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  • Pope Francis welcomes a sociopath at the Vatican

    05/11/2015 3:18:29 PM PDT · by cleghornboy · 20 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | May 11, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    Not many people, including Catholics, are aware of Raúl Castro's background. The brother of Fidel is in fact a sociopath who served as an executioner during the revolution as well as after his brother took power. Raúl was known for his ruthlessness and brutality. Years after the revolution, the homicidal maniac, who quite possibly is demon possessed, suggested that his nickname should be "Raúl the Terrible" for his role in hundreds of killings. He even executed a close friend, Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa, on orders from Fidel in 1989. Cubans who dare to criticize the government or the policies of this...
  • First Lady Welcomes Christmas Tree (The tree is "perfect".)

    11/23/2012 2:25:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/23/12 | ABC OTUS News
    First lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the holiday season by welcoming the White House Christmas tree. Mrs. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo greeted the arrival of a 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, N.C. The tree arrived Friday on a horse-drawn carriage. It will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. The first lady says the tree is "perfect."
  • Obama welcomes Russia progress in Medvedev visit

    06/24/2010 2:46:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/24/10 | DESMOND BUTLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says that by any measure he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev "have made significant progress and achieved concrete results." He said their discussions would have been unlikely just 17 months ago when Obama took office. Obama spoke during a joint press conference with Medvedev in the East Room on Thursday. The press conference followed a morning of private talks between the two leaders and their administrations. It was their seventh meeting since Obama took office.
  • White House Welcomes Eclectic Mix of Jewish Americans

    06/02/2010 10:44:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 248+ views ^ | 6/2/10 | Joshua Runyan
    An eclectic mix of 200 Jewish politicians and literary, athletic, academic and entertainment icons joined President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama in the East Room of the White House Thursday afternoon in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month. Dining on elegant kosher food prepared under the supervision of Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Levi Shemtov, the guests – who included children’s author Judy Blume, boxer Dmitry Salita, and Alan Veingrad, the former Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champion who went on to embrace his religious identity and encourage others to do the same – represented what many were calling a departure from...
  • Netanyahu Welcomes PA Chair’s Invitation to Meet

    08/26/2009 11:35:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 346+ views
    ( Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu welcomed the announcement by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas that he will meet the Prime Minister during a U.N. conference. Netanyahu said that for a long time he considered the possibility of the two meeting, without preconditions, in order to advance the peace process. Netanyahu said, “The Palestinians will raise during the meeting the issue of Jerusalem and refugees and we will state our opinions.
  • World welcomes New Year with fireworks - 2008

    12/31/2007 4:04:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 695+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/31/07 | Angela Doland - ap
    PARIS - A million revelers cheered fireworks in Sydney. Beijing started the year with singing and dancing displays hosted by Summer Olympics organizers. And rare celebrations resounded in war-torn Baghdad. Across the globe, people gathered for parties, shot off fireworks and held out hopes for a peaceful and prosperous 2008. But reminders of violence were apparent as well as security was tightened in many nations. Fireworks were canceled in downtown Brussels, Belgium, where police last week detained 14 people suspected of plotting to help an accused al-Qaida militant break out of jail. In Paris, where festivities centered on the famous...
  • Bush welcomes Gore to Oval Office

    11/26/2007 3:31:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 154+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/26/07 | Ben Feller - ap
    WASHINGTON - Talk about an inconvenient truth. l Gore finally won his place in the Oval Office on Monday — right next to George W. Bush. Forever linked by the closest and craziest presidential race in history, the two men were reunited by, of all things, White House tradition. Gore was among the 2007 Nobel Prize winners who were invited in for a photo and some chatter with the president; Gore got the recognition for his work on global warming. The two men stood next to other, sharing uncomfortable grins for photographers and reporters, who were quickly ushered in and...
  • 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...
  • Bush welcomes North Korea agreement

    02/13/2007 11:02:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,574+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/13/07 | Anne Gearan - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration called a deal to begin dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program a breakthrough, but the North's history of broken promises kept the celebrations to a minimum. There was worry, too, that accommodation of North Korea would encourage brinksmanship by Iran or other would-be nuclear states. The bargain among six nations gives North Korea energy, food and other aid in exchange for shuttering its main nuclear reactor. It does not expressly require the North to give up existing weapons or testing now, and the agreement does not spell out how negotiators will resolve issues that have...
  • White House welcomes tougher oversight

    02/01/2007 7:21:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 318+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/1/07 | Ben Feller - ap
    WASHINGTON - A White House management official said Thursday there is "very little real accountability" in the federal government, and he welcomed the tougher oversight the Democrats have promised now that they control Congress. "There cannot be enough accountability in the federal government," said Clay Johnson, deputy director of the Office and Management and Budget, which supervises executive branch agencies. "There is very little today. Very little real accountability." Yet Johnson challenged Democratic lawmakers to help solve problems — not just hold hearings about them. Democrats now control Congress for the first time in Bush's presidency, and they are promising...
  • U.S., Serbia Sign Status-of-Forces Agreement; Ohio Welcomes State Partnership

