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  • The Latest: Obama revives "Fired up, ready to go"

    11/07/2016 3:00:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/7/16 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times EDT): ___ 5:41 p.m. President Barack Obama is reviving his own campaign call-and-response of "Fired up, ready to go" at a rally for Hillary Clinton. Obama is getting nostalgic at his rally in Durham, New Hampshire, as he tells the story of how the chant came about in 2008. He says when he started running he was just a "skinny guy with a funny name." Obama says a woman in a church hat in the back of a room at an obscure campaign event randomly started the chant,...
  • Beijing ready to confront Washington if it intervenes in S.China Sea dispute

    07/05/2016 12:15:01 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    RT ^ | 07/05/16
    Beijing must prepare to make the US “pay a cost it can’t stand” if it intervenes in the South China Sea dispute by force, a state newspaper editorial has warned, days before a court at The Hague rules on the territorial row between China and the Philippines. The American military build-up in the South China Sea, including the deployment of two carrier strike groups, comes in defiance of China’s vital interests and represents “a direct threat to national security,” the state-run Global Times said in strongly-worded editorials in its Chinese and English editions on Tuesday.  Beijing should accelerate developing its...
  • Muhammad Ali in 'Grave Condition' in Phoenix Hospital

    06/03/2016 7:02:59 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 106 replies
    Muhammad Ali is in "grave condition" in a Phoenix-area hospital, a well-informed source tells NBC News, as the boxing legend continues to battle a respiratory condition. The 74-year-old former heavyweight champion's family has gathered by his bedside just a day after he had been hospitalized in what spokesman Bob Gunnell said Thursday was to be a "brief" stay.
  • Obama 'Ready to Meet with Netanyahu'

    09/10/2015 8:22:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    inn ^ | 9/10/15 | Ben Ariel
    President Barack Obama on Thursday spoke to American rabbis in a pre-Rosh Hashanah phone call, and told them that security talks with Israel had resumed and he hoped to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu by early next month, The Forward reports. In his annual pre-High Holidays call to the rabbis, Obama said that he was ready to meet with Netanyahu during the United Nations General Assembly opening session, which starts next week and runs through October 6. “Our consultations have already begun with Israeli military and intelligence officials,” Obama said, according to The Forward. “My hope is to have...
  • Ready for Hillary’s Running Mate? (No, REally. Seriesly. Beelzabubba)

    05/02/2014 9:05:34 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/2/14 | Jeff Greenfield - The daily beast
    Hillary Clinton’s running mate. The ideal candidate would be someone clearly equipped by experience to handle the presidency at a moment’s notice, and who was held in high esteem by the public; maybe even someone who exemplified a time when Americans felt better about their country’s prospects. By that measure, there is at first glance one obvious choice: Bill Clinton. He would be by far the most clearly qualified candidate for the job. More than two-thirds of Americans look on him favorably, and last year, 55 percent told Gallup they saw Clinton as an outstanding or above-average president.
  • Get Ready for One-Party Rule If GOP Wins the Senate (reaction to Mitch McConnell floor speech)

    01/16/2014 9:31:42 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 1/16/14 | Eric Pianin
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered an extraordinary floor speech last week in which he essentially auditioned for the job of Majority Leader – the one currently held by Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada. For 40 minutes, the Kentucky Republican who is up for reelection this year railed against Reid and the Democratic majority for a take-it-or-leave it brand of governance akin to a “permanent sort of shirts-against-skins contest.” McConnell outlined three main reforms the Republicans would adopt if they were to win control of the Senate in November: allowing a “more robust” committee process, permitting more amendments on the...
  • Canada PM Ready to Introduce New Carbon-Emission Rules for Keystone Approval -- Report

    09/07/2013 8:40:04 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 6, 2013 | Paul Vieira
    OTTAWA--Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has told U.S. President Barack Obama that he's ready to work on joint plan between the two countries to reduce carbon emissions in the energy sector in an effort to secure approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday. The CBC, citing unnamed sources, said Mr. Harper wrote to Mr. Obama in late August, signaling he is ready to accept carbon-reduction targets proposed by the U.S. and prepared to work with the White House to address concerns raised about Keystone and its impact on greenhouse-gas emissions. A spokesman for Mr....
  • Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria [The Clown & Cameron Pretend to be Tough]

    08/25/2013 3:46:24 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 204 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8/25/13 | Tim Ross and Ben Farmer
    Britain is planning to join forces with America and launch military action against Syria within days in response to the gas attack believed to have been carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against his own people.
  • Blessing of a Child in the Womb Ready for Use

    05/10/2012 6:34:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Considered an Effective Witness to the Sanctity of Human LifeWASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 9, 2012 ( Following Vatican approval, the “Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb” is now available for use by dioceses in the United States. The text of the blessing in English and Spanish is posted online and is being published as a booklet addendum to the Book of Blessings/Bendicional. The blessing will be included in future editions of those liturgical volumes. “We hope the use of this blessing will provide not only support and God’s blessing for expectant parents and their child in the...
  • The war book is ready (Israel prepares for war)

    08/27/2011 11:37:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 8/27/11 | staff
    YNet reports that we were a lot closer to war last weekend than most Israelis realize. The war book is ready. When Defense Minister Ehud Barak arrived at the Defense Ministry Headquarters’ meeting room last Saturday, a thick war book titled “Operation South” was already awaiting his approval on his desk. In those hours, Israel was on the verge of embarking on war in the Gaza Strip. The book did not pertain to a limited operation. The selected targets would have certainly prompted a major flare-up, including difficult regional implications. Just like in Operation Cast Lead, the political leadership granted...
  • Is Bolton Ready to Run?

    08/11/2011 11:55:25 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    Aug 10, 2011 - 4:05 - Former U.N. ambassador on why he might enter 2012 race
  • Iran unveils "ready" underground missile silos

    06/27/2011 12:53:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/27/11 | Staff
    Tehran, Iran - Iran on Monday unveiled underground missile silos for the first time as it kicked off 10 days of large-scale war games, the country's latest show of military force amid a standoff with the West over its disputed nuclear program. State TV broadcast footage of deep underground silos, claiming that medium- and long-range missiles stored in them are ready to launch in case of an attack on Iran. The sites are widely viewed as a strategic asset for Iran to launch a strike in the event of a U.S. or Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities. (Snip) An
  • Let go of your life let me(Jesus) live in you !

    05/22/2011 5:14:06 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    Let go of your life , let me live in you , See what I can do , I AM your helper , your friend , in a time of need , I give my life to you ! Let go of your life says the Lord , I can give you so much more ! ! ! In dreams and visions I will call you , Revelation will flood through you , And My Wisdom , My Spirit , will guide you in the Truth , Give your life to me says the Lord , Give your life to...
  • Video: Are you ready for “E.T.” — the sequel?

    02/23/2011 7:27:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    hot air ^ | 2/23/11 | Allahpundit
    To cleanse the palate, the science fiction event of a lifetime. Alas, if only it were real. This is a fake — a slickly produced fake, to be sure, replete with clever editing and enough gags to make it a bona fide viral video phenomenon, but still a fake. I promise, though, that you’ll enjoy it anyway, either as a straightforward rendering of what an inevitably crappy “E.T.” sequel would look like or as a broader parody of Hollywood’s paint-by-numbers “evil aliens” genre. Why, there’s even an Obama cameo! Although, admittedly, that part doesn’t ring true: He sounds pretty resolute...
  • US not ready for Arctic oil drilling: officials

    02/07/2011 5:13:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/7/11 | Karin Zeitvogel - AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States is ill-equipped to deal with a major oil catastrophe in Alaska, the Coast Guard admiral who led the US response to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill and others warn. Only one of the US Coast Guard's three ice breakers is operational and would be available to respond to a disaster off Alaska's northern coast, which is icebound for much of the year, retired admiral Thad Allen told reporters this week. Former Alaska lieutenant governor Fran Ulmer said that before drilling in the Arctic, the United States must "invest in the Coast Guard."...
  • Rigs in Gulf Ready to Drill, but There’s Little Work

    12/08/2010 9:20:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/8/10 | Clifford Krauss
    ABOARD SEAHAWK 2007, Gulf of Mexico — For the 31 workers on this jackup oil rig, the waiting is finally over. In recent weeks, they have been doing basic chores like painting handrails and scrubbing the deck while the federal government reviewed Castex Energy’s application to drill a natural gas well in 150 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico — a normally quick process that turned glacial after the BP oil spill on April 20 prompted regulators to shut down almost all new drilling in the region.
  • The Fall of Chicagoland?

