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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day to all, and a special Mother's Day wish to all our Heroes' Moms:

An Old Wooden Chair

An old wooden chair, out on the porch
Shaded by trees, the sun couldn’t scorch

A child loved to play, not far away
When tired this chair, was where to stay

If weather turned bad, as sometimes it would
The young one would sit, those arms felt good

This haven of rest, always was there
Like a mother in charge, always took care

As the years passed, the chair bore no change
But the small one did grow, adding new range

How quickly through high school, time fled by
And the child from that chair, said good-bye

Off to the service, such great pride did show
Protector of freedom, youthful brave glow

A loved one of course, now guards this chair
Holding fond memories, each one so dear

With prayers to God, dear mother does wait
Till her brave one's home safe, a want so great

That now empty chair, shaded by trees
If it could just talk, starting with "Please..

©2006 Roger J. Robicheau

Iraq Sandstorm

A maintainer walks to secure an Iraqi Air Force C-130E Hercules at New Al Muthana Air Base, Iraq, during a sandstorm, May 8, 2006. The storm engulfed the Baghdad area and caused near-zero visibility. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Serrit

A sandstorm quickly approaches Sather Air Base, Iraq, May 8, 2006. The storm engulfed the Baghdad area and caused near-zero visibility. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Serrit

A sandstorm engulfs the flightline at Sather Air Base, Iraq, May 8, 2006. The storm engulfed the Baghdad area and caused near-zero visibility. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Serrit

An aircrew walks in from the flightline during a sandstorm at Sather Air Base, Iraq, May 8, 2006. The storm engulfed the Baghdad area and caused near-zero visibility. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Serrit
RAWAH PATROL — U.S. Army soldiers from 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment conduct a presence patrol in Rawah in the Al Anbar province of Iraq, May 3, 2006. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Renato Lara

In Today's News - Sunday, May 14, 2006

Quote of the Day
"The beauty of the soul shines out
when a man bears with composure
one heavy mischance after another,
not because he does not feel them,
but because he is a man of high and heroic temper."

-- Arisotle

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Top Iraqi Judge's Son Killed
Iraqis deny US reports of army units clashing
Bombs Rock Shrine in Volatile Iraqi City

Homeland Security / War on Terror
New CIA Leak Filing Focuses on Cheney Handwritten Notes
Bush Defends NSA Program
Sentence Starts (Moussaoui)
Bush presses Senate to confirm Hayden for CIA
Cheney pushed to widen eavesdropping - NY Times
Opposition grows to US-Canada border passport plan
Cross-Shaped Ruin to Stay at Ground Zero

Other Military News
Thousands Protest French Immigration Bill
Paper: Military Ignoring Mental Illness (Worth reading, but be aware that this paper always has a liberal agenda)

Hamas Rising
Israel village tries to breach barrier with Palestinians

Worldwide Wackos
Iran's Prez: No Nuke Talks With 'Bombs Over Our Heads'
Video: Iran's Tough Stance
Chavez to London
Chavez to Give Euros Cheap Oil?
Iran will talk to any country but Israel: president - Video

Video: Bush to Address Nation
McCain Makes Stop at Falwell's University
Kennedy Plane Diverted After Losing Power
Bush and Clinton Salute Tulane Graduates

Other News of Note
Archive unlocks secrets of Holocaust bureaucracy

Fox News
Mother: 'Demons' Told Me to Kill My 9-Month-Old Baby
3 Dead in Ohio Standoff
Duke Defense: No DNA Match
Mount Merapi on verge of going off
American Idol Center

Reuters: Top News
30 die in gang attacks on Brazilian police
Tensions ease in Brazil-Bolivia energy dispute
Deal approved to end Puerto Rico shutdown
Nokia to offer Google Talk on Web tablet-sources
"Musical evangelist" sets Da Vinci Code to music
Leonard Cohen promotes book in rare appearance
Verizon to buy Vodafone stake for $48 bln-newspaper
Do you own songs bought online? Well, sort of
Big Three auto retirees launch buy-US campaign
Wachovia defends Golden West buy after shares drop
Microsoft agrees to extend Windows code licensing
Time Warner buys Liberty stake in Court TV
Inflation data may give stocks whiplash
Rumors fly as Sleeman launches strategic review
Nvidia stock drops on valuation concerns
ImClone stock rises after CNBC report on bidders
Expedia shares drop 24 pct on profit decline
Experts warn of dollar-inflation link
Watchdog targets bloated audits
On the Radar: Biovail
On the radar: Sigma-Aldrich

AP World News
DJ Out on Bail After On-Air Sexual Rants
James' Triple-Double Sparks Cavaliers
Hard Year for College Presidents Ending Bragging Leads to Charges
Bonds Hits 3rd, Goes 0-For-3 With Walk
Tsunami Forces Zinta to Examine Priorities
Nigeria Boosting Protection for Pipelines
Bush may Deploy Guard to Border
Fighting Between Iraqi Army Units Kills 2

