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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Where Am I?

Haven't travelled in a while, but I'm on the road again this week, in a town I know well. It's filled with history - not the least of which involves military heritage. Hard to give clues without giving it away, so famous are some of the spots in this place, but here goes:

It is the site of one of the first U.S. Navy Yards, which served the American fleet for 174 years before closing in 1974...

It is also the site of a wonderful memorial to one of the first Black units mobilized during the Civil War (I was privileged to meet some of the reenactors of this unit during my Civil War reenacting days - nice bunch of guys). The memorial looks like this:

It is also the home of the 3rd Judge Advocate General Detachment of the US Army Reserves.

So, Where Am I?

1st to give an answer - in the comments section of this post, gets a case of Girl Scout cookies sent to your Hero, or you can elect to have them sent in your name to a Hero in need.

Good luck!

UPDATE: OK, somebody needs to give Margaret a run for her money! She's one smart cookie, and quick on the draw, and correctly guessed that I am, indeed in Boston - home of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Memorial, the Charleston Navy Yard, the 3rd Judge Advocate General Detachment, and a whole host of other historical sites.

And speaking of cookies, Margaret - where do you want that case sent?
Airmen escort secretary of state to Lebanon
Tech. Sgt. John Stott looks out of his MH-53M Pave Low helicopter as it escorts a Marine CH-53 Pave Low with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on board. She was traveling from Cyprus to the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, on July 24. Sergeant Stott is with the 352nd Special Operations Group at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson) Full Story

Religion of Peace???

A few tidbits from those who keep an eye on what the "Religion of Peace" is up to:

From Jihad Watch:
Jihad 101?
ISLAMABAD: Jihad is not being deleted from the new curriculum because it is an integral part of Islamic teachings and Muslim beliefs, said Education Minister Lt Gen (r) Javed Ashraf Qazi on Monday.

"Jihad has many dimensions which also includes self-negation (Jihad bin nafas). We will teach students the full concept of Jihad," Qazi said during a briefing on the draft of the new curricula for classes 1 to XII. He said that Sura Al Anfal [Sura 8, The Spoils of War] and other suras over which certain western countries had reservations with regard to their Jihad teachings, were still part of the Islamiat curriculum. Read the Rest


So much for peaceful demonstrations...
A Jewish activist was physically assaulted and his life was threatened during a planned "peaceful" rally held by the Muslim American Society in Boston, he told WorldNetDaily today.

"I have never been physically attacked before. I've had slurs thrown at me, got into heated debates, but what was amazing was that I was actually physically attacked," Seva Brodsky said. "Since they were the majority, and felt invincible, they threatened to kill me!" Read the Rest


IT WAS exactly 6am and the start of another blisteringly hot summer day when 16-year-old Atefeh Rajabi was dragged from her prison cell and taken to be executed.

Every step of the way the troubled teenager plagued by mental problems shouted "repentance, repentance" as the militiamen marched her to the town's Railway Square.
The Iranian judge who had sentenced Atefeh to death was left unmoved as he personally put the noose around her neck and signalled to the crane driver.

Kicking and screaming, Atefeh was left dangling for 45 minutes from the arm of the crane as the crowd sobbed and - under their breath - damned the mullahs.

Atefeh's crime? Offending public morality. She was found guilty of "acts incompatible with chastity" by having sex with an unmarried man, even though friends say Atefeh was in such a fragile mental state that she wasn't in a position to say no. Read the Rest


Islam and Nazism (Infidel Bloggers Alliance)
This news report from Bayerischer Rundfunk explains in detail the cooperation between the Nazis and the Muslim Arab leaders during WW2.It goes on to explain how high ranking heads of the SS fled to the Arab world and carried on their activities under the protection of leaders such as President Nasser and how modern Islam has adopted a Nazi style ideology of hate and conspiracy against the Jews. Read the Rest, and Watch the Video


Dear Muslims: What is It that You Don’t Understand? (
We, the non-Muslims—the infidels, heathens, unbelievers, apostates, enemies of Allah, najis (soiled), as you prefer to call us—would like to know what is it that you don’t understand and what it is that makes you behave so badly toward us? You blame us for your problems and believe if we embrace Islam and help establish the Islamic Ummeh the earth would be cleansed of us, transformed to paradise, and all your problems disappear.

