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  • Japan's lost libido and America's asexual future

    03/12/2012 9:22:02 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 150 replies
    Asia Times ^ | March 13, 2012 | Spengler
    [According to] a Japanese government study: Almost a third of Japanese boys aged 16-20 and three-fifths of girls say that they have no interest in sex. The hormones of late adolescence evidently rage in vain against some cultural barrier that makes young Japanese "despise" sexual relations, according to the Japan Family Planning Association's report [1]. It turns out that the ultimate victim of sexual revolution is sex itself. What makes the Japanese hate sex? The same things that make a growing proportion of Americans hate sex. Joan Sewell's 2007 book I'd Rather Eat Chocolate became the manifesto of American women...
  • Sarah Palin Makes Jake Tapper Wait For Heifer Meeting To Ask Questions

    08/14/2011 8:48:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 8/14/11 | Tommy Christopher |
    During his run as interim host of ABC’s This Week with…, Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper lobbied valiantly (but unsuccessfully) to get former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to appear on the program. While covering the shenanigans in Iowa this week, Tapper seized on the opportunity to finally get Palin to answer some “substantive questions,” but before Palin would face Tapper’s queries, she had priority business to take care of: “I’m gonna go meet a heifer first.” Tapper’s amused, bemused reaction was priceless. “A heifer first?” After a few minutes of milking the spotlight (setting the mooed?) at the Iowa...
  • Obama Makes ‘Socialist’ Quip During Debt Town Hall

    07/22/2011 10:59:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 73 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/22/11 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    During his town hall meeting in Maryland today on the debt crisis, President Obama found time to answer critics who think his position (and positions) have a socialist flavor. And he joked about it. “This isn’t just some wild-eyed socialist position, it’s the position being taken by people of both parties and no party,“ he said with with a smirk as the audience chuckled and after talking about ”shared sacrifice:” Obama seems well aware of his critics. For example, on radio today Glenn Beck labeled the president a “Marxist.” Less than two weeks away from a debt ceiling deadline, President...
  • Rage in N.H. as House makes deep cuts, limits union powers

    04/01/2011 9:20:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4/1/11 | Norma Love
    CONCORD, N.H. -- Amid chants from the gallery and thousands of demonstrators in the Statehouse plaza, New Hampshire's Republican-dominated House approved a $10.2 billion budget yesterday that makes deep cuts to social programs and strips public unions of much of their bargaining power. The House debated the budget for five hours before Republicans pushed it through, 243-124.
  • Electric Wand Makes Fire Disappear

    03/30/2011 8:27:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 1+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 3/30/11 | Charles Choi
    Electric wands could allow future firefighters to extinguish flames with a wave of the hand, recent experiments suggest. Currently, firefighters use water, foam, powder, and other substances to tame flames. But a team from Harvard University's Whitesides Research Group has shown that electric fields can snuff out fires too (Snip) Based on this principle, the wand in the experiments essentially uses electricity to push the flame away from the burner, "detaching it from the fuel source, so it goes out." The scientists now want to move to suppressing fires both farther away and wider in scope by experimenting with the
  • School Chief Makes More Than $500,000

    03/07/2011 2:44:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies ^ | 3/7/11 | staff
    Carole Hankin, the superintendent of the Syosset Central School District, earns $506,322 a year – more than the President of the United States. Her salary, paid for by taxpayers, is compensation for running a tiny school district comprised of 10 schools and 6,687 students. Hankin’s total compensation package makes here the highest paid school superintendent in New York. By comparison, the head of New York City’s school system, with more than one million students, only makes $250,000 a year – plus benefits. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to put a cap on extravagant school superintendent salaries. He’s pushing legislation...
  • Iran: Obama Makes It Easy for Us

