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  • IRS chief: Producing documents could take years

    03/26/2014 2:20:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/26/14 | Alan Fram - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Internal Revenue Service told House Republicans on Wednesday that it would take years to provide all the documents they have subpoenaed in their probe of how the agency handled tea party groups' applications for tax-exempt status. The comments by IRS chief John Koskinen drew a frosty response from Republicans who run the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, one of several congressional panels investigating the controversy. The panel's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., warned him he should comply with the request "or potentially be held in contempt" of Congress, a sometimes threatened but...
  • Welfare spending: how Britain outstrips Europe

    01/19/2014 2:30:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | Joel Gunter and Dan Palmer
    Welfare spending in Britain has increased faster than almost any other country in Europe since 2000, new figures show. The cost of unemployment benefits, housing support and pensions as share of the economy has increased by more than a quarter over the past thirteen years – growing at a faster rate than in most of the developed world. Spending has gone up from 18.6 per cent of GDP to 23.7 per cent of GDP – an increase of 27 per cent, according to figures from the OECD, the club of most developed nations. By contrast, the average increase in welfare...
  • Kerry: 'Closer Than We Have Been In Years' to Israel, PA Peace

    12/06/2013 12:58:10 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/13
    US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that a peace deal could be imminent as he wrapped up his Israel visit, according to an AFP report. "I believe we are closer than we have been in years to bringing about the peace and the prosperity and the security that all of the people of this region deserve," he told reporters traveling with his delegation at Ben Gurion airport. The news follows reports from Maariv that negotiations were improving Thursday, as Kerry indicated that the US was more willing to follow Israel's stance on its security - specifically the...
  • Ex-Detroit mayor sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption (Kwame the K)

    10/10/2013 10:58:13 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 76 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10/10/2013
    <p>Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for corruption, the apparent last step after a series of scandals destroyed his political career and helped steer a crisis-laden city even deeper into trouble.</p> <p>Kilpatrick, who served as mayor from 2002 until fall 2008, fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars, traveled the country in private planes and even strong-armed his campaign fundraiser for stacks of cash hidden in her bra, according to evidence at trial.</p>
  • Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case

    08/21/2013 7:22:22 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 108 replies
  • Paul Ryan: The GOP Plan to Balance the Budget by 2023

    03/12/2013 7:12:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/12/2013 | Paul Ryan
    The goal can be reached, with no new taxes, while increasing spending 3.4% annually instead of the current 5%. America's national debt is over $16 trillion. Yet Washington can't figure out how to cut $85 billion—or just 2% of the federal budget—without resorting to arbitrary, across-the-board cuts. Clearly, the budget process is broken. In four of the past five years, the president has missed his budget deadline. Senate Democrats haven't passed a budget in over 1,400 days. By refusing to tackle the drivers of the nation's debt—or simply to write a budget—Washington lurches from crisis to crisis. House Republicans have...
  • Data Saved In Quartz Glass Might Last 300 Million Years

    01/06/2013 9:04:59 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 66 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 1/6/13 | Timothy Hornyak
    Most cultural institutions and research laboratories still rely on magnetic tape to archive their collections. Hitachi recently announced that it has developed a medium that can outlast not only this old-school format but also CDs, DVDs, hard drives and MP3s. The electronics giant partnered with Kyoto University's Kiyotaka Miura to develop “semiperpetual” slivers of quartz glass that Hitachi says can preserve information for hundreds of millions of years with virtually no degradation. The prototype is made of a square of quartz two centimeters wide and two millimeters thick. It houses four layers of dots that are created with a femtosecond...
  • Critical Mass bike movement at 20 years

    09/27/2012 1:20:18 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Peter Fimrite
    The bicycle party known as Critical Mass turns 20 on Friday. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of riders in all manner of dress and - if recent history holds true, no dress at all - will band together for a commemorative, congestion-causing cruise through downtown San Francisco. [snip] Chris Carlsson, the Critical Mass spokesman, said he expects 5,000 to 10,000 riders on Friday, more than 10 times the number of riders who routinely participate. "It's going to be a gigantic mess, but it is going to be fun," Carlsson said.
  • Three Years Later, Obama Reaches Out to Iran Dissidents

    03/22/2012 6:03:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/22/12 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    President Barack Obama wants to pierce what he is calling the “electronic curtain” shrouding the Iranian people in totalitarianism by inviting them to make contact through America’s “virtual Tehran embassy.” The American president pierced the electronic curtain by recently sending an online Internet video message to the Iranian people, letting them know the United States supports their freedom and wants to open a dialogue with them about America’s future relationship with a free Iran. “The Iranian government jams satellite signals to shut down television and radio broadcasts. It censors the Internet to control what the Iranian people can see and...
  • Inflation: Biggest rise in CPI in 3 years (economy slowdown plus inflation-Carter Part II?)

    10/19/2011 3:13:18 PM PDT · by Signalman · 12 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 10/19/2011 | Chris Isidore
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Inflation took a bigger bite out of consumers' wallets over the last 12 months, with September marking the biggest rise in three years. But at the same time, monthly price increases are starting to slow. The Consumer Price Index, the government's key measure of inflation at the retail level, jumped 3.9% in September from the year before. Higher food and energy prices again were the biggest culprits, with food 4.7% more expensive than a year earlier, and energy prices jumping 19.3%. Even core CPI, which strips out volatile food and energy prices, posted a 2% gain...
  • Fed's Pianalto: years (and years) to lower unemployment (back to normal levels)

    08/19/2011 9:14:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/19/11 | W Simon - Reuters
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - The economy is growing so slowly that it will take years to wrench lofty unemployment rates back to normal levels, Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Sandra Pianalto said on Friday. Speaking to a community bankers' group, she said growth in 2011 was likely to be about two percent and forecast it will rise only to three percent in 2012 and 2013 -- unlikely to make much of a dent in the current 9.1 percent jobless rate. "If we're going to dig ourselves out of the hole that we're in and begin to drive down the unemployment...
  • The Crown Heights Riot 20 Years Ago, The True Story Never Told

    08/17/2011 1:04:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 8/17/11 | Jeff Dunetz
    Twenty years ago this Friday a tragic car accident in Crown Heights Brooklyn escalated into a pogrom against the Jewish people. The media gives it a politically correct description, violence between the area’s Blacks and Jews. However the violence was not two-sided. The Crown Heights riot was an attack on the Jews by the neighborhood’s Caribbean community, fueled in part by Al Sharpton, now an MSNBC host and adviser to President Obama. Black Antisemitism in the Summer of 1991 Jews were a key part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, when the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. made...
  • Germany marks 50 years since Berlin Wall.

    08/13/2011 2:01:36 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/13/11 | BBC
    Addressing the ceremony on Bernauer Street, famously divided by the Wall and now site of a memorial, Mayor Wowereit said the capital was remembering the "saddest day in its recent history". "It is our common responsibility to keep alive the memories and pass them on to the next generation, to maintain freedom and democracy and to do everything so that such injustices may never happen again," he said. At a ceremony at a former crossing-point, President Wulff said the wall had been "an expression of fear" of those who created it.
  • Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent

    08/09/2011 6:00:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/9/11 | Max Hastings
    A few weeks after the U.S. city of Detroit was ravaged by 1967 race riots in which 43 people died, I was shown around the wrecked areas by a black reporter named Joe Strickland.He said: ‘Don’t you believe all that stuff people here are giving media folk about how sorry they are about what happened. When they talk to each other, they say: “It was a great fire, man!” ’I am sure that is what many of the young rioters, black and white, who have burned and looted in England through the past few shocking nights think today.
  • 10 Years of Drug Decriminalization in Portugal

    07/05/2011 8:11:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    CATO ^ | 7/5/11 | Tim Lynch
    Ten years ago this month, Portugal rejected the conventional approach to drug policy–more laws, stiffer prison sentences, more police–and went the other way by decriminalizing all drugs, even cocaine and heroin. The drug warriors predicted a disaster. They said drug use would spike and there would be a public health crisis. That did not happen. As Glenn Greenwald showed in a 2009 Cato report, Portugal is doing better than before and in many respects is doing better than other countries in the European Union
  • The war in the Caucuses may last a hundred years'

