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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Hate in the Comments Section....

I remember my first hate comment - my first hatemail - my first banned commenter...ah, nostalgia.

Over at "My Life as a Military Spouse," one of those lovely little bits of ignorance was posted. And our friendly neighborhood military spouse is looking for some commenters to counter this:

And how many suicide bombers were there before the US invasion and occupation?Zero.Face the truth: The US has torched off a three-way civil war that will kill more people and ruin more lives than Saddam Hussein could even dream of.
Sigh. And that was left anonymously, of course.

My two cents (dime's worth, really) are already up in her comments section, as are BlackFive's - stop by and join the fray.

Man, what is it this week??? Is it a full moon? Can't tell 'cause it's been raining here for most of the last week....


You're Kidding Me, Right?

We're supposed to be taking policy advice from Syria now???

Syrian leader: U.S. should rethink Iraq war
Al-Assad denies Damascus involved in Lebanese official's death
10/12/05 09:02 AM, EDT
The United States should re-examine its Iraq policy because of the negative consequences of the war, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad told CNN on Wednesday.

Man, I'm gonna be bruised from slapping my hand to my forehead this week....
WEAPONS SEARCH — Iraqi soldiers pull security duty while others search a field for weapons caches after landing from their first air assault, Oct. 5, 2005. The Iraqi soldiers mission is to search and eliminate insurgent activity in Baghdad, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ronald Shaw Jr.

Another Love Note from Al-Qaeda

The latest love note from Al-Qaeda, sent in July, contains some important - and some very unnerving - information....

Al Qaeda letter called 'chilling'

Read about it, and here are just a few of the things you can find out:

1. Think the anti-war movement doesn't help the enemy? The letter claims that the U.S. is going to leave Iraq soon, just like it did in Vietnam.

2. Think Al-Qaeda's presence in Iraq is just about us? Al-Qaeda has plans to expand its efforts beyond Iraq once we're out of the way - to bring Islamic states to other secular countries like Syria and Lebanon.

The letter outlines a four-stage plan to expand the war in Iraq: Expel U.S. forces, establish an Islamic authority, take the fight to Iraq's secular neighbors...

3. Think the War on Terror isn't working? Al-Qaeda is hurting financially, and concerned that efforts in the War on Terror are cramping their style.

4. Think that civilians are on Al Qaeda's side? The terrorists are worried that the attacks on civilians and the gruesome beheading videos may result in the populace turning against them.

The Muslim populace who love and support you will never find palatable ... the scenes of slaughtering the hostages...

Definitely worth the read.

Clearer than ever is the fact that the War on Terror is one we need to fight to win - in Iraq, in Afghanistan, at home, and anywhere these scum are allowed to exist.
HUNT FOR TERRORISTS — A U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter from 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Assault Helicopter) departs Forward Operating Base Falcon, Iraq, carrying U.S. Army soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division in a hunt for terrorists, Oct. 9, 2005. Task Force Baghdad aviation and ground forces combined efforts in cordon-and-search missions which focused on capturing terrorists believed to be responsible for improvised explosive device attacks last month. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jennifer D. Atkinson

In Today's News - Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Quote of the Day
"We are at war, and our security as a nation depends on winning that war."
-- Condoleezza Rice

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Constitution Deal Reached

Operation Enduring Freedom
Close Call For Rice
Fighting in Afghanistan Kills 21

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Bali Bombing Survivors Commemorate 2002 Tragedy
22-Year-Old Said to Be Hamas Bomb Maker
Yemen Said Linked to Guns in Saudi Attack
Earthquake fails to shake out details on hunt for bin Laden

Hurricane Season
Davis Claims Sobriety
Man says he was drink-free when beaten by police officers
New Orleans Cops Beat Man
U.S. privacy law limits access to evacuee data

Pakistan Earthquake
Rain, Hail Stop; Rescue, Aid Resume
First relief cargo planes reach survivors
Video: Weather Dampens Efforts
Quake relief reaches some in Pakistan, many without
Ordinary men lend a hand in devastated Pakistan village

U.N. Scandals
Ex-Annan Adviser Arrested in U.N. Oil-for-Food Investigation

DeLay team subpoenas prosecutor

Sports News
Weary Angels edge White Sox in ALCS opener

Only in America...
Man allegedly hijacks train with bow and arrow
Pastor calls cops on church members
Town cries foul over Amish horse manure
Cops nab man in underwear at Conn. school
(Yep, one of the few times my state makes the news...)

