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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Project Valour-IT

A lot of the bloggers involved with Project Valour-IT (myself included), took a step back from fundraising for that project in the wake of the hurricanes.

But Project Valour-IT is still up and running - and in need of your help.

Today kicks off a friendly little blog competition - with teams for the various Armed Services.

From BlackFive

Calling All Bloggers - "Green Light!!! GO!!!"

"At that time I had no use of either hand. I know how humbling it is, how humiliating it feels. And I know how much better I felt, how amazingly more functional I felt, after Soldiers' Angels provided me with a laptop and a loyal reader provided me with the software. I can't wait to do the same, to give that feeling to another soldier at Walter Reed." - Captain Chuck Ziegenfuss at TC Override

Want to be part of something big?
Valour-IT's online fundraising competition begins today! Let's see who can raise the most money to help reconnect our wounded warriors with the world!

WHAT: Friendly fundraising competition for Valour-IT.

WHEN: November 2nd through Veterans Day (the 11th).

WHERE: Based in the blogosphere, spreading everywhere else.

WHY: Because giving wounded warriors with hand and arm injuries access to a computer supports their healing and puts them back in touch with the world.HOW: Blogger teams will be divided along military branches, with civilians "up for grabs."

And every donor during this time gets a Soldiers' Angels Coin!

If you're a civilian blogger (like me) - you're "up for grabs." Pick a branch, and join the fray.

The Army Team is off to a rollicking start, with over $2,500 of the goal of $21,000 collected already!

What Valour-IT Needs From You:
Blog and email regularly about Valour-IT and the competition

Tell your friends, family and neighbors about Valour-IT

Put up these flyers around your community (I put one up at my local Starbucks).

So all you bloggers sign up with your choice of service and get the word out. Donate NOW!!!

The donations are tax deductible, and you can even donate by snail mail if you wish (see here for details.

BlackFive for details on joining the Army Team, or to donate. Make sure you send your donation via the button on the BlackFive post, so it's logged for the Army Team! Or, if you must, visit the site of the Team leader of your branch of choice, and help to raise their totals. Either way, it all goes to help this great program.

The Navy Team is headed up by Mrs. Smash.

The Air Force Team is headed up by Greyhawk.

And the Marines Team is led by
Holly Aho.

Now, I'm a true civvie, but my father-in-law served in the Special Forces, and all of my adopted Soldiers have been Army, so I've got to go where my heart leads on this one.

Go Army!! HOOAHHH!!

Today in History

1648 - 12,000 Jews are massacred by Chmielnicki hordes in Narol Podlia (Ukraine).
1783 - General George Washington bids farewell to his army.
1824 - The popular presidential vote is first recorded; Jackson beats J.Q. Adams.
1835 - The Second Seminole War begins.
1841 - In Afghanistan, Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja.
1880 - James A. Garfield is elected President.
1889 - North and South Dakota become the 39th and 40th states, respectively.
1904 - The British newspaper "The Daily Mirror" begins publishing.
1915 - The first U.S. election by proportional representation takes place in Ashtabula, Ohio.
1917 - The U.S. sees its first KIA's of WWI; The Balfour Declaration proclaims support for a Jewish state in Palestine; In the Lansing-Ishii Agreement, the U.S. recognizes Japan's privileges in China.
1920 - Warren G. Harding is elected President.
1942 - Britain's Montgomery defeats Rommel (Germany) in the Battle of Alamein.
1947 - Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" makes its first - and last - flight.
1948 - Truman beats Dewey in the U.S. Presidential election, confounding pollsters and newspapers.
1954 - Charles C. Diggs, Jr., becomes Michigan's first Black congressman; J.S. Thurmond becomes the first U.S. Senator elected by write-in vote (SC).
1956 - Hungary appeals for U.N. assistance against the Soviet invasion; Israel captures Gaza and Sheham.
1962 - JFK announces the dismantling of Cuban missile bases.
1964 - CBS purchases the NY Yankees.
1972 - In Seattle, construction begins on the Kingdome.
1976 - Jimmy Carter is elected President.
1978 - The crew of the Soyuz-29 returns to Earth aboard the Soyuz-31.
1983 - President Reagan signs a bill establishing Martin Luther King (Jr.) Day.
1988 - A computer virus strikes the Pentagon, SDI research lab, and six universities; Shamir Likud wins Israel's election.

- King Edward V of England (1483)
1734 - Daniel Boone frontiersman/explorer
1755 - Marie-Antoinette Queen of France
1795 - James Knox Polk, 11th U.S. President (1845-1849)
1865 - Warren G. Harding, 29th U.S. President (1921-23)
1885 - Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (studied the galaxies)
1921 - Willaim D. Schaefer, (Gov-MD)
1932 - Henri Namphy, President of Haiti (1986-1988)
1936 - Rose Bird, California Supreme Court Judge
1938 - Patrick Buchanan, conservative political columnist
1944 - Jeffrey A. Hoffman, Ph.D. / astronaut (STS 51-D, 35, sk:46)

1961 - James Thurber, humorist (The Male Animal)
1980 - Edith Bunker dies on "All in the Family"

Reported Missing in Action
Kline, Robert E., USAF (PA); F105D shot down

Knapp, Frederic W., USN (NY); A4E shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Morrow, Richard David, USN (CA); A6A shot down, remains returned August, 1978

Wright, James J., USN (CA); A6A shot down, remains returned August, 1978

Chirichigno, Luis G., US Army ; AH1G shot down (pilot), released by PRG March, 1973 – retired as a Captain - alive as of 1998

Carroll, Patrick H., USAF (MI); F100F shot down (navigator, w/Whitford)

Nowicki, James E., US Army (FL); OH6A shot down, released by PRG March, 1973 – alive as of 1998

Peterson, Michael Terry, US Army (WA); OH6A shot down, released December, 1969 – alive as of 1998

Shepard, Vernon C., US Army (OH); OH6A shot down, released December, 1969

Whitford, Lawrence W., Jr., USAF (IA); F100F shot down (pilot, w/Carroll)

Blogwatch - Partamian Report

Head on over to the Partamian Report for the story of how the U.S. Army's 864th Combat Engineers Battalion completed a road in Afghanistan - four months ahead of schedule!

A road that once led nowhere in the heart of Taliban country now serves as a lifeline to the people of Afghanistan, thanks to American soldiers.

Khandahar Road was completed Sept. 1, at a cost of $55 million and at least two American lives. Thomasville soldier Lt. Jonathan Fallin, along with nearly 800 other U.S. troops, helped construct the 75 miles of highway that now connect the provincial capitols of Tarin Kowt and Khandahar.

“If you can think of the worst county-maintained road you’ve ever driven on and multiply that by 10, that’s what this thing was before we started,” Fallin said.

Just another one of the stories that shows why our Armed Forces are the best there is.

MEETING — U.S. Army Lt. Col. Marc Hutson (center), commander, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Division, 101st Airborne, Fort Campbell, Ky., holds a meeting with local Iraqis from Hawijah and Ryiad, Iraq, to discuss the reopening of route Trans-Am near Forward Operating Base McHenry, Nov. 1, 2005. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway

In Today's News - Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour,
and be in readiness for the conflict;
for it is better for us to perish in battle
than to look upon the outrage
of our nation and our altar."
-- Winston Churchill

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S. military says helicopter crashes in Iraq
Baghdad attacks kill 11, US airstrikes target Qaeda

Operation Enduring Freedom
U.S. Tightens Afghan Prison Security

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Australia Receives Threat of Terror Attack

Supreme Court
Moderate "gang" may decide nominee's fate

Behind Closed Doors
Fast Facts: Secret Session History
Fast Facts: Session Facts and Rules
Video: Reid's Secret Session
Video: Schumer On Closed Session

Hurricane Season
Hurricanes' debris travels world

Pakistan Earthquake
Official toll in Pakistan quake rises to 73,276
U.S. Military Resumes Quake Relief Flights
U.S.: Copter with quake aid was attacked

Pizza parlor burglar gets away with dough
Wartime "sluts" caused diplomatic waves

Other News of Note
Diplomats: UN Inspectors Returning to Iran

Fox News
Minibus Bombing Kills Five Iraqis
Tax Law Changes Proposed
Cops Probe Possible Halloween Kidnapping in Calif.
Anti-Bush Protestors Rally Before Latin Am. Summit
PM: Australia Terror Target
DeLay Judge Recused From Conspiracy Case
Study: Latinos More Likely to Attend Poorer Schools
Fed Raises Key Interest Rate
Court Nom May Spark Fight
Alito Vote Likely Not Until 2006
Video: Bench Battle Looming?
Stocks to Watch: Time Warner
Bush's Game Plan
Bird Flu Plan Skeptics Await Details
Vietnam a Focus in Bird Flu Effort
Video: Strategy Part I
Video: Strategy Part II
Riots Plague Paris
Angry youth take to streets

Reuters: Top News
Palestinian gunmen kill Israeli soldier on raid
Suicide car bomber kills four in Indian Kashmir
Lawmakers agree to $20.9 bln in foreign aid
Some conservatives question Rove's future
Intel reopens upgraded chip plant
Microsoft shifts to ad-backed Web software services
US proposes protections for imperiled right whales
Brand-name prescription drug prices rise: AARP
Pennsylvania company recalls 94,400 lbs of beef

AP World News
Hamas Promises to Retain Truce in Israel
At Least Six Killed in Ethopia Clashes
Iraqi Official Aims to Refurbish Image
Japan Food Commission OKs U.S. Beef Report
U.N. Agencies Say Quake Donations Lagging
New German Coalition in Deepening Crisis
Chavez Warns of Moving Jets to Cuba, China
Mexico Celebrates 'Day of the Dead'
Canadian PM Cleared in Corruption Scandal
Syrian Government Quietly Weighs Next Move
Nightmare of 'Loose Nukes' Still Haunts
Zanzibar's President Wins Troubled Vote

The Seattle Times
U.S. denies U.N. group access to Guantánamo Bay detainees
Abu Ghraib ex-commander defends herself at Town Hall
Building Iraq's army from top
Alito filibuster is unlikely
Federal income-tax overhaul recommended

Chicago Sun-Times
Group denies involvement in bombings
India hints at Pakistani link to deadly bombings
Terrorist behind car bombings came through Syria, Iraq says

Boston Globe: World
Israel strike kills 2 radical Palestinians
Watchdog urges 2d look at nuclear aims
9 reported dead in Zanzibar election clashes
UN designates day to commemorate victims of the Holocaust
S. Korea stem cell center has global aim
Syria criticizes UN order to assist probe into Hariri's death
US troops leave Hussein palace base
Marines get OK for Special Forces
Homeless Vietnam Veterans on the Rise
U.S. to Step up Counterinsurgency Training
Soldier's Body to Stay With Father
Flu Pandemic Web Page Planned for Military

CENTCOM: News Release

Department of Defense
Marines to Join Special Ops Command — Story Video
Surge in Attacks, Political Progress Coincide — Story Video

Troops Dispose of Three 5,000-Pound Rockets — Story
Soldiers Clear Baghdad Junkyard of Ammo — Story Photos
Guam Guard 'Water Dawgs' Head to Iraq — Story
Ohio Guard Special Forces Unit Deploys to Iraq
Troops Bring Food to Baghdad Neighborhood — Story

U.S. Army Medic Saves Iraqi Police Officer
Stryker Soldiers Patrol Streets of Mosul Photos

Survival Equipment Duo Keeps A-10 Pilots Safe
'Hillclimbers' Join Task Force Quake

Tuskegee Airmen Come to Encourage, Leave Inspired

Twins Help Each Other Through Basic Training — Story

Computers Link Troops, Families — Story Photos: Operation Homelink

Hurricane Coverage
Iraq Transition of Power

Bomb Kills Soldier; Prisoners Freed
Roadside Bombs Kill 8 U.S. Troops
Engineers Train, Bring Skills Home
Terrorists Fail to Stop Progress
Tal Afar Citizens Get Compensation
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
Iraq Progress Fact Sheet (pdf)
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

U.S. Soldier Dies in Afghanistan
Afghanistan Daily Update

EUCOM Exercise Tests Coordination
Italy 'Partner for Peace,' Bush Says
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Web Page: Plans Against Pandemic
Officials Confident in NSPS
Officer Recommends Court-Martial
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