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  • Another town bans detention of illegal unaccompanied minors, CNN anchor nearly loses her mind

    07/10/2014 10:36:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 70 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 7/10/14 | staff
    League City in Texas has banned the processing and detention of illegal unaccompanied minors in their community. Heidi Thiess, League City Councilwoman, told CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield that they don’t believe the federal government is following its own laws and the resolution they passed is aimed at the overall problem of illegal immigration and human trafficking. When Thiess was asked if she understood the criticism that they are turning their backs on these people who just need help, she disagreed pointing out that the unaccompanied children are only 18% of those in detention right now and if the federal government were...
  • Vigilantes seize town in western Mexico

    11/17/2013 3:35:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/17/13 | AFP
    Morelia (Mexico) (AFP) - Hundreds of armed vigilantes have taken control of a town in a western Mexico state plagued by drug cartels after clashes with an armed group that left three people dead, officials said. The Michoacan state government said in a statement that the "self-defense" units seized the town hall and main square of Tancitaro on Saturday. Some 400 vigilantes kicked out the municipal police and took over security in the town, a source in the CISEN intelligence agency told AFP. Before taking Tancitaro, the self-defense force exchanged fire with suspected organized crime members in the nearby town...
  • Tough Choices Ahead For Allen Park Emergency Manager

    02/06/2013 5:17:15 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2013 | Anne Schieber
    ALLEN PARK — As Emergency Manager Joyce Parker draws up plans to stop the financial troubles here, a new audit shows the effort will be herculean. The audit, conducted independently by a newly hired accounting firm, states that Allen Park's financial conditions "raise substantial doubt about the City's ability to continue as a going concern." In addition, City Treasurer Carl Johnson sent a memo to city staffers Jan. 24 that the general fund will run out of cash by the beginning of March and that payments to vendors are to be delayed by as many as 60 days. Most city...
  • Scranton: Not your Grandfather's Blue Collar Town

    07/16/2012 7:18:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2012 | Salena Zito
    SCRANTON – This northeastern Pennsylvania city is charming. You might even consider it gorgeous, if you appreciate the remarkably well-preserved old-world charm that industrial cities carved into their grids at the start of the 20th century. In the past ten years, Scranton has gone through a renaissance that brought new life to the old buildings of its bustling past and a surge in construction of downtown apartments and storefronts, according to Jeff Brauer, a political science professor and city-planning expert at nearby Keystone College. Unfortunately, he said, no one planned for what would happen after the construction ended. “This is...
  • Obama’s Manger: What if Kenya’s a Little Town in Hawaii?

    05/20/2012 4:21:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2012 | Doug Giles
    Who the heck was Obama getting to hawk his books back in the ‘90s when he was doing coke and weed and hanging out with Marxists? Whoever it was, it is now causing quite a bit of consternation for BHO’s camp because they put on his bio that he was born in Kenya. This publication, apparently, even confused Michelle about Barack’s country of origin, as this video points out. Kenya? Now, what kind of crap publishing company gets the nation of origin wrong for a rising star and does not correct it until 16 years later when he begins his...
  • Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town

    04/27/2012 5:00:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2012 | Mike Adams
    One afternoon I stopped by the bank to make a few deposits. I was in a rush and needed to get in and out as soon as possible. I had places to go and things I had to do. I picked the worst possible time of day and the worst day of the week to do my banking. But I had been out of town and needed to catch up on errands before the weekend began. There was only one teller working and the line was about fifteen people deep. After waiting patiently, I got close to the front of...
  • Despite Deficit, Some Dearborn Top Officials Got Boosts in Pay

