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Sunday, July 31, 2005

"Exposing" the Anti-War Movement

Zombie has some photos that are just...well...disturbing. I may be recovering a long time on this one.

If you ever wanted to see the anti-war movement "exposed," this is the place to go, but there are just some things I don't think I ever needed to see.

Hat Tips to ROFASix via 45-Caliber Justice via Michelle Malkin

You can't resist, can you? Neither could I. But be advised: not for viewing at work.

Excuse me while I go call a therapist.

My Hero...Part II

On Friday, I posted these great photos of Major Juan R. and friends, currently deployed in Iraq.

Below are some more he sent...

The Major and friends enjoying a well-deserved cigar break...

Soldiers, Marines, "near-beer," cigars, and Salsa...Happy Hour, Sand Land style!

Juan, it's nice to see that even Heroes get a chance to take a break and unwind a little.

Please pass along our thanks to everyone -

You all ROCK!!

Words of Wisdom from a former POW

Colonel - United States Air Force
Shot Down: July 31, 1966
Released: March 4, 1973

DEAR AMERICA: It's mighty nice to be home among friendly faces again. My understanding of the reasons for your personal interest in us is slow in coming, but among those many reasons I see a concern for those in need. This affirmation of the brotherhood of man suggests an idea that forced itself before me during these past years. There is almost nothing that you and I do - whether we like it or not - nothing we do that does not affect someone else. And even though the effect may be small, it can reach around the world. Our intellectual, vocal, physical, emotional, and spiritual actions and reactions have an effect on others. What we call our personal business
often has some effect on others - if only in the joy or sorrow we exude to those near us. Cause and effect sometimes operate in unforeseen ways. The lesson I draw from this human condition says: consider well that well-intentioned actions can produce a negative effect, sometimes on those unknown to us.

One more comment before my sermon is done: The terms of sacrifice are uncertain. Those who have died have given their lives; those left behind have given that life and continue to give themselves in small and large ways each day. We can only sense and understand at best the effect. We cannot feel it. The sacrifice of those left here is anguish, lessened in some by their acceptance of the reasons for sacrifice, heightened in others because it is an involuntary thing. The effect of those lost lives is not only far-reaching, but deep beyond fathoms. Those who had lost a husband, father, or son, but now have him returned have also suffered that anguish. What
remains is a hope that all of those left here by the men who died will have a rebirth for themselves.

If these words make sense, then let them be a tribute to those people who suffer from uncertainty and loss, and resolve to consider your effect upon them in showing your care.

March 1999
William Burroughs retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Connie were married February 28, 1998. Seven children, (3 hers, 4 his) and seven grandchildren were among family present for the celebration. They resided in Arizona, until Dave's sudden death on March 22, 1999. He had emergency surgery on Monday, 3/15, for an aneurysm. Things were going well until another aneurysm ruptured. His wife stated "Please send prayers for this wonderful man. I know he's in heaven tonight and more comfortable than any of us. God bless you all."
HOUSE SEARCH— U.S. Army Soldiers search a house for weapons and contraband near Baqubah, Iraq, July 28, 2005. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, acting on intelligence from Iraqi citizens about insurgent activity in their community. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Suzanne M. Day

In Today's News - Sunday, July 31, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Valor, glory, firmness, skill, generosity, steadiness in battle and ability to rule — these constitute the duty of a soldier. They flow from his own nature."
--Bhagavad Gita

News of Note
London Bombings

Suspect Confesses - Admits involvement in London bombing
Fast Facts: Suspects Arrested
Brits Question Suspects

UK police quiz bomb suspects, Italy launches raids

Operation Iraqi Freedom
British Consulate Convoy Attacked in Iraq
Defense: Saddam Attacked in Court Appearance

Moonbat Patrol
Carter: Iraq War 'Unjust'

Homeland Security / War on Terror
U.S. Suspends Travel for Soldiers in Saudi Arabia

It's About Flippin' Time...
Senate Votes to Shield Gun Makers From Lawsuits

Other News of Note
Iraqi paints to find shelter from war
Gang Battle Closes U.S. Consulate in Mexico
U.S. Evicted From Uzbek Base

Fox News
Activists Beaten in Egypt
China Proposes Draft Statement at Nuke Talks
Report: Bush to Install Bolton
Bush: 'Fit for Duty' After Exam
Roberts Hearings Sept. 6
NASA Extends Mission
New Planet Found
NASA Chief: It Was My Fault

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Lebanese Cabinet wins vote of confidence
Bomb kills 2 British contractors in Iraq
Egypt police, pro-reform activists clash
Islam likely main basis for Iraqi law
Iran rejects request to delay nuke plans
Palestinians say they can keep Gaza calm
Issues in dispute for Iraq constitution
Car bomb kills five people in Baghdad
U.N.: Sudan forces commit rape in Darfur
Two security contractors killed in Basra

Reuters: Top News
Bomb kills two Britons in Iraq consulate convoy
DEA agent gunned down in Honduras, suspects caught
Chinese draft at center of N.Korea nuclear talks
Pakistani courts face huge backlogs after crackdown
Oregon anti-meth law would require prescriptions
Bush draws heat from conservatives on highway bill

Department of Defense
Bush Praises Congress for Legislation — Story

Engineer Summit Focuses on Reconstruction — Story
Assessment Looks at Kharkh Water Treatment Plant


Iraqi Army Shows More Progress
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Iraq Progress Fact Sheet (pdf)
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)
'Eye on Iraq' (pdf)

Roadside Bomb Wounds 3
Troops Kill Six Insurgents
Afghanistan Daily Update
Afghan Reconstruction Group Recruiting

Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

U.S. Army Europe Prepares Staff
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
1498 - Christopher Columbus discovers Trinidad.
1777 - Marquis de Lafayette, is made a Major-General of the Continental Army -- at age 19.
1790 - Samuel Hopkins is granted the first U.S. patent -- for a potash process.
1809 - The first practical U.S. railroad track opens in Philadelphia; it is a wooden track designed for horse-drawn cars.
1813 - The British invade Plattsburgh, NY.
1912 - The U.S. government prohibits movies and photos of prize fights.
1922 - In MN, 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson glides off on the world's first water skis.
1925 - England passes the Unemployment Insurance Act.
1942 - In Minsk, the German SS gases 1,000 Jews.
1948 - President Truman dedicates Idlewild Field - it will become JFK airport in NY.
1949 - Lightning strikes a baseball field in FL, killing the shortstop and the third baseman.
1953 - The Department of Health, Education and Welfare is created.
1960 - Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, calls for a Black state.
1962 - The Federation of Malaysia is formed.
1964 - Al Parker glides 644 miles without any motor; the U.S. Ranger-7 takes its 4,316th picture before crashing on the Moon.
1969 - Mariner 6 flies past Mars; the National Guard is mobilized to deal with race riots in Baton Rouge, LA.
1970 - Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ending the "Huntley-Brinkley Report."
1978 - A gunman shoots his way into the Iraqi Embassy in Paris.
1980 - The U.S.S.R.'s Soyuz-37 crew returns to Earth aboard the Soyuz-36.
1981 - Arnette Hubbard becomes the first female president of the National Bar Association.
1984 - The U.S. men's gymnastics team wins the team gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, CA.

1803 - John Ericsson US, invented screw propeller, built USS Monitor
1841 - George Melville polar explorer, naval engineer
1904 - Arthur Daley sportswriter (NY Times-Pulitzer 1956)
1919 - Curt Gowdy Green River Wyo, sportscaster (ABC)
1919 - Primo Levi Italy, chemist/writer (Survival in Aushchwitz)
1921 - Whitney M Young Jr civil rights leader, head of Urban League
1943 - William Bennett US Secretary of Education (1985-88)/drug czar
1957 - Victoria E Cooke Hollywood Ca, playmate (Aug, 1980)
1962 - Kym Malin Dallas Tx, playmate (May, 1982)

1556 - St Ignatius of Loyola
1811 - Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Mexican hero priest, executed by Spanish
1875 - Andrew Johnson, 17th U.S. President
1953 - Robert Taft (Sen-OH)
1981 - Gen Omar Torrijos leader of Panama, dies in plane crash

Reported Missing in Action
Burroughs, William D., USAF (MD); RF101 shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - deceased March, 1999.

Allen, Thomas R., USAF (OK); F4C shot down (pilot), remains returned November, 1997
Packard, Ronald L., USAF (CO); F4C shot down (weapons / systems operator), remains returned November, 1997
Zuhoski, Charles P., USN (NY); F8C shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Burns, Michael P., US Army SF (TX); believed KIA, body not recovered
Neal, Dennis P., US Army SF (FL); believed KIA, body not recovered