itself

    12/28/2004 3:08:55 PM PST · by blam · 82 replies · 3,238+ views
    Ohio State University ^ | 12-24-2004 | Ohio State University
    Source: Ohio State University Date: 2004-12-24 Major Climate Change Occurred 5,200 Years Ago: Evidence Suggests That History Could Repeat Itself COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Glaciologist Lonnie Thompson worries that he may have found clues that show history repeating itself, and if he is right, the result could have important implications to modern society. Thompson has spent his career trekking to the far corners of the world to find remote ice fields and then bring back cores drilled from their centers. Within those cores are the records of ancient climate from across the globe. From the mountains of data drawn by analyzing...
  • Exploiting the Koran to Terrorize

    12/14/2004 8:13:38 AM PST · by forty_years · 12 replies · 1,070+ views
    http://netwmd.com ^ | December 14, 2004 | Daniel Pipes
    Counterterrorism efforts got a major boost last week when an American district court found three Muslim organizations and one individual, mostly based in the Chicago area, guilty of funding Hamas and fined them an astonishing US$156 million.The four were found liable for their roles in the murder of an American teenager, David Boim, on May 13, 1996, when he was shot by Hamas operatives as he waited for a bus near Jerusalem. This case is important in itself, providing some measure of justice and relief for the Boim family. Beyond that, it helps fight terrorism in four ways.First, it validates...
  • British Thwart Major 'Madrid-Size' Terror Attack

    12/10/2004 3:58:19 AM PST · by crushelits · 8 replies · 1,019+ views
    netscape.cnn.com ^ | Dec. 10, 2004 | Andrew Cawthorne
    'Madrid-Style' Attack Thwarted in London - Police LONDON (Reuters) - Security services have thwarted a planned attack on London similar to the March 11 train bombings in Madrid by Islamic extremists, the British capital's police chief said on Thursday. "Thank God to date, and we have had to work extremely hard, we've thwarted attacks," Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens told the BBC. Asked if his force had stopped a strike on the scale of the Spanish attack, he added: "Yes, I can't discuss it because of court proceedings -- but yes we have stopped a Madrid." The morning...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Seattle Budget Follies.

    11/23/2004 8:29:54 PM PST · by alessandrofiaschi · 5 replies · 533+ views
    Sound Politics (blog) ^ | November 23, 2004 | Alessandro Fiaschi
    Seattle Budget Follies The fiscally incontinent Seattle City Council has approved the 2005 budget. The council changed little of Mayor Greg Nickels' 2005 proposed budget, except by adding almost $6 million in spending, with most of that going to streets and bridges, libraries and social services. The council would finance most of its additions through a 1.5 percent increase in garbage, water, sewer and drainage charges. The increase would cost the average homeowner about $16 more a year. In a nutshell, the council socked every homeowner with a fee increase on essential services, in order to: a) Protect $109 opera...
  • Suha Arafat surfaces as major player

    11/08/2004 8:40:37 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 2,807+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/8/04 | Mohammed Daraghmeh - AP
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Yasser Arafat's wife Suha, long dismissed by Palestinians as a spoiled socialite, had not even seen her husband for years until he fell sick last month. But she has suddenly emerged as a major player in the succession struggle for Palestinian power. In a one-minute telephone call to the Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera, she set off a political storm Monday, accusing her husband's top aides of conspiring to replace the 75-year-old leader in a behind-the-scenes power grab. The 41-year-old Mrs. Arafat, who until now remained largely outside the political scene, said top officials aimed to...
  • CA: Governor signs first major gay rights bill

    09/14/2004 7:36:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 73 replies · 1,298+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 9/14/04 | Bill Ainsworth
    SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the first major gay rights legislation to reach his desk yesterday when he approved a bill that would require insurance companies to offer coverage to registered domestic partners. The governor's office announced his approval late yesterday without any fanfare or even a signing message explaining his decision. AB 2208, sponsored by Assemblywoman Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, would require companies that offer health, life, homeowners and auto insurance to offer policies that cover domestic partners in the same way they cover spouses. Current law requires insurers to offer domestic partners coverage equivalent to a dependent,...
  • Coverup Found in Bush's Record, 1972-73 OER's Filed Late.