    02/24/2012 9:50:26 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/23/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly’s message to the city’s residents in the 2011 budget was they’d have to pay higher taxes due to severe budget issues. Yet, a look at gross income shows that the top city administrators saw lucrative pay increases while many lower-paid Dearborn employees took pay cuts in 2011. While Mayor O’Reilly’s salary stayed relatively the same — his gross income increased by $500 in 2011 from the previous year, seven top administrations saw their gross income increase by 8 percent to 12.8 percent from 2010 to 2011. Those pay increases came when the city’s General Fund...
  • Town Board Votes Unanimously to Exempt Employees From State Law, Pay Nothing For Health Insurance

    01/24/2012 8:06:09 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/24/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Salem Township employees don’t contribute anything to their health care costs. And they won’t have to contribute up to 20 percent of their health care costs as a new state law mandates after the Salem Township board voted 7-0 to exempt itself from the law. Municipalities need a two-thirds vote from the governing body to be exempt from the law. The Publicly Funded Health Insurance Contribution Act (Public Act 152) states that as of Jan. 1, 2012, “a public employer shall pay not more than 80% of the total annual costs of all of the medical benefit plans it offers...
  • 'Britain's first pre-Roman planned town' found near Reading

    08/20/2011 8:10:56 AM PDT · by decimon · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | August 17, 2011 | Louise Ord
    Archaeologists believe they have found the first pre-Roman planned town discovered in Britain.It has been unearthed beneath the Roman town of Silchester or Calleva Atrebatum near modern Reading. The Romans are often credited with bringing civilisation to Britain - including town planning. But excavations have shown evidence of an Iron Age town built on a grid and signs inhabitants had access to imported wine and olive oil. Prof Mike Fulford, an archaeologist at the University of Reading, said the people of Iron Age Silchester appear to have adopted an urbanised 'Roman' way of living, long before the Romans arrived. "It...
  • President Obama town hall - 8/17/11 (live stream)

    08/17/2011 10:19:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/17/11 | Obama
    Live stream at link. On now.
  • Here is the fiery exchange the President found himself in!

    08/15/2011 7:34:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Greta Van Susteren ^ | 8/15/11 | Ed Henry
    Fox Chief White House Correspondent DECORAH, Iowa – President Obama got into a heated back and forth with a Tea Party activist who demanded to know at the end of a town hall meeting here whether or not Vice President Biden had called members of the Tea Party “terrorists” during the debt ceiling debate. In public, Obama did not directly answer the question from Tea Party activist Ryan Rhodes about Biden. But Obama fired back that he knows better than anyone what it’s like to be slammed for his political views and was not about to accept a lecture on...
  • Fiery Exchange At Obama Town Hall

    08/15/2011 7:08:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Greta Van Susteren ^ | 8/15/11 | Ed Henry
    <p>DECORAH, Iowa – President Obama got into a heated back and forth with a Tea Party activist who demanded to know at the end of a town hall meeting here whether or not Vice President Biden had called members of the Tea Party “terrorists” during the debt ceiling debate.</p>
  • Town Hall Presidential Debate going on now on Twitter

    07/20/2011 1:05:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Twitter ^ | 7/20/11 | Town Hall
    The Debate is on Twitter now for those who wish to look.
  • Chris Christie Was In Town Today

    01/27/2011 3:07:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    coalition of the swilling ^ | 1/27/11 | Mr. Bingley
    MIDDLETOWN — New Jersey cannot succeed unless it follows fiscal discipline and enacts education, health-care and pension reform, said Gov. Chris Christie to over 200 people who weathered Wednesday’s snowstorm to attend a “town hall-style” meeting in the township. Rather than nibble at smaller problems that will not solve New Jersey’s fiscal woes, Christie told the crowd at VFW Post 2179 that he believes it is important to find a solution to the high cost of benefits for public employees. “Other politicians made you promises they couldn’t keep,” Christie said. “I’m the guy who has to be here when the...
  • Kanjorski wants to avoid 'nuts' at town halls as lawmakers leave for recess

    07/02/2010 6:05:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    the hill ^ | 7/2/10 | Jordan Fabian
    A Democratic lawmaker said Thursday he does not want to encounter any "nuts" at town hall meetings with constituents. Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.) made his comments as lawmakers are heading home for the July 4 recess. TimesLeader.com reported: On Thursday, while appearing as a guest on WILK Radio’s “Webster and Nancy Show,” Kanjorski was asked if he was going to hold any public town hall meetings with his constituents.
  • Town hall meeting on national debt is a reality check for Dallas-area residents

    06/27/2010 10:49:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    dallas moring news ^ | 6/27/10 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    Several hundred Dallas-area residents gathered Saturday for an all-day brainstorming session about the ballooning national debt. They sweated. They scratched their heads, jotted notes and haggled. They made tough choices and in the end, like Congress itself, many came up short. Frank Reister discussed options with his table Saturday at the AmericaSpeaks town hall meeting on the national debt. Reister thought the choices subtly led people toward protecting entitlement programs. Table 29, for instance, tried earnestly for hours. They got about halfway to the goal of trimming the deficit by $1.2 trillion.
  • House candidate Paton focuses on border during Sierra Vista town hall meeting

    06/20/2010 3:45:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Promising people some straight talk — a page from Arizona Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain’s campaign style — Jonathan Paton spoke about his credentials and why he should be the GOP candidate to take on incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. While there are four other GOP candidates in the race for the party’s nod to seek Arizona’s 8th Congressional seat, Paton is spending most of his energy running against Giffords’ two-term record. Saturday, he spoke to nearly 30 people — one of them making a video of the event for the Democrats — at a town...
  • If You Had to People a Town who Would You Invite?

    06/15/2010 10:06:24 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 92 replies · 1,411+ views
    06.16.10 | chickensoup
    If you had a choice of all the people you wanted to invite, who would you want living and working with you in your town, area, state? I want Mark Steyn to move down the road and open his international newspaper and music store. I want Thomas Sowell to teach at the small but excellent local college, something like Hillsdale. I want Lou Dobbs to run the bank. I want Ann Coulter to teach political science and realities.
  • Troops invited to visit now-flourishing Iraqi town once ruled by insurgency

    05/24/2010 5:05:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 207+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Sgt. Mike MacLeod, USA
    AL ASAD AIR BASE – The proud mayor of a small town near here, a location formerly controlled completely by the insurgency, invited a platoon of U.S. Army paratroopers for a tour of his now-peaceful area, May 13. Mayor Myeser Abdol Mohsin Freh hosted 2nd Platoon, Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, on a tour of Barwana, a small town on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River across from larger Haditha in Iraq's Al Anbar province. "I am proud of my city," said Myeser to 1st Lt. Samuel...
  • Wauconda, Wash., sold on eBay

    04/22/2010 8:54:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies · 708+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 4-22-10 | Eric Lacitis
    One can buy all manner of items on eBay: clothes, cars, jewelry, furniture. Even towns. Wauconda, Wash., is the most recent town to be sold on the auction site. Daphne Fletcher, 42, who once was homeless, sold the place for twice the original 2007 purchase price. But it's not really a huge profit for her. After all the improvements to the property, paid for in part by a loan from her mom, Fletcher figures she'll pocket much less money. The town has a gas pump, a restaurant, a small store and a four-bedroom house. The town has its own ZIP...
  • Afghan Meeting in Marja Attracts 200 Residents

    02/25/2010 6:07:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 192+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2010 – Meetings of influential villagers have outnumbered military engagements over the last few days in Operation Moshtarak in the central portion of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, military officials reported today. At the invitation of Helmand Gov. Gulab Mangal, the Nad-e Ali deputy district governor held such a meeting, called a “shura,” in Marja that was attended by 200 residents. Haji Zahir, the deputy district governor, spoke about improving security conditions and said that more Afghan National Police would be posted in Marja. He promised to ensure the opening of shops and clinics, and personally oversaw the distribution...
  • VIDEO: "This Is My Town Hall For You", (won't allow student to video), Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN)

