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  • State Licensing Laws Affecting Where People Choose to Live

    03/23/2016 1:23:26 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 43 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/21/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    In 1950, only about one in 20 workers needed to be licensed to work legally. Today that has risen to nearly one out of three – and for at least 800 occupations across the nation, citizens must pay fees, pass tests, and attain educational requirements to hold a job. The evidence from scholars across the policy spectrum strongly suggests that licensing is usually arbitrary and does not improve public health or safety. (See Dr. Morris Kleiner of the University of Minnesota, the Brookings Institution, the Mercatus Center, the White House Council of Economic Advisers and more.) The libertarian Cato Institute...
  • U.S. trade deficit widens as exports hit 5-1/2-year low

    03/22/2016 6:09:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4 March 2016 | Lucia Mutikani
    The U.S. trade deficit widened more than expected in January as a strong dollar and weak global demand helped to push exports to a more than 5-1/2-year low, suggesting trade will continue to weigh on economic growth in the first quarter. The Commerce Department said on Friday the trade gap increased 2.2 percent to $45.7 billion. December's trade deficit was revised up to $44.7 billion from the previously reported $43.4 billion. Exports have declined for four straight months. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the trade deficit widening to $44.0 billion in January. When adjusted for inflation, the deficit increased...
  • Homeschool parents sue New Jersey, ‘unlawful, unconstitutional home intrusion’ [Hosea 4]

    09/14/2015 11:30:28 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/13/2015 | Valerie Richardson
    Nothing really changed after a New Jersey state social worker banged on Christopher and Nicole Zimmer’s front door, and yet everything was different. Over the next two hours, the social worker quizzed their 15-year-old son, Chris, including questions on whether his parents fought or did drugs. She wanted to see his homeschool curriculum. She wanted to inspect their firearms. She told the Zimmers to sign papers agreeing to turn over their son’s medical records. And then she left, and the Zimmers never saw her again. But they can’t let it go. They can’t erase the memory of what it felt...
  • BIG UPDATE— Baptist Child and Family Services Withdraws Bid for Palm Aire Resort (Video)

    07/16/2014 9:45:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    The beautiful Palm Aire resort and hotel has an indoor Olympic sized pool and an outdoor pool.  Free Wi-Fi and cable TV are included in the simply decorated guest rooms.The Palm Aire Hotel and Suites is set to be sold to Baptist Child & Family Services (BCFS) operating under a federal contract, pending local government approval, according to reports from Weslaco, Texas where the hotel is located. Weslaco is a few miles north of the Rio Grande in Hidalgo County.The resort hotel for illegal alien children is reportedly the ‘first in the nation’.Now this…Due to backlash the charity received after...
  • Under investigation, American Title CEO dead in grisly suicide

    02/07/2014 4:10:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 68 replies
    Denver Post ^ | 2/7/14 | Tyler Durden
    The ugly rash of financial services executive suicides appears to have spread once again. Following the jumping deaths of 2 London bankers and a former-Fed economist in the US, The Denver Post reports Richard Talley, founder and CEO of American Title, was found dead in his home from self-inflicted wounds - from a nail-gun. Talley's company was under investigation from insurance regulators. Via The Denver Post, Richard Talley, 57, and the company he founded in 2001 were under investigation by state insurance regulators at the time of his death late Tuesday, an agency spokesman confirmed Thursday. It was unclear how...
  • Mormons have sub-par Easter services [testimony from a Mormon]

    04/08/2012 6:19:43 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 139 replies
    Wheat and Tares.org ^ | April 8, 2012 | Mormon Heretic
    There were some interesting comments from the poll yesterday. I won’t say that our poll is representative of Mormons in general, but I do agree with the results. As of the time I wrote this, 75% of people who responded to our poll say that “Mormons have sub-par Easter services”. Why is that?Last Sunday was Palm Sunday. SteveS noted that there were “0 references to Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, no shout outs to Palm Sunday festivities celebrating Christ as Lord and Son of God. No hosannas shouted that day. Hardly any references at all to the upcoming Easter holy day.”...
  • Cedars-Sinai to cut most psychiatric services

