TF White Eagle, TF Iron Rakkasan eliminate insurgents
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conducted a combined operation with Polish Battle Group A in Bashir Village, Andar District, in eastern Ghazni Province to cordon and search an insurgent safehaven Dec. 30.
TF Shooter Soldiers earn Purple Hearts
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Two Cavalry Troopers of 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Shooter, were awarded Purple Hearts in a ceremony at Jalalabad Airfield Dec. 30.
Puerto Rico National Guard recognizes a fallen hero
COAMO, Puerto Rico (12/28/10) – The Puerto Rico National Guard on Monday posthumously promoted one of the Guardmembers killed in a Dec. 20 helicopter crash.
War hero’s tour: A humble soldier adjusts to fame
CHICAGO (AP) – It was years in the making, so Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta had time to talk with his wife about the “what if” question. He’d been recommended for the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration. If chosen, his name would be in headlines. His face in the spotlight. He’d be a celebrity.
Face of Defense: Landscape Architect Saves Resources
LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Jan. 3, 2011 – With health, safety, conservation and morale at the heart of her mission, the landscape architect here strives to deliver on every front.
Chilling Video: Openly Rooting for Revolution, The Left Calls For American Civil Unrest & Riots (Frances Fox Piven, Lib Talkers, Journalists, Van Jones, Rev Wright, English Protest Leader, etc)
NOTE: This video is a 4:32 clip.
Look who wants 500% bump in funding for government media
“Net neutrality” rules must be implemented for content control while the government should quintuple federal funding for public and community broadcasting, Ben Scott, the State Department’s recently appointed policy adviser for innovation, argues.
50 million taxpayers must delay filing – IRS
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Itemize your tax deductions? Itching for a refund? You’re going to have to wait. The IRS said that it needs until mid- to late-February to reprogram its processing systems because Congress acted so late this year cleaning up the tax code. The bill, which includes deductions for state and local sales taxes, college tuition and teacher expenses, wasn’t signed into law until Dec. 17.
Dems’ ‘rising star’ trained illegals for jobs
Kamala Harris, California’s next attorney general, ran a program that trained illegal alien felons for jobs, kept them out of jail and even helped to clear their criminal records.
Forget Pep Talks; Governors Warn of Tough Times
New governors in 26 U.S. states are starting to take office with somber warnings to constituents of more tough times amid revenue shortfalls and a weak job market.
There Oughta Be a Law: Californians Getting 725 New Ones in 2011
Trans-fats are thing of the past in certain food facilities, for example. And insurance companies can’t charge men and women different rates for the same coverage.
New Jersey Wants to Seize Your Unused Gift Cards
New Jersey isn’t giving up its effort to seize unused money on gift cards and traveler’s checks. Lawmakers voted last year to allow the seizure of cards after two to three years as a way to raise about $80 million and help balance the state’s budget.
Hillary Clinton, Hugo Chavez Share Cordial New Years Conversation
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shook hands and chatted briefly Saturday in a rare cordial encounter amid a diplomatic dispute that has left Venezuela and the United States without ambassadors in each other’s capitals.
Where’s Barack? Report Says Obama Spends Nearly 50% of Time Traveling
Maybe the president doesn’t like Washington, D.C. Maybe he really likes Air Force One. But whatever the reason, recently compiled statistics show he spends a lot of time on the road: 48 percent of his time, to be exact.
Wacky Ark. Animal Deaths Continue: 100,000 Fish Go Belly Up
First birds, now fish. After thousands of birds feel from the sky in Arkansas over the weekend, now hundreds of thousands of fish have turned up dead just 100 miles away.
Shariah Adoption Laws: Incompatible with American Law and Society
Yesterday’s Washington Post’s feature story, “Muslim orphans caught between Islam and the West“– about Muslim orphans who cannot find adoptive homes because of Islamic law– highlights once again the incompatibility of shariah with U.S. law and societal norms.
Report: U.S. in secret talks with Syria over peace accord with Israel
The United States has been in secret contact with Syrian officials in the hopes of realizing a comprehensive Israel-Syrian peace treaty, the Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper reported Saturday.
Mexican cartel announces 1-month truce
MORELIA, Mexico – A letter purportedly signed by La Familia drug cartel announcing a one-month truce circulated Sunday in the western state of Michoacan.
Iran is Talking Tough and Expanding Its Military Capabilities
Iran claims to have shot down two US drones operating over their territory. Iran also claims that its missiles are within range of all major US military installations in the region. It’s one thing for President Ahmadinejad to spout crazy apocalyptic ideas or for us to express concerns about Iran’s forthcoming nuclear capability. But if these Iranian claims are true, it represents a very real threat to the US and expanded Iranian capability.
Iran Primer: Take a Look
Very few Americans actually have been to Iran in the past three decades, since The 1979 Revolution. Within our diplomatic, military, and political bureaucracy there is little incentive to become an Iranian expert because that is an area in which the promotions will not be rapid.
China backs Spain to emerge from crisis: Beijing
China is confident Spain will recover from its economic crisis and Beijing will buy Spanish public debt despite market fears of an Irish-style bailout, a top Chinese official said Monday.
Former Marxist guerrilla sworn in as president of Brazil
Dilma Rousseff is Brazil’s first female president, taking over from the immensely popular Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The new president hopes to keep the country’s booming economy on track while advancing her Workers’ Party social agenda.
Hugo Chavez Takes Over the Federal Reserve
News of the devaluation came just after the central bank said the Venezuelan economy contracted 1.9% in 2010, the second consecutive year of declining output in the oil-rich nation after a 3.3% decline in 2009.
Medvedev signs decree to cut number of federal officials
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed on Monday a decree reducing the number of federal officials by 20% until 2013, the Kremlin press service said.
The Top Good News Stories of 2010
It was a year that tested the patience of many. Economic troubles, unemployment, rancorous elections — and to top it off, gasoline hit $3 a gallon just in time for the holidays.
High School Linebacker Literally Carries Family Through Tough Time
Sammy Parker is 8 years old and has cerebral palsy. He can’t talk or control his muscles. Until recently, his father Rick had to carry him upstairs to bed every night. Then Rick had an operation for his heart, and the Parkers needed help. Their doctor put them in touch with Malden (Mass.) Catholic School, where volunteering is emphasized to the kids.