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Wednesday, September 28, 2005



We are very pleased to announce that Governor Pataki has announced the removal of the International Freedom Center (IFC) from Ground Zero.

See the Washington Post for details.

Every since June 8, 2005 when Debra Bulingame's op-ed, The Great Ground Zero Heist, appeared in the Wall Street Journal, we have fought together for the preservation of the dignity of Ground Zero. With your help, we have achieved a major victory toward that goal. We will continue to monitor the plans for Ground Zero to ensure that a fitting and proper memorial is built; one that is respectful of the victims murdered that day, their families, the first responders, and the American people.

A press release on the removal of the IFC from the 15 family member groups is expected in the next 24 hours and we will post it @ as soon as it becomes available.Thank you again for your support, prayers, and dedication. We simply could not have done this without you.

Sincerely,Robert D. Shurbet
Founder/Web Master
Blogging may be a little light over the next few days - I'm out on the Left Coast on business...

From Yahoo! News

Local News - The Leaf Chronicle -
Tue, 27 Sep 2005 3:07 AM PDT
A ceremony bringing back the 506th Infantry Regiment to Fort Campbell will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 13 on the post's Division Parade Field. The 506th designator will go to 4th Brigade, known as the Currahee brigade.

Army officer mourned as leader
The Buffalo News
Tue, 27 Sep 2005 6:02 AM PDT
When Capt. Robert A. Bager finished his 10-month tour of duty in Iraq and returned to Germany last year, he immediately called his parents and asked to speak to his father.
PERSIAN GULF PATROL — U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Conrad Mathis patrols the waters of the Persian Gulf near the Al Basra and Khawr Al Amaya Iraqi Oil Terminals, Sept. 24, 2005. Mathis is assigned to the Hawaii-based guided missile cruiser USS Chosin, currently deployed to the region to conduct maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Phillip A. Nickerson, Jr.

In Today's News - Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Peace is a militant state, which is not secured by wishful thinking. . . . If we are to be sure of our liberty, we must be ready to fight for it."
-- Jonathan Wainwright, US Army General
(WWI-France, WWII-Pacific, 3 yrs in Japanese prison camp)

News of Note
Hurricane Season
Brown Bites Back
Ex-FEMA chief: 'I was defamed'
Was Evacuee Violence Exaggerated?
Video: Katrina, One Month Later
Rita Victims 'Living Like Cavemen'
Top emergency official slams response
Post-Katrina Mold Threatens Health
Bush Surveys Rita's Damage to Texas
Video: Dog Stuck in Floodwaters Survives
Gulf coast cleans up
Probe fuel profiteering: Senate Democrats
Bush views hurricane damage on 7th trip to region
Gulf coast cleans up
New Orleans police chief resigns

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Bodies of 22 Iraqis Found
Sadr City Residents See Many Improvements

Operation Enduring Freedom
Servicemembers Killed in Afghanistan
Afghanistan's Interior Minister Resigns

Troops on Trial
England Gets Three Years for Iraq Abuse

Homeland Security / War on Terror
New Arrest in U.K. Bombings
Al Qaeda Newscast on Web?
Israel Rounds Up Hamas Candidates in Raids
Reports: Terror Cell Plotted Attacks on Paris Subway

Supreme Court
Cantwell says she will oppose Chief Justice-nominee John Roberts

Moonbat Watch
Rain on Cindy Sheehan's Parade
(poor Cindy - the hurricanes stole her coverage)

Other News of Note
First All-female Crew Flies Combat Mission

Fox News
Natalee's Mom: Joran's Lying

Venezuela Won't Get Militant
Stocks to Watch: Red Hat Inc.
Consumer Confidence Low
New Homes Down, Prices Up
Witness Slams 'Intelligent Design' in Pa. Textbook Trial
Church Ousts 11 Chicago Priests Suspected of Abuse

Reuters: Top News
Stock sale may be costly for Frist
Man said to be Zarqawi's No. 2 killed
No Venezuela, Cuba return for Cuban exile: judge
Israel widens offensive on Gaza, WBank militants
Rice tells Haiti to speed up election plans
Bush finishing Senate consultations on court pick
Eight charged in theft of "Star Wars" movie
Air Force reviewing troubled space programs
Scientists capture giant squid on camera
Falklands, Argentina stuck in icy political impasse
Return loot of corrupt dictators, says Wolfowitz

AP World News
U.S. Forces Leaving Base in Uzbekistan
Iran Threatens to Resume Uranium Enrichment
Canada Swears in New Governor General
Protestants Not Buying IRA Disarmament
Cocaine Blight Spreads in Colombia
Polish Victors Plan Coalition Talks
Putin Won't Rule Out Third Term in 2008
Case Against Former Concorde Chief Opens
Blair Rules Out Quick Iraq Withdrawal
Long Road to Ridding North Korea of Nukes
Typhoon Damrey Makes Landfall in Vietnam
Kon-Tiki Raft Voyage to Be Re-Created
Newsview: Tough Year for Assad So Far

The Seattle Times
Future of Boeing outsourcing
Supreme Court agrees to hear Anna Nicole Smith case
Escalating violence in Iraq hits new target: teachers
Senate majority leader denies wrongdoing in stock sale
Spanish tribunal convicts Muslims of terror charges News Digest
(free registration required for some stories)
Senators Draft new Rules for Guard Activation
Bush Seeks to Federalize Emergencies
Disguised Rebels Kill 6 at Iraq School
After 6 Deaths, Pa. Unit Is Soldiering on in Iraq
Reason For U.S. Troops in Paraguay Disputed
U.S. Investigates Sale of Faulty Bulletproof Vests
Iraq's Draft Constitution Is Said to Deepen Divide

CENTCOM: News Release

Department of Defense
Resolve Key to Defeating Terrorists — Story Transcript Video

Marine Psych Class Offers Many Benefits — Story

Marine MPs Stay a Step Ahead of Insurgents

Afghan Army Learns How to Counter IEDs

Marine Keeps Recon Rolling — Story

Hurricane Coverage
Iraq Transition of Power

Al Qaeda Leader Killed
Soldiers Killed; Prisoners Released
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
Iraq Progress Fact Sheet (pdf)
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Helicopter Crash Kills 5 Soldiers
Afghanistan Daily Update

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

Acquisition Improvements Cited
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify 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
1066 - William the Conqueror lands in England.
1542 - Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California.
1781 - The Siege of Yorktown, the last battle of the Revolutionary War, begins.
1787 - Congress sends the Constitution to state legislatures for their approval.
1850 - Flogging is abolished in the U.S. Navy and on merchant vessels.
1906 - U.S. troops reoccupy Cuba, staying until 1909.
1912 - The Kiche Maru sinks off Japan, killing 1,000.
1914 - German forces move into Antwerp, Belgium.
1922 - Mussolini marches on Rome.
1924 - Two U.S. Army planes end their around-the-world flight where they began - in Seattle - after 57 stops.
1928 - Juan de la Cierva makes the first helicopter flight over the English Channel.
1937 - In Oregon, FDR dedicates the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.
1939 - A Soviet-German treaty settles on the 4th partition of Poland, and gives Lithuania to the U.S.S.R.
1944 - At the Battle of Arnhem, in the Netherlands, the Germans defeat the British airborne.
1958 - Guinea votes for independence from France.
1959 - The Explorer VI reveals an intense radiation belt around the Earth.
1961 - Syria withdraws from the United Arab Republic; USN Commander Forrest S. Petersen takes the X-15 to 30,720 m.
1965 - Jack McKay in reaches 90 km in the X-15; Lava flows kill at least 350 in the Phillipines.
1967 - Walter Washington is elected as the first mayor of Washington, DC.
1972 - Japan & and Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations.
1978 - The Israeli Knesset endorses the Camp David accord.
1982 - The first reports appear of death from cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules; NASA launches Intelsat-V.
1985 - NASA launches Intelsat-VA.
1990 - Marvin Gaye gets a star on Hollywood's walk of fame.

551 BC - Confucius (as celebrated in Taiwan)
106 BC - Pompey (Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus), Roman warrior
1852 - Henri Moissan, French chemist, isolated fluorine, Nobel Prize winner (1906)
1856 - Edward Thompson, U.S. archeologist who explored Mayan ruins
1880 - Ralph Edward Flanders, (Sen-VT)
1901 - William S. Paley, CBS founder / chairman
1902 - Ed Sullivan, TV variety show host/gossip columnist (Ed Sullivan Show)
1933 - Madeleine M. Kunin (Gov-VT), first Jewish governor of Vermont
1934 - Brigitte Bardot, French-born starlet (And God Created Women)
1940 - Alexander S. Ivanchenkov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 29, T-6)
1948 - Phil Hartman, comedian (SNL)

1833 - Lemuel Haynes, Revolutionary War veteran
1953 - Edwin P. Hubble, astronomer / designer of telescopes
1957 - Albert Ascoli, Italian developer of anti-tuberculosis vaccine
1964 - Harpo Marx, comedian (Marx Bros)
1970 - Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser (replaced by Anwar Sadat)
1978 - Pope John Paul I, found dead after only 33 days as Pope
1989 - Ferdinand Marcos, deposed president of the Phillipines
1991 - Miles Davis, jazz musician

Reported Missing in Action
Garwood, Robert R., USMC (IN); released March, 1979 - subsequent court-martial for collaboration and assault of a fellow POW

Brasher, Jimmy M., US Army (TX); OV1B shot down (pilot, w/Pittman); KIA, body not recovered

Pittman, Robert E., US Army (FL); OV1B shot down (observer, w/Brasher); KIA, body not recovered

Taylor, Danny G., US Army SF (MO); KIA, body not recovered

Graham, Gilbert J., USNR (CA); PBR 100 hit by rocket fire (forward gunner), KIA, body not recovered

Musetti, Joseph T., Jr., USN (ME); PBR 100 hit by rocket fire (boat captain), KIA, body not recovered

Dixon, David L., USN (OR); Killed in fire on LCM 006, body not recovered

Halpin, David P., USN (NY); Killed in fire on LCM 006, body not recovered