    06/09/2010 9:25:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 39+ views
    commentary mag ^ | 6/9/10 | Noah Pollak
    An interesting report in the Washington Post about Iran’s defiance of Western sanctions contains this remarkable nugget: “We are very proud of our diplomacy, although we are mainly benefiting from mistakes made by the United States and its allies,” said Kazem Jalali, a key member of the Iranian parliament’s commission on national security and foreign policy. “We are using all our resources to exploit these weaknesses.” The new sanctions have been advertised by the Obama administration as a demonstration of world unity against the Iranian nuclear program. In reality, they are so weak and so lacking in international support that...
  • Obama makes picks for debt commission (SEIU's Andy Stern Included)

    02/26/2010 8:09:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 431+ views
    breitbart ^ | 2/26/10 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's four appointments to the bipartisan debt panel he established last week include the head of manufacturing giant Honeywell and a former top-ranking Federal Reserve official. Obama on Friday named David Cote, chief executive officer at Honeywell International, and former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Alice Rivlin to the panel. He also appointed Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, and Ann Fudge, the former chief executive officer of Young & Rubicam Brands.
  • House panel makes ACORN eligible to share regulatory authority

    10/27/2009 9:46:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 774+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/27/09 | Mark Tapscott
    Besides giving advice on avoiding taxes and fraudulently getting home loans for brothels featuring 13-year-old Salvadoran girls illegally smuggled into this country, ACORN officials could soon be helping regulate your local bank, thanks to an amendment adopted by Rep. Barney Frank's House Financial Services Committee. The amendment was sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, and provided that five slots on the oversight board for the proposed new Consumer Financial Protection Agency be reserved for representatives of "consumer protection, fair lending and civil rights, representatives of depository institutions that primarily serve underserved communities, or representatives of communities that have been significantly...
  • Obama makes first trip to New Orleans as president

    10/15/2009 9:20:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 1,000+ views
    AP ^ | 10/15/09 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama, who accused former President George W. Bush of leading a government "that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns," is hearing directly from New Orleans residents who have struggled to rebuild their city since the 2005 hurricane season. Obama arrives in New Orleans Thursday on his first presidential trip to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. About 1,600 people were killed in Louisiana and Mississippi by Hurricane Katrina, which caused $40 billion in damages and displaced 1 million people from their homes.
  • Obama makes U.N. debut on global warming (text, video here)

    09/22/2009 1:16:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 374+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 9/22/09 | staff
    When he campaigned for president, Barack Obama promised to reverse the record of George W. Bush when it came to global warming. But so far, all he's been able to achieve is a bill through the House -- not yet the Senate -- limiting greenhouse emissions, and an executive order to increase U.S. motor vehicle mileage standards to a level that, according to London's Guardian, achieves fuel standards by 2020 that European, Japanese and even Chinese cars have already met. In fact, the Guardian calls him "Obama the impotent." In his speech this morning to a special United Nations session...
  • White House makes CEOs pay for lunch

    07/30/2009 2:00:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 87 replies · 2,590+ views
    Politico ^ | 7/30/09 | EAMON JAVERS
    Four of the most powerful business leaders in America arrived at the White House one day last month for lunch with President Barack Obama, sitting down in his private dining room just steps from the Oval Office. But even for powerful CEOs, there’s no such thing as a free lunch: White House staffers collected credit card numbers for each executive, and carefully billed them for the cost of the meal with the president.
  • North Korea 'Make Weapons Pledge'

    09/23/2006 3:50:00 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 290+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-23-2006
    North Korea 'makes weapon pledge' The US has been monitoring activity at North Korean nuclear sites North Korea has said it plans to increase the amount of plutonium it extracts for use in nuclear weapons, according to a US scholar. Selig Harrison said North Korean officials had told him they would unload nuclear fuel rods from the Yongbyon reactor by the year's end. Mr Harrison said Pyongyang wants "to use Yongbyon as leverage" to get bilateral talks with the US. The US insists the nuclear issue can only be addressed in six-party talks. Pyongyang walked out of multilateral negotiations with...
  • ABC makes some changes to 9/11 series

    09/10/2006 9:36:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 257 replies · 6,148+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/10/06 | David Bauder - ap
    NEW YORK - ABC aired its miniseries "The Path to 9/11" on Sunday but made editing changes after former Clinton administration officials complained it contained fabricated scenes about their actions prior to the terrorist attacks. ABC's editing of the five-hour movie, airing on two successive nights starting Sunday, was evident from the very beginning. Twice, the network de-emphasized the role of the 9/11 commission's final report as source material for the film. The version that aired Sunday also changed a scene that, in a copy of the movie given to television critics a few weeks ago, indicated President Clinton's preoccupation...
  • Cambridge Scholar Makes Rare 30,000-Year-Old Find

    08/03/2006 10:34:52 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 847+ views ^ | 8-3-2006
    Cambridge scholar makes rare 30,000-year-old find Archaeologists have unearthed a pair of tiny bone fragments dating back almost 30,000 years and featuring minute designs carved by some of our earliest European ancestors. The thumbnail-sized bone fragments are engraved with parallel lines and match similar artefacts uncovered in the same area during the 19th century. They were carved by hunter-gatherers as they slowly made their way north in pursuit of moving populations of mammoth and reindeer 25-30,000 years ago. The unusual find was made by a Cambridge scholar, Becky Farbstein, who has been working at Predmosti in north Moravia, in the...
  • Parasite That Makes Cat-Lovers Neurotic

    08/01/2006 6:09:00 PM PDT · by blam · 106 replies · 3,185+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-2-2006 | Roger Highfield
    Parasite that makes cat-lovers neurotic By Roger Highfield, Science Editor (Filed: 02/08/2006) Cat-lovers may be more neurotic than other people as a result of a feline parasite that could ultimately also be responsible for international cultural differences, according to a radical theory published today. More than a quarter of the world's population - ranging from about seven per cent of the UK population to almost 70 per cent in Brazil - is infected with Toxoplasma -gondii, a relative of the malaria bug, which also infects rats, giving them a suicidal attraction to cats. "Some of us have a parasite in...
  • California DMV makes organ donation easier

    07/11/2006 9:08:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 632+ views
    The California Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a new system to sign up organ and tissue donors, hoping to significantly increase the state's pool of donations. Those applying for or renewing a driver's license or ID card can now register by checking "yes" at the organ and tissue donor option, officials said Monday. The decision has legal standing and is automatically transmitted to the state's donor registry, taking the decision about whether to donate out of a family's hands. "Now, for the first time, each and every one of the 23 million licensed California drivers will have an effective,...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger makes the cut

    07/06/2006 9:49:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 289+ views
    Last week, the governor signed a $131 billion budget amid a chorus of bipartisan congratulations. With state revenues higher than expected, and the governor positioning himself for a re-election bid in the fall, there was relatively little of the acrimonious negotiations that normally accompany the hammering-out of the state's spending plan. But the governor did do a bit of trimming before signing his budget deal. He used his line-item veto authority to cut $112 million in state funds from the budget. The state lost out on another $63 million in federal matching funds that would have accompanied the higher spending...
  • Soldier Makes Chopper-style Bicycle

    06/29/2006 8:06:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 1,050+ views
    Defense News ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Brent Hunt
    U.S. Army Spc. Keith Jennings, welder with Company B, 4th Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, sports a chopper-style bicycle he made with scraps he found around Camp Taji, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Hunt U.S. Army Spc. Keith Jennings Soldier Makes Chopper-style Bicycle By Sgt. 1st Class Brent Hunt 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 4th Infantry Division CAMP TAJI, Iraq, June 29, 2006 -- As soldiers on Camp Taji move about in their Humvees or bicycles from one place to another, one soldier from Fort Hood, Texas, truly stands out....
  • Taliban Makes 2nd Bogus Chopper Downing Claim, Two Troops Killed

