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Monday, February 12, 2007

LIFE IN KIRKUSH — U.S. Army soldiers make a humanitarian run through Kirkush, Iraq, Feb. 7, 2007. The soldiers are from 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. JoAnn S. Makinano

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In Today's News - Monday, February 12, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Freedom has its life in the hearts,
the actions, the spirit of men
and so it must be daily earned and refreshed -
else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots,
it will wither and die."

-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Bombs kill at least 80 people in Iraq
Officials Fear 2 Missing Germans Were Kidnapped in Iraq
Iran denies supplying arms to Iraqi militants (If anybody points to this as a reason we shouldn't believe they are, my head is going to explode)
Mich. contractor's death in Iraq probed

Operation Enduring Freedom
Hundreds of Taliban massing to attack dam: official
U.S. kills Taliban in strike at rebel commander
Gates pushes for assault against Taliban

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Terrorists Tap Into YouTube
US Launches Artillery Into Pakistan
Mortar bombs kill at least three in Mogadishu
Hamas Leader to Resign in Pact With Fatah
Israel mulls suspending ties over Abbas-Hamas deal
Pepe's fish place awaits better times in Lebanon

Other Military News
Gates: Detainee Abuse Scandals Hurt U.S.

Worldwide Wackos
EU agrees Iran sanctions, wants more talks
Report: N. Korean Nuke Talks to Be Extended
United States haggles with N.Korea over energy aid - Video

Homegrown Moonbats
The Dixie Chicks Sweep Grammys

Politics / Government
Dems Wary of Iranian Meddling Claim - VIDEO (So they're worried about offending Tehran, rather than outraged that Iran is helping to attack our troops. Nice set of priorities there)
Kerry Raps Iraq Troop Surge (Yep, AND says we should enter into a "dialogue" with Iran, a country that is killing our troops. Different war, same traitor)
Obama Slams Aussie PM Terror Remark
Gates dismisses Putin remarks as blunt spy talk - Video
Obama says he opposed Iraq war from start - Video
Cheney may snub outspoken Japan Defense chief: report
Senator urges more funds for controllers
Obama stresses appreciation for faith

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Libby believes NBC News could clear him
Inmate Seeks to Hasten His Own Execution
U.K. Mom Imprisoned Daughters for 7 Years
Dad who tampered soup faces new charges

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Terrorists Tap Into YouTube

Science / Medicine / Technology
U.K. Pharmacy to Launch Over-the-Counter Viagra Pilot Program on Valentine's Day
More U.S. Women Ignoring Pregnancy Risks Such as AIDS, Age, Diabetes, Cancer History
Study finds newer breast cancer drugs save lives
Many lung cancer cases in nonsmokers: study
New genes point to diabetes risk
China's life expectancy to jump: report Video

Mother Nature
Town May Have Set Snowfall Record - PHOTOS
Mystery Illness Killing Thousands of U.S. Bees
Brothers Die After Falling Through Thin Ice
Bangladesh drafts poachers to protect forest
Jakarta cleans up after flood, thousands ill
Mozambique floods displace 68,000, more at risk
Alaskan fight brewing over river bears

Other News of Note
Muslims face hatred, curiosity in U.S. heartland

Fox News
The Grammys - PHOTOS - WINNERS - FASHION REPORT (Should have called these things the Moonbat Music Awards)
Harvard Names First Female President
Spanish Show Says No to 'Thin' Models
Mom, 4 Kids Die in Philadelphia Fire
Minn. College Probes Blackface, KKK Party

Reuters: Top News
Jerusalem mayor to consult on holy site plans
Brutal gun attacks cause alarm in Kenya
Mobile carriers to make it easy to send money home
Nokia to unveil 3 business phones: report
Bob Dylan wins two Grammys
Chipmakers fall on Micron warning, profit worries
Sanofi shares rise on report Bristol talks off
Oil sheds 1 percent on Saudi comments
Vodafone wins India's Hutch Essar, shares rise
Yen hits record low vs euro post G7, stocks slide
Real estate brightens dollar outlook
When value is key
Thomas Cook to buy rival MyTravel
Toyota to build new plant in India by 2010: report
LSE shares ease after Nasdaq bid fails
Studios accuse Google of benefiting from piracy: WSJ
Tribune considering self-help plan: WSJ
Fairfax H1 says no takeover approaches

AP World News
Smith baby's purported dad takes mansion
Celtics extend franchise-record skid
Duke hits longest skid in 11 seasons
Harvard names 1st woman president
6 explorers suffocate in Canary Islands
Poll: Americans want to keep dollar bill
Lefty's slow start ends with Pebble win
3 Eddie Murphys win weekend box office
Portugal fails to overturn abortion law
Obituaries in the news
Ohio foster mom's trial to begin Monday
Wisconsin gov. proposes taxing Big Oil
Texans rally against new coal plants
Spokane mall evacuated for fumes
Valentines Day Already? D'oh!
Use Your GI Bill Right

CENTCOM: Press Releases

President meets with troops - photos
USJFCOM symposium looks to further improve intelligence support for warfighter - podcast
Learn more about JTC-IUSJFCOM sends second rotation to support CENTCOM - podcast

World Much More Complex Than During Cold War - Story
Gates Fields Broad-Ranging Questions From Experts
Military, U.S. Agencies Combine Efforts in Africa - Story
Pace: Debate, Discourse Not U.S. Weaknesses
Pace to Visit Australia, Indonesia
Marine Sergeants Get New Running Mate - Story
Gates Urges NATO Allies to Honor Commitments - Story
NATO Troops ‘Well Postured’ for Success - Story

More Headline News
More Troops Vital for Afghan Success
Petraeus Addresses Multinational Force Iraq
Multinational Force Sweeps Pick Up Iranians
Gates Talks Intel, Russian Relations, Kosovo
Casey Reflects on Last Day as Commander

Military News
Vietnam Hero to be Awarded Medal of Honor
Technology Helps Soldiers Stay Close to Family
Supplemental Funds Critical to Army Readiness
Wounded Marine Goes Home in Style

War on Terror
Suspected Terrorists Captured - Story
Five Servicemembers Killed
Mechanical Failure Suspected

America Supports You
Success Shows Deep Support - Story
NHL Team Honors Troops
Program Ships Love to Troops

Combat Systems Restructured - Story
Dover Reorganizes for C-17s
Leaders Discuss 1,000-Ship Navy

Face of Defense
Sailor Earns Bronze Star
Songs Soothe Combat Soldiers

Gates Urges NATO to Honor Commitments to Afghanistan - Story
Stability & Security in Iraq Report (pdf)
For Top News Visit DefenseLink

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Clean Up Streets of Baghdad - Story
Reconstruction Team Opens New Bridge, Road - Story
Unit Assists With Community Relations Project - Story
Three Neighborhoods Get Water, Sewer Upgrade - Story
Stryker Soldiers Make Adhamiyah District Safer - Story
Two Shammar Villages Enjoy School Renovations - Story
Correctional Facilities Help Secure Iraq’s Future - Story

Senior Official at Iraq Ministry of Health Detained
Combined Force Troops Get Commando Training
MEDEVAC Unit Stays on Alert to Save Comrades
Iraqi Army, Cavalry Bring Aid to Shafa’at Residents
Center Offers Link to U.S., Iraqi Governments
Iraqi Police Discover Large Weapons Cache
Iraqi Troops Focus on Life-Saving Skills
Coalition, Iraqi Security Station Opens in Iraq
Engineers Help Clean Up Streets of Ghazaliya
Reconstruction Teams Manage Projects in Iraq
Aircrews Take Iraqi and U.S. Forces Into Action

Zabul Provincial Hospital Welcomes Jordanians
Goodwill Missions Continue in Eastern Afghanistan
Senior Air Force Leaders Address Deployments

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
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Weekly Reconstruction Report (PDF)
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Officials Identify Casualties - Story

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Ansbach Aschaffenburg Berlin Berlin-Tempelhof Berlin/Schonefeld Bremerhaven
Darmstadt Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freiburg/Breisgau Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
Hanau Am Main Heidelberg Mainz Mannheim Nurnberg Stuttgart Trier
Wiesbaden Wurzburg


Agana Agana Heights Agat Andersen AFB Asan Barrigada

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Kadena Air Base Okinawa Tokyo Yokohama

Baler Radar Site Catanduanes Radar Site Manila

South Korea
Cheju Upper/Radar Chonju Chunchon Inch'on Kunsan Masan Mokp'o
Osan Pusan Seoul Suwon Taegu Taejon Tonghae Radar Site Ulsan Yosu

Today in History
1049 - Bruno, Count of Egesheim & Dagsburg crowned Pope Leo IX
1111 - German King Hendry V arrives at St Peter, Rome
1130 - Pope Innocent II elected
1502 - Granada Muslims forced to convert to Catholicism
1528 - Treaty of Dordrecht between emperor & ecclesiastical power
1577 - Spanish land guardian Don Juan of Habsburg signs "Eternal Edict"
1624 - English parliament comes together
1733 - Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah
1762 - English fleet occupies Martinique
1763 - John Casteret appointed British minister of foreign affairs
1772 - Yves de Kerguelen of France discovers Kerguelen Archipelago, India
1793 - 1st US fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves
1818 - Chile gains independence from Spain
1821 - Mercantile Library of the City of New York opens
1825 - Creek Indian treaty signed; Tribal chiefs agree to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government & migrate west by Sept 1, 1826
1832 - Ecuador annexes Galápagos Islands
1839 - Boundary dispute between Maine & New Brunswick leads to Aroostook
1840 - Housatonic Railroad opens
1850 - Original Washington's Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300
1861 - State troops seize US munitions in Napoleon AK
1865 - Henry Highland Garnet, is 1st black to speak in US House of Representatives
1870 - Official proclamation sets April 15 as last day of grace for US silver coins to circulate in Canada
1873 - Congress abolishes bimetallism & authorizes $1 & $3 gold coins
1874 - King David Kalakaua of Sandwich Island HI, is 1st king to visit US
1876 - Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop
1877 - 1st news dispatch by telephone, between Boston & Salem, MA; US railroad builders strike against wage reduction
1878 - Frederick Thayer patents the catcher's mask (pat # 200,358)
1879 - 1st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Square Garden, NYC); News about slaughtering of Isandlwana reaches London
1882 - Social-Democratic Union forms in Amsterdam
1886 - 2nd British government of Salisbury forms
1908 - New York to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in New York NY; George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel
1909 - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded; Netherlands' SDAP suspends Marxist Tribune group (Gorter & Wijnkoop)
1912 - Last Ch'ing (Manchu) emperor of China, Henry P'u-i, abdicates
1915 - Cornerstone laid for Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC
1921 - Soviet troops invade Georgia (theirs, not ours); Winston Churchill becomes British, minister of Colonies
1924 - President Calvin Coolidge makes 1st presidential radio speech
1925 - 1st federal arbitration law approved by Congress; Estonia forbids Communist Party
1927 - British expeditionary army lands in Shanghai
1932 - Communist Party of Holland forms Unemployed Combat Committees
1933 - German vice-chancellor von Papen demands Catholic aid for Nazis
1934 - France hit by a general strike against fascists & royalists
1935 - Great airship, USS Macon, crashes into Pacific Ocean
1938 - Austrian chancellor Schuschnigg visits Hitler in Berchtesgaden
1938 - German troops entered Austria
1941 - Jewish Council for Amsterdam forms, under Ascher/Cohen; Occupation Police arrest "Jewish Foursome"
1942 - 3 German battle cruisers escape via Channel to Brest N Germany
1943 - General Eisenhower departs Algiers to Tebessa
1944 - Wendell Wilkie (R) enters presidential race
1945 - San Francisco selected for site of UN Conference
1947 - Daytime fireball & meteorite fall seen in eastern Siberia
1948 - 1st Lieutenant Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps
1949 - Panic in Quito, Ecuador, after "War of the World" played on radio; Unidentified aircraft bomb Jerusalem
1950 - Senator Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist government employees; Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb
1953 - USSR breaks relations with Israel
1955 - President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam; Soviets decides space center built in Baikonur, Kazachstan
1957 - Researchers announce Borazan (harder than diamonds) been developed
1958 - General Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected President of Guatemala
1960 - Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers
1961 - USSR launches Venera 1 toward Venus
1963 - Argentina asks extradition of Ex-President Peron
1973 - 1st US POWs in North Vietnam released - 116 of 456 flown to Philippines
1979 - Kosmos 1076, 1st Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched
1981 - Admiral Bobby R. Inman, USN, becomes deputy director of CIA; Cape Verde amends its constitution
1984 - Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean skate "Bolero" at the Olympics receiving all perfect scores for quality & the gold medal
1989 - 5 Pakistani Moslem rioters killed protesting "Satanic Verses" novel
1991 - Iceland recognizes Lithuania's independence
1994 - 17th Olympics Winter games open in Lillehammer, Norway
1995 - PRI loses/PAN wins Mexican regional elections
1997 - Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O J Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
1998 - 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt; Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740; US district judge T. Hogan declares line-item veto law unconstitutional

1211 - Henry VII Roman, Catholic German king (1220-35)
1438 - Adolf van Egmond, Duke of Gelre/earl of Zutphen
1474 - Lorenzo Campeggi(o), Archbishop of Bologna/diplomat
1588 - John Winthrop, English attorney/puritan/1st Governor of Massachusetts
1768 - Francis II Florence, last Holy Roman emperor (1792-1806)
1775 - Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams
1809 - Charles Darwin, discovered evolution (Origin of species); Abraham Lincoln, (R) 16th President (1861-65)
1828 - Robert Ransom, Jr., Confederate Major General (Confederate Army)
1831 - John Morrissey, boxer/developer of Saratoga Springs horse race track
1838 - Charles Carroll Walcott, Union Brevet Major General
1841 - Gijsbert van Tienhoven, Dutch mayor (Amsterdam)/foreign minister
1868 - Johan H.A. Schaper, Dutch MP/founder (SDAP)
1869 - Hendrik P. Marchant, Dutch minister of Education/Arts (VVD)
1893 - Omar Bradley, General of the Army WWII, "The GI General"
1911 - Sylvstre A. Guzman Fernandez, President (Dominican Republic)
1914 - Nello Celi,o Swiss President
1915 - Andrew J. Goodpaster , US General/Supreme Commander (NATO-Europe)
1923 - James Abdnor (Senator-SD, 1981-87)
1930 - Arlen Specter (Senator-R-PA, 1981- )
1931 - Constance A. Morella (Representative-MD)
1933 - Ivan Nikolayevich Anikeyev, cosmonaut
1936 - Fang Lizhi, Chinese astrophysicist/dissident
1940 - Hank Brown (Representative-CO, 1981-88)
1941 - Naomi Uemura, mountain climber (1st Japanese to scale Everest)
1956 - Paula Zahn Omaha NB, news anchor (ABC, CBS This Morning); Ad P. Melkert, Dutch minister of Social Affairs

1128 - Toghtekin, slave/atabek of Damascus
1242 - Hendrik VII, Roman Catholics German king (1220-35), commits suicide
1554 - Lord Guildford Dudley Jane Grey's husband, beheaded
1771 - Adolf Frederik, King of Sweden (1751-70), dies at 60
1942 - Grant Wood, US painter (American Gothic), dies at 49
1945 - Henrietta Szold, founder (Hadassah, Youth Aliyah); Walraven [Wally] van Hall, Dutch banker/resisted Nazis, executed at 39
1958 - Marcel Cachin 1st communist French senator, dies at 88
1971 - James Cash Penney, founder (J C Penney), dies at 95
1984 - Anna Anderson Manahan (claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia) dies in VA
1993 - James Bulge,r English child beaten to death at 2, by 10 year old boys

Reported Missing in Action
Sullivan, Martin J., USN (MA); F4B crashed in water, Killed, body not recovered

Weissmueller, Courtney E., USAF (FL); F100D shot down

The following US Army personnel lost when their UH1H was shot down:
Brown, Harry Willis (SC); medic

Groth, Wade L. (MI); crewchief

Gunn, Alan W. (TX); pilot

Roe, Jerry L. (TX); aircraft commander

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their RU1A was shot down:
Fisher, John B. (FL); released by Sihanouk March, 1969

Osburn, Laird P. (WV); released by Sihanouk March, 1969 - alive and well as of 1998

Pryor, Robert J. (TN); released by Sihanouk March, 1969

Bradshaw, Robert S. III, USMC (TX); F4B shot down (w/Breeding), KIA, body not recovered

Breeding, Michael Hugh, USMC (KS); F4B shot down (w/Bradshaw), KIA, body not recovered

Mc Leod, Arthur E., US Army (NY); AH1G shot down (w/Wilkinson), remains ID'd August, 1999

Wilkinson, Clyde D., US Army (TX); AH1G shot down (w/McLeod), remains ID'd August, 1999