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  • U.S. Economy Shrinks By Most Since Great Recession in 1Q (Unprecedented In Other Than Recession)

    06/26/2014 5:20:45 AM PDT · by lbryce · 35 replies
    Fox Business ^ | June 25, 2014 | Reuters
    Unprecedented!!US Economy Shrinks By Most Ever Outside Recession! The U.S. economy contracted at a much steeper pace than previously estimated in the first quarter, but there are indications that growth has since rebounded strongly. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday gross domestic product fell at a 2.9 percent annual rate, the economy's worst performance in five years, instead of the 1.0 percent pace it had reported last month.
  • Are Republicans really blocking Obama’s judicial nominees at ‘unprecedented’ levels?

    11/21/2013 6:43:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/21/13 | Eric Pfeiffer
    When President Obama gave his blessing to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to invoke the so-called “nuclear option,” he said the effort by Republicans to block his nominees was “unprecedented.” "Today's pattern of obstruction, it just isn't normal," Obama said. "I support the step a majority of senators today took to change the way that Washington is doing business." However, that’s only partially true. Looking at all of Obama’s nominees across his administration, he has suffered unprecedented levels of obstruction, according to the Wall Street Journal. But when it comes to judicial nominees – the process that sparked Senate...
  • Climate extremes are 'unprecedented' (a mixed bag of .. uhh.. stuff, climatically speaking)

    07/03/2013 9:49:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7/3/13 | Roger Harrabin
    The Earth experienced unprecedented recorded climate extremes during the decade 2001-2010, according to the World Meteorological Organisation. Its new report says more national temperature records were reported broken than in previous decades. There was an increase in deaths from heatwaves over that decade. This was particularly pronounced during the extreme summers in Europe in 2003 and in the Russian Federation during 2010. But despite the decade being the second wettest since 1901 (with 2010 the wettest year recorded) fewer people died from floods than in the previous decade. Better warning systems and increased preparedness take much of the credit for...
  • NASA Finds Black Hole Cluster (Unprecedented Cluster)

    06/15/2013 2:30:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 53 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 15, 2013 | Staff
    Title:NASA Finds Black Hole Cluster No matter how old you are, space never stops being cool. That applies doubly to black holes, which is why NASA's latest discovery should be considered totally awesome: using the Chandra X-ray observatory, the agency found an "unprecedented" cluster of black holes in the Andromeda galaxy. How unprecedented? There could be 26 of them in this cluster alone. And these were just the ones that were immediately identifiable, as scientists say there are likely many more that are currently invisible. Said the lead author of the study, "We think it's just the tip of the...
  • Consumption driving 'unprecedented' environment damage: UN ('revving up' the climate for Rio Summit)

    06/06/2012 7:47:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/6/12 | AFP
    Population growth and unsustainable consumption are driving Earth towards "unprecedented" environmental destruction, the UN said in a report Wednesday ahead of the Rio Summit. Of 90 key goals to protect the environment, only four have seen good progress, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a planetary assessment issued only every five years. "If current trends continue, if current patterns of production and consumption of natural resources prevail and cannot be reversed and 'decoupled,' then governments will preside over unprecedented levels of damage and degradation," said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. The phonebook-sized report, the fifth edition of the...
  • Katie Couric Grills Obama on his Recent Statements about Supreme Court (Satire)

    04/08/2012 5:38:12 PM PDT · by zencycler · 9 replies
    Vanity | 4/8/2012 | self
    Couric: Let's take a look at what you said recently regarding the upcoming Supreme Court decision on your health care legislation: “I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.” You claim it would be "unprecedented" if the justices overturn this law. But isn't that the proper role of the courts, and hasn't it happened many times before? Obama: Clearly, I was talking about important laws like this, which were enacted during my administation. So since...
  • Obama's War on Vocabulary!

