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Saturday, July 23, 2005

This. Is. Awesome

Tim sends this card from his eight-year-old daughter Brittany to all of our heroes. Some adults in this country may not get it, but this little girl sure does.

This is going to stay at the top of the page for a while...

Yuck, Yuck, a Thousand Times Yuck!!!

Go to Doc in the Box for this video of a camel spider enjoying dinner.

If you dare.

Hat Tip to the
Mudville Gazette

RED HORSE ENGINEERS — U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Smetzer directs concrete pouring at the main entry control point for the Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, complex, July 7, 2005. The project will improve security for civilians and coalition forces in the area. Smetzer is deployed to the 557th Expeditionary Red Horse Squadron from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Davidson

In Today's News - Saturday, July 23, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Terrorists oppose nations such as the United States and Australia not because of what we have done but because of who we are and because of the values that we hold in common. "
-- Australian PM John Howard
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News of Note

London Bombings

British police admit shooting wrong man
U.S. Man Questioned Over Bombing Suspect
NYC Subways Searched
Homeland Security On Guard
Photo Essays
Bombing Suspects Sought

Bombings in Egypt

Explosions Rock Egypt
Nearly 90 killed in multiple blasts
Egypt will not give into bombers-Mubarak

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Immense Reconstruction Effort Underway
Al Qaeda: We Took Diplomats; Iraq Constitution Delayed
Iraq Police Capture Bomber
Marine Seahawks Wrap Up Iraq Deployment
Iraqi Progress Leaves Commander Optimistic

Operation Enduring Freedom
U.S. Gen.: Taliban Recruits Kids

Supporting Our Troops
Lemonade Stand Helps Troops

Homeland Security / War on Terror

This Ought to be Good:
U.N. to Define Terrorism as Part of Reforms

A Wee Bit of the "Crocodile Calling the Alligator 'Bigmouth'":
Kerry: Release Roberts' Records 'in Their Entirety' (find out why this is so ironic)

Fox News
Al Qaeda: We Kidnapped Algerians in Iraq
Suspect: Grenade Shrapnel Meant For Bush
Suspected Taliban Militants Kill Afghan Judge
NASA Countdown Starts for Shuttle Launch
Gen. William Westmoreland Dies at 91
Pilot 'Suicidal' Before Parliament Crash
Castro: I'm Honored to Be Elian's Friend
WWE Axes Arab-American Wrestler
Istanbul Blast Wounds Three
Rice Applauds Abbas' Efforts

Reuters: Top News
Rice urges Israel not to seal Gaza after pullout
Countdown resumes for space shuttle launch Tuesday
N. Korea would welcome visit by Bush, Rice - Kyodo
Qaeda claims kidnap of Algerian envoy in Iraq
Iran report says rights violations common in prison
Bush upbeat on Roberts's confirmation prospects
Democrats spotlight CIA leak in radio address

Department of Defense
Defense, Navy Leaders Praise Warfighters — Story
Leaders Encourage CNO to Continue Transformation

Supply Soldiers Keep Brigade Well Stocked — Story
Marine Brings Rugby to Camp Taqaddum — Story

New Sadr City Water Treatment Plant Opens
Unit Leads the Way in Military Transition Operation
Soldiers Awarded Combat Infantryman Badge
Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Distribute Frozen Chickens

Airmen Deliver Fuel in Flight

Wounded Army Reservist Receives Purple Heart — Story


Iraq Transition of Power
Base Realignment and Closure 2005
Two Years in Iraq

Roadside Bomb Kills Marine
Indicators Show Progress
Expectations for Forces on Track
Sailor Dies; Weapons Destroyed
Suicide Bomber Hits Near Airfield
Conditions to Dictate Troop Levels
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update

Afghanistan Daily Update
Afghan Reconstruction Group Recruiting

Attacks Won't Derail Support
N.M. Guard Ready to Respond
New Device Counters Terrorism
Leaders Tackle Strategies
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Proposed System to Aid Recruiting
U.S. Addresses Chinese Embargo
U.S. Addresses Chinese Embargo
Leaders Celebrate VA's Anniversary
Chairman Briefed on Irish Defense
Compensation Proposals Studied
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army Casualty
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2005 — Defense Department officials announced today the identity of a soldier who died supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Story

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

Bost/Laskar GhurianHeratKabulQandahar


Today in History
636 - Arabs take control of most of Palestine from the Byzantines.
1253 - Jews are expelled from Vienne, France on the order of Pope Innocent III .
1298 - Jews are massacred at Wurzburg, Germany.
1798 - Napoleon captures Alexandria, Egypt.
1877 - Cincinnati Southern becomes the first US municipal railroad.
1886 - Steve Brodie supposedly jumps off the Brooklyn Bridge and lives to tell the tale.
1904 - At the Louisiana Purchase Expo, Charles E. Menches creates the ice cream cone.
1914 - Austria-Hungary issues the ultimatum to Serbia that will lead to WWI.
1920 - Kenya becomes a British colony.
1931 - France announces they can't afford to send a team to the 1932 Olympics (LA).
1940 - The "Blitz" begins with an all-night raid on London.
1944 - U.S. forces invade Japanese-held Tinian.
1947 - 1st (US Navy) air squadron of jets, Quonset Point, RI.
1952 - General Neguib seizes power, ending the monarchy in Egypt.
1956 - The Bell X-2 rocket plane sets a world aircraft speed record of 3,050 kph.
1958 - The British House of Lords sees the first four women named to peerage.
1964 - The Egyptian munition ship "Star of Alexandria," an Egyptian munitions ship, explodes dockside, killing 100, injuring 160, and causing $20 million of damage.
1974 - The Greek military dictatorship collapses.
1978 - Israel rejects Egypt's call for the return of parts of Sinai.
1980 - Billy Carter admits to being paid by Libya.

This Day in Terrorism
1968 - The PLO hijacks an El Al plane for the first time.
1977 - A Washington jury convicts 12 Hanafi Moslems on hostage charges.

Egypt, Libya, Ethiopia, Oman - National Day (1952)

1888 - Dr. Milan Stoyadinovich Serbia, fascist, Yugoslavina PM
1892 - Haile Selassie emperor of Ethiopia
1919 - Pee Wee Reese, baseball great
1927 - Elliot M. See Jr., astronaut
1936 - Anthony M. Kennedy., U.S. Supreme Court Justice
1947 - Don Imus, radio personality
1950 - Kaity Tong, news anchor (WABC-TV NYC)

- Christian Gobrecht, 4th U.S. chief engraver
1885 - Ulysses S. Grant, 18th U.S. President

Reported Missing in Action

Matagulay, Roque S., US Army (CA); interred by the Japanese as a child on Guam, "Atomic Soldier", also exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam, captured while out with a hunting party, released December, 1962 - deceased December, 1999.

Newsom, Benjamin, USAF (USVI); F105F shot down, remains returned March, 1974
Pemberton, Gene Thomas, USAF (MO); F105D shot down
Smith, William W., USAF (AR); O1E shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Gosen, Lawrence D., USN (MN); A4F impacted water and exploded immediately following launch, KIA, body not recovered

Shank, Gary Leslie, USN (KS); A7B shot down, KIA, remains returned July, 1984