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  • CalPERS posts worst year since 2009, with slim returns

    07/18/2016 8:56:52 PM PDT · by bkopto · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 18, 2016 | James Koren
    California’s largest public pension fund made a return of less than 1% in its most recent fiscal year, the fund’s worst performance since 2009. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System said Monday that its rate of return for the year ended June 30 was just 0.61%. What’s more, Ted Eliopoulos, the pension fund’s chief investment officer, said the poor year has pushed CalPERS’ long-term returns below expected levels. “We have some challenges to confront,” Eliopoulos said during a conference call. “We’re moving into a much more challenging, low-return environment.” CalPERS assumes that, in the long-term, it will earn investment returns...
  • Court: Obama Admin Can’t Hide Investigation into Former White House Adviser Austan Goolsbee

    09/30/2014 5:21:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Sep. 30, 2014 | CJ Ciaramella
    The Obama administration must acknowledge the existence of an independent investigation into former White House senior economics adviser Austan Goolsbee’s alleged unauthorized access to the Koch brother’s tax returns, a court ruled Tuesday. A federal judge ruled the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) must disclose to watchdog group Cause of Action whether records of an investigation exist. Cause of Action filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit after TIGTA refused to confirm or deny the existence of the investigation in what is commonly known as a “Glomar response.” “The court has ruled that the federal government cannot...
  • Soldier shocks son at basketball game (sweet video but blurry monitor warning)

    01/18/2014 10:20:23 PM PST · by ransomnote · 8 replies ^ | 1/18/2014 | cnn newsroom
    Video at link
  • Homeless Man Returns Backpack of Money

    09/16/2013 11:22:46 PM PDT · by shineon · 13 replies
    A humble homeless man who returned a backpack full of cash and traveler’s checks to police said he felt “very, very good” to do it and used a ceremony honoring him at police headquarters to thank all the people who have ever given him money on the street.
  • Detroit Pension Woes A Drop In The Entitlement Bucket Compared To The USA

    08/05/2013 6:32:21 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/05/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Detroit’s fiscal woes have been front and center in the news recently. Now this is a new claim that Detroit’s pension woes are not as bad as Kevyn Orr, the city’s emergency manager, estimated. Orr stated that the underfunding of the city’s two pension funds at $3.5 billion. Orr arrived at that figure in part by estimating the funds’ expected annual return on assets at 7%. The city’s actuary, meanwhile, says the size of the gap is actually $977 million, based in part on an expected annual return of 8%. So, not as bad as Orr’s calculated. But can Detroit...
  • Dismissed Juror In Zimmerman Trial Returns To Court, Gets Escorted Out

    06/14/2013 12:31:26 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 48 replies
    WFTV ^ | 6-14-2013 | WFTV
    SANFORD, Fla. — Channel 9 has learned a potential juror in the George Zimmerman trial who had been dismissed Wednesday was escorted out of the Seminole County courthouse on Friday. The man, referred to only by his juror number, E7, was at the courthouse demanding to know how the defense learned of a website post that got him dismissed earlier this week. Stay with and tune in to Eyewitness News at 4 p.m. for updates! The posting read, in part: "In Sanford and I can tell you this. Justice is coming."
  • Gunfire from Syria directed at soldiers; IDF returns fire

    03/24/2013 1:03:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies ^ | 3/22/13 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Gunfire from Syria was directed at IDF soldiers who were patrolling the border on Sunday morning. The IDF returned fire on a Syrian army position from which the soldiers were attacked. There were no injuries or damage reported on the Israeli side, the army said. All work along the security fence to fortify the frontier has been temporary suspended, the army added. The IDF did not clarify whether the incident was the result of accidental fire from the Syrian civil war or a direct attack on the IDF soldiers.
  • ConsumerWatch: Stores Requiring ID, Tracking To Prevent Repeated Returns

    11/21/2012 9:39:31 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 42 replies
    CBS Local ^ | November 20, 2012
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) – When you make a return this holiday season you may have to hand over more than just your receipt, as retailers try to prevent repeated returns. “I was required to provide them a copy of my driver’s license, where they actually took the information and scanned it into their database,” said a shopper who asked to be identified only as Leslie. Leslie told the sales associate at The Children’s Place that she was uncomfortable handing over her ID just to make an exchange, but she was told that the requirement is corporate policy. In fact,...
  • UPDATE: BREAKING: ‘Star Wars’ Returns — ‘Episode 7'; Slated For 2015 And More Movies Planned As

    10/30/2012 6:40:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies ^ | 10/30/12 | THE DEADLINE TEAM
    BREAKING…. Disney has just confirmed that it has agreed to acquire George Lucas‘ Lucasfilm Ltd, and that includes rights to the Star Wars franchise that will now continue on. The companies have targeted a 2015 release for Star Wars: Episode 7, with Episode 8 and Episode 9 to follow as the the long-term plan is to release a new feature every two or three years. “The last Star Wars movie release was 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith – and we believe there’s substantial pent-up demand”, Disney said. The deal also includes rights to the Indiana Jones franchise. The stock and...
  • Hackers try to blackmail Mitt Romney with his own tax returns (Claim to Steal Returns For Ransome)

    09/06/2012 3:45:29 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/6/2012 | Yahoo News
    Is there some great big secret buried in Mitt Romney's old tax returns? Though the Republican candidate for president has made his most recent years' returns public, Democrats have been demanding he release them all, presumably so they can mine the forms for things to attack him over. But maybe it's not Democrats Romney has to worry about: A group of computer hackers claim to have stolen Romney's tax returns from accounting firm PWC, and are threatening to release them to the public if the former Massachusetts governor does not fork over a million dollars. According to the hackers, the...
  • VP candidate Ryan paid tax rate of 15.9 percent in 2010, returns show (The Gaffemaster - 23.2%)

    08/17/2012 5:48:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/17/12 | Daniel Strauss
    VP candidate Ryan paid tax rate of 15.9 percent in 2010, returns showBy Daniel Strauss - 08/17/12 06:33 PM ET Paul Ryan and his wife paid a tax rate of 15.9 percent in 2010 and 20 percent in 2011, according to tax returns Mitt Romney's campaign released Friday. In 2011, the Ryans had an adjusted gross income of $323,416 and paid $64,764 in federal taxes. In 2010, Ryan and his wife had an income of $215,417 and paid $34,233 in federal taxes. Roughly more than half of that income came from Ryan's salary as a member of Congress. The rest...
  • Tax returns? Obama's return is the REAL read.

    08/06/2012 7:20:41 AM PDT · by eastexsteve · 14 replies
    All the libs are up in arms about Romney "hiding something" regarding his tax returns. Romney's 2010 return and other financial statements are on his website. But, the REAL read is Obama's tax return. You can read it at: US_taxes.pdf Along with all kinds of interesting tidibits of his income and deductions, I found something interesting on statement #8 of his Schedule C attachments. He lists income from Dystel & Goderich in the amount of 1,108,048. Miriam Goderich did some editing work for Obama, and I'm assuming that Obama paid for their services. However, why are THEY paying Obama...
  • Computer problems cause tax returns to be delayed (two to three weeks - IRS glitch)

    02/18/2012 11:32:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    WTVM ^ | 2/17/12 | Curtis McCloud
    Computer problems cause tax returns to be delayedBy Curtis McCloud Updated: Feb 17, 2012 6:44 PM EST COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Taxpayers who filed their income taxes early may experience a two to three week delay. Antonio Houston is one out of the hundreds of folks who say they have yet to receive their 2011 tax refund. "I've been waiting for a long time and it's just kind of crazy. I guess the IRS just messed up screwed up but I don't know what's going on," Houston said. Gloria Bowden with Global Tax Service in Columbus told News Leader 9...
  • Liberal Greed: Barack Obama and the Real One Percent

    01/25/2012 9:00:47 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 3 replies
    The New American ^ | Wednesday, 25 January 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    Forget Mitt Romney and Bain Capital. If you want to find the real greedy one percent, you need look no further than Barack Obama. According to tax returns released yesterday, Barack and Michelle Obama earned $1.2 million from 2000 through 2004 yet managed no more than $10,772 in charitable donations. This amounts to less than one percent of their income. Upon becoming public figures, there was hope and some (spare) change, as they did a lot better in earning and a little better in giving. In 2005 and 2006, they donated $137,622, which was just over 5 percent of the...
  • Mitt Romney’s Non-Defense Defense Of Carried Interest

    01/24/2012 12:09:26 PM PST · by Slyscribe
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 1/24/2011 | Jed Graham
    If private equity and hedge fund managers were optimistic that the election of one of their own would preserve their prized carried-interest tax break, Monday’s debate must have given them pause. Given the chance to defend his low tax rate by talking up the importance of low taxes on investment for job creation and competitiveness, Mitt Romney balked. Instead, he made an implicit case for why investment taxes shouldn’t be any lower than they are — as Newt Gingrich wants — and defended his own conduct rather than seeking to justify the tax policy.
  • The Specter of Jizya Returns to Egypt

    12/18/2011 12:50:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    ME Forum ^ | 12/18/11 | Raymond Ibrahim
    In Egypt, calls for jizya—the tribute doctrinally demanded and historically collected from conquered infidels—are increasing day by day, by those who wish to be true to the words of Koran 9:29: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor forbid that which Allah and his Messenger have forbidden, nor follow the religion of truth [Islam], from the People of the Book [Christians and Jews], until they pay the jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves utterly subdued. Accordingly, days ago, Ahmed Imran—a candidate of Egypt's Salafi party, the "Party of Light," which won some 20% of...
  • GOP storms Westmoreland Courthouse (Democrat heavy County near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

    11/09/2011 7:36:35 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 7 replies
    Tribune Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 9 November 2011 | By Rich Cholodofsky
    Republicans authored a historic shift in Westmoreland County government on Tuesday. Charles Anderson and Tyler Courtney secured a majority on the board of commissioners for the first time since 1956. It also appears that Republicans swept all five row offices, defeating four longtime incumbents, according to unofficial election results. Two-term incumbent Controller Carmen Pedicone, potentially the last Democrat standing, lost by 262 votes to write-in candidate Jeff Balzer. "We worked so hard for this. It's just going to be a great victory. I am so happy, you don't even know," said Chairwoman Elaine Gowaty of the county Republican Committee. "I...
  • Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania give Obama the Finger

    11/08/2011 8:47:59 PM PST · by Vigilanteman · 45 replies
    Westmoreland County Elections Bureau ^ | 8 November 2011 | Westmoreland County Election Bureau
    All but one precinct reporting now and it appears the GOP has taken control of the county commission for the first time since the Eisenhower administration.This is a county so Democrat heavy that Walter Mondale carried it during the Reagan landslide in 1984.But every row office now appears to have flipped to the GOP with only one race too close to call: The County Controller whose credentials were so good that even the county's GOP leaning daily newspaper endorsed the Democrat.
  • Factbox: Unpopular Congress returns next week

    08/31/2011 4:09:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/30/11 | Thomas Ferraro, Richard Cowan, Andy Sullivan, and many more
    A highly unpopular U.S. Congress returns to work from a month-long recess next week facing a crush of challenges -- from creating jobs to expanding U.S. trade to finding another $1.2 trillion or so in spending cuts. With voters demanding more compromise and less fighting in Washington, lawmakers may try harder to find common ground with Democratic President Barack Obama on these and other matters, such as taxes, regulations and disaster aid. The Democratic-led Senate returns on Tuesday and the Republican-led House of Representatives convenes on Wednesday with a dismal popularity level. Opinion polls taken in the aftermath of their...
  • Kansas returns health insurance exchange grant

    08/09/2011 5:56:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/9/11 | Alina Selyukh
    WASHINGTON - Kansas became on Tuesday the second U.S. state to return a large federal grant meant to help it create a prototype health insurance exchange as part of the Obama administration's healthcare overhaul. Republican Governor Sam Brownback said the state would give back the $31.5 million it received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to become an early leader, along with six other states, in establishing health insurance exchanges that other local government could use as a model.
  • Giffords returns to Washington (CD-8 Gabby Giffords)

    08/01/2011 4:40:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 82 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has returned to Washington and will vote on the debt ceiling bill tonight. It will be her first vote since the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson. More on this story as it develops.
  • Weiner's Wife Returns to D.C. Home

    06/15/2011 6:30:58 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 53 replies · 1+ views
    nbcwashington ^ | June 15, 2011 | nbcwashington
    Huma Abedin, the pregnant wife of embattled Congressman Anthony Weiner, returned to their U Street condo complex early Wednesday morning from an overseas trip with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Weiner has said that he was waiting for his wife's return to discuss the scandal with her and make a decision about his future.
  • Remember the Commodore 64? It's Baaaaaack!

    04/07/2011 6:57:43 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 71 replies
    the stir ^ | 7-april-2011 | Linda Sharps
    The outside looks the same: a big keyboard with a full computer beneath it, and those fat-ass clickety-clack keys. The keyboard description is such a loving homage to that vintage typing sensation, it sounds downright pornographic: "...the new Commodore 64 features genuine Cherry brand key switches, which provide a feel much better than the original, with a lovely IBM classic mechanism and click sound." Inside is where things get modern, because the whole system's had a major overhaul. The new C64 comes with a 1.8GHz Intel processor, up to 4GB RAM, runs Windows 7, and plays back Blu-ray discs. There’s...
  • Egypt Gets Its Khomeini: Qaradawi Returns in Triumph

    02/22/2011 7:42:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    right side news ^ | 2/21/11 | Barry Rubin
    This article was published in American Thinker but the full text--with additional material--is posted here. I'd prefer that you forwarded, read, or reprinted this text. Friday, February 18 may be a turning point in Egyptian history. On this day Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the best-known Muslim Brotherhood cleric in the world and one of the most famous Islamist thinkers, will address a mass rally in Cairo. It was 32 years ago almost to the day when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned in triumph to Tehran to take the leadership of that country. Qaradawi has a tougher job but he's up to the challenge...
  • Braun won't release tax returns 'because I don't want to'

    01/03/2011 4:42:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/3/11 | Jeff Coen
    Mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun today said she won't make her tax returns public before next month's election."Because I don't want to," Braun said when asked why she wouldn't be releasing them in the time before the Feb. 22 election.Fellow candidates Rahm Emanuel and Gery Chico already have released their tax returns.
  • Hamas Returns to Executing Opponents, UN Returns to Boosting Hamas Aid

    12/08/2010 9:15:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 12/8/10 | Omri Ceren
    Fresh from praising Allah for the scores of Israelis who died trying to save Palestinian prisoners from the fires ravaging Israel, Hamas is indulging in some old-fashioned “collaborator” killing: A Gaza military court has convicted three men of collaborating with Israel, sentencing one to death and two more to prison terms, the Hamas interior ministry said on Monday. … In April, Gaza’s Hamas rulers executed two alleged “collaborators” in the first executions to be carried out since the Islamist movement seized power in June 2007… Human Rights Watch says Hamas killed at least 32 alleged informers and political opponents during...
  • Unmanned US spacecraft returns after 7-month trip

    12/04/2010 8:41:19 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    AP News MyWay (linked from Drudge) ^ | Dec 3, 6:36 AM (ET) | AP
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force's secrecy-shrouded X-37B unmanned spaceplane returned to Earth early Friday after more than seven months in orbit on a classified mission, officials said.
  • The Return of The Ark I Sam 6

    06/29/2010 1:23:04 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 7 replies | 06/29/20 | Bill Randles
    The Ark returns…I Samuel 6 Capture of the Ark pt 5 Then the cows headed straight for the road to Beth Shemesh and went along the highway lowing as they went , and did not turn aside to the right or to the left, and the Lords of the Philistines went after them to the border of Beth Shemesh .Now the people of Beth Shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley, and they lifted up their eyes,and saw the ark and rejoiced to see it.(I Samuel 6:12-13) The Ark of the Covenant of God had been in exile...
  • Clinton 'whiff of scandal' returns

    05/28/2010 7:19:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,015+ views ^ | 5/28/10 | Josh Gerstein
    Bill Clinton’s picture is again a fixture on cable news. Republicans are sternly demanding a special prosecutor. And legal commentators are bickering over the finer points of federal criminal statutes on bribery and graft. It feels like 1997—but it’s 2010. And Barack Obama can’t be happy. The White House’s confirmation Friday that it enlisted former President Bill Clinton in an effort to get Rep. Joe Sestak out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary has sent the regular players in Washington’s scandal industry to their battle stations – to pick over the very sort of insider special dealing that Obama had promised...
  • 'Returnaholics' cost retailers billions of dollars a year