    06/25/2006 12:43:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 309+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 25, 2006 – The Taliban made another false claim of shooting down a U.S. helicopter yesterday, while two coalition troops were killed, officials reported. The Taliban claim came as at least 65 insurgents were killed during recent firefights with coalition forces in Afghanistan. The Taliban falsely told the media June 24 that a U.S. helicopter was shot down yesterday in the Tarin Kowt area of Uruzgan Province. There's no truth to this claim, U.S. officials said, noting that all coalition helicopters are accounted for. This is the second fake claim of downing a U.S. helicopter the Taliban have...
  • Marine known as 'Lion' makes difference in Iraq

    06/15/2006 4:09:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 893+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Brian J. Holloran
    AL ASAD, Iraq (June 14, 2006) -- The two parties stare at each other from across a table that is filled with bottled water, sports drinks and soda cans. One side filled with local Iraqis from the neighboring area dressed in jeans, T-shirts and baseball hats. The other side is wearing the digital camouflaged uniforms with the eagle, globe and anchor embroidered on the chest over their hearts. Brief remarks from both sides are translated for the other to understand, turning the entire room into an eruption of laugher, as they continue to discuss the rebuilding of Iraq. Town Council...
  • The Six Billion Letter Man Makes DNA Breakthrough

    05/25/2006 6:57:07 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 345+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-26-2006 | Roger Highfield
    The six billion letter man makes DNA breakthrough By Roger Highfield, Science Editor (Filed: 26/05/2006) An american scientist has become the first person in history to gaze at his entire genetic makeup, the DNA recipe book that he inherited from his parents. Craig Venter, 59, one of the pioneers of the effort to read all the genes in a human - the human genome - has now gone much further and produced the ultimate autobiography, one written in six billion "letters" of DNA. This heralds a new era of medicine, that of personal genomics. While the first draft human genomes,...
  • McGuire Airman makes lucky catch

    05/09/2006 5:03:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 399+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Kelly White
    5/9/2006 - MCGUIRE AIR FORCE BASE, N.J. (AFPN) -- Sports history landed in the lap of a McGuire Airman May 8 while he sat in the right field bleachers of Citizens Bank Park, as the Philadelphia Phillies played the San Francisco Giants. Airman 1st Class Carlos Oliveras of the 305th Aerial Port Squadron caught Barry Bonds' 713th home run ball, which left the Giants outfielder one home run behind Babe Ruth for second place on baseball’s career list. “Mid-game, I saw the crowd getting up out of their seats, and then I saw the ball bounce off the McDonald’s sign...
  • 32 Taliban Killed; Afghan Movement Agency Makes First Delivery

    03/29/2006 3:23:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 448+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 29, 2006 – Coalition forces killed 32 insurgents and destroyed two Taliban headquarters buildings in Afghanistan's Helmand province today, officials at Bagram Air Base said. The early-morning engagement continued into daylight hours as coalition forces defeated a large enemy element that was attempting to retreat into sanctuaries. Coalition forces also discovered large caches of munitions as they overran the Taliban compound and the enemy fled. Coalition forces destroyed the munitions, which included weapons and bomb-making materials, causing multiple secondary explosions and destroying the compound and all enemy military equipment inside. "The capturing of these two compounds with boots...
  • Absence Makes The Heart Grow Weaker

    03/28/2006 11:36:56 AM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 633+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-28-2006 | Stu Hutson
    Absence makes the heart grow weaker 18:17 28 March 2006 news service Stu Hutson Loneliness is bad for the heart, suggests a new study. It shows that loneliness increases the blood pressure of those nearing retirement age to the same degree as smoking or a sedentary lifestyle. Chronic feelings of social isolation are associated with as much as a 30 mmHg rise in a person’s systolic blood pressure by the age of 65, which could easily push their systolic blood pressure over 150 mmHg, the medical definition of hypertension. The study showed that this is independent of other confounding...
  • Abbas Makes Veiled Threat to Hamas Gov't

