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  • Freedom vs socialism; paychecks vs safety nets; peace through strength; goodness triumphs over evil

    04/06/2014 10:43:47 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    April 6, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    I'm getting old and my memory is failing so please correct me where my memory is wrong or if I'm making up memories. Also, please expand where I fall miserably short. It's my recollection that Reagan was so successful because he was a leader with a vision who promoted strength, freedom, optimism, patriotism and righteousness. And he could communicate his vision with commonsense, humility and good humor. He did not succeed by pandering, evolving and adapting. He brought various factions together by promoting the ideas that freedom was much better than socialism, strength better than weakness, fiscal restraint better than...
  • Disability, Service, and Stewardship

    08/13/2013 5:37:45 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper
    Acton Institute ^ | 8/7/13 | Jordan Ballor
    There’s a dangerous tendency in America today to view disabilities of various kinds as insuperable barriers to productive and loving service. There is often an implicit, and sometimes explicit, disrespect of a basic feature of human dignity in the treatment of those with disabilities as merely passive recipients of government aid, the objects of public pity. The reality is that each one of us, created in the image of God, has the capacity to be a productive steward of some kind, and this reality has the potential to reshape... But what about those who cannot work? Perhaps it is because...
  • Obama prompt response to Romney comment on naval strength

    10/23/2012 4:36:27 PM PDT · by pfflier · 15 replies
    Duffel Bag ^ | Oct 28, 2012 | G-Had
    In response to Gov Romney's comment about the loss of numbers in naval vessels, President Obama boldly responds with the activation of the reserve fleet.President Obama today ordered the USS Constitution to the Straights of Hormuz. Excerpt: With the US Navy increasingly stretched trying to meet its commitments in both the Pacific and the Middle East, the Department of the Navy announced today that it will be re-activating its entire mothball fleet for upcoming Middle East deployments, including the USS ConstitutionRead more: http://www.duffelblog.com/2012/10/navy-deploys-uss-constitution-to-strait-of-hormuz/#ixzz2AASyvvH2 Follow us: @theduffelblog on Twitter | duffelblog on Facebook
  • A More Aggressive Obama Still Won't Make the Grade

    10/16/2012 4:00:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    As he prepares for the second debate, Obama faces a major dilemma: how to be more aggressive without jeopardizing his alleged likability, the main thing he supposedly has going for him with voters. The Barack Obama the public usually sees is not the real Barack Obama. The former is a carefully manufactured media image designed to appear eminently reasonable, highly engaged, ultra-caring, inordinately intelligent and as one who transcends the pettiness that plagues so many politicians. The real Obama is none of those things. These things wouldn't matter as much if the liberal media hadn't insulated Obama from scrutiny and...
  • Focus on what HE wants every day, and the " old self" will eventually go away!!

    05/06/2012 5:48:26 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 9 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Keep moving on in faith through all trials and tribulations.
  • Faith in CHRIST who strengthens us. Keep your mind on good things.

    04/28/2012 9:41:58 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 2 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Stay encouraged in all things. Sing praises to the LORD. Keep your mind on things of the LORD. Strength is in HIM.
  • GOD strengthens us when we have faith in HIM and are obedient. Do your best in serving HIM.

    04/27/2012 1:35:50 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 7 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Be inspired daily through reading, believing, and following HIS WORD. The WORD made flesh; JESUS CHRIST. JESUS CHRIST, the love of GOD. Before the foundation of this earth.
  • The Non-Quitter: Sarah Palin

    06/15/2011 11:40:40 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 189 replies
    The letter she wrote to her family before the birth of Trig gives us a glimpse into the soul of the penultimate "NON-quitter." In her email Palin imagines a letter from God to the family about to launch on its challenging child-rearing experience together. "Then, I put the idea in your hearts that his name should be 'Trig', because it's so fitting, with two Norse meanings: "True" and "Brave Victory"." "I've given Trig's mom and dad peace and joy as they wait to meet their new son. I gave them a happy anticipation because they asked me for that.I'll give...
  • Sarah Palin gives a glimpse of the Grizzly within her

    03/04/2011 7:45:36 PM PST · by PhilipJames · 103 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | March 4 | PhilipJames
    Well, if Chris Christie or any of the other "pretenders" to the Republican nomination thought that Sarah Palin couldn't be a Grizzly when she wants to.... just a little taste of things to come - http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/03/governor-palin-on-fox-business-network.html
  • Do tyrants fear America anymore? President Obama’s timid foreign policy is an embarrassment

    02/28/2011 11:09:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | February 28, 2011 | Nile Gardiner
    .....Just a few years ago the United States was genuinely feared on the world stage, and dictatorial regimes, strategic adversaries and state sponsors of terror treaded carefully in the face of the world’s most powerful nation. Now Washington appears weak, rudderless and frequently confused in its approach. From Tehran to Tripoli, the Obama administration has been pathetically slow to lead, and afraid to condemn acts of state-sponsored repression and violence. When protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the Islamist dictatorship in Iran in 2009, the brutal repression that greeted them was hardly a blip on Barack Obama’s teleprompter...
  • Warrior Games give injured vets kinship, strength (nearly 190 servicemen and women competing)

    05/13/2010 3:49:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 205+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/10 | Dan Elliott - ap
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – An Afghan insurgent's homemade bomb shattered Marc Esposito's lower legs, broke his back and knocked him cold for four days. But the Air Force staff sergeant says the worst part was being torn from his Special Operations teammates who stayed in the field after he was evacuated. A year later, Esposito says, he's found a new team fighting a different kind of battle — the U.S. military's first Warrior Games for wounded servicemen and women at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. "Just like you would in a wartime scenario or a battlefield, you...
  • Amazing contrast from past presidents vs.Obama

    11/20/2009 6:28:45 AM PST · by estrogen · 2 replies · 729+ views
    various quotes | Nov 18,2009 | myself
    This will show how weak our president is ..COMPARE THE QUOTES
  • Modern man a wimp says anthropologist

    LONDON (Reuters) - Many prehistoric Australian aboriginals could have outrun world 100 and 200 meters record holder Usain Bolt in modern conditions. Some Tutsi men in Rwanda exceeded the current world high jump record of 2.45 meters during initiation ceremonies in which they had to jump at least their own height to progress to manhood. Any Neanderthal woman could have beaten former bodybuilder and current California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in an arm wrestle.
  • Peace through Weakness

    09/27/2009 11:00:22 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies · 432+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-26-09 | Wordsmith
    “Here a question arises: whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the reverse. The answer is, of course, that it would be best to be both loved and feared. But since the two rarely come together, anyone compelled to choose will find greater security in being feared than in being loved.” -Nicolo Machiavelli, "The Prince" In wake of the disclosure that Iran's been secretly developing (at least one) secret underground uranium enrichment facility (sounds like spies were caught) or face more harsh words and stern warnings from the "outraged" international community, Iran offers the following response: Iran...
  • Gates Calls for Increase of 22,000 Soldiers

    07/20/2009 4:42:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 628+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 20, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today announced plans to add up to 22,000 soldiers to the U.S. Army’s ranks. The plus-up of active duty troops will take the Army from 547,000 to 569,000 forces in what Gates characterized as a temporary increase of the Army’s “end strength” for three fiscal years. “This is an important and necessary step to ensure that we continue to properly support the needs of our commanders in the field while providing relief for our current force and their families,” the secretary told reporters during a Pentagon news conference. Gates pointed...
  • Gallup Poll Shows Conservatives Gaining Strength

    06/15/2009 11:04:08 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 32 replies · 874+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-15-09 | Mike's America
    So much for the people who suggest consertvatism needs to be re-invented or tone down their voice on various issues!Latest Gallup poll: "Conservatives Are Single-Largest Ideological Group" Frankly, many of the people who have offered the advice that conservatives need to change want us to LOSE!(Excerpt) Read more at floppingaces.net ...
  • High-intensity Training Helps Soldiers Improve Strength, Endurance

