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Monday, September 19, 2005

Ground Breaking For 1st Cavalry Division Memorial Is Monday
Mon, 19 Sep 2005 6:25 AM PDT
A ground-breaking ceremony will be held Monday at Fort Hood for the 1st Cavalry Division's Iraqi Freedom Memorial. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the east end of the division's parade field on Battalion Avenue.
Soldiers from the Quick Reaction Force, Combined Joint Task Force 76, and their counterparts from the International Security Assistance Force, form a security perimeter near Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo by Spc. Joshua Balog.
The Pride Of Our Country

Today as before, our brave do fight

For a land they love, a flag so right

The pride of our country, yes they are

The strength of our nation, best by far

Just as our brave from each war gone by

They march for us proudly, flag held high

From all over this land they come to serve

They’re taught by the best, this they deserve

When troops give their all, the world does see

Whether serving on land, in the air, or at sea

The pride from this country, march through war

With home drawn strength, held deep in their core

Our best are so awesome, their loved ones well know

May God guide their journey where they - for us - go

What these brave must have is support from their own

The love from their people, firm thankfulness shown

Our greatest achievement is that we’re still free

Please take time and ponder who caused this to be

© 2005 Roger J. Robicheau
AFGHAN ELECTION DAY — An Afghan woman casts her ballot at a girl's high school in Lash Kar Gah in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Sept. 18, 2005. In a country of roughly 30 million voting-age people, more than 12 million registered voters turned out to cast their ballots at the polls. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Caldwell


In your electronic meanderings, here are a few stops you might want to make:

American at Heart: Smith's got a description of what life is like at the FOB, and some neat pictures

BlackFive: for Parallels, a story of some of the heroes helping in New Orleans

ROFASix: for a discussion on mining the Iraqi-Syria border, and the low-down on the Palestinian Culture of Death. NOTR's also got the skinny on the Egyptian terrorist-pilot-wannabe that hit the news last week.

Valour-IT: for an update on the fundraising for this important cause, and information on how you can help

The Partamian Report: for Hitchens vs. Galloway, and to wish him a Happy Belated Birthday!
Soldiers from Company B, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, help FEMA search-team members carry their boats into a CH-47 Chinook helicopter after looking for survivors who wish to be rescued from the flood-ravaged town of Empire, La. Photo by Chuck Prichard.

In Today's News - Monday, September 19, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Americanism is a question of principle, of purpose, of idealism, of character. It is not a matter of birthplace or creed or line of descent."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

News of Note
Hurricane Katrina

Officials Disagree on Return Plan

Coast Guard: Timeline 'Problematic'
Photo Essay: Slowly Coming Back
Three weeks after Katrina, U.S. South shows resilience

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraqi Shi'ites descend on holy city despite threats

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan ballots boxes make way to count centers
Afghan women take special joy in vote

Other News of Note
North Korea Agrees to Drop Nukes

Fox News
Missing Student's Car Found
Afghans Turnout at Polls
French Soldier Killed
Nations Discuss Terror Treaty
NTSB: Commuter Train Was Speeding Before Crash
Tropical Storm Rita Threatens Fla. Keys, Visitors Evacuated
Merkel Tops Schroederin German Elections
Iraqi Lawmaker Killed;24 Found Shot to Death
Roadside Bomb Kills U.S. Soldier
Palestinians Seal Gaza Border
Dozen to Interview in Ohio For First Face Transplant
U.S.: China Nuke Plan 'Good'
N. Korea Food Shipments to End

Reuters: Top News
N.Korea accord reached, but so far just words
Markets groan after German vote deadlock
Iran gathers allies in nuclear showdown with West
Sharon flies home to fight for political survival
Katrina survivor found as officials clash
N.Korea back from brink, but real work lies ahead
Key Republican sees Roberts approved by September 29
Possible Fed candidate proposes hurricane relief plan

AP World News
German Political Leaders Mull Next Move
Focus on World's Poor at General Assembly
Mugabe: U.N. Should Help Katrina Victims
Ukraine Backs Polish Leader for U.N. Post
Indonesia Pulls Troops From Aceh Province
Russia Said Won't Resume Cold War Rivalry
El Salvador Won't Pull Troops Out of Iraq
Nations Present Case Against Iran to U.N.
Katrina Echoes Mexico City's 1985 Quake
Palestinians Restore Order Along Border
U.N. Agency to End Shipments to N. Korea
Saudi Woman Enters Local Board Election
Iran: No Plans for Uranium Enrichment
New Book: KGB Infiltrated India in 1970s

