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  • Netanyahu vows tough line for White House talks

    03/02/2014 11:11:04 PM PST · by kingattax · 14 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 3-2-14 | JOSEF FEDERMAN
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister headed to Washington on Sunday for a high-stakes meeting with President Barack Obama about U.S.-led Mideast peace efforts, vowing to maintain a tough line in the face of heavy international pressure to begin making concessions to the Palestinians. Benjamin Netanyahu's defiant tone set the stage for what could be a difficult meeting Monday with Obama. But with the clock ticking toward an April target date for a preliminary agreement, the Israeli leader could soon be forced to begin laying out a clearer vision for a future peace deal with the Palestinians. Shortly before takeoff,...
  • 8th grade exam- 1895 [I'll bet there are PhDs today who couldn't pass this test]

    05/27/2013 10:30:46 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 94 replies
    Church & Son's Blog ^ | 7/22/12 | Randy Church
    8th grade exam- 1895Posted on July 22, 2012 by churchandson Thanks Rick;I had to share this one; This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas, USA . It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, and reprinted by the Salina Journal.8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS – 1895Grammar (Time, one hour) 1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters. 2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications. 3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph 4. What are the principal parts of...
  • Trump: Mitt must be 'extremely tough' and 'step up'

    Donald Trump gives the GOP nominee advice before the presidential debates, the state of the White House race and the government's risk on solar energy
  • 2012 race likely to be close, tough, maybe brutal

    11/05/2011 10:35:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/5/11 | Charles Babington - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — One year to go until Election Day and the Republican presidential field is deeply unsettled, leaving President Barack Obama only to guess who his opponent will be. But the race's contours are starting to come into view. It's virtually certain that the campaign will be a close, grinding affair, markedly different from the 2008 race. It will play out amid widespread economic anxiety and heightened public resentment of government and politicians. Americans who were drawn to the drama of Obama's barrier-breaking battle with Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the up-and-down fortunes of John McCain and Sarah Palin, are...
  • Hermanator — at the eye of the storm

    10/31/2011 6:33:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/31/11 | Justin Sink
    Not many presidential candidates would break into a gospel song of forgiveness and redemption for a packed room of reporters who have spent the day doggedly inquiring about allegations of sexual harassment. But not many candidates are Herman Cain. The Republican presidential contender spent a whirlwind Monday grappling with potentially devastating reports that he behaved in an inappropriate sexual manner toward two women who worked for him when he was president of the National Restaurant Association. Both women were reportedly offered, and accepted, settlement proposals that included five-figure payouts and confidentiality agreements, according to reports. But that news, which would...
  • Murder is alleged in botched heist (AZ)

    07/22/2011 9:03:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    azstarnet.com ^ | 21 July, 2011 | Kim Smith
    Car alarm installer Charles Montes was almost done for the day. It was just after 7 p.m., his boss was locking up, and he was finishing up his last installation for the day. All of a sudden, Montes felt a gun in his back. The gunman announced he and his boss "were gonna get jacked and don't do nothing stupid," Montes testified Wednesday in Pima County Superior Court. Moments later, a man lay dead, felled by a bullet fired by Montes, and three accomplices were on their way to jail. Wednesday was the first day in the trial of Carlos...
  • In Speech On Tough Times For Americans, Obama Brags 'I Have Better Plane' And 'Bigger Entourage'

    06/13/2011 3:34:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Imagine a Republican president, giving a speech on tough economic times in which he claimed that the plight of Americans who are hurting is what is on his mind every day as he walks to the Oval Office. Imagine that same Republican president, in that same speech, bragging that he has "a better plane" and "a bigger entourage" than when he was a candidate. Now imagine the howls from the MSM about such president's vainglory and insensitivity. President Obama gave just such a speech today.
  • SSDs Prove Tough To Erase (Solid state drives)