    09/07/2009 5:23:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies · 2,566+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 9/7/09 | Chris Good
    That's what Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN), the policy leader of the conservative/moderate Blue Dog coalition, explained to a journalism student at a town-hall meeting Wednesday night who asked why she wasn't allowed to videotape the event for a school project. "This is my town hall meeting, and I set the rules, and I've had these rules," Hill responded, in an authoritative tone. "Let me repeat that one more time. This is my town hall meeting for you. And you're not going to tell me how to run my congressional office. Now, the reason why I don't allow filming is that...
  • Virginia 8th Town Hall meeting today (co-starring Howard Dean)

    08/25/2009 8:00:56 AM PDT · by Raymann · 14 replies · 685+ views
    Rep. Moran's Home ^ | 8/25/09 | Rep. Moran
    Howard Dean to Join Rep. Moran for Town Hall on Health Care Reform Efforts This event is for residents of Virginia's 8th District only. When: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 7:00PM - 9:00PM --Doors open at 6:00PM Where: South Lakes High School, Gymnasium 11400 South Lakes Dr. Reston, Virginia What: Town Hall meeting hosted by Rep. Jim Moran featuring Governor Howard Dean, M.D., former Governor of Vermont, Democratic National Committee Chair Emeritus, author, and national grassroots leader on health care. The meeting will discuss current efforts in Congress to reform our nation’s health care system. Why: Congress is attempting to craft...
  • Democrats Host Few Traditional Town Hall Meetings During August Recess

    08/22/2009 4:39:27 AM PDT · by Son House · 7 replies · 766+ views
    FOXNEWS.com ^ | August 21, 2009 | FOXNEWS.com
    Pelosi held a health care "roundtable" discussion with religious leaders at an Episcopal church in San Francisco on Thursday -- her second roundtable forum since the president announced plans to make health coverage more accessible to the nation's 50 million uninsured. Reid, the Senate's top Democrat, has yet to hold a traditional public town hall, but is expected to host a "tele-town hall" August 28. Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin, who said organized protesters were prepared to take over the town halls and "shout and shove" their way to the podium, called the public meetings a waste of his...
  • Walz Holds Town Hall on Health Care Reform[More Democrats In This Crowd Than Republicans]

    08/21/2009 3:17:35 AM PDT · by Son House · 12 replies · 1,854+ views
    KAAL-TV ^ | 08/20/2009 | KAAL-TV
    The auditorium at Mankato East seats 700 people, all of those seats were filled, as Democratic Congressman Tim Walz took the stage at a health care town hall. As we've seen in similar settings across the country it did not take long for this discussion to get heated. The tone of the discussion was set early, when the introductory speaker said there is nothing political about your need for health care, but that didn't prevent fireworks from happening. Mankato is where Democratic Congressman Tim Walz is from, and there were more Democrats in this crowd than Republicans. "You tell em...
  • Mayo Clinic on Change and the Economy[No Town Hall Meeting For Mayo in Rochester Mn]

    08/16/2009 6:21:26 AM PDT · by Son House · 5 replies · 561+ views
    KAAL-TV.com ^ | 08/14/2009 | KAAL-TV
    The Mayo Clinic continues to adjust to changing economic times, but leaders not only want Mayo Clinic to be a destination medical center, they want Rochester to be a destination medical community. "Here we come, so get ready." Mayo Clinic CEO Doctor Glenn Forbes says Mayo Clinic's financial numbers are better than expected, largely because they're becoming more efficient, but he says their work is just beginning. "The future is still filled with many uncertainties particularly in the area of health care. We're committed to continuing to build the models that are going to be successful in the future." That...
  • Betsy Markey: You’re invited to a town hall meeting you refuse to hold (ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT)