    05/29/2009 5:31:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 682+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Ruth McClary, USA
    BAGHDAD, May 29, 2009 – Seven soldiers of Company A, 120th Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, grunt and moan as they lift Humvee shock springs and tires to build strength and endurance for upcoming missions. Army Spc. Daniel Beck lifts two 45-pound Humvee springs as part of the Tabata cross-fitness training program at Forward Operating Base Mahmudiyah, Iraq, May 17, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Jordan  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The 20-minute, high-intensity workout is called the Tabata, a variation of the fitness training the platoon performs three days a week. The...
  • Obama Failure To Exhibit Strength to Our Enemies, Just Like Jimmy Carter

    04/04/2009 8:10:58 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 16 replies · 897+ views
    Today, April 4, 2009, North Korea launched a long range rocket in defiance of "warnings" by the United States. What does this remind me of--just less than 80 days into Hussein's occupation of the White House? Jimmy Carter's administration. The guy didn't scare anyone, because he was SO ANXIOUS to kiss their butts and try to be friends. The NKs do not fear Hussein. Neither does Putin/Medvedev. Neither does Hamas. Neither does Iran. Everyone knows his philosophy is to try and be pals with the scum of the earth. So now we see: our enemies defying our "demands", because they...
  • Army, Air Guard at Full Strength, Directors Tell Congress

    03/04/2009 3:52:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 258+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 4, 2009 – The Army National Guard is over strength and the Air National Guard has met its target end strength for the first time since 2002, the directors told Congress yesterday. Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III, director of the Air National Guard, right, testifies before the House Armed Services Committee’s military personnel subcommittee in Washington, D.C., March 3, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “This is a new era for us,” said Army Lt. Gen. Clyde A. Vaughn, the director of the Army National...
  • Egyptian "Hulk" Claims God Gave Him Strength of 30,000 Men, 260 Horsepower [YouTube video]

    12/01/2008 6:44:02 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 10 replies · 988+ views
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIVCpzSQTPc&fmt=18
  • Strength and My Song [Devotional]

    11/29/2008 7:05:36 AM PST · by tenger · 1 replies · 163+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | November 29, 2008 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the Lord, is my strength and my song: he has become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2 Spread plentifully throughout the Old and New Testaments are songs of praise to God. Often times those songs come at what appears to be very odd times. But God was a way of life for these people. Times were tough; life was tough. Throw in the added disadvantage of being hated for what they believe, it would have been understandable if they had fallen away. Many did. But those who remained...
  • Finding Strength [Devotional]

    11/20/2008 4:03:58 AM PST · by tenger · 184+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | November 20, 2008 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:6 At this time in David’s reign—to put it mildly—he wasn’t well liked. We’ve all had those kinds of days. And to be fair, there are times that we haven’t liked people that much. Those who were against David wanted blood. Amidst all that anguish and strife, David could say that he found strength in the Lord his God. The correlation to our own lives...
  • The Measure of a Man

    07/16/2008 7:53:51 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 3 replies · 429+ views
    July 16, 2008 | Gordon Greene
    What is the measure of a man? Faithfulness and strength... peace in the face of adversity... Joy when there seems to be no good reason. A man's worth is not in what he has or does but in the treasures that lie in his spirit. Not in the friends he chooses, but in the friend he is. Too few men possess anything more than a head of stone and a heart of mush. Too many believe in everything, or nothing at the cost of all. They are: Too often unaccountable… Too blissfully irresponsible… Too utterly inconsistent… What is the measure...
  • Latest Recruiting Numbers Underscore Strength of All-Volunteer Force

    07/10/2008 5:15:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 39+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 10, 2008 – Defense officials today pointed to the 13th consecutive month of recruiting success as a sign that the all-volunteer force, now 35 years old, remains solid. Recruiting and retention statistics for June, released today, show that all services met or exceeded their active-duty recruiting goals. The June figures mark more than a full year of across-the-board recruiting successes. Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said this trend, particularly during a protracted conflict, demonstrates the strength of the all-volunteer force. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed appreciation earlier this week for military...
  • Coalition Team Assists in Building Combat Force

    04/04/2008 4:30:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 109+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Seaman William Selby, USN
    WASHINGTON, April 4, 2008 – A joint effort between the Coalition Army Advisory Training Team and the Iraqi Defense Ministry will have completed the Iraqi prime minister’s objective for force generation by the end of the year, a senior military official said yesterday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s objective is to build a force to combat the insurgency, Army Lt. Col. Daniel Swanson, deputy director for future plans and force generation for Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq’s Coalition Assistance Army Training Team, said in a teleconference with online journalists and “bloggers.” “The prime minister has stated that his end objective for...
  • Iraqi Forces Show Strength Through Unilateral Exercise

    03/31/2008 4:26:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 123+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Shawn Coolman, USMC
    HADITHA — An Iraqi police and provisional security force emergency response exercise was conducted March 26, in the Haditha Triad. The exercise conducted by the IP and PSF, the second operation of its kind in the Haditha Triad, was executed to better prepare the Iraqi security forces for future unexpected events. “This exercise is very important to make the people confident in the IP and PSF,” said Iraqi Col. Muhammad Shafur, the PSF battalion commander, through an interpreter. “It showed the people that the police are strong and serious about taking actions against the insurgents.” “We have to be prepared...
  • Bush Vetoes Bill That Would Limit Interrogations

    03/08/2008 12:20:27 PM PST · by yoe · 9 replies · 487+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 8, 2008 | STEVEN LEE MYERS
    President Bush on Saturday further cemented his legacy of fighting for strong executive powers, using his veto to shut down a congressional effort to limit the Central Intelligence Agency’s latitude to subject terrorism suspects to harsh interrogation techniques that are prohibited by the military and law enforcement agencies. Mr. Bush vetoed a bill that would have explicitly prohibited the agency from using such interrogation methods, which include waterboarding, a technique in which restrained prisoners are threatened with drowning and that has been the subject of intense criticism at home and abroad. Mr. Bush’s veto deepens his battle with increasingly assertive...
  • Strategy for a Stronger America

    09/19/2007 3:47:15 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 13 replies · 311+ views
    Romney for President 2008 ^ | 09/19/07 | Mitt Romney
    My fellow Americans, Throughout the history of the world, there have been “inflection points”—times when political, economic, military and other forces converged to alter the course of our nation’s history. I believe we are at one of those inflection points today. Forces of globalization, the rise of major new economic powerhouses such as China and India, and the emergence of radical jihad have created a “perfect storm” that will change the course of our nation. Our actions today will determine which course America will take.Will America remain the world’s economic and military superpower, able to preserve peace and prosperity? Will...
  • New Faraway Sensors Warn Of Emerging Hurricane's Strength

    09/12/2007 2:46:57 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 179+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 9-12-2007 | NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
    Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Date: September 12, 2007 New Faraway Sensors Warn Of Emerging Hurricane's Strength Science Daily — A new study supported by NASA and the U.S. Office of Naval Research takes forecasters one step further to improving their ability to predict just how powerful an oncoming storm may become by using highly-sensitive sensors located thousands of miles from the storm to detect lightning outbreaks within a hurricane's most dangerous area. Days before a growing hurricane possibly batters a local coastline, meteorologists rush to predict just how strong its winds and rains may grow knowing that lives and...
  • AMERICA - The Right Way!!(Sept. 10, 2007)[Remember the Trade Center!!]

