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Friday, September 23, 2005

Not Again....

Fox News is now reporting that water came over a levee in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans, flooding dozens of blocks with up to waist-deep water....

Water poured over a patched levee Friday, cascading into one of the city's lowest-lying neighborhoods and heightening fears that Hurricane Rita would re-flood this devastated city.

"Our worst fears came true. The levee will breach if we keep on the path we are on right now, which will fill the area that was flooded earlier," said Barry Guidry with the Georgia National Guard

More here: Water Pours Over New Orleans Levee
FBI: 'Jihad' prevented in Los Angeles
Court documents say trio planned shooting rampages
09/23/05 10:48 AM, EDT
Three men charged in a terror investigation were planning shooting rampages at Los Angeles-area military sites to retaliate for what they called the oppression of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to court documents.


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Spc. Michelle Higgins, armed with an M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon, keeps a sharp lookout for any hostile threats to the crew and the Army ship she is aboard, the Logistics Support Vessel-06, Specialist Four James A. Loux, near the Port of Djibouti in Africa. Photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen Schester.

Blogwatch - Michael Yon

Michael Yon's latest is up:

“Deuce Four,” is on its way home. I attended their departure ceremony, presided over by the much respected Brigade Commander, Colonel Robert Brown. Purple Hearts were awarded to soldiers wounded in action. The commander of the Deuce Four, LTC Erik Kurilla, was not there to pin the medals on his soldiers; Kurilla was the last Deuce Four solider wounded in Iraq, and was recovering from three gunshot wounds. All told, the 1-24th infantry regiment earned over 157 Purple Hearts during their mission in Mosul....

Make a point to head over and read Battle For Mosul III: Prelude
ON PATROL — U.S. Army soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 82nd Airborne, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, N.C., radio information to headquarters during a patrol in Tal Afar, Iraq, Sept. 20, 2005. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr

In Today's News - Friday, September 23, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Without the brave efforts of all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines and their families, this Nation, along with our allies around the world, would not stand so boldly, shine so brightly and live so freely."
-- Lane Evans

News of Note
Hurricane Season
Rita Changes Course

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Powerful Cleric Backs Iraq Constitution

Operation Enduring Freedom
U.S. General Defends Afghanistan Tactics

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Suspicious Package Closes British Airport
Bush: We Must Show Courage Against Terror
Bomb Suspect Back in Britain
Judge: Militants Want to Attack Europe
Bomber's Widow Says His Mind Was Poisoned

Troops on Trial
Lynndie England Trial Opens

Taking on the Moonbats
Families of Troops Counter Sheehan

Fox News
Judiciary Panel OKs Roberts
Quakes Rattle Calif. Town
Text Aims to Teach Bible in School, Avoid Legal Woes
Brits Off Basra's Streets
EU Puts Off Decision on Iran

Reuters: Top News
Oil falls as Rita keeps market guessing
Man arrested at UK's Manchester airport after alert
Russia shields Iran from UN action over atom plans
Baghdad car bomb kills at least five
Israel kills three suspected Islamic militants
PICTURES: Hamas Supporters attend Israeli Pullout Celebrations
Jailed US Iraq abuse leader says did no wrong
Standoff in Italy as Fazio defies prime minister
G7 chiefs mull oil prices as storm nears

AP World News
Saudi Foreign Minister Chides U.S. Policy
Europeans Drop Harsher Stance on Iran
Palestinians Take Control of Gaza Border
Israel Evacuates West Bank Military Base
N.Korea Demands Reactor for Disarmament
46 People Injured in Belarus Explosion
North Korean Leader Wants Meeting With U.S.
Sudan's New Unity Cabinet Sworn In
Arubans Choosing New PM and Parliament
Bush Asks Abdullah to See Sharon, Abbas
Schroeder, Merkel Fail to Reach a Deal
Yushchenko Turns to Foe to Get PM Approved
Bombings in Eastern Pakistan Kill Six

The Seattle Times
Evacuees fear being trapped on highways
Hurricane Rita may deliver punch to pocketbooks
In the path of the storm
Banning gays from Roman Catholic seminary stirs U.S. debate

Chicago Sun-Times
Anti-war ad blitz planned to re-ignite movement
New indictment added in Calif. terror case
Suspect: Other al-Qaida members lazy
Ex-aide, HDO part of hiring scheme

