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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

by Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy L. Wood
March 20, 2006
Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division participate in Iraqi-led Operation Swarmer, northeast of Samarra, Iraq.

Singing to Support Our Troops

Added to my growing list of musicians with songs supporting our Heroes is Alexandra Lajoux:

Thank you for assembling such an inspiring site.

I'm Alexandra Lajoux, composer, singer, and lead producer of the song "We Thank You." It is a song in honor of our soldiers. The song begins with simple guitar and voice (mine - I sound like Joan Baez but disagree with her politics). Then it builds to a symphony and many voices and instruments, including an Air Force trumpet.

Please visit my website to hear the song.

Here are some of the other folks I've listed:
Kory Brunson
- You can check out his song, "We Know You're Out There," and download it free, at his site.

Cliff Knizley - the musician who, inspired by Mark Miner of Boots in Baghdad, has created “Letters to Baghdad - a tribute to our troops.” If you haven’t ordered the CD yet, you can listen to samples and order the CD at Cliff’s site (make sure you have an updated Flash Player). Proceeds benefit charities that help our Heroes and their families. And Cliff is offering a special discount to all Soldiers’ Angels - email me for details.

The Right Brothers - “Half Her Heart” -- The Right Brothers, conservative musicians, have done this touching tribute to our Heroes and their spouses. It’s wonderful, and you can download it here.

Billy Lash and No JustUS - “Ordinary Days” -- If you’re a Soldiers’ Angel, or involved in another organization that sends letters to our troops, this is one you definitely want to hear. Make sure to peruse their other stuff.

Toni Becker - “Duty Calls” -- Toni and her husband wrote this song. Some of the lyrics - “But then the world turned a corner on a cold September morning / I hear the cry of a soldier! / Duty Calls. I'm on my way. / I'd stand between you and the enemy any day. / Duty Calls. I will defend / The honor of my nation, family, and friends.” Another great one. You can listen and download it here.

UPDATE #1: Patti reminded me there are also the following (and other artists) listed at the Soldiers' Angels site: Renegade Rail
Adams Attic
Ricky Lee

UPDATE #2: Cliff Knizley has extended his 2-for-1 Valentine's special indefinitely for all members of Soldiers' Angels - email me to get the code to use when ordering. Cliff has also added an HTML site at the same URL for those of you who have problems viewing his Flash site.

PRESIDENTIAL WELCOME — President George W. Bush welcomes NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer to the Oval Office at the White House, March 20, 2006 in Washington, D.C. White House photo by Kimberlee Hewitt

In Today's News - Tuesday, March, 21, 2006

Quote of the Day
But to the hero, when his sword
Has won the battle for the free,
Thy voice sounds like a prophet's word,
And in its hollow tones are heard
The thanks of millions yet to be.
-- Fitz-Greene Halleck

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Insurgents Storm Iraqi Jail, 17 Dead
33 prisoners released
Iraq's economic woes
Bush Asks U.S. to Look Past Iraq Bloodshed
U.S. bases in Iraq built with an air of permanence

Operation Enduring Freedom
Taliban, poverty fueling Afghan opium boom

Homeland Security / War on Terror
FBI Agent: Superiors Ignored Moussaoui Warnings

Troops on Trial
US probes new charge troops killed Iraq civilians - Video

Other Military News
City fixes pay snafu for cops in military

Hamas Rising
Chaos erupts in Gaza as rebels, police clash
Palestinian finance minister goes from prison to Cabinet

Worldwide Wackos
Nations Seek Iran Consensus- Iran: West Should Apologize
China, Russia united on Iran, UN statement elusive
Russia said to still object to UN Iran statement
Diplomats Fail to Reach Deal on Iran Issue

Homegrown Moonbats
Santana Slams Bush Agenda
Anti-War Artists Give Benefit Concert

Gore: No Plans to Run in '08
Whitewater investigation ends

Bloody ad police relent
Humphrey the cat dies, but what a life..
Suspects burn selves by hitting 911 on cell Cops: Man shot teen for walking on lawn
Strippers union wins holiday pay, OT

Other News of Note
Aid Delivered to Australia Cyclone Area

Fox News
Bernanke: Fed Must Weigh Many Signals to Set Rates
Aussies Clean Up After Storm
Midwest Snow Kills Five
NFL's Tagliabue to Retire
Long-Necked Dinosaur Found
Debt Limit Upped to $9 Trillion
Windows XP on a Mac?
Japan Wins Baseball Classic

