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Friday, January 06, 2006


from Seamus


A story from a U.S. Soldier somewhere in Afghanistan:

"So we are up in the mountains at about 0100 hrs looking for a bad guy that we thought was in the area. Here are ten of us, pitch black, crystal clear night, about 25 degrees. We know there are bad guys in the area; a few shots have been fired but no big deal. We decide that we need air cover and the only thing in the area is a solo B-1 bomber. He flies around at about 20,000 feet and tells us there is nothing in the area. He then asks if we would like a low level show of force. Stupid question. Of course we tell him yes.

The controller who is attached to the team then is heard talking to the pilot. Pilot asks if we want it subsonic or supersonic. Very stupid question. Pilot advises he is twenty miles out and stand by. The controller gets us all sitting down in a line and points out the proper location. You have to picture this. Pitch black, ten killers sitting down,dead quiet and overlooking this about 30 mile long valley. All of a sudden, way out (below our level) you see a set of four 200' white flames coming at us. The controller says, "Ah-- guys-- you might want to plug your ears".

Faster than you can think a B-1, supersonic, 1000' over our heads, blasts the sound barrier and it feels like God just hit you in the head with a hammer". He then stands it straight up with 4 white trails of flame coming out and disappears."

Cost of gas for that: Probably $50,000

Hearing damage: For certain

Bunch of Taliban thinking twice about shooting at us: Priceless

Have a nice day!

Why We Call Them Heroes - The Latest from George K

On the heels of the great news he received this week, here is the latest from George K:

Here are some photos of my special little friends out here in Iraq. When I have free time on my missions, this is who I spend it with. Actually, many times I make time. They are not only adorable, they are the future of Iraq. [The girl in the last photograph] stole my heart. I have un-officially adopted her. I take care of her as much as I can.

Hope you enjoy.


A father and his two wives are the parents of these 12 kids!

George says that no, these are not all that man's children - but they are all George's special friends.

This little girl is one of George's special favorites.

Pacific Ocean (Jan. 4, 2006) - An SH-60F Seahawk assigned to the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Four (HS-4) provides security alongside USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as she departs her homeport at Naval Air Station North Island, and heads out to open sea. More than 5,500 Sailors from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group deployed today in support of the Global War on Terrorism and maritime security operations. This is the maiden deployment for the Navy's newest Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Christopher Brown

In Today's News - Friday, January 6, 2006

Quote of the Day
Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder
Sent it high into the blue
Hands of men blasted the world asunder,
How they live God only knew!
Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer
Gave us wings ever to soar,
With scouts before and bombers galore,
Nothing can stop the US Air Force!
-- From the U.S. Air Force Anthem

News of Note
Sharon Rushed Back Into Surgery
Israeli Politics, Mideast Peace Process in Flux
Robertson: Stroke Was God's Wrath
Iran President: I Hope Sharon Dies
Timeline: Ariel Sharon
Video: Sharon in ICU

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Four U.S. Troops Killed in Separate Iraq Attacks
11 U.S. Troops Killed in One Day in Iraq

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan Blast Kills 10 During Envoy's Visit
Afghan President Takes Landmark Turkey Trip

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Padilla Appears in Court
Italians Freed in Yemen
4-Year-Old on No-Fly List
Man nabbed with 'suicide bomber' in journal
U.S. seeks secrecy in trial over Hamas cash

Troops on Trial
U.S. Navy Takes Sailor Into Custody
Recruit-Death Charge Dropped
Sailor Is Suspect in Japan Beating Death

Gingrich Pushes for GOP Action in Abramoff Flap
Clinton Fundraising Group Fined for Hollywood Gala
Scandal triggers House leadership fight
Not everyone gives up lobbyist-linked cash

Supreme Court
Dems Seek to Stall Alito Vote
Tough questions expected for Alito
Alito to be Grilled on NSA Wiretaps

Baby, you can park my car..
No buts about it: Man acquitted of mooning charges
Born in Year of the Dog? There's a job for you in China
Chained ankles, lost key, send artist on 12-hour desert hop

Other News of Note
Maverick politician Galloway joins 'Big Brother'

Fox News
W.Va. Miners Left Notes
Mecca Hotel Collapse Kills 20
Governor Orders DNA Tests 12 Years After Execution
IBM to Change Pension Plan
Florida's High Court Strikes Down School Vouchers
Charges in Missionary Killing
Stations Nix 'Book of Daniel'
Hilton Faces Slander Suit
Stocks to Watch, Jan. 6

Reuters: Top News
Sharon back in surgery to stop bleeding in brain
Note shows W.Virginia miner faced death with grace
Turkish family mourns third child dead from bird flu
Motorola adds Google to phones, forges Kodak pact
IBM to freeze $48 billion pension plan in 2008
A&P third-quarter net loss narrows
Stock futures point slightly higher; data eyed
Diabetes drug warning seen minor setback for Glaxo
Mourning turns to anger in Iraqi Shi'ite city
Indonesia landslides toll at 120, more rain expected
Expo-Yahoo, Google to square off at CES on Friday
Bush reaches beyond inner circle on Iraq policy
Schwarzenegger proposes huge spending in key speech
South Korea panel to issue final word on stem cell fraud
Humans display their stupid side to wildlife
Scientists in uphill battle to fight bird flu
Stroke experts agree Sharon's outlook is grim

AP World News
AP: Former Syrian VP Says Assad Should Go
Shootout Kills 13 Inmates in Honduras
Last Survivor of China's Gang of Four Dies
China to Offer Two Pandas to Rival Taiwan
Winter Storm Wallops Quake-Scarred Kashmir
Rock Slide Kills Three American Hikers
Haiti Business Leader Calls Protest Strike
Iran Rebuffs IAEA Chief ElBaradei
Palestinian Militant Freed After Rampage
German Rescuers Find Body of Last Victim

The Seattle Times
Bush summons ex-Cabinet members for advice
Mine-safety agency no stranger to criticism
How graft is wearing away the Galapagos
Study: Katrina evacuees having trouble coping
Wal-Mart site had racially offensive links
Revised regulations on fishing delayed
China protest leader gets 3 years in prison
Find: Early Maya had the write stuff
Obituary Famed singer's death blamed on hurricane
Bush seeks funding for language studies

Chicago Sun-Times
Miner: 'It wasn't bad. I just went to sleep'
Ex-cop gets 24 years for swiping cocaine
A 2-cent tip: Postage rates going up Sunday
City launches campaign to provide disaster instruction
Legal fight set after gas stations deny gouging after Katrina
Nearly every U.S. chicken flock to get tested for bird flu
Teens fishing find human head in Fla.
Grain worker nearly drowning in soybeans is rescued
Impostor receives $18,000 in guitars, equipment

Boston Globe: World
Archeologists find earliest example of Mayan glyphs
Olmert has stood with Sharon through changes
Army, Air Force Brass to Begin Talks
Army Bowl Game Features High School's Best
Iraqis Making Connection to the Outside World Online
Destroyer Skipper Relieved
Russian, not Coast Guard, Icebreaker Will Clear Path in Antarctica
Osprey Contract Awarded

CENTCOM: News Releases

Department of Defense
President Meets With Former Secretaries - Story Remarks
Bush Announces Pentagon Appointments Video
Bush Kicks Off National Foreign Language Initiative
Pace: Bombs Reflect Terrorists' Desperation - Story Video
Joint Chairman Encourages Military Service
Troops Nab Terror Suspects, Find Weapons - Story

U.S., Iraqi Crews Share Airspace, Mission - Story
Engineers Complete Eastern Afghan Road - Story
U.S. Paratroopers Complete Operation Pizmah - Story

Chief of Naval Ops Visits Seabees, Corpsmen
Busy Tuesdays for 3rd COSCOM Motorpool
Food Service Marines Boost Morale One Plate at a Time
Bulldogs Clamp Down on Insurgency

Good Eats 24/7 Means Happy Troops

Army Biathlete Makes Winter Olympics Team - Story

Anheuser-Busch Extends Tribute - Story

Roadside Bomb Kills 5 U.S. Troops
Iraqis Undeterred by Bombing
Capable Police Vital to Security
Casey: '05 Was 'Monumental' Year
Police Open New Station in Tal Afar
Azady Police Station Expands
Ninawa Province Gets Water Wells
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (pdf)
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (pdf)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

Army Establishes Justice System
Afghanistan Daily Update

Bush: 2006 to Build on Progress
Cheney: U.S. Resolve Will Continue
Aircraft Fly Missions Jan. 4
USS Ronald Reagan Deploys
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Training Builds Patients' Skills
Pace: Troop Morale High
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


Today in History
1066 - King Harald of England crowned
1099 - Henry V crowned German king
1227 - Ferrand of Portugal freed from the Louvre
1352 - French king Jean II introduces Order of the Star
1453 - Emperor Frederik III becomes archduke of Austria
1496 - Moorish fortress Alhambra, near Grenada, surrenders to the Christi
1497 - Jews are expelled from Graz (Syria)
1535 - City of Lima Peru founded by Francisco Pizarro
1540 - King Henry VIII of England married his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves
1579 - Artois/Hainault/Dowaai sign pro-Spanish Union of Arras
1622 - Pope Gregory XV forms Congregatio the Propagande Fide
1639 - Virginia is 1st colony to order surplus crops (tobacco) destroyed
1663 - Great earthquake in New England
1681 - 1st recorded boxing match (Duke of Albemarle's butler vs his butcher)
1690 - Emperor Leopold's son Jozef chosen Roman Catholic king
1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlie's army draws to Glasgow
1759 - George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Curtis
1773 - Massachusetts slaves petition legislature for freedom
1781 - Battle of Jersey (Island in the UK)
1784 - Turkey & Russia sign treaty in Constantinople
1832 - New England Anti-Slavery Society organizes (Boston)
1838 - Samuel Morse made 1st public demonstration of telegraph
1839 - 2 day storm off Irish & English coast immortalized as "The Big Wind"
1842 - 4,500 British & Indian troops leave Kabul, massacred before India
1857 - Patent for reducing zinc ore granted to Samuel Wetherill, Pennsylvania
1861 - New York City NY mayor proposes New York become a free city, trading with N & S; Florida troops seize Federal arsenal at Apalachicola
1873 - US Congress begins investigating Crédit Mobilier scandal
1893 - Great Northern Railway connects Seattle with east coast
1896 - Cecil Rhodes resigns as premier of Cape colony
1898 - 1st telephone message from a submerged submarine, by Simon Lake
1900 - Boers attack at Ladysmith, about 1,000 killed or injured
1907 - Maria Montessori opens her 1st (Montessori) school (Rome)
1912 - New Mexico becomes 47th US state
1914 - Stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch founded
1922 - Conference of Cannes concerning German retribution payments
1927 - US marines sent to Nicaragua
1929 - Alexander I establishes a royal dictatorship in Yugoslavia
1930 - 1st diesel engine automobile trip (in a Packard sedan) completed
1936 - Barbara Hanley became Canada's 1st woman mayor (Webbwood, Ontario)
1938 - Bronze memorial statue of Henry Hudson erected in the Bronx
1941 - FDR's "4 Freedoms" speech (speech, worship, from want & from fear)
1942 - 1st around world flight (Pan Am "Pacific Clipper"); Bob Feller enlists in Navy & reports for duty to Norfolk Virginia
1945 - Future President George Bush marries Barbara Pierce in Rye NY
1950 - Britain recognizes Communist government of China
1957 - Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show
1958 - Gibson patents the Flying V Guitar
1964 - Rolling Stones' 1st tour as headline act (with Ronettes)
1967 - 2 homemade buses collided on a mountain road in Terpate, Philippines plunging off a cliff, killing 84, injuring 140
1967 - "Milton Berle Show" last airs on ABC-TV
1968 - Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon; Dr. N.E. Shumway performs 1st US adult cardiac transplant operation
1971 - Cecil Partee elected president pro tem of Illinois state senate; Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones
1972 - Vladimir Bukovski is exiled from USSR
1973 - "Schoolhouse Rock" premieres on ABC-TV with Multiplication Rock
1978 - 1st postage stamp copyrighted by US (Carl Sandburg stamp); US hand over St Stephan crown to Hungary
1980 - Indira Gandhi's Congress Party wins elections in India
1986 - British Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns; STS 61-C scrubbed at T-31 seconds because of liquid oxygen valve problem
1987 - 100th US Congress convenes; Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy
1991 - Jorge Serrano Elías elected President of Guatemala
1993 - Bill Wyman announces he will leave Rolling Stones; Jean Mueller discovers comet Mueller/1993a
1994 - Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by Tonya Harding's bodyguard
1998 - Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1367 - Richard II Bordeaux, King of England (1377-99)
1412 - Joan of Arc, martyr
1587 - Gaspar de Guzmán, Count of Olivares, Premier of Spain (1621-43)
1602 - Karl Rabenhaupt, German/Dutch baron of Sucha/army leader
1745 - Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, aeronaut (1st pioneer balloonist/brother of Joseph-Michel/co-inventor of calorimeter, hydraulic ram, process for producing vellum)
1776 - Ferdinand von Schill, Prussian officer/rebel
1799 - Jedediah Strong Smith, US fur trader/explorer
1800 - Willem A. Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Dutch politician
1807 - Joseph Holt, Union Brevet Major General
1811 - Charles Sumner, leading Reconstruction senator
1827 - John Calvin Brown, Confederate Major General; John Wesley Frazer, Confederate Brigadier General
1854 - Sherlock Holmes Mycroft, fictional detective (via Arthur Conan Doyle)
1882 - Samuel Rayburn (Representative-TX), Speaker of the House (1940-57)
1896 - Freerk Siemon Wolters, notary/resistance fighter
1897 - Péter Veres, literary/Hungarian minister of defense
1911 - Eduardo Frei Montalva, President of Chile (1964-70)
1913 - Edward Gierek, party leader (Polish CP)
1914 - Danny Thomas, comedian (Danny Thomas Show)
1915 - Don Edwards (Representative-CA, 1963-1992)
1925 - John Z. DeLorean, former automaker (DeLorean)
1931 - Gerard van Muiden, Dutch MP (CDA)
1936 - Julio María Sanguinetti Cairolo, President of Uruguay (1985-90, 1995-2000)
1940 - Ed Zschau (Representative-CA, 1983-1987)
1948 - Guy Spencer Gardner, Lieutenant-Colonel USAF/astronaut (STS-27, STS-35); Robert E. (Bob) Wise, Jr. (Representative-WV, 1983-2001, WV Governor, 2001- )
1955 - Rowan Atkinson, British comedian/actor (Mr Bean, Blackadder, Never Say Never Again)
1957 - C. Michael Foale, astronaut (STS 45, 56, 63, 84/86)
1963 - Philippe Perrin, Lieutenant-Colonel FAF/astronaut
1968 - John Singleton, director/screenwriter (Boyz in the Hood)

1425 - Jan of Bavaria, liege of Holland/bishop/duke
1448 - Christopher III, King of Denmark/Norway/Sweden
1693 - Mehmed IV sultan (Turkey), dies at 51
1694 - Francesco Morosini Italian army General
1702 - Thomas Franklin, English smith/uncle of Benjamin Franklin
1785 - Haym Salomon dies in Philadelphia, PA at 44, helped finance the revolution
1799 - W.G. Frederik, prince of Orange/General, dies at 25
1884 - Gregor Mendel Augustine, monk/heredity pioneer, dies at 61
1919 - Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (1901-09), dies at his home in Oyster Bay NY at 60
1929 - Nicolas Nikolayevitch, grand-duke of Russia, dies at 72
1958 - Josephine, princess of Belgium/nun, dies at 85
1985 - Robert H.W. Welch, Jr., US founder/leader John Birch Society, dies at 85
1993 - Elisabeth arch duch of Austria/princess of Liechtenstein, dies at 70; Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer (Kirov), dies of AIDS at 54
1994 - "Iron" Adriaan van Es Dutch undersecretary of Navy (1963-72), dies at 80; Morty the Moose (Northern Exposure), dies at 6; Virginia Kelley Clinton Mother of President Clinton, dies at 70
1995 - Edward Sutcliffe judge (British Central Criminal Court), dies at 77; Joe Slovo, Latvian/South African attorney/Secretary-General (SACR), dies at 68
1996 - Henry Lennox d'Aubigny Hopkinson, diplomat/politician, dies at 94; Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise musician, dies at 80
1997 - Ian Peter Leslie Smith, journalist

Reported Missing in Action
Mullen, Richard D., USN (IL); F8E shot down, released by DRV - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998

Miller, Carlton P., Jr., USNR (MA); F4J went overboard afer a landing incident (RIO) - Killed, body not recovered

Lindahl, John C., USN (KS); A7B crashed into the water shortly after takeoff, body not recovered