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  • Obama Takes Swipe at the Media on MSNBC: Actively Trying to 'Divide and Splinter' Us

    12/05/2013 5:42:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/5/13 | Josh Feldman
    As President Obama wrapped up his conversation with Chris Matthews at American University, he took a swipe at the partisan media for dividing the country and making compromise more difficult. Obama said being the Commander-in-Chief for so long “makes you humbler, as opposed to cockier,” and compared himself to Sisyphus, rolling the boulder up the hill for eternity with little success. He spoke of how enthusiastic young people encourage him and give him confidence, only for the media to take that enthusiasm and use it to divide people. “The American people are good and they are decent, and yes, sometimes
  • Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC Show Falls To New Low, CNN’s ‘Unguarded’ Takes A Hit

    11/11/2013 3:36:37 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies ^ | 11/11/13 | D Patten
    You would not be saying TGIF in cable newsland if you were Alec Baldwin or Rachel Nichols last week. The actor’s 10 PM MSNBC show Up Late and the former ESPN reporter’s Unguarded on CNN both hit demo lows on November 8. With guests Cristina Tzintzun of the Workers Defense Fund and the Coalition for the Homeless’ Mary Brosnahan talking immigration reform and anti-poverty programs, Up Late With Alec Baldwin pulled in just 101,000 viewers among adults 25-54 on Friday. That’s a 41% drop from the 172,000 demo results of the one-hour show’s October 11 debut. While Baldwin’s total viewers...
  • Obama Takes Class Warfare To The Next Level With The "Buffet Rule" And A New "Millionaire Tax"

    09/17/2011 10:20:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9/17/11 | Tyler Durden
    In his increasingly desperate attempts to pander to a population that has by now entirely given up on the hope, and barely has any change left, Obama is going for broke (or technically the reverse) by setting the class warfare bar just that little bit higher. This time around, his targets are millionaires, who according to the NYT are about to see their taxes soar. Or not: nobody really knows if the proposed "Buffett Rule", affectionately known for crony communist #1, will impact just millionaires income tax, which incidentally is the same as what everyone else is paying, or, far...
  • Obama DOJ Takes Action… Moves in to Protect Teachers With Unacceptable English Skills

    09/15/2011 7:51:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/15/11 | Jim Hoft
    It’s an Obama World… The Obama Department of Justice moved in this week to protect teachers with unacceptable English skills. Judicial Watch reported: Public school teachers with unacceptable English pronunciation and grammar are being protected by the Obama Administration, which has forced one state to eliminate a fluency monitoring program created to comply with a 2002 federal education law. Singling out teachers who can’t speak proper English in American schools—funded by taxpayers, no less—discriminates against Hispanics and others who are not native English speakers, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). As a result it violates the Civil Rights Act...
  • Pawlenty Takes on Bachmann in Iowa Debate (Video)

    08/11/2011 8:59:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 8/11/11
    So much for "Minnesota Nice".
  • Weird! Ubama takes 138 pics with supporters & his expression never changes

    05/30/2011 5:27:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    President suit ^ | 5/30/11 | Eric Spiegelman
    Barack Obama’s amazingly consistent smile from Eric Spiegelman on Vimeo.
  • Columbus Takes Center Stage in Next Big Union Fight

    02/21/2011 8:17:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/21//11 | Lee Ross
    The next focus of demonstrators protesting collective bargaining reforms should be Columbus, Ohio where thousands, if not tens-of-thousands, of protestors are expected to gather Tuesday and shout their views about a controversial bill that puts labor unions in the crosshairs of a determined governor intent on salvaging his state's financial situation. The protests should look and sound much like the ones from Madison, Wisconsin that have gripped the nation in the recent days and marries an uncomfortable economic reality with political opportunity. "It's to put our children first. It's to do the things without regard to political considerations and try...
  • TSA Agent Takes Child From Parent

    11/22/2010 3:06:22 PM PST · by ranair34 · 58 replies
    My Bottle's Up ^ | 11/22/10 | Nicole
    TSA Agent Takes Child From Parent As I sit and write this post, 24 hours after this event took place, my hands still shake… with rage and with terror. I woke up this morning to my husband’s alarm clock, sat straight up in bed and thought “Where’s Jackson?” with fear paralyzing me. My worst nightmare took place yesterday. Worse than events that have taken place and that I have survived in my short 28 years of living. Worse than my wildest of dreams could conjure. My son was taken from me. Taken. My son was taken from me by the...
  • Whatever It Takes: Obama Sidesteps Law to Halt Domestic Energy Production. Twice.

    07/14/2010 8:41:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 7/14/10 | by Clarice Feldman
    The administration has shown no deference to the rule of law while trying to close Yucca Mountain and halt deepwater drilling. It is disturbing, to say the least, how little deference the president and the administration give to the strictures of the Constitution and existing law. Whatever suits Obama’s partisan political interests takes precedence, regardless of the cost to us. However, it is heartening that judges are increasingly unwilling to let this rampage continue. The most recent example involves the planned nuclear-waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Almost everyone acknowledges that nuclear power is clean and safe, even though...
  • Majority of Americans losing faith in Obama: poll, hope GOP takes control of Congress in November

    Apparently he's not the confidence-booster-in-chief. The majority of Americans — nearly 60 percent — lack faith in President Obama, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll published on Tuesday. The results are the exact opposite of what voters said in a similar poll at the beginning of Obama's presidency 18 months ago. Then, approximately 60 percent said they were confident with his decision making. And voters, by an 8-point margin, said they hope Republicans take control of Congress. More than 60 percent of voters also said they would probably not support their current representative. Just 26 percent said they would.
  • Indian villager takes 14 years to dig tunnel through mountain

    12/18/2009 2:53:04 PM PST · by posterchild · 56 replies · 2,721+ views
    Guardian ^ | Dec 1, 2009 | Randeep Ramesh
    An Indian villager burrowed for 14 years with a hammer and chisel to cut a tunnel through a mountain so that his neighbours could reach nearby fields and he could park his truck outside his home. Ramchandra Das, 53, who lives in eastern Bihar state, carved a 10m-long, 4m-wide tunnel through the hill range from his village of Kewati. Das took up the Herculean task after villagers found the 7km trek over the mountain increasingly arduous. When the authorities refused to help to cut the journey time, Das began carving his way through the earth in the direction of the...
  • Diversity czar takes heat over remarks

    09/22/2009 8:52:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 67 replies · 2,626+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9/22/09 | Amanda Carpenter
    President Obama's diversity czar at the Federal Communications Commission has spoken publicly of getting white media executives to "step down" in favor of minorities, prescribed policies to make liberal talk radio more successful, and described Hugo Chavez's rise to power in Venezuela "an incredible revolution." Mark Lloyd's provocative comments - most made during a tenure at the liberal Center for American Progress think tank - are giving fodder to critics who say Mr. Obama has appointed too many "czars" to government positions that don't require congressional approval. They are also worrying to some conservatives who fear the FCC might use...
  • NRC takes 32 years to answer petition

    04/01/2008 2:50:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 215+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/1/08 | Dave Gram - ap
    MONTPELIER, Vt. - The nuclear energy watchdog group New England Coalition has been waiting a long time, a very long time, for the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to pay attention to its concerns. The agency has just replied to a petition concerning safety and radiation exposure that the coalition filed in 1975. "No petition before its time," said NRC spokesman Eliot Brenner. As if being ignored for three decades weren't enough, the NRC denied the group's petition. The coalition had been urging federal regulators to consider, as part of their environmental review of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, the...
  • Petraeus Addresses Multinational Force Iraq Troops Upon Taking Command

    02/10/2007 11:55:29 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 331+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2007 – Iraq is at a pivotal crossroad, the new commander of Multinational Force Iraq said in a letter to the command’s troops today. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus took command of all U.S. forces in Iraq today during a ceremony at Camp Victory, in Baghdad. “The stakes could not be higher,” he wrote in a letter addressed to Multinational Force Iraq troops and civilians. “Our task is crucial.” Security is the essential component needed for Iraqis to build a better future, and U.S. troops will help them achieve that goal, Petraeus wrote. “Shoulder-to-shoulder with our...
  • Thai Commander Takes Over After Coup