    01/26/2011 9:11:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    jpost ^ | 1/26/11 | staff
    Former Russian Interpol head says terror threat in country worse than in Israel; 4 top transportation officials fired over airport bombing. The level of terror threats in Russia is higher than that in Israel," former head of Russian Interpol Vladimir Ovchinsky stated during an interview with Novye Ivestia newspaper Wednesday. "Our war is more intensive than the one between the Israelis and the Palestinians," he added, saying pessimistically that "The war in the Caucuses may last a hundred years." There has been no claim of responsibility for the bombing that occurred at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, killing 35 people and wounding...
  • Mammoth 'could be reborn in four years'

    01/13/2011 7:32:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 81 replies
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 1/13/11 | Julian Ryall
    The woolly mammoth, extinct for thousands of years, could be brought back to life in as little as four years thanks to a breakthrough in cloning technology. Previous efforts in the 1990s to recover nuclei in cells from the skin and muscle tissue from mammoths found in the Siberian permafrost failed because they had been too badly damaged by the extreme cold. But a technique pioneered in 2008 by Dr. Teruhiko Wakayama, of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology, was successful in cloning a mouse from the cells of another mouse that had been frozen for 16 years.
  • IBM's annual list of five innovations set to change our lives in the next five years

    12/29/2010 1:21:00 PM PST · by SonOfDarkSkies · 26 replies · 3+ views
    Gizmag ^ | 12/28/2010 | Ben Coxworth
    IBM has announced its fifth annual Next Five in Five – a list of five technologies that the company believes “have the potential to change the way people work, live and play over the next five years.” While there are no flying cars or robot servants on the list, there are holographic friends, air-powered batteries, personal environmental sensors, customized commutes and building-heating computers.3D telepresence It may not be a flying car, but it’s definitely one we’ve seen in sci-fi movies before – the ability to converse with a life-size holographic image of another person in real time. The futurists at...
  • US Treasuries hit by biggest sell-off in two years

    12/08/2010 4:03:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    ft.com ^ | 12/8/10 | Richard Milne
    <p>US Treasuries suffered their biggest two-day sell-off since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, following a torrid month that has seen borrowing costs for western governments soar.</p> <p>Germany, Japan and the US have all seen their benchmark market interest rates rise by more than a quarter in the past month while the UK’s has risen by nearly a fifth.</p>
  • GOP takes control of Alabama Legislature after 136 years

    11/03/2010 3:11:15 AM PDT · by TheBigB · 23 replies
    Alabama Live ^ | 11/3/10 | David White
    MONTGOMERY -- Republicans on Tuesday appeared to take control of the Alabama Legislature, with top Republicans claiming to have close to 60 seats in the 105-member House of Representatives and perhaps 22 seats in the 35-member Senate.
  • Years later, Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping trial finally to begin

    10/31/2010 1:16:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 10/31/10 | Pat Reavy
    SALT LAKE CITY — In many ways, just looking at Elizabeth and her sister Mary Katherine today tells the story of how long "Elizabeth Smart" has been a household name throughout the nation, and how long their family has waited for justice to be served. Around the world, the picture of Elizabeth in her "missing" poster, of her in her yellow vest jacket with her hair pulled back, became ingrained in people's minds.
  • Knife removed from Brazil man's head after 3 years

    09/26/2010 3:01:48 PM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 24, 2010 | AP
    SAO PAULO (AP) - A man in northeastern Brazil is recovering after surgeons removed a 4-inch (10-centimeter) blade that had been stuck in his head for three years following a bar fight. Edeilson Nascimento, a 29-year-old tire repairman, tells reporters Friday he is feeling great after the three-hour surgery earlier this week. Excerpted per FR posting rules.
  • Week Two for Parker-Spitzer begins with New Low; Worst Ratings for Larry King in 10 Years

    10/12/2010 6:09:28 PM PDT · by John W · 23 replies
    TVNEWSER ^ | October 12, 2010 | Chris Ariens
    Last night’s “Parker-Spitzer” saw the lowest numbers yet for the program and the show did little to help the one that followed on the schedule — “Larry King Live” which had its worst numbers in more than 10 years. In its sixth outing, “Parker-Spitzer” drew 311,000 Total Viewers and 86,000 A25-54 viewers. That’s lower than the previous low for the time period set by Campbell Brown earlier this year. (332,000 / 87,000). Last week, Parker-Spitzer finished fourth in the time period averaging 465,000 Total Viewers and 124,000 A25-54. At 9pmET, “Larry King Live” put up its lowest A25-54 demo viewership...
  • 'Zombie ants' controlled by parasitic fungus for 48m years

    08/17/2010 7:17:15 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 43 replies
    Guardian ^ | August 18th 2010 | Ian Sample
    Earliest evidence of fungus that takes over ants' behaviour for its own ends found by scientists. The oldest evidence of a fungus that turns ants into zombies and makes them stagger to their death has been uncovered by scientists. The gruesome hallmark of the fungus's handiwork was found on the leaves of plants that grew in Messel, near Darmstadt in Germany, 48m years ago. The finding shows that parasitic fungi evolved the ability to control the creatures they infect in the distant past, even before the rise of the Himalayas. The fungus, which is alive and well in forests today,...
  • Obama Making Carter Years look Like Paradise

    07/07/2010 10:42:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    town hall ^ | 7/7/10 | Matt Towery
    Let me first always remind readers that polls are a snapshot in time. Two years from now, President Obama could be sitting on top of the world politically. But for now, he has lost all but 38 percent approval from the critical "independent" American voters. They're the ones that gave him the presidency. He appears headstrong in his determination to show the nation what a disastrous presidency looks like. Pundits often point to the presidency of Jimmy Carter as the modern example of a failed leader. It is no secret that I have, despite my former years as an active...
  • Larry King To Celebrate 25th Anniversary At CNN With Half The Viewers He Had Two Years Ago

    05/27/2010 6:52:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 318+ views
    Business Insider ^ | May 27, 2010, | Joe Pompeo |
    descent into irrelevancy...on King's inability (much the same as his fellow CNN hosts) to compete in the ratings with Fox News and MSNBC. At 9 p.m., the time slot King used to dominate, he's a "distant third" behind Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity. King now averages 725,000 viewers—that's about half the audience he had during the most recent presidential election; he was drawing 1.34 million in the first quarter of 2009. CNN president Jonathan Klein declined to comment on King's contract, which is up for renewal next June.
  • Mobile phone number suspended after three users die in 10 years

    05/25/2010 4:38:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies · 789+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | May 25, 2010
    A mobile phone company has suspended the number 0888 888 888 – after every single person assigned to it died in the last 10 years. The first owner Vladimir Grashnov – the former CEO of Bulgarian mobile phone company Mobitel which issued the number – died of cancer in 2001 aged just 48. Despite a spotless business record there were persistent rumours that his cancer had been caused by a business rival using radioactive poisoning. The number then passed to Bulgarian mafia boss, Konstantin Dimitrov, who was gunned down in 2003 by a lone assassin in the Netherlands during a...
  • Odds are about 1-in-3 that a mega-earthquake will hit the Northwest in the next 50 years

    05/24/2010 10:10:03 AM PDT · by decimon · 18 replies · 421+ views
    Oregon State University ^ | May 24, 2010 | Unknown
    CORVALLIS, Ore. – The major earthquakes that devastated Chile earlier this year and which triggered the catastrophic Indonesian tsunami of 2004 are more than just a distinct possibility to strike the Pacific Northwest coast of the United States, scientists say. There is more than a one-in-three chance that it will happen within the next 50 years. New analyses by Oregon State University marine geologist Chris Goldfinger and his colleagues have provided fresh insights into the Northwest’s turbulent seismic history – where magnitude 8.2 (or higher) earthquakes have occurred 41 times during the past 10,000 years. Those earthquakes were thought to...
  • BREAKING: Democratic CT-SEN Candidate Richard Blumenthal Has Lied For Years About Serving in Vietnam

    05/17/2010 6:59:42 PM PDT · by JerseyRepub · 19 replies · 1,392+ views
    redstate.com ^ | 5-17-2010 | Dan McLaughlin
    The NY Times has the story; the longtime crusading state Attorney General (he was Eliot Spitzer before Eliot Spitzer was), Richard Blumenthal has sometimes just implied it, but on other occasions (including one the NYT has on video) he’s said outright that he served in the Marines in Vietnam, when in fact he enlisted in a stateside Marine Reserve unit only near the end of the war after obtaining five draft deferments to pursue his legal education. The deferments are nothing to be proud of, but they’re a common enough story among male political leaders of that generation in both...
  • 'Annie' comic strip ending after 85 years

    05/13/2010 10:39:40 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies · 712+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2010
    CHICAGO (AP) - The iconic redheaded orphan Annie is ending her time on newspaper comics pages after 85 years. Tribune Media Services announced Thursday that it will cease syndication of the "Annie" strip on June 13.
  • How big is a trillion?