    10/27/2010 3:43:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 10-27-10 | Rich Trzupek
    In a year when the electorate is expected to repudiate the president’s policies at the polls, there is a certain irony to the fact that this rejection may include not only Barack Obama’s home state, but his old Senate seat as well. Illinois has been a solidly blue state for over a decade now. This is not so much because its residents have abandoned traditional Midwestern values as it is because the Chicago machine’s corrupting influence has been so effective in keeping Democrats in office for so long and in suppressing opposition. Yet, even with the machine’s tentacles extending into...
  • Fraudulent Voting Re-emerges as a Partisan Issue (Scare tactic to suppress minorities alert)

    10/27/2010 3:59:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 26, 2010 | Ian Urbina
    In 2006, conservative activists repeatedly claimed that the problem of people casting fraudulent votes was so widespread that it was corrupting the political process and possibly costing their candidates victories. The accusations turned out to be largely false, but they led to a heated debate, with voting rights groups claiming that the accusations were crippling voter registration drives and reducing turnout. That debate is flaring anew. Tea Party members have started challenging voter registration applications and have announced plans to question individual voters at the polls whom they suspect of being ineligible. In response, liberal groups and voting rights...
  • Nevada GOP Calls on Reid to Explain Handling of Ex-Aide's Sham Marriage (Reid lying, again!)

    10/27/2010 4:09:57 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/27/2010 | fox news
    The Nevada Republican Party called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Tuesday to personally explain how somebody who confessed to a sham marriage with a Lebanese national later deported ended up on his staff -- and precisely when he found out about her past. The challenge came after reported Monday evening that Diana Tejada, the senator's former Hispanic press secretary, had confessed to taking money for "some of her expenses" in exchange for fraudulently marrying Bassam Mahmoud Tarhini in 2003 so he could obtain permanent U.S. residency. According to court documents, Tejada owned up to the deal in November...
  • Ariz. Law Requiring Voters Prove Citizenship Is Struck Down

    10/27/2010 4:11:37 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 30 replies
    AP via ^ | October 27, 2010 | AP
    PHOENIX -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a key part of Arizona's law requiring voters to prove they are citizens before registering to vote and to show identification before casting ballots. The decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the law requiring voters to prove their citizenship while registering is inconsistent with the National Voter Registration Act. That federal law allows voters to fill out a mail-in voter registration card and swear they are citizens under penalty of perjury, but doesn't require them to show proof as Arizona's law...
  • Poll: Burr leads by wide margin as election nears (NC Senate Race!)

    10/27/2010 4:16:58 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 18 replies
    WRAL ^ | October 26, 2010 | Matthew Burns
    Raleigh, N.C. — Democrat Elaine Marshall has narrowed the gap with U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, but she still trails by a wide margin a week before the election, according to a WRAL News Poll released Tuesday. SurveyUSA polled 1,000 North Carolina residents Friday through Monday; 857 were registered voters and 590 said they were likely to vote. If the election were held now, Burr would garner 53 percent of the ballots cast by likely voters to Marshall's 38 percent. Libertarian Mike Beitler would finish with 5 percent of the vote, according to the poll. The poll has a margin of...
  • Public employee unions funnel public money to Dems [AFSCME is #1 campaign spender]

    10/27/2010 4:12:57 AM PDT · by · 10 replies
    Who is the largest single political contributor in the 2010 campaign cycle? You can be pardoned if you answer, erroneously, that it's some new conservative group organized by Karl Rove. That's campaign spin by the Obama Democrats, obediently relayed by certain elements of the so-called mainstream media. The real answer is AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union's president, Gerald McEntee, reports proudly that AFSCME will be contributing $87.5 million in this cycle, entirely or almost entirely to Democrats. "We're spending big," he told the Wall Street Journal. "And we're damn happy it's big." The...
  • Obama campaigning quietly from the White House