Other News of Note
Palestinians: Arafat's Death Still Mystery
Syria's Regime Prepares for U.N. Report
Syria: Interior minister commits suicide

Fox News
Google Creates $1B Philanthropic Arm
Four Missing in U.S. Flooding
AP: Frist Had Outside Stocks
More Than 40 Dead in Iraq
Al Qaeda No. 2: U.S. May Run
Fresno Leads Nation in Concentrated Poverty
U.N. Seeks to Up Bird Flu Vaccine Production
Chinese Crew Blasts Off
Israeli PM: Palestinians Must Do Their Part in Peace Efforts
NYT's Miller to Testify Again
Alleged Al Qaeda Member Cites U.S. as Motivator

Reuters: Top News
Key trade ministers end farm meet, no breakthrough
Microsoft, Yahoo to link IM services

AP World News
Blast Shuts Northern Iraq Oil Pipeline
Bali Prepares to Mark '02 Suicide Attacks
Army of Volunteers Helps Quake Victims
Guatemala Relies on Aid After Floods
China's Communists Approve Economic Plan

The Seattle Times
Guatemala gives up on slide dead
Skepticism grows in subway scare
Wetlands protections tested
U.N. warns of millions of environmental refugees
Bone discovery adds to evidence of tiny humans
Vermont deal shields part of world's oldest reef

Chicago Sun-Times
Defendant suggests cop was shot by FBI agent
Plane stolen in Florida shows up near Atlanta
Ebay to stop selling stun guns to New Yorkers
N. Korean kids play part in leader's personality cult
Liberians vote for first president since end of war
Condors likely to return even earlier than expected

Boston Globe: World
Mideast TV show mocks Islam, some Arabs contend
Iranians said to weigh granting access to sites
Kyrgyzstan says US troops can continue using base
Palestinians get rare Bush meeting
Member's abrupt resignation rocks Nobel Prize community
Air Force Fills Army Holes in Iraq
Army Housing no Longer Homely

CENTCOM: News Releases

Department of Defense
Rumsfeld Addresses Terror War Concerns — Story
Pace Presents Purple Hearts to 8 Soldiers — Story
Officials: Saddam Trial to be 'Iraqi-Led Process' — Story

Tall Afar Meeting Addresses School Openings — Story
Special Police Training Troops Head to Iraq — Story
Iraqi Army Opens New Clinic at Training Base — Story
Herculean Effort Builds Shelters for Hercules — Story
Marines Teach Radio Skills to Georgian Troops — Story

Marines, Soldiers Work Together to Win Iraqi Trust
A-10 Phase Dock Keeps Frequent Flyers Flying

Teacher Helps Iraqis Learn English — Story


Hurricane Coverage
Iraq Transition of Power

98 Terror Suspects Captured
Iraqi Troops Respond to Attack
Security Forces Reach Milestone
U.S. Soldier Killed by Car Bomber
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
Iraq Progress Fact Sheet (pdf)
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Firefight Kills U.S. Soldier
Afghanistan Daily Update

Rice Thanks Troops in Kyrgyzstan
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Assistance Moves Toward Pakistan
Troops Continue Earthquake Relief
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army Casualty — 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
- In Munich, 180 Jews are set on fire after refusing baptism.
1492 - Columbus arrives in the Bahamas.
1776 - The British begin guarding Throgg's Neck Road (Bronx, NY).
1822 - The second eruption of Galunggung (Java) destroys the mountain's summit.
1823 - Charles Macintosh of Scotland begins selling raincoats (Macs).
1860 - British and French troops capture Peking.
1861 - On the Mississippi, the Confederate ironclad Manassas attacks the Union's sloop Richmond, causing severe damage below the waterline.
1862 - JEB Stuart completes his second ride around McClellan; Major General Earl Van Dorn assumes command of Conferate troops in Missisippi.
1886 - A hurricane and its resulting storm surge kill 250 in Indianola, TX.
1915 - In Belgium, English nurse Edith Cavell is executed by the Germans; Theodore Roosevelt criticizes dual citizenship.
1918 - At Boston's Childrens' Hospital, the Iron Lung is first used; Cloquet, MN, and 25 other communities are destroyed by a forest fire that kills 559.
1933 - Alcatraz unofficially becomes a Federal prison; John Dillinger escapes from the Allen County, OH, jail.
1941 - The Russian government moves from Moscow to Volga as the Nazis close in.
1942 - The U.S. Navy defeats the Japanese in the Battle of Cape Esperance.
1949 - Eugenie Anderson becomes the first woman ambassador nominated in the U.S.
1957 - The first commercial flight between CA and Antartica takes place.
1960 - Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on the desk during a U.N. General Assembly session. 1962 - The U.S. and U.S.S.R. sign a joint telecommunications/meteorology space effort.
1963 - Archaeological digs begin at Masada, Israel.
1964 - The Voskhod-1 is launched with a three man crew (Komarov, Feokistov, Yegorov).
1968 - Equatorial Guinea gains independence from Spain; at the Olympic opening ceremonies in Mexico City, Norma Enriqueta Basilio Satelo is first woman to light the Olympic flame.
1969 - Soyuz-7 is launched.
1972 - 46 sailors are injured in a race riot on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Kitty Hawk; Mariner-9 takes pictures of the Martian north pole.
1973 - Nixon nominates Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as VP.
1975 - Archbishop Oliver Plunkett becomes the first Irish-born saint in seven centuries; NASA launches the space vehicle S-195.
1976 - Hua Guo-feng succeeds Mao Tse-tung as chairman of China's Communist Party.
1977 - Psychic Romark attempts to drive blindfolded, fails, and smashes into a police van (Guess he didn't see that one coming); the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in the "reverse discrimination" case of Allan Bakke, a white student denied admission to the University of California Medical School.
1978 - Representatives of Israel and Egypt open talks in Washington.
1984 - The IRA bombs a hotel where Margaret Thatcher is staying.
1985 - The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War receive the Nobel Prize.
1988 - Israel and China sign a trade deal, plan diplomatic relations.

- King Edward VI of England (1547-53)
1798 - Pedro I, first emperor of Brazil (1822-31), King of Portugal
1860 - Elmer A. Sperry, inventor (gyrocompass)
1866 - Ramsay MacDonald, British PM (1924, 1929-35)
1923 - Jean Nidetch, founder of Weight Watchers
1932 - Dick Gregory, comedian/political activist/dietician (Bahamian Diet); Jake Garn (Sen-UT) / astronaut (STS 51D)
1935 - Luciano Pavarotti, operatic tenor
1947 - Chris Wallace, newscaster (NBC Weekend News)
1950 - Susan Anton, actress (Golden Girl, Spring Fever)
1969 - Kimberly Ann Grimm, Miss Maryland-America (1991)
1970 - Kimberly Hoskins, Miss Arizona-America (1991)

- Matsuo Basho, greatest Japanese haiku poet
1860 - Sir Henry G. W. Smith, leader of British-Indian forces
1864 - Roger Taney, Supreme Court Chief Justice
1870 - Robert E. Lee, General of the Confederate Army
1945 - Jesse James Payne, lynched in Madison County, Florida
1985 - Johnny Olsen, TV announcer (Price is Right)
1987 - Alfred M. Landon, former Kansas Governor; Philleo Nash, US Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67)

Reported Missing in Action
Elkins, Frank C., USN (NC); A4E shot down, remains ID'd February, 1990

Woods, Robert D., USN (MO); A1H shot down, released March, 1973 - retired as a Commander - alive as of 1998

Derrickson, Thomas G., USAF (CA); F4C shot down (pilot, w/Hardy)

Hardy, John K., USAF (CA); F4C shot down (w/Derrickson)

Brunson, Cecil H., USAF (TN); F4E shot down (w/Young), released by DRV March, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Price, William M., USMC (IL); A6A disappeared during combat mission (co-pilot, w/Peacock)

Peacock, John R. II, USMC (HI); A6A disappeared during combat mission (pilot, w/Price)

Young, Myron A., USAF (CA); F4E shot down (pilot, w/Brunson), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - R.I.P. July, 1999