The Seattle Times
Stumbling government slows Katrina recovery
Hundreds ignore orders to keep out
Mississippi officials doing whatever it takes
Text of joint statement from North Korea nuclear talks

Chicago Sun-Times
Some minivans faulted in rear-end crashes
German vote leaves leadership in doubt
Tourists clear out of Keys ahead of Rita
Landmark Afghan vote unscathed by Taliban
Death toll tops 1,000 in Islamic insurgency in Thailand
Palestinians rein in chaos along Gaza-Egypt border
U.S. keeps pressure on Syria at U.N.
Clinton blasts Bush over Iraq, says Afghanistan a bigger threat
(this from the guy who passed on Bin Laden)

Boston Globe: World
Musharraf says he didn't make comments on rape
Indonesian pullout marks start of peace plan
US, EU agree to press United Nations to take up Iran nuclear issue
Israel won't prosecute police over killings

CENTCOM: News Release

Department of Defense
Bomb Kills Soldier on Logistics Patrol in Iraq — Story

Hurricane Katrina

Forces Defeat Foreign Fighters
Terror Occurs During Progress
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq

Afghanistan Daily Update

Raids Net Terrorists, Weapons
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

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
1544 - France and Austria sign a treaty, ending 20 years of war.
1676 - Bacon's rebellion results in the burning of Jamestown.
1777 - Americans, under General Horatio Gates, won the Battle of Saratoga; the Continental Congress fled Philadelphai for York ahead of approaching British forces.
1796 - George Washington issues his farewell address as President.
1827 - Jim Bowie stabs a Louisiana banker with his famous knife.
1862 - Battle of Iuka, Mississippi.
1881 - President James Garfield dies of a gunshot wound inflicted by a disappointed office seeker (July 2nd).
1900 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid pull off their first robbery together.
1934 - Bruno Hauptmann is charged with the kidnap and murder of Charles Lindbergh's baby.
1941 - The Germans bombard Leningrad.
1948 - Moscow announces it will withdraw from Korea by the end of the year.
1955 - President Juan Peron of Argentina is deposed and exiled.
1957 - The U.S. conducts its first underground nuclear test in NV.
1959 - Khrushchev is barred from visiting Disneyland.
1984 - Great Britain and China announce an agreement to transfer Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997.
1985 - Mexico City is hit by the first of two earthquakes that will kill thousands (the second hits 36 hours later).
1994 - U.S. troops arrive in Haiti to enforce exiled president Jean-Bertrand Aristide's return.
1995 - The Washington Post publishes the "Unabomber's Manifesto," a sixty-five-page thesis on what the "Unabomber" thought were the problems with America's society.
2001 - U.S. combat aircraft are ordered to the Persian Gulf in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11th.
2002 - President George W. Bush asks Congress for authority to "use all means," including military force if necessary, to disarm and overthrow Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein if Iraq fails to meet United Nations demands to abandon all weapons of mass destruction.

0086 - Antonius Pius, 15th Roman Emperor (0138 - 0161)
0866 - Leo VI, Byzantine emperor
1655 - Jan Luyts - Dutch scholar/physicist/mathematician/astronomer
1800 - William Wister McKean, Commander, Union Navy
1822 - Joseph Rodman West, Brevet Major General, Union volunteers
1802 - Louis Kossuth, president of Hungary (1949)
1898 - Guiseppe Saragat, president of Italy (1964-71)
1905 - Leon Jaworski, lawyer, Special Prosecutor for Watergate
1907 - Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1972 - 1987)
1914 - Rogers Morton, U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1968-75)
1926 - Lurieen Wallace (Gov-AL, 1966-68)
1929 - Margaret S. Roukema (Rep-NJ); Adam West, actor (Batman)
1932 - Mike Royko, journalist (Chicago Daily News), author
1935 - Thomas W. Ewing (Rep-IL); Robert Kruger (Sen-TX)
1941 - "Mamma" Cass Elliot (or 1943)
1947 - Steve Bartlet (Rep-TX)
1950 - Joan Lunden, news host (Good Morning America)
1960 - Julianna Young, Playboy Playmate (Nov., 1993)
1957 - Richard M. Linnehan, astronaut, (STS 78, sk: 90)
1974 - Victoria Silverstedt, Playboy Playmate (Dec., 1996)

1881 - James A. Garfield, 20th U.S. President, 80 days after being shot.