    12/01/2011 9:45:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/1/11 | Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
    The closing of the in-patient and outpatient programs is prompted by changes in the healthcare system. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will close its in-patient and outpatient psychiatry programs over the next year, a move prompted by significant shifts in the healthcare system, hospital officials said. The decision, which was announced Wednesday, was driven by hospital finances and changes to the delivery and organization ofhealthcare services nationwide. "We are undergoing a massive transformation," said Mark Gavens, the chief operating officer. "It is natural for an organization to focus on what it does well and what it will continue to need to do...
  • Nominees for Top 5 Worst Government Services

    10/13/2011 10:50:03 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/13/2011 | Jarrett Skorup
    To qualify for an award the nominee must be government run, backed or financed, and fail a "Yellow Book" test, meaning that if a private company found in the Yellow Pages can do the work, the government should get out. The nominees are, in reverse order: Veterans Hospitals, Post office, General Motors, Public School System and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  • ISM services gauge decelerates but tops forecasts

    10/05/2011 7:37:01 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.5.11 | Steve Goldstein
    The Institute for Supply Management said its September services index decelerated slightly to 53.0% from 53.3% in August...
  • Journalist: Health and Human Servicesnew media policy ‘Soviet-style power grab’

    09/27/2011 3:24:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/27/11 | C.J. Ciaramella
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released new guidelines for employees dealing with reporters, and some journalists are none too pleased about it. The new media policy requires all HHS employees to notify the agency’s office of public affairs about contact with the media and coordinate any interview requests with the office. It also discourages off-the-record conversations without prior approval. Jim Dickinson, editor of FDA Webview and FDA Review, issued a scathing critique of the new guidelines.
  • Saudi Arabia gives women the vote... but not until 2015

    09/25/2011 6:57:49 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8:25 PM on 25th September 2011 | By Mail Foreign Service
    Women are to be allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia. K ing Abdullah bin Abdulaziz announced the change yesterday and also said women would be allowed to run in elections. However, the new law will not come into force until 2015. In a speech, the king said the move was in accordance with sharia law.
  • Armed Services chairman: Obama is anti-military

    09/12/2011 7:44:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/12/11 | Shaun Waterman
    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, in a harsh attack on the Obama administration Monday, accused the president of viewing American military power as a negative force in the world, and planning to “gut” defense spending through the congressional deficit-reduction committee. “It is my suspicion that the White House and congressional Democrats” designed the supercommittee process “for one purpose: to force Republicans to choose between raising taxes or gutting defense,” said California Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, the House Armed Services Committee chairman.
  • U.S. service sector expands faster in August: ISM

    09/06/2011 8:04:12 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 5 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 9.6.11 | Jeffry Bartash
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. service sector expanded at a slightly faster pace in August, but growth was spotty and prices paid for raw materials shot up, according to a survey of senior executives. The Institute for Supply Management on Tuesday said its service index rose to 53.3% in August from 52.7% in July. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected the index to fall to 51.0%.
  • Germany fires cannon shot across Europe's bows

    08/25/2011 1:21:01 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/24/2011 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, in Lindau, Germany
    <p>German President Christian Wulff has accused the European Central Bank of violating its treaty mandate with the mass purchase of southern European bonds.</p> <p>In a cannon shot across Europe’s bows, he warned that Germany is reaching bailout exhaustion and cannot allow its own democracy to be undermined by EU mayhem.</p>
  • America, the Needy-ful

    08/18/2011 7:53:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2011 | Kathy Fettke
    “How can the government help me?” This seems to be a growing sentiment among the American middle class. “The land of opportunity” is quickly becoming the “nation of the needy.” Here’s a question I received from a reader just last week: “I am not happy with how things are going since the Bush Administration allowed tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy. These cuts were supposed to end for those who just keep earning more off the middle class. My question is: I am told that investors can invest as little as $1000.00 in real estate, and make a living...
  • Riots cast shadow over plans for Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations

    08/11/2011 2:08:48 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8:44 AM on 11th August 2011 | By Richard Kay
    There may have been no rioting in the Highlands, but no one has been watching the arson and looting of Britain’s cities more closely than the Queen. With fewer than six months to her Diamond Jubilee, when celebrations are planned for the length and breadth of the kingdom, the disorder has alarmed aides planning the extravaganza. Central to their concern is not just the damage to the country’s image overseas, but also how quickly the feelgood factor engendered by April’s Royal Wedding has been lost. From her summer home in Balmoral, the Queen has kept in touch with developments and...
  • (Maryland) Senate budget committee gets lesson in sales tax options

    07/27/2011 12:25:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | July 26, 2011 | Julie Bykowicz
    A Senate committee listened Tuesday to the pros and cons of expanding Maryland's sales tax base to include more services, as well as goods purchased over the Internet. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee spent the day in Annapolis receiving briefings on taxes, the federal debt ceiling, education funding and toll increases. Legislative committees meet occasionally between the 90-day General Assembly sessions. Tangible products, but few services, sold by Maryland retailers are taxed at 6 percent. This year, the sales tax is predicted to generate $4.2 billion, about 30 percent of the state's general fund revenue, according to the Department...
  • The Decline: The Geography of a Recession

    06/01/2011 2:56:50 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    Bureau of Labor Statistics ^ | Friday, April 8, 2011 | Latoya Egwuekwe
  • Retailers offer financial services to 'unbanked'

    02/01/2011 11:05:15 AM PST · by MamaDearest · 9 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | January 31, 2011 | Ylan Q. Mui
    Snips from excerpt only website: Millions of low-income Americans who don't have bank accounts are finding an alternative to check-cashing stores at an unusual place: their local big-box retailer. Kmart has begun testing check cashing, money transfers and prepaid cards in stores in Illinois, California and Puerto Rico, with plans to roll out the services nationally later this year. Best Buy has installed kiosks in its stores for shoppers to pay utility, cable and phone bills. Wal-Mart has opened roughly 1,500 MoneyCenters that process as many as 5 million transactions each week. According to a recent government survey, nearly 30...
  • Chocolate strawberries among extravagant demands by Pelosi (spent $101k in 2 years on services)

    01/27/2011 7:08:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 111 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/27/11 | Matt Blake
    Chocolate strawberries among extravagant demands by Nancy Pelosi as she spent $101,000 in two years on services while travelling with US AirforceBy Matt Blake Last updated at 2:02 PM on 27th January 2011 If the US Airforce did all airline food, it would be strawberries dipped in dark chocolate and grilled chicken salads all round. Unfortunately this luxury is reserved for top US politicians alone, as new documents detailing Nancy Pelosi's travel expenses reveal. The former House Speaker was showered with a cornucopia of gourmet food and alcohol as she travelled over 90,000 miles around the world in just nine...
  • Nick Clegg has defended the gov commitment to pouring millions international aid,cut services home

    09/22/2010 7:45:40 AM PDT · by goldendays · 3 replies
    news.sky.com/ ^ | September 22, 2010 | Robert Nisbet
    2:19pm UK, Wednesday September 22, 2010 Robert Nisbet, US correspondent Nick Clegg has defended the government's commitment to pouring millions into international aid, while cutting budgets and services back home. The deputy Prime Minister is in New York attending a three-day summit at the United Nations to assess whether the Millennium Development Goals are still on target. Leaders from 192 countries set eight ambitious goals, including eradicating hunger and poverty, reducing child mortality rates and promoting gender equality. They also agreed goals on maternal health and creating a global partnership for development by 2015. Mr Clegg will confirm in a...
  • San Francisco lawmakers pass alcohol services fee

    09/14/2010 4:43:58 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 9/14/10
    San Francisco lawmakers have approved a fee on alcohol distribution to help the city recover the cost of dealing with problem drinkers, but the measure faces a likely mayoral veto.
  • UK: Axe falls on NHS [Socialized Medicine] services

