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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Received via Email from a proud Mom

My Son...My Hero
As a Mom, of a son
in the National Guard
Mixed feelings are with me
and make my days hard

You raised up your son
and protect them each day
But they grow up too soon
and from home go away

You teach them the basics
the wrongs and the right
So i never expected
that soon he would fight

When I say that he fights
I don't mean with just fist
But he fights for our freedom
with the Guard he'd enlist

With a promise to us
he vowed to defend
Our country, America
to make terrorism end

And now far away
in a land called Iraq
I pray God, please watch him
and bring my son back

Written for Sgt Robert Toner PAANG
Staff Sgt. Kenworthy, from the 21st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, scales a cliff beside the Euphrates River near Rawah, Iraq, searching for hidden weapons. Photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Davis.

More photos at Defend America

Sunday Blogwatch

In your travels today, be sure to visit:

ROFASix for NOTR's take on recently released US Army guidelines on Soldiers' photos, and the skinny on a little Al-Jazeera you might want to watch

The Gunn Nutt for pictures of the DC Freepers levelling the playing field at Walter Reed.
BULK FUEL — U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kraig J. Geising, a bulk fueler with Marine Service Support Group-26, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), fuels several types of military vehicles from Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 26th MEU (SOC), Aug. 15, 2005, at Al Qatranah Range, Jordan. The Marines are conducting several types of bi-lateral training with the Jordanian Army. U. S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric R. Martin

In Today's News - Sunday, August 28, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Courage: Doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared."
-- Eddie Rickenbacker, WWI Ace.

News of Note
Moonbat Watch
Anti-Gay Church Protests at GI Funerals("Reverend" Phelps is at it again...)

Operation Iraqi Freedom
No Vote on Iraq Constitution- Referendum Likely to Pass
List: Changes Sunnis want in constitution
1,000 Detainees Released from Abu Ghraib

Operation Enduring Freedom
Legislative Candidate, Three GIs Killed in Afghan Attacks

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Hamas Chief: Eradicate Israel
Bomb in Ferry's Trash Can Injures 30 in Philippines
Palestinian suicide bomber strikes in Israel
Jordan seeks arrest in Aqaba rocket attack

"You Don't Speak for Me, Cindy"
Dueling Crawford War Rallies- Video: Protesters swarm
Pro- and anti-war demonstrations hit Texas

Governors vow to fight Air National Guard cuts(including CT's - our Air Guard base is on the block)

Fox News
Bomber Injures Two in Israel
- Israeli PM's Son Indicted
Boy, 11, Charged in Carjacking
Schools Sue for Creationism
Big Easy in Big Trouble?
Katrina heads for New Orleans (she is now a Category 5)
Bush Declares State of Emergency
Fast Facts: Hurricane Categories

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Iran rejects negotiations with Europe
Sharon's son indicted for corruption
Iranian daredevil dies in motorcycle
Egypt turns down nuclear treaty request
Suspected Egypt militants use land mines
Mubarak's campaign aim to reinvent image

Reuters: Top News
Katrina a top-strength hurricane, aims for U.S
Ecuador oil protesters threaten to resume attacks
Malay separatists say behind southern Thai unrest
Bush warns of more sacrifice in Iraq, protesters rally Associated Press
Katrina heads for Louisiana at 160 mph
Java joy: Study touts coffee's benefits
Human cannonball fired across U.S. border

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Sunnis Reject Draft of Iraqi Constitution
Iraq assembly considers charter, Sunnis opposed
Abu Ghraib detainee escapes in Iraq
Iraqis deny plots against Western targets in Yemen

Department of Defense
Efforts in Iraq Require Time, Sacrifice — Story Transcript

'Mechanics of All Trades' Maintain Equipment

Comics Thrill Overflow Crowd – Story

Officials Outline Successes in Iraq
Election Security Plans in Place
282 Iraqi Police Graduate
Iraq, U.S. Forces Capture Terrorists
Insurgency Not Affecting Progress
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update

IED Strike Kills American
Afghanistan Daily Update

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

Vice Chairman Shares Priorities
Officials Explain Prevention Report
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
1609 - Henry Hudson explores the Delaware Bay for the Netherlands.
1655 - New Amsterdam and Peter Stuyvesant bar Jews from military service.
1789 - Sir William Herschel discovers Saturn's moon Enceladus.
1862 - Belle Boyd (a Confederate spy) is released from Old Capital Prison in Washington, DC.
1867 - U.S. forces occupy the Midway Islands.
1884 - Near Howard, SD, the first known photograph of a tornado is made.
1907 - In Seattle, United Parcel Service begins operations.
1916 - Italy declares war against Germany.
1938 - Northwestern University awards an honorary degree to ventriloquist dummy Charlie McCarthy.
1963 - The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge opens (connects Seattle and Bellevue0; Martin Luther King, Jr. makes his "I have a dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial.
1968 - In Chicago, police and anti-war demonstrators clash at the Democratic National Convention.
1974 - Soyuz-15 returns to Earth.
1981 - John Hinckley, Jr. pleads innocent in the assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan; the National Centers for Disease Control report a high incidence of Pneumocystis and Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men (precursor to the A.I.D.S. discovery)
1983 - Israeli P.M. Menachem Begin announces his resignation.
1986 - U.S. Navy officer Jerry A. Whitworth is sentenced to 365 years for spying.
1988 - Three Italian AF fighter jets collide and crash at an airshow in Germany, killing 70.
1990 - Iraq declares Kuwait its 19th province.

1592 - George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, royal minister to King James I of England
1774 - Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, first American Catholic saint
1831 - Lucy Ware Webb Hayes, First Lady to Rutherford B. Hayes
1878 - George Hoyt Whipple, astrophysicist, Nobel Prize winner (1934)
1906 - Sir John Betjeman, poet laureate of England (Mt. Zion)
1939 - Cassie Mackin, newswoman (NBC TV)
1940 - William Cohen (Sen-ME)
1960 - Leroy Chiao, astronaut
1968 - Scarlet Annette Morgan, Miss NC-America (1991)

- Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, trader / founder of Chicago
1955 - Emmett Till, kidnapped and lynched at 14 in Money, Mississippi
1961 - Thomas Connolly, first baseball umpire elected to the Hall of Fame
1964 - Gracie Allen, Mrs George Burns / comedian (Burns & Allen)
1985 - Ruth Gordon, actress

Reported Missing in Action
Simpson, Robert Lewis, USAF (Panama); T22B shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Schierman, Wesley D., USAF (WA); F105D shot down, released by DRV (injured) - retired as a Major - alive and well as of 1998

Babula, Robert L., USMC (PA); disappeared on mission to establish ambush site

Bodenschatz, John E., USMC (CA); disappeared on mission to establish ambush site

Borton, Robert C., Jr., USMC (MI); disappeared on mission to establish ambush site, remains ID'd March, 1995 (family rejects ID)

Carter, Dennis R., USMC (CA); disappeared on mission to establish ambush site

Degnan, Jerry L., Civilian
Wallace, Charles Franklin, USMC (MS); A4E shot down

Miller, Robert Charles, USAF (CA); T28 shot down (pilot), KIA, body not recovered

Phillips, Elbert Austin, USAF (AL); T28 shot down (non-aircrew); KIA, body not recovered