    04/08/2012 5:00:59 PM PDT · by zencycler · 57 replies
    Vanity | self
    Some recent and obvious examples: "Unprecedented" "Strong Majority" "Judicial Activism" Just wondering if anyone can add to this list?
  • Carney: Obama Not Understood Because He Spoke In "Shorthand" Since He Is A Law Professor

    04/05/2012 2:36:04 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 204 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 5, 2012
    <p>White House press secretary Jay Carney tells the press corps that President Obama's attack on the Supreme Court was misunderstood because he was speaking in "shorthand" since he is a former professor of law.</p> <p>Henry: The president is a former constitutional law professor. One of his professors is Laurence Tribe. He now says, in his words, the president “obviously misspoke earlier this week”, quote “he didn’t say what he meant and having said that in order to avoid misleading anyone, he had to clarify it.” I thought yesterday you were saying repeatedly that he did not misspeak. What do you make of the president’s former law professor saying he did?</p>
  • Obama's Supreme Court comments off the mark

    04/04/2012 6:55:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 4, 2012 | Editorial
    Borrowing a line from conservative critics of the judiciary, President Obama declared that the Supreme Court would be engaging in "judicial activism" if it threw out the 2010 healthcare reform law. There are several things wrong with the president's remark. For one thing, it's simply not true that it would be "unprecedented" for the court to overturn such a law. Since Marbury vs. Madison in 1803, the court has seen "judicial review" of laws as part of its responsibility, and over the years it has ruled many unconstitutional. That's entirely appropriate. Furthermore, the implication of the remark was that the...
  • FACT CHECK: Obama's incomplete history lesson

    04/04/2012 9:40:06 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 4, 2012 | CALVIN WOODWARD
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Few would quarrel with President Barack Obama's point that the Republican Party has drifted to the right in recent years, disavowing ideas it once embraced - even created. But making that case in a major campaign speech, Obama ignored realities in his own Democratic ranks. For one, it was opposition from coal-state Democrats that sank cap-and-trade legislation to control greenhouse gas emissions, not just from those arch-conservative Republicans.
  • Newsweek Calls For Impeaching Supreme Court Justices If Obamacare Overturned

    04/03/2012 8:35:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 100 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 4/3/12 | NewsWeek/DailyBeast
    NewsWeek/DailyBeast – The Roberts Court’s rulings appear to be a concerted effort to send us back to the Gilded Age. If they dump the Affordable Care Act, writes David Dow, we should dump them. You think the idea is laughable? Thomas Jefferson disagreed with you. Jefferson believed Supreme Court justices who undermine the principles of the Constitution ought to be impeached, and that wasn’t just idle talk. During his presidency, Jefferson led the effort to oust Justice Salmon Chase, arguing that Chase was improperly seizing power. The Senate acquitted Chase in 1805, and no Justice has been impeached since, but...
  • President Obama, Fair Weather Friend of the Court [Urged Strike Down of Partial-Birth Ban Act]

    04/03/2012 9:19:07 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 03,2012 | ADAM J. WHITE
    President Obama, Fair Weather Friend of the Court APR 3, 2012 • BY ADAM J. WHITE Not even a full year into President Obama's first term, Politico observed that he had reached the point of caricature in using the term "unprecedented" to describe basically anything that occurs during his presidency. By now, Americans have learned to shrug off his use of this rhetorical tick. And yesterday it happened again when the president challenged the Supreme Court not to strike down Obamacare's individual mandate, a judicial act that would "be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed...
  • Obama’s unprecedented definition of ‘unprecedented’

    04/03/2012 8:38:09 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 21 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | April 2, 2012 | Kyle Wingfield
    “I am confident the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.” That was President Obama earlier today, talking about the legal challenge to Obamacare the court heard last week — and demonstrating once again he doesn’t have a very firm grasp on the meaning of “unprecedented.” After all, the Supreme Court has been overturning laws — which necessarily have been passed by a majority of a democratically elected Congress — since 1803’s Marbury v. Madison decision. By this count...
  • The Obamacare Mandate is Unprecedented

    04/02/2012 12:17:56 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 4/2/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: There are a number of stories today on the individual mandate that the court's deciding, "Hey, that isn't any big deal. Do you know how many mandates there already are out there?" And one of the mandates that's already out there that's being cited by the media -- these stories, by the way, are designed to put pressure on and influence the justices of the court, not you. The media has now focused its attention on health care, the Supreme Court, on the justices, and one of the mandates that they are citing is the requirement that...
  • Unprecedented: 26 million Americans now underemployed

    10/23/2011 10:11:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 20, 2011
    The labor force is substantially underutilized relative to what we experienced in most of the post-World War II period... From 2003 to 2007, before the latest recession, O’Keefe says the number of people working part-time for economic reasons as a percent of the labor force averaged about 3 percent, or approximately four million people. Over the past 12 months, the average has been about 6 percent.
  • Treasury off'l: Taxpayers on hook for loan before commercial firms is a first with Solyndra

    10/14/2011 11:53:01 AM PDT · by matthewreporter · 1 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 14, 2011 | Matthew Boyle
    At Friday’s Solyndra hearing, an Obama administration Treasury Department official admitted that he’s never heard of taxpayer money being subordinate to outside commercial firms. That means the Obama administration is admitting it’s awfully suspicious that investors like George Kaiser’s firms and others got their cash back when Solyndra failed, but the taxpayers ended up on the hook for the $535 million the Department of Energy promised it via a loan guarantee.
  • Herman Cain: pizza boss, radio host, ballistics expert, minister. President?

