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  • Gang members in Richmond are being paid $1,300 a month to stop shooting each other

    04/07/2016 10:33:19 AM PDT · by Teotwawki · 55 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | April 7, 2016 | Lydia Willgress
    One of most dangerous areas in America has resorted to paying teenagers up to $1,300 a month as officials desperately try and stop gun crime. Gang members in Richmond, California, can also go on all expenses paid trips to New York and Washington if they are willing to travel with a rival. The programme, which is predominantly funded by taxpayers, was introduced in the city earlier this year.
  • Least-Effective Members of Congress

    09/14/2015 10:26:24 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 24 replies ^ | 8-6-15 | Alex Greer
    According to a July Gallup poll, public approval of Congress has fallen to near-record lows. On average, 34% of the population approves of a given Congress. The current 114th Congress has a 17% approval rating. Americans have reason to be concerned. According to, the last two Congresses have enacted fewer laws than any other Congress since 1947. And the 114th Congress may just surpass them all in terms of doing nothing.
  • Vanity - Just Think About This - 3 June 2015

    06/03/2015 7:17:08 AM PDT · by beachn4fun · 16 replies
    June 3, 2015 | Me
    It's not my job, but I wanted to put this out there in FReeperland: It is taking almost the full quarter of the FReepathon to reach its goal of $88k. On the FR home page it says: "Over 300,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic since inception in 1996 "So, why is it that only certain people are willing to put out the money to keep the doors open? Are the rest of the 300,000 liberals and democrats, who are here just to spy on us?Seriously folks, if everyone put up a dollar, FR would have no...
  • LA Gang Members Join the Fray in Syria – Fighting Alongside Regime (Video)

    03/02/2014 11:12:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/1/14 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Los Angeles gang members have joined the fray in Syria. The gang-bangers are reportedly fighting alongside the regime forces.</p> <p>MEMRI posted the transcript.</p> <p>A video-clip recently posted on the Internet shows two Armenian Power gang members from Los Angeles fighting in Syria. One of them, Wino Ayee Peeyakan, also posted a picture of himself in Hizbullah garb on his Facebook page.</p>
  • Members of mom anti-gun violence group urge posting of ‘No Guns’ signs

    02/27/2014 7:35:10 AM PST · by rktman · 35 replies ^ | 2/26/2014 | Jane Michaels
    Western Springs and La Grange members of an anti-gun violence group are asking area businesses to post signs depicting No Guns Allowed. A new state law allows residents to carry concealed weapons, pending approval of permit applications through the Illinois State Police. The first such permits are expected to be issued beginning March 1. “I prefer to shop in places where I feel safe,” said Katherine Mudd, a Western Springs member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She has children, ages 7 and 9, and has been handing out postcards to area businesses.
  • Shooting kills 2 Golden Dawn members in Greece

    11/01/2013 8:27:13 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/01/2013 | NICHOLAS PAPHITIS
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A drive-by shooting killed two members of Greece's Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party and wounded one outside a party office in Athens on Friday night, in what officials are treating as a likely far-left domestic terrorist attack. The government and opposition parties - all who have long ostracized Golden Dawn as a group of neo-Nazis - quickly condemned the attack, which the left-wing main opposition Syriza said "targets democracy" in Greece. The two victims, aged 22 and 27, were shot at close range from a motorcycle carrying two men, Golden Dawn lawmaker Georgios Germenis told The Associated...
  • Crew members: ‘Captain Phillips’ is one big lie

    10/13/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/13/13 | Maureen Callahan
    It’s made for Hollywood: the story of an average American family man, captain of a cargo ship in dangerous waters, his vessel overtaken by armed Somali pirates demanding ransom, saving his crew by allowing himself to be removed from the boat and taken hostage. All of this is the basis for “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks as the titular, real-life hero. The only problem, say some members of the real Capt. Phillips’ crew, is none of it is true. Capt. Richard Phillips, they say, is no hero, and the film is one big lie. “Phillips wasn’t the big leader like...
  • Palin to Union Members: Demand Resignation of 'Thug' Bosses for Backing Obamacare

