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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Pearl Harbor (June 28, 2006) – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) navigates its way through the narrow strait that make up the inlet to Pearl Harbor for a port visit. Regan and embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are currently on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism and maritime security. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kathleen Gorby

ABC Looking for The Real Story...

ABC NEWS would like to hear directly from Coalition Forces who are working in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. In a recent question and answer segment with ABC NEWS' audience, the American people expressed a keen interest to learn more about what is going on at the front lines of helping rebuild democracy in the area. What work is being done? How do the locals treat the soldiers and Marines? Are we making a difference?

Do you follow the media coverage of the war? Do you think there are areas or facets of the war that the media isn't covering or isn't covering well?

ABC NEWS has created a place on our website for a direct dialogue with troops where first hand experiences can be shared. For reasons of security, logistics, and manpower we unfortunately cannot be in all the locations where our troops are operating. Your selected stories and photos can be published and shared with viewers.

This is a place where your personal experiences, successes or frustrations can be explained. If we need clarification or follow up, we may try to contact you. By hearing from you first hand, we hope to get a more accurate picture of your service and the impact it's having.

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by Sgt. Jim Greenhill
June 28, 2006
National Guard Soldiers in a border entry identification team set up their surveillance and monitoring equipment on Johnson Mountain in New Mexico. The troops are part of the president’s call-up of the Guard along the Southwest border to help the U.S. Border Patrol with non-enforcement duties.

And You Don't Even Have to Pay for This!

Ah, the Moonbats. You can always count on them for sanity logic witty repartee entertainment.

First Mother Moonbat's hunger strike (wow...I think she made it past Saddam's record of one meal!), and now this:

Check out how they're responding to MoveAmericaForward's pro-troop ads (now to be airing in primetime)...Cher's recent contribution aside, they're once again doing their best to prove me right when I doubt that you can support the troops but be against the war...and when I say they conveniently ignore things like reality and facts... (my mini-rants added in blue below)


* * * News Alert from ***

Anti-War Crowd Goes Crazy Over Pro-Troop Message
Liberal activists dishonor pro-military ad, calling it "propaganda" and "trash"

The pro-troop organization, Move America Forward, unveiled a new television ad last week that thanks American troops for "a job well done" in the war on terrorism. The ad, entitled "America Thanks You" is currently airing nationwide on cable news channels (watch for it Thursday, June 29th between 5:00 - 7:00 PM Eastern on the Fox News Channel network during "The Big Story" and "Special Report with Brit Hume"). The commercial message has so far been seen by over 2 million American households.

The ad has created an uproar in the anti-war community, which is furious about the decision by networks to allow the ad to be aired. In phone calls, emails and posting on Internet websites the anti-war crowd has called the ad "propaganda" and say it shouldn't be shown on American TV airwaves. Some posters have gone to the extremes, calling for the execution of President George Bush.

You can watch the ad for yourself and try and understand what exactly it is that has anti-war activsits so upset. Read a small sampling of the comments taken from the website where the ad is hosted online, to read the hateful comments from anti-war advocates. You can also post a comment to refute the attacks by liberal anti-war activists - just type your comment in at the bottom of this page.

"it just makes me laugh for some reason..what trash" (I pretty much feel the same way about Moonbat commentary)

"propagandist rubbish"


"how about haditha massacre and abu ghuraib prison...can someone explain that???" (Sure - Haditha has yet to be fully investigated, and you can't spell Abu Ghraib)

"Narrator: Osama Bin Laden... err...ummm... still at large? Yeah. 5 years and counting." (Yeah....completely unbelievable we can't find him - 'cause he's got one of those big neon diner arrows over whatever hole he's hiding in, right?)

"We'll see what happens come November when a liberal House and Senate are restored." (Perish the thought)

"Um. Yeah. American Death Toll = several thousand Iraqi Civilian Death = Tens of thousands WMD's found thus far = ZERO" ( What rock have you been living under the last couple of weeks?)

"i will rejoice when the real terrorist is dead. Step forward Mr Bush." (Poor misguided Moonbat - all of us non-Moonbats did get a chance to rejoice - remember Zarqawi?)

"Nice way to mix Afghanistan into the Iraq war. Even though Al Queda hated Sadam Hussein, the redneck right wingers so want associate the two." (See 'rock' question...and Al Queda? Sadam? Yeesh. They must have put "nonsensical rambling" ahead of "spelling" in Moonbat school)

"Is this some kind of sarcastic joke? Sorry, I didn't really get it." (Moonbats generally don't get it)

"I like how all the Americans think their country is invincible, its quite funny. Who cares if you have more nukes than any other country, all it takes is 1." (Technically speaking, no, not really. It takes more than one to annihilate a country. And not invincible....nigh invincible. Of course, that could change if the Moonbats take over)

"Nice to see this feel good propaganda to whitewash an action that has a country on the brink of a civil war."

"Outrageous propaganda." (There's the Moonbats for you - thanking the troops is 'outrageous.')

"That's extremely persuasive if you're ignorant and simple minded." (So you're stupid if you want to thank the troops. Aren't Moonbats great?)