    07/24/2010 1:47:15 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 35 replies · 2+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/24/2010 | Laura Donnelly
    NHS bosses have drawn up secret plans for sweeping cuts to services, with restrictions on the most basic treatments for the sick and injured. Some of the most common operations — including hip replacements and cataract surgery — will be rationed as part of attempts to save billions of pounds, despite government promises that front-line services would be protected. Patients’ groups have described the measures as “astonishingly brutal”. An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered widespread cuts planned across the NHS, many of which have already been agreed by senior health service officials. They include: Š Restrictions on some of...
  • Nominees for Top 5 Worst Government Services

    06/23/2010 12:09:43 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 19 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2010 | Jarrett Skorup
    To qualify for an award the nominee must be government run, backed or financed, and fail a "Yellow Book" test, meaning that if a private company found in the Yellow Pages can do the work, the government should get out. The nominees are, in reverse order...
  • What Are The Top 5 Worst Government Services?

    06/21/2010 9:11:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 18 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 6/21/2010 | Jarrett Skorup
    To qualify for an award the nominee must be government run, backed or financed, and fail a "Yellow Book" test, meaning that if a private company found in the Yellow Pages can do the work, the government should get out. The nominees are, in reverse order: Veterans Hospitals, Post Office, General Motors, Public Schools and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac For an explanation of why, please click to read.
  • Prison Sex Party Leads To Calls For Resignation (Hookers for Juvenile felons)

    05/27/2010 8:15:03 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 29 replies · 1,469+ views
    State Senator Mike Nozzolio is calling for the immediate resignation of New York State Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner Gladys Carrion for sanctioning an inappropriate and illegal taxpayer-funded sex party at a juvenile prison in which at least one underage girl and a suspected prostitute were brought in to perform inappropriate sexual acts on inmates. “There must be zero tolerance for this shocking and outrageous incident being allowed to occur,” said Senator Nozzolio. “During these difficult economic times, while our hardworking taxpayers are struggling to make ends meet, it is simply unconscionable that taxpayer dollars are being wasted...
  • Obama’s Can’t Fail Way to Cut Healthcare Spending - Deny Services to Seniors

    05/13/2010 9:32:10 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 529+ views
    canada free press ^ | 5/13/10 | Fred Dardick
    Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) … remember the name. Sometime in the not so distant future, these are the people who will decide whether or not you qualify for knee replacement surgery, or if your expected lifespan is too short for that expensive heart medication, or you’re as good as dead, so why don’t you forget about chemo?
  • To Russia, with Love

    05/11/2010 1:15:58 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 1 replies · 180+ views
    Associated Content ^ | Published April 01, 2010 by | Alice Winters
    Given Russia's reputation for excessive bureaucracy, it's only right that a company would exist to help businesspeople to set up, find the right translators, and also provide the right legal guidance to navigate the Byzantine direction of Russia's business bureaucracy. Center of Economic Planning consists of a professional team of skilled translators, auditors and IT specialists who will also not just help foreign businesses, but also help native Russians build their businesses.
  • Poizner pushes to stop services for illegal immigrants at GOP convention

    03/13/2010 10:21:22 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 79 replies · 1,558+ views
    Ventura Star ^ | 3/13/10 | Timm Herdt
    SANTA CLARA — Seizing on the issue of illegal immigration, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner stepped up his campaign Friday to persuade California Republicans that he is the true conservative seeking the party’s nomination for governor. At a news conference just prior to former eBay CEO Meg Whitman’s speech to the state GOP convention, Poizner called for the elimination of all public services for illegal immigrants that are under the control of the state and pledged to lobby for federal changes so that schools could turn illegal immigrant children from their doors. “We should move that forward,” he said of the...
  • Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many (Democrats?)