    09/14/2013 4:06:33 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9-13-2013 | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin says that union members across America should demand that Obamacare be repealed and defunded, and some of their leaders should resign for not opposing the health care law. "Union brothers and sisters, don’t let your incompetent leadership hoodwink you again," Palin wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. "Demand a full repeal, an immediate defunding, and some resignations." Palin, who has in the past criticized union bosses for betraying their hard-working members, said this was another instance of that, as they believed President Barack Obama's false promises on Obamacare and are supporting carve-outs instead of a...
  • OLD TIMERS (Part One)

    06/03/2013 6:37:03 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 318 replies
    From my hard drive ^ | 6/3/2013 | By Laz A. Mataz
    I was going through some old files on my hard drive, when I discovered a series of threads I preserved from the 1999-2000 timeframe. I started reading through them and I was amazed at the number of people who had been on here, who I lost track of, or no longer see on the forum. I know, some of them are dead, some of them banned, some of them moved on... some of them even changed name! But I would love if any or all of you checked in, informing me of your status. I'm especially interested in hearing from...
  • GOP members question healthcare 'navigators'

    04/16/2013 2:49:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/13/13 | Julian Hattem -
    House Republicans want more information about the Obama administration's $54 million grants to help people navigate the new insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. On Friday, six GOP members of the Energy and Commerce Committee wrote a letter asking Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seven questions about the grants, which will allow "navigators" to help consumers shop for healthcare in new insurance exchanges. The legislators requested information "to assist the Committee in understanding the role Navigators will play" once the healthcare reform law is fully implemented. They asked about the role and number of the...
  • Judge rules Wisconsin public union members must opt in on dues

    05/19/2012 4:37:34 PM PDT · by Jean S · 20 replies
    JSOnline via ^ | 5/18/12 | Patrick Marley
    MADISON, Wis. -- State unions were dealt a setback Friday when a federal judge said they would have to get their members to opt in, rather than opt out, to having the state deduct union dues from their paychecks. What's more, the judge did not rule on dues deductions for unions that he earlier found the state improperly decertified. The state's largest unions were decertified, and the ruling -- at least for now -- will make it harder for them to get money from dues. But U.S. District Court Judge William Conley gave unions one beneficial ruling by saying that...
  • 5 U.S. Service Members Found Responsible for Koran Burnings

    03/02/2012 2:51:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 101 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/2/12 | Graham Bowley & Alissa J. Rubin
    Kabul, Afghanistan — Five American service members and an Afghan-American linguist were directly involved in the burning of Korans at a NATO base, an event a week ago that plunged Afghanistan into days of violent protests, according to the preliminary conclusions of a joint military investigation. “All six will be referred to the proper U.S. authorities for further action,” said an official familiar with the joint Afghan-American investigation into the Koran burnings, who was not authorized to speak about it publicly. Significantly, the five service members found responsible so far include military
  • 'No Merry Christmas,' U.S. House Members Told

    12/18/2011 9:39:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/11 | Fox News
    Members of the House of Representatives are being told that no holiday greetings, including “Merry Christmas,” can be sent out in official mail. According to the Washington Examiner, members who submit official mailings for review by the congressional franking commission that reviews all congressional mail to determine if it can be "franked," or paid for with tax dollars, are being told that no holiday greetings, including "Merry Christmas," can be sent. "I called the commission to ask for clarification and was told no 'Merry Christmas.' Also told cannot say 'Happy New Year' but can say 'have a happy new year'...
  • New study confirms many LDS stereotypes [Lds church bloats stats; men defecting @ high rates]

    12/16/2011 8:02:38 AM PST · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Dec. 15, 2011 | Joseph Walker
    A new study coming out of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., indicates that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the United States are predominantly Republican, overwhelmingly white, well-educated, prosperous and have larger-than-average families. The study also found that Mormon women are less likely to work outside the home than other American women. SNIP The Mormon Social Science Association is an independent organization that was created to foster the scholarly study of Mormon life. "This is a timely academic study that provides hard evidence on the social profile of a community which is unfamiliar to Americans...
  • Reports: UAW members can expect signing bonuses as high as $10k from Detroit's Big Three

    09/11/2011 3:44:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies ^ | 9/11/11 | Michael Wayland
    With approximately 85 hours remaining before contracts between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit’s Big Three expire, UAW members can expect a substantially higher signing bonus than in year’s past, according to reports. But, just how high the bonuses will be remains under speculation. Sept. 10, the Detroit News: “… Reports that it could be as high as $10,000, which is about three times what union members received for ratifying the last national contract in 2007 are being described as too high.
  • 911 Family Members Excluded from Official Tenth Anniversary 911 Ceremonies

