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  • 72 Virgin Project

    05/15/2007 1:17:52 PM PDT · by guyshomenet · 13 replies · 988+ views
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 5/14/2007 | Guy Smith
    ... one proposal that arose was to preempt jihadist motives by providing them with 72 virgins now. Why want for Paradise when you can get your gals today? The program would be based in the United States, and located somewhere close to plentiful supplies of strip bars, liquor stores, and BBQ pork restaurants (bear with me on this). New Orleans might be a good candidate for a location, and I know they would like the federal dollars that come with it.
  • Bilbray says U.S. needs guest-worker program

    04/06/2007 7:17:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 668+ views
    North County Times ^ | 4/6/07 | Edward Sifuentes
    ESCONDIDO -- U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, said Thursday that he would support a guest-worker program similar to the Bracero Program that brought thousands of low-skilled laborers from Mexico starting in the 1940s and ending in the 1960s. The Bracero Program was widely criticized by human rights groups for abuses, but Bilbray said it created economic opportunities for poor Mexicans. Bilbray said migrant workers should be allowed to come to work in the United States, but should not be able to become permanent residents, nor should their children born in the country be granted U.S. citizenship. "The old Bracero...
  • U.S. Military Program Targets Terrorism in North Africa

    03/15/2007 4:40:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 286+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 15, 2007 – The United States is keeping a watchful eye on developments in North Africa to ensure terrorists don’t gain a foothold there, a senior U.S. military officer said in remarks provided to the U.S. House Armed Services Committee at a hearing here today. The Defense Department is participating in the U.S. State Department’s Trans-Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership, Army Gen. Bantz J. Craddock stated, because of concern that Islamic terrorist organizations like al Qaeda may use ungoverned areas of North Africa to gain new recruits and train for future attacks. Craddock is chief of U.S. European...
  • America Supports You: Participants Grateful for Vail Program

    03/11/2007 12:42:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 225+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    VAIL, Colo., March 11, 2007 – As the Vail Veterans Program wrapped up the last day of its fourth annual winter sports clinic here yesterday, the veterans and their guests expressed their appreciation for what they’d gained at the four-day event. All 25 military participants in the Vail Veterans Program, their guests, and instructors gathered for a group photo March 11, in Vail, Colo., before their last day of fun in the snow. The veterans received three days of private lessons in skiing or snowboarding from adaptive ski and snowboard instructors trained to work with disabled athletes. Photo by...
  • 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 AmericaSupportsYou.mil 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,...
  • Military Blood Program Web Site Has New Look, Updated Content (The Red Cross Charges $$$)

    02/12/2007 3:30:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 268+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2007 – The Armed Services Blood Program Web site has been redesigned, offering updated content as well as a new look, officials said. The new Web site, www.militaryblood.dod.mil, features information on how to join a “Life Force” team of donors, volunteers and supporters. Topics include blood facts, donor eligibility criteria, donor center locations, and more. Other information offered involves the ASBP “Specialist in Blood Banking” program, its curriculum and how to apply. Convenient links direct users to online blood donation appointment scheduling via the “Click to Save Lives” blood drop button on the ASBP home page....
  • An ultra-intrusive approach to Iran [Lease to Detonate]

    12/10/2006 9:04:43 AM PST · by humint · 9 replies · 301+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 10, 2006 | By Geoffrey Forden and John Thomson
    We propose that Germany, France, and Britain form a holding company with Iran that leases Western centrifuges for a new facility in Iran. (Leasing keeps Iran from claiming that it might "own" the centrifuges and avoids legal problems that might result from such a claim.) Other important countries, such as Russia, could also join the company, though Russia might only join if it could contribute in kind rather than in hard cash. As in URENCO, the European enrichment consortium, Iran would sign a treaty not to enrich uranium anywhere else. By leasing Iran's existing centrifuges, the corporation's Western technicians could...
  • My Diary of the Great War1917-1919, Stephen C. McBride

    12/06/2006 6:21:52 AM PST · by milbuf · 3 replies · 504+ views
    Museum of the Soldier | July 2006 | Michael McBride
    The WWI Diary Of Stephen McBride: Presented by His Grandson Michael McBride. Portland, Indiana native, military historian, and grandson of WWI soldier Stephen Curtis McBride, will present a program at the Jay County Library about his new book based on the diaries kept during WWI by Sgt McBride. The program will be held at 7:00 PM on Saturday evening December 9th in the meeting room of the Jay County Library, 315 North Ship Street in Portland, Indiana. During his service in 1917-1919, Sgt McBride kept detailed daily entries in his journal. He also took many pictures, which he noted picture...
  • Program puts gifts under soldiers' family trees

    11/23/2006 7:03:19 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 434+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — Soldiers are called upon to protect the country, and sometimes that means giving their lives. But during the upcoming Christmas holiday, people are being asked to help soldiers’ families by giving to their children. About 400 children need presents, said Jo Moore, who heads the fort chaplains’ outreach ministries. Holding up a three-ringed binder, Moore showed 3 inches of requests so far this year. That does not include the needs of families who are scheduled to arrive on the fort before Christmas and stay in temporary quarters, Moore said. “I’ve gone down on Christmas Eve to deliver...
  • Fort program thinks about family

    11/19/2006 2:38:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 309+ views
    TUCSON — Soldiers deploy to Iraq as part of the nation’s war on terrorism. But the war front isn’t thousands of miles away. A big part of a soldiers defensive arsenal is at home, where the family remains. And like their soldier husbands and wives, stress is an everyday reality for spouses and children. It’s not the sounds of roadside bombs exploding, mortars rushing overhead or bullets whizzing by that creates stress on the home front. They have other obstacles. The wives and husbands who stay worry about the safety of their uniformed loved ones In Iraq and elsewhere overseas....
  • Air Force Declassifies Elite Aggressor Program

    11/13/2006 3:51:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 436+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2006 -- After decades of secrecy, the Air Force today acknowledged that it flew Communist-built fighters at the Tonopah Test Range northwest of Las Vegas. From 1977 through 1988, the program, known as Constant Peg, saw U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine aircrews flying against Soviet-designed MiG fighters as part of a training program where American pilots could better learn how to defeat or evade the communist bloc's fighters of the day. Brig. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of the 3rd Wing at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, is a former member of the 4477th Test and...
  • Program is helping our wounded warriors

    10/20/2006 4:20:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 193+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — Many wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan know what it is to be disabled, Col. Greg Rose told an audience attending a Sierra Vista Commission on Disability Issues. The Intelligence Center’s deputy commander for training had an audience who knew about being disabled, as some at the Wednesday luncheon suffered from a variety of maladies. But, like returning wounded GIs, who Rose called “Wounded Warriors,” those sitting in wheelchairs or who were sight-impaired, know that the spirit of overcoming a personal problem will be done by the soldiers. The horrific wounds soldiers and other members of...
  • America Supports You: Program Recognizes Military Children

    10/10/2006 5:27:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 166+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2006 -- Thanks to a new program, children of deployed servicemembers will know they are heroes, too. “IMA Hero” has entered into a joint effort with the Armed Services YMCA at Naval Medical Center San Diego to form the “Heroes for Heroes” program. The program will distribute 15,000 IMA Hero Teddy Bears, created by StarRise Creations. The bears will go to children of military families who are enduring the deployment of family members or the return of an injured loved one from the war zone, Diane Malowney, owner of IMA Hero, said. The stuffed toys are...
  • Vista spyware may give filip to Linux and OS X

    10/09/2006 2:30:37 AM PDT · by familyop · 65 replies · 2,709+ views
    iTWire ^ | 08OCT06 | Stan Beer
    Until a couple of days ago, like many others, I was looking forward to the long awaited release of Windows Vista. Then the news broke about Microsoft's intention to crack down on software piracy by putting what amounts to spyware on users' computers. Now I'm thinking twice about whether I really need or want this new operating system. Microsoft's so-called Software Protection Program (SPP) has been presented to intending users as a fait accompli just a month ahead of Vista's scheduled release. It will mean that those who use Vista and other Microsoft products will have to put up with...
  • Injured GIs Remain Positive, Accept Army 10-Miler Challenge

    10/07/2006 5:25:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 511+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2006 -- Two Army combat veterans who both lost something dear in the war against terrorism say they are determined to keep on battling, and proving it as they prepare to run the Army 10-Miler race tomorrow. Left to right: Army Spc. James Stuck, Capt. Matthew Scherer and Spc. Joseph Keck meet the press at a Washington, D.C., suburban hotel Oct. 6. Stuck and Keck are Army combat veterans who both lost limbs in the war against terrorism. They will compete in the Missing Parts in Action team that’s competing in the Army-10-Miler race held here...
  • America Supports You: Assistance Program Brings Message to Freedom Walk