    09/12/2004 5:06:42 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 100 replies · 5,097+ views
    self | 12 Sept 2004 | Robert A. Cook
    Read this comment carefully, and see if you can pull apart my train of thought. I think I have figured out the whole rational behind these forgeries, the long-standing rumors about Bush's national Guard records, and the actual source of the (real) coverup. ===== Follow my logic here real carefully, and see if this explains WHY the forger thought he could get away with his memo's, WHY everybody was "expecting" an earth-shaking problem with Bush's records, WHY everybody kept coming back to his ANG service, and WHY Dan Rather kept getting different rumors of ANG records problems in Bush's unit!...
  • Republicans for Kerry (re: the 3% who never get the word)

    08/27/2004 7:53:22 AM PDT · by OESY · 18 replies · 924+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 27, 2004 | NIALL FERGUSON
    ...[T]here are many tendencies in American political life that will not be fundamentally affected by the outcome of November's election. For example, contrary to what Mr. Kerry claimed in his convention speech, there are profound structural causes for the widening rift between the U.S. and its erstwhile allies on the European continent that no new president could possibly counteract. And regardless of whether Mr. Bush or Mr. Kerry is in the White House next year, the U.S. will still be stuck with the dirty work of policing post-Saddam Iraq with minimal European assistance other than from Britain -- regardless of...
  • Two start drive to recall Kelly Twin brothers

    08/20/2004 6:31:57 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 4 replies · 438+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 8-20-04 | robert ingrassia
    They're identical twins who share an identical goal. David and Daniel Duddingston, a pair of self-described political novices, want to overcome extremely long odds to recall St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly. The brothers announced an effort Thursday for a petition drive that, if successful, would force Kelly to face a recall election. The Duddingstons said outrage over Kelly's recent endorsement of President Bush sparked the crusade. "Randy Kelly should be representing the city in a nonpartisan way," David Duddingston said. "He has betrayed the trust of the city by endorsing a candidate."
  • CA: Pact May Allow First Major Urban Casino

    08/17/2004 6:24:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 348+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/17/04 | Dan Morain
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is preparing to sign new gambling agreements with several Indian tribes, including one that could spawn California's first major urban casino — something the governor has said he opposed. The Bay Area facility, a short drive from Oakland and San Francisco, could be one of the world's largest gambling halls, as large as five Costcos, with up to 5,000 slot machines, multiple sources said Monday. The agreement would require that once the 259-member Lytton Band of Pomo Indians opened the facility, now the site of a card club called Casino San Pablo, it would pay...
  • Major Fiscal Worries Not on Anyone's Agenda

    07/27/2004 10:59:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 247+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/27/04 | Janet Hook
    BOSTON — Sen. John F. Kerry has given scores of policy speeches in his bid for the presidency, issued reams of position papers, and guided the 37-page platform on major issues that the Democratic National Convention will adopt today. But Kerry and the platform are vague or silent on some of the far-reaching issues that will confront the next president: how to address the burgeoning budget deficit and the financial instability of Social Security and Medicare. Kerry has said he wants to halve the deficit in four years, but independent experts have questioned whether that promise squares with costly domestic...
  • UN Confirms: WMDs Smuggled Out of Iraq

    06/24/2004 12:35:11 AM PDT · by Veritas_est · 201 replies · 7,756+ views
    The Vanguard ^ | June 18, 2004 | Rod D. Martin
    UN Confirms: WMDs Smuggled Out of Iraq © June 18, 2004, Rod D. Martin In a report which might alternately be termed “stunning” or “terrifying”, United Nations weapons inspectors confirmed last week not merely that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but that he smuggled them out of his country, before, during and after the war. Late last week, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) briefed the Security Council on Saddam's lightning-fast dismantling of missile and WMD sites before and during the war. UNMOVIC executive chairman Demetrius Perricos detailed not only the export of thousands of tons...
  • Major's fury over US visa for Adams (CLINTON VERSUS THE UK FLASHBACK)

    06/22/2004 10:34:23 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 20 replies · 284+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | June 23, 2004 | Alec Russell
    John Major was so angry at Bill Clinton for granting Gerry Adams a visa that "for days" he refused to take his telephone calls, according to the former American president's memoirs. Mr Clinton concedes that the row in January 1994 provoked the first serious disagreement among his foreign policy team. The State Department, the CIA, the Justice Dept and the FBI all argued, he recalls, that the visa would make America look "soft on terrorism" and "could do irreparable damage to our vaunted 'special relationship' with Great Britain". But he stands by his decision, arguing that Mr Adams's visit to...
  • Major Website Blackout Blamed On Massive Attack

    06/16/2004 3:27:02 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 186+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6-16-2004 | Will Knight
    Major website blackout blamed on massive attack 17:13 16 June 04 NewScientist.com news service Some of the world's most popular internet sites suffered blackouts on Tuesday following a co-ordinated and distributed online attack. Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and several other major sites faltered as a result of the attack, which started at 10:45 EST on Tuesday and lasted for over two hours. The problems were traced to Akamai, in Massachusetts, US, which provides support to the internet giants though a vast network of distributed servers for all of the sites. Technical experts said the incident was consistent with an attack on...
  • Major Excavation To Open Viking Graves

