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USS Nashville prepares for final deployment from Norfolk


04:31 PM EST on Tuesday, January 13, 2009


By 13News  

USS Nashville gears up for final deployment

The amphibious transport dock and her crew of more than 400 sailors will leave Naval Station Norfolk Thursday morning for a six-month tour to several African nations — Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria and Gabon.

It’s part of Africa Partnership Station, an international security cooperation initiative led by U.S. Naval Forces Africa.

The program doesn’t focus on stopping piracy but on building the skills and capabilities of African nations so they can make their waters safer and more secure, according to the Navy.

The crew also will distribute medical and humanitarian supplies as part of a larger goodwill effort.

USS Nashville was commissioned on February 14, 1970.

Her decommissioning is set for September.


Captured map shows Hamas using civilians as sheilds


This map, confiscated Wednesday (Jan. 7) by IDF paratroopers operating in the north of Gaza, shows how Hamas uses an entire neighborhood, rigging it with explosive devices and putting the entire civilian population at great risk. The map shows the al-Tatraa neighborhood in Gaza City divided into three areas of operation (red, blue and green). The dots on the map indicate where Hamas operatives had planted a variety of IEDs (improvised explosive devices), with the colors indicating the type of IED. Additional marks show sniper positions next to mosques. Next to the entrance of the el-Tawid mosque near to Shauuda Plaza at the top left of the map there is a sniper posting with marking indicating the direction of fire marked on the map. At the bottom center of the map there is a gas station where Hamas planted an IED which, if activated, could cause a very large explosion throughout the neighborhood.

An overall study of the map demonstrates how Hamas deliberately uses civilians, using them as live targets and hiding behind them; they plant IEDs at the enterances of homes, they booby trap homes and they use places of worship, all with no regard to collateral damage or civilian lives.

Thousands of Iranians ready to invade Israel


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Thousands of Iranians want to be martyrs for Palestine

Iranian hard-line volunteers have been banned from going to Israel to carry out suicide missions. The country’s leader Ayatollah Khamenei issued the edict after thousands of students signed up to sacrifice their lives for the Palestinians.

The would-be martyrs gathered in front of the Egyptian Consulate in Tehran to protest against what’s taking place in Gaza.

Their slogans criticise what they see as the indifference of the Islamic and Arab world to what’s going on there and urge the end of violence against the Palestinian people.

Many protesters call Israel’s actions in Gaza genocide.

“We are a group of students. We came to the Egyptian Consulate to demand that they open border crossings for the wounded and allow humanitarian aid to come in. We cannot abandon the Palestinian people during this genocide,” one says.

The Iranian people have threatened to declare jihad. Many are prepared to die for their Islamic neighbours.

Shortly after Israel started attacking Gaza, Iran’s supreme leader issued a religious decree saying anyone killed while defending Palestinians would be considered a martyr.
Since then student groups claim more than 70,000 people have joined up as volunteer suicide bombers.

However, on Thursday, Ayatollah Khamenei banned volunteers from leaving the country to take military action against Israel. Nevertheless, the leader says Iran won’t spare any efforts to assist Hamas in other ways.

He’s also concerned that some Arab countries have not done enough to assist the Palestinians.

”The governments of Muslim countries situated around that region (Gaza) are making a mistake by not offering any help. The deeper the nail of Israel is hammered in, and the stronger the dominance of arrogance becomes, the misery, weakness and abjectness of these states will increase. Why aren’t they conscious?” Ayatollah Khamenei wonders.

With Iran firmly backing Hamas in Gaza, Iranians are unlikely to stop their protests until Israel ceases its aggression or the Arab world responds.

Buy this for me love or else the car gets it !

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Girl cries and whines, gets car from boyfriend

This video capturing some classic auto showroom drama was uploaded by an intrepid Youku user and has garnered over 436,000 views in less than a day. The young woman, on hearing that her boyfriend was not going to buy the car, flies into a mad rage, gets behind the steering wheel and attempts to drive off with the car, much to the horror of both boyfriend and salesperson. Worried that his girlfriend might do some real damage to the store, the exasperated boyfriend eventually surrenders and decides to take all the damage upon himself. He whips out his credit card and yells out to his girlfriend saying, “I’m buying it! I’m buying it!”

Cynical Youku users say this video was staged, but we aren’t so sure. From the video, it appears to be a Buick showroom but we aren’t sure exactly what make the car is. One thing we know though — someone needs to teach this guy about Pavlov’s theory. We’re already beginning to wonder what his girlfriend will whine for next!