    02/01/2010 11:27:55 AM PST · by worst-case scenario · 88 replies · 1,654+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | o1/31/2010 | Michael Booth
    COLORADO SPRINGS — This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric. More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled. The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter. Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14303473#ixzz0eJXAz9A8
  • California Boosts Support to Combat Vets

    01/06/2010 3:58:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 174+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2010 – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced a new state initiative to better help returning combat veterans to land jobs and get whatever help they need in securing housing, health care and other veterans’ services. Schwarzenegger unveiled the Operation Welcome Home outreach campaign during his State of the State address in Sacramento, citing “a fundamental obligation to anyone who has shed or risked blood for this country.” The new program charges state agencies with providing better support for veterans. “California has more returning veterans than any other state. So our state, as well as the federal...
  • A financial shortfall leads to a 'only me' attitude by the community

    12/10/2009 6:05:07 AM PST · by mshoffner · 8 replies · 475+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 12/10/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    As reported here over the last few weeks, Huntington has been facing a shortfall of over a million dollars in tax revenue. Mayor Updike has tried to acquire a trash fee, has laid of a minimum of 12 people (including 6 fire fighters), closed one fire station and gotten a lot of bad reactions. The city employees have tried to help. City employees volunteered their time to decorate the city with Christmas cheer, only to find that the city has to pay overtime. The reason, a labor law states that a worker can not do anything while off duty that...
  • ISM Index Falls to 48.7 (expected 51.1)

    12/03/2009 7:05:20 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 7 replies · 760+ views
    CNBC ^ | 3 December 2009 | N/A
    Just breaking news.....
  • Treasury Kept Quiet About Legal Services Contracts, Advice Restructuring Bankruptcies, Auto Industry

    04/25/2009 5:12:59 AM PDT · by Son House · 3 replies · 570+ views
    bailoutsleuth.com ^ | April 24, 2009 | By Chris Carey
    Earlier this month, the Treasury Department quietly hired three law firms and a consulting firm for advice on restructurings and potential bankruptcies in the auto industry. Treasury did not issue a press release announcing the hirings, even through the contracts with the law firms were among the biggest yet for work on the government's $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. The deals drew scant coverage beyond trade publications. Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP and Haynes and Boone LLP got six-month contracts worth as much as $8.59 million each, or $25.8 million total. Reports that the...
  • Britain's a world-leader in sharia banking - sinister and dangerous implications

    02/11/2009 6:58:09 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 6 replies · 1,025+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 2/10/09 | MELANIE PHILLIPS
    MELANIE PHILLIPS, WRITING EXCLUSIVELY FOR MAIL ONLINE Worried that Britain is going bankrupt? Cheer up – we’re about to be bought up by the Islamic world. A report by International Financial Services London reveals that Britain’s Islamic banking sector is now bigger than that of Pakistan. The study says that the UK has by far the largest number of banks for Muslims of any western country. The UK now has five fully ‘sharia-compliant’ banks – providing products which prohibit interest payments and investment in alcohol or gambling firms in accordance with Islamic sharia law – while another 17 leading institutions...
  • The Immigration Bailout

    01/15/2009 11:37:42 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 3 replies · 579+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | 1/15/09 | Marinka Peschmann
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ inefficiency turned U.S. law and order into a travesty There is another crisis on the verge of catching fire in America and the bailout has already begun. It is the bailout to fix the costly fallout created by decades of failed immigration policies that taxpayers have been funding and will continue to fund to mop up the mess. Last November, a fraction of the bailout went to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a $2.6 billion a-year agency. The USCIS received $500 million over five years to modernize its case management system. This agency...
  • America's Best Days

    05/20/2008 9:20:05 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 22 replies · 84+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 5/20/08 | Scott Rasmussen
    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 62% of voters would prefer fewer government services with lower taxes. Nearly a third (29%) disagrees and would rather have a bigger government with higher taxes. Ten percent (10%) are not sure. Those numbers have changed little over the past month. Republican voters overwhelmingly prefer fewer government services—83% of the GOP faithful hold that view while just 13% prefer more government involvement. Democratic voters are evenly divided on this question: 46% prefer more government services, while 43% prefer less government services.
  • Will a service tax save the state budget? (CA Libs Feel Your Pain, Offer You More.)