    05/25/2010 4:52:57 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 44 replies · 1,285+ views
    WalletPop ^ | May 18, 2010 | Mitch Lipka
    If you've noticed that returning items to stores isn't as easy as it used to be, rest assured: It isn't just you. Thanks to a growing number of people who are returning items they've used or never bought in the first place, retailers have been employing a variety of new techniques to stop so-called "returnaholics" and others from abusing the return process. Last year, return fraud cost the retail industry an estimated $10 billion to $15 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. In fact, return fraud has become such a problem that it has sparked an industry-wide crackdown. Stores...
  • Hawaii election returns video stream

    05/22/2010 9:01:35 PM PDT · by byteback · 47 replies · 2,361+ views
    live source
  • Indiana Primary Returns

    05/04/2010 4:15:25 PM PDT · by Amish · 28 replies · 692+ views
    Here's the official site for returns...anyone have a better one?
  • Prayer returns to the classroom: Teachers’ union prays for Gov. Christie’s death

    04/09/2010 10:49:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 667+ views
    Wahington Examiner ^ | 4/9/10 | J.P. Freire
    If you’re concerned about violent political rhetoric, perhaps you should pay more attention to the New Jersey Education Assocation. According to the Bergen County Record, the powerful teachers union circulated a memo that added Christie to an “attack” list and prayed tongue-in-cheek for his demise: Bergen County representatives of the state teachers union have ratcheted up the campaign against Governor Christie’s agenda in a fiery memo that encourages members to “get some dirt” and “go public,” and adds the education commissioner to the “attack list.” But it’s the memo’s closing “prayer” that is sure to ignite controversy: “Dear Lord …...
  • Swing Counties to watch in the Coakley/Brown Returns Tuesday Night

    01/16/2010 5:13:16 PM PST · by GOP_Resurrected · 5 replies · 557+ views Election 2002 ^ | 01/16/2010 | Me
    To get a sense of how Scott is performing, it's useful to know the margins in the last successful Republican race in Massachusetts. In this case, Romney in 2002, with his 50%-45% statewide win over Shannon O'Brien. A little spreadsheet manipulation gives us a good clue to the swing counties. These are counties very close to the statewide average in terms of Romney's performance, between 45% and 55%. It makes sense that if these counties start coming in at these levels or better, we might be in for some wonderful news Tuesday night. Ashburnham 55% Bedford 55% Beverly 55% Braintree...
  • Face of Defense: Commander Returns to Vietnam

    11/17/2009 3:38:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 459+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew R. White, USN
    DA NANG, Vietnam, Nov. 17, 2009 – Nearly 35 years ago, Navy Cmdr. H.B. Le left Vietnam aboard a fishing trawler. He returned at the helm of a U.S. Navy warship when the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen arrived here Nov. 7 for a scheduled port visit. Navy Cmdr. H.B. Le, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen, speaks to reporters in front of the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge in Da Nang, Vietnam, Nov. 7, 2009. It was Le's first visit to Vietnam after leaving the country with his family in 1975. U.S. Navy photo by...
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt Returns from Deployment

    04/20/2009 6:38:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 972+ views ^ | Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bonnie Williams, USN
    NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) returned to its homeport of Norfolk, Va., April 18 after a successful seven-month deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and maritime security and coalition operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR). TR and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 flew 3,105 sorties in support of OEF, with more than 61,000 pounds of ordnance dropped on target in support of coalition forces. "The dedication of the ship's crew and naval aviators enabled TR to successfully complete its mission supporting Sailors, soldiers, airmen and Marines on the ground in Afghanistan,"...
  • April 15 Protest Tomball/Magnolia TX Post Offices

    03/11/2009 12:39:43 PM PDT · by Humidston · 53 replies · 2,262+ views
    3/11/09 | Freeper Humidston
    Newcomers, we're using FR to announce our plans to rally at the Tomball Post Office the night of April 15, 2009, to draw attention to the Democrats' excessive demands of our hard-earned money! We will target Tomball, but if we get enough interest from everyone, we can spread people out to other post offices (such as Magnolia, Spring, etc) as needed. Bookmark THIS THREAD! UPDATES WILL BE POSTED HERE!
  • Acquitted ex-president returns home to Serbia

    02/27/2009 1:40:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 396+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/27/09 | ap
    Serbia's former President Milan Milutinovic returned to the country Friday after being acquitted by a UN court of war crimes in Kosovo. "I am very pleased to be back in Serbia and my Belgrade," a smiling Milutinovic told reporters at Belgrade airport as he arrived on a regular flight from Amsterdam. He thanked his family, friends, lawyers and "everybody who believed in my innocence." He refused to comment further.
  • Democratic Party returns lobbyist, PAC money

    06/06/2008 8:10:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 150+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/6/08 | AP
    WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee, now operating under Barack Obama's fundraising rules, on Friday returned about $100,000 in money from lobbyists and political action committees. The donations were already "in the pipeline" when Obama, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, instituted the standards for the committee, a party official said. Obama imposed the rules to avoid a conflict with his own ban on money from federal lobbyists and PACs. On Thursday he sent one of his top strategists to the DNC to help with its general election operation. Republican John McCain does accept money from lobbyists and PACs as does...
  • Retailers crack down on serial returns (Short-term 'owners' costing firms billions)

    02/18/2008 11:02:07 AM PST · by Cagey · 249 replies · 652+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 2-18-2008 | Jenn Abelson
    Jimmy Deignan's first time was with a $500 portable DVD player. He bought it a few years ago at Best Buy for a Boston-to-Los Angeles flight, knowing he would return it for a full refund when he got back. More recently, in November, rather than spending $600 to rent a LCD projector for a business presentation, the Holden resident purchased one at Staples, then returned it a few days later and got his money back. The way Deignan sees it, he is just a smart shopper: He gets the things he needs, uses them for as long as he wants,...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Returns to Service After Two-Decade Break

    02/07/2008 3:26:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 157+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Pfc. April Campbell, USA
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Feb. 7, 2008 – In a room lit only by sunlight streaming in, a soldier bites through the plastic wrapper of a package of pencils. With children waiting excitedly in the adjoining rooms, there is not time to waste pulling out a knife. Army Sgt. Jeff Wilkerson, an M1-A2 Abrams tank gunner with Multinational Division Baghdad, “high-fives” a child outside a school in Bayrk, Iraq, Feb. 2, 2008. Wilkerson and fellow soldiers delivered backpacks, pencils and stuffed animals to the school children. Photo by Pfc. April Campbell, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The morning’s...
  • ENTSG Returns from Deployment (USS Enterprise)

    12/19/2007 4:46:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 118+ views
    NAVY newsstand ^ | Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph R. Wax
    ABOARD USS ENTERPRISE (NNS) -- Enterprise Strike Group (ENTSG), led by the strike group commander, Rear Adm. Dan Holloway, returned to its homeport of Norfolk, Dec. 19 after a five-month deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations, Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF), Iraqi oil platform protection, anti-piracy operations and the struggle against violent extremists. The more than 5,500 Sailors and Marines aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) traveled approximately 48,646 miles throughout the course of the deployment, doing everything from combat operations to diplomatic relations missions in the 6th and 5th fleet areas of responsibility (AOR). "The...
  • Face of Defense: Twice-Wounded Soldier Returns to Duty

    11/28/2007 9:50:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 149+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Pfc. Daniel M. Rangel, USA
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2007 – A soldier serving her third combat deployment returned to Afghanistan on Nov. 12 after receiving medical treatment in Germany for injuries suffered in her second improvised-explosive-device detonation. Army Spc. Cassandra L. Miles, a native of New Brunswick, N.J., volunteered to return after suffering a mild concussion and possible brain injury in an Oct. 28 IED attack. She survived another IED attack earlier this year, when she suffered headaches and burns. While Miles was serving as a medic attached to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd...
  • Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group Returns to San Diego

