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Monday, October 24, 2005


The view from my hotel lanai - Waikiki Beach.

Bloggin' Hawaii Style...

This week, I'm headed to Hawaii for business - yep, that's right (I love my job).

One of the things I'm planning is a trip to the USS Arizona memorial, so I'll post some pics when I have them - taking the digital camera with me.

I'll be posting as I can. Wish me a safe flight!


My Hero...

This is my son, SSGT Joe Casey, Jr. Just returned from 4 years of service in Brussels, Belgium. He is now a recruiter in the states. We want him to know that his whole family is still behind him 100%, and very, very proud of him and all he has done for his country. Welcome Home Joe!!

It would honor our family if it was possible to have this posted on your website.

The Casey Family

Welcome Home, SSGT. Casey! Thank you for all you do!
STRYKER SEARCH — U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Volino of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Second Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, Ft. Wainwright, Alaska talks to an Iraqi man during a search in Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 19, 2005. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.

In Today's News - Monday, October 24, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue;
and a nation will be great in both
in proportion as it is free."
-- Thomas Jefferson

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

More than 20 Dead in Iraq Insurgent Attacks
Lawyers urge boycott of Saddam Hussein trial
US confirms killing of four contractors in Iraq

Homeland Security / War on Terror
A START against terrorism
150 illegal immigrants found at military bases
Brazilians rush to take Mexican route to U.S.
Man hunting Osama gets time served, supervision
Explosives found in West Bank home

Hurricane Season
Ready for Wilma?
Gov. Bush: 'Very little time left'
Wilma Batters Mexican Resorts
Video: Hit Hard
Video: Mandatory Evacuation
Photo Essay: Florida Prepares for Wilma
Photo Essay: Wilma Wallops Mexico
Looting Breaks Out in Mexico After Wilma
Alpha Drenches Dominican Republic, Haiti
Latest storm is a record-breaker

Pakistan Earthquake
U.S. Gen. Tours Quake Zone
Aftershock Rocks Pakistan

Miller, Times Fight Over Conduct in CIA Leak Case
Lawyers see charges this week in CIA-leak case

Supreme Court
Schumer: Miers Lacks Votes
Sen. Schumer: Miers lacks votes to be confirmed

In Seoul, Spam finds its niche as luxury gift

Other News of Note
Last All-Male Military College to Admit Women
Volcano erupts on Galapagos island
Stryker soldier present in spirit, if not in body
Britannia recalls ruling the waves: 200 years since Battle of Trafalgar

Fox News
Afghans Probe Allegations GIs Burned Taliban Bodies
Survey: Gas Down 25 Cents
Brazilians Block Gun Ban
Politics Eyed as Reason for Yale Prof Firing
117 Dead in Nigeria Jet Crash
Syrian Official Denies Threatening Hariri
U.S., U.K. Consider U.N. Action
Officials: Deadly Bird Flu Strain Found in Britain
Pa. Teen May Lose Arm After School Snake Bite
Israel Drops Bid to Ban Hamas from Elections

Reuters: Top News
Wolfowitz urges all sides to break trade deadlock
Frist defends Republican leadership during Iowa visit
PICTURES: South Asia Earthquake Day Thirteen
U.S. prison population continued to grow in 2004
Lawmakers say Bush likely to stick with Miers

AP World News
Exit Polls: Kaczynski Wins Polish Runoff
Pope Elevates Five Men to Sainthood
Debate Simmers About Whether to Bury Lenin
Nigeria's First Lady Dies at 59
Syrian Official Denies Threatening Hariri
Earthquake Kills 5 in Eastern Afghanistan
Uzbekistan Accused of Detaining Activist
Syria Disputes U.N. Report on Hariri Death

The Seattle Times
Pentagon purchases include millions in price markups
Britain says flu strain that killed parrot is deadly H5N1 strain
Rice honors fallen friend
Foes of sonar range cite fear for whales
Arms, hunger breed crisis in Somalia
Mongolia's equine gift hits snag
Second wave of death looms after Asia quake
Libby still has the ear that matters
Medical insurance is no longer a safeguard

Chicago Sun-Times
Report urges diversity training for South African judges
Aide errs in saying Saddam gassed 'hundreds of thousands'
Iraq terror chief expands campaign
Iraqi army needs 2 more years
Attacks kill at least 12, wound more than 30

Boston Globe: World
As Britain curbs bad conduct, critics fear a 'nanny state' Examples of poor conduct
In Japan, a syndrome is born
Syria may cooperate in UN probe
Rumsfeld gives Mongolia thanks
China vows to shut borders if bird flu threat confirmed
Film recalls Russia's Vietnam
Billionaire sent to Siberian prison

CENTCOM: News Release

Department of Defense
Rumsfeld's Mongolia Visit Focuses on Peacekeeping

Baghdad Raids Helped Preempt Attacks — Story Video
Iraqi Army Needs Logistics System, NCOs — Story
Teams Play Pivotal Role in Afghanistan — Story

Training Center Puts Soldiers in the Fight — Story
Paratroopers Adapt, Afghan Mission Succeeds — Story Photos
Team Turns Old Fort Into Detention Facility — Story

Hurricane Coverage
Iraq Transition of Power

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

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


National Hurricane Center

Today in History
1648 - The Peace of Westphalia ends a 30-year war and the Holy Roman Empire
1795 - Austria, Prussia, and Russia make the third partition of Poland.
1836 - The match is patented.
1851 - William Lassell discovers Uranus' satellites Ariel and Umbriel.
1861 - The first transcontinental telegram is sent, ending the Pony Express.
1901 - Anna Taylor becomes the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
1911 - Robert Scott's expedition leaves Cape Evans for the South Pole.
1929 - "Black Thursday" - the beginning of the stock market crash.
1931 - The George Washington Bridge (NY to NJ) opens.
1935 - Italy invades Ethiopia.
1939 - Nylon stockings go on sale for the first time in Wilmington, DE.
1940 - Japan eliminates American terms (strike, play ball) from baseball.
1943 - The Anti-nazi Clandestine Radio Soldatsender Calais begins transmitting.
1945 - The United Nations Charter takes effect.
1951 - The U.N. publishes its first postage stamps.
1952 - The Arab Liberation Movement becomes the only political party in Syria.
1956 - Soviet troops invade Hungary.
1960 - Disaster strikes on a Soviet launch pad; missile expert Nedelin and his team are believed killed (unconfirmed - the U.S.S.R. later claims he was killed in a plane crash).
1964 - Zambia gains independence from Britain.
1970 - Salvador Allende Gossens is elected president of Chile.
1973 - On the NJ Turnpike, heavy fog causes a 65-car pileup that kills 9; the Yom Kippur War officially ends.
1980 - The Polish government legalizes the independent labor union Solidarity.
1984 - Intelsat-5 re-enters the Earth's atmosphere, five months after it failed.
1987 - The Senate officially rejects the nomination of Robert Bork.
1988 - Typhoon Ruby sinks a Philippine ferry; hundreds drown.
1989 - Rev. Jim Bakker is sentenced to 50 years for fraud.

1788 - Sarah Josepha Hale, author (Mary Had a Little Lamb)
1890 - Chicago Mainbocher, uniform designer (Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Waves)
1911 - Clarence M. Kelley, FBI head
1926 - Y.A. Tittle, NFL QB (Baltimore, SF, NY Giants, MVP 1963)
1936 - Bill Wyman England, rocker (Rolling Stones); David Nelson, actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet)
1940 - F. Murray Abraham, actor (Amadeus, Mad Man)
1947 - Kevin Kline, actor (Sophie's Choice, Big Chill)

1537 - Jane Seymour, 3rd wife of Henry VIII, due to complications after childbirth
1601 - Tycho Brahe, astronomer
1957 - Christian Dior, French designer
1961 - Dr. Milan Stoyadinovich, Fascist Yugoslavian PM (1935-9)
1971 - Chuck Hughes, Detroit Lion, collapses during game, and later dies
1972 - Jackie Robinson, first African-American player in modern major league baseball
1973 - Allan "Rocky" ,actor (voice of Mr. Ed)
1975 - Ismail Erez, Turkish ambassador, killed by a car bomb in Paris
1991 - Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek creator, of a heart attack

Reported Missing in Action
Woods, Lawrence, US Army SF (TN); C123 shot down (passenger); Killed, body not recovered

Clark, Richard C., USN (WA); F4B shot down (backseater, w/Gillespie), captured

Frishmann, Robert F., USN (CA); F4B shot down (w/Lewis), released August, 1969

Gillespie, Charles R., USN (MS); F4B shot down (pilot, w/Clark), released by DRV March, 1973 - killed in MU2 crash February, 1989

Lewis, Earl G., USN (MO); released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Commander - alive as of 1998

Tyler, George E., USAF (MI); F4D crashed

Heideman, Thomas E., USAF (IL); CH3C shot down (aircrew), KIA, body not recovered

Bixel, Michael Sargent, USN (FL); A6A shot down (aircrew), KIA, body not recovered