Across U.S., Veterans Day commemorations under way

11 Nov

Veterans Day commemorations continue across the United States today after kicking off Saturday.

The actual holiday is today; the federal observance is on Monday. It’s the first such day honoring the men and women who served in uniform since the last U.S. troops left Iraq in December 2011.

It’s also a chance to thank those who stormed the beaches during World War II — a population that is rapidly shrinking with most of those former troops now in their 80s and 90s.

Washington, D.C.

President Obama and first lady, Michelle, will host a breakfast with veterans at the White House. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden will also attend.

Afterward, the president will visit Arlington National Cemetery to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. He will also speak to those gathered in the Memorial Amphitheater.

The first lady, the vice president and his wife will also attend Sunday’s event.

At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, a steady stream of visitors arrived Saturday morning as the names of the 58,000 people on the wall were being read over a loudspeaker.

Some visitors took pictures, others made rubbings of names, and some left mementos: a leather jacket, a flag made out of construction paper, pictures of young soldiers and even several snow globes with an American eagle inside.

Alfred A. Atwood, 65, of Chattanooga, Tenn., was visiting the wall for the first time.

“I’ve just never been able to do it,” Atwood said of visiting the memorial, which was completed in 1982.

Atwood, who later became a police detective, said he knows a number of people on the wall, but the one name he wanted to find Saturday was his friend Ronald L. Wright. The two had grown up together, and when Atwood decided to join the Marines at 18 there was no stopping Wright, Atwood said.

Wright died in 1968 when he stepped on a land mine, Atwood said, and Wright’s mother always blamed him for her son’s death. He’s never been able to bring himself to visit his friend’s grave, he said.

On Saturday he found Wright’s name on panel 44E, row 60, and he ran his fingers over it, shaking his head.

“I’m still in the blocking stage. I want to go somewhere and sit down and think a minute,” he said after seeing Wright’s name. “All I can see when I was touching and reading his name was his mother’s face telling me I got her son killed.”

Texas A&M vs. Alabama: Johnny Manziel Just Won the Heisman Trophy

11 Nov

With all due respect to Collin Klein, Manti Te’o and Braxton Miller, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel just won the Heisman Trophy.

All the Alabama Crimson Tide—along with the rest of the country—could do was sit back, watch and appreciate the brilliance of the talented quarterback.

The Aggies knocked off the Crimson Tide on Saturday night in dramatic fashion, coming away with a 29-24 victory.

While this was not a coming-out party for the freshman quarterback, it was his best performance of the season under the circumstances, and it vaulted him to the top of the Heisman race.

Manziel finished the game 24-of-31 for 253 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball 18 times for 92 yards.

He spent most of the day eluding the Alabama pass rush and keeping plays alive with his feet. Very few quarterbacks could have done what he did on this late Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa.

The most dramatic of all the plays came midway through the fourth quarter when he scrambled and hit Malcome Kennedy with a 24-yard touchdown to put the Aggies up 29-17.

There was talk leading up to the game that Manziel had not done much against upper-echelon competition, but he certainly proved himself on the road in a very tough environment.

Winter hot in Gaza begins! Gaza under attack now! God be with our brothers in Gaza

10 Nov

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32 Yr Old Man Kills His Grandmother And Her Friend For Nagging Him

10 Nov

Obama Wins Fla., Topping Romney In Final Tally

10 Nov

CBS DC

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida’s 29 electoral votes Saturday, ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin that narrowly avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories of 2000.

No matter the outcome, Obama had already clinched re-election and now has 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206.

The Florida Secretary of State’s Office said that with almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Obama led Republican challenger Mitt Romney 50 percent to 49.1 percent, a difference of about 74,000 votes. That was over the half-percent margin where a computer recount would have been automatically ordered unless Romney had waived it.

There is a Nov. 16 deadline for overseas and military ballots, but under Florida law, recounts are based on Saturday’s results. Only a handful of overseas and military ballots are believed to remain outstanding.

It’s normal for election supervisors…

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the voice recap and the 8 eliminated contestants are

10 Nov

And then there were 12!

Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton each had to say goodbye to two of their contestants on tonight’s episode of The Voice

It wasn’t all sad eliminations, however, as the night featured some fun performances: Team Adam and Team Blake performed Kelly Clarkson‘s “Stronger,” Team Cee Lo and Team Christina teamed up for Train‘s “Drive By,” season two winner Jermaine Paul sang his new single “I Believe in This Life,” and Maroon 5 took the stage to perform their latest hit single “Daylight.” Good times, good times. But now, the results

Lakers fire Mike Brown as coach

10 Nov
Mike Brown listens to the national anthem before a playoff game against the Nuggets last season in Denver. After eliminating the Nuggets, the Lakers lost to the Okahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals in five games. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times /May 6, 2012)