    11/20/2007 4:05:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 155+ views
    NAVY newsstand ^ | Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Alexia M. Riveracorrea
    SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Denver (LPD 9), and USS Rushmore (LSD 47) returned home Nov. 19, after completing a seven and one-half month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. While deployed, ships from the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHRESG) conducted Maritime Security Operations alongside coalition partners to promote stability in the Persian Gulf. "The primary mission of BHRESG was to complete maritime operations with partner nations such as Australia, Singapore, Kuwait, and others," said Capt. Rod Clark, commander Amphibious Squadron 7. "The deployment overall was a complete success." The BHRESG...
  • Comfort Visits Norfolk, Returns Home

    10/16/2007 6:17:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 60+ views
    NAVY newsstand ^ | Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Jones
    NORFOLK (NNS) -- The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) stopped at Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 15, to allow approximately 500 crew members to return to their home units and parent commands before Comfort travels to its lay berth in Baltimore. Comfort completed its four-month humanitarian assistance and training deployment to 12 Latin American and Caribbean nations Oct. 7. Comfort served as an enabling platform for U.S. medical professionals, including U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, Air Force, Army and non-government organizations Project Hope and Operation Smile, to provide more than 386,000 medical “encounters,” to more than 98,000 patients...
  • 5th ANGLICO returns from Iraq

    10/12/2007 5:23:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 234+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. David Rogers
    CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan — Navy Lt. Jill Maddox (right) meets with her fiancé, Marine Maj. Phil Kendro, after his return to Camp Hansen Oct. 2 from a seven-month deployment in Iraq with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company. They plan to get married in Las Vegas, possibly by a Navy Chaplain, within the next year. Kendro is an AV-8B harrier pilot with 5th ANGLICO. CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan — Capt. Nathan Morales meets his wife Rachael Morales and his daughter Nicole Morales on Camp Hansen Oct. 2 after a seven month deployment in Iraq with 5th Air Naval...
  • The new Victorians

    10/07/2007 4:24:26 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 9 replies · 589+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 7 October 2007 | Stella
    The twentysomethings of today, eh? They settle down early, start spawning a perfect nuclear family young and would rather tend their vegetable patches than party. But why are they such an upright and mature bunch, asks Bryony Gordon ...William Strauss, a generation historian who has written three books about this age group, has a theory. He blames the parents. 'These are the kids of the baby boomers, who were all about individualism. Children tend to correct the mistakes of their parents – youth culture is defined by adults in that way – and so what we are seeing now is...
  • USS Nimitz Returns to San Diego (Sailors, Marines support ground troops in Iraq, Afghanistan.)

    10/05/2007 6:32:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 1,030+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Petty Officer 2nd Class Dustin Q. Diaz
    The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz returns home to San Diego Bay, Sept. 30, 2007. Nimitz, the flagship of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and embarked Carrier Air Wing 11, completed a six-month Western Pacific deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Gaines USS Nimitz Returns to San Diego Sailors, Marines support ground troops in Iraq, Afghanistan. By Petty Officer 2nd Class Dustin Q. DiazUSS Nimitz Public Affairs SAN DIEGO, Oct. 3, 2007 — The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz returned to its homeport of San Diego, Sept. 30, following a successful six-month deployment to promote peace,...
  • Chaplain Returns to Minister to Pentagon after 9/11

    09/11/2007 6:58:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 205+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2007 – Six years ago, Army Chaplain (Col.) William Broome stared in disbelief as he ran toward a burning Pentagon from his Crystal City office to minister to those injured and the families of those who died. Army Chaplain (Col.) William Broome stands in the memorial chapel at the Pentagon. The chaplain helped minister to victims of the terrorist attacks there and is now the Pentagon Chaplain in charge of all religion support there. Defense dept. photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess, U.S. Navy  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Now, he has...
  • Clinton returns money, sets precedent (ROFL Alert! Precedent setting,, New standard, LOLOL)

    09/11/2007 2:21:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 72 replies · 1,110+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/11/07 | Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    WASHINGTON - In returning $850,000 to donors associated with a disgraced fundraiser, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton sets a significant new standard for how campaigns should respond in the face of potential scandal. Clinton's decision also underscores the price — financial and political — that her campaign is paying for failing to spot trouble with the fundraiser, Norman Hsu, even after receiving a warning. The campaign announced it would now conduct background checks on its fundraisers, an extraordinary and potentially time consuming step. By returning the money, Clinton also puts pressure on presidential rivals and other politicians with rainmakers who have...