Respectfully, we disagree. We believe that you and your system of belief are at the core of your problems; that you need to critically examine the facts rather than conveniently blame others for your ills. Keep in mind that beliefs and ideas make people human, that beliefs are roadmaps of life. To the extent that the roadmap is rational and enlightened, the path of life is illumined, pitfalls are avoided and obstacles are removed. The terrain of life has greatly changed since the roadmap of Islam was given to the wondering primitives of the Arabian Peninsula. Read the Rest

MAKING FRIENDS — U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Ray Burrow, of the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion, exchanges greetings with a local boy and his mother during a humanitarian mission in the villages surrounding Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, July 23, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Melissa Thornhill

In Today's News - Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Quote of the Day
"We will continue to fight the scourge of terrorism against humanity and reject the culture of extremism and violence in any form or shape, from whatever source or place, regardless of justifications or motives, being fully aware of their dangers as a plague that threatens the peace and stability of the whole world."
-- Hosni Mubarak

News of Note
Israel at War
Four U.N. Observers Feared Dead
Israeli airstrike goes awry
U.S. Gives Israel Timeline for Assault
Hezbollah: We Didn't Expect This
Rice Wants Urgent, Enduring Peace
Video: Hezbollah Threatens Deeper Attacks
Video: Meet Jews United Against Zionism
Video: Are Arab Media Fanning the Flames?
Video: Funeral for Girl Killed in Rocket Attack
UN deaths put pressure on Rome talks - Video
Israeli forces close in on key Hizbollah stronghold - Video
Israel kills militant in Gaza
Israel widens control of southern Lebanon
Hezbollah: Israeli onslaught a surprise ("Wait a minute - they weren't supposed to fight back.....waaaah...")
Rice's Mideast visit draws mixed reviews

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Hastert Rejects Calls to Disinvite Iraqi PM to Speak
Bush, Iraqi PM Outline Security
Bush, Maliki agree on more US troops for Baghdad- Video
U.S. soldier among 34 killed in Iraq

Operation Enduring Freedom
Taliban turn up heat for NATO mission in Afghan south - Video
Washington state high court to rule on gay marriage

Other Military News
Missile defense plan seen ready by fall

Immigration / Border Control
Lawmakers offer immigration alternative

Judge dismisses phone records lawsuit

Worldwide Wackos
Senate backs North Korea nonproliferation act
China says nuclear talks no good without N.Korea - Video
UN negotiators close to deal on Iran nuclear draft - Video

Politics / Government
Senate Approves Parental Notification Abortion Bill
Bush presses rebel leader to help on Darfur peace - Video

In the Courts
Colo. judge: Inmate shackling unreasonable

U.N. News
UN struggles to put Somali peace talks on track - Video

Mother Nature
53 Deaths Eyed in Calif. Heat; Rolling Blackouts Feared
Power Woes Hit
Blackouts Hurt Small Businesses
Calif. blackout threat eases slightly - Video
Calif. deaths rise after another scorcher
Wildfire burns near Beverly Hills neighborhood
Storm may reach Hawaii by Friday

Web site reveals your inner celebrity twin

Other News of Note
Police: Teen Confesses to Indiana Sniper Shootings
Cruise ship tilt blamed on human error

Fox News
Stocks Climb on AT&T, Oil
Stocks to Watch: Redback
Jury Mulls Andrea Yates' Fate
Three Men Convicted of Murder in Xbox Slayings

Reuters: Top News
Sun worries? Let your bikini do the talking
Google offers live traffic maps on cell phones
Religious left gears up to face right counterpart
"Rejuveniles" reinvent meaning of adulthood
Radiation may offer better way to make vaccines
More Americans too fat for X-rays, scans
Movie "Miss Sunshine" aims to avoid Sundance curse
"Fletch" lives as "Scrubs" duo eye comedy revival
US stocks gain with techs, but Amazon sinks late - Video
Corning shares fall 4.2 pct on Inet
Wrigley profit down, but stock up on candy outlook
Momenta shares leap on Sandoz generic biotech deal
Atmel postpones Q2 earnings release, shares fall
Bearish on online rentals
The guidance scapegoat
HP to buy Mercury Interactive for $4.5 bln
Michelin, union reach tentative US tire agreement
Consumer confidence, home sales beat forecasts
Amazon shares fall as profit disappoints
Honda moves into aviation market with small jet
UPS profit and outlook disappoint

