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  • Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes 11th of February 2015

    The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is celebrated on the 11th of February. On this important Feast Day, here are my thoughts: AT LOURDES AS THE IMMACULATE- The French Shrine of Lourdes is famous and known throughout the world. In this picturesque French Town which is at the foot of the Pyrenees, Our Lady appeared eighteen times to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. Confirming the dogma proclaimed by Blessed Pope Pius, the Ninth four years earlier, the Mother of God spoke to the little visionary and presented herself as "The Immaculate Conception". She was required to go to the...
  • Have You Noticed What’s Been Different About Netanyahu’s White House Visits Compared with Other

    09/30/2013 10:31:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/30/13 | Fred Lucas
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a few pool reporters in the White House Oval Office after meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday — consistent with Netanyahu’s past visits to the White House, but not consistent with the visits of several other world leaders who held full-blown joint press conferences with Obama in front of the entire White House press corps. The White House schedule for Monday does not specify whether the two leaders – who have sometimes been at odds – will take questions from the foreign and domestic press. Considering Israel’s status as a major ally...
  • Top aide to former IRS chief reportedly logged hundreds of White House visits

    06/21/2013 10:57:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/21/13 | Fox
    Not only did the former IRS commissioner visit the White House dozens of times during his tenure, but his chief of staff was reportedly making those visits even more frequently. The Washington Examiner reported Friday that Jonathan M. Davis, the chief of staff for former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, appears to have visited the White House campus up to 310 times between late 2009 and early 2013. Sources told the Examiner that Davis, who had little background in tax policy, largely served as a political aide. It's unclear what he was doing at the White House all those times. Shulman,...
  • 322 IRS visits to White House Left claims it was to discuss Obamacare

    06/12/2013 9:53:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    wnd ^ | 6/11/13 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – The explosion of intelligence-gathering scandals is giving the left time to get its story straight, at least, on the IRS scandal. The IRS’ targeting of conservative groups has fallen out of public view, at least momentarily, as the NSA and PRISM data-collection scandals have burst onto the scene. But, behind the scenes, the left is catching its breath and regrouping, having come up with what it says is an explanation for at least 157 visits to the White House by former IRS Director Douglas Shulman between 2010 and 2012.
  • Secret Service "Visits" Outspoken Critic of Obama - Because of Twitter?

    06/11/2013 9:51:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 150 replies ^ | 6/11/13 | Harriet Baldwin
    After you read this- you will wonder what country we are in. Tom Francois is an outspoken critic of Barack Hussein Obama- and has a robust Twitter presence. He also likes to dabble with his "paint" program to create funny cartoons. He has never threatened the President in any way, manner or form. On April 11, 2013, he heard relentless pounding on his door shouts of "Police!" The officers introduced themselves as members of The Secret Service and asked if they could "take a look around." Since Tom had nothing to hide (and he didn't want any return visits) -...
  • McCain visits rebels in Syria

    05/27/2013 5:27:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/27/13 | Rachel Streitfeld and Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) - Sen. John McCain visited rebels in Syria on Monday, his communications director confirmed to CNN, making the Arizona Republican the highest ranking elected official from the United States to visit the war-torn country.
  • Obama Visits Wounded Service Members

    03/02/2012 3:47:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    abc ^ | 3/2/12 | Mary Bruce
    President Obama spent this afternoon visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, meeting 27 injured troops and awarding eight purple hearts. During his visit to the hospital the president met with 11 soldiers, 14 Marines, one sailor and one NATO forces member, according to the White House. Twenty-six of the service members that the president met were injured in Afghanistan and one was wounded in Iraq. The visit comes just two days after the president honored Iraq veterans at a White House dinner, praising those who served as heroes and welcoming them home after nearly nine...
  • Why L.A. Hates Presidential Visits

    04/21/2011 12:28:20 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | April 21, 2011 | Conor Friedersdork
    Obama is attending a fundraiser on the West Side today -- and millions of people will spend two extra hours in their cars as a result President Obama is scheduled to land at LAX at about 2:45 P.M. Thursday. He then has to get to the Sony lot for a 4:30 fund-raising appearance, then up to Tavern in Brentwood for dinner and another fundraiser. He's staying overnight in the L.A. area -- they don't announce where, but at least some of the previous overnights have been at the Beverly Hilton. The city is advising that the traffic impacts should extend...
  • Netanyahu Visits Mourning Relatives of the Slain Family (video)

    03/14/2011 8:30:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    WeJew ^ | 3/14/11 | staff/Arutz 7
    Video of the recent Netanyahu visiting the relatives of the family murdered in their sleep by a terrorist.
  • Justice Sotomayor visits Berkeley elementary school

    02/02/2011 5:36:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies ^ | 2/2/11 | Lance Knobel
    Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor paid a surprise visit to Rosa Parks Elementary School in West Berkeley this morning. Sotomayor is in Berkeley to judge a moot court competition at the University of California Berkeley Law School, Boalt Hall, this evening. The competition has been moved to Zellerbach Hall because of the demand for tickets. Sotomayor chose Rosa Parks because two children of law school dean Chris Edley and his wife, Maria Echaveste, attend the school, and she heard about its commitment to diversity and its Spanish language immersion program. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice and...
  • While Carter visits North Korea, leader Kim Jong Il may have traveled to China, reports say

    08/25/2010 9:56:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/26/10 | Staff
    Seoul, South Korea - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il may have traveled to China in what would be his second visit to the country this year. The Yonhap news agency cites a high-ranking Seoul official as saying there are signs Kim went to China early Thursday. YTN television in Seoul is also reporting a possible Kim trip to China. A National Intelligence Service spokesman tells the AP the reports "appear to be true" but gave no further details. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of department policy. China's Foreign Ministry did not comment.
  • Top-Level Afghan Delegation to Visit Washington

    05/06/2010 5:04:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 121+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 6, 2010 – Afghan President Hamid Karzai and several members of his Cabinet will visit Washington next week for several days of sessions focused on ensuring success of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and strengthening the two countries’ long-term partnership, defense officials confirmed today. The visit will begin with an opening ceremony at the State Department on May 11, and will include a meeting hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House the next day. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is expected to participate in most of the sessions and will host a bilateral meeting at the...
  • Sarah Palin Visits Liberal Oregon Stronghold

    04/23/2010 10:15:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 867+ views
    time ^ | 4/23/10 | jeff barnard
    Sarah Palin could have hardly picked a more crunchy granola town to give a speech in than Eugene. Despite its pioneer and logging heritage, the town where Nike running shoes were born from a waffle iron is high on organic food, snobby about craft beers and tattoos, home to the University of Oregon and dependably votes Democratic. Last year, the mayor declared the first week in May as Medical Marijuana Awareness Week.
  • Obama visits California, but only for money -- again

    04/19/2010 10:27:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 356+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 4/19/10 | staff
    Democrat president Barack Obama boarding Air Force One in Long Beach on a previous visit to California The good news for California Democrats is that their hero President Obama is returning to the Golden state this afternoon. The bad news is once again they'll have to hand over big money to see or hear him. Common Californians -- including the increasing 12.6% of whom are now unemployed -- will be unable to hear the president address the economy or mounting fears over his healthcare bill and its costs because his announced events on this West Coast trip Monday are political...
  • White House told to detail Christian leader visits

    12/17/2007 3:37:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 73 replies · 161+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/07 | Randall Mikkelsen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge ordered the Secret Service on Monday to disclose records of visits by nine prominent conservative Christian leaders to the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney's residence. The ruling, in response to a legal watchdog group's suit, could shed light on the influence leaders like James Dobson of Focus on the Family have had on President George W. Bush's administration. It may also affect legal efforts to force the release of visiting records of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and other similar cases. "We think that these conservative Christian leaders have had a very big...
  • Venezuela's Chavez visits Iran

    11/19/2007 8:37:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 87+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/19/07 | Nasser Karimi - ap
    TEHRAN, Iran - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made his fourth trip to Iran in two years on Monday, state media reported, as the two countries sought to strengthen ties while their leaders exhort the international community to resist U.S. policies. Chavez, who arrived in Tehran from Saudi Arabia where he attended the weekend's OPEC summit, is expected to discuss various political and economic issues with his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Chavez was accompanied by a string of top Venezuelan officials for the hours-long visit — among them the foreign, industry, oil and communication...
  • America Supports You: Award-Winning Actor Visits Wounded Troops (Robert Duvall)

    09/27/2007 6:18:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 57 replies · 813+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2007 – Award-winning actor Robert Duvall certainly wasn’t gone in 60 seconds when he stopped at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here yesterday to visit wounded servicemembers. (Video) Retired Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Dan Cordell shakes hands with actor Robert Duvall, who spent time visiting wounded servicemembers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington on Sept. 25, 2007. Cordell was injured Sept. 13 while working as a contractor in Iraq. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess, USN  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. He did discover, however, that his 2000 movie...
  • Iranian president visits Syria

    07/19/2007 3:35:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 312+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/19/07 | Albert Aji - ap
    DAMASCUS, Syria - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out Thursday at unspecified enemies of the troubled Middle East, warning them to abandon their "hostile plans." During a one-day trip to Damascus, Ahmadinejad held talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad, who said their discussions focused on Iraq, the Palestinian territories and Lebanon, where both Tehran and Damascus wield influence. "The enemies of the region should abandon plans to attack the interests of this region, or they will be burned by the wrath of the region's peoples," the hardline Iranian leader said at a joint press conference with Assad. Both Iran and...
  • Minnesota Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar is in Iraq

    03/18/2007 4:14:27 PM PDT · by Son House · 28 replies · 1,387+ views
    WKBT, WI La Crosse New Channel 8 ^ | Mar 17, 2007 | WKBT, WI
    Klobuchar says the soldiers she spoke with are stoic about their mission, but are eager to come home. The Minnesota Democrat, who has opposed the escalation of the war, says she favors a surge in diplomacy, a gradual pullout of troops and a transferring of authority to the Iraqi government.
  • House Speaker Pelosi visits Iraq (with delegation including Murtha and other House members)

    01/26/2007 10:04:02 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies · 1,213+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/26/07 | AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record) and Rep. John Murtha (news, bio, voting record), both vocal war critics, were in the Iraqi capital Friday at the head of a delegation of House members on a fact-finding mission as the White House and Congress dueled over the expansion of U.S. forces in Iraq. The Pelosi delegation visited the heavily fortified Green Zone, site of the American Embassy, and met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. "We come out of the meeting with a greater understanding of the others' point of view," Pelosi, D-Calif., said, in brief...
  • Duke of Edinburgh visits British Army

    10/26/2006 10:34:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 493+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Cpl. James Williams
    HRH The Duke of Edinburgh meets troops from The Queen’s Royal Hussars during a surprise visit to Basra, Iraq on Oct. 22. BASRA -- His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh made a surprise visit to the British Army in Iraq Sunday. He was visiting The Queen’s Royal Hussars (QRH) in Basra in his role as the Regiment’s Colonel in Chief. He offered his praise to the cavalry soldiers, who are only a few weeks away from the end of their six-and-a-half month tour of Iraq. “It’s a great pleasure to see you here. Everyone at home has been following...
  • Chief of Staff Visits Soldiers at Speicher

    08/21/2006 4:46:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 247+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Michael Pfaff
    Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Peter Schoomaker pins a Purple Heart on Spc. Rebecca Macintyre, a motor transport operator with the 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, during a ceremony at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael Pfaff Chief of Staff Visits Soldiers at Speicher By U.S. Army Spc. Michael Pfaff TIKRIT, Iraq, Aug. 21, 2006 -- Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Peter Schoomaker visited troops at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Aug. 16. Schoomaker met with troops during several reenlistment, award, and “coin” ceremonies, in which Schoomaker personally...
  • Visits from family members help healing process

    08/08/2006 4:40:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 204+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Goodwin
    CAMP AL ASAD, Iraq (Aug. 8, 2006) -- When Army Maj. John W. Penree decided to pay his nephew, Marine Sgt. Peter A. Penree Jr., a visit in Iraq’s Al Anbar province, the timing couldn’t have been better. The circumstances, however, probably could have. Both men are currently deployed to Iraq – Penree Jr., serves with the Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment in western Al Anbar Province; Maj. Penree with the Wiesbaden, Germany-based 3rd Corps Support Command in Balad, Iraq. Penree Jr., a 23-year-old Marine infantryman from Frankfort, N.Y., was wounded recently when a suicide bomber drove a truck...
  • Agriculture secretary visits Iraq

    08/02/2006 4:27:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 322+ views
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Michael O. Johanns, left, and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zawbai sign an agreement Tuesday August 1, 2006 to keep working together to help Iraq's agricultural future. BAGHDAD -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns arrived in Iraq Tuesday to meet with high-level Iraqi officials, as well as Iraqi agricultural producers. Johanns was joined by representatives from the private sector, academia and the press. "Many people are surprised to learn how important the agriculture sector is in Iraq and how much potential it holds," said Johanns. "I am eager to meet face to face with Iraqi...
  • Secret Service reveals more Abramoff visits

    07/07/2006 8:28:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 814+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/7/06 | Pete Yost - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Secret Service on Friday revealed four more visits to the White House in 2001 by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, including one to see a domestic policy aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. The newly released records of Abramoff's access to the White House bring the total number of his known visits to seven. One Abramoff White House visit, according to Secret Service logs, was on April 20, 2001, to see Cesar Conda, at the time Cheney's assistant for domestic policy. Five days after the Conda meeting, one of Abramoff's former lobbying colleagues, Patrick Pizzella, was nominated by...
  • Medical Assistance Team Visits Afghan Villages

    06/26/2006 10:26:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 386+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Nina J. Ramon
    U.S. Army Capt. Frank Cerfogli (right) and Spc. Heather Kikulski treat Afghan villagersÂ’ sheep and goats with deworming medicine in Ander Key Bay, Afghanistan, June 13, 2006. Cerfogli and Kikulski, assigned to the 7/19 Medical Detachment, were part of a Cooperative Medical Assistance team, that provided much needed medical assistance to the remote villages of Hazarbez and Ander Key, June 9 to 13, 2006. Cerfogli, from Boone, Iowa, is a field veterinary officer. Kikulski, from Lake Geneva, Wis., is an animal specialist. U.S. Army photo by Army Sgt Nina J. Ramon Medical Assistance Team Visits Afghan Villages Despite the...
  • Rumsfeld Visits U.S. Navy Destroyer in Singapore

    06/04/2006 1:01:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 361+ views
    SINGAPORE, June 4, 2006 – On the 64th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today met with sailors in another South Pacific port and lauded them for recent service in the Persian Gulf. Rumsfeld was in Singapore for a meeting of defense ministers from Asian and Pacific countries. The USS McCampbell was in Singapore for a liberty call. Four other Navy ships and a Coast Guard cutter were also in port here as part of Exercise CARAT, for Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. Sailors from each of the other ships and several Coast Guardsmen were...
  • Hugo Chavez visits Bolivian coca region

    05/26/2006 10:22:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 349+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/26/06 | Vivian Sequera - ap
    SHINAHOTA, Bolivia - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who often accuses the U.S. of plotting to overthrow him, warned Bolivia's president Friday he could be facing the same prospect. Chavez spoke during a visit to the heart of Bolivia's coca-growing region with Bolivian leader Evo Morales and Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage — a trip designed to bolster trade ties among three leftist governments. Chavez responded to President Bush's comment Monday that he was "concerned about the erosion of democracy" in Bolivia and Venezuela. "If the U.S. president says he's worried the democracy is eroding in Bolivia, this simply means that...
  • CA: Mexican president wraps up U.S. trip with visits to LA leaders (Villaraigosa, Cardinal Mahony)

    05/26/2006 2:26:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 275+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/26/06 | Peter Prengaman - ap
    Mexican President Vicente Fox began wrapping up a U.S. visit Friday that anti-illegal immigration groups slammed as an attempt to influence congressional debate and immigrant supporters praised for recognizing Mexico's responsibility in a binational issue. Fox's afternoon agenda in a city heavily influenced by Mexican culture included meetings with two fellow proponents of immigration reform, Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Both have been high-profile supporters of marches that brought hundreds of thousands of immigrants to the streets. Fox was also met by about 50 noisy protesters as he arrived downtown at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. "We...
  • Kearsarge Visits New York for Fleet Week (LHD 3)

    05/25/2006 9:08:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 667+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Journalist 1st Class (SW) Robert Keilman
    MANHATTAN, N.Y. (NNS) -- More than 1,000 Sailors and 600 Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) arrived in New York May 24 for Fleet Week 2006. Kearsarge, along with seven other U.S. naval ships will visit Manhattan and Staten Island for the annual celebration from May 24-31. “Fleet Week allows us to show the character of our Sailors and Marines and the quality of the Kearsarge’s, equipment, technology and capabilities,” said Capt. Joseph Sensi, Kearsarge’s commanding officer. “We thank New York for showing such appreciation and support for those of us who serve.” During their visit,...
  • Mexican president visits Calif amid intense immigration debate

    05/25/2006 4:57:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 545+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/25/06 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    Mexican President Vicente Fox arrived in California Thursday amid intense debate over immigration and as the U.S. Senate approved sweeping reforms that include tighter border security and a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants. Fox was to address a joint session of the state Legislature and meet privately with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, their first meeting since the movie star became governor. On Wednesday, Schwarzenegger said he would stress Mexico's responsibility for illegal immigration in his meeting with Fox. "Mexico is our friend," Schwarzenegger said at a Capitol news conference. "I am going to have an open discussion with...
  • CENTCOM Commander Visits 'Mountain Lion' Battlefields

    05/23/2006 5:02:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 391+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael Pintagro
    U.S. Army Col. John Nicholson (second from left), Task Force Spartan commander, illustrates friendly and enemy positions for U.S. Army Gen. John P. Abizaid (second from right), U.S. Central Command commander, as U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John M. Custer, U.S. Central Command commander director of intelligence, and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, Combined Joint Task Force-76 commander, look on May 2, 2006, at Provincial Reconstruction Team Asadabad headquarters. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Pintagro CENTCOM Commander Visits 'Mountain Lion' Battlefields General Abizaid also met with U.S. Marines of Task Force Lava, wrapping up his...
  • "Lt Dan" visits 1/3 in Afghanistan

    05/12/2006 7:17:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 28 replies · 845+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Joseph Lindsay
    JALALABAD, Afghanistan (May 12, 2006) -- One character's name kept coming up during actor Gary Sinise's recent trip to Jalalabad Airfield in eastern Afghanistan where he paid a visit to the troops who were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sinise may be arguably one of the greatest and most versatile actors of our generation, having played in award-winning movie roles that range from George in "Of Mice and Men" - which he also directed - to his Broadway role as Randall P. McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" to his current television role as Detective Mac...
  • President visits Marines at "Oldest Post"

    05/08/2006 9:26:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 449+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. John. J. Parry
    MARINE BARRACKS, WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 5, 2006) -- George W. Bush, president of the United States, attended a Friday Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., May 5. The president enjoyed the ceremony alongside Gen. Michael W. Hagee, commandant of the Marine Corps and Col. Terry M. Lockard, commanding officer of Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. Bush last visited the “Oldest Post of the Marine Corps” May 18, 2001.
  • Commander in chief visits Vance AFB

    05/08/2006 6:53:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 329+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Capt. Tony Wickman and Tech. Sgt. Mary Davis
    5/8/2006 - VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFPN) -- The U.S. commander in chief stopped here May 6 en route to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater to give the commencement address. President George W. Bush was greeted by more than 300 servicemembers, civilians and their families. While the event was special for the base, it was the "best 17th birthday present in the world" for Betsy Kriner, daughter of Col. Kevin Kriner, 71st Operations Group commander, and his wife, Mary. “It was a once in a lifetime experience,” said the Enid High School junior, who received a hug and had...
  • Records of Abramoff's White House Visits (visitor logs to be delivered to Judicial Watch by May 10)

    05/01/2006 2:07:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 853+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/1/06 | Toni Locy - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Secret Service has agreed to turn over White House visitor logs that will show how often convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff met with Bush administration officials — and with whom he met. U.S. District Judge John Garrett Penn last Tuesday approved an agreement between the Secret Service and Judicial Watch, a public interest group, that requires the agency to produce records of Abramoff's visits from Jan. 1, 2001, to the present. Judicial Watch filed suit in February after the Secret Service failed to respond to its request under the federal Freedom of Information Act. Abramoff, who represented Indian...
  • President Visits with Marine Corps and Navy Families in Twentynine Palms, California

    04/24/2006 4:27:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 303+ views
    White House ^ | THE PRESIDENT
    THE PRESIDENT: Thanks for the warm welcome. Sergeant Major, thanks for the introduction. It's an honor to be here. I've been really looking forward to coming to Twentynine Palms. The General told me that I'm the first President ever to have come. It's an honor to be the first President, but he also reminded me that my mother beat me to the punch. (Laughter.) I want to share some thoughts with you right quick. One, I'm incredibly proud of the United States Marine Corps. (Applause.) You bring honor to our country. You represent the very best of America. You represent...
  • U.S. Army Chief of Staff Visits Iraqi Soldiers

    04/21/2006 6:27:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 573+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Maj. David Olson
    U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker (left) receives a guided tour of the Iraqi army's armored vehicles at Camp Taji, Iraq, April 19, 2006, from Iraqi army Maj. Gen. Ayoub Bashar (right), commanding general, 9th Iraqi Army Division, as U.S. Army Col. John Hort, senior advisor to the 9th Iraqi Army Division Military Transition Team, observes. U.S. Army photo by Maj. David Olson U.S. Army Chief of Staff Visits Iraqi Soldiers Iraqi soldiers from the 9th Iraqi Army Division displayed their armored vehicles for inspection during the visit. By U.S. Army Maj. David Olson 1st Brigade Combat...
  • Bush Visits Mayan Ruins in Mexico

    03/30/2006 9:50:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 92 replies · 1,500+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/30/06 | Jennifer Loven - ap
    CANCUN, Mexico - On a neighborly sightseeing jaunt Thursday with the leaders of Mexico and Canada, President Bush said the three were working to improve vital relationships that can better the lives of all their people. Mexican President Vicente Fox treated Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to an hour-long tour of the ancient Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza before they began two days of talks amid spring breakers in this Caribbean resort city. "This is a good start to a very important series of discussions," Bush said, standing alongside the other two with the massive pyramid called "El...
  • 'Mail Call' host visits Hurlburt Field

    03/28/2006 5:25:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 17 replies · 977+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Capt Virgil Magee
    3/28/2006 - HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFPN) -- "I wanna be on something that shoots," said retired U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey. That's exactly what the host of the History Channel's "'Mail Call" got when he and his crew spent two days at Hurlburt Field filming for an upcoming show. Best known for movie roles such as the hard-as-nails basic training drill instructor in "Full Metal Jacket," "Gunny" Ermey attracted a crowd wherever he and the film crew went. The Airmen of the 16th Special Operations Squadron got a kick out of having a bona fide movie star...
  • Corporate Supporter Extends Free Park Visits

    03/26/2006 11:15:07 AM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 466+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 26, 2006 – A national company's program offering free amusement park tickets to the nation's troops and their families has become so popular it will be extended another year. America Supports You corporate member Anheuser-Busch is offering free admission to its amusement parks for troops and their families. Pictured here, soldiers ride "SheiKra," a roller coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Fla., during summer 2005. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Anheuser-Busch began the program, called "Here's to the Heroes," in February 2005. The company had planned to end it early this year, said...
  • Miss USA visits Camp Lejeune’s wounded warriors

    03/16/2006 4:56:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 1,712+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Ryan M. Blaich
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – (March 16, 2006) -- More than 15 Marines squirmed in their seats, waiting eagerly in a computer room, scattered amongst circular tables, as Miss USA, Chelsea S. Cooley, finally appeared through the double doors of the Injured Support Unit barracks Monday. The brunette bombshell sat very casually in front of wounded warriors as they tried to catch their breath and build up the courage to ask her questions. “Do chicks dig scars?” asked a curious Pfc. Pete D. Dmitruk, an infantryman with 1st platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. Dmitruk pulled...
  • SMA visits wounded Soldiers at Brooke (Caution Photo May Cause Teary Eyes)

    02/08/2006 4:47:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 494+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Feb 8, 2006 | Andricka Hammonds
    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Army News Service, Feb. 8, 2006) -For one Soldier recovering from wounds sustained in Operation Enduring Freedom, a visit from the Army’s senior NCO came with a special birthday gift -- a promotion. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston visited wounded warriors recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center Monday to thank the troops for their sacrifice and service. Spc. Ernesto Godoy was promoted to sergeant during Preston’s visit. Godoy was injured in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device while on a routine patrol with the 173rd Airborne Brigade out of Vicenza, Italy. Although suffering...
  • Capitol Hill visits Fallujah

    01/25/2006 5:13:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 329+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 25, 2006 | Cpl. Heidi E. Loredo
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Jan. 25, 2006) -- A bipartisan delegation from the House of Representatives visited here, Jan. 21-22 to get a firsthand view on the progress made in Iraq and to give Marines and sailors a chance to voice their concerns. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, 18th Congressional District of Florida, led a four-person delegation which met with ground troops and foreign ministers in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. “It's an important opportunity to see firsthand what our fighting men and women are doing, the progress as well as the problems," said Ros-Lehtinen, a member of the House International Relations Committee. The...
  • Racing Champ Stewart, Oval Office Regular (2005 Nascar NC Champ visits the President)

    01/24/2006 2:30:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies · 770+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/24/06 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    WASHINGTON - NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart has had such a successful racing career that he's becoming a regular at the White House. Stewart said President Bush recalled his two previous visits to the Oval Office — one for his first Cup championship and another with other top drivers — when he came in for a third on Tuesday. "It's a real big honor to be able to come here and have the president remember you," Stewart told reporters as he left the West Wing. "He said, `I'd like to see you back here next year.' So I'm definitely on...
  • CA: Governor visits UCSD to tout proposed freeze on fee hikes

    01/18/2006 6:12:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 170+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/18/06 | Karen Kucher
    SAN DIEGO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared at the University of California Board of Regents meeting at UCSD Wednesday morning to tout his proposed freeze of student fee increases at the state's public colleges and universities. In an appearance on the La Jolla campus, the governor praised the UC system as a "crown jewel" and asked its regents to help him get the Legislature to support his proposed state budget. Schwarzenegger has proposed canceling a hefty fee increase that had been scheduled to take effect this year at University of California and California State University campuses, largely because economic growth...
  • Rhode Island senator visits Tal Afar

    01/06/2006 4:46:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 436+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 6, 2006 | Sgt. 1st Class Donald Sparks
    TIKRIT, Iraq (Army News Service, Jan. 6, 2006) – U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) met with Soldiers from his home state and local Iraqi leaders during a visit to the northwestern Iraqi city of Tal Afar Jan. 4. Reed was hosted by the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, headquartered at Forward Operating Base Sykes. After receiving an operational update from the regiment, the former Army Ranger met with several troopers from his home state. Reed’s visit surprised one of his constituents, Pfc. Christopher Wright, a 20-year-old tank crewman from Ashaway, R.I. “I was pretty surprised when my first sergeant came to...
  • SECNAV Visits with Wounded Sailors and Marines

    01/05/2006 4:27:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 168+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Jan 5, 2005 | Chief Journalist Craig P. Strawser
    WASHINGTON (NNS) -- On what was only his second day in office, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Donald Winter, visited with wounded Sailors and Marines, and the hospital staff at National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda. In his first message to the fleet after being sworn in Jan. 3, as the 74th SECNAV, Winter expressed how important it was to take care of the men and women of the fleet saying, “People are our most valuable asset. Nothing can play so decisive a role as well-trained, highly motivated Sailors and Marines who believe in their mission.” Winter reinforced those sentiments...
  • Manas Air Base Outreach Society visits hospital in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

    12/21/2005 5:07:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 394+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Dec 21, 2005 | Master Sgt. John E. Lasky
    12/21/2005 - BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Six Airmen from the Manas Air Base Outreach Society donned Santa caps and visited children at a hospital and passed out presents, generated cheer, and sang Christmas songs. Master Sgt. Dan Cline and seven other Airmen left Manas Air Base with toys gathered by family and friends. They traveled to the center of Kyrgyzstan’s capital city. “My family sent care packages of toys, but most of it came from a school project organized by a teacher,” Sergeant Cline said. “They’re going to be so happy to know the gifts made these kids happy,” said the...
  • Vice President visits Afghanistan, presents medals

    12/21/2005 4:19:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 261+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Dec 21, 2005 | Capt. Dwayne A. Wirfel
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Vice President Dick Cheney awarded medals for valor in combat to two Army aviators and two infantrymen during a visit with the Combined Joint Task Force-76 troops Dec. 19. Cheney awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor to Staff Sgt. Jonathan Brooks and Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Holland, both infantrymen assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry (Airborne), for their actions in combat May 30. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Guy Betts, a pilot from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, received the Air Medal with Valor for engaging the enemy during a medical evacuation mission June...