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  • Report: Hamas’s High Demands Preventing Cease-Fire

    07/22/2014 6:43:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 7/22/2014, 8:41 AM | Tova Dvorin
    Hamas and Egypt are at odds over an unconfirmed cease-fire deal with Israel, Walla! News reports Tuesday—after Cairo refused to add to the terms of its mediation unprecedented “conditions” tempering the move. Hamas, which has rejected not one, but three separate ceasefire attempts, called on Israel over the past week to submit to a number of “conditions”—or demands—in return for an end to the violence against Israelis. The calls were accompanied by threats against the Israeli people, made through a series of weakly-worded text messages. These “conditions” include, among other things, greater access to international waters, reopening of border crossings,...
  • Only 8,000 enroll in health plan for preexisting conditions - 2010

    10/24/2013 10:45:59 AM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 2 replies
    amednews.com ^ | Dec. 27, 2010 | Geri Aston
    A new nationwide effort to provide health coverage to uninsured Americans with preexisting conditions is off to a slow start, largely due to high costs and a lack of awareness. As of Nov. 1, only 8,011 people were enrolled in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, numbers from the Dept. of Health and Human Services show. People who have been denied coverage by private insurers because of a preexisting condition and who have been uninsured for at least six months are eligible to participate in PCIP. The idea is to give patients who have no access to private coverage because of...
  • HHS releases rules requiring pre-existing conditions coverage

    11/20/2012 11:36:54 AM PST · by Nachum · 111 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/12 | Sam Baker
    The Obama administration issued new rules Tuesday that require insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions — one of the most popular provisions of President Obama’s healthcare law. The Health and Human Services Department also began to implement other popular, but expensive, parts of the Affordable Care Act. Regulations released Tuesday will prohibit insurers from charging women a higher premium than men, and will require plans in every state to cover certain services.
  • Insuring Pre-Existing Conditions (Yo No Soy Marinero, Soy Capitan!)

    10/17/2012 11:46:04 PM PDT · by plsjr · 13 replies
    barnhardt.biz ^ | 17 October 2012 | Ann Barnhardt
    1. First, a FANTASTIC piece from Market-Ticker.org wherein KD speaks the truth in no uncertain terms about insurance and this total, complete bee-ess about forcing insurance companies to sell policies to people with pre-existing conditions. This is just sublime: If you have a "pre-existing" condition then you're not buying insurance. Remember what insurance actually is: A small payment made to someone in order to obtain pooled risk against an unlikely but catastrophic event that one either cannot or chooses not to reserve against on one's own. By its very nature insurance is a negative-sum game. That is, if you take...
  • Greece 'meets bailout conditions' after debt swap (largest restructuring of gov't debt in history)

    03/09/2012 12:43:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/9/12 | BBC
    Greece is inching closer to its second bailout after it managed to win a crucial debt swap, European leaders have said. The Greek deal with its lenders is the largest restructuring of government debt in history. Eurozone finance ministers then said the conditions are in place for its new 130bn-euro (£110bn; $173bn) bailout. "Today the problem is solved," French President Nicolas Sarkozy said. The Greek Finance Minister, Evangelos Venizelos, hailed the swap as an "exceptional success". In a statement after a conference call of finance ministers, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the 17-nation Eurogroup, said "the necessary conditions are in place...
  • Oct. consumer confidence weakest since March 2009

    10/25/2011 7:52:53 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.25.11 | Ruth Mantell
    The nonprofit organization said its consumer-confidence index declined to 39.8 in October from a September level of 46.4, which was upwardly revised from a prior estimate of 45.4. Economists polled by MarketWatch expected a reading of 46 for October; when the economy is growing at a good clip, confidence readings are at 90 and above... ...The Conference Board’s expectations barometer fell to 48.7 in October from 55.1 in September. The percentage of those who expected business conditions to be “better” in six months declined, while most expected the same conditions...
  • October consumer sentiment declines

    10/14/2011 12:27:52 PM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 4 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.14.11 | Ruth Mantell
    ...The preliminary sentiment reading for October hit 57.5, compared with 59.4 in September. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected a slight rise, to 59.7, with volatility in the stock market offsetting lower gas prices...
  • NFIB small-business index edges up in September

    10/12/2011 6:35:17 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.11.11 | Steve Goldstein
    ...The National Federation of Independent Business small-business optimism index rose 0.8 points to 88.9...
  • Russia: Medvedev doubles down on "modernization"

    08/06/2011 10:29:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    AFPC Russia Reform Monitor ^ | 8/5/2011 | Ilan Berman and Amanda Pitrof, eds.
    The majority of Russians remain dissatisfied with the progress of democratization in Russia, a new poll has found. The Moscow Times reports that 62 percent of people recently polled in an All-Russia Public Opinion Research Centre survey answered that they are “dissatisfied with the development of democracy in Russia.” This number, however, is down marginally from the 73 percent who were dissatisfied with domestic conditions twenty years ago. Meanwhile, those who believe the country is showing progress are largely supporters of the ruling "United Russia" party, are under 45 years of age, and generally active Internet users. [Editors’ Note: Given...
  • 'No to US aid with conditions'- Lebanese minister rejects constraint that arms not be fired at Isr.

    08/11/2010 9:54:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    jpost ^ | 8/11/10 | ASSOCIATED PRESS AND HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
    BEIRUT — Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr Wednesday said he would reject any American military assistance to the Lebanese army if it comes with conditions that the weapons not be used against Israel. Murr was commenting on the decision by a US congressman to suspend $100 million of military aid to Lebanon over concerns the weapons could be turned on Israel and that Hezbollah may have influence over the Lebanese army. He stated that those who want to help the Lebanese army but place conditions on how their funds or weapons are used, should keep the money. The defense minister's...
  • 'EU relaxing conditions on Hamas'

    05/24/2010 9:06:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 165+ views
    jpost.com ^ | 5/24/10 | HERB KEINON
    The EU has become lax in reiterating the three conditions Hamas has to meet before gaining international legitimacy, a top Foreign Ministry official said Monday, adding that he would not “bet his life” that some in the EU are not looking for a “back-channel” contact with Hamas. Naor Gilon, the Foreign Ministry’s deputy director-general for Western Europe, made his comments at a symposium in Jerusalem sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Gilon’s words come just days after Hamas officials said they wanted direct contact with the US administration, and a couple of weeks after...
  • A Look at Preexisting Conditions (Is there a better way to help such people without government?)

    03/27/2010 8:10:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 715+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 03/27/2010 | David S. Van Dyke
    The Democrats have been very fond of touting one particular "benefit" of their health care system takeover legislation. Namely, they claim that the mandate which prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage for preexisting conditions will be wildly popular with the American public. What exactly is a preexisting condition? Unless you happen to be in absolutely perfect health, you probably have a preexisting condition from the perspective of the health care system. If you are overweight, if you consume alcohol or use tobacco, if you wear corrective lenses, dentures, or a hearing aid, you have a preexisting condition. If you are...
  • The Obamacare Bait And Switch Has Begun

    03/23/2010 11:29:22 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 10 replies · 796+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 03/24/10 | CaroleL
    President Obama and his Democratic machine has spent the last few months forcing their idea of health care reform through the legislative process. Two of the major selling points used again and again were coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and the guarantee that sick children would be covered almost immediately by the new law. Just two days after the president signed his monstrous health care overhaul into law, we find out he was not even telling the truth about that.
  • A modest health care reform proposal (How to help Americans with pre-existing conditions)

    01/23/2010 8:21:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 633+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 01/23/2010 | Michael Bary
    One of the things on most people's health care reform to-do list is fix the pre-existing condition problem. In real life, this problem is a lot smaller than it used to be. For the most part, so long as an individual has continuous health care coverage, he or she can change insurers and have any pre-existing conditions covered. The problem comes when the individual stops paying for health insurance and then develops a health problem. For obvious reasons, insurance companies aren't going to just start covering a person who is already sick or injured. That's like providing auto insurance after...
  • Nurses Plan Strike Over Swine Flu Conditions At Hospitals

    10/19/2009 2:59:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies · 889+ views
    LATimes ^ | October 19, 2009
    Nurses Plan Strike Over Swine Flu Conditions At Hospitals October 19, 2009 More than 16,000 registered nurses are locked in a contract dispute with officials at 37 Catholic hospitals statewide and plan to strike Oct. 30 out of concern that the hospitals’ lax safety standards put them at risk of catching H1N1 flu. The California Nurses Assn., which is in bargaining talks with San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West hospitals, announced the strike this morning. Local hospitals expected to be affected include California Hospital Medical Center, St. Vincent Medical Center, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, St. Mary Medical Center in...
  • It Doesn't Matter, Does It?

    05/16/2009 12:26:25 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 1 replies · 229+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 5/15/09 | MBC I.F.
    The Acceptable Conditions? The present conditions produce unacceptable problems which are finding greater acceptance. We are living in an ever-expanding mental, moral and social swamp. We are working from a faulty foundation consisting of evolution (man is a meaningless accident of nature, evolved from what?), communism (man is matter in motion and nothing more) and psycho-babble (man is told over and over again that he is not to be blamed for his actions; that he is not responsible). The ever-expanding swamp is further encouraged by needles for drugs, condoms for sex, counseling for irresponsibility, abortion for eliminating the unwanted, euthanasia...
  • A modest request to those who believe in anthropogenic climate change

    02/26/2008 12:55:03 PM PST · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 11 replies · 121+ views
    The Global Warming Heretic ^ | February 26, 2008
    Some time ago many in the Church of Global Warming abandoned the exclusive use of the term "global warming" to describe current climate trends. "Climate change" is the preferred term now, since many weather events in recent years do not appear to fit the perception of what we would see on an unnaturally warming planet. I will continue to use "Anthropogenic Global Warming" (AGW) to describe this ideology. Although atmospheric CO2 concentrations continue to increase, global temperatures have more or less plateaued in the past decade. Since the plateau occurred at a warm average temperature, we've been treated to innumerable...
  • Iraqi Residents See Conditions Improve in Arab Jabour

    02/13/2008 3:18:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 56+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky, USA
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 13, 2008 – Abas Rashed lives in Arab Jabour, 20 miles southeast of the Iraqi capital, and is a member of the local “Sons of Iraq” security group made up of local residents. He patrols the streets of his community and watches for insurgent activities, he said, because he knows the damage insurgents can do firsthand. Yassen Kodaier Hussein (left), a Sunni living in Arab Jabour, Iraq, and Abas Rashed (center), a member of the local “Sons of Iraq” citizen security group, talk with Alex, an interpreter from the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment,...
  • Troop Decisions Hinge on Conditions in Iraq

    01/29/2008 4:35:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 27+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2008 – The number of troops needed in Iraq, the length of the tours for those troops, the kinds of troops they need to be, and other such decisions rely on the conditions on the ground in Iraq, Defense Department officials said today. Officials in Iraq, at U.S. Central Command and at the Joint Staff are working to assess conditions in Iraq and to plan troop deployments and redeployments for the future, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said at a news conference here. This time last year, conditions in Iraq were terrible. Al Qaeda was growing,...
  • Gates Arrives in Afghanistan to Assess Conditions

    12/03/2007 3:34:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 21+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 3, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today on a fact-finding mission to get a face-to-face assessment from commanders about conditions on the ground, particularly in the volatile southern region. The situation in the area will be the focus of a meeting the secretary is to attend next week in Scotland. Gates, on his third trip here as defense secretary, told reporters he also plans get input from President Hamid Karzai and Defense Minister Abdul Raheem Wardak, following up his and Wardak’s recent Pentagon visit. The secretary last visited Afghanistan in June. He acknowledged...
  • Gitmo Conditions Worsening: Amnesty (by IslamOnline)

    04/05/2007 10:36:10 AM PDT · by bedolido · 20 replies · 583+ views
    islamonline ^ | 4-5-2007 | IOL Staff
    CAIRO — Conditions in the US detention facility in Guantanamo are worsening with the sweeping majority of detainees being held in cruel isolation, Amnesty International said in a new reported issued on Thursday, April 5.
  • Conditions in Southeastern Iraq Could Lead to British Force Reduction

    01/19/2007 3:29:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 139+ views
    BASRA, Iraq, Jan. 19, 2007 – Positive developments in southeastern Iraq may enable British leaders to reduce their troop strength in that region, a spokesman for Multinational Division Southeast said here today. “Our political leaders are saying that if the conditions here continue to improve, we will have a reduction in force in the spring,” said British army Maj. Chris Ormond-King. British officials were among the coalition military leaders who briefed Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates here today. Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, met the secretary at the airport here, and British army...
  • "Golden Rule" Pelosi: 'Permitting Indefinite Detention is Contrary to Our History and Values'

    09/28/2006 4:03:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies · 1,023+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/27/06
    Pelosi: 'Permitting Indefinite Detention Under Conditions that Cannot be Challenged in Court is Contrary to Our History and Values'Wed Sep 27, 3:45 PM ET To: National Desk Contact: Brendan Daly or Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616, both for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor this afternoon in strong opposition to H.R. 6054 -- Military Commissions Act. Three major amendments offered by Democratic Members were rejected by the Rules Committee. Below are Pelosi's remarks: "It's been five years since 9/11, yet not one person who has been directly...
  • Official Discusses Middle East Conflicts, Conditions

    08/07/2006 5:46:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 281+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2006 – The activities in the Hezbollah-Hamas battlespace are being manipulated by Iran, directed by Syria and executed by Hamas in Palestine and Hezbollah in Lebanon, a senior U.S. military official, speaking on background, said today. The official also spoke about conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said three major movements are coursing through the Middle East. The first is Iran’s posturing for leadership in the region. Iran’s prominence in the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, the official said, points to the problem a nuclear-armed Iran would pose to the region and world. Iran’s sponsorship of Hezbollah and its moves...
  • Soldiers improve living conditions at FOB Kalsu

    07/17/2006 4:23:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 1,063+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Spc. Edgar Reyes
    FOB KALSU, Iraq (Army News Service, July 17, 2006) – Living conditions at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, continue to improve with the work of Soldiers from Company C, 62nd Engineer Battalion and 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Under construction are a brigade tactical operations center, two battalion headquarters and four additional buildings capable of holding up to 16 companies. The structures will provide workspace for more than 2,500 Soldiers moving to the FOB from Najaf’s Forward Operating Base Duke this fall. “These new work spaces are cost efficient compared to the tents and old buildings we have...
  • Israel PM sets three conditions for ceasefire with Lebanon

    07/14/2006 11:09:06 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 33 replies · 1,670+ views
    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has imposed three conditions for a ceasefire in Lebanon, where Israel has been waging a deadly three-day assault, a Government spokeswoman says. "The Prime Minister is prepared to finish our operations in Lebanon if Hezbollah releases our two soldiers, stops its rocket fire and if the Lebanese Government decides to implement UN Security Council resolution 1559," spokeswoman Miri Eisin told AFP. The resolution calls for the disarmament of Hezbollah, the Shiite movement based in Lebanon that abducted two Israeli soldiers on Wednesday. "If these conditions are met, we are ready to cooperate with a delegation from...
  • Some GIs have R&R, others still rough it in Iraq

    06/10/2006 10:01:37 PM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 25 replies · 851+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 6/10/06 | DOUG J. SWANSON
    CAMP ISKANDARIYAH, Iraq – The lucky soldiers live in air-conditioned "cans" surrounded by concrete blast walls. The less fortunate get hot, moldy tents. They drink rivers of Red Bull and Mountain Dew. On Sunday nights they might eat steak and crab legs. For entertainment, they can buy bootleg DVDs of The Dukes of Hazzard for only $3. Inside the gate, absent the occasional mortar attack, soldiers are relatively safe. But they never go "outside the wire" unless fully armed. Such is life in the American military's forward operating bases, which represent a new approach to war.
  • Troop Withdrawals Depend on Conditions, Iraqi Government, Rice Says

    05/21/2006 2:47:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 208+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    WASHINGTON, May 21, 2006 – One day after Iraq's unity government was sworn in, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said it's too soon to try to project when major U.S. troop withdrawals might occur. Speaking today on NBC's "Meet the Press," Rice said conditions on the ground and consultations with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government would play the question out over time. "We are going to sit with the new Iraqi prime minister and his team and look at the security situation both in terms of what remains to be done and who should do it," Rice said. The secretary...
  • Strippers early win in award fight

    12/12/2005 10:55:43 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 27 replies · 847+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 13 December 2005 | Jamie Duncan
    STRIPTEASE artists have had an early win in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission in their fight for an award to establish basic wages and workplace conditions. Canberra-based union Striptease Artists of Australia (SAA) presented its 47-page log of claims listing more than 300 businesses as respondents at a two-day hearing of the AIRC in Melbourne, beginning yesterday. The union has sought pay rates of up to $310 for three minutes of lap-dancing in skimpy clothing, $360 for a topless dance and $510 for a three-minute nude performance, $1960 for a 15-minute explicit table-top dance and $1100 an hour for a...
  • Conditions Set for Successful Iraqi Election, Officials Say