    09/19/2006 12:02:57 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 147 replies · 7,020+ views
    BANGKOK, Thailand - The Thai military launched a coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday night, circling his offices with tanks, seizing control of TV stations and declaring a provisional authority pledging loyalty to the king. The army commander took over the government and declared martial law. An announcement on Thai television declared that a "Council of Administrative Reform" with King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of state had seized power in Bangkok and nearby provinces without any resistance. "The armed forces commander and the national police commander have successfully taken over Bangkok and the surrounding area in order to...
  • Lightning strikes as 25th ID takes charge

    09/15/2006 4:55:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies · 1,007+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. Michael Pfaff
    Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commanding general, 25th Infantry Division, greets the Iraqi Army division commanders for the first time as he takes charge of Multi-National Division - North at Contingency Operating Base Speicher. Department of Defense photo by Army Spc. Michael Pfaff, 133rd MPAD. TIKRIT --Following a year marked by noteworthy successes in growing the size and capabilities of the Iraqi security forces, rebuilding Iraq and providing security for a vast region of the country, the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division on Wednesday transferred control of Multi-National Division North to the Army’s 25th Infantry Division. “Our mission here is...
  • Iraqi Air Force Takes Off in Building for Future

    09/06/2006 6:05:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 580+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 – As the Iraqi army gains in numbers and capability, so too does the country’s air force, which aims to grow to 2,500 airmen by the year’s end, the commander of the Coalition Air Force Transition Team said. Air Force Brig. Gen. Stephen L. Hoog cited impressive improvement over the past six months, noting that the Iraqi air force continues to grow and improve its ability support the counterinsurgency mission. The Iraqi air force’s counterinsurgency mission consists primarily of aerial observation and surveillance and air transportation. Officials believe it is critical for Iraq’s long-term ability to...
  • Iraqi Army Takes Over Responsibility for Abu Ghraib Prison

    09/04/2006 2:34:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 439+ views
    BAGHDAD, Sep. 3, 2006 – Soldiers from 1st Iraqi Army Division assumed control of the Abu Ghraib prison here from U.S. Army Task Force 134 in a ceremony here Sept. 1. Iraqi soldiers will provide security for the facility – now vacant -- until the Ministry of Justice dispatches its own security detail. “Returning the empty prison to the control of the Ministry of Justice clearly says that enforcement of the rule of law is a cornerstone of the constitutional government of Iraq,” said Col. Monam Hashim Fahed, the Iraqi battalion commander. Marines from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental...
  • European Command Takes Over Lebanon Mission

    08/17/2006 6:09:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 276+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2006 – U.S. European Command will assume command of U.S. military forces operating off the coast of Lebanon and in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the organization’s commander said here today. Marine Gen. James L. Jones, speaking at a Pentagon news conference, said European Command elements will assume command of the operations in that area from U.S. Central Command Aug. 23. European Command has supported U.S. Central Command in the effort. Central Command originally received the mission because Lebanon is in that organization’s assigned area of operations. But Central Command also is responsible for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan...
  • Bulen takes command of Afghanistan Engineer District

    08/03/2006 5:36:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 166+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Army Col. William E. Bulen assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Afghanistan Engineer District from outgoing Commander Army Col. Christopher J. Toomey on Aug 2 during a change of command ceremony here. Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry, commander of Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan, presided over the transfer of leadership while Master Sgt. Eric O. Johnson, AED’s Command Sergeant Major, oversaw the exchange of colors. Lt. Gen. Eikenberry used the occasion to reflect on America’s continued commitment to Afghanistan illustrated in the District’s work. “As we look to improve Afghanistan’s infrastructure, AED is helping to lead...
  • British General Takes Command And Promises Ruthless Strikes On Taliban

    07/31/2006 5:02:44 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 524+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7-31-2006 | Richard-Norton-Taylor
    British general takes command and promises ruthless strikes on Taliban · 18,000-strong force ready for first land operations · Nato troops take charge of most of Afghanistan Richard Norton-Taylor Tuesday August 1, 2006 The Guardian (UK) A British general yesterday took command of an expanded Nato force in Afghanistan, vowing to "strike ruthlessly" against the Taliban as the west's military alliance prepared to conduct land combat operations for the first time in its 57-year history. Lieutenant General David Richards, commander of Nato's international security assistance force, Isaf, based in Kabul, took over a multinational force in southern Afghanistan where British,...
  • British General Takes Command Of US Troops

    07/30/2006 6:33:03 PM PDT · by blam · 39 replies · 1,220+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-31-2006 | Ahmed Rashid
    British general takes command of US troops By Ahmed Rashid in Lahore (Filed: 31/07/2006) A British general will command American troops for the first time since the Second World War when Nato takes charge of the mission to pacify southern Afghanistan today. Lt Gen David Richards Lt Gen David Richards, Britain's most experienced officer in developing world arenas, assumes control of a merged Nato and US force that will grow from 9,000 to 18,000. It is one of the largest and toughest missions the alliance has faced, covering six southern provinces and extending its authority to almost all of the...
  • Nuture Takes The Spotlight

    06/25/2006 6:13:14 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 2,429+ views
    Science News ^ | 6-25-2006 | Christen Brownlee
    Nurture Takes the SpotlightDecoding the environment's role in development and disease Christen Brownlee Identical twin sisters Elizabeth and Eleanor (not their real names) say that when they entered the world on November 19, 1939—Elizabeth first, then Eleanor 8 minutes later—their mother was rather shocked. She'd been expecting just one baby, not two. But that day, she made a vow: The girls would always be treated the same, so that there would be no competition between them. POSTER CHILDREN. Illustrating how epigenetics can control physical traits, the slimmer and browner of these mice, carrying a gene called agouti, were born to...
  • 'Darwin's Tortoise' Takes Her Secrets to the Grave at the Age of 176

    06/23/2006 5:38:18 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 889+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-24-2006 | Mark Chipperfield
    'Darwin's tortoise' takes her secrets to the grave at the age of 176 By Mark Chipperfield in Sydney (Filed: 24/06/2006) Harriet, a 23st Galapagos tortoise, has died in a Queensland wildlife park at the age of 176, carrying to her grave the mystery of her origins. John Hangar, a senior veterinarian at the Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast, said the reptile suffered a heart attack on Thursday. "Harriet sadly died last night after, thankfully, a very short illness," he said. "She had a heart attack and passed away quietly overnight." Harriet made it into the Guinness Book of World...
  • CA: UC takes step toward oversight

    06/17/2006 9:48:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 195+ views
    University of California officials have formed search committees for three new administrative posts to help improve fiscal oversight and management following a compensation controversy. The new positions are a chief operating officer and a chief financial officer who will oversee non-academic functions within the UC Office of the President and a compliance officer who will ensure that university practices and policies are followed. A number of reviews into UC pay practices found that administrators routinely circumvented or ignored policies in order to secure better salary deals for top executives. Salary ranges for the jobs are still being finalized, a university...
  • Army takes spotlight at Arena Bowl

    06/12/2006 5:31:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 197+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Pfc. Carl N. Hudson
    LAS VEGAS (Army News Service, June 12, 2006) – Members of Las Vegas's 6th Recruiting Brigade celebrated the Army’s 231st birthday a few days early at the Arena Football League’s Arena Bowl June 10. In pre-game festivities, 48 newly enlisted Soldiers were sworn into the Army by U.S. Army Accessions Commander Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp. “Our mission is recruiting, and today we’re here to help educate and create awareness about the opportunities the Army offers,” said Col. Stephen Wilkins, commander of the 6th Recruiting Brigade. “It’s a good reminder to the public of the freedoms and democracy that we...
  • Artillery Sergeant Takes Aim at Education