AP World News
New rubber sidewalks easier on the joints
Ireland worker finds ancient psalms in bog
'Prison Break' star endures faux tattoo 2Q earnings fall nearly 58 pct.
Twins pull within game of ChiSox with win
Patrick sticks with IRL, joins Andretti
'Jeopardy' champ Ken Jennings blasts show
Model to attend anger management program
Stocks end higher on late-day bounce
Consumer confidence posts modest rise
Schilling, Halladay look for 13th wins
Brinkley's husband: 'I'm sorry, I'm stupid'
Airline fires pilot removed from flight
Israeli Airstrikes Pound Beirut - Video
Rescuers Save 23 From Cargo Ship - Video
US Troops to Bolster Baghdad Security - Video
Bush Presides Over Soldiers' Citizenship
Program Allows Benefits Transfers to Spouse

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Department of Defense
Iraqi Forces Nab Insurgents - Story
Bombs Continue in Afghanistan
Afghan Development Progresses
For Top News Visit DefenseLink

British Regiment Gets Hometown Treat - Story
Medics Visit Remote Afghan District - Story
Local Tribes Work Together to Rebuild Iraq - Story
Market Sign of Prosperity for Iraqi Town - Story

Tactical Operations Center Tracks Troops
Iraqi Nurses, Corpsmen Fight Disease
Army Officers Learn How to Plan Missions
Iraqi Airmen Learn to Battle Blazes
U.S. Marines Keep Vigilant Watch in Ramadi
Chinooks Save Lives by Transporting Troops
Iraqi Government Assumes Control in Mosul

Extremists Destroy Afghan School

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

Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq - 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


Today in History
1775 - Benjamin Franklin becomes the first Postmaster General.
1788 - New York becomes the 11th state to ratify the Constitution.
1908 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is established.
1947 - The National Security Act establishes the CIA.
1948 - President Truman issues Executive Order No. 9981, directing "equality of
treatment and opportunity" in the U.S. armed forces.
1953 - Fidel Castro leads an attack on Moncada Barracks, beginning the Cuban Revolution.
1956 - Egypt seizes the Suez Canal.
1957 - The U.S.S.R. launches the first intercontinental multistage ballistic missile.
1958 - The Army launches the 4th successful U.S. satellite, Explorer IV.
1963 - US Syncom 2, the 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, is launched.
1965 - The Republic of Maldives gains independence from Britain (Nat'l Day).
1971 - Apollo 15 is launched to the Moon.
1974 - The U.S.S.R.'s Soyuz fails to dock with the Salyut 3 space station.
1975 - Soyuz 18B returns to Earth.
1991 - Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman) is arrested for exposing himself at an adult movie theater.

This Day in Terrorism
1986 - Lebanese kidnappers release Reverend Lawrence Martin Jenco.

1739 - George Clinton, 4th U.S. Vice President
1799 - Isaac Babbitt, invented babbitt's metal for bearings
1829 - Auguste Beernaert Belgium (Nobel Peace Prize-1909)
1875 - Dr. Carl Gustav Jung, founder of analytic psychology
1908 - Salvador Allende Gossens, Chile's last elected president (1970-73)
1928 - Stanley Kubrick, director (2001, )
1940 - Mary Jo Kopechne, killed when Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge in Chappaquiddick
1949 - William M. Shepherd, Captain, USN / astronaut (STS-27, 41)
1951 - William Surles "Bill" McArthur Jr., Lt. Colonel / astronaut

1863 - Sam Houston, president of Texas
1941 - Marx Dormoy, French socialist, killed by a time bomb
1952 - Eva "Evita" Peron, Argentina's First Lady

Reported Missing in Action
Brazik, Richard, USAF (OH); F4C shot down, presumed KIA, body not recovered

Claflin, Richard Ames, USAF (KS); F4C shot down, presumed KIA, body not recovered

Brenning, Richard D., USNR (NE); A4C crashed in water soon after take-off, Killed, body not recovered