    12/11/2005 1:32:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 304+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 11, 2005 | Petty Officer 3rd Class John R. Guardiano, USN
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2005 – Iraqi and coalition forces have set the conditions for a successful Dec. 15 parliamentary election in Iraq that will be mostly free of violence, U.S. officials said today. The officials also said a broad and representative cross-section of the Iraqi population, including Sunnis, will participate "By and large, with the exception of the al Anbar province, (we) are very confident that there will be a large turnout and little or no violence," Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of coalition forces in Iraq, said. Even in Anbar, "we expect better turnout this time than...
  • Mugabe Spurned Loan 'In Fury Over Conditions'

    09/16/2005 6:08:07 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 420+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-17-2005 | David Blair
    Mugabe spurned loan 'in fury over conditions' By David Blair in Johannesburg (Filed: 17/09/2005) President Robert Mugabe rejected South Africa's offer of emergency cash to bail out Zimbabwe's collapsing economy and "humiliated" his officials when they presented him with a draft rescue package, it emerged yesterday. Mr Mugabe was "apoplectic" when he learned of the stringent conditions attached to a loan from South Africa. The conditions are believed to have included Mr Mugabe being required to open talks with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, repeal a series of repressive laws and implement ambitious economic reforms. A senior western diplomat...
  • Deployed medics face gamut of medical conditions

    08/19/2005 4:07:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 307+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Aug 18, 2005 | Master Sgt. Rich Romero
    8/18/2005 - OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (AFPN) -- When providing medical care at a remote location, the pace of business and the variety of medical conditions can change quickly. For medical Airmen with the 40th Air Expeditionary Group at this forward-deployed location, it has been a combination of business as usual and urgent issues requiring 12 medical evacuations. “It seems surprising to have that many medevacs since we have a bunch of young, healthy people,” said Capt. (Dr.) Kevin Turneau, a flight doctor. The unrelated cases included appendicitis, heart attacks, a seriously gashed finger and a collapsed lung. Because the medical...
  • U.S. Democrats demand conditions on Social Security (SS success is 70 years old - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!)

    08/13/2005 1:50:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 881+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/13/05
    U.S. Democrats demand conditions on Social Security Sat Aug 13,11:46 AM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On the eve of Social Security's 70th anniversary, Democrats said on Saturday they are ready to move toward revamping the financially troubled retirement program but warned against stripping away benefits to retirees and relying on private accounts for funding. "We have a moral obligation to stand up and protect Social Security for the next 70 years and beyond -- that means stopping privatization and dropping partisan demands for private accounts," said Rep. John Salazar, a Colorado Democrat, in his response to President George W. Bush's...
  • U.S. to Ease Some Guantanamo Conditions

    08/10/2005 5:28:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 660+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/10/05 | Ben Fox - AP
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The U.S. military plans to ease conditions for some detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — housing them in a renovated section with televisions, stereos and a view of the Caribbean, the detention center's commanding officer said in court papers. For the past several weeks, the military has been renovating Camp Iguana for detainees who are deemed no longer a threat to the United States, Brig Gen. Jay Hood said in an affidavit filed late Tuesday in federal court in Washington. The renovations are scheduled to be finished around Aug. 15, and some of those designated...
  • N. Korea Sets Conditions for Disarmament

    08/02/2005 8:53:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 544+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/2/05 | Bo-Mi Lim - AP
    BEIJING - North Korea's main envoy said Tuesday his country won't give up its nuclear weapons until an alleged U.S. atomic threat against the communist nation is eliminated, the first public comments from the North after eight days of six-party negotiations. Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said "differences in opinions" remained between the North and the United States. "Our decision is to give up nuclear weapons and programs related to nuclear weapons if the United States removes its nuclear threat against us and when trust is built," Kim said outside the North Korean Embassy in Beijing. The North has...
  • Lawmakers: Guantanamo Conditions Improve

    06/25/2005 9:55:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1,401+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/25/05 | Liz Sidoti - AP
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - During a tour of the U.S. prison for suspected terrorists on Saturday, House Republicans and Democrats, including one who has advocated closing the facility, said the United States has made progress in improving conditions and protecting detainees' rights. The U.S. lawmakers witnessed interrogations, toured cellblocks and ate the same lunch given to detainees on the first congressional visit to the prison for suspected terrorists since criticism of it intensified in the spring. A Senate delegation also was visiting this weekend. "The Guantanamo we saw today is not the Guantanamo we heard about a few...
  • One Way to Gitmo - (HA! one of the best articles yet on the topic! Dustin nails it!)

    06/18/2005 3:32:30 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 55 replies · 1,873+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | JUNE 18, 2005 | DUSTIN HAWKINS
    You know things aren’t going well for the Democrats when their main fighting issue is what the room temperature is at Guantanamo Bay’s Motel 6. Among the brilliant ideas of the “We Support the Troops” party is to close down the island-resort prison center affectionately referred to as Gitmo. The people most upset about the “torture” are mainly a bunch of leftwing, bed-wetting socialists who have never supported the war in any form or at any stage, but who we are now supposed to take as objective, credible persons. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Idiot) breathlessly announced the extent of the torture...
  • Human rights abuses my patoot! - (detainees given Jihadist "literature" while at Gitmo!)

    06/01/2005 12:51:30 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 16 replies · 751+ views
    TOWN HALL.COM ^ | JUNE 1, 2005 | TREVOR BOTHWELL
    The latest hysteria alleging American human rights abuses of suspected terrorists comes from Amnesty International, which apparently hopes to turn even the slightest supposed mistreatment of prisoners into a full-scale Abu Ghraib-type scandal. According to the Washington Times, Amnesty International "last week called on foreign governments 'to uphold their obligations under international law by investigating U.S. officials implicated in the development or implementation of interrogation techniques that constitute torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment' at the U.S. military base known as Gitmo." Furthermore, in a report titled "The State of the World's Human Rights," the organization charged that "the...
  • Division Commander's Lessons Learned (UNCLASSIFIED)-(real news, 1st Cav Iraq)

    03/15/2005 1:38:49 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 885+ views
    Email | MARCH 15, 2005 | VHFCN
    [VHFCN] Real news from Iraq Went to an AUSA dinner last night at the Ft. Hood Officers' Club to hear a speech by MG Pete Chiarelli, CG of the 1st Cav Div. He and most of the Div. have just returned from Iraq. Very informative and, surprise, the Mainstream Media (MSM) isn't telling the story. I was not there as a reporter, didn't take notes but I'll make some the points I remember that were interesting, suprising or generally stuff I had not heard before. It was not a speech per se. He just walked and talked, showed some slides...
  • KERRY'S WEBSITE REVEALS LESS THAN HONORABLE DISCHARGE

    10/31/2004 9:03:47 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 16 replies · 2,262+ views
    GULF1.COM ^ | NOVEMBER 1, 2004 | COLONEL BOB PAPPAS, USMC (Ret)
    While this writer was in the research process regarding allegations that Kerry had received a less than honorable discharge from the Navy, which was later changed, others were similarly engaged. Consequently, there are emerging simultaneously a number of allegations to that effect on the Internet; and the writer finds them to be generally true. Although the records Kerry has posted on his official site do not show an earlier discharge; and, incidentally, Kerry has finally admitted that he has not posted all of his records despite earlier claims that all were posted. Kerry publicly admitted during an interview with Tom...
  • Notice to all Yankees ( Mississippi ranked least livable state 6 years running)

    04/29/2004 2:15:31 PM PDT · by WKB · 209 replies · 698+ views
    Google ^ | 04-29-04
    Mississippi ranked 50th for the sixth year in a row. Other states in the bottom five were Tennessee, Louisiana and South Carolina. For the 14th year running, Alabama has ranked near the bottom in a national survey of "livability" that measures each state's quality of life based on factors such as hazardous waste sites and the rates of crime, bankruptcy and unemployment. Kansas-based Morgan Quitno Press ranked Alabama as the 47th most livable state. The group found New Hampshire the "most livable state." Others in the top ten were Minnesota, Vermont, Iowa, New Jersey, Wyoming, Virginia, Nebraska, Connecticut and South...
  • Hinckley allowed unsupervised visits (conditions listed)

    12/18/2003 5:11:01 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies · 959+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/18/03 | Kevin Johnson
    Hinckley allowed unsupervised visits 1 hour, 19 minutes ago By Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY John Hinckley, the man who shot President Reagan in a failed assassination attempt more than two decades ago, will be allowed to leave the mental hospital grounds for a series of unsupervised visits with his parents, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Over the objections of the federal government, the Reagan family and the former president's press secretary who was badly wounded in the 1981 attack, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman concluded that Hinckley, 48, no longer posed a danger and that all the medical evidence weighed...
  • GIs have made things better in Iraq

    09/14/2003 9:33:42 AM PDT · by Radix · 49 replies · 1,046+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 9/14/2003 | Amy Connell
    <p>I HAVE been serving in Iraq for over five months now as a soldier in the 2d Battalion of the 503d Airborne Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as the "Rock." We entered the country at midnight on March 26; 1,000 of my fellow soldiers and I parachuted from 10 jumbo jets (known as C17s) onto a cold, muddy field in Bashur in northern Iraq. This parachute operation was the US Army's only combat jump of the war and opened up the northern front. Things have changed tremendously for our battalion since those first cold, wet weeks spent in Bashur. On April 10, our battalion conducted an attack south into the oil rich town of Kirkuk, the city that has since become our home away from home and the focus of our security and development efforts.</p>
  • UK troops reveal their new ordeal in 120F Iraq

    07/28/2003 8:22:06 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 6 replies · 378+ views
    UK Herald ^ | July 28, 2003 | IAN BRUCE
    BRITISH troops have been flown home from Iraq as casualties of the heat amid claims they are being forced to live in squalid conditions. There are 12,000 UK frontline peacekeeping troops in southern Iraq, and it is said their conditions have not improved markedly since hostilities ended three months ago. Personnel from units within 19 Brigade, which took over from the Desert Rats of the 1st UK Armoured Division in Basra last month, have contacted The Herald to complain about the lack of basic welfare for the soldiers patrolling the streets of Iraq's second city. Concerns include tents with no...
  • Highways

    06/24/2003 6:58:33 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 17 replies · 265+ views
    06/24/03 | vanity
    We are heading back to NJ from OK, and p;lan to use Rte 44 tthrough MO, changing over to Rte 64; thence to Rte 79 in WV; to Rte 68,and Rte 81 PA. Anybody know about road conditions, weatrher problems, flooding, etc. in any of these areas ?
  • I'm Battling Enemy Bugs in the Desert (Nobody has bathed for 10 days)

    03/29/2003 5:50:21 PM PST · by UnklGene · 40 replies · 591+ views
    National Post ^ | March 28, 2003 | Matthew Fisher
    I'm Battling Enemy Bugs in the Desert (Nobody has bathed for at least 10 days) Matthew Fisher National Post Friday, March 28, 2003 Overhead, the biggest swarm of Cobra attack helicopters seen so far during the war raced toward the front to soften the Iraqi position. The Marines' 155-mm howitzers also opened up to do the same thing. As dusk fell last night, U.S. spy drones passed overhead on their way to scout positions forward as U.S. forces prepare for their attack on Saddam Hussein's capital. The battle for Baghdad is looming, but it may not begin until next week...
  • Iraq's Restrictions on the 'Unrestricted' Offer

    09/17/2002 2:10:50 PM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 40 replies · 323+ views
    Arthur Wildfire! March
    Yes. Restrictions on 'unrestricted access'. Fetters on 'unfettered access'. Iraq fooled Charlie Brown again, but not Bush. Rush reported this at 3:30, referring to an article I've yet to find. Hannity at 3:30 said he 'Almost drove off the road' when he heard Rush's find. There's an article out there somewhere that the 'unlimited inspection' offer is limited, to military bases. Inspections are, in fact, limited only to military bases, which makes them useless.
  • Iraq sets conditions on Australian wheat

    08/20/2002 3:26:57 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 218+ views
    The Age ^ | Augustus 20 2002 | AAP
    Iraq has confirmed it will resume all of its Australian wheat imports for 2003 and beyond to normal levels as long as the Howard government promotes diplomatic solutions to the current situation in Iraq. Andrew Lindberg, managing director of AWB Ltd, formerly the Australian Wheat Board, announced the formal agreement between the AWB and the Grain Board of Iraq in Melbourne today. "This outcome will ensure that all current contracts for 2002 can now proceed with confidence," Mr Lindberg said. "The agreement for 2003 is very significant for Australian wheat growers with this trade valued at $800 million per year."...