    06/12/2006 4:55:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 260+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lutton
    U.S. Army   Sgt. 1st Class Javier Molina Artillery Sergeant Takes Aim at Education By Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lutton 345th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, June 12, 2006 — On a day full of wind and dust here, education might be the furthest thing from most soldiers’ minds. However, for Sgt. 1st Class Javier A. Molina, a Salerno Education Center teacher, it is at the forefront of most of his work today. “The soldiers are very excited about classes being held on the gun-line, “ said Molina, gunnery sergeant for 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery...
  • Iraqi Army Takes Over Territory at Camp Habbinyah

    06/07/2006 5:40:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 253+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Multinational Force-West
    CAMP HABBINYAH, Iraq, June 7, 2006 — The 1st Iraqi Army Division officially assumed control of territory in the vicinity of Habbaniyah, June 2. In a ceremony with the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, the 1st Iraqi Army has taken the lead and will operate in the area. The Iraqi unit is now responsible for planning and executing their own operations in Habbaniyah, Iraq, located between the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi. "Working side by side with the Iraqi Army was a great experience for my soldiers. This transfer is another step to a free Iraq." U.S. Army...
  • America Supports You: 'Soldier Ride' Takes Off From Pentagon

    05/14/2006 5:21:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 265+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, May 14, 2006 – A group of wounded and active-duty servicemembers, retirees and family members launched the second leg of their cross-country bike trek from the Pentagon parking lot today. Steve Nardizzi, executive director of Soldier Ride, explains the brakes on the handcycle to Elmer Dinglasan, a Navy corpsman participating in the second leg of Soldier Ride 2006, from Washington, D.C., to Camp Lejeune N.C. This leg of the ride took off from the Pentagon parking lot May 14. Photo by Sgt. Sara Wood, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The group is part of Soldier Ride...
  • Albania Takes Guantanamo Uighurs

    05/05/2006 7:23:39 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 350+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-6-2006
    Albania takes Guantanamo Uighurs The Uighurs have been at Guantanamo for years Five Chinese Muslim men have been released from the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay and flown to Albania for resettlement, the US says. US officials had concluded the ethnic Uighers represented no danger but did not want to return them to China for fear they would face persecution. Uighurs are seeking a homeland in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang. The US State Department called Albania's offer to resettle the men, "an important humanitarian gesture". The five men were among around 20 Chinese Uighurs held at Guantanamo...
  • Air refueling squadron takes flight to fuel the fight

    04/28/2006 5:50:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 244+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Senior Airman Mark R.W. Orders-Woempner
    4/28/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Fighters are in the air 24 hours a day, providing constant support to ground forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Without midair refueling, that coverage would be lost. The 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron provides fuel to those thirsty fighters as they keep troops on the ground safe, said Lt. Col. Brou Gautier, 340th EARS commander. “Our mission is simply to refuel the various aircraft supporting coalition ground forces,” Colonel Gautier said. “The fuel we provide to the close-air-support team increases loiter times, which in turn, allows a smaller force to be more effective over...
  • Pakistani Admiral Takes Command of Regional Maritime Task Force

    04/24/2006 4:52:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 268+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jim Garamone and Petty Officer 2nd Class Carolla Bennett
    MINA SALMAN, Bahrain, April 24, 2006 – Pakistan today became the first regional country to command a combined task force in the Middle East in the war on terror. Pakistani Rear Adm. Shahid Iqbal received command from Dutch Commodore Hank Ort during a ceremony aboard the HNLMS De Zeven Provicien in the harbor here. Iqbal will command the force for the next six months. American, French, German, British, Dutch, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and Portuguese ships have participated in the force. Japan has provided logistical support to the effort. "I, my team, and the Pakistan navy, feel...
  • Army's aviation branch takes over UAS mission

    04/20/2006 6:50:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 540+ views
    Col. Michael Dixon holds the flag of the Provisional Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Battalion, as Lt. Col. Ronald Myers, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Raleigh Matthews unfurl the banner at Wednesday's activation ceremony on Fort Huachuca's Rugge-Hamilton Airfield. In the background, one of the company commanders and a first sergeant of the new battalion unfurl their units guidon. (By Bill Hess-Herald/Review) Herald/Review FORT HUACHUCA — As of Wednesday, the Army’s intelligence-gathering unmanned aerial systems are now part of the Aviation Warfighting Center at Fort Rucker, Ala. But the initial operation and maintenance of the pilotless planes will not be...
  • B-52 Pilot Takes on Fuel from Little Sister’s Plane over Afghanistan (Siblings Reunite in midair!)

    04/12/2006 4:34:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 1,595+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Master Sgt. Scott King
    U.S. Air Force Capt. Jeremy Holmes 1st Lt. Jordan Holmes  B-52 Pilot Takes on Fuel from Little Sister’s Plane over Afghanistan By Master Sgt. Scott King 40th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, April 12, 2006 — Over the skies of Afghanistan, during a combat mission, one B-52 pilot got a surprise of a lifetime – “hooking” up with family. “I was surprised to hear her voice,” said Capt. Jeremy Holmes, 40th Air Expeditionary Group B-52 aircraft commander. “To make absolutely sure it was her, without throwing out any names over the radio, I asked if there...
  • Ex-Tenant Takes Revenge Against Landlords

    03/10/2006 11:38:36 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 12 replies · 1,016+ views
    AP via Comcast ^ | 3 10 06 | Associated Press
    ANTIOCH, Calif. - A man who was evicted from the house he rented for years allegedly took revenge on his landlords by dumping the home's hoarded contents _ five-gallon buckets of cookies, canned food, old batteries and puzzle pieces _ on the front lawn and in the backyard. The homeowner, Ann Stevenson, said she rented the house to Lloyd Annesley and his partner, Margaret McCoy, with a subsidized rent as a favor to the longtime family friends. After McCoy died, Annesley learned he would have to move and his relatives helped him dump the debris before they abandoned the property...
  • Mother in 'Caged Kids' Case Takes Stand

    03/01/2006 3:53:31 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 432+ views ^ | 3 1 06 | Associated Press
    NORWALK, Ohio - The woman accused of locking some of her 11 adopted, special-needs children in cages cried on the witness stand Wednesday as she denied that she and her husband were cruel to his biological children or that he touched a daughter inappropriately. Sharen and Michael Gravelle have pleaded not guilty to several charges, including child endangerment, in a separate criminal case. Prosecutors accuse the couple of locking the adopted children in cages to discipline them, and they want Huron County to take permanent custody of the youngsters, who have been in foster care since the enclosed beds were...
  • Schools Close As Week-Long Arctic Storm Takes Hold (UK - 1st Day Of Spring)

    02/28/2006 6:35:38 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 677+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-1-2006 | Auslan Cramb
    Schools close as week-long Arctic storm takes hold By Auslan Cramb Scottish Correspondent (Filed: 01/03/2006) More than 150 schools were closed yesterday and dozens of roads were blocked by snow as Arctic weather hit parts of Britain. Walkers brave the elements at Scarborough, North Yorks, where a severe weather warning had been issued While many central areas enjoyed uninterrupted winter sunshine, the north of Scotland and the East Coast experienced some of the heaviest snowfall of the winter. The northerly air stream, which is expected to last for most of the week, hit Orkney and Shetland, where all schools were...
  • US Foreign Policy Takes 'Neo-Realist' Approach

    02/08/2006 6:51:11 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 355+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-9-2006 | Aled Russell
    US foreign policy takes 'neo-realist' approach By Alec Russell in Washington (Filed: 09/02/2006) A shift in the Bush administration's approach to the world from "with us or against us" to diplomacy has led to the coinage of a new phrase - "neo-realism" - to describe the philosophy of the key figures behind the president's foreign policy. Neo-realism is intended as a play on neo-conservatism, the belief in a muscular foreign policy that dominated the administration's thinking after the September 11 attacks. Dick Cheney: 'We are obviously pursuing a diplomatic road' The neo-realists are seen as pragmatists who seek aggressively to...
  • First Army takes over mobilization nationwide

    01/18/2006 4:13:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies · 390+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 18, 2006 | First U.S. Army Public Affairs
    FORT GILLEM, Ga. (Army News Service, Jan. 18, 2006) - First U.S. Army’s training mission expanded Jan. 16 to include training, readiness oversight and mobilization for U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard units throughout the continental United States and two U.S. territories. The transition of the expanded geographic mission began in mid-December with the transfer of authority between First Army and Fifth Army for the Western United States occurring Monday. Part of Army Transformation The Army’s transformation necessitated restructuring the roles and missions of First Army and Fifth Army, officials said, to support reserve-component modularity and the Army Force Generation...
  • V Corps Artillery takes over MNC-Iraq fires

    01/18/2006 4:08:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 356+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 18, 2006 | Cpl. Laura Ruscio
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (Army News Service, Jan. 18, 2006) – Service members gathered on Camp Victory Jan. 17 to witness the Transfer of Authority between the 18th Airborne Corps Artillery and the 5th Corps Artillery. The 18th Airborne Corps Artillery arrived in Iraq in January 2005 and served on Camp Victory as the Effects Coordination Cell and Force Field Artillery Headquarters for Multi National Corps – Iraq and has now transferred these responsibilities to the service members of the V Corps Artillery. During the TOA, MNC-I Commander Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, thanked the outgoing Soldiers and the Coalition Forces...
  • Iraqi ‘Cobra’ battalion takes over FOB Bernstein

    01/10/2006 4:43:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 294+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 10, 2005 | Spc. Michael Pfaff
    TUZ, Iraq (Army News Service, Jan. 10, 2006) – The Iraqi Army assumed responsibility of Forward Operating Base Bernstein in the northern Sallah-Dihn Province Jan. 5, as part of the transfer of security in Iraq from coalition forces to the Iraqi Army. The “Cobra” 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division took control of the base and responsibility for the security of the surrounding region from the “Balls of the Eagle” 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division during a transfer of authority ceremony. 600 joint missions paved way The transfer took place after many months of...
  • Iraqi Army Division Takes Step Toward Full Combat Readiness

    12/20/2005 5:15:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 659+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2005 – The staff of the 8th Iraqi Army Division was certified today in counterterrorism operations and tactics, which means the Iraqis can plan and conduct operations against enemy forces with limited support of coalition forces, military officials reported today. Division units now are striving to achieve full combat readiness, officials said, adding that final coordination with local and central administration will be completed soon to finalize the process of battlespace transfer. Long-term training, including exercises and combat operations, officials noted, preceded the certification process. Before the division staff was certified, six battalions and two brigades of...
  • Iraqi government takes control of base in Tikrit

    11/23/2005 3:23:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 18 replies · 596+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 23, 2005
    TIKRIT, Iraq (Army News Service, Nov. 23, 2005) -- The Iraqi government took control of Saddam Hussein’s palace complex in Tikrit from U.S. coalition forces during a ceremony Nov. 22 which continued despite a dud round fired by terrorists. Terrorists fired what officials called "unidentified explosive ordnance" that impacted about 300 yards from the ceremony. The projectile failed to explode, and no one was injured in the incident, officials said. The ceremony halted only briefly, they said, and was completed without further disruption. This was the 25th coalition operating base turned over to the people of Iraq so far, officials...
  • Iraqi Army Takes Delivery of Tanks, Vehicles

    11/14/2005 3:59:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 664+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 14, 2005 | Army Sgt. Lorie Jewell
    Iraqi Gen. Bashar, commander of the 9th Mechanized Division, drives the first tank off-loaded on the second day of deliveries. Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Lorie Jewell Iraqi Army Takes Delivery of Tanks, Vehicles The vehicles will equip two tank battalions and one mechanized battalion of the 9th Iraqi Army Division (Mechanized) 2nd Brigade. By U.S. Army Sgt. Lorie JewellMultinational Security Transition Command-Iraq TAJI, Iraq, Nov. 14, 2005 — The largest equipment donation to the Iraqi Army to date - dozens of T-72 tanks and armored personnel carriers - arrived at Taji Military Base over...
  • House takes up leak review - Leaks about CIA prisons overseas spark fury (Which Senator did it?)

    11/13/2005 7:44:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies · 1,899+ views
    House takes up leak reviewThursday, November 10, 2005 8:01 PM PST WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Intelligence Committee will look into a possible leak of classified information about secret CIA prisons but will not reopen its 2003 inquiry into prewar intelligence on Iraq. As calls for intelligence-related reviews grow on Capitol Hill, Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., said Thursday his committee will study several specific leaks of classified information, including a Nov. 2 Washington Post story that discussed the existence of secret CIA prisons overseas. The story said the ‘‘black sites'' were in eight countries, including democracies in Eastern Europe. Hoekstra...
  • Corpsmen do whatever it takes (Marines)

    11/10/2005 3:28:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 28 replies · 635+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 10, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Josh Cox
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Nov. 10, 2005) -- While sitting down for lunch in the chow hall here Nov. 3, corpsmen assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 8 Base Aid Station recognized Marines they treated in past combat situations. One corpsman pointed out an everyday Marine in line for chow who he had treated. “I’ve already taken care of three guys on three different convoys where an improvised explosive device exploded,” said Seaman Apprentice Versean Taylor, a corpsman assigned to CLB-8 BAS, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (FWD). “I love taking care of my Marines; they take care of me and I take...
  • America Supports You: 1.4 Millionth Letter Takes On Special Meaning

    11/08/2005 4:36:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 259+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Nov 8, 2005 | Rudi Williams
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2005 – After receiving the 1.4 millionth thank-you letter for servicemembers and veterans in her "A Million Thanks" campaign, a California teenager realized there was something special about that number. Since 1.4 million people serve on active duty in the armed forces, Shauna Fleming, 16, decided that the letter symbolizes every active duty servicemember receiving a thank-you letter from a grateful American. A 10-year-old student in Dallas wrote the 1.4 millionth letter. Now Fleming has accepted a challenge from recently retired Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers to collect a total of 2.6 million...
  • 101st Airborne Division Unit Takes Control of Baghdad Sector

    11/07/2005 3:29:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 444+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2005 – The 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division formally took control of the southwestern Baghdad area of operations from the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Brigade Combat Team on Oct. 31. Brig. Gen. Stewart Rodeheaver, 48th BCT commander, and brigade Command Sgt. Maj. James Nelson cased the unit's colors, representing the end of their mission and responsibility for this area. Shortly after the 48th's guidon was cased, Army Col. Todd Ebel, commander of 2nd BCT, 101st Airborne Division, and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall, the brigade's senior enlisted soldier, uncased the colors...
  • Military Working Dog Takes Away Bomb's Bang. (ARF-ARF-ARF!)

    10/26/2005 5:46:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 505+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Oct 26, 2005 | Lance Cpl. James B. Hoke
    Military Working Dog Takes Away Bomb's Bang. By Lance Cpl. James B. Hoke Marine Corps Air Station Miramar MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif., Oct. 26, 2005 -- From the deserts of Iraq to the grassy slopes of Afghanistan, there has always been an impending threat of disaster. However, with the help of one of man’s best friends, Kwinto, this threat has been slightly reduced. Kwinto, a military working dog on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, is an 8-year-old Belgium Malinois whose area of expertise is patrolling for and detecting explosives.“Kwinto was accepted for training in September of 1999,”...
  • Recon Marine fights through injuries, takes out insurgents

    10/26/2005 5:02:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 639+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 25, 2005 | Cpl. Evan M. Eagan
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Oct. 25, 2005) -- The Marines of Iraqi Army Platoon, Echo Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, clashed with insurgents in the month leading up to the unit’s relief in place. Nearing the end of their seven-month deployment and after spending more than a month in Ferris Town and Al Amariyah in support of Operation Southern Fire, Sgt. Joe Gonsalez, platoon sergeant, IA Platoon, was conducting a familiarization foot patrol in Al Amariyah with the incoming team from 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. On Oct. 2, as the patrol came to a halt in front of Al Amariyah’s...