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  • NCAA coaches visit wounded warriors in military hospital

    06/01/2009 6:08:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 438+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Jason Schaap, USAF
    6/1/2009 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- Henry Bautista wasn't one of the U.S. servicemembers seven NCAA football coaches visited at a U.S. military hospital in Germany May 29, because servicemembers are not the only ones risking their lives in dangerous places like Iraq. Mr. Bautista, a field representative for a light armored vehicle contractor in Iraq, was injured May 26 when a vehicle mishap almost severed his leg. The doctors at the hospital pieced his ankle back together, but his tibia is still broken. He needs more surgery. Meanwhile, his family is back in Roy, Wash., on the...
  • Barack Obama's great uncle criticises him over Buchenwald visit

    05/29/2009 11:42:19 PM PDT · by bronxville · 17 replies · 1,548+ views
    London Telegraph ^ | 29 May 2009 | Alex Spillius
    Barack Obama's great uncle criticises him over Buchenwald visit The first time they discussed his participation in the war was when Mr Obama wrongly said during the campaign that Mr Payne had "liberated" Auschwitz. Opponents swiftly pointed out that had been done by the Red Army.
  • Obama to visit Saudi Arabia June 3 to discuss Iran

    05/26/2009 2:08:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 985+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/26/09 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia on June 3 for talks on Iran's nuclear program and Washington's renewed push for a Middle East peace plan, the White House said on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, is a staunch U.S. ally in the region and has been a key player in the drive for a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which Obama has declared a top foreign policy priority. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama would meet Saudi King Abdullah and would also discuss terrorism. The visit comes at a time when...
  • Medal of Honor recipients visit Airmen in Southwest Asia

    04/14/2009 5:26:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 604+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher
    4/14/2009 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Two Medal of Honor recipients visited with Airmen from the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing April 10 here. Retired Army Col. Robert Howard and retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell, visited as part of a Medal of Honor Society tour of the area of responsibility. The Vietnam veterans who earned the military's highest award for valor participated in a retreat ceremony, spoke to Airmen and signed autographs. Colonel Howard said the people of the United States owe a debt to American servicemembers and appreciate their efforts. "Out of 300 million Americans, we got less...
  • Chavez makes surprise visit to Cuba

    02/21/2009 7:53:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 367+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/21/09 | AFP
    HAVANA (AFP) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was in Cuba on Saturday, paying a surprise visit to the island after a major poll win last Sunday. It is the Venezuelan leader's first trip abroad since winning a referendum on February 15 that removed term limits on his presidency. Standing arm-in-arm with Chavez on his arrival late Friday, Cuban President Raul Castro raised the Venezuelan leader's fist in victory, declaring "I do this in Fidel's name" -- a reference to his brother, a long-time friend of Chavez.
  • Bidens to Visit The Cheneys Today

    11/13/2008 10:45:55 AM PST · by americanophile · 57 replies · 2,955+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 13, 2008 | Michael A. Fletcher
    Vice President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to meet Thursday with Dick Cheney, whom he has said is probably "the most dangerous vice president we've had" in U.S. history. The session is scheduled to take place late in the afternoon at the vice president's residence at the Naval Observatory. The two men are to be joined by their wives, Jill Biden and Lynne Cheney. In addition to the meeting, the vice president-elect and his wife are scheduled to take a tour of their new digs. Biden, a 35-year Senate veteran with a deep knowledge of foreign policy, has said he expects...
  • Who Is Grandma Toot? [Barf Alert]

    10/21/2008 5:31:26 PM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 78 replies · 1,552+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 21, 2008 | Yahoo!
    Barack Obama's campaign announced Monday that he'd be taking a few days off the campaign trail to visit his ailing grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, in Hawaii. Dunham, 85, practically raised Obama while his mother studied abroad. She's the "white grandmother" he mentions in speeches, a "trailblazer in her own right," the BBC wrote, "having risen from a lowly position to be one of the first woman vice-presidents of the Bank of Hawaii."............... He explains in his book, "Dreams from My Father," "We call my grandmother Tutu, Toot for short; it means "grandparent" in Hawaiian, for she decided on the day I...
  • 23 Year Veteran On Obama's Visit To Iraq: "95% of Base Wanted Nothing to do With Him."

    07/28/2008 12:40:53 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 86 replies · 131+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | July 28, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Obama doesn't support the troops. But I guess that's only fair, they can't stand the sight of him either. 95% of base wanted nothing to do with him. I have met three troops who support him, and literally hundreds who regard him as a buffoon, a charlatan, a hindrance to their mission or a flat out enemy of progress. Even when the rumors were publicly admitted, almost no one left their duty sections to try to see him, unless they were officers whose presence was officially required. [snip] I can't imagine any officer of the few he met told him...
  • Queen's tribute to Turkey founder

    05/13/2008 2:14:00 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 13 replies · 94+ views
    BBC ^ | 13 May 2008 | Staff
    The Queen has called the founder of modern-day Turkey "one of the greatest figures of modern history" during a visit to his mausoleum in Ankara. She laid a wreath at the tomb of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as she and Prince Philip began a four-day state visit to the secular Muslim country. In a visitor's book she wrote it was an "honour" to pay her respects to "a much valued friend of the United Kingdom". It is the royal couple's first visit to Turkey since 1971. Religious symbols They are also due to attend a state banquet hosted by President Abdullah...

    05/06/2008 8:41:51 PM PDT · by magdalen · 11 replies · 131+ views
    The Remnant ^ | May6, 2008 | Ave Maria
    Christ Our Hope A Look Back at Pope Benedict's 2008 Missionary Journey to the US Michael J. Matt Editor, The Remnant (Posted May 5, 2008 When Pope Benedict looks through the window of his papal apartment, over the Piazza San Pedro and out to the world beyond, consider what he sees… Christians and Muslims comprise half the world’s population. Half of that half, however, is suffering an identity crisis so severe that Islam recently replaced Catholicism as the world’s largest religion. The Vatican’s Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, compiler of the Annuario Pontificio, recently confirmed that “For the first time in...
  • Media Messengers and Pope Benedict's Message (Brent Bozell III)

    04/18/2008 2:21:37 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 15 replies · 84+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | 4/16/2008 | L. Brent Bozell III
    Pope Benedict XVI is in America and, like his predecessor, is about to be treated to curiously bipolar coverage at the hands of the American press. While in-country, John Paul the Great received almost universally positive treatment. But up to the point the papal wheels touched down, the media reports were consistently critical – some verging on the savage – and when it was wheels-up, the press immediately returned to their old ways. The tone this time around will not be so much “news” as the recycled template that our journalistic elite imposes on every papal visit to America in...
  • ABC's Chris Cuomo: Goal of Pope Visit to 'Reinforce Hard-line Doctrine'

    04/15/2008 12:47:47 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 39 replies · 96+ views ^ | 4/15/2008 | Scott Whitlock
    On Tuesday's "Good Morning America," news anchor Chris Cuomo used the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to label the pontiff as uncompromising and assert that the Catholic Church sees the visit as "an opportunity for the Pope to come here and reinforce hard-line doctrine." Earlier in the segment, Cuomo described Benedict as "a hard-liner charged with protecting Catholic orthodoxy." Cuomo also went on to claim that the Pope's goal is to strike a balance "between placating conservative followers and giving hope to liberals who seek social reform." The ABC journalist went on to mention the pontiff's background and note,...
  • Pope Embraces Reason

    04/06/2008 9:03:13 AM PDT · by big'ol_freeper · 13 replies · 65+ views ^ | 5 April 2008 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    When Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the United States later this month, be skeptical of the media coverage. Some in the American press actually want to see a knock-down-drag-out war of political ideologies between the pope and president; I think they may end up deeply disappointed. A recent op-ed piece by Michael Sean Winters, author of "Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats" (Perseus, 2008), served the unintentional purpose of warning American Catholics of this media bias. Winters wrote that the pope will "show how much his worldview differs...
  • Medal of Honor recipients visit Manas Air Base

    03/18/2008 6:16:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 221+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Jerome Baysmore, USAF
    3/18/2008 - MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFPN) -- Manas Air Base Airmen, Soldiers and transitory personnel got a firsthand glimpse into history this week. Three Medal of Honor recipients from the Vietnam War toured the base and spoke at several local engagements on their stop here before touring other locations in the U.S. Air Forces Central area of responsibility. Retired Army Col. Robert L. Howard, Marine Capt. John J. McGinty III and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Gary L. Littrell highlighted Manas Air Base's contributions in the war on terrorism. "Americans appreciate the great service you've provided for our country," Colonel...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il in Baffling China Pledge (mistrust goes both ways)

    02/01/2008 3:29:24 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 153+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 02/01/08
    Kim Jong-il in Baffling China Pledge North Korean leader Kim Jong-il caused some head-scratching when he unexpectedly pledged not to break faith with China in a meeting with a high-ranking Chinese official. Kim met Chinese President Hu Jintao’s special envoy Wang Jiarui, the head of the international department at the Central Committee of China’s Communist Party, in Pyongyang on Wednesday. According to China’s Xinhua news agency, Kim said his country “will not betray and break faith with China.” He told the Chinese special envoy that friendship between North Korean and China is a precious asset left by the two countries’...
  • Ahmadinejad to make landmark visit to Iraq: ministry

    01/23/2008 8:58:30 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 15 replies · 53+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 23, 2008 | Wisam Mohammed
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accepted an invitation to visit Baghdad, Iraq's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, a landmark trip that would make him the first leader of Iran to visit its former foe. Iran and Iraq fought an eight-year war in the 1980s in which hundreds of thousands were killed, but relations have improved since Saddam Hussein was ousted in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and a Shi'ite Islamist-led government came to power. "President Ahmadinejad has accepted an invitation from President (Jalal) Talabani to come to Iraq," Iraqi deputy Foreign Minister Labeed Abawi told Reuters....
  • Vice Chairman, USO Show Visit Troops in Afghanistan

    11/25/2007 9:07:35 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 124+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. Adam M. Stump, USAF
    KANDAHAR AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Nov. 22, 2007 – Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a traveling USO entertainment show visited troops at Bagram Air Base and Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan Nov. 20-21. Cartwright stopped in the country as part of a six-day, six-country troop visit, bringing with him actor Wilmer Valderrama, model Mayra Veronica and comedian Russell Peters. “My intent in being out here is to get those entertainers out here and try to give some of the troops—your people—at least an evening of drifting off into someplace other than...
  • Soldier’s visit to class turns into a wedding celebration (Smiles & Misty Eyes)

    11/21/2007 3:20:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 396+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — A first-grade class at Huachuca Mountain Elementary School was buzzing with excitement Tuesday morning. They knew something their student teacher Rebecca Schaeffer and her husband to be, Spc. Jerome Horrace, didn’t. Horrace had returned Saturday for a mid-tour break from Iraq, and Susan Hilliard’s class of 23 students had adopted his unit, writing letters and sending cards to the 1-28 Intelligence Section at Forward Operating Base Falcon in the Baghdad city limits. The section is officially part of the Black Lions, as the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Infantry Division...
  • Mullen Visit to Iraq, Afghanistan Revealed ‘Noticeable’ Improvements

    10/16/2007 5:28:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 55+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2007 – After traveling with Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen during Mullen’s first visit to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Joint Staff’s operations director said today that he was struck by “noticeable” security improvements throughout the theater. Army Lt. Gen. Carter F. Ham told Pentagon reporters the troop surge in Iraq that began in the spring is “having the intended effect” of better security. “That's not to say that there’s not still significant work required; there is,” Ham said. But he reported that throughout his travels with Mullen earlier...
  • Ahmadinejad arrives for New York visit

    09/23/2007 6:22:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 112+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/23/07 | Karen Matthews - ap
    NEW YORK - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York to protests Sunday and said in a television interview that Iran was neither building a nuclear bomb nor headed to war with the United States. The president's motorcade pulled up to the midtown hotel where he will be staying while he appears at a series of events including the U.N. General Assembly and a forum at Columbia University, where about 40 elected officials and civic leaders decried his visit. Ahmadinejad's public-relations push appears aimed at presenting his views directly to a U.S. audience amid rising strains and talk of...