CENTCOM: News Releases




Department of Defense
Transition Teams Coach, Mentor Iraqis - Story
North Baghdad Council Discusses Security - Story
Iraqi Colonel Calls for U.S Cultural Awareness

DefendAmerica Week in Review
Sunday - Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday

Iraqis, Coalition Find Weapons
Roadside Bomb Kills Soldier
Forces Kill Three Terrorists
Renewal In Iraq
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

IED Injures Two Afghan Civilians
Afghanistan Update

House Votes on Border Security
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

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
1607 - The first permanent English settlement in New World is established in Jamestown, VA.
1787 - Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up the U.S. Constitution.
1804 - Lewis & Clark set out from St. Louis.
1863 - Battle of Jackson, MS.
1864 - The Battle of Reseca (Atlanta) continues for a second day.
1908 - The first airplane passenger flight occurs.
1921 - In Italy, Mussolini's fascists obtains 29 parliament seats.
1940 - The Germans break through at Sedan.
1940 - The Nazis bombs Rotterdam, killing between six and nine hundred; the Netherlands surrender.
1941 - 3,600 Jews arrested in Paris.
1942 - The U.S. Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is founded.
1944 - German bombers harass Bristol.
1944 - British forces occupy Kohima
1945 - A Kamikaze Japanese Zero strikes the U.S. aircraft carrier Enterprise; she is seriously damaged and forced to return to port for repairs. She did not see war action again.
1945 - The U.S. launches an offensive on Okinawa; Sugar Loaf is conquered.
1948 - Jordan's Arab League captures Atarot.
1948 - The State of Israel is established; the U.S. gives it de facto recognition.
1949 - President Truman signs a bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral, FL.
1955 - The Warsaw Pact is signed.
1960 - The USSR launches the first unmanned space capsule.
1961 - In Alabama, a bus containing the first group of Freedom Riders is bombed and burned. 1963 - Kuwait becomes the 111th member of the U.N.
1970 - Police kill two Jackson State University students in a during a racial disturbance.
1970 - Harry A. Blackmun is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
1970 - RAF-leader Andreas Baader is freed after serving two years in West Berlin.
1973 - Skylab is launched
1973 - U.S. Supreme court approves equal rights for women in the military.
1974 - The Symbionese Liberation Army is destroyed in a shoot-out; 6 are killed.
1975 - U.S. troops raid the island of Koh Tang (Cambodia)
1986 - Anne Frank's complete diary published by the Institute for War Documents
1987 - Colt revolver (Peacemaker) of 1873 sells for $242,000
1989 - Chinese students hold a demonstration for democratic reforms in Tiananmen Square.
1991 - Robert M Gates becomes head of CIA.
1991 - Winnie Mandela sentenced to 6 years for her involvement in the kidnapping and beating of four youths (one died).
1991 - World's Largest Burrito created at 1,126 lbs.

- Charles IV king of Bohemia / emperor
1686 - Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit Germany, inventor of the thermometer
1830 - Confederate Brigadier General George Pierce Doles
1836 - Confederate Brigadier General James Patrick Major
1883 - Jan Olieslagers, Belgian aviation pioneer
1939 - M. N. Fathulin, cosmonaut
1942 - Byron L. Dorgan (Representative-ND)
1943 - Alan B. Mollohan (Representative-WV)
1946 - Robert Jarvik, surgeon, inventor of the Jarvik 7 artificial heart
1952 - Donald R. McMonagle, Major USAF / astronaut (STS 39, 54, 66)
1957 - William G. Gregory, Major USAF /astronaut (STS 67)
1964 - James M. Kelly, Captain USAF / astronaut

- Henry IV, 1st Bourbon king of France, murdered
1643 - Louis XIII, king of France
1864 - Union Brigadier General William N. Green, Jr.
1968 - Rear Admiral Husband Edward Kimmel, WWII commandant, US Ocean fleet
1978 - William Powell Lear, inventor of Lear Jet
1991 - Jiang Qing, Mao Tse Tung's widow, suicide
1997 - Princess Caradja-Kretzulesco, descendant of Dracula
1998 - Frank (Francis Albert) Sinatra

Reported Missing in Action
King, Donald L., USAF (MI) - aircraft last tracked 20 mi. west of Dong Hoi, N. Vietnam

Ralson, Frank D. III, USAF (CO) - aircraft last tracked 20 mi. west of Dong Hoi, N. Vietnam

Rollins, David J., USN (CA) - Released by DRV March, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Southwick, Charles E., USN (AK) - Released by DRV March, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998

Cota, Ernest K., USN (CA) - KIA/BNR

Karger, Barry E. , USN (CA)- Remains returned January, 1994