When his orders came to deploy to Afghanistan in June of last year, Steve Barrett of Prescott, Conn., set aside his biggest project; rebuilding the stock race car he'd run for years but wrecked in April 2012. After 10 months overseas, Barrett returned last month, and on Saturday his friends and family welcomed him back to his home track with a little ceremony — and a new Super Stock race car, built for him in secret.
Barrett, a staff sergeant and inspector in the National Guard’s 1109th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group, had no idea what was in store when officials at the Waterford Speedbowl asked him to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. What he didn't know was that while he was deployed at Bagram Air Force Base, his friends had formed "Racers for a Soldier," holding fundraisers and organizing a team of dozens to rebuild a chassis from scratch, with a donated rebuilding of his old 350 cu. in. V-8, new roll cage and paint — eventually spending about 1,000 hours on the project. MORE PLUS VIDEO!
Home Depot's website now states the company's support for "Out and Equal Workplace Advocates," a gay political activist organization heavily promoting legalization of gay marriage and gays in the military, and celebrating activities such as Transgender Remembrance Day.
AFA has repeatedly asked The Home Depot to remain neutral in the culture wars, but the company has continued to promote the homosexual agenda.
On March 29, AFA invited The Home Depot to meet with AFA to discuss our concerns. They did not respond.
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In a statement, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the crash, but NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said there were no reports of insurgent activity in or around the base, which is one of the largest in the country and located about 25 miles north of Kabul.
'We did lose all seven crew members,' a spokeswoman for National Air Cargo told Reuters by telephone from Florida, where the company is located.
The terrifying moment in which a
head-on collision between a passenger train and a freighter was only
narrowly avoided, has been captured on camera, preserving the memory of
the lucky escape forever for those involved.
spine-tingling incident occurred in Ontario, Canada where a full speed
VIA train carrying commuters between Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, met a
stationary freight train in its path.
Footage captured by a nearby spectator, shows the engineer of the passenger train jumping out of the locomotive cab in a bid to save his own life before the inevitable crash.
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Any person who has ever purchased clothing knows this: One size does not fit all. What fits well on me will look ludicrous on my 6'1" neighbor, won’t fit my curvaceous friends, and certainly won’t do much for Daniel, my partner. There is no standard human, and to pretend otherwise makes life pretty uncomfortable for everyone involved.
I think about the one-size-fits-all model a lot when I remember what brought our family to homeschool our then eight-year-old daughter, four years ago.
When we started this experiment, I thought I knew what a typical homeschooling family looked like. Homeschoolers were either fundamentalist Christians who wanted to isolate their children from the corrupting influence of modern society or off-the-grid hippies with a reflexive fear of authority and an inclination to make their own yogurt and shoes.
Sure, both groups are well represented out there in homeschool land, but so are a growing population of families who simply don’t fit into a one-size-fits-all academic world.
Gangsters + Bankers = Banksters. Britain's Libor price fixing scandal and its global impact in The Economist (Photo credit: dullhunk)Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world's largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything.
You may have heard of the Libor scandal, in which at least three – and perhaps as many as 16 – of the name-brand too-big-to-fail banks have been manipulating global interest rates, in the process messing around with the prices of upward of $500 trillion (that's trillion, with a "t") worth of financial instruments. When that sprawling con burst into public view last year, it was easily the biggest financial scandal in history – MIT professor Andrew Lo even said it "dwarfs by orders of magnitude any financial scam in the history of markets."
That was bad enough, but now Libor may have a twin brother. Word has leaked out that the London-based firm ICAP, the world's largest broker of interest-rate swaps, is being investigated by American authorities for behavior that sounds eerily reminiscent of the Libor mess. Regulators are looking into whether or not a small group of brokers at ICAP may have worked with up to 15 of the world's largest banks to manipulate ISDAfix, a benchmark number used around the world to calculate the prices of interest-rate swaps.
As if we hadn't already seen enough Biblical events this year, a plague of over 30 million locusts swarmed over Egypt's cities and farms just three weeks before Passover begins. But put your apocalyptic fears to rest. This happens every year as part of the locusts' natural migration pattern, though this year's swarm is especially large. That doesn't mean Egyptians aren't freaked the heck out by millions of nasty bugs buzzing through the air at all hours of day and night, possibly descending upon the agriculture fields where they're known to destroy entire crops, just like in the actual Passover story.
The crops are so far safe, Egyptian officials assured the public. As the plague made its way from the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia at the end of last week and this weekend, though, Egyptian Agricultural Minister Salah Abdel Moamen explained the situation to the country in a calmly worded statement. "The current inspection teams at areas targeted by locusts did not witness swarms damaging a single inch of crop," said Moamen. He added that the locusts are "sexually immature and do not depend on plants for energy since they mainly rely on fat stores."
That said, these plages can be unpredictable. Egyptian officials didn't expect the plague to pass by the country's capital, until Sunday when the locusts unexpectedly arrived in Cairo. The government denied reports that the locusts had started devastating crops as well as a report from United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) that the Ministry of Agriculture cleared 11,000 hectares of land in an attempt to save the harvest. When they get hungry, a one-ton hoard of locusts can eat the same amount of food in one day as 2,500 humans, according to the UN. Egypt knows this too. Less than a decade ago, a plague of locusts nearly 40 miles wide swept over Egypt damaging crops at the majority of the country's farms. That's a picture of it, to the right.Conflicting reports aside, Moamen insists that the government has everything under control. "Egyptian armed forces and the border guards are attempting to fight the swarm with the means at their disposal," the agriculture minister said. "I ask the families living in the locust-plagued areas not to burn tires. This does not chase away the locusts, but only causes damage and could ignite large scale fires that would cost in lives." Also, that smoke isn't doing Egypt's grandchildren any favors. More PLUS VIDEO
A leader for the Texas branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations has told a crowd at a rally for Islam that members of the faith really shouldn’t be bound by American law.
“If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land,” said Mustafa Carroll, the executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth CAIR branch, a keynote speaker as the recent rally.
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A terrifying meteorite shower left more than 500 people injured, buildings devastated and the mobile network wiped out when it hit Russia this morning.
Brightly burning rocks could be seen for miles as they crashed at around 9.20am local time and one bystander described it 'like a scene from the Armageddon movie.'
The meteor is believed to have landed in a lake near Chebarkul, a town in the neighbouring Chelyabinsk region.
The city of Chelyabinsk, 900 miles east of Moscow and close to the Kazakhstan border, took the brunt of the super sonic impact.
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Unexpected sight: A terrifying meteorite shower left more than 500 people injured, buildings devastated and the mobile network wiped out when it hit Russia this morning
Terrifying: Brightly burning rocks could be seen for hundreds of kilometres as they crashed at around 9.20am local time and one bystander described it 'like a scene from the Armageddon movie'
Spectacular sky: The Urals region was struck by falling meteorite fragments which fell in the city of Chelyabinsk, 900 miles east of Moscow and close to the Kazakhstan border
Coincidence: Early indications are that the shower is unrelated to Asteroid 2012 DA14, which is due to skim the orbit of the Earth later today
Before and after: A video showed a street scene in Russia before the meteorite shower struck. Seconds later the street was lit up in a haze of bright white as the large fireball exploded
It’s never comfortable to think about what your family should do or how you should prepare in the event of an emergency, natural disaster or crisis, but the safety and wellbeing of your household could very well depend upon your forethought. Making a definitive plan for how everyone should proceed and what to expect in case an emergency arises could easily mean the difference between surviving it unscathed and suffering devastating loss. In addition to making sure that you have enough non-perishable food, water and first aid supplies to last your family for several days, you should also have a plan in place that includes certain information so that everyone is on the same page and no one is ever left behind.
English: THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW. With President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sixteen North Koreans, including 14 technicians and two top military officers, are among those trapped after a Jan. 21 explosion destroyed much of Iran’s Fordow nuclear site, a source reveals.
The source who provided the initial information on the explosion at one of Iran’s most important nuclear sites has now provided details about the degree of the destruction.
The report, published exclusively by WND Jan. 24, is being covered internationally by major media, with independent intelligence sources confirming the explosion for the Times of London and the German Die Welt.
But White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday: “We have no information to confirm the allegations in the report and we do not believe the report is credible.”
An evangelist who visits Russia frequently believes the move afoot there to ban the public display of homosexuality is because the nation's leaders -- both political and religious -- have seen the damage American culture has suffered from the homosexual movement.
Russia is preparing to debate and act on legislation barring homosexuality from the public arena, including homosexual "pride" parades. The country is moving to ban same-sex "marriage" and even public acts of affection between homosexuals.
The Associated Press reports that the bill, which comes up for a vote later this month in the Russian parliament, is "part of an effort to promote traditional Russian values as opposed to Western liberalism, which the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church see as corrupting Russian youth ...."
Just hours before he died in a terrorist attack at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Ambassador Chris Stevens sent a cable to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton painting a chaotic, violent portrait of the eastern Libya city and warning that local militias were threatening to pull the security they afforded U.S. officials.
Militia leaders told U.S. officials just two days before the attack that they were angered by U.S. support of a particular candidate for Libyan prime minister and warned “they would not continue to guarantee security in Benghazi, a critical function they asserted they were currently providing,” Stevens wrote in the cable the morning of Sept. 11, 2012. He also cited several other episodes that raised questions about the reliability of local Libya security.
The Washington Guardian obtained a copy of the memo, a weekly summary of events in Libya dated just hours before a band of terrorists struck the unofficial U.S. consulate in Benghazi and a neaby annex building where the CIA operated, killing the ambassador and three other Americans.
English: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli politician (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
JERUSALEM – In a stunning setback, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-line bloc fared worse than expected in a parliamentary election Tuesday, exit polls showed, possibly forcing the incumbent Israeli leader to invite surprisingly strong moderate rivals into his government and soften his line toward the Palestinians.
TV exit polls showed the hard-liners with about 61 seats in the 120-seat parliament, a bare majority, and the counts could change as actual votes are tallied.
The unofficial TV results had Netanyahu winning only 31 seats, though he combined his Likud Party with the far-right Yisrael Beitenu for the voting. Running separately four years ago, the two won 42 seats. He expected to increase that total by running together, but the combined list's poll results dipped steadily throughout the three-month campaign.
When left-leaning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. and I agree that something’s bad, you know it’s really bad. Pitts and I both have criticized the Journal News, an Upstate New York paper, for recently publishing the names and addresses of all registered gun owners residing in its circulation area (and the tabloid website Gawker has since done the same in New York City). It was a reckless, propagandistic stunt with no significant news value which served no public interest and instead compromised the collective security of gun owners and defenseless citizens alike.
Apologists have argued that the information could be helpful to parents who want to make sure that their children don’t play unsupervised at the homes of friends whose parents might have guns lying around. The paper did not, however, also publish the names and addresses of all homeowners in the area who have backyard swimming pools, which statistically pose a much higher risk of death to unsupervised child visitors. The paper didn’t even publish the names and addresses of all registered sex offenders in the area, who’ve actually proven themselves to be risks. No, the paper saw fit to publish only the names and addresses of registered gun owners. Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/where-have-all-the-journalists-gone/#Oq8XmybSld1U4lfz.99
English: Google Logo officially released on May 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
(NaturalNews) As of the time of this writing, if you search on Google
for the URL of the United Way Sandy Hook fundraising page (see
instructions, below), you will get a Google search result saying the
page was created on December 11, 2012.
What's so odd about that? The Sandy Hook shooting took place three days later, on December 14, 2012.
If your head is suddenly ringing with shouts of "conspiracy theory!" you're not alone. This kind of news immediately sets off red flags with most people, including myself. "Is this for REAL?" I found myself asking when I first saw this.
So I grabbed a screen shot from Google search results, and you can see that below. Yep, it shows December 11, 2012, clear as day. In fact, it has consistently shown this for the past four days.
Click here to see these search results yourself. (If you get results showing any date other than December 11, then Google has changed them.)
The parameter on the end of the search URL, by the way, is "as_qdr=y15" which tells Google to display the date the page was created.
Here's the screen shot of the results I have been consistently getting over the past several days:
Matt Damon and John Krazinski created and co-star in “Promised Land,” which is in most theaters now. (Photo: Promised Land/Focus Features)
One of the recent fact checks of the movie comes from Steve Maley for the conservative website the Red State. Maley takes issue with the fact that the filmmakers didn’t look into some of the actual local laws that apply to fracking in Pennsylvania where the movie is based. Maley wrote:
We see Damon/Butler negotiating with a landowner, signing him to a lease for $2,000 per acre and an “8% share of the profits”, knowing that his company is willing to pay $5,000 and 18%.
This highly misleading exchange is wrong on multiple levels. A royalty paid to a landowner under an oil and gas lease is a non-cost bearing share of a well’s gross revenue, not “profit”. Hollywood types know the difference between “a percentage of the net” and “a percentage of the gross”; the latter is a lot more valuable, and is risk-free to the owner. Also, 12.5% royalty is the minimum permissible rate under Pennsylvania law [58 PA. STAT. § 33, pdf link]. In can be double that, or more.
The archipelago off the coast of Venezuela, where fashion designer Vittorio Missoni's plane disappeared mid-air, has a growing reputation for mysterious vanishings
The as-yet-unexplained disappearance last Friday of the plane carrying six passengers and crew, including Italian fashion mogul Vittorio Missoni, has prompted some to blame the "Los Roques curse".
The label has been attached to a series of mysterious plane crashes and "vanishings" over the past decade or so between the Caribbean archipelago of Los Roques and the Venezuelan capital Caracas, 140km to the south. Inevitably, comparisons have been made with the infamous Bermuda Triangle, the area between Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico that has long had a reputation for unexplained disappearances of ships and planes.
“Disinformation.” Just the crazy sound of the word evokes the shadowy machinations of the KGB, of propaganda campaigns and assassinations, of pinch-faced communist operatives rewriting history as in Orwell’s “1984,” and all the rest of the cloak-and-dagger intrigue of the Cold War era.
But this story is not about the past. It’s about here and now, in America, where a never-ending stream of hardcore disinformation continues to flow, poisoning our national dialogue, our culture and our very identity as a country and a people.
How can this be, you ask?
Here’s how. My friend Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking official ever to defect to the West from the Soviet bloc, defines the term this way in his book “Disinformation” (co-authored with Professor Ronald Rychlak, to be published in early 2013 by WND Books): “Disinformation is as different from misinformation as night is from day. Misinformation, is an official government tool and recognizable as such,” he says. “Disinformation (i.e., dezinformatsiya) is a secret intelligence tool, intended to bestow a Western, non-government cachet on government lies.”