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Sunday, July 24, 2005

San Diego Departure

U.S. Navy sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa man the rails as the ship leaves San Diego to begin a scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism, July 16, 2005. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy F. Sosa

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kim Dewerff, assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, holds his daughter prior to departing San Diego for a western Pacific deployment aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa, July 16, 2005. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tony Spiker

U.S. Navy sailors and Marines man the rails as they leave San Diego for a western Pacific deployment aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa, July 16, 2005. The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deploying with Expeditionary Strike Group 1 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tony Spiker

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jonathan Harden, commanding officer, USS Pearl Harbor, says goodbye to his loved ones before his ship departs Naval Station San Diego for a scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism, July 16, 2005. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patricia R. Totemeier

A mother and child say goodbye to their loved one aboard the dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor, in San Diego, July 16, 2005. Sailors and Marines embarked aboard Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patricia R. Totemeier

Two women wave goodbye to the U.S. Navy sailors and Marines manning the rails of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland before departing Naval Station San Diego, July 16, 2005, for a scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patricia R. Totemeier

From - Californians, Take Note!

To counter anti-American art Featured at Attorney General's Office

Pro-American Art Exhibit & RallyDowntown Sacramento, 13th & I Streets - Thursday, July 28 3:30 - 10:00 PM

SACRAMENTO) - The controversy surrounding the display of an anti-American, anti-military, anti-Christian "art" exhibit at the publicly-funded California Department of Justice building in downtown Sacramento will take a turn in a different direction this week. The offensive anti-American art can be seen here:

Anti-American Art Display

Move America Forward, a non-profit organization based in Sacramento, California that supports our troops and their heroic fight against terrorism (website: will be organizing a pro-American counter art exhibit, titled, "I LOVE AMERICA" on the sidewalks outside of the anti-American exhibit.

"The offensive material displayed at the Department of Justice building sends the message to the terrorists around the world that American morale is low. Having just returned from Iraq I can tell you that our soldiers and Marines reported that every anti-American news story is used as a rallying cry by the terrorist insurgents as evidence that they are winning the war for hearts and minds," said Melanie Morgan, Chairman of Move America Forward.

"We are not saying people do not have a right to produce and display such offensive art, but it should not be sponsored by a taxpayer funded official and displayed in a taxpayer funded building. Does the Attorney General not have any shame by promoting a display that undermines American forces when we are in an armed conflict in the war on terrorism?" asked Morgan. While the Attorney General has tried to distance his involvement in the affair, Move America Forward has obtained the press release showing Lockyer's sponsorship of the exhibit. Lockyer said he was "honored" to sponsor the exhibit, praising the display's "style" and "beauty."

SEE: Press Release

"Instead of simply protesting that the display is in a taxpayer funded facility, and sponsored by the taxpayer funded Attorney General and California Arts Council, we wanted to do something pro-active and positive. And that's when we came up with the idea for the 'I LOVE AMERICA' art exhibit," Morgan said.


The "I LOVE AMERICA" art exhibit will be featured in front of the California Department of Justice building (located at 1300 I Street in Downtown Sacramento) from 3:30 PM to 10:00 PM this Thursday, July 28, 2005. The pro-American art exhibit will be directly in front of the offensive exhibit on display on the first floor of the California Department of Justice building.

Members of the public are invited to contribute their own artwork to the exhibit. Move America Forward asks that entries be approximately 8.5" x 11" and be accompanied with a note of support for our troops serving in Iraq & Afghanistan, either on the back or on a separate piece of paper.

After the display is taken down Thursday night, Move America Forward will pack each individual display, along with note of support to our troops, and will ship them to the men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan as a morale booster.

Each piece of artwork will be accompanied by a shipment of premium ground coffee and cookies as part of Move America Forward's "Cookies & Coffee for Our Troops" program. Local Sacramento coffee roaster, Cornerstone Coffee, is the official coffee supplier for this program.
Move America Forward and Sacramento radio host, Mark Williams of KFBK 1530 Sacramento, will be the hosts of this event, however we are working with talk radio hosts from around the country to promote the exhibit.

Already, artwork has been arriving from around the nation. The very first piece arrived via overnight mail from Key West, Florida with a poignant message in support of our troops.


Additionally hundreds of people are expected for a pro-America rally that will take place simultaneous to the art exhibit.

The rally will take place in front of the California Department of Justice building at 1300 I Street in Downtown Sacramento (corner of 13th and I streets).

Participants are invited to bring American flags, and signs showcasing their support for our troops and America's heritage of democracy and liberty.

"We want to send a message heard round the world that Americans stand united with our troops and the fight against terrorism. And we want to make it very clear that those who constantly howl about how bad they think our nation is are but a very small minority," Melanie Morgan said.

The event will also be carried live on KFBK 1530 AM in Sacramento from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Thursday, July 28.

For more information on these two events visit

Also, details of the "I LOVE AMERICA" art exhibit and pro-American rally will be discussed from 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM each day on the "Lee Rodgers &Melanie Morgan Show" on KSFO 560 AM in northern California and during the evenings from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Mark William's "Night Talk Live" on KFBK 1530 AM.
Iraqi troops from 3rd Platoon, Company B, 4th Battalion, and U.S. Soldiers from Task Force Konohiki relax before going on a joint patrol in the town of Albu Suke. Photo by Staff Sgt. Suzanne Day, July 22, 2005

In Today's News - Sunday, July 24, 2005

Quote of the Day
"The American Constitution, one of the few modern political documents drawn up by men who were forced by the sternest circumstances to think out what they really had to face, instead of chopping logic in a university classroom."
-- George Bernard Shaw

News of Note
London Bombings
UK police defend shoot-to-kill after fatal mistake
(OK, sorry, but what do you EXPECT is going to happen when you're wearing a winter coat in July, and run from the police, ignoring their orders, in the wake of a terrorist attack????? My condolences to his family, and I'm not saying by any means that he 'deserved' it, but nothing good can come of that!)