    03/25/2006 3:44:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 418+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/25/06 | Mohammed Daraghmeh - ap
    RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a thinly veiled threat Saturday to bring down Hamas' new government if it does not change its violent ways. The tough talk came just two days before designated Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh is to present his proposed Cabinet to parliament for approval and three days before the Israelis are to hold elections. Western powers, while reluctant to create a humanitarian crisis, have threatened to cut hundreds of millions of dollars of aid if Hamas does not recognize Israel, renounce violence and accept past peace agreements between Israel and the Palestinians. Abbas,...
  • Hamas Makes Statements to Western Press, Denies Them in Arabic

    03/23/2006 2:32:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies · 751+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Mar 23, '06 | Ezra HaLevi
    The Hamas terror group, as part of its new role as head of the Palestinian Authority, when presented in a conciliatory light in Western media, denies in Arabic, statements heralded as moderate. Ismail Haniyah of Hamas told CBS on March 16th that he hoped to some day sign a peace agreement with Israel. In his CBS interview, Haniyah said that he was "seeking a peace settlement and stability in this region," "looking forward to peace and tranquility in this region," and "seeking American administration to create this missing peace." According to a subsequent article in Al Hayat Al Jadida –...
  • Lester Makes NASCAR History; Kahne Wins

    03/20/2006 5:29:43 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 20 replies · 624+ views ^ | 3 20 06 | MIKE HARRIS,
    HAMPTON, Ga. - Bill Lester was proud of his accomplishment, though a little embarrassed by all the attention. "I'm looking forward to when it's about racing instead of race," he said. Lester became the first black driver to compete in NASCAR's top series since Willy T. Ribbs in 1986, finishing six laps off the pace in 38th place Monday at the Golden Corral 500, won by Kasey Kahne. The 45-year-old Lester, a regular in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series since 2002, accomplished one of his stated goals, avoiding a crash and racing to the end of the 500-mile race, postponed on...
  • Reserve doctor makes house call to developing nations

    03/08/2006 6:24:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 237+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Tech. Sgt. Kat Bailey
    /8/2006 - LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- An Air Force doctor is helping thousands of people in developing countries as a results of a chance encounter with Texas reservists at Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany, eight years ago. Lt. Col. (Dr.) Josef Schmid was in the regular Air Force working in the Rhein-Main clinic when a team of reservists from Lackland's 433rd Airlift Wing showed up for two weeks of annual tour training. “I didn’t even know they were reservists until someone said something," said Doctor Schmid, now assigned to the 433rd Medical Squadron here. After leaving active duty,...
  • U.S., India Partnership Makes World Safer, Bush Says

    03/02/2006 4:40:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 227+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, March 2, 2006 – The United States and India have built a strategic partnership based on shared democratic values and a desire to defeat terrorism, President Bush said in New Delhi today. "Terrorism has no place in democracy, and terrorism must be defeated for our children and grandchildren to be able to live in a peaceful world," Bush said during a news conference hosted by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. "We're working as partners to make the world safer." The president said India and America both believe that "every person matters, every person belongs, and everybody should be...
  • America Supports You: International Bond Makes e-Valentine for Troops

    02/09/2006 4:43:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 180+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Feb 8, 2006 | Paul X. Rutz
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2006 – A British organization has reached across the ocean to join an American group in the common purpose of supporting the troops, creating a Web site that acts as a giant Valentine's Day card. "We felt strongly that the Library of Life and our organization did share a common bond in wanting to get messages that were supportive and appreciative to our troops," said Ana-Marie Smith, president of Soldiers' Angels. "And they've been wonderful." "Library of Life," an online message center, and "Soldiers' Angels," a group sending support to deployed troops, have created a site called...
  • Black officers' club makes historic list

    01/31/2006 3:26:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 439+ views
    PHOENIX — The World War II-era black officers’ club on Fort Huachuca has been listed as one of 12 Arizona’s Most Endangered Historic Places by the Arizona State Preservation Foundation. The listing on Jan. 24 is seen as an additional positive step by the president of the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers in the organization’s attempt to save Building 66050. “It (the listing) brings us more publicity and will help in fund-raising,” Tom Stoney Sr. said Monday. SWABS has also applied to the National Trust for placing the black officers’ club on its annual list of historic places in danger,...
  • A Colony Again