    09/11/2006 4:37:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 163+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2006 -- Amid the thousands of walkers at the Pentagon yesterday commemorating the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and the nation’s past and present veterans, was a group that looks to help those veterans in a very tangible way. The American Legion’s “Heroes to Hometown” program, which was represented at the end of yesterday’s America Supports You Freedom Walk, is a group that works to provide a seamless transfer for severely injured veterans from the hospital to their hometowns. “We wanted to be a part of this, of course,” David L. Marsh, assistant director of...
  • Insurance Program Assists Severely Injured Servicemembers

    09/08/2006 8:37:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 241+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2006 -- Troops appreciate a congressionally legislated insurance program that provides financial aid to badly wounded servicemembers, a senior DoD official told a Senate committee here yesterday. Congress established the Traumatic Servicemembers Group Life Insurance program in 2005 in response to the experiences of some former and current military members who found themselves financially strapped after they suffered severe injuries during the war against terrorism. Coverage applies to active-duty and reserve-component members. “The program is working very well, and the Department of Defense is a satisfied customer,” Michael Dominguez, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and...
  • Iran Snubs Annan Over Nuclear Program

    09/03/2006 2:46:08 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 531+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-3-2006 | Nasser Karimi
    Iran Snubs Annan Over Nuclear Program Sunday September 3, 2006 9:46 PM By NASSER KARIMI Associated Press Writer TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The U.N. chief got little satisfaction Sunday at the close of his trip to Tehran, snubbed by Iran's leader over international demands to stop enriching uranium and ignored in warnings not to incite hatred by questioning the Holocaust. In a provocative move on the final day of Kofi Annan's two-day visit, Iran announced it would host a conference to examine what it called exaggerations about the Holocaust, during which more than 6 million Jews were killed by the...
  • "Why We Serve" Program to Connect Servicemembers, American Public

    08/31/2006 6:28:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 243+ views
    ‘Why We Serve’ Program to Connect Servicemembers, American PublicBy Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2006 – Thirteen servicemembers recently returned from deployments in the Middle East will fan out across the country beginning today to share their experiences and motivation for serving in uniform as they launch the Defense Department’s new “Why We Serve” program. The program has one simple goal: to help connect returning military members with the general public and give them an opportunity to tell their personal stories, explained Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs. The servicemembers, representing the...
  • America Supports You: Program Helps Wounded Vets Find New Jobs

    08/28/2006 5:31:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 334+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2006 – Severely injured servicemembers and their spouses are seeing doors open to meaningful civilian careers, thanks to a partnership between the Defense Department and the private sector. The Office of the Secretary of Defense, DoD’s Military Severely Injured Center and Military.com -- a private organization that provides information and serves as a networking hub for current and former military people, defense workers and their families – are co-sponsors of “Hiring Heroes.” Hiring Heroes helps connect servicemembers with DoD and other federal agencies, as well as civilian companies, with significant positions to fill. But it’s not...
  • Bush defends surveillance program

    08/18/2006 1:48:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 185 replies · 1,785+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/18/06 | Deb Reichman - ap
    CAMP DAVID, Md. - President Bush on Friday criticized a federal court ruling that said his warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional, declaring that opponents "do not understand the nature of the world in which we live." "I strongly disagree with that decision, strongly disagree," Bush said, striking his finger on a podium to underscore his point. "That's why I instructed the Justice Department to appeal immediately, and I believe our appeals will be upheld." U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit on Thursday was the first to find the National Security Agency surveillance program unconstitutional. The program involves monitoring...
  • Deployed Airmen register for marrow program

    08/16/2006 4:40:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 214+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Celena Wilson
    8/16/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- The faces on posters that call attention to a number of worthwhile volunteer causes are often lost in the hustle of accomplishing the daily mission. However, the association of one poster to a deployed Airman at a recent drive in Southwest Asia put a face on the critical need for all to register as bone marrow donors. The base-wide campaign drew 685 new registrants to the C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program. It was held in memory of Cavion Holloway, the son of Staff Sgt. Danielle and Billy Holloway, who passed...
  • Program helps wounded warriors heal through sports

    08/15/2006 5:32:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 338+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Michael E. Dukes
    KENT ISLAND, Md. (Army News Service, Aug. 14, 2006) – About a dozen wounded warriors paddled outrigger canoes with military precision Aug. 13 on the Chesapeake Bay at Kent Island, Md., as a supplement to the ongoing medical care they receive at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The outing was sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project and the Kent Island Outrigger Canoe Club. “Outrigger canoeing sets itself apart as a therapeutic sport because it lends itself particularly to those who are physically challenged and it’s easily adaptable,” said Julia Ray, Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project manager. Volunteers from...
  • NASA borrows ideas from Apollo program

    08/15/2006 4:33:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies · 233+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mon Aug 14, 11:00 PM ET | JAY REEVES,
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Jim Snoddy and other NASA engineers didn't just go to the drawing board or a warehouse when they needed ideas — and parts — for America's next lunar rocket. They went to space museums. Facing tight deadlines and uncertain budgets as it works on President Bush's plan to send astronauts back to the moon and on to Mars, NASA is both cannibalizing and analyzing pieces of its glory years, namely the Apollo program that first put humans on the lunar surface in 1969. Snoddy, a manager at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, has been removing valves and...
  • Army Program Opens Doors for Wounded Warriors

    08/10/2006 3:56:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 251+ views
    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Aug. 10, 2006 -- An improvised explosive device may have robbed Delaney Rocky Perez of his military career, but an Army program has given Perez an opportunity to serve again -- this time as a civilian. Delaney Rocky Perez, administrative officer for the Fort Sam Houston garrison commander’s office, is the first civil service employee hired at the base through the Army Wounded Warrior Program. Photo by Elaine Wilson  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Perez is the first civil service employee hired at Fort Sam Houston through the Army Wounded Warrior Program. The program,...
  • Program assists heroes in reaching next level

    08/08/2006 5:49:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 131+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Jeremy Larlee
    8/7/2006 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- They gave something that they can never get back, and a group here does its best to ensure these heroes smoothly move on to the next phase of their lives. Palace HART -- Helping Airmen Recover Together -- is a program that assists Airmen injured in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Many of them have amputations and other handicaps. The program assists them in staying on active duty, if possible, but it also helps injured veterans transition to life in the civilian world. The program started in 2004. "Place HART...
  • Income-Replacement Program Launched for Mobilized Reservists, Guardsmen

    08/04/2006 6:05:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 165+ views
    WASHINGTON, August 4, 2006 -- The Defense Department this month kicked off a program to help prevent activated reservists and National Guardsmen from facing financial hardships. The Reserve Income Replacement Program will pay eligible National Guard and reserve members mobilized for extended or frequent periods the difference between their monthly civilian pre-mobilization income and their current total monthly military compensation. “RIRP is designed to assist those mobilized Guard and reserve members that are experiencing a loss of income while mobilized,” said Tom Bush, principal director of manpower and reserve affairs for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense...
  • Always a Soldier program pairs veterans with jobs

    08/01/2006 5:16:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 185+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Beth Musselman
    FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Aug. 1, 2006) – The U.S. Army Materiel Command provides more than spare parts, bullets and food to warfighters – it provides jobs, too. The Always a Soldier program provides disabled veterans opportunities to seek employment within AMC, career advancement, job mobility, family wellbeing and greater financial security. “The goal of the program is to provide continuing support to warfighters beyond their active-duty service,” said Jonathan Herst, program coordinator. “By providing jobs for these veterans, AMC can clearly benefit by tapping into the valuable experience and commitment that our men and women in uniform...
  • The Lebanese Crisis and Iran's Nuclear Program

    07/29/2006 3:45:06 PM PDT · by MPierre · 3 replies · 428+ views
    American Lebanese Coordination Council ^ | July 29, 06 | Pierre A. Maroun
    The Lebanese Crisis and Iran’s Nuclear Program Witnessing the latest round of barbaric violence against Lebanon, many have been wondering as to why Israel has decided to end its normally limited reactions to Hizbullah’s aggression and to ferociously and widely escalate its response. Many analysts and spectators have been wondering what could happen next. Is the US initiative in the Middle East over? Will the US and the UN be forced to cut a deal with Syria and/or Iran to curb Hizbullah, and would such a deal bring Syria back to Lebanon? Will Israel invade Lebanon, again? When will this...
  • Rakkasan Armament Program Saves Lives

    07/20/2006 3:55:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 179+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Waine D. Haley
      Rakkasan Armament Program Saves Lives Welders add armor to Humvees to protect troops from improvised explosive devices. By U.S. Army Sgt. Waine D. Haley 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment TIKRIT, Iraq, July 20, 2006 -- A safety innovation has hit the battlefield in the form of heavy armor added to Humvees and is now on the roads of Iraq. The 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, created the Rakkasan Armament Program, known as RAP, in January 2006. This program is intended to provide shielding between the soldiers and the number one killer of...
  • CA: Meal aid hits new high: Half of state public school students join program

    07/18/2006 12:27:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,537+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 7/18/06 | Andrew Becker
    More than half of California's K-12 public education students enrolled in free or reduced-price meal programs last year, the first time that the majority of youngsters were approved for assistance, according to state and federal officials. California was one of a dozen states where the majority of students were certified for such programs, said Jean Daniel, a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman. In Contra Costa, almost a third of all students signed up for the federally subsidized lunch and breakfast programs, the third school year in a row the county has seen an increase in the percentage of students. Nearly...
  • Army MARS program still going strong

    07/17/2006 8:00:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 560+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Thom Williams
    FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. (Army News Service, July 17, 2006) – Mention the MARS Station to retired service members and they’ll probably tell you about how they were able to talk with loved ones back in the United States while serving overseas through this system of phone patches, high-frequency radios and volunteer radio operators. The U.S. Army Military Affiliated Radio System is still going strong with morale and welfare phone-patching and MARS messages. Today, it’s also a critically important backup emergency-communications system. “MARS has evolved into emergency-communications support not just for the Army, but for other government agencies, as well,” said...
  • U.S. Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program

    07/17/2006 4:10:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 249+ views
    This web site provides information to US citizens covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) If you are not a UOCAVA citizen, and wish to vote absentee as a regular state voter, please click here for links to State Election Sites. If you wish to vote in person, please contact your local county election official (listed in the Government Pages of the telephone book). Only 113 days until Election Day!
  • Court: Father Can't Raise Child Despite Mother's Deception

    06/21/2006 6:55:07 AM PDT · by ShadowDancer · 25 replies · 1,150+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | June 21, 2006 | AP
    Court: Father Can't Raise Child Despite Mother's Deception Woman Lied, Saying Baby DiedPOSTED: 7:06 am EDT June 21, 2006 RALEIGH, N.C. -- A biological father should lose his parental rights because he did not establish himself as a caregiver, even though the mother deceived the man by claiming she had a miscarriage, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. Pernell Ingram argued that he had provided sufficient care to the mother to qualify as the legal father of a child born out of wedlock. The Newton Grove man said he had provided "consistent care" by frequently caring for the mother's...
  • House Panel Votes Against IRS Program

    06/06/2006 6:03:28 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 79 replies · 1,186+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel voted Tuesday to throw a roadblock in front of an Internal Revenue Service plan that would use private collection agencies to chase unpaid tax debts. The House Appropriations Committee voted 29-27 to prevent the IRS from using money appropriated to the agency for fiscal 2007 to set up the program. President Bush had asked lawmakers to give the tax collectors $54 million to get the operation running. Rep. Steve Rothman, D-N.J., who wrote the amendment, said the program should be stopped to protect taxpayers from exposure to privacy breeches.
  • Wounded Warrior Program leads Soldiers, families through recovery

    06/02/2006 5:26:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 185+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Katisha Draughn
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 2, 2006) – Staff Sgt. Jarod Behee was patrolling in Iraq last spring when his life forever changed, courtesy of a sniper shot to the head. The bullet left the California National Guardman critically wounded, and he’s since endured numerous surgeries to decrease the swelling of his brain and repair damaged blood vessels. Enter the Army Wounded Warrior Program, which has assisted Soldiers who’ve been severely injured while supporting the Global War on Terror since April 2004. Their injuries range from loss of limbs and sight to extreme burns and brain injuries. “We want them...
  • Bush: Iran Must Suspend Nuclear Program to Start Talks

    06/01/2006 4:56:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 194+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 1, 2006 – America and its allies have laid the groundwork for "an effective international response" if Iran chooses not to suspend its uranium enrichment program, President Bush said today. Yesterday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, at the President's instruction, announced that the United States wants to solve the Iranian nuclear issue with diplomacy. However, after welcoming the offer to talk, Iran rejected the demand that it first suspend its nuclear program. "The choice is theirs," Bush told reporters at the White House after a meeting with his Cabinet. "I want to solve this problem diplomatically, and...
  • Some Immigrants Fear Guest Worker Program

    05/19/2006 2:23:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 630+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/19/06 | Juan A. Lozano and Anabelle Garay - ap
    HOUSTON - Martin Saucedo, an illegal immigrant from Michoacan, Mexico, would like to participate in a guest worker program like one Congress is considering as a part of sweeping immigration reform. But he's worried whether a proposal to grant millions of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship is really just an effort to find and deport them. "It's not a good idea. It won't give us what we need, to be able to come back," Saucedo said in Spanish during a break from clearing tree branches from power lines while working at a landscaping company. A bill before the Senate...
  • Once Upon a Time in Texas, My (English-Speaking) Niece Hoped to Enter Pre-K...(*Vanity*)

    05/14/2006 8:08:23 PM PDT · by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL · 115 replies · 2,158+ views
    Texas Education Agency ^ | 12 April 2006 | Texas Education Agency
    Texas Pre-Kindergarten Limited English Proficient (LEP) Pilot Program The following applications have been preliminarily selected to receive a grant for the Texas Pre-Kindergarten Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Pilot Program. Revised 4/12/06 Contacts: Carlos Garza(Funding) Discretionary Grants Phone: (512) 463-9269 carlos.garza@tea.state.tx.us Roberto Manzo (Program) Office Education Initiatives Phone: (512) 936-6060 roberto.manzo@tea.state.tx.us Program Description: The purpose of the Texas Pre-Kindergarten Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Pilot Program is: To implement multi-age programs serving 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds that assure that English language learning children receive appropriate activities to enter school prepared to succeed. The pilot program must provide many opportunities for the...
  • Medical Civic Assistance Program Helps Korengal Valley Afghans

    05/10/2006 8:42:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 272+ views
    JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, May 10, 2006 – Defying estimates of a low turnout, more than 6,300 patients were treated during a historic six-day medical civic assistance program conducted by the Afghan National Army and coalition forces in Kunar province's Korengal Valley in Afghanistan recently. U.S. Navy Cmdr. Sandra Hearn of the cooperative medical assistance team for Combined Joint Task Force 76, treats an Afghan girl with a head injury during a six-day medial civic assistance program run by Afghan and coalition forces in Afghanistan''s Korengal Valley. More than 6,300 patients were treated. Photo by Capt. Dan Huvane, USMC  (Click photo...
  • Program Gives Technology Access to Disabled GIs, Employees

    05/10/2006 6:19:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 216+ views
    HONOLULU, May 10, 2006 – A Defense Department program that 64 other federal agencies have adopted sees to it that wounded servicemembers from Iraq and Afghanistan and other people with disabilities have equal access to the information environment and opportunities throughout the federal government, a senior DoD official said here May 8. The Defense Department and other government agencies have the challenges of bringing people with disabilities back to work, Dinah F.B. Cohen told the audience May 8 during DoD''s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month observance in Honolulu. Photo by Rudi Williams  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Dinah F.B....
  • CA: San Mateo County approves new day worker program

    05/09/2006 3:49:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 428+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/9/06 | Bay Cities News Service
    The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved today a resolution authorizing an agreement between the county and the Multicultural Institute, which will now operate the county's Day Worker Program. The San Mateo County Human Services Agency noted in a report that members of the Redwood City community have voice concern about day workers congregating to seek employment. To mitigate those concerns, the county, in contract with El Concilio, launched a pilot day worker program in the North Fair Oaks unincorporated area of Redwood City, according to the report. Now, as a result of today's unanimous vote, the Multicultural...
  • Program aims to eliminate threat to aircraft

    04/26/2006 11:18:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 220+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Master Sgt. Scott King
    4/26/2006 - OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (AFPN) -- The team of four works to save lives, aircraft and money, usually behind the scenes. They are vital to the mission of this forward operating location serving Operation Enduring Freedom by running the Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard, or BASH, program. The 40th Air Expeditionary Group safety office manages the BASH program by monitoring, evaluating, and where needed, eliminating the threat so that the aircraft based here can complete their combat missions. The primary threats to bombers and refuelers launched and recovered from here are wimbrels, mynahs and egrets. “For an effective BASH program...
  • PRT Joins Forces With World Food Program to Help Afghans