    02/23/2011 1:44:13 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    Information Week ^ | 2/22/11 | Mathew J. Schwartz
    Techniques that reliably erase hard disk drives don't produce the same results for solid state drives, warn University of California at San Diego researchers.Solid state drives (SSDs) have a small security problem: they're tough to erase. That warning comes from researchers at the University of California at San Diego. "Sanitization is well-understood for traditional magnetic storage, such as hard drives and tapes," said the researchers' in their study summary. "Newer solid state disks, however, have a much different internal architecture, so it is unclear whether what has worked on magnetic media will work on SSDs as well." Accordingly, the researchers...
  • Sex in space tough, says Nasa

    02/14/2011 12:55:33 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 100 replies
    Telegraph ^ | Valentine's Day, 2011 | Andy Bloxham
    Sexual reproduction is likely to be impossible in space due to cosmic radiation bombarding the human body, according to Nasa scientists.Researchers at the agency's Ames Research Centre in California found that without effective shielding on spacecraft, powerful proton particles would probably sterilise any female embryo conceived in deep space They also concluded that male fertility was likely to be negatively affected, with the particles damaging the sperm count. Given that travel to distant planets is likely to take decades, centuries or longer, this could make any mission to colonise other environments a non-starter.
  • Los Angeles gets tough with political protesters

    02/10/2011 8:08:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/10/11 | Kate Linthicum and Andrew Blankstein
    Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich is throwing the book at dozens of people arrested during recent political demonstrations — a major shift in city policy that has him pressing for jail time in types of cases that previous prosecutors had treated as infractions. Some of the activists arrested, including eight college students and one military veteran who took part in a Westwood rally last year in support of the DREAM Act, face up to one year in county jail. Trutanich's aggressive stance is the latest episode in the city's decades-long legal struggle over the rights of protesters.
  • Obama’s Top Aide a Tough, Decisive Negotiator

    01/08/2011 9:43:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/8/11 | Sheryl Gay Stolber
    WASHINGTON — Nobody got fired — at least, not outright — when William M. Daley arrived in Nashville in the summer of 2000 to impose order on Al Gore’s foundering presidential campaign. Aides were bickering, the candidate seemed demoralized and strategy sessions had deteriorated into what Chris Lehane, a Gore adviser, called a “salon-like atmosphere” of endless talk and no decisions. In marched Mr. Daley as campaign chairman, with his crisp suits and management style to match, fresh from Washington, where he had stepped down as commerce secretary to President Bill Clinton. Suddenly, strategy sessions topped out at 30 minutes
  • Times are so tough...

    12/30/2010 1:54:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies · 72+ views
    me | 12/30/10 | Nachum
    The Recession hits everybody..... I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail. Wives are having sex with their husbands because they can't afford batteries. CEO's are now playing miniature golf. Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen. A stripper was killed when her audience showered her with rolls of pennies while she danced. I saw a Mormon polygamist with only one wife. If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you call them and ask if they meant you or them. McDonald's is selling the 1/4 ouncer. Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America . Parents in Beverly Hills fired...
  • NPR Poll Shows Tough Road Ahead For Democrats (Republicans +8% in 70 Swing Districts)

    06/15/2010 3:16:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,008+ views
    NPR ^ | June 15, 2010 | Mara Liasson
    A new public opinion survey for NPR shows just how difficult it will be for Democrats to avoid big losses in the House this November. Democrat Stan Greenberg and Republican Glen Bolger conducted the first public battleground poll of this election cycle. They chose the 70 House districts experts regard as most likely to oust incumbents this fall. What they found was grim news for Democrats. For this poll, Bolger and Greenberg chose the districts where incumbents are considered the most vulnerable, and, in the case of open seats, the ones most likely to switch party control in November. Sixty...
  • Sen. Jim Bunning holds floor: 'Tough s--t'

    02/26/2010 10:24:36 AM PST · by LouAvul · 48 replies · 2,746+ views
    politico ^ | 2/25/10 | JAKE SHERMAN & MANU RAJU
    Senate Democrats spent Thursday night hammering away at Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) for single-handedly holding up action in the upper chamber – but he blurted out a message to one of them on the Senate floor: “Tough s—t.” In an unusual display in the normally sleepy chamber, Bunning – without the support of GOP leadership – has blocked efforts to quickly approve a series of extensions to measures that would otherwise expire Sunday, including unemployment insurance and the Cobra program that allows people who lose their health benefits to continue getting coverage. And that has led to a furious exchange...
  • Afghan Campaign Will Be Tough, Petraeus Says

    02/22/2010 11:05:45 AM PST · by Dubya · 6 replies · 323+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2010 – With U.S. forces entering the second week of a 12- to 18-month campaign in Afghanistan, the general in charge of U.S. forces in the region acknowledged yesterday that the way ahead will be tough. “I have repeatedly said that these types of efforts are hard, and they’re hard all the time,” Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Likening operations in Afghanistan to the surge in Iraq, the general pointed out that when U.S. forces go on the offensive to take away Taliban safe havens, they...
  • Sheriff Joe ASU event ends amid controversy

    12/06/2009 7:28:47 AM PST · by yoe · 25 replies · 1,536+ views
    Sonoran Weekly ^ | December 2, 2009 | Jake Harris
    An interview of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio conducted by reporters from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in Phoenix Monday night ended prematurely due to disruptive protests. Arpaio, has faced criticism among the media and charges of racial profiling during his illegal immigration sweeps. Arpaio was chosen by ASU because he is “powerful, popular and controversial” said Cronkite dean Christopher Callahan, who pointed out that interrupting the protests eliminated the effectiveness of the three journalists’ questions. “The scenario is you don’t want public scrutiny of this man,” Callahan told the protestors. “You don’t want reporters...
  • Tough yet stiff deer antler is materials scientist's dream

    11/27/2009 5:11:11 PM PST · by decimon · 16 replies · 966+ views
    The Company of Biologists ^ | Nov 27, 2009 | Unknown
    Prized for their impressive antlers, red deer have been caught in the hunters' sights for generations. But a deer's antlers are much more than decorative. They are lethal weapons that stags crash together when duelling. John Currey, from The University of York, UK, has been intrigued by the mechanical properties of bone for over half a century and has become fascinated by the mechanical properties of antler through a long-standing collaboration with Tomas Landete-Castillejos at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. 'Antlers look as if they are dry,' says Currey, 'but no one knew if they really are dry when used...
  • Tough Fight Will Continue in Afghanistan, Mullen Says

    07/27/2009 4:47:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 187+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, July 27, 2009 – Though troop morale is high in Afghanistan, the Taliban is a tough organization and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he doesn’t expect conditions to change soon. “As everyone knows, we’ve lost a large number of people here very recently,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said during a Pentagon Channel podcast interview today. “It’s going to be a tough fight in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future, and we’re doing everything we can to certainly eliminate any losses. “But the Taliban are a tough, tough organization, and it’s going to be that way for...
  • U.S. to get tough on trade, labor infractions: Kirk

    07/15/2009 10:37:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 545+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/15/09 | Roberta Rampton
    PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The U.S. government will get tough with governments that don't live up to trade deals, including those with substandard labor practices, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk was set to announce on Thursday. The USTR and U.S. Labor and State departments will identify and investigate labor violations in countries with which it has free trade agreements and insist problems are fixed, instead of waiting for complaints to initiate enforcement, according to prepared remarks. "If they won't fix their labor problems, we will exercise our legal options," Kirk was set to say in a speech at a U.S. Steel...
  • Clinton urged Obama to talk tough on Iran

    07/01/2009 5:34:54 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 21 replies · 1,033+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7/1/2009 | Nicholas Kralev
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged President Obama for two days to toughen his language on Iran before he did so, and then was surprised when he condemned Iran's crackdown on demonstrators last week, administration officials say. At his June 23 news conference, Mr. Obama said he was "appalled and outraged" by Iranian behavior and "strongly condemned" the violence against anti-government demonstrators. Up until then, Mr. Obama and other administration officials had taken a softer line, expressing "deep concern" about the situation and calling on Iran to "respect the dignity of its own people." Behind the scenes, the officials,...
  • Swine Flu Not So Tough: Scientists (beginning to relax about the current outbreak)

    04/30/2009 6:14:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 845+ views
    Scientists are gradually downgrading their worst-case scenarios for the swine flu outbreak, the Los Angeles Times report. The H1N1 strain initially appeared to have disturbing similarities to the 1918 flu virus, but researchers analyzing genetic data released this week say the strain is less lethal than feared—and may in fact be less harmful than seasonal flu. Health officials say the virus is still spreading and is likely to cause more deaths in the US, but nothing on the scale of the annual flu season, which kills tens of thousands of Americans yearly. Scientists, while beginning to relax about the current...
  • Clinton to get tough on Iran, concerned for Pakistan

    04/22/2009 10:52:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,303+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/22/09 | Lachlan Carmichael
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday the Obama administration is prepared for tough sanctions against Iran if dialogue fails and voiced fears over Taliban advances in Pakistan. In her first testimony to Congress since her confirmation as the US chief diplomat in January, Clinton also defended President Barack Obama's overtures to communist Cuba, which has been under a broad US economic embargo for decades. Clinton sought to reassure Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who backed a new dialogue with Iran but asked if Washington could garner enough support to impose "crippling...
  • Obama Vows Deep Cuts In Spending [Flashback: Urging Own Party Fiscally Tough As Republicans]

    04/12/2009 6:37:59 AM PDT · by Son House · 17 replies · 982+ views
    The Guardian News ^ | September 23, 2008 | By MIKE GLOVER
    Urging members of his own party to be just as fiscally tough as the most conservative Republicans, Obama said the $700 billion economic bailout plan proposed by the Bush administration and congressional leaders is forcing a renewed look at federal spending. `We are here because an ethic of irresponsibility has swept through our government, leaving politicians with the belief they can waste billions and billions of your money on no-bid contracts for friends and contributors, slip pork projects into bills during the dead of night and spend billions on corporate tax breaks we can't afford and old programs we don't...
  • 'Tough year' ahead in Afghanistan: US general (General David McKiernan)

    02/18/2009 1:35:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 436+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/18/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Even with an additional 17,000 troops in Afghanistan, the top US commander there predicted "a tough year" in 2009 and warned that the situation would not be quickly turned around. General David McKiernan, who commands US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, spoke a day after President Barack Obama approved the deployment in the coming months of two additional combat brigades and support forces, about 17,000 troops in all. "Even with these additional forces, I have to tell you, 2009 is going to be a tough year," McKiernan told reporters at the Pentagon. "There are the baseline problems...
  • Hillary Clinton talks tough to North Korea(video)

    02/17/2009 3:28:08 AM PST · by Askwhy5times · 1 replies · 241+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 17, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Hillary Clinton talked tough to North Korea about nuclear weapons and missile launches while visiting Japan. This is a refreshing change form the weak position Hillay Clinton and the Obama administration have taken towards Iran. Clinton made these remarks unprompted. You have to wonder if they were planned or not. Hillary Clinton can talk tough all she wants, but President Obama has to support her. So far, he has not shown he has that kind of courage and wisdom. Video here.
  • Obama gets tough on executives, Republicans

    02/04/2009 9:16:46 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 136 replies · 3,106+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/4/09 | Sam Youngman - ap
    President Obama sent a clear message to corporate executives and Republicans opposing his stimulus plan — he's in charge. In sternly worded remarks from the Grand Foyer of the White House Wednesday morning, Obama decried excessive executive bonuses and severance packages as "the height of irresponsibility," and he announced that he is capping compensation for executives who receive "extraordinary help" from the federal government at $500,000. "For top executives to award themselves these kinds of compensation pacakages in the midst of this economic crisis is not only in bad taste, it's a bad strategy, and I will not tolerate it...
  • New Pakistan spy chief seen as tough on militants

    09/30/2008 2:16:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 399+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/30/08 | Chris Brummitt - ap
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's army chief named a general considered a hawk in the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban to head the country's powerful spy agency, asserting his control at a time of U.S. concern that rogue operatives are aiding Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha oversaw military offensives against militants in the lawless border regions with Afghanistan in his most recent job as director general of military operations. His appointment as head of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, the country's main spy agency, was part of a broader shake-up of army top brass announced...
  • Liberal media hate Sarah Palin (who knew?)

    08/31/2008 11:45:28 AM PDT · by yoe · 77 replies · 802+ views
    Kansas City Voices ^ | August 31, 2008 | Yael T. Abouhalkah
    Think the liberal mainstream media don't like the thought of Sarah Palin becoming president? Check out the editorials blasting John McCain's choice as vice president on the GOP ticket: The New York Times: "Governor Palin’s lack of experience, especially in national security and foreign affairs, raises immediate questions about how prepared she is to potentially succeed to the presidency. That really is the only criterion for judging a candidate for vice president." The Los Angeles Times: "In Palin, who is just halfway through her first term as governor, McCain has found an ardent opponent of abortion rights who won't provoke...
  • Did Anybody See McCain this morning?

    07/09/2008 9:41:10 AM PDT · by FreedomFighter1013 · 20 replies · 160+ views
    July 9, 2008 | Freedomfighter1013
    I just thought he looked and sounded great. Gone is the smiling Jack, affable-fella demeanour. He must have had some nails with his granola today.... Here's a guy that can talk tough on Iran, and knows what he's talking about in specifics... And, I'm a McCain skeptic. Stark contrast to the Obama and his Platitudes -- which sounds like an oldie's band. Anybody else see it?
  • Employers ponder tough tactics to halt smoking (spouse can't smoke either, random testing mandatory)

    06/17/2008 1:08:14 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies · 315+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/17/08 | Victoria Colliver
    Howard Weyers tried the "carrot" approach by giving his employees incentives and encouragement to quit smoking. But when that didn't work, he resorted to the stick. A big stick. Weyers, owner of a health care benefits administrator in Lansing, Mich., gave his 200 employees an ultimatum in 2004: Quit smoking in 15 months or lose your job. He refused to hire smokers. Ultimately, he extended his smoking ban to employees' spouses and monitored compliance through mandatory random blood testing. Weyers' method, while effective, wouldn't fly in California because the state has laws that prohibit employers from making hiring or firing...
  • Study Shows Life Was Tough For Ancient Egyptians

    03/28/2008 8:20:26 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 2,383+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 3-28-2008 | Alaa Shahine
    Study shows life was tough for ancient Egyptians By Alaa Shahine Fri Mar 28, 10:12 AM ETReuters Photo: The Giza pyramids in a file photo. New evidence of a sick, deprived population working... CAIRO (Reuters) - New evidence of a sick, deprived population working under harsh conditions contradicts earlier images of wealth and abundance from the art records of the ancient Egyptian city of Tell el-Amarna, a study has found. Tell el-Amarna was briefly the capital of ancient Egypt during the reign of the pharaoh Akhenaten, who abandoned most of Egypt's old gods in favor of the Aten sun disk...
  • Tough Breeds Of Livestock Disappearing: Saving Them Before It Is Too Late

    02/17/2008 4:26:30 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 145+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-17-2008 | Virginia Tech.
    Tough Breeds Of Livestock Disappearing: Saving Them Before It Is Too LateDr. Phil Sponenberg with a Spanish-style Choctaw horse. (Credit: John McCormick, Virginia Tech) ScienceDaily (Feb. 17, 2008) — Phil Sponenberg, professor of pathology and genetics in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, has spent more than 30 years working to make sure certain living pieces of history — some dating to the 15th century — don’t become extinct. Sponenberg's brand of living history comes in the form of various rare strains of livestock, which were involved in events like Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the Caribbean Islands and the...
  • Giuliani talks tough on immigration (would end illegal immigration in as few as three years)

    10/24/2007 8:26:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies · 80+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/24/07 | Mike Glover - ap
    DAVENPORT, Iowa - Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that if elected president he would end illegal immigration in as few as three years by employing the same police tactics he used to reduce the crime rate as New York mayor. "It can be done. It is not impossible," Giuliani told his audience at a town hall-style meeting. "You can do this, you can stop them at the border." Giuliani said he would boost the number of border security agents to 18,000 from the current 12,000, and build a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border with technological monitoring to reduce illegal immigration. He...
  • David Cameron Talks Tough On Immigration (UK)

    08/29/2007 6:41:57 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 340+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-30-3007 | Toby Helm
    David Cameron talks tough on immigration By Toby Helm, Chief Political Correspondent Last Updated: 2:11am BST 30/08/2007 David Cameron has set out a tough new stance on immigration, promising curbs to limit the number of people coming in as a way of easing pressure on schools, hospitals and housing. Mr Cameron: 'I think the levels of migration we've seen have put too great a burden on public services' Swinging his party back on to more traditional Conservative territory, the Tory leader said the number of people arriving in Britain over a decade of Labour government had been "too high". The...
  • CA: On tough issues, governor's go-to plan does little (Let's Create another Commission!)

    03/13/2007 6:40:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 160+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/13/07 | Ed Mendel
    SACRAMENTO – Creating commissions to address thorny issues has become a hallmark of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's governing style. The problem is they never seem to amount to much. High-profile Schwarzenegger advisory panels on prisons and government efficiency went nowhere. Now the governor has launched commissions on issues lawmakers have struggled with for years: prison sentences, the state water system and public-employee pensions. An in-depth report on schools requested by another Schwarzenegger panel, along with legislative leaders and the state schools chief, is scheduled to be released tomorrow. “Commissions are where intractable issues go to die,” said Thad Kousser, a political...
  • Texas talks tough on illegal immigrants

    02/27/2007 10:11:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 638+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/27/07 | Miguel Bustillo
    AUSTIN, TEXAS — The Lone Star State has long welcomed Latino immigrants, no matter how they got across the state's 1,200-mile border with Mexico. Back when California voted to cut public services to illegal immigrants, then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush was preaching that immigrants were equal players in the state's economy. But the atmosphere has changed markedly in Texas, home to about 10% of the nation's illegal immigrants. --snip-- The proposal to deny services to American citizens, which is thought to be the first in the country, is part of a push to challenge the citizenship given automatically to children...
  • Pace Gives Straight Answers to Tough Questions

    02/22/2007 4:39:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 376+ views
    VANCOUVER, Wash., Feb. 22, 2007 – Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, faced some tough questions here yesterday – not from the press, but from a group of fifth-grade students at Marshall Elementary School. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, makes remarks and addresses questions with fifth-grade students at Marshall Elementary School in Vancouver, Wash., Feb. 21. Photo by Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen, USAF  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. What’s wrong with the world and how are you going to fix it? How do you protect the...
  • Giuliani a tough conservative sell

    01/25/2007 8:32:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 640 replies · 4,865+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/25/07 | Liz Sidoti - ap
    WASHINGTON - Rudy Giuliani's star has hardly dimmed in the five years since terrorists attacked his city on Sept. 11, 2001, and he became a national hero _ the face of U.S. resolve at a time of tragedy. The Republican dubbed "America's Mayor" hopes to ride that celebrity and his record at City Hall to the White House by emphasizing his leadership skills and embracing the strong-on-security, limited-government tenets of the GOP. "If he can handle the scrutiny, and if events break his way, sure, he can win," said Fred Siegel, who wrote a Giuliani biography, "The Prince of the...
  • Iraqi Leaders Stepping Up to Meet Tough Challenges