"...They are also building roads, killing innocent people..." (Don't they EVER get tired of this refrain? It's like 'The Song that Never Ends...')

"Its nice that they are rebuilding roads and hospitals. Someone remind me, who was it who blew them up in the first place? " (Great gravy....actually, Iraq's infrastructure was in far worse shape than anyone anticipated - without being blown up. Saddam, apparently, put things like functional water and electrical systems behind building a 39th palace for himself.)

"George Bush is responsible for more deaths than everyone in al Qaeda combined." (sorry, busy banging head on wall)

"Propaganda crap!" (bang-bang-bang)

"this is such bullsh*t. check the books, iraq has gone downhill since we invaded. this ad can truthfully claim that american soldiers are helping in the effort to rebuild but it fails to mention that there has been no forward progress in iraq." (bang-bang-bang)

"IF YOU THINK IRAQ HAS NOT GONE DOWN HILL, YOU ARE RETARDED!!!!! IRAQ WAS BETTER OFF NOT TO BE INVADED AT ALL!!!!! " (sorry - can't stop chortling. And by the way, Moonbat, I believe the politically correct term these days is mentally challenged, or mentally disabled. Be careful, there, or you're going to lose your membership in the idiocy of the month club. And stop shouting.)

"Its true that Iraq has gone down hill since we invaded. If you actually wish to recall the year before we invaded Iraq you would remember that Saddam LET UN inspectors into his country to search for WMDs (which we never found), and also agreed to allow the UN to govern Iraqi elections. We were the ones that kicked the UN inspectors out." (downhill from what? Voting between "Saddam forever" and "You die"? Actually, knucklehead, Saddam would refuse for a while, then let them in, then kick them out, then let them in....and we didn't kick them out, per se...I believe we told them they'd probably better leave...or duck)

"Plus, the war that we are currently waging in Iraq is ILLEGAL according to international law, because we went to war unilaterally and without UN jurisdiction. If the USA ever loses it's world super power status it's possible that all people participating in this war will be judged as war criminals. And again, to link Saddam Hussein together with Al Qaeda is ludicrous. President Bush, himself, said there was no connection between the two." (And what, oh fair moonbat, made you believe we need the UN's permission to do anything? To be truthful - though it may cause great pain to moonbats - Bush said there was no proof of a direct link to 9/11, NOT an absence of proof of any link to Al Qaeda....and stop that talk about the US losing superpower status - you're getting Moonbat drool all over everything, and I'm fairly sure that Moonbats carry some sort of Rabies)



I think the auto-rantic Moonbat on the left sidebar makes more sense than most of these folks. Scary, eh?
NIGHT PATROL —A U.S. Army soldier assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, prepares to conduct a night patrol near Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq, June 23, 2006. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ken Bergmann

In Today's News - Thursday, June 29, 2006

Quote of the Day
"The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class—
it is the cause of human kind, the very birthright of humanity."

-- Anna Julia Cooper

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Insurgents Demand U.S. Forces Leave Iraq in 2 Years (Telling, isn't it - but we're not beating them, no...of course not...)
Video: Suspect Caught in Raid

Operation Enduring Freedom
Soldier in Afghanistan US-led force killed by mine

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Architect unveils details of Freedom Tower
Crisis in Gaza
Jewish settler found dead
Planes Buzz Syrian President's Home
Video: Can Diplomacy Work?
Video: White House Backs Israel
Israel seizes Hamas leaders
New Bin Laden Tape (a video tribute to Zarqawi)
Welcome Home!!

Troops on Trial
Coast Guard Cadet Gets Six Months for Sex Assault

Other Military News
Pentagon Revises Listing Homosexuality as Disorder
VA worker had OK for data later stolen

Worldwide Wackos
G8 statement to urge Iran to reply soon: diplomat
China summons North Korea envoy on missiles: report

Politics / Government
Rice: We'll Beat Taliban
House Supports Bilingual Ballots in 31 States (Gotta love mixed messages. English is our national language - sort of - and now this)
Henry Paulson Approved as Next Treasury Secretary
Bush, Koizumi aim to cement strong bilateral ties
House votes to overturn mandatory gun locks (Yes!)
Bush promotes war, candidate in Missouri
Obama: Democrats must court evangelicals
San Jose City Council want mayor to resign

In the Courts
Supreme Court Keeps Most of Texas Redistricting Map

Hurricane Season / Wild Weather
Storm Surges - Worst may still be to come (we are still OK here in my area of CT)
Photo Essays: Downpous Soak Northeast
Officials Work to Protect Artifacts From Floods
Waters recede in Wilkes-Barre - Video

Halt! Or I'll shoot you with my pawn shop ticket!
Then we play "Here Comes the Bride" on harmonica...
Dubai embezzler busted for posing as Brad Pitt
Conspiracy theorists unmoved by British UFO denial

Other News of Note
Female Kuwaitis Participate in Parliamentary Elections (for the first time!)
Hubble Telescope Camera Should Be Fixed by Monday

Fox News
Stocks to Watch, June 29: Red Hat, 3Com, Disney
Asteroid Approaching Earth Set to Just Miss July 3
Nevada Wildfires Rage On