    09/04/2011 9:43:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 9/4/11 | Pamela Geller
    Today, one 911 mom, who lost her son, said to me of our 911 Freedom Rally, "I am looking forward to the rally. It is a place we can be free to really remember the who, why, when and where of 9-11. The morning ceremony is devoid of any meaning." The NY Post is reporting that many 911 family members have not been invited to the official ceremonies of 911. This is just monstrous. First it was clergy, then 911 first responders who were excluded from the official ceremonies -- now it's the victims' families. Mayor Gloomberg not only lost...
  • LulzSec: the members and the enemies

    06/25/2011 6:35:43 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 10 replies
    Guardian ^ | Friday 24 June 2011 | Josh Halliday
    While Sabu and Topiary are firmly on the inside, the likes of The Jester and LulzSec Exposed are most certainly notInside Sabu Apparent founder and leader of LulzSec, he is a long-time hacktivist associated with senior Anonymous members. Decides who can join the group and who should be targeted. Attempts by rivals to uncover details about his real-life identity suggest he is a 30-year-old IT consultant skilled in the Python programming language who has lived in New York. The timing of some his tweets – tweeting "goodnight all" at 0700 BST, or 0200 New York time – implies he is...
  • Facebook members find Obama event 'not great'

    04/21/2011 2:54:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 21, 2011 | Benny Evangelista
    Despite the promise that President Obama's first Facebook town hall would open a new level of two-way communication with his constituents, social-networking technology didn't add much to the conversation. Obama answered just eight questions during Wednesday's hour-long session at Facebook's secondary headquarters building in Palo Alto Facebook employees who won a company lottery for the chance to sit in the live audience. That left hundreds of questions posted on the event's Facebook wall unanswered. Judging from comments posted on Facebook after the event, viewers noticed. "Not bad, but not great," wrote Rose Berendes. "How could there not have been a...
  • Numbers: Why You Can't Count on Them (Various Religious adherents - Lds & Otherwise - Open)

    01/11/2011 9:53:28 PM PST · by Colofornian · 34 replies
    Whoever said “Numbers never lie” was not a religion reporter. Beware of confidently using specific numbers about religious identification or belief. Here’s why. The U.S. Census, the usual standard for counting people and their characteristics, does not ask people their religious affiliation. There is no single religion survey that is considered to be the most reliable (see Page 27). The results differ depending on what options are offered, how people are contacted, how many people are surveyed and other factors. Numbers can vary widely, and many faith groups are so small that they rarely show up on surveys in proportion...
  • SEIU 1199: Um, we lied to our members about Obamacare woes

    12/02/2010 8:18:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 12/2/10 | Michelle Malkin
    SEIU 1199: Um, we lied to our members about Obamacare woes By Michelle Malkin • December 2, 2010 09:29 AM The backpedaling Purple Army bosses are running scared. As you know from my column yesterday, the mammoth SEIU 1199 chapter dropped kiddie coverage and specifically blamed the Obamacare slacker mandate for raising costs. Reminder from the WSJ report on the union’s woes: More than 30,000 low-wage families will be affected, according to The Wall Street Journal. Who’s to blame? SEIU 1199 benefits manager Mitra Behroozi singled out oppressive new state and federal regulations, including the much-ballyhooed Obamacare rule forcing insurers...
  • BIG WIN! VFW (Finally) Does Right By Members

    10/18/2010 10:26:21 AM PDT · by OL Hickory · 18 replies
    the big piece ^ | 18-oct-10 | Andrew brietbart
    You spoke. You were heard. This, was the right thing to do-
  • Rally Members Behind Obama Wearing Shirts With His Face

    10/16/2010 1:32:20 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 9 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 16, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    Two men standing behind President Obama at a campaign rally for Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA) are wearing a shirt with his face on it.
  • Local black conservative candidates challenge misguided (Cook County, Illinois)