    01/18/2006 4:20:07 PM PST · by Archangelsk · 3 replies · 187+ views
    Fred On Everything ^ | 1/18/06 | Fred Reed
    "You Can Call Me Bwana, Ferguson." January 18, 2005 I’m going to start a rickshaw factory. It’s so our kids will have a way to make a living, now that America is pulling out of the First World. Maybe I’ll put an iPod socket on the poles or a little tiny television, made in Japan. That way our puzzled offspring won’t inadvertently start thinking. Tradition provides an anchor in the circumambient chaos. See, what’s going to happen is, all the design work and programming are going to Mumbai, except the part that already has. Manufacturing is pretty much in China...
  • News distribution system makes its MEU debut (22nd MEU)

    01/13/2006 4:37:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 282+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 13, 2005 | Gunnery Sgt. Keith A. Milks
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HIT, Iraq (Jan. 13, 2006) -- Perched high atop one of the buildings that is currently home to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), a small satellite transmitter dish is the first step in a process used to keep the American public informed of the unit’s role in Operation Iraqi Freedom. As part of a network dubbed the Digital Video Imagery Distribution System, or DVIDS, the satellite transmitter enables the MEU to send video footage, photographs, and stories to media outlets in the United States without tying up tactical communications networks. A small group of...
  • Special Operations Makes Mark on Global War on Terrorism

    01/12/2006 3:48:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 320+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 12, 2005 | Samantha L. Quigley
    SAN DIEGO, Jan. 12, 2006 – Demand for special operations forces capabilities has increased dramatically since Sept. 11, 2001, the deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said here yesterday. "There's been much demand for our capabilities," Navy Vice Adm. Eric T. Olson said, "more than we can meet." Olson spoke at WEST 2006, a technology, communication and national security conference co-sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the U.S. Naval Institute. First on the ground in Afghanistan in October 2001, SOCOM used nearly every tool in its toolbox to remove the Taliban from power and render...
  • Engineer Makes Special Deliveries to Iraqi Children

    01/11/2006 4:17:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 415+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 10, 2005 | Polli Barnes Keller
    MOSUL, Iraq, Jan. 10, 2006 – After years of tyranny and war, the children of Iraq have almost nothing and are very grateful for each gift they receive. Lana Aziz, an Iraqi citizen and junior engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, coordinates the collection and distribution of shoes and school supplies for Iraqi children. With each gift she gives to a needy child, she also gives joy and hope to their lives. Through her childhood, Aziz watched as American organizations sent clothing and items to local churches in her community. She watched as the goods were distributed, and...
  • BLT 1/2 makes friends in Iraq

    01/09/2006 3:36:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 474+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 9, 2005 | Cpl. Christopher S. Vega
    HIT, Iraq (Jan. 9, 2006) -- Hand in hand with combating insurgents around the ancient city of Hit, the Marines of B Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 2nd Marine Regiment, are looking to build bridges between Coalition forces and the Iraqi people. First Lt. Chris Richardella and a handful of his Marines were recently able to deliver school supplies and sports items to children in neighborhoods surrounding their combat outpost. “Our first mission is to provide security and stability,” said B Company's executive officer. “But when we get the chance, we try to start on our secondary mission, improving...
  • Army Biathlete Makes Winter Olympics Team

    01/05/2006 3:35:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 332+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Jan 5, 2005 | Jack L. Gillund
    U.S. Army  Spc. Jeremy Teela Army Biathlete Makes Winter Olympics Team By Jack L. Gillund U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 5, 2006 — The U.S. Biathlon Association nominated a soldier this week to compete in the 2006 Winter Olympics Feb. 10 through 26 in Torino, Italy. Spc. Jeremy Teela, a member of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program, was nominated to represent the United States in the Olympics as a biathlete following his performance in the TD Banknorth Festival at Fort Kent, Maine, Dec. 28 to Jan 3. Teela is one of 10 biathletes...
  • 'Army Water' Makes Debut in Balad, Baghdad

