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Friday, June 23, 2006

In Memory

Don't you tell me
they are here about him!

Those uniformed soldiers,
looking so grim

I'll turn right around
so they can't see my face

when they give me the news
from that terrible place.

The Child of my heart
has gone home to my God

but I want him here
on our homeland's sweet sod.

When will he be here?
Will he be in a casket?

That's a horror-stoked question
but I just have to ask it ~

Do you think that he suffered
Did he cry out for me

Oh, God, can you tell us;
Will his death make men free?

Tonight, in the darkness,
I will sleep in his bed

My head on the pillow
that pillowed his head

and I'll scream in agony
but no one will hear

I want my child back!
I want him here;

He can then rest
and it won't be too soon

But his blood is imprinted
on yesterday's moon.

Christina 6-21-06

To send your condolences to the families of these Heroes,
and to the family of David Babineau, write:

Soldiers' Angels
1792 E. Washington Blvd
Pasadena CA 91104

Soldiers' Angels is also going to provide
Living Legend Trees to the families.

And be sure to visit BlackFive to see what PFC Tucker's family is saying about his murder.
Pacific Ocean (June 22, 2006) - A Standard Missile Three (SM-3) is launched from the guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) during a joint Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Navy ballistic missile flight test. Two minutes later, the SM-3 intercepted a separating ballistic missile threat target, launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. The test was the seventh intercept, in eight program flight tests, by the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense. The maritime capability is designed to intercept short to medium-range ballistic missile threats in the midcourse phase of flight. U.S. Navy photo

Know the Enemy

Why don't I care if the salmon mousse isn't well-received at Gitmo? Why am I happy when we kill Al Qaeda? Why do I happily wear the title of Warmonger? And why do I not care if poor Hamas doesn't have their overstuffed bag of humanitarian aid anymore?

Could it be.....oh, I don't know....because they're the ENEMY?


Hamas: Islam will conquer US and Britain
Drawing this lesson from the Gaza withdrawal: terror pays. From Palestinian Media Watch: A Hamas video just released on their web site focuses on the broader Palestinian Islamic ideology, promising the eventual conquering and subjugation of Christian countries under Islam....

Read the rest at Jihad Watch
PARARESCUE SQUADRON — A U.S. Air Force pararescueman from the 41st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron checks the tail of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter as it flies over Afghanistan, June 11, 2006. The 41st is the first squadron to combine rescue and medevac missions into the same unit. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brian Ferguson

Soldier On

Bill Klaas sends this poem (HOOAH, Bill!)

Soldier On
She hangs in the still or flutters in the wind
Her thirteen strips and fifty stars raise my chin
Symbolic of patriotism she drapes our caskets
I pledge my allegiance and I soldier on

Blue at the shores and red in the heartland
From the strong to the frail we serve and protect
The home of the free because of the brave
I am color blind and I soldier on

Two brothers of evil are now departed
Thanks to us their dad resides in jail
We've taken the wind from their sail
I'm so damn proud and I soldier on

They'll shoot you dead or dismember your head
All in the name of Allah
No more mass graves to mark the landscape
Period . . . Dot . . . Bingo and I soldier on

From the misguided media to the defeatist elite
Who should we trust to guide us?
Critics galore yet free on our shores
May liberty prevail and I soldier on

Bill Klaas
Aurora, CO
Copyright 6/20/06

by Air Force Staff Sgt. Stacy Pearsall
June 22, 2006
A Soldier trainee negotiates a log obstacle on the confidence course during her nine-week basic training program at Fort Jackson, S.C.

In Today's News - Friday, June 23, 2006

Quote of the Day
"The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world,
who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life
for men to see by."

-- Felix Adler

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Saddam ends hunger strike after missing one meal - Video (LOL - Maybe it was Dorito withdrawal...)
Iraqi PM Declares State of Emergency in Baghdad
Murdered Soldiers Were Abandoned at Checkpoint
Soldiers' kin get confirmation on bodies
Video: Danger to Forces? (Rumsfeld expresses concern over WMDs in Iraq)
US says captures senior al Qaeda militant in Iraq - Video
General sees troop cuts in Iraq this year - Video
New intel report reignites Iraq arms fight

Operation Enduring Freedom
C-130 Crew Evacuates Wounded Afghan Girl

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Sting Nets Alleged Terror Ring
FBI busts 7 in Miami, Atlanta
U.S. Probes Terror Financing
Homegrown Terrorists Watched
Video: Seven Arrested in Miami Terror Raids
Video: Neighbors: Suspects Trained in Martial Arts
Philippines Bombing Kills Five
US, Japan sign joint missile defense deal

Troops on Trial

Other Military News
Test Missile Intercepted

Immigration / Border Control
Punished for Political Views? (Video: Student suspended over anti-immigration rally sues school)

U.S. gets access to worldwide banking data

Worldwide Wackos
Report: North KoreanLeader Kim Jong Il in Russia
U.S. Prods N. Korea on Missile
US won't necessarily shoot down N.Korea missile - Video
Congress urged to avoid tighter Iran sanctions
AK-47s known as 'credit cards' in lawless Congo
Israeli, Palestinian leaders hold meeting