    09/15/2006 5:25:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 410+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Master Sgt. Bob Haskell, USA
    COLUMBUS, Ohio , Sept. 15, 2006 -- In a significant event in the diplomatic arena, an agreement signed here a week ago kicked off a partnership between the state of Ohio and the Republic of Serbia. Serbian President Boris Tadic (left) holds a Minutemen statue presented to him by U.S. Army Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, during a Sept. 7 dinner for Tadic at Blum’s home at Fort McNair, in Washington. Tadic endorsed Serbia’s participation in the National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Ohio during his visit to the U.S. Photo by Master...
  • RAF Lakenheath welcomes new mission, aircraft

    06/15/2006 6:19:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 358+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Capt. Beth Horine
    6/15/2006 - ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England (AFPN) -- The first two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters from the 56th Rescue Squadron arrived here from Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, via a C-17 Globemaster III June 12 and 13. With the closure of NAS Keflavik, five aircraft and many operators and maintainers are moving here as part of the realignment of the Iceland-based units. “We’re thrilled to welcome the Airmen from the 56th to RAF Lakenheath,” said Brig. Gen. Robert P. Steel, 48th Fighter Wing commander. “Although they’ve been a part of our wing for about a year as a geographically...
  • Fort Campbell Fisher House opens, welcomes first guest

    06/09/2006 5:42:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 707+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Kelli Bland
    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (June 8, 2006) -- The Fort Campbell, Ky., Fisher House opened its doors June 6 to Soldiers and families in need of a place to stay during hospitalization at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital. The grand opening showcased the eight-family “comfort home” designed to give Soldiers and families a home away from home. The facility has private bedrooms and bathrooms with a shared kitchen, living and laundry room. There are now 35 Fishes Houses around the world. Each was built to honor the sacrifices of Soldiers and families for what they do for the country, said Arnold Fisher,...
  • Bush Welcomes Coast Guard Commandant, Cites Service's Contributions

    05/25/2006 9:13:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 440+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, May 25, 2006 – President Bush welcomed a new commandant to the Coast Guard here today, and officially recognized the service as a whole for its contributions during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Incoming Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen told the audience at his change of command ceremony May 25 that his service's "challenge is to attack each day, each task, with a purpose grounded in who we are, what we have been, and what we must become." The ceremony took place at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. Photo by Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen, USAF  (Click...
  • IAEA Head Welcomes Iran Resolution Delay

    05/11/2006 10:06:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 313+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/11/06 | Fia Hurley - ap
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - The head of the U.N. atomic watchdog agency Thursday welcomed the delay in adopting a Security Council on Iran and its nuclear program. More time is needed for negotiations with Iran to address concerns about its program, said Mohamed ElBaradei, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency. "I hope people will adopt a cool-headed approach," he told reporters during a visit to the Netherlands. "We need compromises from both sides to ensure that Iran has the right nuclear energy for peaceful purposes." He said Iran needed to build confidence with the international community, and would need "a...
  • Task Force Knighthawk Welcomes New Commander

    05/05/2006 5:56:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 190+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Mayra Kennedy
    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, May 5, 2006 — Task Force Knighthawk, part of Combined Joint Task Force-76, welcomed a new unit commander during a change-of-command ceremony here April 27. U.S. Army Capt. Kevin M. Coughlin took command of the 2nd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, Headquarters Company. “I understand the tremendous responsibility inherent in leading soldiers in combat and intend to do whatever it takes to accomplish each mission quickly and effectively,” said Coughlin, a Manchester, Conn., native who most recently served as the 2-10 Aviation Battalion adjutant. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mark Patterson, Task Force Knighthawk commander, presided over the ceremony...
  • Rice Welcomes Iraq's First Ambassador to U.S. in 15 Years

    04/12/2006 4:54:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 288+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 12, 2006 – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accepted the credentials of Iraq's first ambassador to the United States in 15 years yesterday at the State Department. Ambassador Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaidaie told Rice he was "honored and delighted to be here today as the first ambassador for the state of Iraq in 15 years and the first ambassador since we got rid of the regime of Saddam Hussein with your help." Sumaidaie, who was appointed Iraq's permanent representative to the United Nations in August 2004, said he looks forward to working with the United States on behalf...
  • Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Welcomes Reagan Strike Group to Persian Gulf Area of Operations