    04/25/2006 5:55:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 234+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lutton
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, April 25, 2006 – U.S. military officials from the Mehtar Lam Provincial Reconstruction Team met with Ussama Osman, the eastern region head of office for the U.N. World Food Program, on April 20 to discuss cooperative efforts on projects between the two organizations. "It was a very successful meeting to develop opportunities for the PRT and WFP to work together," said PRT commander Army Lt. Col. Anthony Feagin. "Everyone committed to meeting again to share information on current and future planned projects." PRTs work in concert with the Afghan government and are responsible for assessing...
  • U.S. Maps Alternative Strategy to Stop Iran

    04/23/2006 1:57:22 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 577+ views
    Moscow Times | AP ^ | 4/24/06 | Barry Schweid
    WASHINGTON -- Lacking assurances from Russia and China that they would approve UN sanctions, the U.S. administration is trying to deny Iran technology, assets and especially weapons to slow down a suspected nuclear weapons program. As part of that campaign, a top U.S. State Department official on Friday urged Russia to drop its plan to sell Tor anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. "We hope and we trust that the deal will not go forward because this is not the time for business as usual with the Iranian government," said Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, who has been trying to line up...
  • Qatar Pass Program Geared to Refresh Servicemembers

    04/17/2006 4:09:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 1,633+ views
    AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar, April 17, 2006 – People use the term "decompress" a lot at U.S. Central Command's Rest and Recuperation Center here. Servicemembers enjoy video games in the USO lounge at the As Sayliyah Rest and Recuperation Center in Qatar. Personnel from Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa can get four-day passes to the facility. Photo by Jim Garamone  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The center allows servicemembers and Defense Department civilians to leave the stress of service in Iraq, Afghanistan or the Horn of Africa behind, said Army Capt. Pernita Duggal, in charge of the...
  • Writing on the wall for Iran [Even the UAE and China agree.]

    04/16/2006 11:44:32 PM PDT · by familyop · 20 replies · 1,231+ views
    Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates) ^ | 17APR06 | Khaleej Times
    IRAN is in the eye of the storm. Not even a week has passed since Seymour Hersh disclosed a secret US plan to attack Iran that includes a nuclear strike at its nuclear installations. And now there is this report about a mock Iran invasion exercise by the US and UK. Clearly, noose is tightening around Iran. Which is very disturbing considering the disastrous ramifications of such a campaign for the Middle East and the world. Even as the region is battling the terrible effects of the conflict in Iraq, not to talk of the impact on global economy, this...
  • Construction Program Improves Afghans' Lives

    04/14/2006 4:36:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 251+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Robert R. Ramon, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, April 14, 2006 – As coalition leaders continue their efforts to bring stability to Afghanistan and prevent the re-emergence of terrorism, they often turn to the Commander's Emergency Response Program, which lets them quickly improve Afghans' lives with low-cost, high-impact projects. Workers build a new aqueduct system in Afghanistan's Khost province with funds from the Commander's Emergency Response Program. The program lets coalition leaders rapidly allocate resources to address local needs. Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert R. Ramon, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Such projects include rehabilitating roads and bridges, building and...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 04-08-06

    04/08/2006 8:18:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 122 replies · 1,400+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 04-08-06 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseApril 8, 2006 President's Radio Address       Audio      In Focus: Immigration      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week, Members of the United States Senate reached a promising bipartisan compromise on comprehensive immigration reform. Unfortunately, this compromise is being blocked by the Senate Democratic leader who has refused to allow Senators to move forward and vote on amendments to this bill. I call on the Senate Minority Leader to end his blocking tactics and allow the Senate to do its work and pass a fair, effective immigration reform bill.  Radio Address 200620052004200320022001  Radio Interviews 20052004 Immigration is an emotional...
  • DoD program keeps employers, reservists on track

    03/31/2006 4:15:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 112+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Mar 30, 2006 | Elaine Wilson
    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Army News Service, March 30, 2006) – A Department of Defense program is easing the transition from business suit to battle dress uniform and back again for Reserve and Guard members serving throughout the world. The National Committee for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a nationwide network of nearly 4,200 volunteers who facilitate communication between reservists and their civilian employers. “We keep reservists and their civilian employers on the same sheet of music when it comes to employment of military members,” said Findley Brewster, Texas ESGR Area 4 chairman. “If the communication...