Reuters: Top News
No sign of breakthrough as WTO ministers meet
Weather could get in the way of space shuttle launch
Analyst sees iPod delay
Sri Lanka's forgotten war displaced long to start over
Egyptian women flock to hear female preachers
Groups challenge Medicaid citizenship law
Physical activity helps reduce blood pressure
Congenial chat show "The View" turns chilly
Fed set to raise rates, keep options open
Google Checkout to make debut
Judge approves Yahoo "click fraud" settlement: WSJ
Elan, Biogen get European approval for Tysabri
US Senate panel backs telco bill, no Net neutrality
UK's Trinity Mirror sees ad market remaining weak
Stock futures rise as Fed rate decision looms
Nikkei rises 1.6 pct on tech gains, Fed eyed
Apple dips to 8-month low
Omniture shares rally in market debut
Wells Fargo rises on split
Home buyers drive a hard bargain
US real estate execs step up Asia push
Targeting volatility
When to take a tax hit, by Linda Stern

AP World News
BP unit charged with price manipulation
Pregnant Spears poses nude for magazine
Larry Brown files grievance over firing
Bargnani, Aldridge, Morrison go 1-2-3
Panel to recommend age for HPV shots
Egypt tomb reveals ancient woven flowers
Warrant issued after DMX misses court
Porsche tops J.D. Power satisfaction study
Brooks, Roy headline Hockey Hall of Fame
Bodies of 2 missing Belgian girls found
Woman in prostitution case names clients
Obituaries in the news
Train severs rail yard worker's legs
Tennessee inmate spared from execution
Defense prepares to begin in Yates case
Teen's journey may have legal consequences
Post-Katrina looters get 15-year sentences
GI Says Song About Killing Iraqis a Joke
Mourners Urged to Honor Soldier's Memory

CENTCOM: News Releases



Department of Defense
Project Creates Water Wells - Story

KC-135 Aircrew Vital Part of Mission Success - Story
Marines’ Goal: Gain Trust, Improve Community - Story
Italians Assume Command of Task Force 152 - Story

Iraq Progress Evident, General Casey Says
Rescue Unit at Balad Serves as '911' for Iraq
Soldiers Train to Exit Overturned Humvee
U.S. Marines Provide Logistical Support to Iraqi Army
Soldiers Rescue Abandoned Baby
Firefighters Get $10,000 in Donated Equipment

Air Force Turns to Old Standby for Army Re-supply
Medical Assistance Team Visits Afghan Villages


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 (PDF)
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

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
1613 - Shakespeare's Globe Theater burns down
1767 - The British Parliament passes The Townshend Acts, levying taxes on America.
1776 - Virginia adopts its state constitution, and names Patrick Henry as governor.
1862 - Day 5 of the 7 Days-Battle of Savage's Station
1863 - Lee orders his forces to concentrate near Gettysburg, PA.
1913 - The Second Balkan War begins.
1916 - The first flight of a Boeing aircraft.
1940 - The U.S. passes the Alien Registration Act.
1949 - South Africa begins implementing apartheid with the banning of mixed marriages; U.S. troops withdraw from Korea following WW II.
1952 - The USS Oriskany becomes the first aircraft carrier to sail around Cape Horn (she was decommissioned in 1989, and now is due to be scuttled in May 2006 to form the world's largest artificial reef.
1954 - The Atomic Energy Commission votes against Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer's reinstatement.
1964 - After more than eighty days of Senate filibuster, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed.
1965 - USAF Captain Joseph Henry Engle reaches 85,530 m in the X-15.
1966 - The U.S. bombs fuel storage facilities near North Vietnamese cities.
1967 - Israel re-unifies Jersualem, removing barricades.
1969 - The first Jewish worship service is held at the White House.
1970 - The U.S. concludes a two-month military offensive into Cambodia.
1971 - Soyuz 11 docks with Salyut 1 for 22 days .
1972 - The U.S.S.R. launches Prognoz 2 into Earth orbit.
1982 - The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is extended.
1984 - The U.S.S.R. offers to start talks on banning SDI.
1985 - NASA launches Intelsat VA

1858 - George Washington Goethals, engineer (Panama Canal)
1865 - Shigechiyo Izumi, achieved oldest authenticated age (120 y 237 d) ; William E. Borah lawyer/(Sen-ID)
1934 - Carl Levin (Sen-MI)
1948 - Fred Grandy, actor (Gopher-"Love Boat")/(Rep-Iowa)

1852 - Henry Clay, Senator, Secretary of State, "The Great Compromiser"
1923 - General J.C. Gomez, Venezuala's first vice president, assassinated
1978 - Bob Crane, actor (Hogan's Heroes), murdered

Reported Missing in Action
Lindsey, Marvin Nelson, USAF (LA); RF101C shot down, no parachute seen

Jones, Murphy N., USAF (LA); F105D shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - retired from the USAF as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Hardy, William H., US Army ; Released by DRV February, 1973 - alive as of 1996

Owen, Timothy S., US Army (NY); disappeared while conducting a night ambush

Aldern, Donald D., USN (SD); A7A shot down, no parachute seen