    07/14/2010 2:36:34 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 4 replies
    Southtown Star (Chicago suburban) ^ | July 14, 2010 | Fran Eaton
    Local black conservative candidates challenge misguided July 14, 2010 By Fran Eaton This week at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's annual convention in Kansas City, attendees are expected to pass a resolution condemning alleged racism among national Tea Party supporters. The NAACP points as evidence to offensive rally posters, supposed shouted racial epithets, among other complaints of movement discrimination. Indeed, the Tea Party movement has voiced strong opposition to the biracial U.S. president's policies, but local black conservatives say their positions have nothing to do with race. They are upset about economic and social policies that...
  • Tea Party members rally in downtown Morgan Hill

    05/08/2010 6:55:54 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 27 replies · 1,165+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 5/08/2010 | Karen de Sá
    A larger-than-usual group of conservatives waived flags and proclaimed their patriotism Saturday in Morgan Hill, a public display of support for the Tea Party and four local high school students, admonished last Wednesday by a school administrator for wearing American flag-attire on Cinco de Mayo.The local Tea Party contingent gathers at the downtown street corner each weekend. But on Saturday, fueled by national media coverage of the incident at Live Oak High School, dozens of additional protesters appeared dressed in red, white and blueto express anger over the boys' treatment. School administrators feared the students wearing the American flag shirts...
  • Steny Hoyer: Members are at risk

    03/24/2010 6:09:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 100 replies · 1,908+ views
    politico ^ | 3/24/10 | Jake Sherman
    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is warning that some of his Democratic colleagues are being threatened with violence when they go back to their districts — and he wants Republicans to stand up and condemn the threats. The Maryland Democrat said more than 10 House Democrats have reported incidents of threats or other forms of harassment about their support of the highly divisive health insurance overhaul vote. Hoyer emphasized that he didn’t have a specific number of threats and that was just an estimate. TheFederal Bureau of Investigation, Capitol Police and sergeant at arms briefed Democrats behind closed doors today...
  • Obama telephones thanks to 10 US service members

    11/26/2009 10:03:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies · 1,129+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 11/26/09 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - On his first Thanksgiving in the White House, President Barack Obama has telephoned 10 U.S. servicemen and women stationed in war zones to thank them for their service. The White House says Obama called two service members each in the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Marines and the Coast Guard. The service members are stationed in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Arabian Gulf.
  • Only 22 countries are paid-in-full members of U.N.

    10/21/2009 6:57:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 633+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/21/09 | Michelle Nichols
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Just 22 countries out of 192 -- 11.4 percent -- are paid-in-full members of the United Nations, a U.N. official said on Wednesday. Those nations have paid all of what they owed for the world body's 2008/09 core budget, peacekeeping, international tribunals and renovations to U.N. headquarters in New York, said Angela Kane, U.N. under secretary-general for management. They are Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, Congo, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Niger, the Philippines, Singapore, Italy, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and Tajikistan. The rest including the United States -- the top contributor...
  • 'Four JDL members trashed Paris shop' (Arrested)

    07/09/2009 9:42:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies · 662+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/9/09 | staff
    Four Jewish Defense League members were arrested on Wednesday, according to Agence France Presse, in connection to last week's attack on a Paris bookstore. Judicial officials were quoted in the report as saying that the shop is run by pro-Palestinian activists, and has fallen victim to several such attacks.
  • Does Violence Policy Center represent the People? (Part 1)

    05/01/2009 7:32:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies · 412+ views
    Austin Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 April, 2009 | Howard Nemerov
    In order to justify their political agenda, gun control organizations often claim that “most Americans” support various restrictive laws. For example, Mayors Against Illegal Guns published a report last year stating: Nearly 60 percent of Americans favor stricter gun laws. A majority of Americans, 59 percent, believe that the laws covering the sale of guns should be made more strict than they are currently. This is very similar to the 56 percent of Americans who said so in a January 2007 poll conducted for Mayors Against Illegal Guns. A third of the public, 33 percent, think that gun laws should...
  • New Social Media Platform Helps Military Members With Relocation

    12/03/2008 9:30:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 180+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2008 – From a civilian perspective, it may be hard to understand the challenge of constant relocation that comes with military service. Finding new schools, identifying new organizations to join and tracking down a safe neighborhood can be an overwhelming process. As a result, many military families turn to others in the military community for information and resources. “What one person doesn’t know, someone else usually does,” retired Army Col. Dale Kissinger said. “The problem is finding that person.” Kissinger is co-founder of, a military-oriented Web site that offers moving, travel and lifestyle services and discounts....
  • At least 14 members will change their votes on bailout