    03/11/2010 1:51:28 PM PST · by OldNavyVet · 65 replies · 1,221+ views
    Old Navy Vet | 11 March 2010 | OldNavyVet
    Now that our government is daily dealing in trillions of dollars, my question is ... How big is a trillion?
  • British winter was the coldest for 31 years

    03/02/2010 2:03:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 416+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | 3/2/10 | Adam Gabbatt
    Met Office figures recorded a December-to-February mean UK temperature of just 1.51C, while the 1971-2000 average is 3.7C After suffering snow, sleet, rain and consistently freezing temperatures, the knowledge that the Met Office has officially recognised winter 2009-10 as the coldest in 31 years brings with it a certain grim satisfaction. Provisional figures from the forecaster show the UK winter ‑ which in forecasting terms lasts from the start of December until the end of February ‑ has been the harshest, in temperature terms, since 1978-79.
  • Jobless rates seen high for many more years (U.S. Conference of Mayors report)

    01/20/2010 11:56:08 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 235+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/20/10 | Lisa Lambert
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Unemployment rates will likely peak in most U.S. cities in 2010, but it will be many more years before jobless rates hit their lows of the last decade, a report released by a U.S. mayors group shows. In some areas, such as California's central valley and cities in Nevada, unemployment rates will stay at or above 10 percent through 2013, according to the report published on Wednesday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors .. The mayors group released the report a day ahead of a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in which it will seek federal...
  • Indian villager takes 14 years to dig tunnel through mountain

    12/18/2009 2:53:04 PM PST · by posterchild · 56 replies · 2,721+ views
    Guardian ^ | Dec 1, 2009 | Randeep Ramesh
    An Indian villager burrowed for 14 years with a hammer and chisel to cut a tunnel through a mountain so that his neighbours could reach nearby fields and he could park his truck outside his home. Ramchandra Das, 53, who lives in eastern Bihar state, carved a 10m-long, 4m-wide tunnel through the hill range from his village of Kewati. Das took up the Herculean task after villagers found the 7km trek over the mountain increasingly arduous. When the authorities refused to help to cut the journey time, Das began carving his way through the earth in the direction of the...
  • 10 Years on Free Republic! (Well, +2 days) (Vanity)

    11/10/2009 2:09:33 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 81 replies · 967+ views
    myself | 10/10/2009 | Pyro7480
    I just let an anniversary go by unnoticed. I became a member of Free Republic on November 8, 1999. At that point in my life, I was a sophomore in college. Now, I'm a youngish professional with more than my fair share of grey hair already, and less than 8 months from reaching the "big" three-zero birthday. First, I want to thank Jim Robinson and all those who maintain this wonderfully addictive website. I get most of my news off of here. It is such a clearinghouse for what's going on in there world But more than that, it's a...
  • Ancient ale: Prehistoric yeast takes beer drinkers back millions of year

    09/25/2009 12:49:00 PM PDT · by Nikas777 · 28 replies · 1,367+ views
    chicagotribune.com ^ | Sep 24, 2009&#8206; | Suzanne Bohan
    Ancient ale Prehistoric yeast takes beer drinkers back millions of yearsBy Suzanne Bohan Contra Costa Times Sep 24, 2009‎ GUERNEVILLE, Calif. - Inside a stainless-steel tank at a brew pub here overlooking the redwood-rimmed Russian River, a 45-million-year-old yeast proves its mettle. And the remarkably resilient prehistoric microbe hasn't just garnered a devoted pack of Fossil Fuels Beer fans, it's also providing palpable proof of the tenacity of life on this planet. When the Australian-born owner of Stumptown Brewery, Peter Hackett, first learned of the ancient yeast, he doubted this long-extinct strain would ferment anything drinkable. It took the urging...
  • Death Threats Against Bush at Protests Ignored for Years [Zombietime pictureblog]

    08/20/2009 11:33:41 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 38 replies · 2,443+ views
    Zombietime ^ | Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 9:13 am | Zombietime
    On Wednesday, August 12, a man holding a sign that said “Death to Obama” at a town hall meeting in Maryland was detained and turned over to the Secret Service for questioning, which is pursuing an investigation into charging him with threatening the president. As well they should. I fully and absolutely agree with this arrest, since anyone who threatens the president is breaking the law and should be prosecuted. It doesn’t matter that Obama was not at the meeting nor that the man was unarmed: the threat all on its own is a federal crime, according to the United...
  • Job Market Could Lag Behind for Years, Study Forecasts

    08/18/2009 3:24:52 AM PDT · by Son House · 15 replies · 1,130+ views
    FOXNEWS.com ^ | August 17, 2009 | FOXNEWS.com
    According to their forecast, the unemployment rate will be at 10 percent through 2011. Three years after that, the jobless rate will have dropped only to 8 percent. And a decade from now, that rate will still be floating above 6 percent. Diane Swonk, an economist with Mesirow Financial, said she tends to agree with such bleak forecasts of jobless recoveries. "This is the exact debate that's going on in economics today," she said. "Because we have a severe recession, will we get a nice bounce? Or are we stuck in a period of slow, muted recovery, particularly in the...
  • Gates: 'A few years' of combat in Afghanistan

    08/13/2009 6:25:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 558+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/13/09 | LARA JAKES and ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON – The Pentagon presented a grim portrait of the Afghanistan war Thursday, offering no assurances about how long Americans will be fighting there or how many U.S. combat troops it will take to win. Defeating the Taliban and al-Qaida will take "a few years," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, with success on a larger scale in the desperately poor country a much longer proposition. He acknowledged that the Taliban has a firm hold on parts of the country President Barack Obama has called vital to U.S. security.
  • Obama: Recovery Will Take Years Not Months

    07/12/2009 11:27:23 AM PDT · by Son House · 84 replies · 3,067+ views
    AP ^ | July 12, 2009 | FOXNEWS.com
    Obama said in an op-ed posted early Sunday on The Washington Post's Web site that his $787 billion stimulus program was not expected to return the economy to full health, but to provide a boost that would stop the free fall. "So far, it has done that," the president wrote. "It was, from the start, a two-year program, and it will steadily save and create jobs as it ramps up over this summer and fall." He said his stimulus plan must be given time to work and appealed to Americans, who are increasingly uneasy with rising unemployment and ballooning budget...
  • US wronged Pakistan for 30 years, admits Hillary

    05/19/2009 7:03:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies · 989+ views
    Dawn.com ^ | 5/19/2009 | staff
    WASHINGTON, May 19: The US secretary of state acknowledged on Tuesday that Washington had not been consistent in its dealings with Islamabad. Talking to reporters at the Foreign Press Centre and the White House, Hillary Clinton said ‘it is fair to say that our policy towards Pakistan over the last 30 years has been incoherent. I don’t know any other word’
  • How many Posts/Threads/Years as a Freeper are You?

    04/21/2009 8:42:10 AM PDT · by exit82 · 328 replies · 5,569+ views
    Self | 4/21/09 | exit82
    Another day, another outrage from the Obama Administration. OK,how about a little diversion? Who is the posting champ of FreeRepublic? Who has posted the most number of threads? The most number of replies? Who has been here the longest(other than JimRob,of course!)? Check "Account" at the top of the page and let us know.
  • Terrorist Speaks: My 8 Years in Hamas

    02/18/2009 2:51:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 495+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/18/09 | Maayana Miskin
    (IsraelNN.com) IDF soldiers managed to capture hundreds of terror suspects during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. One of them, 20-year-old Mohammed Amazi, was revealed to be one of Hamas' more senior fighters. Parts of Amazi's interrogation were published this week by the Hebrew-language Maariv. Amazi told security forces that he was recruited by Hamas at age 12 as he left a mosque in his hometown of Jabalia. At first his participation in the group consisted only of daily Koran classes, he said. However, at age 13 he was officially sworn in to the terrorist group, and soon began actively supporting...
  • Obama says trillion-dollar deficits may last years

