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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Suspected devices and weapons
IRAQ -- Staff Sgt. James Richey Jr. walks Jacco toward a house with suspected hidden improvised explosive devices. Sergeant Richey is deployed from the 96th Security Forces Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Suzanne M. Day)

Why We Love the U.S. Marine Corps

In a sea of incredibly sad news about our U.S. Marines, comes one page that says it all about why they are as hallowed as they are.

Got this link sent to me twice yesterday. Visit it, and you'll know why.

This Will Make You Proud

And for more on the subject of the linked page, you can go here:

Marine Corp News

Thanks to Pat and Heather for sending the link.
SHOOT HOUSE — U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James Darnell, from Memphis, Tenn., instructs Iraqi Army personnel, Aug. 1, 2005, during a "Shoot House" Live Fire Weapons Training exercise located at the Iraqi Army Compound on Forward Operating Base Iskandariyah, Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Edward G. Martens

In Today's News - Saturday, August 6, 2005

Quote of the Day
"We are, as a country, needless to say, greatly in the debt of those who raise their hands and say, 'Send me.' Day in and day out across this globe, American men and women in uniform, soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, are on the front line against -- fighting in this global war on terror. They're doing noble work. They are proud of what they are doing -- properly proud of what they're doing. And certainly our country is deeply in their debt."
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,
World Affairs Council, Los Angeles,
Aug. 4, 2005

News of Note
London Bombings

Sisters Charged in U.K. Bomb Probe
British Up Security in London
Al Qaeda Leader Vows More Attacks
British Police Charge First Bombing Suspect
Package Left on London Bus Raises Fears
Bombed London Subway Sections Reopen
U.K. Cops Arrest Two More in Botched Attacks
U.K. Cops Probe Saudi Terror Link
Cops Probe London Suspects' Saudi Ties
Timeline: Latest London Explosions
Fast Facts: London Underground

Uuurrah Marines!
Operation Quick Strike (Fox)
'Quick Strike' Goes Where Marines Were Killed

Operation Iraqi Freedom
British Commander Optimistic About Iraq — Story
Iraqi PM Announces New Security Plan — Story

Operation Enduring Freedom
Taliban Weakened by Afghan Reconstruction — Story

Russian Sub Rescue Attempt
Deep-Sea Rescue
Info: Super Scorpio

Homeland Security / War on Terror ("GSAVE")
Md. Man Accused of Supporting Terrorists
Israel Bus Attack Victims Buried
SW Airlines Flight Checked After Threat
NYC Pol: Use Racial Profiling on Subways
U.K. Anti-Terror Proposals
Video: Blair's Stance

Fallen Heroes
Service Members Drown in Afghanistan
Ohio Community Consoles Marines' Kin
Hundreds Attend Vigil for Marine Families

Other News of Note
American Legion Bestows Top Honor on Combat Medic

Fox News
Europe Offers Nuke Proposal to Iran
Astronauts Prepare to Undock, Return Home
Belfast Riots Injure Dozens
Kurdish Rebels Kill 5 in Turkey
UK Army Dismantles Bases in Response to IRA Peace move
IRA Calls Off 'Armed Campaign'

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Israel orders ships away from Turkey
Israelis miss extremist warning signs
General: Iran influence only speculation
Cleric hopes Islam basis for law in Iraq
Europe offers Iran civilian nuke support

Reuters: Top News
Discovery ready to leave station, next launch set
US backs Iran civilian nuke program for first time
As Discovery heads home, cloudy future for shuttle
Cheney pays respects to Saudi's King Abdullah
Book by ex-NJ governor who resigned in gay scandal

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Fight Over Iraq War Prompts Fatal Shooting (nooooo, antiwar folks aren't violent....)
In Tense Sudan, Divisions Resurface
Iraqi minister incensed by airport display bans alcohol

Department of Defense
Team Trains Iraqi Troops for Security Role — Story
Marine 'Bengals' Begin Homeward Journey — Story

Unit Trains for Routine, Ready for Unexpected
Iraqi Engineer Brothers Rebuild Homeland

Afghan Soldiers Train to Use Mobile Kitchens
Road Linking Afghan Cities Nears Completion Photos

It's 'HOT' to Help the Troops — Story
Rumsfeld Praises Actor Sinise
Secretary Recognizes ASY Team


Iraq Transition of Power

Official Reports Iraq Gains
Attacks in Response to Pressure
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

U.S. to Transfer Afghan Detainees
Afghanistan Daily Update
Afghan Reconstruction Group Recruiting

Rumsfeld Commentary: Extremism
Resolve Required in Terror War

U.S., Russian Leaders Hold Talks
Coast Guard Marks 215 Years
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Marine Casualties — Story

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
1787 - In Philadelphia, the Constitutional Convention begins debate.
1806 - The Holy Roman Empire comes to an end.
1815 - A U.S. flotilla ends piracy by Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli.
1825 - Bolivia gains independence from Peru.
1854 - Congress passes the Confiscation Act.
1862 - The CSA ironclad Arkansas is badly damaged in a Union attack.
1864 - Confederates evacuate Ft. Powell.
1890 - In NY, John Hart becomes the first convict executed in the electric chair in the U.S. (for murder).
1914 - Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia; Serbia declares war on Germany.
1934 - U.S. troops withdraw from Haiti (occupied since 1915).
1944 - The deportation of 70,000 jews from Poland to Auschwitz begins.
1945 - (Japanese time) The "Enola Gay" drops her atom bomb on Hiroshima.
1946 - The U.S. officially submits to the jurisdiction of the World Court.
1961 - Gherman S. Titov, is the 2nd Russian in space aboard the Vostok 2 (17 orbits); the first case of motion sickness in space is reported.
1962 - Jamaica gains independence from Britain.
1965 - The Federal Voting Rights Act guarantees Black voting rights.
1985 - After the 19th space shuttle mission, Challenger 8 lands safely at Edwards AFB.
1990 - The U.N. Security Council votes 13-0 (with Cuba and Yemen abstaining) to place economic sanctions against Iraq.

1697 - Charles VII, Holy Roman emperor (1742-45)
1809 - Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet laureate of England
1861 - Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt, 2nd wife of President Theodore Roosevelt
1881 - Sir Alexander Fleming, Nobel prize winner (1954 - penicillin)
1917 - Robert Mitchum, actor (Winds of War, North & South)
1927 - William David Ford (Rep-MI)
1950 - Winston E. Scott, Cmdr, USN / astronaut
1952 - Carl C. Perkins (Rep-KY)

1867 - Faustin Élie Soulouque, emperor of Haiti
1914 - Ellen Wilson, President Woodrow Wilson's wife
1978 - Pope Paul VI
1991 - Harry Reasoner newscaster (60 Minutes)

Reported Missing in Action
Cutrer, Fred C., Jr., USAF (MS); B57B shot down, KIA, body not recovered
Kaster, Leonard L., USAF (MA); B57B shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Kemmerer, Donald R., USAF (PA); F4C shot down
Page, Albert L., USAF (NH); F4C shot down

Penn, Michael G., Jr., USN (TX); A7B shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998