Reuters: Top News
China hits back at White House security report
Protesters defy Belarus's Lukashenko over poll - Video
Pakistan tests cruise missile for second time
New Orleans mayor warns of risk in rebuilding plan
US senators seek "pattern of progress" on yuan
Corzine to hike sales tax in NJ budget
UN report warns on overuse of water for farming
Humans spur worst extinctions since dinosaurs
John Paul the miracle worker?
Breast cancer deaths higher among black woman: study
ADHD drug use in U.S. rose among ages 20-44 -study
The Wal-Mart debate
Exclusive: Wal-Mart to hire 150,000 in China
Wal-Mart exec 'encouraged' by India talks
Fed chief offers few rate clues
Enron documents shock ex-Andersen accountants
Google launches financial news, data, blog site
Swiss watch exports boom in February
Microsoft wins big European TV deal from D.Telekom
Johns Menzies ups year profit but warns on 2006
Tim Hortons raises IPO price range
VeriSign to buy mobile services company
Stocks barely move before Bernanke; Oracle slips - Video
Sirius Satellite tops 4 million subscribers
Movie Gallery stock down further on prelim results
Continental Air stock up 6 pct, nears 4-yr high
Dell shares rise after India growth plans reported
Retail stock bargains
Microsoft working on mobile game device: report
LG Elec hopes to win GSM market with "choc" phone

AP World News
Five Deaths Blamed on Midwest Snowstorm
Four Killed in Branson, Mo., Plane Crash
Fighting in Nepal Leaves 33 Dead
Appeals Court Tosses Quattrone Conviction
Ancient Sarcophagus Unearthed in Cyprus
Group: Airlines Lost 30M Bags in 2005
Pistons Clinch Central by Beating Hawks
'Chicago' Producer Sues Miramax for $10M
'Dog' to Marry on 'Bounty Hunter'

The Seattle Times
Rule change could allow sale of your tax return
Justices skeptical of using victims' unsworn statements
More avian-flu testing for wild birds in U.S.
Treating acid reflux may cut cancer risk
Weather experts predict busy hurricane season
Beyond the cherry blossoms, a language barrier grows
Law & disorder in Texas: FBI closes police department
Annapolis welcomes the season with a sock-burning ceremony
U.S. wants new vote in Belarus, hints at penalties
Climate changes called threat to poor nations
Awaiting justice in Cambodia
Cat who shared No. 10 Downing St., with British prime ministers dies
Ohio couple lose custody of 11 kids
Labour Party names 12 secret lenders

Chicago Sun-Times
Cardinal: I should've done more
Mob didn't turn out vote for Kennedy: UIC professor
Gatorade sues to quench Powerade ad
$100,000 bond for cell-phone suspect
Feds say they've got right couple in bank robberies
Deal reached to settle BP workers' Enron-related suit
Movement to pardon Parks runs into opposition
Amazon makes changes after 'abortion' searches call up 'adoption'
Ohio couple that caged adopted children lose custody
Chippewa Falls museum hopes steins draw visitors
Tiger bites man at county fair in Fla.
Australia learns from Katrina and weathers Larry

Boston Globe: World
Jordan's Islamists see a path to political power
Germany joins nations in mission to Congo
An Israeli political campaign tries to push voters to the right
NATO prepared to help in Darfur, secretary general says
US in Iraq to Stay
Senator Blocks Coast Guard Promotion
Ongoing Wave of Violence in Iraq
Military Investigates Deadly Raid
Stinger Missiles Threaten U.S. Troops
U.S. Tech Advantage 'Under Threat'

Department of Defense
Bush: Tal Afar Shows Strategy Working - Story
Bush: NATO Key Ally in Anti-terror War
Bush Remembers Troops on Anniversary
Bush Hails Iraqi Progress, Talks Strategy for Victory
Americans Must Maintain Resolve to Win War - Story
New Agreements Disprove Civil War Fears - Story
Cheney: Success in Iraq Critical to War - Story

U.S., Iraqi Forces Provide Security for Pilgrims - Story
Citizen Tip Leads to IED in Afghan Mosque - Story

Tankers Bridge Troubled Waters
Iraqi Soldiers on Track for Independent Ops

Aircrews Refuel B-52s in Flight for the Fight
Spartans Take Reins in Eastern Afghanistan

Pilot Logs More Than 100 Combat Hours - Story

Company Feeds Wounded Vets - Story

Time for Resolve, Not Retreat
Secretary of Defense Message
General 'Optimistic' About Success
Iraqis Increasingly Take Lead
Ops Net Weapons, Terror Suspects
Sectarian Violence Diminishing
Former Chairman Cites Successes
Progress Continues at 3-Year Mark
Attack Kills Two, Wounds One
Investigation Directed for Abuse
Forces Launch Swarmer Ops
Abizaid Stresses Security
Forces Do Well After Mosque Blast
Iraq Not on Verge of Civil War
Insurgents Detained
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (pdf)
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (pdf)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

General Notes Progress
Troops Detain Suspects
Violence Ebbs Over Time
Bird Flu Poses No Danger - Video
Accident Claims Troop's Life
Afghanistan Update

Cheney Thanks Troops for Service
Abizaid: Coalition Fights Terrorism
IED Parts Move Across Border
Fallen Troops' Belongings Handled
Arabs Note Iraq's March
Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Pakistan Visit to Build Better Bridges
Single C-17 Breaks Airdrop Record
Scam Targets Thrift Savings Plan
Navy Ships Return Fire on Pirates
QDR Influenced by 9/11 Attacks
National Guard, Reserve Update

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah
Al Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar


Today in History
1349 - 3,000 Jews killed in Black Death riots in Efurt Germany
1421 - Battle of Beauge-French beat British
1610 - King James I addresses English House of Commons
1681 - 3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London
1697 - Czar Peter the Great begins tour through West-Europe
1702 - Queen Anne Stuart addresses English parliament
1788 - Fire destroyed 856 buildings in New Orleans, LA; Gustavus Vassa petitions Queen Charlotte to free enslaved Africans
1790 - Thomas Jefferson reports to President Washington in New York as Secretary of State
1791 - Captain Hopley Yeaton of New Hampshire becomes 1st commissioned officer in USN
1804 - French civil Code of Napoleon adopted
1824 - Fire at Cairo ammunitions dump kills 4,000 horses
1843 - Preacher William Miller of Massachusetts predicts the world will end today
1851 - Yosemite Valley discovered in California
1857 - Earthquake hits Tokyo; about 107,000 die
1859 - Zoological Society of Philadelphia, 1st in US, incorporated
1860 - US extradition treaty with Sweden
1863 - Naval Engagement at Havana Cuba-USS Henrick Hudson vs BR Wild Pigeon
1864 - Battle at Henderson's Hill (Bayou Rapids) Louisiana
1865 - Battle of Bentonville ends, last Confederate effort to stop Sherman
1866 - Congress authorizes national soldiers' homes
1871 - Journalist Henry M Stanley begins his famous expedition to Africa; Otto von Bismarck elevated Fürst
1885 - 2nd French government of Ferry resigns
1890 - Austrian Jewish communities are defined by law
1899 - British & French accord about West-Africa
1907 - US invades Honduras
1913 - Flood in Ohio, kills 400
1917 - 1st female US Navy Petty Officer is Loretta Walsh
1918 - During WWI Germany launches Somme offensive
1923 - US foreign minister Charles Hughes refuses USSR recognition
1925 - Iran adopts Khorshidi solar Hijrah calendar
1927 - Guomindang Army conquerors Shanghai as British marines flee
1933 - Hitler, Göring, Prince Ruprecht, Brüning & top army meet in Berlin
1934 - Fire destroys Hakodate Japan, killing about 1,500
1935 - Persia officially renamed Iran
1937 - Ponce massacre, police kill 19 at Puerto Rican Nationalist parade
1939 - Nazi-Germany demands Gdansk (Danzig) from Poland
1942 - Convoy QP9 departs Great Britain to Murmansk; Heavy German assault on Malta
1943 - Assassination attempt on Hitler fails; British 8th army opens assault on Mareth line, Tunisia
1944 - General Eisenhower postpones S France invasion until after Normandy
1945 - 1st Japanese flying bombs (ochas) attack Okinawa; During WWII Allied bombers begin 4-day raid over Germany; Dutch Resistance fighter Hannie Schaft arrested by Nazi police
1946 - UN sets up temporary HQ at Hunter (now Lehman) College (Bronx)
1947 - President Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States
1951 - 2,900,000 US soldiers in Korea
1952 - Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend 1st rock & roll concert ever
1952 - Tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama & Kentucky cause 343 deaths
1955 - Brooklyn Bulletin asks Dodger fans not to call their team "Bums"
1960 - Sharpeville Massacre: Police kill 72 in South Africa & outlaws ANC
1963 - Alcatraz federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay closed
1965 - Martin Luther King, Jr., begins march from Selma to Montgomery, AL
1965 - US Ranger 9 launched; takes 5,814 pictures before lunar impact
1966 - Supreme Court reverses Massachusetts ruling that "Fanny Hill" is obscene
1968 - Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack PLO bases; Portuguese socialist Mario Soares banished to Sao Tomé
1972 - US Supreme Court rules states can't require 1-year residency to vote
1974 - Attempt made to kidnap Princess Anne in London's Pall Mall
1975 - Ethiopia ends monarchy after 3000 years
1979 - Egyptian Parliament unanimously approve peace treaty with Israel
1980 - On TV show Dallas, JR is shot
1983 - Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled
1984 - Soviet sub crashes into aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk off Japan
1985 - Bloodbath at Langa (Uitenhage) South-Africa, 19 killed
1989 - 1st sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral
1990 - Namibia becomes independent of South Africa, Sam Nujoma becomes president
1991 - 27 lost at sea when 2 US Navy anti-submarine planes collide; UN Security Council panel decided to lift the food embargo on Iraq
1993 - Pope John Paul II declares Duns Scotus, a saint

1474 - Angela Merici, Italian monastery founder/saint
1521 - Mauritius, duke/monarch of Saksen (1547-53)
1609 - Jan II Kazimierz, cardinal/King of Poland (1648-68)
1713 - Francis Lewis, signed Declaration of Independence
1765 - Henry Fagel, Dutch/English baron/diplomat
1806 - Benito Pablo Juárez Oaxaca, President of México (1858-72)
1813 - James Jesse Strang, King of Mormons on Beaver Island MI (1850-56)
1866 - Antonia Caetana de Paiva Pereira Maury, astronomer
1869 - Albert Kahn architect, originated modern factory design
1914 - Herman Siles Zuazo, politician
1918 - Howard Cosell, sportscaster (Monday Night Football)
1925 - John E. Grotberg (Representative-IL)
1927 - Hans-Dietrich Genscher German minister of Foreign affairs (FDP)
1933 - Michael Heseltine Welsh/British minister of Defense (1986)/MP
1941 - Dirk D. Frimout, cosmonaut

1487 - Nicholas van Fluë, Swiss saint/patron of Switzerland
1538 - Hugo, earl of Leisnig, Governor of Frisia, dies at about 79
1556 - Thomas Cranmer archbishop of Canterbury, burned at stake at 66
1768 - Jan J Mauricius, Dutch Governor-General of Suriname (1742-51), dies at 75
1921 - "Big Jim" Colisimo, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
1942 - Captain Morávec, Czechoslovakian resistance fighter, commit suicide
1945 - J. Woortman, Dutch resistance fighter, dies in Bergen-Belsen at 39
1952 - A.J. Pieters, SS-Untersturmführer / Wilhelm Albrecht, German SD-chief, executed
1991 - Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India, killed by bomb at 46
1996 - Eric Brand, diplomat, dies at 73

Reported Missing in Action
Burer, Arthur W., USAF (TX); RF101 shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Compton, Frank R., USN (VA); A4C crashed in water (w/Tiderman), KIA, body not recovered

Tiderman, John M., USN (KS); A4C crashed in water (w/Compton), KIA, body not recovered

Charvet, Paul Claude, USN (WA); A1H crashed, presumed Killed

Hesford, Peter D., USAF (CT); F4D shot down (w/Stowers)

Stowers, Aubrey E., Jr., USAF (OK); F4D shot down (w/Hesford)

Gonzales, David, USMC (CA); KIA, body not recovered

Hudgens, Edward Monroe, USAF (OK); A1J shot down - remains recovered October, 1994

Underwood, Thomas W., USMC (OH); UH1C shot down - KIA, body not recovered