    02/28/2006 4:24:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 288+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Chief Journalist (SW) Donnie W. Ryan
    USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/commander, U.S. 5th Fleet (COMUSNAVCENT/5th Fleet), commander, Combined Maritime Forces visited USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Feb. 27 to welcome the ship’s crew, air wing and embarked carrier strike group staff to the 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO). The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is currently supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, as well as conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf. Reagan’s aircraft have been supporting ground troops in Iraqi around the clock since arriving in the 5th...
  • U.S. Ambassador Welcomes Iraqi Assembly Vote Certification

    02/14/2006 4:55:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 164+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 14, 2006 | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2006 – The new Iraqi national assembly must bring all Iraqis together to ensure a stable and prosperous future, Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq said. "The national unity government will need to implement a program that brings all Iraqis together, builds a happy future for the people of Iraq, and gets Iraq to stand on its own feet," Khalilzad said in a Feb. 10 statement as he welcomed the announcement of the final certified results of Iraq's Dec. 15 legislative elections. "We hope that this will be a government based on national unity, formed without regard...
  • Iraqi Town Welcomes Food Distribution Center

    02/03/2006 6:47:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 209+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 3, 2006 | Pfc. Michael A. Molinaro
    Iraqi Town Welcomes Food Distribution Center The center enables residents to buy grain, produce and other items at low prices through a program created by the Iraqi government. By U.S. Army Pfc. Michael A. Molinaro 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division DIYARAH, Iraq, Feb. 3, 2006 — Residents of Diyarah, Iraq, celebrated the opening of a food distribution center here Jan. 18. "Diyarah is a great success because of the town council's commitment to its people." U.S. Army Capt. Ben Simms The center enables residents to buy grain, produce and other items at low prices through a program...
  • CA: Doolittle defends relationship with lobbyist, welcomes inquiry

    01/23/2006 6:48:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 222+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/23/06 | Erica Werner - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - In his first extensive public comments about being implicated in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, California Republican Rep. John Doolittle said he has done nothing wrong and challenged the Justice Department to investigate him. Doolittle also criticized ethics reforms being proposed by fellow Republican leaders in the House, saying they are being done for the sake of appearances. "I think the system's working," said Doolittle, whose comments came in a prerecorded interview broadcast Monday on Sacramento talk radio station KFBK-AM. "This kind of a scandal is a big scandal because it doesn't happen very often. It's quite...
  • Vice president welcomes troops home from Iraq

    12/12/2005 3:33:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 340+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Dec 12, 2005 | Jason B. Cutshaw
    FORT DRUM, N.Y. (Army News Service, Dec. 9, 2005) -- Vice President Richard B. Cheney welcomed New York National Guard Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division back from Iraq Dec. 6 and also thanked 10th Mountain Division troops at Fort Drum for their effort in the War on Terrorism. Nearly 3,000 Soldiers and family members gathered to welcome the country’s No. 2 official at Fort Drum’s Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield Tuesday. “It is pretty neat to have the vice president recognize the Soldiers who have come and gone in these two great divisions,” said 1st Sgt. Mark Martin, Headquarters and Headquarters...

    12/09/2005 1:21:03 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 5 replies · 357+ views ^ | Friday, December 9, 2005 | Wolfgang Polzer
    Friday, December 9, 2005 POPE WELCOMES METHODIST LEADERS Benedict Encourages Signing of Declaration on Justification By Wolfgang Polzer Special to ASSIST News Service ROME (ANS) -- Pope Benedict XVI has encouraged leaders of the World Methodist Council to sign the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, which the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation finalized in 1999. The Pontiff met a delegation of the council under the leadership of the President, the Nigerian Bishop Sunday C. Mbang, in the Vatican, December 9. According to the text of the Pope’s address, published by the Vatican, Benedict welcomed a Methodist initiative...
  • Airport Lounge Welcomes Weary Military Travelers

    10/05/2005 5:58:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 432+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 5, 2005 | Samantha L. Quigley
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 5, 2005 – Long layovers between flights can be challenging, but servicemembers passing through Ted Stevens International Airport here can seek refuge in the Atwood Military Lounge. Whether it's for a few minutes or a few hours, the lounge, operated by the Armed Services YMCA of Anchorage, welcomes weary military travelers from 8 a.m. to midnight every day. "Just having a place to throw your luggage and meeting other military people, ... I think it's great," retired Army Master Sgt. Pauline Knauf said as she and her husband relaxed in the lounge before a recent flight to...
  • Vice President Cheney welcomes II MEF Marines and sailors home

    10/03/2005 5:15:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 1,141+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 3, 2005 | unattributed
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Oct. 3, 2005) -- The Vice President of the United States, Richard B. Cheney, visited more than 4,500 Marines here Oct. 3, welcoming them home from recent deployment. Cheney’s visit was less about his own appearance at the base and more about boosting morale and extending gratitude from the nation to Marines, some who arrived home as recent as last weekend from Iraq and other operations, including hurricane relief efforts on our own Gulf Coast. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment (3/25), a reserve unit based out of Ohio, many of whom returned...
  • Army vice chief welcomes home Louisiana Guard

    09/15/2005 4:17:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 215+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Sep 15, 2005 | David Vergun
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (Army News Service, Sept. 15, 2005) – Soldiers from the Louisiana Army National Guard’s 256th Brigade Combat Team have been in Iraq for a year facing the challenges of combat, said the Army’s vice chief of staff, and now they are home facing the challenges of picking up the pieces of their lives and those of their families as a result of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody, along with the director of the Army National Guard, Lt. Gen. Clyde Vaughn, and the adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard,...
  • Community Thanks Families of Fallen; Welcomes Vets Home

    09/14/2005 5:50:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 430+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 14, 2005 | Rudi Williams
    MANASSAS, Va., Sept. 14, 2005 – Their hearts were still breaking from the loss of their son three months ago in Afghanistan. But they still had smiles on their faces. Ronald and Felicia Alexander were smiling because the community was showing that their son, Army Green Beret Staff Sgt. LeRoy E. Alexander, 27, who was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on June 3, isn't forgotten. They also were smiling because Moose Lodge 1380 here had opened its doors for the community to flow in to give a special "thank you" to families of those who made the...
  • Santa Barbara Welcomes Reagan Sailors

    08/23/2005 6:31:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 476+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Aug 23, 2005 | Journalist 3rd Class Cynthia Smith
    SANTA BARBARA (NNS) -- More than 3,000 Sailors from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) received a warm welcome Aug. 19 from the residents of Santa Barbara as they experienced all the food, shopping and hospitality the city has to offer. “Everyone I have run into has been very generous and inviting,” said Lt.j.g. Taiwan Holmes, Reagan’s repairable asset management branch officer. “It is amazing to see people go out of their way to thank you for the job you are doing," Holmes added. "It is very encouraging.” Sailors took tours of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Reagan Ranch,...
  • Bush White House overhauls spy agencies (Sandy Berger welcomes recommendations)

    07/09/2005 1:55:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 575+ views
    White House overhauls spy agencies The move was spurred by questionable prewar Iraq intelligence. The Associated Press June 30. 2005 6:01AM AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite FBI Director Robert Mueller discusses President Bush's decision to create a national security service within the FBI, during a press conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, June 29, 2005. Mueller, who will share authority for choosing the head of the new service with National Intelligence Director John Negroponte, added that he does not regard the new agency as an infringement on the FBI's independence. President Bush granted the new national intelligence chief expanded...
  • (President) Bush Welcomes Seven New NATO Members

    03/29/2004 6:54:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 371+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/29/04 | Tom Raum - AP
    WASHINGTON - President Bush (news - web sites) welcomed seven former Soviet-dominated nations into NATO (news - web sites) on Monday, saying the 55-year old Western alliance would be strengthened because "tyranny for them is still a fresh memory." The expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to 26 members was celebrated as NATO signaled a willingness to play a military role in Iraq (news - web sites) if authorized by a new U.N. Security Council resolution. Standing with prime ministers in a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Bush said the new members "earned their freedom...
  • Iraq Leader Welcomes 10,000 Turkish Troops

    09/09/2003 10:34:53 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 126+ views
    AP/ Yahoo News ^ | Sept. 9,2003 | STEVEN R. HURST,
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq (news - web sites)'s acting president would welcome up to 10,000 Turkish peacekeepers if they are sent under a U.N. resolution and deploy in the far west of the country away from Kurdish territory, his spokesman said Tuesday. The spokesman for Ahmad Chalabi, a member of the U.S.-appointed Governing Council's nine-member presidency who is serving for September, appeared to contradict earlier statements by the newly named foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari. Zebari, a member of Iraq's large Kurdish minority, said a few days ago that nations bordering Iraq should not send troops. The 4th Infantry Division, meanwhile,...
  • Vietnam welcomes U.S. decision to lower catfish tariffs

    03/01/2003 9:44:12 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 575+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 3/1/03 | AP - Hanoi
    <p>HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Vietnamese catfish exporters on Saturday hailed a decision by the U.S. Commerce Department to lower import tariffs on some Vietnamese frozen fillets, calling it a positive step in resolving a trade dispute between the two nations.</p>
  • Annan welcomes Bush's $15 billion Pledge for Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS

    01/29/2003 4:45:54 PM PST · by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday! · 98 replies · 409+ views
    United Nations News ^ | 1/29/03 | United Nations
    The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today welcomed the announcement by United States President George W. Bush of a total of $15 billion in funding to help in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Referring to Mr. Bush's pledge, made last night in his State of the Union address, the Secretary-General congratulated the US President on his promise to provide stronger US leadership in combating the devastating impact of the global AIDS epidemic. "An additional $10 billion - making a total of $15 billion over the next five years, with a new emphasis on access to life-saving treatment and care for...