    08/14/2009 4:29:46 AM PDT · by Conservative Vermont Vet · 16 replies · 1,585+ views
    Michelle Malkin (Updated) ^ | 08/14/2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Reader Kelly e-mails that Colorado Democrat Rep. Betsy Markey is hiding from her constituents and refusing to hold a public forum during this long, hot congressional recess. So Kelly has graciously taken the opportunity to convene a town hall for Rep. Markey — and extended an open invitation. If the congresswoman doesn’t show, her voters will have a placeholder ready
  • Our President is a Political Coward

    08/13/2009 7:44:55 AM PDT · by Brookhaven · 29 replies · 637+ views
    blogger ^ | 8-13-09 | Muny Dews
    Watching the recent town hall debates on health care, one thing is clear: they are not easy for members of congress. The crowds are passionate, loud, angry, frustrated, and worst of all informed. They are asking tough, specific questions. The types of questions that make politicians look foolish, because they don't know the answer. YouTube is overrun with videos of politicians taking it on the chin in these meetings. From Arlan Spector being told a giant has awakened, to John Dingell being chastised by a man standing next to his son who has cerebral palsy. But to those politicians’ credit...
  • Obama Braces for Health Care Town Hall in N.H.

    08/11/2009 3:25:38 AM PDT · by Son House · 37 replies · 1,464+ views
    FOXNEWS.com ^ | August 11, 2009 | FOXNEWS.com
    "There's a lot of fear out there," said Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, a New Hampshire Democrat. To calm that fear, Obama plans to spend the month highlighting the upside of health overhaul for Americans already with insurance, starting in a state with 89 percent of its residents enjoying health coverage. In New Hampshire, Obama will speak directly about his proposal to ban insurance companies from denying individuals coverage because of pre-existing conditions. During a Friday trip to Montana, he will talk about how his plan would block companies from dropping an individual's coverage if he or she becomes ill. And in...
  • Take the CNN.com poll - Town-hall protests over health care are:

    08/10/2009 7:48:53 AM PDT · by MountainLoop · 53 replies · 2,434+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 7/10/09 | CNN.com
    Just saw this online poll. Town-hall protests over health care are: A - Being orchestrated by lobbyists B - Ordinary citizens expressing their opinions As of 7:45AM PST the results are: Being orchestrated by lobbyists 55% 42501 Ordinary citizens expressing their opinions 45% 35350 Total Votes: 77851
  • Town hall meeting in Philadelphia...my perspective.

    08/02/2009 2:56:15 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 48 replies · 4,729+ views
    me ^ | 8/2/2009 | lets456
    I just came from the Philadelphia town hall meeting. First off I am glad that there were more objecting to this crap. However, these people have their minds made up and don't give a spit about what we think.One thing I have to say is, I knew Sebelius was a nut job...but now I really believe she is evil! There was a man who obviously had some physical disability and he thanked Sebelius for her service...she gave him a courtesy smile then her face went to "stone cold evil" after he looked away! Such arrogance...the anger ran through my veins...
  • Ocean City Bids Farewell to OCBP Capt. Robert Craig

    05/12/2009 5:58:04 AM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 31 replies · 730+ views
    Ocean City Today ^ | May 1, 2009 | (Non Listed)
    (At right) Flanked by friends and family members, a wreath is carried down the beach to be released into the ocean in memory of Craig, "founding father" of the Beach Patrol. Carrying the wreath is the current head of the organization, Capt. Butch Arbin, who is flanked by Craig's son, Robert Craig, and grandson, Christopher Craig. (Above) Sean Williams pushes a surf board, carrying the wreath and the ashes of Capt. Craig, toward a Coast Guard boat, which released the wreath farther from the shore.
  • Memorial Service planned to honor Captain Robert S. Craig