    10/09/2011 5:21:04 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 297 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 8 October 2011 | Staff
    He is the latest Tea Party favourite to burst through in the increasingly heated race for the Republican presidential nomination and see their poll numbers rocket them to frontrunner status. However, unlike previous rightwing darlings such as Texas governor Rick Perry and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann, wealthy businessman Herman Cain, 65, can claim to be cut from a very different sort of cloth from the average Republican candidate. First, he is not actually a politician. Cain, whose CV includes being a radio show host, a navy ballistics expert, a Baptist minister and a Federal Reserve official, has never held elected...
  • UNPRECEDENTED!!!1!: The Insult to Obama Is a Wound That Will Never Heal

    There are times when the unreality of a situation is such that you just gape in disbelief. Such is my reaction upon perusing the reaction of the institutional left (and I include Big Media in that description) to Obama’s reversal of his former decision to urinate all over the GOP debate next Wednesday. To listen to the stuck pigs of Big Media, the issue is not whether there is precedent for a President to lift his leg and piss all over the opposition. No, sir: the issue is whether there is precedent for Congress to refuse a President’s wishes regarding...
  • Is It Wrong to Link Hurricane Irene to Global Warming?

    08/27/2011 7:12:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 8/27/11 | John Horgan
    Is It Wrong to Link Hurricane Irene to Global Warming?By John Horgan | August 27, 2011 Six years ago, experts waited until after Katrina to start arguing over whether the hurricane was a consequence, at least in part, of global warming. This week, pundits didn’t even wait for Irene to smash into the U.S. to start squabbling over the same question. The green journalist-activist Bill McKibben, who last week was arrested in front of the White House while protesting an Obama administration proposal to build a new oil pipeline, got things started on Thursday. “Irene’s got a middle name, and...
  • 'Unprecedented' level of violence in Mexico: FBI

    04/06/2011 5:12:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 87 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/6/11 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Using unusually blunt language, FBI Director Robert Mueller told US legislators on Capitol Hill Wednesday that there is an "unprecedented" level of violence in Mexico linked to the country's drug wars. "I would not call it a full-scale war," Mueller told members of the House of Representatives as he discussed his agency's 2012 budget. "I would say there are full-scale warring factions that utilize homicide as a mechanism of retaliation, staking out one's turf, retribution, that have contributed substantially to the number of deaths in Mexico," Mueller said. There have been some 35,000 homicides in the past...
  • France Moves Closer to Unprecedented Internet Regulation

    02/17/2010 8:41:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies · 376+ views
    spiegel.de ^ | 2/17/10 | Stefan Simons
    The lower house of the French parliament has approved a draft bill that will allow the state unprecedented control over the Internet. Although the government says it will improve security for ordinary citizens, civil rights activists are warning of a "new level" of censorship and surveillance. For members of the French administration, it is a law against digital crime. For civil rights activists and politicians from opposition parties, it is a plan for censorship that excites fear and loathing -- and even conjures up the specter of Big Brother and the surveillance state. The lower house of the French parliament,...
  • Obamisms to Retire in 2010. Finally!!!

    12/24/2009 1:09:22 PM PST · by DecoyJames · 5 replies · 634+ views
    It was total vomitorium overload in 2009, you know that first “historic” year of the Obama presidency. And little is as annoying as these common phrases and themes that populate the Obama presidency. So, with that first year filed away neatly in the toilet, let’s say goodbye in 2010 to the worst of 2009...
  • Obama: 'Copenhagen a success because some nations may volunteer to address the issue in the future'