    01/06/2009 10:29:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,032+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/6/09 | Charles Babington - ap
    WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama says the nation probably faces huge deficits for years to come, but heavy spending is needed now to spur the economy. .. "Potentially we've got trillion-dollar deficits for years to come, even with the economic recovery that we are working on."
  • NRC takes 32 years to answer petition

    04/01/2008 2:50:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 215+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/1/08 | Dave Gram - ap
    MONTPELIER, Vt. - The nuclear energy watchdog group New England Coalition has been waiting a long time, a very long time, for the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to pay attention to its concerns. The agency has just replied to a petition concerning safety and radiation exposure that the coalition filed in 1975. "No petition before its time," said NRC spokesman Eliot Brenner. As if being ignored for three decades weren't enough, the NRC denied the group's petition. The coalition had been urging federal regulators to consider, as part of their environmental review of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, the...
  • Upright Walking Began 6 Million Years Ago

    03/20/2008 2:54:39 PM PDT · by blam · 144 replies · 1,947+ views
    Newswise ^ | Stony Brook University Medical Center
    Upright Walking Began 6 Million Years Ago Newswise — A shape comparison of the most complete fossil femur (thigh bone) of one of the earliest known pre-humans, or hominins, with the femora of living apes, modern humans and other fossils, indicates the earliest form of bipedalism occurred at least six million years ago and persisted for at least four million years. William Jungers, Ph.D., of Stony Brook University, and Brian Richmond, Ph.D., of George Washington University, say their finding indicates that the fossil belongs to very early human ancestors, and that upright walking is one of the first human characteristics...
  • New Year'sDay Flooded By Gay "Marriages" In New Hampshire

    01/01/2008 10:03:58 AM PST · by ECM · 20 replies · 231+ views
    AP via Pat Dollard ^ | January 1st, 2008 | AP
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Dozens of gay and lesbian couples entered into civil unions in New Hampshire in the early moments of New Year’s Day as a new state law legalized the partnerships after midnight. Organizers said they checked in 37 couples for an outdoor ceremony on the plaza of the New Hampshire Statehouse—the building where the law was adopted and signed in 2007. Participants bundled up against below- freezing temperatures. “We’ve been together 20 years; we’ve been waiting for this moment for 20 years; finally the state will recognize us as we are,” said Julie Bernier, who posed for...
  • Top 11 Warmest Years On Record Have All Been In Last 13 Years

    12/13/2007 4:20:25 PM PST · by blam · 115 replies · 262+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-13-2007 | World Meteorological Organization.
    Top 11 Warmest Years On Record Have All Been In Last 13 Years ScienceDaily (Dec. 13, 2007) — The decade of 1998-2007 is the warmest on record, according to data sources obtained by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The global mean surface temperature for 2007 is currently estimated at 0.41°C/0.74°F above the 1961-1990 annual average of 14.00°C/57.20°F. The University of East Anglia and the Met Office's Hadley Centre have released preliminary global temperature figures for 2007, which show the top 11 warmest years all occurring in the last 13 years. The provisional global figure for 2007 using data from January...
  • Mom reunites with daughter spirited away nearly 14 years ago

    12/12/2007 12:43:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies · 287+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 12-12-2007 | Sara Jean Green
    The moment she spotted the young woman in the puffy silver jacket, Ginger Mayes screamed her daughter's name and rushed the escalator, oblivious of the other passengers streaming into the baggage-claim area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Zarminah Al-Rabiah stepped off the escalator and into her mother's arms. The women clutched each other in a minutes-long hug, sobbing and then laughing.
  • 'Blind' motorist caught driving three times [claimed to be blind for ten years]

    05/11/2007 11:04:54 AM PDT · by bedolido · 3 replies · 286+ views
    thelocal.se ^ | 5-11-2007 | Staff Writer
    A motorist in Helsingborg has been ordered to pay back over a quarter of a million kronor in disability benefits after claiming to be blind for a period of ten years. The person in question was caught driving a car on three separate occasions while at the same time receiving benefits totalling 268,000 kronor ($38,500). The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) explained its decision to request reimbursement in a letter to the individual concerned: "While investigating your case in the autumn of 2006, we received information suggesting that you cannot be considered sightless.