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Saturday, July 02, 2005

From Move America Forward - Gitmo Dick

News stories on campaign to hold Durbin accountable for defamation of U.S.Troops...

Story in Chicago Tribune (this story has been reprinted in dozens of major newspapers throughout the country from coast to coast):,1,5918887.story?coll=chi-news-hed

Story in the Illinois Leader Newspaper:

Story on NBC 5 - Chicago:
Marines mourn six killed last week in Falluja
Fallen troops remembered in solemn memorial
07/02/05 01:49 AM, EDT
When the roll call at Camp Falluja commenced on Friday, Marine First Sgt. John Forbes shouted six names. No one answered. The 400 troops mustered at the base's chapel then mourned amid deafening, heartbreaking silence.

We Came, We Saw, We Shredded

This is just...perfect.

See how a group of those who support our troops turned the tables on those who don't, in "Operation Simply Shred." (from Little Green Footballs)

In essence....

Poster board and markers, $5...

Shredder, $20...

Showing the anti-war crowd what freedom of expression is really about: Priceless.

Make sure to go to Little Green Footballs for this one, and check out the slide show. Gonna have to start my own Operation Shred....I've got a few cats. (That'll make sense when you see the slideshow)

Hat tip to JackArmy

Also blogging about Operation Simply Shred:
Lifelike Pundits
Kokonut Pundits
GOP Bloggers

Our Fighting Women

Female Fighters Display Lethal, Effective Force
Although federal law prohibits females in the military from serving in units below brigade level whose primary mission is direct ground combat, the Air Force continues to confidently assign women to combat aircraft positions....
More - from

PERSIAN GULF FLYOVER — Two U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornets, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 146, and two U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 154, perform a fly-by over the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Persian Gulf, June 30, 2005, to mark the completion of the final combat missions flown over Iraq for Carrier Air Wing 9. U.S. Navy photo by Airman Chris M. Valdez

4th of July Tips from Michael Yon

Michael Yon has some great suggestions for how to spend this holiday weekend:

I just posted a new dispatch from Baghdad. The fighting goes on, but troop morale continues to be very high. Please make sure to email your favorite person in Iraq this weekend. (Not me! I get enough already; I mean the troops and civilians working here.) The folks here love to hear from home and to know you care. And they talk for months about incidents where a civilian randomly stops them at an airport with a "thank you." Those random "thank yous" go a long way for the morale of the troops, so please thank a veteran this weekend if you get the chance. I know I'll sure be thanking a lot more WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and other vets in the years ahead. Good grief. They really had fights on their hands.

Read Michael's lastest, Walking the Line IV, here.

In Today's News - Saturday, July 2, 2005

Quote of the Day
"We ain't making no goddamn cornflakes here."

-- Colonel Charlie Beckwith (founder of Delta Force)

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Marines defuse 9 roadside bombs in Iraq
U.S. Marines accused of killing Iraq man

Operation Enduring Freedom
Soldiers Vanish - Search on in Afghanistan
U.S. Recovers Fallen Copter's Crew (also see my post here)

War on Terror / Homeland Security
Iran fervor over embassy takeover fades

Documents: Gitmo Inmates Attacked Guards

Other News of Note
C-130J Conducts First-Ever Combat Airdrop

Fox News
Iranian Cabinet Member Among Hostage-Takers
U.S. Probing Iran Allegations
U.S., N. Korea Talking Again
Shiite Cleric Killed in Baghdad

Reuters: Top News
Supreme Court Justice O'Connor retires
G8 officials in last-ditch bid on Africa, climate
Bomb kills 10 soldiers in southern Russia
Lebanon PM begins tricky task of forming cabinet

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Al-Zarqawi group releases propaganda tape
U.S. Embassy in Iraq refuses to negotiate
Lebanon's Saniora begins work on Cabinet
Abbas invites rival Hamas to join gov't
Turkish police kill suspected bomber
Lebanese bomb apparent domestic dispute
White House looking at Ahmadinejad's past

