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Friday, May 26, 2006

OK - need some help here

I made a Power Point show for Memorial Day. Music and all - now I can't figure out how to upload the thing so that it all works and plays the music. I can get it done so that the music plays as background music, but I need it specifically timed. Anyone have any brilliant ideas?????

I'm not above bribery here....

Email me if you know how to get this done - please!

Breaking News from Fox

Shots Reported at U.S. Capitol Office Building

Friday, May 26, 2006

WASHINGTON — Police sealed off the Capitol on Friday after receiving reports of gunfire in a House office building across the street.

Capitol police are investigating "the sound of gunfire in the garage level of the Rayburn House Office Building," said an announcement on the internal Capitol voice alarm system...

Read the rest at Fox News

Capitol Police Give 'All Clear'
House building search complete
Video: All Clear - Inside Rayburn
Zamboanaga, Philippines (May 26, 2006) - The first patient is admitted to the casualty receiving (CASREC) ward aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) anchored off the city of Zamboanga Philippines. For the next several days, the ship will be conducting humanitarian and civic assistance in the local area. Mercy is on a five-month deployment to South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Mercy’s medical crew will provide general and ophthalmology surgery, basic medical evaluation and treatment, preventive medicine treatment, dental screenings and treatment, optometry screenings, eyewear distribution, public health training and veterinary services as requested by the host nations. Mercy is uniquely capable of supporting medical and humanitarian assistance needs and is configured with special medical equipment and a robust multi-specialized medical team that can provide a range of services ashore as well as aboard the ship. The medical staff is augmented with an assistance crew, many of whom are part of non-governmental organizations that have significant medical capabilities. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Don Bray.

The Tangled Web Unravels

"O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive"
-- William Shakeaspeare (from Macbeth)

via Michelle Malkin:

Meet "Jessie MacBeth." He's the latest cause celebre of the anti-war Left -- a "former Army Ranger and Iraq war veteran" who accuses his fellow troops of committing a litany of atrocities against innocent civilians. Anti-Vietnam War veteran John Kerry and the Winter Soldiers cast a long shadow....

There's just one problem: According to Department of the Army spokesman Paul Boyce, there is no record of "Jessie MacBeth," a.k.a. Jesse Adam MacBeth, having served in either the Rangers or the Special Forces -- or or in any part of the Army at all. Boyce told me Tuesday that a check on MacBeth's credentials came up empty. "At a minimum, this appears to have been concocted" and "some sort of hoax," Boyce said. Special Operations Command and the State Department have been alerted.

Read the rest at Human Events on Line, or check out this post over at Michelle's blog - about the theft and exploitation of one of Michael Yon's most moving photographs (Blackfive has more)
Drawdown at Keflavik
F-15 Eagles wait to take off from Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, on Monday, May 22, 2006. Airmen and Sailors are reducing operations after more than 50 years of U.S. presence at the base. The F-15s and crews are from the Hawaii Air National Guard's 154th Fighter Wing at Hickam Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John E. Lasky)

Challenger Irey criticizes Murtha on Iraq comments

By Maeve Reston, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WASHINGTON - In the first chapter of what is likely to be a blistering campaign, U.S. Rep. John Murtha's Republican challenger, Diana L. Irey, traveled to Washington yesterday to decry Mr. Murtha as one-time patriot who has "lost his way" after his recent comments about a November incident involving U.S. Marines and civilian killings in the city of Haditha, Iraq.

In remarks at the National Press Club, Ms. Irey, a Washington County commissioner, asked Mr. Murtha to apologize for and retract his comments about the incident in Haditha in which 15 unarmed Iraqis and eight insurgents died after a Marine was killed by a roadside bomb...

...Ms. Irey, of Carroll Township, said Mr. Murtha was denying the Marines due process and had put American troops in danger with his remarks.

"John Murtha was a patriot," Ms. Irey said at the Press Club. "...But many years have passed and I say again my opponent has lost his way because the comments and actions of late are not that of a patriot. Rather they serve to aid and comfort our enemies..."

It's the kind of thing that makes me wish I could live in PA, so I could vote for her - read the rest of the article.

To donate, or see how you can help in Ms. Irey's campaign, visit her website.
by Petty Officer 1st Class Bart A. Bauer
May 25, 2006
Sgt. Joshua Dubois and fellow “War Hawks” from the 506th Regimental Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, hone their marksmanship skills at the small-arms range at Forward Operating Base Rustimiyah in east Baghdad.

Salem, Ore., Marine injured in Iraq tells of IED aftermath

from Marine Corps News:

When some Marines return from Iraq, they bring back memorabilia, such as tattered Iraqi flags or old photos of Saddam Hussein they found in cluttered streets. Some, like 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Jeremy Russell of Salem, Ore., will bring back something no Marine wants – memories of Marines being killed on the battlefield and scars from being wounded in action. Russell, an infantryman with Weapons Company of the Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, was manning a machine gun turret in a Humvee struck by an improvised explosive, or IED, last month. The bomb wounded one of his hands and a leg, but resulted in the death of three other Marines who were in the vehicle with Russell. “I thought I was going to die,” said Russell. “It felt like minutes had passed and everything was in slow motion, but it really took only two seconds for the IED to detonate and throw the vehicle on its side.” Russell’s unit is slated to rotate out of Iraq this Fall. Photo by: Sgt. Roe F. Seigle

Story by Sgt. Roe F. Seigle

HADITHA, Iraq (May 25, 2006) -- When some Marines return from Iraq, they bring back memorabilia, such as tattered Iraqi flags or old photos of Saddam Hussein they found in cluttered streets.

Some, like 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Jeremy Russell of Salem, Ore., will bring back memories of actions on the battlefield and scars from being wounded in action.

Russell, an infantryman with Weapons Company of the Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, was manning a machine gun turret in a humvee struck by an improvised explosive device, or IED, last month.

The battalion arrived in Iraq two months ago, and has since had to deal with numerous IEDs while patrolling the streets in the Haditha “Triad” region – an area of about 75,000 people along the Euphrates River in western Al Anbar province and renowned insurgent hotspot.

The blast left him with a piece of shrapnel embedded in his right hand and a severely bruised leg, and left three other Marines dead: Sgt. Lea Mills, 21, from Brooksville, Fla.; Sgt. Edward G. Davis, 31, from Antioch, Ill.; and Cpl. Brandon M. Hardy, 25, from Cochranville, Pa.

“I thought I was going to die,” said Russell.

The IED struck Russell’s vehicle during a three-hour mission to recover another U.S. military vehicle.

With vehicle in tow, the Marine convoy was enroute to their base at the Haditha Dam. It was 2:30 a.m., and the night seemed quiet, said Russell.

“I could hear the Marines below me talking about their families while I was in the turret,” said Russell. “I just kept my eyes on the road behind me to make sure there were no vehicles approaching.”

Still, he kept alert to ensure no vehicles approached the U.S. convoy. Aside from IEDs, vehicle suicide bombers are also a threat in Al Anbar province, said Russell.

Russell said the Marines’ talking in the vehicle “died down a little” just seconds before an earth-shattering explosion, which was followed by two fireballs on either side of the vehicle. Russell tucked his chin and closed his eyes, hoping to avoid the majority of the blast. He did. The blast destroyed the rear left side of the humvee and flipped the vehicle 180 degrees onto its left side.

Russell was ejected from the vehicle onto the roadway and feared the vehicle would rollover on top of him.

“It felt like minutes had past and everything was in slow motion,” recalled Russell. “But it really took only two seconds for the IED to detonate and throw the vehicle on its side.”

As he laid in the street, disoriented from the blast, Russell, who is serving his first combat deployment since he joined the Marine Corps in 2004 to “see the world,” remembers smelling fuel – a leak from the vehicle’s gas tank.

He also saw the vehicle's three other passengers lying motionless in the street. Two of the Marines were killed on impact and another died a short time later, according to medical records. Russell climbed back into the humvee to notify the other Marines in the convoy of his situation, but the radio was broken.

Russell then notified Marines ahead of him in the convoy by using luminous flares he located in the vehicle. He also rearmed himself with his M-16 rifle, ready to fight off a secondary attack.

Believing he was the only Marine around, Russell saw Lance Cpl. Cheyenne Macintosh, an amphibious assault vehicle crewman from Seaman, Ohio. Macintosh was traveling back to Haditha Dam in the same convoy as Russell.

Macintosh, 20, was checking the mortally-wounded Marines when he noticed Russell had survived the blast and was completely covered in soot.

Staff Sgt. Michael Woodridge, 28, a section leader assigned to Weapons Company, had several other Marines from other vehicles in the convoy secure the area and be watchful for a secondary attack.

“It was chaotic,” said Woodridge, a native of Augusta, Ga. “The back end of the humvee was completely gone.”

Shortly after, Russell was evacuated by helicopter to a near-by medical facility. As his adrenaline began to wear off, he began to feel the pain from his injuries on the helicopter, he said. Shrapnel was lodged in his hand, his right leg throbbed in pain after he was tossed around inside the turret, and eventually ejected onto the ground, he said.

Russell, who is now fully recovered and back to daily patrols with his unit, says the incident has not deterred him from patrolling daily. Given the chance, he’ll deploy again to Iraq after his battalion returns to the U.S. in the fall, he said.

“I never imagined I would be in a life-or-death situation,” said Russell. “When I joined the Marine Corps, the only thing I knew about combat was what I saw on TV shows like M.A.S.H.”

