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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Operation Cookie Drop

News from Operation Cookie Drop
Contact: Michael Tatich
Cookie Drop Inc.

For Immediate Release:

Send Fresh Baked to the Troops At Affordable Prices

San Diego - A new website business makes it possible for parents, loved ones and friends to send a variety of fresh baked goods to troops serving overseas and in the United States. is an arm of a San Diego based bakery offering cookies, brownies, pound cakes and more for mailing to members of the armed forces serving in Iraq, Afganistan, Korea, Bosnia and other foreign countries as well as those stationed in the U.S.

And prices for the goodies range more than 50% less than those charged by other on-line bakeries, according to Michael Tatich, president of Cookie Drop Inc. "We want to make them as affordable as possible so that most people can send a package of tasty treats to our fighting men and women." As an example Operation Cookie Drop sells six dozen cookies for $23.95 as opposed to one dozen for $18.95 by another on-line baker.

Prices range from $18.95 for a two and half pound brownie heart and a dozen cookies to $24.95 for a mini-store pack containing assorted cookies, brownies, pound cake slices and krispie bars. All our packages are shipped priority mail.

Selections include eight types of cookies including the popular chocolate chip and peanut butter; five styles of brownies with a new flavor, chocolate chip mint; eight kinds of pound cakes featuring a brownie/pina collada combination and two krispie bar choices.

"We want people who don't have the time to bake to be able to send a fresh baked taste of home to our fighting men and women," Tatich said. "These kinds of packages are always well received by the troops," he added, "and we hope our low prices will help let them know we are supporting them."

The website is

Placed an order today!

The Cassons - and the Donations - Go Rolling Along

Thank you to all of you who have donated so far in the Project Valour-It blog competition. Here's how things stand as of the end of Day 1 (yesterday) :

Team Totals:
$3,085.00 Army
$1,440.00 Marines
$1,180.00 Air Force
$0950.00 Navy

Project Totals: Over $6700 from over 80 donations*

HOOAH Army!!

Blogging for the Army Team are:
BlackFive (where you can find the latest information and updated totals)
American Soldier
Wild Tangents
Random Thoughts
Keep My Soldier Safe
Most Certainly Not
My Life As A Military Spouse
One By One The Vultures Pick Away At My Sanity
Sgt. Hook
Some Soldier's Mom
Not Exactly Rocket Science
Just My Opinion
By The Way...
The Pink Flamingo Bar & Grill
Winds of Change

and me!

Again, visit BlackFive for updated totals, and to make your donation to the team of your choice (c'mon, you know you want to donate for the Army Team...!)

I can't begin to tell you how important this project is - getting much needed technology to our wounded Heroes, and reconnecting them with the world. But if you need more persuasion, go here or here...

My Hero...

Deborah sends this picture of her epal Hero:

This is my epal, Josh, a tank crewman in Iraq. I'm so proud to know him. This is his second tour!

Deborah, thanks for sending the picture!

Josh, a million thanks for all you do. Keep your helmet on - take care, and stay safe!

An Email from a Hero

Well this week brings the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the three day celebration of Eid Al-Fitr. They have a big festival on Saturday to finish Ramadan. Well the other day I was trying to get a hold of M----- on the Cell phone and all oif a sudden I heard a rocket go over head. You always train to hit the ground but this was the real thing. It was from the town of ... and hit outside of tower 7, it was a dud. It sounded kind of cool going over head, even though i was on the ground with faced buried with the local puppies trying to lick my face. Well I have an update on our donkey it is gone. The Jundees escorted it off base because it drank out of their drinking water. They said the donkey was Alibaba (Thief). Now the local farmer owns it and uses it. It actually gets to eat hay instead of the junk food. I had to play doctor on the mother dog because she chased after a male dog to protect her puppies and got cut in the razor wire. I went out and cleaned it and bandaged it. Well she ripped off the bandages right away. She is walking good we hope she is fine...

...We are going out on Saturday and watching our trainers train the rest of the jundees. This will last about 3 weeks and then we will start training the trainers on new subjects...

...Well it has been quiet here and were Glad of that but we stay on our toes at all times. With Ramadan ending and the elections in December we will see. Thank you all that have sent packages the guys love them. I Love the support that I have received. It is nice to get stuff from home. You get sick of eating the pre-made meals. Take care and thank you all for your support.


Thanks to Patti for passing this along

NOTE: I have edited the email somewhat (at the ...'s) because of personal information and security concerns

This. Is. Disgusting - Calling all Californians Who Support Our Troops!

I've posted a couple of headlines on this subject before - cities issuing anti-war resolutions. But the moonbats are attempting to make this more widespread, and it has to be stopped.

I was in Sacramento not too long ago. Nice city, but I'll be doing my best NOT to return.

From Move America Forward:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 3, 2005

CONTACT: Sal Russo

Military Families & Pro-Troop Supporters Declare:


* News Conference on Thursday, November 3rd 10:45 AM to Denounce Sacramento City Council for Anti-Iraq War Resolution

*Radio Ad Campaign Rebutting Anti-Iraq War Resolution Begins Next Week - First in Sacramento, Then Nationwide

(SACRAMENTO) - Military families and supporters of U.S. Troops serving in Iraq are continuing to criticize the Sacramento City Council for a resolution (passed 8-1) condemning Operation Iraqi Freedom and demanding an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops and bases in Iraq.

"The Sacramento City Council has the blood of U.S. Troops on their hands," declared Mark Williams, talk show host on Sacramento's News/Talk 1530 KFBK.

In July Williams joined the pro-troop organization Move America Forward (website: ) in a trip to Iraq to meet with U.S. Troops stationed there. The men and women of the U.S. military explained to Williams and others that attempts to undermine the American resolve to win the war against terrorism in Iraq emboldened the
terrorist insurgents leading to the deaths of more American troops, Iraqi troops and Iraqi civilians.

"What these Council Members have done has been to embolden the terrorists to keep killing American troops with the hope that in doing so America will give up and surrender in Iraq," Williams said.

"The eight members of the City Council who voted for this resolution have brought shame to the good people of Sacramento, and we want the world to know these Council Members do not speak for us," Williams added.

The vote by the Sacramento City Council is part of a larger nationwide effort by anti-war activists to pressure City Council's to pass resolutions condemning the war against terrorism. Similar resolutions have already been passed in San Francisco, Chicago, a number of communities in Vermont and are being advocated for passage in other cities across the nation.

Move America Forward will be producing a series of radio ads supporting the mission of U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and responding to the Sacramento City Council's Iraq war resolution.

The radio ads will be posted to the Move America Forward website later on Thursday and will run first in Sacramento, and then on radio stations nationwide. The ads are being paid for by contributions from Move America Forward's 200,000 members nationwide.

Move America Forward has posted the contact information for members of the Sacramento City Council on their website - and urged its supporters to register their protest with the Council Members.

"We are urging Americans to contact the Sacramento City Council and let these misguided politicians know that they do not speak for the majority of Americans who support our troops and their mission," said Melanie Morgan, Chairman of Move America Forward.

"I have been to Iraq and seen first hand the progress we are making in securing that nation and eradicating the terrorist networks that have been based there," Morgan said.

"I wonder how many members of the Sacramento City Council have been there and spoken to the troops. These naïve individuals do not realize the harm they are doing to the fight against terrorism. They are basically serving as the agents of Al Qaeda with this deplorable anti-troop resolution," Morgan said.

Members of the media are invited to a news conference at Studio Z Recording where the new pro-troop/pro-mission radio ads will be produced.

The news conference begins at 10:45 AM and will take place at 1038 48th Street (located at the intersection of 48th and J streets in Sacramento). The media will also be allowed to film the recording of these new radio ads following the press conference.

On hand to record the new ads and speak to the media will be:

· Melanie Morgan - Chairman of Move America Forward and talk show host on San Francisco's KSFO 560 AM

· Deborah Johns - She led the "You Don't Speak for Me, Cindy" tour and
her son has served 2 tours of duty in Iraq and is heading back for a 3rd tour

· Joseph Williams - His son died in combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Joseph is also from the same hometown as Cindy Sheehan, Vacaville CA

· Mark Williams - Talk show host on Sacramento's News/Talk 1530 - KFBK
MARKET PATROL — U.S. Army Spc. Joseph Monteiro, a Rhode Island National Guard soldier, patrols the Husseiniya, Iraq, market, Oct. 29, 2005. Monteiro is deployed with 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment, assigned to 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Bromley

In Today's News - Thursday, November 3, 2005

Quote of the Day
"One of man's finest qualities is described by the simple word " guts "—the ability to take it. If you have the discipline to stand fast when your body wants to run, if you can control your temper and remain cheerful in the face of monotony or disappointment, you have 'guts' in the soldiering sense. This ability to take it must be trained—the training is hard, mental as well as physical. But once ingrained, you can face and flail the enemy as a soldier, and enjoy the challenges of life as a civilian."
-- Colonel John S. Roosma

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Al Qaeda claim Iraq helicopter crash
U.S. Circulates Draft Resolution on Iraq
GOP: Dems also saw Saddam as a threat

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Pakistan Kills One Al Qaeda Suspect, Arrests Another
Belgium opens trial linked to Madrid bombings
al-Qaida to Execute Two Moroccan Hostages
No Reduction for Cleric Tied to Bombings

Troops on Trial
Philippines Holds Five Marines in Rape Case
Charges Dropped Against British Soldiers
Staffer at Fort Lewis accused of extortion in handling funerals

Libby's Day in Court
White House debate: Is it time for Rove to go?

Supreme Court
To Filibuster or Not?
Key Senate Democrat questions Alito's independence
In college writings, Alito defended privacy, gay rights

Hurricane Season
Engineers Fear N.O. Levee Repairs May Not Be Enough
New Orleans businesses face mounting uncertainty
Storm-related job losses climb on Wilma

Pakistan Earthquake
U.N. May Scale Back Quake-Zone Deliveries

Blogging in the News
House rejects political-blog bill

The place that has no secrets..
Boys get gunshots, not treats, for Halloween
Fur doesn't fly with man in bear suit stalking royals
Man kills deer in home with his bare hands

Other News of Note
Iraq vets stung by $20 gift cap aimed at bribes
Peace group kicked out of Milwaukee Veterans Day parade (Bravo! A good move here.)

Fox News
EU Probing Reports of Secret CIA Prisons
Weary Iraqis Cautiously Begin Holiday Celebrations
Miami Police Chief's Son Arrested on Drug Charges
Business Productivity Higher
Jobless Claims Down
Funeral Speakers Urge Public to Continue Parks' Legacy
Bush Hosts Charles, Camilla
Bird Flu May Impede Travel
Prison Break in S.C.
No Respite in Paris-Area Riots

Reuters: Top News
Shots fired as French riots escalate
Indonesia says has suspected flu cases in children
Berlusconi says threatened by bomber in stadium
Abductions take center stage at NKorea-Japan talks
Hamas sets conditions for renewing truce
GMO chickens may help to lessen bird flu threat
China plans to put three men in space by 2007
US leads way in medical errors: study
Scientists explain why viruses thrive during winter
New films ask why suicide bombers kill
China winemakers get better with age
Calif. winemakers see banner 2005 harvest

AP World News
Asian Report Warns of Bird-Flu Catastrophe
Free-Trade Battle Looms at Americas Summit
Two More Protesters Killed in Ethiopia
Italian Officials Questioned on Iraq Claim
Holiday Brings Rare Celebrations to Iraq
U.S. Praises Japan for Opening Markets
China: Korean Nuke Talks Will Start Nov. 9
Iraq Invites Ex-Officers to Join New Army
Chavez Accuses Colombia of Coup Conspiracy
Cuban Minister Expects U.S. Embargo Win

The Seattle Times
Texans gear up to decide on gay marriage
Bush to visit Latin American nations
Gov. Schwarzenegger boards campaign bus
AP: DeLay's staff tried to help Abramoff
Clinton invokes Parks at Corzine event
Summit security rattles residents
4,000 honor Rosa Parks at Detroit service
A possible "necktie revolution" in Azerbaijan
Iran's hard-line regime fires ambassadors and diplomats
U.S. offer to send disaster team to Cuba withdrawn amid arguing
Israeli, Palestinian killed in West Bank

Chicago Sun-Times
Feds hit gov's office for 4th time
Bears defensive tackle gets fine, probation for loaded gun in truck
Court may allow U.S. to collect debts from Social Security checks
Libertarian group gives up on N.H. goal
List of prohibited Jewish names contains surprises
Denver voters OK legalizing possession of 1 ounce of pot
First hints of earliest stars found, study says
Polygamy no reason to oust Utah judge, his lawyer argues
Traveler who grabbed screener's breasts gets probation

Boston Globe: World
Kohl book recalls 1980s Germany
British Cabinet member resigns again
Arab states press Syria on Hariri probe
Striving for unity, Damascus frees 190 political prisoners
In Ivory Coast, French seek to mend image while keeping peace
In Kabul, protesters are price of democracy
Pentagon Has Plan of Attack for Avian Flu
Japan Votes Against Nuclear Powered Carrier
Air Force Repeats as 2005 Rugby Champion
Rumsfeld: Strength Could Increase Briefly in Iraq
Nassau ESG Set to Deploy
Seabees Affected by Katrina now Help Quake Victims
Kyrgyzstan Wants to Hike Price for Use of Base
212th MASH Unit Treats Stoic Pakistanis

CENTCOM: News Release

Department of Defense
2 Troops Die; Air Forces Fend Off Attack — Story
Weapons Found; Escapee Reports Misleading — Story

Soldiers Bring Medical Aid to Afghan Villages — Story Photos: Part I Part II
Troops' Repair Skills Critical to Mission, Lives — Story
Task Force Band of Brothers Takes Command — Story

Soldiers Clear Baghdad Junkyard of Ammo Photos

Troops Dispose of Three 5,000-Pound Rockets
'Hillclimbers' Join Task Force Quake

Sisters Make the Most of Afghanistan Deployment — Story

Hurricane Coverage
Iraq Transition of Power

Chopper Crash, Attacks Kill 4 Troops
Two Soldiers Killed, Another Injured
Water, Sewers Benefit 4,200 Homes
Station Supports Police, Residents
Surge in Attacks, Progress Coincide
Bomb Kills Soldier; Prisoners Freed
Engineers Train, Bring Skills Home
Terrorists Fail to Stop Progress
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

EUCOM Exercise Tests Coordination
Italy 'Partner for Peace,' Bush Says
Bush: Iraq Part of War on Terror
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

TRICARE Reserve Benefit Extended
Marines Join Special Ops Command
Ohio Guard Special Forces Deploy
Guam Guard Heads to Iraq
Web Page: Plans Against Pandemic
Officials Confident in NSPS
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
1394 - Charles VI has Jews expelled from France.
1679 - The close approach of a comet causes panic in Europe.
1762 - Spain acquires Louisiana.
1783 - Washington orders the Continental Army disbanded.
1820 - Cuenca, Ecuador declares independence.
1839 - Two British frigates engage several Chinese junks, starting the First Opium War.
1868 - John W. Menard of Louisiana becomes the first Black elected to Congress; Ulysses S. Grant is elected President.
1885 - Tacoma vigilantes drive out the Chinese, burning their homes and businesses.
1888 - Jack the Ripper kills lhis last known victim.
1896 - William McKinley is elected President.
1903 - Colombia grants independence to Panama.
1908 - William Howard Taft is elected President.
1916 - A treaty establishes British suzerainty over Qatar.
1918 - The Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolves; Poland proclaims independence from Russia.
1927 - Tropical storm flooding kills 84 in Winooski River Valley (VT).
1928 - Turkey switches from the Arabic to the Roman alphabet.
1930 - The first vehicular tunnel to a foreign country opens (Detroit-Windsor).
1931 - The first commercially produced synthetic rubber is manufactured.
1935 - George II returns to Greece, regaining the monarchy.
1936 - FDR wins reelection in a landslide.
1952 - Clarence Birdseye first markets frozen peas.
1954 - Linus Pauling wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
1955 - The announcement is made of the first crystallization of a virus; an Alabama woman is bruised by a meteor; Australia takes control of the Cocos Islands.
1956 - The "Wizard of Oz" is televised for the first time on CBS-TV.
1957 - The U.S.S.R. launches Sputnik-2 with a dog (Laika) aboard - the first animal in orbit.
1964 - LBJ is re-elected President (assumed the position after the Kennedy assassination).
1970 - Salvador Allende is inaugurated as President of Chile.
1973 - Mariner-10 launched; it takes the first pictures of Venus, and undertakes the first mission to Mercury.
1978 - The U.K. grants grants Dominica independence.
1979 - Five people are mortally wounded during anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in NC.
1983 - Jesse Jackson launches his first campaign for the Presidency.
1984 - 3,000 die in a three-day anti-Sikh riot in India; the body of assassinated Indian PM Indira Gandhi is cremated.
1986 - The Lebanese magazine Ash Shirra reveals secret U.S. arms sales to Iran; in Mozambique, President Machel is killed in an air crash.
1988 - Pakistan claims it has downed an Afghan warplane; President Reagan signs the credit card disclosure bill; the Soviet Union allows the teaching of Hebrew; Talk-show host Geraldo Rivera's nose is broken as Roy Innis brawls with skinheads at a TV taping.
1992 - Bill Clinton is elected President.

1718 - John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich, inventor (sandwich)
1793 - Stephen Fuller Austin, colonized Texas
1903 - Walker Evans, photographer (Fortune Magazine)
1908 - Bronko Nagurski, NFL fullback (Chicago Bears)
1909 - James Reston, columnist (NY Times)
1918 - Russell B. Long (Sen-LA)
1922 - Charles Bronson, actor (Death Wish, Dirty Dozen)
1930 - William H. Dana, pilot (X-15)
1933 - Ken Berry actor/dancer/TV personality (F Troop, Mayberry RFD); Louis W. Sullivan, US Secretary of Health and Human Services (1989-1993); Michael S. Dukakis (Gov-MA, 1988 Presidentidential Candidate)
1953 - Dennis Miller, comedian/TV host (SNL, Dennis Miller Show)
1954 - Kevin P. Chilton, Major USAF/astronaut (sk: STS-49)
1955 - Phil Simms, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Superbowl 1986)

1926 - Annie Oakley
1962 - Harlow H. Curtice, President of General Motors (1953-8)
1990 - Mary Martin, actress (Peter Pan)

Reported Missing in Action
Bowles, Dwight Pollard, USAF (VA); F105D shot down (pilot), KIA, body not recovered

Egger, John C., Jr., USAF (OK); O2A crashed (aircrew), remains ID'd August, 1994

Grauert, Hans H., USN (NY); KA3B crashed on takeoff (co-pilot, w/Krusi), Killed, body not recovered

Krusi, Peter H., USN (UT); KA3B crashed on takeoff (pilot, w/Grauert), Killed, body not recovered

Brown, William T., US Army SF (CA); disappeared when reconnaissance/interdiction patrol was ambushed

Norton, Michael R., US Army (WV); disappeared while his unit was withdrawing from a fire base

Shue, Donald M., US Army SF (NC); disappeared when reconnaissance/interdiction patrol was ambushed

Wald, Gunther H., US Army SF (NJ); disappeared when reconnaissance/interdiction patrol was ambushed

Carver, Robert C., Australian Air Force (Australia); B57 likely shot down

Day, Dennis I., US Army (OK); LCU sank, no survivors observed

Dority, Richard C., US Army (ME); LCU sank, no survivors observed

Ginn, David L., US Army (SC); LCU sank, no survivors observed

Herbert, Michael P., Australian Air Force (Australia); B57 likely shot down

Kitchens, Perry C., US Army (GA); LCU sank - remains recovered March, 1974, ID'd March, 1977

Mangus, Arlie R., US Army (PA); LCU sank, no survivors observed

Martin, Jerry D., US Army (IN); LCU sank, no survivors observed

Norris, Calvin A., US Army (TN); LCU sank, no survivors observed

Pantall, James R., US Army (PA); LCU sank, no survivors observed

Shewmake, John D., Sr., US Army (AR); LCU sank, no survivors observed

Woods, David W., US Army (OH); LCU sank, no survivors observed

DeCaire, Jack L., US Army (FL); fell overboard on the ship his transportation unit was stationed on

Patrolling the Namla Village in Iraq

from Defend America

Iraqi army soldiers and U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne, Fort Campbell, Ky., conduct a joint foot patrol to show presence in the Namla village, Iraq, Oct. 31, 2005.U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Tom Koh (right) from 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne, Fort Campbell, Ky., briefs Iraqi army soldiers about the upcoming mission to conduct a joint foot patrol to show presence in the Namla village, Iraq, Oct. 31, 2005.U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Tom Koh, assigned to 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne, Fort Campbell, Ky., briefs his platoon prior to leaving Forward Operations Base McHenry about the upcoming mission to conduct a joint foot patrol with the Iraqi army to show presence in the Namla village, Iraq, Oct. 31, 2005.U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway

U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne, Fort Campbell, Ky., conduct a traffic control point, checking random vehicles outside the Namla village, Iraq, Oct. 31, 2005.U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway

U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne, Fort Campbell, Ky., question a local Iraqi man during a traffic control point, checking random vehicles outside the Namla village, Iraq, Oct. 31, 2005. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway

Iraqi army soldiers and U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne, Fort Campbell, Ky., conduct a joint foot patrol to show presence in the Namla village, Iraq, Oct. 31, 2005. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway

Iraqi army soldiers and U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne, Fort Campbell, Ky., conduct a joint foot patrol to show presence in the Namla village, Iraq, Oct. 31, 2005.U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway

Iraqi army soldiers and U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne, Fort Campbell, Ky., conduct a joint foot patrol to show presence in the Namla village, Iraq, Oct. 31, 2005. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway