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Monday, October 10, 2005

Well, at least Piglet isn't on THIS list...

Britain seeks to ban more groups
Parliamentary approval required to add 15 organizations to list
10/10/05 08:13 PM, EDT
Britain said on Monday it would seek to add another 15 organizations to the government's list of terrorist groups, including militants active in Iraq.


I Can Hardly Believe I Have to Post Something Like This...

Get the details on why at the Lost Budgie Blog.

Hat tip to She Who Will Be Obeyed, via Castle Argghhh!
Air Force hospital saves Iraqi lives
BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- Air Force medics rush an injured Iraqi from an ambulance Sept. 29 after being caught in car bomb blasts that occurred earlier that day in the town of Balad near here. Patients were rushed here to the Air Force Theater Hospital following the attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chad Watkins)

From Yahoo! News

Monument honors soldiers, veterans
The Courier
Mon, 10 Oct 2005 7:10 AM PDT
By Brooke Vermillion
With the return of the soldiers in the 206th Field Artillery Battalion in April deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a monument now stands at the Russellville National Guard Armory in their honor.

Former College Dean, Student Re-united as Chaplains in Iraq
United States Marines
Sun, 09 Oct 2005 10:38 AM PDT
AL ASAD, Iraq (Oct. 9, 2005) -- In 1996, Tim Moore was the Dean of Students for Southwest College of Christian Ministry (SCCM) in Bethany, Oklahoma and Wm. Jerrod Glenn was one of his students studying for ordination.
Spc. John Hernandez, from 1st Battalion, 143rd Field Artillery Brigade, searches the streets of New Orleans for people in need of assistance as well as providing security, in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Photo by Pvt. John Higgins.

Army Hero says "No Thanks" to Code Pink

Andi's World brings the news of what one Army Hero thinks of Code Pink's disgusting displays outside of Walter Reed....
Even though I disagree with what all of these groups such as Code Pink, and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan stand for, my fellow soldiers and I have fought, died, been injured and are still fighting for their right to protest and speak their mind. But what angers and hurts me as a soldier is that they parade their anti-war views in the face of my brothers and sisters who are recovering from the same battlefield that I fought on and am still fighting on as I type this e-mail. Is there no honor or dignity left in the anti-war movement? Do they have no shame? Do they have no integrity? Do they have no heart? Do they have no soul? I can answer that with a simple no! How can they say they support the troops but protest where they try to recover from war? You interviewed one gentleman, and I use that term loosely, who stated ‘If I was injured I would want someone to speak for me like this.’ Well let me tell him something, we do not want you to speak for us and we do not need you to speak for us! …

Hear, hear, and HOOOAH, Sgt! Good stuff. And while you're there, make sure to check out Raining on Code Pink's Parade, too.

Hat Tip to My Life as a Military Spouse

Schoolchildren Get Supplies

U.S. Army and Iraqi soldiers delivered schools supplies to an elementary school in Baghdad, Iraq, Sept 25, 2005. The U.S. troops who participated in the effort are assigned to a psychological operations unit attached to the 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. U.S. Army photos by Spc. David Kobi

Iraqi schoolchildren hold Iraqi flags in an elementary school in Baghdad, Iraq, Sept. 25, 2005. U.S. Army and Iraqi soldiers delivered schools supplies to the school. The U.S. troops who participated in the effort are assigned to a psychological operations unit attached to the 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. U.S. Army photos by Spc. David Kobi

from DefendAmerica

From the Department of Defense

Fact Sheet: Plots, Casings, and Infiltrations Referenced in President Bush's Remarks on the War on Terror

President Discusses War on Terror at National Endowment for Democracy

Overall, the United States and our partners have disrupted at least ten serious al-Qaida terrorist plots since September 11--including three al-Qaida plots to attack inside the United States. We have stopped at least five more al-Qaida efforts to case targets in the United States or infiltrate operatives into our country.

10 Plots
  1. The West Coast Airliner Plot: In mid-2002 the U.S. disrupted a plot to attack targets on the West Coast of the United States using hijacked airplanes. The plotters included at least one major operational planner involved in planning the events of 9/11.

  2. The East Coast Airliner Plot: In mid-2003 the U.S. and a partner disrupted a plot to attack targets on the East Coast of the United States using hijacked commercial airplanes.

  3. The Jose Padilla Plot: In May 2002 the U.S. disrupted a plot that involved blowing up apartment buildings in the United States. One of the plotters, Jose Padilla, also discussed the possibility of using a "dirty bomb" in the U.S.

  4. The 2004 UK Urban Targets Plot: In mid-2004 the U.S. and partners disrupted a plot that involved urban targets in the United Kingdom. These plots involved using explosives against a variety of sites.

  5. The 2003 Karachi Plot: In the Spring of 2003 the U.S. and a partner disrupted a plot to attack Westerners at several targets in Karachi, Pakistan.

  6. The Heathrow Airport Plot: In 2003 the U.S. and several partners disrupted a plot to attack Heathrow Airport using hijacked commercial airliners. The planning for this attack was undertaken by a major 9/11 operational figure.

  7. The 2004 UK Plot: In the Spring of 2004 the U.S. and partners, using a combination of law enforcement and intelligence resources, disrupted a plot to conduct large-scale bombings in the UK.

  8. The 2002 Arabian Gulf Shipping Plot: In late 2002 and 2003 the U.S. and a partner nation disrupted a plot by al-Qa'ida operatives to attack ships in the Arabian Gulf.

  9. The 2002 Straits of Hormuz Plot: In 2002 the U.S. and partners disrupted a plot to attack ships transiting the Straits of Hormuz.

  10. The 2003 Tourist Site Plot: In 2003 the U.S. and a partner nation disrupted a plot to attack a tourist site outside the United States.

5 Casings and Infiltrations

  1. The U.S. Government & Tourist Sites Tasking: In 2003 and 2004, an individual was tasked by al-Qa'ida to case important U.S. Government and tourist targets within the United States.

  2. The Gas Station Tasking: In approximately 2003, an individual was tasked to collect targeting information on U.S. gas stations and their support mechanisms on behalf of a senior al-Qa'ida planner.

  3. Iyman Faris & the Brooklyn Bridge: In 2003, and in conjunction with a partner nation, the U.S. government arrested and prosecuted Iyman Faris, who was exploring the destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Faris ultimately pleaded guilty to providing material support to al-Qa'ida and is now in a federal correctional institution.

  4. 2001 Tasking: In 2001, al-Qa'ida sent an individual to facilitate post-September 11 attacks in the U.S. U.S. law enforcement authorities arrested the individual.

  5. 2003 Tasking: In 2003, an individual was tasked by an al-Qa'ida leader to conduct reconnaissance on populated areas in the U.S.
BAQUBAH MISSION — Iraqi soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, Forward Operating Base Fallock, Iraq, make their way through the city of Baqubah to conduct information operations during operation "Good Morning Orange City," Oct. 2, 2005. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ave Pele

In Today's News - Monday, October 10, 2005

Quote of the Day
"I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it."
-- Thomas Jefferson

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Choose or Lose (Iraq's constitution vote)
Iraq Car Bomb Kills 2
Saddam's Court Date
Bid to Delay Saddam's Trial Dismissed
Marines Who Stormed Fallujah Back in Iraq
Insurgents Kill at Least 12 Iraqis

Operation Enduring Freedom
Suicide Bombings Kill 3 in Afghan City

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Real or Hoax? (NYC threat)

Hurricane Season
New Orleans Stores Look to Fill Jobs
New Orleans police vow crackdown as crime picks up
Tropical Storm Vince Forms in Atlantic

Sports News
Baseball Scores
Football Scores
For the son he loved, Jurevicius plays

Other News of Note
3 die, homes evacuated in Eastern storm
New Syrian TV Show Angers Some Arabs
Fire destroys 'Gromit' warehouse
Quake toll exceeds 30,000
FBI may relax hiring policy on drug use

Foxnews: U.S. & World
Stanford VW Wins $2M Driverless Car Race
Poles Vote in Presidential Election
Sharon Casts Doubt on Abbas Meeting
Iran: Nuke Talks in Everyone's Interest
Rescuers Try to Reach Victims
U.S. Sends Aid After Devastating Earthquake in Pakistan
South Asia an Earthquake Hotbed
Video: Sending Aid
Video: Search for Survivors
Photo Essay: Devastation in South Asia

Reuters: Top News
German parties in deal to make Merkel chancellor
Bulgaria to ban poultry from Turkey and Romania
Darfur rebels free 36 hostages: AU
US, Israeli economists win Nobel for "game theory"
Anger at slow aid to Guatemala mudslide village
Israeli troops kill 3 Palestinians at Gaza border
U.S. to try to break deadlock in WTO trade talks

AP World News
Looting Breaks Out in Wake of Deadly Quake
Rumors of Another Quake Keep Kashmiris Out

Sunni-Shiite Religious War in Iraq Feared

Official: Sharon-Abbas Meeting Postponed
Liberians Hope Election Seals Peace Deal
N. Korea Ruling Party Marks 60th Year
India Airdrops Burial Shrouds, Food
Many Students Among Dead in S. Asia Quake
Rebels Kidnap 19 in Sudan, Release Some
Immigrants Tell of Trek to Spain Enclave
Police Disperse Protesters in Azerbaijan

The Seattle Times
Pakistan pleads for help in race to rescue victims
Pakistan school buildings hit hard
Calls for review of Katrina relief growing louder
Late effort to win Sunni support for Iraq's charter
Virginity a commodity in Uganda

Chicago Sun-Times
Mob boss ordered JFK hit, book says
Guatemala ready to give up on its missing
Runoff seems likely in Polish election
Bennett says racial remarks misunderstood
Do cold medicine rules just chase meth out of state?
Legendary U.S. base in Germany to close
Cambodian police: Parents attack their daughter, drink her blood

Boston Globe: World
Europe bracing to battle bird flu
In Kashmir, burials amid the destruction
Bishop who denounced Nazis is beatified
U.S. Sends Military Aid to Pakistan
U.S. Handing Air Base Back to Germany
Navy 27, Air Force 24
1st Female Airman Killed in Iraq Honored
On Patrol in Afghanistan
Blue Angels to Honor Voris
Navy's Katrina Bill may be $2.7 Billion
Saddam's Trial to Begin Next Week
New York Transit to Maintain Increased Security
Oliver North: Triumph Over Terror
The Romanian submarine Delfinul.
Cartoon Corner: Ricky's Tour

CENTCOM: News Releases

Department of Defense
Rumsfeld Pledges Aid in Relief Effort — Story Statement
Coalition Copters, Crews to Help Recovery — Story
IED Kills Marine; Suicide Bomber Stopped — Story

Troop Tribute Spotlights Guardsman — Story

Hurricane Coverage
Iraq Transition of Power

Forces Ready for Referendum
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
Iraq Progress Fact Sheet (pdf)
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Afghanistan Daily Update

Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

System Supplies Troops Faster
National Guard, Reserve Update

Defense 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
1780 - The Great Hurricane of 1780 kills between 20 and 30 thousand in the Caribbean.
1845 - The Naval School (U.S. Naval Academy) opens in Annapolis, MD.
1846 - William Lassel discovers Neptune's moon Triton.
1854 - The U.S. Assay Office opens in New York City.
1865 - John Hyatts patents the billiard ball.
1868 - Cuba revolts against Spain.
1874 - Fiji becomes a British possession.
1886 - The first dinner jacket is worn to the autumn ball at Tuxedo Park, NY, leading to its more familiar name, the tuxedo.
1888 - In Mud Run, PA, a Teetotalers excursion train is crushed, killing 64.
1913 - Gamboa Dam in Panama is blown up; the Atlantic and Pacific waters mix.
1914 - German forces rout the Belgians in Antwerp.
1923 - The NY Giants and the NY Yankees become the first teams to play each other in three consecutive World Series (it is also the first played at Yankee Stadium - World Series #20)
1924 - The Washington Senators win their first World Series (they beat the Giants in 7 games - World Series #21)
1933 - The first synthetic detergent for home use is marketed.
1938 - Germany completes annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
1943 - Chiang Kai-shek takes the oath of office as president of China.
1957 - President Eisenhower apologizes to Ghana;s Finance Minister Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after Gbdemah is refused service in a Delaware restaurant.
1963 - The U.S., U.K., and U.S.S.R. sign a treaty banning atmospheric nuclear tests.
1970 - Fiji gains independence from Britain.
1973 - VP Spiro T. Agnew resigns after pleading no contest to tax evasion.
1975 - Israel formally signs the Sinai accord with Egypt.
1976 - In NJ, Giants' Stadium (Meadowlands) opens; Greece's Dimitrion Yordanidis becomes the oldest man (at 98) to compete in a marathon, finishing in 7:33.
1978 - President Carter authorizes the Susan B. Anthony dollar.
1979 - Panama assumes sovereignty over the Canal Area (Zone).
1980 - 4,500 die when a two earthquakes strike northwest Algeria; the Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope network is dedicated.
1981 - Anwar Sadat's funeral service is held in Cairo.
1982 - Pope John Paul II canonizes Reverend M. Kolbe, who volunteered to die in place of another inmate at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
1985 - U.S. fighter jets force the Egyptian plane carrying the hijackers of the Italian ship Achille Lauro to land in Italy, the hijackers are placed in custody.
1986 - A magnitude 7.5 Earthquake strikes San Salvador, El Salvador; Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres resigns.
1990 - The 67th manned U.S. space mission (STS-41 / Discovery-11) returns to Earth.
1991 - Greyhound Bus ends bankruptcy.

1731 Henry Cavendish, physicist / chemist (discovered hydrogen)
1738 - Benjamin West, painter (Death of General Wolfe)
1813 - Giuseppe Verdi Italy, opera composer (Rigoletto, Aida, Otello)
1825 - Paulus Kruger, President of South African Republic (1883), Boer leader
1830 - Queen Isabella II of Spain (1833-68)
1861 - Fridtjof Nansen, Arctic explorer / humanitarian, Nobel Prize winner (1922)
1910 - Price Daniel (Gov/Sen-TX)
1918 - Thelonious Monk, jazz pianist (Monk's Dream)
1926 - Richard Jaeckel, actor (3:10 to Yuma, Sands of Iwo Jima)
1930 - Adlai Stevenson III (Sen-IL)
1946 - Ben Vereen, actor/dancer (Pippin, Roots, Webster); Peter Mahvolich, NHL star (Mont Canadiens)
1955 - David Lee Roth, rock singer (Van Halen-Jump)
1958 - John M. Grunsfeld, Ph.D. / astronaut; Tanya Tucker, country singer/actress (Follow that Car)

1886 - David L. Yule, first Jewish U.S. Senator
1959 - Prince Friedrich of Liechtenstein
1964 - Eddie Cantor comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater), dies at 72
1978 - Ralph H. Metcalfe (Rep-IL)
1985 - Orson Welles, actor (Citizen Kane); Yul Brynner, actor (The King and I)
1990 - Dick Jorgensen, NFL referee

Reported Missing in Action
Dodd, Joe L., Civilian; escaped October, 1965

Confer, Michael Steele, USN (NE); A4E exploded, KIA, body not recovered

Handrahan, Eugene A., US Army (MN); reported KIA when unit was ambushed, body not recovered

Herreid, Robert D., US Army SF (IL); reported KIA, body not recovered

Maxwell, Calvin W., US Army (NM); O1G shot down (observer, w/Weisner)

Weisner, Franklin L., US Army (GA); O1G shot down (pilot, w/Maxwell)

Graziosi, Francis G., US Army (NY); UH1C (or UH1H) shot down (door gunner)

Cleary, Peter M., USAF (CT); F4E shot down (pilot, w/Leonor)

Leonor, Leonardo C., USAF (NY); F4E shot down (navigator, w/Cleary)