Politics / Government
Bush: Hungary's struggle can inspire Iraq
House OKs Line-Item Veto
Pols Find Comebacks in Punditry
Road to Hell Paved With Liberals? (Conservatives more confident than liberals of avoiding hell)
Senate rejects Iraq troop withdrawal - Video

Think your office is a zoo? Companies go pet-friendly
"Fluff" flies in school lunch debate

Other News of Note
Sex Trade in the Holy Land
Flush Toilet Bowl Cleaner Scare
FTC laptops stolen, 110 people at risk of ID theft (I'm REALLY beginning to wonder if these all aren't tied somehow, and exactly who's behind it all)

Fox News
Reno Sniper Suspect Darren Mack Slips Away Again
Canada's Conservatives Aim to Raise Age of Consent
Alleged Insurance Fraud Ring Stages 125 Auto Crashes
Stocks to Watch: Six Flags
Online Social Networking Makes Protecting Kids Harder
Arizona, Colorado Wildfires Char Nearly 15,000 Acres
U.S. Booted From World Cup

Reuters: Top News
WHO says H5N1 mutated in Indonesia
Nearly 700 firefighters attack blaze in Arizona
Japan says US beef sanction proposal "nonsense"
Last 25 years warmest on Earth since 1600
Wind farm kills nine eagles in Norway-RSPB
Nokia to stop making CDMA phones
Sandler, Beckinsale draw from life for "Click"
Mobile phone users warned of lightning strike risk
US group cautions against laser therapy for smokers
Priest says true love looms for Kidman and Urban
Adam Sandler aims to 'Click' with fans

AP World News
Tattoo customers in 3 states get infections
McPhee says she struggled with bulimia
Univision cool to $10.7B acquisition offer
Clemens, Pujols upstaged in returns
Some science teachers use DNA, blood
White Sox manager Guillen fined for slur
Study says spider web developed just once
Oracle profit jumps 27 percent to $1.3B
Eminem divorce proceedings held in private
Dow ends down 60, Nasdaq loses 18
Ghana boots U.S. from World Cup
Brazil beats Japan behind 2 Ronaldo goals
Firefighter drowns in Ohio flash flood
Experts Say Iraqi Forces Not Ready
Heartburn Over Pay Gains
New Marine Chief Expected this Fall

CENTCOM: News Releases




Department of Defense
Marines, Insurgents Clash in Recent Firefights - Story
Task Force Commander Visits USS Enterprise - Story
Uruzgan Governor Visits District - Story

Iraqis Take Lead in Northern Baghdad Region
Soldier Reenlists Hours After Being Wounded
Casey: Secure Environment Essential
Soldiers Upgrade Humvees With New Armor

Afghan Officers Complete Course
Villagers Benefit from Rejecting Terrorism
Afghan Villagers Get Medical Care

Hospital Corpsmen Celebrate 108th Birthday
Task Force Rebuilds School, Clinic in Yemen

Renewal In Iraq
Iraq: Security, Stability
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
Weekly Reconstruction Report
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

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

Defense Officials Identify 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
- William Penn signs a friendship treaty with the Lenni Lenape American Indians
in Pennsylvania.
1860 - Congress establishes the Government Printing Office; the U.S. Secret Service is established.
1865 - Confederate Brigadier General (and Native American) Stand Watie is the last Confederate General to surrender, at Fort Towson.
1925 - A landslide dams the Gros Ventre river, creating the 3-mile long "Slide Lake" in Wyoming.
1938 - The U.S. Civil Aeronautics Authority is established.
1947 - Congress overrides Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act.
1951 - British diplomats Guy Burgess & Donald Maclean defect to the U.S.S.R.
1961 - USAF Major Robert M. White takes the X-15 to 32,830 m.
1967 - The U.S. Senate censures Thomas J. Dodd (CT - Chris Dodd's father) for misuse of campaign funds.
1969 - Warren E. Burger is sworn in as a Supreme Court Chief Justice.
1985 - A bomb destroys an Air India Boeing 747 while in flight near Ireland, killing 329.

1763 - Josephine, Empress of France
1894 - Duke of Windsor, briefly King Edward VIII of England
1913 - William P. Rogers, U.S. Secretary of State
1930 - Donn F. Eisele, Colonel, USAF / astronaut (Apollo 7)

Reported Missing in Action:
Belknap, Harry John, USN (NC); F4B crash, KIA, body not recovered

Nyman, Lawrence F., USN (WA); F4B crash, KIA, body not recovered

Booth, James E., USAF (CA); F4D shot down, reported dead, but info not confirmed

Casey, Donald F., USAF (TN); F4D shot down, reported dead, but info not confirmed

Condit, William H., Jr., USAF (OH); KIA, remains ID'd June, 1998

Reed, Terry Michael, USAF (TX); KIA, remains ID'd June, 1998

Sage, Leland C., USN (IL); A4E shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Phillips, Robert P., US Army (OH); presumed dead

Pederson, Joe P., US Army (PA); presumed dead

Rozo, James M., US Army (NY); reportedly escaped POW camp in 1973, presumed dead