    04/10/2009 4:24:09 PM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 3 replies · 467+ views
    News Releases: from Public Relations Office, Town of Ocean City, MD. ^ | April 8, 2009 | Donna Abbott, P.R. Director, Town of Ocean City, MD.
    News Release: April 8, 2009 Memorial Service planned to honor Captain Robert S. Craig Ocean City, MD – A memorial service for Captain Robert (Bob) S. Craig will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25 on the beach at North Division Street. Captain Craig passed away on Saturday, March 28 at the age of 90. Captain Craig joined the Ocean City Beach Patrol in 1935 and served as its captain from 1946 until retiring in 1987. Captain Craig is credited with building the Ocean City Beach Patrol into the professional organization it is known as today. When Captain Craig turned...
  • Longtime OCBP Captain, Bob Craig, dies (ROBERT CRAIG: 1918-2009)

    04/07/2009 2:36:23 PM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 3 replies · 722+ views
    Ocean City Today ^ | April 3, 2009 | NANCY POWELL Associate Editor
    (April 3, 2009) The man who not only epitomized the Ocean City Beach Patrol, but also built it into a serious and professional organization, passed away Saturday. When Capt. Robert (Bob) S. Craig turned 90 last July, a competition, dinner and slide show honored him for his 52 years as a town employee and member of the Beach Patrol. Thousands knew Craig from his years guiding the Beach Patrol and taking it from a small, relatively unskilled group of young men to a large group of highly skilled young men and women. Capt. Butch Arbin, the current head of the...
  • OC Beach Patrol Icon Remembered

    04/07/2009 5:29:24 AM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 6 replies · 633+ views
    The Dispatch ^ | April 3, 2009 | By Shawn J. Soper, News Editor
    OCEAN CITY – Ocean City lost a treasured icon this week when Captain Robert S. Craig, who shepherded the Beach Patrol through decades of change and inspired his young charges for half a century passed away at the age of 90. Captain Craig, as he was known for decades not only by the thousands of lifeguards who worked with him and for him but also by the countless millions of local residents and visitors to the resort area, passed away last Saturday at the Coastal Hospice in Salisbury at the age of 90. A former schoolteacher and coach, Captain Craig...
  • Braddock, Pennsylvania, Out of the Furnace and into the Fire (lost 90% of its population).

    12/30/2008 8:28:58 PM PST · by 2banana · 28 replies · 2,316+ views
    Monthly Review ^ | December, 2008 | Jim Straub
    As far as scenic ruins go, the Pittsburgh metropolitan area sets a high standard. The natural beauty of the Monongahela Valley and the built legacy of deindustrialization make gorgeous scenery out of blue-collar defeat. Beauty is no compensation for lost jobs though. The old steel towns of this region have been imploding for decades. No place has lost a greater share of its population than Braddock, Pennsylvania, just outside Pittsburgh. This ravaged, near-empty stretch of abandoned homes, storefronts, and buildings was once a storied cornerstone of the industrial age. After losing 90 percent of its peak population, today it looks...
  • Town south of Canada sitting on oil jackpot

    11/09/2008 7:47:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies · 264+ views
    edmunton sun ^ | 11/0/08 | James MacPherson
    PARSHALL, N.D. — In this tiny reservation town about two hours from the Canadian border, a Southern twang is sometimes heard over the din at the local diner and there’s talk of Texas tea beneath the streets. Roughnecks from Texas and Oklahoma have travelled here on hopes that they now share with the town’s 1,000 or so inhabitants — that there is oil in Parshall. About 400 people own mineral rights under homes, businesses, churches, nursing homes or tribal land. All of it has been leased, town officials said. “We were dying,” said Loren Hoffman, a local farmer and the...
  • Barak Obama 'Belittles' Small Town America (UK Version)

    04/12/2008 7:34:30 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 120+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-13-2008 | Tim Shipman
    Barack Obama 'belittles' small town America By Tim Shipman in Washington Last Updated: 12:52am BST 13/04/2008 Barack Obama's presidential campaign has been knocked off balance after the Democratic White House frontrunner was caught on tape apparently belittling the fears of small town Americans who have lost their jobs. Senator Barack Obama speaks at a town hall meeting at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana The senator from Illinois was forced into a frantic damage limitation exercise after a recording emerged in which he appeared to dismiss impoverished blue collar workers as bitter individuals who have turned to God, guns and...
  • New Babylonian Town Found

    03/20/2008 2:48:27 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 1,075+ views
    Azzaman.com ^ | 3-19-2008 | Azzaman
    New Babylonian town found Azzaman, March 19, 2008 Iraqi archaeologists have discovered a new Babylonian town 180 kilometers south of Baghdad. The head archaeologist Mohammed Yahya said the town is more than 20,000 square meters in area and includes administrative quarters, temples and other buildings of “magnificent and splendid design” Yahya, who is the head of the provincial Antiquities Department in the Province of Diwaniya, where the new Babylonian town was discovered, said he still lacks evidence on the town’s ancient name. The locals call it Shamiya after a provincial district nearby, he said. “We have dug up a sectional...
  • Families Return to Iraqi Town After Security Gains

    02/05/2008 3:36:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 75+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael Paredes, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, Feb. 5, 2008 – About 1,000 residents returned to a town southwest of Baghdad last week after learning coalition and Iraqi forces had secured the area. Residents of the Zambraniyah, Iraq, area move through a coalition checkpoint as they return to their homes. Residents fled the area in January when coalition and Iraqi forces moved in to clear out al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists. Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Paredes, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. When heavy fighting broke out in the Zambraniyah area in early January, coalition forces advised families to...
  • Local Leaders, Iraqi Police Celebrate Securing Town near Baghdad

    01/02/2008 3:51:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 75+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. April Campbell
    CAMP LIBERTY — Community leaders, Iraqi Police and supporting Coalition forces met recently here to celebrate securing Aqur Quf, a town in the district of Abu Ghraib near Baghdad. The town has seen a dramatic decrease in the levels of violence since earlier this year, said Louisville, Ky. native Capt. John Nelson, commander of Company D, 2nd Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. “Before we came to the area,” he said, “there were a lot of improvised explosive devices directed against Coalition Forces as well as a high level of sectarian violence between the Shia...
  • Stunning Survey Unveils New Secrets Of Caistor Roman Town

    12/13/2007 12:45:32 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 260+ views
    University Of Nottingham ^ | December 13 2007
    Stunning survey unveils new secrets of Caistor Roman town PA280/07 — December 13 2007 On the morning of Friday July 20, 1928, the crew of an RAF aircraft took photographs over the site of the Roman town of Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund in Norfolk, a site which now lies in open fields to the south of Norwich. The exceptionally dry summer meant that details of the Roman town were clearly revealed as parched lines in the barley. The pictures appeared on the front page of The Times on March 4, 1929 and caused a sensation. Now, new investigations...
  • German Town Wants Its Own Great Pyramid

    09/01/2007 7:06:49 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 647+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-2-2007 | Bojan Pancevski
    German town wants its own Great Pyramid By Bojan Pancevski in Berlin, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:17am BST 02/09/2007 The pharaohs may have set the standard, but German entrepreneurs are hoping to challenge Egypt's pre-eminence in monumental self-indulgence by building the world's largest pyramid. The pyramid of tombstones planned at Dessau They have secured €90,000 (£61,000) in state funding to assess the feasibility of building a 1,600ft tall "Great Pyramid" near the town of Dessau, in the impoverished east German state of Saxony-Anhalt. Like the original Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt, this would be a place of burial. But...
  • California Farm Town Is Nation's Smoggiest

    08/09/2007 12:42:21 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 642+ views
    Bell South.net ^ | 8-9-2007 | Sudhin Thanawala
    Calif. Farm Town Is Nation's Smoggiest Published: 8/9/07, 3:26 PM EDT By SUDHIN THANAWALA (AP) - ARVIN, Calif. - Lying in a rich agricultural region dotted with vineyards and orange groves, this central California community seems an unlikely place for a dubious distinction: the most polluted air in America. Hemmed in by mountains, Arvin is the final destination for pollutants from cities as far away as San Francisco Bay, and its wheezing residents are paying the price. Many of them complain that the air smells toxic. "It's common for people here to say, 'I'm going to the beach so I...
  • Role-model Town Produces Positive Results

