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  • Situation Near Kirkuk, Iraq (U.S. State Department Press Release)

    10/20/2017 5:40:11 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    U.S. State Department ^ | October 20, 2017 | Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson
    The United States is concerned by reports of violent clashes around the town of Altun Kupri in northern Iraq. We are monitoring the situation closely, and call on all parties to cease all violence and provocative movements, and to coordinate their activities to restore calm. In order to avoid any misunderstandings or further clashes, we urge the central government to calm the situation by limiting federal forces’ movements in disputed areas to only those coordinated with the Kurdistan Regional Government. We are encouraged by Prime Minister Abadi’s instructions to federal forces to protect Iraqi Kurdish citizens and to not provoke...
  • Are Americans Going Galt?

    01/12/2014 9:39:30 PM PST · by Lorianne · 45 replies
    Independent Women's Forum (IWF) ^ | 12 Janaury 2014 | Charlotte Hays
    Ninety-two million Americans are not in the work force—they don’t have jobs and they aren’t looking for jobs. These 92 million Americans aren’t just out of work—they are resigned to being out of work as a way of life. The ballooning numbers of Americans who are resigned to long-term joblessness inspired Roger L. Simon to suggest in a bleakly humorous piece over at PJ Media that Americans are going Galt: Tell all your “Objectivist” friends and the libertarian gang at Reason magazine to break out the champagne. Americans may have skipped the movie of Atlas Shrugged, nor have many read...
  • What is the bumper sticker situation in your state? (Here in MA, O stickers are down 90% from '08)

    09/14/2012 7:34:22 AM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 102 replies
    MA highways | 9/14/12 | Me
    Here's what my lying eyes are telling me here in occupied Massachusetts. Four years ago every tenth car had an Obama sticker. Today, I see one or two Obama stickers a day. (And one or two Romney stickers.) I spend 2 hours commuting each day. So the Obama bumper sticker count in Massachusetts is down by AT LEAST 90%. That's telling. Enthusiasm is WAY down. What is the bumper sticker count like elsewhere?
  • Annan calls Syria situation 'bleak'

    04/24/2012 3:55:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/24/12 | Edith M. Lederer and John Heilprin - ap
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council Thursday that the situation in Syria is "bleak" and expressed alarm at reports that government troops are still carrying out military operations in towns where U.N. observers are not present. He expressed particular concern at media reports that government troops entered the central city of Hama on Monday after U.N. observers departed, firing automatic weapons and killing a significant number of people. "If confirmed, this is totally unacceptable and reprehensible," he said. The joint U.N.-Arab League envoy said the speedy deployment of the 300-strong U.N. observer force...
  • Businessman Defuses Anti-Israel Protest in London

    06/30/2011 1:52:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/6/11 | David Lev
    It's not just IDF officers and Israeli government officials who are targets of anti-Israel mobs when they speak in London. Israeli businesspeople are now apparently also on the firing line. Earlier this week, an anti-Israel mob stormed a show in London, where Israeli real estate officials were promoting investments in Israel. But they met their match when a quick-thinking businessman defused the situation. The event, which had been advertised in local media, took place at a Marriott hotel in London, where several Israeli representatives made presentations. Anti-Israel activists apparently read about it and arrived at the event carrying PLO flags...
  • Report: Terrorists Use Egypt Situation to Return to Gaza

    01/31/2011 5:29:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    inn ^ | 1/31/11 | Elad Benari
    Al-Jazeera Television reported on Monday that among the thousands of prisoners who have managed to escape from Egyptian prisons since the protests there began, are also terrorists from the Gaza Strip who have been jailed in Egypt. Among those who have escaped is Hassan Wshah, who was jailed three years ago after he was caught by Egyptian security officials in the Sinai Peninsula and admitted to planning a terrorist attack against Israel. Wshah is a member of the Army of Islam, an Al-Qaeda inspired Gaza-based terrorist group that wishes to see Gaza run by Sharia (Muslim law). He managed to...
  • Obama says situation in Mideast 'unsustainable'

    06/09/2010 1:00:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 122+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/9/10 | Darlene Superville - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama called the increasingly tense environment in the Mideast "unsustainable" Wednesday and said Israel needs a "better approach" in blockaded Gaza that would satisfy security and humanitarian needs. Turning his attention to the troubled region as he welcomed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House for talks, Obama also predicted "real progress" in coming months in U.S. efforts to nudge the Israelis and Palestinians toward direct peace talks. The meeting came a little more than a week after Israel's deadly May 31 raid on a flotilla hoping to break the blockade. Nine men in the...
  • Clinton: Koreas security situation 'precarious'

    05/24/2010 7:43:27 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 77 replies · 2,710+ views
    Clinton: Koreas security situation 'precarious' By MATTHEW LEE (AP) BEIJING — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that North Korea's sinking of a South Korean warship has created a "highly precarious" security situation in the region and that the Obama administration is working to prevent an escalation of tension that could lead to conflict. Speaking to reporters in Beijing shortly after the White House issued a statement offering Washington's full and unequivocal support for Seoul, Clinton said all of North Korea's neighbors, including its chief ally China, understand the seriousness of the matter and want to "contain"...
  • Hostage Situation in Jefferson City, Missouri-(Govenor's Building)

    11/10/2009 8:51:43 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 105 replies · 7,324+ views
    KOMU-TV ^ | 11-10-09 | KOMU-TV
    JEFFERSON CITY - Portions of downtown Jefferson City are shut down due to a possible hostage situation in a government building. State employees in the building say police officers are outside patroling the area with assault rifles. The area is locked down. Follow KOMU online and on Twitter for updates. A viewer called KOMU to say a hostage situation took place in the Governor's Building on Madison Street. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is sending accounts from his Twitter account saying snipers are on the roof of the Jefferson Building and negotiators are on the scene to speak with a suspect...

    09/15/2009 2:08:12 PM PDT · by DoughtyOne · 39 replies · 2,430+ views ^ | 09/14/2009 | Representative Michelle Bachmann (R) Minnesota / 6th District
       The SPEAKER pro tempore.: Under a previous order of the House, the gentlewoman from Minnesota (Mrs. Bachmann) is recognized for 5 minutes.    Mrs. BACHMANN.:    Mr. Speaker, the context of my remarks is engaging the issue of the current financial situation that the United States finds itself in.    Mr. Speaker, it was less than 1 year ago that the government began Bailout Nation, which was $700 billion in tax money that was given to the United States Treasury Secretary for the purpose of stabilizing America's financial situation. Let's take just a brief history of what has happened...

    03/24/2009 12:55:12 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 12 replies · 1,048+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | March 24, 2009 | David Powell
    David Powell is a retired civil engineer who has resided in Pasadena for the past 37 years. He is a 1949 graduate of Caltech. His engineering career of nearly 40 years with Bookman-Edmonston Engineering was largely involved in the planning of public works projects, including project formulation, evaluation of alternatives (including economic evaluation), preparation of project reports, development of financing programs and related activities. A few thoughts on California water issues from one who had a reasonably responsible forty-year career a a water engineer and water engineering executive. I also can claim some familiarly with Pasadena, having lived in the...
  • Commanders in Iraq Assess Situation Before Changing Force Levels

    12/07/2007 3:44:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 101+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2007 – The first of five brigade combat teams to redeploy without being replaced has now departed Iraq, and most of the soldiers are home in Fort Hood, Texas, a senior Joint Staff official said today. With the departure of 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, commanders in Iraq have adjusted the force posture and will continue to make assessments before the next redeployments, Army Lt. Gen. Carter F. Ham, the Joint Staff director for operations, said in a Pentagon news briefing. Ham and Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, the Joint Staff director for strategic plans and...
  • Explosive Situation at Pharmacy [2oz picric acid packed the punch of nearly half stick of dynamite]

    04/17/2007 12:27:12 PM PDT · by bedolido · 16 replies · 1,052+ views ^ | 4-17-2007 | staff writer
    COLUMBUS, Wis. (AP) - April 17, 2007 - - It's not often that a bomb squad is asked to help clean up a pharmacy. But experts say a 2-ounce sample of picric acid in the basement of Sharrow Drug Store packed the punch of nearly half a stick of dynamite. Store employees found the sample Thursday as they were cleaning out old chemicals. Store owner Nick Sharrow is relieved that the local bomb squad safely destroyed the sample Friday, saying its explosive capability was stunning. "This is very similar to TNT," Sharrow said.
  • Complex Situation in Iraq Requires Patience, Commander Says