    10/10/2006 5:32:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 158+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2006 -- Iraq’s elected leaders are taking measures to address the sectarian strife that has gripped Baghdad and other parts of that country in recent weeks, a senior U.S. military officer said yesterday. “The most telling sign of progress towards reconciliation is that the leaders from diverse factions with different interests are working together and are communicating with each other,” Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell told reporters at a Baghdad news conference. Caldwell, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq, cited a meeting chaired by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Oct. 8 in which...
  • Analysis: Democrats vow to get tough

    09/22/2006 7:09:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 962+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/22/06 | David Espo - ap
    WASHINGTON - Six weeks before elections, the Democratic strategy for the war on terror is one part attack President Bush and one part agree with him. The goal is to court voters dissatisfied with the job the administration has done, yet avoid being tagged as soft on Osama bin Laden. "Democrats are united behind the need to work on a bipartisan basis to bring terrorists to justice, and to do it in a manner consistent with our laws, our values and our national security," Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said a few hours after Bush and rebellious Republicans ended a...
  • Obama: Dems need tough security stance

    09/17/2006 5:41:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 718+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/17/06 | Mike Glover - ap
    INDIANOLA, Iowa - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., warned Democratic activists Sunday that the party must take a tougher stance on national security if it wants to succeed in the November elections. "What Democrats have to do is to close the deal," said Obama, the keynote speaker at Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin (news, bio, voting record)'s 29th annual steak fry. "We have got to show we have a serious agenda for change." Obama's appearance in Iowa, where precinct caucuses launch the presidential season, has raised a number of eyebrows about his intentions for a presidential run in 2008. Though only a...
  • Rebel MPs Wreck Australia's Tough Immigration Plans

    08/14/2006 6:58:37 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 365+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-15-2006 | Nick Squires
    Rebel MPs wreck Australia's tough immigration plans By Nick Squires in Sydney (Filed: 15/08/2006) A revolt by backbench MPs forced the Australian government to abandon a controversial immigration law yesterday. The legislation would have meant that asylum seekers were sent to a detention centre on the remote South Pacific island of Nauru while their applications were processed. Opponents said that asylum seekers, including women and children, would be kept behind razor wire for months or years in a refugee equivalent of Guantanamo Bay. John Howard, the prime minister, had to take the humiliating step of withdrawing the legislation, knowing that...
  • Man's 911: I'm cut in half

    06/29/2006 4:26:20 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 32 replies · 1,275+ views
    theaustralian.news. ^ | 6-29-06 | ap
    CLEBURNE, Texas: A rail worker who lost his legs when a train ran over him used a mobile phone to report that he was trapped and had been "cut in two". Truman Duncan, 36, was in a critical condition yesterday after the accident on Sunday at the Gunderson Southwest rail yard in Cleburne. In a tape of the 911 call, Duncan tells the operator: "I need 911 ... I think I'm cut in two." The operator asks: "Someone got run over?" Duncan replies: "It was me. I guess I'm going into shock. Hurry up, ma'am, because I'm about to pass...
  • Bush regrets tough talk on terror

    05/25/2006 10:42:29 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 59 replies · 2,358+ views
    BESET by low ratings and an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq, US President George W. Bush concluded today that perhaps all his trash talk in the war on terror was not such a good idea. At a news conference with his British ally Tony Blair, Mr Bush expressed regret for calling for terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden to be brought in "dead or alive" and taunting Iraqi insurgents by saying "bring 'em on". The blunt-speaking Texan said it was "kind of tough talk that sent the wrong signal to people. I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe a little...
  • Sports Drink Can Be Tough on Teeth (Enamel abrasion. If you must, chug them or use a straw)

    05/13/2006 11:03:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 304+ views
    HealthDay on Yahoo ^ | 5/12/06 | Kathleen Doheny
    FRIDAY, May 12 (HealthDay News) -- Sports and energy drinks can be wonderful potions that hydrate top-tier athletes and weekend warriors alike. But here's some advice about their use, not from your trainer or your coach, but from a dental school professor: If you choose to use them, chug them. Don't sip or savor them all day. That's what J. Anthony von Fraunhofer, director of biomaterials research at the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore suggests. Otherwise, the drinks could be eating away your enamel, setting you up for tooth decay and other dental problems. Energy drinks and citrus-flavored...
  • Pace Speaks on Fighting the Tough Fight in Iraq

    04/12/2006 5:30:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 362+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 12, 2006 – Americans should take pride in what U.S. forces have accomplished in Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a radio interview today. "We should also recognize that this has been a tough fight, that it will continue to be a tough fight, but that we are doing the right thing," Marine Gen. Peter Pace told WPTF's Bill LuMaye in North Carolina. Pace said the enemy in the Long War understands the role public opinion - especially American public opinion - will play. He said the enemy in Iraq and elsewhere cannot...
  • Poll: Schwarzenegger Faces Tough Election

    03/02/2006 10:10:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 285+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/2/06 | AP - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Just 37 percent of California's likely voters are inclined to re-elect Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in November, a huge drop from a year ago, according to a poll released Thursday. But the statewide Field Poll also found the Republican governor running competitively against each of the Democrats vying for their party's nomination in the June primary. State Treasurer Phil Angelides and state Controller Steve Westly are largely unknown around the state, and about two-thirds of voters had no opinion of either one, according to the poll. Still, the numbers signaled a difficult re-election campaign for Schwarzenegger, already disadvantaged...
  • Winter Olympics Tough Sledding for NBC

    02/25/2006 9:21:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 560+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/06 | David Bauder - ap
    NEW YORK - Halfpipe star Shaun White showed up for an interview with NBC's Bob Costas as an Olympic champion, the pressure lifted from his shoulders and clearly juiced by his new jewelry. So "The Flying Tomato" decided to test the power of a gold medal by trolling for a date with skater Sasha Cohen. Hey, what's the worst that could happen? Chicks dig a little bling, right? White's interview shortly after his gyrating ride to gold was a memorable television moment precisely because it was everything that NBC's prime-time Olympics coverage mostly wasn't — fun, spontaneous and infused with...
  • Official Cites Tough, But Surmountable, Challenges for Iraqis

    12/28/2005 5:26:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 245+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 28, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2005 – The Iraqi people won't have an easy time setting up a new national government, but they are resolved to surmount all difficulties, a senior Defense Department official said here today. "One of the big challenges that's in front of the Iraqi people is seating a government that reflects and respects the views of all the Iraqi people, and doing it in a way in which all Iraqis can feel included in the political process," DoD spokesman Bryan Whitman told Pentagon reporters. Whitman had responded to a reporter's question about alleged discord among some of Iraq's...
  • Rice Will Take Tough Line With Europe On 'Prison Plane' Flights

    12/03/2005 7:03:13 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 724+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-4-2005 | Philip Sherwell/Kim Willsher
    Rice will take tough line with Europe on 'prison plane' flights By Philip Sherwell and Kim Willsher in Paris (Filed: 04/12/2005) Condoleezza Rice, the United States Secretary of State, will urge European governments to back off in the continuing row over alleged secret terrorist detention camps in Eastern Europe and clandestine CIA "prison plane" flights. Dr Rice, who begins a four-country European tour tomorrow, is preparing a "robust" defence of American treatment of terror suspects, as Washington belatedly comes out fighting on the controversy, senior European diplomats told the Sunday Telegraph. Condoleezza Rice: No apologies for tactics Although Dr Rice...