Department of Defense
Iraqi Security Forces Make Progress — Story
Officials Announce Increase in Death Gratuity — Story
NATO Commander Meets With Karzai — Story
NATO Unit Jobs Critical to Afghan Security
Moseley Topic: Terror War, Stress on Families — Story

Iraqi Civilian Tip Leads to Weapons Cache — Story

Airmen Defend Inside the Wire
Iraqi Police Train for 'Hardest Job in the World'

Airmen Donate Supplies to Afghans
Operation Diablo Reach Back Targets Militia
Mountain Warfare Instructors Train Troops Photos

President Visits War Wounded — Story

PGA Tour, Players Clubs Team Up — Story
'We Thank Our Troops' Debuts
Singer Daniels Visits Miramar

U.S. Forces Nab Suspects
Insurgents Changed Tactics
Terror Suspects Captured
Iraqi Navy Charts Future Course
Photos: Iraqi Brigade Activates
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)
'Eye on Iraq' (pdf)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Fact Sheet: Helping Women in Iraq

NATO Unit Deploys to Afghanistan
Afghans Rescued from Floodwaters
Defense Leaders' Views on Afghanistan
Enduring Freedom Marks 3 Years
Afghanistan Daily Update Maps
Afghan Reconstruction Group Recruiting

Officials Release Strategy
Religious Practices Respected
Detainees Treated Humanely
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Veteran Biz Leaders Honor Troops
Citigroup Teams With ESGR
Guard Officer Talks Stress Issues
N.Y. Governor's Son Joins Marines
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army Casualty — 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
1776 - The Continental Congress resolves "these United Colonies are and of right ought to be Free & Independent States," as the British army and navy arrive in New York.
1777 - Vermont becomes the first American colony to abolish slavery.
1843 - An alligator falls from the sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, SC.
1863 - The Battle of Gettysburg enters its second day, with the Union holding the high ground.
1864 - Confederat General Jubal Early's forces reach Winchester; The U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall is established.
1881 - In a Washington railway station, Charles J. Guiteau, a disappointed office-seeker, shoots President James A. Garfield, mortally wounding him. The President several weeks later, on September 19th.
1926 - The U.S. Army Air Corps is created; The Distinguish Flying Cross is authorized.
1937 - Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific Ocean.
1943 - Lt. Charles Hall becomes the first African-American pilot to shoot down a Nazi plane.
1964 - President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act.
1976 - North and South Vietnam are formally reunified.
1976 - The Supreme Court rules that the death penalty is not inherently cruel or unusual.
1982 - Soyuz T-6 returns to Earth.
1990 - Imelda Marcos and Adnan Khashoggi are acquitted of racketeering.

- Valentinian III, Roman emperor
1903 - Lord Alex Douglas-Home, British PM; King Olav V of Norway
1908 - Thurgood Marshall, first African-American Supreme Court Justice
1939 - John Sununu, U.S. Secretary of State
1952 - Linda M. Godwin, PhD/astronaut

1566 - Nostradamus, astrologer/physician/prophet
1644 - William Gascoigne, introduced telescopic sights
1822 - Denmark Vesey and 5 aides, hanged at Blake's Landing, Charleston, SC.
1882 - James Garfield, assassinated by "job-seeker."
1961 - Ernest Hemingway, suicide
1987 - Karl Linnas, accused Nazi

Reported Missing in Action

Kasch, Frederick M., USNR (CA); Killed when his A4B experienced engine failure and crashed remains returned February, 1989
Rayford, King D., Jr., US Army (MI); released by PRG March, 1973; one of several mentioned in a 1972 Viet Cong "Liberation Radio" broadcast; later accused of collaboration
Wilson, Wayne Vaster, USMC (NC)

Tipping, Henry Albert, US Air Force (PA); A1H shot down

Fransen, Albert M., USN (NV); KIA when his swift boat (PCF-87) was hit by mortar fire, body not recovered

Harber, Stephen J., US Army (MN); unaccounted for after his position was hit by enemy fire