Boston Globe: World
S. Africa set to seize white farmer's land
Attack by militants shuts down oil platform in Nigeria
Turkish forum on Armenians halted
Former Guards: England Impressionable
Eligibility Bar for Military too High for Youths
Bill to Bar Murderers From National Cemetery Burial
This Time, Military Hopes to be Ready
Senate Democrats Request Briefings on Iraq, Al Qaeda
Iraqis Wonder What Price They'll Pay in Katrina's Wake
Leading a Rooftop Rescue by the Dawn's Early Light

CENTCOM: News Releases

Department of Defense
Bush: 'No Middle Ground' in War on Terror — Story Remarks Bush (Video)
Afghanistan Proof of Progress in War on Terror
Coalition Works to Build Fledgling Iraqi Navy — Story Transcript Briefing (Video)

New Garrison Opens Doors to Afghan Troops — Story
Base Dedicates Computer Lab to Soldier — Story
Nawroz Boys' School Gets Supplies — Story

Guard Units Deliver Donated School Supplies Photos
U.S. Troops Train Iraqi Soldiers to Save Lives
Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Bring Hope to Community

Soldiers Help Launch Afghan Radio Station
Women's Center Opens in Paktika Province
Afghan Ministry Celebrates Renovation Project

State Trooper Trades Badge for Cammies — Story

Ice Cream Shop Salutes Troops — Story

Hurricane Coverage

2 Soldiers Killed; Weapons Seized
Suspects Detained; IED Cleared
Doctors Nabbed, Planned Terror Aid
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
Iraq Progress Fact Sheet (pdf)
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Afghans Enjoy Successful Elections
Photos: Afghan Election Day
Afghanistan Daily Update Maps

Troops Seek to Win Hearts, Minds
Gitmo Hearings to Resume
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army 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

National Hurricane Center

Today in History
1642 - Harvard College in Cambridge, MA, has its first Commencement.
1779 - John Paul Jones' Bon Homme Richard defeats HMS Serepis.
1780 - British Major John Andre is arrested as a spy near Tarrytown, NY.
1803 - In the Battle of Assaye, British-Indian forces beat the Maratha Army.
1806 - Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis from the Pacific Northwest.
1845 - The first baseball team is organized and adopts its rules (NY Knickerbockers).
1846 - Johann Gottfried Galle and Heinrich d'Arrest find Neptune.
1862 - Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation is published in northern Newspapers.
1863 - The Confederate siege of Chattanooga begins.
1868 - Grito de Lares proclaims Puerto Rico's independence (It doesn't last - it is crushed by Spain).
1897 - Cheyenne, WY holds the first frontier days rodeo celebration.
1932 - The Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd are renamed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
1938 - At the World's Fair in NYC, a time capsule is buried containing a woman's hat, a man's pipe, and 1100' of microfilm (to be opened 6939).
1949 - President Truman announces evidence of the U.S.S.R.'s first nuclear device detonation.
1952 - Richard Nixon makes his "Checkers" speech.
1962 - ABC's airs its first color TV series-"The Jetsons."
1973 - Former Argentine President Juan Peron returns to power,
1976 - Soyuz-22 returns to Earth
1978 - Anwar Sadat is welcomed home from the Camp David Summit by 100,000 cheering Egyptians.
1979 - Jane Fonda and a crowd of 200,000 attend an anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC.
1990 - Saddam Hussein says he will destroy Israel.
1991 - NY Islanders Mike Bossy and Denis Potvin are inducted into NHL Hall of Fame.

484 BC- Euripides Greek playwright (Trojan Women)
63 BC- Octavian (Augustus C‘sar) 1st Roman emperor (27 BC-14 AD)
1713 - King Ferdinand VI of Spain (1746-59)
1745 - John Sevier, indian fighter (Gov/Rep-TN)
1838 - Victoria Chaflin, feminist/reformer/free love advocate/first female presidential candidate
1852 - William Stewart Halsted, established the first U.S. surgical school
1880 - John Boyd Orr, nutritionist, UN's FAO, Nobel Prize winner (1949)
1944 - Loren J. Shriver, Colonel USAF/astronaut (STS 51-C, STS-31, sk:46)
1957 - Sylvie Garant, Playboy playmate (November, 1979)

1877 - Urbain JJ Leverrier codiscoverer of Neptune, dies
1939 - Sigmund Freud created psychoanalysis, dies at 83

Reported Missing in Action
Callahan, David F., Jr., USN (VT); A4E crashed on landing after mechanical problems (pilot), Killed, body not recovered

Osborne, Dale H., USN (UT); A4F shot down (pilot), released by DRV February, 1973 (injured) - retired as a Commander - alive and well as of 1998
*** Also served with the 191st Fighter Bomber Squadron during the Korean War ***