Bombings in Egypt
Egypt Detains 70 in Resort Bombings
List of attacks in Egypt since 1992
Pope deplores attacks at Egyptian resort
Nations condemn attack on Egyptian resort
Web post links al-Qaida unit to kidnappings
Militants take credit for Egypt bombings

Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S. Soldiers Capture Nine Terrorists – Story
Suicide car bomb kills 22 near Baghdad police station

Operation Enduring Freedom
U.S. soldier killed in attack in Afghan south

Fox News
Rice Upbeat on Gaza Talks
Bomber Kills 20 in Iraq
Korean Delegates Meet Ahead of Six-Party Nuke Talks
N. Korea Snubs Japan on Talks
Editor Defends Giving Up Notes in CIA Leak Case
NASA Countdown Begins
Armstrong Wins 20th Stage
Poll: U.S. Says WWIII Likely
Utah, Ariz. Wildfires Quelled
Russia Train Attack Kills One
Taliban Recruiting Kids
Man: Grenade Was for Bush

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Two Israelis killed in Gaza gun attack
Rice warns against walled Gaza enclave
Egypt detains 70 in deadly resort attacks
Iran students: Restart uranium program
Experts: No single al-Qaida mastermind
Bomb blast at Istanbul cafe wounds two
American recounts Egyptian resort attack
Washington insider takes on envoy role
Laureate condemns hanging of Iranian boys
Iraqi police captured bombing suspect
Palestinian militant clamp down praised
Turkish forces kill five Kurdish rebels

Reuters: Top News
Hundreds of tourists quit bomb-hit Egyptian resort
Death toll in Baghdad car bomb rises to 22
Israeli couple, 2 Gaza gunmen die in new violence
Iraq will recover despite Sunni boycott-Zebari
North, South Korea want progress in six-party talks
Hundreds of tourists quit bomb-hit Egyptian resort
Israeli couple, 2 Gaza gunmen die in new violence
Library leader questions Patriot Act
Bush upbeat on Roberts's confirmation prospects

CENTCOM: News Release

Department of Defense
Leaders Encourage CNO to Continue Transformation

Lemonade Stand Helps Troops — Story

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
Multinational Force Iraq
Iraq Progress Fact Sheet (pdf)
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)
'Eye on Iraq' (pdf)

Enduring Freedom Marks 3 Years
Afghanistan Daily Update

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

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

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
1683 - The first settlers from Germany leave for the U.S., aboard the Concord.
1758 - George Washington is admitted to Virginia House of Burgess
1824 - In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the first public opinion poll are published: Clear Lead for Andrew Jackson.
1866 - Tennessee becomes the first Confederate state readmitted to the Union.
1870 - The first trans-US rail service begins.
1877 - For the first time, Federal troops are used to combat strikers.
1925 - In "The Monkey Trial," Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in a Tennesee high school; he is fined $100 & costs
1929 - President Hoover proclaims the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which renounces war.
1948 - Soviets blockade Berlin from the west.
1950 - The V-2/WAC Corporal rocket launch is the first launch from Cape Canaveral.
1969 - Apollo 11 returns to Earth; After his appeal, Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing induction in the U.S. Army.
1974 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously orders the release of the Nixon Watergate tapes.
1975 - Apollo 18 returns to Earth.
1986 - In San Francisco, a Federal jury convicts navy radioman Jerry Whitworth of espionage.
1987 - IBM-PC DOS Version 3.3 (updated) is released.

This Day in Terrorism
1961 - In a scene that will be repeated frequently, a U.S. commercial airliner is hijacked to Cuba

Ecuador, Venezuela - Bolivar Day (1783)

1783 - Simón Bol¡var, freed 6 Latin American republics from Spanish rule
1796 - John Middleton Clayton, (Sen-DE)/U.S. Secretary of State (1849-50)
1802 - Alexandre Dumas, author ("The Three Musketeers")
1895 - Robert Graves, poet/historical novelist ("I, Claudius")
1898 - Amelia Earhart, aviator
1920 - Bella Abzug (Rep-NY)
1932 - William D. Ruckelshaus, headed Environmental Protection Agency
1935 - Adnan Khashnoggi, Saudi businessman / financier

1862 - Martin Van Buren, 8th U.S. President
1966 - Montgomery Clift, actor
1974 - Chris Chubbock, newscaster, shoots self on air
1980 - Peter Sellers, actor
1991 - Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel prize winning author

Reported Missing in Action
Fobair, Roscoe H., USAF (CA); F4C shot down (pilot); Vietnamese reported he was dead 1972 or 1973 without further details

Keirn, Richard P., USAF (OH); F4C shot down (weap / syst operator in above craft), released by DRV February, 1973 - deceased, May, 2000
NOTE: Richard Keirn was also a B-17 co-pilot in WWII, and a POW there, held in Stalag Luft 1, Germany - released June, 1945

Bush, John R., USAF (FL); F4D shot down (backseater to Hackett)
Greiling, David S., USN (MI); A7A shot down, known to have been captured, still MIA
Hackett, Harley B., USAF (SC); F4D shot down (pilot)

Bloodworth, Donald B., USAF (CA); F4D shot down (navigator to Reed), remains returned, ID'd February, 1998
Reed, James W., USAF (OH); F4D shot down (pilot)

Antunano, Gregory A., US Army (CA); OH6A shot down (observer) while on reconnaissance mission in Cambodia, KIA, body not recovered
Dalton, Randall D., US Army (IL); OH6A shot down (door gunner) while on reconnaissance mission, KIA, body not recovered