    09/10/2007 4:31:54 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 66 replies · 620+ views
    All of Us | 9/10/07 | Various News Sources and FReepers
    Good morning!We'll start this memorable week with 2 threads - a Mon and a special Tues, 9/11 thread - before continuing with one thread for the rest of the week.Report on Iraq due today.And nervous investors wonder what the markets will be up to.
  • Security forces gaining strength, generals say

    07/16/2007 5:45:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 409+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Matthew McLaughlin
    BAGHDAD—Army Brig. Gen. Qassim Atta Al-Moussawi, Fardh Al-Qanoon spokesman, and U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Mark I. Fox, a Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman, held a press conference Sunday on the progress of Iraqi Security Forces. Fox detailed how Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces are working together in various locations throughout Iraq. Coalition forces have helped train and equip more than 349,000 ISF soldiers and added 8,700 Soldiers since June 24. Fox says the ISF is getting stronger every day. “The steady growth of the ISF, combined with the additional surge in Coalition forces is making a difference on the ground,” Fox said....
  • AP: Government Report Concludes Al Qaeda Now as Strong as in Summer of 2001

    07/12/2007 3:57:37 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 50 replies · 1,671+ views
    AP via FOXNews.com ^ | 12 July 2007
    WASHINGTON — A new threat assessment from U.S. counterterrorism analysts says that Al Qaeda has used its safe haven along the Afghan-Pakistan border to restore its operating capabilities to a level unseen since the months before Sept. 11, 2001. A counterterrorism official familiar with a five-page summary of the document — titled "Al Qaeda better positioned to strike the West" — called it a stark appraisal. The analysis will be part of a broader meeting at the White House on Thursday about an upcoming National Intelligence Estimate. The official and others spoke to The Associated Press on condition they not...
  • Report: al-Qaida Has Regained Strength

    07/11/2007 3:07:23 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies · 1,325+ views
    Breitbart | AP ^ | 7/11/07 | KATHERINE SHRADER and MATTHEW LEE
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government has concluded that al-Qaida has rebuilt its operating capability to a level not seen since the summer of 2001, The Associated Press has learned. A new threat assessment suggests the group that launched the most devastating terrorist attack on the United States has been able to rebuild despite nearly six years of bombings, war and other tactics aimed at crippling it.
  • Beneath surface, Americans Ambivilent about Diversity

    07/08/2007 7:39:45 AM PDT · by ABN 505 · 34 replies · 804+ views
    Springfield Republican ^ | July 8 | Jonathan Tilove
    WASHINGTON - Diversity is strength. That sentiment has emerged in recent years as an article of faith in American public life. But research suggests that faith in diversity is being sorely tested. New studies confirm earlier evidence that, at least in the short- to mid-term, diversity weakens civic ties, fostering mutual mistrust and detachment. Beneath all the "happy talk" about diversity, many Americans harbor a deep ambivalence about where it will lead.
  • Mitt Romney's Strength

    06/25/2007 9:27:32 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 113 replies · 1,852+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 06/25/07 | Doug Wilson
    Recent polls in two crucial primary states--Iowa and New Hampshire--show that Mitt Romney has leapfrogged John McCain and Rudy Giuliani to claim momentum in the race for the Republican nomination for president. The latest Des Moines Register poll shows Romney with 30 percent support, a 12-point lead over his nearest competitor in Iowa, McCain. Even better, Romney's internal polling has him running 17 points ahead of the competition in the Hawkeye State. A Zogby poll of New Hampshire voters offers similar results: Romney leads with 35 percent while McCain and Giuliani tie for second with 19 percent. This surge of...
  • SICK MEN FEELING BETTER - Germany, France: Growth for Both?

    06/16/2007 7:49:16 PM PDT · by Atlantic Bridge · 4 replies · 573+ views
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | June 15, 2007 | Jack Ewing
    Are the neighbors exuding a glow of economic vitality at the same time? Merkel's popularity gain and Sarkozy's strong start signal reforms. Germany and France have spent much of the last decade taking turns being the "sick man" of Europe. What would happen if the Continent's two largest economies were both healthy at the same time? Such a scenario seems more likely following the election last month of reform-minded Nicolas Sarkozy as President of France. On June 17, runoff elections are expected to award Sarkozy a strong majority in Parliament, giving him the political clout to carry out reforms such...
  • Giuliani Expects Key Mass. GOP Endorsements

    02/13/2007 4:41:39 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 23 replies · 613+ views
    February 13, 2007 Giuliani Expects Key Mass. GOP Endorsements Massachusetts Republicans may spoil Mitt Romney’s party this week. Ex-NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani is set to score a coup with endorsements from 2 and perhaps a third of the 5 Bay State Republican state senators. Credit for the Giuliani coup goes to former governor Paul Cellucci, who’s been working to snag members of the tiny Republican caucus. Sources said that Senate minority leader Richard Tesei to endorse Giuliani. Tesei, a Wakefield Republican, is in his first term as leader. Insiders think the only way to increase their numbers (or avoid obliteration)...
  • Tropical Sea Surface Temperatures: Natural variations or Global warming?

    09/12/2006 9:18:48 AM PDT · by cogitator · 271+ views
    RealClimate ^ | 09/11/2006
    Only an excerpt, because the full article is heavily linked, and posting just the text here doesn't present it accurately. "An alternative approach to the problem is a formal 'detection and attribution' analysis which seeks to establish the role of a potentially forced signal in the midst of climate 'noise'. This is where the new Santer et al paper comes in. Here, the authors examine the model simulations for the 20th Century that were coordinated for the IPCC AR4 and which now form a very valuable database that can be used in addressing issues such as those which concern us...
  • Global Warming Kicked 2005 Hurricanes Up A Notch

    06/27/2006 9:34:22 AM PDT · by cogitator · 57 replies · 802+ views
    BOULDER, Colorado, June 26, 2006 (ENS) - Global warming created about half the extra warmth in the waters of the tropical North Atlantic that stimulated hurricane formation in 2005, while natural cycles were a minor factor, a new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research demonstrates. The research by world leading climate scientists contradicts recent claims that natural cycles are responsible for the increase in Atlantic hurricane activity since 1995 and adds support to the theory that hurricane seasons will become more active as global temperatures rise. While researchers agree that the warming waters fueled hurricane intensity, they have...
  • Iraqi Police bolster strength in Ramadi

    04/12/2006 4:05:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 199+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. Rick Rzepka
    RAMADI, Iraq - More than 80 men, known as the Sons of Al Anbar, stepped back into the desert heat of Ramadi Saturday, after completing eight weeks of training at the Iraqi Police Academy in Jordan. The men left their homes to train as Iraqi Police officers in early February. For weeks they trained at the Jordan International Training Center to hone their skills as policemen in the volatile city of Ramadi. The basic police training program is designed to provide fundamental and democratic policing skills based on international human rights standards to the students, in preparation for assuming police...
  • Right: Hamas victory will harm Kadima

    01/25/2006 2:18:49 AM PST · by familyop · 4 replies · 350+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 25JAN06 | GIL HOFFMAN
    A victory for Hamas in Wednesday's Palestinian election will strengthen the Right in Israel and harm Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima Party, MKs on the Israeli Right said on Tuesday. They said a Hamas victory would serve as a wake-up call for the Israeli public that would begin a process of support shifting from Kadima and Labor to parties further to the Right. "Hamas is a terrorist organization that wants to destroy Israel, and it was strengthened by the disengagement," Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu told reporters outside the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. The head of the Likud's...
  • Home building sets record in 2005

    01/20/2006 2:07:32 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 459+ views
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | January 20, 2006 | MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    Last year was a record for the nation's home building industry . The Commerce Department reported Thursday that construction of single-family homes and apartments totaled 2.065 million units last year. The increase of 5.6 percent over 2004 pushed overall residential construction to the second highest level on record, exceeded only by 2.357 million units built in 1972. Meanwhile, single-family home construction hit an all-time high for the third straight year, rising to 1.714 million units, up 6.4 percent from the previous record of 1.611 million homes built in 2004. The record-setting performance came despite the fact that housing activity dropped...
  • PRAY FOR PRESIDENT BUSH - DAY - 1939

    01/19/2006 1:21:27 PM PST · by alpha-8-25-02 · 21 replies · 280+ views
    1/19/06 | ALPHA-8-25-02
    Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; Psalms 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. Psalms 1:3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalms 1:4 The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the...
  • Balance Important in Troop Strength Levels, Pace Says

    12/25/2005 2:42:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 249+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 25, 2005 | John D. Banusiewicz
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 25, 2005 – Maintaining a proper balance of coalition and Iraqi forces is the key to success in returning U.S. forces home at the right time, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Marine Gen. Peter Pace said coalition forces must support the Iraqi forces and the country's new government while preparing them to handle the responsibilities themselves. "There's a real balance here between having sufficient forces to get the job done and having too many forces," Pace explained. "If they're Iraqi forces, they will not be too many. They'll...
  • General in Iraq Expects Troop Levels to Drop

    12/17/2005 3:41:05 AM PST · by xzins · 9 replies · 445+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 17 Dec 05 | Lolita Baldor
    General in Iraq Expects Troop Levels to Drop By LOLITA C. BALDOR ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) - The top U.S. military commander in Iraq said Friday he would make recommendations in the next few weeks about troop withdrawals from Iraq, and he expects the force level will drop back to 138,000 by early February. That has been the usual number this year. Speaking from Iraq, Gen. George Casey told Pentagon reporters that by late next fall, the Iraqi military should be able to largely take the lead in the country's defense, with continued support from U.S. and coalition transition teams....
  • News Analysis: End strength up despite recruiting shortfall (GO ARMY!)

    10/26/2005 5:52:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 326+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Oct 26, 2005 | Bill Yamanaka
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 26, 2005) -- There are those who might focus on the fact that the Army missed its self-imposed recruiting goals in fiscal year 2005, yet ignore the fact that the total end strength and capabilities of the Army are what matter most. The men and women of the Army clearly derive a great deal of satisfaction from their decision to serve our nation as evidenced by the fact the Army exceeded its re-enlistment goals across the board. “America’s Army remains the pre-eminent land force in the world today,” said Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey....
  • Woman trapped in car for four nights

    10/09/2005 6:40:01 PM PDT · by My Right Foot · 23 replies · 1,075+ views
    By Roger Maynard A WOMAN spent four nights trapped with two dead companions in the upturned wreck of a car that skidded 45ft down a grass bank. Ada Makiri, 46, a mother of nine, survived on rainwater while pinned under the car. Barely conscious and with only her left hand free, she said that she thought only of her children as she lay a few inches from her dead friends. “I called out to them. I asked if they were all right. I felt their pulses, but felt nothing,” Mrs Makiri said as she recovered in hospital from hypothermia, facial...
  • RUSSIAN GOLD, CURRENCY RESERVES UP $3.1 BILLION IN A SINGLE WEEK

    09/22/2005 5:35:28 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 53 replies · 1,489+ views
    RIA Novosti - Business ^ | 22 Sep 2005 | Editor
    MOSCOW, September 22 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's gold and currency reserves grew $3.1 billion in a week to reach $155 billion September 16 against $151.9 billion September 9, the Central Bank said Thursday.
  • Injured officer cited for valor (Tucson Police)

    07/27/2005 6:18:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 423+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | July 27, 2005 | Aaron Mackey
    Half the skin on his face was torn away and his left hand was shattered. But Tucson Police Officer David Lewis knew he had to put his pain aside. He forced up his arm and pointed his gun at the suspect and commanded him to stop. Moments later, the man was taken into custody, accused of leading police on a crosstown chase in which he used his car as a ramrod aimed at officers. Lewis, 32, was pinned to his squad car by the burglary suspect's car in the incident and was dragged 150 feet. Many thoughts went through his...
  • Conditions in Iraq to Dictate Troop Numbers, Rumsfeld Says

    07/19/2005 6:04:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 242+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | July 19, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, July 19, 2005 – A Defense Department report expected to go to Congress soon will address stability and security in Iraq, but won't deliver force-level projections, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Pentagon reporters today. "All we can do is repeat the truth. And the truth is that the situation in Iraq and our force levels are going to depend on a variety of variables, and the decisions as to the size of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq will be a function of the conditions on the ground," the secretary said. Conditions on the ground will reflect the intensity...