    12/18/2009 3:23:43 PM PST · by pabianice · 45 replies · 2,081+ views
    Fox News Special Report | 12/18/09
    I am not making this up. Obama got his tuchis handed to him at Copenhagen. Large nations told him to get bent. "Developing nations" -- countries run by homicidal Marxist lunatics -- demanded hundreds of millions of dollars. Obama promised $100M a year -- he has no authority to do so. Next year's political ads should show taxpayers being forced to write checks that are seen being handed to foreign firing squads. China told him to go, ah, make love to himself. Delegation then flew home. Obama reported to be "angry." This has beenn a total disaster for Obama and...
  • Obama announces climate change deal with China, other nations

    12/18/2009 2:26:17 PM PST · by Justaham · 34 replies · 1,246+ views
    CNN ^ | 12-18-09 | Ed Henry
    Copenhagen, Denmark (CNN) -- President Obama announced what he called a "meaningful and unprecedented" climate change deal with China and other key nations that was expected to be sealed before the president heads home from the Copenhagen summit late Friday. "For the first time in history, all major economies have come together to accept their responsibility to take action to confront the threat of climate change," Obama told reporters. The president said he met with leaders from India, China, Brazil and South Africa, and "that's where we agreed ... to set a mitigation target to limit warming to no more...
  • Club For Growth Hails Copenhagen Climate Accord (Conservatives Praise Obama Whopper Alert)

    12/18/2009 2:31:51 PM PST · by goldstategop · 18 replies · 1,334+ views
    Club For Growth ^ | 12/18/2009 | Michael Conolly
    The Club for Growth today hailed President Obama’s announcement in Copenhagen of a “meaningful accord” with China, India, and South Africa about climate change and green house emissions. Club President Chris Chocola made the following statement after the accord’s announcement: "Like most Americans, I feared President Obama went to Copenhagen to sign a binding, job-killing, economic suicide pact. “I am greatly relieved that the last-minute agreement President Obama negotiated is being widely described as ‘meaningful.’ When politicians call something ‘meaningful,’ that means it isn’t. “Without even reading the accord, pro-growth, limited government conservatives today can celebrate the word, ‘meaningful.’ Today...
  • Obama’s “Unprecedented” Accomplishment At Cophenhagen….A Non-Binding Treaty

    12/18/2009 2:23:41 PM PST · by Starman417 · 31 replies · 993+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-18-09 | Curt
    Wait till the headlines adorn our newspapers about the triumph of the man-made global warming fanatics and Obama in coming to a agreement at Copenhagen. Of course, it's non-binding, meaning no one has to do anything: President Barack Obama announced Friday a "meaningful and unprecedented breakthrough" on a global effort to curb climate change. But Obama said, "It is going to be very hard, and it's going to take some time" to get to a legally binding treaty. The ego on this man is blinding. Unprecedented? Dude, it's NON-BINDING! President Barack Obama, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan...
  • Carter Calls Obama “Best President in My Lifetime”

    11/30/2009 1:11:06 PM PST · by John Semmens · 47 replies · 1,658+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 28 November 2009 | John Semmens
    In an interview for Nation magazine, former President Jimmy Carter says that current President Barack Obama is “the best in my lifetime, maybe the best this country has ever had.” Key to the high praise was Carter’s assessment that “President Obama is the most brilliant man to ever have held the office. He is wise beyond the boundaries we normally observe for human beings. That is probably why his Administration is our nation’s most unprecedented in history.” “Of course, being the first black man to be elected president has to rank as the most unprecedented accomplishment ever achieved by anyone...
  • An Unprecedented Mountain of Debt

    11/29/2009 12:15:40 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies · 997+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | November 28, 2009 | Daniel Greenfield
    Since Obama is rather attached to describing everything he does as “unprecedented”, “I have achieved an unprecedented level of transparency”, “I played an unprecedented amount of golf this year” and “I just wasted an unprecedented amount of money”... in honor of the Liar in Chief, we can make “unprecedented” the word of the day. First up is Obama’s unprecedented deficit. The current real cost of ObamaCare is up to 2.5 Trillion dollars and rising. The Senate Republicans’ chart demonstrates that the total for all of these costs—based on CBO projections for the bill’s true first 10 years—is $2.5 trillion. And...
  • The Pathology of Evil in Politics (Guess Who)

    11/28/2009 5:37:35 AM PST · by no-llmd · 15 replies · 623+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 11-28-2009 | Andrew Thomas
    Do purely evil individuals exist who can hide their true nature from the rest of the world? And are these individuals drawn into politics as a conduit for dominating an unsuspecting and acquiescent populace? There is a theory that evil is a pathological disorder. The observation that psychopaths, including sociopaths and narcissists, all exhibit chronically evil behavior is a persuasive argument toward that theory.
  • The White House's unprecedented use of 'unprecedented'