    12/29/2005 3:36:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 421+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 29, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    BALAD, Iraq, Dec. 29, 2005 – You can call it "Army water" or "No-name water," but whatever you call it, servicemembers here will stay hydrated while keeping soldiers and civilian truckers safer. Bottled water is a mainstay of life in this theater, and the 3rd Corps Support Command has opened a water purification and bottling plant at the massive logistical area here. The corps has long wanted to open bottling plants in Iraq, officials said. Currently, bottled water - the preferred drink in Iraq - comes in via truck from Kuwait, Jordan or Turkey. Water is bulky and takes a...
  • Knowledge support cell makes preparations for Multinational Experiment 4

    12/28/2005 5:18:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 425+ views
    USJFCOM ^ | Dec 28, 2005 | JOC(SW/AW) Chris Hoffpauir
    (PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Dec. 28, 2005) -- Knowledge support in a coalition environment was among the discussion topics as a multinational team of experts making final preparations for Multinational Experiment 4 (MNE4) met during the event's final planning conference earlier this month. Scheduled for Feb. 20 - March 17, 2006, MNE4 will explore use of the full range of effects based operations (EBO) to influence the behavior of adversaries. While U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) from the United States is the overall lead for MNE4, coalition partners lead the specific concepts and processes being explored. The knowledge support (KS) cell...
  • Religious program specialist makes history in Iraq

    12/06/2005 6:05:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies · 464+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 6, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Josh Cox
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Dec. 6, 2005) -- While serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom here, one sailor temporarily put aside her duties as a religious program specialist to perform another job in Fallujah. Petty Officer 2nd Class Sarah Radel, 25, was among many female service members assigned to search Iraqi women and children entering the city. However, Radel, who is operating with II Marine Expeditionary Force, Headquarters Group, II MEF (Forward), is the only RP to fulfill the duty for II MHG to date. According to Radel, the month-long duty was frightening, but an experience she’ll never forget. “I was kind...
  • White House Makes National Iraq Strategy Available Online

    12/01/2005 4:22:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 271+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2005 – President Bush's National Strategy for Victory in Iraq is available online at the White House Web site, The 35-page document articulates the broad strategy Bush set forth in 2003 and provides an update on progress in Iraq as well as the challenges remaining, according to the Web site. The document opens with an executive summary, which defines the national strategy as "helping the Iraqi people defeat the terrorists and build an inclusive democratic state." It then gives an overview of the different elements of the strategy before going into detail on the political, security...
  • Navy Submarine Makes First Launch of Underwater Glider

    11/23/2005 5:17:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 18 replies · 1,454+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Nov 23, 2005 | Chief Journalist (SW/AW) David Rush
    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- In a first for the U.S. Navy, an underwater glider was launched with the aid of Navy divers from the Dry Deck Shelter aboard USS Buffalo (SSN 715) Nov. 14. The glider is a uniquely mobile network component capable of moving to specific locations and depths and gathering various information, which is transmitted on a predetermined interval when it surfaces to computers via a built-in satellite phone. “Our interest in the submarine force has been to use these to characterize the ocean,” explained Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Cross, Pacific Submarine Force oceanographer. “They’re equipped with sensors...
  • Terror Suspect: 'Everyone Makes Mistakes'

    11/02/2005 4:18:35 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 770+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 11-3-2005 | Matthew Barakat
    Terror Suspect: 'Everyone Makes Mistakes' Thursday November 3, 2005 12:01 AM By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press Writer ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - After confessing to FBI agents that he joined al-Qaida and discussed plans to assassinate President Bush, an American student wrote a letter to his parents saying that ``everyone makes mistakes.'' ``I know this will be difficult for you ... but I've been detained here in Saudi Arabia for some charges of terrorism,'' wrote Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 24, who is on trial in federal court for conspiracy to assassinate the president, providing support to al-Qaida and other charges. ``It...
  • What Makes Bombers Tick in ‘Paradise’?

    10/28/2005 2:55:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 1,017+ views
    The Jewish Journal ^ | 2005-10-28 | Marc Ballon
    In his riveting new film, “Paradise Now,” Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad paints an ugly picture of Israeli occupation and the harsh consequences he believes flow from it, namely suicide bombers. The movie, which won the Blue Angel Award for best European film at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, explores the friendship between Said (Kais Nashef) and Khaled (Ali Suliman), and their transformation from unremarkable auto mechanics into would-be bombers. Underlying Abu-Assad’s movie is a chilling but powerful message: Decades of illegal and brutal Israeli rule, he argues, have wiped out hope among young Palestinians and created a growing pool of...
  • Veterinarian Makes Afghanistan Healthier

    09/20/2005 10:41:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 223+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sep 20, 2005 | Army Sgt. Matthew MacRoberts
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan , Sept. 20, 2005 — Animal health is a concern for Afghan shepherds today and may be a major factor in the quality of herds for years to come. For 20 years, Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark J. Martinez, a veterinarian, has made it his mission to treat and research diseases affecting animals and working in biodefense research. Martinez is now applying his expertise toward healing the ill animals in Afghan villages so the future of the stocks will be stronger and healthier. Working with the Civil Military Assistance Team from Bagram Airfield, Martinez averages two or...
  • Pot icon Tommy Chong makes movie of his imprisonment

    09/12/2005 4:36:47 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 375 replies · 3,311+ views ^ | 9 10 05 | Cameron French
    TORONTO (Reuters) - Comedian Tommy Chong has spent almost three decades wringing laughs from cigar-sized joints and smoke-filled vans but now a nine-month jail term has turned him serious and revitalized his flagging career. Promoting his documentary "a/k/a Tommy Chong" at the Toronto International Film Festival, he hopes the film will expose what he says is the U.S. government's heavy-handed dealing with marijuana offenders in the post-September 11 era. "The United States is under martial law, it's under dictatorship," the 67-year-old father of four said in an interview. The film chronicles the Canadian-born comedian's 2003 arrest and imprisonment for selling...
  • I am having serious doubts about continuing to be a Republican. ZOT!

    09/02/2005 3:48:10 PM PDT · by UndercoverFreeper · 30 replies · 654+ views
    Hi, I'm a long time lurker, having posted a few times, but been a Freeper for close to two years. I have had lots of doubts with President Bush for some time, even before the 2004 elections, but I didn't like Kerry so I voted for Bush again. But this tragedy has hit too close to home. I lived in Idaho for several years before moving back to Alabama, and I live in Washington County, and I left before Katrina hit, and my home is powerless and won't have power or oil for a while. Although I continue to support...
  • ISP makes state's biggest marijuana bust

    08/17/2005 8:27:22 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 32 replies · 7,639+ views ^ | 8 17 05 | Kari Huston
    LaPorte County, IN - About 3,000 to 5,000 marijuana plants, some the size of Christmas trees, have been found about a half mile north of State Road 4 between 600 and 700 East in LaPorte County, just west of Fish Lake. Officials are calling it the largest outdoor marijuana bust in Indiana since the 1980s. The plants are growing in three to five clusters, hidden on the ground in a two-acre plot full of trees. Police discovered the hidden plants over a week ago but it wasn’t until yesterday that they decided to bust up the drug ring. Police say...
  • CA: Villaraigosa makes five key appointments

    08/02/2005 7:42:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 349+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 8/2/05 | Rick Orlov
    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Monday the hiring of five more key staff members in his administration, including aides for homeland security and the environment. Four of the posts are deputy mayors and the fifth fills the post of director of finance and performance management. Annual salaries for each of the five ranges from $104,000 to $130,000. "I looked for people who brought with them a passion for public service, the highest ethical standards and a commitment to improving the quality of life," Villaraigosa said in a statement. Maurice Suh, a former deputy chief of the public corruption division in the...