    05/10/2008 9:32:39 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 21 replies · 459+ views
    ABC7news.com (KGO TV) ^ | 05/02/08 | Nannette Miranda
    SACRAMENTO, CA (KGO) -- Governor Schwarzenegger says he is opposed to raising taxes to help with California's budget shortfall, but his office is holding conversations about what to tax if he changes his mind. Instead of raising the sales tax, applying it to a range of services might be the way to go to solve the state's budget crisis. The governor's people may be testing those waters with an old ally. Golfers chasing that elusive birdie might have to cut back on lessons, if that makes the list of services to be taxed. "Golf lessons are always a 'want.' Some...
  • America Supports You: Veterans Get Help With Employment Services

    02/25/2008 3:50:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 73+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2008 – Veterans looking for a job in the Cincinnati area should have an easier time, thanks to a new partnership. The Thank You Foundation has partnered with Careers in Focus to offer resume services, job coaching and job leads to veterans, the foundation’s president said today. “We hear plenty of stories about (post-traumatic stress disorder) and the suicide rate among veterans,” John Guinn said. “At the same time, many of these men and women are able to think on their feet, cope under pressure, and many possess technical skills valuable to most any employer. “If...
  • Center Blazes Trail in Afghanistan Emergency Services

    01/28/2008 3:37:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 116+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Caldwell, USA
    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Jan. 28, 2008 – The Joint Provincial Coordination Center in Jalalabad is serving as a model in eastern Afghanistan for synchronizing the efforts of the U.S. forces, Afghan National Police, Afghan Border Police, Afghan National Army, and emergency fire and medical services. Afghan National Police Maj. Abdul Gadim, of the ANP’s Criminal Investigative Department, fields a call Jan. 24, 2008, on the 100 emergency number at the Nangarhar Joint Provincial Coordination Center, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Photo by Spc. Gregory Argentieri, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Exchanging information and discussing what they can do to...
  • All Active Services Meet December Recruiting Goals

    01/10/2008 3:56:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 179+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2008 – All four services met or surpassed their monthly active-duty recruiting goals for December, and five of the six reserve components showing similar success, Defense Department officials announced today. The Army recruited 789 active-duty soldiers last month, 105 percent of its December goal. On the reserve-component side, the Army National Guard recruited 4,985 members, 120 percent of its goal, and the Army Reserve, 3,280 soldiers, 107 percent of its goal. The Marine Corps recruited 1,992 active-duty Marines, 115 percent of its goal, and met its goal of recruiting 410 Marine Corps reservists. The Air Force...
  • Americans Are Less Pleased With U.S. Services

    12/16/2007 6:07:12 PM PST · by jdm · 11 replies · 305+ views
    Wash. Post ^ | Dec. 17, 2007 | By Stephen Barr
    Shoes off at airport security checkpoints. Forms that are hard to understand. Complaints that go unheeded. Perhaps it's no surprise that a new survey shows Americans are less satisfied with government services than those provided by the private sector. The survey, scheduled for release today, measures an array of federal programs and services for the American Customer Satisfaction Index, produced by the University of Michigan and other groups. The government scored 67.8 on the index's 100-point scale. The score was lower than the overall score for all industries and economic sectors, by 7.4 points, and below the index's rating for...
  • Head of House Armed Services Committee to visit fort

    11/27/2007 5:07:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 147+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — The head of the House Armed Services Committee will visit the post Friday and Saturday. Isaac Newton “Ike” Skelton IV, the Democratic representative from Missouri’s 4th District, will be coming to the post, and later travel to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, to receive mission briefings and to meet with soldiers and airmen and their families, according to C.J. Karamargin, spokesman for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, whose 8th Congressional District includes both military installations. Democrat Giffords, who is a member of the committee, invited the chairman to look at key installations in her district, Karamargin said....
  • Security, Economy, Services Improving for Iraqi Citizens