    10/27/2010 2:25:39 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 27, 2010 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON -- Less than a week before Election Day, President Barack Obama is using the power of his office to reach Democratic voters in a final effort to get supporters to the polls and nudge close races in his party's favor. Though Obama is off the campaign trail for three full days this week, he's personally targeting key Democratic constituencies from the White House, holding conference calls with union activists and campaign volunteers, and doing interviews with radio stations that draw largely black audiences. He'll also target younger voters when he tapes an appearance on "The Daily Show with Jon...
  • W.H. lowers expectations of Obama effect (The jig is up and the Rats are running scared)

    10/27/2010 3:36:16 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/26/2010 | By GLENN THRUSH & CAROL E. LEE
    As President Barack Obama gets ready for his final campaign swing before the midterm elections next week, many Democrats — and even some White House officials — are warning against expecting too big a bump from his barnstorming. Obama hit his first major pothole in a month of high-profile, feel-good campaign appearances on Monday in Rhode Island when the Democratic gubernatorial candidate reacted to the news that the president was not going to endorse him by saying he could “shove it. On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed the dust-up as nothing more than a distraction, while trumpeting...
  • Trying to Build Consensus or Make Republicans "Ride in the Back?" (No Obama, we're kicking you out)

    10/27/2010 3:45:22 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/27/2010 | by Jake Gibson
    With less than a week before the midterm elections President Obama is in full campaign mode, supporting his fellow Democrats and plunking down political red meat at rallies across the country. In recent stump speeches Mr. Obama has said, “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they’ve got to sit in back.” It’s widely expected that Republicans will make major gains in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, leaving Mr. Obama in a tough situation. “I think the president is in some ways caught in a trap that’s partially of his...
  • Video: Barney Frank’s gay boyfriend tries to harass GOP opponent Bielat

    10/19/2010 4:21:21 AM PDT · by Suvroc10 · 20 replies
    Examiner ^ | October 19, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Barney Frank’s gay boyfriend tries to harass and antagonize Frank’s GOP opponent, Sean Bielat. The weird and awkward scene took place last Wednesday, right after the conclusion of a debate between Barney "Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are a-okay" Frank and challenger Sean Bielat. The bizarre incident was caught on tape by a Boston Herald reporter and featured Frank’s gay boyfriend, a supposed "amateur" photographer by the name of James Ready, taking pictures of Bielat while he was minding his own business and talking to some reporters. Ready also tried to harass and antagonize Bielat by criticizing the quality of...
  • Iraqis Ready for U.S. Drawdown, Odierno Says

    06/04/2010 7:37:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 163+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 4, 2010 – Iraq’s government and security forces have improved to the point that the commander of U.S. Forces Iraq says he is comfortable drawing down to 50,000 U.S. troops there by September. Video Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, who outlined the improved situation in Iraq during a Pentagon press briefing today, said U.S. forces are ahead of schedule on the drawdown there. “I can’t overemphasize how much Iraqi Security Forces have improved. That’s what’s different today from a year ago,” Odierno told reporters. “I think it’s the right time to go to 50,000 and it’s my assessment...
  • Iraqis Ready for U.S. Drawdown, Odierno Says

    06/04/2010 7:32:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 107+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 4, 2010 – Iraq’s government and security forces have improved to the point that the commander of U.S. Forces Iraq says he is comfortable drawing down to 50,000 U.S. troops there by September. Video Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, who outlined the improved situation in Iraq during a Pentagon press briefing today, said U.S. forces are ahead of schedule on the drawdown there. “I can’t overemphasize how much Iraqi Security Forces have improved. That’s what’s different today from a year ago,” Odierno told reporters. “I think it’s the right time to go to 50,000 and it’s my assessment...
  • Pelosi Tells Mills College Grads To 'Be Ready'

    05/15/2010 6:37:04 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies · 846+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | May 15th 2010
    Pelosi Tells Mills College Grads To 'Be Ready' John King May 15, 2010 The 500-plus students who received degrees and certificates at Mills College in Oakland on Saturday were sent into the world by another graduate of a women's college: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In a commencement speech that steered clear of partisan politics, Pelosi emphasized the personal side of her ascent to power as the nation's first female speaker. "My message is: 'Be ready,' " the 1962 graduate of Trinity College in Washington, D.C., told the students and their families and friends gathered on Toyon Meadow in the heart...
  • James O'Keefe says next video 'ready to go'

    02/18/2010 7:22:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies · 1,542+ views
    Politico ^ | 2/18/10 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    James O’Keefe, the self-styled guerilla investigative journalist celebrated for his video on ACORN and arrested last month in New Orleans in an attempted expose of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, got a rock star welcome at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday. O’Keefe, 25, wasn’t scheduled to do any official events at CPAC, as the conference is known, but he attracted plenty of attention as he waded through the lobby of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, where the conference is taking place, posing for pictures with admiring fans who wished him well in his pending court case.
  • PREPARE THE CHURCH ! PREPARE THE BRIDE ! \O/ are you Rapture ready ?

    12/30/2009 10:46:58 AM PST · by Jedediah · 28 replies · 828+ views
    Prepare the Church ! Prepare the Bride , There is no place for mankind to hide ! For the eyes of the Lord look to and fro , And The Spirit of God knows where his breath goes , Job 33:4 The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life So fill your vessels and trim your wicks , For a suddenly is coming quick ! The Bride and the bridesmaids shall soon be as one , Pure and spotless not undone , The Groom awaits the striking of the hour ,...
  • 'Hizbullah getting ready for new war'

    11/08/2009 11:25:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies · 446+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/8/09 | staff
    Fearing Israel will launch an assault on Hizbullah before a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, the Lebanese guerrilla group is getting ready for a new war, the Observer reported on Sunday. According to the British newspaper, Hizbullah has been "busy reinforcing fixed defense positions" north of the Litani River, and after losing many of its bunkers in the south during the Second Lebanon War, is preparing "a new strategy" to defend villages there.
  • Israel Warns IDF Ready to Roll Against Iran

    11/06/2009 11:46:08 PM PST · by bogusname · 20 replies · 1,537+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 11/06/09 | Hana Levi Julian
    Israel's warnings that it will not tolerate an existential threat in the form of a nuclear Iran should be taken seriously, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon warned in an interview with the Britain-based Sky News on Friday. "The one who's bluffing is Iran, which is trying to play with cards they don't have," Ayalon told the news network. "All the bravado that we see and the testing and the very dangerous and harsh rhetoric are hiding a lot of weaknesses." ...
  • Ready, Aim, Fire McChrystal

    09/24/2009 10:13:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies · 2,713+ views ^ | 9/24/09 | Diana West
    There are many reasons to fire Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, and all of them are contained within his 66-page "assessment" of the war in Afghanistan. The document is fascinating, just as the work of zealots is always fascinating. As a high priest of the politically correct orthodoxy, McChrystal has laid out a strategy to combat Taliban jihad in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan without once mentioning Islam, and forget about jihad (fireable offense No. 1).
  • Interior Dept. gets ready for global warming

    09/14/2009 3:32:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies · 1,004+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 9/14/09 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar moved Monday to prepare the nation's parks, refuges and endangered species for the onslaught of global warming. Salazar signed an order setting up a Climate Change Response Council and eight regional response centers to study and respond to such issues as rising sea levels threatening to swamp historic structures and warmer temperatures shifting where wildlife live. The order also commits the Interior Department to develop a plan to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions, including setting a firm target.
  • Iraqi Police Prove Readiness, Now Validated

    08/16/2009 8:46:29 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 256+ views
    KIRKUK — The Iraqi Police (IP) in the small village of Bushariyah here have detained 17 terrorists, participated in hundreds of raids and disabled improvised explosive device emplacements, and they are just getting started. For these IP, their latest victory did not come on the battlefield; rather, it happened inside their station during a validation ceremony to recognize their hard work and dedication to security, Aug. 11. "Today is a great day," Capt. Fikrat Mustafa, the chief of the Bushariyah Station, said to the crowd at the ceremony. The Policemen of this station have made countless sacrifices and have been...
  • Coalition Ready for Afghan Elections, Official Says

    08/11/2009 5:26:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 213+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2009 – Nine days before the Afghan national elections, coalition forces are prepared to back up Afghan security forces as necessary to ensure 17 million registered voters have safe access to the polls, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today. “Huge expectations and huge consequences are associated with the upcoming election” on Aug. 20, Morrell told reporters. Even President Barack Obama has called the elections “probably the most important event to take place in Afghanistan this year,” he noted. The election, the first the Afghans have organized, run and administered since the 1970s, represents “a significant turning...
  • Elite Iraqi Commandos Complete Training, Stand Ready to Serve

    07/15/2009 4:24:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 681+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Jeffrey Ledesma, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Arabian Peninsula
    Iraqi Special Operations Soldiers conduct fast-rope training into a mock village during the recent Commando-Selection Course on an Iraqi military compound in Baghdad. The 47-day Commando Selection Course is similar to the U.S. Army's Ranger School. Photo by Sgt. Jeffrey Ledesma, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Arabian Peninsula. BAGHDAD — Symbolic of the blood – both of fallen fighters and slain foes – that has been shed in the fight for freedom and democracy, the words "fighting the insurgency for a secure and stable Iraq" were written in a dripping red font on a poster affixed to one...
  • Iraqi Special Forces Trained, Ready

    05/19/2009 4:19:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 371+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Brandon Pomrenke, USA
    AL ASAD — An elite group of Iraqi Soldiers stand ready to spring into action against terrorism and insurgency here. Al Anbar's 9th Battalion, Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) have one mission; to keep the people of Iraq safe. To stay prepared for this mission, they spend their days training and working with U.S. Special Operations Forces advisors to continually sharpen their skills. "Iraq is so spread out you can't control it from one location," said an Iraqi lieutenant. "Each province has teams to execute high value missions." These missions can range from presence patrols to fast-roping during pitch-black night...
  • Likud ready to meet Lieberman's demands on unions, conversion

    02/12/2009 10:28:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies · 744+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/12/09 | GIL HOFFMAN
    The Likud is confident it can meet the two demands on which Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman has conditioned recommending that President Shimon Peres designate Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu to be the next prime minister, Likud officials said Thursday. The Jerusalem Post reported exclusively Thursday that Lieberman was ready to endorse Netanyahu rather than Kadima leader Tzipi Livni, provided that Netanyahu pledged to push through his demands for civil unions and an eased conversion process, but that if those two demands were not met, he would back Livni. Lieberman is also seeking to be appointed defense minister or finance minister,...
  • Russia says ready to work with U.S. on Afghanistan

    01/23/2009 12:20:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 286+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/23/09 | Denis Dyomkin
    TASHKENT (Reuters) – Russia welcomes President Barack Obama's decision to review policy in Afghanistan and is ready to cooperate, including on supply routes for NATO forces, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday. "Let us hope the new U.S. administration will be more successful in the Afghan settlement than its predecessor," Medvedev told a news conference after talks with Uzbek President Islam Karimov. "We are ready for fully fledged and equal cooperation on security in Afghanistan, including with the United States," he added. "We are ready to work on the most complicated issues ... including the transit of non-military goods."...
  • U.S. ‘Ready, Willing, Able’ to Assist Pakistan, Gates Says

    01/24/2008 4:35:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 89+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2008 – The United States remains “ready, willing and able” to assist Pakistan and partner with the nation as it takes on al Qaeda, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a Pentagon news conference today. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Michael Mullen hold a news conference in the Pentagon, Jan. 24, 2008. Photo by R. D. Ward  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gates and Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen discussed the situation in Pakistan, saying the Pakistani government now understands the threat extremist...
  • 'Ready to Fight' battalion enables transition in Anbar

    10/15/2007 4:46:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 169+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Bryce Muhlenberg
    HABBANIYAH, Iraq (Oct. 15, 2007) -- A man of modest means tends to his inventory of household items, while his two oldest sons chop ice outside, preparing it to be sold to the locals that attend this bustling Iraqi farmer market. This may seem a common everyday event, but for the people of the area around Saqlawiyah, Iraq, it is a success story and proof of the efforts and sacrifices by the Marines of Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6. Lance Cpl. Jason S. Partida, an infantryman with first platoon, Company C, said the area,...
  • Despite Commitments, U.S. Forces Ready For Any Contingency

    09/25/2007 5:51:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 104+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2007 – The commitment of ground forces in Iraq and Afghanistan is heavy, but the U.S. military has ample forces to respond to any other contingency that may arise, the general in charge of planning for the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. About 490,000 military members are forward-deployed around the world, with 234,000 in Southwest and Central Asia, about 139,000 in the Pacific, about 96,000 in the European theater, and a little more than 4,000 in Latin and Central America and the Caribbean, Army Maj. Gen. Richard Sherlock, director of operational planning for the Joint...
  • Democrats ready for marathon Iraq debate (Yawwwn.)

    07/17/2007 2:01:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 1,053+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/17/07 | Anne Flaherty - ap
    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats refused to flinch Tuesday as the chamber moved toward a rare, all-night session of debate on legislation to bring troops home this fall. They called for sleeping cots to be rolled into a room off the Senate floor and told members to prepare for repeated votes throughout the evening. Senators even left open the possibility of dispatching the sergeant at arms to summon colleagues from their homes to the floor if lawmakers ignored the debate. The threat was reminiscent of a 1988 debate on campaign finance reform in which Capitol police carried Oregon Republican Sen. Robert...
  • ‘Wolverines’ Ready for Anything on Mission for Iraqi Children

    07/06/2007 6:05:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 316+ views
    Defend America News ^ | 1st Lt. Daniel Sem
    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Frederick Williams, the patrol leader for the May 23 humanitarian operation, speaks with two Iraqi children outside the village school while his soldiers secure the perimeter of the schoolyard. U.S. Army photo ‘Wolverines’ Ready for Anything on Mission for Iraqi Children Escort operation involves the safe transport of school supplies. By 1st Lt. Daniel Sem 209th Aviation Support Battalion TIKRIT, Iraq, July 6, 2007 -- The mission briefing ends as the morning cool gives way to the 100-degree noon heat. Soldiers don their body armor. Truck commanders quickly do a final inspection on their vehicles....
  • Iraqis ready to replace British troops

    03/22/2007 8:51:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 406+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/22/07 | Thomas Wagner - ap
    LONDON - Iraq's defense minister said Wednesday his commanders were surprised when Britain recently announced plans to withdraw some of its troops from Iraq, but that his country's forces will be ready to replace them. "I am absolutely confident that Iraq's army is quite ready to meet the challenges, even if the withdrawal becomes quite sudden," Defense Minister Abdul-Qader Mohammed Jassim said at a news conference. On Tuesday, Iraqi forces in southern Iraq replaced British troops at a frequently targeted base in Basra. The British commander, Maj. Gen. Jonathan Shaw, said the move was part of the plan to shift...
  • Commander: Taliban ready to battle NATO

    03/07/2007 1:12:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 693+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/7/07 | Rahim Faiez - ap
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A top Taliban commander said Wednesday the group has 4,000 fighters bracing to rebuff NATO's largest-ever offensive in northern Afghanistan, now in its second day. Suicide bombers are ready, land mines have been planted and helicopters will be targeted, Mullah Abdul Qassim, the top Taliban commander in Helmand province told The Associated Press. NATO, meanwhile, announced the capture of a senior Taliban fighter who had eluded authorities by wearing a woman's burqa. Mullah Mahmood, who is accused of helping Taliban fighters rig suicide bomb attacks, was seized by Afghan soldiers at a checkpoint near Kandahar, the alliance...
  • Training Center Transformation Ensures Combat-Ready Troops

    01/30/2007 4:50:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 231+ views
    FORT IRWIN, Calif., Jan. 30, 2007 – When the National Training Center opened here in 1981, it presented the most realistic environment imaginable for troops to prepare for a potential large-scale, tank-on-tank confrontation with the Soviet Union in Germany’s Fulda Gap. Third Infantry Division soldiers preparing for an upcoming deployment to Iraq respond to small-arms fire during a scenario at the National Training Center, at Fort Irwin, Calif. The center replicates conditions the troops could face in a combat theater. Photo by Donna Miles  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Today, this sweeping training center has transformed dramatically to...
  • Senator Tim Johnson hires top campaign strategist

    01/18/2007 8:57:18 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 62 replies · 1,456+ views
    AP and Kansas City Star ^ | 17 January 2007 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota is still recovering from a December brain hemorrhage, but his office appears to be beefing up his staff for a 2008 re-election campaign. Drey Samuelson, Johnson's chief of staff, said Wednesday that the office has hired Steve Jarding as deputy chief of staff. Jarding, who will work for the senator's congressional office in Rapid City, S.D., is a veteran political consultant who served as a top strategist for James Webb, the Virginia Democrat who upset Republican Sen. George Allen last November. Jarding is a native of South Dakota and worked for...