    06/01/2004 2:25:09 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 1,022+ views
    Aften Posten ^ | 6-1-2004
    Major excavation to open Viking graves The largest excavation of a Viking burial site in 50 years is underway at a farm in Vestfold, south of Oslo. Archaeologists already started finding ship nails last week, and chances are good more Viking treasures are about to be revealed. This aerial view shows the burial sites, including contures of a ship at far left. PHOTO: DAGFINN SKRE, UNIVERSITETET I OSLO Expectations are high as experts start opening up ancient Viking gravesites over the next few weeks. "This is an incredibly exciting project," says Lars Erik Gjerpe of the University of Oslo's Historic...
  • Masters Live Thread (Final Round)

    04/11/2004 7:39:48 AM PDT · by Archie Bunker on steroids · 12 replies · 156+ views
    1 Chris DiMarco -6 1 Phil Mickelson -6 3 Paul Casey -4 4 Bernhard Langer -3 4 Ernie Els 1:40 -3
  • Masters Live Thread (Day 3)

    04/10/2004 7:19:57 AM PDT · by Archie Bunker on steroids · 69 replies · 347+ views
    1 Justin Rose -6 2 Jose Maria Olazabal-4 2 Alex Cejka -4 4 K.J. Choi -3 4 Phil Mickelson -3 6 Charles Howell III -2 6 Ernie Els -2 6 Davis Love III -2 6 Chris DiMarco -2 6 Fred Couples -2 14 Tiger Woods E
  • CA: A major math mess (CSU system critique)

    04/09/2004 11:25:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 233+ views
    OC Register ^ | 4/9/04 | David Klein - Op/Ed
    <p>Racial politics, remedial education, teacher training and K-12 school policies are all intertwined in the California State University (CSU) system, and the result is bad news for everyone - students, public schools and taxpayers alike.</p> <p>To understand this complex picture, some background is in order. A key point to start with is that Cal State colleges have both been affected by problems in state public schools and have been a cause of some of these problems. Here's how: Starting in the 1980s, colleges of education - including CSU's - aggressively promoted faddish education theories like "whole language learning" and "fuzzy math" that plunged California public school students almost to the bottom of the nation in reading and math.</p>
  • Police Find Major Child-Porn Ring (boarding school staff member & basketball coach busted)

    02/11/2004 5:17:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 150+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/08/04 | SUSAN SKILES LUKE
    Police Find Major Child-Porn Ring Sun Feb 8, 2:44 PM ET By SUSAN SKILES LUKE, Associated Press Writer MOUNT VERNON, Ill. - Soon after a 13-year-old runaway told police she had posed for pornography in a ramshackle apartment, police knocked on its rickety door. What they found inside stopped them cold. Computers and CDs in the apartment held an enormous collection of child pornography. That led them to a child-porn ring they say involved a staff member of a boarding school for the learning disabled, a middle-school basketball coach and at least four others. Six men have been charged so...
  • Archaeologists Tout Major Find In Tyre

    09/18/2003 4:53:56 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 338+ views
    Daily Star ^ | 9-18-2003 | Mohammed Zaatari
    Archaeologists tout major find in Tyre Mohammed Zaatari Daily Star correspondent A Japanese archaeological mission engaged in the excavation of Tyre’s historical past for the last three years has discovered what could be the temple of the sun god once worshipped by the Romans. The archaeologists found a temple topped by a circle which depicts the sun. Small cultic figurines were found at the site, but as yet, no large statue has been found. Many of the Roman gods worshipped in the Eastern Mediterranean were identified with older, Phoenician gods, and their worship was frequently conducted on the sites of...
  • FABIAN NOW A DANGEROUS CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE; FIRST MAJOR HURRICANE OF 2003 SEASON

    08/30/2003 1:41:36 PM PDT · by varina davis · 66 replies · 1,181+ views
    National Hurricane Center/NOAA ^ | August 30, 2003 | National Hurricane Center
    BULLETIN HURRICANE FABIAN ADVISORY NUMBER 13 NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 5 PM AST SAT AUG 30 2003 ...FABIAN BECOMES THE FIRST MAJOR HURRICANE OF THE SEASON... HIGH RESOLUTION VISIBLE SATELLITE IMAGES INDICATE THAT AT 5 PM AST...2100Z...THE EYE OF HURRICANE FABIAN WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 17.4 NORTH...LONGITUDE 49.8 WEST OR ABOUT 775 MILES...1250 KM... EAST OF THE LESSER ANTILLES. FABIAN IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 14 MPH...22 KM/HR. A GENERAL WEST TO NORTHWEST TRACK IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 115 MPH...185 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. THIS MAKES FABIAN A...