As Russell recovers from the injuries to his hand and leg, his fellow Marines say he still has high spirits.

“Russell has kept his head up high and still has his sense of humor,” said Macintosh. “It helps everyone else in the platoon stay in high spirits until we can go home.”
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (May 19, 2006)- Maj. Toby G. Dyer, logistics officer for Regimental Combat Team-8, 2nd Marine Division, receives the Bronze Star from Maj. Gen. Richard A. Huck, the 2nd Marine Division Commanding General in a ceremony in front of the regiment’s headquarters May 19.
Photo by: Pfc. David A. Weikle

In Today's News - Friday, May 26, 2006

Quote of the Day
"Courage and resolution are the spirit and soul of virtue."

-- Thomas Fuller

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
'It Is Vital That We Do the Job' - Video
Speakout! Did We Do the Right Thing in Iraq?
Iran rejects Iraq talks with US for now
Iran minister in Baghdad
Video: Blair/Bush Joint Press Conference
Car bomb kills nine in Baghdad

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan Fortress Site of Deadly Siege

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Sole Living Beslan Attacker Gets Life in Prison
Bomb kills Islamic Jihad member in Lebanon

Troops on Trial
Harsher Abu Ghraib methods condoned: witness

Other Military News
VA breach discovered through office gossip

Senate Passes Sweeping Immigration Bill
Different Paths, Same Goal

Frist Wants Vote on CIA Director Nominee Soon

Hamas Rising
Hamas militia off streets after Abbas challenge
Abbas stuns Hamas with talk of referendum

Politics / Goverment
Bush Seals Documents FBI Seized From Rep. Jefferson
Video: Hastert Threatens to Sue ABC for Abramoff Story
Bush orders FBI-Congress documents sealed
Treasury Sec'y John Snow Signals He's Ready to Resign
Vermont signs ambitious health-insurance law

Former Peterson Juror Now Pen Pals With Scott
Murder defendant tries to strangle lawyer in court
Waiting to be discovered in Cannes...
Want to be invisible? Theories see a possible way

Other News of Note
Manhunt Ends
Video: FBI's 'Most Wanted Couple' Caught
China Plans to Upgrade Military Arsenal
Huge Security Flaw Found in Top Anti-Virus Software
Boston reports first measles outbreak in 7 years

Fox News
Ex-Enron Execs Found Guilty
Video: Lay Reacts to Verdict
Video: Lay, Skilling Guilty
Thai Rescuers Use Dogs in Flood Victim Search
Stocks to Watch: McAfee

Reuters: Top News
Migrant birds from Africa in serious decline: study
Google, Dell in deal on PC software package
Yahoo, eBay form alliance that will challenge Google
NY graffiti painters see craft as art, not vandalism
Hunt is on in Alaska for deadly bird flu virus
Daily tipple can bring health benefits -- for men
Reggae star Desmond Dekker dies of a heart attack
Almodovar ahead as Cannes readies for final fling
Mittal target Arcelor plans Severstal merger
Singapore picks Las Vegas Sands to build first casino
Germany's Postbank plans 1,200 job cuts -source
Samsung says chip business bottomed out early May
Buyout group offers to buy back most VNU debt
Icahn group preparing fresh KT&G hostile takeover bid
Arcelor/Severstal deal sends steel stocks soaring - Video
Severstal up 17 percent on Arcelor news
Nikkei climbs as Sony, exporters advance
Nasdaq, S&P closer more than 1 pct higher
Howard Stern's reach
DeMartino: No change to eBay analysis
Reuters Summit: Global Energy

AP World News
270,000 attend Mass by Pope Benedict XVI
Michael Jackson plans appearance in Tokyo
Pistons bounce back, even series with Heat
Fla. angler lands what may be record shark
Probe films underwater volcanic eruption
Ducks stay alive, beat Oilers 6-3
Devil Rays manager impressed by Beckett
Baby with heart condition recovers
Tigers' rally means unlucky 13 for Royals
Obituaries in the news
Bush, Blair Admit Iraq Mistakes
Car Bomb Kills 8, Wounds 31
Death Brings Fight for Wiccan Soldier
Bush Orders Documents Sealed
End to Ex-Spouse Law
Czar Recommended for Army Transformation
Lawyers Look for Way to Sue Over BRAC
Senate OKs Citizenship for Illegal Aliens
DoD Inspector General Reports on NAS Oceana Closure
San Diego Sailors Get Condos, not Barracks
GW Completes 'Partnership of the Americas' Deployment
USS Nimitz Receives Major League Honors

CENTCOM: News Releases




Department of Defense
Bush: Coast Guard Vital to U.S. Security - Story
VA Works to Prevent Future Information Loss - Story
Official Requests Probe of Civilian’s Death - Story
Committee Reviews Compensation System - Story

Co-op Brings New Hope to Iraqi Farmers - Story
Military News Crew Chronicles Substation Construction

U.S. Admiral, African Traditional Leader Meet - Story
Afghan Border Police, Villagers Secure Border - Story
Training Ensures Marines Ready for Combat - Story
Injured by Bombs, Iraqi Gets Prosthetic Hand - Story

Desert Operation Nets Suspects, Weapons
Taji Center Stresses Counterinsurgency Ops
Gunners Safer, See Better With New Turrets
Security Mission Unit Keeps Sheikh Informed

Abizaid Visits 'Mountain Lion' Battlefields
U.S. Airmen Help Rebuild a Nation
Coalition Vendor Day Aids Afghan Businesses
Afghan Soldiers Get In-Depth Airdrop Training

Sailor Helps Iraqi Army Band - Story

Nation to Honor Fallen - Story
Bikers Complete 'Ride for Patriots' - Story
Memorial Parade to Salute Vets
USAA to Salute Servicemembers

Two Soldiers Killed in Baghdad
Suicide Bombings Mask Progress
Soldier Killed While on Patrol
Coalition Forces Kill 7 Terrorists
ISF Lead Ops in More Areas
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

Forces Detain Two Suspects
Forces Kill 24 Enemy Fighters
Afghan Progress Frustrates Taliban
Up to 80 Taliban Believed Killed
Forces Kill 20 Enemy in Firefight
Afghanistan Update

Rice Comments on Gitmo Closing
Conference Focus: Maritime Ops
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

Border Mission Won’t Hurt Readiness
Cheney Thanks Sailors, Marines
Officials Define Response Roles
VA Urges Caution After Data Theft
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Marine 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


Today in History
0961 - German King Otto II crowned
1798 - British troops kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara.
1805 - Lewis & Clark first see the ocky Mountains; Napoleon is crowned king of Italy.
1824 - Brazil is recognized by the U.S.
1861 - The Union blockades New Orleans & Mobile.
1864 - The territory of Montana is formed.
1865 - Battle of Galveston, TX.
1868 - President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote.
1896 - The last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II, is crowned.
1922 - Lenin suffers a stroke.
1924 - President Coolidge signs the Immigration Law (restricting immigration).
1937 - San Francisco Bay's Golden Gate Bridge opens.
1941 - An Ark Royal airplane sights the German battleship Bismarck.
1942 - The Nazis require Belgian Jews to wear a Jewish star; The African corps faces the British Army in a tank battle at Bir Hakeim.
1943 - Jews riot against Germany in Amsterdam.
1944 - 82nd Airborne division landsat La Haye du Puits to Ste Mère Eglise (D-Day).
1945 - The U. S. fire bombs Tokyo.
1946 - A patent is filed in the U.S. for the H-Bomb
1948 - The entire Hagana armed forces are sworn-in as Israeli soldiers; South Africa elects a nationalist government with an apartheid policy.
1961 - A USAF bomber flies the Atlantic in a record of just over 3 hours.
1981 - A Marine jet crashes on the flight deck of the USS Nimitz, killing 14; Soyuz T-4 returns to Earth.
1987 - Supreme Court rules that dangerous defendants can be held without bail.

- Mohammed III, Sultan of Turkey
1835 - Confederate Artillery Brigadier General Edward Porter Alexander
1867 - Mary queen, of Great Britain/North Ireland
1877 - Sadao Araki, Japanese general/minister of War
1899 - Pieter Menten, Dutch war criminal
1903 - Estes Kefauver (Senator-TN)
1910 - Adolfo Lopez Mateos, President of México
1924 - Cooper Evans (Representative-IA)
1951 - Muhammed Ahmad Faris Syria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3); Sally Kristen Ride, first U.S. woman astronaut (STS-7, STS 41G)
1968 - Frederik, Heir Apparent Crown Prince of Denmark

1421 - Mohammed I, sultan of Turkey
1512 - Bajezid II, Governor of Amasja/8th Sultan of Turkey, dies
1818 - Michael A. Barclay de Tolly, Russian field marshal/War Minister
1883 - Abd el-Kader, Algerian sultan/religious ruler
1939 - Cornelis J. Cutters, supreme commander of Navy
1996 - Halka Grossman, resistance fighter/politician

Reported Missing in Action
Glandon, Gary A., USAF (TN); F4C crashed (Weapons Systems Officer, w/Griffey), Killed / BNR

Griffey, Terrance H., USAF (IA); F4C crashed (pilot, w/Glandon), Killed / BNR

Mecleary, Read Blaine USN (CT); A4E shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired from active duty as a Captain, then served in the USNR, retiring as an O-6 Captain - alive and well in 1998