    11/25/2009 7:29:44 AM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies · 814+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/25/2009 | Carol E. Lee
    The Obama White House is addicted to the “unprecedented.” Perhaps it was a sign when President Barack Obama sat down in January to record his first weekly address and announced: “We begin this year and this administration in the midst of an unprecedented crisis that calls for unprecedented action." (snip) “Of course, Biblically there’s nothing new under the sun and most everything he’s done as president there is some precedent for somewhere,” he added. “What he does is variations on a theme.” Still, Hess said, the word doesn’t have “great political currency.” “I don’t think he gets special credit for...
  • Californians asked to spend more during unprecedented spree of water spending

    11/24/2009 8:52:06 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 513+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 11/24/09 | Mike Taugher -CoCoTimes
    Supporters of a proposed $11 billion water bond say the money is urgently needed to fix California's water supply problems, yet billions of dollars in previous bond money still hasn't been spent, according to the California treasurer. About half of the $20 billion in water and levee improvement bonds passed since 2000 was unspent as of July, according to the State Treasurer's Office most recent report on debt affordability. It is unclear how much of that money is actually available for new efforts, since lawmakers have appropriated billions for specific projects, according to Jason Dickerson, debt service analyst for the...
  • Program Aims to Deliver Unprecedented Surveillance Capability

    07/02/2009 1:10:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 403+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 2, 2009 – A giant, unmanned airship capable of hovering at about 70,000 feet promises to give future warfighters an unprecedented eye on the battlefield. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Integrated Sensor is Structure program, ISIS for short, will provide a detailed, real-time picture of all movement on or above the battlefield. Defense DoD graphic courtesy of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Integrated Sensor is Structure program, ISIS for short, will provide a detailed, real-time picture of all movement on or above the battlefield, explained...
  • HOLLYWOOD HILTON BUSH BASH: "Hate Bush" Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday Night

    12/01/2003 7:00:05 AM PST · by Flux Capacitor · 109 replies · 1,125+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 12-1-03 | Matt Drudge
    XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX SUN NOV 30, 2003 20:42:05 ET XXXXX HOLLYWOOD DEMS GATHER FOR 'HATE BUSH' MEETING AT HILTON **Exclusive** Top Hollywood activists and intellectuals are planning to gather this week in Beverly Hills for an event billed as 'Hate Bush,' the DRUDGE REPORT has learned! Laurie David [wife of SEINFELD creator Larry David] has sent out invites to the planned Tuesday evening meeting at the Hilton with the bold heading: 'Hate Bush 12/2 - Event' The message reads: "This is the most important meeting you can attend to prevent the advancement of the current extremist right wing agenda....
  • Detainee Transfer Announced

    01/18/2009 11:55:33 PM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies · 452+ views
    DEFENSElink.mil ^ | January 17, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=12449 IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 040-09 January 17, 2009 Detainee Transfer Announced The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of six detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Four detainees were transferred to Iraq, one to Algeria and one to Afghanistan. These detainees were determined to be eligible for departure following a comprehensive series of review processes. The transfer is a demonstration of the United States’ desire not to hold detainees any longer than necessary. It also underscores the processes put in place to assess each individual and make a determination about their detention while...
  • Now That Obama is Fraudulently Selected Does This Mean...

    11/05/2008 7:10:04 AM PST · by FTL · 76 replies · 3,292+ views
    10/05/08 | FTL
    ....that the Left can still play the race card now that they have convinced America that its OK to cheat your way to a "win"? The most unprecedented and massive Democrat vote fraud in history doesn't make this coup and stolen election legitimate.
  • Bill gives Paulson unprecedented power

    10/03/2008 9:32:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 708+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/3/08 | Jon Ward
    In all of American history, it is likely that no government official besides a wartime president has ever been given as much power over taxpayer money as Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. would receive under the $700 billion financial rescue plan. If the House passes the bill Friday, the Treasury secretary will acquire broad authority to buy and then dispose of hundreds of billions of dollars in mortgages and mortgage-backed securities at his sole discretion. "They're appointing a financial dictator," said Ryan Ellis, tax policy director at Americans for Tax Reform. "Congress is giving a member of the executive...
  • Rice visit cancellation unprecedented

    05/08/2007 8:56:09 AM PDT · by bedolido · 27 replies · 1,600+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-8-2007 | Staff Writer
    A senior diplomatic official called the cancellation of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's Israel visit unprecedented, Israel Radio reported on Tuesday. According to the official, Washington's decision could be interpreted in the region as meaning that the US believed the peace process could not move forward due to the situation in Israel. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
  • Nasrallah offers unprecedented praise for Israel over report

    05/03/2007 7:44:13 AM PDT · by bedolido · 4 replies · 494+ views
    haaretz.com ^ | 5-2-2007 | Yoav Stern
    In an unprecedented move, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah yesterday praised the Winograd Committee's report on the Second Lebanon War. Nasrallah said he respected Israel's "verdict of failure." During an appearence in Beirut, Nasrallah said: "I will not gloat. It is worthy of respect that an investigative commission appointed by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert condemns him," Nasrallah said. "When the enemy acts honestly and sincerely, you cannot but respect it."
  • CA: Unprecedented education study targets schools' financial woes

    03/07/2007 5:45:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 417+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 3/7/07 | Anthony York
    California schools are woefully under-funded--one estimate of the shortage hovered at an astonishing $1 trillion--according to a massive new study due next week that is believed to be the most comprehensive evaluation ever of California's education system. The omnibus document, a collection of nearly two-dozen reports, is all but certain to set off a new policy debate in the education community and yet another political battle in the Legislature over education funding. The reports are not simply designed to place a dollar figure on what is needed in the schools. They are expected to take a much deeper look at...
  • Unprecedented recruiting event yields record 60-plus recruits

    03/07/2007 5:40:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 325+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Staff Sgt. T.G. Kessler
    CAMP ELLIS, Iraq (March 7, 2007) -- In an unprecedented move by local leaders in the town of Barwanah, a village of 20,000 citizens in the Anbar Province of Iraq, the largest number of Iraqi Police recruits ever recruited from the area were processed in a recruit screening this week. In an area where virtually no Iraqi Police existed before, 60-plus volunteers were rounded up by tribal sheiks to serve as the security force for the village and surrounding area. According to Capt. Lance Davis, company commander for Fox Co., 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, the success of the IP...
  • EU fines Microsoft unprecedented $357.3 mln

    07/12/2006 3:43:21 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 149 replies · 1,763+ views
    http://money.iwon.com/ ^ | 7 12 06 | David Lawsky and Sabina Zawadzki
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union regulators fined Microsoft (MSFT) 280.5 million euros ($357.3 million) on Wednesday for defying a 2004 antitrust ruling, and warned the company to comply or face bigger fines from next month. The tough new penalty is the first of its kind and comes on top of a record 497 million-euro fine the Commission imposed in its landmark antitrust decision against Microsoft in March 2004. "Microsoft has still not put an end to its illegal conduct. I have no alternative but to levy penalty payments for this continued non-compliance," Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said. "No company is...
  • AP: Shuttle repair successful - Unprecedented shuttle repair a success

    08/03/2005 9:15:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 1,286+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/3/05 | Pam Easton - AP
    SPACE CENTER, Houston - A spacewalking astronaut gently pulled two potentially dangerous strips of protruding filler from Discovery's tile belly with his gloved hand Wednesday, successfully completing an unprecedented emergency repair. Astronaut Stephen Robinson said both pieces came out easily during the spacewalk, which lasted six hours. He did not have to use a makeshift hacksaw put together in orbit that he brought along just in case. "That came out very easily, probably even less force," Robinson said of the second piece. "I don't see any more gap filler. ... I'm doing my own inspection here. It is a very...
  • Unprecedented effort needed to save world's biodiversity: UN study (2010 maybe too late)

    05/21/2005 5:12:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies · 589+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/21/05 | AFP
    Unprecedented effort needed to save world's biodiversity: study Sat May 21, 2:59 AM ET MONTREAL (AFP) - An unprecedented effort is required between now and 2010 to stop further deterioration of the planet's fragile biodiversity, according to a UN report that compiled the work of 1,300 researchers. In fact, 2010 may be too late, say the authors of the report, pleading with governments, NGOs, international organizations and companies to immediately put in place longterm conservation plans. According to the report published this week in Montreal, "The world in 2100 could have substantial remaining biodiversity or it could be relatively homogenized...
  • UNPRECEDENTED FILIBUSTERING EMAIL SENATORS NOW

    05/18/2005 2:16:36 PM PDT · by Mikmur · 85 replies · 3,048+ views
    Dear Senator, Please vote with Senator Frist to stop the unprecedented misuse of the filibuster to prevent the president's judicial nominees from receiving an up or down vote. Thank you. Michael C. Murray
  • Judges' financial info sought

    05/16/2005 6:42:38 AM PDT · by Mikmur · 11 replies · 622+ views
    Drudgereport ^ | 5/16/05 | Robert Novak
    On May 5, the U.S. Judicial Conference in Washington received a request from a Mike Rice of Oakland, Calif., for the financial disclosure records of U.S. Appeals Court Judge Edith Jones (5th Circuit) of Houston. A 20-year veteran on the bench, Jones is a perennial possibility for the U.S. Supreme Court. The demand for her personal records is part of a major intelligence raid preceding momentous confirmation fights in the Senate. Jones was not alone as a target, and Rice is not just a nosy citizen. He and Craig Varoga, a former aide to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, are...
  • Inauguration to Get Unprecedented Security

    01/11/2005 12:19:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 408+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/11/05 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Security for President Bush (news - web sites)'s inauguration — the first swearing-in since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks — will be unprecedented with some 6,000 law enforcement personnel, canine bomb teams and close monitoring of transportation. In describing the plans for the Jan. 20 event, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said that while the decibel level was down on terrorism chatter, the 55th quadrennial presidential inauguration was such a high-profile event that security would be at its highest level. "This is the most visible manifestation of our democracy," Ridge said at a news conference...
  • Tapping the Hornet's Nest

    12/13/2004 8:40:27 AM PST · by forty_years · 2 replies · 1,319+ views
    http://netwmd.com ^ | December 13, 2004 | Michael Rubin
    Editor's note: Readers may also be interested in Iran: The Invisible Revolution. During the U.S. presidential campaign, debate over Iran policy received unprecedented attention. The reasons are multifold. With Iran on the verge of developing both nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile capability, Washington policymakers can no longer ignore the Iranian threat, especially when confidants of Supreme Leader Ali Khomenei lead televised chants of "American will be annihilated," as Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati did last June. American concern over a nuclear Iran is multifold. The danger is not necessarily that Iran would conduct a nuclear first strike, although former president Ali Akbar...
  • Arafat's Last Threat to Israel?

    11/09/2004 7:11:22 AM PST · by stevejackson · 9 replies · 667+ views
    http://www.netwmd.com/ ^ | November 9, 2004 | Daniel Pipes
    "I think it's very important for our friends, the Israelis, to have a peaceful Palestinian state living on their border. And it's very important for the Palestinian people to have a peaceful, hopeful future." So spoke President Bush just two days after his re-election, just exactly as news reports were leaking Yasser Arafat's demise.The combination of Mr. Bush's stunning new mandate and Mr. Arafat's near-death condition will lead, I predict, to a quick revival of Palestinian-Israeli diplomacy after months of relative doldrums and to massive dangers to Israel.The doldrums will cease because the Bush administration views Mr. Arafat as the...
  • Try, Try, Try Again: Bush's Peace Plans

    10/26/2004 7:11:55 AM PDT · by forty_years · 2 replies · 418+ views
    http://netwmd.com ^ | October 26, 2004 | Daniel Mandel
    Nearly four years have elapsed since the Oslo process (1993-2000) between Israelis and Palestinians foundered in bloodshed. Over that period, two U.S. administrations have tried to forge policies that would reduce the violence and point toward a solution to the conflict.It has not been a single-minded pursuit. Since September 11, 2001, the prime focus of Washington has been the management of unprecedented U.S. military interventions in the region, which removed regimes from power in Afghanistan and Iraq. The notion of Israeli-Palestinian peace as the key to regional stability has been replaced by the war on terror and the insistence on...
  • Xiang equals World record - first Chinese male athlete to win Olympic gold

    08/28/2004 5:15:01 AM PDT · by Truth666 · 5 replies · 681+ views
    iaaf, self ^ | Aug. 28
    This excerpt is a reminder of how far the current medal table of the Olympics (China competing with the US for #1) is from the reality of global sports : "Xiang was one who didn’t falter last night when he became the first male athlete to win a track and field gold medal for China."