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Tuesday, June 28, 2005


ArmyWifeToddlerMom needs a favor. Get over there and see what you can do to help.

There's been a fire at FOB St. Michael in Iraq. The Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Brigade Combat Team is there and needs some support - Banter in Atlanter has the details. And, of course, Soldiers' Angels is supporting the whole BCT.


Headlines from

Iraq water minister: $15 billion in repairs needed
Baghdad, other cities struggle with shattered water system
06/28/05 01:39 PM, EDT
Iraq, the land of two rivers that once irrigated the world's earliest civilizations, needs up to $15 billion to repair a dilapidated water system crippled by war and neglect, the country's water minister said Tuesday.

Canadian court: Rwandan should face genocide charges
Justices OK deportation, say 1992 speech incited attacks
06/28/05 01:36 PM, EDT
Rwandan exile Leon Mugesera helped incite the 1994 genocide of 800,000 people in his native country and should be deported to face charges in the African nation, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Tuesday.

Civil War authority Shelby Foote dead
Writer became famous for history of conflict, Burns documentary
06/28/05 01:30 PM, EDT
Novelist and Civil War historian Shelby Foote, whose appearances on a PBS-TV documentary series helped America better understand one of the most defining periods of its past, has died, his family said Tuesday.

Headlines from Fox News

U.S. Military Chopper Down in Afghanistan
CH-47 Chinook helicopter was carrying 16 people when it crashed

Helicopter Down in Afghanistan

Unleashing the 'Sword'
'Operation Sword' targets insurgents in western Iraq; car bombs kill Shiite lawmaker, top cop

Bush to Defend Iraq Policy
Watch It on FOX at 8 p.m. EDT

Today in History, June 28th

1770 - Quakers open a school for blacks in Philadelphia.
1776 - Charleston, SC repels a British sea attack.
1778 - Battle of Monmouth, NJ; Mary Ludwig Hayes earns the name "Molly Pitcher" by bringing water to wounded American troops there.
1862 - Day 4 of the 7 Days-Battle of Savage's Station
1894 - Labor Day is established as a federal employees' holiday.
1905 - Russian sailors aboard the battleship "Potemkin" mutiny.
1914 - In Sarajevo, a Serbian Nationalist assassinates Assassination of the heir to the throne of Austria, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and his wife, Sophia. This event will trigger WWI.
1919 - Five years later, the Treaty of Versailles is signed, ending WW I.
1945 - Soviets establish the Polish Provisional Government of National Unity.
1946 - Enrico de Nicola becomes the first president of Italy.
1950 - North Korean forces capture Seoul, South Korea.
1965 - President Johnson authorizes the first U.S. ground combat forces in Vietnam.
1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court overturns Muhammad Ali's draft dodging conviction.
1977 - The U.S. Supreme Court allows Federal control of Watergate evidence.

1491 - King Henry VIII of England
1906 - Maria Goeppert Mayer, American atomic physicist, Nobel Prize winner
1946 - John "Mike" Lounge, astronaut (STS 51-I, STS 26, STS 35)

1776 - Thomas Hickey, American sgt., hanged for treason 1836 - James Madison, 4th U.S. President
1914 - Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sofia, assassinated
1954 - Red deer dies in Milwaukee Zoo at 26; oldest known deer

Reported Missing in Action
Cavalli, Anthony Frank, USAF (NY); A26A shot down, KIA, body not recovered
Dudley, Charles Glendon, USAF (MT); A26A shot down, KIA, body not recovered
Wolfe, Thomas Hubert, USAF (MO); A26A shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Bailey, James W., USN (MS); F4B shot down, released by DRV Februrary, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998
Lawrence, William P., USN (TN); F4B shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998

Johns, Paul Frederck, USAF (IN); A1H shot down

Words of Wisdom

Visit Echo9er for this great post "I Believe" - words of wisdom from Major Mark Smith.

My Two Cents - A Gift from a Hero

I got a package yesterday in the mail – from Iraq. My friend the M.P. is there – where exactly, I don’t know, and wouldn’t say here at any rate.

Mike is one of my two current adoptees through
Soldiers’ Angels. A really nice guy, he emails every few weeks or so when he has the time. Doing the job he does, that’s pretty darned amazing in itself. But when he sent me an e-card last week, and told me he wanted to send me something, I just had to shake my head.

“I have something for you it is not much but I saw it and I wanted to get it for you.”

“thanks again for everything”


And so, yesterday, my gift arrived. Something for me and for my husband, from a Hero.

And I thought to myself, “This is one of the most awesome gifts I have ever received.” Every time I get a letter back from one of the Heroes I’ve written to, it’s a great day. To find the time to write to me with all they need to do is an amazing feat. But this?

A letter or two weekly, a package every couple of weeks seems so small to me in the face of what they do. Keep my family safe, and stare into the eyes of Hell to serve their country. Astounding.

And I really feel like they don’t make words to cover this, so I’ll just muddle through with what I have.

YOU, Mike…for everything.

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Reporters Who Get It Right

Union General William Tecumseh Sherman was not a fan of reporters, to put it mildly. "Now to every army and almost every general a newspaper reporter goes along, filling up our transports, swelling our trains, reporting our progress, guessing at places, picking up dropped expressions, inciting jealousy and discontent, and doing infinite mischief."

He also said of them, "I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast."

Many days as I review the newsbites from the MSM, I tend to agree with him. But there are a few who are getting it right, and that's worthy of note. Make sure to take a look at these stories:

Fox News
The Gitmo Diet. A couple of Fox News' folks have taken the Gitmo Challenge. Describing the menus at Gitmo as basically "The South Beach Diet," they looked into whether or not the Gitmo detainees were being mistreated on a culinary level. Making it clear that they were only in this to test the menu, not any other policies, these two have an audio diary and will be blogging about their experiences.

Michael Yon
If you haven't been to see his blog yet, you need to go. Walking the Line III - The Feathers is up now. Here's an excerpt:

Whenever we gather up at the scene of an IED, I expect every moment to be when the car bomb will drive into us. Time for the secondary IEDs to explode. Now come the machine guns. Any second now, those mortars should be coming in. RPGs. Nothing happens.

They set the plan and we mount up, and I pull my seat belt on, then take it off again. We drive across the dirt median--this is where the land mine will explode--nothing happens. I put the seat belt back on. We leave the road--this is where the real ambush kicks off . . . I unsnap the seat belt . . . the enemy probably let themselves be seen knowing we would come 'round to attack them. Nothing happens.

Michael Yon is a journalist embedded with U.S. troops, who consistently shows top-notch reporting, and a rare journalistic insight into what our troops are facing. His blog is one of my regular visits, and I'd suggest making it one of yours, too.

WEAPONS SEARCH — U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathan Copeland, assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Bravo Company, searches a small fishing boat for weapons during an operation, June 20, 2005, at Tharthar Lake, Iraq. The 2nd Marine Division and Multinational Force-West conducted counter-insurgency operations with Iraqi Security Forces to isolate and neutralize anti-Iraqi Forces. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert R. Attebury

In Today's News - Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Quote of the Day
"O beautiful for heroes prov'd
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine."
-- Katharine Lee Bates, in "America, the Beautiful"

News of Note
Bloggers in the News:
Bloggers vs. Gov't Regulation

Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S. Helicopter Crash Kills 2 in Iraq
U.S.-led forces launch new offensive in Iraq

No Iraq Visit for Three Key Senators
Iraq and the 'Quagmire' Label (Make sure to give this a look)

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan Ready to Begin West Point

Wounded Heroes
Iraqi PM Visits Walter Reed Patients

Gitmo / Detainees
Department Works to Improve Detainee Ops
Defense Dept. Reaffirms Medical Policies for Detainees

Other News of Note
Gold Star Moms Vote to Allow Non-U.S. Citizens to Join

Fox News
Split Supreme Court Rulings on Ten Commandments
Homicide Bomber Murders Iraqi Parliament Member
Bush to Defend Iraq Policy
PM: Two Years to a Secure Iraq
Rumsfeld Urges Patience on Iraq

U.S. Chopper Crash Kills Two

Reuters: Top News
Oil holds above $60, demand resilient
Iraq lawmaker killed as Bush readies speech
Wal-Mart heir killed in plane crash
Sharon vows to stop pullout foes' 'wild behavior'
Russia wants to build more nuke reactors for Iran
Iraq calls for halt to U.N. Gulf War compensation
Lebanon's parliament re-elects pro-Syria speaker
Poll: Americans dim on Iraq war, troops should stay

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Israelis take sides in Gaza pullout issue
Sharon sends stern warning to extremists
Car bomb kills Shiite legislator in Iraq
Suicide car bomb kills Iraqi legislator
Syria delegation to travel to Iraq
Former minister denys Shiite uprising role
Lebanon parliament speaker to retain post
Kyrgyz officials promise to protect Uzbeks
Israel, U.S. discuss Israeli weapons deals
Israeli soldier refuses Gaza order
Israel: U.N. must halt Iran nuke ambitons
U.S. military raises Fallujah death toll
Iraqi leader foresees security in 2 years
Israeli military court convicts soldier
Europe urges Iran to freeze nuclear plans
Baghdad car bombing kills 4, injures 16
Rumsfeld: Iraq insurgency could last years
Allawi discusses Syria border militants

CENTCOM: News Release

Department of Defense
Focus Belongs on Progress, Not Violence — Story Transcript
Momentum in Iraq Favors Democracy — Story

Deployed Marine Shares Combat Skills — Story
Airborne Army Medics Work to Save Lives — Story
Troops Distribute Supplies to Iraqi Villagers — Story
Texas Guard Troops Secure Communications — Story

Airmen, Soldiers Open Lines of Communication

Indiana Guard Enlisted Leaders Recognized
Bagram Airfield Hooks Marine Prowlers
Afghan Crash Site to Become Training Area

Marine Brings Power to Al Asad — Story

Lowe's Offers Military Discount — Story
'Rockin' the Corps' Premieres
D.C. Nationals Salute Troops


Rumsfeld: Iraq Progress 'Solid'
Rumsfeld Praises Shiia Majority
Rumsfeld Discusses Iraqi Forces
Apache Copter Crash Kills 2
Navy Qualifies Patrol Boat Officers
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)
'Eye on Iraq' (pdf)
Fact Sheet: Helping Women in Iraq

Afghans Rescued from Floodwaters
Abizaid Visits Afghan Army Troops
Soldiers Discover, Neutralize IEDs
Afghanistan Daily Update

Commentary: Support for Troops
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Group Honors General, Mrs. Myers
Rumsfeld Talks Recruiting, Retention
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Casualties — Story

from The Weather Channel

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar


***Today in History post to follow later today***