    10/03/2008 9:22:18 AM PDT · by BGHater · 25 replies · 1,127+ views
    The Hill ^ | 03 Oct 2008 | Bob Cusack
    Proponents of the massive financial rescue plan are expressing optimism that the House will pass it on Friday. At least 14 members who voted no on Monday have indicated that they will approve of the package that will be voted on on the House floor early Friday afternoon, according to interviews and a review of media reports. Members who have publicly suggested that they will approve of the new compromise include Democratic Reps. Shelley Berkley (Nev.), Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.), John Lewis (Ga.) and Hilda Solis (Calif.) and Republican Reps. Gresham Barrett (S.C.), Howard Coble (N.C.), Jim Gerlach (Pa.), Tim Murphy...
  • Adhamiya Council Meets, Chooses Leaders, Committee Members (More bad news fer Da Left!)

    02/25/2008 4:37:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 117+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. April Campbell, USA
    BAGHDAD — Leaders from the Old Adhamiya neighborhood in Baghdad met with Iraqi Army Soldiers Feb. 18, to agree upon leaders and committee members for the Tribal Support Council. Sheikh Amar Amid Al Azawi was elected chairman; Sheikh Abdu Khadir Al Dulaimi and Abu Abid were elected as vice chairmen. Abid is a prominent ‘Sons of Iraq’ (SoI) leader in the area. SoI is a volunteer security group formally known as the Concerned Local Citizens. The group mans check points, conducts security patrols, and helps Coalition and Iraqi security forces identify terrorists and find their weapon caches. The council members...
  • Members of Congress get $4,000 pay raise to $169,300 per year (Cheney & the SCotUS too!)

    01/09/2008 12:15:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 107+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/09/08 | Jim Abrams - ap
    WASHINGTON – Fortunately for members of Congress, their pay isn't tied to their approval ratings. Lawmakers in 2008 will receive salaries of $169,300, a boost of $4,100 over the pay they have lived with since January 2006. That 2.5 percent increase is mirrored by similar raises for associate justices of the Supreme Court, who will see their pay go from $203,000 to $208,100, and Chief Justice John Roberts, whose pay will rise to $217,400 from $212,100. The salary figures were published in Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register. Last year was the first since 1999, when the pay was $136,700,...
  • Eye-Opening Facts

    12/16/2007 9:42:49 AM PST · by Rockaway Republican · 17 replies · 265+ views
    A former military friend of mine sent this info. I retrieved the attached report. Yet another glaring example of the devious, malicious ways that the media and a good deal of our so-called leaders mislead the American public; and we get what we deserve, because we let them get away with doing so on a continuous basis. TD These are some rather eye-opening facts: Since the start of the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, the sacrifice has been enormous. In the time period from the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 through now, we have lost over 3000...
  • Communists Openly Emerge

    02/18/2007 7:37:04 PM PST · by Dennis Paul Morony · 22 replies · 1,041+ views
    The University of Texas at El Paso PROSPECTOR ^ | February 14, 2007 | Adriana Gomez Licon
    "A group of students will walk to raise awareness for peace from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Feb. 19, ... "NION, an acronym for Not In Our Name, is a new student organization with whom the organizers .. are partnered. "NION is a U.S. organization that was created by the members of the revolutionary communist party in 2002, etc. "
  • America Supports You: New Program Spotlights Team Members

    02/12/2007 4:14:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 130+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2007 – Beginning Feb. 19, three America Supports You members a week will get the chance to shine when the spotlight swings their way. Three groups per week will be featured on the Internet at on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Additionally, the America Supports You E-newsletter will highlight those groups beginning the week of Feb. 26. “By featuring three of our nearly 250 home front organizations in-depth each week, America Supports You will provide a closer look at the dedicated Americans who are there sustaining our troops, veterans and their families every day,” Allison Barber,...
  • Members of Congress press EPA to OK Calif auto emissions waiver

    09/26/2006 7:29:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 483+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/25/06 | AP
    More than 100 members of Congress urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to allow states to adopt strict vehicle emissions standards that California regulators adopted two years ago. In a letter to EPA administrator Stephen L. Johnson, the lawmakers said the agency should not block the tailpipe standards, which were designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from passenger cars and light trucks by 25 percent and from sport utility vehicles by 18 percent beginning in 2009. Ten other states have also adopted those standards, which are opposed by automakers, but the rules can't be implemented until California receives...
  • NNMC, Veterans Affairs Helps Injured Service Members Transition Care

    08/29/2006 7:45:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 264+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Mass Communication 1st Class (SW/AW) AnTuan Guerry
    BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- National Naval Medical Center and Veterans Affairs are making patient care between the agencies easier with the Seamless Transition Program and benefits counseling. The Seamless Transition Program aids the transitioning process for service members injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, said Bethesda Veterans Affairs liaison Anne LaFond. "[Liaisons] work with social workers, case workers and discharge planners for service members hurt in Iraq and Afghanistan and those who are going to need follow-up care at [Veterans Affairs],” LaFond said. "We try to provide one main point of contact to the family to make sure nobody falls through...
  • Visits from family members help healing process

    08/08/2006 4:40:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 204+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Goodwin
    CAMP AL ASAD, Iraq (Aug. 8, 2006) -- When Army Maj. John W. Penree decided to pay his nephew, Marine Sgt. Peter A. Penree Jr., a visit in Iraq’s Al Anbar province, the timing couldn’t have been better. The circumstances, however, probably could have. Both men are currently deployed to Iraq – Penree Jr., serves with the Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment in western Al Anbar Province; Maj. Penree with the Wiesbaden, Germany-based 3rd Corps Support Command in Balad, Iraq. Penree Jr., a 23-year-old Marine infantryman from Frankfort, N.Y., was wounded recently when a suicide bomber drove a truck...
  • Iraqi Forces Capture Gang Members, Free Hostage, Detain Police Colonel

    07/31/2006 5:53:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 510+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 31, 2006 – In separate operations over the last three days, Iraqi forces captured gang members suspected of involvement in kidnappings, freed an Iraqi man being held by terrorists, and detained a police colonel believed to be involved with terrorism, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported. Iraqi policemen from 7th Brigade, 2nd National Police Division, captured two gang members suspected of involvement in several kidnappings in the Bayaa district of southwestern Baghdad at about 8:50 a.m. today. Information from unidentified sources pointed to the gang members’ location, assisting in the success of the mission. Elsewhere, an Iraqi man...
  • 900 Calif. National Guard members working Mexican border (except for patrolling the border)

    07/19/2006 3:37:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 310+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/19/06 | Greg Gross
    SAN DIEGO – Nine hundred soldiers of the California National Guard are at work along the U.S.-Mexico border as part of Operation Jump Start – improving roads, repairing fences, manning surveillance cameras. Just about everything, in fact, except patrolling the border. Called Joint Task Force Vista, the force is expected eventually to grow to about 1,100 soldiers covering the border from the Pacific Ocean to the Arizona state line, said Col. Kevin Ellsworth, task force commander. On Wednesday, Ellsworth and his staff gave reporters a peek at their operations along the border, which began last month. “We've had an amazing...
  • Afghan, Coalition Members Conduct Medical Clinics

    07/17/2006 4:36:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 169+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Combined Forces Command Afghanistan
    WASHINGTON, July 17, 2006 – More than 1,000 villagers in the Panjwayi and Zharey districts of Afghanistan received medical treatment and humanitarian assistance from Afghan and coalition personnel at clinics during the past weekend, military officials reported. A group of medical professionals from Kandahar hospitals, the Afghan National Army and the coalition spent July 15 at a school next to the Panjwayi District Centre at Bazaar-e-Panjwayi. They conducted another medical clinic in Zharey district on July 16. The group provided basic medical treatment to local people and livestock, dispensed medicine, and handed out food and other humanitarian supplies. During the...
  • Liberal Christianity is paying for its sins

    07/09/2006 4:41:38 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 216 replies · 4,130+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/9/06 | Charlotte Allen
    The accelerating fragmentation of the strife-torn Episcopal Church USA, in which several parishes and even a few dioceses are opting out of the church, isn't simply about gay bishops, the blessing of same-sex unions or the election of a woman as presiding bishop. It also is about the meltdown of liberal Christianity. Embraced by the leadership of all the mainline Protestant denominations, as well as large segments of American Catholicism, liberal Christianity has been hailed by its boosters for 40 years as the future of the Christian church. Instead, as all but a few die-hards now admit, all the mainline...
  • Mexican hometown groups wooed-Members urged to become U.S. citizens, vote for local politicians

    07/08/2006 10:49:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 657+ views
    LA Daily News | 7/8/06 | Rachel Uranga
    The National Council of La Raza's annual convention in downtown Los Angeles today is turning out to be a who's who of Latino power brokers - with local politicians rearranging their schedules and attendees buzzing about who will come. But behind all the schmoozing and banquets, one of the nation's best-known civil rights groups is courting a lower-profile player, one some say is just as powerful a player: hometown associations. The hundreds of associations - built up over decades by tens of thousands of expatriates who send home billions of dollars a year - are increasingly flexing their political muscle...
  • Aviation provides service members safer transportation

    07/03/2006 2:42:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 202+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. James B. Hoke
    AL ASAD, Iraq (July 3, 2006) -- Traveling across the sands of Iraq can be a dangerous task for the service members and civilians who attempt it, but it is a necessary risk for them when they have a job to perform at their next destination. Without having to worry about improvised explosive devices or a 10-hour convoy trip, the service members and civilians have taken to the skies for quick and easy transportation to and from the different forward operating bases throughout the theater in Iraq. There are two main ways the service members can travel in theater --...
  • Store's grand opening provides goods, boosts morale for service members in Iraq

    07/03/2006 2:36:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 476+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Enrique S. Diaz
    CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (July 3, 2006) -- People go to convenience stores to buy pampers and baby formula or stock up on chips and dip for the next day's big game. But in Iraq, military stores known as post exchanges, play a far more important role. At this sprawling logistics base centered between the restive cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, service members now have a brand new post exchange - PX for short - where they can stock up on goods ranging from basic hygiene items to 'high-tech' equipment like laptop computers and DVD players. Built in a former mess...
  • Where Have All the Freeper Posters Gone?

    07/02/2006 3:24:20 PM PDT · by DaughterofEve · 67 replies · 1,803+ views
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  • Air Ambulance soar to aid service members at Al Asad

    06/26/2006 10:16:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 381+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Brandon L. Roach
    AL ASAD, Iraq (June 26, 2006) -- The thumping of helicopter blades beats over the noise made by service members scrambling to help a wounded person, and as the sound becomes clearer, they look up and see the dark silhouettes of two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters drifting in to land. Smoke is popped and the 'Angels of Mercy' with the Army's 82nd Medical Company descend from the sky to take the injured to a hospital located safely inside the perimeter of Al Asad. The mission of the soldiers with the 82nd Medical Company is to provide aero medical evacuation operations throughout...
  • Twenty-two members of Mexican Mafia prison gang indicted for racketeering

    06/16/2006 5:17:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 14,190+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 6/16/06 | Onell R. Soto
    SAN DIEGO – Federal prosecutors here announced the indictment Friday of a San Diego gang founder and other leaders of the Mexican Mafia prison gang on charges of running a massive crime syndicate in Southern California. Authorities said the notorious prison gang ran organized crime out of the state's highest-security prison, ordered murders, dealt drugs and demanded money from Latino street gangs, including many in San Diego, in return for protection and guidance. The local U.S. Attorney's Office is using anti-racketeering laws to go after 22 members, associates and affiliates of the prison gang. An additional 14 people were indicted...
  • Some Black Caucus Members Secretly Trying to Oust Jefferson (D-La.) from Committee Post

    06/13/2006 4:22:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies · 627+ views
    The Birmingham Times ^ | 6/13/06 | Hazel Trice Edney
    Some CBC Members Secretly Trying to Oust Jefferson from Committee Postby Hazel Trice Edney NNPA Washington Correspondent Originally posted 6/13/2006 WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although the Congressional Black Caucus has publicly presented a united front in its support of embattled U. S. Rep. Bill Jefferson’s right to maintain his committee memberships, some CBC members – including civil rights icon John Lewis (D-Ga.) – have assumed behind-the-scene roles in getting Jefferson ousted from his coveted position on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. “Mr. [Mel] Watt certainly ably and with great distinction, speaks for the Congressional Black Caucus,” says House Democratic...