    09/14/2007 5:48:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 202+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2007 – Quality of life in Iraq is getting better thanks to increased security, a chief Iraqi government spokesman said yesterday from Baghdad. Ali Aldabbagh spoke with online journalists and “bloggers” during a conference call two days after Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker testified before Congress about the future of a U.S. military presence in Iraq. “It is a positive report,” Aldabbagh said of Petraeus’ and Crocker’s assessments. “The security situation has been improved” but there are still “hot areas” that the government of Iraq must fix by itself,...
  • All Services Meet Active-Duty Recruiting Goals for August

    09/10/2007 2:09:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 27 replies · 391+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2007 – All four services reported strong recruiting success in August, with the Army marking its second consecutive month exceeding its monthly goal, Defense Department officials announced today. The Army topped its August goal by 6 percent, bringing 10,126 new soldiers into the force. The Army made 102 percent of its goal in July. Officials expressed confidence that the consecutive successes mark a turnaround from May and June, when the Army fell short in recruiting. Army Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, commander of U.S. Army Recruiting Command, attributes much of the rebound to the Army’s new...
  • Services Meet or Exceed July Recruiting Goals

    08/10/2007 4:40:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 365+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2007 – All active-duty components made their recruiting goals for July, Defense Department officials announced today. After missing recruiting goals for May and June, the Army made 102 percent of its goal for July. For the reserve components, all but the Air National Guard made their goals. The Army’s goal for July was 9,750 recruits. The service enlisted 9,972, for 102 percent. The Marine Corps also exceeded its enlistment goal with 104 percent. The goal was 4,613, with 4,793 enlisting in the Corps. The Navy and Air Force made 100 percent of their goals, with 4,173...
  • CA: Senate budget vote fails as stalemate starts to cut into services

    08/01/2007 9:45:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 455+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/1/07 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    Prospects for quickly ending the stalemate over the state's budget dimmed Wednesday as the Senate failed to pass the $145 billion spending plan, now 6 1/2 weeks overdue. The budget bill failed 26-14, one vote short of the two-thirds majority needed for it to pass. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, placed the responsibility on the chamber's minority Republicans, who have a long list of conditions they say need to be met. "This is a Republican problem," he said after the failed vote. "It is going to have to be solved by Republicans." Wednesday's vote came as the Senate...
  • Illinois Unveils Mental Health Services for Returning Guardsmen, Veterans

    07/06/2007 4:39:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 224+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 6, 2007 – All Illinois National Guard troops returning from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan now will be screened for traumatic brain injury and get access to post-traumatic stress disorder help under a new, first-of-its-kind state program. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Tammy Duckworth, director of the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs, announced the program earlier this week in Chicago. The program includes mandatory traumatic brain injury screening for all returning National Guard combat veterans, voluntary screening for all other Illinois veterans, and a 24-hour toll-free psychological help line for veterans suffering from PTSD. Blagojevich called the new...
  • Military Rules (Vanity)

    06/22/2007 6:17:46 AM PDT · by roaddog727 · 26 replies · 1,201+ views
    e-mail | 22 Jun 07 | Marine buddy
    Military Rules (complete) Marine Corps Rules: 1. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one. 2. Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough. 3. Have a plan. 4. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won't work. 5. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. 6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a "4." 7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive. 8. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral & diagonal preferred.) 9. Use...
  • Bar beckons bikers for church services

    04/28/2007 8:18:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies · 715+ views
    AP ^ | April 28, 2007 | Matt Sedensky
    OZONA, Fla. - The pastor wears a sleeveless black T-shirt, blue jeans and a baseball cap turned backward. The collection is taken in a motorcycle helmet. And the first thing you see as you walk in the door of this makeshift church isn't a cross or a stained-glass window; it's a bar. Steve's Cape Cod, a seafood restaurant and bar known for all-you-can-eat snow crab on Monday and ladies-drink-free night on Wednesday, is reborn each Sunday morning as the Salvation Saloon. Worshippers who go by names like Curly Joe and Wild Bill file in by the dozen - many holding...