    02/22/2007 4:52:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 208+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2007 – The environment in Iraq is extremely complex, and the American people are going to have to be patient, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said in a news conference today. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said the threats to stability differ from province to province, and there is no silver-bullet solution to the situation. He said sectarian strife, Sunni and Shiia extremists, al Qaeda, crime and subversive influences from around the region are the main threats in the country. Odierno briefed Pentagon reporters via a two-way link from his headquarters in Camp Liberty,...
  • Iraq situation 'winnable,' official says

    02/03/2007 4:36:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies · 463+ views
    Rear Adml. Mark Fox, Communications Director, MNF-I BAGHDAD -- While the situation in Iraq is challenging, it is “winnable,” U.S. Navy Rear Adml. Mark Fox told a group of online journalists and bloggers Friday by telephone.Fox, who has flown combat and contingency missions over Iraq in Operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom, is now communications director for Multi-National Force, Iraq. ”Sectarian violence is now the gravest threat to our strategic objectives in Iraq, and to be honest, Iraq is a more complex strategic problem entering 2007 than it was this time last year,” he said. However, he...
  • Complex environment to be resolved primarily by Iraqis, Casey says

    10/25/2006 11:00:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 192+ views
    BAGHDAD — The senior U.S. troop commander in Iraq expressed his belief, Oct. 24, that the country can be stabilized, while acknowledging the “difficult and complex” situation here. “Several factors add to the complexity that we’re now seeing” in Iraq, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multi-National Force-Iraq, told reporters in Baghdad. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad accompanied Casey at the news conference. Since the Iraqi elections in December 2005, the nature of the conflict has evolved “from what was an insurgency against us, to a struggle for the division of political and economic power among the Iraqis,”...
  • Iraq Situation ‘Difficult, Complex,’ Casey Says

    10/24/2006 5:18:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 273+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2006 – The senior U.S. troop commander in Iraq today expressed his belief that the country can be stabilized, while acknowledging the “difficult and complex” situation there. “Several factors add to the complexity that we’re now seeing” in Iraq, Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, told reporters in Baghdad. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad accompanied Casey at the news conference. Since the Iraqi elections in December 2005, the nature of the conflict has evolved “from what was an insurgency against us, to a struggle for the division of political and economic...
  • Gen. Casey Outlines Iraq Situation in News Conference

    10/12/2006 4:41:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 432+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2006 – Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld briefed media in the Pentagon yesterday. Following is Casey’s opening statement: “It's been about three and a half months, I think, since I've been back here, and I just wanted to give you an update of where I see us in the mission here and then take your questions. “I think it's no surprise to anyone that the situation in Iraq remains difficult and complex. “What makes for that difficulty, complexity, a couple of things. One, since the elections...
  • What Is Not The Matter With The Middle Class

    09/08/2006 4:29:10 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 12 replies · 768+ views
    American Prospect Magazine ^ | 5 September 2006 | Stephen Rose
    For more than a decade, the Democratic Party -- the self-proclaimed party of the middle class -- has consistently lost the middle class at election time. In 2004, voters with family incomes between $30,000 and $75,000 went for Bush by 6 percentage points, while Congressional Democrats lost this group by 4 points. Among white middle-class voters (one-third of the electorate), Bush won by 22 points and Congressional Republicans by 19 points. What's the matter with the middle class? Democrats like to pin their defeats on national security and culture issues alone, but the progressive economic message is also to blame....
  • Border bust turns into hazmat situation

    08/18/2006 6:53:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 556+ views
    KVOA Tucson Channel 4 News ^ | Erica Heartquist
    pair of illegal immigrants carrying drugs, weapons, and a suspicious liquid was busted on the border. Authorities say that suspicious liquid could be used to make liquid methamphetamine. It happened Thursday morning, in Santa Cruz County just outside Rio Rico and only a few miles from the Mexican border. "You can't be a hundred percent sure that's what's on the label is in the bottle," said Battalion Chief William Rowe with the Tubac Fire Department. Labels on bottles found read "ethanol." Officials say the lids had been tampered with, so no one could be sure exactly what was inside. The...