    07/13/2007 6:29:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 341+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Cpl. Eric C. Schwartz
    An Iraqi policeman enters a gateway into a townsperson's home along with Marines from Bravo Company, Proper Task Force, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, attached to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 2, on June 24, 2007. Marines and Iraqi police speak with homeowners providing a friendly face and show the cohesion of Iraqi and coalition forces. Role-model Town Produces Positive Results Iraqi town with friendly citizens cooperate with coalition forces. By Cpl. Eric C. Schwartz 2nd Marine Division ANAH, Iraq, July 13, 2007 — The air smelled clean, the roads were paved and spotless, and the laughter...
  • Men to be spanked in new town [world's first Woman-town]

    04/16/2007 9:16:59 AM PDT · by bedolido · 11 replies · 732+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 4-16-2007 | staff writer
    CONSTRUCTION has started on the world's first Woman-town, where disobedient men will get a spanking. The 2.3sqkm Shuangqiao district in China's Chongqing will have a motto proclaiming its philosophy: "A woman never makes a mistake, a man must not refuse a woman's request."
  • Army Town United After Four Years In Iraq

    03/18/2007 7:45:42 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 228+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-29-2007 | Alex Spillius
    Army town united after four years in Iraq By Alex Spillius in Fayetteville Last Updated: 12:57am GMT 19/03/2007 Wesley Loffert has two sons in the military and had a message for those who think US troops should be brought home from Iraq. Martin Verhagen's children are due to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan "You are encouraging the enemy by telling him if you kill enough Americans they will leave. You have got to let the president and let the commanders do their job," he said. Mr Loffert, a 73-year-old retired colonel and Vietnam veteran, lives in an immaculate, shuttered bungalow...
  • America Supports You: Colorado Town Welcomes Wounded Troops

    03/08/2007 4:49:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 218+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    VAIL, Colo., March 8, 2007 – For the fourth consecutive year, 25 veterans wounded in the global war on terrorism will test their mettle on the slopes thanks to the Vail Veterans Program’s winter sports clinic that kicked off here yesterday. “We’re really a stepping stone in their recovery. This is therapeutic for them to be here,” Cheryl Jensen, director of the Vail Veterans Program said during a kick-off dinner here yesterday. “By the time they leave here, they’re totally comfortable with themselves or have confidence that they never had. “They grow emotionally and physically while they’re here in...
  • Camp Lejeune Marines search 'Smugglers Town'

    02/14/2007 5:50:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 310+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Nathaniel Sapp
    CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq (Feb. 14, 2007) -- While the rest of the battalion is miles away, Marines from C Company are working a “smugglers town” in western Iraq. As a whole, Marines from the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion are stretched throughout the Al Anbar Province. Some conduct security operations in cities like Rawah and Anah, 150 miles northwest of Baghdad, while Company C assists the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Rutbah, a city of roughly 30,000 about 50 miles east of the Jordanian border. While most of the area consists of flat...
  • Infantry Company’s Efforts Breathe Life into Small Town

    10/16/2006 7:08:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 356+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Cpl. Michael Molinaro
    Infantry Company’s Efforts Breathe Life into Small Town Farmer’s crops thrive thanks to guidance, equipment from U.S. troops. By Cpl. Michael Molinaro 2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO, 4th Infantry Division FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, Oct. 16, 2006 -- Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldiers delivered an assortment of equipment and goods to the Muehla Agricultural Union, Oct. 9. Refurbished tractors, seed spreaders and water pumps were among the items donated to the union as it begins to move from underneath the guidance of the soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry...