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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

by Staff Sgt. Juan Valdes
April 4, 2006
Spc. Aaron Helton and fellow Soldiers from the Provincial Police Training Team provide close-combat training to the the Diwaniyah Police SWAT team at Camp Echo, Iraq.

Video Nightmare

Did you know our Heroes are working for a "handsome paycheck and benefits package?"


Well, it was news to me too.

And yes, I'm being sarcastic. However, there is at least one person warped and stupid enough to believe that our Heroes are well and truly compensated - here's another of her gems:

"They're not laying down their lives for me to do anything. They're certainly not laying down their lives for democracy. They're laying down their lives for the bloodthirsty vindictiveness of the United States...for their own desire for some macho rush..."

What a peach. (well, it's better than the word I was thinking of)

As long as you haven't got high blood pressure, you can check out what is quite possibly one of the most inane, horrible videos I've ever seen - from one of Phelps' kin.

Just another illustration of why the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act is so important. If you haven't signed the petition yet, head there now.

H/T to Gunnar's Mom, via Erin
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In Today's News - Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Quote of the Day
"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything."
-- Alexander Hamilton

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Nine U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq- Video: Rebuilding Iraq
Saddam faces new trial for genocide (including the events in Halabja)
Medics tend survivors of mosque bomb - Play Video

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan battle probed for possible "friendly fire" - Video
Karzai defends release of convert

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Moussaoui Eligible for Death Penalty, Jury Finds
Court jails Kenyan suspected of air strike plan
2 Air Marshals Plead Guilty to Smuggling

Welcome Home!!
Seabee Battalion Returns Home from Kuwait

Other Military News
All Passengers Survive C-5 Military Plane Crash
Ex-Pilots Credit Plane Design for Survival
New Navy Ship Built With WTC Steel

China, US near deal on repatriating illegal migrants

Tom DeLay Set to Resign From Congress
Fact Facts: Tom DeLay Data Sheet
Bio: Tom DeLay
Timeline: Tom DeLay's Career
Prosecutors Mull Georgia Congresswoman Scuffle- Video: Charges for McKinney?

Spider-hunting nudist ends with ring of fire
Tired of male domination, 5 Saudi women change sex

Other News of Note
Midwest Storms Kill 27
Videos: Hail - Devastation
Photos: Damage

Fox News
Respiratory Infection Delays Sharon's Surgery
Bladders Regrown in Labs
Stocks to Watch: Aztar
Study: More Fast Food Ads on Black-Oriented TV Shows
Florida Gators Thrash UCLA Bruins in NCAA Championship, 73-57

Reuters: Top News
French on streets in bid to kill youth job law - Video
Two top Israeli parties plan joint government
Trailer trouble chills New Orleans-FEMA relations
Judge acts to protect executioners' privacy
Astronauts to camp out in space station airlock
Mormonism thriving in heavily Catholic US Northeast
Patients receive first custom-made bladders
Food companies criticized over health commitments
Two plead guilty in huge US CD piracy bust
Samsung delays US Blu-ray player launch to June
Senior China official urges cut in US debt holding
NTL to buy Virgin Mobile
India's MphasiS welcomes EDS bid, stock falls
Oce Q1 EBIT rises 69 pct, helped by Imagistics buy
NTL to buy Virgin Mobile in $1.7 bln deal
Potter publisher Bloomsbury enters download era
European stocks slip as momentum dries up
Shares in Swedish biotech firm Tripep fall
India's MphasiS welcomes EDS bid, stock falls
Nikkei retreats as profit-taking hits banks
Symmetricom sees net loss, cuts rev outlook
Weather a hot commodity
Firms seek ethics amid wariness of drugs, GMOs

AP World News
Proposed Gay Games Event Divides Ill. Town
JetBlue Adds Spa Amenities on Redeyes
Sesame Street Videos Spark Controversy .
Toyota Sales Up in March; Ford, GM Down
3 People Die in Boston Crane Collapse
Airlines to Begin Charging for Amenities .
Piazza Leads Padres Over Giants, Bonds
Schilling Outduels Millwood, Boston Wins
Maintenance Eyed in V-22 Probe

CENTCOM: News Releases

Department of Defense
Rice Confident Iraqis Moving Forward - Story
Commissions to Resume This Week at Gitmo - Story
DoD Releases More Detainee Hearing Transcripts
U.S. Agency Works to Reduce WMD Threat - Story
Iran Might Have New 'Missile-Torpedo'
Disabled Vets Attend 20th Annual Sports Clinic - Story
Recent Ops Put Pressure on Terrorists - Commentary

Operation Improves Baghdad Checkpoints - Story
Power Plant Passes to Ministry of Electricity - Story
Deploying Troops Learn Iraqi History, Culture - Story
Afghan, Pakistani Officers Attend Seminar - Story

9th Iraqi Army Conducts Logistics Training
Iraqi Students Benefit from Rebuilding Efforts

B-52 Airmen Support Enduring Freedom Ops
Troops Celebrate Women’s History Month

Sergeant Tells Soldiers' Stories - Story

Troops Spin Wheel on Game Show - Story
Group Aids Military Kids, Families

Eight Marines, One Sailor Killed
2 Insurgents Killed, 8 Captured
Rice Urges Iraqis: Form Government
Officials Confirm Pilot Deaths
Helicopter Goes Down Near Baghdad
General Lauds Troops
Division Curbs Baghdad Violence
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

Attack Kills Bomber, Injures Soldier
Forces Kill Enemy Fighter
Afghan Agency Delivers Rations
Afghanistan Update

Intel Ops Become More Joint
Terrorists Will Test U.S. Resolve
New Threats Mean New Deterrence
DoD Committed to Stop WMD Spread
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

34th BCT Troops Deploy
All Aboard Survive C-5 Crash
Pentagon Channel to Air Dedication
USS Oak Hill Aids Ship Off Somalia
Gitmo Has New Commander
VA Facilities Welcome Women Vets
Only Approved Armor Okay to Wear
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army Casualty - Story
Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar